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IMF Checkmates Ranil’s “Game” Of Governance!

By Hema Senanayake

Hema Senanayake

President Ranil Wickremesinghe by his own admission during an interview with a journalist in Germany said that politics is a game for him. He boasted that he knows it well. With his vision comes his governance. Desperate Sri Lankans experience it on daily basis. Quite contrary to his cheap vision, the IMF insists throughout its Governance Diagnostic Assessment report issued in the end of September, 2023 that politics and governance is not a cheap game but a process that supports for sound fiscal planning which sets the foundation of effective control of public funds ensuring transparency, minimizing risks of corruption at every level, prevents breaching fiscal rules, ensure political stability with proper democratic process to face severe economic, social and governance challenges. None of these is a game. 

But Ranil plays a game. IMF indirectly explains how he does it. Corrupt budgeting process is the beginning of his game. Let me give you an example. The government allocates funds in the budget to hold elections. This budget was approved by parliament too. Then the secretary of the Ministry of Finance goes to courts and tells them that there are not enough funds to hold the election. How can this be possible? IMF’s answer is the corrupt budgeting practice. But it is written in IMF’s technical language.

Kindly read carefully. IMF explains that “an effective budget process supports sound fiscal planning and sets the foundation for effective control as well as transparency. To enable sound fiscal planning, the budget should be based on a medium-term fiscal framework that is informed by reliable forecasts and analysis of risk. The budget should comprehensively cover all of the general government sector to ensure full transparency of fiscal planning and other policy interventions. The budget should be prepared through a defined, transparent and timely process to respect the authority of Parliament to approve the budget and to hold budget entities to account for use of resources. Deviations from those principles increase bad fiscal governance and corruption risks.” (Page 56, subsection 125, “Sri Lanka Governance Diagnostic Assessment”, IMF, Sept. 2023. The word in italic in the above quote is inserted by the author of this article). 

What does this say? It says that, if the budget is prepared to cover the government sector to ensure transparency respecting the authority of parliament to approve it, the election commission being a budget entity has to account for use of allocated resources. This did not happen. In other words, the secretary of the Ministry of Finance literarily tells the court that the government’s budget process does not support sound fiscal planning and does not set the foundation for effective control and transparency. That’s why the treasury does not have funds to hold elections. Bad budgeting process that did not support sound fiscal planning led to the political game of not holding elections. 

IMF noticed it. In its Governance Diagnostic report, the IMF says that among many other reasons for popular discontent, the postponement of local government elections has been a source of popular discontent.” (Page 11).

IMF further insists that “Corruption risks emerge when the budget is not credible. Risks are generated if the executive arm of government is able to spend in excess of budget limits. In such conditions, projects and activities can be funded without due consideration of costs and benefits, and without external scrutiny and oversight by the Parliament.” A recent case was that a few member parliamentarians had gone to New York for the U.N. General Assembly. Nobody knows how their expenditure got covered.

Other bad repercussions of this practice are explained by IMF as follows. “Where there is consistent overestimation of revenue, this typically results in pressure being applied to enhance revenue collections via administrative actions, which can result in deviations from tax policy and collection procedures, creating an environment conducive to subjective actions by tax assessors that raises corruption risk. Where expenditure allocations in the budget are not aligned with underlying cost structures this results in the need for administrative level adjustments during budget execution, where associated approval requirements create a corruption risk. In addition, unrealistic expenditure plans in budgets can create situations whereby payments are rationed by the executive due to a lack of liquidity, creating a situation in which suppliers are required or encourage to offer bribes in order to have their payments prioritized.” The message is clear. IMF wants proper procedure in budgeting and use allocated funds by budget entities. 

IMF has checkmated executive branch preventing another bad practice. The IMF says that there exists a range of funds outside of the Consolidated Fund which are not covered by the budget. The budget, therefore, provides incomplete information on the use of all public funds, fiscal policy setting, and equally incomplete transparency regarding public revenue and spending. The risk of corruption is exacerbated as off-budget funds are typically not subject to standard internal control procedures, have limited transparency and do not receive the same level of external oversight as applied to budget entities. The IMF’s message is to stop this game of having funds outside the Consolidated Fund. 

Similarly, the IMF’s Governance Diagnostic Assessment revealed systematic and severe governance weaknesses and corruption vulnerabilities across state functions that have broader macroeconomic impact. The IMF demands fixing them. 

Conclusively the IMF says that “regular civil society participation in oversight and monitoring of government actions is restricted by limited transparency, the lack of platforms for inclusive and participatory governance, and by broad application of counter-terrorism rules.” (Page 11, GDA report). Indirectly, all these mean that Ranil’s style of suppressive governance is a scam if not a game. 

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    Ranil is fast becoming a dictator. Even during the DW TV interview, we saw Ranil Wickremasinghe transforming into Ranil Rajapaksa and then on to Ranil Weerawansa.

    When the LG elections were postponed first after allocating funds in the budget, I raised two questions 1) Can the approved budget be trusted, and 2) since the budget was approved by the Parliament and as the Parliament has full control over the finances of the nation, should not the Parliament sanction those who refuse to release the funds already allocated and pass a unanimous resolution to release the funds for the election? Now IMF has raised the same questions.

    • 27
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      – ‘Ranil is fast becoming a dictator’.
      Was he anything else previously?

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        “Was he anything else previously?”


        He was the president of the World Democratic Traditions Society.

        He was legitimately elected/voted into the position by the members of the society/club.

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          “IMF Checkmates Ranil’s “Game” Of Governance!”

          All these politicians who come before you and behave like moral-drenched purest of the pure Carmelite virgins … and lead ye up the garden path …….

          Truth be told, all the virgins I’ve ever come across were always a bit dodgy. ……. Never could test-drive like a car to find out. …….. The hard lessons are always learnt after the elections.

          No wonder, Native has turned into raving misogynist ……. once bitten thrice shy

          For him, there’s only one virgin ………. 75-year old Ranil. He’s as happy as Gunduvindu ……….

          OC is a man of his word: a true lover ……. till death do us part guy …….. still keeping faith ……. death or 2048 whichever comes first ……… Sinhala_Man will be on the other side for company …….. and live happily ever after ……. when Leelage Malli makes up the crowd ….

    • 12
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      “Ranil is fast becoming a dictator. “
      When compared to Rajapaksas Ranil is more dangerous dictator. How he get rid of Gota from power using USA is an example of a master coup.

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        Ajith,
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        Imagine if Sirisena was the head of state in today’s context, how would it be for all of us?
        And, we don’t question, what and how is the JVP led NPP, the next emerging force dealing with the stupid masses and Sinhala Buddhist thought on certain issues?

        Be it in Canada or any European country, politicians make every effort to get maximum vote share in their elections. Although not as bent as Mahinda or Mahendra Rajapaksa, they do the same trick – the JVP’s silence on our frequent questions about their ” hidden attachment to Sinhala-Buddhism” is unmistakable.
        Whenever this critical issue is raised, JVP spokesperson Panini Edirisinghe, aka the more famous NIC hunter, blushes.

        He has been avoiding THE QUESTION shamelessly for the past 6-8 months.
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        Many of you criticize the current government for anything and considering everyone as experts but let’s discuss the alternative that emerges and how they would act in such a situation.

