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News Archive for Oct 2017

The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dominance of the Stubborn Minority
R Chandrasoma
‘It suffices for an intransigent minority –a certain type of intransigent minorities - to reach a minutely small level, say three or four percent of the total population, for the entire population to have to submit to their preferences. Further, an optical illusion comes with the dominance of the minority: a naive observer would be under the impression that the choices and preferences are those of the majority’. This quotation – singularly apposite in the context of what is happening in Sri Lanka – is extracted from the writings of the Sociologist N N Taleb. He sees... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/17)

Asgiri and Malwathu Joint Council says no to new Constitution
නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් එපා - අස්ගිරි මල්වතු සංඝ සභාවෙන් තීරණයක්
By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy  Adaderana
The Joint Sangha Council of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters of the Siam Sect have decided that there is no need for a new Constitution or any amendments to the existing Constitution. The council, which convened for a special meeting at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy this evening (18), also decided that the ongoing process of formulating a new constitution should be halted immediately. The Sangha Councils of both chapters gathered today to discuss the proposed new constitution, in the wake of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/17)

නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් අනවශ්‍ය බව අස්ගිරි - මල්වතු නාහිමිවරු කියති
උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට අවශ්‍ය නොවන බව කියමින් අස්ගිරි හා මල්වතු මහ නාහිමිවරු අද(18) විශේෂ නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කළහ. නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් හෝ ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයක් අවශ්‍ය නොවන බව මහ නාහිමිවරු අවධාරණය කරති. යෝජිත නව ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය පිළිබඳ සාකච්ඡා කිරීම සඳහා මල්වතු හා අස්ගිරි පාර්ශ්වයන්ගේ අනුනායක හිමිවරුන් ප්‍රමුඛ දෙපාර්ශ්වයේ කාරක මහා සංඝ සභාවේ සභික හිමිවරුන් ඵෙතිහාසික ශ්‍රී දළඳා මාලිගා පරිශ්‍රයේ රන් ආයුද මණ්ඩපයේ දී අද රැස්වූහ. සාකච්ඡාව අවසන මාධ්‍ය වෙත විශේෂ ප්‍රකාශයක් කළ දිඹුල්කුඹුරේ විමලධම්ම මල්වතු පාර්ශ්වයේ අනුනායක හිමියෝ මෙසේ පැවසූහ. ‘නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීම පිළිබඳ අප විශේෂයෙන් සාකච්ඡා කළේ මේ සම්බන්ධව විද්වත් මණ්ඩලයක් අපව දැනුවත් කළ නිසයි. මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/17)

රට ෆෙඩරල් කර කෑලිවලට කඩන රනිල්ගේ ද්‍රෝහී ව්‍යස්ථා යෝජනා පරදවන්න පෙරට එන්න!! - ගෙවිඳු
-ගෙවිඳු කුමාරතුංග,[2017-06-10 දින දිවයින ඉරිදා සංග්‍රහයේ පළ වූ ලිපියකි]
වත්මන් රජයේ ව්‍යවස්‌ථා සම්පාදන ක්‍රියාවලිය ආරම්භ වූයේ ලාල් විඡේනායක මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් මහජන අදහස්‌ ලබාගැනීමට යෑයි කියා පත් කරන ලද කමිටුවේ නිර්දේශයන් සමඟ ය. ඒ කමිටු නිර්දේශ අතර ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අනාගමික රාජ්‍යයක්‌ විය යුතු බවටත්, බුද්ධාගමට දී ඇති 'ප්‍රමුඛස්‌ථානය' ඊට අහිමි කොට සියලු ආගම්වලට සමාන තත්ත්වයක්‌ ලබාදිය යුතු බවටත් යෝජනා විය. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඒකීය රාජ්‍යයක්‌ විය යුතු බව ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවේ සඳහන් දෙවැනි වගන්තිය සංශෝධනය කොට 'ඒකීය' පදය ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවෙන් ඉවත් කිරීමට ද මේ කමිටුව විසින් යෝජනා කෙරිණි. මේ විඡේනායක වාර්තාවේ නිර්දේශ සම්බන්ධයෙන් මහා සංඝයා වහන්සේලාගේ ද ගිහි බෞද්ධ ජනතාවගේ ද විරෝධයට ප්‍රතිචාර දැක්‌වූ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/17)

මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂ රජය රට ණය කන්දක හිරකළැයි කියන අගමැතිගේ ප්‍රකාශය මහා බොරුවක්‌ - බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන (එජනිස)
ජයේ ඉහළ තැන්වල සිටින බලධාරීන් මහ බැංකුව ශුද්ධ කළා වගේ විදේශ බැංකු කොල්ල කනවා
අනුර බාලසූරිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ලංකාවේ දැවැන්තම රාජ්‍ය ණය අර්බුදයක්‌ හටගත්තේ 2001, 2002, 2003 හා 2004 වර්ෂවලදී කියා එවකට අගමැතිවරයා වශයෙන් රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා රට හමුවේ, ජාතිය අමතා ප්‍රකාශයක්‌ කළේ ද නැද්ද? කියා පුළුවන්නම් ප්‍රකාශයක්‌ කරන ලෙසට තමා අගමැතිවරයාට අභියෝග කරන බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන මහතා පැවසීය.    එමෙන්ම 2016 අයවැය ලේඛනයෙන් හරියටම සියයට 20 ක්‌ වියදම් කළේ නෑ. වියදම් නොකර 1/5 ක්‌ ඉතිරි කළා කියා පිළිගන්නේ ද නැද්ද යන්නත් 2016 අයවැයෙන් අධ්‍යාපනයට වෙන්කළ මුදලින් සියයට 32 ක්‌ පමණක්‌ වියදම් කර වෙන්කළ මුදලින් 2/3... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/17)

නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවෙන් විධායක ජනාධිපති ධුරය අහෝසි විය යුතුයි... මෛත්‍රී නැවත ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ආවොත් අනිවාර්යෙන් පරාජය කරනවා..
ජවිපෙ ප්‍රචාරක ලේකම් විජිත හේරත් සහෝදරයා...
මාධ්‍ය හමුව - 2017.10.18 ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ බත්තරමුල්ල, පැලවත්ත ජ.වි.පෙ. ප්‍රධාන කාර්යාලයේදී... දැනට තිඛෙන 78 ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව පැරණි එකක්. අද සමාජය අලූත් වෙලා. එම අලූත් සමාජයට ගැලපෙන විදිහේ අලූත් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවක අවශ්‍යතාවය මතුවෙලා තිබුණා. අපේ රටට අලූත් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් අවශ්‍යයයි කියන ස්ථාවරයේ අපි ඉන්නවා. 2015 ජනවාරි 08 ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් වුණු එවකට ඇමතිවරයෙක් වුණු මෛතී්‍රපාල සිරිසේන මහත්තයා පොදු අපේක‍ෂකයෙක් බවට පත්වූයේ විධායක ජනාධිපති ධුරය අහෝසි කිරීමේ මූලික එකඟතාවය මතයි. විධායක ජනාධිපතිධුරය අහෝසි කිරීම සඳහා නව ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් අවශ්‍යයයි. අලූත් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සඳහා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ 2/3 බලයත් ඉන් අනතුරුව ජනමත විචාරණයකුත් අවශ්‍ය වෙනවා. විධායක ජනාධිපතිධුරය අහෝසි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/17)

ANOTHER TERRORIST OF RAW
ALI SUKHANVER
Muhammad Shabbir was once an innocent common man. He unfortunately became a tool in the hands of the RAW and is now counting down his remaining days of life as he has been ‘awarded’ death penalty by the honorable Session Court and by the Qazi Court of Mirpur Azad Jammu Kashmir. He was not a criminal by birth but the RAW pushed him to a world of no-return. This RAW agent is an Indian national and belongs to Sakan Topo, Tehsil Maindar District Poonch of Indian Occupied Kashmir. Somewhere in 1987 he got an opportunity of sneaking... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

SRI LANKA: Inmate extra-judicially murdered inside Polonnaruwa Remand Prison
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME
Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information regarding Pitawalagedara Chandrarathna (47), resident of Bakamuna Police Division. Chandrarathna was arrested on 4 May 2017 charged with participation in a murder. After being detained for 14 days, he was found dead on 18 September 2017--murdered inside the Polonnaruwa Remand Prison.   Prison Authorities said that they handed over the dead body to the family on the same day. But they failed to explain the way in which the death occurred or name those responsible. Relatives of the victim demand an independent,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය එරාන් වික්‍රමරත්න මහතාගේ ප්‍රකාශය හෙළා දකිමු.
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි ලසන්ත වික්‍රමසිංහ ලේකම් තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ වෘත්තියවේදීන්ගේ සංසදය
විදේශීය තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ වෘත්තිකයන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිŒම සඳහා වීසා ලබා දීමේ පූර්ණ බලතල ආගමන පාලක වරයා වෙත ලබා දීමට අවශ්‍ය නීතිමය කටයුතු රජය විසින් සම්පාදනය කරමින් සිටින බව මෑතකදී රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය එරාන් වික්‍රමරත්න මහතා පැවසීය. අමාත්‍යවරයා පවසා සිටියේ දැනට පවතින ක්‍රමවේදයට අනුව අදාළ අවශ්‍යතාවය ඇති සමාගම මඟින් ඒ සඳහා අදාළ අමත්‍යාංශයෙන්, ෂක‍ඔA ඒජන්සියෙන් සහ ආගමන-විගමන දෙපාර්තුන්මේන්තුවෙන් අවසර ගත යුතු අතර, මේ සඳහා ගතවන කාලය අවම කරනු පි‚ස, තීරණය ගැනීමේ සම්පූර්ණ බලය ආගමන පාලකවරයා වෙත පමණක් පවරන බවයි. ඔහුගේ මෙම වගකීම් විරහිත, අනුවණ ප්‍රකාශය දැක අපි මවිතයට පත්වීමු. විෂයානුබද්ධ දැනුම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

CSSL Facilitates international Epihack project to fight Dengue
Computer Society of Sri Lanka
According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, there were 80,732 cases of dengue fever reported between January 1st and July 7th 2017. This number includes 215 deaths as a result of the disease. And the worst hit was the Colombo District with 18,186 cases. Dengue has always been amongst the deadliest diseases we face in Sri Lanka. And epihack Sri Lanka aims to stop it. epihack is described as, “a 5-day hackathon bringing together public health professionals, IT developers, IT designers and government officials to create an open source digital solution to health... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

West must remove war crime threats on SL: Lord Naseby
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The West, particularly the US and the UK, must remove the threat of war crimes and foreign judges that overhangs and overshadows all Sri Lankans, especially their leaders, a British Baron told the British Parliament on Thursday. Michael Morris, Baron Naseby PC, who started the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka in 1975, expressed these views during a debate on Sri Lanka. The debate focused on what assessment the UK Government has made of the progress made by Sri Lanka in meeting the requirements on reconciliation established by the United Nations Human Rights Council.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

AAG De Livera has ‘some other questions’ to ask the PM
Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror
 Acting Attorney General Dappula De Livera at the conclusion of PCoI proceedings said yesterday he would also have some other questions to ask from the Prime Minister apart from the questions put forward by the Commission. Responding to the statement made by the PCoI, AAG Dappula De Livera also expressed his observations. AAG De Livera was of the view that his team of Counsel of the Attorney General’s Department assisted the Commission under Section 23 of the Commission of Inquiry Act and spearheaded the investigation pertaining to the bond inquiry with the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

Treasury Bonds scandal:PCoI sends questions to PM
By Kavindya Chris Thomas Courtesy  Ceylon Today
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Treasury Bonds scandal at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has sent a list of questions to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe seeking clarification regarding some matters that came up during a testimony. Commission Chairperson, Supreme Court Justice, K.T. Chitrasiri said, yesterday (17) that questions had been sent to the Premier and that he has been asked to send in the replies in an affidavit. Upon receiving the signed affidavit, the Commission will read it and, if necessary, request him to submit further clarifications in writing or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

Even the PM should be in Prison for the frauds
By Ranjith Kumara Samarakoone Courtesy  Ceylon Today
Kandy District UPFA Member of Parliament Dilum Amunugama said the Local Government Election should have been held a year earlier, and went on to say "We have been prepared since then. We will contest through a separate Alliance. It is this Government that keeps postponing elections and is playing with the sovereignty of the people". Excerpts of the interview: Minister Lakshman Kiriella says that the Colombo-Kandy Expressway is being built? A: It was commenced by our Government. Then this Government came in. Even now, it has been delayed. These people struggled looking for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

පර්පෙචුවල් ට්‍රෙෂරීස්‌ සමාගම අපරාධ සංවිධානයක්‌ එය මා නැවත කියනවා - අතිරේක සොලිසිටර් ජනරාල් යසන්ත කෝදාගොඩ
සරත් ධර්මසේන - ශ්‍යාම් නුවන් ගනේවත්ත උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
 අර්ජුන් ඇලෝසියස්‌ගේ පර්පෙචුවල් ට්‍රෙෂරීස්‌ සමාගම ව්‍යාපාරික ආයතනයක්‌ නොව මේ රටට විශාල හානියක්‌ කරමින් සාපරාධී ක්‍රියාවල යෙදුණ අපරාධ සංවිධානයක්‌ යෑයි අතිරේක සොලිසිටර් ජනරාල් ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ යසන්ත කෝදාගොඩ මහතා ඊයේ (17 දා) ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ පැවසුවේය.    එම සමාගම කළ අපරාධ, සාපරාධී ක්‍රියා ක්‍රමයෙන් හෙළිවෙමින් පවතින විට මීට මාස 03 කට පමණ උඩදී මම මේ කොමිසම හමුවේ එම ප්‍රකාශයම කළා. නමුත් එදා එම සමාගම වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි නීතිඥවරු මට තදින් විරුද්ධ වුණා. මා ඒ ප්‍රකාශය කළේ සැර බාල කරලයි. නමුත් හොඳට ශබ්ද නඟල, උස්‌ හඬින් යුතුව අද මම ඒ ප්‍රකාශයම කරනවා.     පර්පෙචුවල්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

මෙන්න ඇත්ත! ජිනීවා හෙළිදරව්ව
 කීර්ති වර්ණකුලසූරිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
අපේ රටේ විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශයක්‌ තිබේද? මේ බරපතළ ප්‍රශ්නය අසන්නේ විදේශ රටවල සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ය. පසුගියදා පැවති ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් සමුළුවේදී තමිල්නාඩුවෙන් කුලියට ගෙන්වාගත් තක්‌කඩි පිරිසක්‌ ලවා ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රජාව මුලාකිරීමට කොටි ඩයස්‌පෝරාව ක්‍රියාකරද්දී ඊට ප්‍රතිචාර දැක්‌වීමට අපේ කිසිවෙක්‌ සිටියේ නැත.    ගෝලීය ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංසදය නොතිබුණේ නම් කොටි ඩයස්‌පෝරාව ඔවුන්ගේ බෙදුම්වාදී නාටකය මැනවින් රඟදක්‌වනු නියතය.    මේ කොටි ඩයස්‌පෝරාව මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය තුළ සමාන්තර රැස්‌වීම් 14 ක්‌ පැවැත්වූහ. එසේම මානව හිමිකම් සමුළුව තුළ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහිව පට්‌ටපල් බොරු පවසනු ලැබීය. එහෙත් අපේ තානාපති නිලධාරීන් පැත්තකවත් නැත.    හමුදාවෙන් සියලු පහසුකම් ලබාගත් තමිල් සෙල්වම්ගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

බෙදුම්වාදී ව්‍යවස්ථා එපා - ජාතික සමුළුව - ඔක් 19 - මහජන පුස්තකාල ශ්‍රවණාගාරයේදී
බෙදුම්වාදී නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවට එරෙහි ජන සමුළුව
- ඔක් 19 - මහජන පුස්තකාල ශ්‍රවණාගාරයේදී සවස 3 ට මාතෘභූමියට හිතැති ඔබත් එන්න... ලංකාව ඔරුමිත්ත නාඩුවක් [ෆෙඩරල් රටක්] කිරීමේ යෝජනා  ‘ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා ජනරජය එ්කීය රාජ්‍යයකි’ යන වර්තමාන ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ සරල නිරවුල් 2 වන වගන්තිය, ”ශී‍්‍ර ලංකාව නිදහස්, ස්වෛරී සහ ස්වාධීන ජනරජයක් වනු ඇති අතර ව්‍යවස්ථාවෙන් නියම කර ඇති බලතල කි‍්‍රයාත්මක කරන මධ්‍යම හා පළාත්බද ආයතනවලින් සමන්විත වන එ්කීය රාජ්‍යයක් / ඔරුමිත්ත නාඩු වනු ඇත.”     යනුවෙන් වෙනස් කිරීමට යෝජනා කර ඇත. මේ ආකාරයට ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ සිංහල හා ඉංගී‍්‍රසි පිටපත්වලට පවා ෆෙඩරල් රට යන අරුත දෙන ‘ඔරුමිත්ත නාඩු’ යන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

International Schools are they really registered as schools under the ministry of education?
By, Prof. Nishan C. Wijesinha
After Alethea International School situated at N0.15,Sri Mahabodhi Road, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka; it is reportedly understood that no other private teaching institute was given recognition under the ministry of education as a school registered under the norms of the ministry of education; to function in Sri Lanka. But there are many so called international schools operating in Sri Lanka who are registering their students to the local syllabus which is offered by the ministry of education, under their international tag. Allowing such procedures to take place makes room for error that these so called... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

MARTIAL LAW RIOTS IN 1915 IN CEYLON AS A RESULT OF A JUDGEMENT: Order in chaos
JAYANTHA GUNASEKERA Courtesy The Daily News
In 1915, the riots between the Sinhalese and the Coastal Moors broke out and spread to Kandy and other neighbouring areas. The British panicked. They thought that this was to oust them from Ceylon. The Governor Sir Robert Chalmers was determined to quell The Martial Law was declared in 1915 in Ceylon by Sir Robert Chalmers the then Governor. The British Government Agent of Kandy was directly responsible for the riots. The rioting was in consequence of the denial by the GA of the Central... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

“Federalism bad for Ceylon, worse for the Tamils” – G. G. Ponnambalam
H. L. D. Mahindapala
One of the main reasons that exacerbated the North-South relations in the post-independent era has been the total distortion of historical realities by a sizeable segment of our intellectuals who believed that history was a train of events, somewhat like the Yal Devi, that ran up ONLY (emphasis mine) to the North from the South and stopped there without coming down. That is to  say, it is the South that sent all the troubles to the North. The fact that Yal Devi also came down and interacted with the South has been ignored or denied.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

An Ode to RW – Discede RW Discede
By Gandara John (With Apologies to Sir Walter Scott)
Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d, As home his footsteps he hath turn’d From wandering on a foreign strand! Alas, there breathes such a man in Lanka fair. He struts at home and creeps abroad with cabbages and kings. Sadly he sells, as his wont, just like his cronies queer, unable to differentiate between country and self. He shames his school and his land, as he sells his Matha... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

Sri Lanka’s New Constitution is not going to be Unitary or Federal but Confederal
Shenali D Waduge
To understand the danger of what those drafting the new constitution is plotting to do, it is important to understand the features that make a Unitary, Federal & Confederal Constitutions. The countries that initially had confederacies abandoned them in view of its weaknesses and impending dangers. Why is Sri Lanka then walking into a future of chaos and instability and to satisfy whose wishes? Features of a Unitary Form of Government All powers centralized in Central Government. Local government system prevails where powers are delegated with strict central control/supervision Unitary systems does not have list... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

හරවා එල්ල කරන කණේ පහර
තේජා ගොඩකන්දෙආරච්චි
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ වැස්ස හා නියඟය මාරුවෙන් මාරුවට රට කළඹවා දමන්නාක් මෙන්, විවිධාකාරයේ මිනිස් ලේ ධාතුව කුපිත කරවන වර්ගයේ පුවත් විසින් දේශපාලනික වායුගෝලයද කළඹවා ලයි. මේ දිනවල මෙසේ කතාබහට වඩාත්ම ලක්වූ කාරණා නම්, මත්තල ගුවන් තොටුපල ඉන්දියාවට පවරා දීමට එරෙහිව පැවති විරෝධතාවකදී සහකාර පොලිස් අධිකාරීවරයෙකු විසින් මාධ්‍යවේදියෙකුගේ කණට ගැසූ පුවතත්, පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී ජයග්‍රහණයකල, හංසයා ලකුණ දරන පක්ෂයේ සභාපතිවරයාගේ පුරවැසිභාවය පිලිබඳ ප්‍රශ්නයත්ය.  එක අතකට මේ මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ගේ කණට ගැසීම යනු, ප්‍රධාන ප්‍රශ්නය යටපත් කිරීම උදෙසා රජය සතු හොඳම විසඳුම්වලින් එකක් බව පැහැදිලිය. 2016 දෙසැම්බරයේදී හම්බන්තොට, මාගම්පුර වරාය චීනයට 99 අවුරුදු බද්දකට පවරන්නට කටයුතුකල මොහොතේදී ඇතිවූ විරෝධතා රැල්ල මැදට කඩා පාත්වුනු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/10/17)

US influences Lanka’s foreign policy, undermines China relations
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
October 17, 2017, 8:32 pm The US recently twice commented on Sri Lanka-China relations, in an extremely negative way. There hadn’t been such highly controversial and critical US statements regarding Sri Lanka-China relations during the war, or after the successful conclusion of the conflict, in May 2009. One statement was made in Washington and the other in Colombo, much to the embarrassment of Sri Lanka, a recipient of substantial Chinese investments and loans, military supplies during the war, as well as critical support at international forums, such as the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

