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News Archive for Feb 2024

China Cannot Defend Itself with Untested Weapons If the Golden Opportunity to Test Them in Ukraine Against NATO Weapons is Wasted
Dilrook Kannangara
Contrary to popular views, China is set to lose a war against USA and its proxies. Despite having the largest arsenal of weapons of war, they are untested in battlefield making them fail in a real war as China has not engaged in any serious war. This is one main reason why USA, UK, France, Russia, Israel constantly engage in war. War gives them an opportunity to learn from it, refine their weapons and tactics. China has not had that opportunity. The least China can do is to send their weapons to Ukraine to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/02/24)

Sri Lanka’s marine and offshore engineering industry shows potential of being on par with global leaders
Courtesy OpportunitySrilanka
A senior Sri Lankan expert in the maritime industry has reportedly said that Sri Lanka’s marine and offshore engineering industry can be developed to be on par with global players in shipbuilding, marine engineering and offshore construction. Dr. Sarath Obeysekera, Chairman of Sri Lanka Export Development Board’s (EDB) Advisory Forum on Marine and Offshore Engineering and CEO of Walkers Colombo Shipyard owned by MTD Walkers has been quoted as saying in the state owned Daily News that this would require collective action and support from the industry stakeholders and the Sri Lankan government and Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/02/24)

FCID ප්‍රධානී මාව දූෂණය කරන්න හැදුවේ. රවී! ඔය කොස් ඇට මීයගෙන්ද මට ##න්න හදන්නේ.@TruthwithChamuditha
Truth with Chamuditha
චාමලී මදනායක සමග චමුදිත සමරවික්‍රම. Chamali Madanayake On Truth with Chamuditha https://youtu.be/BJOS37BQyKU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/24)

Elections and Money Politics in the US: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Courtesy The Intercept
In 2018, shortly after U.S. Congress woman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), ousted incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District, her office got an unexpected phone call. It was the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group, offering an unsolicited donation of $100,000. AOC declined the money and has emerged as one of the few voices in Congress willing to oppose Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Now, AIPAC is spending tens of millions of dollars to target progressives aligned with AOC in Democratic primaries. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/24)

Electoral Bond Scheme ‘unconstitutional’. Indian Supreme Court
Courtesy Livemint
Here are top seven things the judges said The Supreme Court has scrapped the Electoral Bond Scheme that allowed anonymous funding to political parties, stating that it violates the right to information (RTI) and can lead to quid pro quo. The Supreme Court on February 15 scrapped the Electoral Bond Scheme that allowed anonymous funding to political parties. Supreme Court's five-judge CJI DY Chandrachud, and Justices Sanjiv Khanna, BR Gavai, JB Pardiwala, and Manoj Misra pronounced the judgement.   The apex court said that the Scheme violates the right... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/24)

මහ බැංකු අධිපති IMF කොන්ත‍්‍රාත්කාරයෙක්…
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
මාර්තුවේ දී එට්කා ගිවිසුම අත්සන් කිරීමෙන් පසු ඕනෑම ඉන්දියානුවකුට රැකියාවකට, වෙළඳාමකට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට නිදහසේ පැමිණිය හැකි බවත් කලක් ගත වන විට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඉන්දියානුවන්ගෙන් පිරී යාම සහ ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් මේ රටේ සුළුතරය බවට පත්වීම නොවැළැක්විය හැකි බවත් ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පෙන්වා දෙයි. එතැන් සිට අපේ රටට ස්වෛරීත්වය අහිමි වන බවත් රට ආර්ථිකමය වශයෙන් “හතරගාතයෙන්” වැටුණු මේ මොහොතේ රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ජනාධිපතිවරයා සිදුකරමින් සිටින්නේ රටේ ස්වෛරීත්වය බිල්ලට දීම බවත් දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධනලා සහ රාජපක්ෂලා එම පාපතර මෙහෙයුමට “පහන” අල්ලන බවත් ඒ මහතා වැඩිදුරටත් පෙන්වා දෙයි. පසුගියදා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/24)

සෙන්දිල් තොණ්ඩමන්ගේ නැගෙනහිර පළාතේ ඉඩම් කොල්ලයට මහජන විරෝධය
උපුටා ගැන්ම  ලංකා ලීඩර්
නැගෙනහිර පළාතේ මහ ඇමැති සෙන්දිල් තොණ්ඩමන් තම බලය පාවිච්චි කරමින් නැගෙනහිර පළාතේ ඉඩම් මහා පරිමාණයෙන් හිතවතුන් අතර බෙදාදෙන බව සහ මුදලට විකුණන බවට පළාතේ මහජනයා පැමිණිලි කරති. ඊට අදාළව විස්තර සහිතව සහ මහජන අත්සන් සහිතව පෙත්සමක් එම ජනතාව විසින් ජනාධිපතිවරයාට යොමුකර ඇත. එම ඉඩම් කොල්ලය නිසා මහාපරිමාණ වන සංහාරයක් සහ පරිසර විනාශයක් ද සිදුවන බව ද වාර්තා වේ. ඒ අනුව මහජනයා උද්ඝෝෂණය කරන්නේ වහාම සෙන්දිල් තොණ්ඩමන් ආණ්ඩුකාර තනතුරෙන් ඉවත් කරන ලෙසය. (LANKA LEADER )... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/24)

President orders probe into notification requiring Russian, Ukraine tourists to leave within 14 days
Courtesy Adaderana
President Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered an investigation into the notification issued to Russian and Ukrainian tourists, requiring them to leave the country within 14 days. According to the President’s Media Division (PMD), the relevant notification was issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration without prior approval from the Cabinet of Ministers. As such, the Government of Sri Lanka has not officially decided to revoke the visa extensions previously granted to these tourists who have been staying in the country since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, the PMD reported. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/24)

Sri Lanka’s Economy in the woods: But there is a way out.
by Garvin Karunaratne
Thanks to Cabinet Spokesman, Minister Bandula Gunawardena for revealing that the Sri Lankan Government “is running a shortfall of Rs 10 trillion to meet its expenditure with its revenue...We collect only Rs 3 trillion while the expenses are Rs 13 trillion”(The Morning20​/02/2024) This reveals a situation of sheer bankruptcy, a situation out of which we can perhaps, never recover. What has happened is that since 1978 we have been overspending- living far beyond our means. Professor Charita Herath has aptly stated in the Lankadeepa of 9/2/24 that we are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/24)

De-conspiring the inscription
Ama H. Vanniarachchy Courtesy Ceylon Today
By Ama H. Vanniarachchy The recently-discovered Dimbulagala Rock Inscription became immensely popular in the country due to many reasons. It was instantly labelled by media as the, ‘largest inscription found in Sri Lanka’, and, ‘difficult to read and interpret’.  Accepting many of these ‘lucrative’ claims at face value social as well as mainstream media jumped into conclusions labelling it as, ‘difficult to read’, ‘full of mysteries’, and ‘an inscription that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/24)

Many Americans believe the economy is rigged
By Katherine J. Cramer and Jonathan D. Cohen Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Plight of the American poor New York, February 21 (New York Times): When asked what drives the economy, many Americans have a simple, single answer that comes to mind immediately: “greed.” They believe the rich and powerful have designed the economy to benefit themselves and have left others with too little or with nothing at all. We know Americans feel this way because we asked them. Over the past two years, as part of a project with the American Academy of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/24)

You can call me ’Pad Man’ but I will focus on women’s health: Sajith
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Kandy, Feb. 24 (Daily Mirror)- Renewing his pledge made during the 2019 Presidential election, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa today said he will focus on the maximum on women's health if elected as President of this country.  "I was called 'Pad Man' during the last Presidential election when I spoke of women's health. Talking of women's health is taboo only in Sri Lanka. However, Scotland and New Zealand provide sanitary pads to women free of charge. I will follow these countries and will do the same. You can call me Pad Man," Premadasa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/24)

‘A united step for the country’: Patali’s party submits proposal to President
Courtesy Adaderana
The United Republic Front presented the proposal titled “A United Step for the Country” to President Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning (Feb.24), at ‘Sirikotha, the United National Party (UNP) headquarters in Colombo. After engaging in discussions with the President, the leader of the United Republic Front, MP Patali Champika Ranawaka, along with the delegation, presented the relevant proposal to the President. Speaking at the event President Ranil Wickremesinghe, highlighted the government’s concerted efforts over the past two years to stabilize the country’s economy, which had faced significant challenges. Stressing the government’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/02/24)

මැතිවරණ, බැඳුම්කර වංචා සහ මුදල් දේශපාලනය: ජාත්‍යන්තර මූල්‍ය අරමුදල සහ බංකොළොත්වීමේ ව්‍යුහ විද්‍යාව
ධරිණී රාජසිංහම් සේනානායක
ධරිණි රාජසිංහම් සේනානායක රටවල් බංකොළොත් කිරීම හයිබ්‍රිඩ් ආර්ථික යුද මාදිලියකි ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සිය ඉතිහාසයේ පළමුවරට තමන්ගත්  විදේශ ණය ගෙවීමට නොහැකි බවට එනම්  තමන්   බංකොළොත් වී ඇති බවට ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම සිදුවූයේ එය  බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයෙන් නිදහස ලබා වසර 75ක් පිරීම සැමරෙන අවස්ථාවේදීමය. මෑත වසර කීපය තුළ සිදුවීම් දෙස ආපසු හැරී බැලීමේදී ලැබෙන අවබෝධය තුළ ඒ සඳහා බලපාන ලද මූලික හේතුන් පැහැදිලිව හඳුනාගත හැකිය.2021 මාර්තු මාසයේදී මෙම බංකොළොත් බව ප්‍රකාශ කෙරෙන අවස්ථාවේදී අතිශයෝක්තියට නංවන ලද “අරගලයේ” ව්‍යාජ උත්කර්ෂයටද  සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ගොඩ ගැසුණ ණය කන්දරාව පිටුපස පැවැති රහසිගත ජාත්‍යන්තර ව්‍යුහයන්ගේත් ජාත්‍යන්තර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/24)

Illegality of Urumaya programme
by Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
President distributing land deeds in Galle recently The Urumaya Programme, aimed at resolving land ownership issues for over two million Sri Lankans, was officially launched on 5 February in Dambulla by Minister Harin Fernando. During the press briefing the Minister is reported to have stated: “The programme’s aim is to provide permanent land ownership solutions. Over 10,000 land licensees currently holding Ran Bhoomi, Jaya Bhoomi, and Swarna Bhoomi licences will be among the first beneficiaries of this programme. These licenses will be converted into freehold deeds, granting them... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/24)

ප්‍රවිණ මාධ්‍යවේදිනී ෂෙනාලි වඩුගේ මහත්මියගේ ආදරණීය මෑණියන්ගේ අවසන් කටයුතු සිදුවෙයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  ලංකා ලීඩර්
ජාතික මතවාදය වෙනුවෙන් සැමවිටම පෙනීසිටිමින් ජාත්‍යන්තර වශයෙන් හා දේශීය වශයෙන් ඒ වෙනුවෙන් තම හඬ අවදිකරමින් රට වෙනුවෙන් තම මාධ්‍ය භාවිතාව හැසිරවූ ප්‍රවීන මාධ්‍යවේදිනී ෂෙනාලි වඩුගේ මහත්මියගේ ආදරණීය මෑණියන් වූ ශ්‍රීමා වඩුගේ මහත්මිය ඉකුත් දා අභාවප්‍රාප්ත විය.  එම මෑණියන්ගේ අවසන් කටයුතු  බොරැල්ල සුසාන භූමියේ දී සිදුවූ අතර, එම අවස්ථාවට බොහෝ පිරිසක් එක්ව සිටියහ. එම අභාවය පිළිබඳව 'ලංකා ලීඩර්' අපගේ ශෝකය මෙසේ පළකර සිටිමු. අවසන් කටයුතු සිදුවූ අයුරු දැක්වෙන ඡායාරූප පහළින්... ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 14F
KAMALIKA PIERIS
There is a tug of war going on in the north of Sri Lanka between the Buddhist and non-Buddhists over   Buddhist temples in the north. Neither side is prepared to give in. The Buddhist temples at Navatkuli( Jaffna) and Vadunagala ( Vavuniya) have faced strong opposition. In 2009 57 Buddhist families were brought in and settled in Navatkuli.  They were Sinhala families that had been driven out of Jaffna in 1984 and 1990. Navatkuli is located 6 km from Jaffna. 'Kalana Mithuru Daham Sabha' across the country sponsored the construction of a new temple... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/24)

කුවේණිගේ ශාපයද? ඉන්දියාවේබලහත්කාරයද?
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
අවස්ථානුකූලව ලංකා මුහුදට හොරෙන් එන ඉන්දියන් මාළු බෝට්ටු ! “India under Modi is a rouge state”- Hina Khar, Pakistan’s ex-foreign minister. “පලවෙනි විජයබාහු මහරජතුමා (1055-1110),  කීර්ති කුමාරයා, නොසිටින්නට, ලංකාව දකුණු ඉන්දියාවේ කොටසක් වනවා නිසැකය.” නීල කණ්ඨ ශාස්ත්‍රී, දකුණු ඉන්දියා ඉතිහාසය පිළිඹද ලෝක ප්‍රසිද්ධ මහාචාර්ය *(A) හැඳින්වීම බෲනෝලාගේ මෝඩාභිමානය හරින් ප්‍රනාන්දු  නම් බළල් අත විසින් ලංකාව ඉන්දියාවේ කොටසක් යයි කියන කතාව, ඒ හා සමානව මීට පෙර රංජන් රාමනායක විසින් රටේ හාමුදුරුවරු ගැන කටේ බ්‍රේක් නැතිව කරණ ලද ප්‍රකාශ වලට සමාන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/24)

Let's prevent attempts to push Sinhala to the heap of abandoned languages.A Supreme Court decision has not yet been delivered in Sinhala.-Prime Minister
Prime Minister's Media Division 
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that it is most regrettable that not a single Supreme Court verdict has been delivered in Sinhala so far. He also emphasized the imperative need to prevent the attempts by interested parties to push Sinha la into the pile of abandoned and extinct languages. He stated this at the International Mother Language Day event organized by the National Language Education and Training Institute of the Ministry of Public Administration, the Official Language Commission, the Official Language Department and Sinhala Studies Department of Ruhunu University held on 21.02.2024 at the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/24)

Forty Asia-Pacific Countries Unite For An Agrifood Systems Transformation To Ensure Food Security Of Future Generations
Press Release: UN FAO
22/02/2024, Colombo – Forty countries from the Asia and Pacific region today agreed that transforming agrifood systems was imperative to providing food security for their children’s generation and beyond, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported today. The summation was delivered at today’s close of the 37th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC37). The conference was hosted by the Government of Sri Lanka Forty countries of Asia and the Pacific attended the APRC, with the vast majority attending in-person, including some 20... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/24)

Research links COVID-19 vaccines with increased heart risks, brain and blood disorders
Courtesy Adaderana
Amidst the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines emerged as a beacon of hope, offering humanity a vital tool against the deadly virus. However, recent research has introduced a concerning twist to this narrative. Since the onset of the pandemic, approximately 13.5 billion COVID-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide, marking a significant milestone in the fight against the virus. Notably, around 71% of the global population has received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. Despite the widespread vaccination efforts, a recent peer-reviewed study has now sparked health concerns among this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/24)

ධීවරයෝ කාදිනල් හිමිගේ නිවස වටකරයි | ධීවරයෝ කාදිනල් හිමිට සැරටම අමතයි | පොලිසියටත් උත්තර නෑ
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https://youtu.be/y3oAerQ1iYc... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/24)

IRA || ඉර || 2024 - 02 - 19 || Udaya Gammanpila
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https://youtu.be/XLOYFOPc5wk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/24)

එට්කා මාර්තුවේ.. සියල්ල ඉන්දියාවට.. රටේ අවසානයේ ආරම්භය..
ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ
ඉන්දියානුවන්ට මෙරට රැකියා වෙළඳපළ සහ වෙළඳාමට නිදහසේ පිවිසිය හැකි ආකාරයට සැකසෙමින් තිබෙන එට්කා ගිවිසුම අත්සන් තැබීමට ඉඩදී නිහඬව සිටියහොත් මේ සියවසේ, මේ රටට එරෙහිව අගතිදායකම දේ සිදුකළ පිරිස බවට වත්මන් මැති සබය පත්වන බවට ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා අවධාරණය කරයි. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී පැවති විවාදයකට එක්වෙමින් ඒ මහතා මෙසේ අවධාරණය කළේය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ වීරවංශ මන්ත්‍රීවරයා මෙසේද සඳහන් කළේය. “ගරු නියෝජ්‍ය කතානායකතුමනි, මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයට අදාළ පනත් කෙටුම්පත් කිහිපයක් විවාදයට ගෙනෙන මේ වෙලාවේ මම කැමතියි රටේ ආර්ථිකයේ සිදුවෙමින් පවතින්නේ කුමක්ද, කියා මේ සභාව ඉදිරියේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/24)

Sri Lanka should not become Indianized: Government MP
By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Parliament, Feb. 21 (Daily Mirror)- A government MP said today that Sri Lanka should not be subjected to Indianisation, claiming that he was against the Indian rupee being used in Sri Lanka and to provide Sri Lankan airports to Indian investors. SLPP MP Sarath Weerasekara told Parliament that the President's efforts to rescue the country from economic shambles was praiseworthy and that he was against it if Sri Lanka was gradually subjected to indianisation. "We are against if the Indian rupee is used in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/02/24)

Minister calls for proposals to halt sending Sri Lankan women overseas as housemaids
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara says he has sought proposals from officials of the SLBFE and foreign employment agencies to “completely stop” sending Sri Lankan women overseas to serve as housemaids. Taking to ‘X’ (formerly Twitter), the Minister stated that he has urged the management of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) and the Association of Licensed Foreign Employment Agencies (ALFEA) to submit proposals and plans to completely stop sending Sri Lankan women overseas to work as housemaids. Nanayakkara emphasised the importance of halting the practice of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/02/24)

Tiran claims attempts to disrupt operation ‘Yukthiya’ funded by drug networks
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Public Security, Tiran Alles, emphasized his unwavering commitment to continue operations aimed at suppressing drugs, tackling the underworld and preventing violence against women and children, regardless of any pressure encountered. https://youtu.be/ELReQZ_enKo Furthermore, Minister Alles disclosed that the value of drugs seized thus far during the ‘Yukthiya’ operation, which commenced on December 17, 2023, amounts to Rs. 7.8 billion. The Minister made these remarks during a news conference held at the Presidential Media Centre today (21 Feb.) under the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/02/24)

නිවනේ ඇති පලය කුමක්ද? නිවන් දකින්නේ කුමටද? - 2 වන කොටස
තිස්ස ගුණතිලක
ඉහත පැනයට පිළිතුර හමුවන්නේ නිවන යනු කුමන ස්වභාවයක්දැයි හදුනාගැනීම තුලයි. ඒ නිසා නිවනේ ස්වභාවය හොදින් වටහාගැනීමට තවදුරටත් උත්සාහ කරමු. පසුගිය ලිපියේ පැහැදිලිකල ආකාරයට අනාත්මීය (අනිච්ච), ශුණ්‍ය (දුක්ඛ) හා කරන්නෙක් නැති (අනාත්ම) ආකාරයෙන් ස්වභාවධර්මය පවතියි. ස්වභාවධර්මය අර්ථ දක්වන, පැහැදිලි කරන (definition) සද්ධර්මය තුල හමුවන තිලක්ෂණය මෙයයි. මේ ආකාරයෙන් ඔබත් මමත් සතාසීපාවාත් ගහකොලත් ගංඟා ඇල දොල සුලඟ පෘතුවිය ආකාශය තාරකා ආදියත් වටිනාකමක් නැති, ඒ නිසාම ගින්නක් ඇතිනොවන (ආශ්වාදයක් හෝ වෛරයක් - රාගයක් ද්වේශයක් ඇති නොවන) ස්වභාවයෙන් ස්වභාවධර්මය තුල පවතියි. සරලව කිවහොත් මේ සියල්ලම 'මෙලෝ රසක් නැති' ස්වභාවයෙන් භාහිරයේ පවතියි. මේවා සත්‍ය වශයෙන් නොපවතින බව ප්‍රකාශකරන්නන් ඔබව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

