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News Archive for May 2022

Put a few politicians and senior public officials to prison & CHANGE will start
Shenali D Waduge
The problem does not lie in the constitution (only clauses that have been inserted in self-interest & not in national interest) or the laws but in its application & by those required to abide by the laws. Society starts to crack & governance starts to suffer when people manipulate the system, corrupt the system & betray the mandate given to them. Politicians and Senior Public Officials (judges/lawyers/Senior secretaries etc) are a key source for the decline in society. To clean the stables, action must be taken against them first. The legislative... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day – Questions for Canada
Shenali D Waduge
We have a situation. Sri Lanka ended 30 years of LTTE terrorism in 3 years on 18 May 2009 bringing to safety 294,000 Tamils among whom were close to 12,000 LTTE combatants in civilian clothing and 545 child soldiers. The civilians are now leading normal lives & LTTE combatants are rehabilitated & also getting on with their lives. Then there is an allegation that 40,000 to 200,000 have been killed, while there are commemorations titled “Mullaiwaikkal Memorials” with LTTE paraphernalia (emblems, logos, colours etc) & photos of dead LTTErs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

Masks of democracy and energy geopolitics: Is Full Spectrum Dominance the endgame?
Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake
South Asia's Arab Spring has arrived amid energy wars and slow tectonic shifts in power and wealth eastward to Asia and the Indian Ocean Region. This has been hastened by the new Cold War proxy-war in Ukraine, US-led sanctions on energy-rich Russia and a refugee crisis in Europe.  Two regime change operations amid staged protests have transpired within a month in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan known for his courage on an off the cricket pitch was removed on April 9:. He accused Washington of orchestrating his ouster on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

සුපර්කැලි-ෆ්රැගිලිස්ටික්-එක්ස්පියලි-ඩෝසියස්
ජයන්ත හේරත්
අපේ අගමැති අතිවිශිෂ්ටය සුපර්කැලි-ෆ්රැගිලිස්ටික්-එක්ස්පියලි-ඩෝසියස් ය supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - වැ ඩ ට එන්න එපා supercalifragilisticexpialidocious අගමැති කියයි; වැ ඩ ට එන්න එපා එනවා නම් ඇවිද ගෙන එන්න, බයිසිකලේ එන්න. ව්යායාමයට හොඳය, ඊටත් වාහන වල එන්න ඉන්ධන දෙන්න විදියක් නැත. දීමනා දීම නතර කර ඇත. වැටුප් අඩු කරන්න වෙන්නේය. මගේ වැටුප අඩු කර ගත්ත විදියට ඔහෙල ගෙත් පඩිය අඩු කරාන්න වෙන්නේය. අයි එම් එෆ් කියන විදියට ජොබ් ගණනකට කෙලවෙන්නේය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

Queen Elizabeth opens Elizabeth Line
Janaka Alahapperuma from London
Her Majesty The Queen has made a surprise appearance with her youngest son, the Earl of Wessex at London’s Paddington Station to mark the completion of the new railway ‘The Elizabeth Line’, named in honour of the Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year, ahead of its opening to passengers on Tuesday 24 May.  During the Royal visit to see the newly built east-west Crossrail, the 96-year-old monarch officially unveiled a very simple plaque to celebrate the completion of the rail line. The plaque will be moved later to be permanently mounted on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

Vesak celebrations at Das Buddhistische Haus ( Berlin Buddhist Vihara) in Germany
Senaka Weeraratna Trustee German Dharmaduta Society
Vesak was celebrated at the Berlin Buddhist Vihara on Sunday May 15, 2022 in a fitting manner. The Vesak ceremony was conducted outdoors in bright weather conditions against the backdrop of a picturesque natural setting that is the hallmark of this Temple which is called ' Das Buddhistische Haus' (DBH) in German. It is the oldest Theravada Buddhist Temple in Continental Europe and was founded by the pioneering German Buddhist Dr. Paul Dahlke in 1924. Asoka Weeraratna, founder of the German Dharmaduta Society, led the first Buddhist Mission from Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

High Commissioner Milinda Moragoda and India's National Security Advisor Shri Ajit Doval carry out a comprehensive review of the bilateral relationship
Media Release 2022.05.19 Sri Lankan Commission in New Delhi
Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda met with the National Security Advisor of India Shri Ajit Kumar Doval, at the latter's office in New Delhi on 19 May 2022. During their discussion a comprehensive review of the status of the bilateral relationship was carried out and priority areas for future cooperation were deliberated on. The discussion particularly focused on the present economic crisis in Sri Lanka, and the High Commissioner thanked the National Security Advisor for the support that is extended by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

USLA Wellington Ranaviru Commemoration 19.5.22-USLA Spokesperson’s Message
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM
USLA Wellington Ranaviru Commemoration 19.5.22 USLA Spokesperson’s Message Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you for once again offering me the privilege of being able to contribute to this USLA  sponsored Ranaviru commemoration on this the 19th day of May 2022. Today we once again,  remember the Ranaviru, our war heroes who sacrificed life and limb to liberate Sri Lanka from three decades of Tiger terror.  It is because of their sacrifices that the Sri Lankan’s  can enjoy the many freedoms that they enjoy  today which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

ඉන්ධන හා විදුලිය නොමැති කමින් අඩුආදායම්ලාභීන් වෙත එකවර ගෙවන ලද දීමනාව ගෙවීම සඳහා සේවකයින් හට මතුව ඇති ගැටළුකාරීත්වය
සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිළධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය
ලේකම්,සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යාංශය,සෙත්සිරිපාය,ඉන්ධන හා විදුලිය නොමැති කමින් අඩු ආදායම්ලාභී පවුල් තොරතුරු CRM පද්ධතියට ඇතුලත් කිරීමේදී මතුව ඇති දුෂ්කරතා මත පොරාත්තු ලේඛණයේ සිටින අඩුආදායම්ලාභීන් වෙත එකවර ගෙවන ලද දීමනාව ගෙවීම සඳහා සේවකයින් හට මතුව ඇති ගැටළුකාරීත්වය පිළිබඳව.පවතින ආර්ථික අර්බුදය හේතුවෙන්, ජීවිත අඩාලවීම වෙනුවෙන් පවත්නා සුබ සාධක වැඩසටහන් වල හා පොරොත්තු ලේඛනවල සිටින ප‍්‍රතිලාභීන් හට මාස 03 ක කාල සීමාවකට එකවර ගෙවීමට තීරණය කරන ලද රු. 5000/ වු දීමනාව ඉන්ධන හා විදුලිය නොමැතිකම හේතුවෙන් නියමිත දිනට ගෙවීමට සේවකයින් හට නොහැකි තත්වයක් උදාවී ඇති බව කණගාටුවෙන් වුවද ඔබවෙත මෙයින් දන්වා සිටින්නෙමු.උක්ත කරුණට අදාලව සමෘද්ධි අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් විසින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

Personalities and Systems
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
‘The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte,’ one of the more literary essays written by Karl Marx famously, contains many quotable quotes which are of course frequently used in contexts that have little to do with the thrust of the man’s thinking. This, however, is apt for our times: ‘Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past.’ Pierre Bourdieu, the French sociologist who concerned himself with the dynamics of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

IMF says Sri Lanka talks conclude May 24, monitoring developments closely
Courtesy Reuters
May 19 (Reuters) - An International Monetary Fund virtual mission to Sri Lanka is expected to conclude technical talks on a potential IMF loan program to the crisis-wracked South Asian country on May 24, Fund spokesman Gerry Rice said on Thursday. Rice, speaking to a virtual IMF briefing, said the IMF monitoring political and economic developments in Sri Lanka very closely. The debt burdened island country is experiencing its worst economic crisis since it won independence in 1948 as shortages of essential goods have triggered social unrest and has triggered social unrest. read more ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

Ranil Wickremesinghe ropes in ex-Maldives President to ‘coordinate’ foreign aid for crisis-hit Sri Lanka
Meera Srinivasan Courtesy The Hindu
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed agrees to ‘do everything to assist the people’ of the island nation Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed Maldivian Parliamentary Speaker and former President Mohamed Nasheed as the “coordinator” for securing foreign aid to Sri Lanka that is facing an unprecedented economic crisis. Mr. Wickremesinghe on May 19 held a closed-door meeting with his long-time friend Mr. Nasheed who is visiting Colombo, and discussed Sri Lanka’s dire economic situation, while exploring possible sources of relief. “During the discussions, the former President of Maldives... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

Sri Lanka’s President Is Girding Himself for the Long Haul
By Virginia Jeffries, a freelance journalist covering Sri Lankan affairs, and Laxmanan Sanjeev, a legal advisor and human rights activist from Sri Lanka. Courtesy Foreign Policy
Despite two months of anti-government protests, Gotabaya Rajapaksa doesn’t seem like a leader preparing to relinquish power. Embattled Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s party soundly defeated an urgent no-confidence vote against the government on Tuesday after rallying coalition support, but the leader still faces loud calls from the public to resign. Opposition leaders who moved to hold the vote after their constituents turned against the president could still bring the motion forward... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/05/22)

Reserve Bank of India approves India, Sri Lanka trade settlement in rupee outside ACU
Courtesy Business Standard
Regulatory nod only for State Bank of India's term loan of $1 billion for island nation battling economic crisis. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved trade transactions between India and Sri Lanka to be settled in Indian rupee outside the Asian Clearing Mechanism. The approval is alongside a government-guaranteed $1 billion term loan from State Bank of India (SBI) to the Sri Lankan government for purchasing essential goods from India. India, On March 17, announced a term-loan facility for Sri Lanka as a part of its financial assistance to help the country to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

More pain in Lanka before any resolution to crisis
Courtesy Gulf Today
Sri Lankans protest demanding president Gotabaya Rajakasa resign and decrying the appointment of Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe in Colombo. AP Jorgelina do Rosario and Swati Bhat, Reuters Running out of petrol, medicines and foreign reserves, once-booming Sri Lanka is in a mess. And the measures needed to pull its economy out of the unparalleled crisis are likely to bring even more pain. The dire assessment by new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this week of the island nation’s economic plight was a necessary first step, economists said. His proposed solution... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

Fitch downgrades Sri Lanka's rating to 'restricted default'
Courtesy CNA
Ratings agency Fitch on Thursday downgraded Sri Lanka's rating to 'RD' from 'C' after the grace period expired on coupon payments that were due on Apr 18 on two international sovereign bonds. "We have affirmed Sri Lanka's Long-Term Local-Currency IDR at 'CCC', as the government has continued to service local-currency debt and we assume this will continue," the ratings agency said in a statement.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

Sri Lanka secures forex for fuel as protests continue
Courtesy The TelegraphOnline
Most of the country's petrol stations running dry. Sri Lanka’s central bank has secured foreign exchange to pay for fuel and cooking gas shipments that will ease crippling shortages, its governor said on Thursday, but police fired tear gas and water canon to push back student protesters.  Most of Sri Lanka’’’’s petrol stations have run dry as the island nation battles its most devastating economic crisis since independence in 1948. At some pumps in the commercial capital, Colombo, dozens of people stood in lines holding plastic jerry cans, as troops in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

G-7 backs debt relief efforts for Sri Lanka, draft communique shows.
Courtesy The Straits Times
KOENIGSWINTER, GERMANY (REUTERS) - The Group of Seven economic powers support efforts to provide debt relief for Sri Lanka, G-7 finance chiefs said on Thursday (May 19) in a draft communique from a meeting in Germany after the country defaulted on its sovereign debt. The once-booming island country has suspended debt payments as it grapples with its worst economic crisis since it won independence in 1948, facing shortages of essential goods that have triggered social unrest. G-7 countries said in their statement they were committed to finding long-term solutions for the Indian Ocean... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

Sri Lanka limits foreign currency holdings amid crisis
By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Courtesy AP
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka will lower the maximum amount of foreign currency that individuals can possess to $10,000 from $15,000 and penalize anyone who holds it for more than three months, the central bank announced Thursday, as police fired tear gas and water cannons at thousands of students demanding the government step down for failing to solve the country’s economic crisis. The students from the Inter University Students’ Federation attempted to march to the presidential residence but were blocked by police in the commercial center of the capital,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

Sri Lanka to repay debts after six months
Courtesy Borneo Bulletin
COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka will take at least six more months to start repaying its debts, the central bank said yesterday as the government shut schools because of fuel shortages. Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe said there will be no debt servicing until the country was able to restructure its USD51 billion external debt. “We hope to be able to reach an agreement with our creditors in about six months,” Weerasinghe said. “Our position is very clear. Until they come to (a) restructure (agreement), we will not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

Sri Lanka is trying to sell its national airline, but who will buy it?
Courtesy Stuff
Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wants to sell the national airline, saying the country's poorest people who've never flown shouldn't be saddled with its losses. Finding a buyer might not be easy. SriLankan Airlines, which prior to the pandemic flew to 126 destinations in more than 60 countries, lost 45 billion rupees (NZ$195 million) in the year through March 2021, Wickremesinghe said, less than a week into his job. Sri Lanka had bought back a stake in the carrier from Dubai's Emirates in 2010, betting on a resurgent travel industry... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

Wimal asks for PSC probe into top officials’ complicity in violence
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Colombo HC lawyers concerned over shocking developments National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa, MP, says a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) should be appointed to investigate the role played by IGP C.D. Wickremaratne and Public Security Ministry Secretary Maj. Gen. (retd.) Jagath Alwis in the recent SLPP hothead attack on those demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Cabinet of Ministers, including Mahinda Rajapaksa. Weerawansa yesterday (18) told The Island that Parliament should inquire into the unprovoked attack that triggered an extremely violent response by the public as well... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

Fuel not sold at R.121 a liter to MPs, if they want fuel, must stand in the queue- CPC trade unions
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Trade Unions today denied reports which claimed that fuel was sold at a subsidized rate of Rs.121 per liter to MPs and VIPs and said if any MP needed to fill their vehicle tanks, they would have to stay in the queue. Trade Union officials told Daily Mirror that following the allegations on social media that fuel was sold at subsidized rates, they had inquired from the filling station closer to the Narahenpita police Transport Division, and checked the bills, to confirm that the claims were false.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

The Reserve Bank of India allows settlement of government-backed $1 billion credit facility to Sri Lanka in rupee terms
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on May 19 said that the government of India-backed $1 billion term loan granted to Sri Lank through the State Bank of India (SBI) for financing purchase of essential goods can be settled in rupee terms, outside the purview of the Asian Clearing Union (ACU) arrangement. This is in view of “difficulties experienced by exporters in receipt of export proceeds from Sri Lanka,” the central bank said in a statement. In March, the government had said that State Bank of India will provide $1... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

Three social media admins including TV presenter arrested over recent unrest.
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Three admins of social media platform including a 39-year-old TV presenter have been arrested by the CID for instigating and aiding and abetting recent violent activities through the social media. Police said the CID, police stations across the country and special police units are conducting investigations to identify social media groups and its admins over instigating violent activities following the incidents at Kollupitiya and Galle Face Green on May 9. They said the Computer Crimes Investigating Unit of the CID arrested three suspects including a female TV presenter from Colombo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa did not arrive to Parliament by air, his office clarifies
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's office, today rejected social media reports claiming that Rajapaksa was flown in for the parliamentary sessions on Wednesday, saying Rajapaksa traveled by road and not by chopper. Former Coordinating Secretary to Rajapaksa, Geethanath Cassilingam said Rajapaksa is in Colombo and arrived in Parliament by road and not by helicopter as claimed on social media.  He will continue to attend parliamentary sittings with MP Namal Rajapaksa saying the former Prime Minister will address Parliament soon.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

China offers shipment of diesel , but no response from Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lanka is yet to respond to a Chinese offer of a shipment of diesel to tide over the present crisis of fuel shortage, Daily Mirror learns. According to an informed source, China has made the offer in terms of emergency assistance. However, Sri Lanka has not yet responded to it. The country is currently going through a fuel crisis. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced earlier that diesel stocks have been secured, but the country has been down to its last day of petrol. Power and Energy Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

No privileges for new cabinet ministers - PM -
Courtesy Hiru News
The Prime Minister says that the new cabinet ministers will not be paid their ministerial salaries.<br /><br />This was during the parliamentary session held today (19). Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has stated that some of the privileges of the Members of Parliament will also be curtailed. Earlier it was reported that the Prime Minister had decided to reduce the expenses of the Prime Minister's Office by 50% and return 16 vehicles used.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

Mirihana unrest: Man arrested on suspicion of torching army bus
Courtesy Adaderana
A 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of torching an army bus during the protest staged in front of the President’s residence in Pengiriwatte, Mirihana on the 31st of March. The arrest was made by the Criminal Investigation Department, in the area of Deraniyagala today (May 19). A protest was staged near the President’s residence in Mirihana on March 31, demanding immediate solutions to the various crises faced by the people of the country.  A tense situation during the protest, which ended with clashes between protesters and police officers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

CBSL governor to stay in post, says improvement observed in political stability
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s central bank governor said on Thursday he will stay on as head of the bank given an improvement in political stability in the midst of an economic crisis, and he would not step down as he had earlier said he would. Governor P. Nandalal Weerasinghe also said the Central Bank of Sri Lanka had almost finalised plans to restructure the country’s debt and proposals would be submitted to the cabinet soon, possibly by Friday. Weerasinghe told reporters on May 11 that he would resign in two weeks in the absence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

Non-essential public workers asked not to report to work tomorrow
Courtesy Adaderana
Public sector employees, except those in essential services, are not required to report to work tomorrow due to the prevailing fuel crisis, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in parliament this morning (May 19). Delivering a speech in the House, the Premier also urged the general public to limit non-essential travels tomorrow. Meanwhile, Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara who addressed the parliament, appealed to the general public not to stand in queues for petrol today, as supplies are unavailable. However, people are still waiting in queues despite being asked to stay away... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/05/22)

Practical approach to solving Sri Lanka’s crisis
Shenali D Waduge
A crisis is the best time to analyze what went wrong & what we can do to correct this. A constitution is just a piece of paper. Its applicability is what matters. Its applicability by the correct persons is equally important. The problem lies in the issue of definition of ‘correct persons’. Everyone has their own view of ‘correct person’ as per what is advantageous to them or their line of thinking. So where do we draw the line? Government Apparatus – The Legislature  Headed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

Warning of an unprecedented nemesis to Sri Lanka if the Kotmale Dam breaches by an LTTE attack
Dr Sudath Gunasekara
This is a letter I wrote to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the present President,  in 2006 from Texas USA, when I was holidaying at my younger daughter Achala when he was the Defense Secretary in President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government requesting him to take immediate safety measures against a possible LTTE attack on the Kotmale dam. (to which I never got a reply as usual). The Kotmale dam The Kotmale dam 87.m high (285 ft) and 600 m long, constructed across the Kotmale Oya a left bank tributary of Mahaweliganga. at 703 m msl... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

"රටම වවමු - එක්ව දිනමු !" ආහාර නිෂ්පාදන වැඩසටහන
Mr. D R Kanchana The Secretary Agriculture Graduate's Association of the Sri Lanka Agriculture Service
මෙරට තුළ ඇති වී ඇති ආර්ථික අර්බුදය හමුවේ ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් ලෙස අප  “ආහාර සුරක්ෂිතතාව” පිළිබඳව වෙනදාට වඩා වැඩි වශයෙන් කතා බහ කරන කාලයක් නිර්මාණය වී ඇත. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ ආහාර හා කෘෂිකර්ම සංවිධානයට (FAO) අනුව, “සියළුම මිනිසුන්ට ඔවුන්ගේ ආහාර අවශ්‍යතාවයන් සපුරාලීමට ප්‍රමාණවත් පරිදි සෑම අවස්ථාවකදීම, ආරක්ෂිත සහ පෝෂ්‍යදායී ආහාර, භෞතික, සමාජීය සහ ආර්ථිකමය වශයෙන් සුලබව පැවතීම” ආහාර සුරක්ෂිතතාවයයි.  ඒ අනුව  ආහාර සුරක්ෂිතතාව පිළිබඳ සංකල්පය මූලික ආහාර නිෂ්පාදනයෙන් ඔබ්බට ගිය ප්‍රමාණවත් ආහාර සැපයුමක් පැවතීම බව පැහැදිලිය.  කොවිඩ්-19 වසංගතය තුළ තීව්‍ර වූ ආර්ථික හා සමාජීය තත්වයන් මෙන්ම මෑත කාලයේ මෙරට තුල ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන ලද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

Why Should South Asian Countries be thankful and grateful to India?
John Rozario Karnataka, India
South Asian countries should be thankful and grateful to India for various reasons. India is a friend in need to all South Asian countries. Despite having some internal problems, India always tries to help others. Even, India set examples by assisting Pakistan at different times.  However, since the start of the Russia-Ukraine crisis, India's ban on wheat exports has reignited worldwide concerns about rising food prices that can exacerbate the problems of food-deficit countries especially neigbouring countries. The Indian high commission in Dhaka has clarified recently concerning India's 'ban' on wheat exports,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

Doesn’t JVP want to win elections?
Shenali D Waduge
JVP is undoubtedly the best organized political party in Sri Lanka. It is also the richest party in Sri Lanka. Its base includes the youth & adults & disenchanted voters of other parties. Prior to every election, the JVP take pains to support the ground campaigning of other parties instead of its own. Is there a particular reason for this? Is their role limited to playing mischief maker in parliament or simply as a whistleblower while propping a new party to the throne of governance? Leaving aside the ground support & the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

