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Rathnapriya Bandu and Lord Naseby
N.A.de S. Amaratunga
What is common between the otherwise poles-apart Lord Naseby and Lieutenant Colonel Rathnapriya Bandu is that both had contributed immensely to the process of reconciliation among communities in this country and debunked the nasty accusation that our armed forces have committed atrocities against Tamil civilians. Both have been ignored by the government and Tamil separatists. Lord Naseby has proved beyond doubt that our armed forces had not caused the death of 40000 civilians and other war crimes. Lt.Colonel Rathnapriya while serving in the Civil Security Division had won the hearts and minds of Tamils including LTTE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/18)

ඇමැති විජයදාස රාජපක්ෂ කියන්නේ අපේ ශාසනයේ කපටි ආරක්ෂකයා
දෙනගම ධම්මික රණවීර උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
බුද්ධ ශාසනයට ව්‍යාජ ආලයක් පෙන්වමින් ජාතික කාර්යභාරයෙන් භික්‍ෂුන් ඉවත් කිරීමේ කූට උප්පරවැට්ටියක් අනුව යළිත් භික්‍ෂු කතිකාවත් ලියාපදිංචි කිරීමේ පනත ගෙන ඒමට ආණ්ඩුව කටයුතු කර ඇතැයි මහාචාර්ය මැදගොඩ අභයතිස්ස හිමියෝ ප්‍රකාශ කළහ. උන්වහන්සේ එසේ ප්‍රකාශ කළේ ඊයේ (19දා) රාජගිරියේදී පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට සහභාගි වෙමින්ය. එහිදී උන්වහන්සේ මෙසේද පැවැසූහ. රජය 2015 සැප්තැම්බර් 1 වැනිදා ථෙරවාදී භික්‍ෂු කතිකාවත් ලියාපදිංචි කිරීමේ පනතක් ගෙනාවා. එය ශාසන හානිකර ක්‍රියාවලියක් හැටියට පැහැදිලි කරල බෞද්ධ උපදේශන සභාවට ඉදිරිපත් කළා. බෞද්ධ සම්මේලනයේදී බෙල්ලන්විල විමලරතන හිමියන් ඇතුළු භික්‍ෂුන් වහන්සේ මේ පනතට එරෙහිව පෙනී සිටියා. 2017 අගෝස්තු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/18)

CEB makes contentious payment to private party
NIRANJALA ARIYAWANSHA Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has gone ahead with the contentious payment of Rs850 million, to the privately-owned Ace Power Embilipitiya 100 MW diesel power plant, on instructions received from the relevant ministry, senior officials told Ceylon Today. Earlier this month the CEB interdicted Deputy General Manager (DGM) (Power Purchase) Eng. Sujeewa Abeywickrema for not making the payment, among other charges, as he held that the Board had no legal right to do so. On Wednesday the payment was made after Secretary of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy Dr. Suren Batagoda gave conditional... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/18)

එල්ලා මරණ ලැයිස්‌තුවේ කුඩු කෙරුමෝ කිසිවෙක්‌ නැහැ
සමන් ගමගේ උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
 බන්ධනාගාර දෙපාර්තමේන්=ව මගින් අධිකරණ අමාත්‍යාංශය වෙත යොමු කළ එල්ලා මැරීමට නියමිත බව කියන මත්කුඩු ජාවාරම්කරුවන්ගේ ලැයිස්‌තුවේ රට වැනසූ මහා පරිමාණ කුඩු ජාවාරමුන් කිසිවකුත් නොමැති බව අනාවරණය වී තිබේ.    මහා පරිමාණයේ කුඩු ජාවාරමේ යෙදුණු ජාවාරම්කරුවන් විසිතුන්  දෙනකු මේ වන විට බන්ධනාගාරගතව ඇතත් ඉන් දහඅට දෙනකුට එරෙහිව දැනට නඩු විභාග වෙමින් තිබෙන අතර ඉතිරි පස්‌දෙනා මරණ දඬුවම හා ජීවිතාන්ත සිර දඬුවම් හිමිවීමෙන් පසු අභියාචනා ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත.    එසේ අභියාචනා ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත්තේ වෙළේ සුදා, සුසෙයි, නවාස්‌, ඡේසුදාසන් සහ කැමිලස්‌ යන ජාවාරම්කරුවන්ය. ඔවුන් අතරින් සිව් දෙනකුට මරණ දඬුවම හිමිව තිබෙන අතර පොලිස්‌ මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය කාර්යාංශය මගින් පසුගියදා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

