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UN urges urgent reforms to end arbitrary detention in Lanka
Courtesy  Gulf Times
The United Nations yesterday urged the Sri Lankan government to urgently implement reforms to end war-time arbitrary detention and strengthen independent monitoring of tough legislation. Sri Lanka has used the 1979 Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to pursue a tough line to prevent aiding and abetting terrorism in the island nation's long conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels. That legislation gives wide powers to police to arrest a suspect without informing the immediate family, restricts access to lawyers and allows detention of up to 18-months without charging. The war ended in 2009, but the government has not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

UN asks for Reform of Excesive use of Preventive Prison in Sri Lanka
Prensa Latina
Colombo, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, visiting Sri Lanka, today requested reforms to address the excessive use of pretrial detention and update the current legal framework. The delegation of that international organization declared in a statement that it visited prisons, police stations, institutions for minors, migrants and people with psychosocial disabilities, to assess their conditions. While recognizing Colombo's participation in United Nations human rights mechanisms, and its adherence to the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture, they called for urgent action to comply with the government's commitments in its National... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

Stay Order issued on FCID over Gotabhaya trial extended till Jan 25
By Sanchith Karunaratna Courtesy  adaderana
The Stay Order issued by the Court of Appeal on the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) preventing any action against former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over the misappropriation of public funds was extended till January 25, 2018. The Court of Appeal issued a stay order on the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) preventing any action against former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over public properties following court proceedings on November 29. Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal seeking an interim order preventing the police from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

UN rights experts urge Sri Lanka to urgently end arbitrary detention
Courtesy Adaderana
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country. The experts recognize positive initiatives, including engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, as well as the recent accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. However, they say further urgent action is required to give effect to Sri Lanka's obligations under international human rights law, as well as the commitments made by the Government in its Human Rights National Action Plan 2017-2021. “The right to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

SLFP supports devolution of power – Lasantha Alagiyawanna
By Ranjith Kumara Samarakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Lasantha Alagiyawanna said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) supports devolution of power. "For that, the Executive Presidency is necessary. That is why we say if power is devolved, the unitary status of the country must be safeguarded. That was our opinion for decades." Following are excerpts: Do you have any responsibilities at the Ministry? A: Definitely. I always became a Deputy Minister under the best Cabinet Ministers. It is a privilege to work for Minister Mangala Samaraweera. You have been a Deputy Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

Six SLPP nominations rejected JO to file writ application
By Rathindra Kuruwita, Kavindya Chris Thomas and W.K. Prasad Manju Courtesy Ceylon Today
Six Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) nomination lists, for the upcoming Local Government elections, have been rejected by Election officials. A spokesperson for the Election Commission said that the SLPP lists for the Agalawatta Pradeshiya Sabha, the Badulla Urban Council, the Mahiyanganaya Pradeshiya Sabha, the Panadura Urban Council, the Maharagama Urban Council and the Weligama Urban Council had been rejected. The SLPP list for the Maharagama Urban Council was rejected due to the lack of the mandatory percentage of female candidates in the list. Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/12/17)

‘A foreign tourist is someone traveling abroad for at least twenty-four hours’, defined the League of Nations in 1936. The United Nations did a little amendment in the definition in 1945 by extending the maximum stay to six months. However, be it a stay for twenty four hours or for six months, every tourist brings a lot of economic prosperity to the place or region he visits. Tourism is always an important source of income because it brings in large amounts of income into a local economy in the shape of payments for tourism related services.  Moreover... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Susantha Wijesinghe A MELVIN JONES FELLOW.
My Heart Bleeds for Thee for Thy Pain For Thy gave Thy life for Thy Tusks, Evil inhumanity even inflicts death for Gain Though Mans' sordid satisfaction, truly ends at Dusk.   A Noble Pachyderm, thou art be venerated For Thy Innocent Majestic Demeanor, We pray your Kind be worldly disseminated With no Mans lust for sadistic misdemeanor. The above few lines have been written, with heartfelt dedication to the Majestic Elephant TUSKERS, that have been shot down recently, for their TUSKS, namely, DALA POOTTUVA, and THANI DALAYA, amongst other beautiful Tuskers and Elephants,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Courtesy Modern Tokyo Times
The international media in certain Western and Islamic dominated nations are awash about the Pope using “a fake ethnic name,” in relation to Bengali Muslims in Myanmar. However, how come the same media isn’t asking for the Pope to raise the serious issue of de-Hinduization throughout Bangladesh? Likewise, will the same media ask the Pope to focus on the rich Buddhist and Hindu reality of the Chittagong Hill Tracts that is being destroyed by endless Bengali Muslim migration? Of course, the Chittagong Hill Tracts and the region of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

