16 December, 2018

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Academics, Professionals And Activists Want KNDU Bill Withdrawn

A group of 95 persons, mostly academics but including activists and other professionals, have petitioned for the withdrawal of the General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University (KNDU) Bill which they claim ‘attempts to expand the existing Kotelawala Defence University in alarming ways”.

Sir John Lionel Kotelawala

The Bill which was gazetted on April 6, 2018, would, they claim, ‘goes well beyond the original objectives of the institution which were to provide training to military personnel in military related disciplines,’ and moreover would allow for operations ‘outside the purview of the Universities Act of 1978 or the University Grants Commission’.

They argue, further, that it would set ‘the dangerous precedent of linking the military to the education of civilians.’

It would provide the Minister of Defence extraordinary powers to intervene on the pretext of “national security” and could potentially use military power to crush any form of dissent on national higher education policy, the petition argues.

Finally, they claim that it is ‘a blatant effort to facilitate the privatization of higher education through the use of the military’ and demand that the government completely withdrawsthe Bill through a gazette notice with immediate effect.

The full text of the petition is given below:

Petition to withdraw the KNDU Bill

The General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University (KNDU) Bill which was gazetted on 6th April 2018 attempts to expand the existing Kotelawala Defence University in alarming ways. 

First, this will mean that the KNDU can create new units, link itself with other educational institutions (private, state or foreign), levy fees and award degrees to all sectors of the public, in any academic discipline. This goes well beyond the original objectives of the institution which were to provide training to military personnel in military related disciplines. All of this will be done outside the purview of the Universities Act of 1978 or the University Grants Commission. Instead, these educational activities will be controlled by the Minister of Defence and the Board of Governors composed mostly of military personnel, thereby setting up a dangerous precedent of linking the military to the education of civilians.  

Second, the Bill will enable the Minister of Defence to take “all such steps necessary” to control any situation that is seen to endanger national security or upset the smooth functioning of the University. Since the proposed bill allows for the expansion of the University extending its existing scope excessively in terms of geography as well as structure, it provides the Minister of Defence extraordinary powers to intervene on the pretext of ‘national security’ and could potentially use military power to crush any form of dissent on national higher education policy.  Additionally, the Board of Governors will be compelled to act according to the dictates of the Minister of Defence, usually a portfolio held by the President. 

The contents of the bill are a blatant effort to facilitate the privatization of higher education through the use of the military.  The implications for the quality of higher education and foundations of university education such as academic freedom, autonomy, dissent, freedom of thought and conscience have been completely disregarded in this bill.  Although the bill is presumably being presented as a response to the crisis faced by the medical students enrolled by SAITM, the provisions of the bill go over and beyond that remit in extremely dangerous ways.  

We demand that the government completely withdraw the KNDU Bill through a gazette notice with immediate effect.

We also call upon the authorities to systematically and consultatively review and transform higher education structures, policies and regulations to meet changing societal needs. Ad hoc efforts at creating new higher education structures are creating unnecessary crises in the system.   The changes that are required should uphold the values of higher education as well as the best traditions of the existing system, not least, the values and spirit of the philosophy of free education.  

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    DR Ranil and his Elite Anglican & Vellala Faction always wanted to degrade the Lankawe’s Military Forces for obvious reasons.
    This Bill obviously is aimed towards that outcome.
    But the more serious issues facing Lankawe are going on unabated.
    The CB Robbery, has cost the EPF ,just not the 11 Billion as paraded by even the Bond Commission.
    It infact cost the EPF 26 Billion according to the Inelligentia in Colombo..
    How long will it take the EPF to recoup this loss?.
    Now Kira and Kabiar have given 21,000 Acres of the Heritage listed Knuckles National P Forests Range to mates to build Holiday Resorts and Cattle Farms….
    Even Dr Ranil’s spiritual guru from Malwatta has said that the only thing DR Ranil ‘s Yahapalana faction has done is to sell the Lankawes national wealth to Foreigners and their Local appendages.
    I don’t think the Malwatta boss has yet heard about Dr Ranil’s Singapore FTA.
    And the Hindian ETCA ….

