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Questions from Sri Lanka to the UK Labor Leader shedding crocodile tears for terrorists
Shenali D Waduge
BY  SHENALI WADUGE · 23RD JUNE 2024 It is surprising that UK's Labor Leader being a barrister, head of Public Prosecutions as well as the head of the Crown Prosecution Service would issue speeches completely ignoring facts & evidence. We take his speech & raise some poignant questions that he & his Labor Party should seriously think about before making another sponsored speech in 2025! Video Player 00:00 01:10 How does the Labor Leader know that “tens of thousands of Tamils were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/24)

Aragalaya Split the SLPP (Pohottuwa) into Five Pieces
Dilrook Kannangara
Getting rid of a Prime Minister, Economic Affairs Minister and a President wasn't the greatest achievement of Aragalaya 2022. In addition to these unprecedented wins, it also split the largest political party in the country into five (5) pieces. These five pieces are, Basil's group, Lanza's group, Sirisena's group (and its own splinter groups), Dulas's group and Weerawansa's group. Three of these groups are with the President while two oppose the president. As Ranil presides over all of them, any amalgamation must happen through him and no unity is possible without Ranil. Their alignment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/24)

The restoration of Kurundi vihara has brought up the question whether   Buddhism has the right to move into the north and east of Sri Lanka.  Supporters of Eelam see this as intrusion and conquest, while those against Eelam see it as natural, long delayed   return.  In Sinhala Buddhist nationalist discourse, the expansion is a “re-conquest”. [1]. It figures as a conquest within the Tamil nationalist discourse said Jude Lal Fernando. Nirmal Dewasiri notes that Sinhala-Buddhist and Tamil communities have developed mutually exclusive historical narratives. [2] Tamil nationalism has invented the Tamil Homeland in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/24)

අධිකරණයකට අපහාස පනතේ 15 වන වගන්තියෙන් පාර්ලිමේන්තු බලතල පනත යටපත් වන හෙයින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුළ කරන අධිකරණයට අපහාසයන්ට නඩු පවරා දඬුවම් කළ හැකිය...!
නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B.Sc(Col), PGDC(Col) සමායෝජක, වෛද්‍ය තිලක පද්මා සුබසිංහ අනුස්මරණ නීති අධ්‍යාපන වැඩසටහන
1953 අංක 21 දරන පාර්ලිමේන්තු බලතල හා වරප්‍රසාද පනතේ 3 වන වගන්තිය මෙසේය.3. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී, භාෂණයේ විවාද කිරීමේ හා කටයුතුවල නිරත වීමේ නිදහස තිබිය යුතු අතර, ඒ භාෂණයේ, විවාද කිරීමේ හෝ කටයුතුවල නිරත වීමේ නිදහස පාර්ලිමේන්තුවෙන් පිටස්තර වූ යම් අධිකරණයකදී හෝ ස්ථානයකදී දෝෂාරෝපණයකට හෝ ප්‍රශ්න කිරීමට භාජනය කළ නොහැකි වන්නේ ය.එසේ වුවත් 2024 පෙබරවාරි 01 දින මහින්ද යාපා අබේවර්ධන කතානායකවරයා සහතිකය තබා නීතියක් කළ 2024 අංක 8 දරන අධිකරණයකට, විනිශ්චය අධිකාරයකට හෝ ආයතනයකට අපහාස කිරීම පිළිබඳ පනතේ 15 වන වගන්තිය මගින් වෙනත් සියලු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/24)

13 ඉල්ලන්නේ කවුද? ඉන්දියාවේ ප්‍රාන්තයකවත් මේ ආකාරයේ ක්‍රමයක් නැහැ | GEO Politicle Crisis
Ceylon Diary - SBPC Official Channel
https://youtu.be/8h5NUjvtbM0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/24)

UK rejects appeal to lift ban on LTTE
Courtesy Adaderana
The UK Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission has rejected the appeal made by the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) to lift the proscription on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organisation in Britain. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry stated that accordingly, the UK will continue to maintain the proscription on the LTTE. Taking to ‘X’ (formerly Twitter) to announce this, the Foreign Minister said that the UK proscribed organisation appeals commission, an independent court set up by parliament and headed by a high court judge... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/24)

