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After Port City, Gota Set To Sell Colombo Fort, Slave Island Heritage Buildings To China-Backed Firms

The Government of President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa looks set to sell hundred acres of prime land to Chinese companies in the Colombo Fort and Slave Island areas, as Beijing continues to seize strategic control of Sri Lanka’s capital city, its major highways, and ports, Colombo Telegraph learns.

China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC) is the company that built and now has virtually complete management, administration and jurisdiction of the Colombo Port City, the reclaimed landmass that was annexed to Sri Lanka’s territory.

Gotabaya

This week in a brazen move, the Nandasena Government which is already under fire for rushing through the Port City Bill in the middle of a major coronavirus outbreak, handed over an elevated highway project to CHEC. The Cabinet of Ministers decided to award the contract to build the 17 km Kelaniya-Athurugiriya elevated highway to the Chinese state-owned CHEC sans a competitive bidding process. By winning the bid worth USD 1 billion, CHEC will become the first foreign company to own a major highway in Sri Lanka on which it will operate a toll.

CHEC will operate the New Kelaniya Bridge highway for 15 years, during which it will earn revenue. In 18 years, the Highway will be transferred back to Government of Sri Lanka ownership, Cabinet Spokesman Udaya Gammanpila said. The Cabinet made the decision to hand the project over to CHEC on the basis that the company would take the least amount of time to complete the project and the shortest period by which it will recover the cost, Gammanpila said, without elaborating on a transparent bidding process.

The Company was exposed by a 2018 New York Times investigation for “donating” over Rs 800 million to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidential re-election campaign in 2014/2015 through its Standard Chartered Bank account in Colombo. The payments were made from a subaccount controlled by CHEC named the HPDP Phase 2, shorthand for “Hambantota Port Development Project”, the New York Times revealed in its report. In 2011, the World Bank officially blacklisted China Communications Construction Company and all its subsidiaries after an investigation into fraudulent practices in a Phillipines Highway project. CCCC is CHEC’s parent company.

CHEC has reaped massive returns after the Rajapaksa family was returned to power in November 2019 but the procurement of thousands of acres of land in Colombo City would be essentially a seizure of Sri Lanka’s most strategic landmass by China. Beijing is vying for geo-political influence with other foreign powers including the US, Japan and India and Sri Lanka has become an important linchpin in this process.

But the Gotabaya Rajapaksa Administration has much bigger plans for CHEC, a company that has a reputation for oiling the palms of corrupt politicians world over.

Over the next two years, the Government plans to sell hundreds of acres of prime state-owned land in Colombo Fort and its adjacent Slave Island area, including property currently being used by the Sri Lanka Air Force and Sri Lanka Army. Colombo Telegraph learns that the bulk of these properties have been reserved for China Harbour Engineering Corporation, through an intermediary local firm created specifically for the purpose of easing the path for transfer to the Beijing-owned entity and other affiliated investors.

Many of these properties were already listed for diversification by the Yahapalanaya Government and other administrations who hoped to transform Colombo City into a commercial and financial capital and move the state administrative headquarters inland. However, that diversification was to be streamlined under a competitive bidding process for interested investors.

Selendiva Investments Limited in which the Treasury holds 100 percent of shares was established last year.

According to a Cabinet Paper submitted on May 17 by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his capacity as Urban Development Minister Selendiva Investments has been tasked with transforming several underperforming state-owned assets into “viable, profitable and marketable” assets. Selendiva Investments is empowered to enter into long-term lease agreements with commercial entities about any land owned by the UDA. With private investors in these UDA properties and holdings, Selendiva will “smooth the way” for easy approvals from the state sector.

Based on the proposal now before Cabinet Selendiva Investments will set up Special Purpose Vehicles for specific investments.

According to the Cabinet Paper, the UDA is seeking approval to move ahead with three investment portfolios – namely: The Colombo Fort Heritage Square, The Immovable Property Development and The Government-owned Hospitality Sector under Selendiva Investments.

The proposal seeks to open multiple state-owned properties and UDA holdings for investment.

Ear-marked for “investment” under these portfolios are the Grand Oriental Hotel (GOH), the Gafoor Building, York Building, Republic Building (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the General Post Office building (Slave Island), Hilton Hotel, Water’s Edge Hotel, Cey Nor Restaurant (Slave Island), International Coordination Centre, Kankesanthurai (Jaffna), and Grand Hyatt Colombo.

Colombo Telegraph learns that the second phase of this Rajapaksa leasing/selling spree will include the Sri Lanka Air Force HQ, SLAF Grounds, other military holdings including the FCID headquarters on Chatham Street where CHEC already has its plush offices in Colombo.

The moves are especially ironic for the Government that swept to power on the basis that the previous Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration was selling national assets.

Colombo Telegraph learns that the Chinese Government hopes the transactions will be complete by 2022. Chinese firms are often preferred investment partners for the ruling Rajapaksa family because of the potential for massive kickbacks.

Spearheading the work for this major acquisition by the Beijing owned company is Urban Development Authority Secretary Siri Nimal Perera.

Perera was reportedly instrumental in securing the former Army Headquarters in Galle Face for sale to the Hong-Kong based Shangri-La corporation without a tender process on a free hold basis. Perera held office as Chairman of UDA when President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power.

When the Rajapakasa were last in power, China built a port, an airport, a cricket stadium and a series of other white elephant constructions in the Hambantota region.

Eight years later, with the Government having changed and struggling to pay back massive foreign loans due to Beijing, China wrested control and operation of the Hambantota Port, the most strategically important of the Rajapaksa vanity projects it had bank-rolled when Mahinda Rajapaksa was president of Sri Lanka. Of Sri Lanka’s deep-water ports, Hambantota lies closes to the busiest international east-west shipping lane.

The Rajapaksas are engaged in a sustained effort to make their political survival in Sri Lanka, Beijing’s official business, a foreign policy analyst told Colombo Telegraph.

Unseating the Rajapaksas will be a herculean task, with any Government that hopes to succeed this one likely to be compelled to pledge fealty to Sri Lanka’s overlords in Beijing, the analyst noted.

“By the time Gotabaya Rajapaksa concludes the first term of his presidency, China will have wrested control of several ports in the island and strategic inland property. It will own the bulk of Sri Lanka’s debt, as Colombo repeatedly leans on President Xi Jingping for bailouts amidst a serious debt crisis. Any Government that follows this regime will be saddled with this economic and strategic subjugation – there will almost be no way out,” the analyst, who did not wish to be named, told Colombo Telegraph.

Colombo was already behaving like a vassal state, with the President himself or five-man ministerial delegations going to the airport to accept delivery of the Sinopharm vaccines being donated by Beijing, the analyst pointed out. “There is no question that with every move it makes, the Rajapaksa administration making it known that it is a willing client of the Chinese Government and a supporter of Beijing’s expansion in the Indian Ocean,” the analyst told Colombo Telegraph.

As it expands its strategic advantage in Sri Lanka, Beijing has been careful to invest in all influential sections of society in the island – Buddhist temples and their chief incumbents, senior journalists and media houses, powerful trade unions in the port and medical sectors and local politicians, Colombo Telegraph learns authoritatively. Beijing also has assets situated in senior levels of the ruling Gotabaya Rajapaksa administration that are constantly looking out for China’s interests in all matters, it is learnt. Beijing’s cyber-intrusion into Sri Lanka’s social media landscape has also been noteworthy, and seen an escalation in recent months it is learnt.

