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Aggressive minority politics a threat to national, regional and global peace -Part I
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Anbarasan Ethirajan is a seasoned Correspondent of the BBC who covers Sri Lankan politics from time to time. His latest report is titled Sri Lanka's Muslim “demonised” after Easter bombings. (August 13, 2019 – BBC News). The overall thrust of his latest report is to present the Muslims as victims of the Sinhala-Buddhists. He weaves his story to cast the Sinhala-Buddhists as the majority persecuting the minority Muslims. This theme of majority persecuting the minority is the usual excuse that hits the headlines, each time inter-religious, inter-ethnic, inter-cultural violence breaks out in any corner... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

Aggressive minority politics a threat to national, regional and global peace -Part II
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Though not all the Muslims are perpetrators of violence it is the violence of the few that stain the image of the many. Besides, the experience of Iliyas is only a temporary phase. It takes time to heal. The Sinhalese and the Muslims have come a long way from the riots of 1915 which was an early attempt by the Muslims to impose their will on the majority. When the Muslims tried to deny the Sinhala-Buddhists their historic right to sound their traditional drums as they passed a latter-day mosque the reaction was instantaneous.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

DRINK DRIVING FINES COLLECTED IN 50 DAYS IN SRI LANKA $2M Austrian Dollars ( or Rs 250 M)
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Revenue collected from fines imposed on drink drivers in Sri Lanka in the most recent 50 days amounts to staggering Rs 250 m from mere 10,000 offending drivers.  There is no doubt the vast majority of these offenders are Sinhala Theravada Buddhists who commit in the 5th Precept “to abstain from intoxicants as tending to cloud the mind” to Lord Buddha each morning. But doing also, they also directly break the 4th Precept “to abstain from the false speech”.    Naturally, under the influence of liquor, they are likely to break the 3rd Precept... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

සම්බන්ධන් සහ සුමන්තිරන්ගේ පුරවැසිකම අහෝසි කළ හැකිද?
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
     වත්මන් ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ හැටියට මන්ත්‍රීධූරයක් දරන තැනැත්තෙකු තමන්ගේ රටේ පමණක් පුරවැසියෙකු විය යුතුය.ගීතා කුමාරසිංහ මහත්මියට සිය ධූරය අහිමි වූයේ මේ ව්‍යවස්ථාපිත තත්ත්වය නිසාවෙනි.දැන් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ගේ ඇමරිකන් පුරවැසි භාවය ගැන බොහෝ දෙන ප්‍රශ්ණ කරමින් සිටී.ඔහු එය ඉවත් කරගත් බව දන්වා සිටියද සමාජ මාධ්‍ය ජාලා තුළ සාකච්ඡා වන්නේ වෙනත් කරුණකි.         පුරවැසියා (Citizen) යන්න කතාබහ වන්නේ පුරාණ ග්‍රීක පෞර රාජ්‍යය තුළයි. ඔවුන්ගේ දේශපාලන මණ්ඩලය තුළ සිටින්නන් ග්‍රීක පුරවැසියන් ලෙසට හැඳින්වූහ.එය දේශපාලන පීළිබඳ බෞතීස්ම නැන්වීමක් බඳු විය. ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී පාලන ක්‍රමයන් සංවර්ධනය වීමේ දී මෙම පුරවැසි අයිතිය පිළීබඳ සකච්ඡෘ වෙමින් තහවුරු වූ ආකාරය අපට ඉතිහාසයෙන් උගත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