සමලිංගික පනතට අගරදගුරු හිමිගේ විරෝධය - "සැළකුවට කමක් නෑ සංස්ථාගත කිරීමට විරුද්ධයි" 
Hiru News
https://youtu.be/9Gn9J0RaTOk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/24)

AI, Climate Control, and Buddhism
By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy The Island
Addressing a gathering as chief guest at the 100th anniversary celebration of the Sri Lanka Buddhist Society Moratuwa held at the Moratuwa Buddhist Society Hall on May 11, 2024, president Ranil Wickremasinghe pledged SLR 1 billion for research to ‘explore the connection between Buddha’s teachings and AI’ starting next year as The Island (Online) reported May 13, 2024. He revealed that though the project was scheduled to start this year, it had to be deferred for lack of legal provisions for the regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The programme will go... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/24)

Judicial Cannibalism* " ප්‍රකාශය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ අනුප්‍රාප්තික ජනාධිපතිවරයාට, ජනාධිපති වීමට අපේක්ෂාවක් ඇත්නම් එය අහිමි කරයිද?
නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B.Sc(Col), PGDC(Col) සමායෝජක, වෛද්‍ය තිලක පද්මා සුබසිංහ අනුස්මරණ නීති අධ්‍යාපන වැඩසටහන
රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා දෙවන අනුප්‍රාප්තික ජනාධිපතිවරයා ලෙස වර්තමානයේ ධූරය දරන අතර පළමු අනුප්‍රාප්තික ජනාධිපතිවරයා වූයේ ඩී.බී. විජේතුංග මහතාය.ලක්ෂ 69ක අපේක්ෂාවන් බොඳ කිරීමේ විපාකය වූයේ ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපතිවරයාට ජනාධිපතිධූරය අත් හැරීමට සි‍ඳුවීමය.රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ අනුප්‍රාප්තික ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ ආණ්ඩුව පනත් කෙටුම්පත් රාශියක් ගෙන එමින් ක්‍රියා කිරීම පසුගිය සමයේ දක්නට ලැබුණු විශේෂ ලක්ෂණයකි.යම් පනත් කෙටුම්පතක නම දෙස බැලීමේදී එම නම අහිංසක, සාධාරණ විය හැකි වුවත් එහි අන්තර්ගතයේ බිහිසුණු, බියජනක කාරණා අන්තර්ගතව තිබිය හැකිය.මෙම ලේඛකයා ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේදී තනිව අභියෝග කර (SC/SD/24/2021) ජනමතවිචාරණයක් ලබා ගත් අලි සබ්‍රි පෙර අධිකරණ ඇමතිවරයා ගෙනා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/24)

චීනය සමග අලුත්ම සැලසුම ජනපති හෙළිකරයි - ''හිතන්න එපා ගමන ඉවරයි කියලා''
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/A5qbDu2lXfI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/24)

China to keep supporting Sri Lanka on debt sustainability - spokesman
Courtesy Adaderana
China will keep supporting Sri Lanka to achieve debt sustainability as it has always been doing to help the country’s socioeconomic development, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman in Beijing. Lin Jian, the spokesman, made the remarks at a regular press conference in response to a media question about the recent diplomatic consultations between China and Sri Lanka in the Chinese capital. “On the 13th round of China-Sri Lanka diplomatic consultations, China has released a readout, which you may refer to. What I can tell you is that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/24)

Under RW’s watch economy has further deteriorated – Prof. Peiris
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Prof. G. L. Peiris …interest payments alone increased by USD 2.8 bn; foreign debt USD 100 bn
Declaring that the economy had further deteriorated under President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s watch since July 2022, dissident SLPP parliamentarian Prof. G. L. Peiris said that the government was working overtime to depict a much improved situation. Addressing the media at the weekly media briefing held by the Jathika Nidahas Sabhawa at Nawala, the former External Affairs Minister having compared the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and national... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Failures of the Caretaker Government—It Should be Replaced
by Dr. Sunil Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, DSc., Prof of Medicine
With misplaced priorities, the caretaker government continues to make significant financial and policy errors that harm the country. It engages in untransparent secret deals and takes deliberately destructive and risky actions. With such a pitiful history and flawed policies designed to benefit themselves and stay in power, the trustworthiness of any member of parliament and the president is highly questionable. Meanwhile, the trend of intimidating and discrediting the judiciary under the parliamentary ‘cover-up’ by the unelected executive is unprecedented and threatens the democracy of Sri Lanka. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Former DIG Munidasa no more,
Garvin Karunaratne
It is sad to reflect that DIG Munidasa (Muni) is no more.  As a relative of mine he was very close to us and very helpful on many an occasion. Muni hails from a family group  from Pilane, Galle, that has greatly contributed to Mother Lanka- he as a senior officer in the Police Force, another of his generation becoming a Commissioner of Inland Revenue,  a Professor in Medicine and in the next generation a leading outstanding doctor,  Dr Ananda Wijewickrema We kept in close touch in Sri Lanka, he in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

