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New Sri Lanka tax bill aims to widen tax net, cut indirect taxes
Shihar Aneez Courtesy  Reuters
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new tax bill, demanded by the IMF as a condition for a third tranche of aid disbursed this week, will seek to ensure that all citizens pay direct taxes and cut indirect taxes, top finance ministry officials said on Friday. The new Inland Revenue Act, the island nation's major tax reform since independence from Britain in 1948, will expand the tax net and seek to stamp out evasion, when implemented at the start of the next fiscal year on April 1, 2018. "The idea is everybody should pay taxes," Finance Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/07/17)

Constitutional Council defunct now – Get the federal constitution approved if possible – Wimal Weerawansa
Anrudda Bandara Ranawarana Media Secretary National Freedim Front.(Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA)
The leader of the National Freedom Front Mr. Wimal Weerawansa said that the Constitutional Council became defunct with the withdrawal of the 05 National Freedom Front MPs including him and challenged the government to bring in a federal constitution and get it approved if possible. Mr. Weerawansa made this challenge addressing a media conference held at the headquarters of the National Freedom Front in Pitakotte.  Speaking further Mr. Weerawansa said We informed the Speaker in writing that the 05 National Freedom Front MPs will dissociate from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/07/17)

Sexism in Science
by Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
In the article written by Carol Goar (Toronto Star May 26, 2010- ‘No female scientists? No surprise'), she points out that females were not promoted as leading scientists. An invisible force prevented women from reaching top levels. The Industry Minister Tony Clement too expressed his concern following no female nominations having been made for the Canada Excellence Research Chairs. Is there unseen sexism among the professional communities? According to article 27-sub section 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/07/17)

Dr Sarath Obeysekera
That day I was being driven in my car on the back seat trying to do some work using my laptop and noted that a road in Colombo 15 from Tholatanga getting congested due to a trench being dug by a contractor ( by the way it is going on for months and no sign of completion ).A thee wheeler driver did a sudden U turn just before the blocked road and almost hit my car .He started abusing by driver in filth demanding that car should move to the left  where there was drain .I... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/07/17)

A bird's appeal. - Kirilliyage' Vilapaya/Pinsidu Wanne'
Priyantha Fernando sings his father's first recorded song. Pinsidu Wanne in this video. This is primarily for educational and personal enjoyment and not for commercial purpose. The meaning of this song is both deep and touching. A bird's appeal. Priyantha Fernando sings his father's first recorded song. Pinsidu Wanne in this video. The meaning of this song is both deep and touching. It is a bird's appeal through the mouth of a compassionate song writer and singer. This song has so much appeal in today's scene in a country like Sri Lanka where stray animals including dogs and cats are... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/07/17)

Decree of Mahanaayake Theroes ignored – New Constitution almost ready
Sri Lanka can be termed as a country of semi theocracy where the Kings and the rulers have always sought advice and guidance from Buddhist monks on all major issues confronted by the country and the ancient Kings and freedom fighters have received blessings from the monks before embarking on wars and rebellions and on auspicious occasions. As far as I know the country’s history does not have any record of a King or a Ruler gone against the admonitions of the Chief Monks of the country. It seems that it is going to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

When Prof. Laksiri Fernando came marching in
H. L. D. Mahindapala
I am impressed by Prof. Laksiri Fernando’s letter to the Governor of Jaffna highlighting the failure of his administration to issue summons in Tamil to a Tamil journalist of Jaffna. This journalist has a right to receive a communication from the government in  his mother tongue. To issue summons in Sinhalese is a violation of  his  legal and human rights. I wish to congratulate Prof. Fernando for the bold stand he has taken to protect the rights of Tamils. Well done, Professor! And I mean it. I am with you all the way. Now we... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

