Archive for August, 2022

Did the US use Ukraine-Russia war to weaken Europe?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Shenali D Waduge Was US using Ukraine for a bigger goal than to draw Russia into a proxy war? Did US use the Ukraine war to destabilize & weaken EU? Shouldn’t EU leaders & Europeans wake up to this unpalatable reality. While many Europeans are asking why America does not fight its own wars & […]

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Significance of Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming India visit

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Dr Arpita Hazarika  Gauhati University, Assam, India After almost three years, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to Delhi again on a state visit on September 5. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit is very significant in India-Bangladesh bilateral relations. The Modi government also wants to give special importance to this visit. Because in the […]

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POHOTTU AS USA’ S PROXY Part 8Le

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

KAMALIKA PIERIS An unprecedented number of first year undergraduates have complained that they were abused mentally, physically and sexually in the fresher rag, said Daily Mirror in 2018. We have received detailed accounts from students subjected to ragging. Freshers are humiliated, abused, threatened and physically attacked. However, none were ready to reveal their ordeal, even […]

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POHOTTU AS USA’ S PROXY Part 8Lf

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

KAMALIKA PIERIS The majority of the freshers are scared and submit as commanded by the seniors without complaint. Many are afraid to stand against it.  Our precursor batch complained about the rag, and this simply prolonged the rag, said an undergrad. My friends and I formed a group and planned to escape the evening rag, […]

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Lankan President says he will not sanction death penalty

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, August 31 (PMD): Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday (August 31) through the Attorney General that he will not place his signature for the execution of the death penalty. Additional Solicitor General Nerin Pulle, who appeared for the Attorney General, stated this when several fundamental rights petitions […]

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Sky diving and bungee jumping from Lotus Tower in Colombo

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, August 31 (PMD): Adding a new experience for the people of Sri Lanka, the operations of the tallest self-supported structure in South Asia, the Lotus Tower, is planning to commence operations from the 15th of September. With the commencement of operations of the Lotus Tower, which was built at a cost of […]

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Crisis-hit Sri Lanka’s inflation hits another record

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Courtesy MailOnLine Crisis-hit Sri Lanka’s inflation hit an eleventh consecutive monthly record in August, official data showed on Wednesday, rising to 64.3 percent as the International Monetary Fund extended bailout talks by one more day. The benchmark year-on-year Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI) in August was more than eight times higher than the 7.6 percent […]

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Julie Chung and fire hoses of falsehoods

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Malinda Seneviratne Courtesy Courtesy The Daily Mirror When it comes to fire hoses and falsehoods, the USA would be tough to beat. Chung and Biden ought to know. US Ambassador Julie Chung was spot on. A few days ago, she pointed out, correctly, that ‘fake news – and fake tweets – are a real problem.’ She […]

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Sri Lanka, IMF reach preliminary agreement on emergency loan: reports

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reached a preliminary agreement on an emergency loan to the crisis-hit country and a formal announcement will be made on Thursday, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The island nation, struggling with its worst economic crisis in more than seven decades, […]

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Circular issued allowing migrant workers to import electric vehicles

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employment has issued a circular allowing migrant workers to import an electric vehicle with the intention of promoting migrant worker remittance. The Cabinet of Ministers green-lighted the proposal tabled by Minister of Labour & Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara earlier this month. Through this move, a license is […]

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Two accused of stealing from Temple Trees further remanded

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court ordered today (Aug 31) to further remand two suspects who allegedly entered the Temple Trees and stole two televisions and a bag containing a camera, until September 14. The case filed against the suspects for forcibly entering the Temple Trees, stealing its properties and being a member of […]

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ADB approves $200 million loan to mitigate Sri Lanka’s food crisis

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $200 million emergency assistance loan for Sri Lanka, with funds repurposed from other ongoing ADB projects, to improve food security and protect the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable, especially women and children. Food insecurity has severely affected the people of Sri Lanka amid the current […]

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Sri Lanka: Aragalaya has a message. Don’t shoot the messengers

