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Auditory Hallucinations in Schizophrenia
 Dr. MUPK Peris / Dr. Ruwan M Jayatunge 
People with schizophrenia can experience auditory perceptions without external stimuli or for any other rational reasons to explain such an experience. These perceptions known as auditory hallucinations are unintentional and intrusive. For the patients, these sensory perceptions are often compelling and experienced in quality of true perceptions (Patricia Casey et al 2019). These voices are internally generated speech perceptions (Hugdahl et al., 2008) and generally cause distress which in turn may affect a patient’s functionality. Typically, 70% of individuals with schizophrenia experience Auditory hallucinations (a plethora of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/23)

USA Wants Legal Right to Overthrow Leaders & Steal Resources in Sri Lanka
e-Con e-News
‘Before you study the economics, study the economists!’ e-Con e-News 25 November – 02 December 2023 How many people know foreign courts are about to grab jurisdiction over Sri Lanka!? We often wonder why the LTTE & its footstools (TNA, etc.), dedicated as they are to a separate ‘independent’ state, would demand Sri Lanka submit to international (read: white) courts, and UN Committees hijacked by private corporations? And why are our economists so dedicated to foreign investment & exports?      It turns out that we have been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/23)

Let the Countdown Begin: Parliamentary Elections in March 2024
by Rajan Philips Courtesy The Island
President Wickremesinghe has now made repeated assurances that the presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in 2024. Financial allocations for the two elections were also announced in parliament. Parliamentary elections are expected to come first, apparently in March 2024, according to news reports citing sources close to the President. Let us assume that the sources are correct and start the political countdown before the official call is made early in the new year. It is going to be a 100-day countdown. A parliamentary election in March will be the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/23)

AKD crosses 50-percent in voting intent poll
Courtesy The Island
ECONOMYNEXT –Sri Lanka leftist leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has crossed a seemingly elusive 50-percent hurdle in a voting intent poll conducted among 567 interviewees for October, though his net favourability rating remained negative at minus 9 indicating continued unpopularity. A Sri Lanka Opinion Tracker Survey (SLOTS) by the Institute for Health Policy (IHP) showed that Dissanayake, who leads the leftist National People’s Power (NPP) gained support to half of likely voters (51 percent) in October, followed by opposition leader Sajith Premadasa with a third (30 percent), and President Ranil Wickremesinghe on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/23)

’Will create political culture where politicians will travel in public transport’: Anura
 By AJITH SIRIWARDANA  Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Kegalle, Dec. 3 (Daily Mirror)- The National People's Power (NPP) will create a new political culture where politicians will travel in public transport such as in buses and trains, NPP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today. Speaking at the Kegalle District Convention of the Retired Tri-Forces Forum, he said the JVP MPs had never used police personnel for their private security. "You may have seen politicians in other countries travel in buses, trains, bicycles and public transport and work abreast with people. Do we need such a political... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/23)

Kelaniya University: Several students accused of kidnapping and assaulting security officers
Courtesy Hiru News
A group of students is alleged to have kidnapped and assaulted two security officers on the Kelaniya university premises. The victims, identified as security personnel, are currently receiving medical treatment at Kiribathgoda Hospital. According to the police report, the incident occurred when the two security officers were residing in a dormitory within the university campus. A group of students reportedly approached them, forcibly took them on motorcycles, and transported them to another location on the university grounds. Subsequently, the security officers were subjected to a violent assault. Law enforcement authorities have initiated... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/23)

Climate Colonialism at CoP 28: Carbon Laundering via Green Bondscams?
Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake
Sri Lankan President unveils ambitious national green vision paving the way for a sustainable future Fri, Nov 3, 2023, 07:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. The elephant in the room of the United Nations CoP-28 Anthropocene climate confab in Dubai is the environmental cost of war and the global military business industrial complex that President Dwight Eisenhower warned the American people about in his farewell address to the nation. This includes Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), increasingly used to stage climate disasters around the world, especially in countries that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/23)

CÐP 28 and 80 strong delegation to Dubai What is the benefit ?
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
 Green Marine is now part of the new Offshore Energy platform that connects communities to tell the story of the energy transition and sustainable solutions in the maritime and offshore world.   From phasing out fossil fuels to investing in greener innovations within the maritime and offshore industry, the energy transition is relevant for all of us.  The developments in these industries are driven by the changing landscape in the energy sector and the necessity to have all industries working together for the same goal: a more sustainable future. The platform focuses... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/23)