ජවිපෙ ඉන්දියන් විරෝධය ඇත්තක්ද?  
රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්
ජවිපෙ ආරම්භයේ සිට අද දක්වා වසර 55 ක කාලය පුරාම, ‘ඉන්දියන් විරෝධය‘ කාලයෙන් කාලයට උඩ යට ගියේය. ඉන්දියන් විරෝධය හා එමගින් ඇති වූ සමාජ බලපෑම ගැන දත්ත පාදක විග්‍රහයක් බොහෝ දෙනාට නැත. චීන කොමියුනිස්ට් පක්ෂයට හිතවත් මතවාදයක් දැරූ විජේවීර, ඉන්දු - චීන ගැටුම් වර්ධනයවන විට, චීනයේ පැත්ත ගත්තේය.  1967 දෙසැම්බර් ඓතිහාසික කලැත්තෑව සාකච්ඡාවෙන් පසුව, පන්ති පහට ‘ඉන්දියානු ව්‍යාප්තවාදය‘ එන්නේ එතැනිනි.  කැරළිකරුවන් 1977 සිරගෙදරින් නිදහස්වන විට ජවිපෙ ‘ඉන්දියන් ව්‍යාප්තවාදයේ සටන් පාඨය‘ වාෂ්පවී තිබුණි. ඒ බව විජේවීරගේ වචනයෙන්ම මෙසේය. “ඉන්දියානු ප්‍රශ්නය ගත්තොත් මාඕ සේතුංගෙ තර්ක එහෙම දාලා චීන-ඉන්දීය මතභේදය උඩ ෂන් පොත් ගහලා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

ඉරානය සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අතර  සංවර්ධන සහයෝගීතාව, වෙළඳාම සහ ආයෝජන පුළුල් කිරීමට පියවර...
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා සහ ඉරාන විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය හොසේන් අමීර් අබ්දුල්ලාහියාන් (Hossein Amir-Abdullahian) මහතා අතර, සාකච්ඡාවක් අද (2024.02.20) අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී පැවැත්විණි.දෙරටෙහි සමීප ද්විපාර්ශ්වික සබඳතා සහ සංවර්ධන ව්‍යාපෘති සම්බන්ධයෙන් සහයෝගිතාව පුළුල් කිරීම හා වෙළෙඳ සහ ආයෝජන පිළිබඳව මෙම සාකච්ඡාවේදී අවධානය යොමු කෙරිණි.විදුලිබල පද්ධතියට මෙගාවොට් 120ක අතිරේක විදුලි ධාරිතාවක් එක් කරන උමා ඔය ජල විදුලි ව්‍යාපෘතිය සඳහා ලබාදුන් සහය පිළිබඳව අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මෙහිදී ඉරානයට ස්තූතිය පළ කළේය.උමා ඔය ව්‍යාපෘතිය මගින් විදුලිය උත්පාදනයට අමතරව වියළි බිම් අක්කර 50,000 කට වාරි ජලය සැපයීම සඳහා ඝන මීටර් මිලියන 145 ක ජලය සපයයි. මෙම සාර්ථක ව්‍යාපෘතිය පිළිබඳව සතුට පළ කළ ඉරාන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

Sri Lanka’s tourism poised for remarkable growth as visa free travel enhances industry potential
Courtesy Adaderana
February, 20, 2024 Tourism in Sri Lanka is on a high growth trajectory following a boost in Sri Lanka’s potential as a must-visit destination. Visa free travel for tourists from China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan has provided the right nudge for tourists to put Sri Lanka on the top of their travel bucket list. Nationals from these countries planning to visit Sri Lanka need to apply for Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) before arriving, subject to granting of visa free of charge. The scheme is valid until... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

Sri Lanka’s court okays controversial anti-terror bill with reforms
Courtesy LaPrensalatina
Colombo, Feb 20 (EFE).- Sri Lanka’s highest court has given its approval to a contentious anti-terrorism bill in a long-awaited verdict that calls for the removal of several unconstitutional provisions in the proposed legislation amid national and international pressure. Following legal challenges, the bill is now slated for approval by parliament, House Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said on Tuesday. The proposed legislation aims to replace a previous law criticized by human rights organizations as draconian and excessively restrictive. However, concerns persist regarding potential rights violations, given the bill’s similarities to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

Protest against Harin…
Courtesy Adaderana
A protest was staged near the Office of the Minister of Tourism, located on the seventh floor of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM), this afternoon (20 Feb.). Accordingly, a group of protesters were seen calling for the resignation of Tourism Minister Harin Fernando, accusing him of violating the Constitution of Sri Lanka. PC - Sanjeewa Lasantha... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

Protesting health workers claim over-time
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo, Feb 19 (Daily Mirror) - The health sector workers who staged a protest at the National Hospital, Colombo (NHC) today demanding the removal of the National Hospital's Deputy Director, had reportedly signed for overtime payments. When contacted, Deputy Director Dr. Rukshan Bellana claimed that more than 200 health workers attached to the NHC, Eye Hospital, Dental Institute Colombo, Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) and De Soysa Hospital for Women had come to the NHC and protested. He also claimed that these health workers had signed four hours of overtime (OT)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

Wimal questions Harin’s statement in India
By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Parliament, Feb. 20 (Daily Mirror)- The government must inform Parliament wether the statement made by Tourism Minister Harin Fernando in India that Sri Lanka was part of India was the government's official stance or his personal opinion, Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa said. He told Parliament that the Minister had stated in India that Sri Lanka was a part of India and the three airports will be given to India. "The govenment must reveal if the Minister's statement is the official stance of the government or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

English language to be considered for conducting legal proceedings
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo, Feb 20, (Daily Mirror) -  The English language is to be considered for conducting legal proceedings and maintaining records in certain courts, the Government Information Department said today. Particulars in the commerce sphere related to commercial activities are mainly used in the English language and require a considerable cost and time in translating those contents into the Sinhala language. Due to that, an extended period to settle commercial disputes take place which leads to a disadvantage when obtaining entrepreneurs, the department said. “This situation also affected the position of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

A country governed by a flawed Constitution for 46 years? (1978-2024)
Dr Sudath Gunasekara.  Former Secretary to Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranayaka and President Mahanuwara Sinhala Baudhdha Jeista Purawesiyange SanviDhaanaya.
The 1978 one-man Constitution of the Republic of Sri Lanka was promulgated on 7th September 1978 and it abolished the Republican Constitution framed on a popular mandate from the general public in 1972. Since then, 21 Amendments have been made to it by now. (Compare it with Thirty-three amendments to the Constitution of the United States since the Constitution was put into operation on March 4, 1789 (235 years) Generally, the accepted requirement for the Amendment of the Constitution in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

Does our Central Bank live in cloud cuckoo land? Emperor Nero fiddles while Rome burns: Rome will burn beware!
By Garvin Karunaratne, former GA Matara
My warnings about an unbridled Central Bank have come true with the Central Bank mandarins deciding a salary increase of as much as seventy percent, while over half our population lives in sheer poverty having to forgo at least a meal everyday. My Warnings appeared in Lanka Web of 20 th March 2023: An Independent Central Bank: Does it not clash with the sovereignty of the Central Bank. I would appeal to our Central Bank to think again about this massive increase. Any salary increases have to be made to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

The Arts of Post-Colonialism, Geopolitics & Other White Trash
e-Con e-News
blog: eesrilanka.wordpress.com ‘Before you study the economics, study the economists!’ e-Con e-News 11-17 February 2024 ‘Hi guys! How are you doing, exhorted US Ambassador Julie Chung as she walked towards a group of MPs… after the ceremonial opening of Parliament… Another parliamentarian quickly shot a question before the US envoy could move over towards another group: “JVP leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake is in India. Are there any Indo-Pacific issues linked to the visit?” ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

False interpretation of Secularism to deny Freedom of Religion to Buddhist Students to listen to Pirith at Royal College
Senaka Weeraratna
An old boy who has expressed opposition in an article in the Daily FT recently, to the chanting of Pirith in a Buddhist religious ceremony at Royal College on grounds that it is ‘Anti Secular’, has given a false interpretation of Secularism. Moreover, he has made false allegations against the school authorities that 1)    The authorities were forcibly collecting funds from non – non-Buddhist children 2)    The giving of Atapirikara to 100 monks is being done based on forcing parents of children to contribute 3)    Converting Royal College... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

A Message for Lord Marland, the Commonwealth  Enterprise Investment Council Chair
Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University‚ 
The achievement of the CFTC- the Commonwealth  Fund, creating employment for over three million youths in Bangladesh may be of interest. In  Bangladesh when the new Military Government of General Ershard took over the country in 1982, the Ministry of Youth Development was providing skills training to 40,000 youths annually but the vast majority of them failed to find employment and continued to be unemployed for life. I happened to be the Commonwealth Fund Advisor to the Ministry on Youth Development and the new Hon. Minister for Labour and Manpower,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

A RETURN TO WHAT SRI LANKA ONCE  WAS.
Politics
(A Collective Symposium with expert input from Global Financial Advisors) Feb.19th.2024 Evaluating  Sri Lanka’s path to recovery and how the World Bank, as a development partner, is supporting the country’s journey towards green, resilient, and inclusive development, there is a positive indication that the country is on the  right track. The Nation is all too familiar with the unprecedented multiple crises Sri Lanka currently faces and has faced in the past.It must be remembered that It was this time last year, a mere twelve months ago, that the peak of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

West's new cold war on Russia & China crushes EU's economic heart: German industry
Geopolitical Economy Report
NATO's new cold war on Russia and China is destroying Germany's industrial base, devastating Europe's economy, and destabilizing its politics, fueling the rise of the far-right, as neoliberal austerity policies exacerbate the ongoing recession. Ben Norton analyzes the evidence. https://youtu.be/1ViFHv6aq9U... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

PM urges FAO to support introduction of new tech to rural agriculture
Prime Minister's Media Division
Director General of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) Dr Qu Dongyu called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees in Colombo today (February 19). The Prime Minister, while thanking the Food and Agriculture Organization for the assistance provided to agriculture and the rural economic development over the years and urged the FAO to consider further assistance to plans for introducing new technology for agricultural and fisheries sectors. He made a special mention about setting up water pumps with solar panels for energy generation for rural... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ අසාධාරණ තීරණ ගැනීමෙන් වැළකීමට විශේෂයෙන් කටයුතු කරන්න-අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
වැඩ කල්දැමීම වෙනුවට හැකි ඉක්මනින් ඊට සූදානම් වී රාජකාරියට පිවිසෙන්න. ශ්‍රී ලංකා පරිපාලන සේවයේ තුන්වන ශ්‍රේණිය, ශ්‍රී ලංකා විද්‍යාත්මක සේවයේ තුන්වන ශ්‍රේණිය, කළමනාකරණ සේවයේ අධි ශ්‍රේණිය, ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජයේ පුස්තකාලයාධිපති සේවයේ තුන්වන ශ්‍රේණිය යන සේවාවන් හි  සීමිත තරග විභාග සමත් 250 දෙනෙකු සඳහා පත්වීම් ලිපි ප්‍රදානය කිරීම අද (2024.02.19) දින අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී පැවැති අවස්ථාවේදී අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව සඳහන් කළේය. එහිදී අදහස් දැක්වූ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය වරයා - තමන්ගේ දක්ෂතාවය හා ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨත්වය උඩ සුදුසුකම් ලබා තිබෙන ඔබ සියලු දෙනාට ඔබගේ සතුට සමග අපගේ සතුට, ආශිර්වාදය එක් වෙනවා.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/02/24)

West Goes CRAZY Over Navalny Death. Ignores Gonzalo Lira, Julian Assange.
Neutrality Studies
The hypocrisy of the West and the utterly fake outrage over the death of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny is breathtaking. While torturing to death Julian Assange in a UK prison—an Australian citizen who had been working in the UK and whose only "crime" it is to have revealed truths about US war crimes—and all but ignoring the death of Gonzalo Lira in Ukraine, these people swing themselves on the highest horse they can find to blame Russia for being a murderous regime of injustice. The framing of Navalny's death and the lack of options the US... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

SLPP has to decide whether to sail or sink?
Dr Sudath Gunasekara Ex Secretary to Prime Minister Mrs Bndaarnayaka
This blind Government, which blindly elected him should immediately tame the President or ask him to resign forthwith, before completely ruining this country following the footsteps of his uncle going by Western advice with no regard or concern about this country or the Sinhala nation. This blind Government, which blindly elected him must immediately tame the President by taking him under its control and putting him in his place before he completely hands over this Island nation to India like VibhiShana did in the past, for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

Sri Lanka Air Force’s Taxpayer-Funded Charities are Discriminatory and Tribal-Minded
Dilrook Kannangara
Sri Lanka Air Force is taxpayer-funded. Therefore, it must equitably distribute any charitable donations to all. That means all provinces are equal. However, unfortunately, the recent charitable activities only benefit one ethnic group and one province in the North which is discriminatory and tribal-minded. This includes distributing school books and equipment to the north only for the benefit of 75,000 students in the northern province. SLAF spends 100 million rupees for the purpose when all school students around the island suffer the effects of acute poverty! If Sri Lanka had a functioning justice system... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 14C
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The main strategy used to suppress Buddhism in the north and east, was to place Hindu kovils within Buddhist ruins. Kovils were set up on Buddhist structures. Hindu kovils have been built over many of the Buddhist shrines, said Medhananda.There was a historical precedent for this. Ama Wanniarachchi reported in 2022 that recent archaeological excavation revealed that the Siva Devala No. 1 at Polonnaruwa, was built on a Buddhist image house that had been demolished. The Report of the Sinhala Commission (2001) listed Buddhist ruins into which kovils had been inserted. Department of Archaeology... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS  AND  EELAM  Part  14D
KAMALIKA PIERIS
In 1983, Cyril Mathew prepared a 167 page document, titled “An appeal to UNESCO to safeguard and preserve the cultural property in Sri Lanka endangered by racial prejudice, unlawful occupation or willful destruction.” The book also contains information on 24 selected sites, with supporting documents, showing the destruction of these Buddhist monuments.  Among the monuments destroyed he lists Kurundanmalai where in 1981 there was an attempt to turn the image house into a Hindu kovil. A siripatula found there was used as a base to light camphor. Further, the stupa at Nellikulam in Vavuniya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS  AND  EELAM  Part  14E
KAMALIKA PIERIS
When destroying Buddhist ruins,rock inscriptions were specifically targeted. They were sought out and deliberately destroyed. They were usulaly  broken into peices,  failing which,  words were tarred or obliterated.Mundikulammale in  Ampara had rows of caves with inscriptions. these had been shot and destroyed. The damage done is extensive. Buddhist ruins at Niyankullukama were shot and destroyed, while Medhananda was there, exploring in 1972. At Kuchchaveli Maha vihara a Sanskrit inscription was defaced in 1981 Mahagirilla Savarankeligala had a unique inscription relating to a ‘pase budun’. This was recorded by the Department of Archaeology. Medhananda found... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

හරීන්ට නඩු!
උපුටා ගැන්ම  ලංකා ලීඩර්
ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඉන්දියාවේ කොටසක් බවට සංචාරක ඇමැති හරින් ප්‍රනාන්දු මහතා කර ඇති ප්‍රකාශය සම්බන්ධයෙන් නඩු පැවරීම සඳහා නීති උපදෙස් ලබා ගනිමින් සිටින බව දේශහිතෛශී ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරයේ මහ ලේකම් වෛද්‍ය වසන්ත බණ්ඩාර මහතා පවසයි. ඇමැතිවරයා පවසා ඇති එම ප්‍රකාශය නිසා ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව උල්ලංඝනය වන බවත් මන්ත්‍රීවරයකු වශයෙන් ලබා දී ඇති දිවුරුම කඩවන බවත්, මෙරට ස්වෛරීභාවය උල්ලංඝනය වන බවත් වසන්ත බණ්ඩාර මහතා පවසයි. එම හේතු සාධකයන් නිසා හරින් ප්‍රනාන්දු ඇමැතිවරයාට එරෙහිව නුදුරු දිනයකදී සුදුසු පියවරයන් ගැනීමට කටයුතු කරන බවත් ඒ මහතා පවසයි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

හරීන් ප්‍රනාන්දු "ලංකාව ඉන්දියාවේ කොටසක්!" කියද්දී "ජනපති -රාජපක්ෂවරු - බලයට ඉව අල්ලන විපක්ෂ කල්ලි" කසාය බීපු ගොළුවන් වගේ දත කට පූට්ටු කරගෙන ඉන්නවා - විමල් වීරවංශ
උපුටා ගැන්ම  ලංකා ලීඩර්
හරීන් ප්‍රනාන්දු සංචාරක අමාත්‍යවරයා ඉන්දියාවේ රාජ්‍යතාන්ත්‍රික කටයුත්තකදී සිදුකරන ලද "ලංකාව ඉන්දියාවේ කොටසක්!" යන බරපතළ ප්‍රකාශය හමුවේ ජනාධිපති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ, "රටේ ස්වෛරීත්වය රැක්කේ අපි" කියා පවසන රාජපක්ෂවරුන්, විපක්‍ෂ නායකවරයා ඇතුළු බලයට ඉව අල්ලන විපක්ෂයේ අනෙකුත් කල්ලි කණ්ඩායම් කසාය බිව් ගොළුවන් සේ දත කට පූට්ටු කරගෙන ඉන්නා බවත් ඉන් පෙනී යන්නේ, "ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තුළ ඉන්දියානු වහල්භාවය කොතරම් බරපතළ ලෙස එළාගෙන යනවාද? එයට මේ ආණ්ඩුව සහ බලයට ඉව අල්ලන විපක්ෂ කල්ලි කණ්ඩායම් කොතරම් දුරට අවනත වී තිබෙනවාද?" යන්න බවත් ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පෙන්වා දෙයි. අද(17) සවස පිටකෝට්ටේ පිහිටි ජාතික... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

රාජ්‍ය සම්පත් පෞද්ගලීකරණය කිරීමෙන් සමාජ අනාරක්ෂිතතාවක් නිර්මාණය වීමේ අවදානමක් - මහානායක හිමිවරුන්ගෙන් ජනපති රනිල්ට අවවාදාත්මක ලිපියක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  ලංකා ලීඩර්
රාජ්‍ය සම්පත් පෞද්ගලීකරණ කිරීම හේතුවෙන් සමාජ අනාරක්ෂිතතාවක් නිර්මාණය වීමේ අවදානමක් මතුව ඇති බව පෙන්වා දෙමින් ත්‍රෛනිකායික මහානායක හිමිවරුන් විසින්  ජනාධිපති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා වෙත අවවාදාත්මක ලිපියක් යොමුකර තිබේ. එමගින් උන්වහන්සේලා පෙන්වා දී ඇත්තේ  ඇත්තේ මහජන සුබ සිද්ධිය, ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව, මෙන්ම රටේ ආර්ථික ස්ථායීත්වය පදනම් කොටගෙන ආරම්භ කරන ලද රාජ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාර මහජනයා සතු සම්පතක් බවත්, රාජ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාර ප්‍රතිව්‍යුහගත කිරීමට වත්මන් රජය ගෙන යන වැඩපිළිවෙලට සමාජය තුළින් දැඩි විරෝධයක් මතුවී ඇති බවත්ය. ත්‍රෛනිකායික මහානායක හිමිවරුන් විසින් නිකුත්කළ නිවේදනය පහතින්,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