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      Just because a person is stupid does he/she got to advertise it?

      How on earth is expanding the Military College going to degrade the military? The bill is adding not withdrawing any of the functions currently under taken.

      There was no CB robbery but for argument sake lets say there was one: WTF has that got to do with this bill?

      What has Kira and Kabiar got to do with this bill.

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        Burt

        You know KASmaalam since he has this urge to prove his existence, he types all sorts of things mostly he does not know about. What I like him about is his ability to fill boxes with stupid meaningless uttering. The man/woman/it does not know if he/she/it is coming or going.

        He thinks he is a champion of the down trodden while boasting about his investment in blue chip companies, 18 holes, handicap, …………. stroke, ……….. and has taste for expensive free malt brought to him by Middle East returnees, ………………….. This man is as confused as the political system that governs the people of this island.

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          Dear Native,
          One perch in Dehiwala now sells for 5 Mil, Nawala it is 6 Mil.
          Just imagine if you want to move to even Dehiwala, after Dr Ranil gets his New Constitution.
          Hurry up and do something, because when the Singaporeans and the Hiidians start coming , you won’t get anything anywhere in Colombo, even if you sell your Flat in East London or Scarborough.
          Although Sivajilingam will have land for you guys at concessional rates in Killinochchi, you or your mates wouldn’t be able to handle the Heat there…

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            KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

            “One perch in Dehiwala now sells for 5 Mil, Nawala it is 6 Mil.”

            Could you let us have prices of one perch in Dehiwela and Nawala on the following dates:

            1948, 1956, 1958, 1971, 1977, 1983, 1987, 1994, …. 2005, 2009, 2015, ……………………………

            I am not Clan’s benamy bag man to own a flat in East London or Scarborough. Does it mean you own real estates all over the world? By the way I am told some of MR’s old class mates have suddenly become owners of very expensive properties in sought after areas in London. Is there any truth in that?

            “Although Sivajilingam will have land for you guys at concessional rates in Killinochchi, “

            Most of the fertile Land is being distributed among the war criminals and their relatives in Vanni.
            WHY DO YOU ASSUME I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE HEAT OF THE VANNI REGION GIVEN THAT I AM USED TO YOUR AND YOUR FELLOW SINHALA BUDDHIST STUPIDITY DAY IN DAY OUT?

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      Sumanasekara Is wrong. Malwaththe mahanyake Thero had said one time Ranil told half the story and fooled him by not telling the whole truth. thereafter Mahanayak thero did not get caught to Ranil. Ranil goes even to Mosques and deliver grocerty. His major place is one church, I heard in Arachchikattuwa.

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      Sumaney:
      Every time one thinks you have reached your particular Everest in the practice of monumental idiocy and incomprehensibility, you go one better.
      If it hasn’t already happened and if there is a category for such, you really should be ensconced as the Greatest Lunatic in the world in the Guinness Book of Records.

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      “The CB Robbery, has cost the EPF ,just not the 11 Billion as paraded by even the Bond Commission.”
      Idiot, don’t you have anything else to mourn about?. Where were you when the Army HQ was sold and the ‘Jpakayas’ pocketed millions of $$$$? Where is I don’t have space to include the amount of money looted by the previos ‘Jpakayas’. You and Bert should join the ‘Gamarala’ as he is suffering from the same illness.

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    Absolutely. This is an attempt to dishonestly foist on the country a negation of what a university should be. The “Yahapalanaya” that we worked for has already been reduced to a joke. This, too, will boomerang on those who try to infiltrate the groves of academe.
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    Since this will probably come under purview of the Ministry of Defence huge allocations of public money will be made; and you can be quite sure that those who will benefit will be those who can pay for what they are getting.
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    Private higher education is fine, but it should not be entwined with the military. As it is the jack-boot is all too prominent in our society.
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    It would be good if the 95 people who rightly oppose all this were to name themselves.

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    Where the hell were these Academics, Professionals And Activists when the last govt forced university entrants to go through a military training program?
    They did not even speak when military forced itself into the Northern class rooms or managed schools. Knowing very well the military was full of rapists and child molesters. Not even a screening was done.

