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News Archive for Dec 2017

Beetle blocks tea supplies to Russia
Courtesy The Island
December 15, 2017, 10:51 pm Russia will place temporary restrictions on imports of all agricultural products from Sri Lanka, including tea, from Dec. 18, a report published by the Indian Express said quoting the Russian agricultural safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor. The IE report said: The watchdog said it had taken the decision to impose restrictions after it found an insect, known as the Khapra beetle, in the packaging of one consignment of tea from Sri Lanka. Khapra beetle (A representational Image) Tea from Sri Lanka accounts for 23 percent of Russia’s tea market, with other supplies... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

UN urges urgent reforms to end arbitrary detention in Lanka
Courtesy  Gulf Times
The United Nations yesterday urged the Sri Lankan government to urgently implement reforms to end war-time arbitrary detention and strengthen independent monitoring of tough legislation. Sri Lanka has used the 1979 Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to pursue a tough line to prevent aiding and abetting terrorism in the island nation’s long conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels. That legislation gives wide powers to police to arrest a suspect without informing the immediate family, restricts access to lawyers and allows detention of up to 18-months without charging. The war ended in 2009, but the government has not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

UN asks for Reform of Excesive use of Preventive Prison in Sri Lanka
Prensa Latina
Colombo, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, visiting Sri Lanka, today requested reforms to address the excessive use of pretrial detention and update the current legal framework. The delegation of that international organization declared in a statement that it visited prisons, police stations, institutions for minors, migrants and people with psychosocial disabilities, to assess their conditions. While recognizing Colombo's participation in United Nations human rights mechanisms, and its adherence to the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture, they called for urgent action to comply with the government's commitments in its National... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Stay Order issued on FCID over Gotabhaya trial extended till Jan 25
By Sanchith Karunaratna Courtesy  adaderana
The Stay Order issued by the Court of Appeal on the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) preventing any action against former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over the misappropriation of public funds was extended till January 25, 2018. The Court of Appeal issued a stay order on the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) preventing any action against former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over public properties following court proceedings on November 29. Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal seeking an interim order preventing the police from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

UN rights experts urge Sri Lanka to urgently end arbitrary detention
Courtesy Adaderana
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country. The experts recognize positive initiatives, including engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, as well as the recent accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. However, they say further urgent action is required to give effect to Sri Lanka’s obligations under international human rights law, as well as the commitments made by the Government in its Human Rights National Action Plan 2017-2021. “The right to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

SLFP supports devolution of power – Lasantha Alagiyawanna
By Ranjith Kumara Samarakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Lasantha Alagiyawanna said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) supports devolution of power. "For that, the Executive Presidency is necessary. That is why we say if power is devolved, the unitary status of the country must be safeguarded. That was our opinion for decades." Following are excerpts: Do you have any responsibilities at the Ministry? A: Definitely. I always became a Deputy Minister under the best Cabinet Ministers. It is a privilege to work for Minister Mangala Samaraweera. You have been a Deputy Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Six SLPP nominations rejected JO to file writ application
By Rathindra Kuruwita, Kavindya Chris Thomas and W.K. Prasad Manju Courtesy Ceylon Today
Six Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) nomination lists, for the upcoming Local Government elections, have been rejected by Election officials. A spokesperson for the Election Commission said that the SLPP lists for the Agalawatta Pradeshiya Sabha, the Badulla Urban Council, the Mahiyanganaya Pradeshiya Sabha, the Panadura Urban Council, the Maharagama Urban Council and the Weligama Urban Council had been rejected. The SLPP list for the Maharagama Urban Council was rejected due to the lack of the mandatory percentage of female candidates in the list. Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

RAPE OF FOREIGN TOURISTS IN INDIA
ALI SUKHANVER
‘A foreign tourist is someone traveling abroad for at least twenty-four hours’, defined the League of Nations in 1936. The United Nations did a little amendment in the definition in 1945 by extending the maximum stay to six months. However, be it a stay for twenty four hours or for six months, every tourist brings a lot of economic prosperity to the place or region he visits. Tourism is always an important source of income because it brings in large amounts of income into a local economy in the shape of payments for tourism related services.  Moreover... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

MY HEART BLEEDS FOR THEE
Susantha Wijesinghe A MELVIN JONES FELLOW.
My Heart Bleeds for Thee for Thy Pain For Thy gave Thy life for Thy Tusks, Evil inhumanity even inflicts death for Gain Though Mans' sordid satisfaction, truly ends at Dusk.   A Noble Pachyderm, thou art be venerated For Thy Innocent Majestic Demeanor, We pray your Kind be worldly disseminated With no Mans lust for sadistic misdemeanor. The above few lines have been written, with heartfelt dedication to the Majestic Elephant TUSKERS, that have been shot down recently, for their TUSKS, namely, DALA POOTTUVA, and THANI DALAYA, amongst other beautiful Tuskers and Elephants,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

WILL THE POPE RAISE THE PLIGHT OF BUDDHISTS AND HINDUS IN BANGLADESH? CRISIS IN THE CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS
Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Courtesy Modern Tokyo Times
The international media in certain Western and Islamic dominated nations are awash about the Pope using “a fake ethnic name,” in relation to Bengali Muslims in Myanmar. However, how come the same media isn’t asking for the Pope to raise the serious issue of de-Hinduization throughout Bangladesh? Likewise, will the same media ask the Pope to focus on the rich Buddhist and Hindu reality of the Chittagong Hill Tracts that is being destroyed by endless Bengali Muslim migration? Of course, the Chittagong Hill Tracts and the region of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

German Dharmaduta Society statement on the death of the former Ambassador to Germany the late Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama
Senaka Weeraratna(Hony. Secretary, German Dharmaduta Society)
I would like to express on behalf of the German Dharmaduta Society and Das Buddhistische Haus (Berlin Vihara) our deep sadness on the sudden loss of the former Ambassador to Germany the late Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama, who passed away on December 13, 2017.  During his period of service as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Germany ( 2014 – 2017) he was a constant visitor to Das Buddhistische Haus (Berlin Vihara) in Germany, with members of his family and staff, and they extended their fullest support and patronage under his guidance to the Buddhist religious... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

මෛත‍්‍රිට ජනපති පුටුව තව මාස 18යි.. ජනාධිපතිවරණය ඔක්තොම්බරයේ අරඹෙයි.. 19 වන සංශෝධනය මෙන්න..
 lanka C news
හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහහා විසින් නිකුත් කරනු ලැබූ මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයක් මෙහි දැක්වෙයි. එළඹෙන පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය ඊළඟ ජනාධිපතිවරණය දක්වා දිවයන ඡන්ද පෙළක ආරම්භයයි. ජනතාව ඉදිරියට යෑමට තිබුණු බිය නිසාම ආණ්ඩුව විසින් අවුරුදු තුනකට ආසන්න කාලයකින් ප්‍රමාද කරන ලද පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය සඳහා දැන් නාම යෝජනා බාරගෙන ඇත. පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දයක් යනු රටේ දේශපාලන බලය වෙනස් වන ඡන්දයක් නොවුවත්, මේ ඡන්දයට සුවිශේෂ වැදගත්කමක් ආරූඪ වී ඇත්තේ මෙය වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුවට විරෝධය පෑමට ඡන්ද බලය පාවිච්චි කිරීමට ජනතාවට ලැබෙන පළමු අවස්ථාව වන නිසාය. මීට කලින් ඊනියා යහපාලකයන් යටතේ පවත්වන ලද ඡන්දය වූයේ 2015 පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැතිවරණයයි. ජනාධිපතිවරයා ඒ ඡන්දයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa fires damaging first salvo against UNP, SLFP, JVP in run-up to LG polls
Courtesy The Island
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday fired a broadside at the UNP, SLFP and JVP for working hand in glove to promote all anti-democratic and anti-national causes. Text of Rajapaksa’s statement: Nominations have now been accepted for the local government elections which had been delayed by nearly three years due to the government’s fear of the voting public. Even though a local government election is not an election at which political power changes hands, this election is of special significance because this is the first time the people will have an opportunity to use the ballot to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/12/17)

Colonialism is the root cause for the majority of present global issues
Shenali D Waduge
The World Bank says 1.4 billion people in developing countries are living under extreme poverty. All of these are former colonies drained off their wealth. Not many know or are informed of the legacy of colonial crimes committed by European colonial explorers together with the Church. Invasion, occupation, plunder, murder, elimination of everything traditional was their objective. Every Christian/Catholic in Americas, Asia, Africa & Australiasia came to be so as a result of forced/coercive conversions. While all these crimes are still unaccounted, the same perpetrators are using UN and international legal systems & nomenclatures like R2P... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

A Reply to Kautilya
Charles.S.Perera
Kautilya represents a People’s Forum which supports the Yahapalanaya . Kautilya, before you hasten to reply to my article , you should have understand what I said. I said that SWRD Bandaranaike’s SLFP died on the 16 January,2015, when the then President of the SLFP - the President Mahinda Rajapakse thrust the Presidency of the SLFP on the President elect Maithripala Sirisena.  In other words when the President Sirisena became the President of SLFP,   it was no more the SLFP of SWRD Bandaranayake. Why ? Because  when SWRD  left UNP, it was never to come back to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

Like the jackal in the story of “The lion, bear and the jackal” the UNP will set the JO and SLFP against each other until they kiss the dust and consume the carcasses, at the forthcoming Local government elections.
Sudath Gunasekara
12 12 2017 Looking at the way things are taking shape in the present political Sunami and the bitter infighting in the SLFP as JO vs pseudo SLFP of the President unless the people take my advice outlined in the essay ‘The need for all true SLFP voters to stand with the Mahinda Rajapaksa Camp at the forthcoming Local Government elections’ appeared on 9. 12 2017, very seriously and act accordingly I have a strong feeling that there will be a re -enacting of the proverbial story of “The lion, bear and the jackal” we have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

COMMENCEMENT OF BROADCASTING IN SRI LANKA IT WAS ON 16TH DECEMBER 1925. 93 YEARS AGO.
By- Dr.Sripali Vaiamon.Vice President SRI LANKA VETERAN BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION.
CONTRIBUTING AN ARTICLE TO THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY COPY OF BROADCASTING IN SRI LANKA BY THE LATE MR.H.M.GUNASEKARA,THE PRESIDENT OF The VETERAN BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION IN SRI LANKA,CATAGORICALLY SAID,  BRITAIN INAUGRATED REGULAR BROADCASTING SERVICE IN NOVEMBER 1922,-ON THE SAME YEAR THE CEYLON WIRELESS CLUB WAS FORMED BY A FEW OF  OUR RADIO ENTHUSISASTS IN CEYLON... In 1923, The Ceylon Telegraph department commenced experiments in broadcasting with a small transmitter built from parts recovered from a captured German submarine and some spares belonging to the Colombo ship-to-shore telegraphy transmitter The team was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/12/17)

Plastic bottles and food containers-What does the evidence show about plastic and cancer?
cancer research uk.org
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/cancer-controversies/plastic-bottles-and-cling-film What does the evidence show about plastic and cancer?
People have claimed chemicals inside plastics leach into food or drink causing cancer. In particular there have been concerns about Bisphenol A (BPA) and dioxins in plastic bottles or plastic containers. But there is no convincing evidence to show using plastic bottles or plastic containers increases the risk of cancer. What research has been done?
Most of the concerns about plastic bottles and containers focus on whether chemicals inside the plastic can move out into food or drink. And if... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

Royal Asiatic Society Monthly Public Lecture - “Machines in early Sri Lanka: A survey based on Buddhist Commentaries”
Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL)
Public Lecture  “Machines in early Sri Lanka: A survey based on Buddhist Commentaries” by  Mr. Chandana Jayawardana  On  Monday 18th December 2017 at 5.00 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07   ALL ARE WELCOME... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

ව්‍යාජ පංදිචිය සහ හැඳුනුම්පත් අංක ඇතුළත් කොට පොහොට්ටුවේ නාමයෝජනා ප්‍රතිකේෂප කිරිමේ කුමන්ත්‍රණයක්.. මෙන්න විසඳුම සියලු විස්තර මැතිවරණ වෙබ් අඩවියෙන්..
lanka C news
මේ වනවිට දිවයින පුරා මැතිවරණ උණුසුම ඉහළ යද්දි ආණ්ඩුවේ සියලු උපායමාර්ග වී ඇත්තේ කෙසේ හෝ මහින්දගේ ශ්‍රීලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ නාමයෝජනා ලැයිස්තු ප්‍රතිකේෂ්ප කිරිමට උපායමාර්ග සැලසුම් කිරිමයි. මේ බැව් හෙලිවෙන්නේ කන්ද උඩරට පලාතක ආණ්ඩුවේ සිටින අමාත්‍යවරයෙකුගේ ආධාරකරුවෙකුගෙනි. එබැවින් දිවයිනේ සෑම ඡන්දදායයකුගේම අනන්‍යතාවය තහවුරු කර ගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය සියලු දත්ත සිංහල,දෙමළ සහ ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂා ත්‍රිත්වයන් ලබාගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය පහසුකම් මේ වනවිට ස්වාධීන මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ වෙබ් අඩවියට පිවිසීමෙන් තහවුරු කර ගත හැකිය. ඒ අනුව පහත සඳහන් උපදෙස් අනුව දිවයිනේ ඕනම ප්‍රදේශය වෙසෙන ඡන්දදායකුගේ අනන්‍යතාවය තහවුරු කර ගත හැකිය. මේ සඳහා ඕනම පරිඝණකයක් හෝ ස්මාර්ට් ෆෝන් එකක් පාවිච්චි කොට ගූගල් පිටුවට ඇතුල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

360 with Nissanka Senadhipathi ( 27-11-2017 )
Avant Guard - How it was destroyed by Yahapalanaya Must listen
https://youtu.be/XxOVRJWAVCo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

