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India will never help create or allow Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka or India
Shenali D Waduge
Sri Lanka’s Tamils are dreaming if they think India will help create Tamil Eelam with 13A land & police powers. It is time that Sri Lanka’s Tamils wake up to reality. At the time of India’s independence, Tamil Nadu sought self-determination, Indian leaders refused, subsequently even Bangladesh was given independence but not Tamil Nadu. Indian leaders squashed every movement in Tamil Nadu for separatism culminating in 16thamendment in 1963 to prevent Tamil Nadu from seceding. Inspite of 72million Tamils, not a word of Tamil is in the Indian National anthem though Tamil is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

An open letter to the NPP/JVP:“Don’t saw off the branch you are sitting on!”
By Rohana R. Wasala
Two stalwarts of the JVP-led National People’s Power (NPP) alliance, Dr Harini Amarasuriya MP and Mr Tilvin Silva, JVP General Secretary, as reported in the media early February 2023, have made more or less clear the alliance’s stand on the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution (suggested by the president): the NPP is broadly for it. But both Amarasuriya and Silva are not convinced of president Ranil Wickremasinghe’s actual commitment to his decision to fully implement the controversial amendment. They both express misgivings about president Wickremasinghe’s real intentions in bringing up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

Some hints to improve tourism
By Dr Tilak S Fernando
After Harin Fernando, Minister of Tourism and Lands took over the portfolio, he appointed a new team to improve tourism. The new team's efforts have paid off. Sri Lanka Tourism Board is confident that the estimated 1.55 million tourists will arrive in Sri Lanka, adding an income of 2.8 billion dollars to government coffers by the end of 2023. Sri Lanka Tourism Board and Tourism Promotions Board should take into a video how a lady and gentleman explained in detail which are listed below. Valid points The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

What is ITAK’s gameplan demanding 13A Land & Police powers?
Shenali D Waduge
It is important to understand that terrorism was only part of the problem. The bigger problem is the issue of attempts to separate Sri Lanka, a quest started by ITAK from 1949 onwards. ITAK or Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi translated meant Tamil State party but camouflaged quest as federal. Its aims & objectives & the use of “shamasthi” was promoted as federal. Yet, in 2008, ITAK changed “shamasthi” to “innaipachchi” & we connote that to mean confederal. Also at the same convention in 2008, ITAK went on to endorse the 1976 Vaddokoddai... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

මොකක්ද මේ අංජබජල් දේශපාලන සංස්කෘතිය.?
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
කාලෙකට පෙර මෙරට ජනතාව හදුනාගෙන සිටි ප්‍රථම ඝනයේ ජාතික සතුරා රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහයන් විය. ඔහුගෙන් රට බේරා ගැනීම සඳහා මෙරට දේශප්‍රේමී ජනතාව මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂයන්ව බලයට පත්කළහ. ඒ වර්ෂ 2005දිය. බලය ලබාගත් මහින්ද මෙරට තිබුන බලවත්ම ගැටලුව වූ ප්‍රභාකරන්ගේ සන්නද්ධ ව්‍යාපාරය විනාශ කොට උතුර හා දකුණ ඒකාබද්ධ කොට නව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවක් ගොඩනංවන ලදී. රනිල් පිටුපස සිට රනිල්ව මෙරට ජනතාවට එරෙහිව මෙහෙයවූ බලවේග රනිල්ව මදකට නවතා එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ සහය ඇතුළුව සියලුම බටහිර වන්දනා කරමින් ඒ මත යපෙන සියලුම දේශපාලන සංවිධානවල සහය රටේ කීර්තිමත් චරිතයක්වූ සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතාට ලබාදෙමින්, මහින්ද හා සටන මෙහෙයවුහ. සරත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

‘’NHS - NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE IN THE UNITED KIGDOM’’ ‘’EXAMPLARY AND IDEAL SYSTEM TO FOLLOW?  CAREGIVER AS   A MINI VILLAGE DOCTOR?’’
Sarath Wijesinghe President’s Counsel, Ambassador to UAE and Israel, President Ambassador’s Forum Solicitor in England and Wales
NHS in the United Kingdom- a wonderful system NHS is the health system in the United Kingdom provided free to the citizens with a network of General Physicians to every citizen with a support staff, including the improvement and protection of health in the areas covered by the general physicians spread in the country. It is provided free to every citizen free medicine to those who are on  income support, aged, low income groups and those declared by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

Prof. Richard Wolff: The Economics of the Ukraine War
acTVism Munich
In this episode of The Source, we talk with Professor Emeritus of Economics (University of Massachusetts) and founder of Democracy at Work, Richard Wolff, about the economic impact of the Ukraine war. We assess the impact of Western sanctions on Russia as well as how the war has affected the West economically. Interview topics: 0:00 Introduction 0:32 "Economic War" with Russia? 12:01 Moral significance of Western sanctions 14:20 Economic impact on the United States 21:07 Economic impact of military spending 32:21 Economic impact on Ukraine ABOUT RICHARD D. WOLFF: Richard D. Wolff is the founder... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

ඉන්දියානු  සාගර සම්පත්වලින් ආර්ථික ප්‍රතිලාභ  ලබාගැනීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව  සහ ඉන්දියාව එක්ව කටයුතු කළ යුතු බව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා පවසයි.
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව  සඳහන් කළේ 2023.02.08 දින  කොළඹ ටාජ් සමුද්‍රා හෝටලයේ දී ඉන්දියානු අලෙවි නියෝජිතවරුන් පන්සියය පනස්  දෙනෙකුගේ සහභාගිත්වයෙන් පැවැති tata steel සහ tata tiscon ගනුදෙනුකරුවන්ගේ වාර්ෂික සමුළුවේ සමාරම්භක අවස්ථාවට එක්වෙමිනි. ඉන්දියානු සාගරය හරහා වැටී ඇති ගෝලීය මුහුදු වෙළෙඳ මාර්ග ඔස්සේ යුරෝපය උතුරු ඇමරිකාව සහ අග්නිදිග ආසියාව වෙත බොරතෙල් මෙන්ම වෙළඳ භාණ්ඩ ප්‍රවාහනය කරන අතර එමගින් තවත් බොහෝ ආර්ථික ප්‍රතිලාභ අත්වන බව අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මෙහිදී පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. පෘථිවියෙන් 7% ක ප්‍රමාණයක් ආවරණය කෙරෙන ඉන්දියානු සාගරය ලෝකයේ තෙවන විශාලතම සාගරය  බැවින් ඉන්දියානු සාගර කලාපීය මිත්‍ර රටවල් දෙකක් වශයෙන් එහි ප්‍රතිලාභ රටවල් දෙක විසින්ම ලබා ගත යුතු බව   අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

New Zealand Foreign Minister and Sri Lankan High Commissioner in New Delhi meet to discuss further cooperation
High Commission of Sri Lanka New Delhi
Sri Lanka and New Zealand explored ways and means to further strengthen and deepen cooperation between the two countries. The discussions took place when Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in New Delhi Milinda Moragoda met with the Foreign Minister of New Zealand Nanaia Mahuta who is on an official bilateral visit to India. The meeting between the visiting Foreign Minister of New Zealand and the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India was held today at the High Commission of New Zealand in New Delhi. The discussion focussed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

දේශගුණික විපර්යාස අධ්‍යයන සඳහා විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයක් පිහිටුවීමේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා යෝජනාවට  දකුණු ආසියාතික රටවල  ප්‍රසාදය..
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
භූතානයේ අධ්‍යාපන හා නිපුණතා සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍ය ජායි බීර් රායි මහතා 2023.02.07 දින අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා හමුවී ද්විපාර්ශ්වික සබඳතා, ආයෝජන හැකියාව සහ කලාපීය ගැටලු පිළිබඳව සාකච්ඡා කළේය. දෙරට අතර ඓතිහාසික ආගමික සහ සංස්කෘතික සබඳතා ගැන සඳහන් කළ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා වෙළෙඳ, ආයෝජන සහ සංචාරක ව්‍යාපාරය වැඩිදියුණු කිරීමේ අවශ්‍යතාව අවධාරණය කළේය. ප්‍රමුඛ පෙළේ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලවල වෛද්‍ය, ඉංජිනේරු, තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ සහ අනෙකුත් පාඨමාලා හැදෑරීමට භූතාන සිසුන්ට ශිෂ්‍යත්ව ලබා දීම සම්බන්ධයෙන්  ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ස්තුතිය පුද කළ අමාත්‍යවරයා යුනෙස්කෝ ආධාර ඇතිව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පිහිටුවා ඇති දකුණු ආසියාතික ගුරු අධ්‍යාපන සංවර්ධන මධ්‍යස්ථානය වෙත භූතාන ගුරුවරුන් සහ අධ්‍යාපනඥයන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

Non-cash benefits exempted from PAYE tax for employees
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A circular has been issued by the Inland Revenue Department exempting employees from paying PAYE tax on non-cash benefits such as for vehicles, fuel allowances, housing and medical benefits which have been provided to employees at their places of employment. This circular has been issued by the Commissioner General of Inland Revenue Department on the instruction of the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies yesterday. The circular calculates an employee’s gains and profits from January 01, 2023 and below is the full list of details.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

A bill will be introduced to recover stolen State assets
Courtesy Ceylon Today
President Ranil Wickremesinghe said an Anti-Corruption Bill will be introduced and the Government is taking steps to include the ‘Stolen Assets Recovery Initiative (StAR)’ in this Bill, together with the World Bank and the United Nations. “The strategy of the government should be to guide the private sector in business activities, while being in the background. Government should intervene only in areas such as monitoring functions, public facilities and maintenance of law and order. The private sector should be used as the driving force of the economy.” He ceremonially commenced the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

