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'My hip op in Sri Lanka cost very little'
Courtesy BBC
80-year-old Tony Perry from Easton near Norwich was told he needed knee replacement surgery in July 2019. His appointment for the procedure at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital was cancelled in January 2020. His knee condition also exacerbated problems with his hip and his Sri Lankan partner suggested seeking treatment over there. "He spoke to several people in Sri Lanka and they said 'why don't you come here?' and it cost very little," he says. "I spoke to the surgeon. He insisted I had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/21)

Coming weeks extremely critical, warns Epidemiology Chief
Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While the country moves back to normalcy with schools, universities and companies re-opening, COVID -19 cases are simultaneously increasing, making the next few weeks extremely crucial and challenging in controlling and preventing the virus, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera warned today. He told the media that people would have to act with a sense of responsibility in the coming weeks if they were to prevent a devastating situation.   “A huge responsibility lies on people as to how they should abide by the health guidelines when they venture... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/21)

Certain amendments possible to Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill: Romesh de Silva PC
Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President's Counsel Romesh de Silva, appearing on behalf of President's Secretary P.B. Jayasundara in the intervening petition on the Port City Economic Commission Bill, told the Supreme Court that the acts of the Colombo Port City Commission could be also subjected to judicial review and the aggrieved parties could file Fundamental Rights petitions or take legal measures if there is any matter occurred within the Commission. He also informed the bench that he would recommend making amendments to it. Making the submission on behalf of his client, he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/21)

Cardinal urges Muslims to rise against those who instrumentalize Islam
Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Archbishop of Colombo Cadinal Malclom Ranjith today urged the Muslim community in Sri Lanka to rise up against those who try to instrumentalise Islam for their own purposes. “Rise up and defend yourself against those who try to instrumentalise Islam to fulfil their own purposes. Oppose Wahabism and organizations that promote such ideologies. This is my special request from the Muslim,” Cardinal Ranjith said at a program held to mark the second anniversary of deadly Easter Sunday attacks. “There would not have been any issue today if the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/21)

Sri Lanka-India travel bubble delayed
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has decided to postpone launching the proposed “travel bubble” with India, in the wake of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in India, officials at the Indian Ministry of Tourism said. “We are just postponing the bubble, this is not a cancellation. When things get better in India, we look forward to launching the travel bubble,” an official at the Ministry told The Hindu. Sri Lanka has been preparing to open up the country for tourists in phases as earnings from the sector, a crucial foreign exchange earner, fell steeply in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/21)

Uptick in COVID figures as daily cases climb to 578
Courtesy Adaderana
Ministry of Health on Wednesday (April 21) confirmed 217 new cases of the COVID-19 in Sri Lanka as the daily cases count reached 578. Department of Government Information said 62 arrivals from foreign countries are also among the newly-identified cases. The new development has brought the total number of COVID-19 confirmed in the country thus far to 98,050. Meanwhile, the country’s recoveries count is at 93,668 while 3,752 active cases are receiving treatment at selected hospitals across the island. Sri Lanka has so far witnessed a total of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/21)

Five more COVID victims bring death toll to 630
Courtesy Adaderana
Five more persons who were infected with COVID-19 have died, as Sri Lanka’s death toll reached 630, Director-General of Health Services confirmed today (April 21). Details of the latest victims of coronavirus infection are as follows: 01. A 75-year-old man from Sewanagala area: He had been under medical care at the Embilipitiya Base Hospital when he tested positive for the virus. He was later transferred to Colombo North Teaching Hospital where he died on April 18. The cause of death was reported as COVID pneumonia, sepsis and acute kidney injury. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/21)

Sri Lanka to conduct 15,000 daily PCR tests
Courtesy Adaderana
The Ministry of Health says that a decision has been taken to conduct at least 15,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests per day in the country. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Special Review Task Force of the Health Ministry, held under the patronage of Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/21)