පන්විල සිංහල ඉස්කෝලෙක ගුරුවරියෝ  කීපදෙනෙක් එදා රාජපක්ෂ ආණ්ඩුව පරද්දන්න   සතාට කතිරිගහන්න කියා කියා චන්ද ව්‍යාපාරයක් කලාලු.
චාර්ල්ස් පෙරේරා විසින්.
ඒදා ඒ ව්‍යාපාරය ගෙනගිය ඉස්කෝලේ හාමිනේලා අද ලංකාවට වෙලාතියෙන වින්නැහිය දැකලා දැන් මොනවා සිතනවා ඇද්දැයි දන්නේ නෑ. ඒ වගේ කාලකන්නියෝයි  අද ලංකාව පාතාලයට ඇදදමන්ට යන මේ යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුව පිහිටවන්ට සම්මාදන්  උනේ.  රාජපක්ස ජනාධිපති තුමා දුටුවා යම්හෙතුවකින්  වෙන ජනාධිපතිවරයෙක් හෝ වෙන රජයක් බලයට  පත් උනොත් ඊ ලඟට එන කොය්යම් ජනාධි පතිවරයෙක්  හෝ රජයක්වත්   තමා ගෙනයන සංවර්ධනය ඒ විධියට ගෙනයන්නට  සමත්වන්නේ නැ කියලා.  මේ නිගමනයට  ඔහු පැමිණියේ  1948 ඉඳල 2004 දක්වා බලයට පැමිනි දේශපාලන පක්ෂ  පිහිටෙව් ආණ්ඩු දිර්ගකාලයක් බලයේ  සිටීම සඳහා රනිල්වගේ ත්‍රස්තවාදියොත් එක්ක ගිවිසුම් ගහගෙන  කටයුතුකලා මිස ලංකාව නිදහස් රටක් වශයෙන්  දියුණු කරන්නට උත්සහයක් නොගත්බවත් ලංකාව කොයි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

Re-size cabinet to specified subjects in the national interest
Elections are fought over all kinds of issues.  The winners typically secure the rights to interpret mandate.  “This election was about A, B, C or D,” they would say and often give their own interpretation of A, B, C and D, amending the same as per prerogatives of the particular political moment.   If you were to ask 10 random people what would be the key issue in 2020 would be, you would get more than a single answer, most likely.  Give the same 10 people a list of ten key issues and ask them to pick three and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

Prime Minister’s Office opens Public Relations Division………News Item
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Need of the hour …….. Public is out of touch with governing politicians and only way they can meet top level politicians is when they go on demonstrations and HE and PM invite then for discussions. It is also good that well-dressed Ex Mrs World in her prime meet the public .Public, may forget why they came for when they are mesmerised during the encounter ? It is also good to know that the government wants to enhance public relations as the current relationship is not at  the best .Bond scam .Garbage fiasco ,Salawa tragedy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංගේ ඕපාදූප
කුඩගම්මන සීලරතන හිමි
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග මෑතක දී පළ කළ ලිපිවල වත්මන් ශී‍්‍ර ලාංකික සංඝ සමාජය පිළිබඳව කිසියම් අදහසක් පළ කිරීමට දරණ වෑයමක් පෙනෙන මුත්, ඒවා සාමාන්‍යයෙන් නිතර පළවන අදහස්වලින් එහා යන බවක් නොපෙනේ.   ඒ කියන දේවල්වල කිසියම් සත්‍යයක් ඇති නමුත්, බහුතරය  ඕපාදුප යයි මට හැෙඟ්. යුගයෙන් යුගය කවර සමාජයක වුව සුවිශේෂ පුද්ගලයන් පහළ වූ ආකාරයට ම ලාංකික සමාජයෙහි ද විවිධ දක්‍ෂතා ඇති භික්‍ෂූන් වහන්සේ කවදටත් වැඩ සිටිති. ශක්ති පමණින් ඥාන පමණින් යම් යම් සමාජයීය මෙහෙවරයන් ඉටුකර වියෝ වූ යතිවරුනට අතපසු වූ බරපතළ ම දෙය තමතමන් කළ කී හරියවත් කර කියාගත නොහැකි තමන්ගේ යයි කිවහැකි ශිෂ්‍ය පුත‍්‍රයන් තනා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Some of us may agree that there have  been irregularities in admission of students to Saitm medical faculty and we also know that many consultants have their children studying in Siatm .Dr Neville Fernando may have used his influence and goT the approval for both hospital and the college during the successive governments. He was intrepid enough to purchase a land in Malabe and negotiated with the banks to obtain funds to build this state of the art hospital. Obviously no lending bank will release a long term loan to any investor without asking for a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

