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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 14
KAMALIKA PIERIS
DAIRY INDUSTRY. Ministry of Rural Economic Development had imported high- yielding pregnant milch cows from Wellard Rural Exports Pvt. Ltd., Australia. They had arrived in November 2017. These cows were imported as part of an initiative by the Ministry of Rural Economic Development. The Ministry had ignored the warnings given by the Department of Animal Production and Health that cows from Australia carried highly contagious and deadly diseases. 3,030 of these cows were distributed to 46  middle-scale dairy farmers around the country. Investors paid Rs. 200,000 per cow and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/08/19)

Rise of family power and memories
Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
Sajith Premadasa, with his black T-shirt and huge Indian-politico garland at Badulla, is certainly making a massive pitch to be the UNP’s next candidate for the Presidential poll. His spread of villages and towns in the country has passed its 250th, and is racing ahead to keep alive his paternal memories of Gam Udava. The Gam Udava politics and memories of his father are certainly good for his loud backers in the green bandwagon. But, there is certainly much of important human and political forgetfulness in the run... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

Shock Doctrine in Sri Lanka
By Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
"Sri Lanka enjoys a geographic position in the middle of very significant sea lanes and transit lanes that is an envy of many nations. The US acknowledges that, and we know we have a partner in Sri Lanka that shares our interests, making sure that those transit lanes and sky stay open for free navigation in this region and beyond. So we have a mutual interest, as do other nations who want free transit"--Alaina B. Teplitz - American Ambassador Recently during a Parliamentary debate the subject of 'Shock Doctrine;'... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

A book worthy of a read by all Sri Lankans
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
A new book titled, Tamil Tigers Debt to America authored by Daya Gamage, has been published by the Library of Congress (under control No. 2016913508) ISBN: 1537053485 and 13:9781537053486 respectively. The author is an old Trinitian who read Economics and European Political history at Peradeniya; subsequently became an academic at a U.S. University, prior to joining the  U.S. Federal Service. Daya Gamage had worked with Dr. Robert K Bloggs, the most Senior Political Councillor, attached to the U.S. Embassy in Colombo from 1989 to 1993.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

Presidential candidate Ranil faction agrees to name Sajith
By W.K. Prasad Manju Courtesy Ceylon Today
Trying to reach a consensus on the existing UNP presidential candidate conundrum, conditions have been laid down by Ranil Wickremesinghe's faction, who have agreed to name Deputy UNP Leader, Sajith Premadasa as the Presidential candidate, internal sources said. However, the Premadasa faction has still to respond. It is reported that these conditions include keeping to the Party leadership, naming Wickremesinghe as the Prime Ministerial candidate and offering the General Secretary post of the proposed Democratic National Front (DNF) to a Leader of the UNP. In addition, Wickremesinghe's name has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

China-Lanka Buddhist Association sets up water purification plant in remote Lankan village
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, August 16 (Xinhua): The Sri Lanka China Buddhist Friendship Association together with the Chinese Embassy in Colombo,  have donated a drinking water purification plant to the   Moragollagama village, in Kurunegala, in Sri Lanka’s  North Western Province. A statement from the Chinese Embassy on Thursday said that the water purification facility is the fourth such facility donated by the Chinese Embassy to a remote village in Sri Lanka. Lankan village kids have a look at the water purification plant Moragollagama consists of 150 families, most of whom... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

India-Lanka Foundation invites research and educational project proposals
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, August 16 (newsin.asia): The India – Sri Lanka Foundation (ISLF) invites research and other educational project proposals in the areas of Education, Art & Culture, Archaeological Studies, Agricultural Research, Science & Technology, Information Technology, Health, Development Studies, and Gender Studies. Under the above thrust areas, proposals could be submitted for research projects and other educational activities at recognised institutions of learning located in India and in Sri Lanka, visits and exchanges involving students, scholars, academics, artists, professionals and performing artists, to participate in conference/seminar, symposia, art exhibition, film festival, cultural events and training... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

Colombo’s property value to rocket following completion of mega project
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, Aug. 15 – With the completion of a mega China-funded port city project in capital Colombo, property value here is expected to increase within six years, a leading property report said. The report, titled Lanka Property Web, 2019, Real Estate Trend, said that with the completion of the Colombo Port City, business and residential areas in central Colombo will see a steep rise in property and rental values. Projects, including residential buildings, located around the Beira lake front are expected to double in value within the next six... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

Bangladesh High Commission in Lanka observed National Mourning Day by serving cancer patients
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, August 16 (newsin.asia): The Bangladesh High Commission in Sri Lanka commemorated the “National Mourning Day’ marking the 44th anniversary of the brutal assassination of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by serving cancer patients in Matara in the Southrn Sri Lanka and Anuradhapura in the North Central Province. In the morning of August 15, the National Flag of Bangladesh was hoisted at half-mast at the High Commission by High Commissioner M. Riaz Hamidullah. A minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect to the Father of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

හිරු CIA අනාවරණයෙන් පසු කළබල වූ රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන්
උපුටා ගැන්ම - හිරු පුවත්
මුතුරාජවෙල තෙත් බිම් කලාපයේ කඩොලාන විනාශයක් පිළිබඳව හිරු සී.අයි.ඒ. හරහා පසුගිය 14 වැනිදා අනාවරණයක් සිදුකළා. <br /><br />එම ප්‍රදේශයේ කළ හෙළි පෙහෙළි කිරීම් ගොවිජන සේවා දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව හා පොලිසිය ලබාදුන් උපදෙස් මත සිදුකළ බවයි ඉඩමේ හිමිකම වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි කාන්තාව වන සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තු නිලධාරීන් හමුවේ ප්‍රකාශ කළේ. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සතු වැදගත්ම නාගරික තෙත්බිම් කලාපය වන්නේ මුතුරාජවෙල තෙත් භූමියයි. https://youtu.be/JT-9Z3v4RZE කොළඹ නගරයට වරින්වර ඇතිවන ගංවතුර තර්ජනය පාලනය කරනා මුතුරාජවෙල කඩොලාන පරිසරය පසුගියදා යෙදුනු රජයේ නිවාඩු දින කිහිපයේදී සංවිධානාත්මක පිරිසක් යාන්ත්‍රික කියත් උපයෝගී කරගෙන සුනුවිසුනු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

යහපාලන පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට වසර 04 සම්පූර්ණ වෙයි.. මාස 06කින් විසිරුවා හැරීම ස්ථිරයි..
ජයකාන්ත ලියනගේ  lanka C news
වත්මන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට අදාල මහ මැතිවරණය පවත්වා හෙටට (17) වසර 04 ක් සපිරේ. මෙරට අර්බුද රැසක් නිර්මාණය වූ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව ලෙසින් ඉතිහාසයට එක්වන මෙහි ජාතික ලැයිස්තුව පත් කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් වූ සලකා බැලීමකි මේ. සමානුපාතික ඡන්ද ක්‍රමය යටතේ ජාතික ලැයිස්තුව සැකසෙන්නේ මහජන ඡන්දයෙන් ජයග්‍රහණය කල නොහැකි, ජාතික වටිනානමක් ඇති පුරවැසියන්ගේ සේවය රටට ලබා ගැනීම සදහාය. ඔවුන් කිසි විටෙක මහජන සේවය සදහා තමන් තෝරා ගන්නැයි ඉල්ලමින් ජනතාව පසුපස යන්නන් නොව, ජනතාවට සේවය කරන්නැයි ඔවුන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිය යුත්තේ මහජනතාවය. සුවිශේෂී ඝනයේ වෘත්තියවේදීන්, මහා විද්‍යාඥයින්, ආර්ථිකයේ මහා සැලසුම්කරුවන් වැනි ජාතියේ මහා බුද්ධිමතුන්ගේ සේවය රටට ලබාගැනීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

යෝජිත සේවා නියුක්ති පනත ඉල්ලා අස් කර ගන්නා ලෙස කරනු ලබන ඉල්ලීම
වෘත්තීය සමිති සහ සිවිල් සංවිධාන
කෙටුම්පතකි අතින් භාරදීම 2019 අගොස්තු මස වන දින. රවින්ද්‍ර සමරවීර, කම්කරු සහ වෘත්තීය සමිති අමාත්‍යතුමා කම්කරු සහ වෘත්තීය සමිති අමාත්‍යංශය, 02 වන මහල, කම්කරු මහ ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, නාරාහේන්පිට, කොළඹ 05. ගරු අමාත්‍යතුමනි, යෝජිත සේවා නියුක්ති පනත ඉල්ලා අස් කර ගන්නා ලෙස කරනු ලබන ඉල්ලීම ඔබ අමාත්‍යංශය විසින් 2019 ජුලි මස 09 වන දින පවත්වන ලද කම්කරු උපදේශක සභාවට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද සේවා නියුක්ති පනතේ කෙටුම්පත එහි අඩංගුවන කම්කරු අයිතීන් බරපතල ලෙස කප්පාදු කිරීමේ නෛතික අවකාශ නිසාවෙන් එය වහා ඉල්ලා අස් කර ගැනීමට පියවර ගන්නා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

IS has found footing in Sri Lanka, India: report
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
India, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Afghanistan are among the countries where the Islamic State (IS) terror group has found a footing, as its influence has diminished drastically across its territory of origin in Iraq and Syria, the Hindustan Times reported on Friday quoting a leading conflict monitor. According to data released by Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED), a US-based conflict monitoring and crisis mapping body, IS has this year regrouped and carried out more activity outside of West Asia than inside it for the first time, “The IS greeted its loss of territory... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

Islamic State eyes India, Sri Lanka as next operational hub: report
Courtesy DECCAN CHRONICLE
The monitor showed that the increase in its activity outside West Asia -- mostly across South Asia and Africa-- is drastic.  In recent times, IS has carried out more activities outside West Asia than inside and also restructured its group, under the directions of its leader Abubakr al-Baghdadi. (Photo: Representational /AFP) New Delhi: India, Turkey, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are among the countries where radical terror group Islamic State (IS) is eyeing to foot its influence as its hold in the territories of origin (Iran and Syria)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/08/19)

For the education of yahapalana minister Navin Dissanayaka
C. Wijeyawickrema
When the country is getting ready to get rid of the death-trap and the white elephant called the 13th Amendment, that Rajiv Gandhi forced JRJ to swallow, and the governors are running the show without PCs, Navin Dissanayaka (ND) must be crazy to talk about police and land powers to PCs. This is now a dead issue with the death of Sumanthiran-Jayampathi-Lal Wijenayaka bogus constitution. It is a waste of time to talk about the 13-A dilemma, but if ND expects to be a politician with meaningful ideas, and perhaps a quick action plan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

පොඩි මිනිහට හිටියෙ දෙයියෝ විතරයි..
FB https://www.facebook.com/niroshan.Prem/videos/1349181515238157/UzpfSTM5NzE0MDMwMDQ0ODE1MToxMjYzODQ1NjE3MTEwOTQ0/... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

Follow money trail
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Some polls monitors have called for a ceiling on election campaign expenditure. This, we hear in the run-up to elections like koha’s mating call during the Avurudu season. But nothing happens thereafter and the issue is forgotten. Politicians and moneybags carry on regardless, and corruption thrives. The Election Commission (EC) takes pride in the fact that a wealthy candidate who spent more than Rs. 40 million at the last local government polls finds himself in hot water. He was not alone in throwing money around to get votes, but others are not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

Storing paddy at Mattala airport SriLankan Airlines ex-Chairman before PCoI
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island
Former Chairman of SriLankan Airlines Ajith Dias, yesterday, made a statement on the decision to store paddy at the Mattala Airport in 2015, to the Police Unit attached to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating corruption in the current administration.   Last month Dias was asked to appear before the CID unit attached to the Presidential Commission after it was revealed that in 2015. Dias sent a letter to Charitha Ratwatte, senior advisor to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, on a UL letterhead, had stated that they were willing to allow the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

70-year-old ‘Tikiri’ taken back to Kegalle following controversy
Courtesy Adaderana
The emaciated 70-year old elephant named ‘Tikiri’, whose photos were widely shared on social media for being walked in the Esala Perahera, was taken back to Kegalle yesterday (14). The Secretary of Captive Elephant Owners’ Association of Sri Lanka Dharmasiri Karunaratne said the owner of ‘Tikiri’ had walked the elephant in the parade to fulfill a promise made to God Vishnu. https://youtu.be/QxlruX1ANNs He stressed that ‘Tikiri’ is in a good health condition while refuting the backlash received from social media recently. He also emphasized that this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

UNP in crisis even without Gota
By Kusal Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Gotabaya from SLPP is not the issue for the massive upheaval in the UNPPolitical rebellion for a leadership change in the UNP became a growing issue with the fall of the UNP Government in 2003Sajith was brought in for his father’s legacy and not for his political acumenSajith is no Rajapaksa to fight for a new comeback Sunday in Colombo was Gotabaya’s day. Monday in Badulla was Sajith’s. Tuesday, it was reported, Ranil had his day with Sajith hurrying to meet his leader.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

Sri Lankans Up in Arms Over US Military Pacts
By Sudha Ramachandran Courtesy  The Diplomat
A proposed Status of Forces Agreement with the the US is stirring up political controversy in Sri Lanka An honor guard made up of Sailors attached to the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and a Marine attached to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific display the colors as the ship arrives in Colombo, March 26, 2016.Image Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Timothy Hale Two defense cooperation agreements between the United States and Sri Lanka, the already signed Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

Presidential Election 2020 Gotabaya Rajapaksa versus Sajith Premadasa
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) held its first national convention at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium on 11 August 2019. Undoubtedly, it was a colourful and splendid event. At the convention, two decisions of importance were announced. These decisions are Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) would be the Leader of the SLPP and Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) will be the Presidential Candidate for 2020. Whatever I write below, there are two things to be praised. The convention started on time and ended on time. In a country where none of us work... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

AG instructs to expedite probes into Lasantha & Thajudeen murders
Courtesy Adaderana
The Attorney General has instructed the Acting IGP to expedite the conclusion of police investigations into several high-profile cases including the murders of Lasantha Wickramthunga and Wasim Thajudeen. The cases include the assassination of journalist Lasantha Wickramathunga, the killing of 17 aid workers in 2006, the murder of Sri Lankan rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr, the abduction and disappearance of 11 Tamil youths. The Attorney General had instructed the Acting IGP to conclude investigations into the cases without delay and to submit the completed filed to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

SLFP’s decision on presidential poll to be announced Sep. 3
Courtesy Adaderana
The decision of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) regarding the upcoming Presidential Election will be announced at the party’s convention on September 03, according to General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Mahinda Amaraweera. Speaking at a press briefing in Colombo today (15), the MP said that plans are underway to organize a grand ceremony for the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s 68th Annual Convention. He said that during the event on September 03, President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to provide an explanation of the party’s future programmes. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