Three people who received AstraZeneca jabs died of blood clotting – Health Min.
Courtesy Adaderana
Three individuals who had received the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Sri Lanka have died of blood clotting, Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi told the Parliament today (April 21). In response to a question raised by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, the Health Minister stated that Sri Lanka has reported a total of six cases of blood clotting among those who were administered the AstraZeneca jabs. Several countries including Norway, Thailand, Austria and Iceland temporarily suspended the rollout of AstraZeneca vaccine, but have now resumed the procedure. Meanwhile, Denmark recently announced that it would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/21)

Before start work in Colombo Port City, I published several articles explaining how it positively impacts the economy of Sri Lanka. The concept of port city development has been attracted in many countries and some are successful others are not successful as expected. Sri Lanka needs to invent new strategies for its development and growth and, the port city may be one that could be successfully used with many limits.  Before beginning it was a dream when it graduating a reality many antagonisms emerged with different political opinions and unknown forces and motives.  When looks... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

Day of infamy and ' Pearl Harbour' moment in Sri Lanka's history
Senaka Weeraratna
April 21, 2019 is destined to be marked as a date which will live in infamy. Paraphrasing President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he delivered the famous infamy speech on December 08, 1941 soon after the attack on Pearl Harbour by Japan,,  posterity may well designate  April 21, 2019 as the Blackest day and the ' Pearl Harbour' moment in the contemporary history of Sri Lanka. A total of 267 people were killed, including at least 45 foreign nationals,three police officers, and eight bombers, and at least 500 were injured.  Three churches... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

Shirley De Alwis: The Hand behind Peradeniya University’s Designs
KNO Dharmadasa Courtesy Thuppahi's Blog
Shirley D’Alwis, the first University Architect, died in harness. He was working day and night to complete the job entrusted to him – the preparation of the buildings he had designed and started constructing – for the university to be shifted to its intended site in Peradeniya. After a long and protracted “battle of the sites” fought in the legislature and in the media, the State Council had finally decided in September 1938 that the proposed University of Ceylon was to be a unitary and residential university and that it should be sited... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

දෙවියන් මෙරට ජනතාවට හා පාලකයන්ට හිතා බලන්න නිර්මාණය කරන දෑ දෙස බලන්න.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.
දෙවියන් අඳුරු කුටි තුල ලැග ඉන්නේ නැත.වැඩ සිටින්නේ මුළු මහත් සමාජය තුලමය. එසේ සමාජය ආවරණය කරමින් වැඩ සිටින දෙවියන් අඳුරු කුටි තුල ලැග ගෙන ඉන්නා මිනිසුන්ට සිතා බලන්න බොහෝ දේ නිර්මාණය කරමින් එලි දක්වයි. ඒත් අදුරේ අතපත ගාමින් සිටින මිනිසුන්ගෙන් කි දෙනෙකුට දෙවියන් ඉදිරිපත් කරන මේ කරුණු වැටහේද යන්න ගැටලුවක්ව ඇත. බලන්න මෙවර අපට සිතන්නට දෙවියන් ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති දෙය දෙස  මෙවර දෙවියන් එක වරම චිත්‍රපට දෙකක් ප්‍රදර්ශනය සඳහා ඉදිරිපත්කර ඇත. ඒ, 1.වරාය නගර වලිය 2.ජනාධිපති සමාව යන චිත්‍රපට දෙකයි. චිත්‍රපට දෙකේම ප්‍රධාන නළු නිළියෝ, සියල්ලක්ම එකය. සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස,ප්‍රමුඛ සජබ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

Covid in Uttar Pradesh: Coronavirus overwhelms India's most populous state
Courtesy BBC
image captionSushil Kumar Srivastava was photographed sitting in his car, strapped to an oxygen cylinder in Lucknow city India is reeling under a severe second wave of Covid-19 and many states are struggling to cope with the rising numbers. Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, is among the worst affected in the country and its people are suffering even as authorities insist the situation is under control, reports the BBC's Geeta Pandey. Kanwal Jeet Singh's 58-year-old father Niranjan Pal Singh died on Friday in an ambulance while being ferried from one hospital... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

Covid-19: How India failed to prevent a deadly second wave
Soutik Biswas  India correspondent Courtesy BBC
image captionFamily members of a person who died of Covid-19 react during a cremation In early March, India's health minister Harsh Vardhan declared the country was "in the endgame" of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Vardhan also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership as an "example to the world in international co-operation". From January onwards, India had begun shipping doses to foreign countries as part of its much-vaunted "vaccine diplomacy". Mr Vardhan's unbridled optimism was based on a sharp drop in reported infections. Since a peak of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