Needed: Responsible govt. not federalism
By Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe Courtesy The Island
October 17, 2017, 8:28 pm The fundamentally flawed nature of the draft constitution to be debated in parliament makes a clause by clause analysis an exercise in futility. The basic problem, in a nutshell, is that the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly (the committee) is asking the Sri Lankan nation to place its trust in a fully devolved political structure. The problem is that the idea of federalism the committee has adopted is founded on a model advocated by dishonest international forces with vested interests. A brief look into the committee’s version... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

Blues of the Blues
Editorial Courtesy The Island
October 17, 2017, 9:04 pm The SLFP is apparently in the suicidal mode. What may be described as a bloodless version of the Night of the Long Knives has debilitated it as never before; several popular party organisers, in the dissident group, have been sacked. The mega purge is far from over. The next few weeks are likely to see many more senior party organisers being ousted. There has been a severe erosion of public faith in the two main parties which have been in the clutches of self-serving politicians and, therefore, one may not care... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

SRI LANKA: Innocent man tortured to death by Police of Colombo North Division
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME
Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the extra-judicial killing of Mr. D P Premasiri (65) of Stace Road, Grandpass, Colombo 14 in the Colombo District. On 9 August 2017, Premasiri was illegally arrested, severely tortured at his house in front of his relatives and neighbors. Later, he was handcuffed and pushed against a parapet wall causing him to fall over on the ground and was fatally injured. He was brought to the National Hospital of Sri Lanka by relatives and pronounced dead on admission. Police... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

Anika Wijesuriya has fled country due to threats - AG’s Dept
By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy  Adaderana
Anika Wijesuriya, a key witness who had testified before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the treasury bond scam, has fled the country due to receiving threats to her life. This was revealed to the commission today (17) by President’s Counsel Yasantha Kodagoda, Additional Solicitor General at Attorney General’s Department, during the hearing held this morning. https://youtu.be/IISJSKVmeVQ   Wijesuriya, a director of East - West Properties, had given evidence to the bond commission that the lease of the penthouse apartment used by former Minister Ravi Karunanayake was paid by Arjun Aloysius... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

New entry period for US Diversity Visa
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The registration period for the US diversity visa (DV-2019) has been revised due to technical issues, the US Embassy said today. In a statement, it said the new entry period would be open for electronic entries on October 18 from 11:00 am to November 22 until 11:00 am. Due to the new entry period, all entries made prior to October 18, 2017 should be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered, it said. The technical issue was the failure to properly account for country of eligibility if the entrant was selecting a country of eligibility... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

PAKISTAN: Ruling party legislator spewed hate for Ahmadis in Parliament of Pakistan.
By A. Abdul Aziz. Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at – Sri Lanka.
On October 10, Captain Safdar, the son-in-law of the former Prime Minister, who was ousted by the Supreme Court on corruption charges,made a fiery speech in the Pakistan National Assembly, Islamabad against the persecuted Ahmadiyya Community. He instigated the Judiciary, Armed Forces, Government and other Institutions to get rid of persons from the Ahmadiyya Community. He also urged the Pakistani Armed Forces not to recruit Ahmadis. Institutions must introduce an oath whereby every future official must declare that they are not an Ahmadi. And, they believe in the ending... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

Proposed constitutional reforms could lead to Catalonia-style split: MR
By Yusuf Ariff  Courtesy  Adaderana
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today urged the government to abandon its ‘destructive’ proposal for a new constitution and to bring forward proposals to implement the original constitutional pledges they made. He said that the government has tabled in Parliament, proposals for a new constitution and that however the constitutional reform pledges made by the Yahapalana coalition at the last presidential election was restricted to changing the system of elections and abolishing the executive presidential system. “This government never received a mandate to repeal and replace the existing constitution.” He stated that they are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

Here are some evidence-based health benefits of turmeric or “Kaha”.
Dr Hector Perera      London
Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties. Now we know that turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Recently, science has started to back up what the Indians have known for a long time. It really does contain compounds with medicinal properties. These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. However, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

Closure of the modern day Arahant case?
By Rohana R. Wasala
16-10-2017 The media reported today (October 16, 2017) that Ven. Pitiduwe Siridhamma Thera  (self-styled  Arahant Siri Samanthabhadra)  called on the Ven. Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter and formally apologized to him over his recent offensive conduct, and insulting remarks attacking the Dalada and criticizing the Mahanayake Theras. He said he sincerely regretted it if he knowingly or unknowingly offended those Theras or others by his conduct. The controversial monk, it was revealed, had been written to by the Karaka Sangha Sabha of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya on October 1st warning... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

ජනතා පරමාධිපත්‍ය මෙහෙයවන ආර්ථික තරංග මාලාව
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ
පසුගිය ලිපියේ අප මෙසේ සටහන් කළෙමු. රට පාලනය කරන්නේ, මාසිකව මේ රුපියල් බිලියන 250ක මුදල හසුරවන බලවේගයයි. මේ මුදල හැසිරවීමේ කාර්යය මෙරට පරමාධිපත්‍ය අතට ගත්විට රට පාලනය කරන්නේ ජනතාවයි. මේ මුදල් රජයට දෙන ජනතාවට එය දෙන ආකාරය හැසිරවිය හැක. 1.සෑම මසකම ඩොලර් මිලියන් 600ක් මෙරටට එවන ජනතා පරමාධිපත්‍යට එය එවන ආකාරය හැසිරවිය හැක. 2.තමන්ගේ මුදල් බැංකුවට දමන ජනතා පරමාධිපත්‍යට  එය දමන ආකාරයද හැසිරවිය හැක. 3.තමන්ගේ මුදල් බැංකුවෙන් ගන්නා ජනතා පරමාධිපත්‍යට  එය ගන්නා ආකාරයද හැසිරවිය හැකිය. 4.විදුලි බිල ගෙවන ජනතා පරමාධිපත්‍යට  එය ගෙවන ආකාරයද හැසිරවිය හැකිය. 5.වතුර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

Conceivable Flaws & Drawbacks in The Interim Report of the Steering Committee
Kanthar Balanathan, Australia
While being silent on the interim report of the steering committee, as a mark of respect the author gives to the members of the committee, it is a time dilated event, and request people of SL come forward to make comments, so that repeated slipups and bungles does not happen in the life of the republic called, SriLanka. First of all, in the 40s, the UNP was formed. Ie United National Party. එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය. The meaning of race is ජාතියයි. Nation is ජාතිය. National is ජාතික. Nation is built into the words. So, who is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

SRI LANKAN CRICKET TEAM SHOULD NOT TRAVEL TO PAKISTAN UNLESS RANIL AND MAITHREE TOO TRAVEL TO LAHORE IN THE SAME FLIGHT, TRAVEL IN THE SAME BUS AND STAY AT THE SAME HOTEL WITH THE SRI LANKAN TEAM.
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
The final decision of the Sri Lankan Cricket authorities to select an alternative team headed by Kusal Perera to travel to Pakistan to play a T20 match on 29 October, in Lahore  is deplorable. It was in a location  near Lahore the Sri Lankan cricketers were attacked on 3 March 2009 and since then there had been no concrete evidence of improvement in security in the Region. At a time when all other cricketing nations are still reluctant to travel to Pakistan, why should Sri Lankan team travel to the same country, in spite... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

MR urges Govt. to abandon 'destructive proposal'
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in a statement today, urged the government to abandon what he described as ‘the destructive proposal’ for a new constitution. He said the vast majority of Tamil and Muslim people lived outside the Northern and Eastern Provinces and therefore the carving out of federal units based on ethnicity or religion and the conferring of sweeping powers on such units should never take place in this country. “The government has tabled in Parliament, proposals for a new constitution. The constitutional reform pledges made by the yahapalana coalition at the last presidential election... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

PM should be made a respondent at the Bond Commission- MP Vasudeva
By Manushi Silva  Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/k43BZ7EGVg0 PM Ranil Wickramasinghe should not only testify, but should also appear before Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating the Treasury bond as a respondent, MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara said. He made this statement addressing a media briefing at Socialist People’s ‘Front. The Commission should summon PM immediately in this regard, Nanayakkara said. However, the Prime Minister made a statement in Parliament which was contrary to the COPE report on the bond issue, thereby misleading the Parliament. The Prime Minister should make a clear statement regarding this matter, Nanayakkara added.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

මේ දුෂ්ඨ ආණ්ඩුවේ භික්ෂුව විනාශ කිරීමේ කුමන්ත්‍ර​ණ හෙළිදරව්වක්
සෝමපාල සෙනරත්
සියලු සිංහල බෞද්ධයින් ගේ දැනගැනීම පිණිසයි.
කරුණාකර මේ කාරණය කිසිම විපක්‍ෂයක හෝ දේසපාලුවෙකුට වාසි වෙනලෙස කටයුතු නොකරන ලෙසද ඉල්ලමි. මේ සඳහා මේ වීඩියෝවේ පෙරමුණ ගෙන ඇති ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේලාගේ උපදෙස් අනුවම කටයුතු කරනමෙන්ම ඉල්ලා සිටිමි. https://youtu.be/KBVuC-M4GIA?t=998 වන සංරක්ශන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වනගත භික්‍ෂූන් වහන්සේලා නෙරපා දැමීමට කටයුතු දියත් කර ඇති බව කිසිදා බොරු නොකියන මේ ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේලාගේ  කතාවෙන් පැහැදිලි වේ. දැනට අවුරුදු 50ක කාලයක් තිස්සේ පවත්වාගෙන යන මීතිරිගල නිස්සරණ වනයට නඩු දැමීමට තරම් මේ දුෂ්ථයින් නිර්භය වී ඇත. මේ අතර විල්පත්තුවේ මහවනය හෙලිකොට මුස්ලිම් වරුන්ට ( දේශීය හෝ විදේශීය​) නිවාස සංකීර්ණ ඉදිකිරීමට පසුගිය ආණ්ඩුවෙන් දියත් කල 'ජස්සිම් සිටි' ව්‍යාකෘතිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

“Economy heading for major crisis”-Dinesh Gunawardane
By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Will continue to engage Mahasanga on constitution making Parliamentary practices and the Constitution are abused by the Government JO awaits gazette note to make political announcements Will win a majority of councils JO is opposed to the report by the Steering Committee JO’s views were disregarded Govt.’s foreign policy a failure Key economic infrastructure shouldn’t be leased out Joint Opposition’s Parliamentary Group Leader Dinesh Gunawardane, in an interview with , spoke about the current status related to the constitution making process and how his side braces for the Local Government Elections,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

Where is Sri Lanka heading?
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy  Ceylon Today
The new Constitution, currently being considered, is accused by many of being a project of Tamil separatists. It is not true. It is the project of 'regime destabilizers'. They have done it elsewhere in the world and Sri Lanka's past or present experiences are certainly not unique. Initially Project Destabilizing Sri Lanka was India's, but with time neo-colonialists of the West, Tamil diaspora and various vested interest NGOs came to be driving partners as well. None of these, however, explains the reasons for the incumbent Sri Lankan Government to kowtow to these adverse elements... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

‘බැඳුම්කර වංචාවට අගමැති වගකිව යුතුයි‘ - වාසු
විනීතා එම් ගමගේ උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
බැඳුම්කර කොමිසම ඉදිරියට පැමිණ කරුණු පැහැදිලි කිරීමට කැමති බව අගමැතිවරයා පවසන්නේ එම කොමිසම ඉදිරියට ළඟදීම සාක්කි දීමට කැඳවන බවට හෝඩුවාවක් ලැබුණු නිසා විය හැකි යැයි පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්තී‍්‍ර වාසුදේව නානායක්කාර මහතා ප‍්‍රකාශ කළේය. අර්ජුන් මහේන්ද්‍රන් කිහිප අවස්ථාවක දීම නිර්දෝෂී බව පෙන්වන්නට අගමැතිවරයා උත්සාහ  කළේ යැයි ද ඔහු කියා සිටියේ බොරැල්ල එන්. එම්. පෙරේරා මධ්‍යස්ථානයේ අද(16) පැවති සමාජවාදී ජනතා පෙරමුණේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව අමතමිනි. ‘‘මහ බැංකුවේ බැඳුම්කර වංචාවට අගමැතිගේ සම්බන්ධයක් තිබෙන බව මා විසින් දිගින් දිගටම කියා සිටීම දැන් අවධානයට යොමුවී තිබෙන බව පෙනෙනවා. මම 2015 අපේ‍්‍රල් මාසයේ පමණ බැඳුම්කර වංචාවේ දී අගමැතිත් විත්තිකාරයෙක් බව කියමින් පොලිස්පතිට ලිපියක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/10/17)

රවි සහ අර්ජුනගේ දිවුරුම් ප්‍රකාශ පට්ට බොරු බව කොමිසමට හෙළිවෙයි
උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම
Saturday, October 14, 2017 වර්ෂ 2015 මාර්තු මාසයේ 28 වැනිදා අපේ රටේ ඇති රාජ්‍ය බැංකු තුනෙහිම ප්‍රධානීන් මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයට කැඳවූ එවකට මුදල් ඇමැති රවි කරුණානායක අපූරු නියෝගයක් දුන්නේය. එම නියෝගයෙන් ඔවුන්ට නියම කොට ඇත්තේ ඊට පසුදින මහ බැංකුවේ පැවැත්වෙන භාණ්ඩාගාර වෙන්දේසියේදී රාජ්‍ය බැංකු තුන විසින් ලංසු තැබිය යුත්තේ තමන් විසින් ලබාදෙන ඉතා පහළ අගයන් සඳහා ඉතාමත්ම ඉහළ පොලී අනුපාතයන් යටතේ වූ මිල ගණන් පත් (ඡඪඤඵ) හරහා බවය. අපේ රටේ රාජ්‍ය බැංකු තුනවන ලංකා බැංකුව, මහජන බැංකුව හා ජාතික ඉතිරිකිරීමේ බැංකුවද නියෝජනය කරමින් එකී රැස්වීමට සහභාගිවූ සභාපතිවරු තිදෙනාම බැඳුම්කර විමර්ශන කොමිසම හමුවේ පසුගිය සතියේදී මේ බව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/17)

“බදුල්ල දිසාපති ජනාධිපතිතුමා නැවතත් අන්දයි‘‘ රු. මිලියන 100 ක් ගිණුමේ තිබිය දී තවත් මිලියන100 ක් මුදල් නෑ කියා ගෙන්වලා.  බවුසර් 11 ක් රියදුරන් නැතිව නවතී. බවුසර් වතුර මුදලට පමණයි.
පුවත්පත් නිවේදනය මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය
   උමාඔය සහන අරමුදලේ මුදල් අවසන් බව ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා වෙත දන්වා යවා, අතිරේක ප්‍ර‍තිපාදන රු. මිලියන 100 ක් තම ගිණුමට ගෙන්වා ගත් බදුල්ල දිසාපති නිමල් අබේසිරි මහතා රු. මිලියන 600 කින් වැය කොට ඇත්තේ රු. මිලියන 400 ක් බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය හෙළිදරව් කරයි.   ඔක්තෝබර් 09 දින සහන කටයුතු සදහා මුදල් නැති බව රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ට පවසා ඇතත් ඒ වන විට රුපියල් මිලියන 100 ක් ගිණුම් ගත නොකර, අතිරේක ප්‍ර‍තිපාදන ජනාධිපතිවරයා වෙතින් ඉල්ලා එම මුදල් ලබාගෙන ඇත. පසුගිය සැප්තෑම්බර් 11 දින ගිණුමේ මුදල් අවසන් බැවින් සහන කටයුතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/17)

Monuments Over Mortality?
By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."Michelangelo At the time of Renaissance, a not-so-tall statue of a brave young underdog warrior David, standing just over 5m tall and weighing 6 tons, mesmerised the world. This masterpiece was set into stone with a hammer and chisel by Michelangelo.  On 8 September 1504, when Michelangelo unveiled his masterpiece in the city square in Florence, Italy, the crowd looked on in amusement since they had not seen something of this nature before. The takeaway from this anecdote is that sometimes it does not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/17)

BRAVO !Mr. Prime Minister. Ball is now in the court of PCoI
By Amrit Muttukumaru Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must be applauded for volunteering to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the alleged Central Bank Bond scam to “clarify any matters with regard to the references made to him at the sittings”. Whatever the reasons the PCoI had for not summoning him in the first place, it now has a golden opportunity to seek clarification from the PM if indeed he appears before the PCoI. It must be said that the “references made to him at the sittings” were relatively marginal. I am confident that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/17)

Roadmap to a frightening future for Sri Lanka & its citizens
Shenali D Waduge
The scenarios that are being projected is to draw the attention of citizens to the possible dangers and implications of the shortsighted & selfish decisions and actions of leaders and their inability to comprehend and learn lessons from history and the international crisis & conflicts taking place globally. These scenarios afford an opportunity for people to take a step back and imagine if the scenarios can happen in Sri Lanka and if they do, what would be the consequences. It also enables people to think of ways to counter or devise alternative solutions and remedies that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/17)

Can a British Citizen be a leader of a Political Party in Sri Lanka?
Sarath Wijesinghe (Solicitor/ Attorney-at-law-former Ambassador to UAE and Israel)
What is the validity of the election process of the nominated candidate by a political party led by a foreigner? Citizen and the constitution Under the Constitution any citizen who is qualified to be elected to the office of President may be nominated by a recognized political party (article 31) elected by the people (Art (30-2) and hold office for a period of six years. Citizenship is described in Article 26 who has exclusive rights to be a member of the legislature and the Executive. Voter is defined in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/17)

ඇත්තටම මෙරට ජනතාවට මේ ආණ්ඩුව පෙරලා දැමීමට උවමනාවක් තිබේද?
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ
වර්තමානයේදී, රටපුරාම සිදුකරන යල් පැනගිය සටන් කලාව දකින අපිට ඇතිවන සිතුවිල්ල එයයි. සටන් කලයුත්තේ කෙසේද? කුමකටද? එයට පැහැදිලි අරමුණක් තිබිය යුතුය. වර්තමානයේ සිදුකරන "මට ඌ ගැහුවා, ඌ මට ගැහුවා" සටන් කලාවෙන් හැම විටම ගුටි කන්නේ මෙරට උත්තරීතර පරමාධිපත්‍යවන  ජනතාවම මිස පවතින දුෂිත රජය නම් නොවේ. මේ දැන් ගුටිකන්නේ, කදුළු ගෑස් ප්‍රහාරයන්ට ගොදුරු වන්නේත්, සිරගත වන්නේත් මෙරට පරමාධිපත්‍ය වන අතර, උත්තරීතර පරමාධිපත්‍යට මෙවන් ඉරණමක් ලබාදී ඇත්තේ මෙරට පරමාධිපත්‍ය සුරැකීමට දිවුරා පොරොන්දුවී වැඩ ආරම්භ කරන, මෙරට විධායකය, ව්‍යවස්ථාදායකය, හා අධිකරණය විසින්ම බව මෙරට පරමාධිපත්‍ය වන ජනතාව වටහා ගත යුතුය. විධායකය, ව්‍යාවස්ථාදායකය  හා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/17)

විශ‍්‍රාම වැටුප සුරැකීමේ සේවක මධ්‍යස්ථානය
පුවත් වාර්තාව
විශ‍්‍රාම වැටුප සුරැකීමේ සේවක මධ්‍යස්ථානය විසින් 2017.10.15 වැනිදා ප.ව. 2.00ට කොළඹ මහජන පුස්තකාලයේ ප‍්‍රවේශාගාරයේදී මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් පවත්වනු ලැබීය. එහිදී ඊට සහභාගි වූ නියෝජිතයෝ පහත පරිදි අදහස් පළ කළහ. ජනක තුෂාර, ජාතික සංවිධායක, විශ‍්‍රාම වැටුප සුරැකීමේ සේවක මධ්‍යස්ථානය ‘‘2016 වර්ෂයට අදාළ අයවැය මගින් රජයේ සේවකයන්ට හිමි පූර්ණ විශ‍්‍රාම වැටුප් අයිතිය අහිමි කිරීමට අදාළ තීරණය රජය ප‍්‍රකාශයට පත් කළා. ඒ වැරදි තීරණය මෙවර අයවැයේදී ඉවත් කර ගන්නා ලෙස විශ‍්‍රාම වැටුප සුරැුකීමේ සේවක මධ්‍යස්ථානය රජයට බල කර සිටිනවා. ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට නියමිත අයවැය සඳහා යෝජනා ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලෙස ආණ්ඩුව ප‍්‍රකාශයට පත් කර තිබුණා. ඒ අනුවයි මේ ඉල්ලීම, බලකිරීම සිදු කරන්නේ. පහුගිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/17)

මහත්තයා ගේ ඒ කතාව
වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
මීට මාස දෙකකට විතර කලින් ඥාතියකු ගේ මළගෙදරට මේ ලේඛකයා ගියා. දැන් කාලේ බොහෝ වෙලාවට නෑදෑයෝ මුණගැහෙන්නේ මළගෙවල්වල දී. නෑදෑගමන් යනවා කියන චාරිත්‍රය දැන් නැත්තට ම නැතිවෙලා වගේ. මොකද ළමයි ටියුෂන් යවන්න තියෙන හින්දා කාටවත් ගමන් බිමන් යන්න ඉස්පාසුවක් නෑ. ඉතින් මේ කියපු මළගෙදරත් නෑදෑයෝ එකතුවෙන තැනක් බවට පත්වුනා. කාලකෙට පස්සේ එකතුවෙච්ච තමන් ගේ නෑදෑයෝ එක්ක මේ ලේඛකයාත් සෑහෙන්න විස්තර කතාකළා. අපි කතාකරන්න ගියාම අහසේ පොළොවේ තියෙන හැම දෙයක් ගැන ම ඉවරයක් නැතුව කියවනවානේ. ඉතින් ඒ මළගෙදර දී විවිධ කාරණා ගැන දවස් දෙකක් විතර අදහස් හුවමාරු කරගන්න මේ ලේඛකයාට පුළුවන් වුනා. වලපනේ පැත්තේ ඉඳලා ආපු ඥාති සහෝදරයෝ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/10/17)

