23 October, 2017

Khuram Shaikh And Weliweriya: Lessons In Resistance

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Nothing is given: we must find our law.” – Auden (In Time of War)

Indictments were filed against Sampath Chandrapushpa and other alleged murderers/rapists of Tangalle, 22 months after Khuram Shaikh was hacked to death and his Russian girlfriend gang-raped.

Sampath Chandrapushpa was the Ruling Family’s choice as the Chairman of the Tangalle Pradesheeya Sabha[i]. The Rajapaksas used every trick to prevent their henchman from being indicted. Time and again justice was promised – and denied. There was even a Defence Ministry-initiated crude attempt to efface the gang-rape charge[ii].

Sampath Chandrapushpa may eventually get away with murder/gang-rape, as Duminda Silva got away with child abuse and Chandana Kathriarachchi got away with murder (both indictments were withdrawn by the then AG Mohan Peiris).

Sampath Chandrapushpa may eventually get away with murder/gang-rape, as Duminda Silva got away with child abuse and Chandana Kathriarachchi got away with murder (both indictments were withdrawn by the then AG Mohan Pieris). But the fact that he was charged in a court of law at all is a major victory against the Rajapaksa-juggernaut of impunity.

That victory was possible because the murder-victim was a British citizen; because his family and their local MP waged an untiring battle for justice; because a segment of the British media kept the issue alive; because the Rajapaksa obsession with the Commonwealth created a window of opportunity. The Canadian decision to boycott the Colombo Commonwealth reopened the discussion on the suitability of venue (Given the blood-soaked and oppressive genesis of the Commonwealth – the British Empire – and its current international irrelevancy, Colombo is a most apposite venue!). The British parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee’s condemnation of the British approach as ‘timid’[iii] may have compelled the Cameron government to demand an indictment before the Commonwealth, as a face-saving measure (The Committee reportedly praised the Canadian boycott and recommended that Britain follows suit[iv]; in a mark of displeasure at the Kamalesh Sharma-regimen, the UK has imposed a £3 million funding-cut on the Commonwealth Secretariat[v]).

While the international struggle for justice for Mr. Shaikh and Ms. Tkacheva achieved a partial success, the national struggle for clean water in Weliweriya is heading in the opposite direction. The people of Weliweriya do not have a powerful foreign government speaking on their behalf; there is no one out there globally arena, fighting for their cause[vi].

The people of Weliweriya – like ordinary people everywhere in Sri Lanka – are at the mercy of the Rajapaksas.

The owner of the controversial factory, like Sampath Chandrapushpa, is a favoured Rajapaksa-acolyte. Dhammika Perera not only sits atop a hydra-like business empire (his newest venture is building a $350million resort-cum-casino in Colombo[vii]); curiously, he is also the Rajapaksa-appointed Secretary to the Ministry of Transport[viii].

How can the people of Weliweriya resist such a colossus of money and power – alone?

Last week, the police obtained a court order banning demonstrations in Weliweriya. The people’s struggle for their water-rights is thereby legally circumscribed. The Buddhist monk leading the campaign seemed to have experienced a ‘Road to Damascus’ moment and is now singing a Rajapaksa-aria. The ‘Siyenae Peoples Movement for Water Conservation’ is continuing the struggle, under difficult and dangerous circumstances. Had the Rajapaksas agreed to provide the people with free-water connections the issue could have been resolved peacefully; but the regime, which wastes billions on jobless-ports/airports, refuses to spend on providing ordinary people with a fundamental human need.

Instead the Rajapaksas seems determined to break the collective-will of the Weliweriya people through money, law and repression.

The fate of another grassroots-level leader of another popular struggle – for non-carcinogenic air – indicates that the future of the Sinhalese will be rather akin to the past and the present of Tamils.

In Dorape, Galle, a DSI-owned rubber factory has been accused of emitting carcinogenic fumes. The people of the area have been demonstrating peacefully against the factory for months. This week, the police anti-terrorist unit barged into the house of a leader of the protest movement, Norbert Silva, at 2 am and arrested him. The police claimed to have found hand grenades and bullets in his land. The people are convinced that the weapons had been planted[ix].

Juxtapose this with the news that the newly created Ministry of Law and Order plans to ‘reorganise’ the STF “as a precautionary step, in view of the possibility of outside terrorist groups tying up with local groups and causing disturbances in the country”[x]. According to Secretary (General) Nanda Mallawarachchi, “resurgence of terrorism with joint forces of outside terrorists could be more vicious and destructive than what the country had to endure for 30 years”. Therefore, “What is actually needed is to train the troops for accurate shooting, for hitting an enemy with each bullet fired. The STF will be given intensive training on the proper use of firearms[xi].

Going by the Weliweriya shooting and the Dorape arrest, the ‘enemy’ the STF will be shooting at is likely to be ordinary Sinhalese protesting peacefully against injustices.

Last week, the Rajapaksa-CJ reportedly articulated a key tenet of Rajapaksa-law – terrorists do not have human rights. Dismissing the Ganeshan Niamalrauban case he proclaimed, “Terrorism must be dealt with strongest possible way just like in Chechnya. Nimalarauban is a terrorist and how else should he be treated?”[xii]

Mr. Nimalarauban was never proven to be a terrorist/Tiger; he was studying during the war, and was arrested months later. The police alleged that he was transferring weapons in a three-wheeler[xiii]. Is an allegation by the police sufficient to prove that a man is a terrorist? Is that how a terrorist in Rajapaksa Sri Lanka is determined?

By the same token is Norbert Silva of Dorape a terrorist, undeserving of human rights including the right to life?

According to the Rajapaksa Army Commander, “If anyone stays within the democratic process we can all live happily.  But if they go beyond that and become extremist, if they try to divide the country, it is not the country which will become divided but their heads from their bodies”[xiv].

In Rajapaksa-land, the police decide the terrorist; he/she is rendered right-less by the law and murdered by the army.

Adopt a Campaign

The indictment of Sampath Chandrapushpa demonstrates the importance of the international factor in any effective resistance to Rajapaksa Rule.

The democratic and centrist elements in the Lankan Diaspora have a pivotal role to play in this stage of Lankan history. Across the country, there are pockets of resistance to the regime’s injustices. In the absence of an effective opposition, such struggles are left bereft.

The Lankan Diaspora can change that.

What these isolated struggles need is not money but international exposure/solidarity. Given their current helpless condition, nothing will be too small.

Consider the Weliweriya struggle; the controversial factory depends on foreign-orders. A pressure campaign on the international-buyers of Dipped Products is something even a few committed members of the Lankan Diaspora can undertake. If Dipped Products has Western buyers, they will be vulnerable to image issues. The potential loss of orders might pressurise Dhammika Perera and the Rajapaksas to adopt a conciliatory stand.

