29 July, 2021

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Gota’s Buddy Nissanka Senadhipathi Runs “Covid Repatriation Mafia”

An article by a member of the Christian clergy has been unceremoniously censored online by the Daily Mirror newspaper because the author inadvertently referred to how Sri Lankan Government officers working at embassies overseas are directing Sri Lankan citizens trying to return home to a travel and services agency run by President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s close associate and indicted criminal Nissanka Senadhipathi of Avant Garde Maritime Services fame.

Senadhipathi and his powerful political friends have leaned on the newspaper to remove the online edition of an expose by Father Tyrell J. Alles about the difficulties and frauds faced by citizens who are desperate to return to Sri Lanka.

Senadhipathi has been indicted under the Firearms Ordinance and the Explosives Act at the High Court and the AG has begun trial proceedings against him. Since Gotabaya Rajapaksa became the President Senadhipathi has resumed his “business” activity in collaboration with his presidential buddy. The Government recently gave his company Avant Garde hundreds of acres of land free of charge for an “agricultural project”.

Fr. Alles in his article in the Daily Mirror explained how an official at the Sri Lankan Embassy in the US (Washington DC) had instructed him to purchase his ticket from a “specific person” who had charged him a higher price. Fr. Alles said in the article that the ticket and his Rs 15000 per day hotel quarantine stay had been organized by a company called Avant Garde Security Service (PvT) Ltd. Fr Alles likely unaware of Avant Garde’s shady arms dealings in the past even thanks the company for accommodating him on a flight home.

It is not clear why the Sri Lankan embassies are telling citizens trapped overseas to purchase their air tickets from a specific source to be accommodated in repatriation flights. The action looks prima facie corrupt several lawyers told Colombo Telegraph.

Fr Alles then continued to explain how badly the LKR 15000 per day hotel had treated quarantine visitors. The priest had even found dead worms in his food. Father Alles said he believed the repatriation to Sri Lanka was a racket run by a corrupt mafia.

“Drawing from my personal experience, Covid-19 and quarantine in Sri Lanka is a racket, a dishonest scheme to obtain fast money. We were victims of an organized mafia. It is evident that Avant Garde and their colleagues made their repatriation plan a money-spinner. It is also evident that hoteliers and their collaborators have invented a new form of money-grabbing. This skullduggery mutates faster than the virus. Who can rescue us from this vicious circle in this paradise island which to me is far from paradise, in fact hell on earth?” says Fr Alles.

A cached copy of the article is still available for viewing here; http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.dailymirror.lk/news-features/The-Covid-19-Repatriation-Mafia/131-205105&prmd=ivn&strip=0&vwsrc=0

However Colombo Telegraph has decided to publish the full text of Father Alles’ article as it appeared in the newspaper that has since censored him online. We believe it is in the interest of the Sri Lankan public to know how the President’s criminal associates are robbing ordinary Sri Lankans blind every day.

The Covid-19 Repatriation Mafia

By Father Tyrell Alles

Having experienced first-hand the loathsome treatment of repatriating Sri Lankans at paid Quarantine Centres, Fr. Tyrell J. Alles contracted Covid-19 in early January. Writing to the Daily Mirror, he says the Covid-19 pandemic is now a money-making racket, where a few gain from the misfortune of many.

I returned to Sri Lanka from the United States of America on October 1, 2020. The Sri Lankan embassy in Washington, DC included me in one of their repatriation flights, for which I am grateful. Avant Garde Security Service [PVT] Ltd., organized this repatriation. I purchased my air ticket at a higher price from a person as instructed by the embassy. In addition, I had to pay Avant Garde Rs.15,000 a day for a 14-day period of quarantine at Shangri-La Hotel in Hambantota.

No sooner, I landed in Colombo, I experienced the inefficient and abusive treatment meted out to arriving passengers. After a long and tiresome journey, we waited at the airport for hours on end on our feet with limited toilet facilities. Outside the airport, we were locked in a bus for more an hour. After a snail’s pace journey to Hambantota, the incompetent check-in system at the hotel lasted another couple of hours. All this time, locked in a bus, we did not have even a drop of water to quench our thirst. Some protested against such inhumane treatment after paying exorbitant rates for the air travel and the hotel. The 14-day quarantine process at the Shangri-La Hotel, only added fuel to fire.

