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CAN THE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT JUSTIFY IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY?
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Narcotic has become a serious problem in the modern world as they are badly affected to human body as adherent substance in the one hand and the consumers and dealers of illicit drug do massive harmful to young generation and to the society in other hand. Many countries have passed legal provisions against the use of illicit drugs considering harmfulness to the human body as well as they have become a burden to the society.  The example of Sri Lanka and many other countries demonstrate that consuming and dealing with narcotic would support to creating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/19)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 5
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
The final essay in this series  is on health. We start with “Sunshine stories”. Here they are: European standard hospitals will be established in Hambantota, Panadura, Dambulla, Matale and Embilipitiya with German, Netherlands and French aid. New accident wards are to be established in 24 General Hospitals and Teaching Hospitals located island wide. A total of 48 blood transfusion centres have already been established island wide.A  clinical wastage recycling project, spending Rs. 2600 million will  be launched. A foreign company will invest in E-Health system and issue E-Health cards for Sri Lankans .the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/19)

Clinical Meditation
Foreword
Ruwan M Jayatunge's Clinical Meditation is a most ambitious project, providing a broad overview of meditative techniques without sacrificing in-depth analysis.    There are several challenges involved in describing the value of meditation in clinical practice.  The practice of “meditation” encompasses a large and varied field. Much of the published scientific literature is of borderline quality.  Study designs often neglect the heterogeneity of techniques, and at times draw conclusions that are not supported by data.  Even a fundamental definition of the term can be elusive.  Despite these difficulties Dr. Jayatunge has evaluated as comprehensive a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/19)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 4
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
This essay looks at appointment, promotion, transfers and salaries of teachers and principals during Yahapalana rule. APPOINTMENTS In 2017 Education Minister gave 2,000 non-academic appointments at national schools across the country based on political influence without following a proper and transparent recruitment process, said critics. Most of these recruitments are from the Kurunegala district, especially from Kuliyapitiya. These employees do not even obey the Principals and work on their own agendas in schools. This has created a lot of administrative problems at schools. (Daily News 28.9.17 p 9) ***... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/19)

අසත්‍ය ‌චෝදනා කරපු අය ‌මෙරට අධීකරණයෙන් කරන්න බැරි වුනු නිසා විදේශීය අධිකරණයකින් හරි දඩුවමක් ‌දෙන්න රාජ්‍ය ‌නොවන සංවිධාන හරහා ‌ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට ඒරෙහිව නඩු පවරනවා
අද (18) පොදුජන ‌පෙරමුනේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද (18) දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින්  පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී කාංචන විජේසේකර මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ඩී. වී. චානක මහතා  පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී කාංචන විජේසේකර මහතා  සුබ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් ‌වේවා කියලා පළමුවෙන්ම සුබ පතනවා. ‌‌‌මෛත්‍රී රනිල් ආන්ඩුවේ අවසාන සිංහල අවුරුද්ද කරන්න ජනතාව සූදානම්. ජනතාව මත විශාල බදුබර පිඩනයක්ව ‌යොදවපු ‌මේ ආණ්ඩුව  ජාතික මැතිවරණයේදී ‌පොදු ජන ‌පෙරමුණ මුලික කරගනිමින් ජයගන්න අපි සූදානම්. මැයි 01 වැනිදා කම්කරු දිනය සැමරීමේදී ‌පොදුජන ‌පෙරමුනේ මූලිකත්වයෙන් අප්‍රියෙලි මස 26 වැනිදා ත්‍රිකුණාමලයේ ඉදන් රථ ‌පෙලපාලියකින් ‌කොළඹට එන්න ‌පොදුජන තරුණ ‌පෙරමුණ සූදානම්. ආණ්ඩුවට විරෝධතාවය දක්වන ජනතාව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/19)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 3
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
The Ministry of education, under Yahapalana has come in for much criticism. Much time is spent on issues concerning school admissions and administration of national schools, with very little time being available for issues of policy and monitoring of delivery mechanisms and innovations in education and teaching, improving curriculum and examinations, research and development, said critics in 2017. The  Ministry  of Education is in a state of chaos, said the media in 2017. Important decisions and signing off on urgent programmes and activities are   left dangling  and delayed. There is no delegation of authority.Nominations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/19)

