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ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අර්බුදය පිළිබඳ ප්‍රකාශය
ධරණි රාජසිංහම් සේනානායක
අවධානය යොමු කළ යුතු දක්ෂිණ හඬ: ණය යුක්තිය, ණය අවලංගු කිරීම සහ ජාත්‍යන්තර මූල්‍ය අරමුදලේ සාකච්ඡාවල විනිවිදභාවය සඳහා කැඳවීමක් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ආර්ථික ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය සඳහා වූ සන්ධානය - The Coalition for Economic Democracy in Sri Lanka (CEDSL) යනු ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ඩයස්පෝරාව ද ඇතුළුව රට තුළ සහ විදේශයන්හි සිටින අදාළ විද්වතුන්, ක්‍රියාකාරීන්, කෘෂිකාර්මික, ධීවර හා කාර්මික කම්කරුවන්, සිසුන්, ව්‍යාපාරිකයින්, වෘත්තීය සමිතිකරුවන් සහ වෘත්තිකයන්ගෙන් සමන්විත කණ්ඩායමකි. රාජ්‍ය ප්‍රතිපත්ති සම්පාදනයේදී ආර්ථික අයිතීන් සහ යුක්තිය පිළිබඳ වටිනාකම් ආරක්ෂා කිරීම එහි මූලික අරමුණු වේ. වසර දෙකක ආර්ථික වශයෙන් විනාශකාරී Covid-19 ලොක්ඩවුන් කිරීම්, රාජ්‍ය ණය ඉහළ යාම සහ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/22)

High Commissioner Moragoda discusses urgent energy requirements of Sri Lanka with the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas of India
Sri Lankan High Commission  in India
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Milinda Moragoda met with the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Housing and Urban Affairs of India Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, today (27) to discuss urgent matters pertaining to bilateral energy cooperation. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in New Delhi. At the outset, High Commissioner Moragoda briefed Minister Puri on the acute challenges that Sri Lanka is currently facing with regard to the supply and distribution of petroleum products and the severe hardships that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/22)

අප නොවන අප
ප්‍ර සමරසිංහ
අපට, අප වෙන්නට අවස්ථාවක් මතක ඇති කාලයක සිට ලැබී නැත. අපට අපේ කියා දැනුමක් තිබුණත් වන්දනා මාන කරන්නේ පර-දැනුමටය. පර (පර=අනුන්ගේ) දැනුම සහමුලින් අහක දමන්නට කියා තුන් හිතකින් වත් කියන්නේ නැත. අප මතක තබා ගත යුත්තේ ඒ ඒ දැනුම් උත්පාදනය වෙන්නේ ඒ ඒ පරිසරය හා සංස්කෘතිය මුලික වූ චින්තනය මත පිහිටිමෙන් බවය. ඒ ඒ දැනුමේ සාර අසාර බව, ගැලපීම නොගැලපීම විමර්ශනය කර, ඒවායින් සැබෑ ඵල ප්‍රයෝජනයක් ඇත්තම් පමණක් හා ඉන් අපේ හර පද්ධතියට අහිතක් නොවන්නේ නම් පමණක් අපේ දැනුමට අවශෝෂණය කර ගත්තාට නං නපුරක් වෙන්නේ නැත. නමුත් කාලයක් තිස්සේ අවාසනාවකට මෙන් සිද්ධ වෙන්නේ පර දැනුම, කරල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/22)

President Joe Biden has told his officials to extend all help to Sri Lanka
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, June 27 (newsin.asia): A high-level US diplomatic delegation, which is currently in Sri Lanka met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday. The delegation stated that the US Government will continue to strengthen the relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at all levels. The delegations comprises officials belonging to the US State Department and the US Treasury. President Gotabaya commended the delegation for their visit and briefed them on the current economic and social crisis in the country. The President also briefed them on the progress of the ongoing discussions with the International Monetary... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/22)

Fuel to be supplied only for essential services until July 10
Courtesy Adaderana
Fuel volumes will be dispensed only to vehicles attached to essential services with effect from midnight today (June 27) until the 10th of July, Minister Bandula Gunawardena says. He revealed this addressing a special media briefing held today to announce the decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. https://youtu.be/apifa5it5Mk Accordingly, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) will supply diesel and petrol only to essential services such as ports, health sector, distribution of essential food items, and transportation of agricultural products hereafter, the cabinet spokesperson noted. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/22)

Cabinet approval to gazette 22nd Amendment and table in Parliament
Courtesy Adaderana
The Cabinet of Ministers have approved the proposal to gazette the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution and to present it to the Parliament, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said. The amendment, which had been referred to as the 21st Amendment so far, will in fact be the 22nd Amendment, as another draft 21st Amendment has already been gazetted. Last week, the draft constitutional amendment was tabled and passed during the Cabinet meeting following extensive discussions. The 22nd Amendment was initially tabled in the Cabinet on June 06 by Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/22)

Sri Lanka’s exports record USD 5 billion mark in five months
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s exports recorded the USD 5 billion mark in the first five months of this year, according to the Export Development Board (EDB). Earnings from the merchandise exports increased by 9.9 % y-o-y to US$ 980.2 million in May 2022 as per the data released by the Sri Lanka Customs.  This was mainly due to the increase in earnings from export of Apparel & Textiles, Coconut based products and Electrical & Electronic Components. Major product sectors except Spices & Concentrates, Tea and Rubber-based products; Apparel & Textiles, Coconut based... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/06/22)

STATEMENT ON THE CRISIS IN SRI LANKA
Darini Rajasingham 
The Coalition for Economic Democracy in Sri Lanka (CEDSL) is a group of concerned academics, activists, agricultural, fisheries and industrial workers, students, business persons, trade unionists, and professionals based ‘in country’ and overseas, including the diaspora, who uphold the values of economic rights and justice in public policy making. In the wake of two years of economically-devastating Covid-19 lockdowns, quantitative easing, and money printing globally, we call on international actors to heed the people’s demands for a DEBT JUBILEE and CANCELLATION as a priority. We wish to draw your... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/22)

Sri Lanka being hounded by Vultures
by Garvin Karunaratne
News is just out that Sri lanka has been taken to the Courts in the USA by a bond holding company, Hamilton Reserve Bank Ltd, which owns $ 250 million of International Sovereign Bonds, requesting a Court Order for payment. This refers to a portion of the loan the payment of which Sri Lanka defaulted in April 2022. This is an exact replica of what happened to Argentina. In my words, written in August 2014: “Argentina is in the dog’s house once again. This time it is hounded by the Vultures-... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/22)

Overcoming the Economic Crisis
Dilrook Kannangara
Sri Lanka’s economic crisis in not unique. Other countries have been in it and some are currently in it too. Economics is all about trade-offs. One basic premise of economics is that resources are limited but needs and wants are unlimited. The way to succeed economically is to manage needs and wants (not resources) to achieve best economic outcomes. Having decided on what needs and wants are crucial (and what must be given up, sadly), then comes resources management. A full-scale economic overhaul takes time. It is doubtful whether Sri Lanka can survive until... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/22)

The international community, the opposition and the people
Malinda Seneviratne
Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the worst President we’ve had. He’s the worst leader, counting all presidents, prime ministers, ministers, chairpersons of local government authorities and maranaadhara samithi. He’s the worst Sri Lankan ever. Let’s assume.Let’s assume that as the all-powerful Executive President, all ills are attributable to him. Let’s assume that although this implies that he can lay claim to all positives, he had nothing to do with effectively handling the Covid-19 situation, the vaccination drive and enforcement of safety protocols which (by the way) eventually enabled and empowered those who hate him the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/22)

ඉන්දියාව මස් රාත්තලම ඉල්ලයි   තෙල් - ගෑස් - විදුලි අර්බුද අද සිට ජූනි 30 දක්වා මොකද වෙන්නේ?  
රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් 
ලංකාවට දෙන්නට බැරි දෙයක්, ඉන්දියාව ඉල්ලයි.  ඉන්දු ලංකා ගිවිසුමේන් පසුව, ඉන්දියාවේ දැවැන්තම බලපෑම අගමැති - ජනපති හමුවේ තබා ජූනි 23 ඉන්දීය විදේශ ලේකම් රටින් පිටවිය.  ඉන්ධන මිල ඉහළ ගොස් ඇත. සංස්ථා පිරවුම්හල්වෙත අද ඉන්ධන නිකුත් නොකරන නිසා එහි බලපෑමක් ජනතාවට නැත.   මේ ජනතාවට වැදගත් කතාව ය. ඊයේ (ජූනි 25) දවල් 12.30 න් පසුව වරාය, විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලය, හමුදාව, බස් ඩිපෝ හැර වෙනත් තැන් කිසිවකට සංස්ථාව තෙල් නිකුත් කර නැත. රටේ අවම දෛනික ඉන්ධන අවශ්‍යතාව ඩීසල් 6000 MT ක් හා පෙට්‍රල් 3500 MT කි. ජූනි 25 (ඊයේ) රාත්‍රී මෙරට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/22)

A NURSERY OF TERRORISTS
ALI SUKHANVER
The most popular desire everywhere all around the world is of serving one’s own country. People feel honored when their sons sacrifice their lives for the esteemed and prestige of their homeland and it is really a hard luck for the whole youth of a nation if illogical restraints are hurdled into the way to completion of this sacred desire. Today the whole of the Indian nation is raising its protesting voice against BJP government’s decision of changing the procedure of induction into the Indian army. Now onwards, there won’t be the permanent soldiers but the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/22)

දඩයක්කරුවෙකුගේ තුවක්වකුවකට හසුව දරුණු ලෙස තුවාල ලබා අවතැන්ව සිටි ගෝණා, ප්‍රතිකාර සඳහා අත්තිඩිය වනසත්ව රෝහල වෙත යොමු කිරීමට හැකිවිය.
පරිසර ක්‍රියාකාරී පේශල පසන් කරුණාරත්න
මෙරට ඉහල ජෛව විවිධත්වයක් දක්නට ලැබෙන සංවේදී පරිසර පද්ධතියක් වන කළුතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ වලල්ලාවිට ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාසයට අයත් නාවලකන්ද පාරිසරික කලාපයට මායිම්ව පිහිටි හලවල්කැලේ ග්‍රාමසේවා වසමේ ගම්වාසීන්ට හට  දඩයක්කරුවෙකුගේ බදින ලද තුවක්වකුවකට හසුව දරුණු ලෙස තුවාල ලබා අවතැන්ව සිටි ගෝණෙකු 2022.06.24 දින උදෑසන ප්‍රදේශයේ වනාන්තර කොටසක් තුල සිටියදී හමුවී තිබුණි.   අවතැන්වූ සත්වයා පිලිබඳව වාර්තා වූ පසු ඒ පිලිබඳව වනජීවි සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව දැනුවත් කිරීමට කටයුතු කලද එදින වනජීවි සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට සත්වයාට ප්‍රතිකාර ලබා දීම සඳහා පැමිණීමට නොහැකි විය. එම නිසාවෙන් ගම්වාසීන් එකතු වී අවතැන් වූ ගෝණා වනාන්තර ප්‍රදේශයෙන් පිටතට ගෙනවිත් හලවල්කැලේ ග්‍රාමනිලධාරී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/22)

Cabraal comments on exchange rate flexibility
Courtesy The Island
Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, twice Central Bank Governor and former State Minister for Finance, issued the following media statement last week on exchange rate flexibility. “The decision to allow the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) to be “flexible” from March 7, 2022 onwards is sometimes described by certain persons as being a “unilateral” decision of then Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal. Therefore, this statement is to provide the factual position so as to set the record straight.”The decision to allow flexibility in the exchange rate was taken by the Monetary Board of the Central Bank... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/22)

Token system to distribute fuel from tomorrow
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera says that a token system to distribute fuel is to be introduced from tomorrow (June 27). Speaking during a press briefing in Colombo today, he said the decision was taken at a meeting of the Security Council chaired by the President and the Prime Minister yesterday (25). https://youtu.be/jxo8xK-SgnA However, the Minister requested the public not to wait in queues at filling station until the next fuel shipment arrives as the stocks of fuel held by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/22)

Two ministers to visit Russia tomorrow
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/mc1OFUvqFPg Two ministers will be flying to Russia tomorrow (27) and they will discuss matters including fuel imports during the visit, according to Minister Kanchana Wijesekara. The Minister of Power and Energy revealed this during a press briefing held in Colombo today. He was responding to a question raised at the media briefing regarding Sri Lanka not seeking oil from Russia.  Speaking further the Minister said that the misters are traveling on another diplomatic visit and hoped that the discussion would be held in due course during that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/22)

Schools in Colombo and other major cities to remain closed next week.
Courtesy Adaderana
The Ministry of Education says that schools in the Colombo Zone and other major cities will remain closed next week, from June 27 to July 01.  However, the ministry said that rural schools can function as normal on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during next week.  https://youtu.be/b_ibb7B78x0 Accordingly, issuing a notice, the ministry informed that the educational activities in the schools during the week from 27th of June to 01st of July 2022 will be conducted according to the following manner: 1. The schools where students and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/22)

Anonymous වැඩ පෙන්නයි – බටහිර ආයෝජනය කල දේශපාලකයන්ගේ නම් ගම් සාක්ෂි සහිතව ලේඛණ එලියට
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Anonymous වැඩ පෙන්නයි – බටහිර ආයෝජනය කල දේශපාලකයන්ගේ නම් ගම් සාක්ෂි සහිතව ලේඛණ එලියට – LEN – www.lankaenews.info | Latest News From Sri Lanka බටහිර රටවල සමාගම් පිහිටවමින් තම කලු සල්ලි ආයෝජනය කල දේශපාලකයන් සහ ඔවුන්ගේ සමීපතමයන් සියල්ල ඊයේ දිනයේදී Anonymous  විසින් Dark Web වෙත මුදා හැර තිබේ. මෙහි විශේෂත්වය වනුයේ මෙවර නම් ගම් සමඟ එම සමාගම්වල ලියාපදිංචි කිරීමට අදාල ලේඛණ සියල්ල ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබීමයි. එම ලේඛණ සහ අදාල විස්තර පහතින් උපුටා දක්වා ඇත. 01. චන්දන රෝහිත රාජපක්ෂ හිටපු ජනාධිපති සහ වත්මන් අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ බාල පුත්‍රයාය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/06/22)

Sri Lanka’s State Land – Will title ownership solve farmers problems?
Shenali D Waduge
The caretaker Prime Minister is once again trying to complete the project given to him – his vision was to destroy agriculture, transfer agricultural land and see farmers in jeans. He even promised chewing gum and gold chains to the farmers in Polonnaruwa in 1999. This was the Parakumba era Ranil wanted to create! Imagine King Parakramabahu in jeans! Giving land is nothing but a subtle inducement to sell the land given to farmers by the state to farm. The land eventually gets sold to foreigners or enemies. When food is no... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/22)

POHOTTU AS USA’ S PROXY Part 5C
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The USA needed supportive persons in Sri Lanka if its plan to take over Sri Lanka was to succeed. Though Sri Lanka did not realize it at the time, Neelan Thiruchelvam was USA’s best link with Sri Lanka.   Neelan Thiruchelvam was a leading advocate of Tamil separatism from the 1970s onwards. Unlike the rest of the leaders of the Tamil Separatist Movement, Neelan came from the social elite in Sri Lanka. He was also clearly the best educated, the most articulate, and the most  knowledgeable regarding political concepts, though he was certainly not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/22)

Give Aussies a Ticker Tape parade before they leave Sri Lanka
Senaka Weeraratna
Give Aussies a Ticker Tape parade as a farewell gesture by driving them through the streets of Colombo (Galle Road near Galle Face Green) once this popular Australian cricket tour is over. This is exactly what the Australians did in Melbourne on February 17, 1961 when they bid goodbye to the West Indian Cricket Team led by Frank Worrell. Australia beat West Indies by 2 to 1 in a close contest which went down to the wire. In a time of misery let us thank the Aussies for bringing smiles... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/22)

Patrick Brown and Tamil Diaspora politics
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .K1J 6G1 Canada
25 June 2022 Mr.Patrick BrownMayor of Brampton,Ontario/Candidate for Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.Office of the MayorCity of Brampton2 Wellington Street West.Brampton, OntarioL6Y 4R2 Dear Mayor Patrick Brown: I just received an email about YOU which said, “Patrick Brown and the Brampton City council passed the  controversial Tamil Genocide Memorial on Brampton Public property with blatant disregard to the peace loving Canadians.  Brampton Parks and recreational facilities are for the benefit of all residents regardless of race, religion... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/22)

Abby Martin’s Speech on US Sanctions & Economic Gangsterism
Empire Files
Abby's speech at the People’s Summit for Democracy, the progressive counter to Biden's imperialist ‘Summit of the Americas’ on June 9 2022. https://youtu.be/qG2G5sC7qWA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/22)

Bharat readies to welcome a tribal President
By Nava Thakuria
If one believes in the simple mathematical calculation and minimum political honesty by public representatives  in the Indian Parliament and State legislative assemblies, the largest democracy on Earth is expecting a lady tribal President in New Delhi. As Draupadi Murmu, a simple Janjati family woman turned a teacher turned a politician, gets the recommendation from the ruling  Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government for the  Presidential elections scheduled for 18 July next, her victory becomes almost imminent. Hailing from Mayurbhanj locality of Odisha, who taught in Shri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/22)

ඉඩම් මන්කොල්ලය
ජයන්ත හේරත්
ගේට්ස් ගොවි බිම්වල විශාලතම පුද්ගලික හිමිකරුවාය. වටිනාකම ඩොලර් බිලියන 130 කි. ඉඩම් අයිතිය අක්කර 268,000 කි. ළඟදී අක්කර 2,100 ක් නොර්ත් ඩකොට වලින් ගත්තේ ඩොලර් මිලියන 13.5 ට ය. කෙරවලපිටිය ඇමරිකන් සමාගමකට වික්කේ මිලියන 500 ටය. සිරිමා දන් දුන්නී පුද්ගලික ඉඩන් ය. රනිල් මේ දවස් වල ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/22)

Sri Lanka Runs Out of Petrol, Diesel After Delay in Expected Shipments Amid Economic Crisis
Courtesy News18
Energy minister Kanchana Wijesekera said oil cargoes due last week did not turn up while those scheduled to arrive next week will also not reach due to "banking" reasons. Sri Lanka has virtually run out of petrol and diesel after several expected shipments were delayed indefinitely, the energy minister said Saturday while apologising to motorists for the worsening fuel crisis. Kanchana Wijesekera said oil cargoes that were due last week did not turn up while those scheduled to arrive next week will also not reach Sri Lanka due to “banking" reasons. Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/22)

Schools in certain areas will be open on three days - other schools to operate as previous week
Courtesy Hiru News
The Ministry of Education has issued a statement regarding the manner in which academic activities will be conducted in schools during the coming week (June 27 - July 1). Schools in cities and suburbs which did not have schools last week have been directed to conduct schools on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - three days during the week. The principals of these schools have been given the power to decide the number of school days for primary school activities. Relevant academic activities are to be conducted through online methodology and home-based... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/22)

Sri Lanka amends limit on foreign currency possession
Courtesy Adaderana
The Minister of Finance has issued an order to reduce the amount of foreign currency retained in possession by an individual in Sri Lanka from USD 15,000 t0 USD 10,000 or its equivalent in other foreign currency. The directive, issued pursuant to Section 08 of Foreign Exchange Act No. 12 of 2017, is effective from the 16th of June. https://youtu.be/oNzqO_zhj4I In a statement, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) said the decision was taken with the intention of attracting foreign currency in the hands of the public... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/22)

High-ranking U.S. delegation to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow
Courtesy Adaderana
A high-level delegation representing the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of State will visit Sri Lanka from June 26- 29, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo says. https://youtu.be/KxisLZqga8E Members of the delegation include Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Asia Robert Kaproth and Ambassador Kelly Keiderling, who is also the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. The visitors will meet with a wide range of political representatives, economists, and international organizations. In all their meetings, they will explore the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/06/22)

POHOTTU AS USA’ S PROXY Part 5B
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The preceding essay recorded the diplomatic exchanges between the   government of USA and the government of Sri Lanka after Ranil Wickremesinghe became Prime Minister in May 2022. In the same month, Ambassador, Julie Chung met with several officials in Colombo. These interviews were mentioned in the media, often accompanied with a  prominent photo. This gave USA further visibility in the island. It was intended to show that once again the USA had come to stay in Sri Lanka. Julie Chung, the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka had met with Ranil Wickremesinghe even before he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

The Need for a Pre audit
Sugath Kulatunga
Professor Charitha Herath is doing an excellent job as Chairman of COPE and deserves the accolades and thanks of the public for this performance. He calls a spade a spade and has already made a few upstarts of high posts admit their mistakes. He is even prepared to propose changes in the Standing Orders of the Parliament to punish the miscreants responsible for the present economic crisis. Recent COPE examination revealed many questionable expenditure-like projects in the CEB which are not in operation, but Project Managers appointed and paid fat salaries. CEB has also been meeting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

Has Ranil Wickremasinghe, our Prime Minister commenced implementing the MCCProject in Sri Lanka?
Garvin Karunaratne. former GA Matara
Stray information on granting deeds of lands    in the news is fairly indicative of the fact that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has unofficially commenced implementing the MCC Project in Sri Lanka, which he stated he will sign if he, the UNP won the 2019 Presidential Election. At the election President Rajapaksa made a firm statement that he will not sign the MCC Compact Agreement.  I enclose a news item I have just read in Economy Next:. Sri Lankan landowners without deeds to be legally granted ownership ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

The Sri Lankan debt crisis: A layman’s review Part I
By Nimal Gunatilleke Courtesy The Island
Figure 1. Sri Lanka’s foreign debt from 2000 -2020 ( from https://www.reuters.com/markets/rates-bonds/sri-lanka-edge-debt-burden-mounts-2022-01-17/) As a layman in the subject of political economy, nonetheless interested in discerning the real background to the historic debt crisis that Sri Lanka is undergoing at present, I have been reading many reports, including expert views, opinion statements, institutional press releases, think-tank analyses, COPE reports, etc., that are plentiful on the internet. Based on these readings, I was able to synthesize a layman’s review, which I thought of putting out to a wider readership... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

Sustainable finance roadmap for SL – II
BY Nimal Gunatilleke  Courtesy The Island
From left : Ms. Amena Arif, Country Manager of Sri Lanka and Maldives, IFC. Archil Mestvirishvili, Deputy Governor, National Bank of Georgia. Ethiopis Tafara, Vice President, MIGA Lay Rachana, Sustainable Finance Committee Chair, Association of Banks in Cambodia, Deputy General Manager/ Chief Risk Officer of FTB Dr. P Nandalal Weerasinghe, Prsent Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Serey Chea, Director General, National Bank of Cambodia Jan Van Bilsen, Senior Manager, IFC, Kyle Kelhofer, Country Manager of Cambodia, IFC Sustainable finance refers to the process of taking environmental,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

සෞඛ්‍යය අමාත්‍යාංශය වගකීම් පැහැර හැරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් චෝදනා 
වෛද්‍ය වසන්ත බණ්ඩාර ලේකම් දේශහිතෛෂි ජාතික ව්‍යාපාර Lanka Lead News
වෛද්‍ය මොහොමඩ් සාෆි මහතාට විරුද්ධව එල්ල වූ චෝදනා පිළිබඳව කටයුතු කිරීමේදී සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් වගකීම් පැහැර හැර ඇති බවට චෝදනා එල්ල කරමින් දේශහිතෛෂී ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරය සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යයවරයාට යැවූ ලිපිය… ගරු සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය,කෙහෙළිය රඹුක්වැල්ල මහතා,සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය,කොළඹ 8 වෛද්‍ය මොහොමඩ් සාෆි මහතාට විරුද්ධව එල්ල වූ චෝදනා පිළිබඳව කටයුතු කිරීමේදී සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් වගකීම් පැහැර හැරීම පිළිබඳව මුදල් විශුද්ධිකරණය සහ සිංහල මව්වරුන් පිරිසක් ඔවුන්ගේ කැමැත්ත නොමැතිව වඳභාවයට පත් කිරීම පිළිබඳව එල්ල වූ චෝදනා මත වෛද්‍ය සාෆි අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමෙන් පසුව සමස්ත ක්‍රියාවලිය තුළ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

What's behind Sri Lanka’s crippling debt crisis?
by: Simon Wilson Courtesy MoneyWeek
Sri Lanka has been hit by a triple whammy of economic shocks and has gone to the IMF for a bailout. It may just be the first domino to fall in a global debt crisis. Sri Lanka is undergoing a full-scale economic collapse and political crisis, with every chance of further violent unrest. Last week the parliamentary speaker warned of an imminent hunger crisis. This week the “new” prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, a septuagenarian on his fifth stint as PM since the 1990s, warned that the country had run out of petrol, and that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