PROTECT WILPATTU - වරෙවු වරෙවු විල්පත්තුව බේරා ගනිවු
වරෙවු වරෙවු විල්පත්තුව බේරා ගනිවු !! බේරගන්න විල්පත්තුව ලංකාවේ විල්පත්තුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙළ ගැහුනාවේ
https://youtu.be/yeYY4iYdXuw වරෙවු වරෙවු විල්පත්තුව බේරා ගනිවු !! බේරගන්න විල්පත්තුව ලංකාවේ විල්පත්තුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙළ ගැහුනාවේ අනුරපුරය, මන්නාරම, පුත්තලමත් යා කෙරේ උතුර, වයඹ, දකුණු වෙරලබඩ සීමා අනතුරේ මස් වැද්දා කුරුළු සතුන් මැරුවානේ සංරක්ෂිත විල්ලු වනය කැපුවානේ ලක්බිමේ, උරුමයේ, අපෙ.. තුන් හෙළේ, පින් බිමේ….. ඉරත් හඳත් උහුලන්නැති, විනාශයට එරෙහිව අපි බදුර්දීන් පාහරකම් පිටුදකිමු ලොක්කො සොක්කො කුට්ටි අරං, විල්පත්තුව කන්න අරං හුස්ම ගන්න විල්පත්තුව රැක ගනිමු බේරගන්න විල්පත්තුව¬¬¬¬¬ ලංකාවේ විල්පත්තුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙළ ගැහුනාවේ එකා වගේ…. රැක ගනිවු, අරගලේ….. කරපියවු, අප්පච්චිගෙ කාලෙ පටං දේශපාලු ලොක්කො හිටං බය නැති අගමැති ඇමතිලා පන්නාගමු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

Truly tragic story How a celebrated officer ended up at Welikada
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 12, 2017, 8:25 pm Sri Lanka Navy celebrated its 67th anniversary last Friday (Dec 9) with Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe at the helm. Ranasinghe succeeded Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah last October amidst simmering controversy over Sri Lanka’s decision to acquire a frigate from Russia, nine years after the successful conclusion of the war. The government defended the acquisition, both in and outside parliament, with State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena likening acquisition of expensive vessel to the purchase of a BMW at the price of a Toyota. Sinniah, who had duly retired in July... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය කල් දමා ගැනීමට ක්ෂේත්‍ර නිලධාරීන් හරහා  විපක්ෂ කණ්ඩායමක උත්සාහයක්
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය කැෆේ සංවිධානය
පළාත් පාලන ඡන්ද විමසීම  කල් දමා ගැනීම සඳහා ක්ෂේත්‍ර නිලධාරීන් කිහිප දෙනෙකු මගින්   ප්‍රබල විපක්ෂ කණ්ඩායමක් මේ වනවිට උත්සහ දරමින් සිටියි.  සමෘද්ධි නිලධාරීන් සහ ක්ෂේත්‍ර නිලධාරීන්ට සේවයේ නිරතව සිටින අතරතුරදීම ඡන්ද විමසීම සඳහා ඉදිරිපත් වීමට නොහැකි බව පවසමින් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය හමුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති මෙම නඩු තුන  පසුපස පළාත් පාලන ඡන්ද විමිසීම කල්දමා ගැනීමේ උත්සහයක් ක්‍රියාත්මක බව  කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ අදහසයි. තමන් ක්ෂේත්‍ර නිලධාරින් ලෙස කටයුතු කරන බැවින්  ඉදිරි පළාත් පාලන ඡන්ද විමසීම  සඳහා තරඟ කිරීමට ඇති අයිතිය අහිමි වී ඇති බව සඳහන් කරමින්  ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති මානව හිමිකම් නඩුවේ  එක් පෙත්සම් කරුවෙකු මේ වනවිටත් සේවයෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

Electric car plant, lithium battery factory in Lanka soon - Dr Yaddehige
Courtesy The Daily News
Richard Pieris & Company PLC plans to invest between Rs 15 to 20 billion in several unique projects in the next three years that will see electric cars, lithium batteries and Oud perfume manufactured in Sri Lanka. Dr. Sena Yaddehige, Chairman of Richard Pieris & Company PLC, said the group profit that stood at Rs 180 million in 2002, today, before even finishing the year has increased to Rs 4,100 million, a 28 times increase. He further said the business that commenced manufacturing rubber erasers has developed to such a extent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය ජනතාවගේ ප්‍රයෝජනය සඳහා විය යුතුයි
සම ලේකම් නිදහස් වෙළඳ කලාප සහ පොදු සේවා සේවක සංගමය
2017 දෙසැම්බර් මස 11 වන දින පවත්වන ලද සංගමයේ විධායක කාරක සභාවේ සාකච්ඡා කොට නිකුත් කරන ලද පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණ ප්‍රකාශය අවුරුදු 03 ට ආසන්න කාලයක් මේ ආණ්ඩුව විසින් ඔවුන්ගේ පක්ෂ අභ්‍යන්තරයේ දිග හැරුණු බල අරගල වෙනුවෙන් කල් තැබූ පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය ලබන වසරේ පෙබරවාරියේ දී පැවැත්වීමට සූදානම් කෙරෙන්නේ යැයි මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස් මාධ්‍යයට පවසා තිබිණ. එහෙත් ඒ අතරතුර දේශපාලන වුවමනාවන් මත මැතිවරණය නැවත කල් තැබීමට අධිකරණ නියෝග ලබා ගැනීමේ උත්සාහයන් නොතිබිය හැකි යැයි සහතිකයක් ද නැත. සීමා නිර්ණ වාර්තා සම්පූර්ණ නැතැයි මෙතරම් කාලයක් ආණ්ඩුවේ වුවමනාවන් වෙනුවෙන් මේ මැතිවරණය කල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/12/17)

LORD NASEBY AND THE PRESIDENT’S LETTER
by SANJA DE SILVA JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island
December 12, 2017, 11:06 pm The Island has to be congratulated on its ‘scoop’ of a statement by Lord Naseby in response to the summary dismissal by the British High Commission in Colombo of his views on the infamous UNHRC Resolution 30/1 of 2015 and the increasingly untenable figure of 40,000 civilian casualties. According to the statement "Lord Naseby makes it quite clear that he shall pursue every organisation and the persons involved to ensure that the Darusman Report figure on civilian casualties is publicly amended to reflect that the truth about... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

UN urged to visit SLN officers held at Welikada Detection of suspects-Weerasekera alleged that the government had been harassing some selected military personnel in a bid to appease the UN
Courtesy The Island
Former Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera yesterday told The Island that a three-member UN delegation now on a visit here should visit military personnel, including Commodore D. K. P. Dassanayake and Commander Sumith Ranasinghe remanded at the maximum security Welikada Prison over their alleged involvement in wartime abductions. Weerasekera said so after having visited Dassanayake and Ranasinghe, who had been denied bail several times and were recently re-remanded again till January 11, 2018. Weerasekera alleged that the government had been harassing some selected military personnel in a bid to appease the UN. Dassanayake... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

AG calls upon govt . to address international concerns immediately US anti-corruption advisor to be based here
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 12, 2017, 11:22 pm Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe yesterday alleged that the failure on the part of successive governments to take tangible measures to tackle state sector waste, corruption and irregularities had contributed to US decision to propose a Colombo-based Resident Legal Advisor. Had those who had been at the helm and the government of the day followed basic laws and brought in required new legislation, Sri Lanka wouldn’t have ended up among group of nations categorized as corrupt, Wijesinhe told The Island, in response to a query. Sri Lanka has been categorised... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

“OBATA PUTHE MAGAK NATHE” STORY OF A FAILED SOCIETY
By Gomin Dayasri Courtesy The Daily Mirror
People - blame themselves in back peddling a lost leadership back to power. Think before you act stupidly - realize the folly in creating a situation of having no foreseeable future for the country you truly love: to whatever denomination you may belong - desire a future for your siblings in living in this land of yours? Are you at home blaming yourself. Be positive: the country needs you in this hour of peril, more than at most other times. Awake Countrymen! Blame yourselves, as elders, if you failed to propel... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

Marapana as compromise Prime Minister
By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today
While there is much uncertainty now about what will happen to the country, certain certainties are assured. Chief amongst them is the headlong destruction of his reputation that Ranil has precipitated in the last three years. I do not refer only to his unashamed capers with regard to the bond scam, the continuing defence and harbouring of Mahendran and now Ravi, the snide attacks on the Auditor General and Nivard Cabraal without substantiating them, the blithe disregard for the massive loss the country suffered not once but thrice. What is also clear is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

Security Sector reforms in Sri Lanka Reduction of troops and rural economy
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy Ceylon Today
Ever since the end of the civil war in 2009, there has been a debate on the need for security sector reforms in Sri Lanka. With the defeat of the Rajapaksa administration and with the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) promising such reforms, the debate has rekindled. The need for security sector reforms is recognized by different actors across the spectrum, from people who want a complete demilitarization of the North and the East to people like me who have insisted that the nation can't reduce defence expenditure. With such diverging stakeholders... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

I work only to achieve the objectives of the Joint Opposition – Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
By Sanchith Karunaratna Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that he will work only to fulfill the requirements of the Joint Opposition. He further stated that his brother and former Minister Basil Rajapaksa has not and will not make political decisions on behalf of him. The former President expressed these sentiments after visiting the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy earlier today (12). https://youtu.be/J6iz2QKrVjA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

Saw Namal carrying money filled bags on his shoulders to deposit in a Dubai Bank.  A boy wearing a Short and killing Thajudeen is in CCTV cameras.  To be arrested tomorrow
Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Given below is the translation of a speech made by the member of Parliament for Hambantota District Mr. Namal Rajapaksa at a meeting of the Central Committee of the Minuwangoda  electorate of the Joint Opposition held at the Reggie Ranatunge Commemoration Hall in Udugampola.  The meeting was convened by the Gampaha District MP and convenor of the Joint Opposition Mr. Prasanna Ranatunga and a large crowd of several thousand from the Minuwangoda electorate attended. This meeting was held to affirm the victory of the Joint Opposition in the forthcoming local government elections. Participants... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

GANGODAWILA SOMA THERA: AN ILLUSTRIOUS AND INSPIRATIONAL LIFE 
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  
Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thera’s untimely death occurred 14 years ago, on December 12, 2003. He was 55 years of age.  It was one of the greatest losses of the nation. The   spontaneous outpouring of grief especially among our people was unprecedented in the living memory of our motherland. Millions of Sinhala Buddhists, including those living overseas, were shocked and grieved at the loss of an outstanding monk. The crowds that flocked to Colombo from all parts of the country to pay their last respects have been unparalleled in living memory. This is reflective of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

The SLFP’s crisis
By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island
December 11, 2017, 10:45 pm The SLFP’s crisis is a crisis of ideological identity. It is also an existential crisis. The SLFP is divided into two tendencies, a Minority (‘Menshevik’) faction with 44 seats in Parliament, led by President Sirisena, not all of them elected, and a Majority (‘Bolshevik’) faction with over 50 seats, led by former President Rajapaksa. The ‘official’ SLFP (Minority) is a junior partner of its traditional foe the UNP, and therefore has an ideological vacuum within it. It does not know what it stands for and what it is.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

ගම is ok: දෙන්න දෙයක් නැහැ, තිබුනත් දෙන්නෙත් නැහැ
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
 "දෙපැත්තෙන්ම කෑව ඇති.  ජවිපෙට ගම දීල බලමු."  ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ මැතිවරණ පෝස්ටරය මෙයයි.  මීට අවුරුදු විස්සකට විතර පෙර ඒ වගේම පෝස්ටරයක් ගැහුවා. 'උනුත් එකයි, මුනුත් එකයි, මෙදා පාර අපි ජවිපෙට.' ඊට පස්සේ ජවිපෙ විරෝධීන් මෙහම කිව්වා: 'උනුත් එකයි, මුනුත් එකයි, තොපිත් එකයි.'  මැතිවරණ කාලේ ඔහොම තමයි.  මැතිවරණයක් කියන්නේ 'මමයි පොර' කියල කියාගන්න සමයක්.  සමයමක්.  'ජවිපෙට ගම දීල බලමු' කියන්නේ කොහේ හරි ඉන්න අපක්ෂපාතී නිරීක්ෂකයෙක් වත් ගම වත් නෙවෙයි, ජවිපෙ මයි.  'අපට දෙන්නකෝ' කියල කියන කොට ටිකක් මදි වගේ කියල හිතෙන්න ඇති.  කොහොම වුනත් 'අපි වෙනස්' කියන කතාව පරණයි.  ඒ විතරක් නෙවෙයි ඒක අර්ධ සත්‍යයක්. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/12/17)

නේස්බි සාමිවරයාට ජනපති මෛත‍්‍රී රහසේ ස්තූති කරයි.. දේව රහසක් සේ රැකගත් ලිපිය මෙන්න..
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පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා එම පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මෙසේ අදහස් පල කලේය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ යුද අපරාධ සිදු වුණු බවට එක්සත් ජාතින්ගේ සමුළු ඉදිරියේ එන යෝජනාවට ලෝක ඉතිහාසය වෙනස් කරමින් අපේ රටේම විදේශ ඇමති සමඅනුග්‍රාහකයත්වය දැක්වූවා. එවැනි පසුබිමක ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සමීප මිතුරෙකු වන එක්සත් රාජධානියේ නේස්බි සාමිවරයා පසුගිය ඔක්තෝම්බර් 11 දින ලංකාවේ යුද අපරාධ සිදු නොවුණු බවට කරුණු දක්වමින් බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සාමිමණ්ඩලයේදී කතාවක් කළා. ලංකාව වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටීම පිළිබඳ ස්තූති කරලා ජනාධිපතිතුමා නේස්බි සාමිවරයාට ලිපියක් යවනවා. ඒක අපි අගය කළ යුතු දෙයක්. නමුත් නේස්බි සාමිවරයාව සමස්ත ශ්‍රී ලංකාව වෙනුවෙන් ජනපති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

Statement from Lord Naseby Sends detailed evidence to United Nations including Gash Despatches
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The UK Government was one of the initiators and a co-sponsor of the resolution. disappointing that the British High Commission fails to acknowledge the importance of the despatches of its own former Defence Attaché hugely misleading figure in the Darusman Report of 40,000 Tamil civilians killed whereas the truth is about 6,500 and seeking a correction. ...publicly amended to reflect that the truth about an estimated 6,500 Tamil civilians who died ... Lord Naseby wishes to state the following with regard to the response attributed to the British High Commission in Colombo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

