21 October, 2019

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Fight For Clean Water Turns Deadly: Army Fires On Weliweriya Demonstrators

Mass public demonstrations against a ground water contamination scandal in the Gampaha District took a deadly turn a short while ago after the military was deployed to disperse the protests and the resultant tension left at least one person dead and over 20 injured, according to police and hospital sources.

The victim was a 16 year old male, according to hospital reports. At least one more demonstrator was critically injured in clashes on the scene.

Protesters reacted angrily to the presence of the army resulting in severe tension that also caused injuries to several journalists reporting on the demonstration.

Police had earlier tried to disperse the demonstration using water canons and tear gas after the protests blocked the main Colombo-Kandy Road, but called for military reinforcements when attempts failed.

Security forces personnel had fired into the crowd in its efforts to disperse the protest, residents told reporters. Video footage has also emerged of the assault.

Journalists and camera crew were prevented from covering the clashes, with the military moving to destroy the memory cards of at least one photojournalist reporting in the area.

Ada Newspaper photojournalist Chanuka Kulasekera was admitted to the Gampaha hospital following the clashes. His camera has been damaged in the attacks.

By 9:40 p.m. Sri Lankan time, a power blackout took place in Weliweriya. The power is yet to be restored in the area.

Residents and reporters on site are calling it a mini-war and claim the security forces are combing the villages for instigators of the demonstration. Residents say they are still hearing gunfire in the area.

Ground water contamination in Weliweriya, Gampaha brought residents of some 10 villages in the area out onto the streets a few days ago led by a Chief Monk of a temple in the area. Residents in the area have implicated a glove making plant known as Dipped Products PLC a subsidiary of Hayleys Group

in the contamination crisis, although the company has stringently denied the claims. The residents are demanding the closure of the industrial plant and pure drinking water facilities from the authorities.

According to some reports, the military will be stationed in the area till 2 a.m. tomorrow. Residents speculate that the company is attempting to transport goods from the plant tonight and the military will supervise the operation.

Meanwhile the Chief Monk leading the protest Siridhamma Thero called off his fast unto death a short while ago following discussions with Hayleys representatives at the Defence Ministry. Hayleys officials also held discussions with Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.

 

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    All rajapassas are rajavassas.Destroying democracy, destroying independant judiciary, development in the sake of rajavassas pocket money (robbing billions). EVERYTHING THESE RAJAVASSAS HAS DONE HAS DESTROYED SRI LANKA. GAM BATTO GAMATAMA ARAPAN.

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    Sri Lanka – A country that can only be described as comedy of errors………

    Honestly I am not trying to sound satirical, it is definitely a sad state of affairs, I always believed one day Sri Lanka is going to come out and be on top of the south Asia subcontinent’s Hub, but the issue here is not just bad governance alone to be blamed, I feel it is the mindset of the people in this country at large also must share the be blame ..

    what an Irony – when a group of majority bigots lead by the clergy who is suppose to promote peace & harmony is inciting such hate & leading on one side and the Police and Military that should be taking action against the perpetrators instead stand helplessly and watch on and when a senior officer with conscience tries to perform his duties the mob and even passer bys attack him and with great difficulty the juniors rescue him and then here is the case when people gathered by a sincere noble clergy with dedication to his people wows to fast to death to express his duty towards a people who are deprived of the most essential commodity the very source of life – WATER – is in turn attacked by the same Army and goes as far as opening fire ad killing a person too… what more can I say..

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    by Sheikh Moslehedin Saadi Shirazi
    from “The Bustan”

    ‘Only in dreams will he see a land prosper, ‘
    Who ruins the hearts of the land’s inhabitants:
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    Be a guardian of the poor man’s mind,
    Lie not in the bonds of your own ease!
    No one in your land is easy,
    When your own ease is all you seek;
    No wise man will approve the case
    Where the shepherd sleeps and the wolf’s among the sheep.

    Go! Keep watch upon the poor and needy,
    For by virtue of the people the emperor holds his crown.
    The people are like a root, the ruler is the tree;
    The tree, my son, from the root draws its strength.
    So far as you are able, hurt not the hearts of men;
    If you do, you but tear up your own roots!
    Do you need a highway, straight?
    The road of the devout is that of Hope and Fear;
    Nature, this becomes to a man in prudence:
    In hope of good and fear of evil;

    If in a prince these both you find,
    You find a solid footing for his clime and realm:
    For indulgence he brings to the hopeful,
    In hope that the Maker will be indulgent;
    He does not look with favour on any persons’ harm,
    Fearing that harm may come to his realm.
    But if this temper be not in his composition,
    In that land there’s no hope of rest.

