26 May, 2019

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Getting “Yahapālanaya” Is A Process?

By Ravindra Galhena

Ravindra Galhena

Ravindra Galhena

The word “Yahapalanaya” (good governance) has been the most used lexis in Sri Lankan politics since Maithripala Sirisena decided to run for the office of President in November 2014. Sri Lankans would not find it difficult to understand the reasons behind this mind-set. In a nutshell, ensuring ‘Yahapalanaya’ was an attractive promise (given the situation that the people were in) made to the public and many of us Sri Lankans considered it as an immediate panacea for all our woes!

On January 10 2015, Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as President. As per his manifesto and the mandate, Ranil Wickremesinghe took office as Prime Minister despite the meagre parliamentary support he was able to garner single-handedly at the time. However, the life of the said government was not meant to last over 100 days. The promise and the plan was to go for a parliamentary election having successfully delivered the promised ‘100 Day Programme’. A young person would think that this was the most chaotic 100 days in our political history! President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had to work very closely to harness the support in parliament to pass an emergency budget and the legislature to trim the presidential powers etc.Maithri Chandrika Ranil

However, due to numerous reasons, the ‘100-day Government’ had to last beyond the designated period and it was still legitimate. In August last year, we the Sri Lankans voted for a new parliament. At this election, United National Front (UNF = United National Party + other smaller parties) was able to win only 106 out of 225 parliamentary seats and the President Sirisena faction of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) joined hands with the UNF under the premiership of Ranil Wickremesinghe to form a government which now accounts for more than two thirds altogether.

This was some kind of reaffirmation of the Yahapalanaya journey commenced in January 2015. As the title says Yahapalanaya is supposed to be highly democratic, but, President Sirisena, using his powers as the leader of UPFA nominated about seven defeated members from the very election to the parliament through the national list. How on earth, can this kind of act become democratic? In my view, this was a blatant undemocratic move of President Sirisena although he was the committed originator of Yahapalanaya. The reasons that led to this decision were obvious, he wanted to make his team stronger to weather the Rajapaksa storm!

After forming the government, President Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe appointed a large cabinet of ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers from both alliances. They made a unity government in theory. As we all know many of these positions were some sort of accommodation provided to keep the support team happy and one could think that these appointments were some sort of official ‘bribe’. Does anyone in the public know how many are there in the aforesaid positions? I presume most of us only got a wild guess; it is difficult to keep a track the way these ministerial appointments are given from time to time. However, the reality is that the government would require a 150 headcount to pass certain legislature through the parliament to ensure the so called Yahapalanaya at different intervals in the future. Providing luxury cars (worth over SLRs 30 million each) for ministers/deputy ministers and lavish duty free vehicle permits for the parliamentarians seem to be part of the deal.

Then we have the infamous ‘Governor of the Central Bank’ saga. It has been going on for over an year now, but no conclusion yet. Some point finger at the Prime Minister. It has now come to the fore again as governor’s term is coming to an end soon.

Also the Yahapalanaya must be visible on all democratic pillars of the system. We have already discussed the executive and the parliament. The third sector is judiciary.

A few days ago, in the “Daily Mirror” online edition, I read the following. I quote “Colombo High Court Judge Manilal Waidyatilaka in the case in which he (Magistrate Thilina Gamage) is accused of keeping an elephant in contravention of the Public Property Act and the Fauna and Flora Act. The Judge (High Court) released him on bail, considering special circumstances including him being a judicial officer and his contribution and assistance given to the CID in earlier investigations.” In my view, this does not sound Yahapalanaya unless there is a separate law that governs the judicial officers!! How could a judicial officer do a contribution? Their task, in layman language, is basically giving a fair hearing and getting guided by the right laws/cases, isn’t it? We saw favouration. Is judiciary still a cult? Also we saw partiality and favoritism when the other Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne allowed the bail application in respect of the same suspect earlier this month. These are some shoddy examples from lower courts. However, I believe, the integrity of the Chief Justice, who was appointed on merit last year, is still intact and he will look into these events with some seriousness.

As it appears, the government is somewhat strong despite the principle differences of the main coalition parties. This marriage would last until President Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe could agree to share a single vision (by and large) for the country. The strength of the government was shown at the recently mooted no-confidence motion against the Minister of Finance. The political situation sounds good for foreign direct investment and development work.

