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News Archive for Nov 2020

Summary of the proposal submitted to the Expert Committee to draft a new constitution
C. Wijeayawickrema
November 27, 2020 Secretary,Expert Committee (EC) to draft a new constitutionColombo. Dear Sir/Madam, Topic 2(h) – Decentralization - Jana Sabha I wish to submit this summary of the proposal sent by me a few days ago. Several readers who saw a printed version of it in a popular website (Lankaweb), suggested that I provide a ‘summary’ of it, which was in Sinhala. Considering the fact, that this Island is the only piece of real estate on earth, historically demarcated for the Sinhala race, facing the danger... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

Will ‘Citizen vs Judiciary’ be given ‘Leave to Proceed’?
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
It’s a mischievous headline, admittedly. Citizens are not taking the judges to court. And, even if that happened, the simple matter of interest-conflict would force all judges in all courts to recuse themselves from entertaining such a petition.We don’t have a perfect judicial system. Neither is it as horrendous as some have claimed it to be. Those in the legal profession, the judges themselves and citizens from all walks of life, however, would not doubt unanimously claim that improvements are in order.Now ‘The Ills of the Judiciary in Sri Lanka’ could be the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

A NEW CONSTITUTION - THE LEGISLATURE - TO BE OR NOT TO BE? How to get Parliament under control
Stanley Gunaratne 
There was a time when our Parliament was filled with statesmen and women. Honourable members with integrity, vision and integrity. Whose oratory was full of class, wit and wisdom which any legislative chamber in the world would consider it an honour to bear witness to.  Sadly today, this once august chamber is full of unscrupulous characters, rogues and traitors. It has become an embarassment to the nation and certainly no example to children whether it be the vulgar language exchanged between thugs, or the rugby scrums and fistfights which ensue.  A proposal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

Journalists must NOT use “Maveer”, or “Mahaviru” and other glorifying names for suicide terrorists who are “Maha-viyaru” individuals.
Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada
Many English newspapers, and even some Sinhalese language newspapers have carried news items with headlines like “Mullaitivu and Jaffna courts prohibit Mahaviru commemorations”,  “Court orders to prohibit Mahaveer Commemorations”. To  unthinkingly  take over the narrative and vocabulary of the pro-Tiger activists and use them in news items and headlines is a corruption of the language. If journalists need an alternative word, then can refer to these suicide terrorists as “Mahaviyaru” in Sinhala, and  “Maaveriyan”  மாவெறியன்  in Tamil. This  alludes to the fact that these suicidees were not acting rationally, and had  become... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

මාධ්‍ය වීදීන් සහ ලේඛකයෝ "මරු-වියරු" වූ එල් ටී ටී ඊ ත්‍රස්තයන්ට "මාවීර්", "මහවිරු" වැනි ගෞරව් නාම නොදිය යුතුය.
චන්ද්‍ර ධර්මවර්දන විසිනි
මේ නොබෝ දා පුවත් පත් වල පල වූ ශීර්ෂ තල අනුව මුලතිවු (මූලදූව ) සහ ජාපනය උසාවි මගීන් "මාවීර අනුස්මරණ උත්සව" පැවැත්වීම තහනම් කොට ඇත. එම අන්දමේ පුවත් පල කරන විට එවැනි ත්‍රස්තයන් ට  "මාවීර" වැනි ගෞරව පූර්වක නාමයන් නොදිය යුතුය. ඔවුන් හින්සාව සහ ත්‍රස්තයෙන් වියරු වැටුනු, එනම් පිස්සු වැටුනු, මාර චේතනා වලින් උසිගැන්වූ  පුද්ගලයෝ බව සලකා ඔවුන්ට "මරුවියරුවන්" යයි නම් කිරීම සුදුසු ය.    දෙමල බසින් පවා මොවුන්ට "மறவெறியன்" හෙවත් "මාරවෙරියන්"  යන නම පාවිච්චි කල යුතුය. මෙම උත්සව ඇත්ත වශයෙන් දමිලයන්ගේ "අයිතිවාසිකම් සංදහා නැගී සිටි අය" අනුස්මරණය කිරීමට පවත් වන්නේ නම්, අමිර්තලිංගම්,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

Trump bowing out; Opportunity for Australia to mend fences with China?
By Raj Gonsalkorale
“Those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make them mad Donald Trump has taken the USA down an abyss of despair and duplicity. Domestic divisions and international disorder dominated the Trump era. Many questioned the sanity of Trump’s approach to governance, nationally and internationally. Now, more than 80 million voters and popular vote majority in excess of 7 million, and 306 electoral college votes has given Joe Biden a clear victory over Trump. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will have a tough time resurrecting some trust and confidence that their own... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C7b
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Economists agree that China has made a spectacular rise from a very poor nation in 1949 to very rich one in 2019. Chinese banks are among the largest cross border lenders in Asia, said Economist in 2019. Seven of the top 20 equity underwriters in Asia In 2018 were Chinese. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway had invested USD 232 million in BYD, a Chinese energy products company, in 2008.  In 2019, China had the world’s largest high-speed rail network of 29,000 kilometers. This is about two thirds of the world’s total high-speed rail network. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

Professionals Quash chicken-brained Mangala's Budget criticisms Part II
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA.
Although the chicken-brained lingerie designer cannot understand the economic progress being made by this government it must be pointed out despite progress affecting in many firlfd of economic development inflation for which the opposition rabb;e-rousers make even poojas for a steady increase is reported to be dwindling appreciably,  Inflation in October reached 5.5%, which was a reduction from 6.4% in the previous month. The Census and Statistics Department said that the reduction was largely down to changes in food prices.   We now present fitting responses given to the chicken-brained lingerie designer... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

අධ්‍යාපනවේදී උපාධිධාරීන් ගුරු පත්වීම් - ඌව පළාත්
A.J.M. Muzammil Media Unit
ඌව පළාත් සභාවේ අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශයට බඳවා ගනු ලැබූ අධ්‍යාපනවේදී උපාධිධාරීන් 26 දෙනකුට ගුරු පත්වීම් පිරිනැමීම අද දින ( 26-11-2020 ) ඌව පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවර ගරු ඒ.ජේ.එම්. මුසම්මිල් මැතිතුමන් ගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් ඌව පළාත් සහා ශ්‍රවණාගාරයේදී  සිදු කෙරිණි. මෙහිදී කොළඹ, කැළණිය සහ පේරාදෙණිය යන විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයන්ගෙන් අධ්‍යාපනවේදී උපාධිය ලැබූ උපාධිධාරීන් සහ භික්ෂුන් වහන්සේලා දෙනමකට ද ගුරු පත්වීම්වලට අදාළ පත්වීම් ලිපි පිරිනැමීම ආණ්ඩුකාරවරයාගේ අතින් සිදුවිය. මෙසේ බඳවා ගනු ලැබූ උපාධිධාරි ගුරුවරුන් විසි හයදෙනා මොණරාගල, බිබිල, වැල්ලවාය, තණමල්විල, වැලිමඞ, පස්සර, මහියංගනය හා වියළුව යන අධ්‍යාපන කලාපවල පිහිටි පාසල් වෙත අනුයුක්ත කර ඇත. මෙම ගුරු පත්වීම් පිරිනැමීමේ අවස්ථාවට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara takes oaths as Public Security Minister
Courtsey Ceylon Today
Rear Admiral (Retired) Sarath Weerasekara has taken oaths as the Minister of Public Security today (26). The President established two new Ministries under an extraordinary gazette recently.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

Foreign force behind Easter Sunday attacks – Sirisena
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island
A powerful foreign country or an agency was behind the Easter Sunday bombings and the National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ) leader Zaharan Hashim, former President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday told the PCoI investigating the Easter Sunday attacks. “I also do not believe that Zaharan was the leader of that organisation. Because a leader would never have initiated a suicide attack and died during the first wave,” Sirisena said. The former President also said that Islamic extremism had spread rapidly in the country due to the support extremists received from Muslim... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

553 new cases of coronavirus reported in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
The Ministry of Health confirms that 211 new cases of novel coronavirus have been detected today. All new cases are close contacts of COvid-19 positive patients from the Peliyagoda cluster. A total of 553 new cases have been reported so far today. Meanwhile the tally of coronavirus cases from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda cluster has now increased to 18,491.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 death toll climbs to 99
Courtesy Adaderana
The Director General of Health Services has confirmed three more deaths of Covid-19 infected persons, increasing the total number of coronavirus deaths in the country to 99. One of the deceased is an 87-year-old male from Colombo 08, who passed away at the Colombo National Hospital today (26). The cause of death is cited as a bacteria infection with Covid-19 infection and chronic lung disease. An 80-year-old resident of Bambalapitiya who was receiving treatment at the Mulleriyawa Base Hospital after being identified as a Covid-19 patient had passed away on November 25. The cause of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

Defense Ministry assigned under President; Sarath, Chamal gets new ministries (English)
Ada derana
https://youtu.be/mpTP5EeXejc... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/11/20)

President’s Address to Nation: Taking the Bull by the Horns
By Rohana R. Wasala
I do not normally speak as a Sinhalese, and I do not think that the leader of this council ought to think of himself as a Sinhalese representative, but for once I should like to speak as a Sinhalese and assert with all the force at my command that the interests of one community are the interests of all. We are of one another, whatever race or creed. D.S. Senanayake, 1945 (‘Don Stephen Senanayake’ by H.A.J. Hulugalle, 1970) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in his address to the nation, on completion of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

How to fix the current FLAWED constitution which allows ethnic laws and is NOT "One law"
Stanley Gunaratne 
The current 1978 Constitution's "Equality" clauses are meaningless since they are superseded by 600+ personal laws thanks to Article 16 overriding Article 12.  Article 16 currently permits any personal laws made by Parliament before, or after 1978 to override the Constitution! This flies in the face of equality. The best Constitution we had was the Soulsbury Constitution which had ironclad guarantees to prevent such nonsense.  PROPOSAL IN A NEW CONSTITUTION: THE CEYLON BASIC LAW (Section 1) The Republic shall ensure the preservation of its ancient heritage,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C7a
KAMALIKA PIERIS
China has   stepped up its diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka after Pohottu government came in.  A very experienced Chinese diplomat Qi Zhenhong   arrived in November 2020 as ambassador to Sri Lanka. Qi Zhenhong was head of China Institute of International Studies, a premier international relations think tank in China. He has an excellent understanding of the complex realities in the Indian Ocean, said analysts.     He comes here at a time when the actions of USA, India and several other countries are rapidly militarizing the Indian Ocean and is applying pressure on smaller nations to join them.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

The 19th Amendment: get over it already!
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
There are all kinds of yahapalanists. There are those who cannot be in denial simply because they were right in the middle of the yahapalana project or rather a project by that name (for good governance was certainly not their cup of tea as history showed and practice demonstrated). Then there are those who opted for a change of clothes. Name change, symbol change, address change etc., didn’t make them unrecognizable. SJB and UNP, telephone and elephant, it’s the same. All yahapalanists. The praise and blame accrue to one and all. Well, add to this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

A Plan To Ensure Every Sri Lankan Plate is Full During COVID and Thereafter
A paper submitted By  The Sri Lanka Study Circle 
The COVID Attack  In the first quarter of 2020, the world was plagued by a COVID virus which has, as at now, caused the deaths of over a one and a half million people.  A tiny bug has literally brought the world -the globalised world - to a standstill with economies dislocated, education retarded, food chains ruptured, ‘goods and services’ chains scuppered and health services disrupted.  The virus has adversely affected, albeit in different ways, both the purveyors of globalisation and those dragooned into... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

Professionals Quash chicken-brained Mangala’s Budget criticisms Part I
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA.
Sri Lanka’s worst quisling who was kicked out of parliamentary politics by the Maha Sangha and the patriotic people of Matara and was forced to become a political orphan who exposed his economic lacuna by attempting to criticize the visionary and futuristic budget 2021budget due to sheer jealousy with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksea.  Unlike this ignoramus nincompoop, the budget has been hailed by the business community, academics and economists as a as a long term futuristic budget while this lintgerie designer says that it is a budget that facilitates money laundering.  This political... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

A budget presented amid celebrations and acquittals
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
Over the last few weeks there has been a concerted campaign in social media attacking President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The ‘Gota Fail Campaign,’ as it was, promoted a strong response questioning the success of the President’s detractors. The campaign was clearly targeting the President’s first anniversary celebrations and the impending reading of the budget. The campaign failed or rather, now that the moment has passed, the campaigners have taken a break.It was a week made of celebratory days, depending on one’s political preferences of course. We had Mahinda Rajapaksa celebrating his 75th birthday. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa completed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

සෞභාග්‍යයේ දැක්ම රාජ්‍ය ප්‍රතිපත්තිය යටතේ කලාකරුවන් සඳහා හදිසි අනතුරු සහ වෛද්‍ය රක්ෂණාවරණයක්
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ උපදෙස් පරිදි සෞභාග්‍යයේ දැක්ම රාජ්‍ය ප්‍රතිපත්තිය යටතේ කලාකරුවන් සඳහා හදිසි අනතුරු සහ වෛද්‍ය රක්ෂණාවරණයක් හඳුන්වාදීමේ පළමු අදියර ක්‍රියාත්මක කරමින්, රක්ෂණාවරය ලබාදීම වේදිකා නාට්‍ය ක්ෂේත්‍රය සඳහා වෙන් කර තිබේ. සෞභාග්‍යයේ දැක්ම රාජ්‍ය ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනය 2020 වර්ෂයේදීම යථාර්ථයක් බවට පත් කරමින් හඳුන්වා දෙන මෙම රක්ෂණාවරණය, බුද්ධශාසන ආගමික හා සංස්කෘතික කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය හා ටවර් හෝල් රඟහල පදනමේ සභාපති ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමන්ගේ අධීක්ෂණය හා පූර්ණ උපදෙස් මත සිදු කෙරේ. ජාතික උරුමය ප්‍රාසංග කලා හා ග්‍රාමීය කලා ශිල්පී ප්‍රවර්ධන කටයුතු රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය විදුර වික්‍රමනායක මහතාගේ උපදෙස් පරිදි ටවර් හෝල් රඟහල පදනම විසින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

සජිත්ගේ පක්‍ෂය සම්පූර්ණ නඩත්තුව බදියුදීන්ගේ කළු සල්ලිවලින්.. බැංකු ගිණුම් සහිත සාක්‍ෂි ලැබෙයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
සමගි ජන බලවේගය පක්ෂය පවත්වාගෙන යන්නේ නිසා රිෂාඩ් බදියුදීන්ගේ කළු සල්ලිවලින් බව ඇමති මහින්දානන්ද අලුත්ගමගේ මහතා සඳහන් කරයි. එම පක්‍ෂයේ මැතිවරණ වියදම් ද සියලූ වියදම් සිදු කරන්නේ රිෂාඩ් බදුර්දීන් බවත් පැවැසූ ඇමැතිවරයා තමනට ඒ බව ඔප්පු කිරීමට සියලු සාක්ෂි ඇතැයිද කියා සිටියේය. පසුගිය මහ මැතිවරණයේ දී සහ ජනාධිපති ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී ලබාදුන් මුදල් සහ සියළු බැංකු ගිණුම්ද පිළිබඳව සාක්ෂි තමන් සතුව ඇති බවත් ඔහු පැවසදීය. ඒ මහතා මේ බව කියා සිටියේ අයවැය කාරක අවස්ථාවේ විවාදයට එක් වෙමිනි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

How colonialism crippled Sri Lankan peasant agriculture
By P.K. Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy Ceylon Today
When the British ruled Sri Lanka, peasant agriculture, with paddy as the main crop, was systematically weakened to yield place to plantation-based commercial agriculture monopolized by them. Colombo, November 25: When the British ruled Sri Lanka, peasant agriculture, with paddy as the main crop, was systematically weakened to yield place to plantation-based commercial agriculture monopolized by them. Sri Lankan peasant agriculture is yet to recover from the historical neglect as the island nation continues to be dependent on food imports to fill vital gaps in supply. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

The West continues its campaign to destabilize Sri Lanka
By Sugeeswara Senadhira/Ceylon Today
Economic pressure is being added to baseless charges of authoritarianism at the behest of the Tamil separatist lobby, writes Sugeeswara Senadhira in Ceylon Today. Colombo, November 23: As the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government completed its first year, the hostile West commenced its attacks on Sri Lanka with renewed vehemence. Recent reports reflect the ardent desire of the West to find fault with every step taken by the Sri Lankan Government. The moment, a decision to curtail imports were announced with the intention of saving much-needed foreign exchange and also... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

Garden Agro-Engineering: Emerging Stronger After COVID-19
By Dr. C. G. Ilangakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
It was with absolute pride and delight, the voters of Sri Lanka as a whole watched the address to the Nation, delivered by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on 18 November 2020, certainly to the exclusion of few political hypocrites of opportunism, rejected by the people. He articulated the following contents very much assertively: “It is no secret that the majority who voted for me then were Sinhalese.  They rallied because they had legitimate fears that the Sinhala race, our religion, national resources and the heritage would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

NEWSSirisena, who claimed he was very sick on day of attack managed to return home same night
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island
Former Director of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) SDIG Nilantha Jayawardena had contacted the Personal Security Officer (PSO) of former President Maithripala Sirisena three times on the day of the Easter Sunday attacks, it was revealed, on Thursday night, at the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks. A Warrant Officer of the Sri Lanka Air Force, Anura Nishantha, who had manned the phone exchange at Sirisena’s official residence at Paget Road on April 21, 2019 revealed this at the PCoI. Responding to the question raised by the Commissioners, Nishantha... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

Be on alert for COVID-19 symptoms, don’t wait until condition worsens – Chief Epidemiologist
Courtesy Adaderana
A significant number of COVID-19 deaths reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda COVID-19 clusters have occurred at home, says Chief Epidemiologist Specialist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera. He points out that the elderly and individuals with chronic diseases in high-risk areas should be more alert about new illnesses. “Elderly people in high-risk areas and people with chronic illnesses need to seek medical attention immediately if they develop any new symptoms. It can be a fever, cough, cold, sore throat, or difficulty in breathing. It could also be symptoms such as weakness, loss... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

502 new cases of coronavirus cases detected today
Courtesy Adaderana
Department of Government Information says that another 208 individuals have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the country. All new cases are close contacts of previously identified positive patients from the Peliyagoda cluster.  A total of 502 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified so far today (25). This brings the total number of cases reported from the Minuwangoda-Peliyagoda Covid-19 cluster to 17,938.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 death toll at 96 with 2 more deaths
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 96 as two infected persons have succumbed to the disease, the Department of Government Information confirmed. The deceased are a 45-year-old woman from Colombo 12, and an 80-year-old man from the Pannipitya area. The woman had passed away at the Colombo National Hospital on November 23 from a cardiac arrest caused by COVID-19. The male had been transferred from the Sri Jayawardenepura Hospital to the Pimbura Base Hospital upon being diagnosed as a COVID-19 patient. He had passed away today... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/11/20)

Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is cheaper than Pfizer’s and Moderna’s and doesn’t require supercold temperature
Courtesy theconversation.com
The biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has released data on what is now the third promising vaccine candidate against COVID-19 – and it has several advantages over those of its competitors, Pfizer and Moderna. On Monday, AstraZeneca released interim analysis of its phase 3 trial data of 23,000 volunteers from the U.K. and Brazil. These results show that the test vaccine is between 70% and 90% effective in stopping COVID-19, depending on the vaccine doses administered. Although less effective than the reported results from the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine candidates, this vaccine is still more effective than annual... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/11/20)

Over 1 BILLION doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against Covid expected in 2021 as producer promises low prices
Courtesy RT
More than 500 million people will be able to take the pioneering Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus next year. Its developers say the two-shot jab will be sold cheaper than those of its foreign competitors. The drug will be produced not only in Russia but also by “leading foreign pharmaceutical companies” who agreed to cooperation deals with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). Talks with additional international partners are underway to further increase production capacity.  “Sputnik V will be two or more times cheaper than mRNA vaccines with similar... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/11/20)

Hizbullah received over Rs.4 Bn foreign funds to BoC accounts
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Two Bank of Ceylon (BoC) accounts operated by former Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah had received over Rs. 4 billion in terms of foreign funds within a period of three years before the Easter Sunday terror attacks, according to what transpired during deliberations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing Easter Sunday attacks.   Testifying before the Commission, former BoC Bank Manager of Colpetty Branch I.C.K. Kannangara said that Hizbullah had operated five accounts at Colpetty branch.    However, evidence had been led before the Commission pertaining to two accounts named... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/11/20)

මැඩිල්ලේ හිමිගේ පන්සලට රහස් පොලිසිය යැවුවේ ඇමති චමල්.. මා නොවේ..- ඇමති ජොන්ස්ටන් කියයි..
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සිංහලේ සංවිධානයේ මහ ලේකම් පූජ්‍ය මැඩිල්ලේ පඤ්ඤාලෝක හිමියන්ගේ විහාරස්ථානයට රහස් පොලිසිය යවන ලද්දේ තමන් විසින් නොවන බව ඇමති ජොන්ස්ටන් ප‍්‍රනාන්දු මහතා පවසයි. චමල් රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාට එල්ල වූ අසත්‍ය චෝදනාවක් ගැන තොරතුරු ලබා ගැනීමට ඔහු විසින් කරන ලද දැනුම් දීමක් මත එය සිදු වූ බවද ඒ මහතා පැවසීය. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ අයවැය දෙවැනිවර කාරක සභා අවස්ථා විවාදයට එක්වෙමින් ඒ මහතා මෙම අදහස් පල කරන ලදී. මම පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ අද දහවල් හිටිය නැති වෙලාවෙදි හේෂා විතාන මන්ත්‍රීතුමා සහ ඉඳුනිල් අපේ දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ මන්ත්‍රීතුමාන්ලා මගේ නම ප්‍රකාශ කරලා මැඩිල්ලේ පඤ්ඤාලෝක හාමුදුරුවන්ට විරුද්ධව මම සීඅයිඩී එකේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/11/20)

Sri Lanka seeks consultants for $100m solar project
PV Magazine
The project will be developed under a credit line facility from the Exim Bank of India. The Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority has issued a tender to seek consultants for the pre-feasibility study of a large scale PV power plant. The project will be developed under a $100 million credit line facility from the Exim Bank of India. Of this sum, $85 million will be devoted to the deployment of rooftop PV arrays in government buildings under the country's net metering scheme, $5 million will be used for floating installations, and $10... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/11/20)

Pillayan granted bail
Courtesy Adaderana
Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) leader and parliamentarian Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias “Pillayan” has been granted bail by the Batticaloa High Court. The Batticaloa District MP was ordered released on bail by Batticaloa High Court Judge T. Wigneshwaran, when the case filed over the murder of former TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham was taken up today. https://youtu.be/ocP-qyTbsgY Four other defendants in the case who were in remand custody were also granted bail by the court, Ada Derana reporter said. They were ordered released on two personal bonds of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/11/20)

Four new Covid-19 deaths take total to 94
Courtesy Adaderana
Four new Covid-19 related deaths have been reported in Sri Lanka, the Director-General of Health Services confirmed a short while ago. One of the victims is a 74-year-old male from Ginigathhena area. Reports revealed that he passed away on November 22 while receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Ragama Teaching Hospital. The cause of death was cited as multi-organ dysfunction due to complications of diarrhea induced by Covid-19 infection. The second victim, a 54-year-old male from Siyambalape South who was under treatment at the Colombo National Hospital has died... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/11/20)

Covid-19: 171 new infections identified with a total of 459 within the last 24 hours
Health
Fresh COVID-19 positive cases were identified in Sri Lanka as the total number of cases reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters reached 17,436. The Department of Government Information said 171 more persons were tested positive for the virus.  A total of 287 more new Covid-19 cases were reported earlier evening bringing the total cases so far to 20,795, the Health Ministry said. All contacts are close contacts of earlier patients. All the new cases are close contacts of the Peliyagoda Fish Market cluster, reports confirmed. With the new development,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/11/20)

The LTTE's “Maaveer” celebrations: Packaging Suicide Killers as liberation Heroes.
Chandre Dharnawardana
The 26th of November is the Birthday of the dreaded leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who was shot dead in 2009. Prabhakaran assassinated the elected leaders of the Tamil community in the 1980s [1], massacred other rival groups, suppressed dissent, and  hijacked the control of Tamil politics, to  launch a brutal war against the Sri Lankan government that lasted some three decades, ending in May 2009.  The whole of Sri Lanka, including the  majority of Tamils who live in the South with the Sinhalese celebrated the event. It was recorded as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/11/20)

The Foreign Stooge 3D Jayatilleke’s obsession with President’s Anniversary Message.
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA.
President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Anniversary speech and the brilliant 2021 futuristic Budget presented by the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa have raised the trust of the people who suffered immensely under the destructive yamapalana government for the last 4 ½ years. The Anniversary speech clearly outlined the performances achieved during President’s first year under various obstacles made by the Sirisena/Ranil government and restrictions that had been placed upon him by the obnoxious 19th Amendment.  The President also outlined details of the work to be carried out and steps to be taken in the next four... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/11/20)

DEFENCE OF THE ISLAND - Difference between 1948 and now -PROPOSAL FOR NEW CONSTITUTION
Stanley Gunaratne 
1. Abolition of Indo Lanka Accord. Adoption of a Foreign Policy of Balance to counter regional players. Adoption of a "Total Defence" policy based on Psychological, Social, Economic, Civil, Digital and Military Defence. The following two sections should be included in a future constitution and national policy: A lesson in history: 2. It was a catastrophic, incompetent, foolish and UNMITIGATED DISASTER to have abrogated the Anglo Ceylon Defence Agreement (of 1947) in 1957. This led to a loss of a guaranteed ally and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/11/20)

ව්‍යවස්ථා කෙටුම්පත් යෝජනා- දෙවන කොටස
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
මෙහි ප්‍රථම කොටසින් ව්‍යවස්ථා කෙටුම්පත් සම්පාදක විද්‌වත් කමිටුවට පෙන්‌වා දීමට උත්සාහ කලේ පහත සඳහන් කරුණුය: (1) රටේ පහලම සිවිල් පරිපාලන ඒකකය වන ග්‍රාම සේවා නිලධාරී කොට්ඨාශ, ස්වාභාවික (නැචුරල්) මායිම් සහිත වනසේ, ජලය ප්‍රධාන නිර්‌ණායකය ලෙස සළකා (දැනට නිව්සීලන්තයේ කරනවා මෙන්) නැවත ප්‍රතිසංවිධානය කිරීම; (2) මෙය රටේ අනාදිමත් කාලයක සිට පැවති, ගම-වැව-දාගැබ යන (ත්‍රිත්‌වය) සමාජ-ආර්‌ථික-දේශපාලන මොඩලයට අනුකූලය; (3) මේ මඟින් රටවල් කැබලිකරණ, නව යටත් විජිතවාදයේ ආයුධයක් වන, <නන්මැජෝරිටේරියන්> විසඳුම් (13 සංශොධනය වැනි) නමැති මර උඟුල් වලින් ගැලවීමට අවස්ථාවක් ලැබේ; (4) මෙවැනි මහජාතියෙන් සුළුජාතිය බේරාගන්නටය කියන විසඳුම් ගේන්නේ, මහජාතියේ පක්‍ෂ දේශපාලක කළුසුද්දන්ට, ඔවුන් සුළු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

එජාප ජාතික ලැයිස්තු ධුරයට රනිල්වික්‍රමසිංහගේ නම අවසන් වශයෙන් තීරණය වෙයි.. - අර්ජුන
Media Secretary to Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga
එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ ජාතික ලැයිස්තු මන්ත්‍රී ධුරය සඳහා පක්ෂ නායක රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාගේ නම අවසන් වශයෙන් තීරණය වෙයි. ඒ අද උදෑසන පැවැති (23) කළමනාකරණ කමිටු රැස්වීමේදීය. ජාතික මන්ත්‍රී ලැයිස්තු ධුරය සඳහා රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාගේ නම මීට පෙර යෝජනා කළේ එම පක්ෂයේ ජාතික සංවිධායක නවීන් දිසානායක සහ හිටපු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී අර්ජුන රණතුංග මහතා විසිනි. අද එම යෝජනාව කළමනාකරණ කමිටු රැස්වීමේදී දීර්ඝව සාකච්ඡාවට ගැනීම ආරම්භ කළේ අර්ජුන රණතුංග මහතායි. නවීන් දිසානායක මහතා මෙම රැස්වීමට නොපැමිණියත් ඔහුගේ ද අදහස අනුව එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ ජාතික ලැයිස්තු මන්ත්‍රී ධුරය සඳහා රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා සුදුසු බව එහිදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

