2 June, 2020

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Jasinghe’s U-Turn: Green-Lights Early Election For Gota

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka became the scene for stunning revelations for the second time when a letter issued by the country’s much respected Director General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe was tendered to court, suggesting that there was no impediment to conducting the Parliamentary election.

In his letter Dr Jasinghe who has been the civilian public health authority more or less leading Sri Lanka’s fight against COVID-19 suggested that provided certain precautions were taken and certain new regulations were made under the Quarantine laws, the election could proceed.

Anil Jasinghe

The letter was tendered during hearings on eight fundamental rights petitions challenging the President’s refusal to reconvene Parliament at the Supreme Court. Proceedings have been adjourned in the case until Tuesday (26).

The assertions by the DG Health Services was particularly shocking because he has been unable so far to provide the same undertaking to the Elections Commission, sources told Colombo Telegraph. Health authorities including Dr Jaasinghe have been unable to say with certainty that there would be no risk to public health from the virus if the election goes ahead during several meetings with the members of the Commission. The Elections Commission has decided to consult a cross section of public health experts including WHO Sri Lanka before it makes a decision on election dates, Colombo Telegraph learns.

Colombo Telegraph exclusively revealed after Day Four of hearings that the Government had coerced health authorities to provide a detailed plan for holding elections during the pandemic conditions prevailing in the country to be presented in Supreme Court when Government lawyers were responding to the petitions.

Colombo Telegraph learns that Dr Jasinghe, a community medicine expert and other senior Ministry of Health officials have been coerced to providing undertakings the Government required to present in court. As recently as April, Dr Jasinghe considering tendering his resignation over the pressure he was facing to declare normalcy in order to facilitate an early election, it is learnt.

Jaasinghe’s letter was tendered to court the day after he participated in a racially charged smear campaign against Prof. S. Ratnajeeevan H. Hoole, a member of the three-man National Elections Commission.

In an interview to the pro-Rajapaksa newspaper Ceylon Today run by businessman politico Tiran Alles criticising Hoole for “acting unethically” after Prof Hoole and his daughter Elilani, who had served her two weeks in quarantine after returning from London stopped by at the Elections Commission.

Jasinghe himself signed Elilani Hoole’s clearance certificate, which confirmed she had been quarantined at Jetwing Blue for a period of 14 days after her return to Sri Lanka. No where in the certificate or in any other form of instruction was Elilani Hoole informed that she was to remain in isolation even after her quarantine.

Several media organisations aligned to President Gotabaya RajapaksaDivaina, Island, Ceylon Today and Hiru TV – launched a racially charged campaign against Prof Hoole claiming his daughter had violated her quarantine orders. The newspapers and the television station falsely claimed that Prof Hoole and his daughter had practically been chased out of the Commission premises which had to be disinfected following their visit. The newspapers published the news items without seeking comment or clarification from Hoole or the Commission, refused to publish Prof Hoole’s right of reply and in the case of Hiru TV followed up the news item with a barrage of calls from racist monks demanding Hoole’s removal from the EC.

Dr Jasinghe’s conduct in reporting COVID-19 statistics has also been questionable in recent weeks. Earlier this week the DG Health Services told the media that over the past 20 days the only COVID positive cases were inside the Sri Lanka Navy or from within quarantine centers. However this is a deeply flawed statistic given how low the prevalence of testing has been in the wider population in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan authorities have performed less than 50,000 tests for corona virus, most of these within contact traced clusters and high risk neighbourhoods where one or more persons have shown symptoms of the virus. Further, of the 50,000 tests a significant number includes repeat testing performed on presidential security staff and officials interacting regularly with the ruling family. This means that only 0.2 percent of the population has been tested for the deadly virus, with real infection rates expected to be much higher than reported.

Proof that the situation is probably worse than reported emerged yesterday after the Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Colombo reported that several children had been admitted with symptoms of Kawasaki disease – high fever for days and a strawberry coloured rash on their skin. The condition has surfaced in several countries worldwide that have had high infection rates for corona virus, including Italy, UK, US, Spain and France. Many children showing the symptoms test positive for coronavirus or test positive for coronavirus antibodies which means they had previously been exposed to COVID-19.

LRH doctors are warning parents in affected clusters and regions in particular to be watchful for symptoms of this condition in children and young adults. It is unclear if LRH is being permitted to test these children admitted with symptoms of Kawasaki disease for COVID-19. (By Chinthika de Silva)

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  • 53
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    What is new in Lanka guys ?????. Didnt I say so ???? I dont think Jeyasinghe made any U turn, other than going straight with one agenda in mind, that is to end Covid Virus before the dead line instructed by Govt. From day one I had followed his statements which were scripted, just for this final clearance. Catch is, as a doctor he just could not minimize issues to a degree, govt wished because of loosing credibility among doctors, WHO and general public. But if anyone has followed the spread in community and the numbers released by him , will understand it was designed for such an end, except for a few surprises among Navy and other service personal which were unexpected twist. Now the final conclusion is public is free of any spread and the new infections are ONLY among service personal. Anyone who has been to a medical school will know such controlled spread is near impossible in such highly contagious Viral infections. My guess is though he was working for the Govt, he knew he could not give such clearance, but when EC threw the unexpected surprise at Govt, this man was forced to give such statement. Fortunately for him, expert opinions are considered just opinions and not true facts in a court of Law.