Governments will sink in a world drowning in debt
by: Jonathan Compton Courtesy MoneyWeek
Rising interest rates and soaring inflation will leave many governments with unsustainable debts. Get set for a wave of sovereign defaults, says Jonathan Compton It is unlikely that Barbados, Lebanon or Sri Lanka ever enters your investment thinking. Perhaps now they should. For although all are minnows in a sea of whales in financial terms, they are – to mix animal metaphors – dead canaries in the coal mine. In the last four years, each has gone bankrupt. Barbados defaulted on its foreign debt when a new government took... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

EXPLAINED: Why Sri Lanka's Economy Collapsed And What's Next
Courtesy Outlook
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who took office in May, was emphasising the monumental task he faces in turning around an economy he said is heading for “rock bottom” Sri Lanka's prime minister says the island nation's debt-laden economy has “collapsed” as it runs out of money to pay for food and fuel. Short of cash to pay for imports of such necessities and already defaulting on its debt, it is seeking help from neighbouring India and China and from the International Monetary Fund. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who took office... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

Adani project: Issues not over, COPE questions ex-CEB Chairman’s interpretation of private investment
Courtesy The Island
The Committee of Public Enterprises (COPE) has decided to further examine the controversial Adani Wind and Solar power project in the Northern Sri Lanka when the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) comes up for investigation. The COPE said so after former Chairman of CEB M.M.C. Ferdinando appeared before the parliamentary watchdog committee yesterday (23) over a statement he made at the proceedings on June 10. The COPE has made available Ferdinando’s explanation dated June 06, 2011 addressed to the Chairman, and members of the Committee On Public Enterprises. The text of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

USD 1.2 bn received for leasing out H’tota port to China ‘misused’
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Political interference, mismanagement, corruption still galore
The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government had not utilised USD 1.1 bn received for leasing Hambantota Port to China Merchants Port Holdings Company in 2017, to settle a loan obtained for the construction of the facility during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration, the Committee of Public Enterprises (COPE) was told yesterday. Auditor General W. P. C. Wickramaratne participated in the COPE inquiry into the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) audit reports of 2020 and 2021 and current developments. The yahapalana government leased a 70% stake of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

ජනපති හමු වූ IMF නියෝජිතයෝ - තමිල්නාඩුවෙන් දෝත පිරෙන්න ලැබුණු ආධාර 
Hiru News
  https://youtu.be/AXWl2FTnUt0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

Dhammika Perera sworn in as Minster of Investment Promotion
Courtesy Hiru News
Dhammika Perera was sworn in as the Minister of Investment Promotion, before the President, today... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

I was always labelled as a racist "මාව හැම පක්ෂයකින්ම එලෙවුවා - පක්ෂවල ඉඳලා රටට වැඩ කරන්න බෑ - Wijesdasa Rajapaksa (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, Prisons and Constitutional Reforms states that the constitution as well as the structure of political parties should be changed. Addressing an awareness seminar on the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, the Minister said that the political parties in the country were not based on principles. https://youtu.be/WEA1TjSaEFM... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

Gotabaya cornered
Statesman News Service | New Delhi 
On closer reflection, economic mismanagement and the Covid-19 pandemic have compelled Sri Lanka to battle its worst economic crisis in seven decades. The spirited demonstration by Buddhist monks in Colombo on Monday was direly symptomatic of the grave crisis within. While the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has begun bailout talks, the island nation’s cabinet has cleared a critical constitutional amendment to dilute the powers of the President, hoping that this could mollify the protesters in the midst of the ballooning tension. The situation is virtually beyond control. On closer reflection, economic mismanagement and the Covid-19 pandemic have compelled Sri Lanka to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/06/22)

Explain It to Me, Please
PHILIP GIRALDI  Courtesy The Unz Review
If you want a war with Iran, Russia, China and Venezuela tell me why and how it would benefit Americans So Honest Joe Biden is now going to give another $1.2 billion to the Ukrainians on top of the sixty or so billion that is already in the pipeline, but who’s counting, particularly as Congress refused to approve having an inspector general to monitor whose pockets will be lined. The money will be printed up without any collateral or “borrowed” and the American taxpayer will somehow have to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/22)

What return should India's Mamata Banerjee provide to Bangladesh against the PM' Sheikh Hasina's 'Mango Diplomacy?
Samina Akhter
Most Bangladeshi and India media report read that the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has received 600 kg of mangoes from Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as part of her "mango-hilsa diplomacy." Hasina delivered mangoes to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, according to the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in this country. According to a Bangladesh's deputy high commission official in Kolkata, a few more chief ministers in the eastern region will likely receive similar gifts. President Kovind, Prime Minister Modi, and the chief ministers of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/22)

‘’CAREGIVING AND CARE GIVIERS WORLDWIDE’’
Sarath Wijesinghe President’s Counsel former Ambassador to UAE and Israel
It is a Trained Important and Useful Profession World is in need of caregivers and skilled labour and employees in other areas that brings dollars to their respective countries. Care giver producing countries require much needed foreign currency including Sri Lanka immersed in the dollar crisis. Our workers are educated committed and respected and it is time to explore the world of employment opportunities. Today opportunities are opened to the skilled and educated labour and it is time for us to fill the Gap created in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/22)

සදාකල් පවතින යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා 
යසස් ධර්මදාස විධායක කමිටු ලේකම්, ගෝලීය ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සංසදය
මේ වනවිට 50 වන මානව හිමිකම් සැසිවාරය ජිනීවාහි ආරම්භවී ඇත. ප්‍රථමයෙන්ම විදේශ අමාත්‍ය ජී. එල්. පීරිස් මහතා විසින් සැසිවාර 47 දී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අනුමැතියකින් තොරව සම්මත කරගන්නා ලද රණවිරුවන්ට එරෙහිව චෝදනා ගොනුකිරීමේ බාහිර යාන්ත්‍රණයට නැවතත් එහිදී විරෝධය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම පිළිබඳව එතුමාට අපගේ ප්‍රසාදය පල කරන්නෙමු. එසේම අප්‍රසාදය පළකිරීමට තවත් හේතු තිබුණද පළමුව රණවිරුවන්හට එල්ලවී ඇති යුධ අපරාධ චෝදනා වලින් ඔවුන්ව නිදොස් කර ගැනීමට ගන්නා ක්‍රියා මාර්ගයක් සඳහන් නොකිරීම පිළිබඳව අපගේ කනස්සල්ලද ප්‍රකාශ කරන්නෙමු. එහෙත් අප මෙහිදී එතරම් කනස්සල්ලකට පත්වියයුතු නොමැති බව වැටහෙන්නේ යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා ලාභී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/22)

Government is only talking about housing ,agriculture and developing livestock, inland aquaculture  etc.It seems that concept of BLUE ECONOMY based on harnessing vast resources in the ocean surrounding our country is neglected ?
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
As an example emerging concept of the Blue Economy has been embraced by the Government of Seychelles as a mechanism to realise sustainable economic development based ,around an ocean-based economy.   Seychelles intention is to implement the Blue Economy concept at the national level as a framework to foster an integrated approach for sustainable development programmes. The critical gap however, is the mechanism for its implementation at the national level. Limited, if any, practical information is currently available to countries, notably small states, wishing to implement these concepts. This is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/22)

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Grandeur of Britain’s unique traditions
Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy The Daily News
The Queen appears on the Buckingham Palace balcony with Royal Family members to watch the flypast. Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in England were held with the pomp and pageantry, stemming from the grandeur of Britain’s unique traditions. Born to be a Queen is extraordinary, and to be the Head of the Commonwealth and the longest serving monarch in the UK is even greater accountability. Queen Elizabeth II, nee Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, was born on April 21, 1926. She became the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/22)

Committee to study possibility of granting 5 years leave to govt employees to work in private sector
Courtesy Adaderana
The Ministry of Public Administration says that a committee has been appointed to look into the possibility of granting 05 years of leave to government employees to work in the private sector.  Secretary to the ministry Mr. M.M.P.K. Mayadunne stated that a seven-member committee has been appointed for this purpose and that the said committee is to submit its report to the Cabinet of Ministers within two weeks. Incidentally it has been decided at the Cabinet meeting held on June 13 to grant leave with no pay, to be spent in or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/22)

India assures fullest support to Sri Lanka as a close friend
Courtesy Adaderana
The Government of India, as a close friend of Sri Lanka, will extend its fullest support to the island nation in overcoming the current difficult situation, Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra told President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (June 23). https://youtu.be/aFLiDtQIq-A The Indian Foreign Secretary made these remarks during a meeting with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo this morning. The Indian delegation arrived on the island to consider further financial assistance to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has already received essential food items, fuel, medicine... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/22)

ඉන්දීය විදේශ ලේකම් ඇතුළු දූත පිරිස පිටව යයි - ශක්තිමත් ද්විපාර්ශ්වික සබඳතාවකටත් සූදානම් - රනිල් (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
තමන් ඉදිරියේ දී ඉන්දීය රජය සමග පවතින ද්විපාර්ශ්වික සබඳතා තවදුරටත් ශක්තිමත්ව පවත්වා ගැනීමට කටයුතු කරන බව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ පවසනවා. අද (23) පස්වරුවේ ඉන්දීය විදේශ ලේකම්වරයා ඇතුළු පිරිස සමග සාකච්ඡා කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව නිල ට්විටර් ගිණුමෙහි සටහනක් තබමිනුයි අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව සඳහන් කර ඇත්තේ. https://youtu.be/azYKQumrWQQ මේ අතර මෙරටට අද පෙරවරුවේ පැමිණි ඉන්දීය විදේශ ලේකම් ශ්‍රී විනේයි ක්වාත්‍රා ඇතුළු දූත පිරිස අද (23) පස්වරුවේ පිටව ගොස් තිබෙනවා. ඒ පස්වරු 05ට පමණ ඉන්දියාවට අයත් කේ. 3603 දරණ විශේෂ යානයෙන්. මෙරට ආර්ථික අර්බුදයට විසඳුම් සාකච්ඡා කිරීම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/22)

Sri Lankan PM says country’s economy has ‘completely collapsed’ after months of shortages
KRISHAN FRANCIS COLOMBO, SRI LANKA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  Courtesy The Globe and Mail
Sri Lanka’s debt-laden economy has “collapsed” after months of shortages of food, fuel and electricity, its Prime Minister told lawmakers Wednesday, in comments underscoring the country’s dire situation as it seeks help from international lenders. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament the South Asian country is “facing a far more serious situation beyond the mere shortages of fuel, gas, electricity and food. Our economy has completely collapsed.” While Sri Lanka’s crisis is considered its worst in recent memory, Mr. Wickremesinghe’s assertion... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/06/22)

Being Smart With the Aragala & Protests and Earning & Bringing In The Dollars To Sri Lanka
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Wellington , NZ
Sri Lanka needs Dollars. The quickest route to earning and owning  dollars now are tourists and foreign remittances into the banking system , not to the money exchangers.  Each tourists on average brings $1000, dollars. 3000 tourists are worth 3 milion dollars , the money required to clear one gas ship at the harbour. 6000 tourists a, a diesel ship . In March '22 we had 100.000 tourist, enough to clear 20 oil ships.In April this went down to 60,000, May 30,000 an in June less than 1000/day. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/22)

උඩරට වියළි කලාපය, මඩකලපුව ගොයම් පැහෙනවා. කොළ මඩින යන්ත්‍රවලට ඩීසල් නෑ-අතර මැද කන්නට බිම හාන්න ඩීසල් නෑ
රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්
උඩරට වියළි කලාපයේ ත්, නැගෙනහිර පලාතේ මඩකලපුව මායිමේත් වී ගොවීන් අස්වනු නෙලා ගැනීමට ඩීසල් නොමැතිකම නිසා අන්ත අසරණ තත්වයකට පත්ව ඇත. කොළ මඩිය යන්ත්‍ර සඳහා ඉන්ධන නොලැබේ නම් නිසි කලට නෙලාගත නොහැකිව වී අස්වැන්න විනාශ වී යන්නේයැයි හිටපු ආණ්ඩුකාර රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් පවසයි.    පිලිලුමලේ, වෙල්ලාවලි, මණ්ඩූර්, එරාවුර්, ඔට්ටමාවඩි යන මඩකලපුව කලාපයේ ත්,  පොතුවිල්, අක්කරේපත්තු ප්‍රමුඛ කුඩා වාරි ජල සැපයුම් සිදුකළ කලාපයන් හි ත් උඩරට වියළි කලාපයේ හෙල්මළු වගාවේත් වී අස්වනු නෙලීමට ඇරඹිය යුතුව ඇත.  වැලිමඩ, ඌවරණගම, හාලි ඇළ ඇතුළු කලාපයේ මේ වන විට කරල් පැසී ඇත. ගල්ඔය වාරි ජලයෙන් වගා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/22)

පුද්ගලික අංශයේ අවම වැටුප - වතු කම්කරු වැටුප ඉහළට - මනුෂගෙන් සහතිකයක්
මනුෂ මාධ්‍යය
පුද්ගලික අංශයේ සේවකයින්ගේ අවම වැටුප සහ වතු කම්කරුවන්ගේ වැටුප ඉහළ දමන බවට කම්කරු සහ විදේශ රැකියා අමාත්‍ය මනුෂ නානායක්කාර මහතා සහතික විය.ජීවන වියදමට සරිලන ආකාරයට පුද්ගලික අංශයේ සේවකයින්ගේ අවම වැටුප සහ වතු කම්කරුවන්ගේ අවම වැටුප ඉහළ දමන බවත්, ඒ සදහා අවශ්‍ය වන නීති රීති පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කරන බවටත් ඇමැතිවරයා සහතික විය.ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ මනුෂ නානායක්කාර ඇමැතිවරයා මෙසේද කීවේය.අපි අලුත් විදියට ගැලපෙන විදියට අලුත් ලෝකයට ගැලපෙන කර්මාන්ත වැඩි කරන්න, ආයෝජකයින් වැඩි කරලා වැඩි රැකියා අවස්ථාවන් ප්‍රමාණයන් ලබාදීමට, රැකියාවල ගුණාත්මකභාවය ඉහළ දැමීමට වැඩපිළිවෙලක් ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට අපි නීති රීති වෙනස් කළ යුතුයි. කාන්තාවන්ට පිරිමින්ට කියලා වෙනස්කම් කිරීමට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/22)

I’m better at bringing in dollars than taking loans - Dhammika Perera
Courtesy Adaderana
Business magnate Dhammika, who took oath as a Member of Parliament this morning, says he is better at bringing in dollars than taking loans. Speaking to the media, MP Perera said he would reveal his plans to bring in foreign exchange to the country within two weeks. https://youtu.be/pBaFvV3WVak With regard to his decision to enter the parliament, MP Perera expressed confidence in finding solutions to the ongoing crisis by taking up the new position. In response to a question on accepting a ministerial portfolio, the parliamentarian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/22)

Chickens have come home to roost
Sanjeewa Jayaweera | New Delhi Courtesy The Statesman
When employees are in fuel queues and not reporting to work, there is zero productivity. The fuel shortage, currently being experienced across Sri Lanka, is causing severe distress and incredible frustration to the public. It has graduated to an extent previously not experienced nor seen in at least Colombo and the suburbs. I believe most people have been in queues for as long as four to five days, and many have still been unable to purchase any fuel. That this is taking place when gainfully employed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/22)

Sri Lanka to organize credit aid conference with 3 main lending countries - PM
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says a staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the programme for a bailout package would be finalized by the end of July. The first in-person talks with the IMF on Sri Lanka’s bailout request commenced in Colombo on Monday (June 20) and are going on for 10 days. PM Wickremesinghe met with the visiting IMF delegates who arrived on the island for talks on a bailout programme as Sri Lanka is battling its worst financial crisis since independence in 1948. https://youtu.be/y4C4JbKPX0o ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/22)

India’s finance minister assures ‘fullest support’ for Sri Lanka’s economic recovery
Courtesy Adaderana
Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman has assured Sri Lanka of her “fullest support” and cooperation for its recovery from the ongoing economic crisis. Sitharaman conveyed the assurance to Sri Lankan High Commissioner Milinda Moragoda when the envoy met her on Monday. The Finance Minister of India assured the high commissioner of her “fullest support and cooperation to the process of economic recovery in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan high commission said in a statement. It was the latest in a series of meetings Moragoda held with Sitharaman on India’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/22)

‘Ratta’, Lahiru Weerasekara and 5 others remanded
Courtesy Adaderana
Youth activists Rathindu Senaratne alias ‘Ratta’, Lahiru Weerasekara and five others have been remanded until July 01 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court. Social activist and YouTuber Rathindu Senaratne, the national organizer of ‘Youth for Change’ Lahiru Weerasekara and actor Jagath Manuwarna, who were wanted over the incidents unrest in early June, had surrendered to Maradana Police this morning (22). On June 17, the Colombo Fort Magistrate ordered the police to arrest 09 suspects for their unruly and violent behaviour during protests at Colombo Fort and Thalangama on the 9th and 10th... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/06/22)

හීනෙන් දුටු ගොල්ෆ් පේස් පිට්ටනිය -පළමුවෙනි කොටස
දෙශාභිමානී සුර්ය වංශ රත්න විභූෂණ පාලිත ආරියරත්න සෙන්කඩගල සිංහ ද්වාරයේ සිට
හීනය අම්මා ලඟට ඇවිත් කිවේ හෙට අපි ගොල්ෆ් පේස් පිට්ටනියට යමු පුතේ කියලාය ගමේ අනිත් කට්ටියත් යනවා, අපි එතනට ගිහින් විනෝද වෙමු එතනට ගොඩක් කට්ටිය එනවා සැණකෙළියක් වගේ. ඉතින් ඒ ගැන අහනකොටත් ඇඟ කිලිපොලා යාමක් හා දැඩි සීතලක්ද දැනුණා. Pic by Nisal Baduge Daily Mirror ඔන්න ඉතින් හිනෙන්නම් ගමේ කට්ටියක් එක්ක එතනට ගිහින් බලනකොට ඒ පිට්ටනිය එදා තිබු අසිරිය නැහැනේ නිදහස බුක්තිවින්ද ඒ තැන අද කළු කොඩි වටලාගෙන අමුතු අමුතු සටන් පාඨ කියමින් ඉන්න අපිට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

IMF & ARGENTINA – Lessons for Sri Lanka
ShenalI D Waduge
Argentina gained independence from Spain in 1810. Like Sri Lanka, Argentina is rich in agriculture with vast fertile land. Unlike Sri Lanka, by 1913 Argentina became one of the world’s 10th wealthiest states. Like Sri Lanka, political instability became a factor for Argentina’s decline. Unlike Sri Lanka, Argentina was ruled by the military for 60 years. Agriculture production fell as a result of import substitution adopted by both governments. This created a large government, large wage increases, inefficient production & chronic inflation contributing to foreign debt for both nations. Measures taken by Argentina... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

Open letter to Canadaidan High Commissioner in Colombo: Declaration of May 18 as Tamil Genocide Day by the Parliament of Canada
Dr Anula Wijesundere President, Success Colombo.
Dear Sir / Madam, We understand with dismay that the Parliament of Canada has declared the 18th of May as “The Tamil Genocide Day”. When this motion was introduced in the Parliament of Canada by MP Gary Anandasagari, he did not elaborate on the topic at all. The topic was not debated or discussed at all, no questions were asked, no concerns regarding the truth or accuracy were expressed before the motion was passed unanimously. The Parliament of Canada showed total lack of concern and lack of responsibility... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

Is Sri Lanka a victim of social media manipulation
Shenali D Waduge
Cambridge Analytica showed the world how personal information of people on social media is used to swing elections. Is the same being applied in Sri Lanka. Protests are a new norm. All types of people join affording opportunities for others who join for different reasons. What or who is psychologically motivating them deciding ‘enough is enough’? How are people’s emotions aroused – if people are repeatedly shown footage of police attacking people, media is able to build a negative belief against the police. This is enhanced by interviews that describe... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

ගෝල්පේස් අරගලය: ජන සභා පාලන ක්‍රමයකට <සිස්ටම් එක චේන්ජ් කිරීම> (විප්ලවයක් රහිත) විප්ලවයකි - Part-II
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
‘ටිබැට් (සිකීම්) ජාතික ඇස්. මහින්ද හිමි හිට්ලර්ගේ ඔත්තුකාරයෙක්’ -බුදුන්ගේ රස්තියාදුකාරයෙක් වන උපුල් ශාන්ත සන්නස්ගලට අනුව වියළි කලාපයේ වාරි කර්මාන්ත සිතියම-1905 හැඳින්වීම අරගලකාරයින් යන්නේ දළදා මාළිගාවටද? මල්වතු-අස්ගිරි පන්සල් දෙකටද? මා එසේ අසන්නේ, උපදේශයක්, අනුසාසනාවක් මිස, සංඝ ආඥාවක් නිකුත් කිරීමට මේ හාමුදුරුවරුන් දෙනමට හැකියාවක් නැති නිසාය. අරගලකරුවන්ව බ්ලෙස් කල ක්‍රිස්තියානි පූජකයාද මේවා දන්නේ නැත. ෆත්වා නිකුත් කරන්නේ ඉස්ලාම් ආගමේ අයටොල්ලලාය. සිවුර කැලයක් කරගෙන ඉන්නා භික්ෂූන් ඉවත් කිරීමට සංඝාධිකරණයක් නීතිගත කරණ ලෙස කල ඉල්ලීමටවත් පාලක සිංහල සිස්ටම් කළු සුද්දෝ ක්‍රියා කලේ නැත. 2014 ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකයා තෝරණ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

Crises in Fuel and Gas
A denizen of Colombo 5
The fuel and gas crises continue unabated. People stay in unending queues not for hours but days without drinks or food. A few have died in the queues and the crowds are becoming to be restless and violent. There is no light at the end of the tunnels. This tragedy is not due to a natural disaster or a sudden occurrence but due to a lack of vision and political expediency of our rulers over decades. The immediate scarcity of dollars blew it up. It is useful to examine the calamity from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

Finance Minister of India assures her fullest support to the economic recovery process in Sri Lanka
Gamini Sarath Godakanda
Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister of India Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman assured the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India, Milinda Moragoda of her fullest support and cooperation to the process of economic recovery in Sri Lanka. The Finance Minister of India gave this assurance when High Commissioner Moragoda called on her (20th June) evening at the Ministry of Finance in New Delhi. This was the latest of a series of meetings High Commissioner Moragoda has had with Minister Sitharaman on Indian economic cooperation and assistance to Sri Lanka in the context... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

China recognizes Bangladesh success story through showering praise on BD PM for building Padma bridge
Fumiko Yamada
China's envoy to Bangladesh has applauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's leadership for building Padma bridge with the country's own finance and described the Awami League-led government's achievements in Bangladesh during the last decade as "extraordinary. Li Jiming, the Chinese ambassador in Dhaka, has lauded Prime Minister Shekh Hasina's decision to proceed with the Padma Bridge project using local money despite the failure of outside funding, expressing doubts that an average leader of any country could have done so. He emphasized Bangladesh's progress and development during Hasina's 12 years as Prime Minister, including... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

CPC monopoly to end with govt. inviting multinational companies
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island
Minister of Power and Energy, Kanchana Wijesekera, on Sunday, told the media that giving the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) the monopoly over the oil industry was a mistake and the government was taking steps to allow multinational oil companies to recommence operations in Sri Lanka. The petroleum sector was nationalised in the early 1960s and the CPC was given a monopoly. Addressing the media in Colombo, the Minister said that several other companies must get involved in fuel distribution in the country as it had become obvious that the CPC... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

Supreme Court dismisses FR petitions against appointing Dhammika Perera as MP
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court has rejected granting leave to proceed with the five fundamental rights (FR) petitions challenging the appointment of business magnate Dhammika Perera as a Member of Parliament. The petitions were taken up by a three-judge bench comprising Justices Priyantha Jayawardena, Yasantha Kodagoda and Arjuna Obeysekera. Delivering the verdict, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, who leads the three-judge bench, said that it would not grant leave to proceed with the petitions pursuant to the decision of the majority the bench. Earlier this month, several individuals and organisations including the Centre for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

Sri Lanka’s inflation hits record high 45.3% in May
Courtesy Adaderana
The overall rate of inflation as measured by the National Consumer Price Index on Year-on-Year basis is 45.3% in May 2022, according to Sri Lanka’s Department of Census and Statistics.  The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) on Tuesday released the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) and the inflation rate for the month of May 2022.  The NCPI for all items for the month of May 2022 is 208.7 and it records an increase of 18.4 in index points compared to the April 2022.  The overall rate of inflation as measured... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

U.S. announces additional $5.75 Mn in response to Sri Lanka’s economic crisis
Courtesy Adaderana
The government of the United States has announced the third tranche of new funding today to address the immediate needs of people hardest hit by the economic crisis in Sri Lanka. This humanitarian assistance, totalling USD 5.75 million, will provide cash assistance, short-term jobs, and agriculture supplies such as seeds directly to crisis-affected people to meet their basic needs, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a press release. This new grant funding through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) builds on last week’s announcement of USD 6 million in grants... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

