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To remind our leaders what we need today: A Programme better than the Divisional Development Councils Programme of 1970-1977
 Garvin Karunaratne, PhD Michigan State University*
The DDCP was the major development programme undertaken by the Government of Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranayake during her 1970-1977 rule. This was also the first major islandwide development programme ever to be implemented in Sri Lanka. Earlier there was the Rural Development Programme and the Small Industries Development Programme which were smaller programmes aimed at rejuvenating the rural areas with small industries and Powerlooms. However, the DDCP was far major in scope and the Government had high hopes of great success. The Government head hunted the most eminent economist on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

What is this world coming to when a government looks on while the people are being fleeced so savagely?"
Editorial
That things are indeed getting out of hand and out of control in Sri Lankaaccording to the latest statistics seems an understatement. Consumer prices are rising rapidly according to the latest reports which are incomprehensible and ludicrous as the Rajapaksa clan consolidates their hold on the country in more ways than one and the man on the street wonders whether the 2/3rd  mandate given to The President was a justifiable one as the Nation careens on an erratic path causing apparent mayhem for the consumer which is not completely based on the Covid pandemic although there are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

පුර්තුගීසීන් තිරිකුණාමලේ කොටුවට බිලි ගත් පුදබිම
විමල් පටබැඳිගේ (ශාස්ත‍්‍රවේදී, නීතිඥ, විශ‍්‍රාමික සොලිසිටර්*
සෙන්කඩගල (නුවර* ස්වාධීනව සිටි වික‍්‍රමබාහු රජුට පසු රජ වූ ජයවීර බණ්ඩාර (ව්‍ය.ව. 1511 -1551* කෝට්ටේ රාජ්‍යයේ සහ සීතාවක රාජ්‍යයේ තර්ජනවලින් ආරක්‍ෂාවීම සඳහා ආධාර ඉල්ලීම අනුව පුර්තුගීසි හමුදා කණ්ඩායමක් 1542 දී පළමු වරට තිරිකුණාමලයට පැමිණ ඇත. එහෙත් ඇති වූ අනපේක්‍ෂිත දබරයකින් ලැබූ පරාජය නිසා ගමන අසාර්ථක විය. පුර්තුගීසීන් ලංකාවේ නැගෙනහිර නැව්තොටු හා සම්බන්ධ වෙළඳ කටයුතු වලින් ඉතා දිගු කලක් බැහැර වී ඇත. ව්‍ය.ව. 17 වෙනි සියවසේ මුල් කාලයේ සෙනරත් රජු සමග සමාදානයකට එළඹ පුර්තුගීසීහු තිරිකුණාමලේ සහ මඩකලපුවේ නැව්තොටු වෙළඳ කටයුතු සඳහා භාවිත කිරීම සඳහා අවසර ගෙන සටකපට ලෙස ඉතා රහසිගත ව බු.ව. 2166... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

Please, Don't Blame Innocent Bangladesh
MD Pathik Hasan
‘Bangladesh Finalizes Agreement to Build Buddhist Monastery in Lumbini, Nepal' was the headline of Hong Kong based Global Buddhist Door's news headline on October 11, 2021. Can anyone imagine that A Muslim country is going to build a Buddhist monastery in a Nepal (religiously Hinduism based) country? Recently it established a clear-cut example amongst all countries in the world that Bangladesh is the role model of communal harmony in the world. The Bangladesh government has interest and intention to hold Bangladesh as a non-communal Bangladesh. But some barbaric culprits and stupid criminals... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 19D
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The government of Sri Lanka     defeated the LTTE and declared victory on 19. May 2009.  The military victory in the final war was total, said analysts. However, Sri Lanka did not follow through after the victory. The government did not declare the Eelam war as a civil war and it did not take steps to bring the north and east firmly into the mainstream. Instead it backtracked. Mahinda Rajapaksa,   President of Sri Lanka made three mistakes, one after the other, soon after winning the war. Firstly he allowed Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General   to come... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

China’s example in biodiversity protection worth learning: leading Sri Lankan conservation advocate
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, October 20 (Xinhua): China’s guidelines on international investment and its internal emphasis on green development are among things that Sri Lanka can learn from, a Sri Lankan business leader and conservation advocate said. Dilhan Fernando, CEO of the Dilmah Tea and director of Dilmah Conservation, told Xinhua that COP negotiations have historically been slow-moving and have failed to deliver the collaboration necessary for action. In contrast, the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) in Kunming has brought... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

