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CAN THE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT JUSTIFY IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY?
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Narcotic has become a serious problem in the modern world as they are badly affected to human body as adherent substance in the one hand and the consumers and dealers of illicit drug do massive harmful to young generation and to the society in other hand. Many countries have passed legal provisions against the use of illicit drugs considering harmfulness to the human body as well as they have become a burden to the society.  The example of Sri Lanka and many other countries demonstrate that consuming and dealing with narcotic would support to creating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 5
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
The final essay in this series  is on health. We start with “Sunshine stories”. Here they are: European standard hospitals will be established in Hambantota, Panadura, Dambulla, Matale and Embilipitiya with German, Netherlands and French aid. New accident wards are to be established in 24 General Hospitals and Teaching Hospitals located island wide. A total of 48 blood transfusion centres have already been established island wide.A  clinical wastage recycling project, spending Rs. 2600 million will  be launched. A foreign company will invest in E-Health system and issue E-Health cards for Sri Lankans .the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

Clinical Meditation
Foreword
Ruwan M Jayatunge’s Clinical Meditation is a most ambitious project, providing a broad overview of meditative techniques without sacrificing in-depth analysis.    There are several challenges involved in describing the value of meditation in clinical practice.  The practice of “meditation” encompasses a large and varied field. Much of the published scientific literature is of borderline quality.  Study designs often neglect the heterogeneity of techniques, and at times draw conclusions that are not supported by data.  Even a fundamental definition of the term can be elusive.  Despite these difficulties Dr. Jayatunge has evaluated as comprehensive a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 4
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
This essay looks at appointment, promotion, transfers and salaries of teachers and principals during Yahapalana rule. APPOINTMENTS In 2017 Education Minister gave 2,000 non-academic appointments at national schools across the country based on political influence without following a proper and transparent recruitment process, said critics. Most of these recruitments are from the Kurunegala district, especially from Kuliyapitiya. These employees do not even obey the Principals and work on their own agendas in schools. This has created a lot of administrative problems at schools. (Daily News 28.9.17 p 9) ***... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

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

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 3
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
The Ministry of education, under Yahapalana has come in for much criticism. Much time is spent on issues concerning school admissions and administration of national schools, with very little time being available for issues of policy and monitoring of delivery mechanisms and innovations in education and teaching, improving curriculum and examinations, research and development, said critics in 2017. The  Ministry  of Education is in a state of chaos, said the media in 2017. Important decisions and signing off on urgent programmes and activities are   left dangling  and delayed. There is no delegation of authority.Nominations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

Govt. behind US lawsuit against Gota: SLPP
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The government was behind the lawsuit filed in a US Court against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as the plaintiff Roy Manojkumar Samathanam had interacted with higher-ups of the government beforehand, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) alleged today. Addressing a news briefing, MP Kanchana Wijesekara said that they were in the possession of some photographs in which Mr. Samathanam was seen together with Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and former Northern Province chief minister C.V. Vigneswaran. "Field Marshal Fonseka was in the forefront of making allegations against Mr.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

Notes to the people Arrest of Julian Assange Revealing true nature of democracy in USA and UK
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
Edward Snowden once advised us to “shed critical light on a once secret history.” Nonetheless, as he himself experiences, it is a dangerous business. Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, was last week expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy and abducted by London Metropolitan police at the gate of the embassy and is now in danger of extradition to the USA. The first question that is to be asked is who is Julian Assange (JA) why he was forced to ask for refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy where... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

Are the World Bank and IMF Failing the World?
By Frank Vogl Courtesy Ceylon Today
Amidst Trump administration flame-throwing, top experts worry about the ability of the main multilateral institutions safeguarding the global economy.On the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods conference that established the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Finance and Development Ministers and Central Bank Governors from across the world are holding their Spring meetings. In a departure from the business-as-usual thinking of the past, these leaders are becoming increasingly aware that the two ‘Bretton Woods institutions’ may be outdated and in urgent need of major reforms. This is all... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

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

Several Sri Lankan Airlines flights diverted to Mattala due to bad weather
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 17 (newsin.asia) — Several Sri Lankan Airlines flights arriving at Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport on Wednesday, were diverted to a southern airport due to adverse weather, local media reports said.Some of the flights included UL 315, which was arriving from Malaysia, UL 365 arriving from Jakarta and UL 303 arriving from Singapore.The flights were diverted to the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota, in the south, airport officials said as the adverse weather had caused a temporary closure of the runway at the Bandaranaike International Airport.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/19)

Lessons for ailing Great Britain from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
by Garvin Karunaratne
Message for Sri Lankan readers Sri Lanka with other Third World countries has achieved a status of high indebtedness due to following the neoliberal policies embedded in the Structural Adjustment Programme of the IMF. . In that process its assets and riches are being sucked dry by multinationals, International banks  and Developed Countries. Earlier, the countries had established a development infrastructure to bring about production which has been abolished or made defunct by the machinations of the IMF. However details of that development infrastructure can be of use to develop ailing Great Britain.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 2
KAMALIKA  PIERIS
“SMART EDUCATION” In April 2017 65 schools in the Western Province  were converted into ‘Smart Schools’ capable of deploying digital learning protocols. The project was  led by Guru.lk, Sri Lanka’s leading eLearning portal. The company collaborated with Commercial Bank of Ceylon, Microsoft Sri Lanka and the Western Province Education Ministry over a six month period to complete the project. The objective of the project was to expose traditional classroom based teachers and students to the latest digital based learning technology and systems. This would enable students to make the best use... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

Govt. defies environment lobby, opts for dirty power
By Ifham Nizam Courtesy The Island
The government would go ahead with the proposed plan 2019 to establish 2700 MW of fossil fuel fired power stations by year 2020, a senior ministry official said. Ministry Secretary Dr. Suren Batagoda said that there would be 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle at Kerawalapitya by WindForce Consortium, 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle Kerawalapitiya by Lakdanavi 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle plant at Kerawalapitiya with India, 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle at Kerawalapitiya with Japan, 300 MW new LNG Combined cycle at Hambanthota with China 300... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

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

Sri Lanka to offer free visas to tourists from 30 countries, including US
USA TODAY
Sri Lanka aims to boost its tourism efforts by giving away free visas to travelers from more than 30 countries.  The small island nation off southern India will offer the promotion starting May 1 to travelers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea, according to Lonely Planet and The Independent.  The average U.S. tourist stands to save between $20 and $40 in visa fees, Lonely Planet says.  The free-visa period initially will run for six months to help bolster tourism during... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

Bandula reveals of Sajith-Ravi clash (English)
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/uHQoxGj1APw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/19)

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

CANDIDATURE OF MR GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS CONFIRMED BY PEOPLE
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Candidature for the next presidential election has become a complex problem to all political parties in Sri Lanka as the party politics in the country has become corrupt, undercutting and involved in many disguise cunning practices.  It is a nature not only in Sri Lanka, but also in other democratic countries in the world. In USA political parties are given more than one-year time to select the next presidential candidate and the process is democratically designed to elect the candidate from the votes of party members. This procedure is to give people opportunities to consider... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Meetotamulla Garbage
By Garvin Karunaratne
Two years have passed and the meetotamulla garbage mountains are yet intact.  Many attempts have been made at clearing but none have so far worked. Two years ago I suggested that it be used as compost on coconut estates. To me that seems the easiest solution and done in rupees and we do not need foreign exchange. If only it had been approved the garbage mountain would have vanished. I enclose my earlier paper for kind consideration Man Made Tragedies: The Garbage : Is there... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

JULIAN ASSANGE WHO SPOKE THE TRUTH AND SHAMED THE DEVIL
RANJITH SOYSA
Julain Assange who revealed sordid aspects of West 's diplomacy including on the 'war on terrorism' in keeping with the principles of investigative journalism is hounded by the British Police. If not for Assange and his indefatigable production of Wikileaks many political and diplomatic sins committed by the leading Western 'democracies ' would have been remained as 'rational' and right decisions. He commenced working on Wikileaks in 2006 creating a web-based 'dead letter box' for would be leaks. He was shifting from place to place in handling Wikileaks. Not only the numbers killed butmany... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

THE US GOVERNMENT IS STILL FIGHTING TO KEEP THE TRUTH ABOUT CIA TORTURE SECRET
By Derrick Broze SOURCE: THEMINDUNLEASHED.COM
The U.S. government is still afraid to reveal the full extent of torture used on terror suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, but do the American people even care anymore? A recent report by The New York Times explores the case of Majid Khan, a prisoner of the United States who plead guilty to being a courier for Al Qaeda. Khan is a Pakistani citizen who spent seven years in Baltimore before being kidnapped by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2003, where he faced various forms of torture. Since Khan’s first court... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Best Twenty Man Squad for WC2019 Including Wanidu Hasaranga
Dilrook Kannangara
Team Sri Lanka should play the following squad for the WC2019 to achieve best outcomes. Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Sandun Weerakkody, Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Asela Gunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ashan Priyanjan, Shehan Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Shaminda Eranga and Wanindu Hasaranga. This is based on batting efficacy (strike rate times average) and bowling effectiveness (economy rate times wicket taking average). Wanindu Hasaranga is an exception. Although his performance does not warrant a place for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

SpiceJet to start non-stop flights to Colombo, Jeddah, 5 other international destinations
By: PTI |Courtesy Financial Express
Riyadh and Kathmandu are two upcoming international destinations for the airline. SpiceJet will launch direct flights from Mumbai to seven international destinations, including Colombo, Jeddah, Dhaka, Riyadh and Hong Kong. Direct flights would also be operated from Mumbai to Bangkok and Kathmandu. The no-frills airline would start the services from the end of May. In a release on Monday, the carrier said it would be the first Indian budget carrier to launch daily direct flights on the Mumbai-Colombo, Mumbai-Dhaka, Mumbai-Riyadh, Mumbai-Hong Kong and Mumbai-Kathmandu sectors. Boeing 737 NG aircraft... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

Four men detained on terrorism charges at Luton airport
Courtesy joe.co.uk
Four men have been arrested on suspicion of belonging to a banned terrorist organisation Police arrested four men on suspicion of belonging to a banned terror group after they arrived in the UK at Luton airport from Sri Lanka. They arrived on Wednesday night and were taken into custody before being questioned at a police station in Bedfordshire. All four are Sri Lankan nationals and were detained under the terrorism act. Scotland Yard said: "Police at the airport were made aware of the men the next day, Thursday... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/19)

GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSE A VISIONARY LEADER
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Mr Gotabaya Rajapakse has created his own political platform providing  a nation friendly economic and socially cohesive vision to integrate all ethnic groups of the island.  He has clearly identified to distance himself from the free-flow open market economy.  Instead, he is committed to provide leadership to accelerate investing capacity of local entrepreneurs  for  all goods and services which can be locally manufactured, instead of importing.     It is in this context local manufacturers will be provided further assistance by means of technological transfer from advanced industrial nations, taking into consideration opportunity costs. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA Part 8
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Among certain segments of Colombo urban middle class, Mahinda Rajapaksa emerged as the most controversial and most hated ruler in post independent Sri Lanka, said Kusal Perera.  Yet in suburban and rural Sinhala south he ‘carried his charm over ordinary Sinhala people’ and polled a massive 5.78 million votes in 2015. How did he grow into this larger than life icon in Sinhala politics. Kusal Perera in his book “Rajapaksa the Sinhala selfie” tells us how. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s grandfather, Rajapaksalage Don Davith, originally from Halgahapotha in present Embilipitiya area, was vidane arachchi of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

“TNA WON’T ALLOW GOTA TO BECOME PRESIDENT” – SRITHARAN MP (The Island of 28th March)
Sugath Samrasinghe             
Pray why? May I ask? What wrong has Gotabhaya done to the TNA and the Tamil people? It was the  LTTE that terrorized the Tamil people into submission for 30 years ironically claiming to fight for a Tamil cause. Most able and rich Tamils left the country and sought refuge in Western countries. Many others escaped to Colombo and other areas in the South. The LTTE then cleansed the Northern Province of the Sinhalese and the Muslims. They brought untold suffering to the Muslims and Sinhalese in the Eastern Province. It is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

බෝට්ටු හතරකින් කොටි වරාය වට කරති - දෙහිවල දෙසින් ත‍්‍රස්තයෝ පෙළගැසෙති; කොළඹ වරාය එල්ටීටීඊයෙන් බේරාගත් මෙහෙයුම....
තරංග රත්නවීර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
කොළඹ වරාය මෙරට ප‍්‍රධානතම ආර්ථික මර්මස්ථානයකි. ආනයන, අපනයන භාණ්ඩ වෙළෙඳාම සහ භාණ්ඩ හුවමාරුව සිදු කෙරෙන මෙරට ප‍්‍රධාන නාවික තොටුපළය. එමෙන්ම ඉන්දියන් සාගරයේ සුවිශේෂී ස්ථානයක පිහිටා ඇති කොළඹ වරාය භාණ්ඩ ප‍්‍රති අපනයනය කිරීම සඳහා ලෝකයේ විවිධ රටවල් බහුලව භාවිත කරනු ලැබේ. එහෙයින් කොළඹ වරාය අතිශය කර්යබහුල ස්ථානයකි. විවිධ අවශ්‍යතා සඳහා දිනකට පුද්ගලයන් තිස්පන්දහසකට වැඩි පිරිසක් පැමිණෙන බවත් දෛනිකව වාහන දසදහසකට වැඩි ප‍්‍රමාණයක් පැමිණෙන බවත් වාර්තා වේ.රටක මෙවැනි ආර්ථික මර්මස්ථානයක් ආරක්‍ෂා කරගැනීම අතිශය වගකීම් සහගත කර්යභාරයකි. විශේෂයෙන්ම පැවති ත‍්‍රස්තවාදී යුද සමයේ එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. යේ ප‍්‍රධාන ඉලක්කයන් අතර කොළඹ වරාය ඉදිරියෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Update Central Bank Financial System
Nawagamu Deshabandu
Recently media reported that the government was considering to lower interest rates for business persons borrowing money from the banks. During this elections year, many politicians are talking about negatives of their political adversaries. But only few are brave enough to put forward a carefully written policies and plans to improve our economy. What is needed is not only lowering interests for borrowing but also facilities for selling products on line for all Sri Lankans who intend to do business online.  Many Sri Lankans have talents and abilities to make all kind products, but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