New laws to be introduced regarding powers of Provincial Councils – President
Courtesy Ceylon Today
President Ranil Wickremesinghe said new laws will be introduced for the implementation of powers of the Provincial Councils in the fields of education and health. “It is alleged that due to certain practices of the Central Government, the powers of the Provincial Councils have been reduced in the fields of education and health. Therefore, we envision bringing new laws regarding the implementation of powers of the Provincial Councils in these fields.” President Ranil Wickremesinghe ceremonially commenced the Fourth Session of Ninth Parliament this morning. Delivering the Government’s Policy Statement,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

පාර්ලිමේන්තුව: රනිල් ඉදිරිපත් කරන ආණ්ඩුවේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශය සජීවීව නරඹන්න (LIVE)
උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
9 වන පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සිව්වන සභා වාරය මීට සුළු මොහොතකට පෙර උත්සවාකාරයෙන් ආරම්භ විය. ඒ, ජනාධිපති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙනි. 9 වන පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ තුන්වන සභා වාරය අවසන් කරමින් ජනාධිපති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ අතිවිශේෂ ගැසට් නිවේදනය නිකුත් කළේ ඉකුත් ජනවාරි 27 වන දා ය. ඒ අනුව, මේ වන විට ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් ආණ්ඩුවේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශය ඉදිරිපත් කරනු ලබමින් සිටියි. එහි සජීවී දර්ශන පහතින් නරඹන්න… https://youtu.be/L_i6sIwAUWM... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

President confident Sri Lanka can emerge from bankruptcy by 2026
Courtesy Adaderana
President Ranil Wickremesinghe, delivering the government’s policy statement in parliament today, said he is ready to make politically unpopular decisions, such as introducing new tax policies, to put the country back on track. “I am not here to be popular. I am ready to make unpopular decisions for the sake of the country. People will realize the importance of these decisions in two to three years.” The Head of State, who arrived in Parliament earlier this morning, inaugurated the Fourth Session of the Ninth Parliament at 10:00 a.m. After he delivered the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

Military personnel deployed in Colombo amidst mass protests
Courtesy Adaderana
Several teams of military personnel have been deployed within the Colombo Fort area, to help control the prevailing situation in the wake of various groups taking to the streets this morning (08 Feb.) to stage protest marches and rallies. A number of protests kicked off this morning, with different groups, including trade union activists, employees of the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), the Maha Sangha and Government Executives, taking to the streets based on several issues including the new tax policy and the 13th Amendment.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

President instructs Treasury to only provide provisions for essential public expenditure
Courtesy Adaderana
President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policy, has instructed the Treasury Secretary to provide provisions only for essential government services.  The directive was issued in an attempt to maintain public services until the state revenue situation improves.  Accordingly, the list of expenditure to be funded includes salaries, debt servicing, pensions, medical supplies for hospitals, subsidies for low-income groups, scholarships, farmers’ pensions, school nutrition programs, payments for war heroes and disabled soldiers, utility payments, food supplies for hospitals and prisons, and others.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

Cabinet decided not to implement Political Victimisation Commission’s recommendations - AG
Courtesy Adaderana
The Attorney General (AG) has informed the Court of Appeal that the Cabinet of Ministers has decided not to implement the recommendations of the Political Victimisation Commission, which was chaired by former Justice Upali Abeyratne. AG Sanjay Rajaratnam had informed the court of this, when the petitions filed by a group of individuals including President Ranil Wickremesinghe and MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake were taken up today (Feb. 08). The petitions had been filed requesting the court to issue a writ order quashing the panel’s recommendations against them and also seeking an interim... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/23)

THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Pt 16
KAMALIKA PIERIS
KS Sivakumaran in his book “Sri Lankan Tamil literature and culture” (2019) wrote of the evolution of an indigenous Tamil literature of Sri Lanka.    Prior to this, in 2015, the “Annasi and Kadalagotu festival”   had a session “Tamil footprint in Sri Lanka literature”, focusing on Tamil writers writing in Sri Lanka. In 1990, LeRoy Robinson   interviewed Sivakumaran on Tamil writing for   Nagasaki University.” Mavata", a Sinhala literary magazine, published in the 1970s and 80s, edited by Piyal Somaratne, had dedicated a whole issue, its 46th, to Tamil literature in Sri Lanka. Sivakumaran said that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/23)

13-A මර උගුල හා ජනාධිපති රනිල් (ව) කරකවන <කොටි> වලිගය - part 2.
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D
Balkanization of India (plan since 1800s) Source: Malhotra and Neelakandan (2012) ඉතිහාසය කන්නද? ජනවාරි 27 දා ගෙවිඳු කුමාරතුංග මන්ත්‍රීවරයා වීසින් කල අභියෝගය නිසා පරලවූ රනිල් ජනාධිපතිතුමා නොසිතූවිරූ ලෙස දේශපාලන පඹගාලක පැටලී සිටී. ඔහුගේ තර්ක පුස්ස බින්ඳාක් වැනි දෙඩවිලි  විය. සිංහල නායක කළු සුද්දන් විසින් කරන්න පොරොන්දුවී නොකරපු (නීතිපොතේ ඇති අකර්මණ්‍ය/මිය ගිය නීති) දේවල් කෙතරම්ද? 13-A+ ගැන නහයෙන් අඬන ජනාධිපතිට 9 වගන්තියට යන කලදසාව ගැන බොරුවටවත් මතක් වුනාද? මේ කඩිමුඩියේ දැන් දිනේෂ් අගමැතිටත් බුද්ධ ශාසන කොමිෂන් වාර්තා (1955->) හා උඩරට ගැමි පුනරුත්ථාපන  කොමිෂන් වාර්තාව (1951) මතක්වී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/23)

ඉඩම්, පොලිස් බලතල දීමටත් කලින් මන්නාරමින් සිංහල ගැමියන් එලියට?
චානක බණ්ඩාරගේ
මන්නාරම මුරුන්කන්හි නරි කාඩු සිංහල ගම්මානය සිංහල වැසියන් ජීවත්වෙන ගම්මානයකි, මෙහි බොහෝ සිංහල අය පාරම්පරිකව එම ප්‍රදේශයේ ජීවත් වූ අයයි.  ඒ අය දෙමල කථා කරති.  දෙමළ නොදන්නා සිංහලයෝද මේ ගමේ ජීවත් වෙති. ප්‍රභාකරන් විසින් උතුරෙන් සිංහලයන් එළවීමේ ත්‍රස්‌තවාදී වැඩපිළිවෙල යටතේ මෙම ගමේ බොහෝ දෙනෙක් උතුර අත් හැර උතුරු මැද පලාතට ගියහ. 2009 යුද්ධය අවසන් වීමෙන් පසු මේ සිංහලයන්ගෙන් සමහරෙක් ආපසු නරි කාඩු ගම්මානය වෙත ආහ. මෙම ගමට වැදුණු තදබල පහරක් වුයේ ගමේ ළමුන් පාසැල් ගිය මඩු පාර සිංහල මහා විද්‍යාලය විග්නේස්වරන්ගේ උතුරු පළාත් සභාව විසින් 2018දී වසා දැමීමයි. එය වසර ගණනාවක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/23)

නේපාල සහ බංග්ලාදේශ විදේශ අමාත්‍යවරු කලාපීය සහයෝගීතාවයේ වැදගත්කම අවධාරණය කරති..
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
බංග්ලාදේශයේ සහ නේපාලයේ විදේශ අමාත්‍යවරුන් වන ආචාර්ය ඒ.කේ. අබ්දුල් මොමන් සහ ආචාර්ය බිමලා රායි පෞද්‍යාල් 75 වැනි නිදහස් සංවත්සරයට සහභාගි වීම සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණ සිටින අතරවාරයේ දී අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී හමුවිය.දකුණු ආසියාවේ කලාපීය සහයෝගීතාවයේ වැදගත්කම අමාත්‍යවරුන් දෙදෙනාම මෙහිදි  අවධාරණය කළේය. දකුණු ආසියාතික රටවලට එකිනෙකාගේ අත්දැකීම්වලින් පාඩම් ඉගෙන ගත හැකි බව පෙන්වා දුන් ඔවුහු දකුණු ආසියානු කලාපීය සහයෝගීතා සංගමයේ (සාර්ක්) දැනට පවතින අවහිරතා සමීප සහයෝගීතාවයට බාධා පමුණුවන බව පෙන්වා දුන්හ.නේපාල විදේශ අමාත්‍ය ආචාර්ය පෞද්‍යාල් දෙරට අතර ඓතිහාසික ආගමික හා සංස්කෘතික සබඳතා ගැන සඳහන් කළ අතර, බුදුන් උපන් ස්ථානයට පැමිණෙන බෞද්ධයන් විශාල සංඛ්‍යාවකට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/23)

Sri Lanka has initiated an action plan to ensure a Green Economy by 2050 – President
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has the potential to establish the green economy, specially by way of renewable energy, said President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing a High-Level event on Strategies and Actions to Accelerate Sri Lanka’s Transition to a Green Growth Pathway. He said further that the Sri Lankan Government prepared a Natural Adaption Plan and National Environment Action Plan to ensure a green economy and a better world by 2050. The event, held at the Hilton Colombo this morning (06), was organized by the Ministry of Environment and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/23)

From Presidential House in Colombo to Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia in Brazil and Andean Mountains in Peru
By Sena Thoradeniya
On January 8 supporters of ex-President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil invaded and pillaged Brazil’s Presidential Palace known as Planalto Palace regarded as a national treasure, designed by a modernist architect, along with the Congress building and Supreme Federal Courts. Protester’s shattered glass and burnt iconic furniture, ripped floors, broke windows and doors, vandalised priceless paintings and other art works, defaced portraits, decapacitated sculptures, all pieces of national heritage, scrawled graffiti across facades of buildings calling for a military intervention to remove the elected President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, popularly known as Lula. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/23)

