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Patriotism: Where are we?
By Garvin Karunaratne
Since leaving the Sri Lankan Administrative Service in 1973, I have happened to have worked and lived in four countries for years- that was in the UK, the Bahamas, the USA, and Bangladesh. ​​ Regarding patriotism among the people, I have to admit that Sri Lanka would easily be the worst. This is very sad. It is also important to note that patriotism among Sri Lankans has been dwindling since the Eighties and has been crumbling at a rapid rate with everyone scrambling to get away to any other country where they can... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/23)

Invaluable role played by Philip - Kusuma Gunawardena couple for China Sri Lanka friendship- Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhong
Prime Minister's Media Division
The 73rd anniversary celebration of the Sri Lanka China Friendship Association was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on 21.09.2023 at The Temple Trees. Addressing the gathering, Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhong said that the strong foundation laid by Philip-Kusuma Gunawardena couple in the 1940s for the China-Sri Lanka Friendship Association is most valuable. Mrs. Kusuma Gunawardena was the first president of the Sri Lanka China Friendship Association, which was then known as the Ceylon Chinese Friendship Association. The Chinese ambassador further mentioned that while China is grateful... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/23)

Slim Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd donates 500 Face Shields
Ministry of Defence  - Media Centre
The Slim Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd donated a package of Anti-Fog Face Shields to the Defence Ministry Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne symbolically at a function held at the Ministry, yesterday (Sep 21). The Defence Secretary received 500 WEEPRO brand Multi-Purpose Face Shields from the officials of Slim Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd during the occasion. The donation was made by the company as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project launched in accordance with the Chairperson's perspective. The consignment was eventually handed over to the KDU and Rear... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/23)

Sri Lanka repays entire Bangladeshi loan
Courtesy The Daily Star
Sri Lanka has paid $50 million to Bangladesh, the final instalment of a $200 million loan taken under a currency swap agreement two years ago, a top Bangladesh Bank official said yesterday. The government of the island nation also paid $4.5 million as interest on the loan amount on Thursday, the official said. Colombo repaid $100 million on September 2 and $50 million on August 17. Sri Lanka paid back its loan as its embattled economy is staging a recovery from its worst economic crisis just a year... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/23)

Ali Sabry's Photo with son at UN fuels nepotism outcry
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A picture of Foreign Minister Ali Sabry with his son at an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly has sparked criticism with people questioning as to why such privileges are offered to the relatives of politicians. The picture posted on X formerly known as Twitter is doing the rounds on social media with public questioning as to why Sabry's son is part of the official delegation that has travelled to the UN in New York. Earlier, the government was taken to task by curious citizens as to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/23)

Did Channel 4 documentary reopen old wounds?
By  Dilanthi Jayammanne  Courtesy Ceylon Today
Setting aside politics, Britain’s Channel 4 documentary on the 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday carnage, released ahead of the 54th Session of the UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva, possibly reopened the wounds of those impacted by the carnage while triggering a spate of reactions from others. A stalemate occurred with the country’s leaders taking steps to lift bans imposed on certain extremist organisations and allegedly releasing those who were said to be linked to the heinous crime which claimed the lives of nearly 270 people. Mixed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/23)

රටක් කැළඹු 'සොනික් සොනික්' ගැන තොරතුරු එළියට
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
පාස්කු ඉරුදින ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරය සිදුවූ කාල වකවානුවේදී මෙන්ම පසුගිය දා බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය චැනල් 4 නාලිකාව මගින් විකාශනය වු වීඩියෝව නිසා යළිත් කරළියට පැමිණි මාතෘකාවක් වන්නේ 'සොනික් සොනික්' යන යෙදුමයි. විවිධ පාර්ෂවයන් විසින් මේ දිනවල ජනමාධ්‍ය හා සමාජ මාධ්‍ය ඔස්සේ මේ යෙදුම නිතර ව්‍යවහාර වීම සාමාන්‍ය දෙයක් වී තිබෙනවා. පක්ෂ විපක්ෂ දේශපාලඥයින් මෙන්ම ආරක්ෂක අංශ නිළධාරීන්ද 'සොනික් සොනික්' යන වදන පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය හා සම්බන්ධ අදහස් දැක්වීම් වලදි ප්‍රකාශකරනවා. සාමාන්‍ය සමාජයේ බොහෝ දෙනාගේ කුතුහලය දනවන මේ යෙදුම සම්බන්ධයෙන් විස්තරාත්මක විග්‍රහයක් ඊයේ(21) පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී ආරක්ෂක රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ප්‍රමිත බණ්ඩාර තෙන්නකෝන් විසින් සිදුකරනු ලැබුවා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/23)

