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Will Sri Lanka too end up a ‘Once Buddhist' nation?
Shenali D Waduge
It is a tragic state of affairs when an island nation boasting a written history of over 2600 years held together by Sinhalese Buddhist kings, a nation built by a clear majority would need to appeal to the world feeling alienated by a wave of systematic incursions. That fear stems from the realization that Sri Lanka may face the same predicament that befell all other once Buddhist nations which are today either Islam or Christian as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Maldives, South Korea, Indonesia and probably Myanmar and Thailand will be in time to come. Now attempts... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/17)

An Open letter to the President Maithripala Sirisena.
By Charles.S.Perera
Mr. President, Chandrika Kumaratunga had said that when the political parties opposed to President Mahinda Rajapakse were to present a Common  Candidate of the Opposition for the Presidential elections of Janury,2015, she was requested to find a person likely to turn  traitor to the SLFP and willing to break rank with President Mahinda Rajapakse to be the Opposition Presidential Candidate. Chandrika Kumaratunga had several choices, but she had to choose someone  easily malleable, less conversant in English ,agreeable  to their conditions, and will not be intelligent as to pry into the political manoeuvres that will be set... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/17)

පේරාදෙණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ උපකුලපති මහාචාර්‍ය උපුල් දිසානායක හිටපු නවක වධකයෙක්ද ?
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
පේරාදෙණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ උපකුලපති මහාචාර්‍ය උපුල් දිසානායක හිටපු නවක වධකයෙක් බව මල්ලේ පොල් බ්ලොගය ලියන  කුමාර කළුආරච්චි පවසයි. පේරාදෙනිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ සිසුවෙකු වූ කුමාර කළුආරච්චි මහාචාර්‍ය උපුල් දිසානායක මීට වසර 18 කට ඉහතදී නවක සිසු සිසුවියන්ව නවක වදයට ලක් කල අයුරු මෙසේ පෙන්වා දෙයි.  " උපකුලපති තුමනි... මා ඔබව මීට වසර දහ අටකට පමන අතීතයට ගෙන යන්නට කැමැත්තෙමි. ඔබගේ දෙවන වසරේ දී හිල්ඩා ඔබේසේකර ශාලාවේ නවක වධය දෙමින් සිට එහි ශාලාධිපති ශල්‍ය වෛද්ය  මහාචාර්ය කොල්ලුරේ  ගේ අතටම අසුව ඉන් මිදී  දන්ත වෛද්ය සිසුවෙකු ගේ කාමරය මැදින් පලා ගියා මතකද? එම සිද්දිය නිසා තම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/17)

ලිච්චවී මල මිනි කොළඹ ශරීර සුවතා ජෝගි නටයි
තීරු ලිපිය රාජ්පාල් අබේනායක
නූතන ලාංකීය නායකයා කියනවා තවත් ලිච්චවින්ගෙන් වගේ වීර් ස්ථානයක් කරන්න යනවලු ලංකාව.මෙතෙක් පෙර නිර්මාණය කිරීම ට බැරිවුනු සමගි රජයක් කරනවලු ලංකාව .  සිංහලයන්ගෙන් සම්පූර්ණ සීයට හැටක් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සඳහා ඡන්දය පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී දුන්න . . ජනාධිපතිවරණදී වුනේ එයයි . ඇත්තෙන්ම රාජපක්ෂ පක්ෂව සිංහල ඡන්දය ඒ චන්දයේදී සියට හැට ට වැඩිය . අද ලිච්චවී සමගි ඉගැන්වීම් යටතේ මෙවන් බහුතර ජනතාව අතරමන් වූ අතර, ආදී ලිච්චවින් ඔවුන්ගේ සොහොන් තුළ හැරෙමින් සිටිනවා විය යුතුය. . බන්ධනාගාර තුළ සිංහල නායකයන් සහ ඔවුන්ගේ ලමයි සිර වූ අතර මේ දිරිගැන්වීමෙන් ආදී ලිචවින් සොහොන් වල ජෝගි නටයි . මේ දවස්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

