5 June, 2020

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Empower The President To Manage Covid-19

By Rajeewa Jayaweera

Rajeewa Jayaweera

A sizable percentage, if not the majority of the country’s intelligentsia, opposed Gotabaya Rajapaksa‘s candidacy for the Presidency. The former Secretary Defense and, subsequently, also for Urban Development, acquired a reputation between 2005 and 2015. ‘Strongman’ and ‘Dictator’ were some of his uncomplimentary nicknames. Some tried to prevent him from contesting the Presidential election on the basis; he had yet to surrender his American citizenship.

Nevertheless, he overcame all obstacles. The verdict of 6.9 million voters was emphatic. Minor and minority parties accustomed to considering themselves kingmakers were proven wrong.

Since assuming office, President Rajapaksa’s modus operandi has been anything but that of a ‘strong man’ or ‘dictator.’ The country’s first non-political President, known as an efficient administrator, has conducted himself more like a politician. He vacillated when decisive action would have been preferable. That said, he could not have won the Presidential election without the support of his brother and his cohorts of the lotus bud party. Thus, the need to appease them with populist decisions.

Nevertheless, few in this country will disagree with sentiments expressed recently by political commentator Prof. Kumar David. He opined, “Had cockless Ranil been in charge, the nation would be at sixes and sevens. Clueless Sira would not know the difference between a virus, a viper, and a windscreen wiper.” It was in the context of COVID-19 (C-19).

Most other countries mobilized their military only when the situation went from bad to worse. Sri Lanka commenced battling C-19 by tasking the military with the handling of logistics and quarantine enforcement. In the lead was the Acting Chief of Defense Staff and Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva. Among other things, it is an indication; the military is the only institution in the country capable of handling a crisis. Given the country’s broken-down administration, it is not a misplaced assumption. Even those who make unsubstantiated allegations of Gen. Silva being a ‘war criminal’ have accepted his lead role.

Sri Lanka is currently in Stage 3, sub-category 3A, known as Home Cluster, probably in the threshold of entering Stage 3B, known as Village Cluster. Stage 4 is where community transmission occurs and can ultimately lead to the creation of a pandemic situation within a country. Countries such as Italy and Spain are in Stage 4.

Unlike western countries (even they are reeling under the virus), our country’s health system is not geared to cope with the virus in the communal stage. What we would do with 2 ICU beds per 100,000 persons when Italy could not manage despite having 12.5 ICU beds per 100,000 is mind-boggling.

The worst affected countries have not introduced curfew but have opted for strict lockdown mechanisms. Citizens are permitted to visit supermarkets and pharmacies in the vicinity. 

Sri Lanka, with its relatively low infected rate, has clamped an island-wide curfew, lifted periodically for eight hours in some areas, and indefinitely imposed in other areas including in the capital Colombo. It is an indication, what suits other countries, especially Western democracies, is not necessarily suitable for Sri Lanka. Different methods are necessary if we are to come out of this pandemic without reaching the ‘communal stage.’  

It has much to do with the lawlessness of our people.

Given the country’s poor infrastructure in the health and many other sectors, measures introduced were halfhearted, too little and too late. Nothing much was done when the virus was sweeping across the Hubei province in China. The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, where the virus originated, was closed on January 1, 2020. Wuhan announced the first virus death on January 11 and the second on January 17. South Korea, along with several other countries, confirmed cases over the following days. The first two deaths occurred in South Korea on February 20 and 21, while Italy reported the first confirmed C-19 case on January 31. It reached Cluster Stage in Lombardy on February 21, and the first deaths occurred on February 22. 

Despite these early signs, Sri Lanka geared itself for parliamentary elections and made merry without introducing necessary preventive measures. Mandatory screening of incoming Chinese, South Korean, and Italian passengers did not commence till March. Chairman Civil Aviation Authority announced strict screening for all incoming passengers without exemption only on March 12.  

That was one day after the first Sri Lankan, a tourist guide, was diagnosed with the virus on March 11. He had contracted the disease from a group of Italian tourists he had accompanied earlier on. 

A ban on Italian tourists from entering the country was not implemented until March 13 despite Lombardy being in Stage 3A (Cluster stage) by February 21.

Meanwhile, we were busy playing ‘big matches.’ One is unable to fathom why the President did not issue a directive to cancel all cricketing encounters scheduled in March. 

The Head of State himself visited the annual Ananda-Nalanda encounter played on 7/8 March. 