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      Burt:
      I agree, these unmentionables have found their voices now that it is safe to do so. However, the manner in which it is proposed to move the KDU out of the academic stream and into the military one is just not acceptable.
      In closing, to name anything resembling an academic institution after a man like John Kotalawela is an oxymoron because he was the antithesis of everything that represented “education!”

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      Burt
      What are you saying — Military forced itself into the Northern………??????
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      Man, when your people die in the hospital, it was our military who gave them blood.
      Only last week, villagers live in Uyilankulam Tank, Kilinochchi have pleaded Army’s assistance to stop the breach of tank bund. Army have rushed to the tank and stopped the piercing by placing 2800 sand bags, saving over 500 people living there.
      http://www.army.lk/news/troops-uyilankulum-civilians-stack-2800-sand-bags-avoid-tank-bund-breach
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      You Tamil racists you cannot do anything without SL Army in the North. They are part of the lives of Northern Tamils. Ordinary Tamils embrace our Army as their saviours. Tamils who live double lives in Colombo are the people who want to chase our Army from the North. If SL Army wasn’t there, half of the Northern Tamil population is no more.

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        “Man, when your people die in the hospital, it was our military who gave them blood.
        They didn’t die to save Tamil. They were raping the dying Girls. To hide that only you surrendered to China and now with China advice you want to convert all citizen Communist Party Qualified Members by expanding “Kudu University”.
        It is Don Stephen started Galoya scheme to Sinhala Colonization and let all Tamils areas dams leaking.

        Please don’t’ give fake connection, but tell you military men to stop drug trading and putting Jayalalitha’s and Manmohan Sings uncompromised Graphics on their website.
        Our people are not dying in the hospital. Hospitals are not for our people. It is your people living the Hospital after coming crimes.
        “Tamil Racist” developed the country all together from Dondre to Point Petro. That is way Ceylon was famous that time. Now , last week, IGP reported Ceylon is the world’s worst country in area related murders and second worst in rape, drug use and abortion.

        It is Tamil Philanthropist showed in Lankawe how to build schools. All Rapist Army did was occupying them as camps. Get the Rapist Gang out of there.

        First, get the blood sucking micro loan banks out of there. They are worse than Rapist Army. At lease, these days, one or two loan casualties of those poor women are in the news. (Those are reported without fear-all others are suppressed from reporting)

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          Mallaiyuran

          You Tamil-racist. You can’t understand a simple sentence. “Man, when your people die in the hospital, it was our military who gave them blood.” means donating blood to Tamil patients when other Tamils didn’t donate blood due to caste issues.
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          Bloody idiots have no evidence to prove any rape allegations against Army other than illusions and fabrications. Did Vidya also rang raped by military? She was raped and video-graphed by LTTE’s SwissKumar with the patronage of Tiger woman Vijayakala Maheshwari.
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          If it wasn’t for Chinese loans, the war ravaged North would never have been rebuilt. Whose money was used to rebuild roads, houses and restored normalcy in the North? Your bloodthirsty sungod’s money?
          Why us, tell Governor-Coomaraswamy to restrict micro-financing-companies.
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          Yes, “it was Don Stephen started Galoya scheme to Sinhala resettlement.” Resettling Sinhalese is not colonization. Tamilnadu kallathonis grabbing Sinhalese lands in the North and settling themselves is colonization. This country was built by Sinhalese Kings. All massive irrigation tanks were built by our Kings. Sinhalese have a right to live anywhere in the country. Name one Tamil who built anything in Sri Lanka other than destroying what Sinhalese built?
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          You bloody Tamils never wanted us to remove Army from the North when savage Prabhakaran was alive. There was famine and hunger. Prabhakaran let Tamils die in hunger and killed by diseases by robbing all dry-rations, food items and medicine that were sent from Colombo to poverty-stricken Tamils inthe North. Ungrateful idiots. You deserved to be run by a barbarian like Prabhakaran. Sinhalese are too good for you. If Army were not there today, the entire North would’ve been terrorized by Aava Group by now.
          One day all Army Camps that were removed from strategical locations in the North-East will be reinstalled. Stop if you can.