German Dharmaduta Society statement on the death of the former Ambassador to Germany the late Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama
Senaka Weeraratna(Hony. Secretary, German Dharmaduta Society)
I would like to express on behalf of the German Dharmaduta Society and Das Buddhistische Haus (Berlin Vihara) our deep sadness on the sudden loss of the former Ambassador to Germany the late Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama, who passed away on December 13, 2017.  During his period of service as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Germany ( 2014 – 2017) he was a constant visitor to Das Buddhistische Haus (Berlin Vihara) in Germany, with members of his family and staff, and they extended their fullest support and patronage under his guidance to the Buddhist religious... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

මෛත‍්‍රිට ජනපති පුටුව තව මාස 18යි.. ජනාධිපතිවරණය ඔක්තොම්බරයේ අරඹෙයි.. 19 වන සංශෝධනය මෙන්න..
 lanka C news
හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහහා විසින් නිකුත් කරනු ලැබූ මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයක් මෙහි දැක්වෙයි. එළඹෙන පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය ඊළඟ ජනාධිපතිවරණය දක්වා දිවයන ඡන්ද පෙළක ආරම්භයයි. ජනතාව ඉදිරියට යෑමට තිබුණු බිය නිසාම ආණ්ඩුව විසින් අවුරුදු තුනකට ආසන්න කාලයකින් ප්‍රමාද කරන ලද පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය සඳහා දැන් නාම යෝජනා බාරගෙන ඇත. පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දයක් යනු රටේ දේශපාලන බලය වෙනස් වන ඡන්දයක් නොවුවත්, මේ ඡන්දයට සුවිශේෂ වැදගත්කමක් ආරූඪ වී ඇත්තේ මෙය වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුවට විරෝධය පෑමට ඡන්ද බලය පාවිච්චි කිරීමට ජනතාවට ලැබෙන පළමු අවස්ථාව වන නිසාය. මීට කලින් ඊනියා යහපාලකයන් යටතේ පවත්වන ලද ඡන්දය වූයේ 2015 පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැතිවරණයයි. ජනාධිපතිවරයා ඒ ඡන්දයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa fires damaging first salvo against UNP, SLFP, JVP in run-up to LG polls
Courtesy The Island
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday fired a broadside at the UNP, SLFP and JVP for working hand in glove to promote all anti-democratic and anti-national causes. Text of Rajapaksa’s statement: Nominations have now been accepted for the local government elections which had been delayed by nearly three years due to the government’s fear of the voting public. Even though a local government election is not an election at which political power changes hands, this election is of special significance because this is the first time the people will have an opportunity to use the ballot to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Colonialism is the root cause for the majority of present global issues
Shenali D Waduge
The World Bank says 1.4 billion people in developing countries are living under extreme poverty. All of these are former colonies drained off their wealth. Not many know or are informed of the legacy of colonial crimes committed by European colonial explorers together with the Church. Invasion, occupation, plunder, murder, elimination of everything traditional was their objective. Every Christian/Catholic in Americas, Asia, Africa & Australiasia came to be so as a result of forced/coercive conversions. While all these crimes are still unaccounted, the same perpetrators are using UN and international legal systems & nomenclatures like R2P... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

A Reply to Kautilya
Kautilya represents a People’s Forum which supports the Yahapalanaya . Kautilya, before you hasten to reply to my article , you should have understand what I said. I said that SWRD Bandaranaike’s SLFP died on the 16 January,2015, when the then President of the SLFP - the President Mahinda Rajapakse thrust the Presidency of the SLFP on the President elect Maithripala Sirisena.  In other words when the President Sirisena became the President of SLFP,   it was no more the SLFP of SWRD Bandaranayake. Why ? Because  when SWRD  left UNP, it was never to come back to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