යුක්තිය ඉටු කිරීමට ආරක්ෂක අංශ නිර්භයව ක්‍රියාකළ යුතුයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
කිසිදු බලපෑමකට යටත් නොවී මහජනතාව වෙනුවෙන් යුක්තිය ඉටු කිරීම සඳහා ආරක්ෂක අංශ සාමාජිකයින් නිර්භයව ක්‍රියාකළ යුතු බව අති උතුම් මැල්කම් කාදිනල් රංජිත් හිමිපාණන් පවසනවා. අද කොළඹදී පැවැති උත්සවයකට එක්වෙමින් උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව සදහන් කළා නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති හිටපු පොලිස් මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රකාශක ප්‍රියන්ත ජයකොඩි මහතා විසින් රචිත ග්‍රන්ත ත්‍රිත්වයක් එළිදැක්විමේ උත්සවයට අද අති උතුම් මැල්කම් කාදිනල් රංජිත් හිමිපාණන් සහභාගී වුණා. එහිදී අදහස් දැක්වූ කාදිනල් හිමිපාණන්. https://youtu.be/KXE7-f9RDE0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

වත්මන් රජය වැරදි සොයන්න කොමිසමක් පත් කළ යුතුයි - අජිත් ප්‍රසන්න
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
වත්මන් රජය රණවිරුවන් පිළිබඳව අනුගමනය කළ වැරදි ප්‍රතිපත්ති සම්බන්ධයෙන් සොයා බැලීමට මීළඟට පත්වන ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් ජනාධිපති කොමිසමක් පත් කළ යුතු බව විශ්‍රාමික මේජර් අජිත් ප්‍රසන්න මහතා පවසනවා. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගෝලීය සංසදයේ කොළඹ පැවති වැඩසටහනකට එක්වෙමින් ඔහු මේ බව සදහන් කළා https://youtu.be/DRXuXDaENk4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

ගෝඨාභය නිර්පාක්ෂික වීම ගැන නිදහස් පක්ෂය සතුටින්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
ජනාධිපතිවරණ අපේක්ෂක, ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ නිර්පාක්ෂික වීම සතුටුදායක තත්ත්වයක් බව එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධානය පවසනවා. කොළඹ අද පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වෙමින් එහි මහලේකම් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී මහින්ද අමරවීර මේ බව කියා සිටියා https://youtu.be/9NBzTrOmD8I මේ අතර, ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණෙන් ජනාධිපතිවරණයට අපේක්ෂකයෙකු ඉදිරිපත් කිරීම සාකච්ඡාවලට බාධාවක් නොවන බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂ ජාතික සංවිධායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී දුමින්ද දිසානායක පවසනවා. තඹුත්තේගම - සෝලම ප්‍රදේශයේ අද පැවති ජන හමුවකට එක්වෙමින් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා මේ බව කියා සිටියා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

Gota can tackle national security issues: Malwatte prelate
J.A.L. Jayasinghe Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter, Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera said Gotabaya Rajapaksa has the potential and experience to tackle the prevailing national security issues in the country. The Mahanayake Thera expressed these views when Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited him along with party leader Mahinda Rajapaksa after seeking blessings from the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy today. https://youtu.be/hs404mL_2aw There is a problem with regard to national security and therefore it needs attention. You are the one who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

This is the last chance, Gatambe Chief Prelate’s advice to Gotabaya
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa along with Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and MP Basil Rajapaksa visited the Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy today (14). A large crowd of Kandy public and several Joint Opposition members had organized a warm welcome for the Presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa. https://youtu.be/ZWKN6PwoYs8 After paying homage to the Temple of the Tooth, he received the blessings of the Chief Prelates of the Asgiri and Malwatu chapters as well. Later, he visited the Sri Thelwa Vinayagar Pulleyar Kovil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

The United National Party (UNP) led alliance, Democratic National Front (DNF) formation in limbo
By Sumudu Chamara Courtesy Ceylon Today
The formation of the United National Party (UNP) led alliance, Democratic National Front (DNF), is being further delayed, and as a result, nominating a Presidential candidate has also been postponed, sources said. United National Front (UNF) leaders, on the night of 13 August, met at the Temple Trees to discuss matters in regard to expediting the formation of the DNF. However, according to a UNF source, the discussion had not led to any concrete agreement. It is reported that the UNF had paid a great deal of attention... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

CCD officers caught chatting with Kanjipani: investigation begins
The investigation into the complaint filed by Magalkanda Sudantha Thera against the officers of the Colombo Criminal Division who were caught in conversation with underworld leader Kanjipani Imran, has begun under the direction of the Western Province Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG).If the allegations are confirmed to be true, the SDIG has advised the National Police Commission to take maximum disciplinary action against the suspects... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/08/19)

"දුප්පතුන් දකිනවිට පපුව පැලෙන්න එනවා අන්තවාදයට ඉඩ තියන්නේ නැහැ"
පාලිත ආරියරත්න
ලිපියේ දුප්පත් යන වචනය කිහිප ආකාරයකින් යොදා ගැනේ ඒ මේ අදහස් ලිපය තුල ගොනු කිරීම සඳහා පමණයි  : අසරණ, දුප්පත්, හිගකම, අඩුව, නැතිකම , මදිකම , හිඟන, ඕනෑ, දිළිඳු, දීන, නියාලු, අඩු, අපොහොසත්, දරිද්‍ර, දුර්වල, නිදන, බැරි, යමකින් හීන, සුළු, අනාරක්ෂිත, අදක්ෂ, හා තවත් කරුණු සඳහා.... අසරණ, දුප්පත්, හිගකම, අඩුව, නැතිකම , මදිකම , හිඟන, ඕනෑ, දිළිඳු, දීන, නියාලු, අඩු, අපොහොසත්, දරිද්‍ර, දුර්වල, නිදන, බැරි, යමකින් හීන, සුළු, අනාරක්ෂිත, අදක්ෂ, හා තවත් කරුණු සඳහා....දැන් දැන් අමුතුම  තාලේ දේශපාලන කතා වටින් ගොඩින් ඇහෙමින් පවතී එකෙක් රට සංවර්ධනය ගැන කතා කරනවිට ,තවකෙකු හොරකම් මැරකම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

පුද්ගලික අංශයට සුඛෝපභෝගී බස්රථ ගෙන්න ඉඩ දෙනවා.. ලංගමට ගේන්න දෙන්නේ නැහැ - ලංගම විනාශ කරනවා මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේ නිලධාරීන්ට ඇමැති අර්ජුනගෙන් දැඩි දෝස් මුරයක්...
ගරු ඇමැති. අර්ජුන රණතුංගගේ මාධ්‍ය ලේකම්,
“ශ්‍රී ලංගමට සුඛෝපභෝගි බස්රථ දෙදාහක් ගේන්න අපි සැලසුම් කළා. ඒකට දැන් අපි මාස එකහමාරක් තිස්සේ කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයේ දඟලනවා. නමුත් මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ඒ. සී. කාමරවල ඉන්න, සැප වාහනවල යන එන නිලධාරීන් මේ ව්‍යාපෘති‍යට බාධා කරනවා. කකුලෙන් අදිනවා. අපේ මිනිස්සු ලොරිචැසිවල යන එක ගැන ඒ නිලධාරීන්ට ගාණක් නැහැ. කැක්කුමක් නැහැ. ආණ්ඩුවේ ඇමැතිවරයෙක් මම. මට මේ රටේ පොඩි මිනිහා වෙනුවෙන් සුඛෝපභෝගී බස්රථ ගේනන බැරිනම්, ලංගම දියුණු කරමින් සුඛෝපභෝගී බස්රථ ගේන්න බැරිනම්, මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේ නිළධාරීන් ඒ ව්‍යාපෘතියට බාධා කරනවා නම් අපි මොකටද දේශපාලනය කරන්නේ. මේ විදියට ‍ගියොත් අපිත් මේ දේශපාලනයේ ඉන්නවද කියන එක ගැන හිතන්න වෙනවා...”යි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

SLFP firmly behind 'Gota for Prez' - Susil
Jayasuriya Udukumbura Courtesy Ceylon Today
Parliamentarian Susil Premajayantha claimed that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has joined the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in campaigning for former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in order to gain victory at the upcoming Presidential Election. Addressing a Media briefing held today (14), he claimed that the SLFP has understood the policies put forward by the SLPP and has wisely chosen to accept the decision and support Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He further said that MP Dayasiri Jayasekara is under a false impression that the Members of the SLFP have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

Selecting Presidential candidate UNP MPs mull secret ballot
By J.T. de Silva and W.K. Prasad Manju Courtesy Ceylon Today
A group of United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarians are attempting to select the Presidential candidate, by holding a secret election at the Working Committee, and in the Parliamentary Group Meetings. Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said that a document has been prepared by the MPs to request a secret election from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He further added that Deputy Minister Nalin Bandara is making that document, and that he has refused to sign it. There is a possibility of holding a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

Hiru News 9.55 PM | 2019-08-14
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https://youtu.be/xsKi8t_Zmgw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

එජාප ජනපති අපේක්ෂකත්වය ගැන විවිධ අදහස්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ ජනාධිපති ධුර අපේක්ෂකත්වය සම්බන්ධයෙන් දේශපාලනඥයින් කිහිපදෙනෙකු අද අදහස් පළකළා. https://youtu.be/TLcTBxty3fE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා කතෝලික රදගුරු සම්මේලනය කම්පාවට පත්වෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
පාස්කු ඉරුදින ඛේදවාචකය සම්බන්ධයෙන් යුක්තිසහගත, සාධාරණ සහ අපක්ෂපාතී පරීක්ෂණයක් මේ දක්වා සිදු නොවීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් තමන් බලවත් කම්පාවට පත්වන බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා කතෝලික රදගුරු සම්මේලනය පවසනවා. නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් ඔවුන් ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ එම ඛේදවාචකයට වගකිව යුතු සියලුදෙනා වහා නීතිය හමුවට පමුණුවන ලෙසයි. පාස්කු ඉරිදා ප්‍රහාරයෙන් පසු රටේ පවතින තත්ත්වය පිළිබඳ සාකච්ඡා කිරීම සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලංකා කතෝලික රදගුරු සම්මේලනය රැස්වීමක් පවත්වා ඇති අතර, ඉන් අනතුරුව මාධ්‍යයට නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කෙරුණා. https://youtu.be/AxUpYiyoB3o ශ්‍රී ලංකා කතෝලික රදගුරු සම්මේලනය නිකුත් කළ නිවේදනයේ වැඩිදුරටත් සඳහන් වන්නේ ජනතාවගේ සිත් තුළ තවමත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

සැමට නිවාස දෙන බවට පාරම්බාන දේශපාලකයින් නොදුටු අසරණ පවුල
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
දහසකුත් එකක් දුක් කම්කටොළු මැද ඔත්පලව ඇති සිය සැමියාත්, කුඩා දරු දෙදෙනාත් ජීවත් කිරීමට වෙර දරන මවක් පිළිබඳ පුවතක් අපට වාර්තා වුණේ රත්නපුර - නගරසභාගම ප්‍රදේශයෙන්. මේ රත්නපුර නගරසභාගම ප්‍රදේශයේ පදිංචි 41 හැවිරිදි නිල්මිණි දිල්රුක්ෂි බර්තලමියුස්. https://youtu.be/embREqOrYwI අනේකවිද සුන්දර  බලාපොරොත්තු මහ ගොඩක් නොතිබුණත් සිය සැමියාත් සමග කාටවත් අත්නොපා ජීවත්වූ අතීතයක් මේ අයට තිබුණා.<br /><br />කුලී වැඩ කර එදිනෙදා වේල සරිකරගත් දිල්රුක්ෂිගේ සැමියා ගසකින් වැටී එක්තැන් වීමත් සමග ජීවිතය ගැටගහගන්නට අද කාගේ හෝ සරණක් පතන්නට සිදුවී තිබෙනවා. සැමට නිවාස දෙන්නටත්, රට සුඛිතමුදිත කරන්නටත් දේශපාලන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

මහින්ද-රවී හමුවේ.. සජිත් අපේක්‍ෂක කලොත් තමන් ඇතුළු 08ක් එජාපයෙන් ඉවත් වන බව දන්වයි..
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හිටපු ජනාධිපති වත්මන් විපක්ෂ නායක මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සහ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ උප නායක විදුලිබල, බලශක්ති හා ව්‍යාපාර සංවර්ධන ඇමැති රවී කරුණානායක මහතා අතර හමුවක් ආසන්න දිනකදී සිදුවී ඇති බව සිරස රූපවාහිනි වාර්තා කළේය. යම් ලෙසකින් සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාට එජාප ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකත්වය ලබා දුනහොත් තමන් ඇතුළු අට දෙනෙකු පමණ පිරිසක් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයෙන් ඉවත්වීමට සූදානම් බව රවී කරුණානායක මහතා එහිදී පවසා ඇතැයිද වාර්තාව පැවසීය. කෙසේ වෙතත් ඊට මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා නිශ්චිත පිළිතුරක් දී නැති බවද එම වාර්තාවේ කියැවින.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

තමන් හා එක්වන්නැයි ගෝටාභයගෙන් ෆොන්සේකාට ඇමතුමක්… ෆොන්සේකා බෑ නොකියයි..
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හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී ෆීල්ඩ් මාෂල් සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතාට දුරකථනයෙන් ඇමතූ බව එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ කැළණිය ප්‍රාදේශීය සභා හිටපු මන්ත්‍රී මනෝජ් පෙරේරා මහතා පවසයි. මෙම ඇමතුම ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා විසින් කැලණියේ ප්‍රසිද්ධ ස්ථානයක දී ෆොන්සේකා මහතාට ලබාදුන් බව ද ඔහු සඳහන් කළේය. https://youtu.be/39YtAtoI_zA පැරණි තරහ අමතක කර තමන් සමඟ ගමනක් යන්න එක්වන්නැයි ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා විසින් සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතාට ආරාධනා කළේ යැයිද ඔහු පැවසීය. ඊට ප්‍රතිචාර දක්වමින් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා එය ප්‍රතික්ෂේප නොකර ‘බලමු’ යැයි පැවසූ බවද ඔහු සඳහන් කළේය. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

Sri Lanka shares gain after wartime defense chief launches presidential bid
Courtesy London South East
COLOMBO, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed marginally higher on Tuesday, easing from early gains of 1.2%, after the main opposition party named a hardline former defence chief as presidential candidate, seeking to capitalise on public clamour for a decisive leader. ** The rupee ended slightly weaker on importer greenback demand. ** The benchmark stock index gained 1.26% as soon as trading resumed on Tuesday. Markets were closed for a holiday on Monday. The index ended 0.1% firmer at 5,949.30, its highest close since July 30. It gained 0.82% last... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/08/19)

රුවන්මැලි සෑ, අටමස්ථානාධිපති හිමිවරුන් ගෝටාට ජනපති වෙන්න නියත විවරණ දේ.. දලදාව වදින්න පිටත් වේ.. මග දිගට උණුසුම් පිලිගැනීම්..
 lanka C news
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදු ජන පෙරමුණේ ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂක හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අනුරාධපුරයේ ජයශ‍්‍රී මහා බෝධියේ, රුවන්මැලි මහා සෑයේ, අටමස්ථානයේ ආශිර්වාද ලබාගත්තේය. නාහිමිවරුන් විසින් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට මීලග ජනාධිපතිවරයා වීම සඳහා පුර්ණ ආශිර්වාදය පිරිනමනු ලැබීය. අද දිනයේ මහනුවර ශ්‍රී දළදා මාලිගාව වැඳ පුදා ගැනීම සඳහා ඒ මහනා අද පස්වරුවේ මහනුවර බලා පිටත් විය. ඒ මහතා ගමන් කරද්දී මග දෙපස ස්ථාන ගණනාවක පිළිගැනීමේ උත්සව සංවිධානය කර තිබිණි. සෑම ස්ථානයකම ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට ඉතා උණුසුම් පිළිගැනීම් ලැබිණි https://youtu.be/6tkF98MLmig... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