Covid: Why was India not already on the red list?
Courtesy BBC
India will be added to the government's travel-ban red list from Friday 23 April. It came after Boris Johnson cancelled his planned trip to the country because of the Covid situation there. India has been reporting more than 200,000 cases daily since 15 April. But Pakistan and Bangladesh have both been on the red list since 9 April. What is the red list?
The red list is the government's list of 40 countries from which there are strict restrictions on travel to England. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

George Floyd officer convicted of murder
Courtesy BBC
Civil rights leader Al Sharpton is calling the verdict a moment of "sunlight". "Today we can wipe our tears away and fight on for another day," he just told a news conference. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-us-canada-56721011 "We don't find pleasure in this," he said. "We don't celebrate a man going to jail. We would rather have George Floyd still here." Leading a group of civil rights leaders in prayer, Sharpton recalled other black victims at the hands of white police officers and noted the funeral of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, fatally shot... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

Avoid all travel to India; even if fully vaccinated: US advises its citizens
Times of India
NEW DELHI: The highly infectious Covid mutant causing a mass .. Sri Lanka is learnt to have indefinitely postponed commencem .. Read more at:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/82159371.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

China offers Sri Lanka a lifeline as critics question cost
Courtesy Nikkei Asia
Yearlong talks yield $500m loan thought to carry 'geopolitical conditions' Signs advertise Colombo Port City: The development is said to give Beijing sweeping powers to oversee projects for the financial hub worth $1.4 billion. (Photo by Yuji Kuronuma)MUNZA MUSHTAQ, Contributing WriterApril 20, 2021 16:42 JST COLOMBO -- China appears to be tightening its strategic grip on Sri Lanka, wooing the debt-ridden South Asian nation with a fresh $500 million loan as Colombo wrestles with a deepening economic crisis. In March, Sri Lanka's foreign reserves dropped to $4.05 billion, their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

Buddhist monks arrive on a week-long pilgrimage
Courtesy The News
LAHORE: A 14-member delegation comprising senior Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka arrived in the provincial metropolis Monday to undertake a week-long religious pilgrimage to various Buddhist heritage sites in the country. The Buddhist monks started their journey with a visit of the Lahore Museum which houses some of the finest remains of the Gandhara civilization and rare Buddhist relics including the ‘Fasting Buddha’ and ‘Sikri Stupa’ dating back to the 2 BC. The visit has been arranged by the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with a view to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

India wants Sri Lanka to hold early election to provincial councils: Jaishankar
Courtesy Adaderana
India supports the call of international community for the Sri Lankan government to fulfill its commitments on devolution of political authority including through early holding of elections to provincial councils, according to S. Jaishankar, India’s External Affairs Minister. This also covers the commitment of ensuring that all the provincial councils are able to operate effectively in accordance with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka, Dr. Jaishankar has stated in his letter sent recently to the AIADMK’s Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) M. Thambi Durai. The Minister’s reply was in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

Five new COVID deaths in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka confirmed 05 new COVID-related fatalities today (April 20) as the death toll from the pandemic climbed to 625, says the Department of Government Information. Details of the victims are as follows: 01. An 85-year-old woman from Mattakkuliya area: She was tested positive for novel coronavirus while receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital and was later transferred to Mulleriyawa Base Hospital where she died on April 16. The cause of death was recorded as heart attacks and blood poisoning along with COVID infection. 02. A 67-year-old woman from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

Daily COVID cases count reaches 345
Courtesy Adaderana
Ministry of Health on Tuesday (April 20) confirmed 85 new cases of the COVID-19 in Sri Lanka as the daily cases count reached 345. Meanwhile, the country’s recoveries count is at 93,547 while 3,305 active cases are receiving treatment at selected hospitals across the island. Sri Lanka has so far witnessed a total of 620 deaths due to the pandemic.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

