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Facts & Ground Realities in Indo-Lanka relations & ECT
By shenali Waduge
Fact 1:India will always interfere in Sri Lanka's internal affairs Fact 2:India will always attempt to destabilize Sri Lanka Fact 3:International Relations is based on no permanent enemies, no permanent friends, only permanent interests. Permanent friends & enemies change from time to time. Fact 4:All nations know the value of Sri Lanka's geopolitical positioningexcept Sri Lanka's leaders & advisors Fact 5:Sri Lanka has a dismal record vis a vis signing agreements. Fact 6:Sri Lanka doesn't know the art of saying ‘no' diplomaticallycausing foreign policy blunders and fall outs with appeasement policies. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

The Special Sri Lankan Elephant and the Import Export Trade.
Ashley de Vos
Stemming from the advice given by Arahat Mahinda to King Devanampiya Tissa (3 C.BCE), that all beings including the animals in the forest and the birds in the air have a right to live, tradition dictated that all precious resources, are always protected. The thick forest covered hills and mountains, referred to, by Ferguson (1815) “as black, leach infested and full of animals”, were dedicated to the Gods or Devas, and as a royal decree ensured its continuous protection, very few went in to desecrate it. The central highlands were mostly uninhabited; the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

PARLIAMENTARY PRIVILEGE AND POSSIBLE ABUSE
Palitha Mapatuna
It is possible that an individual might hide behind the legal immunity of parliamentary privilege  and, disregarding moral principles, engage in direct or implicit defamation of another or others. Such defamation may happen either through the defamer's own intention or by instigation of others. If this occurs, it seems contrary to the intention behind parliamentary privilege and, as such, would amount to abuse of it. In fairness, it therefore seems necessary that framers of parliamentary rules re-examine the question of parliamentary privilege to determine whether it is possible to introduce... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

කි‍්‍රකට් කණ්ඩායම ඇතුලේ Born Again කණ්ඩායමක්… ක‍්‍රීඩකයන්ට Born Again නිකායට එක්වන ලෙසට බලපෑම
– divaina
ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවට වඩාත්ම ජාත්‍යන්තර කීර්තියක් ගෙන ආ ක‍්‍රීඩාව ක‍්‍රිකට් ය. කලක් බොහෝ විදේශිකයන් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව හැඳින සිටියේ ‘සනත් ජයසූරියගේ රට' ලෙසිනි. ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව ජාත්‍යන්තර ක‍්‍රීඩා තලයේ සලකුණක් තැබුවේ අර්ජුන රණතුංගලා, අරවින්ද සිල්වාලා 1996 ක‍්‍රිකට් ලෝක කුසලානය ජය ගත් පසුවය. වර්තමානයේ නොමැති වූවද මේ රටේ ජනතාව ක‍්‍රිකට් හුස්ම ගන්නා ජනතාවකි. ඔවුන්ගේ ලේ වලටම ක‍්‍රිකට් ක‍්‍රීඩාව බද්ධ වී තිබේ. එතරම් වැදගත් ජාතියේ ක‍්‍රීඩාව ඉතා පරිස්සමින් රැකබලා ගත යුතුය. එතරම් වැදගත් ජාතික කණ්ඩායමේ අවස්ථාව කිසිදු භේදයක් නොසලකා සුදුස්සන්ට සහ දක්ෂයන්ට පමණක් හිමි විය යුතුය. මෙලෙසින් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා ක‍්‍රිකට් ක‍්‍රීඩාව කඩාවැටීම පසුපස ඇත්තේ රසිකයන් නොදන්නා ක‍්‍රිකට්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

Please take Vitamin D to protect against Covid-19, say Irish experts
LOUISE WALSH Courtesy breakingnews.ie
Prof. Rose Anne Kenny, principal investigator at TILDA. Please take vitamin D to help protect against Covid-19 while the vaccine is being rolled out — this is the urgent message from a group of Irish medical experts. The experts from Ireland's leading universities have appealed to the Government to issue updated guidelines for all Irish adults on vitamin D supplements which, they say, can significantly reduce the risk of infection, serious illness and death from Covid-19 However, to date there has been no policy action despite... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

