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එජාප කටාන ආසන සංවිධායිකා මන්ත්‍රිනී රෝස් ප්‍රනාන්දු ඉල්ලා අස්වෙයි.

Written by Administrator Saturday, 22 April 2017 11:53

එජාප කටාන ආසන සංවිධායිකා බස්නාහිර පළාත් සභා මන්ත්‍රිනී රෝස් ප්‍රනාන්දු මෙනවිය  ඇය විසින් දරනු ලබන සියලු පක්ෂ තනතුරු වලින් ඉල්ලා අස්වී තිබේ. ඇය මේ බව පැවසුවේ කටාන එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ ප්‍රධාන කාර්යාලයේ පැවැති විශේෂ පුවත්පත් සාකච්ජාවක දී ය. තම තීරණය අග්‍රමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට සහ පක්ෂ මූලස්ථානය වෙත ලිඛිතව දන්වායැවූ බව ද ඇය ප්‍රකාශ කල අතර පසුගිය දිනක ජෝන් අමරතුංග ඇමතිවරයාගේ යහපාලන විරෝධි ක්‍රියාවක් නිසා තමන් මෙසේ ඉල්ලා අස්විමට තින්දු කළ බව ඇය පැවසීය.
“කලින් ආණ්ඩුව කරපු වැරදි නිවැරැදි කරලා අපි යහපත් තැනකට මේ රට අරන් යන්ඩ සූදානම් වනවිට අපේම පක්ෂය නියෝජනය කරන අපේම ඇමැතිවරු මෙවැනි බලපෑම් කිරීම මම ඇත්තෙන්ම හෙළා දකිනවා. මා බලා‍පොරොත්තුවන්නේ මේ ප්‍රදේශයේ ජනතාව සංචාරක රියැදුරන් හැටියට කටයුතු කර සංචාරක ව්‍යාපාරය මේ ප්‍රදේශයේ දියුණු කර ඔවුන්ගේ ආර්ථිකය ගොඩනංවන්න උදව් කිරීමයි.
පක්ෂයේ කෙනෙක් වුණත් මේ වැරැද්ද දැකලා අපිට අහක බලාගෙන ඉන්න බැහැ. ජනාධිපතිවරයාට වුණත් අගමැතිතුමාට වුණත් යම් කිසි වැරැද්දක් දැක්කොත් ඉදිරිපත් කරනවා. ඒවාට සාධාරණ විසඳුම් බලා‍පොරොත්තු වෙනවා. එම නිසා මේ එ.ජා.ප. සංවිධායක ධුරයේ කටයුතු කිරීම පවා මා ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරනවා. මොකද ඒ සම්බන්ධව ඉල්ලා අස්වීමේ ලිපිය මම මේ වන විට නායකතුමාට යවලා තියෙනවා.

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රනිල් යටතේ තිබු වගා බදු අරමුදලේ කෝටි 600ක් අතුරුදන් – නාමල් කරුණාරත්න

Written by Administrator Saturday, 22 April 2017 11:53

2013 වසරේ සිට ආරම්භ කළ වසරකට රු බිලියන 1 .6ක මුදලක් එකතු වූ ජාතික රක්ෂණ භාර අරමුදල යටතේ පැවති වගා බදු අරමුදලේ කෝටි 600ක මුදලට මේ වනවිට සිදුවී ඇත්තේ කුමක්ද යන්න වහාම රජය ජනතාවට දැනුම් දිය යුතු බවත්, මේ අරමුදලේ තිබුණු මුදල් කෝටි 150ක් හැර ඉතිරි මුදල් අතුරුදන් වී තිබෙන බවත් තමන් වගකීමෙන් යුතුව හෙළිදරව් කරන බව සමස්ත ලංකා ගොවිජන සම්මේලනයේ ජාතික සංවිධායක නාමල් කරුණාරත්න මහතා දඹුල්ල ප්‍රදේශයේ අද (21) පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකට එක්වෙමින් මේ බව කියා සිටියේය.

මේ අරමුදලින් වගා වන්දි ගෙවීමට  ගොවිජන රක්ෂණ මණ්ඩලයෙන් රු කෝටි 450ක මුදලක් ඉල්ලා තිබෙන බවත්, එම අරමුදලේ ඇත්තේ රුපියල් කෝටි 150ක් පමණක් බව දැනුම් දී තිබෙන බවද ඒ මහතා පැවසීය.

එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ ඒ මහතා,  මුදල් අමාත්‍යංශය යටතේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වන ජාතික රක්ෂණ භාර අරමුදල ගොවීන්ගේ වගා හානි වෙනුවෙන් ස්ථාපිත කොට ඇති අරමුදලක් බවත්, මේ අරමුදලට රාජ්‍ය හා පුද්ගලික මුල්‍ය ආයතනවලින් වාර්ෂික ආදායමෙන් වසරකට සියට 01 බැඟින් අයකර ගෙන සැදුම් ලත් අරමුදලක් බව කීවේය.

දැනට ගොවීන්ට ලබාදෙන වගා හානි සදහාවූ මසකට ගෙවන රු 10000ක  වන්දියෙන් රු 1350ක මුදලක් රක්ෂණයකට බව පවසා කපා ගන්නා බවත්, හෙළි කරමින් කිවේ එම මුදල කපා ගැනීම වහාම නවතා ගොවීන් වෙනුවෙන් 2013 වසරේ රජය අයවැය මඟින් ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ වගා බදු අරමුදලින් ගොවීන්ට ගෙවන ලෙසද කිවේය.

 

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දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය හිටපු ජනපති මහින්ද හමුවෙයි..!

Written by Administrator Saturday, 22 April 2017 11:53

යෝජිත නව ව්‍යවස්ථාව සහ වත්මන් දේශපාලන තත්ත්වය සම්බන්ධව  සාකච්ඡා කිරීම සඳහා හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා හමුවීමට දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය තීරණය කර ඇතැයි එම සන්ධානයේ ආරංචි මාර්ග සඳහන් කරයි. එසේම නව ව්‍යවස්ථාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් පවතින ගැටලුකාරී තත්ත්වය පිළිබඳව මෙහිදී සාකච්ඡා කිරීමට එම සන්ධානය තිරණය කර අති බවත් පැවසේ. එම සාකච්ඡා ඉදිරි සති දෙක තුළ පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත බවද වාර්තා වේ.

නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් ගෙන නොඑන බවත් ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයක් පමණක් සිදුවන බවත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ ඇතැම් මැති ඇමැතිවරුන් විසින් ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම මත ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් එම පක්ෂයේ ‍‍‍ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨයින් සමගද සාකච්ඡා කිරීමට තීරණය කර ඇති බවද අදාළ ආරංචි මාර්ග කියා සිටියි.

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ජනපතිගේ සයිටම් විසදුමට එකග නැහැ – අඛණ්ඩව විරෝධතාවන් ඉදිරියටත් – වෛද්‍ය නවීන් ද සොයිසා

Written by Administrator Saturday, 22 April 2017 11:53

ඊයේ පුවත්පත් කතුවරුන් හමුවේ අදහස් දක්වමින් සයිටම් අර්බුදය විසඳීම සඳහා ජනාධිපතිවරයා ලබාදී ඇති වෙනම පාලක මණ්‌ඩලයක්‌ පත් කළ යුතු විසඳුමට එකඟ නොවන බව රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමයේ ලේකම් වෛද්‍ය නවීන් ද සොයිසා මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ විසඳුම සම්බන්ධව සයිටම් ආයතනයට එරෙහි වෘත්තීය සමිති සියය සමඟ ඊයේම සාකච්ඡා කළ බව ද එහිදී එකී විසඳුමට එකඟ නොවීමට සියලු දෙනා ඒකමතිකව තීරණය කළ බව ද වෛද්‍ය නවීන් ද සොයිසා මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය.

සයිටම් සඳහා පාලක මණ්‌ඩලයක්‌ පත්කිරීම නොව ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් කළ යුත්තේ එය රජයට පවරා ගැනීම බව පවසන ඔහු තමන්ගේ අඛණ්ඩ විරේධතාවන් ඉදිරියටත් ක්‍රියාත්මක වන බව දන්වා සිටියේය.

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අගුණුකොලපැලැස්සේ සුපිරි බන්ධනාගාරයට ඇමති වෙදආරච්චිගේ විරෝධය.