Cabinet approval to draft bill against spreading false, misleading statements through internet
Courtesy Adaderana
The Cabinet of Ministers have approved the drafting of legislation to protect against the spreading of false and misleading statements through the internet. The government says that the spread of false information on the internet poses a serious threat and is seen as being used to “divide society, to spread hatred and to weaken democratic institutions.”  Various countries have already taken steps to legislate in order to address this problem, it said.  The government said that steps should be taken to provide access to accurate information to citizens and civil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/21)

Colombo Port City – Projecting Sri Lanka as the newest commercial landscape in Asia - says Veemansa Initiative
Press Release Veemansa Initiative
Veemansa Initiative, an independent think tank recently held a Webinar on the proposed Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill and related subjects. Based on the deliberations at the webinar and the follow-up analysis, it was evident that the Colombo Port City Project, a 100% foreign investment venture plans to attract a diverse group of secondary investors. A prime target of the project is the financial sector in order to project Sri Lanka as an internationally competitive Financial Centre. In this regard, the establishment of regional... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

Passage of Port City Bill, amended or otherwise, is essential for Lanka
By Sugeeswara Senadhira/Ceylon Today
Colombo, April 19:  A five-Judge Supreme Court Bench will take up the petitions filed against the Port City Commission Bill today (April 19) and the verdict is likely to end the controversy over the Bill and open the path for the Government to take required steps to modify the Bill if the Supreme Court rules that any of its clauses contravenes the Constitution. The Court will also decide if the Bill could be passed by a simple majority or a two-thirds majority in Parliament or further approval at a national referendum and/or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

Religious extremism and the teachings of the founders of religions.
By Raj Gonsalkorale
The burqa ban announcement caused a stir among Muslims, who saw it as yet another attack on their community. In the past few months, the government has undertaken a number of controversial measures under the banner of fighting extremism, which have increasingly intimidated the Muslim population and disregarded rule of law principles - Farzana Haniffa, Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Colombo writing in the Al Jazeera on the 12 Apr 2021 The Justice and the Law Society (JATL) of the University of Queensland is a vital organisation within the TC... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

Rupee appreciates to Rs.191.97
Courtesy The Daily News
Sri Lankan rupee has further appreciated to Rs.191.97 against the US Dollar when compared with the previous selling rate of Rs 201.28. The buying rate of a rupee stood at Rs. 187.93 against the US Dollar... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

The most sneering, contemptuous opposition to SWRD came from the English speaking elite drawn from all communities. SWRD was scorned for changing his religion to Buddhism, getting into national dress, hobnobbing with his social inferiors and supporting a low level, backward, indigenous language, Sinhala which should be trampled into oblivion.   SWRD Bandaranaike faced much ridicule during his short period as Prime Minister.  No politician has ever had so bad a press in any part of the world as Bandaranaike said DB Dhanapala  No other leader had such a hostile press like Bandaranaike, agreed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

පෝට්සිටිය ගැන විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ කියන්නේ බොරු - මෙන්න ඇත්ත
Dr Wasantha Bandara
https://youtu.be/tqQPWdn9UV4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

The Pathfinder Foundation and VISA Inc in discussion to promote digitalization and financial inclusion in Sri Lanka
The Pathfinder Foundation (PF)
The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) together with VISA Inc are conducting a series of discussions on promoting digitalization and financial inclusion in Sri Lanka. The PF, a non – partisan research and advocacy think tank is known to play a catalytic role in research and analysis aimed at contributing to economic policy reforms in Sri Lanka. In this endeavor, over the years, the Foundation has established a wide and effective network of academics, experts, senior government officials and policy – makers to promote economic reform in the country. VISA Inc, along with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