ගෝල්පේස් වනාන්තරය, ගෝඨාභයගේ දෙවන යුද්ධය හා බෞද්ධ මධ්‍යම ප්‍රතිපදා විසඳුම -  (6 කොටස).
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
‘අපේ ප්‍රධාන ඉල්ලීම ජනාධිපතිතුමා ගෙදර යන එක. ජනාධිපතිතුමා ගෙදර යාමෙන් පස්සේ සම්පූර්ණ සිස්ටම් චේන්ජ් එකක් සඳහා ලස්සනට පැහැදිලිව මේකේ යෝජනාවලියක් ඉදිරිපත් වෙලා තියෙනවා’ - රතිදු සේනාරත්න හෙවත් රැට්ටා බැටරිය වැඩකරන්නේ ධන (+) හා රින (-) යන බල දෙකේ එකතුව නිසාය. මානව ශිෂ්ටාචාර ගොඩනැඟී තිබෙන්නේ එකිනෙකට ප්‍රතිවිරුද්ධ පරිසර දෙකක්-ගඟක්/කාන්තාරයක්, කන්ඳක්/තැනිතලාවක්, ශීත-උණුසුම් දේශගුණ කලාප දෙකක්- මුණ ගැසෙන තැන් (ecotones) වලය හැඳින්වීම මා දන්නා තරුණ යුවලක් යුරෝපයේ නගරයකදී බරපතල වාහන අනතුරකට ලක්විය. සමහරවිට ඔවුන් වාහනය තුල ලව් ටෝක් කරමින් චූන් එකේ යෑමද ඊට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

Separating Bhikkus from Laypersons: Bhikku’s must enter only Bhikku universities
Shenali D Waduge
One of the biggest mistakes made post-1978 was to create a lay-focused education system for Bhikkus allowing them to enter universities/institutes with laypersons. This resulted in the decline in the importance given to pirivena education system as well as the Bhikkus. While this is not to discuss or debate on Bhikkus, it is to showcase that there is a difference in lay persons and a Bhikku & a Bhikku is expected to adjust behavior in line with the Buddha Sasana and its disciplinary codes. A Bhikku to journey towards Nibbana requires to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

18 May 2009 Sri Lanka defeats LTTE: If you can’t name the dead 40,000 there is no ‘genocide’
Shenali D Waduge
Sri Lanka’s conflict is defined a non-international armed conflict. LTTE was an armed non-state actor. 3 decades of armed militancy ended on 18 May 2009. The military offensive took place amidst a humanitarian rescue operation that saved 294,000 people. The victory was marred by allegations initiated by entities linked to the militants. The most important question is why would Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces sacrifice over 6261 soldiers to save 294,000 Tamils but kill 40,000-200,000 Tamils (people who have no names, no identification & there is no skeletons even to prove they were killed) Can... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

More pain in Sri Lanka before any resolution to crisis
By Jorgelina do Rosario and Swati Bhat Courtesy FXEmpire
By Jorgelina do Rosario and Swati Bhat (Reuters) -Running out of petrol, medicines and foreign reserves, once-booming Sri Lanka is in a mess. And the measures needed to pull its economy out of the unparalleled crisis are likely to bring even more pain.Advertisement 71% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider The dire assessment by new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this week of the island nation’s economic plight was a necessary first step, economists said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

JPMorgan backs Sri Lanka bonds on bets that crippling crisis to ease
Courtesy Reuters
LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) - U.S. investment bank JPMorgan backed Sri Lanka's crisis-hit government bonds on Wednesday, saying recent political changes in the country should gradually improve its strains and help its talks with the International Monetary Fund. Adding an 'overweight' - effectively a buy recommendation - JPMorgan analysts said: "political stability should pave the way for bonds to move higher from near all-time lows". Sri Lanka is officially now in default as a so-called "grace period" to make some already-overdue bond interest payments expired on Wednesday. "We think this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

Sri Lanka to default on debt, no money for fuel: minister
Courtesy The Daily Star
Sri Lanka was expected to be placed into default by rating agencies on Wednesday after the non-payment of coupons on two of its sovereign bonds, while the energy minister said the country had run out of money to pay for fuel. An economic crisis unprecedented in the country's history since independence in 1948 has led to a critical shortage of foreign exchange, that saw it miss two coupon payments on sovereign bonds on April 18. For all latest news, follow The Daily Star's Google News channel. Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

Sri Lanka violence: Burnt-out super cars and ransacked hotels are remains of fury
By Nicole Johnston, news reporter, Sri Lanka Courtesy Sky News
It's difficult to fathom the fury that people must have felt to not only set fire to it and smash it to pieces, but also loot everything they could get their hands on. Image:The remains of a Lamborghini and Hummer which were torched An hour's drive from Colombo, a luxury hotel wedding venue was utterly destroyed on the night violence swept across Sri Lanka. It's difficult to fathom the fury that people must have felt to not only set fire to it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

SJB thinking how they could marginalize me: Ranil
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa were engaged in an open dialogue in Parliament yesterday for the first time after the two split giving birth to the Samagi Jana Balawegiaya(SJB), Prime Minister Wickremesinghe who started the dialogue said in a lighter vein that the SJB was not involved in the recent violence where residences and business establishments of former Ministers and MPs were destroyed. “I don’t think the SJB was involved in the violence it does not have time for such things as they spent the whole 24... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

Energy Minister says petrol unavailable for two days
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara has requested the general public to refrain from waiting in queues to obtain petrol as supplies are unavailable today and tomorrow (May 19 and 20). Giving an update on the fuel stocks available in the country during today’s parliamentary session, the lawmaker pledged to resolve the issue this weekend. However, diesel will be supplied continuously as sufficient stocks are available, Minister Wijesekara said further. “Both Auto Diesel and Super Diesel were distributed to filling stations yesterday. We hope to provide an uninterrupted supply... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

Ramesh Pathirana’s revelation in parliament regarding attack on protesters
Courtesy Adaderana
The Inspector-General of Police and the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security had given directives not to use water cannons and tear gas at the ruling party supporters who were heading towards the GotaGoGama protest site at the Galle Face Green on the 9th of May, says MP Ramesh Pathirana. https://youtu.be/PtmsqFkqnJo The former minister, delivering a special statement in the parliament  on the events that unfolded last week, stated that they had received instructions on the 8th of May to gather ruling party supporters to the Temple Trees for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

MPs Sanath Nishantha and Milan Jayatilleke remanded
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/QOR6c9Rdd-0 The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court has ordered to remand SLPP MPs Sanath Nishantha and Milan Jayatilleke until May 25.  The two parliamentarians, who were arrested in connection with the attack on the anti-government protest sites in Colombo on the 9th of May, were produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court earlier today.  The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had arrested MP Nishantha at the Flower Road in Colombo last evening while he was later brought to the CID office to record a statement. MP Jayathilake was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

"අද සිදුවෙන දේ ගැන සම්පූර්ණ චිත්‍රය දකින්න. ආර්ථික ආපදාව 'පූර්ණ මානව ආපදාවක්' බවට පත් කොට 'මේ රටේ බින්න බැසීමේ බාහිර බලවතුන්ගේ ප්ලෑන් එකේ' කොටස්කරුවෙකු වෙන්න එපා!
පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී ජානිපෙ නායක විමල් වීරවංශ ජාතියෙන් කළ විශේෂ ඉල්ලීම
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFxLSLh_QHg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

‘අයිය-මල්ලිගෙ ප‍්‍රශ්ණ.. ෂේප් එකේ ඉන්න..’ ගෝල්ෆේස් ගැටුම වලකන්න ගිය දේශබන්දුට පොලිස්පති කියලා..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
පසුගිය නම් වෙනිදා ගාලු මුවදොර විරෝධතාවයට පහරදීමට එමින් සිටි පිරිස වලක්වීම සඳහා ජනාධිපතිවරයා තමන්ට නියෝග ලබාදී තිබූ බව කොළඹ දිසාව භාර නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති දේශබන්දු තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා සඳහන් කර තිබේ. https://youtu.be/hRGFkOUXloM ජනාධිපති වරයාගේ නියෝග ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට යාමේදී පොලිස්පතිවරයා සහ මහජන ආරක්‍ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම්වරයා එය නවත්වන්නැයි දුරකථන මාර්ගයෙන් ඔහුට දැනුම් දී ඇති බව ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව කියා සිටියේය. එමෙන්ම දිවයිනේ සියළු පොලිස් ස්ථානවලට ‘ෂේප් එකේ ඉන්න’ යයි දැනුම් දී තිබූ බවද මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා තව දුරටත් පැවසීය. ගාළු මුවදොර සිදුවීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

Shouldn't Sri Lanka have defaulted on the settlement of the ISB of USD 500 million on 18th January 2022? Wouldn't that have saved the Forex for the import of essential items?
State of Sri Lanka’s Economy – Research Team
Defaulting debt is a very complicated and painful matter. It is not a casual or frivolous matter. It is well known that various people had suggested to the Sri Lankan authorities at various times to default on its external public debt. They gave various reasons as to why that should be done. Some opposition MPs also advised default, and in fact, found fault with the relevant officials and other authorities when it was not done. However, few persons realize that it is not possible to have selective defaults of particular... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

THE ECONOMY OF SRI LANKA Part 4 B4
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
Sri Lanka’s gem-bearing gravels, called illam, are some of the richest in the world. The gravels yield sapphire, ruby, cat’s-eye and other chrysoberyls, spinel, garnet, beryl, tourmaline, topaz, quartz, and many other gemstones. The island was blessed with   geology that provided an ideal blend of chemistry, heat, pressure, time, weathering, for gem crystals to grow and be deposited in gravels. Gemstone mining in Sri Lanka is mostly from these  deposits. The gravels  at Elahara show evidence of having traveled over long distances. They are often eroded,   which  suggests that the various kinds of gemstones... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

How about thanking Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces for saving Tamil children from becoming Child Soldiers!
Shenali D Waduge
Bricks are easier to throw than Bouquets. Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces sadly have never got the accolades they deserve. They never will. Being grateful doesn’t fit into the scheme of things. Every time well-funded campaigns nit-pick on what they didn’t do ignoring all that they did. No national army in the world has successfully carried out a military cum humanitarian operation simultaneously. No national army has been able to eliminate the ground force of an internationally proscribed terrorist organization while saving close to 300,000 Tamils & accepting close to 12,000 LTTE combatants... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

පිච්චිය නැතත්...
ප්‍ර සමරසිංහ
පොඩි වලවල් හාරා, ඒවට සීරුවට ගස්ලබු ඇට දමා, උදේ හවස වතුර වත් කර, පොහොර වර්ග දමා හැදු එකම ගස්ලබු ගහක් අපේ ගෙවත්තේ එකල තිබ්බේ නැත. වත්ත පුරා තැනින් තැන තිබුනේ ගස්ලබු ගස්ය. පැලේ ලොකු වෙන කොටවත් ඒ වටේට සුද්ද කර කොළ රොඩු ටිකක් යහමින් එකතු කලේද යලටමහටය. කිසි සාත්තුවක් නැතුව ලොකු වුන ගස් වල ගෙඩි හැදුනේ අපට කාල හමාර කරන්නටත් බැරි තරමටය. හුඟක් ගස් වල හැදුනු ගස්ලබු ඉතාමත් මිහිරිය, සමහර ගස්ලබු ගස්වල ගෙඩි දියරහය, කටේ තියන්නට බැරිය. දියරහ ගෙඩි අපි නොකෑවාට ලේන්නු, කුරුල්ලෝ උන්ගේ මනදොල එයිනුත් මනාව සන්තර්පණය කර ගත්තේ අපෙන් අවසර නොලබාය.ඉඳුණු ගස්ලබු රසනහර පිනා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

How Can Sri Lankan PM Overcome the crisis by following Bangladesh’s ‘PM Sheikh Hasina Model’
John Rozario Karnataka, India,
The Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the people of Sri Lanka on Monday, that he will fulfil the promises he had made to them when he assumed office last Thursday after the fall of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government. In his first TV address after assuming office, Wickremesinghe listed the grave challenges ahead of him, but assured the people of his determination to meet them successfully. He also suggested the formation of a National Assembly comprising all parties, to arrive at solutions. There may be an example for him. He can Overcome... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

2022/05/15 දින අසිරිමත් තෙමගුල සිහිපත් කරමින් වෙසක් පොහෝ දින බර්ලින් බෞද්ධ මහා විහාරස්ථානයේ සිදු කරන ලද ශීල භාවනා වැඩසටහන
බර්ලින් බෞද්ධ මහා විහාරස්ථානය
2022/05/15 දින අසිරිමත් තෙමගුල සිහිපත් කරමින් වෙසක් පොහෝ දින බර්ලින් බෞද්ධ මහා විහාරස්ථානයේ සිදු කරන ලද ශීල භාවනා වැඩසටහන පිණ්ඩපාත චාරිකාව සහ දන්සල යන ආදිය විශාල ශ්‍රී ලාංකික පිරිසකගේ දායකත්වය ඇතිව සිදු කරන ලදි. එම පිංකම් හා සහභාගී වීමට ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් මෙන්ම ජර්මන් ජාතිකයන් තායි, බුරුම, බංග්ලාදේශ, චීන , ආජන්ටිනා ඇතුළුව විවිධ රටවල පිරිස් සහභාගී විය.   https://m.facebook.com/watch/?v=1181625835930120&extid=WA-UNK-UNK-UNK-AN_GK0T-GK1C&ref=sharing වෙසක් උත්සවය සදහා ඩෙන්මාර්කයේ කොපන්හේගන් බෞද්ධ මහා විහාරාධිපති ශාස්ත්‍රපති මාරතුගොඩ  උපරතන ලොකු හාමුදුරුවන් වහන්සේ ඇතුළු මහා සංඝ රත්නය හතර නමක් සහභාගී වූ අතර ශ්‍රී ලංකා තානාපතිනී මනෝරි උනම්බුවෙ මහත්මිය ඇතුළු  ගිහි පිංවතුන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

Worldwide Devastation-The history of the British Empire’s violence.
By Howard W. French Courtesy The Nation
British colonials with a pet cheetah in Secunderabad, India, 1906. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images) In 2005, Britain’s then–Labour chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown, chose the backdrop of Tanzania to make a dramatic statement about his nation’s unmatched record of imperial conquest and rule. “The time is long gone,” he said, “when Britain needs to apologize for its colonial history.” The choice of locale for such a proclamation was, to be charitable, curious. A braver stage would have been Kenya, to pick an African nation that had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/05/22)

Sri Lankan lawmakers fail in no-confidence motion bid
Courtesy Deutsche Welle (DW)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said his country only has enough gasoline to last one more day, and is $74 billion short of funds to pay for essentials. Ruling party lawmakers in Sri Lanka blocked quicker debate of a no-confidence motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday, as the country's economic crisis intensified. Opposition members of parliament had called the vote on fast-tracking the motion after new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a speech on Monday that there was only about a day's worth of petroleum and diesel left in the country. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/22)

MPs’ residences attacked from April 4: Minister
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Claiming that attacks on MPs' residences were not restricted to May 9, Minister Kanchana Wijesekara said today MPs residences were being attacked from April 4. He told Parliament that some organised groups started attacking the residences of MPs after the incident where the President's private residence was surrounded by a group of protesters on April 3. https://youtu.be/3b3x9s4YYDY The Minister said his residence was first attacked on April 4. "Carlton House and Roshan Ranasinghe's house were first attacked on April 4 and 5. I reject... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/22)

CID arrests MPs Sanath Nishantha and Milan Jayathilake
Courtesy Adaderana
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested SLPP MPs Sanath Nishantha and Milan Jayathilake this evening, in connection with the attack on the anti-government protest sites in Colombo on the 9th of May. The Attorney General, on Monday (May 16), instructed the CID to arrest 22 suspects including MPs Johnston Fernando, Milan Jayathilake, Sanath Nishantha, Sanjeewa Edirimanna and Senior DIG in charge of Western Province Deshabandu Tennakoon, if sufficient evidence is available against them over the attack on anti-government protest sites in Colombo last week. If there is direct, circumstantial and technical evidence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/22)

Ceypetco requests public not to queue up for petrol tomorrow
Courtesy Adaderana
The petrol supplies will be limited tomorrow (May 18), the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) says. Hence, the general public is requested not to queue up for petrol tomorrow (May 18) unless essential. The petrol distribution process will resume on Thursday (May 19) as per usual, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation added.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/22)

PM says existing parliamentary culture needs to be changed
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says it is high time the existing parliamentary culture underwent a change. Addressing today’s parliamentary session, the prime minister said the National Council should be established as the first step towards a change in the parliamentary culture. The ruling party today blocked the motion expressing displeasure against the President by defeating the proposal to suspend Parliament Standing Orders. Accordingly, the motion expressing displeasure against the President was not taken up for debate in the House as a matter of urgency. Delivering his speech, PM Wickremesinghe stressed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/22)

Proposal to suspend Parliament Standing Orders defeated
Courtesy Adaderana
The proposal to suspend Parliament Standing Orders to take up the debate on the motion expressing displeasure against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a matter of urgency was defeated in the Parliament today (May 17). The proposal tabled by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran was rejected in the parliament by a majority vote of 51 votes. A total of 119 lawmakers had voted against the motion while 68 voted in favour. Thereby, the motion expressing displeasure against the President will not be taken up for debate in the House... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/22)

MP Ajith Rajapakse elected new Deputy Speaker of Parliament
Courtesy Adaderana
The nominee of ruling party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Ajith Rajapakse has been selected as the new Deputy Speaker of Parliament in a secret ballot that took place in the House today. He obtained 109 votes in total. He was voted in with a majority of 31 votes as MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathna, the main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya’s nominee, secured 78 votes. Following the commencement of parliamentary proceedings this morning, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced the two nominations to the House. Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa had proposed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/22)

HOW TO GET OUT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CRISIS IN SRI LANKA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
It is reported that Sri Lanka has a gigantic economic crisis. The major reason is the mismanagement of the economy since 1978, and money printing without control began in the late 1980s and has been continued by later governments.  There are reported cases in that the Rajapaksa family associated with investment projects and made money from them. Sri Lanka could easily come out of the economic crisis if the following actions be taken. I always mention these policy actions. All public investments in enterprises should be sold out and the proceeds... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/05/22)

Masks of democracy and energy geopolitics: Is Full Spectrum Dominance the endgame?
 Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake
South Asia's Arab Spring has arrived amid energy wars and slow tectonic shifts in power and wealth eastward to Asia and the Indian Ocean Region. This has been hastened by the new Cold War proxy-war in Ukraine, US-led sanctions on energy-rich Russia and a refugee crisis in Europe.  Two regime change operations amid staged protests have transpired within a month in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan known for his courage on an off the cricket pitch was removed on April 9:. He accused Washington of orchestrating his ouster on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

වර්තමාන සමාජය ගිනිබත් කරන පෘතුගීසි ආභාෂය.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි 
අපේ රට ගිනිබත් කලේ වරක් දෙවරක් නොවේ. මේ රට, ඉතිහාසය තුලදී දස දහස්වාරයක් ගිනිබත් කොට විනාශ කල රටකි. ඒ රටට බටහිර ජාතීන්ගේ ගලා ඒම ආරම්භවුයේ 1505 වසරේදී වන අතර, 1518දී එවකට කෝට්ටේ රාජධානිය පාලනය කල බුවනෙකබාහු රජතුමාගෙන්, ගෙරිහම් කඩක් එලා ගන්නට තරම් කුඩා භූමියක් ඉල්ලු පෘතුගීසින්, ඒ ගෙරිහම් කඩ එළිම ආරම්භ කල ස්ථානයට මිට මසකට පෙර කඩා වැදුන මෙරට "අරගලය" නම්වූ හමුදාව, ජනාධිපති ලේඛම් කාර්යාලයට ඇතුළුවන මුවදොර අවහිර කරමින් ආරම්භ කල අරගලය, මේ වෙනවිටත් අඛණ්ඩව ගලා යමින් පවතී. මෙය මෙරට මාධ්‍යට,හා නීතියට අනුව සාමකාමී නීති ගරුක අරගලයකි. මේ අර්ථකථනයට අනුව මෙරට ඕනෑම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

THE ECONOMY OF SRI LANKA Part 4 B3
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
Sri Lanka gems  are celebrated worldwide for  their high quality, their clarity, transparency and saturation. Some are  with private collectors, others are in prestigious museums, a few were bought for necklaces for royalty. In Britain,  a Sri Lanka gem  was at  the centre of the engagement ring worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, another  gem adorns the British  royal crown (the one that is put on the head). ROYALTY  “The crown jewels of many monarchs gleam with extraordinary spinals, sapphires, and zircons mined from Sri Lanka streams”, said gemologist  Peter Bancroft. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

ජූලි චං අන්ර චූන්
ජයන්ත හේරත්
යකා පේන තරම් කළු නැතය කියූ බෝං-අගේන් අන්ර, ජූලි චං බැහැ දකින්නට ගියේය. පස්ස දොරෙන් ඇතුළු වී ඉස්සරහ දොරෙන් මතු විය. දැන් දැන් අවවාද අනුශාසනා ලැබෙන්නේ ඇමරිකන් එම්බසියෙන්ය. උතුරු කොරියාවෙන් කිම් ඉල සුං නොවේය. වෙනස මරුය. කියුබාව දෙස බලන්නට අන්ර ජූලි චංට  කිව්වද දන්නෙත් නැත. කියුබාව පරෙස්සම් වෙන්න ඕන දැන් ය. අන්රගෙ ස්ලෙව්ස්ලා  එක්ස්ට්ර්ම්ලි කේපබල්ය, දේපල වතු පිටි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

THE ECONOMY OF SRI LANKA Part 4 B2
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
Sri Lanka is best known for the following gemstones: Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Cymophane, ‘Cats eye’, Garnet, Moonstone, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Spinel, Topaz, Tourmaline and Zircon.   Agate is a semi-precious gem occurring in a wide range of colors including brown, white, red, grey, pink, black, and yellow. Sri Lanka is known for blue-tinted agate. Amethyst is the purple variety of the mineral quartz. Colored by Iron, Amethyst occur in transparent pastel roses to deep purples.  The finest amethyst color is strong reddish-purple to purple. The best varieties of amethyst can be found in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

"Gravitas Plus: Which countries could go the Sri Lanka way" on YouTube
WION
Sri Lanka's debt crisis is a warning to the world. The World Bank says a global debt storm is coming. It could engulf 70 developing countries & make their economies fall like dominoes. What are the threats they face? How can they be averted? Palki Sharma explains. https://youtu.be/CdrLp0lKjHc... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