Ordinary Lankans do not have powerful countries fighting for them. But there are Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims domiciled in those powerful countries. It is time at least some of them lent a peaceful and a democratic hand to their suffering brethren in Sri Lanka.

[i] Mahinda Rajapaksa’s private residence, ‘Carlton’ is in Tangalle

[ii] Minister Dinesh Gunawardane told the parliament that Victoria Tkacheva was neither raped nor sexually abused, and mentioned the Defence Ministry as his informant – http://www.ceylontoday.lk/16-37444-news-detail-khuram-shaikhs-partner-was-not-raped.html

[vi] The UNP is too busy rendering itself irrelevant. Neither Leader Ranil nor ‘Alternative Leader Sajith is lifting a finger to protest the ongoing eviction of Colombo’s poor. The UNP should have intervened to stop this horrendous injustice at least out of political considerations. The UNP’s Colombo base would vanish once Colombo’s poor are evicted. Sajith Premadasa’s total lack of interest in the plight of Colombo’s poor shows that, unlike his father, he is totally divorced from the ordinary problems of ordinary people. In this sense too he is more like Ranil Wickremesinghe than Ranasinghe Premadasa.

[viii] Dhammika Perera was appointed by President Rajapaksa in 2011, a few months after the Sunday Leader revealed that he owns the biggest chunk of the Colombo Stock Market – Rs.36 billion.

[xi] ibid

[xiv] http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/sri_lanka/2013/10/131015_armychief_audio.shtml – In any democratic country, an army commander who makes such a murderous pronouncement will be sent home in disgrace; the fact that his words did not cause a stir, even in the oppositional ranks, shows how far we have come down the slippery-slope of militarization, abuse and impunity.

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    TG, “.. In the absence of an effective opposition, such struggles are left bereft..”

    We ourselves have made this opposition, not RW! Your fried DJ has played a leading role in this! We all run to polling booth and vote for MARA, come back, see the results and blame RW for impotency! Who is to blame?

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      Silva
      “We all run to polling booth and vote for MARA, come back”

      So what?
      It’s obvious you aren’t the washing machine.

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        General Fonseka and CBK should lead a joint opposition people’s PROTEST rally with Weliweriya folk against the CORRUPT Rajapakse Brothers dictatorship on the streets of Colombo and OUTSIDE the CHOGM venue in November – to kick off the Lanka Spring to out the Rajapassa dictatorship – for all the world to see!
        Colombo residents need to speak in one voice and show that they are AGAINST CORRUPTION and more interested in CLEAN, TRANSPARENT and ACCOUNTABLE institutions than in “beautification” of the town by the corrupt Rajapassa brothers and sons.
        We are not impressed at painted facades and paved roads for the Rajapassa sons Lamburghini car races! Come November Lankan citizens MUST MARCH against the Rajapassa regime. We need to have a GIGANTIC PEOPLE’S POWER PROTEST RALLY in Colombo on the first day or CHOGM to tell the world the TRUTH about Mahinda Rajapakse and his CORRUPT and CRIMINAL family dictatorship – what a corrupt and criminal regime is hosting the CHOGM circus in November..

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          “General Fonseka and CBK should lead a joint opposition people’s PROTEST rally”

          The Sinhala Buddhist folk never fought for independence but hid inside the lungi of Tamil Nadu expecting freedom as London was blitzed.While Hindustan fought alongside the British sacrificing 2 million lives.

          Of course with their itchy amudes they are good at killing their own folk and others residing in the island.

          Perhaps the best solution is making Lanka the Sinhala Buddhist State of India.
          Dont forget Lanka is the royal seepage of Baharat!

          Hindustan Ki Jai

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        Tangalla murderer / rapist case & Wliweriya incident are cases in point that this govt. is on wrong & destructive path but survives due to impotent UNP / main opposition.

        Weliweriya factory is owned by Casino joker is a myth , this monkey is only investing corrupt money of govt. politicos , he’s just doing a pimp job by giving his name to hide real owners of Heyleys PLC parent co. of this damn factory.

        Perhaps govt. politicos too may not be interested in governance any more, since they have already made money to live luxurious life for all kith & kin for next 500 or more, hence the pathetic irresponsible governance.

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      ” We all run to polling booth and vote for MARA, come back, see the results and blame RW for impotency! Who is to blame?”

      ha. ha. -:)
      can’t say this any better.

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    [Edited out] is at it again . nothing to say other than the hatred for Rajapaksa . it is not unusual for murder or any other trial to take years in SL . the courts have been backed up for years . As for weather or not the man will be convicted it would depend on the evidence wouldn’t it ? just because this man is a British citizen does this [Edited out] ?

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      Who said MR’s private residence is Carlton at Tangalle? Carlton belongs to the Wickremasuriyas and MR has only rented Carlton. This Bugger MR and his family never owned a proper residence or a vehicle fifty years ago, although today they are multi rich and the sons own Maseratis, Lamborghinis and Plush Residences around the country and abroad with fat bank balances.

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        Just like gaminiya, Tisaranee too cannot stand Rajapakses. Not for any other reason but they as a family have done the impossible to destroy LTTE. Such people are a disgrace to all the people that live and enjoy peace in this country. Neither gaminiya nor Thisaranee lives here. All they want is write bad about Sri Lanka and destroy it. I don’t imagine these things or say it for the sake of saying it.

        Thisaranee had been an avid believer of the invisibility of LTTE. Remember, In early 2009, she wrote to Sunday Leader, Transcurrent and other web journals to tell us that LTTE cannot be defeated. She told us that LTTE would be fighting a guerrilla war with our forces for years to come. She was hoping LTTE would continue their human bomb factories in Mulathivu jungle and direct their bombs to blast our buses, trains and public places for years to come.

        Thisaranee is [Edited out]

        Hence, I am not going to comment on stupid theories of Thisaranee. But I must say, President Rajapakse is not given a free for all mandate to govern Sri Lanka according to his whims and fancies. He has to face regular elections. Most importantly, he was elected as President to implement a program called ‘Mahinda Chintana Idiri Dekma’. So, as long as he follows the policy guide lines in it, no doubt the public at large would elect him again to that high office.

        Rajapakses and MR in particular are very smart people. They are not stupid like the ex-General and our leader of the opposition that gaminiya admire as incorruptible.

        What is important in governing a country like ours is to smell the rat before rats creep in. And MR is a master at it. That is why people like us have absolute faith in Rajapakses. MR knows how to tame not just the boisterous but even the most educated. Best example is, how they handled Wiggi and co of late.

        Unlike in India, we Sri Lankans have shown dynasties can be made to vaporise into thin air if they become a burden to the mass. That is why public at large do not worry about 18A, or a coming up Rajapakse dynasty or any other dynasty for that matter. They know that it is the separatists and their sympathizers that bleed their hearts out for us about the boggy of a Rajapakse dynasty on our behalf are the persistent danger to this country.

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          spoken like a true’genius’ Gal Banda ! Can I have yr autograph pls. ? !