It was the determination to create a monopoly on the island’s ports that led to Beijing’s mobilisation of monks and trade unions and other stakeholders to staunchly oppose the lease of the East Container Terminal in the Colombo Port to an India-Japan led joint venture, the analyst explained.

“The west terminal of the Colombo Port is very different – there is nothing there yet in terms of infrastructure, and the way the deal was manoeuvred to be handed over to the Adhani Group of India, it doesn’t look like the Indian Government will have a major role to play in the transaction,” the analyst noted. In the coming years, Sri Lanka’s national electoral battles will also become a form of proxy war between Beijing Vs. The Quad. We saw some measure of that in the 2015 presidential election when the Chinese Ambassador in Colombo himself became a canvasser of votes for the sitting President. We should expect to see this on a much bigger scale in the future,” the analyst added. (By Nimal Ratnaweera)

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  • 80
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    The utterly corrupt Rajapaksas should go!
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    Quote: “Unseating the Rajapaksas will be a herculean task, with any Government that hopes to succeed this one likely to be compelled to pledge fealty to Sri Lanka’s overlords in Beijing, the analyst noted.” Unquote.
    I don’t agree. That’s what they want to hear. China is bribing left, right and centre. But, this country does not belong to the Rajapaksas. This is the most unpopular government of all time.

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      Rajapaksas are not selling any land in their vote bases. They are selling in areas with a massive minority population diluting their presence in these areas and creating problems for them. Majority of Sri Lankans are not worried. They are disgusted of Rajapaksas for letting THEM down economically.

      If Rajapaksas can give the majority economic benefits at the expense of the minorities, Rajapaksas will sweep the elections again.

      Or if the majority feels the main challenger UNP/SJB are going to give more economic benefits to minorities if they come to power, again Rajapaksas will sweep the elections in 2024.

      Gota has no minority votes to lose from 2019. He doesn’t need them.

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        “After Port City, Gota Set To Sell Colombo Fort, Slave Island Heritage Buildings To China-Backed Firms”

        This is to satisfy the 6.9 million …….. they must be over the moon!

        Why worry? ……… at least some are happy!


        In one of their previous Sinhala-Buddhist reincarnations ……. the Rajapakses were half-Chinese Malays

        Blood is thicker than water.

        The men in yellow saris who brought them to power must be jumping for joy.

        Couldn’t have happened to a nicer lot!

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          nimal fernando

          Do you agree with Vasu Nayakkar that this country could make lots of money out of the burning ship if we let it come to our shores?

          Do you agree with Gota that the fertilizer import should be banned?

          Do you agree with the Army Commander Shavendra that the “media should be closely monitored during the post Covid crisis period to ensure the correct information is passed to the public.”

          ….
          ….

          • 17
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            “Do you agree with Vasu Nayakkar”

            How can I not agree with him! His children are in the good ol’ US of A! …… He is super smart to know which side his bread is buttered!!

            Dunno where SJ has sent his children: North Korea?

            I love these old Commies …….. how can I not? …….. at one time my own father was one!


            Right now I’m trying to work through why “Sinhala-Buddhists” don’t want to live in the “Sinhala-Buddhism” they have created ……. starting with numero uno “His Excellency” himself!

            EE/Mahindapala has found bliss among the Christian convicts …….. Jim Softy, near the icy polar caps ……. that’s as far away as one can get away from “Sinhala-Buddhism!”

            Have you ever stepped into where Jim Softy has found bliss among the Christians? ………. Man, in winter, which is most of the year, you can’t even park a car on the kerbside without plugging the heater in the radiator into a wall socket ….. anti-freeze alone wouldn’t do.

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              continued

              When you exhale …… your breath freezes the moment it leaves your nostrils ……… nice joint to meditate on “Sinhala-Buddhism,” I suppose

              Commies avoid “Communism” like the plague …… “Sinhala-Buddhists” avoid “Sinhala-Buddhism” like the plague

              And I’m sitting here, wondering what the world is coming to ……

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                nimal fernando

                Have you ever imagined Sri Lanka would borrow $200 million dollars from Bangladesh, a country/people which/who successfully fought for its/their liberation from Ayub Khans and Yahya Khans despite SJ’s old flame weaping widow aiding and abetting war crimes/genocide being committed by Pakistan against poor Bagladeshis?
                Please refer to brilliant Daily FT Cartoon:
                https://www.ft.lk/cartoon/Cartoon-28-05-2021/10494-718456

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                  A must-see cartoon for the likes of Eagle Eye who are so sure about our Aryan superiority.
                  .
                  Of course, I just remembered – we won the third One Day Cricket International against Bangaladesh about two days ago, having lost the first two.
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                  Imagine playing cricket at this juncture! No, I wasn’t watching. These things just register in our empty Lankan minds.

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                  “borrow $200 million”

                  These days $200 million is chicken feed: why didn’t he go for 18 billion? Why worry Bangladesh won’t see it’s money again.

                  Be happy, the Rajapakses are screwing not only just Lanka.

                  We got talent!

                  I like Gota …… he doesn’t color his hair, doesn’t wear the red thing around the neck, doesn’t wear the national-dress ……. doesn’t hide is his stealing: just grabs what he wants

                  What you see is what you get.

                  What more can you ask?

            • 14
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              You have forgotten Corydon/London based Jester, who states that he has the same rights as the native white Anglo/Celtic British, as he was born in the UK to immigrant Chingkalla parents, who fled from their Chingkalla Buddhist Paradise for the good life but have brain washed Jester from a baby to be typical Chingkalla Buddhist Thamizh hating Nazi. Enjoy the good life in UK and even claim parity with the native white British but want discrimination, genocide and ethnic cleansing of Thamizh back home.

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              Nimal,
              Are you aware of Jim Softy’s whereabouts?

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                OC,

                Sorry, didn’t see this.

                “Are you aware of Jim Softy’s whereabouts?”

                No. Finally I think the true Buddhism got to him, become a priest and taken a vow of silence!

                Do you miss him? :))

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        After Port City, he will wipe out the remaining voiceless Terrorists Tamil from Sri Lanka (Heladiva). He knows the sleeping Tamil Terrorists he vows the day he was sworn in front of the Ruwanweli Saya. Same as Israel leaders, politicians, scientists, 3 forces and people knows the value of their motherland.

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      Are the burning ships coming to Sri Lanka and Mauritius in the past 6 months with acid and oil to destroy the marine resources of the Indian Ocean part of Hybrid War and intimidation of small island as colonialism is rebooted?

      From Dubai and India and Netherlands ‘experts’ part of the Hybrid War on the island by US allies for the Chinese involvements here.

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          Dear punchinilame,
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          Haven’t I told you that I have two grand-daughters?
          .
          They started “proper-schooling” in January 2019 in a school in Lanka. In the Sinhalese Medium class, with my daughter preferring it to the English class and the Tamil class.
          .
          They are now in an International School in Malaysia; English Medium, that’s the desideratum of most Sri Lankans, isn’t it? Additional languages: Malay, and Mandarin Chinese.
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          This was forced on us.
          .
          My elder daughter bears many scars. I don’t know any Tamil, but when she was 3.5 years, she was sent to a nursery school. I told her that there class (Tamil) was hers. Then a year in the Sinhala class. There was an English class, which we avoided.
          .
          In the “proper school” at Gutrutalawa she stayed with the family of a friend of mine, “Jaffna Tamils”. 1979. She was also taught Elementary Tamil by a Miss Jennifer Lawrence (no, not the film star). This Jennifer married a guy named L.A.M. Chandrasekera. A Buddhist, he got baptised for marriage.
          .
          My daughter entered Hillwood College, Kandy, in 1985. Later head Prefect.
          .
          Fast-forward: 1989, October, I think: “New Headmaster”, Gurutalawa, Bala Gunasegaram, and wife, shot dead at 2.00 am.