ජනාධිපතිට රට පාලනය කරන්න බෑ.. අගමැතිට රට බාර දිය යුතුයි.. රාජපක්‍ෂලා මෙතනින් ඉවරයි..- මුරුත්තෙට්ටුවේ හිමි
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුව බලයට ගෙන ඒම සඳහා තමන් වහන්සේලා මැදිහත්වීම වූයේ උතුම් රටක් හැදීමට බලාපොරොත්තුවෙන් බව නාරාහෙන්පිට අභයාරාමාධිපති පූජ්‍ය මුරුත්තෙට්ටුවේ ආනන්ද හිමියෝ පවසති. නමුත් කාගේ හෝ අවාසනාවකට අද රට අභාග්‍ය සම්පන්න තත්වයකට ඇද ඇද වැටී ඇති බව ද උන්වහන්සේ පැවසූහ. https://youtu.be/xSbg43Ud4Y8 මේ යන ගමන මේ ආකාරයෙන්ම ගියහොත් රාජපක්ෂ පරම්පරාවේ දේශපාලන අවසානය සිදුවන තම නිගමනය බවද උන්වහන්සේ තවදුරටත් එහිදී කියා සිටියහ. තවදුරටත් අනාගතයේ හෝ රාජපක්ෂලා මෙරට බලය දැරිය යුතු බව හිතන්නේ නම් අගමැති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාව වහාම රට බේරා ගැනීම සඳහා මැදිහත් විය යුතු බවද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

The Pandora Papers and the Threat to Democracy
By Katharina Pistor Courtesy Ceylon Today
The ‘Pandora Papers,’ a new investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, has fuelled outrage around the world. Politicians, businesspeople, sports stars, and cultural icons have been caught in the act of hiding their wealth and lying about it. But how likely is a reckoning for the lawyers and accountants who helped them? There is nothing new about the practices the ICIJ’s investigation uncovered. True, the sheer scale, sophistication, and legal fire power deployed to allow today’s ultra-rich and powerful to game the law may... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

he Fertiliser Fiasco: Discretion is the Better Part of Valour
By Dr Parakrama Waidyanatha Courtesy The Island
In his novel published in 1891, tiled “The Light that Failed”, Rudyard Kipling wrote the phrase, ‘biting the bullet’ to express the thought that fortitude can be gained by ‘biting a bullet’! As things are, should the President and government continue ‘biting the bullet’ or compromise in sincerity as discretion is the better part of valour. The farmers have a genuine grievance in that there is no fertiliser, organic or inorganic! And organic fertiliser is not something that can be produced overnight. They are adamantly up in arms,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

She’ll be long remembered for promoting native remedies in combating cancer
Courtesy The Island
An appreciation: Dr. Mrs. Cynthia Jayasuriya The late Dr. Mrs. Cynthia Jayasuriya, top ENT surgeon would be remembered for promoting manioc, considered the poor man’s food, as a miracle nourishment that could hold the ultimate secret to curing cancer. Having undergone treatment for a long time, Cynthia declared she suffered from cancer and commenced a study of Western food practices before endorsing manioc. In public lectures and addressing gatherings, via Skype, Cynthia had no qualms in saying that she ate manioc three times a day and that manioc was the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

Gazette banning chemical fertilizer imports; a move on wrong advice Agri Ministry Secretary
By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Secretary to the Agriculture Ministry Prof. Udith Jayasinghe takes questions from Daily Mirror about the current crisis of the agriculture sector and the dispute over detection of harmful bacteria in fertilizer samples imported from a Chinese company. He is an expert in the agriculture sector. He is the former Vice Chancellor of Wayamba University. Excerpts:  Samples we received from China on two occasions found to be contaminated with bacteria. We are having our evidence. We are going to prove it We had to work with a misinformed policy Our country’s plant and animal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

Cuba to help SL to develop medicines from ’Murunga’
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Cuba has offered to help Sri Lanka with technology to manufacture medicinal items from drumsticks or Murunga (scientific name; Moringa oleifera), a statement from the Education Ministry said. Cuban ambassador Andress Marcelo Gonzalez Garrido said this when he called on Education Minister Dinesh Gunawardane. According to the statement, the ambassador said Cuba was manufacturing medicinal capsules and powder from properties of Murunga trees. He said such technology could be offered to Sri Lanka where Murunga is abundantly grown. The ambassador said it would be beneficial for both the countries to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