74 filling stations allocated to supply fuel for health workers.
Courtesy Adaderana
Arrangements are being to dispense fuel volumes to vehicles of health sector employees every Friday at 74 filling stations island-wide, Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella says. In a tweet, the lawmaker posted the list of filling stations allocated for the employees of the health sector to obtain fuel. Earlier this month, the representatives of the Health Ministry, with the participation of all stakeholders, held a meeting with the Power & Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara, to explore the possibility of ensuring the continuous supply of fuel for the staff members of the health... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

Speaker conveys Supreme Court's determination on constitutional amendments proposed by SJB
Courtesy Adaderana
The Supreme Court has determined that some clauses in amendments proposed by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) for the 21st Amendment to the Constitution require a referendum and need to be passed in the parliament with a special majority. Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena today (June 21) conveyed the Supreme Court’s determination on the petition against the constitutional amendments proposed by the SJB, during the parliamentary session. SC’s Determination on Constitutional Amendments Proposed by SJB by Ada Derana on Scribdhttps://www.scribd.com/embeds/579162569/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-XXtD1vXF85ujiU2BWZ56... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/06/22)

Exploiting the Potential of Several  Daily  A 380 Emirates Flights From Australia To Dubai Flying Over Mattala Airport Paying  For emergency Landing Rights at Mattala.
Dr Chula N A Rajapakse MNZM CONSULTANT RHEUMATOLOGIST Ropata Village Medical Centre Lower Hutt NZ
The Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority. Dear Sir Exploiting the Potential of Several  Daily  A 380 Emirates Flights From Australia To Dubai Flying Over Mattala Airport Paying  For emergency Landing Rights at Mattala. I right following the viewing of  an inspiring program on Ada Derana Big Focus a few days ago, where in you and your  colleague laid out your plans and vision for return of tourists in increasing numbers in the immediate and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/22)

ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීන්දු අධිකරණ  භාෂාවෙන් ලබා ගැනීමට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක බලයක් නොතිබීම හේතුවෙන් ජනතාවට සිඳුවී ඇති අයුක්තිය පිළිබඳව නීතිඥවරයෙක් විසින් කළ නීති අධ්‍යයනකින්කරුණා 6ක්අනාවරණය වී ඇත...
මාධ්‍ය අංශය,  වෛද්‍ය තිලක පද්මා සුබසිංහ අනුස්මරණ නීති අධ්‍යයන වැඩසටහන
(ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීරණ සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් ලබ දෙන ලෙස ආණ්ඩු පක්ෂයේ සහ විපක්ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවිවාදයක් අවස්ථාවේදී 2021.08.17 දින කථානායකවරයාගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටි අතර, එකී ඉල්ලීම ඉටු කිරීමට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට නොහැකි විය. ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන නීති අධ්‍යයනයක් කළ අතර ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීරණ අධිකරණ භාෂාවෙන් ලබා නොදීම හේතුවෙන් සමාජයට, ජනතාවට අයුක්තියක් වී ඇති බවත්, එය කාරණා 6කින් දැක්විය හැකි බවත් නිරීක්ෂණය කර ඇත.)1. රටේ බහුතර ජනතාවට නීතිය දැන ගැනීමේ අයිතිය අහිමි කර ඇත.2. දෙමළ ජනතාවට දෙමළ භාෂාවෙන් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීරණ ලබා ගැනීමට නොහැකි වී ඇත.3. දේශීය නිෂ්පාදකයන් බහුජාතික සමගම් ඉදිරියේ නෛතිකව අසරණ වී ඇත.4.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/22)

Sri Lanka Reaches Out To Russia For Cruide Oil Amid Acute Fuel Shortage: Minister
Courtesy Outlook
Russian state companies are reportedly giving crude oil at lower prices to countries that can afford to pay. Sri Lanka has reached out to several Russian companies to purchase crude oil, said Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera on Sunday, as the country is going through an acute fuel shortage amid its worst financial crisis. He said Sri Lanka has approached companies suggested by Russia’s embassy in Colombo for crude, in an attempt by the debt-ridden island nation to get oil on credit to keep its only oil refinery running. Wijesekera on Thursday said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/22)

Public urged not to queue up for fuel in next 3-4 days; SLTB depots to issue fuel for private buses
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera says that Letter of Credit (LCs) for USD 90 million have been opened for a shipment of petrol and diesel. Speaking during a press briefing in Colombo today (19), he said that the shipment of petrol is expected to reach the island June 23 while the diesel shipment is scheduled to arrive on June 24. https://youtu.be/bObUnjaK1_U He therefore urged the public not to queue up for fuel in the next three-four days, until the fuel shipments arrive.  Meanwhile the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/22)

Bank of Ceylon records a net pre-tax profit of Rs. 43 billion
Courtesy Adaderana
The Bank of Ceylon (BoC) has reported a net Pre-tax Profit of Rs. 43 billion, according to the President’s Media Division.  This was revealed when the Bank of Ceylon’s Annual Report 2021 was presented to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo. Mr. Kanchana Ratwatte, Bank of Ceylon’s Chairman presented the report to the President. The objective has been achieved by expanding credit systems and providing a closer service to clients covering all levels island-wide, the release said.  The Bank of Ceylon Chairman Kanchana Ratwatte said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/22)

Unanimous support to stand with Sri Lanka - Indian External Affairs Minister
Courtesy Hiru News
Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar in a tweet says "Chaired a Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting on the situation in Sri Lanka. A good discussion held in a positive atmosphere on various issues " India's role." Unanimous support on the need to stand with our neighbor in this difficult time"... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/06/22)

කර්මාන්ත අමාත්‍ය (රමේෂ් පතිරන) සහ ජාතික මැණික් හා ස්වර්ණාභරණ අධිකාරිය.....
තුශාර ගමගේ මුහුණ පොතින්
1987 වසරේ එවකට මම හත වසර ශිෂ්‍යයකු ලෙස මහමෝදර කරාපිටිය පාරේ ගල්වඩුගොඩ හන්දියේ jayalath අයියාගේ රේස්බුකියට සහ ලොකු අම්මාගේ සිල්ලර කඩයට පාසල ඇරී හවස් ජාමෙට යන්නේ ලොකු අම්මාට සුලු සුලු උදව් කිරීම සඳහාය. හවසට කඩේ වසා ලොකු අම්මා සමග ගෙදර ඒම මගේ සාමාන්‍ය පුරුද්දයි. ගාල්ලේ මහින්දයට මා පාසල් යන්නේ ලොකු අම්මලාගේ ගෙදර නැවතී සිටයි. ලොකු අම්මාගේ කඩය ඉදිරියේ ඇති ඉස්කෝලේ මාමාගේ සහ නැන්දාගේ ගෙදරට සතියට දෙතුන් වරක් හවස් ජාමයේ 07 ශ්‍රී හෝ 15 ශ්‍රී පර්ජෝ වර්ගයේ කාරයකින් සුද සරම බැනිය අදින කොන්ඩය පැත්තට පීරාගත් ඒ එන පුද්ගලයා අපේ කඩයේ සිටින අය සමගද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

What or who caused the economic collapse of Sri Lanka
BY SHENALI WADUGE 
Sri Lanka’s economic debacle is a collective result of embracing capitalist consumerism, importing more than exporting, spending more than earning, taking loans to continue artificial lifestyle & taking more loans to pay the loans & not utilizing loans for viable alternative return-on-investments. Alongside this reality was another more important & ignorant fact. Elected governments could not lead because they lacked the will to stand up to or form a strategy to deal with geopolitical bullies interfering in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka & dictating how Sri Lanka is run. The outcome of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

IMF & SL's Economic Collapse
Shenali Waduge
IMF cannot wash its hands off taking blame for Sri Lanka's economic crisis When PM Ranil was controversially made PM in 2015, he brought the Central Bank under him and the Governor had to report to him. The Governor was his school buddy & his successor was another buddy All of them were associated with the IMF & took advice from IMF/WB All of the CBSL top management if you notice in their statements have notihng other than saying 'we should have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

WHY WAS RAJAPAKSA GROUP SILENT WHEN MASSIVE ACCUSATIONS WERE DIRECT AGAINST THEM BY PEOPLE
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Tremendous accusations against the Rajapaksa family were directed by various people and no member of the Rajapaksa family came out and express a few words against the accusations. This silent situation supports people to believe that the Rajapaksa family has done tremendous bamboozling against the country and the obvious situation is they have lost future opportunities. People have a question why was the Rajapaksa group silent when tremendous accusations were direct against them by people.   Many accusations against the family may have no clear evidence that could be proven in the court, however,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

POHOTTU AS USA’ S PROXY Part 5A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
revised 23.6.22 Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from the post of Prime Minister on 9th May 2022. He was replaced by Ranil Wickremesinghe, a “national list” MP soon after, on 12th May. This brought to a sudden end the noisy protests that had dominated Colombo. The purpose of these protests, it is now clear, was to remove Mahinda Rajapaksa and replace him with Ranil Wickremesinghe.  USA has planned all along to make Ranil Wickremesinghe the Prime Minister of the current   government, with Gotabaya also staying on. The government of Sri Lanka is  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

You crazy and unpatriotic politicians, declare Poson Poya Day as our Annual National Day, to awaken the grown up and inspire the younger generation to prepare them for nation building at least now.
Dr Sudath Gunasekara Mahanuwara
Every nation, some founded only a few decades ago, have a national day in their calendar, celebrated with pomp and glory to mark their nationhood and inspire their people, particularly the younger generation for nation building, even if they don’t have any longstanding heritage to commemorate. But isn’t it a pity and a tragedy too, that we, in spite of the fact   of having an unusually a long and illustrious history of more than 2500 years of a glorious past as a great nation, don’t have any national day celebrations, as if... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

It is high time for action in Development
by Garvin Karunaratne
The sad news of a mother in Badulla who commited suicide unable to bear the sight of her three children who have not had a meal for three days is indicative of the future of our beloved motherland. Two weeks ago my writing that starvation and death to around half a million of our citizens is round the corner failed to find a publisher. Now, Unicef Sri lanka has called for foreign donations to save the lives of 1.7 million Sri Lankan children (unicef.org-srilanka/files/2202-06/HAC%20PRESS) My mind raves mad at what has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

SOLVING ECONOMIC CRISIS
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
A queue for LP Gas For weeks, motorists in Sri Lanka continuously lined up in long queues to obtain diesel and petrol. It has turned out to be a daily routine at present. Many women line up in rows to receive LP Gas or kerosene while their husbands spend long hours in petrol queues. Thanks to swift action by the authorities, it appears that mile-long queues are diminishing gradually for petrol. Meanwhile, diesel queues are getting longer and longer. All of these were due to the adamant policies adopted by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

Sri Lanka's Army To Cultivate On Barren Land To Supplement Country’s Food Security Amid Crisis
Courtesy Outlook
Sri Lanka’s army established its Green Agriculture Steering Committee (GASC) to supplement and promote the food security programme in the country facing worst economic crisis. The Sri Lanka Army will take part in a farming drive aimed at cultivating over 1,500 acres of barren or abandoned state land to multiply food production and avert any shortage in the future, according to a media report. The army established its Green Agriculture Steering Committee (GASC) on Thursday to supplement and promote the food security programme in Sri Lanka which is facing its worst economic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

Sri Lanka: The Politics Of Adani’s Power Project – Analysis
By P. K. Balachandran Courtesy EurasiaReview
The controversy reveals the intersection of factors like Sri Lanka’s dire needs, its indebtedness to India, New Delhi’s geopolitical agenda, and pressure from anti-Indian Sri Lankan nationalists. The controversy over Adani’s US$ 500 million renewable energy project in North Sri Lanka, which is now threatening to disturb the recently-forged good relations between Sri Lanka and India, is the result of an intersection of a variety of factors. These are: Sri Lanka’s utter dependence on India for basics like food, fuel and fertilizer; Colombo’s moral obligation to reciprocate New Delhi’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

Indian FDI: Galle Face protesters move against Modi-backed Adani project in SL
by Shamindra Ferdinando  Courtesy The Island
Galle Face activists protest outside the Indian High Commission in Colombo A group of protesters on Thursday (16) demonstrated outside the entrance to the Indian High Commission, demanding cancellation of the proposed Adani Green Energy investment in the 500 MW wind and solar power generation in Mannar and Pooneryn.The demonstration, organised by those who had been engaged in the Galle Face campaign, demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was the first public protest against India in Colombo, since India called off its military mission here in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

CBSL governor indicates his desire to serve a full term of six years
Courtesy Hiru News
Sri Lanka could have avoided its current economic turmoil if it had gone to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout sooner, the country's central bank governor says. Central bank governor&nbsp;Nandalal Weerasinghe told BBC Newsnight that the delay in seeking outside help was a mistake. The country has said it needs $5bn this year in support from the international community, including the IMF. Sri Lanka defaulted on its foreign debt for the time in its history last month. "If we had taken the decision to go... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

COPA proposes to set up a new Cabinet Sub Committee for Food Security
Courtesy Hiru News
COPA proposes to set up a new Cabinet Sub Committee for Food Security to address&nbsp;the country's food crisis The requirement for rice to be imported in the future is 800,000 metric tons Discussions to obtain support from SAARC Food Bank and the World Food Program The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) recommended that all Ministries should unite and set up&nbsp;a Cabinet Sub-Committee on Food Security to address the food crisis in the country. The members&nbsp;of the committee pointed out that it is important to set up this committee... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

Policy is to ensure no one is left hungry in the face of the food crisis - PM
Courtesy Hiru News
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has stated that it is his policy not to leave anyone hungry in the face of the food crisis. Speaking at a meeting of the Committee on Food Security at the Prime Minister's Office this morning (17), the Prime Minister said that although the food crisis could directly affect 4 million to 5 million Sri Lankans in the future, steps would be taken to control it. The Prime Minister instructed the officials to pay more attention to the children and the adults in particular. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

University of Peradeniya closed
Courtesy Hiru News
It has been decided to close the University of Peradeniya due to the current difficulties in the country. Accordingly, steps have been taken to suspend all academic programs and examinations at the university. Hostels will also be closed. Due to this the Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. M D Lamawansa has instructed all students staying in hostels to leave the hostels and go home immediately.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

All Government & Government approved private schools within Colombo city limits closed next week
Courtesy Adaderana
All Government &amp; Government approved private schools within Colombo city limits will be closed next week and permission granted to conduct school activities online according to the Secretary to the Ministry of Education. Chairman of the PUCSL has agreed NOT to impose power cuts for a period of 2 weeks from 8am to 1pm from Monday (20) in order to facilitate online teaching.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/06/22)

Protest held in Sri Lankan capital against proposed wind project by Adani
Courtesy Business Stanadard
The 500 MW wind mill project caused much storm after last week's parliamentary oversight committee proceeding A demonstration was held here in the Sri Lankan capital on Thursday against the proposed wind mill project to be undertaken by India's Adani group in the northeastern region of Mannar. The protesters from the Gotagogama (President Gotabaya go home) gathered at the busy Bambalapitiya sector south of Colombo. They held placards questioning the lack of transparency in the awarding of the project to the Adani Group while shouting slogans against the Indian business conglomerate. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/06/22)

GoSL & SL Police – Officially Define a Protestor/Protest & Laws pertaining to all
Shenali D Waduge
It is legal to protest but there are restrictions. Are protestors aware of the restrictions? If not, the onus is on the Sri Lankan Govt, the Sri Lankan Police to clearly make public what is legal and what is not & it must be communicated by the Govt’s Media division. GoSL must define what is a peaceful protest, who is a peaceful protestor & how does a peaceful protest and peaceful protestor becomes violent & what legal action can be taken against them by the Govt & law enforcements. Legislations or additional... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/22)

World War III has been declared – Pope Francis
Courtesy RT
The pontiff has lamented military conflicts across the globe and said the Russia-Ukraine crisis may have been “provoked” Pope Francis has suggested that World War III is already in progress, as evidenced by “intertwined elements” at work in the Russia-Ukraine crisis and other conflicts across the globe. “A few years ago, it occurred to me to say that we are experiencing a third world war fought piecemeal,” the head of the Catholic Church said in a May 19 interview with Jesuit media outlets that was published on Tuesday. “Today, for me, World War III has been declared.” ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/22)

මේ රට විනාශවී ඇත්තේ මෙවැනි  අපරාධකාරුවන්ට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට යන්ට මෙන්ම ඒ තුල  සිටිමින් නීති හැදීමට අවස්ථාව තිබෙන නිසා සහ මෙවැනි අව නීති ක්‍රම නිසා නොවේ ද ?
අචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර මහනුවර
"අල්ලස් මුදලක් ඉල්ලා වරදකරු වී අධිකරණයෙන් දඩ ගැසුම් කා අත්හිටවූ සිර දඬුවම් ලැබූ පුද්ගලයෙකු ඉදිරියටත් රටේ නාගරික සංවර්ධන සහ නිවාස ඇමැතිකම් සේම පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ආණ්ඩු පක්ෂ සංවිධායක ලෙස ද කටයුතු කරනු ඇත"! සිහි බුද්ධිය ඇති ජනතාවගේ (පක්ෂ වහලුන්ගේ නොවේ) බුද්ධියට නිගා දෙන, ඔවුන් සමච්චලයට ලක් කරන මෙවැනි 'පාර්ලිමේන්තු ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී' යයි  කියාගන්නා වෙනත් රටවල් තිබේද?   On Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 05:18:13 am GMT+5:30, DAMITHA SENEVIRATNE <damitha2312

hotmail.com> wrote: ඇමැති ප්‍රසන්නගේ මන්ත්‍රීධූරයට සිදුවන්නේ කුමක්දැයි ජනාධිපති නීතිඥවරයෙකුගෙන් විමසන ලදුව ඔහු කියා සිටියේ අත් හිටවූ සිර දඬුවම් ලැබීම මන්ත්‍රීධූරය අහෝසි වීමට බල නොපාන බවයි.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/06/22)

Take holiday to grow your own food, civil servants told by Sri Lankan government
Prof. Hudson McLean
*Fridays to be declared holidays for public sector for 3 months *Declare Poson Poya Day as our National Day. This is absolute madness.  When the country is on its knees, the top of the pinnacle seeks more holidays? Why don't the government make the entire week a holiday? I have seen many Sri Lankan-educated Sinhala in the USA, UK, EU, and Singapore, not getting far in their job, despite qualifications & experience, because they are Lethargic & Lazy.  Whilst the Sri Lankan Tamils, keep their head down... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/22)

How does Bangladesh set a shining example of communal peace and harmony in South Asia?
Dr. Abantika Kumari
Bangladesh is made up of 160 million people who are multi-religious, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual. The Constitution of Bangladesh guarantees all citizens the freedom to freely and peacefully practice their chosen religions. Religious minorities make up roughly 12% of Bangladesh's present population, according to conservative estimates. Hindus account for 10% of the population, Buddhists for 1%, Christians at 0.50 percent, and ethnic minorities for less than 1%. As an example of how people of different religions can live together, cooperate together, and simply be together, Bangladesh is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/22)

Why did Bangladesh need to cancel an NGO, Odhikar’s license?
Samina Akhter Dhaka
The Bangladeshi NGO Odhikar has been deregistered by the Prime Minister's Office's NGO Affairs Bureau. The company's registration renewal application was denied on June 12 due to a bureau application.The license of the private voluntary organization Odhikar has not been renewed, according to NGO Bureau Bangladesh, due to financial irregularities, foreign grants, moving money into personal accounts other than designated bank accounts, and other inconsistencies. Despite the government's claim that Odhikar is required to send regular information on operations, working people, and a list of ongoing projects to the NGO Bureau, Odhikar has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/22)

Why is China dragging its feet on helping Sri Lanka?
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, June 15: On the face of it, China appears to be shedding its aloofness and trying to create the impression that it is also helping Sri Lanka overcome the current grave economic crisis. It says that it has pumped in US$ 76 million so far. But that sum pales into insignificance in comparison with India’s largesse of US$ 3.5 billion. What is glaring is the absence of a willingness on China’s part to restructure the repayment of its loans, and the conditions which it has attached to the use of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/22)

Official report on UL504 filed, report confirms possible collision avoided
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
An official report on the possible mid-air collision avoided by UL 504 has been filed by the crew upon their return to the BIA yesterday which has confirmed that due to the vigilance and action taken by the crew, they had managed to avert one of the worst mid-air collisions. Sri Lankan Airlines however seem to be unaware of this report filed by its own crew and have released a statement saying UL 504 was not at risk of a mid-air collision with another aircraft at any point, despite their official document confirming... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/22)

U.S. DFC approves $120 Mn in new loans and investments for Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
The Embassy of the United States of America announced today that the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Board of Directors has approved USD 120 million in new loans to grow and support the Sri Lankan economy. “For seventy years, the United States has provided foreign assistance, loans, and trade opportunities to help grow the Sri Lankan economy and support the Sri Lankan people,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung. “Today’s announcement is good news for the private sector, as the DFC’s USD 120 million in new investments will reach... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/06/22)

It took 1 CIA agent 4 days to oust democratically elected Iranian leader in 1953
Shenali D Waduge
It took US 60 years (19 Aug 2013) of silence and denial to finally admit to its role in toppling the elected PM of Iran Mohammad Mossadegh on 19 August 1953. There was no social media then, no artificial intelligence, no NGOs of the kind present today, all it took was one US CIA agent – Kermit Roosevelt Jnr (grandson of US President Theodore Roosevelt). Kermit Roosevelt toppled a leader in just 4 days. Operation Ajax was the name of the coup started on 15th August 1953 and ending with the ouster on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/22)

- ඉන්ෆ්ලේෂන් = + අන්එම්ප්ලෝයිමන්ට්
ජයන්ත හේරත්
ඉන්ෆ්ලේෂන් අඩු කරන්නට අන්එම්ප්ලෝයිමෙන්ට් වැඩි කල යුතුය. භාණ්ඩ මිල අධිකව ඉහල ගොසින්ය ඉන්ෆ්ලේෂන් ය. එවිට භාණ්ඩ මිලදී ගැනුමට වැඩි වැටුප් ලබන හොඳ ඉල්ලුමක් ඇති රැකියා තිබිය යුතුය. හොඳ ඉල්ලුමක් ඇති රැකියා තියෙන්නේ වැටුප ඉහල නිසාය පුහුණු ශ්රමය නැති නිසාය පළපුරුද්ද ඇති ශ්රමිකයන් අඩු නිසාය දැනුම, පුහුණුව හා පළපුරුද්ද නැත්තේ JVP NPP තක්කඩි විශ්ව විද්යාල අන්තරය හසුරවන නිසාය ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/22)

Decoding the Narrative ‘there will be no Hindus left in Bangladesh in the next 30 years’
Samina Akhter Dhaka
Bangladesh has recently been depicted by some in the international media saying ‘there will be no Hindus left in Bangladesh in the next 30 years if the current rate of exodus continues’ and Hindus are fleeing to India’.  However, this understanding is completely incorrect. Bangladesh is being depicted unfairly and without evidence as a country that discriminates against its minorities, particularly Hindus. There is no doubt that Bangladesh has seen a steady outflow of Hindus since Partition. Minorities accounted for 23.1% of the population in 1951, but only 9.6% in 2011.A recently published book has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/22)

අපට කල නොහැක්කේ මොනවාද?
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි
ස්ථානය රාගම ශික්ෂණ රෝහල් වැඩබිමයි. ඒ වනවිට රෝහල ඉදිවෙමින් පැවතිණි.බිම් මහල ඇතුළුව මහල් 4ක කොන්ක්‍රීට් වැඩ නිමවා තිබුණි. තවද එක කණුවක් නියමිත ස්ථානයට වඩා අඩියක පරතෙරකින් පිහිටීමේ වරදක් අප අතින් සිදුව තිබුණි. මේ වරද මම එතරම් ප්‍රභල වරදක් ලෙස නොසැලකුවත් එය ව්‍යාපෘති කළමනාකාර මහතාට දැක ගැනීමට ලැබුනේ, 4 වෙනි මහලත් සම්පුර්ණ වූ පසුවය. මෙය දුටු ඔහු මහත් ව්‍යාකුල තත්වයකට පත්ව මා වෙතට පැමිණ ඒ සම්බන්ධව ඔහු තුල ඇති නොසතුට මට පැවසුහ."චන්දරේ, මම කොහොමද මේක දන්නේ නැහැ වගේ ඉන්නේ?" දැන් මට මේක ලොකු හිසරදයක් නිර්මාණය කරලයි තියෙන්නේ, යයි මහත් සැලෙන හඬකින් පැවසුහ.ඒ වනවිට මේ අද අප... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/22)

Take holiday to grow your own food, civil servants told by Sri Lankan government
Courtesy The South China Morning Post
Officials granted leave for one working day a week and ‘provided with the facilities to engage in agricultural activities in their backyards’, cabinet saidThe country’s unprecedented economic downturn has left staple foods in short supply and 4 out of 5 people in the nation of 22 million were forced to skip meals Crisis-hit Sri Lanka is asking civil servants to take an extra day off each week to grow crops in their backyards in a bid to forestall a looming food shortage. The island nation’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/22)

