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වැල්ලම්පිටිය තඹ කම්හල ගැන CIDය නිසි විමර්ශණයක් සිදු නොකළ බව ජනපති කොමිසමේදී හෙළිවෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය හා සම්බන්ධ වැල්ලම්පිටිය තඹ කර්මාන්ත ශාලාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව නිසි විමර්ශනයක් නොකළ බව ජනාධිපති පරීක්ෂණ කොමිෂන් සභාව හමුවේ අද අනාවරණ වුණා. එහිදී තවදුරටත් අනාවරණ වුණේ තඹ කර්මාන්ත ශාලාවේ ආරක්ෂාව සඳහා අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව මගින් කර්මාන්ත ශාලාවේ හිමිකරුගේ නියෝජිතයින් දෙදෙනෙකු ද යොදවා සිටි බවයි. පාස්කු ඉරිදා ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳ පරීක්ෂණ සඳහා පත් කෙරුණු ජනාධිපති කොමිෂන් සභාව හමුවට කැඳවූ කොටහේන පොලිසියේ එවක  ස්ථානාධිපතිවරයාව සිටි ප්‍රධාන පොලිස් පරීක්ෂක මහින්ද කරුණාරත්න මහතාගෙන් නීතිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි රජයේ අධිනීතිඥ සංජීව ගුණවර්ධන මහතා තවදුරටත් ඊයේ ප්‍රශ්න කළා. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

IP Nishantha Silva - Govt. to talk to Swiss authorities on extraditing him
Courtesy Daily Mirror
The Foreign Ministry is to begin talks soon with the Swiss Embassy in Colombo, seeking the extradition of Inspector Nishantha Silva, who is believed to have flown to Switzerland without prior notice, a top government source told Daily Mirror yesterday. He is believed to have fled the country last month after the transfer of former CID Director Shani Abeysekara and is said to be taking refuge in Switzerland with his family. The government source said Sri Lanka firmly believed in maintaining its strong relations with Switzerland but would request the Swiss... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

Swiss incident- No evidence of an abduction: CID
Courtesy Daily Mirror
The CID on Thursday informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that there was no evidence to show any connection to an alleged abduction of the Swiss Embassy employee Garnier Banister Francis. The CID in its report said it was revealed from the statement given by Ms Francis to the CID that there had not been an incident near St. Bridget's Convent even though she had told the embassy officials that the alleged incident happened there. It said Ms. Francis had informed the CID that on December 8 and 9 that the alleged... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

Two persons who made “white van” claims at Rajitha’s media briefing arrested
Courtesy Ada Derana
The two individuals, who had made controversial statements at a media briefing conducted by former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne on the purported incidents regarding “white vans”, have been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department. They were taken into custody at Mahara area. The CID had commenced an investigation into a media briefing conducted by the former Health Minister in early November along with two other individuals, where they made controversial statements. On the 10th of November this year, Senaratne had called two persons named Anthony Douglas Fernando and Athula... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

Patali's alleged motor accident: Parents of victim call for fair probes
Coutesy Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/3mje8Xb1xjE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry seek explanation from EU regarding job role of its employee Yasmin Sooka
Part of Sri Lanka’s problem has been not to challenge some of the lies being propagated by the power of funding sources both legitimate and illegitimate. There are plenty of diplomatic avenues to take and plenty of polite jargon that can be used just as effectively. EU that enjoys holding the red card to all countries of the world must be questioned on how funding giving by EU to a worthy cause can end up being used by a proxy NGO to target Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka has every right to raise this question through its foreign ministry and EU... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

Separatism brewing up also in the UK
UK News
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won the big fight over Brexit – and that the constitutional battle over whether the UK leave is coming to an end. The Conservatives (Tories) now have the majority they need to take the UK out of the EU next month. British Conservatives won 365 seats out of 650 seats collecting 43.6% share of total votes while main opposition Labour party won only 203 seats collecting 32.1% share of votes giving overall majority of 45 seats for conservatives to form a stable government. Blue -Conservative... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/19)

Prime Minister’s message to the armed forces of Sri Lanka
MEDIA RELEASE Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa
(Text of the speech delivered by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest at the graduation ceremony of the Defence Services Command and Staff College on 13 December 2019.) Venerable members of the Maha Sangha, clergymen of other faiths, Hon. Ministers and Members of Parliament, Secretary of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Commanders of the Army, Navy and Air force, officers and members of the armed forces of Sri Lanka, graduates of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, and distinguished guests, I was happy to accept... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා සන්නද්ධ හමුදාවන්ට අගමැතිතුමා දුන් පණිවුඩය
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා
(අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා 2019 දෙසැම්බර් 13 වෙනිදා, ආරක්‍ෂක සේවා අණ සහ මාණ්ඩලික විද්‍යාලයේ උපාධි ප්‍රධානෝත්සවයේ ප්‍රධාන අමුත්තා හැටියට කළ කතාවේ පරිවර්වතනය) අතිපූජනීය මහා සංඝරත්නයෙන් අවසරයි, සෙසු සියලු ආගම්වල පූජකතුමනි, ගරු ඇමතිවරුනි, මන්ත්‍රීවරුනි, ආරක්‍ෂක ලේකම්තුමනි, ආරක්‍ෂක මාංඩලික ප්‍රධානීතුමනි, ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදාවේත්, නාවුක හමුදාවේත්, ගුවන් හමුදාවේත් හමුදාපතිවරුනි, සන්නද්ධ හමුදාවල නිලධාරීන් හා සාමාජිකයිනි, ආරක්‍ෂක සේවා අණ සහ මාණ්ඩලික විද්‍යාලයේ උපාධිධරයිනි, සම්භාවනීය අමුත්තනි, ශ්‍රී ලංකා ආරක්‍ෂක සේවා අණ සහ මාණ්ඩලික විද්‍යාලයේ උපාධි ප්‍රදානෝත්සවයට ප්‍රධාන අමුත්තා හැටියට සහභාගී වන මෙන් මට ලැබුණු ආරාධනාව මම පිළිගත්තෙ බොහොම සතුටෙන්. නොවැම්බර් 16... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

ඇමෙරිකානු සහශ‍්‍ර අභියෝගතා ප‍්‍රදානය සහ ලාංකීය සංවර්ධනයේ අවුල
කුසල් පෙරේරා
පෙළ ගැස්ම කුමක්ද මේ එම්.සී.සී ආයතනය?භූ-දේශපාලනයේ ඇමෙරිකානු මුද්‍රාවඑම්.සී.සීයේ ඩොලර මිලියන 480 කතාවඅපට අදාල එම්.සී.සී ප‍්‍රදානයකතාවේ සම්පිණ්ඩය ගත් කළ අසංවර්ධිත හා සංවර්ධනය වෙමින් පවතින්නාවූ රටවලට ආධාර ලබාදීමේ නව උපායක් පිළිබඳ අදහස ඇමෙරිකානු අන්තර් සංවර්ධන බැංකුවේ 2002 මාර්තු රැුස්වීමේදී ඇමෙරිකානු ජනාධිපති ජෝර්ජ් ඩබ්ලියු බූෂ් විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කෙරුවකි. එවැනි ඇමෙරිකානු විදේශ ආධාර වෙනුවෙන් ඔවුන්ගේ රාජ්‍ය ආධාර ආයතනය වන ජාත්‍යන්තර සංවර්ධනය සඳහාවන ඇමෙරිකානු ආයතනය ‘‘යූඑස්ඒඞ්’’ (ඹී්ෂෘ* නමින් අවුරුදු 40 ක් පමණ කාලයක් ඒ වනවිට කි‍්‍රයාත්මක වෙමින් තිබුණි. එය ඇතැම් අවස්ථාවල දේශපාලන බලපෑම් වලට හසු වන බවත් එය ඇතැම්විට ගැටළුකාරී බවත් ඔහුගේ අදහස විය. එනිසා නව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Open Letter to President Gotabhaya countered with Comments (2)
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
Your other doctrine.. Your other doctrine is that you cannot accept the UN Human Rights Council resolution – UN HRC that was worked out with the earlier government. This is the biggest joke of the century. First of all Resolution 40/L.1 of the UN HRC is a follow up to Resolution 19/2, adopted in 2012 during your brother MR’s period.(It is known to everyone that the so-called UNHRC illegal resolutions were facilitated by the biggest quisling Sri Lanka ever had Mangala Samaraweera without consent from the President and without the knowledge... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Book – Review: The book: ‘Life of Muhammad’ – Sinhala Translation.
By A. Abdul Aziz.
This is the Sinhala Translation of the book: Life of Muhammad’ – written in Urdu by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad (1889 – 1965) – the Second Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam. A popular edition of an excellent and affectionate account of the life of the Prophet of Islam Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, described as the most influential man in the history of the world. An orphan beckoned to the call - persecuted by neighbours - driven from his home with a prize tag... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

PM pledges to take steps internationally to give due respect to armed forces (English)
Courtesy Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/Th0i4k0X29k... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Overseas travel ban imposed on Patali Champika
Courtesy Ada Derana
Colombo Magistrate’s Court today (13) issued an overseas travel ban on Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka over ongoing probes on the case against the duo regarding a motor accident in 2016. An individual named Thusitha Kumara, who served as the parliamentarian’s driver at the time, was also imposed an overseas travel ban. The critically injured person has been identified as Sandeepa Sampath of Godagama and the other as a resident of Colombo 05. https://youtu.be/9TDTC_TBE94 Back in 2016, the vehicle in which the former Megapolis and Western... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Pressure on Lankan government to drastically modify MCC Compact
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 13: Nationalist and left wing members of the Sri Lankan parliament are putting pressure on the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government to drastically modify the US-Lanka Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact, which had been approved by the cabinet of the preceding Ranil Wickremesinghe government but had not obtained parliamentary approval. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena who belongs to the nationalist Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) has said that the MCC Compact, like other international agreements entered into by the Wickremesinghe government, will be reviewed. Another nationalist MP, Udaya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Lankan President accepts invitation to visit Japan in May 2020
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 13 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa accepted an invitation from the Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu to visit in Japan in May 2020. “We will be hosting an international conference titled ‘Friends of Asia’ which will be held in May next year. It would be an appropriate time for your visit to our country,” Motegi told President Rajapaksa when he met him with an eight-member high level delegation here on Friday. The Lankan President accepted the invitation.Congratulating President Rajapaksa on his recent election victory, the Japanese Minister called... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

පසුගිය රජය සමයේ සන්නද්ධ හමුදා සාමාජිකයන්ට සිදුවූ අසාධාරණකම් වලට සාධාරණය ඉටුකරනවා - අගමැති -
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පැවැති  යහපාලන රජය සමයේ සන්නද්ධ හමුදා සාමාජකයිට විදින්න සිදුවූ යුක්තිය, අසාධාරණය හා අවමානය නිවැරදි කොට අවශ්‍ය  තැන්වල වන්දි ලබාදීමට කටයුතු කරන බව අග්‍රමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පැවසුවා. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ආරක්‍ෂක සේවා අණ සහ මාණ්ඩලික විද්‍යාලයේ උපාධි ප්‍රදානෝත්සවයේ ප්‍රධාන ආරාධිතයා ලෙස  සහභාගී වෙමින් ඔහු අද (13) මෙම අදහස් පළකළා. ලෝකයේ කිසිම රටක ආණ්ඩුවක් මේ ආකාරයට තමන්ගේම සන්නද්ධ හමුදා අවමානයට ලක් කරල නැහැ. සන්නද්ධ හමුදා කියන්නෙ ජාතියක ආරක්‍ෂකයෝයි. 2015 ජනවාරියේ ආණ්ඩු පෙරලියෙන් පස්සෙ මේ රටේ ඇතිවුණේ විදේශීය හතුරු බලවේගයක් විසින් ලංකාව ආක්‍රමණය කරලා යටත් කරගත්ත වගේ තත්වයක් බව ද අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

මිත්‍රත්වය පිළිගෙන ආධිපත්‍ය ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන බව ජනපති කියයි
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ලෝක බලවතුන්ගේ ගැටුම්වලට මැදිහත්වීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට අවශ්‍යතාවක් නොමැති බව ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ ප්‍රකාශ කළා. ඒ ජපානයේ විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය මොතේගි තොෂිමිත්සු සමග ජනාධිපති කාර්යාලයේදී අද පැවති සාකච්ඡාවේදී විදේශ සබඳතා පිළිබඳ සිය ස්ථාවරත්වය පැහැදිලි කරමින්. අනෙක් රටවල මිත්‍රත්වය බලාපොරොත්තු වන අතරම ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ආධිපත්‍ය ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන බවයි එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ ප්‍රකාශ කළේ. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සහ ජපානය අතර, සංවර්ධන සහයෝගිතාව තවදුරටත් වර්ධනය කර ගැනීම පිළිබඳව මෙහිදී වැඩි අවධානයක් යොමුවුණා. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව, ජපානයේ විශේෂ මිතුරෙකු බව සඳහන් කළ එරට විදේශ අමාත්‍යවරයා ජපානයේ චාරිකාවක නිරත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

හිටපු ඇමති පාඨලීට සහ ඔහුගේ රියදුරුට විදෙස් ගමන් තහනමක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
2016 වසරේදී රාජගිරියේදී තරුණයෙකු අනතුරට ලක්කළ බව කියන සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් හිටපු අමාත්‍ය පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක මහතා සහ එවකට ඔහුගේ රියදුරු ලෙස ක්‍රියා කළ තුසිත කුමාර යන අයට විදේශ ගත වීම තහනම් කරමින් අලුත්කඩේ මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණය නියෝගයක් නිකුත් කළා. ඒ කොළඹ අපරාධ කොට්ඨාශය සිදුකළ කරුණු දැක්වීම සැලකිල්ලට ගනිමින්. 2016 වසරේ පෙබරවාරි මස 28 වනදා එවක කැබිනට් අමාත්‍යවරයකු වූ පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක මහතාට අයත් ජීප් රථයකට යතුරු පැදියකින් ගමන් කරමින් සිටි සංදීප් සම්පත් නැමති තරුණයෙක් ගැටී බරපතල තුවාල ලැබුවා. එහිදී ඔහු සමඟ සිටි තරුණයෙකු අනතුර සිදුකළ ජීප්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ පිරිසක් CIDයට
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ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ නිලධාරින් පිරිසක් විශේෂ සාකච්ඡාවක් සඳහා අද අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට පැමිණි බව වාර්තා වනවා. කෙසේ වෙතත්, පැහැර ගැනීමට ලක්වූවායැයි පැවසූ ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනිය අද විශේෂඥ මනෝ වෛද්‍ය මණ්ඩලයක් හමුවට ඉදිරිපත් කරන බව ඊයේ අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව අධිකරණයට දැනුම් දුන්න ද, එය අද සිදු නොකෙරුණු බවයි වාර්තා වන්නේ. තානාපති කාර්යාලයකට අයත්, ජිප් රථයක් අද දහවල් 12.30 ට පමණ අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට පැමිණියා. https://youtu.be/jj9x4eQHmuE ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අප කළ සොයා බැලීමකදී වාර්තා වූයේ ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ නිලධාරින් කිහිපදෙනෙකු සහ අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ... -Full Story-
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රනිල් ජයවර්ධන යළි බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය මහ මැතිවරණයේ විශිෂ්ඨ ජයග්‍රහණයෙන් පසුව, අගමැති බොරිස් ජොන්සන් යුරෝපා සංගමයෙන් ඉවත් වීම සඳහා වන බ්‍රෙක්සිට් ගිවිසුම ජනවාරි 31 සිට අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන බවට පොරොන්දුවක් ලබාදී තිබෙනවා. බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ආසන 650 ක් සඳහා මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් තෝරා පත් කර ගැනීමට ඊයේ පැවති ඡන්ද විමසීමේදී ආසන 364ක් දිනාගත් කොන්සවේටිව් පක්ෂය බහුතර බලයක් හිමිකර ගත්තා. ප්‍රධාන විපක්ෂය වූ කම්කරු පක්ෂයට දිනා ගැනීමට හැකිවූයේ ආසන 203ක් පමණයි. නව ආණ්ඩුවක් පිහිටුවන බවට බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ මහරැජින වෙත සැළ කර සිටීමට අද පෙරවරුවේ බකිංහැම් මාලිගය වෙත ගිය අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය බොරිස් ජොන්සන්, ඩවුනින් වීථියේ පිහිටි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය ගැන පෙර දැනුවත් කිරීමේ ලිපි පොලිස් ස්ථානවලට නොලැබීමට හේතුව හෙළිවෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් පෙර දැනුවත් කිරීමේ ලිපි පොලිස් ස්ථාන වෙත නොලැබුණේ කොළඹ උතුර භාර ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ පොලිස් අධිකාරීවරයාගේ පෞද්ගලික සහකාර නිලධාරී පොලිස් අධිකාරී උපේන්ද්‍ර නමැත්තාගේ අතපසුවීමකින් බව ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ අද හෙළිවුණා. ඒ පොලිස් නිලධාරීන් කිහිප දෙනෙකු අදත් ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ සාක්ෂි ලබාදුන් අවස්ථාවේදී. පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් මීට පෙර පත් කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිසමේදී හෝ පාර්ලිමේන්තු තේරීම් කාරක සභාවේදී හෙලි නොවූ කරුණු රැසක් මෙම ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ අනාවරණ වීමද විශේෂත්වයක්. https://youtu.be/xsYGCpX8_No පාස්කු ඉරිදා එල්ලවූ ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමර්ශනය කිරීම සඳහා අභියාචනාධිකරණ විනිසුරු ජනක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාලය නිලධාරිනියගේ සිද්ධිය ගැන ජිනීවා හිටපු නිත්‍ය නියෝජිතවරිය කතා කරයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පොලිස් පරීක්ෂක නිශාන්ත ද සිල්වා ස්විස්ටර්ලන්තයට පැන යාම පිළිබඳව අවධානය වෙනතකට යොමු කිරිම සඳහා තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ නිලධාරිනියගේ පැහැරගැනීම නිර්මාණය කර ඇති බවට තමන් විශ්වාස කරන බව එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානයේ ජිනීවාහී හිටපු නිත්‍ය නියෝජිත තමාරා කුනනායගම් මහත්මිය පවසනවා. හිරු ප්‍රවෘත්ති සමඟ විශේෂ සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡාවක් එක්වෙමින් ඇය සඳහන් කළේ මෙම ක්‍රියාවලිය පිටුපස ඇමරිකාවද සිටිය හැකි බවයි. https://youtu.be/sfQX9CWWtv4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