THE ECONOMY OF SRI LANKA Part 4 B1
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
Sri Lanka is one of the top gem bearing countries in the world. It has the highest density of gems in the world and is known the world over as a destination for over 75 varieties of precious and semi-precious gemstones. Sri Lanka is best known for the following gemstones: Agate, ,Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Cymophane(Cats eye), Garnet, Moonstone, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Spinel, Topaz, Tourmaline  and Zircon.   Sri Lanka,  is  specially known for blue sapphire, yellow sapphire,  ruby, Alexandrite ,  Cat's-eye  and Garnet, experts added. The Sri Lankan origin of the gemstone is determined... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

NATIONAL JOINT COMMITTEE STATEMENT ON THE PROPOSED 21ST AND 22ND AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION SUBMITTED BY SJB / GROUP OF ELEVEN POLITICAL PARTIES AND THE PROPOSAL OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION TO ABOLISH THE EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY
National Joint Committee
The SJB has proposed an amendment to the Constitution to abolish the Executive Presidential system without changing the current electoral system or repealing the 13th Amendment. The Bar Association proposal to abolish the Executive Presidential System is on similar lines.  The Need to Change the Electoral System. The proportional representation system was introduced by the UNP to fulfil their political aspirations. Under the existing proportional representation system so introduced there is no space for honest and independent professionals and intellectuals to contest an election. Even though the popular demand is that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

ලෙඩ්ඩු හරවා යවන්න නීතියෙන් ඉඩක් නැති ලන්ඩන් දොස්තරලා  
ගාල්ලේ දෙව්සිරි පී. හේවාවිදාන ලන්ඩන් නුවර සිට ලියයි මැයි 15 ඉරිදා සති අග අරුණ
ලෙඩේ මොකක්ද ඔයා මොන පක්ෂෙද තමන්ගෙන් ප්‍රතිකාර ගන්නට ආ ප්‍රසන්න රණතුංග මන්ත්‍රිවරයාට දේශපාලන හේතූන් මත ප්‍රතිකාර නොකළ විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍යවරයෙක් වන මහාචාර්ය රනිල් ජයවර්ධන එක් පිරිසකට වීරයෙකි. තවත් පිරිසකට ද්‍රෝහියෙකි. ඒ අතරේ සැත්කමට භාජනය කර සිටි විමලවීර දිසානායක මන්ත්‍රිවරයාට රෝහලේදි සෞඛ්‍ය කාර්ය මණ්ඩල සේවකයකු දේශපාලනය සිහි කරමින් අපහසුතාවට පත් කර තිබුණි. ඉකුත් 9 වැනිදා ප්‍රහාරයක් හමුවේ තුවාල ලබා ප්‍රතිකාර ගන්නට ආ පිරිසකට ජාතික රෝහලේදී සෞඛ්‍ය සේවකයෝ පහර දී තිබුණි. සැබවින්ම දේශපාලන හේතුවක් නිසා වෛද්‍යවරුන්ට මෙසේ හැසිරීමට හැකිද. මේ ලංකාවට බටහිර වෛද්‍ය ක්‍රමය ගෙනා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

Holidays to Sri Lanka cancelled as FCDO travel advice changes
ByDanielle-Kate Wroe Steven SmithNetwork Content Editor Courtesy Cornwalllive
TUI has cancelled holidays to the destination until May 31 Holidays to Sri Lanka are being cancelled as the British government advises people not to travel there. TUI has cancelled all trips until May 31. The Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to the country amid unrest there. Protests have been taking place across Sri Lanka against the backdrop of a growing economic crisis. There have been shortages of fuel, medicines and food and electricity is being rationed,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

Sri Lanka out of petrol as economic crisis deepens
ByMary Izuaka Courtesy Premium Times
The Indian Ocean Island nation faces its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948. Sri Lanka’s newly appointed prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, announced Monday that the country has run out of petrol stock. Reuters reports that Mr Wickremesinghe disclosed this in an address to the nation amid uncertainties over fuel and medicine shortages. “At the moment, we only have petrol stocks for a single day. The next couple of months will be the most difficult ones of our lives,” Mr Wickremesinghe said. “We must prepare... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

The next couple of months will be the most difficult of our lives, PM informs the nation
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Monday said the next couple of months will be the most difficult ones in the lives of all citizens and the country must prepare to make some sacrifices and face the challenges of this period. https://youtu.be/gLLQSKpnplA In a special statement, Wickremesinghe said he had no desire to hide the truth and to lie to the public. Although these facts are unpleasant and terrifying, this is the true situation. For a short period, our future will be even more difficult than the tough times that we... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

230 arrested for recent violent incidents: Police seek public help to net more
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Some 230 people have been arrested over various charges including  violation of curfew, attacking public, causing damages to public and private properties since May 9. Police spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said 68 out of them have been remanded. He said among the arrested, 71 were from the Western Province, 43 from Southern Province, 17 from Central Province, 36 from North Western Province, 47 from North Central, 13 from Sabaragamuwa and two from Uva Province.  Meanwhile, Police today released pictures of several persons and seek public assistance to  identify... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

Buses burnt, like in middle of terrorism: Gemunu
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The buses that were provided to support the struggle by our association on May 9 were burnt as if they were destroyed during the height terrorist activities. Therefore, the police should take action to arrest those involved the incidents, Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) Chairman Gemunu Wijeratne said. https://youtu.be/V0kqt1SFmJw He told media that some 45 private buses were completely gutted during the carnage. "This was a willful attack launched by a section of the public. They have attacked and torched down private and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

Committee led by Ruwan to look into facilities at ’’GotaGoGama’’
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a committee led by former Minister Ruwan Wijewardene to look into the security, health and other needs of "GotaGoGama" at Galle Face. The committee includes officials from the Colombo Municipal Council, Urban Development Authority, Health Ministry, Police and Army.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

Prime Minister’s special statement
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s special statement addressing the nation commenced, a short while ago.  He stated that last Thursday, he had accepted the Premiership of Sri Lanka.  “I did not ask for that position. In the face of the crisis situation in the country, the President invited me to accept this position,” he said.  https://youtu.be/-rS-dEa8U5Q At this moment, Sri Lanka’s economy is at a very dangerous position, the PM said.  He said that although the last Budget (2022) had forecasted government revenue of Rs.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

SJB MPs decide to support new govt without accepting posts
Courtesy Adaderana
The parliamentary group of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has unanimously decided to fully support all progressive steps taken by the new government and development activities through parliamentary processes, without accepting any posts.  The party said in a statement that the decision was taken at a meeting of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya’s parliamentary group today (16). “As a responsible political party, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya believes that at this moment it is essential to rescue the country from the crisis situation it is currently facing.” Accordingly, the parliamentary group of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

10-party alliance reach agreement on supporting new govt.
Courtesy Adaderana
During a discussion with the Prime Minister, the 10 political parties that quit the former government have assured that they would contribute to the new government’s efforts through the National Council and the Parliament Oversight Committees proposed to be set up. Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader MP Udaya Gammanpila stated this while speaking to reporters following a meeting between the representatives of the 10-party alliance and the Prime Minister held at the PM’s Office this morning (16). Following the invitation of PM Wickremesinghe to form an all-party government, members of 10 independent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/05/22)

අද පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සිටින සිළුම දේශපාලකයින් කළයුත්තේ සියළු දෙනාම එකතුවී කුහක පක්ශ දේශපානයෙන් මිදී රට හා ජාතිය  ඉදිරියේ ඇති අර්බුධවලින් රට ජාතිය බේරාගැනීම මිස මැතිවරණයකට ගොස් වාදභේධ වපුරා තවත් රටේ ප්‍රස්න වැඩිකිරීම නොවේ.
අචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර  මහනුවර
අද මේ රට හා ජාතිය පත්ව ඇති අර්බුධයන්ගෙන් ගොඩගැනීමට  ඇති හොඳම විසඳුම, පවතින මැතිසබයේ සියළුම පක්ශ,  වසර 74 ක් තිස්සේ අනුගමනය කළ පටු කුහක දේශපාලන වාද භේද සියල්ල පසෙක තබා,  සියලු දෙනාම එක්වී සර්වපාක්ශික අන්තර්කාලීන රජයක් පිහිටුවා කුඩා ඇමති මන්ඩලයක් මඟින් පළමුව ගිනිගෙන දැවෙන ජනතා ප්‍රස්න විසඳා ඒ ගින්න නිවී රට යථාතත්වයට පත්වූ පසු මැතිවරණයක් ගැන සිතීමයයි මම සිතමි. මන්ද, මේ අවස්ථාවේ මැතිසභය විසුරුවා මැතිවරණයකට යාම කිසිසේත්ම සුදුසු නොවන බැවිණි.රටේ පවතින ආර්ථික තත්වය අනුව ඒ සඳහා අවම වශයෙන් රුපියල් කෝටි 1500 පමණ හෝ     සොයාගැනීම බරපතල ගැටළුවකි. දෙවනුව මැතිවරණයක් පවත්වා අවසන් කිරීමට මාස... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/22)

අරගලේ තව මාස 34ක්....?
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B Sc(Col), PGDC(Col) (සමායෝජක) වෛද්‍ය තිලක පද්මා සුබසිංහ අනුස්මරණ නීති අධ්‍යයන වැඩසටහන
19 නැවත ගේන්න 21 ගේනකොට පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවීම වසර 4 1/2ක් කල් යනව කියන්නෙ අරගලේ තව මාස 34ක් තියෙනව කියන එකද? ඒ වගේම 19ය නැවත ගේන විට ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ  85.2ත් ඉවත් වෙනව කියන එකද?(20වන සංශෝධනය යටතේ 70 ව්‍යවස්ථාව අනුව වසර 2 1/2 කින් පසු (2023.02.20) පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවන්න ජනාධිපතිට බලය ලැබේ.)පාර්ලිමේන්තු විසුරුවීම වසර 4 1/2ක් කල් යවමින් 2023.02.20 පසු පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවීම වළක්වා ගන්නවට මන්ත්‍රීවරු අකැමැති වීමට හේතුවක් නැත.පාර්ලිමේන්තුව 2023.02.20 න් පසු විසුරුවන්න වෙන එක වළක්වන විධිවිධානත් ඇතුලත් 19 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය 21 නමින් නැවත ගේනව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/22)

විශ්ව සාහිත්‍යයේ පැතිකඩක් - වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
New Books
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග විසින් ලියන ලද විශ්ව සාහිත්‍යයේ පැතිකඩක් කෘතිය විශ්ව සාහිත්‍ය පිලිබඳව උනන්දු වන සිංහල පාඨකයන්ට අතිශයිම සුදුසු ග්‍රන්ථයකි. විශ්ව සාහිත්‍යයේ පැතිකඩක් කෘතිය හෝමර් , වර්ජිල් ,  ඩන්ටේ අලගියරි, ජෙෆ්‍ රි චෝසර්, සර්වන්ටෙස්, විලියම් ශේක්ස්පියර්, වෝල්ටෙයාර්, ඇලෙක්සැන්ඩර් පුෂ්කින්, ගෝගොල්, චාල්ස් ඩීකන්ස්, වික්ටර් හියුගෝ, ගුස්ටාව් ෆ්ලෝබර්ට් , වෝල්ටර් ස්කොට්, විලියම් වර්ඩ්ස්වත්, ෆියෝඩර් දොස්තයෙව්ස්කි, ලියෝ ටෝල්ස්ටෝයි , ඔස්කා වයිල්ඩ්, වර්ජීනියා වුල්ෆ්, හර්මන් මෙල්විල්, එඩ්ගාර් ඇලන් පෝ, ඩී.එච්. ලෝරන්ස්, ජෝසෆ් කොන්රාඩ්, මැක්සිම් ගෝර්කි, ෆ්‍රාන්ස් කෆ්කා, ඇල්බෙයා කැමූ, අර්නස්ට් හෙමිංවේ , බොරිස් පැස්ටර්නාක්, රබීඳ්‍රනාත් තාගෝර්, යසනූරි කවබත, ගේබ්‍රියල් ගාෂියා මාකේස්,  චිනුවා අචෙබේ යනාදී ලෝක පූජිත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/22)

Unlocking More Potential For Myanmar-Bangladesh ties
Pathik Hasan from Bangladesh
Myanmar is one of the closest neighbors of Bangladesh. Which is also known as Burma. Before the Second World War, many people from Bangladesh used to travel to Burma in search of livelihood. Since then, the people of this country have developed an economic and social relationship with Burma. Apart from India, Bangladesh shares a border with Myanmar. The 271 km long Bangladesh-Myanmar border is very important for Bangladesh due to geographical reasons. Bangladesh can use Myanmar by land for communication in Southeast Asian countries including China. Road connectivity is possible through Myanmar. Maybe... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/22)

Despite jibes and invectives, Wickremesinghe may survive and hopefully deliver
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, May 15: Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has been subjected to jibes and invectives from political opponents, armchair pundits and the media, both mainstream and social. But political realties being what they are, the 73 year-old sixth time Prime Minister is more likely to survive in office than be hounded out of it. In fact, he is expected to get majority support in parliament, though his party, United National Party (UNP), has only one MP (that is himself). When his support base is tested in parliament on May 17,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/22)

Sri Lanka crisis: PM Ranil Wickremesinghe extends support to protesters demanding Prez Rajapaksa's resignation
Courtesy India Today
The new Sri Lankan PM, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Saturday said that a committee has been appointed to look after the interests of the 'Gota Go Home' protesters who have been camping at Colombo's Galle Face Green since April 9. In an unusual move, Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has extended public support to the protesters, who have been camping at a popular beachfront here for over a month calling for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's resignation for mishandling the country's worst economic crisis. The Prime Minister on Saturday said he had appointed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/22)

Sri Lanka's new PM extends support to protesters demanding President's resignation
Courtesy The Telegraph OnLine
Wickremesinghe appoints committee to look after interests of 'Gota Go Home' leaders camping at Colombo's Galle Face Green since April 9. In an unusual move, Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has extended public support to the protesters, who have been camping at a popular beachfront here for over a month calling for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's resignation for mishandling the country's worst economic crisis. Appointment of a new prime minister in Sri Lanka has failed to appease anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of the president for the country’s disastrous... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/22)

JVP admits it has been behind Galle Face protest
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
JVP General Secretary Tilva Silva yesterday (10) said that Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa shouldn’t have visited Galle Face during the SLPP goons attacks on protesters. Silva was commenting on protesters attacking the SJP leader and his colleagues as they walked towards the crowds. The JVP General Secretary said so addressing the media at the party headquarters in Pelawatte. “Everybody should be careful. People hate to see politicians travelling in luxury cars with security contingents. People detested the politicians’ attitude of trying to stay above them. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/22)

Maithri informs RW SLFP will support form new govt.
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
SLFP Leader Maithripala Sirisena has written to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today saying the SLFP will support forming a new government with Wickremesinghe, senior sources said. In the letter, Sirisena said party members had sought a meeting with Wickremesinghe and a time and date are now being worked out for the discussions. So far the SLPP and SLFP have pledged support to Wickremesinghe with political sources saying discussions were also ongoing with the 11 party alliance members and opposition political groups. (Jamila Husain)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/22)

Four arrested over Amarakeerthi Athukorala’s death
Courtesy Adaderana
Four suspects have been arrested on charges of the murder of MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala and his security officer during the recent unrest earlier this week. The arrests were made today (May 15). Two of the accused have been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department for further investigations. The other two were produced before the Attanagalle Magistrate’s Court today.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/22)

At least 230 under arrest over recent violent incidents
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Police says it has arrested a total of 230 suspects in connection with curfew violations, looting, assaults, public and private property damages and other offences following the unrest that broke out on the 9th of May. According to police spokesperson, 68 of the arrestees are currently in remand custody. In a statement, SSP Nihal Thalduwa said 71 suspects were arrested in the Western Province, 43 in the Southern Province, 17 in the Central Province, 36 in the North-western Province, 47 in the North-central Province, 13 in Sabaragamuwa Province, one in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/05/22)

Not going to IMF then & going to IMF now : Will Sri Lanka’s Problems be solved?
State of Sri Lanka’s Economy – Research Team
Since early 2020, the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government appeared to implement a plan with several components for the external sector. These components included securing of multi-lateral and bi-lateral loans, monetization of selected assets, obtaining Central Bank SWAPs, promoting Hambantota Industrial & Pharmaceutical Zones, Colombo Port City and other FDIs, and increasing non-debt inflows, remittances and exports. That plan did not contemplate an IMF programme. That official government stance was well known and in place until the President announced that he was seeking an IMF programme on 15th March 2022. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

හරක් කිරි පිටි සහ ගබ්සා නිදහස
ජයන්ත හේරත්
හරක් පිටි කිරි ප්රශ්නයක් වී  ඇමෙරිකාව තරමක් සැලෙන්නට පටන් ගෙනය. මිචිගනයේ බේබි ෆොර්මියුලා සමාගමක නිශ්පාදන සිරුරට අහිතකර විස මුසු වීමක්  අඳුනා ගැනීමෙන් සමාගම වසා දමා වෙළඳ පොලේ මේ දක්වා තිබු නිශ්පාදනද රිකෝල් කර ඇත. බේබි ෆොර්මියුලා නැති ළදරුවන් අඬන හඬ ඇහෙන්න පටන් ගෙනය. ගෝ බ්‍රන්ඩන් කියන හඬ  වෙනස් අර්ථයකින් නොඇහෙනවා නොවේය. අවුරුදු 50 ක් පුරාවට තිබු ගබ්සා කර ගැනීමේ  කාන්තාවන්ගේ සිරුරේ අයිතිය ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

NZ's Donation of NZ $ 500,000 To Sri Lanka Via UN World Food Program to " feed vulnerable children and assist struggling farmers".
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM United Sri Lanka Association.
To: Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs . NZ Parliament. Dear Minister, I am writing to say how pleased I was to read your tweet and that of NZ High Commissioner  in Colombo, informing us  of your decision to make the above donation to help Sri Lanka in it’s hour of need. It makes me immensely proud, as a New Zealander of Sri Lankan origin, that despite being a small nation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

Vesak Message from the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka
Press Release The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka wishes our Buddhist brethren peace and contentment on the auspicious day of Buddha Jayanthi (Vesak) where millions around the world follow the teachings of the Buddha and commemorate the birth, attainment of enlightenment and the passing away of the Buddha. “Vesak”, on the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

The BASL proposals: A review
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
Crises prompt proposals for management, recovery and future prosperity. Of the many we’ve seen, perhaps on account of public profile, the set of proposals submitted by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) is one which calls for serious consideration. Indeed, the BASL proposals have been approved by multiple political groups/individuals including the President and the main party in the Opposition, the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB). What is offered here is a review.The BASL document is organised under three headings, background, objectives and proposals. Let us consider them in this order. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

ගෝල්පේස් වනාන්තරය, ගෝඨාභයගේ දෙවන යුද්ධය හා බෞද්ධ මධ්‍යම ප්‍රතිපදා විසඳුම -  (5 කොටස)
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
ඩබල් ගේම් මෙහි ඉහතින් ඇති රූප සටහනේ පිට රවුම තුල තිබෙන ලෝභ-ද්වේෂ-මෝහ යන ක්ලේශ තුන ලොව සෑම පංචස්කන්ධයකටම පොදුවේ අදාලය. පන්සිල් පද පහෙන් අවම වශයෙන්වත් බලාපොරොත්තු වන්නේ මෙම ක්ලේශ හැකිතාක්  දුරට පාලනය කර ගැනීමය. මෙත්තා-කරුණා-මුදිතා-උපෙක්ඛා යන ගතිගුණ ප්‍රගුණ කර ගැනීම මෙන්ම, ලාභෝ-අලාභෝ, අයසෝ-යසෝච, නින්දා-ප්‍රශංසා, සුඛන්ච-දුක්ඛං යන අෂ්ට ලෝක ධර්මතා භාර ගැනීමද මෙම අධ්‍යාත්මික ගමනට ඇතුලත්වේ. කරණීය මෙත්ත සූත්‍රය යම් පෘතග්ජනයෙකුට ලඟාවිය හැකි එක් ඉහල තලයක් පෙන්වා දේ.   කාලයත් සමඟ <අරගලය> ජේ.වී.පී හා පෙරටුගාමි අන්තරේ කැලයක් වීමට පෙර, ආරම්භයේදී එහි සිටි ගෝල්පේස් තරුණයින්ගෙන් කෙතරම් කොටසකට මෙම රූප... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

Sri Lanka Outcome: America Returns To South Asia  
 Saeed Naqvi  
Whatever the aspiration of the protesters in Sri Lanka, the chaos they created has caused the messiah to appear in the form of the IMF. For the IMF to be effective, it needed a government it could vibe with. That there could not have been a better choice for the job of Prime Minister than Ranil Wickremesinghe became clear as daylight the moment he was sworn in.   “Ranil Wickremesinghe’s appointment and the quick formation of an inclusive government are first steps in addressing the crisis and promoting stability. We encourage meaningful progress at the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

The Phoenix rises again; For the sixth time
By Raj Gonsalkorale
The phoenix is an immortal bird associated with Greek mythology (with analogs in many cultures) that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Some legends say it dies in a show of flames and combustion, others that it simply dies and decomposes before being born again -Wikipedia Sri Lanka’s political equivalent to the mythological Phoenix, Ranil Wickremasinghe, has risen again to become the Prime Minister of the country for the sixth time. The challenge before him on this occasion perhaps is the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

Why Does Myanmar-Bangladesh Military’s Strategic Engagement Matter?
Jubeda Chowdhury, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Myanmar military wants now strategic engagement with Bangladesh military for various reasons. Myanmar-Bangladesh must have mutual strategic engagement as they share common border. Myanmar-Bangladesh have some common problems which need to be resolved bilaterally as soon as possible. Myanmar, Bangladesh need defense diplomacy for cementing their ties with neighbourly spirit. Myanmar must understand that Bangladesh is a good neighbor for Myanmar. The neighbourly friendship needs to be bolstered through defense diplomacy. Defense diplomacy has long been regarded as an important component of international diplomacy and an effective tool for fostering bilateral and regional relations.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