SAITM and its solution  in the face of the GMOA and the JVP.
Bodhi Danapala , Quebec, Canada.
I was a young student at Vidyodaya university in the hay day of the rise of the JVP, and I know how its activities polarized and ultimately pulverized many of the young lives of  our  times. It was my strong Buddhist upbringing that made me reject the culture of violence that was preached by these Marxists who believed that “the end justified the means, you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs”.   The JVP came from a seemingly less “gentlemanly” rural group than the Gramasci-quoting and ineffective left intellectuals of the English-elitist era. They... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

Cricket and religion
From Island It is creditable that Angelo resigned with dignity. However, what inspired me when listening to him was how he praised the Almighty with gratitude at the end of his speech. We see many Sri Lankan cricket players make frequent crosses when success happens on the field. This is true with Muslim players from their countries, beginning their speeches with gratitude to the Almighty as well as worship on the ground at times. In this scenario, it is worth considering how Buddhists should tread the path in the present context. Of course Buddhism being so liberal many a Buddhist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

Major breakthrough in MiG deal investigation
By C.A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
=The Island Special Report precipitates reopening of probe in Ukraine = Key witness gives statement to Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office July 16, 2017, 8:42 pm Following The Island’s three part Special Report on ‘The Rajapaksa Govt.’s controversial MiG deal’ in mid-May this year, we reliably learn that the Ukrainian authorities have reopened their investigation into this transaction which took place in 2006 between the Sri Lanka Air Force and the Ukrainian state owned enterprise UKRINMASH. The Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) has said it contacted the Ukrainian Justice Ministry through the Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

බෙන්ගේ ඩෙන්න ඩෙනා
නලින් ද සිල්වා
එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානයේ ඊනියා මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් වර්ධනය කිරීමටත් ත්‍රස්තවාදය නැතිකිරීමටත් කතාකරන, එකී සංවිධානයේ විශේෂ වාර්තාකරුවකු වූ බෙන් එමර්සන් ලංකාවට තර්ජනය කරලා. 2015 ඔක්තෝබරයේ දී ලංකාවේ ද සහායෙන් ලංකාවට විරුද්ධව එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් මණ්ඩලය සම්මත කර ගත් යෝජනාව පූර්ණ ව ක්‍රියාත්මක නොකළහොත් දරුණු විපාකවලට මුහුණ දීමට සිදුවනු ඇති බව එමර්සන් ප්‍රකාශ කරලා. ඔහු මේ ප්‍රකාශය කර ඇත්තේ කොළඹ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධාන පරිෂ්ඨයේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවක දී. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානය අද අප පාලනය කරනවා.  හිටපු විදේශ ඇමති මංගල සමරවීර ද රනිල් ද මෛත්‍රිපාල ද දිගින් දිගට ම කියා සිටියේ මේ ඊනියා ජාතික ආණ්ඩුව හෙවත් විජාතික ආණ්ඩුව බලයට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

Lanka sledgehammered by UN
By Shamindra Ferdinando
July 18, 2017, Ben Emmerson, QC, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, while countering terrorism, is fully cognizant of Sri Lanka’s long and complex history of ethnic tensions and the tremendous security challenges this has generated. For almost 26 years, Sri Lanka dealt with violent acts of terrorism, committed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), including suicide bombings and political assassinations, which culminated in a prolonged armed conflict that came to an end only in 2009. UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner Britisher Emmerson... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

