26 October, 2020

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5 Years After The War No Water Nor Electricity In Northern And Eastern Villages

It can be safely said that 5 years after the war many villages, well over 60% have no basic utilities supplied to them by the government. There are huge implications for the well being and safety of these people as a result. The following are excerpts of a list of GNDs only in Vavuniya and Kilinochchi Districts, which have been provided to the writer by the villagers. The writer has an indepth knowledge about the North and East. Details of the other Districts will follow.

BasilVavuniya District:

Vavuniya North DS Division – Vedi vaiththa kallu, Maruthodai, Uoonchal katti, Kadkulam. Paddikudiyiruppu, Mannakam, Sinna adampan, Naina madu.

Chettikulam DS Division – Except Government Departments and 5 out of 20 GNDs have no electricity nor water supply

Vavuniya DS Division – Eachchankulam, Kalmadu

Kilinochchi District:

Poonakary North DSD –

Samipuram, Nallur, Karukathievu, Gnanamadam, Chettikurichchi, Selvapuram, Valaipadu, Kiranchchi, Veravil, Nachchikudah, Madduvui Nadu East & west, Gowthari munai, pallavarayakaddu.

Kandavalai DSD- Puliyanpokkanai, Uooriyan, Korakkalkaddu, Kallaru. Sivapuram, Piramanthanarudiyiruppu, kalmadunadu, Thaduvankotti., Nathan kudigiruppu, Kalmadunagar, Thaduvankotti.

Kilinochchi Karaichchi DSD – Kannakipuram, Vannneri, Aanaivilunthan, Puthumurippu, Uoottupulam, Kanthapuram, Akkarayankulam, Maniyarkulam, Konavil. Vivekananthanagar, Vaddakachchi, Ramanathapuram, Selvanagar, Ponnagar, Ellukadu, Neevil, Mayavanoor, Mavadiamman

Palai DSD- Soranpattu, Vananankerni. Kovilvayal. Iththavil, Mukamalai, Allipalai. Eyakkachchi, Mapar, Paranthan.

It is ironic that the particular government institutions which are supposed to look after such needs of the people are the only buildings that have water and electricity supply. The lack of water supply in particular has severe implications on “ a life back to normal” .

The same list can be supplied for villages in the Eastern Province as well. This is even more ironic given the fact that the East saw the end of the war well over six years ago.

If the basic needs of a group of people cannot be met, steps to  reconciliation in the psychological sphere of truth, apology and trust building is but a pipe dream. Sinhala extremists would like to show that poor rural Sinhalese too are suffering in a similar manner. But that is not correct as most villages south of Anuradhapura are much better off than the North and East.

As a result of this neglect many villages are severely food insecure. One village in the District of Trincomalee in the Eastern Province  is home to over 100 families of which 30 families eat only rice. An 82 year old woman  from this community recently died of starvation. The news did not receive any publicity as the Army threatened the householders not to disclose this fact. Due to  dry weather and lack of water supply,  lack of seed and plant material and other inputs, these agricultural communities are facing severe food shortages.  Over 1/3 of children under the age of 2 years are underweight in Trincomalee as gleaned from the government’s own growth monitoring information. 71% of this 1/3rd are growth falters, in other words not having a hope of improvement for the next 3 to 6 months. This was the nutrition status of Sri Lankan children at national level well over a decade ago.

All these problems are coupled with a lack of livelihood options, low levels of skills and employability (Sarvananthan, Point Pedro Institute, Report on Employability in the Northern Province, 2012)

The Government of Sri Lanka really needs to bend backwards and accelerate activities from Relief to Reconciliation in a meaningful way if we are to salvage the bodies, hearts and minds of the poor people of the North and East, many of whom have no connections to the diaspora.

*Story by  Gotamini Hathurusinghe

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    How do these statistics compare with the other provinces? Particularly the Uva and Southern Provinces. How do the District Statistics compare with the Ampara District?

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      Just compare the massive funds spent on WHITE ELEPHANTS in Hambantota (with massive kickbacks for the corrupt and crminal Rajapaksa brothers from the Hambantota Prot, Ariport, Stadium and convention center) in the deep south which was unaffected by war, and then take a look at the paltry funds spent by the Jarapassa regime in the far north and east of Sri Lankaand the story of DISCRIMINATION against the Tamil and Muslim minorities and their development is there for all to see.

      History has repeated itself. NO RECONCILIATION, MORE DISCRIMINATION is the truth of post war Sri Lanka’s so call development miracle!
      Development discrimination against minorities was the ROOT CAUSE of the war and it is now time for the northeast be enabled to become a separate state – Eelam peacefully since the RACIST SINHALA Sri Lankan State has failed miserably and The SInhala modayas and their governments have done it to themselves and the minorities again. The Tamils indeed have every right to independence and a separate state of their own. Objectively speaking, and I am Sinhala!

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    Absolutely ….no point in building infrastructure such as roads and railways and boasting we are developing the NE.Infrastructure is for logisitcs of the military. The infrastructure alone does not take the people anywhere. They need livelihood and a future for their children.

    Not all can jump on to a Sri Lankan Navy faciliated boat to go to Australia

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      So why do they (Tamils) escape to Australia, when Tamil Nadu is only 20 miles away? The question is asked by Australian government officials, too.
      Electrification of rural areas of and the lack of it is not related to ethnicity but affordability to build related infrastructure. CT will explore all avenues to stir communalism and, make a case against Sri Lanka – Geneva is coming.
      No reports in CT about the recent legal setbacks of their patriot saint Rudikumaran, the prime minister in waiting of Ealaam.

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        So why do they (Tamils) escape to Australia an not TN
        …you choose the right word…escape
        but what you have to ask why do they have to escape …?