Written by Administrator Saturday, 22 April 2017 11:53

අගුණුකොලපැලැස්සේ ඉදිකර ඇති නව බන්ධනාගාර සංකීර්ණය විවෘත කිරීමට ඉඩ ලබානොදෙන බව රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය දිලිප් වෙදආරච්චි පවසනවා.  “මේකට පිට පළාත්වලින් පාතාල සාමාජිකයොයි අපරාධ කාරයොයි ගෙනත් දැම්මම, ඒ අය බලන්න එන්නෙත් පාතාල සාමාජිකයෝ, අපරාධකාරයෝ. ඒ මිනිස්සු මේ ගම්වලට ආවාම ගම් විනාශයි. ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රමිතියෙන් යුතුව ඉදිකර ඇති මෙම බන්ධනාගාරය රෝහලක් බවට පත්කරනා ලෙසටයි ඇමතිවරයා පවසන්නේ.“

අක්‌කර 58 ක භූමි ප්‍රමාණයක්‌ තුළ රුපියල් මිලියන 4996 ක වියදමින් ඉදිකෙරෙන අඟුණුකොලපැලැස්ස බන්ධනාගාරයේ වැඩ ආරම්භ කෙරුණේ 2014 මැයි 16දාය. මෙහි රැඳවියන් 2000 ක්‌ පමණ රඳවා තැබීමට හැකිය.නව බන්ධනාගාරයට බන්ධනාගාර රෝහලක්‌, වෘත්තීය පුහුණු මධ්‍යස්‌ථානයක්‌, කර්මාන්ත සඳහා වෙනම ගොඩනැඟිල්ලක්‌, නිලධාරීන් සඳහා නිලනිවාස 140 ක්‌ සහ තනිකඩ නිලනිවාසද ඇතුළත් වේ. තවද මීටර් 4000 ක ධාවනපථයක්‌, මීටර් 25 කින් යුත් පුළුල් නාන තටාකයක්‌ ගෘහස්‌ථ ක්‍රීඩාංගණයක්‌ සහ බන්ධනාගාර නිෂ්පාදන වෙළෙඳ සංකීර්ණයකින්ද යුතුය.

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එඩ්වර්ඩ් ජෝශප් ස්නෝඩන්

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එඩ්වර්ඩ් ජෝශප් ස්නෝඩන් යනු සහශ්‍රකයේ නිර්භීතම තරුණයා යයි කිමද අතිශෝක්තියක් නොවේ. ස්නෝඩන් ඇමෙරිකානු බලධිකාරියට එරෙහිව පෑ පෙළහර අසාමාන්‍ය හැකියාවක් ඇති අයෙකුට හැර කල නොහැක. 1983 ජනවාරි 21 වෙනි දින උතුරු කැරොලිනාවේ ජෝශප් නගරයේ උපත ලැබීය. පරිගණක පිළිබඳව හසල දැනුමක් ලබාගත් ඔහු ලිවර්පුල් සරසවියෙන් පරිගණක විද්‍යාව පිළිබඳව ගෞරව උපාධියක් හිමි කර ගත්තේය. ඉන් පසුව පරිගණක ලෝකයේ නමක් දිනා ඇති DELL සමාගමේ ජේෂ්ඨ උපදේශකයෙකු ලෙස පත් විය. 2006 වසර වන විට ඇමෙරිකානු සිඅයිඒ සංවිධානයට ඔහුගේ අවශ්‍යතාවය දැනෙන්නට විය. ඉන් පසුව වර්ජිනියා ප්‍රාන්තයේ ලැන්ග්ලේ හි පිහිටි සිඅයිඒ සංවිධානයේ මුලස්ථානයේ ජාත්‍යන්තර තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ අංශයට අනුයුක්ත කරන ලදී. එහෙදී ඔහු විසින් ඇමෙරිකාවේ ජාතික ආරක්ෂක ඒජන්සියේ හා මහා බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ GCHQ නොහොත් Government Communications Headquarters හි බිලියන ගණනක රහස් සොයා ගත්තේය. මේ සියලුම රහස් ලෝකයට අතිශය තර්ජනාත්මක ඒවා වීම විශේෂිතය. ඇමෙරිකානු ප්‍රමුඛ බටහිර දේශපාලනයේ තුච්චකම ලොවට දිග හැරෙන්නේ ඒ තුලිනි.

ස්නෝඩන් මේ තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමත් සමගම ඇමෙරිකානු ගර්හිත දේශපාලනය පිළිබඳව ඇමෙරිකානු පුරවැසියෙක් ලෙස කලකිරීමට පත් විය. තමා හා තම ආදරවන්තිය පදිංචි වී සිටි හවායි දුපත අතහැර සියලුම තොරතුරු රැගෙන හොංකොං වෙත රහසිගතව පිටවිය. ඉන් පසුව ඇමෙරිකාව සෙලවූ යකඩ මිනිසා වූ ස්නෝඩන් ලොවට අනාවරණය වන්නේ එහිදීය. බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ ගාඩියන් පුවත්පතේ ගලෙන් ග්‍රීන්වර්ල්ඩ් ඉතා රහසිගතව හොංකොං හි මීරා හෝටලයේදී පුවත්පත් සාකච්චාවක් පැවැත්වීය. එහෙදී අදහා ගත නොහැකි නිහීනත්වයක් ලොවට දිග හැරෙමින් ස්නොඩන් තම පරිගණකයේ එතෙක් ඉතා සුරක්ෂිතව සඟවා තබාගත් තොරතුරු ලෝකයාගේ දැනගැනීම පිණිස විවර කළේය. පසු දින එම පුවත සමග බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය ගාඩියන් පුවත්පත අලෙවි වාර්තා තබමින් විකිනෙන්නට විය. එම පුවත්පත පමණක් නොව ඇමෙරිකාවේ The Washington Post , The New York Times. ජර්මනියේ Spiegel යන පුවත්පත්වල සිරස්තලය වුයේද එකී තොරතුරු පිලිබඳ පුවතයි. ස්නෝඩන් ද්‍රෝහියෙකු බවත් , නොවලහා ඔහු මරාදැමිය යුතු බවත් ඇමෙරිකානු දේශපාලනයේ මතය විය. ඔහුට එරෙහිව නීතිමය කටයුතු ආරම්භ කරන ලදී . ඔහු සතු ඇමෙරිකානු ගමන් බලපත්‍රය බල රහිත කළේය. තත්වය කෙතරම් පරපතල වුවද ඔහු ජාත්‍යන්තර මාධ්‍යට කතා කරමින් තමා කල සියලු දේ නිවැරදි බවත් , පුරවැසියෙකු ලෙස වැරදි දේශපාලනය නිවැරදි යයි කීමට තමා ඉදිරිපත් නොවන බවද , මානව වර්ගයා වෙනුවෙන් තමාට කල හැකි උපරිමය සිදු කල බව පැවසීය.

අනතුරුව 2013 ජුනි 23 වෙනි දින හොංකොං සිට රුසියාවේ මොස්කව් ගුවන් තොටුපලට පිවිසීමෙන් අනතුරුව පුටින් විසින් ඔහුට වසරක නැවතීමේ අවසරය ලබා දෙන ලදී. පසුව එය තවත් වසර තුනකට දික් කරන ලදී. මේ වන විට ඔහු රුසියාවේ හෙලි නොකළ ආරක්‍ෂිත ස්ථානයක පසුවේ. ඔහුගේ අයිතීන් වෙනුවෙන් හඬ නැගු අය අතර කියුබානු නායක පිදෙල් කස්ත්‍රෝ ද විය. වරෙක ඔහු පැවසුවේ ඕනෑම අවස්තාවක ස්නෝඩන් වීරයෙකු ලෙස කියුබානු ජනතාව පිගනීමට සුදානම් බවත් එම රට තුල ඔහුට රැඳී සිටීමට අවසර දෙන බවත්ය. 2013 වසරේදී බොලිවියාවේ ජනපති එවෝ මොරාලෙස් පැවසුවේ තමාගේ රට තුල ස්නොඩන් ගේ ඉදිරි අනාගතයට ඉඩ ඇති බවය. ඔහු ඉතා රහසිගතව මොස්කව් නගරයේදී ස්නොඩන් හමු වු බවද වාර්තා විය. යම් දිනක ඔහු ඇමෙරිකානු අත්අඩංගුවට පත් වුවහොත් ඔහුට ලැබෙන උපරිම දඬුවම මරණයයි. එවන් තත්වයකට මුහුණ දීමට සිදුවන බව දැනගෙන වුවද ඔහු විසින් ලොවට නිරාවරණය කල තිත්ත වූ ඇත්ත තුලින් ලබාගත් පිළිකුල් සහගත අත්දැකීම් , ඔහු මරාදැමීමෙන් පමණක් යැංකි අමෙරිකාවනුවන්ට වසා ගත නොහැක. ස්නෝඩන් ගේ වීරත්වය සදාකාලිකය. සහශ්‍රයේ වීරයා වූ ඔබට අපේ ආචාරය.