Defence Secretary pays tribute to Colonel Olcott
Ministry of Defence  - Media Centre
Remembering the 117th death anniversary of Buddhist revivalist, Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne paid floral tributes to the statue of the late Colonel Olcott opposite the Fort Railway Station, Colombo today (Feb 17). A pioneer of the Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist movement, Colonel Olcott spearheaded the inauguration of Buddhist high schools in the main cities of the country, such as Ananda College in Colombo, Dharmaraja College in Kandy, Mahinda College in Galle, Rahula College in Mathara and Maliyadewa College in Kurunegala. He also established... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

The Worst Defeat for Ukraine - No Victory for Netanyahu - Huge Miscalculations | Larry C. Johnson
Dialogue works
Larry C. Johnson is a veteran of the CIA and the State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism. He is the founder and managing partner of BERG Associates, which was established in 1998. Larry provided training to the US Military’s Special Operations community for 24 years. He has been vilified by the right and the left, which means he must be doing something right. You can also follow him on telegram (t.me/sonar_21 (https://t.me/sonar_21) and https://sonar21.com. https://youtu.be/nYeR4nIV2ls... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

President Ranil Wickremesinghe tells MPs that “there are no short cuts to abolish executive presidency”
Courtesy The Island
“Elections will be held in time, opposition circulating rumours”
President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday said that people of this country well know that there are no shortcuts to abolish the executive presidency.Responding to a query by a group of MPs at a meeting at the President’s Office in Colombo, the President said that the presidential election would be held on time and there would be no abolition of the executive presidency at this time, sources from the president’s office said. “I have clearly stated several times that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

Dispute over 90 perches of land ends after 52 years legal battle
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo, Feb. 18 (Daily Mirror)- The Supreme Court delivered a judgment in favour of the plaintiff party over a land dispute relating to a 90-perch plot of land in Kurunegala, which had traversed the halls of the courts for 52 years. This case was first instituted in 1972 by the original plaintiff in the District Court of Kurunegala against the original defendant for a declaration of title to the land called “Damunugahamulawatta”, ejectment of the original defendant from the said land, restoration of possession and damages. On March 29, 1976,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

UK Behind Attack on Russian IL-76 With Ukrainian POWs - Source
Courtesy Sputnik
© Sputnik / Stringer On January 24, the Ukrainian Armed Forces shot down a Russian Air Force Il-76 military transport plane over the Belgorod region that was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners set for exchange. Kiev's British advisers are responsible for the deaths of the POWs and the crew of the Il-76 transport plane, which was shot down by a Ukrainian missile, an informed source familiar with the situation has told Sputnik. "The attack on the Il-76 was carried out under pressure from British advisers without coordination with the air... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

Police arrest 418 more suspects as operation ‘Yukthiya’ continues
Courtesy Adaderana
Another 418 suspects have been arrested by Sri Lanka’s police and security forces personnel within 24 hours which ended at 12.30 a.m. today (18 Feb.), as part of the ongoing countrywide anti-drug operation ‘Yukthiya’. According to the Ministry of Public Security, detention orders have been secured against 8 of the suspects, while 2 arrestees were sent to rehabilitation centres. Among the 418 arrestees are 8 suspects who had open warrants against them over narcotics-related charges and 113 others who had open warrants against them over non-drug related charges. The narcotics... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

Nearly 800 traffic offenders identified through CCTV system in first 15 days of February
Courtesy Adaderana
A total of 793 traffic offenders have been identified within the first 15 days of February through the 24-hour surveillance system implemented to monitor traffic violations. According to Police Spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa, 300 police stations across the country have been notified to take necessary action against the said offenders. He further noted that nearly 26,000 cases of persons driving under the influence of alcohol were reported in 2023. On 22 January 2024, Sri Lanka Police launched a special project through which traffic offenders in Colombo will be traced using... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/02/24)

ජනාධිපතිවරණය 2025 දී ද ජනාධිපතිවරයා ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ මතය විමසයිද?
නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන  B.Sc ( Col), PGDC(Col)
2002 දී චන්ද්‍රිකා බණ්ඩාරනායක ජනාධිපතිවරිය සමයේදී 19 වන ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයක් ආ බවත් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ විනිසුරු 7ක් මගින් එයට දුන් ඒකමතික තීරණය උල්ලංඝනය කරමින් මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපති සමයේ 2015 දී 19 සංශෝධනයක් නැවත ගෙනා බවත් ඇතැම් නීති විශාරදයෝ සහ ඇතැම් දේශපාල විචාරකයෝ අමතක කරති. එය එසේ අමතක කළ නොහැකිය. එය ව්‍යවස්ථා කුමන්ත්‍රණයකි. ජනාධිපතිවරණය පැවැත්විය යුත්තේ වසර 5කින් නොව වසර 6කින් වන්නේ එකී ව්‍යවස්ථා කුමන්ත්‍රණය නිවැරදි කිරීමෙනි. 2015 ගෙනා 19ය මගින් 2002 ගෙනා 19යේ පූර්ණ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තිරණය උල්ලංඝනය කළ ව්‍යවස්ථා කුමන්ත්‍රණය පහත විස්තර කර ඇත.2002දී පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ගෙන එන ලද 19 වන ආණ්ඩුක‍්‍රම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/02/24)

Bombing Muslims for Peace -Isn't It Time to Put Our Toy Soldiers Away (Along with Our Illusions)?
By William J. Astore TomDispatch.com
Like many American boys of the baby-boomer generation, I played “war” with those old, olive-drab, plastic toy soldiers meant to evoke our great victory over the Nazis and “the Japs” during World War II. At age 10, I also kept a scrapbook of the 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel and its various Arab enemies in the Middle East. It was, I suppose, an early sign that I would make both the military and the study of history into careers. I recall rooting for the Israelis, advertised then as crucial American... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/02/24)

Forever War in the Middle East: William Astore
Courtesy TomDispatch.com
War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. So that classic late 1960s song claimed. Still, for Bill Astore and me (and, I have little doubt, Joe Biden, too), such a thought didn’t cross our minds as we played with toy soldiers on the floors of our rooms as kids. I can still remember spending endless hours refighting both the Civil War and World War II — the war my father was in and, strangely enough, at least to me then, wouldn’t talk about — with my books piled high to create canyons and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/02/24)

In Kashmir, extremists target Ahmadis, injuring worshippers, tearing down minarets
by Shafique Khokhar Courtesy PIME Asian News
A mob attacked an Ahmadi place of worship in Kotli district, sending the caretaker to hospital with serious injuries. Previously, they had given the authorities an ultimatum to demolish the Ahmadi mosque. Despite CCTV footage, police have yet to make any arrests. “We want justice,” Ahmadi leader told AsiaNews. Azad Jammu Kashmir (AsiaNews) – Pakistan’s Ahmadi community has once again been targeted by extremist groups. The latest attack took place on Monday in Bhabra, Kotli district (Azad Jammu and Kashmir), involving... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/02/24)

AKD: JVP-led NPP will not undermine India’s national security
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island
A National People’s Power (NPP) administration will not do anything that will undermine Indian security, but it will maintain economic and political relations with China, the NPP delegation to India told Indian officials, JVP/NPP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said in an interview with Sirasa TV, on Thursday (15). In his first interview since his return to the country, Dissanayake said India had extended an invitation to the NPP in December. “However, we had other commitments in December. One of them was visiting China at the invitation of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/02/24)

Chief Prelates raise concerns with President on state assets privatisation
Courtesy Adaderana
The Chief Prelates of the three Buddhist Chapters have raised deep concerns about a potential risk of emerging social insecurity due to the privatisation of state assets. They communicated this in a letter addressed to President Ranil Wickremesinghe.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/02/24)

China Develops with Neighbors (‘Common Prosperity’), India Develops at the Expense of Neighbors (‘Beggar Thy Neighbor’)
Dilrook Kannangara
Chinese and Indian development models are completely different. Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, etc. achieved success thanks to the Chinese development model. Indian development model does not have that feature. Therefore, Sri Lanka cannot become India’s Hong Kong. Teaming up with India only leads to worse poverty, debt, economic disaster and unemployment for Sri Lanka. The Chinese model is based on ‘common prosperity’ even before the concept was spelled out. It benefits not just China but also China’s neighbors and partners. Singapore was an under-developed fishing village in 1965 but thanks to trade with and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

What would be the President’s agenda?
S.Akurugoda
As per a news item that appeared in The Island of 12 .02.2024 titled ‘ SLPP MPs not consulted on ECTA, alleges government member’, MP Sarath Weerasekerais is urging President Ranil Wickremesinghe not to exploit the continuing political, economic and social crisis to advance his agenda.  https://island.lk/slpp-mps-not-consulted-on-etca-alleges-govt-member/. The SLPP MP said that the two countries suspended talks on ETCA in 2018 following a spate of protests here. Negotiations commenced in 2016 between Modi’s India and the Yahapalana government, a year after Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat at the 2015 presidential election. Interestingly, MP Sarath Weerasekera is one of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

‘Together, we are not just discussing the future; we are shaping it with the formidable capabilities of our armed forces.’ - Defence Secretary
Ministry of Defence  - Media Centre
‘Currently, we proudly stand with the strength of over 1800 military engineers, spanning diverse domains such as Civil, Mechanical, Electronic, Telecommunication, Marine, Aeronautical and many more. Our primary objective is to elevate the aspirations of our young military engineers. We aim to propel them to greater heights in the engineering realm by providing the necessary support and resources to attain chartered engineering qualifications.’ Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne made these remarks as the Chief Guest of the inaugural Military Engineering and Technology Conference organized by the College of Military Engineering... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

ඇස් දෙකට පේන සුළු සුළු දේ කරන්න විමධ්‍යගත අරමුදල් දෙනකන් ඉන්න එපා.  -අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
මහරගම ප්‍රාදේශීය සම්බන්ධීකරණ කමිටුව, එහි සභාපති අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් 2024.02.15 දින රැස්වූ අවස්ථාවේදී අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව සඳහන් කළේය.  එහිදී අදහස් දැක් වූ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා - අද රට මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය සම්බන්ධයෙන් බොහොම නරක තත්ත්වයකට  පත්වෙලා. දැන් පත්කර තිබෙන විශේෂ ඒකකය මගින් ඔබතුමාලා වුණත් ඕනම වෙලාවක අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්න පුළුවන්. මෙතන තියෙන්නේ තාවකාලික සුභ සිද්ධියක් නෙවෙයි.  රජයේ සේවකයින් ලෙස ජනතාවගේ අනාගත සුභ සිද්ධිය උදෙසා තමන්ගේ රාජකාරිය හරියට ඉටු කරන්න. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් රජය අරගෙන තිබෙන තීරණ සියල්ල ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම රජය දැනටමත් ආරම්භ කර තිබෙනවා. පොලිස්පතිවරයා සහ ඒ පිළිබඳ අමාත්‍යවරයා විශේෂ ඒකකයක් මගින් දිනපතා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

19යේ ව්‍යවස්ථා කුමන්ත්‍රණය නිවැරදි කිරීමෙන් ජනාධිපතිවරණය පැවැත්වීම වසර 6කින් එනම් 2025 දීය...!
නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B.Sc ( Col), PGDC(Col)
http://neethiyalk.blogspot.com/2024/02/2015-19-2002-19-2025.html?m=12002 දී චන්ද්‍රිකා බණ්ඩාරනායක ජනාධිපතිවරිය සමයේදී 19 වන ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයක් ආ බවත් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ විනිසුරු 7ක් මගින් එයට දුන් ඒකමතික තීරණය උල්ලංඝනය කරමින් මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපති සමයේ 2015 දී 19 සංශෝධනය නැවත ගෙනා බවත් ඇතැම් නීති විශාරදයෝ සහ ඇතැම් දේශපාල විචාරකයෝ අමතක කරති. එය එසේ අමතක කළ නොහැකිය. එය ව්‍යවස්ථා කුමන්ත්‍රණයකි. ජනාධිපතිවරණය පැවැත්විය යුත්තේ වසර 5කින් නොව වසර 6කින් වන්නේ එකී ව්‍යවස්ථා කුමන්ත්‍රණය නිවැරදි කිරීමෙනි. 2015 ගෙනා 19ය මගින් 2002 ගෙනා 19යේ පූර්ණ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තිරණය උල්ලංඝනය කළ ව්‍යවස්ථා කුමන්ත්‍රණය පහත විස්තර කර ඇත.2002දී පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ගෙන එන ලද 19 වන ආණ්ඩුක‍්‍රම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

Sri Lanka is part of India? Sri Lankan Tourism Minister's Remark Raises Questions..!
Sri Lanka News
The remark by a Sri Lankan Tourism Minister suggesting that Sri Lanka is part of India has sparked concerns about the erosion of Sri Lanka's sovereignty. While historical, cultural, and geographical ties between the two nations are undeniable, asserting Sri Lanka's independent identity is crucial in safeguarding its sovereignty and national interests. In conclusion, while India and Sri Lanka share deep-rooted historical, cultural, and economic connections, asserting Sri Lanka's sovereignty and independence is paramount. The recent remark by a Sri Lankan Cabinet minister underscores the need for careful navigation of bilateral relations, respecting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

The System Change Myth-II
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy The Island
The general takeaway from the disastrous and premature ending of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa Administration is very simple. Non-politicians do not make good Presidents. Those with financial literacy blame that Administration’s economic management that saw the country into an almost economic collapse. However, the general consensus is that the cause was not ill-founded policy decisions. It is more because of the corruption led by key politicians in the Government.  Voters are gravitating into two camps As both presidential and parliamentary elections loom close ahead, the public... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

Why AKD’s India Visit Matters
By  Uditha Devapriya Courtesy The Island
India’s decision to invite JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has made headlines in every local paper, and practically every Indian paper. The visit is significant for at least two reasons. First, the JVP-NPP is not the country’s main Opposition. At the General Elections in 2020, it obtained a dismal three per cent but enough to secure three seats in Parliament. For such a party to merit an invitation from New Delhi speaks a lot about India’s perceptions of Sri Lanka’s politics.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

LTTE’s Troubling Presence in the UK
By Jude Amory Courtesy Ceylon Today
In the intricate landscape of counterterrorism and geopolitics, the British Government’s manoeuvres often resemble a perplexing tango, where their steps seem choreographed with contradictory grace. Amidst this dance, one glaring anomaly stands out: the UK’s curious tolerance of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), an organisation steeped in terror and infamy. Picture this: a group known for its macabre mastery of suicide attacks, the LTTE held the world record until the rise of ISIS. Yet, despite its grisly resume, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

Reducing Trade Deficit
By DR. C. S. WEERARATNA Courtesy The Island
A trade deficit typically occurs when a country does not produce enough goods for its citizens. When production cannot meet demand as in Sri Lanka, there is a need to import thereby widening the trade deficit.  A persistent trade deficit is detrimental to a country’s economy because it is financed with debt. The trade deficit in Sri Lanka had been persistent over a long period of time (Table 1) Persistent Trade Deficit tends to have a negative impact on employment, growth, and value... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

Several historical shrines designated as Sacred Sites
Courtesy Hiru News
The National Physical Planning Department has designated 11 temples of significant archaeological, historical, and sacred importance as Sacred Sites in the Government Gazette. These areas, now recognized as sacred sites, had their respective documents submitted to the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (15), presided over by Mr. Saman Ekanayake, the Secretary to the President. Ambagaswewa Purana Rajamaha Vihara belonging to Horovpatana Divisional Secretariat Division of the Anuradhapura District, Pothuvatawana Maha Vihara belonging to Dankotuwa Divisional Secretariat Division of Puttalam District, Ampara Muhudu Maha Vihara of Pottuvil Divisional Secretariat Division of Ampara District, Maddegama Raja Maha... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

‘Wonder material’ graphene makes huge step towards practical use
Story by Andrew Griffin Courtesy The Independent
Graphene, a “wonder material” that could help solve some of humanity’s deepest problems, has cleared a major hurdle towards practical uses. Graphene is the world’s thinnest, super-strong and super-flexible material. It could have dramatic applications in everything from engineering tissue to making new kinds of technological devices. However, scientists have been concerned that it could cause damage to human health, which could cause significant problems for its practical use. Now researchers say that inhaling the substance does not seem to have any short-term adverse effects... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

Anura Kumara in India: The Village Boy Enticed by Gopis, - Lost in Vrindavan!
By Sena Thoradeniya
Anura Kumara Dissanayaka was in India. Media reported that it was on an invitation by Indian Government. According to Indian media reports this visit was organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) affiliated to the Ministry of External Affairs and the delegation was accompanied by Eldos Mathew Punnoose, Counsellor at the Indian High Commission in Colombo.  (1) Nonverbal Signals Anura Kumara in a full suit was seen in conversation with Indian External Affairs Minister Subramanyam Jaishankar who was wearing a sherwani type Indian dress.  Anura Kumara has shed both his... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 14A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Tamil Separatist Movement has shown strong opposition to the presence of Buddhist temples in the north and east. Tamil Separatist Movement   vehemently objects to the construction of Buddhist temples and demands their removal. Tamil Separatist Movement   objects to construction of new Buddhist temples, Buddha statues and shrines. It objects to   the presence of Bhikkhus in those temples and to the excavation of ancient Buddhist temples. Tamil Separatist Movement calls this “Buddhistization.”  Tamil Separatist Movement   responds by destroying Buddhist ruins,   by     vandalizing   Buddhist statues, by  threatening bhikkhus who had come into the north and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 14B
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Strategic Buddhist sites in the northeastern region have been turned into ‘Contested Sites’ by the Tamil Separatist Movement. The most recent Contested Site was Kurundi, but there were two  before that. In January 2019 a group of about 200 persons led by northern politicians stormed the precincts of Gurukanda Raja Maha Viharaya in Nayaru, Mullaitivu, claiming that the temple had been built on a land belonging to Hindu devotees, reported the media..The group included local politicians and devotees of the adjoining Neeraviadi Kovil.  There was a clash between the Chief Incumbent of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

ETCA, Indo-US strategy detrimental to Lanka’s independence – Wimal
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Wimal Weerawansa National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa says the proposed Economic and Technology Co-operation Agreement (ETCA) with India should be examined in the context of India’s geopolitical strategy in respect of Sri Lanka. Referring to a recent declaration by SLPP MP Rear Admiral (retd.) Sarath Weerasekera that the government parliamentary group hadn’t been consulted on the proposed agreement discussed at any level though Cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena announced finalisation of the ETCA by March this year, dissident SLPP MP Weerawansa alleged that New Delhi... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

PENTAGON’S OWN MAP OF U.S. BASES IN AFRICA CONTRADICTS ITS CLAIM OF “LIGHT” FOOTPRINT
Nick Turse courtesy The Intercept
A formerly secret map from AFRICOM shows a network of 29 U.S. military bases that stretch from one side of Africa to another. Nick Turse LAST MONTH, ABOUT a dozen al-Shabab fighters infiltrated the perimeter of a military base in Manda Bay, Kenya. One of them took aim with a rocket-propelled grenade, firing at a U.S. surveillance plane and touching off an hourslong firefight. When it was all over, the two American pilots of that plane and a U.S. soldier were dead, two other U.S.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

Exposition of Deegawapiya Sacred Relics in ‘Ethugalpura’
Ministry of Defence  - Media Centre
•           The procession of the Sacred Omniscient Relics of Deegawapiya Stupa and the Crest-Gem to the Buddhist shrines in ancient Ethugalpura. The island-wide public veneration of the Sacred Omniscient Relics of Deegawapiya Stupa unearthed from the Deegawapiya site during the excavations and the Crest-Gem commenced from Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya on August 30, 2023 to provide the devotees with an opportunity to pay their homage is continuing further. Accordingly, these revered articles will be exhibited at the Monaragala Rajamaha Viharaya, Rideegama on February 20 and 21, at the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