SL denies Indian intel claims of ‘LTTE regrouping to launch attacks’
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence on Saturday denied reports of ex-LTTE cadre “regrouping to launch attacks” in Sri Lanka, as reported by The Hindu, citing sources in Indian intelligence. “The article is completely baseless. We have received no intelligence warning of such a security threat,” a Ministry spokesman said. The report, citing Indian intelligence reports, was picked up by Sri Lankan media and widely shared on social media.  Sri Lankan political leaders, too, strongly reacted to the Indian security establishment’s claims. Tamil Progressive Alliance Leader and Opposition legislator from Colombo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

Will change policies of Rajapaksa govt - PM Ranil
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/ibhZg9U_qNU Sri Lanka’s new prime minister has told the BBC an economic crisis that has brought misery and unrest is “going to get worse before it gets better”. The country is facing fuel shortages and soaring food prices, with some Sri Lankans forced to skip meals. Anger over the government’s handling of the crisis has led to violent protests. Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed in an attempt to defuse the protests. It is the opposition MP’s sixth stint as prime minister. In his first interview... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

SLPP pledges support for a govt under PM Ranil
Courtesy Adaderana
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to support a government established under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The ruling party pledged their support during a meeting of its parliamentary group held under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this morning (May 14). ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

Support of youths expected to find solutions to crisis - PM
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the support of the country’s youths is expected when finding solutions to overcome the current crisis situation. He stated this, delivering a statement following bilateral talks with several ambassadors and high commissioners to Sri Lanka today (May 14). The prime minister met with the ambassadors of South Korea, France, Italy, Norway, EU delegation, Germany, Switzerland and high commissioners of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In his statement, PM Wickremesinghe said favourable responses were received from the foreign envoys during the discussion. “We... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

Four new Cabinet ministers sworn in
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed four new Cabinet ministers today (May 14) to maintain the affairs of the Parliament and other functions of the country legitimately and stably until a full Cabinet is appointed. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the President’s House in Colombo this afternoon. According to the President’s Media Division (PMD), the following parliamentarians were sworn in before the President: Prof. G.L. Peiris – Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena – Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government Prasanna Ranatunga... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

Sri Lanka Violence: MP Was Lynched by Mob, Not Suicide, Reveals Forensic Report
Courtesy News18
The MP's death was due to multiple injuries, fractures and internal bleeding, but he had no gunshot wounds, the autopsy report said Sri Lankan government supporters and anti-government protesters clash outside president's office residence in Colombo in presence of police officers, Sri Lanka (Image: AP) A Sri Lankan lawmaker who shot dead an anti-government protester this week was later lynched by a mob, a forensic report showed Friday, contradicting a police report that he died by suicide. Amarakeerthi Athukorala opened fire on people blocking his car’s path in the town of Nittambuwa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Lambor ගිණි ආණ්ඩු ක්‍රම සංදර්ශනය
ජයන්ත හේරත්
සාම-ආරගලිස්ට්ලා වෙත ප්රචණ්ඩත්වය මුදා හැරියේ ආණ්ඩුවේ අයියලා  නං වැඩේ වැරදිය. සාම-ආරගලිස්ට්ලා ඉන් ප්රකෝප වීම ඊටත් වැරදිය. ඒ මොකදැයි කියනවා නං මුල හිටං ම අධි-සාමකාමී කොටළුන් සේ පිටි කිරි ඉල්ලමින්   බලා හිටියේ වෙලාව එනතුරාය. ගිනි තැබීම, දේපල විනාශය ජීවිත ඝාතන උන්ගේ ආණ්ඩු ක්‍රමය. ඔවුනට හැමදා හුරු පුරුදු වැඩය. අධිකරණයත් උන්ය. නීති හදන්නේ ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/05/22)

Intelligence agencies alert on regrouping of ex-LTTE cadres
S. Vijay Kumar Courtesy The Hindu
‘Sri Lankan Tamil outfits abroad have planned attacks to mark Mullivaikal anniversary’
Intelligence agencies have warned of erstwhile cadre of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) regrouping to launch attacks in Sri Lanka, as the country is embroiled in a deep economic and political crisis. As the island nation has declared emergency twice amid escalating violent protests, some sections of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, with multinational links, were trying to make their presence “felt” in the ongoing clashes between protesters and security forces, police... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Business leaders think Ranil should be supported
Courtesy LBO
May 13, 2022 (LBO) – Business leaders in Sri Lanka say the new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should be given a chance to resuscitate the economy. Wickremesinghe was appointed to replace Mahinda Rajapaksa, taking many political leaders by surprise and leaving them scrambling to respond. Much of the response from opposition parties was negative as they actively held media events aimed at undermining the legitimacy of Wickremesinghe’s appointment. The business community’s views appear to be significantly different. Not wanting be quoted due to political sensitivities, several leaders in the software, agricultural and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Sri Lanka: Is ‘Mr Clean’ eyeing the presidency?
Courtesy  Qadijah Irshad Khaleej Times
The suit-clad prime minister, who is more comfortable in English than Sinhala and less popular with the majority lower middle-class population, could be the answer to Sri Lanka’s unprecedented economic crisis for now. Ranil Wickremesighe, the longest running leader for the oldest political party in Sri Lanka, was sworn in as prime minister for the sixth time on Thursday evening. His appointment comes three days after Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, resigned as prime minister following island-wide riots, incited by Rajapaksa supporters. The 73-year-old was appointed amid... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

රනිල් අගමැති වෙන බව කලින්ම කිව්වා - ඊලඟට වෙන්න යන දේ ගැන ප්‍රභල හෙළිදරව්වක්- Has Kjanakka brought curse on Rajapaksa family
Vishwa Karma
https://youtu.be/29x7M5BTsL4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

'Be patient, I will bring things back' - new Sri Lanka president
Courtesy Radio New Zealand 
Sri Lanka's new prime minister says an economic crisis that has brought misery and unrest is "going to get worse before it gets better". Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed Prime Minister, for the sixth time. Photo: AFP / ISHARA S. KODIKARA The country is facing fuel shortages and soaring food prices, with some Sri Lankans forced to skip meals. Anger over the government's handling of the crisis has led to violent protests. Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed in an attempt to defuse the protests. It is the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

New Lankan PM Wickremesinghe gets international backing
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, May 13: Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has secured the support of key countries in the world such as India, the US, Japan and China. He is expected to get majority support in parliament also, though he is the lone representative of his party, the United National Party, in parliament. Wickremesinghe might not head a truly “national” government composed of all parties in parliament. But he might get the support enough MPs to have a majority, that is, at least 113 in the House of 225.   ADVERTISEMENT ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Ranil pledges to withdraw shoot at sight order given to security forces
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had pledged to repeal the shoot at sight order given to security forces after the recent violence. Mr. Wickremesinghe made this pledge when foreign journalists questioned him about this procedure. Prime Minister’s office said such orders will be given to security forces only if riots resume. It was also reported that the new government will repeal the 20 amendment to the constitution and reduce President's powers. Meanwhile, UNP Assistant Leader Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told a press conference that no one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Sri Lanka receives assurance of fertilizer supplies from India
Kallol Bhattacherjee Suhasini Haidar Courtesy The Hindu
Sri Lanka, which is facing the biggest economic crisis in its post-independence history, is aiming to boost its agriculture sector Sri Lanka has received assurance from Indian officials regarding supply of fertilizers that the island nation requires urgently. High Commissioner Milinda Moragoda met concerned officials on Friday where the issue was discussed. "High Commissioner Milinda Moragoda met with the Secretary to the Department of Fertilizers of India Shri Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi and thanked him for India's decision to supply 65,000 MT of urea required for the current... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Sri Lanka economy crisis to get worse before it gets better, PM says
By Rajini Vaidyanathan BBC South Asia Correspondent Courtesy BBC
Sri Lanka's new prime minister has told the BBC an economic crisis that has brought misery and unrest is "going to get worse before it gets better". The country is facing fuel shortages and soaring food prices, with some Sri Lankans forced to skip meals. Anger over the government's handling of the crisis has led to violent protests. Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed in an attempt to defuse the protests. It is the opposition MP's sixth stint as prime minister. Sri Lanka's... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Sri Lanka: New PM Wickremesinghe Gets International Backing
By P. K. Balachandran Courtesy Eurasia Review
Majority support in parliament is also on the cards Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has secured the support of key countries in the world such as India, the US, Japan and China. He is expected to get majority support in parliament also, though he is the lone representative of his party, the United National Party, in parliament.Advertisement Wickremesinghe might not head a truly “national” government composed of all parties in parliament. But he might get the support enough MPs to have a majority, that is, at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Lankan PM Wickremesinghe moots ‘aid consortium’ with foreign envoys
Meera Srinivasan  The Hindu BusinessLine
Vows to “deliver solutions” to the island’s deepening economic crisis Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has vowed to “deliver solutions” to the island’s deepening economic crisis, kicked off duties on Friday, discussing formation of a “foreign aid consortium” with Colomb-based envoys, his office said. His outreach came a day after he was sworn in Premier by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in the place of Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned earlier this week following widespread protests. Indian envoy Gopal Baglay was among the first to meet... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

New Sri Lanka PM to steadfastly push forward BRI projects in the country
By Global Times
Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka's new prime minister met with Qi Zhenhong, Ambassador of China to Sri Lanka on Friday. Photo: Courtesy of Embassy of China to Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka's new prime minister, said on Friday that his new government will continue to attach great importance to developing ties with China and will push forward Belt and Road projects in the country.During a meeting with Qi Zhenhong, Ambassador of China to Sri Lanka on Friday, Wickremesinghe stressed that the new government will push forward the development of Colombo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Politicians' Obligation to the Nation
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As a country when Sri Lanka is in dire need of a debt restructure and economic recovery, the IMF in combination with The World Bank prepared a package on conditions set forth. While these conditions were laid so clearly of what is being required from Sri Lanka, the sabotaging acts committed collectively by short sighted rulers, all other political fractions, Trade Unions, religious fractions and the majority of the citizens have brought this Resplendent Land to its death bed. As the only viable option available to attempt a resurrection, Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Sri Lanka's New Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Thanks PM Modi, Says 'Want a Closer Relationship' With India
Courtesy News18
Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said he looks forward to closer ties with India during his term and thanked India for its economic assistance to the country as it tackles the worst economic crisis since independence. Wickremesinghe, 73, was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s 26th prime minister on Thursday to stabilise the country’s debt-ridden economy and end the political turmoil. I want a closer relationship and I want to thank Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, Wickremesinghe said, referring to the Indian economic assistance to his country. His remarks came during a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Main Opposition Won’t Join New Government: Sri Lanka Latest
Courtesy Bloomberg UK
Ranil Wickremesinghe, left, is sworn in as Sri Lanka’s prime minister in front of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in Colombo, on May 13.Source: Sri Lankan President Media Division By Anusha Ondaatjie and Asantha SirimanneMay 13, 2022, 2:32 AM GMT+1Updated onMay 13, 2022, 10:03 AM GMT+1 Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he will show his majority in parliament and protests against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa should not be curbed, local media reported.   However, the main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya party has said it won’t join a so-called unity government and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Wind Power to our rescue
by Garvin Karunaratne
These days when we have to live with hours of power cuts, and when we are really short of dollars- scraping the barrel, my theory that wind power offers the solution to our power requirements comes to the forefront. I enclose a write up by eesrilanka wordpress.com/2019/04/13/playing with history: __________________________________________________________ C2. Buying Power from Multinationals Garvin Karunaratne recalls his experience of 18 years working in stations like Hambantota as well as in the hilly Districts of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. He chides the authorities for erecting wind turbines... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

Why Myanmar Should Have ‘Friendship and Neighbourhood policy to Bangladesh’?
Fumiko Yamada
Bangladesh and Myanmar share a land boundary of 271 kilometers. Prior to their establishment as contemporary nation states, both countries had a long history of exchanging political, cultural, and economic concerns. They also share a common history of British colonialism. The relationship between these two countries is based on demography rather than geography. Since Bangladesh's 1971 independence from West Pakistan, the two countries have had "cordial" relations. One of the first countries to acknowledge Bangladesh was Myanmar. However, due to the Rohingya crisis and border disturbances, Bangladesh-Myanmar ties have turned tense at times. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

අරගලය ජවිපෙ ට යද්දී රට රනිල්ට යයි
 චින්තන ධර්මදාස උපුටා ගැන්ම  අරුණ පුවත්
මේ වෙලාවේ රටට ඕන රනිල් මං ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණවාදියෙක්. කොයි විදිහකින්වත් සිස්ටම් චේන්ජ් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී ඉන්න කෙනෙක් නෙමෙයි. කවුරු හරි එහෙම එකක් කරනවා නම් පැත්තකට වෙලා බලන් ඉන්නවා මිස විරුද්ධතාවයක් නෑ. අපි එක එක්කෙනා විශ්වාස කරන දේශපාලනය වෙනස්. රනිල් කියන්නෙ මගේ ප්‍රියතම දේශපාලකයා නෙමෙයි. රනිල්ට ජනතා දේශපාලනය තේරෙන්නෙ නැති ප්‍රශ්නයක් තියෙනවා සහ මං ඒක නිතර විවේචනය කරනවා. ඒත් රනිල් අපේ රටේ එක ශිෂ්ට දේශපාලන පරම්පරාවක අවසානතමයා කියන එකයි මගේ විශ්වාසය. ඒ වගේම අනිත් අයගේ සහාය ලැබුනොත් රට යම් ආර්ථිකමය ස්ථාවරත්වයකට ගේන්න රනිල්ට පුළුවන්. මොකද රනිල් දේශපාලනය කියල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/05/22)

පුද්ගල චරිත මතුවේ, නිර්පාක්ෂික හැව ගැලැවේ, අරගලය ඉදිරියටම....
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
අදේශපාලනික අරගලකරුවන් සිටිය නොහැක. නිශ්චිත නොවුනත්, දේශපාලනික පක්ෂ සහ ඒවායේ අරමුණු සමග අනන්‍ය නොවුනත්, අරගලකරුවා දේශපාලනිකයි. අදේශපාලනික අරගලකරුවන් සිටිය නොහැකි නමුත් නිර්පාක්ෂික අරගලකරුවන් සිටිය හැක.  නිර්පාක්ෂික අරගලකරුවන් අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම නිර්පාක්ෂික නොවූ අරගලකරුවන්ට වඩා උසස් වන්නේ ද පහත් වන්නේ ද නැත. එහෙත් යම් දේශපාලන සංවිධානයක් සමග අනන්‍ය වී ඇති අතරම තමුන් 'නිර්පාක්ෂික' යැයි කියන, 'නිර්පාක්ෂිකයෙකු' ලෙස හැසිරෙන අරගලකරුවන්ට වඩා සැබැවින්ම නිර්පාක්ෂික වූ අරගලකරුවන් සදාචාරාත්මක වේ.   'ගෝටාගෝහෝම්' ලෙස නම් කර ඇති අරගලය තුළ නිර්පාක්ෂික සහ නිර්පාක්ෂික නොවූ අරගලකරුවන් සිටිති. අරගලයට වත් සමස්ත අරගලකරුවන්ට වත් මෙය ප්‍රශ්නයක් වුයේ නැත. ඒ, ගෝටා පන්නා දැමීම හෝ/සහ ඒ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

THE ECONOMY OF SRI LANKA Pt 4 A
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
Sri Lanka possesses an abundance of minerals. The best known of these in Sri Lanka is our gemstones. Sri Lanka also has an abundance of good quality non-metallic mineral resources. They are mainly industrial minerals. These include Apatite, Calcite, Clay, Dolomite,  Feldspar, Garnet sand, Graphite, Ilmenite, Kaolin, Mica, Quartz, Rutile, Silica Sand, and Zircon. Although the country has a large amount of valuable mineral resources, not all locations of these minerals have been identified. It is expensive to explore the mineral resources, to locate them and find out the size and depth of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

Sri Lanka’s Demise: What has to be done immediately.
By Garvin Karunaratne, former Government Agent, Matara
Sri lanka my beloved motherland has descended to chaos. The causes are many, mainly by the country closely following the IMF’s Structural Adjustment Programme since it was imposed at the end of 1977 when President Jayawardena requested financial help and the ineptitude of our leaders. I have since leaving the Administrative Service devoted myself to study and my three books: How the IMF Ruined Sri Lanka & Alternative Programmes of Success(2006), How the IMF Sabotaged Third World Development(2017) and How the IMF’s Structural Adjustment Destroyed Sri Lanka(2022) tell it all. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

යල කන්නයේ පොහොර අවශ්‍යතාවය කඩිනමින් ඉන්දියාවෙන් සැපයෙන තීරණයක්
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in New Delhi
යල කන්නයේ පොහොර අවශ්‍යතාවය කඩිනමින් ඉන්දියාවෙන් සැපයෙන තීරණයක්ඉදිරි යල වගා කන්නයේ වී වගාව සඳහා අවශ්‍ය යූරියා සැපයීම පිළිබඳව සාකච්ඡා කර තීරණ ගැනීම සඳහා නවදිල්ලියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ කොමසාරිස් මිලින්ද මොරගොඩ මහතා අද (12) ඉන්දියාවේ ජාතික පොහොර දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ ලේකම් රාෙජ්ෂ් කුමාර් චතුර්වේදි මහතා හමුවිය. මෙම කන්නයේ වී සඳහා යූරියා මෙටි්‍රක් ටොන් 65,000ක් අවශ්‍ය වනු ඇති අතර දෙරට අතර දැනට පවතින ඇ.ඩො. බිලියනයක ණය පහසුකම යටතේ වහාම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පොහොර සැපයීමට ඉන්දීය රජය තීරණය කර ඇත. එයට අදාල ඉදිරි සැපයුම් සම්බන්ධව මෙම හමුව සිදුවිය. ඉන්දියාවෙන් යූරියා අපනයනය තහනම් කර ඇති අතර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

Press release issued by the Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture (AMSA) Sri Lanka regarding the present crisis in the Agriculture Sector
The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture (AMSA) in Sri Lanka
The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture (AMSA) in Sri Lanka expresses grave concern about the potential impact of the current national crisis on the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka. First, we vehemently condemn the brutal assault launched against the peaceful protesters in front of Galle Face and Temple Trees, and the detrimental chain reactions emanated from it. We are at a crucial stage of the Yala season of 2022 where crop establishment is severely constrained by shortages of fuel, fertilizer and other essential inputs. The current... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

Lines of credit extended to Sri Lanka may go through rough patch: Exim Bank
Courtesy Business Standard
Export Import Bank of India (Exim Bank), however, said there is no overdue payment from the Sri Lankan government as of now The lines of credit extended to the Sri Lankan government by India Exim Bank may go through a "rough patch" as the island nation faces the worst economic crisis, a senior bank official said on Thursday. Export Import Bank of India (Exim Bank), however, said there is no overdue payment from the Sri Lankan government as of now. Exim Bank, at the behest of the government of India, extends... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

Time is running out to save Sri Lanka from total economic collapse
Rashmee Roshan Lall OpenDemocracy
Oonce hailed as South Asia’s ‘success story’, the island nation has faced months of escalating violent unrest. Riot police fire tear gas during a clash with anti-government demonstrators in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, on 9 May | Dinuka Liyanawatte/ Reuters/ Alamy. All rights reserved Sri Lanka is in a state of chaos. Faced with the worst economic crisis of its 74 years of independence, the country has been roiled by days of violent unrest – leading the government to the brink of collapse. For months, nationwide protests have taken place... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

'You can't throw out a president': Namal Rajapaksa on Sri Lanka crisis
Akshaya Nath Courtesy India Today
Speaking about the ongoing crisis in Sri Lanka, MP Namal Rajapaksa said one cannot throw out a president as it will deepen the political instability. Since the start of the economic crisis, Opposition leaders have called for the removal of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from office. Namal Rajapaksa, the son of former Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, said one cannot throw out a president as it will deepen political crisis. He also blamed the Opposition leaders for not taking responsibility of governing Sri Lanka during the country's worst economic crisis. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

MR felicitates Ranil
Courtesy Daily Mirror
Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa extended his wishes to newly-appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. In a twitter post, he said "Congratulations to the newly-appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. I wish you all the best as you navigate in these troubled times,"... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

Public requested to provide information on violent acts
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Ministry of Defence has requested the general public to inform the details of criminal activities by mobs or violent groups and incidents of damaging of public and private properties, looting and assaults from any parts of the island. The public can provide such information through the following contact numbers: Defence Ministry Hotline - 0767 392 977 and 0112 441 146  Ministry of Public Security - 118... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

President responds to Sajith’s letter on Premiership
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, responding to the letter directed by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa has said the decision to appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the new Prime Minister cannot be reversed at the moment. “You refused my prior invitations to accept the Premiership. Following discussions with political party leaders representing the parliament, I have appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe to the post of Prime Minister.” President Rajapaksa has informed the Opposition Leader to inform him if he desires to include any of his party members in the Cabinet.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

Accepted premiership to deliver solutions, PM Ranil says
Courtesy AdaDerana
Newly-appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he accepted the President’s invitation by choosing to deliver solutions over practicing petty politics. Speaking to the media following his swearing-in, PM Wickremesinghe stressed that the country’s economy needs to be rescued and the people are living with great difficulty.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as new Prime Minister
Courtesy AdaDerana
The Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Wickremesinghe took oath before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House this evening (May 12). https://youtu.be/2gjcyBBpf_Q Secretary to the President Gamini Senarath and Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe were also present on the occasion.  Wickremesinghe has served as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on five previous occasions. President Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe held a round of discussion on Wednesday evening (May 11) during which the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

Would Mahinda Rajapakse set fire to his own house?
Shenali D Waduge
Ask yourself, if you were Mahinda Rajapakse, with no intention of resigning as PM, would you unleash a mob to attack unarmed protestors, knowing the ultimate blame will fall on your shoulders? Presuming the answer is negative, think about what could have really happened. Without falling for pick &  go versions, think of the events & make your intelligent conclusions. 9 April 2022 – Protestors create GoHomeGota inside Galle Face Green Did the President err in allowing structures inside public place for a handful... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