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      chiv,
      You are right. Anil Jaasinghe was another Gotabaya golly who is part of the Gota regime. He is dancing to the tune of Gota. many times he and the health minister told the public that they have controlled the virus infection from when the virus cases 200 but it is now over 1000 and daily numbers going up. They don’t see the virus spread among Sinhalese Navy as social cases. They don’t consider them as Srilankans. He is a disgraceful doctor who is happy to kill more Sinhalese to Corona in order to kill more Sinhalese by Gota dictatorship. Gota’s main enemies are those Sinhalese who voted against him. Election Commission already assessed the country’s situation, expert opinions before coming to a decision to announce that they can’t hold election before September. Simple fact is that we are already late to have an election in 20th June.

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      Mr. chiv,
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      Don’t you worry my boy,
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      There will be no elections any time soon.
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      We should not hold any elections at least for another 15 years.
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      Reasons……….
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      – 1. Some Tamil doctors from Jaffna Teaching Hospital has informed Hoole (The NO election commissioner) that they have detected some flu patients around Jaffna Bus Stand.
      .
      – 2. ITJP accused SL government is trying to hold elections without proper vetting of………….. something…. anything.
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      – 3. AKD might slip on stage and might scratch his a……..
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      – 4. SP might open his mouth and……………….
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      Yep…… No elections.

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        Mrs Pasqual,
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        you may go on barking.. but there will be no elections until another few months.

        They have to put off June 20th again without further notice.
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        We are an another hungry nation but no means comparable to the levels of south koreans that could provide the voters with the essentials in voting booths.

        Self adulations and self congradulations would not help you guys further. Open your eyes wider and see it right.

        Prior to go for voting, you nominees should be given at least 45 days for their election campaigns.
        That cant be guranteered with rising numbers of the infected COVID patients. Today the number is a few dozens more than that of two days ago.

        Orifice cleaners of Rajaakshes would enjoy temporarily, but the truths will never guide bps to go for elections. Basta.

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          Mr. leela ge …..,
          Maggot kali,
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          Yes of course.
          I agree.
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          Let’s wait till covid 19 to be completely cleared.
          Then…..
          Let’s wait and get the economic problems solved.
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          We don’t need the costly parliament and provincial councils for the time being.
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          Thank you for the trust you placed on OUR PRESIDENT.

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        Sinkala Pasquai

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        There will be no elections any time soon.
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        We should not hold any elections at least for another 15 years.

        *** You are dead right there is nothing to Govern except ” Poverty”. Gotha is going round with a begging ball and he has now fallen on Modis legs.

    • 39
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      Why did he not seek the views of other specialists in this field? And why did he not ask them to put their signatures too on this letter if they agreed with him? Its terrible to see public officials behave in this manner . Blatantly towing a political agenda.

  • 38
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    Even if this guy Dr Jasinghe would write this way

    his lead has CLEARLY failed to perform enough PCR tests yet today. If MORE tests were carried out only you can find lot more patients. That they intentionally blocked from the begining on despite of the facitlities for over 50 000 tests within first 3 weeks.

    If far poor NEPAL could manage it as no other – why our BPs failed it is becoming clear. Nepal has performed 124,674 tests amidst that much of poverty striken problems – with 0.1 (deaths per million).. how come… that is the the best example to see that our MEN being sunk in their rascality never thought of saving more lives.
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    This man Dr Jasinghe was jumping from TV discussion to other, as if a mad would do it, there I thought he should not have done so, if he was hearted …. may well be, he has been promised the unexpected by the goons… Rajaakshes would do anything and everything – going any morals in order to manipulate the vulnerable.

    -Deaths per Million and the test performed of some countries. But we could be free from COVID if Ballige puthas closed down single entry to the country- BIA as of end of February. Instead they played with the lives of the people. Karma will work on them sooner than later. That is my belief.

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      Apologies.
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      my last post failed this part.
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      Malawi (Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      0.2 2,411
      Syria
      0.2 (Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Taiwan
      0.3 70,526 (Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Zimbabwe
      0.3 28,019(Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Uzbekistan
      0.4 460,000(Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Sri Lanka
      0.4 51,094(Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Venezuela
      0.4 735,426(Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Zambia
      0.4 20,011(Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Tanzania
      0.4 (Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Palestine
      0.4 44,876(Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Libya
      0.4 4,351(Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Botswana
      0.4 16,100(Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Gambia
      0.4 1,476(Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Hong Kong
      0.5 168,291(Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      South Sudan
      0.5 3,356(Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      DRC
      0.7 (Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)
      Thailand
      0.8 (Deaths/million and number of tests done sofar)

      • 2
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        This Chimp thinks copying and pasting garbage will make people believe his nonsense. .