        “Electrification of rural areas of and the lack of it is not related to ethnicity but affordability to build related infrastructure”
        yes it’s always affordable to build down south than up north

        who is Rudrakumaran?

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        “Electrification of rural areas of and the lack of it is not related to ethnicity but affordability to build related infrastructure”

        Yes yes, when we Sri Lankans do things, rarely does ethnicity come into them.

        As far as affordable infrastructure goes: have you been following the massive white elephants being built in the country at the expense of far more urgent problems?

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    Thanks for the question spotlight. I wish to know that stat as well, ie:
    “How do these statistics compare with the other provinces? Particularly the Uva and Southern Provinces. How do the District Statistics compare with the Ampara District?”

    This article has come out at the right time; Mr President has spoken of major developments in the former war-zone in Israel!

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/rajapaksa-seeks-more-time-to-address-tamil-issue/article5558115.ece

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    They don’t need water.

    Did they have water and electricity under LTTE? No. Why now?

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      Shameless “Fat Fuk” at it again, has no logic in his statements blindly basing all issues related to minorities. Inevitably providing solid proof to the problem in hand in Sri Lanka.

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      “Did they have water and electricity under LTTE? No. Why now? “

      Why did the army operate war tourism?

      For the Southern sinhala people to marvel at the ingenuity of the Tamils. How they generated elcticty that can lit up whole of Jaffana from bicyles and locally made genarators

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        Yours may be somewhat understandable.
        They all (not only northerners but southerners and others from the other provinces) want everything to become tiptop within few years forgetting that the country is still one of the poor countries on the earth.

        And also the idiots in power to go on boasting mode about their greasy and unctuous development projects is also not comprehensible. President and his tours cost tax payers several millions. As no other leader sofar, he abuses the public property to th core. Looking at his special flights abusing in terms of so called essential travels – hallucinated masses to raise these questions is not unfair.
        There are also villages across the country that villages dont have even the essentials to survive. If they could take all measures to learn reduce corruptions by introducing austerity steps as motto to the greeks, these poor masses could dream of a better life.

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        lit up whole of Jaffna? :) Jaffna saw an electric bulb after gov won the war. between producing electricity using a bycicle dynamo isnt that a big deal. Be real!

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        ha ha bicycles , give these turds more bicycles

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          when LTTE war planes, built from bicyle spare parts etc, was flying over Colombo were you hiding in toilet?

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            ha ha . that ended well did it not what a joke ,

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              itwas a good try though:)

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                RajasH, it’s the BBS and Tamils like you that keep the hatred and mistrust bubbling beneath the surface.

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                  BBS and my name in the sane sentence?…..not me mate…..all I am doing here is countering anti Tamil sentiments as well as highlighting the plight of the Tamils at the same time highlighting the brilliance of the Tamils that is being wasted by the racist policies of the Sinhala Govts over the years.
                  I am ver well aware mentioning LTTE will ruffle few weathers.

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          Abhaya you cant even mend tour own bicycle. Tamils have succeeded more in life than you kavum eating [Edited out].

          How many Sinhalese did it take to [Edited out]

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            Losing really hurts doesn’t it!

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        That surely explains why there were children and young adults from the North who had NEVER seen a light bulb till they were libertaed from the LTTE terrorists.

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          Hey man there are brilliant Tamil doctors, engineers, lawyers, businessmen etc etc who hail from villages in Jaffana and who studied under oil lamps, after helping the elders in the agricultural fields…. The Sinhala govt of Sri Lanka brought in Standardisation so the rich Sinhala kids studying under light bulbs but who can’t get the required grades can be given preferential treatment to enter university

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            Fool Rajash!
            Standardization based on the developed and undeveloped districts and not based on Tamil/Sinhala in 1970.

            Many backward area Tamil students with lower marks entered medicine and engineering. My cousin entered to medicine with 3S from Vavuniya. Dont bark like a stupid here! Sinhala students were also affected.

            Education has nothing to do with your beloved LTTE which is a smuggler criminal gang and run behind the money. Grade seven drop out Prabhakaran and grade two saloon sweeper Thamil selvan who was the political commissar of LTTE, had nothing to do with standardization.

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              Your sinhala racist that is my point…your cousin needed only 3s to enter Medicine.

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                Load of rubbish …stndardisation was brought to limit the nuber of Tamils entering the university.

                I know for certain that rich Sinhala Kids in Colombo entered medical college with lower grade when Tamil Kids from Jaffana with higher grades were denied.

                This was before LTTE and why LTTE was fored

                It appears to me that you cant write one sentence wthout ussing LTTE

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                  You idiot Indian vomit LTTE propaganda only and not the realities of Sri lanka.

                  My AL batch was the first batch went under standardization. I know better than you donkey!

                  Do you think you know better than me on the Lankan issues? Moron!

                  In Sri lanka Education is free for all. Do you know that donkey?

                  There is nothing like your moronic Tamil nadu where rich kids have the chance for education.

                  Dont fart thinking of your nasty Tamil nadu.

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                    You Sinhala excrement …standardisation was brought in with the objective of reducing the number of Tamils entering the universities.!

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                    of course education is free for all did I say it’s not…..

                    but back door discrimination in the form of stndardisation was brought in to reduce the number of Tamils entering the university. This is the fact.

                    So just dont shit here your sinhala excrement just for the sake of it. Analyse and get your facts right.

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      last 30 years Their sungoat(VP)provided everything to these people except Synide Capsuls, guns, Clamore, Landmines. Everyone had Water and Eletricity etc. After VP surrendered to the Mara and his gang in Vellamullavaikkal, everrything turn upsidedown. Some die-Ass-Pora benaficiaries expect their sungoat come from the the hell and provide Water, electricity and everything

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      “I TOO AM SRI LANKA” – (with apologies to Langston Hughes.)