Consultative Task Force (CTF) recommendations to address accountability
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
December 11, 2017, 9:05 pm In the wake of the most recent challenge by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords to the oft touted claim of 40,000 civilian deaths, the former Secretary to the Consultative Task Force for Reconciliation Mechanisms, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu has called for setting up a Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence Commission (TJRNRC) to address accountability issues and included Section 5 of the of the Consultative Task Force (CTF) report, in his response (The Island, December 4, 2017). Relevant paragraphs of Section 5are as follows: 5.3: "The CTF is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

Lord Naseby responds to British High Commission, Colombo; sends wartime dispatches to UN
Courtesy The Island
December 11, 2017, 10:37 pm Lord Naseby has expressed disappointment over the British High Commission, in Colombo, callously dismissing wartime dispatches from its own Defence Attache, Colonel Anton Gash. Apropos a response from the British High Commission in Colombo to a query raised by the The Island, in its Dec 5, 2017 issue, headlined ‘Naseby’s call doesn’t reflect UK’s stand – HC’, Lord Naseby told The Island he had forwarded a full set of papers consisting of the Hansard transcript of the debate he had initiated in the House of Lords on October 12, the entire... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

Prez engineers more defections: Udaya sounds warning to JO
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 11, 2017, 10:29 pm Deputy Leader of the breakaway JVP faction National Freedom Front (NFF) parliamentarian Weerakumara Dissanayake yesterday received SLFP membership from President and SLFP leader Maithripala Sirisena. Former MP and Chairman of NFF Piyasiri Wijenayake and North Central Province PC member P. B. Kumara, too, received SLFP membership. Anuradhapura District MP Dissanayake switched his allegiance to President Sirisena close on the heels of another UPFA MP Sriyani Wijewickrema belonging to Mahajana Eksath Peramuna representing the Digamadulla electoral district deserting the JO. A senior spokesperson for the NFF yesterday told The Island... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

Who birthed LTTE & Tamil Militancy & who later adopted it?
Shenali D Waduge
The world is demanding to know how and who killed the LTTE. Based on this same logic shouldn’t we have the right to know who created, who funded, who armed, who financially supported, who provided logistics & material support, who promoted & campaigned on behalf of the LTTE? The beginning of the story should matter more than the end. A new government must hold a Commission of Inquiry into how LTTE terrorism started and all the stake holders involved. What is curious is that the Tamil New Tigers (TNT) was launched on 22 May 1972... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ‘GENEVA RESOLUTIONS’ Part 1 (Revised)
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The government of Sri Lanka defeated the LTTE in May 2009, and the Eelam War IV came to an end. Soon after, the separatist movement went into its next phase of attack, which was UN action against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was to be punished for defeating the LTTE and the LTTE was to be exonerated. UN action was attempted in 2007 when United Nations Security Council was asked to approve sanctions against Sri Lanka. This was the very first time, said analysts, that there had been a censure motion against Sri Lanka in any international body,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

ඇල්ලේ ගුණවංශ හිමි කී සුළුකොට තැකිය නොහැකි දේ
https://youtu.be/vPjmeA0oX0w... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 11/12/17)

අරලියගහ මැඳුරට කැඳවා අගමැති හාමුදුරුවන්ට පගාව දුන්නා
 ලසිත දුමින්ද
මෙලෙස මුදල් දීම අවභාවිතාවක්‌ නොවේද? බෙංගමුවේ නාලක හිමි අගමැති පිංකමක්‌ කරන වෙලාවේදීත් මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂට මඩ ගහනවා - ගලගම ධම්මරංසි හිමි
ජනතාවගේ කැමැත්තක්‌ නොමැති ආණ්‌ඩුව අද විහාරස්‌ථාන මාර්ගයෙන් ජනතා කැමැත්ත දිනා ගැනීමේ අසාර්ථක උත්සාහයක නිරතව සිටින බව ජාතික හිමිකම් සංවිධානයේ සභාපති බෙංගමුවේ නාලක හිමියෝ පැවැසූහ.     නාරාහේන්පිට අභයාරාමයේ ඊයේ (08 වැනිදා) පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී එසේ සඳහන් කළ ජාතික හිමිකම් සංවිධානයේ සභාපති බෙංගමුවේ නාලක හිමි මෙසේද පැවැසූහ.    අගමැතිතුමනි, මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා මොනවද කළේ අතුරලියේ රතන හිමි දන්නවා. උන්වහන්සේගේ පන්සල සකස්‌ කළේ පසුගිය රජයයි. එහෙම කරගත් රතන හිමි අද පසුගිය රජයට විරුද්ධව එකතු වුණා. මේවා ජනතාව දන්නවා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

දෙයියන්ටම ඔප්පු වෙච්චාවේ (හාල් පොල් පිටරටින්)
කතු වැකිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
වගාවට මුල්තැන දෙන සංස්‌කෘතියක්‌ හදන්නට, ගොවියා රජ කරවන්නට, රට සහලින් ස්‌වයංපෝෂිත කරවන්නට පැමිණි යහපාලන ආණ්‌ඩුව හාල්, පොල්, පිටරටින් ගෙන්වන්නට සැරසෙන බව කියෑවේ. ඉස්‌සර නම් කීවේ 'හඳෙන් ගෙනැවිත්' හෝ හාල් දෙන බවය. එහෙව් එකේ පිටරටින් හෝ හාල් පොල් ගෙන්වීමට තීරණය කිරීම ගැන අපේ අහිතක්‌ නැත. එහෙත් දුකට කාරණාවක්‌ තිබේ. එනම් තේ, පොල්, රබර් අපනයනය කරන්නට නම් දරාපු රටකට පොල් පිටරටින් ආනයනය කරන්නට සිදුවීමය. හාල් අතිරික්‌තයක්‌ ඇතැයි කියන, ඒ අතිරික්‌තය බියර් හදන්නට විකුණන රටකට හාල් පිටරටින් ගෙන්වන්නට සිදුවීමය. විශාල කරදරයක්‌ සිදු වූ විට එලොව පොල් පෙනුණා යනුවෙන් කියන කතාවද, කුමක්‌ හෝ පිස්‌සුවක්‌ නටන පුද්ගලයකුට දෙයියන්ගේ හාල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

The moment of truth for UN
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 10, 2017, 12:00 pm US President Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is capable of doing with his restless tongue what his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un, or ‘Rocket Man’, is threatening to do with nukes—wreaking destruction. His decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has plunged the entire region into chaos with violence escalating in the occupied territories of Palestine. All signs are that an unprecedented bloodbath is around the corner—absit omen! Trump’s decision is, no doubt, a threat to Palestine and global peace. Above all, it has caused an existential crisis... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

Corruption Free Society: Judge yourself
MOHAN SAMARANAYAKE Courtesy The Island
"It is true; there was always corruption and fraud. But the extent of corruption in Sri Lanka in the last few years is utterly unprecedented" Thus lamented President Sirisena in the segment ‘My Vision’ in his presidential election manifesto 2015 titled ‘Compassionate Government, Maithri: A Stable Country". In the same manifesto he promised to ‘provide ten times development’ than that of the last government’s, ‘just by stopping corruption and wastage’. The UNP led by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, too, made such a solemn pledge in its manifesto "A new country in sixty months: Five point plan"... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

China leads foreign direct investments (FDI) into Sri Lanka
Courtesy  Shanghai Daily
CHINA has accounted for 35 percent of foreign direct investments into Sri Lanka up to September this year, with FDI for 2017 expected to total US$1.36 billion, local media said on Saturday. According to a statement from the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade, there has been a “strong uptick” in exports and FDI into Sri Lanka this year. “Data from the Board of Investment indicates a substantial uptick in FDI inflows to the country of US$795.5 million during January to September this year, 80 percent higher than the same period last year and already... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

If India had not helped Prabakaran escape in June 1987…there would be no May 2009
Shenali D Waduge 
How many are aware that Prabakaran was cornered in Vadamarachchi in June 1987? How many are aware that India actually threatened Sri Lankan Government to order its troops to set him free? How many are aware that India helicoptered Prabakaran out of Sri Lanka to India? The order came from the very man that LTTE eventually blew to pieces in India itself. Why would India want to save a terrorist leader? If India had not threatened Sri Lanka to release cornered Prabakaran in 1987 thousands of lives would have been saved. There would have been no... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ
චාර්ල්ස් එස් පෙරේරා විසින්
2015  ජනවාරි 16 වනදා  ජනාධිපති  මහින්ද රාජපක්ස මැතිතුමා,  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂයේ සභාපතිත්වය,  එස් ඩබ්ලියු ආර් ඩී බණ්ඩාරනායක  මැතිතුමන් විසින් ප්‍රගතිසීලි නොවන  දේශපාලන පක්ෂයක් හැටියට සලකනලද  එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂයෙන්  හා ඊට සම්බන්ධවූ දේශපාලන පක්ෂ විසින් තෝරාගත්  ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමාට පැවරීමෙන්, ලංකාවේ පංච මහා බලවේගයන්ට තමන්ගේ දේශපාලන පක්ෂය අහිමිවූයේය. ඒ වෙනුවට නව දෙශපාලන පක්ෂයක අවශ්‍යතාවය පිරිමසන්නට මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ අනුශාකත්වයෙන් හා ජී ඇල් පීරිස් මැතිතුමාගේ සභාපතිත්වයෙන් දෙශ පාලන පක්ශයක ශක්තියක් නොමැතිව අනාතවසිට්ය ලාංකික පන්චමහාබලවේගයන්  සඳහා දෙශපාලනමය ශක්තියක්  ලබාදීමට, ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ පිහිටුවීම ඉතාමත් කාලෝචිතය. එස් ඩබ්ලියු ආර් ඩී බණ්ඩාරනායක  මැතිතුමන්ගේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා  නිදහස්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

Ambassador Atul Keshap and Actg. Asst. Secretary Alice Wells join Opposition Rally in Sri Lanka
Mahinda Gunasekera
SHOCKING !  His Excellency Atul Keshap, Ambassador for the USA in Sri Lanka, and Acting Asst. Secretary of State, Ms. Alice Wells are seen participating in a Protest Rally in Colombo, organized by the Tamil National Alliance representing the political opposition to draw attention to those Tamils alleged to be missing in Sri Lanka.  The US Ambassador and Actg. Asst. Secretary of State are clearly violating the first principle of diplomatic privilege by their joining such a protest rally. Those allegedly missing could well be living in the USA, UK, the EU, and the rest of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

CHILD ABUSE IN DR. MAREENA REFFAI’S DEHIWELA ORPHANAGE 
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane  Source: Ceylon Today 
The Gangodawila Magistrate's Court on 7 December ordered the Police to speed up their investigations into the sexual assault cum abuse of children at the Darun Nusra orphanage in Dehiwala and refer their findings to the Attorney General's Department. This Muslim orphanage Darun Nusra is run by Al-Muslimaath, of which Dr. Mareena Reffai is the founder. All the girls at the orphanage were below 18 years and had been placed under the care of the Department of Probation who had sent the children to this orphanage. A silent protest was held in front of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

Carey Gillam on Monsanto Cancer and the Corruption of Science
Courtesy corporatecrimereporter.com Editor 
Filed in News September 28th, 2017

7:09 am Fifty-five years after Rachel Carson in Silent Spring warned about the dangers of DDT and unchecked pesticide use, a former Reuters reporter is raising the red flag about the pesticide treadmill we can’t get off of. In Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science (Island Press, 2017)investigative journalist Carey Gillam lays bare details about the 40-year push to prominence of the world’s most popular pesticide: glyphosate, known commonly as Monsanto’s Roundup. Gillam is currently research director at US Right to Know. Gillam says that glyphosate is... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

"අපි....ගෝතයින්ට බයයි නංගියේ....."
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
"සකල දේශවාසී ගෝතයිනි මතකය අවදි කරව්; තොපිලට නැතිවීමට ඇත්තේ තොපිලගේ දීනකම් පමණයි"  -- කාලකන්ණි මාර්ක්ස් (කාල් මාක්ස් ගේ මුනුපුරු) 1988 වර්ෂයේ අග භාගයේ මුළු රටම එක්තරා පොස්ටරයකින් වැහුන.  'මේ කව්ද? මොනවාද කරන්නේ?' යන ප්‍රශ්න දෙකෙන් හදපු පෝස්ටරයක්. පාට තැඹිලි.  කිතුහලය ප්‍රචාරණය වෙනුවෙන් දේශපාලනයේ යොදාගත් පළමු අවස්ථා ව මෙයයි.  ලංකාවේ.  අදහස වික්ටර් හෙට්ටිගොඩ සහ ජී. ඩබ්. සුරේන්ද්‍ර යන අයගේ.  ඇලෙව්වේ අරඹවෙලගේ  දොන් උපාලි රන්ජිත් නොහොත් සොත්ති උපාලි.  ඒ කාලේ ඒ විදිහ පෝස්ටරයක් රට පුරා අලවන්න පුළුවන් කමක් තිබුනේ සොත්ති උපාලි වගේ අයට විතරයි. පසුව, මේ ප්‍රශ්නවල ට උත්තර සැපයූ පෝස්ටරයක් රට පුර ඒ අයම ඇලෙව්ව.  උත්තරය පටන්ගත්තේ වචන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/12/17)

Burgher Community in Sri Lanka
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Courtesy Ceylon Today
The term 'Dutch Burgher' is used to identify the ethnic group involving the descendants of Dutch Origin, who settled down in Ceylon after the British took over the Southern and Western coastal areas. In the early 17th century, Portuguese and Ceylonese Kingdoms ruled the country constantly, by battling with each other. Although the Portuguese were never able to hold full autonomy in the administration of Ceylon, their ruling was somewhat oppressive. The Dutch remained continuously engaged in a protracted war of independence from the Spanish rule. Finally the King of Kandy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