Hong Kong phooey! Would you like any hypocrisy with that?
George Galloway Courtesy RT
Where to start? For nearly 40 weeks hundreds of thousands of French people have been on the streets in anti-government demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron’s rule. Some have lost eyes and hands in the police response. The public has begun to view the smell of tear gas as a normal part of a weekend in Paris. France is 29 miles from the coast of England. Siri just told me that “Hong Kong is about 5,992 miles from London as the crow flies.” So complete has been the British media blackout on the Yellow Vests... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

Tamils should be granted land and police powers - Navin Dissanayake
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake says he personally believes that Tamil people must be granted the powers of land and police vested by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Addressing an event held in Mullaitivu, the minister stressed Sinhalese leaders must heed the demands of the Tamil people. https://youtu.be/Z_8E9adpPUU If their demands are not attended to, the country will have to face a tremendous issue in the future, Minister Dissanayake said further. The minister stated that he expects to seek a fair solution for this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

Catholic Bishops urge govt to hold unbiased probes into Easter attacks
Courtesy Adaderana
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka (CBCSL) has appealed to the government to hold an impartial inquiry in the Easter Sunday attacks and bring the perpetrators before the law. Issuing a media release, the CBCSL said a fair and impartial investigation on the incident has not taken place yet. “We observe that several committees have been established and their main focus appears to be to find out those responsible for the serious lapses in security,” the release said. The CBCSL insists that “as a matter of justice, the final... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

The faith Maha Sangha has on Gotabaya
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/5jaGLvJcT_s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

13 වන සංශෝධනයේ ඇති සියලු බලතල දෙමළ ජනතාවට ලබාදිය යුතුයි -නවීන් දිසනායක
Hiru
https://youtu.be/91I-6X8AJug... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

Hiru News 9.55 PM
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https://youtu.be/_jWwsKwzD2E?t=189... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

රටේ ආරක්ෂාව තහවුරු කිරීම මගේ පළමු පොරොන්දුවයි -
Hiru News
රටේ ආරක්ෂාව තහවුරු කිරීම මගේ පළමු පොරොන්දුවයි - පොහොට්ටුවේ ජනපති අපේක්ෂකත්වය භාරගත් ගෝඨාභය කියයි - https://youtu.be/6Uut5CmT-rI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/08/19)

Presidential Speech & Policy Statement by Gotabaya Rajapakse – Sri Lanka’s Presidential candidate for SLPP
It was a moment many had awaited with much impatience. ‘My choice didn’t matter – the Nation had already selected & elected him… My brother is yours” was enough to put to rest any doubts. Gotabaya Rajapakse was thus declared the Presidential nominee of the SLPP a party formed & steamrolled into public popularity after the 2018 local government elections. A very dignified and articulate speech was delivered by the former President & present Opposition Leader, Mahinda Rajapakse. It touched every area that needed to be touched and set the tempo for the grand finale and then came the Nation’s... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

President Rajapakse hands GR to the Nation as Presidential-Candidate of SLPP
It was one of the finest & most refreshing speeches delivered by former President Mahinda Rajapakse now Opposition Leader and had all the power and verbatim of a national leader. He raised the tempo high enough before declaring to the Nation the candidate whom he said the Nation had already elected. Some of the salient points covered in his speech delivered at the Sugathadasa Stadium is noteworthy. Date: 11 August 2019 Venue: Sugathadasa Stadium Event: Sri Lanka PoduJana Peramuna National Convention to announce its Presidential Candidate https://www.facebook.com/AdaDeranaLive/videos/2568173230070582/UzpfSTEyNTQzOTQ5MTQ4MTYyMDozNzAzMDU3MTAzMjgzMjk/?epa=SEARCH_BOX The... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

Gota wins first battle
Editorial Courtesy The Island
The SLPP is cock-a-hoop, having picked former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as its presidential candidate while the UNP is still struggling to name its. The SLFP/UPFA, which tried to coalesce with the SLPP to field President Maithripala Sirisena at the next presidential election, has been left with egg on its face. The SLPP, in a state of euphoria, seems to think everything is now copacetic, and the upcoming presidential race is going to be a walk in the park. But, an early start does not necessarily lead to victory in any contest.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 12
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Section 1. SERVICES. SHIPPING New regulations are to be introduced soon to open up Sri Lanka’s shipping sector to transform the country into a Singapore-style shipping hub, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera announced in March 2019. This sector is at present controlled by five local companies.   They control the agencies of shipping lines that account for 74 percent of the global shipping market. Budget 2019 will lift “Restrictions on the foreign ownership on the shipping and the freight forwarding agencies, under these new regulations,” he said adding that “it will enable... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 13
KAMALIKA PIERIS
SECTION 3 AGRICULTURE FERTILIZER (1) Auditor General’s Department has found that billions of rupees were erroneously credited to the bank accounts of persons who were not farmers under Sri Lanka’s cash transfer scheme for fertiliser and paid out towards untilled paddy lands instead of cultivated ones,  reported Namini Wijedasa in  May 2019. The subsidy was introduced in 2006 under the Mahinda Chinthana to provide a hundredweight of paddy fertiliser at Rs 350 with the Treasury absorbing the difference. The objective was to raise production, to encourage more paddy cultivation by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

ලංකා වෙබ් අඩවිය පරිශීලනය කරනා සියලුම ජාති හිතෛසින් වෙත අයචනාවක්!
පාලිත ආරියරත්න
යහපාලනය රජය කාලය තුල  රටට මහා විපත් ගෙනදුන්,ගෙනදීමට, නියමිත අහිතවත් සිද්ධි සමුදාය පක්ෂ/විපක්ෂ /එන්ජිඕ / අන්‍යාගමික කරණය/ විදේශ කුමන්ත්‍රණ පිලිබඳ දැනගැනීමට විශේෂයෙන් (ආරක්ෂාව, බුදුදහම, ජාතියට එරිහි බලවේග ගැන ) කැමති විශාල පිරිසක් එම තොරතුරු විමසමින් සිටියි. උගත් බුද්ධිමත් ජනතාවකගේ දැනුම අඩුකම නිසා සට කපට දේශපාලකයන් උපන් බිමෙම අපව අනාත කරමින් සිටි. එබැවින් . ලංකා වෙබ් අඩවිය පරිශීලනය කරනා සියලුම ජාති හිතෛසින් ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ රටට එරිහි සියලුම කාරනා පහලින් ඇති කොමෙන්ට් තිරයේ කාරුණිකව සඳහන් කරන ලෙසිනි. නැතහොත්, ( කැමති මාතෘකාව ඔස්සේද ලියා එළිදක්වන්න ) ස්තුතියි පාලිත ආරියරත්න  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

ජනාධිපති ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ප‍්‍රකාශන වලංගු ඒවාද? - විශ‍්‍රාමික විගණකාධිපති සරත් සී. මායාදුන්නේ
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණ කිහිපයේදී ජනගත කළ විවිධ චින්තන හා ප‍්‍රකාශනවල මෙන් මෙවරද ඉදිරිපත් කෙරෙන ජනාධිපති ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ප‍්‍රකාශනවල අඩංගු කරන බව පෙනෙන කරණු අනුව පැහැදිලිව පේන්නේ ජනාධිපති තනතුරට පත්වුණු, පත්වීමට පෙරුම්පුරන හා ඔවුන්ට ආවඩන බොහෝ දෙනාට ජනාධිපති තනතුරට අයිති හා අයිති නැති කටයුත්ත මොකක්ද කියා නොතේරෙන බවයි. නැතහොත් හිතාමතාම ජනතාව මුළා කරන බවයි. ඒ හැර අප රටේ මේ දක්වා ජනාධිපති තනතුරට පත් වූ බොහෝදෙනා කළ කියූ, එසේම අදත් කරන කියන දේවලින් පේන්නෙත් එම තනතුරට අයිති හා අයිති නැති කටයුත්ත මොකක්ද කියා කිසිම අවබෝධයක් නැති විත්තියයි. ජනාධිපති ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ප‍්‍රකාශනවල අඩංගු කෙරෙන බොහොමයක් කරුණු සැබැවින්ම තිබිය යුත්තේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

“SOMETIMES BEING A BROTHER IS EVEN BETTER THAN BEING A SUPERHERO” MARC BROWN. “FROM TODAY, MY BROTHER IS YOUR BROTHER, HE WILL NOW BE YOUR BROTHER”- MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
For political opponents,  if MR is no good, then GR is also no good.  GR made MR great when in power.  Now MR has made GR great.  If the country rejects MR, it will also reject GR.  If the country rejects GR at the presidential election, then it will also reject MR at the next General Election. It is what the Nation thinks of you, yourself alone.  The Nation has a specific feeling about MR, GR, BR, RW, MS, SP, etc. That is Not Negotiable. In... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

දේශපාලන සහරාන් ලා ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂට එරෙහි අවසන් සටනට පැමිණේ
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය සුදත් රෝහණ සභාපති නිදහස් කලා සන්ධානය
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකයා ලෙස ප්‍රකාශයට පත් වූ ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා වෙත නිදහස් කලා සන්ධානය දේශමාමක සියලූ‍ කලාකරුවන් වෙනුවෙන් සුභාශිංසන පළකර සිටී. ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ යනු මේ මොහොතේ රට ඉල්ලා සිටින නායකත්වය බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණේ ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකයා ලෙස ප්‍රකාශයට පත් ව පසු එතුමා කළ කතාව මගින් නැවත තහවුරු විය. ඵලදායී පුරවැසියෙක්, සතුටින් ජිවත්වන පවුලක්, විනයගරුක සමාජයක් හා සෞභාග්‍යවත් දේශයක් ගොඩනැගීම ස්වකිය අරමුණ බවට ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා කළ ප්‍රකාශය ගැන සමස්ත සමාජයම විශේෂ අවධානයක් යොමුකළ යුතුය. පවුල් ඒකකය පදනම් කරගනිමින් ආර්ථීක සංවර්ධනය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

I won’t let anyone interfere with the sovereignty of my country – Gotabaya
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
As professionals and entrepreneurs, we expect the future president to have the qualities of what Gotabaya preaches. Though freedom of the nation is of utmost importance, but at the end of the day, poor masses need food, shelter and also to live peacefully. We cannot achieve that unless the whole country is put on High gear of development. In order to achieve above, we need to be a disciplined nation which Gota is preaching When you talk about discipline we need to make sure that discipline... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

The House is in cession
ABHINAV CHANDRACHUD Courtesy The Hindu BusinessLine
The last and final amendment of Article 19(2) of the Indian Constitution, brought in to prevent the use of ballots to break away from the Union, had a specific target In 1963, Article 19(2) of the Constitution was amended for the last and final time, and the words ‘the sovereignty and integrity of India’ were inserted in it, creating one more enumerated exception to the right to free speech. The Constitution (Sixteenth Amendment) Bill, 1963 (hereinafter, the ‘Bill’) was informally referred to as the ‘Anti-Secession Bill’. It was designed to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

Kashmir episode further dims chances of devolution of power to Sri Lankan Tamils
PK Balachandran Courtesy opinion bdnews24.com
What is happening in India now in regard to federalism and devolution of power to Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir (J and K) region could further dims prospects of Sri Lankan Tamils’ getting power devolution beyond what they have been given de facto under the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan constitution. Through a Presidential Order on August 5, the Indian central government headed by strongman Narendra Modi, nullified Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution which had given J and K State a large degree of autonomy.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

SEPARATING POLITICS FROM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY OF SRI LANKA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
It has been reported in news media in Sri Lanka that Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated if he becomes the president of Sri Lanka from the next election, he will give all politics and political-related activities in the country to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and fully concentrate on the economic development, elevating the economy and national security of the country.  No presidential candidate in the past made such a strong statement or promised to separate politics from national activities and even practically activated to work the same way after the election to the presidential position. In 2015,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

I won’t let anyone interfere with sovereignty of my country - Gotabaya
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa states that he would not allow anyone to interfere with Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. He mentioned this at the first-ever SLPP National Convention held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium which commenced at 3 pm this afternoon (11). https://youtu.be/WFOp8g8Bu9g At the convention, former Defense Secretary Gotabaya was named as the SLPP Candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election. He stated that he is ready to provide leadership to overcome the challenges faced by the people in the country. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

I hand over my brother to you - Mahinda
Courtesy Adaderana
The Leader of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he does not have anything to gain through hatred. He mentioned this at the first-ever National Convention of the SLPP which commenced at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium at 3 pm today (11). https://youtu.be/sD70t2vVtyA Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed the Leader of SLPP at the Convention a short while ago. Rajapaksa stated that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) was formed today as a party in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

SLPP Presidential Candidate revealed ending suspense (English)
Courtesy Adaderana
The former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been officially announced as the Presidential Candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) by party leader Mahinda Rajapaksa. The decision was revealed at the first-ever National Convention of the SLPP held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. Accordingly, Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be contesting for Presidency at the upcoming presidential election. The currently ongoing National Convention of the SLPP is telecast live on TV Derana and Ada Derana 24. https://youtu.be/IKKNvDcYIpU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

Ada Derana First At 9.00 - English News
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/fst4hOVmWYo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

US-Sri Lanka military negotiations hit a roadblock
MARWAAN MACAN-MARKAR, Asia regional correspondent Courtesy Nikkei Asian Review
Colombo flustered as it balances its relations with China, India, and Japan COLOMBO -- The U.S. government's new military blueprint in the Indian Ocean is facing headwinds in Sri Lanka, a strategically located South Asian island also being courted by India, China, and Japan in a scramble for geopolitical influence. In the crosshairs is a Status of Forces Agreement initially signed by the countries in 1995, paving the way for the U.S. military to access Sri Lanka for logistics. But Washington's push to negotiate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

Terror-wary Sri Lankans pine for strongman
Courtesy The Straits Times
Many roots for opposition's pick as presidential candidate: former defence secretary Gotabaya COLOMBO • Sri Lankans, angered by the government's inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring back economic growth. Many were rooting for Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa who, despite fighting allegations of war crimes, was nominated yesterday as the opposition's candidate for the presidential election scheduled for later this year. The Rajapaksa brothers, Gotabaya and Mahinda, were credited with bringing peace... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/08/19)

The Sitawaka Hydro Power Project
By Garvin Karunaratne
In the Eighties, we sacrificed the verdant Kotmale Valley for a mere 200 MW of Power. The Kotmale Dam does not provide any water for irrigation. That 200MW of power at that time when there were wind turbines that produced an easy 3 MW, could have been produced by 70 wind turbines scattered around Ramboda and the verdant Kotmale valley with its thriving agriculture and a pleasant people would have yet been there. Now there are wind turbines that produce an easy 5 MW. Fifty wind turbines could have been built with a fraction of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

