15 August, 2020

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ENTER Mahinda: President Decides To Relocate Weliweriya Hayleys; But Plant To Be Reopened Pending Relocation

Engaging for the first time on the Weliweriya clashes that left three people dead and over 20 wounded, President Mahinda Rajapaksa decided that the glove manufacturing plant residents in the area are accusing of contaminating the ground water will be relocated to a BOI zone.

In the interim however, Venigross Ltd, a subsidiary of Dipped Products PLC, owned by the Hayleys group will be reopened to permit management to meet existing orders. The factory shut its doors at the end of July after water demonstrations in the area reached fever pitch, a decision that was cemented following a meeting between the monk leading the Weliweriya protests, residents and company officials at the Defence Ministry on August 1.

Taking a stand for the first time since the armed forces called in to crush the demonstration in the Gampaha District town allegedly fired on unarmed protestors, President Rajapaksa held discussions with Rathupaswala area residents and relevant officials on the water crisis at the Presidential Secretariat last afternoon.

The President had ordered the relocation of the Hayleys owned plant that has been in the eye of the storm in Weliweriya to a investment zone, even if water tests found that the effluents from the factory was not the source of the contamination, a media release by the Presidential Media Unit said.

If the factory is found to be the source of contamination, the plant would be shut down permanently, the President promised as part of his “solution package” to Weliweriya residents.

The main priority of the authorities in this region will be to ensure that the people receive safe water while the Government Analyst’s Department will carry out testing of the water and issue a report.

Residents and the factory representatives, under the guidance of the President, agreed to allow the factory to make use of the items that have already been produced prior to ceasing of operations and to allow the factory administration to function until the report is published, Presidential Media said.

The residents expressed satisfaction at the agreements reached and agreed to work with officials to help resolve the problem, the President’s Media Unit said.

President Rajapaksa also urged the citizens to refrain from taking the law into their own hands if a problem arises in the future and requested all parties to try their utmost to resolve crises through discussion.

Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Social Services Felix Perera, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary of the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Gampaha District parliamentarians, Western provincial council members, senior military officials and several other high-ranking government officials were present at the discussion.

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    The Jokers waited for three deaths to take this decision.

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    Typically a knee-jerk reaction (more of a statement) that would set a precedent to come back to haunt him in the not too distant future.

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    Sri Lanka is run by politicians and not by bureaucrats. What does dumb politicians know. Only way is to get some people killed. Then they take decisions.

    Politicians could not do it up to now because the owner gave big money to the political campaign and to the private account as well.

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      One morning a blind bunny was hopping down the bunny trail and tripped over a large snake and fell, kerplop right on his twitchy little nose.
      ‘Oh please excuse me,’ said the bunny. ‘I didn’t mean to trip over you, but I’m blind and can’t see.’
      ‘That’s perfectly all right,’ replied the snake. ‘To be sure, it was my fault. I didn’t mean to trip you, but I’m blind too, and I didn’t see you coming. By the way, what kind of animal are you?’
      ‘Well, I really don’t know,’ said the bunny.. ‘I’m blind, and I’ve never seen myself. Maybe you could examine me and find out.’
      So the snake felt the bunny all over, and he said, ‘Well, you’re soft, and cuddly, and you have long silky ears, and a little fluffy tail and a dear twitchy little nose. You must be a bunny rabbit!’
      The bunny said, ‘I can’t thank you enough. But by the way, what kind of animal are you?’
      The snake replied that he didn’t know either, and the bunny agreed to examine him, and when the bunny was finished, the snake asked, ‘Well, what kind of an animal am I?’
      The bunny had felt the snake all over, and he replied, ‘You’re cold, you’re slippery, and you have no balls…You must be a POLITICIAN’ in Sri Lanka!

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        No time for a Lanka story

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    Mara will never carry out this order. Mark my word.This socalled order is to defuse the anger among residents. What we want ia punishment meted out to the offenders in the Defence Ministry and army. You have a hope if Mara will do that. These Rajapakse brothers think people are brain dead. Basil who is a collector says sorry. Simple thing for him to do is to ask his brother and his Gota brother what happened. Shows he is another fraud

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      “Mara will never carry out this order. Mark my word.”
      Kanthi you will have to wait only, till after CHOGM, for your prediction to come true!

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      You are right…..GR ordered the forces to move in…Those higher ups in the Police know that. MR has stepped in to cover up this information and given a foolish promise just to silence the people, UNP planning a protest and the international community.
      Who wants to believe the utterances of a megalomaniac?

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    “He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.”
    ― George Orwell,

    Hypocrisy at its best!

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    The fact that the fatory had been approved without an Environment Impact Assessment is totally ignored by the president.If the waste effluent was planned to be diverted into a trench in the ground,this was the worst method of disposal.
    It was mentioned that there are twelve factories among ten villages in the area,and if so,ALL other factories too should be assessed for environmental pollution – without waiting for another similar situation to accur.
    How did this factory came to be permitted with obvious pollution of the ground water should be investigated.
    There may well be other factory “time-bombs” ‘ticking’ in other areas.

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    Now he became “a hero” after all,

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    This is the typical rajapaksa eye wash. CHOGM is around the corner, and if the government does not appear to be engaged in getting this horrible situation under control, there will be repercussions that would haunt them forever. This is merely a show, for after the CHOGM event, things will get back to normal in rajapaksa land – poor people getting short changed and suffering with no help from the government, living in fear, afraid of the Army, and big businesses polluting waters and land, without any consequences.

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    More theatre of the absurd performed before IDIOTS who choose to believe it.
    Further installments to follow!

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    The moda public of this country is being taken for a jolly good ride by the holy trinity of SL. The good the bad and the ugly. What people fail to realize is that all this is nothing but a hogwash to garner a few votes by playing the saint and to cover what the bad and ugly heads have done. Wake up people…..time for a spring cleaning in SL. By the people for the people.

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      Come on KK. You be the first one to be on the line of fire. Don’t egg on the others from behind, you be the first in the lead to get it.

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    “Palamuwa Mawbima, Dewanuwath Mawbima, 3 wenuwath Mawbima, 4 wenuwath Mawbima” – Jathiye Aadambarakara Thaththa. –

    Dammika Perera is very Important person unlike Waliweriya Water Terrorists. Final Outcome – Company will not be responsible for water contamination and that was due to some activities of JVP and opposition in the past. protester’s will be held responsible for the deaths of Innocent civilians.

    Finally Baasil, Mervin Silva, Paba, Sarana Gunawardana goes to the parliament from the Votes of same water terrorists.

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    And our stupid sri lankans believe this MORAN.

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    He KNOWS and all of us KNOW that we will NOT KNOW (forget) what happened in Weliweriya in just two weeks and the factory will continue to function.

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    Well, at least Rajapaksa is finally uniting Sri Lanka. Tamils, Muslims and Buddhists are all united in their outrage. Please join M.A. Sumanthiran in opposing this regime and in his efforts to preserve democracy, freedom and the rule of law for Sri Lanka…

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    Nothing will happen. Wait and see.

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    Gota V Mahinda
    who will win

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