Digital Colonialism and the Covid Endgame: Cyber War Simulacra in an Upside-Down World
Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake
The greatest transfer of wealth in human history took place during Covid-19 Lockdowns with Covid masks and Personal Protection Equipment. The rest of the world was impoverished.[i]   As Sri Lanka caught in an International Sovereign Bond (ISB) debt trap defaults into the arms of Washington and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), questions arise at this time: Have two years of Covid-19 lockdown induced digitalization of economy, society and democracy, a.k.a. Digital Colonialism, advanced to a point that all sides are infiltrated and gamed in this strategically located Indian Ocean island nation perpetually... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/05/22)

Sri Lanka: Debt Crisis, Neocolonialism and Geopolitical Rivalry
By Asoka Bandarage Courtesy Inter Press Service
World Bank, Washington DC.The multilateral Asian Development Bank and the World Bank owns 13% and 9% of Sri Lanka’s foreign debt, respectively. WASHINGTON DC, May 11 2022 (IPS) - Sri Lanka is in the throes of an unprecedented economic crisis. Faced with a shortage of foreign exchange and defaulting on its foreign debt repayment, the country is unable to pay for its food, fuel, medicine, and other basic necessities. Notwithstanding the austerities that would be entailed, a bail out by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been accepted as the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

WAS DEAR MOTHER LANKA RAPED BY UNSCLUPROUS POLITICAL OPPORTUNISTS OVER THE LAST MONTH?
By Noor Nizam - Peace and Political Activist, Political Communications Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart, Patriotic Sri Lankan, May 11th., 2022.
DID THE INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS COORDINATION OPERATE FROM ITALY OR SWEDEN? The statement made to the Press/Media today by the Secretary of Defense Kamal Gunaratne that Stern actions would be taken against all those involved in violent acts such as vandalism and arson after May 9 irrespective of party politics, reiterate the confidence and trust the peace loving and rural folks of Sri Lanka have in the Mahinda Rajapaksa/Gotabaya Rajapaksa/SLPP coalition leadership - the 6.9 million voters who elected... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

Elitist ‘Colombians’ Hogging the Maharaja-Circus at Galle Face and Parroting CIA-Scripted Slogans Stifle the Voices of Seven Million Voters Betrayed by Nandasena
By ‘The Socialist Vanguard Party for the Restoration of a Sovereign Unitary State of Sri Lanka'
It was indeed pathetic to see broadcaster Watawala attempting to incite carousing revellers at the Maharaja-Circus on Galle Face Green to take the law into their hands, incapacitate the Legislature and make the ‘Green’, the Country’s Parliament while establishing on the esplanade an anarchical zone where State authority would not apply. Shades of Sierra Leone where scores of ‘Galle-Face -Greens’ have been established and ‘dime-a-dozen’ warlords, with bigoted notions of governance, rule their respective parochial patches, the hallmark of a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

The Aragalists and the challenge of re-mapping Sri Lanka
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
It was expected and yet shocking. Expected, because that’s what history has taught us: those in power, having enjoyed all the luxuries that come with power, and especially through abuse of office, are lulled into believing that power is permanent, and therefore rudely shocked when they realise otherwise, seldom exit peacefully. They fight back, typically. They did. Here are some interesting facts to keep in mind. The attack on the agitators at Galle Face (the ‘aragalists’) was carried out not by the Police or the Army; those arms of the state... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

ලෙයට ලෙය වෙනුවට ආලය
Malinda Seneviratne
මසක කාලයක් ගෝල් ෆේස් හි ගොඩනැගු ගෝටාගෝගමෙහි දහස් ගණන් තරුණ තරුණියන් මෙන් ම නොයෙකුත් මතවාදී ධාරාවන් නියෝජනය කරන අන් අය එකට බැඳ තැබූ සුන්දර වරපටය ආදරයයි. එකට එක් වී වැපුරුවේ ආදරයයි. යෙදුනේ හෙට දින රට හදන ව්‍යායාමයක පෙරහුරුවකයි.  අහිංසකත්වය, අවිහිංසාවාදය, නිර්මාණශීලිත්වය, එඩිතරකම, ඉවසීම, සාමුහිකත්වය යනාදියෙන් අරගල භූමිය සුවඳවත් විය. එවැනි අහිංසක, අවිහිංසාවාදී, නිර්මාණශීලී, එඩිතර අරගලයක් මතක ඉතිහාසයේ නැති තරම්ය. අපේ රටේ හෙට දවස පිලිබඳව සුභවාදීව හිතන්න අරගලකරුවන් සියලු දෙනාට බල කර සිටියා මෙන් ය.ඊයේ මැර ප්‍රහාර එල්ල කරන ලද්දේ අරගලකරුවන්ට පමණක් නොව, ඒ සුභවාදී සිහිනයට මෙන් ම මේ ගොඩනැගෙමින් තිබුණු අපුර්වත්වය දෙස ආදරයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

The 225 must go? Seriously?
Rohan Pethiyagoda
https://youtu.be/xniPFC-rNY4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

අද මේ රටේ පවතින දේශපාලන, සමාජ සහ ආර්ථික අර්බුධවලින්  එය ගොඩගත හැකි  හොඳම ක්‍රමය, මැතිසබයෙන් තෝරාගහ් සර්වපාක්ශික අන්තර්කාලීන රජයකි.
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර
(ත්‍රයි නිකායික මහානායක හිමිවරුන් ප්‍රමුඛ සමස්ථ භික්ෂු  සමාජයට සහ දේශප්‍රේමි සියළු ශ්‍රී ලාන්කික ජනතාව වෙත විවුර්ථ සන්දේශයක්) ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර අග්‍රාමාත්ය සිරිමාවෝ බන්ඩාරනායක මැතිනියගේ හිටපු ස්ථිර ලේකම්, ශ්‍රී ලන්කා රාජ්ය පරිපාලන සේවා සන්ගමයේ සභාපති (1991-1994) සහ මහනුවර සින්හල බෞද්ධ ජෙෂ්ඨ පුරවැසියන්ගේ සන්විධානයේ සභාපතී 1985 සිට මේ දක්වා)) 8.5.2022. මහනුවර පූර්විකාව අද මේ රට හා ජාතිය පත්ව ඇති අර්භුධයන්ගෙන් ගොඩගැනීමට  ඇති හොඳම විසඳුම *පවතින මැතිසබයේ සියළුම පක්ශ නියෝජනයවන සර්වපාක්ශික අන්තර්කාලීන රජයකි. (මන්ද මේ අවස්ථාවේ මැතිසභය විසුරුවා මැතිවරණයකට යාමෙන් රටේ ප්‍රස්න තවත් උග්‍රවන අතර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

විධායක ජනාධිපති ක්‍රමය අහෝසි කරන්න මම සුදානම් - ජනපති (වීඩියෝ)
Courtesy Hiru News
අද අපේ රට ඉතිහාසයේ බරපතලම අර්බුදයකට මුහුණ දී තිබෙන අවස්ථාවක්. මේ අවස්ථාවට එන්නට ප්‍රථම ආර්ථික අර්බුදය නිසා ජනතාව මුහුණ දෙමින් සිටි දුෂ්කරතා නිසා සමාජ, දේශපාලන අස්ථාවරත්වයක් නිර්මාණය වුණා. මේ පැවති ගැටලුවලට විසඳුම් හැටියට විවිධ පාර්ශ්වයන් ඉදිරිපත් කළ පොදු යෝජනාවක් වුයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නියෝජනය කරන බහුතරයක් පක්ෂ එකතුකරන නව ආණ්ඩුවක් පිහිටුවන ලෙස. පසුගිය කාලයේ මම මේ සඳහා විවිධ පක්ෂ සහ කණ්ඩායම්වල නායකයන් සමග සාකච්ඡා බොහොමයක් කළා. ඒ අදහස මමත් පිළිඅරගෙන මේ විසඳුමට අවශ්‍ය පසුබිම සකස් කරන්න අසීරු හා දැඩි තීන්දු කිහිපයක්ම අරගත්තා. පසුගිය කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලය පත් කිරීමේ දී එවකට හිටි ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ ඇමතිවරු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

Political and social stability is required if not will have to leave - CBSL Governor (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
The Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe says that the law and order situation in the country is not functioning properly which will not help in overcoming the economic crisis. The Governor of the Central Bank stated this while participating in a media briefing. https://youtu.be/PZnDP_0aHoE He points out that there is a dysfunctional situation in the country where there is no Prime Minister, no Finance Minister and only an Executive President who does not take any action in Parliament. The Governor further said that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

නව අගමැති රනිල්..? හෙට දිවුරයි…? SJB විශාල පිරිසක් නව ආණ්ඩුවට..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
නව අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා වශයෙන් හිටපු අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා පත්වනු ඇතැයි  මාධ්‍ය කිහිපයක්ම වාර්තා කර ඇත. එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ සභාපති වජිර අබේවර්ධන මහතා පවසන්නේ රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා හෙට හෝ අනිද්දා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස දිවුරුම් දීමට නියමිත බවයි. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ බහුතර කැමැත්ත ලබා ගැනීමට රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට හැකියාව තිබෙන බවද ඔහු පැවසීය. ජනාදිපති ගෝටාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සහ රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා අද පස්වරුවේ හදිසි සාකච්ඡාව පැවැත්විය. තමන් අමාත්‍ය ධුරය ලබා ගතහොත් සහයෝගය ලබාදිය හැකි දැයි වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතා ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය ඇතුළු පක්ෂ කීපයකින්ම දුරකථනය මාර්ගයෙන් විමසා ඇත.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

අගමැති වෙන්න කොන්දේසි දැමූ සජිත්ට විපක්‍ෂ නායක පුටුවත් නැති වෙයි…
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
නව ආණ්ඩුවක් පත් කළ පසු පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ විපක්ෂයේ අසුන් ගැනීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ නියෝජනය කරන මන්ත්‍රී කණ්ඩායමක් තීරණය කර ඇත. එම තත්ත්වය මත විපක්ෂ නායක සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා දරන විපක්ෂ නායක ධුරය ද අහෝසි වී යාමට නියමිතව තිබේ. ඒ අනුව නව විපක්ෂ නායකයා කවුදැයි ඉදිරියේ සාකච්ඡා කර තීරණයක් ගැනීමට නියමිතව ඇත. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ‍අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍ය ධුරය භාරගෙන කටයුතු කරන්නැයි ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාගෙන් අවස්ථා කිහිපයකදීම ඉල්ලාසිටියද විවිධ කොන්දේසි ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් එය ඔහු මඟ හරිනු ලැබීය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

Harin to sit independent and support new govt.
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
SJB MP, Harin Fernando has informed party leader Sajith Premadasa that he will sit independently in Parliament as Premadasa had failed to give a possible solution to solve the ongoing crisis in the country. Fernando told Daily Mirror that  the SJB members had held discussions throughout the day but no possible solutions had been reached to sort the ongoing issues, and Premadasa had refused the Premiership post till such time some conditions are not met. "I told Sajith this is not the time to put forward conditions.We should be thinking... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

නව අගමැති ලෙස "රනිල්" හෙට දිවුරුම් දෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම නෙත්
නව අගමැතිවරයා ලෙස එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ නායක රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා පත් කිරීමට නියමිතව බව නෙත් නිවුස් වෙත වාර්තා වනවා. රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට සහය දැක්වීම සඳහා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නියෝජනය කරනු ලබන සිංහල, දමිල සහ මුස්ලිම් මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් රැසක් ඉදිරිපත්වී ඇති බව සඳහන්. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ධුරය භාර ගන්නා ලෙසට ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා දේශපාලන පක්ෂ කිහිපයකම නායකයින් වෙත ඉල්ලීම් සිදුකළ ද රටේ පවතින ආර්ථික තත්ත්වය මත ඔවුන් එම අභියෝගය භාර ගැනීමට ඉදිරිපත් නොවූ බවයි දේශපාලන ආරංචි මාර්ග සඳහන් කර සිටින්නේ. හිටපු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා සහ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් අතර ඔවුන් සමග පැවති සාකච්ජාවේදී රටේ ජනතාව පත්ව ඇති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

New prime minister and cabinet will be appointed this week - President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, condemning the initial actions that led to the unruly incidents on the 9th of May, says he has directed the Inspector-General of Police to conduct an impartial inquiry in this regard. Delivering a special statement to the nation today (May 11), he said the armed forces and the police have been ordered to take stern legal action against people engaging in unruly behaviour. President Rajapaksa noted that he would take steps to appoint a new Cabinet of Ministers and a Prime Minister this week, who can command a majority... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

Tri-forces instructed to open fire when required to prevent violence
Courtesy Adaderana
The tri-forces are instructed to use necessary force to prevent vehicles checking by unlawful gangs or violent groups, incidents of damaging public or private property, looting and assault, the Ministry of Defence says. They are also directed to also open fire when required, the ministry noted in a statement.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

President Rajapaksa and Ranil hold talks
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has held talks with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe this evening (May 12). During the talks, the former Prime Minister has requested the President not to obstruct the protesters at the Galle Face Green. According to the UNP Media Unit, MP Wickremesinghe and President Rajapaksa have discussed the ongoing crisis situation and the economic turmoil in the country.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

Curfew strictly enforced tonight; police permitted to open fire when necessary to prevent violence
Courtesy Adaderana
All police stations have been instructed to exercise maximum force to prevent vehicle searches by unruly mobs or violent groups and incidents of damaging public or private property, looting and assault, Sri Lanka Police says. Police officers are also directed to open fire when necessary to prevent such incidents, the police media division said in a statement. It also noted that members of the public are not allowed to loiter on roads while the curfew order is in effect. An island-wide curfew was declared in Sri Lanka at 7.00 p.m.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

Police identify 59 social media groups used to gather people for violent acts
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Police says 59 social media groups used to gather people for violent incidents since May 09 have been identified and that investigations are underway to initiate legal action against the admins of these groups.  Issuing a release, the Police Spokesman’s Office said that various social media networks and social media groups have been used to summon violent groups to carry out attacks on individuals, houses, vehicles and other properties amidst the tense situations on May 09 and after. Fifty-nine (59) such social media groups and their admins have already been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

Defence Secretary confirms former PM’s whereabouts
Courtesy Adaderana
Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently at the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Dockyard in Trincomalee due to security reasons, according to Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne. He stated that as soon as the situation returns to normalcy, the former Premier will be relocated to a place of his choice. He said it is their responsibility to protect the lives of every citizen, from the leader to the former leader. He said they decided that the former Prime Minister continuing to remain at the previous location would a security concern and that therefore... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

To the members of the Bar Association
Jayantha Gonsalkorale CPA A concerned citizen
Suggestions and recommendations have been made to settle the current stalemate and to bring normalcy to Sri Lanka. The country is in an abyss and the biggest losers are the innocent people whose livelihood is dependant on a daily wage and often do not have savings to live through periods of unemployment, the students and our future generation The Proportional Representation system of electing Members of Parliament needs to be abolished. This system has devastated the social fabric of Sri Lanka and created politicians who are at the mercy of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/05/22)

Police probing destruction of politicos’ property 
BY Dinitha Rathnayake  Courtesy Aruna
The Police have commenced investigations in connection with the damage to a number of homes and other properties owned by former Ministers, incumbent Government MPs, and Local Government (LG) members, following attacks that also led to acts of arson by protestors on Monday (9) and yesterday (10). The attacks followed in the wake of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Government supporters attacking peaceful protestors at the protest sites in “MainaGoGama” in Kollupitiya and “GotaGoGama” in Galle Face on Monday.  Speaking to The Morning, Senior Deputy Inspector General (SDIG) of Police Ajith... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

WAS THAT CALL FROM JVP LAL KANTHA THE CALL TO ALL HIS SENIOR CADRES IN EVERY IMPORTANT CITY ASKING THEM TO LAUNCH PROTESTS IN THEIR LOCALITIES END UP IN BURNING RESIDENCES OF THE PM AND SLPP POLITICIANS.
By Noor Nizam - Peace and Political Activist, Political Communications Researcher, Patriotic Citizen, May 9th., 2022.
People like Chathura Seneratne, the president/secretary and the former president/secretary of the IUSF and JVP Lal Kantha should be arrested immediately.  What the opponents of Mahinda Rajapaksa's political victory since 2005 and followed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2015 could not achieve with all their conspiracies initiated by the Western powers and the connivance of the JVP with the involvement of the "Yahapalana gang" has now (nearly) been achieved under the disguise of a "peoples protest". What the JVP did in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

බොරදියේ මාළු බෑම!
වාගිස ප්‍රනාන්දු.
ඉන්දීය භාරතීය ජනතා පක්ෂය නියෝජනය කරන තමිල්නාඩුවේ උපත ලද සුබ්‍රමනියම් ස්වාමි දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදයට තදින්ම විරුද්ධවූ අයෙකි. අපේ රට දෙමළ කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදය හා සටන් කරද්දී ඉන්දීය පාර්ලිමෙන්තුව තුල හා ඉන් පිටත අපේ රට වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි එකම ඉන්දීය මහජන නියෝජිතයාවූයේ සුබ්‍රමනියම් ස්වාමි පමණයි. ඇතැම් අවස්ථාවන්හීදී කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදයේ ඉලක්කයක් බවට පත්වූ අවස්ථාද නැත්තේ නොවේ. නමුත් එදා අපේ රට වෙනුවෙන් සිටි එකම ඉන්දීය මහජන නියෝජිතයා, අද පීල්ල මාරු කර ඇති සැටියක් පෙනේ. ඊයේ ඇතිවූ කලහකාරී සිද්ධීන් පාදක කරගෙන එය ඉන්දීය විරෝධයක් දක්වා වර්ධනය වේයැයි උපකල්පනය කරමින් ඉන්දියාවේ ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව පතා ලංකාවට ඉන්දීය හමුදා එවිය යුතු බවට ඔහු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

An Open Letter To Myanmar’s Policymakers From Bangladesh
Jubeda Chowdhury  in Dhaka city
Dear respected Policymakers of Myanmar, We, Bangladeshi citizens want a friendly relations between Bangladesh and Myanmar with neighbourly spirit. Because you are ours immediate neighbours  Thus, you should strengthen the bilateral ties with Bangladesh by resolving bilateral problems such as Rohingya crisis. Myanmar and Bangladesh should bolster their ties with neighbourly spirit for various reasons. Currently the strained Myanmar-Bangladesh relations need to be smoothened. January 13, 2022, marked the 50 years of bilateral ties between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Myanmar recognized Bangladesh as a sovereign state on January 13, 1972. But there... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

The Hospital Quandary
By Dr. Tilak S.Fernando
Private organisations work more efficiently than Government ones do. The Russian Friendship Teaching Hospital in Malabe could be seen as a typical example, (before and after the Government took over). One can still, have a private consultation (from the 4thfloor) at a price. Could this impasse be due to the lackadaisical approach of the staff working on Government concerns? The writer recently accompanied a patient to a semi-Government hospital in Kotte for an operation on 21 March. The surgeon was exceptionally kind and arranged everything possible for the patient.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

Armed forces ordered to open fire on those looting or causing physical harm
Courtesy Adaderana
The armed forces have been ordered to open fire on any person involved in looting public property or causing physical harm to others, the Ministry of Defence says. In a video statement, Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne urged the general public to refrain from such conduct. He urged the country’s youth to continue their struggle in a peaceful manner without causing any harm to any individuals and without damaging to setting fire to any properties, be it public or private.  The Defence Secretary said that a large number of incidents regarding... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

Gnana Akka’s house and shrine destroyed.
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The residence and shrine of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's personal shaman, Gnana Akka, were destroyed by the protesters' attack in Anuradhapura last night. https://youtu.be/XBQwP02rzFo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

Monday’s riots: Eight die, 88 vehicles and over 100 houses gutted
Courtesy Daily Mirror
Police said violence throughout the island on Monday has resulted in eight deaths and number of arson attacks on houses and properties. They said eight men including a Parliamentarian, a Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman, a Sub Inspector of Police and a Police Seargent had died during the riots and violent activities that took place island wide on Monday. More than 230 have been injured in those incidents. Police said 47 vehicles and 38 houses came under arson attack, while 41 vehicles and 65 houses had been severely damaged. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

India reiterates support for Sri Lanka’s democracy, stability and economic recovery
Courtesy Adaderana
As a close neighbour, India has reiterated its support for the democracy, stability and economic recovery of Sri Lanka. The official spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs has conveyed this in response to media queries on the recent developments on the island nation, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. “As a close neighbour of Sri Lanka, with historical ties, India is fully supportive of its (Sri Lanka’s) democracy, stability and economic recovery.” The spokesperson also recalled that India, in keeping with its Neighbourhood First policy, has extended this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

Two arrested for attack on SDIG Deshabandu Tennakoon
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Police says that two suspects have been arrested in connection with the assault on Senior DIG in charge of Western Province, Deshabandu Tennakoon. The suspects have been arrested by Kollupitiya Police, a short while ago.  Earlier today, it was reported that Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon has been injured in an attack carried out by a group of persons.  According to reports, the high-ranking police officer had been assaulted by a group at Perahera Mawatha near the Beira Lake in Colombo. The angry mob had also attacked... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

Director General of Civil Aviation denies allegations
Courtesy Adaderana
The Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama has rejected the ‘false rumours’ being circulated on social media accusing him of certain allegations.  “During this current crisis, false rumours are been circulated on social media accusing me of certain false allegations,” he said in a statement.  The DG of Civil Aviation stated that as a private citizen and in his official capacity he sincerely denies the “baseless and false allegations” currently circulating in social media claiming that he is linked with the illegal transport... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

‘We will not leave the country’ - Namal
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa -- who resigned as prime minister after his supporters attacked anti-government protesters and sparked a day of violence -- will not flee the country, his son MP Namal Rajapaksa told AFP on Tuesday. He said the Rajapaksa family had no plans to leave Sri Lanka despite weeks of protests demanding they relinquish power. “There are a lot of rumours that we are going to leave. We will not leave the country,” he said, describing the surge of national anger against his family as a “bad patch”. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