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මේ ඇමතිවරයා වඩාත් ගැලපෙන්නෙ උසස් අධ්‍යාපනයට නෙමෙයි, පශු සම්පත් අමාත්‍යාංශයට’ -ආචාර්ය ප්‍රභාත් ජයසිංහ

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:33 Written by Editor1 Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:27

  මේ ඇමතිවරයා වඩාත් ගැලපෙන්නෙ උසස් අධ්‍යාපනයට නෙමෙයි, පශු සම්පත් අමාත්‍යාංශයට’ -ආචාර්ය ප්‍රභාත් ජයසිංහ

 

විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ආචාර්යවරුන්ගේ වැටුප් විෂමතාවයට රාජපක්ෂ ආණ්ඩුව මෙතෙක් සාධනීය පිළිතුරක් ලබා නොදීමට විරෝධය දක්වමින් පසුගිය(21) කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ සිට කොළඹ මහජන පුස්තකාලය විරෝධතා පාගමනක් සහ කොළඹ මහජන පුස්තකාලයේ දී ප්‍රසිද්ධ සම්මන්ත්‍රණයක් පැවැත්විණ. මෙම විරෝධතා පාගමනට සරසවි ආචාර්යවරු විශාල පිරිසක් සහභාගී වූ අතර මහජන පුස්තකාලයේ දී පැවති සම්මන්ත්‍රණයේ දී කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ ආචාර්ය ප්‍රභාත් ජයසිංහ මෙලෙස අදහස් දැක්වීය.

මම ඊයේ(20) එලිවෙන ජාමේ අත්විඳපු පොඩි අත්දැකීමක් මතක් වෙනවා. අපි පෝස්ටර් ගහලා ඇවිල්ලා කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලය හරියට එනකොට, ඒ පෝස්ටර් ටික ඉරලා තිබ්බා. ඒක සංවිධානාත්මක වැඩක්. ත්‍රීරෝද රථවලින් ඇවිල්ලා පෝස්ටර් ඉරනවා. ඒක තෝරලා කරන්නෙ. ඇයි මේ සෙනඟ එකතු වෙනවට බයද? මෙතන ඉන්න පිරිස දැක්කම ඒක කිසි පලක් වෙලා නැහැ කියලා පේනවා. ඒ ත්‍රීරෝද රථ වලින් ඇවිල්ලා පෝස්ටර් කාපු එළුවන්ටත්, ඒ එළුවන්ව ත්‍රීරෝද රථවල පටවල එවපු ගොපල්ලන්ටත් ස්තූති කරමින් මා මගේ කතාව පටන් ගන්නවා.

 

 

මේ ඇමතිවරයා වඩාත් ගැලපෙන්නෙ උසස් අධ්‍යාපනයට නෙමෙයි, පශු සම්පත් අමාත්‍යාංශයට’ -ආචාර්ය ප්‍රභාත් ජයසිංහ

Written by Editor1 Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:22

මේ ඇමතිවරයා වඩාත් ගැලපෙන්නෙ උසස් අධ්‍යාපනයට නෙමෙයි, පශු සම්පත් අමාත්‍යාංශයට’ -ආචාර්ය ප්‍රභාත් ජයසිංහ

විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ආචාර්යවරුන්ගේ වැටුප් විෂමතාවයට රාජපක්ෂ ආණ්ඩුව මෙතෙක් සාධනීය පිළිතුරක් ලබා නොදීමට විරෝධය දක්වමින් පසුගිය(21) කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ සිට කොළඹ මහජන පුස්තකාලය විරෝධතා පාගමනක් සහ කොළඹ මහජන පුස්තකාලයේ දී ප්‍රසිද්ධ සම්මන්ත්‍රණයක් පැවැත්විණ. මෙම විරෝධතා පාගමනට සරසවි ආචාර්යවරු විශාල පිරිසක් සහභාගී වූ අතර මහජන පුස්තකාලයේ දී පැවති සම්මන්ත්‍රණයේ දී කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ ආචාර්ය ප්‍රභාත් ජයසිංහ මෙලෙස අදහස් දැක්වීය.

මම ඊයේ(20) එලිවෙන ජාමේ අත්විඳපු පොඩි අත්දැකීමක් මතක් වෙනවා. අපි පෝස්ටර් ගහලා ඇවිල්ලා කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලය හරියට එනකොට, ඒ පෝස්ටර් ටික ඉරලා තිබ්බා. ඒක සංවිධානාත්මක වැඩක්. ත්‍රීරෝද රථවලින් ඇවිල්ලා පෝස්ටර් ඉරනවා. ඒක තෝරලා කරන්නෙ. ඇයි මේ සෙනඟ එකතු වෙනවට බයද? මෙතන ඉන්න පිරිස දැක්කම ඒක කිසි පලක් වෙලා නැහැ කියලා පේනවා. ඒ ත්‍රීරෝද රථ වලින් ඇවිල්ලා පෝස්ටර් කාපු එළුවන්ටත්, ඒ එළුවන්ව ත්‍රීරෝද රථවල පටවල එවපු ගොපල්ලන්ටත් ස්තූති කරමින් මා මගේ කතාව පටන් ගන්නවා.

“අපි කිව්වාම විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ගුරුවරුන්ගෙ වැටුප මහ බැංකුවෙ වැටුපට සමාන කරන්න කියලා භාණ්ඩාගාරයේ ලේකම් වරයා මෙහෙම ප්‍රකාශයක් කරනවා. ‛මහ බැංකු කියන්නෙ ලාභ උපයන ආයතන, ඒවායෙ වැටුප් වැඩි කරන්න පුළුවන්. හැබැයි විශ්ව විද්‍යාල කියන්නෙ ලාභ උපයන ආයතන නෙමෙයි. ඒවයෙ වැටුප් වැඩිකරන්න අපහසුයි කියලා.’ මං කැමතියි මේක මීට වඩා ටිකක් පුළුල් විදිහට හිතන්න. විශේෂයෙන් දැනුම් කේන්ද්‍රස්ථානයක් කරා යනව නම්, යම් කිසි ව්‍යාපෘතියක අපි බලන්න ඕනෙ ලාභයද? නැතිනම් ප්‍රතිලාභයද? ලාභ කියපුවහම ඇතුළත් වෙන්නෙ අතට අල්ලන්න පුළුවන් දේවල් විතරයි. ඊට අමතරව අතට නොදැනෙන, අප්‍රකාශිත නොපෙනෙන දේවල් ගොඩක් තියෙනවා. ව්‍යාපෘති සම්බන්ධයෙන් තීරණ ගන්නකොට, ඒ දේවලුත් සැලකිල්ලට ගන්න ඕනෙ. උදාහරණයක් විදිහට මානව සම්පත් වල ආයෝජනය කරන කොට ලාභය වහාම ලැබෙන්නෙ නැහැ. සෘජුව ලැබෙන්නෙත් නැහැ. ඒ වගේම වියදම් කරන ආයතනයේ වියදම් අනුව ලාභ ලැබුණද කියන්නත් බැහැ. සමහරක් විදිහට මුළු සමාජයක් විදිහට ලැබෙන ප්‍රතිලාභ අනුව තමයි මේක ලාභදායකද කියලා කියන්න පුළුවන්.”