Video of Cargills staff brutally assaulting female goes viral
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A video showing a group of staff members from a Cargills supermarket outlet brutally assaulting a female customer is circulating on social media. https://youtu.be/8vakpbousq4 The incident is reported to have occurred at the Cargills outlet in the Hanwella area. However, police have launched an investigation to confirm the location and identify the suspects. CCTV footage captured multiple male and female employees from the outlet brutally assaulting the customer, allegedly in response to suspected theft. Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Cargills management on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/09/23)

SL debt justice collective writes open letter to IMF on DDO
Sri Lankan debt justice collective
An International Monetary Fund (IMF), team is in Sri Lanka from September 14-to 27. While national experts have raised concerns about the legitimacy of the IMF engaging in Domestic Debt Restructuring, amid questions about transparency, Data accuracy, veracity, and authenticity in the IMF’s debt restructuring operations, a group of academics and activists identifying themselves as part of Sri Lankan debt justice collective has written an open letter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), regarding the country’s Domestic Debt Optimisation (DDO) program. This is also due to the failure to adequately release... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

Sri Lanka’s dangerous domestic debt restructuring
Jayati Ghosh & Kanchana N. Ruwanpura courtesy IPS Journal.eu
The IMF's bailout plan for Sri Lanka is likely to exacerbate the country's economic crisis and put further strain on already vulnerable workers The IMF imposed a series of conditions that have significantly exacerbated Sri Lanka’s wage and cost-of-living crises, leading, amongst others, to a sharp currency devaluation, causing imported fuel and food prices to skyrocket. More than a year after the mass protest movement known as the Aragalaya ousted Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lankans have once again taken to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

Questions rising from Janahanda interview with former CID Chief RaviS 
Shenali D Waduge
·      Was the interviewee evading accountability? ·      Was the interviewer asking questions based on reading Commission Reports & ability to identify falsehoods & half-truths? ·      Were the questions centered on the notions spread via social media? ·      Can a tv show with an interviewer asking weak questions enabling the interviewee to evade accountability & pass the buck be conclusive? Who is Ravi Seneviratne? The most senior public official handling investigations when Sri Lanka’s largest mass murder took place & is both responsible & accountable for actions & statements.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

Migration of Medical Officers Exaggerated Falsehood
Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon Former Governor of Southern Province
Sri Lanka is a leading country that generates Graduates for Europe, North America, Australia and the Middle East region since the decade of 1970. Even after the 1971 insurrection, the Black July 1983 and the 1987–89 dark era (deadly era) intensified the said situation. Higher salaries, better employment opportunities, higher studies, children's education and the issues of the Heads of Institutions are the main factors that influence the migration of scholars. Medical Officers, Engineers and Graduates in other demanding fields have continued to migrate since the decade of 1970. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

වෛද්‍යවරුන් රට හැර යාම අතිශයෝක්තියට නැගූ මිත්‍යාව
රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් හිටපු දකුණු පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාර
ශ්‍රී ලංකාව 1970 දශකයේ සිට යුරෝපය, උතුරු ඇමරිකාව, ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව හා මැද පෙරදිග කලාපයට උපාධිධාරීන් නිෂ්පාදනය කරන ප්‍රමුඛ රාජ්‍යයකි. 1971 කැරැල්ලෙන් පසුව ද, 1983 ජූලි කලබලය හා 1987 – 89 ඝාතන රැල්ල මෙම තත්ත්වය වඩාත් තීව්‍ර කළේය. වැඩි වැටුප්, උසස් රැකියා අවස්ථාවන්, වැඩිදුර අධ්‍යාපනය, දරුවන්ගේ අධ්‍යාපනය හා ආයතන ප්‍රධානීන්ගේ ගැටළු උගතුන් විදේශගත වීමට මුලික ලෙස බලපානු ලබයි. වෛද්‍යවරුන්, ඉංජිනේරුවරුන් සහ ඉල්ලුමක් ඇති තවත් ක්ෂේත්‍රයන් ගණනාවක උපාධිධාරීන් 1970 දශකයේ සිට අඛණ්ඩව විදේශගත වී ඇත.  රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමයේ මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රකාශක වෛද්‍ය චමිල් විජේසිංහ මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කර තිබුණේ 2022 ජූනි 1 සිට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