මේ රටේ සියළුම දේශපානඥයින්ගේ දෑස් ඇරවීම සඳහා විවුර්ත සන්දේශයක්?
ආචාර්‍ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර මහනුවර
රට ජාතියට කිසිදු ආදරයක් නැති, තම ජාතිකත්වය පිලිබඳ කිසිදු අවභෝධයක් හෝ හැඟීමක් නැති බලතල නිද්‍රාවේ නිදාසිටින මේ රටේ සියළුම දේශපානඥයින්ගේ දෑස් ඇරවීම සඳහා විවුර්ත සන්දේශයක්? මේ රටේ ජාතික දිනය වියයුත්තේ පොසොන් දෙපෝය දිනයයි. සුද්දා රටින් ගිය පෙබ 04 නොවේ. ඕනෑම ජාතියක ජාතික දිනය වන්නේ එම ජාතියේ ආරම්භය සිදුවූ දිනයයි. මහාවන්ශයේ දැක්වෙන පරිදි මේ රටේ සිංහල ජාතියේ ආරම්භය  සිදුවූයේ ක්‍රි. පූ. 543 දි සිදුවූ   විජය කුමරුගේ ලංකාආගමනයත් සමඟය. එම සිද්ධිය වූ ක්‍රි පූ 543 දින බුදුන්හන්සේ පිරිනිවන් පෑ වෙසක් මස පුන් පොහෝ දිනයද වූ බැවින් බුදුන් වහන්සේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Arrival of Arahant Mahinda at Mihintale
Senaka Weeraratna
An inspiration to take a Buddhist Mission to Germany from Sri Lanka and establish the Buddha Sasana in Germany This blurb was distributed by the Lanka Dhammaduta Society (later known as the German Dharmaduta Society) at public meetings held all over the country in 1956 and 1957 to publicise the oncoming First Buddhist Mission to Germany (1957) from Sri Lanka and raise funds to support the Mission. The poignant message in the blurb is that just as much as Arahant Mahinda introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Elections Are Here: Exploring Political Landscape Through the Lens of Voting Donkeys Are you Vote Donkeys?
By Palitha Ariyarathna
As sudden thunder hit my ears, I tried to awaken but couldn’t. Politics, political parties, debates over political rights—this is our time, claims of who will win, arguments over who is the best leader, who has improved the economy and established stability—these thoughts swirled around me. There were too many noises around me. I tried to wake up again amidst the noise but couldn’t. Was I hallucinating? Was this a dream? It felt like I was in a place resembling “Argalaya Land in Golf Face,” still running. However, as I finally... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