කුඩුකාරයන් එල්ලන්නට සැරසෙන ආණ්ඩුවක සියදිවි නසාගැනීම
 සමන් ගමගේ උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ජාත්‍යන්තර මත්කුඩු ජාලයේ කේනද්‍රස්‌ථානයක්‌ වෙමින් තිබෙන බව ශාපලත් යුද්ධය අවසන් වී මාස කිහිපයක්‌ ගතවෙද්දීම අපි රටට කීවෙමු. ඒ වන විට එය තිබුණේ ඉතාම ප්‍රාථමික අධියරේය.    ඉකුත් 20009 මැයි 19 වැනිදා ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ත්‍රස්‌තවාදී ග්‍රහණයෙන් මුදා ගැනීමට අපේ හමුදාවෝ සමත් වූහ. ඒ සමගම ජාත්‍යන්තරය තුළ මේ රට පිළිබඳව පැවති බිය සැක මෙන්ම කලු පැල්ලම්ද මැකී යන්නට විය. මරණයේ තෝතැන්නක්‌ ලෙසින් ප්‍රකටව තිබූ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව එතැන් සිට සංචාරයට ඉතා සුදුසු සො»රු දිවයිනක්‌ යෑයි පවසමින් ජාත්‍යන්තරය විසින්ම නිවේදන නිකුත් කරන්නට විය.    මෙහිදී තවත් පැත්කින් සිදුවූ දෙයක්‌ ද තිබිණි. එය වූයේ ත්‍රස්‌තවාදයෙන් තොර වූ ශ්‍රී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

If the country is to be saved...
Prof. N.A. de S. Amaratunga
This government is about the worse we had since independence. There is not a single area where the government has not failed. None of the promises made before the election in 2015  has been fulfilled. Leaving aside those promises what is worse is that the government had failed even to maintain the standards achieved by the previous government. Instead the government, like a standing fool, has helplessly watched  the country slide downhill, unable to act. One could blame the people for voting into power a government made of parts which are not functional. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

Good-for-nothings Rats & Rodents have started to Chew Again - Focus on Sri Lanka
Kanthar Balanathan DipEE (UK), GradCert (RelEng-Monash), DipBus&Adm (Finance-Massey), CEng. MIEE
Going back to pre-independence and post-independence, we all know that Tamils have been oppressing the lower caste Tamils and kept them under their arms to carry out mean & unkind work and obey them. Ponnambalam Ramanathan and Arunachalam advocated removing voting rights for the low caste Tamils (LCT). This boils down to disfranchising N&E Tamils. They advocated that the LCT should not engage in Politics and no education. This is the most malicious, vindictive, and felonious act by the Vellalars of SL. To add the Dutch when they invaded SL,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

BEHIND THE MEDIA
ALI SUKHANVER
The role of media in shifting knowledge and spreading awareness from one end of the world to the other end is no doubt very important but at the same time media has an ability of concealing facts and figures too. Media has another ability too; the ability of deforming the facts and realities. This ability is altogether different from that of concealing facts and figures but unfortunately today’s media is enjoying this ability at its full. Everyone knows that today wars are not fought in battle-fields; today’s battle-fields have been shifted to the television screens, pages of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

නීති විරෝධි කේබල් නාලිකා වලට එරෙහිව ක්‍රියාමාර්ග නොගෙන නව කේබල් රූපවාහිනී සේවාවන් සදහා බලපත්‍ර නිකුත් කිරිම ගැන විරෝධය දැක්විම. 
චතුරංග ද අල්විස් සභාපති වෙබ් මාධ්‍යවේදීන් ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරය
2018 ජුලි 19 වන දින පි.ආර්.එස්.පි ජයතිලක අධ්‍යක්ෂක ජනරාල් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා විදුලි සංදේශන හා නියාමන කොමිෂන් සභාව, 276, ඇල්විටිගල මාවත, කොළඹ 08. 07. 19 මහත්මයාණෙනි, නීති විරෝධි කේබල් නාලිකා වලට එරෙහිව ක්‍රියාමාර්ග නොගෙන නව කේබල් රූපවාහිනී සේවාවන් සදහා බලපත්‍ර නිකුත් කිරිම ගැන විරෝධය දැක්විම. ජාතික ආරක්ෂාවට තර්ජනයක් වන නීති විරෝධි කේබල් රූපවාහිනී සේවාවන් ගැන වහාම පරීක්ෂණ අරඹනු! මැයෙන් 2018. 06. 13 දින ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා විදුලි සංදේශන හා නියාමන කොමිෂන් සභාවේ සභාපතිවරයාට අප විසින් ලිඛිත ඉල්ලිමක් භාර දෙනු ලැබීය. එම ලිපිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් හිටපු ජනාධිපති ලේකම්,කොමිසමේ සභාපති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