Patali's Action Plan
Chandre Dharmawardana
The claim that Champika "is a capable person" is based on (1) comparing him with many other MPs who are uneducated (2) that Champika has an engineering degree and so, he is "educated". I think this assessment is incorrect. A person must be judged not only on his "degree", but also on his performance (track record). On that basis, I think, if anything, he is "ILL-EDUCATED" and unsuited for office. Here are my reasons: (i) He and Ven. Ratana was behind the "Toxin-free... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

India and Sri Lanka sign contract for installing railway signalling system
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, September 21: The Contract for the Design, Installation, Testing & Commissioning of the signalling system for the Sri Lanka Railways from Maho to Anuradhapura (66 km) was signed by the Ministry of Transport and Highways of Sri Lanka and IRCON Ltd of India today (September 21, 2023). It took place in the presence of the Minister of Transport and Highways of Sri Lanka, Dr. Bandula Gunawardane and the High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay. The Governor of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, Senthil Thondaman; the State Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

Minimum meal prices for residential guests at Colombo city hotels from October
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Sept 21 (NewsWire – Minimum prices for meals offered for residential guests at tourist hotels in the Colombo Municipal Council limits will be implemented from October, as per a Gazette notification issued by the government.  The Gazette, dated September 11, 2023, has been authorised by the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Priantha Fernando and is effective from October 1, 2023. As per the Gazette, the minimum prices shall be imposed, levied, demanded or recovered from each occupant in respect of charges for meals which may be provided to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

Minimum room rates for Colombo City hotels from October
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Sept 18 (NewsWire) – The Gazette notification on the introduction of Minimum Room Rates (MRR) for Colombo City Hotels will come into effect from October 01, 2023. According to the Daily FT, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Chairman Priantha Fernando has formally notified the General Managers of the hotels in this regard. The new directive brings forth a series of guidelines aimed at standardising room pricing across distribution channels and necessitates Colombo City Hotels to strictly adhere to the Gazette notification and ensure uniformity in room rates.  As per the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

Passenger ferry service between TN and Sri Lanka likely from October
By Antony Fernando Express News Service Courtesy The Indian Express
The service covering around 60 nautical miles will start from Nagapattinam Mini Port, sources said. Each ferry will carry around 150 passengers. Published: 21st September 2023 08:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st September 2023 08:45 AM  |  A+A A- NAGAPATTINAM: Efforts are on by the Union government’s Shipping Corporation of India to commence high-speed passenger ferry service between Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu and Kangesanthurai in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province by the first week of October. The service covering around 60 nautical miles will start from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

Congress Wants to Hold Sri Lanka’s Feet to the Fire on Human Rights
By Anusha Rathi and Jack Detsch Courtesy Foreign policy.com
The United Nations has given the international community the greenlight to punish Sri Lanka for torture. Congress has taken it. Congress is calling on the Biden administration to formally hold Sri Lanka responsible for its human rights abuses and violation of international humanitarian law, including decades of torture, military abuse, and other “horrific crimes” carried out against the country’s minority Tamil population. In a letter sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and obtained by Foreign Policy, 12 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle urged the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

US supports the Sri Lankan government in providing Thriposha to mothers and children through WFP
Courtesy World Food Programme
PHOTO CREDIT COLOMBO – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over a substantial consignment of 4,700mt of soya beans and maize to Sri Lanka Thriposha Limited, to support the continuation of the Thriposha fortified food programme. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) facilitated the handover at a special event held at the Thriposha factory. This consignment forms part of a wider contribution of USD20 million from the United States towards WFP’s emergency operation to support Sri Lankan communities impacted by the country’s economic crisis. As a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

Sri Lanka’s August consumer price inflation eases to 2.1%
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s consumer price inflation rate eased to 2.1% year-on-year in August from 4.6% in July, helped by falling food prices, the statistics department said on Thursday. The National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) captures broader retail price inflation and is released with a lag of 21 days every month. https://youtu.be/l1mcEHf-eto Sri Lanka’s economy shrank 3.1% in Q2 amid financial crisis Food prices fell 5.4% in August after declining 2.5% in July from a year earlier, the Department of Census and Statistics said in a statement. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