With a calamity such as the C-19 at our doorstep, a strong man does not make requests. He issues directives. The President claims organizers ignored his request to cancel the Royal-Thomian cricket match. Perhaps, the numerous ‘prominente’ attending the cricket match, including former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Presidential sister-in-law and former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, may have been part of the reason for a ‘request’ rather than a directive.  

Some groups of Sri Lankan expatriates returning from South Korea and Italy and some pilgrims returning from India are known to have avoided the quarantine process.  Some of these returnees, especially from Italy, are known to be die-hard supporters of the Prime Minister. Meanwhile, the GMOA worthies demanded a ‘Risk Allowance’ to carry out screening work at the airport. Armed Forces doctors were handed over the job.

The President’s indecisiveness was visible in the implementation of the initial public holidays from March 16 to 19 and curfew since March 20. A ridiculous situation arose when Sri Lanka Railways staff refused to sell tickets due to the need to handle cash and possible infection. The knee jerk reaction of the government was to permit ticketless travel. It failed to declare railways an essential service and dismiss any staff not performing their duty. Not for a moment did the government think of Conductors in Private Coaches collecting passenger fares handling cash. They would starve if they did not.  This stupid decision resulted in hordes of persons embarking on pleasure trips enjoying free travel to the beach etc. It negated the public holidays declared to make people stay at home to avoid social interaction to minimize the spread of the virus. 

Another blunder of Himalayan proportion was the handling of the gathering of people in places of religious worship. The Chief Incumbent of Sri Pada Bengamuwe Dhammadinna Thera openly defied a Presidential request to halt the pilgrim season. His lack of understanding of C-19 is evident due to his comparison of C-19 with pilgrims braving wild animals and local diseases in the past. Once again, it was a ‘request’ rather than a directive. We have since heard of religious congregations in mosques and at least one church in Jaffna. A Swiss Pastor of Sri Lankan origin attending a mass in Jaffna on March 15 has proven positive since his return to Switzerland. He has mingled with several hundred persons during his visit to Jaffna. Having received a ‘fit to fly’ certificate at the BIA on March 16, he tested positive for C-19 three days later in Switzerland. 

President Rajapaksa could have issued a directive to the Chief Incumbent of Sri Pada. Refusal to comply would have been enough grounds for his immediate arrest. It would have also given the government the necessary legitimacy to jail any other Priest, Pastor, or Maulvi violating regulations on public gatherings without being accused of bias to Buddhism.

Some politicians are demanding the reconvening of parliament after the annulment of the dissolution. It will only result in parliamentarians, their aids, drivers, and security officers assembling with total disregard for social distancing. All they would do is to get in the way of the Presidential Task Force, Armed Forces and Police besides wasting precious time.

Now is not the time to do things the democratic way after debate and consensus. Tasking the military rather than a civilian outfit to manage logistics and the Police to enforce the quarantine from day one is a reflection of this reality. 

It is pointless to summon parliament to resolve the government’s funding problems, which will kick in on April 30 due to the absence of an approved budget. 

In case the President does not have the necessary constitutional powers to enforce all the required measures, he must have them for the duration of the crisis. That includes the declaration of Emergency and even Martial Law if required. 

It must be understood; such measures will be applied strictly for the management of the C-19 crisis and not for other politically motivated purposes. The Tajudeen, Lasantha Wickrematunge, Udyanga Weeratunga court cases, and similar investigations must not be tampered with and should continue once the crisis has passed.     

Those who pine for democracy in current times should take note of the visual of the tragedy in Italy published herein and ponder – is this what they want? We could either keep debating and gradually move to Stage 4 and beyond or do what it takes to overcome C-19 and debate on democratic governance another day. 

President Rajapaksa must be his own man and not anybody else’s shadow. 

A grateful nation would give him his cherished two-thirds majority, should he bring Sri Lanka out of C-19 with a minimal number of deaths. On the other hand, what would be good for the nation in such an event is to give him a decent working majority in parliament but not two thirds. 

Often, democracy works like a dredger, bringing up a lot of dirt and sludge from the depths and depositing them in high places. Our political structure is one such example. In a society of uneven education and social structures, the price we must pay for democracy is enormous. 

Lee Kuan Yew’s concept of a ‘guided democracy’ was a happy compromise.   

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    “Empower the President to manage Corona virus”. Absolutely correct. Similarly empower us to eradicate the more deadlier Co-Ranaviru-s who have infiltrated into all echelons of power.