Best Life: The link between COVID-19 and vitamin D
By Ivanhoe Broadcast News
| January 19, 2021 at 9:11 AM CST - Updated January 19 at 5:13 PM ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Vitamin D is an important nutrient that helps your body absorb calcium. But studies show about 40 percent of Americans don’t get enough of the vitamin. And, new research is suggesting low vitamin D levels may affect a person’s chance of getting COVID-19 and recovering from it. It’s known as the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D helps keep your bones and immune system strong. Now, researchers are finding this vitamin may also... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

Centre gives green light to underwater study to determine Ram Setu origins
Courtesy The Indian Express
Talking about the aim of the exploration, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel, said, “The world should get to know about the Ram Setu through evidence based on scientific research.” Also, Ram Setu's age will be ascertained through the study of fossils and sedimentation to see if it correlates with the Ramayana period, sources in the Ministry of Culture told The Indian Express. (Photo: NASA) The government has approved an underwater research project to ascertain the origins of the Ram Setu... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

COVID-19 cases found in almost every district
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Widespread COVID-19 cases have been reported from each district in the country yesterday and that more than 100 cases have been reported from Colombo, Gampaha and Kandy districts. A total number of 724 COVID-19 patients have been detected in the country yesterday and the majority of 197 cases were reported from the Colombo District, while 110 cases from  Kandy and 106 from the Gampaha Districts. In addition to these, 28 cases from Kalutara, 38 from Galle, 40 from Kurunegala, 27 from Matale, 24 from Kegalle, 31 from Ratnapura, 22 from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

841 new COVID-19 patients reported today
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A total of 841 COVID-19 patients were detected within today bringing the total number of cases in the country to 58,430, the Government Information Department said. Accordingly, the total number of active cases thereby increased to 8,466. Meanwhile, the total Covid-19 recoveries stand at 49,684.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 death toll hits 283
Courtesy Adaderana
Three more persons who were infected with Covid-19 have fallen victim to the virus, the Director-General of Health Services confirmed a short while ago. Following the new development, the total number of novel coronavirus-related deaths reported in Sri Lanka has climbed to 283. One of the victims is a 77-year-old woman who was residing in Colombo 14 area. She was transferred from Colombo National Hospital to Mulleriyawa Base Hospital after testing positive for the virus. She passed away yesterday (January 23), while suffering from Covid-19 pneumonia, high blood pressure, liver infection and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

With 492 Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Sri Lanka exceed 58,000
Courtesy Adaderana
Covid-19 infections registered in Sri Lanka crossed the grim milestone of 58,000 as 492 more persons were tested positive today (January 24). In addition, 349 from the Peliyagoda cluster were also confirmed as active coronavirus cases earlier this evening. Thereby, 841 infections in total have been identified so far within the day. As per statistics, the total number of Covid-19 infections confirmed in the country to date now stands at 58,428. Recoveries from the virus meanwhile climbed to 49,684 earlier today, with 423 more patients returning to health... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

Kathi Courts hide faults of 10% that supports them' (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Members of 'Muslim Dikkasada Pilibanda Viyath Hamuwa' stated today (24) that they were wronged by the Kathi Courts. Meanwhile, Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekera stated that the issue regarding the Kathi courts will definitely be resolved in the new constitution. https://youtu.be/hZSAnHIqzcE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

Colombo Port Eastern Terminal: 'NGOs are engaged in conspiracy to create chaos' (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero says that non-governmental organizations are engaged in a conspiracy to create chaos in the country. He was commenting on the crisis regarding the Eastern Terminal of the Colombo Port when Parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake visited him. https://youtu.be/_qspjvCY5cU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

ECT : Prostituting Sri Lanka’s best Port
By shenali Waduge
Sri Lanka is never short of controversy. Colombo East Container Terminal is at the centre of a major national crisis which would decide the future of the current government and would decide the country’s future. The issue has traversed this far partly as a result of clueless politicians, corrupt public officials, wheeler-dealer advisors and not soliciting the advice from correct quarters. First and foremost, any government elected to power by the People are duty-bound to protect the sovereignty of the nation and not its neighbor. Secondly, any decision taken has to be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/01/21)