සත්‍ය ගවේශකයෝ සංවිධානයෙන් CIDයට පැමිණිල්ලක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පසුගිය රජය සමයේ ඇතැම් නඩු කටයුතු වලදී විනිශ්චයකාරවරුන්ට බලපෑම් සිදුකර ඇත්ද යන්න විමර්ශනය කල යුතු බව සත්‍ය ගවේශකයෝ සංවිධානය පවසනවා. එම සංවිධානයේ කැඳවුම්කරු ප්‍රේමනාත් සී දොලවත්ත මහතා මේ බව සදහන් කළේ වසීම් තාජුඩීන් සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමර්ශන සිදුකළ හිටපු පොලිස් පරික්ෂකවරයාට එල්ලවූ බලපෑම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපරාධ පරික්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට අද පැමිණිල්ලක් සිදුකිරීමෙන් අනතුරුවයි. රගර් ක්‍රීඩක වසීම් තාජුඩීන්ගේ මරණය සම්බන්ධව පරික්ෂණ මෙහෙයවූ නාරහේන්පිට පොලිසියේ අපරාධ අංශයේ හිටපු ස්ථානාධිපති සුමිත් චම්මික පෙරේරා මහතා පසුගිය 28 වැනිදා සත්‍ය ගවේශකයෝ සංවිධානය සමග ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවක් පවත්වමින් අදාල පරික්ෂණය මෙහෙයවීමේදී තමන්ට එල්ල වූ බලපෑම් පිළිබඳ අනාවරණයක් සිදුකළා. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

The 'human rights' circus
Janaka Perera
Human Rights are a big industry today by which some dubious characters with questionable agendas make a living.  Some of Sri Lanka NGOs are proof.  They have been parroting allegations the so-called international community made against us since the days of LTTE terrorism.  It is these foreign powers which pontificate on how our country should be run, who should be elected, pass strictures on us and warn us on human rights issues and related matters.  Sometimes this ‘message’ is conveyed directly through diplomatic channels or indirectly through their media.  If human rights are universal they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

An Open Letter to President Gotabhaya countered with Comments
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
The Terrorist Tamil diaspora, the Tyrant Western Nations (TWNs)the NGO vultures and the local reactionaries, the UNP, TNA, the two derspiable racist Muslim parties Mano Ganeshan’s Indian Original Tamil (IOTs) were bewildered by the massive and historical victory achieved by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in the presidential election with 6.9 Milliomn people voters exercising their franchise in support of him.   For more than one week these doomed fellows were blaming each other for their disaster and were battered quisling Mangala, pseudo Buddhist Champika, Abduction story teller Eajitha and the alleged male... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

The Sinister Face of 'Neutrality' -The Role of Swiss Financial Institutions in the Plunder of European Jewry
Courtesy PBS.org
Switzerland's reputation as a neutral safe-haven during World War 11 has been badly tarnished by recent revelations about its wartime transactions with Germany. What began as an examination of the dormant bank accounts of Holocaust victims has gained momentum to include the whole gamut of Swiss financial dealings with the Nazis. In recent months a vast amount of incriminating documentation has been unearthed that reveals the sinister side of Swiss "neutrality". Switzerland served as a repository for Jewish capital smuggled out of Nazi Germany and the states threatened by it, and also for vast... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

සාමූහිකත්ව මන්තරය
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
මිනිසා ස්වභාවයෙන් ම දේශපාලනික සත්ත්වයෙක් කියලා ඇරිස්ටෝටල් කියලා තියෙනවා. අපි නිතර ම වගේ මේ කියමන පාවිච්චි කරනවා. ඉවරයක් නැති නීති රීති, සිරිත් විරිත්, ඇවතුම් පැවතුම් ගොඩක් මැද්දේ මිනිස්සුන්ට ජීවත්වෙන්න වෙලා තියෙන හින්දා තමයි ඒ කියමනට වටිනාකමක් ලැබිලා තියෙන්නේ. මට හිතෙන විදිහට මේ කතාව වෙන විදිහකට කියන්න පුළුවන්. ඒ, “මිනිසා ස්වභාවයෙන් ම සංස්කෘතික සත්ත්වයෙක්” කියලා. තමන්ට ඕන ඕන විදිහට ජීවත්වෙන්න පුළුවන්කමක් මිනිස්සුන්ට නෑ. අපි ජීවත්වෙන සමාජයේ සංස්කෘතිය විසින් අපේ හැසිරීම් පාලනය කරනවා. අපි අඳින පළඳින එක, කන බොන එක, කැමැති අකැමැති දේවල් තීරණය කරන එක වගේ හැම දෙයක් ම සංස්කෘතිය විසින් පාලනය කරනවා. මිනිස්සු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

අල්ලස හා දුෂණය තුරන් කිරීමේ අභියෝගය නව රජය සතුයි
කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ  අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගි ආරියංවශ
අල්ලස හා දුෂණය සම්බන්ධයෙන් වන සෝදිසි මෙහෙයුම් විධිමත් කර සුපිළිපන් රාජ්‍ය සේවාවක් බිහිකර ගැනීමේ වගකීම නව ජනාධිපතිවරයා සහ රජය හමුවේ ඇති බව කැෆේ සංවිධානය කියයි. එහි අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගි ආරියවංශ මහත්මිය ජාත්‍යන්තර අල්ලස් හා දූෂණ විරෝධී දිනය නිමිත්තෙන් රාජගිරි‍යේ පැවැති වැඩසටහනකට එක් වෙමින් මේ බව කියා සිටියාය. එහිදී ඇය පෙන්වා දුන්නේ නව ජනාධිපතිවරයා ලෙස පත්වූ ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශයේ අල්ලස හා දුෂණය තුරන් කරන බව දක්වා ඇති බවයි. ඒ අනුව යමින් අල්ලස හා දුෂණය තුරන් කිරීමේ පුළුල් වැඩපිලිවෙළක් සකස් කිරීම නව රජය සතු වගකීමක් වන බව ඇය පෙන්වා දුන්නාය.  ශ්‍රී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Pheobe Okowa-s Full Transcript in Myanmar-s defense at ICJ genocide trial
... -Full Story- (https:/elevenmyanmar.com/ - 13/12/19)

SRI LANKA MYANMAR FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION EXPRESS SOLIDARITY WITH PEOPLE OF MYANMAR
Kumara Semage President Sri Lanka Myanmar Friendship Association
In a Message addressed to His Excellency  U Han Thu, The Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar,   Mr. Kumara Semage,the President Sri Lanka Myanmar Friendship Association has stated as follows: Your Excellency,  We are deeply concerned with the allegations made against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice. Our Association wishes to express concern, at these developments at this critical moment. The people of Sri Lanka and Myanmar have a long history of friendship and solidarity. We express our continued support and friendship... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Professor William Schabas's Full Transcript in Myanmar's defense in genocide trial
elevenmyanmar.com
Myanmar defended on December 11, 2019 at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) located at The Hague, Netherlands in the genocide trial initiated by The Gambia.| The following is the full transcription, as provided by the ICJ website's full verbatim record, of Lawyer Professor William Schabas. LACK OF A PLAUSIBLE CLAIM 1. Our hearing today does not concern the merits of the claim that The Gambia seeks to bring. It is confined to whether the Court should indicate provisional measures. It is established case law that certain... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Lawyer Christopher Staker's full transcript in Myanmar defense against genocide lawsuit
elevenmyanmar.com
The following is the full excerpt of Christopher Staker for the defense of Myanmar against The Gambia's accusations of genocide at The International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands on December 11 2019. LACK OF PRIMA FACIE JURISDICTION OF THE COURT; LACK OF PRIMA FACIE STANDING OF THE GAMBIA; INAPPROPRIATENESS OF THE PROVISIONAL MEASURES REQUESTED https://elevenmyanmar.com/news/christopher-stakers-full-transcript-in-myanmar-defense-against-genocide-lawsuit... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Tokyo goes it alone in support of Myanmar and Cambodia
SAKI HAYASHI, Nikkei staff writer Courtesy Nikkei Asian Review
Japan offers economic aid with eye on crucial sea lanes in the region Buddhist monks carry the Cambodian and Japanese flags. Japan provided assistance to the Southeast Asian country after its leading opposition party was dissolved.   © Reuters TOKYO -- Japan is digging in deeper in support of Myanmar and Cambodia even as the U.S. and Europe ramp up criticism of human rights violations, choosing to preserve its influence in the region by playing an alternative to China's economic might. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

කොළඹ ගමට යයිද ?
පේරාදෙණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ දර්ශන අංශයේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ කථිකාචාර්යආචාර්ය චරිත හේරත් උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකාදීප
ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ මූලිකත්වයෙන් පිහිටුවනු ලැබූ භාරකාර ආණ්ඩුවේ වැඩ කටයුතු ආරම්භ වී දැනට සති තුනක් පමණ ගෙවී ඇත. මේ වනවිට ආණ්ඩුවේ මූලික ආකෘතිය නිර්මාණය වී ඇති අතර ඒ ඒ ක්ෂේත්‍ර පිළිබඳව අදාළ විෂයභාර ඇමැතිවරුන්ගේ මැදිහත්වීම් ද මේ වනවිට සිදුවෙමින් පවතී. මෙම භාරකාර ආණ්ඩුව පවත්වාගෙන යා යුත්තේ යම් ආකාරයක සීමාසහිත ආණ්ඩුව ලෙසින් බව ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ අදහස බව මුල සිටම පැහැදිලිව පෙන්නුම් කර තිබූ බැවින් මේ ආණ්ඩුවේ ඇමැති මණ්ඩලය ද 15 දෙනකුට සීමා වූ බව හැමෝම දන්නා කාරණයක්ය. පසුගිය කැබිනට් සාකච්ඡා කීපයම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Amend Constitution for a real Unitary Sri Lanka
DAYA MADAWITA Courtesy Island
This an Open Letter to the President, PM and all MPs to amend the Constitution to create ethnic and religious harmony in Sri Lanka. First, I wish to congratulate His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, for his resounding win at the recent Presidential election. I am writing this, as a patriotic Sri Lankan, with the hope the new President of Sri Lanka and the Members of Parliament including the PM will get the chance to read it and think seriously about implementing my proposals given below. If the President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

The Swiss fiasco !
Rohana Aryaratna Horana Courtesy Island
Are you interested in spending a luxurious holiday or seeking political asylum in the cool climes of Switzerland? You only have to present a made-up story to its embassy, alleging your abduction by unknown persons, who arrived in a white van (magically transitioning into, perhaps a Kurahan hued vehicle), and questioned or interrogated you about the inner workings of the embassy. You must state that you are in no condition to meet anyone due to the trauma you had to experience during the so-called interrogation episode. After that,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Govt to establish Multipurpose Development Task Force
Courtesy Ada Derana
The government has decided to establish a “Multipurpose Development Task Force” as a Government Department with the aim of providing employment opportunities for qualified low income youth. “The President has observed that there are numerous unskilled employment opportunities in Government and Government affiliated institutions and that recruitments are made on political and other favorites irrespective of low income groups,” the Cabinet spokesman said.  Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the President to establish a Multipurpose Development Task Force as a Government Department enabling to provide 100,000 employment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Harmony of man and nature, a historical feature of Lanka and India, says Indian envoy
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 12 (newsin.asia): The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, has said that India and Sri Lanka have a long tradition of harmonious coexistence between man and nature. “Both countries have values that cherish, nourish and protect environment,” Sandhu told the 2nd International Symposium on Social Sciences here on Thursday. “India and Sri Lanka going green is not a new motto and has always been part of our very existence. India and Sri Lanka are only building on to our legacy,” he added. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

රාජිතගේ සමීපතමයෙකු සිදුකරන කෝටි ගණනක වංචාවක් ගැන අපේක්ෂා රෝහලෙන් හෙළිදරව්වක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
හිටපු සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය රාජිත සේනාරත්නගේ සමීපතමයෙකු මහරගම අපේක්ෂා රෝහලේ නම විකුණමින් රුපියල් කෝටි 100 ක මුදලක් එක්රැස් කිරීමේ ජාවාරමක නිරත වන බව එහි අධ්‍යක්ෂ විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍ය වසන්ත දිසානායක ප්‍රකාශ කළා. එම ජාවාරම සම්බන්ධයෙන් වහාම පරීක්ෂණයක් සිදුකරන ලෙස ජනාධිපතිවරයාගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින බවයි කොළඹ අද පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී ඔහු කියා සිටියේ. https://youtu.be/ga8GGlB4H_c... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය ගැන ජනපති කොමිසමේ දී තවත් කරුණු රැසක් හෙළිවේ
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයට පෙර ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් පොලිස්පතිවරයා විසින් පොලිස් ස්ථාන වෙත යොමුකළ බව කියන ලිපිය තමන් වෙත නොලැබුණු බව පොලිස් නිලධාරීන් කිහිප දෙනෙකුම ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ සාක්ෂි ලබා දෙමින් අද සඳහන් කළා. මේ අතර උප පොලිස් පරීක්ෂක ලහිරු ප්‍රදීප් මහතා සාක්ෂි දෙමින් සඳහන් කළේ, අදාළ ලිපිය ප්‍රහාරයට පෙර ලැබුණු බවට සාක්ෂි දෙන මෙන් තමන්ට විවිධ බලපෑම් එල්ල වූ බවයි. https://youtu.be/dhA2kCSvbwE පාස්කු ඉරිදා එල්ලවූ ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමර්ශනය කිරීම සඳහා අභියාචනාධිකරණ විනිසුරු ජනක් ද සිල්වා මහතාගේ සභාපතීත්වයෙන් පත් කෙරුණු පංච පුද්ගල ජනාධිපති කොමිෂන් සභාව හමුවට පොලිස් නිලධාරීන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනියට, විදෙස් ගත වීම තවදුරටත් තහනම් - විශේෂඥ මානසික වෛද්‍යවරුන් හමුවට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමටත් අවසර
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
පැහැර ගැනීමට ලක්වූවා යැයි පැවසූ ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරීනි ගානියා බැනිස්ටර් ෆ්‍රැන්සිස් නැමැත්තියට අධිකරණයේ අවසරයකින් තොරව විදෙස් ගතවීම තහනම් කරමින් පනවා තිබූ නියෝගය ලබන 17 වැනිදා දක්වා යළි දීර්ඝ කිරීමට කොළඹ ප්‍රධාන මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණය අද නියෝග කළා. ඒ, අදාළ සිදුවීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිදුකරන විමර්ශන වල ප්‍රගතිය පිළිබඳව අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව කොළඹ ප්‍රධාන මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයේ කරුණු දැක්වූ අවස්ථාවේදීයි. https://youtu.be/-uLf9U-B27c පැහැර ගැනුණු බවට පැවසූ ගානියා බැනිස්ටර් ෆ්‍රැන්සිස් වෙනුවෙන් නීතිඥ සුදර්ශන ගුණවර්ධන සමඟ නීතිඥ උපුල් කුමරප්පෙරුම පෙනී සිටි අතර, අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වෙනුවෙන් කරුණු දැක්වූයේ සහකාර පොලිස් අධිකාරී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Switzerland: EU’s money laundering and stolen asset centre
The Swiss profited from Nazism; banking gold stolen by occupied nations and holocaust victims. When Hitler began his reign of terror the first thing the Swiss did was to pass laws to guarantee anonymity to anyone transferring their savings to a Swiss bank. Was it a plan devised between Hitler and the Swiss, we may never know but Jews sent their wealth before many ended up ‘missing for ever’ in the torture chambers! The Jews that remained and wanted to regain their assets were refused entry by the Swiss. Their heirs who claimed the deposits in Swiss accounts were slapped... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

