Author Archive for S. Akurugoda

Those assurances of the President

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Sangadasa Akurugoda According to media reports, while addressing a ceremony at the Sri Lanka Army’s 72nd Anniversary event at the Gajaba Regiment Headquarters in Anuradhapura President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assured that action would be taken to amend the Constitution and introduce a new Electoral System to the people as promised and urged the all Sri Lankans […]

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විරෝධතා සහ විදේශ අරමුදල්

Saturday, September 11th, 2021

සංගදාස අකුරුගොඩ 2021 අගෝස්තු 22   පලවූ ඉරිදා දිවයින පුවත්පතේ ‘ආණ්ඩුවට ගහන්න රුපියල් කෝටි 85ක් එයි’ පුවතින්, දේශපාලන පක්ෂ හා වෘත්තීය සමිති කිහිපයකට, ජනප්‍රිය හිමිනමකට සහ මාධ්‍ය කණ්ඩායමක් වෙත රජය අපහසුතාවට පත් කිරීමට කටයුතු කිරීම සඳහා විදේශ සංවිධානයක් විසින් රුපියල් කෝටි 85ක පමණ මුදලක් රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන හරහා මෙරටට ලබාදී ඇතැයි විශ්වාසදායක ආරංචි මාර්ගයකින්  ලැබී ඇති […]

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Who are the beneficiaries of foreign funds?

Monday, September 6th, 2021

Sangadasa Akurugoda As per a main news item appeared in ‘Divaina’ dated August 22, 2021, a foreign organisation has already given  Rs 850 millions, via a NGO, to some political parties and trade unions etc to embarrassed the current government. The news item revealed how this money has been distributed among the various recipients, including […]

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Fast spreading mudslinging amidst Corvid-19 pandemic

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

Sangadasa Akurugoda The second wave of Corvid-19 pandemic is spreading fast throughout the world including Sri Lanka. Unlike the rest of the world, all most all opposition parties in Sri Lanka appear to be critical on almost every measure taken by the government in the control of the pandemic including the vaccination role undertaken by […]

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US Embassy and its involvement in local politics

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Sangadasa Akurugoda As per media reports, US Embassy officials led by Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz held discussions with SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem and earlier with TNA leader R. Sampanthan at the latter’s residence, where the focus was on the proposed new Constitution, post-war reconciliation efforts, devolution of power, rule of law, Prevention of Terrorism Act […]

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Continuous Indian Interference in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

S. AKURUGODA As per the media reports, the Indian High Commission has quoted Indian High Commissioner Gopal Bagley as having told a bunch of local politicians led by R. Sampanthan, who recognized the LTTE as the sole representative of the Tamil speaking people and promoted its terrorism for three decades in Sri Lanka, that India […]

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Politically motivated mud-brigades in action?

Monday, June 14th, 2021

S. AKURUGOA As per the media reports, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), under a special team, has been tasked with investigating those who are misleading the public by spreading false propaganda on social media. Police Spokesman DIG Rohana has said it is an offence punishable under Section 98 of the Police Ordinance, that if anyone […]

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Importing luxury vehicles for MPs

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

S.AKURUGODA As per the main news item that appeared in The Island dated 9/06/2021 under the title ‘Covid time bonanza: Luxury SUVs for MPs coming, after all!’, the government was not in a position to cancel the order placed for the import of luxury vehicles for the 225 MPs as the opening of Letters of […]

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Ranil’s extent of greed for power

Friday, June 4th, 2021

S. Akurugoda As per a news item appeared in Divaina dated 1 June 2021  (https://divaina.com/daily/index.php/puwath-2/59203-2021-05-31-03-16), the Working  Committee of UNP , May 2021, has unanimously decided  that party leader Ranil Wickramesinghe enter Parliament through its only National List seat  and the party leader has reacted positively.  As per the website of The International Democratic Union […]

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The sorry fate of our 2500 year linguistic heritage

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

S. Akurugoda I remember the days before 1956, when the official language of the country was English.  Most of the Sinhala schools in villages had classes up to 8th standard and those who wanted to do higher studies in English had to go to collages in the main cities.   All most all the government officials […]

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පළාත් සභා මැතිවරණය කඩිනම් කිරීම අවඟ්‍යද?

