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News: My Christmas wish for Sinhala Buddhists
Posted Date: 25/12/2017 (Monday)
• This Christmas though very much late by generations nevertheless would be ideal for Sinhala Buddhists to join in and enjoy with a determined resolution to work towards an alternative approach that can lift their lives out of misery and poverty • They are all-inclusive innocent mindsets that should be promoted and nurtured Last weekend I read somewhere, the MEP that’s in tow with the flower bud (Pohottuwa) Party with Rajapaksa at its helm, has lost one of their strongest Urban Councils with nominations for the Maharagama UC among few others getting rejected.
News: Are we ready to celebrate Christmas as a time for Peace and Reconciliation ?
Posted Date: 25/12/2017 (Monday)
Christmas is universally celebrated as a festival of Peace. In fact, it is the birth anniversary commemoration of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. With the gift of Peace that He alone can give, he had brought to us with his historical birth, the blessings of unity and reconciliation, freedom from all bondage and liberation from all forms of slavery. Freedom and Joy are blessings that mankind had always been hungering for and sought in a manner that is ardent and relentless. In fact, one of the most unfortunate things today is that despite our highly advanced scientific achievement and unbelievable technological feats, we keep failing in the all important task and duty of uniting nations and binding the hearts in close rapport.
News: Reserves Down $65.13M
Posted Date: 25/12/2017 (Monday)
The country's foreign reserves were poorer by US$ 65.13 million (Rs 9,968 million) on Friday (22 December) due to settlement of a swap maturity and/or meeting Govern-ment of Sri Lanka's (GoSL's) foreign debt servicing commitments. Conversions are based on the closing value of the benchmark 'spot' as at Wednesday (20 December) which was Rs 153.05 to the US dollar. Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL)/GoSL has given a recent undertaking to the IMF to wind down their swap liabilities.
News: Sri Lanka will stand by Palestine – Rajitha
Posted Date: 25/12/2017 (Monday)
The Sri Lanka Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Association (SLPPFA) yesterday held a rally in support of the State of Palestine and opposing moves by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Pledging Sri Lanka’s support to Palestine, SLPPFA President Minister Rajitha Senarante said that the country will always stand by the State, as it had in the past.
News: MR to lead SLPP campaign from 2 Jan
Posted Date: 25/12/2017 (Monday)
Former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, will lead the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Local Government elections campaign, from 2 January, Leader of the Joint Opposition, Dinesh Gunawardena said. He added that Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs will join the SLPP campaign, despite explicit warnings given by President Sirisena, that any SLFP member supporting the SLPP will be severely punished.
Posted Date: 25/12/2017 (Monday)
SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ajith Dias and five directors have offered to resign to support the government’s restructuring plan. Contacted by the Daily News, Mr. Dias said that of the seven directors in the director board, six of them have tendered their resignation letters in support of the government’s restructuring initiative of Airline. Mr. Dias told Daily News that he and five directors except for Harendra Balapatabendi resigned to pave way for a new director board, if needed.
Photos: Is "Bigger" Better?"
Posted Date: 25/12/2017 (Monday)
News: Minister: Tamils lost P’karan due to 2005 polls boycott
Posted Date: 24/12/2017 (Sunday)
State Minister for Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran (Jaffna District MP) has claimed that the Tamil community wouldn’t have lost their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran if they had voted for UNP candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe at 2005 presidential election. Maheswaran said so outside Jaffna District Secretariat last Friday (Dec 22) after handing over UNP nomination lists.
News: Who built the Indus Valley civilisation? Genetics is about to answer a question that has vexed historians for a century. The author examines the range of possible answers and their implications
Posted Date: 24/12/2017 (Sunday)
Who built the Indus Valley civilisation? There are few questions more fundamental to our understanding of Indian history than this. On the answer to it hang many details of the country’s past: How did we come to be as we are — culturally, ethnically and linguistically? And what explains the way we are spread out geographically in the subcontinent? Although this question has always been asked, the correct answer to it has proved resistant to the wiles and charms of historians, archaeologists, linguists and philologists for nearly a century, ever since Harappa and Mohenjo-daro were discovered in the 1920s. The fault
News: Beyond the Sinhalese-Tamil ethnic binary
Posted Date: 24/12/2017 (Sunday)
Considering Sri Lanka’s battle-scarred history, provoked in good measure by the politics of language, news of a Telugu-speaking candidate contesting polls would seem unlikely. However, a careful look at the past shows us the layers within the Sri Lankan society that seldom get captured in the Sinhalese-Tamil ethnic binary that the country is often portrayed in. A new political outfit — Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) — formed by the supporters of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has nominated a Telugu-speaking candidate from Anuradhapura for the local polls scheduled for February. An ancient capital city with heritage
News: Book review: The Zionist project
Posted Date: 24/12/2017 (Sunday)
The book makes a significant contribution to the understanding of India-Israel relations and Gandhi’s opposition to a nation based on religion. PROFESSOR P.R. Kumaraswamy of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, is an eminent scholar who has studied for years with singular passion and diligence Israel and its relations with its neighbours. The title of the book is rather puzzling, but the author gave an explanation for this when the book was released recently at JNU: He starts writing at 3:30 a.m. when ideas and words, floating in the supersensible Platonic world, come to him on their own.