LATTE JOGGING LICCHAVI CORPSES IN COLOMBO
RAJPAL ABEYNAYAKE
What is striking about the current dispensation is that they have rewritten the Pali cannon. The Licchavis were known as a clan in ancient India during the time of the Buddha. The Licchavis were known for their unity and consensus system of government for the common good. Unity and consensus governance became synonymous with the brilliant Licchavis. Modern Lankan Licchavis led by the UNP leader are hell bent on creating more divisions in our society than there were ever before. Consider this. A full 60% of Sinhalese voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last presidential election,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

The Russian Civil War
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
Shortly after the October Revolution in 1918 war between the Red guards and the White guards (Counter Revolutionary) was broke out. The conflict lasted until 1921. The Red and White fractions unleashed enormous brutality and cruelty on each other. The towns were burnt and villagers were left to starve. The peasants were forcibly recruited and set to the war fronts. The children became orphaned. The villages were deserted due to the conflict and hundreds of thousands became internally displaced. After the October coup d'etat, Bolshevik authority rapidly spread throughout the country. The new regime, however, was able to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

මාගේ මුස්ලිම් මිතුරන්
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
කුඩා කාලයේ සිට බහුවාර්ගික වටපිටාවක ජීවත් වූ මා හට මුස්ලිම් මිතුරන් බොහෝ වූහ​. එහෙත් මාගේ මුල්ම කුලුපග මුස්ලිම් මිතුරා වවුනියාවේ අයෙකි. මට ඔහුව හමු වන්නේ වවුනියාවේ අධ්‍යාපන කලාපයකදීය​. එය සිදු වූයේ මෙසේය​.   1974 වසරේදී විශයමාලා සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ සේවය කල මාගේ මවට වවුනියාවේ අධ්‍යාපන කලාපයේ අධීක්‍ෂණ චාරිකාවක නිරත වීමට සිදුවේ.   එවකට දෙවන ශ්‍රේනියේ ඉගෙනුම ලබමින් සිටි මමද ඇය සමග වවුනියාවට ගියෙමි. අප නැවතී සිටියේ වවුනියාවේ ගුරු පුහුණු නේවාසිකාගාරයකය​. උදය වරුවේ මව ගුරු පුහුණු දේශන වලට ගිය අතර මම නේවාසිකාගාර වත්තේ තල්  ගස් අතර තනිවම සෙල්ලම් කරමින්  සිටියෙමි.  එවිට මගේ හුදකලාභාවය මකා දමමින් මොහොමඩ් නම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

Sigiriya toilets out of order; tourists asked to go to jungle
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
- See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk I wrote about the Sad State of Sigiriya few months back .I mentioned the issues faced by not only tourists and our locals who are “second class citizens” ! Security and officers of and the officers of  the department of archeology hang around the gates looking for foreigners who want to cheat the system by trying visit with tickets for locals which is much cheaper  and do not inquire about the sanitary conditions of the premises. .During my visit I noted that touts selling artifacts at three –four time the price... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

‘Go to the jungle!’
Editorial The Island
February 23, 2017, 9:30 pm How civilised a nation is can perhaps be judged by the cleanliness of its public toilets. Sri Lankans boast of a glorious past and what is described as a hydraulic civilisation. They also take pride in the fascinating engineering feats of their forebears such as vast irrigation reservoirs and huge dagobas. Excavations in the archeological sites continue to throw up many surprises. Interestingly, ruins of ancient toilets have been unearthed in places like Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Sadly, we learn that foreigners who visit Sigiriya or the Lion Rock cannot use toilets,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

PTSD and the Soviet Culture
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-4) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after an individual has experienced or witnessed a major trauma. DSM-IV-TR Criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder highlights that the person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present: (1) The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others (2) The person’s response involved intense... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

GROWING TALIBAN INFLUENCE IN AFGHANISTAN
ALI SUKHANVER
Everyone knows that Ashraf Ghani’s success in the presidential elections was warmly welcomed rather celebrated in Pakistan. The people in Pakistan were of the opinion that Ashraf Ghani would try his utmost to bring these brotherly countries more close to each other but Mr. Ghani did altogether otherwise. Pak-Afghan relationship is at present facing the ever-worst situation and this all is the handiwork of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He is so unfortunate that he could not bring peace even to his own country. International analysts are pointing towards a rapidly increasing violence in Afghanistan and to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