After three negative PCR tests, I was treated like an alien, who had arrived from another planet with a virus. Although, I am not one to complain about food, I am forced to do so. For example, given the hotel charges, will one like to find dead worms in the food? How will one feel when one has to repeatedly call the reception to get the basics? How will one feel when one has to repeatedly remind the hotel about the change of linen? I was disgusted! Thereafter, I had to quarantine at home for another 14 days subject to control freaks; the PHI and the Police, with notices on my gate terrifying the neighborhood.

Early January, I tested positive for Covid-19. The Ministry of Health subjected me to mandatory 14-day quarantine. It is common knowledge that the government quarantine centres are hygienically appalling, with toilet facilities that are dreadful and the probability of catching another disease, worse than Covid-19 from such a quarantine centre was inevitable. I was offered to be quarantined at Club Koggala Village at an exorbitant rate of Rs.12,000 a day. Once again, the services, the food, and even the room were below standard. During the 14 days, I did not even have a plate or cutlery, not to mention the insipid unhygienic food either to be eaten or thrown at your discretion.

Being a diabetic, the medical team told me to request diabetic food. My request fell on deaf ears, giving me the impression, “either you eat or die.” At both Hambantota and Koggala, the Sri Lankan Army provided transport to the hotels at a price. But I had to find transport at the end of the 14 days, as if to say, now that we have got our money, find your way back home. Adding insult to injury, there were parasites who offer transportation at ridiculous rates, making hay while the sun shines.

Drawing from my personal experience, Covid-19 and quarantine in Sri Lanka is a racket, a dishonest scheme to obtain fast money. We were victims of an organized mafia. It is evident that Avant Garde and their colleagues made their repatriation plan a money-spinner. It is also evident that hoteliers and their collaborators have invented a new form of money-grabbing. This skullduggery mutates faster than the virus. Who can rescue us from this vicious circle in this paradise island which to me is far from paradise, in fact hell on earth?

As regards the government, all we hear is its obscene arguments in parliament, a comedy show, the only entertainment that is free-of-charge. Acting like hooligans, at each other’s throats, these unschooled idiots are hand-in-glove with those who line their pockets in the name of Covid-19. My logical conclusion is that while many have lost their businesses and their livelihood, because of this pandemic, some others have made it a lucrative business, a mafia, a pathetic, horrendous and disgusting experience to so many others like me. This is Covid-19 and quarantine in Sri Lanka.

Since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, the whole world is going through a crisis that has affected every aspect of human life. The governments of different countries respond in various ways to curtail this pandemic and to provide medical assistance to its citizens. This letter relates my experience of how Sri Lanka has responded to this crisis, especially through its quarantine programmes.

Every baptized Christian shares in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, in his prophetic, and royal mission. As a Catholic priest, in addition to this threefold function, I share in the ministerial priesthood of Christ. I write this letter in response to the prophetic mission entrusted to me by my baptism and my priesthood for the service and common good of mankind. (By Nimal Ratnaweera

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    Not only unexceptionally high air tickets and quarantine at prohibitively expensive hotels, even false positive PCR tests are also organized by Presidential mafia buddies.
    As I said from the very beginning, the second COVID-19 wave in Sri Lanka is entirely fake. The Rajapaksas and their mafia buddies want to make easy money from vaccines which involve millions of dollars.
    In Sri Lanka, 99.98% of people are healthy. Interestingly, Sri Lanka is the only country which ordered vaccines for healthy people, while other countries which have a large number of infected people ordered vaccines to mitigate the swift spread of the virus.
    My heart goes out to the helpless migrant workers stranded in the Middle East.
    As I have pointed out since April 2020, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa deliberately delayed bringing down migrant workers leaving them no choice but to buy high priced air tickets from his buddies and quarantine at hotels owned by his “other” buddies.
    Not only that, he even capitalizes on hunger, poverty and unemployment of villagers mainly due to COVID-19, by purposely granting lands in forest reserves to the poor who do not have the financial resources to maintain such lands, etc. This leaves them with no choice but to sell the lands to Gotabhaya’s local racketeers and imperialistic companies chosen by him.