Saturday, December 19th, 2020

එස්. අකුරුගොඩ මාධ්‍ය වාර්තාවලට අනුව, හැකි ඉක්මනින් පළාත් සභා මැතිවරණය පැවැත්වීමේ ක්‍රියාවලිය වේගවත් කරන ලෙස අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ අලුතින් පත් කරන ලද සාමාජිකයින්ට උපදෙස් දී තිබේ. කොළඹ විජේරාම මාවතේ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ නිල නිවසේදී පැවති රැස්වීමකදී මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාවේ සාමාජිකයින්ට මේ බව දැනුම් දී තිබේ. මීට මාස කිහිපයකට පෙර ඉන්දීය අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය නරේන්ද්‍ර […]

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Decision taken to expedite PC elections

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

S. Akurugoda According to media reports Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has given instructions to the newly-appointed members of the Elections Commission to speed up the process to hold Provincial Council elections as early as possible. This was conveyed to the Elections Commission members during a meeting held at Mahinda Rajapaksa’s official residence at Wijerama Mawatha […]

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උපාය මාර්ගික ස්ථානවල පිහිටි කුඩා රටවල් ලෝක බලවතුන් විසින් අපයෝජනය කිරීම

Friday, November 6th, 2020

සංගදාස අකුරුගොඩ එක්සත් ජනපද රාජ්‍ය ලේකම් මයිකල් පොම්පියෝ පසුගිය අඟහරුවාදා කොළඹට පැමිණියේ ඉන්දීය නායකයන් සමඟ සාකච්ඡා කර ඉන්දියාව සමඟ ගිවිසුමක් අත්සන් කිරීමෙන් පසුව ය. පසුගිය ඔක්තෝම්බර්  මස 9 වන දින ඉහළ පෙළේ චීන දූත පිරිසක් ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා හමුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සමෘද්ධිය සඳහා චීනය සිය කැපවීම යළිත් අවධාරණය කළ අනතුරුව මෙම සංචාරය සිදුවිය. ඇතැම් […]

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Persistent effort to push Sri Lanka towards Indian solutions

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

S. Akurugoda According to the news item appeared in The Island under the heading ‘Address Tamils aspirations within united Sri Lanka, and implement 13th Amendment’ dated 28th September 2020, Indian Prime Minister  Narendra Modi has urged Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa  to carry forward the process of reconciliation with the implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment to […]

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Disclosure of foreign secretary raises eyebrows

Monday, August 31st, 2020

S. AKURUGODA According to the disclosure of Foreign Secretary Admiral Jayanath Colombage to the media, the government is to appoint one time Minister Milinda Moragoda, as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner of Cabinet rank to India and, once such status is afforded, Mr. Moragoda will be able to interact with the leaders of both the countries […]

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How the 16th Amendment turned the Official Language Policy upside down

Sunday, August 16th, 2020

S. Akurugoda I refer to the two articles of Kalyananda Tiranagama, Executive Director, Lawyers for Human Rights and Development, under the titles Is Sinhala the Official Language of Sri Lanka” and   How Premadasa turned the Official Language Policy upside down” appeared in The Island dated 28th and 29th respectively. The articles quoting typical examples […]

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දියවන්නාව, පරිසරය, කැළණි ගඟ සහ මුහුද අපවිත්‍ර කල හැකිද?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

සoගදාස අකුරුගොඩ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් 225 දෙනාම දියවන්නා වැවට විසිකල යුතුයයි සමහරුන් පවසනන බවත්, එසේ කළහොත්,  පරිසරය පමනක් නොව කැළණි ගඟද දූෂණය වියහැකි බැව් එක්සත් ජාතික පකෂයේ නායක, හිටපු අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිoහ පසුගිය දිනෙක බියගම පැවති රැස්වීමක සිනාසෙමින් පැවසූ බැව් වාර්තාවේ. වරක් තොප්පිගල,  කොළඹ දිස්ත්‍රික්කයටත් වඩා විශාල කැලයක් බවත්,  එය අත්පත් කර ගැනීම නිෂ්එල ක්‍රියාවක් බවත්, […]

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Whose fundamental right is to choose parliamentarians to make a government?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

S .Akurugoda As per media reports, several Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions were filed at the Supreme Court,  challenging the decision of the President to dissolve Parliament, on March 2, and the decision by the Elections Commission to reschedule elections, on June 20, amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of the Centre […]

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India’s undue interference despite past and current failures

