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News Archive for Feb 2020

EU explain how EU funding for South Africa is being spent by Yasmin Sooka against Sri Lanka
How many in EU know that funding given by EU for the welfare of South Africa and South Africans is being spent on a witch hunt against a sovereign state. Yasmin Sooka is an employee of the European Union since 2001. She is Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa. EU set up this entity in 1996 through a cooperation agreement between the European Union & South African Government. The Foundation is funded by EU & Belgium and funding also comes from Ireland CARE, UN bodies & even the American Foundation. EU channels a... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 16/02/20)

Funny American Logic – Love the Navy, Hate the Army
Dilrook Kannangara
After a brief lapse the US government has restarted their hilarious and unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the Sri Lanka army. A US government spokesman has stated that they will not give visa to the army commander who has not even attempted to get US visa! This comes in the context of a long history of the US government alleging war crimes on the Sri Lankan army. Oddly enough USA did issue visa to the same person over a decade ago to New York where he worked as Sri Lanka’s representative to the UN! What changed?... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

ධර්මා ගුණසිංහ මහතා පිළිබඳව සර්වෝදය සභාපති වෛද්‍ය වින්යා ආරියරත්න කතා කරයි
සාකච්ඡා කලේ වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
1) ඔබගේ පියා (ආචාර්ය ඒ.ටී. ආරියරත්න මහතා) සහ ධර්මා ගුණසිංහ මහතා අතර තිබුනේ වසර 50 කට වඩා අධික අවිච්චින්න මිතුදමක්. මේ මිතුදම පිළිබඳව විස්තර කළ හැකිද? මගේ පියා ආචාර්ය ඒ.ටී. ආරියරත්න මහතා සහ ධර්මා ගුණසිංහ මහතා පළමුවෙන්ම මුණ ගැසුනේ ගාල්ලේ මහින්ද විද්‍යාලයේ නව වන ශ්‍රේණියට රිච්මන්ඩ් විද්‍යාලයේ සිට ගුණසිංහ මහතා ඇතුළු වූ අවස්ථාවේ ය. එදා සිට මේ දෙදෙනා අතර පුදුම සහෝදරත්වයක්, මිත්‍රත්වයක් ගොඩ නැගුනා. දෙදෙනාම එස්.එස්.සී පාස් වුනේ එකට.දෙදෙනාම විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ප්‍රවේශයට ලිව්වේත් එකට. ඒ වගේම මහරගම ගුරු විද්‍යාල ප්‍රවේශයට ඉල්ලූවෙත් එකට. දෙදෙනාම එයින් සමත් වුනා. දෙදෙනාම ගුරු විද්‍යාලයට යෑමට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

පරාද වුණාට පස්සෙයි මම අමනුස්සයෝ හඳුනාගත්තේ
කුල ශ්‍රී කාරියවසම් උපුටා ගැන්ම  අරුණ පුවත්
මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා සිය ධුරයෙන් ඉවත් වී මේ වන විට තුන් මසක් ගෙවී යයි. ඉතාමත් ආන්දෝලනාත්මක සිදුවීම් රාශියක් මැද එතුමාට රාජ්‍ය විචාරීමට සිදු විය. ගෙවී ගිය කාලයත්, අනාගතයේ කවර දේශපාලන භූමිකාවකට පණ පොවන්නේද යන්න දැන ගැනීමටත් එතුමා අපට ඉඩහසර විවර කර දුන්නේය. මේ එතුමා සමග කළ සාකච්ඡාවයි. ඔබ ජනාධිපති ධුරයට පත්වීම මේ රටේ දේශපාලනයේ විශේෂ අවස්ථාවක්. වසර පහක ඔබේ ධුර කාලය ඉතාම විවාද සම්පන්න වූවක්. හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා ලෙස ඔබේ අදහස කුමක්ද එම කාලය ගැන? මගේ දේශපාලන ජීවිතයට දැන් වසර 52 ක්. ඒකෙන් වසර 26 ක් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

ගජ මදාරා ඔහු මරු තුරුලට ගෙන ගියේය
හර්ෂණී දිසානායක උපුටා ගැන්ම  අරුණ පුවත්
ගම්පහ මහ රෝහලට ක්ලාන්තය සැදී තිස්හය හැවිරිදි විවාහක පුද්ගලයකු ගිය සතියේ ඇතුළත් කෙරුණේය. මේ රෝගියාගේ රෝග ලක්ෂණ නිරීක්ෂණය කළ වෛද්‍යවරුන්ගේ මතය වූයේ ඔහුට වසක් විසක් ශරීර ගතවී ඇති බවයි. ඒ නිසාම හැකි ඉක්මනින් ඔහුව දැඩි සත්කාර ඒකකයට යොමු කිරීමට ඔවුන් තීරණය කළහ. දවස් හයක් දැඩි සත්කාර ඒකකයේ සිටි ඔහු පසුගිය තුන් වැනිදා අලුයම මියගියේය. ඔහුගේ හදිසි මරණ පරීක්ෂණයේදී රෝගියාගේ මව කීවේ තමන්ගේ පුතු ශරීර ශක්තිය වර්ධනය කර ගැනීම සඳහා විවිධ කොළ වර්ගවල යුෂ පානය කරන බවයි. මරණ පරීක්ෂණයේදී හෙළිවූ ආකාරයට මෙම තරුණයා ‘‘සිරුර වර්ධනයට සහ ස්නායු වර්ධනයට ගුණ යැයි” මුහුණු පොතේ දමා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

U.S. Denies Visas for ICC War Crimes Investigators
By Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune Political AnalysisWashington, D.C. 15 February -Courtesy Asiantribune.com
The United States which denied entry visas to Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva and his family this week ‘officially’ reasoning that it has credible information he was “responsible for gross violation of human rights and extrajudicial killings” earlier revoked or denied visas to International Criminal Court (ICC) members who were scheduled to visit the U.S. to investigate alleged war crimes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan.Sri Lanka’s Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva The Trump administration announced... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

Politics of the High Posts Committee of Parliament
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
February 15, 2020, 7:17 pm Though Parliament comes in for public scrutiny on a regular basis, it is seldom that the work of the various Committees of Parliament receives any kind of public attention, with the sole exception of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) which does make waves from time to time.  One Parliamentary Committee that is almost never spoken of outside Parliament is the High Posts Committee which vets nominees for high positions in the government service. I wish to bring to the attention of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

US Ambassador summoned to Foreign Min. over travel ban on Army Chief
Courtesy Adaderana
The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka has been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Relations over the travel restriction imposed on Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. The Government of the United States imposed travel restrictions on Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva and his immediate family members “due to credible information of his involvement in gross violations of human rights”. However, the Foreign Ministry issued a statement, pointing out that there were no substantiated or proven allegations of human rights violations against the Army Commander and strongly objected to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

යුද හමුදාපති ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වාට පැනවූ, ඇමරිකානු සංචාරක තහනමට ලක් රජයේ දැඩි විරෝධය
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
යුද හමුදාපති සහ වැඩබලන ආරක්ෂක මාණ්ඩලික ප්‍රධානී ලූතිනන් ජනරාල් ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා සහ ඔහුගේ පවුලේ සාමාජිකයන්ට ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය විසින් සංචාරක තහනමක් පැනවීමට එරෙහිව ශ්‍රී ලංකාව දැඩි විරෝධය පළ කරනවා. විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශය නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් ප්‍රකාශ කළේ ස්වාධීනව තහවුරු නොකළ මූලාශ්‍ර මත පදනම්ව එක්සත් ජනපද රජය විසින් ලූතිනන් ජනරාල් ශවේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා සහ ඔහුගේ පවුලේ සාමාජිකයන්ට මෙලෙස සංචාරක තහනමක් පනවා ඇති බවයි. https://youtu.be/WqnK_AWGRoA ඔහු මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝනය කරන පුද්ගලයෙකු ලෙස හඳුනාගෙන ඇති බව එක්සත් ජනපද රාජ්‍ය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව නිවේදනය කිරීමත් සමග මෙම තහනම පනවා ඇති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

ආර්ථික අර්බුදයෙන් රට ගොඩ ගැනීමට ජනපතිගේ උත්සාහයට සහය දක්වන බව හිටපු ජනපති කියයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
ආර්ථික අර්බුදයෙන් රට ගොඩ ගැනීමට ජනාධිපතිවරයා ගන්නා උත්සාහය වෙනුවෙන් ශක්තිමත් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවක් ඇති කිරීමට සහය දක්වන බව හිටපු ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා පවසනවා. මේ අතර ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය හා ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ සන්ධාන ගතවීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් දේශපාලනඥයින් විවිධ අදහස් පළ කරනවා. https://youtu.be/zabuBRS8i4k... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

නාරාහේන්පිට හිටපු OIC සුමිත් හෙළි කරන තාජුඩීන් ඝාතනයේ ඇත්ත
Gampaha Sinhayo
https://www.facebook.com/gampahasinha/videos/554548821778257/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

A Sinhala Buddhist reply to the lessons learnt and reconciliation commission ...
- Palitha Ariyarathna
https://books.google.lk/books?id=EG-uwWz9hUoC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&redir_esc=yv=onepage&q&f=false... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

Foreign Governments disclose ALL TAMIL refugees & asylum seekers to conclude ‘Missing’ ‘Disappeared’ in Sri Lanka
We need a closure. We know how many Sri Lanka Armed Forces personnel died or were injured during the final phase of the conflict but the problem lies in determining the dead LTTE and dead Tamil ‘civilians’. Confounding matters is that LTTE had a trained and armed civilian terrorist unit. These civilians dying during hostilities with the Sri Lankan Armed Forces CANNOT be categorized under civilian dead. Obviously ICRC, UN, UNHRC, OHCHR & OISL and all entities on the ground during the conflict are shy to answer how many LTTE died, how many civilian LTTE died and how many Tamil... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

Sri Lanka as US military logistics hub combining SOFA-ACSA-MCC & Peace Corps
MCC is one of the 3 pillars of US National Security Strategy initially rolled out in 2002 (Defense, Development & Diplomacy) ACSA and SOFA are clear US strategic military arrangements while MCC falls into category of US national security strategy ‘development’ pillar.  US national security strategy’s 3 pillars aligns to Dept of State & USAID Joint Strategic Plan 2018-022. The 4th pillar of the NSS (“Advance American Influence”) stresses the importance of collaboration with partners and focusing investments where the U.S. Government can have the most impact (this is envisaged via privatizing State land for commercial purposes with US companies... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

Sri Lanka demurs travel restrictions imposed on Shavendra Silva by US
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has taken strong objection to the imposition of travel restrictions on Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva and his immediate family members by the Government of the United States, based on independently unverified information. The media release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, published today (14), noted that Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva was appointed as the Commander of the Army by the then-Head of State, taking into account his seniority and that there were no substantiated or proven allegations of human rights violations against him. “His elevation as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

US State Dept. designates Shavendra Silva, bars entry to country
Courtesy Adaderana
The State Department of the United States has designated the Commander of Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva “due to credible information of his involvement in gross violations of human rights”. The press statement published by the State Department read that it will designate Shavendra Silva’s immediate family members as well. The State Department’s complete statement is as follows:  The Department of State has designated Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, current Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and Acting Chief of Defense Staff, as required under Section 7031(c) of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

සතොස ලිපිගොනු සහ ඔප්පු සොයා ගත් වැල්ලවත්තේ නිවස බදියුදීන්ගේ බිරිඳගේ බව හෙළිවෙයි -
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
පසුගිය ආණ්ඩුව සමයේ සතොස ආයතනයේ සිදුවූ බව කියන මූල්‍ය වංචාවකට අදාළ බවට සැක කෙරෙන ලිපි ගොනු සොයා ගත් වැල්ලවත්ත ප්‍රදේශයේ නිවස හිටපු අමාත්‍ය රිෂාඩ් බදියුදීන්ගේ බිරිඳ වන එම්.එම්. අයිෂාට අයත් නිවසක් බව අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව, ගල්කිස්ස මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට අද දැනුම් දුන්නා. ඒ අනුව මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් හිටපු අමාත්‍ය රිෂාඩ් බදියුදීන්ගෙන් සහ ඔහුගේ බිරිඳගෙන් ප්‍රකාශයක් සටහන් කර ගැනීමට බලාපොරොත්තු වන බවයි එම දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ගල්කිස්ස ප්‍රධාන මහේස්ත්‍රාත් මොහොඩ් මිහාල්ට කරුණු වාර්තා කරමින් සඳහන් කළේ. >අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පතිවරයාට සහ අධ්‍යක්ෂවරයාට ලද තොරතුරකට අනුව ගල්කිස්ස අධිකරණය හරහා ලබා ගත් නියෝගයක් මත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/20)

AIRBUS SCANDAL ON PATHIKADA - Feb 13, 2020
Mahinda Gunasekera
Discussing the subject matter on Pathikada program today to try and figure out the large sums of money lost by the National Airline as a result of irregular Commissions availed of by the CEO and other unknown parties holding positions on the Airline's Board and politicians who played role in the original order from AirBus and subsequent decision to cancel a segment of the original order resulting in penalties to be borne by the airline and payment of commissions to those negotiating terms with the supplier. This ill-conceived order based on earning commissions by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/20)

23 වැනි ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය - ඒ මොකක්ද?
වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
23 වැනි ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය - ඒ මොකක්ද? 2020 පෙබරවාරි 9 වැනි දා ඉරිදා "දෙරණ 24 - INSIGHT" වැඩසටහනට සහභාගී වී ඉදිරිපත් කළ අදහස් https://youtu.be/6pQWow2zrqk මෙම වැඩසටහනේ දී අවධාරණය කෙරෙන "23 වැනි ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය පනත් කෙටුම්පත" පහත සබැඳියෙන් බාගත කර ගන්න පුළුවන්. https://files.fm/u/h7udmumn/view/23A_Final.pdf... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 14/02/20)

ගම්පහ වන සංරක්ෂණ නිලධාරිනියගේ ආරක්ෂාව තහවුරු කරන්න - ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය ඉල්ලයි.
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය
කේන්ද්‍රය ඉල්ලයි. එහි අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගි ආරියවංශ මහත්මිය පවසන්නේ මීගමුව කඩොලාන ශාක පද්ධතිය රැක ගැනීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් සෘජුව සිය විරෝධතාව දැක්වීම නිසා ඇය වෙත තර්ජන එල්ල වීමේ දැඩි අවධානයක් පවතින බවයි. මේ නිසා ඇයගේ රැකියාවේ සුරක්ෂිත භාවය සහ ආරක්ෂාව තහවුරු කිරීම රජයේ වගකීමක් වන බව  ආරියවංශ මහත්මිය පෙන්වා දෙයි. එම සිදුවීම සමාජ මාධ්‍ය ඔස්සේ ප්‍රචාරය වීමත් සමඟ ඊයේ (12) පස්වරුවේ රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය සනත් නිශාන්ත මහතා ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් පැවැත්වූ මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදී ද ඇයගේ  ආරක්ෂාව අනතුරේ පවතින බව පිළිගනිමින්  "අනූ නමයෙන් බේරුණේ. මමයි බේරාගත්තේ නැත්තං එයාට  ගහනවා " යනුවෙන් ප්‍රකාශයක් කර ඇති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/20)

MR's family members used no State funds: Bandula
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Cabinet spokesman, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said today the family members who accompanied Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on his visit to India last week had spent their own money for air tickets and accommodations. He said this in response to a journalist at today’s weekly cabinet news briefing asking who footed the bill of the family members.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/20)

Mussammil lodges complaint against Bathiudeen
Courtesy Ada Derana
Former parliamentarian Mohamed Mussammil, today (13), lodged a complaint with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) against former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen. The complaint has been lodged regarding the illegal transfers of money to a bank account of Bathiudeen in the United States. It was recently revealed that Rishad Bathiudeen has been credited with US $ 100,000 to an American bank account between October 26 and December 16, 2018, when he was the Minister of Industry and Commerce.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/20)