පර්යේෂණ ප්‍රතිපල පුළුල් වාණිජකරණ මට්ටමකට ගෙන ඒමට සහයෝගය ලබා දෙනවා. - රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍ය සීතා අරඹේපොල
ප්‍රවෘත්ති නිවේදනය නිපුණතා සංවර්ධන, වෘත්තීය අධ්‍යාපන, පර්යේෂණ හා නව නිපැයුම් රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය.
පර්යේෂණ ප්‍රතිපල පුළුල් වාණිජකරණ මට්ටමකට ගෙන ඒමට  සහයෝගය ලබා දෙන බව නිපුණතා සංවර්ධන, වෘත්තීය අධ්‍යාපන, පර්යේෂණ හා නව නිපැයුම් රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍ය සීතා අරඹේපොල මහත්මිය ප්‍රකාශ කළා ය. එම අමාත්‍යාංශය යටතේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වන මහනුවර ජාතික මූලික අධ්‍යයන ආයතනයේ නිරීක්ෂණ චාරිකාවකට එක් වෙමින් අමාත්‍යවරිය මේ බව පැවසුවා ය. මෙම නිරීක්ෂණ චාරිකාවේ දී එම ආයතනයේ විද්‍යාඥයින් විසින් ආයතනයේ ගමන්මග පිළිබඳවත්, මේ වන විට සිදුකරමින් පවතින පර්යේෂණ  සහ නිමා කරන ලද පර්යේෂණයන් පිළිබදවත් ගරු අමාත්‍යතුමිය දැනුවත් කළහ, අමාත්‍යතුමිය විසින් මේ කරුණු පිළිබඳව සුවිශේෂී අවධානය යොමු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

How Lankan Buddhists won the battle against proselytization
By P.K.Balachandran/Ceylon Today
By the adoption of a variety of tactics, tailored to suit the power-equation at any given point of time, Lankan Buddhists kept blunting the attack and managed to preserve Buddhism as the dominant religion of the island. Sri Lankan Buddhists came under a sustained and frontal assault by Christian missionaries during Portuguese and Dutch rule for nearly three centuries (1505 to 1796). Given the adverse balance of power, many Buddhists compelled or enticed to convert to Roman Catholicism under the Portuguese and to Calvinism under the Dutch. But by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

Doctor remanded for shooting student with air-rifle
Courtesy Adaderana
The doctor who was arrested by the Maharagama Police for shooting a school student with an air-rifle has been remanded by the order of the Nugegoda Magistrate’s Court.  A 17-year-old student of the ErewwalaEast Dharmapala Vidyalaya had entered a private property near the school, yesterday (22) to retrieve a ball that had been thrown into the property during a game of cricket. https://youtu.be/e6SXcAZZGss Reportedly, an argument has ensued between the students and the owner of the property, a doctor serving at the Apeksha Hospital in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

Another three COVID deaths reported - total death toll rises to 90
Courtesy Hiru News
Another three COVID deaths have been reported in the country. Accordingly, the death in Sri Lanka has increased to 90.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

Another 131 COVID patients identified
Courtesy Hiru News
Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva has stated that another 131 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 today (23). All of the patients have been identified to be associates of previous patients.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

List of graduate recruits to the Government services whose appeals were successful released to web
Courtesy Hiru News
List of graduate recruits to the Government services whose appeals were successful released to web http://www.pubad.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_documents&task=morelinks&documents_type=2&document_id=1407&Itemid=193&lang=si... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

Another 18 police divisions isolated (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
The isolation which was imposed in six police division in Colombo and Gampaha District have been relaxed from 05:00 a.m. today (23). Police Media Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana stated that another 18 police areas in those districts are still isolated. https://youtu.be/rYpMz7u8bvw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

Rs. 04 billion in two bank accounts of former Governor Hizbullah (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
At the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing Easter Sunday terror attacks, it was revealed that funds worth Rs. 04 billion has been received to two bank accounts that belong to former Governor of the Eastern Province M.L.A.M. Hizbullah. https://youtu.be/Ov9gY094l9Q It was revealed that these funds had been received from foreign countries on several occasions. It was further revealed that even the Central Bank had not been informed about receiving such a large amount of money.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

Parliamentary Council recommends IGP and 14 Appeal Court Judges to (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
The speaker stated that the Parliamentary Council has verified the nomination by the President to appoint C.D. Wickramaratne for the post of Inspector General of Police and 14 Judges to be appointed to the Court of Appeal. Speaking to the Hiru news team the Speaker said that the Parliament also recommended the names of 14 Court of Appeal Judges presented by the President. The names of High Court Judges Menaka Wijesundera, D.N. Samarakoon, M. Prashantha de Silva, M.T.M. Lafar, C. Pradeep Keerthisinghe, Sampath B. Abeykoon, M.S.K.B. Wijeratne, R. Gurusinghe,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

ජනපති, අගමැති ඇතු`ඵ රජයේ අවධානයට: භූමදානය ආගමික නියමයක් ද? වෙන යමක් ද?
විමල් පටබැඳිගේ(ශාස්ත‍්‍රවේදී, නීතිඥ, විශ‍්‍රාමික සොලිසිටර්)
ජනපති තුමනි, මේ උත්සාහය උපදෙස් දීමට නො වේ. ඔබගේ අවධානය සඳහා කොරෝනා වසංගතය නිසා බොහෝ දෙනෙකුට අමතක, නො සිතන කරුණක් ගැන සටහනක් තැබීමට ය. එයට පෙර මේ කරුණ ද සටහන් කිරීම සුදුසු ය’යි සිතමි. දිවයිනේ අට දිසාවේ ම රට වැසියන් 69 ලක්‍ෂයක් තමන්ගේ කැමැත්ත ප‍්‍රකාශිතව ම පළ කොට රටේ, රටවැසියාගේ ආරක්‍ෂාව, පැවැත්ම සහ සංවර්ධනය වසර පහකට ඔබට භාර දී ඇත. ඒ වගකීම නිසි ලෙස ඉටු කිරීමට ඔබට සහාය කරගැනීමට, කොට්ඨාශ මට්ටමෙන් කැමැත්ත ප‍්‍රකාශ කොට අගමැති ඇතු`ඵ කණ්ඩායමක් තෝරා පත් කොට ඇත. ඒ කණ්ඩායමේ සියලූ දෙනාගේ ම යුතුකම සහ වගකීම ජනතා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

කරුණාකර අපි දරුවන් සම්බන්ධව සිතන ආකාරය සම්බන්ධව යලි සිතා බලන්න.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
"පුතේ මේ එන්නේ ඔබගේ පියායි. යන්න ඔහු ලඟට! ඔහුගෙන් ඔබට උරුම දායාදය ඉල්ලා ගන්න" ඒ යසෝධරා දේවිය රාහුල කුමරුන් අමතා, පිඬු සිඟා වදිනා බුදුරජානන්වහන්සේ පෙන්නා පැවසූ වදන් වැලයි බුදුරජුන් වෙතගිය රාහුල කුමරුන් තම මව පැවසූ ආකාරයෙන්ම තමන්ට උරුම දායාදය ඉල්ලුවිට සිදුවුයේ, යසෝදරාවන් අපේක්ෂාකළ දෙය නොවේ. බුදුරජානන්වහන්සේ රාහුල කුමරුන් සම්බන්ධව සිතු ආකාරයත්, යසෝදරා දේවිය රාහුල කුමරුන් සම්බන්ධව සිතා සිටි ආකාරයත් පරස්පර විරෝධී බැවින්, යසොදරාවන්ට ඇදහිය නොහැකි තත්වයකට පත්වීමට සිදුවිය. සිය සැමියා අහිමිව සිටි යසෝධරාවන්ට සිය දරුවාද අහිමිවීම සිදුවිය. යසෝධරා දේවිය රාහුල කුමරුන් සම්බන්ධව සිතා සිටි ආකාරයත්, බුදුරජානන් වහන්සේ මේ කුමරුන් සම්බන්ධව සිතා සිටි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/11/20)

Digitalization – A way forward for the Education System in Sri Lanka
Aloysius Hettiarachchi.
Perspective from a Civil and Structural Engineer The writer is a graduate of University of Peradeniya, which was constructed during the colonial period and opened by HRH prince Philip, the queen’s husband, ‘to be more open than usual’ in the early 50s. The Engineering Faculty that was established there was of the same standard as world leading universities like Cambridge, following same courses. Those who passed out and gained scholarships these universities did very well topping the batches. Moratuwa Technical College also became an Engineering Faculty in early 70s.These universities together with others now... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

කොවිඩි -19 වසංගතය හමුවේ අරලියගහ මන්දිරය තාවකාලිකව වසා දමා ඇතැයි පැතිරයන පුවත අසත්‍යයකි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලය හෝ අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ සේවය කරනු ලබන කිසිඳු නිලධාරියෙකුට කොවිඩ්-19 රෝගය වැළඳී නොමැති බවට සහතික කරමි. කොවිඩ්-19 වසංගත තත්ත්වය හේතුවෙන් අරලියගහ මන්දිරය තාවකාලිකව වසා දමා ඇති බවට ජාතික පුවත්පතක පළ වී ඇති පුවත සාවද්‍ය මෙන්ම පදනම් විරහිත පුවතක් වන අතර එහි කිසිඳු සත්‍යතාවයක් නොමැත. කොවිඩ්-19 තත්ත්වය හමුවේ රජය හා සෞඛ්‍ය අංශවලින් නිකුත් කර ඇති උපදෙස්වලට අනුකූලව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලය මෙන්ම, අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ දෛනික රාජකාරී කටයුතු කිසිඳු බාධාවකින් තොරව නිසි සෞඛ්‍ය උපදෙස් පිළිපදිමින් පවත්වාගෙන යනු ලබයි. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලය හා අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ රාජකාරී කටයුතු සඳහා කැඳවා ඇත්තේ අන් රාජ්‍ය ආයතන, අමාත්‍යංශවල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

ව්‍යවස්ථා කෙටුම්පත් යෝජනා- 1 කොටස
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
ලේකම් ව්‍යවස්ථා කෙටුම්පත් සම්පාදක විද්‌වත් කමිටුව කොළඹ ජනතාවට සතුට (හැපිනස්) ගෙන දීමට අසමත් ව්‍යවස්ථා කන්නද? අභියෝගය (Tragedy of the commons) ධනවාදී නියෝජිත ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී ආකෘතියට අනුව නීතිඥයින් විසින් සදාදී, අවුරුදු 73 ක් පුරාම ක්‍රියාත්මක‌වූ, ලංකා ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා වල ආනිසංශ මොනවාද? (1) රටේ පවුල් ලක්‍ෂ 54 න් 18 ක්ම, එනම් ජනගහණයෙන් තුනෙන් එකක්, සමෘධි ලාභීන්‌ය. (2) එක අතකින් රට කැබලිවී යාමේ දමිළ ඊළම් වාදයත්, අනිත් අතින් මෑතකදී එලිදරව්වූ අන්දමට, යසාර් අර්ෆත් හා ගඩාෆි විසින් නිලවශයෙන් ප්‍රකාශකල ගර්‌භාශ හීතල යුද්‌ධය හා රට පුරා විසිරි පවතින ශාරියා බලකොටු ගම් (බණ්ඩාරගම අසල අටළුගම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

මැඩිල්ලේ හිමිගේ පන්සලට පනී.. බලෙන් ප‍්‍රකාශයක් ගන්න හැදු බවට චෝදනා..
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https://www.facebook.com/4b1da878-30ef-4769-bfc4-e57b6a3807a3 තමන් වහන්සේ වැඩ වෙසෙන විහාරස්ථානයට අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවෙන් පැමිණි බව සිංහලයේ සංවිධානයේ මහ ලේකම් පූජ්‍ය මැඩිල්ලේ පඤ්ඤාලෝක හිමියෝ පවසති. නීතිඥ සහාය නොමැතිව තමන් ගෙන් බලහත්කාරයෙන් ප්‍රකාශයක් ලබාගැනීමට උත්සාහ කළ බවද උන් වහන්සේ චෝදනා කරති. තමන් විසින් පවත්වන ලද මාධ්‍ය හමුවක දී එළි කරන ලද තොරතුරු හේතුවෙන් මෙම ප්‍රශ්න කිරීම සිදු කිරීමට ගිය බවද උන්වහන්සේ සඳහන් කරති. ප්‍රබල මැදිහත් වීමක් හේතුවෙන් මෙම කඩිනම් ප්‍රශ්න කිරීම සඳහා යොමු වී ඇති බවත් උන්වහන්සේ පැවසූහ. කෙසේ නමුත් තමන් අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව හමුවට ගොස් ප‍්‍රකාශයක් දෙන බවත් උන් වහන්සේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

Need to learn from the village and make it thrive in the pandemic era
By Surya Vishwa Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Any re-connection with our ancient village concept should primarily enable the creation of new ideas so that the soulless town becomes as holistically vibrant as the village. Colombo, November 21: How is our village relevant to us in the city? What can having a ‘village in the city’ mean to a people such as us, Sri Lankans who have an ancient heritage that we have distanced ourselves from? It is few years ago, soon after its creation, that I visited the Ape Gama (Our Village), located... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

National Security still unsafe until persons who led Zahran are traced: fmr. CID SDIG
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The national security could not be still assured until the people who led Zahran Hashim to carry out the sudden terror attacks are identified, former SDIG of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Ravi Seneviratne yesterday informed the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks.     Testifying before the Commission former SDIG Seneviratne said that Zahran’s initial plan was to carry out the attack in 2020 and suddenly he had decided to conduct the attack in April, 2019.    “We have to identify the persons who were above Zahran and operated to conduct... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

Sri Lanka confirms four more Covid-19 deaths
Courtesy Adaderana
Four more Covid-19 related deaths are reported in Sri Lanka, the Director-General of Health Services confirmed. One of the victims is reportedly a 70-year-old female from Colombo 15 area. She has died upon admission to the Colombo National Hospital on Saturday (21). The cause of death has been cited as Covid-19 pneumonia. A 53-year-old male from Colombo 12 area also succumbed to the virus after being admitted to the Colombo National Hospital on Friday (20). As per reports, he died of a chronic respiratory disease induced by Covid-19 infection. Meanwhile,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

Rishad on suicide bomber’s calls to his brother
Courtesy Adaderana
The Easter Sunday terror attack was a conspiracy launched by a powerful nation to spread extremism in the country, says Samagi Jana Balawega MP Rishad Bathiudeen. The MP, who is currently under remand custody at the Welikada Prison, mentioned this yesterday (21), testifying before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the 2019 Easter attacks. The State Counsel on the Commission inquired the MP whether he had influenced any of the investigations on FETO, a banned organization in Turkey, conducting business in Sri Lanka, which had been halted after a revelation that 02... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

Coronavirus: 175 fresh cases confirmed
Courtesy Adaderana
Fresh COVID-19 positive cases were identified in Sri Lanka as the total number of cases reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters reached 16,427. The Department of Government Information said 175 more persons were tested positive for the virus.  All the new cases are close contacts of the Peliyagoda Fish Market cluster, reports confirmed. With the new development, Sri Lanka has confirmed 19,946 novel coronavirus infections to date. According to the Health Ministry’s data, 14,069 of the confirmed patients have made complete recoveries from the virus.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

Cremation of Covid-19 victims to continue until expert committee submits final report
Courtesy Adaderana
The committee of experts appointed to examine methods for disposal of Covid-19 victims has requested the authorities to continue with cremation until their final report is submitted. Director-General of Health Services Dr Asela Gunawardena said the committee had conveyed this to the Secretary of Health Ministry. A committee of experts was appointed by the Health Ministry after the Muslim community raised concerns over cremation of Covid-19 victims, stressing that it is against the dictates of their faith. The topic was also brought to the attention of the Cabinet of Ministers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

Two new ministries gazetted
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued an Extraordinary Gazette, establishing two new ministries – Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Technology. The gazette notification, dated November 20, elaborates the scope of functions and duties of the two new governmental agencies. Thereby, the Public Security Ministry is tasked with ensuring public safety while maintaining law and order by creating an environment suitable for all citizens to live freely. Four institutions namely Sri Lanka Police, Civil Security Department, National Police Academy and Department of Multipurpose Development Task Force will be assigned to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

Donald Trump – undertaker for 250,000 deaths
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Donald Trump continues to keep America and the world guessing as to his next move which should be to concede victory to Joe Biden. But he has not done so formally, though he is sending signals indicating that he is willing to concede without, of course, taking any meaningful action to vacate the White House. This appears to be  a game he is playing for a tactical reason: he is playing for time.  Though Joe Biden won on the popular vote by nearly seven million votes nothing is certain until the Electoral College confirms his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

Sri Lanka to Britain – You are no longer the British Empire. Atone for your Colonial Crimes before holding HR score cards!
UK that occupied & ruled Sri Lanka from 1803 to 1972 (169 years) and unabashedly committed scores of human rights abuses, crimes against humanity, nowhere near to what the FCO will even dare put to paper, is annually issuing reports on human rights! Politically correct UK is today the home of all things the British, care to do without. Isn’t that what led to Brexit – now isolated & hated by even Europe! They said the sun never set on the British Empire, at the rate UK is going, the sun maybe issued a discrimination card for being colour insensitive!... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/11/20)

REDUCTION OF BUDGET DEFICIT AND CREATING A PRODUCTION ECONOMY
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
The main focus of the budget speech of the prime minister for 2021 has reported that the reduction of the budget deficit, and creating a production economy in the country.  The idea has been written in my articles during the past several years as I observed that macroeconomic issues have been less concentrated by the government since the 1990s. The world bank had developed and stressed policy correction as a vital policy direction for reviving economies. The world bank advice was practically result-oriented, and many developed countries followed the advice and achieved quick results during... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/20)

ආනන්ද බෝඩිමේ ගෝඨා අයියා
බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය ඉංජිනේරු ගාල්ලේ දෙව්සිරි පීී. හේවාවිදාන ලංඩන් නුවර සිට ලියයි.
මා ගාලූ මහින්දයෙන් අස් වී ආනන්දයට ආ දිනය මට කිසිවිටක අමතක නොවේ. මගේ පියා ඞීගසී. හේවාවිදාන මහතා පරිපාලක වශයෙන් සේවය කළ ඉමදුව වව්ලගලවත්තේ නිලනිවාසයේ සිට අපි උදේ පාන්දර 4ට කොළඹ කරා ගමන් ඇරඹුවෙමු. මහින්දයේ පරණ යාළුවන් අත්හැර දමු සිදුවීම ගැන දුකක් සාංකාවක් තිබුණද අලූත් පාසැලේ අලූත් යාළුවන් පිරිසක් හමුවීමේ ආසාව හා උද්යෝගයට මගේ හිතේ නලියන්නට විය. පැය 4ක් තිස්සේ කොළඹ කරා ගමන් කරද්දී ජිවිතේ මුල් වතාවට තනියම තමන්ගේ වැඩ සියල්ල කරගැනීම සිදුවීම ගැන මගේ හිතේ තිබුණ බය දුරුකරමින් අම්මා හා තාත්තා මා සනසමින් අවවාද හා උපදෙස් දුන්නාය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/20)

Gota’s no-frills first year, whines and whiners
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
It was obvious not a year that made for pomp and pageantry, even if that was the desire. All issues have been either framed or impacted by Covid19. In any case, he’s not, for example, a Mahinda Rajapaksa. Covid19 of course was so sobering that the contrast was lost.No-frills is good but presidents are not elected to be less or more showy than their predecessors. It’s about manifestos, mandates and delivery. Delivery ran into the Covid19 wall, but this doesn’t mean that it should not be assessed. Since the country, like... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5g
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Central Intelligence Agency of the USA, the CIA has several front organizations, said critics. National Endowment for Democracy (NED) was one of them. NED is a grant-making foundation, distributing funds to private non-governmental organizations for promoting democracy abroad in around 90 countries, said Wikipedia.  NED played a role in supporting the Arab Spring of 2011.[1] This Organization has listed its grants to Sri Lanka for 2018. I have down loaded it from https://www.ned.org/region/asia/sri-lanka-2018/. Here is the list. Citizen Participation in Monitoring Economic Development Centre for Environmental Justice... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5f
KAMALIKA PIERIS
 Here are some activities of the US before and after the Yahapalana puppet government came to power. American Bar Association American Bar Association (ABA) made repeated attempts to register a Branch Association of the ABA in Sri Lanka. The first request was in January 2018.  The Bar Association of Sri Lanka strongly objected. Nowhere in the world will a legal system permit a foreign Bar Association to set up a branch office. It is an unprecedented request and if allowed will have serious consequences on the independence of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5e
KAMALIKA PIERIS
EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLASTS There is speculation that Western intelligence agencies had a hand in the well-coordinated, precision-timed Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, said Lasanda Kurukulasuriya.  How otherwise could a little-known group, ‘National Thawheed Jamaath’    have orchestrated such a feat. The Easter bomb attacks in Sri Lanka  are a part of  a series of puzzling attacks by little-known terror outfits , taking place in several countries, said Lasanda. But  there is one common factor. All the countries facing such attacks have been states benefiting from China’s Belt and Road Initiative... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/20)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා රාමඤ්ඤ මහා නිකායේ මහා නායක අග්‍ගමහාපණ්ඩිත, අතිගෞරවාර්හ නාපාන පේමසිරි අභිධාන මහා ස්වාමීන්ද්‍රයන් වහන්සේ බෞද්ධ ශාසනයට කළ මෙහෙවර අනගිභවනීයයි - අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
මහනුවර, හුරීකඩුව ශ්‍රී  විද්‍යාසාගර මහා පිරිවෙනේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ හා විහාරාධිපති, ශ්‍රී ලංකා රාමඤ්ඤ මහා නිකායේ මහානායක, අග්‍ගමහාපණ්ඩිත, අතිගෞරවාර්හ, නාපාන පේමසිරි අභිධාන මහා ස්වාමීන්ද්‍රයන් වහන්සේ ගේ ශෝක යෝජනාව ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා විසින් අද 2020.11.21 දින පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලදී. එම ශෝක යෝජනාව මෙසේය, ශ්‍රී ලංකා රාමඤ්ඤ මහා නිකායේ මහා නායක අග්‍ගමහාපණ්ඩිත, අතිගෞරවාර්හ නාපාන පේමසිරි අභිධාන මහා ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේගේ අපවත්වීම පිළිබඳ ශෝක යෝජනාව මෙම ගරු සභාවට ඉදිරිපත් කරනු ලබන්නේ බලවත් සංවේගයෙනි. කිරිබණ්ඩා නිලමේතුමා සහ බණ්ඩාර මැණිකේ දම්පතීන්ට දාව, ටිකිරි බණ්ඩාර යන ගිහි නමින් උපත ලද උන්වහන්සේ අපවත් වී වදාළ අතිපූජ්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/20)

Pros and cons of increasing the retirement age in Sri Lanka’s private sector
By Gitanjali Marcelline Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Undoubtedly, increasing the retirement age has its merits, but one also wonders if, under the present trying economic circumstances, the Sri Lankan private can manage to keep employees for five extra years. Colombo, November 21(newsin.asia) : When presenting the budget for 2021 a few days ago, the Sri Lankan government proposed to increase the retirement age in the private sector from 55 to 60 years. Undoubtedly, increasing the retirement age has its merits, but one also wonders if, under the present trying circumstances, with the economy in the doldrums... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/20)

‘Travel sector may take years to return to pre-COVID-19 level’
Yuthika Bhargava Courtesy The Hindu
Consolidation is inevitable, says Booking.com’s Mehrotra Even though some demand has started coming back, the travel industry may take years to get back to pre-pandemic business level, said Ritu Mehrotra, country manager — India, Sri Lanka, Maldives at Booking.com. “Travel industry was one of the first industries to be hit and I think one of the last industries to maybe make a comeback,” she said in an interview. “There are pockets where we are seeing demand coming up. We also feel that recovery will happen. It may... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/20)

IAF helps Sri Lankan women pilots break glass ceiling
Rahul Singh and Sunetra Choudhury courtesy Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The two pilot officers were commissioned as military pilots in Sri Lanka earlier this week, a year after they completed a crucial part of their flying training at the Dundigal-based Air Force Academy near Hyderabad in 2018-19. Officers Pavithra Gunaratne and Rangana Weerawardhana were commissioned as military pilots in Sri Lanka this week. (SLAF) Rangana Weerawardhana and Pavithra Gunaratne, the first women pilots in Sri Lanka’s air force, expressed gratitude to the Indian Air Force on Friday for helping them script military history... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/20)

Over 50,000 Tamils will get houses, damaged temples will be rejuvenated in Sri Lanka: Amit Shah
Courtesy ANI
Chennai, Nov 21 (ANI): After inaugurating various development projects in Tamil Nadu, Home Minister Amit Shah said, “When PM Modi visited Sri Lanka, he didn't forget Jaffna. He visited Tamil colonies there & met with Tamil brothers & sisters. He laid foundation stone for providing them houses. Over 50,000 Tamils will get houses & damaged temples will be rejuvenated in Sri Lanka.” https://youtu.be/47nTLv77az4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/20)

487 more COVID-19 cases reported today
Courtesy Adaderana
Department of Government Information says that another 230 individuals have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the country. All new cases are close contacts of previously identified positive patients from the Peliyagoda cluster.  A total of 487 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified so far today (21). This brings the total number of cases reported from the Minuwangoda-Peliyagoda Covid-19 cluster to 16,252.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/11/20)

“Those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make them mad”, is this a classical quotation or a phenomenon before us now?
By Raj Gonsalkorale
In respect to the considerable research done on the quotation noted above, Roger Pearse, in his blog (https://www.roger-pearse.com/weblog/2015/10/31/is-those-whom-the-gods-wish-to-destroy-they-first-make-mad-a-classical-quotation/comment-page-1/), says “I learn that in fact it is a note on Sophocles Antigone, l.620, by a scholiast.  The idea itself is present in Homer, Odyssey, IX, 492-3. In the tragedy Antigone, of Sophocles, in verses 620-623, it said something similar: For cunningly of old was the celebrated saying revealed: evil sometimes seems good to a man whose mind a god leads to destruction. The ancient scholiast on these verses says: When a god plans harm against a man,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

National integration and 13th A
N.A.de S. Amaratunga
National integration would mean that in a country which is inhabited by several ethnic communities everyone would harbour similar feelings and thinking about matters of national interest like independence, territorial integrity, sovereignty etc. Development of such sentiments cannot be forced on a people. In this regard what the Indian philosopher S. Radhakrishna said may be of relevance.  He has said national integration cannot be made by brick and mortar but should be allowed to develop through education. Without a mutual feeling of respect for one another's language, religion and culture among people national integration of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5d
KAMALIKA PIERIS
After the 2015 election, the US got into several critical sectors, the Sri Lanka‘s economy, Sri Lanka‘s Parliament and Sri Lanka‘s armed forces. ‘We want to see Sri Lanka as a truly democratic, prosperous, happy and reconciled country in the future,’ US said. . The House Democracy Partnership of the US House of Representatives   is a bipartisan, twenty-member commission of the U.S. House of Representatives  that works directly with partner countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislative institutions. Partner states are eligible to participate in training seminars... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5c
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 21.11.10 US intervened in the two Presidential elections of in January 2010 and January 2015. US wished to somehow defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa and put a US puppet on the throne. It is well known that the US meddled in the Presidential elections of 2010 and 2015, said the media. US ambassador Michelle Sisson was openly talking politics at embassy functions. She was adamant that the candidate to challenge Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2015 should not be a UNP candidate but a common candidate. The US funding of Sirisena campaign in 2014/2015... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5b
KAMALIKA PIERIS
When J.R. Jayewardene (“Yankee Dickie”) became President, 1977- 1978 and 1978 – 1989, there was an open tilt towards the USA. JR paid a state visit to USA in June 1984, during his second term in office. This was the first state visit to USA by a Sri Lanka Head of state. It is also the only state visit  to US by the Head of state of Sri Lanka to date. In 1985 United States Navy super carrier USS Kitty Hawke visited Sri Lanka. It was, I think, the first US super carrier to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

UNITY IS PARAMOUNT!
BY Dr Sripali Vaiamon
As a Democrat from Sri lanka who was not so strongly involved even during  school days, wish to suggest,  in AMERICA as well as CANADA what we predominantly willing  to maintain is  UNITY,among all the neighbours,.I was a broadcaster and after my retirement I migrated to CANADA .As I know PM TRUDEAU’S dada,Pierre Trudeau proposed at the House,in October 1971, MULTICULTURALISM, almost with the same target.It is equally necessary for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AMERICA is a vast country crazed with this color bar,despite all of us are human beings.Civilized human... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

