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Former Sri Lankan President’s Son Was Given Aegrotat Degree – LSE Admits Today

Sajith Premadasa, the son of former Sri Lankan President R. Premadasa, was awarded a degree certificate by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as a Bachelor of Science (Economics) in International Relations after sitting only his first year examinations while his father was the President of Sri Lanka, the Colombo Telegraph can reveal today.

Late President R. Premadasa

The London University has given him what is known as an Aegrotat degree on August 01, 1991, the LSE today told Colombo Telegraph. The relevant LSE regulation states: “the candidate may be offered an Aegrotat degree if satisfying the School under Regulation 45 but not recommended for an Honours or Pass degree. The candidate has the right to accept or decline the offer within a reasonable time specified by the School from time to time. In the event that the candidate has re-entered for examinations, the offer will lapse. An Aegrotat degree will be unclassified.” This means that Premadasa’s degree is not even equal to an Ordinary (Pass) degree.

When Colombo Telegraph made enquiries from LSE on October 02, it said, “Our records show that Sajith Premadasa graduated from LSE with an undergraduate degree in international relations in 1989. We do not allow students to graduate who have not completed their course of study.”

Today, however, the LSE confirmed that the former President’s son was given an Aegrotat degree in 1991, and not 1989. The LSE said they had read the Colombo Telegraph story, “Exclusive: Sajith Premadsa Only Has Sick Degrees From UK And US, London Uni Carrying Out Further Investigations” and apologized for giving wrong dates previously and the delayed reply.

In his Facebook page Sajith says; A graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science of the University of London, his degree covered the areas of economics, politics and international relations, an education that served him in good stead later when he launched himself as a grassroot politician.

Speaking to Colombo Telegraph last week, Sajith Premadasa maintained that he completed his degree and that he obtained his degree from the LSE. When questioned in detail, Sajith Premadasa acknowledged that he had only sat for his first year examinations at LSE because he had been sick with measles and then a paralysis of his legs, which prevented him from sitting for further exams.

The aegrotat degree is a British tradition of awarding a degree to a candidate under the presumption that he or she would have satisfied the standard required for that degree, if not for intervening circumstances such as serious ill health or even death. An aegrotat degree is therefore an exemption to the normal definition of a degree as an honours degree with a classification or a pass degree without classification. A British honours degree has the following classifications: first class honours (1st); second class honours, upper division (2:1); second class honours, lower division (2:2); or third class honours (3rd). A pass or ordinary degree has no honours classification. Following the introduction of modern regulations regarding mitigating circumstances, aegrotat degrees are less commonly awarded than they previously were.

Several questions arise in the light of today’s revelations by Colombo Telegraph. Why did the LSE previously state that he graduated in 1989 and why did it maintain that he completed his degree? Why did the LSE change the date of graduation and the story with regard to Sajith Premadasa’s degree after the Colombo Telegraph published its first story? What is the explanation for the discrepancy in the dates of graduation between 1989 and 1991? If as Sajith Premadasa has admitted to Colombo Telegraph, he only sat for his first year exams, then does he qualify for the award of even an aegrotat degree as per the LSE’s regulations reproduced above? If Sajith Premadasa was so seriously ill that he could not sit for any further exams after the first year of his three-year bachelors degree, then how does he claim that his LSE education served him in good stead later when he launched himself as a grassroot politician? Sajith Premadasa has recently expressed his own future presidential ambitions, and in this context, he has also claimed that he entered a masters course in Maryland, but even if he was able to do so with aegrotat degree, how was he able to travel to the US and begin another course of study if he was too sick to properly complete his first degree? “All these issues need to be investigated” an academic told Colombo Telegraph on the condition of anonymity.

The Colombo Telegraph can also reveal today that Sajith had edited his Facebook page and Wikipedia page after we interviewed him last week. The LSE 2nd of October commented; “Further to your call and this email, this is just to confirm we are carrying out further investigations into our records to establish the exact status of Mr Premadasa. This will require consultation with the University of London, the awarding body at the time, who hold the original records. This may take some time.” When questioned Daniel O’Connor the acting head of press said; “I’m afraid we cannot be certain. We are following this up with the University of London who house the relevant archives.”

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    OK Sajith. just don’t talk about a degree anymore. If I were you, I will start going to the Open U and get a well earned Degree.

    Imagine, if you became the President and then all this came out. Sigh!

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      An idiot/ rascal / hypo . Sorry mate.

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        Sajith by the stupid and inane things he utters has always struck me as lacking in even a modicum of intelligence, so I am utterly UNsurprised that he FAILED to get a degree from LSE, but that he told lies to cover it up means that Sajith must be forced to RESIGN from the UNP committee and must be stripped off all party posts for lying and bringing disrepute to the party.

        Meanwhile, the clown Ranil must resign and hand over to Karu and Rosy who would be a winning team!

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          Don Stanley,

          Pimps are prone towards other pimps and whores!

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      Son of the KILLER – [ Edited out]

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      Our future president.

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        Sajith Premadasa has lied through his teeth and should be sacked from the UNP. What a disgrace!
        Of course this does not get Ranil Wickramasinghe the shameless UNP dictator off the hook. Ranil MUST RESIGN and hand over to others in the party like Karu, Rosy Senanayake and Sujeeva Senansinghe.
        Sajith is an UTTER DISGRACE (like Dr. Mervien Silva!) and is certainly NO FIT to lead the UNP party never mind become the President of Lanka.
        This has to be the END OF Sajith Premadasa’s political career. Not only is he known for treasure hunting and stealing in hambantota he is also a LIAR and this certainly cannot be countananced.

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          Don Stanley

          You should know better than anybody else that Rosy is not at all suited to be the leader of the UNP . She was a partner of a string of businessses which went bankrupt . She has no education , her integrity is questionable , and after all , you can’t fool all the people all the time !!

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            Man, have you seen where Rosy was mediated in debates and discussion to rule out that she is not capable of doing good. I have no idea about her education, but the way she looks at matters are very professional. She is non-buddhist but you guys should not stand on her way – blocking her talents. I have no doubts. Hers could help lot to gear up the UNP power in the country.

            Quoting from your comments:
            “She has no education , her integrity is questionable , and after all , you can’t fool all the people all the time !!”

            So what is your response to what MR has long been doing ? Is he not fooling the VERY SAME NATION ? When Mervin was that abusive, MR just ignored, not just once, many a times, people raised it – but very same people seem to be helping him further….. That lies not on leaders, but on OUR STUPID PEOPLE.

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              Propose, Rosy for the Presidency, St John for Premiership, Eran for Chief Justice, Ravi for Finance Minister and St Michael for leader of the house. UNP can win the next election hands down. Well done.

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            percy,

            This Don Stanley monkey is a cunt kisser!