ISLAND police curfew declared indefinitely
Courtesy Hiru News
Police Media Spokesman SP Nihal Thalduwa stated that an ALL ISLAND police curfew has been imposed indefinitely&nbsp;with immediate effect.<br /><br />The police spokesman said in a statement that strict action would be taken against those who damage public property, mobilizing public assembly and committing acts of violence during the curfew.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

Sri Lanka asks, 'What now?' after PM exit and night of fiery chaos
MUNZA MUSHTAQ Courtesy Nikkei Asia
Opposition debates future as protesters insist President Rajapaksa must go too COLOMBO -- An eerie calm descended on Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday, the day after the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, with citizens harboring more questions than answers about what the future holds. But while Colombo was relatively quiet after a night of violent clashes and burnings across the country -- which killed at least seven, injured more than 200 and left properties owned by the Rajapaksa family and other politicians in smoldering ruins -- fresh trouble... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

Top Sri Lankan policeman hospitalized after attack
Courtesy CGTN
A top Sri Lankan policeman was attacked by a mob and hospitalized on Tuesday, AFP reported citing the police. Local media reported that Deshabandu Tennakoon, a senior inspector in charge of Western Province, was assaulted in Colombo.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

Military rescues Sri Lanka's Prime Minister in pre-dawn operation as violent clashes leave seven dead
By Iqbal Athas, Hannah Ritchie and Rhea Mogul, CNN Courtesy CNN
A Sri Lankan man protects his eyes from tear gas as he passes the site of anti-government protests in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 9. (CNN)Sri Lanka's outgoing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was rescued in a pre-dawn military operation Tuesday, hours after his resignation, as violent clashes between pro and anti-government protesters left several dead and 217 injured.The military were called to the Prime Minister's 'Temple Trees' compound after protesters tried to breach his private residence twice overnight, a senior security source told CNN.The attackers managed to "enter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/05/22)

Letter to editor
Diannah Paramour Australia
Dear Sri Lankan’s You have been suffering for 1,000’s of years and managed to triumph all alone, with only your passion for the Motherland coupled with your bravery, resilience and loyalty to ensure that Serendib survives. Yes I do believe in the right to protest but if your prize is the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa, then the crowds can cheer as he falls upon his sword.....however tread carefully. As President he raised his loving arms into the air, reaching to the universe with these empathic and genuine words: ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/22)

අද මේ රටේ පවතින දේශපාලන, සමාජ සහ ආර්ථික අර්බුධවලින්  එය ගොඩගත හැකි  හොඳම ක්‍රමය.
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර
(ත්‍රයි නිකායික මහානායක හිමිවරුන් ප්‍රමුඛ සමස්ථ භික්ෂු  සමාජයට සහ දේශප්‍රේමි සියළු ශ්‍රී ලාන්කික ජනතාව වෙත විවුර්ථ සන්දේශයක්) ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර අග්‍රාමාත්ය සිරිමාවෝ බන්ඩාරනායක මැතිනියගේ හිටපු ස්ථිර ලේකම්, ශ්‍රී ලන්කා රාජ්ය පරිපාලන සේවා සන්ගමයේ සභාපති (1991-1994) සහ මහනුවර සින්හල බෞද්ධ ජෙෂ්ඨ පුරවැසියන්ගේ සන්විධානයේ සභාපතී 1985 සිට මේ දක්වා)) 8.5.2022. මහනුවර පූර්විකාව අද මේ රට හා ජාතිය පත්ව ඇති අර්භුධයන්ගෙන් ගොඩගැනීමට  ඇති හොඳම විසඳුම *පවතින මැතිසබයෙන් නියෝජනයවන සර්වපාක්ශික අන්තර්කාලීන රජයකි. (මන්ද මේ අවස්ථාවේ මැතිසභය විසුරුවා මැතිවරණයකට යාමෙන් රටේ ප්‍රස්න තවත් උග්‍රවන අතර රටේ පවතින... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/22)

Islandwide curfew extended till Wednesday
Courtesy newsin.asia
Colombo, May 9 (newsin.asia) – The police curfew imposed until 7 am tomorrow has been extended to 7 am the next day (11).... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/22)

The outburst of violence forced Lankan Prime Minister’s resignation 
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, May 9: The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned on Monday following violence indulged in by his followers against protestors demanding the exit of the Rajapaksa clan from the government. With the resignation of the Prime Minister, the cabinet of ministers automatically stands dissolved. This should pave the way for the formation of a National Government which has been on the anvil for weeks now but held up by a lack of consensus among the political parties represented in parliament.ADVERTISEMENT Mahinda Rajapaksa is yet to issue a statement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/22)

Rajapaksas’ ancestral home torched
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, May 9 (Ceylon Today/newsin.asia): “Medamulana Walawwa’, the ancestral home of the Rajapaksa family, was set ablaze by protesters a short while ago (09). Earlier, protesters were seen setting fire to the D.A. Rajapaksa memorial in Medamulana, Hambantota. In Colombo, three vehicles parked inside the Prime Minister’s official residence Temple Trees were torched by anti-government protesters. In the evening, the police had to fire in the air to disperse a crowd outside the Temple Trees. Meanwhile, the curfew imposed on Monday had been extended up to 7 am on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/22)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
The Grayzone
Inside America's Meddling Machine: NED, the US-Funded Org Interfering in Elections Across the Globe. As you notice on TV, when all politicians of the main political parties who visited the protest groups are booed and hooted and threatened except a certain pseudo Marxist group, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) comes to ones mind - see video how NED funds regime change groups. In this Grayzone special, Max Blumenthal attends a Capitol Hill gathering of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and explores the group's destabilizing global campaign to meddle in other... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/22)

While protestors burn down houses belong to government ministers US Ambassador condemns violence against peaceful protestors
Sri Lanka News
US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung has condemned the situation today (09) by posting a message on her Twitter account. The message says "We condemn the violence against peaceful protestors today, and call on the government to conduct a full investigation, including the arrest prosecution of anyone who incited violence. Our sympathies are with those injured today and we urge calm and restraint across the island. Meanwhile, the so called peaceful protestors are accused of perpetration of following violences against the parliamtarians reported in the local news papers. -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/22)

ALL ISLAND police curfew declared indefinitely
Courtesy Hiru News
Police Media Spokesman SP Nihal Thalduwa stated that an ALL ISLAND police curfew has been imposed indefinitely&nbsp;with immediate effect.<br /><br />The police spokesman said in a statement that strict action would be taken against those who damage public property, mobilizing public assembly and committing acts of violence during the curfew.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/22)

Over 100 hospitalized amidst tensions at Galle Face
Courtesy Adaderana
At least 141 people have been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following the violent situation that erupted near Temple Trees and spread out to the Galle Face Green protest site and other parts of the country. An unruly group of SLPP supporters today (May 09) attacked the GotaGoGama anti-government protest site set up at the Galle Face Green. They caused havoc, assaulting the peaceful protesters at the site while destroying their tents and other properties in the area.  The SLPP supporters had staged a demonstration near the Temple Trees... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/22)

MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala found dead amidst unrest in Nittambuwa
Courtesy Adaderana
Polonnaruwa District MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala and his personal security officer are reported dead amidst the unrest in Nittambuwa today. A shooting incident was reported in the area this evening, following which a total of six injured people were rushed to the Wathupitiwala Base Hospital. Hospital sources confirmed that three of them have sustained gunshot wounds. A 27-year-old who was in critical condition later succumbed to injuries. According to reports, the parliamentarian and his assistant had opened fire at the protesters and critically injured two people blocking his vehicle. He was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/22)

Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as Prime Minister
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has stepped down from his position, amidst the ongoing protests against the government across the country. He has tendered his letter of resignation to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a short while ago, the PM’s Office confirmed. https://youtu.be/pNKmsQT-Hzg Rajapaksa’s resignation comes amid ongoing anti-government protests across the island over the worst economic crisis in the country since its independence. Earlier today, police imposed a nationwide curfew and Army troops were deployed in Colombo as supporters of the ruling party attacked anti-government demonstrators... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/05/22)

Does the BASL proposals answer the economic crisis in Sri Lanka?
Shenali D Waduge
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has presented a list of proposals claiming they will ‘restore political & economic stability’ in the country. While these are a set of ‘aspired’ goals, there is no pressing necessity to be implementing any one of the proposals unless they provide immediate solutions, which are the call of the hour. The Executive Presidency is not the failure of the crisis but the blame can be pinned on the sitting Executive President if BASL presents points on where the sitting President has failed. If... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

Myanmar, Bangladesh must have mutual strategic Engagement
Jubeda Chowdhury  in Dhaka city
Myanmar-Bangladesh must have mutual strategic engagement as they share common border. Myanmar-Bangladesh have some common problems which need to be resolved bilaterally as soon as possible. Myanmar, Bangladesh need defense diplomacy for cementing their ties with neighbourly spirit. Myanmar must understand that Bangladesh is a good neighbor for Myanmar. The neighbourly friendship needs to be bolstered through defense diplomacy. Defense diplomacy has long been regarded as an important component of international diplomacy and an effective tool for fostering bilateral and regional relations. Military training cooperation is an important part of military... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

How is Bangladesh’s transition from aid seeker to a donor country?
John Rozario, Karnataka, India
The transition from an aid seeker to a donor country is a matter of great pride for the people of Bangladesh. Now, Bangladesh has achieved the status of being a donor country. It is the combined efforts of all Bangladeshi people and leadership who have made it possible to achieve this milestone. Bangladesh’s medical and monetary help to Sri Lanka will increase its picture and status. As soon as upon a time, Bangladesh was a ‘bottomless pit’ and a donation seeker within the worldwide area. Now it’s a donor and lending nation. It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

President Calls Sajith to Form Govt
Courtesy Ceylon Today
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has asked the Prime Minister-led Cabinet to resign and pave the way to form a national programme to stabilise the country ending the current crises, Mass Media Minister,Dr. Nalaka Godahewa told the media yesterday. He also said, the Prime Minister’s decision to resign would either be made today or in the coming few days. “Once the Prime Minister resigns the Cabinet stands automatically dissolved. The President requested us to resign to end this political stalemate,” he added. Meanwhile, President Rajapaksa has phoned Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

PM hooted at by group of protestors in Anuradhapura
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was in for a surprise when he was hooted at by a group of protestors during a visit to Anuradhapura today morning.  The protestors who had gathered close to the Temple since morning, hooted at the Prime Minister when his motorcade was leaving the premises.  https://youtu.be/In3pwQ7MM9Y The protestors had called on the Prime Minister and his family to step down and even went to the extent of asking if the Prime Minister was wearing his clothes. The protestors were prevented from going close... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

Sajith sets conditions for supporting an all-party govt
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/58QB20ZDQsA Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa says the decision on supporting the establishment of an all-party government will be based on the response of the President after his audience with the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL). He made these remarks following a meeting with the BASL members this morning (April 08). Speaking further, Premadasa stressed that executive presidency and the 21st constitutional amendment must be revoked in order for the country to move forward. “The main reason for the ongoing crisis is the dictatorial executive presidency,” he added.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

Breach of peace by protestors
Sri Lanka News
The following vialations of peace reported by the Sri Lankan press today 8th May 2022 Protest blocks traffic at Slave Island Junction (adaderan) A protest is obstructing vehicular movement at the Slave Island Junction in Colombo. As per reports, the demonstration is staged by a group of people demanding domestic gas. https://youtu.be/GiaISIbEgZc Part of High Level Road blocked by protesters reopened for traffic (adaderana) https://youtu.be/8jLTXODWUfc The part of High Level Road which was blocked by protesters in Nawinna area has been reopened for vehicular movement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

Godahewa says PM agreed to step down
Courtesy Adaderana
Cabinet Spokesperson Dr. Nalaka Godahewa says Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the meeting of Cabinet of Ministers, agreed to step down from his position. He stated this during ‘Mokada Wune’ programme on TV Derana on Sunday (May 08). Speaking further, Dr. Godahewa pointed out that the President and the Prime Minister are of the same opinion that the country should be saved. On Saturday (May 07), political sources revealed that PM Rajapaksa has decided to resign from his post during a special Cabinet meeting held at the President’s House on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

President to consider BASL’s proposals for restoring political, economic stability
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has told the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) that he would take into account acting constitutionally with regard to the proposals put forward by the BASL. This was conveyed during a discussion held between the President and BASL member earlier today (May 08). The management committee of the BASL called on President Rajapaksa at the President’s House this morning, at the association’s secretariat at their request to discuss the proposals of the BASL to restore political and economic stability in the country. The committee also met... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

AIIB considering a grant of USD 100 million to Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has stated that it is considering the granting of USD 100 million to Sri Lanka in principle, the Ministry of Finance says. This was mentioned by the AIIB President Mr. Jin Liqun during a virtual meeting between the senior management of AIIB and Finance Minister Ali Sabry yesterday. Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Dr. Palitha Kohona and Secretary to the Treasury Mr. Mahinda Siriwardena along with Finance Ministry officials also took part in the meeting. A discussion was held on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

Express dissent peacefully - State of emergency to protect peace : Defense Ministry (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Protests were organized in various areas against the state of emergency.&nbsp;The State of Emergency was declared in the country effective from midnight on May 06 Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense has issued a statement clarifying matters regarding the state of emergency. https://youtu.be/RIN4SYMwY54 The Ministry of Defence has urged the general public to act as responsible citizens with utmost intelligence and patience during this difficult period to maintain law and order in the country stating that&nbsp;the government respects the democratic right of the people of Sri Lanka to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

අටමස්ථානය වදින්න ගිය අගමැති - අගමැතිතුමනි ඔබගෙන් හෙට සුබ පණිවිඩයක් අපි බලාපොරෙත්තු වෙනවා 
Hiru News
https://youtu.be/Ngm2rTElVD0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

Minster Prasanna Ranatunga refused treatment (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
circulating on social media recently stated that a doctor at a private hospital in Colombo had refused to treat&nbsp; Minister Prasanna Ranatunga who had come to him for treatment. Several parties expressed their views regarding the refusal of a doctor to attend to the Minister. https://youtu.be/EtwJG3qaLkY The Sri Lanka Medical Association says this should not be a precedent at all. A news item circulating on social media recently stated that a doctor at a private hospital in Colombo had refused to treat&nbsp; Minister Prasanna Ranatunga... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

Situation in Sri Lanka – are we returning to Dutch-East-India Company rule?
Shenali D Waduge
On one side of the spectrum protests are calling for the stepping down of entire Parliament, amidst this are a bevy of piggy-bank protestors while the more important question should be where do we go from where we are now – an economic & political crisis. Is there light at the end of the tunnel. What led to the protests? No Gas – No Petrol – No Milk Powder – Power cuts & rising cost of living were the triggers that built the mental framework to garner support... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/05/22)

The British Govt. has a moral responsibility to help the save the Elephants of Sri Lanka.
Senaka Weeraratna
The British decimated the elephants and their habitats to plant cash crops and made resounding profits at the expense of the local Kandyan Sinhalese and the wild animals. The wild animals especially the Elephants who were well protected by the Sinhalese Rulers in their natural habitat in the hill country of Ceylon, were hunted down as game by Professional hunters like Samuel Baker, and the British Settlers. More than 10, 000 wild elephants were killed and their natural habitat destroyed by the British.  Today the dwindling elephant population in shrinking reserves invade... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/22)

ගෝල්පේස් වනාන්තරය, ගෝඨාභයගේ දෙවන යුද්ධය හා බෞද්ධ මධ්‍යම ප්‍රතිපදා විසඳුම -  (4 කොටස)
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
ගෝල්පේස් අරගලකරුවන්ගෙන් පැහැදිලි කරගත යුතුවූ කාරණා/ගැටළු කීපයක් මෙම ලිපි පෙලේදී මුල සිටම මතුවිය. 1. මෙම <අරගලය> 2019 දී තාප්පවල චිත්‍ර ඇන්ඳ හා පුරන් කුඹුරු වගාවට ගිය ගම් වල සිංහල බෞද්ධ 69 ලක්ෂයට අයත් තරුණයින්ගේම අහිංසක අදහසක්ද? 2. එසේ නැත්නම් එය, රාසමාණික්කම් කොල්ලා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී ඉල්ලා සිටි පරිදි, කොළඹ ජනතාව විසින් හයිජැක්කල, රට කැඩීමේ ව්‍යාපාරයේ සැඟවුණු ඇමක්ද? 3. යම් පොදු කටයුත්තකදී ඊට නායකයෙක් නැතිවීමත්, බොහෝ නායකයින් සිටීමත් යන දෙකම අයෝග්‍ය බව බුදුහාමුදුරුවන් විසින්ද සඳහන් කර ඇත. මෙම අරගලයේ නායකයෙක් හෝ නායක මණ්ඩලයක් සිටිනවාද? මෙහි ඇති වදගත්කම නම් සංවිධානයක ක්‍රියාවලට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/22)

කඩුවෙල මහේස්ත්‍රාත් තුමියගේ නිල නිවසේ ආරක්‍ෂාව ඉවත් කිරීම සම්බන්ධව
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
උක්ත කරුණ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අධිකරණ සේවා සංවිධානය විසින් කර ඇති සන්නිවේදනය හා මේ පිළිබඳව යුක්තිය උදෙසා නීතිඥයෝ සංවිධානයේ නීතිඥවරුන් විසින් ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ අවධානය අද දින (2022.05.07) යොමු කිරීමෙන් පසු ඒ ගැන වහාම ක්‍රියාත්මක වූ ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා කඩුවෙල මහේස්ත්‍රාත් තුමියගේ ආරක්‍ෂාව මෙන්ම රට පුරා සියළු අධිකරණ වල විනිශ්චයකාරතුමන්ලාගේ ආරක්‍ෂාව වහාම තර කරන ලෙස පොලිස්පතිවරයාට උපදෙස් ලබාදී ඇත.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/22)

හදිසි නීතියෙන් සාමකාමී අරගලවලට බාධාවක් නෑ - විශේෂ අතිරේක බලයක් ආරක්ෂක අංශ වෙතට
Courtesy Hiru News
https://youtu.be/eGpNmV5QqLw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/22)

Sri Lanka government defends imposition of emergency
By PTI  Courtesy The Week
Govt faces criticism from Oppn parties and foreign envoys Sri Lankans block an intersection demanding cooking gas cylinders in Colombo | PTI The Sri Lankan government on Saturday defended imposing a state of emergency, saying it was required to tackle the unprecedented economic crisis plaguing the country, even as President Gotabaya Rajapaksa faced flak from the Opposition and foreign envoys for his decision which gives security forces power to crack down on peaceful protests. In a special Cabinet meeting on Friday, the embattled president declared the state... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/22)

‘Legal action against misleading information about procurement of rice for Sri Lanka’
Courtesy The Hindu
40,000 tonnes of rice and other essential commodities to be shipped to Sri Lanka, says Sakkarapani Minister for Food and Civil Supplies R. Sakkarapani on Saturday warned of legal action against those who disseminate misleading information on social media about the initiatives to ship essential commodities such as rice to Sri Lanka. According to a press release, the State government will ship 40,000 tonnes of rice and other essential commodities to Sri lanka. Fifty-one rice mills have been identified for packing and supplying the rice in 10 kg bags. Good quality... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/22)

Protest outside Ranil’s house, Ranil says meet me at Sirikotha
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A protest broke out, outside UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe's house in 5th Lane in Colombo this morning, with protestors calling on the former prime minister to 'Go Home' and 'Stay Home'. The protestors gathered outside after a statement made by TNA MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam in Parliament this week, saying that Ranil was seen persuading opposition MPs to vote for SLFP's Ranjith Siyambalapitiya in the Deputy Speaker election.  The protestors gathered outside Ranil's house and carried out a peaceful protest calling on Ranil to allegedly stop his 'deals'.  Security... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/22)

SJB to support BASL’s proposals to restore political and economic stability
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s main opposition, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) says it has decided to extend support to the proposals brought forward by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka to restore political and economic stability in Sri Lanka, which includes the abolishment of the Executive Presidency. The party said in a statement that it would support a national program based on a series of proposals put forward by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka to resolve the serious national crisis in the country. The statement said that the SJB considers the program proposed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/22)

Prime Minister likely to resign on Monday?
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to resign from his post during the special cabinet meeting held yesterday (06), according to political sources. The source claimed that the resignation of the Prime Minister is scheduled to take place next Monday. A special cabinet meeting chaired by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was held at the President’s House yesterday. The President had pointed out that in the face of the economic and political crisis that has arisen in the country and the continuous strong opposition from the people, a serious problem has arisen... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/22)

20 වෙනුවට 21 වැනි ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට
Courtesy Hiru News
පෞද්ගලික මන්ත්‍රී යෝජනා ලෙස ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති 21 වන සහ 22 වැනි ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන පනත් කෙටුම්පත් ඇතුළත් ගැසට් අතිරේකයක් නිකුත් කර තිබෙනවා. ඒ සමගි ජන බලවේගයේ මහලේකම් මන්ත්‍රී රංජිත් මද්දුම බණ්ඩාර සහ ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ ආචාර්ය විජයදාස රාජපක්ෂ යන අය විසින්. මෙම පනත් ප්‍රකාශය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ දී ඉදිරිපත් කිරීම පිණිසයි නිකුත් කර ඇත්තේ. ඒ අනුව 20 වැනි ව්‍යවස්ථාව සංශෝධනය කරමින්, 21 වැනි ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය සිදු කිරීම අරමුණු කරගනිමින් 05 (02) යටතේ 'අ' කොටසේ මෙසේ සඳහන් කර තිබෙනවා. 4 වන ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ (ආ) ඡේදයේ ''ජනතාව විසි තෝරා පත්කරගනු ලබන ජනරජයේ ජනාධිපති විසින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/05/22)

Post of President
Sugath Kulatunga 
It was a pleasure to see Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka defending the post of President against the popular will of the party of which he is the Chairman. His argument was based on the significance of the post in national security on which his expertise cannot be questioned. The demand for the abolition of the President has come mainly from parties, which miserably failed in the attempt to capture the post. The present cry of Gotago appears to be more againster the holder than on the post of the President. The presidential system (PS)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/22)