    If you are hobbled, practice resignation;
    But if galloping at will, then make your own way!
    Look not for amplitude in that march and land,
    Where you see the people distressed by the emperor.

    Fear the bold and proud ones,
    But fear also the one who fears not the just One!

    Only in dreams will he see a land prosper,
    Who ruins the hearts of the land’s inhabitants:

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    People of this country seems unaware of Rajapakse regime’s right to kill at will against any resistance pose against the regime, whether it is peaceful or otherwise.

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    Pleae DON’T forget Sri Lanka has water problem – environmental problem:

    ‘’Large hotels are being built contaminating ground water and serving liquor near schools. When a Tamil industrialist (RAMCO) refused to restart KKS Cement saying the ecology cannot bear it, a Nepalese was brought in to tear our landscape apart. The police beat signs of Tamil aspirations into silence and do price controls to take bribes. Our institutions are mismanaged by political stooges” – S.Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, 30 June 2013, https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/tamil-university-part-i-fr-xs-thani-nayagam-and-the-mannar-university/

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    It is unfortunate, that these poor people had to protest to bring attention to the fact that they have contaminated water, for their families. How else could they have the attention of this government?
    It is unacceptable that these protesters were shot at, and attacked by armed troops, and that such protests are handled in a very undemocratic way by the ruthless regime. Shame on Hayleys for polluting the environment, and being careless of the fact that the people around the plant have to drink and live around such a toxic environment. This is only the tip of the iceberg. the number of cancer patients in this country have increased in alarming numbers, and it seems NO ONE in the government wants to investigate this problem. Time to give the health of the people top priority, over polluting businesses.

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    Where was Bodu Bala Sena? Why didn’t they come to protect the Buddhists?

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      Shh….Shhhh……please don’t disturb them, they are sleeping. They are dead tired after burning same “Harak Mas kada” and for your information they don’t involve in this kind of unnecessary things. If you know some “Harak mas kada” in your area please Inform Gaanu 5 Nanasara Babadu Balakaya Through Aparada Aakarakshaka Lekam. Killing of Same People in Waliweriya is Small…..Small…..Minor….matter. We ate Kiribath, Kaum and danced when our Rana Viruwan Mascaraed Tamils in Mullaweikkal. When Dharmadveepa Chakrawarthi Impeached Chief Justice Dr. CJ also we ate Kiribath and Danced on the road. What shall we do now? Make more and more “Bhodi Poojas” and ask more and more power and strength for our Sambudda Saasana Chakrawarthi’s and Rana Viruwo’s to continue good Job that they are doing now?

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    Cannot Nalin Silva invoke Natha Deiyo’s help to solve the contamination issue?

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    @Park ,The Big B,,,,,,,, Syndrome’s Big B………. have shrinked & they don’t have the B…….s to face this.. they only have B…….s to attack people who are in small numbers..( Minorities)

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    Taken from :Commentary: King Politics?
    Published on July 18, 2013
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    The kind of politics I’m thinking of is that suggested by Plato and Aristotle. Here, king politics is about justice, irrespective of social position, promoting order, and good and effective governance. It fosters social unity, a sense of citizenship, co-operation and friendship. And there is a situation where each citizen benefits from, and adds to the good of all.

    So king politics is not about parcelling out the spoils of office. Rather, it brings people together, everyone contributes, so everyone benefits. With king politics, every citizen is a king, with the kind and quality of resources, legitimately acquired, which enable the community to not only live good, but to live well too.

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    How Safe is our Drinking water?
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    Scientists offer solutions to arsenic groundwater poisoning in southern Asia

    In Bangladesh, people dig deep wells to find drinking water free of naturally occurring arsenic. But farmers are also pumping water from those deep aquifers, threatening the water supply and public health.

    Courtesy of Alexander van Geen, Columbia University
    Deep well digging in rural Bangladesh
    Drilling a deep well in rural Bangladesh to tap into arsenic-free water.
    BY MARK SHWARTZ

    An estimated 60 million people in Bangladesh are exposed to unsafe levels of naturally occurring arsenic in their drinking water, dramatically raising their risk for cancer and other serious diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Because most of the contaminated water is near the surface, many people in Bangladesh have installed deep wells to tap into groundwater that’s relatively free of arsenic.