The Treacherous New Constitution Which Is A Federal Constitution Or Eelam Should Be Stopped Immediately Before It Is Too Late and This Island Gets Divided Into Pieces. We Do Not Want  a New Constitution At All. The One We Have Is More Than Sufficient
Sri Lanka Solidarity Movement
It is with great pain that we say that we completely disagree with this treacherous government regarding their stance with regard to extremely important, grave and critical issues facing Sri Lanka, mostly this treacherous government trying to bring on a treacherous new constitution which is nothing but a federal constitution or an Eelam, which the vast majority of Sri Lankan people, and almost all Sinhala people, especially almost all Sinhala Buddhists, do not want. Perhaps these NGO types, neo-colonialists, this treacherous government etc. do not understand or even feel, but we Sinhala Buddhists know that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

ඇවන්ගාඩ් ව්‍යාපාරය බිහි කරන ලද මේජර් නිශ්ශංක සේනාධිපති
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
අපගේ සමාජය සෑමකල්හිම ධනපතියන්ට වෛර කල සමාජයකි. මහන්සියෙන් ව්‍යාපාර කොට මුදල් උපයා තවත් සිය ගනනකට රැකියා ලබා දුන් පුද්ගලයා ලාංකික ප්‍රමිතීන්ට අනුව සූරාකන්නෙකි. අපගේ සමාජය සෑම විටම වන්දනා කලේ  ධනයක් උත්පාදනය නොකරන,  කර්මාන්ත කෙරෙහි අලස , ව්‍යාපාර කෙරෙහි අගතියෙන් බැලූ සමාජයට එලදායී දෙයක් ලබා නොදුන් එහෙත්  විවේචනයේ  දක්‍ෂ හිස් මිනිසුන්ටය​.     කොලඹ වරායේ වැඩවර්ජන සංවිධානය කොට කොලඹ වරායට ඒමට නියමිතව තිබූ බිස්නස් සිංගප්පූරු වරායට ලබා දුන් එන් .එම් පෙරේරා අපගේ සමාජයට ජාතික වීරයෙකි. කිසිවෙකුට රැකියාවක් නොදුන් ජීවිත  බොහෝ ගනනක් නාය යාමට යොමු කල රෝහණ විජේවීර වන්දනීය නායකයෙකි.    ආසියාවේ සිටි දක්‍ෂතම ව්‍යාපාරිකයෙකු වූ උපාලි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

Dayasiri warns of constitutional coup to oust President
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Former Minister and UPFA MP Dayasiri Jayasekera yesterday informed parliament that a plot was being hatched to remove the President through constitutional amendments. Jayasekera said so when heated arguments ensued in parliament over the discussion paper of the Constitutional Amendments prepared by the Expert Panel. Dayasiri Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that he would discuss with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is also the Steering Committee Chairman, the issues that had cropped up on the expert panel report. The Steering Committee, when it met on Wednesday, rejected the discussion paper prepared by the Expert Panel on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

Power and corruption
Editorial Courtesy The Island
July 19, 2018, 10:34 pm President Maithripala Sirisena never misses an opportunity to wax eloquent on what he considers his government’s achievements. Speaking at the inauguration of the Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2018 in Georgia the other day, he declared that his administration had adopted some important measures to sever the link between power and corruption. On reading what is reported of his speech, many a discerning reader must have said, ‘My foot!’ The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe rule began with a mega scam at the Central Bank (CB) in 2015. A Singaporean, brought in to head the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

British wartime dispatches not considered in preparation of UK human rights report Ex-SLN Chief of Staff flays govt inaction
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
The British Government this week acknowledged that wartime dispatches from its diplomatic mission in Colombo hadn’t been considered in the preparation of its Annual Human Rights Report 2017. A British High Commission Spokesperson said that the Annual Human Rights Report published on 16 July covered incidents that took place between January and December 2017. The Spokesperson called the annual report an important part of the UK’s commitment to monitoring and drawing attention to human rights abuses. Sarath The official said so when The Island asked the BHC whether the UK considered its Colombo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