Govt. behind US lawsuit against Gota: SLPP
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The government was behind the lawsuit filed in a US Court against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as the plaintiff Roy Manojkumar Samathanam had interacted with higher-ups of the government beforehand, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) alleged today. Addressing a news briefing, MP Kanchana Wijesekara said that they were in the possession of some photographs in which Mr. Samathanam was seen together with Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and former Northern Province chief minister C.V. Vigneswaran. "Field Marshal Fonseka was in the forefront of making allegations against Mr.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/19)

Notes to the people Arrest of Julian Assange Revealing true nature of democracy in USA and UK
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
Edward Snowden once advised us to “shed critical light on a once secret history.” Nonetheless, as he himself experiences, it is a dangerous business. Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, was last week expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy and abducted by London Metropolitan police at the gate of the embassy and is now in danger of extradition to the USA. The first question that is to be asked is who is Julian Assange (JA) why he was forced to ask for refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy where... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/19)

Are the World Bank and IMF Failing the World?
By Frank Vogl Courtesy Ceylon Today
Amidst Trump administration flame-throwing, top experts worry about the ability of the main multilateral institutions safeguarding the global economy.On the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods conference that established the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Finance and Development Ministers and Central Bank Governors from across the world are holding their Spring meetings. In a departure from the business-as-usual thinking of the past, these leaders are becoming increasingly aware that the two ‘Bretton Woods institutions’ may be outdated and in urgent need of major reforms. This is all... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/19)

RAAVANA-1, first ever Sri Lankan satellite launched
Courtesy Adaderana
The first ever Sri Lankan satellite, RAAVANA-1, was successfully launched into space at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia today (18). The satellite bordered to the Antares rocket carrying Cygnus cargo spacecraft and it is bound to reach the International Space Station (ISS). RAAVANA-1 is set to be launched into orbit by the end of May or the outset of June, subsequently, it is expected to orbit the Earth for approximately 15 times per day and its speed is estimated at 7.6 km per second. https://youtu.be/Ni5_vx_ZrNo ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/19)

Several Sri Lankan Airlines flights diverted to Mattala due to bad weather
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 17 (newsin.asia) — Several Sri Lankan Airlines flights arriving at Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport on Wednesday, were diverted to a southern airport due to adverse weather, local media reports said.Some of the flights included UL 315, which was arriving from Malaysia, UL 365 arriving from Jakarta and UL 303 arriving from Singapore.The flights were diverted to the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota, in the south, airport officials said as the adverse weather had caused a temporary closure of the runway at the Bandaranaike International Airport.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/19)

Lessons for ailing Great Britain from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
by Garvin Karunaratne
Message for Sri Lankan readers Sri Lanka with other Third World countries has achieved a status of high indebtedness due to following the neoliberal policies embedded in the Structural Adjustment Programme of the IMF. . In that process its assets and riches are being sucked dry by multinationals, International banks  and Developed Countries. Earlier, the countries had established a development infrastructure to bring about production which has been abolished or made defunct by the machinations of the IMF. However details of that development infrastructure can be of use to develop ailing Great Britain.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/19)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 2
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
“SMART EDUCATION” In April 2017 65 schools in the Western Province  were converted into ‘Smart Schools’ capable of deploying digital learning protocols. The project was  led by Guru.lk, Sri Lanka’s leading eLearning portal. The company collaborated with Commercial Bank of Ceylon, Microsoft Sri Lanka and the Western Province Education Ministry over a six month period to complete the project. The objective of the project was to expose traditional classroom based teachers and students to the latest digital based learning technology and systems. This would enable students to make the best use... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/19)