    In recent years, however, farmers have begun using the deep, uncontaminated aquifers for irrigation – a practice that could compromise access to clean drinking water across the country, according to a report in the May 27 issue of the journal Science. The report is co-authored by groundwater experts Scott Fendorf (Stanford University), Holly A. Michael (University of Delaware) and Alexander van Geen (Columbia University).

    “Every effort should be made to prevent irrigation by pumping from deeper aquifers that are low in arsenic,” the authors wrote. “This precious resource must be preserved for drinking.”

    Every day, more than 100 million people are exposed to arsenic-contaminated drinking water in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam. Over the last 10 years, Fendorf, Michael and van Geen have conducted long-term groundwater studies throughout southern Asia with the goal of finding low-cost solutions to what WHO calls the largest mass poisoning in history.

    “Our Science report presents an overview of the scientific consensus and continuing uncertainty about the root causes of the arsenic calamity,” said Fendorf, a professor of environmental Earth system science at Stanford.

    Crisis in southern Asia

    Unlike most countries in the region, India and Bangladesh have very deep aquifers that typically have low levels of arsenic. In Bangladesh, one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world, concerns about arsenic-contaminated rice crops have led farmers to look for safer sources of water deep underground.

    Courtesy of Scott Fendorf, Stanford
    Millions of people in Cambodia and other countries in southern Asia are exposed to unhealthy levels of naturally occurring arsenic in their drinking water.
    Millions of people in Cambodia and other countries in southern Asia are exposed to unhealthy levels of naturally occurring arsenic in their drinking water.
    “People in Bangladesh want to sink irrigation wells to the deeper aquifers where the water is clean,” said Fendorf, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment. “The problem is that irrigation wells pump high enough volumes to pull down arsenic-contaminated water from the surface and jeopardize the quality of the groundwater below.”

    Arsenic poisoning was first identified in the early 1980s in West Bengal, India, where health officials linked an outbreak of skin lesions to groundwater pumped from shallow wells. Today, WHO estimates that thousands of people from Pakistan to Vietnam die of cancer each year from long-term arsenic exposure. Groundwater containing arsenic also causes cardiovascular disease and inhibits the mental development of children.

    In the 1990s, scientists identified the source of the arsenic contamination: the Himalaya mountain range, where arsenic-laden rocks and sediments are carried downstream along four major river systems – Ganges-Brahmaputra, Mekong, Irrawaddy and Red.

    This naturally occurring arsenic is harmless until it reaches the river basins. There, bacteria in surface and subsurface sediments release arsenic from the solids to a soluble, toxic form that slowly works its way into the shallow aquifers below. This process has been occurring for millennia – a discovery made by Fendorf and colleagues in Cambodia in 2008 – but had little impact on human health until recently when people began tapping groundwater to avoid pathogen-laden surface water.

    That same year, co-author Holly Michael demonstrated that in Bangladesh, an uncontaminated domestic well more than 500 feet (150 meters) deep could remain arsenic-free for at least 1,000 years. But Michael projected an entirely different scenario for deep irrigation wells, which use mechanized pumps instead of hand pumps to bring groundwater to the surface.

    Courtesy of Shawn Benner
    Two Cambodian men drill into a shallow aquifer to collect drinking water.
    Two Cambodian men drill into a shallow aquifer to collect drinking water.
    “Holly showed that if you start drawing high volumes of water from an irrigation well, you create flow conditions that bring arsenic-contaminated water from above into the deep aquifer below,” Fendorf said.

    While many Bangladeshis are justifiably concerned about the accumulation of arsenic in rice paddies, the amount that actually ends up inside a rice grain is small compared with exposure from drinking water, he added. “For that reason, we recommend that deeper wells only be used by individual households for drinking water and not for crop irrigation.”

    In 1999, Bangladesh launched a major nationwide campaign to test well water quality. Since then, thousands of households have drilled deeper wells, some reaching depths of 1,500 feet (450 meters).

    “Most people would say that deep wells are a good option,” Fendorf said. “They’re not that expensive, and the water often has a similar temperature and taste. For all intents and purposes, it’s the same water, except deep aquifers aren’t poisonous.”