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            Hay Silva, You’re a stupid and a vulgar man Silva. You can [Edited out]. My question is, if Rajapakse is not the key to defeat LTTE as you say, how come our so many commanders couldn’t do it under three other presidents and a prime minister for thirty years?

            You terrorist backers should have appreciated that your sun goat, megalomaniac Pirapakaran was shot in a gunfight not when he was unarmed like the US seals shot (unarmed) Bin Laden in the head and his wife in the leg.

            I have mentioned about aims of neocons and why their stupid stooges and supporters back them. Say what you like to reach your edjuculation but for one thing though, your aim to cast Rajapakses as a war criminals is just another pipe dream like Eelam.

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              Banda

              “if Rajapakse is not the key to defeat LTTE as you say, how come our so many commanders couldn’t do it under three other presidents and a prime minister for thirty years?”

              Do a google search you will find the answer to your stupid question. Mahinda told media that without India’s active participation the war could not have been won. Gota too confirmed it.

              VP won the war for MR.

              India conducted the war against LTTE with the support of International Community.

              India and USA continue to provide protection from war crimes charges.

              Stupid Sinhala villager paid with their lives in order for MR to gloat and you are proud of being MR loyalist.

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              Foreign Vedda,

              You are up to your usual trick again and let me expalin to you why MR was able to defeat the LTTE.

              1) MR was willing and prepared to use 120 mm calibre guns and chemical weapons supplied by Mother India without any regard for human life. In the final battle over 120,000 killed.

              2)In previous attempts by other leaders of Sinhala Lanka India refused to accept high casuality figures but Madam Sonia was preapared to take revenge at any cost for killing her dearest.

              That is the diffeence and when we have change at the Top in India everything will be revealed. Why do you think India was prepared to help Sinhala Lanka hyde the truth and that is because they didnt want to be implicated.

              So in future dont ask stupid questions.

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              kali

              “So in future dont ask stupid questions.”

              Probably you didn’t understand my questions, purposely I dump down my questions so that you can understand at your own level.

              Could you provide evidence for your answers one and two.

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          Hadu Banda,

          “..Just like gaminiya, Tisaranee too cannot stand Rajapakses. Not for any other reason but they as a family have done the impossible to destroy LTTE..”

          This croaking halagemba has had a clitoris transplanted into his asshole from a dead whore and the clitoris gets slippery whenever he sings eulogies to the timid and rogue Rajapaksha family of thieves. This arse-fingering wanker reaches climax through wanking the thought that the Rajapakshas family won the war single-handedly! There have been no soldiers when the Rajapakshas vanquished the Tiger. Whenever the halagemba reads “Gota’s War” he reaches multiple climaxes! In his frog in the well world view there are no soldiers or others but only Rajapakshas! He rarely draws out of the toilet because passing muck stimulating the clitoris in the wrong place gives him tremendous pleasure! So he has installed his laptop and internet connection right on cesspit!

          “..Thisaranee had been an avid believer of the invisibility of LTTE. Remember, In early 2009, she wrote to Sunday Leader, Transcurrent and other web journals to tell us that LTTE cannot be defeated..”

          This toiletgemba thinks the rogue family defeated the Tiger. But is it so? Halagembas only know how to croak croak when it rains and when they are swimming in MARA’s cesspit. The outward symptoms, the gun and the bomb and the terrorist activist are only the ripple originating from the hidden source. That source does not die even though a whole generation of activists is liquidated. The source lives on in the minds of the aggrieved people, hidden, simmering, growing and waiting for expression and regrouping. It is only a matter of time when it will return because the real causes that led to terrorism have not been identified and solved. These things are not in the realm of halagembas like Hadu Banda.

          “..Rajapakses and MR in particular are very smart people. .”

          The halagemba croaks again! Whenever the thief travels abroad into a civilized country they are chasing after him with an arrest warrant! People are protesting against him. There is a war crimes tribunal looming. Rajapaksha regime is in the agenda of UN and Human Rights Commission. The transitional government of Tamils, Diaspora, Human Rights Organizations, India’s Tamil Nadu, the Western countries are all joining forces to create the next country in the world here for Tamils. As friends the regime has only those countries with questionable human right records and governments like Sudan. Crimes, murder, corruption, inefficiency, lawlessness, rape, inefficiency, plundering, nepotism, shamelessness are all symbolic and symbiotic of Rajapakshas. Do you call that “smart”?

          “..What is important in governing a country like ours is to smell the rat before rats creep in..”

          Poke your finger where that clit cut off from that whore has been stuck and feel the dead rats along with dick pieces!

          “..coming up Rajapakse dynasty..”

          I see the halagemba is about to cum now! And the Rajapakshas would love the slippery ride!

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          Bando,

          Just like gaminiya, Tisaranee too cannot stand Rajapakses. Not for any other reason but they as a family have done the impossible to destroy LTTE.

          Do you seriously believe that MR using the Forces defeated the LTTE? Any fool could have, after the Americans and the Indians got VP to bury their weapons and move out of their stronghold to a Beachfront to be massacred when they tried to surrender. You call that a War? No wonder the Americans cleared the North including the UN as they did not want any witnesses to reveal the truth.

          Bando, I am sure you are from Thumpane, like your cousin Kiribanda?

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            How come so many Sinhala soldiers died then? Did Fonseka inspire them to commit suicide to boost army casualties?

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              “How come so many Sinhala soldiers died then? Did Fonseka inspire them to commit suicide to boost army casualties?”

              One composes and the other decomposes.

              Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel- bombastic Johnson

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              Not many of soldiers were killed in the war. In every war, soldiers are killed – that not you every child is clear :)

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              Taraki soldiers died by the number prior to Jan 2007 fighting with the LTTE. Check how many soldiers have died from Jan 2007 to May 2009. Then you will understand the reality as our soldiers did not die for the thirty months from Jan 2007 to May 2009 as it was only a propaganda War. Other than a stray incident of a skirmish resulting in a few deaths there was no large number of casualties on the Forces side.

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            Some people are so sick that they can’t give credit to Rajapakse where it is due. For them the UNP is like a religious faith. Believe completely, whatever they do, whatever they say, however they lie, even when they contradict themselves. Its UNP UNP UNP. And within this group there are a smaller group of Ranilists who follow Him through death and beyond. Its Ranil, Ranil, Ranil the Immaculate, either you are with him or you are our enemy.

            Its sickening to hear their sanctiminious holier then thou preaching. No wonder the nation has brainless leaders, it has brainless voters.

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            If you seriously believe ‘Americans and the Indians got VP to bury their weapons and move out of their stronghold to a Beachfront’ I ca visualize your logical powers. No point arguing with such [Edited out].