Indian Foreign Secretary Urges Tamil National Alliance to Unite to Fight for Tamil Rights
I. de Silva
The Editor New Indian Express India Dear Sir: Re: Indian Foreign Secretary Urges Tamil National Alliance to Unite to Fight for Tamil Rights This is an example of blatant Indian interference in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. India has been the regional bully for decades and it appears that Indian foreign policy for the region is based on the misguided notion that they can dictate to their neighbours. Is it ethical for a  foreign representative to ask a particular ethnic group in Sri Lanka to fight for special rights? Should Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal meet with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

TAMILS OF SRILANKA AND THE MEXICANS OF USA
Kanthar Balanathan,
HE Mr Donald Trump The President of the USA The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 His Excellency the President, TAMILS OF SRILANKA AND THE MEXICANS OF USA Sir, I am a supporter of your excellency, and continue to be supportive on various topics on a multiple dimensional perspective. On the question of Mexicans we SriLankans support your ideas whole heartedly. The question of influx of illegal migrants should be addressed. Purely because those who crawl into US are mostly uneducated, with no skill, no expertise, and no job orientation. Only performance they are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

RECONCILIATION PORNOGRAPHY
The Rajpal Abeynayake Column
The entire show of the reconciliation pornography now taking place in Sri Lanka replete with tear jerking video images of all and sundry, especially the boring but earnest and amiable, is in fact polarizing the communities more than ever. It is not the images themselves of course but the reverse engineering that is taking place by targeted attacks on war heroes, etc. that is the rub. Everyone knows what these attacks are and there is no need for any special articulation of the fact, but the sowing of hatred and revenge, passing off for reconciliation,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

SAITM issue: A rational approach needed
Professor R. P. Gunawardane
February 23, 2017, 12:00 pm There have been wide ranging views in all media regarding the degree awarding status of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) in respect of their medical degree program. I consider this an extremely important national issue with regard to the expansion of the higher education sector in Sri Lanka. Therefore, we need to address this issue without any bias, and considering the current realities, global trends in university education, and long term national interests in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), the University Grants Commission (UGC)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

Bellanwila Anunayake Thero slams ETCA, Indian expansionism People’s Commission to formulate national policy on international trade and treaties
By C. A. Chandraprema
February 23, 2017, 9:31 pm *PM flayed for his determination to sign ETCA * Padeniya bitterly criticises India-Sri Lanka FTA *Sale of state assets condemned *Prof. Lakshman warns against employing foreign workers
The inauguration of the People’s Commission to formulate a policy framework for international trade and treaties appointed by the Professionals’ National Front was held last Wednesday (22 Feb.) at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. The need for such a policy framework arose as a result of the numerous discussions the Professionals’ National Front had with the government about ETCA and the need... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

Mystery gazette forces suspension of sittings Probe on CBSL bond scam
By Sarath Dharmasena and Shyam Nuwan Ganewatta Courtesy The Island
February 23, 2017, 9:50 pm Chairman of the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Bond Scam, Supreme Court Judge K. T. Chithrasiri yesterday temporarily suspended its sittings after halting the recording of evidence from Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunge. The commission ceased to record evidence from the Finance Ministry Secretary due to the controversial situation which arose with regard to the Special Gazette notification issued on January 1, 2015 pertaining to the issuance of Central Bank bonds. The dispute arose about the actual date on which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

අවුරුදු 10 කදී ගත් ණය වගේ දෙගුණයක් වසර දෙකකදී අරගෙන-හිටපු ජනපති මහින්ද කියයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකාදීප
තම රජය අවුරුදු 10 කදී ගත් ණයට වඩා වැඩි ණය ප්‍රමාණයක් වත්මන් රජය පසුගිය වසර දෙකේ ගෙන තිබෙන බව හිටපු ජනපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අද (23) පැවසීය. රටේ ජාතික සම්පත් විකිණීමට එරෙහිව ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂය ආරම්භ කළ ජාතික සම්පත් සුරැකීමේ මධ්‍යස්ථානය නාරාහේන්පිට අභයාරාමයේ දී විවෘත කරමින් හිටපු ජනපතිවරයා එසේ කීවේය. රාජ්‍ය කළමනාකරණය නොදන්නා බැවින් අද වන විට ආර්ථික අර්බුදයක් ඇතිව තිබෙන බවත් මේ හැම අර්බුදයකටම මුල රාජපක්ෂලා කියමින් ඇඟ බේරාගැනීමට රජය උත්සාහ ගත්තද බුද්ධිමත් ජනතාව සත්‍ය වටහාගෙන ඇතැයි ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා කීවේය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