Like the jackal in the story of “The lion, bear and the jackal” the UNP will set the JO and SLFP against each other until they kiss the dust and consume the carcasses, at the forthcoming Local government elections.
Sudath Gunasekara
12 12 2017 Looking at the way things are taking shape in the present political Sunami and the bitter infighting in the SLFP as JO vs pseudo SLFP of the President unless the people take my advice outlined in the essay ‘The need for all true SLFP voters to stand with the Mahinda Rajapaksa Camp at the forthcoming Local Government elections’ appeared on 9. 12 2017, very seriously and act accordingly I have a strong feeling that there will be a re -enacting of the proverbial story of “The lion, bear and the jackal” we have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

CONTRIBUTING AN ARTICLE TO THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY COPY OF BROADCASTING IN SRI LANKA BY THE LATE MR.H.M.GUNASEKARA,THE PRESIDENT OF The VETERAN BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION IN SRI LANKA,CATAGORICALLY SAID,  BRITAIN INAUGRATED REGULAR BROADCASTING SERVICE IN NOVEMBER 1922,-ON THE SAME YEAR THE CEYLON WIRELESS CLUB WAS FORMED BY A FEW OF  OUR RADIO ENTHUSISASTS IN CEYLON... In 1923, The Ceylon Telegraph department commenced experiments in broadcasting with a small transmitter built from parts recovered from a captured German submarine and some spares belonging to the Colombo ship-to-shore telegraphy transmitter The team was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

Plastic bottles and food containers-What does the evidence show about plastic and cancer?
cancer research uk.org
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/cancer-controversies/plastic-bottles-and-cling-film What does the evidence show about plastic and cancer?
People have claimed chemicals inside plastics leach into food or drink causing cancer. In particular there have been concerns about Bisphenol A (BPA) and dioxins in plastic bottles or plastic containers. But there is no convincing evidence to show using plastic bottles or plastic containers increases the risk of cancer. What research has been done?
Most of the concerns about plastic bottles and containers focus on whether chemicals inside the plastic can move out into food or drink. And if... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

Royal Asiatic Society Monthly Public Lecture - “Machines in early Sri Lanka: A survey based on Buddhist Commentaries”
Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL)
Public Lecture  “Machines in early Sri Lanka: A survey based on Buddhist Commentaries” by  Mr. Chandana Jayawardana  On  Monday 18th December 2017 at 5.00 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07   ALL ARE WELCOME... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

ව්‍යාජ පංදිචිය සහ හැඳුනුම්පත් අංක ඇතුළත් කොට පොහොට්ටුවේ නාමයෝජනා ප්‍රතිකේෂප කිරිමේ කුමන්ත්‍රණයක්.. මෙන්න විසඳුම සියලු විස්තර මැතිවරණ වෙබ් අඩවියෙන්..
lanka C news
මේ වනවිට දිවයින පුරා මැතිවරණ උණුසුම ඉහළ යද්දි ආණ්ඩුවේ සියලු උපායමාර්ග වී ඇත්තේ කෙසේ හෝ මහින්දගේ ශ්‍රීලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ නාමයෝජනා ලැයිස්තු ප්‍රතිකේෂ්ප කිරිමට උපායමාර්ග සැලසුම් කිරිමයි. මේ බැව් හෙලිවෙන්නේ කන්ද උඩරට පලාතක ආණ්ඩුවේ සිටින අමාත්‍යවරයෙකුගේ ආධාරකරුවෙකුගෙනි. එබැවින් දිවයිනේ සෑම ඡන්දදායයකුගේම අනන්‍යතාවය තහවුරු කර ගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය සියලු දත්ත සිංහල,දෙමළ සහ ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂා ත්‍රිත්වයන් ලබාගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය පහසුකම් මේ වනවිට ස්වාධීන මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ වෙබ් අඩවියට පිවිසීමෙන් තහවුරු කර ගත හැකිය. ඒ අනුව පහත සඳහන් උපදෙස් අනුව දිවයිනේ ඕනම ප්‍රදේශය වෙසෙන ඡන්දදායකුගේ අනන්‍යතාවය තහවුරු කර ගත හැකිය. මේ සඳහා ඕනම පරිඝණකයක් හෝ ස්මාර්ට් ෆෝන් එකක් පාවිච්චි කොට ගූගල් පිටුවට ඇතුල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