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          cont.
          .
          There is a huge gap between arbitory criticisms and the facts on the ground.
          Some call R.W. Rajapaksa and others Weerawansa. It goes viral when other people do word of mouth without thinking twice. It is a totally irresponsible society. See how a big tree fell on a public bus yesterday in Colombo, killing 5 passengers. A man’s life is like a stray dog. They are completely ignorant in every way. They are born fools, and pass the time without thinking beyond that. .
          This is done for the sake of rascals and crooked politicians.
          .
          The entire people are still in the grip of Rajapakse-mania. Even though some have left the party, there is still a significant number of people who are stonewalled without changing their thinking, experts say, which is the decisive factor in any electoral victory in this wonderland, which is full of people who are more ignorant than the otherway around.

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            Dear LM: You are questioning how NPP would handle “Stupid Sinhala Buddhist Masses”. Since you are not aware of what NPP has said many times, your question is acceptable. But let me say how I have got myself cleared of that “Fear”.

            Are you aware that “JVP/NPP” has an organization called “Jathika Bikku Peramuna”? About two months back this outfit had a “Seminar” where more than a thousand Bikkus attended. The keynote address was delivered by AKD.

            In his (AKD’s) address, he categorically stated the policy of NPP in relation to “Religion” in Governance. He said: ” A Government of “NPP” will NOT mix religion and Governance. Religion is a matter for the “Individual” and everyone will be afforded the FREEDOM to observe any religion or even be without it. All religions will be respected and their advice on matters of National Interest will be given an EQUAL hearing and NO prioritization will be given to one particular religion.” That POLICY declaration was well received with a huge applause of approval by the Bikkus in attendance.

            I challenge all other Political Parties to say that.

        • 6
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          leelagemalli,
          “Imagine if Sirisena was the head of state in today’s context, how would it be for all of us?”
          I am sorry, I am not going to imagine or predict one is better than other among SLFP,SLPP, UNP or SJB or Sirisena, Mahinda, Gota, Ranil. They all are servants of Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism.

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            Ajith,
            What about budding perfectionists, but haven’t done any homework? To my shock they were experts in breaking all records of African tribes in Rwanda. I’m still used to doing a “double take” when I’m left alone on each of my vacations in our homeland.
            .
            In the late 80’s my mates were killed and some of their parents fed on the bones and flesh of their own sons. How brutal must it be? So, can we rely on them? I hope the best for our people, however, I don’t want DUTERTE or the likes to take over and kill our nation.
            .
            I mean JVP-NPP. Do you mind if they are closer to Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalism?
            They don’t focus on the issue but always avoid it again and again. However, I see some yellow pets in their public arenas, and even when we see them, the presence of their chiefs is much less. Nor do they go to Saibaba or his doppelgaenger or any other mythical abode in India. In any case, people need to be clear about what magical lights are there to tame our wayward Sinhalese beasts.

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              Dear “leelagemalli”,
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              If you have clear evidence of all sorts of crimes committed by any Sri Lankans, please submit details to the relevant authorities and help them to have them investigated.
              .
              The 1980s were a long time ago; I’d rather we readers of CT be allowed to focus on what is happening now. How many times more are you going to spout this same nonsense? Don’t you think that you are insulting by repeating these comments? We are capable of digesting something that is told once. However, I did discuss, yesterday, in some detail some your “stories” here:
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-inability-to-prosecute/
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              May I respectfully suggest to other readers as well that you look at what I have said there. Comments there are closed. Isn’t it time we stopped being bombarded with these disgusting stories? I have given there my reasons for thinking them all to be fictitious.
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              Panini Edirisinnhe of Bandarawela

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                PE,
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                How dare you to raise these questions ? How shameless do you have to be? Everyone knows with all the evidence at hand how many families suffered in 89-92.
                I used to have some sort of respect for you, today I have completely lost it. your behavoiur is absolutely dispeciable.
                If you really want to please check the archives and think that Sri Lankan authorities will do justice.You should be toally impaired not to see it yet.
                As a learnt person who has lived in the country all along and igonrantly to raise this question? I am SPEECHLESS.

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                  PE,
                  U seem to be worrying more about missing of ” g” in ur surname, making it as if we are interested 😉 in that rather than ur answers to the questions 😉 we raised on u. WHAT A JOKER? Nonetheless u feel u are like “Sathyaguru” to some. This kind of thinking is similar to Pariah Mahendra Rajapakse and turned our motherland a Zimbabwe. Whenever I read ur comments, instantly what comes to my mind is ” that Dammika paniya maker” even if u deny 😤. 😤😤😤😤

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                SM,
                “If you have clear evidence of all sorts of crimes committed by any Sri Lankans, please submit details to the relevant authorities and help them to have them investigated.”
                You can’t be as unaware of what happened in this country in 1988 to 90 even if you were out of the country.
                Crimes were committed by both sides, but the JVP set it off with protests against the IPKF and an orgy of murders of people who disobeyed their orders. I can’t say whether you actually know nothing about these events or are pretending not to know.
                Why don’t you ask people who had relatives killed by the JVP? There are plenty.

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                Dear Readers, please read above comment posted by PE:
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                They killed innocient sons of grieving mothers like laboratory rats. The successive govt treated these mothers and their family ones like inhuman beings. The worst thing is that PANINI like despicable men often hurt those people’s wounds.
                Very sorry to say that SINHALA_MAN who is cheating us today should stop doing so.
                .His memories are out of the facts because he was said to be out of the country those days.
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccJSmKhAB0Y
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPZjgZZsWPU
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hwE3kgYpsg

                Our beloved COMMENTER Manel confirmed us that it was horrible the rains of news came in those days.
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                I become speechless when mothers whose sons were killed by JVP in 89, look at me with watering eyes but telling nothing each time I see them travelling back to home. – THIS mental patient name them all as ” fictious”. How brutal this bugger’s thinking should be.

                Although he doesn’t know Sinhala, the language of communication with JVP MP Vijitha Herath or anyone in the group, he assured us that he understands what was being discussed. Paradoxially, the same joker criticizes my Sinhala texts criticising them being not good enough in the line of the substance.
                ions.

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                  cont.
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                  I become speechless when mothers whose sons were killed by JVP in 89, look at me with watering eyes but telling nothing each time I see them travelling back to home. – THIS mental patient name them all as ” fictious”. How brutal this bugger’s thinking should be.

                  Although he doesn’t know Sinhala, the language of communication with JVP MP Vijitha Herath or anyone in the group, he assured us that he understands what was being discussed. Paradoxially, the same joker criticizes my Sinhala texts criticising them being not good enough in the line of the substance.