Proposed new constitution and diabolical lies
A.B. DODANWELA Courtesy The Island
October 15, 2017, 9:05 pm The government and the foreign funded NGOs and some individuals backing moves to introduce a new constitution, maintain that the voters at the last presidential and parliamentary elections gave the government a mandate for this exercise. They propagate this lie in a bid to legitimise their project, whereas the truth is otherwise. The citizens of this country have not given a mandate to the present government to introduce a new constitution. At the last Presidential election, the Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena gave an undertaking to abolish the executive presidency... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/10/17)

Devil talk
Editorial Courtesy The Island
Monday 16th October, 2017 October 15, 2017, 8:58 pm It may be said, with apologies to the Bard, that politicians see more devils than vast hell can hold when they get into trouble and want to justify the vilification of their political enemies. This is the name of the game in politics where the devil looks after its own. President Maithripala Sirisena, over the weekend, gave the people of the Northern Province, crippled by a hartal, a choice between him and the devil, so to speak. He got off his presidential limo, in Jaffna, and met... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/10/17)

Fear of the words, ‘UNITARY’ and ‘FEDERAL’
By Neville Ladduwahetty (Courtesy Himalayan Times)
October 12, 2017, 12:00 pm The (Draft) Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly cites a statement made by President Sirisena during the Resolution to set up the Constitutional Assembly regarding Article 1 and 2 of the present Constitution which states: "… that whilst people in the south are fearful of the word "federal", the people in the north are fearful of the word "unitary". The report then attempts to define the English term "Unitary State" and concludes that it is not appropriate for Sri Lanka. What it considers appropriate is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

DEPRIVED AND DISCARDED
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy  Ceylon Today
On the 19 September 2017, the writer started on a journey from Colombo to Habarana, following a tragedy that was highlighted by Sirasa News First programme on a heartbreaking new flash about Kavishka Sandaruwan, a seven-day-old baby who died due to an "unprecedented dogguzzling." She had been wrapped up with some "rags" (the only sheets parents could afford) and placed the baby on the clay floor and covered with a mesh inside the family's "shanty. " The gruesome news item touched so many compassionate hearts globally, including the writer's wife, who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

ව්‍යවස්ථා සර්පයා එළියට පනී- ඒකාබද්ධය නයි නටවයි
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
නව ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සෑදීම සම්බන්ධව මහජන අදහස් විමසීමේදී එයට සාක්ෂි ලබා දී තිබෙන්නේ හාරදහසකටත් අඩු සංඛ්‍යාවකි.එයිනුත් උතුරේ සහ නැගෙනහිර රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන වලින් ලබා ගත් නියෝජනය අති මහත්ය. ඔවුහු සංවිධානාත්මකව තමන් දරන ජාතිවාදී අදහස් එම කමිටුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබේ. නමුත් මේ රටේ බහුතරයක් වන සිංහල ජනතාව නියෝජනය කරන සංවිධාන වලින් හෝ අස්ගිරි මල්වතු සංඝ සභාවෙන් හෝ අදහස් ලබා ගැනීමට මෙම කමිටුව අසමත්ව තිබුණි. ඉන්පසු මෙම කමිටු වාර්තාවත් ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක මණ්ඩලයන්හි අතුරු වාර්තාවනුත් සැලකිල්ලට ගෙන අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය වරයා සැප්තැම්බර් මාසයේදී අවසාන අතුරු වාර්තාවක් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කරන්නට යෙදුණි .එම කෙටුම්පත ට අමුණා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නියෝජනය කරන  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය දෙමළ ජාතික... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

රට, ජාතිය සහ ශාසනය වලස්ගිරිය බමුණාගේ බූදලයක් නොවේ
- දිල්රුක් කන්නන්ගර
1999 චන්ද්‍රිකා-GL-තිරුචෙල්වම් පැකේජය ප්‍රවර්ධනය සඳහා මහනායක හිමිවරුන්ට අළුත්ම Mercedes-Benz රථ පූජාකළ බව වාර්තා වුනි. මහනායක හිමිවරුන් ඒවා පිළිකුලෙන් ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කල අතර එයින් විහිළුවට ලක්වූ GL, පැකේජය ගෙන ඒම වසරක් පමා කෙළේය. තිරුචෙල්වම් දෙමළ කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදීන්ට පින් සිද්ධ වෙන්න අපාගත වීම රටේ උන්නතියටත් ජන සමාජයේ සාමයටත් හේතු වුයේ පැකේජය එතරම් බරපතළ නිසාය. කොටි නායකයා දෙමළ ඊළම ඉල්ලුවත්, එයට සරිලන යමක් දීමට එකඟ වූ සෑම විටම (1987, 1999/2000, 2003) එය ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කෙළේය. 2009 යුද්ධයෙන් පණ බේරා ගත් කොටි පැටවුන් අද මහා කොටි ය. උන් සමග එකතුවී ලියූ ව්‍යවස්ථාව වටින්නේ කොටි හැත්තට පමණි. නමුත් ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සම්මත කිරීම කොටි නෑයින්ට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

Wimal Weerawansa explains the dangers of the New Constitution to the Integrity and Sovereignty of Sri Lanka!
  https://youtu.be/joblldNMMWs... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

Bureaucracy hinders businesses several permits for one export
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Ceylon Today “ Sri Lanka's bureaucratic approval processes, which impinge on the competitiveness of businesses, were highlighted by Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Chief Economist Anushka Wijesinha, at a seminar in Colombo on Thursday. “ There are many complains from investors an exporters regarding same issue where Sri Lankan government Officers are a hindrance to any export. I wrote about this when EDB held a promotional drive in Galle where everyone admitted the Indonesia and Vietnam are ahead of Sri Lanka ion export growth . Read http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/09/25/sad-state-of-affairs-of-sri-lankan-exports/ We started a shipyard to build boats and now... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

විරෝධතා කර මාව දුර්වල කරන්න එපා.. එතකොට යක්‍ෂයා බලවත් වෙනවා..- ජනපති දරුණු කතාවක් කියයි..
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යම් යම් විරෝධතා කරලා උද්ඝෝෂණ කලොත් ශක්තිමත් වෙන්නේ යක්‍ෂයා බව අමතක නොකරන්නැයි ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා පවසයි. ඒ මහතා මේ අදහස් පල කලේ යාපනයේදී පැවති දෙමල භාෂා දින සැමරුම් උත්සවය අමතමිනි. ජනාධිපතිවරයාට විරෝධය පල කරමින් යාපනයේ ස්ථාන කිහිපයකම පැවති විරෝධතා සම්බන්ධයෙන් ජනාධිපතිවරයා එම අදහස් පල කලේය. එක් විරෝධතාවයක් පැවති ස්ථානයට ජනාධිපතිවරයා වාහනයෙන් බැස ගිය අතර එහිදී විරෝධතාවරුවන් සිය ගැටළු පවසා සිටිහය. එම ස්ථානයේ දෙමල ජාතික සන්ධානයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රීවරුන් කිහිප දෙනෙකුද විය. ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ සංචාරය සිදුවන කාල සීමාවේදී යාපනයේ උද්ඝෝෂණ විරෝධතා පැවැත්වීම තහන්ම කරමින් අධිකරණය විසින් තහනම් නියෝගයක්ද නිකුත් කර තිබින. https://youtu.be/QNp8kvWfHSA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

'Millions kept on Palisena’s chair after encashing cheques'
Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Senior Dealer of PTL Kaushitha Rathnaveera yesterday told the PCoI that he had encashed cheques received by PTL from its related companies on several times amounting millions and left the money on PTL CEO Kasun Palisena’s chair but does not know what happened to the money thereafter. At the onset of the yesterday’s proceedings, President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa appearing on behalf of Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) cross-examined the PTL Chief Dealer Nuwan Salgado on the ‘document’ he is said to have maintained on the instructions of PTL CEO Kasun Palisena. Earlier, Nuwan Salgado... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

This berry can kill cancer in few minutes - Watch!
Zee Media Bureau
Researchers claim a compound in the rainforest berry could kill head and neck tumours as well as melanomas within minutes. New Delhi: Scientists claimed to have discovered a berry which holds cancer-fighting ingredients. As per a study led by Dr Glen Boyle from the QIMR Berghofer medical research institute in Brisbane, a compound in the rainforest berry could kill head and neck tumours as well as melanomas within minutes. In the pre-clinical trials, an experimental drug produced from the seeds of the rainforest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

A cancer-fighting berry has been found on a tree that ONLY grows in far North Queensland...and human trials have already been approved
By Amy Ziniak for Daily Mail Australia
PUBLISHED: 06:16, 9 October 2014 | UPDATED: 22:25, 11 October 2014 Australian scientists on verge of cancer cure with cancer fighting berry QIMR have used an experimental drug from the seeds of the rainforest plant, Blushwood tree, which only grows in far north Queensland EBC-46 has found to lead to rapid breakdown of cancer tumors  The experimental drug has been used to successfully shrink or destroy tumors in pets Human trials to use the drug are imminent A team of medical researchers are on their way to finding a cure for cancer after the discovery... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

We have to stop Yahapalanaya Government writing a New Constitution to Sri Lanka to please the “four evils”.
By Charles.S.Perera
The  so called Yahapalanaya government which had been deceiving the people of this country ever since Maithripala Sirisena was elected President of Sri Lanka on the 8th January,2015, has no right what so ever to present a note, a paper or  a draft to the Parliament as a preliminary to the writing of  a new Constitution for Sri Lanka. Today the people of Sri Lanka are divided as they had never been before. The Tamil terrorists have been eliminated but they have reappeared in another form-“Wigneswaran, TNA and the Tamil Diaspora, and the Western Governments assisting them”-the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

THE STRAW THAT BROKE THE CAMEL'S BACK
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
The historical conviction, followed by the rigid sentence of rigourous imprisonment for three years by the High Courts, on the former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunge and Anusha Pelpita, under Section 386 of the Penal Code for ‘dishonestly misappropriating’ a sum of Rs. 600 million belonging to the TRC created a façade by a certain section of politicos. Both were convicted for procuring ‘Sil clothes’ illegally from the TRC and distributing just prior to the last Presidential elections in the Kurunegala District. It developed into more complicated issue when the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa declared that,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

Constitutional reform committee report at a glance
By Rohana R. Wasala
(This was first published on June 24, 2016 as part of a longer article under the title “A glance at PRCR report in the context of drive for federalism”, which was featured in The Island on June 22 & 24, 2016. That article was posted on June 23, 2016 in toto on Lankaweb under the different title “Apropos of Constitutional reforms”. The text here comprises the latter portion of the same. It is now being republished, slightly updated, in view of its topical relevance. The current obfuscations and prevarications of the obtrusive NGO influenced constitution... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

The parable of Lute and devolution
Upali Cooray
A very thought provoking pragmatic debate ended today(11th Sept.) between Dr. Dayan Jayatillake(DJ) and Emeritus Professor Dr. G.H.Peiris (GP)  in the Colombo Telegraph and in The Island newspaper, concerning the devolution of political power in Sri Lanka. There appears to be two contrasting views between the two who are known as backers of the Joint Opposition (JO).  They have recently come out openly challenging the government’s attempt to carry out constitutional reforms enabling implementation of the 13th amendment. I believe that some realities which did not surface in this debate and significant facts about their intellectual thinking... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

නීති විරෝධී හංසයා පක්‍ෂයේ ජනාධිපතිවරණ ප‍්‍රතිඵලය අවලංගුයි??.. ජාත්‍යන්තර පූර්වාදර්ශය එයයි.. ව්‍යවස්ථාව මෙන්න.. .
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ශ්‍රීලංකාවේ ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 26 ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ ශ්‍රීලංකාවේ පුරවැසියකු විම හා ඔහුගේ නිත්‍යානුකූල භාවය ඉතා පැහැදිලිව සඳහන් කොට ඇත. ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 3 වෙනි ව්‍යවස්ථාව අනුව ශ්‍රීලංකා ජනරජයේ පරමාධිපත්‍යය ජනතාව කෙරෙහි පිහිටා ඇත. එනම් ජනතාව මෙරටේ නිත්‍යානුකූල පුරවැසියන්ගෙන් සැදුම්ලත් වනුය, ඒ අනුව ජනතාව පරමාධිපත්‍යය රටේ උත්තරිතර වනු ඇත. එමෙන්ම මෙරටේ විධායකය ව්‍යවස්තාදායකය හා අධිකරණය ජනතාවගේ පරමාධිපත්‍යය මත පිහිටුවා ඇත. එනම් රටේ සියලු කාර්යයන් සිදු වන්නේ මෙරටේ නිත්‍යානුකූල පුරවැසියන්ගෙන් සැදුම්ලත් ජනතාවගේ පරමාධිපත්‍යය බලය මගින් ඔහුන් විසින් ඔහුන්ගෙන් පත් කර ගන්නා නියෝජිතයින් හරහා ය. ශ්‍රීලංකාවේ ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 31 (1) ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ අ. යටතේ ශ්‍රීලංකාවේ පිලිගත් දේශපාලන පක්ෂයකින් ශ්‍රීලංකාවේ පුරවැසියකු ජනාධිපති ධූරය සඳහා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/10/17)

කැනඩාවේ ප්‍රධාන සංඝනායක පදවියෙන් පිදුම් ලබන බ්‍රහ්මණගම මුදිත නාහිමිපාණන් වහන්සේ සමඟ පිළිසඳරක්.
රාජේන්ද්‍ර අල්විස්
(කැනඩාවේ බෞද්ධ කොන්ග්‍රසයේ හිටපු සභාපති) කැනඩාවේ, ඔටාවා අගනුවර හිල්ඩා ජයවර්ධනාරමධිපති සහ සිද්ධමුල්ල ශ්‍රී සංඝාරාම පුරාණ විහාරය, දීපංගොඩ වර්ධනාරාමය කුඩමාදුව  සංඝිකාරාමය යන විහාරස්ථානයන්හි ද ආධිපත්‍යය හොබවන බ්‍රාහ්මණගම මුදිත ස්වාමින් වහන්සේ වෙත පසුගියදා කෝට්ටේ ශ්‍රී කල්‍යාණි සාමග්‍රී ධර්ම මහා සංඝ සභාව විසින් කැනඩාවේ ප්‍රධාන සංඝනායක පදවිය මහත් හරසරින් පිරිනමනු ලැබිණි. ප්‍ර:       පසුගියදා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ කෝට්ටේ සංඝ සභාව විසින් ඔබ වහන්සේට කැනඩාවේ ප්‍රධාන සංඝ නායක පදවිය පිරිනමනු ලැබූ බව අපට අදනගන්නට ලැබුණා. පළමුවෙන් ම, මේ උතුම් පදවි ලාභය ගැන කැනඩාවේ වෙසෙන ඔබ වහන්සේගේ දායක දායිකා පිරිස් වෙනුවෙනුත්, පෞද්ගලිකවත්, අපේ බැති බර සුබ පැතුම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/17)

U.K. - Archbishop of Canterbury visits Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
By A. Abdul Aziz
 Caliph and Archbishop speak of need for worldwide religious freedom According to our Press Department U.K., On 10 October 2017, the Most Reverend, the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace, Justin Welby visited London’s oldest Mosque, the Fazl Mosque where he met with the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. Earlier, the Archbishop also visited the largest Mosque in Western Europe, the BaitulFutuh Mosque in Morden. During the meeting, the Caliph and the Archbishop discussed the continued persecution of religious minorities in various parts of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/17)

EPF – Employees’ Pickpocket Fund?
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
October 13, 2017, 10:09 pm From its outset, the Treasury Bond Scam was seen as a massive fraud carried on public funds or people’s assets managed by the Central Bank. As the probe on the Bond Scams that took place shortly after the election of the present government in 2015, what the public saw was the crooked manipulation of the Central Bank, the repository of the liquid national assets, made possible by the appointment of a Governor whose interests were more that of Green Politics, than of the people and the country. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/17)

The best for rejects: Rejects for the best
Editorial Courtesy The Island
October 13, 2017, 10:08 pm We thought Parliament was the only place where rejects were accommodated. We thought wrong. True, quite a few candidates, mostly from the UPFA, rejected by people at the last general election (2015), were brought in as National List MPs. It was a slap on the Sri Lankan voter across the face. Adding insult to injury, the yahapalana government elevated those rejects to Cabinet ranks. But, now, we are told that rejects from Parliament have been donated to the Dalada Maligawa! No, we don’t mean the political rejects in the garb of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/17)

'Way ahead of the curve': UK hosts first summit on mindful politics
Courtesy The Guardian (UK)
Ministers to meditate with politicians from Israel, Sri Lanka and Sweden as part of event exploring benefits of mindfulness British and Sri Lankan government ministers and an MP for Israel’s Likud party are among politicians from 15 countries due to meditate together at the House of Commons next week in an event to explore whether mindfulness can help reset the conduct of national and international politics. The group will meet at parliament on Tuesday to be led in a series of secular meditations intended to focus... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/17)

Home > Economics Two out of five suspects arrested in bank hacking case
Courtesy Focus Taiwan News Channel
Taipei, Oct. 13 (CNA) Sri Lankan police have apprehended two of the five suspects allegedly involved in the hacking of US$60 million from Taiwan's Far Eastern International Bank earlier this month, according to an update from the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Friday. CIB section chief Chiu Shao-chou (邱紹洲) told reporters that two individuals of dual British and Sri Lankan citizenship have been apprehended by Sri Lankan police. One of the suspects, identified as Janaka Chaminda Nammuni, was arrested on Oct. 6 while trying to withdraw the equivalent of NT$15.7 million (about US$520.000) from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/17)

Time to identify our enemies
S. Akurugoda
As stated in recent editorial of a printed media titled  'Crooked and fleas', our country today, has earned notoriety as a rogues' paradise. The basic question we have is 'who is responsible for creating this situation?'. The eradication of terrorism militarily under the Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) leadership was of ‘grave concern’ to some countries (including those who trained and armed the racial groups at the very beginning), who are interested in maintaining their ‘superiority’ over the others. On the other hand, the eradication of terrorism also caused tremendous hardship to the political wings of the militarily eliminated... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/17)

The Cabinet in Sri Lanka. Is it a Cabinet or a Cabimutt?
Dr Sudath Gunasekara
12.10.2017. I remember reading “Cabinet Government’ by Sir Ivor Jennings' the classic account on Cabinet government in England as a student in college and also as an undergraduate at the University. We were made to believe that it was a sacrosanct mechanism in modern democratic systems of Government. A cabinet by way of definition in political science is a committee of senior ministers responsible for controlling Government policy.  It is influenced by the French word cabin-et. In sum overall it has the meaning small in it. So irrespective of whether it is a room, shelter,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/10/17)

Eloquent silence
The Editorial Courtesy The Island
October 12, 2017, 9:49 pm Today is Friday the 13th. Not all of us are troubled by triskaidekaphobia, but its association with Satan reminds us of the proverbial man who sold his soul to the devil. The day is of significance to Sri Lankans owing to the conclusion of the proceedings of the presidential commission of inquiry probing bond scams. The evil forces behind the biggest ever financial fraud in the country will heave a sigh of relief today. Ministers Malik Samarawickrema and Kabir Hashim testified before the presidential commission on Wednesday. Interestingly, while Hashim,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

Britisher as Leader of political party: Wimal demands explanation from Polls Chief
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday sought an explanation from the National Election Commission (NEC) regarding the registration of the New Democratic Front (NDF) as a political party in spite of its leader Shalila Moonasinge being a British national. National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa, MP posed the question to the NEC at a media briefing called by the JO at Dr N.M. Perera Centre. Weerawansa said the NEC certainly owed an explanation to the public in the wake of Moonasinghe being arrested over his alleged involvement in stealing money from Taiwan’s Far Eastern... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

බැඳුම්කර කොමිසමේ සත්‍ය සෙවීම...
ශ්‍යාම් නුවන් ගනේවත්ත උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා විසින් පත්කළ ජනාධිපති බැඳුම්කර කොමිසමේ සාක්‌ෂි විභාගය හරහා එම ප්‍රශ්නගත බැඳුම්කර නිකුතුවලට අදාළ මෙතෙක්‌ හෙළිදරව් නොවූ අලුත් කරුණ රැසක්‌ ද හෙළිදරව් විය. ඒ සියල්ල ජනමාධ්‍ය හරහා මහජනතාවටද සන්නිවේදනය වුයේය. ජනමාධ්‍ය නොවන්නට ඒ තොරතුරු, සමාජගත වී මෙතරම් අවධානයක්‌ මේ බැඳුම්කර ජනාධිපති කොමිසම වෙත යොමු වන්නේ ද නැත. එසේම ජනමාධ්‍ය නොවන්න මේ ජනාධිපති කොමිසම පත් කිරීම තබා අඩුතරමේ මේ බැඳුම්කර මගඩිය හෙළිදරව් නොවන්නට ද ඉඩ තිබිණි. ඒ නිසා මේ සිද්ධිය මුලින්ම මහජනතාවට හෙළිදරව් වූයේ ජනමාධ්‍ය හරහාය. එහෙත් මෙය යට ගසා මීට වගකිව යුත්තන් ආරක්‌ෂා කිරීමට පැවැති සියලු උත්සාහයන් ගැනද මහජනතාව දනී. ඒ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