India cannot solve Indo-Sri Lanka problems on Tamil lies
H. L. D. Mahindapala
In continuing last week’s article on how lies manufactured and manipulated by charismatic leaders and mediocre theorists can distort the perceptions of the masses and lead societies to violence  I must make a brief diversion, before I come to the local context – my main purpose --  to focus on how Donald Trump is leaving White House as the most dangerous President that ever walked out of it. He is leaving America under the darkest cloud that threatens to come  down not in dismal rain but in ghastly  blood. He left the White House... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

STICKING TO SCIENCE IS THE BEST WAY TO BEAT SUPERSTITION, POLITRICKS, CORONA AND COMMUNAL VIRUSES
By Rohana R. Wasala
We have all read or heard Aesop’s fable ‘The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey’: A man and his young son set out taking their donkey to market to sell it there. Listening to different censorious comments of a number of people they encountered on the road, they first rode the animal, then they carried it. First the man rode the horse, then the boy, then both of them together, and finally, they started carrying the donkey tied to a pole by its legs; while passing a bridge over a river, the donkey struggled... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

මේ රටේ සැබෑ නිදහස් දිනය පැවැත්විය යුත්තේ මැයි මස 22 දා මිස පෙබරවාරි 4 දා නොවේ
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර
 මේ රටේ සැබෑ නිදහස් දිනය පැවැත්විය යුත්තේ මැයි මස 22 දා මිස පෙබරවාරි 4 දා නොවේ. මන්ද පළමුව 48 පෙබරවාරි 4 දා අපගේ මව්බිමට හා සිංහල ජාතියට පූර්ණ නිදහස නොලැබුණු නිසාය.  දෙවනුව අර්ධවශයෙන් හෝ මේ රටට කිසියම් දේශපාලන නිදහසක් ලැබුණේ 1972 මැයි මස ජනරජයක් වශයෙන් ප‍්‍රකාශ කළ දා බැවිනි. 1972 සිට 1977 දක්වා පුරා පස් වසරක්ම රටේ නිදහස් දිනය සැමරුම් උත්සවය පැවැත්වූයේ ද මැයි මස 22 වැනි දිනය. එබැවින් මේ රටේ නිදහස් දිනය වශයෙන් ප‍්‍රකාශකොට සැමරිය යුත්තේ ජනරජයක් වශයෙන් ප්රකාශ කළ මැයි මස 22 දා මිස ජෙනිංග්ස්ගේ බිරිඳගේ උපන් දිනය සිහිකිරීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

The Consequences of Moving from Industrial to Financial Capitalism
MICHAEL HUDSON AND PEPE ESCOBAR Courtesy UNZ Review
High-ended retailer Saks Fifth Avenue added private security, fencing and barbed wire ahead of a Black Lives Matter protest in New York, June 7. 2020. (Anthony Quintano, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons) Michael Hudson and Pepe Escobar last month took a hard look at rent and rent-seeking at the Henry George School of Social Science. Michael Hudson: Well, I’m honored to be here on the same show with Pepe and discuss our mutual concern. And I think you have to frame the whole issue that China... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

කලාකීර්ති කලාසූරී ආචාර්ය එඩ්වින් ආරියදාස
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය විදුර වික්‍රමනායක ජාතික උරුම ප්‍රාසාංග කලා හා ග්‍රාමීය කලා ශිල්පී ප්‍රවර්ධන කටයුතු රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය.
දශක ගණනාවක් පුරා ස්වර්ණමය පරිච්ඡේදයක් ඉතිහාසයට එක් කළ ජනමාධ්‍ය ලෝකය දික්විජය කළ කලාකීර්ති කලාසූරී ආචාර්ය එඩ්වින් ආරියදාස නම් වූ ඒ අසහාය යුග පුරුෂයාණන් අප අතරින් සමු ගත්තේ අපේ රටේ සියලූම දෙනාට උගත හැකි බොහෝ දේ ඉතිරි කර තබමින්. එමෙන්ම මාධ්‍ය ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ මෙන් ම විවිධ වූ ක්ෂේත්‍ර ගණනාවක් ඔස්සේ තම විශ්මිත කෞෂල්‍යයන් තුළින් රට වෙනුවෙන් මිල කළ නොහැකි සේවාවක් ඔහු ඉටු කළා. 1922 දෙසැම්බර් 03 දා දකුණු ලක උණවටුන ප්‍රදේශයේ ජන්ම ලාභය ලැබූ එඩ්වින් ආරියදාසයන්ගේ 98 වන ජන්ම දිනයේ දී හමුවීමට ලැබීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

