24 January, 2021

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Lanka Loses Half A Billion-Dollar MCC Grant; Gota Rewards Main Culprit As US Envoy

Sri Lanka lost USD 480 million or nearly a half billion dollars when the Board of Directors of the US Government Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) cancelled the already approved grant. At its most recent meeting on December 15 the MCC Board decided to discontinue the already approved grant to Sri Lanka while unanimously adding Sierra Leone, Kiribati and Solomon islands to the programme and continuing assistance to Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Niger.

In 2005 President Mahinda Rajapaksa initiated an application for the MCC grant sending the then secretary to the Prime Minister, Sirisena Amarasekera to Washington to discuss the request. These initial efforts were unsuccessful since Sri Lanka failed to meet the MCC eligibility criteria, which include healthy democratic rights and corruption control indicators. After reviving the application in 2015, the Yahapalana government was ready to sign the MCC compact in 2018 for a USD 480 million grant to be disbursed over five years. The process to obtain the development aid has been in the works years since 2015 with President Maithripala Sirisena meeting with the Chair of the MCC Board on several occasions during his trips to New York.

Former Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha was the key mover behind the stifling of the grant that may have proved a life line for the ailing Lankan economy during these pandemic months. Aryasinha was appointed Foreign Secretary during Maithripala Sirisena’s failed constitutional coup in October 2018 shortly before the grant was due for signing.

Sources within the Foreign Ministry say Aryasinha used the friction between then President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe to carry out this ‘political contract’ for the then SLPP-led Joint Opposition. He provided dossiers of false information to then opposition MPs, Dinesh Gunawardena and Wimal Weerawansa. The MCC grant was made to be part of a grand conspiracy linked to the renewal of the Acquisition and Cross-Services Agreement (ACSA) and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States. In reality the development grant and the security agreements are not linked but used to excellent effect by the SLPP to whip up anti-American sentiment and derail the critical funding that would have eased congestion on the roads and digitized and updated an archaic Land Registry. Led by ultra-nationalist Weerawansa and Gammanpila and heavily backed by the GMOA and the BASL which had no stake in the projects concerning traffic management and bus modernisation, the SLPP claimed that the MCC project would result in an economic corridor to the strategic Trincomalee harbour and Sri Lankan citizens would require a “visa” to enter Anuradhapura. The SLPP disinformation campaign was strongly supported by sections of the media.

Observers said the Bar Association was opposing the digitization of the land registry and updating of the systems – a 60 million US dollar project because if it were successful, hundreds of thousands of lawyers would lose a main source of their income pertaining to land registration and title deeds. The complicated and outdated system requires citizens to obtain legal assistance to complete simple tasks including searching for a title deed at the registry.

ACSA and SOFA meanwhile were defence cooperation agreements with the US, extensions of agreements signed in 2007 by then Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and in 1995 on the recommendation of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. Some 100 countries in the world have active and similar defence cooperation with the US to govern the status of US troops when they engage in training exercises in foreign jurisdiction which includes making them immune from legal suit and allowing them to carry weapons in a foreign country, a requisite of the training exercises.

Sri Lankan soldiers who join UN Peacekeeping missions – a lucrative practice for the Sri Lankan army – also enjoy Status of Forces Agreements governed by the UN in countries they are posted. It was based on such SOFAs that Sri Lankan troops were expatriated to the island instead of facing justice in Haiti after a huge sex scandal involving under-age girls.

However Aryasinha drunk on power after his appointment during a highly contentious time in 2018 carried out the contract for the opposition informed President Sirisena that the MCC would harm Sri Lankan interests and was linked to the ACSA and SOFA agreements. Sirisena despite meeting the Board of the MCC on several occasions distanced himself from the grant and feigned ignorance of the agreement after being briefed by Aryasinha.

It can be reliably reported that Aryasinha even instructed officers at the Foreign Ministry to willingly misguide their own minister, Tilak Marapana on several occasions. On one instance he admonished the legal division of the Ministry for providing the actual facts of the MCC compact to Marapana who had wanted clarifications in the wake of the Aryasinha’s media blitz against it. The gullible Sirisena however swallowed the hook of a ‘US conspiracy’ and duly blocked progress on the grant which would have no doubt brought in significant benefits to the country, least of which added USD 480 million to the foreign currency reserves at a time when Sri Lanka’s reserves are precariously low.