පෑලියගොඩ මැනිං වෙළෙඳ සංකීර්ණය අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ සුරතින් ජනතා අයිතියට පත් වෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
පෑලියගොඩ මැනිං වෙළෙඳ සංකීර්ණය (Manin Market) අද 2020.11.20 දින ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය හා නාගරික සංවර්ධන හා නිවාස අමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ සුරතින් විවෘත වුණි. එම අවස්ථාව සඳහා එක්වුණු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා සමරු ඵලකය නිරාවරණය කරමින් වෙළඳ සංකීර්ණය විවෘත කළේය. අනතුරුව එය අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ නිරීක්ෂණයට ලක් වුණි. පහසුකම් රැසකින් සමන්විත මෙම නව මැනිං වෙළඳ සංකීර්ණයේ ඉදිකිරීම් කටයුතු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ උපදෙස් පරිදි කඩිනම් කෙරිණි. මහල් හතරකින් සමන්විත පැලියගොඩ මැනිං වෙළද සංකීර්ණය 03 වෙනි මහල දක්වා පිහිටි සෑම වෙළඳසැලකටම එළවළු ප්‍රවාහන ලොරි ගෙන ඒමට හැකිවන සේ සකසා තිබීම විශේෂත්වයකි. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් හම්බන්තොට වරාය කාර්මික උද්‍යානයේ මෙතෙක් විශාලම අයෝජන ගිවිසුමට අත්සන් තබයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ලොව ප්‍රමුඛතම ටයර් නිෂ්පාදන සමාගමක්වන චීනයේ ෂැන්ඩොං හහෝවා ටයර් සමාගම අමෙරිකානු ඩොලර් මිලියන 300ක් ආයෝජනය කරමින් හම්බන්තොට වරාය කාර්මික උද්‍යානයේ ආරම්භ කරන කර්මාන්තශාලාවේ ගිවිසුම්ගතවීම ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් ඊයේ 2020.11.19 දින සිදුවිය. කොළඹ විජේරාමේ පිහිටි අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය නිල නිවසේ සිට මෙම ගිවිසුම්ගතවීමේ අවස්ථාවට වීඩියෝ තාක්ෂණය ඔස්සේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා, ක්‍රීඩා හා තරුණ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ නව චීන තානාපති චි ශෙන්හොං මැතිතුමා එක්ව සිටියහ. ෂැන්ඩොං සමාගම විසින් මෙම කර්මාන්තශාලාව තුළ අර්ධ වානේ රේඩියල් ටයර් සහ ට්‍රක් රථ, බස් රථ සහ මඟී මෝටර් රථ සඳහා අවශ්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

ශෝක පණිවිඩය -- නාපානේ පේමසිරි නාහිමි
මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ  ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජයේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය
මහනුවර, හුරීකඩුව ශ්‍රී  විද්‍යාසාගර මහා පිරිවෙනේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ හා විහාරාධිපති, ශාසනසෝභන,                  ත්‍රිපිටකවාගීශ්වරාචාර්ය, සිරි සීලවංශ වංශාලංකාර, ශාසනකීර්ති ශ්‍රී, රාජකීය පණ්ඩිත, විනයාචාර්ය,          විනයවිශාරද, අග්‍ගමහාපණ්ඩිත, ශ්‍රී ලංකා රාමඤ්ඤ මහනිකායේ මහනායක ධුරන්ධර, අතිගෞරවාර්හ නාපාන පේමසිරි මහනායක මහා ස්වාමින්වහන්සේ  අපවත් වූ පුවත සැළවීමෙන් මම බලවත් සේ සංවේගයට පත්වීමි. ඓතිහාසික මහනුවර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයට අයත් පාතදුම්බර උඩුගම්පහ කෝරළයට අයත් නාපාන ග්‍රාමයේ            ප්‍රභූ දෙපළකට දාව ජනිත වූ මහානායක  මහ ස්වාමීන්වහන්සේ අර්ථ සම්පන්න බුද්ධ පුත්‍රයකු වූහ. සසර දී රැස් කළ පුණ්‍ය බලය නිසාම සම්බුදු සසුනට ඇතුළත්ව සුපේශල ශික්ෂාකාමී මහා ථෙරනමකගෙන් ඉටුවියයුතු සමාජ හා ශාසනික මෙහෙවර මැනවින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

තරුණ ව්‍යවසායකයින් වෙනුවෙන් තැනෙන Q-shop දහසක් ව්‍යාපෘතිය අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් ඇරඹෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
තරුණ ව්‍යවසායකයින් සඳහා වෙළඳපොළ අවස්ථා නිර්මාණය කෙරෙන Q-shop ව්‍යාපෘතියට අදාළ සමාරම්භක අවස්ථාව ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් රාජ්‍ය වාණිජ (විවිධ) නීතිගත සංස්ථා පරිශ්‍රයේදී ඊයේ 2020.11.19 දින පැවැත්විණි. එහිදී ප්‍රථම Q-shop වෙළඳසැල ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ සුරතින් විවෘත විය. ගුණාත්මක භාවයෙන් ඉහළ රාජ්‍ය අංශයේ හා ස්වදේශික පෞද්ගලික නිෂ්පාදකයන්ගේ භාණ්ඩ සෘජුවම පාරිභෝගිකයා වෙත නිකුත් කරමින් තරුණ ව්‍යවසාකයින් සඳහා වෙළඳපොළ අවස්ථා මේ ඔස්සේ නිර්මාණයවනු ඇත. මෙම ව්‍යාපෘතියේ මූලික අදියර යටතේ රට පුරා Q-shop දහසක් (1000) ක් ආරම්භ කෙරෙන අතර, ඉන් පසුව 2024 වර්ෂය වන විට දිවයිනේ සෑම ග්‍රාම නිලධාරී කොට්ඨාශයක්ම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

TNA opposes burial of coronavirus victims
By Dinasena Ratugamage Courtesy The Island
Vanni District TNA MP Selvam Addaikalanathan has declared that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is opposed to the move to bury Muslim covid victims in the Mannar District, under any circumstances. TELO leader Addaikalanathan, issuing a statement on behalf of the TNA said the Tamil community wouldn’t accept burials in predominately Tamil areas. The Vanni lawmaker emphasized that the TNA opposed the burial of corona victims in any part of the country. The TNA issued a statement amidst a simmering controversy over the UN intervention on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

Police in Germany launch homicide probe into doctor who allegedly gave 2 Covid patients lethal injection
Courtesy RT
German police are investigating a doctor who allegedly killed two critically ill Covid-19 patients, who were being treated in intensive care, with a lethal injection, a spokesperson said on Friday. The doctor, who has worked at Essen University Hospital as a senior physician since February, was arrested on November 18 on suspicion of intentionally fatally injecting the two men, the public prosecutor’s office in Essen said on Friday. “There is a suspicion that the doctor deliberately and illegally administered drugs to seriously ill people in their last phase of life, which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

Landmark Judgment Victory for Public Service
By Kamal Mahendra Weeraratne Courtesy Ceylon Today
A landmark judgment by the Court of Appeal on Thursday (19), became the hot topic of this week. That was none other than the verdict which acquitted Lalith Weeratunga, former Secretary to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Anusha Palpita former Director-General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) from the charges in the controversial Sil Cloth case.  Weeratunga and Palpita were found guilty on three counts by the Colombo High Court earlier for using Rs 600 million of TRC funds to distribute Sil Cloth during the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

PM gifted vintage car, the first vehicle he owned
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was gifted his first vehicle, a FIAT 124 Sports Coopé, by the family which bought the vehicle from Rajapaksa years ago. S. A. Amarasiri who had purchased the vehicle from Mr. Rajapaksa had owned the vehicle until his demise. Mr. Amarasiri had also won a motor rally held in India, in which he participated with the FIAT, which is now a valuable 50 year old vintage motor car. Mr. Amarasiri’s son and family have returned the vehicle to it’s first owner, Premier Rajapaksa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

Appeals Court quashes charges in murder case against Minister Janaka Bandara
Courtesy Adaderana
An indictment filed by the Attorney General against Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon over a murder that took place in 1999 has been revoked by the Court of Appeal. The verdict was delivered by the President of Appeals Court, Justice A.H.M.D. Nawaz and Justice Sobitha Rajakaruna today (20). In a writ application, Minister Tennakoon had sought the Appeals Court to quash the indictment filed by the Attorney General against him. He stated that the Government of Good Governance had filed a lawsuit against him in 2015 over his alleged involvement in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

Police seek public assistance to locate IDH escapee
Courtesy Adaderana
The police are seeking public assistance to locate the Covid-19 positive woman who escaped from the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Angoda last night (19). https://youtu.be/5Fw1tTsKfyM The 25-year-old had fled from the hospital at around 9.10 pm yesterday, along with her two-year-old son who was also under medical care for novel coronavirus. However, the police managed to find the child from a house in Eheliyagoda earlier today (20). It was revealed that the mother had handed over her child to one of her relatives residing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

Another 220 COVID patients identified
Courtesy Hiru News
Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva has stated that another 220 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 today (20). All of the patients have been identified to be associates of previous patients.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

Lalith Weeratunga Sil Redi Acquittal – What about Zuhair siphoning money from TRCSL to produce “Thanapathi Gedara” film distorting History?
Lalith Weeratunga, former President’s Secretary and Anusha Palpita, former DG of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission were acquitted and released from the charges by the Court of Appeal on 19 November 2020. The conviction by the Colombo High Court has been set aside.  Both were sentenced to 3year rigorous imprisonment for misappropriation of Rs.600m in violation of Section 386 of Penal Code, a verdict given by High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga claimed the accused were guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Both were ordered to pay Rs.50m each as compensation to the TRC and a fine of Rs.2m each & if payment was defaulted... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

Courts – Lawyers & Land Owners omitted in setting up e-Land-Register
The e-registers and the legislative path required to administer the e-register works well in developed nations, because of the effort made by specially trained legal academics who have been specially trained in electronics, registration law and modern property law. They are committed to evaluate the repercussions of the major reforms objectively without looking at the short-term funding and political consideration. In Sri Lanka, the Bar Association was informed suddenly that e-registration will commence with the hybrid foreign law from January 2021. They had to submit their bio-data without any data protection laws to the Registrar of Lands. Courts – Lawyers & Land... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5a
KAMALIKA PIERIS
US replaced Britain as the dominant power in the world when World War II ended.  The baton was transferred from UK to USA.  For USA too, Sri Lanka was a highly desirable country. It had two military advantages, its location in the Indian Ocean and the harbor at Trincomalee.  However, Sri Lanka in 1948 was rejoicing in its newly independent statehood. It was not advisable for US to invade and take it over. USA concentrated instead on developing a close relationship with newly independent Sri Lanka. Diplomatic relations with the United States of America... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

PATRONIZING TERRORISM
ALI SUKHANVER
Covid-19 has no doubt played a very important role in adding to the miseries of already troubled people all around the world. The worst impact of this pandemic is that from US to Afghanistan, the situation of law & order in different countries is getting horrible day by day. Unfortunately there are a few countries which are taking benefit of this horrible pandemic and exploiting the situation in their own interest; the worst example of it is India. According to different reports, since the beginning days of the Covid-19 till now, a shocking rise could be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

නාපාන ශී‍්‍ර පේමසිරි මහ නාහිමිපාණන් වහන්සේගේ අපවත්වීමෙන් ශාසනාම්බරය අඳුරුවිය.
ජාතික භික්‍ෂු පෙරමුණ.
ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා රාමඤ්ඤ මහා නිකායේ 13 වැනි මහානායක ධුරය දැරූ අග්ගමහා පණ්ඩිත නාපාන ශී‍්‍ර පේමසිරි මහ නාහිමිපාණන් වහන්සේගේ අපවත්වීම ශාසනාම්බරය අඳුරු වීමක් සේ සලකමින් ජාතික භික්‍ෂු පෙරමුණේ සාතිශය සංවේගය පළකර සිටින්නෙමු. උන්වහන්සේ බඳු ඥාන වෘද්ධ මහ තෙරපාණන් වහන්සේලා දුලබ වූ මෙකල නාපාන ශී‍්‍ර පේමසිරි මහ නාහිමි ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා නභෝගැබේ දිදුලන තාරකාවක් බඳු විය. ඈත ආකාශයේ පායන කුඩා තාරකා භ‍්‍රමණය හා පරිභ‍්‍රමණය විසින් මිනිසාගේ ඇසට ලංකර සුදිලෙන මහා තාරකාවක් සේ පෙනී සිට නැවත දුරස්ථවන්නාක් බඳු ශාසන ගමනක උන්වහන්සේ ව්‍යාවෘත වූහ. කුඩා සාමණේරයන් වහන්සේ නමක්ව සම්බුද්ධ ශාසනයට ඇතුළත්ව පැවිද්දෙකුට දැරිය හැකි ඉහළම තානාන්තරය වන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

Sri Lanka and Israel added to UK’s coronavirus travel corridors list
Courtesy yahoo News
Sri Lanka and Israel are among several countries that have been added to the UK’s list of travel corridors. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that Namibia, Rwanda and Uruguay are also now on the list. It marks the first time any African countries have been added to the travel corridors list. No destinations have been removed this week. People arriving in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from the islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius, Saba and the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands, will be also exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement from 4am on Saturday. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

Another four COVID deaths reported - total death toll increases to 73
Courtesy Hiru News
The Epidemiology Unit stated that four more COVID deaths have been reported in the country. Accordingly, the death toll has increased to 73.  A 70 year old male, a resident of Colombo -10 died at a private hospital.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

Former SL Fertiliser Company Chairman arrested
Courtesy Hiru News
The Police Media stated that a former Chairman of Sri Lanka Fertiliser Company arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department over an alleged Rs. 90 million financial fraud for purchasing fertiliser from a private company in 2017.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

Another 194 COVID patients identified
Courtesy Hiru News
Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva has stated that another 194 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 today (19). All of the patients have been identified to be associates of previous patients.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/11/20)

UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR’S MISSIVE TO THE PRIME MINISTER AND WHAT AN ORDINARY SRI LANKAN THINKS ABOUT IT
By Rohana R. Wasala
UN Resident Coordinator Ms Hanaa Singer’s outrageously meddlesome missive offering unsolicited advice on governance (November 12, 2020) to Prime Minister Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, with copies to the Minister of Foreign Relations Mr Dinesh Gunawardane, and Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous  Medicine Mrs Pavithra Wanniarachchi hasn’t still elicited an official response from the Government; neither has it drawn any comment from the Opposition, at least by the time of writing.(No doubt, they have genuine reasons for their silence.) But concerned Buddhist monks and lay activists and other ordinary citizens who really care about the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/20)

Donkeys doing the Dogs' jobs?
By Bodhi Dhanapala [The author is a retired lecturer who worked in several Technical Colleges (CEGEP, Ecole Polytechnique) in Quebec, Canada.]
UN representatives and Agriculturalists who pose as experts on Covid-19 management. I read with amazement the attempt by the Resident UN coordinator  in Sri Lanka,  Ms. Hanna Singer, to take over the job of advising the Sri Lankan government about the safety of burial of  Covid infected bodies. In addition, she is trying to offer advise on the political fall out from  it to a veteran politician like Mahinda Rajapaksa!   One thinks... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා මානෙල්වත්ත විහාරස්ථානය වැඳ පුදා ගනී
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
කැළණිය, බෝල්ලෑගල, මානෙල්වත්ත විහාරස්ථානයේ විහාරාධිපති තායිවානයේ ප්‍රධාන සංඝනායක බෞද්ධ කටයුතු පිළිබඳ ජනාධිපති උපදේශක ආචාර්ය බෝදාගම චන්දිම නාහිමියෝ බැහැ දැකීමට අද 2020.11.18 දින විහාරස්ථානයට ගිය ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා උන්වහන්සේගේ සුව දුක් විමසා බැලුවේය. ආගමික වතාවත් වලින් අනතුරුව පූජ්‍ය ආචාර්ය බෝදාගම චන්දිම නාහිමියෝ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ජන්ම දිනයට සෙත් ප්‍රාර්ථනා කරමින් ආශිර්වාද එක් කළහ. පූජ්‍ය ආචාර්ය බෝදාගම චන්දිම නාහිමියන් ඇතුළු මහා සංඝරත්නය සමඟින් සුහඳ කතා බහක නිරත වූ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා ගරුතර මහා සංඝරත්නයේ ආශිර්වාද ලබා ගැනීමෙන් අනතුරුව සමූහ ඡායාරූපයකට ද පෙනී සිටියේය. රටේ ආර්ථික, සමාජීය හා දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාදාමයන්ට අදාළ ධර්මානුකූල පිළිවෙත් ගැන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන්තොටුපොල දෙවැනි පර්යන්ත ව්‍යාපෘතියේ වැඩ ඇරඹෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමන් අද 2020.11.18 දින බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන්තොටුපොල,පර්යන්ත 2 ව්‍යාපෘතියේ වැඩ ආරම්භ කිරීමේ අවස්ථාවට එක්විය. සෞභාග්‍යයේ  දැක්ම යටතේ ගුවන්තොටුපොල ගුවන්සේවා (ශ්‍රී ලංකා) පුද්ගලික ආයතනය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන්තොටුපොලවල් සංවර්ධනය කිරීම ආරම්භ කිරීමට සමඟාමීව මෙම ව්‍යාපෘතියේ වැඩ ආරම්භ වුණි. 2014 වර්ෂයේදී අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ හා ජපානයේ ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය  ශින්ෂෝ අබේ මැතිතුමාගේ සහභාගීත්වයෙන් බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන් තොටුපොලේ 2වන අදියරේ කටයුතු  ඇරඹුණි. ගුවන් තොටුපොල 2වන අදියර කටයුතු 2014 දී ආරම්භ කෙරුණද, 2015 දී බලයට පත්වූ යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුව එම සංවර්ධන ව්‍යාපෘතිය ඉදිරියට ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම විවිධ හේතු දක්වමින් ප්‍රමාද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/20)

2024 දී සැමට ජලය ලබාදෙන්න සැලසුම් කර අවසන් - අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
2024 වසර අවසන් වන විට සැමට ජලය ලබාදීමට අවශ්‍ය සියලු කටයුතු මේ වන විට සැලසුම් කර අවසන් බව කැළණි ගඟ දකුණු ඉවුර ජල සම්පාදන ව්‍යාපෘතිය, දෙවන අදියර විවෘත කිරීමේ අවස්ථාවට එක් වෙමින් ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා අද 2020.11.18 දින පැවසීය. එම අවස්ථාවට එක් වූ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා ප්‍රථමයෙන් සමරු ඵලකය නිරාවරණය කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව ජල පිරිපහදුවේ පොම්ප යන්ත්‍ර ක්‍රියාත්මක කරමින් කැළණි, දකුණු ඉවුර ජල සම්පාදන ව්‍යාපෘතියේ දෙවන අදියර ජල පවිත්‍රාගාරය මහජනතාව වෙත විවෘත කරන ලදී. මෙම අවස්ථාවේදී ජාතික ජල සම්පාදන හා ජලාපවහන මණ්ඩලයේ සභාපති නිශාන්ත රණතුංග මහතා විසින් 2021-2025 කාලය සඳහා ජල සම්පාදන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ඡන්ම දිනයට සමඟාමීව කිරි අම්මාවරුන් 76 දෙනෙකු උදෙසා දානයක්
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ගරු අග්‍රමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ ඡන්ම දිනයට සමඟාමීව, කිරි අම්මා දානයක් අද 2020.11.18  දින පෙරවරුවේ නාරාහේන්පි අභයාරාම පුරාණ විහාරස්ථානයේදී පැවැත්විණි. මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිදුන්ගේ ඡන්ම දිනයට සමඟාමීව පැවති කිරි අම්මා දානය මෙවර පැවැත්වුයේ 18 වෙනි වරටය. සෑම වර්ෂයකම ඡන්ම දිනයට සමඟාමීව පැවැත්වෙන මෙම දානමය කටයුත්ත සංවිධානය කරනු ලබන්නේ නාරාහේන්පිට අභයාරාමාධිපති, බස්නාහිර පළාත් ප්‍රධාන සංඝනායක පූජ්‍ය මුරුත්තෙට්ටුවේ ආනන්ද නාහිමි විසිනි. ප්‍රථමයෙන් ආගමික වතාවත් වල නිරත වූ ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමන්, ගරුතර මහා සංඝරත්නයේ ජය පිරිත් සඡ්ඡායනා මධ්‍යයේ ආශිර්වාද ලබා ගත්තේය. අනතුරුව, කිරි අම්මාවරුන් 76 දෙනෙකු උදෙසා කිරි අම්මා දානය පූජා කරන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/20)

Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa outlines his domestic and foreign policies
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
The era of betraying war heroes, selling national assets, willingness to accept any deal for short-term gains, allowing foreign forces to interfere in the internal affairs of the country has now come to an end, he said in a special TV broadcast Colombo, November 18 (newsin.asia): The Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday outlined his domestic and foreign policies and pledged to pursue what is best for his country without fear or favor. In a televised message to the nation, Gotabaya said: “The era of betraying war heroes, selling national assets,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/20)

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 69
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has reported three more deaths from the coronavirus pandemic today (18), the Director-General of Health Services confirmed a short while ago. Accordingly, the total number of COVID-19 deaths reported in the country has hiked to 69. One of the deceased is a 70-year-old male residing in Kandana. He had passed away at his residence. The cause of death has been identified as the complication of diabetes condition due to COVID-19 infection. A woman, aged 74 years from Colombo 12, has succumbed to high blood pressure, diabetes, and weakness... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/20)

Minuwangoda-Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster up by 92 cases-A total of 325 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified so far today (18)
Courtesy Adaderana
Department of Government Information says that another 92 individuals have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the country. All new cases are close contacts of previously identified positive patients from the Peliyagoda cluster.  A total of 325 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified so far today (18). This brings the total number of cases reported from the Minuwangoda-Peliyagoda Covid-19 cluster to 14,893.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/20)

My success or failure is best measured by public opinion – President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that his government has curtailed the opportunity for any form of extremism to raise its head again in Sri Lanka. https://youtu.be/3k0Iluk0nf0 The President mentioned this during a special address to the nation to mark the first anniversary of his Presidency. He added that there is no room for the underworld and drug networks to carry out their operations within prisons. He says that the era of betraying war veterans, selling national resources, readily accepting any deal over short-term gains, or allowing foreign... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/20)

The best measure of his success is the opinion of the people, the President says while addressing the nation (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that the best measure of his success is the opinion of the people and not the false propaganda spread by political opponents in an organized manner. https://youtu.be/okfav6Fw3Z0 Addressing the nation today (18), for the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, the President expressed these views.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/20)

AG requests Acting IGP to submit the report on Brandix cluster today
Courtesy Hiru News
The Attorney General has instructed the Acting Inspector General of Police to submit the progress report requested regarding the investigation into the Minuwangoda Brandix factory coronavirus cluster, today (18) itself. Attorney General's Coordinating Officer State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne stated that the team conducting the investigation which includes the Criminal Investigation Department Director has been summoned and briefed.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/11/20)

NO MORE INDIA FIRST! A RATIONAL AND BETTER FOREIGN POLICY - BALANCE
Stanley Gunaratne
THE POLICY OF THIS COUNTRY SHOULD NOT BE "INDIA FIRST", NOR GIVING PRIORITY TO INDIA. THEIR CONCERNS ARE OF NO CONCERN TO US. IT IS THE HEIGHT OF FOOLISHNESS FOR GOVERNMENTS OF THIS NATION TO PANDER TO INDIA AND ISSUE SUCH RIDICULOUS STATEMENTS. In order to be a global hub and connect to the world, one does not prioritise a single regional country. That is completely incompetent, lacking in business sense and given India's hostile nature and recent history of them trying to destroy us, it is high treason. Singapore believed that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

හරක් ටික ගාල් කරමු!
වාගිස ප්‍රනාන්දු විසිනි.
“හරක් ටික ගාල් කරමු“යන මැයෙන් නොවැම්බර් 17 වනදා “දිවයින“ තම පුවත්පතේ කතුවැකිය ලියා ඇත. අසත්‍ය ප්‍රකාශ ප්‍රචාරය කරන්නන් මෙසේ නීතිය ඉදිරියට ගෙන ඒම සම්බන්ධයෙන් පොලිසීයේ කාර්යභාරය මෙන්ම මෙවන් තීරණාත්මක අවස්ථාවකදී අසත්‍ය ප්‍රචාරය මැඩ පැවැත්වීම සදහා මාධ්‍යයේ මෙන්ම රටවැසි සියළුම දෙනාගේ වගකීම හා යුතුකම එහි මනාව පැහැදිළි කර ඇත. මේ කෙටි ලිපිය ඊට ඌණ පූර්ණයකි. අයාලේ යමින් ලබාදී ඇති නිදහස අයුතු ලෙස භාවිතා කරන එවැනි හරක් ගාල් කල යුතුය. ඒ පිළිබද විවාදයක් සත්‍යය අගයන කිසිවෙකුත් තුල තිබිය නොහැක. අසත්‍ය ප්‍රකාශ සමාජගතවීම ඇරඹුනේ අද ඊයෙක සිට නොවේ. කොරෝනා වෛරසය රට තුලට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කළ 2021 අයවැය කතාව
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
හැඳින්වීම ගරු කථානායකතුමනි, අතිගරු ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ රජයේ “සෞභාග්‍යයේ දැක්ම” ප්‍රතිපත්ති රාමුව තුළ 2021 – 2023 මැදිකාලීන ආර්ථික පුනර්ජීවන හා දිළිදුකම පිටුදැකීමේ කඩිනම් වැඩසටහන ශක්තිමත් කරන 2021 අයවැය කතාව මේ උත්තරීතර සභාවට ඉදිරිපත් කරන්නේ ඉමහත් සතුටකින්. ගරු කථානායකතුමනි, අප රට කවර ආර්ථික මට්ටමක සිටියත්, කවර අභියෝගයන්ට මුහුණ දී තිබුණත් පිළිගත යුතු එක් මූලික යතාර්ථයක් වන්නේ කාර්මීකරණයෙන් ඉදිරියට පැමිණි ලෝක ආර්ථිකය, මේ වන විට තාක්ෂණික ආර්ථිකයට පිවිස ඇති බවයි. අප මෙය දැකිය යුත්තේ කෘෂිකර්මය, කර්මාන්ත හා සේවා අංශ සංවර්ධනය සඳහා සම්ප්‍රදායික උපාය මාර්ගවලින් ඔබ්බට ගොස්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

ශ‍්‍රී‍්‍රී ලංගමය තුළ #කොරෝනා පොකුරුරු නිර්මාණයවීමේ ක‍්‍රි‍්‍රියියාවලියිය වැළැක්වීවීමට උපරිම සෞඛ්‍ය පහසුකුකම් විධිමත්ව්ව අඛණ්ඩ්ඩව එම සේව්වකයන්හ්හට ලබාදීමට කඩිනමින් මැදිහත්ව්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීිටීම
සමස්ත ලංකා ප්‍රවාහන සේවක සංගමය.
ගරු ජනාධිපති, ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, කොළඹ 01. ගරු ජනපතිතුමනි, ශ‍්‍රී‍්‍රී ලංගමය තුළ කොරෝනා පොකුරුරු නිර්මාණයවීමේ ක‍්‍රි‍්‍රියියාවලියිය වැළැක්වීවීමට උපරිම සෞඛ්‍ය පහසුකුකම් විධිමත්ව්ව අඛණ්ඩ්ඩව එම සේව්වකයන්හ්හට ලබාදීමට කඩිනමින් මැදිහත්ව්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීිටීම සුව විරුවන්. රණවිරුවන් හා සමානවම ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම විරුවන් ද මේ මොහොතේ ඉටුකරනු ලබන්නේ මහඟු සේවාවකි. කොරෝනා උවදුර පිළිබඳව තඹ දොයිතුවකටවත් නොසලකා ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම විරුවන් අත්‍යාවශ්‍ය සේවාවන්වල සේවකයින්ට සහ මගී ජනතාවට ප‍්‍රවාහන පහසුකම් උපරිම ලෙස ලබාදීමට මේ මොහොතේ සිදුකරයි. පසුගිය දිනෙක යටිනුවර ඩිපෝවේ රියදුරු මහතෙකු අනතුරක් පදනම් කරගෙන බෝගම්බර රක්ෂිත බන්ධනාගාරය තුළට ඇතුළත් කර... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

Appeal Court Finds Wilpattu Rapist Guilty – Will the AG Direct the Police to File Criminal Charges Against Bathiudeen and his Accomplices?
By  Gandara John 
In a landmark case, a bench of Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal found a former Minister, suspected of having close links to Easter Bomb terrorist Zaharan, guilty of illegally settling people on State Land and raping the Wilpattu Forest.   Bathiudeen, presently in remand jail for defrauding State funds, came into prominence recently when his Party members voted with Gota to pass an Amendment to the Constitution that would enable American Basil to sit in Parliament.  The case that was filed against him by an environmental organisation was a Civil case... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

MSC deals with grounded ship off Al Athaiba coast
Oman Observer
Muscat: The Maritime Security Center (MSC) received a report stating that a wooden cargo ship flying the flag of the Republic of Sri Lanka ran aground and sank due to the failure of its engine off the coast of Al Athaiba in the Governorate of Muscat. The ship had a crew consisting of six people and carrying a number of various materials and oil derivatives. After receiving the report, the Maritime Security Center held a meeting in the presence of all representatives of the military, security and civil authorities at the center, to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

Govt announces several tax concessions in 2021 Budget 2021
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/XPkYEzwZkuM... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

Judge Padmini requests promotion for Duminda's verdict (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
It was revealed today (17) that former Director of the CID Shani Abeysekara was aware of the contents of the verdict in the case against former MP Duminda Silva before it was announced. This was during the hearing of evidence at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing incidents of political victimisation.  The complaint lodged by former MP Duminda Silva's father, Lal Silva was taken up before the Presidential Commission today (17). https://youtu.be/RVnO9JwLDSg The complaint to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing incidents of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