HAGUE COURT CAVES TO US THREATS: REJECTS AFGHAN WAR CRIMES CASE
SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
While government whistleblowers and subversive journalists languish in prison or are on the run, state crimes — especially those perpetrated by western governments and high officials — not only go unpunished but don't even warrant investigation apparently. International Criminal Court judges ruled on Friday to reject a request by the court’s prosecutor to investigate possible war crimes by the US-led coalition during the war in Afghanistan. The ICC judge claimed a lack of evidence and a poor outlook for state cooperation — the latter reason essentially meaning the US and UK have already condemned the prospect of opening such an investigation. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Advise to CECB
My past experience in marine sector worldwide and direct involvement in installing the BARGE MOUNTED POWER PLANT in the Colombo port near Colombo Dockyard ,I can render some timely advise to CEB In finding a suitable location for the barge mounted power plants Following locations are suitable  Panadura Fishery Harbour Oluvil Fishery’s Harbour  Modera beach next to Mutwal Harbour Trincomalee  Harbour  Panadura harbour is hardly used due to sand bank formation and there are no mores than 25 fishing boats currently using the harbour CFHC can... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Scientists Baffled: Pillows Older Than 3 Years Infested With Millions of Germs in 99% Of Cases
Courtesy latestbuzztoday.com
Scientific studies show that sleep is one of the most crucial parts of living a happy and stress-free life, but many adults are still sleeping with inferior pillows. If you find yourself feeling tired or discouraged throughout the day even after a long sleep the night before, it’s probably due to you unknowingly experiencing some kind of discomfort when you’re asleep. Similar to sleep apnea (where your body has to stay partially awake to breathe) - if your posture is even partially incorrect, your body has to correct for it all night... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Hold the gin and bring on the tonic! TV star Laurence Fox goes cold turkey (almost) at this no-frills Sri Lankan spa retreat
Courtesy The Daily Mail
Laurence Fox visited the Barberyn retreat in Beruwala, on Sri Lanka's west coast  The Victoria TV star met with an Ayurvedic doctor as part of his 'no-frills detox'He was surprised how tasty the food was - he sneakily had the odd beer or two The month began with gin, and it wasn’t long before strange, melancholic headaches became a regular feature. By the third week of this particular month (I’m not saying which), things needed to change. That’s how I find myself at the Barberyn retreat and spa in Beruwala, an unfussy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Chinese Investments: Malaysia Dares Something Sri Lanka, Pakistan, And Philippines Didn't
Panos Mourdoukoutas Courtesy forbes.com
In dealing with China, Malaysia has dared to do something Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and the Philippines didn’t: bring Beijing back to the negotiating table to cut the cost of the investment projects assigned to Chinese contractors. This week, China agreed to cut the cost of East Coast Rail Link project by one-third. The new deal is a big win for Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. He made good on his election campaign promise to re-negotiate China’s investments in the country, which served the interests of Beijing more than... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Rolls-Royce to supply MTU rail engines for CRRC
Courtesy Machinery Market.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems (www.rrpowersystems.com) and Chinese company Dongfang Electric International Corporation have reached agreement on the supply of four MTU 12V 4000 R41 rail engines to be installed in ‘railcars’ made by CRRC (based in China and the world’s largest train manufacturer), and operated by Sri Lanka Railways.  This is the fourth time since 2007 that Sri Lanka Railways has chosen MTU drive systems.  The four additional engines will bring the total number of Sri Lanka Railways’ CRRC railcars with MTU engines to 60. The vehicles ordered in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Successive Sri Lankan Presidents have sought extension of term
By P.K.BalachandranCourtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 12 (Daily Express): Earlier this week, the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Dayasiri Jayasekara, told the media that the chairman of his party and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, intends to seek the opinion of the Supreme Court on the plea that his term of office should be deemed to have begun on June 21, 2015 and not January 9, 2015. President Sirisena was sworn-in on January 9, 2015. But Jayasekara pointed out that the nature of the Presidency was altered by the 19 th.Constitutional Amendment which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa receives enthusiastic welcome in Sri Lanka. Unfazed by court cases in US.
by Editor Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo/Los Angeles, April 12 (newsin.asia/Ada Derana/Republicnext ) Former Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was given an enthusiastic welcome when he arrived here from Los Angeles on April 12. At Los Angeles, he had been given notices of two cases filed against him for alleged violation of humanitarian law during the war against the Tamil Tigers. A But Gotabaya has dismissed the two lawsuits filed against him as “baseless” and insisted that the cases would only motivate him and his supporters to push for political change in Sri Lanka. He... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/19)

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

THE CASES ALLEGEDLY FILED IN THE U.S. AGAINST GOTABHAYA RAJAPAKSA AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR SRI LANKAN VOTERS
DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA
10th April 2019 There can be no better endorsement of Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (‘GR’) for the Presidency of Sri Lanka than the fact that his enemies have already begun a campaign to scuttle his chances of running for that office, even before his candidacy has been officially announced.  I refer to the reports in a number of newspapers that two civil cases have been filed against GR in the U.S., one allegedly by the daughter of slain journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga and the other by the NGO International Truth and Justice Project... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa dubs court cases filed in US as politically motivated
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Los Angeles/Colombo, April 12 (DailyFT/Ada Derna/Newsin Asia): Former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has dismissed the two lawsuits filed against him as “baseless” and insisted that the cases would only motivate him and his supporters to push for political change in Sri Lanka. On his arrival from the US on April 12, Gotabaya said that he had completed all formalities in regard to the renunciation of US citizenship. He is planning to contest the coming ri Lankan Presidential election as a candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) founded and headed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Sivajilingam should be arrested immediately for obstructing public servants in their legitimate duties carrying
Sudath Guansekara
Sivajilingam should be arrested immediately for obstructing public servants in their legitimate duties in the following incident and charge them for obstructing these officers and rioting against the State. All the land in the country belongs to the State. A such the government can acquire any land anywhere for a public purpose. It is specially so when it comes within the subject of  security of the State The surveyors who have gone their obviously with authority should have informed the police and the police should have arrested Sivagilingam and accomplices on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA Part 7
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa    continues to be recognized by Asian governments. Rajapaksa had a private meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when Modi visited Sri Lanka in May 2017. This was widely discussed in political and diplomatic circles. Many an eyebrow has been raised over former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s late night meeting with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at India House said the media. Both sides remain tight-lipped over what was discussed.  The discussions were "confidential," they said  . Political observers believe it was not for nothing that an invitation was extended.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History
by John Pilger
Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in  almost seven years. That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for “democratic” societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Free Julian Assange and All Political Prisoners
by ROB URIE Courtesy CounterPunch
Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The American war against Iraq was among the more idiotic and gratuitous slaughters in human history. It was premised on lies, prosecuted by criminals and fools, outsourced to professional murderers and it isn’t over. In addition to those murdered directly and indirectly in the war, several million refugees were scattered across the Middle East, including over a million into Syria. ISIS grew from the ranks of the disbanded Iraqi army. This fiasco appeared as it was to all the world, the gasp of a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

සේවක අයිතීන් කොල්ලකන 2019/3 චක‍්‍රලේඛණය
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන නිළධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය
සේවක අයිතීන් කොල්ලකන 2019/3 චක‍්‍රලේඛණය හකුලා ගන්නා මෙන් බල කරන අපේ‍්‍රල් 16 දින සමෘද්ධි බැංකු මගීන් අළුත් අවුරුදු ගණුදෙනු කිරීමේ චාරිත‍්‍රයෙන් ඉවත් වීමේ  වෘත්තීය ක‍්‍රියා මාර්ගයට අපගේ සහය. දිවිනැගුම පනත මගීන් සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ සේවය කරන 25000 ආසන්න සේවකයින් හට සිදු කර ඇති බරපතල සේවක අසාධාරණයට විසදුම් ලබා දෙනවා වෙනුවට සේවක අයිතීන් කොල්ල කෑමේ අරමුණින් ආණ්ඩුවේ උවමනාව මත නිකුත් කරන ලද 03/2019 අභ්‍යන්තර චක‍්‍රලේඛණයට විරෝධය පල කරන අපේ‍්‍රල් 16 දින නැකතට ගණුදෙනු කිරීමේ චාරිත‍්‍රයට සමගාමීව සමෘද්ධි බැංකු හරහා ගණුදෙනු කිරීමේ ක‍්‍රියාවලිය වර්ජනය කරන දීප ව්‍යාප්ත සංඛේත වැඩ වර්ජනට පුර්ණ සහය පල කරන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

King Parakramabahu & UNP’s tax policy
C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
Former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal  In this interview, former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal speaks to C.A.Chandraprema about the tax policy of the UNP government since 2015 and the Budget for 2019. Q. You were a private sector person for the better part of your career. How is the Sri Lankan private sector taking the Prime Minister’s comment that even King Parakramabahu charged VAT and that the paddy cultivators of that era were taxed twice or thrice because they had so much money? ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Accountability of Mannar Mass grave in Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
PBS Hemachandra Lieutenant Commander (retired) Sri Lanka Navy Courtesy The Island
Carbon dating of the bone samples collected from the Mannar Mass grave in Sri Lanka confirmed that bone samples belonged to the periods when Sri Lanka was ruled by European. Books written by Portuguese, Dutch and English historians recorded massacres of Singhalese people lived in these areas by Europeans. These Massacres fit into the time frame of mass graves. Links to read some books on the internet are indicated below. I have also tried to indicate relevant pages where ever possible for your easy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

The candidate
by Sanjana Hattotuwa Courtesy The Island
April 12, 2019, 3:39 pm  Gotabaya Rajapaksa "The lie is revealed. There was no summons served. The photo depicts a lookalike of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The FBI is engaged in an effort to ascertain who produced this false information". The Facebook Page with this content originally in Sinhala also featured a screenshot of a news story from a leading private electronic media institution. This TV channel, with pages on Facebook in both Sinhala and English that regularly generate very high engagement, ran a story which strongly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Counter-terror police arrest four Sri Lankan men at Luton Airport
MEGAN WHITE Courtesy The Evening Standard
The four men flew into Luton Airport on Wednesday Counter-terror police have arrested four men on suspicion of being members of a banned organisation hours after they flew into the country. The four Sri Lankan nationals arrived at Luton Airport on 10 April and were arrested by police the next day. The Metropolitan Police said the men were stopped under the Terrorism Act 2000 and arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. The four remain in custody at a police station in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

CEO: SriLankan Airlines targets breakeven within three years
Courtesy Air Transport World
New SriLankan Airlines CEO Vipula Gunatilleka is hoping to reach breakeven within three years by renegotiating aircraft leases, substituting the airline’s Airbus A350 order for A330-900neos, growing the network, and reopening destinations. Former TAAG Angola Airlines and SriLankan Airlines CFO Gunatilleka rejoined the Sri Lanka flag carrier in summer 2018 and became CEO in late 2018. Speaking to ATW in London, Gunatilleka said his first actions were to prepare a three-year .... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Failure to implement our power projects led to crisis: Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa
Aneesha Mannage Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The failure to implement the power plants and projects launched by the previous government has plunged the country into a power crisis, former president and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said in Hambantota yesterday. “Norochcholai and Kerawalapitiya power plants have come to a standstill. If our government had not constructed any power plants the entire country would have been in darkness," he said. Mr. Rajapaksa said he believed that the emergency power purchases made at higher prices to cover the shortfall only benefit the owners of the private power... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

SL experiencing highest temperatures in 140 years: Prof. Jayaratne
Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lanka is experiencing its highest temperature levels in 140 years, Professor Chandana Jayaratne from the Department of Physics, Colombo University said today. Professor Jayaratne said this could be confirmed by examining climate data statistics. He said the temperature levels have gone up by 2 to 3 degrees from what it was 30 years ago, which according to him could be due to global warming. A spokesman from the Department of Meteorology however said it cannot be responsible for the statement made by Professor Jayaratne. However... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Continuous power cuts have adverse impact on economy - Chambers of Commerce
RANMINI GUNASEKARA Courtesy Ceylon Today
The continuous power cuts carried out by the Ceylon Electricity Board has adversely affected exports and potential Foreign Direct Investments, claimed Executive Committee Member of the Federation of the Chambers of Commerce, Dr. Krishanth Wisenthige today (10). He was speaking at a ‘Professionals for a Better Future (Viyathmaga)’ press conference held at the Viyathmaga headquarters in Ethul Kotte. “People can think that it’s only large companies in Sri Lanka that export products. But that’s not true because there are many small scale manufacturers of coconut related-products... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Germany indicts LTTE suspect over war crimes in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
German authorities have indicted a Sri Lankan man suspected of involvement in killing 15 captured government soldiers while fighting for the Tamil Tigers terrorist group. Federal prosecutors said Friday that 37-year-old Sivatheeban B. is accused of membership in a foreign terrorist organization, war crimes, two cases of manslaughter and 11 cases of attempted manslaughter. The man, whose surname wasn’t released due to German privacy rules, was arrested in August. Prosecutors allege that in 2008 the suspect guarded 15 captured soldiers as they were driven to a site where they were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