        Even in the eyes of a completely biased person Sri Lankas performance has been remarkable.

        This clown Leelasdog is trying to create rubbish numbers

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          Mr. a14455,
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          No sense correcting him(it).
          Maggots can’t understand the sense of responsibility.

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          a14455 / May 25, 2020

          Listen BP listen !

          These are not copy and past but having studied them with virologists.
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          Please grow up so that you can read them properly. Sit down with a virologist and get your thoughts clearer.. no doubt, the ballige puthas of your nature would never see it right so long RAJAKASHE forces conodomized the easy targets.

          Self congraduationsl di dnot work also in 2015: The days ahead will be an avalanche for Rajakashe bastards. Wait and see, with the same speed you are compelled to see it happening.
          :
          Get well back lickers !

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      Leelagemalli,
      Instead of jabbering anti-Rajapakshe mumbo jumbo you should have advised your darling Angela Merkel how to manage COVID-19.
      Germany, 178,281 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 8,247 deaths.
      Sri Lanka 1,118 confirmed cases with 9 deaths.

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        Eagle Eye, Iam sorry, i really dont know from which side I have to laugh at … ?
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        how stupid you should be – knowing this we have kindly asked you to compare it with like minded countries. But all is like talking to a wall sofar. May be your problem is pathological …. ?
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        Please read my posts above. If Nepaliese could manage it why our ballige puthas failed is not questionable ?
        **
        Please get your facts rights. It is no means right to compare the numbers in Europe with that of asian countries. Why not you compare it with those in Africa and like minded countries in Asia ?
        **

        Besides, dont you know that Germany (83 millions) is leading among the grand nations to have managed it to the highest level. Ameicans are dreaming of achieving the levels. Recovery numbers in Germany sofar are over 92% while that of srilanka is yet 55% ( and dont forget numbers in srilanka are not accurate either due to much less PCR tests)
        +++++++++++
        Our BPs should learn it from Nepalese (with a per capita 900 US) to relieve our srilanken nation:
        :
        Get well soon EE, if you need another sort of PUNNAKU we could provide you with in an easy manner. Just let us know ! thanks.

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        Btw EE,
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        we hold her as the mummy of the nation in Germany. Her politics revolutionized Germany. She is only second to Queen of UK today among the leading powerful women in the world. People over here would want her to continue – though she has now been in power for 14 years, 171 day. Rajapakshe instead got defeated at the end of 9th year despite self adulations and self congratulations to the same thanakola eaters were the case in 2015.
        .
        I hat off to Dr Merkel or the kind of leaders than any BPs of Rajakshe nature who looted the state funds and celebrated his sons # weddings on the costs of the state.
        Her policy letting 1 mio of syrian refugees allow asylum was a the biggest humanitarian issue in recent times. We studied here and stayed back thinking to work for the world – else, we remain srilankens forever, but I would never adulate Rajakshe BPs…

  • 33
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    I am of the view that the COVID-19 infection in the country is close to if not effectively contained.
    The problem with holding elections is that fair elections cannot be held with poor opportunity for parties and candidates to canvass support without restriction.
    Having imposed a curfew on the whole island and with normal life badly disrupted, it will be unfair and anti-democratic to hold elections soon.
    What has been expressed is only a medical opinion, and the infection is just one consideration among several.

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      Dear Mr. SJ
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      You are dead right – more tests, more patients and better containment
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      Please check the countries above in my previous post , that are many from Arica… they show less prevalence of the infection because they have clearly done not enough to be able to check the numbers properly.
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      And the fact that over 30% of the infected would be Asymtomatic – makes it very clear.
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      We in europe, wear masks whereever we go in today. Each and every one is very aware if you would not wear a mask, that your life is in danger.
      :
      Mr SJ, in a country, people s conditioned mind set would not absorb anything but Rajakashes mantra, what cant go wrong ?
      :
      I beleive people will sense it next days more… Jasinghe or the like should not get close to GMOA candidates, becasue they are WANDIBATTAYAS of Rajaakshe rascality.

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        Here we go again. One time hero has suddenly became an enemy because he expressed his professional opinion. Suddenly all became COVID-19 specialists because they did not like what he said, not because they no better. Health authorities only can specify restrictions and regulations on social behaviour. It is up to the people to follow it. A country can not close for ever as economy will collapse. Let’s follow instructions and start coming back to normal life. Some of here are commenting from Europe, USA and Australia about campaigning. They clearly know in western countries, politicians do not go home to home and there are no even banners in public places. Why not ban all such and ask them to canvass via TV and Social Media. Give equal time in each channel. You can not select only western democratic freedom but not their political culture. To me if you want to do something, you have enough ways. However, if you don’t want, you can give hair splitting arguments. If you all don’t like GR, have the election and defeat his party. Many don’t like Donald Trump. Democrats tried to impeached him and failed. Now they want to defeat im in the election. This how the process works.