Certain details of PCoI report on Easter bombings cannot be made public – Speaker
Courtesy Adaderana
Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywadena has addressed recent concerns pertaining to disclosing to the public certain details included in the report presented by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on the Easter Sunday terror attacks of 2019. Making a special statement in Parliament in this regard on Thursday morning (21 Sep.), the Speaker informed the House that certain information and documents included in the PCoI report, such as confidential witness statements, cannot be disclosed to the public, as per the directive of the Secretary to the President. Accordingly, Abeywardena revealed that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

Surge in remittances from Sri Lankans overseas – Acting Finance Minister
Courtesy Adaderana
Acting Finance Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya announced that over the past year, inflation in Sri Lanka has significantly decreased to 62.1%, thanks to President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s robust economic reform agenda. Siyambalapitiya also highlighted that inflation, which stood by 66.7% during the first and second quarters of 2022, has now plummeted to just 4.6% for the same period in 2023, the President’s Media Division (PMD) reported. https://youtu.be/l1mcEHf-eto He made this announcement during a press conference held today (21) at the Presidential Media Center, focusing on the theme of ‘Collective Path... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

President Ranil calls for restructuring global fiscal system in UNGA speech
Courtesy Adaderana
Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday, President Ranil Wickremesinghe pledged to lead Sri Lanka towards sustainable growth, ensuring peace and prosperity for all, with the support of both the nation and the international community. https://youtu.be/Zfgmt11lFnU He stated this while delivering his address during the General Debate of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). President Ranil Wickremesinghe told the UNGA that currently, there is a stark contrast with the 2030 promise, as poverty and hunger levels are at multi-decade highs.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/09/23)

Pakistan Had to Supply Weapons to Ukraine to get IMF Loan, What’s in for Sri Lanka?
Dilrook Kannangara
IMF facility for Sri Lanka looks more and more like a bigger trap than a solution. Recent Pakistani experience shows there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes to get IMF facilities approved than what is openly discussed. USA as the largest stakeholder of IMF, calls the shots and never misses to exploit the poverty and desperation of countries going to the IMF with the begging bowl. ‘Bombs for Bailout’ According to many credible news reports Pakistan had to sell ammunition worth $1 billion to Ukraine to get its IMF bailout... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/23)

බලය ලැබුනහොත් මාලිමාව පරයා සීනුව හඞ නගාවිද ?
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
මෑතකදී ජාතික ජන බලවේගයයේ  ජාතික ලැයිස්තු මන්ත්‍රී ශ්‍රී ලංකා විවෘත විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ සමාජ විද්‍යා අධ්‍යයන අංශයේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ කථිකාචාර්‍ය, ආචාර්‍ය හරිනි අමරසූරිය ගෙන් විශ්ව විද්‍යාල නවක වධය පිලිබඳ ඇයගේ ස්ථාවරය විමසමින් මහාචාර්‍ය හරේන්ද්‍ර සිල්වා, මහාචාර්‍ය සුජීව අමරසේන, මහාචාර්‍ය සිරි හෙට්ටිගේ, මහාචාර්‍ය හිරාන් අමරසේකර සහ පුරවැසි මාධ්‍යවේදියෙකු වන අජිත් පැරකුම් ජයසිංහ හරහා ප්‍රශ්න ඇයට යොමු කලෙමි. එහෙත් ඇය නිහඞ වූවා මිස ජවිපෙ විසින් කාලයක් පුරා විශ්ව විද්‍යාල වල පවත්වාගෙන ගිය වධය පිලිබඳ අදහස් දැක්වීම නොකලාය. (අජිත් පැරකුම් ජයසිංහ උපකල්පනය කරන පරිදි මෙම ප්‍රශ්නයට පිලිතුරක් දීමට ඇයට ජවිපෙ දේශපාලන මණ්ඩලය අවසර නොදී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/23)