නැනෝ නයිට්‍රජන් දියර පොහොර ගැන විශේෂඥ මතය
උපුටාගැණීම අදදෙරණ
නැනෝ නයිට්‍රජන් දියර පොහොර භාවිත කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් තවමත් ඉන්දියාවේ ගොවීන්ට පවා අත්දැකීම් අඩු බව ශ්‍රී ජයවර්ධපුර විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ රසායන විද්‍යා පිළිබඳ මහාචාර්ය එස්. ඩී. එම්. චින්තක මහතා පවසයි. https://youtu.be/nOdlcWMPijI ඒ අනුව ඔහු පෙන්වා දෙන්නේ, මෙම පොහොර මෙරට භාවිත කිරීමට පෙර ක්ෂේත්‍ර පර්යේෂණ සිදුකළ යුතු බවය.  "නයිට්‍රජන්වලට අපි මුලින් පාවිච්චි කළේ යූරියා. යූරියා දැන් ලංකාවට ගෙනඒම තහනම් නිසා නැනෝ යූරියා පොහොරක් ආනයනය කරලා තියෙනවා. මේ පොහොර සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම රසායනික පොහොරක්. මේක ඉන්දියාවේ පර්යේෂණ මට්ටමින් සිදුකරලා, ක්ෂේත පරීක්ෂණත් සිදුකරලා ගොවියන් සඳහා නිකුත් කරලා තියෙන්නේ දැනට මාස 2කට ඉස්සෙල්ලා. තාම මේක ඉන්දියාවෙවත් ගොවීන් අතර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

Sri Lanka extends ongoing interprovincial travel restrictions
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed relevant authorities to continue ongoing interprovincial travel restrictions until 4.00 a.m. on October 31 (Sunday), says the Commander of Sri Lanka Army, General Shavendra Silva. https://youtu.be/G4D3EbLV2Sg Sri Lanka lifted the island-wide quarantine curfew, which was in effect for over a month in a bid to curb the pandemic situation, on October 01 as the country started seeing a considerable drop in the number of daily COVID-19 cases and deaths reported. The interprovincial travel restrictions however remained in effect despite the relaxation of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

Nano nitrogen liquid fertilizer from India to be tested (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
https://youtu.be/3SFyW8NqSbw The Fertilizer Secretariat states that samples of environmentally friendly nano nitrogen liquid fertilizer imported from India have been sent for testing. Fertilizer Secretariat Deputy Director Kasun Mahathanthila told the Hiru News team that once the quality of the fertilizer samples are confirmed by the test reports, steps will be taken to provide them to farmers through Agrarian Service Centers. Accordingly, the relevant stock of liquid fertilizer in the Central Warehousing Complex of the Wattala - Hunupitiya Colombo Commercial Fertilizer Company is currently being released to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

ආනයනය කළ දියර පොහොර ගැන විද්වත් මතය
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/nOdlcWMPijI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

Sri Lanka records 18 COVID deaths
Courtesy Adaderana
Reportedly, more than 26,000 virus-infected patients are undergoing treatment at the moment at hospitals, treatment centres, and undergoing home-based care.  The total number of coronavirus recoveries reached 493,674 after 360 more patients in total were discharged from medical care earlier today. In the meantime, the total number of people, who died of COVID-19 infection in Sri Lanka, moved up as 18 more fatalities were confirmed by the Director-General of Health Services on Tuesday (October 19). The new development has pushed the official death toll from the virus outbreak in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

Daily COVID cases tally hits 539 today
Courtesy Adaderana
The daily count of COVID-positive cases confirmed in Sri Lanka moved to 539 today (October 20), says the Epidemiology Unit. This brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the country to 533,305. As many as 493,674 recoveries and 13,543 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the outbreak of the pandemic. More than 26,088 active cases in total are currently under medical care, official figures showed.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