      • 2
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        Suddenly, toi let cleaners have become experts on COVID-19

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          EE,
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          why not you make efforts to read the statistics. Just shooting the messengers were done only in the past – today blatant lies would not remain that long in the air.

          Dont you know that Rajakshes BPs never wanted to go for more tests because the outcome of the tests would give a bad impression on their dictartorship which is now being criticised by both locals and international community.

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      SJ,
      ‘COVID-19 is close to if not effectively contained’ – Then how come that about 180 men from Navy in about 40 buses been transferred to Vavuniya for self isolation. I am posing this question because there was a news item. How is the medical opinion going to help.

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        AR
        All but two districts are under partial curfew because the risk of infection is very low.
        The spread here was triggered by three serious errors. The third been the worst and most avoidable. The navy personnel were tested positive sometime ago. There is need to contain the spread initiated by them.
        The rate of new infection is modest and death rate zero. Check for example with https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
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        There is tendency among some to readily question anything positive about the Third World. When low infection rates are reported they challenge the data.
        It hurts to learn that Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba are handling the problem well amid neigbours, many with better resources and poor records (Brazil especially).
        *
        What bothers me is the way the infection has been taken advantage of by the state to impose the military on civilian life.
        The desire to hold elections before society is close to normal (at least to allow enough room and time for election campaigning without restriction) also bothers me.
        Personally I find it hard to accept that the virus is a worse menace than the ongoing dengue or the earlier menaces like chikungunya. The manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceuticals, detergents and disinfectants, and merchants of masks are making a kill.
        *
        If the decline in virus infection saddens you, I am sorry that I cannot feel sorry for you.

  • 33
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    The guy demonstrates smart thinking: it’s far better to expose the people to Corona virus and keep the job, rather than getting fired and ending up in jail on some cooked up charges.

  • 51
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    I will give few examples where doctors have lied. 1) Thaj /Rugby player autopsy and forensic reports were altered 2)In case of Dr.Shaffi, where doctors, nurses and other staff lied. Also doctors in general /GMOA/SLMC keeping silent.

    • 9
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      You are a doctor too I presume.

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        ” You are a doctor too I presume. “

        Does this connecting in some way to Chiv’s statement?
        Explanation please!

        By the way are you a PhD; from which university? In what filed?

        You are too much self-indulged by the curfew-I presume. CT sounds like Sudney for the dosaies you make during the curfew.

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          “Does this connecting in some way to Chiv’s statement?”
          Congratulations. You got it right in one go!
          Keep it up!

      • 6
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        Ay, but an honest and honourable one, who doesn’t keep silent.

  • 33
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    Looks like he has studied despotism too while studying medicine in Russia. Shame. Any fool can see there is no conducive environment to hold an election. Curfew is imposed even for tomorrow and the day after! How can you hold an election with 11 weeks of campaigning on June 20? Insane!

  • 39
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    Anil Jasinghe has to come out of this fix without losing face. He is accused of becoming a government stooge after his elevation to the position of national director of health. Although his political inclinations became more evident only in the language he used in recent days compared to say, a few months earlier, his integrity is now compromised. While it is unscientific, his body language during media interviews sometimes exuded guilt more than confidence or authoritativeness. I would suggest that a consortium of senior epidemiologists, virologists and social scientists from the major local universities be formed to see if consensus can be achieved on whether an election is relatively safe to conduct, where electors numbers are on par with previous elections (ie a very low turnout of diehard supporters will also result in a victory to those parties which want an election) without discounting the risks of mass rallies, crowded marches in support of candidates, canvassing in large groups in towns and urban areas. If Dr Jasinghe is to be vindicated, transparency and consultation at this level is an essential pre-requisite.

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      Dear Mr Pethiyagoda,
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      Not even a RAHATH MONK would be able to escape from RAJAPAKSHE RASCALITY.
      .
      I think Dr Jasinghe is not the same person we saw in the TV screens at the begining.
      :
      May well be – this is my thoughts, numerous promises and perks may be playing a role here. If any individuals would not see it right, this country would remain Wanathamulla style garbage mountain though covered by a nice ICING layer – …. people live their only would be aware of the GRADE of SMELLY gases (incl. sulphur dioxide which is the main constituent gas in excreta -) that they are compelled to breath in.

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      Who asked for your suggestion?

      Just because his opinion does not match your political agenda now he is compromised.

      If anyone is compromised it is you , UNP stooge.

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        a14455 / May 24, 2020

        Listen BP listen !
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        Likes can guide you further how many of them endorsed, while you buggers the condom supporters of Rajakse rascals are seen as blue flies being found on heaps of cadava – Get well…
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        I am not a party support BP, I am anti Rajapakshe by birth BEAUSE they deserve jails sessions to have our people being made eternal debtors to CHINA.
        .
        Besides, I HAVE NOT live in srilanken hell over the past few decades. Nor would I ever, my cry is for the poor of the poor who are really in need. So long blood suckers would be their leaders, the poor will suffer double.