උසස් අධ්‍යාපන ඇමති හැම ශිෂ්‍යයෙක්ටම ලැප්ටොප් එකක් දෙනවා කියලා කියනවා. මං මේ කියන්න හදන්නෙ එහෙම ලැප් ටොප් දෙන්නෙ කොහොමද? ඒ සල්ලි වලින් විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ගුරුවරුන්ගෙ වැටුප් වැඩි කරන්න පුළුවන්ද? වගේ දෙයක් නෙමෙයි. ඔය වගේ කතා උසස් අධ්‍යාපන ඇමතිවරයා නිතර කියනවා. එහෙම කිව්වද කියලා කව්රුහරි අහපුවහම, එහෙම එකක් කිව්වෙ නැහැ වගේ තමයි උත්තර දෙන්නෙ. සමහර වෙලාවට මෙහෙම කියන්නත් පුළුවන්. ‛ලැප්ටොප් කිව්වට ඒව ලැප්ටොප්ම නෙමෙයි, නිකන් ඩෙස්ටොප් වෙන්නත් පුළුවන්. ලැප් මොකද, ඩෙස් මොකද දෙකම ටොප්නෙ’ කියලා. සමහර විට මෙහෙම කියන්නත් පුළුවන්. ‛ලැප් ටොප් එකේ කී බෝඩ් එක තියන කෑල්ල අපි දෙනවා කිව්වෙ, උඩ කෑල්ල ඒ අය උපයලා ඒගොල්ලන්ගෙ මුදලින් ගන්න ඕනෙ’ වගේ දේවල්. මේ ලැප්ටොප් දෙනවා කියන ප්‍රකාශයෙ තියෙනවා, ලංකාවේ උසස් අධ්‍යාපන ඇමතිවරයා තීරණ ගන්න කොට හිතන විදිහ. ඇත්තටම අපි හිතමු මේක කරන්න මුදල් තියෙනවා කියලා. මේ මුදල් යොදවන්න පුළුවන් තව විකල්ප මාර්ග කිහිපයක් තියෙනවා. ඕකට යන මුළු මුදලින් පුළුවන් විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයට ඇතුල් වන ශිෂ්‍ය ශිෂ්‍යාවො භාගයකට රුපියල් 3000 ගාණෙ මාසිකව ශිෂ්‍යත්වයක් දෙන්න. එහෙම නැත්නම් අපිට පුළුවන් ඔය මුදල් වලින් කොම්පියුටර් 200ක් විතර තියෙන විද්‍යාගාර 15 ක් විශ්ව විද්‍යාල 15ට හදලා දෙන්න. අතට අහුවෙන්නෙ නැති ලාභ කොටස ගැන හිතුවොත් පරිගණක විද්‍යාගාර හදන එක තමයි හොඳම දේ.

”ආණ්ඩුවට ඇත්තටම ශ්‍රී ලංකාව දැනුම් කේන්ද්‍රස්ථානයක් කරන්න උවමනාවක් තියනව නම් ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් ගනු ලබන නිර්ණායක වලට ඔය එකවර අතට අහුනොවෙන, නොපෙනෙන කොටස් අන්තර්ගත වෙන්න ඕනෙ. එහෙම නැත්නම් ‛නොලේජ් හබ්’ එකකට අපට යන්න බැහැ, ‛නොලේජ් පබ්’ එකකට යන්න පුළුවන්. ඊළඟ කාරණය තමයි, ඔය නිර්ණායක වලට සංවේදී, ඒ වගේම ඔය නිර්ණායක තේරුම් ගන්න විවේක බුද්ධියක් තියෙන, සංහිඳියාවක් තියෙන, ඇමතිවරයෙක් උසස් අධ්‍යාපනයට පත් කරන්න ඕනෙ. මොකද මගේ පෞද්ගලික හැඟීම නම් මේ ඇමතිවරයා වඩාත් ගැලපෙන්නෙ උසස් අධ්‍යාපනයට නෙමෙයි, පශු සම්පත් අමාත්‍යාංශයට. මං කියන්නෙ අපහාසයක් නෙමෙයි. එතුමාගේ චරිත ලක්ෂණ ප්‍රකට කරලා තියෙන හැටියට, විශ්ව විද්‍යාල පාලනය කරන්න, ඔය මඩ නාගන්න ඒවා, මඩ ගහන ඒවා, කකුල් මාට්ටු දාන ඒවා, තග් දාන ඒවා වගේ ඒවා ඕනෙ නෑනෙ . ඒව ඕනෙ කුකුල් කොටු, ඌරු කොටු, හරක් කොටු වගේ ඒවා පාලනය කරන්න. ඊළඟට උපකුලපතිලා පත් කරන කොට, අපිට සුදුස්සා පත් කරන්න කියලා කියන්න බැහැ. මොකද ඒක දේශපාලන පත්වීමක්නෙ. අපි ඒක පැත්තකින් තියමුකො. අඩුම තරමෙ ඔය කියන නිර්ණායක වලට සංවේදී කවුරුහරි පත් කරන්න අපි කියනවා කියලා අපි කියනවා. එහෙම නැතිව ගෙඩි පිටින් රජය මොනව හරි කියපුවහම ඒක කරන, රජය අසතුටු වෙයි කියලා හැම දෙයක්ම කරන ජාතියෙ අය නැතුව කවුරු හරි සිහිබුද්ධියක් තියෙන අයව පත් කරන්න කියලා අපි කියනවා. එහෙම නැතිව අපිට දැනුම් කේන්ද්‍රස්ථානයකට යන්න සිද්ධ වෙන්නෙ නැහැ.”

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Terrorising seats of higher learning

Written by Editor1 Sunday, 08 May 2011 19:25

Terrorising seats of higher learning



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Faced with the threat of trade union action by the university teachers, the Minister of Higher Education S. B. Dissanayake and Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Prof. Gamini Samaranayake instead of making an effort to find an amicable solution to the issues raised by the university teachers, seem to be engaged in confrontational strategy deploying threats, intimidations, misinterpretations and absolute lies. This behaviour, in a way, signifies the approach and attitude of the government in general. Following this general pattern, Minister came up with a big conspiracy theory linking the university teachers and their trade unions to imperialism and Tamil diaspora. When they realised that this argument does not hold water, an attempt was made to connect trade union action to local anti-government forces including opposition parties. The Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) and its sister unions are essentially non-partisan organisations notwithstanding the fact that some of their members are card-carrying members or sympathizers of various political parties. Ironically, many of them including myself, contrary to the Minister’s claim, have supported UPFA at the last two elections, the Presidential and the Parliamentary. The notion that the university teachers are trying to disturb or overthrow the current regime is not only disproportionate to the FUTA’s limited objectives and capacity, but represents a total misinterpretation of the purpose of FUTA’s TU action. The second myth being propagated by the Minister and the company is that the last budget gave 36.75% salary increase to university teachers while other public sector employees get only a five percent pay hike. As a university teacher, I can make my salary statements, pre-budget and post-budget, open to the public to reveal how the Minister was trying to misled the general public.


The main argument and request of the university teachers are that the salary demand of the university teachers should be treated not in isolation but in relation to the gradual decline of the quality of higher education in Sri Lanka. This is an outcome of multiple factors that have been at work in the last two to three decades. The university system has lost many people in the last two decades as some have joined other sectors with higher salaries (internal brain drain) and some have refused to return after their postgraduate studies (external brain drain). Higher Education ministry has revealed recently that 550 university teachers who left the island for postgraduate studies have not returned after completing their degrees. Secondly, many universities are not in a position to recruit their best products as in a highly competitive market situation, they opt for more better paid jobs in other sectors. Let me give an example. The best economic graduates prefer to join Central Bank, Institute of Policy Studies and the private sector. Hence, for people who are in the 25- 50 age range, universities are no longer an attractive place. In this context, if the government is really interested in improving higher education as a merit-good (I am using neo-liberal economic jargon as many in the government bureaucracy understand only that language) rather than a non-merit good, it should take steps to reverse the above-mentioned situation. If the government can come up with an alternative suggestion to improve the quality of higher education without changing the existing salary structure, I am sure FUTA and its sister unions would welcome that although it does not improve the living condition of its members. Does the government have such a plan? Does it have a magic wand to attract young graduates to the university system and to persuade middle-aged academics to return to universities after their post-graduate or post-doctoral studies and research? In the absence of such a plan, Minister of Higher Education admitted some time back in the Parliament that the university salary structure should be revised by placing university salaries between Rs. 70,000 and Rs. 200,000. Although the university teachers welcome this suggestion by the minister, they came up with a substantially lower salary demand.