Summary of Recommendations to Revive Sri Lankan Agriculture
The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-Sri Lanka)
The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-Sri Lanka) proposes thefollowing short-, medium- and long-term measures to address immediate and medium- to longtermthreats faced by Sri Lankan Agriculture.Immediate threat:An imminent threat of widespread crop failure in the next two seasons leading to widespreadfood shortage requiring food imports using a colossal sum of foreign exchange.Immediate solutions: Allocate limited stocks of fertilizer and pesticides to selected crops on a priority basis givingtop priority to paddy, tea and maizeProvide 50% of the recommended nitrogen fertilizer for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/22)

Recommendations to Revive Sri Lankan Agriculture
The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-Sri Lanka)
The Academics’ Movement to Safeguard Agriculture in Sri Lanka (AMSA-Sri Lanka) proposes thefollowing short-, medium- and long-term measures to address immediate and medium- to longtermthreats faced by Sri Lankan Agriculture.Immediate Threat:There is an imminent threat of widespread crop failure in the current (2022) Yala season becauseof the shortage of agrochemicals (inorganic fertilizer and synthetic pesticides). A failure of theYala rice crop could lead to a shortage of seed paddy for the next (2022/23) Maha season, thuscreating the possibility of a substantial food shortage in 2023. Food imports... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/22)

Sri Lanka 'risks running out of food and fuel' and could descend into 'anarchy', former energy minister says
Paul Kelso Courtesy Sky News
Udaya Gammanpila has issued the warning after being sacked for criticising government policy that has taken the country to the brink of bankruptcy. Sri Lanka could run out of fuel and food in the next month, according to the former energy minister. Udaya Gammanpila was sacked earlier this year for criticising government policy that has taken the country to the brink of bankruptcy. The former energy minister told Sky News the economic crisis in his country is reaching a tipping point that could lead to the collapse... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/22)

IMF and the Sri Lanka bailout drama
By Kandaswami Subramanian Courtesy The Indian Express
How many more International Monetary Fund programmes will Lanka need to put itself through to reach that manna of economic stabilisation? This is not the first time that Sri Lanka has come out of a battle with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It is sufficiently battle-scarred over the years since the sixties. As one study in Financial Times reported, “…. Since 1965 Sri Lanka has been a ‘repetitive client’ of the IMF. The country has entered into 16 economic stabilisation programmes during 1965–2000. Macroeconomic management of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/22)

President declares state of emergency in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
A state of emergency will be declared by the President with effect from midnight today (May 06), the President’s Media Division said.  The PMD states that the state of emergency will be declared in accordance with the powers vested in the President by the Constitution to safeguard the well-being of the country and to maintain the essential supplies and services to the people. The president invoked the tough laws after trade unions staged a nationwide strike Friday demanding his resignation over a worsening economic crisis. The move comes in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/22)

President requests PM to resign at cabinet meeting - sources
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, with the backing of several Cabinet Ministers, has requested Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign from his position, during the special Cabinet meeting today (06), sources told Ada Derana. It is reported that several cabinet ministers had backed the request made by the President. However, it is also reported that certain cabinet ministers have not responded positively to the request made for the Prime Minister to resign.   President Rajapaksa had called for a special meeting of the Cabinet Ministers this evening (06) to discuss the current situation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/22)

Ranjith Siyambalapitiya to resign as Deputy Speaker again
Courtesy Adaderana
MP Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, who was re-elected as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament yesterday, says he has decided to once again resign from the position.  It is reported that he is expected to officially tender his resignation to the President shortly.  The SLPP parliamentarian was re-elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament yesterday (May 05) in a secret ballot held in Parliament. Nimal Siripala de Silva of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had recommended the name of Kegalle District MP Ranjith Siyambalapitiya for the post while MP Lakshman Kiriella of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/22)

Mahinda Rajapaksa plotted with LTTE and defeated me in the elections - Ranil (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that he has never had deals with the Rajapaksa family. MP Wickremasinghe said that Mahinda Rajapaksa had plotted with LTTE leader Prabaharan to defeat him in the elections. The former Prime Minister made these comments in Parliament today (06) in response to the allegations made by MP Shanakiyan Rajaputhiran Rasamanickam against Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (05). https://youtu.be/H-wzFkyKiyY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/05/22)

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh: Bangladesh proves itself as a donor country from donation seeker by providing medical assistance to Sri Lanka
John Rozario, Kornataka , India
Bangladesh’s medical and financial assistance to Sri Lanka increases its image and prestige. Once upon a time, Bangladesh was a ‘bottomless pit’ and a donation seeker in the international arena. Now it is a donor and lending country. It shows all-South Asian countries how to revive from ashes. Bangladesh establishes an example in South Asia how to ensure economic growth amidst various socio-political aspects. Debt-ridden Bangladesh a few years ago is now a country of unprecedented success in debt relief. The world today looks at Bangladesh in amazement. Bangladesh proves itself... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/22)

Rajapaksa govt emerges stronger after Opposition candidate loses Deputy Speaker election
Courtesy The Week
MP Ranjith Siyambalapitiya was re-elected to the position from which he had resignedBy PTI Updated: May 05, 2022 14:21 IST(File) Mahinda Rajapaksa, on left, and Gotabaya Rajapaksa | Bhanu Prakash Chandra In a major victory for Sri Lanka's embattled Rajapaksa clan, the government backed nominee on Thursday won the secret vote for the position of Deputy Speaker, demonstrating the ruling SLPP coalition's ability to prove their parliamentary majority despite raging public protests demanding their resignation for mishandling the country's worst economic crisis. MP Ranjith Siyambalapitiya was re-elected to the position from which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/22)

ආතල්ගමයි අනාගතයයි
ප්‍ර සමරසිංහ
ආතල්ගමේ ප්‍රධාන අපේක්ෂාව වුනේ රටේ සියලුම හොරු එළවා රට පාරිශුද්ධ කිරීම. මේ අපේක්ෂාව මහ ඉහලින් සම්පුර්ණ වෙන්නේ 1977 න් පස්සේ රට හූර ගෙන කාපු හොරු රංචුවට අයත්, මේ දක්වා පැවති ආණ්ඩුවල මැති ඇමතිවරුන්ගේ ඉඳන් පරිපාලන සේවයේ නියතු නිලධාරින් සහ වෛද්‍යවරු,නීතිඥවරු, ඉංජිනේරුවරු, බැංකුකරුවෝ, ගුරුවරු, මාධ්‍යකරුවෝ, පූජකවරු කුදලා ගෙන ඇවිත්, කොළඹ ආතල්භුමියේ දි ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ පව් සමා කරවගෙන, හුරකාපු වස්තු ෆයිල් පෙන්නලා, ඒ වස්තු වලින් විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක් නැවත මහ බැංකුවට බැර කර ගත්තට පස්සෙ. මෙතැන් පටන් සිරිලංකාද්වීපයම හොරුන් ගෙන් තොර ලෝකයක් වෙලා මුරකාවල් නැති, වැටකොටු බැමි නැති අපේම අපේම නවාතැනක් වෙනවා. නිර්පාක්‍ෂික, නිර්ලෝභි, නිර්මල හා විනිවිද බව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/22)

Tomorrow, tomorrow and so forth...
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
Even in uncertain times, especially times of political turmoil marked by continuous and widespread agitation as well as unmistakable confusion regarding governance and indeed governability, there is clarity on certain matters. It is clear, for example, that for all the political brouhaha of parliamentary intrigue and agitational grandstanding, what brought the citizen out and pushed the politician against the wall, is an economic crisis.   There’s a lot of debate about root causes including mismanagement, erroneous policy and hanky-panky, not to mention of course the elephant in the room: in a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/22)

Tribute to my Elder Brother
By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando
My elder brother, M. R. Fernando, passed away on 5 May 1995. On his 27th death anniversary, I write this to him tribute because at the time of his death I was living in London. Everyone called him MR. He missed his university entrance as our father suffered from Typhoid fever. Later ‘MR’ joined the Technical College at St. Sebastian Hill, Maradana, and qualified B.Sc. (Hons) London in Civil Engineering. After he qualified he worked as a lecturer at the same Technical College. We, three brothers hailed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/22)

A season of (il)legitimacies
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
Politics is about claims and counter-claims. It is about profit-seeking through exaggeration and pooh-poohing. It is also about wild extrapolation of conclusions wrought in echo-chambers. It is as much about deception as it is about self-deception. Perhaps an example would illustrate the point.Way back in 2010, a few weeks before the presidential election, a diehard UNP supporter said, ‘this time Mahinda is finished, you wait and see!’ I asked, ‘on what basis do you say this?’ ‘Everyone is saying it,’ was the emphatic response. I asked, ‘All these people who told you that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/22)

Bangladesh sends medical supplies worth US$ 2.32 million to Sri Lanka
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Dhaka, May 5 (newsin.asia): The Government of Bangladesh donated much needed medical supplies to the people of Sri Lanka at the request of the Sri Lankan Government at a simple ceremony held at the State Guest House Padma in Dhaka on May 5. The urgent medical supplies provided are of a total value of BDT 200 million equivalent to USD 2.32 million. The donation of medical assistance was handed over to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Dhaka Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne by the Bangladesh Government, in the presence of Foreign Minister Dr A.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/22)

Sri Lanka Deputy Speaker’s re-election doesn’t bode well for no-confidence motion
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, May 4 (ECONOMYNEXT):  The near two thirds’ vote in favour of Sri Lanka’s government-backed deputy speaker candidate on Thursday (05) revealed the likelihood of the government easily defeating a proposed no confidence motion against it, opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam said. In an impassioned speech following the vote, Rasamanickam said that only 65 MPs were with the people of Sri Lanka who have been demanding the resignation of the government, while 148 MPs continue to stand for the ruling Rajapaksa family. Sri Lanka’s parliament re-elected MP Ranjith Siyambalapitiya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/22)

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa-led govt emerges stronger after defeat of Opposition in dy speaker election
Courtesy First Post
This demonstrated the ruling SLPP coalition's ability to prove their parliamentary majority despite raging public protests demanding their resignation for mishandling the country's worst economic crisis Colombo: In a major victory for Sri Lanka's embattled Rajapaksa clan, the government backed nominee on Thursday won the secret vote for the position of Deputy Speaker, demonstrating the ruling SLPP coalition's ability to prove their parliamentary majority despite raging public protests demanding their resignation for mishandling the country's worst economic crisis. MP Ranjith Siyambalapitiya was re-elected to the position from which he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/22)

Sabry tells Parliament some home truths
Courtesy The Island
Finance Minister Ali Sabry yesterday told Parliament that continuous budget deficits had led to accumulation of public debt, which was now unsustainable. “In this process, I do not rule out the element of corruption, and therefore we need to emphasise the institutional factors, such as an independent judiciary, a credible Central Bank, and a strong public service. At present, the Sri Lankan economy is in an extremely challenging situation, and this has triggered social turbulence and political instability. This may lead to catastrophic consequences if the fundamental issues are not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/22)

IUSF protesters tear gassed near Parliament
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Police fired tear gas on students of the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) who were protesting near Parliament entrance this evening. https://youtu.be/mY8NIbPFe0c... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/22)

Sri Lanka tea exports lowest in 23 years
Courtesy Daily Mirror
AFP: Crisis-struck Sri Lanka’s vital tea exports have dropped to their lowest level in 23 years, official figures showed yesterday, hit by a fertiliser ban and the war in Ukraine.Tea is the island nation’s biggest export commodity, bringing in about US $ 1.3 billion annually before the current economic downturn, the worst since independence in 1948. But a bungled ban on fertiliser imports last year -- introduced in a doomed effort to save foreign currency and avoid a debt default -- hit growers hard, with production falling 18 percent on-year for the period... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/05/22)

Why didn’t HarinF tell the Cardinal about Easter Sunday attacks?
Shenali D Waduge
According to the former SIS head Nilantha Jayawardena at least 15,000 people knew of an impending attack on Easter Sunday – to this list of 15,000 people included entire Parliament & even diplomatic missions. All of them are now trying to palm of their guilty conscience by accusing others. Amongst the MPs – the then Minister HarinF who is a staunch Catholic had also been told by his ailing father not to attend Easter Sunday mass. The question is even if Minister HarinF chose not to inform the Catholics of Sri Lanka, why... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

Politicians fiddle while Sri Lanka burns
By Raj Gonsalkorale
“Those who desire to treat politics and morals separately will never understand anything of either. The practice of politics not only can, but must be reconciled with the imperatives of honesty - Jean-Jacques Rousseau It is often said that politicians have the morals of alley cats. Some say asking a politician whether he or she is honest is like asking a prostitute whether she is a virgin. While it is unethical and unfair to label all politicians as lacking in morals, ethics and non-corrupt behavior, recent allegations made by the JVP, reportedly along with some supporting documents,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ නායක අනුර කුමාර දිසානායක මහතා 2022.05.03 වන දින අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්ය මණ්ඩල ප්‍රධානී යෝෂිත රාජපක්ෂ මහතා වෙත එල්ල කරන ලද අසත්‍ය චෝදනා පිලිබඳව නීතිමය පියවර ගැනීම සම්බන්ධයෙනි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්ය මණ්ඩල ප්‍රධානී කාර්යාලය
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පදනම් ආයතනයේ දී  2022.05.03 දින පවත්වන්නට යෙදුනු මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවේ දී යෝෂිත රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට අයත් ඉඩම් ලෙසට යම් ඔප්පු අංක සහ ඉඩම්වල නම් ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී අනුර කුමාර දිසානායක මහතා විසින් අසත්‍ය හා ජනතාව නොමගයවනසුළු ප්‍රකාශ කරමින් අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්ය මණ්ඩල ප්‍රධානී යෝෂිත රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට අපහාස වන අයුරින් වැරදි තොරතුරු ඉදිරිපත් කිරීම නිසා ඔහුට සිදුවූ අපහාසය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අනුර කුමාර දිසානායක මහතාට එරෙහිව ඉදිරි නීති කටයුතු සිදුකිරීම සඳහා ස්වකීය නීතීඥවරුන් වෙත උපදෙස් ලබාදී ඇත. එකී මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රකාශයේ දී සිදුකරන ලද අසත්‍ය ප්‍රකාශ දැඩි පිළිකුලෙන් යුක්තව හෙළා දකිමු.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

Australian documentary contends corrupt transactions in Hambantota hospital project
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Australia Broadcasting Corporation’s leading investigative journalism and current affairs programme, Four Corners, recently released a documentary suggesting a major corruption case pertaining to the multi-million dollar hospital project in Hambantota The video reveals how Aspen Medical profited from the pandemic and got itself embroiled in an international criminal investigation into corruption and money launderingAspen Medical’s contracts were worth USD 500 million more than any other providers. Aspen received funds and paid those funds back out to contractors in return to a 4% handling feeAspen Medical has said that it had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

අනුර කුමාර එලියට දැම්මේ යහපාලන දුෂණ විරෝධී කමිටුවට ආ තොරතුරුයි.
Courtesy Colombotoday
යහපාලන සමයේදී අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ පවත්වාගෙන ගිය බවට චෝදනා එල්ලවූ දුෂණ විරෝධී කමිටුව වෙත සිවිල් සංවිධාන සහ මහජනතාව විසින් ලබා දුන් තොරතුරු ජවිපෙ නායක අනුර කුමාර දිසානායක අද (3) දින වීරයෙකු මෙන් මාධ්‍ය වෙත ලබා දුන් බවට පාරිභෝගික අයිතිවාසිකම් සුරැකීමේ ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරය පවසනවා. තම සංවිධානයද ඇතුළුව සිවිල් සංවිධාන රැසක් අල්ලස් හෝ දුෂණ වැළක්වීමේ කොමිෂන් සභාව වෙත පැමිණිලි රැසක් ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇතත් ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ කිසිදු අවස්ථාවක ඒ පිළිබඳව විමසීමක් කර නොමැති බවයි පාරිභෝගික අයිතිවාසිකම් සුරැකීමේ ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරයේ සභාපති රංජිත් විතානගේ මහතා සඳහන් කර සිටින්නේ. ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ නායකයා විසින් ඒක පාර්ශවීයව කරුණු ඉදිරිපත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

‘MynaGoGama’ dismantled after court order
BY Buddhika Samaraweera Courtesy Aruna
Police remove their vehicles, protestors remove their constructionsPeaceful non-inconveniencing protests still permitted Following an order issued by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court and a heated debate between Police and protestors outside Temple Trees in Kollupitiya, vehicles parked on the pavement in the area and the constructions of the protest zone generally referred to as “MynaGoGama” were removed yesterday evening (4). The heated debate took place when the Police produced a court order to the protestors and instructed them to dismantle the constructions. The protestors argued with the Police and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

Sri Lanka to replace ‘unrealistic’ budget, in talks to extend World Bank aid
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
May 5 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka plans to replace its current “unrealistic” budget and is in talks with the World Bank to extend its support by $300 million to $700 million, the country’s finance minister said on Wednesday. The island nation, hit hard by COVID-19 and short of revenue after steep tax cuts by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s government, is critically short of foreign exchange and has sought an emergency bailout from the International Monetary Fund. Rampant inflation and shortages of imported food, fuel and medicines have led to weeks of protests that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

Lankan workers in essential services not to participate in May 6 strike
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, May 4 (newsin.asia): Representative of trade unions in a number of essential services have said that they will not support the strike which is expected to be launched on the 6th of May. The strike will cause inconvenience to the general public and will only help achieve narrow political gains, they said. They would take all necessary steps to provide their services uninterrupted, the unions added. The Trade Union representatives expressed these views during a meeting held with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo Fort on Tuesday. They told the ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

‘විශ්වාස භංගයෙන් ආණ්ඩුව පෙරලමු.. ඉන්පසු වගකීම ගන්න බෑ..’ සජිත් කියයි…
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
සමගි ජන බලවේගය විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති විශ්වාසභංගය සඳහා සහාය ලබා දෙන්නේ විශ්වාස භංගයෙන් අනතුරුව රටේ වගකීම භාර ගැනීමට සූදානම් නම් පමණක් බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී පූජ්‍ය අතුරලියේ රතන හිමියෝ සඳහන් කරති. විශ්වාසභංගයකින් ආණ්ඩුවක් පරාජය කල යුත්තේ ආණ්ඩුවක් පිහිටුවා එම වගකීම ගෙන ආණ්ඩුව කරගෙන යා හැකි නම් පමණක් බවත් එසේ නැතුව රට අරාජික කිරීමට සහාය දිය නොහැකි බවත් උන්වහන්සේ පැවසූහ. විශ්වාසභංගයක් ඉදිරිපත් කර ආණ්ඩු ගෙදර යෑමටත් කලින් ආණ්ඩුව ගෙදර යැවීමෙන් පසු සිදුකරන ඉදිරි වැඩ පිළිවෙළක් තිබිය යුතු බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා සඳහන් කළේය. එසේ නොමැතිව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

Sri Lanka posts the lowest tea exports in 23 years
Coutesy Taipei Times
FERTILIZER BAN: Asia Siyaka Commodities blamed the drop on the agrochemical ban, a government push to transform the country’s farms into 100 percent organic Sri Lanka’s tea exports have dropped to their lowest level in 23 years, official figures showed yesterday, hit by a fertilizer ban and Russia’s war against Ukraine. Tea is the country’s biggest export commodity, bringing in about US$1.3 billion annually before the current economic downturn, the worst since independence in 1948. However, a ban on fertilizer imports last year — introduced in a doomed effort to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

Sri Lanka crisis will last at least two more years: govt
Courtesy MailOnLine
Buddhist monks protest outside the president's office in Colombo on Wednesday Sri Lanka will have to endure its unprecedented economic hardships for at least two more years, the country's finance minister said Wednesday while warning of an imminent cash crunch. Months of blackouts and acute shortages of food, fuel and pharmaceuticals have brought widespread suffering across the South Asian island nation. Public anger has sparked sustained protests demanding the government resign over its mismanagement of the economic crisis, Sri Lanka's worst since independence in 1948. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

The Genuine Article?
By Michael Gregson Courtesy Ceylon Today
You can’t believe everything you read on the internet – especially these days, with so many false claims and misleading stories. Some governments have even taken to blocking social media to prevent ‘rumours’ spreading. In fact, no less than 32 countries in Asia restrict social media platforms in some way. China, Iran, North Korea, and Turkmenistan go one step further and enforce full bans across popular social media platforms. China, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea also have full bans on Virtual Private Networks (VPN), which allow users to get round... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

Private sector demanded tax cut soon after govt. came to power: Ranil
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
It was the private sector that demanded a tax cut soon after the present government came into power, Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today.  "No politicaian in the government wanted a tax cut, as it was the private sector that wanted it," he said.  The former Premier also found fault with the govenment officials and requested the minister of finance to work on his own and make his own statements in the House. "I also propose that all financial advisory committees as it is the Parliament which has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

Sri Lanka’s foreign liquidity reserves critically low, govt planning new budget: Sabry
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Finance Ali Sabry, delivering a special statement in parliament today (May 05), revealed that Sri Lanka’s foreign liquidity reserves, which amounted to USD 7.6 billion by the end of 2019, have dropped to a critically low level below USD 50 million. https://youtu.be/6lQd63ktm0w Speaking further, the lawmaker said the reserves declined to USD 5.7 billion by the end of 2020, as a result of gross inflows of USD 5.8 billion and outflows of USD 7.8 billion, including foreign currency debt service payments of USD 6.0 billion. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

Court order issued on the protesters near Temple Trees
Courtesy Adaderana
The Fort Magistrate’s Court has issued a court order for the removal of all the structures, vehicle and belonging of protesters near Temple Trees in Kollupitiya, that cause obstructions to the pedestrians using the pavement and inconveniences the public. https://youtu.be/MNXrsFS1k4g However, the court order further says that it does not impede the protests carried out in a peaceful manner, Ada Derana reporter said.   Fort Magistrate Manjula Ratnayake had issued the directive today after considering a request made by the police seeking an order to remove the protesters as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