ටෙන්ඩර් නැතිව ඇමති කැමති කොම්පැනියෙන් පොහොර ගෙන්වීම මංකොල්ලයක් - රටේ කෘෂිකර්මය විනාශ කරලා, ගජමිතුරෝ බැංකු ගිණුම් තර කර ගන්නවා
රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් දකුණ හා මධ්‍යම පළාත් හිටපු ආණ්ඩුකාර
ඇමති කැමති කොම්පැනියෙන්, ටෙන්ඩර් නැතුව රු. බිලියන 9 ක නැනෝ නයිට්‍රජන් මිල දී ලීටර් මිලියන 2.1 ක් මිල දී ගැනීමට ‘කාබනික වගාව‘ නොව ගොවියාගේ බෙල්ල මිරිකලා රටේ කෘෂිකර්මයේ ආදායම සාක්කුවට දමා ගැනීමක් යැයි  යැයි හිටපු ආණ්ඩුකාර රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් පවසයි. කෘෂි රසායන - රසායන පොහොර මිලදී ගැනීමට ඩොලර් නැති නිසා ඇරඹූ ඊනියා ‘කාබනික වගා නාට්‍යය‘ ගොවියා කාබාසිනියා කර, ගොවිතැන විනාශ කර  තිබෙනවා. දැවැන්ත අර්බුදයක් නිර්මාණය කරලා, රටපුරා පෙළපාලි, පිකටින්, පඹයෝ පුච්චන තැනකට වැටුණා.  අර්බුදයක් ඇති කරලා මල්ල පුරවා ගැනීමේ න්‍යාය අද ලංකාවේ දේශපාලන ව්‍යාවහාරය යැයි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

When Namal Met NaMo...
By Rediff News Bureau
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was supposed to be on the first flight to land at Kushinagar airport on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 -- at least so the buzz went -- for an India-Sri Lanka summit, but when the special Sri Lankan Air flight arrived at Uttar Pradesh's brand new (fourth) international airport, out stepped a Rajapaksa. Only it was not Gota or his elder brother Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa, but the Sri Lankan prime minister's eldest son Namal Rajapaksa. More like this Buddha tourism gets a boost with Kushinagar... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/10/21)

The President’s holistic decision on the banning of chemical fertiliser?
Chandre dharma-wardana
In spite of all this information and good advise from all the leading scientists of Sri Lanka (see recent articles in the Island by Dr. M. Dhanapala, Prof. Costa, Dr. Waidyanatha, Prof. Marmbe and many others), we have Ranjith Soysa writing the following: "The President’s holistic decision on the banning of chemical fertiliser is, indeed, a step in the right direction, which will bring expected results in the improvement in soil and water quality and the general health of the masses. What are the expected results? Where have such results been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/21)

MATCHING WORDS WITH DEEDS
RANJITH SOYSA
We were  pleased to read the recent speech delivered at 72nd anniversary of Gajaba Regiment by the President Gotabaya Rajapakasa in which he admitted about the voter disillusionment of his government. We are aware of the fact that the government had to contend with the unprecedented issues on account of the covid epidemic and had to give priority in seeking solutions to the challenges by imposing restrictions to the economic and social activities while channelling limited resources to medical supplies and social service facilities, If the President is prepared to review and turn a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/21)

ජනාධිපති ලෙස සැකසූ අනුරූවලට ගොව විරෝධතාකරුවන් බිම දමා පහර දෙති..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
අනුරාධපුර පදවිය ප්‍රදේශයේ පැවති විරෝධතාවයකදී ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ ආකාරයට සැකසූ අනුරුවකට පහර දීමට කටයුතු කළහ. වගාවට අවශ්‍ය රසායනික පොහොර ඉල්ලමින් මෙම විරෝධතාවය අනුරාධපුර පදවිය ප්‍රදේශයේ පිරිස් විසින් සංවිධානය කර තිබිණි. අම්පාර නාමල්ගම ප‍්‍රදේශයේ පැවති විරෝධතාවයකදී ජනාධිපතිවරයා ආකාරයෙන් සරසන ලද පුද්ගලයෙකුට බිම දමාගෙන පහර දෙනු ලැබිය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/21)

Sri Lanka reverses organic farming drive as tea suffers
Courtesy France24
Colombo (AFP) Sri Lanka on Tuesday backed down from ambitious plans to become the world's first completely organic farming nation, reversing a ban on imports of chemical fertiliser. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had imposed a total ban on agrochemicals in May, saying he wanted to make Sri Lankan farming 100 percent organic. Plantations Minister Ramesh Pathirana said Tuesday that the change of course was to help growers of Ceylon tea, exports of which are worth $1.3 billion annually for the island nation.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/21)