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      It is suspicious that the government is opening airports for tourists without any restrictions and ordering vaccines at the same time.
      I wonder whether they are planning to “sell vaccines” to tourists!!!

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      “Sri Lanka is the only country that ordered vaccines for healthy people”

      Wow the level of comprehension and intelligence of the CT lot always defies the lowest of expectations.

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    Welcome to Paradise Island and enjoy the unique hospitality from most generous at heart in the Universe. Long live the king.

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      It could get a lot worse!

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    Dearest CT
    Thanks very much for exposing this. Kudos to you as only media institution, who make every effort to expose the alarming sitaution.
    For sure, we too have to face the unexpected when visiting our home country soon. I have no idea if I would be able to digest the kind of treatments. I tried to call EMBASSAY in Berlin few times. They dont even come back to us. Entire structure is caught by mafia net work, that is what I feel having read this article and mixed info being in the air regarding srilanken affairs today.

    We in europe could read this article, perhaps ones living in SL would not. This is exactly the truth also compared to few other videos we came across these days by several other arriving passengers to SL: They charged even more than 15 000 Rps/ a day, but not having provided the least sanitary conditions regarding wash room etc. Food had contained anything they thought was right. This gentleman from the US, is a christ, now THATTAAMALA would make every effort to interpret it in favour of them. That Kotuwe hamuduruwo, a rascal born to please the gallery would take the lead.
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    This man N Senadhipathi is definitely a thug.

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      LM
      The people of Burma (Myanmar), they fearlessly come out every night and bang pots and pans making the brutal generals to get the message loud and clear while the Srilankans enjoy their deep slumber.

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        Mr Hp, how can we expect people to sense it since more of them are no different to cheap Ms Scp. It s high time people to change their staple. 😎😎😎😎😎😎

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        Did banging pots and pans scare the generals into hiding in deep bunkers? Oh! those good old bunker days.

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      Mr. eLM (eternal Loose Motion),
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      Nice to hear that “christ” is from US and have visited SL as a “gentleman” recently.
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      Keep up the good work.

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        MsSCP, get well soon. We know oldest cant be that lucrative today since they have now supplies from Ukraine. Is it wise to continue? Anyways dont give racism a chance. ! We are all srilankens. 😎😎😎😎😎

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    There may be mafias and mafias , but connecting anyone and everyone who may be proven guilty or under suspucion, but to yet to be proved guilty ,just because he or she happens to be your buddy is totally ludicrous and further I kinda of felt a goose walk over my grave.
    ……..
    So guys becareful whom your buddies are .
    Utter shop..

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    The important role the public needs to play right now is to not engage in political aggitation , which can only cause more stress on the already struggling economy; instead to engage in productive opinions .especially in imports , for an example , the government may consider to permit imports of certain goods , which may be currently manufactured locally, but at a bigger loss of our natural resources and increase risk to our enviorment.
    Like ceramic items , including sanitary ware and tiles ,but not permitting junk of low quality , China has a very high quality known as European standard tiles , Santitary fixtures and taps , this is what should be permitted into the country , with the guarantee of proper invoicing so the country is not denied of the correct and true revenue from import duties etc and maintain price regulation so the consummer is not over burdern and is affordable by offering some tax concession on sales , bank credit to consumers at a affordable interest to encourage the generation of sales.
    ( you can not have it both ways)

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    Yet another crooked, slimy creature, from Herr Nanda’s inner circle. He has surrounded himself, and associated with these war criminals, crooks, murderers, and scum of the earth, who will not hesitate to commit crimes.`
    Remember you can judge a man by the company he keeps.

    All that and Nanda keeps arresting officials who are honest and do what is right for this country, Lawyers who belong to another religion, political rivals, and people who in his small brain, are a threat to his grand plans and schemes, while he surrounds himself with these crooks and liars. It is sad that many Sri Lankans are easily accepting of Rajapaksa crimes and corruption, racism and discrimination, and justify all of it, while the country keeps getting ripped off by them.

    Avant Garde has always been one of Nanda’s favorite money makers. We knew it then, we know it now. Nothing has changed when it comes to Nanda and his family.
    Sri Lanka wanted clean roads, and got dirty rotten leaders.