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

 S. Akurugoda According to the latest media reports, ethnic violence in India’s capital has left more than 40 dead and hundreds injured after a Hindu nationalist rampage, stoked by the rhetoric of Narendra Modi’s populist government. Violence has been a stain on India’s history since partition in 1947 when Pakistan was formed as a separate […]

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Time to investigate the activities of foreign funded NGOs

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

S. Akurugoda Foreign-funded NGOs had influenced our education system in subtle ways and an expeditious investigation will be carried out into the ideas being put into the minds of schoolchildren through school text books, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said at the National Dhamma School Convention and Awards Ceremony held at Irattaperiyakulam in Vavuniya few days ago. […]

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Swiss embassy and exercising the rule of law

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

S. Akurugoda On 16th December 2019, soon after a face-to-face meeting of Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock with Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapakse, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has issued a statement to the media criticizing lack of due process in the case against their local employee who is detained (after a court ruling) […]

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What are the Swiss up to?

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

S. AKURUGODA Courtesy The Island December 18, 2019, 7:04 pm On 16th December 2019, soon after a face-to-face meeting of Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock with Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has issued a statement to the media criticising the lack of due process in the case against […]

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What makes it different?

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

S. AKURUGODA As reported in the media, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe is to hold crucial talks with his deputy Sajith  Premadasa amid a deepening crisis over their party’s presidential candidacy. Although there were disputes among the hierarchy of the UNP back in 1988 on similar matters the issues were not taken out onto the streets […]

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Ranil’s leadership and shared goals of foreign powers

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

S. Akurugoda As per a news item appeared in The Island dated 9th July 2019, the newly appointed Chief Executive Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC,) Sean Cairncross has written to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stating that he looks forward to Wickremesinghe’s continued leadership to advance their shared goals. It is interesting to find […]

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Bring the politicians behind terrorism, directly or indirectly, to justice.

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

S. Akurugoda According to media reports, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith flayed the government for its lackadaisical attitude and not doing enough to bring those responsible for the Easter Sunday bombings to justice. He has expressed his dissatisfaction with the security measures that have been taken since the attack and doubt whether anything meaningful […]

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Who is this powerful politician?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

S.Akurugoda As per the headline news item appeared in The Island  dated 23rd April, Petroleum Resource Development Minister Kabir Hashim has revealed that following some incidents in the Mawanella area, Intelligence had unearthed cache of explosives at Lacktowatta in Wanathawilluwa, Puttalam. During the raid two key suspects were captured. However, due to the intervention of […]

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Law and order – Where are we heading?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

S.Akurugoda A police force of any sovereign state is empowered to enforce the law, to protect people and property, and to prevent crime and civil disorder. Is it happening in this country? After working and living in four countries over 25 years, other than my own country (including two developing countries which are poorer than […]

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MR must learn from past mistakes

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

S.AKURUGODA The excellent political analysis done by Mr. N.A.DE S. Amaratunga under the above titled , appeared in The Island dated 17 June 2018 (http://island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=186475)  is an I opener to the people who can sense the perilous situation the country is in under the present Sirisena – Ranil regime. Mr. Amarathunga, while analyzing positives and […]

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Our country’s  image

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

S. Akurugoda As per the news items appearing in the media, almost daily, it is apparent that our country has earned notoriety as a rogues’ paradise. Both the Country’s President Sirisena and the Parliamentarians  of the same ruling gang  such as MP Marikar pointing each other  as “pick-pocketer” while no legal action has been taken […]

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ජාතියේ සතුරන් හඳුනා ගනිමු

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

එස්. අකුරුගොඩ ඉතිහාසය පුරාම ආක්‍රමකයින් බලය ලබාගැනීම සහ පවත්වා ගැනීම සදහා අවිආයුධ වලට අමතරව ජනමතය විවිධාකාරයෙන් යොදවාගත් ආකාරය අපි අසා දැන ඇත්තෙමු.  ජාතිද්‍රෝහීන්ගේ ක්‍රියාකලාපයන් හේතුකොටගෙන අපි ශතවර්ෂ ගණනාවක් විදේශීන්ට යටත්ව සිටියෙමු.  1815 -1818 කාලය තුල බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය  ආක්‍රමකයින් රට තුලින්ම සොයාගත් බලලෝභී පුද්ගලයින් මගින් ජනමතය හසුරවමින් බලය ලබාගත් ආකාරයත් බලය තහවරු කරගැනීමට යොදන විවිද උපක්‍රම මේ […]

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