වෛද්‍ය සාෆි ගැන විමර්ශන අලුත් කණ්ඩායමකට - නැවත සාක්ෂි ලබා ගැනීමටත් අවස්ථාවක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
කුරුණෑගල ශික්ෂණ රෝහලේ වෛද්‍ය මොහොමඞ් සාෆි ෂිහාබ්දීන්ට එරෙහි චෝදනා විමර්ශණය සදහා සහකාර පොලිස් අධිකාරිවරයෙක් යටතේ නව කණ්ඩායමක් පත් කර ඇතැයි අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව අද කුරුණෑගල මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට දැනුම් දුන්නා. ඒ සිසේරියන් සැත්කම් අතරතුර මව්වරුන් වඳභාවයට පත් කිරිම සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඔහුට එරෙහිව ගොනුකර ඇති නඩුව අද කැඳවූ අවස්ථාවේදියි. අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ නව අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ පොලිස් අධිකාරි ඩබ්ලිව්. තිලකරත්න පෞද්ගලිකවම අධිකරණය හමුවේ පෙනී සිටිමින් මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් කරුණු වාර්තා කල බවයි හිරු අධිකරණ වාර්තාකරු කියා සිටියේ. https://youtu.be/yk3EGTxWgvg එහිදී ඔහු වැඩිදුර වාර්තාවක් ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් අධිකරණයට දැනුම්දී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

A new team to probe Dr Shaf - Permission to record statements again
Courtesy Hiru News
The CID informed the Kurunegala Magistrate Court today that a new investigative team under the supervision of an ASP has been appointed to probe the charges against Dr Shafi. The case against Dr Shafi for sterilizing mothers at the time of performing caesareans was taken before the court today. Our correspondent stated that the New Director CID, SSP W Thilakarathna personally appeared before the court to inform the future course of action by the CID. https://youtu.be/yk3EGTxWgvg He told the court that certain factions are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Overseas Travel ban on Garnier Banister Francis extended until the 17
Hiru News
The overseas travel ban imposed on Garnier Banister Francis, the swiss embassy official who claimed to have been abducted has been extended until the 17th of this month. https://youtu.be/-uLf9U-B27c... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/19)

Z score will change
Courtesy Hiru News
The Cabinet of Ministers have decided to change the 'Z Score' system for university admissions. Minister of Education Dullas Alahapperuma stated that the government is also implementing a program to develop 1000 national school... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 9
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Tamil separatist movement was not prepared to take the Eelam war defeat lying down. The war ended in May 2009. The very next year, TNA called for a day of mourning in May 17.2010 the government objected but the commemoration took place. May 18 became a day of tension in the North, said the media. May 18 is for them a stark reminder of all they have lost. The government was celebrating its victory, in Colombo while prohibiting any public memorial services in the North.  After Yahapalana took power the Tamil Separatist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

කාදිනල්තුමා - පැණිවරකා ගහට හෙණ වැදීම
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B,. Ph.D.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,Courage to change the things I can,And wisdom to know the difference.         Serenity Prayer - Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). ‭දෙවියනි, වෙනස් (චේන්ජ්) කල නොහැකි දේවල් එලෙස භාර ගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය උපශාන්ත භාවයත්, වෙනස්කල හැකිදේ වෙනස් කිරීමට අවශ්‍යධෛර්යයත්, ඒ දෙක අතර වෙනස (ඩිෆරන්ස්) දැනගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය ප්‍රඥාවත් මට ලබාදෙනු මැනව. කාදිනල්තුමා විසින් නොබෝදා රුහුණු සරසවියේ උපාධි ප්‍රදාන උත්සවයේදී කල දේශණයක් ගැන ඇසූ මගේ මතකයට ආවේ පැණිවරකා ගහට හෙණ වැදුනා වගේ යන කියමනය. ඊට හේතුව එතුමා කැළෑව වෙනුවට ගස් දැක්දැක්කාද  (මිස් ද ෆොරස්ට්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

නව රජයට හා සිංහල බෞද්ධයන්ට විරුද්ධව දේශපාලනික බලවේග හා රට විනාශ කරන්නෝ
සුර්ය වංශ රත්න විභූෂණ පාලිත ආරියරත්න
1. 2007 මදකට පසු බෑමට ලක්වූ ආගමික කල්ලි අද රජය පවා බිඳ වැට්ටීමට ක්‍රියාකොටගෙන යයි. 2. සිංහලයන්ව  නීතිවිරෝධී අන්‍යගමිකරණයට ලක්කොට නීතියට මුවාවී හැරවූ සිංහල බෞද්ධයන් අප රට හා සම්බුද්ධ සම්බුද්ධ ශාසනයේ  පැවැත්මට   විරුද්ධව අදද උසිගන්වමින් සිටි. 3. රටේ රාජ්‍ය නායකයන්ගේ අඹු දරුවන් හා බිරින්දෑ වරුන් විශාල ලෙස  අන්‍යගමිකරණයට ලක්වෙයි එය වහා වහා නැවත්විය යුතු කුමන්ත්‍රණයකි.   4. ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ සේවයේ නියතු ගානියා බැරිස්ටර් ෆ්‍රැන්සිස් නැමැත්තිය සිංහල කාන්තාවක් බැව් හෙළිදරව් වී තිබේ. ඇයගේ මුල් නම ශ්‍රියාලතා පෙරේරා වූ  අතර ඇය ආගම වෙනස් කිරීමෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

SWISS EMBASSY STAFFER TO BE SUMMONED AGAIN BEFORE THE CID
Hiru News
The Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardana says that the statements made by the allegedly abducted Swiss Embassy staffer are contradictory. Therefore, it is reported that the Embassy staffer Gania Banister Francis will be summoned to the CID again to make a fresh statement in the next few days. She has already given statements to the CID on 3 previous occasions. When the case was taken before the court on December 9, the lawyer appeared for the Embassy staffer Garnia Francis, Upul Kumarapperuma told the court that a local and a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

Swiss mystery underscores need to examine wider picture
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island
December 10, 2019, 9:05 pm August 17, 2016: Ambassador Keshap, Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran and Minister of National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan, on their way to Palaly onboard US Air Force plane C130. Wigneswaran, in his conversation with Keshap, accused the government of poisoning detained LTTE combatants. Against the backdrop of a deepening crisis, caused by Switzerland providing political asylum to Inspector Nishantha Silva, his wife and three children, followed by accusations over alleged abduction of a local... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

The Swiss Affair – ‘exfiltration’ of a top Intelligence Chief and a tale of ‘abduction’
By Tamara Kunanayakam,former Ambassador/ Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the U.N. at Geneva
December 11, 2019, 6:06 pm "If you know the enemy and know yourself,you need not fear the result of a hundred battles." Sun Tzu, The Art War, 5th Century BC The recent dramatic events involving the Swiss Embassy came as a surprise to most Sri Lankans. Just as the large majority was looking ahead to a new era with a President they had just elected, a non politician with a simple lifestyle, yet determined, who they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

Lanka ponders future course of action CID officer on the run in Swiss care
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island
December 11, 2019, 8:24 pm The government would soon decide on a future course of action in respect of controversial Inspector Nishantha Silva taking refuge in Switzerland. Authoritative sources told The Island that the alleged abduction of a local employee of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo close on the heels of Silva, his wife and three children leaving the country on Nov 24 had distracted the government. Silva was attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and entrusted with handling several high profile cases, including... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

Changing Geo-politics and Geo-strategies Repositioning South Asia in the Indo-Pacific Region:
By Prof. Gamini Keerawella, Ph.D. Executive Director Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo- Courtesy Island
The rapid economic growth witnessed by China and India and the acquisition of near blue-water naval capabilities along with other power projection competence by these powers has ushered a new politico-strategic environment in the Indian Ocean. Consequent to the economic and politico-strategic resurgence of Asia along with other changes in international politics, the center of gravity in global politics in the new millennium is gradually moving towards Asia. It is now estimated that Asia will surpass North America... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s ICJ speech in full
Courtesy THE MYANMAR TIMES
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during the second day before the International Court of Justice in, The Hague, The Netherlands, on December 11. Photo: EPA Thank you, Mr President and Members of the Court. It is an honour to appear as Agent of the Union of the Republic of Myanmar in these proceedings, in my capacity as Union Minister of Foreign Affairs. For materially less resourceful countries like Myanmar, the World Court is a vital refuge of international justice. We look to the Court to establish conditions conducive to respect... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

ලධර්මවාදී කුමන්ත්‍රණයක් ගැන උඩුවේ හිමියන් හෙළි කරයි
Hiru News
රට විනාශ කිරීමට මූලධර්මවාදී බලවේග ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙමින් පවතින බව පූජ්‍ය උඩුවේ ධම්මාලෝක හිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව කියා සිටියේ නව රජය බලයට පත්වීමෙන් පසුව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ අද පැවති අමාදම් සිසිලස ධර්ම දේශනාව සිදුකරමින්. https://youtu.be/HHLUBpom_Fk මේ අතර, සිරිපා වන්දනා සමය ද උඳුවප් පොහොය යෙදෙන අදින් ආරම්භ වුණා. ඒ, පැල්මඩුල්ල - ගල්පොත්තාවල ශ්‍රීපාද රජමහා විහාරස්ථානයේ තැන්පත් කර තිබූ සධාතුක කරඬුව, සුමන සමන් දේව ප්‍රතිමාවන් සහ දේවාභරණ රැගත් පෙරහර අද අලූයම ශ්‍රීපාද උඩ මළුවට වැඩම කරවීමෙන් අනතුරුවයි. එසේම,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

පසුගිය සමයේ ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව සම්බන්ධ වගකීම් පැහැර හැරීමක් සිදුව ඇත්නම් ඊට වගකිව යුතු පාර්ශ්වවලට එරෙහිව ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගත යුතුයි - මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් ගුණරත්න
Hiru News
පසුගිය සමයේ ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව සම්බන්ධ වගකීම් පැහැර හැරීමක් සිදුව ඇත්නම් ඊට වගකිව යුතු පාර්ශ්වවලට එරෙහිව ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගත යුතු බව, ජාත්‍යන්තර ත්‍රස්තවාදය සම්බන්ධ විශේෂඥයෙකු වන මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් ගුණරත්න මහතා පවසනවා. පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳව සොයා බැලීමට පත් කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ සාක්ෂි දීමෙන් අනතුරුව පිටතට පැමිණි අවස්ථාවේදී ඔහු මේ අදහස් පළකළා. මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් ගුණරත්න මහතා පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳව සොයා බැලීමට පත් කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ පැය 9කට ආසන්න කාලයක් ප්‍රකාශ ලබාදුන්නා. https://youtu.be/MJsIConw-5M... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/19)

TNA’s chickens come home to roost
Editorial Courtesy Island
Thursday 12th December, 2019 The TNA has woken up to the fact that the people are undergoing difficulties owing to the breakdown of the provincial administration in the North. It says annual transfers of state officials, under the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), cannot be effected without gubernatorial approval and, therefore, the government should appoint a Governor without further delay. The TNA’s concerns should be appreciated, but here is a textbook example of irony. The TNA has a history of fighting running battles with Governors, whom it accused of usurping the devolved... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

Why is Gambia & OIC states not taking US & NATO to ICJ for ‘genocide of Muslims’?
Gambia is a Muslim majority state and member of 57-OIC states. Gambia on behalf of OIC has taken Myanmar to the ICJ on charges of ‘genocide’. The more important question is why has Gambia or the OIC not take US or NATO to ICJ for all of the bombings and killings in Iraq, Afghanistan and scores of other Muslim-majority nations? Why are Muslim nations simply watching Muslims get killed by US-NATO while a surprising number of Muslim nations are even siding with US NATO making us ask why are Muslims helping to kill Muslims but championing the cause of Muslims!... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

Swiss Embassy in bid to ‘White Van’ Sri Lanka?
Malinda Seneviratne
'Safe as houses,' eh?  No. No way. An embassy would never try that kind of lark now, would it? It’s incredulous. Unthinkable. Out of the questions.  Well, such sentiments are not out of order, really. Nations and embassies do indulge in all kinds of nefarious activities. They are careful about it. Even the most powerful nations don’t want to take the risk of looking like global idiots. The Swiss Embassy in Colombo, one must assume, is not an exception. And yet, the saga of the Sri Lankan employee... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

Swiss embassy employee’s statement being verified, to be produced in court tomorrow
Courtesy The Island
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday questioned Swiss Embassy employee Garnier Banister Francis aka Sriyalatha for the third day, Dec 10. Having been in the protective care of the Swiss Embassy, Colombo, Sriyalatha reported to the CID headquarters on Sunday, Dec 08. On behalf of Sriyalatha, Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock on Nov 27 complained to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa of the alleged abduction of the staffer on Nov 25. The police identified the embassy employee as the daughter-in-law of Bevan Perera, who contested the Gampaha District on the UNP... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

SWISS EMBASSY STAFFER LEAVES THE CID AFTER GIVING STATEMENTS TWICE TODAY; A REVELATION OF HER CLOSE CONTACTS
Hiru News
The allegedly abducted locally recruited Swiss Embassy staffer Garnia Banister Francis was escorted to the CID again after she was produced for a medical examination today. She was produced before the Colombo Judicial Medical Office after the CID recorded a statement for four hours. Her statements were recorded today for the third day. Later, the embassy staffer left the CID after recording fresh statements this evening. Meanwhile, a close associate of the Embassy staffer, who introduced... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනියගේ සිද්ධිය සම්පුර්ණ බොරුවක් - අමාත්‍ය මහින්ද අමරවීර
Hiru News 
ආණ්ඩු පක්ෂයේ පක්ෂ නායකයින්ගේ රැස්වීමක් අද පස්වරුවේ ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ සහ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ යන මහත්වරුන්ගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී පැවැත්වුණා. රැස්වීම අවසන් වීමෙන් පසුව ඊට සහභාගීවූ ඇමතිවරුන් මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/URoAc0qD5kU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

Why Asia must defend Myanmar
The International Court of Justice was set up in 1946 to settle international disputes. ICJ is taking up a complaint made by little known Muslim majority Gambia on behalf of the 57 OIC member states against Myanmar. Aung San Su Kii, Myanmar’s leader along with Government officials and scores of supporters arrived in Hague and faced the ICJ on 10th December 2019. ICJ cannot evade answering the legal status of Rohingyas in Myanmar vis a vis the colonial legacy that Myanmar carries. Is Rohingya issue an excuse for Western imperialists and its OIC partners to enter Asia with real intent... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/12/19)

RGHT TIME TO LEAVE
By Stanley Perera, Melbourne, Australia. My dear Ambassador Mock, It may be that you are so dumb not to understand the racist mentality of the world's number one liars the racist Sri Lankan Tamils, or you were involved in coocking up of a failed attempt to campaign against Rajapakse government.  You need 100 lies to cover a lie.  Tamil   local staffer put you in an embarrasing situation in the eyes of the civilised society.  You are caught up with your pants down.  Lies, lies and more lies is the motto of the bogus Tamil refugees scattered... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