ජාතික විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ හා සිංහල බුද්ධාගම (JVP & Buddhism)-part 2
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D
මාක්ස්වාදය හා ලංකාවේ පන්සල ලංකාවේ මාක්ස්වාදීන් විසින් සිංහල බෞද්ධ සමාජය සමඟ ඇතිකරගත් තකතිරු ඝට්ටනය අවසාන (අවම?) කර ගැනීමට අනගි අවස්ථාවක් දැන් 2023 අගවනවිට JVP නායකයින්ට උදාවී තිබේ. නෝත් ආණ්ඩුකාරයාගේ සිටම පන්සල (සිවුර) සමඟ සුද්දන්ට තිබූ හිසරදයට සමානම මානසික ලෙඩක් ලන්ඩන් සිට ආපසු පැමිණි තරුණ මාක්ස්වාදීන්ට 1930ස් ගණන්වල සිටම ගමේ පන්සල සමඟ තිබුණේය. දලයිලාමා කෙරෙහි කොමියුනිස්ට් චීනයේ තිබු වෛරය, ඉඩම් හිමි රදල නෂ්ටාවශේෂයක් ලෙස මල්වතු-අස්ගිරි ප්‍රමුඛ පන්සල් ඉඩම් යනාදිය පිළිඹඳවද ආරෝපණය කිරීම නාගරික මාක්ස්වාදීන්ගේ විනෝදය (hobby) විය. ලංකාව ක්‍රිස්තියානි රටක් නොවී බේරුණේ පන්සල (මුරදේවතා සංකල්පය) නිසා නොවේද යන කරුණ පොදුවේ වාමාංශික වරිගයට අදටත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/23)

‘The National Youth Hero Award’ to be presented through the NCC to honour Sri Lankan young heroes - Acting Minister of Defence
Ministry of Defence  - Media Centre
‘The National Youth Hero Award’ will be introduced through the National Cadet Corps (NCC) to honour the emerging Sri Lankan young heroes. The intention behind this move is to groom the youth to be dynamic, versatile and disciplined citizens with extraordinary leadership qualities to face utmost challenges in the future society’. The Acting Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon made these remarks while gracing as the Chief Guest of the Passing Out Parade of Probationary Officers (POs) Intake 41 of the NCC at its Rantembe Training Centre yesterday (Dec... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/23)

Madurai Bench of Madras High Court directs authorities to treat Tamil repatriate and his family as Indian citizens
Courtesy The Hindu
The court was hearing a petition filed by T. Ganesan, who resides at the Irumboothipatti camp in Karur district. He came from Sri Lanka to India in 1990 during the civil war. He said he was an Indian citizen and sought its confirmation. Since the authorities treated him as a Sri Lankan refugee, he had filed a petition in 2021 High Courts says the petitioner is entitled to the relief measures announced by the government for Sri Lankan repatriates. Photo: File | Photo Credit: R. ASHOK Bringing relief to a Tamil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/23)

‘In place of 6 Lakhs, only 4.6 lakh Tamils of Indian origin given citizenship’
Courtesy The New Indian Express
Madurai Bench of Madras High Court observed while ordering the Centre to grant citizenship to a 70-year-old repatriate from Sri Lanka who has been a refugee for 33 years.  |  A+A A- By Jegadeeshwari Pandian MADURAI: Though half a century has lapsed since India signed the Indo-Sri Lankan agreements (Sirimavo-Shastri Pact of 1964 and Sirima-Gandhi Pact of 1974) to resolve the status of Indian Origin Tamils (IOT) in Sri Lanka, the Indian government has still not fulfilled its treaty obligations, observed the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Thursday. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/23)

Sri Lanka gets back six stolen artefacts from Netherlands
By: Kimberly Rodrigues Courtesyn EasternEye
The Netherlands, which colonised Sri Lanka from 1658-1796, returned the artefacts stolen in 1756 The artefacts include a cannon inlaid with gold, silver, and bronze, known as “Lewke’s cannon,” according to the news portal – image credit: website Six Sri Lankan artefacts taken by the Dutch over 200 years ago during the colonial era were repatriated to the island nation on Wednesday (29). The Netherlands, which colonised Sri Lanka from 1658-1796, returned the artefacts stolen in 1756. A Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/23)

Mahinda Rajapaksa blames economic crisis on Yahapalana leaders
Courtesy The Island
Mahinda Rajapaksa SLPP leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (28) hit back at critics, claiming that a robust economy had been built under his presidency. He said the UNP-SLFP government which ruled the country during the 2015-2019 period should be held responsible for the current economic crisis. The following is the text of a statement, titled ‘the origins of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis’ issued by former President Rajapaksa: “A heated discussion is now taking place about those responsible for the present economic crisis. The Central Bank reports will show that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/23)