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          Don Stanly: “Ranil MUST RESIGN and hand over to others in the party like Karu, Rosy Senanayake and Sujeeva Senansinghe”.
          Rosy Senanayake ????? God bless SL & Don Stanly’s mind !!! :D

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        But the folks of lanken would not differentiate this.

        That is to be healed by clean media mechnisms.

        See, Dayasiri was among ones who highly criticised UPFA regime. But people have voted him even after he was bought by UPFA lately. This is the nature of THIRISANNU – Majority folks in our motherland. Even if the statistics say – they are literate- that seem to be not helping them when voting for idiots.

        Remedy: would be inform those naive masses adequately. JVPers, UNPers and all should work for that continously. Else, we will all become loosers.

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          All media mechanisms should work for a common goal – providing awareness programs to village masses, by showing them a balanced view about abusive rulers. This should be the tasks of common opposition of the country.

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        Oh my God!!!!

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      Sound advice Mr. Vishvajith, sound advice indeed. A presidential aspirant who misrepresents facts in relation to his education to an electorate that wants an educated president will have to draw on other sources for political advancement and possible victory.

      The underworld and other unsavory operators would be more than happy to finance such a candidate and may place at his disposal the machinery that they can command to create murder and mayhem and a reign of terror which was what this particular aspirants father very successfully delivered.

      Sane people have short memories. Mad people have long ones. That is what makes them mad.

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        When can our people learn, what the heck was he thinking, I wonder.

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      WELL SAID VISHVAJITH, I WONDER WHETHER HE WILL BE ABLE TO ‘STAND’ ANOTHER COURSE EVEN AT A LOWER SCHOOL,NOW THAT WE KNOW HE HAD PARALYSIS OF HIS LIMBS, HEAVEN ONLY KNOWS WHAT ELSE !HOWEVER, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT HIS BECOMING PRESIDENT AND THESE THINGS COMING OUT AFTERWARDS BECAUSE EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS,INTELLIGENCE & KNOWLEDGE ,INTEGRITY, HONESTY, GOOD CONDUCT AND SINCERITY ARE NO LONGER PRE REQUISITES OR QUALIFICATIONS TO BECOME THE HEAD OF STATE IN THIS COUNTRY OF OURS AS YOU ALREADY EXPERIENCE.

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        Very true. On the flip side the educated chaps didn’t do better either. Look where we are, post independence, so many lost opportunities.

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          Agree.

          Educated may be a few. They were just as disappointing.

          Paper qualifications are a no guarantee for wisdom and integrity.

          Cheers!

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        You couldn’t have said it more clearly!

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      Isn’t that what happened to CBK and the Sorbonne claim?

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        David, CBK’s degree was verified by Sorbonne after all the hoopla.

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          David is out of information but trying to mud on CBK. She was very intelligent than the incumbent idiot who is incapable of giving a balanced view when being interviewed by any international journalist. Aljaseera interview was the latest evidence for DB and others.

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            Science po, does it ring the bell?

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            I said that that was the scandal that hit CBK; I didn’t claim that it was true. As for the AJ interview, idiot Samare, what has that to do with Premadasa? :D What has the incumbent got to do with either CBK or Premadasa? Before you discuss people’s degrees try to scrape some intelligence out of your backside and use it.

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              David Blacker usually shoots the messenger – typical to such idiots who worked for Army and even today having no guts to open their mouths about the untold stories of the killing fields.

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              Unfortunately these aren’t messengers. Messengers carry messages. What are you carrying?

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          The President in her official bio data released to the media has claimed she has a Political Science Degree from the University of Paris. The claim is she was a graduate from the highly prestigious Sorbonne.

          The Sunday Leader in 2000 exposed Kumaratunga for her big lie and stated categorically that she never attended Sorbonne or graduated from the university of Paris. That it was yet another barefaced lie by the President.

          She made other grandiose claims of educational attainment as well, most of which were figments of her very fertile imagination.

          Letter From Sorbonne stating Chandrika was not a student in that university, The letter from the institute in Aix-En-Provence stating Chandrika was there for one year and The letter from University Pantheon, Assas Paris II stating Chandrika was not a student there.

          http://www.thesundayleader.lk/archive/20041219/politics-1.htm

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            Vishvajith, have you read this?

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              What kind of Education Qualifications has David Blacker obtained ?

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              Why are you changing the subject, Leela Anti?

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      Dear Visnu;
      And dear Readers
      In my area, East of Sri Lanka, We also Have Aegrotats { Agrotracts].
      We used to Put them In Ploughing of our Paddy Fields At MAAVIL AARU,

      In our Sinhalese Language, It is Called “MEEHARAKA”,
      In Tamil It is Called “EARUMA MAADU”.
      In your English Language IT IS JUST “BUFFALO”..

      The destroyer of Sri Lankan economy and Culture, Former Presidente, Malabari J R Jayawardana also Loved those Aegrotatas,
      As He used Them, wearing GUMBOOTS to ploughing at Paduwasnuwara in Wayamba.

      So we must be very proud that We have Those AGROTRACTS { MEEHARAK} in our Parliament as Our Political LEADERS

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        ha ha, I remember the GUMBOOTS episode. EL Senanayake looked really silly. A Grande PR disaster for the powers and an insult to the hard working farming community.

        Btw, I won’t blame JRJ for his actions, MR has raised the bar even higher.

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      Finally, The Editor is publishing the full story. There is more details forthcoming from LSE. Good Job editor…

      I will refrain from more comments/details. LOL.

      Donald Gnanakone

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      CT is confusing me.

      He was a given a degree by LSE.

      Does not that mean LSE was satisfied that the guy should be awarded the degree. He was qualified for it.

      If LSE was satisfied, why should we bother?

      Forgive my ignorance on these matters.

      PS: I am no Sajith fan.

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        Ben ,
        He was awarded the Degree for only one reason , that was sajith happened to be SL president’s son ,i’m sure SL High commission had found a work round (Donate a Large sum of money ) to fix Sajith Academic problems. Didn’t you notice LSE officials cover up attempt? why did they try to change the year as 1989 ? remember Gadafi offspring’s P.hD from LSE ?

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          Are you suggesting that the LSE was bribed to issue a degree?

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            when this Sajith bloke admits that he had only finished the first year and dropped out , is there any other explanation ?

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              My point is that the LSE has said that it has issued a aegrotat degree, implying that this is part of their system and awarded under certain circumstances, and that Premadasa’s degree was within these circumstances. Why do you believe that this particular degree was the result of a bribe?

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              i’m sure they ‘ll use this special circumstances to cover up the mess , if you have followed up Gadafi’s P.hD scandal , you should know what the real circumstances are for the rich & famous !

              by the way why did LSE initially stated , the degree was awarded in 1989 , if the Degree had awarded in 1989, sajith would have started his degree either in 1987 or 1986 , wasn’t it to cover up the Premadas’s tenure as president , remember Premadasa became the president of SL only 1n 1989.