Fence mending prospects between SLFP factions before nominations receding
By C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
December 9, 2017, 7:13 pm With nominations set to open on Monday for the first 93 local government institutions, frantic last minute moves are being made to form an alliance between the Joint Opposition and the SLFP faction in the government. The initiative in these moves is from the latter rather than the former. Several public figures like Ven. Elle Gunawansa thera have been involved in these negotiations on the assumption that the Sirisena faction of the SLFP is more progressive than the UNP and therefore, the Joint Oppositioin should form an alliance with them... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

After the Bond Scam Commission
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 9, 2017, 6:25 pm No credible explanation of why enormous sums of money belonging to members of the Employees Provident Fund had been invested in Treasury Bonds purchased in the secondary market when the EPF, which is an authorized dealer could have bought them cheaper in the primary market, has yet been forthcoming. The fact that this has been happening for some time and that one particular dealer had been making super profits running into the billion emerged during the proceedings of the Presidential Commission appointed to investigate the so-called bond scam. Presumably the Central... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

Good shot on a tough target - "ප්‍රේමය නම්" සිංහල චිත්‍රපටය
By SAJITHA PREMATUNGE Courtesy The Nation
It’s a very carefully crafted movie.  From script, casting, locations, music score and colour pallet, everything was designed to complement the theme of mental illness. Cinematographer Jaan Shenberger is mostly responsible for setting the mood. ‘Every frame has a mood ‘ Premaya Nam was forced to do the festival rounds before it was released locally. The film was locally released on February 17. “Only a certain kind of mainstream commercial movies get released locally as soon as they are made. Movies like ours have to wait three years,” says Kalpana. “We can’t change the system.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

Chaos in the Tamil political scene
By Manekshaw Courtesy Ceylon Today
I would rather obey a fine lion, much stronger than two hundred rats of my own species Voltaire Turbulent weather prevailed in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in the past two weeks with the Department of Meteorology alerting the people in the two Provinces of a stormy atmosphere. Special meetings were also held by the Government officials to discuss on the precautionary measures to be taken to deal with cyclone 'Ockhi' which had passed through areas covering the Southern part of South India and creating an inclement weather condition in the coastal areas of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

A troika of Buddhist monks to bring Maithri and Mahinda together
BY GAGANI WEERAKOON Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Meteorological Department of Sri Lanka earlier last week predicted that a low pressure area in the South-East Bay of Bengal will turn into a depression with Sri Lanka witnessing side effects in the form of strong winds and showers. Though there were no adverse weather conditions experienced by citizens as per the warnings, the political atmosphere experienced gale force winds, when by Thursday afternoon it sent 'panic attacks' through many in the country - especially those who brokered the marriage between the UNP and the SLFP in order to end a 'despotic ruling... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

The need for all SLFP voters to stand with the Mahinda Rajapaksa Camp at the forthcoming Local Government elections
Sudath Gunasekara
8. 12. 2017. The need for all SLFP voters to stand with the Mahinda Rajapaksa Camp at the forthcoming Local Government elections as wining local bodies will lay a solid foundation for a strong SLFP Government in 2020, if not earlier. That is the only way open to all patriotic people to save this country from the Augean mess of miss-governance, disorder and bankruptcy brought about by the 3 years misadventures of Ranil- Maitri regime, “The Green–Blue Pandora’s box”. An independent evaluation of the policies and performance of the political parties in Sri Lanka in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

About confusing ‘government’ with ‘state’
By Rohana R. Wasala
This refers to a minor but significant verbal inaccuracy in the feature article by senior economist Usvatte-aratchi under the elaborate title “State and govt. not interchangeable: Same goes for revenue and income hoax of free education and free health services” posted in the Lankaweb of December 5, 2017. My focus here is Usvatte-Aratchi’s wrong assumption that the Sinhala word ‘rajaya’ invariably translates as ‘state’ in the specific context. His opening sentence incorrectly suggests that the Sinhala term ‘rajaya’ is an adequate equivalent for the English term ‘state’: “On 11 November in the evening news, President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/12/17)

Can Organic farming feed the world?
By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada.
The blazing banner  of a media release (14-Nov-2017)  by the Swiss-based  “Research Institute of Organic agriculture”  caught  headlines all over the world as it made the claim that “organic farming can feed the world after all” (see also the scientific paper in “Nature communications”).  In “Strategies for feeding the world more sustainably with organic agriculture”, agronomists  led  by Dr. Adrian Mueller claim that “a world conversion to organic farming can contribute to a comprehensive and sustainable food system, if combined with further measures”. Public disenchantment over conventional agriculture. The ordinary public sees conventional agriculture with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

So who is afraid of Gotabhaya and why?
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
Way back in the year 1988 an island-wide poster stamped in the public conscious the notion of political teaser advertisements.  It was a simple question: මේ කව්ද? මොනවාද කරන්නේ (Who is this [and] what is he doing? It did not come in colors associated with any of the major parties.  It was in orange.  It was duly followed by a ‘response’ that began with ‘මෙයා තමයි…([he] is the one [who]…) and went on to detail achievements and pledges.   That was effectively the launch of Ranasinghe Premadasa’s presidential campaign.  And the color made sense, because orange was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

Russia WARNS About Monsanto Glyphosate; The World is Silent!
Top Russian Journalist Kiselyov Warns About Monsanto pesticide.
It's a colossal corruption scandal, which the European Union prefers to hush up. Probably, for corruption reasons as well. On Monday, an EU ad hoc appeal committee voted to extend the license allowing farmers to use a fertilizer called glyphosate. https://youtu.be/cItuOUp15Yw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

IGP vs Minister
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 8, 2017, 9:56 pm Never do government politicians who find themselves up the creek without a paddle scruple to scapegoat the police to save their own skin. They defend only their khaki-clad, blue-eyed boys who get into trouble by carrying out their illegal orders. Stooges in uniform stick their necks out boldly because they know their political masters will leap to their defence if they get into hot water. It may be recalled that the late President J. R. Jayewardene rewarded a servile police officer, who shamelessly kicked Vivienne Goonewardena and was, subsequently, found guilty... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

Gunawansa Thera: Why is international community silent on bond scams?
Courtesy The Island
Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera said, on Thursday, that those who meddled with Sri Lanka’s affairs remained silent on the Treasury bond scams, exposing their stark hypocrisy. Addressing a gathering at the National Library and Documentation Services Board, Ven. Gunawansa Thera said if the Western powers and civil society groups really meant what they preached they should ashed the government to step down over the massive financial scam. Turning towards leader of the Joint Opposition parliamentary group Dinesh Gunawardena, the main speaker at the event, the Thera faulted the outfit for not exploiting the revelations made... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

How come UK rejects its own Defence Attache’s assessment on Vanni war death toll,-asks Dinesh
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 8, 2017, 10:34 pm Leader of the Joint Opposition parliamentary group Dinesh Gunawardena, MP, has questioned the rationale behind the British government’s rejection of its own Colombo-based wartime Defence Attaché Lt. Colonel Anton Gash’s confidential reports sent to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Gash’s cables originating from Colombo that had been obtained by Lord Naseby in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 strongly disputed the basis on which Sri Lanka was forced co-sponsor Geneva Resolution 30/1 in Oct 2015, MP Gunawardena said. The JO leader said so addressing a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

එකතුවීමේ එකතු නොවීමේ නිධාන කතා
වසන්තපි‍්‍රය රාමනායක උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
මේ වනවිට පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය ප‍්‍රකාශයට පත් වී අවසානය. එය වත්මන් යහපාලන රජය මුහුණ දෙන ප‍්‍රථම මැතිවරණය ද වනු ඇත. කුමන විධියේ විග‍්‍රහ ඉදිරිපත් වුවද ජනතාවට වත්මන් රජය යටතේ මැතිවරණයක් ලැබෙන්නේ වසර තුනකට පසුවය. පූර්ව මැතිවරණ සමයේ ආකර්ෂණීය දේශපාලන කතිකාව වී තිබෙන්නේ ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂය හා ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය අතර පවතින සාකච්ඡාවයි. තනි කණ්ඩායමක් වශයෙන් මෙම මැතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් වන්නේ කෙසේද යන්න තේරුම් බේරුම් කර ගැනීම මෙම සාකච්ඡා කි‍්‍රයාදාමයේ අරමුණයි. මේ වන විට එය තාවකාලිකව හෝ අසාර්ථක වී ඇත. අදාළ පාර්ශව දෙක කණ්ඩායම් දෙකක් ලෙසින් මැතිවරණයේ දී තරග වැදීමට සූදානම් වන බව පෙනේ. අදාළ කණ්ඩායම් දෙක මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

America's richest 1% owns 40% of country's wealth - study
Courtesy RT
America's richest one percent own a whopping 40 percent of the country's wealth, a new study has revealed. The finding marks a widening gap between rich and poor in the United States. The paper, written by economist Edward N. Wolff, used data from the federal Survey of Consumer Finances. The data showed that the wealth owned by the one percent shot up by nearly three percentage points since 2013, from 36.7 percent to 39.6 percent. That number represents the most wealth owned by the one-percenters since at least 1962.Meanwhile, wealth owned by the bottom 90 percent has decreased. As... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

ආර්ථිකය ලෙඩ ඇඳේ
ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුවේ හිටපු අධිපති අජිත් නිවාඩ් කබ්රාල් -උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
නීලහරිත අයවැය, රටේ ණය ආර්ථිකයේ තත්ත්වය, මූල්‍ය අරමුදලේ කොන්දේසි අනුව අයවැය ඉදිරිපත් කළා යැයි චෝදනා කරන්නේ ඇයි යන කාරණා සම්බන්ධයෙන් කළ විමසුමකි මේ. ප‍්‍රශ්නය:- යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුවේ නීලහරිත අයවැය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඔබේ අදහස් කෙබඳුද?පිළිතුර:- ඉතාමත් අර්බුදකාරී පැහැදිලි දැක්මක් නොමැති අයවැයක් හැටියට මේ අයවැය හඳුන්වන්න පුළුවන්. එහෙම කියන්න කාරණා කීපයක්ම තිබෙනවා. යන දිශාවක් ගැන කිසිම ඉඟියක් නෑ. ඉලක්ක මොනවාද කියා පෙන්නා දීලත් නැහැ. සාමාන්‍යයෙන් මුදල් ඇමැතිවරයෙක් අයවැයක් ඉදිරිපත් කරද්දී පසුගිය වසරෙවලදී කළ දේවල් ගැන කතා කරනවා. ලබාගෙන ඇති ජයග‍්‍රහණ, දී ඇති සහන යනාදිය ගැන කියනවා. ඒවගේ එක වචනයක්වත් මේ අයවැයේ දකින්න නැහැ. එහෙම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/12/17)

Response to your statement in Parliament on the Tamil separatist issue
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1
2 December 2017 Garnett Genuis, MP Conservative MP for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan Alberta Cc. Matt DeCourcey, Liberal MP Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Foreign Affairs Dear Garnett Genuis: Re: Your Statement in Parliament  on Sri Lanka’s Tamil Community In Canada, on Nov.20th, 2017. I read it and I told myself, Oh, no! Here we go again.  There were some moments of sincerity on your part, but there were much backgrounder substance that I thought were lacking in your understanding on this Tamil separatist issue, or else your question... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Heed Warning Signs About Buddhist Muslim Unrest Now  !
Lankaweb Editorial
Dec.10th 2017 Islamist fundamentalism is posing a growing threat to universal liberal society unquestionably. This seems quite apparent also in Sri Lanka in recent times. Considering the bloody ethnic strife involving religious as well as ethnic differences initiated by the Tamil Tigers now vanquished- hopefully never to resurge, it may be fortuitous for the administrators and legislators of Sri Lanka today to keep a watchful eye on the conflicts between Muslims and Buddhists and never let them esacalate into becoming an uncontrollable issue as Sri Lanka can ill afford such a lapse given her recent history relative... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

A Worrisome Aspect Of  Neglect By ICC In Recent India / Sri Lanka Test.
Top Spin by Suni 
07th Dec. 2017 As the 4th day unfolded in the 3rd Test between India and Sri Lanka at Delhi there was a horror story which probably shocked the onlookers and reflected poorly on the ICC as well as the organizers and umpires at Delhi who failed to recognize the importance of the health aspect which affected some players due to the smog, visibility and poor air quality and continued in an apathetic perspective to let the game proceed instead of calling a halt to it. Were these sources blind and insensitive to the point of being moronic not to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

දළදා මාළිගාව ජාතික උරුමයෙන් හැලේ පාසල් පෙළ පොත් විකෘතිය දිගටම
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
 දරුවන්ගේ මෙන්ම අනාගත වැඩිහිටියන් ගේ ද ජීවනාලිය ලෙසට සැලකෙන අධ්‍යාපනය හෙවත් ඉගෙනුම අනාගත සංවර්ධනය මෙන්ම රටේ ස්වාධීනත්වය ශක්තිමත් කරන අත්තිවාරමක් ලෙසට සැලකේ.අධ්‍යාපනය මගින් වැරදි පණිවුඩයක් සංනිවේදනය කළහොත් එහි ප්‍රතිඵල භයානක විය හැකිය.  මෙරට ජාතික අධ්‍යාපනය පිළිබඳ පෙළ පොත් සූදානම් කරන ජාතික අධ්‍යාපන ආයතනය වැඩ කරන්නේ සැබෑ අධ්‍යාපන  අරමුණින් ද දේශපාලන අරමුණින්ද යන්න පැහැදිලි නැත.2015 වර්ෂයේ සිට නිකුත් කරන ලද ඇතැම් පාසල් පෙළ පොත් විමර්ශනය කොට බලන කල්හි මේ බැව් පැහැදිලි වේ.          ජාතික අධ්‍යාපන ආයතන විසින් නිකුත් කරන ලද හත වසර භූගෝල විද්‍යාව පෙළ පොත රැගෙන බලමු. භූගෝල විද්‍යාවට කිසිසේතම අදාල නැති පරිඡේදයක් එහි අඩංගු කර තිබේ.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Spectrum College signed a MOU with the Maldivian embassy
Dr. Sharfraz Azad Chairman Spectrum College
Spectrum College recently signed a MOU with the Maldivian embassy to strengthen relationship between Sri Lanka and Maldives in terms of Education. Spectrum is a chain of International Schools providing International qualifications whilst preserving Asian values. Spectrum students population include Sri Lankan, Indian, Maldivian and Pakistani nationals. Spectrum College is unique in the field of education in many ways. For example, the school timetable includes 1 hour periods instead of 35 or 40 minutes traditions. The academic time table also includes sports and co-curricular where students involve in these activities during the school... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka notes with serious concern and rejects your declaration that Jerusalem should be made the capital of Israel.
President Muslim Council of Sri Lanka
December 7,  2017 President Donald J Trump President of the United States of America The White House. Office of the President. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500. USA  Through kind courtesy of Ambassador Atul Keshap United States Embassy in Sri Lanka 204, Galle Road, Colombo 3   Dear Mr. President,   The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka notes with serious concern and rejects your declaration that Jerusalem should be made the capital of Israel.   Mr. President, your decision and announcement will have very severe repercussions in Palestine, the Arab world... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Sajin Vass fined Rs. 1,000 by court for failure to declare assets and liabilities
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
The Colombo Additional Magistrate today imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on former MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena for failure to declare assets and liabilities from the year 2011 to 2012. Sarana Gunawardena fined Rs 2,000 after pleading guilty. The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on former Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena for failure to declare assets during the two years he served as the Chairman of the National Lotteries Board.  I love our judiciary system and the way law and order is maintained I can steal .I can play out central... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Nalanda Mahavihara World Buddhist University in Japan - A new project
New project in the phase of completion of external structures, in Japan, to relaunch this millennial Buddhist University.
https://youtu.be/YtRYFNPH5aI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