      “I, too, sing Sri Lanka.

      I am the darker brother.

      They send me to eat in the kitchen

      When company comes,

      but I laugh,

      and eat well,

      and grow strong.

      Tomorrow,

      I’ll be at the table

      When company comes.

      Nobody’ll dare

      Say to me,

      “Eat in the kitchen”,

      Then.

      Besides,

      They’ll see how beautiful I am

      And be ashamed – –

      I, too, am Sri Lanka.”

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      ‘they’ don’t need water.’-Fathima.

      ‘WE’ all need to water didn’t you know that? WE.

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    Fukushima
    Where you were when LTTE was in North ?
    Are you were hiding some one skirt?
    Shut the Fu** up

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    Northern Provincial Council returned 3526 million rupees to the treasury. Because Tamil politicians dont like the Tamil masses get all the facilities.

    If the Tamil people live happily, the TNA fears the people will forget them.

    So, the continuous misery of the Tamils will get them elected again and it is the Tamil politics for decades.

    Tamil diaspora expects some bomb blasts to do some collections to pay their mortgages.

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      .
      As per your government Tamils are living happy and free in the north.
      :-)

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        Yes! Better than the years under LTTE goons.

        You tell why NPC sent back so many millions to treasury!

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      Hi Siva

      By calling your Name I have done a meritorious Act. I Thank the parent who assigned that name. Whether is your Biological Father or real Father or you yourself. Anyway Good must be aopppriciated.

      Now Coming to the point

      You say

      “Northern Provincial Council returned 3526 million rupees to the treasury. Because Tamil politicians dont like the Tamil masses get all the facilities”

      You mean to Say Northern Province Council Returned. However The Council is yet to Function as a Democratically elected Council. It Was Constituted at the end of the year to Showcase to the Commonwelth Leaders.

      The Northern Province functions under MILITARY Dictator cum Governor.

      He effectively Sabotage the functioning of the Council in the Last two months that were left in the year 2013.

      The TNA has Lot to be blamed but not in this instance for the reasons given by you.

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        TNA must be blamed. The Tamil officials of the council must be blamed.

        You blame Gov.Chandrasri but that man discovered these unspent money and asked the officials to spend the money for good purposes.

        Now the NPC is trying to bring the Ghost of Prabhakaran to NPC.

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          you are talking absolute load of rubbish again.
          The council elections were held in September 2013.
          Vigneswaran took oath on the 17th October. The Council is just about functioning and putting together their budget.
          There was no TNA administration untill now.
          So what is this arehole harping about

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      “Northern Provincial Council returned 3526 million rupees to the treasury. Because Tamil politicians dont like the Tamil masses get all the facilities.”

      Where is the evidence of this?Give us a link or just consider as wild allegations.Who will ever give back money given to them.You?It is against human nature to ever give back something.Even to get a loan paid back is a difficult job let alone get a grant back.Physically that money you refer to would not have been given to the northern provincial council.It would have been only a bloody paper entries one of the many hambantota tricks of this clan of tsunami horas.When they try to rob money for tsunami which lasantha exposed and got into the bad books,do you think that they will give 3.5 billion rupees to the northern provincial council and get it back too?Now you also seem to be becoming an ettappan.

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        You contact NPC.

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          show the evidence of this baby, put your money where your mouth is and show it. LOL

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    I live not in the North or the East, but at Bloemendhal Road, Colombo 13 for the last fifty odd years.

    I have no water either. I wait in line on the rodside tap and public toilet for daily ablutions and I use a gas lamp a friend brougt from abroad. Before that I only had a kerosene lamp.

    But no one here is fighting for separation!

    So what are they complaining about?

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      I lived in Colombo, and I certainly had water. Even way back in the 70s, my parents had water in Colombo.

      I’m sure there are some places (poor places) in Colombo that don’t have proper water supply but that is not true for the city as a whole. Can you state that it isn’t just the poor areas in the North and East that don’t have water but the middle class areas as well?

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        Very good. Majority of Colombo citizens are non Sinhalese.

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        yes, I can remember. You would have been conceived near the tap when your mother came to fetch water one time when I was bathing after dark !

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          rattaran,you got to understand that there was a queue for water.So don’t try to claim all the credit.In mexico a woman kneeling down and washing in a river.One by one all the men passing had her doggy fashion and she never turned to look who they were as she was engrossed in her washing.Then came a donkey and did the same and went.The women shouted without turning as usual”hey the last one please come again and again.All the others are useless.”

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            should be washing clothes.

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      The problem with you Adaikalan is you sought adaikalam.

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      Adaikkan!
      You suffer without water because you don’t fight for your basic rights.You don’t fight because you are a coward.

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        YES, I AM COMING TO CLAIM MY LAND THE DUTCH INVADERS TOOK OFF US. I WILL ACT ON BEHALF OF ALL THE SINHALESE IN OUR GREAT ISLAND AND AVENGE FOREIGN EUROPEAN INVADERS.

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      Dear Addikkan

      You have missed the Bus. Remember you have access to Public water supply from WSDB stand pipe as you said. You can at least read from the Lamp light along the Road.

      The real problem highlighted is that people do not have access to Water at all. The wells that belonged to them have ceased to exist either due to 30 years of disuse, or bulldozed/Acquired by Army etc. The People are denied access to their own land with water.

      By the way are you living in a legally approved building with title to obtain EC and or Water?

      If you have these and if you, as you say lived in Bloomendhal Road I am sure you have voted a representative to the Parlement, Provincial Council, and Municipal Council for a packet of Biryani and Rs. 500/-.

      Please ask them. They will do something about your case. The Elections are round the Corner.