Did Abraham Sumanthiran lure Alponso Ranjan to his Orumitthanadu den? – part 1.
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
Sweet dreams are made of this Who am I to disagree I travel the world and the seven seas Everybody's looking for something. Some of them want to use you Some of them want to get used by you Some of them want to abuse you Some of them want to be abused…. Sweet dreams are made of this Who am I…                                        Eurythmics,1983 (written for future Ranjan/s?)” “I was sent to jail for 19 years on false charges. If you see the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

Dammika Bandara claims no responsibility for Pavithra contracting COVID-19
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Ayurvedic practitioner Dhammika Bandara said he was not responsible for Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi contracting COVID-19, as she had failed to follow his advice on taking the syrup made by him. In a Facebook post, he said when taking his herbal syrup, people should avoid smoking, consuming  alcoholic liquor and avoid eating meat. “Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi did two things which I advised her to avoid.  Therefore, I cannot take responsibility for she had fallen ill now,” he said in the post.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමතිනි පැණිය බීපු විදිහ වැරදියි.. ඒකයි කොරෝනා හැදුනේ..- ධම්මික බණ්ඩාර
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
කොරෝනා වෛරසය සඳහා තමන් විසින් හඳුන්වා දුන් ඖෂධය සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමතිනි පවිත්‍රා වන්නිආරච්චි මහත්මිය භාවිතා කළ ආකාරය වැරදෙන්නට ඇතැයි කෑගල්ලේ ධම්මික බණ්ඩාර මහතා සඳහන් කරයි. තමන් විසින් නියම කරන ලද මාත්‍රාව අනුව හරියටම ඖෂධය භාවිත කලේ නම් වෛරසය ආසාදන නොවන බවද ඔහු පවසයි. නියමානුකූල පිළිවෙතට මෙම ඖෂධය පානය කළ අය මෙතෙක් වෛරසය ආසාදන වී නැති බවද ඔහු පැවසීය. තමන් සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමතිනියට ඖෂධ ගෙනිහින් දුන් බවත් එම අවස්ථාවේ හැන්දකින් එය පානය කළද පසුව කෙසේ භාවික කලේ දැයි තමන් නොදන්නා බව ද ඔහු සඳහන් කළේ ය. සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමතිනී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

Sri Lanka to receive first batch of Covid-19 vaccines on Jan. 27 – President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the first batch of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in India is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on the 27th of January. Accordingly, Sri Lanka will be receiving the 500,000 vials of doses with the first vaccine consignment. The President’s remarks came during the ‘Gama Samaga Pilisandara’ programme held in Walallawita, Kalutara today (January 23). He noted that Covid-19 jabs will be first administered to medical officers, Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) and other health sector workers who are on the front line of coronavirus outbreak in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

Two more deaths bring COVID-19 fatality count to 280
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has reported two more coronavirus related deaths today (January 230, the Director-General of Health Services confirmed. One of the deceased is a 69-year-old male from Mount Lavinia who had passed away at the Homagama Base Hospital yesterday (January 22). He had been transferred from the Colombo National Hospital upon being diagnosed with COVID-19. The cause of his death has been determined as COVID-19 pneumonia and a kidney infection. The other victim is an 82-year-old woman from the Ranala area who succumbed to COVID-19 pneumonia and kidney disease. She had also... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

724 more coronavirus cases reported today
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 numbers saw another surge today, as 371 more persons were tested positive for the virus. Department of Government Information confirmed that all 371 of the newly-identified patients are close contacts of earlier cases linked to the Peliyagoda fish market. Accordingly, a total of 724 new cases have been reported within the day. As per statistics, the total number of Covid-19 infections confirmed in the country to date now stands at 57,587. Recoveries from the virus meanwhile climbed to 49,261 earlier today, as more patients regained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