The Atrocities Committed Against Humanity
By Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 
As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities - Voltaire The human history is full violence and atrocities. Some scholars have suggested that aggression should be regarded as a basic instinct. Freud considered aggression as a dynamic factor in mental life. Psychologist Eric Fromm in his most well known work the Anatomy of Human Destructiveness expresses that the violence of the dominant culture is not biological in its origin. The aggression and destructiveness are approached, as multi-dimensional phenomenon .These may be a tragic facet of the human condition. During... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Non-declaration of assets: Sajin Vass fined Rs.1,000
Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena was fined Rs.1,000 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today for not declaring his assets during the years 2011 and 2012. Additional Magistrate Aruni Attygala fined Mr. Gunawardena over the case filed by the Bribery Commission. The former MP pleaded guilty to the charges.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Never the twain shall meet
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 7, 2017, 9:53 pm Talks between the Joint Opposition (JO) and the SLFP have failed and the former has decided to go it alone under the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) banner at the next local government polls, we are told. Only the naïve expected the two groups to bury the hatchet. President Maithripala Sirisena cannot satisfy the JO’s conditions, the main being the termination of the SLFP-UNP alliance. If he did as the JO says, he would fall between two stools. The JO leaders are not prepared to play second fiddle to President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Sri Lankan Tamils as victims of global Tamil aspirations
Courtesy The Island
December 7, 2017, 9:54 pm In the wake of the recent ‘Maaveerar Naal’ celebrations in the north, The Island staffer C.A.Chandraprema spoke to Arun Tambimuttu about the direction that Tamil politics has taken in recent times and the implications for the future. Q. The 1.5 million or so Tamil people living in the north and east have known nothing but isolation, and turbulence over the past half century or more. During the colonial era and for about a decade thereafter, the people of that region were well integrated with the rest of Sri Lanka and they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Bond scam probe commission’s term extended again
By Shyam Nuwan Ganewatte Courtesy The Island
The tenure of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the alleged bond scams has been extended by another 23-days and it was the fourth extension given. The Commission was established on January 27, 2017, by a special gazette notification no. 2003/41 as per article two of Commissions Act. Thereafter its tenure was extended twice by three months each and a further six months subsequently. Hence, the duration given for the Commission was to have expired today (8) and its report was to be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena today. However the tenure... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

ශ්‍රී ලාංකික වාරි ශිෂ්ඨාචාරයේ විශ්මිත යෝධ පිම්ම - රටක් නැගිටවන්නට ඉදිකළ මොරගහකන්ද
කතෘ:යුතුකම 
-විශ්ව චින්තන- ලංකාවේ විශාලතම කෘෂි ව්‍යාපෘතිය ලෙස මොරගහකන්ද ගැන මුලින්ම කථා කරන්නේ 1955 වසරේදීය.නැවත 1977දී කඩිනම් මහවැලි ව්‍යාපෘතිය යටතේ මොරගහකන්ද නැවත කරලියට එයි.නමුත් මහින්ද යුගය එලැබෙන විටත් 60 වසරක් තිස්සේ එකඳු පස් පිඩැල්ලක් හෝ කැපීමට කිසිදු රජයකට හැකි වූයේ නැත. රට කෘෂිකර්මයෙන් ස්වයං පෝෂිත කිරීමේ මහින්ද චින්තන දැක්ම අනුව ආරම්භ කල වෙහෙරගල, වේලි ඔය, මව්ආර, රඹකැන් ඔය, කැකිරිඕබඩ, උඩවලව වම් ඉවුර, දැදුරු ඔය, යාන් ඔය, උමා ඔය ඇතුළු යෝධ ව්‍යාපෘති අතර මොරගහකන්ද - කළුගඟ යථාර්තයක්ම වන්නේ ඒ වැඩ සටහන යටතේ ඉදිවන විශාලත ව්‍යාපෘතිය ලෙසයි. මෙහි විශේෂත්වය නම් මේ ව්‍යාපෘති සියල්ල කෙටි කාලයක් තුල සමාන්තරව ගොඩනැගීමයි. 'මහින්ද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

නීතිය නමන්නට ගොස් කොලේ ඉරා ගැනීම
ආචාර්ය නාලක ගොඩහේවා -
පසුගිය සතියේ කාගේත් අවධානයට ලක්වූ ප්‍රවෘතියක් වූයේ හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අත් අඩංගුවට ගෙන ප්‍රශ්ණ කිරීමට පොලිස් මුල්‍ය අපරාධ විමර්ශණයට නීතිපති අවසරය ලැබී ඇති බවයි. මෙම ප්‍රවෘතියත් සමග බොහෝ දෙනෙකු කැලබීමට පත්වූ අතර ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනීමේ ප්‍රයත්නය හෙලා දකිමින් විවිධ දේශපාලනඥයින්, වෘතිකයින් හා පූජක තුමන්ලා අදහස් දක්වනවා දකින්නට ලැබුනි. මේ තත්වය තුල බැඳුම්කර කොමිසම හමුවේ දැඩි ලෙස මහජන අප්‍රසාදයට ලක්වෙමින් සිටි රජයේ ප්‍රධානීන්ට ජනතා අවධානය වෙනතකට යොමුවීමේ වාසිය උපරිම වශයෙන් ලැබුන බව පෙනී ගිය නිසා හදිසියෙම ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනීමේ ප්‍රවණතාවක් ජනගත කලේ රජයේ මාධ්‍ය හසුරවන්නන් විසින්මද කියා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

පුංචි ඡන්දය පවත්වන දිනයේ තීරණය රනිල්ගේද? දේශප්‍රියගේද?
සිදත් මෙන්ඩිස් උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ රාජකාරි කටයුතුද පවරාගැනීම හරහා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා සෘජුවම එම කොමිසමට බලපෑම් සිදුකරන බවට පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමය චෝදනා කරයි. කොළඹ පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වෙමින් එම පක්ෂයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රි උදය ගම්මන්පිල මේ බව පැවැසූ අතර එහිදී හෙතෙම මෙසේද සඳහන් කළේය. අපි දැක්කා ඊයේ අගමැතිතුමා ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ ප්‍රකාශයක් කළ පුංචි ඡන්දය පවත්වන්නේ පෙබරවාරි මාසයේ 10 වැනිදාය කියලා. අගමැතිතුමා එහෙම උපදෙසක් මැතිවරණ කොමිසමට දෙන්න ඇති. අගමැතිතුමා තව පොඩ්ඩක් ඉවසාගෙන හිටියා නම් මැතිවරණය පවත්වන දිනය මැතිවරණ කොමිසමෙන්ම ප්‍රකාශ කරන තුරු මැතිවරණ කොමිසම ස්වාධීනයි කියලා රටේ ජනතාවට පෙන්නුම් කරගෙන රඟපාමින් ඉන්න තිබුණා. මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ රාජකාරිය අගමැතිවරයා පවරා ගැනීම හරහා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

Media Freedom under UNP
Shenali D Waduge
The Prime Minister loves to take pot shots at opponent’s every time he lands himself in a quandary. It is his tactic to divert attention from his misdemeanors. The Bond Scam being a prime example has seriously damaged his clean record that has been his saving grace among UNP voters to argue in favor of his leadership. Now UNP support base finds themselves in a soup given that the vision has delivered nothing but a sell-out of or privatization of national assets to foreign countries & foreign firms with nothing delivered to the general masses. A... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

INAUGUARATION OF COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING IN SRI LANKA
By late Mr. Livy Wijemanna-,Director of Commercial Broadcasting-Chairman-Patron Adaptation by Dr.Sripali Vaiamon-Vice President of the Sri Lanka Veteran Broadcasters Association
THE VETERAN BROADCASTERS IN SRI LANKA FORMED AN ASSOCIATION SOMETIMES BACK AND RELEASED A COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE on 16th of December  2000 WHERE the Patron of the Association, late Mr. LIVY WIJEMANNA CONTRIBUTED AN ARTICLE ELABORATING THE COMMENCEMENT OF COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING  IN SRI LANKA.WAR OFFICE IN BRITAIN INVOLVED FOR THIS FROM THE VERY INCEPTION. WAR OFFICE IN BRITAIN.IN 1941 PURCHASED OUTRIGHT A 78 ACRE ESTATE AT EKALA, J a-ela , CLOSER TO COLOMBO FOR THE ERACTION OF A TRANSMITTING STATION FOR... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/12/17)

The Pros and Cons of Over-reliance on Lord Naseby’s Revelations
Dharshan Weerasekera, Attorney-at-Law
One can hardly open a newspaper these days without seeing something on Lord Naseby’s revelations about the number of civilians that may have been killed during the last phase of the war, and their significance to countering UNHRC Resolution 30/1 of October 2015.[1]  I am informed on good authority that a group of enthusiasts have even undertaken a campaign to push the Government to renegotiate Resolution 30/1. At first glance one tends to think that a campaign to persuade the Government to renegotiate the Resolution will have absolutely no chance of success.  For instance, why would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

Accusers, co-sponsor struggling to cope up with Naseby revelations
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 5, 2017, 8:46 pm Five years after the release of the Report of the Secretary General’s Panel of Experts (PoE) on Accountability in Sri Lanka, in March 2011, South African Yasmin Sooka, a member of that questionable outfit, proudly claimed to possess unhindered access to those who had fled Sri Lanka during the Eelam War, and post-war period, as well as the largest collection of witness testimony and other evidence, outside Sri Lanka, pertaining to the final phase of the conflict and post-war torture and sexual violence. Sri Lanka brought the war to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

JANATHA ESTATE DEVELPOMENT BOARD SELLS A SECTION OF THE LITTLE VAELLEY ESTATE TO SITTHI JAMIYA UMMA .
-TRANSLATION OF AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN IRIDA DIVAINA OF 26TH NOV-
BY SAMANTHI WEERASEKERA The country ‘s major export crop , the tea is undergoing a difficult time under the State Enterprise Minister Kabir Hasim who controls Stare Planation Corporation, JEDB etc. He has categorized tea estates into A, B and C groups and at present the lands coming under the C group are being leased or sold to the private enterprises. According to reliable information many of these leases etc are being handed over to the known parties of the high officials without a proper valuation of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

'Sivaram's killers will be brought to justice'
The speech of Information and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera on the demise of the late journalist Sivaram Dharmaratnam, made on the occasion of Adjournment Debate on May 06, 2005. (Courtesy The Daily News)
Honourable Mr. Speaker, We strongly believe that the people's right of access to information, free from any hindrance, must be secured by any Government. The basic foundation of building up good governance is the media freedom. That is the sustainable democratic fundamentality of our Government. History testifies that the People's Alliance or the present Freedom Alliance Government is sincerely dedicated to that cause. Our Government which inherits such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

Scribes drowning in crocodile tears
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 6, 2017, 9:50 pm No sooner had Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe raked newspaper editors over the coals, the other day, for their absence at a UN-organised press freedom event than Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera followed suit. Echoing the PM, who asked whether editors were not interested in media freedom, Samaraweera said, at a different event, that invitations had been sent to all editors and he was disappointed that the front-row seats at the UN-sponsored function had been left empty by no-shows. It looks as if politicians were more interested in media freedom than... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

In defence of the mass media : a reply to PM
Dayan Jayatilleka, PhD
December 6, 2017, 10:00 pm The Prime Minister wants to know why the media is criticizing the present government and why it isn’t criticizing the Rajapaksas on whose watch journalists were killed. Perhaps that is because the media recalls that two prominent journalist were killed when the Rajapaksas weren’t anywhere near the room at the top, but two pillars of Yahapalana were. The first such journalist was Richard de Zoysa and the second was DP Sivaram (‘Taraki’). The first was killed when the present PM was a powerful Minister and the second when Chandrika was President.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

CEB irks Sri Lanka cricket legend and lights up twitter
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
 Sri Lanka cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara publicly grouching about the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) not answering his calls has sparked a social media storm with both helpful tips and barbs thrown at him. IS this how aN important government agency responds .I myself had the same problem and tried to contact CEB for action during a long power failure .Few weeks back I had similar encounter with  the Water Board also .Water supply was cut off for our New Shipyard by the Kotehena water board office in the evening .Next day at 7 am over 100... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

Solution must be acceptable to Tamils Separate State is not a reasonable request - Former Army Commander, General Gerry De Silva RWP, VSV, USP
BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody Courtesy Ceylon Today
Much decorated soldier, one time Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Diplomat and now author, General Gerry H. de Silva is a man of many parts. His memoir 'A Most Noble Profession - Memories That Linger' (2012) and more recently 'War Heroes Killed-In-Action' have been launched and is currently working on the biography of Lieutenant General Denis Perera titled 'The General of all Generals'. In a wide ranging interview he expressed his frank opinions on a variety of subjects. Here are excerpts of the interview: What were the main challenges the military faced... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