One Woman's Brush with Sharia Courts in the UK: "It Ruined My Life Forever"
Written by Rahila Gupta Courtesy sabrangindia.in
“My daughter and I appeared before the Sharia court at Regent's Park mosque in London. They were not interested in anything we had to say, the whole process was shocking.” Protest in London against the Law Society's guidance on Sharia Wills April 2014. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/See Li The UK government is conducting an inquiry into the operation of Sharia courts which is being boycotted by a number of women's organisations because its remit is too narrow, and the panel of judges is not seen as ‘independent' enough. Parallel to this,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු රටේ බහුතර ජනතාවගේ භාෂාවෙන් ලබා ගැනීමට ජනතාවගේ අත්සන් ලක්ෂයක් එකතු කිරීම ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී, විනයවත් සහ සංවර්ධිත සමාජයක් වෙනුවෙනි......!
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන BSc(Col), PGDC(Col) සමායෝජක)
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ නීතිය සොයාගත හැකි ප්‍රධාන නීති මූලාශ්‍ර 2කි. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව සම්මත කරන පනත්ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු “නීතිය නොදැනීම සමාවට කාරණයක් නොවන හෙයින්” ස්වාධීන රටක නීති පැනවීම ස්වදේශීය ජනතාවට කියවිය හැකි භාෂාවෙන් ලබා දීම ශිෂ්ට ලෝකයේ පිළිගැනීමයි. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නීති පැනවීම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පවතින ප්‍රධාන නීති මූලාශ්‍ර 2ක අතරින් එකක්වන්නේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව සම්මත කරන පනත්ය. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව රටේ බහුතර ජනතාවගෙන් සගවා නීති පැනවීම සිදු නොකරන අතර පාර්ලිමේන්තුව පනවන නීති එනම් පනත් සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් පනවා එයට ප්‍රමුඛස්ථානයද ලබා දී ඇත. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව සම්මත කරන පනත් සිංහල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

Water Transport - a bold step
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
That day I had the privilege of attending the ceremony of launching the very first passenger boat in Beira Lake. Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation Act does not encompass carrying out such activity. Nevertheless, the Cooperation with the blessing from the minister had taken a very bold step in spearheading the commencement of much-needed service for the people. Minister of transport was not to be seen in the ceremony, neither the mayor of Colombo who should have taken some initiative to support was not at the ceremony. Despite the fact that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

දුම්රිය සේවය නංවන්න ණය ගැනීම දේශපාලන ප්‍රෝඩාවක්
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය දුම්රිය වෘත්තීය සමිති සන්ධානය
කොළඹ සහ තදාසන්න දුම්රිය සේවාව නංවාලීමේ අරමුණින් සකස්කර ඇති සැලසුම් අහසේ පාවෙන සැලසුම් බවත්, එම සැලසුම් පෙන්නා පිටරටවලින් ණය ගෙන ආරම්භ කිරීමට නියමිත ව්‍යාපෘති දේශපාලන ප්‍රෝඩාවක් බවත්, දේශීය සම්පත් සහ ශ‍්‍රමය යොදා ගනිමින් දුම්රිය සේවය ප‍්‍රවර්ධනය කිරීමේ කිසිදු අවශ්‍යතාවක් මේ ආණ්ඩුවට නැති බවත් වගකීමෙන් යුතුව පෙන්වා දෙමු. ඉරිකෝන් සමාගම ඉන්දියානු ණය ක‍්‍රමය යටතේ මුහුදු බඩ දුම්රිය මාර්ගය සෑදීමේදී එක් කිලෝ මීටරයකට රුපියල් කෝටි 19 ක් සහ උතුරු දුම්රිය මාර්ගය සෑදීමේදී එක් කිලෝමීටරයකට රුපියල් කෝටි 34 ක් වැය කළද, අපේක්‍ෂිත අරමුණු ඉටුකර ගැනීමට නොහැකි වී ඇත. එමෙන්ම එම ණය යෝජනා ක‍්‍රමය යටතේම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

යන්න එන්න තැනක් නැති වෙන්න අපි පරාජය වෙනවා..- ජනාධිපති වෙන්න ගිය සජිත් වේදිකාවේ තබාගෙන මංගල කියයි.. [Video]
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‘යන්න එන්න තැනක් නැති වෙන විදිහට අපි පරාජයට පත්වෙනවා’ යැයි මුදල් ඇමති මංගල සමරවීර මහතා පැවැසීය. ‘සජිත් එනවා’ දෙවන රැළිය මාතර සනත් ජයසූරිය ක්‍රීඩාංගනයේ දී අමතමින් ඔහු මේ බව කියා සිටියේය. ‘මිත්‍රවරුනි බයවෙන්න එපා.. අපේ සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මැතිතුමා එතුමා රාජපක්ෂලාට යන්න එන්න තැනක් නැති විදිහට අපි පරාජයට පත්වෙනවා’ යැයි ඇමැතිවරයා පැවසීය. එසේ පවසද්දී එහි සිටි ජනතාව අත්පොලසන් දුන් අතර වේදිකාවේද සිටි එජාප මැති ඇමතිවරුන් අත්පොලසන් දුන්හ. රැලිය සමග සංගීත සංදර්ශණයක්ද සූදානම් කර තිබින.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