Health Minister under medical care for Covid-19
Courtesy Adaderana
Covid-19 positive Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi is currently receiving treatment at an intermediate hotel quarantine centre in Hikkaduwa, the minister’s media secretary said. https://youtu.be/OJGYq4pOa8o Minister Wanniarachchi was tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday (January 22) in a rapid antigen test. She is the fifth Member of Parliament to contract the virus after State Ministers Dayasiri Jayasekara and Piyal Nishantha, MP Rauff Hakeem and Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

UK coronavirus variant 'may be more deadly’: What now for the UK?
BBC Newsnight
Early evidence suggests the variant of coronavirus that emerged in the UK may be more deadly, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. How does this affect the road out of lockdown? However, there remains huge uncertainty around the numbers - and vaccines are still expected to work. The virus's reproduction rate is estimated to be at or below one for the first time since early December - which means the epidemic is shrinking in the UK. So what does this mean for the UK? Could we see travel restrictions imposed due to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

Coronavirus: On shift in intensive care -
BBC Newsnight
Some viewers may find this film distressing As the UK coronavirus death toll reaches record levels, Newsnight returns to Salisbury District Hospital joining the ITU staff for a full 12 hour shift as they struggle to cope with the relentless influx of patients. https://youtu.be/hHcTZ8tHKW8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

TNA was formed by LTTE & contested December 2001 elections
By shenali Waduge
Was TNA created by the LTTE in 2001? Yes.Press release on 22 Oct 2001 was signed by Sampanthan for TULF, N.Kumarakuruparan  for ACTC, N. Srikantha  for TELO & K.Premachandran for EPRLF. Why was TNA formed by LTTE in 2001? 9/11 sparked fears of actions against terrorist movements so TNA as LTTE’s political wing came into being. TNA issued its election manifesto on 12 November 2001 ahead of the 5thDecember 2001 elections. TNA’s manifesto goes out to explain the history to the Tamil nationality covering past 52 years. TNA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/01/21)

How representative of the Tamils is the ITAK/TNA?
By shenali Waduge
The Tamil National Alliance was formed in 2001 by the LTTE and became known as LTTE’s political wing. The rationale to create a political wing was probably the outcome of 9/11 and the US steered global ‘war against terror’. The TNA has contested 2 Parliamentary elections with backing of LTTE in 2001 and 2004 while the remaining 4 elections were post-LTTE defeat (2010, 2013, 2015 and 2020). Interestingly, TNA while claiming to be the representative of the Tamils contests only in Jaffna, Vanni, Trincomalee, Batticoloa & Ampara in all the 6 elections. Why... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/01/21)

COVID 19 Variant in South Africa Exposes Ineffectiveness of COVID Vaccines? As reported by Julia Belluz and Umair Irfan for Microsoft News and reproduced
By The Sri Lanka Study Circle 
https://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/top-stories/why-scientists-are-more-worried-about-the-covid-19-variant-discovered-in-south-africa/ar-BB1d02fQ?ocid=msedgdhp Why scientists are more worried about the Covid-19 variant discovered in South Africa  On January 15, US public health officials warned that a more contagious variant of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 could dominate infections in the United States by March. That grim warning referred to B.1.1.7, a variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom.  But now, one week later, scientists are increasingly concerned about another variant that emerged in South Africa.  There’s evidence from several small, and not-yet-peer-reviewed, studies that mutations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/01/21)

“The Historical and Philosophical Background of Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka“-Ven. Dr. Rambukwelle Devananda
Book Review Dr. Sudath Gunasekara B. A.  (Hons) (Geography) Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Ph. D. (Agriculture)
Book Review Dr. Sudath Gunasekara B. A.  (Hons) (Geography) Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Ph. D. (Agriculture) Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Visiting Lecture Univ. Peradeniya, Retired Permanent Secretary to Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaarnaayaka (SLAS) 21.1.2021. Ven. Dr. Rambukwelle DevanadaThera Chief incumbent of Sri Sambhodi Vihaara, Berlin, was awarded a Ph.D. (Dr. Phil) “magna cum laude” with First Class Honours by the prestigious Berlin Humboldt National University of Germany for a Dissertation written in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/01/21)