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    So here we go around the .,,?.??.
    bush..
    No ETC , NO 400 million swap , no MCC , no IMF ,
    while opp are celebrating , some inhouse are claiming to be savoirs of the ETC.
    let both together go and bring us money to run the nation.
    Damn it , do not take your political revenge on your country and struggling people, who are on the brink of not being able to recover if you have an atom of true love for the nation.

    The importers can forget importing now for good.

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    On my annual visit to SL, I spent a few days at Shangri La, Hambanthota, in March last year & paid about the same Rs 12000 per day charge for the accommodation. I enjoyed the stay & the food was fantastic, therefore, I am surprised at the poor hospitality received by local returnees, paying the about the same price at the same venue. Is it because locals don’t deserve the same treatment as foreigners?

    I feel so sorry for the poor who are stranded abroad, unable to pay the exorbitant charges & those in SL who have been infected & banged up in unhygienic & over crowded camps, treated like common criminals. Certainly, the govt. cronies & oligarchs are profiting from the situation but it is the less affluent who badly affected & treated worse, yet, no one seem to dare criticise the handling of the pandemic by the govt., which has fundamentally failed to look after its citizens.

    Cont.

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      Raj-Uk;
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      This means, you just arrived in BIA while I was heading back to Europe.
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      Looking back I dont think BIA authorties were well alert on COVID infections by the time we left that airport BIA. Dubai and Düsseldorf Airports were well alert on all the checks and due social distancing rules.
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      Now we dont need to repeat but it is the current STUPID govt who failed to do the due even if VIETNAM and Taiwan managed to contain it from the very begining on. They talk high today having done all what they could, however, with the numbers going up drastically.

      As of today:

      Sri Lanka
      Coronavirus Cases:
      68,576
      Deaths:
      351
      Recovered:
      63,401

      .
      b>February 6
      Updates
      726 new cases and 8 new deaths in Sri Lanka [source]
      b>February 5
      735 new cases and 4 new deaths in Sri Lanka [source]
      Updates
      b>February 4
      706 new cases and 7 new deaths in Sri Lanka [source]
      b>February 3 Updates
      711 new cases and 2 new deaths in Sri Lanka [source]
      b>February 2
      Updates
      715 new cases and 7 new deaths in Sri Lanka [source]

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    Cont.
    Within a week of my arrival in SL, the curfew was imposed. My airline informed me soon after, that flights to SL were cancelled but had arranged for me to return to UK at an earlier date on a Sri Lankan Air flight at no additional cost. It was lockdown in UK when I returned & wondered how I could collect my car from the airport car park which was a few miles away but the shuttle service was operating as before & I returned home without any inconvenience.

    My wife had also booked a holiday in the Greek Islands in the summer that year but it was cancelled due to the lockdown. However, Europe was open for tourists by August & we were offered the same holiday then, which we accepted as there would not be a full refund. There were no problems at the airport at either end, apart from ‘social distancing’, & we were informed that in the event of being Covid positive, quarantining at a 3 star hotel for 10 days would be at the Greek govt. expense, before being flown out. Fortunately, it did not happen & we spent a pleasant week in Corfu & travelling to nearby islands as well. In contrast, the handling of the situation by SL authorities is appalling, either due to ignorance, indifference or sheer callousness but certainly profiting from vulnerability.

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      The ruling family seems to be very concerned that Senadhipathy of Avant-Garde fame, Udayanga Weeratunga, Dr Eliyantha White, and certain hoteliers have little income, owing to the current pandemic conditions.
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      So, there’s a range of actions contemplated to ensure first the well-being of the family, and then of the Sinhala people. Never mind the “others”.
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      We must have tourists coming in; if they look like Caucasians it doesn’t matter their being from impoverished countries, although the justification for tourism was said to be that there should be income from “the industry”. “Fleece the tourists as much as possible” used to be the policy, but not any more. So we had them coming from Ukraine.
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      Now a group of 160 tourists from Kazakhstan arrived at the Mattala Rajapaksa Hambantota Airport (MRIA) on an Air Astana flight yesterday. It may be that our government is subsidising these tourists, but never mind Selected Hotels must be helped. Many of these tourists may be Muslims (Isn’t Kazakhstan one of the Muslim states of the former USSR?). What happens if some of them bring in a fresh strain of COVID?