Dinesh refutes rumours on prime minister resigning
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, addressing the rumours circulated on the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, said the reports are baseless. He made these remarks speaking to the media following the meeting of the parliamentary group of the ruling party today (May 04). When asked about the rumours stating that the prime minister is expected to step down from his position after delivering a special statement in the parliament, Minister Gunawardena said no such decision has been taken. The parliamentarian, however, stated that the prime minister intends to deliver a statement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

USD selling rate hits Rs. 370 at several banks
Courtesy Adaderana
UPDATE: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has announced the official exchange rates of the US Dollar. Accordingly, the selling rate of the USD is listed as Rs. 350.05 and the buying rate is Rs. 362.99, according to the central bank.  Several licensed commercial banks in Sri Lanka today (May 04) announced their selling rate as Rs. 370 per US Dollar. The selling rate of US dollar per Sri Lankan Rupee according to the daily exchange rates of several licensed commercial banks is as follows: ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

Aspen Medical Australia
Australian News
In one of the video reports, the person by the name of Nimal Perera does not want to answer the interviewer's question about the mysterious British-Virgin Islands-domiciled company called Sabre Vision Holdings and walks away giving the impression to the viewer that there is something fishy going on. However, in 2016, this same person (when the UNP was in power and determined to jail the Rajapakse's) confessed to collecting money for Namal Rajapaksa and his confession led to Namal Rajapaksa bieng arrestd (see page 7). However this allegation was not proved in a court of law... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

THE ECONOMY OF SRI LANKA Part 3A
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
United Nations held its first Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS I)  in 1956.The second Conference (UNCLOS II)  was held in 1960. The Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III)   was convened in 1973  and went on till. 1982.   The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) prepared in 1982, came into force in 1994. This Convention let to the creation of three institutions  dealing with  the  Law of the Sea.  First, The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

THE ECONOMY OF SRI LANKA Part 3B
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
The ocean resources of Sri Lanka are in the process of expanding due to the relatively new UN Law of the Sea,  announced the media.   The Territorial and Continuous areas will add a sea area 8 times our land area. Sri Lanka will thereafter acquire 200 nautical miles as an Exclusive Economic Zone, (EEZ) when its claim is considered. This would extend to about 350 kilometers or more from the shore. This would increase our sea area to more than 27 times the landmass we have.  The total area will resemble a fan around the island.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/05/22)

THE ECONOMY OF SRI LANKA Part 3C
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
India, Sri Lanka and Maldives  are located in the same area of the Indian Ocean. Therefore it was necessary to  decide on the territorial boundaries  of the sea between these three countries. Maritime  boundary agreements  between India and Sri Lanka were signed in 1974 and 1976 . This was necessary to avoid conflict, in the waters particularly in Palk Strait. The first agreement was regarding the maritime boundary in waters between Adam's Bridge and the Palk Strait, and came into force on July 8, 1974. This demarcated the waters from Adam's Bridge to Palk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

Gota Gama Protests in Parliament Square in London -Why Not have placards Saying "Sri lanka Welcomes Tourists"
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Wellington NZ
Several of my Kiwi patients and medical colleagues have asked me repeatedly why Sri Lankans are washing their dirty linen in public and driving off potential tourists and investors from going to Sri Lanka, when this is precisely what Sei Lanka needs now.! On a personal note the latest Gota Go Gama in Parliamentary Square in Westminister London,i s precisely where the Tigers were camped for over 12 months after their defeat on 19/5/09 with one of them infamously going... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

මේ අවස්තාවේදී පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවා මැතිවරණයකට යාම කබලෙන් ලිපට වැටීමකි.
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර
ප්‍රථම්යෙන්ම එවැනි යෝජනා කරන අයගේ මොලේ තියෙන්නේ කොහේදැයි වහාම පරීක්ශා කළයුතුය. මන්ද දැනට රටතුල පවතින ආර්ථික,දේශපාලනික සහ සමාජ අසහනය අනුව විපක්ශ නායකයා සහ අනුර දිසානයක ඇතුලු ඇතැම් අය කියන පරිදි මැතිවරරණයකට යාමට මේ අවස්ථාව කිසිසේත්ම සුදුසු නොවන බැවිනි.. මන්ද පළමුවෙන්ම පාර්ලිමේත්ව විසුරුවා මැතිවරණයකට යාමෙන් අද රටේ පවතින දේශපාලන,ආර්ථික හා සමාජ අර්බුධ තවත් උග්‍ර වෙනවා මිස ඒවාට කිසිසේත්ම විසදුම් නොළැබෙන නිසාය. දෙවනුව මැතිවරණයක් පවත්වා අවසාන කිරීම සඳහා අවම වශයෙන් මාස 5 ක් වත් ගතවීම, රටතුල පවතින අර්බුධකාරි තතවය නිසා සාධාරන මැතිවරණයක් පැවැත්වීමේ දුස්කරතා, මැතිවරණයකට වැයවන රුපියල් කෝටි 1500 පමණ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා මධ්‍යම සංස්කෘතික අරමුදලේ නව වෙබ් අඩවිය හා යූ ටියුබ් චැනලය අන්තර්ජාලයට එක්කරයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
මධ්‍යම සංස්කෘතික අරමුදලේ නව වෙබ් අඩවිය සහ යූ ටියුබ් චැනලය අන්තර්ජාලයට එක්කිරීම අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ සුරතින් අද (03) පෙරවරුවේ අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී සිදු විය. දේශීය සහ විදේශීය වශයෙන් මෙරට සංස්කෘතිය පිළිබඳව ප්‍රචාරයක් ලබා දීම හා සංචාරක ආකර්ෂණය වැඩි කිරීම මෙහි අරමුණයි. ccf.gov.lk වෙබ් ලිපිනය ඔස්සේ මධ්‍යම සංස්කෘතික අරමුදලේ නව වෙබ් අඩවිය වෙත පිවිසිය හැකි අතර "අපේ උරුමය" (Our heritage) නමින් නව යූ ටියුබ් චැනලයට පිවිසිය හැකිය. මධ්‍යම සංස්කෘතික අරමුදල ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංස්කෘතික උරුමය කළමනාකරණය කරන ප්‍රධාන ආයතනයක් වන අතර ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ප්‍රධාන පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථාන ආරක්ෂා කිරීම හා සංරක්ෂණ කිරීම, පර්යේෂණ සිදු කිරීම, බිතු සිතුවම් සහ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

හෑෂ් ටැග් අරගලය
ෂම්මි උයනගේ පරිගණක මෘදුකාංග ඉංජිනේරු
නීත්‍යානුකූලව ඡන්දයකින් පත්වූ ආන්ඩුවක් හෑෂ් ටැග් වලින් ගෙදර යැවිය හැකිද? පසුගිය 2019 වකවානුවේ දී පැවැත්වූ මැතිවරණ නීත්‍යානුකූල නොවූයේනම් අද ඇතිවන තත්වය මීට වඩා හාත්පසින්ම වෙනස් ස්වරූපයක් ගනී. එසේ වූවානම් නම් තීරණාත්මක බලවේගය වන්නේ හෑෂ් ටැග් නොව මහජනතාවගේ අරගලයයි. ඊනියා නිර්පාක්ෂික අරගලයේ  GotaGoHome2022 හෑෂ් ටැග් ප්‍රමාණය ලක්ෂ 5 කට ආසන්න වී ඇත. යම් හෑෂ් ටැග් එකක්, එක් අයෙකුට යොදාගත හැක්කේ එක් වරක් පමණක් ද? සාමාන්‍යයෙන් ඡන්දයකදී නම් එක් ඡන්ද දායකයෙකුට සිය ඡන්දය එක් වරක් පමණක් භාවිතා කළ හැකි වුවද මේ ඩිජිටල් ක්‍රමයේ එක් අයෙකුට ඕනෑතරම් හෑෂ් ටැග් ප්‍රමාණයක් දැමිය හැක. ව්‍යවස්ථානුකූලව... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

Sri Lanka’s unexplored economic goldmine
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, March 28 (Sunday Observer): The pulse of a nation beats through its traditional knowledge. This holds true for ancient civilisations such as Sri Lanka. For nations such as ours to wipe out that which is indigenous and create a socio-economic path for its people on totally alien lines can only spell disaster. This is the post-colonial economic reality that we are witnessing today. A frog does not feel it when it is in a pan of water atop a fire rising in temperature that is slowly bringing the pan to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

China holds out the olive branch to Sri Lanka after standoff
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, May 3: China, which had expressed displeasure over Sri Lanka’s approaching the IMF for a bailout without consulting it first, and had warned that its relations with Sri Lanka would depend on the conditions set by the IMF, has now revised its stand. Beijing has realized that it cannot turn a blind eye to Sri Lanka’s plight and should join the rest of the world in helping it pull its economy out of the woods.ADVERTISEMENT The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Qi Zhenhong said told Lankan Finance Minister Ali... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

Purchase fuel from Russia !
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Peoples’ Responsibility Center, a civil organization staged a protest near the Russian Embassy in Sri Lanka calling for the Sri Lankan government to purchase fuel from Russia. Pix by Kithsiri de Mel ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

Namal Rajapaksa and Nimal Perera mint millions through fraud deals
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The JVP revealed that former Minister Namal Rajapaksa has received money from two Companies - ‘NR Projects’, a Netherlands company and ‘Aspen Medical’, an Australian Company through Nimal Perera connected to the construction of the Nuwara Eliya and Hambantota Hospitals. Convenor of the Voice Against Corruption Wasantha Samarasinghe said this fraud came to light during the investigations into a complaint they lodged over the Krrish Deal. He said according to the B report of the case over the Krrish Deal, Namal Rajapaksa had admitted that he had received Rs. 60... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

Maithri refutes obtaining CB Bond scam money
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former President Maithripala Sirisena today strongly rejected the allegation made by Wasantha Samarasinghe, the convener of the Voice Against Corruption, that a portion of the money allegedly stolen from the Central Bank bond fraud had been given to former President Maithripala Sirisena and his family members. In a media release, the former President’s private secretary Sameera de Silva stated that “Blaming innocent people without any basis for political gain was not a moral political act and that all possible action would be taken in the future regarding this malicious statement.” ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

Cabraal responds to corruption allegations levelled by Anura
Courtesy Adaderana
Former Governor of Central Bank, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, in response to the allegations levelled by JVP Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, has said the payments made to Pakistani American political donor Imaad Zuberi have been made on official written instructions of the government, and not on “the wishes of a single person.” Earlier today, at a media briefing convened to expose past corrupt deals of Sri Lankan politicians, MP Dissanayake alleged that Cabraal had wired USD 6.5 million in total to Zuberi in 2014 to rehabilitate Sri Lanka’s image in the United States. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

Sri Lanka to receive another grant of CNY 300 million from China
Courtesy Adaderana
The government of China has decided to provide another grant of Chinese Yuan (CNY) 300 million to Sri Lanka to help in the supply of medicine, food, fuel and other essentials, the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement issued today. The grant comes after a telephone conversation held between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in late April. During the earlier phone conversation, Premier Li told PM Rajapaksa, “China feels for Sri Lanka for the difficulties and challenges you face, and we want to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

Special cash allowance to low-income families hit by economic crisis
Courtesy Adaderan
The go-ahead of the Cabinet of Ministers has been given to provide a special cash allowance for a period of three months to identified low-income families affected by the ongoing economic crisis. Relevant proposal was tabled by the Minister of Finance and Minister of Samurdhi. As the low-income families entitled to Samurdhi, Elderly, Kidney and Disability allowances have been severely affected by the current economic crisis in the country, the government has identified the need for immediate relief to those families and their families on the waiting list. Contingent Emergency... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/05/22)

Malwathu Mahanayake Thero decides not to meet any politicians
Courtesy Adaderana
The Mahanayaka Thero of the Malwatta chapter of Siam Nikaya, Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thero has decided not to allow any politicians to meet with him. The decision has been taken by the Mahanayaka  Thero as no responsible persons have still responded to the proposals by the Chief Incumbents of the three Buddhist Chapters, on resolving the current issues of the country.  https://youtu.be/Im-ohj0spF8 The Mahanayake Theras of the three chapters recently submitted a letter to the President, the Prime Minister and the political party leaders, which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/22)

China reiterates fullest support for Sri Lanka in securing IMF assistance
Courtesy Adaderana
he Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Qi Zhenhong today (May 02) reiterated China’s fullest support for Sri Lanka in securing the assistance of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to overcome the ongoing financial crisis. https://youtu.be/Dnj41JSfmJo Mr. Zhenhong made these remarks during a meeting with Minister of Finance Ali Sabry. As a major shareholder of the IMF, China is willing to play an active role in encouraging the IMF to positively consider Sri Lanka’s difficulties and reach proper agreement as soon as possible, Mr. Zhenhong added... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/22)

Maximum retail prices announced on local rice varieties
Courtesy Adaderana
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has announced maximum retail prices for three local varieties of rice. However, the new maximum retail prices are not applied to rice stocks released to the market at concessionary prices by the Paddy Marketing Board, a special gazette notification published by CAA Chairman Shantha Dissanayake noted. According to the communiqué, the directive comes into effect from today (May 02). New maximum retail prices imposed on three local rice varieties are as follows: White/Red Nadu (steamed/boiled) – Rs. 220 per kilogramWhite/Read Samba (steamed/boiled) – Rs. 230... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/22)

Basil on SLPP’s stance on prime minister position
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa may decide to step down from his position in consideration of the request made by the chief prelates of the three chapters, MP Basil Rajapaksa has reportedly commented during a meeting held with the independent parliamentarians. However, if this happens and a committee of party leaders calls for nominations for the position of prime minister, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will not nominate anyone else except Mahinda Rajapaksa’s name, he has said further. Speaking further, MP Basil Rajapaksa explained that the SLPP would not nominate anyone else’s name... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/22)

Nearly 15,000 knew of Easter Sunday attacks including HarinF & Diplomatic Missions
Shenali D Waduge
In October 2020 the former head of State Intelligence Service Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that nearly 15,000 people were aware of the Easter Sunday attacks 10 days BEFORE THE ATTACKS (11 April 2019) & this included diplomatic missions & Parliament. What a shocking number. Does this include the Church hierarchy as well? It certainly did include Catholic Minister of the then ruling government HarinF. What is the legal position for anyone knowing about an impending crime & not doing anything about it while making noise now to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/22)

Need of the Hour: Your Assistance to Deliver Essential Medical Equipment, Food, Fuel and Help Re-start the Agri-Food Supply Chain in Sri Lanka on or before 5pm, Thursday 6th
Sri Lankan Canadian Action Coalition 
Aubowan , This is the hour of need for Sri Lanka! As those that have left Sri Lanka for better lives in Canada, we need to first accept that as Canadians or ex-patriots we can do more! Your 5 minute effort for this task will go a very long way!Canada has helped many countries and we also can request their help via your Federal Minister on or before 5pm, Thursday 6th May 2022. Please use the available Canadian political instrument to request help to Sri Lanka at this time as follow-up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/22)

Eid-Ul-Fitr
Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 
Eid-Ul-Fitr I extend my congratulations to the Muslim community in Sri Lanka who are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr with Muslims all over the world. During the most important month of the Muslim calendar, it is a great task for all of you to take a spiritual step away from worldly life in order to understand life. Your goal is to achieve an ideal life by focusing only on the good deeds during the fasting month of Ramadan. Therefore, it is commendable that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/05/22)

20 year National plan for Sri Lanka – No political Parties
Shenali D Waduge
In 44 years of the executive constitution, Sri Lanka has seen nothing but political debacles. It is when we reach a stage of chaos that inspires us to think of ways to change and adopt new systems with the consent of the people. Therefore, people’s consensus is important. Nothing should be decided by foreign governments, foreign funded local NGOs – only the people of Sri Lanka. Let us consider a 20 year development plan. Political Parties We have a multi-party system in Sri Lanka. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/22)

THE ECONOMY OF SRI LANKA Pt 2
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
Officials look back fondly on the economic policy followed immediately after independence. R.K.H.M. Fernando, formerly a Director in the Treasury, said that at Independence the Soulbury constitution provided for an Appropriation Act as well as the Financial Regulations, which provided an adequate controlling framework with proper check and balances. All the monies collected by the government went to  a single Consolidated Fund.. The top administrators  in the Ministries,   were  the Permanent Secretaries appointed by the Governor General. The government ‘s policy was carried out  by the public servants,   led by the Permanent Secretary. These... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/22)

A SHOCKING INSIGHT INTO THE FURTHER MISMANAGEMENT AND MISDIRECTION OF A BELEAGUERED ADMINISTRATION 
Insight By Sunil Kumar 
As the crisis in Sri Lanka deepens with no viable resolution in sight and the nation and all concerned, clamors on probably very justifiably that the present Administration needs to be removed post haste the following shocking revelation has emerged.  It portrays the rank disregard by the legislators in charge of  Administrating the country to prioritize the outstanding needs of an  imperiled country by the very same people who are accused of having  initiated it through mismanagement and corruption as the hue and cry  continues and this is a clear cut example... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/22)

MISTER PRIME MINISTER, PLEASE DO NOT RESIGN !- NO COCK-TAIL GOVERNMENT NEEDED  FOR SRI LANKA
By M D P DISSANAYAKE, CPA, FCMA, CGMA, PhD
The political inexperience of President Gotabaya had been exposed, providing a platform for anti-Sri lankans to attack him in a ruthless manner.  President Gotabaya appear to be vulnerable  and far too flexible in the jungle of politics in Sri Lanka.  The media is having a field day with the President. To politically eliminate the President Gotabaya, the protestors need to eliminate Mahinda Rajapakse from the equation in the first place.  This movement  well supported by Diaspora and international financers, are eagerly waiting to re-coup the draw backs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/22)

Warning bells for Fiji – Economic crisis in Sri Lanka ‘a lesson’
Courtesy The Fiji Times
Economist Dr Neelesh Gounder. Picture: RAMA The current economic and political crisis in Sri Lanka should be a lesson for Fiji of what bad finance management could do to an economy, says USP economist Dr Neelesh Gounder. His comments come in the wake of international media reports that Sri Lanka has officially requested the IMF to bail it out of its worst economic crisis in 70 years. Dr Gounder said the Sri Lankan crisis had been in the making for some time. “Years of mismanagement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/22)

What S Jaishankar Said On Tamil Nadu Seeking Centre's Nod On Sri Lanka Aid
Courtesy NDTV
Tamil Nadu: A resolution piloted by Chief Minister MK Stalin was unanimously passed by the house, including the opposition AIADMK and the BJP. New Delhi:  After Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a resolution seeking permission to supply rice and essential medicines as aid to Sri Lanka, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said that Tamil Nadu Government's assistance can supplement what is being provided by the Govt of India and informed that Sri Lanka prefers inclusive distribution. This comes as the resolution piloted by Chief Minister MK Stalin was unanimously passed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/22)

Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa calls for ‘pro-people struggle' to mitigate economic crisis
Courtesy The Hindu
Thousands of demonstrators have hit the streets across Sri Lanka since April 9 Protesters take part in an anti-government demonstration near the president’s office in Colombo on April 30, 2022, demanding President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation over the country’s crippling economic crisis. | Photo Credit: AFP Sri Lanka's beleaguered President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Sunday urged all political parties to set aside their differences and appealed to the protesting citizens to join hands to steer a "pro-people struggle", amidst growing demands for his government's immediate resignation over its failure to tackle the country’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/22)

Sri Lanka Crisis: Inflation Rises To 29.8% In April
Courtesy Outlook
Sri Lanka’s overall inflation surged to nearly 30% in April from 18.7% in March as the country faces its worst economic crisis. Debt-ridden Sri Lanka’s overall inflation surged to nearly 30 per cent in April from 18.7 per cent recorded in March, according to the official figures, as the island nation grapples with its worst economic crisis in decades. Sri Lanka is in the grip of an unprecedented economic turmoil since its independence from Britain in 1948. The crisis is caused in part by a lack of foreign currency, which has meant... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/22)

Harin and Fonseka in verbal clash in SJB May Day Rally
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
SJB MPs Harin Fernando and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka were seen engaged in a verbal clash at the SJB May Day Rally held in Colombo today. Parliamentarian Fonseka, who was seated in the front row, was seen calling MP Fernando closer to him and both were seen enaged in a verbal clash. Parliamentarian Manusha Nanayakkara intervened and brought the situation under control by shifting Fernando from the place.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/22)

Energy Minister reveals new guidelines for fuel transportation
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Power and Energy Kanchan Wijesekera today announced that several new guidelines have been implemented for the transportation of fuel in the country. In a twitter message, the minister said that a decision has been taken to increase the capacity of fuel transportation via train to rural depots from 40% to 100%. Meanwhile it has also been decided to expedite the license issuing process for fuel distribution and reduce the duration of the process from one month to one week.  https://youtu.be/XdlveWAl5Wg He also said a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/22)

Sri Lanka can use its potential, come back to stability: Israel envoy
Courtesy Adaderana
Calling the ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka “unfortunate”, Israel’s envoy to India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan Naor Gilon said that the country can use its potential in tourism and agriculture to come back to stability. “Very unfortunate. I visited Sri Lanka to present my credentials just a couple of months ago. It’s a beautiful country with huge potential. Very sad to see there is an economic and political collapse there,” Gilon told ANI. Gilon was additionally appointed the Ambassador of Israel to Sri Lanka in early February, apart from his pre-existing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/22)

21st amendment will not resolve Sri Lanka’s economic crisis - Ranil
Courtesy Adaderana
Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that bringing forth the 21st Amendment to the Constitution alone cannot resolve the economic crisis in the country. Addressing a May Day event held today, the leader of the United National Party (UNP) stated that today the country is facing an unprecedented economic and political crisis. “Our economy has completely collapsed. The working class has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs, and hundreds of thousands of more jobs could be lost,” he said.  https://youtu.be/jzVjhQBq-UA He said that Sri Lanka is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/05/22)


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