Nalaka Godahewa accuses govt of bending the law
Nalaka Godahewa accuses govt of bending the law නීතිය නමන්න පටන් අරන්
https://youtu.be/Oli_r-uarco... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

The real policies of SLFP are with us - former President (English)
  https://youtu.be/UejewPes6Ak... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

දිනේෂ්ගේ වෙන්ව යන යෝජනාව සම්මතයි
දිනේෂ්ගේ වෙන්ව යන යෝජනාව සම්මතයි
https://youtu.be/FK4c47YOuZ4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

කොඳු ඇති සහ නැති නායකයෝ
BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE
හිටපු ජනපති චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංග පහුගිය දා වේයන්ගොඩ උත්සවයකට සහභාගී වෙමින් මේ රටට කොන්ද පණ ඇති නායකයින් අවශ්‍යයි යැයි පැවසුවා.   ඔව්.  අවශ්‍යයි.  හිතන දේ කියන, කියන දේ කරන, කරන දේ කියන, වංගු ගහන්නේ නැතුව, ඇල වෙන්නේ නැතුව, ඇඹරෙන්නේ නැතුව කෙලින් කතා කරන, කෙලින් වැඩ කරන අය අවශ්‍යයි. කොන්ද පණ ඇති නායකයෝ වගේ ම කොන්ද පණ ඇති වෘතිකයින්,  කොන්ද පණ ඇති රජයේ සේවකයින්, මාධ්‍යවේදීන්, ගුරුවරු, ආචාර්ය මහාචාර්යවරු අවශ්‍යයි.   ඒ වගේ ම කොන්ද පණ ඇති පුරවැසියෝ අවශ්‍යයි.   කොන්ද කෙලින් වුනාට මදි.   චන්ද්‍රිකා ට කොන්ද පණ ඇති නායකයෙක් අවශ්‍ය වෙන්නේ රට හදන්න වත් දූෂණය වංචාව ට තිත තියන්න වත් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ස්ථාපිත කරන්න... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

State and govt. not interchangeable: Same goes for revenue and income hoax of free education and free health services
By Usvatte-aratchi Courtesy The Island
On 11 November in the evening news, President Maithripala Sirisena claimed that his state (mage rajaya) would not permit anyone who fought in the war against LTTE to be brought to court for his conduct in battle. Leave aside the legality and morality of that statement, no President can claim ownership of this state. Nor can Xi Jining claim that Chong Guo is his state. Sri Lanka is not the President’s state. A few years ago, there was a President who acted as if this state was his estate and paid dearly for his folly.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/12/17)

My cooking challenge is still open
Dr Hector Perera          London
There are far too many cooking programmes in British TV but the only thing is I didn’t figure out any technique of energy saving in cooking. The contestants or even the famous chef’s just cook without due care for any wastage of energy, may be because they do not have to meet the energy bill. Poisonous gases given out while cooking Researchers now understand that the process of cooking food and even simply operating stoves particularly gas appliances can emit a cocktail of potentially hazardous chemicals and compounds. Within our homes, these pollutants are less... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Naseby’s call doesn’t reflect UK’s stand - HC
by Shamindra Ferdinando
December 5, 2017, 10:34 pm The British High Commission has declared that Lord Naseby’s recent statement in the House of Lords pertaining to accountability issues in Sri Lanka doesn’t reflect UK’s stand. The British HC said so in response to The Island query whether the BHC had discussions with the Foreign Ministry here or the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as regards Lord Naseby’s call for reviewing Geneva Resolution 30/1. The following is the text of the BHC statement: "Lord Naseby was not speaking for the British Government when speaking recently in a debate in the House... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Burning issues on GAS tenders
 By Nirmala Kannangara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Questions have been raised as to why the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development is silent over Litro Gas Lanka’s alleged failure to follow government procurement guidelines in the Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) purchase.  The Technical Evaluation Committee [TEC] appointed by the Department of Public Finance and Treasury to evaluate the LPG purchase is now being questioned on how vital requirements seeking from the prospective bidders have been ignored in order to award the tender only to a selected bidder. Tenders were called from international bidders in May this year for the supply... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Whitewashing will boomerang on ‘Yahapalanaya’ & Country
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Alleged Bond Scam: The alleged Treasury Bond scam is probably the largest financial scam to affect this country in its post-independence history. For sheer impunity and involvement of a wide spectrum of politicians in collusion with a section of the corporate sector and regulatory authorities it is hard to beat. The muted response of the opposition exemplifies the rot in the governance of this country. It is unforgivable it took place under a so-called ‘Yahapalanaya’ Government which was elected with much hope under trying circumstances to usher in ‘good governance’ after the traumatic Rajapaksa years.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

THE POSSIBLE DEATH OF THE POLITICAL CENTRE
Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Daily Mirror
If the talks between the official SLFP and the JO-SLPP conclusively fail, it will be because the SLFP (MS) is unwilling either to leverage the bond scam report and de-couple the PM from the governing coalition, or to vote against the “fast track liberalization and globalization” (i.e. free-market fundamentalist, neoliberal) Budget and rupture from/assert Presidential hegemony over the Government’s UNP driven policy agenda at this point in time.   The tragic consequence of the official SLFP’s failure of resolve either to press the re-set button at the strategic national level --not the opportunistic and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Federalism and re-merger impossibilities
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy Ceylon Today
Last few months have been turbulent ones for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) who has seen one of its coalition partners, Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), leaving the coalition and threatening to gather anti TNA elements around it. This is a culmination of the attempts by a number of leaders of the Party, since 2016, to gain control of the Party and most of those who are attempting to give TNA Leader R. Sampanthan the boot seem to believe that the Tamil votes would be cast for the most militant elements. Therefore, there... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

WHAT AN EMPTY SRI LANKAN AIRPORT SHOWS ABOUT THE INDIA-CHINA RIVALRY
 DAVID BREWSTER  Courtesy warontherocks.com 
Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published by The Interpreter, which is published by the Lowy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Sydney. War on the Rocks is proud to be publishing select articles from The Interpreter. Geopolitical rivalry between big powers sometimes yields odd results. The latest development in growing strategic competition across the Indian Ocean region is India’s purchase of what has become known as the “world’s emptiest international airport” in Sri Lanka, maybe just to keep it empty. Hambantota Dreaming The small fishing town of Hambantota, near the southern tip of Sri Lanka, has long been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapaksa blames president for breakdown of party unity talks
Courtesy livemint.com
Ex-Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who leads a rival faction of the ruling SLFP, has blamed his successor, Maithripala Sirisena, for the breakdown of unity talks between the sides Colombo: Former Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who leads a rival faction of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), has blamed his successor—President Maithripala Sirisena—for the breakdown of unity talks between the two sides. The two factions of the SLFP have held talks to try and unite to contest local council elections, now likely to be held in mid-February. “The efforts failed because they (the Sirisena faction) did... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Lankan Court Rejects Plea Seeking Arrest Of LTTE Leader Accused In Rajiv Gandhi Murder Case
Courtesy NDTV
A three-member bench of the Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed the petition filed by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Information Secretary and parliamentarian Vijith Herath, seeking the arrest of the LTTE leader, saying there was no basis to proceed with the application.Lankan Court Rejects Plea Seeking Arrest Of LTTE Leader Accused In Rajiv Gandhi Murder Case Kumaran Pathmanathan is wanted in India for his alleged involvement in Rajiv Gandhi's assassination COLOMBO: A Sri Lanka court has dismissed a plea by Marxist party JVP, seeking the arrest of top LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan who is also wanted in India... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Sri Lanka Civilian Casualties – why is UNHRC refusing to accept 7721 figure?
Shenali D Waduge
Hot on the heels of Lord Naseby questioning the British Government & exposing the duplicity & bias of the UNHRC, it is time for the UN to come clean and explain why they have been selective in picking civilian casualty estimates. Why are they shy from releasing the UN Country Team report giving 7721 deaths? Anyone alleging war crimes must explain why the Sri Lankan Military would allegedly kill ’40,000’ but physically save 300,000 of which 12,000 were LTTE cadres surrendering in civilian clothing! All of the guestimates it must be pointed out come from third... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

SLFP of SWRD died on 15 January,2015, when Party leadersip was handed over to Maithripala Sirisena.
By Charles.S.Perera.
SWRD  broke away from  the UNP  to form the  SLFP in terms of his political philosophy.  Chandrika Kumaratunga despite being the daughter of SWRD  did not follow her father’s political views and was never his political heir. Therefore,  after Mrs.Bandaranayake the heir of SWRD’s political party SLFP was Mahinda Rajapakse. Mahinda Rajapakse was faced with a problem of having to stop the SLFP breaking up after his defeat at the Presidential election,  in the wake of Maithripala Sirisena’s scandalous  abandoning  the SLFP in seek of greener pastures in the UNP. A few ambition Ministerial portfolio seekers were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Richard Pieris chairman conferred an honorary doctorate by University of Kelaniya
Anjalika (Malalgoda) Silva USA
Dr. Sena Yaddehige was one of the Pioneer students of the Kelaniya University Science Faculty. http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=176000 It is a great honor and privilege to see that finally due recognition has been bestowed on one of the alumni and our colleague from the first batch of the Science Faculty of the University of Kelaniya from decades past.  This was a long time coming and one that we, the colleagues of Dr. Sena Yaddehige hoped we would see in our lifetime. The country’s recognition took a long time to come. Going back to the times when we... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Declare  Sangamitta Day as the National Women’s Day in Sri Lanka
Dr.P.G.Punchihewa
This year, Unduwap full moon   falls on 3rd December, the day commemorating the arrival of Bhikkuni Sangamitta to bestow (pabbajja )ordination on Sri Lankan women and also  bringing  with her a sapling of the Great Bodhi tree at Buddhagaya. It was 2263 years ago that Thera Mahinda arrived in this island .According to Geiger that was in the year 246 B.C., on the full moon day of Poson . His arrival with the five disciples opened a new chapter in the history of the island. They not only introduced a new faith based on the sublime teachings of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

DE-BONDING FROM BOND ISSUE ……..
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
When one watches TV and read the papers where it may look obvious that few younger budding- politicians have been directly or indirectly involved in the bond scam or at least being implicated. Few older politicians may have known about the fact that one of their lead member has had some hand in it .Bond commission may not lead to drastic action as the people involved cannot be charged as per the mandate given to commission. As long the president stays in power AG may get a promotion and the politicians may go scot free in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

සීතාවක රාජසිංහ රජුට අවමන් කළ පරන්ගියකු විනාශකර රජුගෙන් බුහුමන් ලැබූ අමිතිරිගල එදිරිසිංහ මුදියන්සේ
නිමල් රාජකරුණා , මෙල්බර්න්, ඔස්ට්‍රේලියාව  
සීතාවක පළමුවන රාජසිංහ රජු ශ්‍රී ලංකාව (එවකට සිංහලේ) පරමාධිපත්‍යය උදෙසා ප්‍රතුගීසින්ට විරුද්ධව සටන් කළ රජවරුන් අතර ප්‍රධානතම තැනක් ගනී . ටිකිරි කුමාරයා ලෙස ඔහුගේ අංගම්පොර සටන්කරුවන් සමග මුල්ලේරියාවේදී ප්‍රතුගීසින් හා සටන් කර ඔවුන්ට විශාල පරාජයක් ලබාදුන් ඔහුගේ වීරත්වය සහ ජාතිමාමකත්වය විනාශ කිරීමට කටකථා පසුව ගොතා ඇත. වර්තමානයේද දේශයේ ඒකීයභාවය සඳහා සටන් මෙහෙයවා විජයග්‍රහණය ලබාදුන් නායකයන් මෙවන් කටකථා මගින් විනාශ කිරීමට දැරූ සහ දරණ උත්සාහයන් අපි අත් විඳිමින් සිටිමු. පලවන රාජසිංහ රජු තම පියා වන මායාදුන්නේ රජු මෙන්ම බෞද්ධ භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලා ඝාතනය කළ බවට ඇති මතය අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන්  සහ ඔවුන්ගෙන් වරප්‍රසාදලත් සිංහලයන් විසින් ගෙතූ ප්‍රලාප බව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Ranil and Sirisena will soon end their union - Samantha
දැන් රනිල්, මෛත්‍රී හවුල දික්කසාද වෙන තැනට ඇවිල්ලා... සමන්ත
https://youtu.be/vNizhZV8pDo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

We are confident that we can win the election - Mahinda (English)
We are confident that we can win the election - Mahinda (English)
https://youtu.be/SMIrh-Gd_vU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

State as estate
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Dr. Usvatte-aratchi, in his article on this page today, demolishes some long-held myths and misconceptions about state revenue, taxes, free education and free healthcare among other things. Referring to a recent statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena, he points out that it is wrong for the head of state to use the term, mage rajaya (my state) as the President does not own the state. President Sirisena has recently gone on record as saying that ‘my state’ won’t allow anyone who fought the country’s war on terror to be tried for war crimes. Dr. Usvatte-aratchi deserves... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

‘Me and My Bonds’ ‘The President and I’ ‘As I always say’
By Sarath De Alwis Courtesy The Island
The statement of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in parliament about bonds made last week was a preemptive tactic to position himself and his beleaguered administration to deal with the report of the commission of inquiry due on 8th December. His use of the personal pronoun ‘I’ in one instance conveys a collective authority and responsibility with the President. In the latter, ‘As I always say, the ‘I’ is more explanatory and uncharacteristically less authoritative. The choice of pronouns in political statements and speeches indicates the speaker’s inclination to share the responsibility with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