Another five COVID deaths reported - total death toll rises to 66
Courtesy Hiru News
The Government Information Department stated that five more COVID deaths have been reported, increasing the death toll to 66. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

Another 241 COVID patients identified
Courtesy Hiru News
Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva stated that another 241 persons have tested positive for COVID-19. All of them have been identified to close contacts of previous patients.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

Next year's expected growth rate 5.5%, PM says (Video).
Courtesy Hiru News
In his capacity as the Finance Minister, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the Budget report for the year 2021 in Parliament today (17). This is the 75th budget report of the country and the Prime Minister while presenting the budget report stated that the expected economic growth in 2021 is 5.5%. https://youtu.be/kff6cx6h47w Below are the key highlights of the 2021 Budget Increasing the daily wage of estate workers to Rs. 1,000 from 01 January, 2021. Introduction of a Special Goods and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

Full budget speech of the PM - sessions adjourned
Courtesy  Hiru News
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lMO42oewnZzRT1SaMU2oWUOW5ieQUjrt/view PM making the budget speeach today said "It is with great pleasure that I present the budget speech 2021, which focuses on strengthening the 2021-2023 medium term programme of poverty alleviation and economic revival as envisaged within the “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour”, the policy framework of the government of HE the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa" Macro-Economic Road Map According to the macro-economic programme of “Vistas of Prosperity and splendour”, our target is to maintain an inclusive growth rate of 6 percent over the medium term. Various proposals and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

East Container Terminal, Colombo port
RANJITH SOYSA
Recently , the Minister Sarath Weersekera clarified the present Government’s position about the a rumour regarding the future of ECT which is being given prominence in social media criticising the President and the cabinet. The Minister should be thanked as his response was timely and it quashed the one -sided anti -Government propaganda by interested parties, He said that the Memorandum of Corporation was signed by Yahaplanaya government with India and Japan in 2019 when Sagala Ratanayake was the minister in charge of ports. The origin of the present issue of the 49%... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

LPL Franchise Owners
R.Dasanayake
It is alleged the take over of a television station in Sri Lanka was done surreptitiously by a company with diaspora connections. Today we hear the SLC is looking to finalize the owners of the five franchises for their T20 league. As per the contracts the Dubai based IPG group has the responsibility to find the owners on behalf of the SLC for the forthcoming LPL . It is also mentioned the clearance from the ICC is a prerequisite in this process which one assumes is mainly on previous fraudulent activities.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

මරක්කල නීතිරීති වලට ප්‍රමුඛස්ථානය ලැබුණේ කවරදාද?
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
              මහමදාගම්කාරයන් යනු මොහොමඩ් නබි තුමාගේ අනුගාමිකයන්ය.ඒ නිසාම නබිතුමා නිර්මාණය කල ආගමට මහමත් ආගම යයි ව්‍යවහාරයක් ඇත. මහමත් ආගම ඉතාමත් ආක්‍රමණශීලි ස්වභාවයෙන් ලෝකයේ නොයෙක් රටවල පැතිරීම  නිසා ස්වදේශිකයන් ඝාතනයට ලක් වූහ.එසේම මහමත් ජනයා ගේ වානිජ ශූරත්වය නිසා ඉතා ඉක්මනින් විදෙස් රටවල වෙළෙඳ ආධිපත්‍යද ගැනීමට ද හැකි වී ඇත. ඉන්දියාවට පැමිණි මහමත් අක්‍රමණිකයන් විශාල විනාශයක් කළහ.ඉන්දියාවේ පැවති බුද්ධ ශාසනය විනාශ වන්නේ මේ ආක්‍රමණ හේතුවෙනි. මහමත් සෙබලු ඉන්දියාවේ දකුණට සිය ආධිපත්‍ය පතුරුවන කල්හි එහි සිටි ද්‍රවිඩයන් රැසක් මහමත් ආගමේ ගොදුරු බවට පත් විය.මරක්කලයන් බිහිවන්නේ මෙකී මහමත්කරණයට ලක් වූ පිරිස් නිසාවෙනි.ලංකාව සමග වෙළදාමේ යෙදුණු බහුතරයක් වානිජයන් එකල හැටියට ද්‍රවිඩයන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

නව ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ විකල්ප යෝජනා අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාට භාර දෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සඳහා නව ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් වෙනුවෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කෙරෙන විකල්ප යෝජනා ඇතුළත් ග්‍රන්ථය අද 2020.11.16 දින  බෞද්ධ මහා සම්මේලනයේ සභාපති ජගත් සුමතිපාල මහතා විසින් ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා වෙත භාර දෙන ලදී. බුද්ධශාසන කාර්යසාධක මණ්ඩලය හා සමස්ත ලංකා බෞද්ධ මහා සම්මේලනය නියෝජනය කරමින් ගරුතර මහා සංඝරත්නය විසින් විජේරාමේ පිහිටි නිල නිවසේදී, මෙම ග්‍රන්ථය අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාට පිළිගැන්වූහ. සමස්ත ලංකා බෞද්ධ මහා සම්මේලනයේ, ජාතික ප්‍රතිපත්ති සම්පාදක මණ්ඩලය, නීතිය, රාජ්‍ය පාලනය, ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව හා විදේශ ප්‍රතිපත්ති අනුකමිටුව මෙම ග්‍රන්ථය සම්පාදනය කර තිබේ. පූජ්‍ය වජිරාරාමාවාසී ඤාණසීහ හිමි හා ජනාධිපති නීතීඥ මනෝහර ද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

Pathfinder Foundation Successfully Concludes Indian Ocean Security Conference
The Pathfinder Foundation
The Pathfinder Foundation’s Indian Ocean Security Conference was successfully concluded after 3-days of deliberations. The virtual event focusing on Maritime Security and Maritime Governance in the Indian Ocean saw participation of over 36 countries and an average of one hundred participants from around the world. Indian Ocean littoral countries including those members of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), its dialogue partners, Government officials from many countries including the Gulf States, diplomatic missions based in Colombo, experts representing think-tanks, research, business community and academia, were represented at this important forum. Among the major countries that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

To Escape the Geopolitical Knot
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
As early as January 2015 Teresita Schaffer predicted in her blog, ‘South Asia Hand’ Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s entrance to politics. This was an amazing forecast from one who was the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka from 1992-1995. It is especially so when according to Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s close associates, he did not at the time entertain any political aspirations. Until the very last days of the 2019 Presidential Election, he refused to be identified as a politician, but as a nationalist. Even as President, he prefers his Prime Minister and older brother Mahinda Rajapaksa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

හිටපු ජනපතිගේ ගැසට්ටුවෙන් සිංහරාජය තුන් ගුණයක් ලොකු වෙයි.. සමාජ ජාලයේ සුබ පැතුම් වැසි වසී.. තවත් ගැසට් 65ක් මග එයි..
– Maithripala Sirisena FB
හෙක්ටයාර 11000 ක සීමාවේ තිබූ සිංහරාජ වනාන්තරය හේකටයාර 36000 ඉක්මවූ සීමාවකට නීතිගත කර තිබේ. හිටපු ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා විසින් අත්සන් කරන ලද අති විශේෂ ගැසට් නිවේදනයක් බලාත්මක වීමත් සමග මෙම තත්ත්වය උදාවී ඇත. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් හිටපු ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා විසින් තම ෆේස්බුක් ගිණුමේ සටහනක් තබා තිබේ. සමාජ ජාල පරිශීලකයන් විසින් ඒම සටහනට මහත් ප්‍රසාදය දක්වමින් ප්‍රතිචාර දක්වා තිබේ. එම සටහන මෙසේය. පළමුව උතුම් පරිසරය සුරැකීම වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටින පරිසරවේදීන් සහ පරිසරයට ආදරය කරන සියලු දෙනාටම මාගේ ගෞරවය සහ උපහාරය….. මතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

දුටුගැමුණු පිලිරුව ඉදිරියේ දිවුරුම් දුන් ගෞරවය කෙලෙසාගන්න එපා..- ගැටඹේ හිමිගෙන් ජනපතිට තදබල දැන්වීමක්..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
කොරෝනා මෘත දේහ සම්බන්ධයෙන් රජයේ ස්ථාවරය කුමක්දැයි රටට සෘජුව ප‍්‍රකාශ කරන්නැයි මහනුවර ගැටඹේ රාජෝපවනාරාමාධිපති පුජ්‍ය කැප්පිටියාගොඩ සිරිවිමල නා හිමියන් ඉල්ලා සිටිති. තම අත්සනින් යුතුව නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව කියා සිටිති. ඉස්ලාමීය කොරෝනා මෘතදේහ ආදාහනයෙන් බැහැරව භූමිදානයට අවසර දී ඇතැයි යන ආරංචියක් හේතුවෙන් සහ ඒ සනාථ කරමින් කැබිනට් ඇමතිවරයෙකු කරන ලද ප්‍රකාශයක් හේතුවෙන් කනස්සල්ලෙන් සිටින බවද උන්වහන්සේ කියා සිටිති. එල්ලවන විරෝධය හමුවේ දැනට හකුළාගෙන ඇති එම තීන්දුව අද නැතත් තව මාස දෙකකින් හෝ ක්‍රියාවට නැංවීමට මේ රජයට කිසිදු සදාචාරාත්මක අයිතියක් නැතැයි ද උන්වහන්සේ අවධාරණය කරති. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/11/20)

Do you bury your dead computer?
By P.K. Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
The problem of e-waste looms large for Sri Lanka as unsafe disposal poses grave risks to the environment and human health Colombo, November 16: Last week a news item reminded Sri Lankans of a major problem they might face in the coming years – the accumulation of e-waste, a dangerous environmental polluter. In a significant development, a Sri Lankan company INSEE Ecocycle Lanka got together electrical and electronic waste comprising three tonnes of Printed Circuit Board, eight tonnes of plastic and 13 tonnes of metal for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/20)

Sri Lankan president to review situation in isolated areas daily
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Apart from 12 police divisions in Colombo already declared as under isolation Maradana, Fort, Pettah, Slave Island and Dam Street have also been isolated Colombo, November 16 (newsin.asia) – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will review the situation of isolated areas on a daily basis with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and will order to lift the isolation as soon as clearance is received from health authorities, the Daily Mirror learns as several areas in Colombo have once again been placed under isolation from today. Army Chief and Head of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/20)

Evidence regarding Bathiudeen revealed at the Easter Commission (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
It was revealed before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing Easter Sunday terror attacks today (16) that former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen had visited the house of a suspect arrested in connection with the Easter attack on several occasions. https://youtu.be/Jp8K-AZL-EY It was previously revealed that the former Minister had made several requests to the then Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake regarding the suspect arrested in Dehiwala on several occasions.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/20)

Another suspect arrested for posting fake news on social media
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Another suspect was arrested by the CID in connection with the incident where a fake news was published on social media stating that a person collapsed and died on the road due to Covid-19. Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said the suspect aged 28 was traced with the information provided by the Computer Forensic experts and was arrested in Hanthana, Kandy last evening. https://youtu.be/mHFtRsN2OLM He said three more suspects have been identified in connection with the incident and they would be arrested in the near future.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/20)

Bathiudeen ordered to reforest Kallaru sanctuary on his own expenses
Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Court of Appeal today ordered MP Rishad Bathiudeen to reforest the Kallaru sanctuary in Wilpattu National Park on his own expenses ruling that clearing of the sanctuary was illegal.  The court also ordered the MP to pay the cost of the petitioners. ()... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/20)

Three more COVID-19 deaths bring toll to 61
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has reported another three coronavirus-related deaths hiking the tally to 61 deaths in total. The Department of Government Information confirmed that two men and a woman have succumbed to the virus in this manner. An 84-year-old woman had passed away at her home in Moratuwa from diabetes and COVID-19. A 70-year-old male from Colombo had been receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Angoda upon diagnosis of COVID-19 when he had died from the virus. Reportedly, had been suffering from chronic kidney diseases prior to death.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/20)

229 more test positive for Covid-19
Courtesy Adaderana
The Ministry of Health confirms that 229 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified. All new patients are close contacts of patients who already tested positive for the virus.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8J
KAMALIKA PIERIS
This essay, which is the final essay of this set, summarizes the   reactions to the three agreements discussed, namely, ACSA, SOFA and MCC. All three agreements are with the United States of America  and all three were prepared by USA, In USA to benefit the USA. Of the three agreements, ACSA is already signed. SOFA and Millennium Challenge Compact are yet to be signed.     If we sign these “Agreements”, which are formal treaties,   not    ‘Agreements’ at all, we shall lose our independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, said critics.  USA will make Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8I
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Those supporting USA defended the Agreements. The Colombo-Trincomalee railway link   which the public associate with the MCC, would not be dividing the country, it would be linking it more strongly, they said.  In Japan, there is a high-speed railway line between Tokyo and Nigata. The bullet train takes less than two hours to complete the journey and no one has access to the bullet train track. This train track has not divided the country or the people, but actually connected them with a fast and safe mode of transport.  A high-speed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8h
KAMALIKA PIERIS
This essay lists four set of objections raised against the three US treaties, by four separate organizations in Sri Lanka. They are objecting from different perspectives and they all show opposition to US rule in Sri Lanka. In July 2019, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna held a news conference to protest against the two agreements. It was observed at this conference that there have been many problems wherever SOFA is signed by the US with other countries. An army base will come up in any country that signs a SOFA. We have a trained, experienced... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/20)

More on Dr. Wimalawansa's 16-May-2-2020 claim of “a capsule containing a high-potent nutrient” recommended for Sri Lanka, to “prevent the virus from uncontrollably spreading”.
Bodhi Dhanapala.[The author is a retired science lecturer who worked at the Ecole Polytechnique in Quebec, Canada]
Dr. Sunil Wimalawansa, a retired doctor living in the US made scathing  attacks on Sri Lanka's management of Covid-19,  in an article published in the Island  entitled "FAILURE TO MANAGE COVID 19: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? on November 6, 2020". This has been rightly rejected by Brigadier Vipula Chandrasiri (https://island.lk/dedicated-management-of-covid-19-control-tasks/ ) I explained this  (LankaWeb: http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2020/11/11/dr-wimalawansas-scathing-attack-on-sri-lankas-superb-management-of-covid-19/)  attack on Sri Lanka's Covid management by Dr. Wimalawansa in the light of his attempt to launch  some capsules that he claimed will prevent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/20)

Dayan and David predict fall of GR government under Biden-Harris duo
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
The Indian proxy Dayan Jayatilleke and JVP stooge Kumar David predict the overthrow or downfall of Sri Lanka government of President Gotabhabaya Rajapaksa under Biden-Harris duo The Indian proxy Dayan Jayatilleke in his latest pro-American, pro-Indian article written to Sri Lanka Guardian and reproduced by Financial Times assuming the the status of the Heads of the Pentagon and the White House, the American institutions responsible for molding its future policies states that the Biden-Harris ‘event’ with the change of the global zeitgeist will impact Sri Lanka’s political destiny. He says that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/20)

The 19th, 20th and judicial appointments
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
Draconian. Dictatorial. Authoritarian. Hitler-like. These are the words that were used when Gotabaya Rajaakssa first announced the decision to contest, throughout the election campaign and even now, as he approaches one year in office.Interestingly, the Colombot twitterati understandably disappointed by the fact that their outcome preferences did not materialize, are the chief purveyors of this characterization. They were dead silent when the 19th Amendment was proposed, tinkered with (while giving the Supreme Court the proverbial finger) and passed with a) absolute disdain for established parliamentary procedure, and b) full of partisan content. It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/20)

"අඹ අත්තේ එල්ලී පණ බේරාගත් ජනපති දරුවා"ගරු ජනාධිපති තුමාගේ පදවිය ප්‍රාප්තියට දැන් වසරයි
ගාල්ලේ දෙව්සිරි පී. හේවාවිදාන ලන්ඩන් නුවර සිට
ආනන්ද බෝඩිමේ සිටි "ගෝඨා අයියා" ගැන ගාල්ලේ දෙව්සිරි පී. හේවාවිදාන ලන්ඩන් නුවර සිට ලියන රසවත් ලිපිය අද නොවැ 19 ඉරිදා සිළුමිණ පුවත්පතේ 17 වෙනි පිටුවෙන් කියවන්න මා ගාලු මහින්දයෙන් අස් වී ආනන්දයට ආ දිනය මට කිසිවිටක අමතක නොවේ. ආනන්ද බෝඩිමට දෙමාපියන් සමඟ එදා පැමිණි සියලුම ළමයි පඩිපෙළ මතදී ආදරයෙන් පිළිගත්තේ එවකට බෝඩිම් මාස්ටර් වු කර්නල් රාජපක්ෂයන්ය. හැම මවුපියකු සමඟම ඉතා හොඳින් කතා කරමින් රාජපක්ෂයන් ඔවුන් අස්වසාලීය. අම්මා තාත්තා මගේ ඔළුව සිඹ ආපහු මෝටර් රථයට නැඟී ගියේ කඳුළු පිරි මුහුණු වලිනි. මගේ අල්ලපු ඇඳේ සිටි යාළුවාට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා ජය ශ්‍රී මහා බෝධීන් වහන්සේ හා රුවන්වැලි සෑය වැදපුදා ගනියි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
රටවැසි සහ ලෝවැසි ජනතාව මුහුණ පා සිටින කොරෝනා වසංගතයෙන් අත්මිදීම සඳහා ආශිර්වාද ප්‍රාර්ථනා කිරීමේ අරමුණින් ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමන් අද 2020.11.15 දින පෙරවරුවේ ජය ශ්‍රී මහා බෝධීන් වහන්සේ වැද පුදා ගැනීමේ අවස්ථාවට එක් විය. සියම් නිකායේ මල්වතු පාර්ශ්වයේ උතුරු මධ්‍යම පළාතේ ප්‍රධාන සංඝනායක, අටමස්ථානාධිපති අතිපූජ්‍ය පල්ලේගම සිරිනිවාස නාහිමියන් බැහැ දුටු ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා උන්වහන්සේගෙන් ආශිර්වාද ලබා ගැනීමෙන් අනතුරුව ආගමික වතාවත්වල නිරත වී ජය ශ්‍රී මහා බෝධීන් වහන්සේ වැද පුදා ගෙන ආශිර්වාද ලබා ගත්තේය. අනතුරුව රුවන්වැලි චෛත්‍යාධිකාරී, රුවන්වැලි මහා සෑ විහාරාධිපති පූජ්‍ය පල්ලේගම හේමරතන නාහිමියන් බැහැ දුටු ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා උන්වහන්සේගෙන් ආශිර්වාද ලබා ගැනීමෙන් අනතුරුව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/20)

Lanka’s non-aligned stance is a bulwark against foreign interference
By, Sugeeswara Senadhira/Daily News
Sri Lanka is not a piece of real estate to be bartered away, says Foreign Secretary Adm.Prof.Colombage Colombo, November 13: The media hype on Presidential Elections and General Elections in powerful countries has made almost every citizen an amateur analyst of international affairs and this has resulted in people worrying to death over real or imaginary adverse affects of regime changes abroad. The most interesting pastime of Sri Lankans is to follow the General Elections in India every five years and Presidential Elections in the United States every four years... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/20)

Case for Lankan health system based on Buddhist compassion and ancient Lankan practices
By Frances Bulathsinghala/Sunday Observer
Why can't the government use the 25,000 traditional Lankan medicine practitioners and the thousands of Ayurvedic doctors in Sri Lanka in the battle against COVID-19? Colombo, November 15: With around 25,000 traditional Sri Lankan medicine practitioners and thousands of other Ayurveda doctors, why have we not incorporated a policy to use the expertise of each of these physicians/doctors in the country, towards our battle against Covid-19? Yes, there is no medicine for Covid-19 in the Western medical system just as there is no cure for Dengue. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/20)

Sri Lanka reports 5 more COVID-19 deaths; tally at 58
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has reported another five coronavirus related deaths, the Department of Government Information confirmed. Accordingly, the total number of deaths so far witnessed in the country due to the virus has risen to 58. A 54-year-old male from Jinthupitiya, Colombo 13 had passed away at the Colombo National Hospital. Reportedly, the victim had suffered from cancer for a long period and the COVID-19 infection had worsened the condition. A 39-year-old male from Colombo 15, who also had been a cancer patient, had succumbed to the disease and COVID-19 related... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/20)

Covid-19: Daily cases hit 704 as 160 more test positive
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka saw another surge in its confirmed Covid-19 cases this evening (15) as 160 more persons were tested positive for the virus. All the new cases are close contacts of the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters, reports revealed. According to the Government Information Department, 704 positive cases in total were registered today, recording the third-highest daily cases count. Sri Lanka witnessed the highest daily count of Covid-19 cases on the 23rd of October with a record total of 866 fresh positive cases. The second-highest was recorded on the 6th of October with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/11/20)

The UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Ms Hanaa Singer should be either recalled by the UN or expelled by the Government from this country for her anti Government and undiplomatic statement and the undiplomatic letter sent to the Prime Minister.
Dr Sudath Gunasekara Mahanuwara
14.11.2020 මෙම කාන්තාව කියන පරිදි මේ රටේ ඒකාබද්ධ තාවය සහ ඊනියා සන්හින්දියාව විනාශවී ඇත්තේ මෙවැනි ජාත්යන්තර කුමන්ත්‍රනකාරි නිලධාරින්ගේ අමණ ක්‍රියා කලාප සහ අන්තගාමි මුස්ලිම් හා දෙමල දේශපාලකයින්ගේ ක්‍රියාවන් නිසා සහ  ඊටත් වඩා ඔවුන්ගේ චන්දය නමැති එලු අණ්ඩකෝශය පසු පස හිගා යන ජාති ද්‍රෝහි බඩගෝස්තර වාදී රටට ජාතියට සහ ආගමට අබැටක් පමණ හෝ ආදරයක් නැති කාලකන්නි සින්හල දේශපාලනග්නයින් නිසා මිස මුස්ලිම් අන්තවාදින්ගේ මල සිරුරු භූමදාන කිරීමට ලන්කාණ්ඩුව අවසර නොදෙන නිසා නොවේ..  1 සියලුම ජාත්යන්තර නීතිද උල්ලන්ඝන්ය කාරමින් මෙම ක්න්තාව  පුර්ණ නිදහස් ,ස්වාධීන රටක අබ්යනතර කටයුතු වලට නිර්ලජ්ජිත අන්දමින් ඇගිලි ඝසා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

Biden victory - Implications for the World and Sri Lanka
Prof. N. A. de S. Amaratunga   DSc
Joseph Biden has decisively won the US presidential elections in November 2020 though President Trump also did extremely well getting more than 47% of the popular vote. This indicates towards a politically divided America and that Trumpism, or the nationalism that he gave leadership to, could influence future domestic as well as foreign US policies. Apart from this internal contradiction, there had been in the outside world also significant changes which could impact on these policies. First there is the huge Chinese factor which cannot be wished away and which has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8g
KAMALIKA PIERIS
TREATY OBLIGATIONS The Sri Lankan intelligentsia wanted clarification about these US Agreements. This was the first time that the Sri Lanka public had even thought about such matters.  Until now the intelligentsia had shown no interest in any Agreements that the government was signing.   They trusted the government .This time it was different.   The intelligentsia were concerned as to what mess Yahapalana government was getting them into.  They made inquiries. The three US Agreements under discussion are treaties between two sovereign states, they were told. A treaty is different from a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

Participation of global Sri Lankans to join Sri Lankan Americans to offer Congratulations to the new President Elect and Vice President Elect.
Anjalika Silva USA
Dear Fellow Sri Lankans of all citizenships around the world – IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE, HERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF A NEW BEGINNING FOR AND ON BEHALF OF PEACE, UNITY AND FAIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE TRUTH ABOUT SRI LANKA TO THE THE NEW US ADMINISTRATION.  THE BLAME GAME AND CIRCULATING FEARS DOES NOT SERVE US.  WE NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN SPREADING THE TRUTH. IF YOU WISH TO BE A PART OF THE EFFORT TO GET A FRESH LOOK INTO THE MISREPRESENTATIONS AND TURN IT AROUND TO EDUCATE, AND SPREAD THE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

සීනි තිත්ත කරන මුදල් ලොක්කන්ගේ වැඩකිඩ
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
          රජයේ නියෝගයෙන් පාරිභෝගික අධිකාරිය විසින් සුදු සීනි සඳහා උපරිම සිල්ලර මිලක් හඳුන්වා දී තිබේ.මෙම ගැසට්ටුව නිකුත් කරනුයේ නොවැම්බර් මස 14 වනදා වන විට බදු පනත යටතේ වන නවතම ගැසට්ටුවක් පිටවීමට නියමිත වන වකවානුවකය.පසුගිය ඔක්තෝබර් මස 14 දින සීනි ආනයනය සඳහා වන බද්ද රුපියල් 49 ශත හැත්තෑපහකින් අඩු කරමින් ආණ්ඩුව ගැසට් නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරලීමට කටයුතු කළහ.සීනි ආනයනය සඳහා ගැසූ බද්ද අති විශාල ලෙසට අඩු කිරීමට හේතුව දක්වා ඇත්තේ කොරෝනා වසංගත තත්වය තුළ ආර්තික අපහසුතාවයට පත් ජනතාවගේ ආහාර පරිභෝජනයට සහනයක් ලබා දීම පිණිසය යන්නයි.       ලංකාවේ සීනි පරිභෝජනයෙන් සියයට හැත්තෑවක් ගෘහස්ථ මට්ටමට අයත්ය .කර්මාන්ත සඳහා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

කෝවිඩ් ඇවිත් - ඔබ කොහිද?
වාගිස ප්‍රනාන්දු  විසිනි
කෝවිඩ් ඇවිත් වනසන විට දිවි            පෙවෙතරටම සොයයි ඔබ කොහිදැයි වී                මවිතගහ කොල සුරකින්න යොදවා අද ඔබේ  සුරතකෙළෙසද ඉන්නේ නිහඩව,දැක         මේ විපත? ඔබ සිටි විටදි සුව පුටුවේ පෙර                යුගයමුළු රට සැනසුනා දැක ජීවිත රැකි           විදියජීවිත රකින එක නොව අද ඇති ලොකු ගැටයවැළලියයුතුද පුච්චනවද මැරුණට පසු    මිනිය සුදුස්සාට සුදුසුම තැන ඇති              ලොවකමිත්‍යාවට වැඩි අගයක් නැති               තැනකකේවට්ටයින් බැලු බැලු අත නැති           රටකහමුවෙමු හැකිවුනොත් සසරේ  මතු දිනෙක!... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

6,924,255ක්වූ දේශප්‍රේමී ජන බලවේගයට උපහාරයකි.
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
ඉතිහාසය විසින් බාධක රාශියක් පසුකරමින් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ජනාධිපතිවරයා ලෙස බලයට පත්කර හරියටම මේ වනවිට වසරක කාලයක් නිමකර ඇත.මෙම කාර්යයේදී, මෙරට සිටි හා විදේශගතව සිටි ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයින් 6,924,255 එම කටයුත්තේදී, පෙරමුණු බල ඇණියක්සේ අභිතව ඉදිරිපත්ව කටයුතුකර, මේ රට ගමන්කරමින් තිබු විනාශකාරී තත්වය නවතාලීමට සමත්විය.එසේ කිරීමට දායකවූ මේ මහා බලසේනාව මෙවැනි කටයුතු වලට දායකවූ ප්‍රථම අවස්ථාවද නොවේ.  එම බලවේගයට සම්බන්ධ සියලුම ජනතාවට ගෞරවයක් වශයෙන් මෙම කරුණු සමුදාය ඉදිරිපත් කරමු. අපි මෙලොව ඉපදෙන කොට මොනවා හරි අරගෙන ආවේ නැද්ද? ඒ වගේම අපි මරණයත් සමග කිසිවක් අරගෙන යන්නේ නැද්ද? මේක අප අතර තියෙන ප්‍රශ්නයක්. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

The People Finally Turn Against the American-Branch of the Rajapakse Family
By Punchi Singho  
Briefing the media, at a press conference on 12th November 2020, was one of the outstanding and respected personalities in the Sri Lankan legal profession, Mr. Mayura Gunawansha President’s Counsel and an advisor to the Government. Please open video.  https://www.facebook.com/556585814550714/posts/1504465263096093/?sfnsn=mo Mr. Gunawansha was speaking to the press in his capacity as the spokesperson for the powerful ‘Professionals National Front’ (PNF) comprising a wide array of professionals, intellectuals, journalists, educationists, trade Unionists, university students and members of the Maha Sangha.   The PNF contributed in a major way to getting the President the 6.9 Million votes that he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