  • 8
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    In medical field two contradicting opinion provided by experts are NOT so uncommon. One of the reason is , no doctor can predict an unexpected turn in events. So even if things get bad, this doctor will not be at fault and it is the govt which will be held accountable. (our govt in turn can scapegoat him,)Of course he may loose his credibility in public but then again diplomatic positions can be worthy enough compensation for a Community Medicine expert. I am curious to know what will be the view of the counterpart , WHO , Lanka on conducting election. Up to now they have avoided giving such opinion. I may not be surprised to hear the same from them too. My comments are mainly focused on prevalence and spread , and not the SHAM elections.

  • 30
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    To the best of my knowledge ( and this may be confirmed by visiting the website of the PGIM ie. Postgraduate Institute of Medicine), Dr Jasinghe is NOT a ‘Board Certified specialist’ in Community Medicine. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Medical Administration. Consequently his opinion on the public health implications of holding elections is of little value. What matters is the considered judgment of Board Certified Specialists in Community Medicine and consultant epidemiologists – NOT medical administrators !

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    My non-professional perception is that Corona virus in Sri Lanka is under control and even elections could be conducted in a partially relaxed lock down situation.

    Nevertheless, It may not be possible to conduct a real free and fair election, but how many free elections were conducted so far in our country in the past

    Unfair elections are better than no elections at all.

    if the present uncertainty continues, our President may get ideas and he will opt for more and more militarization and reach a situation of no return. Remember the militarization process had already commenced.

    In these circumstances, the no election campaigners may be actually aiding and abetting the conspirators.

    The only way to arrest this tendency is democratization and a Parliament however unrepresentative it may be,will definitely act as a bulwark against dictatorship.

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      Dear Srikrish:
      ——————
      This ‘double edged sword’ situation you have described is indeed worrisome. Certainly there needs to be a Parliament in place to curtail dictatorial progressions.
      ——————
      If the government has been truthful in its reporting on the covid-19 situation here, then the weeks long curfew and other measures must have been effective; it seems we are in a fortunate position and that the election should be held no later than August 2020. By then the local covid-19 status is likely to be widely seen by the public as safe for an election to take place.
      ——————
      On the worrisome end, as for the potential of a dictatorship to quickly take shape, I feel that the government’s financial state is not necessarily deterrent to any move that holds risk of international sanctions such as withholding of loans and funds needed to keep the country afloat. China will likely thrust its support even more if SL has a totalitarian regime in place. Just that possibility itself can discourage the sanctions.
      ———//———

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    My dear Dr Jasinghe,

    I am writing this note to say that so far you acted like JA YA SINGHE and now you seem to act like a defeated monkey in the face of the pressure from the despotic Gotta. I remember you saying that in your life there have been a many pressures to endure but that you always and in conscience did what you thought was right and proper. Lean in to your own self and question yourself. What is happening all of a sudden to the SINHA like JASINGHE all of a sudden.

    Did you get the forum right to issue your recommendation that the country is ready to hold the elections? The forum non conveniens is the court this time, Mr Jayasinghe and in your case the letter should have been first to the Election Commission the legitimate responsible body to hold the elections and not the court unfortunately. You genuinely missed the forum because in haste and under Gotta pressure you had no time to write from to the proper forum of the EC but rocketed it before the Supreme Court in haste.
    You have always insisted that the citizen should follow the rules but you at this instance by passed the rule and rushed to tell the Supreme Court before putting it to the right forum of the EC.

    Mr Jasinghe by a SINHA when the devils try to run riot and do not succumb to political pressure and if you do your name will go down in the history as another political casualty

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      Rest Harrow ,

      Case is still going on. Dr. Jayasinge is only a defendant -respondent. So far I didn’t read in media if court had requested a certification like that from him or anybody else. Dr. Jayasinge may not issue one like that even if SC or EC ask him for one. He should consult his assistants managing the field on the effect of giving a certificate like that. A prudent officer will call his official, departmental lawyer on the implication of issuing a letter like that. Dr. Jayasinge is issuing certification like a Vade Vendor giving out Vade from his vending cart on the road.

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    What a shame for the medical profession. He would have been told by GOTS issue a supporting letter I will give you High commissioners post abroad. If you fail well CID will walk into your house. The country is moving from bad to worse. What is GMOA is going to say?

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    “In his letter Dr Jasinghe………………………… suggested that provided certain precautions were taken and certain new regulations were made under the Quarantine laws, the election could proceed.”

    The important question is, what are the New Regulations under the Quarantine Laws and who has the power to make such New Regulations. Can the President or any other Official make the “New Regulations” or such Regulations need to be made by the Parliament? If it is the latter, then Jasinghe’s letter is as good as useless.