Steps to renounce US citizenship successfully concluded - Gotabaya
Courtesy Adaderana
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says all necessary steps have been successfully concluded to renounce his US citizenship. He made these comments upon his arrival in Sri Lanka this morning (12) following his personal visit to the United States. https://youtu.be/YdKG22oixPw Reportedly, a huge crowd had gathered at the Bandaranaike International Airport to welcome the former Defence Secretary. Gotabaya Rajapaksa made a three-week personal visit to the US to complete the necessary measures regarding the renouncement of his American citizenship. He received local media attention... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

ජෝන් ඩෙන්වර් ; සංගීතය සහ ස්මරණය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන්  එම් ජයතුංග
අවාසනාවන්ත ගුවන් යානා අණතුරකින් ජෝන් ඩෙන්වර් මිය ගියේ නොමැති නම් ඔහු මේ වන විට තම ජීවිතයේ 70 සැතපුම් කණුව පසු කරන්නේය. එහෙත් 1997 වසරේදී ඔහු මිය ගියේය.  ජෝන් ඩෙන්වර් ගේ ගීත අප අසන්නේ 1970 දශකයේ මුල් කාලයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් විදුලි සංස්ථාවේ ඉංග්‍රීසි සේවය හරහාය. 1978 වසරේදී වරක් මමත් ප්‍රියදර්ශන අබේවීර ගුණවර්ධනත් ජෝන් ඩෙන්වර් ගේ කන්ට්‍රි රෝඩ්ස් ගීතය පාසලේදී මේසය ඩ්‍රම් එකක් ලෙස වාදනය කරමින් ගායනා කලෙමු. පසු කාලයක ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් හමුදාවට බැඳුනු ප්‍රියදර්ශන අබේවීර ගුණවර්ධන ඊලම් යුද්ධයේදී තම ගුවන් යානාව කඩා වැටීම නිසා මිය ගියේය.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

ICC rejects a request to investigate war crimes in Afghanistan
Courtesy BBC News
Image captionJudges say Afghanistan's current situation made the prospect for a successful investigation "limited" The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected its prosecutor's request to investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. Court judges highlighted instability and the lack of co-operation with investigators in the country. The ruling was hailed by US President Donald Trump as a "major international victory" but human rights group Amnesty International criticised it. It comes a week after the US revoked ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's visa. That was thought to have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/19)

අලුත් අවුරුද්දට අලුත් සිතුවිල්ලක් ...
"ඊමේල් ශ්‍රීලංකා" group
පිංවත් ඔබ උදෑසන, එසේත් නැතිනම් රාත්‍රියට, කායික පිරිසිදුභාවය ඇතිකරගෙන, තෙරුවන් සරණ පිහිටලා, උතුම් පංචසීලය සමාදන්වන අවස්‌ථාවේදි, පිංවත් ඔබ ජීවිතයට එකතුකොට ගන්නේ,සද්ධාවත් දානයත් ශීලයත් කියන අර්ථයන් තුන පමණක්‌මයි. මේ තත්ත්වය හරිම අවාසනාවක්‌. අතීතයේ වැඩසිටි රහතන්වහන්සේලා පහන් දැල්ලක්‌, පිරිසිදු රෙදිකඩක්‌, පරවීයන ලස්‌සන මලක්‌, බිඳී ගිය සිල්පදයක්‌ කමටහන් කොටගෙන ආර්ය ශ්‍රද්ධාවත්, ආර්ය ශීලයත්, ආර්ය සමාධියත්, ආර්ය ප්‍රඥාවත් මතුකොටගන්න දක්‍ෂ වුණා.. නමුත් අපි තවමත් දිනපතා බුදු සමිඳුන්ට පහන් ආලෝකයන් දල්වමින්, ලස්‌සන සුවඳ මල් පූජා කරමින්, තෙරුවන් කෙරෙහි සද්ධාවත්, දානයත්, ශීලයත් කියන අර්ථයන් ළඟ නැවතී සිටිනවා. මේ දුර්වලතාවයට ප්‍රධානම හේතුව, උතුම් සද්ධර්මය නුවණින් මෙනෙහිකර දැකීමට ඇති අදක්‍ෂභාවයයි. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

How Graphene is taking Solar Cells to the next level
World News Synergy Files
Sri Lankan graphite is considered to be the best sauce material for the production of Graphane, which has many uses in advanced electronic and solar panel industries. As always, we’ve been so generous that we wanted foreign countries to benefit from it.  So we sold our mines.   In this video we look at how the miracle material Graphene is  helping to improve solar cells. Graphene is not only being used as a transparent  and flexible electrode but also as the PV material.   Graphene- Perovskite cells have already shown Power Conversion Efficiency (PCE)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA Part 6
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Rajapaksa period saw several advances in the university sector. The Ocean University was established by Act No 31 of 2014 to provide graduate and diploma level training in fisheries, marine and nautical engineering.  It is located in Mattakuliya, Colombo. It offers degrees in Fisheries, Marine Science, Marine Engineering, and Transportation Management & Logistics Coastal & Marine Resources Management. There are certificate courses in Diving, Welding and mechanics of Floating Vessels. The first convocation was held in 2016. The Sri Lanka Technological Campus was started in September 2015. It is a subsidiary of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

CMC raids Colombo supermarkets
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
10 April 2019 09:46 Daily Mirror A number of supermarkets within the Colombo Municipality were raided by the Colombo Municipal Council’s (CMC) Health Department officials today to check the hygienic conditions and food safety regulations.During these raids, many outlets were found to have violated food safety regulations, especially in terms of storage regulations. Medical officer-in-charge of the City Food Safety and Hygiene Promotion Unit Dr. Subash Mendis said many deep freezers were found over-stocked.“As per the storage regulations, at least 20% of free space in a deep freezer should be maintained.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

ශ‍්‍රී සුභ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා!
ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ
ශී‍්‍ර ලාංකීය සංස්කෘතිය හා බැදී පවතින සිංහල හා දෙමළ අලුත් අවුරුද්ද අතීතයේ සිට උත්සවාකාරයෙන් සැමරීමට අපි පුරුදුව සිටිමු. නමුත් වර්තමාන පාලනයේ අදක්‍ෂ අකාර්‍යක්ෂම කළමණාකරණය හේතුවෙන් රටතුළ සිදුව ඇති ආර්ථික කඩා වැටීම හමුවේ වෙනදා දකින අවුරුදු උත්සවශී‍්‍රය, මෙවර දක්නට නැත. රුපියලේ අගය ඉහළ යාම, ආයෝජකයින් රට හැරයාම ආදී හේතු නිසා මේ වන විට විශාල පිරිසකගේ රැුකියා අහිමිවී ඇති අතර තවත් පිරිසක් රැුකියා අහිමි වීමේ අවධානමට මුහුණ දී සිටියි. එමෙන්ම වත්මන් රජය බලයට පත්වීමත් සමග ආර්ථිකයේ හදවත බදු මහ බැංකුව මංකොල්ල කෑමේ විපාකද මේ වන විට ජනතාවට ගෙවන්නට සිදුව තිබේ. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

Bandula to bring a no-confidence motion against Mangala
Courtesy Adaderana
MP Bandula Gunawardena says that a no-confidence motion will be brought against Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera. The Parliamentarian mentioned this at a press conference held in Colombo, today (11). https://youtu.be/7mOY90w4AZ0 The no-confidence motion would be brought against presenting a Budget proposal with false facts, further stated Gunawardena.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

Assange arrest reveals British justice is just a ‘plaything’ of Washington
US President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina last year. © Reuters / Kevin Lamarque The arrest of Julian Assange in London after an extradition request from the US, and the way the WikiLeaks founder was treated by a British judge, made Thursday a “shameful day” for UK justice, commentators told RT. “The UK’s legal system is but a plaything of the US legal system. Britain is a vassal of Washington as it’s been confirmed by today’s events,” political commentator John Wight said. Earlier in... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

'Pathological hatred': Ecuador's Moreno sold 'Assange's head' to the US – ex-president Correa to RT
Courtesy RT
 FILE PHOTO. Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno. © Pool via REUTERS / Fred DufourFILE PHOTO. Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno. © Pool via REUTERS / Fred Dufour Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa explained to RT why he calls his successor Lenin Moreno the "worst traitor" in the country's history for handing over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to British authorities. Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by British police on Thursday after Moreno revoked political asylum. The published and journalist spent almost seven years in the building after being welcomed there... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

Pursued for ‘exposing evidence of US atrocities’: Corbyn opposes extradition of Assange
Courtesy RT
Leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has publicly opposed UK’s possible extradition of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange to the US, saying he exposed evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan. FOLLOW LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON JULIAN ASSANGE’S ARREST Hours following Assange’s arrest in London on Thursday, Corbyn tweeted a video statement of Labour MP Diane Abbott, who argued in Parliament that WikiLeaks had “lifted the veil on US military operations in a variety of theaters, none of which have produced a favourable outcome for the people of those countries.” ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

Three Lessons from Bolivia
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy Ceylon Today
Compared to Sri Lanka (25,330 sqkms.), Bolivia (1,098, 581 sqkms) is relatively a large country. However, Sri Lanka with around 22 million is more populous than Bolivia, the population of which is estimated at 11 million. Since 2005, a sea change has been taking place in Bolivia covering every sphere of life of its people and society. Being a pluri-national state, Bolivia is successful in resolving inter-ethnic issues within a unitary state. However, this is a different subject that is to be discussed at length in a separate column.   ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

Bonds Scam, Madush’s political links likely exposed after New Year?
W.K. PRASAD MANJU Courtesy Ceylon Today
Sri Lanka’s political landscape is set to change with the dawn of the Sinhala-Tamil New Year with decisive political changes that could cause a serious impact on the current regime, sources said. According to Informed political sources, President Maithripala Sirisena is slated to kick off these political changes by making a controversial statement along with certain political decisions. It is also said that once the investigations into the alleged plot to assassinate the President and the former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is concluded, President Sirisena is likely to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

Speaker informed of a violation of parliamentary privileges
Courtesy Adaderana
Two parliamentarians have informed the Speaker that parliamentary privileges have been violated through a letter sent to the Sri Lankan missions abroad by the then Secretary of the Foreign Ministry during the crisis period of regime change in November. The two parliamentarians presenting the issue, MP Mujibur Rahman and MP Prof. Ashu Marasinghe, have requested the Speaker of the Parliament Karu Jayasuriya to take action with this regard. https://youtu.be/Ev--s62O7y4 The parliamentarians claim that the relevant letter has insulted the parliament led by the Speaker. The MPs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/19)

ගෝටාභයට ඇමරිකාවේ නඩු දැමීමේ කුමන්ත‍්‍රණයට පොහොට්ටුවන් පිරිසකුත් හවුල්…
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හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට එරෙහිව ඇමරිකාවේ නඩු පැවරීම පිටුපස ඉන්නේ අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මංගල සමරවීර ඇතුළු කොටි ඩයස්පෝරාව බව සන්ධාන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී කනක හේරත් මහතා සඳහන් කරයි. මෙම කුමන්ත්‍රණය සඳහා තම පාර්ශ්වයේ ඇතැම් පිරිස් ද යටින් සහයෝගය දෙන බව මන්ත්‍රීවරයා සඳහන් කළේය. https://youtu.be/-Ga-xf5Y6Wc ඔහු මේ බව කියා සිටියේ විපක්ෂ නායක කාර්යාලයේදී පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් අමතමිනි. ජනතාවගේ ඡුන්දයෙන් බලයට ඒමට නොහැකි වූ අය විසින් මෙම කුමන්ත‍්‍රණය දියත් කර ඇති බවද මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා කීවේය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

THE RIGHT WAY TO HONOUR MINORITIES
ALI SUKHANVER
Conversion from one religion to another most of the time becomes a serious issue because of the social pressure. Same thing happened a few weeks back when two Hindu girls embraced Islam in Daharki area of Sind. Their conversion to Islam was not accepted by their own people. Police took action and the matter was brought to the honourable court. Unfortunately some secret hands started exploitation of the situation by staging demonstrations in different cities of Pakistan including Karachi. Social media was also used vehemently in maneuvering the situation against the country. This... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

ආණ්ඩුව ගුරුවරුන්ට ගෙවිය යුතු විභාග රාජකාරි දීමනා ගෙවලා නෑ. මේ විදිහට ගියොත් ඉදිරියෙදි රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ගේ වැටුපත් නොගෙවා ඉන්න බැරි නෑ.
ඒකාබද්ධ ගුරු සේවා සංගමය
අපොස උ/පෙළ, සා/පෙළ විභාග රාජකාරි සඳහා ගුරුවරුන් සඳහා ගෙවිය යුතු දීමනා ආණ්ඩුව මේවනතාක් ගෙවීමට කටයුතු කර නැත. එහිදී 2018 සා/පෙළ විභාගයට අදාළව ගුරුවරුන් සඳහා ලැබිය යුතු විභාග ශාලා නිරීක්ෂක, උත්තර පත‍්‍ර ඇගයීම් හා ප‍්‍රායෝගික පරීක්ෂණ නිරීක්ෂක යන රාජකාරී සඳහා ගෙවිය යුතු දීමනාද, 2018 උසස්පෙළ විභාගයට අදාල ප‍්‍රායෝගික පරීක්ෂණ සඳහා ගෙවිය යුතු දීමනාද ගෙවීම් ප‍්‍රමාද කර ඇත. වෙනත් වසරවලදී මේ සියලූ විභාග රාජකාරී සඳහා ගෙවීම් මාර්තු මාසය වන විට ගෙවා අවසන් කරන නමුත් මේ වසරට අදාලව තවමත් මෙම ගෙවීම් ප‍්‍රමාදවීමෙන් ගුරුවරු විශාල අපහසුතාවයකට මුහුණ දී සිටිති. ගුරුවරුන් සඳහා ජීවත්වීමට ප‍්‍රමාණවත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

