30 May, 2020

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Democracy In Crisis: Avoiding Dictatorship

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

The President on 2 March, 2020 by Gazette Extraordinary No. 2165/8legitimately dissolved Parliament from midnight and fixed 25  April, 2020 as the date for the General Election.

While the proclamation was legal, it was poorly thought out because it was made well after the Covid-19 outbreak had begun. Passengers at many international airports like Kuwait were being tested for fever before letting them enter, but our government seemed hell-bent on holding elections, even inviting tourists pooh-poohing the crisis.

Our Senior Regional Management Staff met the Commission at our Secretariat on 11 March and told us that 25 April was just too soon. There was insufficient slack time to recover from problems. They said that while our staff would come, other government staff cannot be prevented from taking leave during the local new year and Vesak.  They pleaded with us to advise the government to move the election date back. But Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya who has many conversations with the government in the absence of the other two members was adamant.

On 16 March our Senior Staff were back. Many people whose services are usually commandeered by us for election work had not turned up on Monday the 16th  after the government declared it a holiday because of CoVID-19. They pleaded with us to tell the government to move the dates back. Commission Member Nalin Abeysekere and I agreed but Member/Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya refused. He argued that if we postponed elections the people would panic just as they had panicked when that day, Monday, had been declared a holiday for CoVID-19.

After much argument on the 16th, it was agreed that April 25 for the poll was impossible but that the Commission had no power to postpone nominations. Only the President could do that by cancelling his own gazette announcement but Mr. Deshapriya was insisting that April 25 is possible. It seemed that he was afraid to disagree with the President.

Here is the strategy that was finally agreed on. It was decided to accept nominations as announced, and then gazette the names of candidates and polling booths as required in Section 24(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act of 1981.

At this point the EC gets it within its power to postpone polling under Section 24(3) of the said Act which provides for postponement of polls “due to any emergency or unforeseen circumstances” in any district, but can be used to postpone polling in all districts. The new poll date has to be “not earlier than the fourteenth day” after the postponement order. To do this postponement, nominations have to close for us to know who the candidates are to be able to publish the gazette under Section 24(1).

General consensus was reached on the above strategy and the chairman said this is not to be announced because it would panic the country on the CoVID-19 matter.

We were urged not to talk about it because of such panic but, I said I would not be comfortable being untruthful to the public. 

Problems

If we had listened to the advice of senior staff like Namal Talangama we will not be in this position. What are the problems?

1) Article  70 (5) (a) states:

“A Proclamation dissolving Parliament shall fix a date or dates for the election of Members of Parliament, and shall summon the new Parliament to meet on a date not later than three months after the date of such Proclamation.”

That is, parliament must meet by 2 June. For this, elections must occur by late May for results to be declared and newly elected members to attend parliament. Moreover, reasonable time needs to be given after announcing a new poll date for new candidates to campaign and become known.

However, we do not know if the CoVID-19 Pandemic will end in time for all this.

Rumours

In the meantime, there are several ongoing rumours that are panicking candidates. One is that an All-party meeting convened by Basil Rajapaksa had decided that the election be put off till November. But that is the Commission’s decision.

Reporters alleged that the Commission had decided this. As I had been in lockdown in Jaffna, I denied it after verifying with the Commission. A candidate who is a university lecturer who had taken no-pay leave so as not to violate laws on using government property, was panic-stricken by this November date saying it is not possible to go without pay for so long. I asked that person to write to the Commission if the leave might be put off until the actual poll date is known.

Books are Right – but not Reality

We have officials who will record election complaints, others who will look at them and say the complaint is investigated and dismissed (when it involves a high profile person like an MP or Prime Minister) or referred to the police. 

The police after some months will refer it to the Attorney General who, after some more months, will hope no one will ask. I have a case from Jan. 2018 where the judge without any basis in law sent me for Arbitration as if its involves something personal. When I refused arbitration, the police suppressed the evidence and wrote down inapplicable charges. At that point, the file was referred to the Attorney General who has sat on it for almost a year. The judge says the next date will be set only after he hears from the AG. The Commission will change in November and the matter will die as expected without witnesses. 

Yet, complaints are deemed to have been processed according to law!

Cheating: Books in Order

Like the Attorney General, we have all learnt that making books in order is enough of an excuse for anything. To experienced SLAS officers and other administrators, cheating is not a problem they cannot handle through seemly papers. After the March 2 Gazette, there was need to punish a high-up government official high-up. In this case, K. Theivendram was to be moved out of Jaffna on 6 March in punishment for several frauds according to Chief Secretary A. Pathinathan,  but really as political victimization according to Theivendram and his wife who also is a high-up in the Provincial government. 

When Theivendram was transferred out, Mrs. Theivendram came to the Commission on 10 March or so  alleging violation of election laws. With me and a Deputy Commissioner present, Mrs. Theivendram telephoned Ms. S. R. Wijeludchumi (Secretary, State Ministry of Community Relations), to find out the status of her husband’s transfer. We two in the room could overhear both sides of the conversation. Ms. Wijeludchumi quite shamelessly said that the Chief Secretary Pathinathan had asked her to predate the letter to before 2 March 2020 and she had just had the letter typed up and would sign and give it to him.

This kind of cheating is quite normal in government service – predating, adding things to minutes after a meeting, etc. As my Deputy Commissioner remarked, once done and filed with a pre-dated stamp, no one can challenge it. We Sri Lankans are so corrupt that my Auditor says he can pick any receipt in the bazaar, and what he therefore looks for is process. In government organizations, we look if the meeting minutes are there, and everything we do is based on a minuted decision. Whether the minute is cooked up or not does not matter.

Our administrators ensure that everything is seemly and in order. The law has no place.

Cheating under UNP

Both the major political parties cheat at elections – treating and bribery it is called in our laws. I have referred to concrete instances with names in previous articles and do not need to repeat them. Although the law says government property cannot be used or appointments after the date of nominations, both the ruling parties in their time have begun appointment processes a few days before the announcement of elections with the intention to distribute jobs during elections. When the Wickremesinghe government began a process about a week before the presidential elections, the SLPP complained and we dithered a little saying they had advertised before announcing the poll date. Finally, we decided to stick to the letter of the law – which we have no right to violate – saying no recruitment, period.

Cheating under SLPP: Affecting Commission Appointments

This time the background is the transfer of all Northern GAs including some Addl. GAs. The eminent Jaffna GA N. Vethanayagan with some 3 months for retirement was also transferred. He would have been the Returning Officer for Jaffna. Vethanayagan sent in his retirement papers in protest.

There had been a District Secretary in Kopay who had corruption allegations against him and was transferred as DS Puthukudiyiruppu. From there he was sent as Addl GA Mullaithivu. During the recent large-scale transfers just before the elections, an SLPP MP got him transferred as Additional GA Jaffna. He is now in charge of Jaffna’s Election Dispute Resolution Centre. (EDRC)

My point about seemliness covering up corruption is proved by the story of Krishna. During the last LG Elections he was No. 2 in the Jaffna EDRC of 3 persons under the then Additional GA. He had found out electoral violations at a Petrol Shed in Chunnakam owned by Angajan Ramanathan, MP,  whose name came up repeatedly in a government pharmacy advertising his party through sachets for pharmaceutical pills. Nothing happened to the MP. After all, he is an MP! So he got warnings, I was told – even if that is true I do not know. Krishna also issued a report on the petrol shed incident which made him persona no grata in SLPP circles.

With the new dispensation for the General Elections and the Commission wanting to see no evil, Krishna was removed from the Jaffna EDRC. So even Commission appointments are tainted. Vethanayagan is not there to instill order.

Like receipts from the bazaar, everything is in order at our EDRC.

Ongoing, Developing Story: the Corona Excuse

This time around, 2 March the day of the Gazette, the SLPP tried to appoint some 45,000 graduates (many of whom only claim to be graduates). They were to assist Grama Sevakas. The UNP folk objected, just as the SLPP had objected to the UNP doing the same in November 2019. The SLPP argued that the process had begun before 2 March, but interviews are on-going with certificated being checked  The argument at the EC, that they had been recruited, does not therefore hold water.

We said no because most of them reported after 2 March, and their certificated had not been checked

Being in lockdown, I was not given all the details. But I now know, after speaking to Mr. Deshapriya, that the government announced it would pay them even if we did not allow the appointment. We said no as the government cannot pay those who are not reporting to work.

The government, again according to Mr. Deshapriya, then changed its story, and said these recruits will be attached to MOH offices to fight CoVID-19. The Chairman thinks if we stop it, the public will turn against the Commission saying we do not want to stop COVID-19. He has also faulted the government for not informing us, as if informing us would legalize this treating and bribing of the electorate. 

It is clear that the government is using COVID-19 as an excuse to make the poll neither free nor fair by using COVID-19 to bribe voters through jobs, defying the Commission. The latest from MOH offices is that they have room only for 1 or 2 in some and at most 20 in others. How will they accommodate 45,000?

In any case will these people come to work after joining government service? In Jaffna today (29 March) only the GA or Additional GA is there, and our Deputy Commissioner had to take others from outside to type his letters and curfew permit requests.

Indeed, we have thousands of public servants paid and at home. If the government cannot mobilize them, how does it propose to mobilize these 45,000. Most of us were not born yesterday.

Enough Foolishness!

The country is functioning with Votes on Account without a Parliament. The army is out doing the work of a police. The hallmarks of military government are fast emerging.