රක්ෂිත ගිණි ගැනීම් සහ ජල පෝෂක අපවිත්‍ර කිරීම් ගැන රජය දැනුවත්?
චානක බණ්ඩාරගේ
නුවරඑළිය දිස්ත්‍රිකයේ හඟුරන්කෙත කළාපයේ සංචාරය කරන්නෙකුට (අධිකාරිගම, මල්ලුල්ල, උඩවත්ත, රහතුංගොඩ, උඩ පදියපැලැල්ල, උඩ හේවාහැට වැනි ප්‍රදේශ) නොවැරදීම ඇස ගැසෙන දර්ශනයකි එහි කඳු වල පිහිටි රක්ෂිත වල හට ගෙන ඇති ගිණි. මේවා ස්වභාවික ගිණි (ලැව් ගිණි) නොවේ; පුද්ගලයන් විසින් උවමනාවෙන්ම ඇති කරන ලද ගිණිවේ. දැඩි නියඟය නිසා මේ කැලෑ ප්‍රදේශ තදබල ලෙස වියළීමකට බඳුන්ව තිබු  නිසා කැලෑ එළිකරන්නන් හට ඉතා පහසුවෙන් මේ කැලෑ වලට ගිණි තැබිය හැක. ඒවායින් නඟින දුම් රොටු මේ ප්‍රදේශවල සැරිසරන්නනට නිරන්තරන්යෙන්ම දර්ශනය වේ. සමහරවිට වාහනයක් ධාවනය කිරීමට අපහසු තත්ත්වයෙන් මුළු ප්‍රදේශයන්ම දුමෙන් පිරී පවතී. මේවා ඉතා වටිනා වනාන්තර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/23)

පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයේ පරීක්ෂණ වාර්තාව පිළිබඳ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් දැනුවත් කිරීමේ විශේෂ හමුව
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය, මහජන ආරක්ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශය.
2023.09.19 (ඊයේ) දින, පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයේ පරීක්ෂණ වාර්තාව පිළිබඳ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් දැනුවත් කිරීම සඳහා මහජන ආරක්ෂක අමාත්‍ය ගරු ටිරාන් අලස් මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන්  විශේෂ සාකච්ඡාවක් පාර්ලිමේන්තු කමිටු කාමර අංක 01 හීදී පැවැත්විණි. ඒ සඳහා මහජන ආරක්ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම් වියානි ගුණතිලක මහතා ,පොලිස්පති සී.ඩී වික්‍රමරත්න මහතා, අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තුමේන්තුව සහ ත්‍රස්ත විමර්ශන කොට්ඨාශය නියෝජනය කරමින් උසස් නිලධාරීන් සහභාගී විය. මෙම විශේෂ හමුව සඳහා පක්ෂ විපක්ෂ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් සහභාගී වූ අතර පරීක්ෂණ වාර්ථාව පිළිබඳ මන්ත්‍රී වරුන් නැඟූ ප්‍රශ්න වලට විමර්ෂණ නිලධාරීන් විසින් පිළිතුරු ලබා දීම සිදු කෙරිණි. පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්, පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයේ පරීක්ෂණ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/23)

Courtesy The New Cold War By Jonathan Cook, originally published on declassifieduk.org.
The reality of the West’s trademark current foreign policy – marketed for the past two decades under the principle of a “Responsibility to Protect” – is all too visible amid Libya’s flood wreckage. Many thousands are dead or missing in the port of Derna after two dams protecting the city burst this week as they were battered by Storm Daniel. Vast swaths of housing in the region, including in Benghazi, west of Derna, lie in ruins. The storm itself is seen... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/23)

President holds talks with Meta’s Nick Clegg on AI development
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President Ranil Wickremesinghe met with Nick Clegg, President of Global Affairs for Meta (Facebook), in New York on the side-lines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), and highlighted the government’s new initiatives to combat online hate speech and the spread of fake news.  He emphasized that the proposed bill will allow concerned parties to challenge specific aspects through the Supreme Court and further revisions could be considered during the Parliamentary Committee review. The President was briefed on Meta’s advancements in Artificial Intelligence, with particular emphasis on open-source technologies. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/23)

සූර්ය බලශක්ති ව්‍යාපෘතිය අඩපණ කළහැටි අධිකරණයේදී එළියට... වන්දියක් ගෙවන්නත් නියෝග
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/LOH0qWJFuaY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/23)