IS THIS OUR MINISTER OF RECONCILIATION?
Sugath Samarasinghe
The Tamil Net recently carried a news item to the following effect concerning a statement reported to have made to Tamil net by Mr. Mano Ganesan, our Minister of Reconciliation. “The SL Archaeology Department is the evil of all heritage related tensions in the North and East, and thirty-two Sinhala only experts currently advise it. This ‘Sinhala’ Archaeology must be reconfigured, said SL Minister of ‘National Integration’ and Hindu Religious Affairs Mr. Mano Ganesan, in an exclusive interview to TamilNet on Monday. The conservation of the protected sites in the North-East, including the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

පොහොට්ටුවේ ජාතික සමුළුව අමතා ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සිදුකල සම්පුර්ණ කතාව
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/WFOp8g8Bu9g... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

පොහොට්ටුවේ ජාතික සමුළුව අමතා මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සිදුකල සම්පුර්ණ කතාව
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/sD70t2vVtyA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

මෙහෙමයි වුනේ - (හතරවැනි කොටස)
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
1982 අවුරුද්දේ පවත්වපු ජනාධිපතිවරණයෙන් පස්සෙත් අපි හැංගිලා හිටියාට රටේ එහෙමකට කලබලයක් ඇති වුනේ නෑ. දිනලා හිටපු අය ම දිනපු හින්දා එහෙම වෙන්න ඇති. ඉතින් දිනපු අයට උණ වැඩිවෙන්න තරම් හේතුවක් ඇතිවෙච්ච නැති එකත් අපිට හිතාගන්න පුළුවන්. අතරින් පතර උෂ්ණය වැඩිවෙච්ච අය හිටියත් දවසක් දෙකක් යද්දි ඒ අයගේ උණත් බැහැලා යන්න ඇති. ඒ වෙද්දි තාත්තාව වලපනෙන් කුරුණෑගලට මාරු කරලා එවලා අවුරුදු පහක් විතර ගතවෙලා තිබුණා. කිසිම නෑදෑයෙක් ළඟපාතක හිටියේ නෑ. අම්මාගේ නෑදෑයෝ හිටියේ නුවර, හඟුරන්කෙත පැත්තේ. තාත්තාගේ නෑදෑයෝ හිටියේ වලපනේ. කිරිඳිවැල වායගොල්ලේ හිටිය නැන්දා විතරයි කිට්ටුව පාතක හිටියේ. ඒත් මැටියගනේ ඉඳලා වායගොල්ලට කොච්චර නම් දුර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

SLPP VERSUS UNP PRESIDENTIAL PROSPECTS AND SAJITH P’S HAMARTIA
By Rohana R. Wasala
(‘Hamartia’ is the fatal flaw that leads to the downfall of the tragic hero in classical Greek Tragedy; it is Greek for ‘missing the mark’.) The artificially sensationalised controversy within the UNP ranks about the authenticity of the party deputy leader Sajith Premadasa’s educational qualifications in the evening twilight of its barely legitimate rule is a strangely anticlimactic, but justly retributive, reversal of its unbroken mudslinging campaign against the Rajaksas whose democratic return to power they have been determined to forestall by hook or by crook. The controversial 19th Amendment was primarily... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE – BRANDED PRODUCT WITHOUT AN EXPIRY DATE –CHALLENGES AHEAD
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Today a political newcomer known as Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna is celebrating the announcement of its Presidential candidate.  This event will be celebrated throughout the country by the voluntary participation of its supporters by offering traditional sweets and milk rice. The public anticipation is overwhelming to witness its hero none other than President Mahinda Rajapakse. The masses who voted for a Change 4 years ago have experienced the Change with disgust.  The masses have witnessed the outright sale of assets of mother Lanka to foreign vested interests.   The masses have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

තිරස්චීන සත්ව ඝාතන සිදුකරන ආගමික උත්සවයක් අතළග
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි,ආචාර්ය ටිකිරි බණ්ඩාර ඇටිපොළ සම ලේකම් - සත්ව අවිහිංසා ජාතික එකමුතුව
සෑම වසරක් පාසාම, ගවයින් ඇතුළු තවත් අහිංසක සතුන්ගේ ජිවිත අමු අමුවේම බිලිගන්නා තිරස්චීන ආගමික උත්සවයක් ‍අද හෙටම එළඹෙන්නට නියමිතය. දහස් ගණන් සතුන්ගේ ජිවිත බිලිගනිමින්, එම සතුන්ගේ රුධිරයෙන් තම දෑත් හා නිවෙස් සෝදාදමන මෙම දිනය ගවයින් ඇතුළු ලක්ෂ සංඛ්‍යාත හා ලොව පුරා කෝටි සංඛ්‍යාත සතුන්ගේ දුක් වේදනා ගුවනට මුසුවන ඛේදනීය දිනයකි. කාර්මික යුගයේ උච්ච ස්ථානයක සිටින යුගයක පවා තවමත් මෙවැනි ගෝත්‍රික සිරිත් විරිත් වලින් ඈත් නොවී ඒවා බදාගෙන ඉන්නා, සොබාදහමත් කම්පා කරවන, නොදියුණු ආගමික සංස්කෘතීන් තවමත් සමාජය තුළ ඉතිරිව තිබීම ඉතාම කණගාටුදායකය. තම දරුවන්, බිරිඳ, ඥාතීන් ඉදිරියේ ඔවුන් බලා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

ඇත්ත වෙනුවට නැත්ත!
වාගිස ප්‍රනාන්දු.
මෑතකදී, ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ නලින්ද ජයතිස්ස මංත්‍රීවරයා ලංකාවේ පලවෙන එක්තරා ජාතික පුවත්පතකට පවසා තිබුනේ කුරුඳු, ගම්මිරිස්, ගොරකා, කරුංකා, කරාබුනැටි ආදී භෝගවල මිළ බරපතළ කඩාවැටීමක් තිබෙනබවත් ඒනිසා ගොවියාට සාධාරණ මිලක් නොලැබෙන්නේ බවත්ය. තවදුරටත් අදහස් පළකරමින් මංත්‍රීවරයා පවසා ඇත්තේ පසුගිය කාලයේ ලංකාවේ වසරකට ගම්මිරිස් මෙට්රික් ටොන් 2800 ක් නිෂ්පාදනය කරන විට මෙට්රික් ටොන් 14000 ක් අපනයනය කර ඇති බවකි. තවද, ප‍්‍රතිඅපනයනය නිසා අපේ අපනයනයන් ක්‍රමයෙන් අඩුවූ බවත් විශේෂයෙන්ම වියට්නාමයෙන් ආනයනය කරන ගම්මිරිස් දේශීය ගම්මිරිස්වලට කලවම් කිරීම නිසා ගුණාත්මකභාවය අඩුවී ඇති බවත්ය. නලින්ද ජයතිස්ස මංත්‍රීවරයා මේ කතා කරන්නේ තමන්ගේ බත්කන කටින්ද එසේත් නොමැතිනම් තමන්ගේ සිරුරේ ඇති වෙනත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

Will it be never?
Laksiri Warnakula
He was clad in the national dress, an immaculate white that contrasted well with somewhat dark and enclosed surroundings. He was stocky, yet lean enough. He was not tall, yet not short either. He was standing on the podium addressing a distinguished gathering of foreign and local dignitaries. With confidence and composure, he was speaking to his audience through an interpreter in his mother tongue. Little those listeners knew that if he chose to, he could with equal eloquence have given the speech in English too. Yet he was proud of his heritage,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/08/19)

අගමැති හිරේ යන්න ඕන මිනිහෙක් - රතන හිමි
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/DESHoXDQF5U... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 11 A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
 ELECTRICITY   (   MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA PERIOD) President Mahinda Rajapaksa, when he assumed office on November 2005, immediately commenced the implementation of the 300MW Kerawalapitiya Combined Cycle Power Plant in early January 2006. This added 200MW to the system by 2008. That helped to avoid the massive power shortage and power cuts envisaged in 2008. A further 100MW from the same Plant was added to the system in 2009, which enabled the Government to confidently go ahead with electrifying the entire country from the then existing electrification level of about 60%. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 11 B
KAMALIKA PIERIS
GAS TERMINALS (1) The electricity generation is moving in the direction the saboteurs wanted it to, towards oil, announced a critic in March 2019. Yahapalana government favors gas terminals. The share of electricity produced from oil reached a 20-year low of 18%, in 2015, and now it has risen back to 34% by 2017, and will surely exceed 50% by 2020. The retired oil power plants are been revived. Companies are writing reports on how one oil power plant is more expensive than the other. The PUCSL is not approving contracts... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

Rajapaksa cites Kashmir while commenting on political solution in Sri Lanka
Meera Srinivasan Courtesy The Hindu
The former President’s reaction is among the first from Sri Lankan political leaders after New Delhi ended Jammu & Kashmir’s special status. Commenting on the prospects for power devolution to Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils, Leader of Opposition and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made a reference to the current “situation in Kashmir.” Leading Sri Lankan Tamil daily Virakesari on Saturday published a wide-ranging interview with Mr. Rajapaksa. To a question on his future plans for evolving a political solution to the island’s long-pending Tamil question, Mr. Rajapakasa is quoted as saying:... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

India’s best friend will be Mahinda Rajapaksa
R BHAGWAN SINGH Courtesy DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Gotabaya is not a bad man as they (opposition) project, he is a man of action and he is not of many words, operates quietly.  Mahinda Rajapaksa (Photo: AP) In an exclusive interview to R. Bhagwan Singh just an hour before his scheduled meeting with the leaders of Opposition alliance late Saturday evening at his residence in Colombo, where he was expected to break his silence on the Presidential candidate for his Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)-means Sri Lanka Peoples' Front-former President of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

Philippines checking reports on two alleged Sri Lankan terrorists
Raul Dancel  Philippines Correspondent In Manila Courtesy The Straits Times
Philippine security officials said yesterday they were checking reports that at least two Sri Lankans had slipped into the country to train local militants on bomb-making, even as one of them claimed a family feud had led to false accusations against her. Mr Rommel Banlaoi, head of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, told The Sunday Times that one of the Sri Lankans, Ms Victoria Sophia Sto Domingo, had met agents from the National Bureau of Investigation "to deny everything". But... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

Many Sri Lankans want a strongman leader, and that favours Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Courtesy London South East
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankans, angered by the government’s inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring back economic growth. Many are rooting for Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who despite fighting allegations of war crimes, is expected to be announced as the presidential candidate of the opposition nationalist Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party, as early as Sunday. The Rajapaksa brothers, Gotabaya and Mahinda, were credited with bringing peace to Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

Foreign article on two Lankan terrorists sneaking into Philippines dismissed as fake
Courtesy Adaderana
An article published by the Singaporean media outlet, The Strait Times, said yesterday (09) that at least two terrorists from Sri Lanka have allegedly sneaked into the Philippines to train local militants on making bombs and attacking churches and other soft targets north of the country.  It is alleged that the two terrorists, who had links to the National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ), sneaked into the Philippines with a third terrorist acting as a financier. The article went on to provide the names of the alleged suspects and quoted the spokesperson of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

To prevent balkanization of India – remove 13a in Sri Lanka
When US pivots to Asia as a strategy it means Americas political, diplomatic, trade, economic, cultural focus is all shifted to Asia, it also means, its associated alliances, partners, its covert/overt teams will all come with them. How prepared is Asia and in particular is India for this & what ramifications will India be subject to? Who are America’s Western partners – all of the EU countries, NATO partners, Israel, Australia – in short the Western liberal white nations Who are America’s Other partner countries – pro-US Islamic countries headed by Saudi, Japan &... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/08/19)

අපට නොපෙනෙන මහා රාජ්‍යය හා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දේශපාලනාවල
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
අප මේ ගතකරමින් සිටින වර්තමානය ඉතා තීරණාත්මකය. මෙරට ජනතාව සිතන කරන කියන සෑම ක්‍රියාවලියක් තුලම මනාව සැලසුම කරන ලද දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාදාමයක් ඇත. කන්නේ මොනවාද? අදින්නේ මොනවාද? කියන්නේ මොනවාද? යන හැම දෙයක් තුලින්ම අප යම්කිසි දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාවලියකට බද්ධව කටයුතු කරන්නෝ බවට පත්ව ඇත. අපට මේ උරුමව ඇත්තේ කුමක්දැයි අවබෝධ කරගත යුතුයම, අවධියකට සමාජයම අවතීර්ණව සිටි. තමන්ට තමන් අයිති නැති, තමන්ගේ බිරිදැවරුන්ව අරාබියේ මිනිසුන්ට හිමිව ඇති මේ සමාජය, අපට උරුම කරදුන්නේ කවුරුන්ද? යන්න සම්බන්ධව ගවේෂණය කලයුතුය. මේ තත්වය දිනකින් දෙකකින් මසකින් හෝ වසරකින් අප වෙත ළඟාවූ තත්වයක් නොවේ. ඊට දිගු ඉතිහාසයක් ඇත. ඒ අප පැමිණි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

National Problem in Sri Lanka
Kanthar Balanathan, Australia  DipEE(UK), GradCert(RelEng-Monash), DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey), CEng. MIEE
Before we step into analyzing and advocating National Problem, we have to define what “Nation” and “National Problem” means. The nation is a body or group of masses of a country, cohesive under an autonomous government of their own. It does not define race/races or group of races or ethnicity. The word cohesive means organized and interconnected socially. National Problem is therefore not restricted to only one single or multiple races (s). It is “National”. However, people with low intelligence of the different ethnic group define National problem... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Garbage talk and immaculately dressed officers
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
Watching the TV news make people disgusted when they see the Commissioner of CMC sitting in an Air-Conditioned office wearing a spotless attire talking about garbage removal Mayoress wearing clothes of a model riding a bicycle  thru Colombo 7 with Dutch Ambassador should be riding these areas and feel the smell Then the minister of Megapolis wearing similar bright white national dress keep complaining about CMC managed and run by the ruling party.  unable to solve the problem People may soon hear the news that one of these... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

ජාත්‍යන්තර විනිසුරුවරුන්ගේ ආගමනයට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ, අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු සිංහලෙන් ඉල්ලන පුරවැසි අත්සන් ලක්ෂය රතු එළියක්...!
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන BSc(Col), PGDC(Col) (සමායෝජක) 
රට අවුල් කරන NGO සංවිධානවල සහ දෙමළ ඩයස්ෆෝරාවේ බලපෑම් පාලනය කිරීමට රටේ බහුතර ජනතාව නීතිය පිළිබද අවබෝධය ලබා ගත යුතුය.නීතිය නොදැනීම සමාවට කාරණාවක්ද නොවේ. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව පනත් සම්මත කිරීමේදී  පමණක් නොව ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණය ලබා ලබා දෙන සෑම නඩු තීන්දුවකින්ම නීති සාදන බව රටේ ඇතැම් පිරිස් දන්නේ නැත. රට පාලනය කරන පාලකයන්ද ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණය නඩු තීන්දු මගින් නීති සාදන බවත් ජනතාවගෙන් සගවන අතර ඒ සදහා ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාව ජනතාව නීතියෙන් ඈත් කරන මෙවෙලමක් ලෙසද යොදා ගනිති.  මෙරට විශ්ව විද්‍යාලවල ඇතැම් උගතුන්ද ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

The Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Thailand Samantha K. Jayasuriya assumed duties
Embassy of Sri Lanka Bangkok
The Ambassador-designate to the Kingdom of Thailand Mrs. Samantha K. Jayasuriya assumed duties at the Sri Lanka Embassy on 8 August 2019. Addressing the staff members, the Ambassador-designate shared her vision and plans for the Embassy aiming at furthering the ongoing cordial bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand. She further highlighted the need to build upon the longstanding rich cultural and religious ties, as well as on further strengthening trade, investment, tourism and partnering in technical cooperation in areas of mutual interest for the betterment of both countries and peoples. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Sri Lankan Embassy in the Washington D.C. hosts the Sri Lankan Scout Contingent Participated at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in the United States
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. hosted the Sri Lankan Scout Contingent of about 150 participated at the 24th World Scout Jamboree held in West Virginia, the United States from 22 July 2019 - 02 August 2019, at the Mission premises. Warmly welcoming the Sri Lankan scout contingent, Ambassador Rodney Perera appreciated the honorary services extended by the Sri Lankan scout contingent during the Jamboree, by way of promoting Sri Lankan identity, heritage and cultural values as well as Ceylon tea and tourism among over 45,000 members of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Officials at the U.S. State Department Witnesses a Scintillating Traditional Kandyan Drums Performance by the Sri Lankan Descent American Youth
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C.
A group of Sri Lankan descent American youth performed a traditional Kandyan Drums Orchestra at the 10th Annual Cultural Celebration organized by the South Asian American Employee Association of the U.S. Department of State on 01st of August 2019. Performances by youth from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan also added glimmer to this annual South Asian cultural celebrations. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the U.S. Rodney Perera and Embassy officials participated at this event, while Ambassador Alice Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Four decades of constitutional folly and failure – 2
By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
13A -SL never got what India has
President J. R. Jayewardene and Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi after signing the Indo-Lanka Accord, which paved the way for the provincial council system."Upon the making of a proclamation under the Public Security Ordinance or the law for the time being in force relating to public security, bringing the provisions of such Ordinance or law into operation on the ground that the maintenance of essential supplies and services is, threatened or that the security of Sri Lanka is threatened by war or external... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Dignity of Parliament
Editorial Courtesy The Island
UPFA MP Nimal Lanza, of all people, on Thursday, complained to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that MP Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe had called Parliament the most corrupt institution in the country. The Speaker’s position was that Wijeyadasa should leave Parliament if the latter had so low an opinion of it. Dr. Rajapakshe, being a senior lawyer, may not have said so without evidence to support his claim. If only the Speaker had asked Wijeyadasa to substantiate that allegation. No less a person than President Maithripala Sirisena has said that it costs about Rs. 500... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

2019 presidential polls electoral pacts: SLPP assures public no truck with those involved in terrorism and extremism
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
August 9, 2019, 9:27 pm  Basil The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), on Thursday (8), assured that it wouldn't, under any circumstances, enter into electoral pacts with political parties or groups blamed for the Easter Sunday attacks or responsible for promoting extremism. SLPP strategist Basil Rajapaksa gave that assurance in response to media queries at a special press conference called by the party at Kingsbury to announce the party convention on Aug 11 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. Flanked by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Two terrorists from Sri Lanka slip into the Philippines to prepare for attacks in Luzon
Raul Dancel Courtesy The Straits Times
MANILA - At least two terrorists from Sri Lanka have sneaked into the Philippines to train local militants on making bombs and attacking churches and other soft targets north of the country. A watch list from the Manila International Airport Authority identified the two as Mark Kevin Samhoon and Victoria Sophia Sto Domingo. Both were tagged as "suicide bombers", with kin in the Philippines. Samhoon has ties to the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), the terrorist group accused of carrying out the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

The Last Chance
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
Sri Lankans born after 1948 must be the most unfortunate folk living on this planet, despite many narrations indicating, according to Buddhist belief that, “Sri Lanka is a blessed country and several Gods have sanctified this nation”. Could it be the reason why this Island was once known as the Dharma Deepa? When the Portuguese arrived in Ceylon in 1505, they introduced beef eating to the natives which then became a common habit, even among Buddhists, mostly influenced by Christians and later backed by the Colonial rulers. Anagarika... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Mahinda makes a promise to SLFP MPs
Courtesy Adaderana
Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa has promised that he would not allow any injustice to be inflicted on the parliamentarians of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). He stated this during a meeting held with a group of SLFP members today (09). A group of SLFP local government representatives for Kandy met the Opposition Leader at his official residence. Meanwhile, another group of SLFP members representing the Batticaloa district also held discussions with the Opposition Leader.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Supreme Court dismisses three petitions in favour of Bill to repeal death penalty
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court today (09) dismissed three petitions filed in favour of the Private Member’s Bill submitted in Parliament seeking to abolish the death penalty. The dismissal order was delivered by a three-judge bench consisting of Supreme Court Justices L.T.B. Dehideniya, Murdu Fernando and Gamini Amarasekara. The petitions were filed by Prof. C. Gunaratne from Nugegoda and two other parties citing the Attorney General as the respondent. When the petitions were taken up before the Supreme Court, State Counsel appearing on behalf of the Attorney General told the judge bench... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

UNP should form alliance after naming Presidential Candidate - Sajith
Courtesy Adaderana
UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa says that the United National Party (UNP) should form an alliance only after naming its Presidential Candidate.  Issuing a statement, the Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs stated that certain newspapers had reported today that both he and the Prime Minister had agreed that a UNP-led Democratic National Front (DNF) alliance should be formed as immediately as possible. https://youtu.be/BY2ke163sVQ Premadasa said that he “100,000%” agrees with the forming of such an alliance.  However, it should be done according to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/08/19)

Resistance to US intervention in Sri Lanka
By ASOKA BANDARAGE Courtesy  Asia Times
The Indian Ocean is one of the most contested regions in the world today. China, the US and India, and also Japan, Saudi Arabia and other rich and powerful states, are struggling for influence over Sri Lanka, which is in the geographic heart of the Indian Ocean. The sea lanes of the Indian Ocean are considered to be the busiest in the world, with more than 80% of global seaborne oil trade estimated to be passing through them. Sri Lanka is a participant in the Maritime Belt and Silk Road Initiative, China’s extensive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/19)

Sri Lankan presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa renounces US citizenship
Courtesy London South East
COLOMBO, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a key politician in Sri Lanka's civil war, has renounced U.S. citizenship, paving the way for him to make a bid on his country's presidency. Sri Lanka does not allow dual citizenship and foreign nationals cannot contest elections. Gotabaya, a defence chief during the civil war that ended in 2009 and the younger brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, announced late April that he would run in the presidential election due later this year. He is very popular among Sri Lanka's politically... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/19)

How to Ruin a Country in Four Years
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
I borrow the title of Servaas Storm’s article that appeared in the ‘Institute of New Economic Thinking’ with slight changes for this week’s column. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is well-known for his statements, some of which are of special kind, on the economy. He might have made more than 10 in the last four and a half years. If someone reads his statements since 2015, she/he would find that they are logically consistent as the PM follows very closely the arguments of neo-liberal economists of international financial organisations.  Neo-liberalism that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/19)

Exam frauds committed by some students wearing hijab
Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Commissioner General of Examinations recently announced the candidates not to sit for the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination wearing hijab due to the situation which prevailed in the country recently. Yet, as reported, some students in several schools of the Eastern Province, have been seen wearing hijab during the examination. Accordingly, some have complained that the rules and regulation of the examination have been violated by the above mentioned students who were wearing the hijab during the time of examination. As reported, exam frauds have been committed by some... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/08/19)

President Maithripala Sirisena and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa discuss to form broad alliance for next Presidential Poll
W.K. Prasad Manju Courtesy Ceylon Today
Decisive discussions between President Maithripala Sirisena and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa to form a broad alliance, between the SLFP and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, to contest the next Presidential Poll were successfully concluded, informed sources said yesterday (06). These talks were held following stalled discussions in the recent past. Talks had ended on a cordial note and both leaders decided to inform colleagues to continue ongoing discussions between the two Parties before forming a strong and viable political alliance to contest the upcoming Polls. Sources said they decided to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

AVOCADO FACE MASK LOOK GOOD can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Courtesy The Island
August 7, 2019, 9:20 pm  Avocados are rich in antioxidants which can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. There are many great benefits of avocado - one is that it’s rich in good fats that moisturise your hair. It’s also well absorbed by the hair shafts and scalp. Bananas are another natural moisturiser. The vitamin A content in bananas helps to restore lost moisture and repair damaged, dull, and dry skin. Yes, bananas are packed with potassium – great for improving the natural elasticity of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

Largest Islamic Convention in U.K. concludes.
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, 
 The 53rd Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom concluded on Sunday 04 August 2019 with faith inspiring addresses of his five speeches. by the World Head the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.  The Convention began on Friday with the traditional Friday Sermon and the first session started with raising of the black and white flag of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community alongside the Union Flag. On Saturday (the second day of the event), the Caliph conducted proceedings from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

බඳවා ගැනීමේ පටිපටිය උල්ලංඝණය කරමින්, ජාතික සේවක සංගමයට සාමාජිකයින් බදවා දුන් සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් හට පමණක් වැඩබැලීමේ සමෘද්ධි කළමණාකරු පත්වීම ලබා දීම වහා අත්හිටවන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම.
සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිළධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි ලේකම්, ප‍්‍රාථමික කර්මාන්ත සහ සමාජ සවිබල ගැන්වීමේ අමාත්‍යාංශය. සෙත්සිරිපාය, බත්තරමුල්ල. බඳවා ගැනීමේ පටිපටිය උල්ලංඝණය කරමින්, ජාතික සේවක සංගමයට සාමාජිකයින් බදවා දුන් සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් හට පමණක් වැඩබැලීමේ සමෘද්ධි කළමණාකරු පත්වීම ලබා දීම වහා අත්හිටවන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම. සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වෙත රාජ්‍ය සේවා කොමිෂන් සභාව විසින් අනුමත කර එවන ලද සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් බඳවා ගැනීමේ හා උසස් කිරීමේ පටිපාටිය සම්බන්ව ඔබගේ විශේෂ අවධානය මෙයින් යොමු කරවමු. 02. උපාධිය සම්පුර්ණ කරන ලද සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් 146 ආසන්න පිරිසක් දිවයිනේ සෑම දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කයකම සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී තනතුරෙහි දැනට සේවයේ නියුතුව ඇත.... -Full Story-
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වැන්දඹු අනත්දරු, වැන්දඹු පුරුෂ අනත්දරු දායක මුදල් වාර්තා ඉල්ලමින් විශ‍්‍රාමිකයින් පීඩාවට පත් කිරීම
ජාතික වෘත්තීය සමිති මධ්‍යස්ථානය
ගරු අමාත්‍ය, රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන හා කළමනාකරණ අමාත්‍යංශය, කොළඹ 7 ගරු අමාත්‍යතුමනි, වැන්දඹු අනත්දරු, වැන්දඹු පුරුෂ අනත්දරු දායක මුදල් වාර්තා ඉල්ලමින් විශ‍්‍රාමිකයින් පීඩාවට පත් කිරීම මේ වන විට විශ‍්‍රාම වැටුප් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විශ‍්‍රාම යන රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ගේ පත්වීම් දින සිට විශ‍්‍රාම යන දිනය තෙක් දායක මුදල් අය කළ බැව් සඳහන් වාර්තා ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලෙස විශ‍්‍රාමිකයින්ට දන්වමින් ඔවුන් පීඩාවට පත්කිරීම පිළිබඳව ඔබගේ දැඩි අවධානය යොමුකරවීමට කැමැත්තෙමු. පිරිමි අයෙක් නම් රාජ්‍ය සේවයට බැඳුනු දා සිට ඔහුගේ වැටුපෙන් දායක මුදල් අය කිරීම අනිවාර්ය අතර, කාන්තාවක් නම් 1983.08.01 දිනෙන් පසුව බැඳුණු හැම අයෙකුගෙන්ම දායක මුදල් අය... -Full Story-
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ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයන්ට රුපියල් 2500/- ක දීමනාව නොගෙවීමටත් නිළධාරීන්ගේ වැටුප් සංශෝධනය නොකිරීමටත් එරෙහිව ගනු ලබන ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ගයන් දැනුම්දීම.
ප‍්‍රධාන ලේකම්,  සමස්ත ලංකා ප‍්‍රවාහන සේවක සංගමය.
ගරු ප‍්‍රධාන අමාත්‍ය අර්ජුන, ප‍්‍රවාහන හා සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා අමාත්‍යාංශය, 07 වන මහල, සෙත්සිරිපාය, බත්තරමුල්ල. ගරු ඇමතිතුමනි, ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයන්ට රුපියල් 2500/- ක දීමනාව නොගෙවීමටත් නිළධාරීන්ගේ වැටුප් සංශෝධනය නොකිරීමටත් එරෙහිව ගනු ලබන ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ගයන් දැනුම්දීම. 2019 අගෝස්තු මාසයේ වැටුපට ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයන් හට රු 2500 යේ අන්තර් දීමනා මුදල ලබාදීමට සහ විධායක සහ විධායක නොවන නිළධාරීන්ගේ වැටුප් සංශෝධනය කිරීමට කඩිනමින් මැදිහත් වන ලෙෂ ඔබතුමාගෙන් ප‍්‍රථමයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. රජයේ සේවකයන්ට 2019 අයවැය තුලින් ලබාදුන් රු 2500 ක දීමනා මුදල මෙතෙක් ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයන්ට මෙතෙක් ලබා දී නැත. අප සංගමයෙන් දිගින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

දුම්රිය කාර්ය සහායක බඳවාගැනීමේ සම්මුඛ පරීක්‍ෂණය පට්ට බොරුවක්
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය දුම්රිය වෘත්තීය සමිති සන්ධානය
දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ ප‍්‍රාථමික ශිල්පීය නොවන සේවා ගණයේ දුම්රිය කාර්ය සහායක/නවාතැන්, බංගලා, සහායක/කාන්තා විශ‍්‍රාමශාලා සේවිකා II වන ශ්‍රේණියට බඳවාගැනීම සඳහා මේ වන විට සම්මුඛ පරීක්‍ෂණ පවත්වමින් ඇත. දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ මෙම තනතුරු පුරප්පාඩු පිරවීම සඳහා 2019.-07.19 දිනට පෙර අයදුම් පත් එවන ලෙස ප‍්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍යාංශයේ උපදෙස් පරිදි දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරී විසින් 2019.07.06 දින දිනමිණ පුවත්පතේ හා WWW.Railway.lk වෙබ් අඩවියේ දැන්වීම් පළකරමින් අයදුම්පත් කැඳවා තිබුණි. ඒ අනුව අ.පො.ස. (සා/පෙ) සම්මාන සමාර්ථ දෙකක් සහිත විෂයන් 06 කින් සමත් අයදුම් කරුවන් 20000 කට අධික ප‍්‍රමානයක් අයදුම්පත් එවා තිබුණි. දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ පත්වීම් අංශයේ අනිකුත් සියළු වැඩ කටයුතු අත්හිටුවා සියළු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