Both Sinhalese and Muslims have fear – Ali Sabry
Courtesy Ada Derana
Bridges must be built to create peace instead of creating distances between communities, says President’s Counsel Ali Sabry. He expressed these views addressing a function held at Zahira College in Maradana last evening (12). https://youtu.be/sKhEIHpADpU “We in this country live in great fear and doubt of each other. Muslims are always in fear that there would be an issue for them. On the other hand Sinhalese wonder when another bomb would blast. Both sides have fear. We should build bridges to overcome this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/20)

Cabinet stands up for District Forest Officer who refused to bend law - Bandula
Courtesy Ada Derana
The President and the Cabinet of Ministers will stand up for the District Forest Officer of Gampaha, who refused to bend the laws to construct a playground in a mangrove land in Negombo, says Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Bandula Gunawardana. He stated this addressing the media briefing held this morning (13) to announce Cabinet decisions. https://youtu.be/AMU2NsqEOmA The government always stands up for public servants who act according to the law, the minister said continued. During a meeting in Negombo, chaired by State Minister of Fisheries and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/20)

Police tell court Judge Pilapitiya cannot be arrested without legal advice
Courtesy Hiru News
The OIC of the Colombo Crimes Division informed the Court today that he has not yet received necessary legal advice to arrest the interdicted High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya. The case regarding telephone conversations between MP Ranjan Ramanayake and interdicted High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya was taken for hearing before Nugegoda Additional Magistrate H.U.K. Pelpola. The Colombo Crimes Division OIC Neville De Silva said that since he has not received any legal instructions so far, he is not ready to obtain an arrest warrant on Judge Pilapitiya today... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/20)

UNP National Organiser says heart symbol is sarcastic
Courtesy Hiru News
MP Nalin Bandara states that the UNP New alliance will contest under the heart symbol unless the UNP allows it to contest under the elephant symbol. He was addressing a media conference held at the Opposition Leader’s Office this afternoon. However, MP Naveen Dissanayake said that the heart symbol is sarcastic. He was addressing a media conference held at the UNP Headquarters, Sirikotha. https://youtu.be/4uHGzf0Tu3k... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/20)

හදවත හාස්‍යජනකයි - එජාපයේ ජාතික සංවිධායකගෙන් ප්‍රකාශයක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය ප්‍රමුඛ නව සන්ධානයට ‘‘අලියා’’ ලකුණ ලබා නොදෙන්නේ නම්, ‘‘හදවත’’ ලකුණෙන් තරඟ කරන බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී නලින් බණ්ඩාර පවසනවා. මන්ත්‍රීවරයා මෙම අදහස් පළ කළේ විපක්ෂ නායක කාර්යාලයේ අද පස්වරුවේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වෙමින්. කෙසේ වෙතත්, සිරිකොත එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ මූලස්ථානයේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වූ එම පක්ෂයේ ජාතික සංවිධායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී නවීන් දිසානායක කියා සිටියේ හදවත ලකුණ හාස්‍ය ජනක සලකුණක් බවයි. https://youtu.be/4uHGzf0Tu3k... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/20)

තරගකාරී විභාග මූලික අධ්‍යාපනය නිසා දරුවන්ට දහම් අධ්‍යාපනය මෙන්ම නිදහස අහිමි වෙලා
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
තරගකාරී විභාග මූලික කරගත් අධ්‍යාපනික ක්‍රමය හේතුවෙන් මෙරට දරු පරපුරට දහම් අධ්‍යාපනය මෙන්ම නිදහස ද අහිමි වී ඇතැයි අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පවසනවා. සමස්ත ලංකා ශාසනාරක්ෂක බල මණ්ඩලයේ භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේ සමඟ ඊයේ පැවැති හමුවකදී අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කළා. https://youtu.be/cS-OGZKxSZI ඉරුදින සහ පොහොය දින උපකාරක පන්ති පැවැත්වීම තුළින් දහම් පාසල්වලට දරුවන්ගේ පැමිණීමේ ශීඝ්‍ර ලෙස අඩුවන බවට සමස්ත ලංකා ශාසනාරක්ෂක බලමණ්ඩලයේ භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයාට පෙන්වා දුන්නා. අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා එහිදී පැවසුවේ රජයක් වශයෙන් ඉරුදින දහම් පාසල් පැවැත්වීමට අවශ්‍ය සියලු සංවිධාන කටයුතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/20)

ව්‍යවස්ථා ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණවලට සිංහල බෞද්ධයින් ඇතුළත් නොවන්නේ නම් එම ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ පිළිගන්නේ නැහැ
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණය කිරීමේදී ඒ සදහා සිංහල බෞද්ධයින් ඇතුළත් නොවන්නේ නම් තමන් එම ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ පිළිනොගන්නා බවට අස්ගිරි පාර්ශ්වයේ ලේඛකාධිකාරී පූජ්‍ය මැදගම ධම්මානන්ද හිමියන් පවසනවා. https://youtu.be/Jraw7ePNf3w අද පස්වරුවේ කොළඹදී පැවති වැඩසටහනකදී උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කළා. යුතුකම සංවිධානය විසින් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය සිදුකළ යුතු ආකාරය පිළිබඳ සැකසුණු යෝජනාවලියක් ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට පිරිනමනු ලැබුවා. එම යෝජනාවලිය ප්‍රධාන කරුණු 5ක් යටතේ සකස් කර තිබෙනවා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/20)

Is the Gunaruwan Committee Simply a Rubber Stamp for Gotabaya and the MCC? (Part 2)
(A Paper Published by the Sri Lanka Geo- Political Study Circle)
/contd from Part 1 Reading the draft MCC Agreement, America’s plan for Sri Lanka is clearly evident; their plan is to take-over Sri Lanka’s Land and subjugate the Island Nation to the US by replacing, Sri Lanka’s Parliament, Sri Lanka’s Administration and Sri Lanka’s Judiciary (in all matters and in all geographical locations connected with the American project) with a MCC-Parliament, a MCC-Judiciary and a MCC-Administration. (See Annex 1, page 34 of the draft MCC Agreement).  The initial American Landgrab... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/20)

පෞද්ගලික අංශයටත් තැපැල් ඡන්ද හිමිකම ලබාදෙන්න කැෆේ ඉල්ලයි
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය කැෆේ සංවිධානය
ඉදිරි මැතිවරණයකදී තැපැල් ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීමේ අවස්ථාව පෞද්ගලික අංශයේ සේවකයින්ටත් ලබා දෙන්නැයි කැෆේ සංවිධානය ඉල්ලයි. මැතිවරණ කොමිසම වෙත ලිපියක් යොමු කරමින් එම සංවිධානය මෙම ඉල්ලීම කර තිබේ. ජනාධිපතිවරණයකට සාපේක්ෂව ගත් කළ  මහ මැතිවරණ, පළාත් සභා , සහ ප්‍රාදේශිය සභා මැතිවරණ සඳහා ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීමේ අඩු උනන්දුවක් ජනතාව තුළ පවතින  බැවින්  අගනුවර හෝ වෙනත් ප්‍රධාන නගර ආශ්‍රිතව පුද්ගලික අංශයේ අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවාවල නිරතවන්නන් ආදී පිරිස් ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම සඳහා සිය ගම්බිම් වලට යාමට මැළි කමක් දක්වන බව එම ලිපියේ දැක්වෙයි. මැතිවරණයකදී ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම සඳහා පුද්ගලික අංශයේ සේවකයින්ට අදාල ඡන්ද මධ්‍යස්ථානයට ඇති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/20)

Expand postal voting to cover private sector workers - CaFFE
Media Unit CaFFE Organization
Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) yesterday urged the Commission of Elections to expand postal voting to cover private-sector workers. Writing to the Commission, CaFFE Executive Director, Manas Makeen said that people's interest in voting at general, provincial and local council elections is less, compared to Presidential Election. "Therefore people employed at essential services in the private sector are not that interested in returning home to vote. Those in the private sector are given leave, calculated according to the distance to their home from the office. However, this only allows time... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/20)

Termination of Airbus lease: Cabinet approval obtained three weeks after signing agreement Kabir washes his hands off yahapalana deal
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
A Simmering controversy over massive kickbacks received by former CEO of SriLankan Airlines Kapila Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayaka to influence the acquisition of 10 airbuses and leasing of four other aircraft and the subsequent termination of the leasing agreements for three aircraft, A 350-900, has taken a new turn with a revelation that the then Public Enterprise Minister Kabir Hashim informed the Cabinet that the national carrier on Oct 04, 2016, had finalized three early termination agreements without the approval of the line ministry (Public Enterprise Development), the Cabinet... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/20)

India’s Cabinet approves protocol amending agreement with Sri Lanka to avoid double taxation
Courtesy Ada Derana
India’s Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing and ratification of the protocol amending the agreement between India and Sri Lanka for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion in respect to taxes on income. The move entails the updation of preamble text and inclusion of Principal Purpose Test, a general anti-abuse provision in the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA), which will result in curbing of tax planning strategies which exploit gaps and mismatches in tax rules. An official release said that the existing DTAA between India and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/20)

Forest officer sticks to guns, refuses to break the law
Pushpakumara Mallawarachchi Courtesy The Daily Mirror
https://youtu.be/sCVw04WXKGU A proposal to construct a playground in the Kadolkele mangrove of the Negombo lagoon had been withdrawn following the strong stand taken by the Gampaha District Forest Officer Devani Jayathilaka at meeting chaired by the Fisheries and Inland Fisheries Industry State Minister Sanath Nishantha Perera on Monday (10). A video containing the footage of the discussion where some residents of the area are verbally clashing with the forest officer asking her to allow the construction of the playground, has gone viral on social media.   ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/20)

Prime Minister’s triumphant visit to India
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
The Prime Minister Mr. Mahinda Rajajapaksa has returned to the country after ending a very successful exultant 4 days official visit to India.  He has boldly and candidly spoken on the envisaged Indo-Sri Lankan relationship and ties with other countries, measures to be taken to rescue the Tamils in the North and East from racist political oppressions, rejection of myopic agreements made by the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, and on the firm policy of non-bartering of Sri Lanka’s National assets and natural resources. and about the steps to be taken in respect... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

Meddling politicos before the era of call recordings
By Janaka Perera
In the wake of the hullabaloo over MP Ranjan Ramanayake’s phone call recordings, a retired senior police officer recalls how a politician attempted with a phone call to obstruct the path of justice.  It was at the height of the JVP’s second insurgency (1987-90) when a number of so-called bhikkhus were involved with the insurgents.  Former DIG Terry Amarasekera - then Senior SP – in charge of the Mount Lavinia Division.  He had instructed the then Headquarter Inspector Mount Lavinia Nimal Mahagamage to go with a team to arrest one of these robed rebels. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

දහදිය සිත්තම ‘‘ජයලත් මනෝරත්න උපහාර’’ කෙටි නාට්‍ය උළෙල
දහදිය සිත්තම වැඩකරන ජනතා කලා උළෙල. (ජාතික වෘත්තීය සමිති මධ්‍යස්ථානය.)
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය හා ආරාධනයයි දහදිය සිත්තම ‘‘ජයලත් මනෝරත්න උපහාර’’ කෙටි නාට්‍ය උළෙල අපේ රටේ රාජ්‍ය හා අර්ධ රාජ්‍ය, පෞද්ගලික හා වතු ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍රයන්හි සේවයේ නියුතු ජනතාවගේ නිර්මාණශීලී හැකියාවන් වර්ධනය කිරීම, වැඩිදියුණු කිරීම හා ජනගත කිරීමේ අරමුණු සහිතව මෙම කලා උළෙල වසර 12 ක් පුරාවට අඛණ්ඩව සිදුකරනු ලබයි. වැඩකරන ජනතාවගේ නිර්මාණශීලී හැකියාවන් එකම වේදිකාවක ඇගයීමට ලක්කරන ලාංකීය එකම කලා උළෙල මෙම උළෙල බවද සිහිපත් කරමු. ඊට සමගාමීව වාර්ෂිකව සිදුකරන දහදිය සිත්තම කෙටි නාට්‍ය උළෙල පෙබරවාරි 13 සවස 2.00 ට මරදාන ටවර් රඟහලේදී පැවැත්වීමට කටයුතු යොදා ඇත. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ON A WILD-GOOSE CHASE
RANJITH SOYSA
Amnesty International continues with its tirade against Sri Lanka by going off their rocker again in their recent statement in 2020.( AI review of 2019 issued on 20th Jan 2020) For AI almost everything is rotten in Sri Lanka especially the policies and programs adopted by Sri Lanka for the protection of its people, sovereignty etc. It barks at the steps taken regards the attack by the Islamic terrorists on the unarmed civilians on the eve of the Easter Day 2019. AI  does not identify HR violations of this most brutal terrorist act... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

Airbus kickbacks: $98 million paid as compensation
Courtesy THE ISLAND (SRI LANKA)/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
A now-retired SriLankan Airlines A340-300. Photo supplied Sri Lanka’s UNP MP Mujibur Rahman on Sunday said that yahapalana government had paid compensation to the Netherlands-based aircraft leasing company AerCap Holdings NV for the cancellation of the leasing agreement in respect of four Airbus A 350-900 ordered by the previous administration. The decision to cancel the agreement had been taken on the recommendation of JC Weliamuna report, the Colombo District MP said. Rahman said the government had acted on the premise that the country would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

AG displeased over response to his directives on Judge Gihan Pilapitiya
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Attorney General has expressed his displeasure to the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) over the response in dealing with the AG’s advice and directives on Justice Gihan Pilapitiya. On January 23, the Attorney General instructed the Director of the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) to obtain a warrant and arrest interdicted High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya and to produce him before the court for conspiring to fabricate false evidence” along with MP Ranjan Ramanayake. https://youtu.be/yOEk3RkFiN4 On the same day, the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

CID ordered to submit progress report on probes on Swiss Embassy staffer’s phone
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Colombo Magistrate’s Court has ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to obtain the Government Analyst’s report on the mobile phone of the Swiss Embassy staffer, Garnia Bannister Francis, and to submit a progress report on the investigations on March 31. The case was taken up before Colombo Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today (11). Senior State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama, speaking on behalf of the CID, told the court that a statement with regard to the details uncovered during the probes was recorded from the former Director of the CID SSP Shani Abeysekara... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

China “commends” PM Rajapaksa’s defence of BRI during India visit
Courtesy Ada Derana
China on Tuesday “commended” Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s remarks that the island nation has received “a lot of benefits” from Beijing’s ambitious multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI is an initiative launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping when he came to power in 2013. It aims to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea routes. During his recent visit to India, Rajapaksa said his country has received a lot of benefits from the BRI. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

Russia Could Build Nuclear Power Plant in Sri Lanka - Ambassador
Courtesy Sputnik
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia could build a nuclear power plant (NPP) in Sri Lanka someday, considering the growing energy demand in the country, Russian Ambassador to Colombo Yury Materiy has said in an interview with Sputnik. Since the Sri Lankan government favours pollution-free energy and aims at gradually replacing coal and oil with gas and alternative energy sources, the use of nuclear energy is possible only in a long-term perspective, while relevant effort is already made, the ambassador said. "The NPP would the final result of the intergovernmental cooperation on the peaceful atom. Considering... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

Sri Lanka’s land rights –without judicial power
Observations by the  MCC Public Opinion Committee
We refer to the well-researched article  by  Shenali Waduge ‘  What happens when state land is privatized and farmers are given title deeds’ 1]Why does the MCC require Sri Lanka to weaken the legal profession- The essence of the astonishing piece of legislation called the  MCC is the conspicuous contravention  of  the  rule of law We are confident that the Hon President will look into this matter immediately.  We are also confident that most Sri Lankans, including those living abroad, will volunteer... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