කාලෝගේ හා වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරී සංගමයේ ටියුබ් ලයිට්
නලින් ද සිල්වා
ඊයේ මහින්ද පැරදුණේ සිංහල බෞද්ධ ඡන්ද අහිමි වීමෙන් මිස මුස්ලිම් ඡන්ද අහිමි වීවෙන් නොවන බව මා කී විට එක් පඬියකු අසා තිබුණේ මහින්ද පැරදුණු විට ඔහු වටා ඩිටියේ සිංහල බෞද්ධයන් බව අමතක වී ද කියා. 2015 ජනාධිපතිවරණයේ ප්‍රතිඵල අධ්‍යයනය කර විශ්ලේෂණය කළහොත් පෙනේවි මහින්දට සිංහල බෞද්ධ ඡන්ද අඩු වූ ආකාරය. එහෙත් පඬියන් විශ්ලේෂණවලට කැමති නැහැ. මහින්දගේ පරාජයෙන් පසුව ඔහු වටා ජනයා එකතු වූ බව පැහැදිලියි. අද ඒ පිරිස තවත් වැඩි වී ඇති. එහෙත් මා කියා සිටියේ ජනාධිපතිවරණයෙන් පැරදීම මිස ඉන්පසු ආණ්ඩුවේ වැඩ බැරිකම් හා වෙනත් හේතු නිසා ජනයා මහින්ද වටේ නැවතත් එකතු වීම ගැන නො වෙයි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

එමර්සන්ට එරෙහිව විජයදාස
නලින් ද සිල්වා
මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් හා ප්‍රතිත්‍රස්තවාදය පිළිබඳ එක්සත් ජාතින්ගේ විශේෂ වාර්තාකාර එමර්සන්ට විජේදාස රාජපක්‍ෂ ඉතා තදින් පිළිතුරු දී ඇති බවට දි අයිලන්ඩ් පුවත්පතේ ඊයේ වාර්තා වී තිබුණා. ජනමාධවේදීන් මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවක දී එමරසන්ගෙන් ඒ ගැන ඇසූ අවස්ථාවේ දී ඔහු කියා ඇත්තේ පෞද්ගලික සාකච්ඡාවල දී සිදු වූ දේ ඔහු ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ නොකියන බවයි. එමර්සන් සුද්දකුට සරිලන පිළිතුරක් දී තිබෙනවා. ඔහු ප්‍රශ්නයෙන් ගැළවෙලා. සුද්දන්ගේ හැටි ඔහොමයි. අද වන විට ආණ්ඩුවේ මැදිහත් වීමෙන් කොටින්ට විරුද්ධව වීරෝදාර ව සටන් කළ නාවික හමුදා නිලධාරියකු අත්අඩංගුවට අරගෙන. ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයටත් පුළුවන් මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡා පවත්වන්න විතරයි. දැන් දේශපාලනය මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවලට හා රැස්වීමකින් පසුව මාධ්‍යයට කරන ප්‍රකාශවලට (ඊනියා වොයිස්කට්)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

සයිටම් නැත්නම් වෙන අයිටම්
නලින් ද සිල්වා
දොස්තරලා අගමැතිගේ යෝජනාවට කැමතිලු. අගමැති සයිටම් අහෝසි කරන්නේ නැහැ. රාජිත සයිටම් අහෝසි කරාවි ද? ජනාධිපති සයිටම් අහෝසි කරාවි ද? පුබුදු ජාගොඩ සයිටම් අහෝසි කරාවි ද? දයාසිරි ජයසේකර සයිටම් අහෝසි කරාවි ද? චම්පක සයිටම් අහෝසි කරාවි ද? ජනමාධ්‍යවේදීන් සයිටම් අහෝසි කරාවි ද? මා දන්නේ නැති නිසයි අහන්නේ. හෙට නෙවිල් ප්‍රනාන්දු රෝහල රජයට පවරා ගන්නවා. එය පැහැදිලි නැහැ. ඒ සම්පූර්ණ පවරා ගැනීමක් ද නැත්නම් ජයවර්ධනපුර නව රෝහල වගේ පෞද්ගලික රාජ්‍ය බද්ධ ව්‍යවසායක් ලෙස පවත්වා ගෙන යෑමක් ද? මටත් සතුටක් තියෙනවා මගේ එක් යෝජනාවක් ක්‍රියාත්මක වීම ගැන. ඒ යෝජනාව මා මුල් වරට ඉදිරිපත් කෙළේ  කලකට පෙර. ඇතැම් වෛද්‍යවරුන් ඒ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