Land mismanagement continues to produce hunger
by Melani Manel Perera Courtesy AsiaNews.it
The 2021 Global Hunger Index ranks Sri Lanka as a country with a “moderate” risk of hunger. One of the problems is farmland management. Anthony Jesudasan notes that 37,000 hectares have not yet to be distributed among young Tamils. Colombo (AsiaNews) – Sri Lanka continues to hold one of the lowest positions in 2021 Global Hunger Index, which covers 116 countries. The level of hunger and food insecurity in the Asian country is defined as "moderate” at present. This is an improvement over reports from previous... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/21)

Sri Lanka faces substantial credit risk, default a real possibility; growth forecast predicted at 3.3%
The Economic Times
The beleaguered Sri Lankan economy faces substantial credit risk, with default 'a real possibility', Singapore-based Fitch Ratings said on Tuesday. The ratings agency also revised Sri Lanka's growth forecast for 2021 to 3.3 % from 3.8 %, due to the surge in coronavirus cases in July-August. "Sri Lanka's public and external finances remain fragile, as reflected in our 'CCC' rating in place since November 2020 and affirmed in June 2021. A rating at this level indicates substantial credit risk, with default 'a real possibility,' " Fitch said. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/21)

''ආණ්ඩුව මුරණ්ඩු නැහැ: පියවරක් පසුපසට ගැනීම වරදක් නොවෙයි'' - කැබිනට් ප්‍රකාශක
 අම්රා ලියාකත්  මව්බිම දැන්
කාබනික පොහොර ආනයනය කිරීම පිළිබඳව මතු ව ඇති ගැටලුව සම්බන්ධයෙන් ආණ්ඩුව මුරණ්ඩුකාරී ප්‍රතිපත්තියක නොසිටින බව කැබිනට් ප්‍රකාශක ජනමාධ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම මහතා පවසයි. ඔහු මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ, අද (ඔක්. 19) පැවති කැබිනට් තීරණ දැනුම් දීමේ මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදී මාධ්‍යවේදියෙකු  නැගූ ප්‍රශ්නයකට පිළිතුරු දෙමිනි. ගොවීන් රසායනික පොහොර භාවිතයෙන් ඉවත් කරමින් කාබනික පොහොර ගෙන් වන බව පැවසුව ද ආණ්ඩුව ඉන්දියාවෙන් නැනෝ නයිට්‍රජන් දියර පොහොර ලෙස නැවත රටට රසායනික පොහොර ගෙන්වීම තුළින් ආණ්ඩුව ප්‍රතිපත්තිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කර නැතැයි එහිදී මාධ්‍යවේදියා ප්‍රශ්න කළේ ය. ඊට පිළිතුරු ලබා දෙමින් ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/21)

වල්නාශක සහ කෘමිනාශක ආනයනය ගැන තීරණයක් ගනී
උපුටාගැණීම අදදෙරණ
වගාවන් සඳහා අවශ්‍ය අනුමත කෘමිනාශක සහ වල්නාශක මෙරටට ගෙන්වීමට අදාළ සමාගම්වලට අවසර දුන් බව කෘෂිකර්ම අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම් මහාචාර්ය උදිත් ජයසිංහ මහතා පවසයි. https://youtu.be/bcppiH6mNjA අද දෙරණ "BIG FOCUS" වැඩසටහනට එක්වෙමින් වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දක්වමින් ඒ මහතා පවසා සිටියේ, "අද පොහොර එනවා. මොකද්ද එන්නේ නැනෝ නයිට්‍රජන්, නයිට්‍රජන් පෝෂකය තමයි අද ඉඳන් අපේ ලංකාවට ලැබෙන්නේ." යනුවෙනි. ප්‍රශ්නය -  ඔය නැනෝ නයිට්‍රජන් කියන්නේ 100%ක් කාබනික වගාවට යොදා ගන්න පුළුවන් පොහොරක් ද? "දැන් මේ පොහොර කියන්නේ රසායනික සංඝටක එකතු කරලා, සාදන සංයෝගයක්. එතකොට මේ අද එන නැනෝ නයිට්‍රජන් ප්‍රඩක්ට් එකක් විදියට කාටහරි කියන්න පුළුවන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/21)

කෘමිනාශක සහ වල්නාශක ආනයනයට අවසර...
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/bcppiH6mNjA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/21)