We have made a mistake in dismissing Parliament on 2 March despite all the signs and warnings. There is no need to compound it by making our already corrupt government (in general not specifically the governing party) more corrupt. One solution offered is to summon Parliament under Article 70(7) of our Constitution for when there is an emergency as now. But that summoned Parliament shall stand dissolved “upon the termination of the emergency or the conclusion of the General Election.” What happens if CoVID-19 abates but is still on in mild form like the flus we live with? Who is to judge? Would that be an excuse for a dictatorship?

Alternatively, Article 18 of the Interpretation Ordinance says that “any proclamation or order or notification issued or made at any time may be at any time amended, varied, rescinded or revoked by the same authority in the same manner”.

The Gazette of 2 March was issued by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Let him simply revoke it. Then we can have Parliamentary elections when Parliament finishes its term in Aug. 2020. Hopefully by then, COVID-19 will be history. 

*This article is not for or against any political party, and is written as part of the author’s work as a Member of the Election Commission and in the best interests of Sri Lanka where our limited understanding of impartiality is being used to stifle any informed discussion.

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    “This article is…written as part of the author’s work as a Member of the Election Commission….”
    If it is work done for the EC, is it being published with the approval of the EC?
    If the views are personal, the statement of affiliation to the EC is irrelevant.

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      Author is too partial to be a member of the election commission. He went even to courts against the peoples franchise. Fortunately he is not the boss. He doe snot bear any social responsibility, may be to a fraction of the society.

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        Is the Chairman of the EC totally impartial? We need more people who are not afraid to say “No”, to balance out all the Yes Men.

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          Lets be clear Mr. Hoole, Covid 19 is an American Bio-war Virus and the drug company funded WHO panicdemic narrative is being used for the US deep state to extend its surveillance regimes globally.

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            Dear Shamil,
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            This is total speculation on your part, and also totally off-topic.
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            The unreserved admiration for this article by Prof. Hoole has, if anything, grown after reading the comments.

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          What is impartial in Srilanka ?. though the propagandists as if they are ?
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          Police ?
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          President – even if he is elected for ALL?

          Prime minister ?
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          Army services ?.
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          Navy Servies ?
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          Election Commission
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          GMOA ?
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          Health Services ?

          FOOD and Beverages control:?
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          Transport state bodies ?
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          So Max ballige putha would not see it since his head is sunk in Rajakshe excreta pits WHICH are now overflowing across the country.

          i think it is high time, Rajapskes be ROTTEN with CORONA virus than anyone else so that people could finally breath in.

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          Dr, Hoole,

          As of March 31, 2020, Seven more people had tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the number of total cases to 129 in the country, Health Ministry said.

          On March 17, President Gon Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that there was no problem. On March 5th or so, President Gon Donald Trum is the USA,, said that there was no problem.Today there are over 155,000 cases and over 2,400 deaths.

          Postponing the election is the correct decision.However, all the personnel must be issued masks and other protective equipment. Will the Chinese provide that?

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        Dr. Hoole: The American Virus which blew back on the Deep State and USAID surveillance program is at the root of the dictatorship of the American citizens first family of Sri Lanka.

        Sri Lanka has received $ 1.3 million from U.S. to combat COVID-19: The United States Department of State and USAID is providing $ 1.3 million to Sri Lanka to activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, providing Robots, and support technical experts for response and preparedness, risk communication, infection prevention and control, and more, the State Department said in a press statement.
        The USAID “humanitarian aid” Surveillance program is the reason for the arbitrary lock downs and tracing of cases. Sri Lankans are Guinea pigs in this project to counter China’s AI and 5G which is far more advanced. The project which started with the US and Saudi funded IS attacks last Easter is continuing this Easter.
        Meanwhile the US as its economy crashed is also taking down the Indian economy using the Covid 19 Panicdemic using the big Pharma funded WHO panic narrative.

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        UK ‘s number of patients is relatively low compared to boarder countries such as France, Germany and Spain.
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        The reason behind this is them being ISLAND nation, not because their health systems are better than that of Germans and French.
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        kNOWING this, our people as an ISLAND nation, why they did not block it at the begining ? Is it because MONGEL President in power is not experienced enough to do so ?

        I have no doubt, JVP plus UNPs could do lot better than Rajapakshe led groups, given that Rajapaksehs did not rabblerouse the nation for their power gains. I think UNP govt did lot good to HEALTH sector irrespective of loads of shits on their shoulders.
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        LOCAL media mafia should be unbiased… they should finally be free to express themselves.

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        Danger before the people by Rajapakshes hedgemonic acts are growing. No matter opposition would make them clear, they dont care about what they say.. this is known to them …
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        They make use of the situation to paint the picture as if Rajapakshes family bandits are the only saviour of the country.

        Given that the opposition made them clear about return to parliament and get the funds passed so that the nation could face it in the days to come, but unconstitutional crooks would never respect the constitutional procedures, but they just abuse their powers.
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        Just imagine, the manner they let go free those arrived from Indian Pilgrimage and today making every efforts to trace them.
        Actually, the list of ones air lifted from INDIA last week should be on their their disposal but not to send them to quaranting process and now to search them for is a joke.
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        Rajakshes bandits let these nation be sick with COVID 19 and risking almost everything. Their SIVURU wearing supporters torch them to do the abusive acts without shame.
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        I think IMPUNITY of the high cirminals allow to turn out to be immunity to any high crimes at this highly critical juncture of the island nation.- is real big mistake that the nation would never forgive.

        Recent release of BARBARIC man who wearing COUNTRY ARMY soldier uniform to have perpetrated was beyond all ethics and morals, but SIVURU wearing BPs would not explain it as barbaric so long the victimized were not sinahalya. ::: My heart is melting whenever i think how and what torments the mother of those kids have been going through yet today. ‘:
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        The least they can be blessed with is SERVING justice to them, if that is not the case so what is the purpose of having JUSTICE sytems in this country ?

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        Dear Writer,
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        Democracy to our country has just a tool to get elected to parliament. After that they dont care much about the pledges being made by them in election campaigns.
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        To some extent democracy is seen, it was at the begining of GOOD GOVENANCE govt only.
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        Just imagine, as they pledged to the nation, if they failed to bring and appoint ” independent election commission” of which you are a powerful member, what would have been DESNITY for the nation today ?:
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        I can tell you, I have no doubt, Rajapakshes would not care much about the death tolls by any catastrophes, because they are not learnt or brought up to do so. They grew up and were brought up with YAKKA mentality from the begining on. No matter about the deaths, they should fill their pockets being empowered above the other.

        I truly believe the HEALTH under Dr SENARATNE, regardless loads of criticisms by GMOA achieved a lot for the nation than to him. He gave lot of concessions and fought to the end against TOBACCCO mafia… which was lucrative business for Rajakshes. He risked himself a lot. People were not made clear about his greater achievement because Basil Rajakshes led groups rabbleroused the main stream of media within the country.
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        The country and nation was in pieces by the time, they took over it from MAFIA boss MR in 2015.
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        I think srilanka had no such political crisis but RAJAPSHES becusae of their POWER GREEDINESS did not allow GOOD governance to move forward.
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        As no other government, amidst high risks, RANIL led groups did lot good work, but unfortuantley, UNFAIR jvpers and RAJAPKSHE CLAN did not let him do the job. But today, Karma is punishing the nation, even if WORLD oil prices go down by 50% , they dont make price reductions.. that formula which was ridiculed by POHOTTUWA is the system being applied in any developed nations. Even in Germany it is the case… but falshhoods on them enabled to send them home.
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        to be continued.

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      COVID -19 virus genome is revealed by the chinese few weeks after the outbreak was announced.
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      But srilanken island nation is being attacked by MMV-19 (Medamulana Musalya Virus) but nobody has yet analysed the GENOME of them.
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      They did all harms to the humanity also after the war is over. Records are public secret and mountains of alleged high crimes and their investigations were carried out/started during the previous govt. It was not politically motivated, but the losses made by Rajakshes to the STATE by MR authoritarian regime was beyond estimations. Any donkey would get it easily, that the funds of TAX payers were abused by them in higher volumes and that were then funded in the PE campaign misleading the very same poor easy target comprised over 6.9 voter eligibles.
      Peoples were misled by having made SKY tremouring election pledges, but not a single of them have yet fullfilled, now with WORLD hit, corona came in and that will be their excuse.
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      But I do beleive in truths, I do believe in Gods. I do believe in Karma, perhaps CORONA itself will do the job in the days to come, since Gotler is also a Heart patient and his brother is a COPD patient – latter are the easy targets of COVID-19. Please god, work on the this mess that the SRILANKENS are dragged in:

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      Rajaakshes MURDEROUS democracy was public secret to island nation by 2015.
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      That is why BPs were defeated but very same audience brought them back to power. Now the people should bear the burden.
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      My anger is, just because of PUNNKAKU drinkers why should over 6 mio or more should face the same fate ?
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      People in this country should finally get it, that Rajakashes would fill up their pockets no matter the destitue would remain in their poverty levels.
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      Give us any single Example where BP Mahinda Rajakshe sacrificed his own ASSETs for the benefit of the DESTITUTE in this country. ?

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        Sirimal,
        “Give us any single Example where BP Mahinda Rajakshe sacrificed his own ASSETs for the benefit of the DESTITUTE in this country. ?”

        Mahinda Rajapakshe might not have sacrificed his own assets for the benefit of the destitute in this country but he risked his life as well as his family members’ lives when he took the decision to launch the military operation against Tamil terrorists who slaughtered Native Sinhalayo for three decades.
        By defeating those barbarians and giving a sigh of relief to people who were living under fear for three decades is much more valuable than giving his assets.