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            means donating blood to Tamil patients
            150,000 consuming all the blood available in all North East hospitals.

            ”Did Vidya also rang raped by military? “
            That is what the accused said in the court. Sinhala Only Jury courts refused investigate it. It was another Lasantha, Thajudeen, Raviraj case.
            ” If it wasn’t for Chinese loans, the war ravaged North would never have been rebuilt “
            $18B loan is in Dubai, Seychelles, Belarus…. Ask Mangala why he is not bringing it home. Lotus tower is built with Thali Kodi money. Ask your bosses of where did Thalikdoi money went?. Last week Bankrupt politicians swallowed 12B Rs of LTTE money, that should have gone to North East rebuilding.

            “Whose money was used to rebuild roads “
            Only Rapist Army travelling roads. All the local roads are now gravel roads.

            ” Governor-Coomaraswamy to restrict micro-financing-companies. “ Can a Pariah Demolu tell the micro financing Sinhala Banks not to use paramilitary to collect, but use Sinhala Only Jury court to do that?
            ” Name one Tamil who built anything “
            As per Pali chronicles and European records, TN workforce and architects brought by Tamil Kings, Portuguese, Dutch and English built Lankawe in the past. Now Chinese engineers and Chinese prisoners are building.
            ” food items and medicine that were sent from Colombo to poverty “
            Yes, 450,000 people living in that area was counted as 70,000 to release the food donated by UN and rest was fed to the pigs in the Colombo. Then the 70,000 turned out to be 300,000 refugees in the internment camps. Now where the 150,000 missing? You have to answer to UNHRC or it will be going to UNSC, soon. That time it will be too late to threaten that you are going even to withdraw from UN.
            ”One day all Army Camps that were removed from strategical locations in the North-East will be reinstalled. Stop if you can.”
            Yes With Chinese Army. Everybody knows that too.

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        HANDS OFF Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University, Ranil.
        The KNDU is exclusively for our Military. They don’t have any other place for military related education. It should keep as it is.

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      Burt,
      “Where the hell were these Academics, Professionals And Activists when the last govt forced university entrants to go through a military training program?”
      It was not a military training program. It was a leadership training program. That program could have helped to produce well disciplined graduates. Some who want to control university students for their political survival did not like that program. Lack of discipline in society is the biggest problem in Sri Lanka and in other countries in South Asia. That is one of the factors why South Asia is lagging behind while East Asian countries with better discipline in society are progressing.

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        EE:
        If it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck. It is a duck to me. You are free to call what ever you want it to be.

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    Friday forum also had a long list of Acedemics and professionals. The same way, there was one Western Hisotry p[rofessor from Colombo who did not have much influence in the society, HE was from the protestants and beczame JVP ( As I understand). So, who are these Academics and professionals. Why they chickens and are not willing to publish their names. IT looks 2020 common Candidate project for the civil society organizations are on. they selelcted a group of bank robbers and emptied the bsanks and bankrupted the country. Finance ministry we know it there is 0.02% of the GDP was a surplus. so, the country is not entirely bankrupt once we pay the debt. 0.02% can be just a haux too if missing expense items are checked out. So, this group wants military training and higher education curtailed. I know JAckal Opposition with Mahinda Rajapakse and JVP are not for SAITM. Even foreign countries say, do not stop children going there for studies. We even give them scholar ship. Because students coming for studies in western universities and registered academic institutions is a way to earn income and select prospective citizens who are well educated and work for lower salaries and wages. The govts did not expend a penny to teach them or train them.

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    Sri lankan know that Maithripala sirisena group, Ranil and the UNP and Mahinda Rajapske and his group of thieves all for the loot. Dayasiri Jayasekara and Rosei senanayake – two thieves – have explained it. Sri lanka is run by foreign interests. then businesses go with that by offering money. This time it won’t be the same as civil society or these Hyenas expect.

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    Sri lankan students get medical degrees from Bangladesh, Nepal, CHINA like countries too. I heard shan wickramasinghe had his broadcast engineering degree from Jamaica,a little island. IT is well known that sri lankan students leaving and countries money are going overseas because of that. So, SAITM like institutions are needed. Even in the case of SAITM there are other degrees offered by the same company. what the govt has to do it to make reasonably profitable. Even the western universities, even though givt subsided, they have money earning projects and even foreign investments. Academics and professionals are against private universities means it is something else. That is why no names and no explanations just cheap politics. IT should be by DOLLAR KAAKAS.