Iranian President accepts invite to visit Sri Lanka during talks with President Ranil
Courtesy Adaderana
President Ranil Wickremesinghe met with his Iranian counterpart Dr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, a short while ago (20 Sep.), the President’s Media Division (PMD) reported. https://youtu.be/cGgo1nl6hu4 The duo met on the sidelines of the ongoing 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session, and engaged in cordial discussions. Dr. Raisi also accepted President Wickremesinghe’s invitation to visit Sri Lanka in the near future, according to the PMD.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/23)

‘Online Safety’ Draft bill gazetted
Courtesy Adaderana
The draft of the Bill on ‘Online Safety’ was published, by way of a gazette notification, on Monday (18 Sep.), by the Ministry of Public Security. Accordingly, the relevant Bills aims to prohibit online communication of certain statements within the country, prevent the use of online accounts, both authentic and inauthentic, for the use of prohibited purposes, to make provisions to identify and declare online locations used for prohibited purposes, to suppress the financing and other support of communication of false statements and for other matters connected therewith. https://youtu.be/BUmVUoObDHw ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/23)

Substantial boost of USD 15 bn to Sri Lanka’s GDP projected through digital economy by 2030
Courtesy Adaderana
The Chairman of the Federation of Information Technology Sri Lanka (FITIS), Mr. Indika De Soysa, has projected a substantial boost of USD 15 billion to Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product (GDP) through the expansion of the digital economy, by the year 2030. The digital economy currently contributes USD 3.7 billion dollars to the GDP. Speaking during a press conference held at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC) today (20 Sep.), Mr. De Soysa discussed the “DIGIECON Sri Lanka 2030” program, aligning with President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s vision. The upcoming 41st National Information... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/09/23)

Repression of Buddhism in Sri Lanka by Portuguese
Senaka Weeraratna
The Portuguese landed in Colombo in 1505. Within a few years of their arrival they were able to establish permanent trading settlements and then indulge in a game of intrigue and blackmail with the various rulers and minor chiefs of the country. They harassed Bhuvenakabahu (King of Kotte from 1521 ?1551) to a great degree and kept him in a state of dependence on both the military and sea power of the Portuguese. The Portuguese conspired with minor chiefs who owed allegiance to the King of Kotte and offered them various inducements to turn... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/23)

13 පූර්ණව බලාත්මක කළ හොත් එය රටේ ඒකීය භාවයට තර්ජනයක්
චානක බණ්ඩාරගේ
Lankawebහි 10/8/23 දින පළ වුනු  ‘Land and Police powers must not be given to the Provinces’ යන ඉංග්‍රීසි ලිපියේ සංශෝධිත සිංහල අනුවාදය, එම මුල් ලේඛකයා විසින්ම. 1987 ඉන්දියා - ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගිවිසුමේ ප්‍රතිඵලයක් ලෙස බිහිවූ 13 වෙනි  සංශෝධනයේ ( උපලේඛන 9) සමගාමී ලැයිස්තුවට ඉඩම් සහ පොලිස් බලතල ඇතුළත් වන බව සත්‍යකි. නමුත් මේ බලයන් පළාත්සභා වලට නොදී සැමවිටම යටපත් කර තිබුණි. අවාසනාවකට, දැන් මේ බලතල ලබාදීමට අනවශ්‍ය හදිසියක් නිර්මාණය වී තිබේ - විශේෂයෙන්ම උතුරු නැගෙනහිර පළාත්සභා වලට. දැන් ළඟදීම ජනාධිපතිවරණයක් (2024) එන නිසා දකුණේ දේශපාලනඥයෝ (සිංහළ) සිතන්නේ උතුරු නැඟෙනහිර පළාත් සභාවලට වැඩිපුර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/23)

සොම්බි පිල්ලි | බුද්ධශාසන රකින රාජ්‍ය වෙනස්කොට ප්‍රතිරාජ්‍ය හදන දෙමුහුන් ත්‍රස්ථ වාදීන්
Ceylon Diary - SBPC Official Channel
සමුද්‍ර ආරක්ෂක කටයුතු පිලිබඳ විශ්ලේෂක ඉන්දික සහභණ්ධු මහතා සමග සාකච්චාව මෙහයවිම දේශබන්දු ,දෙශාභිමානී සුර්ය වංශ රත්න විභූෂණ පාලිත ආරියරත්න විසින්. නිවැරදි දේ අගය කරන්නත් වැරදි දේ හෙළිදරවු කර නිර්භයව එයට පහර දෙන්නත් හෘදය සා‍ක්ෂියක් මාධ්‍යවේදියෙකුට තියෙන්න ඕනෑ බව සිංහලේ දිනපොත විශ්වාසයයි ! පර්යේෂණාත්මක පුවත් පත් කලාව ! මෙහයවීම දේශාභිමානී සුර්ය වංශ රත්න විභූෂණ පාලිත ආරියරත්න විසින්… https://youtu.be/bJMX_sX4Y_0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/23)