Sri Lanka builds fastest railway line first time after independence with China's assistance
Courtesy Business Today
The project was financed by the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank) and the contract was awarded to the China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation The Sri Lankan government on Monday inaugurated its fastest railway line, which has been built with the assistance of the Chinese government. Sri Lanka finished the construction of first 26.75-km Matara-Beliatta railway extension first time after the island nation got independent in 1948. The new railway line was inaugurated by Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka's Transport and Civil Aviation Minister, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, and other parliamentarians.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

Canadians to help Sri Lanka build 100-MW floating solar park
Courtesy Renewables Now
April 10 (Renewables Now) - The governments of Sri Lanka and Canada have signed a cooperation agreement for the construction of a 100-MW floating solar park in Sri Lanka’s Maduru Oya Reservoir. The pact between Sir Lanka’s Ministry of Power and Energy and Business Development and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), a federal Crown corporation dealing with international trade issues, comes less than a month after Sri Lanka gave the go-ahead to the project in the Mahaweli Economic Zone. The scheme will be implemented by a joint venture of the Sri Lanka Mahewali Authority,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

Case against Gotabaya filed at US Courts?
ගෝඨාභයට අමෙරිකානු අධිකරණයක නඩුවක්?
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(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

Buying Power from Multinationals
By Garvin Karunaratne
Power Cuts to the extent of 2 to 3 hours has been the order of the day and the news is just out that we are about to buy 500MW of Power from three Multinationals Agrico, V Power included, our estimated excess requirements for the next 5 years.. What is also important is to note that we are due to buy power at 28 to 30 rupees a kv/hr, when our current rate is in the area of 24 rupees.  Compare this price with the rate at which the USA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

The vicious cycle of increasing election related govt. expenditure, increasing govt. debt and increasing taxation
Mahinda Rajapaksa Leader of the Opposition
According to the provisions in the Budget for 2019, all government servants are to be given a special allowance of Rs. 2,500. Pensions are to be increased. Samurdhi benefits are to be extended to an additional 600,000 families. Existing Samurdhi beneficiaries are to be allowed to withdraw up to Rs. 30,000 in two instalments this year from their accumulated funds in the Samurdhi Banks as spending money for the New Year and Christmas. The newly set up Office of Missing Persons is to pay a monthly allowance of Rs. 6,000... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

ඡන්ද පෙරදැරි කරගෙන ආණ්ඩුවේ වියදම් වැඩිකිරීම, එම වියදම් පියවීමට මහා පරිමාණයෙන් ණය ගැනීම, හා එම ණය ගෙවීමට මහා පරිමාණයෙන් බදු ගැසීමේ විෂම චක්‍රය
මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ විපක්‍ෂ නායක
2019 අයවැයට අනුව සියලුම රජයේ සේවකයින්ට රුපියල් 2,500ක විශේෂ මාසික දීමනාවක් දීමට නියමිතය. විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් ඉහළ දැමීමට නියමිතය. පවුල් 600,000ක් අලුතින් සමෘද්ධි ලාභීන් හැටියට බඳවා ගැනීමට නියමිතය. දැනට සිටින සමෘද්ධි ලාභීන්ට මෙම වසරේ තමන්ගේ අනිවාර්ය ඉතිරි කිරීම්වලින් අලුත් අවුරුද්දට හා නත්තලට වියදම් කිරීමට කොටස් දෙකකින් රුපියල් 30,000ක් මුදා හැරීමට නියමිතය. අලුතින් පිහිටුවන ලද අතුරුදහන්වුවන්ගේ කාර්යාලය විසින් සියලුම අතුරුදහන් වු පුද්ගලයින්ගේ පවුල්වලට රුපියල් 6,000ක මාසික දීමනාවක් ගෙවීමටත්, එම දීමනාව වන්දි කාර්යාලය පිහිටුවා වන්දි මුදල් ගෙවනතුරු පවත්වාගෙන යෑමටත් නියමිතය. මෙය මැතිවරණ වසරක් වන නිසා මේ සියල්ල මැතිවරණයට සම්බන්ධයක් තිබෙන බවට බොහෝ අය සැක කරනු ඇත.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/19)

Neoliberal economic invasion of SL led by U.S.
By Prof. Tissa Vitarana Courtesy Ceylon Today
BMost people in Sri Lanka are unhappy (Sri Lanka has dropped from the 116th place to the 130th place in the United Nations global ‘Happiness Index,’ out of 156 countries, this year), deeply concerned and bewildered by what is going on in our country. They keep asking “what is happening, what is going to happen?”. The Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) Administration is breaking down, and instead of the promised good governance there is a failure of governance, featured by open corruption from the very top, waste, disregard for the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Court told "Madush to be deported"
HANSI NANAYAKKARA Courtesy Ceylon Today
Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Dileepa Peiris informed Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayaka today (9) that underworld kingpin Makandure Madush, who is currently detained by the Bur Dubai Police, is to be deported to Colombo during the course of this week. He was representing the Attorney General when the case against imprisoned former Deputy Inspector General of Police Nalaka de Silva was taken up for hearing at the Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate’s Court today. Nalaka de Silva is a suspect in the alleged plot to assassinate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Gota committed to giving up US citizenship: SLPP
Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily News
Amid reports of lawsuits being filed against former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the US, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said he had made an irrevocable decision to renounce his US citizenship despite it being the best source of protection against allegations of war crimes. At a news conference SLPP chairman G.L. Peiris referred to the remarks made by Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo on Friday that international officials trying to prosecute American military personnel will not be allowed to enter the US. “We are determined to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Namal Kumara to be given witness protection
Courtesy Adaderana
The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today instructed the police to provide necessary security to anti-corruption activist and police informant Namal Kumara, under the victims and witness protection act. The attorneys representing Namal Kumara had requested from the court that police security be provided for their client, who is a main witness in the case pertaining to the alleged VIP assassination plot, under the aforementioned act. https://youtu.be/yuxi2tmfSm8 When the case was taken up for hearing today (9), the magistrate allowed the request and instructed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Get divorced in just 6 months, England to amend archaic matrimonial laws
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Written by Staff Writer    09 Apr, 2019 | 11:02 AM Colombo (News1st) : England and Wales have begun the process overhauling their divorce laws which are nearly 50 years old.The new amendments to the legislation are expected to allow couples to split faster and with less acrimony. The new rules will set a timeline of 6 months for the entire process (from petition to decree absolute), following the 6 month period the applicants will be required to confirm whether they wish to proceed with the divorce. Amendments have been suggested... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

ඝෝෂාකාරී නළා භාවිතා කරන රියදුරන්ට ජූලි පළමුදා සිට දැඩි නීති-(ඉන්දිකා රාමනායක දිවයින)
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
රථවාහන නීති උල්ලංඝණය කරමින් විවිධ නාදරටා සහිත ඝෝෂාකාරී  ශබ්ද සිහිත නළා පරිහරනය කරන සහ පීඩාකාරී ලෙස අලෝක රටා භාවිතා කරන  බස් රථ ඇතුළු වාහන වල රියදුරන්ට ජූලි මස 1 වැනිදා සිට දැඩිව නීතිය කි‍්‍රයාත්මක කරන බව රථවාහන භාර නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති  අජිත් රෝහණ මහතා පැවසීය. වාහනවල සවිකර ඇති මෙම නළා සහ ආලෝක රටා  ඉවත් කර කිරීම සඳහා  සියලූ වාහන වලට සහ මාස තුනක සහන කාලයක් ලබා දී ඇති බවද අජිත් රෝහණ මහතා කියා සිටියේය. අජිත් රෝහණ මහතා මේ බව කියා සිටියේ පොලිස් මුලස්ථානයේ දී අද (8)  පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදීය. මෙම මාධ්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Sri Lanka- Rajiv Gandhi gave his bullet-proof vest to Prabakaran
Courtesy MENAFN
Date4/1/2019 10:30:09 AM  (MENAFN - Colombo Gazette) The then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi gave his bullet-proof jacket to LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran in Delhi, besides Rs 50 lakh as first instalment of Rs 5 crore aid to LTTE, and wanted the LTTE to allow implementation of the Indo-Lanka accord, AIADMK leader Panruti S Ramachandran said in an exclusive interview to News Today TV. The accord was signed in my presence as the then Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, MGR, had deputed me as his emissary to Colombo to be at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Video story on Sino-Lankan Colombo International Container Terminal
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 9: The Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) in which the China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited is a partner, has reported handling 2.65 million teus for the 12 months ending 31st December 2018, recording a 13 percent increase in its annual throughput and contributing 38 percent of the Port of Colombo’s volumes in the year just concluded. A significant factor in the achievement of 7 million teus by the Port of Colombo, CICT’s performance helped the port increase its total throughput by 14 percent in 2018, a noteworthy accomplishment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

CAN UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION GO AGAINST UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS?
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
UN Human Rights Commission has established with specific purposes and the commission has no right to go against the human rights of people based on the recommendation of its bureaucrats, who are not above the human rights declaration of the United Nations. I read an article in the Sunday Observer on 07.04.2019 written by Dr S.W. premaratne on Involvement of the United Nations in the Reconciliation Process.  I was really surprised to read that “the United Nations has taken into consideration the present state of political instability in Sri Lanka and the possibility of a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Importing exotic cows which performed poorly under local conditions
By Ananda Wickramasinghe
View(s): In 2017, over 5000 young pregnant cows (heifers) imported from Australia and New Zealand, were sold to some farmers. They were assured that a cow would yield 20 litres/day. Within a few months, the farmers’ expectations started to shatter when the cows failed to produce the promised milk yields. Currently, farmers are facing financial ruin as a consequence of several grave issues with the cows they purchased: Poor milk yields, very low conception rate, abortions, stillbirths, high mortality rates, and unrecognised diseas Some of the imported cows. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ හා ශ්‍රීලනිපය අතර සාකච්ඡෘ මැදදි කඩා දැමීමට අපි පියවර ගන්නේ නැහැ.-මහාචාර්ය ජි. එල්. පීරිස් මහතා
අද (08) දින පැවැත්වූ ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද (08) දින පැවැත්වූ මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින් ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ සභාපති, මහාචාර්ය ජි. එල්. පීරිස් මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන මහතා ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ සභාපති, මහාචාර්ය ජි. එල්. පීරිස් මහතා ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ හා ශ්‍රීලනිපය අතර සාකච්ඡෘවල අනාගතය මේ වෙද්දි කාගෙත් කුතුහලයට ලක්වෙලා තියෙන්නේ. පාක්ෂිකයින්ගෙන් අපිට දුකතන ඇමැතුම් රැසක් එනවා. අපි මෙතෙක් සාකච්ඡා වට දෙකක් පැවත්වුවා. තුන්වන සාකච්ඡාවට අප්‍රියෙල් 10 වැනිදා දින නියම වෙලා තියෙනවා. අපි ප්‍රශ්නයකින් පැනලා යන්නේ නැහැ. සාකච්ඡා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Diaspora terrorists threaten Mayor of Harrow
By ;A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
The first Muslim female Mayor of England, Kareema Marikar who functions as Mayor of Harrow since 2010 hails from a political family in Sri Lanka.  Reports said that one thing you notice in Kareema Marikar’s personality is her bubbly nature, infectious smile and down-to-earth simplicity. It said that despite creating history as the first female Muslim mayor in England, she is not yet ready to rest on her laurels, judging by an interview she gave to the BBC recently. “I am a Marakkala woman from Sri Lanka,” Marikar told Saroj Pathirana of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

නාගානන්දගේ වැලලී ගිය අතීතය
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මේ පත්තර වාර්තා වලින් දැක්වෙන්නේ නාගානන්ද කොඩිතුවක්කු රේගුවේ වැඩ කරන සමයේ අල්ලස් ගැනීමේ චෝදනාවට ලක්වී රිමාන්ඩ් බන්ධනාගාරගත වීමේ පුවතයි. වැදගත් වන්නේ මෙපමණයි. නෙලුම් මලක් මෙන් සුපිරිසිදු, සුචරිතවත් ගැලවුම්කරුවාණන්ගේ චරිතයට පණ පෙවීමට මෙවර ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් වීමට නියමිත මෙවැන්නන් ඔබට මවා පෙන්වන සුරංගනා ලෝක සැබවින්ම ඔවුන්ගේ භාවිතය සමග ගැලපෙන්නේද යන්න ඔබ බුද්ධිමත්ව සිතා බැලිය යුතුය යන්නයි. විශේෂයෙන්ම, දිදුලන පොරොන්දු රොත්තක් දී ජනවාරි 8 බලයට ආ හංස සන්ධානය අවසානයේ ඔබේ තිබ්බ පිච්චියටත් කෙලවා දමා දැන් මුලු රටම අඳුරේ ගිල්වා දමා ඇති පිම්බුණු පාත්තයන් රෑනක් පමණක් බව ඔබේ දෑස් ඉදිරිපිටම ඔප්පු වී ඇති පසුබිමක තවත් එවැනිම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

PATHFINDER FOUNDATION AND CHINA’S CICIR CONTINUE BILATERAL COOPERATION DIALOGUE
Press Release  PATHFINDER FOUNDATION
A senior delegation from the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) led by Dr Fu Mengzi, Vice President, visited the Pathfinder Foundation Office at “Riverpoint” yesterday (08 April, 2019) to continue the bilateral cooperation dialogue between the two institutions.  The CICIR is a leading policy research institute in China and consists of 11 institutes and two research divisions employing over 400 staff including 150 Professors.   The visit took place as a part of the framework set out in the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the two organizations in April 2016.The delegation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Sri Lanka rolls out free visa on arrival for UK tourists
Courtesy  travelmole.com
Sri Lanka is to offer free visas on arrival to tourists from the UK and 30 other countries from next month. The country's tourist office is hoping to build on a good performance for March, when visitor numbers increased by 5%. The free visa period will operate for six months from May 1. Free visa entry will be granted to nationals of the UK, the EU, the US, Australia, South Korea, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and New Zealand. Tourism development minister John Amaratunga said:... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Sri Lankan Presidential Hopeful Sued in Federal Court for Human Rights Violations
by Beth Van Schaack Courtesy  justsecurity.org
Human rights lawyers have sued Sri Lankan presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa in federal court in the Central District of California. Rajapaksa, who is a joint Sri Lankan-U.S. citizen, was served with process in the parking lot of a Trader Joes, of all places. Plaintiff Roy Samthanam, who is a Canadian citizen, alleges that he was detained and tortured from 2007-2010 by the Terrorism Investigation Division of the Sri Lanka police. He tells his harrowing story of physical and mental torture here. He is represented by the International Truth & Justice Project, under the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/19)