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    These poltiicans want to put their hands in every affairs of education and they are like kings and queens ..they want to control all affairs of public. It is public who gave them power ..
    People have right to remove them.
    It is too much from them to come up laws as they like..
    They behave like kings .
    Education should be in The hand of acsmdic not in the hand of poltiicans.

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    These two legs donkeys of academics, government officials and politicians of SL should be packed and sent to either to live with the bushman in the Kalahari desert or to live with the Eskimos in Siberia. They always want to put the country’s progress in the opposite direction. There are many defense universities all over the world offering civilian courses, and let normal students study in them, even in China and Russia too. In countries where they have more open and liberal systems, the people of them have better and higher standards of living. Why, all technology giants like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Siscore etc are in Silicon Valley, and all tech ventures want to be there, because of it’s free and minimum regulations. Over regulation kills inovation and entrepreneurship. Even one time basket cases, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are marching ahead and SL is marching at high pace towards the doom owing to these two legs donkeys, at leat the real donkeys carry loads but these are utterly useless. The way things are these sick lot wouldn’t even let the unborn generations a better lives. It’s really disgusting dirty pigs like the blood sucking GMOA are behind all these, sucking the progress of the country for good. All of them are real gutter people. Period.

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    KNDU Bill which PM brought to present in Parliament was stopped by H.E as Minister of Higher Education Mr. Rajapakse in league with AG said it was possible to absorb all of SAITM for which govt. UGC is responsible, through a simple amendment to the existing KDU bill without introducing a new bill. This amendment is being carried out, but the tragedy is that wicked GMOA, instead of helping SAITM to complete and become defunct like earlier NCMC, started offering for bribe, a fake, illegal, twin unacceptable, earlier failed Nizhni degree with no practice in Sri Lanka.

    Corrupt bribery of GMOA to destroy some SAITM to win their head AP contempt of court case on September 4th is not true justice to legal, govt. approved local SAITM MBBS after August 2011, with several batches of MBBS now with legal court verdict to give internship training. Has GMOA assessed the MBBS exam. to call the external examiners frauds, who are state examiners still.

    AP rebel GMOA is root cause which politics and job agents are funding for their cause, MR previous govt. having given scholarships to SAITM then. GMOA TU crept into SLMC of govt. to grab power to dictate, and has dragged all students, parents and other TU foolishly to pay cost while GMOA is free for their rigged elections this month. Karmic tragedy of rebel head AP has his own justice in contempt of court case filed by National Movements.
    SAITM students are transferred to KDU only with amendment. The new bill GMOA is getting people to shout about has not been presented, but GMOA loves money and chaos against govt.

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    Lankawe is fully prepared to take on America. Lasksiri Fernando worked with his mates to offer PhD (Doctorate) to two people whose academic ability cannot be at O/L level. The reason was “their expertise won the war against terrorism”. Then one of those guys was conducting Defense Conferences at world level for few years until recently they were stopped it. This week they went to participate with a world military rehearsal with USA. So now they are confident they have the world class military to challenge super power USA.
    The notorious guy’s cases about buying war planes from Russia and using navy ship to arm smuggling could not be advanced in the Supreme Court as the judges are quitting by fear. The former military commander has declared if he is given the Law and Order Ministry he would not accept. Joint Comedy Club Chief (The unofficial opposition leader) expressed concern that Army may take over the power. Lankawe has highest number of army and highest GDP percentage military expenses in SA. This military is now 2:1 Proportion in some area of North. It is holding the lands of civilians; it is occupying their farm lands and managing it government; it running business there; it is managing Northern tourism for its own income. It is running the preschool and schools in North. Beyond it illegally doing these civilians occupation, it is doing illegal trade like drug smuggling, prostitution… Now it is planning to take over the higher education.