Who is pouring oil on the flames in Sri Lanka?
Feng Guoquan Courtesy CGTN
Sri Lanka is in a dire situation. Known as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean," the country is facing the worst economic crisis since independence in 1948. Western media has taken this opportunity to hype up the so-called Chinese debt trap, alleging that Sri Lanka is on the verge of economic collapse because it was unable to repay its large loans from China. They add that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has brought a heavy burden to the Sri Lankan economy, and constantly pitting the Sri Lankan government and its people against China,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/22)

Gazette to be issued lifting ban on ‘Angampora’
By Rebecca Pavey Courtesy Ceylon Today
  The Cabinet today (14) approved a proposal to issue a Gazette lifting the ban on ‘Angampora’ martial art, a traditional game that was banned under British rule. The relevant proposal was tabled by the Minister of Sports. A similar proposal to lift the ban imposed on the game was approved in 2019, however the relevant Gazette is yet to be published.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/22)

Fridays to be declared holidays for public sector for 3 months
Courtesy Adaderana
The Cabinet of Ministers has given the approval to the proposal to declare Fridays as holidays for public sector employees from this week. According to Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, this will not include the essential services including health, power & energy, education, water, electricity, transport, port and air services, and defence. As the current shortage of fuel has disrupted passenger transport, making it difficult for public sector workers to access their own transportation, it seems appropriate to grant government officials leave for one working day of the week, the government said in a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/22)

Sri Lanka to receive 6 batches of rice from China
Courtesy Adaderana
Six batches of rice are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka under China’s 500 million RMB grant to the island nation, the Embassy of China in Colombo said today. The first and the second batches are meanwhile scheduled to reach the Colombo Port on the 25th and 30th of June. Taking to its official Twitter handle, the Chinese embassy said 10,000 metric tons of rice will be provided to the most needy kids under the “School Meal Program” across Sri Lanka.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/22)

Latest LP gas shipment to be distributed on priority basis
Courtesy Adaderana
Priority in the distribution of the latest shipment of 3,500 metric tonnes of LP gas will be given to hospitals, hotels and crematoriums, says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The payment for this LP gas shipment was made yesterday and it is currently being unloaded. Unloading of a consignment of 3,600 metric tonnes of LP gas began today (June 14) after the balance payment of USD 2.5 million was settled. The LP gas tanker was anchored for over six days off Thaldiyawatta coast in Kerawalapitiya as the balance payment was delayed.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/22)

Former Maldivian President refutes Harsha’s remarks
Courtesy Adaderana
Former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed has dismissed the remarks made by Sri Lankan Opposition MP Harsha de Silva as “inaccurate”. Issuing a clarification on the matter, Mr. Nasheed said, “I believe a number of countries are willing to help Sri Lanka and the assistance will come through.” https://youtu.be/22epxDyGP4s MP Harsha de Silva, addressing an event yesterday, stated that the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud has rejected a request made by the former Maldives President to provide assistance to Sri Lanka. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/22)

“Clearly disappointed”: Adani reacts to Sri Lanka controversy on energy project
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/pB8FujrlZSM The Adani Group today said it was “disappointed” as it reacted to a massive controversy over an energy project in Sri Lanka awarded to the group, after a Lankan official’s claim that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa acted under pressure from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Our intent in investing in Sri Lanka is to address the needs of a valued neighbour. As a responsible corporate, we see this as a necessary part of the partnership that our two nations have always shared. We are clearly disappointed by the detraction that seems... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/06/22)

Declare Poson Poya Day as our National Day.
Dr Sudath Gunasekara Mahanuwara
Every nation, some founded only a few decades ago have a national day in their calendar, celebrated with pomp and glory to mark their nationhood and inspire their people, particularly the younger generation for nation building even if they don’t have any longstanding heritage to commemorate. But isn’t it a pity and a tragedy too, that we, in spite of the fact   of having an unusually a long and illustrious history of more than 2500 years of a glorious past as a great nation don’t have any national day celebrations as if... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

බුරියානි අරගලය
Dilrook Kannangara
අරගලකාරයන්ගේ ප්‍රධාන ආහාරය බුරියානි. ඔවුන්ට බුරියානි සපයන්නන් ඔවුන්ව නටවන සෙයක් පෙනෙන්නට තිබේ. වෙසක් මාසේ නම වෙනිදා සිදුවීම් පිටුපස විශාල බුරියානි කාරයන් ප්‍රතිශතයක් සිටින බව ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අත් අඩංගුවට ගත් 2,400 ඉක්මවූ අයගේ නම් වලින් පෙනේ. වෙනස්ව කිවහොත් මිනී මැරීම, ගෙවල් ගිනි තැබීම, අරගලය වෙනුවෙන් මැර ප්‍රහාර එල්ල කිරීම, කොළඹ පාතාලය ප්‍රතිප්‍රහාර සඳහා කැඳවීම පිටුපස සිටින දැනට අත්අඩංගුවේ සිටින අයගෙන් 20%ක් පමණ බුරියානි කාරයන්ය. ඒ කියන්නේ ලංකා සමාජයට වඩා අරගලයේ සිටින බුරියානි කාරයන්ගේ  ප්‍රතිශතය වැඩි බවයි.ආර්ථික අහේනිය සහ බඩගින්න නිසා විශාල පිරිසක් බුරියානි කාරයන්ගේ ගොදුරු බවට පත් වෙලා. බුරියානි පතට ඕනෑම දෙයක් කරන පිරිසක් ඇතිවෙලා. අන්තර්ජාතිකවද ශ්‍රී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

‘Pivot-to-Asia’ - America Executes a Lightning Coup to Take Control of a Strategic Island in the ‘Indian-Ocean’
By Jonathan Manz
Bewildered, reeling and confused, Sri Lankans are just beginning to pick up the pieces of the jigsaw to decipher the events of Black-Monday, 09 May 22, when America, with its all-too-familiar ‘false-flag’ operations, executed a lightning Coup, to take control of the strategic Island in the Indian Ocean.  Taking control of the Island-Nation was critical to the Americans to implement their re-chartered game-plan for the Indian-Ocean region; this plan, they were compelled to develop following the unexpected defeat of their proxy mercenaries in Sri Lanka.  A military-style appreciation was sketched-out by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha of Sri Lanka leads the delegation for the 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Education Minister’s Conference on SDG4-Education 2030 (APREMC II), Bangkok, Thailand
Embassy & Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka Bangkok
Minister of Education of Sri Lanka Susil Premajayantha led the Sri Lanka delegation for the 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Education Minister’s Conference (APREMC-II), from 5th  to 7th  June 2022, in Bangkok. The Conference held on hybrid modality under the theme of ‘Education Recovery and Transformation towards more Responsive, Relevant and Resilient Education Systems: Accelerating Progress towards SDG 4- Education 2030’, was attended by Ministers of Education from across Asia  at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok and was co-organized by the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok), UNICEF... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

Justice for Animals and Nature' is the next big challenge for lawmakers all over the world.
Senaka Weeraratna
A just God must give a hearing to the prayers and cries of all species Prayers are offered by believers on the assumption that these prayers will be heard by God (or Providence) and  accordingly will be responded with relief. With what assumption do animals in slaughter houses scream prior to death? If God is meant to hear the cries of only humans and concomitantly ignore the cries of all other species, how just is such a God? Aren't  the screams of dying animals in slaughter houses the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

රුසියන් AEROFLOT ගුවන් යානා නඩුවේ (CHC/126/22/MR) ෆිස්කල්ට එරෙහිව නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට කිහිප දෙනෙකු ගන්නා උත්සාහය ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන් ඇති අධිකරණ නියෝග තේරුම් නොගැනීමක්ද?
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B Sc(Col), PGDC(Col)
1) Registrar is directed to convey this enjoining order to the Head of Air Navigation Services, the 2nd defendent.2) Registrar is directed to inform the Chief Trafic Controller by telephone and serve through the Fiscal also.ඉහත නියෝග 2 කොළඹ වාණිජ මහාධිකරණය විසින් CHC/126/22/MR නඩුවේදී එරොෆ්ලොට් රුසියන් එයර්ලයින් වෙත වාරණ නියෝගයක් නිකුත් කිරීමට අතිරේකව 2022.06.02 දින ලබා දී ඇත.රුසියන් AEROFLOT  ගුවන් යානාව බේරුම්කරණ තීරණය ප්‍රදානය කරන තෙක් පියාසර කටයුතු කිරීම වළක්වමින් වාරණ නියෝගයක්  නිකුත් කිරීමේදී ඉහත නියෝග 2ද අතිරේකව ලබා දී ඇත.සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් වාරණ නියෝගය ලබා දී ඇති අතර ඉහත අතිරේක නියෝග 2... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

EC not empowered to ask NL MPs for asset declarations – Chairman
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Chairman of Election Commission Nimal Punchihewa yesterday (11) said that there was no legal requirement for a National List MP to submit his or her asset declaration before the EC accepted nomination made by a political party. Attorney-at-Law Punchihewa said so responding to The Island query whether he had received asset declaration from newly-appointed SLPP MP Dhammika Perera before the issuance of gazette notification pertaining to his appointment. The SLPP last Friday (10) nominated Perera to fill the vacancy created by Basil Rajapaksa’s resignation.Responding to another query, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

SL has to wait till year end to obtain loan from IMF: Harsha
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
https://youtu.be/IbO2itAW9qQ MP Dr. Harsha De Silva said that Sri Lanka will have to wait until the end of this year to obtain a loan from International Monetary Fund (IMF). Even though staff level meetings are underway it’s monetary board has to approve the loan. "When I had a discussion with the Japanese Ambassador he said that they have lost their trust in Sri Lanka. They said that they could consider giving a short term loan if there’s an all-party government or else both the Opposition and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

Chinese, U.S. envoys meet in Colombo; pledge support to help Sri Lanka mitigate economic crisis
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
In a significant development, the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong met his U.S. counterpart Julie Chung in Colombo on June 13 and held discussions on “broad topics of mutual interest” and pledged support in helping the island nation mitigate its crippling economic crisis. Sri Lanka is currently facing its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1948. The economic crisis has prompted an acute shortage of essential items like food, medicine, cooking gas and other fuel, toilet paper, and even matches, with Sri Lankans being forced to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

Iranians to dispatch medicine & physicians to Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Pir-Hossein Kolivand, Head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has said that the society is ready to send medicine and physicians to Sri Lanka. Kolivand made the remarks in a meeting with the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran G.M.V. Wishwanath Aponsu, noting that the IRCS, in line with its high humanitarian goals, is able to offer aid after reviewing Sri Lanka's pharmaceutical needs. If the Sri Lankan administration declares a need and considers a place for providing services, the IRSC can dispatch its health team,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

There is a man-made economic crisis in Sri Lanka - PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka is currently going through the worst economic crisis since gaining their independence in 1948 and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe believes that it is the fault of the previous governments and the politicians.  In an exclusive interview with WION’s Managing Editor Palki Sharma, Wickremesinghe called it a “man-made economic crisis” and pointed out that the politicians in the country need to come together and change in order to rectify the current situation. “There is a man-made economic crisis. The politicians they say and certainly the governments that were in power earlier.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

Blinken assures support to promote US investments in Sri Lanka after IMF talks end
Courtesy Adaderana
US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has agreed to assist Sri Lanka and to promote investment after the conclusion of the talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  This was during a phone conversation with Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today In a twitter message, the Prime Minister said that he briefed the US Secretary of State regarding the current economic situation in Sri Lanka and requested for both countries to work closer. “It was a pleasure speaking to Secretary of State

SecBlinken today. I briefed him on... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

This is the most challenging appointment I ever had - China has NOT ditched us" - PM
Courtesy Hiru News
In an exclusive interview of Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe with Palki Sharma on WION's Global Leadership, he said, this is the most challenging appointment I ever had and someone had to take up the challenge. Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that India helped the island nation way more than China while they were going through a major economic crisis. Wickremesinghe was made prime minister of Sri Lanka amid tremendous inflation and resulting protests. In an exclusive interview with Managing Editor of WION Palki Sharma, the Sri Lanka PM explained that China had a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

SL sign USD 27 million project with US to double the milk production
Courtesy Hiru News
On June 13, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung attended the signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sri Lankan Department of Agriculture, for a $27 million project that aims to double the milk production of Sri Lankan dairy farmers participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food for Progress; initiative. In close partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka, the project began in late 2017 and has already benefited 25,000 Sri Lankan dairy farmers, increasing their milk production by an average of 68 percent to date. An estimated... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

CEB Chairman M.M.C. Ferdinando resigns
Courtesy Hiru News
CEB Chairman M.M.C. Ferdinando has tendered his resignation to the Minster which has been accepted. Vice Chairman Nalinda Ilangaokoon has been appointed as the New Chairman of CEB. MEANWHILE INDIAN MEDIA HAD REPORTED THE MATTER , the following is the NDTV report. In a spiraling controversy over an energy project contract in Sri Lanka awarded to Gautam Adani's group, the Lankan official who had claimed that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa acted under pressure from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has resigned. MMC Ferdinando, the Chairman of Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/06/22)

Bishop Robert Caldwell – The same Church that coined Dravida Nadu must also be championing Tamil Eelam
Shenali D Waduge
There was no term called Dravidian until a British missionary arriving in India in 1838 created it to serve several agendas of the Church. The next 40 years was spent in converting Hindu Tamils, promoting a fictitious history and setting natives against each other. Much of the conflicts, confusions and contradictions present today is as a result of the false history translated into English and notions spread among natives. If the Dravidian theory was artificially implanted by the Church, could it not be more than possible that the Church was instrumental in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

ගෝල්පේස් අරගල කරුවන් ඉල්ලන සිස්ටම් චේන්ජ් එක  හා ජන සභා සිස්ටම් එක (Part-I)
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
අපට වෙච්ච දේ !!! පියදාස සිරිසේන (1875-1946) “මිලින්ද මොරගොඩ ගේ පාත් ෆයින්ඩර් පාරේ යමින්, MCC ට්‍රෝජන් අශ්වයා හරහා රට කැඩීමට දෙන්නට ගියේ ඩොලර් බිලියන් භාගයකටත් අඩු අල්ලසක් පමණය. ඒ වෙනුවට, UNO වල තමන්ගේම ටයිගර් කොඩිය සහිත ඊළම් රටක් පිහිටුවා ගැනීමට ලංකාවේ උතුර-නැඟෙනහිර පලාත් දෙක දීමට  කැමති වෙනවා නම්, ඒ සඳහා  සිංහල පක්ෂ දේශපාලක කළු සුද්දන්ට, අයථා ක්‍රමවලින් ප්‍රභාකරන් විසින් ආරම්භකල අරමුදලින් ගෙවන්නට ඔහුගේ පිටරට වසන ගෝලයින් දීමට සූදානම් අල්ලස ඩොලර් බිලියන 52 කි.” ලංකාවේ ප්‍රධාන ගංඟා ද්‍රෝණි හත හා ඊළම් දේශ සීමාව ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

Proposals for Economic and Political Stability in Sri Lanka
Federation of  University Teachers' Associations (FUTA)
Summary The political and economic crisis that the country has been facing for the past few months has intensified. The state’s attempt to suppress dissent has brought much violence and exacerbated the prevailing crisis. Following the events of May 9, when violence was unleashed on peaceful protestors leading to widespread protests across the country, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called on Mr. Wickremesinghe to become the Prime Minister. This flies in the face of all the democratic demands of the multitude of people protesting. The appointment of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

The War in Ukraine Marks the End of the American Century
MIKE WHITNEY Courtesy The Unz Review
“The ferocity of the confrontation in Ukraine shows that we’re talking about much more than the fate of the regime in Kiev. The architecture of the entire world order is at stake.” Sergei Naryshkin, Director of Foreign Intelligence Here’s your ‘reserve currency’ thought for the day: Every US dollar is a check written on an account that is overdrawn by 30 trillion dollars. It’s true. The “full faith and credit” of the US Treasury is largely a myth held together by an institutional framework that rests on a foundation... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

මේ රට විනාශවී ඇත්තේ මෙවැනි  අපරාධකාරුවන්ට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට යන්ට මෙන්ම ඒ තුල  සිටිමින් නීති හැදීමට අවස්ථාව තිබෙන නිසා සහ මෙවැනි අව නීති ක්‍රම නිසා නොවේ ද ? 
අචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර මහනුවර
"අල්ලස් මුදලක් ඉල්ලා වරදකරු වී අධිකරණයෙන් දඩ ගැසුම් කා අත්හිටවූ සිර දඬුවම් ලැබූ පුද්ගලයෙකු ඉදිරියටත් රටේ නාගරික සංවර්ධන සහ නිවාස ඇමැතිකම් සේම පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ආණ්ඩු පක්ෂ සංවිධායක ලෙස ද කටයුතු කරනු ඇත"! සිහි බුද්ධිය ඇති ජනතාවගේ (පක්ෂ වහලුන්ගේ නොවේ) බුද්ධියට නිගා දෙන, ඔවුන් සමච්චලයට ලක් කරන මෙවැනි 'පාර්ලිමේන්තු ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී' යයි  කියාගන්නා වෙනත් රටවල් තිබේද?   On Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 05:18:13 am GMT+5:30, DAMITHA SENEVIRATNE <damitha2312

hotmail.com> wrote: ඇමැති ප්‍රසන්නගේ මන්ත්‍රීධූරයට සිදුවන්නේ කුමක්දැයි ජනාධිපති නීතිඥවරයෙකුගෙන් විමසන ලදුව ඔහු කියා සිටියේ අත් හිටවූ සිර දඬුවම් ලැබීම මන්ත්‍රීධූරය අහෝසි වීමට බල නොපාන බවයි.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

Cambodia, Bangladesh Mark Fifty Years Of Friendly Ties
Pathik Hasan, Dhaka, Bangladesh
June 06, 2022 marked the fifty years of bilateral ties between Cambodia and Bangladesh. Cambodia established friendly relations with Bangladesh on June 06, 1972.  The bilateral relations were established in 1972 through the late King Sihanouk of Cambodia and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh. But full-fledged formal diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1993. Over the past three decades, relations between the two countries have deepened and both countries have been cooperating with each other in bilateral and multilateral arrangements. Bangladesh and Cambodia cooperate in various sectors. In... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

Promoting Nepal-Bangladesh Ties for Better Bilateral Understanding
Professor Dr. Bijaya Gouri Khanal. from Kathmandu, Nepal
South Asian neighbors Bangladesh and Nepal share common regional platforms such as the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Nepal recognized Bangladesh as a sovereign state in 1971 and the bondage between the two nations started from that time. Bangladesh, on its part, has always evinced interest in Nepalese culture, its agricultural development, extraction of stones, production of hydroelectricity, besides tourism. The first Bangla poetry (Charjapad) was discovered in the library of Nepal’s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

සිංහලෙන් එකක් කියා ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන් වෙන එකක් කියන "එරොෆ්ලොස්ට් ගුවන් යානා නඩුවේ නීතිය" ගැන රුසියන් තානාපති කාර්යාලය කුමක් කියයිද?
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B Sc(Col), PGDC(Col)
What does the Russian embassy say about the law in the aeroflot plane case which One in Sinhala and another in English?Что говорит российское посольство о законе в деле самолета Аэрофлота, один на сингальском, другой на английском?රුසියන් ගුවන් යානා තහනමේදී  සිංහලෙන් එකක් කියා ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන් වෙන එකක් කියා ඇති නිසා වරද කර ඇත්තේ ෆිස්කල් නොව සතාසිවම් නඩුවේ මොල්ගහ මෙන් සංචාරක කර්මාන්තයයි.රුසියන් ගුවන් යානා තහනමේදී  සිංහලෙන් එක නියෝගයක් ලබා දී ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන් තවත් නියෝගයක් ලබා දී ෆිස්කල් මගින් කළ ක්‍රියාව නීතිපති අභියෝග කළාද?කොළඹ වාණිජ මහාධිකරණ chc/126/22/mr නඩුවේ 2022.06.02 නියෝග 2ක් ලබා දී ඇත. වාරණ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

From ‘Gota Go Home’ to realities on the ground - EDITORIAL
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
It is over 50 days since the ‘GotaGoHome’ campaign kicked off. The campaign which started off as non violent protests by groups of residents in Colombo against the lack of fuel, cooking gas, shortages of medicinal needs and a skyrocketing cost of living.   The situation has become so desperate, hospitals have begun cutting back on surgeries as vital stocks of medicament ran out.    The protest took a different turn when what started as protests by individual groups, of a few hundred protestors, coalesced into a huge mass of desperate citizens surrounding... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

Sri Lanka beyond the Sea
Courtesy Wanderlust
With over 2,500 years of recorded history, those in search of archaeological and cultural treasures in Sri Lanka soon learn the Pearl of the Indian Ocean more than lives up to its name. Get ready to experience Sri Lanka’s version of a full moon party,” warned Viraj, my story-loving guide, as we headed deep into the ancient citadel of the island’s first capital, Anuradhapura. Founded in the 4th century BC, the city continued for 1,300 years as Sri Lanka’s foremost urban centre, and my gaze was pulled in every direction as we drove the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

Dhammika Perera enters cabinet as new Minister of Technology and Investment Promotion
Courtesy The Island
First resigns from the boards of a clutch of quoted companies Mr. Dhammika Perera, who was widely tipped to enter Parliament on the SLPP National List, on Friday tendered is resignation from a clutch of public listed companies where he served as chairman or director – both executive and non-executive – with effect from June 10. Shortly threafter his appointment as an SLPP National List MP was gazetted by the Elections Commission. He was thereafter appointed one of two new ministers – the other being Ms. Pavithra Wanniarachchi... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

Investigations against Dilip Wedaarachchi’s son, daughter in law Weeraketiya OIC under death threat, Magistrate orders probe
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Walasmulla Magistrate on Thursday directed the Weeraketiya Police to launch an inquiry into the complaint that the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Weeraketiya Police Kelum Sangeeth has received death threats warning him not to investigate the charges filed against SJB MP Dilip Wedaarachchi’s son and daughter-in-law.  Ravindu Wedaarachchi and his wife Nethmi Harindika Silva were arrested on Monday (6) for obstructing the duties of police officers at the Bedigama interchange on the Southern Expressway and committing criminal violence.  When the case was taken up before the Magistrate... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

Daily Mirror journalist threatened at protest
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror journalist Jamila Husain was threatened by a group of protestors at the protest in front of SLPP MP Dhammika Perera's house today morning, obstructing the journalist from carrying out her duties. Some of the individuals who had joined in the protest had approached the journalist while she was on coverage on site clicking pictures and taking videos and had verbally threatened her and later chanted slogans against her on the speakers. The journalist who tried to calm these individuals by saying she was on coverage, was forced to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

‘BJP’s cronyism has crossed Palk Strait’: Rahul Gandhi slams Modi govt over Sri Lanka power project
Courtesy Adaderana
Indian National Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday hit out at the Modi government over its alleged interference in a Sri Lanka Power Project. Taking to his official Twitter handle, Gandhi said, “BJP’s cronyism has now crossed Palk Strait and moved into Sri Lanka.” Along with his tweet, he shared a report where Sri Lanka’s Electricity chief had alleged that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa told him that Prime Minister Narendra Modi insisted that the Wind Power Project be awarded to Gautam Adani’s group. Ceylon Electricity Board chairman MMC Ferdinando made the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

SL may be compelled to buy more Russian oil - PM
Courtesy Hiru News
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka may be compelled to buy more Russian oil as fuel runs low amid its worst economic crisis, PM tells the AP. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he would first look to other sources, but would be open to buying more crude from Moscow. Western nations largely have cut off energy imports from Russia in line with sanctions over its war on Ukraine. In a wide-ranging interview on Saturday, Wickremesinghe also indicated he would be willing to accept more financial help from China, despite his country&rsquo;s... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

Uncultivated paddy lands to be acquired for 5 years.
Courtesy Hiru News
The Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says that they will start a process to acquire all paddy lands that have not been cultivated and abandoned.&nbsp; These lands will be acquired for a period of 5 years in order to cultivate suitable food crops.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/06/22)

Is Sri Lanka being digitally colonized?
Shenali D Waduge
Colonization was when people were sent to occupy territories and claim them as their own drawing artificial borders and christening them with artificial names. Neo-colonialism prevailed using international systems created by the colonials. Digital colonization is when multinational tech companies extract, analyze and own user data & then claim to bring laws to protect data that which has been shared. Data imperialism encompasses access to business, people, social media & entertainment. The imperialists are today billionaires – Jeff Bezo, Elon Musk & Zuckerberg. While Europe controlled colonialism, digital colonialism is controlled by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