Govt. defies environment lobby, opts for dirty power
By Ifham Nizam Courtesy The Island
The government would go ahead with the proposed plan 2019 to establish 2700 MW of fossil fuel fired power stations by year 2020, a senior ministry official said. Ministry Secretary Dr. Suren Batagoda said that there would be 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle at Kerawalapitya by WindForce Consortium, 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle Kerawalapitiya by Lakdanavi 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle plant at Kerawalapitiya with India, 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle at Kerawalapitiya with Japan, 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle at Hambanthota with China 300... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/19)

Sri Lankan President arrives at Tirumala
The Hindu Business Line
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena being received by TTD authorities on his arrival at Tirumala on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived here on Tuesday to offer prayers at the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near here, a temple official said. Accompanied by his wife Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari and other family members and Lankan officials, Sirisena landed at Renigunta airport, 20 km from here, at noon. Amid tight security, he reached the hills by road, the official told PTI. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/19)

Sri Lanka to offer free visas to tourists from 30 countries, including US
USA TODAY
Sri Lanka aims to boost its tourism efforts by giving away free visas to travelers from more than 30 countries.  The small island nation off southern India will offer the promotion starting May 1 to travelers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea, according to Lonely Planet and The Independent.  The average U.S. tourist stands to save between $20 and $40 in visa fees, Lonely Planet says.  The free-visa period initially will run for six months to help bolster tourism during... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/19)

Bandula reveals of Sajith-Ravi clash (English)
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/uHQoxGj1APw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/19)

Speeding truck runs over Army checkpoint; Military Policeman dead
Courtesy Adaderana
A speeding Canter truck has run over an Army checkpoint at Vattapalai Junction in Mullaitivu, killing a soldier and injuring another, stated Sri Lanka Army Media Division. The truck had been traveling towards Nadunkarni Junction from Mullaitivu when the driver of the truck had lost control of the vehicle due to the high speed, revealed police investigations. The accident which had occurred at around 5.30 this afternoon (16) had resulted in the death of soldier H. P. S. Pathirana, serving attached to the 6th Sri Lanka Military Police under the Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/19)

CANDIDATURE OF MR GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS CONFIRMED BY PEOPLE
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Candidature for the next presidential election has become a complex problem to all political parties in Sri Lanka as the party politics in the country has become corrupt, undercutting and involved in many disguise cunning practices.  It is a nature not only in Sri Lanka, but also in other democratic countries in the world. In USA political parties are given more than one-year time to select the next presidential candidate and the process is democratically designed to elect the candidate from the votes of party members. This procedure is to give people opportunities to consider... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

Meetotamulla Garbage
By Garvin Karunaratne
Two years have passed and the meetotamulla garbage mountains are yet intact.  Many attempts have been made at clearing but none have so far worked. Two years ago I suggested that it be used as compost on coconut estates. To me that seems the easiest solution and done in rupees and we do not need foreign exchange. If only it had been approved the garbage mountain would have vanished. I enclose my earlier paper for kind consideration Man Made Tragedies: The Garbage : Is there... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

JULIAN ASSANGE WHO SPOKE THE TRUTH AND SHAMED THE DEVIL
RANJITH SOYSA
Julain Assange who revealed sordid aspects of West 's diplomacy including on the 'war on terrorism' in keeping with the principles of investigative journalism is hounded by the British Police. If not for Assange and his indefatigable production of Wikileaks many political and diplomatic sins committed by the leading Western 'democracies ' would have been remained as 'rational' and right decisions. He commenced working on Wikileaks in 2006 creating a web-based 'dead letter box' for would be leaks. He was shifting from place to place in handling Wikileaks. Not only the numbers killed butmany... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

THE US GOVERNMENT IS STILL FIGHTING TO KEEP THE TRUTH ABOUT CIA TORTURE SECRET
By Derrick Broze SOURCE: THEMINDUNLEASHED.COM
The U.S. government is still afraid to reveal the full extent of torture used on terror suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, but do the American people even care anymore? A recent report by The New York Times explores the case of Majid Khan, a prisoner of the United States who plead guilty to being a courier for Al Qaeda. Khan is a Pakistani citizen who spent seven years in Baltimore before being kidnapped by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2003, where he faced various forms of torture. Since Khan’s first court... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