Replace Provincial Councils with District Councils
 Sugath Kulatunga
The obnoxious 13th Amendment to the Constitution has surfaced again with the announcement by the President that 13A should be fully implemented, which also implies the remerger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. His argument is that the provisions on police and land powers have been in the Constitution for the last 37 years and should be either implemented or taken off. The President should explain why this controversial issue is being raised at a time when the nation is desperately fighting an economic crisis. He did not take up this subject for over 3 decades,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/23)

පරිහානියට යන සිංහල සංස්කෘතිය
චානක බණ්ඩාරගේ
පළමුව, විශේෂ දෙයක් - වසර 36ක ඇවෑමෙන්, දැන් - 2023, 13 පුර්ණ කර ඒ මඟින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව නියතව දෙකට කඩන TNA මර උගුලට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සිටින සියළු සිංහල ප්‍රධාන පක්ෂ (ජවිපෙද ඇතුළු) එකඟ වී ඇති බවයි පෙනෙන්නට තිබෙන්නේ.  අනාගත ජනාධිපතිවරණයකදී ද්‍රවිඩ චන්ද (20%), තම ගොඩට දමා ගත හොත් තම ජය නියතයයි සෑම ප්‍රධානම සිංහල දේශපාලන පක්ෂයක්ම සිතයි. ඒ නිසයි අද සැවොම ඉඩම්, පොලිස් බලතල උතුරු නැගෙනහිරට ලබා දිය යුතු යයි කියා අත ඔසවන්නේ. සිංහලයා ඉතා දුර්වල නිසා කිසි බියක් නැතිව ඔවුහු මේ දේ කරති. ඉඩම් සහ පොලිස් බලතල උතුරට සහ නැගෙනහිරට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/23)

ආගමේ නාමයෙන් කෙරෙන ශබ්ද දූෂණය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
නිහඞතාව අගය කළ  බුදුන්ට මුනින්දා කීමුත් ඒ අගය කළ නිහඞතාව මේඝයක් සේ සිඳ බිඳ දමමින්   නිහඞතායේ මියුරුහඞ පරයා   ශබ්ද දූෂණය උපරිම කළ යකඩ කටින් එන පිරිත් හඞ පන්සල් භූමියටත් එහා ගිගුම් දෙයි  පහන් සංවේගය මොට කරමින්  ආගම තරඟයක් වූ කාලයක  යහපත් ධර්ම මාර්ගය නොව ආගමික ආධිපත්‍ය වැදගත් වූ යුගයක  උදේ සවස යකඩ කටින් අල්ලහු අක්බාර් කියන   කටෝ‍ර හඞට තරඟයක් දීමට නිහඞතායේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/23)

බොරු ඉතිහාසයක් ගොඩනැගීම යනු බෙදුම් වාදයයි
Palitha Ariyarathna Writer, Journalist, Author Publisher
බොරු ඉතිහාසයක් ගොඩනැගීම යනු බෙදුම් වාදයයි....සංවාදයට විවෘතයි 01: විග්නේස්වරන්ගේ දෙමළ ජාතිවාදී ප්‍රකාශයට සත්‍ය පිළිතුරක් | True answer to Tamil racism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roOZ5bTPm0A&list=PLaZtYsavWKfAj1x1u1pU5pkZQtYRCwViG&index=6 02: ලෝකයේ ලොකුම බොරුව සහ විග්නේශ්වරන්ගේ ගොබෙල්ස් න්‍යාය | දෙමළ ජාතිවාදී ප්‍රකාශයට සත්‍ය පිළිතුරක් https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egPSLFzPfBY&list=PLaZtYsavWKfAj1x1u1pU5pkZQtYRCwViG&index=40 03: Terrorism | Reply to Convo | Future of Eelam Tamils in Current Geo-Political Dynamics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NafYlXm6qU&list=PLaZtYsavWKfAj1x1u1pU5pkZQtYRCwViG&index=43 2. බෙදුම් වාදය | අන්තවාදය |ත්‍රස්තවාදය දීර්ඝ කාලීනව මැඩ පැවැත්වීමට ගතයුතු ක්‍රියාමාර්ග https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vQVhE3QewM&list=PLaZtYsavWKfAj1x1u1pU5pkZQtYRCwViG&index=46 නිජබිම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/23)

What are the external factors that helped Sri Lanka to gain independence?
by Senaka Weeraratna Attorney-at-Law & RASSL Council Member
Sri Lanka won freedom not in isolation but in step with the rest of the Asian countries in the aftermath of the end of the Second World War in 1945. Many factors contributed to the collapse of Western dominance in Asia. The Second World War was the pivotal factor. WW2 was a blessing in disguise for European colonies. Japan’s blitzkrieg inspired the national liberation movements in Asia and even Africa to awaken and fight for their freedom. Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948 on the back of Japan’s resounding military... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/23)

ජනාධිපතිවරයා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව දෙවන වරටත් කල් දැම්මේ 13 බලාත්මක කිරීම ඇතුළත් “රාජාසන කතාව වැඩි ඡන්දයෙන් සම්මත කරගෙන” ඔහුගේ බෙදුම්වාදී ගමනේ සුජාතභාවය හදාගන්නයි – ජානිපෙ නායක විමල් වීරවංශ
Lanka Lead News
ජනාධිපතිවරයා දෙවැනි වරටත් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව කල් දමනු ලැබුවේ ‘ලොකු පුටුවක’ යළි වාඩිවීමට යැයි පවසමින් ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ සැබෑ වෑයම යටගැසීමට ඇතැමුන් උත්සාහ ගත්ත ද, ජනාධිපතිවරයා සූදානම් වන්නේ ‘දහතුන්වැනි ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය පූර්ණ ලෙස බලාත්මක කිරීම’ තම රාජාසන කතාවට ඇතුළත් කර එය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ වැඩි ඡන්දයෙන් සම්මත කරගෙන, තම බෙදුම්වාදී ගමනට සුජාතභාවය සාදා ගැනීමට බව ජානිපෙ නායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා අනාවරණය කරයි. ඒ මහතා මෙසේ අනාවරණය කළේ පසුගිය දෙවැනිදා කොළඹ සම්බුද්ධත්ව ජයන්ති මන්දිරයේදී ‘රනිල් 13 බලාත්මක කර රට බෙදෙන හැටි’ මැයෙන් ප්‍රසිද්ධ දේශනයක් පවත්වමිනි. එහිදී දීර්ඝ ලෙස කරුණු දැක් වූ ජානිපෙ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/23)

13 බලාත්මක කරමින් රනිල් සිදුකිරීමට යන මහා පාවාදීම ජවිපෙ සඟවන්නට හදන හැටි ජයන්ත සමරවීර කියාදෙයි (වීඩියෝ)
Lanka Lead News
රටේ ජනතාව බෙහෙත් පෙත්තේ සිට ගන්නා ආහාර වේල දක්වා ආපදාවට ලක්වී, අසරණ වී සිටින මොහොතක එම ආපදාව ප්‍රයෝජනයට ගනිමින් රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ජනාධිපතිවරයා තමන්ගේ මාමා වූ ජේ.ආර්. ජයවර්ධනට කරගැනීමට නොහැකි වූ 13 සංශෝධනය හරහා රට බෙදීමේ ක්‍රියාවලිය සක්‍රීය කරමින් සිටින බව ජානිපෙ ජාතික සංවිධායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ජයන්ත සමරවීර මහතා පවසයි. 13 සම්පූර්ණයෙන් බලාත්මක කර, රට බෙදා ෆෙඩරල් රාජ්‍යයක් නිර්මාණය කිරීමේ ක්‍රියාවලියෙන් අඩියක් පස්සට තැබීමට ජනාධිපතිවරයාට අද සිදුව ඇත්තේ මෙරට ජාතික සංවිධාන, සිවිල් සංවිධාන විසින් ත්‍රෛනිකායික මහා සංඝරත්නය දැනුවත් කිරීමෙන් උන්වහන්සේලා මෙම ක්‍රියාවට එරෙහිව පියවර ගැනීම නිසා බවත්, එහෙත් ජනාධිපතිවරයා එම ක්‍රියාවෙන් තවමත් ඉවත්වී නොමැති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/23)

SL exploring ways to adopt India’s cross-border digital payment systems to attract more of their tourists
By Nishel Fernando Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Eyeing to welcome 250,000 Indian tourists this year, Sri Lanka is exploring the possibility of adopting India’s home-grown cross-border digital payment systems as part of the country’s strategy to lure in more Indian tourists by enabling a cashless travel experience. In an interview with an Indian news agency last weekend, Sri Lanka High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda revealed that enabling payments using RuPay card and RuPay mechanism is being considered as a part of the country’s tourism strategy.“They are even looking at the possibility of using the RuPay... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/23)

Not in favour of 13A; could lead to separatism, EP Governor says
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Eastern Province Governor Anuradha Yahampath today expressed her displeasure over the implementation of the 13th Amendment because it could lead to separatism in the country. Addressing an event today, she said that she was totally against separatism. "The separatism will cause no peace in the island and leads to war. If separatism is implemented in any small island, it will create issues. Similar practice has created enough of issues everywhere in the world. There has been war wherever there is separatism, particularly in island nations. "There is no peace in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/23)

Political vlogger Darshana Handungoda arrested by CID
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lankan YouTuber and political vlogger Dharshana Handungoda has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).  He was reportedly arrested on Sunday (05) upon arriving in the country from Dubai.  In May last year, Handungoda had been summed by the Criminal Investigation Department for questioning, however, he had declined to give a statement, claiming that the police never sent him an official notification calling him in for questioning.  A journalist by profession, Handungoda operates a YouTube channel known for its biting political commentary.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/23)