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      Chimpi, all these years the Rajapaksas were your masters and saviours, now they are corrupt?

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        Dear TftN,
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        I think that you trust me, don’t you?
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        I think that you’re being unfair by Champa.
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        She is a strong Sinhalese nationalist; and a Buddhist.
        .
        There are occasions when I disagree with her. However, she was never a “servant” of the Rajapaksas. Champa is an independent thinker, sometimes a bit muddled, but both honest and intelligent. I respect her.
        .
        TftN, I think that you must also start respecting her.
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        I have no idea as to what her real identity is. I know her only from CT comments. I’d like to see her writing an article of her own.
        .
        Good topic would be, “What I believe”.

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      Champa,
      Rajapaksas are not that easy to get rid of. We got rid of them once, you remember? Aren’t they back with a vengeance!
      .
      We had a new Government, in between. What happened? Almost more of the same.
      .
      What we need is new thinking, before a new government.
      .
      If you are serious, start from scratch. Get every community back in the Game. Letting the country entirely in the hands of the Sinhalese people fails us.

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        Nathan,
        “Letting the country entirely in the hands of the Sinhalese people fails us.”
        —-
        Tamils thought it is good if they can have a separate State which is entirely in their hands without involvement of Sinhalayo and passed the Vaddukkodei Resolution and declared war against Sinhalayo to grab a part of their country. As a solution to the war which was dragging on, Ranil gave one third of the country on a platter to Tamils. Everything was entirely in the hands of Tamils. What was the outcome? A total disaster. There was no peace, no democracy, no freedom of expression, no respect for human rights and killings went on unabated. When Tamils miserably failed to rule themselves, Sinhalayo had no other choice other than to get rid of Tamil leaders and bring North East under the control of the Government. After that Tamil people in North East were able to enjoy peace and prosperity.

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          Eagle,
          So it’s back to Vaddukodai now. At least that’s a slight improvement.

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        Thanks, Nathan.
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        Please continue to display firm principled stands.

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          If late Mr Kadirgamar became the PM of this country, this country would have become a good nation. I m born sinhalaya but wish is to see us all be srilanken, that dream would remain to be a dream so long crime friendly unethical Rajapakse wouldn’t be treated with karmic retribution sooner than later. 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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      Champa,
      EVERY government sells assets. Don’t you know that even the WTC is owned by a Singaporean?
      Our debts are more than our income. So, logically, our debtors own us. It’s not their fault, it’s ours.

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        old codger

        Here is an interesting discussion among supposed to be leading Hindian foreign policy thinkers. What do read from the discussion, also between the lines:

        China’s Influence Grows In Lanka
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKCLyDI20sk

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        OC@
        Typical Champa does not seem to notice the basics. This should be pathological. Pretending to be sinhala nationalist but behave like uneducated Wimal sakkili weerwanse. Behavioural researchers over to u, it is high time u to help restructuring the society which is yet today similar to that of tsunami debris. 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

    • 5
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      A sneak peak at Sri Lanka in the fure.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVhBOcUv4QY

      • 4
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        Burt

        SJ must be in a Mao induced coma.

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      Seems that these prime lands in Colombo and this agency are for the Americans – to balance out China’s port city??!

      After all this is why the Hybrid War is escalating in the Indian Ocean, with the threat of acid filled burning ships – Curiously called ( MV Pearl and the prreious was MV Diamond – Code?), in Sri Lanka’s waters to threaten the citizens and the Jarapassas Brothers who are asset stripping and selling off Lanka, willy nilly!

      Recall that US citizen Basil was pushing the MCC Millennium Challenge Corp. project that was designed to Land grab in this country that a US Secretary called “valuable real estate in the Indian Ocean” and others call an “unsinkable aircraft carrier”!

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      Dear Champa,

      Is it not high time to check what GOTABAYA has been eating today ? His is no different to that of a COW… if we may say so.
      :
      Look how people s weeraya/former powerful secretary lags today being unable to do the due even regarding tiny issues.

      Let me add the following QUOTE for you guys:

      “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”

      ― Frédéric Bastiat
      :
      SRIANKA has become country like no others.

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        Great quote, dear LM.

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      It is very easy to bribe our voters who have no pride.We might be another Myanmar.Any money looted will be welcomed in the Western countries to prop up their economies and then go after the looted money using various money laundering rules.They will not only confiscate the loot but prosecute them in their courts during their absence,some might even spend time.

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    The problem with such articles is that they quote the New York Times which has a rabid anti-China bias. It would be refreshing to read an independently researched article providing pros and cons that does not get involved in East-West rivalry. As I understand it, Sri Lanka, like all countries with a capitalist economy, wishes to attract foreign investment. Just because that investment comes from China, or Russia or wherever, should not be the basis for adverse comment and rejection. Journalists must not submit their writing fists to the agenda’s of influencers with an axe to grind.

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      Finally China has realized that the harbour, stadium, roads, and soon Port City are bringing no returns, and have learned from the West’s investment strategies to buy up the only money making thing – hotels. Unfortunately we will now have Chinese hotels upon hotels till we are oversaturated with hotels. These Chinese do not have the expertise and sophistication of the Western capitalists, and our leaders are too stupid and caught up in greed to see it. We are an embarrassment. Soon our beautiful forests and natural landscapes will go too.

      • 28
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        On top of that, all returns will go to China. This will make up for the debt caused by the massive white elephant projects. And it would seem that China is not too sure of Port City returns also.

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        “The problem with such articles is that they quote the New York Times which has a rabid anti-China bias.”

        Everybody and their dogs are biased but what matters in the truth!

        The Rajapakses and our polititions have told more lies than NYT!!

        “Read independently,” if you have the ability, Gota’s “Vijaya Maga” and what was promised in it and what he is doing now!!!

        If you, yourself, are not biased …….it’ll take 0.1 seconds to reach the “independent” truth!!!!

        It doesn’t take Einstein-ian intelligence …….. only just a basic ability to see and accept what you see is what you see ……

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      Sarath
      You say, “It would be refreshing to read an independently researched article providing pros and cons that does not get involved in East-West rivalry.”
      Check CT’s archives. You will find plenty of articles and comments to your satisfaction.

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        The key phrase was “independently researched”.

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      Sarath
      While it is true that the NYT is notorious for articles attacking all perceived ‘enemies’ of the US, let us keep an open mind
      More importantly, I think that this article should be followed up by responsible persons in political parties.
      Let us hope that none of it is true for the sake of the country.
      There are prime properties in Colombo that have gone to Indian developers and they should also be mentioned.
      *
      Most importantly, writers should have the decency to admit fault and apologize to the public if proven to be at fault.