Institute of National Security Studies Webinar on “SOUTH ASIAN GEOPOLITICS IN 2024: LESSONS FOR SRI LANKA”
Ministry of Defence  - Media Centre
Post -event Press Release The Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the Ministry of Defence’s premier think tank on national security, hosted a close door webinar on “South Asian Geopolitics in 2024: Lessons for Sri Lanka” on Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 1000hrs to 1200hrs (IST) via Zoom. The Guest Speaker for the event was, Lieutenant General Vinod G. Khandare PVSM, AVSM, SM (Retd.), Principal Adviser, Ministry of Defence, India. Colonel Nalin Herath RSP, Overlooking Director General, and Acting Director (Research) of INSS was the moderator of the event. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

Sri Lanka, a centre of gravity for economic growth – JICA President
Prime Minister's Media Division
JICA to commence new development projects in Sri LankaPresident of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Dr. Tanaka Akihito, described Sri Lanka as a centre of gravity of global economic development and JICA would continuously assist development and reforms agenda of Sri Lanka. He said this during a discussion with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees in Colombo on today (February 14).The Prime Minister thanked Dr Akihito for the support extended to Sri Lanka for decades since JICA became a member of Sri Lanka Aid Consortium in 1968. He urged JICA to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

ෆොනීට රිටර්න් එකක් ! - සජිත් කලකිරිලා | එන්න එපා කිව්වට - රනිල් ආවා කැලණියට !
The Leader TV
https://youtu.be/T6jyzwwyJq4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd (CPSTL) audit exposes data deletion and ‘massive losses’ in stock holding
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara says he has received an audit report from KPMG and CPSTL audit investigation officials saying they have found that more than 1.3 million entries on SAP data have been changed or deleted since 2010 and that most have occurred in 2022 during the height of Sri Lanka’s fuel crisis. In a post on ‘X’, formerly known as Twitter, the minister said that the major findings of the forensic audit conducted by KPMG on the sales and distribution of petroleum products from Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd (CPSTL)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

Sri Lanka’s inflation expected to hit 5% in medium term, report says
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s spike in inflation is expected to be short-lived and will return to the targeted 5% in the medium term, a monetary policy report released by the central bank said on Thursday as the island nation’s economy stabilises from a crippling financial crisis. Sri Lanka’s economy is seeing glimmers of recovery, helped by a $2.9 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, after it went into freefall in 2022 due to a severe foreign exchange shortage. At the start of 2024, Sri Lanka raised its value added tax (VAT) to 18% from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

ඉන්දියාව ගෝඨාභය බය කළ හැටි... "මට ගෝඨාභය පාවා දෙන්න බෑ"
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/KocJwkbrHMY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

Asoka Weeraratna's Visit to Hamburg in March 1953
Senaka Weeraratna
In 1953, Asoka Weeraratna, Founder and Honorary Secretary of the Lanka Dhammaduta Society, paid a second visit to Germany and surveyed Buddhist activities in that country. On this trip Asoka travelled widely all over Germany, i.e. Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart, Bremen, Frankfurt, Bonn, and Cologne among others, meeting leaders of Buddhist organizations in various German cities > and enlisting their support for the cause of establishing the Buddha Sasana in Germany. He was also asked to inspect a suitable site for a  Buddhist Centre and Vihara, and a Settlement for lay Buddhists and Upasakas.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

ශ්‍රීමත් ඩී. බී. ජයතිලක පිළිරුව නිරාවරණය කිරීම
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය
• අද භුක්ති විදින්නේ අපේ ජාතික වීරවරයන් කැපිකිරීම් මතින් දිනාගත් නිදහසයි...• ඩී. බී. ජයතිලක කියන්නේ ගවේෂණය කළ යුතු චරිතයක්...- අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතාඅග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ  2024.02.13 දින කැලණිය වරාගොඩ  පැවැති ජාතික වීරවර ශ්‍රීමත් ඩී. බී. ජයතිලක පිළිරුව නිරාවරණය කිරීමේ අවස්ථාවට එක්වෙමිණි.ජාතික වීරවර ශ්‍රීමත් දොන් බාරොන් ජයතිලක එකසිය පනස් හයවෙනි ජන්ම සංවත්සරය නිමිත්තෙන් ඒ මහතා උපන් කැලණිය වරාගොඩ පෙදෙසේ ඉදිකළ මෙම පිළිරුව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය  දිනෙෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතාගේ සුරතින්  නිරාවරණය කළේය.එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයාඅප රටේ සුවිශේෂ ජාතික වීරවරයෙක් වූ ඩි. බී ජයතිලක මැතිතුමාගේ පිළිරුවක් එතුමා උපන් ගමේ ඉදිකොට විවෘත කරන අවස්ථාවට, අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා හැටියට රජය වෙනුවෙන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

Lankan economists and Indian traders stress benefits of Indo-Lanka land bridge
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily News
President Wickremesinghe with Vivian Balakrishnan, Penny Wong and S.Jaishankar at Perth Indian Ocean conference Colombo, February 13: In his speech at the seventh Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) in Perth, Australia on February 10, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe reiterated the plan to build a land bridge between Sri Lanka and India to boost trade and economic integration between the two countries.   He had proposed a bridge across the Palk Strait when he was Prime Minister between 2002 and 2004 and named it the “Hanuman... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/02/24)

රතු සහෝදරයන්ට ඉන්දියාවෙන් කෝටි 300ක් අතට සල්ලි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
මෑතකදී ඉන්දියානු සංචාරයක ගිය රතු සහෝදරයන්ට රුපියල් කෝටි 300ක මුදලක් ලබා දී ඇති බවට තොරතුරු ලැබී ඇතැයි මිහින්තලා රාජමහා විහාරාධිපති පූජ්‍ය වලවා හැංගුන වැවේ ධම්මරතන හිමියෝ පවසති. මැතිවරණයට වියදම් කිරීමට මෙම මුදල ලැබුනු බවට තොරතුරු තමන් වහන්සේට ලැබී ඇති බවද උන් වහන්සේ පැවසූහ. මෙහි සත්‍ය අදහස් අසත්‍යතාවය රතු සහෝදරයන් විසින්ම හෙළි කළ යුතුව ඇතැයි ද එහිමියෝ කියා සිටියහ. උත්සව සභාවක් අමතමින් උන්වහන්සේ මෙම අදහස් පළ කළහ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/24)

RTI reveals… Budget allocated to conduct one election in 2024
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
It seems like President Ranil Wickremesinghe had already begun his campaign, defections among key figures in major political parties indicate that an election is likely in the offing Whether a General Election could be held with Rs. 250,000,000 remains doubtful, according to critics in the political scene NPP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that it is no secret that the incumbent President has delayed elections  The Presidential and General elections are two much anticipated events in Sri Lanka’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/24)

State Minister reveals plans to establish three international universities in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
State Minister of Higher Education Dr. Suren Raghavan has announced plans to offer multiple degrees through state universities, in a bid to enhance the educational landscape in Sri Lanka.  Drawing from insights of international education experts, Dr. Raghavan explained that plans are also afoot to establish three international universities within Sri Lanka, adding that that two of these universities are currently in the establishment phase, with the third scheduled to commence operations by May of this year. Notably, the Indian Institute of Technology is to be opened in Kandy, while the other... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/24)

කියන තරම් හොරකම් කළාද ? එංගලන්තයට - නවසීලන්තයට වුණුදේ...
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/CdLU7Pmumc4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/02/24)

We should become the ‘Hong Kong of India’ – this is not to state that Sri Lanka should become a satellite state of India
Chanaka Bandarage, International Lawyer (chanakab
hotmail.com)

No one would disagree that Hong Kong rode to its prosperity on the back of China (after the Chinese Revolution, Hong Kong underwent a rapid and successful process of industrialization, from the late 1940s, and became a rich ‘state’). After the liberalisation of China’s trade (Chairman Deng’s Open Door Policy’ in the late 1970s), Hong Kong grabbed the opportunity and increased its trade with China by tenfold.  Within few years, the tiny Hong Kong’s exports to China surpassed its imports from China. When it comes to India, Sri Lanka... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 13/02/24)

නිවනේ ඇති පලය කුමක්ද? නිවන් දකින්නේ කුමටද? - 1 වන කොටස
තිස්ස ගුණතිලක
මාගේ මිතුරන්ද ඇතුඵව බොහෝ දෙනෙකු නගන ප්‍රශ්ණයක් නම් මෙතරම් වීරියක්, උත්සාහයක් ගෙන නිවන් දකින්නේ කුමටද?  එහි පලය කුමක්ද? අප වැනි වයෝවෘධ බොහෝ දෙනෙක් ජීවත් වන සුළු කාලයකට මෙතරම් වීරියක් වඩා ලබන නිවනේ පලය කුමක්ද? එහි ඇති සුවය කුමක්ද? ජීවිතයේ ඉතිරි ටිකත් මෙහෙමම යමුයි සිත සකස්කරගත් කීදෙනෙක් අපට හමුවී ඇතිද? මෙවැනි විචිකිච්චාවක සිරවී, ප්‍රශ්ණ නගන බොහෝ දෙනා නිවන් සුවය කුමක් දැයි නොදැන නිවන අවතක්සේරුවකට භාජනය කර ඇති සැටියක් පෙනේ.  ඇත්තටම නිවන යනු කුමක්ද? එහි ඇති ප්‍රතිලාභය කුමක්ද? මෙම ලිපියේ අරමුණ මෙම කරුණ සාකච්චා කිරීමයි, පහදා දීමයි. ධර්මය සොයන තවත් පිරිසක් නැවත ඉපදීමක් ඇති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/24)

Sri Lanka (GDP Per Capita $4,013) Has Nothing to Gain from India(GDP Per Capita $2,256)
Dilrook Kannangara
Despite years of economic downturn, Sri Lanka is 77% more developed than India economically as can be seen from the two countries’ nominal GDP per capita. India is a large world economy only due to the sheer size of its poor population. For instance, a family of 15 in Bangladesh would have a larger rice pot than a family of 4 in Japan. But that does not mean Bangladesh is more developed than Japan. When individual portion sizes are compared a Bangladeshi would only have a fraction of what a Japanese individual would have. Mixing up... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/24)

Presidential Election on schedule, General Election set for next year: PMD
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo, Feb 13 (Daily Mirror) - The President's Media Division (PMD) confirmed that the Presidential Election will be held within the mandated period and will adhere to the current timeline. According to the PMD, the General Election is will be held next year with financial provisions to be provided for in the 2025 budget. The Election Commission is responsible for conducting the elections and the Government will communicate with the Commission as and when required, the PMD further said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/24)

Japan to provide anti-corruption policy support for SL to promote economic governance
Courtesy Adaderana
A new project was launched in Sri Lanka to bolster its anti-corruption ecosystem, in tandem with the Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The new project will work towards strengthening the anti-corruption ecosystem in Sri Lanka, through time-bound national policy reform, inter-stakeholder collaboration, and enhanced institutional capacity to deliver a necessary roadmap for the country to emerge from fragility towards a resilient economy and a trusted democracy. Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka, Hideaki Mizukoshi and Resident Representative of UNDP Sri Lanka, Ms. Azusa Kubota marked the launch... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/24)

Sri Lanka developing Ramayana Trail to boost tourism from India – Tourism Minister
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka developing Ramayana Trail to boost tourism from India – Tourism Minister Tourists from India topped the list of countries visiting Sri Lanka in January 2023 and the island nation was positive about surge in religious tourism with consecration of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Sri Lanka was also working on Ramayana trail as there is huge interest in places mentioned in the Ramayana to attract more tourists to the country, Sri Lankan Tourism Minister Harin Fernando said in Mumbai, India. Speaking to the Free Press Journal on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/24)

Sri Lanka issues travel documents for Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict to return home, TN govt tells court
Courtesy Adaderana
Tamil Nadu government informed the Madras High Court on Tuesday that the Sri Lankan government has issued travel documents for one of the convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination, Santhan alias T Suthenthiraraja, who was released along with others in 2022 following a Supreme Court order. Additional Public Prosecutor R Muniapparaj made the submission before a division bench of Justices R Suresh Kumar and K Kumaresh Babu during a petition filed by Santhan seeking orders to facilitate his return to his native country. He is currently detained at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/02/24)

Is Israel the effective superpower of the world?
By Raj Gonsalkorale
Prime Minister Netanyahu: "We can't finish the war without eliminating Hamas leadership” (https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/politics/1707129128-gantz-denies-plan-to-replace-netanyahu-through-likud-report). US President Joe Biden told Israel's prime minister a military operation in Rafah should not happen without measures to ensure the safety of civilians, the White House has said. In a call with Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Biden said Israel needed a "credible and executable plan" to protect the more than a million people in the city (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-68269957) It appears that US President Joe Biden is supporting the Rafah invasion plan provided Israel produces a “credible and executable plan"... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/24)

Inaugurating a new political culture with the Uma Oya project
MEDIA RELEASE Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna 
12 February 2024 The 120 MW hydro power plant of the Uma Oya project is to become operational this month. It will be one of the largest hydro power plants in the country after the Victoria, Kotmale and Upper-Kotmale power stations and will provide Sri Lanka with a badly needed source of low-cost electricity. The construction of this project to divert water from the central highlands to the south-eastern dry zone commenced in March 2010. When infrastructure projects that had been discussed and planned over many decades but no government... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/24)

NGOs SPEND BILLIONS UNCHECKED --NEW LAW SOON TO MONITOR THEM
Kelum Bandara Courtesy Daily Mirror
Colombo, Feb 10 (Daily Mirror) - In the wake of reports that as much as over half of funds received by various NGOs are spent without any monitoring, the government is in the final stage of evolving a new law that provides for compulsory registration of all such organizations with the National NGO Secretariat, an official said.The final draft of the new law titled ‘Non-governmental Organizations (Registration and Supervision) Bill is now ready. It has now been circulated among the NGOs and individual activists for their views before being presented to the Cabinet... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/24)

ANOTHER MISCONCEIVED CHOICE BY SRI LANKA CRICKET
Top Spin by Sunny for LankaWeb
Feb.9th 2024 As the cricket world turns in Sri Lanka there is another misconceived choice which has surfaced where the Sports Minister Harin Fernando has promoted the entry of another unknown entity in international cricket who has never played for his country which is not only eyebrow-raising but mind-boggling. In another circumspect scenario of events taking place in Sri Lanka Cricket already criticized heavily by the ICC, two of the best country’s white balls spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Mahesh Theekshana are due to take lessons from a ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/24)

Government Releases List Of Countries Where UPI Payments Are Accepted
Courtesy NDTV
UPI is an instant real-time payment system to facilitate inter-bank transactions through mobile phones. India has been proactive in extending the reach of UPI globally Payments through India's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) will now be accepted in seven countries after its launch in Sri Lanka and Mauritius on Monday. After the announcement, MyGovIndia, a citizen engagement platform of the Government of India, shared a world map, highlighting the countries where Indians can use UPI to make payments. France, UAE, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Bhutan, and Nepal are the countries that accept... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/02/24)

USA’s Secret Base in Kollupitiya & Julie’s Media Scriptures
e-Con e-News
blog: eesrilanka.wordpress.com ‘Before you study the economics, study the economists!’ e-Con e-News 04-10 February 2024 If you wish to learn in advance the headlined news of tomorrow & next week & the weeks after, in this media called Sri Lankan, read the USA’s Integrated Country Strategy (ICS). The ICS makes clear exactly how ‘our’ media – colonized, Colombo-based, corporate, and state – are fed their incessant priority ‘talking points’. The ICS is a ‘for public release’ document, so we can assume it is a squid’s ink to fog their real imperialist designs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/24)

The TRUTH About MOSES That Nobody Will Tell You | MythVision Documentary
MythVision Podcast
In the annals of history, few figures command as much reverence and mystique as Moses, the prophet who, according to tradition, liberated the Israelites from Egyptian bondage and received the Ten Commandments atop Mount Sinai. But what if the tales surrounding this monumental figure were not entirely rooted in reality? Dive deep with us as we embark on a compelling journey to separate fact from fiction, unraveling age-old stories, ancient texts, and the latest archaeological findings. From the heart of Egypt to the windswept deserts of Sinai, we will explore the origins, influences, and cultural... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/24)

The Holocaust, at the Heart of the Gaza Genocide
PIERRE SIMON  Courtesy The Unz Review
Since the establishment of a Zionist home in Palestine in the early 20th century, Jewish settlers have massacred tens of thousands of Palestinians – mainly women, children and the elderly – whose lands and homes they have plundered and robbed with impunity.[1][2][3] Never in the history of mankind has a race of people gone so quickly from being exceptional victims to exceptional murderers determined to exterminate the Palestinians under the pretext of recreating their homeland, the biblical Israel. But Palestine was never the homeland of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/24)

The Anatomy of Default and the IMF in Sri Lanka: Of Elections, Bond Scams, and Money Politics
By Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake InDepthNews
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | 7 February 2024 (IDN) — With the wisdom of hindsight, the Root Causes of Sri Lanka’s first-ever Sovereign Default, staged three years ago on the eve of 75 years of ‘Independence’ from the British Raj are clear. When the Default happened in March 2021, there was too much Aragalaya protest hype and confusion to discern the deep structures, transnational financial networks, and vested interests (including members of the Lankan Diaspora who belong to the global financial elite) embedded in Sri Lanka’s debt pile up: Amid protests... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/24)

අගමැති, ජාතික චෙස් ශූරයාගේ ජාත්‍යන්තර ජය අගයයි....
පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සභානායක කාර්යාලය
එක්සත් අරාබි එමීර් රාජ්‍යයේ පැවති 2024 ආසියානු යොවුන් චෙස් ශූරතාවලියේ (අවුරුදු 18න් පහළ) රන් පදක්කම දිනාගත් එල් එම් සුසල් ද සිල්වා දරුවා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතාගේ ඇගයීමට ලක්විය. ඒ, මෙම යොවුන් ක්‍රීඩකයා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්‍යාලයේදී 2024.02.09 දින හමු වූ අවස්ථාවේදීය.කොළඹ නාලන්දා විද්‍යාලයේ ඉගෙනුම ලබන මෙම යොවුන් ක්‍රීඩකයා, රටට ගෙනදුන් කීර්තිය ඉහළින් අගය කළ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා, ඔහුට ඉදිරි ක්‍රීඩා කටයුතු සඳහා ආශිර්වාද කළේය.මෙම අවස්ථාවට එම යොවුන් ක්‍රීඩකයාගේ මව, Youth Circle of Sri Lanka හි සභාපති මහීම් දිසානායක, සණස  ව්‍යාපාර  පුළුල් කිරීම් ප්‍රධානී (සණස ජීවිත රක්ෂණ සමාගම) තුසිත් වීරවර්ධන, සණස පුහුණු කිරීම් ප්‍රධානී (සණස ජීවිත රක්ෂණ සමාගම) සාලිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/24)

UN Chief Urges Reform of IMF, World Bank, Stresses BRICS’s Role
By Arul Louis InDepthNews
UNITED NATIONS | 8 February 2024 (IDN) — The international financial and development institutions should be reformed to reflect the interests of the Global South, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. While the BRICS can play an important and complementary role for developing nations, he stressed that it should not contribute to a fragmentation of the world economy. The international financial institutions—the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank—and the Security Council that were created in the 1940s after World War II reflect “what the power relations and the global economy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/24)

ජනාධිපතිවරුන්ගේ කළු සල්ලි
Kaarige Channel Eka | Dharmasri Kariyawasam
https://youtu.be/_r08Yj3PhWk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/24)