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      Even if a rabid dog would have been the president, right at this moment, people should stay behind him empowering his psychology.

      We perferectly know that this GOVT failed not having done the due timely, to the manner NEPALIAN and VIETNAM govts did… they controlled every passenger entering the country as of very begining of March 2020. and their numbers are very law today. both have no deaths …. they never played it down…. as our BALLIGE puthas did.
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      Now placing the TRI-FORCES above HEALTH and other specialists, yet today, they are not serious wiht the containment of the virus.
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      And for sure, I have no doubt, PRESIDENT as a HEAT patient will be the next victim… i dont wish anyone to die, but this very same virus will drive them away sooner than later.
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      Just imagine, how they distribute the goods right at this moment, as if they came from their PVT properties. … but those are not the tax payers funds ?
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        How can Sri Lanka take such measures. First Ministers and VIPs wanted their children, relatives and loved ones brought down, next Cardinal wanted Catholics from Italy brought down, then Sinhala MPs wanted Sinhalese from Korea brought down, then Mahanayake Theros wanted Buddhist pilgrims in India brought down, then Muslim MPs wanted Muslims who went for religious meetings in India and Malaysia brought down. All these were allowed in without proper check or being quarantined. Worse is that Mahinda wanted all Chinese returning after new year celebration in China to be allowed in without any check, when it was accused in Italy and Iran that it was the Chinese workers who spread the disease in their countries. When Tamil pastor arrived in Colombo from Switzerland, he was found to have fever. Who allowed him to leave the airport. Who organised police escort for him from Colombo to Jaffna and back. There is something fishy in this matter. It is found that those who brought the disease to Sri Lanka are Sinhalese from Italy, Tamil pastor from Switzerland and Muslims who attended religious functions in India and Malaysia. One Sinhala doctor was not quarantined but allowed to go home and visited by PHIs daily and telephoned by police regularly. Is this the way to control a disease entering a country. If tight measures were adopted nothing would have happened, and one who is responsible for it is none other than the President.

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          Wonder how this sick man tirelessly mass produces misinformation.
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          It was a good Tamil pastor that infected people in Jaffna which was otherwise free of the virus.
          The main source of infection elsewhere in the coultry was Italy.

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    Good Call.. Mate.

    Just imagine what the Corona would have done to our Population if the Kid from Keselwatta, the famous son of UNP Prez Premadasa was in charge as the President

    And Cockless Rani calling the shots with his Cabinet mates Rajitha, Mangala, Ravi, Kabir, Ranjan , Hakeem , Bathudeen, Kiriella, Bandara, Theverapperuma, Harsha, Senasinghe ,Ajith , Ponseka and the rest holding reins to all the Important resources of the Nation.

    I would hate to think what the outcome would have been for the great majority of the inhabitant population who are now under the threat of catching the Corona.

    They would have had free Menstrual Pads and free Bath Packets for the School Kids.

    Would that have protected them from Corona and starvation under a Lock Down?..

    Or would Dr Rani have done a Boris, and let the Corona run its own course like the annual Flu in London?..

    You are right on the money with regards to calling those Crooks back to Kotte.
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    They would not only extract those valuable Military and Police Resources from the current yeoman service they are doing to Control the Corona and protect the Inhabitants,
    And put them to protect the Kotte Crooks 24/7 while they run around interfering with the Authorities.

    And most of all those 60 odd who missed out on the Life Time Pension, laughing all the way to the bank after the Corona clears ,even if they lose the seats at the next Election..

    The latter will be the one which would piss me the most……

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    Two thirds majority or not Sri Lanka will have GR as president. He is caring, considerate and bring the country out of these challenging times. Sri Lanka will flourish once again. Be thankful we have GR at the helm.

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      Rajeewa Jayaweera.

      RE: Empower The President To Manage Covid-19

      “A sizable percentage, if not the majority of the country’s intelligentsia, opposed Gotabaya Rajapaksa‘s candidacy for the Presidency.”

      Why?

      It was sizable percentage of low IQ imbeciles who voted for GR, because Ranil W and M Sirisena were morons and traitors,

      Since assuming office, President Rajapaksa’s modus operandi has been anything but that of a ‘strong man’ or ‘dictator.’,. He has become a racist Sinhala Buddhist following Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhism”, called Buddha-Agama, where the imbeciles , mean measured IQ 79, prostrate to safron clad monks, who hijacked Buddhism.

