Army and Buddhist Monks Accused of Constructing Buddhist Structures on Kurundhu Malai Hill In Violation of Mullaitheevu Court Order; Cultural Appropriation of Ancient Saivaie Shrine by “Political Buddhism” with Connivance of Archaeology Dept?

By Dinitha Rathnayake A tense situation has risen over the Kurundumale Archaeological Reserve, an ancient Sri Lankan monument deep in the dense forest of Mullaitivu. According to the Department of Archaeology, the ancient Buddhist temple is said to be the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka built fully out of a particular type of wood. For decades it had been concealed, fully covered with sand and trees that had obscured its view. The historic site also survived the three-decade war without any harm, although some treasure hunters had…

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Bailing Out The ‘Gota’ Led Regime; A Wasted Exercise!

By Mohamed Harees – Lukman Harees On 10 June 2022, the UN had warned that the extreme economic situation in Sri Lanka could develop into a “full-blown humanitarian emergency. Due to several policy disasters of Gota-led government, the nation has been sadly going through a slow motion implosion, Lebanon style with its economic fundamentals being off the charts in the wrong direction. As Sri Lanka, once one of South Asia’s most progressive countries is witnessing widespread food and fuel shortages, the ‘square peg in a round hole’ Gota who is singularly being…

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High-level US delegation holds talks with GR, PM

A high-level US delegation held talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo today. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung said that they discussed Sri Lanka’s economic crisis. “It’s a challenging time, but we continue to deliver assistance and long-term partnership to help Sri Lanka achieve a prosperous, secure and democratic future,” she said in a tweet. Members of the delegation include Robert Kaproth, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Asia, and Ambassador Kelly Keiderling, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central…

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PSC on electoral reform recommends control of election expenses, code of conduct for candidates

Committee presents final report to House Makes 15 recommendations including guidelines for media during poll campaigns, steps to stop abuse of State resources Recommends more youth, women representation A Parliamentary Committee that looked into electoral reforms has recommended that legislation be introduced to control election expenses, a code of conduct for candidates and steps to prevent misuse of state resources during election campaigns. The final Report of the Select Committee of Parliament to Identify Appropriate Reforms of the Election Laws and the Electoral System and to Recommend Necessary Amendments which…

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Sri Lanka struggles sans immediate solutions to dollar crisis

The peoples’ protest at Galle Face Green, in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city has gone beyond 60 days and there appears to be little appetite by its organisers to call it a day. There is also – very surprisingly, little or no move by the strongman President – a former military man – to evict the protestors. Indeed the new – month-old – Prime Minister now serving his sixth term in office is on record stating that the protestors can carry on. If it is frustrating then hundreds of protestors…

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Sri Lanka’s JVP says ready to form government with 15-20 MPs in current parliament

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)-led National People’s Power (NPP) is ready to form a government by inviting 15 to 20 members of the current parliament for a new cabinet, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. Speaking at a public rally in the north central district of Anuradhapura on Sunday June 26, Dissanayake said if President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were to make way for the NPP, the party was ready to take over. “Gotabaya and Ranil, if you hand this over tomorrow, we’re…

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Not possible to purchase fuel from any nation: Champika

It is not possible to purchase fuel from any nation without restoring Sri Lanka’s image in the world which is tarnished badly, an opposition MP said today. MP Patali Champika Ranawaka made this remark responding to reports which came in yesterday that Sri Lanka is to purchase fuel from Russia. “Sri Lanka will not be able to purchase fuel from anywhere in the world until its image in the international arena is restored. The image has been tarnished because of corruption. A foreign bank in USA had already filed legal…

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100,000 jobs up for grabs for Lankans in Romania

Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara this week met with Romanian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Dr. Victor Chiujdea to discuss new employment opportunities in Romania for Sri Lankans. There was a lengthy exchange of views on the provision of employment opportunities to Sri Lankan workers in Romania and the Romanian Ambassador said that Romania had opened 100,000 foreign jobs earlier this year The Ambassador said that the Romanian Government would not intervene in the provision of such employment opportunities and that private employment agencies would intervene. He said Romania…

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