Aragalaya
Vichara
There was tremendous excitement and expectation in the country when Aragalaya appeared in Galle Face. Artists and media fantasized about it. Intellectuals romanticized it and read into the Aragalaya lofty ideals of systems change, ensure accountability, and bring forth an ideal democracy of the people and for the people of Sri Lanka. Even Professor G.L. Peiris has said that the Aragalaya is for systemic and institutional change Galle Face Aragalaya also claims that their struggle is for systems change. But their 8 demands do not spell systems change. The changes they demand are within the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

POHOTTU AS USA’ S PROXY Part 4C
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Why did the attackers not attack the President’s residence in Mirihana, asked Shenali Waduge, though the residences of Mahinda Rajapakse in Tangalle, Medamulana, Carlton House & Kurunegala were burnt down as well as the monument to his father. The attackers were very selective when it came to burning houses. Houses of SJB and UNP parliamentarians were not touched. The houses of some leading Pohottu MPs, such as Ali Sabry and GL Pieris (Chairman of Pohottu) were also not targeted. However, Batticaloa District Parliamentarian and former Minister Habiz Nazeer Ahamed’s office, shop, garment... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

POHOTTU AS USA’ S PROXY Part 4B
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The south was the most affected when MPs houses were burnt.  In Galle there was a series of attacks on the houses of the former Ministers, Members of Parliament and the government supporters including a number of heads of Local Government Institutions. Former Minister Ramesh Pathirana’s house in Kithulampitiya, Galle was set on fire and completely destroyed while former State Minister Mohan P. De Silva’s residence on Wakwella Road, Galle also was burnt. A group had set ablaze the house of State Minister Geetha Kumarasinghe in Haburugala, Bentota and set fire to a vehicle... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

POHOTTU AS USA’ S PROXY Part 4A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
From May 9th and May 14, 2022 the houses of nearly 80 MPs,  of which 74 were Pohottu MPs were burnt down.  Houses of some Pradeshiya Sabha and Provincial Council members were also burnt. The activity started around 5.00 p.m. on May 9th, on the same day that the Galle Face protestors were attacked. That attack had started around 2.30 p.m. therefore the suggestion that houses were burnt down because of the Galle Face attack cannot be accepted. It is now clear that both events were programmed to take place together. Organized... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

Sri Lanka Fuel Crisis To Worsen With No Indications On Sustenance Of Future Supplies
Courtesy Outlook
Sri Lanka’s fuel purchases have been totally dependent on the ILC(Indian Line of Credit) - a USD 500 million credit line initially which was supplemented with another USD 200 million later. The last of the fuel shipments due under the Indian Line of Credit are arriving in Sri Lanka this month with no indications on the sustenance of future supplies which are dependent on India's assistance. Sri Lanka is going through the worst economic crisis since its independence from Britain in 1948. The economic crisis has prompted an acute shortage... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

UN warns Sri Lanka could face 'full-blown humanitarian emergency'
Courtesy  Mizzima
The United Nations warns that Sri Lanka's unprecedented economic crisis could develop into a dire humanitarian crisis, with millions already in need of aid. https://youtu.be/KoFdvTmYd34... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

Lawyer’s role in Aeroflot drama: BASL won’t seek SC intervention; law firm declines to comment
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday (10) said that it couldn’t report the lawyer involved in the Aeroflot affair to the Supreme Court, without inquiring into the incident.It transpired, before High Court Judge, S. M. H. S.P. Sethunge, in the Commercial High Court of the Western Province, that Attorney-at-Law Aruna de Silva had accompanied a fiscal officer of the same Court to the Bandaranaike International Airport, on 02 June to deliver a Court ruling in a case filed by Ireland-based Celestial Aviation Trading Company Ltd., against Aeroflot. Justice... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

UK relaxes travel advisory on Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
The United Kingdom on Friday (June 10) relaxed the travel advisory issued to its citizens arriving Sri Lanka, announcing that its Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office no longer advises against all but essential travel to the island nation. https://youtu.be/5BomQt2cGQw However, a notice issued by the UK government noted that the “economic situation in Sri Lanka is challenging with shortages of basic necessities including medicines, cooking gas, fuel and food because of a shortage of hard currency to pay for imports.” It also cautioned that there may be long... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

COPE rebukes CEB for purchasing power at higher prices
Courtesy Adaderana
It was revealed during yesterday’s meeting between the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and the Ceylon Electricity Board that the CEB had continuously purchased power for higher prices from the Ace Power Plant located in Embilitpitya. The CEB had continuously included the capital cost into the purchase of a unit of power even though the total capital cost had been completely recovered in 2015, it was further revealed during the meeting.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

China assures support to jointly tackle Sri Lanka’s crisis situation.
Courtesy Adaderana
China says it is ready to continue to work with Sri Lanka to jointly tackle risks and challenges and help Sri Lanka overcome the current difficulties, ease the debt burden and realize sustainable development. This was mentioned during a discussion between Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Liu Jinsong and Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China Dr. Palitha Kohona on June 09. The two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on Sri Lanka’s economic and financial debt issues. During... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

New website launched in Sri Lanka to check fuel availability
Courtesy Adaderana
A fuel information management system has been introduced in Sri Lanka to provide information to the general public on the island-wide fuel distribution process. This initiative is a collaboration between the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd., and the Ministry of Power and Energy. The fuel information management system will give the public information about the fuel stations that offer fuel, and their availability. The system will be updated daily in the morning, with the information about the fuel dispatch, along with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

Current government should change to overcome present crisis - former President (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Former President Maithripala Sirisena says that the present government should be changed to overcome the crises facing the country. Meanwhile, politicians also expressed various views regarding the Electricity Act passed in Parliament recently. https://youtu.be/OreO1bltRi4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

කෝටි ගණනක පොලු තැබූ මොරටුව සරසවි ඇදුරෝ - අනේ මේ ආයතනය පොඩි ළමයි වගේනෙ 
Hiru News
https://youtu.be/a7cCDsEzJx0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

President responds to the statements made by the CEB Chairman
Courtesy Hiru News
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa categorically denied any authorisation to the award of a Wind Power Project in Mannar to any specific person or entity as stated by the CEB Chairman at a COPE committee hearing regarding the awarding of a Wind Power Project in Mannar.   https://youtu.be/vg12RsNlpHE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

CEB Chairman admits making incorrect statement - offers unconditional apology
Coutesy Hiru News
CEB Chairman, M.M.C.Ferdinando states that he made a reference regarding the Prime Minister of India, when questioned by COPE on 10 June 2022, which was totally incorrect and records his unconditional apology. Hon Chairman of the COPE Committee, In regard to the clarification made by me at the COPE meeting held on 10.6.2022 in repplying to the allegation made against me on the proposed Mannar and Pooneryn Wind and Solar Project with Adhani Green Energy Ltd to generate Renewable energy of 500 mw, I explained the circumstances behind the issuance of my letter... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

SRI LANKA NEEDS FEWER POLITICIANS AND MORE TECHNOLOGISTS
Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
Honest and intelligent lawmakers needed. “There are rumours that Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had to take over the finance portfolio since no member of the Sri Lankan Parliament was willing to take up this challenge of managing the country’s finances. Instead of looking at the scenario negatively, it would be appropriate to think that the Prime Minister taking over the finance portfolio is also a progressive step, as the finance portfolio requires the maximum attention at this stage,” says veteran Indian journalist N.S. Venkataramanin in his latest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/06/22)

Sri Lanka joins to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and attends its’ 78th Session, Bangkok, 23-27 May 2022
Embassy & Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka Bangkok
The 75th Anniversary of the UNESCAP was celebrated and the 78th session of the UNESCAP under the theme “A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific” held on hybrid mode from 23- 27 May 2022 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. The Sri Lanka delegation for the celebrations and the 78th session headed by Ambassador & Permanent Representative to UNESCAP, C.A. Chaminda I. Colonne included the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Dr. P. Nandalal Weerasinghe, First Secretary A.W.S. Samanmali, and First... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/22)

IMF says can’t affirm magnitude of financing for Sri Lanka
Courtesy The Daily News
Spokesman Rice said it’s too early to discuss potential financingSays can’t affirm when staff-level agreement will be reached eitherAcknowledges SL faced with very difficult economic condition, severe balance of payment problemsIn-person mission due in Colombo in coming weeks While the government is looking to firm up the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), so that it can reach out to the other potential sources of finances to pull the economy out of the current crisis, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice yesterday said the magnitude of the financing cannot be shared as yet.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/22)

Speaker calls for release of information about Monetary Board proceedings
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has recommended the release of information about the Monetary Board proceedings to restore public confidence in the handling of public finance. He has made this recommendation in a letter dated 08 June to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Referring to the recent shocking disclosure of politically-motivated decisions taken by the five-member Monetary Board chaired by the then Governor of the Central Bank Prof. W.D. Lakshman (Dec 2019-Sept 2021) and his successor Ajith Nivard Cabraal (Sept 2021-March 2022), Speaker Abeywardena has said that the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE)... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/22)

“Aragalaya’’ is no longer peaceful: MR
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The struggle that claimed the life of innocent parliamentarian Amarakeerthi Athukorala is no longer an innocent or peaceful struggle, former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said today. Speaking at the vote of condolence of late parliamentarian Amarakeerthi Athukorala, he told Parliament that even the religious leaders at the ‘Aragalaya” did not intervene to stop the atrocities on May 9 and afterwards or condemn such actions. He said Mr. Athukorala was an innocent politician who had never resorted to any controversial actions or caused any  harm to the struggle. He... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/22)

Should maintain efficient public transport services to attract passengers - President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has emphasized the need to maintain more efficient and quality public transport services to attract passengers. The people have been severely inconvenienced due to the increase in oil prices and at the same time, there is a high demand for public transportation, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said in a statement. The President pointed out that providing facilities would give relief to the people. His remarks came during a discussion on the progress review of the Ministry of Transport and Highways held at the President’s House in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/22)

Dhammika Perera’s name gazetted as SLPP MP
Courtesy Adaderana
The name of business tycoon Dhammika Perera has been gazetted as a Member of Parliament from Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). The communiqué was issued by the Election Commission today (June 10). Earlier today, SLPP’s General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam said Dhammika Perera’s name was proposed to the Election Commission to fill the National List parliamentary seat vacated by the resignation of former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa. https://youtu.be/q2MjVcEqzac Thereby, the election body decided to publish the name of Dhammika Perera as a Member of Parliament from the SLPP.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/22)

Need to look for new avenues to attract tourists - President
Courtesy Adaderana
New approaches should be found to attract tourists President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said at a progress review meeting of the Ministry of Tourism. The meeting was held at the President’s House in Colombo Fort today (June 10). More than 4 million people are directly and indirectly involved in the tourism industry. The tourism industry, which had been crippled by the Easter attack and the COVID-19 epidemic, was on the edge of recovery but was reeling from the crisis. President Rajapaksa said that the tourism sector needs to be rapidly uplifted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/22)

SL sign US 55 million loan from India to purchase fertilizer for Yala season
Courtesy Hiru News
Sri Lanka&rsquo;s Ministry of Finance signed an agreement with the EXIM Bank of India for a USD 55 million credit line to purchase 65,000 tonnes of urea from India, according to the Prime Minister&rsquo;s office. The Secretary to the Ministry of Finance M. Siriwardena today (10) signed an agreement with EXIM Bank of India to obtain a dollar loan route. The agreement was signed in the pressence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Bagle. Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera was also present.&nbsp; ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/22)

ජුනි 20 IMF එනවා - රට හදන්න මාධ්‍යයේ සහාය දෙන්න - අගමැති (වීඩියෝ හා ඡායාරූප)
Courtesy Hiru News
ජුනි මස 20 වැනි දින ජාත්‍යන්තර මූල්‍ය අරමුදල මෙරටට පැමිණෙන බව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මාධ්‍ය ආයතන වෙත දැනුම්දී තිබෙනවා. අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා ඊයේ (9) පස්වරුවේ මෙරට මාධ්‍ය ආයතන හිමිකරුවන් සමග පැවැති සාකච්ඡාවකදියි මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කළේ. මෙම සාකච්ඡාවේදී අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයාගේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ ආර්ථික උපදේශක ආචාර්ය ආර් .එස්.එච්.සමරතුංග රටේ ආර්ථික තත්ත්වය පිළිබඳව දැනුවත් කර සිටියා. ජුනි මාසය අවසන් වන විට IMF සමග කාර්ය මණ්ඩල මට්ටමේ එකඟතාවකට එළැඹෙනු ඇතැයි තමන් බලාපොරොත්තු වන බව අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මෙහිදී පැහැදිලි කළා. පවතින ආහාර හිඟය හේතුවෙන් තමන් රට තුළ ආහාර සුරක්ෂිතතා වැඩසටහන දියත් කරන බවයි අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා අවධාරණය කළේ. ආහාර සුරක්‍ෂිතතා වැඩසටහන තුළින් ආහාර වේල් 3ක් ලබා ගැනීමට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/06/22)

Sri Lanka Govt is clueless about gazetted ACTS: Ownership deed for State land not required for bank loans
Shenali D Waduge
The caretaker Prime Minister in Parliament made an emotional appeal showing his concern for farmers in these trying times who could not obtain loans because they did not have title ownership to the State land leased to them. His solution was to give full ownership to those on state land. Besides the long-term implications, the Principle of Public Trust being broken by the govt arises as govts are only custodian of the land & resources & cannot be giving ownership to anyone. If the PM had been made aware of the Act... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

Grow More Food
Sugath Kulatunga
It is gratifying to see that the grow more food campaign is on the move. The media has something more than the Aragalaya to talk about. But it seems to be ad hoc and not well planned as a national campaign. We have over 20 distinct agroclimatic zones with their distinctive advantages. Of course, the farmers are quite knowledgeable about them. But for optimal results a holistic view is imperative. This should take into account not only vegetables and fruits but animal husbandry and fisheries. The urgency for addressing the whole basket of food... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

Bangladesh's potato assistance to Sri Lanka reminds the urgency of SAARC revival
Dr. Shakuntala Bhabani Kolkata
As the island nation confronts a terrible economic and humanitarian food crisis, Sri Lanka's prime minister has warned of a food shortage, promising to buy enough fertilizer for the upcoming planting season to enhance yields. Sri Lanka is pleading with its neighbors for food assistance as the country's fiscal problem worsens into a humanitarian disaster. The government has applied for help from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation's food bank, which has previously provided rice and other necessities to member governments during food emergencies. It's worth noting that SAARC is currently... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

රුසියාවෙන් තෙල් ගන්නේ නැත්තේ ඇමරිකාව තරහ වෙන නිසා..- අගමැති රනිල්
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
රුසියාවෙන් ඉන්ධන, ගෑස්, පොහොර ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා මැදිහත් නොවන්නේ ඇමරිකාව අමනාප වන නිසා බව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා සඳහන් කර තිබේ. මේ අවස්ථාවේ එවන් තත්ත්වයක් ඇති කර ගත යුතු නැතැයි අගමැතිවරයා සඳහන් කර ඇත්තේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ස්වාධීන පක්ෂ සමඟ පැවති සාකච්ඡාවකදීය. තමන්ද එම අවස්ථාවේ එහි සිටි බව ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුනේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී කියා සිටියේය. නමුත් බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යවරයා පවසන්නේ රුසියාවෙන් සැපයුම්කරුවන් අඩු මිලට තෙල් ලබාදීමට ඉදිරිපත් වී නැති බව වුවද තමන් පිළි ගත යුත්තේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා පවසන දේද බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යවරයා පවසන දේ දැයි ප්‍රශ්න කළේය.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

TUI cancels more holidays to Sri Lanka amid Foreign Office warnings not to go
Courtesy Daily Record
The airline said that it is getting in touch with all customers affected by the decision. TUI has cancelled more holidays to Sri Lanka amid political and economic instability in the country. The airline had originally cancelled all flights and holidays up to June 12 - but this has now been extended to June 30. Bosses are in the process of contacting affected customers to discuss their options. News of further cancellations come as the Foreign Office continues to advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka. The UK Government body... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

Can't go for polls until economic crisis is addressed: Sri Lanka's Election Commission Chairman
Courtesy India Today
ri Lanka's Election Commission Chairman Nimal G Punchihewa said that if an election is held, it will be free and fair only if there is an environment to support it. Sri Lanka's Election Commission Chairman Nimal G Punchihewa on Thursday said that the country cannot go for an election until the economic crisis that has hit the common man badly is addressed. He said that if an election is held, it will be free and fair only if there is an environment to support that, the News First web portal reported.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

IMF plans in-person Sri Lanka mission in coming weeks for policy talks
Courtesy CNA
LONDON: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is planning a staff-level mission in the coming weeks to Sri Lanka "to engage on policy discussions on a programme", the fund's spokesman Gerry Rice said on Thursday (Jun 9) in Washington. The goal of the next mission will be to build on the technical discussions already held with Sri Lanka's authorities in May. "The timing of a staff level agreement will depend in part on the strength of the policies that the authorities would promote", Rice added during the fund's regular media briefing. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

Initiate bilateral talks with Russia: Nine political parties tell Prez
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Leaders of nine political parties including National Freedom Front (NFF) and Pivithuru Hela Urumaya have requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to initiate bilateral discussions with Russia in view to procure fuel on long term credit facility. In a letter addressed to the President, they said if the government fails to do so, they were not hesitant to rally round with people to compel the government to purchase fuel from Russia so as to resolve the fuel crisis. The letter added that they learnt from reliable sources that the Russian government had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

Several irregularities within Urban Development Authority revealed at COPE (English)
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/ogSQWhV5Uus... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

President highlights corruption during auction of imported goods confiscated at port.
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the country must build trust in the international community regarding Sri Lanka Port by providing an efficient service utilizing modern technology.  The President made these remarks participating in the progress review meeting of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation held at the President’s House, Colombo today (09).  The Port of Colombo operates with all the world’s leading shipping companies. The President said that the entire staff, including the governing body, should protect this by acting responsibly. It has been revealed that irregularities are taking... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

Ex-finance secretary on what led to Sri Lanka’s economic collapse
Courtesy Adaderana
Former Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Mr. S.R. Attygalle says it is unreasonable to claim that the country lost nearly Rs. 500 billion due to the change in tax policies of the new government, as this was due to the loss caused by the import restrictions imposed, including the suspension of the import of vehicles, and the economic contraction caused by the Covid situation. He made these observations while speaking at a meeting of the Committee on Public Finance held in Parliament yesterday (08) under the chairmanship of MP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

Sri Lanka Electricity Amendment Bill passed in parliament
Courtesy Adaderana
The Sri Lanka Electricity Amendment Bill No. 20 of 2009 was passed in the parliament today (June 09) without committee state amendments, by a majority of votes. Following the debate on the second reading of the Bill, the Opposition had demanded a vote. A total of 120 votes were cast in favour and 36 were cast against while 13 lawmakers abstained from voting. Accordingly, the second reading was passed by a majority of 84 votes. https://youtu.be/ExX6stTPmYE Subsequently, during the committee stage, the Opposition objected to the amendment brought... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

Basil Rajapaksa hands over letter of resignation to Sec Gen of Parliament (Video)
Courtesy Hiru News
Basil Rajapaksa has handed over his resignation letter to the Secretary General of Parliament. The letter of resignation was handed over to the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake at the Parliament premises today (09). https://youtu.be/WM5ZFBeo-yw Former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa stated that he handed over the letter to the Secretary General of Parliament this morning stating that he has resigned from the post of National List MP. He said the decision was taken to allow the most suitable person to be summoned to Parliament... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/06/22)

Famine is a policy choice: IMF talks, Geopolitics and Disaster Capitalism
Darini Rajasingham Senanayake
Them belly full but we hungryA hungry mob is an angry mobA rain a-fall but the dirt, it toughA pot a-cook but the food no ‘nough A hungry man is an angry man — Bob Marley and the Wailers Nobel Prize-winning Economist, Amartya Sen, long ago showed that Famine is a political and policy choice rather than the result of a food production shortage. In his book Poverty and Famines (1981), Sen showed that although adequate food was harvested during periods of famine inadequate distribution and inequality in access... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

අපේ පැරණි අහාර | Food history of Sri lanka | Neth fm Unlimited History 110 - 02
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INDO-LANKA PACT
Dr. Tilak S. Fernando
Signing of the Indo-Lanka Accord India expected to resolve the Sri Lanka terrorist war out of the Indo-Lanka Pact. The Indo-Lanka Pact was signed in Colombo on July 29 1987, between late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene. It was one of the conditions in the pact to execute the Thirteenth Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution and Provincial Councils Act of 1987. The Tamil politicians are still pursuing it in the North up to now.  J.R. Jayewardene agreed under... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

ඊලාම් යුද්ධයේ දුර්විපාක
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග
ඊලාම් යුද්ධයේ දුර්විපාක සමාජය හඳුනාගන්නා කාලය තෙක් මනෝ විද්‍යාත්මක රෝගාබාධයක් වූ පශ්චාත් ව්‍යසන ක්ලමථ අක්‍රමතාවය (Post-traumatic stress disorder -PTSD)  ශ්‍රී ලාංකාවට ආගන්තුක රෝග තත්වයක් විය. වියට්නාම් යුද්ධයෙන් පසුව ඇමරිකානු සමාජය වියට්නාම් සින්ඩ්‍රෝමය හඳුනාගත්තාක් සේ ඊලාම් යුද්ධයෙන් පසුව ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සමාජය පලාලි සින්ඩ්‍රෝමය හෙවත් සංග්‍රාමික පශ්චාත් ව්‍යසන ක්ලමථ අක්‍රමතාවය හඳුනා ගන්නා ලදි.  එහෙත් මෙම ආබාධය හඳුනාගන්නා විට එකී ආබාධය විසින් සමාජය තුල පුද්ගල මෙන්ම පොදු සංකූලතාවන් ඇති කොට තිබුනි.  තිස් වසරක ඊලාම් යුද්ධය විසින් සාමූහික ව්‍යසනයක් (Collective Trauma ) ඇති කරන ලදි  ඊලාම් යුද්ධය නිල වශයෙන් ආරම්භ වන ලද්දේ 1983 ලෙස සලකනු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

India defends oil imports from Russia, export ban on wheat
Courtesy The Daily News
India has said Europe must see not oil imports from Russia from a political lens. Speaking at Globsec 2022 Bratislava forum, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, “We don’t send people to buy Russian oil, we send people to buy oil in the market, buy the best oil.” Jaishankar also highlighted Europe’s continued purchase of gas from Russia.”Buying Russian gas is not funding the war, why it’s only Indian money and fund coming from India and not gas coming to Europe which funds war, let’s be even-handed out here,”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

ආගමන හා විගමන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව (පාස්පෝට් කාර්යාලය) පැය 24 පුරා විවෘත කර තැබිය යුතුය
රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්
සෑම දිනකම මධ්‍යම රාත්‍රී 12.00  වන විට ත් පසු දින පාස්පෝට් පෝලිමට 350 කට වැඩි පිරිසක් එක්වේ.  මෙයට අමතරව 2000 කට වැඩි පිරිසක් කලින් වෙළාව වෙන් ගනිති. සේවා ලබා ගැනීමට පැමිණෙන ජනතාව මෙන්ම  පාස්පෝට් කාර්යාලයේ සේවකයින්ගෙන් ද මෙලෙස අමානුෂීය ලෙස වැඩ ගැනීම ජාත්‍යන්තරව පිළිගත් කම්කරු නීති, මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝනය කිරීමකි. ආගමන හා විගමණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව අද වැඩිම ජනතාවක් සේවා ලබාගැනීමට පැමිණෙන ආයතනයකි. තරුණ ප්‍රජාවේ අවසන් බලාපොරොත්තුව බවට එය පත්ව ඇතැයි ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රෙය් විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ රජිත් කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා පවසයි. ජනාධිපතිවරයාට සහ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයාට ලිපි යොමු කරමින් තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා පවසන්නේ ආගමන හා විගමන... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

China lauds India's 'great efforts' to help Lanka, says S Asia its priority
By KJM Varma Coutesy Rediff.com
China on Wednesday praised India for making "great efforts" to help Colombo to tide over its worst financial crisis even as it refuted Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's remarks that Beijing has shifted its strategic focus from South Asia including Pakistan to South East Asia, saying the region still remained its priority. IMAGE: A view of Swarna Pushp carrying 40,000 MT fuel consignment by Indian Oil Corp Ltd, which was handed over by high commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay to Sri Lankan Minister of Energy Udaya... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

Sri Lanka’s economic crisis spiralling into food crisis
Courtesy Reliefweb
Kuala Lumpur/Colombo, 8 June 2022 – The economic crisis in Sri Lanka is spiraling into a humanitarian emergency as millions of people face acute shortages of food, fuel, cooking gas and medicine, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) warned today. Responding to the unfolding emergency, the IFRC has launched an Emergency Appeal for 28 million Swiss francs to provide immediate critical relief and for longer recovery efforts for an estimated 500,000 people. Sri Lanka Red Cross Secretary General, Mahesh Gunasekara, said: “The situation has taken a devastating turn for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