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              What has the beginning of Premadasa sr’s presidential tenure got to do with Sajith’s graduation date? The LSE has said it made a mistake on the initial 1989 date. Is there any reason to believe that they lied and didn’t simply make an error?

              I am quite sure that politicians are capable of falsifying educational qualifications or exaggerating them (as CBK did), but I am curious as to why you believe that there is corruption on the part of the LSE in this case.

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              you don’t get it , do you ? let me try once more , if not lets leave it as is ……..
              if Sajith’s Degree had been awarded in 1989 , Sajith would have started either in 1986 or 1987 , during 1986 or 1987 R.Premadasa wasn’t the president of SL , which means LSE had less bearing on Sajith’s candidacy !
              subsequent to Grilling from CT and other journo, LSE had to admit it was indeed awarded in 1992 , in other words Sajith was given the so called Degree by the LSE while his dad was the president of SL , LSE was truly exposed by CNN and other world news channels on Gadafi son’s P.hD scandal , then what did the LSE officials have to say about awarding a P.hD degree to Lybiya’s leaders son , they shamelessly admitted receiving large some of money as a DONATION . (Exchange for a P.hD Degree )

              PS : yes you can go on arguing endlessly on this issue , as for me definitely there is much more than an Aegrotat Degree !!

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              Maybe there is much more, which is why I am asking questions. Why are you getting so defensive?

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              DB

              “and the only comment below by Srilal is a juvenile query about Dayan’s qualifications.”

              Ha Ha its a juvenile query for you DB ? i’m telling you DB , this is $64000 question for people who value proper academic qualifications and professional certifications , i know its nothing and a mere gossip for you !
              by the way do you happened to know how DJ earn his P.hD ? if so please help us to find the answers for the following queries ,

              Has DJ submitted a thesis for his P.hD , if so , when did he submit ? who was his supervisor ? how long did DJ take to finish his P.hD ? what were the final findings ?

              DB i can assure you , i’m asking all these questions as a matter of great interest and in good spirit , so don’t take it negatively .

              PS. with regards to Sajith’s B.Sc degree , i wasn’t defensive , your questioning got irritated , sorry about that . hope you understood what i tried to put forward.

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            DB is trying to paint an another picture about Premadasa^qualifications. As many of us are clear, there are few that seem to add comments relevant to the article. Mostly, DB also adds questions to questions :(

            No doubt I believe as SRILAL made it very clear as “you can go on arguing endlessly on this issue, as for me definitely there is much more than an Aegrotat Degree !!”

            DB@, why the question about Premadasa^s academic qualifications are being discussed by many of the commentators on this platform, are to read on the the last comments of srilal (below)

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              I have made neither a suggestion about Premadasa’s qualifications, nor put forward any arguments. i have only asked questions. Why are you scared of questions, Sama?

              Before you discuss qualifications, you should learn to articulate yourself clearly. I cannot understand your last paragraph, and the only comment below by Srilal is a juvenile query about Dayan’s qualifications.

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      Visva;

      Lucky that I escaped from the academic lot.
      Even though, I am fully Qualified to be a CBINET MINISTER OF This WANDERLAND,
      Nobody try to check my Qualifications,

      Thanks to RAJAPASSA CLAN.

      AS I got qualified automatically from WELIKADA Prison and
      obtained I R C, 1st class and
      Changi prison, Singapore. I R C Simple pass.

      Further more Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ministry Of Interior try to offer me the Honorary degree from Al Nasiriya Prison in 1989.
      But I narrowly Escaped from obtaining that.

      Any of these politikkos must consider about me to appoint to the diyawannaoya .

      JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA; IRC, WElikada, Sri lanka.
      IRC, Changi, Singapore.

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    It’s become like the Leader trying to prove that President Kumaranatunge didn’t have a degree. Is this the critical matter before the country at this time?

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    Who is this guy writing articles and bringing disrepute to our hero Sajit? I think he is jealous because he has not got this Aego degree. Sajit is a professor, who knows it all and has no lessons to learn from Chandrika or anyone else. He has the bullshit…sorry intellect and a family of honesty….( lets forget about that picture that disappeared from the Presidents house as Sajit defended it to me by saying that his BIL was not convicted).

    Ranjith Abeysuriya PC that renowned lawyer of the Athulathmudali Acid throwing case appeared for Sajit’s brother – in – law and said that he found the painting in portobello road market……amazing no…..

    I think this man has the pedigree, the intellect and the capabilities to lead the great Sinhala race. I will continue to live in England and watch the monkeys in the circus…..

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      Oh man!!! ;) :) He has a pedigree!!! LOLO LOL ;) :) Kaaanu Kata pedigree!!

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        Dushy, I remember you were doing a general degree of ‘streets and walkers’ in Colombo. Did you get a first class?

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          I don’t need paper first classes banda, like those clamouring in the motherland.
          I live first class every day.

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            Banda should be that Leela who has always been licking the asses of Rajapskes.
            No other explanation, I can add when reading his comments to this and other treads in terms of abusive goverannce of ruling idiots.

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      All are from the same bunch of Liars and thieves.

      God fearing Su.pper Liars

      When they were entering to political arena,
      All these looters not had any money with them,

      Now all have become Super RICH with Their HARD EARNED MONEY????.

      I FEEL jealous JEALOUSE MAN!!!!!!!!!.

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      And where have you bn all this time, no commentary from you for ages.

      Nevermind, I agree with your sentiments.

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      really did sajith defended it personally to you? :D

      does he know that he was speaking to you?

      Oh how important this duchy is!

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      Dear Dushy, Don’t forget youll continue to live in England and still continue to be the monkey in the circus. Wish you well and enjoy the free bananas.

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        Did I upset you Hela, sorry old chap but we do not have banana’s in England. They don’t grow here. They tend to be imported from far away lands where they grow and where monkeys live. Hela, The motherland has banana’s growing no? and also lots of monkeys????

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    Seriously, Whats the big deal right now? Go and Check Education levels people like Mervyn Silva, or other crazy people than talking about Silent Sajith

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      Another idiot that even bigger idiots have chosen to represent them. For crying out loud do we really have 21 million dumb asses?
      Our next constitutional amendment should be that the minimum level of education should be a University degree. then all the riffraff will be out.

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      Do really believe MR passed the law degree fair and square?

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        You may have to pose this question to the late Jeyaraj Fernandopulle???? Our Hitlerpaksha is only a JPUM (Junior Puked Unable Matriculate) like his son NAMAL (Nepotism And regime Manipulation-At-Law)!!

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    While you are at it, you might as well find out how he ranked at P. G. Wodehouse’s alma mater, Dulwich College, where he was a student…

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    OUR future UNP leader and the President of Sri Lanka LAMO :) :) :) :)

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    Some so called anti MRA wants this liar to lead the country? My [Edited out] bye bye Sajiyj MARA.