Godahewa says President by his erratic behavior has become misfit to run country
Dr. Nalaka Godahewa Courtesy The Island
Member of Parliament Dr. Nalaka Godahewa says that even in this budget, the President’s plan to break a part of the opposition has failed. He said so at a recent press conference held at the Nawala office of the Freedom Janata Sabha on the budget and the current political situation. “We are in temporary relief like a debtor who hides until the police catch him for not paying back the debt to the creditors. To tell the truth, we are on top of a volcano. Even if... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/23)

Sajith slams Prez for RR’s sacking
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Sajith Premadasa Sacking of Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe will go down in history as an instance where a President who does not have a direct mandate from the people removed a minister who had got elected to Parliament, Opposition and SJB leader Sajith Premadasa told Parliament yesterday. Raising a privilege issue, Premadasa said that the incumbent President had entered Parliament through the National List and the latter had been able to obtain only 30,000 votes contesting from the UNP from Colombo District. “Preferential votes for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/23)

Concept of Immunology in Ayurveda
By Dr. Sasika Palathiratnem BAMS (Hons.) – FIM, UoC Courtesy The Island
Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine with Vedic roots that originated in India about 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda is not only a complete system of medicine but also a scientific philosophy of life, with the two main objectives of prevention and curing of diseases and disorders. Ayurveda is believed to be of a divine origin and passed down to humans via the great sages. Ayurveda mostly utilises herbal based medicines and it has survived the test of time for many millennia; even today... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/23)

Sri Lanka cricket: what ails thou?
By a Sports Aficionado Courtesy The Island
This cricket-mad nation was appalled by the pathetic and blatantly disgraceful performance of its National Cricket Team at the premier event of the game, the World Cup. Even before the event ended, heads rolled over here on the cricket board. Such action should have been taken long ago but what we need now is an honest analysis of the debacle and the remedial measures that need to be taken. One of the root causes of the problem is that there is far too much money in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/23)

CC crisis: Judiciary not yet formally responsive to Speaker
 By KELUM BANDARA Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo (Daily Mirror) - The judiciary is yet to respond formally to the request by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana as the head of the Constitution Council to submit the details related to the performance of judges nominated to be picked for key positions. Earlier, the Speaker wrote to Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya requesting him to submit such details such as the performance of the Judge concerned in terms of the number of Judgments delivered and pending delivery for the last few years, the number of Judgments overruled by the Supreme... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/23)

Indian Government fails to fulfill treaty commitments on Lankan Tamils after five decades: Madras High Court
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Madurai, Dec 2, (New Indian Express) - Though half a century has lapsed since India signed the Indo-Sri Lankan agreements (Sirimavo-Shastri Pact of 1964 and Sirima-Gandhi Pact of 1974) to resolve the status of Indian Origin Tamils (IOT) in Sri Lanka, the Indian government has still not fulfilled its treaty obligations, observed the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Thursday. "While India was obliged to repatriate and grant citizenship to not less than six lakh IOTs from Sri Lanka, as of date only 4,61,639 IOTs have been conferred with Indian citizenship,"... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/23)

Excise Department’s monthly income up by Rs. 1 bn, committee reveals
 By AJITH SIRIWARDANA Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Parliament, Dec. 2 (Daily Mirror)- The monthly income of the Excise Department has increased by Rs. 1 billion after checking fake stickers on liquor bottles, a Parliamentary committee revealed. This was revealed by the officials of the Excise Department to the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Economic and Physical Plans. The Excise Department, Inland Revenue Department and Sri Lanka Customs were summoned before the committee to discuss the matters mentioned in the report given to the President by the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Economic and Physical Plans.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/23)

මැතිසබය උණුසුම් කරමින් - මහා පරිමාණ ක්‍රිකට් වංචාවක් හෙළිදරව් කරයි
Courtesy Hiru News -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/23)

Shock to Sri Lankans – corruption encouraged from on high
Courtesy The Island
Minister Roshan Ranasinghe Inconceivable, unbelievable, incomprehensible, unfathomable, unaccountable, perplexing and plain shocking are the terms that came to Cassandra’s mind as she read the stunning news that the President of Sri Lanka sacked the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs on Monday 27 November, 2023, who was on the trail of allegedly corrupt SLC office bearers. The President was not voted in but selected by the SLPP, when its leader President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stole away to Male and elsewhere in a blue funk for his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/23)

A New Gateway to Working in Japan
Manusha Media
SSW Test in Construction Field commences in Sri LankaA new skills test in the field of construction was introduced today in Sri Lanka for working in Japan as specified skilled workers.Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakka announcing the initiative said talented Sri Lankans will now have the opportunity to work in Japan and master skills in the construction sector that will contribute not only to Japan’s construction sector but also to the future development of Sri Lanka.Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka MIZUKOSHI Hideaki, Chief Representative JICA Sri Lanka Office AMADA Tetsuya and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/23)