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              Bando, Bando, Bando, is this not what happened according to media News from the Govt. itself? If the Govt. does not publish, a list will be published of all who died for the thirty months and will see if the govt can add a single name to that list as having died resulting from battle for the period Jan 2007 to May 2009. After all why should the govt fight shy, not to reveal the true figures of the dead forces for that period where they claim there was a War? However it is on record in the Hanzard where Ratnasiri Wickremanayake stating that Four hundred and Fifty one Forces personnel died for the period Jul to Sep 2008, but was unable to support with details when questioned. I asked David Blacker, but he is totally silent. Possibly he is still counting the dead like Frances Harrison counting the dead LTTE.

              Please do not believe because I say so. Ask your self would VP have buried even a single weapon and specially heavy artillery at that? Then would he have abandoned his Stronghold Kilinochchi and go to the Beachfront that had no protection? Further the Wanni was ladened with land mines, that the mines are still being cleared. Then how come the war could have been over so swiftly? If there was no battle for Kilinochchi,their stronghold, are you serious there was a battle to capture the other areas? Use your Common sense Bando.

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              gaminiyo,
              Talking about the dead, the Defence Ministry had released the number of dead and missing soldiers a long time back. GR said in TV that 23,790 Sri Lankan military personnel were killed since 1981. DM says 6261 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed and 29,551 were wounded from Mavil Aru recapture in August 2006 until the end of the war on May 18.

              The Census & Statistics dept had done a detailed count on the dead and missing persons using local Tamil officers to visit house to house and released 7,896 as deaths during January 1 and May 31 2009 on February 2012. You can read full details of the report in their website.

              Page 40 of Darusman, Sooka & Ratner report of 2011 quoted as UN document says that an estimated 7,721 civilians were killed between August 2008 and 13 May 2009. Then, without visiting Lanka or the war affected but listening to bias witnesses in New York the same lot wrote as many as 40,000 civilians may have been killed in the final months of the civil war. But rump LTTE and their sympathizers like Thiru here cries the figure is over 150,000.

              Now about the neocons’ advice to Pirapakaran to burry his weapons. There released a lot of Wikileaks about the War in Sri Lanka and talk about evacuating LTTE hierarchy. but none of it mentioned anything like what you suggest. Why?

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              Bando, you say. ‘The Census & Statistics dept had done a detailed count on the dead and missing persons using local Tamil officers to visit house to house and released 7,896 as deaths during January 1 and May 31 2009 on February 2012. You can read full details of the report in their website.

              Now according to you the Dept of Census & Statistics had done a detailed count using local Tamil Officers to visit house to house and released 7896 as dead during the period Jan 1 to May 31 2009.

              What has Tamil Officers got to do counting dead Forces personnel? This figure should be released from the Forces side. I asked for the list of the dead Forces for the period Jan 2007 to May 2009 the so called thirty months, the war was supposedly on. You are giving figures 23790 killed since 1981. Why are you trying to complicate and confuse without answering what I have asked for? Give the list for the period with the Name, Rank and the private address. It is not a difficult thing to release the list. Anyway a list is being compiled at the moment and no sooner it is ready will be released for public consumption. Then at least you can refute by adding whoever subject to verification.

              As for you Abahya Boomie, once the list is released, the readers can see who the Thumpane Modaya is.

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            Gamini thumpene modaya

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            this moron also believes the the world trade center was brought down by the US govt . The reason for this was that he is the product of an alien abduction . his brain was implanted with an anus

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              Abhaya you can console your self being naive to reality as there are many more like you who is bereft of basic common sense. You will not understand International Intrigue ever, so just do not bother about it. What ever you have at home either an Altar or the shrine, place a photo of MR along side and continue to worship him as well.

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              Abhaya,

              “this moron also believes the the world trade center was brought down by the US govt”

              it is amazing how you call others morons and all sort of names while you are in complete dark .what made you so sure that 9/11 wasn’t an inside job ? is that because your limited knowledge of world affairs ?
              here is a little clue , watch how a BBC reporter reporting building 7 collapsing 20 minutes before the actual collapse .
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7SwOT29gbc

              Next time please do a little Google search , before you comment on things that you don’t know!

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            Banda ^s ilk are the easy targets of Rajapaskes. They would stay kiribath eating- always praising how Raja magics worked on elemination of the terror in the island. ….. Even if Rajapskses would come and rape their lovely ones, Banda s like minded folks would do nothing.. that is for sure.

            Banda and the like stupid folks would not even notice if their lovely ones would be gunned down by Rajapskehs – to the very same manner that 3 young ones were killed by their lately in Rathupaswala.

            These stupid folks are responsible for our disastrous situation in the country today.

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          You should be a puthalama buruwa – cant you see how many of the readers disagree with your comments. Right at the moment, almost every second is against the ruling thugs. But they are helpless, since the media is giving no room dissidents views to be passed to the folks across the country. They control each and every corner of the media to protect them. As Dr. Ashoka lately pointed out – President himself seems to have lost control over UPFA the dragon coalition predominantly filled with only kakussi katas like Mervin, Wimal and the like low grade candidates.

          See now they give it gas – British murder investigation – since prince charles has made it clear he wants to see progress in that trial. Only excuse from the govt DNA test to take that 22 months is
          a) Lack of resources

          What kind of resources are lacking here ? For a govt that pays millions to cover their abusive politics. DNA test would not cost any party not even 500 dollars.

          size of the Probe material for DNA tests are, as any professional in Molecular genetics is well aware, is very tiny. And the methods are highly sensitive in crime investigations. I wish the victimized woman could add her own statements in this regard, specially at this stage, if she is capable of doing so as of now.

          b) Lack of resources also are valid in terms of no rule of law in the country under MR governance- not only regarding this particular case, but also deraniyagala, baratha murder, and several other murder cases stay deliberately blocked by their own thug hands.

          c) This CW summit should attack these murderers loudly as much as they can and isolate them internationally – at least then peace loving people in and out of the country would feel that justice is done at least to some extent.

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            Siri,
            So you have castigated me as a ‘puthalama buruwa’ because the majority readers here (not the country) do not agree with my views. And you think I should stop writing the right. I can imagine your intellect.

            Don’t you know that that is not what Buddha said. Do not believe anything just because it is the tradition, or an elders says so, or a teachers say so or even the Buddha says so. Believe only if you think it is right said Buddha. I seriously believe there is no alternative to MR right now.

            Those who backed the ‘Arab Spring’, ‘Haultsdrop’ type commotions here to change the government do not know what the instigators of it have in the back of their mind.

            See, in the immediate aftermath of Gaddafi’s overthrow, there was jubilation on the streets and high hopes for a new democratic order. But the former rebel fighters who helped to oust Gaddafi are now jostling among themselves for power now. And Libya still remains without a new constitution.

            That is what separatists and their sympathizers and the so-called democrats and anti Rajapakse cliques to include Thisaranee wanted to do to Sri Lanka. They think that way they can reach their goal -Eelam- on the sides.