Govt. to amend existing laws to ban cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
The Cabinet of Ministers has given the nod to amend existing laws and regulations applicable to ban cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka and to table them in the Parliament, says the Government Information Department. Approval of the Cabinet of Ministers was granted on September 28, 2020, to prohibit cattle slaughter in order to increase local agriculture and local milk production and to amend the laws and regulations applicable to it. Further, it gave the green light to amend by-laws passed by local government institutions in relation to cattle slaughter. Accordingly,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/21)

COVID death toll moves up with 18 new fatalities
Courtesy Adaderana
The total number of people, who died of COVID-19 infection in Sri Lanka, moved up as 18 more fatalities were confirmed by the Director-General of Health Services on Monday (October 18). The new development has pushed the official death toll from the virus outbreak in the country to 13,525. The latest victims include 09 males and 09 females, the Department of Government Information said. According to official data, 11 deaths were reported among elderly people aged above 60 years. In addition, 06 people aged between 30-59 years and one female... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/21)

COVID: 548 new cases confirmed within the day
Courtesy Adaderana
The daily count of COVID-positive cases confirmed in Sri Lanka moved to 548 today (October 19), says the Epidemiology Unit. This brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the country to 532,766. As many as 493,314 recoveries and 13,525 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the outbreak of the pandemic. More than 25,900 active cases in total are currently under medical care, official figures showed.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/10/21)

SRILANKAN AQUACULTURE FUTURE POTENTIAL
Sri Lanka wants to strengthen their value-chain in aquaculture including broodstock/domestication, juvenile production, feed development/production, on-growing and marketing. With the unique geographical location in South-East Asia, Sri Lanka aims to become a major player within the growing aquaculture industry in the region. The current development going on in the northern areas of the island, generates new opportunities by enabling access to many virgin areas well suited for aquaculture of brackish as well as marine species.... -Full Story- (https:/norwegian-lobster-farm.com/ - 19/10/21)

THE TASK OF THE ELIMINATING BUDGET DEFICIT
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Mr. Basil Rajapksha, the Minister of Finance, stated that his intention is to eliminate the budget gap or deficit in Sri Lanka. It is a good fiscal motivation, and the task is difficult to achieve and it may be an art of discourse because the budget deficit of Sri Lanka cannot be quickly eliminated from the current environment. As people knows the budget deficit is a concept that has a considerable history. When talks budget policies during wartime, A.C.Pigu advised that the cutting wages would be increased the wage fund and unemployment could reduce giving... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/21)

Remembering Political Giants : Dr SA Wicks and his Assistant Aadusena
By Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A. Matara 
An extract from an unfinished novel- a piece of fiction, but  truly portraying Dr Wicks and Aadusena at work. Dr Wicks is no longer with us and Aadusena was murdered during the second JVP insurrection days by an unknown assassin. However they stood for the people, worked with them. That was how most Members of Parliament and their Assistants worked.                 “It did not take long for Vasanta to find the office of the Member of Parliament. It was a small office  next to the  Cooperative... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/21)

වෛද්‍යවරයෙකුගේ සිහි සටහන් අනගි කෘතියක් -
විශේසඥ වෛද්‍ය ආර්.එන්.ජී රාජපක්‍ෂ
වෛද්‍ය විද්‍යාවේ විවිධ ක්ෂේත්‍ර ගැන පලපුරුද්ද ,හැකියාව සහ අත්දැකීම් ඇති වෛද්‍යවරුන් අදදින සොයාගැනීම විරලය. මන්ද මූලික උපාධිය ලැබූ විගස නගරය ආශ්‍රිතව රැඳී සිටිමින්, යම් විශේෂ ක්ෂේත්‍රයකට සීමාවී එතැන් පටන් විශේෂඥ දැනුම ලබා ගෙන ඉක්මණින්ම වෘත්තිය තත්වයකට එළඹීමට බොහෝ වෛද්‍යවරුන් උත්සාහ කිරීම නිසාය. වෛද්‍ය රුවන් ජයතුංග ගැන මා තුල ඇති ආකල්පය ඊට වෙනස්ය. මූලික උපාධියෙන් පසුව දුර බැහැර රෝහල්වල රැඳී සිටිමින්, විවිධ ක්ෂෙත්‍ර වල අත්දැකීම් ලබමින්, ඒවායේ හදවතින්ම සේවය ලබාදෙමින් ඔහු අත්දැකීම් සම්භාරයක් ලබාගත් බව මම නිසැකවම දනිමි. ප්‍රසව හා නාරිවේද විශේෂඥ වරයෙකු ලෙස 1999 -2002 වසරවල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/21)