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        “There are prime properties in Colombo that have gone to Indian developers and they should also be mentioned. “
        I have been spoon feeding you, line by line, to read news and understand. Sad, you still couldn’t even crawl. Did you read the New King’s son in law was caught in a hotel parking lot while waiting to get his money. I don’t know if that was published in NYT, but there were many paragraphs of that even in your Thina Kural. How can you miss that when you are working as Thina Kural PR manager. Can you analyze that news here for me if, so I can deiced how to help you on the next step to understand news coming in the public media. Unbelievably imbecile talks; understanding and perception are below even to crawling baby.

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      Yes the USA and New York Times are all biased, so states this government but Nandasena saw to it that his grand child was born in the USA and will automatically become an American citizen. Could have packed is son and daughter in law to China or Russia so the grand child can be born there. Some one needs to enjoy all the stolen ill gotten wealth that was stolen from Thamizh and from the public funds, all in the name of Chingkalla Buddhism. Half Chinese part Malay now Chingkalla Buddhists are now taking everyone for a ride. From the time of independence all these so called Chingkalla leaders who were ruling the island and beating the anti Thamizh drum were all descended from recent South Indian immigrants . Now being led by part Chinese/part Malay immigrants from Malacca.

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      Sarath,
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      People like us who like the article are not exactly prize idiots, you know.

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    Sri Lanka needs good PUBLIC TRANSPORT and Colombo a rapid rail system, not more highways and pollution causing duty free cars that politicians love to buy themselves with tax payers funds.

    Lanka is in a fake Covid-19 pandemic Lockdown so Rajapaksa Bros. Inc. can pass the Colombo Port City Bill ! Seems that the US and its EU and QUAD buddies are getting a thumping the UNCRC circus and Easter Sunday 2019 attacks on Sri Lankan society and economy and their Hedge Fund debt trap.

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      US companies are also siting on prime sea front real estate in Colombo and have occupied the towering so-called Hyatt building for years ..
      is it a Swarovsky Spy station?!

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    Lankan’s fully deserve it. When SB. denied minorities. the right to live equal.and free and picked Rajapaksas thinking they will do it for them. But Mafia decided otherwise and selling country in piecemeal.

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      Chew, carefully look at where they are selling if you can. Not selling the whole country. They are selling in areas with a massive adjacent minority population. No adverse impact on the majority.

      Don’t think Sri Lankans hate China. They don’t. The Chinese did not carryout suicide bomb attacks, did not kill presidents and ministers, monks, etc.

      Sri Lankans hate lies elsewhere!

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        JADAM what else can we expect from you ???

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          What can you expect from a Thullukan, who is deliberately trying to create mischief. His distant female ancestorin Thamizh Nadu , sold her self to some Arab sailor for a bag of rice and now Jadam is selling him self for another bag of rice. Ancestral traits die hard

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            CT
            Are your moderators in a state of coma?

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              Modertors are aware that you are very biased. Keep quiet when Chingkallams and Muslims ( who are actually Thamizh) insult Thamizh but cry for a moderator when a Thamizh replies to their insults. Keep on selectively crying for a moderator

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        Fathi Akka,
        You wanted Sinhala Eelam, Islamic Eelam, Tamil Eelam. Now Sumanthiran is calling for Chinese Eelam, Cheelam ( In Tamil, Cheelam means the ethical conducts expected from a society) . What is your answer for Sumanthiran MP?

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          Mallaiyuran,
          .
          Can you adduce proof that GATAM is indeed “Fathima Fukushima” or whatever, who had a fancy gravatar?
          .
          I make no secret of the fact that I go after those who try hard to divide our country. GATAM is for ever calling for this country to be divided into three.
          .
          I’d like this to be one united country; however, since I feel that it is we, Sinhalese, who are mostly to blame for some minority people wanting to separate, I refuse to fight so-called separatists.
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          It is still not too late to salvage something of Lanka.

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      Actually, if China or anyone takes over the whole country will be good for the Tamils and Muslims because thereafter all become equal citizens. There will be no majority having special privileges and a minority to dance to the fancies of the majority. No more majority telling all dirty things against Tamils and Muslims and who cannot talk back fearing repercussions. So many Tamils thinking of their safety goes out of the way to please the Sinhalese. Go to the Buddhist Vihare and meet the monk and talk nicely praising them but cursing them inside their mind. All this pretending just for the safety sake will go. All will have an equal chance.

      The biggest mistake Tamils made was to unite with Sinhalese to get the so-called freedom, from the British colonial rule. Actually, we lost our ‘independence’ on February 4th, 1948. We should have done what Ali Jinnah did for Pakistan.

      Before the foreign rule Tamils had their own territory and Kingdom. The British for their administrative convenience combined both kingdoms and when they left, did not dismantle the combined territories and Tamils trusted the Sinhalese and did not clamour for their kingdom. We got cheated and now the Sinhalese are denying we ever had one.

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        Blabla,
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        ‘Actually, if China or anyone takes over the whole country will be good for the Tamils and Muslims because thereafter all become equal citizens.’
        .
        Are you sure about this? How does China treat its minorities, Tibetans, Uighurs etc?

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          How did USA treat its minorities?

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            Obama President.
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            Kamala Devi Vice-President.
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            That’s only a starter.

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          Paul,
          .
          Certainly, you asked a very good question. Within their country is different from within Sri Lanka. Within China, these minorities are living along with other Chinese. So there will be partiality. Like we are having, the referee is from one of the teams. so naturally the referee is not an independent referee.

          .

          But when they come to rule Sri Lanka, and within Sri Lanka will be only Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims. Chinese will come and go, they are not going to live here. They are better off in China. The Chinese rulers in Sri Lanka will not know the difference between Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims and they need not know. For them, we are all their ‘servants’. They will be no need to favour anyone.

          .

          They don’t depend on anyone of us for our votes. So we all are ‘servants’. But we now have an Independent Referee. That is the greatest justice. So we all are equal. No majority no minority. ‘Rose with any other name will smell as sweet’. Call ‘equal citizens’ by any other name call it ‘equal servants’, ‘equal slaves’ it does not matter. The fact is, there will be no ‘majorities’ to get special privileges and no ‘minorities’ to bear all the slurs thrown at them.

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            Blabla, the British did not treat us equally. I doubt the Chinese would be any different. But all this is assuming that they run the country – which India will never allow.

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              Paul
              .
              So to whom British showed partiality? Sinhalese, Tamils, or the Muslims? The British here were not part of ‘us’. They were administering us. They did not compete with us. Our colonial masters did not bother whether we were Sinhalese, Tamils, or Muslims and that was something private. They did not classify us according to our race. We all were just Ceylonese.

              .

              They did not discriminate one race over the other for University admissions unlike what happened to us in the 1970, and 80’s through the media-wise standardization. There was no state-sponsored colonization to alter the racial mix of that area. So during the colonial days, the citizens here in Ceylon were equal. All transactions were in English. One rule for everyone.

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                Blabla,
                “There was no state-sponsored colonization to alter the racial mix of that area.”
                Isn’t that a little inaccurate? I am all for the estate workers, but please check out how they ended up in Nuwara Eliya.

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                Blabla,
                .
                Your traps need to be more carefully constructed to catch intelligent Lankans.

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          Paul
          It will help to hear the other side of the narrative on Chinese minorities.
          One need not accept the alternative narrative. But it is worth hearing before drawing conclusions.
          You should know that the credibility of global news media is not very impressive.
          *
          This country has borrowed too much not just from China but many others as well.
          We are victims of a misguided notion of development hinging on unfettered consumerism.