හංසයා සභාපති ලංකාවේ පුරවැසියකු නොවේ.. ජාතික හැඳුනුම්පත ව්‍යාජ එකක්.. හංසයා යටතේ ජනාධිපතිවරණයට තරග වැදීම ගැන නීතී අවුලක්..
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හංසයා ලකුණ පක්ෂයේ සභාපති ශලිල මුණසිංහ බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ පුරවැසියකු වන බවත් ඔහුගේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ විසා තව නොබෝ දිනයකින් නිමවන බවත් ලෝකයේ බැංකු අතර වංචා සිදු කොට බන්ධනාගාර ගත කිරිමට යාමේදි මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයේදි හෙලිදරව් වි ඇත. රාජ්‍ය ආයතනයක් වන ලිට්ත්‍රො ගෑස් සමාගමේ සභාපති ලෙස බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ පුරවැසියකු පත් කලේ කෙසේද යන්නත් එසේ පත්කලේ කවුරුන් ද යන්න සොයා බැලිය යුතු කරුණකි. එහෙත් ඊටත් වඩා වැදගත් වනුයේ මෙවෙනි වංචාකාර පුද්ගලයකු කෙසේ ද ශ්‍රීලංකාවේ 6 වෙනි විධායක ජනාධිපතිවරයෙකු බිහිකළ පක්ෂයක නායකයකු ලෙස මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස්වරයා පිලිගත්තේද යන වගයි. https://youtu.be/v5OvDnkHotI  lanka C news   එමෙන්ම මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස්වරයා වෙත ඉදිරිපත් කල ශ්‍රීලංකාවේ පුරවැසියන්ට පමණක් හිමි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින් 05 දෙනෙකුගෙන් එක් අයෙකුට මානසික ආතතිය… (One out of five of State Employees suffer from Mental Stress)-Rajitha Senratne
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
October 12, 2017 at 8:02 am | lanka C news සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශයේ මානසික සෞඛ්‍ය සදහා වෙනම ඒකකයක් ද ස්ථාපිත කර තිබෙනවා. එහි දැනට ඇති සංඛ්‍යා ලේඛණ වලට අනුව රජයේ සේවකයින් 05 දෙනෙකුගෙන් එක් අයෙකුට මානසික ආතතිය ඇති බව සොයාගෙන තිබෙනවා. රැකියා ස්ථානයේ ගැටලු, නිවසේ ගැටලු ඒ සදහා හේතු වී තිබෙනවා. All the law makers  ( Member of Parliament) are also state employees getting a salary and a pension.They are also considered as Employees  of the People ( selected by the people ) It will not be incorrect to mention that 40 or more ( 5 out... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

SRI LANKA: Innocent man tortured to death by Divulapitiya Police
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAM
Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the extra-judicial killing of Mr. Naiwala Appuhamilage Gamini Edwad (50) resident of Divulapitiya Police Division. On 2 October 2017, he was illegally arrested by Crime Branch Officers of the Police Station. Later, during his interrogation, he was tortured and pressured to admit committing a crime of theft. The victim continuously and vehemently refuted the accusations and did not accept them. He was produced before the Magistrate on the next day and remanded. Though he was treated at the Negombo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

SRI LANKA: Innocent man illegally arrested and charged by Kantale Police
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEALS PROGRAM
Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding Mr. Andige Lakshitha Piyumal Peiris (26), a permanent resident of the Trincomalee District. On 6 July 2017, Piyumal was illegally arrested by Police Officers attached to the Kantale Police Station. He was accused of assaulting two Police Officers which he vehemently denied. He was detained and produced before the Magistrate on a fabricated charge of obstructing Police duties. The victim successfully explained to the Magistrate that there is no evidence to prove his involvement in committing such a crime. The Police... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

Sri Lanka Makes Arrests in $60 Million Taiwanese Bank Cyberheist
By Adela Lin and  Anusha Ondaatjie  Courtesy Bloomberg
Sri Lankan police have arrested two people after a Taiwanese bank said hackers stole about $60 million and wired the cash to accounts in Asia and the U.S., the latest cyberheist to afflict the global financial system.  Far Eastern International Bank’s computer systems were attacked by malware that affected several transactions and has since been removed, the Taipei-based lender said in a statement. The money was sent via the Swift network to accounts in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the U.S., and about $46 million has been recovered, Chief Executive Vice President Lin Jiann-jong said by phone... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

Subversion of judicial review diminishes sovereignty
By Malinda Seneviratne Courtesy The Daily Mirror
In 1988, not too long before the United National Party was to lose the five-sixths Parliamentary majority it enjoyed (and therefore more than the two-thirds required to amend the constitution, barring of course those which required in addition a referendum) courtesy the anti-democratic referendum of 1982 which too was marred by massive fraud, J.R. Jayewardene indulged in a classic piece of constitutional skullduggery: the 14th Amendment    In that instance, established procedure such as publishing in the gazette the draft amendment and placing it on the order paper were subverted. The draft... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

Alleged Bond Scam: Will mandate of PCoI be allowed to lapse without key witnesses?
By Amrit Muttukumaru Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Will the mandate of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Alleged Central Bank Bond scam be allowed to lapse without key witnesses being called? This is arguably one of the largest financial scams to have taken place in the post-independence history of Sri Lanka. For sheer impunity and involvement of powerful politicians in collusion with a section of the corporate sector and regulatory authorities it is hard to beat. (Whether the muted response of the opposition has anything to do with former Central Bank Governor, Arjuna Mahendran’s stint as Chief  Investment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

UNHRC Resolution 30/1 Implications for Sri Lanka
Dr. Palitha Kohona Courtesy Ceylon Today
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the resolution entitled 'Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka' on 1 October 2015, Resolution 30/1. (After a resolution promoted by the European Union (EU) was defeated in 2009 and a resolution tabled by Sri Lanka was adopted by an overwhelming majority. An attempt to table a resolution critical of Sri Lanka in 2010 was aborted). Resolution 30/1 has been described by some critics as a Constitution amendment project for Sri Lanka. Interestingly, it was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka. In 2017, Sri Lanka obtained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

Don’t fool people on a new constitution
P.S. MAHAWATTE Colombo 05 Courtesy The Island
October 11, 2017, 10:33 pm What we are witnessing today is what the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe could not achieve in 2002/2004. Signing of the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) with LTTE’s Prabhakaran, without even the knowledge of either President Chandrika Kumaratunga (CBK) or parliament! PM RW even took over the Defence Ministry with or without the consent of the Commander in Chief, President (CBK). President Kumaratunga agreed to give the North to Prabhakaran for ten years to rule without an election, which Prabhakaran refused, probably because he had bigger ideas! ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

Constitution making and yahapalana tricks
By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
Dr. Jayampathy Wickremaratne has been trying to allay anxieties of concerned citizens about the new constitution that he is involved in drafting. He claims that there will be a special constitutional provision against secession. What he is referring to is the following provision in the recently released interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly: "The President may, on the advice of the Prime Minister, where a situation has arisen in which a provincial administration is promoting armed rebellion or insurrection or engaging in an intentional violation of the Constitution which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/10/17)

AG’s Dept counsel goes surprisingly mum
CourtesyThe Daily Mirror
The team of counsel of the Attorney General’s Department, who were led by Senior Additional Solicitor General Dappula De Livera today in an uncharacteristic manner said that they have no questions to ask from the three witnesses (Minister Kabir Hashim, Minister Malik Samarawickrama and former EPF dealer Saman Kumara) when the Commission invited to question them if necessary. The Commission stated that Minister Minister of Public Enterprises development Kabir Hashim and Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama had been summoned by them and were not listed by the Attorney General’s Department.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/17)

An open appeal to all patriotic citizens. The Final Warning!
Dr Sudath Gunasekara
11.10.2017. Prevention of the presentation of the draft new Constitution on the 30th of this month to Parliament is the only way open to defeat this treachery and save this country and the Sinhala Buddhist Nation. In the first place this Government has no mandate to go for a new Constitution. Therefore any move to present a draft new Constitution to Parliament on the 30th Oct with the expressed intention of getting it passed is illegal, unconstitutional and treacherous. Secondly it is crystal clear that this government is scheming to divide the country on ethnic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/17)

Sinhalese are told that we don’t understand the demands of the Tamils, can someone please explain
Shenali D Waduge
We are being repeatedly told by some ‘smart patriots’ that we don’t understand the demands of the Tamils. Who are these Tamils that ‘smart patriots’ are referring to – Tamil politicians, Tamil political parties, Tamil terrorists, Tamil Terrorist Diaspora groups, Tamil Nadu politicians, Tamil Nadu political parties, Tamil high castes, Tamil low castes or just ordinary Tamils. At the other end, who are the ‘smart Sinhalese’ who do understand the concern of the Tamils – are they dollar earning NGO heads, foreign government moles, politicians, academics & political analysts, businessmen thinking only of profit or the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/17)

SRI LANKA: ජාතික පොලිස් කොමිසමේ සභාපතිවරයා විසින් නිකුත් කොට ඇති පොදු පැමිණිලි විභාග කිරීම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් රීති හා ක්‍රියාපටිපාටිය, 2017- The Rules and Procedure (Public Complains Investigations, 2017)- පිළිබඳ කරුණු දැක්වීමක්
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission
ඉහතකී කෙටුම්පත සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිදුකරණු ලබන කරුනු දැක්වීමකි. ඉහත සඳහන් කෙටුම්පතේ රීතීන්ට අනුව ඕනෑම අගතියටපත් පුද්ගලයෙකුට හෝ එම පුද්ගලයෙකු විසින් බලය පැවරූ තැනැත්තෙකුට පොලිස් නිලධාරියෙකු හෝ පොලිස් සේවය විසින් ඔවුන්ගේ නිල කටයුතු වලදී සිදුවු කිරaනියාවක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් පොදු පැමිණිලි පරීක්ෂේණ අංශය වෙත පැමිණිල්ලක් ඉදිරිපත් කොට ඒ සඳහා සහන ඉල්ලා සිටිය හැකිය. මෙම අංශය පී සී අයි ඞී යනු වෙන් කෙටියෙන් හදුන්වනුු ලබයි. අපරාධ පිළිබඳව හා අපරාධ නොවන වැරදි පිළිබඳ පරීක්ෂදණ වෙන් වෙන්ව නොසැළකීම මගින් පොලිස් නිලධාරීන් විසින් කරණු ලබන අපරාධ වෙනත් රටවැසියන් විසින් කරන අපරාධ වලට වඩා අඩු මට්ටමකින් සැළකීම ඉහත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/17)

A Message for our Higher Education Institutes
by Garvin Karunaratne( Ph.D. Michigan State University)
When my first book exposing the sinister actions of the IMF: Micro enterprise Development: A Strategy for Employment Creation and Poverty Alleviation in the Third World: The Way out of the IMF Stranglehold was published in 1997, a full half a decade before the Argentina Crisis of 2002, very few believed that the IMF was at fault. It was everyone's contention that it was the corruption and the ineptitude of the leaders of the countries that had caused the disaster that befelled their economies. Then the IMF and the World Bank were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/17)

The Devolution Debate: Facts that should not be forgotten
Author: G. H. Peiris
Several articles by Dr Dayan Jayatilleke published in The Island during the past few days indicate that he is very definitely the most articulate and, arguably, the most "intermestic" exponent of the notion of the '13th Amendment' (implemented more comprehensively than at present with all powers and functions referred to in its Ninth Schedule vested on Provincial Councils – PCs) being the constitutional via media that would ensure stability, good governance and interethnic harmony. Dr DJ is no doubt aware that, following the misguided curtailment of Presidential powers through the 19th Amendment of the Constitution... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/17)

Illicit Drugs a National Security Threat
Press Release Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka
The Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) held its Threat Lens on “The Illicit Flow of Drugs and its Impact on Sri Lankan Youth” on October 3rd to coincide with World Temperance Day. The event was held at the Ministry of Defence in Colombo with the presence of key stakeholders including the clergy who are involved in the control of narcotics, experts from the medical profession and members of the armed forces of Sri Lanka. Addressing the gathering, Director General of INSSSL Mr Asanga Abeyagoonasekera quoted from His Excellency the President Maithripala... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/17)

Litro Gas Chairman arrested   News Item ….
Dr Sarath Obeysekera  
Litro Gas Chairman Shalila Moonasinghe was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today in connection with the alleged transferring of USD 1.1 million from Far Eastern International Bank of Taiwan to his personal account in Sri Lanka, CID sources said. 2017-10-09 20:03:08 Can you imagine such people heading a prime GOBU which supplies an essential commodity to the people of Sri Lanka being appointed by the Minister in charge who was also shamed for Bond issue .And yet people may be thinking “ What can we do? Opposition also cannot throw stones from glass... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/17)

Ex-CJ faults AG of misleading Parliament
S.S.Selvanayagam Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva today told the Supreme Court that the Attorney General was guilty of misleading Parliament through his opinion on the amendments introduced to the Provincial Councils Amendment Bill during the committee stage of its passage. Making submissions as a citizen of the country in support of his fundamental rights application in the Supreme Court, he said he was not challenging the Speaker's endorsement but that of the Attorney General's opinion. He claimed that it had been done in secrecy and that the AG was guilty of misleading Parliament. Mr. Silva... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/10/17)

නන්දා මාලිනී ගේ දෙබිඩි බව
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
සමාජ පරිවර්තනයකට අත ගැසිය යුත්තේ එහි වගකීම් හිස දරාගෙනය , නන්දා / සුනිල් ආරියරත්න මේ වගකීම් දැරුවේ නැත. ධනාත්මක සමාජ පරිවර්තකයන් ලෙස බොබ් ඩිලන් , වික්ටර් හාරා , බොබ් මාලි , ව්ලැදිමීර් විසෝස්කි යන ගායකයන් ගේ සහ ලංකාවේ නන්දා මාලිනී ගේ දෙබිඩි පිළිවෙත  ගැන මීට වසර 5 කට පමණ පෙර මා විසින් Sunday Leader පුවත් පතට ලියූ ලිපියක් මේ ලින්කුවෙන් කියවන්න.  http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/03/14/music-and-mission-%E2%80%93-bob-dylan-to-nanda-malani/ Music And Mission – Bob Dylan To Nanda Malani
By Dr. Ruwan M. Jayatunge Bob Dylan and Nanda Malini Music is a social force and unquestionably a powerful form of expression.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

Arjun Aloysius: The James Bond of bond business
By Namini Wijedasa Courtesy The Sunday Times (LK)
Just three days after last year’s presidential election, someone predicted the Perpetual Treasuries Ltd (PTL) bond issue on an online website for stock market investors. The man wrote on Sri Lanka Equity Forum:“Perpetual Treasuries owned by Free Lanka Capital Holdings owners will mostly get a large amount of business volumes of Treasury Bills and Treasury Bonds business in new ‘Yahapalana Government’ of Maithripala-Ranil Regime since new Governor of Central Bank is tipped to be Free Lanka Capital’s driving force Arjun Aloysius’s father-in-law Arjuna Mahendran who is also the top Economic Advisor of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

Decision on constitution will change the fate of SL – Weerawansa
By Sanchith Karunaratna  Courtesy adaderana
Leader of the National Freedom Front Wimal Weerawansa stated that the decision made by the people on the proposed constitutional amendments will change the fate of Sri Lanka. Speaking to the media at Mattegoda, Wimal Weerawansa stated that the current government is in the process of formulating a constitution that is detrimental to the people of the country. Meanwhile MP Dullas Alahapperuma stated that 20% of Sri Lankan parliamentarians were not able to secure their seats through public votes. He further stated that Sri Lanka is the only country that appoints such individuals as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

Care needed to foolproof devolution
By Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe Courtesy The Island
October 10, 2017, 8:58 pm Since breaking the yoke of colonialism, Sri Lanka has shown an undue interest in ‘playing around’ with constitutions. With the exception of the 16 May 1972 constitution that officially proclaimed independence as a republic, such manoeuvres have been motivated by cynical political objectives portrayed as burning national need. It is widely agreed that the objective of the much despised 1978 edition was to help the personal need of J. R. Jayewardene to entrench himself as an autocratic executive president, making up for lost time in gaining political leadership.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

Yahapalanaya govt has neither valid mandate nor credibility to draft a new constitution
by Rev. Fr. Vimal Tirimanna, CSsR Courtesy The Island
October 10, 2017, 9:12 pm Although there are more burning issues that deserve to be discussed in the public forum at the moment (such as the Bond Scam, the undemocratic postponement of the local and provincial Council elections,…etc.) local media as well as the local political arena seem to be dominated at the moment by the present government’s declared intention to draft a new Constitution. In almost all the discussions on this subject, however, the two crucial issues in this regard – whether the present Yahapalanaya government has a valid mandate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

Is govt. serious about constitutional change?
By Sumanasiri Liyanage Courtesy The Island
October 10, 2017, 9:10 pm A couple of weeks ago Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, tabled in Parliament the recommendations of the steering committee on constitutional reforms. Prior to that six committee reports had been tabled. It is good that all these documents in all three languages are now available on the web so that people who are interested in the subject can read them. This article is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis of these reports though such an effort would be extremely important as they would be the basis of the future... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

Crooks and fleas
Editorial Courtesy The Island
October 10, 2017, 8:57 pm Time was when this country was known the world over as ‘the Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ and ‘the Granary of the East’. No longer are such monikers used. Today, it has earned notoriety as a rogues’ paradise. Many thought the 2015 regime change would pave the way for a meritocracy. How mistaken they were! What we see at present is a mere extension of the same rotten kleptocracy which people were fed up with. The yahapalana grandees have apparently graduated from local bond rackets to international financial scams over two... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

Sri Lanka attracts over 200,000 Chinese tourists this year
Xinhua
COLOMBO — Over 200,000 Chinese tourists had arrived in Sri Lanka till September this year with over 18,000 arriving last month alone, statistics released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Ministry showed here Monday. Over 1.5 million tourists have arrived in the country so far this year with the government recently announcing they were expecting to achieve a 2.5 million arrival target by the end of 2017. India was the leading market with the largest number of tourist arrivals in September, followed by China and Britain. However with September falling under the off-peak season, total arrivals fell 2.3... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

Trade facilitation reform in Sri Lanka can drive a change in culture
BY MARCUS BARTLEY  Courtesy   Blogs World Bank
Two years ago, we started counting how many Sri Lankan agencies were involved in trade facilitation processes such as issuing permits and managing the movement of goods in and out of the country.  We counted at least 22 agencies in this assessment, and today, the Department of Commerce estimates that number at least 34 agencies are involved in issuing permits or publishing regulations that affect trade. We know trade is critical to Sri Lanka’s future and that there are strong links between trade, economic growth and poverty reduction. However, the trading community reports a lack of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

“I am ready to answer the Auditor General” Kiriella
By Ranjith Kumara Samarakone Courtesy  Ceylon Today
Minister of Higher Education and Highways, Lakshman Kiriella says, "Tamil parties did not get involved in preparing the '71 Constitution. They did not join in '78 either. It is now that they are joining in. In '71 and '78, the Constitution was prepared in secret. This is not how we are doing it now. We have allowed every party to join. Each party is submitting their ideas from Clause to Clause." Excerpts from the interview given to our sister paper Mawbima: You have no regrets that you crossed over some time ago? A:... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

The March of Folly The dance of deceit
By rajiva Wijesinha Ceylon Today Features
Amongst the more endearing explanations offered by Ranil's friends for his involvement in the Bond Scam is that he was taken for a ride. The response then to the question why he defended Mahendran so vociferously is that Mahendran also was taken for a ride. Then the answer to the question why Mahendran went down to bully the Public Debt Department was that he was following instructions. I presume the same answer would have been given to the question why he insisted on appointments within the Bank that facilitated Arjun Aloysius having his wicked... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

Will inform IMF, WB that Rs.792 bn unused: Bandula
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The joint opposition said today it would inform the World Bank (WB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) next week about funds amounting to Rs.792 billion remaining unused from the 2016 Budgetary allocations. JO MP Bandula Gunawardena said Rs.3,898 billion was allocated through the 2016 Appropriation Bill, but only Rs.3106 billion had been spent during that year. “A staggering Rs.792 billion has been left untouched. This is 20 per cent of the total amount allocated for 2016. When such a huge amount is left untouched, it means the amount... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

Namal, five others remanded till Oct.16
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Parliamentarians Namal Rajapaksa, D.V. Chanaka, Prassanna Ranaweera and three others who were arrested this evening were remanded till October 16, police said. They were arrested this evening by the Hambantota Police in connection with the recent protest in Hambantota, Police said. They were summoned by the Hambantota Police to record a statement in connection with the incident this afternoon. Western Provincial Councillor Upali Kodikara, Southern Provincial Councillors Sampath Athukorala and Major (Rtd.) Ajith Prasanna were among those arrested. The protest was held last Friday against the leasing out of Mattala International Airport to India.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