CENTRAL BANK BOND SCAM AND MISLEADING PUBLIC PART 1
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Central Bank bond scam has been in news media of Sri Lanka since 2015 and when I was watching TV programs on this matter I had a feeling that it has been used by many people in the country to mislead public who haven’t clear understanding about the dealing and some TV presenters and the participants of TV programs were groping in the dark without clearly identifying the issues relating to the case and how the issues breached the prevailing laws and accepted financial procedures of the country.  I also had a reasonable doubt whether... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

CENTRAL BANK BOND SCAM AND MISLEADING THE PUBLIC PART 2
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
TV programs conducted by TV companies and participants of the programs including Mr. Sunil Hadunneththi did not explain point by point to people and I have a reasonable question whether they wanted to mislead the public talking unknown and irrelevant matters rather than presenting the real picture of the central bank bond scam. Many additional points than raised in part one the article could be raised from the Central Bank Bond scam and the audit process as follows. •          Did the forensic audit process reveal that Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabral gained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

කළු සුද්දන් විසින් ලංකාව කැබලි කිරීමට ගත් උත්සාහය
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B,. Ph.D. 
(මෙම ලිපියේ මුල් පිටපත ලියන ලද්දේ 2017 මැයි මාසයේය. ගෝඨාභය මහතා ජනාධිපතිවීමත් සමඟ මෙය හුදෙක් ඓතිහාසික තොරතුරු රැසක් පමණක් ලෙස සිතෙන්නට පුළුවන. එහෙත් ඔහු ඉන්නේ හරියට මරණ තුනක් ඇති මිනිහෙක් පැණි කෑය යන ආකාරයේ දේශීය හා විදේශීය සතුරු බලවේග වලට මැදිවීය. මේ නිසා 13 සංශොධනය අහෝසි නොකරණතාක් රට කැබලිවී යාමේ අවදානම පවතින බව අමතක නොකල යුතුව ඇත.) රහසින් වත් පව් කිරීම ලංකාවේ උතුරු පලාත අල්ලසක් වශයෙන් ප්‍රභාකරන්ට බදු දීමට පිළිවෙලින් ප්‍රේමදාස හා චන්ද්‍රිකා යන ජනාධිපතිලා දෙන්නාම (රහසින්) සුදානම් වුවත් ඔහු එය ප්‍රතික්‍ෂේප කලාය කියා කතාවක් තිබේ. මේ රටේ ඉතිහාසය හා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

NO CONSENSUS REACHED REGARDING UNP NEW ALLIANCE AND SYMBOL
Courtesy Hiru News
The UNP Central Working Committee approved the MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara as the General Secretary of its new political alliance this afternoon. This was confirmed by MP Sujeeva Senasinghe. Meanwhile, sources say that it is reported that there was no consensus on the symbol and name of the proposed UNP led alliance, at the working committee meeting. The majority of the working committee proposed "elephant" as the symbol and opposition leader Sajith Premadasa and several MPs walked out. https://youtu.be/LWLcTLPauhE Earlier, a discussion... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

WHO WARNS OF THE POSSIBILITY TO SPREAD CORONAVIRUS TO AREAS OUTSIDE CHINA, GMOA PROPOSES A QUARANTINE CENTER
Courtesy Hiru News
The number of people infected by the coronavirus in the UK has doubled to eight - after four more patients in England tested positive for the virus It comes as the government announced new powers to keep people in quarantine to stop the spread of the virus. In order to do this, the Department of Health has described the coronavirus as a "serious and imminent threat" to public health. There have been more than 40,000 cases of the virus globally, mostly in China. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

Coronavirus: A visual guide to the outbreak
Courtesy  The Visual and Data Journalism TeamBBC News
A fast-moving virus known as the "new coronavirus" has infected thousands of Chinese citizens and spread to more than 20 countries. The respiratory infection, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms, has claimed more than 900 lives so far - more than the 774 killed in the 2003 Sars epidemic. The outbreak, originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). Here are 10 maps and graphics that will help you understand what is going on. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/20)

Sri Lanka’s Dead: Are LTTE dead in LLRC report also featured in OMP list?
The Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission Report of November 2011 declared 22,247 LTTE dead of which 11,812 had been identified by name. However, 10,435 LTTE dead had not been identified by the time LLRC report was released in November 2011. Has Sri Lanka’s MoD identified the remaining unidentified 10,435 LTTE dead with names is what we want answered first. Secondly, the Office of Missing Persons' instituted in 2017 has a list of its own on dead & missing which in total numbers 23,586 and includes 5000 missing soldiers of Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces. Does OMP feature any of the 22,247... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/02/20)

Balkanizing India: National Security dimensions for India & Sri Lanka
Indo-Sri Lanka relations have never been what either country would have liked it to be. What both countries should realize is that small as Sri Lanka may be, India cannot afford to bully it or destabilize it as India would have liked. The terrain is now far different than when India could call the shots in 1980s. There are bigger and far more powerful players that even India needs to weather with caution. There are many faux pas that India will not like to admit to, but what India must realize is that if it is in Sri Lanka’s best... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/02/20)

SINGING SRI LANKA’S NATIONAL ANTHEM IN TAMIL Part 3
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Those interested in the issue, want to know, how a Tamil version arose. It was due to British rule. The British administration recognized Tamil as a vernacular language, together with Sinhala. Tamil words were shown on rupees and coins, (e.g.  the 10 cent coin of 1928). There were Tamil vernacular schools. Also, Tamil was going to be an official language   after Independence. Taking all this into account, the legislators allowed a Tamil translation of the national anthem. But right from the start the Tamil version met with opposition. When it was sung for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/20)

19 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන පැටලෑවිල්ලේ හරි කථානායක කවුද වැරදි කතානායක කවුද?
හර්ෂ කුමාර් සුරියආරච්චි
19  වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන පැටලෑවිල්ලේ හරි කථානායක කවුද වැරදි කතානායක කවුද? තවම නීතියක් නොවූ 19 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන කෙටුම්පත ඊනියා නීතියක් ලෙස පවත්වා ගෙන යෑමේ වරද කොයි කථානායකගේද? දහනමවන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය අරභයා 2002 ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීරණයෙන් ජනාධිපතිට පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරවිමේ බලය වසර 3කට වඩා සිමා කිරීම 3වන ව්‍යවස්ථාව උල්ලංගනය වීමක් බව පෙන්වා ඇත. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුල පමණක් සම්මත වූ 19 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන කෙටුම්පත මගින් 2002 ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීරණයෙන් පෙන්වා දුන් 3 වන ව්‍යවස්ථාව උල්ලංඝනය වන කරුණ සිදු කර ඇති බව 2018 පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරවිම පිලිබඳ නඩු තීන්දුවෙන් පැහැදිළි වේ. යම් කිසි ව්‍යවස්ථා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/20)

‘කෝටි 243 ක ගනුදෙනුවට විරුද්ධ වුණාට මට තනතුර අහිමි කළා’
විනීතා එම් ගමගේ උපුටා ගැන්ම  ලංකාදීප
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රීවරුන් 58 දෙනෙකුට අධිසුඛෝපභෝගී වාහන 58ක් පෞද්ගලික සමාගමක් මගින් කුලී පදනමට ලබා ගැනීමට ආණ්ඩුව ගත් උත්සාහයට විරුද්ධ වීමෙන් තමන්ට පාර්ලිමේන්තු ප‍්‍රතිසංස්කරණ හා ජනමාධ්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශයේ ලේකම් ධූරය අහිමි කළ බව එම අමාත්‍යංශයේ හිටපු ලේකම් නිමල් බෝපගේ මහතා පවසයි. රුපියල් කෝටි 243 ක් වටිනා එම ගනුදෙනුව නීතිවිරෝධී බව පෙන්වා දෙමින් තමන් එය අත්සන් කිරීම ප‍්‍රතික්ෂේප කළ කරුණු අනුව එය බවත් එහිදී අගමැතිවරයාගෙන් සහ මුදල් අමාත්‍යවරයාගෙන් තමන් වෙත බරපතල පීඩනයක් එල්ල වූ නමුත් තමන් සිටි ස්ථාවරය වෙනස් නොකළ බවත් ඔහු නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් කියයි. සාමාන්‍යයෙන් කැබිනට් තීරණයකට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/20)

රට පාලනය වියතුන්ට පැවරීම
පේරාදෙණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ දේශපාලන විද්‍යාව පිළිබඳ හිටපු මහාචාර්ය එම්.ඕ.ඒ. ද සොයිසා උපුටා ගැන්ම  ලංකාදීප
රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී ආණ්ඩුකරණයේ එක් පදනම් මූලධර්මයක්  වන්නේ ආණ්ඩුවේ බලතල හා කාර්යයන් ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක, විධායක සහ අධිකරණ වශයෙන් කොටස් තුනකට බෙදා අන්‍යොන්‍ය වශයෙන් එකිනෙකට සම්බන්ධතාවක් නොමැති ආයතන ත්‍රිත්වයක් විසින් ක්‍රියාවට නැංවීමය. මේ අනුව ව්‍යවස්ථාදායකයට පැවරී තිබෙන කාර්ය වන්නේ නීති පැනවීමය. විධායකයේ කාර්යය වන්නේ රාජ්‍ය සේවය හා පොලිස් සේවය හරහා ව්‍යවස්ථාදයකය පනවන නීති ක්‍රියාවට නැංවීමය. අධිකරණයේ කාර්ය වන්නේ එම නීති අර්ථකථනය කරමින් පෞද්ගලික කරුණු සමග ගළපමින් යුක්තිය පසිඳලීමය. 1978 වර්ෂයේදී ස්ථාපිත කරනු ලැබූ දෙවන ජනරජ ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව හෙවත් ජේ.ආර්. ජයවර්ධන ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව යටතේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වන ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/20)

Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Buddhist shrine in Sarnath today
Courtesy DNA India
Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is on a three-day visit to India, will pay a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi, followed by the Buddhist shrine in Sarnath on Sunday (February 9). Security has been beefed up in the city ahead of his visit.  After landing in the holy city, Rajapaksa will first offer his prayers at the temples. "Rajapaksa will reach Sarnath, pay his obeisance at the Dhamekh Stupa, the sermon site of Tathagata. After that, he will worship Lord Buddha at the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/20)

Another revelation on Yahapalana govt’s outlay on luxury vehicles
Courtesy Hiru News
Former Secretary to the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Mr. Nimal Bopage has stated that towards the back end of 2016, then-Cabinet of Ministers had approved renting out of luxury vehicles for 58 parliamentarians of the government. In a special communique on the revelation made in the Parliament yesterday, he added that he objected to the move as the government was on the verge of losing Rs 44.3 billion. https://youtu.be/z79MGvM3ZDs Bopage proceeded to say that he was summoned to the Cabinet committee on economic affairs,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/20)

The age limit to recruit unemployed graduates increased to 45
Courtesy Hiru News
President Gotabaya Rajapakse has decided to increase the age limit to applying for jobs under unemployed graduates’ scheme from 35 to 45 years. The graduates must complete a degree with a first class accepted by the university grants commission or a diploma accepted by the UGC prior to December 31st 2019.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/20)

It is the policy of the government not to sell any Sri Lankan resources to another country; says Prime Minister in India
Courtesy Hiru News
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse says it is the policy of the government not to sell any Sri Lankan resources to another country. The Premier stated this during an interview with the Hindu News paper. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who is currently in Indian has said that it would be great if India allows debt repayments by Colombo to be deferred for three years. https://youtu.be/DM_uVf9pucU India's THE HINDU newspaper reported that this was in order to help the country... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/20)

Sri Lanka’s LLRC report claims 22,247 LTTE dead – who are they?
The Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission in their November 2011 report gave some important numbers sourced from the Ministry of Defense. Poignant is the numbers of dead, injured and missing following the military intervention ordered by the President of Sri Lanka following LTTE’s closure of the Mavil Aru anicut denying water to thousands in East Sri Lanka in July 2006. The military onslaught to defeat the LTTE eventually resulted in terminating the bogus 2002 ceasefire agreement bringing to naught and showcasing the futility of even foreign mediation and foreign monitoring missions operating in Sri Lanka since 2002... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/02/20)

Bias attitude of UNHRC and other UN-affiliated bodies towards Lanka
By Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe courtesy The Sunday Times
On March 15, 2006, the United Nations set up the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to promote and protect human rights around the world. It seeks the assistance and cooperation of States and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to monitor, report, advice and contribute best practice to ensure that it’s impartial vision is untainted and objectively exercised in its global mission. UNHRC in session at its headquarters in Geneva: Serving the interest of some powerful states However, over the years various countries, States, ethnicities,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/20)

හොඳ ළමයා හා නරක ළමයි හෙවත් බබාලා
දෙශාඅභිමානී සුර්ය වංශ රත්න විභූෂණ පාලිත ආරියරත්න සෙන්කඩගල සිංහ ද්වාරයේ සිට
මේ අද සාර පොහොය දිනේදී මා කතා කිරීමට යන්නේ හොඳ ළමයා හා නරක ළමයි රෑනක් ගැනය. කථා පුවත සිතට ආයේ නරක මන්ත්‍රී ළමයි රෑනක් විසින් තමන්ලා ලොකු කියා පෙන්නවිමට හොඳ ළමයි ගැන හා ඒ ළමයින්ගේ ස්වරුපය මාධ්‍යය තුලින් විකට ස්වරුපයෙන් කියාපෑමට උත්සාහ ගැනීම නිසාය.  රූපවාහිනියෙන් දුටු ඒ විකට ආකාරයෙන් මිනිස්සු සිනස්වා හොඳ ළමයිට මඩගැසීමට කථා පුවතක් මැවූ නරක ළමයි මිට පෙර තිබු යහපාලන ළමා රජය ඇති කිරීමට කැනඩාවේ ටොරොන්ටෝ සිට 2015-01-04 දින අජිත් ළමයා,කරුණාරත්න ළමයා ඇතුළුව චන්දරතන,අජිත් බන්දු , ජයරත්න,කිත්සිරි, මනොරන්ජන් යන බබ්බු ද එහි සිටියේය .... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

Is the ICJ in compelling Myanmar to recognize 'Rohingya' tantamount to enforcing the most sinister form of religion-cultural imperialism on a small independent nation?
By Kanbawza Win Courtesy Asian Tribune
In a landmark verdict, the United Nation’s highest court has ruled that it has the authority to consider a genocide case against Burma and ordered the country to prevent irreparable harm from being committed again, signalling that the sensational news has vanquished the conflict resolutions. But my research indicates otherwise, of how in the 18th century, the Colonial British in construing Burma to be part of the British Indian empire encouraged the Chittagonians labourers from India to work in the fertile fields of northern Arakan making Burma “the rice bowl of Asia”. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

ආණ්ඩුව සහ රුහුණ සිසුන් අතර සාකච්ඡුා සාර්ථකයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම -මට කියලදෙන්න ප්‍රවෘති-
රුහුණ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ මේ වන විට පවතින අර්බුදකාරී වාතාවරණය විසඳා ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් ඉදිරිපත් වූ සිසුන් පිරිසකට අමාත්‍ය විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා මැදිහත් වී විසඳුම් ලබා දී ඇති බව වාර්තා වේ. කළමනාකරණ පීඨයේ සිසුන් නව දෙනෙකුට ජීවිතාන්තය දක්වා ලබාදී තිබූ පන්ති තහනම් ඉවත්කිරීම පිළිබඳව මෙම සාකච්ඡුා පැවති අතර ඒ අනුව එහිදී කරගන්නා ලද එකඟතා අනුව මෙම පන්ති තහනම් ඉවත් කිරීමට ඉදිරියේදී කටයුතු සිදුවනු ඇත. සිසුන් විසින් මෙතෙක් සරසවිය තුල සිදුකළ නවකවදය හා වෙනත් වැරදි වෙනුවෙන් සිය කණගාටුව ප‍්‍රකාශ කරන අතරම මින් පසු ආණ්ඩුවේ නවකවදය නැවැත්වීමේ වැඩපිළිවෙළ වෙනුවෙන් උපරිම දායකත්වය ලබාදීමටද අදහස් පලකර තිබේ. ඒ අනුව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