අලුත් අවුරුද්දේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යය මණ්ඩල කටයුතු ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් ඇරඹෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
සිංහල දෙමළ අලුත් අවුරුද්දෙන් පසුව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යය මණ්ඩල කාර්යාල කටයුතු ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අද (19) දින පෙරවරුවේ අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ දී ආරම්භ විය. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා මෙහි දී සිය කාර්යය මණ්ඩලයේ නිලධාරීන් ඇතුළු සියලුම සාමාජිකයන්ට අලුත් අවුරුදු සුභාශිංසන එක් කළේය. කාර්යය මණ්ඩල සමාජිකයන් ද අලුත් අවුරුද්දේ වැඩ ආරම්භ කිරීමට පෙර අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ආශිර්වාදය ලබා ගැනීම විශේෂත්වයකි. ප්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍ය ගාමිණි ලොකුගේ, අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ලේකම් ගාමිණී සෙනරත්, අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යය මණ්ඩල ප්‍රධානී යෝෂිත රාජපක්ෂ මහත්වරු ඇතුළු අතිරේක ලේකම්වරුන්,ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ සහකාර ලේකම්වරුන්  ඇතුළු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යය මණ්ඩලයේ සමාජිකයෝ සහ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාට අයත් අමාත්‍යාංශවල පෞද්ගලික කාර්යය... -Full Story-
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අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන සන්ධානයේ පක්ෂ නායකයෝ රැස්වෙති.
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ ප්‍රමුඛ ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් සන්ධානයේ පක්ෂ නායක හමුව ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන්  අද (19) දින පෙරවරුවේ අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ දී පැවැත්විණි. මියගිය පක්ෂ නායකයින් සහ රණවිරුවන් සිහි කිරිමෙන් අනතුරුව එළැඹෙන මැයි පළමු වන දිනට යෙදෙන කම්කරු දිනය සැමරීම පිලිබඳව මෙහි දී  සාකච්ඡා විය. කොරෝනා වසංගත තත්ත්වය හේතුවෙන් මැයි දින පෙළපාලි නොපවත්වා සෞඛ්‍ය මාර්ගෝපදේශ අනුව මැයි දින රැලිය පමණක් පැවැත්වීම පිලිබඳව මෙහි දී පක්ෂ නායකයිගේ අවධානය යොමු වීම විශේෂත්වයකි. මෙම අවස්ථාවට හිටපු ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන, ජනාධිපති කාර්යය සාධක බලකායේ සභාපති බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ, අමාත්‍යවරුන් වන... -Full Story-
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ඉන්දියාවේ රෝ එක උමා මහේෂ්වරන්ව අත ඇරලා ප්‍රභාකරන්ව ඉහලට ගත්තා - අරුන් සිද්ධාර්ත්.
සාකච්ඡා කලේ වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
අරුන් සිද්ධාර්ත් කියන්නේ කවුද ? දේශපාලකයෙක්ද නැතිනම් සෝෂල් ඇක්ටිවිස්ට් කෙනෙක්ද ?  "මම සෝෂල් ඇක්ටිවිස්ට් කෙනෙක් දේශපාලන අරමුණක් සහිතව. මම විශ්වාස කරනවා අපි හැමෝම දේශපාලනය කල යුතුයි කියලා. නැතිනම් සිදුවන්නේ  ප්ලේටෝ කී පරිදි අඥාණ පාදඩයන් ගේ පාළනයට අපිව නතු වෙනවා. ඒ නිසා අපි ඔක්කොම දේශපාලනය විඤාණයක් ඇති කර ගත යුතුයි. ඒ වගේම දේශපාලනය කල යුතුයි." 2) ඔබ ලංකාවේ සාම්ප්‍රදායක දේශපාලකයන්ට වඩා වෙනස්. ලංකාවේ සාම්ප්‍රදායක දේශපාලකයා විස්තීර්ණ ලෙස කිසිම දෙයක් කියවලා නෑ. ඔවුන් තුල ගැඹුරු දැණුමක් නෑ. තමන් ගේ කතා වලින් ඔවුන් බුද්ධි කළඹනයක් කරන්නේ නෑ. නමුත් ඔබ... -Full Story-
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බෞද්ධ ජනරජ ප්‍රවාදය - 14 වැනි කොටස - ආණ්ඩු පක්‍ෂය සහ විපක්‍ෂය
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
බෞද්ධ ජනරජය තුළ “ජනතාවගේ විධායක බලය” ක්‍රියාත්මක කරවීමට පමණක් බහුපක්‍ෂ ක්‍රමය.යොදාගන්නා බව මෙයට පෙර ලිපිවලින් පැහැදිළි කළෙමු. ඒ අනුව, ජනරජයේ විධායක ජනාධිපතිවරයා තෝරා පත් කරගැනීමට සහ සියළු කෝරළ සභාවල සභාපතිවරුන් තෝරා පත් කරගැනීමට බහුපක්‍ෂ ක්‍රමය යොදා ගැනෙයි. ජනරජයේ ආණ්ඩුවේ පාලනය මෙහෙයවීම සහ ඒ පාලනය පිළිබඳ විධානය භාර කෙරෙනුයේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා ප්‍රමුඛ “ජාතික විධායක සභාව” විසිනි. විෂයානුබද්ධ අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලයෙන් සහ දිස්ත්‍රික් නායක මණ්ඩලයෙන් ජාතික විධායක සභාව සමන්විත වෙයි. මේ අනුව විෂයානුබද්ධ ජනතා නියෝජනයකින් සහ භූමිය මත පදනම් වූ ජනතා නියෝජනයකින් ජාතික විධායක සභාව සැකසෙයි. ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් විෂයානුබද්ධ අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලයට සාමාජිකයන් තෝරා පත්කර ගනුයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