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              you talk about others` intellect while comparing the lanken standards with those Lybia ? Lybia was a state that was isolated by almost any developed nations. Even if we are now governed by an idiot, we had good leaders in the past. None of them focused on crime friendly tactics in their terms as the incumbent Rajapakshes has been. Not even Premadasa ( whom I hate that much looking at the manner his regime took young lives over 50 k in late 80ties). But today, many of the us in and out of the country are very unhappy the manner that Rajapakshes handle whatever the issues they are. They only focus on their uncultured, uneducated tactics JUST unique to them.

              No secrets about the Tangalle, British murder case- is known to almost every 2nd of the population that has been handled by MR regime – not in a fair manner. In India, it took just not even 6 months to punish the perpetrators that raped a swiss female tourists a couple of months ago.

              If that large and poor India can control their legal system meeting with world standards why cant 20 mio – state Srilanka do their best in crime investigations ? I have no doubt, that this is the worst and most criminal episode in entire country ^s history since independence.

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              You and the ilk may be hell bent to Rajapaskes..

              But what I cant comphrehend is

              a) Why dont you guys no care about respect and dignity of the life? You seem dont mind today^s society being lack of the rule of law be it a small or big issue

              b) They easily abuse your ignorance towards impunity, thuggery, land grabs, unfair verdicts of donkey CJ Mohan Peris and all forms of abusive acts perpetrated by Mervin, Wimal and the like bastards.

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              “See, in the immediate aftermath of Gaddafi’s overthrow, there was jubilation on the streets and high hopes for a new democratic order. But the former rebel fighters who helped to oust Gaddafi are now jostling among themselves for power now. And Libya still remains without a new constitution. “

              so what ? Libya has been without a constitution over 40 years , infighting is a little price to pay for a prosperous future , chaos and mayhem will be the order of the day in the foreseeable future as well but all these sacrifices will pave for a better Libya one day.

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          Well said Gamini. Don’t listen to Gal Banda who is another Alibaba pimp shoe cleaner.

          Gamini should start writing his own op-ed columns to CT. Yes we don’t need opposition support, but could make our voice herd to public and open their eyes.

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          Hay Hadu Banda,

          You say Rajapakse is smart…….What smart after loosing EU GSP status loosing over 250,000 jobs ande over 250 Industries……and after loosing UNHRC vote. What a shame to our country…..from the Master crook Tsunami Jack pot Alibaba.

          Is this what you meant by smart…….. Harbours without ships, Airports without passengers now building the 17th Airport in Kandy and a Lotus Tower to hoodwink the public.

          Please go and tell this to your Polkudu, Punnakku and Grass eating Hambanthota “MEE HARAKAS”…..Buffalos who are only good to use to plow paddy fields.

          We need more of Gaminis and Tisaranees to write articles to CT.

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            Stupid Jayanthaya,
            For majority voters in Sri Lanka, their dignity is far more important than the shit ridden GSP. Besides you may not know but the fact is; withdrawal of GSP had not reduced the value of our garment exports, indeed it closed the inefficient factories and further enhanced the efficient ones.

            I say, we should lower our dependence of the US and the EU markets. We should look for new markets for our produce elsewhere. China is all set to grow at 7-8% for the next 10 to 15 years. That means, China market will be as big as or bigger than the US and the EU soon. We should look up for the East. Already China is the biggest market for India but not visa versa.

            Stupid Jayanthaya cannot understand these. Not so long ago, I remember the idiot saying inbound planes are empty and one million tourists had not come to Sri Lanka. I bet this year tourist arrival will exceeds 1.25 million easily.

            You may spit you venom by displaying your stupidity by mentioning Harbours without ships, Airports without passengers and etc, and show up your vulgar nature and silly learning curve by using irrational language like Polkudu, Punnakku, MEE HARAKAS.

            But anyone can see that ships are now being lined up to enter the Hambantota harbour and the progres for the bigger second stage is progressing nonstop. Second motorway ‘Katunayake Expressway’ is to be opened in a few days and Southern motorway is due to be extended to Matara next month and the work that connect it to Katunayake expressway is to be completed two years time.

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              Banda

              “I say, we should lower our dependence of the US and the EU markets. We should look for new markets for our produce elsewhere. China is all set to grow at 7-8% for the next 10 to 15 years. That means, China market will be as big as or bigger than the US and the EU soon. We should look up for the East. Already China is the biggest market for India but not visa versa.”

              can you tell me sL export volume or the percentage for china for the last few years ? or for that matter any other country except EU and US markets ?
              Banda if not our poor women who sacrifice their precious lives for lazy Arabs , we are as a nation is doomed , balance of payment ? i know the rationals of ruling elite is exactly as yours , that is we don’t need EU ,US or any one who dare criticizes our way of governance ,as they are in the LTTE pockets ! right ?

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        Gamini you are right. I still remember as a child, we used go to Dr Wickramasuriya’s dispensary at carlton. You must be from Tangalle :)

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          I think he went to the dispensary at angoda .

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        Interesting point Gamini. How can a man who earns Rs. 61,250/= (Rajapaksa’s salary according to Google) a month afford to buy “Maeratis, Lamorghinis and plush residences for his sons?

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      Abhaya Premawardena, The question is why did the indictment take so long? Gathering information and evidence was easy in this case. There was no great mystery. You need to discern between right and wrong, between good and bad. Do not wait until it happens to you and your loved ones to start thinking. This is not only about Rajapaksa. This is about the rule of law in Sri Lanka, the country which is yours and mine. The criticism is about what Rajapaksa is doing to this country. This is not about LTTE or terrorism.

      To hazard a guess, I would say Sampath Chandrapushpa may get convicted, will appeal, and will be released by the Supreme Court. Now let us wait and see whether the killer, whether Sampath or not, will be punished according to the law.

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        I dont think that SampathC may get convicted. He is said to be one another BASTARD SORTA son of MR or that family. UK authorities should put all the blame on MR for him to have ignored the investigations to that long. If MR was right here, nothing would have taken that long.
        This murder investigation would end up to the very same manner Duminda ^s head injury record. I bet 1 mio Rps if anyone would bring provable facts CLAiMING that Duminda (key accused of the baratha murder) was so severely head injured as it was publicly made clear through national TV sender…..

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    By looking at the picture, it will easily realize that idiotic spineless minster of justice is the problem here. If he was rigorous, nothing would have taken that long. How all these idiots face the the set of questions that the IC would raise in the upcoming summit – anyway, the dishonest will survive even in 100 degrees as bacteria spores.

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    The role of DJ in the legitimization of what happened at the end of the war and the whole mahinda chinthana initiative will have to be surfaced. Never before has sri lanka given birth to so slippery a serpent.

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    No pressure to rush Khuram’s case
    By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

    Attorney General, Palitha Fernando refuted claims that his Department had been subjected to political influences and interferences over its investigation into the murder of British tourist, Khuram Shaikh. “There was no influence whatsoever. Nor was any international pressure applied to ‘quicken’ the trial, he said, in an exclusive interview with Ceylon Today. It was a judicial matter and no one can pressurize his Department to ‘rush’,” he said.