මාර පරාජය
Chandrasena Pandithage
මාරයා අපට හොඳට හුරුය පුරුදුය. එමෙන්ම මාරයාද අපව හොඳට හඳුනයි. අපි පළමුව මාරයාව හඳුනා ගන්නේ බුද්ධ චරිතය තුලිනි. සිදුහත් කුමරුන්ට කිසිදු කරදරයක් නොකර සිටි මාරයා පළමුව එකුමරු වෙත කඩා පනින්නේ ගිහිගෙයින් නික්ම යාම ඇරඹීමත් සමගය. විමුක්තියට එල්ල වෙන බාධකයන් මාරයාගේ නිර්මාණයන් වන අතර මාරයා සෑම පුද්ගලයෙකු සමගද, සෑම සමාජ ක්‍රමයක් සමගද ප්‍රබලව බැදී සිටි. මාරයා මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ පාලනය සමග පොරබදා මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂයන්ව පරාජය කල අතර මෙරට ජනතාව මහා බලකඳවුරක් සේ එක්ව මාරයාව පරාජය කර, ඒ සතුට විදිමින්, කිරිබත් කමින්, පුරන් කුඹුරු අස්වද්දමින්, මුළු රටම පිරිසිඳු කරමින්, අපවිත්‍ර තාප්ප පවිත්‍ර කරමින් ඒ මත මහා බිතු සිතුවම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය මහතා විසින් අතේ දුරින් තබා ගනිමින් පරෙස්සම් විය යුතු, නව ලිබරල් වාදී පොලිටිකල් 'වල්'- පල් හෙවත් දේශපාලන පතරංග ජාතක - 2 වන කොටස
Kudaligamage Geethanjana
නව ලිබරල් වාදී දේශපාලන ප්‍රවාහය තුල බල පවත්නා LGBT බල පරාක්‍රමය ඇති මහත්ය. මෙම ප්‍රවනතාව විසින් සමාජ ගත කිරීමට උත්සාහ ගන්නා ඇතැම් අභූත මති භ්‍රාන්ති පිලිබඳ වැටහීමක් පහත සඳහන් ලිපිය කියවීමෙන් ඔබට ලභාගත හැක.  https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/08/21/western-civilization-is-now-a-caricature-of-absurdity/ Western Civilization Is Now A Caricature of Absurdity - PaulCraigRoberts.org Western Civilization Is Now A Caricature of Absurdity. This Is Not A Joke. Dear Readers: If you have concluded that a small handful of crazed morons control the words we are permitted to use, you are correct. www.paulcraigroberts.org ඊයේ රාත්‍රියේදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

30,000 monks attend mass alms-giving in Mandalay
Global New Light of Myanmar
Officials, donors and well-wishers led by Union Ministers Dr Myo Thein Gyi and Nai Thet Lwin attend the third mass alms-giving ceremony for 30,000 monks at the Chanmyathazi Airport in Mandalay yesterday. Photo: MNA Supervised by Mandalay Region Government, Myanmar well-wishers and Thailand’s Dhammakaya Foundation jointly organized third mass alms-giving for 30,000 monks at the Chanmyathazi Airport in Mandalay yesterday. Present at the event were Union Ministers Dr Myo Thein Gyi and Nai Thet Lwin, Deputy Minister U Kyi Min, Mandalay Region Minister for Electricity, Energy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Aung San Suu Kyi’s defiance in rejecting allegations of Genocide at International Court of Justice, wins public support
By Senaka Weeraratna
Thousands of supporters in Myanmar have waved banners and colorful portraits of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, on Saturday, December 7, in a show of their loyalty on the eve of her departure for the U.N.'s top court i.e. International Court of Justice (ICJ), to face genocide charges over the Rohingya crisis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlN8NJ2fMZQ One supporter named Damien Chakma in a comment on the Internet has said: “ What Suu Kyi is doing is absolute right, protecting Myanmar’s interest in the face of OIC funded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Ranil to lead the UNP in the forthcoming General election; says UNP General Secretary
Hiru News
UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will contest the forthcoming General Election in the capacity of the party leader. He was addressing a media conference held at UNP Headquarters Sirikotha this morning.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

වෛද්‍ය සාෆි ෂිහාබ්දීන් ගැන හෙළිදරව් කිරීමේ සුදානමක්
Hiru News
වෛද්‍ය සාෆි ෂිහාබ්දීන් විසින් මව්වරුන් වඳභාවයට පත්කල ආකාරය පිළිබදව හෙළිදරව් කිරීමට තමන් ඇතුලු රෝහල් කාර්ය මණ්ඩලය සූදානම් බව කුරුණෑගල රෝහලේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ්‍ය වෛද්‍ය සරත් වීරබණ්ඩාර මහතා පවසනවා. https://youtu.be/zaCEYdXr-Ek කුරුණෑගලදී අද පැවති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී ඔහු මෙම අදහස් පලකළා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

අන්ත දුෂිත ස්වර්ණවාහිනී ගනුදෙනුව ගැන හෙළිදරව්වක්
Hiru News
එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. අරමුදල් මගින් මෙහෙයවන ලයිකා මොබයිල් නම් විදේශීය ආයතනය මෙරට මාධ්‍ය ආයතනයක් මිලදී ගැනීමේ ගනුදෙනුව පිටුපපස එවක අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා සිටින බැවින් ඒ සම්බන්ධව මුදල් විශුද්ධිකරණ පනත යටතේ වහා විමර්ශන කළයුතු බව සිංහල රාවය සංවිධානයේ මහ ලේකම් පූජ්‍ය මාගල්කන්දේ සුදත්ත හිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ අද පැවැති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/lWQqOXcPcAk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

පසුගිය රජයේ දූෂිත අමාත්‍යවරුන්ට දඬුවම් දීම ජනතාවගේද වගකීමක් - අමාත්‍ය රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන
Hiru News
බලශක්ති රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන මහතා අද පෙරවරුවේ සපුගස්කන්ද තෙල් පිරිපහදුවේ නිරීක්ෂණ චාරිකාවක නිරත වුණා. එම ආයතනයේ සේවකයින් අමතමින් ඔහු පැවසුවේ, පසුගිය රජයේ දූෂිත අමාත්‍යවරුන්ට දඬුවම් දීම ජනතාවගේද වගකීමක් වන බවයි. සපුගස්කන්ද තෙල් පිරිපහදුවට පැමිණි බලශක්ති රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන මහතා එම ආයතනයේ ඇති අඩුපාඩු මෙන්ම, ඉදිරියේදී එහි නිෂ්පාදන ධාරිතාව තවදුරටත් ඉහළ නැංවීම ඇතුළු කරුණු රැසක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවධානය යොමු කළා https://youtu.be/7I6Rwb3HUP8 මෙහිදී රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයා ඉන්ධන ගබඩාවක් නිරීක්ෂණය සඳහා එක්වූයේ මෙලෙසයි. මේ අතර, නාවලපිටිය දුම්රිය ස්ථානයේ නිරීක්ෂණ චාරිකාවක නිරත වූ දුම්රිය සේවා රාජ්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය වළක්වා ගැනීමට පැවති රජයට හැකියාව තිබූ බව මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් ගුණරත්න පවසයි
Hiru News
පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයට පෙර ලැබුණු බුද්ධි තොරතුරු පැහැදිලි නොවන බවට ඇතැම් වගකිවයුත්තන් පැවසුවද එම තොරතුරු පැහැදිලි බුද්ධි තොරතුරු බවත් ඒ ඔස්සේ ප්‍රහාරය වළක්වා ගැනීමට පැවති රජයට හැකියාව තිබූ බවත් ජාත්‍යන්තර ත්‍රස්තවාදය සම්බන්ධ විශේෂඥයෙකු වන මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් ගුණරත්න මහතා පවසනවා. ඒ, පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳ සොයා බැලීමට පත්කළ කොමිසම හමුවේ සාක්ෂි ලබාදෙමින්. https://youtu.be/9lZK5LZMGbs පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳ සොයා බැලීමට පත්කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිසමේ විශේෂ ආරාධනයකට අනුව සාක්ෂි ලබාදීම සඳහා මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් ගුණරත්න මහතා අද එම කොමිසම හමුවේ පෙනී සිටියා. මෙරට ජාත්‍යන්තර ත්‍රස්තවාදී කණ්ඩායම්වල ක්‍රියාකාරකම් සිදුවෙමින් ඇති බවට රොහාන් ගුණරත්න... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

NEW APPOINTMENT FOR BRIGADIER PRIYANKA FERNANDO AT ARMY HEADQUARTERS
Hiru News Former Defence Advisor attached to the Sri Lankan High Commission in Britain Brigadier Priyanka Fernando has been appointed to a new position at the Army Headquarters. The army media stated that he has been appointed as the Director of land, property and housing in the army. Earlier the Westminster Court found him guilty of making a threatening gesture during a protest held in front of the Sri Lankan High Commission in Britain by a group of LTTE sympathizers and, a fine for 2400 sterling pounds was imposed on him. Subsequent to the said incident,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Why Gota’s new face is likeable
Ravi Nagahawatte Courtesy Daily Mirror
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Indian tour concluded on a positive note. This was despite Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko staging a protest opposing the Sri Lankan president’s visit to India.  What’s striking about the former military man turned lawmaker is his show of calmness in the face of opposition. There is much talk about Gotabaya being a vegetarian and a Buddhist and these factors could be attributed to his composure.  Gotabaya’s travels in and around India made him realise that there was an arm of hospitality... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

MCC cannot erase the rights of Sri Lanka’s future generations
MCC cannot erase the rights of Sri Lanka’s future generations  When late Justice Amarasinghe delivered the landmark verdict in the Eppawela phosphate case in the 1990s which ironically was associated with a US & Japanese tie-up with a rail track from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee, he cited that a government was only custodians and the land and all of its resources could not be harmed and made unavailable to future generations. This judgment has set a precedence for the giving away of lands & resources and should be a solid foundation to any decision vis a vis MCC... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

The future of the UNP
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Each time Ranil Wickremesinghe is faced with a threat to his leadership he comes up with a band aid solution which either postpones his day of reckoning, and / or worsens the situation for the Party, creating internal chaos and bringing it down in the eyes of the people. The latest attempt to solve the power struggle within the UNP is to divide the leadership into two compartments : 1 the Leader of the Opposition whose role is confined to the limited area of the Parliament and 2. the Leader of the Party with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

EDUCATION REFORMS ESSENTIAL TO SRI LANKA (PART 1a) A HORIZONTAL DISTRIBUTION MODEL
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
During the presidential election 2019, many candidates and people publicly talked about education reforms.  Except for Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, other candidates and public have not expressed clear views on this subject and reluctant to talk about what kind of reforms need to Sri Lanka. Education is a broader subject area that involves in ocean of topics, views, and ideas. Although education is working as a right of people political platforms in presidential election presented an idea that education should be inserted to the constitution as a human right. There is no doubt that education has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Swiss Embassy staffer leaves CID after giving a statement for 5 1/2 hours
Hiru News
Swiss Embassy staffer leaves CID after giving a statement for 5 1/2 hours. https://youtu.be/exod6bzTs9M... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

SWISS EMBASSY STAFFER REPORTS TO CID TODAY AS WELL
Hiru News
The allegedly abducted locally recruited Swiss Embassy staffer Garnia Banister Francis reported to the CID for the second day today Earlier, she was produced before the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer for a medical test. The staffer was produced before the Colombo Chief magistrate Lanka Jayarathna today. Garnia Banister Francis reported to the CID yesterday, 14 days after the alleged incident following a court order issued on her to do so. It was seen that an individual... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනිය ගැන අදත් විවිධ අදහස්
Hiru News
ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනිය අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට පැමිණ ප්‍රකාශයක් ලබා දීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් පක්ෂ විපක්ෂ දේශපාලනඥයන් සහ පූජ්‍ය පක්ෂය මෙලෙස අදහස් පල කළා https://youtu.be/rPaQvB2JUBs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ නිලධාරිනිය පැය පහකට පසු පිටව යයි
Hiru News
පැහැරගෙන යාමේ චෝදනාවට ලක්වූ බව කියන ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ ගානියා බැනිස්ටර් ෆ්‍රැන්සිස් පැය පහමාරක කාලයක් ප්‍රකාශයක් ලබා දීමෙන් පසු රහස් පොලිසියෙන් පිටව ගොස් තිබෙනවා https://youtu.be/exod6bzTs9M... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

ස්විස් තානාපති නිලධාරිනිය, අදත් රහස් පොලීසියට
Hiru News
පැහැර ගැනීමට ලක්වූ බව කියන මෙරට ස්විස්ටර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයට දේශීය  නිලධාරිනියක වන ගානියා බැනිස්ටර් ෆ්‍රැන්සිස් අද දෙවන දිනටත් අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව හමුවේ පෙනී සිට ප්‍රකාශ ලබා දුන්නා. ඊට පෙර ඇය කොළඹ අධිකරණ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරිවරයා හමුවට ද ඉදිරිපත් කළ බවයි හිරු වාර්තාකරු සඳහන් කළේ. https://youtu.be/rPaQvB2JUBs මේ අතර, ස්විස්ටර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ අදාළ නිලධාරිනිය අධිකරණයේ අවසරයකින් තොරව විදෙස් ගත වීම තහනම් කරමින් පනවා තිබූ නියෝගය ලබන බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා දක්වා දීර්ඝ කිරීමට කොළඹ ප්‍රධාන මහේස්ත්‍රාත් ලංකා ජයරත්න අද නියෝග කළා. ඒ, එම සිදුවීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිදුකෙරෙන විමර්ශන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Reply to Mario Arulthas of Al Jazeera on Sri Lanka’s new leadership
Mario Arulthas writes to Al Jazeera on 8 Dec 2019 titled “Trouble brews in post-election Sri Lanka”. What are the concerns he raises: He refers to Gotabaya Rajapakse as a ‘hardliner’ exactly what does he imply by this? He claims ‘prospects for justice & reconciliation between the different communities on the island lie in tatters” – can he give examples of justice & reconciliation that were brought to success by previous government? He says ‘victory of Gota, sent shockwaves across the Tamil-dominated northeast’ – can he say how many are in shock and... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Sajith, rhetoric and oratory
ARIYAWANSA RANAWEERA Courtesy Island
December 9, 2019, 8:30 pm Oratory is based upon the noble art of rhetoric, introduced by ancient Greeks. In fact, Aristotle (384-322 B.C) wrote an entire thesis on rhetoric. In the first century A.D., rhetoric was divided in to three categories - high, middle, and low. High rhetoric should convey deep, strong, feelings using sublime language. Low rhetoric should use simple words without unnecessary frills, the middle rhetoric should not use high sounding words, but words pleasant to the ear, and should flow smoothly. None of these... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

Nuclear Power Project in Katchchativu?
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
Since Mr. Gotabhaya won the presidential election the anti Sri Lankan media outlets have unleashed a spate of reports and write-ups against Sri Lanka and President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.  Lanka-E-News (LEN) the UNP website published from London, access to which was restricted from Sri Lanka by the former President following harsh personal attacks on him and his family, has published several news items especially focussing the readers in foreign countries with the objective of building antagonism and hostility against Sri Lanka. In one of these items it says that Gotabaya Rajapaksas visit... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

The 13th Amendment and moral obligations
Malinda Seneviratne
Mano Ganesan, leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) believes that ‘India has the moral duty and political right towards the Tamils of the North and East since the 13th Amendment is the child of the Indo-Lanka Accord.’ Prime Minister Modi, when he met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Delhi, flagged the 13th Amendment. That ‘flagging’ (of a dead horse, should we add?) has excited Tamil politicians. M.A. Sumanthiran and S Sritharan of the Tamil National Alliance have spoken about ‘Indian pressure’ almost as a given, something wholesome and necessary. They, like... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/19)

New soil study confirms 1943 Bengal famine was caused by Winston Churchill’s policies, not drought
Colonial history Courtesy Scroll.IN
A group of Indian and American researches simulated soil moisture content during major Indian famines to come to the conclusion. The 1943 Bengali famine was caused by then-British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s policies and not drought, a group of Indian and American researchers have found in a study published in the journal, Geophysical Research Letters. The researchers came to this conclusion by using weather data to simulate the amount of moisture present in the soil during six major Indian famines, those of 1873-’74, 1876, 1877, 1896-’97, 1899... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

yanmar: Thousands Rally for Aung San Suu Kyi Ahead of Hague Court Hearing
VOA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlN8NJ2fMZQ Thousands of supporters waved banners and colorful portraits of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, Saturday, December 7, in an ostentatious show of their loyalty on the eve of her departure for the U.N.'s top court to face genocide charges over the Rohingya crisis. The Myanmar leader is set to testify at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague starting Tuesday, where lawyers are pressing a case against Myanmar for alleged genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority. Gambia, a tiny, mainly Muslim West African country, filed a lawsuit in November, accusing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Climate Change – What is in Store for Sri Lanka?
by Dr Palitha Kohona Courtesy The Island
December 8, 2019, 9:18 pm The annual Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25) began in Madrid on 2 December, largely unnoticed in Sri Lanka which is just settling down after a bruising presidential election. But given the critical importance of climate change to this beautiful island with its miles of unspoilt beaches, populated low lands, breathtaking tea covered mountains, and weather dependent agriculture, it should have received more attention. Sri Lanka became party to the Paris Accord... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Naseby predicts disaster for Lanka if Labour wins
Courtesy Island
December 9, 2019, 10:13 pm Lord Naseby PC, President of the All Party British Sri Lanka Parliamentary Group in the UK Parliament, has stated, in a statement, that if Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party becomes UK Prime Minister it will be disastrous for Sri Lanka as Labour will threaten the country’s sovereignty as an independent nation. Lord Naseby makes it clear that the Conservatives offer the best opportunity to develop a balanced relationship with the UK and where all communities may unite to live together as one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Travel ban on Swiss Embassy staffer extended till Dec. 12
Yoshitha Perera courtesy The Daily Mirror
The travel ban on the Swiss Embassy local staffer - Ganier Banister Francis, who claimed that she was abducted by unidentified men, was extended till December 12 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate today. When the case was taken before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne, Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara said that the CID would record and complete her statement by Monday (09) evening. He said that the CID had recorded her statement for about nine hours, starting from Sunday (08) 5 p.m to Monday (09)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Batti University should be absorbed to national university system: President
By Lahiru Pothmulla  Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Stresses immediate action to provide uni entrance to A/L Qualified students  The Batticaloa University should be absorbed to the national university system and utilized as a national asset without being abandoned, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said.  President Rajapaksa said this at a meeting held with Education and Higher Education Ministers and officials of the education sector at the Presidential Secretariat last morning.   According to the President’s Media, the President has said the time has come to allow universities to craft diploma programmes based on latest requirements... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