Attorney General says CID reports on Thajudeen and Lasantha murders are inconclusive
Courtesy Adaderana
Attorney General Dappula de Livera has informed the Acting IGP to refrain from submitting inconclusive reports in respects to the high-profile cases including the murders of Wazim Thajudeen and Lasantha Wickramatunga. He stated this in a letter to Acting IGP C. Wickramaratne in connection to the reports submitted by Sri Lanka Police to the AG’s Department on several high-profile cases currently being investigated.  The letter states that the reports submitted by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to the Acting IGP appear to be inconclusive and emphasizes that this has resulted in an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

All in Sri Lanka enjoy religious freedom unlike some Asian countries: UN Expert
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The visiting UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed, when he called on Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa at the latter's Chamber at the Parliamentary Complex in Battaramulla, has said that all ethnic groups in Sri Lanka enjoyed the freedom of religion in comparison to some other countries in Asia. According to a statement issued by the Opposition Leader's Office, the UN Expert had also said the reconciliation among the different ethnicities and religious groups in the country was commendable. The UN Expert, who undertook... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/08/19)

Sri Lanka ends emergency four months after Easter attacks
Courtesy  france24.com
Sri Lanka has ended a four-month state of emergency declared after Easter suicide bombings by Islamist extremists that killed 258 people, officials said Friday. President Maithripala Sirisena has been extending the emergency on the 22nd of each month since the April 21 attacks on three hotels and three churches. However, his office confirmed that Sirisena had not extended it for another term and thereby allowed the emergency to end on Thursday. "The president did not issue a fresh proclamation extending the emergency by a further period," an official source said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Army Intelligence Sergeant arrested over Noyahr abduction
Courtesy Adaderana
Army Intelligence Sergeant Chamika Sumith Kumara has been arrested over the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr. He was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) on the directions of the Attorney General, says the Attorney General’s Coordinating Officer State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne. Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said the arrest was made yesterday (22) after summoning him to the CID for investigations on the case. https://youtu.be/oJx3CM2IYc8 He is to be produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court today (23), SP Gunasekara said. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Tamil Nadu on high alert as 6 LeT terrorists enter through Sri Lanka - Indian media
An alert has been issued in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu after a group of six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have entered Tamil Nadu through Sri Lanka, according to an intel report. The alert, which has been issued in the city, says that the group consists of one Pakistan national and five Sri Lankan Tamils, multiple Indian media reports said on Friday. Based on this alert, Chennai has also increased it patrolling forces. The Coimbatore city police have released photographs of two possible suspects who have intruded Tamil Nadu, the India Today website reports. The... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Supreme Court concludes hearing President’s reference application on PC polls
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court has concluded its hearing on the reference application by the President, seeking the opinion of the court on holding the Provincial Council election without the Report on Delimitation of Electorates. The Supreme Court will officially inform its decision to President Maithripala Sirisena in due time, Ada Derana reporter said. The reference application was taken up before a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Sisira de Abrew, Prasanna Jayewardene and Vijith Malalgoda this morning (23). At the commencement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Three Idiots and a Blind Woman
By Rifat Halim
Three Idiots is a classic Hindi movie that features a group of morons. Sri Lanka has gone one step further by producing three modayas and a blind woman in real life. Future historians would be hard-pressed to explain Sri Lanka’s civil conflict (1983 – 2009). How could a small section of a microscopic minority terrorise the country for so long? In 1983, Sri Lankan Tamils were barely 10% of the populations and the LTTE (also known as the Tamil Tigers) was a minuscule group The answer lies in the stupid rivalry of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