Whether we like it or not, under the present circumstances, the government will have to maintain a soggy and muddy level of interim affairs to walk the Yahapalanaya principles forward. In my view, Yahapalanaya is a process which could have several stages in the forward march. The Rajapaksa regime change was just the start. Then the team (ministers and deputy ministers) was changed but, the authorities did not have a free/good choice in selection, immediately what mattered was the loyalty, given the situation. There are some knowledgeable, honest and talented people among the 225 parliamentarians, but considering the majority, it is still the same wine (only the bottle has changed!). As I see, this is the flipside of democracy and our system, as any other thing in life we have to accept the full package (both pluses and minuses).

As it appears, apart from the socio-economic development, the forward plan of the Yahapalanaya government is to change the constitution, abolish executive presidency, change the electoral system and introduce the necessary changes to strengthen the democratic institutions of the country. Hopefully, these changes will bring a long lasting solution to our inherent issues. These forward looking changes should be able to attract the right young talent into politics and key positions of the country to lead this nation forward.

Yahapalanaya cannot make a country absolutely clean, a society will never become perfect under any circumstances – perfection is a myth. Yahapalanaya (good governance) is essentially having the right environment, democratic institutions and various frameworks to ensure a just government for people by the people. It will also have a fair system to provide redress for those who get adversely affected. Nevertheless, Yahapalanaya is an uphill task and time will tell the success of this exercise.

*Writer can be contacted on email: galhena@yahoo.co.uk

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    Yahapalanaya is no effective for impatient srilankens whose majority folks are no have knowledge about it. They should rather focus on their daily fodders rather than even thinking of Good governance. They the majority see no difference not having laws and work with laws. As demencia paitents the majority question to this date, what is changed inteh current govt. Current govt is also doing much less with their propaganda on infomration of the achievements – being struck with their duties or those men still work for MR administration are on the way. Latter is clear to many when thinking about much more to be read on MR et al today by the journalists point of view than had been 1.5 hrs years ago. They the journlist community make it worse in this country.. not focusing on the due.. their wrongful… incomplete tabloids even create more fools. They dont transport the message to the villagers as expected by the neutral thought bearers:
    Sirasa s gamin gamata program is a sabotage process against the current ruling. They ask people to question ” yalith sithanna”- think again.. before passing 1.5 years.: who is behind Sirsara such programs if not Rajaakshe goons. This country s agendas are being blocked by the kind of idiots.. deivious men. That should be banned basta.

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      Best thing is newly introduced Right to Information RTI to be intrumental in shaping up anyone spread wrong views- jorno mafia that work only for Rajanos. GIve me one single exmaple – by which a brave Jornos systematically questioned Rajakashe political crocodiles about the allegations being levelled at them.. some of them have been finished .. but even after such completions, Journos seems to have no chance to approach anyone of the Rajakashes………. if not now when ?

      If there are such interviews only – people will start see it other way around – people shold be given a chance. Now people stay as had been before.. they attack instead current regime…..

      pEOPLE have every rights to know the truths of the allegations being levelled at Rajaakshes, their sons, relatives, distant relatives, their all….
      PM did it right, he said, Press freedom is given, but Jornos are not that far to do the job properly. They just continue their malicious way of spread as has been used to sofar. That is 100000000000000000000000000% right.

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        As I mentioned in my reply to sam, we must work with responsibily for our act!

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          Ravindra,
          Please add your thoughts to CT articles on a regular manner. Yours sound impartial. Thanks for valuable thoughts exchanges. There are various kind of commentators on this platform, but i believe, few good can also do a greater job.

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            Sirimal, Thanks a lot for your generous comment. (Don’t see this very often here :) ) I’m a novice for political work, but I always try to strike a balance. Sure, I would write again when I’m convinced. :)

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              Please for the sake of people.. add your thoughts. that can save masses.
              We perfectly know that lanken systems have been crocodiled by mafia and the like ones. This nature had been strengthened during the last few years alone due to the indifference of political leadership. Those media men that stand on the way not allowing average to receive the facts – make them difficult to change their attitudes. Not just polical leadership but almost everythign of the mother land shold be subjected to paradigm shift. Then only we can start achieving higher goals. Meida men are the third force of a country. Lanken media men have been controlled by former powerful men yet…. that is crystal clear – That has become a business. Though some good programs are there, but there are lot more harmful programs by which media earn millions. It is like 1:100 ( good programs : ingenuine programs)

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                I would pluck my eyes out and roast it and eat with an onion before I watch the
                time wasting,
                no quality,
                advertisement filled
                no value,
                stinking,
                filthy Sri Lankan TV!