FORMER PRIME MINISTER RECEIVES RESEARCH THAT FINDS REASONS FOR NDF DEFEAT
Hiru News
Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the reason for the defeat of his party at the presidential election is losing the vote bases of the Buddhists, the middle class and the youth. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Youth Front, MP Kavinda Jayawardnene, attended the event after a 30 minute delay, even though the former prime minister arrived at the scheduled time. https://youtu.be/TewIIBa0pcw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

THE REALITY OF TEN PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT AND THE NATIONAL POLICY ON ECONOMIC TARGETS
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Mr. Bandula Gunawardane, Minister for Information Technology, Higher Education, Technology and Innovation and Co-Cabinet Spokesman has made a public statement on ten principles of government and the national policy in relation to priorities.  This statement further included major economic targets, which seemed to be not unrealistic as the targets could be easily achieved by structural changes in economic management and successful monitoring and remedial management required during the next five years to get the economy to right track and boost production. The most impressive targets included 6.5% annual GDP growth, Unemployment below 4%, 5% inflation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

President Gotabaya Rajapakse – pl ask 225 MPs to present affidavits to confirm they are not DUAL CITIZENS
It was the yahapalana government that brought and passed the 19a in April 2015 with key clause that no MP should be a dual citizen. The onus is definitely on them to prove that none of them were dual citizens when inserting this clause which was primarily to prevent Gotabaya Rajapaks from harboring intent to contest elections. The manner their cohorts went to file cases to prevent nominations being accepted is a case in point. We now need to ask who in this good governance government inserted this 19a clause while hiding the fact that they were... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Swiss embassy employee makes statement to CID Alleged abduction:
By Shamindra FerdinandoCourtesy The Island
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was in the process of recording a statement from local female employee of Swiss embassy at the time this edition went to press yesterday. The embassy employee reported to the CID yesterday late afternoon, but declined to undergo a medical examination in the absence of a female doctor though two nurses were available. The CID began recording a detailed statement from her, and a medical examination is to be carried out later. Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, last Tuesday, Dec 03, ordered that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Tamil Diaspora behind Swiss Embassy incident, Defense Secretary charges
Courtesy Ada Derana
Defense Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne says that the Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka has acted on behalf of the needs of the Tamil Diaspora. Speaking in the alleged abduction case of the Swiss Embassy local staffer, Gunaratne expressed these views to the media, at Pannipitiya. Pointing out that the alleged victim is a Sri Lankan, the Defense Secretary stated that it is the responsibility of the security forces that work on the peace and order of the country to protect her. “When a Sri Lankan lodges... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

OPEN LETTER TO HE THE PRESIDENT GOTABHAYA RAJAPAKSE
Stanley Perera Emeritus Medical Researcher 2/32 Chandler Road Noble Park Vic. 3174 Australia. AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT Dear President Gotabhaya Rajapakse, Re-EXTORTION BY CABINET MINISTER GAMINI LOKUGE The writer is an expatriate Sri Lankan residing in Melbourne, Australia who earned a name of patriotic writer during the time of war in Sri Lanka and your time as the defence secretary.  The writer was a front runner in challenging the International Community who conducted a smear campaign  to tarnish the image of Mahinda Rajapakse Government'.  It was an uphill battle for the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

An open letter to British Prime minister on Conviction of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando
By Rajendra Alwis
I was deeply perturbed to note the judgment delivered by a UK court in absentia convicting Brigadier Priyanka Fernando (Case No.1801273043) in which he was fined £ 2400. Brigadier Fernando at the time of the incident was serving as the Defence Attaché in the Sri Lanka High Commission in London.  Since Brigadier Fernando was holding a diplomatic position in the Sri Lankan High Commission in London when this incident took place no doubt that he was protected by diplomatic immunity as per Article 31 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Clamp down western conspiracies
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Events surrounding the tyrant western nations arrogantly calling themselves as international community despite they being only 20 odd nations whereas there are nearly 200 nations in the world community behaving in respect of Sri Lanka following the people’s victory in the presidential election clearly elaborates their unhappiness over the choice of the 6.9 million voters amounting to 52% of voters of this country.  They  croak from every roof top available that they are the devout, ardent and dedicated guardians of what they call the ‘democracy’ in the world, a hollow slogan used by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Election results can be skinned any which way you like
Malinda Seneviratne
A warm but flawed reading of the 2015 result, People from the same camp, in terms of who they voted for, can and do come up with different reasons for victory, or if that's the case, defeat.  For example, some who voted for Gotabaya Rajapaksa could put his victory down to one or more of the following: a) ineptitude of the Yahapalana regime and failure to deliver on promises, b) the need for a strong and tested leader in the face of new threats to national security, c) perceptions that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

White vans, white lies and the white man’s burden Swiss embassy fiasco:
By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya Courtesy Island
December 8, 2019, 9:24 pm In what must surely be one of the strangest games of diplomatic brinkmanship to be played out in this country, the Swiss embassy in Colombo demands an investigation into an alleged ‘abduction’ of one of its local employees. However, it appears there is not a shred of evidence to support its case – not even a statement from the so called ‘victim.’ The new government of Sri Lanka – barely 10 days into office - having immediately ordered a probe into... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Innovate or Perish: The future of the paddy farmer
Courtesy Island
December 8, 2019, 9:20 pm By D. C. P. Amarasekere In Sri Lanka, the paddy farmer who is central to the ‘nation’ has been cruelly displaced in national policy for decades. Most Sri Lankan political leaders remember the farmer in cycles, and it typically coincides with an election. Every election season the farmer makes a come-back, front and center, on election agendas. The candidates vie for the 2 million plus farmers’ votes almost like in an auction, each outbidding the other, by using bigger and better subsidies... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Presidency some positives, negatives and challenges
by Rajeewa Jayaweera Courtesy The Island
December 7, 2019, 4:02 pm For all intent and purposes, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s (GR) recently concluded state visit to India, his first as Head of State is considered a success. A one on one meeting scheduled for 15 minutes had lasted one hour. During this time, both leaders have supposedly found common ground and established a personal rapport, so essential in relations between countries, especially between countries with a history of thorny periods. The newly elected Sri Lankan President, in his inaugural speech... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/19)

Remembering the Uva rebellion
Courtesy The Daily Mirror November 26 marks the day when Maha Adikaram Keppetipola and Maha Nilame of the Uva Madugalle were executed on the banks of Bogambara Wewa on the orders of the British Governor. It was left to Dr Henry Marshall, a friend of Maha Adikaram Keppetipola to take away the head of Keppetipola and send to the Edinburgh Phrenological Society to study the head. Later it was handed over to the museum of the medical faculty and it lay there until a relative of Keppetipola, Upali Keppetipola, petitioned the British Government... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

On Hambantota port, Prez. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was “quoted out of context” says PM Mahinda Rajapaksa
by Shiran Illanperuma Courtesy NewsIn Asia
Colombo, December. 8 (Xinhua): Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said Saturday that his government is looking forward to continuing to develop friendly relations with China. “The two countries enjoy a strong, long-standing friendship, which has laid the foundation for practical cooperation,” Rajapaksa, who assumed office on Nov. 21, told Xinhua in an interview during his visit to the Colombo Port City, a project jointly developed by the Sri Lankan government and China’s CHEC Port City Colombo Ltd. Rajapaksa visited the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

Former Military Intelligence chief Brigadier Suresh Salley appointed as the head of State Intelligence Service (SIS)
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Brig. Salley appointed SIS chief Former Military Intelligence chief Brigadier Suresh Salley has been appointed as the head of State Intelligence Service (SIS) by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, informed sources said. DIG Nilantha Jayaweera, who was the SIS director has been transferred to the Police headquarters.  Meanwhile, Brigadier Chandana Wickremesinghe has been appointed as the Army Spokesman.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

ස්විස්ටර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ නිලධාරිනියක් පැහැර ගැනුනු බව කියන සිද්ධිය ගැන විවිධ අදහස්
Hiru News
ස්විස්ටර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ නිලධාරිනියක් පැහැර ගැනුනු බව කියන සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අදත් පාර්ශව කිහිපයක් අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/p2CQv8HqbvU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

හිටපු අමාත්‍ය සජිත්ගේ නිවාස ව්‍යාපෘතියක් නිසා ජනතාව දැඩි අසීරුතාවක
Hiru News
නිවාස සංවර්ධන හිටපු අමාත්‍ය සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාගේ නිවාස ව්‍යාපෘතියක් හරහා තිස්සමහරාම, වීරහෙළ ග්‍රාම සේවා කොට්ඨාසයේ ජනතාව දැඩි අසීරුතාවකට පත්ව සිටිනවා. ඒ, නිවාස ඉදිකිරීම් සඳහා ලබාදුන් ආධාර මුදල් නිවාස සංවර්ධන අධිකාරියේම නිලධාරීන් පිරිසක් විසින් යටිමඩි ගැසීම හේතුවෙන්. නිවාස සංවර්ධන හිටපු අමාත්‍ය සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාගේ මඟපෙන්වීම මත තිස්සමහාරාම, වීරහෙළ ග්‍රාම සේවා කොට්ඨාසයේ අඩු ආදායම් ලාභීන් උදෙසා මෙම නිවාස ව්‍යාපෘතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක වී තිබුණේ මීට වසර දෙකකට පෙරයි. https://youtu.be/DogAfQXF_ug  ‘‘සාම සිසිලගම“  නිවාස ව්‍යාපෘතිය ලෙස එය නම් කර තිබුණා. එම නිවාස ව්‍යාපෘතිය මගින්, එක් නිවසක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

Dirty tricks: How Tories bid for Tamil votes with indy pledge
Courtesy The National-The Newspaper that supports an Independent Scotland
TWO-faced Tory candidates in the suburbs of London have been caught trying to win votes among the Tamil community, promising a “two-state” solution to the troubles in Sri Lanka. The so-called two-state solution refers to a separate Tamil state – Eelam – in the northern and eastern parts of the divided island. Whilst prominent Tories are out on the campaign trail, offering Tamil voters the promise of a homeland whilst implacably refusing to countenance a referendum on Scottish independence. The controversial manifesto pledge on international tensions... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

Swiss Mission ‘Kidnapping’: Bid To Tarnish Gotabaya Image?
Parul Chandra Courtesy Strategic News International
NEW DELHI: Was a local employee of the embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka briefly abducted by some unidentified men as is being claimed by the Swiss mission? Or are the embassy’s claims untrue as is being claimed by the Sri Lankan government? Amidst the counter-narratives being offered by the two countries, the truth has been the obvious casualty. Even more interesting, the staffer remains in the embassy with the Swiss claiming she’s unwell. The spat began shortly after the swearing-in of Sri Lanka’s new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last month. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 8
KAMALIKA PIERIS
“Voices of Peace” edited by Sarah Kabir, (2018) consists of a set of interviews with   members of the LTTE and the Sri Lanka armed forces taken together.  The book “weaves together” the narratives of ten former LTTE cadres and ten SLM personnel who fought at the front line in the Eelam war.   The purpose of the book is to see how front line fighters on the two sides viewed the Eelam War. The book was funded by Swiss Federal Dept of Foreign affairs, Expolanka, ONUR and private donors. A Tamil translation appears to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

Insofar as India Remains a ‘Useful Idiot,’ the Security of Both India and Sri Lanka Will be in Jeopardy.
Kudaligamage Geethanjana
Rajapakses, Geopolitics, ‘Eurocentric Developmentalism,’ and the western hegemony  (Part 21) Indo Lanka Accord was an outcome of a brawl between old school politics of the cold-war mentality of Indira Gandhi and Junius Richard Jayawardene. This outdated agreement must be renegotiated or entirely repealed for the benefit of both nations. “Agey wayiraya” "ඇගේ  වෛරය" is a term not only related to the silver screen but also very much related to politics. There is a well-known piece of political advice shadowed through the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/19)

Sinhalaese must vote Labour
Chanaka Bandarage
The British Conservative Party election manifesto in page 53 states: “We will continue to support international initiatives to achieve reconciliation, stability and justice across the world, and in current or former conflict zones such as Cyprus, Sri Lanka and the Middle East, where we maintain our support for a two-state solution”. The text is very clear. It is in plain, easy to understand English. That is, if the Conservative Party is elected to power at the 12 December 2019 general election, it will support a two state solution for Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

“The Birth and the Demise of the UNP (Un-patriotic non-National Party)
(Addenda to the article on the above subject posted on December 6th, 2019 Lankaweb) Dr Sudath Gunasekara 7.12. 2019
Further to my previous essay on the above subject published on 6th Dec, I would like to add few more comments on the UNP that would be interesting to my readers.  JR had carefully selected two young brilliant politicians Gamini Disanayaka and Lalith Atulathmudali as potential future leaders to fill the vacuum of the party after him. In fact JR was grooming Gamini as his successor Gamini to be the next President. But Premadasa, (Just like what Sajit did... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

Harim Pieris' Roadmap for the UNP with no mention of the Bond Scam
By Bodhi Dhanapala
A version of this article appeared in the Island Newspaper, 6th Dec) Harim Peries (HP), writing to The Island on Dec 5. about "The UNF loss and looking ahead", gives a road map for the UNP. It should make strange reading to most Sri Lankans except those who, by a Freudian slip, have pushed out of their minds some of the most important matters that led to the collapse of the UNP. In his essay, HP has not mentioned anywhere about the bond scams, the first of which was carefully planned by first... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

The Guard Post: What Did Happen to Sajith?
By Udaya P. Gammanpila Courtesy Ceylon Today
"This is my last chance. My very first opportunity was sacrificed for Srima. The last two were sacrificed for Fonseka and Sirisena on the request of the party. I have been patiently waiting for this opportunity for the last 10 years; please don't grab it from me." This was the plea made by UNP Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, which however, received an unexpected response from his party colleagues. The vast majority said in unison that Sajith should be the Presidential Candidate instead of Ranil. To his surprise, even his childhood... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

The Cardinal optimistic about the Presidential commission investigating Easter attacks
Hiru News
Archbishop his eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith appeared before the Presidential Commission investigating Easter attacks for a second day today. https://youtu.be/z-SLKl_8Ikc The Cardinal who made a statement before the Commission for nearly 4 hours yesterday behind closed doors, arrived at the Commission at around 9.30 this morning. The Cardinal testified before the commission for over 3 hours today. Speaking to media after testifying the Cardinal said he believes that justice will be meted out through the current Presidential commission.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

කාදිනල් හිමිපාණන්ටත් විශ්වාසයක්
Hiru News
පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳ සොයා බැලීමට පත්කර ඇති වත්මන් ජනාධිපති කොමිසම තුළින් පීඩාවට පත් ජනතාවට සාධාරණත්වයක් ඉටු වේ යැයි තමන්ට විශ්වාස බව අගරදගුරු අති උතුම් මැල්කම් කාදිනල් රංජිත් හිමිපාණන් පවසනවා. https://youtu.be/z-SLKl_8Ikc පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය පිළිබඳව සොයා බැලීමට පත්කළ ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ අද දෙවන දිනටත් පැය 03 කට ආසන්න කාලයක් සාක්ෂි ලබාදීමෙන් පසු මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් දක්වමින් උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව සඳහන් කළා. ඊයේ පස්වරු දෙකේ සිට 3.45 දක්වා කාදිනල් හිමිපාණන් ජනාධිපති කොමිසම සහ මාධ්‍ය ඉදිරියේ ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ සාක්ෂි ලබාදුන් අතර, පසුව පස්වරු 4.15 ට සිට පස්වරු 06 දක්වා ජනාධිපති කොමිසම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