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    How bloody typical!
    /
    The same Lansi nakiya writing under a list of bogus ‘commentator’ names is trying to attack the heroic Sinhala Buddhist nation and government. But he little realises he is pissing in the wind, with it all back coming on his droopy nose and face.
    /
    This attack on Dr Jasinghe, who is a forthright government doctor and advisor is spot on. Deshapriya should take his advice and conduct the election on June 20 to put the desperadoes out of their own misery. He should not without succumb to Hooly Dooly’s subversive agenda on behalf of foreigners he represents.
    /
    On ya, Dr Jagoda.

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      Heli,

      Rambo the Mad Dog Vachan who shot himself from Australian flat is howling that EC is not able to function independently. You are saying this ” Deshapriya should take his advice and conduct the election on June 20 to put the desperadoes out of their own misery. He should not without succumb to Hooly Dooly’s subversive agenda on behalf of foreigners he represents. “
      May I know who is controlling Mahindha Desapriya? Somebody from Netherlands where the boy studied to some Paradesi provided transport?

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        Is this the pathetic jobless wonder, wannabe literary genius, bogus Cornell graduate writing under another bogus name?
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        We know your womanising, ganja smoking vansa including he old man and the brother. Sister is desperate too.
        /
        Shut up and carry newspapers for other people, you pathetic .unt .

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      Helios

      The same Lansi nakiya writing under a list of bogus ‘commentator’ names is trying to attack the heroic Sinhala Buddhist nation and government. But he little realises he is pissing in the wind, with it all back coming on his droopy nose and face.

      *** Heroic Sinhala Buddhist Nantion now kneeling down to Modi to feed

      ” GR seeks additional $1.1 bn SWAP facility from Modi “

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    I tried to explicate some sense from the reports centering on Hoole’s daughter, and then had a long sleep.
    .
    Before voting at an election one needs time to think.
    .
    Now it’s rain and lightning in Bandarawela, so am checking news on mobile phone instead of relying on signals coming along copper wires.

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    Can CT tell us the “DATE” of this letter of Dr. Jasinghe? Does the letter indicate that a “COPY” has been sent to the EC? What are the “Conditions” he has stipulated in holding the election? Was the EC “AWARE” of such a letter, before it made its’s submission to SC? Now that Mr. Sumanthiran has “WITHDRAWN” his client’s petition, stating that he got what he “WANTED” (EC’s submission that the election cannot be held on June 20) is not a0th) what is he going to do to be fare by his client? Shouldn’t this Dr. Jasinghe be “SUMMONED” to courts to testify on the letter’s content and be subjected to answer by the other petitioners? That is very brief thought on the question of the “Date” of the election. The major “ISSUE” is The “CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES” .i.e. the FAILURE of the President to “Summon” a Parliament as stipulated in his “Decree” on the dissolution of the Parliament and the “VALIDITY” of his decision, the “GAZETTE NOTICE” as at date. Has the “VIOLATED” the provisions of the Constitution?

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    CT, how is this Lankawe’ medical statistics working?

    Between March 15 and April 20th only about three hundred Covid-19 cases were identified. HM Pavitra declared by April 19 the Covid-19 was over and she supported opening the country for election. By today from that time, almost for the same period, more than 700 cases identified, double the number after HM’s clearance for election. The comical explanation is all these new cases are from defense people. Jasinghe himself signed Elilani Hoole’s clearance certificate, after 14 days of isolation. 14 Days is good if the environment clean. But they are recommending repeating cycle when the environment is heavily infected. So, one month isolation should clear almost all infected environment. Today World O Meter Info is reporting new 17 cases? Who are these new people? Are they all still defense people? Why the Aanduwa is not able to control the infection even after one month in the closed defense community but it had completely cured the open Island in one month? Does Lankawe honestly collecting these data and submitting for any kind of analytical purpose or is it saying it is private matter and hiding everything?

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    For elections to be held we must have the rule of law. Here we have the law being played with for narrow political ends in a bid to distort the voting.
    We have in the Editorial of yesterday’s Island, “Deshapriya has told the media there is no need for Prof. Hoole, his daughter and his driver to undergo quarantine. Who is he to decide on such matters? Health is not his province, and he should leave the quarantine matters to doctors and other qualified health personnel … Even a not-so-educated villager knows a person who returns from abroad has to complete a 28-day quarantine period.”
    From what the CT has reported, it seems clear that Dr. Jasinghe is by omission or commission responsible for the ad hoc claim that a foreign returnee needs 28 days of quarantine! How would we open up the country at this rate?
    But fortunately the law is clear on this in the only circular issued by the Minister for Health: https://www.epid.gov.lk/web/images/pdf/Circulars/Corona_virus/guidelines-ofhome-quarantine.pdf.
    It says: “High risk contacts include individuals returning to Sri Lanka from
    countries where local transmission has been established for coronavirus infection, and
    those who had maintained close contact with a suspected or diagnosed case of COVID- 19.
    Such high risk contacts must be home quarantined for 14 days to prevent community
    transmission.”
    Officials and Police are enforcing all sorts of rules based on gossip without knowing the law. Let us hope that we would have no more of this so that the elections when they are held would be fair.