360 with Nissanka Senadhipathi ( 27-11-2017 )
Avant Guard - How it was destroyed by Yahapalanaya Must listen
https://youtu.be/XxOVRJWAVCo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

PROTECT WILPATTU - වරෙවු වරෙවු විල්පත්තුව බේරා ගනිවු
වරෙවු වරෙවු විල්පත්තුව බේරා ගනිවු !! බේරගන්න විල්පත්තුව ලංකාවේ විල්පත්තුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙළ ගැහුනාවේ
https://youtu.be/yeYY4iYdXuw වරෙවු වරෙවු විල්පත්තුව බේරා ගනිවු !! බේරගන්න විල්පත්තුව ලංකාවේ විල්පත්තුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙළ ගැහුනාවේ අනුරපුරය, මන්නාරම, පුත්තලමත් යා කෙරේ උතුර, වයඹ, දකුණු වෙරලබඩ සීමා අනතුරේ මස් වැද්දා කුරුළු සතුන් මැරුවානේ සංරක්ෂිත විල්ලු වනය කැපුවානේ ලක්බිමේ, උරුමයේ, අපෙ.. තුන් හෙළේ, පින් බිමේ….. ඉරත් හඳත් උහුලන්නැති, විනාශයට එරෙහිව අපි බදුර්දීන් පාහරකම් පිටුදකිමු ලොක්කො සොක්කො කුට්ටි අරං, විල්පත්තුව කන්න අරං හුස්ම ගන්න විල්පත්තුව රැක ගනිමු බේරගන්න විල්පත්තුව¬¬¬¬¬ ලංකාවේ විල්පත්තුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙළ ගැහුනාවේ එකා වගේ…. රැක ගනිවු, අරගලේ….. කරපියවු, අප්පච්චිගෙ කාලෙ පටං දේශපාලු ලොක්කො හිටං බය නැති අගමැති ඇමතිලා පන්නාගමු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

Truly tragic story How a celebrated officer ended up at Welikada
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 12, 2017, 8:25 pm Sri Lanka Navy celebrated its 67th anniversary last Friday (Dec 9) with Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe at the helm. Ranasinghe succeeded Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah last October amidst simmering controversy over Sri Lanka’s decision to acquire a frigate from Russia, nine years after the successful conclusion of the war. The government defended the acquisition, both in and outside parliament, with State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena likening acquisition of expensive vessel to the purchase of a BMW at the price of a Toyota. Sinniah, who had duly retired in July... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය කල් දමා ගැනීමට ක්ෂේත්‍ර නිලධාරීන් හරහා  විපක්ෂ කණ්ඩායමක උත්සාහයක්
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය කැෆේ සංවිධානය
පළාත් පාලන ඡන්ද විමසීම  කල් දමා ගැනීම සඳහා ක්ෂේත්‍ර නිලධාරීන් කිහිප දෙනෙකු මගින්   ප්‍රබල විපක්ෂ කණ්ඩායමක් මේ වනවිට උත්සහ දරමින් සිටියි.  සමෘද්ධි නිලධාරීන් සහ ක්ෂේත්‍ර නිලධාරීන්ට සේවයේ නිරතව සිටින අතරතුරදීම ඡන්ද විමසීම සඳහා ඉදිරිපත් වීමට නොහැකි බව පවසමින් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය හමුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති මෙම නඩු තුන  පසුපස පළාත් පාලන ඡන්ද විමිසීම කල්දමා ගැනීමේ උත්සහයක් ක්‍රියාත්මක බව  කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ අදහසයි. තමන් ක්ෂේත්‍ර නිලධාරින් ලෙස කටයුතු කරන බැවින්  ඉදිරි පළාත් පාලන ඡන්ද විමසීම  සඳහා තරඟ කිරීමට ඇති අයිතිය අහිමි වී ඇති බව සඳහන් කරමින්  ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති මානව හිමිකම් නඩුවේ  එක් පෙත්සම් කරුවෙකු මේ වනවිටත් සේවයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