                  Everyone knows that his comments are filled with hero worship texts and include his personal details. How many times a day he changes his pet, etc. This is the reality, however, he assumes that most of us are more interested in knowing his personal life than the prescribed responses to our questions

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          [edited out]
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          My NIC number is 483111444V. I don’t know yours, or anybody else’s; not even my wife’s. And I don’t want to know. I’m not hunting for anybody’s NIC number. I just want you all to know that I’m real, and that I reside in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka.
          .
          I know only two languages; I don’t pretend to be “English”. Therefore, I’m Sinhalese. I’m a man. I certainly blush at the thought of having to place a photograph of part of my anatomy to prove that fact.
          .
          On 4/10/2023, I did meet Vijitha Herath, M.P. in the JVP HQ, which they now share with the rest of the NPP. We talked for an hour. I’m NOT anybody’s spokesperson, although

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            Sorry, some computer accident that I don’t understand. Will continue:
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            I’m NOT anybody’s spokesperson, although it looks as though LM is trying to say that, having forgotten that my great-grand-father from Baddegama was a careless man who lost the letter “g” in our name. That I’m still hunting for that is true.
            .
            I haven’t the foggiest notion of what LM’s question is. I answer truthfully all questions that are thrown at me. I must admit that that I have, by now, begun to leave unread much of the garbage that LM places on Colombo Telegraph.
            .
            A week ago, LM, has made a comment here:
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            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/lionel-bopage-1-october-2023/
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            I have read it all; perhaps not understood it. I admit that my imperfect English is better than my Sinhala, but I feel that the problem is that LM’s substance is confused. I’m not masochist enough to re-read it.
            .
            After that there have been three Sinhala articles. No comments. I think it good that there is a Sinhala section to CT, although I sorrow much that there isn’t a Tamil section. But that is because we all know that on this website only the English articles are read.

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              PE,
              Thanks for trying to read my comment on sinhala article. I gave you a “thumb up”.

              However, I dont agree with your word choice ” masochist” – you may discuss it with your fans that could teach you whether or not proper wording.

              You are unique being to my eye.

              You start responding to comments/articles, but in th middle you explain about your private things.

              That SJ or OC woudl never do. Though they may be in your age group (babybooming generation), they are somewhat advanced commenters to our eyes. I have never read anywhere, that aforementioned individuals added “evasive” thoughts for CT readership. Their comments are the reasons me and few others to remain on CT further.

              Now it is up to see, what kind of NATURE you are inherited or yours is caught by some psycho-socio problems of rarity. This may be something to social and psycho analyst to work on in our ruined society veered over the last 2 decades.

              If you remain sick, we wish you sooner recovery. I wish that even to my domestic animals even if they sometimes so rude to me. It is my nature, however, I hope you would change your style of writing, because I believe even aged men could look back and correct them.
              .

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            [edited out]
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            The last Sinhala article, by Jehan Perera, is a translation of this:
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            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-courts-would-be-the-better-option-for-undemocratic-actions-to-be-contested/
            .
            That author writes nonsense in acceptable English. Reading a Lasantha Pethiyagoda comment is usually sufficient, but in this instance “Ratnarajan H” (i.e. Hoole, a man possessed of exceptional IQ) has made one of his rare comments.
            .
            “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that” the comments of those who make too many are not worth reading. That applies to “leelagemalli”. I know that I used to come second, but now, after the Golden Key Operation (rather a strange experience for a “VishramikaLankaweVeddangePradeshayeGambadaIngirisisiIskoleMahaththaya) I’ve got to be cautious for four months. I intend heeding nimal’s wise observation made elsewhere and let Dr Saliya Pathirana make a little more deserved money out of my right eye.
            .
            I may recover in time, if the prognosis of those who know that even the IMF is likely to tell Ranil that enough is enough, is justified, for me to prodigally comment on the twin falls of Ranil and the Rajapaksas.

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              Dear Readers,
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              I will raise the buried question again.
              .
              Although Dr. Hoole was one of the 3 powerful members of the former EC, he could not raise his voice enough to scrutinize the CV of the former petrol shed assistant before giving the nomination to the man.

              This is the same as if the house guards were given the keys to function properly, if they failed to perform the custodial function properly, the consequences were obvious. Three years of our youth was wasted on those ass comments made by EC about Gotabhaya as the next PE candidate. Can you get that precious time back?
              .
              It’s more about the kind of people who are born for IQ levels and heroism and society further deteriorates.

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                One unpardmistake mistake of 3-memner commission paved the way to end up as falling from frying pan to 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥.
                .
                How can it be connected to exception al IQ levels????????.
                .
                Is PE s not pathological? I doubt….

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                  One unpardonable mistake 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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      Buddhist 1,
      “since the budget was approved by the Parliament and as the Parliament has full control over the finances of the nation, should not the Parliament sanction those who refuse to release the funds already allocated and pass a unanimous resolution to release the funds for the election?”
      That would amount to, “Horage Ammage Pene Ahenawa Wage”??? Asking “the Mother of the purported ’Thief’ to identify the Culprit!!!!???
      Therefore some Innocent people asked or Moved the courts of Law to aid them in determining a WAY FORWARD!!!??? Alas, at the petition hearing, the “Chief Bursar”, appeared and under oath seems to have ‘UTTERED’ OR ‘SPELTOUT’ a ‘TERMINOLOGICAL INEXACTITUDE’!!!???
      Perhaps, Misdemeanour NOT anything ‘DMANING, in these modern times and POLITICO-ADMINISTRATIVE chronology and lexicography!!!??? How the “Adikaranaya”, missed salient point, in determination is, ASKANCE of the erudite body, probably, they had overlooked “salient point”!!!??? What elements constituted, computation of the ‘TRUSTED REVENUE EARNINGS & DISBURSEMENTS’ of ‘TREASURY COMMISSARS’ ESTIMATES and didn’t, becomes CRITICAL which weren’t elicited!!!??? Moot point, but evidently questions integrity, of answers thereto, IN THAT FORUM!!!??? If they have, done their FAIR DEED and D, then Chief Bursar may be liable for “CONTEMPT” of the SL Judicial system!!!???

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    Ranil is fast becoming a dictator. Even during the DW TV interview, we saw Ranil Wickremasinghe transforming into Ranil Rajapaksa and then on to Ranil Weerawansa.

    When the LG elections were postponed first after allocating funds in the budget, I raised two questions 1) Can the approved budget be trusted, and 2) since the budget was approved by the Parliament and as the Parliament has full control over the finances of the nation, should not the Parliament sanction those who refuse to release the funds already allocated and pass a unanimous resolution to release the funds for the election? Now IMF has raised the same questions.

    What would a prudent non-egoistic individual have done in case the revenue was lower than estimates, he or she would have cut costs. What did Ranil Rajapaksa Weerawansa do? He appointed all the UNP Boys of his as President’s Advisors, forgetting that the voters kicked them out of the Parliament. He created a Mega-Cabinet. Did not stop at that he added a large number of State Ministers. All in all, he allowed the expenses to shoot up. Every bill to curtail the civic rights of the citizens under his rule was severely censored by the Supreme Court. In such a situation a prudent President would have fired the Attorney General who gave wrong advice to the Government saying that the bills are within the constitutional rights allowed to the citizens.

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    Ranil is no exception. The only vision corrupt Lankans have is staying in power at what ever cost, have total countrol over independent bodies, and keep fooling Lankan retards. Lankans can fool 6.9 million all their life, all Lankans most of the time but not the world

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      It’s election time, looks like criminal politicians are getting ready for another Easter. Chatter of explosion , ISIS are back in order. Ranil realized to get elected, he needs to play the Rajapaksa card to win a few disgruntled SLPP votes. Hence his recent international posturing for local audiences. Two SC verdicts are our only consolation.