An Englishman calls the Sinhalese ' a very highly civilized race '
Senaka Weeraratna
Sinhala Buddhists are the most demonized ethnic group in South Asia, despite their tolerance of other races and religions. The following is an account written by an Englishman named Campbell in 1932, on his trip to Australia from Ceylon, accompanying a group of about 500 (largely Sinhalese), on the ship SS Devonshire, in 1882: " The Cingalese were a very highly civilised race...They have  deep pride of the Island's  historical and spiritual continuity.   They burn with enthusiasm in their religious devotion and live up to it.. they are a race of  primitive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/01/21)

ECT and CDL in the Colombo Harbour -an analogue
Dr SARATH OBEYSEKERA Ex CEO Colombo Dockyard 
Colombo dockyard previously a part of the port commission was owned by Sri  Lanka Ports Authority which was offered to a Japanese company called Onomichi Dockyard where 51 % ownership was transferred lot stock and barrel with two docks and fully equipped and skilled workforce with fully-fledged workshops  in the eighties to a close to 3.5 million dollars by then UNP government  When the share transfer took place, there was no lease agreement for the 13-acre portland with assets which was later given at 2 million Rs per month... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/01/21)

Health minister test positive for covid?
Courtesy Hiru News
Unconfirmed reports state that Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has tested positive for COVID19. This was based on a rapid antigen test conducted. However, the minister who was subject to a PCR test is awaiting results. False negative results tend to occur more often with antigen tests than with molecular tests.  This is why antigen tests are not favored as a single test for active infection.  There has been no official statement made regarding the test results at present. No... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/01/21)

India welcomes emergency use approval of COVISHIELD vaccines in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
The Government of Sri Lanka has conveyed that approval was granted for the emergency use of COVISHIELD vaccines, says the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka. In a tweet posted today (January 22), the High Commission said this clears the way to schedule the delivery of vaccines from India to the island nation. “Welcome emergency use approval of COVISHIELD vaccines by Government of Sri Lanka. This clears the way for scheduling delivery of the vaccine from India to lka. VaccineMaitri AffordableVaccine4All” COVISHIELD is the local name... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/01/21)

Coronavirus: 787 positive cases in total confirmed today
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 numbers saw another surge today (January 22), as 441 more persons were tested positive for the virus. Department of Government Information confirmed that 438 of the newly-identified patients are close contacts of earlier cases linked to the Peliyagoda cluster. The remaining 03 were identified as arrivals from foreign countries; 02 from Tunisia and 01 from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Accordingly, a total of 787 new cases have been reported within the day. As per statistics, the total number of Covid-19 infections confirmed in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/01/21)

Two more people fall victim to Covid-19
Courtesy Adaderana
Two more Covid-19 related fatalities have been confirmed in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Health says. Following the new development, total lives claimed by the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country has reached 278. One of the victims was identified as an 82-year-old man from Colombo 08. He had been transferred to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) after testing positive for the virus while receiving treatment a private hospital in Colombo. He was suffering from Covid-19 pneumonia at the time of his passing earlier today (January 22). In... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/01/21)

Some Questions regarding Sinhala & Tamil language
By shenali Waduge
There is much ado about the claims that the 1956 Official Language Act was responsible for the present ‘ethnic conflict’. The advocate of this notion must explain how ITAK formed in 1949 sought to create a Tamil Nation as per translation of its name? They must also explain how grievance over Sinhala language could be solved by giving into a demand for ‘federalism’ as sought via Bandaranaike-Chelvanagayam Pact. What does Sinhala language have to do with federalism? Let us simply ask some questions, find the answers and think about the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/01/21)

COVID-19 Pandemic has been brought to near full control in Andalucía, Spain within two months, as the result of a public health initiative using Vitamin D.
Sunil Wimalawansa Professor of Medicine 
Why such has not been adopted or implemented in Sri Lanka and other counties? This is very similar to what Professor  Wimalawansa recommended to the SLGo in mid-March 2020 to effectively control COVID? A great example is summarized int the following website by one of our colleagues, from the U.K., Dr David Grimes. http://www.drdavidgrimes.com/2021/01/covid-19-and-vitamin-d-miracle-in.html If implemented S/L would have carried out normal functions and economic activities, with no loss of jobs, no excess deaths, disruption of the supply chain, and avoid near bankruptcy.  The country... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/01/21)

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Terrorism

  • An Indian eyewitness account of the last 70 hours of Terrorist War in Sri Lanka . FINAL HOURS
    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
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