      Best of Luck
      .

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        “By the way are you living in a legally approved building with title to obtain EC and or Water?”

        exactly,this bugger must be a squatter who has gone and built a shack in somebodys land who has gone abroad.Now he is moaning and groaning he wants water too as well as the land.

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          Why are you jumping at Tamil man? Now you guys are barking for the SL government. What a funny Tamil creatures!

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      adaikan,can you tell me the periods you were without water and the reasons given by the municipal council.They could be temporary disruptions?

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    you fools can now go to tamilnadu shit hole

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      If you go on electing and supporting this regime for the crumbs, you will have no where to go. But the rulers and their side kicks would have made their money for generations to come, and gone leaving you abandoned on the road side, or may be floating down a river!!

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      And you fools ?

      I am sinhalaya but I hate your kind of scum of the earth. It is high time to treat fellow srilankens equal. Learn to practise is then you can heal righting sinhalaya, tamils, and all other peaceful minded.

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        you minority scum bag, [Edited out]

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          lol. perfect example of the type of sinhalese we have left in our country these days.

          to the suddhas: no no, we have no problems with minorities. anyone who says this is trying to destroy the country with conspiracies

          at home: you minority scumbags!

          who are you trying to fool?

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          We are all EQUAL.

          ” God has made of ONE BLOOD all nations of men..” – Acts.ch.17.Holy Bible.

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        Unfortunately the World has too many people who do not like equality. See what’s happening in South Sudan? The politicians got a separate state promising justice and prosperity. They are in the middle of a civil war now!!

        Part of the problem is that emotions are inflamed by interested parties using half-truths and exaggeration.

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      Ela Kolla
      Then shouldn’t the Sinhalese too go back to India as they too came from India and captured this country from the tribes who were the real owners of this island?

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        This ‘karapothu [Edited out]’ gets very angry when genuine Sinhala people remind him of illegal past, and that his grandfather screwed the countryside.

        he keeps saying that the Sinhalese ‘robbed’ the country from Veddhas – piece of excreta.

        Just ignore the failed streak of misery.

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          Preethi

          Yes Genuine Sinhalese for sure indeed.

          Your head is also continuing to screw a karapotha offspring at his leisure and produced pure bred Helas.

          Please stop this nonsense of talking about Karapotha’s. Unless you want a visit from a white van from GOAT.

          PLease use Preethi Condoms if they still have that brand.

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        [Edited out]

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    There is a charity organisation foucussed on digging well and installing eletric pumps in the former war zones. They have completed about 50 so far but the target is much more

    You can goolge and donate.

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    Why spend $400 million in the North, building railways, roads, hospitals & schools and supplying electricity & drinking water?

    The locals, the international community and the dispora never appreciate what ever you do. Why not instead spend this money developing the rest of the country? It would benefit more people. And the locals would appreciate it too.

    And it would make political sense too – In western countries, politicians spend money for votes. Take for example the Liverpool Walton constituency in the UK, where the Labour party had 72% of the vote in 2010. You won’t expect the Conservatives to spend millions of pounds to win back that same seat in 2015, however deprived the area might be. They will instead invest their money on a marginal constituency.

    The winging Diaspora could instead spend the $300 million/year development fund on its own people.

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      If you are wining about spending money to the North and East, just vacate the North and East take your “murderers” also to the rest of the provinces and leave North and East alone. They will show you what they are capable of without the interference from the Murderous Government!!!

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      “The winging Diaspora could instead spend the $300 million/year development fund on its own people.”

      That is the path to eelam you are showing you modaya.Why do you think mahinda is hollering to high heaven that he spent 400 million dollars in the north east.To show that he is the president of all the people and not only sinhalese,so that the eelam bandwagon gets buckled.

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    There is no question that electricity and water supply must be made available and this I am sure is planned. The article indirectly implies that the lack of these basics is due to deliberate neglect. This is far from the truth. Many have alluded to the fact that these facilities are lacking in other rural districts as well. That is a fact, particularly in respect of pipe borne water. Many rural villages, even those in the outskirts of the Western province lack a centralized water supply. In fact this may never be practical and feasible. Village households depend on ground water from wells or rivers and some from rain water harvesting. When a report such as this is drafted it is better place it in context so that the reader does not interpret the message incorrectly.

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      Is it not also the responsibility of the Provincial Councils to look into these problems?

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      Dear Wickramasiri

      You sure sound reasonable but you are not. Please note request implied is that the priorities are lost on the way side. Not Only in the North but the South.

      As you say South too lacks the essentials. Then Why borrow and build the roads which you if you are average is never will be able to you unless you are a torch bearer to the Ruler’s. “I am sure that I cannot afford the luxuery of commuting on these roads. But the grouse is I am made pay for the construction and upkeep. ” 90% if not 99% of the population says the above.

      Some of the writers who are in the same wawe length even when writing mix up their priorities. They begin with Road, Railway, Schools Hospital, Electricity and finally water. This order should be completely reversed.

      The First need is Water, then electricity in you really need it, Hospitals, Schools, Then may be railways and finally Water. I quote from Wadak Naha above.

      “Why spend $400 million in the North, building railways, roads, hospitals & schools and supplying electricity & drinking water?”.

      The real Grouse of the writer is the inaccessibility to their own homes by the establishment of Security Camps.

      Inaccessibility to their own houses from the above reason.

      Inaccessibility to their vocations Cultivation, running shops, why even making bread.

      Temples and houses were bulldozed in the North even as recently as dec 2013. ( Post Commonwealth Conference.

      Everything stings as is seen not in the Official media. but in web media.

      Very Few peace loving Sinhalese have access to net even fewer of the can tackle ENglish. All Thanks to the rulars brainwashing them firstly with Sinhala Only. But educating their siblings is English.