    The Attorney General’s Department, which had been dragging its feet for two long years over taking legal action against the murder of Khuram Shaikh, finally charged six men, including the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman, who is a close confidant of the ruling family, with offences including murder… …possession of unlawful weapons and the gang rape of Shaikh’s partner. The much-delayed arraignment of suspects was made in the wake of the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo next week. The Attorney General, however, defended the delay.

    “It’s unethical to ask us to ‘hurry up’ the case. We are not a ministry or an organization that issues press releases or that has a media spokesperson to issue updates on a crime scene,” he said.

    He added, “This does not mean we have kept the public in the dark. We are handling a sensitive murder trial, where a foreigner is involved.”

    British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who had decided to attend CHOGM, brushing aside appeals for a boycott by human rights groups, has said he would ask for the justice for the murdered British aid worker. Last week, the AG revealed that a direct indictment has been filed against the six suspects. “There are some cases that run into years, not only in Sri Lanka but anywhere in the world, and it cannot be rushed or hurried. It is a sensitive matter and you need to gather every bit of information you need and that is not easy.” he said.

    He admitted that there was a major delay in obtaining the DNA report from the Ragama Hospital due to ‘lack of resources’. He, however, claimed that the matter will be expedited now without any further delay. Asked whether the forthcoming CHOGM pushed the AG’s Department into action, the AG said, “That is an absurd claim. We can assure everyone that there is no influence exerted over this case. There is no political interference.

    “We treat this case as a matter of national interest and has appointed a special prosecutor to handle it.”
    He added that he is not involved in appointing the special prosecutor and had left it to be handled by the Criminal Division of the AG’s Department.

    “I still don’t know who will be the prosecutor representing the AG and I will not appoint him, but leave it to the Criminal Division to decide. If I appoint him, then there would be another story that I have appointed so and so,” he opined.

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    Hi Readers, delay of DNA test is explained because of the lack of resources ???????????????????????????ßßßß

    If they were wholehearted why the authorities failed to send to get done in neighbouring india ?

    At the time Duminda Silva was injured, the very same rulers made all arrangements to send him to S pore for better and so called secret treatments – all thse should be on the tax payers funds.

    DNA tests in general would not take longer than few hours at maximum. That is clear to any professional in and out of the country.

    These people would not be able to fool the nation in this manner for long…

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    Not only British tourist murder case, Baratha case too should be focused by CW summit gatherings. Why Duminda silva was secretly kept away for such a long time ? And what was the justice before the victimed familiy ? Hirunika should come foward to raise the issue before the WORLD summit.. I have seen a video that Maithreepala sirisena was addresing a gathering in which murdered MP´s death aniversary was commemonrated lately. He should support all the right thinking, right longing people to lead them. I have no doubt, M sirisena could the many at this critical juncture of MR´s most corrupted politics in the island.

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      There are 1000000 of questions in terms of Baratha murder to be answered by ruling bunch. At the time, PM of the country was hospitalized in the same hospital, Daily news brought just one line message, that Duminda had come and visted the PM. To this time, lanken and professionals were further explaining their lies to manipulate the medical source data of Duminda who was the killer of the murder. Even approbated medical professonals and lawyers publicly explained those pictures of the killer´s brain explaining the need to further treatments keeping him away from the country for 1.5 years or longer. People shold be made clear clear who paid all these bills ?
      President the idiot who is born to destroy lanken nation should come with facts and figures in ths regard.

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      Are you nuts?
      do you think Hirunika & Maithripala stay incountry once they go against MR?

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        You are absolutely right Sumith. I think large number of
        senior SLFPers do not agree with the way Bharatha was
        treated and literally allowing Duminda to eliminate him.
        But no one wants to come forward and fight for this
        as they know how vicious Rajapakshas can be if
        they find out these seniors are trying to go against
        Rajapakshas’ wishes. These seniors do not
        want to take that risk.

        Rajapakshas are ready to do whatever it takes to
        get Duminda exonerated as they know his family’s
        media company would be very important for them
        to deceive people in future elections. Peach hotels
        group is a joint venture by Gotabaya , Renor (Duminda’s
        brother and a few others. Given all these connections
        committing rape and murder with impunity is no
        big deal for Duminda.

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          Avi, imagine if Jeyraj Fernandopulle, Sripathi Sooriyaarachchi, Bahratha Lakshman, Mahinda Wijesekara were active in Politics today? Could MR have behaved in this manner treating the SLFP seniors? Maithripala Sirisena escaped death because he changed the vehicle on the return journey. If not Maithripala also will be playing the harp today as Jeyraj and Sripathi. Mahinda Wijesekara is only a vegetable, so he is good as dead. MR is typical Premadasa type who eliminated some UNP seniors putting the blame on the JVP and the LTTE.

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            Except Jeyraj all others you have named are the people who either barged in from another party or left SLFP to join another party. No matter what, all that politicians want is to dangle in power. That is true for everyone that engaged in present day politics. Exception may be the dangerous leftists. So, I would back the most likely winnable one who I think would deliver nearest to what I want. And I have concluded that man is MR.

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            You are quite right Gamini. Wether you like them or
            not those guys had
            the courage to go against tides in thier
            political lives. Perhaps those people
            were seen by Rajapakshas as obstacles
            or threats to their total family domination in
            the SLFP at the time or in years to come.

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    This time MR and group trying to screw British PM and Prince Charles. They will realize after Thamasha for CHOGM is over. Then Chalie and PM would be discarded into the bin and Sampath would be released with the help of Rogue judges who are in plenty appointed by MR

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      It did not happen in China recently with one of the leading members of the P Bureau and UK the unknown white national so I doubt it.

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      Bloomberg reported that President Xi Jinping’s family had investments worth $376 million, while the New York Times said relatives of former premier Wen Jiabao had controlled assets worth $2.7 billion.

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    “ an army commander who makes such a murderous pronouncement “

    The army commander did refer to the fissiparous forces that STILL exist, both within and outside the country. They did not disappear with the annhilation of the LTTE leadership, and became a little more open in their demands after the Northern provincial council elections. These LTTE fellow travellers were reminded as to what happened to the terrorist leader. Furthermore he was merely pointing out his duty to protect the unitary state as demanded of him by the constitution. His pronouncements and actions can in no way be compared to the foreign military ‘of democratic countries’ who are busy planning military ‘adventures’ outside their borders, the murderous intent of such campaigns being veiled under high-sounding labels such as P2P. and ‘promoting democracy’.

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      Ram:
      Is yours an attempt at “an intelligent” response?” If it is, it has failed because intelligence also requires honesty. Yours has none of that. By the way, what is “P2P?” Is it something to do with emptying one’s bladder? If it is, I’d suggest that you need to use the adjacent orifice because you are full of ..it!