යහපාලනය නිමයි… ආණ්ඩුවෙන් එළියට බහින ශ්‍රීලනිප ප්‍රබලයන් මෙන්න..
ආණ්ඩු පක්ෂය නියෝජනය කරන ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ ඇමැතිවරුන් හා නියෝජ්‍ය ඇමැතිවරුන් 18 දෙනකු සැප්තැම්බර් මාසයේ ආණ්ඩුවෙන් ඉවත් වී විපක්ෂයේ අසුන් ගැනීමට ගෙන ඇති තීරණය වෙනස් කිරීම සලකා බැලීමට එම කණ්ඩායම ජනාධිපතිවරයා වෙත කොන්දේසි දෙකක් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට යයි. ආණ්ඩුවෙන් ඉවත් වීමට යන එම කණ්ඩායමේ මුල්පෙළ සිටින පුත්තලම දිස්ත්‍රික් මන්ත්‍රි සංචාරක සංවර්ධන හා ක්‍රිස්තියානි ආගමික කටයුතු නියෝජ්‍ය ඇමැති අරුන්දික ප්‍රනාන්දු මහතාගෙන් මේ පිළිබඳව කළ විමසුමකට පිළිතුරු දෙමින් කීවේ රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය තනතුරෙන් ඉවත් කළ යුතු බවත් එසේ නොකරන්නේ නම් තම කණ්ඩායමට විපක්ෂයේ අසුන් ගැනීමට ජනාධිපතිවරයා අවසරය ලබාදිය යුතු බවයි. කොන්දේසි වශයෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කරන මේ ඉල්ලීම් දෙක ඉටු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

කොසවෝ සමූල ඝාතක 'රම්බෝ' බේරාගත්  බෙන් එමර්සන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණෙයි
35 වැනි ජිනීවා මානව සැසිවාරය අවසන් වී ජුලි 10 වැනිදාට දින 17 කි. එහෙත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ගැලවීමක්‌ නැත. මානව හිමිකම් කොමසාරිස්‌ සෙයිද් රාද් හුසේන් ජුලි 10 වැනිදා මෙරටට තවත් එක්‌සත් ජාතීන්ගේ විශේෂ නියෝජිතයකු එවනු ලැබීය. ඔහු බෙන් එමර්සන් නැමැත්තෙකි. එමර්සන් යනු එක්‌සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් සහ ත්‍රස්‌තවාදය පිටුදැකීමේ ක්‍රියාවලියට සම්බන්ධ විශේෂ නියෝජිතයායි. මොහු ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණියේ කුමක්‌ සඳහාද? ඒ ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය ත්‍රස්‌ත මර්දන ක්‍රියාදාමයක්‌ දියත්කළ ප්‍රදේශවල තත්ත්වය සහ මානව හිමිකම් ආරක්‍ෂා කිරීම සඳහා එකී ක්‍රියාදාමයක්‌ වෙතින් සිදුවූ හානිය ගැන සෙවීමටයි. දින පහක්‌ තිස්‌සේ මෙරට නතර වී සිටි බෙන් එමර්සන් ත්‍රස්‌තවාදී කටයුතුවලට සම්බන්ධව රැඳවුම් භාරයේ සිටින ත්‍රස්‌තයන් ත්‍රස්‌තවාදී ක්‍රියා... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