Electric car plant, lithium battery factory in Lanka soon - Dr Yaddehige
Courtesy The Daily News
Richard Pieris & Company PLC plans to invest between Rs 15 to 20 billion in several unique projects in the next three years that will see electric cars, lithium batteries and Oud perfume manufactured in Sri Lanka. Dr. Sena Yaddehige, Chairman of Richard Pieris & Company PLC, said the group profit that stood at Rs 180 million in 2002, today, before even finishing the year has increased to Rs 4,100 million, a 28 times increase. He further said the business that commenced manufacturing rubber erasers has developed to such a extent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය ජනතාවගේ ප්‍රයෝජනය සඳහා විය යුතුයි
සම ලේකම් නිදහස් වෙළඳ කලාප සහ පොදු සේවා සේවක සංගමය
2017 දෙසැම්බර් මස 11 වන දින පවත්වන ලද සංගමයේ විධායක කාරක සභාවේ සාකච්ඡා කොට නිකුත් කරන ලද පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණ ප්‍රකාශය අවුරුදු 03 ට ආසන්න කාලයක් මේ ආණ්ඩුව විසින් ඔවුන්ගේ පක්ෂ අභ්‍යන්තරයේ දිග හැරුණු බල අරගල වෙනුවෙන් කල් තැබූ පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය ලබන වසරේ පෙබරවාරියේ දී පැවැත්වීමට සූදානම් කෙරෙන්නේ යැයි මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස් මාධ්‍යයට පවසා තිබිණ. එහෙත් ඒ අතරතුර දේශපාලන වුවමනාවන් මත මැතිවරණය නැවත කල් තැබීමට අධිකරණ නියෝග ලබා ගැනීමේ උත්සාහයන් නොතිබිය හැකි යැයි සහතිකයක් ද නැත. සීමා නිර්ණ වාර්තා සම්පූර්ණ නැතැයි මෙතරම් කාලයක් ආණ්ඩුවේ වුවමනාවන් වෙනුවෙන් මේ මැතිවරණය කල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

December 12, 2017, 11:06 pm The Island has to be congratulated on its ‘scoop’ of a statement by Lord Naseby in response to the summary dismissal by the British High Commission in Colombo of his views on the infamous UNHRC Resolution 30/1 of 2015 and the increasingly untenable figure of 40,000 civilian casualties. According to the statement "Lord Naseby makes it quite clear that he shall pursue every organisation and the persons involved to ensure that the Darusman Report figure on civilian casualties is publicly amended to reflect that the truth about... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

UN urged to visit SLN officers held at Welikada Detection of suspects-Weerasekera alleged that the government had been harassing some selected military personnel in a bid to appease the UN
Courtesy The Island
Former Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera yesterday told The Island that a three-member UN delegation now on a visit here should visit military personnel, including Commodore D. K. P. Dassanayake and Commander Sumith Ranasinghe remanded at the maximum security Welikada Prison over their alleged involvement in wartime abductions. Weerasekera said so after having visited Dassanayake and Ranasinghe, who had been denied bail several times and were recently re-remanded again till January 11, 2018. Weerasekera alleged that the government had been harassing some selected military personnel in a bid to appease the UN. Dassanayake... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

AG calls upon govt . to address international concerns immediately US anti-corruption advisor to be based here
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 12, 2017, 11:22 pm Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe yesterday alleged that the failure on the part of successive governments to take tangible measures to tackle state sector waste, corruption and irregularities had contributed to US decision to propose a Colombo-based Resident Legal Advisor. Had those who had been at the helm and the government of the day followed basic laws and brought in required new legislation, Sri Lanka wouldn’t have ended up among group of nations categorized as corrupt, Wijesinhe told The Island, in response to a query. Sri Lanka has been categorised... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