Over 240,000 tourists arrive in Sri Lanka in March
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 8 (newsin.asia) – Over 240,000 tourists arrived in Sri Lanka in March, growing 4.6 percent compared to the same period last year, statistics from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority showed here Monday.India, United Kingdom, China, Germany and France were Sri Lanka’s top five international touristgenerating markets in the month of March this year. India was the largest source of tourist traffic to SriLanka with 14% of the total traffic received in March 2019. UK accounted for 12% of the total traffic;while China, Germany and France accounted for 10%, 7% and 6%... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/19)

History of Tibetan influence on Chinese politics
By P.K.Balachandran/Ceylon Today Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Relations between Tibet and the rest of China to back to ancient times. Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhism had influenced the beliefs, political systems and art forms of several Chinese dynasties. Karl Debreczeny, author of Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism (The University of Washington Press) says that from the 7 th., to early 20 th., century, Tibetan Buddhism had offered to Chinese and other East Asian dynasties, a divine means to power and legitimacy to rule. And through tantric rituals, which are a part of Tibetan Buddhism,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/19)

Scrapping Presidency will solve everybody’s problems
N.A.DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island
Presidential system is a burden on the country and its people, and when it is like the present arrangement where the president and the parliament do not see eye to eye, it could be disastrous as being proved now. During the last four and a half years, nothing was done to develop the country as consensus was not possible on any issue, and investors sensing the discord would not take a chance with their money. At present the president is trying to enhance his image and the prime minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/19)

'War was not an ethnic issue, it was a conflict between terrorism and democracy' Ammaipillai Yogamoorthy
Courtesy The Island
April 8, 2019, 8:06 pm  At the risk of sounding cliché, he started showing artistic talent at an early age, like most cartoonists featured in Pen Pricks. Although his childhood ambition was to become a doctor, his first comics were published in Veerakesari and the Indian newspaper, Swadesamitran when he was in year 9 at school. He had his primary education in Sithivinayagar Vidyalayam, Point Pedro and secondary education at Puloly Boys' School, Jaffna. He had an uncanny knack for cartoonizing his teachers and school... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/19)

Present power crisis – The Chinese factor
By Dr. Janaka Ratnasiri Courtesy The Island
In response to the writer’s previous articles on the present power crisis published in the Island of March 28th and April 05th, he has received from an investor some new information which would shed light on the real party behind the present power crisis. This investor claims that he has submitted a proposal in response to a call for proposals published in the press by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) for setting up business ventures at Hambantota Port. The information to be revealed hereunder could... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/19)

Mangala Samaraweera gets nothing out of licking Bachelet’s boots.
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Mangala Samaraweera’s speech apologising to UNHRC High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet was rather difficult to read on my PC because my screen was blurred with his crocodile tears shed for human rights. Simultaneously, his tears were interspersed with scorn and anger against the Sri Lankan delegates who dared to challenge the questionable and unworkable foundations of his Resolution 30/1. He had also pitched his speech at a high spiritual and moral level to make it sound as if he was the New Messiah standing on Mt. Sinai, announcing the New Commandments, in addition to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/19)

UN Torture Prevention Body visits HRCSL
Dr Sudath Gunasekara
April 6, 2019   11:53 pm The delegation of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has visited the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. The SPT Delegation met with Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson of the Commission and Commissioners Ms. Ramani Muttetuwegama and Ms. Ambika Satkunanathan and discussed issues of mutual concern and interest on 04 April. The delegation is composed of Victor Zaharia, Head of Delegation (Republic of Moldova), Satyabhooshun Gupt Domah (Mauritius), Petros Michaelides (Cyprus), and June Lopez (Philippines). The UN’s torture prevention... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

'Tripitakabhivandana' celebration in Geneva highlights 'Tripitaka' as a shared global intellectual treasure
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Geneva
An interactive scholarly discussion on the significance of the Tripitaka as a world heritage took place at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva, continuing the week-long celebrations-'Tripitakabivandana'. The event was also intended to raise awareness among States that follow the Buddhist traditions, as well as other States, to join hands with Sri Lanka in realising the initiative taken by President Maithripala Sirisena, to inscribe the Tripitaka on the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ Register.  Organized by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

More Than 100 Apply for the Job of a Hangman in Sri Lanka Including an American.
Dr Sarath obeysekera
I wonder what questions were asked during interview  If I was in the interview I would have posed following questions Was he a politician  ever ?( if GCE is required he cannot be a politician!) Is he a Buddhist ( disqualification!) Has he ever killed an animal ( I not he cannot kill Humans ) Would he look for annual bonus for out put ( he can get 1000 rs incentive for killing the person in one try) ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

පරාක‍්‍රමබාහු රජතුමාත් VAT බදු ගැහුවා.. ගොවීන්ට ලාබ වැඩි නිසා දෙතුන් වතාව බදු ගත්තා..- අගමැති
 lanka C news
පැරණි කාලයේ රජරට සමාජය සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම ගොඩනැගුනේ වී වලින් බව අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා පවසයි. එමගින් විශාල වශයෙන් ලාභ ලැබූ බවද පැවසූ අගමැතිවරයා එනිසාම රජවරුන් දෙතුන් වතාවක් බදු අයකල බවද පැවසීය. පරාක්‍රමබාහු රජතුමා ද වැට් බදු පැනවූ බව පැවසූ අගමැතිවරයා වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුවට දොස් පැවරීමට පෙර ඒ බව ද සිහි තබා ගන්නැයිද කියා සිටියේය. අගමැතිවරයා මේ බව කියා සිටියේ 52 ජාතික අලුත් සහල් මංගල්‍යය අමතමිනි. ජය ශ්‍රී මහා බෝධිය අභියසදී මෙම අලුත් සහල් මංගල්‍යය පැවැත්වින. https://youtu.be/SxOBsko0JZY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

At the Event Horizon: Astrophysicists Set to Reveal First Photos of Black Holes
Courtesy Sputnik News
In a milestone for cosmological research, astronomers have announced that they will reveal on Wednesday the first-ever photographic image of a black hole. CC0Space is Common Heritage of Mankind, Every Nation Responsible For Avoiding Militarisation of Space - IslamabadIn what is being heralded as a key scientific breakthrough, scientists from around the world will release the first-ever images of a black hole — celestial behemoths so dense that their gravitational field swallows everything, including light, that it comes in contact with. In an announcement scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, at 9... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

People were taxed even during the time of King Parakramabahu: PM
Yohan Perera and Athula Bandara in Anuradhapura Courtesy The Daily Mirror
People were taxed even during the time of King Parakramabahu, although it was criticized today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the 52nd Aluth Sahal Mangalaya at Jaya Srimaha Bodhi in Anurdhapura this morning. “King Parakramabahu used impose tax on people, especially when harvest was high. Therefore, remember that King Parakramabahu also imposed VAT before criticising,” he said in a lighter vein. The Prime Minister stressed Sri Lanka’s paddy production had been 3 million metric tons this year. This he said was one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

Heated Exchanges Between Ranjan Ramanayake & Nimal Lanza on ETI Investments
Sri Lankan News
https://youtu.be/AjS2RBNhpQE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

සිංහල නීති වාර්තා (ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු සිංහලෙන්)
කිහිප දෙනෙකුට නොව බහුතර ජනතාවට තේරෙන භාෂාවෙන් උපරිමාධිකරණ නඩු තීන්දු ලබාගැනීමේ උත්සාහයේ තවත් එක් පියවරක් ලෙස සිංහල නීති වාර්තා දැක්විය හැකිය. ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණය විසින් ලබා දෙන නඩු තීන්දු රෙජිස්ට්‍රාර්වරයාගේ නිල මුද්‍රාව සහ අත්සන සහිතව සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ලබාගෙන ඒවා නීති සංග්‍රහයක් ආකාරයට සිංහල නීති වාර්තා ලෙස ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත. යටත් විජිත යුගයේ සිට මේ දක්වාම ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය සහ අභියාචනාධිකරණය නඩු තීන්දු ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් පමණක් ලබා දෙන අතර එය සිංහල ජනතාවගේ නෛතික සාක්ෂරතාවය වර්ධනය නොවීමට ප්‍රධාන හේතුව විය. ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන් සිය වැඩකටයුතු කරන සුලුතරයක් වූ කණ්ඩායම විසින් උපරිමාධිකරණවල අත දරා සිටින ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂා අධිකාරිය  හේතුවෙන් වරප්‍රසාද සහ... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 07/04/19)

BUDGET AND COW MILK
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Being predominantly a agricultural nation, it is a worthy cause initiated by the government of  to develop agriculture at home garden level  as well as in National Level, due to the fact that Industrial Revolution Initiated by Previous Regimes have miserably failed. I read the budget proposals with a keen interest and noted a worthy cause initiated by the government to import 20,000 cows to Sri Lanka to enhance milk production, which I think is timely action. Few questions is still remaining to be answered? In order to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/19)

Last month’s foreign debt repayment costs $ 813M
PANEETHA AMERESEKERE Courtesy Ceylon Today
Government of Sri Lanka’s (GoSL’s) foreign debt payments cost the country’s foreign reserves US$ 813.26 million last month (March) alone, latest official data showed. Additionally, this month (April), at least one foreign debt amounting to $ 500 million which also matures has to be repaid. This is a $ 500 million sovereign bond (SB) raised in April 2014 and of a five year tenure borrowed during the last year of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Last month, Sri Lanka raised $ 2.4 billion by selling SBs. Consequently, the country’s foreign... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/19)

Australian dairy cattle imports end in a disaster
Courtesy The Island
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has last week run a news documentary presented as an "exclusive" with investigative reporting from its South Asia Correspondent about Australian cattle exported to Sri Lanka dying and being malnourished. The report said that about 500 Australian and New Zealand dairy cows, shipped to Sri Lanka, under an AUD 100 million loan underwritten by the Australian government had died. Vivid visuals of dying, dead and malnourished cows were part of the documentary. This subject got an airing in Parliament last week during the committee stage discussion... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/19)

Novelist arrested over gay plot line about bhikkus
Courtesy The Island
(Colombo, AFP) - A Sri Lankan novelist has been arrested for writing about homosexuality in the Buddhist clergy and charged with violating international human rights law, officials said Tuesday, outraging free speech advocates. Shakthika Sathkumara, 33, was arrested in Polgahawela on Monday and remanded in custody for nine days after monks complained about his writing. The short story contained indirect references to homosexuality among the clergy, who hold considerable sway in the Buddhist-majority nation of 21 million. The story was published on Sathkumara’s Facebook page and in local Sinhalese... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/19)

THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE (Part 5)
KAMALIKA PIERIS
C.A .Chandraprema writing on the Joint Opposition May Day rally of   2017 observed that ‘crowds at meetings have always been a way of judging which way the political winds are blowing. Those above their mid-fifties and above remember the 1977 May Day held in Maradana which at that time had been considered the mother of all political meetings. But at that time, the roads in Maradana were not even as wide as they are today.    (Island 4.5.17) Chandraprema  said that ‘back in 2016 when I arrived at the May Day rally of the Joint... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

වසර 08 ක් ගත වූ 2011 මැයි 30 වන දින කටුනායක පොලිස් ප‍්‍රහාරය මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් කඩ කිරීමක් ’ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය තීරණය කරයි. වින්දිතයින්ට වන්දි රජයෙන් ගෙවිය යුතුයි.
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය.නිදහස් වෙළ`ද කලාප සහ පොදු සේවා සේවක සංගමය
2019 අපේ‍්‍රල් මස 05 වන දින ප‍්‍රවෘත්ති අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ/කතෘ, සිය`ඵම විද්්‍යුත් මාධ්‍ය ආයතන හා පුවත් පත් වෙත, ප‍්‍රවෘත්ති අධ්‍යක්‍ෂකතුමනි/ප‍්‍රධාන ප‍්‍රවෘත්ති කතෘතුමනි, ‘වසර 08 ක් ගත වූ 2011 මැයි 30 වන දින කටුනායක පොලිස් ප‍්‍රහාරය මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් කඩ කිරීමක් ’ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය තීරණය කරයි. වින්දිතයින්ට වන්දි රජයෙන් ගෙවිය යුතුයි. පසුගිය ආණ්ඩුව විසින් 2011 වසරේ දී ගෙන ඒමට උත්සාහ කළ පුද්ගලික අංශයේ සේවකයින් ස`දහා වූ ඊනියා විශ‍්‍රාම වැටුප් ක‍්‍රමය පුද්ගලික අංශයේ සේවකයින්ගේ සේවක අර්ථසාධක අරමුදල මංකොල්ල කෑමට කරන ලද සැලසුමක් ලෙස අප සංගමය ඇතුළු අනෙකුත් වෘත්තීය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