බෞද්ධ ජනරජ ප්‍රවාදය - 40 වැනි කොටස- ‍ජාතියේ රස ශාස්ත්‍රය
ආචාර්ය වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති
ආර්ථිකයේ පළමු අවශ්‍යතාව ආහාර සපයාගැනීම බැව් අපි දනිමු. ඒ පිළිබඳ මූලික කරුණු ගණනාවක් මෙයට පෙර ලිපියෙන් අපි විමසා බැලුවෙමු. ස්වභාවික ව්‍යවසනයක දී, වසංගතයක දී, යුදමය වාතාවරණයක දී අනෙකුත් අවශ්‍යතා අතපසු කළ හැකි නමුදු ආහාර අවශ්‍යතාව කල් දැමිය හැකි නොවේ. එහෙයින් ආහාර සුරක්‍ෂිතතාව සහතිකකිරීම බෞද්ධ ජනරජයේ ප්‍රධානම වගකීමක් වන්නේ ය. වසර මුළුල්ලේ ම හොඳින් හිරු එළිය වැටෙන, නිසි පරිදි වර්ෂාව ලැබෙන, සරු පසක් හිමි සහ ජෛව විවිධත්වයෙන් අනූන ශ්‍රී ලංකාව වැනි රටක ආහාර හිඟකමක් ඇතිවීමට කිසිදු හේතුවක් තිබිය නොහැකි ය. එහෙයින් ඒ හා සම්බන්ධ දැනුම වර්ධනය කර, එම දැනුම සහ අදාළ භාවිතාවන් ජනතාව අතර ප්‍රචලිතකිරීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/21)

The British Government Exploited the Angolan Civil War to Lobby for BP Forget peacekeeping. It's all about petrol.
by Stephen Delahunty Courtesy NOVARA MEDIA
John Major’s government exploited Angola’s need for peacekeeping support during its bloody civil war to ensure British Petroleum (BP) was awarded new operating licenses in the country, declassified documents reveal. A series of government memos held in the National Archives and made public at the start of this year show how Conservative ministers lobbied the Angolan government on behalf of the British oil giant during a fragile ceasefire between 1995 and 1997. At the height of these discussions, a British official at the UK embassy in Angola advised... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/21)

ශෝක පණිවිඩය
මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජයේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය
ශ්‍රී ලංකා ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමේ පළමු නායකයා ලෙස කටයුතු කළ බන්දුල වර්ණපුර මහතා අභාවප්‍රාප්ත වූ පුවත ඇසීමෙන් මම බලවත් සංවේගයට පත්වීමි. කලකදී ජාතික ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමේ පුහුණුකරු ලෙසත්, අනතුරුව ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් හි පරිපාලක තනතුරකත් සේවය කළ වර්ණපුර මහතා මෙරට ක්‍රිකට් ඉතිහාසයේ ටෙස්ට් වරම් ලැබූ පළමු ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයා ද වේ. කොළඹ නාලන්ද විද්‍යාලයේ ආදි සිසුවෙකු වූ බන්දුල වර්ණපුරයන්, නාලන්ද විද්‍යාලයේ ජ්‍යේෂ්ඨ ක්‍රිකට් පිලේ නායකත්වය ද දැරීය. එතැන් පටන් ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවට අත් පොත් තැබූ ඔහු,  වර්ෂ 1975 දී ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමට එක් විය. 1975-1982 කාලය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/21)

මිලා-දුන්-නබි දින සුභාශිංසන පණිවුඩය
මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජයේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය
ලොව පුරා විසිරී සිටින ඉස්ලාම් බැතිමතුන්ගේ ශාස්තෘවරයා වන ශුද්ධ  වූ මුහම්මද් නබිනායකතුමාගේ උපන් දිනය සමරන සියලුම ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ඉස්ලාම් ජනතාවට මාගේ සුභාශිංසන එක් කරන්නේ ඉමහත් සතුටිනි. මනුෂ්‍යත්වයෙන් පිරිපුන් ගෞරවනීය මානව ප්‍රේමයක් ගොඩනැඟීමට සිය පෞද්ගලික ජීවිතය තුළින් අන් අයට ආදර්ශයක් වෙමින් කැපවූ  මුහම්මද් නබිනායකතුමා ඉස්ලාම් හර පද්ධතියක් ඇති කළ නියමුවාය. අන් අයගේ විශ්වාසය දිනාගත් නිසාම අල් අමීන් නාමයෙන් එතුමා ප්‍රචලිත විය. ඉස්ලාම් ආගමික ඉගැන්වීම්වල අනුව කලින් කල දෙවියන් විසින් එවන ලද දූතයන්ගේ අන්තිම දූතයා ලෙස සැලකෙන්නේ මුහම්මද් නබිනායකතුමාය. මවුපියන් අහිමිව කුඩා කල කටුක දිවිපෙවතක් ගතකළ එතුමා එඩේරයෙකු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/10/21)