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        If IMF could find this many holes in Ranil’s budgeting, imagine what would be the case, in 20 years of Rajapaksa brothers accounting practices. I remember mentioning about them avoiding IMF, due to fear of forensic auditing and unearthing loads of their scams. ( some fellow here thought, it was all a joke ). The good thing about IMF is that they not only advocate transparency but actively involve all stake holders, including public in their discussions, so that our crooks cannot easily make up stories to entertain their local audience. In keeping public informed, IMF should consider publishing their recommendations, in all 3 languages.

  • 23
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    It has been said that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. So any surprise RW plays games while the country is in dire straits? What a dumb ass to make stupid comments to the international press. If RW is considered the best out of a bad bunch, what hope is there for the country? I think RW is concerned about his international image in order to hob nob with the political elite but stupid comments are not going to make him an international statesman.

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    If the IMF is honest, it would not give loans to such a corrupt country as its money will end up in the pockets of the big wigs and their hangers on. The only help that the IMF can give Sri Lanka is to wipe this stink of corruption from the country and insist on the use of the IMF programme to get the corruption funds taken out of the country back. Ranil says he is not second class. Really he is third class, which is the degree he got from his university. It reflects his performance. He is there to protect the interests of crooks. He goes around the world pretending to be a major statesman using funds the country can scarce afford. The Diagnostic Report is only about the economy. True diagnosis must involve the personnel who run the country (incompetent thugs with no understanding of economics), the ethnic crisis which has stood in the way of any progress, the Buddhist clergy which stops change etc

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    It was a disgraceful and despicable interview for a Head of State. The President was disrespectful/rude to the interviewer and came across as highly agitated. More importantly, he was factually incorrect when he said the Sri Lankan government does not have an international inquiry. In October 2015, Sri Lanka co-sponsored a UN Human Rights Council resolution calling for a special judicial mechanism to prosecute war crimes to be established – with support from Commonwealth and foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators. Ranil Wickremasinghe was then Prime Minister. Moreover, the Sri Lanka Catholic Bishops’ Conference has now issued a statement saying that the Cardinal and the Bishops hold the same view that an impartial local probe should be conducted into the Easter Sunday bomb attacks with the presence of foreign observers.
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    RW accused the interviewer of not having done his homework but it seems he hasn’t done his homework either. Overall, it was a thoroughly undignified performance by the President.
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    RW could do with some coaching from the President of Singapore on how to handle tough interviews​.​
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    ​Watch this interview​ (​He was Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister​ of Singapore at the time of the interview) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpwPciW74b8
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    ​Watch this video on how to answer tough questions – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPZ8Kj1nIAU

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      “RW could do with some coaching from the President of Singapore on how to handle . “

      Sometimes leaders take coaching on how to behave outside, though they take freedom to handle internal issues with their own style. The successful slick behaviors or refined etiquette nature, or Ali Sabre like lipstick and eyetex makeup normally has no effect on laymen, who are main decision makers on elections. Those make ups are needed for closed door meetings, for big guys to impress their own counterparts. Whether Evil has any of these manners or not, he was never elected by Sinhala speakers (2019 election showed how Sinhala speakers see him. For them, though racism is main part to select a candidate, but that is not all what they look from him, because, if so, Lemon Puff, Rear Admirable, Athurliye Ratnam, Gnanam, Ponni, Valaiththodam ……. nobody won a presidential election, yet they don’t lose their seats like Evil did.) Evil is simply not a desirable person for Sinhalese. Sinhalese are not the people who read Colombo Media and select a candidate. They judge candidates in their own manner. How Evil is going to clean the perception on him in the minds of Sinhalese when the IMF told him to clean the banks, he cleaned the EPF deposits. It may be difficult for us to explain, but they understand him.

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      DW’s interview was not tough at all (I think so). Most of the questions were only to be answered by OTC. Interviewer repeated that it was Evil’s option to select one out of the many possibilities in the answers or even opt out to answer. It was our Evil’s deed, instead of answering questions, or shutting it off like: “that is still in negations, I don’t have a concrete answer, I am not able to predict which direction it may go”……, but he kept beating around the bush and dragging the interview all over everywhere. That was how he trapped himself into a net that did not exist at any time in that stage. Beyond his arrogant Sinhala Buddhist Mahavamsa nature he has, it was so eloquently portrayed the capacity of the Appe Aanduwa cavalier’s in managing the situations. It was European democracies that created the ICC. America, Russia, India, China,…….. the so-called big guys are not in the Rome Accord. It was completely unnecessary to mention that neither Britain, France nor Germany have had any international inquiry. Britain put Ex. Prime Minister Tony Blair on Trial for war crimes. International Communities accepted that, Trail. The idiot is not just blind to a pin tip, but even to an elephant, because he ignored Nuremberg Trials.

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      So, the interviewer had to quote from various UN reports, which suggest that from 40,000 to 100,000 innocent lives were lost in the civil war. Evil, unwillingly brought the 100, 000 casualty incident into the interview. Aanduwa reported to the UN as only 80,000 were trapped in Mullaitivu, but one UN report suggested about 100,000 murdered in those final months. These are the matters the Rowdy Royals were unable to handle so they kept running away and then coming back to the country’s top seat. That is why they brought Evil to that seat hoping to save them from that struggle. But what Evil did the opposite, just blew it up on the stage, by his cavalier’s attitude.

      If somebody goes to a press interview, you can coach them how to behave, though you cannot aid him/her with the answers to the questions, apparently because the questions were not known during coaching. You know there are many sources like Google video, Social Services community, recruiting agencies, books….. for candidates who go for job interviews. There was a joke said in my time in Ceylon, about a young man who went to a job interview. It was not any job he was looking for, but he wanted to teach a lesson on the 180 angles opposite, to the interviewers.

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      The job seeker walked into the room, not caring about the interviewer’s greeting, pulled a chair himself and sat down himself in a very rude manner. The interviewer patiently took it up and asked the first question: “Where is Taj Mahal”. Young man just said something, “It is somewhere in Batti” and pretended like he was preoccupied by some thought. The Gentleman became wild and poured a quarter of an hour lecture, and asked at last, “you went to school and wasted the parents’ hard-earned money, now complaining you can’t get a job, and nobody wants to give you one, right? “Our Young man repositioned him & sat on the chair properly, said “thank you” for the advice and asked politely from the gentleman, If he answered the question as “Acra” could he get the job? The Interviewer was stunned and did not have any reply.
      That is for what, Evil went to Germany. If Evil had gone to the Press Interview to present some info to support the negotiations he was engaged in, then coaching in presenting techniques may have helped him. He had a million things to blame on the Western Colonialists. He wanted to out pour his venom & grudge which were all these times drawing the blood from his heart. Sinhala Modaya Voters did not give him a chance to fulfill his lifetime offering.