    However, because water-flow patterns below ground are constantly altered by irrigation and other land-use changes, the authors recommended that all existing deep wells in Bangladesh be retested on a regular basis.

    Other solutions

    Aside from Bangladesh and India, the majority of affected countries have aquifers that only reach depths of 300 feet (100 meters). Therefore, deep-water wells are not an option. In Cambodia, people have turned to filtration to remove arsenic from shallow groundwater.

    “Many arsenic filters are quite effective at removing arsenic over the short term,” Fendorf said. “However, they should be tested regularly, which doesn’t always happen, and replaced when they begin to fail from disturbance or exhaustion.”

    Some governments in the region recommend piping water directly to villages or homes, but that solution raises other health issues, Fendorf said. “Piped water usually comes from a surface source, like a river,” he explained. “The problem is that it often contains bacteria and other pathogens. It might go through a sand filtration system, but that’s often ineffective.

    “We need to be thinking broadly about water options that are available and not focus on a single solution,” he added. “In one village, a deep well might work great, in another village maybe it’s rainwater harvesting or water filtration. As scientists studying groundwater, we can help people most by predicting where wells should be placed, and whether those wells will remain clean over time, particularly as a result of irrigation and other land-use changes.”

    Support for the Science study was provided by a Woods Institute Environmental Venture Projects grant and the Stanford Environmental Molecular Science Institute, American Geophysical Union, European Union Asia-Link CALIBRE Project, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.K. Department for International Development, UNICEF and the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

    Mark Shwartz is communications manager at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.

    Media Contact
    Mark Shwartz, Woods Institute for the Environment: (650) 723-9296, mshwartz@stanford.edu

    Dan Stober, Stanford News Service, (650) 721-6965, dstober@stanford.edu

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    For Those who are not to proud to learn from a successful
    tiny Country……….
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    Water

    18 April 2013

    Water management in Singapore
    Way back in January, we made a short visit to Singapore and I had the great luck to get a tour of some of the facilities of PUB, the public corporation that manages all of Singapore’s water, from rainfall to tap to toilet to treatment, discharge and recycling.

    Singapore is an exceptional country in many ways: a city-state with a British colonial heritage; a population of Chinese, Malay, Indian and many other nationalities; an import-export powerhouse; impressive governance; and a high quality of life.

    The government in charge of Singapore Inc. reminds me of the Dutch government: planning everywhere, strong economic incentives and decent policies and outcomes.* It lacks the forbearance over matters of marijuana, sex and chewing gum, which may explain why Singapore doesn’t have a reputation for fun and beauty.

    But these differences may stem from Singapore’s security situation. It split off from Malaysia in 1965 (relations are cordial rather than warm) and needs to be self sufficient in a rough neighborhood with scarce resources (even sand).

    Water is one of the most scarce resources in Singapore, so PUB (no longer known as the Public Utilities Board) puts a lot of emphasis on security of supply and management of demand.

    George talks about PUB’s big ideas
    I was very impressed with PUB’s operations and strategy. You may be familiar with their NEWater program, in which they treat wastewater for reuse. The big users of this water are industrial customers that prefer very clean water (tap water is “contaminated” because minerals need to be re-added after NEWater treatment).

    They also took 20 years to create an enormous reservoir (see photo) by cleaning up the catchment and blocking the mouth of a formerly saline estuary. PUB now stores a lot of freshwater in the estuary. (PUB discloses neither its storage capacity nor its reserves of water, for security reasons.)

    Those supply-side, engineering projects are complemented by sound demand-side management and incentives. Residential consumption is 153 LCD; non-revenue water is 5 percent; all wastewater is captured and treated; most residential and commercial customers pay the same tariff: SGD 1.17 per m3 plus a 30% conservation tax means SGD 1.52/m3 (USD 1.25/m3 or $3.50/ccf); excessive residential use and water exporters pay more. Poorer households pay the same price as everyone for water; they get some direct financial aid.

    For more details, I suggest reading this 2006 article [PDF] on PUB’s performance and a list of dos and don’ts that Singapore gets right but most water utilities — in developed and developing countries — get wrong (e.g., cross-subsidies between users, failure to recover costs, untreated water, etc.)