Banda-Chelva Pact: JR’s Kandy march for Sinhalese & a New Constitution
Shenali D Waduge
Political opportunism and opportunist politics has been a curse to the country. Looking back we can only conclude that our politicians have failed the people and the nation with their opportunism and greed to remain in power at any cost. Sadly, another trait is that there are no lessons learnt and mistakes not repeated. We are entering another major misadventure and faux pas if we allow the passing of this new constitution. Leaving matters to the politicians alone has proved a futile and dangerous adventure. The people need to now rise and not allow the destruction... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 5
KAMALIKA PIERIS
China is, at the moment, leading in the Big Power war. It is keeping India, Japan and US at bay. India tried to have a confrontation with China over the Doklam plateau in Bhutan in August 2017. After ten weeks, the Indian army pulled back from Doklam border, but the Chinese army remained. Chinese border troops will continue to be stationed in Doklam said China, firmly. Analysts observed that USA kept quiet about the matter and said nothing in support of India. US warship USS John S McCain deliberately sailed close to the disputed Spratly Islands, claimed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

The Devolution Debate:  Facts that should not be forgotten
By G. H. Peiris Courtesy The Island
Several articles by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke published in The Island during the past few days indicate that he is very definitely the most articulate and, arguably, the most "intermestic" exponent of the notion of the '13th Amendment' (implemented more comprehensively than at present with all powers and functions referred to in its Ninth Schedule vested on Provincial Councils– PCs) being the constitutional via media that would ensure stability, good governance and interethnic harmony. Dr DJ is no doubt aware that, following the misguided curtailment of Presidential powers through the 19th Amendment of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/10/17)

DISAPPOINTMENT ALONG LOC
ALI SUKHANVER
Indian army’s unprovoked firing on innocent children, girls and old men and women living peacefully along the Line of Control seems a result of a feeling of loss, a sense of defeat or something like depression on the part of the Indian soldiers. On 6th of this October, as a result of unprovoked firing of the Indian forces, a civilian named Muhammad Raziq was martyred in village Balakot of Nikial Sector. He was just 22 years old. In the same incident 07 other civilians were seriously injured. A few days back, in another incident of the same... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

වයඹ පළාත් සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමතිතුමා විසින් තර්ජනය කිරීම
ACGAMO Union. 
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය වයඹ පළාත් සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමතිතුමා විසින් තර්ජනය කිරීම සම්බන්ධව.             වයඹ පළාත් ආයුර්වේද දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ කුරුණෑගල ආයුර්වේද මහා රෝහලේ සේවයේ නියුතු සාමාන්‍ය කම්කරු සේවිකාවක් පළාත් සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමතිතුමාගේ රැස්වීමකට සහභාගී නොවීම හේතුවෙන් හදිසියේ වාරියපොළ ආයුර්වේද රෝහලට ස්ථාන මාරුවක් ලබාදීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් මා විසින් එම සේවිකාව සමඟ ඊට අදාල කරුණු විමසා සිටින ලදි.             එම විමසීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් උරණ වූ වයඹ පළාත් සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමතිවරයා 2017.10.03 දින ප.ව. 2.15 ට පමණ මාගේ දුරකථනයට කථා කොට බැණවැදී තර්ජනය කිරීම අප තරයේ පිළිතුල් සහගත ලෙස හෙළා දකින අතර එය මාණ්ඩලික ශ්‍රේණියේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධරයෙක් වන මා හට කරන ලද අවමන් සහගත සැළකිල්ලකි.             වයඹ පළාත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

රාජ්ය ප්රවාහන සේවය ශක්තිමත් කර ශ්රී ලංගම සේවක අයිතීන් ලබාදීමට 2018 අයවැය තුළින් ශ්රී ලංගමයට රුපියල් මිලියන 31 000 ක් ලබාදෙන ලෙසත් එ් සඳහා මුදල් උපයා ගැනීම සඳහා අප සංගමය කරනු ලබන යෝජනා ක්රියාත්මක කරන ලෙසත් ඉල්ලා සිටීම
All Ceylon Transport Workers Union
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි. ගරු මුදල්  අමාත්‍ය, මංගල සමරවීර මැතිතුමා, මුදල් හා ක‍්‍රමසම්පාදන අමාත්‍යාංශය, කොළඹ 01. ගරු ඇමතිතුමනි, රාජ්‍ය ප‍්‍රවාහන සේවය ශක්තිමත් කර ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවක අයිතීන් ලබාදීමට  2018 අයවැය තුළින් ශ‍්‍රී ලංගමයට රුපියල් මිලියන 31 000 ක් ලබාදෙන ලෙසත්  එ් සඳහා මුදල් උපයා ගැනීම සඳහා අප සංගමය කරනු ලබන යෝජනා ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කරන ලෙසත් ඉල්ලා සිටීම x          රජයේ සේවකයන්ගේ මූලික වැටුපට එකතු කර ඇති රු. 5000/= මුදල ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයින්ගේ මුලික වැටුපට එකතුකිරීමට,  x          පාරිතෝෂික මුදල් ගෙවීමට,  x          අර්ථසාධක අරමුදල් ගෙවීමට,  x          සේවක වැටුප් වැඩි කිරීමට,  x          පාසල් ළමයි ඇතුළු වැඩකරන ජනතාවට සහන සැලසීමට,  x          ශ‍්‍රී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

SRI LANKA: Journalist of ‘Sunday Apple’ newspaper tortured by Assistant Superintendent of Police of Tangalle
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEALS PROGRAM
Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) received information about Mr. Susantha Bandara Karunarathna, a journalist working for the ‘Sunday Apple’ newspaper. He was tortured by the Assistant Superintendent of Police of Tangalle, I. T. Daluwath. Susantha was engaged in his duties as a journalist, covering a peaceful protest at Hambantota Town on 6 October 2017. He was illegally arrested, detained, tortured and denied urgently needed medical treatment. The senior Consultant Surgeon examined the patient at the Debarawewa District Hospital, directing the Police to take the patient for immediate treatment at the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

කළු සල්ලි ගෝනිවල දාගෙන ලංකා බැංකුවෙන් පැන්නූ ජනාධිපතිවරණ ‘හංසයා’ පක්‍ෂයේ සභාපති අත්අඩංගුවේ..
 lanka C news
පොලිස් අපරාධ පරීක්‍ෂණ කොට්ඨාශය විසින් ලිට්රෝ ගෑස් සමාගමේ සභාපති ශලීල මුණසිංහ අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන ඇත. මොහු අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන ඇත්තේ විදෙස් රටක සිට මෙරට ලංකා බැංකු ශාඛාවකට විශාල මුදලක් ගෙන්වාගෙන එය මාරු කර ගැනීමේ සිදුවීමක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් මුල්‍ය විශුද්ධිකරණය යටතේය. අදාල මුදල් තොගය ලිත්‍රො සභාපතිවරයා හා අත්අඩංගුවේ සිටින තවත් සැකකරුවකු සමග පැමිණ විශාල මුදල ගෝනිවල දමා රැගෙන යන ආකාරය ලංකා බැංකුවේ කැමරාවල සටහන්ව තිබී ඇත. ශලීල මුණසිංහ හිටපු මුදල් අමාත්‍ය රවි කරුණානායකගේ ලගම හිතවතකු වන අතර මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාට ජනාධිපතිවරණය සඳහා ලබාදුන් හංසයා පක්ෂයේ සභාපතිවරයාද වෙයි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

SRI LANKA: Innocent man illegally arrested under fabricated charges
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEALS PROGRAM
Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding Mr. Aandige Charuka Malinda Peiris, a resident of Kantale Police Division. Malinda was illegally arrested by Police Officers of the Kantale Police Division on 21 June 2017. He was not given any reason for his arrest. He was detained in a cell, accused of supporting the escape of his village friend from Police arrest. The victim does not know where his friend is. He reiterated the fact that he has not been involved in any illegal activity. The victim stated that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

වාහන යන එන තැන දැනගන්න අලුත්ම ක්‍රමයක්‌ - මෙය මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝනය කිරීමක්‌ - ආචාර්ය ප්‍රතිභා මහානාමහේවා Divaina  09 10 17
Dr Sarath Obeysekera    
Also read http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/10/08/hi-tech-number-plates-to-keep-tabs-on-vehicles/ You do not have to be a legal wizard to predict what I said in Lanka web. I predicted last year about the possibility of becoming a police state under the pretext of Democracy .USA and Europe are purportedly democratic have various ways of detecting the movement of people and even vehicles in their own country and in countries infested with terrorism .USA finds the movement of terrorist leaders using satellite technology to detect them whereabout of the leaders before they annihilate them. Methods such as planting a chip in car... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

The Criminal Investigation Bureau CIB confirms suspect nabbed for hacking; US$500,000 unaccountable
http://focustaiwan.tw
Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Monday that one Sri Lankan accused of helping hackers to steal about US$60 million from a Taiwanese bank has been arrested in the South Asian country. The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC), Taiwan's top financial regulator, said that day that while most of the lost funds have been recovered, about US$500,000 remains unaccounted for. Chiu Shao-chou (邱紹洲), a CIB section chief, told the press that the suspect was captured by Sri Lankan police when he tried to withdraw about US$26,000 after the money was wired to his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

2 arrested in Sri Lanka in Taiwan bank hack
hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com
Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department, in collaboration with Taiwanese law enforcement, has apprehended two suspects in Colombo for allegedly aiding in the hacking of a bank in Taiwan that culminated in the theft of millions of dollars, writes AFP. The two allegedly hacked the bank’s computer systems and were arrested after trying to withdraw money from their accounts. A third suspect is at large. “We are looking at some $1.3 million that had come into three accounts in Sri Lanka,” said an official who requested to stay anonymous. “We have taken two people into custody and we are looking for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

Sri Lanka’s opposition warns against proposed airport deal with India
livemint.com
Sri Lanka’s opposition alliance spoke out against the proposed lease of an airport to an Indian firm, warning the government not to allow the country become a ‘pawn’ in international power politics. Colombo: Sri Lanka’s opposition alliance, led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son, on Monday opposed the proposed lease of an airport to an Indian company, warning the government not to allow the country become a “pawn” in international power politics. An Indian company had made a bid to develop the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA), which was built by the Rajapaksa government under massive borrowings from China.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

Sri Lanka nabs suspects in bank hacking attack
Courtesy Taipei Times
The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) yesterday said that two Sri Lankan citizens accused of helping hackers steal about US$60 million from Far Eastern International Bank (遠東商銀) have been arrested in the South Asian country. The Financial Supervisory Commission said that while most of the stolen funds were recovered, about US$500,000 remains unaccounted for. CIB section chief Chiu Shao-chou (邱紹洲) said one suspect was captured by Sri Lankan police when he tried to withdraw about US$26,000 after the money was wired to his account from Taiwan on Friday. Sri Lankan police have found some other people, but... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

Kabir, Malik should be brought before PCoI: CHR
Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Centre for Human Rights and Research (CHR) Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said yesterday State Enterprises Development Minister Kabir Hashim and Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, who was said to have participated in the first discussion with regard to the issuance of Central Bank Bonds in 2015, should be summoned before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI). He told a news conference that there was an attempt to suppress the investigation of bond scam by passing the buck to Ravi Karunanayake, who was Finance Minister for the name sake, while Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

Govt PARTIES split over Foreign Policy
By Shaahidah Riza and Methmalie Dissanayake Courtesy  Ceylon Today
The two main constituents of the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG), the United National Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), seem to be at loggerheads over the country's foreign policy decision making. Commenting on the government's decision to impose sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK) State Minister of Highways and SLFP stalwart Dilan Perera maintained that he doesn't see any difference between some of the actions of the USA and that of North Korea. "As you know North Korea has been one country... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

Sri Lanka: Facts and Fiction
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
Vithya Sivaloganathan's murder trial exposes the real national issue in Sri Lanka and the surrounding paradox between fact and fiction. The attempt was to pin the crime on the Sri Lankan Army and Navy, but it failed. The real culprits were the criminal elements living within Jaffna society. The involvement of the State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran in attempting to release the mastermind is clear evidence of corruption at the highest levels of power. The motive behind this grisly murder was to pander to the perverted and sadistic fantasies of the European pornographic market. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

Bond Commission investigates EPF, ETF dealings (English)
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/lWKMx4_jU4s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

Taiwan to send team to Sri Lanka for probe into bank hacking
Courtesy Adaderana
Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Monday that it was preparing to send investigators to Sri Lanka to seek further details on the reported arrest there of two suspects accused of helping hackers stealing millions of US dollars from a Taiwanese bank. However, due to the fact that Taiwan has no diplomatic ties with Sri Lanka or any government representatives stationed there, the CIB told CNA, it would take some time to get everything in order for the investigators to go there. According to local and regional news reports, Far Eastern International Bank was hacked by means... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

Litro Gas Chairman arrested over Taiwan money transfer scandal
By Sanchith Karunaratna Courtesy Adaderana
The CID arrested the Chairman of Litro Gas N.M.S Moonesinghe in connection with the transfer of 1.1 million USD from the far Eastern Bank of Taiwan to a Sri Lankan bank account. Taiwan law enforcement authorities launched an investigation into the incident after the Far Eastern Bank was hacked by means of a computer virus where over US$ 60 million was siphoned to an account in Sri Lanka. Two suspects were arrested last week in Sri Lanka when they tried to withdraw the money, and police there were look for a third person, according to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 5
KAMALIKA PIERIS
President Maithripala Sirisena   is firmly ensconced in his seat as President. It is will not be easy to tip him out, whatever his opponents think. But the media is not always admiring towards President Sirisena. Colombo Telegraph   under the headline “Entire Sirisena Family At The UN”   said, “Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that President Maithripala Sirisena, who is currently in New York for the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly has been accompanied by his wife Jayanthi, son Daham and daughters Chathurika and Dharani . Two years ago Daham Sirisena was spotted attending the UNGA sessions and seated with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

‘This (13-A) war is not winnable’
C.Wijeyawikrema
Buddhist war - I “This war is not winnable” black-whites’ theory lasted for over 30 years. Supporters of it marched in Colombo streets, with lotus flowers in hand, demoralizing soldiers will. According to Erick Solheim, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was the only top-level person in the government to say, “this war is winnable.” Yes, there was contribution from some Tamils, Muslims and Christians, but It was the poor Sinhala Buddhist village boys and girls who finished the 33-year war, with Gotabhaya at the helm. Credit goes to Mahinda R for appointing him for the mission, who in turn utilized Sarath... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

GMR of India and we need to be careful ………. Making Mattala Airport viable lessons from RGIA Hydrabad
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
India's largest airport developer and operator GMR Group is willing to convert Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) into a profitable venture, if a request comes from the Sri Lankan Government. It was reported in the local media in August that an Indian company has made a proposal to the Civil Aviation Minister to take over MRIA, indicating that it would pump US$ 205 million into the airport for a 70 per cent share for 40 years. The proposal was approved by the Cabinet. However, the name of the company that was keen to invest in MRIA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

UNITARY OR NOT? “Contradictions regarding the interim report on the Constitution”
By Amila Wijesinghe, LLB (Hons), LLM (Public International Law), BPTC Candidate (Nottingham Law School)
The interim report of the new Constitution presented by the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly has been the subject of much controversy in the last few days. Whilst President Sirisena has insisted that there is nothing in the draft that would diminish the unitary status of the country, there has been an outcry from several parties that were concerned by parts of the report that seem inimical to this unitary status. The controversy that this report has attracted was demonstrated at the Central Provisional... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

බැදුම්කර වංචාවේ ‘සුපිං විමර්ශන‘ මුලාවක්. පළමු රැස්වීමට සහභාගි වූවේ යැයි කියන කබීර්, මලික් අමාත්‍යවරුන්ගෙන් සත්‍ය සොයා ගත යුතුයි
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍ර‍ය හා කැෆේ සංවිධානය
බැදුම්කර වංචාවට සම්බන්ධ තැනැත්තන් හදුණාගැනීමට පත් කළ ‘බැදුම්කර කොමිසම‘ රාජ්‍ය බැංකු බාර කබීර් හෂීම් අමාත්‍යවරයාත්, එදා කිසිම රාජ්‍ය තනතුරක් නොතිබුණු මලික් සමරවික්‍ර‍මත් අතහැර ‘අක්‍ර‍මිකතා පිළිබද වගකිව යුතු තැනැත්තා හෝ තැනැත්තන් හදුණාගන්නට උත්සහ දැරීම ‘ඇරලා බලන්න ලයිෂන් තිබිය දී ඔබලා බලන කොමිෂන් වැඩක්‘ යැයි  ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා පවසයි.  අද රාජගිරියේ පැවති පුවත්පත් සාකච්ඡාවක් අමතමින් තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා ප්‍ර‍කාශ කළේ ගැසට් නිවේදනයට අනුව ‘ රාජ්‍ය බැංකු විෂය භාර අමාත්‍යවරයා කබීර් හෂීම් මහතා යි.  මහ බැංකුව තියෙන්නේ අග්‍රාමත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍ර‍මසිංහ මහතා යටතේ යි.  එසේ තිබිය දී,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

SIL-REDI and TREACHERY
Upali Cooray
Public administration has a rich history that dates back to the Greeks. Public administration is putting laws in action to better serve a civilization and the public. While the idea of public administration dates back thousands of years, it played a significant role throughout history as countries developed and new technology changed the way we live and interact. 400 B.C. Plato recognizes the separation between management and developed the concept of democracy. At this time, the Greek people began electing their leaders and became educated on social services. It is also at this time that politician's begin... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

සෙක්කුවෙන් උනන සල්ලි
වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති 
එල්ලංගාවක් කියලා කියන්නේ ඇල මාර්ගවලින් එකිනෙකට සම්බන්ධ වෙන වැව් පද්ධතියකට. අපේ මුතුන් මිත්තෝ ඇල මාර්ග හදලා තිබුණේ වැව් එකිනෙකට සම්බන්ධ කරලා ජල පද්ධතියක් පවත්වාගෙන යන්න මිසක් වැවකින් කුඹුරුවලට ජලය බෙදන්න නෙවෙයි. ඉතින් බොහෝ වෙලාවට මේ ඇල මාර්ග හදලා තිබුණේ පොළොවේ සමෝච්ච මට්ටම්වල. හැතැප්මකට අඟලක් කියන ආනතියට යෝධ ඇල හදලා තිබුණා කියන කතාවේ තේරුමත් ඒකයි. කලාවැවේ ඉඳලා තිසාවැවට ජලය ගලාගෙන ගියේ මග දිගට තිබුණු එල්ලංගා ගණනාවක් ම පෝෂණය කරමින්. එල්ලංගාව හින්දා පොළොවේ තෙතමනය ආරක්‍ෂා වුනා. ගස් වැල් හොඳින් හැදිලා සතා සිව්පාවන්ට හොඳින් ජීවත්වෙන්න පුළුවන් ඒ වගේ පොළොවක තමයි. ඉතින් ඒ පොළොවේ මිනිස්සුත් තමන් ගේ ගොවිතැන් බත් කරගෙන බොහොම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

Remembering Vivien Gunawardena
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando 2017-10-07
Vivian Gunawardena has gone down in Sri Lankan politics as a dynamic woman who embraced politics long before 'Women's lib' was heard of in the West. Being fearless and outspoken, a quality that she inherited from his uncle, the late Phillip Gunawardena (Boralugoda Lion), she pioneered and set up Sri Lanka's first Socialist Women's Organisation – The United Women's Trust. Vivian Gunewardena's 101st birthday or the 31st death commemoration falls on 3 October 2017. As a tribute to this outspoken, fearless female politician, the writer wishes to reminisce about a personal interview he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

යුද හමුදාවේ පවත්නා පශ්චාත් ව්‍යසන ක්ලමථ අක්‍රමතාවය (PTSD) පිලිබඳව අධ්‍යනය
Dr Neil Fernando and Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge
යුද හමුදාවේ පවත්නා පශ්චාත් ව්‍යසන ක්ලමථ අක්‍රමතාවය (PTSD) පිලිබඳව විශේෂඥ මනෝ වෛද්‍ය නීල් ප්‍රනාන්දු මහතාත් මමත් 2002 - 2006 කාලයේදී අධ්‍යනය කරන ලද අතර අප වෙත යොමු කරන ලද සොල්දාදුවන් 824 අතරින් සොල්දාදුවන් 56 දෙනෙකු පශ්චාත් ව්‍යසන ක්ලමථ අක්‍රමතාවයේ පූර්ණ ලක්‍ෂණ පෙන්වූ බව සොයා ගත්තෙමු. මෙම අධ්‍යනය සංග්‍රාමික පශ්චාත් ව්‍යසන ක්ලමථ අක්‍රමතාව (Combat Related PTSD) පිළිබඳව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ කරන ලද ප්‍රථම අධ්‍යනයයි. Combat Related PTSD Among The Sri Lankan Army Servicemen  Dr Neil Fernando and Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge Abstract The study investigated combat related PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/10/17)

Expressways,corruption and flipside of development
BY DR. PRASANNA COORAY Courtesy The Island
October 8, 2017, 10:16 pm We, Sri Lankans, never learn from our past mistakes. After all, it is popularly said that Sri Lankans don’t remember "anything" for more than one week. Not many moons ago the Southern Expressway wreaked havoc by worsening the flood situation in the South. It not only got inundated in several places, between Kaduwela and Matara, but also caused areas, on either side of it, to be submerged. The locations, the expressway, and its immediate environs, went under water last May, include the 32 km post area in Galenigama... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/17)

Hi-tech number plates to keep tabs on vehicles.
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
A Radio Frequency Identification system to be introduced to new number plates will help police to keep close tabs on vehicle movements. The new number plates will be introduced next year, Motor Traffic Commissioner General Jagath Chandrasiri told the Sunday Times. By Damith Wickremasekara Is this Infringement of fundamental rights?? Sri Lankan Human rights lawyers will have a field day? Government is in the process of issuing E-National Identity Cards ( NIC)  soon, where all the information such as driving licence .blood group ,driving licence number ,next of kin , address .tax files ,( income )... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/17)