News: WTO'S role crucial for Sri Lanka - Industry and Commerce Minister
Posted Date: 23/12/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says the role of rules based multilateral trading system led by World Trade Organization (WTO) has become more crucial in paving a level playing field for its members, in particular for small economies such as Sri Lanka. Minister in a message to the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference held from 10th to 13th December in Buenos Aires, Argentina said slow growth in trade, challenges from the digital
News: Sri Lanka’s Megalithic Burial Grounds
Posted Date: 23/12/2017 (Saturday)
In September last year, people walking along the gravel road leading to Devalapola Ananda Vidyalaya in Minuwangoda noticed a line of brick-like clay emerge gradually from the soil. Curious, they discovered that it continued for a few feet, and that it was something which was in place before the road came to be. They contacted the Archeological Department, which was how Dr. Mangala Katugampola, a senior lecturer at the University of Kelaniya and one of the Directors of the Central Cultural Fund (CCF), began excavations in the area. The excavations
News: Cremation of Viharathypathy between Muniuyappar Temple and Memorial tower – Strong opposition from Public Organizations
Posted Date: 23/12/2017 (Saturday)
Public Organizations and people have protested strongly to cremating the former Thero in charge of Nagavihare Jaffna between the Muniyappar Temple and the memorial for people killed during the Tamil Research Conference. They have asked in writing, the CM and Th Jaffna Municipal Council to intervene and stop this outrage. Tamil National Cultural Council stated that Cremating the Thero’s body in close proximity will hurt the feelings of Tamil people. Whenever Hindus are demised, their bodies will be cremated in crematoriums
Events: கஜமுக சங்காரம்
Posted Date: 23/12/2017 (Saturday)
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News: Democracy is best practised when elections are held on schedule
Posted Date: 22/12/2017 (Friday)
Nominations closed yesterday for one of Sri Lanka’s biggest ever elections to 341 Municipal, Urban Council and Pradeshiya Sabhas. Under the new electoral system and the latest gazette notification on the polls the number of candidates to be elected will virtually double from 4,486 to 8,356. Sixty percent of them will be elected on a ward basis while 40 percent will be on the old proportional representation system. This mix is widely acclaimed as a good balance and practised in many democratic countries. More significantly 25 percent of the candidates on
News: Punishing voters for electing rogues
Posted Date: 22/12/2017 (Friday)
Anticipate reports of violence-including murders-related to the elections, in the coming days Why are people so keen to get nominations for themselves or their relatives, friends and supporters? Ironically the candidates too know that people know what their intentions and objectives are Others want to see their party and their favourite candidates winning, but without knowing why The television channels showed on Monday a man weeping after his name allegedly had been struck off from a nomination paper despite a promise to include him in the list by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
News: An urgent wake up call to civil society on corruption
Posted Date: 22/12/2017 (Friday)
Our wake up: The village farmers’ tale “Wetath, niyarath, goyam ka num, kaata pavasami eh amaruwa,” is a commonly used saying of the village farmers. This saying adapted with the extension to read as, “If the fence, the bund, the mud, the water and the fertilisers, all start eating the paddy, O god, to whom can the farmers complain?” is an apt phraseology to describe the unfortunate position of the Sri Lanka citizenry are facing today.
News: NPC to hold special meeting Establishing special NPC unit to probe torture
Posted Date: 22/12/2017 (Friday)
The National Police Commission is scheduled to hold a special meeting today (22) to discuss the proposed establishment of a special unit, within the Commission, to receive, record, investigate, institute disciplinary action and put forward for prosecution, complaints regarding cases of torture. Article 155G(2) of the Constitution allows for the Commission to establish such a procedure to entertain and investigate any complaint made by a member of the public including an aggrieved party against a Police Officer, and provide legal redress.
News: Why Is Sri Lanka Defying the United Nations?
Posted Date: 22/12/2017 (Friday)
Lately, Colombo has intensified its defiance of UN resolutions calling for investigations into war crimes committed during the latter stages of the civil war. In late November, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena declared that “There won’t be electric chairs, international tribunals or foreign judges. That book is closed.” Earlier, in October, Colombo sought and obtained the help of British parliamentarian Lord Naseby to downplay a report by the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts, which in March 2011 found “credible allegations” that as many as 40,000 civilians may have been

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