13A Land & Police powers will give Northern Province the Tamil Eelam Sri Lanka’s soldiers sacrificed their lives to prevent
Shenali D Waduge
The northern province has become a virtual Tamil only province by virtue of chasing out Sinhalese & Muslims who had been living prior to Independence. Implementing 13A in full would mean this Tamil Only Northern Province will get the Tamil Eelam State their politicians politically vied for & Tamil militants fought for which Sri Lanka’s soldiers prevented by sacrificing their lives to ensure the Island nation was not separated. Such a political betrayal cannot be allowed. Those that take offence when Sinhalese say the island nation was built by Sinhale... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

1948 ලැබුණායයි කියන නිදහසේ හැටි මෙන්න.
ආචාර්‍ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර.මහනුවර
Fist Posted on January 27th, 2023 1948.පෙබ 4 දා.අපට ලැබුණේ අධිරාජ්‍යවාදි යදම්වළින් බැඳි තවමත් බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය මහරජ අපගේද මහරජ වශයෙන් පිළිගන්නා ඔවුන් විසින්ම සකස්කරණලද ආණ්ඩු ක්‍රමව්‍යවස්තාවක් යටතේ පාලනයවන බ්‍රතාන්‍ය පොදුරාජ්‍ය මණ්ඩලය තුල ඩොමිනියන් තත්වයක් හා මේ රටේ මිනිසුන්ගේ චන්දයෙන් පත්කරගත් කලුසුද්දන්ගෙන් සැදුම්ලත් පාර්ලිමේන්ත්ව සහ උත්තර මන්ත්‍රී මණ්ඩලයක් සහිත සීමිත නිදහසක් පමණි. ඒ බව   1948 පෙබරවාරි 10 වනදා පැවති පළමු නිදහසේ නිළ උත්සවයේ ප්‍රධාන අමුත්තා වූ ග්ලොසෙටර්හි ආදිපාදවරයා විසින්ම  එදින  ඔහුගේ කතාව ‘ message From His Majesties king of Ceylon”  යනුවෙන් ප්‍රකාශකිරීමෙන්ම තවදුරටත් සනාත වෙයි. එසේම සෝල්බරී ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 45 වන වගන්තිය අනුව1948න් පසුවද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

Miraculous Eco Tablet
By Dr Tilak S. Fernando
There was much controversy about a tablet that was supposed to mix with petrol which would give an extra percentage of consumption over ten times, on 92 and 95 grades. An advertising Agency or Manufacturing company became quite popular with this innovative tablet. Consequently, almost every motorist was compelled to use this Eco tablet since the fuel prices went up to rocket levels. However, The Minister of Power and Energy introduced a QR- code system to obtain petrol from all filling stations, which reduced the mile-long queues where people had to wait in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

High Commission in New Delhi launches a Sinhala translation of Jairam Ramesh’s ‘The Light of Asia’ as it celebrates the 75th Independence Day 
Media Release  Sri Lankan High Commission in New Delhi 
The Sinhala translation of renowned Indian author Jairam Ramesh's book "The Light of Asia; the poem that defined the Buddha", Budusiritha Lowata Genagiya Maha Kavyaya; Asiyawe Alokaya, published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence and the 75th anniversary of Sri Lanka- India diplomatic relations was presented to its author and the Maha Sangha at the Independence Day flag hoisting ceremony held at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi today (4). The Sinhala translation, published by the Pathfinder Foundation, was presented to the author of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

Open Letter to the President (HE RW) of the Sri Lankan Republic
By Engr. Kanthar Balanathan DipEE (UK), GradCert (RelEng-Monash), DipBus&Adm (Finance-Massey), C.Eng., MIEE, Former Director of Power Engineering Solutions Pty Ltd, Consulting Electrical Engineers
Since independence in 1948, the country has gone bankrupt although Sri Lanka generated foreign income through tourism, tea, rubber etc. As a President, you should be aware of the country’s economic and financial situation. During your regime in 2015, the Arjuna Mahendran Bond scam opened and has now been buried. We blame the Rajapaksas. How about the others? The decline and problems started with the following sequence: SWRD Bandaranaike                         -1956JVP and LTTE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

Full implementation of 13A and its repercussions
Sangadasa Akurugoda
As per the media reports, President Wickremesinghe reiterated his intention to fully implement the controversial 13th Amendment to the Constitution at the Thai Pongal celebrations, in Jaffna, on January 15 and again during the party leaders’ meeting at the Presidential Secretariat. According to above reports, the Cabinet is in favor of the full implementation of the 13th amendment. He further said that as the President of the country, he is bound to implement the laws of the land and the 13th Amendment is a part of the Constitution. The current President’s statement is not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

Indian Foreign Minister and his government should stop meddling with Sri Lankan internal affairs -An open letter to Foreign Minister of India
Dr Sudath Gunasekara Mahanuwara
Indian Foreign Minister and his government should stop meddling with Sri Lankan internal affairs and mind their own business. An open letter to Foreign Minister Jaishankar’s latest attempt to interfere with Sri Lankan internal affairs, violating all accepted diplomatic and international etiquettes and principles. I quote here the gist of a news report that refers to the Indian stand as stated in the press release by Foreign Minister Jaishankar of India. 1.“India considers the full implementation of the 13th Amendment in Sri Lanka "critical" for achieving reconciliation with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

Romanticizing Pre-Independence Era is Silly
Dilrook Kannangara
There is a silly trend of glorifying and romanticizing the pre-Independence era. Those who do so have no idea how things were then. Although Sri Lanka is in a dire economic and political situation today, some matters are better than then. Yes; there are things that are worse today. Sri Lankans are utterly frustrated about how things are and for valid reasons. However, an imbalanced one-sided view is silly. We must move forward, not backward. A very small percentage of people lived a comfortable life during British rule but the vast majority of people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

Failure of the World Economy
N.A.de S. Amaratunga
The new wealth produced by the world since 2020 has been USD 42 trillion. Two thirds of this huge amount of wealth has gone into the pockets of 1% of  the world population which comprises the billionares of the world. The whole of the rest of the world population, ie 99%, will have to do with one third of this wealth, which was largely produced by them. Apart from the gross unfairness of this world order the fact that its indefinite continuation may not be possible without huge social upheaval and irreperable environmental damage should... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

‘ඔක්කොම බොරුකාර, හොරු මල්ලි
චානක බණ්ඩාරගේ
2004දී මහා පරිමානයේ  සුනාමි සොරකමක් වූ බව දැන දැනත්, 1994 පටන් ඒ අයගේ කැරැට්ටුව දැන දැනත්, ඒ අයට දිගටම බලය ලබා දුන්නේ අපයි. මෙයින් පෙන්වන්නේ අපේ නොසැලකිල්ලයි. රටට නියම ආදරේ නැති කමයි. අප දිගු කාලීනව අනාගතය දෙස නොබලන බවයි. දියුණු රටවල ජනතාව නම්  සොරුන් බව දැනගත් පසු කිසිදා එවැනි අය පලමුවරට හෝ නැවත නැවතත් බලයට පත් නොකරයි. කෙසේ හෝ සොරුන්ට උපරිම දඬුවම් ලබා දෙයි. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව යනු අප සමාජයේ කැඩපතකි. ඒ නිසා, දැන් පසුගිය වංචා දුෂණ තදබල ලෙස විවේචනය කරන අප එනම් - සාමාන්‍ය ජනයා, චන්ද වලින් බලයට පැමිණියහොත් කරනුයේද  2005,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

Way ahead for Lankan economy
By Garvin Karunaratne
Perhaps what I wrote a year ago, if followed tells us the only way ahead.  Sri Lanka’s economy finds itself in a situation where one wonders whether the government has allowed it to drift. Perhaps, studying how countries have suffered and faced similar crises in the past may offer us some ideas. In 1997 the economies of Asian giants Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea crashed. In 1995, the World Bank said that Thailand was the world’s fastest growing economy. Of Thailand, Phongpaichit and Baker says, “in 1996, export growth slumped from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

PUCSL සභාපතිට බරපතල චෝදනා 14ක්… ලයිස්තුව මෙන්න…
උපුටා ගැන්ම  අරුණ පුවත්
මහජන උපයෝගිතා කොමිසමේ සභාපති ජනක රත්නායකට එරෙහිව කරුණු දහහතරකින් යුක්ත චෝදනා පත්‍රයක් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යාංශය සූදානම් වෙයි. එම චෝදනා පත්‍රය නීති කෙටුම්පත් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට පසුගිය සිකුරාදා (03 වැනිදා) යොමු කර තිබුණි. නීති කෙටුම්පත් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව චෝදනා පත්‍රය නීතියට අනුව සකස් කර ලබාදීමෙන් පසු විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති ඇමැති කංචන විජේසේකර එය ලබන අටවැනිදායින් පසු පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට නියමිතය. මහජන උපයෝගිතා කොමිෂන් සභාවේ සභාපතිවරයාට අයත් යැයි සැලකෙන ආයතනයක් මගින් විදුලිය තොග වශයෙන් ලබාගෙන පාරිභෝගිකයන්ට අලෙවි කිරිමේ බලපත්‍රයක් ලබාගැනිම ඇතුළු චෝදනා දාහතරක් ඊට ඇතුළත් කර තිබේ. සභාපතිවරයාට එරෙහිව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

Will continue new reforms despite obstacles created by anarchist political forces: Prez
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President Ranil Wickremesinghe said regardless of the obstacles the anarchist political forces seek to create, he will continue the new reform program with the majority of people who love this country. "We can become a developed country by 2048 if we work and move forward in a united and planned manner envisioning peace and reconciliation. There is the potential to become a developed country which is not begging from any other nation in the world. True freedom can be achieved and it is possible," he said addressing the nation. "There... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