Let me pose a simpler question? We are aware that some university teachers joined the government service after the Parliamentary election. Will they voluntarily return to their university jobs? The answer is absolute no, because the market forces operate in the opposite direction. While avoiding these real issues, the Minister and the higher education ministry authorities are continuously trying to terrorise the space of higher education by intimidating university academics. The best example is the recent circular that has been issued by the Chairman of the University Grants Commission. It demonstrates incapacity and inability on the part of the government to understand what the University Act says on the subject. I am sure that FUTA will take necessary legal actions against this circular in the near future.


In fact, the government’s project to terrorise the space of higher education is not of recent origin. The same tactics was practised by various people linked to ruling party many times in the past. What is new today is the Minister and the high officials of the Ministry are directly engaged in this strategy. The proposal to conduct orientation programmes for university students in army camps should also be viewed within this context. It is an accepted norm that the so-called fresher should undergo an orientation programme prior to the commencement of their academic programme proper. But I am not in a position to understand why the government wants to conduct it in army camps? It was said that the orientation programme includes, inter alia, the English language training, IT training, physical exercises and leadership training. Of course, the relevant expertise available with the security forces may be obtained for such a programme. However, it is no reason for this orientation programme to be held in an army cantonment. I raise this issue as, in my opinion, it demonstrates the misperception among the politicians and bureaucracy as regards the quality of education and higher education. As I noted in a previous note the quality of education has been reduced to marketability. University teachers are blamed by the Minister and the bureaucrats for unemployment problem of the graduates. Employment is basically demand-driven and depends on the level of aggregate demand. The governments and the private sector in Sri Lanka have so far failed to maintain the level of investment that is necessary for the absorption of the total labour force. Training people for specific tasks is not the principal objective of the university system since universities focus mainly on developing capacities and capabilities that is imperative for specific tasks associated with specific jobs. Although there is a decline in the quality of higher education in Sri Lanka due to multiple factors, it seems that this phenomenon is over-inflated. The bridges built by our graduates have not yet collapsed except in situations where inferior materials were used in construction because of the corrupt practices of politicians and bureaucrats. Similarly, our graduates in medical sciences perform remarkable service and save lives working in extremely difficult conditions unless low quality drugs are supplied to hospital system because of corrupt practices. Scapegoating university academia is part of the project of terrorising higher education. When the marketability is over emphasised as the prime quality of education, the development of capacity and critical thinking is naturally replaced by the notion of disciplining. The initiative to have orientation program in army camps is directly linked with this objective of disciplining.


Let me conclude this note by making one final observation. As a person who was involved in organising 1970 Kuliyapitiya election rally against then Minister of Education and Higher Education, I M R A Iriyagolla, whose policies and attitudes towards teachers in general and university teachers in particular eventually led to the fall of the Dudley Senanyaka government in 1970 General Election, I see that the Minister S B Disanayaka is moving at increasing speed in the same direction. I am sad about it for two reasons. Two reasons are: First, I first met Minister Disanayake about 40 years ago when he was a young and quite vociferous student leader attached to the Communist Party of Sri Lanka. We worked together on many issues in the early 1990s. Secondly, I voted for UPFA government at the last elections so that I do not want it to fall prematurely if it maintains its commitment to its program and promises that was accepted by the electorate. So I make a humble appeal to him to reverse his position to his famous Parliamentary speech and approach the issue in different perspective.


This is a text of speech delivered at the public seminar organised by the Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) and held at the Mahaweli Center, Colombo on May 5, 2011.


 


The writer teaches Political Economy at the University of Peradeniya.


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Terrorising seats of higher learning

Written by Editor1 Sunday, 08 May 2011 19:23

Terrorising seats of higher learning



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Faced with the threat of trade union action by the university teachers, the Minister of Higher Education S. B. Dissanayake and Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Prof. Gamini Samaranayake instead of making an effort to find an amicable solution to the issues raised by the university teachers, seem to be engaged in confrontational strategy deploying threats, intimidations, misinterpretations and absolute lies. This behaviour, in a way, signifies the approach and attitude of the government in general. Following this general pattern, Minister came up with a big conspiracy theory linking the university teachers and their trade unions to imperialism and Tamil diaspora. When they realised that this argument does not hold water, an attempt was made to connect trade union action to local anti-government forces including opposition parties. The Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) and its sister unions are essentially non-partisan organisations notwithstanding the fact that some of their members are card-carrying members or sympathizers of various political parties. Ironically, many of them including myself, contrary to the Minister’s claim, have supported UPFA at the last two elections, the Presidential and the Parliamentary. The notion that the university teachers are trying to disturb or overthrow the current regime is not only disproportionate to the FUTA’s limited objectives and capacity, but represents a total misinterpretation of the purpose of FUTA’s TU action. The second myth being propagated by the Minister and the company is that the last budget gave 36.75% salary increase to university teachers while other public sector employees get only a five percent pay hike. As a university teacher, I can make my salary statements, pre-budget and post-budget, open to the public to reveal how the Minister was trying to misled the general public.


The main argument and request of the university teachers are that the salary demand of the university teachers should be treated not in isolation but in relation to the gradual decline of the quality of higher education in Sri Lanka. This is an outcome of multiple factors that have been at work in the last two to three decades. The university system has lost many people in the last two decades as some have joined other sectors with higher salaries (internal brain drain) and some have refused to return after their postgraduate studies (external brain drain). Higher Education ministry has revealed recently that 550 university teachers who left the island for postgraduate studies have not returned after completing their degrees. Secondly, many universities are not in a position to recruit their best products as in a highly competitive market situation, they opt for more better paid jobs in other sectors. Let me give an example. The best economic graduates prefer to join Central Bank, Institute of Policy Studies and the private sector. Hence, for people who are in the 25- 50 age range, universities are no longer an attractive place. In this context, if the government is really interested in improving higher education as a merit-good (I am using neo-liberal economic jargon as many in the government bureaucracy understand only that language) rather than a non-merit good, it should take steps to reverse the above-mentioned situation. If the government can come up with an alternative suggestion to improve the quality of higher education without changing the existing salary structure, I am sure FUTA and its sister unions would welcome that although it does not improve the living condition of its members. Does the government have such a plan? Does it have a magic wand to attract young graduates to the university system and to persuade middle-aged academics to return to universities after their post-graduate or post-doctoral studies and research? In the absence of such a plan, Minister of Higher Education admitted some time back in the Parliament that the university salary structure should be revised by placing university salaries between Rs. 70,000 and Rs. 200,000. Although the university teachers welcome this suggestion by the minister, they came up with a substantially lower salary demand.


Let me pose a simpler question? We are aware that some university teachers joined the government service after the Parliamentary election. Will they voluntarily return to their university jobs? The answer is absolute no, because the market forces operate in the opposite direction. While avoiding these real issues, the Minister and the higher education ministry authorities are continuously trying to terrorise the space of higher education by intimidating university academics. The best example is the recent circular that has been issued by the Chairman of the University Grants Commission. It demonstrates incapacity and inability on the part of the government to understand what the University Act says on the subject. I am sure that FUTA will take necessary legal actions against this circular in the near future.


In fact, the government’s project to terrorise the space of higher education is not of recent origin. The same tactics was practised by various people linked to ruling party many times in the past. What is new today is the Minister and the high officials of the Ministry are directly engaged in this strategy. The proposal to conduct orientation programmes for university students in army camps should also be viewed within this context. It is an accepted norm that the so-called fresher should undergo an orientation programme prior to the commencement of their academic programme proper. But I am not in a position to understand why the government wants to conduct it in army camps? It was said that the orientation programme includes, inter alia, the English language training, IT training, physical exercises and leadership training. Of course, the relevant expertise available with the security forces may be obtained for such a programme. However, it is no reason for this orientation programme to be held in an army cantonment. I raise this issue as, in my opinion, it demonstrates the misperception among the politicians and bureaucracy as regards the quality of education and higher education. As I noted in a previous note the quality of education has been reduced to marketability. University teachers are blamed by the Minister and the bureaucrats for unemployment problem of the graduates. Employment is basically demand-driven and depends on the level of aggregate demand. The governments and the private sector in Sri Lanka have so far failed to maintain the level of investment that is necessary for the absorption of the total labour force. Training people for specific tasks is not the principal objective of the university system since universities focus mainly on developing capacities and capabilities that is imperative for specific tasks associated with specific jobs. Although there is a decline in the quality of higher education in Sri Lanka due to multiple factors, it seems that this phenomenon is over-inflated. The bridges built by our graduates have not yet collapsed except in situations where inferior materials were used in construction because of the corrupt practices of politicians and bureaucrats. Similarly, our graduates in medical sciences perform remarkable service and save lives working in extremely difficult conditions unless low quality drugs are supplied to hospital system because of corrupt practices. Scapegoating university academia is part of the project of terrorising higher education. When the marketability is over emphasised as the prime quality of education, the development of capacity and critical thinking is naturally replaced by the notion of disciplining. The initiative to have orientation program in army camps is directly linked with this objective of disciplining.