රැවුළ ගිණිගත් පසු සුරුට්ටු පත්තු කිරීම
වාගිස ප්‍රනාන්දු විසිනි.
පසුගියදා ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් මේවනවිටත් ඒජාපය ප්‍රමුඛ සංධානයෙන් මීළග ජනාධිපතිවරනය සදහා අපේක්ෂකත්වය බලාපොරොත්තුවෙන් සිටින සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාසට පොළොන්නරුවේදී චරිත සහතියක් ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ නිකුත් කෙරිනි. සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස අවංක, දූෂණයෙන් තොර කාර්යශූර ඇමතිවරයෙක් ලෙස සහතික කරමින් නිකුත් කල ඒ චරිත සහතිකය සමගම, සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස ලංකාවේ මීළග ජනාධිපතිවුවහොත් වත්මන් ජනාධිපති සිරිසේනට මීළග රජයේ අගමැතිධුරය හිමිවේද යන්න සම්බන්ධයෙන් දේශපාලන කතා බහක් රට පුරා පැතිරයන්නට විය. ඊයේ විපක්ෂයේ එක්සත් ජනතා සංධානයේ පාර්ලිමෙන්තු මංත්‍රීවරයෙකුවන ලක්ෂ්මන් යාපා අබේවර්ධන පැවසූයේ ඒජාපය ප්‍රමුඛ සංධානයේ මීළග ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකයා ලෙස ඉදිරිපත්වන්නේ කතානායක කරූ ජයසූරිය බවයි. එයට සූදානම්වීම සදහා කරූ ජයසූරිය ඒජාපයේ ප්‍රමුඛත්වයෙන් බිහිවීමට නියමිත සංධානයේ මූළික කටයුතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

HELPLESSLY BLEEDING KASHMIR
ALI SUKHANVER
“I really feel that India should come to the table. The US could play a big part; President Trump certainly can play a big part,” said the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan talking to a news-channel during his recent visit to the US. Later, responding to Imran Khan’s comments, President Trump said he had a similar request from India. “It is impossible to believe that two incredible countries which are very, very smart with very smart leadership can’t solve a problem like that.  If you would want me to mediate or arbitrate, I would be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

මහ බැංකුවේ කබ්රාල් යුගය
ශ්‍යාම් නුවන් ගනේවත්ත  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
මහ බැංකුව වූ කලී රටේ මුල්‍ය ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිය ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කරන මුළු මහත් ආර්ථිකයටම දැවැන්ත බලපෑමක් කළ හැකි ආයතනයකි. එය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ මූල්‍ය පද්ධතියේ කේන්ද්‍රීය ස්ථානය උසුලනු ලබන ආයතනයයි. 1950 වර්ෂයේ දී 1949 අංක 58 දරන මුදල් නීති පනත මගින් අර්ධ ස්වාධීන ආයතනයක් ලෙස මහ බැංකුව පිහිටුවා ඇති අතර සාමාජිකයන් පස් දෙනෙක්ගෙන් යුත් මුදල් මණ්ඩලයක් මගින් මහ බැංකුව පාලනය කරනු ලබයි. හිතකර හා ස්ථාවර ආර්ථික සහ මූල්‍ය පද්ධතියක් අත්පත් කරගැනීමටත්, පවත්වාගැනීමටත් ඒ සඳහා කාර්යක්ෂම ලෙස සම්පත් යොදවා ගැනීමටත් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව ආර්ථික හා මිල ස්ථායීතාව පවත්වා ගෙන යෑම සහ මුල්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Ranil tells UNF partners not to put cart before the horse
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Ranil Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday, urged the leaders of the UNF constituents to finalise the draft of the constitution of the proposed Democratic National Front (DNF). The Prime Minister told the party leaders that before the signing of the agreements between allied parties and nominating its candidate for the presidential polls, he should at least receive the draft constitution. In his response to reports that certain amendments would be introduced to the proposed draft proposal of the DNF, Wickremesinghe pointed out that before... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