Sri Lanka’s lack of national policies a world record – Prof. Wimalarathana Thero
By Yusuf Ariff  Courtesy Adaderana
Ven. Professor Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thero says that Sri Lanka will go down in the history books as a country with no national policies. “Sri Lanka has many world records. I think that this country not having any national policies on the likes of education, culture and media is also a world record,” the Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura said. He was speaking during an event to launch the public commission formulating a national policy on international trade and agreements on Wednesday (22). He said that in other countries no matter which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga using her position to bring disrepute upon armed forces - Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
  By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the statement made by Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga to foreign correspondents in Colombo last week to the effect that war widows in Sri Lanka now face ‘widespread’ sexual exploitation by members of the army among others, is a matter of “grave concern.” “The rape and sexual exploitation of women in the war zone both during and after the war was one of the main unsubstantiated accusations made by two irregularly set up investigations against Sri Lanka within the UN system – the Darusman report of 31 March 2011 and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

Husband and wife charged in ‘elaborate’ fraud scheme worth $8M
A husband and wife have been charged in connection with an alleged elaborate scheme that bilked banks, businesses and people out of more than $8 million. The investigation, dubbed Project Fellowship, began on June 28, 2016 after a woman attempted to cash a fraudulent certified cheque. Speaking to reporters at a news conference Friday, Det. Const. Micheal Lane said the bank called Toronto police to report the fraudulent cheque and the investigation quickly spiraled into numerous other claims.... -Full Story- (toronto.ctvnews.ca - 24/02/17)

හොරකම්,වංචා,දූෂණ නෑ කියූ යහපාලනය අපට තේරුම් ගන්න බෑ.. අපිට පිස්සුද.. මේකද යහපාලනය.. – බෙල්ලන්විල නාහිමියෝ යහපාලනයේ පළු අරිති..
ලංකා සී නිවුස්
එදා මිනිස්සුන්ගේ ඡන්දය ගන්න එක නායකයකු කිව්වා “අපි බලයට ආවොත් මේ රට ධර්මිෂ්ඨ සාමාජයක් කරනවා කියලා” කොච්චර හොදද ධර්මිෂ්ඨ කිව්වම, මේ සම්පූර්ණ අමූලික බොරුවක් නේ කලේ යයි උත්සව සභාවක් අමතමින් ශ්‍රි ජයවර්ධනපුර විශ්ව විද්‍යාලය කුලපති මහාචාර්ය බෙල්ලන්විල විමලරත්න නායක හිමියන් ප්‍රකාශ කරන ලදි. උන්වහන්සේ වැඩිදුරටත් සඳහන් කලේ ඉන් පසුත් නොයෙක් නායකයින් තම ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශන ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් බලයට පැමිණි බවත් පසුගිය කාලයේ ජනතාව කියා සිටියේ යහපාලනයක් අපි කරන්නේ කියලා, මේකේ දූෂණ නැහ, වංචා නැහ, හොරකම් නැහ, මොකක්වත් නැහ, දැන් මිනිස්සුන්ට මොකක්ද මේ යහපාලනය කියන්නේ කියන එක තේරුම් අරගන්න බැරිවෙලා තියෙනවා, දැන් අපිටයි පිස්සු, අපිට තේරුම් ගන්න බැහ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/02/17)