      The Corona virus originated in China and was introduced to Sri Lanka by the Chinese. Now GR and his Para-Sinhala Buddhist racists and cronies are trying to pin the corona virus on the Para-Muslims.

      On March 17, 2020, the President in Gon Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, there was no problem and tried to have the election on April; 25, 2020.

      2020 coronavirus pandemic in Sri Lanka

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_coronavirus_pandemic_in_Sri_Lanka

      The 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Sri Lanka is an ongoing viral pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a novel infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). As of 5 April 2020, 175 confirmed cases have been reported in the country with 5 deaths. On 3 March 2020, the first reported case involving a Sri Lankan origin outside Sri Lanka was reported in Italy.

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        Rajeewa Jayaweera.

        RE: Empower The President To Manage Covid-19

        “A sizable percentage, if not the majority of the country’s intelligentsia, opposed Gotabaya Rajapaksa‘s candidacy for the Presidency.”

        Why? He said there was no virus problem, no COVID-19 problem. The intelligentsia should give President Gon Gotabauya Rajapaksa some lessons on the corona virus. and ask him and his racist cronies to stop blaming the Muslims for the Chinese origin corona virus.

        Review Article
        Published: 10 December 2018
        Origin and evolution of pathogenic coronaviruses

        https://www.nature.com/articles/s41579-018-0118-9

        Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are two highly transmissible and pathogenic viruses that emerged in humans at the beginning of the 21st century. Both viruses likely originated in bats, and genetically diverse coronaviruses that are related to SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV were discovered in bats worldwide. In this Review, we summarize the current knowledge on the origin and evolution of these two pathogenic coronaviruses and discuss their receptor usage; we also highlight the diversity and potential of spillover of bat-borne coronaviruses, as evidenced by the recent spillover of swine acute diarrhoea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV) to pigs.

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          Amarasiri
          As a matter of interest, what is your IQ? Is it but any chance above 25? That would qualm you to be a moron

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    There is a photo of a worried GR going round on social media nowadays, with his hands on his chin. Various comments, mostly from motherly females, urge viewers not to criticize him, considering his work-load. Well, work-load or not, he seems to find the time to release from jail convicted killers of 5-year olds.

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      Did you doctor the photo? President GR has advised not to have his photos for public display!
      Many NGO crooks, in order to get $$$ from their paymasters in the west, doctor this type of photos and put on social media. Time to be vigilant.

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      Old codger

      Now I am beginning to understand as to why or how brutal dictators last as they do, thrive, hurt hapless people and country, who are constantly kept in fear, fear of the unknown, .. making the entire country long for an avathar to save them, perhaps Rajeewa found a Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Buddhists ………………. all rolled into one in Strongman Gota.

      Would you now lend a hand in strengthening the Strongman?

      Please read through Rajeewa’s suggestion, “That includes the declaration of Emergency and even Martial Law if required. “


      Since the parliament is not functioning (from mid 1950s) allocation of funds from treasury is not a problem. Mahinds is in charge of the treasury as in the past he needs not to prepare budget for years to come because the strongman and his cronies are still fighting a war, a good opportunity for them to be free of any democratic accountability.

      As long as people like Rajeewa are around no wonder how and why dictators thrive.
      Are you for Martial Law? Do you have any suggestion to Gota, as to what sort of job he should offer Rajeewa? Is Rajeewa running away from himself?

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    No way! He is already a dictator. Giving him more power will kill people.

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    Rajeewa

    Not a bad time to close down your beloved airline. Will not get an opportunity like this to close down the bleeding airline. Not a bad record to loose Rs 100 billion + in 5 years in a country where we have only 500 ICU beds !! The cost of a Corona test at Rs 15,000 is also a matter from discussion as to who should be tested and not.

    As you may be aware, currently Sri Lankan has 10 year old A330s being leased at almost 1 million USD per month when you can now lease 3 year old A330s for USD 300,000 per month. London and Melbourne which are loss making long haul routes will become profitable overnight if the current leases are terminated and new leases signed!!

    Shaving pilot salaries and cabin crew salaries are not going to save the airline.

    Let’s see the boldness of the management to undertake the reforms required to keep the aircrafts in the sky without tax payers paying for it. Also you may aware that Aussie government has turned down a request to bail out Qantas and Virgin Australia.