2019 prez poll: Future path of yahapalanaya to be unveiled today as Mangala holds meeting in support of Sajith
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
A civil society grouping that backed common candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, at the last presidential election, in January 2015 will unveil today (23) what a senior spokesman called a ‘citizens’ agenda––future path of yahapalanaya’. SLFP leader President Sirisena is not seeking a second term against the backdrop of powerful breakaway faction styled itself as the SLPP (Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna) fielding wartime Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as its candidate. The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ), Purawesi Balaya, Left Center and several other organizations will present their agenda at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Sri Lankan activists call for changes to Islamic marriage law to end discrimination against women
by Melani Manel Perera  Courtesy  AsiaNews.it
According to advocacy groups, Muslim women are treated as second-class citizens. The existing law dates back to 1951. For the past 30 years, attempts have been made to change the law to include a minimum age. Child brides are commonplace. Rape against married teens is not punished. Colombo (AsiaNews) – Hundreds of activists and civil society groups are calling for changes to Sri Lanka’s law on Islamic marriage and divorce, which discriminates against women and treats them as second-class citizens. A total of 197 activists... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Ceylon Graphite M1 Assay Results Show 99.2% Carbon Content
GLOBE NEWSWIRE
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ceylon Graphite Corp. (“Ceylon Graphite”) (TSX-V: CYL) (OTC: CYLYF) (FSE: CCY) is pleased to announce that it has received assay results of laboratory testing of graphite samples taken downhole in the shaft at its M1 site in the Malsiripura area in Sri Lanka. This new test result indicates a naturally occurring carbon content (Cg) of 99.2% which is vastly superior to most other natural graphite sources globally. The laboratory testing was done by the Sri Lanka Government’s Geological Survey and Mines Bureau’s laboratory. Tests were conducted from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Sarath Weerasekera writes to US envoy
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While registering the protest over the statement on the appointment of the new Army Commander of Sri Lanka posted on the Twitter account of the US Embassy, Rear Admiral (Retd.) Dr. Sarath Weerasekera appealed to US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz, in a letter to ensure that the US Embassy should refrain from making statements prejudicial to the members of the armed forces of Sri Lanka and by extension to the country. “Since 2017, I have filed a series of documents at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to show... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Army acted within int’l humanitarian laws- Shavendra
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Sri Lanka Army acted in keeping with international humanitarian laws and rights during past humanitarian operations, Army Commander Shavendra Silva recalled yesterday.    “Any army in the world is committed to protect the inalienable rights of the country’s citizens and create a conducive atmosphere for a democratic way of life while being alert to adopt any measures against internal or external threats with determination. During past humanitarian operations, we adhered to those guidelines, acceptable to any State and acted in keeping with international humanitarian laws and rights, I must recall at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Buddhist links helped Sushma Swaraj strike a chord with Sri Lankans
By Sugeeswara Senadhira/Daily News
Sushma Swaraj, former Minister of External Affairs of Indian passed away earlier this week and Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end. India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration.” Sushma Swaraj being greeted by the Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sri Lanka shares the sentiments expressed by the Indian Prime Minister as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

Opposition Leader says division in the UNP cannot be stopped
Hiru News
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa says that nobody can stop the separation of the UNP whoever it will field for the forthcoming presidential election. He was speaking at a meeting with local government institution representatives held at the SLPP headquarters in Battaramulla today. Addressing the gathering, the Presidential candidate of the Joint Opposition led by the SLPP, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says that the process of renunciation of his US citizenship has been completed. In addition, all MPs of the Joint Opposition have been called for an emergency meeting to be held... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

සතොස ලැබූ බිලියන 15ක පාඩුවක් ගැන හෙළිවෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
මෙරටට ආනයනය කරන ලද සහල් තොගයක් වසරක පමණ කාලයක් තිස්සේ රේගුව තුළ ගබඩා කර තැබීම තුළින් සතොස ආයතනය රුපියල් බිලියන 15 ක පමණ අලාභයක් ලබා ඇති බව අනාවරණ වුණා. ඒ, සතොස ආයතනයේ ඉහළ පෙලේ නිලධාරීන් කෝප් කමිටුව හමුවට ඊයේ කැඳවූ අවස්ථාවේදීයි. කෝප් කමිටුවට කැදවා තිබූ සතොස ආයතනයේ ඉහළ පෙලේ නිලධාරීන් කිහිපදෙනෙකුගේ නොපැමිණීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් ප්‍රථමයෙන් ප්‍රශ්න කෙරුණා. https://youtu.be/fhRW7vyRzFA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