Aryasinha’s media operation against the MCC was carried out by several ‘guns for hire’ who were briefed with selective elements of the agreement. MCC was erroneously linked to ACSA and SOFA, two agreements already operational for years. Mind blowing conspiracies were hatched in the media, some claiming that the US will be ‘granted’ a land corridor between Trincomalee and Colombo. ACSA and SOFA agreements which had been operational for years, particularly under the previous Rajapaksa regime in which Gotabaya was defence secretary was made out to be a US military takeover of the country. Aryasinha’s ‘hired guns,’ one a once respected senior columnist at the Sunday Times and another a political lackey at the Maharaja network who had gone on several diplomatic postings courtesy of the Rajapaksas dutifully carried out this media operation which served their political ends as well.

Despite the pre-election blitz against the MCC one year into assuming power, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa a former US citizen never withdrew Sri Lanka’s application or informed the US government of its intention to withdraw from the compact after coming into power. With the US having withdrawn its offer on its own volition, there is no chance of reviving the negotiations.

It was the Ministry of Finance of Sri Lanka which identified the areas in which to use the grant money, especially to improve the transport infrastructure and land administration practices. The grant would have provided funding for two key projects. The transport project would have received the bulk of the funding with USD 350 million disbursed for transport modernisation and advanced traffic management systems in the Greater Colombo area. The Land Project would have received USD 67 million to expand and improve existing Government of Sri Lanka initiatives to increase the availability of spatial data and land rights information.

Together, the two projects were projected to benefit 11.3 million people, which accounts for 54% of Sri Lanka’s population

This component of the MCC was made into a scandal by the then Joint opposition.

Dinesh Gunawardena who spoke at length in parliament with information fed by Aryasinha rewarded the latter for all his services in undermining the Yahapalana government and enhancing the rift between Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremasinghe by keeping in his post as Secretary even after the presidential election. Aryasinha was the only secretary to a cabinet ministry who was not removed when the Government changed. Since then despite repeated allegations of corruption against Aryasinha and clear evidence of him abusing his powers as Secretary to cover up those crimes, as extensively reported by Colombo Telegraph, Foreign Minister Gunawardena chose not to take any action against Arayasinha.

Having done the opposition’s bidding and scuttled what would have been Sri Lanka’s largest development assistance grant in history, Aryasinha is now the Ambassador to the US. Getting booted out by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa after the Parliamentary election in August, it is learnt that Aryasinha lobbied the Rajapaksa brothers through an influential media tycoon and a former civil servant citing his loyal service to them during the Yahapalana regime. He has now been rewarded with the ambassador post to the US where his child is a citizen.

Reliable sources in Washington DC told Colombo Telegraph that it is unprecedented that the MCC Board of Directors had taken the drastic decision to remove Sri Lanka from its grant programme just weeks before a new administration is due to take over. A new MCC Board of Directors will be appointed by the incoming Biden administration which could gave given a chance for Sri Lanka to renegotiate some of the elements of the grant offering a face-saving opportunity for the government to hold on to it despite its election rhetoric. However Aryasinha had failed to make any headway even to ensure that this decision be postponed for a few more weeks till the new US administration takes over.

The loss of the MCC grant is not just about the USD 480 million. This grant would have been a vote of confidence on the Sri Lankan government and its policies. It would have been a clear indicator for potential investors on the stability, laws and rights situation in the country which are all considered by the MCC criteria. In addition to being a confidence booster for investors the grant would have also replenished the dwindling foreign currency reserves of the country. All this has been lost due to the machinations of a few individuals who claim themselves to be patriots.

