18 September, 2021

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Dilith’s Company Making Whopping Profits From Antigen Test Kits: Senior Monk Cries Foul

Influential sections of the Buddhist clergy continue to come out strongly against President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa‘s Government with Omalpe Sobitha yesterday accusing the regime’s cronies of making obscene profits from Covid-19 disaster facing the country.

Dilith and Gotabaya

Addressing a press conference, the senior monk said that the company importing Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits to Sri Lanka makes a pure profit of approximately Rs 24,000 on each test kit sold to private hospitals in the country.

He said the test kits were imported at a cost of Rs 800 (USD 4) each, with each kit containing 10 testing samples. The Private hospitals are charging patients Rs 2500 per sample, Dr Omalpe Sobitha claimed. In fact, the price per testing sample is less than Rs 100, the senior monk claimed.

In India for instance, a Rapid Antigen Test costs Rs 150 (INR) at hospitals, while most countries offer antigen testing free of charge because of the negligible cost of the kits.

“The Government has paved the way for gross injustice and corruption by this company, which is profiting from the sickness and misery wrought by the pandemic,” Sobitha Thero said.

George Steuart Health, owned by President Gotabaya’s de facto Chief of Staff and Derana CEO Dilith Jayaweera, is the sole licensed importer of RAT kits to the island. The corruption associated with the antigen test kits has long been the subject of political discussion in Parliament and consistent exposes by the Sirasa Media Network in particular.

Jayaweera went to court to prevent NewsFirst (MTV) from reporting on the issue, claiming the channel was defaming him. Jayaweera’s formidable legal and monetary clout has deterred other media institutions from focusing too much on the issue. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has also repeatedly flagged the corruption. It is unclear on what basis GS Health was granted sole licensing for import of the RAT kits. The Company is involved with multiple Government projects including the Sports Ministry proposal to build 500,000 gyms around the island.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has suffered an unprecedented erosion of support among the Buddhist clergy, most of whom were enthusiastic supporters of his presidential bid only two years ago.

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  • 72
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    These buggers are obsessed with making money while people are dying in agony. That’s why you should never get fooled by nationalism, any kind of nationalism for that matter – whether majority or minority, left or right, liberal or conservative, progressive or reactionary, populist or elitist, religious or secular, modern or tribal, good or bad – Blah … Blah … Blah.

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      ASD,
      Even after Supreme Court Judge finally confirmed that these buggers put their hands onTsunami fund it is nothing surprise that they make profit on vaccine business. Unfortunately, 69 millions are behind them clearly points out the majority wants them to rob more and more from them.

    • 6
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      Nandasena does not seem to know the meaning of discussing or scientific ways.

      Not insulting innocient baffaloes, but please understand the knowledge of the leadership is not different to that of the animals today.

      And ruling leader has become the sales rep to his beloved allies. President, a man who should not be in that position, real ” issue depicting the nature of a post turtle”:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_turtle

      CAN YOU GUYS imagine, if 10-day lockdown would have a greater fragile consequences, you may guess how breakable is the srilanken economy, so called mid income earning nation.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2R9t9-lLSc

  • 9
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    accusing the regime’s cronies of making obscene profits from Covid-19 disaster facing the country
    ——
    The monks are right on that issue. But this is true world wide.
    The satanic ruling classes have earned countless billions from this fake pandemic

    • 1
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      Humble Anthony Faucie was the scapegoat and no more talk about any action against the Wuhan lab after the link it had with the biggest mercenary dog on earth.

    • 27
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      Humble please note
      – all ruling classes are NOT Satanic
      – the pandemic is NOT a Fake
      – get educated on Covid and get VACCINATED

      • 14
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        No! Humble should not get vaccinated!! He doesn’t need a vaccine since it is a “fake pandemic”. All those bodies in the morgue are just mannequins, didn’t you know?
        No doubt Humble is walking around unvaccinated and that’s great! Hopefully one of these days he or his loved ones will discover what a fake pandemic feels like. People like him deserve everything they get.

      • 8
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        Devin,
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        we have enough of “Humbles” in this country.
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        That is why people are in the lurch today. shameless bugger president has audacity to loud that ” they have now decided only way out to contain COVID is vaccination”.
        .
        Ballige puthas were initially misled aby Ghanakka AND Kaliamma controlled theories.
        :

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          LM,
          “Ballige puthas were initially misled aby…”

          Do not expose your poor upbringing.