                (Not much different here too, unless we pay the aunty our license fee!)

                If you have kids, break your antennas and satellite dishes!

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                  “If you have kids, break your antennas and satellite dishes!”

                  You just exhibited your animal instincts.
                  Beware `hate` never fails to boomerang.

                  If you were born a woman then you would easily learn to ignore what you dislike.

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                    This we experienced the way MR regime fell down even if he made every effort to govern until 2030.

                    You re dead right even if you feel your blood is blue coloured.

                    This morning I got to know some brites feel that they lost their leading role in Europe since people s power removed them from EU. All these are just fairy tales. From my colleagues living in Switzerland I get ot hear the realities. In the aspect of Health system, UK s situation is no better to srilanka, even if some ares are comparable to those of Germans and Swiss. However, my colleagues are scared to return to UK knowing the realities of the country which is sinking for some time now.
                    If you focus UK being in Europe.. it is an another Greece in making. No second to Portugal.

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                      Dan Fernando,
                      can’t do wont do fedo!

                      “In the aspect of Health system, UK s situation is no better to srilanka,”

                      Your friends may be working for cleaning service and have not paid enough national insurance. I can select the specialist i want to see and if i am not happy they send me to spain or france where i prefer.

                      “If you focus UK being in Europe.. it is an another Greece in making. No second to Portugal. “

                      you are buruva from coconut plantation slave trade.

                      Today the FTSE rose, The £ went up against the $ and ‎€ and will keep rising. The drop was manipulated to stop BREXIT. Even the Queen says she is happy.

                      The sun never goes down on England therefore it rules for over 200 years.

                      Germany has lost to Russia. You have no reading on current affairs but typical night school english as second language like koppi kadde gossip.
                      Euro will blow soon because it is fiction unlike Pound sterling. The portuguese(hitler) Barrasso like your name was the cause of PIGS.

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                  You truly belong to the category – kepuwath nil — kepuwath mahinda aplogists – anyways,- these we know if we are srilankens… the kind of fools were the root cause for various problems of lankens to this date… those poor folks that have been the easy targets of Mahinda for their political survival should you be your represenatives. But please wake up the harm being done by Rajano is unestimable. He has looted and rooted as nothing could further… and left behind – being a hero.. war heros too are history when looking at the world…. winning the war during his term means not that he should be permitted to loot the sums as he thought was right.. but he andhis siblings did it… provable to this date, but legal processes would take long as it is the standards to the world.

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              be careful you are aligning with pansal dansal hiruknickers at germany and always on the move- gammeyata magic.

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                Amal please bit more precisely.. since majority of gamayas would not get what you the illiterate urban men add to this forum. Please be precise to send the message across the CT folks.

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                  Sama,
                  are you a sobita kanuva?

                  “2since majority of gamayas would not get what you the illiterate urban men add to this forum. Please be precise to send the message across the CT folks.””

                  That Shakespeare- “As You Like It” – “The Foole doth thinke he is wise, but the wise man knowes himselfe to be a Foole”

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                Whoever ANAL PERERA you could be … sounds you know nothing but to be superior by your own means.. may be an another empty vessels joined from Colombo … you guys are shameless buggers who has nothing but extrements accumualted both ends.

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                  Sinchuappu ,

                  “”sounds `you know nothing` but to be superior by your own means.. “”

                  So at least by your own statement I understand `emptiness`
                  but you are a stupidly passionate troll.

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          Taking the responsiblity for minor or major acts should be taught to the people from the Kindergarten level on. Lanken parents have no sufficent knowldge to teach the right and wrong to their little ones. So, the problem lies lack of professionals in the areas of psychology, child psycology and sociology or the like… yesterday I heard Minster of Education adding that placements for students in science and maths should be increased inthe future…. I do believe we also need to focus on the psychology and sociology…
          In Germany – parents are very strict to their kids from the begining on – to teach them to be consequent and respect the laws and orders. They the parents and paedogogists confirm that should be the way going through their research outcomes. Even a dog would have been ordered, if the dog is subjected to a process… that is the outcome of animal psychologists.

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        RTI,

        Provide development?
        provide jobs?
        fill the coffers?

        [Edited out]Journos are malicious now?