Ruling family still holds key to Sri Lanka’s future
Alasdair Pal and Devjyot Ghoshal, Reuters Courtesy Gulf Today
It was the moment when two brothers who had dominated Sri Lanka’s politics for nearly 20 years finally went their separate ways. On May 9, when a crowd of ruling party supporters marched towards activists protesting against a crippling economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa ordered police to stop the pro-government mob, fearing violence. “He was screaming at the police to disperse the crowd,” said former media minister Nalaka Godahewa, who said he was with the president at the time.Despite the president’s order, the demonstrations against inflation, power blackouts and shortages... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

Abolition of Executive Presidency may cause anarchy – Justice Minister
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Intervention made by lawyer and fiscal officer in Aeroflot affair extraordinary. Justice, Prison Affairs, Constitutional Reforms Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa, PC, has warned that the abolition of the Executive Presidency hastily, will plunge the country into anarchy. The SLPP Colombo District MP said that as the Executive Presidential system has been tied up with the electoral system and 13th Amendment to the Constitution, it couldn’t be done away with. Dr. Rajapakse said so appearing in a live Swarnavahini interview Monday night (06). Lawmaker Rajapakse said that the abolition of the executive... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

PM warns CEB TUs not to go for blackout; says it will impact help sought from India
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
While warning Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) trade unions not to go for a blackout, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said he could not guarantee that India would help Sri Lanka to obtain fuel if they did so. The Prime Minister told Parliament that only India was helping Sri Lanka to purchase fuel and coal and that no other country was helping to purchase these for Sri Lanka. https://youtu.be/uGJOWUb71jI "No country is helping us to purchase fuel and coal. They will help to purchase food, medicines and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

Sri Lanka to receive IMF assistance by September?
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he would do his utmost to secure the assistance of the International Monetary Fund for Sri Lanka by this September. The Sri Lankan Premier and Managing Director of the IMF Kristalina Georgieva have discussed the island nation’s current economic situation during a telephone conversation yesterday. https://youtu.be/xQF4Pvrn9x0 The IMF chief has been informed of the steps taken by the Sri Lankan government so far to resolve the economic crisis, PM Wickremesinghe continued, addressing the parliament earlier today. The prime minister has explained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

Special gazette issued declaring electricity supply an essential service
Courtesy Adaderana
A Gazette Extraordinary has been issued declaring the supply of electricity an essential service effective from today (June 08). The communique was issued by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, by virtue of the powers vested in him in terms of Section 2 of the Essential Public Services Act, No. 61 of 1979.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

China willing to help Sri Lanka deal with debt burden
Courtesy Adaderana
China has been paying close attention to the current difficulties and challenges Sri Lanka faces and assisting the country within its capacity, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Wednesday. Spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a daily news briefing when answering a relevant query. According to Zhao, China has announced emergency humanitarian assistance worth 500 million yuan (about 74.75 million U.S. dollars) to Sri Lanka. The first batch of medicine has arrived in the country, and the first batch of rice is on its way. China has also provided assistance through... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

Dhammika Perera to enter parliament?
Courtesy Adaderana
Business tycoon Dhammika Perera is tipped to enter the parliament through the National List of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), sources told Ada Derana. According to sources, Mr. Perera is also expected to take up a ministerial portfolio involving the investment sector. https://youtu.be/mEgU2mrWNr0 Reportedly, Mr. Perera will fill the National List parliamentary seat likely to be vacated by former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa. It was reported earlier today, that the former minister is planning to step down from his parliamentary seat.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

Basil to step down from parliamentary seat?
Courtesy Adaderana
Former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa has decided to step down from his parliamentary seat, political sources of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna told Ada Derana. According to sources, Basil Rajapaksa is expected to deliver a special statement in this regard tomorrow. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/06/22)

POHOTTU AS USA’ S PROXY Part 3C
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The departure of Mahinda Rajapaksa from the Pohottu government resembled a scene from a film. Gotabaya Rajapaksa had asked Brother Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign as Prime Minister. Instead, on May 9. 2022, Mahinda Rajapaksa convened a meeting of his supporters,   at Temple Trees, and asked them whether he should go or stay. “Stay!“ yelled the loyal supporters. Mahinda Rajapaksa agreed to stay. This was shown on television news. Then to the surprise of the watching television audience, his ‘supporters’ dashed to Galle Face, armed with poles   and attacked the Gotagama protesters there. They... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Sri Lanka: Temporary Custodian(Govt) cannot distribute State land – find better ways to help farmers!
Shenali D Waduge
Sri Lanka is an island nation. A government is elected only for a term. A government is only temporary custodian and guardian of the State. A State comprises its People and its Resources. These resources are to be enjoyed not only by this generation but future generations as well. Therefore, it is everyone’s moral duty to ensure that future generations enjoy the resources in the same manner as the present one. This means no government can dish out land to a segment of people which not only violates the doctrine of Public... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Who is behind the current turmoil?
Sangadasa Akurugoda
Answering the last question raised by the interviewer at a live televised conversation with Prof. Ajith Dissanayake  under the ‘’Big Question’’ program of Sri Lanka Rupavahini dated 24th May 2002 (https://youtu.be/s73PKlWj4cg) , Prof. Dissanayake quite correctly hinted who should be behind the current turmoil  in Sri Lanka. He sighted Rukada Natya (Puppet dramas) as an example. The themes of Rukada Natya are chosen from folktales, Buddhist stories, ancient literature, historical narratives and trivia with humorous anecdotes from contemporary life or Nadagam, an extinct form of ‘folk opera’. Puppeteers make their own wooden puppets and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

A proposal to sell more than 1/3 of your country for $52b!
Ramanie de Zoysa
Tamils for Biden: "Sri Lanka’s economic crisis is due to many factors. One major factor is the war and the money that Sri Lanka borrowed to buy destructive weapons." Response: Yes, the brutal war you terrorists heaped on us was the number one cause! Sri Lanka didn't have any smart weaponry when the LTTE declared war on the State in July 1983; nor did Sri Lanka acquire hardcore weapons for another two and a half decades and the LTTE killing machine went on and on butchering people. Remind yourself of the Aranthalawa massacre,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

World Bank’s recognition of ‘Bangladesh’s silent economic revolution’ through ‘ICP Articles 2022-2021’ program
By Parvej Siddique Bhuiyan 
The World Bank recently released and cataloged an item named "Unpacking the Silent Economic Revolution in Bangladesh" under ‘the ICP (International Comparison Programme) publications 2022-21’program on their website. On March 2, 2022, the item was first published in Pakistan's internationally accepted weekly 'The Friday Times. Basically 'The World Bank has admired the economic development of Bangladesh through this ‘ICP Articles’. Bangladesh has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world. In particular, Bangladesh's achievements in poverty alleviation are worth mentioning. Poverty alleviation is the main task of the World Bank. So, it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Sri Lankan cabinet ministers decide not to draw salaries for one year
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, June 7 (AdaDerana) – The Cabinet of Ministers has unanimously agreed to serve without salaries for a period of one year, Minister Bandula Gunawardena says. His remarks came during the media briefing convened this morning (June 07) to announce Cabinet decisions. The relevant proposal has been presented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, after taking into account the present situation of the country.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Wickremesinghe regrets Sri Lanka has alienated friendly countries 
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, June 7: The Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament on Tuesday, that Sri Lanka has been badly mishandling relations with its tried and trusted friends in the international sphere. “India, China and Japan are leading the list of countries that provide us with loans and assistance. Relations with these countries, which have always been strong, are now broken. Those relationships need to be rebuilt,” he said. ADVERTISEMENT Referring to Japan, the Prime Minister said: “Japan is our long-time friend.  A nation that has helped our... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Sri Lanka Seeks USD 55 Million Loan from India for Buying Fertiliser
Courtesy News18
Sri Lanka has sought a USD 55 million loan from India for the procurement of urea amidst its worst economic crisis threatening a severe food shortage, an official said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had recently warned of a food crisis in the island nation due to the ongoing economic crisis. The Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Prime Minister to sign an agreement with India to purchase urea for agriculture, an official said. The government said that the Indian government has agreed to provide the USD 55 million loan through the Export-Import Bank... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Sri Lanka nosedives into abyss of despair
BY FARAZ SHAUKETALY Courtesy The Island
Sri Lanka became the world’s first and only all-organic farming nation albeit for a short while. This came about when President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa banned the importation of all pesticides and chemical fertilisers overnight. That Presidential proclamation would mark the definitive end of South Asia’s most powerful political dynasty, the Rajapaksas from Medamulana, Sri Lanka. The family has produced a Deputy Speaker, several Members of Parliament all elected – save one who was initially an appointed Member later elected directly – a Speaker of Parliament, a Prime Minister who served two terms, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Ex-minister lambasts govt. lethargic response
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Insurgent attacks on lawmakers’ houses SLPP lawmaker Dr. Nalaka Godahewa has questioned the failure on the part of the new administration to investigate the organised violence, unleashed on members of Parliament, on May 09. Dr. Godahewa, who was the Media Minister at the time violence erupted, countrywide, in the wake of attacks on those who had been protesting opposite Temple Trees and Galle Face, raised the issue at a government group meeting, jointly chaired by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, at the President’s House, on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Daily guidance on dollar/rupee rate has brought in greater stability to forex market: CB
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
CB pushed back on claims that it was another pegged exchange rate Says inflows seen picking up, Fx conversions improve since restrictions on Open Accounts Further easing in Fx rate is expected amid easing imports and with multilateral and bilateral funding kicking in Staff-level agreement with IMF expected this month on a funding arrangement The Central Bank yesterday said the daily guidance rate released on the exchange rate between the United States dollar and Sri Lankan rupee is delivering the intended results by way of bringing in greater stability to the domestic foreign exchange market,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Cabinet approves to import 231,000 MTs of fertilizer for paddy cultivation
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Cabinet had approved to import 150,000 metric tons of Urea, 45,000 metric tons of Muriate of Potash (MOP) and 36,000 metric tons of Triple Super Phosphate (TSP) fertilizers for paddy cultivation for the 2022/23 Maha season. https://youtu.be/_ulWEIGzVno The Ceylon Fertilizer Company Limited and Colombo Commercial Fertilizer Company Limited to import the relevant quantities of fertilizer and distribute them to the farmers. Meanwhile, the Cabinet also approved the proposal submitted by the Prime Minister to sign the agreements to obtain a $ 55 million loan through... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Purchase fuel from Russia: Vasu urges Govt.
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Claiming that fuel can be purchased from Russia 35% lesser than the normal global market price, Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara today urged the government to take steps to get down fuel from Russia. https://youtu.be/KL-cqOLcLbo He told Parliament that India, Singapore and Thailand are buying fuel from Russia. MP Nanayakkara said the Russian Envoy to Sri Lanka has also spoke to the Energy Ministry that they were ready to discuss about a program on purchasing fuel and added that the Ministry has not responded to the request as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

President invited me to accept Premiership hours before Ranil accepted it: SF
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should give credit to me as he was able to become the premier of this country because of him, SJB MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said today. He told Parliament that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called him hours before Mr. Wickremesinghe was sworn in and wanted him to accept the premiership.  https://youtu.be/1KlPFCqKv-s He said however, he laid down certain conditions.  “I told him that I would only accept the Prime Minister’s post only if the majority of SJB MPs backed me.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Next three weeks will be tough, use fuel and LP gas sparingly: PM
Courtesy Adaderana
The next three weeks will be tough for Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today (June 07), urging the general public to use fuel and liquefied petroleum (LP) gas sparingly. Delivering a special statement in the parliament this morning, the Premier stressed the need to limit unessential travel for the time being and to refrain from hoarding the products. The government is in the process of rectifying the shortages in the country, he said, adding that negotiations are underway with various parties to ensure an uninterrupted supply of fuel, LP gas... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Colombo Commercial HC’s fiscal officer interdicted over Aeroflot flight fiasco
Courtesy Adaderana
The Fiscal Officer of the Colombo Commercial High Court, who implemented the court order for the detention of the Russian Aeroflot flight at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), has been interdicted for over-riding his official duties.  The Ministry of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms said it has taken steps to suspend the fiscal officer of the Colombo Commercial High Court who has been accused of abusing the judicial process in enforcing the interim order issued by the Colombo Commercial High Court in connection with the detention of the Aeroflot flight Airbus A330-300. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

World Bank warns of recession risk due to Ukraine war
Courtesy Adaderana
Countries around the world are facing recession as the Ukraine war hits economies already rocked by the Covid pandemic, the World Bank has warned. Less developed countries in Europe and east Asia face a “major recession”, it said. The risk of high inflation and low growth - so-called “stagflation” - is also higher, World Bank President David Malpass said. Energy and food bills have been rising around the world. “The war in Ukraine, lockdowns in China, supply-chain disruptions, and the risk of stagflation are hammering growth. For many... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Sri Lanka: Crisis management will work if the crisis is recognized
By Raj Gonsalkorale
I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”  Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States The Prime Minister has been as frank as he could be about the crisis in Sri Lanka. Neither he, as a previous Prime Minister, nor any other Prime Minister or a President, including the current President provided the unvarnished truth about the crisis to the people of the country till now. Prior to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

What happens to the dollars? E-Con-E-News of 21-27 May 2022 tells it all:
Garvin Karunaratne, former GA Matara
“Dollars are sold to the highest bidder to keep on importing Luxury goods while refusing $ for food and medicines” reveals what is really happening today. In reality today dollars do come in to the banks and to the private currency dealers and the bank are charged with handing over twenty percent to the Central Bank. The other eighty percent is left to the banks for sale to customers. As far as I know there is no restriction placed on private currency dealers and they have a heyday of buying and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

MEDIA NEWS REPORTING CAN SOMETIMES BE HARMFUL IF THE CONTEXT IS CONFUSING.
Editorial
 June 6th 2022 The wise seers whose wisdom always prevails comprising mostly of past leaders political analysts of repute and intellectuals are of one mind that things go from bad to worse in Sri Lanka today on an almost continuous basis and perhaps it is, with all due respect to the true media ( not fly by night journalism which seems to be the order of the day) that there is a conundrum of  presented news which is often confusing, at times garbled and partially worthless towards reality that emerges as a portal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Sri Lanka’s ham-handedness has dismayed traditional friends 
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, June 6: With the Colombo Commercial High Court issuing an order for the immediate suspension of it’s injunction against an aircraft belonging to Russia’s Aeroflot Airlines, the aircraft took off for Moscow with 191 passengers on Monday after a five-day detention which soured Russo-Lankan ties.   With the release of the plane, the spat ended, but not without leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the Russians, who had sided with Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council on “war crimes” issue. The Russian Foreign Office and the Russian... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

විදේශ රැකියා අපේක්ෂිත රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ගේ තොරතුරු විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති කාර්යාංශයට ලබාදෙන්න - කම්කරු සහ විදේශ රැකියා අමාත්‍ය මනුෂ නානායක්කාරගෙන් රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ට පණිවුඩයක්
Manusha Media
විදේශ රැකියා අපේක්ෂිත රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ගේ තොරතුරු විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති කාර්යාංශයට ලබාදෙන්න - කම්කරු සහ විදේශ රැකියා අමාත්‍ය මනුෂ නානායක්කාරගෙන් රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ට පණිවුඩයක්විදේශ රැකියා සදහා පිටත්වයාමේ අපේක්ෂාවෙන් පසුවන රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ට ශ්‍රී ලංකා විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති කාර්යාංශයේ ලියාපදිංචිවීමට අවස්ථාව ලබාදී ඇති බවත්, කාර්යාංශයේ වෙබ් අඩවියට පිවිස තමන්ගේ තොරතුරු ඇතුළත් කිරීමට හැකි බවත් කම්කරු සහ විදේශ රැකියා අමාත්‍ය මනුෂ නානායක්කාර මහතා පැවසුවේය.රටට අවශ්‍ය විදේශ විනිමය ගෙන්වා ගැනීම සදහා වන කඩිනම් වැඩසහනක්, කම්කරු සහ විදේශ රැකියා අමාත්‍යාංශයේ මැදිහත්වීමෙන් ආරම්භ කර ඇති අතර ඒ අනුව රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්ට විදේශ රැකියා සදහා පිටත්ව යාමට අවස්ථාව ලබාදීමට අවශ්‍ය පියවර ගන්නා බව ඇමැතිවරයා පැවසුවේය.රාජ්‍ය සේවකයාගේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

නීතීඥවරයෙක්, නීතිඥ සංගමයේ සභාපති ධූරය දරන කාලසීමාවේ සේවාදායකයන් වෙනුවෙන් අලුත් නඩුවලට පෙනී සිටීමට නොහැකිවන ලෙස, විධිවිධාන  ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවට ඇතුළත් කළ යුත්තේ ඇයි?
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B Sc(Col), PGDC(Col)
(අධිකරණයේ ස්වාධීනත්වය, නීතියේ පාලනය, අපක්ෂපාතීත්වය, විවෘතභාවය, වගවීම, යහපාලනය ගැන වර්තමානයේ විද්වත් සාකච්ඡාවක් ආරම්භ වී ඇත. මෙම කෙටි ලිපිය ලියවී ඇත්තේ ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් නීතීඥ සංගමයේ සභාපතිවරයා සම්බන්ධයෙන්  සිඳුවිය යුතු නීති සංශෝධන වෙනුවෙනි.මෙය සභාපතිධූරයට පත්වීමට පෙර තමන් පෙනීසිටීමට බාරගෙන ඇති නඩු කටයුතුවලට අදාල නොවේ.)1. සබඳතා අතර ගැටුම් අවම කිරීමට.2. නීතීඥ වෘත්තියේ ගරුත්වය සහ අභිමානය ආරක්ෂා කිරීමට3. නීතීඥවරුන්ගේ සහ විනිසුරුවරුන්ගේ විනය කටයුතු වලදී ස්වාධීනව සිටීමට.4.සභාපතිධූරය දරන කාලසීමාවේ පූර්ණ කාලීනව නීතීඥවරුන්ගේ අයිතිවාසිකම්, යුතුකම් සහ වගකීම් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනීසිටීමට අවස්ථාව ලැබීම.5. සිය පෞද්ගලික අරමුණු සභාපතිධූරය යොදාගනිමින් අධිකරණය මගින් ක්‍රියාත්මක කර ගැනීමේ අවස්ථාව අවම වීම.6. සභාපතිවරයා විධායක,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Bangladesh’s potato aid to Sri Lanka: Bangladesh’s standing in Sri Lanka’s hour of need
John Rozario Karnataka, India
Sri Lanka’s prime minister has warned of a food shortage as the island nation battles a devastating economic crisis and promises to buy enough fertiliser for the next planting season to boost harvests. Sri Lanka is appealing for food assistance from its neighbours as the country’s debt crisis spirals into a humanitarian emergency. The government is applying for aid from a food bank operated by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, which has supplied rice and other staples to member states during food crises. The SAARC food bank was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

POHOTTU AS USA’ S PROXY Part 3B
KAMALIKA PIERIS
As predicted, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has succeeded in re-establishing the pro-US Yahapalana government. The ‘Yahapalana 2’ puppet government  is now in progress, with Ranil Wickremesinghe back again  as Prime Minister, Gotabaya Rajapaksa  replacing Maitripala Sirisena  as President and Basil Rajapaksa as the key   strategist. Mahinda Rajapaksa is out once again. It is important at this point to take a look at the political contributions of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Ranil Wickremesinghe   and Mahinda Rajapaksa. Gotabaya Rajapaksa came into the Presidency with much good will and high expectations. The seven lakhs, who voted for him, expected him... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

There should be an age bar for holding an office but not for political leadership
By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, June 6 (newsin.asia): There have been much commentary in the media about the recent statement in Parliament by former minister Chamal Rajapaksa who opined that his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa should have retired from politics at the end of his second term as executive president. Mahinda’s second term was to end in 2016. But in order to obtain the people’s mandate for a third term he called an early presidential election in January 2015 and lost. Some political commentators have pointed out that Chamal should have given Mahinda this advice at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) moots tourism revival plan targeting over 800,000 arrivals
Courtesy The Daily News
The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has presented a short, medium and long-term tourism revival plan leading up to March 2023 in a bid to attract 800,000 to 850,000 tourists this year, focusing on key source markets through joint promotional efforts SLTDA, Chairman Priyantha Fernando told the Annual General Meeting of Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) held in Colombo. “I have received many calls from airlines as well extending their support to promote joint promotions.” Fernando said he will have discussions with them with support of the Tourism Promotion Bureau... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/06/22)

When the Privileged Protest
By Shivanthi ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
One would assume that by definition the privileged in any society would be refined, sophisticated, educated, proper and idealistic. In a scale of one to ten, the hardships encountered by this segment compared to the underprivileged would be zero. While the underprivileged would have to fight for every half inch to move forward, the privilege would tread a path clearly mapped without undue obstacles. The Grade-V Scholarship exam for instance is not something a student from a privileged background needs. That student is already in a well-facilitated school. For the underprivileged student,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/22)

Pitfalls in the Gota-Ranil diarchy
By P.k. Balachandran Courtesy Ceylon Today
The UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe replaced Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, and Basil, Chamal, Namal and Sasheendra Rajapaksa quit from the Council of Ministers. But on the other hand, Gotabaya Rajapaksa remained Executive President retaining the humongous powers of his office.  Therefore, what Sri Lanka got as the result of the struggle is a hybrid Government, a diarchy with two centers of power:  the Executive Presidency under Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the one hand, and the Prime Ministership under Ranil Wickremesinghe on the other hand. They also belong to two different... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/22)

Wimal, Sarath issue warning, claim destabilisation project underway
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa, MP, has issued a dire warning to the government over the unprecedented detention of an Aeroflot flight under controversial circumstances. The former Industries Minister has asked whether the three branches of government are working together to further worsen the crisis by antagonising Russia, an all-weather friend.SLPP MP Rear Admiral (retd) Sarath Weerasekera, has in a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, demanded the latter’s immediate intervention to settle the issue or face the consequences. The former Public Security Minister has opposed the stand taken by Premier... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/22)

I can't go as a failed president, I have been given a mandate for five years. I will not contest again: President
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa vowed to finish the remaining two years in his term despite monthslong street protests calling for his ouster, but won’t stand for re-election as he focuses on fixing a financial mess that tipped Sri Lanka into its worst-ever economic crisis. “I can’t go as a failed president,” Rajapaksa said Monday in a wide-ranging interview at his official residence in Colombo, his first with a foreign media organization since the crisis unfolded. “I have been given a mandate for five years. I will not contest again.” The defiance... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/22)

Minister Prasanna Ranatunga given two-year suspended jail sentence
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has been sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment suspended for a period of five years by the Colombo High Court in the case filed against him over the Meethotamulla land dispute.  https://youtu.be/eLuFjd1hM1A Meanwhile the minister was also imposed a fine of Rs. 25 million by the Colombo High Court, which laos ordered that failure to pay the fine carries an additional nine months imprisonment. In addition, the court further ordered Minister Ranatunga to pay a compensation of Rs. 1 million to the accuser, a businessman,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/22)

President Rajapaksa vows to finish term, won’t run for re-election
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa vowed to finish the remaining two years in his term despite monthslong street protests calling for his ouster, but won’t stand for re-election as he focuses on fixing a financial mess that tipped Sri Lanka into its worst-ever economic crisis. https://youtu.be/ppKGFngKppw “I can’t go as a failed president,” Rajapaksa said Monday in a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg at his official residence in Colombo, his first with a foreign media organization since the crisis unfolded. “I have been given a mandate for five years. I will not contest... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/22)

Aeroflot flight detained in Sri Lanka departs for Moscow
Courtesy Adaderana
The Aeroflot airlines aircraft which had been detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake, has departed for Moscow a short while ago following the suspension of the court order. https://youtu.be/q_HxMP-TudI Aeroflot Airlines Airbus A330-300 flight SU-289 departed BIA at around 6.00 p.m. this evening along with its crew members, Ada Derana reporter said.  The Colombo Commercial High Court today suspended the order preventing a detained flight from leaving Sri Lanka, paving the way for the Russian flag carrier’s aircraft to depart for Moscow. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/22)

Former President blames govt over Russian plane fiasco
Courtesy Adaderana
Former President Maithripala Sirisena says he is deeply saddened by the actions of the present government that threaten Sri Lanka’s deep-rooted historical relationship with Russia. The leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was referring to the recent diplomatic row between the two nations over the Aeroflot flight detained at BIA in Katunayake. “Russia is our old friend since the Soviet era. This historical relationship was further strengthened during my tenure as president,” Sirisena said in a twitter message today.  “Today I’m deeply saddened by the actions of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/22)