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      You try to come off as sounding measured but in the end your post is pretentious and is no different to an Ella Kola post, because all it does is seek to excuse the Army commander’s threatning and intimadatory tactics.

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    The keenness of the Regime is to obtain a good Certificate in governance
    from CW via Kamalesh for presentation at the ICC in Hauge in the future.
    But the International Media will play havoc in November – man bites dog -type newa relating to SL. UK Telegraph has already covered this matter by visiting here; others will follow suit. Internationally SL will not gain
    except boost the Presidents ego short-time with a crown at tax-payers
    expense.

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    What the regime may consider their glorious trick is to have a show trial, get Chandrapushpa and one or two others slapped with the Death or a long sentence to be followed by a media blitzkrieg using Rajpal,
    Malinda and other kept-journos to propogate justice is done. All these to be done in early November. The killer-rapist gang, meanwhile, will be kept in fair luxury during the incarceration – to be released after CHOGM is over. But if this is to happen the ruling clique is taking a huge risk as it is criminal acts like those that are needed to tighten the R2P case now believed to being assembled. Why it took so long for the regime to cause the judicial process to function, the CPC and Police action to play their Constitutional roles will be questions that must always worry the Rajapakses.

    Horikadey

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      H
      I cannot fault your analysis and sequence of events.
      If i may add- The rascal will be given a suspended sentence before CHOGM and post Geneva 2014 he gets a Presidential pardon with back dated pay (eg Duminda)
      Isn’t that how Rajapakse rule of law works?

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    Rajapaksa government is not the first to let the police and Sinhala politician determine who is a terrorist. Others started and Rajapaksa is effectively using it. But the point is people like TG and DJ encouraged and supported it when it was implemented solely against the Tamils. At least TG sees the problem now, because Sinhalese are affected party. It will be really interesting to go back to TG’s writings during the war. What a transformation.

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      Please quote from TG’s writing during the war. To my knowledge she has always been consistent.

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    The indictments in the Sheikh case have come just in time for the CHOGM, but don’t anyone hold your breath. They are all set to get off on a ‘technicality’ and no one will suffer the indignity of going to jail. Not even the guy who was ‘willing to take the rap’. What a relief! Frankly, did anyone expect anything different?

    That way MR can hold his head up and say that the ‘law took its course’ and the Brits will only marvel at the miracle of Asia.

    Ofcourse it is just possible that feacal matter could then hit the fan and fly in all directions. Watch and learn.

    Kuram Shaikh, R I P.

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    “The ‘Siyenae Peoples Movement for Water Conservation’ is continuing the struggle, under difficult and dangerous circumstances. Had the Rajapaksas agreed to provide the people with free-water connections the issue could have been resolved peacefully;”

    TG wants to stop peoples need to WATER CONSERVATION by SUPPLYING CHLORINATED TAP WATER FOR FREE.

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      U seem to have no proper arguments but just trying to cover the abusive politics of the rulers. What matters is – Leela, whether those poor people were accessed to clean healthy drinking water. As you would be aware, contaminated water can cause all kind of health problems (blood cancer, kidney ailments and several other kind of the the like). If the state cant provide them with the cheapest food item as they wish, there is no point of talking even the capabilities of the leaders. How many millions are, deliberately being wasted by the current govt ? If MR has a heart that how can the bugger be that silent in this kind of grave issues ? In protests, the poor people were assaulted, killed by using forces, in the aftermath of the incident, they were not even provided clean water as they were promised… SHAME on YOU that constantly support these megalomaniacs

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    What Tisaranee says is true. Only the Sri Lankan Dispora who can put this
    despotic regime behind bars, even bring them before the ICC for crimes.
    crimes against humanity and genocide.The Diaspora should initiate a boycott against products made by Dipped Products.

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      idiot the diaspora cant take a shit without help from the toilet owners in the west .

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    Gamini:
    You are right that Rajapakses do not own Carlton. However, you are wrong they pay rent. They are there forcebly and do not pay any rent for as long as they have been there. I met one of those Wickremasuriyas and asked him whether they do get anything from Rajapakses from Carlton. He said “we will eventually get” That shows that they haven’t so far got anything.
    One of my friends told me that these Wickremasuriya family members are appointed to various Boards and Corporation and given various positions as compensation but that is out of tax-payers money.

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      I did not say MR pays rent to Dr. Wickremasuriya. But as you say MR may not be paying any rent, but Wickremasuriya’s have been looked after by MR otherwise, with good employment for the siblings.

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    Sincho:
    How could “Hirunika come foward to raise the issue before the WORLD summit” when Hirunika is now an adviser to a Minister under MR regime?
    You ought to be kidding.

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      This was not new to many. We only knew that Hirunika is silenced by unexplainable forces all these months. But we also focus that Maithripala Sirisena is seen to be not that supportive to MR. His charactor is more or less compared to that of nation s know all -Dayan Jayathilaka. Not even few weeks ago, DJ was very against MR politics, he himself commented like that, but today, again, his darling candidate to lead the nation has become none other than – Mahinda Rajapakshe. For invisible reasons, DJ is changing his sentiments in terms of the country^s future. Now I dont take him serious at all. I wish I could more of the articles of Thisaranee and Dr. Ashoka – their analyses are spot on – the mirror image of the prevailing most virulent politics.

      CW members should be ashamed to allow its lead to a murderer this time. Evne if former Canadian PM says that we all should support CW summit, just for one reason – not to loose its members for a gathering. …

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    As usual the Monk who lead the Weliweriya protest has been brought over by bribe by the regime. Buddha wanted every one to give up everything but Buddhist monks are gathering things for themselves. This is the Buddhism that is preached by the Sri Lankan monks. Shame on Buddhism.

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      This has been the culture in the country. They are not bound to principles. Then they attack RW for all these. How can RW change the basic mentality of common man who are that vulnerable to all abusive tactics of Rajapskehs. Rajapakshes lived abusively such a long time. Even before 2005, they were abusive and talented at manipulating innocent masses. This is I dont see as a talent, but oppontunistic. They dont want brains but just deceitful mechanims to please the poor. Anyway honest would realize, this kind of tactics would not help the poor that struggle for their 3 meals dailys while laboginis are small talk of Mervin^s son. Very recently, I happened to watch a video in which Mervin was visting a bed side of a poor man who is said to have brocken his spine and got handicapped for entire life. Visiting Mervin with his son was telling him that he would give the poor man ” 50 000 of rps”. This they loudly says, are half from the son and the rest from father Mervin. Where have these funds coming from, if not from their abusive sums ? Why is that they the politicians fail to create a new system the mentioned kind of handicapped to benefit regularly ? What kind of politics are these ? Showing power from day to another just distributing some funds ? How many of alike handicapped people are living in the country ? All these – stupid Mervin feels as could work for his PR – there is nothing good behind that… similar to his take parts. Can these kind of acts be exemplary to nation… ? I discussed this with one of the german politicians lately, he resounded, Mervin kind of political figures should be isolated from the folks. But what does MR do against this kind of laughing stocks ? Nothing… for UNEXPLAINABLE REASONS, he stays DEAD Silent ? Why ? Can anybody comment on this please ?