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      I agree with you Sam, Yahapalanaya is a long term endeavour, you can’t see results immediately, it’s a journey! I think we all should be irresponsible citizens and this is applicable to journalists too ! :)

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        Sorry for the typo… it should be ‘responsible’

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          Ravindra Galhena,
          This has no errors and neither any tamil influence.
          November 2015 BoruSira visited Thailand and pestered Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand (she is a Buddhist and also an archaeologist) to send Thai enterprise to Lanka and invest in fisheries etc. 3 Officials visited and left. So I asked a Thai professional with own enterprise at London why is it that the Theravada Buddhist of Thailand (in the history; never ruled by foreign power) do not want to invest. The reply was our own family had a lucrative blue sapphire enterprise at Colombo but it was burnt down in July 83 and my father escaped death. There is no Buddhist there but beast. Even Dali lama said it recently after Aluthgama.
          “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius
          The only process is getting rid of religion and Lanka would be healthy and wiser.

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    Interim agendas, processes etc are all excuses. Let Sirisena lead by example, remove the SLT Chairman and appologise for his appointment. Only then will we know that he means business.

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      Why what has SLT chairman done to you ? Took away your wife or wives from you ?
      Man there is no corruption or nepotims free world. Be it on the states, Europe, where the qualified guys are there they should get the positions match with their profiles.

      Now coming back to Rajaakshe era. What bothered us in his rule is he appointed every unqualified ones within their family circles

      a) Ambassador to the US – qualifications are the tea handling… I never thought Embassies are only busy with tea tasting and handling… instead they should be qualified in diplomacies

      b) Srilanken Chairman – Not even my dog woudl behave so, but the bugger only abused those beautiful stewardesses by our costs… his brain is only filled with sex.. that is it… MR knew this but to please his ITIGEDIYA – WIFE… he just had to let this happen

      c) All the embassies in EUrope and Russia were filled with idiots but with Rjaakshe genetics that have not the least qualification in Diplomatic missions.

      d)This continues …. andgoing to be very long

      d) This list can go to

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        I agree with Samuel. Qualified, capable people with good track record could hold government appointments. I believe SLT chairman belongs to the category I just mentioned. However, there are passengers holding public appointments because of the connections they have with politicians etc.

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          The qualified and talented never join stupid public bodies but the bookworms who cannot see beyond their nose do.
          Your socialist culture does not permit honesty and integrity. The more you are exposed to the outside world of enterprise the greedier you become yet their is no quality of life.
          We saw this in Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson of first world.
          Stalin and Mao made it by swindling Roosevelt and the American public.
          Why did Bill Gates, Mark Z quit Campus with a BSc than BTech? Its a over 100 year American philosophy.

          Lanka has too much Passion and very little Compassion.- you will never come right.

          Folk become religious when poverty hits the ceiling.So much for your buddhist culture please stick to that process and send more women to the ME.
          Imagine 1 billion per year from housemaids of Saudi. The buddhist are loving it so what are you looking for Industry and process?? Well it is beyond your children’s generation. Even your garment making would be worthless in 20 years for the west since we are into 3D printing.

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            T Dumphreys, As I always do, I respect your opinion too. We all have our own opinions, people are the best judge of them! However, I want to point a factual error in your statement. Bill Gates is a dropout of Harvard, he didn’t have any degree (until he got honorary degrees later). I guess he was superior in intellectual terms and did didn’t have to collect anything from university!!!

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              Let me correct you here – people though to jugdge it, if people are being abusd by some groups, people can know the truths… but truths… like for example.. tell me how could Wimal buruwanse earned 300 000 votes… had the people been adequately informed on real facts. We perfectly know how he is talented to abuse the poor folks. poor folks that listening to him gawky being that guilliable to get whatever they hear…. just because the sinhala terms being used by those the kind of two cts worth politicians – those listerners and poor men get caught easily as if the poor indians are taken to dream world by ABNORMAL HINDI films. Latter films are made on the slopes of swiss mountains pretending they were done in Himalayas.. but those naive audience will never question.. since like drug could meet the receptors… what is being telecasted outreach them easily. Thse are the top abuses.

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                this shoudl be people can NOT know truths.

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              Ravindra Galhena,

              Only the development of our life to bring it into harmony with our instincts can save us. I consider the education of our senses and our emotions rather more important than the education of ideas.