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    One muslim politician tried his religious fanatics antiques, I think that is to get president to negotiate with him. He is one who associated with wahabis and stayed calm when Wahabis blew up Catholics and Evangelists. At that time, he did not feel any sorrow or regret for what happened to those broken into pieces and maimed for ever. He was allowed to sit in PSC also as a Judge.
    Definitely President should be helped to correct those injustices. It is some in the name of ethnicity or relifgious Fanaticism, have taken every one else hostages.

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    Good frank views. Except on 2/3. Why do you need 2/3 unless to bring in dictatorship, and erase all the good governance legislation. Royal Thomian was not stopped perhaps Namal, Yoshitha, Chichi and even Shiranthi enjoy Royal Thomian. Sri Pada- right on the dot. President joked a priest could not come and see him because the priest driver has taken a group to Sri Pada. 200,000 visited Sri Pada that weekend. Corona virus last longest on metal. Every pilgrim going up and down Sri Pada, holds the metal railings. The best way to spread the virus.
    While you arre praising the Govt. , bigger than the virus would be the economic impact and the pending global recession. Govt has not addressed it albeit few poliically motivated announcement targeting the election. Blanket statement on 3 wheeler lease payments. Then stopping all Government servant salary deductions on loans and lease. The only lot well protected are the Government servants, fully paid and even no travel cost for a month. Then 6 month loan stoppage for Businesses. But CB is not providing any money to the Banks to cover the ingterest loss. SME and self employed are really suffering. No action. Colombo suburbs are seeing the impact. Poor people are coming to affluent houses asking for Rice. The real economic impact is yet to come and no plans to adddress it.

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    Let not Democracy be attacked by ‘Corona Virus’, under the guise that president is the only ‘Vaccine’ against it. The remedy should not be worse than the disease.

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      K Anaga,

      The only vaccine against COVID-19, that originated in China, is personal distancing and wearing effective masks, until proven vaccines become available from the biologists , scientists and the vaccine makers.

      50 percent of the transmissions are from asymptotics.

      Pirith, prayers and prostrating to monks will have no effect. In fact it may worsen it, if they congregate.

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    The Covid-19 Task Force with President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the helm has done an excellent job. The outlook is dampened by the poor quality of the parliamentarians who are likely to be elected.

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    “Nevertheless, he overcame all obstacles. The verdict of 6.9 million voters was emphatic. Minor and minority parties accustomed to considering themselves kingmakers were proven wrong.”

    Get a life man. I know who you are. What do you know about the poor ‘Sorry Lankan’ lives from a London suburb?. Hypocrite. I am not surprised as you and ‘Gota’ belong to the same ‘Seven Eleven’ group.

    Are you trying to pose as one of the ‘Viyath Maga’ crook? or simply a ‘Jarapassa’ A–e Licker?

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    This is a totally biased, untruthful article written by an anti government person.

    Disproving all this bunkum arguments, the Govt. has managed to control the serious situation that arose from the CORVID 19 epidemic.

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      Dr.Silva

      You are another Gotha lover like the demon but you both like different bits

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      Man with a ‘Jarapassa ‘ awarded Doctorate?
      of course I am an anti government person as the head of the government is a criminal and a fraudster from a family of fraudsters and murderers backed by another 75% more. What’s wrong with that?.

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      DR. SWINTON DE SILVA ,

      “This is a totally biased, untruthful article written by an anti government person.”

      This is an evidence-based article.

      The President is allowing the practice of Para-Sinhala Para-Buddhist racism against the Para-Muslims , on the COVID-19 virus, when everybody knows that it originated in China, and was introduced by the Chinese to Sri Lanka and the rest of the world.

      By the way, DE SILVA means of the Forest of Portugal, not of Wahun , China

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    2/3 OR NOT which one is it Rajeewa ?????? In your next article , do not forget to mention, how Silly Lankan politicians tend to exploit a human tragedy, like say, Tsunami, Easter and now this pandemic .

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    I cannot agree with your suggestion. Sri Lanka has legislation in place to deal with the situation as a Nation. The gentleman you are proposing to single – handedly take on the strain of managing this unprecedented health & economic crisis, underwent medical treatment for a serious condition just about a year ago. It is too much of a burden to place upon an individual.

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    In a country where Self centered, selfish, ungrateful people live nothing will work other than through Emmegency or Marshall Law.

    At a time of Pandemic with limited resources trying to give maximum within limitations we get PHIs, Nurses threatening with strike action.
    They have forgotton its the Country and people before self.