    George was very helpful in explaining the roots of PUB’s success in Singapore’s development model of no corruption, lots of education, and promotion based on meritocracy. He said that Singapore’s — and PUB’s — future challenges will come from a lack of qualified workers and the rising cost of energy. Everyone else faces the same problems, but Singapore is going to have an easier time tacking them.

    Is Singapore unique? Although money and professionalism are important (necessary) conditions for producing these results, I think it’s also important to have either control over or a very good coordination among managers of various water flows, from environmental to drinking to irrigation to wastewater. A small country like Singapore can do this more easily than a larger one with more layers of government, but that only means that water managers in larger countries need to work harder (they can hire PUB to help :)

    Bottom Line: Singapore has the best — most sustainable, fair and efficient — urban water management that I’ve seen. PUB’s successes are important as proof to those who say it cannot be done because it is being done.
    * The government doesn’t just have road tolls to limit congestion, it auctions the ten-year permits to HAVE a car. They now cost about USD 50,000.

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    THE majority of people on Earth people will face severe water shortages within a generation or two if pollution and waste continues unabated, scientists have warned at a conference in Bonn.
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    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/source-of-life-running-out-water-scientists/story-fn5fsgyc-1226650314462#ixzz2asjpbs5e

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    Groundwater Contamination

    What kind of contamination is it?

    Groundwater is rain water or water from surface water bodies, like lakes or streams, that soaks into the soil and bedrock and is stored underground in the tiny spaces between rocks and particles of soil. Groundwater pollution occurs when hazardous substances come into contact and dissolve in the water that has soaked into the soil.

    How did it get there?

    Groundwater can become contaminated in many ways. If rain water or surface water comes into contact with contaminated soil while seeping into the ground, it can become polluted and can carry the pollution from the soil to the groundwater. Groundwater can also become contaminated when liquid hazardous substances themselves soak down through the soil or rock into the groundwater. Some liquid hazardous substances do not mix with the groundwater but remain pooled within the soil or bedrock. These pooled substances can act as long-term sources of groundwater contamination as the groundwater flows through the soil or rock and comes into contact with them.

    How does it hurt animals, plants or humans?

    Contaminated groundwater can hurt animals, plants, or humans only if it is first removed from the ground by manmade or natural processes. In many parts of the world, groundwater is pumped out of the ground so it can be used as a source of water for drinking, bathing, other household uses, agriculture, and industry. In addition, groundwater can reach the surface through natural pathways such as springs. Contaminated groundwater can affect the quality of drinking and other types of water supplies when it reaches the surface. Contaminated groundwater can affect the health of animals and humans when they drink or bathe in water contaminated by the groundwater or when they eat organisms that have themselves been affected by groundwater contamination.

    How can we clean it up?

    Different approaches are used to clean up contaminated groundwater. Sometimes polluted groundwater is pumped from the soil or bedrock, treated to remove the contamination, and then pumped back into the ground. If contaminants are released into the groundwater slowly, large amounts of groundwater need to be pumped to remove a relatively small amount of contamination. In this case groundwater contamination is addressed by containing the contamination in a limited area to keep it from harming animals and plants. Still other types of contamination can be left in the ground without active pumping and treatment. In these cases, contaminants are reduced to non-toxic concentrations by natural biological, chemical, and physical processes before the contamination reaches the surface.

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    Gampaha became the Education Hub of this country, after the introduction of Swabasha in ’56. Some of the Sinhalese while pointing the finger at the Tamils for favouritism did the same to the fellow Sinhalese. Gampaha produced a large number of Teachers, school Principals and a Bureaucracy of mediocrity to man govt. Institutions. These newly qualified Vernacular mostly supported the SLFP govts who handled Elections, where the Postal votes bear testimony of their allegiance. Majority if not all were Olcot/Anagarika Buddhists. They are the ones who rejoiced most when the Forces suppressed the dissenting Tamils who took up arms to fight State Terrorism. Today these Sinhalese are tasting the ruthless State Power unleashed on them for demonstrating for a basic need of pure water. Way to go for the Dumb Moda Sinhalese.

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      So Ranil’s critics want Ranil to canvass the masses and get on to the streets, when poor villagers are killed by the ruthless Gota Forces when they indulge in a Peaceful Protest. To topple MR will be a more violent Protest and how many casualties will be attributed to Ranil’s account? Would it not be more prudent for the public en-masse to topple MR through the Ballot? Why are these critics not sincere in their appeal for an honest effort to change things for the better, for the whole country?