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale One needs to question whether strengthening of Sinhala Buddhist hegemony has been a consequence of other religious denominations veering more towards orthodoxy and fundamentalism or whether it has been the other way about. There is confusion as to where the Egg is and where the Chicken is. During a meeting in Anuradhapura […]

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OFFER OF ASSISTANCE BY ‘FORMER’ PRO-SEPARATIST GROUPS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO OPEN  A PANDORA’S BOX

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

RANJITH SOYSA We wish to refer to Sri Lanka government’s  decision to de-list some of the banned designated persons, groups and entities which were proscribed  under paragraph 4 (2) of the United Nations Regulations no 1 of 2012. The main reason for the proscription was their direct assistance and funding of  the Liberation Tamil Tiger […]

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“D.B. Jayatilaka’s pioneering contribution to the Buddhist Revival in Sri Lanka as a Buddhist educationist at Ananda and Dharmaraja Colleges”

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

by Senaka Weeraratna Attorney-at-Law 29th August 2022 The Buddhist Revival was one of the great landmarks in the history of Sri Lanka during the 19th and 20th centuries. It was followed by a Buddhist Renaissance in the Post-Independence period when the state machinery was regained by the downtrodden people after nearly 500 years of Euro-Christian colonial […]

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රන්ජන් බාගෙට නිදහස් වී ආ ගමන්ම කට වරද්දාගනී.. බන්ධනාගාරයෙන් ප‍්‍රකාශයක්..

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

Mawbima බන්ධනාගාර ආයතනවල සපයන ආහාර ප්‍රමිතියෙන් තොර බවට හිටපු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රන්ජන් රාමනායක කළ ප්‍රකාශය සම්පූර්ණයෙන් ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන බව බන්ධනාගාර මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රකාශක, බන්ධනාගාර කොමසාරිස් (පාලන) චන්දන ඒකනායක පවසයි. අද (අගෝ. 30) පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී ඔහු මේ බව පැවසීය. ඔහු ප්‍රකාශ කළේ, පණුවන් සිටින මාළු හෝ දහඩිය, සෙම්, සොටු සමග ආහාර පිසීම කිසිදු අවස්ථාවක සිදු නොවන […]

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President’s Full Interim Budget Speech 2022

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Delivering the Interim Budget Speech for 2022 in Parliament today (30), President Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that the government’s aim is to create a surplus in the primary budget by the year 2025.  Our effort is to stabilize the economic growth rate. Our aspiration is to establish a solid economic foundation by the year […]

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Sri Lanka has made good progress in negotiations with IMF – CBSL chief

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe says that Sri Lanka has made good progress” in the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which are aimed at clinching a bailout package. I can announce that we have made good progress in the negotiations with the IMF. […]

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Sri Lanka reports 3 more Covid-19 deaths, 74 cases

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Director General of Health Services has confirmed another three Covid-19 related deaths for yesterday (August 30), the Department of Government Information reported. The victims include one male and two females, all in the age group of 60 years and above.   Meanwhile 74 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed within today (30), […]

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Special unit to be set up for restructuring state-owned enterprises

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The government has decided to establish a State-Owned Enterprise Restructuring Unit” with the aim of facilitating the restructuring of government-owned business entities. Presenting the Interim Budget 2022 in the parliament, President Ranil Wickremesinghe further proposed to allocate Rs. 200 million to implement this proposal. He mentioned that the decision was taken as some […]

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Sri Lanka to establish National Debt Management Agency

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his interim budget speech, said an independent National Debt Management Agency (NDMA) would be established in the country. Speaking further, he said the government debt management-related activities are carried out by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, External Resources Department, National Budget Department and the Treasury Operations Department at […]

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Govt to suspend purchase of fossil fuel-powered vehicles for state sector

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News The government has decided to suspend the purchase of vehicles powered by fossil fuels for the state sector, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said delivering the interim budget speech in the parliament today. As per this policy, only electric-powered vehicles will be purchased for the use of the public sector in the future. Meanwhile, […]

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Sri Lanka’s president to cut spending in interim budget