Best Twenty Man Squad for WC2019 Including Wanidu Hasaranga
Dilrook Kannangara
Team Sri Lanka should play the following squad for the WC2019 to achieve best outcomes. Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Sandun Weerakkody, Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Asela Gunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ashan Priyanjan, Shehan Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Shaminda Eranga and Wanindu Hasaranga. This is based on batting efficacy (strike rate times average) and bowling effectiveness (economy rate times wicket taking average). Wanindu Hasaranga is an exception. Although his performance does not warrant a place for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

SpiceJet to start non-stop flights to Colombo, Jeddah, 5 other international destinations
By: PTI |Courtesy Financial Express
Riyadh and Kathmandu are two upcoming international destinations for the airline. SpiceJet will launch direct flights from Mumbai to seven international destinations, including Colombo, Jeddah, Dhaka, Riyadh and Hong Kong. Direct flights would also be operated from Mumbai to Bangkok and Kathmandu. The no-frills airline would start the services from the end of May. In a release on Monday, the carrier said it would be the first Indian budget carrier to launch daily direct flights on the Mumbai-Colombo, Mumbai-Dhaka, Mumbai-Riyadh, Mumbai-Hong Kong and Mumbai-Kathmandu sectors. Boeing 737 NG aircraft... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

Four men detained on terrorism charges at Luton airport
Courtesy joe.co.uk
Four men have been arrested on suspicion of belonging to a banned terrorist organisation Police arrested four men on suspicion of belonging to a banned terror group after they arrived in the UK at Luton airport from Sri Lanka. They arrived on Wednesday night and were taken into custody before being questioned at a police station in Bedfordshire. All four are Sri Lankan nationals and were detained under the terrorism act. Scotland Yard said: "Police at the airport were made aware of the men the next day, Thursday... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSE A VISIONARY LEADER
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Mr Gotabaya Rajapakse has created his own political platform providing  a nation friendly economic and socially cohesive vision to integrate all ethnic groups of the island.  He has clearly identified to distance himself from the free-flow open market economy.  Instead, he is committed to provide leadership to accelerate investing capacity of local entrepreneurs  for  all goods and services which can be locally manufactured, instead of importing.     It is in this context local manufacturers will be provided further assistance by means of technological transfer from advanced industrial nations, taking into consideration opportunity costs. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA Part 8
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Among certain segments of Colombo urban middle class, Mahinda Rajapaksa emerged as the most controversial and most hated ruler in post independent Sri Lanka, said Kusal Perera.  Yet in suburban and rural Sinhala south he ‘carried his charm over ordinary Sinhala people’ and polled a massive 5.78 million votes in 2015. How did he grow into this larger than life icon in Sinhala politics. Kusal Perera in his book “Rajapaksa the Sinhala selfie” tells us how. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s grandfather, Rajapaksalage Don Davith, originally from Halgahapotha in present Embilipitiya area, was vidane arachchi of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

“TNA WON’T ALLOW GOTA TO BECOME PRESIDENT” – SRITHARAN MP (The Island of 28th March)
Sugath Samrasinghe             
Pray why? May I ask? What wrong has Gotabhaya done to the TNA and the Tamil people? It was the  LTTE that terrorized the Tamil people into submission for 30 years ironically claiming to fight for a Tamil cause. Most able and rich Tamils left the country and sought refuge in Western countries. Many others escaped to Colombo and other areas in the South. The LTTE then cleansed the Northern Province of the Sinhalese and the Muslims. They brought untold suffering to the Muslims and Sinhalese in the Eastern Province. It is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