වගා කිරීමට වැඩි ඉඩම් ප්‍රමාණයක් ඉල්ලා සිදුකරන හඬ  ප්‍රතිරාවය "අපේ ගමෙන් ලොවට" ලෙස නම් කරමු...  -අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා 
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය 
අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ ලලිත් ඇතුලත්මුදලි පදනම, ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය සහ නායකත්වය සඳහා වූ ආයතනය සහ නිදහස සඳහා නවුමාන් පදනම (NAUMANN )  සංවිධානය කොට තිබූ ලලිත් ඇතුලත්මුදලි සමරු දේශනය 2023.11.30 බණ්ඩාරණායක අනුස්මරණ ශාලාවේදී සිදුකළ අවස්ථාවේදීය. එහිදී අදහස් දැක් වූ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා - ලලිත් ඇතුලත්මුදලි යන නාමය ගෙන එන්නේ, තම මාතෘ භූමියට සහ එහි ජනතාවට සේවය කළ සැබෑ දේශප්‍රේමියෙකු වූ ලංකා මාතාවගේ අතිශය කීර්තිමත් පුතෙකු පිළිබඳ මතකයන් පමණි. 1983 දී මම ප්‍රථම වරට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට පිවිසෙන විට, දිවංගත ලලිත් ඇතුලත්මුදලි මහතාගේ ප්‍රථම අමාත්‍යධූර කාලය තුළ ඔහුගේ බුද්ධිමය දක්‍ෂතාව සහ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුළ නිවැරැදි හැසිරීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/23)

"We Cry for the Palestinians" | Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss
Let the Quran Speak
Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss is an activist and spokesperson for Neturei Karta, which vocally opposes Zionism and the state of Israel. Irrespective of whether or not the Palestinian people was affected or the land was uninhabited, Neturei Karta say the Jewish people didn't have a right to self-determination. The establishment of the state of Israel prior to the coming of the Messiah is sinful and an act of rebellion against God. Weiss says Jews yearn to return to the Holy Land and pray to God to bring about that end day, but in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/23)

Discussions held on strengthening historic Maldives-Sri Lanka relations
Zunana Zalif  courtesy
President Muizzu met Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on the sidelines of COP28 Discussions at the meeting revolved around the long and historic bond between the two countries The two leaders explored ways to strengthen cooperation in people-to-people relations President Muizzu met Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on the sidelines of COP28  president office President Muizzu in Dubai Discussions have been held on strengthening the historic relationship between Maldives and Sri Lanka. The discussions were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/23)

U.S. Makes Risky Bet on India’s Adani to Counter China in Game of Ports
BY ARIF RAFIQ Courtesy Globely News
Gautam Adani, a long-time ally of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is emerging as a key figure in the U.S.-India partnership to counter China. (Image Credit: White House, Chirag200201) Earlier this month, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) announced a commitment to provide $553 million in financing for constructing a new container terminal in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The facility, known as the West Container Terminal, will be operated by a consortium led by the Adani Ports & Special Economic Zones Ltd. — a subsidiary of the Adani Group, owned... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/23)

Customs carrying out investigations into SLC
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Parliament, Dec.1 (Daily Mirror) - The Customs Department is currently conducting an investigation into the under-invoicing of values of three LED screens imported by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) at three international cricket stadiums in Sri Lanka, State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe told Parliament today. State Minister Semasinghe said this when Opposition Leader  Sajith Premadasa revealed that the invoiced value of the three screens bought for Premadasa, Dambulla and Pallakele stadiums have been valued at Rs 6.5 million though the real value has been Rs. 360,000.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/23)

Court orders Sachithra Senanayake to assist in investigations into match-fixing allegations
Courtesy Adaderana
The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on Friday (01 Dec.) ordered for former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake to assist in the ongoing investigations concerning his match-fixing allegations. Accordingly, Senanayake was ordered to assist the Government Analyst, when requested by the police to do so. The order was issued when a complaint filed by the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry was taken up in court today. The court also ordered for the relevant case to be heard again on 17 May, 2024. Former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/23)

Pastor Jerome remanded
Courtesy Adaderana
Pastor Jerome Fernando has been remanded until December 13 over his controversial remarks on several religions. The self-styled ‘prophet’ was produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate this afternoon following his arrest by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), a few hours after he arrived at the premises to record a statement for the second consecutive day. Fernando made his first appearance at the CID last morning (30 Nov.) and provided a statement for around 08 hours. He found himself in hot water after a video of one of his sermons went... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/23)

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