සියළුම හෙද නිළධාරීන් සඳහා 1 ශ්‍රේණියේ උසස් වීම්
සමස්ත ලංකා හෙද සංගමය.
ජනක සුගතදාස මහතා ලේකම් සෞඛ්‍යෙ හා දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශය කොළඔ 10 මහත්මයානනි, මුල් පත්වීමේ දින සිට සේවා කාලය වසර 12ක් සම්පූර්ණ කළ සියළුම හෙද  නිළධාරීන් සඳහා 1 ශ්‍රේණියේ උසස් වීම් ලබා ගැනීම මෙරට 33000 පමණ  වන සමස්ථ හෙද කාර්ය මණ්ඩලය සැලකූ විට ඔවුන්ගේ විවිධ හෙද කණ්ඩායම් අතර වැටුප් විෂමතා ගණනාවක් නිර්මාණය වී තිබේ. ඒ තුල ඔවුන්ට ශ්‍රේණිගත උසස්වීම් සඳහා ගතකළ යුතු කාළය පිලිබඳව කර ඇති වෙනස්කම් නිසා සිදුව ඇති වැටුප් විෂමතා මෙන්ම, නව හෙද ව්‍යවස්ථාව ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමේදී ශ්‍රේණිගත උසස් වීම් සඳහා කාළය වැඩිකිරීම මගින්ද වැටුප් විෂමතා ගණනාවක් නිර්මාණය කර ඇත. මේතුල හෙද හෙදියන් අතර වැටුප්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/17)

Enriching the political class
Editorial Courtesy The Island
October 7, 2017, 7:02 pm Last week’s celebration of 70 years of parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka triggered debates and discussions at different levels countrywide. Several Speakers from the Parliaments of country’s belonging to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation were here for the event commemorated with a special session of the incumbent Parliament when the predictable hosannas were sung praising the achievement. Churchill once famously said that "democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others." The quote itself, experts say, was not minted by the famous British prime minister/orator though... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/17)

Video shows police officer attacking protester
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A video footage captured following the joint opposition-led protest held at Hambantota today, showed a senior police officer assaulting an arrested protester. Meanwhile, posting the video on his Twitter page, MP Namal Rajapaksa asked, “A.S.P. Daluwaththa, is this Yahapalanaya?” When contacted, Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said he was yet to see the video. https://youtu.be/M1B-97tWzhs Police commission to probe assault on protester
The National Police Commission (NPC) has launched an investigation into an alleged assault on a protester by an Assistant Superintendent of Police during the Joint Opposition’s protest march in Hambantota on Friday. A... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/17)

Presidential Commission on Treasury Bond scam Text messages take centre stage
BY Kavindya Chris Thomas Courtesy Ceylon Today
Following a week-long intermission, former Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arjuna Mahendran, this week faced the next round in the cross-examination ring with acting Solicitor General Dappula de Livera. Thus began another eventful week at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Treasury Bond issuance by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), which churned out new and shocking information. Monday: AM 22 and Conflict of Interest On Monday (2) ASG de Livera suggested that the witness had contradicted his own testimony late last month regarding the request made by former... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/17)

12,000-year-old hidden village in Vavuniya
By Mullativu Shashikumar Courtesy Ceylon Today
Historical evidence of the human history of our country is traced only as far back as the arrival of the Buddha and later the arrival of Prince Vijaya. Most historical facts are drawn from stone inscriptions that are dated back to ancient times. However, most of these inscriptions don't go beyond 2,500 years. Hence, the discovery of evidence that tells of human activities that go beyond the recorded history of the country is of paramount importance. It is in such a context it was reported that a group of Buddhist monks are engaging in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/17)

FOREMOST PLACE GIVEN TO BUDDHISM IN DANGER
By Udaya P. Gammanpila Courtesy Ceylon Today
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have repeatedly said they would not touch the unitary State and the foremost place given to Buddhism. However, Buddha Sasana Karya Sadhaka Mandalaya which includes several Maha Nayake Theras emphatically states that the interim report of the steering committee had caused a severe damage to the status of Buddhism guaranteed by the Constitution. In response, Jayampathi Wickremaratne, Parliamentarian and the architect of the new Constitution, vehemently rejected the allegation. Hence, let us examine how the interim report surreptitiously attempted to destroy the status of Buddhism.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/17)

Political feasibility of a referendum for the constitution
by C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
October 7, 2017, 7:52 pm The interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly is now on the table and there seems to be a stand off developing between the UNP and the pro-Sirisena SLFP over its contents. President Sirisena is being furiously assailed in pro-UNP websites like Lanka e News. Simultaneously we see the noose tightening around the UNP in relation to the bond scam. This is not to suggest that anybody is stage managing the events taking place in the Bond Commission – such a thing is not possible... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/17)

America: The Dictatress of the World
By Jacob G. Hornberger Courtesy Information Clearing House" 
October 03, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - On July 21, 1821, John Quincy Adams, who would go on to become the sixth president of the United States, warned that if America were ever to abandon its founding principle of non-interventionism in foreign affairs, she might well become the dictatress of the world. Adams issued his warning in a speech he delivered to Congress, a speech that has gone down in history with the title “In Search of Monsters to Destroy.” Adams was referring to the fact that the United States was founded as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/17)

The Rising of Britain's 'New Politics'
By John Pilger Courtesy "Information Clearing House"
October 06, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - Delegates to the recent Labour Party conference in the English seaside town of Brighton seemed not to notice a video playing in the main entrance.  The world's third biggest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, supplier to Saudi Arabia, was promoting its guns, bombs, missiles, naval ships and fighter aircraft. It seemed a perfidious symbol of a party in which millions of Britons now invest their political hopes. Once the preserve of Tony Blair, it is now led by Jeremy Corbyn, whose career has been very different and is rare... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/10/17)

YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 5
KAMALIKA PIERIS
REVISED ESSAY. Yahapalana has an ambitious economic plan for Sri Lanka. Here is the plan taken from Vision 2025, published in 2017.  “Our vision is to make Sri Lanka a rich country by 2025. We will do so by transforming Sri Lanka into the hub of the Indian Ocean, with a knowledge-based, highly competitive, social-market economy. We will position Sri Lanka as an export-oriented economic hub at the centre of the Indian Ocean”. “A new development strategy will come into effect. The budget deficit will be reduced from 1.5 % in 2014 to 0.2 % in 2016... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

මෛත්රීට ලෝක බැංකුවෙන් එල්ල වී ඇති දූෂණ චෝදනාව ගැන පැහැදිලි කිරිමක් ඕස්ට්රේලියානු මාධ්ය වෙත කරන්නැයි ඉල්ලයි.. මහ කොමසිරිස් නිහඬයි..
October 6, 2017 at 12:14 am | lanka C news
ලෝක බැංකුවේ ආධාර මත 2009 වර්ෂයේ මෙරටේ ඉදිකල වේල්ලක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපතිවරයා යුගයේ  වාරිමාර්ග හා මහවැලි සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යවරයා සිටි මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා විසින් ඇ.ඩොලර් මිලියන 1.8 ක් ව්‍යපතියක් එම සමාගමට දීමේදී විශාල කොමිස් මුදලක් ලබා ගත් බවට හෙලු වු කරුණු අනුව ලෝක බැංකුව World Bank සිදු කල දීර්ඝ පරික්ෂණයකින් පසුව එම දූෂණය අදාළ සමගම විසින් ශ්‍රීලංකාවේ එවකට සිටි අමාත්‍යවරයා සමග සිදු කොට ඇති බව තහවරු වීමෙන් පසුව එම ඕස්ට්‍රේලියානු සමාගම  අසාදු ලේඛන ගත කොට ඇති බැව් ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ සියලම මාධ්‍ය පසුගිය සති  අන්තයේ වාර්තා කොට තිබුනි. ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ සියලු ප්‍රධාන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

පළාත් සභා මැතිවරණය 4 ඉ ව්‍යවස්ථාව තුළට ගැනීමෙන් බෙදුම්වාදයට සුජාතබව ලැබෙයිද?
අරුන උනවටුන
(20 වැනි ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයට අදාල ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ මතයට අදාල 2017.09.19 දින හැන්සාර්ඩ් වාර්තාව ඇසුරෙන් නීතිය ගලපා ඇත) සෝල්බරි සාමිවරයාගේ මූලිකත්වයෙන් සහ පේරාදෙනිය සරසවියේ නිර්මාතෘ ජෙනිංග්ස් පෙරදැරිව 1947 දී ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව කෙටුම්පත්කර දී බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය කිරීටයට වගකියන ලංකාවේ පුරවැසියෙකුට රටේ අගමැතිධුරය ලබාදී 1948 පෙබරවාරි 04 වැනි දින ඩොමීනියන් නිදහස ලබා දෙන ලදී. 1815 දී උඩරට ගිවිසුමෙන් දෙපාර්ශවයේ එකගත්වයෙන් ලංකාවේ ජනතාවගේ පරමාධිපත්‍යය බලය බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයන් ලබා ගත් අතර එදින සිට මුළු රටටම බලපාන පරිදි විධායක, ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සහ අධිකරණ බලය එංගලන්තයේ මහරජුන් සහ මහ රැජිණියන් විසින් ලංකාවේ එවකට “සිලෝන්” පාලනය කිරීම සදහා යොදා ගනු ලැබී ය. දෙවන ලෝක යුද්ධයෙන් පසු බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය කිරීටයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

SRI LANKA: Human Rights Defender illegally arrested for allegedly participating in Protest against Police
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEALS PROGRAM
Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding Mrs. Kariyawasam Aarachchilage Ramani Kusumalatha (46), a resident of the Kantale Police Division. She was well reputed as a human rights defender in the area. On 13 June, Kusumalatha assisted three torture victims at the Kantale Base Hospital. Then she asked the Police Officers not to beat those who were protesting against Police who tortured victims. She was able to point out that human rights were being violated by the Police who used force and beat the protestors in public. Finally,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

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1 ) පුනර්භවය පිලිබඳ ලිපියක්  පිලිබඳව http://dailynews.lk/2016/11/02/features/97714 2) ගජමන් නෝනා පිලිබඳව http://dailynews.lk/2015/11/11/features/poetesss-plight 3) පිකාසෝ ගේ චිත්‍රයක්  පිලිබඳව http://dailynews.lk/2015/09/22/features/pablo-picasso%E2%80%99s-anti-war-mural-tortured-guernica 4) වින්සන්ට් වැන්ගෝ පිලිබඳව http://dailynews.lk/2015/09/22/features/psychological-reflections-vincent-van-gogh%E2%80%99s-art 5) මානසික සෞඛ්‍යය  පිලිබඳව http://dailynews.lk/2016/09/19/features/93483 6) ජාතක කතා පිලිබඳව http://dailynews.lk/2016/09/27/features/94211 7) දෙවන ලෝක යුද්ධයේ දී යුදෙව් සංහාරය පිලිබඳව http://dailynews.lk/2016/10/25/features/96932 8) යූක්‍රයීන ජන සංහාරය පිලිබඳව http://dailynews.lk/2016/11/30/features/100567 9) ඩන්ටේ  පිලිබඳව http://dailynews.lk/2016/12/21/features/102502 10) සිංහබාහු සහ ඊඩිපස් සංකීර්ණය http://dailynews.lk/2016/12/28/features/103038 11)  Between Litrature and Psychology පොත  පිලිබඳව http://dailynews.lk/2016/08/10/features/89965 12) ජෝසෆ් ස්ටාලින් ගේ මනෝ භාවයන් පිලිබඳව http://dailynews.lk/2016/05/03/features/80467 13) නිර්වානය යන සංකල්පය මනෝ විද්‍යාත්මක ඇසින් http://archives.dailynews.lk/2007/04/04/fea06.asp 14) විශ්වයේ සම් භවය පිලිබඳව ලියන ලද ලිපියකට පිලිතුරක් http://archives.dailynews.lk/2007/07/12/fea02.asp 15) මාර්ටින් වික්‍රමසිංහ ගේ භව තරණය කෘතිය පිලිබඳව http://archives.dailynews.lk/2011/01/13/fea22.asp 16) අපරාධ පිලිබඳ මනෝ සමාජවිද්‍යා දැක්ම http://archives.dailynews.lk/2011/03/17/fea01.asp 17) රැඩ්‍ යඩ් කිප්ලිං පිලිබඳව http://archives.dailynews.lk/2011/02/01/fea37.asp 18) යුද ආතතිය පිලිබඳව http://archives.dailynews.lk/2009/08/20/fea01.asp 19) යුද ආතතිය සහ සමාජය http://archives.dailynews.lk/2009/08/20/fea01.asp 20) ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ළමා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

New PC Election Law not passed on general merits and principles
 By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Parliament should be mindful of the fact that it exercises legislative power of the people It’s the Constitution that is supreme  Parliament is subordinate to the Constitution  I’m trying to get a court ruling to have elections to PCs as soon as possible  In the absence of elected representatives, PC functions will become chaotic  The Speaker has no judicial power The Government’s constitution making process is unconstitutional  What the President does is the exact opposite of what he promised before the elections Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, who petitioned the Supreme Court against the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

Govt. may lose referendum on new Constitution
By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Possibility of a drastically-altered final report Strategists count ethno-religious factors in referendum-voting estimates Overwhelming support of minorities might augment shortfall in Sinhala-Buddhist votes Making political calculations on the basis of 2015 could prove dangerously-wrong in 2017 and years to follow The coalition government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has - as one of its primary objectives - the political project of enacting and passing a new Constitution. This requires a two-thirds majority in Parliament and endorsement by the people in an islandwide referendum. More importantly, the government has been trying to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

AM – PM – RK
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Courtesy The Island
October 6, 2017, 9:50 pm Why did the Central Bank move from direct placements to public auctions for Treasury bonds? Because the Prime Minister - PM, who else, wanted it that way. We have the word of guess who, Arjuna Mahendran, on that. He is the AM guy. So did it help to expand the local –T-bond market, boost investor confidence, and drive down government borrowing costs, as they said it would? Come one, you don’t have to talk bond shit, about all that has happened. The Crooked action that moved to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

Bond scam probe: Political interference and public-private sector complicity frightening-Dew
by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
One-time Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (CoPE) Dew Gunasekera yesterday declined to comment on state banks, Bank of Ceylon, the People’s Bank and the National Savings Bank receiving instructions twice in 2016 to make bids at the treasury bond auctions at lower interest (yield) rates as that particular matter hadn’t been investigated by his committee. General Secretary of the Communist Party Gunasekera said so when The Island asked him how his committee had failed to unravel state banks receiving instructions inimical to them from the then Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake. "My committee... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

Lacille De Silva says Ranil is not reliable
By Rasika Hemamali Courtesy Ceylon Today
Former Secretary of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) and Attorney-at-Law Lacille De Silva says Ministers Hakeem and Ravi Karunanayake had clearly been subject to accusations. "They influenced the President, directly, to remove me from the PRECIFAC", he noted. Excerpts of the interview: On 8 January there was a political transformation in this country, how do you view the period that followed? A: Promises were made, to combat corruption, make Government Service more efficient, and ensure... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

Lalith the fall man
By Hemantha Warnakulasuriya Courtesy Ceylon Today
I felt saddened by the sentence and heavy fines imposed on Lalith Weeratunga. It is very unfortunate that in our endeavours to arrest, remand and imprison those responsible for stealing the coffers of the Treasury, the first victim of that attempt happened to be Lalith Weeratunga. To my mind and to those of many others who worked with Lalith Weeratunga, I am yet to find a person who claims to know him as being a dishonest predator of public money. Instead of which I have found, that if there is a flaw in Lalith's... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

Sri Lanka's Parliament accused of perpetuating majority rule
By KRISHAN FRANCIS, ASSOCIATED PRESS Courtesy abc News
As lawmakers in Sri Lanka celebrate the 70th anniversary of one of the oldest parliamentary democracies in Asia, minorities including Tamils, Christians and Muslims remain on the fringes of society. They have some representation in Parliament but say they are sidelined by Buddhist Sinhalese, who are the majority in the country and control the legislature. It has done little to heal the wounds from a quarter-century civil war that ended in 2009 and still refuses to acknowledge or investigate allegations of wartime atrocities. The legislature has been accused of perpetuating rule by the Sinhalese, who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

Moving towards contentious constitutional reform
Courtesy The Economist
Constitutional reforms, if not a full blown new constitution, were always on the cards after the reformist Maithripala Sirisena was elected president in 2015. This was reinforced after the United National Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) formed a coalition government in the same year, providing them with a large parliamentary majority. However, as reflected in the interim report on the new constitution, differences between the two parties over some of the proposed changes remain. The Economist Intelligence Unit expects negotiations over the content of the new constitution to heat up in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

India always stood for united, sovereign Sri Lanka: Lok Sabha Speaker
IANS | Colombo | October 7, 2017 1:03 am Courtesy The Statesman
India has always stood for a united and sovereign Sri Lanka, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Friday, as her counterpart from the island nation’s parliament assured her that the proposed new constitution would take care of all ethnic groups. After the conclusion of the 8th Conference of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians, the Indian Parliamentary Delegation led by Mahajan met the Sri Lankan delegation led by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and told him of India’s stand, an official statement said. In response, Jayasuriya informed Mahajan that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

Sri Lanka’s Parliament accused of perpetuating majority rule
By Krishan Francis  Courtesy The Washington Post
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — As lawmakers in Sri Lanka celebrate the 70th anniversary of one of the oldest parliamentary democracies in Asia, minorities including Tamils, Christians and Muslims remain on the fringes of society. They have some representation in Parliament but say they are sidelined by Buddhist Sinhalese, who are the majority in the country and control the legislature. It has done little to heal the wounds from a quarter-century civil war that ended in 2009 and still refuses to acknowledge or investigate allegations of wartime atrocities. The legislature has been accused of perpetuating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

The UNHRC Resolution And Implications For Sri Lanka – Analysis
By Dr Palitha Kohona Courtesy eurasiareview.com
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the resolution entitled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” on October 1, 2015, Resolution 30/1. This has been described by some critics as a constitution amendment project for Sri Lanka. Interestingly, it was cosponsored by Sri Lanka. In 2017, Sri Lanka obtained a two-year grace period to implement the resolution, further confirming the country’s acquiescence with Resolution 30/1. Ominously, this year, the High Commissioner commented that in the absence of progress on the implementation of Res. 30/1, other countries could invoke the “universal jurisdiction” principle to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

Mr. President why don’t you sack them and order them to be arrested immediately pending legal action, at least now, that the cat has jumped out of the bag.
Dr.Sudath Gunasekara
4.10.2017. Mr. President why don’t you sack Ranil Wickramasinha and Ravi Karunanayaka at least now and order them to be arrested along with Arjuna Mahendram and Arjuna Alosyas pending legal action going by the latest glaring revelations of serious crimes committed by them in the bank sector and the country in general collectively, as disclosed before the CB scam Commission appointed by you. CB was directly under Ranil at the time of these crimes were committed. It had been taken over by him from the Finance Ministry for the first time in history. You should have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

The  Broken World  -  Buddhism and Existentialism.
R Chandrasoma Koswatte  Nawala 
The renowned existentialist philosopher Gabriel Marcel used the memorable phrase ‘The Broken World’  to denote what he believed to be the cause of the ‘existential parlousness’  of mankind – the unremitting denial (or defeat) of  the  ‘ontological exigencies’ that irrevocably characterize his condition. Let us unpack the thinking behind this unsettling general proposition.  Life – in its myriad forms – is a continuous struggle to beat off the forces that conspire to defeat it. Being alive is an ‘attainment’ wherein a continuously assailed organization struggles to keep going – even, briefly, to prosper – before... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/10/17)

Constitutional game plan of yahapalana govt.
By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
October 5, 2017, 9:39 pm When looking at the interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly, the game plan of the yahapalana coalition becomes immediately apparent. For over one and a half years, we have been intermittently receiving various documents from the Steering Committee which made it only too clear what the yahapalana government has in mind in terms of constitutional reform. The most immediate thing that becomes apparent in this interim report is the strategy they seem to have adopted to see that they get the Constitutional reforms they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/10/17)

Army provides relief to Jaffna residents
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Army provides relief to Jaffna .[October 04 2017] “A project to provide relief to people facing water shortages in the Jaffna Peninsula has been mooted by the Sri Lanka Army in Jaffna. According to Army media, the project initiated by the troops of Security Force Headquarters -Jaffna (SFHQ-J) got off the ground last month (26th September) covering the Navatkuli and Kovilkandi areas. The prevailing dry weather has resulted in people living in several parts of the Peninsula facing drinking water shortages. In order to provide much needed water, troops have placed water storage tanks in several... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/10/17)

People’s Bank, BoC, NSB heads reveal: Ravi asked state banks to bid at lower interest rates-Bond Scam Probe
By Shyam Nuwan Ganewatte and Sarath Dharmasena Courtesy The Island
October 4, 2017, 10:53 pm  Phone recording of Aloysius mentioning FM’s instructions played before commission Paskaralingam, Samaratunga, Samarasinghe attend meetings Chairmen and senior officials of three major state banks––the Bank of Ceylon, the People’s Bank and the National Savings Bank–– testifying before the presidential commission of inquiry probing the bond scams yesterday said that on two occasions in 2016, the then Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had instructed them to make bids at the treasury bond auctions at lower interest (yield) rates and their institutions had therefore been deprived of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/10/17)