Melting Arctic Permafrost Could Release Tons of Toxic Mercury
By Craig Welch Courtesy National Geographic
Scientists have found large natural stores of the toxin in the Arctic. It's not clear how much will get into food webs as the planet warms. Scientists have uncovered another hidden threat buried in the icy frozen north—massive natural reserves of mercury, a toxic heavy metal that in some forms can build up in fish and other animals and cause serious health problems in humans. A study published Monday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters reports that the amount of natural mercury bound up in Arctic permafrost may... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

‘Halt Nipah project with Indian lab’: Govt tells US health agency
Sudhi Ranjan Sen Hindustan Times, New Delhi
CDC, America’s front line public health agency, has partnered with Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR) to carry out illness surveillance across India.Hindustan Times, New Delhi Health officials in full protective gear walk inside an isolation ward of Ernakulam Medical College in Kochi in Kerala on June 6, 2019. - MCVR carried out tests on the Nipah virus of which there was an outbreak in Kerala in 2018 and 2019, said one of the government officials cited above, asking not to be named. (AFP FILE) ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

හිටපු ජනපතිට කෝටි 33ක වාහන ගෙන්වලා.. දහම්ට BMW x5 ජීප්.. චතුරිකාට Lexus කාර්.. ලේඛණ හැන්සාඩ්ගත කරයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකාසීනිවුස්
පසුගිය යහපාලනය රජය විසින් මැතිඇමැතිවරුන් සඳහා පමණක් වාහන ගෙන්වීමට රුපියල් බිලියන 28 ක මුදලක් වැය කර ඇති බව ඊයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී හෙළි විය. ඇමැති ජොන්ස්ටන් ප්‍රනාන්දු මහතා විසින් සභාගත කරන ද පිළිතුරක මෙම තොරතුරු දීර්ඝ තොරතුරු දැක්වෙයි. එමගින් වැඩිම මුදලක් වෙන්කර ඇත්තේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා ලෙස කටයුතු කළ මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා වෙනුවෙන් වාහන ගැනීමටයි. ඔහු ගෙන්වා ඇති වාහන ගණන 09ක් වන අතර එ් සදහා වැය කර ඇති මුදල ලක්ෂ 3,289කි. මේ අතර ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ හිටපු සම්බන්ධීකරණ ලේකම් වරයෙකු වන ඔ්ෂල හේරත් විසින් තම ෆේස්බුක් ගිණුමේ සටහන් කර ඇත්තේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

හිටපු අමාත්‍යංශ ලේකම් රනිල් ඇතුළු යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුවේ රෙදි ගලවයි.. සියල්ල හෙලි කරමින් නිකුත් කල නිවේදනය මෙන්න..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකාසීනිවුස්
යහපාලන රජය සමයේ මැති ඇමතිවරුන් සඳහා ගෙන්වන ලද වාහන ප්‍රමාණය ගැන හෙළි වීමෙන් පසුව එකල ආණ්ඩුවේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ හා ජනමාධ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම් ලෙස කටයුතු කළ නිමල් බෝපගේ මහතා විසින් ශේෂ හෙළිදරව්වක් කර ඇත. නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් ඔහු සඳහන් කරන්නේ වාහන ලබා වාහන ගැනීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් වූ යෝජනාවකට තමන් විරෝධය පළ කළ විට එකල අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා තමන්ට තර්ජණය කළ බවයි. මේ බව සඳහන් කරමින් ඔවුන් විසින් නිකුත් කර ඇති සම්පූර්ණ නිවේදනය මෙසේය. “යහපාලන” ආණ්ඩුවේ වාහන මිල දී ගැනීමේ ක‍්‍රියාවලිය පිළිබඳ විශේෂ හෙළිදරව්ව රුපියල් බිලියන 2.8ක් හෙවත් රුපියල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

Delhi talks: Modi mentions Tamil issue in media statement, Mahinda doesn’t
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
However, it is unlikely that either party will let the Tamil issue affect cooperation in other areas such as economic development and security. New Delhi, February 8 (newsin.asia): In his media statement after talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa here on Saturday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he is “confident that the Sri Lankan government will realize the expectations of equality, justice, peace and respect of the Tamil people within a united Sri Lanka.” But the Lankan Prime Minister did not mention the Tamil question in his media... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks three-year debt repayment moratorium from India
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
New Delhi, February 8 (The Hindu): Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told The Hindu’s Suhasini Haider in New Delhi that the problem of debt repayment is worrying and that it would be helpful if lenders, led by India, could give a three-year moratorium on repayment. The visiting Lankan PM also said that his government will not implement the 2017 MoUs with India on projects inked by the previous government as these are not his government’s projects and that the Mattala airport, like other national assets, will not be given away to any other... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

Sri Lanka’s economy bouncing back from Easter attacks - IMF
Courtesy Ada Derana
The economy of Sri Lanka is recovering from tragic terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday last year, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Gross Domestic Project (GDP) growth is projected to rebound to 3.7 percent in 2020, on the back of the recovery in tourism, and assuming that the Novel Coronavirus will have only limited negative effect on tourism arrivals and other economic activities, the Washington-based organization said further. https://youtu.be/kjMZ3IOHaxo The IMF stated this in a statement released following the end of its staff visit to Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

Former ministerial secretary reveals about the vehicles in the yahapalana government
Courtesy Hiru News
Former secretary to the ministry of parliamentary reforms and media Nimal Bopage says that other than for the ministers efforts were made to provide vehicles to 58 MPs under contract basis during the yahapalana government. Issuing a release he noted that former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe forced him to sign the deal worth 2.43 billion rupees. https://youtu.be/j8a7zVvLtQ4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

Presidential commission receives more information about Asath salley’s influences
Courtesy Hiru News
Retired DIG Palitha Siriwardena says that if not for the influence of former governor Asath Salley, they would have been able to succeed in the investigation into the attack on Buddha statues in Mawanella. He made this revelation while giving a statement before the presidential commission to inquire into easter Sunday attacks, yesterday. The commission made inquiries as to whether the former governor has been questioned regarding the incident. https://youtu.be/50MNQuCi6h0 Responding to this the retired DIG said that the officers were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

RANJANGATE SCANDAL - VOICE TAPES TABLED BY RANJAN TO BE GIVEN TO MPS AFTER REMOVING CONTENT HARMFUL TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND FALSE CLAIMS
Courtesy Hiru News
It has been decided to give access to the voice tapes tabled by Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake to Members of Parliament subsequent to removing content which are a threat to national security and false claims therein. This decision was made at the Party Leaders’ meeting in Parliament today under the leadership of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. https://youtu.be/jEAGJWls_5A The Parliamentary Communications Department said that accordingly, it was decided on this occasion not to issue these tapes to Parliamentarians just yet The Parliamentary Communications Department said further that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

RANJANGATE SCANDAL - Investigations to ascertain whether Ranjan’s weapon recovered from his residence was used for a crime
Courtesy Hiru News
The CID informed the court today that it is conducting further investigations into whether the weapon seized from the house of MP Ranjan Ramanayake has been used to commit a crime. The case was taken before the Nugegoda Magistrate today. Ramanayake is in remand until February 12th in connection with allegedly influencing the functions of judges. https://youtu.be/jEAGJWls_5A Meanwhile, the Government’s Analyst collected a voice sample of MP Ranjan Ramanayake today. >At the same time, the chief inspector who made submissions to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

Coronavirus: Russian media hint at US conspiracy
By BBC Monitoring Essential Media Insight
Image captionRussia's Channel One has aired a theory linking the coronavirus to President Trump The coronavirus outbreak in China has provided fertile ground for conspiracy theories and misinformation on the web everywhere, but in Russia they are being spread on primetime news programmes. Russian TV is also unique in having a consistent overall thrust: that shadowy Western elites and especially the US are somehow ultimately to blame. One of main national TV networks, Channel One, has even launched a regular slot devoted to coronavirus conspiracy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

Russian scientist says Coronavirus is a bio-weapon created by the US
Courtesy Hiru News
The official Chinese death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose on Friday to 638, with the government saying total infections had climbed past 31 thousand 500. The National Health Commission said the toll was raised by 73 new deaths from the epidemic. https://youtu.be/KsKhQGVNxLw As debates over the origin of the Wuhan coronavirus rage on, new voices join the discussion. Russian media sources suggest the novel disease, provisionally known as 2019-nCoV, could be an American made bio-weapon designed to sabotage China. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

‘Nationalism’ disambiguated
By Rohana R. Wasala
Like ‘secularism’, ‘nationalism’ is a much abused term in the vocabulary of the opponents of the unitary status of the Sri Lankan state. A previous article of mine (‘Why secularism is good for Sri Lanka’/Lankaweb/posted January 23, 2020) explained my opinion that the principle of secularism in governance is a good thing for Sri Lanka and that it is not against religion, although it is often attacked as anti-religion, and hence immoral. In the West, USA, UK, and Norway, for example, are accepted as secular democracies while being avowedly ‘Christian’ nations. There is no... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

පසුගිය ආණ්ඩුව ගෙන්වූ රුපියල් බිලියන 2.8 ක වාහන...
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/WUvSmBy18sM... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

රැකියා විරහිත උපාධිධාරීන් හා ඩිප්ලෝමාධාරීන් බඳවාගැනීමේ අවුරුදු 35 උපරිම වයස් සීමාව අවුරුදු 45 දක්වා සුදුසුකම් සපුරා ඇති සියලූම රැකියා විරහිත උපාධිධාරීන් බඳවා ගැනීමට පියවර ගන්නා මෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි උපාධිධාරී ජාතික මධ්‍යස්ථානය.
ගරු ජනාධිපති, ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, කොළඹ 01. ගරු ජනාධිපති තුමනි, රැකියා විරහිත උපාධිධාරීන් හා ඩිප්ලෝමාධාරීන් බඳවාගැනීමේ අවුරුදු 35 උපරිම වයස් සීමාව අවුරුදු 45 දක්වා සුදුසුකම් සපුරා ඇති සියලූම රැකියා විරහිත උපාධිධාරීන් බඳවා ගැනීමට පියවර ගන්නා මෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. ‘‘රැකියා විරහිත උපාධිධාරීන් රැකියාගත කිරීමේ වැඩසටහන 2020’’ යටතේ උපාධිධාරීන් හා ඩිප්ලෝමාධාරීන් 50 000 ක් බඳවා ගැනීමට අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලය තීරණය කර ඇති අතර එසේ බඳවා ගැනීමට කටයුතු කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපි ස්තූතිවන්ත වෙමු. විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයකින් උපාධියක් ලබා පිටවන සෑම උපාධිධාරියෙකුටම අධ්‍යාපන සුදුසුකමට සරිලන සුදුසු රැකියාවක් දිනා ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් අපි අරගල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

අධ්‍යාපනය ලද පාසලෙන් ජනපතිට උපහාර..
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/Kwp0VobOs1w... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

තොටස් ඇල්ල පිරිසිදු කිරීමේ වැඩසටහන
පේශල පසන් කරුණාරත්න
කළුතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයෙහි වලල්ලාවිට ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාසයට අයත් 787 - සී තොටහා ග්‍රාමසේවා වසම තුල පිහිටි  තොටස් ඇල්ල සොබාදහම නිවා සනහාලන සුන්දර පරිසර පද්ධතියකි. ජෛව විවිධත්වයෙන් පොහොසත් නිවර්තන තෙත් සදාහරිත වනාන්තරයක් වන යගිරල වන රක්ෂිතය තුලින් ආරම්භ වී ගලා එන දොළ මාර්ගයෙන් ඇද හැලෙන තොටස් ඇල්ල සොබා සෞන්දර්යෙන් අනූන සංචාරකයන්ගේ ආකර්ෂණය දිනා ගෙන ඇති දියඇල්ලකි. කෙතරම් සුන්දර පරිසර පද්ධතියක් වූවද මෙම සුන්දර දියඇල්ල හා එය පිහිටි රක්ෂිත පරිසරයේ සුන්දරත්වය විදීමට පැමිණෙන සංචාරකයන්ගේ නොහොබිනා ක්‍රියා කාරකම් හේතුවෙන් මේ සොඳුරු දිය ඇලි කොමලිය කලක පටන් දැඩිසේ දූෂණයට ලක්ව තිබුණි. පොලිතීන්, ප්ලාස්ටික්, බියර්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දුවකට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීරණයකින් නියම කළ ජනමතවිචාරණයක් අවලංගු කළ හැකිද?
නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන (2020.02.04)
http://lankanewsweb.org/archives/22821 http://neethiyalk.blogspot.com/2020/02/blog-post.html https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=548258072439956&id=100017673046677 “ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජනරජයේ පරමාධිපතය ජනතාව කෙරෙහි පිහිටා ඇත්තේ ය. පරමාධිපත්‍යය අත්හළ නොහැක්කේ ය. පරමාධිපත්‍යයට පාලන බලතල, මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් සහ ඡන්ද බලය ද ඇතුළත් වන්නේ ය”. යනුවෙන් ජනමතවිචාරණයකින් මිස සංශෝධනය කළ හැකි ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 3වන ව්‍යවස්ථාව ලෙස ඇතුළත් කර ඇත. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජනරජයේ පරමාධිපතය එනම් ජනතාවගේ පරමාධිපත්‍ය ක්‍රියාත්මක වීම සහ භුක්ති විදීම සිදු කරන ආකාරය 4වන ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ දැක්වේ. මෙම ලිපිය මගින් සළකා බලන්නේ ජනතාවගේ අධිකරණ බලයට අදාල ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජනරජයේ පරමාධිපතය ක්‍රියාත්මක වීම සහ භුක්ති විදීම සිදු කරන ආකාරය ඇසුරෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

CHRISTIANS MUST LEAVE INDIA
ALI SUKHANVER
Though the Christians have been granted leverage in the CAA but practically in their day-to-day life, they have to suffer from a lot of degradation and humiliation in India. The leverage provided to them in the CAA is nothing more than a ‘play-card’ just to please the Western countries like US and UK and win their favours. The Christians there in India are so helpless that they cannot even build their churches. The Hindu extremists don’t allow them to do any type of preaching too and so many times they are barred from performing their religious... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/20)

President meets protesters near Presidential Secretariat
Courtesy Ada Derana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has met with a group of protesters near the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo today (07). Workers assisting in the government’s dengue prevention programme had engaged in a protest near the Presidential Secretariat, stating that the former government had employed them under contract basis and that those appointments have been suspended. https://youtu.be/KmxHzKv3OCw President Rajapaksa made a surprise visit to the site of the agitation and met with the protesters. He reportedly assured them that they would be included in the government’s programme to create 100,000... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/20)

Govt. of Good Governance spent Rs. 2.8 Bn on luxury vehicles, Johnston reveals
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Government of Good Governance had splashed Rs.2.8 billion on luxury vehicles during its tenure, according to a revelation made during today’s parliamentary session. Minister Johnston Fernando gave an elaborated explanation on the matter to the House, adding that the highest spender was former President Maithripala Sirisena. He also criticized JVP Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake for backing such a government with such extravagant spending. Accordingly, Rs. 1.65 billion has been spent on vehicles for ministers and their ministries, while another Rs. 625.85 million was spent on vehicles for state... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/20)

Rs.2.8bn on ministers’ vehicles since 2015: Johnston
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The previous government had spent Rs.2.8 billion to purchase vehicles for the use of ministers since 2015, Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando said in parliament today. He said a sum of Rs.1.6 billion had been spent on the vehicle purchase of ministers while Rs.652 million had been used to purchase vehicles for state ministers. “A sum of Rs.564 million has also been spent on the vehicle purchase of deputy ministers,” he added.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/20)