Let me conclude this note by making one final observation. As a person who was involved in organising 1970 Kuliyapitiya election rally against then Minister of Education and Higher Education, I M R A Iriyagolla, whose policies and attitudes towards teachers in general and university teachers in particular eventually led to the fall of the Dudley Senanyaka government in 1970 General Election, I see that the Minister S B Disanayaka is moving at increasing speed in the same direction. I am sad about it for two reasons. Two reasons are: First, I first met Minister Disanayake about 40 years ago when he was a young and quite vociferous student leader attached to the Communist Party of Sri Lanka. We worked together on many issues in the early 1990s. Secondly, I voted for UPFA government at the last elections so that I do not want it to fall prematurely if it maintains its commitment to its program and promises that was accepted by the electorate. So I make a humble appeal to him to reverse his position to his famous Parliamentary speech and approach the issue in different perspective.


This is a text of speech delivered at the public seminar organised by the Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) and held at the Mahaweli Center, Colombo on May 5, 2011.


 


The writer teaches Political Economy at the University of Peradeniya.


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BLUE HEAVEN

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Dual Citizenship

Written by Editor1 Tuesday, 01 March 2011 10:12

Important Notice

The Department of Immigration & Emigration of Sri Lanka has informed that due to a decision taken by the Government, acceptance of Dual Citizenship applications will be discontinued until further notice. The Sri Lanka High Commission has been advised to halt the acceptance of Dual Citizenship applications.

Furthermore, all applications received that have not been processed will also be put on hold until further instructions are received from Colombo.

Sri Lanka High Commission
London

01st February 2011

ACQUISITION OF DUAL CITIZENSHIP OF SRI LANKA

Eligibility: Ex-Sri Lankans now holding foreign Citizenship or Sri Lankans qualified for grant of Citizenship of a foreign country, who have contributed to the socio - economic development of Sri Lanka.

Application forms can be obtained

From the Consular Division, of this mission between 9.30 a.m. & 1.00 p.m.
By sending a self addressed, stamped envelope (9' x 6') with a request letter
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DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

  1. Applicant's Original Birth Certificate and a copy.

  2. If the applicant is a citizen of Sri Lanka by registration, the relevant certificate and a copy.

  3. If applicant is married, The Marriage Certificate and a copy.

  4. Applicant's Foreign Citizenship Certificate/ Foreign Travel Document/ Permanent Residence Visa.

  5. Applicant's current and / or previous Sri Lankan Passports and copies or an affidavit.

  6. If applying under professional category, applicant's Educational/Professional Certificate and a copy (minimum a two year Diploma / Trade Certificate from a recognized institute)

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  10. If applying under fixed deposit US$ 25,000/- category, original of a fixed deposit certificate and a copy exceeding US$ 25,000 for a period of three years in a bank in Sri Lanka.

  11. If applying under fixed deposit US$ 50,000/- category, original of a fixed deposit certificate and a copy exceeding US$ 50,000 for a period of three years in a bank in Sri Lanka.

  12. If the documents referred to above are submitted without originals, they should be attested by the Sri Lankan Mission accredited to that county, or the nearest Sri Lankan Mission or Solicitor or a Justice of the Peace of the country in domicile.

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FREE FONSEKA AND I'LL GO TO PRISON, SAYS MADULUWAWE SOBHITHA THERA

Last Updated on Monday, 04 October 2010 12:49 Written by Editor1 Monday, 04 October 2010 12:27

 

Asian elephant walkway “Uda Walawe” Now Open

Written by Administrator Wednesday, 28 July 2010 09:33

The High Commissioner for Sri Lanka , His Excellency Justice Nihal Jayasinghe will join us to officially open the new £1 million Asian elephant habitat and walkway “Uda Walawe” with a distinctly Sri Lankan theme on Wednesday 28th July at 2.00 pm.

His Excellency Justice Nihal Jayasinghe will open the walkway by unveiling a commemorative plaque, lighting a ceremonial oil lamp, cutting the ribbon and leading the guests along the new walkway to be greeted by a troupe of Kandyan dancers who will perform the island nation’s ancient dances to the beating of Kandyan drums at the end of the trail. The opening will mark the launch of a unique zoological and cultural attraction in the United Kingdom.

Most Zoo’s have themed elephant habitats which reflect Thailand , Burma , Vietnam or India . Twycross Zoo will be the first in the world to theme a Sri Lankan elephant habitat. Sri Lanka is a country which has produced the world’s first and the largest elephant orphanage at Pinnawela and made the conservation of the largest mammal on land and planet earth a priority, creating many protected areas for animals. We have drawn on the knowledge and skills of our zoological consultant Vasantha Nugegoda, from Design for Life to help design this exhibit.

The entrance to Uda Walawe is a typical authentic farmer’s tree hut. Inside the hut are information panels on the distribution of elephants in Sri Lanka and Asia . Beyond this is a meandering forest trail which guides people to a Sri Lankan village school. The school has a range of religious, cultural and elephant artefacts. Colourful information boards are prominent that highlight Sri Lankan wildlife and tourism. Large screen film footage will be playing showing elephants on festival parade from Sri Lanka . This festival is called Esala Perehera and takes place in Kandy and is a Buddhist summer festival unique to Sri Lanka . In the corner sitting pretty is a life size ceremonial elephant dressed in full parade robes.

When you leave the village school the forest trail then continues to a wooden bridge over a water lily pool, which allows close quarter views of the five elephants. The inner habitat is identical to Uda Walawe National Park , with a large lake, trees, rocks and sandy areas. At this point you will feel immersed in the exhibit. Following the trail visitors will reach a divide in the path. The lower trail has been designed for less able visitors, whereas the other route meanders past a higher viewing area leading up a high mountain to a ruined temple housing a statue of the Hindu god “Lord Ganesh”. This is a rare opportunity for visitors to gain a bird’s eye view of the habitat. Detailed information about Ganesh is displayed at this point. The lower route gives an opportunity for visitors to experience a smaller temple of Ganesh . Descending from the temple you will rejoin the trail and will find a typical Sri Lankan authentic brass bell under a wooden tower; this is replicating a front porch of a Buddhist and Hindu temple. Worshippers would enter the temple and ring the bell. It is thought to evoke the Gods and tell the deity inside that they have arrived.

The trail will then lead you over a small wooden bridge and gentle stream. You will now enter a dry grass land habitat which is unique to Uda Walawe National Park . At this point there is a path choice, aimed at children. Adventurers can explore a small area where there is interactive information about elephants. The main trail leads to a typical Sri Lankan village hut. The hut allows visitors to see how Sri Lankan villagers live close to the wild elephants. The trail continues past the village crop of corn and sunflowers and will eventually lead through a wetland to the entrance of the Mary Brancker Waterways.

Uda Walawe will promote the conservation of the Asian elephants and act as a shop window for crucial wildlife conservation programmes in Sri Lanka . Uda Walawe is the name of one of Sri Lanka’s national parks, in part set up to provide a sanctuary for many wild animals. Approximately three hundred elephants are believed to permanently reside there. The sanctuary is also home to water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard. It is an important site for unique bird species. Sensitive and well managed eco-tourism is an important source of income for local people in Sri Lanka and provides an incentive to continue to protect the wildlife. The National Park is also the first in Sri Lanka to run a reintroduction programme for orphan elephants back to the wild, so far they have successfully reintroduced over 15 elephants.