රාජපක්‌ෂ ආණ්‌ඩුවේ මිග් යානා ගනුදෙනුව
සී. ඒ. චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
වැඩි මුදලට ප්‍රහාරක යානා ලබාගැනීම හා ගෙවීම් හොර සමාගමකට බැර කිරීම... රාජපක්‌ෂ ආණ්‌ඩුව බලයට පැමිණි අලුත, ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් හමුදාවට තිබුණු මිග් ප්‍රහාරක යානා හතරක්‌ අලුත්වැඩියා කිරීමේදී හා තවත් මිග් - 27 ගුවන්යානා හතරක්‌ යුක්‌රේනයෙන් මිලදී ගැනීමේදී සිදුවූවා යෑයි කියන මහා වංචාවක්‌ ගැන මුලින්ම හෙළිදරව් වූයේ 2006 දී ඉංග්‍රීසි පුවත්පත් දෙකක පළ වූ වාර්තා වලිනි. 2015 ජනවාරියේදී සිදුවූ ආණ්‌ඩු වෙනසින් පසු මේ මිග් ගනුදෙනුව විමර්ශනය කිරීමට අලුත් ආණ්‌ඩුව උනන්දුවක්‌ දක්‌වා ඇත. එම විමර්ශනයේ ප්‍රගතිය ගැන ඉඳහිට මාධ්‍ය වාර්තා ද පළ වේ. වසර 2000 දී ගුවන් හමුදාව මුල්වරට මිග් - 27 යානා හතරක්‌ මිලදීගත් අවස්‌ථාවේදී ඒවා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

Disease Outbreak News -Dengue fever – Sri Lanka
World Health Organization (WHO)
19 July 2017 From 1 January to 7 July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH) Sri Lanka reported 80 732 dengue fever cases, including 215 deaths. This is a 4.3 fold higher than the average number of cases for the same period between 2010 and 2016, and the monthly number of cases exceeds the mean plus three standard deviations for each of the past six months. Based on sentinel site surveillance for the past seven years the expected peak months of May to July coincides with the south-western monsoon... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

Sri Lankan held in Bengaluru is Tamil Nadu's most-wanted bank card fraudster
Courtesy The Times of India
BENGALURU: Sri Lankan national Divyan alias Dinesh alias Pulikesi, 30, who landed in Bengaluru police custody on Friday, happens to be Tamil Nadu's most-wanted bank card fraudster who had been on the run for five years. The then TN governor had issued an exclusive detention order in 2012 to nab the foreign national, suspected to have swindled over Rs 100 crore.Apparently, his blunder of revealing his original cellphone number after purchasing a TV set using a cloned card brought Bengaluru cops to his doorstep in Jalahalli. Along with Divyan, his accomplices Nawaz Shariff, 22, and Nadeem Shariff, 30, were taken into custody by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

As Vietnamese imports flood market, domestic pepper growers threaten to abandon cultivation
GK NAIR Courtesy The Hindu
KOCHI, JULY 17:   As cheaper pepper from Vietnam continues to flood the Indian market through Sri Lanka, taking advantage of the lower duty structure under SAFTA (South Asian Free Trade Area), growers here have threatened to abandon the cultivation of the spices crop. Growers and traders from the key producing States of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, who have formed a consortium, have demanded that the Centre impose a floor price for pepper imports at $8,000 per tonne to curb cheaper inflow of the spice. Kishor Shamji, coordinator of the Indian Pepper and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

Bring forth a federal constitution now if you can, Wimal challenges Govt.
By Ayshwarya Yapa Courtesy Ceylon Today
Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF), Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa challenged the Government to now bring forth a federal Constitution, with the Constitutional Assembly being rendered invalid after he and four other parliamentarians left the Assembly yesterday (19). Weerawansa stated this upon attending a press conference of the NFF at the party headquarters in Pitakotte today (20). He stated that they had been made members of the Constitutional Assembly automatically, owing to their parliamentarian status. He proceeded to remind that the NFF had refrained from participating in activities of the operation committee and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

New Constitution Forces behind the scene
By Ananda Ariyarathne Courtesy Ceylon Today
Feeling proud about one's own 'ethnicity' is a very normal human behaviour. It is applicable to any community. It is also natural for some to go to extremes. It becomes absurd only when such extremists become so self-centred and delve into their own dreams. When the military power of a community grows beyond its limits it becomes a cause for concern. The enthusiasm that sprang up in South India due to the social conflict that came into being as a movement of Tamils Against Brahmins who exerted their authority over the others who were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