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          We perfectly know that YOU Egle Eye would never see it the real danger of MR and that family.
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          Demented personalites of your nature, would never do good to the destitute.
          What matters to us right at this critical juncture of our nation is to understand their real problems. THere are over 40 lacks of people that have been on starvation today – them being provided with free food shold be in need. Rajapakshes should use the state funds that they stole in billions from the state, and tsunami donations, let alone at this highly critical situation.
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          Any leader should sacrifice their life if selected politics for their people. So I dont see any special reason us to stay bend down our heads to Mahinda Rajapakshe who looted the country to core. There is a saying – that we should not fish in muddy waters not having focused on the real grievances of the very people.

          Many others too could share help you making this clear, but you the kind of ABUSIVE personlities would never see it for some unknown reasons.

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          Eagle shit,
          Where was MR clan during the final days of the war? Are you aware that he landed at BIA after his brother told him to come back, because the Indians have won the tigers, not your stupid army, navy, police thugs. I have indicated to you previously that your murderous thugs were assisted by Indian, Americans, Chinese, Parkies etc. Have you forgotten what thug king MR told after the war, he fought for Indians. This is because the Italian mafiosa lady wanted Prabakaran dead or alive.

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          BP Eagle BLIND Eye – Get off these columns, BP Rajafucksha needs you to dry his rear during these hard times!

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          Most Sinhalese politicians gave protection money to the LTTE. The story is that MR gave money to the Tigers so that the Tigers would stop the Northern people from voting.

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      SJ,
      When the Elections Commissioner is meeting the Government, that too SLPP – Rajapakse Golayas without the presence of other two Commissioners, and when there is already some evidence as to the rumors of the Commissioner bending over backwards to Rajapakses (EC not asking US Embassy if US Govt has accepted Gota’s citizenship withdrawal proof during the nomination period), there is nothing wrong in one of the Commissioner’s coming out in Public to expose the actions of the Commissioner.
      Constitution Article 104 (1) reads “The quorum for any meetings of the Commission shall be three members”. This article clearly states “Any Meeting” which means it includes any meeting where the commission has with any party or group with regards to the election.
      Article 104 (2) (b) also states the Chairman can vote only if there is an “equality of votes”, which means if other two members of the commission vote jointly then the Chairman need not even vote.
      Further how can the Commissioner allow Basil to hold an official position in SLPP and actively get involved in election propaganda, when Basil is a US Citizen? Is this not foreign involvement in Sri Lankan elections? Constitution clearly states that a foreign citizen cannot contest and election, if one cannot contest that person should not be even allowed to hold positions in any political party or get involved in organizing a campaign. Why is the Commissioner meeting Basil in private without the presence of other commissioners?
      Article 23 (4) (a) clearly states that no one can use Govt assets for election propaganda, how is the Commissioner allowing Prime Minister and Ministers to use their vehicles, cell phones and other assets for election work? There is no provision in the Constitution to allow anyone even to pay and use Govt assets either. Is the Commissioner prepared to call the anyone who gets elected after using Govt assets for election propaganda null and void?

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        Excellent questions from a very logical Buddhist!

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        B
        I am not sure which Election Commissioner you are referring to. There is only a Chairman.
        My comment was about the writer trying to have it both ways.

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        I am sure Basil has dual-citizenship. Now guaranteed with the Citizenship Division under Immigration Dept. Battaramlla
        assigned to Chamal just a short time ago.

        The Family will either rise up if we the citizens are any worse than
        these “heroes” or vice-versa.

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          As in Gotabaya’s case, files of Basil will also vanish from the Citizenship Division in the Immigration Dept. When a file goes missing no Govt official is found at fault and above all the Judiciary in Sri Lanka accepts that the files are lost (even court case files get lost), does not even order an investigation and punish the officers who were suppose to keep the files safe. What a Justice System!

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        The Election Commissioner’s conduct in having a meeting with the SLPP Government alone in the absence of the other two members, and turning a blind eye to the PM and his Miniters use of government property for their private purposes is clearly a violation of the constitution.

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        Excellent….These should be forwarded to the Elections Commissioner.

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      So what good has democracy done to SL?

      Empowering Sinhala only, genocidal war against Tamils, discrimination against Muslim, BBS, JHU, etc.?

      Even Sirisena who promised redress was not very effective.

      No system can save racist SL. Just divide the island into Sinhala only nation, Tamil only nation and Muslim only nation. Let them manage their affairs.

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      We the right thinking people of this country always respect you and your colleagues in ELection Commission. The services you have maintained are brilliant.

      Now just imagine, if your body was not set up by previous govt, how would it work for the nation regarding the upcoming and scheduled GE:

      No doubt over the deadbodies Rajakashes would have held the election campaign, but abusing the very same tax payers funds. This they have proved well under MR authoritarian rule. Or not ?.
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      Now again, let s question, as UNBIAsed but citizens of this country:
      As to why Basil Rajakashe or some army leaders are given unncessary powers to work on the NATION at this critical and grieving moments of CORONA crisis ?:
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      Is Basil Rajakpaksh CROWN prince of the nation ? Was this guy not the one who left the country for 3 months, at the time, they were goo defeated in 2015 ?. Still being an AMERICAN citizen but just because MR’s brother, what previledge the BP Basil should be given to work for the people right now ?
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      Now all is in making for FAMILY DICTATOR ship again. People are automatically helpless with the curfews and other measures being taken regarding CORONA spread. :
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      WHOLE HEARTED ness should work at this highly critical moment of the nation, not any party gains, would be what anyone with sane would feel. but not promoting the family bandism.
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      Unfortunately, this is not clear to the LOCAL MEDIA MEN, that lead the local news keeping the public aware… whatever they spread as news would go viral at this moment….
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      We only hear about RAJAKASHES… as if we have no POLICE services or health services to do the due for the people. People elected GOTABAYA but not others. Even BP MR is appointed by GR and not the people .
      All is becoming clear for aN ANOTHER dictatorship wihch would even go an extra mile in destroying this nation.

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      This is what CR has to say.
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      Please listen to him.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3EwCYZXEdo
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3EwCYZXEdo

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      stupid people dominated our nation would never learn it. …. now we can only say… Rajapakshe saranan gachchaami… .. we stood against them by 2015. We won a lot but again, very same stupid people to turn us the posterior is no means acceptable. If Rajapakshes would be caught by deadly virus, almost the nation would be free from them. … that is the only wayout us to get rid of the mlechcha family.

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    Rajapakshes have been stuck to their hidden programs. Tri forces are as usual on their duties by doing the due to save the nation, as any other country forces would do. But the current govt only focused on holding Elections no matter the corona crisis would harm the nation.
    If far poor Nepal as a state could minimise spreading the COVID-19 PATIENTs why self-proclaimed SRILANKA failed to do so.
    Now with MEDIA being set on BLACK out mode, no free news is telecasted within the country, while they make every efforts to paint the pictures making Rajakshes as the saviours of ths nature. JVPrs and other opposition parties are made silent on the stakes, since they may think if they would stand agains the injustices of Rajakshe family, people woul dnot elect them into parliament.
    And whatever being said and done by tri forces regarding the corona crisis is being self-glorified as if the current president did it.
    But the respect kept on Gotler as a dream leader, is slowly deminishing since a mass murderer who is proved to have killed young boys in Jaffna was released on the 26th March. The impact on the mentioned release will be much higherin the days to come…. tamils, anti-rajakashe sinhala forces and all others that respect JUSTICE and law and order would never respect the kind of steps being taken by Rajakshes.
    Besides, Basil Rajakshe as an American Citizen to allow lead some processes regarding CORONA crisis seems not welcome by masses. However, people are being made to believe that there is no others but RAJAKASHES are the only leaders to support them. But the reality is, Rajakshse waste the state funds as if they are their pvt properties.

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      idiot monkey. Sri Lanka is doing pretty well. even compared to Europe or the USA. The problem is traitorous monkeys like you. UNP is dead. change your name to pancha lingam and go worship a stone lingam

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        Abaya Bp that would lick the balls of Rajakashes despite denial:
        .
        Is Nepal not doing well ?
        .
        Are other afro countries not doing well ?

        Bangaladesis are not doing well ?

        What matters is AS an another island nation, if they took proper measures at the begining, people would have lived in safe today.
        :
        But ballige putha Rajakshes only focused on General Elections over the dead bodies of the people. That is what angers us today nothing else.
        :
        Get your facts right AP, you could be their CONDOM supporters, but for the sake of poor people in this country, be impartial.. if ballige putha Rajakshes would have been the first to be caught by VIRUS, all this headache would have gone away.

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      Frustrated Sinhalaya definitely is a sinhala converted from Tamils. See how he writes Rajakkashe. Tamils say sinhalas are former tamils.

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        JD,
        i should not prove your my genetics. I am a sinhalaya, but i dont want to call me as such since you guys make it shameful… on and on… can we as sinhalaya face the world today with the release of that barbaric man Sunil Rathnayaka..
        For your bird brain, if I may say so, I add my post while being on my way from A to B though sometimes I do it from home as almost everything is blocked to someextent in Europe these days.
        Just becasue you guys go on licking the backsides of brutal Rajakshes, why should we follow you ?

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        JD,

        If you are a Buddhist you are a Buddhist only because the hospital said you are born to your parents who are Buddhists. Buddha said there is a sole and thats why rebirth. If so, in case you are born to a Muslim or Tamil parents in your next birth and that too in shitty Sri Lanka under a Rajapakse, how would you feel?

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    Brave Hoole, but for majority of Buddhist Sinhala, cheat, bribe, threat and murder are acceptable. Politicians and Senior Government servants are ready to bribe Corona as well.