Repatriation of Sri Lankans to resume from next week
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Authorities will resume the repatriation process to bring back stranded Sri Lankans from overseas by next week Colombo, November 14 (Daily Mirror) – Army Commander and Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak, Lt. General Shavendra Silva said authorities will resume the repatriation process to bring back stranded Sri Lankans from overseas by next week after it was halted due to the sudden spike in COVID-19 cases here. Silva told Daily Mirror that all Sri Lankan nationals who are overseas and wish to return will be brought back... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks told Hira Foundation Sri Lanka not registered properly: Witness
Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Hira Foundation Sri Lanka which was founded by former Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah had not been registered properly with the Social Services Department, the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks was informed yesterday.    Testifying before the Commission Social Service Officer Dammika Wasala Bandara said that after revoking the relevant Department’s Act in 1999, the Social Services Department only had details pertaining to two Non- Governmental Organisations (NGO) which were registered under the Department.    He said that there were no documents found regarding the Social Service Organisation, Hira... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

214 more fresh Covid-19 patients detected
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A total of 214 more Covid-19 cases were reported surging the total cases detected so far to 16,405, the Government Information Department said. It said all the positive patients are close contacts of previous clusters.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

Maradana, Fort, Pettah, Slave Island, Dam Street isolated from Monday
Courtesy Adaderana
More areas of the Colombo District will be under isolation orders from November 16, according to Commander of Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. Accordingly, Maradana, Fort, Pettah, Slave Island, and Dam Street areas in the Colombo District will be declared isolated areas until further notice. The order will be in effect from 5.00 am on Monday (16), the Army Chief said. Meanwhile, the status of areas already under isolation will continue as previously informed.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

Person remanded for spreading false information on COVID-deaths
Courtesy Adaderana
An individual who was arrested for spreading false rumors through the internet that a large number of COVID-19 infected people are dying on the roads in Sri Lanka has been placed under remand custody. https://youtu.be/uCSOLo4jZYg When the suspect was produced before the Kandy Magistrate’s Court, he was ordered to be remanded until November 18, Police Media Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said. He was arrested at the Egodahawatta area in Kadugannawa over spreading false reports of COVID-19 infected persons in Sri Lanka dying on roads. Reportedly, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

44 inmates at Boossa Prison test coronavirus positive.
Courtesy Adaderana
Covid-19 infections identified from prisons across the island have increased to 329 as more inmates contracted the virus. Commissioner General of Prisons, Thushara Upuldeniya said 44 inmates at the Boossa Prison were tested positive for the virus today (14). https://youtu.be/QsUqA8dgwe0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

More than 270 Covid-19 infections among prison inmates
Courtesy Adaderana
Total Covid-19 infections detected among prison inmates have reached 278, according to the Department of Prisons. Commissioner General of Prisons, Thushara Upuldeniya said 107 of them are female inmates. https://youtu.be/1X-3RbsZxqA Sixty-eight inmates at the Old Bogambara Prison have been tested positive for novel coronavirus yesterday, while 13 inmates at Kuruwita Prison and 03 at Mahara Prison were also confirmed as positive cases. Several inmates at the old Bogambara Prison meanwhile staged a protest on Thursday (12) raising concerns over the COVID-19 situation within prison premises. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/11/20)

HAS SRI LANKA BEEN CAUGHT IN A CHINESE DEBT TRAP? PART 1
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
What is a debt trap, is a question to ordinary people in the country, because many people have no understanding of the debt trap issue, and access to related statistics? People know what is a trap, and how to use a trap for various purposes.  A trap is used to catch animals, and popularly, a trap uses in houses to catch rats and mice. Is Sri Lanka a country like a rat looking for debt?   There is no doubt that debt management in the country has been weakened since the 1990s, and the demand for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

HAS SRI LANKA BEEN CAUGHT IN A CHINESE DEBT TRAP? PART 2
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Sri Lanka has good strategies for debt management and the current debt statistics don’t indicate that Sri Lanka has caught in a Chinese debt trap, and China helped Sri Lanka to expand its GDP base by initiated loan projects, and Sri Lanka needs to expand Chinese sponsored projects in many areas, not only limiting to the infrastructure development but also Chinese involvement in agriculture, building, and industrial areas are needed. For example, the productivity and competitiveness of manufacturing industries could be massively improved when Chinese investors are associated with Sri Lankans, and such a co-operation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

Sri Lanka desperately needs a strategic, transparent and comprehensive State land management policy
By Raj Gonsalkorale
Bim Saviya, the MCC Agreement and now a directive on “residual” land has muddied the waters in relation to State Land policy and management Land management in Sri Lanka appears to be all over the place. Several ministries and government departments appear to be responsible for State land management including for forests management, Wild Life conservation area management, residual land management (latest to hit the headlines, see below), agriculture land management and Tea, Rubber and coconut land management. The latest headline grabbing news item in the LankaWeb News “Circular enabling government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR THE ISLAND NATION OF SINHALE - A submission to the Experts Committee to draft a new Constitution
THAWALAMA DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
Puselahena Estate, Kindelpitiya, Millewa. 1st November 2020. The Secretary,Experts Committee to draft a new constitution,Room 32 (Block 02) BMICH,Bauddhaloka Mawatha,Colombo 7, Dear Sir, A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR THE ISLAND NATION OF SINHALE Heeding to a request that has been made to the Public by the Experts Committee appointed by the government to draft a new Constitution for our country, the Thawalama Development Foundation wishes to present the information submitted below in this regard for your kind consideration and necessary action. History is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

Why political power should be decentralized and not devolved - a submission to the Experts Committee to draft a new Constitution
Lt Col. A.S.Amarasekera (Retd.)Puselahena Estate, Kindelpitiya, Millewa.
6th November 2020. The Secretary,Experts Committee to draft a new constitution,Room 32 (Block 02) BMICH,Bauddhaloka Mawatha,Colombo 7, Dear Sir, Why political power should be decentralized and not devolved The observations made by me first as a military officer and subsequently as the Director of Operations of the Thawalama Development Foundation while working in the Northern and Eastern Provinces since the enactment of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution is explained below for your kind consideration when drafting a new constitution for our country.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8f
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Those opposing American rule in Sri Lanka have now woken up to the need to internationalize the matter.  In August 2019, a group of Opposition MPs handed over a letter to the High Commissioner of South Africa in Colombo, to be handed over to the Secretary-General, Indian Ocean Rim Association, Ambassador Dr. Nomvuyo N. Nokwe based in Mauritius. The letter was handed over to by Professor Tissa Vitarana, representing the signatories. The following is the text of their letter: We, the undersigned, have the honour to refer to the decision... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8e
KAMALIKA PIERIS
STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT (SOFA) US and Sri Lanka had  an agreement  in 1995, by exchange of diplomatic notes, regarding the status of US military personnel and civilian employees of the Department of Defence  who may be present in Sri Lanka for exercises or official duties. The SOFA currently under negotiation seeks to update this 1995 agreement between the US and Sri Lanka. US government has made a request to extend the former agreement, and to include an annexure to expand it, called Annex B. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8d
KAMALIKA PIERIS
ACQUISITION AND CROSS SERVICING AGREEMENT (ACSA) The United States made an abortive bid, in 2002, to finalize an Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA), formerly known as ‘NATO Mutual Support Act’, with Sri Lanka. The attempt was made after the Ceasefire Agreement was signed on Feb. 21. 2002. Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreements are negotiated on a bilateral basis by the US for use in combined exercises, training, operations, or deployments and allow its forces to obtain food, fuel, transport, ammunition, and equipment, collectively termed logistical supplies. Reimbursement is in cash, or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

Mr. Bodhi Dhanapala's personal attacks on Professor Wimalawansa
Dr. Stanley Weeraratne.Former Professor, Ruhuna and Rajarata Universities.
Editor, Lankaweb, I wish to refer to Mr. Bodhi Dhanapala’s piece titled “Dr. Wimalawansa's scathing attack on Sri Lanka's superb management of Covid-19” posted on 2 Nov. 2020 in Lankaweb. Mr. Bodhi Dhanapala (D) in his note alleges that Dr. Wimalawansa (W) tried to launch some cheap mixture of vitamins.  If Mr. D is fully aware of this mixture,  he should have indicated what these vitamins are without making false allegations. We in Sri Lanka have not come across any attempt by Dr. W to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාට පොපි මල පළඳවයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
‍ලෝක පොපි මල් දින සැමරුමට සමගාමීව ශ්‍රී ලංකා සේවා මුක්ත භට සංගමය අද 2020.11.13  දින උදෑසන විජේරාමේ පිහිටි අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය නිල නිවසේ දී ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාට සංකේතාත්මකව පොපි මල පැළඳවුයේය. ලෝකය පුරා යුද්ධයෙන් දිවි පිදූ රණවිරුවන් සිහිකිරීම උදෙසා නොවැම්බර් 11 දින ලෝක පොපි මල් දිනය සමරන අතර ඊට සමඟාමීව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පවත්වනු ලබන පොපි මල් දින සැමරුම් උත්සවය කොළඹ විහාරමහාදේවී උද්‍යානයේ පිහිටි රණවිරු ස්මාරකය අභියස දී එළැඹෙන 15 දා පැවැත්වෙයි. පොපි මල් අලෙවි කිරීමේ කටයුතු මේ වන විට ආරම්භ වී ඇත. ඉන් ලැබෙන මුදල් විශ්‍රාමික රණවිරුවන්ගේ සුබ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

කොරෝනා වසංගතය හා දැඩි හෙද හිගය නිසා කොළඹ ද සොයිසා කාන්තා රෝහලේ හෙද නිලධාරිනියන් මුහුණ දී ඇති අනතුරුදායක තත්වය සම්බන්ධවයි.
සමස්ත ලංකා හෙද සංගමය
ගරු සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය පවිත‍්‍රා දේවී වන්නිආරච්චි මහත්මිය සෞඛ්‍ය හා දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශය, කොළඹ - 10. මහත්මියනි, කොරෝනා වසංගතය හා දැඩි හෙද හිගය නිසා කොළඹ ද සොයිසා කාන්තා රෝහලේ හෙද නිලධාරිනියන් මුහුණ දී ඇති අනතුරුදායක තත්වය සම්බන්ධවයි. දීර්ඝ කාලයක සිට පවතින දැඩි හෙද හිගයට සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශයෙන් නිසි විසදුම් නොලැබීමත්, අද වනවිට බරපතල ලෙස බස්නාහිර පලාත පුරා පැතිර යන කොරෝනා වසංගතයත් හේතුවෙන් කොළඹ ද සොයිසා කාන්තා රෝහලේ සේවය කරන හෙද කාර්ය මණ්ඩලය දැඩි සේ පීඩාවට පත්ව ඇත. මෙම තත්වයත් දිනපතා රෝහල් ගත වන මව්වරුන් ප‍්‍රමාණය වැඩි වීමත් නිසා හෙද... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

Mink Holocaust in Denmark raises moral issues and draws public attention to the cruel fur industry
Senaka Weeraratna
The Rights of Human Beings (Human Rights) and the Rights of Sentient Beings (Siyalu Sathwayo) are two different concepts.  The Abrahamic religions place a heavy emphasis on Human Rights to the almost total exclusion of any moral attention being given to the rights and interests of other sentient beings. Buddhism, in contrast, together with other Dharmic religions such as Jainism, adopt a more inclusive approach. Buddhism accepts the claims of non - human beings for just and fair treatment, call on all adherents to extend compassion and loving - kindness to animals,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

America’s Dangerous Interregnum
By Barry Eichengreen Courtesy Ceylon Today
Presidential transitions are never easy, especially when they involve an incumbent President defeated at the polls. But this time the transition occurs in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. The incumbent refuses to acknowledge the vote as a rejection of his policies and has a visceral dislike for the President-elect, who he accuses of dishonesty and dismisses as too frail to assume the duties of office. He tars his successor as a socialist, an advocate of policies that will put the country on the road to ruin. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

Democracy in the Land of the Free
By Padraig Colman Courtesy Ceylon Today
Part 1 I was moved to tears watching John McCain’s concession speech of 2008 when Barack Obama won the presidency. Such dignity compared with Trump’s mean-spirited crassness. However, McCain lost me when he went on about American democracy being the envy of the world. Biden has been coming out with the same old guff.Joe Biden said: “Democracy is sometimes messy; it sometimes requires a little patience as well but that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that’s been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

Rapid Antigen testing to be done only with Health Ministry sanction
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Rapid Antigen test cannot be conducted until the Health Ministry issues guidelines on how to use the test kits, State Minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana told Parliament yesterday.     The Minister who was speaking during the adjournment debate in the House said that the test kits would be allowed to be used only after the ministry issues guidelines. “The allegation made by former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne that Rapid Antigen test kits are being used without Health Ministry validation. This allegation is wrong,” Mr. Jayasumana said.    ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

Govt. dismisses allegations concerning import of Rapid Antigen Test Kits
Courtesy Adaderana
The public sector has not yet purchased any Rapid Antigen Test kit, which is used in the diagnosis of respiratory pathogens, says Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation State Minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana. He made this remark during today’s parliamentary session, responding to the accusations on irregularities during the tendering process. https://youtu.be/_kad13otjMM The World Health Organization has included Rapid Antigen Tests and Nucleic Acid Tests in its Emergency Use Listing In vitro diagnostics (IVDs) Detecting Covid-19, he said further. “We have been performing PCR tests for diagnosing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

Ban on LTTE should continue, India tells UK – Report
Courtesy Adaderana
India has told the United Kingdom that the ban of LTTE or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam should continue. New Delhi has “shared information” as to why the ban should remain on the group that was responsible for the 30-year long insurgency in Sri Lanka but also the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa. The development comes after Britain’s Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission (POAC) in October removed terror tag from the group. Earlier on Tuesday, in response to a WION question, Acting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

UN Resident Coordinator writes to PM on burying Covid-19 victims.
Courtesy Adaderana
The UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Ms Hanaa Singer has directed a letter to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, reiterating the concerns of the United Nations with the existing Ministry of Health guidelines, which stipulate cremation as the only method for the disposal of bodies suspected of COVID-19 infection. https://youtu.be/zp89_N0QB64 She stresses that the common assumption that people who died of a communicable disease should be cremated to prevent spread is not supported by evidence. World Health Organization (WHO), in its interim guidance on the “Infection prevention and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

Covid- 19 update: Another 270 test positive - daily total increases to 468
Courtesy Hiru News
Another 270 have tested positive for Covid-19. All are close contacts of identified patients. Another 198 had also tested positive for Covid-19 today taking the daily total to 468  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

Five more covid-19 deaths - total increases to 53
Courtesy Hiru News
Another 05 COVID- 19, deaths have been reported (4 males & 1 female) increasing COVID- 19, death toll in Sri Lanka to 53. Five more corona virus deaths have been reported in Sri Lanka.An 83 year old female residing in Colombo 14. Died at home.2. A 68 year old male had died in hospital, a resident of Chilaw.3. A 69 year old male had died on admission to hospital, a resident of Ratmalana.4. A 78 year old male had died at home, a resident of Colombo -13.5. A 64 year old male... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

Nearly 5,000 infected with Coronavirus in Colombo since October
Courtesy Hiru News
The Colombo district has been the most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Sri Lanka. The total number of infected people reported from the Colombo district since October 4 has increased to 4,640. More than 3,600 have been reported from the Colombo Municipal Council area. Modera, Mattakkuliya, Maligawatta, Mahawatta and Jampettah Street have been identified as extremely high risk areas in Colombo. The number of infected persons identified in those areas alone has exceeded one thousand while the number of infected persons reported from Jinthupitiya area... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

Police in search of persons spreading false news regarding COVID deaths
Courtesy Hiru News
The police have stated that special investigation has been launched to track down individuals who have posted false photos of dead bodies claiming they have died on the roadside due to COVID-19. Police Media Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana stated the above while participating in a media briefing held in Colombo.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

AMERICA’S TRIBES GO TO THE POLLS AMIDST UNCERTAINTY
By K. Sakyi-Addo Africa News Network (ANN).
A seasoned Ghanaian journalist decided to cover today’s US.election like the Western media tends to cover elections in Africa: Millions of American tribesmen and women are voting today to elect a president and lawmakers.  Two white tribal elders are contesting to rule the Covid-ravaged wheat-exporting former British colony for the next four years. They are the incumbent Donald J. Trump of the ruling Republican Party and Joseph R. Biden of the opposition Democratic Party, both in their seventies. Due to the levels of illiteracy, candidates are represented on the ballot... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/11/20)

ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, මේ කරන්නේ කාරුණික ඉල්ලීමක් ආගමික අන්තවාදී ඉල්ලීම්වලට මුලානොවන්න
පාලිත ආරියරත්න
ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, මේ කරන්නේ කාරුණික ඉල්ලීමක් ආගමික අන්තවාදී ඉල්ලීම්වලට මුලානොවන්න ඇමෙරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදයේ පවා කොවිඩ් වසංගතය නිසා සිදුවූ මරණ අතරින් 230,000 කට වඩා මරණ සිදුවී ඇත්තේ ආගමික අන්තවාදීන් විසින් රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලනය ඉවතලා අත්තොනෝමතික ලෙස ඇතැම් ආගමික නායකයින් සහ ඔවුන්ගේ අනුගාමිකයන් මෙම භයානක වසංගතය පිටුපස ඇති විද්‍යාවට අවනත නොවීම හේතුවෙනි  - හෙන්රි මහතා... ආචාර්ය මෙතිකා විතානගේ විසින් කොවිඩ් මරණයකදී මියගිය පුද්ගලයෙකු ආදාහනය නොකට භූමදානය කිරීමෙන් ඇතිවිය හැකි භයානක ප්‍රතිඑල ගැන හා විද්‍යාත්මක කරුණක් වශයෙන් නාගරික ප්‍රදේශවල සහ ඉන් ඔබ්බට භූගත ජලය දූෂණය හා දූෂණය වීමේ ප්‍රධාන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8c
KAMALIKA PIERIS
LAND DEEDS To accommodate the acquisition of land for this proposed economic corridor, two new laws, namely the State Land Bank bill and Land Special Provision Bill, were to be enacted. The State Land (Special Provisions) Bill was gazetted on 27.03.19." This is a Bill to grant absolute title to state lands held by citizens who hold land grants. Its validity is for seven years. Analysts have seen a connection between the MCC Land projects and the Yahapalana plans to dispose of state land. According Part I Section 3, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8b
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Prime Minister office made a statement on the MCC project in June 2019. The statement was made public.     The statement said: The Government of Sri Lanka, with the help of the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University, conducted constraints analysis to identify constrains which hampered the economic growth in the country and identified three binding constraints, 1. Access to land 2. Weakness in transport and logistics infrastructure and planning and 3. Policy instability.   Yahapalana government then decided to focus on the two of these, access to land and improvement in transport.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8a
KAMALIKA PIERIS
TheMillennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a  foreign aid agency established by the U.S. Congress in 2004. The MCC Board is chaired by the Secretary of State. The Board members consist of the Secretary of the Treasury, US trade representative, four private sector representatives and a representative of USAID. MCC is  therefore not the independent, altruistic  US foreign assistance agency it claims to be.  It has government connections.   The governing  Board  represents  the  political and trade interests of the USA.   Advocata  Institute   however, says, although heads of the U.S. State Department and U.S. Treasury... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් රු.මිලියන හයසීයක ඉන්දු-ලංකා ප්‍රජා සංවර්ධන ව්‍යාපෘති ගිවිසුම අලුත්වෙයි
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර
අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් රු.මිලියන හයසීයක ඉන්දු-ලංකා ප්‍රජා සංවර්ධන ව්‍යාපෘති ගිවිසුම අලුත්වෙයි -අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය ඉන්දියානු ආධාර ප්‍රදාන යටතේ රුපියල් මිලියන හයසීයකට අධික වියදමකින් මෙරට ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන ප්‍රජා සංවර්ධන ව්‍යාපෘති සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සහ ඉන්දියාව අද 2020.11.10 දින අවබෝධතා ගිවිසුමකට එළැඹිණි. මුදල් අමාත්‍යංශ ලේකම් එස්.ආර්.ආටිගල මහතා හා මෙරට ඉන්දීය මහ කොමසාරිස් ගෝපාල් බාග්ලේ මහතා මෙම ගිවිසුමට අත්සන් තැබූහ. මෙම ගිවිසුම 2005 වර්ෂයේදී වත්මන් ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා ජනාධිපතිව සිටි සමයේ අත්සන් තැබුණු ගිවිසුමක් වන අතර එය සෑම වසර 5කට වරක් දීර්ඝ කරමින් මෙම ගිවිසුම අත්සන් කරනු ලබයි. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

India donates 100,000 Rapid Antigen Test kits to Sri Lanka
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
The test kits give the result in 15 minutes  The Sri Lankan State Minister of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation, Professor Channa Jayasumana has said that on November 9, Sri Lanka received 100,000 Rapid Antigen Test kits as a donation from India for the early detection of the COVID-19 virus. The donation has been made on a request by the Secretary of Health to the World Health Organization. The State Minister said that a set of guidelines is being prepared for the use of the test kits, which were donated... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

Resumption of burials a high risk the country cannot afford to take – MP Muzammil
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
‘We shouldn’t seek exclusive rights during a grave crisis’ SLPP (Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna) National List MP Mohammed Muzammil yesterday strongly urged the government not to resume burial of Muslim corona victims under any circumstances, though a section of the Muslim community is demanding that Muslim covid-19 victims be allowed to be buried. Muzammil, who represents the National Freedom Front (NFF), a constituent of the SLPP, said that the country was struggling to cope with the corona pandemic and no one should be allowed to play politics at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 death toll hikes to 48
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s coronavirus death toll has risen as two more deaths were confirmed by the Department of Government Information. Both patients had been receiving treatment at the Mulleriyawa Hospital upon being diagnosed with COVID-19. https://youtu.be/31g5zBjLWnM One of the deceased is a 54-year-old male from the Colombo 12 area. His cause of death is determined as COVID-19 along with a chronic illness in the lungs. Another male, a 45-year-old resident of Meegoda, has also succumbed to the virus. Reportedly, he had died from COVID-19 related pneumonia and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

Jaliya Wickramasuriya's allegation (video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States Jaliya Wickramasuriya says that the Financial Crimes Investigation Division has misled the court and obtained a warrant against him for political revenge. https://youtu.be/wIzHAT5pjGM He was giving evidence from the United States via Skype technology before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing into political victimization.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

Total of 373 new COVID patients identified
Courtesy Hiru News
Another 92 have tested positive for Covid-19. All are close contacts of previous patients. Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva has stated that another 277 have tested positive for COVID-19. All of them have been identified to be close contacts of previous patients.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

Quarantine law violators arrested in Colombo from Drone camera evidence (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
15 persons have been taken into custody after drone cameras detected them violating quarantine laws in Mutwal, Colombo. Police informed earlier during the day that drone technology will be used to track down violators of movement restrictions between provinces and stern legal action would be taken against any violators. https://youtu.be/3ML4OHKohII https://youtu.be/ZYrNOVJaC14... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

Hindu Federation also seek permission to bury coronavirus victims (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
The All Ceylon Hindu Federation (ACHF) has stated that if Muslims have the privilege of burying the bodies of those who die of coronavirus infection without cremation, that privilege should be extended to Hindus as well. https://youtu.be/tgWcqn5da_k Its chairman Nara T Arulkantha stated this at a media briefing held in Kandy today.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

Orientation Programme for Ambassadors/High Commissioner designates
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada
10 November 2020 Admiral Prof. Jayanath ColombageForeign SecretarySri Lanka Ministry of Foreign AffairsRepublic BuildingSir Baron Jayathilake MawathaColombo 01Sri Lanka Dear Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage: It was with great admiration that I read the Press Release from your Ministry which said - Foreign Ministry successfully conducts an Orientation Programme for Ambassadors/High Commissioners  designates. Having worked at the Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa from June 1989 to May 1994, as the Director of Communications at the level... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

‘Truth and Science’ has won the US presidential election; will America win the world through it?
By Rohana R. Wasala
America is the most religious and the most nationalistic country in the world, in addition to being the only global superpower. When the Democrats who fought the election on a platform of ‘Truth and Science’ defeated the Republicans who were guided or misguided by a person/a cult figure (instead of a coherent policy) whom many popular polls described as mendacious and ignorant on top of being an indecent narcissistic exemplar of religious and nationalistic extremism, racism and misogyny, it is natural for a world, persecuted by America’s hegemonic political economic and military power, to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

The Covid pandemic: broadening the discourse
By ASOKA BANDARAGE Courtesy Asian Times
It is time for a more balanced way of living that respects the environment and upholds bioregionalism Technicians prepare for large-scale production of the University of Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222. Photo: AFP / Vincenzo Pinto SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, has been spreading exponentially across the world over the last 10 or so months. More than a third of the global population has been placed on lockdown. The global economy is experiencing the deepest recession since World War II and massive numbers of people are losing their livelihoods and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා පොතුවිල් මුහුදු මහා විහාරයේ නිරීක්ෂණ චාරිකාවක
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
අම්පාර, පොතුවිල් පිහිටි ඵෙතිහාසික මුහුදු මහා විහාරයේ නිරීක්ෂණ චාරිකාවක් සඳහා ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමන් අද 2020.11.11 දින එක්විය. විහාරස්ථානයට පැමිණි ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා ආගමික වතාවත්වල නිරතවීමෙන් අනතුරුව ගරුතර මහා සංඝරත්නයේ  ආශිර්වාද ලබා ගත්තේය. ඵෙතිහාසික මුහුදු මහා විහාරයේ විහාරාධිපති, නැගෙනහිර පළාතේ ප්‍රධාන සංඝනායක, වරකාපොළ ඉන්දසිරි නාහිමි, අක්කරේපත්තුව ශ්‍රී විජයරාමාධිපති දේවගොඩ සෝරත හිමි, බෞද්ධයා නාලිකාවේ සභාපති බොරලන්දේ වජිරඥාන හිමි ඇතුළු මහා සංඝරත්නය මෙම අවස්ථාවට වැඩම කළ වඳාළහ. ගරුතර මහා සංඝරත්නය  සෙත් පිරිත් සඡ්ඡායනා කර අග්‍රමාත්‍යතුමාට ආශිර්වාද පැමිණවීය. මුහුදු මහා විහාරයේ ඉදිරි සංවර්ධන කටයුතු සම්බන්ධ පැවති සාකඡ්ඡාවට එක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/11/20)

Request for donations for Sri Lanka to help with recent Covid-19 outbreak
Ven. Walpola Piyananda
Dear Sir/Madam,  Sri Lanka’s governments’ timely actions from when the COVID-19 virus first entered the country helped keep the situation under control for a long period of time. Recently the situation has quickly escalated and several Covid-19 positive clusters were found from the community. Therefore there is a quarantine curfew currently in place in the Western province, including Colombo the capital of Sri Lanka. Additional lockdowns and quarantine curfews are being imposed in affected areas. Sri Lanka is identified as one of the most vulnerable middle income country at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් දීඝවාපී චෛත්‍යයේ ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ කටයුතු ඇරඹෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
සොළොස්මස්ථාන වලට අයත් නැගෙනහිර පළාතේ පිහිටි වැදගත්කමින් හා විශාලත්වයෙන් ප්‍රමුඛස්ථානය ගන්නා දීඝවාපී පුද බිමෙහි ඇති චෛත්‍ය රාජයාණන් වහන්සේ ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණය කිරීමේ සමාරම්භක අවස්ථාවට ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමන් අද 2020.11.11 දින එක්විය. ප්‍රථමයෙන් ආගමික වතාවත්වල නිරතවූ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා අනතුරුව පිරිත් සඡ්ජායනා මධ්‍යයේ චෛත්‍ය රාජයාණන් වහන්සේ ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණය කිරීමේ සමාරම්භය වෙනුවෙන් මුල්ගල තැබීය. මෙම ඓතිහාසික අවස්ථාවේදී දීඝවාපී රාජමහා විහාරාධිපති, අම්පාර මඩකළපුව දෙදිසාවේ උප ප්‍රධාන අධිකරණ සංඝනායක සංඝ කීර්ති ශ්‍රී බුද්ධරක්ඛිත සාම ශ්‍රී සද්ධර්ම වාගීෂ්වර, සද්ධර්ම කීර්ති ශ්‍රී, මුළු දිවයිනටම සාම විනිසුරු, ශාස්ත්‍රපති පූජ්‍ය මහඔය සෝභිත නාහිමියෝ අනුශාසනවක් පැවත්වූහ. යුධමය වතාවරණය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

අධ්‍යාපනය පිළිබඳ ගැටඵ වලට විසදුම් සෙවීමේදී වගකීම් විරහිතව කටයුතු කිරීම සම්බන්ධවයි.
ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමය.
ලේකම් අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යංශය, ඉසුරුපාය, බත්තරමුල්ල. ලේකම්තුමනි, අධ්‍යාපනය පිළිබඳ ගැටඵ වලට විසදුම් සෙවීමේදී වගකීම් විරහිතව කටයුතු කිරීම සම්බන්ධවයි. 2019 අ.පො.ස උසස් පෙළ විභාගයේ ප‍්‍රතිඵල මත විශ්වවිද්‍යාල ප‍්‍රවේශය සඳහා වන සීමා ලකුණු (ජමඑ දෙෙ ප්රනි* ගැටඵව පිළිබඳ මෙන්ම මීට පෙර වසංගත තත්වය පහව යාමත් සමග පාසල් විවෘත කිරීම, අ.පො.ස උසස් පෙළ විභාග පැවැත්වීම හා ඊට දින නියම කිරීම සම්බන්ධව ජනාධිපතිවරයා, අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යවරයා මෙන්ම ලේකම්වරයා හා විභාග කොමසාරිස්වරයා සමග ද පැවැත් වූ තීරණාත්මක සාකච්ඡුා වලදී ඊට අදාළව වගකීම් දරන ගුරු - විදුහල්පති වෘත්තිය සමිති පසෙකලා මැතිවරණ වලදී ආණ්ඩුවට සහාය දැක්වූ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