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        Next batch of tourists would be from Belarus which is one of the most isolated country in Europe.

        Islam is the most commonly practiced religion in Kazakhstan; it was introduced to the region during the 8th century by the Arabs. Traditionally ethnic Kazakhs are Sunni Muslims who mainly follow the Hanafi school. Kazakhs including other ethnic groups of Muslim background make up over 90 per cent of all Muslims.
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        Today s LEADERS/medamulana criminals would welcome even far poor nations as tourists today, since there are provable facts that govt’s treasury is empty not being able to even pay off the salaries of the public servants in upcoming weeks.
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        Western nations would not have any close ties with Belarus for some reasons.

        However, Puntin, incumbent president of Russia is reported to be a close ally to that nation. I wonder why srilankens are made to beleive these countries should be the destinations for their youth to get their unviersity education.
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        Kazakhstanis keep entering to europe seeking better job oppotunities., so do Ukrainians.
        I have met medical doctors and scientists from Kazakstan.

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      PART TWO
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      The Coronavirus is mostly confined to the Divulapitiya cluster, but this was the district distribution of 706 new COVID-19 patients who tested positive on Thursday. 277 were from Colombo, 101 were from Kandy, 92 were from Gampaha, 53 were from Badulla, and 44 were from Kurunegala.
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      An official ceremony to exorcise evil spirits and end the pandemic will be held overnight at the Divulapitiya Divisional Secretariat in the Gampaha district from sunset on Saturday till dawn Sunday, the Government Information Department says.
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      I prepared these comments many hours ago before the short power failure. Now almost dawn, the pious in the village are chanting futile pirith.
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      All political leaders and state officials in the Gampaha district will attend the overnight ritual conducted by a visiting lecturer of the Kelaniya University, Sarath Sumana Rajakaruna.
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      However, we also want to be the “first country in the world to completely inoculate against the virus.” We’re also undertaking to tunnel of the longest irrigation canal ever, although no results are to be seen from the Uma Oya tunnelling.
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      We’re going to be the wonder of the Universe.

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        2.00 p.m. from Bandarawela, Badulla District, Uva Province.
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        I’ve just had a phone call from the Western Province telling me that it had been announced that of seven hundred odd COVID infections in the island yesterday, something like 160 are from this, Badulla, district, with a garment factory being involved.
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        If true, I guess it’ll be a good three months before it dies down here.
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        This time of year is when morning temperatures in Bandarawela fall to 14 Celsius. I know that there were Russian protesters in Yakutsk with thermometers down to minus 50 Celsius, but all is relative. This is cold for Sri Lanka, and we say that many vulnerable old people go off about now. But three weeks from now temperatures get normal.
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        So much COVID wasn’t expected here!

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      Having posted these two comments, I’ve read up about Kazakhstan. It’s a huge landlocked country with a population about the size of Sri Lanka – which is to say, very sparsely populated.
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      Corruption is high, but the country is very rich because of mineral wealth. Inhospitable climate.
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      Also, read about the Emperor, Timur – Christopher Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine the Great”.
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      Is it the opening line that comes to mind – easily checked, actually.
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      Holla, ye pampered jades of Persia. What can you draw but twenty miles a day”. [The conquered kings had to pull his cart].
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      I remember that Bajazeth, one of them, killed himself by beating his head against his iron cage.

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        Dear SM,
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        Yes, those countries such as Kazkhstan are hugely caught by the COVID virus.

        Their updates as of today are below:
        :
        Kazakhstan
        Coronavirus Cases:
        195,109
        Deaths:
        2,540
        Recovered:
        175,901

        Why srilanken STUPID leaders just ignore about the REAL danger if a new strain of virus could spread within the island nation should be questionable by COUNTRY#S MEDIA.
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        There are also reports that the authorities at BIA and MRIA would not care much about if locals at the arrivals. There are also few incidents, which make it very clear, even if they paid their bills prior to their arrivals, sometimes over 15 000 rps/day for the hotel (nearly 0.2 millions of rupees for their hotel stay) they are forced to end u pbeing any ” AMBALAMA” like resorts which are not equipped with the minimum toilet facilities. Can you imagine ? As CT made it very clear this has now become the most lucrative business. My costs would be like 10 lacks (1 million) if two of us would be visiting the country soon.