Airbus deal - Compensation to be obtained from those found guilty: Minister
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Civil Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunge said today steps would be taken to obtain compensation from those involved in the SriLankan airline’s Airbus deal after obtaining legal advice. He said this in Parliament when responding to a question asked by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake on the controversial Airbus deal. The minister said SriLankan airlines has complained to the Bribery Commission (BC) to investigate the bribery charges and that the former SriLankan CEO Kapila Chandrasena and his wife were arrested by the CID in connection with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/20)

කොරෝනා - ඇමරිකානු ජීව අවියක් බව රුසියානු විද්‍යාඥයන් කියයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
කොරෝනා වෛරසයේ උපත සත්ත්වයන්ගෙන් සිදුවූ බවට බොහෝ පාර්ශව මත පළ කලද කොරෝනා වෛරසය ඇමරිකාව විසින් නිර්මාණය කළ ජීව අවියක් බවට රුසියානු විද්‍යාඥයන් පිරිසක් පෙන්වා දී තිබෙනවා. චීනයේ ආර්ථිකය අඩපණ කිරීමේ ප්‍රබල අරමුණින් මාරාන්තික කොරෝනා වෛරසය ඇමරිකාව ගොඩනගා ඇති බවයි අදාළ විද්‍යාඥයන් ප්‍රකාශ කර ඇත්තේ. https://youtu.be/KsKhQGVNxLw රුසියානු විද්‍යාඥයන් විශ්වාස කරන්නේ මෙම වෛරසය හමුවේ චීනය අඩපණ වීමෙන් පසුව වෛරසය මර්දනයට නව එන්නතක් සොයා ගැනීමෙන්, ඇමරිකාව මුදල් උපයා ගැනීමේ අරමුණක පසුවූ බවයි. එවැනි අනාවරණයක් සිදුකර ඇත්තේ පසුගිය මාසයේ ඇමරිකානු වානිජ ලේකම්වරයා ද, උද්ගතව ඇති වාතාවරණය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/20)

New Evidence for Rainforest Foraging in Sri Lanka ca. 45,000 years ago
Oshan Wedage, Patrick Roberts, Patrick Faulkner, Alison Crowther, Katerina Douka, Andrea Picin, James Blinkhorn, Siran Deraniyagala, Nicole Boivin, Michael Petraglia, Noel Amano courtesy MAX-PLANCK Institute for the Science of Human History
Abstract
Sri Lanka has produced the earliest clear evidence for Homo sapiens fossils in South Asia and research in the region has provided important insights into modern human adaptations and cultural practices during the last ca. 45,000 years. However, in-depth multidisciplinary analyses of Late Pleistocene and Holocene sequences remain limited to just two sites, Fa Hien-lena and Batadomba-lena. Here, we present our findings from the reinvestigation of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/20)

What happens if State Land is Privatized & Farmers are given title deed ownership
Interlinked to the MCC US Government grant of $480m are some crucial topics that the ruling government, the judiciary and citizens cannot ignore. 84% of Sri Lanka’s land belongs to the state. What happens if this 84% state land is privatized? Will the Govt be able to impose tax and gain revenue. Will the bulk money given at purchase of land be sufficient to run a country? Confounding matters is the removal of restrictions prohibiting foreigners to purchase land & property. A Government is only trustee or custodian of the land for a term of office and an overruling principle... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 07/02/20)

මහා බැදුම්කර හොරා මගෙ ලගම ඥාතියෙක්.. ඒ ගැන මං කණගාටු වෙනවා..- මෙතෙක් හෙලි නොකල රහස කබ්රාල් හෙලි කරයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම  අද දෙරණ
බැඳුම්කර වංචාවන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් මේ වන විට ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කර ඇති වෝහාරික විගණන වාර්තා සම්බන්ධයෙන් තමන්ගේ නම සම්බන්ධ කර තිබීම පිළිබඳව පැහැදිලි කිරීම සඳහා හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අජිත් නිවාඩ් කබ්රාල් මහතා ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවක් කැඳවා තිබුණේය. මෙහිදී අදහස් දක්වමින් කබ්රාල් මහතා කියා සිටියේ, තම ඥාතීන් අතුරින් කිසිවකුත් මෙයට සම්බන්ධයක් නොමැති බවත්, සම්බන්ධයක් තිබෙන එකම ඥාතියා රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ බවත්ය. https://youtu.be/00LZHs5Eg3Y මෙහිදී සිය ඥාතීන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් එල්ල වන චෝදනා පිළිබඳව ඔහු මෙසේ ප්‍රතිචාර දැක්වීය. “වෝහාරික විගණන වාර්තාවේ කියනවා, මගේ පවුලේ අය හිටියා කියලා වෙනම තැන්වල. මම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IN TAMIL Part 1
KAMALIKA PIERIS
When Sri Lanka, then Ceylon was getting ready for independence, it had to find a national anthem, since all modern states were expected to have one. National anthems rose to prominence in Europe during the 19th century. D.B.S. Jeyaraj says that when the national anthem was discussed in the late 1940s, D.S Senanayake had proposed that a suitable Tamil translation also be formally adopted. A committee headed by E.A.P Wijeratne had accepted in principle that there be a Tamil version of the national anthem.  Pundit M. Nallathamby had provided a ‘neat transliteration’, said Jeyaraj.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IN TAMIL Part 2
KAMALIKA PIERIS
There are two opposing sets of views on the matter of the Tamil version. One group firmly wishes to see the anthem sung only in Sinhala. It is imperative to sing the national anthem in one voice not two, they said. A national anthem is a symbol of unity. “When you talk about a National symbol, be it a flower, animal or flag there can only be one of them,” said Sandagomi Coperahewa. “There can’t be two or three national symbols. There may be two official languages, but the national anthem is one symbol.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

ක්‍රිකට් දූෂණ ගැන අර්ජුන රණතුංග කළ විශේෂ හෙළිදරව්ව
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදන -Media secretary to Arjuna Ranatunga (MP)
ක්‍රිකට් ගැන කළ වෝහාරික විගණනය විශේෂ වාර්තාවක් වුණේ කොහොමද ?තරග පාවාදීම් ගැන තොරතුරු ඇතළත් හඩපට රන්ජන් ළඟත්ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ දවස් හයක සි. සි. ටි. වී දර්ශන මකා දැමුවේ ඇයි...?ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයෙන් මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ට තර්ජනක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයට කඩා පනින්නැයි ජනාධිපතිතුමාගෙන් ඉල්ලීමක්... පසුගිය ආණ්ඩු කාලයේදී විගණකාධිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය ගැන කළ වෝහාරික විගණනය පසුගිය ආණ්ඩුවේදීම සිතා ගත නොහැකි ලෙසට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් වන්නේ විශේෂ වාර්තාවක් ලෙසින් බව හිටපු ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රිකට් නායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී අර්ජුන රණතුංග මහතා අනාවරණය කරයි. එලෙස ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය ගැන කළ වෝහාරික වාර්තාව විශේෂ වාර්තාවක් ලෙසට වෙනස් වීම පිටුපස හොරුන් දූෂිතයින් ආරක්ෂා කිරීමේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ සංවිධානයේ සිටි ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ සාමාජිකයෙකු වූ රහීම් ( ශ්‍රී කුමාර් කනගරත්නම්) තමන් ගේ අත්දැකීම් පිලිබඳව කතා කරයි
සාකච්ඡා කලේ වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ සංවිධානයේ සිටි  ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ සාමාජිකයෙකු වූ රහීම් ( ශ්‍රී කුමාර් කනගරත්නම්) වර්තමානයේ ජීවත් වන්නේ කැනඩාවේය. ඔහු සහ සිංහ රෙජිමේන්තුවේ කැප්ටන් ජයන්ත කොතලාවල (පසුකාලීනව ලුතිනන් කර්නල්) අතර අපූරු මිතුදමක්ද තිබුනේය. රහීම් හෙවත් ශ්‍රී කුමාර් කනගරත්නම් තමන්  එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ සංවිධානයේ ගත කල කාලය පිලිබඳව මෙසේ මතකය අවදි කරයි.  1) ඔබ එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ  සංවිධානයේ  සාමාජිකයෙක් උනේ ඇයි ?  මම ජීවත් උනේ සිංහලයන් අතර. මට සිංහල මිතුරන් හිටියා. එහෙත් 1977 , 1983 ජාතිවාදී කලබල වලදී මම දැක්කා නිරායුද අහිංසක දෙමල ජනයාට පහර දුන් ආකාරය. 1977 දී කළුතර පොලිස් අධිකාරී උනේ මගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

අභ්‍යාසලාභී උපාධිධාරීන් ස්ථීර කිරීමේ දී මාස 04 සේවා කාලයක් අහිමි කිරීම අසාධාරණ ක‍්‍රියාවක් බව දන්වමු.
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී සේවා සංගමය.
ප‍්‍රවෘත්ති කර්තෘ/ ප‍්‍රවෘත්ති අධ්‍යක්‍ෂක රූපවාහිනිය/ගුවන් විදුලිය/පුවත්තපත ගරු රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන හා ස්වදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය,   ජනක බණ්ඩාර තෙත්නකෝන් මැතිතුමා, රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන හා ස්වදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය, නිදහස් චතුරස‍්‍රය, කොළඹ 07. ගරු අමාත්‍ය තුමනි, අභ්‍යාසලාභී උපාධිධාරීන් ස්ථීර කිරීමේ දී මාස 04 සේවා කාලයක් අහිමි කිරීම අසාධාරණ ක‍්‍රියාවක් බව දන්වමු. 2018 අගෝ්ස්තු 20 දින අභ්‍යාසලාභී පුහුණු කාලයට ඇතුළත් වූ උපාධිධාරීන් ස්ථීර කිරීමේ දී ඔවුන්ට මාස 04 ක කප්පාදුවක් සිදුවන බවත් එවැනි අසාධාරණ ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ගයක් ගැනීම වැළැක්වීමට පියවර ගන්නා ලෙසත් අප සංගමය ඔබතුමාගෙන් පළමු ව ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. 02. 2018.08.20 දින අභ්‍යාසලාභී පත්වීම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

Identifying Some Threats to Modern Civilization, Our Freedom and the Menace of the ‘New World Order’
Setting The Scene: Threats to us and our survival For true freedom, people need transparency in all things. The fact is, for democracy (and freedom) to survive we need good information; we need to understand what is around us – our climate, our government and politics. When government hides things or give us false information, our freedom is diminished. In fact, there are so many things we are not told. For how much longer can human civilization survive? For seventy years we have been living under the shadow of nuclear war.  Several times, we humans... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) to receive Rs. 500 mn facelift
RAVI LADDUWAHETTY Courtesy The Daily News
The Government will shortly invest Rs. 500 million for the rehabilitation of the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) to bring it back to international standards within six months. “Despite the Government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa building the Mattala Airport to international standards, the ruination which was taking place during the previous regime was colossal that it will cost around Rs. 500 million, which will also include infrastructure upgrades,” Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd, Retired Major General G.A. Chandrasiri told Daily News Finance . ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

Sri Lanka to construct new airport terminal to accommodate more arrivals
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, Feb.6 – The Sri Lankan government will soon commence construction of a new terminal at the Bandaranaike International Airport in order to accommodate a larger number of arrivals, Xinhua news agency, citing local media reported here Thursday. Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka Ltd (AASL), G.A. Chandrasiri told the Daily News here that currently the passenger capacity of the Bandaranaike International Airport was 6.9 million, but at the end of 2019, there were 10 million passenger arrivals. However, with the completion of the new “Terminal 2”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

Sri Lanka to begin construction of 1st large-scale theme park
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, Feb. 6 – Sri Lanka will soon commence construction on a world class theme park along the country’s southern coast in order to promote adventure tourism, local media reported here Thursday. Leading international theme park developer and operator, Sim Leisure Group Ltd, entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka’s Elpitiya Plantations PLC, to set up its world-class ESCAPE theme park in Galle, a statement from Elpitiya Plantations said, according to the Xinhua news agency. The statement said having been granted the preliminary approval to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

Former SriLankan CEO and wife remanded
Courtesy Ada Derana
Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SriLankan Airlines Kapila Chandrasena and his wife, who were arrested on money laundering charges after they surrendered to the CID this morning, have been remanded until February 19 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court. https://youtu.be/NvCMKeJh0nk The Attorney General on Monday (3) instructed the Director of the CID to obtain an arrest warrant from court and to arrest the former SriLankan Airlines CEO and his wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake as suspects on charges of money laundering in the re-fleet deal between SriLankan Airlines and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

Ready to build the country without blaming the past- President
Courtesy Ada Derana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that his government will work with a commitment to save the country from the present chaotic situation without pointing fingers at the past for prevailing problems. He said that he accepted the challenge of rebuilding the country with a clear understanding that the economy had collapsed. The President made these remarks addressing the Chairpersons and members of Director Boards of several Plantation and Financial Institutions at the Presidential Secretariat, today (06), stated President’s Media Division. “The ‘Rata Hadana Saubhagyaye Dekma’ policy statement was not prepared... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

Sri Lanka gifts China with Ceylon Black Tea
Courtesy Ada Derana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, today (06) at the Presidential Secretariat, gifted a consignment of world-renowned Ceylon Black Tea to the Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan to be sent to those affected by the Coronavirus.  Ambassador Xueyuan deeply appreciated the gesture, stated President Media Division.  The Ambassador, on behalf of President Xi Jinping and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, thanked the Government of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan people for the kindness shown to China in this difficult moment.  He also thanked all the religious and other leaders... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

CABINET APPROVAL GRANTED FOR THE PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE JOBS FOR GRADUATES
Courtesy Hiru News
Cabinet approval has been granted to the programme of the government to provide government jobs for all graduates. Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa presented the relevant Cabinet Paper to the Cabinet yesterday. It has been planned to grant these jobs at the Ministries of Education and Health as well as Irrigation, Agrarian Development, Wild life conservation, Ayurveda, Surveys, agriculture and export agriculture departments. Meanwhile, at the media briefing journalists questioned Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena regarding the Forensic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

IT HAS BEEN REVEALED THAT THE DEATH OF THE POLICE SERGEANT OF VAVUNATHIVU IS A MURDER
Courtesy Hiru News
It has been revealed that the incident of a discovery at Vavunathivu – Mullamunai, of the body of Police Sergeant of Vavuniya is a murder . A top official engaged in carrying out investigations said that it is conjectured that the murder had been committed due to a conflict regarding a land. This corpse was discovered in the morning today on an anonymous telephone call received by the Vavunathivu Police Station. The deceased is a 55 year old Tamil national Police Sergeant, and a resident of Batticaloa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

අන්තවාදී මුස්ලිම් දේශපාලන නායකයින්ට අල් සබ්‍රිගෙන් කනේ පහරක්..
Sath TV
https://youtu.be/GzujBm-lgJQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/20)

Sri Lanka’s independence: falsehoods and hard facts
By Janaka Perera
The biggest falsehood some of our politicians and some historians have been spreading over the past 70 years is that Sri Lanka won her independence from Britain in a ‘bloodless struggle’. The hard fact is that there was no independence struggle as such after the Matale uprising of 1848 was brutally suppressed. Thereafter the country saw only agitations for Constitutional reforms.  If there was any bloodshed it was during the 1915 communal riots because the British overreacted to the situation that caused some leaders to be arrested and a prominent patriot to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Enact tough Laws to curb Separatist Demands
By A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
The racist evil trio Sambandan/Sumanthiran/Wigneswaran who are highly dismayed over the GR victory are making use of every petty issue to discredit, defme and project Sri Lanka as an oppressive and autocratic country and the latest issue they have taken as the punching pad to hit at Sri Lanka was their stupid and illegal demand to sing the National Anthem in Tamil as well on the Independence Day function.  Their cohorts, foreign based terrorist scribes NGO ruffians and some fringe political idiots in Tamil Nadualso raised their voice in support of this demand visualising... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