“There is only one ladder out of this crisis” – President’s address to the nation
Courtesy Adaderana
President Rani Wickremesinghe addressed the nation this evening (04 Feb.), in view of Sri Lanka’s 75th Independence Anniversary. In his speech, the Head of State discussed Sri Lanka’s looming economic crisis, stating that the only way out of it was by making difficult and unpopular decisions.  https://youtu.be/nbZf0wqtEOQ “Sugarcoated stories by politicians will not resolve this crisis”, Wickremesinghe said, adding that he will continue to move forward with reforms such as those implemented thus far, albeit being severely unpopular and criticized. Moreover, he noted that under his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

“You are not alone” – Commonwealth Secretary General on Sri Lanka’s crisis
Courtesy Adaderana
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has reinstated the fact that Sri Lanka is not alone in the crisis it is currently facing. Speaking at the Inaugural Lecture for Geopolitical Cartographers yesterday 903 Feb.), Scotland said, “I know that Sri Lanka continues to feel the weight of political and economic pressure. The pressure can be hard to bear. It can be destabilizing, isolating, and frightening, and I am here because I want every Sri Lankan to know that you are not alone. You are part of this special precious Commonwealth family”. The Geopolitical Cartographer... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/23)

SC rejects request for interim order preventing power cuts during A/L exam
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Supreme Court today (Feb. 03) rejected a request made by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) to issue an interim order preventing the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) from imposing power cuts during the ongoing 2022 G.C.E. Advanced Level examination. A petition filed by the human rights group against the CEB and several other parties was taken up for consideration before Supreme Court’s three-judge bench consisting of Gamini Amarasekara, Kumudini Wickramasinghe and Shiran Gunaratne. During the court proceedings, President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya, who appeared on behalf of the HRCSL,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

China says SL won’t have to repay principal and interest due in 2021, 2022 to EXIM Bank
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning said today that the Export-Import Bank of China will provide an extension on the debt service to Sri Lanka due in 2022 and 2023, which means Sri Lanka will not have to repay the principal and interest due on the Bank’s loans during the above-mentioned period, so as to help relieve Sri Lanka’s short-term debt repayment pressure. Meanwhile, she said the Bank would like to have friendly consultations with Sri Lanka regarding medium- and long-term debt treatment in this window period and the Bank will make... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

Japan donates vehicles and search equipment to Sri Lanka Police
Courtesy Ada Derana
A total of 150 motorcycles, 74 vehicles and 115 pieces of search equipment have been handed over to the Sri Lanka Police by Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Takei Syunsuke. The automobiles and equipment were handed over under a grant by the Japanese Government at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago. The ceremony was held under the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, the President’s Media Division (PMD) reported. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

Two members of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka resign
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Two members of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka have handed over their letters of resignation to the Finance Ministry Secretary. It was reported that Mohan Samaranayake and Udeni Wickremasinghe handed over their resignation letters.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

China asks US not to ‘jab fingers at its close cooperation with Sri Lanka’
Courtesy Ada Derana
China has hit back at the remarks made by US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland that the terms extended by China to Sri Lanka to unlock IMF debt relief remain insufficient. In response to a question raised at a regular press conference on Thursday (Feb. 02), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said the US Under Secretary’s comments do not reflect the truth. During her recent official visit to Sri Lanka, Nuland told reporters in Colombo that China’s offer on their financial assurances for Sri Lanka is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

Does India want 13A LAND & POLICE POWERS or is it USA/Church – Sri Lanka’s dilemma?
Shenali D Waduge
13A is not about police or land powers, it is only about power. The question is, power for whom & under what conditions. 13A came subsequent to the signing of the Indo-Lanka Accord in 1987. Both were acts of aggression. India was pro-Russian & a closed economy while Sri Lanka had tilted towards West embracing an open-market economy. It is curious to ascertain whether the West coerced Indira Gandhi into training Tamil youth, tapping her personal anger against Sri Lanka’s JR Jayawardena. In short, did that Indian initial training have an element... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

The Survival of Sri Lanka: 
Prof. Hudson McLean
“There is no other way out. We are a country with 22 million people. We have to find markets outside." BBC Article Confirms What I Have Said Many Times! Can Sri Lanka trade its way back to prosperity? https://www.bbc.com/news/business-64464220     Can Sri Lanka trade its way back to prosperity? Ben Chu, Newsnight's economic editor, takes a closer look at the country's economic woes. The Survival Of Sri Lanka Depends on Foreign Trade!  Period!!! Furthermore, based on IMAGINATION. The Spirit of Albert Einstein!... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

Cynical irony of consecrating the full implementation of the controversial 13A with a special Sacred Tooth Relic exposition
By Rohana R. Wasala
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesman and Jaffna District MP M.A. Sumanthiran says that his party has decided to boycott the independence day celebrations this year, as reported in The Island of January 31, 2023. Instead, they will declare it a Black Day and commence a movement towards achieving what they call true freedom. According to him, “Immediately after independence, it was transformed into a majority system under the guise of democracy. That’s why other people living in this country did not get freedom”. What he implies is that the ‘independence’ given was only for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

WHY RECONCILIATION PROCESS LOOKS FAILING IN SRI LANKA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
President, Ranil Wickremasinghe recently expressed that the proposed 13th amendment to the constitution should be fully implemented, and the purpose of the amendment would be a supportive action to the reconciliation process. The speech of the president, in fact, was to mislead people during independent celebration time or genuinely implement the constitutional reforms is a question to analysts and many Sri Lankans consider the speech has become a significant question. According to my understanding 90% of population of the country have no understanding of the contents of the 13th amendment and few groups of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

‘’DAY TO DAY LIFE DEMENTIA AND LIVING ON DEATH’’ (Preparing for a peaceful end of life with no burden to others)
Sarath Wijesinghe President’s Counsel, former Ambassador to UAE and Israel, President of Ambassadors' Forum, Solicitor in England and Wales
Life is uncertain - yet care is needed before death Life is uncertain compared to a drop of water on the grass. But the desire of every living being is to live at least a few minutes more before death. The desire of the loved ones around his death bed is to make him alive even for a few minutes. Caregivers are those who have the strength, capacity, and desire, to look after their loved ones called... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

THE WAY TO CRUSH DEMOCRACY
ALI SUKHANVER
When Burma was ruled by a monarchy in the pre-colonial era, its Army was given the name of ‘Tatmadaw’. In the Burmese language Tatmadaw means Royal Armed Forces. Today the Tatmadaw has lost all its popularity and public support because of its action of deposing the elected government on 1st February 2021. One could understand the public reaction against the Tatmadaw by going through an article of Desmond published in the ‘Irrawaddy’ on 25th May 2022. The writer is of the opinion that the name Tatmadaw must not be used for the present day Myanmar Military... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

High Commissioner Moragoda presents a copy of the Sinhala translation of the Holy Quran to the Ambassador of Morocco
Sri Lankan High Commission in India
Continuing his efforts to enhance dialogue with Heads of Mission of Islamic countries concurrently accredited to Sri Lanka from New Delhi, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Milinda Moragoda presented copies of the Sinhala translation of the Holy Quran to the Ambassador of Morocco to India Mohamed Maliki. The impressive Sinhala translation of the Holy Quran, published by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) of Sri Lanka, was presented to the Moroccan Ambassador at the High Commission of Sri Lanka. Ambassador Maliki highly appreciated this gesture of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

වහල් දූපත නිදහස් කෙරේ
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් Slave Island ලෙස හැදින්වූ  කොම්පඤ්ඤවීදිය සිංහල, දෙමළ, ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂා ත්‍රිත්වයෙන්ම “කොම්පඤ්ඤවීදිය” ලෙස භාවිතා කිරීමට අදාලව නිසි සංශෝධනයන් කිරීමට කඩිනමින් පියවර ගන්නා ලෙස අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ලේකම් අනුර දිසානායක මහතා රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන ස්වදේශ කටයුතු, පළාත් සභා හා පළාත් පාලන අමාත්‍යංශ ලේකම්වරයාට උපදෙස් දී ඇත. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතාගේ උපදෙස් පරිදි හැත්තෑපස් වෙනි නිදහස් දිනයට සමගාමීව ගෙන ඇති මෙම තීරණය සම්බන්ධයෙන් තැපැල්පතිවරයා හා කොලඹ මහ නගර සහාවේ නාගරික කොමසාරිස්වරයා ද දැනුම්වත් කර තිබේ. සිංහල හා දෙමළ භාෂාවෙන් කොම්පඤ්ඤ වීදිය ලෙස භාවිතා කළ ද යටත් විජිත සමයේ එම පෙදෙස හැදින්විමට යොදාගත්  Slave Island යන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

මුල් අවස්ථා අධිකරණ රෙජිස්ට්‍රාර් කාර්යාලයලවල ප්‍රමාදයන් සහ අයුතු ක්‍රියා වැළැක්විය හැක්කේ කෙසේද?
"නීතියේ සිංහල නුගමුල" ෆීනික්ස් නීති සාර සංග්‍රහය
මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණ, දිසා අධිකරණ, මහාධිකරණ, වාණිජ මහාධිකරණ, සුලු හිමිකම් අධිකරණ මුල් අවස්ථා අධිකරණ ලෙස හැදින්වේ.රටේ පවතින නඩු වලින් වැඩිම නඩු සංඛ්‍යාවක් කැදවෙන්නේ මෙම අධිකරණවලය. ජනතාව වැඩි වශයෙන් නීතියේ පිළිසරණ පතා එන්නේත්, වැඩි සේවකයන් සංඛ්‍යාවක් ඉන්නේත් මෙම අධිකරණ වලය.මෙම අධිකරණවල සේවකයන් සමබන්ධ තීරණ ගනු ලබන්නේ ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව මගින් පිහිටුවා ඇති අධිකරණ සේවා කොමිෂන් සභාව විසිනි.මෙකී මුල් අවස්ථා අධිකරණ වල සහතික පිටපත් ලබා ගැනීම, ඇප මුදල් තැබීම, ඇප මුදල් ආපසු ගැනීම සම්බන්ධ කටයුතු වලදී නඩු කියන්නන් සහ ඔවුන්ගේ පවුල්වල අය වැඩි වශයෙන් ප්‍රමාදයට, කළකිරීමට, අයුතු මුදල් වැය කිරීමවලට, සම්බන්ධතා නැති අය නොසැලකිල්ලට හසුවන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