By Gomin Dayasri Courtesy The Daily Mirror
People - blame themselves in back peddling a lost leadership back to power. Think before you act stupidly - realize the folly in creating a situation of having no foreseeable future for the country you truly love: to whatever denomination you may belong - desire a future for your siblings in living in this land of yours? Are you at home blaming yourself. Be positive: the country needs you in this hour of peril, more than at most other times. Awake Countrymen! Blame yourselves, as elders, if you failed to propel... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

Marapana as compromise Prime Minister
By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today
While there is much uncertainty now about what will happen to the country, certain certainties are assured. Chief amongst them is the headlong destruction of his reputation that Ranil has precipitated in the last three years. I do not refer only to his unashamed capers with regard to the bond scam, the continuing defence and harbouring of Mahendran and now Ravi, the snide attacks on the Auditor General and Nivard Cabraal without substantiating them, the blithe disregard for the massive loss the country suffered not once but thrice. What is also clear is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

Security Sector reforms in Sri Lanka Reduction of troops and rural economy
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy Ceylon Today
Ever since the end of the civil war in 2009, there has been a debate on the need for security sector reforms in Sri Lanka. With the defeat of the Rajapaksa administration and with the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) promising such reforms, the debate has rekindled. The need for security sector reforms is recognized by different actors across the spectrum, from people who want a complete demilitarization of the North and the East to people like me who have insisted that the nation can't reduce defence expenditure. With such diverging stakeholders... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

I work only to achieve the objectives of the Joint Opposition – Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
By Sanchith Karunaratna Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that he will work only to fulfill the requirements of the Joint Opposition. He further stated that his brother and former Minister Basil Rajapaksa has not and will not make political decisions on behalf of him. The former President expressed these sentiments after visiting the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy earlier today (12). https://youtu.be/J6iz2QKrVjA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

Saw Namal carrying money filled bags on his shoulders to deposit in a Dubai Bank.  A boy wearing a Short and killing Thajudeen is in CCTV cameras.  To be arrested tomorrow
Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Given below is the translation of a speech made by the member of Parliament for Hambantota District Mr. Namal Rajapaksa at a meeting of the Central Committee of the Minuwangoda  electorate of the Joint Opposition held at the Reggie Ranatunge Commemoration Hall in Udugampola.  The meeting was convened by the Gampaha District MP and convenor of the Joint Opposition Mr. Prasanna Ranatunga and a large crowd of several thousand from the Minuwangoda electorate attended. This meeting was held to affirm the victory of the Joint Opposition in the forthcoming local government elections. Participants... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  
Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thera’s untimely death occurred 14 years ago, on December 12, 2003. He was 55 years of age.  It was one of the greatest losses of the nation. The   spontaneous outpouring of grief especially among our people was unprecedented in the living memory of our motherland. Millions of Sinhala Buddhists, including those living overseas, were shocked and grieved at the loss of an outstanding monk. The crowds that flocked to Colombo from all parts of the country to pay their last respects have been unparalleled in living memory. This is reflective of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

The SLFP’s crisis
By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island
December 11, 2017, 10:45 pm The SLFP’s crisis is a crisis of ideological identity. It is also an existential crisis. The SLFP is divided into two tendencies, a Minority (‘Menshevik’) faction with 44 seats in Parliament, led by President Sirisena, not all of them elected, and a Majority (‘Bolshevik’) faction with over 50 seats, led by former President Rajapaksa. The ‘official’ SLFP (Minority) is a junior partner of its traditional foe the UNP, and therefore has an ideological vacuum within it. It does not know what it stands for and what it is.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