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      Raj@

      sad to hear about the ground realities of those poor srilankens stranded in ME countries.
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      They are left to be helpless. Just for their election propaganda only rulers were encouraged to help hand few hundreds of students that were then stranded in those destinations. However, most that already returned from ME countries were not on the cost of the govt, but their land lords and govts had offered them with their air tickets. Ironically before they entering the planes, they were forced to sign their documents regarding their hotel stay for the 2 weeks in hotel of the choice of the govt.
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      Hotels or any other AMBALAMAS were listed by RAJAPKSHEs since SRILANKA is their PVT property as of today. I am speechless.

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    Dear CT

    Thank you for sharing the article.

    Now all three religions are covered on the CT. This one started with one item of repatriation and went on a ranting and trashing just about everything about the GOSL.

    The article therefore at the end did nothing to look at each issues objectively to educate the public. The same public who elected the our Excellency President and Hon PM and his Government.

    If anyone else is sitting in the GOSL would’ve been the same by anybody object to the government they do not agree/happy.A very SL style of being critical with no substance or real evidence material.

    My concern is we have been doing this for along time….when we used do the same earlier people were getting killed as they all amounted to hate speeches.

    The Father could have spent his time documenting the entire process of repatriation/quarantine with photos/food details all the way to his house instead he just ran his rant through dropping huge accusations all the way to the end of the article. So what is the use of the article??

    Then the article use a photo that has no relevance to the content????

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      ” The Father could have spent his time documenting the entire process of repatriation/quarantine with photos/food details all the way to his house instead he just ran his rant through dropping huge accusations all the way to the end of the article. ”
      You and your father have been doing it, but still you ended up living out side, not in your home country, whether you wanted that way or not. The reason why you are opposing the author is clearly your Tamil inability to see in ANOTHER’s view”

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        Dear M

        Am not sure what you saying please elaborate.

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          Not sure what are looking for?
          Where you want me expand?
          You…………….. and…………. your………….father………..Have………. been………. doing……….. it.

          looks like OK?

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            Dear M

            Doing what? be specific.??

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              Dear M

              I will give you new causes to fight in Middle East/Singapore/Malaysia/Western Countries who all have foreign workers………..many got send mack or waiting to be sent back because of the economic downturn/host countries not needing them etc…..just as FP fight then in the hill country please start new wars wherever you live please……you can demand all be given citizenship and be assimilated into the Nations and kindly use the Global Tamil Forum to get the ball rolling immediately. You need the manpower you can take them from Tamil Nadu and all the Nations where Tamils live around the world through only illegal means you know. Let me know the response from the Tamils and if they say no we know how to handle the traitors/turncoats man??

              Cause you can also demand all be transferred to Vanni and Hill country too….make sure you check with the Indians how many out of 200 000++ Sri Lankan REFUGEES in India got Indian passports having lived there for the past 50 years is also a good start,.

              I think you are running out stuff to pass time..will help.

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                This will also avoid the kind of rackets/misusing the human misery as the Father has explained above.

                I know many Tamil rackets for the past 40 years to date spinning in human misery and do you know any please share??

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    This “Expatriate Travel” has become a “BIG BUSINESS” for GR’s “Inner Circle” goons, including those at Foreign Embassies. A close relative of mine from Canada urgently wanted to travel to Sri Lanka to visit his only brother who had few months to live. He contacted the Sri Lanka Embassy to get all the information to be complied with. The High Commission office in Ottawa wrote a letter to him and specified all the requirements. The most interesting part of that letter was a paragraph, that “SPECIFIED” a Travel Agency to contact and the person’s name to be “CONTACTED” to purchase the ticket was also specified. I have a copy of the Embassy Letter. This Travel Agency is in Toronto and that person named is “said” to be the “Contact” person in the agency. I know, there are a large number of Travel Agencies operating in Toronto. How and Why the Embassy in Ottawa direct my relative to a “Specified” Travel Agency and a “Person” by name to contact to buy the ticket.? Doesn’t it tell a “Long” story “Short”? How nicely and smartly those “Inner Circle” PLUS the “Cohorts” spread across the Globe make money. The “Inner Circle” is allowed to recoup the “Expenses” spent on the elections, while the other “Cohorts” make money “while the Sun is Shining”.