විදේශ අමාත්‍යංශයේ අනුදැනුමකින් තොරව එංගලන්තය මෙරට පවුම් මිලියන 10ක් ආයෝජනය කිරීම ගැන සොයා බැලිය යුතුයි - උදය ගම්මන්පිල
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
විදේශ අමාත්‍යාංශයේ දැනුවත් වීමකින් තොරව එංගලන්තය විසින් පවුම් මිලියන 10ක් මෙරට ආයෝජනය කර ඇත්තේ කුමන කරුණක් සඳහා ද යන්න වහා සොයා බැලිය යුතු බව පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමයේ නායක උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා පවසනවා. ඔහු මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ අද පෙරවරුවේ පැවති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී. https://youtu.be/WrRr2F8rw7Y... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

Sri Lanka says Brig. Priyanka’s conviction in UK ‘politically motivated’
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Government on Saturday defended the action of one of its army officer charged by a UK court for making offensive gesture to LTTE supporters in London, saying that he is entitled to diplomatic immunity. Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, who was posted as a defence advisor at the Sri Lankan embassy in London in 2018, on Friday in absentia was found guilty by the UK court for making a hand signal to slit throats of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supporters, who had gathered with the outfit’s flag to protest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

Colombo Port City officially declared part of Sri Lanka
Courtesy Ada  Derana
The 269 hectare of land of the Colombo Port City officially declared a part of Sri Lanka at an event graced by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa this evening (07). Accordingly, the Colombo Port City is now officially open for investments. https://youtu.be/cPNTT26SYIQ The ceremony was followed by a massive fireworks display which lit-up the Colombo city skies, commemorating the landmark moment. A commemorative stamp and first day cove was also issued in the presence of the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Chinese Ambassador to Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

SWISS TIGERS Vs SRI LANKAN LIONS-Throw down the gauntlet.
Dr M D P DISSANAYAKE
The Game is on!   In less than a month since  Dr Gotabaya Rajapakse became the President of Sri Lanka, the notorious Switzerland has shown signs of aggression against the Government of Sri Lanka.   They are following a very outdated strategy.  That is: When there is a bad news about you, create a scenario to supersede the bad news, for a damage control.  The bad news against the Government of Switzerland was Nishantha De Silva Kandappa’s “ ostensible abduction” without complying  with Immigration rules of Sri Lanka.  Kandappa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

Who wants Tamil Eelam – Who are asking Political Solutions?
It was the Illanka Tamil Arasu Katchchi party that gave birth to the concept of a separate Tamil State in 1949 a year after Ceylon was given independence hardly valid grounds to claim ‘discrimination’ by Sinhalese since the island was under Western invader rule for 443 years since 1505. Since 1949 there have been various surrogates claiming to champion the Eelam cause and it has afforded political clout for those using Tamil Eelam as slogans while a set of others have found it also politically advantageous to plug themselves to this ‘separating Sri Lanka’ cause for their own geopolitical benefits.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

How to get VISA to seek asylum in a Western country
The Swiss Embassy affair has shown how easy it is for people to get entry to live in a Western country and even have these Western countries arrange travel, air ambulance, hotel stay, a job, a house and put you over their own citizens by giving numerous welfare benefits too. But there is a process to follow. Create a fake story – the more bizarre the better Attempted abductions are the best. Claim to be abducted in a white van will give added points Have a note written or... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 07/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 7
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Tamils living in the north were    admired as aggressors during the Eelam War.  After the war, they suddenly became ‘innocent victims’.  The Tamil population in the north is an innocent group   who have suffered during the war, said Tamil Separatist Movement.  The Tamils are an aggrieved people not aggressors, they added.  The Tamil people were the victims of the last phase of the war, said Jehan Perera. They lost their loved ones, lost their lands, their livelihoods. However, these so-called innocent people were not all that innocent, when in the 1970s they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

සුද්දාට වැරදුන කොමාව හා සරදියෙල්ගේ තිත අතර වෙනස
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, ළ්ළ්.ඹ්.,Pහ්.ඬ්.
මිස්ටර් කෝබින්ලේබර් පක්‍ෂයේ නායක -දෙමළ ජනයා සමූල ඝාතනය කිරීමේලා ලංකාවේ රාජ්‍යය හා සිංහල ජනයා ක්‍රියාකරනවා යයි ඔබ හා ඔබේ උපනායකයා විසින් හිතාමතාම කරගෙනයන ව්‍යාජ, ජඩ, ක්‍රියාකලාපය නිසා එක්සත් රාජධානියේ සිටින සිංහල ජනයාගේ චන්දය ඔබලාට අහිමිවී ඇත. මා 1978 සිටම ඔබේ (ලේබර්) පක්‍ෂයේ චන්ද මධ්‍යස්ථාන නියෝජිතයෙකුව (පෝලින් ඒජන්ට්) සිටියා. දැන් ඉවසුවා ඇති. හුදෙක් බලයට ඒම සඳහාම අපේ අහිංසක මව්බිම ගැන බොරු බේගල් පතුරුවන ඔබලාට විරුද්ද්ධව චන්දය දීමට අපි තීරණය කලෙමු-. අයිවන්  අමරසිංහනොතැම්ටන් (ලන්ඩන්) ඉහතින් දැක්‌වෙන්නේ ලංකාවෙබ්, වෙබ් අඩවියේ 2019 නොවැම්බර් 30 දා පලවු පුවතකි. මෙය කොන්සර්වෙටිව් පක්‍ෂය නමැති බළලා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Buddhist world must support Myanmar at the UN and International Court of Justice
By Senaka Weeraratna
Gambia, acting on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Co – operation (OIC), has filed a lawsuit against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), allegedly on the ground of committing the crime of Genocide. The Government of Myanmar has taken up the challenge to contest this case at the ICJ and the State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, in her capacity as the Minister for Foreign Affairs, will lead the legal team to defend her nation. Myanmar’s legal team is expected to argue that genocide did not occur,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Ministers urged to address ‘Geneva issue’ meaningfully State minister’s assertion disputed
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 5, 2019, 10:04 pm  Global Sri Lankan Forum (GSLF) has requested Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and State Minister for Foreign Affairs attorney-at-law Susil Premajayantha to take tangible measures to neutralise the growing threat posed by accountability resolution adopted at the Geneva Human Rights Council in 2015. A senior spokesperson for the grouping said that the ministers were urged not to be lulled into a false sense of security. "With the next Geneva sessions scheduled for March 2020, the new administration should move fast," the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

India’s calculated Machiavellian Political Choreography and its Predicted Failure
Kanthar Balanathan, Australia DipEE(UK), GradCert(Rel Eng-Monash),DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey), CEng. MIEE.
Tamil Nadu (TN) changed its name from Madras state to Tamil Nadu when CN Annathurai (CNA) of DMK assumed power. The only non-Dravidian party that held power was Congress and the Chief Minister was the then Kamarajar. The first post-independence assembly power was held by Indian National Congress (INC) by C. Rajagopalachari and Kamarajar, and the INC held power until 1967 when CN Annathurai of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam became the Chief Minister. Neither Congress or BJP is unable to capture power in the State of TN to-date. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

ගරු රංජිත් ද සොයියා මැතිතුමාගේ අභාවය පිළිබඳ ශෝක පණිවුඩය
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය
වෛද්‍ය ප්‍රතිකාර ලබමින් සිටින අතරතුර රත්නපුර දිස්ත්‍රික් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රංජිත් ද සොයියා මැතිතුමාගේ අනපේක්‍ෂිත අභාවය පිළිබඳව ඇසීමෙන් මම මහත් ලෙස කම්පාවටත් සංවේගයටත් පත් වුණෙමි. රංජිත් ද සොයිසා යනු 2015 ජනවාරියෙන් පසු, ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයත්, පසුව ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණත් නිර්මාණය කිරීමට එක් වූ විපාක්‍ෂික බලවේග වටා එක්වූ ජනතාව වීරයෙක් හැටියට පිළිගත් අයෙකි. අසාර්ථක හා මර්ධනකාරී ආණ්ඩුවකට එරෙහිව එඩිතරව නැගී සිටීමෙන් රංජිත් ද සොයිසා මැතිතුමා ජාතික තලයේ දේශපාලනඥයෙකු බවට පත්වි සිටියේය. කෘෂිකර්මාන්තය පිළිබද විශේෂඥයෙකු වූ සොයිසා මැතිතුමා, ගොවි ජනතාව සම්බන්ධ ගැටළු, විශේෂයෙන්ම සුළු අපනයන බෝග අංශය වෙනුවෙන් හඩ නැගූ දේශපාලනඥයෙකි. අපගේ ජයග්‍රාහී මොහොතේම ඔහුමේ ආකාරයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Condolence Message on the Passing Away of Hon. Ranjith de Zoysa
MEDIA RELEASE Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely passing away of Ratnapura District Parlimentarian Hon. Ranjith de Zoysa while receiving treatment at a hospital in Singapore. He was a hero to the political forces that came together to form the Joint Opposition and later the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna after January 2015. He rose to national prominence as one of the most outspoken and fearless opponents of an unsuccessful and repressive government. A qualified agriculturist himself, Hon. Ranjith de Zoysa was vocal on matters affecting the farming community particularly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

The birth and demise of UNP (Unpatriotic Non-national Party)
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara (SLAS)
The beginning The United National Party (UNP) was formed in 1946 by the merger of the Ceylon National Congress and the Sinhala Mahasabha to contest the first Parliamentary election of the Independent Ceylon under the Soulbury Constitution in 1948, to enable the Westminster system of Government to function smoothly (as they said) under a party system, as Political parties are considered essential to the working of representative government under a democratic system. It is said that it was Henry Monk Mason Moor, the then Governor (1944-1948) who suggested this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Kandy Man with long name who fought the Brits.
By Gary Brecher
You see some pretty sick stuff when you do my job, but I just read something sicker than any Congo cannibal buffet.   It’s an article by a posh little Limey named Jeremy Brown condemning the Sri Lankan Government for being too messy in putting down the LTTE, and demanding that we stop buying the cheap textiles the poor Sinhalese make their living churning out. What’s sick about this is that the British establishment destroyed the Sinhalese people completely.   Completely and purposely, sadistically; stole their land, humiliated and massacred their government and made it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

New Challenge for Gota: International Eelam war?
BY DR UPUL WIJAYAWARDHANA Courtesy The Island
December 6, 2019, 9:42 pm Swiss cheese, called so because of distinctive holes, is known the world over. Though the holes in Emmental cheese originally were considered imperfections, these holes being created by the activity of bacteria in milk, cheeses with holes have become fashionable and it is said that more the holes, better the taste! These came to my mind when following the sequence of events of the alleged abduction of a Sri Lankan employee, working in the Swiss Embassy, as the holes in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

The Democracy of Purchase Politics
Courtesy The Island
December 6, 2019, 9:41 pm We are caught in a dual crisis. There is the unusual silence of Switzerland over the alleged complaint of its employee about a renewed white van situation. There is also the situation of leadership in the opposition. Government voices and the media has big focus on the Swiss silence, which is not unusual given the current political situation, of a new national leadership, and alleged attempts to raise old accusations. Just now it seems we will have to wait for the Swiss... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Cardinal calls for banning of religious political parties ... says Indians informed him they alerted SL authorities of impending attacks four times
by Ratindra Kuruvit Courtesy The Island
Archbishop of Colombo, Malcom Cardinal Ranjith leaving after giving evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday attacks yesterday. Pic by Dharmasena Weliptiyaa Archbishop of Colombo, Malcom Cardinal Ranjith yesterday informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday attacks that Indian High Commission officials had informed him that it had warned relevant authorities of an imminent terror attacks four times before April 21. The Security Council and other relevant institutions should have acted on this information without taking... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Security Council should not have taken serious matters as a joke: Cardinal
Yoshitha Pererav Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While condemning the series of coordinated bombings that occurred on Easter Sunday, Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcom Ranjith today informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday attacks, the country’s Security Council and other relevant security institutions should have acted fast before the Easter Sunday Bombings since the information was available, without taking serious matters as a joke. Testifying before the Commission he said that after the attacks, the office of the Indian High Commission informed him four times that it had conveyed details about the possible... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

EXTRACTS FROM ' TAMIL TIGERS' DEBT TO AMERICA' : Intense Pressure of a Different Kind
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
Daya Gamage worked at the American Embassy in Colombo, as the Sole Foreign Service National and a Political Specialist. He retired in 1994 and has been living in Las Vegas since retirement. After two years of concentration, he has been able to share his knowledge, understanding and his intimate professional association with the US Department of State in the form of a book - Tamil Tigers' Debt to America. Being aware of how America's foreign policy worked- sometimes in a strange manner, he has come out with an unbiased text... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Gazette issued banning re-export of spices & allied products
Courtesy Adaderana
A Gazette notification has been issued prohibiting the re-export of key spices and allies products from Sri Lanka, with immediate effect. The Ministry of Finance, issuing a release yesterday (05), said no approval will be granted under the Finance Act-Commercial Hub Regulations of Sri Lanka to engage in entrepot and provision of logistic services to any re-export business or transshipment related to key local spices and allied products. https://youtu.be/gFxUSSd0yrA Accordingly re-export of pepper, areca-nut, nutmeg/mace, tamarind, cinnamon, clove, ginger, turmeric and cardamom will be barred hereafter. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Cardinal gives 4-hour long statement to commission probing Easter attacks
Courtesy Adaderana
Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith left the Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating into Easter Sunday attacks, a short while ago, after giving a nearly 4-hour statement. Cardinal Ranjith had arrived at the commission’s office located at BMICH premises at around 2.00 p.m. today (6) for the evidence hearing. He left the premises after providing a nearly 4-hour long statement to the commission, Ada Derana reporter said. https://youtu.be/Xo7Y-LL7YL0 The commission, headed by Court of Appeal Judge Janak de Silva, comprises Court of Appeal Judge Nissanka Bandula... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Ajith Prasanna claims CID pressured navy officers to give false evidence
Courtesy Adaderana
The ‘War Heroes for Motherland’ Organisation today claimed that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had pressured several former navy officers and a former LTTE member to give false evidence in the case over the abduction of 11 youths in 2008. Convenor of the organization, Major (Retired) and Attorney-at-Law Ajith Prasanna, holding a press conference made these allegations which were corroborated by ex-navy officers and a former LTTE member who also addressed the media. They alleged that several former high-ranking officers of the CID had pressured them to give false testimonies against incumbent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

UK court finds Brigadier Priyanka Fernando guilty, imposes fine of GBP 2,400
Courtesy Adaderana
Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London today (06) imposed a fine of Sterling Pounds (GBP) 2,400 on former Defence Attaché at Sri Lanka High Commission in London Brigadier Priyanka Fernando who was charged for making a threatening gesture towards a group of L.T.T.E. supporters back in 2018. The hearing of the case was taken up before Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Emma Arbuthnot, who found Brigadier Fernando guilty of violating Section 4(A) of the Public Order Act. The chief magistrate, delivering her ruling said: “I have no doubt he intended to cause at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Switzerland is flat, ladies and gentlemen
Malinda Seneviratne
Holes in the Swiss narrative gave rise to such memes It is not advisable to believe one’s own propaganda. That’s a basic rule in political engagement. Blurs vision. Flaws calculation. Usually results in egg on the face. Now consider an article by Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu published last Sunday titled ‘And so it has already begun.’ Here’s the intro: ‘And so it has happened already. The first white van abduction. An official of the Swiss Embassy, on her way to work, taken in for two hours. She apparently was involved... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/19)

Mock, Mock
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 
4 December 2019 Ambassador  Hanspeter MockAmbassador for Switzerland  in Sri Lanka63 Gregory's Road Colombo 7Sri Lanka Dear Ambassador HansPeter Mock: While your beautiful country is getting ready with mulled wine, Christmas Music, twinkling lights decking almost every tree around the country, and letting the aroma of baking Swiss Christmas cookies waft out of the slightly opened windows, and there is nothing more special than anticipating the magical run up to Christmas.  But you, this Swiss-man in Colombo got... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Swiss Embassy Staffer to be Flown to Switzerland
I. de Silva London, Ontario Canada
Hon. HansPeter Mick Ambassador for Switzerland in Sri Lanka 63 Gregory's Road Colombo 7 Sri Lanka Dear Sir:                          Reference Your Action to Fly a Sri Lankan Citizen and Her Family to Switzerland News reports claim that you have intervened to request the Sri Lankan Government to assist you in flying a Sri Lankan citizen and her family to Switzerland. Apparently this individual was stopped on the road, outside the embassy.  You claim that this individual is a staff member of the Swiss Embassy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