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      If this is a fake pandemic how come so many millions of people are dying? Surely they don’t all have terminal Piles.

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        Paul

        “The Company is involved with multiple Government projects including the Sports Ministry proposal to build 500,000 gyms around the island.”

        What happened to our good old Angampora, Yoga, Bar Exercise, Adimurai, Kalari Payat, ………………………………..?

        What happened to our good old ancient civilisation?

        • 7
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          What are you even talking about? Stick to the topic mate.

          • 5
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            JudgeDredd

            “What are you even talking about? Stick to the topic mate.”

            Are you talking to yourself?

        • 5
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          Deep breathing Vedda, that’s the cure. I have it on ‘good’ authority that ‘those who value science, common sense, and ancient eastern yogic wisdom on the need to breathe deeply and freely (i.e. sans masks), in order to maintain a good immune system as the first line of defence against disease, and an important aspect of mental health also to avoid panic attacks’. https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/flu-morphs-into-covid-as-left-right-trade-places-are-lockdowns-based-on-junk-data/
          .
          I wonder whether it also cures dandruff.

          • 3
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            Paul,
            I hear it works even better than Viagra at raising the dead.

            • 2
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              old codger

              Please listen to Dr W A Wijewardena
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MvkH8Y75_A

              After listening to Dr W A Wijewardena my Elders tell me it looks to them that Gota is taking the country back to the time (Dark Ages) of (SJ’s) Siri Mao when this island stupidly devised an illogical discriminatory foreign exchange system, FEECS.

              What do you think?

              • 1
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                Native,
                I’ve mentioned before that the only good thing about the 70’s was the short skirts that girls were forced to wear because of cloth shortages…..I believe diabetes wasn’t common either.

  • 28
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    Humbles idiotic comments are proof of the extent to which some people can go to make up false ideas. Anyway this Dillith Jayaweera comes from the deep south and had not two cents to scratch his backside with. What the Rajapakshes have done is to take people like this who they can mold into millionaires. Dillith was given money and maximum patronage to start his TV channel. This was sycophant and mendacious TV at it’s finest. Until that time, governments subverted state media and used them as their mouth pieces. But now a new weapon for manipulation which could be used 24-7 even when they were out of office was created. The gullible buffoons that most Sinhalese are, they fell for it. Now more patronage is given to their sycophantic businessmen supporters. The Rajapakshe family is a cancer on the nation. The longer they stay in power the cancer grows. It is high time the opposition realized that they do not have time till the next election. By that time the system would have been well and truly be rigged to the point that maybe even getting rid of elections altogether would be a possibility.

    • 11
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      I don’t think the opposition would do anything… It’s about freaking time that people of Sri Lanka should stand against this “aiya-malo” government before it’s too late. I can leave this Shit Lanka anytime I want.. but that wouldn’t make this country any better. There’s not much time left… People should unite as one, ditch yo fake-ass pointless religions and races aside.

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      Thiha,
      “The Rajapakshe family is a cancer on the nation.”
      —-
      Sinhale/Sri Lanka had a cancer called ‘Tamil Terrorism’. Rajapakshe family removed that cancer.

  • 18
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    I thank Venerable Omalpe Sobhitha Thero for exposing this fraud.
    Soon after both elections, the Rajapaksas rewarded their campaign donors with plum postings and unlimited bonanza.
    In addition to other lucrative deals mentioned in this article, Gotabhaya’s self-interested top donor-businessman Dilith Jayaweera received a position in the Public Service Commission, too.
    In an unprecedented move by any President, Gotabhaya reimbursed election expenses said to have been incurred by Kiribathgoda Gnanananda of Mahamewna Asapuwa, out of Seruwila Temple Fund.
    I am not surprised that taxpayers ultimately foot the bill for Gotabhya’s presidential campaign..
    .
    According to Statista.com, Sri Lanka’s projected National Debt in 2024 will be a massive 115.6 billion US Dollars. In 2019, it was 65.65 million US Dollars.
    The 86.03 billion national debt in 2021 is believed to be increased upto 95.76 billion US Dollars in 2022. Can you believe this? This is the cost of state-level political corruption in Sri Lanka.