              “”However, I want to point a factual error in your statement. “”

              You are not aware of American technical qualifications. One can drop out in 3 years with a BSc, 5 years with a BTech and 7 years with MTech.(go check it out for technical not degrees in arts)
              Neither India nor the continent still permit a drop out with BSc 3 years.
              Once one has the money any monkey vice chancellor is prepared to offer honorary doctorates to get some sort of funding.
              Its not the case of superior intellect but the syllabus is cut for stereotype education. If you can lay your hands on the 1 hour movie as to how he developed the spread sheet you would be suprised. The Hippies knowledge of experimenting like monkey (curious and clever) gave him that break through. Therefore he has the biggest charity in the world for homeless men.
              Your process has to be either like German/Japanese or American/English.
              German means rational and the world has never been so because we all love humour and are passionate about something or other.We are closer to the monkey who does not like anything too well ordered.

              “We all have our own opinions, people are the best judge of them!”

              Passing the buck from 1948 and yet with the begging bowl?
              Religion also has opinion based on emotions and thrives on poverty.
              The Japanese are not religious after WW2 but like Germans they lack humour.

              Singapore 9 August 1965 LKY was knuckle duster process that Chinese understand.We have to lock up people, without trial, whether they are communists, whether they are language chauvinists, whether they are religious extremists. If you don’t do that, the country would be in ruins
              Lee Kuan Yew, The Man & His Ideas,

              The English have got bad logic, but very good tentacles in their brains for sensing danger and preserving life.The moment the Englishman learn to reason and lose their strong confidence in themselves, the British will collapse. For no one can go about conquering the world or interfering if he has doubts about himself.Karl Marx’s predictions about the course of the socialist revolution have failed miserably despite his dialectic. What Karl Marx forgot to calculate was the human factor in England and USA and the Englishman’s or Americans `Way of Doing Things` and of solving problems.. The English distrust of theories and slogans, the Englishman’s way of slowly bungling, if necessary, but in any case slowly finding his way, the Anglo-Saxon’s love of individual liberty, self-respect, good sense and love of order are the things which are more powerful in shaping the course of events in England and America than all the logic of German dialectician.
              If you know of Lankans who live in the west then ask them what it was like working under an Englishman (as manager) or any other European even Irish.(English pay the best and are easy going you do not become TB patient)
              Lanka needs to overcome the menace of Sinhala Buddhism if it is to invite FDI to prosper. All SARC countries have similar problem which came from socialism- we all have opinion?

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                T Dumphreys, Bill Gates has dropped out after 2 years at Harvard!! He wouldn’t have got his BSc you have mentioned? What do you think? You might like to look up the following link. :) :)
                http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1988080_1988093_1988082,00.html

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                  So atleast you are aware its possible to drop out in 3 and get a BSc unlike any other? The reason being all BSc subjects are covered and most parents can’t afford to pay for so long.

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                    T Dumphreys, Ha ha you are changing your direction now!! The question was not on my knowledge about the possibilities in the US, but your knowledge re: Bill Gates, isn’t it? I’m happy that you now know Bill Gates left university without any qualification as he left after 2 years of college life!! :) Thank you.

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                      He he so what if he left with 2 or 3 does it make a diff? and TIME only knows about USA
                      but now that I have given you some common sense below read them before trying to spin process because we are in process of printing rockets to send to mars. starting 2017 Apollo extension while you are trying to spin like Che Guvera

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                  Ravindra Galhena,
                  “”What do you think? “”

                  How much of China excluding Mao do you know??
                  400 million unemployed and $3.2 trillion reserves (thanks to WTO membership they have food for their belly unlike india)

                  Confucius- “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance”

                  The problem with Lanka is even the man on the street by standing in queues knows something about Karl Marx- Das Kapita though few have read him. But very few know the philosophy of the winner of WW2 America and its founder UK.- Capitalism Power and Work- The Magnificent Idler- Walt Whitman, right as the Civil War began- America’s first “poet of democracy” – Leaves of Grass..
                  Ayn Rand- Capitalism, Objectivism. While UK is Shakespeare built on 7 tragedies (so it is strong)

                  Bertrand Russell – “One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision”

                  W. B. Yeats- “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”

                  Charles Darwin, – “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than doe’s knowledge”

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        “”Man there is no corruption or nepotims free world. Be it on the states, Europe, where the qualified guys are there they should get the positions match with their profiles. “

        There is a cultural difference. you are 3rd world begging bowl after 60 years of independence while Japan.Germany rose from ashes in 30 years and Singapore in 15 years. The reason the sinhala buddhist are fascist frogs.
        Even in the west only villagers go for sleepy government post and the rest of us find our way into enterprise.