IGP: We’ll investigate Deputy CM’s alleged links to LTTE
Courtesy The Star
SUBANG JAYA: Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy’s alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will be investigated, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun. The Inspector-General of Police said the matter had turned into a “case of interest”, especially after 53 police reports were lodged on the matter.   Highway patrols: Fifteen Expressway Mobile Patrol Vehicles from Plus Malaysia Berhad being handed over to the police. The vehicles will help bolster the effectiveness of the force. “We are currently investigating ... The investigation was initially handled by the Penang... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

Groggy Govt. & its fallout A Government as groggy as this will not be able to leave a future for the people
By Kusal Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Good Governance the joke of this generation Glyphosate issue is more of a Sinhala Nationalist demand than an actual environmental and health issue Govt. contradicts and exhibits its inability to reach consensus in making decisions Some smart guy who first stuck the label “Good Governance” on this unpalatable coalition perhaps guessed it could be the joke of this generation. Or perhaps thought once the Rajapaksa regime was replaced by this motley group of politicians, anything was “Good Governance”. Whatever way the “Good Governance” label came to be stuck on it, three years plus six... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

Row over death Capital Punishment
By M.S.M. Ayub Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Human Rights organizations and some foreign countries, including the EU, are not in favour The general public in the country seems to be endorsing it Is the President admitting his Government’s failure in Prison Administration? How States resort to extra-judicial killings while keeping a moratorium on Death Penalty Why the opposition to capital punishment by politicians is nothing but the best manifestation of hypocrisy When Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra brought an adjournment motion in Parliament for the implementation of Capital Punishment  in October 2015, the then Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe had to give an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

නිවුයෝක් ටයිම්ස් විවාදයේ විමල්ගේ කතාවෙන් රතු අලි පැටියාගේ යට ඇඳුම ගැලවෙයි..[Video]
අනුරුද්ධ බණ්ඩාර රණවාරණ lanka C news
ඇමෙරිකානු රාජ්‍ය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ලබාදුන් ඩොලර් මිලියන 585න් කොටසක් ලබාගෙන 2015 ජනවාරි 08 වැනිදා ඔවුන්ට අවශ්‍ය බල පෙරළිය සිදු කිරීමට කැප වූ අනුර දිසානායක වැන්නන් ‘අද මේ රටේ ස්වෛරීභාවයේ මිල කීයද?’ කියා ඇසීම විහිළුවක් බව ජානිපෙ නායක විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා සදහන් කරයි. අද (19) පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ පැවැති ‘නිව්යෝර්ක් ටයිම්ස්’ පුවත පිළිබඳ විවාදයට එක් වෙමින් ඒ මහතා මෙසේ පැවසීය. https://youtu.be/zKFsonFewzs රාජපක්‍ෂලා චීනයෙන් චෙක්පත් ගෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ස්වෛරීභාවය නැති කළ බවට අද චෝදනා නඟන ජවිපෙ මහ රතු අලි පැටියා ඇමෙරිකානු රාජ්‍ය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවෙන් ලබා දුන් ඩොලර් මිලියන 585න් කොටසක් ගෙන ඇමෙරිකාවට අවශ්‍ය බල පෙරළියට 2015 දී කඬේ ගිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

හොර අත්සන් ගහයි.. අගමැති, කතානායක, විපක්‍ෂනායක එක් වී ජනාධිපති ධුරයෙන් පන්නන සැලැස්මක්..
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නව ආණ්ඩුක‍්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා කෙටුම්පතට අත්සන් තබා ඇත්තේ එය සකස් කල කමිටුවේ දස දෙනාගෙන් හය දෙනෙකු පමණක් යයි පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී දයාසිරි ජයසේකර මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී කියා සිටියේය. යෝජිත ව්‍යවස්ථාව අනුව පලමු වතාවට අගමැති, කථානායක හා විපක්ෂනායකට ජනාධිපතිවරයා ධුරයෙන් නෙරපා දැමීමට හැකි බවත් ඔහු පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. අදාල කෙටුම්පතට අත්සන් කර ඇති එක් පුද්ගලයෙකු මාස 06 ක කාලයක සිට මෙරට නොසිටි බවත් ඔහුගේ අත්සනද ඊට යොදා ඇති බවත් මහින්දානන්ද අලුත්ගමගේ මහතා පැවසීය https://youtu.be/HnWaMZ3lQyY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