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    Recently Russia has been paying attention to Missiles and planes. It doesn’t attempt to match America 10 Nimitz Class Aircraft Carriers. The money needed for Building one ship to match Nimitz class is worth for many other arms, in Russia’s look. The strategy Russia developing seems to, is only atomic war, no more costly conventional war. Even if wants to redevelop its navy, it has to find clients to get rid of rusting ships. Russia’s new Ambassador raises many new questions. The ship deal has become a covertly operation. The Old junkyard Navy ship may come bugged to watch the activities of America and India around the Indian Ocean. Lankawe may be hoping if it can hold the enemy for few days, then it can get the Russian & Chinese help.
    Not one of the war time’s army regulations is relaxed. The OMP or Paranagama Commission II has already said it will not release the arrested person’s list. That is not a commission for to find missing persons. The Northern Province Education minister is being investigated under PTA. Lankawe said to prepare to withdraw from UNHRC, because it doesn’t to honor Resolution 30/1. It not prepared to honor Indian_ Sri Lankan Accord. It has opened its hand on 100 days Program with is part of the original agreement to change the constitution. We know this bill is not to recall.
    Russia and America may negotiate between them. North and South Koreas may negotiate. Egypt and Israel may negotiate. Lankawe is not there to negotiate with anybody. It is ever ready to meet anyone on the war front. So it’s spending its money on world class military university, spreading its wing all over the Island.

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      MAlliyuren: No country in the world has talked to immigrents in thero country.but Sri Lanka can negotiate with India in order to dispatch Tamil speaking South Indians back.

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        Can you?

        Really?

        Then you are really breave!

        I thought after,( last time when you went threre) Mr.Modi screwed up Mahanama, you were little bit shy to show your face to that side.

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    Ranil says the background of this story is that civil society wants Ranil as the presidential candidate.

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    Stupid Academics, Professionals and ACTIVITS. what is wrong if the Academy expands as a University offering different degrees and the military part becomes just a faculty of the university. there are military universities even in my area which is allowed for private citizens. They offe rnon-military programs. Stupid people. I don’t know why they are this dumb is it because Ranil’s election party is behind. Everybody knows UNP is doomed.

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    Sri lanka isaid to be a Democratic country.but 95 wants to decide for the whole Sri lanka. Why it is not 150 different activits, civil soceity groups as th elast time. Others understood these 95 are dollar Kaakas, Protestants and foreign lobbying groups.

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    Where can find the names of the Academics, Professionals and Activists who want the KNDU Bill withdrawn?
    Or is this news item a hoax?

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    “Finally, they claim that it is ‘a blatant effort to facilitate the privatization of higher education through the use of the military’ and demand that the government completely withdrawsthe Bill through a gazette notice with immediate effect.”
    Totally Agree.

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    This is GMOA hoax to use others as cat’s paws to rebel while GMOA is safe and free from attack on obstructing New KDU bill if introduced by PM okayed by H.E. Academy to University. People don’t fall for this GMOA insanity, but state students study, complete exams. do jobs and have families like AP children in Royal. National Movement for Social Justice and Puravesi Balaya are excellent examples of divine righteous judgment heaped on AP destroyer out of the blues for his manic karma. More to come for which GMOA funds and bribes collected for legal fees. Still no inner peace.

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    All gurus here let me know what is the solution for SAITM issue? No need bull shit explanations.

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    Military schools cannot be allowed to teach medicine.
    It does not happen anywhere.
    If this is allowed, they will ask to be allowed to teach Veterinary Science, Law, Agriculture, etc.
    All these proposed irregularities are only because a few SAITM students are related to politicians and doctors.
    Meanwhile, Neville F has made his millions and is sitting tight, with some benefits to S.B.Dissanayake who altered ‘management’ to ‘medicine’ in the original gazette notification, for a ‘consideration’ of course.

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    Sir john Kothalawala Defense university bill should move through parliament and the university must be established. Why? Nowadays state universities are run by student unions! No discipline! Most of the time university students are loitering on the streets of Colombo!!! They are controlled by perettas and their ideology was thrown into trash by Russian an all east European countries!!!! some times ago.