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        At last, the 115, tailless donkeys, guided by the half-Tamil, Colombo Chetty Karriya Vasam provided this blessed opportunity. So, he fulfilled his purpose of being born and went back home.
        The interviewer might have prepared the material with his fellow journalists. At least one expert in Langkang affairs may have helped him in drawing the questions. Usually Western Media would go to the extent to dismiss the journalist if he/she abuses the interview and go for dress-down dignitaries. So, it was completely out of the question for the interviewer’s intentions to corner Evil as Evil blamed him. That is typical Langkang parliamentary “Only Truth, nothing but truth”. That is how Evil blew his balloon too much and blasted it.
        In Simple words, Evil went to Germany only to establish his highness, not to obtain help from any nation. Suffering people are not his concern and only thing needs is saving the Rowdy Royals.
        Jayawewa the land of Wildlife Sanctuary, RavanaLE.

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      K P ,

      ” It was a disgraceful and despicable interview for a Head of state ” .
      Spot on K P , that is the case here ! And one more despicable and
      disgraceful thing was , either the correspondent Martin knew in
      advance what was due to be vomited out of the mouth of
      democratically defeated and constitutionally accommodated and
      Rogues supported ” Beggar ” president of Srilanka or Martin himself
      was taken aback by the Rude Behaviour . Given the climate of the
      world politics today , my guess is Martin knew well in advance what
      is in store . Ranil was allowed a free ride to champion the Anti-West
      drama of Rajapaksas . The cat is now out of the bag , he has already
      raised his voice in support of Israel which declared war against
      Palestine , aligning with the West . Do beggars have any other choice ?
      Come on Ranil , have it all vomited and help yourself with some lemon !
      My3 might be ready with some !

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    This President in his capacity as the Minister of Finance is due to present a Budget for the coming year 2024. In the Budget as done always, “Estimates” of Revenue and “Estimates” of Expenditure have to be presented in an analytical manner, i.e. how the Revenue would be earned and how that Revenue would be spent. That is a “Common Sense” (correct) understanding of the “Simple Simons and Baby Nonas”.

    Now we also know what the “Deficit” is, i.e. when the “Income” (Revenue) is less than what we are deciding to spend. Now the big QUESTION is how we are going to “Bridge” that “Gap”?

    Unlike previous years (decades) this time, ALL those “Simple Simons and Baby Nonas” must DEMAND this Minister of Finance (Ranil W) to CLEARLY state how that “GAP” (Deficit) would be bridged. The PEOPLE now must get ready to ask that QUESTION clearly and in big sound, in order to show him that “WE” – the PEOPLE this time MEANS BUSINESS and would not allow him to FOOL anymore.

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    What about supreme court of srilanaka which also now checkmates RANIL’S Game of governance.Supreme court has already delivered a judgement against RANIL’S Minister NZEER AHAMED Who crossed over from srilanaka muslim congress to the government.NEXT MAY IN LINE WILL BE-
    HAREEN FERNENDO
    MANUSHA NANAYAKARA
    DAYANA GAMAGE.
    AT THIS RATE RANIL MAY DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT BEFORE THE DUE DATE.

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    Part II – Let us help the Minister of Finance – Ranil W in estimating the “Revenue” to be collected to bridge that “Deficit”.

    1. He (Minister of Finance -Ranil W) must immediately have a “One to One” meeting with his Minister of Justice, Wijedasa Rajapaksa, and collect all the details of the “HORDED FUNDS” abroad that he announced in Parliament. The Minister of Justice said: ” I am prepared to divulge all the NAMES of those who have such funds. I also had discussions as to how those “Hoarded Funds” amounting to more than “US $ 70 billion” could be repatriated, so all our “Sovereign Debts” could be paid off and still be left with a “Surplus”. Note: This announcement is recorded in the Hansard.

    2. There are “Local” “Big Businessmen” (including some politicians now in Parliament) who have DEFAULTED in payment of “Loans” that amount again to Rs. “Billions” – the “Outstandings” are in the records of leading Banks including the State Banks. Don’t allow those “Loan Debts” to be “WRITTEN OFF”. Collect all those OUTSTANDINGS and set up Legal Proceedings to RECOVER.

    3. Please go through the COPE proceedings and get the Auditor General to calculate the LOSSES incurred by the State Entities due to Mismanagement, Corruption, and Looting by the “Bureaucrats” and institute legal action through the Judiciary to recover such “Loot”.

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      Douglas

      If Wijedasa has all the information, why is he holding it up? Isn’t withholding evidence a crime or is it because it has not been considered a crime yet? Isn’t he the Minister of Justice? Does he have to wait for the blessings of the President to do his job? If the President is not playing ball, why can’t he go public with the information & discredit the President as well?

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        Raj-UK: Thanks. This is a major problem in Sri Lanka. All these Ministers, MPs, and even Presidents come to the Parliament and make all types of utterances that are false, truths, and half-truths shielded behind “Parliamentary Immunity”. Although they are PUT INTO Parliament by the People and for the People, the PEOPLE have no recourse to DISCIPLINE them and make them ANSWERABLE and ACCOUNTABLE. That is sadly the type of Democracy we have here unlike what you ENJOY in the UK.

        Have you noticed how even that “IMMUNITY” is covered by the Constitution? That is how the Presidents get out of heinous crimes such as murder, corruption, etc.

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        Raj,
        I don’t believe there is any such information, anyway not for the figures mentioned. Even the Panama Papers mentioned a few tens of millions of dollars:
        https://www.icij.org/investigations/pandora-papers/sri-lanka-rajapaksa-family-offshore-wealth-power/

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          Douglas, OC

          I knew the answers to my questions but you have confirmed it. Wijedasa & the rest of the yobs come out with outrageous comments & the gullible public are happy with sensational news but nothing comes out of it & nobody questions afterwards. This punk is the Min. of justice & claims to have evidence, so what is he waiting for? Why do the public keep sending him back to Parliament?
          The IMF wants corruption investigated & the Minister has evidence. If the govt. is serious about recovering syphoned out money, there are enough international laws & agencies to help in the recovery of assets but RW is prepared to prostitute his own integrity, just to hold on to power by covering up for all these crooks, who a few years back, were hugely critical of him. Politics make strange bedfellows

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            Raj,
            Calling this Wijedasa a punk is an insult to genuine punks.

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        Deal is a rotten crook.
        Those who are watching the Tamils Judge recusing himself from Deal, Evil and other political rowdies know this bigotry racist Crook’s games going to decades without meeting checkmate. He had the CID’s watching openly, while a Tamil judge was sitting on the bench. That kind of heinous soul he is. Where the country’s Law Order will be gone when something happens to this man’s job and the leach leaves it. In Mangala’s time, the $20B information was given to Mangala by Western Countries. Mangala, to fool the West who gave him the info, announced it on the Media (so the Old Rowdy & others involved can secure their deposits) and brought the Foreign Exchange Fraud Amnesty Act (2017) and invited the EU & FTFA to list the country as money Laundering Master. Dollar Exchange rate rocketed sky high. This situation led to Chinese poop import. That is where People’s Bank blundered by holding LC remittance & having the country and banks black listed. If you work back, you will see the country was bankrupted by a UNP gang who have been pretending to the West as Mr. Cleans, to save Old Rowdy Royals. Then Hitler administration declared bankruptcy. That is how Mangala crook collected the Old Royals’ foreign bank deposits. Now Evil is playing a game saying he is in power only for a year.