The danger of democracy
By Suren Raghaven Courtesy Ceylon Today
Democracy is a dangerous game. Especially, if it is played by those with bloody minds and muddy hands. This is not because such attempts may not succeed – they may well be so as often is the case in Sri Lanka – but because what they pretend to construct will be abysmally empty and permanently tarnished like their polity. A Constitution will be the overarching canopy under which a progressive blueprint for a State and all nations within is desirable at any cost. It is for this reason that all modern democracies took painful... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Killing of Galgamuwa blind tusker Grama niladhari among those arrested
By Risidra Mendis Courtesy Ceylon Today
As the remains of the Galgamuwa blind tusker lay on the ground deep inside the forest of the Kahalla Pallekele Sanctuary, six suspects were taken into custody in connection with the killing of the elephant.The worst fears of environmentalists and animal welfare activists were confirmed when the carcass of the elephant found at the Kahalla Pallekele Sanctuary on 29 November was identified as that of the blind Galgamuwa tusker. The tusker was around 45 years old and nine and half feet tall at the time it was killed. Environmentalists and animal welfare activists have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/12/17)

Retired Police Heads of Sri Lanka say “Do Not Devolve Police Powers to the Provinces”
Shenali D Waduge
If anyone is qualified to speak on law & order in Sri Lanka it is these former Chiefs of Police with years of service, experience and now able to deduce aspects of law & order and its consequences as a result of political decision making. Therefore, their opinion against the Interim Report of the Steering Committee recommending the complete devolution of Law & Order to the Provinces is not only timely & important but one that cannot be ignored. It is therefore the duty of the Government & Interim Committee to peruse the 14 point resolution... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/17)

SAITM, CRICKET AND YAHAPALANA
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Yahapalana government   has gone out of its way to upset the public and send tempers high. The SAITM issue is one example. This issue which should have been solved internally was allowed to escalate, observed Dr. Susirith Mendis, who teaches in the Medical Faculty, Colombo. Business Times and Research Consultancy Bureau (BT-RCB) conducted a street poll in Colombo and Galle in October 2017. While commenting on other matters, respondents said that Yahapalana avoids issues like the rising cost of living and instead raises unnecessary issues, such as SAITM. SAITM started as the South Asian Institute of  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/17)

Contradictions in approaches to nation building
By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry reported in The Island of Oct 27, 2017 states: "What this means is that the new government of Sri Lanka pledged to reassert lost sovereignty by taking ownership of processes that were in the international domain by bringing them to the local domain, and that the government of Sri Lanka as a Sovereign state that is responsible for all its citizens, and responsible to uphold the rule of law, democracy, and justice, would take responsibility for credible investigations locally …. As promised to the people by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/17)

LTTE Terrorism-Church Links – Can someone explain these photos?
Shenali D Waduge
The following photos are alarming and raises more questions than answers. Who can explain the connection? There were many Church-based NGOs operating in the North and East throughout the conflict. Many of them had their offices virtually next door to LTTE offices. Audit the monies sent to these organizations throughout 30 years and evaluate against what they had done against what their websites and reports claimed they did. What were they really upto in the North and East when LTTE was running a defacto state using LTTE police, LTTE judiciary, LTTE courts, LTTE schools, LTTE teachers, LTTE... -Full Story-
(lankaweb.com - 04/12/17)

Life after Bond-gate economically speaking with Chandra Jayaratne
Newsfirst.lk Sri Lanka's Number One News Provider.
https://youtu.be/IvJrP62W590... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/12/17)

Is politics doomed to be dirty in Sri Lanka forever?
Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Dehiwela
Needless to say politics is a dirty game and it is said no one get to  be otherwise in today’s political world – specially in Srilanka. Every time we think it cannot get any worse, it seems to be  getting worse and worse. Yahapalanaya was brought in to clean the existing dirty politics of that time, but it has not only not cleaned up anything, and  if at all,  it had made it even worse by absorbing all the dirt into it’s own self with a false semblance of superficial cleanliness but corrupt through and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

Sri Lanka Economy
By Nalaka Godahewa
As you know , Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948. That was 69 years ago. Since independence except for two years;1954 and 1955,  Sri Lanka  has always had a budget deficit. These deficits were mostly bridged through local and foreign borrowings. When Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa became the 5th executive president of the country in 2005,  the total national debt stood at Rs  2,222 billion But when he left the presidency after 9 years the national debt had grown to  Rs 7,391 Rs 5,169 billion had been added to the national debt within those 9 years.  That... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය මහජන උවමනාව සහ දේශපාලන උවමනාව පටලවා ගෙන ද?..... අදහස් දැක්වීමක්...!
ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය මහජන උවමනාව සහ දේශපාලන උවමනාව පටලවා ගෙන ද? Full Story යන ලිපිය කියවන්නට ලැබුණි. කාලයකට පසු කියවන්නට ලැබුණ හර්යාත්මක වටිනාකමක් ඇති ලිපියක් බව පළමුව ඔබගේ අවධානයට යොමු කරමි. ඔබ විසින් මෙයට පෙර ලියන ලද Attorney General in the dock  ලිපියේ සැළකීමේදී මෙම ලිපිය සුවිශේෂී වෙයි.  ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 132* ව්‍යවස්ථාව ඔබ ගේ පාඨයට නිමිත්ත ය. එමෙන්ම 106 ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ ඇති නඩු කටයුතු ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ පැවැත්වීමට නියම කර තිබීමත් එලෙසම වැදගත් වේ. *[132. (1) අග්‍රවිනිශ්චයකාරවරයා අන්‍යාකාර විධාන කළහොත් මිස, ශ්‍රේෂ්ධිකරණයේ වෙන් වෙන් අධිකරණ බලය සාමාන්‍යයෙන් කොළඹ දී ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ යුත්තේ ය. (2) ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ අධිකරණ බලය, වෙන් වෙන්ව නඩු විභාග කරන ඒ අධිකරණයේ විනිශ්චයකාරවරයන් කිහිපදෙනකු විසින් එකම අවස්ථාවේ දී... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

Remarkable Sri Lankan Scientists The World Knows But We Don’t
Courtesy https://roar.media
Many of us are well aware of Newton, Einstein, Curie and Hawking, and their contributions to science. But how much do we know about the eminent scientists that Sri Lanka has produced? Most recently, a Sri Lankan scientist at Harvard University, Dr. Ranga Dias, and his colleague, Dr. Isaac Silvera, made headlines when they created metallic hydrogen, in what has been called a ‘breakthrough in physics’. A year ago, another Sri Lankan, Dr. Nipuni Palliyaguru, was part of the team that succeeded in detecting gravitational waves, confirming renowned physicist Albert Einstein’s century-old theory of General Relativity. Sri Lankans have, in fact,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

ආබාධිත පොලිස්‌ රණවිරුවන් ලබාදුන් දුබලතා විශ්‍රාම වැටුප අහිමි කිරීම. මෙවැනි කුණු වැඩ  කරන රජයක් අපිට එපා. සල්ලි නැත්නම් රජය ඉල්ලා අස්වෙන්න.
Chaminda Pradeep Dissanayaka
ආබාධිත පොලිස්‌ රණවිරුවන් ඊයේ විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වටලයි යුද්ධය හේතුවෙන් ආබාධ තත්ත්වයට පත්වූ ආබාධිත පොලිස්‌ රණවිරුවන්ට ලබාදුන් දුබලතා විශ්‍රාම වැටුප අහිමි කිරීම ඇතුළු ඉල්ලීම් කිහිපයක්‌ ලබානොදීම හේතුවෙන් ආබාධිත පොලිස්‌ රණවිරුවන් ඊයේ (29 දා) විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වටලනු ලැබීය. පෙරවරු 11.00 ට පමණ විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට පැමිණි 300 ක පමණ ආබාධිත පොලිස්‌ රණවිරුවන් පිරිස විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් කොමසාරිස්‌ ජනරාල් ජගත් ඩයස්‌ මහතා රැඳී සිටින කාමරය අසල බිම හිඳගෙන කප්පාදු කළ රණවිරු අයිතීන් නැවත ලබාදෙන තෙක්‌ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවෙන් පිට නොවන බව පවසමින් විරෝධතාවයක්‌ ආරම්භ කරනු ලැබීය. මෙම විරෝධතාවය පස්‌වරු 4.00 පසුවන තෙක්‌ පැවැති අතර නීතිය හා සාමය පිළිබඳ අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

Libya: Ten Things About Gaddafi They Don’t Want You to Know
By Global Research News
This article was first published by Global Research in November 2014. Today Libya as a Nation State has been destroyed by US-NATO. What do you think of when you hear the name Colonel Gaddafi? Tyrant? Dictator? Terrorist? Well, a national citizen of Libya may disagree but we want you to decide. For 41 years until his demise in October 2011, Muammar Gaddafi did some truly amazing things for his country and repeatedly tried to unite and empower the whole of Africa. So despite what you’ve heard on the radio, seen in the media or on the TV, Gaddafi did some powerful... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

කවදාවත් නැති විදිහට මහා වැසි, ගංවතුර, නායයාම්.. රජු ධාර්මික නොවුනාම ස්වභාව ධර්මය කැළඹෙනව.. මේකයි වෙලා තියෙන්නෙ..- ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන
‘මේ කාලයේ කවදාවත් නැති විදිහට මහා වැසි, ගංවතුර, නාය යාම්.. ඇයි ඒ..-ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන
දේවෝ වස්සතු කාලේන-සස්ස සම්පත්ති හෝතුච පීතෝ භවතු ලෝකෝච-රාජා භවතු ධම්මිකෝ රජු ධාර්මික නොවුනාම ස්න්‍භාව ධර්මය අපෝ-තේජෝ-වායෝ කැළඹෙනව. තුන් දොස් කිපෙනව. මේකයි සිද්ද වෙලා තිබෙන්නෙ. රජු දැහැමි නොවුන නිසා රජු අධර්මික පාලකයෙක් නිසා අද මුළු වායුගෝලයම කැළඹිලා. මුළු ස්වභාව ධර්මයම අද සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම සුළු සමාජයම ලෝකමය විනාශ කරන තත්වයට ස්වභාව ධර්මයෙන් ගොඩනැගෙනව’ යයි ඔහු එම විඩියෝවේ සදහන් කරයි. https://youtu.be/IxYtbrSN0UU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

දළ පූට්‌ටුවා සහ සිරිකොතේ අලියා
කතු වැකිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
දළ පූට්‌ටුවා අවසන් ගමන් ගියේ ශෝකජනක ලෙස ය. ගල්ගමුවේ වන ගහනයක්‌ මැද මෙයට දශක කිහිපයකට පෙර උපන් දළ පූට්‌ටුවාගේ දිරාගිය මළ සිරුර පසුගියදා පල්ලෙකැලේදී හමුවිය. ලංකාවේ වනගහනවල ඉතිරිව සිටි සද්දන්ත කුලයට අයත් ඇතුන් කිහිපදෙනාගෙන් එකකු වූ මේ සතා පසුගිය අවුරුදු කිහිපය පුරාත් ජීවිතයට වඩා මරණයේ සෙවනැල්ල යට කල්ගත කළේය. මෙහිදී සද්දන්ත කුලයේ ඇතා යනු කවරෙක්‌ දැයි පාඨකයාට හඳුන්වා දිය යුතුය. සිංහල සහ දෙමළ මිනිසුන්ගේ කුලය තීරණය වන්නේ ඔවුන් අතීතයේදී කළ රැකියාවට අනුව වන්නේ යම් සේ ද, අලියාගේ කුලය තීරණය වන්නේ උගේ කටේ ඇති දත් සංඛ්‍යාවට සමරූපව ය. මේ අනුව සද්දන්ත කුලයේ අලියකුගේ කටේ දත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

දළපූට්‌ටුවාත් ඉවරයි...මහා අපරාධය පිටුපස ඉන්නේ කවුද..?යහපාලන ආණ්‌ඩුවේ ම බලවතෙකුද?
බුලිත ප්‍රදීප් කුමාර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින ඡායාරූප - මහගල්කඩවල සේනක ඉලංගකොන්, නිෂාන් ජිනේන්ද්‍ර හා ශෂිකලන රත්වත්ත
ගල්ගමුව දළ පූට්‌ටුවාගේ අවාසනාවන්ත ඉරණම සම්බන්ධයෙන් පසුගිය දිනවල අපට තිබූ සියලු සැක සංකා මේ වන විට පහව ගොස්‌ අවසන්ය.   වලාන පොලිස්‌ දූෂණ මර්දන ඒකකය විසින් පොල්පිතිගම නිකවැව පන්සල තුළදී පසුගිය 23 වනදා කෙරුණු ගනුදෙනුවක්‌ මත අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනණු මිල කළ නොහැකි.. ගජමුතු හය හා ඇත් දළ යුවල මේ දළ පූට්‌ටුවා ගේම බව දැන් ඔප්පු වී හමාරය. එසේම ඒ දළ යුවල හා ගජමුතු කට්‌ටල 3 කැලේ ස්‌වභාවික ලෙස මැරී සිටි හස්‌තියකුගෙන් ලබා ගත්තක්‌ නොව, ඉතා සැලසුම් සහගතව වනයේ දී කොටු කර මරා බිම හෙලන ලද හස්‌තියෙකුගෙන් අමු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

In Sri Lanka today Rogues and Traitors are Heroes , and Patriots  who saved the country from disaster are  called rogues and traitors.
By Charles S.Perera
The ordinary people of Sri Lanka have gathered from evident facts  that there is sufficient circumstantial evidence to show that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe is directly or indirectly  involved in  the  planned Central Bank Bond robbery. And  it is being confirmed  from the way his UNP followers are trying to make  the Prime Minister a hero, because he appeared before the Bond Commission to answer questions on the part he had played in the Bank Robery. Then again the Prime Minister’s good friend the former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake who was selected the Finance Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

The Central Hill Country: The ‘Hadabima’ (Heartland) of Sri Lanka A New Geographical Interpretation
 Sudath Gunasekara.  B.A. PhD.  (S.L. A. S).
12.12. 2017 Abstract The Central Hill Country of Sri Lanka is defined as the land above the 300 m (msl) contour that covers roughly about 20% of the total land area of the Island. It constitutes a heavily dissected terrain with spectacular scenic beauty providing the home for a unique biodiversity, both in flora and fauna, endemic and threatened. While serving as the main catalyst in rain making and a climatic regulator for the two Monsoon seasons it also serves as the major watershed that provides the source for almost all the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ PT 6
KAMALIKA PIERIS
(Revised) The   Yahapalana image is starting to crumble.  It is now known that both  Sarath Fonseka and Maithripala Sirisena had contested on the New Democratic Front  ticket, headed   by Shalila Moonasinghe, who  was arrested for receiving foreign currency stolen from Taiwan’s Far Eastern International Bank recently. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has come in for heavy criticism. ‘Ranil bashing’ is today a fashionable pastime among commentators, said Sarath de Alwis. MP Bandula Gunawardena said that Sri Lanka experienced its worst economic crisis during 2001-2004 period under Wickremesinghe’s premiership. Tissa Vitarana said in December 2016 that LSSP demands the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