මේ අයවැය හුදු ලියවිල්ලක් මිස ඉදිරි දශකය සදහා කළ ආයෝජනයක් ලෙස අපි දකින්නේ නැහැ.
අද දින (05) පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රංජිත් සොයිසා මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී දිලුම් අමුණුගම මහතා
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රංජිත් සොයිසා මහතා මාසයක් පුරා සාකච්ඡාවට ලක්වුනු 2019 සදහා වූ අයවැය ලේඛණයට ඡන්දය විමසීමට නියමිතව තියෙනවා. රටේ ආර්ථික දේශපාලන තත්ත්වයත් සමග මේ අයවැය හුදු ලියවිල්ලක් මිස ඉදිරි දශකය සදහා කළ ආයෝජනයක් ලෙස අපි දකින්නේ නැහැ. රට මුහුණ දී සිටින සමාජ ආර්ථික ප්‍රශ්නවලට මේ අයවැයෙන් කිසිදු සහනයක් ලැබෙන්නේ නැහැ. ඒ වගේම අයවැය ඉදිරිපත් කළ දිනයේ සිට මේ දක්වා ආණ්ඩුව පැත්තෙන් අයවැය සම්බන්ධයෙන් උනන්දුවක් දක්වන බව පේන්නේ නැහැ. අපි ආන්ඩු පක්ෂයේ ඉදලා තියෙනවා. ඒ කාලේ අයවැය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

ALAN KEENAN OF INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP CAUGHT LYING
A NOTE from Retd Brigadier Hiran N. Halangode (of Gemunu Watch)
Michael   [Alan Keenan’s recent press release] is a typical tale of the sort of stories peddled in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. The socio-economic conditions prevailing in the neighbouring districts of Uva and the North Central Provinces are very similar.  These INGOs spread unfavourable messages about the country when the government is bending backwards to Reconcile. It is the Tamil politicians and INGOs that spread distorted versions of the state of the country in those regions without doing any productive work themselves. I have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයෙන් තවත් ඓතිහාසික තීන්දුවක්
Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
චුන්නාකම් ප්‍රදේශයේ භූගත ජලයට හානි වි ඇති හෙයින් එම ප්‍රදේශයේ ජනතාව රුපියල් ලක්ෂ 200ක වන්දියක් ගෙවන ලෙස චුන්නාකම් විදුලි බලාගාර පාලනාධිකාරියට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය නියෝග කළේය. ඒ පාරිසරික ක්‍රියාකාරිකයෙකු වන ආචාර්ය රවින්ද්‍ර කාරියවසම් මහතා ගොනු කළ පෙත්සමක තීන්දුව ප්‍රකාශ කරමිනි.  එම විදුලි බලාගාරය හේතුවෙන් භූගත ජලයට තෙල් හා ග්‍රීස් මිශ්‍රණය වී ඇති හෙයින් ප්‍ර දේශවාසීන් 500ක් වෙනුවෙන් උපරිමය රැපියල් 40000ක් දක්වා මෙම වන්දි මුදල ගෙවන ලෙසට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය නියෝග කර තිබේ. I whole heartedly agree with the ruling of the Supreme Court Big companies should practice social... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Sri Lanka's national air carrier to kick off 5-year strategic business plan
Source: Xinhua| Editor: Shi Yinglun Courtesy Xinhua
COLOMBO, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's national air carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, on Friday said it had formulated a five-year strategic business plan to transform the island country into a strategic hub for air travel and air cargo in the Asia-Africa-Middle East region. The plan will be implemented this year and will be carried out till 2024. Vipula Gunatilleka, CEO of Sri Lankan Airlines said that it was important for the airline to have a sound strategy plan and a clear vision for it to become... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank puts $320m towards projects in Sri Lanka and Laos
By GCR Staff Courtesy  Global Construction Review
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has announced funding for projects worth $280m in Sri Lanka and $40m in Laos. In the case of Sri Lanka, $200m will go towards low-income housing in Colombo. Some 5,500 homes will be given to people living in dilapidated housing with poor sewerage and garbage management.DJ Pandian, the AIIB’s vice president, said: “Smarter urban planning will also enable the city to attract more foreign investment and increase its potential as an economic hub for the country.”An further $80m investment will be used to reduce... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Sri Lanka dairy scheme blamed for cow deaths unlikely to send more from NZ
Esther Taunton Courtesy Stuff
The Australian company behind a live export programme which allegedly left hundreds of cattle dead says it is unlikely to ship any more animals from New Zealand under the scheme. The Australian company behind a live export programme which allegedly left hundreds of cattle dead says it is unlikely to ship any more animals from New Zealand under the scheme. Animal export company Wellard is contracted to deliver 20,000 dairy cows to Sri Lanka under a programme set up to improve the country's fresh milk supply.  It has so far shipped 2000 cattle from New... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

New Zealand cows sent to Sri Lanka diseased, dying, failing to produce milk - report
Dan Satherley Courtesy Newshub
Sri Lankan farmers are reportedly suicidal after going broke in a dairy deal with Australia and New Zealand that's turned sour. Out of 5000 imported cattle so far, hundreds have died and the rest have turned out "overpriced, unhealthy and infertile", according to report by Australia's ABC News.  Video shows appalling conditions on Australian live export shipmentsLamb exports climb to record levels One Sri Lankan farmer who bought 200 cattle told ABC they were in a poor condition on arrival. "My staff said it looks like... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Ways for Sri Lanka to fix its healthcare
SUBMITTED BY DEEPIKA ATTYGALLE Courtesy The World Bank
Nurses in Sri Lanka. Photo: World Bank Today on World Health Day, we can say with confidence that Sri Lanka’s healthcare system has delivered on many of its promises.This year’s focus on universal health care is a timely reminder that Sri Lanka is still reaping the benefits of far-thinking health policies implemented as early as the 1800s.  Many of these measures were designed to address what were then considered the key challenges of previous centuries, such as high maternal and child mortality rates and infectious diseases that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

US$280 million funding for Sri Lanka
Andy Brown Courtesy International Construction
Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has announced funding of US$280 million for two projects in Sri Lanka. The money is for two projects – US$200 million for improving housing conditions for low-income communities in Colombo by constructing affordable housing and redeveloping land and US$80 million to reduce the risk and damage from landslides. Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka. The US$200 million project will support the construction of about 5,500 housing units and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Tory MEP linked to water pollution scandal in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Morning Star (UK)
Nirj Deva (left) at the European Parliament THE owners of a power station in Sri Lanka linked to a Tory MEP have been fined tens of thousands of pounds by the country’s supreme court for polluting local water supplies. Nirj Deva, Conservative MEP for South East England, was a director of Northern Power Station’s parent company MTD Walkers plc for six years from February 2012 to August 2018. His declarations of financial interests filed at the European Parliament show that at times he received up to €5,000... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Duty free vehicles - Public servants can open LCs after June 1
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Public servants who were inconvenienced by the suspension of duty free vehicle imports will be allowed to open Letters of Credits (LCs) after June 1, 2019, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today. He told parliament that the issuance of vehicle permits were suspended as a practical measure to protect our foreign reserves. The minister said this in response to a question asked by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake some months ago. He said those who had obtained vehicle permits before December 31, 2018... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Impossible to hold PC polls in Aug: Election Commissioner tells Speaker
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Election Commissioner has informed Speaker that it will not be possible to hold the provincial council elections this year as the changes to the Provincial Council Elections Amendment Act has not been made on time, UPFA MP Dallas Alahaperuma told Parliament today. He said the letter sent by the Commissioner states that the PC polls could have been held in August this year only if the amendments were carried out by April 5. The MP said the presidential elections will have to be declared by October... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

Budget 2019 passed in Parliament
Courtesy Adaderana
The third reading of the Budget 2019 was passed in parliament with amendments a short while ago. The Budget proposal was passed with a majority of 45 votes as 119 MPs voted in favor and 74 voted against the Budget. The United National Front (UNF) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) voted in favor of the Budget. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Joint Opposition voted against the budget. However, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs abstained from voting. The Budget 2019 was presented to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/19)

MONEY LAUNDERING, TERRORISM AND DESPERATE FOR INVESTMENT IN SRI LANKA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
The yahapalana regime initiated with the 2015 presidential election had undisclosed motives and a deformed face in its operation to the country and the pattern of its operation showed that it was associated with highly dishonest elements. At the outset, Mr. Maithrepala Sirisena didn’t know about the president of the party (Swan Party – Shaleela Munasinghe) he was supposed to contest in 2015 and later the president of the swan party was arrested for a cybercrime and cheating a bank in Taiwan. Several Chief Buddhist monks, clergies in other religions such as Christianity and Hinduism,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

CANDIDATES FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
According to political analysts and journalists, several candidates have named as potential aspirants for the next presidential election in Sri Lanka, which will be scheduled to hold ending 2019. The major shortcoming of such ad-hoc naming is that not a single journalist names a woman candidate and it seems that although political parties promote equality between men and women, not a single political party has promoted a female candidate for the leadership. SLFP had women leaders but UNP never had a female leader. The prospective leader of UNP (Ruwan Wijewardane) is not only male but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

විදුලි කප්පාදුව සම්බන්ධයෙන් වගකීම රජය භාරගත යුතුයි
ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රයේ වැඩබලන විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගී ආරියවංශ
පවතින විදුලි කප්පාදුව සම්බන්ධයෙන් සම්පූර්ණ වගකීම රජය භාරගත යුතු බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය අවධාරණය කරයි. එහි අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගී ආරියවංශ මහත්මිය පෙන්වා දුන්නේ විදුලි කප්පාදුව නිසා ජන ජීවිතය බරපතල අන්දමින් අඩාල වී ඇති බවයි. මහා පරිමාණ කර්මාන්ත කරුවන් සහ ඇතැම් ආයතන විදුලි ජනන යන්ත්‍ර ආධාරයෙන් විදුලිය සපයා ගත්තද කුඩා පරිමාණ කර්මාන්ත කරුවන් සහ ආයතන හිමිකරුවන් මෙන්ම සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාව මෙම තත්වය නිසා බරපතල අපහසුතාවකට පත්ව ඇති බව ඇය සඳහන් කළාය. දිවයිනේ  විදුලි ජනන යන්ත්‍ර නොමැති පාසැල් බොහොමයක් පවතින බවද එම පැසැල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

April insurgency – a little known story
Janaka Perera
April 5, 2019 marks the 48th Anniversary of the JVP insurgency of 1971 the first ever armed uprising against the Sri Lankan State since the British departed our shores.  It was one of two Southern insurgencies within a span of less than two decades. Both led two generations of youth and many others to their graves. Following is a story of April ’71 which exposes how these so-called liberation struggles drove men to mercilessly kill even their friends and colleagues. Towards the end of March, 1971, the Trincomalee Naval Base received a letter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

Why a White Christian Isn't Called a Terrorist
By Kalinga Seneviratne  SYDNEY (IDN) – After a White Australian of Christian background Brenton Tarrant gunned down 50 Muslims praying at a Christchurch mosque on a Friday, it took the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern more than a day to call it a “terrorist” act, and when she did so, the mainstream media in Australia and New Zealand quoted Tarrant’s mother as describing him an “angelic boy”. Photo: Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, lays flowers for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings at Hagley Park on 19 March 2019. CC BY-SA 4.0... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

Future development of Sri Lanka on district basis
The proposal to establish provincial councils was, apart from JRJs debacle to stay in power with the help of Indians, primarily to solve the problem of people coming to Colombo to get work done which later translated to sharing POWER. Establishing a PC in Western province had no relevance on this basis. Further provinces close to Colombo and a province like central province had no relevance either.  Added to a financial burden, the low bred lowly educated members of PCs did a greater damage to the fabric of the landscape with illegal nefarious activities such as illegal projects... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

සබරගමු සරසවි සිසුන්ට පොලීසිය එල්ලකළ අමානුෂික ප‍්‍රහාරය දැඩිව හෙලා දකිමු
උපාධිධාරී ජාතික මධ්‍යස්ථානය. National Center ‌for Graduate
සබරගමුව විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ සිසුන් භාෂා හා සමාජ විද්‍යා පීඨවලට සිසුන් බඳවා ගැනීමේ දී සිදුකරන කප්පාදුව නවත්වන ලෙස ආණ්ඩුවට බලකරමින් ඊයේ (03) දින සිදුකරනු ලැබූ සාමාකාමී හා නිරායුධ විරෝධතාවයට ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා පොලීසිය එල්ල කළ ම්ලේච්ඡ හා අමානුෂික ප‍්‍රහාරය දැඩි පිළිකුළෙන් යුතුව හෙලා දකිමු. මෙවැනි අමානුෂික හා සාහසික ප‍්‍රහාරයන් දියත් කිරීමට පොලීසිය භාරව කටයුතු කරන ගරු ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා නියෝග ක‌ෙලේද නැතිනම් එජාප ආණ්ඩුවේ ප‍්‍රධානීන්ගේ උවමනාව මත දියත්කළ ප‍්‍රහාරයක්ද යන්න පැහැදිලි නැත. නමුත් අවසානයේ කුමන පන්නයේ ආණ්ඩු හා නායකයින් රට පාලනය කළත් සිසුන් ඇතුළු පොදු ජනතාවට මර්දනය හා මෙවැනි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