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    The fault lies with LSE,not Sajith.These kind of special degrees should never have been awarded in the first place as it is an obvious loophole for corruption and privileged people getting degrees and I’am sure that sajith is just the tip of the iceberg.

    You can’t expect sajith to be explaining to people that he has only a special type of degree and not the normal one and its value is less etc etc.As a human being he will not be doing that and devaluing what he has received.For example if let us say hayleys promotes a clerk as an executive,but he still continues to do his clerical duties only,he will tell everyone that he is an executive at hayleys,which is true,but will not mention that he is only doing clerical duties.That is human.The fault definitely lies with the organisation,not the individual.They should have forbidden sajith from stating his degree without in brackets mentioning Aegrotat.Like putting in brackets Hons,Aegrotat would have sounded an additional qualification like he was someone who could fly a plane too.When asked what is Aegrotat Sajith could have just given a superior looking smile as he is not compelled to answer that.

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      very true, and thoughtfully written comment.

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      “The fault lies with LSE,not Sajith.

      “aegrotat “ pertains only to social sciences.
      Sociology is neither an art nor science but impulsive.

      I cannot agree with you that LSE is wrong but I would say Sajith lied thinking it was a white lie till he was found out. Sure any professor at LSE would agree LSE is for the stinking rich but they are following well laid out procedure which commonwealth countries do when it comes to “social sciences” .
      Brackets have been used by students (especially professional degrees) who are unable to pass within the stipulated time due to various reasons. They work for less pay generally in government service where certificates are a must for the particular job. I have seen people come back after 5 years complete the left subjects get the qualifications then get full pay.
      The Deputy PM of Singapore (Tamil of Indian origin) passed out from LSE initially then went on to Cambridge etc etc. He can talk the hind legs of a donkey and not a katte pittu like sajith so please go ask him.

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      LSE Oxbridge, all the same. They give degrees to future would/could be politicians, with the hope that they would come to power, and so help to promote UK and the Institutes interests through them. This sort of nepotistic behaviour is still on going. Victorian Values and attitudes still prevail in the left over empire! UK institutes will never admit it; stiff upper lip!!!

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      Whatever the degree he may have, people have proven not once dozens of times, right at the moment .. any rascal minded ones could easily get elected by people^s vote. Thanks to MR and clans, they have created an environment where only thugs and their supporters have the power to stay stand in current day lanka. What matters is the majority votes. THis is the worst side of Democracy, I would say. Though we dont have a democratic practices as it is the case in Europe, but brutal leaders like MR and their henchmen seem to take the advantages of it by the name of democracy.

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    So Sajith has been telling tall tales….guess who is biggest supporter …Dayan Jayatilleka…I guess birds of a feather do flock together !

    Anyone else notice that Dayan Jayatilleka has dropped his “Dr” title in his recent articles….why I wonder !

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      “Anyone else notice that Dayan Jayatilleka has dropped his “Dr” title in his recent articles….why I wonder!”

      I agree with you about Dayan. A couple of days before 2nd Oct Dayan commented on the forum that Sajith is the best prepared for the post of President because he had qualifications from Graduate qualifications from LSE, Masters from Maryland and had apprenticed under a US Senator and that is very powerful (Dev you may know the exact article) Is Sajith the NGO that rajapassa is talking about? Dayan has a qualification in “political science” (politics is sandwich with lies while science is the exact opposite) Folk mistakenly mix up knowledge with wisdom and call him “intellect” as if he is Einstein.
      All these qualifications come from arty farty grass root politicians- social scientists that are very good at writing sleeping pills. In the continent UK is known as the land of associations.

      “I guess birds of a feather do flock together !”

      So is this why the khelwatta boy who went to borella decided to hide at meeharak tota next to the monster rajapassa and family.

      Tsunami is not enough to do wipe out I suppose so.

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        Re Dayan dropping the ‘Dr’ title from his articles:
        It is absolutely NOT the done thing to sport one’s doctoral degree (as quite a few people do here) in an article in the popular press,* etc., unless, of course, it is of particular relevance, in which case it would probably be referred to in a note clarifying the writer’s academic position or occupation as well.

        *Very few academics use their titles in such cases. Judging by local practice, it seems to be mainly people who are NOT permanently in academic positions who resort to waving their doctoral degrees all over the place. I have even seen some insist on putting Prof. before their names on the title page of books — again, just not done.

        Moreover, in most countries, honorary degrees are NOT used as titles before names, either. If used at all, they are placed after the surname, & clearly identified as being honorary. In Sri Lanka, however, all these different doctorates have become confused & no one knows which are honorary & which have been earned ‘academically.’ And the title ‘Professor” now also hides the lack of a doctorate in many instances. All these titles have become devalued from misuse.

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        My recommendation of Sajith is as the next leader of the UNP and its Presidential candidate, not necessarily as the next leader of Sri Lanka, as that’ll depend on what the overall situation is and the choices before the citizens are at the time.

        My recommendation that he should be party leader and candidate is assisted by the following figures:

        The Highest Preferential Votes Obtained by Selected Candidates

        Candidate Election Electoral District Total votes obtained by the Party Preferencial votes of the candidate Percentage of Preferences
        as against the votes of the Party
        1 Sajith Premadasa GE 2010 Hambantota 83,027 74,467 89.69%
        2 Sarath Fonseka GE 2010 Colombo 110,683 98,456 88.95%
        3 Namal Rajapaksha GE 2010 Hambantota 174,808 147,566 84.41%
        4 Maithripala Sirisena GE 2010 Polonnaruwa 118,694 90,118 75.92%
        5 Arjuna Ranathunga GE 2010 Kalutara 36,722 27,796 75.69%
        6 Noordeen Masoor GE 2010 Vanni 12,783 9,518 74.45%
        7 Rajavarothayam Sampanthan GE 2010 Trincomalee 33,268 24,488 73.60%
        8 Abdul Rizad Bathiyudeen GE 2010 Vanni 37,522 27,461 73.18%
        9 Wijitha Herath GE 2010 Gampaha 69,747 50,967 73.07%
        10 Basil Rajapaksha GE 2010 Gampaha 589,476 425,861 72.24%
        11 Nimal Siripala de Silva GE 2010 Badulla 203,689 141,990 69.70%
        12 Buddika Pathirana GE 2010 Matara 91,114 62,499 68.59%
        13 Ranil Wickramasingha GE 2010 Colombo 339,750 232,957 68.56%

        Provincial Council Elections
        Chandrika B. Kumaratunga PCE 1993 Gampaha 353,602 298,457 84.40%
        Dayasiri Jayasekara PCE 2013 Kurunegala 540,513 336,327 62.22%
        Jayawickrema Perera PCE 1988 Kurunegala 257,168 101,523 39.48%

        As for his qualifications, I’d like to see what his response is because there are usually two sides to a question, so the jury is still out. My recommendation was not based primarily on his academic qualifications, which I don’t think have been the main criterion of the performance and contribution of Sri Lankan politicians from DS Senanayake through Madam Bandaranaike to R Premadasa and DB Wijetunga. I also recall the controversies surrounding the actual academic records of President Kumaratunga and Mr Anura Bandaranaike.