ඉන්දු ලංකා සබඳතා පිළිබඳ සිරිමා මැතිණයගෙන් පාඩමක්
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
            වර්තමාන ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා නරේන්ද්‍ර මෝඩි අගමැති තුමාගේ  ආරාධනයෙන් ඉන්දියාවට සැපත් වූ අවස්ථාව දෙරට අතර රාජ්‍ය තාන්ත්‍රික සබඳතා ශක්තිමත් කිරීමක් වෙයි. එහෙත් එම සංචාරයේ දී මෝඩි ජනාධිපතිවරයා කළ කතාවෙන් ගම්‍ය වනුයේ ඔවුන් තවදුරටත් අන්‍යාකාරයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දේශපාලනයට ඇඟිලි ගසන ආකාරයයි. මෙය දීර්ඝ කාලීනව හිතකර තත්ත්වයක් නොවේ. වසර හතරහමාරක් තිස්සේ රට තුළ පැවති අස්ථාවර තත්වයත් ව්‍යවස්ථා අර්බුදයත් නිසා එළඹෙන මැතිවරණය තෙක් මේ රටේ ශක්තිමත් පාලනයක් ස්ථාපිත වීම පමා වීමට තියෙන ඉඩකඩ වැඩිය. එවැනි අවස්ථාවක ඉන්දීය සබඳතා නිවරදී කර ගැනීම අත්‍යවශ්‍ය කරුණකි. මෙහිදී අපට සිහිපත් වන්නේ හිටපු අගමැතිණියක වන සිරිමා බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිණිය ගේ දේශපාලන ධූර කාල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

“Sri Lanka Study Circle”
Sri Lanka Study Circle
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(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

WE CANNOT LIVE WITH YOUR LARRIKIN BEHAVIOUR
By Stanley Perera, Melbourne, Australia..
My dear Ambassador, Your recent larrikinish behaviour is looked upon down by the decent and civilized society.  In other words it is a shame on Swiss people.  To begin with, I must politely tell you to leave my country and go back to where you came from without creating disharmony amongst the Sri Lankan communities.  Your fabricated and larrririnish lies about the abduction and sexually abused staffer is seen as the lowest of the low which is also not up to a civilised ambassador.  Ambassador, please note that you are only an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

ස්විස් නාටකය.... පැහැරගත් බව කී කාන්තාව පැයදෙකක් මිතුරියකගේ නිවසේ... තානාපති හාන්ස් පීටර් නිරුත්තර වෙයි... නිලධාරිනියගේ කටට පිස්තෝලය එබූහැටි රාජිත දකියි...
කන්දප්පා පැනගිය පසු  කරළියට ගෙන ආ  ස්විස් නාටකය -උපුටාගැනීම දිවයින
පසුගිය කාලයේ බුද්ධි අංශවලට එරෙහි සීඅයිඞී විමර්ශනවලදී වධකයාගේ චරිතයට පණ දුන් ඒඩි‍්‍රයන් නිශාන්ත සිල්වා කන්දප්පා නව රජය බලයට ඒමත් සම`ග ඉකුත් 24 වැනිදා හොර රහසේම ස්විට්සර්ලනත්යට පලා ගියේ ය.  සිය දරු පවුලද සම`ග එසේ පලා ගිය නිශාන්ත සිල්වා කන්දප්පා පසුව එරට සිට විදේශ මාධ්‍යයකට ප‍්‍රකාශයක් කරමින් පවසා තිබුණේ තමන්ට මරණීය තර්ජන එල්ල වීම නිසා ස්විට්සර්ලන්තයට පලා ආ බවකි.  මෙකී මරණීය තර්ජන කතාව වෙනුවට රාජිත සේනාරත්න ප‍්‍රමුඛ නඩය පසුගිය කාලයේ නීතිය නවමින් සිදු කළ දඩයම හමුවේ තමන්ට වැලිකඩ බෝඩිමේ යකඩ කූරු සහ ජම්පර සිහිනෙන් පෙනුන නිසා ස්විට්සර්ලන්තයට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

We Need to Move Away from Neoliberalism
Nadin Brzezinski Courtesy Medium.com
We have told ourselves a nice story about the economy. As we adopted the Manchester School and made it into the 20th-century model, the market became central. We renamed it into the neoliberal model. We forgot that the economy is far more than just the work sphere, or the business cycle. I have written about this in the past because part of this is ideology. We ignored the centrality of home life to economic life. Why we have stopped investing in those things that keep home life going.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

UK’s Conservative Party clarifies its stance on Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Clarifying the UK's Conservative Party’s stance with regard to its reference to Sri Lanka in its election manifesto, senior party officials said the reference is applicable only to the Middle East but not to Cyprus or Sri Lanka. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that its attention had been drawn to remarks made by a member of parliament, Udaya Gammanpila, over media yesterday in connection with the reference to Sri Lanka in the election manifesto of the Conservative Party in the run-up to the general election in the United Kingdom scheduled... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

GL claims Swiss embassy incident a conspiracy against govt
Courtesy Ada Derana
Sri Lanka’s former foreign minister Prof. G.L. Peiris claims that the incident involving a local staff member of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo is a conspiracy aimed at discrediting the incumbent government.  “It has been clearly proven that the complete story of the Swiss Embassy incident is a lie,” he said, speaking to reporters.  https://youtu.be/KQPdLuOadaY He stated that based on the CCTV footage and other technological evidence, the female embassy staffer in question had never been at the location where they claimed she had been at that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Swiss govt. seeks permission to take embassy staffer to Switzerland
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Foreign Ministry of Switzerland and the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka has requested permission to take the Swiss embassy staffer, who allegedly was involved in an abduction incident, to Switzerland, revealed Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. Speaking at a press conference today (04), Gunawardena stated that the Swiss government has requested permission to fly the alleged victim and her family to Switzerland on an ambulance aircraft, citing health issues. https://youtu.be/ycDMXvZ5ABs However, the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court has already issued an order preventing the said staffer from leaving... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

සත්‍ය ගවේෂකයෝ සංවිධානයෙන් චෝදනාවක්
උපුටාගැනීම Hiru
පසුගිය රජය සමයේ දක්ෂිණ  අධිවේගී මාර්ගයේ වැඩකටයුතු අවසන් කර නොමැතිව අනාරක්ෂිතව විවෘත කිරීමට අනුබල දුන් පුද්ගලයන්ට දඞුවම් ලබාදිය යුතු බව සත්‍ය ගවේෂකයෝ සංවිධානය පවසනවා. https://youtu.be/zoEED5R9ww0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Switzerland Embassy Colombo – just release the Sri Lankan National kept inside embassy since 25th Nov
All rational thinking people are stupefied as to why the Swiss embassy is keeping a Sri Lankan National inside the embassy compound but asking the GOSL to conclude the investigation into an alleged abduction which has not been officially made by the victim. This is a strange situation. We have been reading statements by everyone but the victim. What if the version of the victim is completely different! We can only know what her version is if the embassy simply allows her to leave the embassy. Why are they keeping her inside an office since 25th November? It is now... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Swiss Embassy Colombo: Release Sri Lankan Hostage held in Swiss Embassy compound
A Sri Lankan Citizen
Its 3rd December 2019 exactly 8 days since a Sri Lankan National is being kept inside your embassy compound and we want to know why. We do not buy your stories that she is refusing to make a statement which later was turned into she is too ill to make a statement. We are not buying any of the stories you claim she said either. We want her out of that embassy and shown to our doctors but most of all she must return to her family. Your embassy is denying her fundamental right of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

THE STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL JOINT COMMITTEE ON ALLEGATIONS MADE BY THE SWISS EMBASSY
Lt Col. A.S. Amarasekera (Rtd,) H.M.G.B. Kotakadeniya (Senior D.I.G. Rtd,)Co-President Co-President  The National Joint Committee
The National Joint Committee condemn the action taken by the Embassy of Switzerland and their Government to facilitate the travel of a public official attached to the CID by the name of Nishantha out of Sri Lanka and the subsequent grant of asylum in Switzerland to the said Nishantha. Soon after it was revealed that the Government of Switzerland was behind this high handed and illegal act, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland issued a statement that an official of the Embassy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Dr. Udagama says effective probe requires cooperation of all, including victim Alleged abduction of embassy employee:
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) Chief Dr. Deepika Udagama yesterday (03) said investigators should be given to access to the local employee of Switzerland Embassy allegedly abducted close to the diplomatic mission situated on the R.G. Senanayake Mawatha (formerly Gregory’s Road), molested and threatened by a group of unidentified persons on the evening of Nov 25. Alleging that the assailants had sought information on Inspector Nishantha Silva of the Criminal Investigation Department, given political asylum in Switzerland, Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock steadfastly refused either to hand over the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Swiss envoy has no right to detain SL worker: PHU
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka has no right to keep a Sri Lankan employee inside the Embassy on the basis that local employees do not enjoy diplomatic privileges, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today. It leader MP Udaya Gammanpila said under the Clause 38 (2) of the Vienna Convention, locals employed at embassies do not enjoy diplomatic privileges. “The decision whether the employee should give a statement to the police or not should be decided by the Sri Lankan Government and not the Swiss Ambassador. There... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

ALLEGEDLY ABDUCTED SWISS EMBASSY OFFICER ORDERED TO GIVE A STATEMENT TO CID, FOREIGN TRAVELS BANNED UNTIL DECEMBER 9
Courtesy Hiru News
The Colombo Chief Magistrate Court, today, ordered Gallia Barrister Francis, the Swiss embassy local official, who was allegedly abducted, to give a statement to the CID before December 9. Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathna also banned overseas travel on the Swiss Embassy female officer Gallia Barrister Francis until she gives a statement. Appearing for the CID, IP Ranjith Munasinghe told the court that the Swiss Embassy rejected to reveal the whereabouts of the relevant female officer attached to the Embassy, and also her husband and their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Tamil Tigers acquitted in Switzerland-Swiss Federal Court ruled that the Tamil Tigers are not a criminal organisation
Courtesy Swissinfo
Lawyer Marcel Bosonet (in tie) surrounded by supporters of the accused at the Federal Criminal Court in June 2018 The Swiss Federal Court has ruled that the Tamil Tigers are not a criminal organisation and has acquitted 12 people of charges filed by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). In its indictment, the OAG had accused the people of violating the Swiss Penal Code by raising funds for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) between 1999 and 2009. After its nine-year investigation, the OAG suspected the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Is Sri Lanka’s Government ready to face international challenges?
Sri Lanka has elected a new President. The victory is nothing that the international community are too gaga over as seen by the manner they have chosen not to even extend congratulations as common courtesy & diplomacy dictates. The surge in popularity of the new leader increasing among those who did not vote for him must be also a thorn to digest to these destabilizing elements. Do the new policy makers understand the threats that exist as well as the new threats likely to increase using every apparatus the international community have under their control? What are the weapons that... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

Is the Labor & Conservative Parties contesting elections in the UK or Sri Lanka?
We are somewhat puzzled. Do those that drafted the Labor & Conservative manifestos know where they are contesting elections and to whom their manifestos should addressed? Can both Labour & Conservative Parties explain why both wish to include in their manifestos assurance to divide Sri Lanka a sovereign & independent country into two if less than 100,000 Tamils votes for them – what about the interests of 56.1million British in UK & Wales? Instead of trying to please less than 100,000 Tamils living in UK how about offering something to the 48.2million White British too? UK elections are... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/12/19)

The Biggest Election Win in History by GR
Dilrook Kannangara
This is not supporting a politician but purely a prescriptive academic exercise in analysing election results which I do after every national election no matter who wins. Surprisingly this time there seems to be a dearth of post election analysts. Gotabaya's election victory (52.25%) is the highest in Lankan history.  To be rephrased, the highest for any oncoming party. The highest for any challenger. The historical significance of numbers did surprise me after comparing with past election results. In 1994 Chandrika won 62.5% and in 2010 Mahinda won... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/19)

Scientific Expertise will be made use of in transforming Sri Lanka into a Technology based developed nation. - Minister Thilanga Sumathipala.
Media Unit  State Ministry of Technology and Innovation.
State Minister of Technology and Innovation, Thilanga Sumathipala sated that Scientific expertise would be made use of, in Steering his Ministry towards transforming  Sri Lanka in to a technology based developed nation.  He expressed these ideas on the occasion of assumption of office at his Ministry yesterday (02) with the blessing of the Maha Sanga. The Minister further elaborated thus, “In order to attain economic development based on technology and innovation, we will have to invest in higher education and advanced technologies, in place of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/19)

Human Rights puzzles on London terrorist killing
BODHI DHANAPALA
(This article was also submitted to the Island and published there as well on 2-12-2019) I wish to congratulate the Editor of the Island for his editorial of 2nd December, which articulated exactly what many of us were thinking of, but didn't quite know how to put in words.When I read those reports of the terrorist pinned down to the ground on the London bridge by several people, and of his being shot by London Police, I asked myself why he was not handcuffed and taken to jail for due process,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/19)

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election 2019: A New President and the Politics of Balances
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera Courtesy ISAS,National University of Singapore
Summary The recent Sri Lankan election witnessed the Rajapaksa brothers – Gotabaya and Mahinda – coming to power. Gotabaya, former secretary of defence and a technocrat with little political experience, was elected president while Mahinda, former two-time president who ended the protracted civil war during his term 10 years ago, was sworn in as prime minister. The new president faces the twin internal challenges of balancing nationalist and liberal values and introducing a new political culture with emphasis on meritocracy and technocracy. On external relations, past Sri Lankan leaders... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/19)

Repeal of Sections 13 and 19 should be top priority
By Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe Courtesy The Island
Judging by the post-November 17 political discourse, Sri Lanka seems to be experiencing an ‘outbreak of common sense’. Many worthy proposals, emanating from the grassroots, appear to supplement the new President’s task of repairing the economic, national security and social damage caused by yahapalana incompetence and neglect. The shift of public attention on to ‘issues that matter’ has been helped by the salutary change in the President’s election campaign that desisted from making constitutional change a key promise. The new politic marked a fundamental change from the yahapalana deception founded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/19)

China, Sri Lanka to accelerate implementation of cooperation on big economic projects
Courtesy China.org
China and Sri Lanka have agreed to speed up the implementation of cooperation on major economic projects, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said in a statement on Monday. During a visit by former Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao, who visited the island nation as the representative of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, China and Sri Lanka have agreed to further strengthen robust political trust between the two countries and upgrade their pragmatic cooperation, the embassy said. According to the embassy, the two countries will speed up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 6
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Soon after the defeat, in Eelam War IV, the separatist forces went into its next phase of attack, which was UN action against Sri Lanka.  Sri Lanka was to be punished for defeating the LTTE and the LTTE was to be exonerated, using the farce of “Human rights”. A separatist war is a political and military matter. It is not a human rights matter. Therefore this approach is very weak. But it was the only avenue available. The Security Council would have rejected the matter outright. USA and the Tamil Separatist Movement had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Adding insult to injury: A response to crooked advice
By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy The Island
Latheef Farook, as usual, goes off on a tangent when writing about the alleged ‘plight’ of the Muslim minority vis-à-vis  the Sinhalese Buddhist majority (“Muslims expect positive overtures from President’’/The Island/November 27, 2019). The title of the piece implies that the Muslims are experiencing a sense of alienation from the newly elected president, for which he is somehow responsible and must make amends, according to the writer. But this is a baseless assumption. Has the new president said or done anything that causes Muslims to put themselves on their guard against... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Disposing garbage along a wall on Sri Lanka's sea coast – Please rethink
By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada
Emeritus Professor Ariyasena de Silva of Moratuwa University, writing in The Island (1st Dec. 2019) suggests the following. "[making] blocks one metre long and 0.5 m across ... outside plastered with a thin layer of cement mortar … Compressing the garbage into a steel casing can also be done with a press made locally. If the blocks are sunk, at about 0.25 km away from the coast where the depth is roughly about three meters, a wall of one to two km in length can produce a land area of 0.25 sq... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

National Joint Committee letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa
The National Joint Committee
20th September 2019. His Excellency, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka,Presidential Secretariat,Colombo 1. Your Excellency, The National Joint Committee wish to congratulate you on being elected as the seventh Executive President of Sri Lanka. We also wish you every success during your term in office as President of Sri Lanka to implement the election manifesto that you presented to the people. You have proven to be an achiever who has always successfully implemented whatever task that you were entrusted without any fear or favor. We are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

THE CASE FOR REPARATIONS
JASON HICKEL
Yesterday I stood in the hall of the Durham Union to argue for the proposition: “This house believes Britain owes reparations to its former colonies”. The following is the text of my ten-minute speech, followed by five brief reflections on the opposition’s arguments. I still remember the first time I taught colonial history at the LSE. LSE students are among Britain’s finest: they graduate from top schools, perform brilliantly on their A-level exams. And yet when I gave a lecture about the Indian famines of the late 19th century to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