බෝට්ටු හතරකින් කොටි වරාය වට කරති - දෙහිවල දෙසින් ත‍්‍රස්තයෝ පෙළගැසෙති; කොළඹ වරාය එල්ටීටීඊයෙන් බේරාගත් මෙහෙයුම....
තරංග රත්නවීර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
කොළඹ වරාය මෙරට ප‍්‍රධානතම ආර්ථික මර්මස්ථානයකි. ආනයන, අපනයන භාණ්ඩ වෙළෙඳාම සහ භාණ්ඩ හුවමාරුව සිදු කෙරෙන මෙරට ප‍්‍රධාන නාවික තොටුපළය. එමෙන්ම ඉන්දියන් සාගරයේ සුවිශේෂී ස්ථානයක පිහිටා ඇති කොළඹ වරාය භාණ්ඩ ප‍්‍රති අපනයනය කිරීම සඳහා ලෝකයේ විවිධ රටවල් බහුලව භාවිත කරනු ලැබේ. එහෙයින් කොළඹ වරාය අතිශය කර්යබහුල ස්ථානයකි. විවිධ අවශ්‍යතා සඳහා දිනකට පුද්ගලයන් තිස්පන්දහසකට වැඩි පිරිසක් පැමිණෙන බවත් දෛනිකව වාහන දසදහසකට වැඩි ප‍්‍රමාණයක් පැමිණෙන බවත් වාර්තා වේ.රටක මෙවැනි ආර්ථික මර්මස්ථානයක් ආරක්‍ෂා කරගැනීම අතිශය වගකීම් සහගත කර්යභාරයකි. විශේෂයෙන්ම පැවති ත‍්‍රස්තවාදී යුද සමයේ එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. යේ ප‍්‍රධාන ඉලක්කයන් අතර කොළඹ වරාය ඉදිරියෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Update Central Bank Financial System
Nawagamu Deshabandu
Recently media reported that the government was considering to lower interest rates for business persons borrowing money from the banks. During this elections year, many politicians are talking about negatives of their political adversaries. But only few are brave enough to put forward a carefully written policies and plans to improve our economy. What is needed is not only lowering interests for borrowing but also facilities for selling products on line for all Sri Lankans who intend to do business online.  Many Sri Lankans have talents and abilities to make all kind products, but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