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      A,
      Do you seriously think that Tamils and Muslims are immune to such vulnerabilities?
      The Tamils have suffered more political murders than any other community. It started in 1975 though.
      I have not heard a non-Tamil politician declare that a person does not deserve natural death, but a Tamil leader did.

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        SJ

        “The Tamils have suffered more political murders than any other community. It started in 1975 though.”

        Brilliant, let’s figure out whether all communal riots prior to 1975 were not politically motivated.

        “I have not heard a non-Tamil politician declare that a person does not deserve natural death, but a Tamil leader did.”

        I suppose you never heard that Sinhalese reciting, a dead Tamil is a good Tamil

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          Dear Native,

          It is the other way around mate..

          Never mind..My Elders tell me one your Political Mates’s Missus has said she would make Sandles out of Sinhala Hides .

          I thought that was cool, because our poor cows would have been safe .
          And Dr Merv wouldn’t have got any Browny points by stopping Animal Sacrifice at Konneswaran .

          BTW , I read the other day that Hindia is the third largest Exporter of Beef in the World just behind our Buddies Down Under,

          I know there are Cattle Farms there which are nearly half the land mass of Lanka.

          Where do the Hindians have their Cattle Ranches ?…

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            KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

            “My Elders tell me one your Political Mates’s Missus has said she would make Sandles out of Sinhala Hides .”

            I wouldn’t know what your sister said or did not say because I wasn’t around at that time, however you should know some of your Tamil brothers and sisters are like you and are capable of saying all kind of stupid and odious things.

            By the way had we sent your stupid Kallathonie Elders back to whence they came we would not have their racist descendants to deal with.

            I saw Rana-Viruses wearing masks at a government meeting.
            All of them looked like bandits in Western movies.
            Single handed Kamal looked like Eli Wallach in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly without hair.

            “And Dr Merv wouldn’t have got any Browny points by stopping Animal Sacrifice at Konneswaran .”

            If you believe that you will believe anything.
            Dr Mervyn the rustler in chief herded the animals, took them away, sold some of them, the rest were slaughtered for a feast for his family and fellow rustlers.

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      There can be no question about Hoole’s courage, and, what he does is certainly in ” in the best interests of Sri Lanka”.
      .
      The problem is that so few members of the Sri Lankan public back him fully. So, we get the governments that we deserve.
      .
      The simple facts is that most of us are too lazy and cowardly to take the lead in any area which smacks of corruption and that is why the message should not be be given in any exceot the most straightforward language.

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        Sinhala Man,

        Dr Hoole could have been the ideal Election Commissioner for Mr Velupulle Pirahaparahan,pate had he accepted Dr Rani’s Offer to him to run the North East as a Separate e Eelaam for 10 years as a Trial under the UNP Norway Joint Ceasefire Agreement.

        But then Velupulle never believed in Elections .. Did He ?.
        What do you reckon , Mate?…

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          Suma,
          V. Pirabhaharn believed in Elections which are held democratically and lawfully. Unfortunately, all the elections held in Srilanka are not democratic and biased and corrupted.So, Pirabhahran never believed in Elections in corrupted Buddhist Sinhala Srilanka.

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            How do you explain the massive bribe collected to back MR in 2005?

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              SJ

              “How do you explain the massive bribe collected to back MR in 2005?”

              It was part of VP’s long term diplomatic manoeuvre.

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          KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

          “But then Velupulle never believed in Elections .. Did He ?.”

          Isn’t it why your brethren supported Mahinda in 2005 by forcing a election boycott in the North East in exchange for a hefty Rs 185 million? Aren’t you proud of the Mahinda/Praba deal?

          Like Tiran were you part of the wheeling dealing?

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        Sm,
        he has been doing a great service, no doubt about that..

        Yes most of people are yet passive. They dont care even if their lovely ones would have been met with or until they are caught.
        And they dont question themselves, but just follow the other as if PINNGONNU would do. This is common to 99% of srilankens. Why not they eat thanakolo instead of rice and curry ? is the question I each time raise whenever I am back in my home country.
        :
        Not many would get it yet today. If we were without an EC, what could have happened ? BP Rajakshes would have let the people die no matter what it is.
        :
        We thank all three brave members of ELECTION commission.

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          Dear Leelagemalli,
          .
          I hope that the percentage of cowards is not as high as 99%, but, yes, cowardice appears to be a hallmark of our people. I don’t think that we should be wasting time that could otherwise be usefully spent analysing the historical causes.
          .
          Surely, with regard to many of these issues, there is little doubt as to what we OUGHT TO do, but we just do. We just don’t do it!
          .
          I would have liked to wind up saying something that sounds profound, but I cannot. The simple truth is that most of our people are incapable of feeling moral outrage.

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        Sinhala Man,
        .
        That is also my puzzle yet today.
        :
        Why some diehard srilanken professionals are not respected by masses yet today ?
        :
        Not because of the masses being lazy, but their source of information remains at large ” Derana TV, Hiru TV, Diwayina, Lakbima or etc. ” Most of these media men are on the hidden pay rolls of Basil Rajapakshe funds.
        You, Mr SM should better study this in a fine manner, then only you would get it really. See, there are interviews and press briefings held by oppostion today, is lagged by aforementioned MEDIA institutions.
        They just make headlines being biased to Rajapashes clan.
        :
        Let just focus on that first death by COVID19 was held as a STATE ceremony, to display the world, that RAJAPAKSHES are doing at their best… no even tribal leaders filled afro countries would react so.
        :
        The funds being wasted on such DISPLY activities, could better be used for giving a meal to those 40 lacks of people that are reported to have nothing to eat being blocked by CURFEWS.
        .
        I think PEOPLE should protest against FAMILY rule again. If not today when ?
        :
        We should STRENGHTEN the hands of the people by giving them more powers. Regional structures should be empowered by giving them orders to the manner developed world would do today. Not only Army forces but state health structures should be empowered … to flow the daily needs of the lagged people, who are really in need.
        :
        Now the world is becoming clear, that srilanka is also an another POOR COUNTRY whose 30-40% would go starvation without their daily earnings. They the Rajakshes doctored the documents to show IMF that we are a MIDINCOME earning people, but that is not true. wHY SHOULD these peoples be fallen to this levels just because vicious politicians to stay power ?

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        Dear Mr Sinhala Man,

        Please check the following link.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCcQSrfMO_g
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCcQSrfMO_g

        May be BASIL RAJAPKSHE is cosidered as ” crown pince” – my foot.
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        Why these bastards do not seem to read the thoughts and minds of the suffering people.
        :
        To tell you.. our PETROL liter price in Europe where I am in.. Germany.. is now reduced by 14% … this functions in accodance with a formula… but today, they dont even take it serious why ?

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          Thank you, Simon.
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          As is said there, nobody is allowd to live with dignity.

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      Ajith,
      Is for Hindu and Christian Demala Tamils, slaughtering Native Sinhalayo for three decades acceptable?

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        Eagle Bp,
        beleive or not, like or not, not sinhalaya that were hugly met with SRILANKEN civil war but the tamils and muslims …

        who would talk about NATIVE tamils that lost almost everything in the same period where the war was at its heights ?

        Why you as a MAN in early 80ties make it difficult to see it right yet today ? Either you are totally sick or your genes should be expressed only for SO CALLED sinhala race.
        .
        Many notherners had to leave here for new destinations escaping their lovely ones. Most of them live in Europe, Canada, Australia and scandinavian coutnries.
        Their second generations are better off and real good professionals .. having intergrated to those cultures today.
        I know several of them, that are in health sector in Germany, Switzerland and UK.
        Most of these personalities are highly educated people.
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        We can be proud of these personalities, if we would call us SRILANKEN regardless of our race, religion or whatever other barrier we are surrounded with.

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        EE,
        Seven is greater than 3. Do you understand this?

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        Eagle shit,
        Tell me how many civilian sinhalese were killed by LTTE compared with your thuggish army, navy, and police combo. Go and brush up your statistics, you stupid racist as…le. When your thugs kill our innocent Tamils, the LTTE took revenge (tit for tat) for that, dont you get it? They never ever instigated any sinhala civilian killing, unless otherwise they were collateral damage, when your thuggish forces were repulsed..ok…full stop..

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    When we say elections what we do is RECYCLING OF THE LIST OF CROOKS. So, you want them to have ludicrous payment pacakges fir doing nothing. I see similarities.

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      Thank you Ratnajeevan for shining the light on reality with your keychain torchlight.
      Ceylon’s and Sri Lanka’s democracy is a tattered veil that over lays a brute feudalism. Sadly there is no light at the end of the tunnel we are in.

      Recalling parliament will be a rational democratic action. When I first went to see a parliament session I looked up to admire the work of architect Geoffrey Bawa. I could not help to think the reason why Bawa designed the ceiling that looked like that of a Circus Tent!

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        N. Ethirveerasingam,
        “Sadly there is no light at the end of the tunnel we are in.”

        In the tunnel that we are in, there is a bright light.
        ‘Para’ people who enjoyed free education and health care paid by Sinhala tax payers thanks to ‘Citizenship by Registration’ given by Native Sinhalayo do not see anything good in this country. Their eyes have been blurred by racist politicians.

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          Eagle, are you a Salagama from Saligramam in India or a Berawe drumbeater from India or a Karawe fisherman from India. Go back to India. There is no such thing called a native Sinhalayo. Not even according to the Mahavamsa, Blind Eyed Eagle

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          Eagle Eye.
          I recommend you read archeological evidence based articles by Siren Dereniyagala, Seneveratne, Gunawardena, Indrapala and other archeologist historians. You will then understand the history of our Island and its people at least from 10,000 BCE.