චන්ද්‍රිකා කලේ නොහොබිනා වැඩක්.. ඇය අපේ හතුරන් හා එක් වෙලා.. මහින්දගෙන් තදබල නිවේදනයක්..
ලංකා සී නිවුස්
හිටපු ජනාධිපති චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංග විසින් ජාත්‍යන්තරය ඉදිරියේ මෙරට සන්නද්ධ හමුදාවලට අවලාද නැගීම සම්බන්දයෙන් හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා විරෝධය පල කරයි. තම විරෝධය සදහන් කරමින් ඒ මහතා විසින් නිකුත් කර ඇති නිවේදනය මෙසේය. මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංග මැතිනිය ජාත්‍යන්තරය ඉදිරියේ අපේ සන්නද්ධ හමුදාවලට අවලාද නැගීම යුද්ධය නිසා උතු‍රේ වැන්දඹු තත්වයට පත් වූ කාන්තාවන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදාවද ඇතුළු පිරිස් විසින් ලිංගික සූරා කෑමකට ලක් කරමින්  සිටින බවට චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංග මැතිනිය පසුගිය සතියේ කොළඹ විදෙස් ජනමාධ්‍යවේදීන් අමතමින් කල කතාව කාගේත් අවධානයට යොමුවිය යුතුය. යුද කලාපයේ කාන්තාවන් අපේ හමුදාවන් විසින් ලිංගික අපයෝජනයට හා ලිංගිකව සූරා කෑමට ලක් කරනවාය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa urges Maithri to condemn CBK’s allegations
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
 Former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s allegations that war widows face sexual exploitation by members of the army among others should be condemned publically by President Maithripala Sirisena, former president and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said today. Issuing a statement, he said Ms. Kumaratunga’s allegations were a matter of grave concern and the Army’s statement rejecting these allegations did not carry any weight. “When a former president and commander-in-chief makes such a statement the person who should respond should be the current President and the Commander in Chief.  Therefore, as a former president and commander-in-chief, I... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

Hong Kong asylum seekers who sheltered Edward Snowden ‘in fear’ after reports Sri Lankan agents travelled to city to look for them
Raquel Carvalho South China Morning Post
‘I don’t know what they would do, because they are cruel,’ says father of two The asylum seekers who sheltered former US intelligence contractor turned whistle-blower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong have said they fear for their safety, after reports that Sri Lankan police had been in the city looking for them. “I felt very scared and nervous... maybe they can arrest me... I don’t know what they would do, because they are cruel,” Supun Thilina Kellapatha said, describing his feelings after he was told about the presence of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

Engaged in a political sport!
By Bandara Courtesy Ceylon Today
"By virtue of the powers vested in me by Section 25A of the Universities Act, No. 16 of 1978, I, Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Sumanaweera Banda Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education, having obtained a report under Section 70C of the aforesaid Act in respect of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (Pvt.) Ltd. (SAITM), a company incorporated in Sri Lanka under the Companies Act, No. 7 of 2007, do by this Order and subject to the conditions specified in the Schedule hereto, recognize the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (Pvt.) Ltd. as a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

පාදෙණියට ලකුණු නැතිව ඊ-බාර් සමත් වෙන්න ලකුණු මට්ටම පහළට දා ගත් හැටි: වෛද්‍ය සභාවේ ලේඛකාධිකාරීගේ දියණිය සයිටම් ඉගෙන ගත් හැටි
එස්බී සයිටම් විරෝධීන්ගේ රෙදි ගලවයි..! -ලංකාවේ වෙනදේ
වෛද්‍ය සභාවම සයිටම් උපාධිය ලංකාවේ දෙන්න යෝජනා කළ හැටි: සයිටම් පරීක්ෂා කළ 10න් 9ක් අනුමත කළ හැටි: වෛද්‍ය පීඨ ලොක්කන්ගේ දූරු පිටරට ඉගන ගන්න හැටි (ලංකා ඊ නිව්ස් -2017.පෙබ.22, පෙ.ව‍.11.45) සයිටම් ආයතනය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ උපාධි ප්‍රදානය කරන ආයතනයක් ලෙස ලියාපදිංචි කරන්නැයි එදා යෝජනා කරන ලද්දේ අන් කිසිවෙක් නොව වෛද්‍ය සභාව විසින්ම යැයිද, එදා වෛද්‍ය සභාව විසින් සයිටම් ආයතනය පරීක්ෂා කිරීමට යවන ලද මහාචාර්යවරුන් පීඨාධිපතිවරුන් 10 දෙනාගෙන් 9 දෙනෙකුම කීවේ සයිටම් උපාධිධාරීන් ලියාපදිංචි කළ යුතු යැයිද,  නමුත් අද අධිකරණය කුමන නියෝගයක් දුන්නත් තමන් සයිටම් උපාධිධාරීන් ලියා පදිංචි කරන්නේ නැතැයි වෛද්‍ය සභාවේ සභාපති කාලෝ ෆොන්සේකා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