HAGUE COURT CAVES TO US THREATS: REJECTS AFGHAN WAR CRIMES CASE
SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
While government whistleblowers and subversive journalists languish in prison or are on the run, state crimes — especially those perpetrated by western governments and high officials — not only go unpunished but don't even warrant investigation apparently. International Criminal Court judges ruled on Friday to reject a request by the court’s prosecutor to investigate possible war crimes by the US-led coalition during the war in Afghanistan. The ICC judge claimed a lack of evidence and a poor outlook for state cooperation — the latter reason essentially meaning the US and UK have already condemned the prospect of opening such an investigation. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Advise to CECB
My past experience in marine sector worldwide and direct involvement in installing the BARGE MOUNTED POWER PLANT in the Colombo port near Colombo Dockyard ,I can render some timely advise to CEB In finding a suitable location for the barge mounted power plants Following locations are suitable  Panadura Fishery Harbour Oluvil Fishery’s Harbour  Modera beach next to Mutwal Harbour Trincomalee  Harbour  Panadura harbour is hardly used due to sand bank formation and there are no mores than 25 fishing boats currently using the harbour CFHC can... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Scientists Baffled: Pillows Older Than 3 Years Infested With Millions of Germs in 99% Of Cases
Courtesy latestbuzztoday.com
Scientific studies show that sleep is one of the most crucial parts of living a happy and stress-free life, but many adults are still sleeping with inferior pillows. If you find yourself feeling tired or discouraged throughout the day even after a long sleep the night before, it’s probably due to you unknowingly experiencing some kind of discomfort when you’re asleep. Similar to sleep apnea (where your body has to stay partially awake to breathe) - if your posture is even partially incorrect, your body has to correct for it all night... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Hold the gin and bring on the tonic! TV star Laurence Fox goes cold turkey (almost) at this no-frills Sri Lankan spa retreat
Courtesy The Daily Mail
Laurence Fox visited the Barberyn retreat in Beruwala, on Sri Lanka's west coast  The Victoria TV star met with an Ayurvedic doctor as part of his 'no-frills detox'He was surprised how tasty the food was - he sneakily had the odd beer or two The month began with gin, and it wasn’t long before strange, melancholic headaches became a regular feature. By the third week of this particular month (I’m not saying which), things needed to change. That’s how I find myself at the Barberyn retreat and spa in Beruwala, an unfussy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Chinese Investments: Malaysia Dares Something Sri Lanka, Pakistan, And Philippines Didn't
Panos Mourdoukoutas Courtesy forbes.com
In dealing with China, Malaysia has dared to do something Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and the Philippines didn’t: bring Beijing back to the negotiating table to cut the cost of the investment projects assigned to Chinese contractors. This week, China agreed to cut the cost of East Coast Rail Link project by one-third. The new deal is a big win for Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. He made good on his election campaign promise to re-negotiate China’s investments in the country, which served the interests of Beijing more than... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Rolls-Royce to supply MTU rail engines for CRRC
Courtesy Machinery Market.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems (www.rrpowersystems.com) and Chinese company Dongfang Electric International Corporation have reached agreement on the supply of four MTU 12V 4000 R41 rail engines to be installed in ‘railcars’ made by CRRC (based in China and the world’s largest train manufacturer), and operated by Sri Lanka Railways.  This is the fourth time since 2007 that Sri Lanka Railways has chosen MTU drive systems.  The four additional engines will bring the total number of Sri Lanka Railways’ CRRC railcars with MTU engines to 60. The vehicles ordered in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Successive Sri Lankan Presidents have sought extension of term
By P.K.BalachandranCourtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 12 (Daily Express): Earlier this week, the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Dayasiri Jayasekara, told the media that the chairman of his party and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, intends to seek the opinion of the Supreme Court on the plea that his term of office should be deemed to have begun on June 21, 2015 and not January 9, 2015. President Sirisena was sworn-in on January 9, 2015. But Jayasekara pointed out that the nature of the Presidency was altered by the 19 th.Constitutional Amendment which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa receives enthusiastic welcome in Sri Lanka. Unfazed by court cases in US.
by Editor Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo/Los Angeles, April 12 (newsin.asia/Ada Derana/Republicnext ) Former Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was given an enthusiastic welcome when he arrived here from Los Angeles on April 12. At Los Angeles, he had been given notices of two cases filed against him for alleged violation of humanitarian law during the war against the Tamil Tigers. A But Gotabaya has dismissed the two lawsuits filed against him as “baseless” and insisted that the cases would only motivate him and his supporters to push for political change in Sri Lanka. He... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Right of Reply: Questions for R. Sambanthan
By shenali Waduge
Colombo Telegraph carried transcript of speech by TNA leader R Sambanthan on 5 April 2019 titled “Mullaitivu 2009: 400,000 Lived, 290,000 People Came Out, What Happened To The Balance? – Sampanthan Asks”.  Sambanthan claims that on 21 January 2009 he highlighted plight of some 400,000 but as per press release on 21 January 2009 published by Tamilnet, TNA claims “there are over 360,000 IDPs out of a total population of nearly 500,000 people in LTTE controlled areas. This entire population is living within an area of about 400 square kilometers”. Sambanthan cannot... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/19)

THE CASES ALLEGEDLY FILED IN THE U.S. AGAINST GOTABHAYA RAJAPAKSA AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR SRI LANKAN VOTERS
DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA
10th April 2019 There can be no better endorsement of Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (‘GR’) for the Presidency of Sri Lanka than the fact that his enemies have already begun a campaign to scuttle his chances of running for that office, even before his candidacy has been officially announced.  I refer to the reports in a number of newspapers that two civil cases have been filed against GR in the U.S., one allegedly by the daughter of slain journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga and the other by the NGO International Truth and Justice Project... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/19)

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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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