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      Thank you Simon. Think you have just added substance to what I was saying earlier.

      My understanding in the UK there is no involvement of our embassy here in the UK unless otherwise one need to get a visa etc. To get visa before and now (covid) one has has to produce paperwork accordingly etc. May be at this juncture someone at the embassy in US/Canada perhaps pointed out where they could get the tickets??? sometime these are innocent help and some times could have other connections?? however if one is to be craft enough then the onus is on that person.

      You can go to any independent agencies/internet searches/airlines directly whoever is flying to SL now and by a ticket. They will let you know what are the procedures to follow for the Covid compliance period as part of their obligations/responsibility before boarding requirements/quarantine requirements etc as the carriers have minimum requirements to meet the GSOL.

      You can even package the entire travel through the same agent or could be separate. I have friends here in the UK had their tickets/quarantine booked through the internet (they do not need visa prior to travel) and they had to cancel due to recent changes and got their refund back etc.

      A bit puzzled with the Fathers experience??

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    If Fr. Alles got his head out his catholic ass, maybe he would have something called the internet. You google : flights from Washington DC to Colombo. It will produce thousands combinations. You choose the most suitable one, pay with your credit card, get a printout and fly out. There are no International flights from DC. Alles probably flew out from either Boston or New York. This is called common sense. Alles should have known better than to trust Sri Lankans in the USA.

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      westham: What you say is correct before COVID 19 came. With the pandemic, International travel changed dramatically and still remains so confused to the traveller with all the restrictions implemented by Air Lines and countries. Those restrictions and imposition of rules and regulations keep changing hour by hour. Please read my comment above. That is a very authentic and TRUTH relating to International Travel to S/L from Canada. In my comment, I forgot to mention, that the letter from the Embassy of S/L based in Ottawa, named to Air Line to buy that ticket. But this wouldn’t have been the case if the pandemic was not prevalent. What Fr. Alles trying to say and explain is how a world spread pandemic situation has been made use of to “Exploit” and “Make” a “FORTUNE” by an “Organized Ring” of unscrupulous businessmen. He is not going to “get his head out his catholic ass” as you interpret.

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    Catholic or any other priests would not get any special treatment without paying money, except for Buddhist priests as Gotapaya says and acts that he is a Sinhala buddhist President.

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    This Buddha’s Metta is a very big sin. This Father, a learned priest, wrote his complain in English but many of those stranded in Middle East, not just Sinhala or English, they don’t proper Tamil. I have been seeing extremely pathetic situation in photos in Tamils Media, for more than 10 months. (I am sure Sinhala colleagues might have seen even more evidences in Sinhala Media.) They were in open parks, nowhere go to even for nature relief. Many looked as only bone and skin. Their eye could not look at the camera. For all these, their fault was they left this Wildlife Sanctuary to get some food for their loved ones on the table. I just don’t want to call the Sinhala Buddhists one more time as Modayas. But how to tell their intelligence when they have done this not just for Tamils or Muslims, but they very bravely have done this for them too, in their ego to shoot Pirapaharan like a dog. Now these wild beasts are sucking the poor until blood drip from nipple and the cow fall and die. This is the government Britain left behind for this Island. How do you this as a government? Unless Britain, America & UN sort this out, somebody has to find a way sue them in some courts.

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    Bastards ruin the country !!

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    Once a rogue and gun runner always a rogue! What would the world think, a guy who had major cases filed against him is today one of the biggest business collaborator with the Sawbagya Dakma Government?

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    Geometrically all lines of corruption leads to only one family.