Air quality in several districts drop to unhealthy levels
Courtesy Adaderana
The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has warned that the quality of air in parts of the island has dropped further to unhealthy levels. Accordingly, the NBRO highlighted that apart from Nuwara Eliya, the air quality in all other districts is at an unhealthy level, with Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna recording particularly high levels of unhealthy air quality. The NBRO further warned that according to the US Air Quality Index (AQI), the quality of air recorded in Colombo, Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Trincomalee, Badulla, Kurunegala, Kandy and Matale is likely to cause adverse health... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 13B5a.
KAMALIKA PIERIS
According to the Mahavamsa, the Buddha visited Sri Lanka thrice.  His second visit was to Nagadipa to settle a quarrel between Chulodara and Mahodara over the possession of a gem-studded throne. .Nagadipa is therefore one of the solosmastana, the 16 places of worship to which Buddhists go on pilgrimage. Mahavamsa records many Buddhist shrines at Nagadipa.  Devanampiyatissa had built several viharas at Jambukola. Mallaka naga had founded Sali pabbata vihara and Aggabodhi I built the relic house, Rajayatana.    Mahavamsa also records that Mangala vihara was restored by Dhatusena, Vijayabahu I repaired Jambukola vihara and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/24)

Putin debunks Tucker Carlson's warmongering anti-China propaganda, mocks his CIA ties
Geopolitical Economy Report
Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the "boogeyman" anti-China propaganda that Trump ally Tucker Carlson spewed in his interview in Moscow, while also mocking Tucker for applying to join the CIA. Ben Norton documents the former Fox News host's long history of pushing for war on China. https://youtu.be/JzEc5GbSbIU... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS  AND  EELAM  Part  13B5b.
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Jaffna  already has a vihara which could be used for a solosmastana pilgrimage, Naga Vihara. I am unable to find out the year in which  this vihara  was established. My guess is that it would have been built in the 1950s or possibly late 1940s when Buddhist worship was  sent  across the sea to Nainativu. The Vihara somehow survived the Eelam wars and  bounced back after the war ended. The pinnacle for Naga Vihara chaitya  was received in 2002. This made news. It was handed over to the Viharadhipathi by two Catholics, Dr Jayalath... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/02/24)

India is our World Market
By Rohan Abeygunawardena ACMA, CGMA
Recently Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the Indian economist and civil servant who was the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India from 2004 to 2014 was interviewed by Sanjaya Ariyawansa on Front Row of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.  As the Deputy Chairman, Ahluwalia carried the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He explained the strategies and policies adopted and the kind of challenges India faced in building a strong economy.  According to Ahluwalia India was pretty behind the curve compared to other countries in East Asia in infrastructure development. Since resources... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/24)

Comments on the President's Policy Statement
Garvin Karunaratne former SLAS, GA Matara. 
What the country needs immediately is a programme of employment creation and poverty alleviation where the unemployed will be making things that are being imported today. Last week I saw a packet of pastry sheets made in Malaysia for sale at Cargills.  An industry to make pastry sheets can be set up in one day.  I see Jam and Fruit Drinks made in Austraila- we did once make these ourselves and can make them within weeks. I see Aloe vira drinks made in India. That can be made in days. We must... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/24)

Archaeologists Discovered the Largest Inscription Ever Found in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Arkeonews
Archaeologists discovered the largest inscription ever found in Sri Lanka. The largest inscription ever discovered in Sri Lanka was found at the ruins of the Dimbulagala monastery, dating back to the early second century BC. This discovery was made by officers attached to the Inscriptions Section of the Archeology Department Head Office and the Polonnaruwa Archaeological Survey Team. Dimbulagala Monastery, also known as Dimbulagala Raja Maha Vihara, is located 16 kilometers southeast of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka. The Dimbulagala range houses a number of caves cut into the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/24)

Sri Lankan Navy arrests 19 Indian fishermen for illegally fishing in its waters: Report
Courtesy The Indian Express
The Sri Lanka Navy in the operation with the Sri Lanka Coast Guard on Wednesday also seized 2 Indian trawlers alongside the arrest of 19 Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters, the Navy said in a statement. So far this year, the Sri Lankan Navy has arrested 88 Indian fishermen in the island's waters and seized 12 Indian trawlers, the statement said. (Representational/ Express Photo) Sri Lanka has arrested 19 Indian fishermen and two trawlers for illegally fishing in the island nation’s waters near Delft Island in northern Jaffna... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS  AND  EELAM  Part  13B4A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Ven. Ellawala Medhananda paid special attention to the Buddhist archaeological remains in the North and east. He explored as much as he could in these two provinces, using his own resources. He found that the north and east had many Buddhist ruins and many explorations were needed, before they could be fully examined and recorded. Ven. Ellawala Medhananda was not able to explore the North as much as he would have liked, due to LTTE control. The Northern Province consists of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu and   Vavuniya districts. Medhananda  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS  AND  EELAM  Part  13B4b
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Medhananda was able to explore the Eastern Province with greater freedom than the north.  Medhananda has explored 80 Buddhist sites In the Eastern province. They included Agbo Raja Maha Vihara,  Ariyakara Raja Maha Vihara, Bollegama Raja Maha Vihara,    Balahandu vihara, Bambaragastalawa vihara, Boralukanda temple, Nilaveli. Bowattegala vihara,   Buddhangala hermitage,     Dighavapi,  Diviyagala vihara ,   Ganegama vihara ,  Girikumbara vihara ,  Habutala Karandahela vihara ,  Harasgala vihara , Henanegala cave temple,  Illukpitiya kanda len vihara Ampara. Kalkulam Udagala Dagoba,  Kiliveddi bodiya, Kirivehera  Raja Maha Vihara,    Kombanachhi Ruhunu Somawathi vihara , Kongala natabun vihara ,  Kopavela... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS  AND  EELAM  Part  13B4C
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Ven Ellawala Medhananda has  explored the present day  Buddhist ruins of the Eastern Province.  He found  evidence in today’s Eastern   Province , to show  that the Eastern Province had a vibrant Buddhist civilization in the ancient and medieval period.  He has also shown that it had special features, such as hillside monastic complexes and a series of ‘Muhudu Maha vihara. Monastic complexes Medhananda found evidence of huge monastic complexes in the Eastern province. There was a  monastic complex at Bambaragastalawa in Kumana. This monastery extends to over 450 acres. At... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

Exclusive: Tucker Carlson Interviews Vladimir Putin
Tucker Carlson
https://youtu.be/fOCWBhuDdDo https://sputnikglobe.com/20240209/watch-in-full-president-putins-interview-to-tucker-carlson-1116683752.html... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

Farmers and pastoralists hit by double whammy of corporate farming and tourism projects in Tanzania
Is Sri Lanka headed in the same Direction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation setting policy in the President’s Office as did the MCC in when the Central Bank Bond scams occurred? by Bharat Dogra Courtesy Countercurrent.org
At a time of increasingly adverse weather conditions, there is growing urgency of adopting protective policies towards small farmers and pastoralists. Unfortunately, the Tanzanian government has been adopting policies which are further increasing the difficulties of small farmers and pastoral people. According to a recent study by GRAIN, a Europe-based organization known for its commitment to protecting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

ආර්ථික අර්බුදයෙන් ගොඩඒමට අනුගමනය කරන්නේ ප්‍රයෝගික මොඩලයක්; සභාග ආණ්ඩු දේශපාලනයේදී ප්‍රවේශමෙන් වැඩ කළ යුතුයි  - අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා
පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සභානායක කාර්යාලය
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ආර්ථික අර්බුදය විසඳීම සඳහා නව මොඩලයකට යාමට ජනපති ප්‍රමුඛ ආණ්ඩුවට හැකිවූ බවද, ආණ්ඩුව අනුගමනය කරන්නේ ප්‍රයෝගික මොඩලයක් බවද අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. පාසල් හැරයන, පාසල් අධ්‍යාපනයෙන් හැලෙන සෑම දරුවෙකුටම වෘත්තීය පුහුණුව දෙන වැඩපිළිවෙළක් මේ වසරේ ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන බවද ඔහු පැවසීය. සභාග ආණ්ඩු දේශපාලනයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු ක්‍රමය අනුගමනය කිරිම්මේදී ප්‍රවේශමෙන් තීරණ ගතයුතු බවත්, මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් සහ රටවැසියාගේ බලාපොරොත්තු මෙන්ම රට මුහුණ දෙන තත්ත්වය  යුතු බවත් අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා සඳහන් කළේය. ඔහු මේ බව කියා සිටියේ, නව වැනි පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ 5 වැනි සැසිවාරය විවෘත කරමින් ජනාධිපතිවරයා කළ කතාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ පැවැත්වෙන කල්තැබීමේ විවාදයට 2024.02.09 දින එක්වෙමිනි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

State Minister of Defence visits KDU
Ministry of Defence  - Media Centre
•           New higher education institute to be established at Dambulla State Minister of Defence Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon, visited the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) in Ratmalana today (Feb 8). State Minister was warmly received by the Vice Chancellor (VC) of KDU Rear Admiral Dammika Kumara. Arriving at the University, he made floral tribute at the War Heroes’ monument of KDU. After the arrival of KDU Headquarters Complex, Minister Tennakoon had a cordial discussion with the KDU authorities. Afterwards, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Defence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

Maldivian Chief of Defence Force meets Defence Secretary
Ministry of Defence  - Media Centre
Maldivian Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Abdul Raheem Abdul Latheef met Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne today (Feb 8). The meeting was held at the Defence Headquarters Complex at Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte. During the interaction, Lt. Gen. Latheef expressed eagerness to foster a closer relationship in defence cooperation with Sri Lanka. The discussion was centred on enhancing collaboration in areas including military training, strategic partnerships and security initiatives. The Defence Secretary praised the historical alliance between the Maldives and Sri Lanka and highlighted the shared commitment to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

Does India see NPP as a major political force in shaping Sri Lanka’ s future?
By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, February 8: The five-day visit of National People’s Power (NPP)  leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and his three comrades to India has drawn a flurry of attention in the political arena in Sri Lanka. It is commonplace for Sri Lankan politicians to make visits to India, but the visit of the leaders of the NPP to India has a special significance. Dissanayake and his comrades were officially invited by the Government of India for discussions. Indian government leaders engaging in talks with Sri Lankan political leaders is nothing new. However, this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

India is trying to co-opt Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in its foreign policy scheme
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Anura Kumara Dissanayake with S.Jaishankar Colombo, February 8: The visit of a delegation of the Sri Lankan leftist political alliance, the National Peoples’ Power (NPP), to India at the invitation of the Indian government, has raised a lot of interest in Sri Lanka. Commentators are wondering if this means a significant shift in India’s policy vis-à-vis political parties in Si Lanka. Thus far, India has regularly interacted only with the large, mainstream political parties like the United National Party (UNP), the Sri Lanka Freedom... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

ඉන්දීය උගුලේ ජවිපෙ වැටුනා.. ඔවුන්ව ගෙනියන්නේ මෙරට දේපල ගන්න සමාගම්වලටයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
අද වන විට ඉන්දියාව ඉතාම තක්කඩි ලෙස මෙරට විපක්ෂය නිහඬ කිරීමේ වැඩපිළිවෙලක නිරත වී සිටින බව පෙරටුගාමී සමාජවාදී පක්ෂය සඳහන් කරයි. එම පක්‍ෂ ප්‍රචාරක ලේකම් පුබුදු ජයගොඩ මහතා සඳහන් කරන්නේ ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ නියෝජිතයින් කණ්ඩායමක් ඉන්දියාවට ගෙන්වාගෙන සිදුකරන කාර්ය ද එහි එක් කොටසක් බවයි. ජවිපෙ කණ්ඩායමට ඉන්දියාවේදී පෙන්වන්නේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ බලහත්කාරී ව්‍යාපෘති ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට නියමිත සමාගම් බවද ඔහු සඳහන් කළේය. මෙරට ඉඩම් පැහැර ගැනීමට උත්සාහ කරමින් සිටින ටාටා සමාගමට, විද්‍යුත් හැඳුනුම්පත් ව්‍යාපෘතිය ලබාදීමට නියමිත සමාගම, මිල්කෝ සමාගම මිලදී ගැනීමට හදන අමුල් සමාගමට මෙම පිරිස රැගෙන ගොස් ඇති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

Tourism  can save us
By Garvin Karunaratne
I am quoting an earlier paper of mine which if considered can develop the sad state of tourism in our country.  The only addition I make is about the takeover of hotel bookings on the Internet by giant foreign companies that have also taken over advertising. Our tourist board authorities have to think very seriously about the fact that these foreign booking companies advise the payment by the tourist to the hotel- which happens in rupees, but the booking company sends an invoice for fifteen percent to the hotel which the hotelier takes... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

The Palestinian flag at Acropolis, How about Independence Square Sri Lanka?
World
Palestinian flag unfurls at the historical Acropolis Temple and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in Athens Feb 5, 2024 In the capital Athens, a group unfurled the Palestinian flag in front of the historical Acropolis Temple and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and sent a message of support to Palestine. The anarchist group called “Ruvikonas” posted on social media, “We stand not only with the Palestinians, but also with the heroic Jews who are on the black list of ‘traitors’ by taking a firm stand against a crime committed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS  AND  EELAM  Part  13B1.
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The North and east  of Sri Lanka was   Sinhala and Buddhist   throughout the ancient, medieval and modern period, right up to the start of British rule in 1815.There is plenty of evidence to prove this, if proof is necessary. To start  with, the north was an integral part of the Raja Rata of the Anuradhapura kingdom. The Raja Rata was divided into uttara passa (north) dakkhina, (south) pacina, (east) and pajjima (west). Uttara passa consisted of today’s Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, and Jaffna. Each division was ruled by officer appointed by king.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS  AND  EELAM  Part  13B2
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The Eastern Province played a special role in the political life of ancient Sri Lanka. The eastern  Province    functioned as a refuge  while the Sinhala state was in formation. Whenever they were in trouble, not only princes but also monks ran to Ruhuna, said Medhananda. In the period between  Devanampiyatissa and Dutugemunu,( 250 BC to 161 BC) the Eastern Province nurtured a second independent kingdom, the Ruhuna kingdom ruled by the Magama kings. The first Magama king, Mahanaga,  was the  brother of Devanam piyatissa.  He left Anuradhapura and founded a separate unit at Ruhuna.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

BUDDHIST VIHARAS  AND  EELAM  Part  13 B3
KAMALIKA PIERIS
With the rise of the Tamil Separatist Movement, Buddhists feared for the Buddhist ruins in the north and east. They wanted them listed and shown on maps. Several persons then started to list the Buddhist sites in the north.  M. H. Sirisoma, Asst. Archaeological Commissioner prepared a map of Buddhist sites in 1963. This was much valued and greatly used. It is   still cited as a pioneer contribution. Buddhist  ruins  kept appearing in the north.In 1965, when a  Kurukkal chief priest was clearing the jungle in Kilinohchi he had come across the ruins of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

උතුරේ නව දේශපාලන ප්‍රවණතා සහ සිංහල ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරය
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
         යාපන අර්ධ ද්වීපයේ දේශපාලනය අරුම පුදුම ක්‍රියාවලියකි.යාපන රජ පවුල නැතහොත් ආර්ය චක්‍රවර්තී රාජකීයත්වය අවසන් කර පරංගින් ගේ ආධිපත්‍ය පිහිටුවීම තුළ යාපනයේ සිටි බ්‍රාහ්මණයන් ගේ හැසිරීම විවිධාකාර විය.කතෝලික ආගම පැතිරවීම නිසා ඔවුන් ඇතැමෙක් සිය ලබ්ධිය වෙනස් කළහ. ලන්දේසි සමයේ දී කතෝලික ආගම වෙනුවට රෙපරමාදු ඇදහීම් පෙරට ඒමේ දී දකුණු ඉන්දියාවෙන් ආනයනය කරන ලද වහල් ශ්‍රමිකයන් අතර වූ වෙල්ලාලර් සහ වෙල්ලාලස් යන ගෝත්‍ර ද සිය ලබ්ධිය වෙනස් කර ගනිමින් කුල වතුන් ලෙසට නම්බුනාම ලබා ගත්හ. ඒවා ලබා ගත්තේ කාසි පොට්ටනියක් ප්‍රදානය කිරීමෙන් යැයි යාල්පාන වෛපමාලය කියයි.පරංගීන් විසින් විනාශ කරන ලද බෞද්ධ වෙහෙර විහාර අභිමුව ලන්දේසි පල්ලි ඉඳි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/02/24)

The US Toppling of Imran Khan -Covert regime change strikes again. This time in Pakistan.
JEFFREY D. SACHS Courtesy The Unz Review
A principal instrument of U.S. foreign policy is covert regime change, meaning a secret action by the U.S. government to bring down the government of another country. There are strong reasons to believe that U.S. actions led to the removal from power of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in April 2022, followed by his arrest on trumped-up charges of corruption and espionage, and sentencing this week to 10 years imprisonment on the espionage charge. The political objective is to block Pakistan’s most popular politician from returning to power... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

Can Reincarnation be Explained with Quantum Theory?
 Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D. PhD (in progress) 
Recently Dr Mahinda Pathirana of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, made an attempt to explain reincarnation via quantum mechanics. He uses the Buddhist teachings, Milinda / Nagasena debate and some of the ideas of the 2nd Century Buddhist Philosopher Nagarjuna.  He is bringing Quantum entanglement to explain the method of transferring consciousness and how the birth of a consciousness in another body.   A complex and philosophical question is why we are born into a particular body and life. Is it something random? or predetermined? According... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

PATHFINDER ‘DIALOGUE WITH DIPLOMATS’ ON THE ROLE OF THE DONOR COMMUNITY IN PROMOTING GOOD GOVERNANCE AND CURBING CORRUPTION
Pathfinder Foundation
Pathfinder Foundation (PF) hosted its third ‘Dialogue with Diplomats’ in Colombo and deliberated on the topic ‘Role of the Donor Community in Promoting Good Governance and Curbing Corruption in Sri Lanka’. The Pathfinder ‘Dialogue with Diplomats’ dialogue focused on significant contemporary issues as Sri Lanka’s position has declined considerably in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived. The discussion highlighted that corruption is considered a major problem in the country at all levels of society. Corruption weakens, if not destroys, good governance... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

'එට්කා' ගිවිසුම අත්සන් කිරීමට කඩිනම් සාකච්ඡා... ඉන්දියානු ව්‍යාප්තවාදය ගැන රටට ඉගැන්වූ මිනිස්සු අද ඉන්දියානු අත්පත්කර ගැනීමේ ක්‍රියාන්විතයේ ප්‍රබල සාමාජිකයන් වෙලා - විමල් වීරවංශ (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා ලීඩර්
ඉන්දියාව සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අතර 'එට්කා' ගිවිසුම අත්සන් කිරීම සඳහා කඩිනමින් සාකච්ඡා පැවැත්වෙමින් ඇති බවත්, ජනාධිපතිවරයා අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩල පත්‍රිකාවක් මගින් විවිධ රටවල ජාත්‍යන්තර ගිවිසුම් අත්සන් කිරීම සඳහා වෙනම නිලධාරියෙකු හා කාර්යාලයක් ද ස්ථාපිත කර ඇති බවත් ජානිපෙ නායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පවසයි. දැන් එම නිලධාරියා හා ඉන්දියානු නියෝජිතයන් අතර කඩිනම් සාකච්ඡා පැවැත්වෙන බවද, මෙම ගිවිසුම මීට පෙර අත්සන් කිරීමට දැරූ උත්සාහය රටේ දේශමාමක බලවේගවල මැදිහත්වීම මත වැළකී ගිය බවද ඒ මහතා පවසයි. ජතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ විසින් පැවැත් වූ මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවකට එක් වෙමින් විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පැවසුවේ එට්කා ගිවිසුම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