The Concept of  Trauma in the Ancient Sri Lankan Societies
Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
According to the archaeological evidence, the island was inhabited as early as 10,000 B.C.  The Sri Lanka’s ancient cultural heritage dates back over 2,500 years. The Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka in the 3ed Century. The Buddhism became an integral part of Sinhalese culture and civilization.  Sri Lanka became one of the few countries with a very vast and rich cultural diversity. The Sri Lankan culture was influenced by India and subsequently by Europe. The European influence was a result of invasion from the Dutch and Portuguese and finally the British in the 19th Century. The concept... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

RAGGING .ARE WE CONDONING ??
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Every year University Dons and the ministers keep promising about bringing laws to curb the menace of ragging .There were many instances where many young undergraduates have ended up physically handicapped or mentally disturbed .JVP affiliated  Inter University Student Union is also trying to safe guard the culprits .JVP always has the dirty habit in putting their hand in anything ,where they could muster some young mentally disturbed students and try to gain popularity. Why don’t they condemn the ragging outright and make public statement. When they are showered with water using cannons and subjected to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

BASL PRESIDENT IN HOT WATER ON THE JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT?
Sarath Wjesinghe a former Secretary - Bar Association and a former Administrator Legal Aid Commission
Appointment of a High Court Judge from the Unofficial Bar The thorny issue on the appointment of the High Court judge from the private Bar is brewing fast at a rapid phase, with conflicting statements, from various sources. Justice R Kandiah Kannan is appointed from the Batticaloe Private Bar allegedly on the recommendations of the Bar Association, which is the only statutory body of Attorneys- at – law in Sri Lanka established in 1974 with the merger of then professions Advocates and Proctors creating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

Sri Lankan rupee falls on importer dollar demand; dealers see more pain ahead
Courtesy Nasdaq
COLOMBO, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan rupee ended weaker on Wednesday on importer dollar demand as local traders bought the U.S. currency as a precaution amid concerns of a steep depreciation in the rupee in the absence of central bank intervention, dealers said. Rupee forwards <SLKR> were active with two-week forwards ending at 153.40/70 per dollar, after hitting a low of 153.65 during the day, weaker than Tuesday's close of 152.70/90. They have fallen 1.04 percent so far this week. "Importers are trying to buy dollars as they expect a sharp fall in the currency... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

Police urged to probe claims that Sri Lankan investigators came to Hong Kong to find asylum seekers who sheltered Snowden
South China Morning Post
Family of four and individual from Sri Lanka are worried about their safety given reputation of investigators for human rights abuses, lawmakers say Two local lawmakers are calling on the police to investigate claims that Sri Lankan police investigators were in Hong Kong looking for the asylum seekers from the country who sheltered American whistle-blower Edward Snowden in the city. “The families [one family of four and one individual] are very afraid of the Sri Lankan government, in particular the Sri Lankan Police Criminal Investigation Department and the military, as these bodies... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

Buddhism and Transhumanism
R Chandrasoma
According to some versions of Buddhist apocrypha, the condition of our species – mankind – varied tremendously across vast ages. We live in an age of decadence and finitude wherein life is short and mankind is inexorably menaced by pain and death. Under these conditions, The Compassionate Buddhas bearing a salvific message appear before us and preach the sublime doctrine of total liberation from the forces of Karma and endless reincarnation. All is not gloom and doom however because of the ‘cyclicity’ of nature and its processes – there were periods in the grand history of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

A NURSERY OF TERRORISTS IN AFGHANISTAN
ALI SUKHANVER
February usually brings a very pleasant weather for the people all over the world but this February proved very unlucky for the people of Pakistan. More than hundred innocent ones became victim to brutal terrorist activities; countless injured; hundreds of families were pushed to the hell of helplessness and a lot of damage was caused to the public and private properties. And this injustice was done for what; no one knows. Some people might be of the opinion that the attack on Lal Shebaz Qalander’s shrine in Sehwan had some religious rather sectarian background but what about... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