          Oh by the way I know many Tamils who paid Taxes starting before 1948. 🤣

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          Omg, Mr BP Egel eye,
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          who are these ” we are in” ?.
          .
          Light at the end of the tunnel is blured since BP Rajapakshes took over. Now just imagine, they are so criminal to even paint their “NELUM BUD SYMBOL” on the food ractions of the poor people.
          :
          And that 10% man, who looted the state, regardless of heavy protest, continue to be the man of the match to GIVE the order to lanken ministries today. Bp had a set of crime records, alleged to have committed in srilanken economy…. for that purpose only, you the ppunnaku drinkers were twisted and they returned to power.
          :
          i WOULD be happy if these ballige puthas would all be BURIED in a one pit leaving SRILANKENS could leave all together as all srilankens, regardless of the ethinic background, religions or whatever.
          :
          Alone BPs public speech yestreday, rabbleroused the masses, since not many have been offered that 5k concession even if MEEHARAKKA resounded it in his speech.
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          He can act his role, but PEOPLE will learn his tricks sooner than later. May Mahinda Rajakshes be the next one to be burried by COVID 19.

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        Dear N ethir@
        Light at the end of the tunnel focusing on a better srilanka will remain as a dream so long RAJAPAKSHE family rule would be in place.
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        Latter should be clear to the nation, regardless of their own ethinic background, religions and varied other factors. What matters should be a good leader who would be caricatured by any vicious and sinister forces, but be brave to do the due for the masses of this nation.

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    Ha Ha Haaa.Nice one Dr Hoole.

    So you want those 225 to serve our inhabitants another 9 months,, How Cool?..

    Just imagine how happy those Dudes would be ,who lost out on the Yahapalana Pension for Life on March 2nd?.

    Anyway Dr Hoole’s main gripe is those 45 000 poor souls getting a few thousand Ruppiahs a month.
    What a shame ?.

    Dr Hoole and Co never raised a voice about those LKR 34 Million free car permits for winning Seats to serve our inhabitants ,
    Don’t they come under corruption in those Election Laws?.?.. Or are they just Santhosams ?.

    Imagine those Kotte crooks going around in their Defenders distributing Bath Packets to our Corona Stricken inhabitants during the Curfew hours and handing out portraits of Dr Rani ,Sajith , Ravi, Mangala Dr Rajitha , Bathudeen , Rauf Hakeem and Assath Sally to our poor inhabitants as souvenirs ?.

    And threatening Police and even Army Boys to not to interfere with their activities because they are still Members of Parliament who do a yeoman service to our Inhabitants.

    Wonder what happened to that UNP ex MP Mr Kavinda ‘s call to Prez Nandasena to not interfere with the Human Rights and Freedom of the inhabitants to move about and do their own things , by enforcing this Curfew & Lock Down?.

    Has the ex MP Kavinda got more faith in his Boss’s invention the Pakqunil to cure the Corona than our GMOA’s Lock Down to beat it?..

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    the concept that sad sorry Sri Lanka is in a mode of democracy is now a reality of a hallucination.?
    democracy met with its demise under tragic circumstances after the 16th November 2019 when the kawun relishing Sinhala modayas nearly 7 million petty racist Buddhist along with the baila gyrating partner of the obnoxious still not in jail for the callous brutal murder of the top rugby football player who took over the partner of the tiny dick son animal rajapuka who with his impotency and size of his tool could not provide satisfaction in any format to the grand-daughter of the late best ever male actor turned politician.
    =
    the buggeress concerned is none other than the first lady at that time by the name of shiranthi rajapuka. the sensuously dancing partner of the present roman catholic cardinal who himself is a living disgrace to the robe, hat, and sash he adorns.?
    =
    the previous so-called clean government promised many a thing on the election hustlings but it was all swept under the carpet by the then-president and a supposed to be Mr. clean clever intelligent crafty gentleman prime minister.
    all they did for nearly 5 years from 2015 till the middle part of November 2019 was tickle each other’s privates in gay abandon.?
    =
    now all the top appointments are being allocated to the war criminal ex-military personnel and even for the slightest issue, the armed forces are brought out of their barracks to intimidate the hapless no money suffering by the second citizens.
    =
    sad sorry shitty mother Lanka better known to me as Ceylon is now an armed forces junta where any sort of discontent protest or a rebellion. will be culled by the usage of the most violent methods only used in dictatorship bully nations.

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      Johnpillai, please translate into English.

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        Adrian is a European name.?
        if you cannot read to understand my simple English are you attempting to mock me or in reality are you nothing but a swabasha illegal product polluting this fine planet.?
        =
        cheers, R. J.

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          No Adrian is not an European name, it is a nom de plume, an assumed name. Swabasha? If only; are you some kind of Maradana Bolawathi?

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          Adrian, you should be born BP to attack him that way. Please go to kindergarten and learn the basics of the basics. Good luck !:

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      Dear R,
      .
      this is true.
      .the buggeress concerned is none other than the first lady at that time by the name of shiranthi rajapuka. the sensuously dancing partner of the present roman catholic cardinal who himself is a living disgrace to the robe, hat, and sash he adorns.?

      This woman is reported to have bought dozens of hang bags each cost 1 or 2 lacks in an exhibition one of my friends too had turned up. But you may question where she earned that much of funds as a former President’s wife ? .
      .
      Speculations were there, that the lady was the key person to have handles a gold-biscuit business in the high days of her husband. Some colombo business women were part of this business. And the gold suppliers were former men that worked for as henchmen but in SLA.
      .#
      These were not other than the GOLD that were robbed from LTTErs then.
      :’
      We knew that there were huges weights of golds were confistcated by then govt, and but there are no records to prove what they did with that gold – ??????? I suspect; RAJAPKSHE kith and kin robbed those funds to the very same manner they did it WITH Tsunami donations.

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      JohnPulle..
      Are you a member of that Manipe Church where the Swiss Pastor held a Corona Cure and Prevention mass for the Dalits in Jaffna, to show such aggression towards our good Cardinal in Colombo .

      Specially under the current circumstance where the Cardinal not only has to care for the Corona sufferers,
      But also has to console his Parishioners, who are about to remember their beloved who were taken away by the dastardly suicide bombs last Easter…

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        Sumana –
        I was born a roman catholic, still remain one and will die as one.
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        I am against the conduct of the cardinal for his deliberate cussed and boorish behavior against the democracy-loving political parties and his blind loyalty to the criminally corrupt petty racist master swindlers of many a trillion rajapuka clan.
        =
        sad to note that you are too an arselicking devil of the entire rajapuka gang and their uncouth unsavory mongrels.
        =
        why do you find these low shameful acts so appetizing may I ask.?
        =
        cheers, R. J.

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    Without a doubt, this President is on his way to establishing a “Dictatorship” of a very different type from what we have already seen. All the earmarked high ranking jobs are being filled or lined up to be filled with Tri Forces personnel. If a civilian camouflage, is required, a “Second Tier” position would be created and an appointment of a retired Tri Forces person will be appointed. That is how the “Governing Machinery” is “Tuned up”. Next comes, setting up a “Public Mind-Set ” to adapt to it. That too has been set in “Motion”. A “Task Force” comprising forty-two have been set with Basil Rajapkse as the “Head”. Its functions are listed and that covers a wide range, affecting the Public functions. This affords a remarkable advantage over other political parties to establish “Political Hold” in the electorates. Now the “Marketing Strategy” has been placed with the slogan: “This Parliament of 225 is useless. See how “THREE” persons are “Running” the country. Who are the “THREE”? (1) The President (2) The PM and (3) The Chief of the Army. The “Face Book” opinions are flooding with this slogan “Three are the BEST to run the country”. “CIVID 19” has become a “Blessing in Disguise”. to the TOP Political Group PLUS the COHORTS assembled around them.

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      Good observation. People were first made believe that the civilian establishments and their heads were useless and as the country’s chief manager instead of motivating and giving the leadership gradually introduced ex-military into the civilian system latest is a guy by the name of Sumedha Perera. But wasn’t this the Gotler many in the country including Mahanayakes wanted.

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    There should be no room for racial comments here. We are all born on this same soil. If most of us at least speak 2 languages one being English. If we can speak English which is a foreign language and the language of a colonial master who seeded the racial differences among us, why not accept that all races are equal and can live together as we are all children of the same mother Sri Lanka.

    Hoole in this article has acted as a “whistle blower”, let us not forget that service to the Nation.

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      Buddhist,
      .
      May your thoughts and minds be blessing pleas to this nation, dominated by Rascals, Thugs, high criminals in robes and lay uniforms, high criminals hidden behind Saatakaya, high criminals hidden behind Saatakaya promotors, high criminals in prisons being convicted but waiting to get released, high criminals that rape woman and children, high criminals that are close to MAFIA BOSS mahinda and gotabaya, high criminals that are goons of Rajakahes family etc.
      :
      High criminals stay behind ” BUDDHAGAMA” but doing any crimes in their day today life. High criminals such as Kelaniya Chief incumbent buddist monk, and Maedagoda BP Abhayathisa, who earns millions by his hidden businesses, high criminals that support Rajakshe goons abusing their MONKHOOD.
      .
      I have no doubt, there is not even 10% of real buddhists that respect true teachings of LORD buddha in the country. Almost everyone is known as buddhist because their paraents registered them as buddhists. Or they are buddhists, just because they follow the other BUDDHAGAMA followers. No matter any wrong doing would have been on top of their agendas, buddhist monks are placed before their parades misleading the masses.
      :
      This should be STOPPed by CORONA viruses or by any other powerful means, if this nation ever to be taught .. about a righteous life. :
      .
      Rajakshases as Leaders, should be away from lanken politics if at all, the country ot be marched forward.