      The above applies not only to Sinhal Politicians but to tamil Politions too They Taught their children not only in Enlish but Sinhala Too. Top Tamil leaders’ children were even translators from English to Sinhala.

      Only God Can Save Sri Lanka.

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    Percentage wise how is the electricity distribution in North? can anyone enlighten us on this?

    http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/news/sri-lanka-electricity-supply-reaches-94-pct/1163645843

    “In 2012, 227,913 new customers had been connected. Off-grid power was provided to 40,000 households.
    The distribution network in the northern Jaffna peninsular which was isolated from the national grid was connected through an ‘express line’ this year.

    A 24 MegaWatt generator running on heavy fuel was commissioned in Jaffna which had improved system stability and reduce some cost, the power ministry said.”

    http://www.news360.lk/economy/electricity-jaffna-sri-lanka-25-09-2012-21319

    “Sri lanka today reconnected the once war ridden Jaffna Peninsula to the National Electricity Grid after a lapse of nearly 25 years.

    This was done by energizing the newly built sub grid station in Kilinocchi.

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa graced the event held to mark the occasion.

    Jaffna Peninsula was cut off from the national electricity grid during the year 1987 when the fighting between the now defeated LTTE and the Indian Peace Force Keeping was at its peak.

    Sri Lanka started rebuilding the Northern Electricity infrastructure since the end of the conflict in 2009.”

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/130210/business-times/northern-jaffna-peninsula-to-be-fully-connected-to-national-grid-power-31813.html

    “Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna peninsula will be connected to the national grid by end of this year, a senior official of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said.”

    This is how the genocidal gove has been working. The fact that the war existed there for 30 years n the fact that these places were under terorist control for 30 years explain the reason for lack of electricity in some villages. These things need time. Within the given time these fellows has done well.

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    The power supply network to the Jaffna peninsula was completely destroyed by the terrorists, after the commencement of the Indian Army’s ‘Pawan’ offensive, following the signing of the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord in 1987. Since then the North has been disconnected from the national grid. During this time Jaffna peninsula was powered up by means of Agriko and Nothern Power Plants as an isolated network from the national grid. But with the commissioning of Killinochchi grid substation on 25th September 2012 Jaffna peninsula was re-connected to the national grid after a lapse of 25 years.

    Marking another landmark achievement in stabilizing electricity supply to the Jaffna Pennisula, a 24 MW Heavy Furnace Oil Thermal Power Plant was officially commissioned on last 1st of January 2013.The power generation of this power plant is done through three diesel engines each having a capacity of producing 8.6MW of power. Ministry of power and energy says it has been possible to meet all the electricity needs of the Jaffna district following the building of this new power plant in Chunnakam.

    As per the data we have received, there are about 121,000 electricity consumers in the Jaffna peninsula and till the end of last year; only 90% were provided electricity. Because prevailing 33kV line from Kilinochchi to Chunnakam has a low capacity and it can accommodate only a portion of Jaffna Pennisula. But with the establishment of this new power plant, it has now been possible to fulfill the total electrification requirement of the people in Jaffna peninsula.

    This power plant is built at a total cost of Rs. 3500 million, is solely on local investment by Lanka Electricity Company (LECO) on behalf of Ceylon Electricity Board. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) was done by the local engineers while the design and installation was handled by the turn key contractor Lakdhanavi Ltd, which is a subsidiary of LTL Holdings. Currently operation and maintenance (O&M) are handled by CEB with the assistance of Lakdhanavi Ltd, and It’ll completely be handed over to CEB after ensuring reliability of Power plant.

    The advantage of using Heavy Furnace Oil (HFO) over diesel is that it will reduce the main operational cost in long-term continuous operation. The cost per unit of power generation through Heavy Furnace Oil is around Rs.15.90 whereas the earlier cost to generate a unit through diesel was Rs.19.10.

    We believe that, with the commissioning of this new Heavy Fuel Thermal Power Station, the older high cost thermal power stations can be decommissioned systematically. The contract period of the thermal power plant Agriko ended on 31st December 2012, and hopefully its contract period will not be renewed. Furthermore with the establishment of these CEB owned power stations, the colossal loss of Rs.2800 million which the government has to bear to purchase power from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) can now been reduced to around Rs.1500 million.

    As we all know with the liberation of the LTTE controlled areas in the Northern Province, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) envisages commencing development activities in those areas. Accordingly, steps have already been taken to construct a grid substation in Chunnakam and commence construction work of the 132kV Kilinochchi – Chunnakam Transmission Line. Upon construction of above couple of projects, distribution loss of Jaffna Peninsula will be reduced drastically.

    This is because, it is highly essential to have an uninterrupted power supply to uplift the livelihood of people in Jaffna. With that aim, all these projects were given high priority and as per the CEB this is the first heavy fuel thermal power station that has built within a short span of around six months. So it is a good example to show that Sri Lanka as a country; is taking its every effort to restore the lives of those who were battered by the brutal war.

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      Thanks Sach; your short note is more informative than the writer.

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        The real author is not me, i copied from a blog to give insight to the topic being discussed.

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    The honorable erudite chief minister C Wigneswaran will attend to this matter once he is done rewriting history of Sri Lanka, punishing “war criminals” and replacing the military governor.

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      The CM of the Northern Province needs to address these needs instead of demanding police and land powers. Power, education, health, water …. these don’t require police powers nor land powers to be sorted out. Judging by the manifesto of the TNA they clearly had (and still have) no economic plan.

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        Lynx,He should look into all the problems that his constituents face including political rights.He can’t tell to some i can’t look into your problems because i have to first see that everyone gets water,sorry if your land is getting taken over and police won’t do anything about it.Wait patiently till i sort out water problem.