INTERNATIONAL EXPO ON TEA & COFFEE COMES BACK TO MUMBAI WITH BRAND NEW FEATURES FROM 16TH – 18TH NOV 2017
Press release - Global Expo on Tea & Coffee at Mumbai INDIA
The vision of World Tea Coffee Expo Mumbai India is to expand the Indian Beverage business by providing all sourcing requirements under one roof Growing in size and stature every year, the 5th edition of World Tea Coffee Expo comes back to Mumbai from 16th Nov – 18th Nov 2017 with a host of enhanced features and activities covering the entire gamut of the Hot Beverage sector. Globally recognized at a complete trade show for Tea, Coffee and allied sectors, the three day annual event shall witness... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

PUBLICATION OF THE SECOND SPOT REPORT by Sri Lanka Monitoring Accountability Panel (MAP)
PRESS RELEASE: 22 February 2017
On 28 February 2017, the Monitoring Accountability Panel (“MAP”) will issue its Second Spot Report, which will coincide with the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (the ‘HRC’) scheduled for 27 February to 24 March 2017 in Geneva. In the 27-page report, the MAP’s international legal experts will outline their assessment of the Sri Lankan Government’s transitional justice efforts to date, and provide recommendations going forward. Since co-sponsoring the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka,’ (A/HRC/30/L.29, October 2015), the Sri Lankan President and Government Ministers have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

Assault on sitting judge in Assam, PPFA demands stern actions against anti-national culprits
By Our Correspondent
Guwahati: Patriotic Peoples’ Front Assam (PPFA) expresses serious concern over the Goalpara incident, where a sitting judge was physically manhandled by some lawyers recently and demands stern actions against those unruly law practitioners to maintain the dignity of the Indian judicial entity. The  forum strongly  argues that the anti-national culprits, who targeted the Foreigners Tribunal member Ajay Kumar Phukan inside his office at Goalpara in western Assam, must be punished  to protect the image of  judicial personalities among the mass. It may be noted that a group of lawyers, while engaging with heated arguments with the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/17)

‘යුද ජයේ හිමිකරු මමයි’ කිය ෆොන්සේකාට කට උත්තර නැතිවෙන සුපිරි පිළිතුරක් කරුණා අම්මාන්ගෙන්..
ලංකා සී නිවුස්
කොටි සංවිධානය පරාජය කිරීමේ යුධ ජයග‍්‍රහණයේ මුල් ගෞරවය හිමිවුය යුත්තේ හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාට බව හිටපු නියෝජ්‍ය ඇමති විනයාගමූර්ති මුරලිදරන් (කරුණා අම්මාන්) පවසයි. දෙරණ රූපවාහිනියේ 360 වැඩසටහනට එක්වෙමින් ඔහු කියා මේ බව කියා සිටියේය. මහා යුද විරුවා තමන් යයි ඇමති සරත් ෆොන්සේකා යයි සිදු කරන ප‍්‍රකාශයන්ට ප‍්‍රතිචාර ලෙස ඔහු කියා සිටියේ මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා ජනාධිපති වන්නට පෙරද වසර ගණනාවක් ෆොන්සේකා හමුාවේ රාජකාර කල බවත් එම කාලයේදී කොටි පරදන්නට එකී මහා යුද විරුවාට හැකියාවක් තිබූ බවයි. එකල තමන්ද කොටි සංවිධානයේ කටයුතු කල බවද කී කරුණා අම්මාන් එම කිසි කලෙක ෆොන්සේකා විසින් කොටි සංවිධානය පරාජය වන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/17)

HASHIM PUTS THE SCREWS on RAVI
By Dhammika Ranaweera Courtesy  Ceylon Today
A determined stand-off between Minister of Public Enterprises Development Kabir Hashim and the Finance Ministry at yesterday's Cabinet meeting sent emotions...... roaring in connection with a clash of opinions on the amount of compensation to be paid for cancellation of an agreement signed by the previous regime to purchase aircraft. Hashim objected to the Finance Ministry's cancellation compensation estimate of US$ 154 million though Cabinet had agreed on a payment of between USS 75-85 million. Informed sources said the previous UPFA regime had signed an agreement with Aircap Corporation in 2012 to purchase several... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/17)