Court suspends injunction order against Russian plane
Courtesy Adaderana
The Colombo Commercial High Court has issued an order for the immediate suspension of the injunction order issued against the aircraft belonging to Russia’s Aeroflot Airlines, which has been detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).  On Thursday (June 02), the Commercial High Court of the Western Province issued an Enjoining Order on the Aeroflot flight restraining it from taking off from Bandaranaike International Airport.  The case relates to a commercial dispute between the Plaintiff, Celestial Aviation Trading 10 Limited an Irish Company against the first Defendant the Public Joint Stock Company... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/06/22)

ගෝල්පේස් අරගලය (2022) හා ඩොනමෝර් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම සමය (1931-47)
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
‘නීතිය (ව්‍යවස්ථාව) කියන්නේ අකුරු ගොඩක් !’ - ඇල්ලේ ගුණවංශ හිමි හැඳින්වීම මෙය ලංකාවේ සිංහල කතාකරණ ජනතාව දැනුවත් කරණු පිණිස මා විසින් ලියනලද ලිපි පෙලේ අටවන කොටසය. මෙම ලිපිවල කිසියම් හෝ අසත්‍ය කරුණක් නොලියන්නට මම වගබලා ගත්තෙමි. අලි-මිනිස් ගැටුම, රටේ ගොවි ජනතාවගේ පෝර ප්‍රශ්ණය,  මාක්ස්වාදී ස්ටාලින්ලා ගෙනා ගුරුවරුන්ගේ වැඩවර්ජන, යනාදිය මඟින් ක්‍රමයෙන් වර්ධනයවූ පෙලපාලි, ගෑස්, තෙල්, භූමිතෙල් පෝලිම් වශයෙන් උඩුදුවා ගිය විට දුර දිග නොබැලූ ආණ්ඩුව අසරණ විය. මින් ප්‍රයෝජනගත් jvp- පෙරටුගාමි කොටස් එය තමන්ට බලයට ඒමට ලැබුණු අවස්ථාවක් සේ යොදා ගන්නට ක්‍රියාකලේය. සමහරවිට අවංක චේතනාවෙන් යම් තරුණයින් පිරිසක් විසින් ආරම්භකල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

The protests have fragmented
By Uditha Devapriya Courtesy The Island
The world will not help Sri Lanka unless the Sri Lankan government restores some measure of stability. The world does not care who is at the helm. The IMF and the World Bank don’t want personalities; they want plans. Whether it’s a Wickremesinghe or a Rajapaksa calling the shots, they will not think beyond plans. The World Bank was very clear and sounded the alarm twice on this: unless they get a proper plan, they will not provide any bridging finance for us. Reports of Japanese assistance seem to have faded out... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

Dr. N.M. Perera and the IMF
T. M. R. Rasseedin General Secretary, Ceylon Federation of Labour (CFL)
Member of Parliament Dr. Harsha de Silva in several talk shows over the electronic media persists in spreading a canard that Dr. N. M. Perera was the first to seek the assistance of the IMF for Sri Lanka. Nothing is further from truth than this concoction of a Harvard alumini. Sri Lanka has been a member of the IMF since August 1950. NM was Finance Minister for two periods totalling around six years. The first was brief – from June 11, 1964 to 1965 –... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

Bridging finance dependent on agreement with IMF: Ranil
Courtesy The Island
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, during a meeting with representatives from the Joint Chambers of Commerce on Thursday, explained that the Government was targeting USD five billion for repayments and USD 1 billion to bolster the country’s reserves. During the meeting, Wickremesinghe elaborated that discussions with the International Monetary Fund are proceeding and was hopeful that the negotiations would end this month. He further explained that the debt restructuring has already begun, following the appointment of financial and legal advisers. Prime Minister said that any bridging finance to help in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe Speaks To NDTV: Full Transcript
Courtesy NDTV
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke to NDTV on the present situation in the island nation and also thanked India for its support during the time of crisis. https://www.ndtv.com/video/exclusive/news/world-exclusive-ranil-wickremesinghe-sri-lanka-pm-speaks-to-ndtv-636232 New Delhi:  Sri Lanka is grappling with its worst financial crisis in over seven decades with a severe foreign exchange shortage that has left it struggling to pay for essential imports including food, fuel, fertilisers and medicines. Its Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, spoke to NDTV on the present situation in the island nation and also thanked India for its support... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

ලංකාවේ සියළුම රුසියානු සංචාරකයන් ආපසු කැදවයි.. අන්තිම රුසියානුවාත් පිටව යයි..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
“අපි ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ආවෙ දින 14 ක සංචාරයක් සදහා. අපි මේ වෙනකොට හිටියෙ හික්කඩුවෙ. හදිසියේම ඇති වූ මේ තත්වය නිසා අපට රුසියානු රජය දැනුම් දුන්නා , සංචාරය අත්හිටුවා ආපසු පැමිණෙන ලෙස. ඒ අනුව දින 14 ක සංචාරය දින 07 කින් නිමා කරල ආපසු රුසියාව බලා යෑමට , මෙම රුසියානු එරොෆ්ලොට් අවසාන ගුවන් යානය සදහා අපි කටුනායක ගුවන් තොටුපළට ආවා” යැයි රුසියානු ජාතික එලේනා මෙසෙන්කෝවා මහත්මිය කටුනායක ගුවන් තොටුපළ පිටත්වීමේ පර්යන්තයේ දී 06/05 දින උදෑසන 10.00 ට පැවසුවාය. “අපිට රුසියානු රජය මීට පෙර ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංචාරය සදහා සුදුසු බව ප්‍රකාශ කරමින් ඒ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

චීනය දැනටත් තරහයි.. රුසියාවත් දැන් ඒ පාරේ.. මිතුරන් අහිමි ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව මහා මානව ආපදාවක් ඉදිරියේ…
ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ
වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුව චීනය කල්තියාම තරහ කරගත් බවත් දැන් රුසියාව ද තරහ කර ගැනීමේ ඉම තෙක් රැගෙනවිත් තිබෙන බවත් පෙන්වා දුන් ජානිපෙ නායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා, අද මෙරට ව්‍යවස්ථාදායකයත් විධායකය මෙන්ම අධිකරණයත් පවතින ආර්ථික ආපදාව මහා මානව ආපදාවක් බවටත් පෙරළීමට සාමූහික වගකීමෙන් කටයුතු කරන බව ද පෙනෙන්නට ඇතැයි චෝදනා කර සිටී. https://youtu.be/Jn2j0YN9mq4 අද(05) බොරැල්ල පිහිටි ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ කොමියුනිස්ට් පක්ෂයේ ප්‍රධාන කාර්යාලයේ පැවති ‘ස්වාධීන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සංසදයේ’ විශේෂ මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවේ දී අදහස් දක්වමින් ඒ මහතා මෙසේ චෝදනා කර සිටියේය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ වීරවංශ මහතා මෙසේද සඳහන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

මහින්ද පන්නා රනිල් අගමැතිකිරීම පසුපස සීඅයිඒ සහ රෝ ඔත්තු සේවා..
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ධූරය අහිමිකොට රටේ පාලන තන්ත්‍රය අවුල් කිරීම පිටුපස ඉන්දියානු රෝ ඔත්තු සේවයේ සහ ඇමරිකානු සීඅයිඒ ඔත්තු සේවයේ අවශ්‍යතාවයට අනුව බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සිටින බව පෙරටුගාමී සමාජවාදී පක්ෂයේ ප්‍රධාන ලේකම් කුමාර් ගුණරත්නම් මහතා පවසයි. https://youtu.be/UrQclIj8Gis ඒ අනුව රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ධූරය ලබාදීම ඉන්දියානු රෝ ඔත්තු සේවයේ සහ ඇමරිකානු සී.අයි.ඒ ඔත්තු සේවයේ මෙහෙයුමක් බව කුමාර් ගුණරත්නම් මහතා පෙන්වා දෙයි. මේ වන විට රටේ ජනතාව පාර්ලිමේන්තු නියෝජ්‍ය ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය විශ්වාස නොකරන බව පෙන්වා දෙන ගුණරත්න මහතා සඳහන් කරයි. ආණ්ඩුවේ මර්ධනය හමුවේ වුවද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

රුසියාව හතුරු කරවන්න ගුවන් ප‍්‍රධානියෙකු දැවැන්ත මෙහෙයුමක…
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
ජාතික සංවිධාන එකමුතුව විසින් ජනාධිපති ගෝටාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා වෙත යොමු කරන ලද ලිපියක් මෙහි දැක්වෙයි. අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමා,ජනාධිපති මන්දිරය,කොළඹ. අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව බරපතල රාජ්‍යතාන්ත‍්‍රික ගැටලූවකට මුහුණ දෙන අයුරින් රුසියානු එරොෆ්ලොට් ගුවන් සේවයේ ගුවන් යානයක් රඳවා ගැනීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් කරුණු දැක්වීම පිණිසය මේ වන විට ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ ප‍්‍රධාන ජනමාධ්‍ය සියල්ලම පාහේ වාර්තා කර ඇත්තේ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා රජය අත්සන් කර ඇති අන්තර්ජාතික සම්මුතීන් හා ගිවිසුම් අනුව ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණෙන ඕනෑම රටක ගුවන් යානයක් ගොඩබැස්සවීමට හා පිටව යෑමට අවශ්‍ය පහසුකම් සැලසීමේ වගකීම බැඳී ඇති බවත් ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් නියෝග ලබාදීමේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

රුසියානු යානය ලංකාවට Backfire වෙයි.. ලාබෙට බොරතෙල් නැතිවෙයි.. තේ වෙලදපල අවදානමේ.
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
රුසියානු ගුවන් සේවයේ ගුවන් යානාවක් මෙරට රදවා තබා ගැනීම මත ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට බරපතළ ආර්ථික අර්බුද රැසක් මතුවනු ඇතැයි දේශපාලන විචාරක දයාන් ජයතිලක මහතා සඳහන් කරයි. පළමු කොටම රුසියාවෙන් පැමිණි සංචාරක ආදායමක් අහිමි වන බවද පැවසූ ඔහු දෙවනුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ලබාදීමට සූදානමින් ලාභදායී බොරතෙල් නැතිවණු ඇතැයි සඳහන් කළේය. එමෙන්ම රුසියාව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ප්‍රධානතම තේ ගැනුම්කරුවකු වන නිසා එම වෙළඳ පලටද බලපෑමක් එල්ලවනු ඇතැයි ද හෙතෙම පැවසීය. මේ හේතුවෙන් ඇති වී තිබෙන තත්ත්වය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ජනාධිපතිවරයා, අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා විදේශ අමාත්‍ය හා රැස්වී තීන්දුවක් ගත යුතුව ඇතැයිද හෙතෙම කියා සිටියේය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

ගුවන්යානා හබය දුරදිග යයිද?
Ada Derana
https://youtu.be/aD2CBJKKJeE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

Aeroflot aircraft detained over private legal issue - PM tells Russia
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed Russia through the Foreign Ministry that the issue over the Aeroflot passenger aircraft is not between the two countries but is a private legal issue.  The Premier further assures that Sri Lanka’s Minister of Justice has been informed to expedite the process of the court case. Wickremesinghe has reportedly directed the Foreign Secretary to speak to the Russian Foreign Ministry and explain the matter, and to further clarify that the enjoining order had nothing to do with the Sri Lankan government.  Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

LRH says 20% children admitted suffer from malnutrition
Courtesy Adaderana
Doctors at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) for Children have made a startling discovery, with studies showing that 20% of children admitted to the hospital suffer from malnutrition. While the cause of malnutrition can be attributed to the ongoing economic crisis and food shortage, the situation could be averted if the children are given more vegetables to eat, Consultant Paediatrician at the hospital Dr. Deepal Perera said. “Last week we tested 53 children in ward No. 02 of the hospital. We found out that among them, 20% of the children in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/06/22)

What the Crisis in Sri Lanka Means for the World
ian bremmer Courtesy Times
A demonstrator throws back a tear gas canister fired by police to disperse students taking part in an anti-government protest demanding the resignation of Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the country's crippling economic crisis, in Colombo on May 29, 2022. ISHARA S. KODIKARA-AFP Many middle-income and developing countries are now suffering from a combination of internal political dysfunction and external economic shocks generated mainly by COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine. Sri Lanka provides a powerful example and a warning for countries in other regions that will face similar predicaments.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/22)

Russian flight grounded at BIA: Sri Lankan authorities urge court to suspend court order
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lankan authorities today raised objections against the Enjoining Order issued by Colombo Commercial High Court preventing a Russian Aeroflot flight from taking off within the territorial jurisdiction of Sri Lanka. Additional Solicitor General Sumathi Dharmawardena PC appearing for the Airport and Aviation Services Ltd (second defendant) urged the Court to suspend the operation of Enjoining Order issued in respect of the Russian Aerofloft flight. In response, Commercial High Court Judge Harsha Sethunge reiterated that the Court did not issue any order against the government of Sri Lanka but it was made against... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/22)

Aeroflot suspends flights to Sri Lanka over aircraft’s arrest
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Aeroflot has suspended commercial flights to Colombo (Sri Lanka). The decision was prompted by "the unfavorable situation as regards guarantees of unobstructed flights of the airline's aircraft to Sri Lanka," Aeroflot said in a statement. The airline suspended the sale of tickets to Colombo as well. As reported earlier, an Aeroflot Airbus A330 arrived in Colombo on Thursday morning and was supposed to return to Moscow the same day. However, the departure was postponed until Friday morning. On Friday, the aircraft again was unable to fly... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/22)

Russia’s Aeroflot suspends commercial flights to Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
Russia’s flagship carrier announced that it is suspending commercial flights to Sri Lanka after the island nation’s authorities detained the airline’s Airbus A330 jet on June 02. “Aeroflot is suspending commercial flights to Colombo (Sri Lanka) for the immediate period due to an unreliable situation in terms of the airline’s unobstructed flights to Sri Lanka. The sales of tickets for flights to Colombo have been temporarily shut down,” Russian state-owned news agency TASS said quoting the airline. https://youtu.be/CYcmJNgAAV0 In its statement, Aeroflot has said its passengers located in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/22)

PM Ranil says the worst is yet to come
Courtesy Adaderana
The worst is yet to come, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, appealing to the general public to brace themselves for the looming tough times. Addressing a conference organized in Colombo on Friday, he assured that necessary measures are being taken to introduce a food security programme to deal with the impending food crisis and source financing requirements from all friendly nations. The Premier said the country’s food supply is sufficient until this September or October, adding that the government making efforts to procure fertilizer required for the next Maha season. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/22)

Finding Organic Fertilizer
D. W. A. Hettiarachchi
Our country’s food production was almost destroyed by a stroke of a pen perhaps due to wrong advice to the authorities. But was there a massive use of chemical fertilizer even in early 70s when Mahaveli was not in the horizon?. I do not think so. I was about 9 years old when my father who was an engine driver of factories aligned with coconut industry, when he introduced me to farming. Perhaps he wanted to teach me the things involved in paddy cultivation including the selection process in finding the correct... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/22)

Has the “aragalaya” missed the bus
Shenali D Waduge
Sri Lanka has come to a stage where everyone is questioning everyone and anything. This has merits as it affords an opportunity to rethink & restart where we went wrong, who has to be held accountable, where do we start to change, how do we change & who can start the change. The change must start necessarily with all of us chipping in to rebuild our nation for not only this generation but for future generations. Pocket protests eventually led to a large number of people demanding ‘system change’. Their demands are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/06/22)

පගාව දිහා බලාගෙන, කොමිස් දිහා බලාගෙන රට පාළණය කරලා රටම අමාරුවේ දාපු අයම, ඩොලර් 1.50ට ලංකාවේ නිෂ්පාදනය කරන කොලෙස්ටෙරෝල් පෙත්ත, ඩොලර් 6.50ට ගේන්න අනුමැතිය දීලා
Ravi Kumudesh
මසකට ඩොලර් 240000 ක් ඉතිරි කර කොලෙස්ටරෝල් පෙත්ත නිපදවිය හැකි සමාගම රට තුල තිබියදී, ඒවා අධෛර්‍යට පත් කොට, ඉන්දීයාව වැනි රටකින් අතිශය වැඩි මුලදලකට ඖෂධ මිලදී ගැනීමට සිදු වන්නේනම්, ශ්‍රී ලාංකවේ සෞඛ්‍ය යාන්ත්‍රණ හසුරුවන සියලුම ආයතන, ඒවායේ ප්‍රධාන නියාමකයින් සහ දේශපාළණ හිතවත්කම් වලට ඔවුන්ව පත් කල පාළකයින් සෘජුවම ඊට වගකිව යුතු බව සෞඛ්‍ය වෘත්තීයවේදීන්ගේ විද්වත් සංගමයේ සභාපති රවී කුමුදේශ් පවසයි. “පගාව දිහා බලාගෙන, කොමිස් දිහා බලාගෙන රට පාළණය කරලා රටම අමාරුවේ දාපු අයම, ඩොලර් 1.50ට ලංකාවේ නිෂ්පාදනය කරන කොලෙස්ටෙරෝල් පෙත්ත, ඩොලර් 6.50ට ගේන්න අනුමැතිය දීලා. එකයි පනහේ සහ හයයි මිනිස්සු දෙවර්ගයක් දැන් මේ රටට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

"ජනතාව සහ ජනරජයේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා"ලෙස අලුත් පරිච්ඡේදයක් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවට ඇතුළත් කර ජනතාව සහ ජනාධිපතිවරයා අතර සම්බන්ධතාවය ශක්තිමත් කරමු...!
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B Sc(Col), PGDC(Col)
ජනාධිපතිවරයා ජනතාව විසින් ඡන්දයෙන් තෝරා ගත්තද ජනාධිපතිවරයා ප්‍රශ්න කළ හැක්කේ මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් නඩු වලින් පමණි.මෙය ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදයට, නීතියේ පාලනයට සහ ජනාධිපති සහ ජනතාව අතර ඇති සම්බන්ධතාවට හිතකර නැත.මේ දුර්වලතාවය හේතුවෙන් වතුර බොර කර බොර දියේ මාලු බෑමට පාර්ලිමේන්තුව සහ අන්තවාදීන් උත්සාහ කරන අතර, පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසින් ජනාධිපතිවරයා පාලනය කිරීමට  ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන ගෙන ඒමට අවස්ථාවක් කරගෙන ඇත. ජනාධිපතිවරයා ජනතාව විසින් සෘජුවම තෝරාපත් කර ගන්නා හෙයින්, ජනාධිපතිවරයා  පාර්ලිමේන්තුවටයටත් කිරීම නො විය යුතු අතර ජනාධිපතිවරයා ජනතාවට යටත් කිරීම සිඳුවිය යුතුය.මේ සඳහා ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවට "ජනතාව සහ ජනරජයේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා"ලෙස අලුත් පරිච්ඡේදයක් (VII අ) ඇතුළත් කර ජනතාව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Hazrat Aisha was not 9 at the time of her marriage.
Reproduced by A. Abdul Aziz
Critics of Islam repeatedly claim that Hazrat Aisha was not mature when the Holy Prophet of Islam married her. However, nothing can be further from the truth. There is a stark misunderstanding and abject misrepresentation of facts when it comes to the actual age of Hazrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) at the time of her marriage to the Holy Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Critics across various platforms and social media have raised a hue and cry mocking a perfect model of moral virtues,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Urgent need to divide executive power without resorting to a referendum
By Sugeeswara Senadhira/Daily News
Colombo, June 3: The draft 21st Constitutional Amendment bill is due to be presented to the Cabinet on June 6. Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has been entrusted with the task of incorporating the valid suggestions made by party Leaders to ensure that it has smooth sailing in parliament. Although there is some truth in the criticism that amending the constitution will not solve the current economic problems overnight, the aim of the proposed 21st Amendment (21A) is to ensure political stability and to get a competent, efficient, transparent and accountable government,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

High in pesticides, many countries send back Indian tea
Courtesy The Economic Times
Both international and domestic buyers have rejected a series of tea consignments due to the presence of pesticides and chemicals beyond permissible limits, Indian Tea Exporters Association (ITEA) chairman Anshuman Kanoria said on Friday. Filling up the vacuum created by crisis-hit Sri Lanka in the global market, Tea Board is eyeing to ramp up exports. However, the rejection of consignments is causing a decline in outward shipments. All teas sold in the country must conform to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) norms. However, most of the buyers are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Will the Constitutional Amendments Resolve the Real Issues?
By  Shivanthi ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today
We have two serious issues before us. One is the economic meltdown. The other is the breach in national security. Yet, the Parliament’s attention is focused entirely on another topic – how to wrestle power from the Executive President. The Precarious Fuel Situation On 28 May, it was reported that only 6,142 MT of Octane 95 petrol was available. Hence, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) disallowed selling Octane 95 petrol to three-wheeler and motorcycle drivers. This was to prevent the new practice that has sprung... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

taking a closer look at ‘aragalaya’
By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today
The ‘Aragalaya’ or the protest by peaceful demonstrators in front of the Presidential Secretariat has exceeded fifty days and continues. The protesters claim the 6.9 million who voted for a change and for Gotabaya Rajapaksa failed to deliver what was promised on election platforms.  Fuel prices have gone up several times to unprecedented levels. Consequently, people stand in long queues mainly for petrol, gas and milk-food, while consumer prices are sky high. The scarcity of medicines in hospitals is also flashing red lights. People complain they have to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

IMF programme insufficient – Ex Central Bankers
By Rajiesh Seetharam Courtesy Ceylon Today
 
The IMF programme, raising interest rates, measures to curb parallel foreign exchange market are steps in the right direction, which may bring stability to the economy and help in importing essential goods, however structural reforms are necessary to bring long term economic sustainability to Sri Lanka, stated former Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy. Speaking at a seminar on the current economic crisis, he said, “Sri Lanka has been to the IMF 16 times. We are living beyond our capacity. The IMF programme is meant to reduce excess... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Russian flight grounded at BIA: Sri Lankan authorities urge court to suspend court order
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lankan authorities today raised objections against the Enjoining Order issued by Colombo Commercial High Court preventing a Russian Aeroflot flight from taking off within the territorial jurisdiction of Sri Lanka. Additional Solicitor General Sumathi Dharmawardena PC appearing for the Airport and Aviation Services Ltd (second defendant) urged the Court to suspend the operation of Enjoining Order issued in respect of the Russian Aerofloft flight. In response, Commercial High Court Judge Harsha Sethunge reiterated that the Court did not issue any order against the government of Sri Lanka but it was made against... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Basil and Thirukumar acquitted in Malwana property case.
Courtesy Adaderana
Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Thirukumar Nadesan, the husband of former Minister Nirupama Rajapaksa who was named in Pandora Papers, have been acquitted in the Malwana property case. The verdict was delivered by the Gampaha High Court today (June 03). https://youtu.be/pxpMTG7l9Mk The case was filed against Basil Rajapaksa and Thirukumar Nadesan under three charges for misappropriating state funds by purchasing a 16-acre land in Dompe, Malwana and building a luxury house and a pool there.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Nine accused in Pradeep Eknaligoda abduction case remanded
Courtesy Adaderana
Nine army intelligence officers accused in the case filed over the abduction and disappearance of journalist Pradeep Ekneligoda have been remanded until the 13th of June. The case was called before the Colombo Trial-at-Bar today (June 03). https://youtu.be/AoaCUMmezG4 In November 2019, the nine accused had been served indictment over the abduction of Eknaligoda and released on previous bail. Eknaligoda, who was a cartoonist, political analyst and journalist, was reported missing on January 24, 2010, two days before the presidential election. During today’s proceedings, evidence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Court order issued on protest march scheduled for tomorrow
Courtesy Adaderana
The police have secured a court order against a protest march scheduled to be held tomorrow (June 04). As per the court order, the protesters are barred from entering York Street, Bank Street, or Chatham Street. The court order also says the protesters are not allowed to cause any inconvenience to the general public or vehicular movement in the Fort Police Division tomorrow.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Sri Lanka seeks to secure USD 5 billion in funds for import payments
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka seeks to secure around $5 billion in funding this year to cover repayments for fuel imports and other items bought through credit lines, and another $1 billion to bolster its foreign reserves, the prime minister’s office said on Thursday. The island nation is grappling with its worst financial crisis in over seven decades with a severe foreign exchange shortage that has left it struggling to pay for essential imports including food, fuel, fertilisers and medicines. Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange reserves stood at $1.81 billion in April. Prime Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