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      What does this half baked Colombian who lives in a cold damp basement in Suffolk know about the joy that Sinhala Buddhists experienced when UNP created and NGO pampered terrorists were eradicated from Sri Lanka for good. This anti-national bugger is daydreaming. Suffix to say, entire populace in Sri Lanka without distinction sans anti-nationals rejoiced the downfall of the ruthless terrorists equally. We Sinhala Buddhists observe that every time this bugger opens his mouth he just spits looking up. The way to go you bugger. I wish there are more of your kind writing in Sinhala. And MR is sure to win all elections to come.

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    Basil Rajapaksa Convenes All Party Meet to Find Short and Long Term Solutions to Weliweriya Water Crisis, 2 August 2013, http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/23590

    What about:
    Water crisis of the North = low water table
    Unsustainable development = ”development” promoted by Governor (retired military official appointed by President) without elected council = tourism perniciously promoted when people don’t have sustainable socio-economic development
    Sand scooped from seashores recklessly without a policy/plan based on SD but based on on military and paramilitary corruption

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    I was going to make a comment about the article and then I saw this pathetic, in-human comment by a person named K.A Sumana sekera. I thought Rajapakses are LOW, but among Sumana sekara’s probably even Idi Amin looks good. For the sake of human race can we please exclude barbarians like K.A Sumana sekera from civilized forums ?

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      Just don’t pretend nana, I can visualize the kind of verses you read five times a day.

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    Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
    Proverbs 24:1

    (King James Bible)

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    BTW – I honestly believe the stupidest thing anyone can dream is to believe that it is all too easy a thing to snatch away the sceptre from the King and his successors who await patiently for thier time..

    It is definitely too late…. Like the good old saying goes of that damned old cow boy ,little Georgy porgy ,pudding & pie killed the arabs & made thier women cry , but when Obama mama came out to play Georgy porgy ran away ..

    right now we do not have a have a Obama mama until such time you need to abide by the words of georgy porgy – either you are with me or with them…

    If ever a Obama mama comes to our rescue , then way they shall run to the Islands of the caribbean seas singing, Jamaica farewell.. so be patient ,,no one with simple wisdom in them will rush into suicide.

    People first need to come out of thier total ignorance couple with arrogance & accept the truth ,,

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    @K.A Sumana sekera – are you okai? just check if your tiny little brain is located in the right place ,if not I recommend you wear Pampers instead of using the W/C -because you might end up flushing your tiny brain down ..

    a typical nut house on fire ,,, wait until a day dawns when you will end up with contaminated water , do you relish at another’s suffering and judging without even having walked in thier shoes? if you are a Christian /Muslims /Hindu then The retribution of the almighty will overshadow you someday and if you are a buddhist then karma will get you some day & if you are an atheist both God & karma will get you someday..

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    Continuing Genocide in Sri Lanka – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corp..
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    Lobbyforpeace·
    http://youtu.be/e05NpvXpeKc

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    It sure took me along ,long time to realize that the wolves were really my own flock with sheep clothing..

    “Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing” .What You Know About That ??

    http://youtu.be/F_jZSRcbPmc

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      thanks,qassim for the superb video.Every head of state we have had except for Dudley has been a wolf in sheeps clothing and the people got a bite up their arse before they left.Now the wolves are getting smarter and smarter,when the clothes fall off there is plenty of undergarments also to cover them so that the fools ride can go on a bit longer.

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        I think i have to also add that harmless man DB Wijetunge to dudley.He did not want the job,it was thrust on him and he as well as dudley were kicked out fast because the sinhalese always get the representatives that they deserve and who could reflect in them their own wolf in sheeps clothing qualities.The good man who was a true bhuddhist, i believe had a happy life well into his old age and died a peaceful death in his beloved kandy.

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    Come to think of it deeper this is a strange phenomenon..

    Will the Don really want to shoot himself in the foot,
    would he?
    such a reckless action ? why at a time when almost the world world is eyeing him?
    this incident seems strange..! with already a deep wound of badly tarnished image ,,no,no , yes questionable?

    I doubt any man with sanity would have done this.. there got to be more behind the stage..

    I wonder if the “caboose” of the progeny become rebellious? something smell bad….

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    Will things turn out like the The Nepalese royal massacre ?
    or … tragedy Hamlet?