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      Oooops, sorry. I didn’t notice this before.
      .
      In 2019, it was 65.65 BILLION US Dollars (not million).
      All the numbers are in Billions.

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        Champa,
        “The 86.03 billion national debt in 2021…”

        According to Department of External Resources:
        “By the end of April 2021, total outstanding external debt of the Government was US$ 35.1billion.”
        Source: http://www.erd.gov.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=102&Itemid=308&lang=en
        —-
        Who is telling the truth?

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          EE & Champa.
          Both are right in a way but EE surreptitiously uses the lower to justify his love of R’s.
          …NATIONAL debt is the accumulated level of debt owed by the government of a country. EXTERNAL debt is debt owed by the government, businesses and people of a country to overseas lenders such as banks, the IMF, foreign companies and other creditors….

      • 2
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        Champa,
        “I thank Venerable Omalpe Sobhitha Thero for exposing this fraud.”
        Aren’t you going to thank this brilliant hamuduruwo for telling the voters that the paranoid little thug they voted for was Superman?

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          old codger

          “brilliant hamuduruwo”

          mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • 6
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    And the “Sapa” continues …..
    enjoy the the ultimate hard earned “Sapa” Singa Leys

  • 4
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    Humble please note
    – all ruling classes are NOT Satanic
    – the pandemic is NOT a Fake
    – get educated on Covid and get VACCINATED

  • 18
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    I repeat “Rajapaksas are mother of all exploiters of any adversity”. Covid, Tsunami, ship wreck, Easter , —- unemployment —-starvation—- death.

  • 1
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    Business is the business!

  • 5
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    Who are all these “Buddhagama Priests”? Weren’t they the “Marketers” of this “Satanic” Leader and his Government? Now they are playing a different game as if they were not aware of the “Criminals” who financed the election. Didn’t they know those “Criminals” will definitely look for schemes to recoup the money spent? Weren’t they aware that most of their clan are involved in making money and enjoying luxury life in the company of whom they brought to power? They all knew. If they didn’t know, they are not fit to wear that saffron clothes. I rate all these “Bull Shitters” as “Humbugs”.

    Now they are again playing another well-concocted stage play. Please don’t get caught in these “Hide and Seek” games. Just give them a kick in the ass. Why aren’t they talking of their own “CLAN” who are still enjoying in that “Elite” company and living a luxury life? I challenge these “Newly” converted “Patriots” (Omalpe sobitha & Co) to talk of “Medgoda Abyetissa & Co.” They won’t. It is useless and a waste of time to listen to these “Vedi Bana”.

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      Simon,
      at least you have been articulating it as no others.
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      Buddhagama Priests and MITHYAWA promoters made the fake public perception that Gotabaya would make wonders.
      :
      As of today, even LOWER IQ portions in any Kadamandiya is becoming clear, Nandasena is no good enough to rule a GRAMA SEVAKA unitl.

    • 4
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      Simon,
      i believe that these Buddhist priests have made a mistake. There is no doubt about it and they are realising only now. because they would not believe anything to the contrary about them and easily adduced such comments a non patriotic and also believed that, they (R Bros) will not do the same mistake again.
      What a faltered thinking. this is the 2nd time this happened, as far as I remember. First time was Sarath Nanda Silva, delivered the not guilty verdict on the Hambantota fund and apologised to the public post 2015 to forgive him for that indiscretion and error of judgement! By a CJ to boot!

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        Manila
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        People are stupide than appeared to be. 16 min speech held by Nandasena lately contained no apologies being late to provide the nation with vaccine s. Elderly people died without vaccine s since govt and command of ballige puthas did nt provide them with the jabs which India and WHO granted srilanka for free.
        All the death numbers are calculated killings occurred during last 3 weeks

      • 1
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        Mahil: Thanks. These “Buddhagama Priests” had enough information and knowledge to assess these “Rajapakse Bandits” including GR who had several court cases pending in courts. They also knew well how “Rajapakses” connived with “MY3” to set up a “Government” in 2018 October completely ignoring the Constitution of the country. They knew the “Track Record” of “Rajapakse Bandits” from 2009 to 2015 (6 years) tainted with “Crimes” “Frauds” “Corruption” etc. They also knew the “Team” presented to the people to vote at the last General Election. Aren,t those “Bandits” now serving as “Cabinet Ministers”. With these noteworthy facts, no sensible person would make a “Mistake” in the selection of a President and MPs to run a Government that even with a “Massive” majority of “Rogues”.