India will not press for merger of north, east Sri Lankan provinces: Jaishankar
By P.K.Balachandran  |  Express News Service  |   
COLOMBO: India will not be pressing Sri Lanka to merge the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-majority, Tamil-speaking province as envisaged by the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, the Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) here on Monday. He was reacting to a demand made by the leader of the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) Suresh Premachandran, that India should honor its promise to keep the North and East united. It had even said that it would not allow a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/17)

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Terrorism

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    B. MURALIDHAR REDDY in the war zone-Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09)
    Final assault
    B. MURALIDHAR REDDY in the war zone
    -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09)
  • The war is over - With the death of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabakaran, the militant campaign for a Tamil state in Sri Lanka seems to have come to an end. -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09) LTTE RISE & FALL -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09)
  • Where is Prabakaran? -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09)
  • Great Power Confrontation in the Indian Ocean: The Geo-Politics of the Sri Lankan Civil War by Mahdi Darius Nazemroay -Full Story- (globalresearch.ca - 25/10/09)
  • TWO EMISSARIES FROM UK AND FRANCE TWIST THEIR PURPOSE OF VISIT TO SRI LANKA. Malin Abeyatunga .-Full Report- (The LankaWeb-02/05/09)

History

  • THE ANCESTRY OF RAVANA A close study of the Ramayana, particularly the last book or Uttara Kanda, reveals that Ravana, the enemy of Lord Rama, was not a Dravidian, as many people have thought, but related to the Sri Lanka, who are considered to be Aryans-that Ravana was a migrant to Sri Lanka from the Vedic family of the Yadus, perhaps deriving originally from the city of Mathura south of Delhi. The first wave of migrants to Sri Lanka from the north was from Gujarat and of the Yadu family, which dominated the southwest of India and from the region of Gujarat had access to the sea on which they travelled far in their trading and colonizing ventures. The Ramayana tells the Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka, had close connections with region of the Yadus, which included Gujarat, parts of Maharashtra and Rajasthan up to Mathura south of Delhi.
  • Beginning and growth of civilization in Sri Lanka
    123,000 BC - Oldest human found in Lanka - Pathirajawela in the deep South.
    12000 BC - MaduruOya findings World's oldest findings of the use of Steel, Copper, and irrigation technology
    7500 BC - Connections between Cambians, Sri Lankans, Ramayanaya & Mahabharataya The first wave of migrants to Sri Lanka from north India, were from the Yadu family from Gujarat. Yadus dominated the southwest of India (which included Gujarat, parts of Maharashtra and Rajasthan up to Mathura, just south of Delhi).
    6000 BC - Lankan city on Mahamevuna Uyana - Archeologists uncovered 35 feet under the present Mahamevuna Uyana in Anuradapura,
    3000 BC - Sigiriya is considered the AlakaMandava of the Ravana
    2517 Ramayanaya and Sri Lanka According to Ramayana story, Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka, belongs to a family of migrants from North India who had close connections with region of the Yadus,
    2517 BC - Ravana gets killed in Balangoda during March, 2517BC Ravana, while attending to the wounds suffered in combat by Vibishana (his brother) in Balangoda,
    1000 BC - Sri Lanka has the latest technology : Iron technology is evident in SL
    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
    700 BC - Anuradapura Town, 50 Hectares (125 Acres) .
    600 BC - Earliest Proof of Brahmi writing in Lanka At 600-500 BC, the very first appearance of writing (in Brahmi letters almost identical to the Asokan script 200 years later) marked the beginning of the Early Historic period. This writing, radiocarbon dated on charcoal and checked by thermoluminescence dating, is inscribed on potsherds signifying the ownership. Among the names, was Anuradha.
    483 BC - Vijaya lands in Sri Lanka. Girihadu Seya is built in Thiriyaya. Buddha's relics are enshrined in Mahiyanganaya Dagaba Sarabu Maharahatan Vahanse picked Budda relics from the burning cortege and arrived in Mahiyanganaya
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    -Beginning and growth of civilization in Sri Lanka
    -Unethical conversion violates the UN convention on the right of the child

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