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        Remember UMP was in politics for more than 90 years and all it did was deported Indian Tamil workers and built the Gal Oya scheme to carry out his scheme to convert East as a Sinhala Province. From the time of the State Council, the local administration has bankrupted the country to go nowhere if the rain falls continuously for two days. They did all the politics with Covid- 19, made all commissions, made all the deposits. All other countries affected by Covid-19 started to get back on their feet. Langkang, shamelessly declared bankruptcy. India gave $B to come out of bankruptcy. Rowdy Rambo imported substandard medicines and killed the people. Evil Blamed India that it gave Langkang loans even after they declared bankruptcy. Come on Man! There is no limit to these games, they openly, publicly challenge on the TV and play it. If you can checkmate them! This is what the great deed Evil’s UNP did to the country; “Saved the Old Rowdy Royals from the International Jaws”. Private parties cannot take these Financial Fraud cases to ICC, because Evil is sitting on the path as a big avalanche but claiming that he is in power only for a year.

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        The IMF wants within a year all MPS and officials to declare their wealth. Tell me something, what bloody-naughty comedians are these IMF to ask 225 rascals who go to parliament only to make illegal money, to declare that collection? Is that all the IMF knows of politics? Why did this financing, commerce institution, undertake the job of politically correcting Langkang? Will Deal make a law of that tomorrow? Before he does it, will he declare his wealth to the Public . He was employed by Evil as Injustice Minister for a purpose. This guy was kicked on the butt by UNP back benchers, last time. He is talking about the $70B only to save some specific people. It is an alert message to the hoarders, of the IMF’s conditions- recommendation. He is telling the hoarders that somebody is eyeing your property; in case they twist their hands to have it collected, you win the race to protect you. Otherwise, he would have another Team of “F word CID” and have found the truth out of it, wouldn’t he?

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    Ranil thought he can take the IMF for a ride.He should come and live in western countries like us to know that we are not dealig with the dumb sri lankans.I was also very naive when i first took foot in a western country but quickly learned the ropes and became even more shrewder than them.

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      It is mostly theatre that many of us are mistaking for real life.
      Some seem to think that it is the last scene of the drama that unfolded really during the GR presidency.
      Let us await the next scene before making further speculation.
      Perhaps there are a few more acts, let alone scenes, to come before the tragedy ends.

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        sj

        the next scene is the 16 point reforms that the IMF wants ranil to do.has he got the guts to do it?If he wants the second trance he has no other alternative it seems.

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          s
          I am not into forecasts.
          All I would say is that it is too early to say.

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        SJ – You say: “It is mostly theatre that many of us are mistaking for real life.”
        ~
        Not sure what you are trying to tell us here. What is mostly theatre?
        ~
        In a theatre, actors pretend to be someone else by playing a character. The audience is there for one and only one reason, to be entertained. On the contrary, what we are talking about here is ‘real life’. The actors – the President, PM, Ministers and Secretaries of Ministries, etc – are not playing any characters but are there to do a serious job on behalf of others, the general public. The audience here is the general public who are not looking to be entertained but their interests are taken care of. So I don’t understand what you are trying to say. Were you just playing with words?

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          Read meaning in context, not literally.
          I referred to the great fuss about something, knowing well that none will materialise.

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    Native,

    How to develop a country rapidly – before 2048 – without knowing English ……… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKvLM6MS6WI ……… while Ranil is struggling with broken Royal-Collage-English with an interviewer (I was so embarrassed, ashamed and cringing, I couldn’t watch ……. I guess, it plays well in Hambanthotta ….. or have even those denizens seen through the charade, now?

    That’s why the smart Thomian, Sinhala_Man, who has spent all his life learning to expertly dot the i’s and cross the t’s ……… has swallowed his pride and gone and become a lowly foot soldier in the Sinhala-speaking JVP ……… at least he knows which side his bread is buttered …….

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      Nimal,
      “has swallowed his pride and gone and become a lowly foot soldier in the Sinhala-speaking JVP”
      Watch your words. You are in danger of pissing off the future Commissar of Shakespearean English in an AKD government. At least he might rename the NPP so that it sounds less like a thermal power plant.

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        Dear old codger,
        .
        I once referred to you also as an “arse hole”.
        .
        I now realise that I was justified. The NPP will not (a) reward those who “worked for them” with State jobs.
        .
        (b) they will not employ people of my age. For good reason. We can still contribute (as I’m doing now) but just don’t have the physical stamina for full-time jobs.
        .
        Yes, they may get points about Shakespeare clarified by me. Will they pay me for it? I rather doubt it, but if they deem it desirable to give me something, yes, I’ll take it. I’m spending relatively large amounts of communications, etc.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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          Dear Sinhala_Man,
          JVP will find knowing Shakespeare helpful?
          You don’t mind being a sycophant?

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            Nathan,
            Sycophant? Suck-up, ass-kisser, brown-noser, bootlicker, lickspittle, toad-eater—there are so many ways to say sycophant.

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              I’m not a sycophant of anybody, Dear Nathan.
              .
              I’m a firm supporter of the NPP at this difficult time in Sri Lanka.
              .
              Political parties have various leaders chosen by their membership. I have applied for membership of the NPP, but I have not received such membership. I know that I don’t HAVE TO tell you all this, but I try to be as open as possible.
              .
              Why on earth has anonymous “old codger” decided to throw the at us all that the Thesaurus lists under sycophant. I don’t like the etymology and the connotations of all those words that he has given us. We all know that oc has, figuratively at least, been “brown nosing” Ranil Wickremasinghe for a long time.
              .
              May I make a humble request? Let’s keep our language as clean as possible.
              .
              Thanking you in advance,
              .
              Yours sincerely,
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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                Dear Sinhala_Man,
                Why anonymity bothers you?
                Are you after the message or the men?
                (You have said previously that you understand why commenters choose to remain anonymous.)
                .
                I thought that you support JVP. Do you or do you not.
                If you support only NPP, then that is a different ball game!

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                  Nathan,
                  .
                  I really appreciate your valuable questions. This was long due. I wondered why not a single person raised it earlier, but why was this gaslighter allowed to continue to persecute us?

                  Besides, each of us must have our own logic to proceed anonymously. Thanks to him, I was very scared when I spent my last vacation (July 2023) in Sri Lanka. I thought the JVP was harassing me, so I had to be more cautious whereever I went.

                  What matters is the content of a message, not the location of the person who added it.
                  :
                  CT’s self-proclaimed “Sathyaguru” seems to be living in his own world, which did not allow him to see it beyond.. I still don’t understand why he always displays his National ID number in every statement. Who is interested in such personal identifiers ? This man conforms to his own qualities.- very strange…. sadly.

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                  Nathan,
                  .
                  The Sinhala_man was earlier a Freemason.
                  :
                  This may be the reason why he hunts after the commenter’s genes rather than the content of the comment.

                  I’ve been in contact with 50 or more nationalities, and I’ve never met a person who goes this much after personal information. Nathan, your question is very relevant.