  • 4
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    The nation is in a crisis arisen from massive corruption, waste, profligacy and greed from those who promised reversal of what the last government left, in defeat.
    Even now, unnecessary projects funded from abroad appear to be under consideration.
    The Buddhist clergy appear not to see the reality. Protests are outlawed. Magistrates are warned against allowing them.
    The Covid pandemic is ruining what may be left intact.
    We will become like the Zimbabwe of old times,

    • 0
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      Nation is ina crisis being unable to bear the grief of their human losses, increasing rapidly… but STATE allow RANDOLI perahara… can you imagine ?
      :
      That proves the levels of their strict rules regarding LOCK DOWN…. LOCK down would have been done better, if POLICE commission was strenghthend to the manner, SORYSENA and RW did during their tenure.
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      Today, all is twisted by them, for their thugish acts. Why donot god punish these men…. GOTA should go out of our sights sooner than later. He should not remain anymore. Alone the number of 3000 death came into being during August …. could have been saved, letting them each live further.. but total ignornace and indifferece as is the case also for today, let them dead.
      .
      So now those who speculated that WAR crimes should have been during the last phase of the war, can confirm their doubts… Rajapkshes allowed people be killed in that war…. not just 5000, but lot more …. I have no doubt, mlechcha men did it.

  • 2
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    The delay in announcing the Lockdown by the Govt: it appears, may have also been tied up with the Import of more and more Rapid Antigen Test Kits.
    More cases of infection, more profit.

    Dilith Jayeweera believes in the maxim where there is confusion there is Profit.
    From the Stock Market, Media [Partnering Varuni daughter of Sarath Amunugama ] and now Covid-19 Health kits; Next maybe business in the Blackhole.
    Sky is the Limit for young Dilith!

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      Delay in announcing the lock down costed 3000 lives .
      .
      God bless srilanka

  • 2
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    It’s time to say to Nandasena, ‘Yanda Sena’

  • 7
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    Dilith and his brother Duminda are known as “Kudu” kingpins on social media. There is a saying.. there is no smoke without fire. Unfortunately Gota does not think so hence he pardoned a daylight murderer who was found at fault by Supreme Court Judges. What does this say? It clearly shows that the Rajapakse family is living in a bubble of their own, they do not care how the citizens feel or think. Further, we also see how Namal Baby being crowned as the “Crown Prince” or “Supreme Minister” over all Ministers. It’s shameful to see how senior SLPP Ministers and MPs have accepted these powers being handed over to a “Podiyan” with no experience.

    In the end, for all these to happen the foolish voters have to be blamed.

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      Dear Buddhist,
      While not detracting from the other areas of your comment, there appears to be slip by you in saying Dilith & Duminda are brothers. Duminda is Raynor’s brother. Raynor went to town in the Hiru News channel he owns to bum the R’s. Dilith is connected to Derana.

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      B1.
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      Not Dilith but Hiru TV owner are the drug kin pins.
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      Dilith is the owner of Ada MARANA TV channel that Pimpia Chathura Lewis is the torch holder , all these men ll have to face Karama soon😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

      • 1
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        Gotabaya cant be clean because he released multiple crime doer Kudu dumia for no good reason while honourable MP Ranjan keeping in jail.
        .
        ☹☹☹☹☹

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      Extremely sorry for naming Dilith as Duminda’s brother and calling Kudu Kingpin . Extremely Sorry Dilith.

  • 1
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    I don’t think Jayaweera is the only sycophantic business tycoon riding the wave of Rajapakse ascendancy. Several individuals who were “Nidos Kota Nidahas” from time to time by presidential pardon, like Duminda, Senadhipathi, Jayasundara etc come to mind. Yet, only RAT Jayaweera is being targeted by the alternative media, while the others before him are lying low, raking in their billions also, while the people continue to be distracted by current news only..

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