ජනාධිපති ධූරකාලය වසර 6 කිරීමට 2/3 හෝ ජනමතවිචාරණයක් අවශ්‍ය නෑ. චමල් රාජපක්ෂ කතානායකවරයා 2015 දී 19ට යෙදූ වැරදි සහතිකය නිවැරදි කිරීම පමණක් සෑහේ.
නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B.Sc(Col), PGDC(Col) සමායෝජක, වෛද්‍ය තිලක පද්මා සුබසිංහ අනුස්මරණ නීති අධ්‍යාපන වැඩසටහන
19වන ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය මුල් වරට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත්තේ වර්ෂ 2002 දී බව නීති ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ අය දන්නා කාරණයකි.19 වන ආණ්ඩුක‍්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන පනත් කෙටුම්පතක් වර්ෂ 2002 දී පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබූ අතර වසරකින් පසු පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවා හැරීමෙන් ජනාධිපතිවරයා සීමා කරන විධිවිධාන ඇතුළත් කිරීමට එනම් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 70වන ව්‍යවස්ථාව සංශෝධනය කිරීමට ඉන් ප‍්‍රයත්න දරා තිබුණි. 19 වන ආණ්ඩුක‍්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන පනත් කෙටුම්පත මුල්වරට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබුණේ 2002 සැප්තැම්බර් මස 19 වන දින ව්‍යාපාර සංවර්ධන, කර්මාන්ත ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති හා ආයෝජන ප‍්‍රවර්ධන සහ ආණ්ඩුක‍්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා කටයුතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Is the Reign of the Dollar Coming to an End?: The Twenty-Fifth Newsletter (2024)
Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.
In early June, a rumour began to circulate – which was widely reported in the Indian press as true – that the government of Saudi Arabia had allowed its petrodollar agreement with the United States to lapse. This agreement, made in 1974, is quite straight-forward and fulfils various needs of the US government: the US purchases oil from Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia uses that money to buy military equipment from US arms manufacturers while holding the income from the oil sales in US Treasury Bills and in the Western... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Neighbors are most important for us and there is tremendous goodwill in India for Sri Lanka – Indian External Affairs Minister
Prime Minister's Media Division
Indian Minister of External Affairs, Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees today (June 20).The Prime Minister congratulated Dr Jaishanker on the election victory of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and reassured Sri Lanka’s commitment to work together to further strengthen close bilateral relations. He thanked India for the assistance given at recent difficult times after Covid pandemic and the economic crisis.Minister Jaishankar said the neighbours like Sri Lanka are extremely important to India and there is tremendous goodwill for Sri Lanka in India. He said the Indian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

One more Pakistani journalist killed: PEC expresses shock
Nava Thakuria
Geneva: Press Emblem Campaign, the global media safety  and rights body, expresses utter shock over the relentless murder of journalists in Pakistan, as the south Asian nation has lost its seventh scribe to assailants this year. Condemning the gunning down of  Khalil Afridi Jibran (55), a television journalist of  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on  18 June 2024, PEC  demands a high level probe into his murder and nab the culprits to punish under the law. According to local Pak media outlets, the senior journalist was associated with privately owned Pashto-language news channel Khyber TV, which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

කල්මුණේ ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කාර්යාලයට ස්ථිර ගණකාධිකාරිවරයෙකු පත් කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් මතුව ඇති ගැටළුව විසඳීමට කටයුතු කරනවා-- අගමැති
පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සභානායක කාර්යාලය
කල්මුණේ ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කාර්යාලයට ස්ථිර ගණකාධිකාරිවරයෙකු පත් කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් මතුව ඇති ගැටළුව විසඳීමට කටයුතු කරන බව, අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය සහ රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන, ස්වදේශ කටයුතු, පළාත් සභා හා පළාත් පාලන අමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා කියා සිටියේය. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී 2024.06.19 දින ඔහු මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ, සෙල්වරාසා ගජේන්ද්‍රන් සහ ෂානක්කියන් රාජපුත්තිරන් රාසමාණික්කම් මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් මතු කළ ප්‍රශ්නයකට පිළිතුරු දෙමිනි.අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මෙසේද කීය."ගරු සභාපතිතුමනි, ගරු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් දෙදෙනා විසින් කියපු කාරණය සත්‍යයි. ඒ අනුව එතුමාලා මාව හමුවුණා. ඒ අනුව අම්පාරේ දිසාපතිතුමාට අපි අවශ්‍ය උපදෙස් දීල තියනවා. ඒ වාගේම ගණකාධිකාරීවරයෙක් ජංගම වශයෙන් ගමන් කරලා ඒ කාර්යාලයට, මහජනයා එක්ක ඒ අවශ්‍ය කටයුතු සිදු කිරීමට දිසාපතිතුමා කටයුතු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