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          Nice try indeed , wonder how you earned your P.hD from colombo uni ? was it a proper academic one with a thesis or a Honorable doctor rate DJ ?

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          Dr Dayan Jayatilleka,

          Aaha! The “Doctorate” part again! You know Dayan, a rogue is only recommended by another rogue! You and Sajith are of the same roguish nature! Pathetic!!!

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          what about all this stuff….

          http://lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=13877

          surely all this is a major plus for him to lead the modaya’s who like to eat kawum?

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      Is there another story on DJ’s degrees, masters and doctorates?
      ha ha ha! Tell us more!!!!!
      Like our Dr. H.E Balasingam? and Dr.Mervyn Silva….
      Even Gotabaya Rajapakse received some degrees and titles but he cleverly does not use them nor any Generaley titles which was there for the asking.

      Donald Gnanakone

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        I don’t know if there is or not but it is curious that he no longer uses his title in his articles, just made me wonder that’s all

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      Don’t be damn stupid. I haven’t dropped any title…

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        Yes you have not dropped it, but it has just fallen off. Find some better adhesive to stick it.

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          Dayan should stick it up …. using some “Krazy Glue” to avoid falling off!

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    Two days ago when the national organizer of the unp posed a question regarding Sagith’s experience he responded forcefully saying he has no experience losing 20 odd elections etc and this was telecast by the TV station which supports him.Now that his educational qualifications has hit the ceiling will he come clean.

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    Lets get to the bottom of all this shall we????

    Who paid for his UK education?

    Did he complete his basics at any school in Sri Lanka?

    What is his opinion of someone who claims false qualifications?

    Does he think he can manage a small business on his own, without his father’s ill-gotten earnings? If so, what business?

    What productive exercise has he ever undertaken, for which we Sri Lankans can allow him to claim credit?

    What religion does he follow today?

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    Hi- AEGROTAT – In simple english this means a “medical certificate” Sajith was sick (as usual) and submitted a MC from (not from a wedamahattaya)could be a Sudda, English Universities have a system issung these type of certificates. This man not fit to be a head of our country. Compare to this Ranil was in the Law Facultly-University of Colombo and then passed Advocates’ at Law College and so on. Never submitted MCs. Ranil W is a student of distinguished professor GL Peiris. bye-nihalg

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    Sajith can ask Mervyn Silva to arrange for a doctor title. That way he can overcome all these troubles.

    This LSE thing will be his election nightmare. It will by pass his father’s record used against him.

    No wonder there is a rumor (?) going on that both Sajith’s mother and sister gave up Buddhism and embraced evangelism, and Sajith married to a Christian rich family from Australia.

    With this record Ranil W looks much better. He does not have an inferiority complex.

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      Mr.Wijeyawickrema

      His sister was converted by Madam [Edited out] many years ago . It is not known whether she was successful with the others in the family .
      His wife is a Buddhist girl from Kandy . Her mother migrated to Sydney after Sajith and Jalani married.

      At this point in time , he seems to be a better option than Ranil . There are others who are also suitable , like Kabir Hashim , Eran Wickramaratne , Harsha De Silva , Sujeewa Semasinghe , but they have no public appeal and the (m)asses will not vote for them . What is important now is to get a new face that will give the people some hope .

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      The only blackmark against Ranil is the horrible Batalanda murders he was supposed to be responsible for. Otherwise he is a cleran-suit man -For him, no need to buy Prince Andrews castles with pilferred state money or talk big about coming from an aristocratic family that washed the white masters undies. And to compare him with a someone with a pseudo degree who claims succession rights to the country because of his murderouis fathers notoriety is simply laughable.

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        Hey,then whats his relationship to Gonawala Sunil!!
        It is indeed laughable that you seem to forget that clean suit Ranil also played a major part during the 88-89 Bheeshanaya.

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    Lets all celebrate we now have the ideal candidate. This is what our local idiots will get out of the house and go vote for. This country will never prosper not because of its leaders but because of the enlightened citizens who shun anything decent and educated. These moda kalakanniyas deserve what they get. I pity the few genuine middle class people. Heaven help them also to get out of the country as so many others have done.

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    Dayan getting hit on all sides, his beloved president reveals to an INTERNATIONAL media that he is an NGO man and not the man Dayan has been promoting has been revealed to have not completed his degree, not a good time for him.
    I am not a believer myself but if Dayan is, better check your horoscope LOL

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      Oh I think the horoscope is just fine:) First I am quoted on Al Jazeera and second, haven’t you checked the portrait photo of Justice Wingeswaran’s swearing in as CM? Think I waltzed in there?

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        We know that you did not waltz in there, but would have been demanded and you meekly crawled in there for your mug shot. Feel proud eh?

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          GAMINI, To be fair by dayan, I think he did a damned good job of shoring up Sri Lanka on his watch in Paris, brilliant at times though perhaps lacking a just a little bit in accuracy [ ?]. But throughout, i think all must agree that he struck a sound balance between national imperatives[ as he saw them] and his own sense of
          integrity and political morality,

          Had he compromised entirely in relation to TRUTH, I have no doubt that he’d be our envoy in the US or perhaps London or the EU where we have mere apologists for the government and NOT AMBASSADORS FOR SRI LANKA.BUT HE CHOSE TO NOT SACRIFICE INTEGRITY ON THE ALTAR OF POLITICAL OBEISANCE. BY THAT HE WOULD HAVE INDEED COMPELLED THE ENTIRE DIPLOMATIC WORLD TO SIT BACK, TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT SRI LANKA AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT NOT EVERYONE IN SRI LANKA’S DIPLOMATIC SPHERE ARE THE PRESIDENT’S LICKSPITTLES. AS A RESULT, HE WOULD HAVE SURELY KNOWN THAT HIS ENTREE INTO THE DIPLOMATIC CIRCUIT WAS PREMATURELY ENDED. AND DID NOT CARE A DAMN. I REMEMBER FAINTLY HIS FAREWELL SPEECH IN pARIS JUST BEFORE RELINQUISHING OFFICE THERE AND IT WAS REPLETE WITH TRUTH AND INNUENDO THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE DONE WELL TO AGREE WITH BUT LACKED THE MORAL FIBRE TO DO SO.

          DAYAN COULD HAVE EASILY COMPROMISED AND HIS FRIEND GLP WOULD HAVE WHISPERED IN HIS FAVOUR IN MR’S EAR. HE CHOSE NOT TO AND THEREBY KEPT THE HONOR THAT’S DUE TO HIS FATHER, THE UTTERLY UNIMPEACHABLE mERVYN DE SILVA.