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                SM,
                “We all know that oc has, figuratively at least, been “brown nosing” Ranil Wickremasinghe for a long time.”
                Perhaps you haven’t been reading enough of my output to realize that I do criticize him often, unlike your slavish addiction to the JVP.
                My opinion is that only RW has the courage to take correct economic decisions. The rest of his actions may or may not be correct.
                If you don’t like being criticised, you could at least refrain from imputing evil motives to others who don’t agree with you. It isn’t my problem that you can’t coherently or logically answer questions about the JVP’s past or present. Simply parroting empty slogans is not an option.

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                  Dear OC, allow me to add this thoughts here, you had added some questions about SO CALLED BOND SCAM somwhere else.
                  :
                  The biggest problem in Sri Lanka is that people are more stupid than they look. They interpret things arbitrarily. Even Mahanayake Theros or other learned Buddhist monks did not have the audacity to disagree as Jackson Anthony loudly declared that Mahinda Rajapaksa (Jatiye Horagedia) had blood relations with Lord Buddha.Can you imagine ? That is no second to that ” water snake carried fake-relics to Kelaniya temple”: Therefore, the fake declaration destroyed the nation by allowing Rajapaksa to keep the law and order in the country.
                  .
                  tbc

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                    cont.
                    .
                    Also, the agenda of Sirasa TV owner Kiley (the arch enemy of the Wickramasinghe family) along with Sirisena’s presidential support helped make RW a “mahabanku thief” in front of the disagreeing nation whether true or false.

                    Still today. Not a single expert in the field has the guts to explain that RW is the mastermind behind the so-called bond scam. JVPs are good at accusing anyone. Deniaya MP Handunneethi thought the allegations were allegations that RW was the broad daylight bank robber. Anyone has the right to add footnotes to explain further details but they disagreed with that “footnote” and this was later misinterpreted by the media. I am still unable to agree with the so called attacks in the media against “Footnote” and calling them the Footnote Gang.

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          Panini Edirisinhe/NIC hunter,
          ( I sometimes address you “not” as -sinhala_man because I know you are not proficient in sinhala).
          .
          “Yes, they may get points about Shakespeare clarified by me. Will they pay me for it? “

          What way you want them to pay you ? should it be like the ROYAL services being offered to Kamal Gunarathne (Defence Secretary, a war criminal- people say, when he goes to a jog, special dogs carrying soldiers clear the way first and then a defending vehicle follows) ? All these are abused by your money. I wonder what your your choices are ?

          As far as I know, even today JVP won’t accept their brutal failure of arbitory killing about 50 K of my brothers in the 89-92 rebellion, let alone thank you for your simple support? You the schizophant was out of the country in that brutal epoche of the island nation. I miss my sand-box friend “Janaka Senviratne” from Angulugaha/Galle today than any times before. How many victimized mothers turned out to be life-long patients since then ?
          .
          I would say you can wait long – ” pigs might fly”.
          :

          Btw you are still avoiding our repeated questions about future JVP-NPP governance (Sinhala Buddhist, Education, Health, Economy and Foreign Affairs).


          How many more times, you want us to remind you on this ? Thank you.

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          PE,
          Do u think calling him ” arse hole”. Is perfectly OK if it comes from u ? 😉
          .
          And u don’t like u to be called ” sychophant ” ?????? And u are worried of us being anonymous?why can’t u the kind seem to pay blind eye as to why many of us the commenters remain anonymous? Why did Uvindu leave the country 😕? Why many other journalists left the country? 😕😕😕😕😕

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          Heeey Sinhala_Buddist_Race(ist)_Man,
          ” “brown nosing” Ranil Wickremasinghe
          Excellent cooking!
          Are you saying the age-old con_******_ man, by eating only buttered breads of Baker Fernando, has become a makeup_ artist_*****? Is he the one recently practicing on Ali Sabre, now working on Evil?
          Ahhhhhhh! Now I understand what they mean by “the dog which bit the goat, bit cow too, and alas, now biting men! “

          _Man, (sorry _Man I cannot always keep repeating your full name) the possible reason of NPP is not issuing you a membership, because I have seen too frequently you are forgetting to add your ID# for your mouthfuls.

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        OC,
        .
        The truth is that the future Commissar of Shakespearean English in an AKD government is in SM’s head, but JVPrs dont dare to even listen him.

        I wish I could talk to JVPrs and get to know what they think of this self-proclaimed GURUWARAYA (TEACHER). This man is a mentally ill person. What he thinks is not even known to JVP. nor does he ever know what goes through JVP mindset.

        Fact is Nowadays the ride came up on JVP is somewhat silent, because SM and other did not dare to RESPOND us with the crucial questions we raiased on a JVP-NPP led govt.

        Instead, jokers like SM abused his mouth and pen to talk his “family” and ” how many times he is used to go to littleboy room” etc.

        how their foreign politcies will be different from the current ones ?How they resolve long standing ETHINIC issue of the nation? What is the answer to federal or similar systems etc ? How they would bring more dollars than as is the case of now ? What ALADIN#S wonder lamp would they be holding to make miracles ? How woudl they better tame SINHALA-BUDDHIST MONKs who are the cancer of this nation ?

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      nimal fernando

      “Why the big car companies are losing China | Business Beyond”

      You are being very unkind to SJ. You have shattered his image of China and his master Mao by showing how China developed its Motor Vehicle industry. Prior to mid 1980s China illegally manufactured duplicate spare parts and tools, didn’t last long while raising health and safety issues. In a minute he is going to raise silly issues. Please ignore him.

      NPP and JVP are lost causes.

      Any idea one day in the distant future you would like to take over UNP and reform it?

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        “how China developed its Motor Vehicle industry.”

        Native,

        Past is history …… not long ago, people were eating each other. …….. What prevents Sinhala_Man eating Leelage Malli or vice versa? Or you eating some woman? …….. Morals or the fear of consequences/retribution? ……. Or distance?

        Human history is not pretty …….. but they have learned to survive somehow …….

        Do you know BMW started by manufacturing Austin 7s?

        Look where BMW is today …….. and look where Austin is today! …… Den X Ping ran BMW. Ranil ran Austin! …… One to preeminence and the other to the ground.

        You know to insult a wildly successful China ……. but still support a Lankan monumental loser who has reduced everything he touches to zero! …….. Visit China and see how the people have emerged from poverty ……. while your hero has presided over 30 years of gradual destruction and bankrupting of a country!

        If no Ranil, there’s no Rajapakses, ……. then or now! ……… You are a great reader; ever read of entangled-pair? …… If you know one you can predict the other ………

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          cont

          And I can predict what Lankans are going to think …… even before the thought enters their mind …… :))

          Native, you’ll become interesting – even to women – if you can discard your deeply entrenched prejudices/biases and become a little less predictable. :)))

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            “When two particles, such as a pair of photons or electrons, (or people?) become entangled, they remain connected even when separated by vast distances.” ……. https://scienceexchange.caltech.edu/topics/quantum-science-explained/entanglement

            Sinhala_Man/Leelage_Malli ……. Old_Codger/Ramona …… Native/SJ ……. Ranil/Mahinda ……. entangled-pairs: sky is the limit ……. “spooky action at a distance”

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            nimal fernando

            I have no problem with Chinese women or men, my problem is with Mao’s b**ls carriers. In other words they see the world through Mao’s …. . Time to time foreigners helped build Mao’s China. Initially heavy industries were developed by Soviet Unions support. Then the textile industries were developed by Japan. …. after late 1970s, capital, technology, know how, ….. brought to China from Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Malasia …. then the US big boys.