Tiny Georgia Wows Australia With Sri Lankan Cuisine!
Courtesy hoteliers.global
Georgia, a cute, talented and confident 11 year old competing in the Junior MasterChef contest in Australia, was crowned the winner this week. The announcement saw millions of viewers who were captivated by the little contestants flood the internet with heartwarming messages of happiness and appreciation. Georgia has Sri Lankan roots and is immensely proud of her heritage. In the final episode of the show, she cooked a pork curry, cashew curry, eggplant curry, plus yellow rice, pappadums and cucumber raita for her main. Her dessert,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

Dr. Wimalawansa's scathing attack on Sri Lanka's superb management of Covid-19.
Bodhi Dhanapala, Quebec, Canada
Dr. Sunil Wimalawansa has made a scathing and utterly unfair  attack on Sri Lanka's management of Covid-19,  in an article published in the Island  entitled "FAILURE TO MANAGE COVID 19: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? on November 6, 2020". This has been rejected by Brigadier Vipula Chandrasiri, using  very gentle words (https://island.lk/dedicated-management-of-covid-19-control-tasks/ ), given the harsh claims of the Wimalawansa's article. The Brigadier  has of course not mentioned the most likely  reasons behind Wimalawansa's acidic reaction to Sri Lanka's INCREDIBLE SUCCESS in dealing with the Covid-19 emergency.   In the early days of Sri Lanka's... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

Re: Mr. Bodhi Dhanapala's personal attacks on Professor Wimalawansa
Sunil Wimalawansa 
Dear Editor:  It is very unfortunate that most of the comments by the author of the email below are unfounded, scientifically incorrect, and is geared to nothing else but character assassination.  Just because a person disagrees, there is no reason to attack him or her and engage in assassination.  This is scandalous and defamatory.   The author had been unsuccessfully tried previously using the same tactic, using different platforms.  Over the years, some of you may have seen such unfounded deep and unscientific criticisms.  Thus, I am not surprised.    ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

No final decision on East Container Terminal taken yet, says Sri Lanka
Meera Srinivasan  Colombo |  Courtesy The Hindu BusinessLine
Although the Sri Lankan government is yet to declare its final position on developing the strategic East Container Terminal (ECT) at the Colombo Port jointly with India and Japan — agreed in May 2019 by the previous government — Port worker unions that are resisting the project think Sri Lanka might “concede”. “Colombo seems to be under great pressure from New Delhi to go ahead with this project. We think our government will concede,” said Palitha Athukorala, President of the National Union of Seafarers Sri Lanka. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

Now, SJB MP says she renounced British citizenship in 2015
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
…received official SL passport as Ranminithenna Chairperson Dissident Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) MP Dayana Gamage yesterday said that she had renounced her British citizenship in 2015 to launch her full time political career here. She insisted that she had obtained an official Sri Lankan passport in her capacity as the Chairperson of Ranminithenna Tele-Cinema village in 2017 during the UNP-led yahapalana administration. The SJB National List MP said so when she was repeatedly accused of having entered parliament despite being a British national. Chamuditha Samarawickrema... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

Passenger bus services entering and exiting Western Province suspended
Courtesy Adaderana
All passenger bus services that enter and exit the Western Province have been temporarily suspended.  State Minister of Bus Transport Services Dilum Amunugama stated that all passenger bus services have been suspended from leaving the Western Province until midnight on November 15 (Sunday). https://youtu.be/HdzmULtwmF0 He also said that buses from other areas have been requested not to enter the Western Province until then. Meanwhile people in the Western Province have been prohibited from travelling outside the province with immediate effect until midnight on Sunday (Nov. 15)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

626 Covid-19 cases reported so far today
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A total of 317 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported a short while ago increasing the total cases detected today to 626, Army Commander Shavendra Silva said. He said all the patients have been identified as close contacts of the Peliyagoda cluster.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

Sri Lanka confirms 46th COVID-19 death
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s Director General of Health Services has confirmed another COVID-19 death, bringing the death toll from the virus to 46 in the country.  A 63-year-old male from Imbulgoda has passed away while receiving treatment at the Maharagama Apeksha Hospital.  The PCR test carried out at post mortem has confirmed that he was infected with COVID-19 virus. Exacerbation of leukemia and a complication of the respiratory system are mentioned as the immediate causes of death. The Director General of Health Services has defined this as a death caused... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V is 92% effective & causes no serious side effects – preliminary report on Phase III trial
Courtesy RT
The developers of Russia’s pioneering Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine say their formula appears to show 92 percent efficacy and no serious side effects, based on the preliminary results of a large-scale Phase III clinical trial. The vaccine is being tested in a large-scale double-blind survey involving 40,000 volunteers. Preliminary results based on the observation of 16,000 participants indicate that the drug does a good job of protecting people from the coronavirus, the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology said on Wednesday. According to the statement, there were 20 confirmed Covid-19... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

Travel out of the Western Province suspended until 15
Courtesy Hiru News
Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva stated that no one will be permitted to&nbsp;travel out of the Western Province with immedite&nbsp;effect until midnight on the 15th of this month (November)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

Coronavirus vaccine: Medicine not money motivates husband and wife behind the jab
Oliver Moody , Berlin Courtesy The Times
On the morning of their wedding Ozlem Tureci and her groom Ugur Sahin turned up to the laboratory as usual. After a brief interlude at the register office they put their white coats back on and returned to work. It was this tranquil single-mindedness that made Dr Tureci, 53, and Dr Sahin, 55, paper billionaires and two of the most interesting figures in modern oncology. Now it has put the German-Turkish couple on the brink of claiming the world’s first demonstrably effective coronavirus vaccine and may bolster their fortune... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

SCIENCE BEHIND BURYING COVID 19 INFECTED DEAD BODIES.
Ranjiith Soysa
Attn the HON ALI SABRY Dear Minister.kindly note the following.Thanks SCIENCE BEHIND BURYING COVID 19 INFECTED DEAD BODIES. ,,,,WHO RECOMMENDATIONS SUIT TEMPERATE COUNTRIES ,NOT TROPICAL HIGH RAIN HIGH TEMPERATURE COUNTRIES The Sri Lankan Scientist- - by Meththika Vithanage - - Prof. Meththika Vithanage (Ph.D. in Hydrogeology; Prof. in Natural Resources) Director, Ecosphere Resilience Research Centre, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sri layewardenepura meththika

sjp.ac.lk With more than two third of the world is under lock down due to Covid-19, many countries... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine: ‘Normal life by spring’ after jab stops 9 in 10 infections
Courtesy The Times
The Biontech founders Ozlem Tureci and Ugur Sahin, a German-Turkish couple, are behind the vaccine. It may bolster their fortune to more than £3 billionFAZ FOTO/WOLFGANG EILMES Britain should be heading back to normal by the spring, scientists said yesterday, after the announcement of a vaccine that is 90 per cent effective in stopping the coronavirus. Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, said that the “huge milestone” meant this wave of infection could be the last that Britain endured. He said he was hopeful that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

How will Covid-19 vaccine be rolled out and who will get it first?
Rhys Blakely, Science Correspondent Chris Smyth, Whitehall Editor |Kat Lay, Health Editor Courtesy The Times
Vaccine developed by Pfizer and Biontech could be approved for use as early as next month. Getting it to clinics and into the arms of the British population will be one of the biggest challenges faced by a peacetime government. The vaccine appears to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic Covid but is unstable at anything but ultra-low temperatures. The technology has never been used at scale and will require a supply chain unlike anything used before. GPs have been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

UK National Health Service plans to vaccinate one million every week
Courtesy The Times ((UK)
Health service ready to give first doses next month, insists Hancock A million people a week could be vaccinated against coronavirus under NHS plans to ensure a jab can be administered as quickly as it is manufactured. All over-65s may be able to get the Pfizer jab before Easter if it is approved, with officials hopeful that the Oxford vaccine could allow a wider programme during the winter if it is also successful. The government hopes to cover all over-50s and the most vulnerable younger adults, who account for 99... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

Pathfinder Indian Ocean Security Conference speeches
Press Release 
The Pathfinder Indian Ocean Security Conference as a webinar Inaugural Session held on 10th, November 2020 and it will continue next two days as the three sessions. The first, on Maritime Security and Freedom of Navigation, will be moderated by Prof. Raja C. Mohan, Director-Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore; whilst the second session on Enhancing Connectivity will be moderated by Dr. Frederic Grare, Senior Associate and Director South Asia programme, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the third session to be moderated by Amb. Robert O. Blake Jr., former Ambassador of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් රු.මිලියන හයසීයක ඉන්දු-ලංකා ප්‍රජා සංවර්ධන ව්‍යාපෘති ගිවිසුම අලුත්වෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ඉන්දියානු ආධාර ප්‍රදාන යටතේ රුපියල් මිලියන හයසීයකට අධික වියදමකින් මෙරට ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන ප්‍රජා සංවර්ධන ව්‍යාපෘති සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සහ ඉන්දියාව අද 2020.11.10 දින අවබෝධතා ගිවිසුමකට එළැඹිණි. මුදල් අමාත්‍යංශ ලේකම් එස්.ආර්.ආටිගල මහතා හා මෙරට ඉන්දීය මහ කොමසාරිස් ගෝපාල් බාග්ලේ මහතා මෙම ගිවිසුමට අත්සන් තැබූහ. මෙම ගිවිසුම 2005 වර්ෂයේදී වත්මන් ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා ජනාධිපතිව සිටි සමයේ අත්සන් තැබුණු ගිවිසුමක් වන අතර එය සෑම වසර 5කට වරක් දීර්ඝ කරමින් මෙම ගිවිසුම අත්සන් කරනු ලබයි. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන්, මෙරට ඉන්දීය මහ කොමසාරිස් ගෝපාල් බාග්ලේ මහතාගේ සහභාගිත්වයෙන් මෙම ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

කොවිඞ්-19 වසංගතයේ බලපෑමට ලක්ව සිටින ඇඟළුම් ක්ෂෙත‍්‍රයේ සහ අපනයන සේවක ක්ෂෙත‍්‍රයේ සේවක සේවිකාවන් සඳහා නිදහස් වෙළඳ කලාප සහ පොදු සේවා සේවක සංගමය ඒකාබද්ධ ඇඟළුම් කර්මාන්තශාලා හිමියන්ගේ සංසදයට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද ඉල්ලීම්
General Services Employees Union
කොවිඞ්-19 වසංගතය සඳහා යෝජිත ප‍්‍රතිචාර සේවක පක්ෂයේ සහ සේව්‍ය පක්ෂයේ නියෝජිතයින්ගෙන් සැදුම්ලත් ද්විපාර්ශවික සෞඛ්‍ය කමිටු ආයතන මට්ටමින් පිහිටුවීම සහ එමගින් සෞඛ්‍ය විධිවිධාන ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම පිළිබඳව නිතිපතා විමර්ශනය කිරීම සහ ඒ පිළිබඳව ඇඟළුම් කර්මාන්තශාලා හිමියන්ගේ සංසදය විසින් පිහිටුවනු ලබන ජාතික ද්විපාර්ශවික සෞඛ්‍ය කමිටුවට වාර්ථා කිරීම මෙම සෞඛ්‍ය කමිටුව විසින් පහත දැක්වෙන විධිවිධාන විමර්ශනය කරනු ඇත. සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශය විසින් නිකුත් කරන ලද සෞඛ්‍ය විධිවිධාන සහ උපදෙස් අකුරටම ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම කොන්ත‍්‍රාත් සේවකයින් ද ඇතුළුව සියළුම සේවකයින් පී.සී.ආර්. පරීක්ෂණවලට භාජනය කිරීම සහ ඒ සඳහා වැයවන මුදල් සේවා යෝජක විසින් දැරීම සෑම ආයතනයක් විසින්ම නිරෝධායන මධ්‍යස්ථාන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

FROM SRI LANKA WITH LOVE-Tribute to Sean Connery (1930-2020)
Rohan Abeygunawardena,Nugegoda.
The 32 year old six footer who thrilled the youths as well as adults in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in early sixties is no more. His full name is Thomas Sean Connery died on 31 October2020, five days after his 90th birthday. Sean became an overnight sensation when the English movie ‘Dr. No’ was screened sometime in 1964 at the Savoy cinema in Wellawatte, Colombo. Young men and women who saw the movie were fascinated by the way James Bond (played by Sean) introduced himself to a pretty lady playing the Baccarat table seated opposite... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/11/20)

A Message of Congratulations to the newly elected President of USA,
Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobhita Thero President Justice for Animals & Nature Sri Lanka
Hon. Joseph Biden We wish to congratulate the newly elected President of the USA, Mr. Joseph Biden on a spectacular victory, on behalf of the Justice for Animals & Nature of Sri Lanka, and extend our warmest wishes for a successful period in office while addressing global concerns for the future of the animals, natural environment and related issues. USA, in particular as a superpower, bears a huge moral responsibility to protect the environment as well as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/20)

Lanka could look forward to fruitful bilateral ties with US under Biden
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror
Biden's nuanced approach to China and his development-orientation will suit Sri Lanka under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Colombo, November 10: Going by the policy pronouncements made by the US President-elect Joe Biden during the poll campaign, it seems that Sri Lanka can hope for better understanding from, and fruitful bilateral cooperation with, the Biden Administration when it comes into being on January 20, 2021. US-Lanka relations will have to be seen in the context of US-China relations because as in the case of Trump, containment of China will be Biden’s focus in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/20)

Burial of Covid-19 victims: Govt will not oppose if health sector approves
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The government will only take a decision to bury Muslim citizens who died due to Covid-19 disease on the advice of a committee appointed by the Ministry of Health, Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera said. Responding to questions on whether the government has taken a decision to bury Muslims who died due to Covid 19 disease, the Minister said the government would only agree to act on the recommendation given by the health sector. He said the government will give its approval most likely today. “The last rites... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/20)

Still no change to current procedure of cremation: Health Ministry
Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Ministry of Health says that it has not taken a decision to change the current procedure of cremation of those who succumbed to COVID-19, Health Ministry Spokesman Dr. Jayaruwan Bandara said. He said the current decision to cremate corpses of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 was taken by the Director General of Health considering scientific and technical reasons both related to the pandemic as well as the soil in Sri Lanka. He said a circular was issued in this regard. As of this moment there is no change... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/20)

Sri Lanka confirms 41st death from Covid-19
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 death toll climbed to 41 as another person infected with the virus passed away, the Director-General of Health Services confirmed. The Department Government Information said the victim is a 48-year-old male residing in Ragama area. Reports revealed that he had been suffering from cancer for a long period of time. He has died while at home and the post-mortem examination carried out at the Ragama Hospital has posthumously found him to be a novel coronavirus infected person. Sri Lanka also registered 4 other deaths from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/20)

430 tested positive for COVID-19 Today
Courtesy Hiru News
Another 125 have tested positive for COVID-19. All are close contacts of previous patients.  The total reported cases today increases to 430 with this 125 persons. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/20)

Parliamentary council observations to appoint 06 Supreme court judges
Courtesy  Hiru News
Parliamentary council observations to appoint 06 Supreme court judges... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/20)

Bodies of covid-19 victims to be buried or cremated? (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
There is a debate as to whether the bodies of covid-19 victims should be cremated or buried. However, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that permission would be granted in the future to bury the bodies. https://youtu.be/xIP7Pom9KSE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/20)

ශී‍්‍ර ලංකාවේ 3%කට රජ කෙළියකි- ෂරියා
විමල් පටබැඳිගේ (ශාස්ත‍්‍රවේදි, නීතිඥ, විශ‍්‍රාමික සොලිසිටර්)
ෂරියා, මුස්ලිම් නීතිය දිවයිනේ පැවති ‘සිරිත් නීතියක්’ (ජමිඑදප්රහ ඛ්අ* ය’යි සමහර මුස්ලිම් උගත්තු කියති. ලියති. එය නො දැනුවත්කමට කියන, ලියන කථාවක් නො වේ. එය රටේ ඉතිහාසය, සංස්කෘතිය, සමාජය පිළිබඳ අවබෝධයක් දැනීමක් නැති ජනයා මුලා කිරීම සඳහා උවමනාවෙන් ම ගොතන ලද ප‍්‍රබන්ධයකි. යම් භූමි ප‍්‍රදේශයක හෝ ජන සමාජයක් තුළ නීති රීති හෝ සිරිත් රීති කි‍්‍රයාත්මකව පැවතීමට නම් අවම වශයෙන් ඒ භූමියේ හෝ ජන සමාජය තුළ ස්ථාවර, බලාත්මක දේශපාලන හෝ සමාජ සංස්ථාවක් කි‍්‍රයාත්මකව පැවතිය යුතු ය. ෂරියා ආනයනය ඉංගිරිසි පාලකයෝ භේදකොට පාලනය කිරීමේ (ඩිවයිඞ් ඇන්ඞ් රූල්* කුප‍්‍රකට පිළිවෙත අනුව 19 වෙනි සියවස... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/11/20)

An Open Letter to Joe Biden President Elect of the USA
By  The Sri Lanka Study Circle 
Mr Biden, we the members of the Sri Lanka Study Circle in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, a founding member of the Non Aligned Movement – the largest organised grouping of nations after the UN –  that initiated a UN General Assembly Resolution in 1971 which was unanimously adopted by the entire world to make forever the Indian Ocean a zone of peace within which area no nuclear weapons whatsoever  would be permitted, looked on with grave concern at the conduct of your recently concluded Presidential Elections, fraught with massive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C3
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The most significant fault line in USA, however, is not any of these. It is the racism shown to the African American.  When the African slaves were released from their cotton plantations in 1865, instead of freedom, the former slaves, found themselves less safe. Slavery was replaced by organized terror. Negroes were killed by   anti –black organizations, like Ku Klux Klan (KKK).  KKK was a white supremacist hate group whose primary targets are Americans. It was active in the south between 1860-1870. There was a second wave of KKK starting in 1915 and peaking... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C2
KAMALIKA PIERIS
There is violence in the USA. This is well known. There are about 50,000 gun deaths per year. There were at least   18 school shootings by February 2018. School children are now equipped with bullet proof backpacks, bullet proof hoodies. Classrooms have bullet proof windows and curved walls, said TIME in 2019. There was a shootout at Pulse night club, Orlando, in 2016   and people died. Families of those who died sued the owner of the night club, as well as Google, Face book, Twitter in separate lawsuits. They sued the parents of one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/20)

Jaffna Tamil Rohini Lakshmi Ravindran Kosoglu is Kamala Harris’ Chief of Staff
By Aziz Haniffa Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Her doctor father Wijeyadevendram Ravindran was a student of St.Thomas' College in Colombo Rohini Lakshmi Kosoglu, who created history when on Dec. 10, 2018, she became the first South Asian American to be appointed a chief of staff in the Washington, D.C. office of a U.S. Senator, has said that “while it is an honor to break any barrier,” her boss, Kamala Devi Harris — the first-ever Indian American U.S. Senator—”has a long history of doing that herself.” In an exclusive interview with India Abroad, Sri Lankan- American Kosoglu,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/20)

Sri Lanka to allow burials for Covid-19 victims
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Sri Lanka will follow the guidelines of burials followed by other countries over COVID-19. Colombo, November 9 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on Monday instructed health authorities to look into the possibility of allocating a dry land for Muslims to bury any COVID19 victims hereon. Sri Lanka will follow the guidelines of burials followed by other countries over COVID-19. To date Sri Lanka only allowed those who succumb to the virus to be cremated.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/20)

COVID-19 deaths increase to 36 Sri Lanka - Female from Kandana dies at IDH
Courtesy  Hiru News
36th COVID-19 death reported in Sri Lanka. The victim was a 84 year old female from Kandana and she has died at the IDH.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/20)

356 tested positive for COVID-19 Today
Courtesy Hiru News
Another 184 tested positive for COVID-19. All are close contacts. Accordingly, 356 cases of Covid 19 have been reported so far today (09)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/20)

Covid -19 can be controlled, need the cooperation of the people - President (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa stated that covid-19 can be easily controlled by the competent health service of this country and what is required is the cooperation of the people. The President made this observation during the daily meeting with the members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 Prevention held at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (09). https://youtu.be/XIC_D-5Xfcs "The Covid epidemic is a health problem. It is the responsibility of the health service and the government to protect the people and take the country forward.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/20)

WAR OF WORDS AMONGST WORLD LEADERS
Ambassador Sarath Wijesinghe, President’s Counsel, President of the Ambassadors Forum, Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to UAE and Israel.
War of words are not uncommon in international circles. But the war of words between China and USA relating to Sri Lanka occurring in Sri Lanka has to be taken seriously based on the context, contents and tone of the exchange of words. The fact that it has happened in our soil worries us as peaceful peace loving people. Exchange of words among the members of the diplomatic community should be based on diplomacy conventions, practices, and norms of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/20)

Online Education: How can we get the next phase right?
Dr. Gamini Padmaperuma
Background Online Learning has become a household term and is fast becoming a way of life. Schoolchildren and students from state and non-state higher educational institutions, and their teachers and lecturers have started experiencing online teaching and learning during the last several months. Although online teaching and learning existed in a limited scale before the onset of Covid-19, a rapid transition to online teaching and learning occurred following the closure of educational institutions owing to the spread of virus. The way and speed with which the educational institutions adapted to and faced the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/11/20)

Import of rapid diagnostic testing to Sri Lanka by George Steuart & Company
Statement by George Steuart Health
07th November 2020: As the oldest mercantile establishment in Sri Lanka, George Steuart & Company has contributed to the betterment of the nation for nearly two centuries, whilst making enormous strides in diverse fields of business. George Steuart Health was established nearly 33 years ago and since then, has partnered with over 60 principals from across the globe, in our quest to introduce novel and advanced therapies to Sri Lankan patients. We have been constantly evolving and thus have implemented robust growth strategies. We are considered as one of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

‘රැපිඩ් ඇන්ටිජන්’ පරීක්‍ෂණ කට්ටල තොගයක් ගෙන්වීම ගැන ජෝර්ජ් ස්ටුවට් සමාගමෙන් නිවේදනයක්.. ඇමති ඩී.වී. චානකත් ගෑවේ…
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
කොරෝනා ආසාදිතයන් ඉක්මනින් හදුනා ගැනීමට භාවිත කරන ‘රැුපිඩ් ඇන්ටිඩන්’ පරීක්‍ෂණ කට්ටල තොගයක් මෙරටට ගෙන්වීම සම්බන්දයෙන් මතබේදාත්මක තත්වයක් ඇතිව තිබේ. එම චෝදනාව එල්ල වන ජේර්ජ් ස්ටුවට් සමාගම විසින් තම පාර්ශවයේ මතය පැහැදිලි කරමින් නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කර ඇත. එම සම්පූර්ණ නිවේදනය සහ පරිවර්තනය පහත දැක්වේ. Rapid Antigen Test එක යනු කොරොනා වෛරසය හඳුනා ගැනීමේ නවතම ක්‍රමවේදයයි. මෙම ක්‍රමය නිෂ්පාදනය කරන සමාගම් දෙකකට ලෝක සෞඛ්‍ය සංවිධානය විසින් මීට මාස දෙකකට ප්‍රථම අනුමැතිය ලබා දුන්නා. එම ජාත්‍යන්තර සමාගම් දෙකේ ම දේශීය නියෝජිතයා ලෙස පසුගිය දශකය පුරාම කටයුතු කරන්නේ george stuart සමාගමයි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

Bhikkhus behaving badly?
by Dr. Upul Wijayawardhana Courtesy The Island
Rather than discoursing on the profound truths expounded by the Buddha, some Bhikkhus have specialised in telling stories. Worse still, they are spreading canards the latest being that the Buddha was born in Sri Lanka. Though I would love for this to be true, unfortunately, there is no archaeological evidence even to support that the Buddha visited Sri Lanka, leaving aside being born here. The excellent article by Bhante Dhammika of Australia printed in this newspaper proves with archaeological evidence where the Buddha was actually born (Was the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

Ding-dong, the jerk is gone. But read this before you sing the Hallelujah Chorus
Thomas Frank Courtesy The Guardian
Ding-dong, the jerk is gone. Finally, we have come to the end of Donald Trump’s season of extreme misrule. Voters have rejected what can only be described as the crassest, vainest, stupidest, most dysfunctional leadership this country has ever suffered. © Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Congratulations to Joe Biden for doing what Hillary Clinton couldn’t, and for somehow managing to do it without forcefulness, without bounce, without zest, without direction and without a real cause, even. It is a time for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

පවතින වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ පාසල් හරහා මාර්ගගත :Online ක්‍රමයට ඉගැන්වීම් සිදු කිරීම හේතුවෙන් බහුතර සිසු දරුවන්ට අසාධාරණයක් සිදුවීම සම්බන්ධව.
ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමය.
ගරු අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍ය, ජී.එල්. පිරීස් මහතා, අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යංශය, ඉසුරුපාය, බත්තරමුල්ල. අමාත්‍යතුමනි, පවතින වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ පාසල් හරහා මාර්ගගත :Online ක්‍රමයට ඉගැන්වීම් සිදු කිරීම හේතුවෙන් බහුතර සිසු දරුවන්ට අසාධාරණයක් සිදුවීම සම්බන්ධව. රට තුළ පවතින වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ වරින්වර පාසල් වසා දැමීමට සිදු වීම තුළ සිසු දරුවන්ගේ පාසල් අධ්‍යාපනය අඩපණ වීම හා විෂය අධ්‍යාපන කටයුතු ම`ග හැරීම දිගින් දිගටම සිදු වෙමින් පවති. මෙයට විකල්පයක් ලෙස පහසුකම් ඇති සීමිත පාසල් කිහිපයක් ඉගැන්වීම් කටයුතු ස`දහා මාර්ගගත :දබකසබැ- ක්‍රමය භාවිතා කරමින් සිටි. එසේ වුවද මෙම පාසල්වල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

COVID 19 Relief Work
Mahinda Karunaratne Chairman Karuna Trust
 It’s exactly six months ago we made an appeal to our donors and well-wishers requesting donations for our COVID  19 relief work. There we got a very good response for it and with that donations we severed 3412 families. Unfortunately, the second wave came up five weeks ago and by now it has spread all over the country. This wave is much more powerful than the first one and It’s spreading very fast. Within these five weeks over 9000 positive patients have been identified. Entire Gampaha District and many police station controlling areas... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා වැල්ලවත්ත මයුරපති ශ්‍රී භද්‍රකාලී අම්මාන් කෝවිලේ ආශිර්වාද පූජාවට එක්වෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාට සෙත් ප්‍රාර්ථනා කරමින් වැල්ලවත්ත මයුරපති ශ්‍රී භද්‍රකාලී අම්මාන් කෝවිලේ පැවති ආශිර්වාද පූජාව සඳහා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමන් අද 2020.11.08 දින පස්වරුවේ එක් විය. වැල්ලවත්ත මයුරපති ශ්‍රී භද්‍රකාලී අම්මාන් කෝවිලේ ප්‍රධාන පූජක තුමන් වන උදය රාගම පූජකතුමා විසින් මෙම ආශිර්වාද පූජාව පැවැත්වූයේය. මෙම අවස්ථාව සඳහා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ආර්යා ශිරන්ති රාජපක්ෂ මැතිණිය ද එක්ව සිටියාය. මෙහිදී කොවිඩ්-19 වසංගත තත්ත්වයෙන් ආරක්ෂාවීම සඳහා අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ පවුලේ සාමාජිකයින්ට හා රට වැසියාට සෙත් ප්‍රාර්ථනා කළේය. ඉන් අනතුරුව කෝවිල් භූමියේ පිහිටි කඩවර දේවාලයට ගොස් අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා ආශිර්වාද ලබා ගත්තේය. මෙම අවස්ථාව සඳහා කෝවිල් භාරකාර මණ්ඩලයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

රටපුරා රතන සූත්‍රය දේශනා කිරීමේ සමාරම්භක අවස්ථාවට අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා එක්වෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
කොවිඩ්-19 වසංගත තත්ත්වය මව්බිමෙන් දුරු වේවායි ප්‍රාර්ථනා කරමින්, රට වැසියාට සෙත් පතා  දිවයින පුරා රතන සූත්‍ර දේශනා කිරීමේ වැඩසටහන් මාලාවේ සමාරම්භක අවස්ථාවට ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා අද 2020.11.08 දින එක් විය. ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය හා බුද්ධ ශාසන ආගමික හා සංස්කෘතික කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ උපදෙස් පරිදි අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලයේ හා  බුද්ධ ශාසන ආගමික හා සංස්කෘතික කටයුතු අමාත්‍යංශයේ මූලිකත්වයෙන් දිස්ත්‍රික්ක 25 පුරා ඒ ඒ දිස්ත්‍රික්ක කේන්ද්‍රවන පරිදි මෙම රතන සූත්‍රය දේශනා කිරීමේ කටයුතු සම්පාදනය කර තිබේ. මෙම වැඩසටහන් මාලාවේ සමාරම්භක අවස්ථාව අද දින කොළඹ 07, ආර්. ජී. සේනානායක මාවතේ ශ්‍රී සම්බෝධි විහාරස්ථානයේදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