BUDDHIST TOLERANCE
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
As a global religion, Buddhism today has expanded worldwide.  What is significant to note is that this expansion has always been characterized by a spirit of tolerance, harmonization and assimilation. In the process, Buddhism has absorbed pre-existing beliefs to a point where a clear distinction is often difficult today. This is clearly evident in China, Japan, India, Korea, Thailand and Myanmar among others. The harmonious assimilation of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism is well evident in the Chinese form of Buddhism.  The harmonious adaptation of Shinto divinities into Buddhist pantheon - “honji-suijaku”, is seen in Japan.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදය මතවාදයෙන් පැරදවීම: ලිපි මාලා අංක 4
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B,. Ph.D.
රට ගොඩගන්නට වෙහෙසුණු කළුකොඳයාවේ මහනාහිමි හැඳින්‌වීම හාමුදුරුවරු දේශ-පාලනයට ඒමට විරුද්‌ධව කතා කරන අළුත්ම උදාහරණය වන්නේ කිරිබත්ගොඩ ඤාණානන්ද හිමියන් ය. 1802 පමණ සිටම නෝත් ආණ්ඩුකාරයා විසින් ආරම්භකල පන්සල කොරු කිරීමේ තර්‌කය එහි උච්චතම හා කැතම ගෙනාවේ රංජන් රාමනායක විසිනි. ඔහු එය කලේ යහපාලන-විදේශ බලවේග වල මෝඩ ඒජන්ත වශයෙනි. ලංකාවේ සුද්දන්ගේ හා 1931 සිට කළු සුද්දන්ගේ පාලන කාලය, පාලක කල්ලි හා පන්සල අතරවූ නිරන්තර අරගලයක ඉතිහාසය නොවේදැයි විමසන විට, නොයෙක් අඩු ලුහුඬු කම් තිබෙන හාමුදුරුවරු රටේ සිටියත්, ලංකාවේ සිංහල බෞද්‌ධ ශිෂ්ටාචාරය, ත්‍රිපිටකය හා භාෂාව රැක ගත්තේ සිවුර හා පන්සල බව සක්සුදක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Call for amending Land Development Act
Courtesy The Island
Environmental organizations urge thegovernment to reform the Land Development Act as it is misused by affluent and powerful politicians to acquire vast extents of land illegally. Sajeewa Chamikara of Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) said that the present law should be amended to prevent such rackets. Chamikara said: "The Land Acquisition Act too should be amended. Under this Act the decisions to acquire land and issue orders to that effect are vested in the State Ministers and the aggrieved party cannot file a court case against... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

A reminder how yahapalana govt. humiliated the war-winning military -As Sri Lanka celebrates 72nd Independence Day
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, flanked by Lt. Gen.Shavendra Silva and Vice Admiral Piyal de Silva, at the 72nd Independence Day celebrations, on Feb 4, 2020, at the Independence Square, touches his medals.(pic by Kamal Bogoda)In January, 2015, Sri Lanka gave up its right to celebrate the victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), undoubtedly the country’s greatest post-independence achievement.Having defeated war-winning President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the January 08, 2015 presidential poll, the UNP-led coalition had no option but to appease those who had backed the change of government.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Titanium Sands assays confirm depth resource potential at Sri Lankan heavy mineral sands project
Emma Davies Courtesy  Proactive Investors Australia
he Mannar Island project has power, road and rail infrastructure, is backed by a government supportive of foreign investment and is ideally situated for product export to Asian markets. Panning of RC aircore samples from below the water table at the Mannar Island project Titanium Sands Ltd's (ASX:TSL) initial assay results from Mannar Island Heavy Mineral Sands (HMS) Project in Sri Lanka's northwest have confirmed depth resource potential. A total of 473 RC aircore drill holes were completed in mid-December and results from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Sajith’s housing projects under scrutiny
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy Island
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told Parliament yesterday that those who had received houses in villages built by the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) between 2015 and 2019 were yet to receive deeds confirming ownership. The Premier said so in response to a query posed by UPFA MP Anuradha Jayaratne. Premier Rajapaksa said that the actual number of housing units constructed was far less than what was announced. The Premier said that only 9,604 houses had been constructed in 367 villages though the previous government repeatedly claimed that 65,097... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Cabraal calls for independent CID probe on Bond scandal
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Senior economic advisor to Prime Minister, Ajith Nivard Cabraal said he would make a request to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to initiate an independent Police inquiry on the Central Bank bond scam in early 2015 and dealings in the bond market between 2010 – 2014 period as the so-called forensic inquiry, COPE inquiry chaired by JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti and the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) appointed by former President Maithripala Sirisena were incomplete, biased and didn’t expose those who were directly responsible for the financial crimes in the bond market in 2015. Mr.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Russian Army Chief calls on President
Courtesy Ada Derana
Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces, General of the Army, Oleg Salyukov paid a courtesy call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat his afternoon (5). General Salyukov is currently in Sri Lanka on a goodwill tour at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army. https://youtu.be/PNmYe6P7irQ The President Gotabaya Rajapaksa extended a warm welcome to the visiting Army Chief of Russia before he commenced a formal courtesy meeting with him, in which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Rs. 1000 daily wage for plantation workers from March - PM
Courtesy Ada Derana
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa affirmed in parliament today (05) that the daily wage of Rs. 1000 for estate workers of the plantation sector will come into effect from the 1st of March 2020.  Given the opportunity for parliamentarians to ask oral questions from the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister made this statement in response to a question raised by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake. The Prime Minister stated that the above will be expeditiously executed in accordance to the Presidents “Vision of Prosperity” policy statement. The cabinet paper on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

බැඳුම්කරය ගැන වෝහාරික විගණන වාර්තාව පසුගිය රජයට පක්ෂපාතීව සකස් කර ඇතැයි හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපතිගෙන් චෝදනා
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
මහ බැංකු බැඳුම්කරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් වන වෝහාරික විගණන වාර්තාව පසුගිය රජයට පක්ෂපාතීව සකස් කර ඇති බවට හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයාගේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ට ආර්ථික කටයුතු උපදේශක අජිත් නිවාඩු කබ්රාල් මහතා චෝදනා කරනවා. ඔහු මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට එක්වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/J6ifd9iIMzo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

NO GOVERNMENT can SELL a NATION’s LAND: A State is ONLY TRUSTEE of Nation’s Land
People belong to the Land. Land doesn’t belong to the People. Land belongs to the State of Sri Lanka & no one else. Who owns Sri Lanka’s land? No one else but Sri Lanka. Two fundamental principles bind the State in its usage of Land. Firstly, the State is ONLY “TRUSTEE” of the land given in TRUST to the State for PRESENT & FUTURE GENERATIONS & secondly the LAND given in TRUST to the STATE must remain SUSTAINABLE for the future generation to use as well. Land trust is a legal entity that all States are bound by. Land in... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

MCC Nepal & Sri Lanka : Is MCC aligned to US Indo-Pacific Strategy?
Nepal & Sri Lanka share similarities. Both countries have appointed teams to study MCC. MCC was signed by Nepal in 2017 – the state of MCC Sri Lanka has been kept a secret from public. MCC has yet to be passed by Nepal’s Parliament while in Sri Lanka the public are questioning why MCC which is supposed to be a ‘gift’ needs to be passed by Sri Lanka’s Parliament as well as why role of judiciary is removed by giving scope of immunities to MCC. US is giving Nepal a $500m grant while Sri Lanka’s ‘gift’ is... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

සේවා මුක්ත භටයෙකුගේ පදක්කම් පැළද සිටීමේ සම්ප්‍රදාය හා නව ඕපාදුප කරුවන්
Ceylon Diary
https://youtu.be/3-7SGs1jCwI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Sri Lanka must celebrate Republic Day on 22 May not 4th February Independence Day
Shenali Waduge
What do we think we are celebrating on 4th February every year? Our independence from colonial rule. But did we really get independence on 4th February 1948? We didn’t because we became by choice a dominion of the British Empire. It was only on 22 May 1972 that Sri Lanka shred all ties with the colonial British & became a true Republic. With 19 May 2009 becoming a significant milestone in view of our armed forces uniting the entire island under one national flag we should ideally hold 19 May as Victory Day, 22 May as Republic Day and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Raising Sri Lanka's firm energy capacity rapidly and cheaply by 20-30% without coal, LNG, solar or wind or biomass!
By Prof. Chandre Dharmawardana
Mr. G. A. D Sirimal (GADS)   has lobbied consistently for  a  continuation of the  traditional and well-tested energy plans of earlier decades  in his writings  to the Island newspaper, and calling for the further expansion of coal-burning power plants, even though  the Norochchollai power plant is limping between shut downs and choking in its own spit. In an Island  article (1st February) GADS elatedly clutches  at straws and refers to  Dr. Kamal Wickremasinghe (KM) who  using “very qualified arguments on environmental aspects”, is said to have argued  for coal.  I had missed this article... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Challenges confronting Buddhists in Asia, with special reference to South Asia and South-East Asia
By Shridhar Prabhu - Advocate, Bengaluru, India Courtesy - Asian Tribune -
Speech delivered by Indian lawyer Mr. Shridhar Prabhu entitled ' Challenges confronting Buddhists in Asia, with special reference to South Asia and South-East Asia ' at the Ariyapala Hall, All - Ceylon Buddhist Congress on December 29, 2017. Venerable Dhamma Teachers, Respected Dr. (Mrs.) Anula and Dr. Ajita Wijesundere and all other Office bearers of the National Joint Committee, Respected Mr. Jagath Sumathipala, Hon’ble Vice President of World Fellowship of Buddhists, and other WFB Bearers, Mr. Senaka Weeraratna and Dignitaries on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

72 වන ජාතික නිදහස් දින සැමරුම් උලෙළ ජනපති ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන්
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/yy5DSPhmDis... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

ජනපති ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් නිදහස් දින සැමරුම ඇරඹේ
Ada Derana https://youtu.be/yohTGONLhbE... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Rajapaksa to finalize contours of $450 mn funding during visit
Elizabeth Roche Courtesy Livemint.com
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will be in India from 7 to 11 FebruaryFollow-up discussions on Indian assistance to enhance training opportunities for Sri Lanka are expected in the fields of vocational training and training of the public services NEW DELHI : India and Sri Lanka will work out the details of projects to be taken up under a $450 million line of credit during Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to India from 7 to 11 February. The Sri Lankan leader’s visit to India is his first abroad... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

'I don’t expect interference from legislators, judiciary when fulfilling duties to people'
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in his first Independence Day address today, said he was committed to fulfilling the needs of the people and that he did not envisage public officials, lawmakers or the Judiciary to impede him in implementing this commitment. Clad in his simple attire but adorned with badges awarded during his military career, President Rajapaksa took part in his first Independence Day celebrations as the President at today’s 72nd Independence Day celebrations held at the Independence Square in Colombo. In a rather brief address, the President said it was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Prez mulls foreign aid to Wuhan
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will send a letter of solidarity to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week outlining Sri Lanka's firm support to China as it battles to contain coronavirus and will also discuss sending aid into the country, particularly for the people of Wuhan, informed government sources told Daily Mirror yesterday. President Rajapaksa is being kept up to date by the special task force set up to monitor and discuss preventive measures against coronavirus in Sri Lanka and will discuss with members of the task force on the possibility of sending... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

Will not allow extremist, terrorist groups to be active in Sri Lanka - President
Courtesy Ada Derana
Any extremist or terrorist organizations will not be allowed to be active in Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said addressing the 72nd Independence Day ceremony. The celebrations kicked off at the Independence Square in Colombo this morning (04) following the arrival of the President and hoisting of the national flag. https://youtu.be/tCP21cEG61w President stated that he has the vision that he must serve as the Head of State of all the people than a political leader who serves one community. As President, he represents the entire Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

SriLankan crew that repatriated Lankan students from Wuhan declines flight allowances
Courtesy Ada Derana
SriLankan Airlines crew who flew to Wuhan, the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak, to repatriate the Sri Lankan students, has declined the flight allowances paid for their said duty period. They have instead made a request to the airline to utilise those monies for procuring necessary masks and gloves for the ground staff at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (03) commended the crew for the commitment and courage exhibited during their mission to safely bring back the Sri Lankan students stuck in Wuhan. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජීවත්වන චීන ජාතිකයන් හට කරුණාවෙන් සලකන්න - අස්ගිරි මහනායක හිමි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජීවත්වන චීන ජාතිකයන් හට කරුණාවෙන් සලකන ලෙසත් අවශ්‍ය අවස්ථාවන්හි උපකාර කරන ලෙසත් ඉල්ලා සිටිමින් අස්ගිරි පාර්ශවයේ මහනායක අතිපූජ්‍ය වරකාගොඩ ශ්‍රී ඥානරතන නා හිමියන් සමස්ථ ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලීමක් කරමින් විශේෂ නිවේදනයක් නිකුත්කර තිබෙනවා. අදාළ නිවේදනය පහතින්. https://youtu.be/vnUYfME74x8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/20)

ජනපතිගේ පුරවැසිභාවය පිළිබඳ නඩුව ලේක් හවුස් ආයතනය තුළ සැලසුම් කළ බවට පැමිණිල්ලක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ පුරවැසිභාවය පිළිබඳ නඩුව මෙන්ම ස්විස් තානාපති කාර්යාල නිලධාරිනියගේ සිද්ධිය ද ලේක් හවුස් ආයතනය තුළ සැලසුම් කළ ඒවා බව මාධ්‍යවේදී චන්දන බණ්ඩාර මහතා චෝදනා කරනවා ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට පැමිණිල්ලක් සිදු කිරීමට පැමිණි අවස්ථාවේදී ඔහු මේ කරුණු අනාවරණය කළා. https://youtu.be/9MUVmHAdvgQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/20)

අඩි 1200ක් ඉහලින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ විශාලතම ලෙළදෙන ජාතික කොඩිය ස්ථාපිත කරයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
අභිමානවත් දේශයක අභිමානවත් ජනතාව අද 72 වැනි නිදහස් දිනය උත්කර්ශවත් ලෙස සැමරුවා. රටේ අභිමානය ලොවට කියාපාන තවත් විස්මිත නිර්මාණයක නිමැවුම්කරුවන් වෙන්නට අපේ තරුණ පිරිසක් සමත්වුණා. ඒ ලංකාවේ විශාලතම ලෙළදෙන ජාතික කොඩියේ හිමිකරුවන් වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/xbgV24TolcM ලංකාවේ විශාලතම ලෙළදෙන ජාතික කොඩිය නිර්මාණය කිරීමට මූලිකත්වය ගෙන කටයුතු කර තිබෙන්නේ අවිස්සාවේල්ල මානියංගම රජමහා විහාරයේ තරුණ බෞද්ධ සංගමයේ සහ එම ග්‍රාමයේ තරුණ පිරිසක්. මෙම නිර්මාණය සඳහා රෙදි යාර 120 ක් යොදාගෙන තිබෙනවා. කොඩියේ දිග අඩි 50 වන අතර පළල අඩි 30ක්. ජාතියේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/20)