The death penalty is never the answer
By Sonia Sarkar Courtesy Telegraph
India has a more humanitarian approach towards drug offenders than its neighbours Bangladesh and Sri Lanka After a moratorium of 43 years, the gallows were getting ready in Sri Lanka. Two executioners with ‘excellent moral character’ and ‘mental strength’ were appointed. A list of four convicts — involved in drug offences — to be hanged was prepared. On June 26 — the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking — the Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena, announced that he had signed the requisite documents for the imposition of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

Special Investigation Committee (SIC) members coming before Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) in the balance
Methmalie Dissanayake Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) investigating the Easter Sunday terror attacks has reportedly decided to summon members of the Special Investigation Committee (SIC) appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to testify on 20 August. The SIC comprises Supreme Court Judge, Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda, former IGP N.K. Ilangakoon and former Law and Order Ministry Secretary Padmasiri Jayamanne. According to PSC sources, SIC members had been informed to come before the PSC tomorrow (08). However, the date had to be changed due to pre-scheduled businesses of some PSC members. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

Petition filed on legality of Bandulal’s motion on death penalty
Courtesy Adaderana
A petition has been filed at the Supreme Court seeking a ruling that the Private Member’s Bill presented to the parliament by MP Bandulal Banadarigoda on the abolishment of the death penalty is not unconstitutional. The Attorney General has been named the respondent of this petition file by Prof. C. Gunaratne from Nugegoda. On August 01, MP Bandulal Bandarigoda tabled a Private Member’s Motion at the parliament containing provisions to abolish the death penalty. The petitioner pointed out that no clause in the proposal would violate the Constitution of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/08/19)

Thowheed terror fallout: Bathiudeen survives, Police, AG under a cloud
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Thanks to the ongoing Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Easter Sunday attacks, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) leader and Vanni District lawmaker, Rishad Bathiudeen, is no longer under heavy fire over his alleged involvement with the now-proscribed National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ). The government proscribed the NTJ on May 13, 2019 - 23 days after the Easter carnage. The Jama’athe Milla’athe Ibrahim (JMI) and the Willayath As Seylani (WAS) were also banned in terms of regulation 75(1) of the emergency regulations. Bathiudeen held the Industry and Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Co-operative Development, Vocational Training & Skills Development at the time of the April... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

SF says he was offered Dy. Defence Minister post, Cabinet portfolio
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, MP, yesterday, revealed that he had recently been offered the post of the Deputy Minister of Defence and a Cabinet portfolio by the Minister of Defence. President Maithripala Sirisena is the Minister of Defence. The former army chief said that he had turned down the offer because it was intended to silence him. He said he could not keep his mouth shut, given the situation in the country. Fonseka said so when State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardena told the Parliamentary Select... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

THIS PRIME MINISTER OF OURS IS PLAYING TO THE GALLERY BY HIS TWEET ON KASHMIR.
By Noor Nizam - Peace and Political Activist, Political Communications Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and Convener “ The Muslim Voice", August 6th., 2019.
Muslim parliamentarians on behalf of the Muslims of Sri Lanka should denounce this political process in the Indian parliament (Lok Sabah). It is sad to see a Prime Minister of a Democratic country which is a member of the UN, without "DENOUNCING WHAT INDIA HAS DONE" to wish well to the passing of a bill by the Narendra Modi's BJP government to oppress the Kashmir people further. The Bill is repealing legislations 35... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

National Service is a must to a developing country
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
We keep watching TV about the daily demonstrations by young generations where male and female students with young monks with overgrown hair. What a waste of energy and valuable time. In Russia, I remember how the young generation of the same age group in the universities behaved. They are supposed to do service in the forces after school before coming to university or after. Every summer group of youngsters was always sent to villages ( they use to call the farms KOLHOZ-means collective farm ) to either uproot potatoes or pluck cabbages.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Welcomes Union Territory Status On Ladakh
Courtesy NDTV
The Sri Lankan Prime Minister added that Ladakh's creation as a Union Territory and its consequential restructuring is "India''s internal matter". With over 70% Buddhists, Ladakh will be the first Indian state with a Buddhist majority. COLOMBO:  Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday welcomed the Central government's move to confer Union Territory status on Ladakh, a region with a Buddhist majority. Taking to Twitter, Mr Wickremesinghe said, "I understand Ladakh will finally become a Union Territory. With over 70% Buddhist it will be the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

Sri Lanka PM: Country must prepare for new terrorism phase
By KRISHAN FRANCIS, ASSOCIATED PRESS Courtesy  abc News
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leaves after testifying in front of a parliamentary committee investigating the Islamic State-inspired Easter Sunday bomb attacks, at the parliament complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Wickremesinghe said the coordinated suicide bomb attacks in three churches and three tourist hotels on April 21 were the result of the security apparatus failing to follow the transition of religious extremists into terrorists, adding that the country should prepare itself to face new forms of terrorism prevalent in other countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

‘No satisfactory answer on Easter day lapse’
Meera Srinivasan Courtesy The Hindu
Sri Lankan PM tells inquiry panel that he was not informed about the terror threat despite prior intel “I am yet to get a satisfactory response on why I was not briefed about the Easter Sunday terror threat,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said, suggesting that the Sri Lankan government may still not have identified the reasons for the security lapse, over three months after the bombings shook the country. Neither he nor his security division was informed about the terror threat, despite prior intelligence being available with senior... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

Presidential election: SLFP stance after talks between President Maithripala Sirisena and SLPP and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sandun A Jayasekera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) stance on the presidential election will be decided after the second round of discussions between President Maithripala Sirisena and SLPP and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara said today. “The two leaders met on Monday night. I can’t disclose what transpired at the discussion because they are expected to meet again shortly. I believe the two parties will be in a position to come to an understanding on the position to be taken on the presidential election,” he said. "The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

Why Is the U.S. Never Deemed ‘Unsafe’ as a Travel Destination?
Rosie Spinks, Courtesy Skift
n the wake of a tragedy, destinations are hugely beholden to the public perception of how safe it is to travel there, regardless of the reality on the ground. But the United States — which has experienced more mass shootings than there are days in 2019 — is unfairly exempt from that struggle.— Rosie Spinks If you type in the phrase “Is it safe to travel to…” in the Google search bar, it’s instructive to see what countries come up in response: Sri Lanka, Turkey, Hong Kong, Tunisia. Unsurprisingly,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

Sri Lankan-built satellite sends first picture of earth
Courtesy Inquirer.net
The Island/Asia News Network COLOMBO — The first ever Sri Lankan nano satellite, RAAVANA-1 launched into an orbit 400 km away from earth on June 17, sent the first picture of earth. RAAVANA-1 is a research satellite built by two Sri Lankan engineers, Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika, from the University of Peradeniya and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies.ADVERTISEMENT The satellite is expected to fulfil five missions including the capturing of pictures of Sri Lanka and its surrounding regions. The satellite was designed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

21/4 mastermind is someone else – Turkish Envoy
Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Courtesy Ceylon Today
Turkey’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Tunca Ozcuhadar alleged that the Easter Sunday suicide bomber Zahran Hashim and his group were mere ‘foot soldiers’ who carried out an attack planned by someone else. Ozcuhadar clarified that he is not a security expert but said the logic behind the systematic bombings shows that organising simultaneous attacks are a difficult task without proper logistical and financial support. “It does not look like a home-grown terrorist group to me. The interesting part is that Zahran got himself killed, which is awkward for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/08/19)

An open letter to all political parties and politicians who seek a mandate to rule this country at the forthcoming elections
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara 
A people’s Manifesto for the next Presidential/General Election. ? Fifty Demands for all political Parties and aspirant leaders who intend contesting next Presidential/General Election Introduction It is a foregone conclusion that there is no Government in this country today, in spite of the fact that there is a President, a Prime Minister,  9 Governors in the nine Provinces, nearly 157 Ministers (112 Central Government (until recently), and 45 Ministers with 5 Chief Ministers in the Provincial Councils, nearly 700 PC Members, and 336 Pradesiya Sabhas with 8825 Members, ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

මෙහෙමයි වුනේ - (තුන්වැනි කොටස)
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
අම්මා තමයි අපේ ගෙදර බුදුන්. අපේ රටේ හැම ගෙදරක ම එහෙම තමයි කියලා අපි හැමෝ ම දන්නවා. ඉතින් අම්මා ගැන කියන්නේ නැතුව අපි ලොකු මහත් වෙච්ච විදිහ ගැන කියන්නේ කොහොම ද? අද මම කියන්නේ අපේ අම්මා ගැන. අම්මායි මමයි ඉපැදිලා තියෙන්නේ එක ම දවසේ. හැබැයි අපේ අම්මා මට වඩා අවුරුදු තිස් තුනක් වයසින් වැඩියි. අපි දෙන්නා අතර තිබුණු කිට්ටු සම්බන්ධයට මේ එක දවසේ උපන් හේතුවට ඉක්මවා ගිය කරුණු කාරණා සෑහෙන ප්‍රමාණයක් බලපාන්න ඇති කියලා මට හිතෙනවා. ඒත් ඒ මොන මොනවා ද කියලා මම වෙන වෙන ම හිතලා නෑ. කොහොමත් අපි පුංචි කාලේ උපන් දිනය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Solution to garbage stacked in Katunayake
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
Everyone talks about the garbage lying in the free trade zone . No one has any clue to get rid of it after courts prohibited moving them out I remember a solution I gave when I ran SLLRDC during the time of RP. As an Anandian I was invited as the chief guest in a price giving ceremony in the College Principal was developing a playground in land acquired from Mcwoods. A massive rock wad lying on the surface where the ground was built As we have many cranes, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) decides to question the Special Investigation Committee (SIC)appointed by President
by Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday carnage has decided to summon the members of the Special Investigation Committee (SIC) appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena for the same purpose. The PSC had informed the SIC members to be present to give evidence on Aug 8 at the Committee Room 1 of the Parliament complex, a PSC member said. Headed by Supreme Court Judge Vijith K. Malalgoda, the SIC also comprised former IGP N.K. Ilangakoon and former Law and Order Ministry Secretary Padmasiri Jayamanne. Former... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Ex-child soldier faces jail for SA murder
Courtesy The Canberra Times
 Ganeshamoorthy Thiyagarajah faces deportation to Sri Lanka after serving his sentence for murder. Recruited as a child soldier at age 12 and later tortured by his enemies before fleeing by boat to Australia, Sri Lankan Ganeshamoorthy Thiyagarajah is now facing years behind bars for a "brutal" killing in Adelaide. Thiyagarajah was found guilty recently of the murder in March 2017 of his housemate Mohammed Mansoor at their Penfield Gardens home. In sentencing submissions in the Supreme Court on Monday, prosecutor Patrick Dawes said Mr Mansoor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Minority representatives have failed in their duty
By C.Y.P. RAM, UNP COLOMBO DISTRICT ORGANISER AND FORMER MEMBER WESTERN PROVINCIAL COUNCIL Courtesy Ceylon Today
Party leaders and Parliamentarians who represent the minority Tamil and Muslim communities have failed in their duty, which is to achieve the aspirations of the community they represent. Plans to form a Tamil and Muslim conference by them is not going to serve the purpose of achieving the intended rights of the minority Tamil speaking community of our nation.  The persons who had identified themselves as leaders of Tamil parties and the representatives of minority Tamil speaking community... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Three JMI suspects who received training from Zahran arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
Police have arrested three suspected members of the banned organisation, Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI), who had allegedly received training from terrorist leader Zahran Hashim in Nuwara Eliya and Hambantota. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that they were arrested by Ampara Police today and that one of the suspects is a student of the South Eastern University in Oluvil. https://youtu.be/xtcLpdfVOy8 One of the three arrested suspects has been identified as Mohamed Seifullah Haq, also known as ‘Abu Sahid’, who is a resident of Gelioya. He had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Over 200,000 dengue cases in Sri Lanka, 47 deaths
Courtesy Adaderana
Forty-seven people died and over 200,000 were infected by the dengue virus across Sri Lanka in the first seven months this year, government figures revealed on Monday. Till the end of July, a total of 234,078 dengue cases were reported, with the highest number of cases reported from the Colombo district followed by Gampaha and Kalutara, reports Xinhua news agency. The government’s Epidemiology Unit said it had identified five high-risk districts -- Colombo, Gampaha, Galle, Kalutara and Ratnapura. Medical experts have urged people to seek immediate medical attention if they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් කඩු තොග උත්සවයක් තියා බෙදා දෙන්නැයි ඉල්ලයි..
 අරවින්ද අතුකෝරල
පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමය මූලස්ථානයේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවේ දී එම පක්ෂ නායක නීතිඥ උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා මෙම අදහස් පල කලේය. පාස්කු බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරයේ සිදුවීම් සමග නම කියැවුණු එකම මන්ත්‍රිවරයා තමයි රිෂාඩ් බදියුඩීන් ඇමතිවරයා. එතුමා ගැන අපි පොලිසියට පැමිණිලි කළත් අඩුම ගණනේ පොලිසිය විසින් ප්‍රකාශයක් වත් සටහන් කර ගන්නේ නැතුව එතුමාව නිදහස් කළා. පොලිසියට අයිති දෙයක් නෙමෙයි කෙනෙක් නිදහස් ද නැද්ද කියන එක. https://youtu.be/xU_tobEPTTo පොලීසිය කළ යුත්තේ විමර්ශණයේ තොරතුරු උසාවියට වාර්ථා කිරීමයි. උසාවියිය තීරනය කල යුත්තේ නිදොස්ද නැද්ද කියන එක. රිෂාඩ් බදියුඩීන් ඇමතිවරයාගේ කුණු සේදීීම සදහා බිහි කල කුණු ලොන්ඩරිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

ජනාධිපතිවරණය පෙර ඇමරිකාවට අවසන් තුරුම්පුව අදින්න සූදානම්… ආපදා හෝ හදිසි තත්වයක් ඇති කරන්න සැලසුම්..
අනුරුද්ධ බණ්ඩාර රණවාරණ මාධ්‍ය ලේකම් ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ
‘සහරාන්ගේ කල්ලිය’ වැනි තවත් ත්‍රස්ත කල්ලියක් ලවා මරාගෙන මැරෙන ප්‍රහාරයන් එල්ල කරවා රට තුළ හදිසි තත්වයක් ඇතිකොට ඒ තත්ත්වය යටතේ ජනාධිපතිවරණය කල් දමා, රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් භාරකාර ආණ්ඩුවක් හැදීම ඇමරිකානු එක්සත් ජනපදයේ අවසන් තුරුම්පුව වී ඇති බවත් ඒ නිසා ඉදිරි මාස කීපය ඉතාමත් තීරණාත්මක කාලයක් වනු ඇති බවත් ඒ තුරුම්පුව ඇදීමට ඇමරිකාවට ඉඩ නොදීම රටට ආදරය කරන කාගේත් වගකීම බවත් ජානිපෙ නායක විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පෙන්වාදෙයි. මහනුවර ශ්‍රී පුෂ්පදාන ශාලාවේදී පැවති STOP USA සංවිධානයේ දෙවන සම්මන්ත්‍රණයේ දී අදහස් දක්වමින් ඒ මහතා මෙසේ පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Call for probe into whether Scots clinical waste containing body parts has been exported to Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Daily Reord
Thirty tons of clinical waste from Scottish hospitals was reported missing after the collapse of Lanarkshire-based disposal contractor HES last year. Sri Lankan customs officials inspect containers from the UK The Scottish Government has been urged to investigate whether clinical waste including body partscould have been exported to Sri Lanka. Labour MSP Monica Lennon has written to Health Secretary Jeane Freeman after 100 shipping containers from the UK containing toxic materials were discovered at the port of Colombo. The sickening cargo is understood... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Sri Lanka's toxic waste dump and UK growth link
By Stuart Cosgrove Courtesy The National
Toxic waste, including diseased tumours and human remains, was dumped in Sri Lanka SRI LANKA and its battered citizens no doubt imagined that they had lived through the worst that life could dump on them – a bitter civil war, a tragic Tsunami and most recently an unexpected terrorist attack on churches and tourist hotels – then the most putrid consignments arrived on Sri Lanka’s shores. A UK based-company dumped 27,685 tonnes of hazardous waste in a processing zone to the south of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/08/19)