විදුලි බල අවශ්‍යතාවය පිළිබදව විදුලි බල ඉංඩිනේරුවන් පෙන්වා දුන්නත් ආන්ඩුව කිසිදු පියවරක් ගත්තේ නැතිව ඉදලා දැන් තමන්ට කැමැති පුද්ගලයින්ගෙන් විදුලිය මිලදි ගැනීම සැලසුම්සහගතව කරපු දෙයක්
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රමේෂ් පතිරණ මහතා මේ වන විට ලංකාවේ ඇති වෙලා තියෙන ජල විදුලි අර්බුදය හේතුවෙන් රටේ සමස්ත ජනතාවටම ප්‍රශ්න ඇති වෙලා. පහුගිය කාල සීමාවේ ජාතික විදුලි පද්ධතියට අලුතෙන් විදුලි ඒකක එකතු කිරීමේ ක්‍රමවේදයකට ආණ්ඩුව පිවිසියේ නැහැ.දැනට ජාතික අවශ්‍යතාවය ලෙස පවතින දෛනික මෙගා වොට් 2700ක පමණ අවශ්‍යතාවය ජල විදුලිය නිපදවීමට නොහැකිවීම නිසා අර්බුදයකට පත්වෙලා. ලංකාවේ දැනට ජලවිදුලිය ඇතුලුව නිපදවෙන්නේ මෙගාවොට් 4000 පමණ ප්‍රමාණයක්. වර්තමානයේ වියළ කාලගුණ තත්ත්වය නිසා ජල විදුලි අත්පාදනය අඩුවීමෙන් විදුලි ජනනය මෙගා වොට් 2500 පමණ ප්‍රමාණයකට අඩු වෙලා තියෙන්නේ. විදුලි බල ඉල්ලුම වාර්ෂිකව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

Rural people fallen prey to illegal loan schemes: Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While claiming that people in rural areas had fallen prey to illegal loan schemes including micro-financing organisations, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa today urged the government to take steps to ban such organisations and to waive off loans obtained by the people from such organisations. He told parliament that it was important to introduce a micro-finance service at ground level to strengthen the rural economy. Raising a question under Standing Orders 23/2, he said people including farmers and fisherfolk had mortgaged their property to these organisations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

THE TRAGIC TALE OF IMPORTED DAIRY COWS
Tharindu Jayewardene and Bingun Menaka Gamage Courtesy The Daily Mirror
As the first stage of the project to import of dairy cows, 500 and 1500 dairy cows had been imported in 2012The estimated cost of this project was 73.95 million US dollarsThe talk of importing 20,000 dairy cows came to the surface again in 2017Many dairy cows had contracted the disease called ‘mastitis’ Sometime ago people had the habit of leveling allegations against certain authorities that they were involved in doing ‘ Harak weda’ (things unbecoming of them). This story... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

SLPP Chairman, Professor G.L. Peiris issues an ultimatum to SLFP
RANMINI GUNASEKARA Courtesy Adaderana
he Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday (1) told the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to take a stand at the final vote of the Budget this week, if they wished to form an alliance with the SLPP in the future. This was stated by SLPP Chairman, Professor G.L. Peiris at a press conference held at the SLPP headquarters in Battaramulla. “Our third round of talks, to form a joint coalition with the SLFP, will be held just five days after the final vote on the 2019 Budget. The whole... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

SriLankan Airlines to be sold to LTTE-funded company, trade unions claim
Courtesy Adaderana
SLFP-affiliated trade unions of SriLankan Airlines today claimed that the government is preparing to sell Sri Lanka’s national carrier to a company which is ‘operating with LTTE funds’. Representatives of the Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya – Sri Lankan Airlines, addressing a press conference today, vowed to resort to strict trade union action if the government goes ahead with such a deal. https://youtu.be/_qKB0dPgVSM Chairman of the association, Janaka Wijepathirana, alleged that the relevant Cabinet paper proposing the sale of SriLankan Airlines to a ‘company operating with LTTE funding’... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

SC orders to compensate residents affected by Chunnakam plant
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court has declared that the environmental damage caused by the Uthuru Janani thermal power plant in Chunnakam, Jaffna, has violated the fundamental rights of the residents of the area. The Bench passing the verdict comprised of Justices Priyantha Jayawardena, Prasanna Jayawardena, and L. T. B. Dehideniya. https://youtu.be/Bx1VTsyI3ac Accordingly, the court ordered the Northern Power Company Ltd., which operates the power plant, to pay an amount of Rs 20 million for the affected people in compensation. The Court ordered that the Rs 20 million should... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/19)

YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 9
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Revised 6.4.19 This essay deals with the continuing story of USA, its allies and Yahapalana.   Activities are presented in inventory form.  STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT Sunday Times stated in January 2019 that Sri Lankans are blissfully unaware that agreements have been signed with an important foreign government without proper consultation or studying the implication involved.  One agreement gives the defence forces of that powerful country legitimate access to Sri Lanka. Parliament has not been told about these defense deals.  Only cursory cabinet approval has been granted.  Sunday Times has seen... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

“Appachchi Avith” (Name of the Father)
Book Review: By Maximus Jayantha Anandappa (Sydney, Australia)
The recipient of the prestigious Swarna Pusthaka Award for the best novel in 2018, Saman Wickramaarachchi’s “Appachchi Avith” (titled “Name of the Father” in English) has been commended as an unqualified success in the Sinhala social and print media which had prompted me to pen my comments on the book. To me as a whole the novel is fundamentally flawed, too contrived and unconvincing with little literary merit to speak of, or to savour.  In keeping with what appears to be the contemporary norm, written in vernacular Sinhala,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

අම්ල වැසි වලට ඔරොත්තු දෙන දේශීය වී වර්ග සොයා ගත් පර්යේෂණයට සිසුන් තිදෙනෙක් ඇමරිකාවට
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
ඉන්ටෙල් ඉන්ටනැෂනල් සමාගම විසින් පවත්වන විද්‍යාව සහ ඉංජිනේරු භාවිතය පිළිබඳ ඉන්ටෙල් ජාත්‍යන්තර සමුළුව සඳහා නොයෙකුත් රටවල නව නිර්මාණ කරුවන් සාභාගි වෙති. 2008 වසරේ සිට ලංකාවේ නව නිපැයුම් හපනුන් ද මෙම තරඟයට එක්ව සිටිති. එහිදී වැදගත්ම කරුණ වූයේ එක් වර්ෂයක් ඇරුණු කොට සෑම වර්ෂයකම ලංකාවට ජයග්‍රහණයක් අත් කර දීමට හැකිවීමයි. 2019 වසරේ දී මෙම තරඟයට රටවල් හැත්තෑපහක් පමණ සාභාගිවනු ඇතැයි අපෙක්ෂා කෙරේ. මැයි මස දොලොස්වනදා සිට දාහත්වනදා දක්වා ඇමරිකාවේ අරිසෝනා ප්‍රාන්තයේ ෆීන්ක්ස් හිදී පැවැත්වෙන මෙම තරඟයට ලංකාවෙන් සිසුන් කණ්ඩායම් තුනක් සභාගි වෙයි. නව නිපැයුම් වලින් මුල් තැන් ගත් සිසුන් දෙදෙනෙක්ද පර්යේෂණ මගින් සොයා ගත් කරුණු සැලකිල්ලට ගෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Cool Customers and K(cool) Air Generators Difference between Private and public sector employees
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
I am writing this snippet to elaborate how Sri Lankan Have failed to win the heart of customers making them “ Cool.” I have a generator which is being serviced by a Company with “Cool Air “ . I called the company mobile number found in the website and the person who picked up the phone was none other than the Managing Director/CEO  of the company. This Company has an annual contract with me to service the Generator throughout the year . I introduced myself and inquired whether a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Studying health effects of micro-plastics will be a catalyst in efforts to save our oceans
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva
“A study of the health effects of marine plastic pollution and micro-plastics is important for strengthening national and global initiatives to combat plastic pollution of our oceans”, stressed Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, addressing an interactive Panel Discussion held at the Graduate Institute of Geneva as part of the Geneva Sustainability Week. At the interactive Panel Discussion ‘Our Plastic Future: Can the Oceans Survive?’ where a number of participants actively engaged, Ambassador Azeez elaborated Sri Lanka’s efforts and commitment towards achieving effective and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Sri Lanka tea plantations under investigation for labour rights
 by Lucy Patchett in Ethics, Supply chain, Sustainability  Courtesy  cips.org
Sri Lankan tea plantations in the central highland district of Nuwara Eliya are being investigated by the Rainforest Alliance and the Fairtrade Foundation for abusing labour workers rights and breaching ethical label standards. Investigations are underway, confirmed The Rainforest Alliance and the Fairtrade Foundation, and said that if plantations are found to be in violation of the ethical label’s standards their certification will be suspended or cancelled. The action follows reveleations by the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) that plantation workers wages were deducted without consent,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Australian cattle exported to Sri Lanka dying and malnourished, local farmers left suicidal
Exclusive by Lorna Knowles, ABC Investigations and Siobhan Heanue, South Asia correspondent Courtesy ABC News
PHOTO: Cows on Lammermoor Estate in Sri Lanka were part of the Australian export program. (ABC News: Siobhan Heanue)RELATED STORY: Aus jerseys hand-picked for Sri Lanka Hundreds of Australian and New Zealand cattle have died in a Federal Government-backed export deal with Sri Lanka, which local farmers say has left them broke, and in some cases, suicidal. Key points: About 500 Australian and New Zealand dairy cows have died after being shipped to Sri LankaThe scheme was underwritten by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Sri Lanka urged to halt death penalty plan
Courtesy Miami Herald COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
Amnesty International urged Sri Lanka Wednesday to halt plans to resume executions after more than four decades, saying capital punishment will not end drug-related crimes. The statement by the rights group came two days after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena announced that dates have been set for the country's first executions in 43 years amid rising alarm over drug-related crimes. Authorities have intensified a crackdown on narcotics to deter smugglers from using the Indian Ocean island nation as a transit point for distribution in the region. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Sri Lanka to hold largest ever military exercise
Courtesy China.org.cn
The Sri Lanka Army on Wednesday said it would hold the largest ever military exercise in July to coincide with 10 years since the end of the island's 30-year civil conflict between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels. In a statement, the army said the month-long military exercise will begin on July 1, with the participation of over 5,000 soldiers. The program titled, "Exercise -- Western Shield," will extend from Mannar, in the north to Puttalam, in the north western province, including Kalpitiya, Wilpattu National Park, Mavillu and Thabbowa Forest Reserves and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

Why the British should apologise to India
by Shashi Tharoor Courtesy RT
Screenshot from film Gandhi (1982); Director Richard Attenborough; International Film Investors; National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC); Goldcrest Films International; Indo-British; Carolina Bank The centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre is the right occasion for Britain to apologise for the evils of colonialism. Two years ago, on the UK publication of my book Inglorious Empire: What The British Did to India, I took the unusual step of demanding an apology from Britain to India. I even suggested the time and place – the centenary, on April... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

අස්ගිරියෙන් ‘ජනප‍්‍රසාදිනී’ පිදුම් ලද ඇමති ලක්‍ෂමන් කිරිඇල්ල ‘පල යකෝ යන්න.. පර බල්ලා’ කියා භික්‍ෂුණ් වහන්සේ නමකට බැණ බදී…[Video]
 lanka C news ‘නිකන් පලයන් යකෝ යන්න පර බල්ලා’ යැයි කියමින් රාජ්‍ය ව්‍යවසාය, කන්ද උඩරට උරුමය සහ මහනුවර සංවර්ධන ඇමැති ලක්ෂ්මන් කිරිඇල්ල මහතා විසින් භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේ නමකට ඉතා පහත් ලෙස බැණ වැදීමක් සිදු කර තිබේ. මෙම බැනවැදීම් සිදුකරන ලද්දේ ගම්පොල නාවලපිටිය මාර්ගය අවහිර කරමින් සිදුකරන ලද උද්ඝෝෂණයකදී එහි සිටි භික්ෂුන් වහන්සේ නමක් ඇමතිවරයාට ගත් දුරකථන ඇමතුමක දීය. https://youtu.be/rgHmQmt2F84 මාර්ගයක් පිළිසකර කර දෙන ලෙස ඉල්ලමින් මෙම විරෝධතාවය පැවැත්වූ අතර ඊට විශාල සංඛ්‍යාවක් ජනතාව ද එක්ව සිටිය අතර භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලාද පිරිසක් එක්ව සිටියහ. ඉන් එක් භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේ... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

මීවනපලානේ හිමියන්ගේ පිවිතුරු සිරි සද්ධර්මය බුද්ධාගම ද? බුද්ධ ධර්මය ද?
ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ කථිකාචාර්ය  මාවතගම පේමානන්ද හිමි,  ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ මහාචාර්ය ඊ. ඒ. වික්‍රමසිංහ  ශ්‍රී ලංකා බෞද්ධ හා පාලි විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
නිවන් අවබෝධ කර ගැනීමට උපකාරී වන එකම දහම බුදුරජාණන් වහන්සේ විසින් දේශනා කොට වදාළ ශ්‍රී සද්ධර්මය බව සැබැවි. එය වසර දෙදහස්‌ හයසියයකටත් අධික කාලයක්‌ ලොව පුරා පැවති සහ දැනටත් පවතින අනාගතයට ද වලංගු වන ඒකායන ධර්ම මාර්ගය යි. එය අමුතුවෙන් කිව යුත්තක්‌ නො වේ. බුදුදහම පහළ වූයේ දඹදිව වුවත් එම දහම සමස්‌ත ලෝකයටම සාධාරණ ධර්මතාවෙන් යුක්‌ත වූවකි. මීවනපලානේ හිමියන් බුදුන් වදාළ ධර්මය බුද්ධාගම හා බුද්ධ ධර්මය යනුවෙන් වෙන් වෙන් ව දක්‌වා ඇතත් ඒ දෙක පැහැදිලිව විස්‌තර කර නැත. එහිමියන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/19)

History rejects Tamil-NGO politics of Jehan Perera
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Hate speech comes in various shades of lies. It is the curse that haunts current of global politics. It runs from white supremacists in America to the boot-end of New Zealand. On the way to New Zealand it links up with Tamil supremacists and their NGO agents in Sri Lanka. Some lies are blunt like the Tamil extremists who passed a resolution in the Northern Provincial Council branding the democratically elected states since independence (1948) as instruments of Sinhala genocidal criminals. This is not only a lie that contradicts historical facts but also hate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