“Changing Regional Dynamics in the Middle East: Implications from Israel-Hamas Conflict at the Red Sea for Sri Lanka”
Institute of National Security Studies 
Press Release Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), the premier think tank on national security established and functioning under the Ministry of Defence organized a Security Salon on “Changing Regional Dynamics in the Middle East: Implications from Israel-Hamas Conflict at the Red Sea for Sri Lanka” on Wednesday, the 07th February 2024, from 1000hrs to 1200hrs at the Auditorium of the Ministry of Public Security. The INSS Security Salons are conducted under the guidance of Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne. Colonel Nalin Herath, RSP, Overlooking Director General and Acting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

Revitalizing Sri Lanka's Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) - A Call for Comprehensive and Timely Reform
By Sarath Wijesinghe President’s Counsel (LL.M (UCL London)), former Ambassador to UAE and Israel, former Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority, President of the Lanka Ambassador’s Forum - United Kingdom, Solicitor in England and Wales
The tertiary and vocational education sector plays an important role in shaping the socio-economic landscape of any nation, and Sri Lanka is no exception. However, it can be observed that the efficiency and effectiveness of Sri Lanka's Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) have come under scrutiny due to various inefficiencies within its framework.The TVEC serves as a cornerstone in the nation's educational... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

ජ.වි.පෙ ගැන හෙළිදරව්වක් l Talk with Chatura
Talk with Chatura
https://youtu.be/SNLV56E-YZE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

Crisis in Sri Lanka and the World-Colonial and Neoliberal Origins: Ecological and Collective Alternatives by Asoka Bandarage
Volume 30 in the series De Gruyter Contemporary Social Sciences
 Requires Authentication Published by De Gruyter 2023 https://doi.org/10.1515/9783111203454Cite thisShare this Overview
About this book Now in Paperback This book provides a broad picture of Sri Lanka’s on-going political and economic crisis as the culmination of several centuries of colonial and neo-colonial developments. The book presents the Sri Lankan crisis as an exemplification of a broader global existential crisis facing more and more debt trapped countries, especially in the post-colonial Global South. The book's in-depth case study raises important... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

How Thai Traders deprive Sri Lanka of millions of dollars through misinvoicing
by Gomi Senadhira Former Director General of Commerce, can be contacted via senadhiragomi
gmail.com.) Courtesy The Island

Fig.01 A few years ago, a Washington-based consultancy group, Global Financial Integrity (GFI), released a shocking report on how countries lose billions of dollars through illicit financial flows. One of the main instruments through which such illicit financial flows occur is trade misinvoicing by importers and exporters who deliberately falsify the stated prices on invoices (underinvoicing exports and overinvoicing imports). That report pointed out that Sri Lanka lost on average US$1.6 billion per year during the period... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

චීන නෞකාවට ඉඩ නොදී ඉන්දීය නාවික සබ්මැරීනයට ඉඩදීමෙන් බරපතළ රාජ්‍යතාන්ත්‍රික වියවුලකට…
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය සම්මත මෙහෙයුම් පටිපාටියකට(SOP) අනුකූලව Xiang Yang Hong 3 චීන විද්‍යාත්මක පර්යේෂණ නෞකාවට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ගැඹුරු මුහුදෙහි පර්යේෂණ කටයුතු සඳහා 2024 ජනවාරි 05 වැනිදා සිට 2024 මැයි මාසය දක්වා ලබා දුන් අවසරය අත්හිටුවා ඇති පසුබිමක, එකී විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශයේ අවසරය හා ශ්‍රී ලංකා වරාය අධිකාරියේ අනුදැනුම මත ඉන්දීය නාවික හමුදාවට අයත් INS Karanj සබ්මැරීනයට පසුගිය පෙබරවාරි 03 වැනි දින මෙරටට පැමිණීමට ඉඩකඩ සැලසීම, ඉදිරියේදී බරපතළ රාජ්‍යතාන්ත්‍රික වියවුලකට මුල පිරිය හැකි බවට ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ ජාතික සංවිධායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ජයන්ත සමරවීර මහතා අනතුරු අඟවයි. පිටකෝට්ටේ පිහිටි ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ ප්‍රධාන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

Largest inscription from Dimbulagala belongs to beginning of 2nd century BC or earlier
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo, Feb 8 (Daily Mirror) - The largest inscription ever in Sri Lanka, found from the Dimbulagala Monastery grounds, belongs to the beginning of the second centrury BC or earlier than that, Sri Jayawardenapura University History and Archaeology professor Karunasena Hettiarachchi said. Addressing the media, he said 60 percent of this inscription was unreadable and 40 percent was readable. "This inscription was written in Brahmi characters. We found that 24 Brahmi characters were used on the inscription. At least 1,000 characters were used. Moreover, there are several rare symbols, which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

There is room for a potential revision of the VAT percentage & alleviate the tax burden as the economy stabilizes - President
Courtesy Hru News
In his address to Parliament on Wednesday (Feb. 7), President Ranil Wickremesinghe unveiled the government's agenda and shared that they hope to alleviate the tax burden on citizens as the economy stabilizes through the implementation of key economic reforms. Highlighting the government's commitment, President Wickremesinghe emphasized the potential for a revision of the Value-Added Tax (VAT) percentage, which recently rose from 15% to 18% at the beginning of 2024. Recognizing the strain this increase places on many individuals, he reassured that the government is actively addressing the issue. Following the ceremonial... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

Debt restructuring - SL will need to pay USD 3 billion annually - President
Courtesy Hiru News
In a significant development, Sri Lanka's impending debt restructuring indicates a pivotal shift towards addressing its debt obligations, despite the current absence of repayment to foreign countries and external commercial bases. The restructuring underscores the imperative need to fulfill these obligations, utilizing both rupees and dollars.< As of September 2023, Sri Lanka's total debt burden stood at a staggering US $91 billion, indicating a prolonged timeline for debt settlement. To navigate this challenge, the nation must source funds locally to meet its debt obligations, thereby mitigating the risk of falling into the debt... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

Sexual assault in Public Transport: 42 suspects arrested, yesterday
Courtesy Hiru News
Taking into account the daily complaints reported to the police stations that children and women are being sexually abused in public transport services, a special operation was carried out across the island yesterday (07) as per the instructions of Acting Inspector General of Police Deshabandu Tennakoon. In response to mounting concerns over the safety of passengers, law enforcement conducted a targeted operation resulting in the arrest of 42 suspects. Among them were 18 individuals implicated in cases of sexual assault within public transport services, while the remaining 24 were apprehended for related offenses,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

Sri Lanka's Online Safety Act transferred to Ministry of Public Security
Courtesy Hiru News
The much-debated Online Safety Act has been placed under the purview of the Ministry of Public Security, as announced in an Extraordinary Gazette notification issued by the Presidential Secretariat. Effective from 07 February, the Online Safety Act will fall under the purview of the Ministry of Public Security, as outlined in the gazette. This legislation, aimed at regulating online content, was passed in Parliament with amendments on 24 January. However, its implementation has been met with criticism from opposition politicians and activists who argue that it threatens freedom of speech. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

Issuance of freehold titles could lead to unforseen crisis, warns PHU leader
Courtesy The Island
Gammanpila Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader Udaya Gammanpila, MP, yesterday (06) alleged that the decision to issue freehold titles to farmers could cause a catastrophic situation. Declaring that President Ranil Wickremesinghe had launched the first phase of the Urumaya programme with an eye to the presidential polls, the former Power and Energy Minister asked whether the government was prepared to face a fresh crisis as a large number of farmers mortgaged their land because of wide scale poverty/indebtedness among them. Addressing the media at the PHU office, at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/02/24)

Has The JVP Come Of Age Or Is It Bluffing?
Editorial  The Daily Mirror
Anura Kumara Dissanayake is presently in India. The head of the JVP/NPP alliance is actually on an official visit to India, at the invitation of the Indian government. Believe it or not, AKD – as he is popularly known – has in addition to holding discussions with Indian External Affairs Minister, Jaishankar, also held meetings with Indian Defence Advisor, Ajit Doval! The JVP has come a long way from its initial foray into international analyses where in 1971 it saw Lanka’s only real proletarian worker group (the Indian Tamil estate workers) as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/02/24)

Takeaways and giveaways of NPP’s visit to India
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Leader of the alliance National People’s Power (NPP) Anura Kumara Dissanayake (left) during a current visit to India is seen in conversation with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. Dissanayake, who is also the leader of the JVP, is heading a delegation of the NPP to India on a five-day, three-city visit, covering New Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Thiruvananthapuram. The National People’s Power (NPP), the political alliance led by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), undertook a tour of India, setting the stage for political development ahead of the presidential... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

The System Change Myth
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
This year is to be an election year. If schedules are maintained, we should have a new government before the end of 2024. Whether we would continue to have the same president is hard to predict. There may be few new faces, but in the whole it will be the same faces that have dominated Sri Lankan politics for the past couple of decades. All an election does is shuffle their seats. Some of those who sat on the government side will sit on the opposition side and vice versa. There are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

සමාජ මාධ්‍ය සහ සම්මත වූ ඔන්ලයින් පනත
උපුටාගැණීම අද දෙරණ
පනත් කෙටුම්පත් එක පිට එක පැමිණි කාලයක් උදා විය. රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ජනාධිපති ධුරයට පැමිණි දා සිට පෙරට එන පනත් කෙටුම්පත් පිළිබඳ සංවාදය සමාජයේ බරපතළ තිගැස්මක් ඇති කළේ ය.  ත්‍රස්ත විරෝධී පනත් කෙටුම්පත, දූෂණ විරෝධී පනත් කෙටුම්පත, මහබැංකු පනත් කෙටුම්පත සහ මාර්ගගත ක්‍රමවල සුරක්ෂිතභාවය පිළිබඳ පනත් කෙටුම්පත ආදිය, සමාජය තුළ ප්‍රමුඛ සංවාදයක් ඇති කළ පනත් කෙටුම්පත් ය. මෙම කෙටුම්පත් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සභාගත කළ විගසම සමාජය තුළ බරපතළ කැලඹීම් ඇති විය.  https://youtu.be/-HxtwAClpfk විශේෂයෙන් ත්‍රස්ත විරෝධී පනත් කෙටුම්පත (ATA) පිළිබඳ සාකච්ඡා කිරීමේ දී එය සමාජය තුළ දරුණු විවේචනයන්ට භාජනය වූ හැටි බව අපට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

The Houthis & Yemen: A History
Letters and Politics
Guest: Shireen Al-Adeimi is a non-resident fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and assistant professor of language and literacy at Michigan State University’s College of Education. T https://youtu.be/G9KQNCESmzI... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

Free Trade Agreement with India by Year-end, Says Sri Lankan Foreign Minister
Courtesy News18
Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Ali Sabry (Image: Reuters file) Sri Lanka and India resumed talks on the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement in Colombo at the 12th round in October last year. The original talks were stalled after several rounds of talks between 2016 and 2018 due to political and trade union opposition Sri Lanka on Tuesday said it has plans to establish a free trade agreement with India by the end of 2024, Foreign Minister Ali Sabry said here as the cash-strapped island nation tries to spur economic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

No authority to accept or reject amendments to Online Safety Act: Speaker
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo, Feb 06 (Daily Mirror) -  Speaker  Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana today said he has no authority to accept or reject any amendments from anyone including the Supreme Court to the Online Safety Act and that the sole authority of such exercise is vested with Parliament. The Speaker was referring to remarks that have been made by opposition members including Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa, who had accused him of violating the Constitution in endosing the Online Safety Bill.   After the said amendments were presented and considered... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

Sri Lanka to import 15,000 tonnes of cashew nuts in shell
Courtesy Adaderana
The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to import 15,000 tonnes of cashew nuts in shell since the country’s annual requirement of cashew nuts in shell has not been met due to the fact that the crops have not been harvested as expected in the last season.  Joining the Cabinet press conference held in Colombo today (06), Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that the country’s annual requirement of cashew nuts in shell is around 25,000 Metric Tonnes.   However, currently only 12,500 tonnes of cashew nuts can be procured locally and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

Funds for PC and LG polls to be allocated from 2025 Budget?
Courtesy Adaderana
The expenditure of the upcoming Presidential Election and General Election must be managed using the Rs. 10 billion allocated in the 2024 Budget, the Cabinet of Ministers has noted. At the Cabinet meeting on Monday (Feb.05), the ministers took into account the fact that the budgetary allocation made within the financial stamina of the government and the financial provisions have to be managed to cover the expenditures of the two elections. Further, it was observed that the funds required for conducting Provincial Council and Local Government elections should be released from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

Keheliya resigns as Environment Minister
Courtesy Adaderana
SLPP MP Keheliya Rambukwella, who is currently in remand custody, has tendered his resignation as the Minister of Environment. Accordingly, he had submitted his letter of resignation as the Minister of Environment to President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has accepted the resignation. The former Health Minister was remanded on 03 February, following his arrest by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on 02 February, in connection with the procurement of substandard human intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). Later that day he was admitted to the Prison Hospital on medical recommendation. The arrest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

Where did Mahinda Rajapakse go wrong for himself & the Nation?
Shenali D Waduge
Two stand out leaders of post-independence remains without a doubt Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike & Mahinda Rajapakse. Mrs. B was clear in her policy of non-alignment & pivotal decisions taken against western interests resulted in the creation of the JVP & LTTE movements to be unleashed as necessary. We cannot overlook the role of the Catholic Action that sought to oust her via a military coup. It is in looking back and analysing numerous incidents of post-independence Sri Lanka as well as the manner post-independent former colonies were manipulated, that we can begin... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

MANY SRI LANKAN PEOFESSIOANALS ARE CONTEMPLATING LEAVING SRI LANKA
By Dr Tilak S. Fernando.
Many individuals want to leave Sri Lanka because of the ever-increasing cost of living, the lack of medicine available to patients, and the new tax formula. The latest is that the  routine surgical operations  are to be placed on hold due to hospital drug shortages. The  former Minister of Health was remanded by Maligakande Magistrate until 15th Feburuary 2024, after  being listed as the eighth suspect in  the case  in connection  with  the procurement of substandard human immunoglobulin. Every  Deputy Solicitor Genaeral appearing for the prosecution, has been accusing the former Minister of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

What Westerners found attractive in Buddhism : an oration at the Servants of the Buddha
BY Prof Manouri Senanayake, President Servants of the Buddha Courtesy The Island
The Servants of the Buddha look forward to welcoming Dr. Elizabeth J Harris who will deliver her first ever public oration. The orator is an academic attached to the Dept of Theology and Religion in University of Birmingham UK and a Senior Research Fellow in the Edward Cadbury Centre for Public Understanding of Religion. She is the President of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies and Former President of the European Network on Buddhist-Christian studies; and has for many years been committed to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

ජාතියේ අදෝනාව හා කාටත් නොඇසෙන බුදුදහමේ මළගම සැකසුම -වර් තමාන
බෞද්ධ කටයුතු පිලිබඳ විශ්ලේෂක දෙශාඅභිමානී සුර්ය වංශ රත්න විභූෂණ පාලිත ආරියරත්න
ඉන්දියාවට ආ පළමු මිෂනාරි වරයා -St. Thomas, The Apostle came by sea, along with Jew-merchants and first landed at Maliyankara near Cranganur (Kodungalloor) on the Periyar estuary north of Kochi (Cochin), about the year A.D.52. අස්ගිරි මලවතු නායක හිමිවරුන්ගේ අවධානයට මහනුවර අවට බොදු ගම්මාන ගොදුරු කරගන්නා ලෝකල් (දේශීය නමුත් පාරම්පරික පුරවැසි බාවය නැති)හා ඉන්ටර් නැෂනල් (විදේශීය)මිෂනාරි හා ගයිඩ් කත ආරම්භය අභ්‍යන්තර කරුණු හංගා: 1.පාරදිගේ ඉබාගාතේ යන මිෂනාරීන්.2.දුප්පත් පොහොසත් වෙනස හා අනිකුත් දත්ත මොවුන්ට ලබාදෙන්නේ කවුද ? විමසා බැලිය යුතුය.3.අසල සිටි හැඩි දැඩි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/02/24)

Xiang Yang Hong 3: Chinese ship's port call in Maldives fans India tensions
By Anbarasan Ethirajan BBC News
Image caption,The Chinese vessel Xiang Yang Hong 3 in Honolulu, Hawaii The expected arrival of a Chinese research ship in the Maldives this week has escalated tensions between Beijing, Delhi and Male. Officially, the vessel Xiang Yang Hong 3 is there to "make a port call, for rotation of personnel and replenishment". In short, an entirely innocuous stop. But that is not how it is being seen in Delhi. Instead, the ship's presence is at the very least a diplomatic snub. At worst, some fear, it could... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/24)

CID arrest tutor over torching of President Ranil’s house
Courtesy Adaderana
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has arrested a 46-year-old suspect in connection with the torching of President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private residence in 2022. The suspect has been identified as a tuition class teacher in the Boralesgamuwa area, according to police. On 09 July 2022, then-Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s private residence in Cinnamon Gardens was set ablaze by anti-government protesters.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/24)

Anura Kumara meets Indian Foreign Minister in Delhi
Courtesy Adaderana
February 5, 2024   01:56 pm Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Anura Kumara Dissanayake has met with India’s Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar on Monday morning (05 Feb.). During the meeting, the parties discussed the exiting bilateral relationship between the two countries, and the mutual benefits that could be reaped from its further deepening. Taking to ‘X’ (formerly Twitter), Dr. Jaishankar added that they “also spoke about Sri Lanka’s economic challenges and the path ahead”. “India, with its Neighbourhood First and SAGAR... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/24)

President launches 'Urumaya' land ownership initiative in Dambulla
Courtesy Hiru News
President Ranil Wickremesinghe has initiated the 'Urumaya' land ownership program aimed at empowering farmers through freehold titles. In a ceremony held in Dambulla, President Ranil Wickremesinghe awarded the initial set of 'Urumaya' land deeds to recipients. The 'Urumaya' land ownership program is a part of the President's initiative to empower farmers by providing freehold titles to two million families. This aims to enhance economic independence, foster rural development, and ensure sustainable livelihoods for agricultural communities. This initiative highlights the importance of empowering agricultural communities and ensuring sustainable livelihoods... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/24)

Sri Lanka Cabinet approves cannabis cultivation for Export
Courtesy Hiru News
The Sri Lankan cabinet has granted approval for the cultivation of cannabis for export purposes, marking a significant move towards harnessing the economic potential of the plant. The cabinet paper, presented by Diana Gamage, Minister of State for Tourism, received favorable responses, with the minister expressing her satisfaction with the decision. The cultivation of cannabis&nbsp;is expected to open up new avenues for economic growth, and the government plans to attract foreign investors for this venture. The Sri Lanka Board of Investment will play a crucial role in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/24)

Japan is a US Colony, How About Sri Lanka?
e-Con e-News
blog: eesrilanka.wordpress.com ‘Before you study the economics, study the economists!’ e-Con e-News 28 January – 03 February 2024 * Unlike in India, the national anthem in Sri Lanka is not associated with a freedom struggle. Independence battles in this country were fought by Keppetipola, Puran Appu, Gongalegoda Banda, Dharmapala & others, but there was no such battle fought by Jayewardene, Senanayake, Wijewardene, Wickremesinghe, Arunachalam, or Ramanathan. – Nalin de Silva, see ee Economists, We need to build a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/24)