Attacks on the Mahawamsa.
Chandre Dharmawardana,
This is a very good analysis by Susantha Goonatilleke. We should agree that Sri Lanka, even more than India, has a strong historical memory, and the Mahawamsa falls in line with the Gilgamesh, the Old Testament, and the writings of Herodotus. The Indian Epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata contain far more myth than history. However, it is not clear if the modern Sri Lankans have any sort of historical memory or interest in it. In fact, the modern public seems to be carried away by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

Extremists in every country should be removed from society
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
Last few days America is going thru difficult times after many people died due to the shooting by white supremacists Some blame Trump for the massacre. In Sri Lanka also had similar situations where Some extremist elements massacred innocent people. Who did people blame? Obviously the current leadership. A few years back we had skirmishes in Aluthgama and Kandy Again people blamed the leaders for going soft on extremism Irrespective of whether extremists are Buddhist, Muslims or Christians it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ සමහර අය හිතනවනම් තනිවම දිනන්න පුළුවන් කියලා මං හිතන්නේ එගොල්ලෝ ලොකු කළුවර ගෙදරක ඉන්නේ - අර්ජුන රණතුංගෙන් රතු එළියක්...
අර්ජුන රණතුංග 
ඉදිරි ජනාධිපතිරවරණයට තනි පක්ෂයක් ලෙසට ඉදිරිපත් වී ජයග්‍ර‍හණය කළ හැකියැයි එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය සිතන්නේ නම් එය ලොකු මුලාවක් බව ප්‍ර‍වාහන සහ සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්‍ය අර්ජුන රණතුංග මහතා පවසයි. “එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ තියෙන ප්‍ර‍ශ්න ඒ පක්ෂයම විසදගන්න ඕන. ඒක අපිට අදාල ප්‍ර‍ශ්නයක් නෙවෙයි මොකද අපි එක්සත් ජාතික පාක්ෂිකයෝ නෙවෙයි. මම එක්සත් ජාතික පෙරමුණේ ඉන්නේ. එකසත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ තියෙන ප්‍ර‍ශ්නවලට අත ගහන්න අපිට අයිතියක් නැහැ. ඒ නිසාම එකසත් ජාතික පක්ෂය ප්‍ර‍ධාන පක්ෂයක් ලෙස දැන ගන්න ඕන ඔවුන්ගේ ප්‍ර‍ශ්න විසද ගෙන එන්න.   අපි අවුරුදු දෙකක් තිස්සේ මේ සන්ධානය හදන්න අපි අගැමතිතුමත් එක්ක සාකච්ඡා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

Masonry Trowels .mamoties. hammers, sickles, tabs and broad bands
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Elections are at the doorstep. Hardware shops are selling mamoties and masonry trowels ( made in China) like hotcakes. Computer suppliers are trying to supply state of the art tabs to the government to support the student communities to make them more involved in the web-based communication industry. What is the secret? Minsters of the government with leaders are attending placing of foundations for schools, temples, culverts. Mamoties are sold with a masonry trowel for the invited VIP to place the first brick during the eve of the election. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

End of the road for the SLFP?
By Dr Upul Wijayawardhana Courtesy The Island
"Justin, I cannot wait for the old boy to die" was the response my father had received from S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, shortly before he crossed over to the Opposition, in July 1951, having resigned from the posts of the Leader of the House and Minister of Health & Local Government. My father, Justin Wijayawardhana, was an ardent supporter of SWRD and secretary of the Matara Branch of the Sinhala Maha Sabha, till it joined the UNP, and then was the secretary of the Matara Branch of the UNP. On... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

Sri Lanka’s Black Gold
By Michael Gregson Courtesy Ceylon Today
Sri Lanka could soon be in for a windfall because of the worldwide surge in demand for electric cars. At least 125 million electric vehicles are expected to be travelling global highways by 2030, which means the world is going to need a lot more graphite in the coming decade and beyond. And Sri Lanka is sitting on heaps of the stuff. Graphite mining dates back 200 years in Sri Lanka, peaking during the First and  Second World Wars, when production hit 35,000 tons a year.  Since then, the industry... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

Cyber attack on SLPP e-canvassing app?
Courtesy Adaderana
The e-canvassing campaign of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna was continued today (04) for the second consecutive day. SLPP yesterday (03) launched its island-wide pre-election campaign aimed at the presidential election. SLPP has introduced e-canvassing in the country for the first time through their election campaign. https://youtu.be/I3hgYYXQf6M Using a mobile app called ‘V-CAN’, the SLPP promoted the party ahead of the upcoming election by visiting numerous houses across the country. However, party representatives had charged that someone had launched a cyberattack on the ‘V-CAN’... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

සජිත්ට එංගලන්තයෙන් දී ඇත්තේ අසනීපකාරයෙකුට දෙන සානුකම්පිත උපාධියක්..- දන්න කියන කෙනෙක්ගේ හෙළිදරවුව මෙන්න.. [Video]
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එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ නියෝජ්‍ය නායක ඇමැති සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස උද්දච්ච මෝඩ පුද්ගලයෙක් යයි සිංහලේ සංවිධානය සඳහන් කරයි. සංවිධානයේ ජාතික සංවිධායක ප්‍රදීප් සංජීව කොළඹදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මේ බව කියා සිටියේය. https://youtu.be/cVsM2FK48qE සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාට බි‍්‍රතාන්‍ය විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයකින් ලබා දී ඇති උපාධිය විභාගයට පෙනී සිටීමට නොහැකි බව දැන්වීමෙන් ලබාදෙන උපාධියක් බවද ඔහු සඳහන් කළේය. ඒ අනුව සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස මහතාට ලබාදී ඇත්තේ අසනීප වූ පුද්ගලයෙකුට ලබාගෙන සානුකම්පිත උපාධියක් බව ඔහු කියා සිටියේ එම විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයෙන් ගෙන්වා ගන්නා ලද විද්‍යුත් ලිපියක්ද උපුටා දක්වමිනි. අදාල විද්‍යුත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

India claims Sri Lanka’s security challenges a threat to India. Who is a bigger threat to India – US or China?
The prima facie case for India to interfere in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs is to cite that any instability happening in Sri Lanka becomes an automatic national security threat to India. While the argument definitely has merit, it begs to question how far India has chipped into aggravate Sri Lanka’s instability vis a vis helping regime change in 2015 & thus virtually inviting the enemy to Sri Lanka’s shores. While all countries do not have permanent friends but permanent interests, it is good for India to determine who the greater enemy is. To India’s surprise it should now realize India’s... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/08/19)

Barefoot walking is best
Courtesy The Island
"Going barefoot is the gentlest way of walking and can symbolise a way of living - being authentic, vulnerable, sensitivn to our surroundings; removing barriers between us and nature.— Adele Coombs, "Barefoot Dreaming" Just a comment to my son that with age unsteadiness when walking brought forth a barrage of advice and directions and an article I will be quoting. Barefoot walking connotes much But first, instant first thoughts to the term ‘barefoot walking’ which flashed through my mind. Vijayatunge’s early novel "Grass for my Feet’ with its... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

විනිසුරුට එරෙහිව දැමූ ෆැලෝපීය නාල නඩුව
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
මේ දවස්වල අපේ රටේ වැඩියෙන් ම කතාවට ලක්වුණු මිනිස් ඉන්ද්‍රිය ‍ෆැලෝපීය නාලය කියලා හිතන එකේ වැරැද්දක් නෑ. අපි හැම කෙනෙක් ම වගේ ඒ ගැන කතා කරලා තියෙනවා. මේ ලිපිය ලියන්නේ ඒ කතාවට අත්වැල් අල්ලන්න නම් නෙවෙයි. මේක රට කතාවක්. හැබැයි මේක එසේ මෙසේ රටක වෙච්ච කතාවක් නෙවෙයි. මේ කියන්න හදන සිද්ධිය ඇතිවෙලා තියෙන්නේ ඇමෙරිකා ජනපද සංගමයේ. ඉන්දියානාව කියලා කියන්නේ ඇමෙරිකා ජනපද සංගමයේ ඊසාන පැත්තට බර ව මහා විල්වලට දකුණින් පිහිටලා තියෙන ජනපදයක්. මේ කියන්න සිද්දිය ඇතිවෙලා තියෙන්නේ ඒ ජනපදයේ. 1971 අවුරුද්දේ ජුලි 9 වැනි දා ඉන්දියානාවේ ඕර්බන් කියන නගරයේ ජීවත්වුනු අම්මා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Western province
Sri Lanka News
The Western province provides the highest contribution to the Gross Domestic Product contributing 41.2% of the Provincial Gross Domestic Product(PGDP) and has a nominal PGDP growth rate of 5.8% as of 2015. Agriculture only made up 1.7% of the GDP the lowest among the nine provinces while Industrial sector made up 34.6% the highest in the country and service sector represented 56.5%.[19]... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Buddhists Heritage in Jaffna Vandalised by Tamil Extremists
(Courtesy of Divaina)
The TNA MPs and some of their instigated supporters have created a rumpus, protesting and disturbing the duties of the Archeological department offices who visited the ancient Buddhist vihara, that has been declared an Archeological site, in the proximity of the hot water wells located in Kinniya, in the Trincomalee district. This was done by staging a claim that this site belongs to Hindus and what is there in that site is a Hindu Kovil. In this, it is an accepted fact that once the Sinhalese Buddhist left this area during the terrorist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Flood gates and pumps
Dr Sarath obeysekera
Floor gates pumps and pollution is the subject, everyone, is talking about If at all SLLDC could protect the 1000acres of flood  retention area which was identified under the Canal Development Project, we would not have to install any flood gates or pumps At that time during nineties canal all canal Banks  were cleared and encroachers were relocated And yet subsequently various ministers Influenced SlLRDC to keep their eyes closed when scrupulous landowners and developers filled over 400 acres Now we are lamenting about annual flooding... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

විපක්ෂයේ ජනපති අපේක්ෂත්වය ගෝඨා මෛත්‍රී තීරණාත්මක හමුවක්
දේශපාලන වාර්තාකරු උපුටා ගැන්ම දේශය පුවත්
ඉදිරි ජනාධිපතිධුර අපේක්ෂකත්වය ඇතුළු තීරණාත්මක දේශපාලන කාරණා ගණනාවක් ගැන ජනාධිපතිවරයා සමඟ සාකච්ඡා කිරීමට හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා තීරණය කර ඇත. ඒ අනුව පසුගියදා ඔහු ජනාධිපතිවරයා අමතා දෙදෙනා අතර හමුවකට වේලාවක් ලබාදෙන ලෙස ඉල්ලීමක් කර තිබේ. ඊට ජනාධිපතිවරයාගෙන් යහපත් ප්‍රතිචාරයක් ලැබී තිබේ. මෙම දුරකතන ඇමතුම ලබාදීමට පෙරදී ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සිංගප්පූරුවේ රැඳී සිටියදීත් ජනාධිපතිවරයා සහ ගෝඨාභය අතර පෞද්ගලික දුරකතන සංවාදයක් පවත්වා බොහෝ කරුණු සාකච්ඡා කර තිබිණි. කෙසේ හෝ අද හෙටම ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා සමඟ පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත හමුවේදී ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා විපක්ෂ අපේක්ෂකත්වය ගැන ජනාධිපතිවරයා දැනුම්වත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

UNP’s Presidential stakes
by C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
August 3, 2019, 8:11 pm  The political drama that has now taken centre stage is the tussle in the UNP over the presidential candidate of the party. Arguably, this is the fiercest fight within the UNP over a presidential candidacy after the three-way tussle between R. Premadasa, Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake way back in 1988. What we are seeing once again is a three-way contest of sorts with party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa all in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Ranil-Gota tipped to run in Presidential race
Courtesy The Island
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa are tipped to be nominated presidential aspirants of the proposed National Democratic Front (NDF) and the United National Joint Alliance (UNJA), respectively, political sources said. The UNP and the SLFP/SLPP are now working on forming separate alliances to draw on the support of other political parties to make a stronger impact on the electorate as the fray to win this year’s presidential stakes gather momentum, the sources said. Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to contest under the ‘elephant’ symbol,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

UPFA will support presidential candidate jointly named by Sirisena and Rajapaksa
By Aruna Bogahawatte Courtesy The Island
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will extend its support to a presidential candidate jointly nominated by President Maithripala Sirisena and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera says. "Whatever obstacles we have to face, discussions between the SLFP and SLPP on the proposed formation of an alliance will continue, and a suitable presidential candidate the masses demand, will be nominated by the two leaders", Amaraweera said. He said the approval of the SLFP Central Committee would be obtained regarding the presidential candidate named by the two... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Ignorance and Negligence of Law Makers
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
We have witnessed in the last few days the presence of so many loopholes and gaps in the existing legislation that have had a negative and adverse impact on human security and the country’s stability. These laws were passed by Parliament consisting of elected representatives who are supposed to exercise the peoples’ sovereignty in the sphere of law making.  Article 75 says: “Parliament shall have power to make laws, including laws having retrospective effect and repealing or amending any provision of the Constitution or adding any provision to the Constitution.”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

The whole country stinks
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
The latest news, about the import of 130 container loads of waste material to Sri Lanka from UK hospitals has reached every nook and cranny in the country and it has turned the whole country ‘upside down’, as it were. The entire populace of this country is benumbed and looks aghast when such inhuman deeds occur in front of their own eyes. Who are behind and responsible for such mortifying acts? Why has the Sri Lankan business society stooped to such an undignified level merely for the sake of earning... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

PM Ranil's quarter century leadership challenged as UNP crisis deepens
GAGANI WEERAKOON Courtesy Ceylon Today
The cold war prevailing between the two camps within the United National Party (UNP) reached volcanic proportions with Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa’s camp openly challenging Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is holding onto the leadership for over quarter century, at a crucial Working Committee meeting held on Thursday (1), to deliberate on the proposed alliance. The argument arose with Party’s Chairman Kabir Hashim opposing the idea, when UNP Leader Wickremesinghe sought a mandate of the Working Committee to launch the alliance on Monday (5), as planned without giving time for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Cardinal Ranjith says has no faith in commissions
By Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
While urging the political leadership to come together to appoint an independent commission to investigate the Easter Sunday attacks, to ensure justice for the victims, Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith insisted that he will not have an audience with any future Presidential candidate until justice is meted out for the victims. In an interview with Ceylon Today, Cardinal Ranjith explains as to why he has no faith in the appointed commissions that are claiming to investigate the Easter Sunday attacks.Excerpts: Some religious leaders seem to be much involved in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Gotabaya’s teacher reminisces his childhood
Adaderana
https://youtu.be/1WQm5DEwUxo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