HOW TAMIL AND EUROPEAN INVADERS DESTROYED SRI LANKA’S ENVIABLE OVERALL INDEPENDENCE IN THE PAST
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
For a nation, to be politically ‘independent’ means, not to be subjugated, not to be under control, not to be living in fear, not to be harassed, plundered and exploited. However, political independence becomes less forceful and less meaningful in the absence of other important forms of independence, including economic independence, cultural independence, spiritual independence, freedom to lead a life that is safe and secure and to be led by and inspired by patriotic leaders who are selfless in their service to the nation. TAMIL INVASIONS AFFECTING OVERALL INDEPENDENCE ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Wind Power to our rescue
By Garvin Karunaratne
I bequeath to my readers the Conclusion of my book: Wind Power for Sri Lanka’s Power Requirements. It in unfortunate that our authorities in establishing wind turbines in Sri Lanka have so far ignored  the mountainous areas where there is ample wind power.  My mind travels to a book by John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, where he confesses that as an expert he had written feasibility reports with fabricated statistics which when implemented by  the Government of Ecuador, became failures,  with  the loan as a debt to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Throwing a spanner in the works through the national anthem? (A personal opinion)
By Rohana R. Wasala
Singing or not singing “Sri Lanka Matha/ apa Sri Lanka…..” in Tamil is not a problem for ordinary Tamils. Neither is it an issue for ordinary Sinhalese or other Tamil speaking Sri Lankan citizens. But, apparently, it is a crucial subject for some foreign NGOs, separatists among expatriate Tamils in the West, and some Tamil politicians and their fellow travellers of the opposition. Ironically, they are the ones who are hellbent on destroying the rapport between the majority and minority communities.The last mentioned are ready to exploit even a trivial matter like this or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

The National Anthem should be sung in ONE language and the 1948 Independence should be honoured
Stanley Gunaratne.
The quote below is widely circulated in at least two, or three Sri Lankan mainstream newspapers. The government minister, a member of the President's cabinet is making a statement on the singing of our national anthem at the 2020 Independence Day celebrations: "Speaking to media at the Information Department, Public Administration and Home Affairs State Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said the event would be held in a manner that minimises inconvenience to the public. Samarasinghe said the Government decided to sing the National Anthem only in Sinhala at Independence Day celebrations. However, he pointed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදය මතවාදයෙන් පැරදවීම: ලිපි මාලා අංක 3
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B,. Ph.D. 
වඳුරන්ට දැළි පිහි දීම (නොහොත් සර්‌ව ජන චන්ද බලය) ආදී සිංහළුන් පිට දීප දේශ ජයගත්තා….// තම රට දේවල් පිටරට පටවා පිට කාසිය මෙහි ඇද්දා පිට දීප දේශ ජයගත්තා ආදී සිංහළුන්…. පිටරට සිරිතට දිව දික්කරනා අඳ සිංහල කළු සුද්දා…// කන්ට අඳින්ටා පිටරටින් එනතුරු මුහුදට දත නියවන්නා…// පිට දීප දේශ ජයගත්තා ආදී සිංහළුන්… හෙරළි බතල ටික සුපුරුදු අම්මා රටහාලේ බත කාලා…// කිරි නැති හින්දා රටකිරි දීලා සිංහල දරුවො මරන්නා…// පිට දීප දේශ ජයගත්තා ආදී සිංහළුන්… පිටරට හාලේ බත්ටික නැත්නම් බඩගින්නේ සිංහලයා…// අන්තිමේදී බුදියන පැදුරත් දැන් දැන් පිටරටින් එන්නා…//... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීරණ උල්ලංඝණය නොකරන්න.....19 නීතියක් බවට පත් වීමට පැවැත්විය යුතු ජනමතවිචාරණය පවත්වන්න....!
නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන
ජනාධිපතිතුමනි....! ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීරණ උල්ලංඝණය නොකරන්න.....19 නීතියක් බවට පත් වීමට පැවැත්විය යුතු ජනමතවිචාරණය පවත්වන්න....! 19 ව්‍යවස්ථා කුමන්ත්‍රණය කළ අයට දඩුවම් කරන්න.... ! 2002 දී පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ගෙන එන ලද 19වන ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන පනත් කෙටුම්පතේ 5වන වගන්තිය අනුව ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 70වන ව්‍යවස්ථාවට ඉක්බිතිව 70 (අ) ලෙස ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් ගෙන එමින් වසරකට පසු ජනාධිපතිවරයාට පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරවීම අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ නම් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ නොපැමිණි මන්ත්‍රීවරයන්ද ඇතුළුව පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ මුළු මන්ත්‍රීවරයන් සංඛ්‍යාවෙන් තුනෙන් දෙකක සංඛ්‍යාවකට නොඅඩු සංඛ්‍යාවකගේ සම්මතය ඇතිව යෝජනා සම්මතයක් මගින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ අනුමැතිය ලබා ගත යුතු බවට ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව සංශෝධනය කිරීමට යෝජනා කර තිබුණි. 1... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

2020 වර්ෂයේදී විශ‍්‍රාමිකයන්ට ලබාදිය යුතු විශ‍්‍රාම වැටුපෙන් කොටසක් කපා හැරීම
කේ. ඩී. ලාල්කාන්ත සභාපති ජාතික වෘත්තීය සමිති මධ්‍යස්ථානය
ගරු අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍ය, මුදල් අමාත්‍ය, මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා, මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශය, කොළඹ 2020 වර්ෂයේදී විශ‍්‍රාමිකයන්ට ලබාදිය යුතු විශ‍්‍රාම වැටුපෙන්  කොටසක් කපා හැරීම 2006 වර්ෂයේ සිට වෘත්තීය සමිති ව්‍යාපාරය විසින් සටන් කර දිනා ගන්නා ලද දීමනා සියල්ල මූලික වැටුපට එකතු කරන ලෙස අරගල කරන ලද අතර ඒ පිළිබඳව යම් අවබෝධයක් ඔබතුමාට ඇතැයි අපි විශ්වාස කරන්නෙමු. එම අරගලවල ප‍්‍රතිඵලයක් වශයෙන් මූලික වැටුපට එල්ලා තිබූ දීමනා සියල්ල මූලික වැටුපට එකතු කර 2016. 01. 01 සිට 2020. 01. 01 දක්වා අදියර 5 කින් ගෙවීමට පසුගිය රජය විසින් අංක 3/2016 දරණ 2016. 02. 25 දිනැති චක‍්‍රලේඛය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

NEVER FALL IN LOVE ABROAD
ALI SUKHANVER
An Indian Muslim boy has no right to fall in love with a Pakistani girl. Mohammad Rashid simply violated this rule; so he is being treated like a criminal. It was somewhere in 2017 when Mohammad Rashid, a resident of Banaras, India went to Karachi (Pakistan) to attend a family marriage function. There he fell in deep love with one of his cousins and decided to make her his life-partner but this decision was too early. His relatives in Pakistan advised him not to be so emotional and think a little more before taking any final... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Member of the foot-note gang Harsha, too, in Treasury bond ‘soup’ –SLPP …acknowledges the failure on the part of Parliament to check corruption
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
February 3, 2020, 10:28 pm The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday said that UNP lawmaker Dr. Harsha de Silva couldn’t absolve himself of the responsibility for the Treasury Bond scams, perpetrated between Feb 2015 and March 2016. Colombo District MP de Silva had been involved in the UNP defence, both in and outside parliament, and was a member of the foot note-gang that tried to protect bond racketeers. The SLPP flayed the UNPer at the weekly regular briefing at its Nelum... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

CID launches search for Kapila and wife-Airbus deal
Courtesy The Island
February 3, 2020, 10:25 pm The CID, yesterday evening, launched a search for former SriLankan CEO Kapila Chandrasena and his wife, Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake, over a questionable aircraft deal. A senior CID officer said an arrest warrant had been obtained and a special team deployed to look for the suspects. Attorney General, Dappula de Livera, yesterday, directed the CID to obtain an arrest warrant and take Chandrasena and his wife into custody, on charges of money laundering, etc. After perusing a report, submitted by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

SL can rollover debt service commitment for 2020: Cabraal
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Many moneylenders have expressed support and we will be in a position to comfortably roll over our debt service commitment for 2020, senior economic adviser to the Prime Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal said. "If we could shrink the amount in our debt servicing package for 2020, which amounts to some USD 4.5 billion (Rs.810 billion), we could make the rupee stable and prevent a devaluation which will contribute to national economic stability," he said. Mr. Cabraal, who is also a former Central Bank Governor, expressed confidence that Sri Lanka would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

President felicitates SriLankan crew that repatriated students in Wuhan
Courtesy Ada Derana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa commended the SriLankan Airlines crew who flew to Wuhan, the epicenter of the Coronavirus, to bring back Sri Lankan students. The crew joined a luncheon hosted by the President at the Presidential Secretariat today (03), stated President’s Media Division. Led by the Chairman of the Airline Ashoka Pathirage, Board of Directors, engineers, and pilots and the crew who took part in the operation were present on the occasion. President Rajapaksa said the commitment and courage exhibited by the entire group is a good... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Arrest orders issued on ex-SriLankan CEO and wife
Courtesy Ada Derana
The Fort Magistrate has issued arrest orders on former SriLankan Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kapila Chandrasena and his wife on charges of money laundering. Previously, the Attorney General directed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to obtain a warrant and arrest the former CEO of SriLankan Airlines Kapila Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake. https://youtu.be/SMgQTbPdBHc The Attorney General after considering the investigative material submitted by the CID has directed the CID to name them as suspects, request and obtain a warrant from a magistrate’s court, record... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

ඩිව් ගුණසේකරගෙන් හෙළිදරව්වක්-රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ තමන්ට උපදෙස් දුන් බව අර්ජුන් මහේන්ද්‍රන් කියයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
2015 ප්‍රශ්නගත භාණ්ඩාගාර බැඳුම්කර නිකුත් කිරීමේ ක්‍රමවේදය සිදුකිරීමට හිටපු අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ තමන්ට උපදෙස් දුන් බව හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අර්ජුන් මහේන්ද්‍රන් කෝප් කමිටුවේදී සාක්ෂි දෙමින් පිළිගත් බව එවක කෝප් කමිටු සභාපති ඩිව් ගුණසේකර මහතා පවසනවා. කොළඹදී පැවති ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවට එක්වෙමින් ඒ මහතා වැඩිදුරටත් කියා සිටියේ කෙසේ වෙතත් පසුගිය රජය එම සාක්ෂි සටහන් කොමිෂන් සභාවට යොමු නොකළ බවයි. මේ අතර, ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණු ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවේදී ද මහ බැංකු බැඳුම්කර ගනුදෙනුව සම්බන්ධයෙන් අදහස් පළ වුණා. https://youtu.be/wCu-v_M9Z2U... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Why post-war women’s livelihood strategies have failed in Lanka’s Eastern Province
By P.K.Balachandran/Ceylon Today
Direct State involvement is needed as conditions are unfavorable for self-employment and entrepreneurial development schemes Sri Lanka’s post-war livelihood strategies for women in the Eastern Province have failed, necessitating fresh thinking based on the experience garnered so far and the findings of researches conducted there. This is the impression one gets after reading Nayana Godamunne’s excellent monograph: Understanding Women’s Livelihood: Outcomes and Economic Empowerment in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka brought out by the Colombo-based International Center for Ethnic Studies in 2019. Looking at the preference of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Sri Lanka President grants amnesty to 512 prisoners
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, Feb.3 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has granted a general amnesty for 512 prisoners to mark the Independence Day which fall on 4th of February. The amnesty has been granted in accordance with powers vested in the President by Article 34 of the Constitution and on the recommendation of Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Legal Reforms, President Media Division (PMD) announced. Those who will be released have been serving jail terms after being convicted for minor offences such as theft, breach of trust and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Romanian Bakery Breaks With Village Over Asian Employees
Courtesy RadioFreeEurope
One of the two workers from Sri Lanka who has been allowed to continue working.Share  Print A bakery in a small Romanian village says it will continue to allow a pair of Sri Lankan employees to make bread at its shop in the face of protests from local residents fearing an influx of immigrants.Katalin Kollo, one of the bakery owners, said on February 3 that she would allow the workers to continue in their positions after initially apologizing to the local residents of Ditrau and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Sri Lanka drops Tamil national anthem from Independence Day celebrations
Courtesy Hindustan Times
The then Sri Lankan government in 2015 started including the Tamil national anthem as a means of achieving reconciliation with the Tamil minority community. For the first time since 2016, there will be no Tamil national anthem at the 72nd Independence Day celebrations in Sri Lanka and it will only be rendered in Sinhalese, the government announced on Monday, amply demonstrating the administration’s priority for the majority Sinhala community. The then Sri Lankan government in 2015 started including the Tamil national anthem as a means of achieving reconciliation with the Tamil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

The Complicated Case Of The Two Sri Lankan Workers From Ditrau: Central Authorities Take Stand, Hesitating Owners And Other Job Offers
By Romania Journal
One day after they had announced they will remove the two Sri Lankan workers from the manufacturing process of the bread at the bread factory in Ditrau, Harghita, following the locals’ protest, the owners of the plant changed their mind and gave in to criticism of the civil society, announcing the Sri Lankan are hired again. Hundreds of villagers of Ditrau commune in Harghita county, Romania, staged protests last week because a bread factory in the locality had hired two employees from Sri Lank. The locals said they fear ‘a wave of refugees might come in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Romanian bakery embroiled in racism scandal over Sri Lankan workers
By Euronews with UER  • 
Romanian authorities are investigating a case of incitement to hatred and discrimination after 350 villagers gathered to protest against the employment of two Sri Lankan workers at a local bakery. The two bakers were hired legally through a recruitment agency at a bread factory in Ditrau, in central Romania. But some of the village's 5,000 inhabitants say they are afraid migrants will endanger the community's safety and cultural traditions. "Let's pretend other entrepreneurs are hiring ... say, six foreign workers in our village," a blondwe woman told the crowd... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

'Man shot dead in London stab frenzy was convicted Islamist terrorist with family links to Lanka'
Courtesy Oneindia.com
London, Feb 03: A man shot dead by the Scotland Yard after he went on a stab frenzy on a busy high street in south London was a convicted Islamist terrorist, with family links to Sri Lanka, who was recently released from prison after serving half of his sentence period for preparation of acts of terrorism, police said. The Metropolitan Police said Sudesh Mamoor Faraz Amman, a 20-year-old British national with extended family in Sri Lanka, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS). In a statement in Arabic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Sri Lanka must celebrate Republic Day on 22 May not 4th February Independence Day
What do we think we are celebrating on 4th February every year? Our independence from colonial rule. But did we really get independence on 4th February 1948? We didn’t because we became by choice a dominion of the British Empire. It was only on 22 May 1972 that Sri Lanka shred all ties with the colonial British & became a true Republic. With 19 May 2009 becoming a significant milestone in view of our armed forces uniting the entire island under one national flag we should ideally hold 19 May as Victory Day, 22 May as Republic Day and the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Demystifying University Colleges as a Modality of Technical Education
Prof. Chandana Jayalath
As a matter of way out of the subdued economic growth, the Sri Lankan government recognizes the need to increase the employability rates of the youth. To that end, the ministries in the subject of skills development, vocational training and youth affairs have been tasked with providing technical and vocational training to prepare youth for careers in a wide range of occupational fields. A well-known fact is that Sri Lanka’s university admission process is highly competitive where the students are ranked and admitted in accordance with a standardized scoring system based on their A-Level examination... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Does Sri Lanka’s Parliament/Judiciary/legal fraternity realize MCC is clipping its powers for 5 years?
The MCC is not just any ordinary agreement. It is an agreement that is signed between 2 Governments, passing 10 land registries to a newly created company called MCC Sri Lanka Pvt Ltd. So a government to government agreement creates a company to which funding is to be disbursed and this company whose aims & objectives have yet to be finalized is having its entity passed by Sri Lanka’s Parliament (God knows why), removes the role of the Judiciary to adjudicate and disallows the Citizens any legal remedy for grievance on account of the immunity that MCC/MCA will be given... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

Geopolitical implications of US Govt-MCC that Sri Lanka cannot overlook
The shift of balance from West to East is nothing anyone can deny except that it also means the challenges for the East are all the more overwhelming unless policy formulators derive ways and means to handle, mitigate and foresee the threats their nations will experience both directly & indirectly in numerous forms & formats.  The West is unlikely to watch as its economies weaken and would be using an array of soft power tools (cultural, economic, politics) as well as military and technology to rebalance its position. It is in this context that we must view MCC and its... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/02/20)