PTL’s files referring to ‘AM’ and ‘RK’ feature in Aloysius’ text messages
By Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Several text messages extracted from PTL owner Arjun Aloysius’ phone, referring to files maintained at PTL titled as “to do list to AM and RK” were submitted before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) yesterday by Additional Solicitor General Dappula De Livera who continued to cross examine former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran. Continuing the cross-examination of former CBSL Governor Arjuna Mahendran, Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera yesterday questioned the witness over the relationship he had with his son-in-law’s company (Perpetual Treasuries Ltd) after he resigned from the post of Governor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/10/17)

රවි ගස් යන ලකුණු.. බැදුම්කර කොමිසමේදී රාජ්‍ය බැංකු තුන සාක්‍ෂි දෙයි..
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ප‍්‍රශ්ණගත බැඳුම්කර නිකුතුව සිදුවෙද්දී ඒ සදහා අඩු ලංසු ඉදිරිපත් කරන්නැයි එවකට මුදල් ඇමති රවී කරුණානායක විසින් රාජ්‍ය බැංකුවලට උපදෙස් දුන්නේ යයි ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් සොයා බලන ජනාධිපති විශේෂ විමර්ෂණ කොමිසමේදී අද හෙලි විය. මහජන බැංකුව, ලංකා බැංකුව, ජාතික ඉතිරි කිරීමේ බැංකුව යන රාජ්‍ය බැංකුවල සභාපතිවරුන් අද දිනයේ කොමිසම හමුවට කැදවා ප‍්‍රශ්ණ කරනු ලැබීය. මෙම බැංකුවල සභාපතිවරැන් කොමිසම හමුවට අද කැදවූ නිසා හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අර්ජුන් මහේන්ද්‍රන්ගෙන් හරස් ප‍්‍රශ්න ඇසීම වෙනත් දිනකට කල් දමා ඇත.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

බැදුම්කර මගඩියේ සියල්ල හෙලිවෙයි… ධුරයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වන්නැයි අගමැති රනිල්ට දන්වයි..
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බැදුම්කර මගඩිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් පරීක්‍ෂණ සිදු කරන ජනාධිපති කොමිසම හමුවේ හෙලිදරවු වී ඇති කරුණු අනුව එල්ල වන චෝදනා නිසා අගමැති රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට ධුරයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වන ලෙසට ඒකාබද්ද විපක්‍ෂය යෝජනා කරයි. මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් අමතමින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී මහින්දානන්ද අලුත්ගමගේ මහතා කියා සිටියේ බැදුම්කර නිකුත් කරන ක‍්‍රමවේදය වෙනස් කරන්නැයි අගමැති රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතා උපදෙස් දුන් බව හිටපු මහ බැංකු අධිපති අර්ජුන් මහේන්ද‍්‍රන් කොමිසම හමුවේ හෙලි කර ඇති බවයි. 2015 ජනාධිපතිවරණයෙවන් පසුව ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතා අගමැති ධුරයට පත් කරනු ලැබුවේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු ආසන 54ක් පමණක් තිබියදී බවත් එය සහමුලින්ම ව්‍යවස්ථාව උල්ලංඝනය කිරීමක් බවත් මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා කියා සිටියේය. https://youtu.be/seE1TieyW1g... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Three branches of govt. should coexist to achieve prosperity – Prez - By Saman Indrajith The Island
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
October 3, 2017, 11:11 pm Quote President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that in order to achieve prosperity and development there should be no conflicts among the three main branches of governance the executive, legislature and judiciary. Unquote Statement made above by HE The President needs an amendment ,Thre tree of government should surely have three branches with leaves representing  the Lawmakers representing Ligsilature ,President and his team representing Executive. And Judges and State Law enforcement representing Judiciary . Government to last long sustainable years require a good foundation .representing the roots of democracy by Good... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

FROM SOUTH ASIAN INTELLIGENCE REVIEW- OCT 2017
BANGLADESH
Militants using secured messaging apps to dodge cops, say Anti-Terrorism Unit officials: Police's Anti-Terrorism Unit officials said that militant outfits have apparently smartened up and become tech-savvy as they are now using encrypted communications applications or apps more and more to maintain communications online, making it harder for the law enforcement agencies to trace them. They said the militants initially used popular apps like Facebook and its Messenger, and Google Hangouts to communicate. Dhaka Tribune, October 2, 2017. 440 people accused in 331 militancy related cases have fled country after getting bail, say security agencies: At the National... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා විදේශ දූත මණ්ඩලවල රාජ්‍ය කළමනාකරණ සහකාර සේවයේ පුරප්පාඩු පිරවීමේ දී සිදුව ඇති අක‍්‍රමිකතාව සම්බන්ධවයි.
Public Service Management Assistant Union 
ලේකම් විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය, කොළඹ 01 ලේකම්තුමනිි, ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා විදේශ දූත මණ්ඩලවල රාජ්‍ය කළමනාකරණ සහකාර සේවයේ පුරප්පාඩු පිරවීමේ දී සිදුව ඇති අක‍්‍රමිකතාව සම්බන්ධවයි. ඉහත මාතෘකාවට අදාළව 2017.08.21 දින ජනාධිපති ලේකම්ට යොමුකළ ලිපියේ පිටපත් ඔබට හා රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන හා කළමනාකරණ අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම් වෙත ද යොමුකළෙමු. මේ වන විට රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන හා කළමනාකරණ අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම්වරයා ඒ පිළිබඳව ඔබගෙන් වාර්තාවක් කැඳවා ඇති බව දන්වන ලිපියේ පිටපතක් අප වෙත එවා ඇත. අප විසින් ඔබට ද පිටපත් සහිතව ජනාධිපති ලේකම් වෙත යොමුකළ එකී ලිපියෙන් උක්ත විභාගයට පෙනී සිට මූලික වටයෙන් සමත් වූ නිලධාරීන් පිරිසකට සිදුව ඇති අසාධාරණය සම්බන්ධව කරුණු ඉදිරිපත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

ආණ්ඩුකාර පාලනය යටතට පත් කළ පළාත් සභාවන් හි මහජන දේපළ අයථා පරිහණය වැලැක්වීමට ආණ්ඩුකාර හා පළාත් ප්‍ර‍ධාන ලේකම්වරුගේ වගකීමකි
පුවත්පත් නිවේදනය කැෆේ සංවිධානය   
ආණ්ඩුකාර පාලනය යටතට පත් කොට ඇති පළාත් සභාවන් සතු වාහන හා වෙනත් සම්පත් තම භාරයට ගැනීමට ආණ්ඩුකාරවරුන් හා ලේකම්වරුන් කටයුතු කළ යුතුය.  උතුරු මැද, සබරගමුව හා නැගෙනහිර පළාත් සභා සතු වාහන 32 ක් එයට වැඩි ප්‍ර‍මාණයක් හිටපු ප්‍ර‍ධාන අමාත්‍යවරුන්, අමාත්‍යවරුන්, විපක්ෂ නායකවරුන් හා ඔවුන්ගේ කාර්ය මණ්ඩලය විසින් රැගෙන ගොස් ඇත.  පළාත් සභා සතු තවත් භාණ්ඩ විශාල ප්‍ර‍මාණයක් නැවත බාරදීමට ඔවුන් කටයුතු කර නැත.  දේශපාලන කටයුතු සදහා  අඛණ්ඩව මෙම සම්පත් යොදා ගනිමින් සිටින බව පසුගිය දින කිහිපයේ දී නිරීක්ෂණය විය. උතුරු මැද පළාත් සභාව සතු වාහන ගණනාවක් ඔක්තෝබර් මස  2 දින අනුරාධපුර පැවති රුස්වීම් මාලාවකට උපයෝගී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Constitution Law expert Manohara R. De Silva, PC says One Govt in ‘Unitary’ several Govts in ‘United’
BY PANCHAMEE HEWAVISSENTI Courtesy Ceylon Today
Although, Sri Lanka's Constitution declares that the country is a 'Unitary State' some are of the view that the country should be a 'United State'. Legal experts say that 13th Amendment would affect the sovereign power of the people and it annuls and destroys the unitary nature of Sri Lanka by devolving authority such as Land and Police to regional governments (provinces) and abating the authority of the Central Government, paving way to a Federal State. At a time when arguments and debates over 'Unitary State' and 'United State' concepts are being spoken of,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Auditor General and empty wallet
Editorial Courtesy The Island
October 4, 2017, 9:51 pm Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe has recently been adjudged ‘Ada Derana Public Servant of the Year’. Public officials of his calibre and integrity with an unfaltering resolution and courage to carry out their duties and functions without fear or favour in the face of political pressure and other such evil influences deserve to be honoured. Let Wijesinghe be congratulated and Derana thanked. Derana should thank the incumbent government for making the task of selecting the Public Servant of the Year easy albeit unwittingly. If the yahapalana leaders hadn’t arbitrarily put off... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

CIABOC moved against PM, Speaker, AG et al over putting off PC polls
Courtesy The Island
Close on the heels of former Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva moving Supreme Court against yahapalana government causing the postponement of Provincial Council elections by the recent passage of the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Act, attorney-at-law Nagananda Kodituwakku has complained to the Bribery and Corruption Commission against the Attorney General, Speaker, Prime Minister, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister and those who had voted for that particular Bill. Kodituwakku has handed over the complaint to the Secretary to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) yesterday. The public litigation activist said that in accordance... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Sri Lanka opposition party to protest airport deal to Indian company
By PTI  | 
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's main opposition party, mostly comprising loyalists of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, said today it will stage a protest against the proposed lease of an airport to an Indian company. The Joint Opposition, a political alliance formed by a right-wing faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and several left-wing parties, said they will protest on Friday against the proposed 40-year lease to an Indian company of the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA), located in the Mattala town, 18 km from Hambantota. "We will go to Mattala on October 6 to protest against the deal.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Camping and Caravanning Club confirms Sri Lanka motorhome tour
outandaboutlive.co.uk
Worldwide Motorhoming Holidays by the Camping and Caravanning Club has announced a new escorted motorhome tour of Sri Lanka that kicks off in March 2018 Earlier this year, escorted tours of Japan and western Australia were introduced, adding to an already established list of worldwide motorhoming destinations. The new tours proved very popular, with the first Japan tour selling out almost immediately. Jason Purkiss from the Camping and Caravanning Club said of the new Sri Lanka tour: “This small yet vibrant nation has a dramatic and varied landscape, from sweeping central highlands to lowland rainforests, and Worldwide Motorhoming... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Most profitable Asia cigarette maker faces competition from beedis
financialexpress.com
British American Tobacco Plc’s unit in Sri Lanka says it’s poised to lose its dominant position in the market to leaf-rolled cigars made by small local rivals.  The gap between the price of cigarettes and beedis, cheap tobacco wrapped in a coarse leaf, has widened after the government raised excise duties and slapped a 15 percent value-added tax last year. (Reuters) British American Tobacco Plc’s unit in Sri Lanka says it’s poised to lose its dominant position in the market to leaf-rolled cigars made by small local rivals. Ceylon Tobacco Co.’s profit margin will continue to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Emirates SkyCargo reports boom in flying fish from Sri Lanka
AirCargo News
Emirates SkyCargo has reported a boom in fish volumes from Sri Lanka to Europe after a ban on their export was lifted by Brussels last year. The airline said it is currently transporting about 100 tons of edible fish a week from Colombo to markets in Europe and the US. In the second half of 2016, Emirates SkyCargo transported more than 2,400 tons of edible fish from Sri Lanka, double the volume it had transported in the corresponding six months of the previous year. The cargo consisted of tuna in fresh, chilled and frozen forms,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

U.S. 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins
The U.S. Embassy in Colombo is pleased to announce the start of the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Program, also known as the “Green Card” Lottery. The program will be open for online registration from October 3, 2017 to November 7, 2017. The Diversity Visa Lottery allows randomly selected applicants the opportunity to interview for an immigrant visa and become legal permanent residents of the United States. The program is the “2019” lottery because applicants enter in 2017, interview in 2018, and—if selected and approved—receive Green Cards in 2019. A few items to keep in mind: * The lottery application entry... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Six reasons why Sri Lanka needs to boost its ailing private sector
BY TATIANA NENOVA Courtesy worldbank
Sri Lanka experienced strong growth at the end of its 26-year conflict. This was to be expected as post-war reconstruction tends to bring new hope and energy to a country. And Sri Lanka has done well—5 percent growth is nothing to scoff at. A view of the business district in Colombo. Credit: Joe Qian / World Bank However, Sri Lanka needs to create an environment that fosters private-sector growth and creates more and better jobs. To that end, the country should address these 6 pressing challenges: 1. The easy economic wins are almost exhausted For... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Volunteers help children in remote Sri Lankan schools to learn coding
http://theirworld.org
A young tech expert is helping children in rural areas to get valuable skills that will be crucial for their future. Winning an award for creating a digital dictionary while he was still in school has inspired Prabhath Mannapperuma to foster a legion of budding young programmers in remote corners of Sri Lanka. Mannapperuma, 24, heads a team of volunteers who fan out all over the country - firing up students with the Micro:bit, a tiny programmable device, and the message that writing computer code is no arcane art but within... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Daya Gamage Analyzes Washington’s Foreign Policy on Sri Lanka in Book
Las Vegas, NV – WEBWIRE – Wednesday, October 4, 2017
A desire to achieve a common objective is a force that motivates a strong leadership. Success is the outcome of a well-organized plan. Author Daya Gamage, who was a public affairs assistant and political specialist of United States Department of State, shares his own insights on Washington’s overt and covert foreign policy with the aim of reviving Sri Lanka’s military organization “Tamil Tigers” back in the global arena. The book “Tamil Tigers’ Debt to America: US Foreign Policy Adventurism and Sri Lanka’s Dilemma” describes how Washington’s foreign policy is carefully... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Students strip-searched in school in the Muscat capital area
Muscat Daily staff writer
October 04, 2017 Muscat - The horrified parents of Class 11 students of Sri Lankan School Muscat have called for the strictest possible action against a teacher at the school after she strip-searched a student who was “accused of stealing money”. The teacher, who is said to be responsible for handling disciplinary matters at the school, decided to cross all limits after a student of Class 11 complained that money which had been kept in her bag for paying school fees was missing and that she suspected a classmate of having... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Provinces, Provincial Councils, political lackeys of the West, Indian expansionism and the proposed new Constitution.
Dr. Sudath Gunasekara
10.2. 2017 Provinces, Provincial Councils, political lackeys of the West, Indian expansionism and the proposed new Constitution; all these hang together in one bunch as a cluster of a mega conspiracy to destabilize and dismantle the Sinhala Buddhist State of Sri Lanka. This has become more than obvious and clearly revealed after the Interim Report of the Constitutional Council was tabled in Parliament by its architect Ranil Wickramasinha last week followed by the ongoing public debate on its content. It appears as if the cat has finally come out of the bag now. Provinces we... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

දේශපාලන වේදිකාවේ නැටවෙන සරණාගත සහ ත්‍රස්තවාදී රූකඩ
තේජා ගොඩකන්දෙආරච්චි
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ඇතුලුවී සිටින රොහින්ග්‍යා සරණාගතයින් පිරිස පිලිබඳ ප්‍රශ්නය මේ වන විට රට තුල දැඩි කතාබහට ලක්ව ඇත. රට තුල පමනක් නොව ජාත්‍යන්තරය තුල පවා මෙය මහත් ආන්දෝලනයකට තුඩු දී තිබුනේ රොහින්ග්‍යාවරුන් ජීවත්වන රට වන මියන්මාරයේ නායිකාව වූ අවුන් සාං සුකී එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ 72 වන සැසිවාරයට සහභාගී නොවන බවට පලවූ පුවතත් සමගය. ඉතින් සියල්ලටම පෙර මේ රොහින්ග්‍යාවරුන් යනු කවුද කියා විමසා බැලීම වටී. ලක්ෂ 8 - 10 ක් පමන වූ මෙම ජනතාව පරම්පරා බොහෝ ගණනක් තිස්සේ ජීවත් වනුයේ මියන්මාරයේ රාඛීන් දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේය. 'රොහින්ග්‍යා' යන නම මේ ජනවර්ගයට මියන්මාරයේ සිටින සහ හිටපු බලධාරීන් ලබා දී ඇති නමයි. ඒ මොවුන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Nation should salute members of the Global Forum who fought for Sri Lanka at the UNHRC
By: A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
It is shame that this Tamil slavish government which maintains a Permanent representative and a staff in Geneva allowed separatist Tamils and the tiger terrorist rump throughout the world to shred Sri Lanka at the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council which ended on 29th September. When all other States which had accusations of violations of human rights used their ‘Right of Reply’ to answer those allegation and to clarify any confusion Sri Lanka has failed to present an official response to these blatant allegations as if  that this government accepts those... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

Sri Lankan lawyer calls Asia to unite in claiming compensation for colonial crimes
Janaka Perera
At a seminar on Foreign Policy and International Law held at the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA) auditorium, Colombo yesterday (October 2, 2017) a member of the audience, Attorney Senaka Weeraratna, called for unity among Asian countries in claiming compensation from Western colonial powers which ravaged Third World nations including Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), during question time.  Weeraratna said:  “The biggest proponents of Human Rights today are the very same countries that had decimated ancient civilizations in the two Americas (Aztec, Inca, Mayan and other Native American – the so-called Red Indian), Australia ( 40,000 year old... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/10/17)

A “Tenth province” or Coastal authority to deal with climate change. A must for a 21st century constitution of Sri Lanka.  
By Chandre Dharmawardana, Ottawa, Canada
The proposed constitution has provoked much debate, but mainly within the framework of traditional thinking with emphasis on the usual issues, i.e., “Unitary and  Devolved power, the place of Buddhism, or the executive presidency.  Whether devolution should be district-based  or province-based has been debated for at least 50 years, with the same arguments being brought out. While the demand for devolution originally came from the Tamil Nationalist politicians, the majority ethnic group has  not supported this, as has been the case all over the world. The ensuing violence between the government and the  Tamil... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/10/17)

දේශපාලන වාසි ලබා ගැනීම නවතා මැතිවරණයට පෙර දිවිනැගුම සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී III ශ්‍රේණියට බදවා ගැනීමට ආණ්ඩුව වහා පියවර ගත යුතුයි.
Samurdhi Development Officers Union 
සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව වෙත දිවිනැගුම සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී III ශ්‍රේණිය සදහා බදවා ගැනීම සදහා පවත්වන ලද සම්මුඛ පරීක්ෂණයට අනුව අදාල බදවා ගැනීම් සිිදු නොකර ප‍්‍රමාද කිරීමෙන් ආණ්ඩුව පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත මැතිවරණ වෙනුවෙන් දේශපාලන වාසි ලබා ගැනීමට කටයුතු කරන බව අප මෙයින් අවධාරණය කරන්නෙමු. 2016.01.14 දිනැති සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් නිකුත් කරන ලද ගැසට් නිවේදනයට ප‍්‍රකාරව 2016.09.18 දින පවත්වන ලද දීප ව්‍යාප්ත තරග විභාගයක් පැවති අතර ඒ සදහා 250000(දෙලක්ෂ පනස් දහසකට* ආසන්න අපේක්ෂකයින් පිරිසක් මෙම විභාගය සදහා පෙනී සිට ඇත. මෙම තරග විභාගයට පෙනී සිටි අය අතුරින් 9316 විභාගය සමත්ව ඇති අතර එයින් 7542 වෙත පසුගිය ජුලි 11... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/10/17)

Ailing parliament and moribund democracy
Editorial Courtesy The Island
October 3, 2017, 8:34 pm Sri Lankan Parliament, housed in a palatial building complex constructed with Japanese funds and equipped with computers from China, has celebrated its 70th Anniversary on a grand scale. One wonders whether the celebrations were also sponsored by a foreign government. As parliament turns 70, the need, we believe, is for sober reflection and not scenes of jubilation. What we are witnessing is like celebrating a terminally ill person’s birthday. Democracy has faced a double whammy at the hands of the very politicians who organised yesterday’s grand event. First, they manipulated the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/10/17)

Mahendran questioned on conflict of interest as Son-in-law was a primary dealer
Shehan Chamika Silva Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Additional Solicitor General Dappula De Livera yesterday questioned former CBSL Governor Arjuna Mahendran on whether he had conveyed information relating to the Government’s immediate fund requirement of Rs. 15 billion to Aloysius, since PTL’s total bid at the February 27, 2015 auction was a ‘magical figure’ similar to the Government’s requirement. Continuing the cross-examination of Former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, Additional Solicitor General Dappula De Livera yesterday questioned the witness for the second day after a break of on week of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) proceedings. At the very beginning,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/10/17)

The present Constitution Is it Federal or not?
By Gunadasa Amarasekara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
At the moment when proposals for drafting a new Constitution or amending the present Constitution are underway, it would be extremely relevant to understand the true face (nature) of the present Constitution, since it is from this premise that we will have to proceed either to abolish or amend it. Further the confusion created to obfuscate the issues demand clearance of the ground on which we stand presently. For such an understanding the observations made by Raja Wanasundara the senior most Judge who sat on the panel to adjudicate the Constitutionality of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/10/17)

1,333 refugees, asylum seekers in the country: Minister
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While claiming that the group of 35 Myanmar refugees would be sent to third country, the Government today revealed that a total of 1,333 asylum seekers and refugees were residing in the country under the protection of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Addressing the media at the weekly media briefing today at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Head Quarters the Minister said according to an MoU signed between the UNHCR and the Government, the Myanmar refugees should be sent to a third country as soon as possible. The Minister pointed out... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/10/17)