        “Why what has SLT chairman done to you ? Took away your wife or wives from you ? Man there is no corruption or nepotims free world.”
        He is an fing spy- mottaya/ ambudaya with no qualification in telecommunication.
        See even in India the Modi toadie can’t have the best in the world as governor of bank because Dr R R gave them a dressing down for putting their fingers in the honey jar and filtering away billions to supporters who paid for the elections- $10 billion.
        Same with Obama Hussain the bambere of multinationals.

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        Who is UK high commissioner? Carrier diplomat?
        Ayyo Sami!

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      That appointment is 1: 10 000 when compared to the appointments made by Meeharaka Rajaakshes. They you and other stayed both ends shut for the known reasons – WHICH is the fear of being abducted, raped, killed out.

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        That appointment was just the start, just read the news. He is a corrupt bastard like all the others. He was MR’s minister for years, what did you expect? The only good thing is that RW’s influence has ended white vans.

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          Politicians in general are no good. You cant forget the gravity of high profile corruption done and being done by MR et al and in the same time call Mr Sirisena – as a highly corrupted person. THAT is like you shut your one orifice and open the other to allow you totally untruths. Be real and see it right. Then things will and can change for you and for the masses.

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            “Be real and see it right. “

            Anyone can infer that you la reve in XXX literature as a mode of expression like the Buruva portuguese who learnt it from arabs.

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        “”in the same time call Mr Sirisena – as a highly corrupted person. “”

        He is the 100 day confidence trickster from the village of buruvas in ambude. Now the German refugees are woeing him. Ha ha.

        Brexit Winners and Losers: Putin Wins, Merkel Loses
        (price of oil shall stay low because all are pumping and russia has no clout there)
        To that extent, the referendum result is a loss for the United States- Obama Hussain. but a winner for Trump.

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          Not Lanken refugees in Germany but lanken academics in Germany.

          That is where you got it wrong. Calling referendum can harm democracies is what I got toknow from some politicians in Europe. It was a mistake when looking at 48% are still pro – UK staying in EU.

          What will be the fairness done to them when UK is no longer in EU ?

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            Read the 60 year history of EU-UK. Thatcher was first to regret and got a rebate. Boris is no walk over.
            The folk who voted to remain are the stereotype- if it ain’t broke don’t make it. They were making a killing on cheap labour/cheap products to the detriment of the country and BSS. The socialist governments of Tony and Brown swindled the nation (for the first time in the history the monarch had to have a word with the governor of the bank of england- then came the maverick Mark Carney from Canada) which Tory had to recoup tightening the belts of the poor. With EU the country was going socialist poor and religion hugging.

            UK does not fail like Germany and if that was the case there won’t be America Australia Canada New Zealand `all white` today. The English are wise and have humour plus are sensitive which others lack so they fail.

            The vote was against multinationals pouring Islam – see what has happened at Turkey – its only begun Will Merkel take them of will they jump? Ask Putin now.
            “but lanken academics in Germany. “
            what do they teach Greek or latin? perhaps how to swindle Tsunami?

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    Yes, indeed.

    In our case of convoluted politics, getting to know the process is itself a process:

    I read an account about how Ven Sobitha, Chandrika and a few UNP stalwarts worked behind the scenes about Common Candidacy and just a few days before the announcement only they could convince Maithripala Sirisena to pry away from MR.

    RW and MS aren’t good enough but are the best we have at the moment.

    We need to find a way to bringing informed-enough and honest-enough young blood into Sri Lankan politics

    AND they shouldn’t have any hatred for the ethnic minorities.

    If, 18 months after being defeated, MR could go to Japan and ”welcomed”(judging by the picture and the fact that he was interviewed by Japan Times) and he could say:

    “Myself and my family members were the only political refugees in Sri Lanka,”( http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/06/26/yahapalana-amidst-his-masters-voice/ ), the process is a very tough task.

    Furthermore I don’t see nay change in attitude towards the ethnic minorities, particularly Tamils: what Civil Security Department and Civil Military Coordination of Jaffna are doing is to suffocate the Tamils socio-economically: ”National Security” is a façade.

    National Security is certainly equality, fairness and non-discrimination.

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      I agree, we have to pick people from the pool we have! We must ensure an honorable living for all races we have here. That’s is the responsibility of Yahapalanaya govt.