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    Current form of so called democracy with the 225 politician crooks ganging up into major political parties only to look after themselves have failed all citizens Everyone agrees. So take the opertunity to change the whole system. Look at the Chinese system which has prover pragmatic and successful. Introduce a hybrid local system which requires a new constitution and we cannot allowe the 225 crooks most of whom have not even passed GCE to do it.
    My suggestion is
    1. Appoint a committee of intellectuals to resech and draft a new constitution
    2. Have open discussions with the public. Bring in amendments as needed
    3. Go for a direct referendum to the pepple get a high majority. Do not allowe self serving 225 MP’s block the progress of the whole country.

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    A full-fledged rogue state in the making, once again.
    Have to wonder if/when we will reach that tilting point where fate of Lasantha Wickremesinghe will be served to the likes of him including Mr. S.R.H. Hoole.
    Let’s hope that the world is watching and that due course of foreign policy will be served to this government before it is too late to reel back in the devil.

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    This article qualifies for a criminal act of revealing national secrets.
    ]
    Clearly the writer is revealing, verbatim, what transpired at meetings within the EC.
    ]
    The man should be removed immediately from the EC, luxury vehicle repossessed and the apartment be vacated by him.
    ]
    Next he should be arrested, remanded and prosecuted for breaching national security.
    ]
    That would be the course action taken by any true democracy.

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      TA
      You are being a little over the top.
      What national secrets?

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      There cannot be any national secrecy in the Election Commission you fool. Ratnajeewan has been writing the truth which is not to the liking of bloody idiots like you.

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      Please cite the specific law that Mr. Hoole has broken. Please list the national secrets that are exposed in this article and how those information breach national security.
      Then,please file a complaint with the police as a truly responsible citizen that you are in this current state of democracy.
      When we can match our words with action, we must.

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    I cannot but comment to say how educative these articles have been. Pl. continue with the good work.
    This conovara 19 was a blessed in disguise for the R combine in many ways. One is that the virus in all it’s viciousness does not rapidly spread in Sri-Lanka only due it’s climate. @ 35 deg.c the germ evaporates into thin air and dies. If not , not just one but thousand would be dying with people having been exposed to beetle spit and aggregates in Market places when the curfew is lifted? so what is this lock up of 20 million add up to.? The GMOA is a political affilate of the Heiracy and it needs to consolidate it’s power by giving various so called guide lines. Let them not, and we, forget that they killed hundreds of innocent patients by not giving them treatment over the years, for the reason that they wanted duty free vehicles, wage increases and children( theirs) be admitted to colombo schools.
    So Whom are they trying to deceive.?

    ?

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    I cannot but comment to say how educative these articles have been. Pl. continue with the good work.
    This conovara 19 was a blessed in disguise for the R combine in many ways. One is that the virus in all it’s viciousness does not rapidly spread in Sri-Lanka only due it’s climate. @ 35 deg.c the germ evaporates into thin air and dies. If not , not just one but thousand would be dying with people having been exposed to beetle spit and aggregates in Market places when the curfew is lifted? so what is this lock up of 20 million add up to.? The GMOA is a political affilate of the Heiracy and it needs to consolidate it’s power by giving various so called guide lines. Let them not, and we, forget that they killed hundreds of innocent patients by not giving them treatment over the years, for the reason that they wanted duty free vehicles, wage increases and children( theirs) be admitted to colombo schools.
    So Whom are they trying to deceive.?

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      Dear Mahen,
      .
      not just temperature but several other factors are believed to be the case for their fast spread. :
      :
      You are spot on GMOA, which I consider as real goons that work for Rajapakshe mafia in the country. None of them are qualified in foreign universities. So they cant know much about the world. I wonder why cant govt stand against GMOA… there should be provisions in lanken lankens that anyone that would stand against the services for the people should be interdicted. In Germany or anywhere where the law and order is above in the system, no any such bodies are that empowered as is the case in General Murderous Oxes Association. Most of these members got their degrees thanks to the tax payers funds. They should not have any choice but to work for the nation. I therefore believe, it is high time to charge the costs of their education each.. immediately after medical students pass out their exams. That should be made compulsory. Germany is one of the few european countries that allow free university education and a large portion of students coming from low income families are offered bursaries. These bursary funds should be paid back within the 10 years or so, once the students complete and enter their carrier life. The same should be the case for lanken MBBS graduates because the costs that a state spend for completion of a MBBS degree is not comparable to other degree courses. State finances all the costs for a period of 5 years. Once they pass out they earn relatively good today, and they can pay the costs back on a monthly basis. If some leave the country – their should be laws, or bonds if they would not pay the costs back, not to be allowed to leave the country basta. : Laws and orders can tame the animal-like srilankens.

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        There was a law like that earlier. All doctors had to serve 5 years before they could emigrate. But now it is not practised. Almost 90% of the Tamils who passed out in the 50’s – 90’s emigrated to western countries. A good many Sinhalese too did the same thing. All of these emigrated ex-Lankans are just gold diggers and lowly opportunists. The vast majourity Tamil doctors who chose to stay even after 1983 riots, served this country, loyally and well. Something that is not appreciated due to the harm done by Tamil extremists to this country. If we had a couple of those doctors in the MOH/CMOH positions today, I am sure Srilanka won’t be having the Corona problem today as they would have stood adamantly and got the country closed weeks ago.

        Maybe you cannot understand Sinhalese, if you can you must follow some of the press conferences the GMOA has participated in. Most of the GMOs are honest hardworking people. The government was trivialising the situation and didn’t listen to the GMOA. If entry into the country was stopped atleast around the 9th-10th March, we would have been in a much better situation than now. Ideally the country should have not accepted any entries into the country from end of February or from about the time the first Chinese lady with Corona was found. Then there won’t be any need to quarantine anyone either. At least compulsory quarantine of 21 days (not 14 days but 21 days) should have been imposed on EVERYONE coming from abroad from February. Now its not going to be easy to control this.

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    Prof. Hoole. You are good at fooling the fools.

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    Two Brutes from the Sri Lanka Army internationally accused of killing many innocent Tamils together with a Police Officer who are now commanding everyone including specialist Doctors will help Gotler to become a Dictator very soon under the guise of the corona virus !!! Latest move is harassing Muslims.! Happenings in Lockdown Sri lanka!!!!!!!

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    President should postpone elections for ever and run the country with the Armed Forces. Native Sinhalayo are looking for a stable Government that cannot be manipulated by ‘Para’ people.

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      Eagle Bp,
      .
      Are u a teenager ?.
      .
      Why you behave so ?:
      :
      Do you want us to face what Zimbawian destined following brutal regime of Mugabe ?.
      .
      Why on earth, you the kind BPs also in later day life, behave so ?: Either, Rajakashes should have been your relatives or you earned special benefits under them.
      :
      Who on earth would respect, if PALHORAGEDIYAS of Basil R nature would be allowed to be the crown-prince status at this critical juncture of srilanka ?

      Please edcuate yourself at least through your GRAND-GRAND children. That will then be a plus plus effect on srilanken society.

      May all gods be on the sides of the victimized than the BPs of your nature.

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        “Do you want us to face what Zimbawian destined following brutal regime of Mugabe?”
        What was brutal was the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe for doing the right thing, namely distribute the stolen land to the natives.
        We make cliches of names which the Western Media blacken by systematic slander.

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          SJ

          Here we go again.
          Zimbabwe was granted independence in 1980. For the most part a corrupt dictator and his cronies ruled and ruined the fertile country.

          The old dictator was focussed only on eliminating his opponents and destroying democracy, interested on one party hell, wasted years, foregone development, vicious circle. Blaming colonialism, whiteman, UK, ………………………. capitalism are the usual excuses for those who do not respect common sense, selfless services, humanity, ….. the usual sad story of another thirdworld tinpot dictator destroying another resource blessed country , ……………..

          I wonder why you back tinpot dictators all over the world.

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          SJ,
          .
          Mugabes activities did lot more harm to that country and africa as awhole by his authoritarian politics. That we dont want to see happening through ballige putha Rajakashes who looted the state to the core by 2015. Just attacking Mr Wickramasingh for having allowed MAHABAENKUWA be robbed out, bu tthe ground reality, with prima facie evidences, that BP Mafia boss and his Wandibattaya, Kabral, et al let the bank be robbed out from 2005. By the time, AH took over, there had been no independtly functiong legal dept to Central Bank.
          :
          Sure, it was a greater mistake of RW to appoint AH as the CBG. But to that time, we too checked the profile of CBG, all was good about him… sound professional exp.. so that CB could be vitalized.

          I think the BIG lies passed to LANKEN air should be cleaned, replacing with the truths about everything so that BP Rajakshes are being marginalized from lanken systems.

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            anti….
            You rely on sources dominated by the powers of the West.
            Mugabe was targetted by various interests and he had to play hard. It is not a matter of defending him, but seeing things in context.
            The ‘crime’ that bothered the West, US & UK especially, was the redistribution of stolen land.
            He was defiant to the last, unlike his Sub-Saharan counterparts.
            The West meddled in the elections each time by funding his opponents.
            Ask yourself why the new government that replaced him is unable to reverse the changes he brought about.
            Check approval ratings for Mugabe today in Zimbabwe. (It was 60% in the year of his ousting.)
            Anyone who does not understand what imperialism is about and how it shamelessly backed White minority rule in Southern Africa and Algeria will find it hard to understand what the US and its partners are up to in Africa.