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      what an idiot . it was a stupid protest anyway . other than the death of a few by standers what else did it achieve . may be the monk finally saw the light

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    What will MR tell Prince Charles and David Cameron about Khuram Shaikh case is the question.
    The case cannot be heard before CHOGM as time is short.
    It has been transferred to colombo to make it doubly difficult for witnesses from Tangalle to go and testify – NOT because of threats to them. This same ploy is adopted by transferring cases in jaffna to anuradhapura.
    DNA tests which take two hours have taken two months and more.

    Hirunika said soon after the murder that her father Bharatha Luxman’s body had 42 bullet wounds – she had seen them.But police produced one gun only after one month in court and “requested” permission to fingerprint it !!! – fingerprinting a weapon from the murder site is always routine!
    The Paraffin Test to detect those who had discharged firearms was NOT done – this too is routine in other countries.

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    Excellent.

    Ms T can kraal more than what the UTA, BASL and the Moderate Vigilantes could do in Colombo.

    Hard core JVP ,who are now in company with the overseas UNPers would certainly join the great LTTE Diaspora.

    PM Rudra and the deputy Reverend may even pay Ms T a retainer.

    Only problem is ,any TV footage may jeopardize the chances of getting the soon to be relaunched new Duals, which not only have a good behaviour clause for 5 yearss, but also checks on past extra curricular activities.

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    .
    Please don’t blame Buddhism. Buddhism says nothing but good stuff, the best of all. But it’s the people who makes Buddhism looks bad.
    It,s like science. Doctors use science to save people, Terrorist use science to kill people.
    :-)

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    Everybody has a price. Why not for judges. Sri Lankan judges and lawyers are the most badly trained and very low quality people. I am a owner of three garages and all are operating in very high residential areas violating all rules and regulations making many problems and diseases to residents. But I know how to buy magistrates. Recently I changed a court decision by using magistrate’s wife. I used the temple chief monk and influence magistrate. This magistrate’s wife goes to that temple. I feel sorry about people who go to court by asking justice.

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      Never trust a mechanic! Always buy new like purchasing a monk.

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    Dear Lankan,
    Buddhist monks? Still there may be good Buddhist monks even in this Adharmadveepa. But those so called “Sinhala Buddhist monks” are really a dangerous lot. They are no Buddhists at all.Buggering their novices and abitthayaas and fornicating with frustrated upaasaka ammas , wallowing in all imaginable vices and sins they thrive on the gullibility of innocent and uneducated followers.Paying homage to them is paving your way to hell. But I wonder whether there could be a worse hell than our own motherland under the present king of kings!

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    as a fellow traveller with the writer, I must request this forum to be kind to Ms TG. She is a long suffering jounalist and fearless human rights campaigner.

    Despite her long services to one of our ex-ambassados, whe did not get the chance to go to Geneva or Paris. But she is not bitter.

    Give her some respect, will you.

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    What are the alternatives?
    1. Karu is the biggest traitor. He crossed over with 14 others to the govt side thus assuring a two thirds majority and crept back alone to the UNP. Its a bloody disgrace that he is being considered to lead the trio.
    2. Sajith unlike his father lacks guts. He rattles gibberish and avoids issues.
    3. Ranil has shot his bolt and earned the wrath of the greens.
    The answer would be for the respected Ven Sobitha thero to come into the open and attempt to rally the despondent and demoralised folks.
    Until this happens MR will rule the roost — to be frank, he is not doing too badly.

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      Give the country back to “Sudda” The British before Kelawaddas sell it to China man.

      Our Know nothing, do nothing, think nothing Kelaweddas have already ruined it.

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        Jayanthaya washers suddas’ arses non stop. Stupid bugger doesn’t know suddas build their own countries by trading opium and plundering the countries they have colonised. Bastard doesn’t know he is spitting looking straight up. Fortunately, majority voters are not stupid like Jayanthaya and Mahelaya.

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      Bren ,

      you are right on Karu,Sajith and RW , but just forwarding Ven Sobitha thero as the opposition candidate wouldn’t work under the current junta regime , it needs very careful planning. Following facts must be taken in to consideration before implementing any strategic move

      1)Ven Sobitha Thero’s sole candidacy must be to abolish the Executive presidency, period.

      2)UNP needs to work as a single party possibly headed by Karu (given the circumstances there is no any other experience chap left in UNP at the moment, hence Karu is the best to fill the vacuum )

      3)CBK ‘s backing is a must , not because she is clever , honest or any thing , she is a crowd puller , there are millions of disgruntled SLFP supporters who have lost faith in MR , their massive vote bank is a game changer.

      4) Gen SF must be included in the coalition; he may be the 3rd political force in the country.

      5)Vigneshvaren, Sumanthiran must be encouraged to join in as they have a sway in the Tamil votes

      5)if possible JVP should join the common cause to eradicate the cancer from the SL politics.

      6) Assad Salley with other moderate Muslim leaders should be on board to get the necessary Muslim votes.

      Presidential election must be held similar to recent Northern election and foreign observer’s presence is a prerequisite.

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    T.G., Congrats on another wonderful MR bashing campaign. But, I’m just wondering if you are under the payroll of MR because the more you write, the greater his margin of victory come election time. So, on behalf of MR, all I want to say is keep it up girl. You are doing a fantastic job ;) More power to you & more power to Mahinda Chinthanaya :)

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      “So, on behalf of MR, all I want to say is keep it up girl.”

      Sounds like a maggot with a bad attitude.
      Try eating cockroaches they crunch much better.

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    Great piece of news and for a change no comments from Fat “Mama” Fuk U Shima and Jim Sooty ( except Weliweriya) in defence of the Criminal MR.
    Heat is getting to MR and he is staring in to the abyss.

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    Tisaranee:

    I can understand your frustration at the lenghth of time it has taken to bring the perpatrators of the Killing of the British Man and the Gang Rape of his Girl Friend to justice. This time at least in the case of the Britsih Man MR is not going to be able to get away with murder because of the involvement of Cameron, Prince Charles and his MP.

    In the case of the people of Weliweriya it is a minor matter compared to the biggest murder of all by MR and his brother the Criminal Gotha who has now gone missing form 29 days.

    The biggest muder of all is the killing of 120,000 innocent Tamil women and children.
    He has been able to get away with it so far because India was shielding him from being taken to the Hague for fear of being implicated.
    But that is all due to change in March 2014 and MR will face his day of reckoning.
    I AM VERY CINFIDENT OF THAT and he will face justice.

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