          SO LET’S GIVE HONOUR WHERE HONOUR IS DUE. BY ALL MEANS LET’S KICK AN ASSHOLE WHERE IT HURTS BUT TO SLING MUD WITHOUT JUSTIFICATION AT MEN OF ADEQUATE MORAL FIBRE THAT DEMANDS APPLAUSE IS NOT WORTHY OF TRUE COMMENTARY. LOOKING AT IT OBJECTIVELY, I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF MR INTENDED THE SWEARING IN EVENT TO BE A STAGE SET FOR DAYAN , WIGS AND OTHERS TO MEET AS AA FIRST STEP TOWARDS EXPLORING AVENUES AND ALTERNATIVES FOR A FUTURE GOVERNORSHIP OF THE NORTHERN PROVINCE

          Because of this, I feel he commands the respect of all right thinking, men whO can put aside petty-mindedness and be objective.To do otherwise would be tantamount to being intellectually frivolous [ if you wil forgive that oxymoron]

          OF COURSE HE DID NOT WALTZ IN THERE. DON’T BE BLOODY NAIVE AND PUERILE. LET’S NOT FORGET THAT DAYAN HAS A LONG HISTORY OF COMMITMENT…AND AN IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE OF PROVINCIAL COUNCIL POLITICS, THE ETHNO-POLITICAL NUANCES IN PROVINCIAL GOVERNANCE, THE SENSITIVE ISSUES, THE WORLD VIEW NEEDED TO STEP BACK AND MEASURE DEVELOPMENTS OBJECTIVELY AND WITH MODERATION,…. AND BE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTORY PLAYER IN THE VEXED PROBLEM OF EXPLORING SOLUTIONS TO THE NATIONAL CRISIS.

          CAN YOU DO ONE TENTH AS MUCH ? NO ?

          THEN YOU KNOW WHAT YOU MUST DO. I DON’T NEED TO SPELL IT OUT HERE, DO I?

          i LIKE WHAT THE COLOMBO TELEGRAPH DEFINES TRUTH TO BE…A PROCESS.. AND IT’S GOOD THAT WE HAVE THIS FORUM TO GET OUR TEETH INTO THAT PROCESS…SANS RANCOUR, PREJUDICE, UNWARRANTED ANIMOSITY AND OTHER NEGATIVES.

          WOULDN’T YOU AGREE SIR ?

          BY THE WAY, IF DAYAN WAS HUMBLE ENOUGH TO ‘MEEKLY CRAWL IN THERE’ AS YOU DEROGATORILY PUT IT, I THINK THAT TOO TAKES A MORAL STRENGTH I WOULD APPLAUD. I DON’T THINK DAYAN ‘NEEDS’ TO BE LOOKING FOR A JOB WITH THE GOVERNMENT WHEN HE IS EMINENTLY QUALIFIED TO LAND A TOP POSITION IN ANY LEADING UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD.IF AT ALL HE HAS ERRED IN THE PAST I GIVE HIM THE CREDIT FOR HAVING DONE IT IN GOOD FAITH.

          I’D SAY THAT ON HIS WATCH AS AN ENVOY HE BACKED SRI LANKA BRILLIANTLY, BUT UNLIKE OTHER ENVOYS, NOT AS A LACKEY BUT WITHING THE AMBIT OF TRUTH AND INTEGRITY. UNLIKE THE OTHERS HE DID NOT MAKE A FOOL OF HIMSELF BY CITING BULLSHIT DICTATED FROM COLOMBO TO BUTTRESS LANKA’S CAUSE. HE EARNED THE UNGRUDGING RESPECT OF THE GLOBAL DIPLOMATIC CORPS BY SHEER INTEGRITY.

          I AM NO FAN OF DAYAN BUT AFTER 40 PLUS YEARS IN JOURNALISM I CAN TELL YOU THAT YOU COULD BE MUCH MORE GENEROUS THAN YOU ARE IN YOUR CONCLUSIONS.

          AFTER ALL, WE ARE SEARCHING FOR TRUTH AND THIS IS AS GOOD A PROCESS AS ANY THAT I CAN THINK OF.. THANKS TO THE CT.

          NO OFFENCE MEANT GAMINI.

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            Honest is the best policy but the man who follows it is not an honest man- no offence meant.
            When you are in Rome do as the Romans do- During his stay Dayan couldn’t say Je ne pas he just went under the table. His speech was in English so who were the other DPL’s? Native speakers charm -start travelling mate.
            Your fonts are too loud try getting a cheap pc they are throwaways

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              No doubt about his capabilities, but most of the time, DJ ^s behaviours are like his articles. I believe not many would prefer his to Thisaranee Gunasekara^s, though both add provable reference to each of the articles they publish. Dayan is talented but most of the time, he sounds to be – MORE KNOW ALL Personality.

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    Sajith is a fraud. period.

    He is not Presidential material, and should not attempt to rise above his present station.

    God save us from this impostor!

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    [Edited out]
    We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

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    srilankan [Edited out]

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    Ranil is an intelligent man.
    Sajit is the same as Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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    Can you please find out where Namal got his LLB from?

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      Ask the disgraced ex-CJ. Now that she is on the wrong side of the fence she might gve you the right answer.I also know butI wont tell.

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    To lead you need certain leadership qualities. Not necessrily digrees.
    Even a professor may not be able to lead if he or she does not have these qualities. The need of the hour is for Ranil to resign.

    Before UNP is totaly destroyed he should resign.

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    The moron can only qualify for a third degree.
    He together with a millionaire who benefited
    from the LTTE and a media czar whose organisation
    has lost all credibility are using this mutt as
    a tool. Look at the way the asinine asshole
    behaves on TV, moving his hand like the fifth leg
    of the symbol of his party.

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    Children of most of our politicians have foreign degrees. We really do not know how genuine these degrees are or of their quality. But does qualification matters to become an effective and practical politician in our country. Absolutely not. Great leaders such as Hon D S Senanayake and Mrs Sirima Bandaranaike were not qualified people. Even Senior Premadasa was not qualified. But they have rendered yeomen service to the country. President Rajapakse did not have basic qualification to become a student of Sri Lanka Law College. What is required is to understand the pulses of the people and deliver. Sajith may be able to do it when the time is opportune. We need not destroy budding politicians like Sajith or even for that matter Namal just because their parents are/were politicians and we have some anonymity towards the Parent on political grounds.

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    C. Wijeyawickrema

    “Sajith can ask Mervyn Silva to arrange for a doctor title. That way he can overcome all these troubles.”

    What has qualification got to do with political aspirations and politicians being elected to offices?

    Why do you people make all these big fuss about this poor boy Sajith who made just one false statement on his website whereas the whole country is a living lie?

    He gave what the country is obsessed with, insatiable appetite for qualifications from a good foreign uni.

    Wisdom and honesty do not come with qualification.

    I suppose you have to renounce both to be a successful politician in this island and elsewhere in South Asia.