    Soldiers went to war and gave their lives to unify the Country,
    The terrorists went to war to get their eelam.
    None went to war with demands.

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      Sinka Thonda ( There are MANY like 6.6. Million )

      None went to war with demands except you demanding to be heard a Sinkala message through a Tamil identity. What a nice name THONDAMANY FERNANDO. Shame on you Idiot.

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    Rajeewa Jayaweera

    Frankly CRAP CRAP and More CRAP. Where is the Money. The country is bankrupt and will be for the foreseeable future . There arent even enough “Pichai Pathirams”

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    The Chaiwala Tea Seller PMN of India has found the solution to COVID.The man was born to doom Hindoosthan and the Hindoos and world.dindooohindoo
    His solution is to switch off the lights for 9 minutes at 9 pm and light candles,torches and cell phone lights – the sign of impending and inevitable doom.
    https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/coronavirus-on-pm-modi-s-exhortation-india-to-light-lamps-at-9-pm-today-120040500319_1.html
    I really worry about the US and EU health systems and the Indians working in it
    1300 years ago, a man called Beruni made a prophetcic statement on the worth of the Indian race
    The words of Beruni are prophetic,in this regard.
    – The Hindus believe that there is no country but theirs, no nation like theirs, no kings like theirs, no religion like theirs, no science like theirs.
    – They are haughty, foolishly vain, self-conceited, and stolid.
    – They are by nature niggardly in communicating that which they know, and they take the greatest possible care to withhold it from men of another caste among their own people,still much more, of course, from any foreigner
    Chaiwala (The Indian PM) though he was special,along with his countrymen -aka, from the Lost Tribe of Israel.Those fantas-ical land – statistical contortions by the Indians, that the numbers were doubling at the lowest rate in Hindoo-land – lapped up by the lackeys in the Hindoo Media – made them feel mighty special – just like the sons of Rama. This is what happens Hindoos study Statistics and Maths.dindooohindoo
    The Chaiwala had a simple formula.He did not do any testing at all.He waited for people to come to test,and then die.

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    Excellent article. I congratulate Mr. Rajeeva Jayaweera. Good job done Sir. Let us hope many people both in SL and other countries read this. Many thanks to Mr. Jayaweera.

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    Rajeeva is a Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist.

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    People who shed croc tears should go to Lanka and do voluntary service, instead of talking Moda wansa dialogues, and accusing the poor health workers who have been putting their family and self at risk. By the way where is he ?????? Must be in hiding ????

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    Rajeewa, EC has written a urgent letter to stop politicians from abusing contingency plans for their own election gains. Silly Lankans will exploit any human tragedy for their own gains. Why not start a fund to support election campaigning ?????? People (especially living abroad) who are donating money should make sure the money reaches the victims and not the politicians election campaigning.

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    ‘President Rajapaksa could have issued a directive to the Chief Incumbent of Sri Pada. Refusal to comply would have been enough grounds for his immediate arrest.’

    Careful: In our Baudda/Sinhala rajaya, this will be tantamount to committing suicide.

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    Samir, today Sorry Lanka received 10 tonnes worth of medical supply from India to fight this common enemy. For a change be nice and appreciate the goodness in your neighbors. Also remember India is the largest manufacturer and exporter of Chloroquine , which you or your family may need one day. Hindians are currently working on a nasal vaccine for Covid. By the way what are our stupid Lankans (except health care personal) involved in , right now ???? Taking rest???Gaining those unhealthy extra pounds???? Talking crap ???? making babies ???? involved in racial/minority bashing ????.

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      “Silly Lankans will exploit any human tragedy for their own gains.”
      Will Sri Lankan people living abroad be any different?
      The lot that is resident in America and Europe did much harm to the peace efforts 18 years ago.
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      Please do not throw insults at people as a whole when responding to foolish remarks.
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      BTW,
      “Lanka received 10 tonnes worth of medical supply from India”
      What is 10 tonnes worth of anything?

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    Dude SJ, Silly Lankans includes the ones living abroad. Some of the comments you read here , are they any different ????? Only the stupid can have 30 years of protracted violence and yet learn nothing.. What is 10 tonnes worth ??? If I can get the answer from GR, will let you know. Can we quote a price for the lives saved ??? I guess Stupid Lankans can . By the way the rumor is Lanka is planning to supply left over body bags to China and India. How much that will be worth ??? do you know by any chance.

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