Challenge of Lanka’s economic revival under the “new normal”
By Sugeeswara Senadhira/Daily News Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
The Gotabaya Rajapaksa government has taken a variety of steps to correct economic distortions brought about by the pandemic Colombo, November 6: On the eve of the first anniversary of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government, the Budget for 2021 is to be presented by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who also holds the Finance portfolio. Some people are of the view that the budget could also be considered as a scorecard of performance in the first year. However, it is a wrong assumption. The government’s performance since November 2019 had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

What can South Asia expect from President Biden?
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
While containment of China will be the core of his South Asian policy, Biden will try to meet the concerns of the countries here and make the US an alternative to China as a catalyst of economic development Colombo, November 8: In the last few years, South Asia has become important for US policy on Asia given the fact that China has spread its tentacles in the region with huge investments in infrastructural projects. The existing regional and global powers, namely India and the US, have also been apprehensive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

Sri Lankan court orders seized Indian fishing boats to be destroyed: Officials
By PTI Courtesy The New Indian Express
Fishermen association leader P Sesuraja appealed against destruction of the boats and said steps should be taken to return to their owners. Image of a fishing boat used for representational purpose only. (File Photo | EPS) RAMESWARAM: A court in Sri Lanka has permitted officials to destroy several Indian mechanised fishing boats seized in the last 3-4 years for allegedly crossing into the island nation territory, officials here said on Sunday. The court in Jaffna gave the orders for destroying 27 out... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

35th COVID-19 death reported
Courtesy Hiru News
Government Information Department states that the 35th COVID-19 death has been reported in Sri Lanka. Victim was a 78 year old Male.  He was pronounced dead on admission to the Colombo National Hospital. The post-mortem identified him to be infected with covid 19. The cause of death was pronounced as a heart attack due to covid 19.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

Another 227 tested positive for COVID-19 -Total for the day has increased to 510.
Courtesy Hiru News
Another 227 have tested positive for COVID-19. All are close contacts Therefore, the number of patients reported for the day has increased to 510. Accordingly, the number of reported infections in the country has increased to 13,929.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

Post-Trump America with Biden – not to mention Kamala Harris
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Say what you like against Donald Trump, the man was a phenomenon. Whether the legacy he leaves behind is good or bad is a judgement that will be determined finally by those who will feel the impact of his regime in the years to come. Win or lose, (he is losing at the time of writing) he will be remembered as the leader who articulated and released the underlying undercurrents that had been dormant in the political landscape, awaiting a leader to take up the challenge. Trump is the leader that represented the subterranean... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C1
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The US is an exceptional country that is different from and superior to all other countries,   say admirers of the USA. “I always thought that Europe and North America had it figured out. I saw them as Utopia,” a commentator from Buenos Aires told TIME. She changed her mind after the Corona virus.  Here are some other not-so-lovely aspects of the USA. The US Presidential election, which is going on, as I write, is a historic one for USA and USA watchers.  It has thrown up a hostile, divided America unlike anything ever seen before.  Party supporters... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

13 වන සංශොධනයේ පොලිස් බලතල: ඉන්‌දියාවෙන් අපූරු පාඩමක්!
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
ඉහත මාතෘකාව යටතේ මා ලියූ ලිපියක්, 2009 ජූනි 22 දා අයිලන්ඩ් පුවත් පතේත්  (http://pdfs.island.lk/2009/06/22/p6.pdf), එහි සංශොධිත කොපියක් 2012 පෙබරවාරි 15 දින ලංකාවෙබ් වෙබ් අඩවියේත් පලවිය. කරුණු කීපයක් නිසා මෙම ලිපිය දැනටත් ඉතා වැදගත්‌ය: (1) 13- ඒ ප්ලස් පියා ලෙස සැළකෙන දයාන් ජයතිලක මහතා ප්‍රමුඛ, පරණ යටත් විජිත කැබලිකිරීමේ හා ඒවායේ කළුසුද්දන්ට හීනමානය ආරූඪ කිරීමේලා අළුත් උපාය මාර්‌ග දෙකක් වන, <නන්මැජෝරිටේරියන්>, <ආර්.ටූ.පී> කතාවල ලෝකල් ඒජන්තලා  කල්ලියක් බිහිවී සිටී. මොවුන් විසින්, මේ දිනවල, දිනපතාම වාගේ, 13-ඒ වෙනුවෙන් ඉංග්‍රීසි ලිපි ලියමින්, නැගී එන මිශ්‍ර සිංහලබෞද්‌ධ අන්තවාදයක් හා මිලිටරිවාදයක්  ඉදිරියේ ගෝඨාභයගෙන්, ඉන්‌දියාවේ මෝඩි ලවා 13-ඒ රැකගත යුතුයයි තර්‌ක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

Ahmadiyya Khalifa’s Special Message to Ahmadis & the World Addressing the Global Rise in Islamophobia
By A. Abdul Aziz.
Supreme Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah strengthen his hands) made an appeal for special prayers during his Friday Sermon delivered on 6th November 2020, at Masjid Mubarak, Islamabad, Tilford, U.K.    His Holinesssaid that we pray for ourselves and our Community, but we must also pray for the entire Muslim world. There are some world leaders who harbour malice and spread very negative thoughts and ideas regarding Islam. These days, rather than believing in God, these leaders consider the general... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

Sri Lankan morality - 40- 50% of land deeds, 20% of the birth, marriage and death certificates are reportedly forgeries; Will the President address this thieving?
By Raj Gonsalkorale
The Registrar General of Land Registration Mr N C Withanage stated in March 2019 that almost 40 – 50% of the land deeds in Sri Lanka are likely to be forged documents. He also said that it has been proven that over 1/5th of the birth certificates, marriage certificates and death certificates in the country are also forged (https://www.newsfirst.lk/2019/03/17/50-of-land-deeds-in-sri-lanka-forged-registrar-general/:~:text=COLOMBO%20 (News%201st)%20%E2%80%93%20The,the%20country%20are%20also%20forged. If we are to take the Registrar General at his word, in the land of Theravada Dhamma, the citadel of the most ancient Buddhist doctrine, and a fertile ground for Christianity and... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

Zero Based Budgeting and Covid19
Rohan Abeygunawardena ACMA, CGMA Financial & Management Consultant
The Covid19 epidemic has disrupted the economies of almost all the countries in the world including Sri Lanka. The finance chiefs of both public and private sector should take a fresh look at the activities and projects under their purview when preparing budgets. The Zero Based concept of budgeting that we have forgotten over the years is the best tool that can be used under this scenario. Definition of Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB); “ZBB is a management tool which provides a systematic method for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

දිවංගත ඩී. ඒ. රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ 53 වැනි ගුණ සමරුවට සමඟාමී පිරිත් දේශනය හා දානමය පිංකමට අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා එක්වෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා හා ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා ප්‍රමුඛ පවුලේ සාමාජිකයින්ගේ සහභාගීත්වයෙන් දිවංගත ඩී. ඒ. රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ 53 වෙනි ගුණ සමරුවට සමඟාමීව වීරකැටිය, මැදමුලන නිවසේ දී සෙත් පිරිත් දේශනයක් හා අද 2020.11.07 පෙරවරුවේ දානමය පිංකමක් පැවැත්විණි. ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති ආර්යා අයෝමා රාජපක්ෂ මැතිණිය, ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා, අග්‍රමාත්‍ය ආර්යා ශිරන්ති රාජපක්ෂ මැතිණියගේ සහභාගීත්වයෙන් ඊයේ 2020.11.06 පස්වරුවේ ඩී. ඒ. රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ හා දන්දිනා සමරසිංහ දිසානායක රාජපක්ෂ මැතිණියගේ ස්මාරක වෙත පුෂ්පෝපහාර දැක්වීම සිදු විය. මෙම අවස්ථාව සඳහා අමාත්‍ය චමල් රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා, චන්ද්‍රා රාජපක්ෂ මැතිණිය, බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා, අමාත්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

Sri Lankan businessman on run arrested with family after landing at Kodiyakarai in TN
By Antony Fernando  Express News Service courtesy The New Indian Express
The Police said that the Sri Lankan couple would be lodged in Puzhal Central Prison in Chennai and the boy could be sent to a juvenile home. NAGAPATTINAM: A 45-year-old Sri Lankan businessman was arrested along with his wife and minor son after landing at Kodiyakarai illegally. His company has been accused of cheating hundreds of investors with billions of rupees. The 45-year-old businessman Ahamed Shareem Mohamed Shihab, from Colombo in Sri Lanka, was wanted based on complaints regarding misappropriation of funds and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

257 more infected with Covid-19
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A total of 257 more Covid-19 patients were reported, Army Commander Shavendra Silva said. All of them are close contacts of the Peliyagoda cluster. Accordingly, the total Covid-19 cases detected so far in Sri Lanka stand at 13, 227.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 death toll rises by 4
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has reported four more coronavirus-related deaths thus hiking the country’s death toll to 34, the Department of Government Information confirmed. According to the Director-General of Health Services, Dr. Asela Gunawardena, 03 females, and one male had succumbed to the virus in this manner. One of the deceased is identified as a 42-year-old woman from the Maligawatte area who had passed away at home. Reportedly, she had been ailing from a chronic heart condition in addition to COVID-19. The next victim is also a resident of the Maligawatte area.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

PCoI on political victimization to seek legal action against four SJB MPs
Courtesy Adaderana
Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing incidents of political victimization has decided to seek legal action against four parliamentarians of Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB). According to PCoI chair, former Supreme Court Justice Upali Abeyratne, MPs Harin Fernando, Nalin Bandara, J.C. Alawathuwala and Mayantha Dissanayake have allegedly made derogatory comments about the commission and challenged its authority. It is reported that notices were issued on the four lawmakers to appear before the police unit of the commission to record statements on the matter. One of its senior officers said these MPs had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

Illegal quarantine center raided
Courtesy Adaderana
Public Health Inspectors (PHI) in charge of the Hunupitiya area in Kelaniya raided an illegal quarantine center today (07). https://youtu.be/i4rI77trEKA According to Ada Derana reporter, two persons at the center were found to be infected with the COVID-19 virus. Subsequently, all persons found at the center were directed for quarantine at the center itself. In addition, health authorities had sternly advised the individuals who operated the illegal quarantine center.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/11/20)

A Humble request to our President and Prime Minister
by Garvin Karunaratne Former GA Matara
May I hope that the incoming Budget includes funding for a major new Programme of Poverty Alleviation, cum creating Production and also obviating imports. Such a development programme implemented all over our Motherland will bring about  definite results in terms of creating employment, production- both agriculture, animal husbandry and small industry, involving thousands  and also reducing imports. This   will bring great credit and be a major contribution to the economy of our country. I can speak through sheer experience having handled, been an active partner in many development programmes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

Pathfinder and Huawei entered into a strategic partnership
Pathfinder Advisory Services (Pvt.) Ltd
Pathfinder Advisory Services (Pvt.) Ltd. recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with world’s leading information and communication technologies (ICT) solutions provider Huawei, to establish a framework to encourage, develop and ICT in Sri Lanka. The partnership will enable the two institutions to achieve a deeper understanding of the possibilities that ICT technologies will open up for Sri Lanka. "We are excited to work with the world’s leading ICT solutions provider Huawei in shaping future ICT technologies for Sri Lanka through cutting-edge technologies. Our constant effort is development... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

Is there space in our moral universe for inter – species fellowship and justice?
Senaka Weeraratna
We are all familiar with catchcries’ such as inter – faith dialogue and conferences and inter – ethnic peace talks and the like. This was being broadcast almost day and night as a panacea for all our mundane troubles ad nauseam, during the period of the previous Yahapalana Govt. Ever heard of Inter – species fellowship and extension of natural justice to members of non – human species? If you have not it is time you hear of it and think of exploring it as a worthy moral... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

උපාය මාර්ගික ස්ථානවල පිහිටි කුඩා රටවල් ලෝක බලවතුන් විසින් අපයෝජනය කිරීම
සංගදාස අකුරුගොඩ
එක්සත් ජනපද රාජ්‍ය ලේකම් මයිකල් පොම්පියෝ පසුගිය අඟහරුවාදා කොළඹට පැමිණියේ ඉන්දීය නායකයන් සමඟ සාකච්ඡා කර ඉන්දියාව සමඟ ගිවිසුමක් අත්සන් කිරීමෙන් පසුව ය. පසුගිය ඔක්තෝම්බර්  මස 9 වන දින ඉහළ පෙළේ චීන දූත පිරිසක් ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා හමුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සමෘද්ධිය සඳහා චීනය සිය කැපවීම යළිත් අවධාරණය කළ අනතුරුව මෙම සංචාරය සිදුවිය. ඇතැම් ධනවත් හෝ බලවත් කාමතුරයින් වෙසෙන ප්‍රදේශ අසල ජීවත්වන  පෙනුමැති අසරණ කාන්තාවන්ට මෙන් ලෝකයේ උපායමාර්ගික ස්ථානවල පිහිටා ඇති ශ්‍රී ලංකාව වැනි කුඩා රටවල් වලටද, ලෝකයේ ධනවත් හා කලාපීය බලවත් රටවලින් විවිධ දුෂ්කරතාවන්ට මුහුණ දීමට සිදුව තිබේ.  බොහෝවිට කාමතුරයින්  එම කාන්තාවන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

ගුරු අධ්‍යාපනඥ සේවයේ iii ශ්‍රේණියට බඳවා ගැනීමේ සීමිත තරඟ විභාගය පිළිබඳව.
ලංකා පිරිවෙන් ගුරුසේවා සංගමය
අධ්‍යාපන ලේකම්තුමා අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යංශය ඉසුරුපාය, බත්තරමුල්ල. අධ්‍යාපන ලේකම්තුමනි, ගුරු අධ්‍යාපනඥ සේවයේ iii ශ්‍රේණියට බඳවා ගැනීමේ සීමිත තරඟ විභාගය පිළිබඳව. ගුරු අධ්‍යාපනඥ සේවයේ සසස ශ්‍රේණියේ සීමිත තරඟ විභාගය සඳහා පිරිවෙන් ගුරුවරුන්ටද ඉල්ලූම් කිරීමට අවස්ථාවක් මෙවර චක‍්‍ර ලේඛනය මගින් උදාකර දී ඇත. 02. එසේ අවස්ථාව සලසාදී තිබුණද පිරිවෙන් ගුරුවරයාට ඉල්ලූම් කළ හැකි විෂය ප‍්‍රමාණය සීමා කර ඇත. (2020 ඔක්. 13 දින ඔබතුමාගේ නමින් නිකුත් කර ඇති චක‍්‍ර ලේඛයේ 04i (vi) ) එය පිරිවෙන් ගුරුවරයාට කළ අසාධාරණයකි. සෞන්දර්ය හා තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණය යන විෂයන්ට පවා පිරිවෙන් ගුරුවරයාට ඉල්ලූම් කළ හැකිනම් සෙසු විෂයන් සඳහා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

THE JOURNEY OF A US ELECTION BALLOT FROM SRI LANKA TO THE US
Chandra Fernando 
During this unusual time, I want to share with you, the time, energy, and cost of participating in the US Elections. This is an example of the civic duty of US  citizens who take presidential elections seriously and try their best to have a voice in a democratic process important to all citizens.  As your readers try to understand the complicated procedure of the American political process and try to decipher the steps of the electoral college operation, please note the dedication of the more than three million expats who this year have participated... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

UK: lawmakers pass bill to protect soldiers from prosecution over war crimes
Courtesy Al Arabia
British lawmakers on Tuesday adopted a bill to prevent "vexatious" prosecutions of military personnel and veterans over war crimes allegations. The prosecution of British soldiers for alleged past crimes in Northern Ireland, and more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, has dogged the military and government for years. For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app. The legislation proposes measures to "reduce uncertainty arising from historical allegations and create a better legal framework to deal with claims from future... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

Are the Rajapaksas moving towards rapprochement with Muslims?
By P.K.Balachandran/Weekend Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
The decision to review the ban on the burial of Muslim COVID-19 victims and messages on the Prophet's birthday indicate a change in attitude to the alienated Muslim community Colombo, November 6: Sri Lanka’s ruling party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Permuna (SLPP) appears to be moving towards a rapprochement with the alienated Muslim minority. After winning the November 2019 Presidential election decisively and the August 2020 parliamentary elections with a two-thirds majority without the support of the Muslim and Tamil minorities, the SLPP felt it could... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

Fishermen say COVID-19 is not passed on by fish
by Melani Manel Perera Courtesy AsiaNews.it
Sales collapsed after a viral outbreak at a Colombo fish market. Activists urge the authorities to counter public disinformation. Fishing industry workers are unable to pay debts. Advocates want the government to provide refrigerated sites and buy unsold stock. Colombo (Asia News) – Sri Lankan fisherman have started a campaign to inform the public that COVID-19 is not transmitted from fish to humans. Fishing industry advocacy groups also urge the government to take steps to protect the fishing industry from the effects of the pandemic.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

Lanka Premier League rescheduled, all matches to be played in Hambantota
Courtesy The Hindustan Times
The Lanka premier League will now be held from November 27 to December 17, 2020 and will only be played at the MRICS, Hambantota. Sri Lanka Cricket has announced that the Lanka Premier League has been rescheduled. The tournament will now be held from November 27 to December 17, 2020 and will only be played at the MRICS, Hambantota. The latest revision, both in the commencement date and the venue, was affected, following several rounds of meetings Sri Lanka Cricket had with the health ministry officials. Accordingly, the Government today... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

30th Covid-19 death reported in Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A 23-year old male, died due to Covid-19 while receiving treatment at the IDH reporting the 30th Covid death in Sri Lanka. The Government Information Department said he is a resident of Modara, Colombo. He was suffering from complications associated with diabetic.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

Covid-19: A new set of guidelines issued
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Government has issued a new set of Covid-19 guidelines on public activities based on Alert Level System. The Health Ministry said the new set of guidelines is supported by the previous guidelines issued by the Ministry on the relaxation of public activities in response to COVID 19. The COVID 19 situation in the country is subject to change from time to time and level of activity permitted and the number of people engaged in these functions is required to change. The alert level system introduced based on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

AG questions IGP over delay in probe on Brandix Cluster
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Attorney General (AG) Dappula de Livera has directed the Acting IGP to inform him immediately of the Investigating Team appointed to investigate the Brandix cluster as no probe has been launched yet, AG’s Coordinating Officer said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/11/20)

ව්‍යවස්ථා චෞරයෙකු සමග අලුත් ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සැකසිය හැකිද
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
         ජනපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා යටතේ පත් කරගන්නා ලද නව රජය ස්වකීය ප්‍රමුඛ කාර්යයක් වශයෙන් සලකා ඇත්තේ නව ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සකස් කිරීමයි.මේ කරුණ සාකච්ඡා කිරීමේ දී පැවති ආණ්ඩුකම ව්‍යවස්ථා පිළිබඳ විමසීම කරනු වටී. එංගලන්ත රැජින යටතේ ස්වාධීන පාලනයක් ලංකාවට ඇති කරලීම පිණිස 1948 දී සකස් කළ ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සමග  යම් පමණක දේශපාලන නිදහසක් රටට හිමි විය. නමුත් ලංකාව පූර්ණ වශයෙන් රැජින ගේ පාලනයෙන් මිදී නිදහස ලබනුයේ 1972 වසරේදීය.ආචාර්ය කොල්වින් ආර්.ද සිල්වා මහතා ගේ මූලිකත්වයෙන් සැකසුණු 1972 ව්‍යවස්ථාව තුළ මෙතෙක් සිංහලේ නැතිනම් සිංහල ද්වීපය යනුවෙන් භාවිත කල රට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව බවට පත් විය.කොල්වින් ආර්.ද සිල්වා මහතා වරක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

බදුල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික් කොවිඩ් මෙහෙයුම් කමිටු රැස්වීම
A.J.M. Muzammil Media Unit 
බදුල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික් කොවිඩ් වසංගතය පාලනය කිරීමේ මෙහෙයුම් කමිටු රැස්වීම ඌව පළාත් ගරු ආණ්ඩුකාරවර ඒ.ජේ.එම්. මුසම්මිල් මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් බදුල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික් ලේකම් කාර්යාලයේ දී පවත්වන ලදී. මෙහිදී කෝවිඩ් වසංගත තත්වයත් සමග නිවෙස්වල නිරෝධායනය වන ජනතාවට ආහාර පාන ලබාදීම ගැන වැඩි අවධානය යොමු විය. එමෙන්ම හදිසි තත්ත්ව වලට මූණ දීමට ඇති රෝහල් පහසුකම්, කොරෝනා වසංගත තත්ත්වයෙන් මිදීමට අවශ්‍ය සෞඛ්‍ය උපදෙස් හා අනුගමනය කලයුතු පිළිවෙත් පිලිබද ජනතාව දැනුවත් කිරීම, ජීවන උපාය සංවර්ධන වැඩසටහන් යටතේ ආරම්භ කර ඇති ගෙවතු වගාව වැඩසටහනේ ඉදිරි කටයුතු සම්බන්ධයෙන් සාකච්ඡා කෙරුණි. මෙම අවස්ථාවට අමාත්‍ය තේනුක විදානගමගේ මැතිතුමා, බදුල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ සම්බන්ධීකරණ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

A new constitution, seriously?
MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E
Crisis. This is interestingly a word that at some level warms the cockles of a politician’s heart. Governments can point to calamities and pooh-pooh demands to address issues that have plagued society for a long time. They provide ammunition to the opposition, even one which is weak, clueless and indeed precipitated the issues that are marked ‘Of overriding importance.’ We saw this during the long decades of the country’s struggle to defeat terrorism. We see milder versions of the phenomenon during natural disasters such as the tsunami, landslides, floods and droughts. Respective governments can... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

කෘතීමව හදපු ලංකාවේ පළමු අශ්වයත් ඉන්න අක්කර 80ක අශ්ව පාරාදීසය
Pet Talk
https://youtu.be/bbpJ2fsFAPI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

Sri Lankan government rejects total lockdown amid surging COVID-19 infections
Pradeep Ramanayake Courtesy World Socialist Web Site
Confronted with rising anger among workers, who forced the closure of an infected factory, Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapakse on Sunday announced an extension of a lockdown in selected areas and “home quarantine” for suspected cases. At the same time, he tried to blame ordinary people for the resurging COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Last week, the MAS Holdings-owned Bodyline garment factory, which employs about 6,000 workers, was compelled to close down. One member of a 200-strong team tested positive. When 145 team members were tested, another 34 were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

Sri Lanka lifting pandemic curfew to aid economy
Courtesy Arab News
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is keen that a 10-day curfew now in force in Sri Lanka’s Western Province and some other areas be lifted Monday Sri Lankan authorities will end a pandemic curfew imposed in parts of the country, saying people themselves should take the responsibility to avoid being infected the new coronavirus. Army Commander Shavendra Silva heads a COVID-19 task force and he says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is keen that a 10-day curfew now in force in Sri Lanka’s Western Province and some other areas be lifted Monday. Silva says the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

Five (05) more covid-19 deaths reported- SL Covid death total increases to 29
Courtesy Hiru News
The Government Information Department has announced that there has been another 05 deaths due to Covid infection today (05).< Accordingly the number of Covid infected deaths in the country has increased to 29.  The following deaths have been reported today.  46 year old male from Colombo -02, who died in hospital yesterday (04). He has been suffering from long term Kidney ailments.  68 year old female from Wellampitiya who died in hospital yesterday (04). She has been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital with chest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

A total of 383 COVID patients have been reported today
Courtesy Hiru News
Army Commander Shavendra Silva has said that another 170 patients have been identified with COVID-19. All of them are reported to be close associates of previous COVID patients. Thus far, a total of 383 COVID patients have been reported today (05). The total number of infected persons identified so far from the Minuwangoda Brandix factory and Peliyagoda fish market coronavirus clusters is 9,092.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

Reveal information about rapid antigen tests, requests Kumudesh
Courtesy Hiru News
Sri Lanka Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists stated that information regarding the stock of rapid antigen tests which is said to be brought down to Sri Lanka must be disclosed. President of the Association Ravi Kumudesh stated the above while addressing the media today (05)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

What is the fast new coronavirus test? Key facts about the rapid antigen test
DAVID CHILD  Courtesy Evening standard
A new form of test that can diagnose Covid-19 in minutes is set to be rolled out across the globe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced. The test will provide results in 15-30 minutes, rather than hours or days, and dramatically expand the capacity to detect coronavirus cases in low- and middle-income countries, the global health body said on Monday. It is hoped that will allow health care workers to get a better grip on where the virus is circulating in poorer countries and therefore... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

‘Have the Sinhalese been struck blind?’
By Rohana R. Wasala 
A simple solution to the tyranny of minoritarianism. This is just a personal opinion for what it’s worth.  Post-independence politics in Sri Lanka has been characterised by a continuous struggle between exclusive minority communalism and inclusive majority nationalism, in the form of roughly thirty years of cold war between the two and another thirty years of open conflict, which ended with the defeat of armed separatism in 2009. Minority communalism has gradually acquired a religious dimension with intensifying fundamentalist Christian and Islamic subversive activities targeting Buddhists and Hindus; Islamists have been active... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

2020 ව්‍යවස්ථා කෙටුම්පත් සම්පාදන විද්‌වත් කමිටුවේ සුදුසුකම්
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
සිය මාමාවූ, මියගිය කාලෝ ෆොන්සේකා මහතා විසින් වරක්, <ලංකාවේ හැරල්ඩ් ලැස්කි> යයි නම්කල, ලංකාවේ 13-ඒ ප්ල්ස් කතාවේ පියා ලෙස නම්දරණ, ආචාර්ය දයාන් ජයතිලක මහතා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී අද්මිරාල් සරත් වීරසේකර මහතාගේ ප්‍රකාශයක් දඩමීමා කර ගනිමින් (1) 2020 ව්‍යවස්ථා කෙටුම්පත් සම්පාදන කමිටුවේ සංයුතිය හා ඔවුන්ගේ සුදුසුකම් ගැන ප්‍රශ්ණ කර ඇත. මෙය 2011 දී සංහිඳියා කොමිෂමට, මහාවංශ විරෝධීන් එල්ලකල චෝදනාවමය. ඔහුගේ (2) දෙවන භීතිය නම් එම කමිටුව විසින්, දැනට ලංකාවේ ගොඩ නැඟෙමින් තිබෙනා ලිබරල්, ප්ලූරල්, බහු-භාර්‌යා, බහු-ආගමික (ඉන්ටර් ෆේත්) බහු-ජාතික, සංක්‍රාන්ති ලිංගික, සමලිංගික, ධනවාදී නියෝජිත ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී, නිදහස්-වානිජ, ග්ලෝබල් කෝපරේට් සමාජයට එරෙහිව අසිපත් අමෝරමින් සිටිනා, බෞද්‌ධ අන්තවාදයක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

President Trump boosts the image of Prime Minister Mahinda
By Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A. Matara
President Trump is reported to be trying all sorts of methods not to concede defeat.  The more he tries his pranks, the more does our Prime Minister’s image gets boosted.   Let us see what Prime Minister Mahinda did: “Sri Lanka: President Mahinda Rajapakse concedes defeat in election  Wasantha Rupasinghe, K. Ratnayake  9 January 2015  Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse this morning conceded defeat to the pro-US opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena in yesterday’s presidential election. Rajapakse reportedly left his official residence, Temple Trees,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ප්‍රංශ තානාපති අතර අධ්‍යාපන ශිෂ්‍යත්ව, ආයෝජන සහ හම්බන්තොට වරාය පිළිබඳ සාකච්ඡාවක්
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
අධ්‍යාපන ශිෂ්‍යත්ව සහ හුවමාරු වැඩසටහන් වැනි මුලපිරීම් තුළින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සමඟ වැඩි  සබඳතාවක් ඇති කර ගැනීමට ප්‍රංශය උනන්දු වන බව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ප්‍රංශ තානාපති එරික් ලැවර්ටු මහතා පවසයි. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී හමු වූ අවස්ථාවේදී  තානාපති එරික් ලැවර්ටු මහතා ඊයේ 2020.11.03 දින මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. රාජ්‍ය අංශයේ සේවකයින් ගණනාවක් දැනටමත් ප්‍රංශ උසස් අධ්‍යාපන ආයතනවල උසස් අධ්‍යාපනය හදාරමින් සිටින බවත්, දෙරට අතර තවත් ශිෂ්‍ය හුවමාරු වැඩසටහන් සඳහා සහයෝගයෙන් කටයුතු කළ හැකි බවත් තානාපතිවරයා එහිදී පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. පසුගිය මැතිවරණ ජයග්‍රහණය පිළිබඳව  අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාට සුබ පැතුම් එක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