    Or Like – The execution of the Tsar – is there a Lenin awaiting?

    or is it a stage play of Pantalone,?

    Only time will tell us ,as long as we all can wait & not get tired of waiting , then one day ,one day Sri Lanka ,my Shangri-la- you may be free…

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    Have any of you sat and given serious thought of the series of incidents that has been taking place lately?

    I guess its twisting time now..

    What has the Genoveses got to loose ? the world has already
    passed their judgement on them , not reversible,,,

    What does the CHOGM really have beneficial for the Genoveses? Not much … actually sri Lanka will only add more problems to what it have in hand,if Sri Lanka becomes the Venue ,The Don of the Genoveses will be in endless accountability, while becoming the Chairman for two years ,they may get some goodies,like investments, Tourism,etc, but will come as a package deal-no free candies ,more headaches, but The Genoveses, really are not desperate neither for Investments,Tourism or any other form of help, they already have got all that sorted
    out thier Chinese counter part,in fact The Genoveses will discreetly be relived if the venue is changed ,but it will be awkward as a host to refuse , so all this Minority bashing lately could be a form of intrigue , so that The CHOGM will themselves withdraw and have it in another country,,,, may be the “caboose” is worried ,if the members go around and talk to people , which they can not curtail ,it will not do good.. so Think about it..

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    These protestors clashed with the wrong people.

    Why these areas don’t have good drinking water? Because all good drinking water is wasted in Colombo City which is now occupied by aliens!!

    This is the real reason. Fix this problem first.

    They robbed your good water. Go after them!

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    @K.A Sumana sekera-AKA LEE POTTER AKA LEEELA WATHIE [Edited out]

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    @K.A Sumana sekera-AKA LEE POTTER AKA LEEELA WATHIE , [Edited out]
    WE ALREADY KNOW YOU ARE SICK HERMAPHRODITE, Bigot, your time is ticking,,so stop bitching of people who are already suffering……………

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    Why don’t these people just move so that they don’t have to drink all these contaminated water and die of cancer one day.The government will give them acres of land free in vavuniya and kilinochi/mullaitivu.

    Humans have always been mobile and have survived and prospered because they have always avoided problems by moving away to a safe distance from the problems.See how the tamil diaspora are thriving.All their lands in their traditional homelands are with a vacant notice board because the diaspora won’t come back even if the war is over when they see the exchange rate.Kadir’s land can be given to the family of the 16 year old boy who was killed by the army.All’s well that ends well.

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    WC – Shankar- to move where ? they are extremely poor folks, living I guess mostly on paddy cultivation, beside the live a life of hand to mouth these days ,cost of living has become impossible,, can you imagine on top of all, these poor people are denied of basic drinking water?

    My heart goes out to them..((- do they have to give the lives of two young men ,to fight for their basic right of drinking water? it is their Village , their home, thier Land & these business cartels , force their way in and without care or respect for humanity- they go in and contaminate thier ground water.. what idiocy is this to decimate the ecosystem of this country without any consideration of the well being of its people & the future generation,, it is time the entire people of this country stand up on a common platform for one great and noble struggle ,, save our ecosystem , this is ridiculous & insane , the developed world has come to realise the damage they have done to their environment & they are struggling to turn around , while we are destroying our natural habitat … what madness , all that matters is money !!!!!!!!!! what greed, at any cost?

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      saibu,i was being a bit sarcastic.Totally agree with you.

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    Another young man dies for clean water !!!!!!!
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    A 19 year old male has succumbed to injuries while being treated at the ICU of the Colombo National Hospital following the clash in Weliweriya, a spokesman for the hospital said.

    The youth has passed away last night bringing the death toll from the clash, between protesters and security forces personnel on Thursday, to two as a 17 year old student had died from injuries on the same day.

    Three more persons are said to be receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with critical injuries sustained from the clash while several others are still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital, Ragama and Wathupitiwala hospitals.

    Meanwhile the OIC of the Weliweriya Police Station who was also injured has been transferred to the Police Hospital, a hospital spokesman said.

    The last rites of the 17-year-old K.A.D. Akila Dinesh, who was killed in clash which broke out on August 01, is to be conducted at the Weliweriya Public Cemetery today (4).

    Various parties have accused the military of using live rounds to disperse the protesters who had demanded clean drinking water.

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