'US must show some sincerity, actually do something to help Sri Lanka': Chinese Foreign Ministry
Courtesy ANI
Beijing [China], February 2 (ANI): After US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland during her visit to Sri Lanka said that the terms extended by China to Colombo for IMF debt relief are not enough, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has now retaliated saying that rather than commenting upon Beijing's ties with Sri Lanka, US must show some sincerity and actually do something for the island nation.In a regular press conference on Thursday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning said, "What was said by the US side does not reflect the truth. The Export-Import Bank... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/23)

13 සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම බලාත්මක කිරීමෙන් රටට සිදුවන්නේ කුමක්ද? – ආචාර්ය ගුණදාස අමරසේකර පැහැදිළි කරයි
Lanka Lead News
පසුගිය දා රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ජනාධිපතිවරයා 13 සම්පූර්ණයෙන් බලාත්මක කරන බව පවසා එමගින් රට නොබෙදෙන බව ප්‍රකාශ කළ ද එය සිදුවන්නේ කෙසේදැයි නොපැවසූ බව ආචාර්ය ගුණදාස අමරසේකර මහතා පවසයි. ලබන 08 වැනිදා ජනාධිපතිවරයා 13 සම්පූර්ණයෙන් බලාත්මක කිරීමේ යෝජනාව පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කරන  බව කියා ඇති බවත්, ඔහු මෙයින් විශාල ප්‍රයෝගයක් කිරීමට උත්සාහ දරන බවත් ගුණදාස අමරසේකර මහතා සදහන් කරයි. ඒ මහතා මේ බව පැවසුවේ ජාතික සංවිධාන එකමුතුව විසින් අද(02) පැවැත්වූ මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්වෙමිනි. කලකට ඉහත මාක්ස්වාදීන් බොහෝ දෙනෙකු මෙම 13 වැනි සංශෝධනය බලාත්මක කළාට රට බෙදීමක් සිදු නොවන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/23)

Millions allocated for former presidents in 2023, Treasury makes no cuts
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
-Millions continue to be allocated for past heads of state in 2023 with a bulk of it going towards the maintenance of their state homes and vehicles -The state has to allocate for 4 past Presidents, namely Chandrika Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Maithripala Sirisena and Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Hema Premadasa, wife of the late Ranasinghe Premadasa also gets a budget allocation under this category With 2022 bringing on an economic disaster for Sri Lankan citizens, one would expect the Treasury to reduce its budget allocations for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/23)

13th Amendment should not be enforced – Chief Prelates.
Courtesy Adaderana
The Chief Prelates of the Three Chapters have accused President Ranil Wickremesinghe of confusing the country following his statement on the implementation of the 13th Amendment. In a letter addressed to the Head of State today (02 Feb.), the religious leaders deemed the 13th Amendment as a piece of legislation that gives rise to serious concerns pertaining to the country’s national security, territorial integrity and its independence. They further noted that by implementing the 13th Amendment, police and land powers too, will be devolved to Provincial Councils, and thus asserted that the Amendment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/23)

Police to appeal against Wasantha Mudalige’s release
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Police have decided to file an appeal against the recent release of Wasantha Mudalige, convener of the Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF),  from the charges filed against him under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Accordingly, Police Spokesman Nihal Thalduwa stated that the Police Headquarters today (02 Feb.) requested the Attorney General to submit an appeal, in accordance with all relevant legal provisions, against the recent judgment given by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court. Meanwhile, Mudalige today held a special press conference, during which he claimed that several high-ranking police officers attempted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/23)

Paris Club to give Sri Lanka financial assurances amid IMF debt talks - report
Courtesy Adaderana
The Paris Club of creditor nations is ready to provide financing assurances to Sri Lanka, a key step needed to unlock a $2.9 billion International Monetary Fund bailout, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. https://youtu.be/BhdEe9I46cc The group of bilateral lenders is set to “soon” announce its support to the crisis-hit nation on a debt overhaul, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because talks are private. Sri Lanka entered into a staff level agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/23)

Declaring Unilateral Declaration of Independence is reason not to give Police & Land Powers under 13A.
Shenali D Waduge
The Indo-Lanka Accord was signed to end the “ethnic conflict”. The 13th amendment was to constitutionally end the “ethnic conflict”. Both were failures because the solutions became the problem. The solutions had vested interests & agendas in mind & became political footballs that were never meant to be solved. It is for this reason that both Indian Govt & Sri Lankan Govt must agree to bury the Indo-Lanka Accord & 13A for good. Relations must look at future as scenarios have changed. Contrary to what is being promoted. The Indo-Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/23)

Before 13A Land Powers Tamils Must Return Occupied Sinhala Land Since 1977 and Muslim Land Since 1990 in the North
Dilrook Kannangara
In 1971 there were more than 20,000 ethnic Sinhalas were living in the Jaffna District alone. None of them lived on rent. They had their own properties as with everyone else in Jaffna. However, after the TULF election win in July 1977, Tamils attacked Sinhala people in the north during Black August 1977, evicted them permanently and grabbed their properties which Tamils occupy to this date. Having robbed Sinhala property, Tamils repeated the same act of robbery against Muslims in August 1990. It is also called Black August 1990. The number of Muslims evicted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Main elements of New Constitution drafted by British Solicitors in 1994
Shenali D Waduge
first published in 2019“A Framework for the Constitution of the Union of Ceylon” prepared in 1994 by a firm of British solicitors (Bates, Wells and Braithwaite) for the Sri Lanka Peace Support Group an entity within the Centre of Policy Alternatives. Constitution. Illustration: Ratna Sagar Shrestha.THT What is interesting about this proposal is that it lays out the nuts and bolts of a confederate structure; a concept that many are unfamiliar with but elements which are being peddled through the present constitution giving rise to the reality that this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Economists Radhika Desai & Michael Hudson explain multipolarity, decline of US hegemony
By  Radhika Desai and Michael Hudson Courtesy Geopolitical Economy
  RADHIKA DESAI: Hi everyone, and welcome to this Geopolitical Economy Hour. I’m Radhika Desai. MICHAEL HUDSON: And I’m Michael Hudson. RADHIKA DESAI: Every fortnight we are going to meet for an hour to discuss major development in the fast-changing geopolitical economy of our 21st-century world. We’ll discuss international developments. We’ll discuss their roots in individual countries and regions. We will try to uncover the reality beneath the usually distorting representation of these developments in the dominant Western media. We plan to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ නව ප්‍රංශ තානාපති සහ මහජන ආරක්ෂක ඇමති අතර හමුවක්
මහජන ආරක්ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශය
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ නව ප්‍රංශ තානාපති ජොංෆ්‍රැන්සුවා පැක්තෙ මහතා අද(1දා)දින සුහද හමුවක්  සඳහා  මහජන  ආරක්ෂක ඇමති ටිරාන් අලස් මහතා හමුවීමට මහජන ආරක්ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශයට පැමිණියේය.ප්‍රංශ - ශ්‍රි ලංකා රාජතාන්ත්‍රික සබඳතා පිළිබඳව මෙම හමුවේදී සාකච්ඡා වූ අතර තවදුරටත් එම සම්බන්ධතා ශක්තිමත් කරගැනීම සඳහා සිය පූර්ණ සහය ලබා දෙන බව ප්‍රංශ තානාපති ජොංෆ්‍රැන්සුවා පැක්තෙ මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය.එහිදී ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් නීති විරෝධී සංක්‍රමණිකයන් ලෙස ප්‍රංශයේ දූපත් වලට ඇතුලුවීම වැලැක්වීම සඳහා ගත හැකි ක්‍රියාමාර්ග පිළිබඳවද මෙහිදී සාකච්ඡා කළේය.මහජන ආරක්ෂක අමාත්‍ය ටිරාන් අලස් මහතාගේ ඉල්ලීම පරිදි ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොලිස් නිළධාරීන් සඳහා පුහුණු වැඩමුළුවක් සංවිධානය කිරීමට සහයෝගය දැක්වීමට ප්‍රංශ තානාපති ජොංෆ්‍රැන්සුවා පැක්තෙ මහතා මෙහිදී එකඟ විය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