2022 මැයි මස 25 වන දින පැවති පොදු ව්‍යාපාර පිළිබඳ කාරක සභාව වෙත මහ බැංකුවේ මුදල් මණ්ඩලයට - අදාළ කටයුතු පිළිබඳව ඉදිරිපත් වූ සාවද්‍ය තොරතුරු නිවැරදි කිරීම 
සමන්ත කුමාරසිංහ හිටපු මුදල් මණ්ඩල සාමාජික 
2022 මැයි 30 පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී මහාචාර්‍ය චරිත හේරත් මහතා  ගරු සභාපති  පොදු ව්‍යාපාර පිළිබඳ කාරක සභාව ශ්‍රී ලංකා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව  ගරු සභාපතිතුමනි  2022 මැයි මස 25 වන දින පැවති පොදු ව්‍යාපාර පිළිබඳ කාරක සභාව වෙත මහ බැංකුවේ මුදල් මණ්ඩලයට - අදාළ කටයුතු පිළිබඳව ඉදිරිපත් වූ සාවද්‍ය තොරතුරු නිවැරදි කිරීම  උක්ත කරුණට අදාළව සාකච්ඡාවට භාජනය වූ කාලපරිච්ඡේදය තුළ මහ බැංකුවේ මුදල් මණ්ඩලයේ හිටපු සාමාජිකයකු මෙන්ම රටේ නීතිගරුක සහ වගකිවයුතු පුරවැසියෙකු ලෙස සත්‍ය තොරතුරු ඔබතුමා වෙත සහ පොදු ව්‍යාපාර පිළිබඳ කාරක සභා සාමාජිකයන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Unveiling JVP
Shenali D Waduge
JVP was formed on 14 May 1965 by Rohana Wijeweera. Not many in the JVP had even met him or knew what he looked like. The entity has been used for 2 main objectives – disillusion Sri Lanka’s youth (future of Sri Lanka) and cause chaos in the political arena as local agent for external forces. No leader voted can carry out any vision as no sooner these initiatives conflicts with agendas of external forces, the JVP & its branches are set free to cause political or public mayhem. Mrs... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

SRI LANKA’S ENERGY SECTOR UNDER US MONOPOLY-Reverse secret deal giving US monopoly over Sri Lanka’s energy sector
Shenali Waduge
The sole rights to a US company to monopolize Sri Lanka’s energy sector was promoted by the former US envoy Teplitz. The importance of this deal to the US was seen in the extent US was agreeable to settle dues to the US company for any payment failure by SL. What payment? The Floating Storage & Regassification Unit contractor is to deliver ship on time but delays due to ‘public protests’ or ‘any other’ – requires the CEB to pay FSRU rental nearly $200,000 per day. What? Imagine the current 50 day protests taking place &... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

ජනාධිපතිට එරෙහිව නඩු පැවරිය හැකි "විශේෂ දිසා අධිකරණය" පිහිටුවීම ජනාධිපති ජනතාවට වගකියන තැනට පත්කිරීමට ඇති එකම මාර්ගයයි...!
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B Sc(Col), PGDC(Col)
(අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා ජනතාව විසින් තෝරා නොගැනීමට ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන ගෙන ඒම නොව ජනතාව විසින් තෝරා ගන්නා ජනාධිපති ජනතාවට වගකිව යුතු තැනට ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයක් ගෙන ඒම බව මෙම කෙටි ලිපියෙන් පෙන්වා දී ඇත)විධායක ජනාධිපතිවරයාව ජනතාව විසින් තෝරා පත් කරගත්තද, ජනතාවට ජනාධිපති සමඟ නීත්‍යානුකූලව සම්බන්ධ වීමට ඇත්තේ එකම නීතිමය මාර්ගයකි. ඒ මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් නඩු පැවරීම පමණි. ජනාධිපතිට එරෙහිව මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් නඩු පැවරීමේදී ජනාධිපතිවරයා වෙනුවෙන් නීතිපති එයට පිළිතුරු ලබා දීමට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයට පැමිණිය යුතුය. නඩුව දින්නද, පැරදුනද ජනාධිපතිට එරෙහිව පවරන මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් නඩුවකදී ජනාධිපතිට නඩු පවරන්නාගේ ඉල්ලීම ඇසීමට සහ පිළිතුරු දීමට නීතිමය බැඳීමක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

ලංඩනයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලය සෙනසුරාදා දිනයේත් කොන්සුලර් සේවා සපයයි.
ජනක අලහප්පෙරුම
ලංඩනයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලය සෙනසුරාදා දිනයේත් කොන්සුලර් සේවා සපයයි. ලංඩනයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලය (Sri Lanka High Commission in London )ලබන ජුනි 11 වනදා සිට සෙනසුරාදා දිනයන් හිදීත් එක්සත් රාජධානියේ හා මහ බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ වාසය කරන ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයින්ට සෙනසුරාදා දිනයන් හිදීත් කොන්සුලර් සේවා සැපයීමට තීරණය කර තිබේ. මෙරට ජීවත්වෙන ජනතාවගේ පහසුව පිණිස, විශේෂයෙන් දුර බැහැර සිට පැමිණෙන සහ සතියේ දිනවල රාජකාරී බහුලත්වය හේතුවෙන් කොන්සුලර් සේවා ලබා ගැනීමට ලංඩනයට පැමිණීමට විවිධ අපහසුතා වලට මුහුණ දෙන ජනතාවගේ පහසුව පිණිස මෙම තීරණය ගෙන තිබේ. දන්නා ඉතිහාසයේ මෙලෙස සෙනසුරාදා දිනයන් හිදීත් මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලයේ කොන්සුලර් සේවාව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

ඉන්දියාවෙන් ණයට අරං, බෙහෙත් වලින් අවුරුද්දකට රුපියල් බිලියන 25ක් ගසා කන ලකුණු.
රවී කුමුදේශ් සභාපති සෞඛ්‍ය වෘත්තීයවේදීන්ගේ විද්වත් සංගමය 
ඉන්දීය ණය ආධාර යටතේ, ඉන්දියානු සමාගමක් හරහා ඇටොවාස්ටීන් හෙවත් කොලෙස්ටරෝල් පෙති මිලදී ගැනීමට ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති ඇනවුමක් හරහා මාසයකට ඇමරිකන් ඩොලර් 2, 40, 000/- ක පමණ වැඩිපුර ලභාංශයක් තබා ගැනීමට හැකිව තිබේ. මෙම ඇනවුමට අනූව මිලි ග්‍රෑම් 20  ඇටොවාස්ටීන් සියයේ පැක්ට්ටු  22 331 ඇනවුම් කර ඇති අතර, ඇමරිකානු ඩොලර් 1, 41, 360ක මුදලකට  තොගය මිල දී ගැනීමට නියමිතය. ඒ අනූව එම පැකට්ටුවක මිල ඇ. ඩො. 6.33ක් වේ. මෙම පැකට්ටුවක් මීට පෙර ගෙන්වා ඇති උපරිම මිල ඇ. ඩො. 1.33ක් වන අතර, ඒ අනූව එක් පැකට්ටුවකින් පමණක් වැඩිපුර තබා ඇති ලාභාංශය ඩොලර් 5ක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Raising Kachchativu issue was both needless and ill-timed 
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror
Colombo, June 2:  The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister rendered a disservice to India and its relations with Sri Lanka by raising the Kachchativu issue with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a public function in Chennai on May 27. The demand for “retrieving” the Palk Strait island to give Tamil Nadu fishermen fishing rights around Kachchativu, was both needless and ill-timed. It reopened a settled issue, put a spoke in the wheel of Modi’s “Neighborhood First” or Friendship with Neighbors policy, and added to the fears of North Sri Lankan Tamil fishermen... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Procurement of cholesterol lowering drug: SL to lose heavily due to questionable deal with Indian company
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island
Sri Lanka will lose about USD 240,000 per month from an agreement the Health Ministry has made with an Indian Company using the money received from the Indian credit line, President of the College of Medical Laboratory Science, Ravi Kumudesh told The Island yesterday. The Ministry has ordered 22,331 packets of Atorvastatin 20 mg, a widely used cholesterol lowering drug at USD 141,360. “One packet costs USD 6.33. The previous stock was purchased at USD 1.33. We are buying Atorvastatin five dollars above the previous price. We are also buying... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

First Batch of China’s Grant Medicines to arrive in SL on June 3
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The first Batch of China's Grant Medicines worth 500 million RMB was scheduled to arrive on 3rd June, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said. "With joint efforts of all relevant authorities from both China and Sri Lanka, 512,640 syringes of life-saving Enoxaparin Sodium Injection worth of 10 million RMB, the first batch of Chinese government's 500 million RMB grant to Sri Lankan people have been arranged and will be delivered to Sri Lanka via two consignments," the Embassy said in a statement.  "One consignment of 256,320 syringes is scheduled to arrive at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Colombo City will run out of food by September: Rosy
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Warning that Colombo City will run out of food by September this year, the Mayor of Colombo Rosy Senanayake today said the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) will start cultivating essential food crops in 600 acres of land within the city shortly. Ms. Senanayake told a media briefing that CMC is planning to start up an agriculture project to grow crops, while city dwellers will be encouraged to grow essential food crops in their home gardens. “Around 60 per cent of Colombo City population who are low-income earners will be affected... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Sri Lanka can’t use $1.5 billion China swap on IMF concerns – Dr. Coomaraswamy
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka can’t tap a $1.5 billion credit line from China as the Chinese are concerned the International Monetary Fund may force delays in repayment, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) said. https://youtu.be/E6gj9S9W07Y “There is a condition in relation to the months of import cover that we need to have in order to be able to draw on that money,” Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, who is advising the Sri Lankan government, said at an event organized by the central bank Thursday.  It’s difficult for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Lanka targeting for US $ 6 billion this year - PM
Courtesy Hiru News
The Prime Minister, during a meeting today (2) with representatives from the Joint Chambers, explained that the Government was targeting US $5bn this year for repayments, plus a further US $1bn to bolster the country's reserves. He elaborated that discussions with the IMF are proceeding and he was hopeful that negotiations would conclude by the end of the month. The Prime Minister also explained to the representatives that debt restructuring has begun, following the appointment of financial and legal advisors. He said that any bridging finance to help alleviate the crisis... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

21 කියන්නේ තවත් පැලැස්තරයක් - හැමෝම පිට කසා ගන්නවා
Hiru News
https://youtu.be/PGA17F9BDdg... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

සරත් වීරසේකර 21 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයට දැඩි විරෝධය පායි.
මුහුණු පොතෙන්
21 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයට සහාය ලබාගැනීම සඳහා ජනාධිපති මන්දිරයේදී අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් පැවති රැස්වීමේදී ගරු අධිකරණ, බන්ධනාගාර කටයුතු සහ ව්‍යවස්ථාපිත ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ අමාත්‍ය විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා විසින් 21 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය සම්බන්ධයෙන් කෙටි හැඳින්වීමක් කළ අතර, අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමාද පවසා සිටියේ ඊට තමාද එකඟ වන බව සහ එයට සහාය ලබාදෙන ලෙසය. මේ අවස්ථා‍වේදී නැගී සිටි ගරු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සරත් වීරසේකර මැතිතුමා ඊට දැඩි විරෝධය පාමින් මෙසේ කියා සිටියේය. “තමා 19 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයට විරුද්ධ වූ එකම මන්ත්‍රීවරයා බැවින් 21 වන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය හරහා 19 නැවත ගෙන එන්නේ නම් කවුරු කෙසේ කීවත් ඊටද තමා විරුද්ධ වන බවය”.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/06/22)

Meaningful ways to help targeted known families in Sri Lanka
Anjalika Silva
I wrote this under comments on my posting.  As there are requests to share this I. Am posting again. Anjalika Silva In this hour of need I have found useful and meaningful ways to help targeted known families, individuals and destitute kids in Sri Lanka.  We don’t let them starve.  Now it has gone beyond the scope of single handed me and I will share if anyone wants to know more and duplicate the effort. THERE ARE MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM: Option 1: Send them funds to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Grow More Food for Domestic Consumption & Exports with Imagination!
Prof. Hudson McLean
It is about time that the President has declared the need to develop food cultivation.  Above all, Use your Imagination! Necessity is the Mother of Invention.  Add Imagination! Sri Lanka desperately needs both! During ancient times, Ceylon, Lankaawa, was a net exporter of rice. The British watered-down domestic production for their own political-economic selfish agenda. The prestige of City life made the "amude" clad farmers into third-class citizens. The basic necessity of food on the table should give farmers and fishermen, more government support and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

යුද හමුදාව වන වගා කළ වත්තේගම කැබලිත්ත කොටියාගල රක්ෂිත, ඉඩම් හොරුන් විසින් වනසයි. මොණරාගල DIG ත් හවුල් බවට පොලිස් ඇමති ටිරාන් අලස්ට පැමිණිල්ලක්.
වැසිවනාන්තර සුරකින්නෝ සංවිධානය
විල්පත්තු වන විනාශය මෙන් 20 ගුණයක වන විනාශයක්. මොනරාගල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ සියඹලාණ්ඩුව ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කාර්යාලය අයත් වත්තේගම කැබලිත්ත කොටියාගල වන සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට අයත් ඉතා වටිනා රක්ෂිත වනාන්තර ප්‍රදේශ කාලයක සිට ප්‍රදේශයේ දේශපාලනඥයින්ගේ සහායද ඇතිව හොරෙන්ම අල්ලාගෙන නොයෙක් ආකාරයේ වගාවන් සිදු කිරීම මහා පරිමාණ ව්‍යාපාරිකයින් සහ අතලොස්සක් දූෂිත රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන් එකතුව කරගෙන යන්නේ වසර කිහිපයක සිට ය. විජිත් විජිතමුණි දසොයිසා ගේ සිට  ශෂීන්ද්‍ර රාජපක්ෂ දක්වා  පක්ෂ විපක්ෂ දේශපාලනඥයින්ගේ සහාය ඇතිව කරගෙන යන මෙම මහා ඉඩම් කොල්ලය විල්පත්තුවේ සිදු වූ අක්කර 3000 ක වන විනාසය මෙන් අවම වශයෙන් විසි ගුණයකට වඩා වැඩි ය. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

What they do not teach in law schools
Senaka Weeraratna
In the name of Justice what is taught in Law Schools is a form of compartmentalized Justice totally focused on the wrongs done to one species I e. Human Species, and the manner of remedying these  wrongs. The teaching of law in law schools desensitizes the student to wrongs done to non human sentient beings and even Nature.  The Zoo is a euphemism for an Animal Prison where those who are jailed usually for life are totally innocent of any wrong doing. If one is taught in law schools to fight for justice and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

දිස්ත්‍රික්කයක 1% ජනතාවට "ජනතා පනත් කෙටුම්පත්" ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයක් ගෙනවිත් ජනතාවගේ ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක බලය රැක ගනිමු...!
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන B Sc(Col), PGDC(Col)
(Let us bring in a constitutional amendment to introduce "People's Bills" and protect the legislative power of the people by 1% of the population in a district.)යම් දිස්ත්‍රික්කයක ජනතාව 1% අත්සන් කර යම් කරුණකට, ඉල්ලීමට අදාලව නීතියක් පනවන ලෙස අදාල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ  මන්ත්‍රීවරයෙකු මගින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට යෝජනාවක් ඉදිරිපත් කර එය "ජනතා පනත් කෙටුම්පතක්" ලෙස සළකා ඉදිරි නීතිමය ක්‍රියා මාර්ග ගැමීමට ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයක් ගෙන ඒම ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ශක්තිමත් කිරීමකි. ජනතාවගේ පරමාධිපට්‍යය තහවුරු කිරීමකි.මෙමගින් කිහිප දෙනෙකු අත පවතින ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක බලය ජනතාවගේ කැමැත්ත අනුව ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට අවස්ථාව හිමි වේ.දැනට පවතින පෞද්ගලික මන්ත්‍රී පනත් කෙටුම්පත් ඉදිරිපත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Story Of Bangladesh’s Padma Bridge: More Than Just A Bridge?
Dr. Malika-e-Abida Khattak from Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan,
Bangladesh’s much anticipated Padma Bridge, also a dream project of theBangladesh, is going to be inaugurated on June 25 this year and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed will inaugurate the long-awaited bridge at 10:00am.  The commuters of 21 districts of the south-west part of the country cross the Padma River via ferries through the country’s Banglabazar-Shimulia route. Passengers and drivers have to suffer from long traffic jams. When functioned, it will be the largest bridge in Bangladesh and the first fixed river crossing for road traffic. The two-level... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Tax on several imported items significantly increased: Full list
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Vegetables. Image credits - Nathan Dumlao / Unsplash Colombo, June 1 (News1st) – Sri Lanka’s Finance Ministry has decided to impose a 100% surcharge rate on both General and Preferential Custom Duty of multiple products with effect from Wednesday (1). A surcharge — or additional charge — is essentially a tax levied on a tax. It is calculated on payable tax, not on income generated. These measures come after Sri Lanka decided to relax import restrictions that it imposed on 369 items with effect... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Cigarette & alcohol prices increased
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, June 1 (NewsWire) – Price of a cigarette increased by Rs 5 with effect from today (01 June) due to the increase in VAT. Meanwhile, The Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka (DCSL) has also announced a hike in the price of locally manufactured liquor. According to DCSL, the price of a 750 ml bottle of liquor issued under the Extra Special Label has been increased by Rs 680. ADVERTISEMENT Thereby, the new price of a 750 ml bottle of liquor issued under the Extra Special Label is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Lankan Prez appoints commission to inquire into arson, vandalism and murder during youth agitation
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, June 1: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate and report on the incidents of arson, looting, and all types of damages to properties and loss of life in several parts of the country between March 31 and May 15.    The Commission of Inquiry is headed by Supreme Court Justice, President’s Counsel B.P. Aluvihare. Retired Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police S. M. Wickremasinghe and Additional Chief Assessor N.A.S. Wasantha Kumara are other members of the Commission. ADVERTISEMENT The Additional... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Lankan Prez and PM open avenues for youth involvement in decision making
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, June 1: As a result of the 50-day “Gota Go Home” campaign demanding the ouster of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the exit of the Rajapaksa clan from the government, the President  as well as his new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, have woken up to the need to consult and formally take on board, representatives of the youth in governmental decision-making. President Gotabaya did not quit office as demanded by the demonstrating youth, but all other members of the Rajapaksa clan went out of office. His elder brother and Prime... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Sri Lanka’s President Won’t Be Stepping Down Soon, Minister Says
Courtesy Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa signaled to a group of lawmakers just before they joined his cabinet that he wouldn’t be stepping down soon, a move that falls short of demands from protesters who want his immediate ouster. The president had agreed to whittling down his powers when he met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and a few others, said Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe who attended the meeting last month.  “After this term he won’t continue,” Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe told Bloomberg News in an interview at his office in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Sri Lanka inflation hits a record of 39%
Courtesy LBC Group TV
Sri Lanka's headline inflation hit a new high in May, owing to ongoing food and fuel shortages as the country struggles to recover from its worst economic crisis in decades. The Department of Census and Statistics said in a statement on Tuesday that consumer prices in the capital Colombo jumped 39.1 percent from a year ago.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

The Sri Lanka economic crisis: India’s response
AKASH CHOWDHURY Courtesy Observer Research Foundation
It would be strategically and geopolitically prudent for India to extend assistance to Sri Lanka during such trying times. Sri Lanka, a nation of 22 million people, is today facing an unprecedented economic crisis that threatens to undo much of the progress that had been made since the end of the bloody civil war in 2009. Amidst skyrocketing inflation (which stood at more than 21 percent for March 2022), power cuts lasting well over 10 hours, and shortage of essential items—like food, fuel, and life-saving medicines—the crisis appears to have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Sri Lanka’s Poor Hardest Hit by Economic Crisis
Courtesy VOA
Women wait near an empty fuel station hoping to buy kerosene for cooking, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 26, 2022. Growing economic and political crises in Sri Lanka are pushing more than 10% of its 22 million people beneath the poverty line and millions more are losing jobs, health care and food security, experts say. “The human development impact of the unfolding economic crisis is severe,” a World Bank spokesperson told VOA. “The crisis has disrupted economic activities and households’ capacity to afford basic necessities, including adequate nutrition.” Many low-income... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Sri Lanka in talks with IMF to borrow at least $3b: sources
Courtesy The NewArab
Sri Lanka is seeking to overcome its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948. A $3 billion deal would represent almost four times Sri Lanka's quota with the IMF [STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty-file photo] Sri Lanka is in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to borrow at least $3 billion via the lender's extended fund facility (EFF), sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The island state's government expects another round of technical talks with the IMF in early June and hopes to reach to a staff-level agreement as soon as the end... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Airlifting medicines to Sri Lanka and the IMF’s role
Courtesy The New Indian Express
Does anyone expect the International Monetary Fund to just pass on billions of dollars to Sri Lanka without corresponding obligations of placing the economy in order? By M R Sivaraman And V Suryanarayan An Indian ship carrying the first consignment of much-needed rice, milk powder and life-saving medicines reached Colombo harbour on 22 May 2022. Speaking on the occasion, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Prof. G L Peiris highlighted: “India has not sent any assistance anywhere of this scale ever before.” Unlike earlier Indian assistance to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Duminda Silva under CID custody, still at J’pura hospital
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Housing Development Authority Chairman, Duminda Silva who was taken into CID custody was handed over to prison officials and is currently receiving treatment at Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital. The arrest was made following the Supreme Court order.   According to sources, the former Minister is to be transferred to prison custody. He was arrested by the CID last evening while receiving treatment at the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital. On May 31, the Attorney General was directed to assist the CID to implement this interim order while reporting to Court the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

President appoints 3-member commission to probe recent unrest in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
The President has appointed a three-member Presidential Commission to inquire into the incidents of arson, looting, murders, injuries caused to individuals and damages to properties in parts of the country between March 31 and May 15, 2022. https://youtu.be/hDCXD1KSdIw The commission of inquiry is headed by Supreme Court Justice Buwaneka Aluvihare and also includes former Senior DIG S.M. Wickramasinghe and Additional Chief Assessor N.A.S. Wasantha Kumara. Meanwhile the Additional Secretary to the President Mr. Buwaneka Herath has been appointed as the Secretary to the commission.  They had received their letters of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

POHOTTU AS USA’ S PROXY Part 3A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Critics want to know whether Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange problem is “a staged default”. Mick Moore has described it as “the most man-made and voluntary economic crisis.” The current problems were made in the last two years, he said.  Sri Lanka’s current crisis cannot be blamed on global economic problems. No other Asian country is in the same plight as Sri Lanka. The precipitating factor was Pohottu’s financial policy, not decades and decades of poor planning and mismanagement, critics agreed. No attempt was made to re-negotiate Sri Lanka’s external debt as they should have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Is the Bar Association’s proposal a foothold in a slave system?
By Upali Gunasekera
The Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa told the media that he would not support the 21st Amendment to the Constitution which was to be presented to the Cabinet as it will not be in line with the Bar Association’s proposal. As a freelance sociologist, it is a responsibility of this writer to present to the country a sociological commentary on the Bar Association’s proposal. This writer presents this review as the first and only researcher in the world to make a comparative study of all the world’s philosophies that have been put... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

සාගර ජලය මදි හැඩුවා !
From an FB post dated May 28
අද සිරස රාත්‍රී 7.00 ප්‍රවෘත්ති නැරඹූ බොහෝ දෙනෙකුගේ දෑසේ කදුළු බිදුවක් හෝ නොනැගුණා නම් ඒ පුදුමය කි. එසේම ලේ කෝප වන තරම් දර්ශන ද එම ප්‍රවුර්ති විකාශනය අතර තුරවිය. දුක හිතුනේ දකුණු ඉන්දියාවේ තමිල්නාඩුවේ පුංචි තේ කඩයක තේ බීමට එන වතු කම්කරුව න් වැනි දිළිදු ගැහැණු න් ගෙන් සහ මිනිස්සුන් ගෙන් ආධාර ඉල්ලා දමා තිබූ දැන්වීමකි. තේ කඩේ තබා ඇති පෙට්ටිය කට ලංකාවේ මිනිසුන් ට යැවීමට කීයක් හෝ දමන්න කියා තේ කඩ හිමියා දෑත් එක්කොට කරන ආයාචනයක්ද එහිවිය . ඊලග ප්‍රවෘත්ති ය වූයේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

How To Make A Rain Fuel Generator
Robert Murray-Smith
This is the original article A droplet-based electricity generator with high instantaneous power density https://youtu.be/JWHl4TLM9TY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Sri Lanka Proposes Return to Higher Tax Rates to Win IMF Loan
Courtesy Bloomberg UK
Government plans to return to tax status before 2019 cutsValue-added tax to be raised to 12% in bid to boost revenues Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe proposed to raise tax rates to help meet conditions for a bailout from the International Monetary Fund. The value added tax would rise to 12% from 8%, telecom levy to 15% from 11.25%, and standard corporate tax to 30% from 24%, Wickremesinghe said in a statement Tuesday. The increases will be implemented “over the immediate and near term,” he added. The government is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)

Sri Lanka hikes tax rates to boost government revenues
Courtesy Aljazeera
The crisis-hit country’s inflation rose to 39.1 percent in May, its statistics office said on Tuesday. Sri Lanka’s cash-strapped government has announced a taxation overhaul to boost revenue amid the country’s crippling economic crisis, hiking value added taxes and corporate income tax, and slashing the relief given to individual taxpayers. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who took office this month and plans to present an interim budget within weeks, said on Tuesday the measures were necessary as the current state of government finances was unsustainable. “The implementation of a strong fiscal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/06/22)


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