Navy intercepts Lankan boat in high seas; NCB seizes 340 kg heroin and arrests 5
Courtesy The Hindustan Times
The heroin consignment seized by the NCB has a street value of ₹340 crore in India, and ₹1,750 crore in the international market, an official of the federal drug enforcement agency said.By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Monday seized nearly 340 kg of heroin from a Sri Lankan shipping boat and arrested five people for drug trafficking in Kochi, people familiar with the matter said. Initial interrogation of the five men has led the NCB to believe that the Sri Lankan boat had picked up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

NEWSGL: Colombo Port City Bill received AG’s sanction
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris says that the proposed Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill is consistent with the Constitution. Prof. Peiris, who is also the Education Minister, insists the Bill received the sanction of the Attorney General. Prof. Peiris explained to the media the circumstances under which the incumbent government had initiated the proposed Bill. He did so having briefed Ven. Dr. Ittapane Dhammalankara Thera as regards the current political developments, at the Sri Dharmaloka Maha Viharaya, Rukmale, Pannipitiya, on Saturday (17). President Gotabaya Rajapaksa recently presented... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

කොළඹ වරාය නගරය ඉදිකිරීම තුළින් රටට විශාල ආර්ථික වර්ධනයක් මහාචාර්ය පූජ්‍ය මැදගොඩ අභයතිස්ස හිමි කියයි (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
කොළඹ වරාය නගරය ඉදිකිරීම තුළින් රටට විශාල ආර්ථික වර්ධනයක් අත්කරගත හැකි බව මහාචාර්ය පූජ්‍ය මැදගොඩ අභයතිස්ස හිමියන්පවසනවා. https://youtu.be/wnp2csQNOwg වරාය නගරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ජාතික විද්වත් භික්ෂු සංසදය අද කැඳවා තිබූ ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව සදහන් කළා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

Cardinal requests to observe 2-minute silence on April 21
Courtesy Adaderana
His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, today requested the public to observe two minutes’ silence at 8.45 a.m. on April 21 as a mark of respect for the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings.  Sri Lanka on Wednesday marks two years since the devastating Easter Sunday attacks, which killed over 250 in bombings at three churches and three luxury hotels. Cardinal Ranjith stated that they decided to request all communities in the country to observe 2 minutes’ silence as the first blast had occurred at 8.45 a.m. on the morning... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

Sri Lanka’s coronavirus death toll climbs to 620
Courtesy Adaderana
The Director General of Health Services has confirmed two more COVID-19 related deaths increasing Sri Lanka’s death toll due to the virus pandemic to 620. 01. 58-year-old female from Mahawa who had been transferred from Galgamuwa Hospital Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital after being identified as Covid-19 positive. She had passed away on April 17 while the cause of death is mentioned as Severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome due to COVID Pneumonia. 02. 84-year-old male from Marassana. He had been transferred from Kandy National Hospital to Teldeniya Base Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 and had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/21)

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