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    MsSCP, get well soon. We know oldest cant be that lucrative today since they have now supplies from Ukraine. Is it wise to continue? Anyways dont give racism a chance. ! We are all srilankens. 😎😎😎😎😎

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    Ha ha ha…. What happened to my two comments?
    I think Avantha’s following cartoon will provide the answer!
    http://www.ada.lk/cartoon/2021-02-04/14-374656

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    Not only unexceptionally high priced air tickets and quarantine at prohibitively expensive hotels, even false positive PCR tests are also organized by Presidential mafia buddies.
    As I said from the very beginning, the second COVID-19 wave in Sri Lanka is entirely fake. The Rajapaksas and their mafia buddies want to make easy money from vaccines which involve millions of dollars.
    In Sri Lanka, 99.98% of people are healthy. Interestingly, Sri Lanka is the only country which ordered vaccines for healthy people, while other countries which have a large number of infected people ordered vaccines to mitigate the swift spread of the virus.
    My heart goes out to the helpless migrant workers stranded in the Middle East.
    As I have pointed out since APRIL 2020, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa deliberately delayed bringing down migrant workers leaving them no choice but to buy high priced air tickets from his buddies and quarantine at hotels owned by his “other” buddies.
    Not only that, he even capitalizes on hunger, poverty and unemployment of villagers mainly due to COVID-19, by purposely granting lands in forest reserves to the poor who do not have the financial resources to maintain such lands, etc. This leaves them with no choice but to sell the lands to Gotabhaya’s local racketeers and imperialistic companies chosen by him.

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      Champa’s eyes have been opened to the evils of the Rajapaksas.
      .
      How long before she shuts them again in the interests of our Sinhalese War Heroes?

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        SM,
        .
        very sadly s/he behaves as if s/he is caught by drug mafia. Why ? One comment of her/his would not go with her/his next comment. Why ? I think it is high time her/his to consult a specialist before making upset anyfurther ?
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        I thought S/he would become normal. May be like that MAHINDA PATHIRANA, Champa is an another hired lackey of Rajapkashes ( with family rule is now split into several groups as growing numbers of news articles prove).

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          leelagemalli
          .
          I have said this many times.
          I write MY OWN opinion and I am NOT under obligation to “alter” my opinion to please you or anybody else.
          You accuse me of being a hired lackey of Rajapaksa (which I am not). Then the same you want me to be a hired lackey of Leelagemalli! Know what you write.

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            Champa

            “I write MY OWN opinion and I am NOT under obligation to “alter” my opinion to please you or anybody else.”

            Change your mind – it’s a sign of strength not weakness

            Mark Rice-Oxley

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            Chimpi, at least go and copy and paste other people’s comments on CT. At least that way you will look a bit intelligent.

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    It is suspicious that the government is opening airports for tourists without any restrictions and at the same time ordering vaccines.
    I wonder whether they are planning to “resell vaccines” to tourists!!!

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      Champa,
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      Govt being caught by HARDUP situation may have opened BIA and RMIA for arriving flights. But EU, Australia, Canada, America and all right nations are well aware that srilanka is going to be the NEXT Myanmar. So, you can forget TOURISM, so long they the rulers are busy with RACISM/EXTREMISM/TERRORISM instead.
      :
      Cheers,
      LM

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    During Chitanta government, the Elder Son Prince’s team forcing the Tamils in East to sell their the land to the team at cheap price, forcefully putting them on wrecked fishing vessels and sending them to Australia, while tipping Australian Cost Guard to intercept the refugees.. Australia, investigated the murderous racketeering, husked the criminals names in order to get tips about refugee migrants. What petty deal of Australian government.
    Returning ME workers are suffering a lot but Ukraine women coming with all facilities & putting up shows.
    These are the thriving business of a government elected with.super majority .

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    There are a lot of stories about this business. CT publishes the story of Father Tyrell Alles. The YouTube published the story of Dr. Tush Wickramanayake. One of my friends had to spend Rs 450,000 get his daughter down from Copenhagen. There is a racket alright. But is it limited Avante Garde only? I don’t think so. My friend’s daughter was coaxed by the Sri Lankan Embassy personnel to buy tickets from this agent and that agent. So the Embassies do have a big role to play in this racket. Now, the rule is even if you have COVID 19 in Sri Lanka, you have to stay in your own house unless it is serious. You now have “Bubble Tourism”. That being so, why this fuss to “quarantine” returnees at facilities? They can be “protectively” dropped at home. Still better give them the Jab at the airport on a fee. Of course the Foreign Ministry inspired racket will die of that happens.

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