ධම්ම කරුනු - පලමුවන කොටස-ස්කන්ධ-පටිච්චසමුප්පාද ක්‍රියාවලිය හා භවය සකස්වීම.
තිස්ස ගුණතිලක
මේ සියඑම ක්‍රියා ආරම්භ වන්නේ ස්පර්ශයෙනි. භාහිර පවතින වස්තුන්වලින් නිකුත්වන අංශු තරංග අදාල පංචේන්ද්‍රිය හා ස්පර්ශවීමෙන් රූප හටගනී. භාහිර රූපය මත පතිතවන ආලෝක තරංග පරාවර්තනය වී අපේ ඇස හා ස්පර්ශවීමෙන් වර්ණ රූප හටගනියි. භාහිර ශබ්ද තරංග අපේ කන හා ස්පර්ශවීමෙන් ශබ්ද රූප හටගනියි. භාහිර ඇති රස තරංග අපේ දිව හා ස්පර්ශවීමෙන් රස රූප හටගනියි. භාහිර ඇති ගන්ධ තරංග අපේ නාසය හා ස්පර්ශවීමෙන් ඝාණ රූප හටගනියි. භාහිර ඇති සීතල, උනුසුම, තදගතිය ආදිය තරංග ලෙස පැමින අපේ ශරීරය හා ස්පර්ශවීමෙන් පොට්ඨබ්බ රූප හටගනියි.  ඒසේනම් රූප ඇතිවීමේ 'හේතුව' මෙසේ පස් ආකාරයකින් වන ස්පර්ශයයි. බුදුන්වහන්‍සේ 'රුපපංතිකො ආවුසෝ රූපං'... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

‘Sandahiru Maha Se Poson Zone’ begins on Poson Poya Day at Anuradhapura
Press Release MOD  Media Centre 
‘Sandahiru Maha Se Poson Zone’ organized by the Security Force Headquarters - Wanni  in coordination with the Ministry of Defence will be opened in the evening on Poson Poya day on June 21 at Anuradhapura Sandahiru Stupa premises under the patronage of Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne. All arrangements have been made to continue the Poson Zone until June 30. The vicinity around Anuradhapura Sandahiru Stupa will be illuminated with a spectacular pandal and lanterns on this momentous Poson Poya day, celebrated by Sri Lankan Buddhists. This allows devotees to celebrate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

ග්‍රාම නිලධාරී සේවා ව්‍යවස්ථාව සහ වැටුප් පිළිබඳ ස්වදේශ කටයුතු රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය අශෝක ප්‍රියන්ත මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී 2024.06.19 දින කළ ප්‍රකාශය
පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සභානායක කාර්යාලය
(විපක්ෂ නායකවරයා 2024.06.18 ඇසූ ප්‍රශ්නයට පිළිතුරු ලෙස) “ගරු කතානායකතුමනි, බොහොම ස්තුතිවන්ත වෙනවා ඔබතුමාට මට පුංචි කාලයක් ලබාදීම පිළිබඳව. ඊයේ ගරු විපක්ෂනායකතුමා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී ප්‍රශ්නයක් නගලා තිබුණා. ඉතිං ඒ ප්‍රශ්නෙට එතුමා ඒ අවසානයේ තිබුණා ගරු ඇමතිතුමා විසින් මේ පිළිබඳව අදත් හෙටත් අනිද්දත් ඇතුළත පිළිතුරක් ලබා දෙන්න කියලා. ඒ ප්‍රශ්න වෙලා තිබුණේ ගරු කතානායකතුමනි ග්‍රාම නිලධාරීවරුන්ගේ සේවා ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ සහ ග්‍රාම නිලධාරීන්ගේ දීමනාවන් පිළිබඳව සහ අලුතෙන් බඳවා ගත්, මේ අමාරු අසීරු අවස්ථාව තුළ වුණත් අපිට ග්‍රාම නිලධාරින් 1942ක් බඳවාගන්න පුළුවන්කම ලැබුණා. රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලනයේ තියෙන කුඩාම එකකය වන ග්‍රාම සේවා වසම පුරප්පාඩු කරලා යන්න බැරි නිසා. ඔවුන්ගේ දීමනාවන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

When the rest of the world is getting Buddhistized, why not   the north and east of Sri Lanka, asked critics and why not by the Sinhala-Buddhists. There is a worldwide emphasis on Buddhism today specially at Wesak  Sri Lanka  plays an important role in these celebrations. Two UN organizations   recognize  Wesak.  United Nations held international Day of Vesak,2024 in Bangkok, Thailand . 73 countries  participated. In March 2024 UNESCO adopted a Decision to commemorate the International Day of Vesak at the UNESCO. The Decision was led by the Permanent Delegation of Sri Lanka to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