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        Blabla,
        “We got cheated and now the Sinhalese are denying we ever had one.”
        —-
        Before accusing Sinhalayo for cheating Tamils, I would like to suggest that you study the history of Sinhale>Ceylon>Sri Lanka.
        The area that you call your territory was where Sinhalayo lived and had their Kingdoms Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa before those Kingdoms and Sinhala settlements were destroyed by Dravida invaders who invaded Sinhale 52 time starting from 3rd Century BC. Go and see the ruins in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Then you can gain an idea about the destruction done by Dravida invaders.

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          Eagle Eye
          .
          I had already said it, and I knew you will conveniently deny it. That is your concocted history.
          .
          Sinhalese and Tamils ultimately came from India. Sinhalese came to Sri Lanka disgraced being chased out by the king and that is how Vijaya and his good-for-nothing friends landed in Sri Lanka. Tamils occupied the north and East. King Ellalan had fought with Dutthagaimanu. History says that. How can you simply hide a big pumpkin with a bowl of rice?

          .
          The answer is to live and let live. If you don’t have that grace, Buddhism has taught you nothing. If Tamils can’t live with honour as equal citizens, then Tamils feel then nobody should live here and better this land disappear from the face of this Earth.

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            Blabla,
            Once again you are displaying your lack of knowledge on latest facts on history of Sinhale>Ceylon>Sri Lanka.
            No doubt that Tamils (Demalu) came from India but Sinhalayo did not come from India. There are no evidences to support that claim but there are solid evidences to support the claim that Sinhalayo evolved in this country along with Sinhala language.
            It is true that Dravida invaders occupied Northern part of the country. Whose land they occupied? It was land belonged to Sinhalayo. These invaders were chased away by Sinhala Kings. At the time Portuguese came Northern part of the country was under the King of Kandy. Portuguese did not sign a treaty with a Tamil King. A large majority of Tamils who live in the North are descendants of Dravida people brought to Yapanaya by Portuguese.
            Tamils can live with honor as equal citizens in a unitary State but they cannot claim part of the country of Sinhalayo as their ‘Traditional Homeland’ and attempt to create a separate State.

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              Eagle Eye AKA HLDM,
              Good one and good try.
              I earnestly hope that you succeed in convincing the 6.9 million Sinhalese Buddhist (SB) voters.
              Now it seems, that with your future perspective of a very narrow minded scope of repositioning/reposturing, the longstanding story of the Mahavamsa, – the supposed to be pre-biblical theory of the outcast Bangla Prince Vijaya and his 700 acolytes and their imported 700 consorts of Pandian lineage (or are they “Kallathonis”, as you are more familiar with that terminology), is untenable – simply because, the pure Aryan blood line theory so far articulated coming undone – adulterated with, that of Dravidic Tamil Lineage! Lo and behold what a catastrophe for historical Mahavamsa, so well preserved, protected and proclaimed as the historical record of Sinhala Buddhists in SL.
              Not surprising the way the Mahavamsa and you keep changing the story, it seems Mahavamsa is not anymore, a “Historical” record, but Fables, read out to children at bedtime.
              No different from the SL Republican constitution – changed 20 times in 33 years.
              You are indeed fantastic.
              Doing your good turn for SL Sinhala Buddhists indeed.

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              EE,
              Your historical episode, is pock marked with holes. Attempting to change history, you may do so, but with extreme care. Facts are stubborn, with the so called “Land Marks”, or “Corner Stones” of heritage, as we hold it sacred.
              Your reference,
              “At the time Portuguese came Northern part of the country was under the King of Kandy”.
              No. Your assertion is incorrect and not aligned to other historical records of that time. Kingdom Jaffna (KoJ) and ‘Vanniyars’ (ruling and occupying the area north of Anuradhapura – Vanni – and the Jaffna peninsula) comprised from the time of Ariya Chakravarhti as the Ruler, did not pay tribute to the Kingdom of Kandy (KoK).
              The KoK which was being under constant attack from the Portuguese raiders of the King of Portugal (KoP) seeking South Indian (Madurai) assistance/intervention to stave off the assault. The western coast was under the control of the KoP and did not materialise. The writ of the KoK, was confined to the Central highlands and the Eastern part of the island, from where the KoK had access to the sea and was considered a vassal state.
              The Pearl Fisheries Project (PFP) of the North western and western coast too was administered by the KoJ.
              Historical records, the administration of the North western region, PFP, by the KoJ was through the writ of the “Vanniyars” extending along the North Western and Western coast of SL, up to Negombo and Panadura, with an Administrative Centre of KoJ, for PFP project in Puttalam at its peak.

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              Eagle Eye
              .
              You said, “Tamils can live with honor as equal citizens in a unitary State…”
              .
              That is the problem we were not allowed to live with honour. Tamil areas were colonized on a state-sponsored scheme to dilute us in our own areas and lose our voice. It was in 1970 when the media-wise standardization was introduced to University admissions and merit gave way to privilege those from the Sinhala stream. Sinhala students with lower marks were given preference for university admission.

              .
              It was that broke the Tamil youth and gave way to the Tamil youth unrest and resulted in the formation of LTTE and other liberation groups. It was the Sinhala Governments’ injustice towards the Tamils that paved the way for the clamour for separation. Tamils did not do what Ali Jinnah did. But later we regretted when realized what the Tamils were subjected to. It was then we felt after all Jinnah was right.

              .
              If any country captures Sri Lanka and they become our masters, we all become just Sri Lankans. They cannot and there is no need to learn who is Sinhalese and who is a Tamil. No one will be the privileged Majority and no one minority all are just ‘citizens’. Equal law to all. Tamils will support such an invasion wholeheartedly but outwardly to the Sinhalese will speak against it.

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            Duttan means in Thamizh someone evil the Sanskritized version is Dusthan. Kayavan means some one cunning and evil . The son of Thamizh Naga King Kakkai Vanna Theeesan or Kaavan Theesan was aptly called Dutta Kayavan , which was later deliberately Prakritized to Dutta Kaimunu and later to Duttugemunu. Like Thevanai Nambiya Theesan ( Theesan who had immense trust in god) got deliberately Prakritized to Deva Naam Piya Tissa( Tissa who loved the name of the lord or god). Both more or less convey the same meaning in its original Thamizh name and the Prakritized version. Just like origina Thamizh Manal Aru and its now Sinhalese name Weli Oya

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              Piglet
              “the Sanskritized version is Dusthan”
              Dust up the dictionary.

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                Could not find it?
                Try the Internet.

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            So Blabla agrees that EE is the nastiest animal on CT.
            .
            For choicest comments, please see those below Chandare article on Agriculture.

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        Blabla,
        I agree with you on this. Tamils have nothing much to lose and shouldn’t make a big fuss of it.
        Sinhala political class and rich don’t bother about it, if the worst comes the worst they will leave from SL to western countries.
        I feel for the hard working Muslims who mostly are involved in trade sectors, Chinese definitely will take over Imports and exports as they control it in Malaysia.

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      Karma is a B itch.

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    Regarding the Colombo port West terminal Adhani is banl-rolled by US Hedge Fund – BlackRock- which got billions of US Govt. cash during the Covid-19 CARES Act, Bailout to asset strip around the world. Hence the US would be in charge of the West Terminal!.
    Regarding investment and Foreign Aid – the US and Japanese delay for year and sit on valuable real estate as is the case with the so called Hyatt and Sheraton properties in Colombo. They just Occupy the land.
    The Japanese who were supposed to being a Rapid Rail for PUBLIC transport from Malabe to Colomb, but delayed construction 7 years while flooding Lanka with Japanese Cars also for corrupt politicians – because it is good business for Japanese Car companies!
    We need a real comparison of Chinese, Japanese and US aid in Lanka and the DEBT TRAPS they cause the people. CT over to you!