CB Bond Probe Strangles Arjun Aloysius
Aruna Benedict Dias, Deputy General Manager of the Treasury Department (bond transactions) of the Pan Asia Bank, told the Presidential Commission probing controversial Treasury Bond issues at yesterday's hearings that Arjun Aloysius "begged me to help him when giving evidence before the Presidential Commission since the following fortnight would be risky and might be harmful to him and his firm Perpetual Treasuries," Dias revealed this before the Commission in response to being cross examined by Aloysius's lawyer President's Counsel Nihal Fernando,......with the Commissioner, Supreme Court Judge Prasanna S. Jayawardene, chairing the proceedings. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/07/17)

Yahapalana won the election in 2015, due partly to the enthusiastic support of   the Maha sangha, notably Ven.  Maduluwawe Sobitha.   Unlike in the 1956 election, where the sangha were making demands and actively pursuing those demands, in 2015, they were blindly supporting an externally introduced plan. The Maha Sangha were originally an important part of the ‘regime change’ strategy. The Mahanayakes of Malwatte and Asgiriya were regularly visited by   ministers and members of Parliament, to state their positions on political issues. These visits were televised and we saw them on TV news. These visits were not confined... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/17)

Few vital comments on “The Sri Lanka Kanda Udarata Urumaya Surekime  Saha Savibalagenvime Adhikariya’ Panatha
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara 19. 7.2017
I am making these few comments as a deeply concerned person on the pitiful plight of the Kandyan Peasants in particular and generally on the ongoing disastrous and treacherous programme of the present government for the serious attention of all citizens who love their country and the Sinhala nation. I also request and simultaneously demand all those MPP supposed to represent the Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces in particular to agitate for the immediate scrapping of the Upcountry Village (mono-Tamil villages) and Infrastructure Development Ministry and to set up the Kandyan areas Development Authority... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/17)

ශ්‍රි ලංකා කන්ද උඩරට උරුමය සුරැකීමේ සහ සවිබලගැන්විමේ අධිකාරිය පනත
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකරගේ  නිරීක්ෂණ 13-07-2017 
යෝජිත මෙම පනත වු කලී 1505 සිට 1948 දක්වා වසර 443 ක් පුරා පෘතුගිසි, ඕලන්ද සහ බි්‍රතාන්‍ය විදේශිය ආක්‍රමනිකයින්ගෙන් තම රට ජාතිය හා සම්බුද්ධ ශාසනය ආරක්ෂාකොට ගැනීම  සඳහා දිවිහිමියෙන් සටන් වැද දසදහස් ගණනින් ජිවිත පරිත්‍යාග කොට තම උරුමයන් සියල්ල අහිමි කොටගෙන තම උපන් බිමේම අනාථයින් බවට පත්ව සිටින මේ රටේ නියම  භුමිපුත්‍රයන්  වන උඩරට සිංහලයින්ගේ අහිමිවු උරුමයන් ලබාදීම. දැනට උඩරට වතුකරයේ් ක්‍රියාත්මක කෙරෙන සමස්ත කඳුකරයම  දකුණු ඉන්දිය වතු කම්කරු ප්‍රාන්තයක් බවට පත් කිරීමේ භයානක  මෙන්ම ජාතිද්‍රෝහි වැඩ පිළිවෙලින්  මේ රට ගලවා ගැනීම  සහ දිවයිනේ සමස්ත ජිවි පද්ධතියේ මෙන්ම ශිෂ්ඨාචාරයේ  පදනම වන මධ්‍යම කඳුකරයේ භෞතික පදනම පුරුත්්ථාපනය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/17)

Animal Welfare Advisory Committee Expresses Dissent at Cruelty to Animals
Animal Welfare Advisory Committee Press Release
 We make this statement as the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) to Minister Faiszer Musthapha to publicly express our dissent at the continuing massacre of dogs in Sri Lanka, despite the No-Kill Policy on Dogs that is effective in Sri Lanka, as well as the Minister’s promise to the AWAC that such killings  would not happen. We agreed to serve in the AWAC as Animal Welfare Activists at the Minister’s invitation in order to establish a realistically sustainable, practical and humane programme, mutually beneficial to the animals and the public in order to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/17)