13-A මර උගුල හා ජනාධිපති රනිල් (ව) කරකවන <කොටි> වලිගය - part 1
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
හිට්ලර් කෙනෙක්වී හෝ රට නොකඩන්න ජනවාරි 27 දා පක්ෂ නායක රැස්වීමේදී රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ජනාධිපතිතුමා  විසින් ගෙවිඳු කුමාරතුංග මන්ත්‍රීවරයා ඔහුට කල තියුණු අභියෝගයට (confrontation not challenge) දැක්වූ ප්‍රතිචාරය, ලංකාවේ නූතන මැකියාවේලි කෙනෙකුගේ දේශණයක් (lecture) නොව යමෙකු ඔල්මාදයෙන් (delusion) කල හැසිරීමක් වැනිය කියා මට සිතුනි.  13-A මර උඟුල (death trap) ගැන දශක දෙකක සිටම විමසිල්ලෙන් සිටින අයෙකු වශයෙන් මට සිතේ.  මේ පිළිඹඳව විග්‍රහයක් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීම අපගේ යුතුකමය.  රනිල් ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ මනස ගවේශණය කිරීමට හෝ පෙබරවාරි 4 දා ඔහු මොන අන්ඩර දෙමළයක් කියාවිදැයි  අනුමාණ කිරීමට නොහැකි හෙයින් ඔහුගේ කතාව ප්‍රශ්ණ තුනක් වශයෙන් හඳුනාගෙන සළකා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන්  ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට කළ හානිය ගැන  කටයුතු කිරීමක් මෙතෙක් සිදුවී නෑ.-  අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා.
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
"බෞද්ධ කොමිෂන් සභා වාර්තා  සහ උඩරට ගැමි පුනරුත්ථාපන කොමිෂන් සභාවේ වාර්තාවල, අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන්  ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට කළ හානිය ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති අතර මෙතෙක් සිදුවී නොමැති නමුත් ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන්  කටයුතු කිරීම විය යුතු වගකීමක්" බව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා පවසයි. මහාචාර්ය සී. එම්. මද්දුමබණ්ඩාර මහතා රචිත,  FREEDOM STRUGGLES OF SRI LANKA - Lessons Learned and the Way Forward (ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ විමුක්ති අරගල - උගත හැකි පාඩම් සහ ජාතියේ ඉදිරි ගමන) යන ග්‍රන්ථය,   2023.02.01 දින අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලයේදී  පිරිනමනු ලැබූ  අවස්ථාවේදී අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා  ද මේ බව  සදහන් කළේය. මෙම කෘතිය, බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය යටත් විජිත පාලනයට එරෙහිව 1818 ඌව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Sri Lanka makes top 10 in ‘Most Instagrammable Places in the World 2023’
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Feb 1 (AdaDerana) – Sri Lanka has been listed amongst the ‘50 Most Instagrammable Places in the World 2023’ on travel website ‘Big 7 Travel’. The island nation made it to the Top 10 of the list, ranking ninth, amongst Italy, England, France and USA. The list is developed via a comprehensive scoring system that analyses the number of hashtags and TikTok views per destination, while sample surveys from the Big 7 Media’s 1.5 million audiences and their global editorial team is also taken into account. The final results are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

US keen to see Lanka govt’s talks with minority Tamils produce ‘real results’: US official
By: Mohnish Singh Courtesy Eastern Eye
US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who arrived on a one-day visit to Sri Lanka last night, called on Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe and also met the representatives of Tamil political parties on Wednesday. The US is keen to see the ongoing talks between the Sri Lankan government and the minority Tamil leaders produce “real results”, a top official from the Biden administration said here on Wednesday. US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who arrived on a one-day visit to Sri Lanka last night, called... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Keen to see 'real results': US on Sri Lanka govt's talks with Tamils
Courtesy The Telegraph Online
The minority Tamil leaders have been in talks with the new government over their long standing demand of political autonomy under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution The US is keen to see the ongoing talks between the Sri Lankan government and the minority Tamil leaders produce "real results", a top official from the Biden administration said here on Wednesday. US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who arrived on a one-day visit to Sri Lanka last night, called on Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe and also met the representatives... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Sri Lankans have employed over 40,000 Kenyans – Ambassador Kananathan
Courtesy Star (Kenya)
Sri Lankan investors have employed over 20, 000 Kenyans at Export Processing Zone in Athi River Kananathan said Sri Lanka, a country in South Asia, was committed to supporting the Kenyan government in its quest of creating jobs for citizens in a bid of solving the challenge of unemployment in the country. Sri Lanka ambassador Dr. Kana Kananathan, EPZA acting CEO Hussein Mohamed and board chairman Ben Olunya during tree plantation exercise at the zone in Athi River, Machakos County on February 1.Image: GEORGE OWITI Over 40, 000 Kenyans have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Ex-diplomat alleges Australian aid project sabotaged, points finger at Medical Supplies Division
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
One-time Surveyor General Michael de Silva, who served as Sri Lanka High Commissioner in Australia (2004-2007) says in spite of begging for medicine and medical equipment, the health ministry sabotaged ongoing Australian Medical Aid Programme meant to assist state-run hospitals. Declaring that under the programme launched 15 years ago, 102 forty foot container loads of medical equipment worth over Rs. 2,000 mn had been provided to government hospitals, an irate De Silva alleged that the Medical Supplies Division (MSD) brazenly undermined the project by failing to clear... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Full implementation of 13A: NFF vows to torpedo Ranil’s move, asks Dinesh, Mahinda to disclose their stance
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
The National Freedom Front (NFF), a constituent member of Nidahas Janatha Sandhanaya (NJS), has declared that it would oppose President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s bid to fully implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The patriotic people were ready to defeat such plans, even at the expense of their lives, the party has vowed. The breakaway JVP faction consists of six MPs, including former minister Wimal Weerawansa. The NJS is contesting the Local Government polls, scheduled for March 09, under the ‘Helicopter’ symbol. NFF spokesperson, MP Jayantha Samaraweera, on Monday... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

46 die of cancer every day in Sri Lanka: NCCU Director
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Some 46 people die of cancer every day in Sri Lanka out of the 105 cancer patients who are detected daily, the National Cancer Control Unit (NCCU) Director Dr. Ishani Fernando said today. She told a news conference at the Health Promotion Bureau in line with the World Cancer Day which falls on February 4, a total of 38,229 new cancer patients were detected in 2020 and 16,691 out of them died due to the disease. She said it was observed that females were prone to get cancer whereas the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

China’s financial assurances insufficient for IMF bailout – US official
Courtesy Adaderana
US Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, has stated that the United States would also like to see an agreement by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Sri Lanka as quickly as possible.  https://youtu.be/RjZsAsjrM2I Speaking on the matter, however, the visiting US official noted that China’s offer pertaining to their financial assurances thus far remain insufficient, adding that the IMF needs to see credible and specific assurance that matches their standard on debt restructuring prior to moving forward with an agreement.  Sri Lanka is currently awaiting board approval... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Over 100,000 tourist arrivals recorded in Sri Lanka for January 2023
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has seen a significant increase in the number of tourist arrivals for the month of January 2023, compared to the numbers seen in January 2022. A summary report issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed an increase of over 20,000 tourist arrivals, with a total of 102,545 arrivals reported within the first month of 2023. January 2022 saw a total of 82,327 tourist arrivals into the island. Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Harin Fernando took to Twitter, reaffirming that the growth seen in the number of inbound... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Why is Victoria Nuland coming to Sri Lanka 2nd time in 1 year?
Shenali D Waduge
She maybe the highest ranking American official but most Americans do not even know her name. However, she is visiting Sri Lanka twice in one year & that should mean something. Why is she visiting Sri Lanka is however more important. She first visited Sri Lanka days before riots started resulted in the resignation of the former President. Naturally, all eyes are fixed on what is likely to emerge after her forthcoming visit. Over the years, there is no doubt the US has created local “agents” covering all spectrums of society. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

PRESIDENT NEEDS TO CONCENTRATE MACROECONOMIC ISSUES IN THE COUNTRY
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Macroeconomic issues strongly associate with living condition of ordinary people in Sri Lanka. Population, unemployment, economic growth, budget deficit, terms of trade, trade balance, investment such as many others could be given as examples and the pathetic situation in the country is macroeconomic issues and the influence of them to ordinary people has clearly not identified for policy making purpose, and the way these issues influence on the living condition of ordinary people have not studied and developed policies consistent with the issues giving benefits to ordinary people. The macroeconomy is directly associated with day... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Origin of Tamil and Sinhala languages – its relevance  
Prof. N.A.de S. Amaratunga DSc
Tamil is one of the languages in the Dravidian family of languages which include Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and also several minor languages numbering more than twenty. Dravidian languages have been spoken through out India from North to South and East to West for centuries long before the arrival of Aryans. It is beleived that the language in use in the Harappan period (3300 – 1300 BCE) of the Indus Valley Civilization was Dravidian. Dravidians were the major inhabitants even in the North-West regions. With the decline of the Indus Valley culture... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Law & Order, Crimes, Rowdism, among the Tamils
By Engr. Kanthar Balanathan DipEE (UK), GradCert (RelEng-Monash), DipBus&Adm (Finance-Massey), C.Eng., MIEE, Former Director of Power Engineering Solutions Pty Ltd, Consulting Electrical Engineers
Since its Independence in 1948, Sri Lanka had been a peaceful crime-free country until 1971, when the country became a republic. Since LTTE gave birth, Law & Order, Crimes have been on the accent. In some sectors LTTE maintained discipline, however, they were involved in killing civilians In Jaffna and the South, specially Anuradhapura etc. The Tamil terrorist groups attempted to kill themselves and between groups tensions were on the rise. LTTE attempted to kill Hon... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION - THE MAIN ENEMY OF A NATION
Sarath Wijesinghe President’s Counsel, former Ambassador to UAE and Israel and President Ambassador’s Forum
Bribery and Corruption spread as air This is a current and a hot topic that will not be stale anytime anywhere as the issue continues worldwide in different degrees in different eras. Bribery is current with historical significance prevalent in all generations due to excessive greed of the human that defines in various ways with no clear definition today due to the complex nature in today’s context, most simple definition for bribery being the ‘’gift offered to influence a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