Expert panel’s proposed Constitutional Amendments come under fire
METHMALIE DISSANAYAKE Courtesy Ceylon Today
Heated words were exchanged in the Parliament over the discussion paper of the Constitutional Amendments prepared by the Expert Panel. United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara noted that the expert panel had been divided on its report and that four out of its 10 members had not signed it. “It is said that only MPs Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, M.A. Sumanthiran and Suren Fernando had been involved in the drafting of the Constitutional Amendments. How can this happen when there are several members in the committee. For the first time, a Provision has been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

EU, Canada, Norway expresses concerns over possible implementation of death penalty in Sri Lanka
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, July 16 (newsin.asia) – The European Union, Canada and Norway, on Monday expressed concerns over the Sri Lankan government’s intention to resume implementing the death penalty after more than 40 years, a statement from the EU mission in Colombo said. “The Delegation of the European Union, the missions of the EU Member States in Sri Lanka as well as the diplomatic missions of the governments of Canada and Norway in Sri Lanka have written to President Maithripala Sirisena to verify the worrying information in the public domain about the intention of the Sri Lankan government to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

Sri Lankan Tamil parties pull in different directions
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, July 18: Sri Lanka’s Tamil leaders are pulling in different directions on crucial issues of common concern to the Tamils of the island. The Chief Minister of the Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, is stubbornly adhering to his position that a political solution of the Tamil question should precede economic development. Giving priority to economic development schemes while going slow on the search for a political solution is like putting the cart before the horse, he says. ( R.Sampanthan and Mano Ganeshan)  Wigneswaran recently wrote to President Maithripala Sirisena saying that he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

India gives Lanka US$ 1.8 million for building toilets in Batticaloa district
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, July 19 (newsin.asia): India and Sri Lanka signed on Wednesday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a sanitation sector project under which 3400 toilets would be constructed in Batticaloa district in Eastern Sri Lanka with a grant of LKR 300 million (US$ 1.8 million) from the government of India. The MoU was signed by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Mrs. Renuka Ekanayake, Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy, in the presence of M.S.S. Ameer Ali, Deputy Minister of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

Sri Lankan Skipper And Coaching Staff Victimized By ICC
top spin By Suni
July 19th 2018 It has to be re-iterated questionably -Is the ICC overplaying their hand over the Dinesh Chandimal issue? Along with  administrators Hathurusingha and Gurusinha,  he has been charged with a level 3 offence which the ICC and its cohorts have been notorious for doing quite regularly in recent times as they appear trigger happy and jumpy on related issues ever since Australia's cricketers were found guilty of ball tampering. Could they be looking for more apparently susceptible victims to justify their actions and could they have picked the wrong target this time... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/18)

Reconciliation Vs Peace
N.A de S. Amaratunga 
Title of this letter suggests reconciliation and peace are not complementary to each other but are antagonistic. Usually in most post conflict situations it is not the case and reconciliation paves the way for peace and vise versa. In Sri Lanka, however, when one looks at the process of reconciliation one wonders whether it could bring peace or perpetuate conflict and hatred. One wonders how a process that appears to be a malicious witch hunt that is designed to apply tremendous pressure on the government and the majority community could result in peace. This process... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/18)

Names from outside Rajapaksa family considered for Presidential Candidate - Basil
By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror     
Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, in an interview with Daily Mirror, speaks about the presidential election, the status of the economy and the government’s tax policy. I have stopped talking about Presidential Elections It is up to the former President to decide I don’t think he will take a hasty decision All sectors of the economy in ruins Will not comment on donation to Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation due to legal reasons Q There are a lot of talks about the Presidential Election. There are differences of opinion on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/18)

Death penalty: It should be the last option… says Archbishop of Colombo
Courtesy The Island
July 18, 2018, 11:02 pm Amidst continuing controversy over the proposed implementation of capital punishment to curb the narcotic trade, the Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has said that the resumption of judicial execution should be the last option, if at all. The Sri Lankan Church Leader said that the Holy Father Pope Francis has not accepted the death penalty which is also his own position invariably. The following is the full text of the statement: Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith Archbishop of Colombo CLARIFICATION My attention has been drawn to reports and comments appearing in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/18)

Will Capital punishment go down the drain?
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The government’s decision to implement Death Penalty on drug related offenders has opened a can of worms, with human rights campaigners here and abroad demanding the withdrawal of the decision. The European Union (EU) had on Monday officially communicated its opposition to the move. The main reason for the opposition is the inability of reversing the punishment if it is found later that it had been implemented on a wrong person. The decision had been prompted by a number of seizures of drugs by various law enforcement arms in the country within a short period... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/18)