Serman by a Buddhist Monk from Bangladesh
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
I  Was at a pre-alms giving function held at my brother’s place last night .Serman was delivered by a  young monk who has come to Sri Lank from Bangladesh when he  was small ( now  he may be in late twenties) gave an insight of our society .His controversial serman was about some monks and laymen claiming that they have achieved “ Sothapaththa” (So’wan )  and what a farce it is .People have not clearly understood that most of  the people in our society are full of hatred .ignorance and cravings ,That is why in Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/17)

Judiciary should not succumb to political skulduggery
BY FAIZER SHAHEID Courtesy Ceylon Today
The current regime came to power promising to restore democracy, human rights, and rule of law while eradicating corruption, nepotism, and impunity. Thirty months later, the government appears to be struggling to escape after ensnaring itself. Rule of law was one of its foremost slogans it carried forth, and for this the Courts required to have an independent judiciary and a brilliant enforcement mechanism. However, to this date, no major arrests have been made, and all this is while a popular Attorney-at-law, Nagananda Kodituwakku, takes on the entire system, claiming that tampering of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/17)

NFF withdraws from constitutional assembly
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A letter was handed over to the Speaker of Parliament stating that five members of the National Freedom front (NFF) representing the UPFA will withdraw from the constitutional assembly. The letter signed by MP’s Wimal Weerawansa, Weerakumara Dissnayake, Jayantha Smaraweera, Udayashantha Gunasekara and Niroshan Premarathna cited ten reasons for the decision. The parliamentarians said they bowed down to the Mahanayake Theros view that the country did not need a new constitution at the moment and questioned the legality of the process as they alleged the public was neither informed of the assembly’s decisions nor were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/17)

Dr. Neville Fernando to settle all loans in 10 years
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The South-Asian Institute for Technology and Medicine (SAITM) today said that as per the Cabinet Memorandum approved by the Cabinet, the mortgage rights of the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) will remain with the Bank of Ceylon (BoC) until such time all loans are repaid by SAITM within the next 10 years, after which all titles of ownership will be vested with the Government of Sri Lanka. Issuing a statement, the SAITM also stated that “This arrangement was materialized under the advocacy of attorneys of BoC, the government and SAITM in the best interest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/17)

IMF only approved the third tranche, not a new loan - Bandula
By Ayshwarya Yapa Courtesy Adaderana
Joint Opposition’s Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardana stated that the third tranche of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) loan was granted to Sri Lanka as a result of the National Inland Revenue Act which was presented to the Parliament. He stated this at a press conference of the Joint Opposition today (19). Gunawardana further remarked that the media had blown the news about the third tranche out of proportion, and explained that it was merely a continuation of an existing loan scheme, and not a new loan altogether. The former minister added that the Government had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/17)

Emirates to operate one-off A380 flight to Colombo
TradeArabia News Service
DUBAI, Emirates’ iconic A380 aircraft will make a one-off landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo on August 14 as the airline joins local authorities in the celebration of the airport’s resurfaced runway. The special flight, operating as EK654 from Dubai, will be the first A380 aircraft to disembark passengers in Sri Lanka after completing a commercial service. The one-off A380 aircraft will arrive at 16:10 hours and be on ground for more than six hours before it returns to Dubai as flight EK655 departing at 22:10 hours, enabling airport executives, VIPs, trade... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/17)

Sri Lanka to probe 2011 World Cup cricket defeat
Sri Lanka's sports minister gave his support Wednesday for an investigation into the country's controversial 2011 World Cup loss against India, amid fresh allegations of match fixing. The South Asian nation lost the World Cup decider by six wickets at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, stunning the cricket-mad island. Then Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara resigned soon after the match. Pressure has since been mounting for an inquiry into the shock defeat, with a former cricket captain and a previous sports minister going public with their suspicions that Sri Lanka deliberately lost the match. © AFP/File / by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/07/17)

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