Abandoning the Foremost place given to Buddhism
Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka submitted its interim report to the Constitutional Assembly on 21 September 2017. When the report was presented, the Prime Minister and the Members of Parliament representing the Government stated that their constitutional proposals have not deviated from the foremost place given to Buddhism. This interim report however proposes two alternative provisions to the existing Article 9 of the Constitution. The proposed alternative provisions are reproduced below: n Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the State... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/10/17)

බුදු දහමේ ප්‍රමුඛස්ථානය අහිමියි.. ව්‍යවස්තා කමිටු වාර්තාවේ වගන්ති මෙන්න..
 අරවින්ද අතුකෝරල lanka C news
පිවිතුරු හෙල උරුමයේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රි උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා එම පක්‍ෂ මූලස්ථානයේදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මෙසේ අදහස් පල කලේය.බුදු දහමට ලබා දී ඇති ප්‍රමුඛස්ථානයට සහ ඒකීයභාවයට අත නොතබන බවට ජනාධිපතිතුමාත් අගමැතිතුමාත් නැවත නැවතත් ප්‍රකාශ කරනවා. නමුත් මහ නායක හිමිවරු ඇතුළු බුද්ධ ශාසන කාර්ය සාධක මණ්ඩලය කියන්නේ ප්‍රමුඛස්ථානයට හානි කර ඇති බවයි. ඊට පිලිතුරු දෙමින් ඊයේ ජයම්පති වික්‍රමරත්න මන්ත්‍රිතුමා කියන්නේ හානියක් නොකර ඇති බවයි. මම මාධ්‍යවේදී ඔබට ආරාධනා කරනවා ජයම්පති වික්‍රමරත්න මන්ත්‍රිතුමන් සහ එතුමන් සමග මාධ්‍ය හමුවට පැමිණි සුරෙන් ප්‍රනාන්දු නීතිඥතුමත් එක් පාර්ශවයක් ලෙසත් ජනධිපති නීතිඥ මනෝහරද සිල්වා මැතිතුමන් සහ මා අනෙත් පාර්ශවය ලෙස ගෙන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/10/17)

Case of a modern day Arahant - II
By Rohana R. Wasala
September 16, 2017 (What was published in The Island of September 18, 2017 under same title was an edited version of the concluding part of my article. The following re-revised text is closer to the original.) Continued Incidentally, disparagement or what appears to be attempted desacralization of the Tooth Relic by various individuals  is not new. The famous Colonel Olcott (1832-1907), who greatly contributed to the revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and who initiated a school system for the education of the children of Sinhalese Buddhists (something denied them under the British), showed little... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

Eating Out? These restaurant deals give you the most bang for your buck & dishes that are essentially a heart attack on a plate
Dr Hector Perera   London
Eat as much as you like for one price in Sri Lanka If you travel along Kandy Colombo road, turn off to Kirindiwela road. A few miles from there you would be surprised to see a restaurant that offers meals for just one price. You can eat as much as you like for just one price. Sounds not bad at all. There are plenty of choices as well. One morning we went there then there were milk rice, appa, pittu, string hoppers and pol roti and many more. I am sure Sri Lankans know exactly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

NITC/SEARCC Conference and IFIP Meetings Wrap up Successfully in Colombo
MEDIA RELEASE
Wednesday 20 September 2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka – Nearly 1,000 people took part in last week’s highly successful NITC/SEARCC Conference and preceding IFIP/SEARCC meetings in Colombo. IFIP, the global federation of national computer societies, and SEARCC, its SE Asian regional counterpart, both held annual general meetings for their key executives and decision-makers in the lead-up to the Computer Society of Sri Lanka’s (CSSL) National IT Conference (NITC), which was held in cooperation with the SEARCC Conference. The six-day event attracted 100 international delegates from almost 50 different countries around the world, including 20 overseas... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

Tea Talk with Dr Ajith Colonne on 12th October
Tea Talk with Dr Ajith Colonne on 12th October Imperial Institute of Higher Education has organised a Tea Talk session the interesting topic of 'Chaos', to be delivered by Dr Ajith Colonne.
Dr Collonne is a military and business studies lecturer, with significant experience. Dr Ajith Colonne is also a Security Analyst and a former Deputy Director (research) attached to Sri Lankan Military Intelligence. He devotes a considerable amount of his time doing a national service by conducting lectures on Decision Making, Intelligence Analysis and Economics among many other areas. At this evening talk, which is held free... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

දහදිය සිත්තම - කෙටිනාට්‍ය උළෙල ඔක් 03 සවස 2.00ට මරදාන ටවර්හිදී
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය හා ආරාධනය
දහදිය සිත්තම - කෙටිනාට්‍ය උළෙල ඔක් 03 සවස 2.00ට මරදාන ටවර්හිදී ජාතික වෘත්තීය සමිති මධ්‍යස්ථානය, සාහිත්‍ය අනුකමිටුව විසින් 11 වන වරටත් සංවිධානය කරන දහදිය සිත්තම කෙටි නාට්‍ය උළෙල ඔක් 03 (අඟහරුවාදා) සවස 2.00 ට මරදාන ටවර් රඟහලේදී පැවැත්වීමට කටයුතු යොදා ඇත. සෞන්දර්යාත්මක විනිවිඳීමක් තුළින් බුද්ධිමය අස්වැන්නක් ඵලදැරීමට සමත් නාට්‍ය කලාවකට අවැසි පරපුරක් වෙනුවෙන් මෙම උළෙල වාර්ෂිකව අප විසින් සංවිධානය කරනු ලැබේ. 2017 වර්ෂය සඳහා ඉදිරිපත්වූ කෙටි නාට්‍ය පිටපත් අතරින් නිෂ්පාදනය සඳහා සුදුසුකම් ලැබූ. කෙටි නාට්‍යවල දෙවන වටයේ විනිශ්චය පසුගිය සැපැතැම්බර් 10 සහ 11 දිනවලදී කොළඹ දී පවත්වන ලදි. එම වටයෙන් අවසන් වටය සඳහා සුදුසුකම් ලැබූ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

ඊගෝ යුද්දය සහ රෝගීන් ගේ ජීවිත
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
මහනුවර මහ රෝහලේ දෙවන හදවත් බද්ධයට ලක්වූ සචිනි සෙව්වන්දි (19) තරුණිය එම සැත්කම අසාර්ථක වීමෙන් පසු ඊයේ (30දා) දහවල් ජීවිතක්ෂයට පත්ව තිබේ. සැත්කමෙන් දින තුනකට පසු හෘද රෝග ඒකකයේ දැඩි සත්කාර ඒකකයේ ප්‍රතිකාර ලබමින් සිටියදී ඇය මෙලෙස මියගොස් ඇත. මුලින්ම ලැබුනු හදවත ඇයට 100 % එකඟ වූවා නමුත් ඇනස්තටිස්ට් වෛද්‍යවරිය තමන් ගේ නම ප්‍රථම හදවත් ඔපරේශන් එකේදී මාධ්‍ය මගින් කියවූනේ නෑ කියා එම ඔපරේශන් එක කඩාකප්පල් කරා. පසුව මාධ්‍ය මගින් මෙය හෙලි කරනු ලැබුවා ( මුල් සැත්කමේ සාර්ථකත්වය ඊට සම්බන්ධවූ සැමට හිමිවන නමුත් එහිදී කිහිපදෙනකු පමණක් විශේෂයෙන් මතුවී සෙසු අය‍ගේ සේවය නිසි ඇගයීමකට ලක් නොවුණු බවත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

Govt. circumvented Referendum in enacting law to delay PC Polls -GL
By Kelum BandaraCourtesy The Daily Mirror
JVP’s six seats made the difference in ensuring two-thirds for the Govt.  What was presented isn’t what was enacted Adoption of this technique means the abandoning of all constitutional safeguards in relation to legislative process That is completely against the Standing Orders and the Constitution It’s likely that a similar exercise will be done related to the constitutional process  What will happen to the fundamental rights in the Constitution then? JVP, TNA are integral parts of Govt. We are now exploring appropriate modalities to take this matter again to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

PROVINCIAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS (AMENDMENT) ACT POSITIVES AND PARADOXES
By RAVI LADDUWAHETTY Courtesy Ceylon Today
So, the Provincial Council Elections (Amendment) Act has been passed. The manner in which the Act was passed has a lot of positives but, what leaves much to be desired, is the manner in which the Bill was passed in the House. The only amendment to the Act was that which made it mandatory for women to have 25% of the representation in these local bodies and there was also this 60-40 rule which was meant for 60% of the votes and the candidates to come from the First-Past-the-Post System and the remaining 40%... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

How referee India joined the fray
By Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Ceylon Today
On 2 October 1987, the Sri Lanka Navy received a tip off about a boat seen in the Palk Strait and that it may be carrying a large stock of arms. The follow up action by the Navy resulted in the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), that came to Sri Lanka as peace keepers, to monitor the truce between Sri Lankan Forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), ending up fighting the LTTE. The incident - later named 'Cyanide Drama' - not only ended the truce, but also changed Indian policy towards... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

Danger of ICPAPED
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
Confronting us is the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance Bill (ICPAPED). If the provision of this bill is incorporated into local law, we give foreign governments jurisdiction over our own citizens - namely the agents of the State, which may be political or military. Some take comfort in the false belief that it will ensnare not only those in the Rajapaksa administration, but also the United National Party (UNP) Government during the late '80s responsible for the many disappearances of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) insurgents. The fact... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

Mahendran says he did not take oath of office as CB Governor
By Sarath Dharamsena and Shyam Nuwan Ganewatta Courtesy The Island
October 2, 2017, 11:33 pm Arjuna Mahendran yesterday told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating the Treasury bond scams that he had not taken the oath of public servants when he assumed duties as the Governor of the Central Bank. Giving evidence before the commission, Mahendran said that he had not been aware of such a protocol. Nor those who appointed him to the post had informed him of it. Mahendran said so in response to questions raised by Senior Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera PC. Senior Additional Solicitor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

Bond scams probe Mahendran admits PM ordered auction method
By Shyam Nuwan Ganewatta and Sarath Dharmasena Courtesy The Island
Former Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran, testifying before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the bond scams, yesterday, said it was Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who had instructed him to issue Treasury bonds only through public auctions. Mehendran was answering a query raised by Commission member Justice Prasanna S. Jayawardena. He said Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had instructed him to stop direct placement and he (Mahendran) had, on Feb. 27, 2015, instructed the Public Debt Department to do so. Answering questions from the Commission members, Mahendran said the Prime... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

Sri Lankan troops did not commit war crimes - Basil
Source: PTI
Sri Lankan troops did not commit war crimes but the individuals within the forces may have done the atrocities during the three-decade-long war against the LTTE, former minister Basil Rajapaksa said. Rajapaksa’s remarks came while addressing reporters in Jaffna to launch Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the new party formed by Rajapaksa loyalists and a breakaway faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He also accused the current Maithripala Sirisena government of duping the Tamil community after getting their help to win elections in 2015. “Our troops did not do war crimes. There may have been individuals... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

Prof. Colvin Gunaratne assumes duties as SLMC Chairman
By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana
Professor Colvin Gunaratne assumed duties as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), a short while ago. He was appointed by Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne. His predecessor Professor Carlo Fonseka’s tenure as SLMC Chairman came to an end on June 30. Professor Fonseka had held office since 2012. Professor Fonseka’s official tenure was supposed to end on December 31, 2016, as the SLMC President’s tenure is generally valid for a period of 5 years. However, the Ministry of Health took steps to extend his tenure by 6 more... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

Former Chief Justice accuses Chairman of Elections Commission (English)
Former Chief Justice accuses Chairman of Elections Commission (English)
https://youtu.be/cTWrm4pPW48... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/10/17)

FGM raises its ugly head in Sri Lanka with Kerala Support
By Bintari Hamza Zafar
FGM also kindly referred to as female circumcision is being promoted among Sri Lanka’s Muslim women with the support from Islamic clerics based in Kerala.. The ACJU, Sri lanka’s top organization of religious scholars has endorsed the practice as an obligatory Islamic duty and many Muslim religious scholars are supporting it. They are even preaching from the pulpits saying it is obligatory and that women who are not circumcised are unclean and giving their husbands diseases like AIDS, cancer and other STDs. What is most disturbing is the procedure is now being openly promoted by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

Statement of the Buddha Sasana Karya Sadaka Mandalaya on the interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka
 Buddha Sasana Karya Sadhaka Mandalaya
Abandoning the Foremost place given to Buddhism The Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka submitted its interim report to the Constitution Assembly on 21st September 2017. When the report was presented, the Prime Minister's and the members of parliament representing the government stated that their constitutional proposals have not deviated from the foremost place given to Buddhism. This interim report however proposes two alternatives provisions to the existing Article 9 of the Constitution. The proposed alternative provisions are reproduced below. Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

තේ කාලේ කතාවක්!
වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
පෙරදිග රටවල් මංකොල්ලකන්න පටන්ගත්තාට පස්සේ තමයි සුද්දෝ තේ ගැන දැනගත්තේ. ඒ, චීනයෙන්. චීන මිනිස්සු තේ වවන්නේ අවුරුදු දහස් ගණනක ඉඳලා. කොහොම හරි සුද්දොත් තේ බොන්න පටන්ගත්තා. චීන වෙළෙන්දෝ සුද්දන්ට තේ වික්කා. සුද්දෝ තමන් ගේ නිෂ්පාදන චීනයට වික්කා. පෙරදිග ඉන්දියානු වෙළෙඳ සමාගම කියන කොම්පැනිය තමයි මේ වැඩේට සුද්දෝ යොදාගත්තේ. සුද්දෝ තේවලට වහවැටිලා හිටියේ. ඒකට ඇතිවෙච්ච ඉල්ලුමට ගැලපෙන තරමින් දෙයක් චීන්නුන්ට දෙන්න පුළුවන්කමක් මේ කොම්පැනියට තිබුණේ නෑ. ඉතින් 1793 අවුරුද්ද වෙද්දී මේ කොම්පැණිය පවුම් දස ලක්‍ෂ 28 ක් ණයවෙලා හිටියේ. මේ විදිහට ඇතිවෙච්ච වෙළෙඳ හිඟය පියවගන්න කියලා හිතාගෙන තමයි සුද්දෝ අබිං බිස්නස් එකට අතගැහුවේ. අපේ රටේ වගේ ම චීනයේත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

The ‘10th Province’, a must in the Constitution
CHANDRE DHARMAWARDANA Ottawa, Canada
September 29, 2017, 10:04 pm The proposed constitution has provoked much debate, but mainly within the framework of traditional thinking with emphasis on a few issues like "Unitary and Devolved power, the place of Buddhism, or the executive presidency. In my view, these ignore the most urgent issues that Sri Lanka will face in the next decade, due to climate change as well as the on-going technological tsunami. I discussed how we may harness the digital revolution to our advantage in a previous article (Island, September 2017) entitled "Unit of Devolution – look in cyberspace".... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

PORTCITY AND ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT
Dr Sarath obeysekera
Everyday I pass thtough Galle Face along the Port City Development and note that work is steadily streaming ahead .I wonder whether we will not  alive long  to see the entire devlopment after completion as such development  will take at least 10-15 years to achieve. As a marine engineer and a investment  promoter I would like to suggest following to the decision  makers of the port city development . Along the southern boundary of the development   a Marina is envisaged for yachts and leisure boat owners to patronize Colombo .These owners and tourists are cuurntly using... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

Foreign ministry’s shocking silence in Geneva
By Sanja de Silva Jayatilleka Courtesy The Island
The 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council closed just a few days back, on the 29th of September. At that session, there were allegations of genocide, systematic discrimination, rape and torture in custody, extrajudicial killings and militarization leveled at Sri Lanka besides a call by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al Hussein, for the second time in two sessions, for Universal Jurisdiction to be exercised. Universal Jurisdiction allows the courts of another country to prosecute a Sri Lankan citizen for alleged violations of crimes against humanity normally... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

Why is everyone silent about 443 years discrimination against the Sinhalese?
Shenali D Waduge
Sri Lanka: by 1956, 30% Ceylon administrative service, 50%clerical service, 60% engineers & doctors, 40%armed force were held by ONLY Tamils who were less than 10% of the population. There are some facts stubborn to accept but need to now be brought to the table. Everything cannot revolve around one community. Every change and every solution cannot be determined on what that one community only demands completely ignoring the other communities. No solution or option can omit some ground realities ignoring how and who created the issues the currently prevails. Are people aware of the actual... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

Discrimination in Sri Lanka – A Reality?
Anuradha Yahampath
I want to start my speech with reference to an incident that took place in Jaffna on the 16th of December 2016. Where a bus-van collision led to the deaths of 11 Sinhalese travelling to Chavakachcheri, in the North of Sri Lanka. The Tamils who arrived at the scene did everything to help the wounded Sinhalese. The touching scenes were relayed by media. It takes a brave few like those who helped the victims and those who held candlelit vigils for the deceased, to awaken the rest of the community to the true status quo. Only 7... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

MASSACRE OF HINDUS BY THE ROHINGAYAS
Hafiz Saeed-Rohingya Link EXPOSED | The Debate With Arnab Goswami
https://youtu.be/x-gq6kMjbco... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

Illegality of Rohingya asylum seekers smuggled to Sri Lanka: UNHCR can hire an island in Maldives and keep them!
Shenali D Waduge
There are several issues that need to be dealt with within the legal framework and devoid emotional ties. Firstly, no person can enter a country illegally. Anyone entering a country must have valid identity, valid passport and valid visa approvals. Sri Lanka is not a party to the 1951 Refugee. Convention or the 1967 Protocol. Therefore, Sri Lanka is not bound or cannot be forced to accept any refugee or asylum seekers. The danger in this Convention is that over a period of time signatories are bound to give citizenship to these refugees. Human smuggling/illegal people transportation... -Full Story-
(lankaweb.com - 01/10/17)

Case of a modern day Arahant - I
By Rohana R. Wasala
September 14, 2017 There is no doubt that Buddhists were shocked and pained  and gravely upset by what Ven. Samanthabhadra  Thera recently said about two of the most venerated objects of Buddhist worship in the country: the Dantha Dhatu or the Sacred Tooth Relic and the Lalata Dhatu or the Sacred Frontal Bone Relic, both believed by them to be those of the Buddha. During acts of worship, these sacred relics make the devout Buddhist worshippers feel as if the Buddha were  before them in flesh and blood. But Ven. Samanthabhadra Thera remarked that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

ඇමති සිරිසේනගේ හොර ගණුදෙනුව නිසා ඕස්ට්‍රේලියානු සමාගමට ජාත්‍යන්තර තහණමක්
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මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපතිවරයා යුගයේ වාරිමාර්ග හා මහවැලි සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යවරයා සිටි මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා විසින් ලෝක බැංකුවේ ආධාර මත 2007 වර්ෂයේ මෙරට වේල්ලක් ඉදිකිරීමේ ව්‍යාපෘතියක් ඇ.ඩොලර් මිලියන 1.8 ක් ව්‍යපතියක් ඔස්ට්‍රේලියා සමාගමට දීමේදී විශාල මුදලක් ලබා ගත් බවට චෝදනා එල්ල කරමින් ඔ්ස්ටේ‍්‍රලියානු මාධ්‍ය ගණනාවක් වාර්තා පල කර ඇත. එම කරුණු අනුව ලෝක බැංකුව World Bank සිදු කල දීර්ඝ පරික්ෂණයකින් පසුව එම දූෂණය අදාළ සමගම විසින් ශ්‍රීලංකාවේ එවකට සිටි අමාත්‍යවරයා සමග මෙම ගනුදෙනුව සිදු කොට ඇති බව තහවරු වීමෙන් පසුව අදාළ ඕස්ට්‍රේලියානු සමාගම අසාදු ලේඛන ගත කොට ඇති බැව් ඔස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ සියලම මාධ්‍ය මේ සති අන්තයේ වාර්තා කොට තිබුනි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

World Bank bans iconic Australian firm over 'inappropriate payments
By Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie  Courtesy The brisbanetimes.com.au
Iconic Australian engineering company, SMEC, has had five of its subsidiaries banned by the World Bank after the discovery of "inappropriate payments" linked to projects in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The World Bank action is a bitter blow for the company which started out as the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation. Dam and water storage for the hydro scheme in the Snowy Mountains. Photo: Supplied The scandal adds SMEC to the list of well-known Australian companies to have been mired in foreign bribery allegations including BHP Billiton, Tabcorp, Tenix and CIMIC, formerly known... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

‘TIGER CANNOT CHANGE ITS STRIPES’
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
A bird may fly up and up in the sky, with a free feeling and unaffected, but there comes a time, during his journey, when it decides to go in search of a branch to perch on! Likewise, could it be interpreted to say that Rev. Father S. J. Emmanuel, the leader of the UK based Tamil Forum, has finally decided to re-visit Sri Lanka 'on a low profile', after engaging in a vicious propaganda campaign against Sri Lanka by defending the terrorist activities of the LTTE by calling it a liberation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)

The Weeratunga-Pelpita ‘sil redi’ saga
by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
September 30, 2017, 8:01 pm The ‘sil redi’ judgment against former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Director General Anusha Pelpita continues to make waves. Indeed the discussion of this judgment is fully justified. This writer cannot think of another judgment at the High Court level which is fraught with such serious implications for the way the most important institutions and the public service in this country functions. The sil redi judgement itself says that no part of the money involved was taken by Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Pelpita for their personal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/10/17)


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