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              Correction
              Check approval ratings for Mugabe today in Zimbabwe. (It was 69% in the year of his ousting.)

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      Eagle, are you a Salagama from Saligramam in India or a Berawe drumbeater from India or a Karawe fisherman from India. Go back to India. The rest claim to be descended from the buggery of an Indian lion. There is no such thing called a native Sinhalayo. Not even according to the Mahavamsa, Blind Eyed Eagle. We will all be better off if you bums go back to India.

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        It is as dumb as it gets…. Tamil squatters asking the indigenous Sinhalese to go to India. LMAO. Tamils think everybody has to be immigrants like them. Please understand that you are Tamil because you came from the Tamil country called Tamil Nadu in Tamil. You find a Sinhala country in India and we can see then. All Sinhalese found on this planet are native to only one place, that is this island. That is why this island is called Sinhala, Sinhaladipa, Silon etc. Hope you have a couple of brain cells to understand this simple thing.

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    Srilanka is not a democracy and never was. SL always denied due place for Thamils pushing them to no option but to take up arms against the oppressive state. That too was crushed by SL. Today Thamils have no hope.

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      “Today Thamils have no hope.”
      They have their incompetent leaders instead, on whom they still pin their hopes

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        SJ

        “They have their incompetent leaders instead, on whom they still pin their hopes”

        If it is the case are the Tamils hopelessly stupid?
        How about their Thesiath Thalaivar (national leader) whom you never criticised (out of respect, sharing common ground with VP, condemnation for democracy, human rights, freedom, liberal democracy, social democracy, … and out of fear for life, …. or love for home groomed tinpot …. ).

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        I agree. the curfew showed that we are better off without them. Like their Sinhala counterparts, they survive on ethnic chauvinism without doing any good for the people. Like the story that all the detention camps are in Tamil areas. Good that the bastards are keeping quiet.

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    Jaffna:
    The place is under curfew and the situation is confusing. The Government News Portal tells us almost nothing useful.
    The GA put out another notice yesterday. It asks us to limit our movements and participation in functions considering the public need to bring the spread of the Corona virus under control. That is reasonable.
    But on the other hand people are intimidated by rumours such as an old man who was outside a temple being beaten by the Police. It may not be true at all. That is the very reason why the authorities must take the people into confidence and tell them the real dangers and what to avoid. We are left to read between the lines. I am sure the GA was well-meaning.
    As usual Government information has become a joke. One item yesterday in Infolanka (Adaderana) said that graduate trainees (45,000?) would be assigned to work on Corona Virus prevention. The item on the Government Portal said that it is not compulsory for these trainees to report to Health Service offices!!
    Underlying this confusion lies the question what does curfew mean? Knowing what it is may make the difference between being beaten by the Police and not being beaten.

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      RH says:
      “But on the other hand people are intimidated by rumours such as an old man who was outside a temple being beaten by the Police. It may not be true at all. “
      Then he ends up with:
      “Underlying this confusion lies the question what does curfew mean? Knowing what it is may make the difference between being beaten by the Police and not being beaten.”
      Does he believe the gossip?

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        I don’t follow what the issue with these two lines from RH is. “It may not be true” means it is true with probability P and not true with probability (1-P), where 0 < P < 1. Hoole is commenting on both cases, which he is perfectly entitled to.

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        SJ
        The question whether RH believes about the gossip would depend on what any one would ordinarily think of it.
        What do you think about the gossip you are referring to?
        Then that, I suppose could be the answer to your question to RH?

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      The latest I heard as the general trend in Jaffna is that the Police are arresting persons congregating on the road and releasing them after charging them, but those moving singly are left alone.

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        Police may be doing their job well, at least to some extent, but regardless of the race, people in this country are beyond all civilized nature. Irrepective of repeated warnings, they dont care about the the virus spread. They are not cooperative enough.

        We the once being out of the authorities, are easy to look at the shortcomings and criticise them, but it is not easy with srilanken people in general, not just because the unexpected situation brought them apar, but in general, masses would not have the basics disipline.
        How can they have displine when senior politicians such as MAFIA boss mahinda himself let the parliament become a mannig market two years ago … chilli powder throwers on to the elderly speaker was a man of Rajakshes clan. So what more evidence we should require here ?

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    Mr. Deshapriya seemed to be great guy for a while, handling one of the toughest jobs in the country with much efficiency, fairness and tact. But lately he seems to be faltering. Maybe the pressure of the job is getting to him. Obviously he’s being intimidated by the ruling political mafia and their saffron brigade. This is probably why these days he’s addressing the media more like a politician than a public servant. Also we know the guy enjoys the limelight a bit too much. But in fairness to him, one must acknowledge the great service he has rendered for the protection of democracy in the country during one of its most critical periods. He’s been – what I’d call – an efficient ‘trouble shooter’ rather than a ‘trouble maker.’ The learned professor Hoole, who could contribute much to the country, unfortunately falls into the latter category.

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    Simply because Democracy is in crisis getting Ranil and the UNP misfits is not the answer.

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    Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya is a real PATHOLAYA who is immensely scared of the Dictator-in-waiting!

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      Probably MD is dancing to the tune of the government, expecting a diplomatic posting at the end of his term due in a few months.

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      Is he the only one?

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    I cannot blame Prof. Hoole’s stand of dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. Not only the UNP and SLFP (SLPP and may others) but even the Thalaiver (Tamil translation of Fuhrer) did not tolerate Prof. Hoole’s straightforwardness. That is why he could not function as the Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University. This dishonesty was there for quite some time in Sri Lanka and predating a document is peanuts. You draw up criteria or specifications in such a way that the desired brand or supplier is awarded the contract. This what a former GA of Jaffna had to say when under pressure to release rice to the “boys”. When they come to me I tell them “Look! I cannot give you like that. But I am releasing the stock the co-operatives”. The boys would say “Om! Om!” and they flick it from the co-operatives. So everybody is happy excepting the normal man who had to grit his teeth and bite the bullet. Nevertheless Jaffna survived and Sri Lanka survived. The point driven by the author is well taken. Honesty, sincerity of purposes is Cardinal.

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      When somebody tries to be honest and straight forward, the crooked in the society get to gather and label him as a trouble maker and get rid of him. This is happening not only in state affairs, but also in institutions and associations. I will take a safe bed that Prof Hoole will never be re-appointed to election commission as he will be a thorn in the flesh of this crooked Gota/MR government.

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        Sankaralingam,

        “When somebody tries to be honest and straight forward, the crooked in the society get to gather and label him as a trouble maker and get rid of him.”

        Let us list the Tamil intellectuals assassinated by LTTE. The list is long and contains many illustrious names. Hoole fled the country just in time, otherwise he too would be on the list.

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          Lester

          For your information LTTE were Freedom Fighters created by your Brutality and Anibal Instincts Gotha is a CRIMINAL and a THUG in addition to many other including PARDONER.of a Mass MURDERER

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          “Hoole fled the country just in time, otherwise he too would be on the list”. Quite true. Similarly you too would have been on the list, had you not hid under the bed.

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            Sankaralingam,

            What happened to your terrorist icons, 99% of them are decomposing in Nanthikadal Lagoon. This is the cause that you and the Tamil diaspora espoused for 30 odd years, while hiding in the West – it is buried in the mud permanently. Prabhakaran was a psychopath, with many similarities to Hitler. Michael Roberts has written an excellent article on CT: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/hitlers-rejuvenation-of-germany-as-inspiration-for-prabhakaran/. Like Hitler, Prabhakaran was a megalomaniac who came to power by eliminating his former comrades, then eliminating his political opponents (TULF), then trying to eliminate those who negotiated with him (IPKF/Premadasa). Similar to Hitler, Prabhakaran attempted to sacrifice the people he claimed to save, to save himself. Unlike you and the diaspora, Hoole realized these things early on and distanced himself from the terrorists.

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      SRH Hoole did not tangle with “the Thalaivar”.
      He was named VC twice through means that were hardly “sraightforward”. The LTTE blocked him once. The next time it was Douglas D.
      *
      BTW
      Even DSS, SWRDB, GGP, SJV et al. were referred to as “Thalaivar”. What is the sense in linking a commonly used word with another that has historically acquired a negative meaning.

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    The political version of writer essays are always been that reservation for interpretation of motivated act of against sovereignty of People and its Republic of
    Sri lankan.
    His writing always base on which vacillation between Fake democracy and false Dictatorship ? Well his concept are vast gap between realization of democracy and dictatorship of State. The classes of politics has nothing to do bourgeois democracy,it more closed to Federal of Tamil nationalism. Leads to political extremism by Tamil chauvinism!@

    The Line of thinking of writer that roots cause are nexus to Separatism and anti-Sovereignty of people existence Island,which is existence of a cultic milieu of pseudohistory.

    It also means & reflected a stockpile of cultic beliefs pseudo historical along with a Tamil nationalism by writer .
    He is running uncharted role of “democracy” and against Will of majority People of Republic of Lanka.

    By writer is not fit for modern politics and denied the Right to votes of principle of pillar of Democratic organization like being a membres Commission of Election .
    Double standards were also discussed by writer at essay indicating that aside from reality of Sri Lanka ,also face similar accusation by USA UK Swiss and certain EU countries.
    Needless to say global terrorism still rampant as is spread like Coronavirus in exterism in global scale by their influence under the guise Tamil Nationalism and religion of Islam terrorism.Or even not the rest but West also of White supremacy.
    In my point of view Writer regard to those pose to threats them as Tamil terrorist. In fact but writer are portrayed as legitimate minority or offer support terrorist undermined Right to vote.