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    The dogs will howl but the Caravan will get through regardless. Here is an opportunities galore awaiting for Chinkallanka. https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/desperate-workers-from-china-languish-for-months-in-jakarta-airport-hotels

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    The Selendiva Investments Limited, which was established to fulfil Gotabhaya’s dream to sell government owned entities located in highly valuable lands in Colombo, is not owned by the Treasury 100%. Only 51% of this company is owned by the Treasury. I will be very surprised if the Grand Oriental Hotel doesn’t go into the hands of the Rajapakasas. Lies, deception and corruption rampant in every government deal.
    .
    It is also revealed that Gotabhaya’s decision to ban chemical fertilizers was only to pave the way for another racket involving imported organic fertilizers.
    The high-priced imported organic fertilizers could be more questionable than chemical fertilizers as some organic fertilizers are made of bone meal, powdered egg shells, powdered feathers, fish emulsion, poultry manure, chicken litter, horse manure, etc. They usually have a high amount of ammonia and the odour is unbearable.
    We have to be very careful as these fertilizers, although organic, could even change the taste of the crops and therefore, certainly not suitable for paddy cultivation. Cow manure from our local dairy farms is a much better and a cheaper option. Whatever it is, there is at least a 3-year transitional period and therefore, it has to be planned carefully so as there won’t be any shortage of food next year or the year after.

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    Is there nothing we can do?

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      Dear Jaffna Man.
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      Of course, we can do plenty. Please see what “Sinhala_Man” has told chiv above.

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        Sm@
        Please post that again. Urs is not appearing 😉😉😉😉😉

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          I don’t understand, dear LM, but I’ll try.
          .
          I usually count the words in longish comments, so I’ll do what I think that you want me to do!

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          Dear chiv,
          .
          The point you make is valid. However, is it not true that many Sinhalese-speakers who don’t know a word of Tamil, regard you as a brother, and acknowledge that they are essentially of Dravidian heritage?
          .
          I am one such.
          .
          Also please see this 25-minute video in, mostly in Tamil, by young Venerable Bogawantalawa Rahula Thero. He was, of course, a Hindu Swami before he became a Bikkhu. He’s not interested in converting any others to Buddhism. Forget religions. I don’t know the Buddha Dharma as well as I should.
          .
          I know some Christianity, and I have read the Quran in an English translation. I’m not 100% enthusiastic about any religion.
          .
          I’ve given a gree thumb for your comment, confident that you will start fine-tuning your original comment. No problem between you and me!
          .
          I have already hear about 20 minutes of this in the background. Is he saying anything bad? I don’t understand a word of this.

          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlNcUZGTTC8
          .
          Politics? We can’t do without it. I say vote NPP. In Sinhalese it should be JJB (The careless say JVP). What should it be in Tamil? Of course you may vote for some other Party – that is your business!

          .
          Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 48 3111 444V) of Bandarawela, aka Sinhala_Man

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      JM
      “Is there nothing we can do?”
      For a start, let us first sift fact from fiction by investigating using truly reliable means.

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        You mean Government communications

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          D
          If that is all you know, so be it!

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    China is now part of Sri Lanka or Sri Lanka is part of China. Whether you like it or not there is no escape route to Sri Lanka even there is a regime change. Day by day China replaces Tamil and Tamils, very soon they will replace Muslims and finally Sinhalese and Buddhism replaced within few decades. Thanks for Rajapaksas for creating a new Mandarine state.

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    Traitor.

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      Who? The Quadruple-Paksas? I agree. Why is Basil in America? I’ve never been outside Asia.
      .
      BTW, my grand-daughters, now 7 and 5, were put in a Sinhala Medium class in Lanka for nine months, preferring that to the Tamil and English Medium classes in the same school. That was in 2019, and the school was not an “International School.”
      .
      The elder kid, in particular, rebelled. My daughter said the problems involve our entire society.
      .
      I’m a” VishramikaGambadaIngirisiIskoleMahaththaya” living in the Uva Province. There is a lot that is wrong with our Education System.
      .
      My grand-daughters are now in an Expensive International School in Malaysia; fortunately, her husband’s employers pay the fees. Education in the English Medium. Other languages learnt: Mandarin Chinese & Malay. I don’t know whether they will ever learn Sinhala or Tamil. Do you think that we should also get Latin, Greek, French, Spanish, or Russian taught?
      .
      Do you consider us traitors?

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      Dear LM,
      .
      Don’t you see a long comment by me here?
      .
      Nobody has either “Liked” or “Disliked” it.
      .
      I think that sometimes the moderators debate whether to approve or not. We can’t do much about it. They set the rules. We must behave like nice obedient boys.

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    China forcing its influence in third world countries is no secret. In return for ‘aid’, China has procured national resources, such as, minerals rights & access to the country’s wealth when unable to service the debt. China even approached UK with various nuclear energy partnerships & 5G platform proposals during the Cameron period but since then, has backed out, mainly due to EU pressure. Australia too, invited Chinese investment but now seem to be cautious, as does New Zealand. Nevertheless, Montenegro, a tiny principality in South East Europe with only a 4.9b Euro GDP, has undertaken a ‘highway to nowhere’ at a cost of 1.2b $ & has fallen into the debt trap of China, for which, govt. corruption is being investigated.

    China’s corrupt influence is widely accepted & SL is one country that has succumbed to their ‘generosity’. History will reveal the treachery but in the meantime, those who benefitted will enjoy the fruits.

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    Hahahahahahaha where are the thanakola eating water 🐃’s !! 😂😂😂
    .
    You modayas !! Remember how those racist extremist buddhist scum got excited when some date trees were planted in a Muslim area !? Do you remember how the extremist buddhist scum stole Tamil land to put up buddhist temples run by extremist buddhists ! 😂😂 Now the beggar boys extremist buddhists have lost the entire country !!
    .
    And don’t think Bangladesh gave $ 750 million to the extremist sinhala beggar government for free, don’t be surprised if they also get part of Colombo ! Modayas !!

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      Surveys clarified that Bangaladesh is the cheapest place in that region. How they afforded to offer a credit to srilanka which is said to be a mid income earner?????????????????😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

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      sitrep24,
      “Do you remember how the extremist buddhist scum stole Tamil land to put up buddhist temples run by extremist buddhists !”
      —-
      Did extremist Buddhist scums go to Tamil Nadu to steal Tamil land to put up Buddhist temples over there?

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    A calculated & systemmatic act of mortgaging and/or selling Sri Lanka to China without the notice of the people of Sri Lanka. It is a cowardly signal to India by way of launching an indirect attack on the SAARC as well as on the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord.

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      Mr. Ayathuray: Sri Lanka is “Allowed” to “Dance” with all her glamour in the company of China by India. That “SILENCE” of India at the present moment has not been understood at all by Sri Lanka and that is indicated with the “Jubilation” and “Honey-Mooning” going on at “High Gear” with China. Sri Lanka is thinking that India’s “Silence” is due to a “Pandemic” situation, but little realize how all the “Cards” are being arranged to throw the “Trumps” to the utter disbelief and at the most critical time. Did you notice the “Terror” notice issued by the USA to Sri Lanka? A week back a “Buddhist Priest” from Los Angeles, drew reference to this “Terror Notice” of the USA and warned Sri Lanka to be vigilant. Any type of “SMELL” you get?