TOLERANCE IN OPPOSITE ORDER.
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando.
Dilshani Palugaswewa highlighted in the Ceylon Today (Sunday Edition), the discourse made by Ajitha Wickremesinghe, the Financial Legal Equality Advisor and Director of iProbono, and the Founding Trustee of Think Equal, at a function held at  the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, on 21 November, to mark The International Day for Tolerance. Ajitha Wickremesinghe’s speech at the forum was significantly thought provoking. He has opened his discourse by asking whether ‘any one wishes to be just tolerated,’ which is very much on a par with the present situation in Sri Lanka, especially in political... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

Man’s Inhumanity at its best in Kandy against a set of Unsuspecting Community Dogs
Champa Fernando Secretary,Kandy Association for Community Protection through Animal Welfare (KACPAW)
To complement the National Dog Sterilization Programme, Animal Welfare Organizations like KACPAW (Kandy Association for Community Protection through Animal Welfare), together with state institutions like the Municipal Councils carry out mass sterilization of dogs using their own money and get these animals mass vaccinated against rabies as well. As an example, KACPAW funded dog and cat sterilizations in the Kandy Municipal Council (KMC) areas from 2015 to 2017 in which 2,238 animals have been sterilized, paying Rs 2.238 million to the vets for the surgeries. So, Animal Welfare... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

Psychology of Meditation
Dr. Ruwan M Jayatunge 
Meditation is a mental exercise and it enhances the state of awareness. Awareness is the ability to directly know and perceive, to feel, or to be cognizant of events (Wikipedia). The meditative awareness is often called blissful awareness which is a higher state of consciousness. Higher consciousness involves the ability to be conscious of being conscious. Meditative awareness is an awareness of perception; an intuitive awareness. It is a form of calm mental state that upgrades compassion, equanimity and wisdom.  It provides a sense of tranquility and peace. Meditative awareness connected with the attention in the present moment self-regulating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

After the storm
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 2, 2017, 7:13 pm Bad weather, such as what Sri Lanka and the region have been experiencing recently, is undoubtedly a so-called "Act of God." There is very little that mankind can do about it other that be prepared for weather-related disasters. In his regular column this week, commentator Sanjana Hattotuwa has severely faulted the Meteorology Department and its head for being backward in its forecasting and being dismissive of foreign expertise on this subject. We do not want to repeat what Hattotuwa has said in this space as readers will be able to read... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

Bad faith or bad weather?
Sanjana Hattotuwa Courtesy The Island
At the time of writing this column, 11 have died because of a storm that hit Sri Lanka. Five are missing. Over 61,000 people across the island are affected by the disaster. Images of the devastation are all over the news, including over updates on social media pushed out from the Sri Lanka Red Cross. In this context, worth recalling in some detail a news report published in the mainstream media in English quoting Met Department Director and "Forecaster" Anusha Warnasooriya. Warnasooriya dismissed the storm system as one that would merely travel over Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

How did Met Dept. miss Cyclone Ockhi?
SUNIL G WIJESINHA Colombo 5.Courtesy The Island
Heavy rains and strong winds Wednesday night and Thursday caused substantial damages to private and public property. Staff photographer Ranjith Wimalasiri captured this scene at Borella Most international weather sites warned of downpours in Sri Lanka and South India this week. Some said it may lead to flooding. "accuweather.com" gave the warning titled "downpours return" on 23 November 2017, saying rains will come to Sri Lanka and South India the following week. In fact "weather-forecast.com" showed the expected path, day by day, of a depression. It currently shows another smaller depression east... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/12/17)

UNP wins first round against Sirisena
C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
Options available for Sirisena as LG elections loom Elections Commission at last justifies its existence RW heading for another bond fiasco December 2, 2017, 7:57 pm With the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faizer Mustapha being forced to engineer the withdrawal of the six petitions against the delimitation gazette, the obstacle to holding elections to all the local government institutions vanished and now the long awaited election is to be held in early February. It was the Elections Commission that forced the hand of the government by declaring elections to 93 LG institutions where... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/17)

පොරොන්දුදේශයේ පොරොන්දුව
විශේෂ ලියුම්කරු කීර්ති රත්නායක
රතු මුහුද තරණය කරමින් පොරොන්දු දේශය කරා මෝසස් මෙහෙයවූ ක්‍රියාන්විතය අප කියවා ඇත. මෙම ක්‍රියාදාමය එදා මෙදා තුර ඉතිහාසය උඩු යටිකුරු කල කල බව නොරහසකි. එදා ඊස්ශ්‍රායෙලියන්ගේ රතු මුහුදු තරනයට හේතු වූයේ පාරාවුන්ගේ වහල් භාවයෙන් මිදී පලා යාමය. එයින් වසර 3000 ක් ගතවෙත්ම ඊශ්‍රායෙලියන් යලිත් වරක් රතුමුහුද තරණයට සැරසී ඇත. නමුත් මෙදා ඔවුන් රතුමුහුද තරණය කරනුයේ මුසොල්මානුවන්ගේ මුදුන්මල්කඩ ආක්රමනය සදහාය. සවුද්ගේ අරාබිය ආරාජික කොට පොරොන්දු දේශය පූරනය කිරීම සදහාය. ඉතිහාස කථාවට අනුව අවුරුදු ගණනාවක් ඊජිප්තුවේ ජීවත් වූ ඊස්ශ්රායෙලියන් බොහෝ ධන සම්පත් රැස් කරගත්හ. ඔවුන් දෙවියන් අමතක නොකල බවත් දෙවියන්ද ඔවුන් අමතක නොකල බව කියවෙයි .... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/17)

Maveerar day celebrations
P.A.Samaraweera
During the Presidents trip to Korea this week, he had paid respect to the Korean martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice during 3 wars with invading forces. At a ceremony, he had placed a wreath and put incense at the Altar. Back at home, our disabled war heroes are protesting on the streets about their pensions. The general feeling among the people is that war heroes here are sidelined by this govt. For instance, while other countries celebrate their war victories, Sri Lanka called off the military parade the year the 'Yahapalanaya'  came to power, to appease western countries... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/17)

Commemoration of dead LTTE cadre heralds the hollowness of current attempts at "reconciliation".
Bodhi Dhanapala, Quebec, Canada.
Just recently, construction workers doing a work site in Hamburg, Germany came across a buried giant Swastika from the Hitler era. Some “antiquarians” called for its reservation as an object of history. “No way”, said the the Mayor of Hamburg and other civic leaders concerned. This is a despicable sign that brings to memory the horrors committed by a regime of mass murderers. Immediately after the war, aided and abetted by the other Western Nations, Germany began a program of “deNazification”. In France, the leaders of the Vichy regime that worked closely with the Nazis... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/17)

ෆොන්සේකා නෙවෙයි තෝ පො***** – සරත් ෆොන්සේකා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී ලොකුගේගෙන් කුණුහරුපෙන් අහගනී..
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ප‍්‍රාදේශීය සංවර්ධන ඇමති සරත් ෆොන්සේකා සහ ඒකාබද්ද විඵක්‍ෂය නියෝජනය කරන සන්ධාන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී ගාමිණි ලොකුගේ අතර ඉතා උණුසුම් විවාදයක් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී ඊයේ දිනයේ ඇති විය. මහා නගර හා බස්නාහිර සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යංශයේ වැය ශීර්ෂය සම්බන්ධයෙන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී පැවති කාරක සභා අවස්ථා විවාදයේදී මෙම සංවාදවය ඇති විය. ඇමති සරත් ෆොන්සේකා විසින් දිගින් දිගටම ලොකුගේ මන්ත‍්‍රීවයරාගේ අදහස් දැක්වීමට බාධා කරද්දී ඔහු කෝපයට පත්ව ෆොන්සේකාට දිගට හරහට බැණ වැදිනි. මූලාසනය විසින් මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයාගේ කතාවේ එම වචන හැන්සාඩ් වාර්තාවෙන් ඉවත් කරනු ලැබීය. https://youtu.be/X5xpuSa1j2g... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/12/17)

THISARA PERERA – FAILURES ARE THE PILLARS OF SUCCESS!
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
When we were chatting about newly appointed ODI captain of Sri Lanka, there was a general consensus that Thisara had more failures than successes.  Then a colleague of mine said “failures are the Pillars of Success”.   Another friend promptly replied, “Yes, he had more Pillars, but not a single building”. Since the retirement of cricketing greats Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Dilshan Thilakaratne, the cricket captaincy was a game of musical chairs.  In different formats of the game, so far we had, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga, Rangana Herath, Lahiru Thirimanne,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

Privatization of medical education. We have not given up the battle-Dr. Padeniya
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
These doctors who have received free education would have  spent money to go for private tuition .Their parents could afford to pay for the tuition . If they want to pressurize the government to abolish private education they should also pressurize to  stop private tuition . All specialist doctors do private practice to earn money .We all know how all specialist doctors spend more time in private hospitals including this doctor charging exorbitant fees from poor people. If they want to abolish private medical education, they should expect the government to impose rules prohibiting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

HINDU VIOLENCE AGAINST BUDDHISTS AND WANTON DESTRUCTION OF BUDDHIST SITES IN INDIA
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
In the name of revival of Hinduism in India, between 830 CE and 966 CE (or mid 9th to late 10th centuries) the ancestors of the present Hindus of India were ruthless against Buddhists and brutally killed Buddhist monks and followers of Buddhism and wantonly destroyed many thousands of Buddha statues, stupes and vihares. According to Professor M.S. Jayaprakash, there are both indigenous and foreign sources, both literary and archaeological, which speak volumes on the havoc done to Buddhism by the Hindus of India. Sankaracharyas were prominent Hindu leaders who were heads of Hindu monasteries of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

Nuts, grains & polls
Editorial Courtesy The Island
December 1, 2017, 10:13 pm The National Election Commission (NEC) has said it is confident of holding the much-delayed local government elections, at last, on a single day early next year. This announcement couldn't have come at a worse time for the government, which did its damnedest to postpone the mini polls further, but in vain. Public resentment is palpable due to economic woes. There is apparently no end in sight to the continuous rise in the general price level. Official inflation rates can be deceptive as is public knowledge; the prices of essential commodities have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

‘The Bondage of Crooked Politics’
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
December 1, 2017, 10:14 pm * Bond...Bond...here we come. There is nothing as good as Bondage…which seems to be the new thinking of the UNP. The Prime Minister wants to have a special probe into the Treasury Bond sales from 2008 to 2014 – that involves many billions of rupees. Looks like the party that was not at all pleased with the Bond Commission that completed it hearings with the Prime Minister’s clarifications, is now in an elephantine mood to go on with bond probes as the stuff of new politics. Will every one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

Reach consensus on joint effort to counter Geneva project Global Sri Lanka Forum team meets Lord Naseby
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
December 1, 2017, 11:07 pm The Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) has been assured by Lord Naseby of his continued support for its efforts to counter unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the armed forces as well as the previous political leadership. The assurance was given when a GSLF delegation met Lord Naseby at the British Parliament on Thursday evening (Nov 30) to appreciate his support rendered for Sri Lanka’s efforts over the years. The delegation comprised Prasanga Jayamanna, Co-president, GSLF UK, Jayaraj Palihawadana, Secretary, GSLF UK and Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe, Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Vietnam.UAE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

Sri Lanka under cavalcade of UN scrutiny
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Working Group on Arbitrary Detention due, followed by Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion Close on the heels of UN expert on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff warning the government of dire consequences unless the administration addressed accountability issues in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1, another top level UN delegation is due to arrive in Colombo on Dec. 4. De Greiff delivered his warning at the UN compound in Colombo on Oct 23 with UN Resident Coordinator Una McCauley by his side. The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

ජනවාරි වසන්තයේ පලදීම
කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ දේශපාලන විද්‍යා සහ රාජ්‍ය ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති අධ්‍යයනාංශයේ - ධම්ම දිසානායක උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
‘ජනවාරි වසන්තය’ ලංකාවට අත්පත් කරදී ඇත්තේ ‘අරාබි වසන්තය’ විසින් ඊජිප්තුවට, ඉරාකයට, ලිබියාවට සහ සිරියාවට අත්කර දෙන ලද ඉරණම ම ය. ලේ වැකි ‘අරාබි වසන්තය’ නිසා අද ඒ රටවල රාජ්‍යයක් සතුව පැවතිය යුතු කිසිදු අංගයකට නිරුපද්‍රිත පැවැත්මක් නැත. භුමිය අනතුරේය. ජනතාව මාරාන්තික අනතුරකය. ඔවුන්ගේ පරම අභිප‍්‍රාය හුදු පණ නළ රැක ගැනීම පමණක්මය. රටේ පරමාධිපත්‍යය නොරට බලවතුන්ගේ ය. ආණ්ඩුවක් නැත. නමට පමණක් ආණ්ඩුවක් තිබුණද ඊට රට සහ ජනයා වෙනුවෙන් කළ හැකි දෙයක් නොමැත. නීතියක් නැත. පරිපාලනයක් නැත. කොටින්ම ඒ රටවල රාජ්‍යයක් නැත. ආර්ථිකය, දේශපාලනය, සමාජ පිළිවෙළ සහ ජන ජීවිතය යන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ARMED FORCES
KAMALIKA PIERIS
This essay looks at the Yahapalana government‘s attitude to the armed forces of Sri Lanka.    It does not deal with the Geneva resolution on Eelam War IV. Perhaps no other country has ill treated its disabled service and police personnel in a more shameful and despicable manner than Sri Lanka, said an Island editorial in September               2016.  ‘We watched with shock and dismay  as the police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse a protest march of those disabled service men who were denied pensions because they had retired due to permanent injuries before completing the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/12/17)


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