‘No’ to death penalty 
Prof. Ven. MedagodaAbayathissa Thera said that he was opposed to resuming death penalty. 
“We are taught in the Buddhism not kill the person, but kill the fault. In that viewpoint, we are against this move. There is a lot to be done before bringing the death penalty,”Abayathissa Thera said. “It’s necessary to find out the root causes for the existence of drugs and how they enter the country,” the monk added.   Abayathissa Thera said that the death penalty is carried out by failed states and added Sri Lanka had also fallen into that category. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/18)

SL risks losing GSP+ if death penalty implemented
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
EU ambassadors warned Sri Lanka on Monday against ending its 42-year moratorium on capital punishment and said the island risked losing trade concessions if it went ahead, the Daily Mail reported on Monday quoting the AFP. "The diplomatic missions have requested the President to maintain the moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty and to uphold Sri Lanka's tradition of opposition to capital punishment," the EU ambassadors said in a joint statement. Diplomats said they expected Sirisena to roll back the decision, but should the island go ahead it would loose preferential access for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/18)

Joint Opposition accuses Wildlife Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka of harbouring underworld figures
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Joint Opposition today accused Wildlife Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka of harbouring underworld figures. Addressing a news briefing, MP Padma Udhayashantha Gunasekera said two persons named Aruna Attanayake alias Police and Gihan Sandaruwan, who had links with the underworld, were seen at functions attended by Minister Fonseka. “Aruna Attanayake was a previous Policeman. Therefore, he is known as the Police now. Gihan Sandaruwan had been previously arrested with Kerala ganja. Who influenced his release?” he asked. The MP said he raised the issue in Parliament on Tuesday and asked about the Lankadeepa news... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/18)

SF rejects media report over underworld connexion
Kalathma Jayawardhane Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While rejecting media reports that some underworld figures were protected by a Senior Minister, Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka today said those reports were targeted to defame and cause inconvenience to him. Minister Fonseka told a news conference that some media reports had stated that five underworld leaders, whom the Police were looking to arrest, were protecting a minister and had become the private bodyguards of the Minister. He said even though one such report had directly alleged him of this incident and published his picture; the other report had only mentioned it as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/18)

Wildlife Minister addresses accusations against him (English)
Wildlife Minister addresses accusations against him (English)
https://youtu.be/VfGxqJzwW2c... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/07/18)

Croatian President
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
We have seen Small country like Croatia adnanced to finals due to their perseverance and courage There is a joke about Croatia There is a new bra made by Victors secrets called Croatia It has lot of supports but NO CUP Please read details about their charismatic leader The Croatian president Madam Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic has created a storm by her beauty and selfless support of her national team. But do we know what lies beneath her beauty? Born on 29 April 1968, she is a graduate in  English and Spanish literature. She has done post-graduation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/18)

මත්තල ගුවන්තොටුපල ඉන්දියානු ආයෝජන   ජාතික අභිලාෂයන් ජයගැනීම සදහා සැලසුම් සකස් විය යුතුයි  
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය
මත්තල ගුවන්තොටුපල සදහා ආයෝජන ගිවිසුම් සකස් කිරීමේ දී ජාතික අභිලාශයන් පෙරදැරිව, විනිවිද භාවයකින් කටයුතු කිරීම දේශපාලනඥයින්ගේ ද, රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ ද වගකීමක් බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රයේ සහ කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් පවසයි.  හම්බන්තොට වරාය සම්බන්ධයෙන් වන ගණුදෙණුවේ දී කිසිදු විනිවිද භාවයකින් තොරව කටයුතු සිදුවී ඇති අතර, එය දේශපාලනඥයින් හා නිලධාරීන්ගේ අවශ්‍යතාව මත ජාතික අභිලාෂයන් නොතකා සිදු කළ දුෂිත ගණුදෙනුවකි.  එවැනි තත්වයක් යලි ඇතිවීම වලක්වා ගැනීම නම් මත්තල ඒකාබද්ධ ආයෝජනය සම්බන්ධයෙන් වන ගිවිසුම විනිවිද භාවයක් සහිතව සිදු කළ යුතුව ඇතැයි ද නිවේදනයේ සදහන් වේ. මත්තල ගුවන්තොටුපල සදහා වැය වූ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/18)