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    I don’t think that a degree is a pre-requisite to doing well in life, unless its in a specific profession – like a doctor, lawyer, engineer, marketer, accountant, pilot etc.

    Having said that,most politicians in the highly developed countries do possess a degree. Otherwise, in most cases, they wouldn’t be elected in the first place!

    In Sri Lanka unfortunately, we seem to have a surfeit of pseudo lawyers (thanks to Sirima allowing parliamentarians watered-down law courses!!), pseudo doctors (awarded by the University of Kuppiyawatte!)and just downright liars claiming degrees that they never got!

    How sad!!

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      Suresh
      One exception.Unqualified accountants can practice
      as accountants if they know accounts.

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    Sajith is not sutable, but if he contested in Wester Provice he will win more than Mahinda… i bet you… educations and all sort of things is not necessary for this Budhist country to rule, juts a Fakeism is good enought to rule like what MARA is doing now…

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      Mr.Muslim,a little bit of fakism in a Buddhist country is far better than an idiotic Taliban country where they shoot down little girls for going to school!

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    Sajith Premadasa got all the qualification to be the next President of Sri Lanka.

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    Sajith is one of the UNP members, requesting Ranil to quit. Can such a liar be a presidential candidate. THE UNP must sack him on the spot.

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    CT , of late you are digging cess pits to find muck, as if it seems there is not any other worthwhile issues. Can you investigate and boldly highlight all the diplomas, degrees etc. of the other political nitwits and their kith and kin running around like ‘the bull in a china shop ‘
    As far as politics in srilanka is concerned you need to be a qualified liar who can talk through his teeth, making millions vanish into thin air, a good high jumping or pole vaulting ability, the thing called respect and shame sucked out of one’s lungs… nad manymore…. the learned about just bystanders..
    why you have to single out SP is an enigma!

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      What’s up? Are you a product BadaUdins standardisation that you are feeling the heat?
      When a bloke tries to reach the apex because of heritage then it is good to carry out investigative journalism.
      Peace time none wanted Churchill , bLiar(guitar man), Shrub or Premadasa Sr.

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      Why is it that I smell RANIL lathered all over this hype ? If a guy could get away with the word “MISUNDERSTATEMENT” as George Bush did and still remain Prez of the most powerful nation on earth, heck, I think Sajith is more than eminently qualified to be Prez of Sri Lanka…certainly far more eminently’ qualified’ than Ranil who hasn’t the balls to achieve ANYTHING APPARENTLY BECAUSE OF A MORBID FEAR OF CATS !

      AMUSING THAT THAT OTHER GUY WHO SHARES THIS FEAR OF CATS AND IS FROM THE SAME TRIBE OF ‘PED-O-GOGUES’, MANGALA SAM CAME OUT WITH A HUGE BOOSTER ESSAY ON RANIL IN THE PRESS AT THE SAME TIME THAT THE CT WAS ENLIGHTENED TO FIRE A BROADSIDE ON SAJITH. HAS THE CT BEEN UNWITTINGLY USED ? MAYBE NOT. BUT THE PRO-RANIL PROPAGANDA BURST AND A SIMULTANEOUS RUBBISHING OF SAJITH ARE JUST TOO MUCH OF A COINCIDENCE TO BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE BEEN ACCIDENTAL.

      Stinks of a pre-planned thing to me.Mind you, this suddenly breaks out immediately after Sajith announced his presidential aspirations.

      All this merely exposes the undercurrents of fear gripping the pro-Ranil UNP and the MR camp in connection with Sajith Premadasa’s political aspirations.

      This smear campaign is in fact an acknowledgement of the magnitude of danger that Sajith poses to the political aspirations of his detractors in the UNP and in the government.

      Now that he has revealed his aspirations his life is on the line and one hopes he fully understands the extent of the danger that he has exposed himself to now.Lasantha was killed for much, much, much less. Sarath Fonseka was hounded for much less. One really does not understand why men of the caliber of Karu J and Ravi K help keep Ranil at the helm. The man is such a colossal failure that there perhaps is no politician who has been for as long in politics anywhere in the world who has also been such an abjectly pathetic apology for a leader.It’s really a joke that is more nauseating than sick homosexuality is to a straight man or woman.

      May I leave readers with something to chew on ? Are those who vote for Ranil UNP supporters or are UPFA supporters also asked to vote for him to ensure that the government retains him endlessly as the Opposition leader in the house and as leader of the UNP? Worth a thought don’t you agree ? Just consider how lakhs of SLFP votes suddenly went to Dayasiri and not to SLFP candidates who’ve been working for the province? Such sudden, overnight turns around are simply too good to be true.

      You can be sure that this is just the beginning of the smear campaign against the man who can be a real threat to the Rajapaksa Presidency and the family’s hold on power.

      If Ranil dies today what epitaph would the UNP leader get from the electorate ? What would his 20year leadership have bequeathed to the UNP, to the nation that has the right to expect a proactive and responsible opposition?.If the people cast their votes on a candidate’s merit, he would certainly lose his deposit. He did not even have the balls to enter the last presidential fray. He kept away not to enable Sarath Fonseka to win but to ensure that MR does not lose.
      There are plenty of fishy things happening right under your noses, but as the saying goes ” None are so blind that having eyes they do not see”.

      Unlike Ranil, Sajith can at least get it up..what I mean is that sajith can get the UNP up, to its former glory. As my man Friday at home puts it succinctly in Sinhala ” Sir, Sajith mahathya wedak denna puluwan minihek, eya mara PORAK . Ponnayek nemei”. Touche ?

      He certainly knows who to vote for, irrespective of whether it’s a degree holder or just a diploma holder.

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        Sir, Sajith mahathya wedak denna puluwan minihek, eya mara PORAK . Ponnayek nemei”.

        What a qualification in the eyes of Winston De Valliere and also boasts it to the readership here as a great achievement? Need I say more?

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          Ye gods ! touched a sore point did it ? So you’re one of those pathetic apologists who votes for that inconsequential non-starter Ranil Wickremesinghe and hence resents Sajith’s comparatively superior public rating, capability, charisma and potential.

          By the way, the pithy language used by my man, I believe, merely expresses the thought that Sajith is a man of potential and not given to effeminacy. Your weird thinking has of course led you to conclusions that one would expect of a ‘queer’. Tell me, is your real name, by some chance, Mangala Samaraweera ?. Else, why should ” wedak denne puluwan minihek” unsettle you so much ? Or was it the word “Ponnayek” that rattled you up your ar,e, bottom, butt or backside ?.

          Curiouser and curiouser. I was boasting of nothing to the readership. I was merely stating a truth about how even the ordinary man perceives SP.And yes, I agree that Sajith’s ‘macho’ [ wedak denna puluwan minihek] compared with other who are achingly effeminate. with a thrice proven track record of total impotence as a political leader.