Deegawapiya Sacred Relics arrive at the Defence Ministry
Media Centre - MOD
Defence Secretary pays homage to Deegawapiya Sacred Relics The sacred Omniscient Relics and Crest-Gem of Deegawapiya Stupa was brought to the Ministry of Defence for veneration today (Sep 19). Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne received the religious procession that brought the sacred relics and the crest gem to the Defence Ministry, this afternoon. Gen. Gunaratne accompanied by senior Ministry officials paid homage to the sacred relics.   The sacred relics were brought to the Ministry of Defence precinct to facilitate veneration by the Ministry... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/23)

2021-22 එන්නත්කරණයෙන් පසු දෙවසර තුළ ශ්‍රි ලංකාවේ මරණ සංඛ්‍යාව 65,074කින් ඉහළ යයි: (පළමු කොටස)
අජිත් සී. හේරත්
2021-22 එන්නත්කරණයෙන් පසු දෙවසර තුළ ශ්‍රි ලංකාවේ මරණ සංඛ්‍යාව 65,074කින් ඉහළ යයි: (පළමු කොටස) අජිත් සී. හේරත් රජයේ සංඛ්‍යාලේඛන සහ ජන සංගණන දෙපාර්තුමේන්තුවේ වාර්තා අනුව 2021 සහ 22 වර්ෂවලදී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ මරණ සංඛ්‍යාව සාමාන්‍ය අපේක්ෂිත සංඛ්‍යාවට වඩා 65000කින් පමණ ඉහළ ගොස් තිබේ. රජයේ සහ ලෝක සෞඛ්‍ය සංවිධානයේම වාර්තා අනුව  2020 ජනවාරි මස 03 වැනි දින සිට 2023 ජූනි 14 වැනි දක්වා කොවිඩ්-19 දක්වා මේ දක්වා කොවිඩ්-19 මගින් මරණයට පත්ව ඇති සංඛ්‍යාව 16,876කි. නමුත් එන්නත්කරණය ඇරඹීමෙන් පසු දෙවසර තුළ  සිදුව ඇති මරණ සංඛ්‍යාවේ ඉහළ යාම  65,000ක් පමණ වේ. මෙය සාමාන්‍ය අපේක්ෂිත වාර්ෂික... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/23)

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතාගේ අඛණ්ඩ සහයෝගය ශ්‍රී ලංකා - ඉරාන ද්විපාර්ශ්වික සබඳතා ප්‍රවර්ධනය කිරීමට ඉවහල් වුණා.- ඉරාන තානාපති 
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය 
ද්විපාර්ශ්වික මිත්‍රත්වය සහ සංවර්ධන සහයෝගීතාව ප්‍රවර්ධනය කිරීම සඳහා සිය රාජ්‍යතාන්ත්‍රික ධුර කාලය තුළ අඛණ්ඩව සහයෝගය ලබා දීම පිළිබඳව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතාට සිය කෘතඥතාව පළ කරන බව, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ තානාපති වශයෙන් සිට සිය සේවා කාලය අවසන් කොට නික්ම යන තානාපති හෂේම් අෂ්ජාසාදේ මහතා පවසයි. කොවිඩ් වසංගතය සහ ගෝලීය ආර්ථික අර්බුදයේ අභියෝගාත්මක කාල පරිච්ඡේදයේදී එවකට විදේශ අමාත්‍යවරයාව සිටි වත්මන් අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා ලබාදුන් සහයෝගය අගය කරන බව 2023.09.18 දින අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයාගෙන් සමුගත් තානාපතිවරයා සිහිපත් කළේය.  දුෂ්කර සහ අභියෝගාත්මක කාලපරිච්ඡේදයක් තුළ ඉරානය සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අතර මිත්‍රත්වය සහ සහයෝගීතාව ප්‍රවර්ධනය කිරීමට දරන උත්සාහය පිළිබඳව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/09/23)

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