ඇමති ඩිලාන් ඇතුළු සැකකරුවන් ගැන හොයන්න අභියාචනාධිකරණය FCID යට පවරයි
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය  මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය
ඇමති ඩිලාන් ඇතුළු සැකකරුවන් ගැන හොයන්න අභියාචනාධිකරණය FCID යට පවරයි විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති කාර්යංශයේ  මෑත කාලයේ සිදුව ඇති මූල්‍ය වංචා පිළිබඳ විමර්ශනය කරන ලෙස අභියාචනාධිකරණය විසින් මූල්‍ය අපරාධ විමර්ශණ කොට්ඨාශයට පැවරීම පිළිබඳව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය සතුට පළ කරයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින්   පෙන්වා දෙන්නේ රාජ්‍ය නිළධාරීන් බිල්ලට දී දේශපාලනඥයින් අත පිහිදාගැනීමේ න්‍යාය මෙම තීන්දුව මඟින් අහෝසි කර ඇති බවයි. විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති කාර්යාංශයේ සේවයේ නියුක්තව සිටින ප්‍රසාද් ප්‍රියදර්ශන, සුමිත්‍ර ප්‍රියදර්ශනි සහ නීලිකා සිල්වා යන පෙත්සම්කරුවන් විසින් අභියාචනාධිකරණය වෙත ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද CA(Writ) 165/2018 යන නඩුව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/18)

Most Buddhist majority nations have capital punishment.
 Dilrook Kannangara
In Thailand death sentence is imposed on 35 crimes including murder and drug trafficking. It’s the same in Myanmar with a smaller number of offences carrying the death penalty. Although no one was actually put to death since 1988, the option is open and available as no policy restriction exists against it. Vietnam has a very effective death penalty that is regularly carried out. As a result narcotics offences, treason and corruption are under control. China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and North Korea are other Buddhist majority nations with the death penalty. South Korea has declared a presidential... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/18)

Alert regarding false Media Release -Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
MEDIA RELEASE -Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
 Alert regarding false Media Release It has come to our notice that a forged document purporting to be a media release issued by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been circulated in the social media yesterday, ie., the 17th July 2018. This forged media release purports to announce that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has officially selected Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to be the presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna. We wish to inform the public that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has not yet named the next presidential candidate of the SLPP. This forged media release... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/18)

ව්‍යාජ මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයක් සමාජ ජාලා වල සංසරණය වීම -හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ මාධ්‍ය ලේකම්
ව්‍යාජ මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයක් සමාජ ජාලා වල සංසරණය වීම හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා නිකුත් කරන ලද මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයක් ලෙස සකස් කරන ලද කූඨ ලේඛනයක් ඊයේ, එනම් 2018 ජුලි 17 වෙනිදා කිසියම් පිරිසක් විසින් සමාජ ජාලා වලට මුදා හැර ඇති බව අපි නීරීක්‍ෂණය කළෙමු. මේ කූඨ ලේඛනයෙන් කර ඇත්තේ, හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ ජනාධිපති අපේක්‍ෂයා හැටියට ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාව නිල වශයෙන් නම් කර ඇති බව කීමය. ඊළඟ ජනාධිපතිවරණයට අපේක්‍ෂකයෙකු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා විසින් තවම නම් කර නැති බව මෙයින් අපි දැණුම් දී සිටිමු. හිටපු ජනාධිපතිතුමා සිංගප්පූරු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/18)

Minister Amunugama – Promote the Alliance of Buddhist Nations while acknowledging Senaka Weeraratne who conceived the idea
By shenali Waduge
On 9th July 2018 the ‘Island’ Newspaper carried a report titled “Minister Amunugama proposes alliance of Buddhist countries in the region”. Minister Sarath Amunugama declared that he would initiate the alliance while attending a seminar for heads of Pirivena in Kandy. http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=187627 While welcoming an initiative of this nature given that other international Buddhist organisations such as the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) do not provide a voice for the Buddhists worldwide but prefer to restrict itself to fellowship exclusively leaving threatened Buddhist communities and Buddhist nations without an international voice on par with say the Organisation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/07/18)

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    900 BC - Anuradapura, a major town of, at least 10 Hectares (25 Acres). Anuradhapura was at least 10 ha in extent by ca. 900 BC (perhaps much more). By then prehistoric stone tool technology had been completely superseded by that of iron
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