Prime Minister and French Ambassador Discuss Educational Scholarships, Investment and Hambantota Port - November 4, 2020
Prime Minister’s Media Unit
France is keen on establishing more people-to-people contact with Sri Lanka, through initiatives such as scholarship and exchange programs. This was expressed by the Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka Eric Lavertu when he met Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (Nov. 3) evening at Temple Trees. The Ambassador mentioned that a number of government sector employees are already pursuing advance studies at French higher educational institutions and that the two countries could collaborate on more student exchange programs. During the courtesy call, the French Ambassador also congratulated the Prime... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

Basil Rajapaksa to the forefront
Garvin Karunaratne former G.A.Matara
Some are aghast at the news trickling in that Basil Rajapaksa is to be anointed with a Ministerial position.   But when one thinks of things actually done, Basil Rajapaksa stands out.  It was no other than Basil that created a political party from scratch when both Chandrika and Maithripala were holding on to the SLFP.  Again earlier when his brothers Gotabhaya and Mahinda had won the war, there was a mass of some three hundred thousand refugees- Tamil people moved from their hearth and homes, dragged at gun... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

ක්ෂේත‍්‍ර නිලධාරීන් සඳහා අවශ්‍ය සෞඛ්‍යාරක්ෂිත උපකරණ කඩිනමින් ලබාදීමට පියවර ගන්නා ලෙස ඉල්ලීම.
සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී සේවා සංගමය.
ලේකම්, අභ්‍යන්තර ආරක්ෂක, ස්වදේශ කටයුතු හා ආපදා කළමනාකරණ රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය, නිල මැදුර, නාරාහේන්පිට. ලේකම්තුමනි, කෝවිඩ්-19 Covid- 19 වසංගතය දැඩි අවධානම් කලාපවල රාජකාරීවල නිරත සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් ඇතුළු ක්ෂේත‍්‍ර නිලධාරීන් සඳහා අවශ්‍ය සෞඛ්‍යාරක්ෂිත උපකරණ කඩිනමින් ලබාදීමට පියවර ගන්නා ලෙස ඉල්ලීම. කෝවිඩ්-19 Covid- 19 වසංගත තත්වය රට පුරා සීග‍්‍රයෙන් ව්‍යාප්ත වෙමින් පවතින් බවත් කොළඹ, ගම්පහ, කළුතර ඇතුළු ලංකාවේ ප‍්‍රදේශ කිහිපයක් මේ වනවිට සෞඛ්‍ය අංශ බලධාරීන් විසින් දැඩි අවධානම් කලාපයක් ලෙස නම් කර ඇති බවත් අපි සියළු දෙනා දැනුවත්ව සිටින්නෙමු. එමෙන්ම කෝවිඩ්-19 Covid- 19 වෛරසය දෙවන රැල්ලට අදාළව... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 05/11/20)

Joe Biden is closing in on 270
Courtesy CNN
Biden moves closer to the presidency as Trump launches legal challenges Former Vice President Joe Biden has moved to within 17 electoral votes of claiming the presidency by winning the state of Michigan, CNN projects, in the latest twist of a dramatic election clash with President Donald Trump that has left America's political fate uncertain hours after polls closed.His breakthrough came as Trump's campaign launched a flurry of lawsuits in several states designed to stop the former vice president from getting over the line, including challenging Pennsylvania's vote count at the Supreme Court.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/20)

APSEZ front-runner to develop Sri Lanka’s Colombo port terminal
Courtesy Ship Technology
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), the flagship of India-based Adani Group, is in the lead to develop the stalled East Container Terminal at Colombo port in Sri Lanka. Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), the flagship of India-based Adani Group, is in the lead to develop the stalled East Container Terminal at Colombo port in Sri Lanka. APSEZ and a local partner have secured in-principle approval to sign a deal with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. In the currently stalled project, the Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/20)

Rs. 7.3billion allocated in October to provide relief during the quarantine process
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The government has provided more than Rs. 7.3 billion (Rs 7355.53 million) to provide relief to the people in the quarantine process to control the Covid-19 virus outbreak, the Government Information Department said today. “These funds have been allocated for the above activities up to now after the Covid-19 virus was reported in the Divulapitiya area again,” it said. In addition, the Treasury also hopes to allocate further funds as necessary at the request of relevant parties, including Government Agents. These funds have been allocated to provide relief... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/20)

443 positive Covid-19 cases reported today
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A total of 443 Covid-19 patients were detected today increasing the total cases in Sri Lanka to 12,187, the Government Information Department said. Out of the cases reported today, 25 cases were from quarantine centres while 418 were identified as close contacts of the Peliyagoda cluster.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/20)

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 24
Courtesy Adaderana
A 79-year-old woman from Colombo 13 has been found to be infected with the COVID-19 virus posthumously, the Department of Government Information stated. It is reported that she had been sick at her home for some time and had been suffering from chronic illnesses prior to her death. The cause of death has been determined as a cardiac arrest caused by the COVID-19 virus infection. Accordingly, she is counted as the 24th coronavirus-related death reported in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, a 78-year-old male, also a resident of the Colombo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/20)

Sri Lanka’s confirmed Covid-19 cases count tops 12,000
Courtesy Adaderana
Total Covid-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka went past the grim milestone of 12,000 today (04) the Ministry of Health announced. The latest spike in figures came after 274 more persons were tested positive for the virus. https://youtu.be/8VAzbs8HAcw Health Ministry’s data revealed that Sri Lanka has confirmed 12,018 novel coronavirus infections to date. All the fresh positive cases have been linked to the Minuwangoda-Peliyagoda cluster, which registered a record total of 8,540 cases since the beginning of October. The Government Information Department said 07... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/20)

Cannot keep country under lockdown until a cure is discovered – President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stresses that the country cannot be kept under a lockdown until a cure is discovered for Covid-19. During a meeting held today (04), the President noted that people should adhere to health guidelines and prepare to continue normal day-to-day life. https://youtu.be/PJ9YeJWiwEw The President pointed out that medical health officers who interact closely with Covid-19 infected individuals are less likely to contract the virus because they follow proper hygiene practices. The country can function as per usual if the public strictly follow the health... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/11/20)

මාධ්ය කරුවනි සින්හලයාගේ සින්හලකම නොමරණු
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර
පහතින් දැක්වෙන්නේ 26.10. 2020 වන දින උදේ පත්තරේ විස්තර (සින්හල) කියනවිට දැක්වූ ලෝක කොරෝනා සන්ක්යා  දැක්වු ආකාරයයි. ලෝක තත්වය ආසාදිතයින්  41,769,605 මියගිය ගනන 1,164,228  මෙ සන්ක්යා සින්හල මිනිහෙක් කියවන්නේ කෙසේද යන්නයි මගේ ප්‍රස්නය.  මන්ද මෙ දක්වා ඇත්තේ ඉන්ග්‍රීසි පාඨාකයින් කියවන ආකාරයට බැවිනි. පලමු සන්ක්යා පෙල ඒඅනුව  ෆෝර්ටිවන් මිලියන්, සෙවන් හන්ඩ්‍රඩ් ඇන්ඩ් සික්ස්ටි නයින් තෞසන්ඩ් ඇන්ඩ් සික්ෂන්ඩ්‍රඩ් ඇන්ඩ් ෆයිව් යනුවෙන් කියවේ. නමුත් මෙයම සින්හල මින්හෙක් කියවන්නේ හාරකෝටි දාහත් ලක්ශ හැට අටදාස් හයසිය පහ වශයෙනි. ඒ අනුව කොමා යෙදීම 4,17,, 69, 605 වශයෙන් කල යුතුය සින්හල මිනිහෙකුට එය කියවීය කැක්කේ එවිට පමණි. එසේ නොකළහොත් සින්හල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

World Bank Congratulates Sri Lanka on Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic - November 3, 2020
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
At a meeting with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa this evening, World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Faris Hadad-Zervos, commended the Sri Lankan Government for how it has dealt with the Coronavirus outbreak. Expressing “deep gratitude for the relationship” that Sri Lanka and the World Bank share, Hadad-Zervos congratulated the Prime Minister “not only on the election (victory) but how Sri Lanka has managed the pandemic.” “We wish you a speedy exit from this situation,” he said. He was accompanied by the World Bank Country Manager for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාගේ යෝජනාවකට අනුව දහම් පාසල් ගුරුවරියන්ට නිල ඇඳුම් ලෙස දේශීය නිෂ්පාදිත සාරි බෙදාදෙයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
දහම් පාසල් ගුරුවරියන්ගේ නිල ඇඳුම් ලෙස දේශීය නිෂ්පාදිත සාරි බෙදාදීමට ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය හා බුද්ධශාසන, ආගමික හා සංස්කෘතික කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා කළ යෝජනාවට කැබිනට් මණ්ඩල අනුමැතිය හිමිවී තිබේ. 2020 වර්ෂය සඳහා බෞද්ධ දහම් පාසල් ගුරුවරියන් හට නිල ඇඳුම් ලෙස, දේශීය නිෂ්පාදකයින් විසින් නිෂ්පාදනය කරනු ලබන සාරි 76000ක ප්‍රමාණයක් බෙදා දීමට විෂය භාර අමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා ඉදිරිපත් කළ අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩල සංදේශයට 2020.11.02 දින රැස්වූ කැබිනට් මණ්ඩල අනුමැතිය ලැබී ඇත. මේ සඳහා වැය වන මුදල රුපියල් මිලියන 182.4 කි. මේ වන විට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පුරා ක්‍රියාත්මක බෞද්ධ දහම් පාසල් 11000... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාවේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා විසින් පත් කරන නියෝජිතයා ලෙස ධීවර අමාත්‍ය ඩග්ලස් දේවානන්දා මහතා පත් කරයි
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාවේ ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා විසින් පත් කරනු ලබන නියෝජිතයා ලෙස ධීවර අමාත්‍ය ඩග්ලස් දේවානන්දා මහතා පත්කර තිබේ. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා කළ යෝජනාවට ඊයේ 2020.11.02 දින කථානායක මහින්ද යාපා අබේවර්ධන මහතාගේ අනුමැතිය හිමිවී ඇත. ඒ අනුව ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාවේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමා විසින් පත් කරනු ලබන නියෝජිතයා ලෙස ධීවර අමාත්‍ය ඩග්ලස් දේවානන්දා මහතා කථානායකවරයා විසින් පත් කර තිබේ. 20 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයට අනුව ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාවේ සංයුතිය වෙනස්වේ. ඒ අනුව ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාව අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා, කථානායකවරයා, විපක්ෂ නායකවරයා ඇතුළුව අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා විසින් පත් කරන නියෝජිතයෙකු, කථානායක විසින් පත්කරන නියෝජිතයෙකු හා විපක්ෂ නායකවරයා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

Need to urgently co-opt Ayurveda and Indigenous medical expertise in battle against Covid-19
By Frances Bulathsinghala/The Sunday Observer
Dr.S.M.S. Samarakoon, Head of Colombo University’s Deshiya Chikitsa Unit, says Ayurveda gives top priority to the prevention of disease. Colombo, November 1: Here is an interview with Ayurvedic doctor, S.M.S. Samarakoon, senior lecturer and Head of the Deshiya Chikitsa Unit (Indigenous Medicine) at the Institute of Indigenous Medicine (IIM) of the University of Colombo, the affiliate academic body for Ayurveda and Indigenous Medicine in Sri Lanka. Dr. Samarakoon holds over 25 years of experience as a medical officer, lecturer and researcher in the field of Ayurveda and Deshiya Chikitsa of Sri Lanka,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

Adani Group frontrunner for developing Sri Lanka's port terminal: Report
Courtesy Business Standard
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone and a local partner received an in-principle approval to sign a deal with Sri Lanka Ports Authority, which will hold majority stake in the project... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

Pompeo on wild goose chase attempting to rope in Sri Lanka
By Le Shui  Courtesy http://eng.chinamil.com.cn/
While the US presidential election is in full swing, the US State Secretary Mike Pompeo made a long trip to Asia that took him to India, Sri Lanka, Mal Dives, and Indonesia. It is America’s diplomatic convention that senior government officials would suspend their diplomatic activities when the presidential election comes to the home stretch. Still, Pompeo’s unconventional move came as no surprise as anyone could see through the real intention of his trip – to form a so-called Asian version of NATO to reinforce Trump’s anti-China stance and help him get reelected.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

Pompeo’s Big Fizzle
Peng Nian  Assistant Fellow, National Institute for South China Sea Studies  Courtesy ChinaUS Focus
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently made a four-nation tour of the Indo-Pacific that took him to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia ahead of the U.S. presidential election. It was Pompeo’s latest diplomatic gambit to increase his influence within the Trump administration and play the “China card” to help his benefactor win re-election. In the process, Pompeo further enhanced his image as a China hardliner. Pompeo’s Indo-Pacific trip has been perceived as part of the ongoing U.S. effort to contain... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

Sri Lankan expatriates in Saudi Arabia to be brought home within 48 hours
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Sri Lankans stranded in 150 safe houses in Saudi Arabia would be expatriated within 48 hours, National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) Head, Army Commander Shavendra Silva said. The decision has been reached in the Task Force meeting under the directive of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. “Accordingly, stranded Sri Lankans would be expatriated as early as possible sending at least two flights to Saudi Arabia a day,” the Army Commander said. “This emergency measure is to be implemented in coordination with all stakeholders because the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

Sri Lanka records 23rd COVID-19 death
Courtesy Adaderana
With another death reported the tally for the coronavirus deaths in Sri Lanka has gone up to 23, the Department of Government Information confirmed. https://youtu.be/OHflAmcwHmE The deceased is a 61-year-old female from Colombo 15. A postmortem PCR examination carried out following her has confirmed that she had been infected with COVID-19. Reportedly, she had died at her home and the cause of death has been determined as a lung infection. This is the second COVID-19 death reported within the day.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

France, Austria facing terror attacks – UK, go ahead lift ban on LTTE Terrorists
Austria boasted itself to be one of the world’s best 10 destinations and safest places to live & then terror struck and 4 are now dead. In France, even a cartoon cannot be drawn and teachers will find their necks chopped off. In the meanwhile, across the channel, the Queen’s government is busy pussy-footing Sri Lanka’s tiger terrorists that have proudly christened UK as their international headquarters since 1970s. UK, is today out of EU and obviously finds itself isolated among its European counterparts – it’s a matter of time UK may find itself further isolated if Commonwealth Countries too,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

MONLAR's fear-mongering claim: “currently released fertilizer being of low quality and high in heavy metals”.
Chandre Dharmawardana, National Research Council of Canada
According to a news report (Island, 2-11-20), Mr. Chinthaka Rajapaksa, who is said to be the moderator of an organization known as  the “Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR)” claims  “a high probability that the fertilizer currently released to the market were of low quality and high in heavy metals, as the National Fertiliser Secretariat had stopped testing samples at local labs”. It seems that these labs are currently non-functional because of the Covid crisis, and so foreign labs are used. Testing has not stopped. The non-analysis... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

UK removing LTTE ban is more of a threat to India than Sri Lanka
LTTE terrorism was defeated in May 2009. Without a charismatic terrorist leader, LTTE is unlikely to resurface. But, the efforts to create a Tamil Eelam or a Greater Tamil Eelam encompassing Tamil Nadu has scope as it is aligned to geopolitical goals of those that sponsored Tamil militancy & separatism. Global proscriptions of LTTE did little to counter the LTTE fronts operating overseas since LTTE defeat. That these entities were operating for a reason is obvious. The security apparatus in both India & Sri Lanka may deal with terrorist elements effectively but, both countries must be now aware that political... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

God always brings victory for His believers
By A. Abdul Aziz.
According to the Holy Qur’an those who reject God the Exalted always meet with disgrace and humiliation and this is also proof of their falsehood, for God always brings victory for His believers and they enjoy ascendancy over their enemies. If God did not exist, where does this assistance and succour come from? Hence, Pharaoh said to Moses, peace be on him   Saying, ‘I am your Lord, the most high.’ So Allah seized him for the punishment of the Hereafter and the present world. (Holy Qur’an: 79:25-26) That is, when Moses,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

Economic concerns and strategic necessities
By P.K. Balachandran/Daily Express/ Courtesy newsin.asia
Colombo, November 1: India and Sri Lanka are both anxious to start work on the East Container Terminal (ECT) project in the Colombo port for pressing economic and geo-strategic reasons. The Sri Lankan side feels India’s participation is necessary for its security and also to uphold its policy of maintaining equidistance from powers seeking a foothold in the strategically located island. The layout of Colombo Port’s terminals shown above, thanks go Daily Express and maritimegateway.com Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has already started work on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

Anti-China propaganda was Pompeo’s basic aim in his South Asian tour
By Sugeeswara Senadhira /Ceylon Today Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
But did it have the intended impact? Mike Pompeo with Xi Jinping in happier times Colombo, November 2: The 16-hour visit of US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo to Sri Lanka received international attention not because of its impact on US-Lanka relations, but because of verbal clashes erupting between Washington and Beijing arising from third-party references during bilateral discussions. Pompeo, who was earlier in the limelight as the Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), used every available opportunity to drag China... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

Race to save 100 whales in Sri Lanka's biggest mass beaching
Courtesy The Guardian
Navy joins forces with rescuers and volunteers in effort to push pilot whales back into ocean. Volunteers try to push back a stranded short-finned pilot whale on Panadura beach, Sri Lanka. Photograph: AFP/Getty ImagesAgence France-Presse in ColomboMon 2 Nov 2020 17.11 GMT Rescuers and volunteers were racing to save about 100 pilot whales stranded on Sri Lanka’s western coast in the country’s biggest mass beaching. The short-finned pilot whales began beaching at Panadura, 15 miles (25km) south of Colombo, shortly before dusk. Within an hour their numbers swelled to about 100,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/11/20)

275 Covid-19 patients detected today
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A total of 111 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported increasing the total patients detected so far today to 275, the Health Ministry said. Out of the cases today, 43 are from quarantine centres while 232 are all contacts of the Peliyagoda cluster.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/20)

Govt. cancels two-day allocation for grocery shopping, Instead food rations to be supplied to people's door steps
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, headed by Basil Rajapksa, today decided to cancel the two days allocated for people to visit supermarkets and grocery stores in the curfew areas, in order to minimise the risk of a possible spread of COVID-19. Director General of Government Information Department, Nalaka Kaluwewa told the Daily Mirror that following recommendations, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 decided to suspend the two days allocated for purchases as this would lead to people congregating, posing a big risk. Kaluwewa said that as a result, from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/20)

More areas isolated
Courtesy Adaderana
Several more areas have been declared as isolated areas with immediate effect, stated Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. Several areas in the Kegalle and Kurunegala Districts have been isolated in this manner. Accordingly, the following areas have been declared isolated: Kegalle District: Hemmathagama, Mawanella, and Bulathkohupitiya police areas and the Galigamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha area Kurunegala District: Giriulla police area The isolation orders will be in effect until further notice.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/20)

Sri Lanka to send back 44 Pakistani prisoners
Courtesy Adaderana
A group of Pakistani nationals who are in Sri Lankan prisons for various drug related offences are to be handed over to Pakistani prison officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya stated that 44 Pakistani prisoners will be handed over to prison officers from their country at the BIA tomorrow (03). The prisoners are expected to complete lengthy prison sentences for drug-related offenses in their home country close to family and friends, in accordance with a 2004 agreement on the transfer of offenders between Pakistan and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/20)

AG orders probe into land grab allegation against influential political group
Courtesy Adaderana
The Attorney General has directed the Acting IGP to investigate into a social media disclosure regarding alleged land grab of properties owned by persons living abroad by an influential political group. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/20)

Tourist lodges, camping sites closed until further notice
Courtesy Adaderana
All tourist lodges and camping sites under the Department of Wildlife Conservation will be temporarily closed for the public. This comes as a measure to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak within the country. The Department stated the decision will be in effect until further notice. However, the travelers who had previously booked the aforementioned facilities will be informed in due time regarding alternative dates, the Department said. The Department has also taken measures to individually inform all tourist groups who had booked the facilities regarding the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/11/20)

THE CONCEPT AND CONTENTS OF THE 13TH AMENDMENT
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
It seems that many people of Sri Lanka talk about the 13th amendment to the constitution before the quick boost of opinion on the arrival of the US Secretary of State. The visit was highly focused on opinion on the MCC agreement and political talks on the agreement, and it is clear that these talkative people have no clear understanding of the concept and contents of the 13th amendment. Media of the country attempt to divert the flow of opinion and India also wants to lie down the matter relates to the 13th amendment. However,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/11/20)

The UN double standards exposed
By Malkanthi Munasinha
(April 08, Ontario, Sri Lanka Guardian) The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, should establish a commission to investigate the tens of thousands of Muslim civilians killed by US and UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.Instead, all the indications are that the Secretary General has succumbed to pressure from Tamil Tiger lobbyists and commenced an inquiry into 1,500 civilians killed in the final stages of the LTTE-Sri Lankan military confrontation. (External Link) This is further to the news that is emerging on the killing of innocent civilians by the US forces, in Iraq, in which Reuter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/11/20)

2020 ව්‍යවස්ථා කෙටුම්පත් සම්පාදන විද්‌වත් කොමිටියේ ලේකම්තුමා වෙතටයි
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B.,Ph.D.
(expertscommpublic

yahoo.com) ප්‍රිය මහත්මයාණනි: මෙවර සදන්නට යන ව්‍යවස්ථාව මීට පෙර ලේඛණ මෙන් නොව, 1815 සිටම සිංහලයාට <නීතියෙන්> හා ඊනියා නීතියට පිටින් සිදුවූ වෙනස්කම් හා මර්‌ධන වලට පිළිතුරු සැපයෙන, ඒ සමඟම සෙසු සුළුතර ජනව‌ර්‍ගවලට අසාධාරණයක් නොවන හා ආත්මගෞරවයකින් යුතුව සාමයෙන් ජීවත්‌විය හැකි සමාජයක් බිහිකිරීම අරමුණු කරගත් දෙයක්‌ය යන්න අපගේ විශ්වාසයය. මෙහිලා ව්‍යවස්ථා සම්පාදක ක්‍රියාවලිය මුළුමණින්ම පාරාදෘෂ්‍ය වීමත්, තීරණ ගැනීමේදී ඒ සඳහා එකතුකල හැකි සෑම තොරතුරක්ම සළකා බැලීමත් ඉතාමත් වැදගත්‌ය. මෙහි පහතින් දැක්‌වෙන්නේ, ඔබගේ කමිටුවේ සාමාජිකයින්ගේ අවධානයට යොමුකිරීම සඳහා සුදුසු යයි සිතන මූලික කරුණු කීපයකි. මහජනයාගේ කරමතට බර පැටවීම මෙම භාරධූර... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 01/11/20)

කොවිඩ්-19 වසංගතයෙන් රටට හා ජනතාවට සෙත් ප්‍රාර්ථනා කරමින් අගමැතිතුමාගේ මඟපෙන්වීම යටතේ දිවයින පුරා හින්දු කෝවිල්වල විශේෂ පූජාවක්
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජයේ ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ මඟපෙන්වීම යටතේ බුද්ධශාසන, සංස්කෘතික සහ ආගමික කටයුතු  අමාත්‍යාංශයේ මාර්ගෝපදේශ ප්‍රකාරව හින්දු ආගමික හා සංස්කෘතික කටයුතු දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් කොරෝනා වෛරසයේ බලපෑමෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ වෙසෙන ජනතාවගේ ජන ජීවිතය යථා තත්ත්වයට පත් කිරීම සඳහා දිවයින පුරා හින්දු කෝවිල්වල විශේෂ පූජාවක් පවත්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලීමක් කර තිබේ. විශේෂයෙන් මෙහිදී කෝවිල්වල සෞඛ්‍ය ආරක්ෂක පිළිවෙත් අනුගමනය කරමින් මෙම විශේෂ පූජාව සහ හෝමය  පවත්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා ඇත. දිවයිනපුරා සෑම දිස්ත්‍රික්කයකම පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත මෙම විශේෂ පූජාව දිනපතා පෙ.ව 6.30 ට ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන්විදුලි සංස්ථාවේ දෙමළ සේවයේ ‘කෝවිල් දර්ශම්’... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/11/20)

කැලණි වැලි අලකලංචිය
ලලිතසිරි ගුණරුවන් - කොළඹ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ ප්‍රවාහන ආර්ථිකය හා සැලසුම්කරණය පිළිබඳ මහාචාර්ය, හිටපු දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරී සහ ප්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍යාංශයේ හිටපු ලේකම්
කැලණිවැලි දුම්රිය මාර්ගය විදුලියකරණය උදෙසා ප්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් ආසියානු සංවර්ධන බැංකු ණය ආධාර සහිතව ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට යෝජිත ව්‍යාපෘතිය මේ දිනවල මහත් ආන්දෝලනයට ලක් වුණු මාතෘකාවක් වෙලා. මීට ප්‍රධානතම හේතුව වී ඇත්තේ මීට මාස තුනකට පෙර ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් පැවැති සාකච්ඡාවක දී මා විසින් මෙම ව්‍යාපෘතිය පිළිබඳව කරන ලද කරුණු දැක්වීමක් වරදවා වටහා ගැනීම බව පෙනෙනවා. ඒ නිසා මා විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද ඒ කරුණු ගැන තව දුරටත් පැහැදිලි කිරීම සුදුසු යැයි සිතෙනවා. කොළඹ නාගරික දුම්රිය පද්ධතිය විදුලියකරණය වෙනුවෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/11/20)

කොරෝනා වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ පාසල් පුහුණුකරුවන් පත්ව සිටින ආර්ථික දුෂ්කරතාව සම්බන්ධවයි.
ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමය.
ගරු අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍ය, ජී.එල්. පිරීස් මහතා, අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යංශය, ඉසුරුපාය, බත්තරමුල්ල. අමාත්‍යතුමනි, කොරෝනා වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ පාසල් පුහුණුකරුවන් පත්ව සිටින ආර්ථික දුෂ්කරතාව සම්බන්ධවයි. රට තුළ ප‍්‍රධාන පාසල් ඇතුලූ සැලකිය යුතු පාසල් සංඛ්‍යාවක ක‍්‍රීඩා හා එවැනි වෙනත් සමගාමී කාර්යයන් සදහා පාසල් මට්ටමින් පුහුණුකරුවන් ලෙස සේවයේ යොදවා ගන්නා සැලකිය යුතු පිරිසක් මේ වනවිට ඉතා අසරණභාවයට පත්ව සිටීම පිළිබද ඔබගේ අවධානයට යොමු කර සිටිමු. රටේ පවතින වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ පාසල් වසා තැබීම නිසා පුහුණුකරුවන් ලෙස ලද දීමනා නොලැබීමද, ඔවුන් වෙනත් රැුකියාවක නිරත නොවීමද හා තම එකම ආදායම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/11/20)

President’s decisions to prevent Covid-19 without harming public life
Courtesy Hiru News
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has taken several decisions for Covid-19 prevention without harming the public life or the economy. He had a meeting today (01) with members of the presidential task force for Covid-19 prevention. Accordingly, he ordered that PCR tests for persons under home-quarantine be carried out on the 10th day and to allow them to return to normal life after 14 days if results return negative. The home-quarantine process should be made more efficient through constant monitoring by MoH officers, PHIs, police and the army, he said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/11/20)

Why did Sri Lanka snub US?
By Ambassador M K BHADRAKUMAR Courtesy Rediff.com
Any form of entanglement with India or the US on the strategic plane will be anathema to Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa rulers, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. Third-country cooperation is highly complex, unpredictable phenomenon. Not even the closest allies can pull it off easily. Lord Curzon, the then British foreign secretary, denied that oil interests influenced policy in Iraq, but archives show that the British government rushed troops to Mosul in 1918 to gain control of the northern oil fields in a sharp course reversal to recoup what had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/11/20)

Sri Lanka’s “NEUTRAL” Foreign Policy & conflict with Indo-US Pacific Strategy & ACSA
Oath taking ceremony 19 Nov 2019   Sri Lanka “to remain neutral in our foreign relations and  stay out of any conflicts amongst the world powers.” “We request all foreign nations to respect the sovereignty and the unity of our nation” In using the term neutrality, none of the QUAD states or any other partnering the Indo-US Pacific strategy with intent to go to war with another country, can use Sri Lanka’s territory. With the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka clearly defined under Hague Convention, the... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 01/11/20)

56th Anniversary: Srima-Shashtri Pact 30 October 1964
30 October 1964 marks a landmark agreement by Prime Minister of then Ceylon, Sirimavo Bandaranaike & Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. It was formerly known as the Sirima-Shashtri Pact and was signed to solve the issue of citizenship of Indian workers living in then Ceylon. Sirima Shastri Pact Is a bilateral agreement deciding the citizenship of persons of Indian Origin granting 525,000 Indian citizenship and 300,000 Ceylonese citizenship. Who are persons of Indian origin living in Ceylon This question takes us back to the period of colonial rule and how indentured... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 01/11/20)


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