අනුරාධපුරය  කොනින්හැම්ට භාරදී මහාවිහාරය කුඩා කරමුද
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
         සිද්ධාර්ථ කුමාර උප්පත්තිය ලුම්මිනියේ නොව ලංකාවේ බඹරගල යයි මතයක් හදාගෙන යන පිරිසක් දැන් ඇත. එය සුලු කොට තැකිය හැකි නොවේ.ශ්‍රී මහා බෝධිය හිරිවඩුන්නේද ලංකාදීපය රුහුණු දනව්වේද තිබෙන විට මෙරට ‌ෙඑතිහාසික බෞද්ධ ඉතිහාසය  කෙප්පයක් බවට පත් කරන්නට හැකිය.එවිට බෙදුම්වාදී ප්‍රවණතාවයන්ට ලැබෙන ශක්තිය තේරුම් ගත හැකිය.විශ්ව බුද්ධලා මෙහෙයවන සංකල්ප  ව්‍යාජ අවලෝකිතේශ්වර බෝධි සතවයන් විසින් පහර දෙන පුරාණ සම්ප්‍රදායයන් මෙරට ජනයාගේ සිත් සතන් තුළ වසර දහස් ගණනක් තිස්සේ පැලපදියම් වූ සංකල්පයන්ය. ඒවා බිඳ වැට්ටවීම තුළින් ඒ මහා සංස්කෘතිය විනාශ කිරීම ඉතා පහසුවෙන් කල හැකිය.ඒ අතරට අලුතින් එකතුව තිබෙන ව්‍යාපෘතියක් තිබේ.එය සමාජ මාධ්‍යය විසින් කල ව්‍යාපෘතියක් නොවේ. 2023 ජනවාරි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/24)

කෙහෙලිය පෙන්නා රජයේ රෝහල් පෞද්ගලීකරණයට…
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
අසරණ රෝගීන්ට ලබා දෙන ඖෂධවලින් ද සොරා කන පිරිස් එක සිරගෙයක පමණක් නොව සිරගෙවල් දහසක දැමුවත් ප්‍රමාණවත් නොවන බවත් දැන් වත්මන් පාලකයන් මෙවැනි “සොරකම්, වංචා, දූෂණ” පෙන්වමින් වැරදි ප්‍රතිකර්ම සඳහා ජනතාවගේ මනස සකසන බවත් ඒ අනුව “සොරකම” පෙන්වා ජනතා විරෝධයකින් තොරව රජයේ රෝහල් පෞද්ගලීකරණයට පාර කපා ගැනීමේ අවදානමක් මතුව ඇති බවත් ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පෙන්වා දෙයි. කඩුවෙල වැලිවිට දී පැවති “9න් පසුව : ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ඉරණම?” යන මැයෙන් පැවති ජන හමුවක් අමතමින් ඒ මහතා මෙසේ පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ වීරවංශ මහතා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/02/24)

නිදහස සැමරීමට රටක් අහිමි කරවන වත්මන් පාලනයේ "දුෂ්ට කොන්ත්‍රාත්තු" පිළිබඳව දැනුම්වත් වෙමු... එම නින්දිත උත්සාහයන් පැරදවීමට පෙරට එමු! - විමල් වීරවංශ
ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ.
ජානිපෙ නායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා නිදහස් දිනය නිමිත්තෙන් පණිවිඩයක් නිකුත්කරමින් පවසන්නේ 'නව නිදහස් දිනයක් ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කරනවා' යයි උදම් අනමින්, වත්මන් පාලකයන් දුෂ්ට කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුවක් ඉටුකරමින් සිටින බවත්, ඒ පිළිබඳව ජනතාව දැනුම්වත් වී මෙම දුෂ්ට කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුව පැරදවීමට පෙරට පැමිණිය යුතු බවත් ය. විමල් වීරවංශ මහතාගේ නිදහස් දින පණිවිඩය පහළින්... 1815දී බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන්ගේ පූර්ණ ග්‍රහණයට නතු වූ අපගේ මාතෘභූමියට නාමිකව හෝ නිදහස ලැබුණේ 1948 පෙබරවාරි 04 වැනිදා ය. එතැන් සිට පාලන බලය ස්වදේශික නායකයන්ගේ අතට ලැබුණ ද රට පාලනය කළ යුතු වූයේ බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය අධිරාජ්‍යයේ කිරීටය හිමි රජුගේ හෝ රැජිනගේ හෝ නාමයෙනි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/24)

සිංහලයාගේ අතීත ශ්‍රී විභූතිය
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D
යෝධ ඇලට ලංකාවේ බූරු (මගේ ආමන්ත්‍රණය) B.Sc. ඉන්ජිනේරුවන් විසින් කරණ ලද විනාශය පිළිඹඳව ගාර්වින් කරුණාරත්න මහතා විසින් ලියූ ලිපිය  කියවූ විට (Lankaweb, Feb 4, 2024), මීට වඩා ඉතාමත් සුළු, එහෙත් මේ බූරුවන්ගේ බටහිර ගැති හැසිරීම (European/western/modern technology is far superior to local, native knowledge) එලිදරව් කරණ උදාහරණයක් කලක් මහවැලි සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලයේ  සභාපතිව (DG) සිටි ජයතිස්ස සමරනායක මහතා මට පැවසුවේය. හරකුන්ට ඇලවල් හරහා යාමට කොන්ක්‍රීට් පාලම් සදා තිබුණත් උන් යන්නේ ඒවායින් නොව ඇලේ ඉවුර කඩා දමමින් පාලම ලඟ බිමින්ය. මෙය ගොවියන් හා ටෙක්නිකල් ඔපිසර්ලා අතර විරසක මතුකලේය. මෙම අලකලංචිය විසඳාගැනීම පිණිස... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/24)

ඇමති කෙනෙක් ඇතුලට දාපු පළවෙනි නඩුව මේක. මේ ගේමේ ඉන්නේ කෙහෙළිය විතරක් නෙවෙයි.

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ජාමුණි කමන්ත තුෂාර සමග චමුදිත සමරවික්‍රම . Jamuni Kamantha Thushara On Truth with Chamuditha. https://youtu.be/VkWWbpUUETw... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/02/24)

ෆොන්සේකාගේ ඩොලර් සහ පවුම් වේයෝ කයි - මුදල් නිදහස් කරන ලෙස ෆොන්සේකා ඉල්ලා සිටියි
Hiru News
https://youtu.be/nhn3cRED9K4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/24)

කෙහෙළියට මරණිය චෝදනාව එල්ල වෙයිද? - බන්ධනාගාරයෙන් ඇහෙන ආරංචිය මෙන්න
Hiru News
https://youtu.be/rjzkj-Dkwuk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/24)

Keheliya Rambukwella admitted to prison hospital
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo, Feb 04 (Daily Mirror) - Former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, who was remanded over importation of substandard Immunoglobulin injections, was admitted to Prison Hospital. Prisons Spokesman Gamini Dissanayake said that Rambukwella was admitted due to illness, following doctor's recommendation.  Rambukwella, remanded until February 15, was produced before Maligakanda Magistrate's Court.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/24)

23 Indian Fishermen Arrested By Sri Lankan Navy
Courtesy NDTV
As per the Rameswaram Fishermen Association, the fishermen were fishing near Delft Island in the Palkbay sea area. Last month, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested 18 Indian fishermen. (Representational) Ramanathapuram:  A total of 23 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy from Rameswaram, officials said on Sunday. As per the Rameswaram Fishermen Association, the fishermen were fishing near Delft Island in the Palkbay Sea area. "Sri Lankan Navy arrived there and arrested 23 fishermen from Rameswaram and took them to Myalati... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/24)

Rural youth breathe fresh life into Sri Lanka
International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD).
©IFAD/Ruvin de Silva Around the world, young people are bringing their ambition for success to rural communities. Meet two young rural entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka who are making a difference.  Magical mushrooms  Nadeeshani took over her family business and expanded it. © IFAD/Ruvin de Silva  When Nadeeshani was a child, she was fascinated by her parents’ mushroom farm, housed in a tiny mud hut. She dreamed of taking over from them and, after completing her schooling, she did.  “I became an entrepreneur because I didn’t want... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/24)

Unending woes: On bottom trawling and the arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Hindu
India must incentivise fishers to give up bottom trawling  The continuing arrests of fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry by the Sri Lankan Navy in the Palk Bay, despite diplomatic interventions at the highest level, and the attacks on them mid-sea by armed civilians are a matter of serious concern. True, Indian fishermen cross into Sri Lankan waters in search of catch, and affect the livelihood of Sri Lankan Tamil fishers. But the numbers this year are staggering. The detention of 23 fishermen and the seizure of two trawlers on Saturday, off Delft island on charges of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/24)

Financial crisis ‘gradually’ easing, says Sri Lanka
Courtesy Gulf Times
Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe (right) hoists the national flag during the Sri Lanka’s 76th Independence Day celebrations at the Galle Face Green in Colombo yesterday. Cash-strapped Sri Lanka is “gradually” emerging from its worst economic crisis after the austerity of an IMF bailout, the president said yesterday in a speech to mark independence day. Recalling the “indignity of being labelled a financially bankrupt country”, President Ranil Wickremesinghe dispensed with the customary annual address in favour of a brief statement. The island nation defaulted on its $46bn foreign debt in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/24)

JVP delegation to make official visit to India
Courtesy Adaderana
A delegation of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), a Marxist–Leninist communist party which led an anti-India campaign in 1987-90 against the Indo-Lanka Accord, will on Monday (05 Feb.) start on an official visit to India. “The delegation of JVP, the largest party under the broad entity National People’s Power (NPP), is to leave Colombo tomorrow (Monday) for India on an official invitation of the Indian government,’’ a statement from the party said. The delegation to India comprises JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, senior legislator Vijitha Herath, Secretary Nihal Abeysinghe and executive committee... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/24)

President invites all Sri Lankans, at home & abroad, to contribute their utmost energy to rebuilding our nation
Courtesy Hiru News
As Sri Lanka celebrated its 76th Independence Day, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his Independence Day message, invited all Sri Lankans, here and abroad, to contribute their utmost energy to the noble mission of rebuilding the nation. The President reflected on the challenges faced in the preceding year, marked by economic hardships and external financial criticisms. The President highlighted the nation's resilience and its ability to navigate through adversities, steering the economy towards stability. Acknowledging the unwavering support of citizens who endured hardships, the President credited the progress achieved to a comprehensive, long-term national... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/02/24)

Of Elections, Bond scams, and Money Politics:  The Anatomy of Default @ 75
Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake
With the wisdom of hindsight, the Root Causes of Sri Lanka’s first Sovereign Default, staged three years ago on the eve of 75 years of ‘Independence’ from the British Raj are clearly discernible. Back in March 2021 when the default happened there was too much Aragalaya hype and confusion to discern the deep structures, transnational financial networks, and vested interests (including members of the Lankan Diaspora) embedded in the debt pile up: Amid protests at the soaring cost of living, the claim was that Sri Lanka, South Asia’s wealthiest country with the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

The Yodha Ela- Jaya Ganga
By Garvin Karunaratne
In the Fifth Century we built Yodha Ela in Anuradhapura District at a gradient of five inches in a mile. Today, we are begging for dollars from the IMF. Our leaders were fooled by the IMF and A country that was never in Debt, got weaned to live on loans and handouts . Our leaders are urged to put an end to this nonsense and think again to lessons from our past. The Rajatarangani, an Indian Chronicle tells us that we sent irrigation engineers to Kashmir. The Yodha Ela the marvel irrigation channel that brings... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

All PRIME MINISRTERS SOUGHT THEM ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN PRINCIPLES
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
Since Independence was sought on 4th February 1948, without shedding a single blood drop, the first Prime Minister was chosen by the Colonials as the as Right Honorable D.S. Senanayake.  He was the Prime Minster from 24 September 1947 till 22 of March 1952 when he had an accident and died immediately (after falling from horse riding in the morning). After his death there was a battle with Sir John Kotelawala to be the Prime Minister of Ceylon. As a result, according to the wishes of Rt.Hon. D.S. Senananayake, his son,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

ජනාධිපති ඇතුළු කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයම අධිකරණයට කැදවන්නැයි කෙහෙලියගේ නීතීඥ අධිකරණයෙන් ඉල්ලයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
ආන්දෝලනාත්මක එන්නත් ගනුදෙනුව සම්බන්ධයෙන් වන නීති කෘත්‍යට මුළු කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයම අධිකරණයට කැඳවා සාක්‍ෂි ගත යුතු බවට ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ අනූජ පේ‍්‍රමරත්න මහතා ඉල්ලා සිටියි. ඔහු මෙසේ කියා සිටියේ අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්නා ලද හිටපු සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය වත්මන් පරිසර ඇමති කෙහෙළියට මහතා වෙනුවෙන් මාලිගාකන්ද මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණය හමුවේ කරුණු ඉදිරිපත් කරමිනි. ප‍්‍රශ්නගත ප්‍රතිදේහ එන්නත් ආනයනය සම්බන්ධයෙන් වන පරීක්‍ෂණවලට අදාලව අමාත්‍යවරයා අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් අතර ඔහුට ඇප නියම කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලමින් නීතීඥවරයා මෙසේ අදහස් පළ කළේය. “ස්වාමිනි පැමිණිල්ල කියනවා, මගේ සේවාදායකයා ඉදිරිපත් කරපු කැබිනට් පත්‍රිකාව නිසා මුළු කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයම නොමඟ ගිහිල්ලා කියලා. කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Sri Lanka paid $465,000 for life-saving drugs that turned out to be mostly water
Courtesy Times Malta
Former health minister detained over fake medicines scandalWorldSri LankaHealth Former Sri Lankan health minister Keheliya Rambukwella is being investigated in connection with the scam. Photo: AFP A Sri Lankan court remanded a senior cabinet minister in custody Saturday over the purchase of fake medicines for state hospitals when he was in charge of the health portfolio. Former health minister Keheliya Rambukwella was ordered to be held until February 15 pending investigations into a 144 million rupee ($465,000) scam involving what were meant to be life-saving drugs.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Sri Lanka, Thailand sign historic Free Trade Agreement
Courtesy Adaderana
In Sri Lanka’s pursuit of transforming into a high-income country by 2048 involving trade negotiations with countries like Thailand, the Sri Lanka Thailand Free Trade Agreement (SLTFTA), was signed, during the visit of Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and his delegation of business dignitaries today (03) at the Presidential Secretariat. This move aims to enhance market opportunities, with negotiations covering various aspects such as Trade in Goods, Investment, Customs Procedure, and Intellectual Property Rights. Minister of Trade, Commerce, and Food Security, Mr. Nalin Fernando, represented Sri Lanka by signing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Sri Lanka, Thailand to boost defence and security cooperation to curb transnational crimes
Courtesy Adaderana
In a gesture of warm hospitality, President Ranil Wickremesinghe extended a cordial welcome to the distinguished Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin, and the accompanying official delegation at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon (Feb.03). After the gracious reception by the Sri Lankan leader, a formal ceremony unfolded, with the Chief of Defence Staff accompanying both leaders to the saluting dais. Amidst the ceremonial ambience, a Guard of Honour was awarded to the distinguished guests followed by a 19-gun salute. After the formal introduction of the delegations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Sri Lanka’s trade deficit dropped to lowest in 2023 after 13 years - CBSL
Courtesy Adaderana
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) says that the cumulative deficit in Sri Lanka’s trade account narrowed to USD 4.9 billion from USD 5.2 billion within last year, the lowest recorded since 2010.  However, the CBSL also stated that the country’s trade deficit widened in December 2023 compared to the trade deficit recorded a year earlier. The Central Bank made those disclosures while presenting its latest reports on the performance of the external sector of the country’s economy. In December, Sri Lanka’s merchandise exports revenue declined by 6.2% to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Blueprint for Sri Lanka-Thailand Partnership unveiled
Courtesy Hiru News
In a significant development, President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed the Thailand-Sri Lanka Business Forum at the Kingsbury Hotel, highlighting the auspicious timing of the event. The President announced the signing of a ground-breaking free trade agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and Thailand, marking the second FTA with an ASEAN country. President Wickremesinghe emphasized the historic trade relationship between the two nations, which predates even the Sukhothai Kingdom. He urged a revival of this connection, considering the strategic positions of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean and Thailand in the Asia Pacific. The President also... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Remarkable improvement in media scrutiny; future corruptors beware
Chanaka Bandarage
Up to 2015 or so there was little media scrutiny of bribery and corruption in Sri Lanka.  True the private electronic media like Sirasa did investigative journalism, but that did not go far enough. The 2005 – 2015 government was   very clever and ruthless in suppressing decent.  Some media personnel made the supreme sacrifice with their lives; Lasantha is the most famous. After the Yahapalanaya government came to power, the tables turned. Ranil being a strong liberal allowed free media. This was the time that social media was resurging; it was happening in an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Sri Lanka a US Military Vassal State: Mission Colombo (Integrated Country Strategy) of USA Towards Sri Lanka April 6, 2022
Dilrook Kannangara
It is yet another secret military deal with USA approved following agreement by both parties on April 6, 2022. It is not surprising that Sri Lankan media failed to report this as they were silent on the first ACSA secret deal signed between USA and Sri Lanka on March 11, 2007. This was extended 10 years later as the original 2007 ACSA created an inescapable military trap. The new military engagement with USA (April 6, 2022) is far more dangerous, intrusive and invasive. The president, the Cabinet and the parliament can annul... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

තායිලන්ත, සිංගප්පූරු සහ එට්කා ගිවිසුම් අත්සන් කරනු ලැබුවහොත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව බරපතල ආර්ථික ව්‍යසනයකට මුහුණ දෙනවා- වෘත්තිකයන්ගේ ජාතික පෙරමුණේ සභාපති ඉන්ජිනේරු කපිල පෙරේරා
LANKA LEADER
ඊයේ(01) කොළොඹ පැවැති මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවකට එක් වෙමින් වෘත්තිකයන්ගේ ජාතික පෙරමුණේ සභාපති ඉංජිනේරු කපිල පෙරේරා මහතා ඉදිරි දින කිහිපය තුළ මේ අටවා ගෙන තිබෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට භයානක ප්‍රතිඵල අත්පත් කර දෙන තායිලන්ත,සිංගප්පූරු සහ එට්කා ගිවිසුම් අත්සන් කිරීමට කටයුතු කරන බව අවධාරණය කරනු ලැබීය. මේ වන විට ජනතාව මුහුණ දෙන ආර්ථික අපහසුතා හේතුවෙන් මතුවි තිබෙන නිද්‍රාශීලී භාවය ප්‍රයෝජනයට ගනිමින් මෙවැනි අහිතකර ගිවිසුම් අත්සන් කිරීමට රජය පෙළඹී ඇති බව පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලය පවා උඩින් පවතින ලෙස කේ ජී වීරසිංහ මහතා ගේ මෙහෙයුම යටතේ පවත්වා ගෙන යන කාර්යාලයක් මගින් රටට අහිතකර මෙම සියලු ගිවිසුම් අත්සන් කිරීමට කටයුතු යොදන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Paying of salary and allowances to the dependents of deceased Tri-Forces personnel,
Ministry of Defence  - Media Centre
The Cabinet has approved the Cabinet Paper No. 23/2527/603/061 dated 24.01.2024, on paying of salary and allowances to the dependents of deceased Tri-Forces personnel, who had retired from service on medical grounds owing to terrorist activities during active service in the war prior to 19.05.2009,  those deceased prior to reaching 55 years. Cabinet approval has been granted to the Cabinet paper presented by H.E. the President Ranil Wickramasinghe with the intervention of the Ministry of Defence. Accordingly, the Ministry of Defence announces that the salary and allowances of ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