High Commissioner Moragoda meets External Affairs Minister of India to review the status of bilateral relations
Media Release Sri Lanka High Commission in India
Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to India, Milinda Moragoda met with the External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar today (31) at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi to review the current status of the relations between Sri Lanka and India. The External Affairs Minister of India and the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka also discussed the way forward and follow-up action, emanating from Dr. Jaishankar’s recent bilateral visit to Sri Lanka.   On 20 January, Dr. Jaishankar concluded an official visit to Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Public Lecture-“ What are the external factors that helped Sri Lanka to gain independence? ”-by Senaka Weeraratna
Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka
Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka Public Lecture “ What are the external factors that helped Sri Lanka to gain independence? ” by Senaka Weeraratna Attorney-at-Law & RASSL Council Member on Friday, 03rd February 2023 at 7.00 p.m. All are Welcome Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89845416149?pwd=UU1pNThHTmJqZkhtbUxaWE5vbE5EUT09                 Meeting ID: 898 4541 6149                                Passcode: 052915 YouTube: https://youtube.com/live/ZKXux2QAtD4?feature=share                         Visit-www.royalasiaticsociety.lk/monthly-lectures/ Lecture Medium – English Sri Lanka won freedom not in isolation but in step... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Reparations Sri Lanka
Senaka Weeraratna
Independence Day - Demands An accountability process for these colonial crimes is warranted through an apology, catharsis, and adequate reparations. An Apology must be particularly directed to the descendants of the Sinhala Buddhist Kandyan people who were singled out as victims of colonial brutalities. These are the descendants of a highly oppressed group of people who were also deprived of their inheritance by the colonial rulers planting thousands of indentured Indian labour of Malabar descent in their traditional homelands without their consent. 19th-century British official documents reveal how the freedom struggles against British colonial... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Should only private sector employees pay income tax?
By Sanjeewa Jayaweera Courtesy The Island
File photo of a recent protest against tax hikes Who currently amongst those who receive a salaried income is not on the streets protesting against the need to pay income tax? The obvious answer is only those working in the private sector. The private sector is often slammed for its reluctance to criticise the government for everything wrong with our country. So their reticence may once again result in only private sector employees paying income tax if the government caves into the demands of the public sector... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Sri Lanka opposition leader says future government under him is not obliged to back IMF and other deals
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, January 30 (Economynext): A future Sri Lankan government under the opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) is not obliged to support deals with the International Monetary Fund or any other international funding agency as the current government does not have a mandate to sign such agreement. President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government is in discussion to obtain $2.9 billion IMF loan once the sovereign debt-defaulted country agrees with all its bilateral creditors. Wickremesinghe government has already implemented many IMF demands that are required to be fulfilled before the global lender’s approval. The Opposition and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Brazen hypocrisy of the Lankan professional elite and the lost promise of a welfare state
By Ranga Jayasuriya Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo, January 31 (Daily Mirror): Sri Lanka’s professional elites are the greatest beneficiaries of the Sri Lankan welfare state, and many would not have been in their elevated places without the public tax-funded free education. However, as much as they want, rightly so, the welfare state to succeed, they are unwilling to pay their share Though Gotabaya should not be credited for his fallacies, the resultant exogenous shock on the economy due to his policies has compelled his successor to rare and decisive systemwide reforms – though how many... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Whose Idea is this Anyway?
By Shivanthi ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
It was an act of cruel irony that forced the supporters of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to witness him resigning from Office on 14-07-2022 and hand over the reins to the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. President Gotabaya won with an overwhelming majority and was given a rare two-third government precisely to save our country from Ranil Wickremesinghe’s anti-national policies. This majority did not come from the traditional vote bases of the SLFP and its allies. For the second time in Sri Lanka’s contemporary history, the country united as one. Voters... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Reliance announces tie-up with Lanka-based biscuit brand
Courtesy Financial Express
RCPL launched its packaged consumer products brand, ‘Independence’ in December 2022 and is creating a distinct and dedicated retail distribution network for its fast-expanding FMCG portfolio. RCPL’s vision is to bring to Indian consumers a bouquet of domestic and globally recognised consumer brands and product choices, the company said. (File) Reliance Consumer Products (RCPL), the FMCG arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Retail Ventures has entered into a strategic partnership with Sri Lanka-based Maliban Biscuit Manufactories. Maliban is a biscuit manufacturer in Sri Lanka for the past 70... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

IMF Keeps Sri Lanka, Pak Waiting, Approves $4.7Bn Support Package for Bangladesh
Courtesy News18
Sri Lanka and Pakistan are facing a major energy crisis like Bangladesh, but Dhaka has been able to secure a package to address the issue The International Monetary Fund has signed off on a $4.7 billion support loan package for Bangladesh to help it cope with soaring energy and food costs that have sparked huge protests. Bangladesh and other South Asian countries dependent on fossil fuel imports were hit hard by sharp cost-of-living increases following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Nationwide blackouts of up to 13 hours a day hit the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Westminster event declares support for Canadian action against Rajapaksa brothers
Courtesy The Island
Foreign Secretary, Aruni Wijewardane, with UK’s Permanent Under Secretary of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Sir Philip Barton, at the Foreign Ministry, in Colombo, on January 17 (pic courtesy Foreign Ministry) As a result of sheer negligence, Sri Lanka has ended up being categorized as a perpetrator of war crimes, and those who had fought for the country are mercilessly targeted. There cannot be a better example than Air Marshal Sumangala Dias who suffered due to Sri Lanka’s failure. Canada refused to accept Dias as Sri Lanka’s High... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

‘Ape Amma’ identified as SL’s highest revenue-generating YouTube channel
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Culinary YouTube channel ‘Ape Amma’ has been identified by CashnetUSA.com as the largest revenue-generating handle in the country on the social media platform.  A worldwide survey by the top online lender revealed that Ape Amma is among the list of all-time top-earning YouTube channels in the rest of the Asia and Oceania region.  Ape Amma has generated a revenue amounting to US $ 962,386 and as of January 30, 2023, the channel has about 2.72 million subscribers. The channel took off on April 15, 2016 and has over 495 million... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

RW gets stern on Public officers - ’Do not take goods, services on credit’
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in a note to the Cabinet, has stressed that public officers should refrain from obtaining goods and services on credit basis, and any officer who violates this will be held personally responsible for such expenditure. The President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, has said that the Government revenue at present (January 2023) is far below the monthly expenditure for the month of January 2023 and that the Government expenditure will have to be curtailed further and postponed until planned revenue to be raised on the recent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

US-India military base in Sri Lanka? Vasu questions
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara charged that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution is in spotlight once again due to the impending visit of the United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland to Sri Lanka. He said that a conspiracy is afoot to establish a US-India military base in Sri Lanka.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Self-retirement for inefficient public sector employees: Bandula
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Steps were being taken to reduce the number of public sector employees in all government institutions and a self-retirement mechanism would be introduced for that effect, Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawradena said today. He told the weekly Cabinet briefing that inefficient public sector employees would be removed through this self-retirement mechanism. The Minister said the decision was taken in accordance with the instructions given by the Treasury to all Ministries to curtail their expenses in all departments and added that all the Ministry Secretaries are bound to adhere to the circulars... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

President’s Media responds to Daily Mirror article on Treasury allocations
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
In reference to the article carried in the Daily Mirror today titled 'Despite Economic Crisis Treasury Allocates Billions for Offices of President, PM, Ministers', the President's Media Division has issued the following clarification. Writer's note - The article clearly exposes figures from a Treasury report which has been allocated for the Offices of the President, Prime Minister and Cabinet of Ministers under a 'Special Spending Unit' for 2023. It reveals to the general public, the allocations made by the Treasury for these offices under this unit for 2023 which runs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Maithripala says he will contest next presidential election
Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Maithripala Sirisena says he expects to contest the next presidential election with the support of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).  Joining a media briefing today (Jan 31), the SLFP leader expressed confidence about winning the election race. “I am not the type of person to move backward. I am not scared of the conspiracies [against me]... Despite being harassed, I will contest the next presidential election with the support of my party. No matter how many votes I receive, I am confident that I can win the election.” ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Sri Lanka’s export earnings in 2022 hit record high of USD 13 billion
Courtesy Adaderana
Earnings from exports in 2022 surpassed USD 13 billion per year for the first time, recording an increase of 4.9% from the previous highest recorded in 2021, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) says. This improvement was a result of increased earnings from industrial exports, including garments, gems, diamonds and jewellery, machinery and mechanical appliances and petroleum products. Meanwhile, total import expenditure in 2022 amounted to USD 18,291 million, recording a decline of 11.4%, year-on-year, resulting from measures to restrict non-urgent imports and liquidity constraints that prevailed in the market for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Easter Attacks: Catholic Church refuses to accept Sirisena’s apology
Courtesy Adaderana
Father Jude Chryshatha, the National Director for Social Communication, has asserted the Catholic Church’s refusal of former President Maithripala Sirisena’s recent apology for the Easter Sunday terror attacks of 2019. https://youtu.be/85EKyAAB1z4 Accordingly, Father Chryshantha noted that the Catholic Church will not accept the apology made by the former President. Speaking at a press conference earlier today (31 Jan.), Sirisena publicly apologized to the Catholic community of Sri Lanka for the 2019 attacks, which took place during his tenure as President. He also assured that he is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

CCPI-based inflation further drops to 54.2% in January
Courtesy Adaderana
he Year-on-Year (Y-o-Y) inflation based on the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI) decreased to 54.2% in January 2023 from 57.2% seen in December 2022, the Department of Census and Statistics reported. Meanwhile, Y-o-Y inflation of Food Group has dropped to 60.1% in January 2023 from 64.4% in December 2022, it said quoting the latest data. https://youtu.be/5_Bfkv5H5p4 According to the department’s report, Y-o-Y Non-Food Group inflation decreased to 51% in January 2023 from 53.4% in December 2022. The CCPI for all items for the month of January... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)

Over 80,700 candidates contesting LG election
Courtesy Adaderana
Over 80,700 candidates from 58 registered political parties and 329 independent groups are due to contest the upcoming Local Government (LG) election, the Election Commission of Sri Lanka stated. https://youtu.be/PGnDNr5Y6SM Accordingly, a total of 80,720 candidates will be contesting for 339 local bodies in the election. The 2023 LG election is scheduled to be held on 09 March. Meanwhile, all relevant documents received from District Returning Officers to hold the election have been sent to the Government Printer to be gazetted, the Chairman of the Commission... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/23)


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