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      You obviously seem to read and interpret the law and regulations in a way that’s favourable to your

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        You obviously seem to read and interpret the law and regulations in a way that’s favourable to your particular situation.
        /
        As a senior public servant, your boss, Mr Deshapriya, has the right to state the current quarantine regulations. Unlike you, he doesn’t have a vested interest in doing so.
        /
        Don’t you worry about it. Notwithstanding your attempted undermining, the supreme court will see to it that the elections are held on June 20, and wipe out the remnants of 2015 permanently from our soil.
        /
        Kaput, Sayanara, Good Bye, Adios and stay out of our affairs, and don’t spread diseases.!

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      Mr. Hoole,
      .
      As a person who issues public statements on official matters I hope you can find time to reply following clarifications in due time.
      .
      As per the “”Election Commission of Sri Lanka””
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      1. Is Gotabaya Rajapaksa Sri Lankan citizen…..?
      .
      2. When does Gotabaya Rajapaksa renounced his US citizenship…..?
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      3. Does Gotabaya Rajapaksa produced his “Certificate of Loss of Nationality” (CLN) issued by the US State Department to the election commission of Sri Lanka.
      .
      4. If your answer to the first question is “yes” when did you learn that Gotabaya Rajapaksa has successfully renounced his US citizenship.

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    I am sure the hoole is crying now. Actually all the idiots in CT are losing it .

    Come up any excuse to not have elections they will lose. and then complain No elections are held and this is a Gota Junta illegal govt ..

    How obvious

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      a14455 / May 23, 2020

      Listen BP Listen !!

      Prof. Hoole or anyone with right mindedness would not suffer so long we are existing. We made it a reality in 2015, this time too we wil fight to get BALLIGE puthas cornered and be punished wait and see, sooner than later.

      So far GR has failed almost everything
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      Only their self-congradualators seem to be doing supporting them.
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      These high criminals will have to face the music now or later. Wait and see, it will be an avalanche effect… as a glass wall would snap intto pieces.

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    Dr. Anil Jasinghe’s letter has no bearing on SC’s decision, as the SC has no power to fix election dates. It is the Elections Commission which has the prerogative power to do so.
    To his credit, Dr. Jasinghe has managed to maintain his sanity by including “two citizen-friendly conditions” in his letter.
    Although Romesh de Silva sees this letter as a “green light”, I see it as the opposite.
    What is laughable is, by producing Dr. Jasinghe’s letter to the SC, the President, the Corona Secretary and the eminent lawyer in their haste have actually given a new leverage to the EC to postpone the election!!!
    Now the EC can take its own time
    1) to ask Dr. Jasinghe to submit a list of precautions,
    2) to request the President to legalize such precautions by way of a gazette notification,
    3) to get the help of a third party (I guess, party representatives) to monitor, evaluate and report the EC whether such precautions are duly followed by the citizenry pre-election, and (funny enough)
    4). to urge the President to introduce new regulations by amending the existing Quarantine Act in Parliament.
    Parliament? If it is a problem for the President, it will be solved on June 2 when the dissolution of Parliament stands invalid.

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    The decision taken by the Director General of Health Services to restrict the curfew in all districts from Tuesday 26th May to 10.00 p.m. to 4.00 a.m. is consistent with the absence of any Covid19 Clusters in the country, other than in locations operated by the Covid Task Force. The submission to the Supreme Court is consistent with this decision. It is up to the Supreme Court to consider all submissions and issue the judgement.

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    Let me confined myself to the subject matter pertaining to the title “Jasinghe’s U-Trurn: ….”. If there is a U Turn then he should have taken contradictory positions on two or more different occasions. Before concluding on what he was upto. I am interested in hard evidence such as copies of letters written indicating the contradiction. I am sure, judging from CT’s record in producing copies of documents even permitting us to download, it should be able to do the needful.

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      GS
      This makes sense.

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    The DG Health services, presumably, values his life more than his Professional integrity.

    Prof; ANI Ekanayake has hit the nail on its head by his comment above!

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    In today Rupavahini Ayobowan program Dr Jasinghe

    He says ” election process ” can go on. Not about holding elections
    Watch the following from 27 minutes- 5 mts

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IG5UvYnuyQ

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    SJ, being a doctor/ physician is just a privilege (earned through some commitment and hard work) and not an ENTITLEMENT. So I am a person who avoid using the title as much outside of work place. We doctors are just human like most of you , we too will get sick and roles may change. So doctors too have personality and character defects,(egoism was one time identified as a professional trait) but through our profession, the expectation are to progress but not regress. So doctors lying is not new but not so common. But remember we are talking about the LAND LIKE NO OTHER, where any thing and every thing is possible.

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      Chiv
      You gave examples of doctors lying.
      Mine was a light hearted comment (in the fashion of ‘people living in glass houses’).
      I made no disparaging remarks about the profession.