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      Mahinda Deshapriya is a real pissa, the way he looks and the way he dresses. His interviews to the media confirm that he is a real joker . A far cry from persons like Felix Dias Abeysinghe etc. who always were serious and independent in their work. They were clad in suit and tie unlike this amude’ wearing veddha. His brother Sunanda Deshapriya played out money wherever he went.He was kicked out from CPA for giving some false reciepts.

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    The general assumption right now is that the COVID-19 will continue until a vaccine is ready. According to some countries, this will happen in 2021.
    Fortunately, Coronavirus came to Sri Lanka in slow motion while for some other countries like China, Italy, Spain, UK, USA; it came like a Tsunami.
    Someone is dying from COVID-19 in every few minutes.
    As a Buddhist, we pray a cure will find sooner than expected.
    Having said that, our Sinhala indigenous medicine (different from Ayurveda) has many cures for any pandemic.
    The basic home medicine is; Boiling a 1/2 cup of pre-roasted coriander seeds and ginger in 3 cups of water and let is boil until the water evaporates upto 1 cup and then strain and drink with or without sugar. This is a natural immune booster. This can take as a daily medicinal drink by reducing the quantity of the ingredients and preparing it like tea or coffee.
    Also people wear a piece of Perumkayam close to the skin (the root of the plant is used to make dried gum mixed resin type pieces) as it is known to be anti-bacterial. This gives the same protection a vaccine gives.
    Also turmeric water and powdered incense with kohomba are also used to disinfect homes and surfaces.
    These are tried and tested Hela (Sinhala) medicine that goes back to thousands of years.
    Unfortunately, our elite Sinhalese rulers who are popularly known as Black-British, never wanted to promote Sinhala medicine. As done in the past 72 years, even at this crisis, they are awaiting until some other country finds a new medicine.
    Had we started experiments in December 2019 when Coronavirus was first known to the world, Sri Lanka could have found a Sinhalese indigenous medicine by now for the greater good of the entire world.

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      Chamapawithyo@

      Please learn the basics of Virology.
      :
      Viruses
      A virus is a submicroscopic infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea

      Viral infections or any other infections should be treated with selective drugs. Not just treating the sysmptoms would not be sufficent. ‘

      And the fact that the nature of viruses has made it the greater difficulty, for the researchers not to take long years to decades long to find proper medicine.
      :
      Vaccines are being studied through long driven CLINICAL trials, by the Chinese, Germans, Americans and the French, but as you know those testing drugs would take few more months and years until they are test for their unique safety and efficacy. Even Remdisivir which is a drug being used as anti-SARS could have the potential as a derivative, but all these would cost few more years. :
      :
      And about LOCAL ALTERNATIVE medicine COULD provide some healing effects, but not selectively. By the time, you start patients to be treated with them, they would have gone… that is the greater disadavantage of our herbal medicine in SL and India. And for sure, that would have been fine for some health problems, not for VIRAL or Bacterial diseases as I feel.
      :
      Please dont mix it up, improving hygienic steps through KAHA WATHURA, and other locally traditionally used methos… with that of seletive medication: So long people would not get this, they would stay in dark for sure.

      Dont let talkative gonthadiyas -aka goda wedamaahthayas to mislead the nation and push them from FRYING pan to the fire. Basta.

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      You are pretty good at giving a prescription for Tsunami and not for COVID19. IN sri Lanka everything comes in slow motion and also in loose motion so your suggestions would be the latter and that could confuse even the great philosopher Confusius Perumkayam or Asafatida is great to pass wind but never heard of it being an antibacterial but could be anti-fungal. So the fact of the matter is all your suggestions work in slow motions ending up with loose motion anyway thanks for the hints

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    A very forthright exposure of the situation in this country and the contradictions relating to the Electoral process.

    I always suspected the motives of the Government, in being more interested to hold elections. Corona Virus is only secondary and in the confusion they would manipulate the process for victory. Another Jilmart awaits the nation!

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      COVID 19 is actually tertiary. The Rajapakse’s are in a dither because their so called astrologers and soothsayers have no answer to what is happening now. Even the sprinkling of blessed Water from the helicopter did not fall on the heads of anyone but on the plants and animals. This guy who did it wanted to see what a helicopter ride would be . This Government is doing their best to fool the people but this time around they are caught with their “amudes” down dangling their private parts. The astrologers are in hiding and so are those who were supposed to be saviors of the country. There are none to save these crooks not even the off springs. What goes around they say comes around so it is a matter of time for the ruling family to hide like Saddam Hussein, Marcos, Gadaffi and a few tyrants. Only time will tell

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    Dictatorships are not formed via democratic, parliamentary elections. They almost always come via some revolution. For example, the “October Revolution” of 1917 and the Cuban Revolution. A dictatorship seems to follow either an extremist economic model (as in the case with Communism) or some extremist religious ideology, as is the case with Wahhabi Saudi Arabia. Mainstream Sri Lankan political parties do not embrace either Marxism or Islamic fundamentalism, so we can safely assume that Sri Lanka is not at risk of a dictatorship anytime soon. The author is correct to point out corruption and various bureaucratic inefficiencies, but these also exist in India (not a much larger scale), supposedly the world’s 2nd largest democracy.

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      Lester

      You are wrong not for the first time. A person can come through normal democratic channels and turn into a dictator

      A dictatorship is a government or a social situation where one person makes all the rules and decisions without input from anyone else. like Gotha

      Dictatorship implies absolute power — one person who takes control — of a political situation. . In government, a dictatorship leaves no room for input from anyone who is not the top guy or gal. The noun comes from the late 14th century Latin word, dictare, which means to “repeat or say often.” In a dictatorship, one person keeps repeating the same command: “My way or the highway.”

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      Hitler was elected German chancellor by popular vote. Marcos was elected Phillipines president by popular vote. Mugabe was elected Zimbabwe president by popular vote. What they did afterwards to democracy, law and order and economy is history.

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        Sankaralingam,

        That is incorrect. Hitler was not elected by popular vote. He lost to Hindenburg in the 1932 Presidential election. Hitler’s party could not secure a majority in the 1933 elections, even after burning the Reichstag. Finally, Hindenburg appointed Hitler Chancellor (there was no election). After Hindenburg died, the post of President was dissolved and Hitler automatically became the de facto leader of Germany.
        Marcos is also misunderstood. He used martial law to suppress Marxist guerillas, similar to Premadasa and the JVP. Mugabe was also not a dictator. He was trying to return stolen land to the black majority.

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      Lester dimwit

      “Dictatorships are not formed via democratic, parliamentary elections. “

      FYI, Hitler, Mugabe , Marcos, …..

      “Mainstream Sri Lankan political parties do not embrace either Marxism or Islamic fundamentalism, so we can safely assume that Sri Lanka is not at risk of a dictatorship anytime soon.”

      You are right mainstream Sri Lankan political parties do not embrace either Marxism or Islamic fundamentalism instead all Sinhala parties are driven by Sinhala/Buddhism or Sinhala/Buddhist fascism, …. as far as religious and linguistic status, governance, power and ….. are concerned.

      If Sinha Le campaign, Sinhala only Language policies, Status of Buddha Sasana (Chapter II), innumerous riots against minorities, twice failed violent attempt to overthrow the state by JVP, ….. 30 years of war, and recent Sinhala/Buddhist campaign to elect a president by the majority of the majority campaign, the various claims by the few that this is a Sinhala/Buddhist country (including by the national hangman Gota and saffron brigade) and …….are not towards a fascist state ……………… then what is?

      You ought to be ashamed of being a pin-brained ignorant.

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    I can not understand this even the middle eastren almighty is not democratic. He/She/it saus I am the creator and the almighty and you all report to me and listen to me. It Looks Hoole is anti-almighty.

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    Though this may not be relevant to this very thread which is about dictatorial tendencies of Prez, I would like to put the following observations as food for thought for the attention of the virologists:

    1) According to a reliable information, the airport employee who also is a Pohottu ‘member’ of a local authority in Dedigama area has taken part in many social events in the area and even embraced and kissed some of his associates at parties. He is supposed to have shared the same cigarettes. That was around 10th March, but no one has got it.

    2) I have seen a video by Tissa jananayeke in which he says people with certain genes have resistance/resilience. Is that what happened in the above case?. Or is it due to some other factor such as their food habits (vegetarians). Stress free living.

    3). According to a finding in Iceland 50% population shows no sign of infection though they carry the infection.

    4) Prof. Chandra Wickremasinhe, the Astrophysicist say the earth is bombarded with bacteria and viruses every hundred years and he has predicted this pandemic several months ago. Is there anything to be taken from this?.

    5) My own observation (which may even be laughable): I have observed that mosquitoes in the area I am living (Battaramulla) has vanished. Are the lavae being destroyed by a virus that has arrived from heaven?.
    If above has anything to go by then why we should be dictated by a trade union which sent our students to Bhutan (98) including third grade unis in China as well as to Libya?.

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    it is very unfortunate that there is considerable support for dictatorship ruling the country. one day the supporters are going to regret but then it will be too late. it is useless educating these people, they will understand only after having a taste of it. this is what happened elsewhere.
    -dayal

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      If someone thinks that he or she can become a dictator in this country, then it is a dream only. This was proven in January 2015 in axactly the same circumstances. It will be the same this time too. All Sinhalese are not easy to be fooled.

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      Aruna Jayalath,
      are you too one of the kallathoni of an illegal war criminal of a puff of a president many sakkili kaushiya [ toilet ] cleaning petrol shed attendants who is already back to fleece and run this already bankrupted by the rajapuka’s or intending to return.?
      =
      please do not come back.?
      =
      cheers, R. J.

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