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    a what happenned to the dream utopia that they had for 30 years under proba deiio . these morons did not bother to raise a voice then did they ?

    b why arent the diaspora morons doing something .

    c Tell it to wiggy .

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      abhaya,they did not elect prabha.If they asked for water they would have been shot.After the war the government has no excuses for providing basic amenities because the dictator was removed by them.

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    I just returned from Jaffna. I was in Jaffna for three days. I was able to find a suitable accommodation (room with air conditioning) close to the town. I had 24 hour of power ( not a single power cut) a swimming pool and out of the world food! I also went to batticaloa and trincomalee. I did not experience a single power cut during my stay. I am not sure whether some of you who are commenting has ever been to Jaffna? I too did not believe what the government was crowing so much about!! The roads are fantastic (A9) but unfortunately I could not travel as fast as I could due to the police monitoring the speed of the vehicle. The Jaffna – Mannar road was being constructed and there were a few bad areas. The train service will be shortly inaugurated as I saw the concrete sleeper being laid and the track constructed. On that track speeds up to 100kmph could be achieved. I have seen and met some of the residents in the north and northeast and what ever bad comment some of you living in foreign lands make is pure crap! I too hate the government but the question is have I seen development and change done so quickly for the past 50 years by any political party? NO! If any other political party comes to power will they be better than the present ruling party? absolutely not! As time goes by I see deterioration of the quality of life!! I don’t see an honest politician as of today!

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      Preethi

      Yes Genuine Sinhalese for sure indeed.

      Your head is also continuing to screw a karapotha offspring at his leisure and produced pure bred Helas.

      Please stop this nonsense of talking about Karapotha’s. Unless you want a visit from a white van from GOAT.

      PLease use Preethi Condoms if they still have that brand.

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      RuwanL

      For a person who can afford an AC room is Sri Lanka will always say this. Even during LTTE times There was AC and exoitic food in Kilinochchi and Jaffna despite all blockade.

      We all can understand you because we read Charles Diken’s Tale of Two Cities.

      Where the Statement of Mary Antonette was a side story told to us by our English Teacher.

      When Starving frenchmen asked for Bread. She is said to have retorted Why don’t you eat Cake if you have no Bread.

      She ended up where she should under the Guillotine after Storming of the Bastille.

      Hope we won’t/don’t come to that Stage in Sri Lanka.

      Some in Sri Lanka Had/has/will have everything that is available in the First World. The factor is the percentage.

      First Word too had/.Has/will continue to have poverty. Again the factor is the percentage.,

      The middle always in both world had/has /will continue to stuggle.Again the Factor is the percentage.

      This is the law of stability in every thing including Bribary/Corruption/Criminality/even religion.

      Long Live Sri Lanka..

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        Levi,

        Again you are writing crap! I wrote about the power supply to Jaffna! There are people suffering all over Sri Lanka as we are a third world country! Some southerners are poorer than than the poorest in Jaffan. Bribery an corruption is rampant! The UNP started it and it has snow balled to an unbearable state!

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      Ruwan,then why did the TNA get more than 80% of the votes at the last provincial council elections.You said you spoke to jaffna people.Did you ask who they voted for and why?

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        the reason is that some leach can’t keep on the bed as well the flies are really interesting sit on the shit

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        Shanaka,

        If I were a Tamil living in Jaffna I will vote for the TNA as they will be my own people! Blood is thicker than water!

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          ruwani,those who contested against TNA were also tamils.So the own people argument does not hold any water.Something else must be the reason or reasons.

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      this is like going to stay at the hilton and assuming all of sri lanka is a luxury hotel.

      why aren’t we sterilizing people like this?

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      Ruwan
      I come to Sri Lanka every year…and every year I see great restaurants in Colombo Gall Face Hotel is great to stay. Marine drive developing nicely I also go to Jaffana. New Hotels, exotic food etc etc .

      But that is a tourist view of the country. For the locals in the city as well as rural, the inflation is high and eating a health square meal a day is a challenge.

      A9 is like Marine drive along Colpetty to Roxy Theatre Welawette. Buzzing and lively. Nothing beyond that.

      You need to venture deep from A9 and you will know the reality. People are afraid to talk openly, army every where, military camps everywhere.

      No investment to sustain employment or economic development.

      Driving along A9 at 100 kmph and staying at a AC Hotel eat exotic food is a tourist experience and you can’t equate that to the day to day reality.

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        Rajash ,spot on,big difference between living and visiting.It applies to any country I suppose.Only how people vote ill show whther al that glitters is gold not.

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    Colombo telegraph is loosing its credibility in balanced reporting. Be real. Sri Lanka is. a developing country. How does this compare with south India ? Electricity is not a free commodity. It is a paid utility..

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      seriously do u see CT as balanced reporting? ever?

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      the supply of basic infrastructure is not a ‘paid utility’: it’s the duty of the govt. to provide: continued supply of it is a paid utility, yes.

      and why exactly are you comparing this to south india? aren’t we always proud of calling it a ‘shithole’ and ‘toilet nadu’? by comparison to a shithole, anything is better.

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    Why Tamils are not moving back to TAMILNADU and are ready to die for Tamil EELAM – the country that does not have any thing – for Tamils.

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      Jim,maybe because it is because it is their ancestral lands for more than thousand years.Have you ever wondered why sinhalese don’t go back to orissa though they still have bengali genes in their DNA?Time counts and if you live in a land long enough you will never want to go back to where your ancestors came.My kids would never leave the western world to live in srilanka one day,though i ‘am dying to one day rest my old bones there and die.

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    FCUKING STUPID LTTE_TAMILS.