An Independent Afro-Asian UNO to replace the Western dictated UNO?
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara President Senior Citizens Movement Mahanuwara.
Posted on July 6th, 2010 This is an article published on 7.7.2010 in Lankaweb resubmitted for publication as it is more relevant and timely than ever before, in view of the ongoing and unending harassment deployed towards this country by the UNO and its other agencies like the UNCHR and Human Watch after reading the beautiful analysis of UNO by By Shenali Waduge under” Cut the crap UN – your foreign Missions have failed, your tribunals are dead ducks & UN is corrupt & biased, Posted on March... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

ගම සමග පිළිසදරක් ඇරඹේ
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ
ගම සමග පිළිසදරක් වැඩසටහනේ තුන්වැනි අධියර අප්‍රියෙල් 02 වැනිදා සිට ජුනි මස 01 වැනිදා දක්වා පැවැත්වෙයි. ඒ අනුව දින 60කින් රට පුරා ගම සමග පිළීසදරක් මැයෙන් රැස්වීම් 25000ක් පැවැත්වීමට නියමිතව ඇත. ඔබේම මව්බිම ඔබේම අදහස් ඇසුරින් ගොඩනගමු තේමාව යටතේ ගම සමග පිළිසදරක් වැඩසටහන අධීයර තුනක් යටතේ සංවිධානය කර ඇති අතර මේ වන විට එහි අධියට දෙකක් සාර්ථකව අවසන් කර තිබේ. ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ ප්‍රමුඛ නව රජයක් පත්වීමෙන් පසුව ක්‍රියාත්මක කෙරෙන ප්‍රතිපත්ති මාලාව සකස් කිරීම සදහා ජනතාවගේ අදහස් විමසීමේ අරමුණින් මෙම වැඩසටහන දියත් කෙරේ. තුන්වැනි අධියර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

Titanium Sands preparing resource update at Sri Lankan mineral sands project
Courtesy Proactive Investors Australia
Results and details of analyses will be released in June 2019. The Mannar deposit is on a sand island in the dry northwest of Sri Lanka Titanium Sands Ltd (ASX:TSL) is preparing to upgrade resources at the Mannar Island Heavy Mineral Sands Project in northwest Sri Lanka incorporating results from resource infill and extension drilling. A further 802 drill holes have been completed in the ongoing resource infill program. The latest drilling has reduced the nominal resource pattern down to 200 metres by 50 metres... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

How Gandhi ended up with the gods on a Sri Lankan temple’s entrance
By Nayanjot Lahiri Courtesy quasrtz
I first set my eyes on the gopuram (entrance towers of temples built in the southern Indian style) of the Vallipuram Vishnu temple on a warm Sunday morning in early March. Named after the nearby village, the temple complex looks like a small oasis among the surrounding sand dunes, which are dotted with clumps of grass and coconut trees. The dunes continue till the coast that fringes the northernmost part of the Jaffna peninsula of Sri Lanka. The temple is, in fact, not far from where the Palk Strait and the Bay of Bengal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

Some shocking reasons for power cuts
Millions of people are suffering and most are blaming the government for the current four-hour daily power cuts in most parts of the country. Difficult times or times of struggle are widely known to be the time when we should deeply ponder on what we have done or fail to do as responsible eco-friendly citizens in this era of global warming and climate change.    For instance Pope Francis has called on world religious leaders to come together for this battle against global warming and climate change because it is not only a personal or economic issue but... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

H’tota oil refinery a money laundering project: UPFA
Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Hambantota oil refinery project was not a genuine investment but is an attempt at money laundering to bring down money earned illegally through the Central Bank bond scam, UPFA MP Shehan Semasinghe said yesterday. He told parliament that Transparency International had also cast aspersions with regard to a money laundering attempt behind this project. The MP said this project was only meant to mark the Prime Minister's birthday and it was not a genuine investment. He told parliament that even the investor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

PCoI witness complains of intimidation
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing allegations of large scale corruption under the current government instructed the police unit attached thereto to investigate an attempt to intimidate witness Amal Suriyage of the Lammermoor Estate in Maskeliya by some officials of the Ministry of Rural Economic development and the Foresight Engineering Pvt. Ltd, the local agent for Wellard Rural Exports Pvt. Ltd., Australia. Suriyage is giving evidence on the questionable import of high-yielding cows in 2017; the Ministry of Rural Economic development signed an agreement to import 20,000 cows from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

Draconian provisions in Draconian provisions in proposed new counter terrorism law – Mahinda GL warns of police state
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
A pril 2, 2019, 9:32 pm Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, MP, yesterday said that they were ready for talks with political parties represented in parliament, including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), in a bid to thwart attempts to bring in controversial counter terrorism law targeting legitimate political opposition. Rajapaksa alleged that the proposed law meant to replace the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in accordance with current dispensation’s understanding with Western powers, threatened civil liberties. A top UPFA team comprising former... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

Water Board accountant sentenced to 37 years RI for stealing Rs. 12 mn
Courtesy The Island
A former accountant of the Keleniya Office of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) , Ananda Mabola, was sentenced by Colombo High Court judge Gihan Kulatunga, yesterday, to 37 years rigorous imprisonment for financial irregularities. Mabola was also ordered to pay the NWSDB Rs. 13 million as compensation and Rs. 4 million as fines. Kulatunga said that if Mabola failed to pay the fine, he would face an additional 23-year jail term. The case will be called again on May 31 so that Mabola can pay the fine and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/19)

Do we need a diary or beef industry?
Chandre Dharmawardana
Every one has by now heard of how a large number of cows have been imported in recent years, and how they had died causing severe problems to the dairy farmer. A recent report entitled “Importing exotic cows which performed poorly under local conditions” by Ananda Wickremasinghe appeared in the Last Sunday Times. In the 1970s, when I was a Director of the Leather Products corporation (DI became "Lanka Sam") there was discussion that "Lanka Sam" should have its own livestock and dairy farm to ensure its autonomous supply of cattle skin. This... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

Why Australia is the best place to be an online racist.
BY ANDREW JAKUBOWICZ. Courtesy John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations
When no name pulled the trigger over one hundred times as he sluiced his way through the congregations at two Christchurch mosques, nothing he did was new. It was bigger, perhaps more “successful”, and maybe better planned than his role models had been able to realise, but his actions were entirely predictable. The type of perpetrator was known, his personality and personal development trajectory predictable.  The likely weaponry was known. The roles that social media had played and would play in the events, apart from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

ද්‍රවිඩ සන්ධානයට ‘‘හයිබි‍්‍රඞ් උසාවි’’ පොරොන්දුව දුන්නේ කවුද?
ෂමින්ද්‍ර ෆර්ඩිනැන්ඩෝ  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ද්‍රවිඩ ජාතික සන්ධානයේ යාපනය දිස්ත‍්‍රික් මන්ත‍්‍රී මතියපරන් ආබ‍්‍රහම් සුමන්තිරන් මාර්තු 22 සවස ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව ජාත්‍යන්තර යුද අධිකරණය ඉදිරියට ගෙන යන බවට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී තර්ජනය කළේය. 2015 ඔක්තෝබර් 01දින පොරොන්දු වූ පරිදි ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා රජය විදේශීය විනිසුරුවරුන් ඇතුළු දෙමුහුන් යුද අධිකරණයක් පිහිටුවිය යුතු බවට ඔහු බල කළේය. එසේ කිරීමට රජය අවශ්‍ය ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ග නොගතහොත්, ද්‍රවිඩ ජනතාව ඉල්ලන පරිදි ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව ජාත්‍යන්තර යුද අධිකරණයට ගෙන යන බවත් පැවසීය. මෙය සුළු පටු තර්ජනයක් නොවේ. ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ නීතිඥයකු වන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මුදල් කාරක සභාවේ සාමාජිකයකු වූ සුමන්තිරන් මෙලෙස ප‍්‍රකාශ කළේ ඇයි? ජාත්‍යන්තර යුද අධිකරණ ක‍්‍රියාවලියෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව
අද (01) දින පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයින් -ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුනේ සභාපති මහාචාර්ය ජි. එල්. පීරිස් මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන මහතා පළාත් සභා සංසදයේ සභාපති කංචන ජයරත්න මහතා 
■             ජනාධිපතිවරයා හෝ විදේශ කටයුතු අමාතයංශය නොදැන ජිනිවා තානාපතිවරයාට උපදෙස් දුන් පුද්ගලයින් සම්බන්ධයෙන් ගන්නා පියවර මොනවාද ■             සුලුසිද්ධි සම්බන්ධයෙන් විදේශ ගමන් බලපත්‍රය අහෝසි කරනවා. නමුත් අර්ජුන මහේන්ද්‍රන් ට පැන යන්න අවස්ථාව දුන්නා. ■             එජාපයේ ජනතා විරෝධී වැඩපිළිවෙලට ශ්‍රිලනීපය හදවතින්ම විරුද්ධ නම් අප්‍රියෙල් පස්වෙනිදා එය පෙන්වන්න අවස්ථාව ලැබෙනවා. ■             ඉතිරි කාලයේ පරම්පරා ගණනකට සරිලන වීදියට උපයා ගැනීමයි ආණ්ඩුවේ ඉලක්කය වෙලා තියෙන්නේ. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

ගෝටාභයට ඇමරිකාවේ නඩු දාන්න බෑ.. ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ස්ථිරයි..
අරවින්ද අතුකෝරල
https://youtu.be/yZPgGr5Gp0s පිවිතුරු හෙල උරුමයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා එම පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මෙම අදහස් පල කලේය. එජාපයට මේ දිනවල ගෝඨා භය කියන මරාන්තික රෝගය හැදිලා උණ විකාරයෙන් කියවනවා. මාරාන්තිකයි කිව්වම ඔය රෝගය හැදුනට පස්සේ ආණ්ඩුව මැරෙනවා මැරෙනවා මයි.   රාවණා කුමරු ඉපදුනා කිව්වාම කුවේර රජතුමා වෙව්ලා ගියා වගේ පණ්ඩුකාභය කුමරු ඉපදුනු අවස්ථාවේ මාමාවරු බියෙන් සැලුනා වගේ නාගසේන හිමියන් දුටුවාම මිලින්ද රජ ත්‍රස්ත වුණා වගේ ගෝඨාභය මැතිඳු එන පුවත ඇසූ සැණෙන් එජාපය උණ විකාරයෙන් කියවන්න පටන් අරන්. මේ අය නිතර කියන කරුණු දෙකක් තිබෙනවා.  ඒ ඇමෙරිකාවේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

‘රූම් එකක් බුක් කරලා බිරිද එවන්න.. මගෙ ලිංගය පෙන්වන්නම්..’- රන්ජන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී අසභ්‍ය කතා.. ‘පකයා’ කියා බැනුම් අහගනී…
පාර්ලිමේන්තුව
https://youtu.be/DyLr7a0k_Y8 අයවැය කාරක සභා අවස්ථාවේ විවාදයේ දී අද දිනයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ දී රාජ්‍ය ඇමැති රංජන් රාමනායක මහතා සහ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී මොහාන් සිල්වා මහතා අතර උණුසුම් වචන හුවමාරුවක් ඇති විය. දෙදෙනා විසින් පැවසූ ඇතැම් වචන හැන්සාඩ් වාර්තාවෙන් ඉවත් කරන්නැයි පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ මූලාසනය විසින් දැනුම් දෙනු ලැබීය. ‘ඒ ගැන පරීක්ෂා කරන්න ඕන්නං එතුමාගේ බිරිඳයි රූම් එකකුයි බුක් කරන්න කියන්න. මට තියෙන්නේ මොන වගේ ලිංගයක්ද කියලා මම පෙන්නන්නම් එතුමගේ නෝනට ඇවිල්ලා’ යයි රාමනායක මහතා එක් අවස්ථාවක සඳහන් කළේය. මොහන් සිල්වා මහතාද ‘ප**’ කියා ඊට ප‍්‍රතිචාර දැක්වීමත් සමග වාදය උණුසුම් විය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

Unparliamentary language used in House
Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Unparliamentary language was used in the House today during a heated argument which broke out between UPFA Mohan Priyadarashana de Silva and State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake with regard to the selling of vehicle permits. The argument popped up when State Minister said he helped a poor girl by giving some of the money he collected from selling his vehicle permit. He said monetary help was given through the foundation he had formed by selling his permit. Mr. de Silva who shot back said Mr Ramanayake... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

ඉහළ කොත්මලේ හදන්න එපා කියලා උද්ගෝෂණ ආවා.නොරොච්චෝලය හැදුවොත් මරාගෙන මැරෙන තරමට විරෝධතා ආවා.මහින්ද යුද්ධය මැද ඒවත් සම්පුර්ණ කලා.
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(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

Open letter to Mr. Pujitha S.B.Jayasundara, Inspector General of Police of Sri Lanka.
By Charles.S.Perera
Mr.Pujitha S.B.Jayasundara, Inspector General of Police, Sri Lanka Dear Sir, I am presently living abroad but I am a man from a small village in Sri Lanka. Sir it is we the villagers who feel more for our country to the extent to  even shed tears in secret when we are unable to put right the wrongs that are being done to our country. I have read you are also from  a village Mahamukalaanayaaya in Bogamuwa. That means you are a real son of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/19)

Cut the crap UN – your foreign Missions have failed, your tribunals are dead ducks & UN is corrupt & biased
Proof is in the pudding they say and so when anyone in Sri Lanka tries to promote UN as the savior the best response is to ask them where ha the UN succeed. UN has had 49 Missions across the world since it started and all of them are virtual failures and none of these countries can say that UN has helped them solve their problems. UN has held tribunals too and none of these have ended with justice to victims except the judges and staff have got rich. Therefore, we in Sri Lanka clearly say we do not have... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 01/04/19)


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