            Don’t forget USA opened up it’s large market for China.

            Chinese people worked hard there is no doubt about it.

            Please don’t tell us it was Mao who invented AI, Mobile Phone, Rocketry, and he built China single handedly according to Mao’s Redbook.

            One more thing how would you justify China’s greed for other country’s land. Chinese analysts say Indian ocean is not India’s ocean however China claims South China sea is China’s sea. Recently China started claiming Sri Lanka is it’s neighbour. Does it mean we have to amend the meaning of neighbour in our dictionary?

            I wonder whether you too believe in benevolent China?

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              nimal fernando

              For the purpose of this discussion please ignore SJ.

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                Native,

                I’m baffled ……. why you let all these people, SJ, Mao, Sirima, Gunduvindu, Rear Admiral, Shenali, ……… live rent-free in your head!

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    President in interview with a journalist in Germany said that politics is a game for him.
    Don’t be intimidated by what you asked for facing is that can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else Great leaders are great through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand President is covering the truth and diverting the Q & A to different direction getting angry is attending old age there global ladies are not getting nervous

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    Dear Readers and Commentators: Please read the “16 Point Formula” given to the present Government of Ranil/Rajapakse Conglomerate between the lines and try to see through what IMF is conveying.

    In the field of “Investment strategy Groups” have asked “Financial Assistance Agencies such as IMF; World Bank; ADB and Governments, to work out a “Policy Initiative” to be strictly imposed upon the recipient country so that the “Investments” are well secured and repayment plans are well laid out to ensure a safe return on the investments. This strategy is now called – ESG – (Environment, Social and Governance) Certification. Without this “ESG” certification, no INVESTMENT (Big/Medium Scale) investors would be attracted to any country. This is what the “16-Point Formula of IMF is all about. It is a huge CHALLENGE to any Government except for those without a “CROOK MINDSET”.

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    Shamefully, he went on about Whites against non-Whites. Hands in attack mode, with fingers pointing. How refined and gracious the German reporter looked. Thought Ranil was going to hit the poor fellow. Like a Colombo parlour party (after drinking Kassipu). Shame, men. Have to admit that old Mahinda would have looked more dignified. Sajith would have been supremely elegant.

    Ranil, after you shamed the honor of the Nation, there is only one thing I can tell you (the IMF is saying the same thing if you read closely enough) : TAX THE RICH!!!

    Everything will work like clockwork then. Lankan Rich are not putting any of their accumulated money of the hardworking-suffering-Lankan-Masses on building up the country. No, they are placing it all in Dubai to build up the Global Billionaire Network via Port City.

    You know this, and are yet begging IMF for loans. IMF are well aware of Rajapaksa-SLPP intentions and actions, and will not risk their money as they work only for countries that are true to their people. So, rally the armed forces and kick Rajapaksas and SLPP out of parliament and the country. That’s your only redemption.

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      ramona
      “Lankan Rich are not putting any of their accumulated money”

      do you know that there is 52 billion dollars stashed abroad.The central bank governor is thinking of giving an amnesty so that they will bring the money back to SL.

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        shankar,

        Central Bank governor only speaking about fellows who absconded with accumulated Lankan money that bought up homes, businesses, and partnerships in major Western countries. This lot have money tied up in residences and business concerns and can’t liquidate so easily. Western concerns are not going to audit this lot too closely. No, there’s $100- million of sitting in offshore accounts waiting to be placed on Port City. This money has been accumulated through politics off the hard work of the suffering-Lankan-worker class. So Central Bank governor can fluff off.

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          Some corrections:

          Central Bank governor IS only speaking about fellows who absconded with accumulated Lankan money that bought up homes, businesses, and partnerships in major Western countries. This lot have money tied up in residences and business concerns and can’t liquidate so easily. Western concerns are not going to audit this lot too closely. No, there’s ALSO $100- million sitting in offshore accounts waiting to be placed on Port City. This money has been accumulated THROUGH SLPP POLITICIANS, off the hard work of the suffering-Lankan-worker class ( SLPP’S MAGIC VISTAS OF PROSPERITY DEAL…..although another $100 billion of our Lankan hardworking money has already vanished to Western wars and other balancing acts). So Central Bank governor can fluff off. WHAT A BLUFFER.

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            ramona

            it was the justice minister wijedasa rajapakshe who said this in parliament,not the central bank governor.I was after a vodka shot mixed with kasippu when i said this after my noon nap.Here is the article.It says clearly deposits.It is astounding tat when our GDP is about 80 bln usd we have 52 billion stashed away like this.

            https://www.ft.lk/top-story/Justice-Minister-moots-amnesty-for-56-b-offshore-deposit-holders/26-753682

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              shankar.

              justice minister wijedasa rajapakshe is SLPP? Then it’s all lies- they’ll catch hold of the least liked fellow and say now we’re good. Unless there is a coup d’é·tat within the SLPP with the minority good ones alliancing themselves with the JBB.

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      ramona

      you must understand that ranil is first and foremost a politician.He and mahinda are the only ones who have been in parliament continously for more than 40 years.So these two have broken records in sri lanka.Now they are at their end of career and would do anything to prolong it.Ranils out burst was very untypical of him and was for mahinda’s benefit only and it worked.mahinda wasfull of praise that ranil had shut down the chanel 4 views of the reporter and is thinking of prolonging his carrer in parliament by making ranil his presidential candidate and ranil is also hoping that he can prolong his career in the parliament by getting endorsed.Their both fighting to get the gold medal for highest number of continous years in parliament.One of them will have to settle for silver and most probably the bronze will go to sampanthan 23 yrs.

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        shankar,

        Yeah….you’re probably right….was merely giving Ranil his final chance…..hoping he is actually good.

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    Hon. Rani W, would you have a few minutes to read and learn this before your next interview as a politician?

    What are the instruments of diplomacy?
    Treaties, agreements, protocols, and conventions are the main diplomatic instruments used by diplomats to conduct negotiation and dialogue among state parties and to find a common ground of interest between them.

    What are examples of diplomatic skills?
    Good communication is a vital diplomatic skill that every diplomat possesses. Other than this, analytical skills, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, conflict resolution, peace-making, and peacebuilding are examples of diplomatic skills.

    Who are the world’s greatest diplomats?
    Benjamin Franklin, Condoleezza Rice, George F. Kennan, Henry Kissinger, Hillary Clinton, Kofi Annan, and Nicollo Machiavelli are some of the greatest diplomats of the world’s history.

    What are the duties of a diplomat?
    The main duty of the diplomat is to represent and protect the sending state’s interest in the receiving state. They facilitate and initiate treaties, conventions, and strategic agreements. They promote peacemaking and peace maintenance between two or more states. (https://bestdiplomats.org/types-of-

    Please do not forget to read the full article.
    diplomacy/#:~:text=There%20are%20many%20types%20of,Cultural%20Diplomacy

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