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        Simon,
        Thank you. I observed it. But it is a matter of time. Let us watch the development.

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        Part 1
        Simon,
        This measure of “No response on issues in SL” has been going on for some time now, (6 months). Post Jaishanker’s visit early 2021 as special envoy of Narendra Modi with request to expedite East Container Terminal (ECT) and 13th amendment implementation before end of 2020. This visit brought the first tranche of $500 million currency SWAP, along with the first 500,000 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine to commence vaccination, immediately thereafter (January 2021).
        Noticeably post Jaishanker’s visit to Colombo and the debacle/fiasco of the (ECT) dead silence. No response. Narendra Modi and all government spokesman in India have (purposely avoided – very notably) on the goings on in SL, whether good or bad. Indifferent towards SL matters.
        People and specially politicians and so called, ‘know-all’ declared that India was busy with state elections and thereafter with Covid 19 breakout in India. That is not been the previous experience.
        India has elections nationally and state elections (20+ states and territories), which occupies lot of the annual calendar. Nevertheless, India has been very engaging in the past with Matters Sri Lanka!
        Never before this muted response or may I say, No response, whatever happens in SL. We need to note here that, Narendra Modi has been and is a very vocal leader too.
        Dead and deafening silence is indeed very disconcerting.

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        Part 2 Continued
        Simon
        My take is that the politicians must sort it out or they can choose to wait and see what happens; when it happens.
        When JRJ came up with the Cow and the Calf story too (you may recall), if I remember there was deafening silence on the issue by then Indian government and PM Indira Ghandi. No takers and response, except the newspapers and media.
        Do emancipated humans learn from history, is the very important question. Or do they care anything about History. We do not need to refer to Mahavamsa, Lake House archives would be sufficient material and they should.

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        Simon,
        Now I hear that RAW is monitoring and wants to find out what is happening in Sri Lanka. There is a possibility that Chinese submarines too could be at Colombo Harbour. The truth is yet to come out after the findings of the RAW.

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    Is Nimal Ratnaweera alternative identity for Colombo Telegraph or vice versa?

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    ……………. In 18 years, the Highway will be transferred back to Government of Sri Lanka ownership, Cabinet Spokesman Udaya Gammanpila said…………..
    Highways need maintenance after 5 years and regularly after that. After 18 years, we may have to give back the highway to China again for repairing and collecting toll, as it will be in such bad condition.

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    For 75 years the ruling hyenas kept the country not prepared for even small disasters. They milk from disasters like the Hangbangtota Help Fund. They use every natural turmoil for personal benefits. Purposely spread Covid-19 to manage elections. They have a massive harbor. The country’s political groups have no idea how to manage such a massive entity with safety for the benefits of the people. China is getting the benefit out of this stupidity. Within a few months three massive ships have brought disasters to the country. The Rapist Navy was performing ballet in the middle of the sea for a week. At the end Indian Navy came and put it off in one day. But by this mistake Lankawe politicians have done enough damage to the Lankawe sea shore. Health to tourism, food … almost all part of human living is affected now.

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    But the AG department is only busy with making monetary claims to deposit in their foreign bank accounts. If there is any country in the world that eagerly waits for disasters to strike so they can make deposits in political leaders’ foreign bank accounts, that is only Lankawe. The sad part beyond anything is the Modaya crowd is flocking in the middle of Corona curfew to scavenge the chemicals poisons dipped in cookies & Chocolate.
    The Tamils should not dream that the redemption for them is going to come from heaven if they are not going alone.

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    The official language of port city will be chinas MANDARIN.All communication and will take place in mandarin.THE SINGALA MODAYAS WHO SPEAKS SINGALA ONLY will be made to study MANDARIN very soon to get jobs and if they wish to work in the port city.THEY MADE SINGALA OFFICIAL LANGUAGE AND MADE TAMILS 2ND CLASS CITIZEN.SOON THEY THE SINGALA MODAYAS WILL BECOME 2ND CLASS CITIZEN IN PORT CITY AND LATER IN THE WESTERN PROVINCE MOSTLY IN THE COLOMBO CITY.

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    Stunned to read this.
    The only other ref. in online media to this scheme that I have come across so far is in news first.lk:
    “Heavy criticism over government’s Selendiva project”.
    But the site is empty.
    I wonder if it has been censored.

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      Manel
      There is need for some fact-checking before we drive up out BPs.

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        Certainly, SJ.
        But speculation is growing.
        See, this Newsfirst.lk report yesterday:
        “People’s Bank head office to be relocated – Another victim of clearing valuable land in Colombo?”

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          Manel
          Is NewsFirst credible?
          It has an agenda that is rather well known.
          *
          When I visited Korea in the 1990s, I noticed that people ate sticky rice and Kimchi (predominantly cabbage) three meals a day. They relish it and it is healthy.
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          We consume half truths all day, and relish it. Not so healthy.

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            How long it has been since you visited Korea ?? I am told currently not many are eating rice and Kimchi THREE MEALS a day. This is akin to saying you eat Dosa and Vadda three meals a day. Do not stereotype and over exaggerate facts, just to prove point.

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              Did I not say when I did?
              Did I say that they still do it?
              Read carefully especially when you are still confused.
              *
              During a later visit in 2008, variety had entered. Bread was there, but not in a big way. Hotels had it.
              But they still relish their Kimchi– the way a Sinhalese love rice and curry. Many still eat it thrice a day, happily.)

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    We as Sri Lanka’s get united regardless and make better for our future Sri Lankans ,even our head of state US lottery migration but so happy for siblings ,champion of warriors how many of our Savior have OZ,or.Dubai residency visas ,

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    What we get is silence from the so called nationalists who were outraged that America was going to have a base in Trincomalee, and accused Sri Lankan Muslims of taking over the country (which was statistically impossible), and went around with signs supporting “Sinha Le”. What happened? Where is the outrage? This is WORSE they are now going to give over our historical buildings to the aliens, and we are going to lose our sovereignty. We are going to be yet another Chinese acquisition, as they are vultures who prey on struggling countries, give them gifts of building, ports, and obviously pick on leaders who are unethical and corrupt, and gradually take over. Take a look at nations in Africa and South America, and you can see just how China’s quest to have power over many countries, has worked. Soon we will have to learn Mandarin.

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      The Sri Lankan Muslims, who are ethnically Indian Tamil, were not trying to take to take over the entire island but were conniving, planning and plotting with the Sinhalese establishment to take over the Tamil north and east, after the fall of the LTTE , all in the name of Islam, Wahabbism/Salafism and a fake Arab origin. Especially the east. The native indigenous Tamils were being systematically marginalized and their lands being taken over for this Islamic expansion. It is the Easter bombing that has temporarily put a halt to this.

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    Sri Lanka needs to attract foreign investments. If the demand is for real estate in Colombo based on the demand from Port City residents, it is very welcome. It is not our business to discriminate against investments from any country.

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    Hip Hip Hora, Hora !! for 6.9 Million voters.