ගම is ok: දෙන්න දෙයක් නැහැ, තිබුනත් දෙන්නෙත් නැහැ
 "දෙපැත්තෙන්ම කෑව ඇති.  ජවිපෙට ගම දීල බලමු."  ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ මැතිවරණ පෝස්ටරය මෙයයි.  මීට අවුරුදු විස්සකට විතර පෙර ඒ වගේම පෝස්ටරයක් ගැහුවා. 'උනුත් එකයි, මුනුත් එකයි, මෙදා පාර අපි ජවිපෙට.' ඊට පස්සේ ජවිපෙ විරෝධීන් මෙහම කිව්වා: 'උනුත් එකයි, මුනුත් එකයි, තොපිත් එකයි.'  මැතිවරණ කාලේ ඔහොම තමයි.  මැතිවරණයක් කියන්නේ 'මමයි පොර' කියල කියාගන්න සමයක්.  සමයමක්.  'ජවිපෙට ගම දීල බලමු' කියන්නේ කොහේ හරි ඉන්න අපක්ෂපාතී නිරීක්ෂකයෙක් වත් ගම වත් නෙවෙයි, ජවිපෙ මයි.  'අපට දෙන්නකෝ' කියල කියන කොට ටිකක් මදි වගේ කියල හිතෙන්න ඇති.  කොහොම වුනත් 'අපි වෙනස්' කියන කතාව පරණයි.  ඒ විතරක් නෙවෙයි ඒක අර්ධ සත්‍යයක්. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

නේස්බි සාමිවරයාට ජනපති මෛත‍්‍රී රහසේ ස්තූති කරයි.. දේව රහසක් සේ රැකගත් ලිපිය මෙන්න..
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පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා එම පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මෙසේ අදහස් පල කලේය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ යුද අපරාධ සිදු වුණු බවට එක්සත් ජාතින්ගේ සමුළු ඉදිරියේ එන යෝජනාවට ලෝක ඉතිහාසය වෙනස් කරමින් අපේ රටේම විදේශ ඇමති සමඅනුග්‍රාහකයත්වය දැක්වූවා. එවැනි පසුබිමක ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සමීප මිතුරෙකු වන එක්සත් රාජධානියේ නේස්බි සාමිවරයා පසුගිය ඔක්තෝම්බර් 11 දින ලංකාවේ යුද අපරාධ සිදු නොවුණු බවට කරුණු දක්වමින් බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සාමිමණ්ඩලයේදී කතාවක් කළා. ලංකාව වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටීම පිළිබඳ ස්තූති කරලා ජනාධිපතිතුමා නේස්බි සාමිවරයාට ලිපියක් යවනවා. ඒක අපි අගය කළ යුතු දෙයක්. නමුත් නේස්බි සාමිවරයාව සමස්ත ශ්‍රී ලංකාව වෙනුවෙන් ජනපති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

Statement from Lord Naseby Sends detailed evidence to United Nations including Gash Despatches
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The UK Government was one of the initiators and a co-sponsor of the resolution. disappointing that the British High Commission fails to acknowledge the importance of the despatches of its own former Defence Attaché hugely misleading figure in the Darusman Report of 40,000 Tamil civilians killed whereas the truth is about 6,500 and seeking a correction. ...publicly amended to reflect that the truth about an estimated 6,500 Tamil civilians who died ... Lord Naseby wishes to state the following with regard to the response attributed to the British High Commission in Colombo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

Consultative Task Force (CTF) recommendations to address accountability
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
December 11, 2017, 9:05 pm In the wake of the most recent challenge by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords to the oft touted claim of 40,000 civilian deaths, the former Secretary to the Consultative Task Force for Reconciliation Mechanisms, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu has called for setting up a Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence Commission (TJRNRC) to address accountability issues and included Section 5 of the of the Consultative Task Force (CTF) report, in his response (The Island, December 4, 2017). Relevant paragraphs of Section 5are as follows: 5.3: "The CTF is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

Lord Naseby responds to British High Commission, Colombo; sends wartime dispatches to UN
Courtesy The Island
December 11, 2017, 10:37 pm Lord Naseby has expressed disappointment over the British High Commission, in Colombo, callously dismissing wartime dispatches from its own Defence Attache, Colonel Anton Gash. Apropos a response from the British High Commission in Colombo to a query raised by the The Island, in its Dec 5, 2017 issue, headlined ‘Naseby’s call doesn’t reflect UK’s stand – HC’, Lord Naseby told The Island he had forwarded a full set of papers consisting of the Hansard transcript of the debate he had initiated in the House of Lords on October 12, the entire... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

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