    “Even though the US recommended that the Sri Lankan government swiftly acquire cluster bombs to target the LTTE, the country never felt the need to do so, an authoritative official told The Island.

    The US made the recommendation in the wake of the Oslo arranged Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) between the then Premier Ranil Wickreme-singhe and LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. It was among a series of recommendations made to the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force to strengthen their capabilities during the CFA.

    Although Sri Lanka hadn`t been signatory to an international convention that prohibited the use of cluster bombs, the government refrained from acquiring the capability in spite of US recommendations, he said. Asked whether Sri Lanka had the required ability to deliver such munitions, the official said the Israeli built Kfirs, Russian MiG 27s and Chinese F7s were equipped to deliver them.

    The government was responding to a call for an international war crimes probe by Bishop of Mannar Rev. Rayappu Joseph and Bishop of Jaffna Rev. Thomas Saundar-anayagam to find out whether government forces had used cluster munitions and chemical weapons in populated areas during eelam war IV. The call was made during a meeting with Stephen J. Rapp, ambassador-at-large with the Office of Global Criminal Justice of the United States on Wednesday.

    The recommendation that the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) acquire Cluster Bomb Units (CBUs) for `unarmoured area targets` was made by USPACOM (United States Pacific Command) assessment team following a study conducted during Sept 12-2002 to Oct 24, 2002. USPACOM was acting on the instructions of the Department of Defence in the wake of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe seeking the intervention of US President George W. Bush.

    The US advice was meant to prepare the armed forces to face any eventuality in case of the Norwegian peace initiative coming a cropper.

    Having closely studied the capabilities as well as the weaknesses of the SLAF, the US suggested that the service deploy CBUs, guided weapons for Russian Mi-24 helicopter gunships and Kfirs, multi-role combat aircraft in service since January 1996. The US stressed that guided weapons were necessary as they had to engage LTTE targets situated close to friendly forces.

    Military sources said that one-time AP Bureau Chief in Colombo Ravi Nessman alleged the deployment of cluster bombs on the basis of a statement attributed to Alan Poston, a UNDP technical advisor supervising mine clearing operations in the former war zone. The New Delhi based Nessman had been AP Bureau Chief for South Asia at the time the allegation was made. The then Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya told The Island that Poston had failed to substantiate his claim though the army requested him to furnish whatever evidence he could provide.

    When confronted, Poston admitted that he had never informed the SLA of the recovery.

    Army headquarters emphasised that the SLA and other privately funded groups engaged in mine clearing operations in the Northern Province had never come across evidence of cluster bombs. Those injured on the Vanni east front during the final phase of the offensive were brought under the supervision of the ICRC to Pulmoddai, where Indian military/medical personnel treated them.

    Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke yesterday told The Island that the SLAF never used cluster bombs, though it was in a position to launch attacks.

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      JIMSOFTY

      Yes Sri Lanka never dropped or fired Cluster Bombs. Diaspora and LTTE Sympathisers dropped them to discredit Sri Lanka, MR, Gota and their image.

      Or God Varuna dropped them to help Sri Lanka.

      “Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke yesterday told The Island that the SLAF never used cluster bombs, though it was in a position to launch attacks”

      They never bought them. but they were smuggled into the armory by LTTE.

      They never wanted to use them.Although they were in a position to launch them.

      MR/Gota ordered them to be dispose them to prevent any harm their beloved Tamil Citizen. However mighty Buddha ordered the God of wind to let Go a fart. It was so mighty,and This resulted in the packaged dropped into the sea getting open and wave greaten carried them and it fell into the civilians taking refuge into the No fire Zone.

      Even then it did not cause any damage to the civilians.(Remember Zero Casualty). But LTTE Faked the injuries and supplied to the world.

      You should Definitely Have Have a War Crime investigation against LTTE for faking injuries. The above allegations are too serious to be left alone.

      Dear Dayan J Take it up at the March sessions.

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      Thanks for the infor Jim

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    I wish SL-GOVT used Cluster bombs against …. Those.. Tamils, not every one.

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      thank god we dont have maniacs like you as the majority then…

      oh wait.

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    I would like to ask Ruwan L who thinks there is absolute luxury every where in the North and East, if you went into the deep rural villages?
    These are like Hambantota 20 years ago. So it is not really comparable as the writer says.

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      yes, at the same time not every part of Jaffna is like Hambanthota 20 years ago. Got the idea?

      And this is after 30 year war and terrorist activities. Kudos to the government for the development in the area there, whatever the shortcoming they have.

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      Pooh,

      I did visit the rural areas too! the road are much better and the infrastructure is improving! I did not see Hambantota 20 years ago in any part of the northeast! Have you been there?

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    66-years after independence there are many villages in the other 6-provinces in the country that are still need of clean water, electricity, domestic hygiene facilities, schools, hospitals/ dispensaries, access roads. East and North are not special to get special, accelerated treatment. There are a millions of other people already waiting in the queue to be cared for. Millions and billions of ruppees wasted by politicans of all parties and ethnic groups waltzing around in the world. If even 10% of that had been spent on our villages, we would have no reason to complain.

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      bo,don’t you think all those could have been sorted out with the massive funds dumped on white elephants in hambantota?When you distribute funds for development do you start the process with first step to see what the people’s acute needs are or do you start the process by first step seeing form which district you are from and dump all the money there?

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    Tamils need every thing free.

    Only Tamil contribution to Sri Lanka, is years of violence, and desrtruction, now propaganda against Sri Lanka, making trobule in the UNHRC.

    Real Blood suckers.