Monday, August 29th, 2022

Courtesy Reuters.com COLOMBO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s president is set to slash expenditure when he presents an interim budget on Tuesday to see the crisis-ridden country through the rest of the year, amid discussions with the International Monetary Fund on a bailout package. The tourism-dependent nation of 22 million is facing its worst […]

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SL envoy woos Chinese investment in solar, wind energy

Monday, August 29th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Sri Lankan Ambassador to China Dr. Palitha Kohona said Sri Lanka is an ideal spot for solar energy development and also wind energy development and China can be a big help as we transition to clean energy. We would be able to address a huge part of our energy crisis by […]

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සිංහල භාෂාවේ පිරිහීම සිදුවන්නේ ප්‍රගතියේ නාමයෙන්ද?

Monday, August 29th, 2022

Geethanjana සිංහල භාෂාවේ පිරිහීම සිදුවන්නේ ප්‍රගතියේ නාමයෙන්ද? ඇත්තටම එහෙම වෙන්නේ ඒ නිසාද? සිංහල හරියට කතා කරගත නොහැකි රාජ්‍ය නායකයින් පත් කර ගන්නා රටේ දේශීය ජනයාගේ භාෂාව පිරිහීම අහඹු සිදුවීමක් නොවේ. සිංහල භාෂාව යනු නුදුරු අනාගතයේදී ලෝකයේ අතුරුදහන් වන භාෂාවන් අතරින් එකක් බව මානව විද්‍යාඥයින් මෙන්ම අදාල ජාත්‍යන්තර සංවිධාන විසින් හඳුනාගෙන ඇත. එය එසේ වීම යහපත් […]

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චීනය ලංකාවේ ණය කපා නොහැරි හේතුව කියයි..

Monday, August 29th, 2022

ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ ‘චීනය පසුගියදා ප්‍රතිපත්තිමය තීරණයක් ගෙන තිබෙනවා, අප්‍රිකානු රටවල් 17කට ලබාදී ඇති පොලී රහිත ණය කපා හැරීමට. නමුත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය පොලී සහිතව ලබා ගත් ණය ප්‍රතිව්‍යුහගත කරන ලෙස වත්මන් පාලනය කර ඇති ඉල්ලීමට චීනය කිසිදු ප්‍රතිචාරයක් දක්වා නැහැ. එමගින් පෙනෙන්නේ රාජ්‍යතාන්ත්‍රික වශයෙන් මතුව ඇති ගැටලුවයි’  යයි පෙන්වා දෙන ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ දේශපාලන මණ්ඩල […]

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Sri Lanka launches tender for 100 MW solar park

Monday, August 29th, 2022

Courtesy pv magazine The Sri Lankan authorities are seeking a developer to build a 100 MW solar project on a build-own-operate basis, in addition to a new 132 kV transmission line. The facility will sell power to the Ceylon Electricity Board under a 20-year power purchase agreement. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Sri Lanka’s largest electricity supplier, has […]

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Twenty-four foreign firms interested in Sri Lankan petroleum business: Official

Monday, August 29th, 2022

Courtesy Peoples Gazette The interested countries are the UAE, Saudi Arabia, U.S., China, India, Russia, Britain, Malaysia, Norway, and the Philippines. At least 24 foreign companies are interested in the petroleum business in Sri Lanka, a government official said on Monday. The companies are from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, the United States, […]

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US will support SL through IMF, if agreement reached: Julie Chung

Monday, August 29th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The US will support Sri Lanka through International Monetary Fund (IMF), if Sri Lanka could reach an agreement with the IMF, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung said. She said in a twitter post that the US will redouble its endeavours to support Sri Lanka through ongoing efforts such as […]

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All-party govt. essential to defeat Intl. agendas

Monday, August 29th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Whilst highlighting that some international forces might want to keep Sri Lanka as a weak state, UNP MP Vajira Abeywardene said an all-party government is essential to defeat these agendas. Speaking during a UNP meeting in Galle, MP Abeywardene said all parties should get together to defeat the desires of some […]

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