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    Sir John Lionel Kotelawala was the PM of Ceylon (now SL) from 1953-1956. “Sinhala Only” was in the air at that time. He was addressing a meeting in Jaffna, when some activists in unison, pulled out and waved black cloths – symbolic. The Police stepped in. Sir John shouted ” Police Police do not harm them. I order you not to”. Once the melee subsided Sir John went on to say “There will be no one language policy as long as I am PM”. This came at an unguarded moment from his heart.
    SWRD B used this and came up with “Sinhala Only in 24 hours” and the rest is history.
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    Sir John never would have anticipated that the estate he bequeathed will be used to cultivate the culture of ‘pride of place’ to the Lankan Armed Services – mono-ethnic at that.
    When KDU was created ‘military-style’ discipline was the in-topic in the champagne circles. Military type induction to undergrads, to school principals were promoted with gust. KDU was to produce ALL future VCs.
    The KNDU is to tide over another hurdle for the privileged.
    Should we remind ourselves the Sir John’s dream.

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    The GMOA should be out Lawed and banned for good for obstructing the progress of the people. All the greedy vultures controlling it, should be put behind bars. The civil society should raise up against these blood thirty and greedy GMOA vultures for they brought down this the noble profession to the gutters. Owing to GMOA blood sucking vultures, the common man consider the doctors even below the ranks of the pathalayas. The good doctors should feel the pulse of the people, and raise up against the thuggery of these GMOA vultures. Our judges must take strong stand against the scoundrel Pavadeniya for he disrespected the courts, this action of his is available in audio and video for all to see well and clearly.

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      AP is power mad and will rig elections this month with the other TU thugs who do not practice clinical medicine but foul mouth about MBBS standards of which they are ignorant. They extract money to teach ‘foreigns’ and fail 85% while all state are pushed out of medical schools 100% to make room for yearly intake. These vultures want money from SAITM to oppose judicial decisions to somehow delay SAITM with jealousy, wickedness and inner hatred. Guess how they heal with compassion. Apart from SAITM, GMOA terrorists fail and chase 85% foreign qualified out of SL causing severe shortage for citizen’s needs. This is a sick nation chronic disease increasing.

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    for a long time higher education was provided by ecclesiastical authorities(monastries, pirivenas, madams, athinams in the hindu context). after modernization came in it was under secular control (state, private sector, trusts etc). there is nothing in the history to say army played a role in this sector. in this context, i would say the yahapalanaya govt. is trying to contribute towards innovating higher education by making the army to play a role. army can be responsible for training army (sandhurst etc). west has something to learn from SL as a result of this bill. over to you trump and putin.
    -dayal

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      Dayal, Putin and Trump don’t have our problem of absolute greed, hatred, insanity, jealousy, insecurity, weird money craze for a health TU GMOA to eat up others, doctor eating doctor. Nowhere in the world do doctors destroy doctors. They obey law of land, and what is the dark covering over conscience of this so called SB nation with the leaders doing religious rituals all the time. Is it farcical karmic souls or dead gods

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    This bill is a very important one for the future generations. To abolish the the bill is not an idea of intellectuals or professionals but the Idea of JO-kers and JVP with their Right (GMOA) and Left(IUSF) wings. They like the least number of educated people in the country for their silly goals & targets.

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    The KDU amendment bill to absorb all SAITM to KDU was presented in Parliament on June 8th to do justice to the govt. accountable UGC admitted SAITM students some of who have MBBS judicially approved for internship training. This is not the new KNDU bill prepared with wide defence powers, which these nameless are protesting about and which has not been introduced. The current KDU amendment is about giving justice to SAITM which was being destroyed by GMOA/SLMC combo. The GMOA went to the extent of offering an illegal, fake, unacceptable failed twin Nizhny degree with inability to practice in SL, offered on its website to grab some SAITM for bribes. Medical Teachers.

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    ‘The Daily Mirror’ of 10 June 2018 9yesterday) says ~ “Former SAITM CEO Dr. Sameera Senaratne was remanded till June 14 by the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court yesterday over the shooting which took place in Malabe last year.
    The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday arrested Dr. Senaratne for allegedly staged the shooting together with a Pradeshiya Saba member……….”.

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