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  • The war is over - With the death of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabakaran, the militant campaign for a Tamil state in Sri Lanka seems to have come to an end. -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09) LTTE RISE & FALL -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09)
  • Where is Prabakaran? -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09)
  • Great Power Confrontation in the Indian Ocean: The Geo-Politics of the Sri Lankan Civil War by Mahdi Darius Nazemroay -Full Story- (globalresearch.ca - 25/10/09)
  • TWO EMISSARIES FROM UK AND FRANCE TWIST THEIR PURPOSE OF VISIT TO SRI LANKA. Malin Abeyatunga .-Full Report- (The LankaWeb-02/05/09)

History

  • THE ANCESTRY OF RAVANA A close study of the Ramayana, particularly the last book or Uttara Kanda, reveals that Ravana, the enemy of Lord Rama, was not a Dravidian, as many people have thought, but related to the Sri Lanka, who are considered to be Aryans-that Ravana was a migrant to Sri Lanka from the Vedic family of the Yadus, perhaps deriving originally from the city of Mathura south of Delhi. The first wave of migrants to Sri Lanka from the north was from Gujarat and of the Yadu family, which dominated the southwest of India and from the region of Gujarat had access to the sea on which they travelled far in their trading and colonizing ventures. The Ramayana tells the Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka, had close connections with region of the Yadus, which included Gujarat, parts of Maharashtra and Rajasthan up to Mathura south of Delhi.
  • Beginning and growth of civilization in Sri Lanka
    123,000 BC - Oldest human found in Lanka - Pathirajawela in the deep South.
    12000 BC - MaduruOya findings World's oldest findings of the use of Steel, Copper, and irrigation technology
    7500 BC - Connections between Cambians, Sri Lankans, Ramayanaya & Mahabharataya The first wave of migrants to Sri Lanka from north India, were from the Yadu family from Gujarat. Yadus dominated the southwest of India (which included Gujarat, parts of Maharashtra and Rajasthan up to Mathura, just south of Delhi).
    6000 BC - Lankan city on Mahamevuna Uyana - Archeologists uncovered 35 feet under the present Mahamevuna Uyana in Anuradapura,
    3000 BC - Sigiriya is considered the AlakaMandava of the Ravana
    2517 Ramayanaya and Sri Lanka According to Ramayana story, Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka, belongs to a family of migrants from North India who had close connections with region of the Yadus,
    2517 BC - Ravana gets killed in Balangoda during March, 2517BC Ravana, while attending to the wounds suffered in combat by Vibishana (his brother) in Balangoda,
    1000 BC - Sri Lanka has the latest technology : Iron technology is evident in SL
    900 BC - Anuradapura, a major town of, at least 10 Hectares (25 Acres). Anuradhapura was at least 10 ha in extent by ca. 900 BC (perhaps much more). By then prehistoric stone tool technology had been completely superseded by that of iron
    700 BC - Anuradapura Town, 50 Hectares (125 Acres) .
    600 BC - Earliest Proof of Brahmi writing in Lanka At 600-500 BC, the very first appearance of writing (in Brahmi letters almost identical to the Asokan script 200 years later) marked the beginning of the Early Historic period. This writing, radiocarbon dated on charcoal and checked by thermoluminescence dating, is inscribed on potsherds signifying the ownership. Among the names, was Anuradha.
    483 BC - Vijaya lands in Sri Lanka. Girihadu Seya is built in Thiriyaya. Buddha's relics are enshrined in Mahiyanganaya Dagaba Sarabu Maharahatan Vahanse picked Budda relics from the burning cortege and arrived in Mahiyanganaya
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  • Historical Development of Sinhala and Scripts click on the links!!
    -Beginning and growth of civilization in Sri Lanka
    -Unethical conversion violates the UN convention on the right of the child

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