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        “I agree, we have to pick people from the pool we have! We must ensure an honorable living for all races we have here. “

        That is the statement from stereotype incompetent. Look how Boris is respected even by the Chinese youth for having beaten them in timing, and contract value below budget. Look how Trump is gliding through outside of any process which only kills. Obama was set up by multinationals and would leave in disgrace.
        though you write in the english language you have no idea of the value compared to french, german etc.- its a free world no academia.
        You folk are still passionate and emotional therefore stuck in a rut of the plantation that gave birth to sinhala buddhist. The same with the village tamils of north.

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          though you write in the english language you have no idea of the value compared to french, german etc.- its a free world no academia

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          You may be right that many have no idea about the way the german , french and other rich folks tick. However, is this not the nature of most of locally qualified journos that are in a way preye by some politicians for their survival. They dont want journos to see beyond the lanken boundaries.

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            “”However, is this not the nature of most of locally qualified journos that are in a way preye by some politicians for their survival. “”

            Papers are run by business to make money so the more sensational the better sales. Even in the UK papers move from supporting one party to another- it’s all in the money and power.
            Heard of Chat Shows USA?Talk Show Host, Billionaire Oprah Winfrey was first to promote obama the unknown. While Trump had his own The Apprenticeship.

            Vaclav Havel, playwright the Czech Republic’s first president kept his promise and resigned unlike Sri Lankan Yahapalanaya (100 days) and its citizens. Its all in the culture not journalism. Today Czech is a prosperous nation with their own currency but member of EU/NATO.

            “They don’t want journos to see beyond the lanken boundaries. “

            Seeing is one thing but application to local context is another- one has to be inventive but lanka does not believe in R&D like the Japanese do to invent. When there was `embargo during SirMao` folk made things that stunned the west but all that was erased with JR,imports, IMF loans and no R&D.

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              Here I cant agree with you .. I believe even if press freedom improved in the country, but media men have been abusing it today.
              There should be a code of ethics to Media men to react respecting them.
              Freedom must not be mixed up with abuse…. Thatis what we need need code of ethics to be introduced to lanken media men

              Like for example at the time, Super gau almost destroyed japanese livelyhood creating health problems. But their politics being played with Eu COUNTRIES held it away from being published in european media.

              But this was different to the nuclear disaster occured in Russia 1986. And the one occured in 1994 or so in Bopal india. There diverse set of media men reported all they thought was right.

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              I also think we have an issue in SL. Some journalists and media houses play havoc and people can’t expect much from them!

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                Those media houses are made out of densely layers of cement as nothing can change them for a period of time. These were made during the last 10 years. Opposition was murdered during the last 10 years, so that they could live up their fantasies. There, those media men were the donkeys of Rajakashes. Here not to excluse men got their education at Haward – example – Malin Seneviratne.

                We dont gent news unbiased to them, but most of them are filtered by those houses – not going through ethics but regulations taught to them by Rajakashe MEDIA units. This has been a lucrative business. No matter the folks woudl have further been STUPDIER… THEY SHOULD LIVE UP their fantasies… Latter is the common case for Lybia- North Korea or other countries where dictatorships metastasized. Like a cancer got everywhere faces

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                Ravindra Galhena ,
                “I also think we have an issue in SL.”

                Stupid- journalism is like law they can speak either direction and it is up to the reader to understand but not to accept it as the gospel truth until he touches and taste the matter.

                “Some journalists and media houses play havoc and people can’t expect much from them! “

                that is because you are from a culture that was fed with bath guli and schooled in that fashion.
                so what if the journalist wrote something you dislike because everyone does. It seems you have not read beyond newspapers and that is your problem- you `believe` religioso and its written all over your face.

                Can you atleast mention a very famous person of yesteryear who never read newspapers? I doubt it.

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    Yes Yahapalanaya is a process.

    But it doesn’t stop with the government.

    Yahapalanaya is equally relevant and applicable to the private sector and the civil society as well.

    It is about governance not merely about government.

    This distinction is critical and significant.

    But the governments should play the major role.

    However, the civil society should spearhead and be the watchdog

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      Surely, I fully agree with you. As individuals and private sector organisations, we all have a responsibility to contribute to this noble endeavour!

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        People work for a salary or they must all be Yogi’s living on trees.
        never for a noble endeavour like the Warlords you have produced by casting the free vote of democracy.

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