ග්‍රාමීය කෘෂි හා පශු නිෂ්පාදන ඉහල නැංවීමෙන් අපනයන ව්‍යාපාරය පුළුල් කිරීමට ජාත්‍යන්තර සහාය..
අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය 
.දරිද්‍රතාවය අවම කිරීම, ආහාර සහ පෝෂණ සුරක්ෂිතතාව ඉහළ නැංවීම සහ ස්වභාවික සම්පත් වැඩිදියුණු කිරීම සඳහා කැපවී සිටින ජාත්‍යන්තර ජල කළමනාකරණ ආයතනය (IWMI)  සහ   අන්තර්ජාතික කෘෂිකාර්මික පර්යේෂණ පිළිබඳ උපදේශක කණ්ඩායම  (CGIAR ) සිය නිෂ්පාදන හවුල්කාරිත්වයේ 40 වැනි සංවත්සරය නිමිත්තෙන් මේ වසරේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තුළ නව වැඩසටහනක් දියත් කිරීමට පියවර ගෙන තිබේ. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා සහ අන්තර්ජාතික කෘෂිකාර්මික පර්යේෂණ පිළිබඳ උපදේශක කණ්ඩායමෙහි (CGIAR) විධායක කළමනාකාර අධ්‍යක්ෂ ඉස්මහානේ එලෝවාෆි මෙනෙවිය සහ ජාත්‍යන්තර ජල කළමනාකරණ ආයතනයෙහි ( IWMI) අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් ආචාර්ය මාර්ක් ස්මිත් මහතා අතර හමුවක් අද (2024.02.02) අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී පැවැත්විණී. කෘෂිකාර්මික නිෂ්පාදන, ධීවර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

56% of College Students Have Used AI on Assignments or Exams
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
Over half of students BestColleges surveyed (54%) say that the use of AI tools on college coursework counts as cheating or plagiarism.  ImageCredit: picture alliance / Contributor / Getty I 53% of students say they have had coursework that requires them to use AI as part of an assignment. I myself placed a question in AI Chat Box as follows In need to formulate a plan to invest in a program where High Quality Welders can be trained who can travel abroad... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Israeli Official Wants Sky Host To Be Sacked
Novara Media
https://youtu.be/AdgBcqxtPLE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

BIG FOCUS | රාජ්‍ය දේපල විකිණීම තුළින් රටකට එල්ලවන බලපෑම
Courtesy AdaDerana
https://youtu.be/lHZwNupq1_M... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

PENTAGON’S OWN MAP OF U.S. BASES IN AFRICA CONTRADICTS ITS CLAIM OF “LIGHT” FOOTPRINT
Nick Turse Courtesy The Intercept
A formerly secret map from AFRICOM shows a network of 29 U.S. military bases that stretch from one side of Africa to another. Nick Turse LAST MONTH, ABOUT a dozen al-Shabab fighters infiltrated the perimeter of a military base in Manda Bay, KenyaOpens in a new tab. One of them took aim with a rocket-propelled grenade, firing at a U.S. surveillance plane and touching off an hourslong firefight. When it was all over, the two American pilots of that plane and a U.S. soldier were dead, two other... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Amid accusations of Debt Colonialism, the New Cold War hots up as the War for Africa continues with Explosions in Nairobi, Kenya
By Liu Xin Courtesy Global Times
Accusations of ‘debt trap,’ ‘neocolonialism’ have no market in KenyaOver the last decade, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has yield fruitful achievements and greatly enriched China-Africa relations. As this year marks the 10th anniversary of the proposal of BRI, Global Times reporters Liu Xin and Xing Xiaojing (GT) interviewed Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian (Zhou) and Chinese Ambassador to Madagascar Guo Xiaomei (Guo), to learn about their views on the BRI's achievements in the two African countries and their expectations for future cooperation.GT: Over the last decade, China and Kenya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Maldives enters into deals with China and Sri Lanka to counter India
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, February 2: Alienated from India, the Mohamed Muizzu government in the Maldives has entered into deals with China and Sri Lanka to counter India’s bid to influence its policies. For one, the Maldives is trying to attract Chinese tourists to fill the gap created by the loss of Indian tourists due to calls in India for the boycott of the Maldives for its anti-Indian and pro-Chinese stance. ADVERTISEMENT For another, the Maldives and Sri Lanka have entered into an agreement for providing emergency medical evacuation in place... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Urban wetlands and the built environment: how Colombo’s green spaces enhance city life
Courtesy CGIAR
Colombo must justify the renewal of its Ramsar Wetland City status this year. Has the city sufficiently utilized green infrastructure? Sitting at the Kelani River delta on the west coast of Sri Lanka, set amidst a backdrop of shiny hotels, red-tiled colonial era-buildings and street markets, Colombo appears to be your typical Asian metropolis. But interspersed amongst the city’s built environment sit 19 kilometers of wetlands. Colombo’s urban wetlands make the city livable. Every Colombo resident benefits directly or indirectly from various wetland services. Colombo was recognized in 2018... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/02/24)

Indonesia and Sri Lanka blast EU for 'double standards' on Gaza
Courtesy Nikkei Asia
Indo-Pacific and ASEAN meetings with Europe underscore divided views Palestinians walk past a house destroyed by an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, in early January.   © Reuters RHYANNON BARTLETT-IMADEGAWA and CATHERINE DE BEAUREPAIRE, Nikkei staff writersFebruary 3, 2024 06:35 JST BRUSSELS -- Indonesia and Sri Lanka's foreign ministers called on the European Union to be consistent in its approach to the conflict in Gaza as it has with Ukraine, as ministers from Europe, the Indo-Pacific and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered for meetings in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/24)

Self-proclaimed ‘Vishwa Buddha’ remanded further
Courtesy Adaderana
The saffron-robed person claiming to be ‘Vishwa Buddha’ has been ordered to be further remanded in custody until 16 February, 2024. This order was issued when he was produced before the Gangodawila Magistrate’s Court in Nugegoda, Ada Derana reporter said. The suspect, who was out on bail, was re-arrested on 23 January by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over breach of bail conditions and was presented before the Gangodawila Magistrate’s Court. However, later he was presented before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court as per the orders of the Gangodawila Magistrate.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/24)

Online Safety Act gazetted
Courtesy Adaderana
The Online Safety Act has been published in the government gazette, bringing it into effect as the Online Safety Act, No. 9 of 2024. Accordingly, the Act will provide for the establishment of the Online Safety Commission, safety from prohibited statements made online and prevention of the use of online accounts and inauthentic online accounts for prohibited purposes. It is also expected to make provisions to identify and declare online locations used for prohibited purposes in Sri Lanka and suppress the financing and other support of communication of prohibited statements and for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/24)

FTA with Thailand to bring a range of goods to Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Thailand, Feb. 02 (Bangkok Post) The Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which is expected to be signed between Thailand and Sri Lanka this week, will benefit Thailand's exports of automotive parts, textiles, electrical appliances, machinery, steel products, paper, processed food and animal feed, Thai media reported. Thailand and Sri Lanka will sign a free trade agreement (FTA) this week during Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin's trip to tSri Lanka, said spokesman Chai Watcharonke. Mr Srettha has been invited by Sri Lankan Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe as a guest of honour for Sri Lanka's... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/24)

Sri Lanka secures USD 150 million from World Bank
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo, Feb 02 (Daily Mirror) -  The Government of Sri Lanka has negotiated a financial assistance package of USD 150 million from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank Group. The funds are earmarked for the implementation of the Financial Sector Safety Net Strengthening Project. The primary focus of the project is to enhance the robustness of Sri Lanka's financial sector safety net, with particular attention to the Sri Lanka Deposit Insurance Scheme (SLDIS), managed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). The initiative aims to fortify the financial... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/24)

Former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella arrested
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Colombo, Feb 02 (Daily Mirror) - Former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has been arrested  by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) a short while ago in connection with the importation of substandard Immunoglobulin injections. Rambukwella complied with a court order, arrived at the CID this morning to provide a statement. Maligakanda Magistrate Lochana Abeywickrama had directed Rambukwella to report to the CID at 9 AM on Friday (2) following submissions by Deputy Solicitor General Lakmini Girihagama on behalf of the Attorney General during a court hearing on the controversial human immunoglobulin... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/24)

HLD Mahindapala no more.
By Garvin Karunaratne
All of us do some jobs to find a living and later in retirement get to oblivion, some become activists, others don robes, finding paths for self-salvation. The greatness in Mahindapala is that in unpaid lifetime, in retirement, he fought for Sri Lanka for the downtrodden, and provided ideas for new paths that could have taken our country out of the mud it is now entrenched in. We were once classmates, at The Government Teacher Training College School at the present Thurstan College premises studying in the second to fifth standards.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/24)

ප්‍රවීණ මාධ්‍යවේදී එච්.එල්.ඩී. මහින්දපාල අභාවප්‍රාප්ත වෙයි: අවසන් කටයුතු හෙට
By  Mawbima
කෘතහස්ත මාධ්‍යවේදී එච්.එල්.ඩී. මහින්දපාල අභාවප්‍රාප්ත වී තිබේ. මිය යන විට ඒ මහතා 93 වන වියේ පසු විය. සන්ඩේ ඔබ්සර්වර් සහ ඔබ්සර්වර් (ඩේලි) පුවත්පත්වල ප්‍රධාන කර්තෘවරයෙකු ලෙස සේවය කළ ඔහු 50 දශකයේ ප්‍රකට මධ්‍යවේදින් වන ක්ලැරන්ස් ප්‍රනාන්දු, ඩෙන්සිල් පීරිස් වැන්නවුන්ගේ සමකාලීනයෙකි. කෙසේ වෙතත්, ඔහු 70 දශකයේ ඔස්ට්‍රේලියාවට සංක්‍රමණය විය. එහි සිට ඩේලි නිව්ස් පුවත්පතට විවිධ ලිපි සහ විශේෂාංග සැපයූ අතර එම ලිපිවල පළවූ අදහස් ඔස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ සහ වෙනත් රටවල ද ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සම්බන්ධතා සම්බන්ධයෙන් වැදගත්කොට සැලකිණි. ඔහු සන්ඩේ ඔබ්සර්වර්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/24)

පෙබරවාරී 4 නිදහස: ස්වයං මෝහනය? ස්වයං වින්දනය?
විමල් පටබැඳිගේ- ශාස්ත‍්‍රවේදී, නීතිඥ, විශ‍්‍රාමික සොලිසිටර්
දැනට හැත්තෑ හය වසරකට පෙර, 1948 පෙබරිවාරි 4 වෙනි දා අපි ”නිදහස” දිනා ගතිමු’යි සැනකෙළි පවත්වමින් උදම්වෙන අතර ඉංගිරිසීහු අපට නිදහස ප‍්‍රදානය කළහ’යි ප‍්‍රශස්ති ගායනා කරමින්, කාලතුවක්කු වෙඩිමුර, විදේශීය නළු නිළියන් ද සහිතව, දේශීය නැටුම් ගැයුම් සහ මඟුල් බෙර මැද 75 වතාවක් ”නිදහස් මඟුල් පොරුවේ” කොලනි ඒජන්තලා උජාරුවෙන් සිටගෙන සිටියත්, රුපියල් ප‍්‍රකෝටි ගණනක් වාෂ්ප කළත් රටවැසියාට ලැබුණු නිදහසේ ඵලයක් හෝ යහපතක් නැතග හෙට අනිද්දා ම 76 වෙනි නිදහස් මංගල සැනකෙළිය සඳහා ‘නිදහසේ පියවරුන්’ වූ කොලනි ඒජන්තලාගේ, රටේ අතීතය සහ සංස්කෘතිය නොදත් දරු මුණුපුරන් රටවැසියන් මෙහෙයවමින් ඇතග අනෙක් සැරසිලිවලට අමතරව රජයේ ආයතන සියල්ල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/02/24)

ILO to assist introduction of dispute resolution mechanisms to public service
Prime Minister's Media Division
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena requested the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to assist the government’s initiative to introduce a dispute prevention and resolution mechanism to public service. He made this request when ILO Country Director Joni Simpson called on the Prime Minister at the Temple Trees today (Feb 1) together with United Nations Resident Coordinator Marc-André Franche. The delegation thanked the Prime Minister for the initiative taken in this regard and for obtaining the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers for the proposal. They assured the prime minister fullest support to implement the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)

Remote Warfare and Expendable People -Forever War Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry
By Nick Turse
In war, people die for absurd reasons or often no reason at all. They die due to accidents of birth, the misfortune of being born in the wrong place — Cambodia or Gaza, Afghanistan or Ukraine — at the wrong time. They die due to happenstance, choosing to shelter indoors when they should have taken cover outside or because they ventured out into a hell-storm of destruction when they should have stayed put. They die in the most gruesome ways — shot in the street, obliterated by artillery, eviscerated by air strikes. Their bodies are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)

The Military Occupation of the Entertainment Industry: Hollywood, Remote Warfare, Expendable People
Tom Dispatch Posted on January 30, 2024
 “How fully the worlds of toy-making and war-making, of toy companies, video-game outfits, movie studios, and the Pentagon have meshed” was Nick Turse’s first piece for TomDispatch. That was in October 2003, only months after President George W. Bush and crew had ordered the invasion of Iraq. Nick then wrote: “The military is now in the midst of a full-scale occupation of the entertainment industry, conducted with far more skill (and enthusiasm on the part of the occupied) than the one in Iraq.” Decades later, looking back, I’m struck that, in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)

PLEA FOR INTERVENTION
RANJITH SOYSA
The Tamil political leaders have yet again approached the Indian political leadership through the Indian High Commissioner requesting to consider their demands on behalf of the Northern and the Eastern Tamils to ensure that their ‘problems’ are dealt with the intervention of India. Unfortunately, the periodic emotional plea to the Indian authorities by the Tamil political parties for intervention in the affairs of sovereign Sri Lanka has become an integral part of Lanka’s modern political history. One should have itching ears to know how and why India should intervene in purely a domestic issue... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)

ශාසන පරිහානියට එක මහනාහිමි නමක් වග කිව යුතුයි…
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
අද වන විට ශාසනයට ඇතිවී තිබෙන පරිහානියට මහා නා හිමි නමක්ද වගකිය යුතුව ඇති බව අධිකරණ බන්ධනාගාර කටයුතු හා ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා ප‍්‍රතිසංස්කරණ අමාත්‍ය විජයදාස රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සඳහන් කරයි. පුවත්පතක් සමඟ සාකච්ඡාවට එක්වෙමින් ඔහු මෙම අදහස් පළ කර තිබේ. භික්ෂු කථිකාවත් පනත සම්මත කරලා ඔය කියන නිත්‍යානුකූල තත්ත්වය ඇති කරලා දෙන්න මම පෞද්ගලිකව විශාල මහන්සියක් ගත්තා. මේ නීතියේ අවශ්‍යතාව 1956 සිටම මතුව තිබුණා. එදා සම්බුද්ධ ජයන්ති කොමිෂන් සභාව මේ නීතිය සම්මත කළා. ඉන් පසුව චන්ද්‍රිකා රජයෙන් මේ සම්බන්ධ කරුණු විමර්ශනය කරන්න කොමිෂමක් පත් කළා. ඒ කොමිෂමත් මේ නීතියේ අවශ්‍යතාව අවධාරණය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)

රට වටේම රෝගීන් අසරණවෙයි..."අපි මැරුණත් මේක ඉවරවෙන්නේ නෑ මහත්තයෝ"..
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/n0F6wwh5oQo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)

Free lunch program for Primary School Children starting March 2024
Courtesy Hiru News
In a significant initiative, the Minister of Education, Susil Premajayantha, has announced that all primary school children will receive free lunches starting from March 2024. This program aims to ensure that every child in primary schools has access to a nutritious meal without any financial burden on their families. The move is expected to enhance attendance and contribute to the overall well-being of primary school students. By providing free lunches, the government seeks to create a more conducive learning environment, addressing concerns related to child nutrition and health. The program reflects... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)

Malwathu Mahanayake Thero comments on new social media laws
Courtesy Adaderana
The Chief Prelate (Mahanayake Thero) of the Malwathu Chapter Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangalabhidhana Thero states that there is no fault in introducing new laws to control the various abuses that are being perpetrated on social media by altering the truth, for a long time. The Mahanayake Thero made this remark when a group of representatives of the International Human Rights Organization visited Maha Nayaka Thero today (Feb. 01). Speaking further, Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangalabhidhana Thero expressed that some groups of people defamed him as well on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)

Speaker endorses Online Safety Bill - come into effect from today
Courtesy Hiru News
Today marks a significant step forward in digital freedom as the Speaker has officially endorsed the Online Safety Bill. With this endorsement, the Online Safety Bill becomes effective immediately Accordingly, the said Bill will come into effect as the Online Safety Act No.9 of 2024. >Also, the Speaker endorsed the certificate on the National Hydrographic Bill passed on January 9th with amendments and the Contempt of a Court, Tribunal or Institution Bill passed on January 10th with amendments. Accordingly, the said Bills will come into effect as the National... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)

76 years on, is Sri Lanka Independent or in-dependence? What are we celebrating?
By Raj Gonsalkorale
There was no fight for . . . freedom which involved a fight for principles, policies, and programmes . . . No. It just came overnight. We just woke up one day and we were told, “You are a dominion now.” —S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, Ceylon Prime Minister (1956–1959) Sri Lanka was declared bankrupt last year, 75 years after independence. The country owes more than its worth (or GDP) and its debt to GDP ratio is 120%. Its foreign debt is some 55 billion US Dollars. It has hardly any foreign reserves... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)

How our excellent agricultural extension system of the Sixties was sacrificed.
By Garvin Karunaratne  former G.A. Matara
It is time to stop political bickering and take action before we totally fail in agriculture and millions face death due to the lack of food.  In view of the attempts by our President to boost our agriculture, it may be worthwhile to ascertain what did happen to the excellent agricultural extension service we had in the Sixties- the effort of the combined Agriculture Department and Agrarian Services.  I enclose a chapter from my forthcoming publication: NuwaraKalaviya which details what happened..  I was stunned  to read  a news item stating that  youths from schools in. Anuradhapura... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)

All PRIME MINISTERS SOUGHT THEM ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN PRINCIPLES
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
Since Independence was sought on 4th February 1948, without shedding a single blood drop, the first Prime Minister was chosen by the Colonials as the Right Honorable D.S. Senanayake.  He was the Prime Minster from 24 September 1947 till 22 March 1952 when he had an accident and died immediately (after falling from horse riding in the morning). After his death, there was a battle with Sir John Kotelawala to be the Prime Minister of Ceylon. As a result, according to the wishes of Rt.Hon. D.S. Senananayake, his son,   became (Dudley... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)

විදුලි පාරිභෝගිකයන් ලක්ෂ 71කින් ලක්ෂ 50කටම රතු බිල ලැබිලා... විදුලි ගාස්තු සංශෝධනය සිදුකර ඇත්තේ අනීතිකවයි - නැගෙනහිර පළාත් හිටපු ආණ්ඩුකාර අනුරාධා යහම්පත්
උපුටාගැණීම Lankaleader
2022 අගෝස්තු මාසයේ සිටි 2023 ඔක්තෝබර් මාසය දක්වා විදුලි ගාස්තු හතර වතාවක් සංශෝධනය කර ඇති බවත්, මෙම විදුලි ගාස්තු සංශෝධනය කිරීම් අනීතිකව සිදුවී ඇති බවත් නැගෙනහිර පළාත් හිටපු ආණ්ඩුකාර අනුරාධා යහම්පත් මහත්මිය පවසයි. අනීතික ලෙස හා අසාධාරණ ලෙස විදුලි ගාස්තු ඉහළ දැමීම සහ එමගින් සිදුකෙරන විදුලි විසංධිකිරීම් සිදුකිරීම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් විශේෂ අනාවරණයක් සිදුකිරීමට ඉකුත් (29) දින පැවැත්වූ මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක් වෙමින් ඇය මේ බව පැවසීය. රටේ විදුලි පාරිභෝගිකයන් ලක්ෂ 71ක් සිටින බව විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලය පැවසූවද, ඔවුන්ගෙන් ලක්ෂ 50කටම රතුබිල ලැබී ඇති බවද, විදුලි පාරිභෝගිකයන්ගෙන් තුනෙන් දෙකකටත් වඩා වැඩි පිරිසකට මෙසේ රතු බිල ලැබී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/02/24)


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