President: SC determination on Gender Equality Bill amounts to act of judicial cannibalism
By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island
Ranil             Calls for appointment of PSC to review SC ruling Opposition condemns move as unhealthy
President Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday that the Supreme Court determination on the constitutionality of the Gender Equality Bill had violated the powers of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Supreme Court Declares Gender Equality Bill Inconsistent with Sri Lankan Constitution
Courtesy News 1st
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has determined that the promulgation of the Bill titled “Gender Equality” is inconsistent with Article 12 of the Constitution.The Supreme Court has determined that the Bill as a whole cannot be enacted into law, unless the appropriate procedure laid down in Articles 83 and/or Article 84 and read with Article 80 of the Constitution which requires that the number of votes cast in favor thereof must amount to not less than two-thirds of the whole number of Members of Parliament (including those not present), and is approved by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Then and Now
Sugath Kulatunga
I am fortunate that I started my career in the public service in the Department of Agriculture the major government department most close to the lives of the ordinary people. Following the example of my colleague Garvin Karunaratne I wish to relate my experience in the Department, pointing out the difference in the commitment and work ethics of public officers then and now. I cut my teeth as an Administrative Officer of the Department in a new cadre introduced by Minister Philip Gunawardane to relieve the technical officers of the Department from nontechnical functions.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

9වන ව්‍යවස්ථාව ඇතුලු ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව රැක්ක ස්ත්‍රී පුරුෂ සමාජභාවිය සමානත්මතාවය පිළිබඳ පනත් කෙටුම්පතේශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීරණයට ‍අභියෝග කිරීමට රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ජනාධිපතිවරයාට හැකි වෙයිද?
නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B.Sc(Col), PGDC(Col) සමායෝජක, වෛද්‍ය තිලක පද්මා සුබසිංහ අනුස්මරණ නීති අධ්‍යාපන වැඩසටහන
9වන ව්‍යවස්ථාව ඇතුලු ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව රැක්ක ස්ත්‍රී පුරුෂ සමාජභාවිය සමානත්මතාවය පිළිබඳ පනත් කෙටුම්පතේශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීරණයට ‍අභියෝග නොකර 2002 දී ගෙනා 19ට දුන් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීරණය උල්ලංඝනය කළ 2015 දී ගෙනා 19 වැරදි ලෙස නීතියක් කරගැනීම, නිවැරදි කිරීමට රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ජනාධිපතිවරයාට හැකි වෙයිද?19වන ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය මුල් වරට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත්තේ වර්ෂ 2002 දී බව නීති ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ අයද රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ජනාධිපතිවරයාද  නොදන්නා කාරණයක් විය නොහැකිය.19 වන ආණ්ඩුක‍්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන පනත් කෙටුම්පතක් වර්ෂ 2002 දී පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබූ අතර වසරකින් පසු පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවා හැරීමෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Ahmadi leaders detained for 30 days in Pakistan. Police call their Bakrid plans “unlawful”
https://youtu.be/uZeKD0-jGDo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Eid-ul-Adha Sermon by Ahmadiyya Khalifa
by A. Abdul Aziz. Sri Lankan Correspondent Al Hakam, London.
Condition for the acceptance of our sacrifices is righteousness: Ahmadiyya Khalifa delivers Eid al-Adha sermon 2024 (Given below is an excerpt of the Eid-ul-Adha Sermon delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, on 17th June, 2024, at ‘Masjid Mubarak’, Islamabad, Tilford, U.K.) On Monday, 17 June 2024, Ahmadiyya Supreme Head Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih (May Allah be his Helper) arrived at the Mubarak Mosque in Islamabad, Tilford, UK to lead the congregation in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