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      tamils contributed a lot to singapore.Lee kuan yew knows that and that is why people like rajaratnam etc were treated so well by him to the end.Ever wondered in your pea brain why the tamil could not contribute.Every time a tamil contributes his contribution is not what the sinhalese looks at but the measly benefits and remuneration he is getting due to the position he is holding.The jealousy of seeing a tamil being a bit more comfortable than him far outweighs the contribution to the country due to his hard work,honesty and brains.Hence the overpowering urge to bring the tamil down even if it means the contribution goes away.

      There is a joke where satan was showing the pits.Each country had its own pit.When the visitor came to the srilankan pit he asked why only this one does not have a sentry.satan replied that every time a srilankan tried to clamber out the others dragged him down.

      Now you know why it is impossible for anyone let alone a tamil to contribute in that country.It is not worth the hair that you will lose and better to look for fresh pastures.

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      the only thing worse than your rampant ‘patriotism’ is your poor grasp of the english language and the fact that you seem to be so ashamed of your proud sinhala name that you’ve had to swap it for a suddha name.

      oh sweet irony.

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    LTTE Chief Mr Prabakaran was totally in charage of these areas.

    He was paid big bucks by the Diaspora to adminisster these areas and look after their inhabitants.

    Is this dereliction of duty by the Chief?.

    Since the chief’s departure , his Minders and Financiers have even formed a Govt in Exile with a kickass Cabinet,which is spread around richest parts of the Globe..

    One would have thought their Treasure would have made an allocation to electrify the abodes of these loyal subjects using Solar Panels at least which are cheap as chips nowadays.

    With the Vellala CM hand picked by the LTTE proxies now in charge, it is not late even now to send in a few containers of the new generation Solar Panels, to light up a even a few LEDs in each household so that the poor kids in these non Vellala areas can keep up with their school work.

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      “Since the chief’s departure , his Minders and Financiers have even formed a Govt in Exile with a kickass Cabinet,which is spread around richest parts of the Globe..” i’m assuming you’re speaking about the cabinet at diyawanna. other than the ‘exiled’ bit, that’s a perfect description, complete with people like karuna and pillayan, whose inclusion in the government you seem to have no problem with (what with the your Chief paying for the admirable services you provide with your keyboard and dictionary (“electrify the abodes”? class, sumane))

      “One would have thought” Oh come now, sumane- you’re not seriously claiming you have the power of objective thought, now, are you?

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    Ruwan L,

    Why don’t you visit the villages listed above and see for yourself and then comment. This is sheer insesitivity on your part. As a Sinhalese I am ashamed of some of the comments given above. This shows what a fragmented society we are. With this Rajapaksa administration which is Pro Sinhala, Buddhist, South and against everyone else things are getting worse by the day. We have to watch out as there is Hitler out there in the form of Gota.

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    Dear Wickramasiri,

    Pl see the facts below from the CEB:
    With the sole intention of increasing the power supply island wide of 87% to 100% by 2012, Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka has launched a program Vidulamu Lanka parallel to Balaya Lanka.

    This is 2014. Nothing has been done in areas like Kili. So the writer is fully justified.

    Currently power supply island wide in 25 districts has progressed considerably. Under the farsighted leadership of Minister Ranawaka Electricity supply has reached 100% in Colombo, Gampaha, and Hambantota Districts. Meanwhile by the end of 2010 The Ministry of Power and Energy had provided electricity coverage to Kalutara 90%, Matara 96%, Galle 98%, Ratnapura 88%, Kegalle 79%, Monaragala 89%, Anuradhapura 73%, Polonnaruwa 84%, Vavunia 68%, Kilinochchi 10%, Jaffna 72%, Muleithiv 16%, Badulla 82%, Nuwara Eliya 86%, Kurunegala 86%, Trincomalee 57%, Puttlam 90%, Mannar 44%, Baticalore 55%, Kandy 91%, Amparei 68% and Matale 84%. The ministry further stated that excluding the districts of Kilinochchi and Muleitiv they have recorded a growth of over 50% in all other districts.

    YOU can see the contrast I hope between the Districts?

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      if you exclude the army camps and army HQ’s and houses built for the sinhala settlers….what is the percentage for the North and East?

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    Vizzy Pooh, Thank you for your comment. A comment was also made earlier by Levi on the need for water. There is no question that the North and the East need development in these respects since they are the least developed. When you quoted electricity coverage percentages for all districts, it it should be read with the understanding that the achievement is a result of five or six decades of development, may be even more in some districts. Therefore it is not a reasonable comparison since there was no development in the NE during the war years and even the infra structure that existed was destroyed. Many of these areas need to start from scratch now. My criticism of the CT article was that this context was not placed before the reader making it look as if lack of coverage was deliberate. The reference to the Tamil diaspora in the final sentence was unnecessary and was a pointer validating my criticism.

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      I entirely agree that the reference to Tail Diaspora is unnecessary and not accurate.

      However can Vizzy Pooh answer my question above on electification of military establishent in HSZ, houses built for Sinhala failies and hotels built and run by the military.

      Apparently they have a state of the art buildings with Home Cinema entertainent, flood lit playing fields etc etc

      When it comes to providing basic needs for the ordinary Tamils you guys talk bull shit

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    NPC and EPC sent back 3526 millions and 4046 millions respectively to treasury.

    MPs did not provide any plan to spend their allocations under the decentralized budget.

    I think CT is experiencing some intellectual” incapability.

    Ask the Tamil MPs about their plans to spend the monies under the decentralised budget and ask the NPC/EPC about how much they will send back to treasury this year.

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      you are talking absolute load of rubbish again.
      The council elections were held in September 2013.
      Vigneswaran took oath on the 17th October. The Council is just about functioning and putting together their budget.
      There was no TNA administration untill now.
      So what is this arehole harping about

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        rajash,he is kicking own goals because his EPDP boss douglas who was running the affairs of the north before wicks took over.

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          hmmmm thought so

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