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        “…being a doctor/ physician is just a privilege (earned through some commitment and hard work) and not an ENTITLEMENT.”
        That is admirably modest.
        *
        But being a doctor is something more than just a privilege. It is a major social responsibility that one is privileged to be assigned.
        That would apply to many other careers.
        *
        In India it is a financial investment. People pay many million rupees to get their child into medical school. Price varies with the prestige of school.
        *
        Here too it is seen as an investment as people spend on private tuition.
        The investment has to be recovered somehow, and you will know enough of how it is done. Admission to medical school is far more merit based than in the early years of standardization. What do people do when their child misses out.
        Gamble on admission by repeating the GCE-AL.
        Send the child abroad to to a school that they can afford. (Some have come out as very good practitioners.)
        But recovery of ‘the investment’ is key in one’s mind.
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        Tamil medical graduates who were in the UoJ during troubled times did not want to serve in Jaffna when they graduated after things got better.
        A TNA MP had to apply pressure on the minister concerned to assign them work in Jaffna, and the minister obliged.

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        There was a massive hue and cry against this wicked action by a Sinhalese minister. I wrote in a weekly newspaper urging that the UoJ graduated doctors should serve in Jaffna for at least three years. I am still resented by the Tamil medical fraternity for that crime.
        Nearly every time I went to Jaffna in the past five years by the night bus, I saw a few Sinhalese doctors getting down opposite the hospital. But that is interpreted with communal prejudice by quite a few. The staff in the hospital, however, appreciate the work of these ‘outsiders’.
        *
        I am sad that noble professions are now money making ventures, not just here but in neighbouring countries as well.
        Recently a heart patient, treated at a reputed private hospital for months, bitterly complained that but for a few (he named two) doctors the rest are out to make profit out of the patient by devious means. (Again it is not unique to this country.)

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    Kudu-Fake News media Derana says 28 new patients were from Kuwait, Asian Mirror says 15 from Navy and 2 from Giragama and they do not mentioni about the others. This clearly shows the Govt’s extended arm Derana and of course the Govt is not telling the truth. To add fuel to the fire this official Jasinghe has also done a 180 degrees turn. What does all this say, its the manipulation of the Military Government of Sri Lanka at its peak.

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    A few latest updates of Corona by Anil Jayasnghe;
    There will be huge increase of new cases within 3 weeks.
    Yesterday alone 52 new cases. Total reached 1141.
    The government should stop bringing Srilankan from other countries.
    What is going to happen those thousands of Srilankan votes who was brought by Gotabaya from USA and other countries for his election?
    Rajapaksa family is prepared to kill more Sinhalese?

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    Part 1

    Gotha is a man possessed and all he wants is to win the election to have total Control.
    Sri Lanka is a Lawless Country and a Dictatorship.
    What Gotha and sadly his supporters don’t realise is under Gotha there is nothing to Govern but they are happy to elect him . Everything I have said is true . Gotha is a LIAR
    Let us look at the evidence

    1) COVID 19: Total cases climbs to 1,141

    *** Gotha lied about the extent of the damage and lied about World Leaders praising him which is against the weight of evidence. In terms of percentage
    Number infected 1141
    Number died 8
    Percentage 0.70
    Whereas in India it is around 3%
    In Britain about 12.8%
    Unless a different strain of Corona is infecting Sri Lanka it is a lie.

    2) GR seeks additional $1.1 bn SWAP facility from Modi

    ***This is where reality hits. Gotha needs money to feed but there is no money and no Country will give . IMF is waiting for the outcome on the Election. If MR is elected not a penny.

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    Part 2
    3) Mujibur – Maligawatte tragedy happened because of poverty

    *** This is the end product. Poverty and we haven’t seen nothing yet. Best is yet to come. 4)
    4) 31 Jan 2019 – Percy Mahendra a.k.a “Mahinda” Rajapaksa is a Sri Lankan MP and currently the leader of the … His estimated net worth is at $18 billion.
    *** But Gotha lovers don’t despair MR and Gotha have enough money and they can dip into their pocket.

    As for the future if Sri Lanka wants to survive voters should send a clear Signal by rejecting MR but who is there to replace
    Not RW – Hopeless
    Sajith – Another Racist on whom I had great hopes until he declared he will save Shavendra a War CRIMINAL with his life.

    May be I say this with admiration My Dear Friend the “Sinhala Man”
    I may have nominated Dr. Siva Siva Sankra but first he is Tamil , next another Gotha Lover but importantly he doesn’t know Politics because he thinks if Tamils had a Leader with Organisational and Leadership Qualities who can take advantage of the system all our tears can be wiped away. But he is too slow and takes 8 hours.

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    The decision to restrict travel to and from Colombo is causing hardship to thousands of people stranded in Colombo waiting to get out and Vice Versa. This needs to be removed without delay, when there are no Covid-19 Clusters in Sri Lanka, other than sites under the control of the Covid19 Task Force.

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