රට රැකීම වෙනුවට ඒ ඒ වෙලාවට යමක් කරන ජාතික සංවිධාන වෙතයි
හර්ෂ කුමාර් සුරියආරච්චි 
මහජනතාවගේ දේශප්‍රේමී චන්දයෙන් පත්වූ ජනාධිපතිතුමාත් එම නිසාම බලය ලැබුණු වර්තමාන රජයත් තවත් මැතිවරණයක් අත ළඟ තිබියදී ජනතා විරෝධයක් ඇති කර ගනිමින් නිදහස් දිනයේදී ජාතික ගීය දෙමල භාෂාවෙන් ගැයීමට ඉඩ දේවියැයි යම් හෝ දේශපාලන විග්‍රහයක් ඇති අයෙකු නොසිතනු ඇති. නමුත් අපේ ජාතික සංවිධාන එවන් සැකයන් මතු කරමින් සහ වෙනත් සරල කරුණු මතු කරමින් රටේ තිබෙන ජාතිකත්වයට, ඒකීය රාජ්‍යයට බලවත්ම තර්ජනය වී ඇති නීති විරෝධිව ව්‍යවස්ථාව වෙනස් කිරීමේ ක්‍රියාවලිය කෙරෙහි නිෂ්ශබ්ද වෙමින් දැනුවත්ව හෝ නොදැනුවත්ව ජනතා අවධානය නිසි තැනට ගෙන ඒම වලකමින් සිටිනු පෙනේ. අප රටේ ව්‍යවස්ථාව යනු අප රටේ උත්තරීතර  නීතියයි. එම උත්තරීතර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/20)

No Comstitutional Provision to sing National Anthem in Tamil – Part II
By A.A.M.NIZAM Matara
During the reign of President R.Premadasa in accordance with a directive of the Minister of Communications the broadcast of National Anthem in Tamil in the Tamil channels of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation was banned and instead onlythe musical notes were broadcast. When this directive was issued by Premadasa none  of the so-called Although the hypocrite Chandrika nowspeaks veery much about and for the Tamils, when she came to power in 1994 even the broadcast of that musical notes were suspended and only the Sinhala version was broadcast. Then so-called Tamil separatists, and NGO cultures... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/20)

Japan’s role in Sri Lanka gaining independence
By Senaka Weeraratna
(Note: Mr. Senaka Weeraratna, Attorney – at – law, delivered the keynote address at a Symposium held on the premises of the Japanese Parliament (Conference Room No. 101 of the Diet) on 14th November, 2018 on the topic titled ‘ Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour ignited the liberation of Asia from Western Domination – Time for Asia to express gratitude to Japan’. The Symposium was organized by the Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact.  Mr. Weeraratna was the first Sri Lankan and first Asian to thank Japan on the premises of Japan’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/20)

SINHALA LANGUAGE: THE DEFINING ELEMENT OF THE NATIONAL CULTURE OF SRI LANKA
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  
Language is the defining element of any advanced culture and it gives the strongest form of identity to a community and a nation. The large majority of people of Sri Lanka are distinguished by their language, which is Sinhala. From about the 6th century BCE or more than 2500 years ago, until about the 16th century or about 2000 years ago, Sri Lanka was inhabited almost exclusively by the Sinhala people. At present, they account for about 70% of the island’s total population and the large majority of them are Buddhists. Buddhism was introduced to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/20)

President calls for an investigation into the Sri Lankan Airlines deal with Airbus.
Courtesy Hiru News
President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has called for an investigation into alleged financial misappropriation that took place between Sri Lankan Airlines and Airbus Consortium. Accordingly the president has instructed officials to expedite the investigation and prepare a comprehensive report in this regard and submit it. Meanwhile the Chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines Ashok Pathirage has stated that the national carrier will cooperate fully with any investigation and or prosecution over the Airbus deal. https://youtu.be/lBkrk7t-brA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/20)

A loss of 9,000 million recorded on bonds during the Government of Good Governance, Says MP Harsha
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
MP Dr Harsha De Silva says that a loss of 9,000 Million rupees has been incurred to the government through central bank issued bonds according to the report of forensic audit. https://youtu.be/k1qzql724y4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/20)

රටම ජයගත් මෙහෙයුමේ "නොදත්" කතාව
උපුටා ගැන්ම හිරු නිව්ස්
ජයගත නොහැකි බවට බොහෝ දෙනා මත පලකළ බෙහෝ දේ රටක් විදියට ජයගැනීමට අපිට හැකි වුණා. රටක් විදියට අපි ලබා ගත් තවත් එවැනිම ජයග්‍රහණයක් ගැන අද මුලු ලෝකයේම අවදානයට ලක්වෙලා. https://youtu.be/rZ3YfHJg1TY ඒ, කොරෝනා වෛරසයේ තිඹිරිගෙය වන චීනයේ - වූහාන් හි සිර වී සිටි ශ්‍රී ලාංකික පිරිස නිරුපද්‍රිතව යලිත් සිය මාතෘ භූමියට රැගෙන ඒමේ මෙහෙයුම සාර්ථකව නිම කිරීමත් සමගයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජයේ මැදිහත්වීමෙන්, තවත් බොහෝ පාර්ශ්වයන්ගේ දායකත්වයෙන් සිදු කෙරුණු ඒ සුවිශේෂී මෙහෙයුම පිළිබඳයි මේ සටහන.< නව කොරෝනා වෛරසය ව්‍යාප්තිය හේතුවෙන් චීනයේ වූහාන් නගරය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/20)

හීනයක් නෙමේ ඇත්තටම අපි ලංකාවේ! -වූහාන් නගරයේ සිට දියතලාවට ආ සිසුවා යුධ හමුදා පුහුණු මද්‍යස්ථානයේ සිට තැබූ සංවේදී සටහන-
-කසුන් වික්‍රමගේ-
හීනයක් නෙමේ ඇත්තටම අපි ලංකාවේ!-දියතලාව යුධ හමුදා පුහුණු මද්‍යස්ථානයේ සිට- කොහෙන්කොහොම පටන් ගන්නද කියල හිතනව තාම.😊අපි ලංකාවේ.😳 හීනයක් නෙමේ ඇත්තටම අපි ලංකාවේ.දේශයේ මුර දේවතාවන්ගෙ අඩවියක සැපෙන් සැහැල්ලුවෙන් නිරෝගීව.අප්‍රමාණ සැලකිලි හමුවේ🤩.මේ ලියන මොහෙතෙත් අපේ කිසිම කෙනෙක්ට කෙනෙක්ට නිදහසක් නෑ.ඇයි අපිව ආමි කෑම්ප් එකක නිසාද.නෑ අපිව එනකන් බලන් හිටපු,අපිව ලංකාවට ගන්න කැපවුනු,අපිව ආරාක්ශා කරල දෙන්න කියල ඉල්ලපු ආදර්ණීය හද්වත් තියන මනුස්සකමින් කිසිම රටකට නොදෙවෙනි මිනිස්සුන්ගේ ආදරණීය ඇමතුම්,කෙටි පණිවිඩ නිසා. හැමෝටම නැතත් පුලුවන් විදියට හැමෝටම කතා කරනව තොරතුරු කියනව මහන්සිය නොබල.ඒ මිනිස්සුන්ගෙ කැපවීම නිසා අපි මෙතන ඉන්න බව දන්න නිසා.පැය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/20)

The Power Game: Small Hydro and Wind Power to our rescue.
By Garvin Karunaratne
While renewable energy should be the aim in power generation, it has so happened that we are currently walking in the opposite direction. We are ignoring the resources that Mother Nature has provided for us. The news item: “Small Hydro Power Developers Association calls on the President for protection”(FT:29/1/20)  tells me of the negative orientation that authorities have had towards generating power from renewable sources in recent years. My interest in small hydro power plants comes from what I have seen walking through many small scale hydro power projects on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)

Japan Backs Myanmar’s Claim That No Genocide Occurred in Rakhine State
By NAN LWIN 27 December 2019 Courtesy The Irrawaddy
Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (center) and Japanese Upper House MP Natsuo Yamaguchi (right) pose for a photo after a meeting in Yangon on Dec. 23. / Myanmar State Counselor’s Office https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/japan-backs-myanmars-claim-no-genocide-occurred-rakhine-state.html YANGON—Amid mounting international criticism of Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi over her denial of genocide allegations at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Japanese ambassador to Myanmar said his government firmly believes that no genocide was committed in the country, and expressed hope that the court... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)

Int’l Media Shows Lack of Fairness, Ignores State Counselor's Message to the ICJ
By KYAW PHYO THA 23 December 2019 Courtesy: The Irravaddy
When Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led Myanmar’s delegation at public hearings before the 17-member bench in the Great Hall at the International Court of Justice on Dec. 10, she was at the center of international media attention. “Impassively” became the word of the day as, under their watchful eyes, she listened to the Gambian team argue its case that Myanmar committed genocide against the Rohingya; the international media frenzy had begun. That frenzy reached its peak the next day, a few hours after she defended the country... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)

දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදය මතවාදයෙන් පැරදවීම: ලිපි මාලා අංක 2
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B,. Ph.D. 
කොසොල් රජතුමා දුටු සීන දාසැය සිංහල බෞද්ද්ධයින් ඇතුළු ලාංකිකයින් බොහෝ දෙනෙක් ඇමෙරිකාවට සංක්‍රමණය වීමට ප්‍රධානම හේතුව වන්නේ ඉන්දියාවේ පසේනදී කොසොල් රජතුමා විසින් දැනට අවුරුදු 2,500 කට පෙර දුටු සිහිනවලට දුන් අනාවැකි ඔවුන් උපන් රට තුල සැබෑවෙමින් තිබීමය. ආර්ථික දුෂ්කරතා වලට වඩා ඊට බලපාන්නේ රටේ දේශපාලකයින් රටට කරණ මහා විනාශය නිසා ඇතිවන මානසික අසහනය හා පීඩනය ය. බමුණන් කී පරිදි බිලි සහිත විශාල යාගයක් කරණවා වෙනුවට ඔහු දුටු සීන ගැන බුදුහාමුදුරුවන්ගෙන් අසා බලන ලෙස රජ බිසව යෝජනා කලේය. ඒ අනුව මේ සීන වලට බුදුහාමුදුරුවන් රජුට ලබා දුන් විවරණ, සූත්‍ර පිටකයේ මහා සුපින ජාතකයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)

Forensic auditors facing fraud charges in India - බැදුම්කර වෝහාරික වාර්තාව හැදු ඉන්දීය සමාගමේ ලොක්කා පන්නයි.. දුෂණ වංචා මාට්ටු වෙලා..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකාසීනිවුස්
මහ බැංකුවේ බැඳුම්කර නිකුත්කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් වෝහාරික විගණන වාර්තා සකස් කිරීමට භාර දුන් ඉන්දීය සමාගමේ ප්‍රධානියා ධුරයෙන් ඉවත්කර තිබේ. ඔහුට එල්ල වූ දූෂණ චෝදනා මත තනතුරෙන් ඉවත් කර ඇතැයි ඉන්දීය මාධ්‍ය වාර්තා විසින් වාර්ථා කරයි. BDO sacks partner in corruption case
Courtesy The Economic Times
Audit firm BDO has expelled a partner after he was accused in an anonymous complaint of demanding bribes while working on a sensitive assignment with the central government’s income tax department. An anonymous whistleblower accused two BDO executives of demanding... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)

Forensic audit: Sunil Handunnetti in cuckoo land
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy Island
*  Forensic audit tries to dilute 2015/2016 bond scam*  Lack of independence vitiates legal utility of forensic audit*  Forensic auditors facing fraud charges in India February 1, 2020, 6:37 pm The forensic audit into the issue of Treasury bonds by the Central Bank has been released in five volumes. What is of primary interest to Sri Lankans is the fourth volume which deals with the issuance of treasury bonds between 1 February 2015 to 31 March 2016. The three specific transactions that took place on the 27th... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)

Sri Lankan students from Wuhan touches down in Mattala Full Video
Web Focus meadia
https://youtu.be/33bQZkW8UsA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)

වූහන් බලා ඉතිහාසයේ විශිෂ්ඨ චාරිකාවේ යෙදුනු ගුවන් කාර්ය මණ්ඩලයද නිරෝධායනට.. ගුවන් යානයටද නිවාඩු.. [Photo]
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකාසීනිවුස්
චීන වූහන් නගරයේ සිටි ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සිසුන් 33 දෙනා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ගෙන ඒම සඳහා ගිය යානය මේ වන විට මත්තල ගුවන් තොටුපලට ගොඩබස්වා තිබේ. එහි සිසුන් 33 දෙනා දෙසතියක කාලයක් නිරෝධායන මධ්‍යස්ථානයේ රැදවීමට නියමිත බව වාර්තා වෙයි. රෝගය පැතිරීම පාලනය කිරීම සඳහා මෙම පියවර ගෙන ඇතැයි සඳහන්ය. එමෙන්ම එම ගමන සඳහා සහභාගි වූ කාර්ය මණ්ඩලයටද ගුවන් යානය ද විශේෂ නිරෝධායන කටයුත්ත සිදුකිරීමට නියමිතව ඇත. එය සාමාන්‍ය මගී ගමන් සදහා යොදා ගැනීම දින කිහිපයක් සිදු නොකරනු ඇතැයිද වාර්තා වෙයි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)

Racism case spirals as Sri Lankan workers are removed from production at bread factory in Central Romania / Authorities react in area affected by Hungarian populist influence
 Editorial Staff   Courtesy  HotNews.ro
Two workers from Sri Lanka who have become the target of protests in a Central Romanian town were eventually removed on Saturday from the production process at the bread factory where they were working. The situation, prompted by a wave of xenophobic attitudes among the local population in the town of Ditrau, sparked both actions by authorities, interventions by influential religious and political bodies, and talk of Romanian state's lack of action and malign influence from the Orban regime in Hungary. Facing a lack of workforce among the local population, a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)

Students evacuated from Wuhan arrive at Diyatalawa Camp’s quarantine facility
Courtesy Ada Derana
The 33 Sri Lankan students who were flew out of Wuhan in a special charter flight have arrived at the facility set up at Diyatalawa army camp’s Base Hospital for quarantine a short while ago, says Ada Derana correspondent. https://youtu.be/4o11US6oze4 The Sri Lankan Airlines flight (UL 1423) carrying a total of 33 Sri Lankan students in the Corona virus-affected Wuhan province in China landed at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) early this morning (1), consequent upon emergency arrangements effected by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.             ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)

I’ll file action against Ranil, Mangala: Bandula
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Cabinet spokesman, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said yesterday he would file a case in the Supreme Court challenging the economic and monetary decisions taken by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Treasury officials under the Yahapalanaya government. "The current economic disaster faced by the Rajapaksa government is the legacy of the previous government. I expect to file a case against the actions of the Yahapalanaya government to prevent such repetition by a future government," he said. “Not only Mangala but former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must also take much of the blame for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)

Airbus admits paying massive bribes worldwide including SL, agrees to pay USD 4Bn in fines
Courtesy Ada Derana
Airbus, Europe’s largest aerospace multinational, is to pay a record £3bn (USD 4 billion) in penalties after admitting it had paid huge bribes on an “endemic” basis to land contracts in 20 countries. Anti-corruption investigators hailed the result as the largest ever corporate fine for bribery in the world after judges declared that the corruption was “grave, pervasive and pernicious”. The planemaker agreed to pay the penalties on Friday after reaching settlements with investigators in the UK, France and the US to end inquiries that started four years ago. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)

Chinese coronavirus patient at IDH recovered completely - Dr. Jasinghe
Courtesy Ada Derana
The female Chinese national, the first patient who was tested positive for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Sri Lanka, has recovered completely, says the Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. Addressing a media briefing held today (01), Dr. Jasinghe added that the Chinese woman in question, who was admitted to the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), can be discharged. Sixteen patients who are suspected to have been contaminated with the novel coronavirus are currently receiving treatment at the IDH, he said further. The first confirmed case of novel... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/20)


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