SUBMISSION OF TRUE AND ACTUAL INFORMATION TO CORRECT THE “EVER REPEATING FALSE INFORMATION IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA REGARDING THE NEW CHUDA MANIKKYA ( PINNACLE ) THAT WAS PLACED UPON THE SWARNAMALI MAHA SEYA
PRESS RELEASE TRANSLATION The brand new Chuda Manikkya (Pinnacle) of Swarnamali Maha Seya was caused to be specially designed, crafted and made and placed on the November 25th 2019 along with the unveiling of the newly Gold Plated Koth Wahanse (Dome) on the 26 the November, through the guidance and employing the full and sole financial donations of the founder of the Vishwa Parami Trust, Mr. Prabath Nanayakkara. He is the fourth generation grandson of the great philanthropist, Ransirinel Kumarasinghe of Averiwatte, who initiated the major restoration of this Maha Seya in the late 18th Century, through... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Britain and Post (sic) Colonial Skullduggery
Malinda Seneviratne
A few weeks ago, indigenous leaders from Australia visited the Manchester Museum. They went there to collect various sacred ceremonial artifacts which were said to have been ‘taken without permission’ by early 20th Century British colonialists. Danny Teece-Johnson, a journalist for Australia’s National Indigenous Television, had an interesting comment on the language of extraction. ‘You're saying borrowed, you're saying this and that. Nah, let's talk about the white elephant in the room: you stole it, you took it without permission, that's theft. If you did that these days, you'd get put in jail... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

MCC Sri Lanka Land Compact: Avoid it being a ‘Grant Trap’
By Prof. Nimal Gunatilleke Courtesy The Island
December 1, 2019, 9:10 pm After the release of the ‘Executive Version’ of the Millennium Challenge Compact, between the United States of America (acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation) and the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (acting through the Ministry of Finance), and its accompanying ‘Constraints Analysis’ document on the website of the Ministry of Finance of Sri Lanka, in early November, a number of reviews are beginning to appear, on public websites on its benefits (some organized by pro-US think tank, Advocata Institute) as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

China says Lanka has agreed to develop Hambantota port “on the existing consensus”, thereby opting out of renegotiation
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, December 2 (newsin.asia): China claims that Sri Lanka has agreed to develop the Hambantota port and other on-going China-assisted projects as per the “existing consensus,”, thus virtually opting out of a bid to renegotiate the controversial 2017 agreement on the Hambantota port which had leased it out to China for 99-years. A Chinese embassy statement, put out by Xinhua on Monday, said that during the visit to Colombo of Wu Jianghao, representative of the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday and Monday, China and Sri Lanka had agreed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

සිදුවෙමින් පවතින්නේ ජාත්‍යන්තරය ඉදිරියේ රට අපහසුතාවයට පත්කිරීමයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ සේවය කරන නිලධාරිණියක් පැහැර ගෙන තර්ජනය කල බව කියන සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් දේශපාලනඥයන් සහ පූජ්‍ය පක්ෂය මෙලෙස අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/gKGL32h-QbI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

කටයුතු කරන්නේ දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ සැබෑ ප්‍රශ්නවලට විසඳුම් ලබාදීමටයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ සැබෑ ප්‍රශ්නවලට විසඳුම් ලබාදීම සඳහා කටයුතු කරන බව, ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පවසනවා. හින්දුස්ථාන් ටයිම්ස් පුවත්පත සමග සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්වෙමින් ජනාධිපතිවරයා මේ බව ප්‍රකශ කළා. https://youtu.be/-WgNnaI4umQ හින්දුස්ථාන් ටයිම්ස් මාධ්‍යවේදිනිය-අපිට ඇහුණා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය නරේන්ද්‍ර මෝදි 13 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය ගැන පෙරදා කථා කළා. ඔබ හිතනවාද 13 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයේ විප්ලවකාරී වෙනස්කම් සිදුකළ යුතු බව..? ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ-13 වන සංශෝධනය දැනටමත් ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ තිබෙන දෙයක්, නමුත් එහි සඳහන් විදිහටම අපිට ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ නොහැකි අංග කිහිපයක් තිබෙනවා. අපිට යම් වෙනස්කම් අවශ්‍යයි. නමුත් මම හිතනවා මේ සියල්ලටම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

බිලියන 90ක එල්.එන්.ජී. ගනුදෙනුව ගැන අමරවීර වාර්තාවක් කැදවයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
රුපියල් බිලියන 90කට අධික මුදලක් රජයට අහිමි කර ඇති බව පැවසෙන එල්.එන්.ජී. ගනුදෙනුව සම්බන්ධව වහාම වාර්තාවක් ලබාදෙන්නැයි මගී ප්‍රවාහන කළමනාකරණ, විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍ය මහින්ද අමරවීර නිලධාරීන්ට උපදෙස් ලබාදී තිබෙනවා. පසුගිය රජය යටතේ විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යාංශයෙන් ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට යෝජිතව තිබූ එල්.එන්.ජී. හෙවත් ස්වභාවික ද්‍රව වායු ව්‍යාපෘතිය පිළිබදව සාකච්ඡාවක් අද ඛනිජ තෙල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේදී පැවති අතර, එහිදී මෙම උපදෙස් ලබාදී ඇති බව සඳහන්. එහිදී හෙළි වී ඇත්තේ සියයට 63ක රජයේ අයිතිය සහිත සමාගමකට එම කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුව භාර නොදී චීන සමාගමකට කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුව ලබාදී ඇති බවයි. එමගින් රජයට රුපියල් බිලියන 90ක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

රටේ වටිනා ඉඩම් රැසක් තම ගජ මිතුරන්ට ලබා දී ඇති බවට හිටපු ඇමති සජිත්ට චෝදනාවක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
හිටපු අමාත්‍ය සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා විසින් නිලධාරීන්ට බලපෑම් කර රටේ වටිනා ඉඩම් රැසක් තම ගජ මිතුරන්ට ලබා දී ඇති බවට නිවාස පහසුකම් රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ඉන්දික අනුරුද්ධ මහතා චෝදනා කරනවා. ඔහු මේ චෝදනාව සිදු කළේ අද එම අමාත්‍යාංශයේ කැඳවා තිබූ ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී. https://youtu.be/jckk16VhXOU මෙම ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවට එක්වූ  පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සඳහන් කළේ නව ගම්මාන ඉදිකිරීමේ මුවාවෙන් සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතා දිස්ත්‍රික්ක ගණනාවක විශාල පිරිසක් රවටා ඇති බවයි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

The strange case of Ms X
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Tuesday 3rd December, 2019 Sri Lanka and Switzerland have got embroiled in a diplomatic row of sorts over the alleged abduction and subsequent release of a Sri Lankan woman working at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo. Curiously, the alleged incident was not reported to the police immediately. The Swiss mission has declined to name ‘the victim’ for reasons of her safety. Let’s, therefore call her Ms X. Bern is reported to have summoned the Sri Lankan Ambassador to register its protest. Colombo is pressuring Swiss envoy Hanspeter Mock, to co-operate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

CID to probe Rajitha’s ‘white van’ remark
Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The CID today fact-reported to the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court to launch a fresh investigation into the controversial statement made by former Minister Rajitha Senaratne on ‘white van drivers’ at a press conference held prior to the presidential election. Addressing a press conference held on November 10, the former minister said a new government of theirs would probe into the alleged murders and abductions took place during the Rajapaksa regime. In front of the media, he had presented two individuals whom he claimed were a ‘white van’ driver... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Minister demands report on controversial tender
Sandun A. Jayasekera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera today sought a report on the controversial tender given to a Chinese consortium to construct the Kerawalapitiya 300MWs LNG power plant. He instructed Ministry Secretary, Ms. Wasantha Perera, to submit a report on the issue in two weeks. A crucial meeting to take a final decision on the matter is scheduled to be held on Thursday. Chinese consortium GCL China WindForce and RenewGen got approval for the proposed power plant thus bypassing LTL whose bid was the lowest. Eight bidders out... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Sri Lanka Parliament prorogued
Courtesy Ada Derana
The current session of the Parliament of Sri Lanka has been prorogued with effect from midnight today (02). The relevant Gazette notification on prorogation has been issued a short while ago. Accordingly, the new parliament will reconvene on the 03rd of January, 2020.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Sri Lanka must call all Foreign Embassy Heads and Diplomats & brief them on the Swiss ‘temporary kidnapping’
Until such time the investigations officially conclude after the Swiss release a Sri Lankan National kept inside the embassy compound since 25th November 2019, it is only correct that the distortions and lies being spread is corrected officially by the Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry. Invite all diplomatic mission heads & key staff – explain the timeline – do a presentation and ask them to raise counter questions. Follow full transparency methods and show to the world how Sri Lanka is conducting the investigations and how embassy is withholding the victim from being questioned.    Overall objective was to... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Swiss embassy’s version of “abduction” of female staffer doesn’t match facts, says Lankan govt.
Swiss embassy caught on the wrong foot?
Colombo, December 1 (newsin.asia): The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Sunday that there is “clear evidence” that the sequence of events and the timeline of the alleged “abduction” of a Swiss embassy staffer, as formally presented by the Swiss Mission on behalf of the alleged victim to the police, did not in any way correspond with the actual movements of the alleged victim on that date. “That was borne out by witness interviews and technical evidence, including Uber records, CCTV footage, telephone records and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Sri Lanka briefs Swiss Ambassador on progress of investigation
Courtesy Adaderana
The Ministry of Foreign Relations stated that the timeline of the alleged criminal incident against a local staff member of the Swiss Embassy, as presented by the Embassy, does not correspond with the actual movements of the alleged victim on the relevant date. The Ministry, issuing a statement, states that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) launched an investigation on the matter despite not being able to interview the alleged victim through law enforcement officials. https://youtu.be/C4F302vfOyc The investigations have found that the sequence of events and timeline of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති නිලධාරිනියක් පැහැර ගත්තේ යැයි පැවසෙන සිද්ධිය නාට්‍යයක් - පූජ්‍ය මැදගොඩ අබේතිස්ස
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
ස්විට්සර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනියක් පැහැර ගත්තේ යැයි පැවසෙන සිද්ධිය නව රජය හා රට, ජාත්‍යන්තරයේ අපකීර්තියට පත් කිරීම සඳහා සිතාමතා සකස් කළ නාට්‍යයක් බව ආචාර්ය පූජ්‍ය මැදගොඩ අබේතිස්ස හිමියන් පවසනවා. මේ අතර, මෙම සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් දේශපාලනඥයන් කිහිපදෙනෙක් ද අදහස් පළ කළා. https://youtu.be/UAmAcw4xTeA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Can the Swiss Embassy Colombo keep a local recruit inside the embassy compound by force?
We sure hope the Swiss will not be caught doing a Rajitha on Sri Lanka’s new Govt? Doing a Rajitha is what we now call the fake white van story using a dressed up driver. Humour aside, the Swiss claims an injustice has happened to its local staffer, who is a Sri Lankan citizen so we are all naturally concerned because she is a Sri Lankan citizen. We are no investigators but we don’t like the negative and biased publicity against Sri Lanka by very unfair remarks made by Swiss authorities and their silence in correcting distortions... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

International Reaction to election of Sri Lanka’s President show crass hypocrisy of West
In 2015 regime change took place and common candidate Maithripala Sirisena was elected as President. Democracy and elections were ‘virtues’ handed to former colonies by former colonial invaders. Diplomacy is part and parcel of international relations and enshrined in code of conduct via Vienna Convention/Protocols. When a candidate is voted victor in an election it is only polite that a congratulatory message is issued even to the most personally hated candidate. Isn’t that gentlemen’s behavior and part and parcel of the white man’s ‘civilizing’ burden? No Western leader can boast of getting a mandate from their voters as the one... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Why does the West & its media love to hate the Rajapakse’s?
Nothing they do is right. Everything right they do is wrong. What exactly is their problem? This is really puzzling to most patriots and nationalists who are grappling to pinpoint what the root cause of this hate ailment against Rajapakse’s by the West is in order to even remotely consider avenues for reconciliation. Native American Indians said the white man speaks with a forked tongue and we can see that in its diplomacy and tools. Are they angry that LTTE their pet tiger was defeated? Why should they be, LTTE was after all murdering innocent... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Muslims expect positive overtures from President – a response
Ratanapala
1 Dec 2019 Muslim overtures in a Buddhist land! “Mr Latheef Farook on the Island Newspaper – 26 Nov 2019, says, all what they expect from the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is to create an environment with new overtures where they could live in peace. What the Muslims need is for the new government to understand their plight, stop violence against them, and attend to their grievances.”  “It was the short-sighted racist politics of the two main national parties that forced Muslim to support when some ambitious... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Lakisuru Gothaabhaya Rajapaksha Metitumani! Abolish the white elephant Provincial Councils
Dr.Sudath Gunasekara 1.12. 2019.
Lakisuru Gothaabhaya Rajapaksha Metitumani ! Abolish the white elephant and the curse that is Provincial Councils and its root the JR/ Rajiv Accord of 29th July 1987 at least now, before this Indian born Rathaksiya gobbles up the Sinhala Buddhist Nation and this whole Island in its entirety. (Please note that this is a revised version of an article I wrote to Lankaweb on 7.6. 2018 on the same subject, updated to suit the present situation) While congratulating again for the historic and unprecedented victory... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

What has happened to Paskaralingam?
C. Wijeyawickrema
When R Premadasa was killed Paskaralingam, his master, servant and agent and the Balasingham spy, left Sri Lanka the next day to join his tiger crowd in Australia. While everybody is talking about the CB robber Mahendran, Ranil got down Paskaralingam in 2015 and kept him as his advisor unknown to the country. If Sajith won Paskaran would have continued with double blessings of Ranil and Sajith. Does anybody know whereabouts of this genius Paskaralingam? Readers could understand what a dangerous man this P had been from a previous message appeared on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

JUSTICE DENIED: THE REALITY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC)
Dr David Hoile Courtesy: Africa Research Centre
shows how the ICC has ignored all European or Western human rights abuses in conflicts such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq or human rights abuses by Western client states. The Africa Research Centre published Justice Denied: The Reality of the International Criminal Court, a 610-page study of the International Criminal Court by Dr David Hoile in 2014. http://www.africaresearchcentre.... The study has 27 chapters: The International Criminal Court; A European Court; The Court and the Security Council; The United States and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA, SEVENTH PRESIDENT OF SRI LANKA Part 4
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Presidential election of 2019 was a landmark election. It was the first time that a Presidential candidate had won on a Sinhala vote alone. There hadn’t been a previous instance of a Sri Lankan leader declaring that his victory at national election was due to the votes of the Sinhala majority, said observers. “I knew that it was possible to emerge victorious with the sole backing of the Sinhala community,”  said President Gotabaya after the election. “I knew from the beginning that the majority Sinhala community would be the decisive factor in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/19)

Is Gotabaya taking an unnecessary security risk?
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
It has been two weeks since Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected to Office. As hoped by those who voted for him, steps could be seen to be taken to change the prevailing political culture.  One of GR's first directives to State institutions was to replace the usual gallery of photos that consist of the Head of State and the subject Minister with only the State emblem.  Road signs are to include only the name of the road and not any names of the politicians. He went on to appoint... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/19)

Will drop 19A if we get 2/3 majority, President tells foreign media
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he will revoke the 19th Amendment to the Constitution if he receives a two-thirds parliamentary majority on it. The President mentioned this in an interview done with the ‘The Hindu’ during his official tour of India, his first trip as the President. When asked if he planned to move to a more parliamentary system as envisaged by the 19th Amendment passed by his predecessor, the President said that while the transfer of powers was to be “discussed”, the 19th Amendment itself had proved to be a “failure”, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/19)

President returned to island after concluding India visit
 Hiru News
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned to the island last night after concluding his visit to India. https://youtu.be/EEcTE1ypcck... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/19)

Beyond rehabilitation: Terrorists get a second chance, while their victims get none
By Graham Dockery, RT
London Bridge attacker Usman Khan was a convicted terrorist and, in the eyes of the law, a “threat to the UK.” So why was he released from prison early and paraded as an example of successful rehabilitation? 28-year-old Usman Khan stabbed two people to death and injured three others on Friday, before he was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and shot dead at point-blank range by police on London Bridge. Khan was wearing a fake suicide vest, and the incident is being treated as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/19)

Air ambulance to move embassy employee, govt insists on immigration formalities Swiss mystery takes a new turn;
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Having accused the government of interrogating a female local employee of the Swiss embassy in Colombo last Monday (Nov 25) in the wake of top CID detective, Chief Inspector Nishantha De Silva, his wife and three children taking refuge in Switzerland, the Swiss government has sought approval to move the embassy employee along with her family to Switzerland, authoritative sources told The Sunday Island. The CI and his family left the country last Sunday (Nov 24) having stayed at a luxury hotel on the previous day, sources said. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/19)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 5
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Tamil Separatist Movement complained that the land taken over by the armed forces in the Northern Province were not given back once the Eelam war IV ended in 2009. “When the war ended in 2009, altogether 82,555 acres of lands in the North and East were held by the military, of which 30,300 acres were private lands, reported the media. Only 5.2 % of the lands seized had been given back to their rightful owners since 2009, Tamil Separatist Movement complained. Once Yahapalana government came to power the Tamil separatists were able to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/19)


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