One of Twycross Zoo’s latest amazing births, with the help of Artificial Insemination (A.I.) and after a twenty two month gestation period, is a calf elephant aptly named Ganesh – Vijay, Ganesh being a Hindu god and Vijay meaning victory. Ganesh will be 1 year old on 6th August; a competition will run to see who can correctly guess the weight of Ganesh on the morning of his 1st birthday. Entry forms will be available from 21st July until 5th August for any visitor to the Zoo. The prize will be a family Gold Pass to Twycross Zoo, a feeding session with the elephants and lunch in Himalaya for the family.

Suzanne Boardman, Director of Twycross Zoo said, “We are delighted that our visitors will be able to experience a taste of Sri Lanka, as well as learning about the cultural and historical aspects of this wonderful country, including the important role that the domesticated elephant has had on the country. Our aim is for this exhibit to forge strong links between the UK and Sri Lanka , particularly with regard to tourism. The opening of this new exhibit will help promote the need to conserve this important species globally and highlight the importance of elephants in Sri Lanka . It is our ambition to encourage visits to the wildlife areas of Sri Lanka and to share with our visitors the magical aura of Sri Lanka . It is our desire to create a little piece of Sri Lanka in the UK and an opportunity for visitors to learn about and also visit Sri Lanka to see how beautiful this country is.” Uda Walawe is open to all visitors from Thursday 29th July 2010.
 
 

127 promotions to enforce the law through breaking the law

Written by Editor1 Friday, 14 May 2010 07:57

(Lanka-e-News, May 13, 2010, 9.20 AM) A top rung officer of the Police Dept. told Lanka e news that the appointment of 127 Police Inspectors as Assist. Superintendents of police (ASPs) by Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse is in violation of SII -5 of the Establishment code.

Of the 127 promoted, 93 of the new ASPs are promoted on seniority with effect from 2010-05-09. This top rung Officer said, among them, some have very serious problems in regard to their seniority. Of the remaining 34 promoted, disciplinary inquiries in regard to two of them have been concluded, and have therefore been appointed with effect from 01-01-2010. The other 32 have been selected on the basis of the results of the examination.

Among those 127 promoted, although 16 have been selected on their seniority and two others have been selected on exam results, there are disciplinary inquiries pending against them, the top rung officer pointed out.

These officers who have been promoted as ASPs in infringement of the Establishment code, have in the recent past been engaged not in enforcing the law in the interest of the public, rather they were preoccupied with protecting the Govt. in all the foul actions like how it happens in Libya, Iran and Myanmar run by the military junta, the top rung officer noted.

 

‘General’ banned during National war hero week

Written by Editor1 Friday, 14 May 2010 07:53

lankatruth.com
A very reliable source states that a top person in the government has pressurized editors of newspapers not to publish any news regarding Gen. Sarath Fonseka, specially during the ‘National Heroes’ Week that commenced yesterday (12th).
A chief editor of a national newspaper, who preferred to remain anonymous, said he was instructed by telephone not to publish any news regarding Gen. Fonseka during the ‘National Heroes’ week.’ This telephone call has originated from the office of a senior official of the government whose name is Rajapakse and the directive had been given in a very friendly way said the editor.
The editor of the national newspaper told ‘Lankatruth’ that the person who gave the orders in a very friendly manner had said the editors should not publish any news or articles that would be favourable to Gen. Fonseka and those media institutions that do not abide by the directive might not get government advertisements in the future.
 

Latest Interview with General Fonseka in Parliment 22nd April

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 April 2010 11:27 Written by Administrator Thursday, 22 April 2010 11:18

 
 
 

S.Lanka`s Fonseka to be convicted next week: party

Written by Editor1 Saturday, 17 April 2010 10:02

Sri lanka's detained ex-army chief and opposition leader Sarath Fonseka is likely to be convicted early next week to prevent him appearing in parliament, his party said on Friday.

Fonseka, who won a seat in parliament while in custody, is in custody in the capital Colombo and faces a court martial.

He is charged with entering politics while in uniform and making irregular army procurements, in a process that began on March 16 and will continue on Monday.

`We strongly suspect that a court martial called for Monday will convict him before Thursday and block him from attending parliament,` spokesman for Fonseka`s Democratic National Alliance, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, said.

The party had requested that Fonseka attend parliament as his first outing from his detention cell since he was arrested on February 8, just 12 days after he lost to incumbent Mahinda Rajapakse at presidential elections.

`We maintain that the courts martial against General Fonseka are illegal,` Dissanayake said, adding that the military judges were disciplined by Fonseka when he was the army commander and would therefore be biased against him.

Dissanayake said they believed the government would try to prevent Fonseka using the floor of the legislature to speak out against his incarceration and an alleged political vendetta against him.

Fonseka`s wife, Anoma, told reporters in Colombo Friday that the former army general`s health had deteriorated while being confined to a poorly-ventilated room at the naval headquarters in Colombo.

Fonseka, who led the military to victory over the Tamil Tiger rebels last year, denies all the charges against him and says they are part of a smear campaign to keep him out of politics.

Rajapakse has been accused by political opponents and international rights groups of suppressing dissent since his resounding re-election. Fonseka entered politics after quitting the military in November.
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Ratnasiri tipped to be PM again; no portfolios for new comers Namal to remain an ordinary MP

Written by Editor1 Thursday, 15 April 2010 05:53

Former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka will be appointed Prime Minister of the new UPFA government to be formed on April 21, The Island reliably learns. Although there are several contenders for the post, including former Minister D. M. Jayaratne, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to reappoint Wickramanayake PM because he is acceptable to all SLFPers and the appointment of someone else is likely to lead to resentment among aspirants for the second most powerful position in country, according to sources close to the President.

President Rajapaksa would limit his new Cabinet to 35-40 members with an equal number of deputies in spite of pressure mounting on him to accommodate many more and none of the first timers in Parliament would be appointed as either ministers or deputy ministers, sources said. That rule would apply to the President’s eldest son, Namal Rajapaksa as well, they said.

Namal polled the highest number of preferential votes (147,566) in the Hambantota District beating all party seniors in the fray including his paternal uncle Chamal Rajapaksa, who is a former senior minister.

Sources quoted President Rajapaksa as having told his confidantes yesterday that the number of preferential votes or family ties would not be the basis on which ministerial appointments were made.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva would not get the Health portfolio in the new Cabinet. .

Instead, he would get some other ministry, sources said. The education sector would also get a new minister and former Minister of Education Susil Premjayantha would be given a different ministry, they said.

Ridding the education institutions of anarchical political elements responsible for disrupting the university system would receive priority in the education sector under the new government, sources said.

The President and senior UPFA leaders are still having discussions on ministerial appointments and some of the former ministers are likely to be appointed deputy ministers, according to sources. No final decision has been made as to who will be the Foreign Minister of the new government. All ministerial appointments would be finalized after the traditional New Year, sources said.

island.lk
 
 

LANKAN KILLS TWO LANKAN MIGRANT WORKERS IN FLORENCE, ITALY

Written by Editor1 Wednesday, 07 April 2010 13:37

April 07, 2010: The Italian police have commenced investigations into an incident where two Sri Lankan migrant workers in Italy were stabbed to death by another Sri Lankan there.

Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ranjith Uyangoda said that the victims had been employed in Florence.

The murders had stemmed from an argument that had broken out at a restaurant in the area on April 4.

“The Sri Lankan youth linked to the murders, has been arrested by Italian police. The Sri Lankan embassy in Italy and the victims' relatives are working on bringing the bodies back to the island,” he said.

The Sri Lankan embassy in Italy has informed the Italian Foreign Ministry of the incident. The suspect arrested in connection with the double murder is a resident of Wattala.

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Politicos sabotage country’s largest heroin bust

Written by Editor1 Monday, 22 March 2010 10:07

The investigations into the largest stock of heroine, 70 Kg , recovered in Sri Lanka have been scuttled as a result of political influence.
It’s as a result of a coordinating secretary to the minister, Jude Tissera, being apprehended with the stock of heroin.

The police arrested the suspect at the airport while he was trying to flee the country. Later 40 Kgs of heroin were discovered on information he revealed to the interrogators.

On media reports concerning the matter, the minister had complained to a top notch politician that it was he who tipped off the police to arrest Jude Tissera and that it was false that police apprehended the person with the stock of heroin.

Accordingly, the said politician has reprimanded the senior police officials instead of praising them for their work.

Police have given up the investigations now due to interference.

However, the police have been forced to say that Jude Tissera was not the minister’s coordinating secretary. This is to save the minister from public embarassment especially in view of upcoming elections. Already posters have begun appearing all over Puttalam depicting the “kudu minister’.