By Sena Thoradeniya
(Continued from May 25, 2024) [The previous version of Part IV of this essay and background material for the remaining parts were lost beyond retrieval due to a technical mishap. As a colleague said that it was good and recreation may make it better, the writer attempted to recreate it; but found something else reshaping.] 1. 1989 Parliamentary Elections: JVP Getting its 1st MP from Hambantota Electoral District Under a Fraudulent Method Although the JVP entered mainstream politics contesting parliamentary elections in 1977 in four electorates, six years after... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Derana 360 | උදය ගම්මන්පිල | With Udaya Gammanpila
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/c2VLBegesYI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Response to UNHRC Resolutions 46/1 and 51/1
by Neville ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
Himalee Subhashini Arunatilaka speaking at UNHRC, Geneva Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Himalee Subhashini Arunatilaka, in her statement to the HR Council stated that Sri Lanka has “consistently rejected Resolutions 46/1 and 51/1”, because Sri Lanka is “in fundamental disagreement with its unacceptable content in particular the so-called evidence gathering mechanism, the establishment of which is unprecedented”. Furthermore, Sri Lanka added that it “goes beyond” the Mandate conferred by the General Assembly on the Human Rights Council by UNGA Resolution 60/251 in 2006.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

 වැල් පාළමේ පැද්දීම  ආර්ථික පරිවර්තනීය ගමනක් ද?
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
           ජාත්‍යන්තර මූල්‍ය අරමුදලේ ණය ලබා ගැනීම සහ ඔවුන් විසින් නිර්දේශ කරන ලද ආර්ථික මග අනුගමනය කරනු වස් වර්තමාන ආණ්ඩුව ආර්ථික පරිවර්තන පනතක් ගෙනවුත් තිබේ.මෙම පනත ව්‍යවස්ථාවට එකඟද නැතිද යන්න මේ වන විට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයෙන් සළකා බලා ඇති අතර එය ඉදිරියේ දී ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කරනු ඇත. විශේෂයෙන්ම එම පනතේ සඳහන් විදේශ ආයෝජකයා සහ දේශීය ආයෝජකයා  ට ලැබෙන සමාන ඉඩ ප්‍රස්ථා පිළිබඳ තත්වය අභියෝගයට ලක්ව ඇත.      ලංකාවේ ආර්ථිකය ඉතා බෙලහීන තත්වයක තිබෙන බව කවුරුත් දන්නා කරුණකි.කාලයක් තිස්සේ අනුගමනය කරන ලද වැරදි ආර්ථික ප්‍රතිපත්ති අයවැය සමතුලිත කිරීමට සහ යටිතලපහසුකම් සංවර්ධනයට ලබා ගත් ණය මෙන්ම නාස්තිය දූෂණය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/24)

Deshika Mendis
I write this because I love travelling by train and am very sad about the condition of Sri Lanka Railways and train travel in this beautiful island. In recent times, several of my planned trips had to be cancelled causing great inconvenience due to sudden service disruptions, including derailments, breakdowns and train cancellations. Train travel is both cost-effective and environment friendly. Trains carry a large number of passengers and hence cause lower Carbon emissions per capita than do cars. A country like Sri Lanka, caught in a Eurobond debt trap and subject to International... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/24)

Finance Ministry issues clarification on proposed imputed rental income tax
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies states that the recent publication of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) supported Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programme related documents make reference to a proposed property tax is to be implemented as an imputed rental income tax.  Issuing a clarification on certain speculations and misconceptions regarding the relevant tax, the Finance Ministry said that one of the key reasons for Sri Lanka’s deep, complex and unprecedented economic crisis is the sharp decline in government tax revenue that led to high budget deficits and resultant escalation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/24)

KD buffaloeing KDLK
By Rohana R. Wasala
Praise to Kumar David (Quo vadis?/Sunday Island/June 2, 2024) for writing such an entertaining and informative essay. It is hoped that the ex-professor will forgive me for being so presumptuous as to comment on his writing.  He was grumpy on Vesak Day, he says, due to the rainy weather that prevailed that day. In his eighty years of life he had never experienced such a rain soaked Vesak before. It was the kind of weather that inclined the likes of him to a couch, according to him.  Ensconced in his sofa, he wrote the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/24)

Attempt to roll out LGBTQIA agenda in Sri Lanka – Lessons from transgender swimmer Lia Thomas
Shenali D Waduge
Having claimed to be a woman, male Will Thomas became a transgender Lia Thomas and went on  to compete in the women’s swimming events & won the women’s NCAA college swimming title in 2022 and was eyeing competing in the Olympics too.  Thankfully the World Aquatics changed its rule to prevent anyone who had ‘any part of male puberty’ from competing in the female category. This is why it is important for any Bill being introduced on women’s rights in Sri Lanka to ensure it is the biological women that the Bills are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/06/24)

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