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    Isn’t foreign investment good for the nation? Does it matter where it comes from?
    .
    Chinese investors have amassed nearly £134bn of assets in key UK industries ranging from energy companies and transport hubs to breweries and schools.
    .
    Nearly 200 British companies are either controlled by groups or individuals based in China and Hong Kong or count them as minority shareholders, according to an analysis of business data.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/china-now-owns-ps143bn-in-uk-assets-from-nuclear-power-to-pubs-and-schools-b1841056.html

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    1) Port City was on the political cards for years, where public was kept clueless. Today it has not only materialized but legalized by parliament. 2) I was told about this during MR,s first term ,when Siri Nimal Perera was appointed as Chairman of the UDA. Gotha was then closely involved in earmarking buildings and land for sale/lease. I had a close friend who was then a senior staff in UDA ( I remember writing this in one of my comments) who mentioned this to me. 3) Rajapaksas after succeeding in sale of Army HQ in Galle Face to Shangri-La was planning to go through with more such sales. But due to unexpected change in government their plans were put on hold. 4) Now the roles have changed where MR is in charge of UDA and Gotha is calling the shots. How convenient.

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      Media is writing that a Chinese Sri Kotte Kingdom’s Princess is in living in China and she presides and honors Lankawe’ diplomatic celebration in Peking on behalf of Lankawe. Remember Don Juan slept with a Portuguese Servant Girl and Kotte was lost to Portuguese? All what can I think is, if the Kotte has to be saved from being transferred to China, if Portuguese have any of Dona Catherina’s relatives, they need to put forward a claim for Kotte again. That only can save Kotte, now. Further, media shamelessly writing that Lankawe will not accept another countries free donations of vaccine (because Sinopharm doesn’t approve it). Man! this is another MCC donation, and the half baked communists” talk of “modern imperialisms”.

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    All. These projects are purely for Chinese with heavy burden on SL, Colombo is already congested,all these office buildings should go central province gives the jobs for locals then reduce the housing and schools problem
    Build the air port we are not using at all,hambatota port on lease

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    With out Tamils particiapation, Sinhala Intellectuals & Bald heads who promoted a Hit-ler managed the Corvid-19 and it put the country in very dangerous position. But what is interesting is I hear, UOJ Sadammpies are saying that according to their research, this method was actually invented during JR’s goverment and Royal goverment cannot take responsibility for the failure of managing Covic-19. .

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    Recently, a “Veteran Leftist” (from his birth) who is a Minister (always a Minister by changing camps) MP of “Pohittuwa” Vasudeva Nanayakkara, reported having said, in reference to the “Burning Ship”: “We will be getting much needed “Dollars” for putting off the fire”. In response, I read a FB posting that would be interesting to everyone: ” These bastards will even sell “Temple of the Tooth” (Dalada Maligawa) if they can secure Dollars”. There were hundreds of responses, but this is the best I chose, because, to me, that gives a “Mirror Image” of the peoples’ opinion (“6.9 million” Sinhala Buddhist votes) ) of this “GR” Government.

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      Simon
      Criticize one for his wrongs. But do not indulge in uncalled for insult.
      Vasudeva N. was not minister for most of his political career.
      He had a very honourable record until he decided to join MR in 2005.

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        SJ: Thanks. I know Vasu N’s “Political Career” from his young days. We both are from the same area in Galle. Apart from that, I know this guy from the days of his association with LSSP back to the era of the 1970s. For your information, I would give a “clue”, because your comment prompted me to go back to my “days” serving as a “Committee Member” of the “PSL” – Public Services League of which the “Patron” was Dr. N.M. and this “Very Honourable” Vasu. However, I stop with that because those “Memories” to be called back are very stinky.

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          Serendipity! PART ONE
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          Dear, good, Simon,
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          Which part of the Galle District, may I know, gentle Simon? It may well be too late in our lives for us to actually meet each other, but it is possible that our children may get together if we pass links on to them; it may end up in close friendships developing and even discovering that just a couple of generations back there were identifiable kinships.
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          If we go on like this, it may get boring for other readers, unless we extrapolate from there, and reach out to the brilliant Professor SJ, who is from Trincomalee, but who is essentially “one people” with us, only we’d have to go back many generations.
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          Some people may be inquisitive in a nasty way; then it is disgusting to everybody. On the other hand, there can be healthy curiosity. So let me tell you that Bandarawela-Shantha-Thomas-Iskole-upan-Uva-Palathe-Vishramika-Gambada-Ingirisi-Iskole-Mahaththaya also had his progenitors all coming from that area.
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          In this era when we want to recognise “Women’s Rights” let me start with the distaff which I have already touched upon.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe (Certified to have been born in S.Thomas’ Preparatory School, Bandarawela)

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          PART TWO
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          I have met Vasu, his formidable mother, and his ever-cheerful sister Dharma who is married to my closest friend in school. His formidable mother was a Wijesekera-Dissanayake, my gentle mother was a Wijeratne-Dissanayake from Nehinigala, Urala. Her father, was Truton Wijeratne-Dissanayake, all now resting in peace except Dharma Gammampila and hubby.
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          Ah, but I’ve missed out on Charlotte Agnes Wikramanakaye, of Hill-House, Kalegana, Galle, who married the gentle-giant, Truton.
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          On the spear-side, my grandmother was Emilia Sophia Dissanayake of Lelwela who married David de Alwis Kodituwakku Idrisinhe (sic.) of Halpatota, Baddegama, on the banks of the River Gin. I’ve visited all those places, the last being quite picturesque. Just after passing the property, there’s a huge bend in the river. Sand is collected from there – clearly deducible from Google maps.
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          https://www.google.com/maps/@6.1679069,80.1664343,493m/data=!3m1!1e3
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          Now, it’s your turn, but to persuade our editor of its relevance, let me say, that for all our current disapproval of Vasu, I have found him a delightful guy to converse with on the three occasions I have met him, and understanding that, it may be that SJ or you comes up with another constructive comment.

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          S
          Thanks.
          I know only his political life. He was very decent.
          I do not think that this is the place to make personal remarks that cannot be fairly defended.

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      Yes, I was appalled at the way Vasudeva said it.
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      The guy is distantly related to me – distaff on both sides. From Urala, near Wanduramba.
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      I’ve lost all respect for him by now. The guy is very old now. Can’t these fellows ever retire?

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    Ha…ha…karma in full grip within such a short time. What a tragedy. 4th colonial masters are here but they won’t go away like others. Only thing our Sinhala men and women need not go to ME to wash and clean and sweep and instead they will have enough work with Chinese mahathmayos. Soon our great Sinhala Buddhist patriots will change to Chinese names and learn to eat with chopsticks. As a bad omen already a ship with tons and tons of acid are burning near harbour already polluted the entire area. Blind Eagle booeuwa still defending the clowns and this naki bugger will get even his eaten by the China man. They don’t spare anything and in a chicken only the feather they don’t eat. But still a Chinese land is certainly better than stupid Sinhala Buddhist land. Thank you lord Buddha.

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    This china buying out Sri lankan assets is just a commencement of what ‘s going happen to the country in future. This process will go on until china would play a major role of acquiring many vital assets in the south and then , the rulers will have to turn towards India or any others for help to meet the growing liabilities to China. Finally, would end up in selling other valuable ports and other assets in the north and east to the bidder probably India. However, Sri lankan voters would be the end- losers ,whilst Rajapaksas or any other paksas (parties) would receive their financial benefits.

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      PL
      ” Finally, would end up in selling other valuable ports and other assets in the north and east to the bidder probably India. “
      Is not there something in it for a large group of people using these pages to celebrate?

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