JMI Group leader and uni student propagating extremism arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
Two persons have been arrested over terrorist activities have been arrested, stated the Police Media Spokesperson. One of the arrestees is the Leader of the Eastern Province Armed Group of the Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim  (JMI), an organization which is currently banned in Sri Lanka. He is a 25-year-old named Mohamed Nawushad Umar, stated the Police. The other arrestee is a student from South Eastern University in Oluvil. He was arrested over allegedly carrying out out extremist propaganda.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

US Embassy reminds of Travel Advisories on Sri Lanka in line with holidays
Courtesy Adaderana
The United States Embassy in Colombo reiterating the travel advisory issued on Sri Lanka requests US citizens in Sri Lanka to be more vigilant of probable terror attacks that may occur within the country. The security alert was issued by the embassy in acknowledgment of the upcoming holidays. The United States has issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory (Exercise Increased Caution) on Sri Lanka in line with the April 21 Easter Sunday terror attacks. The Embassy points out that terrorists may attack with little or no warning,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

A place to escape the crowds in Sri Lanka’s farthest south, Dondra is a beacon of tranquillity
Anubhuti Krishna  Courtesy The  South China Morning Post
Temples, lighthouse, beach. See them in any order and you won’t be disappointed when you visit Dondra, at the southern tip of Sri LankaEverything here is bright: the white sands, the blue of the Indian Ocean, the green curtain of trees fringing the beach. And there’s hardly a soul around If you look at the map of the Indian subcontinent, Dondra appears as a tiny dot at its southernmost tip. Sail south from here, and you would reach no land mass before Antarctica. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/08/19)

Ideas to make Britain great again.
Garvin Karunaratne.M.Ed, Manchester, M.Phil.Edinburgh, Ph.D. Michigan State University.
Introduction In my own life as an automobile owner – all my earlier cars were made in Great Britain- a Hillman Minx,  a Humber Hawk, a Vauxhall Cresta, a Morris Oxford. The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in the Sixties, That Humber Hawk was a dependable, comfortable great car, comparable to any BMW  of today. Yet Britain lost its grip on its manufacturing base. Now Britain does not make a single car. The Land Rover and a few other makes are all owned by foreigners. British craftsmanship and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/19)

Applying Brakes on solar energy utilization is not the solution for sustainable development of Sri Lanka
By IM Dharmadasa, Leslie Dep, Jayantha Silva, Lakshman Dissanayake and Oliver Ileperuma
August 2, 2019, 8:47 pm  According to the news items in the local press during the first week of June 2019, the "Surya Bala Sangramaya" programme launched in 2016 seems to be on the verge of collapse. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Ministry of Power & Energy (MPE) officials have decided not to approve rooftop PV connections over 50 kW capacities until further notice and they are planning to build four new coal power plants. At... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/19)

SLPP vows to strengthen independent commissions
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said today it would take the necessary legal steps to strengthen the sovereignty of the independent commissions which have become dormant under the present government. MP Indika Anurudda told a news conference that the government tried to create an ideology among the people about the independent commissions but was not successful. "Today, the commissions have become dormant. Regardless of the statements made by the President and the Prime Minister, people question the independence of the independent commissions. The best example is the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/19)

US Push for New Military Agreement Runs Into Fierce Opposition in Sri Lanka
By Ana Pararajasingham Courtesy The Diplomat
Negotiations over a renewed Status of Forces Agreement sparked local concerns about a possible U.S. base. A U.S. Marine Corps amphibious vehicle prepares to bring Marines and Sailors aboard an awaiting Landing Craft Utility (LCU) at the end of humanitarian operation efforts in Colombo, Sri Lanka.Image Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Ward In view of its strategic location in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is of interest to both Washington and Beijing as they seek to increase their presence in the Indian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/19)

Kurunegala DIG’s transfer order cancelled
Courtesy Adaderana
The transfer of DIG of Kurunegala Kithsiri Jayalath has been cancelled with immediate effect, the National Police Commission (NPC) said. DIG Jayalath was to be transferred to Trincomalee police division as per the decision taken by the NPC yesterday (01). However, the commission decided to cancel the transfer order today (02). NPC Secretary Nishantha Weerasinghe stated this speaking to Ada Derana. https://youtu.be/bAlHYYeWJ1o DIG Jayalath is reportedly facing an internal inquiry into his conduct over what has resulted in a deeply divisive issue following allegations levelled at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 10
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The final essay in this series examines the   academic and political reactions to the three agreements discussed, namely, ACSA, SOFA and MCC. All three agreements are with the United States of America and all three Agreements focus on the territorial and military control of the island. Of the three agreements, ACSA is already signed. SOFA and Millennium Challenge Compact are yet to be signed.  The public, specially the intelligentsia are worried.  It looks as though we are about to go into our fourth bout of foreign rule, this time under the United States of America, they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Circumcision of Women is Big Business
Fatima Yasmin
Country: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is seeing an alarming rise in female genital cutting among adults.  Ever since a recent health ministry circular prohibiting medical professionals from performing it on baby girls, and strong protests against the ban by leading Islamic organizations, a new movement has gained momentum promoting the practice among adult women. A group calling itself Muslimahs for Circumcision has produced a video about its supposed benefits while others have started a couple of WhatsApp groups for conservative Muslim women who are interested in the procedure.  Members are continuously bombarded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

MUSLIM PARLIAMENTARIANS SOLD COMMUNITY FOR POSITIONS & PERKS.
By Noor Nizam, Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and Convener – “The Muslim Voice", August 1st., 2019
"A RESPONSE" TO JOURNALIST LATEEF FAROOK. https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/muslim-parliamentarians-sold-muslim-community-for-positions-perks/ ONCE AGAIN "THE MUSLIM VOICE" WISHES TO THANK SENIOR JOURNALIST MR. LATEEF FAROOK TO EXPOSE THE DECEPTION OF OUR SO-CALLED MUSLIM POLITICIANS.  Muslims in Sri Lanka do NOT have a voice - a POLITICAL VOICE for that purpose. The SLMC is dead. The ACMC is busy making money, the Muslim politicians stooging the UNP are ONLY interested in their personal benefits. The ungrateful Muslim politicians who benefited the most... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Garbage Mounds, Political hounds and the food you eat.
By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada.
Nearly 4000 metric tons of illegally imported hazardous garbage, contaminated with hospital waste and human organs have been found in Colombo's free trade zone. The foul stench emanating from the illegal cargo had let the cat out of the bag! The Island Newspaper Editorial and writers like Dr. Ratnasiri (I29-07-2019, Island)  have discussed the loopholes that have been created by interested parties to make easy money from the increasingly acute garbage problem faced by most countries. Of course, the very same politicians who failed to stave off  suicide attacks that they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

India's energy challenge.
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As billions of people lift themselves out of poverty, we’ll need a lot more energy. But at the same time emissions need to reduce dramatically. This is the dual challenge the world faces. India, with its growing, increasingly prosperous population – and where emissions have risen sharply – captures the complexity of this challenge better than anywhere. The dual challenge
Despite strong, determined investment in renewable energy, coal is still likely to play a big role in India's future energy mix. In a small family bungalow outside Kerala,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Claims, counterclaims and confusion
Editorial  Courtesy The Island
Several key witnesses, testifying before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Easter Sunday tragedy, have frowned on the participation of Opposition MPs at the National Security Council (NSC) meetings. One cannot but agree with them on this score. There is absolutely no need for the presence of Opposition politicians or even government MPs, for that matter, at the NSC meetings where highly sensitive information is discussed and shared and no one other than those who are responsible for handling national security should be privy thereto. President Maithripala Sirisena should discontinue the absurd... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Powers of President under 19A
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
August 1, 2019, 9:00 pm  According to a media report, the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking during the adjournment debate on a new Constitution is reported to have stated: ‘this country could not move forward without clearing up the confusion created by the 19th Amendment’. He is stated to have added: "Once a new government takes office we hope to obtain the support of all political parties represented in Parliament for the new Constitution". (Daily Mirror, July 27, 2019) The public is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Terrorists can be arrested without AG’s advice - DSG PSC probe on Easter Sunday attacks: AG flays TID
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris yesterday found fault with the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) for waiting for instructions from the Department of Attorney General without arresting terrorists connected to the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ). Testifying before the Parliamentary Select Committee probing the Easter Sunday carnage DSG Peiris said that the TID was empowered to arrest suspected terrorists. The TID did not need to wait for instructions to proceed with their arrests. The fault lay with the TID. "The TID has a trump card for every delay. They say that they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Ethiopia, China, Sri Lanka to spur cooperation in renewable energy technologies
Xinhua
ADDIS ABABA, July 31 -- Officials from Ethiopia, China and Sri Lanka on Wednesday vowed to spur trilateral partnership under the South-South cooperation modality in the renewable energy technologies sector. They disclosed the joint commitments in the renewable energy technologies sector in here on Wednesday during a high-level workshop, which focused on a trilateral South-South cooperation that will focus on enhancing access to renewable energy technologies within the global commitment to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of the trilateral South-South cooperation which was discussed on among officials from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Ravana World's First Aviator, Says Sri Lanka, Launches Initiative to Study His Voyage 5,000 Years Ago
Courtesy News18
Civil Aviation Authority vice-chairman Shashi Danatunge said they had irrefutable facts to prove that Ravana was the pioneer and the first to fly using an aircraft. Bengaluru: The Sri Lankan government believes that King Ravana was the first aviator in the world and flew over 5,000 years ago and the country’s Civil Aviation Authority has now launched an initiative to understand the methods used by him to fly in ancient times. Speaking to News18 over telephone from Colombo, Civil Aviation Authority vice-chairman Shashi Danatunge said they had irrefutable facts to prove that Ravana... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Gota no longer has legal obstacles: SLPP
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa no longer has any legal obstacle to contest the upcoming presidential election, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said yesterday. MP Kanchana Wijesekara said United National Party (UNP) MP Thushara Indunil has pointed out that Mr. Rajapaksa was unable to contest the presidential election because he was a US citizen. "Mr. Indunil is challenging us saying Mr. Rajapaksa cannot contest because he is a US citizen. Mr. Rajapaksa never abandoned his Sri Lankan citizenship. If he had any legal obstacle, its all over now," Mr.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Shangri-La bomber’s telecon proves April 21 a retaliatory attack: Ruwan
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A telephone conversation between the Shangri-La Hotel bomber and his wife on April 21 reveals the series of explosions had been carried out in retaliation to Christchurch Mosque shootings and harassment against Muslims, State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament yesterday. Speaking during the emergency debate held yesterday, he said the CID was able to recover excerpts of telephone conversations held between the Shangri-La Hotel bomber and his wife just before the attack was launched. “I had the opportunity of listening to the phone conversation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

HC rejects Hemasiri and Pujith’s preliminary objections
Courtesy Adaderana
The Colombo High Court today rejected the preliminary objections presented by attorney on behalf of former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundara stating that the High Court does not have the authority to hear the revision application filed by the Attorney General. The Attorney General on July 18th filed a revision application requesting the Colombo High Court to issue an interim order against the granting of bail by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court to Fernando and Jayasundara, who were arrested for failing to prevent the terror attacks on Easter Sunday.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Bill to repeal death penalty tabled at parliament
Courtesy Adaderana
A Bill on repealing the death penalty was presented to the parliament today (01) by MP Bandula Lal Bandarigoda. https://youtu.be/K_qVBdd5nGA The Bill was tabled as a Private Member’s Bill. The proposal was seconded by UNP MP Mylvaganam Thilakarajah.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) and the Inspector General of Police acted irresponsibly from the beginning, AG’s Dept tells PSC
Courtesy Adaderana
The police have not taken any action against Zahran Hashim, the Attorney General’s Department alleged today (01). Testifying before the Special Parliamentary Select Committee, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris said the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) and the Inspector General of Police had acted irresponsibly from the beginning. State Counsel Malik Azeez testified before the Select Committee on behalf of the Attorney General as Deputy Solicitor General Azath Navavi was reported to be overseas at the time. The Attorney General’s Department today requested the Select Committee to grant permission to Deputy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

UNP split over constitution of proposed new alliance
Courtesy Adaderana
According to several MPs, the draft constitution for the proposed new alliance has not been approved at the United National Party (UNP) Working Committee meeting, contrary to the statements made by UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. The meeting was held at the Temple Trees chaired by Party Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at 9.45 am this morning (01). It had been previously announced that the United National Front (UNF) and several political parties will sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) to enter into a new alliance on the 5th of August. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Tatas complete first phase of US$ 40 million mass housing project in Colombo
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, August 1 (newsin.asia): The first phase of the Slave Island Redevelopment Project named “Metro Homes” executed by the Tatas of India, was completed on Thursday. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe handed over completed houses to 626 families. 114 shops were handed over to shop owners. The families and the shop owners had previously lived and done business in that area They had been temporarily displaced to modernize and rehabilitate the congested inner-city area of Slave Island. The new Metro Home houses are well-built with modern amenities. The total cost... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

NAZIS, NARCISSISTS AND NINCOMPOOPS!
By Rohana R. Wasala
‘I am an entertainer, albeit one with the temerity to deal frequently with serious ideas, concepts or - as we say in the theater, where I came from - the “spines” of drama. Simple things like the abuse of power, the conspiracies of manipulators, the debasers of the public weal, the sanctimonious screamers hell-bent on transforming their personal morality into everyone else’s legality, the bastards of the social contract who corrupt the agreements between the governing and the governed. Not exactly buck-and-wing stuff.’ Robert Ludlum (1927-2001), American novelist/thriller writer, opening his Introduction... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 9
KAMALIKA PIERIS
REVISED 14.8.19 MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION (MCC) TheMillennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a United States foreign aid agency established by the U.S. Congress in 2004. The Millennium Challenge Compact is a US grant for development work in foreign countries. On August 13, 2018, the MCC delivered to the U.S. Congress a Congressional Notification of its intent to negotiate a Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact with the Government of Sri Lanka.    On 25th April 2019, the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation of USA approved a five-year, $480 million Compact... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Uneven-handed treatment of Muslim and Tamil MPs who are alleged to have terrorist links.
Bodhi Dhanapala, Quebec, Canada
When public suspicion is aroused, it is extremely important to ensure that innocent people are not victimized just to satisfy  blood-thirsty crowds and opportunistic politicians. Those who are under suspicion must be investigated in a transparent way, and the accused must NOT be harassed by investigating officials, the public, or by Buddhist monks who should, as true followers of the Buddha, should exercise their compassion and allow the justice of Kamma to act unhindered instead of engaging in street battles and farcical fasts. The attack on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)

Uneven-handed treatment of Muslim and Tamil MPs who are alleged to have terrorist links.
Bodhi Dhanapala
Thank your Mr. van der Poorten You are most welcome to push forward your own analysis of the events that had occurred in Sri Lanka and hold your own analysis of the Eelamist Racist program of "an exclusive Tamil Homeland" put in place since 1949 that has been the cause of the calamitous evolution of Sri Lanka's ethnic history. I find it strange that you write "Sri Lanka has paid a serious price for all the dabbling that has been done by “well-meaning” expatriates and we hardly need another voice to stoke... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/08/19)


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