ඇල්ල රොක් කඳු රක්ෂිතයේ ගින්නක් Forest Fire breaks out at the Ella Rock Mountain Reserve in the Badulla District.
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
බදුල්ල දිස්ත්‍රීක්කයේ පිහිටි ඇල්ල රොක් කඳූ රක්ෂිතයේ ගින්නක් හටගෙන තිබෙනවා. A fire has broken out in the Ella Rock Mountain Reserve in the Badulla District අප වාර්තාකරුවන් සඳහන් කළේ අද පස්වරුවේ සිට මෙම ගින්න පවතින බවයි. Our reporters stated that the fire has been going on since this afternoon. මේවන විට කඳුකර ප්‍රදේශයේ සැලකිය යුතු භූමි ප්‍රදේශයක් ගින්න හේතුවෙන් විනාශවී ඇතැයි සඳහන්. The fire has destroyed a significant area of ​​the mountain. යුද හමුදාව වනජීවී නිලධාරීන් වන සංරක්ෂණ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/08/19)

A warning from our Central Bank to a future Government.
By Garvin Karunaratne
The Senior Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Nandalal Weerasinghe has warned any new Government: Follow the beaten track or else there will be chaos. (“Sri Lanka Risks losing debt market access if future government policy changes” , (AdaDerana:9/8/2019) I would tend to think that there could have been some substance in this Warning if the last four years, quoted by him,  had any macroeconomic stability. We have today to face an international debt of some $ 60 billion, a good lot of which has been piled up in the last four years... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

US concerned about the appointment of new army chief
RANJITH SOYSA
US Ambassador while expressing her concerns regards the appointment of Gen Shavendra de Silva, a valiant soldier and exemplary leader who fought a war against the  so-called invincible Tamil Tigers, the world’s most brutal terrorist group and helped to restore the law and order for 20 million Sri Lankas condescendingly says it should not be seen as interference or attempt to dictate. But, the prompt reaction of the USA speaks of itself. One wonders whether Sri Lanka has ever commented on the US armed forces personnel and their placements. I do not remember Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

US warns SL on investment, military ties after army chief promotion
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A senior U.S. State Department official warned on Tuesday that Sri Lanka's appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army could affect U.S. military cooperation and investment in the island nation. On Monday, Sri Lanka named Shavendra Silva, 55, as the country's new army chief despite United Nations accusations that he was involved in human rights abuses during the country's 26-year-long civil war. The Washington official, speaking to reporters on background, said the appointment would have lasting implications for reconciliation following the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

Gota advocates 'strength in unity'
By Canishka Witharana Attorney-at-Law Courtesy Ceylon Today
Tamil politicians are on an onslaught against Gotabaya Rajapaksa. By doing so, they are only misleading the Tamil people. TELO MP Govindan Karunakaram alleges Gotabaya Rajapaksa is responsible for the deaths of 150,000 Tamils in Mullaivaikkal. Not a single UNHRC report has made such an allegation. Clearly, these allegations are only political and part of a smear campaign without any substance or evidence. Such false allegations are only misleading and fooling the Tamil populace.  Recently, TNA leader R. Sampanthan declared, in Parliament, that Tamils are second class citizens and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

U.S. has no right to decide on Army Chief - Dr. Rajapakshe
By Methmalie Dissanayake  Courtesy Ceylon Today
Condemning the statement of the US Ambassador in Sri Lanka regarding the appointment of Army Commander, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, UNF Parliamentarian, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (PC) yesterday (21), told Parliament the US had no power to order Sri Lanka as to who the Commander of the Army should or should not be.  "We have signed the UN Convention that we are a sovereign country. It is true that we are a small country compared to countries such as the US. But that does not make us any less than them.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

