Sri Lanka Political Crisis triggered by an economic Collapse – By Dr harold Gunatillake Transcript: *Sri Lanka’s Newly Proposed Constitutional Reforms *Powers of the president will be clipped, and powers of the parliament strengthened *Protesting youth to be invited to be part of governance under political reforms. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that under proposed constitutional reforms, the president’s powers would be clipped and those of parliament strengthened. In a televised statement, he said that governance would be broad-based through parliamentary committees where politicians, youth, and experts work together. “The youth are calling for a change in the existing system. They also want to know the current issues. Therefore, I propose to appoint four youth representatives to each of these 15 committees,” Wickremesinghe said. “The methodology used to choose these individuals can be decided by the youth organisations themselves,” he said. So far, there have been no immediate comments from the ...

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Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo 108 03 06 2022 Here we are – it’s TGIF and our Kaleidoscope for a super weekend ahead. We have large whiskeys & even larger seagrass, fanged fans, young bakers, the port in action & our top story discusses the cause of our crisis plus economic snippets.  Enjoy, ...

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First Batch of China’s Grant Medicines to arrive in SL on June 3 Photo Source:newsradio.lk Source:newsradio.lk 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 Colombo in the mid-night of June 3rd by flight CX3119, with the total volume of 40 cubic meters and weight of 4.3 metric tons,” it said.  “The other one is expected to arrive in the second half of the month. ...

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Russian passenger plane stopped in Katunayake by court order Photo  Source:confessionsofatrolleydolly.com   Source:dailymirror.lk A Russian Aeroflot flight has been grounded at the Katunayake International Airport from noon today (2) following an order issued by the Colombo Commercial High Court suspending its return flight to Russia. The Russian Flight SU-288 arrived at the Katunayake Airport from Moscow, Russia at 10.10 am today (2). The flight was scheduled to depart for Moscow again at 12.50 pm today. More than 200 passengers arrived at the Katunayake International Airport for the occasion. Meanwhile, the Colombo Commercial High Court has issued an order restraining the head of the Katunayake Airport Aviation Division from boarding the aircraft from the Katunayake Airport. Accordingly, the flight has been canceled and passengers arriving for the flight have been directed to tourist hotels around the Katunayake Airport. Sources at the Katunayake Airport said that discussions are currently underway to resolve ...

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Why jazz drumming legend Eric Harland had to go to Bible school – By John Shand Source:amp.smh.com.au Of all the reasons for dropping out of music school, Eric Harland’s has to be among the weirdest. There he was at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship, his career as a jazz drummer taking off like a rocket, and the notoriously hard-to-please singing great Betty Carter among those to hire him. But none of that mattered to Harland’s mother back home in Texas. She was thinking long term. Very long term. She had an unconquerable fear for the health of his eternal soul. “I came from a very religious family,” Harland explains, “and it was really hard for me to enjoy being in college, because my mum was so concerned that I was doing something wrong, or something against God … I was so far away from home, and she ...

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Kadadora Viharaya – spectacular vistas of drought  – By Arundathie Abeysinghe   Submerged by the water of *Kotmale Reservoir, spectacular ruins of Kadadora Viharaya, especially the sculptured statues of the Buddha and other deities that can be seen during drought is a rare surreal sight to behold … Nestled in the breathtaking central highlands of Sri Lanka, engulfed by the misty cool climate, clear waters rippling in the gentle breeze blowing across the vast expanse of water, no one would believe that there are scenic attractions to feast one’s eyes on, beneath the tranquil waters… Kadadora Viharaya in Kotmale is a nostalgic reminder of life in a bygone era… There are ruins of approximately 54 ancient temples of historic and archaeological value, 57 human settlements including villages, over 14 tea estates that were inundated with the completion of Kotmale Reservoir when the Reservoir was constructed damming Thispane and Kadadora hills in ...

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