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            Winston De Valliere, your ordinary man may have perceived such, as ‘Wedak Denda Puluwan Minihek’, which you claim you were not boasting to the readership but only telling the Truth. Afterall why not, the father was good ‘Wedakaraya’ with his comrade Sirisena Cooray.

            So this is what you rate as, Sajith’s comparatively superior public rating, capability, charisma and potential. I need not say anything. I will leave it for the Readership to judge.

            I can well imagine your caliber, why you do not favour Ranil Wickremasinghe type as he comes from a different background to govern a Country and certainly not to give the works to people, like the present white Van guy. Kudos to you.

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        Budhu Ammo. Big French sounding name only. This man Winston de Valliere seems to be a third grade cad. Just see his language will you. Even Watti Ammas have more shame when they talk. Just goes to show his pedigree talking openly about bottom butt or backside and everything. Chee chee shame for this man using such a respectable sounding name. Shame for all Frenchmen. My face is already red. I blame his parents for this and like to know which school he went to.

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          Really don’t know what your grandmother told you about my father to make you so bitter about me. Is it because you were dumped in Gongitota Balika Vidyalaya while I studied abroad ? Anyway, my dad always had fond memories of her.

          She even chose to give you a French name, SEE ?

          Apparently Ranil has been quite a “bosom’ pal of yours and you don’t seem averse to therefore back that pathetic fellow.I suspect it’s not so much because he’s from a ” different background’ but because it’s got something to do with your back- round, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN !

          Chee, Chee, Does that satisfy you ?

          Sajith, to the contrary, is the kind of man who is no queer and , like his father, does not give a hoot for scum with “backgrounds”.

          Do you have the foggiest idea of Ranil’s hilarious political “background “. Heck, if it gets into Guinness IT WILL BE THE SOLE ENTRY THAT NO ONE WILL BELIEVE.

          BY THE WAY, WHO GIVES A SH.T ABOUT BACKGROUNDS ? AS wINSTON CHURCHILL PUT IT ” MANY A BASTARD HAS COME OUT OF NOBILITY AND MANY A NOBLEMAN HAS COME FROM THE GUTTER”

          THINK SAJITH WOULD EVER HAVE ENTERED INTO A CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT AS RANIL DID ? THAT TELLS YOU WHO THE BASTARD IS AND WHO THE NOBLEMAN
          IS.

          BY THE WAY, DID ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY NOT TELL YOU THAT MY GG GRANDFATHER [LIEUT.ABBON DE vALLIERE], WAS A SOLDIER WITH THE ‘DE MEURON REGIMENT’, RECRUITED BY THE BRITISH IN CEYLON,WAS SENT ON A MISSION AGAINST KANDY LEADING 100 MALAY SEPOYS, ALL OF WHOM DIED OF MALARIA WITH JUST A HANDFUL MAKING IT BACK TO COLOMBO, INCLUDING ggf ABBON, WHOSE TOMBSTONE WAS FOUND IN THE gALLE FACE CEMETERY.[ SEE ‘TOMBSTONES AND MONUMENTS”]

          A VERY HUMBLE BEGINNING AND ONE I AM PROUD OF.
          BUT DO TELL OUR READERS WHICH STINKING HOLE IN SOME BINTENNA GRAVEYARD YOU CREPT OUT OF ? BECAUSE RANIL’S ‘BACKGROUND’ SEEMS TO IMPRESS YOU NO END.

          THE SHIFT TOWARDS SAJITH IS SO FRIGHTENING TO HIS DETRACTORS THAT I WON’T BE SURPRISED IF MR HAS HIM AND MANGALA THROWN INTO JAIL JUST TO CREATE AN EMOTIONAL SWING BACK TO HIM AND AWAY FROM SAJITH. HOW BLOODY STUPID. THESE INEPT ‘HOMO-SAPIENS’ ARE NOT EVEN CAPABLE OF PULLING OFF AN ATTACK ON A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION.To use a French word, Ranil’s just a ‘blagueur’,

          cAESAR CRIED ‘ LEND ME YOUR EARS.’

          CHEE !! BUT I DON’T HAVE TO TELL YOU WHAT RANIL’S CRY IS…. RIGHT ? IT MIGHT HURT YOUR BLOODY SISSY SENSITIVITIES , RIGHT ?

          FOR SOME REASON MY MIND GOES BACK TO MY BOY SCOUT DAYS WHEN IN THE SCOUT MASTER’S ABSENCE WE SANG ” FOR KING, FOR KING, FOR KING AND CUNTRYMEN” ENDING RAUCOUSLY WITH ” OUR SOULS ARE GAY TODAY, GAYER THAN YESTERDAY….” YOU KNOW ?Sung to the tune of ‘Santa Lucia’.WONDER WHAT IT IS ABOUT YOU AND RANIL THAT MAKES ME REMINISCE ALONG THESE LINES. LILTING MELODY THAT, and then we switch to the marching tune ” oUR SOULS, OUR SOULS, AH-SOULS, ARS-OULS, ARSE-OLES ARE GAY TODAY.. ” Oooh la la!

          By the way, I take umbrage at your using half of the pseudonym I used a long time ago. Just use the “napoleon” if you don’t want your soul to be in peril ok? I last used it to pen a tribute to Lasantha in the “Lanka Standard” titled ” The Doctrine of Slaves”.

          Unfortunate that he sympathised and backed a nincompoop.

          Listen sonny, apart from ” different background” don’t you have anything else to SAY, [GODDAMIT]! to RANIL’S CREDIT ? HOW QUEER OF YOU !

          Au plaisir de vous revoir badaud !

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    I really cannot understand why a country like Britain, resort to this kind of deceitful practices. They bend their rules to accommodate and give recognition to individuals violating standards set by them alone. Now we all know that anyone to enter Britain has to satisfy certain criteria. But to individuals as Somawansa Amarasinghe who escaped from Sri Lanka at the height of the JVP Insurrection found his way through India to land in the UK where he freely resides without doing any job since and continues to shuttle between the UK and Sri Lanka with no restrictions. Similarly here Britain advertising as the seat of learning issues bogus Degree Certificates with ulterior motives? Shame Shame indeed?

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      gamini

      “Similarly here Britain advertising as the seat of learning issues bogus Degree Certificates with ulterior motives? Shame Shame indeed?”

      Its soft power politics.

      Most political brats have enjoyed these special privileges during and after colonial period. Grooming agents of influence is the main objective of soft power politics.

      I should not worry too much as long as the voters are aware of these facts.

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        NV it’s not a false qualification.
        Only in social sciences one can get a get an Aegrotat degree.
        Sajith had convinced a doctor and obtained a medical certificate that
        made him eligible for the degree and based on this did his masters at Maryland (the point where slaves were bought in to US)
        Same as Gaddafi’s son.
        Socials are generally grass root politicians.

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      Royal Seepage!
      Britain is the land of Henry V111 where they always favour the underdog.

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