PS member Dulakshi Fernando & sister remanded
Courtesy Adaderana
Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha member from United National Party (UNP) Dulakshi Fernando and her sister, who were arrested for allegedly obstructing the duties of police officers, have been remanded till the 30th of August. https://youtu.be/9lm4w0vw9n0 The order was delivered by Marawila Magistrate when the duo was produced before the court today (21). The 21-year-old Pradeshiya Sabha member and her sister, who is aged 16, were arrested yesterday (20) on a warrant issued by the Marawila Magistrate’s Court. Two policemen on duty had stopped a motorbike near the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

Congress leader and ex-Indian Finance Minister P.Chidambaram held in INX Media money laundering case
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
New Delhi, August 21 (The Hindu): Former Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram was detained by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) late on August 21, in the INX Media money laundering case soon after he reached his Jor Bagh in New Delhi following a dramatic appearance at a press conference at AICC headquarters. The team of about 30 CBI sleuths accompanied by Delhi Police officials reached the residence of Chidambaram and knocked at the doors for a few minutes before scaling the boundary wall to enter the premises. A team of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

බැඳුම්කර වංචාවට නොදෙවෙනි මහා කොල්ලයක් ගැන ඩලස් හෙළිකරයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
බැඳුම්කර වංචාවට නොදෙවෙනි මහා පරිමාණ කොල්ලයක් මධ්‍යම සංස්කෘතික අරමුදල තුළ සිදුවන බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම පවසනවා. විපක්ෂ නායක කාර්යාලයේ අද පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට එක්වෙමින් ඔහු මෙම අදහස් පළ කළ අතර, එම අවස්ථාවට පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සුසිල් ප්‍රේමජයන්ත ද එක්වුණා. https://youtu.be/qG7PJh2mub0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

පොලීසියේ රාජකාරියට බාධා කළ වෙන්නප්පුවේ එජාප මන්ත්‍රීවරිය රිමාන්ඩ්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
පොලිස් නිලධාරීන්ගේ රාජකාරියට බාධා කිරීමේ සිද්ධියකට අදාළව වෙන්නප්පුව ප්‍රාදේශීය සභාවේ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ මන්ත්‍රීනි දුලක්ෂි චමෝදරී ප්‍රනාන්දු, සහ ඇගේ් වැඩිමහල් සහෝදරිය මේ මස 30 වනදා දක්වා රක්ෂිත බන්ධනාගාර ගත කර තිබෙනවා. ඒ, ඔවුන් අද මාරවිල මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුවයි. සිද්ධියට අදාළව චෝදනා එල්ලවී වරෙන්තු ලබා සිටි  මන්ත්‍රීවරියගේ පියා සහ 16 හැවිරිදි ඇගේ බාල සහෝදරිය මෙහිදී ඇප මත මුදා හැරුණා. https://youtu.be/hwOcmxZBUq4 මන්ත්‍රීවරියගේ බාල සහෝදරිය රියදුරු බලපත්‍රය  සහ අනෙකුත් අවසර පත්‍ර නොමැතිව අධික වේගයෙන් යතුරුපැදියකින් ගමන් කරමින් සිටියදී වෙන්නප්පුව - සීනෝර් මංසන්ධියේදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/08/19)

NO BETTER CHAMPION TO TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE THAN GOTABHAYA
By ROHANA R. WASALA
And we shall play a game of chess, Pressing lidless eyes and waiting for a knock upon the door. -·  From ‘A Game of Chess’ (the second canto of The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot) (The following article was first published in The Island and Lankaweb simultaneously on June 29, 2016, under the title ‘Gota for the endgame’. I am reproducing it here because of its relevance to the current unfolding events in the Sri Lankan political arena. I have made no alteration to the text except for the transfer of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 10
KAMALIKA PIERIS DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS China is continuing to maintain good diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka. In January 2019 Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan called on President Sirisena and handed over a New Year greetings card from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Ambassador Cheng also called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. China continues to maintain a very close relationship with former President Rajapaksa as well.  Chinese President Xi Jinping had sent New Year greetings to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. “Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan of China paid a courtesy call and he presented me with the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/08/19)

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    123,000 BC - Oldest human found in Lanka - Pathirajawela in the deep South.
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    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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