Courtesy: Lakbima

 

Avurudu Kale and afterwards too

Written by Editor1 Sunday, 21 March 2010 10:57

There’s reason to smile this
Avurudu Kale and afterwards too

What would happen after Lord Buddha’s parinibbana many are supposed to have wondered and the Enlightened One is supposed to have instructed the doubtful ones that all they need to know is resident in the dhamma and the vinaya rules. Doctrine and discipline ensures an afterlife of sorts for teacher one could therefore conclude.

The above was Sahan Ranwala’s response when I queried him about how the Ranwala Foundation came to terms with the tragic death of his father, the legendary Lionel Ranwala, on November 17, 2002. Sahan, who now manages the group, spoke at length about his father, what he stood for, what he built, what he bequeathed, the paths he blazed, the landmarks and the future. The nimiththa of course was the forthcoming concert ‘Me Avuduru Kaale’ produced by the group, which titles itself for this particular event as ‘Ranwala Udupila’ following the common division of the traditional village as udu and yati.

The first show of this new programme will be held on March 28, 2010 at the Dharmaraja College auditorium, Sahan said. ‘It is a new concert for the New Year, new songs, our songs for our New Year,’ he emphasized. ‘Me Avurudu Kaale’ is to be taken around the country but only during the Avurudu Season.

The songs and dances, lyrics and music, are all taken from the sirith associated with the Aluth Avuruddha. They depict the ‘ourness’ of the occasion, the vibrancy of the villager and also contain adaptations of folk songs. According to Sahan elements of the avurudu celebration such as the olinda keliya, onchila waram and some of the more popular avurudu games have been used in the overall choreographing and music arrangement.

Among the songs chosen for this concert will be one which Lionel Ranwala had recorded years ago, ‘kele paninne nae aye’, written by the main lyricist associated with this indefatigable explorer of the Sinhala folk song, Sisira Dissanayake.

We quickly moved to Lionel Ranwala and the work of the Foundation. It had to begin, paradoxically, with a death, that of Sahan’s father.

‘My father died 10 days before we were due to launch his 2nd compact disc, ‘Gama Avulangngang’ (I shall burn/incite the village). After the funeral, we, his students, got together and asked ourselves a question: ‘what now?’ And we drew inspiration from what the Buddha said. A man can be found in his work, his teachings, his philosophy and if there is discipline, commitment and integrity to the core teachings, then he lives on. That is what we concluded and that’s what we drew inspiration from.’

Lionel Ranwala had spent a lifetime studying folk songs and is undoubtedly one of just a handful of individuals who can claim to have a nuanced understanding of the tradition, its many forms, social and cultural functions and potential for development. For him it was about jaathikathwaya (incompletely translated – too often – as ‘nationalism’) and identity.

‘He wanted to keep it alive not out of a sense of nostalgia but practical utility. He recognized the importance of discovering who we are and understood the folk tradition as a huge reservoir that can give strength and inspiration so necessary in facing and overcoming various kinds of challenges that we as a nation have to face. He set out to discover if indeed there was a music tradition that deserves the tag "national". What he discovered, he taught his students, he presented to the general public.’

This is how, Sahan observed, Lionel Ranwala put together a concert called ‘Ahase innavalu’ (‘Resident in the sky, apparently’) in 1999. Gama Avulangngang was an expanded version, Sahan explained.

‘Some people misread my father as someone who had a narrow understanding of "tradition". That’s far from the truth. He was not averse to experimentation. He was not averse to using non-traditional material including musical instruments. He once observed that there is nothing wrong in using cement from any part of the world if it is used to build the Dalada Maligawa. What is important is not the material we use but what we are going to build or create.

‘The main thing was that there should be fidelity to the fundamentals. He used to say that that if the body doesn’t almost involuntarily sway to the rhythms of a low-country drum, that person should get his/her blood checked. The argument is that there is something intrinsically ours in our folk song, something that we immediately recognize or feel is a part of us even if we are hearing it for the first time.’

Sahan related how surprised he was at the huge crowd that came to see the first show, one year after Lionel Ranwala’s death. It was at the John De Silva.

‘We invited Uruwarige Wanniyalaetto to be the Chief Guest because we felt he was someone who understood what tradition meant and what identity meant and how important these were to sustain a society. My father invited Aratu Medille Mudiyansekage Ukku Banda as the Chief Guest for Ahase Innavalu, because he was an ordinary villager in Monaragala who had helped my father in his research. It was very well received. I was told that a similar crowd had not been seen in 17 years, i.e. when "Sergeant Nallathamby" was shown.

After Gama Avulangngang, the Ranwala Foundation came up with Yuddetath Avith (‘We have declared war also’) in 2007. They called themselves ‘Ranwala Balakaya’ then. Sahan explained the logic of names and programme thus:

‘Thaththa always knew and always said that the real struggle was not against the LTTE, but the cultural invader and recognized that part of the struggle was with self, with out "within", because there is a lot of the enemy that we have internalized. He knew that there was a cultural struggle that we had to engage in.’

Lionel Ranwala did not hate that which was not ‘traditional’. Neither did he fear the ‘foreign’. He was proud of who he was and where he came from. He had a good sense of where he wanted to go and what he should do. Sahan and his group are similarly fortified; with pride and humility, discipline and integrity.

‘We have a rich and diverse tradition. Some people think new music genres are tainting our traditional forms. The truth is that much of that which we call "new" we always had. Take for instance the well known children’s game-song, athuru mithuru dambadiva thuru raja kapuru settiya. That’s rap, isn’t it? There’s nothing to be scared of as long as we have a good sense of what kind of earth we are standing on.’

A few weeks ago I thought of Lionel Ranwala and asked myself, ‘a dying phenomenon?’ Then I went to see a concert organized by Sahan and his team of instructors. It was a term-end kind of event in which all students attending a weekly workshop at the Jana Kala Kendraya, Battaramulla, take part. It was called ‘Podi Ayata Jana Gee’. The Elphinstone was packed. What the children did was fascinating. I am not well versed in jana gee but I was tapping to the rhythm of the drums, the songs. I think I don’t need to take a blood test and indeed I think most people in this country don’t need such tests either. I confess that most of the songs/melodies were unfamiliar. They were not ‘foreign’ though. Lionel Ranwala had a point, I feel. Sahan is reiterating it. Things are good. I am going to smile this Avurudu Kaale as I usually do, but for the additional reason: we are not down and we are not out, not even after 500 years of colonialism and it abiding power and subjugating manifestations even after 60 years of ‘independence’.
 
 

Australia deports 4 Lankans

Written by Editor1 Saturday, 20 March 2010 15:30

The Australian government deported four Sri Lankan asylum seekers, two Tamils, one Sinhalese and one Muslim, after their applications for refugee status were unsuccessful, a spokesman for the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said today. 

The departure of these intercepted individuals brings the total number of unsuccessful Sri Lankan asylum seekers removed from Australia to 80, since late 2008.

The irregular maritime arrivals were on two boats intercepted in last year. The DIAC spokesman said the government’s position on asylum seekers was clear.

“People who are owed Australia’s protection under our international obligations will be granted that protection,” the spokesman said.

“All irregular maritime arrivals found not to be owed protection and with no other basis to remain in Australia will be removed.”

The handling of claims for protection demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to dealing with irregular maritime arrivals in a timely and effective manner.

“Irregular maritime arrivals are interviewed to assess, among other things, their reasons for travel to Australia,” the spokesman said.

“This group was initially assessed as not having a valid claim for refugee status and an independent merits review has upheld this decision.

This brings the total number of irregular maritime arrivals removed since late 2008 to 145. Of those, 19 have been removed in 2010. (Daily Mirror online)

 

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COLOMBO (Reuters) - Hundreds of Sri Lankan lawyers staged a silent march in the capital Friday in a third day of street protests seeking the release of losing presidential candidate Sanath Fonseka.

Tensions have risen on the island since the former army commander was arrested Monday by military police on charges of engaging in politics against his president while still in uniform.

The black-robed lawyers marched out of the Supreme Court building towards a nearby street intersection where eight people were injured when clashes broke out between supporters of Fonseka and the government earlier in the week. "Release Sanath Fonseka soon," a banner carried by the lawyers, said.

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