Ravinatha Aryasinha’s record will now stand as the ambassador in Brussels who lost the EU GSP plus trade concession for Sri Lanka in 2011 who in 2018 as Additional Secretary in charge of Economic Affairs worked to prevent Sri Lanka regaining GSP Plus and now Foreign Secretary and current ambassador to Washington DC who prevented Sri Lanka obtaining its single largest economic grant in history.(By Chinthika De Silva)

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    Miracles under RAJAPAPKSHE Junta rule. All except easter day disaster was normal under GGovernance by Gamarala. But incumbent govt cant even settle a tiny issue for the people.

    All these were not overlooked by Nov 2019. Nevertheless OUR people like mercy cows got caught by the easy tricks being played by Rajapapakshe criminals.
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    Not a single pledge is yet fulfilled.
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    GOTABAYA is not an OPEN Leader for the press. He behaves as if he cant face the life.
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    Can the bugger see in the eyes of PEOPLE (those voted for him) today. His brother and thugs (JONSTEN; WASIDEWA, Wimal Buruwanse and other criminals ) go beyond the levels they did by 2015.
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    This country would never be put in to tracts.

    All what we can say is GOOD RIDDANCE !

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      Rajapakses are trying the same tricks with India. Promising Indians that they will give eastern container terminal, but doing nothing about it and in the meantime putting up people to protest against it. India will not just walk away like USA and will very soon give the works to Rajapakse brothers. I will not be surprised that India will ask Maldives to supply weapons to Muslims who are unhappy about burial and other issues. All Muslim politicians with dodgy past are silenced with threats of imprisonment and will not raise their voices.

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        Dr. GS,
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        Hope you are keeping well. Long time no see.
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        People down there in SL are made shut their mouths. Rajaakshes BHIISHANAYA is back again. See, not a single man would have right to protest today even if PANIYA would have misled them them.
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        With sky high price hikes for daily needs, make it even more difficult people to face the life. The very same voters and PINGUTHTHARA community are speechless today.

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          I wrote an article on light railway system for Jaffna peninsula which was published in Colombo telegraph on 9th of December. If you go to the archives and search for December 2020 it is in page 5. If you have not read it, please do so as it is a masterpiece.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
        Has India forgotten what happened by giving weapons to Tamils?
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        “I will not be surprised that India will ask Maldives to supply weapons to Muslims who are unhappy about burial and other issues.”

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          Eagle Eye,
          What happened to India when they gave weapons to Tamils. If India wanted Tamils to secede they wouldn’t have armed them. It was all in their grand scheme of things.
          Now, see who is trapped!

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          Mahindapala, India gave arms to Tamils with a bad intention and that is why they lost. India gave arms to Bangladeshis with a good intention and they won. Muslims made a mistake of killing Catholics who did no harm to them and due to that crime they are in this sorry state. Had they killed 300 Buddhists, God would have forgiven them and Allah would have praised them. If Maldives give arms to Muslims to teach a lesson to Buddhists, they will win.

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            Dear GS,
            In the long run, giving arms per se, is unlikely to be with good intentions but mainly to support a cause that is in YOUR interest. So in the interpretation of such acts, ascribing reasons after, can be subjective, to fall in line with a perceived objective. Whether US or Russia, it is the same objective. Anyway in this issue, Maldives do not have such a supply of arms to give away to combat/overcome SL Forces.
            Even to help B’desh, India was worried about Pakistan being on either side and so it thought best to help one to breakaway. The enmity between Pak & B’desh will last time enough for India’s interests.
            Also targetting Catholics was a soft target ( may be by those who supported the acts politically ) as “Had they killed 300 Buddhists” the aftermath would be like July ’83. and the supporters wanted to harm by pinching and not really hurting, so that a security issue surfaces to gain power Who announced candidature in the immediate aftermath. Who did Hizbullah, a main mover of the ideology, support at the elections. Questions, answers are obvious.
            Cheers.

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              Maldives need not have arms to give Muslims. They will be supplied by India or USA. Maldive will only have to act as facilitator. The same thing happened when USA gave arms to LTTE to fight IPKF which transaction was facilitated by Premadasa.

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                wont be surprised if one day Maldives invade Sri Lanka

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                Dear GS
                Yes indeed using third party is feasible. In fact it has been done mostly through local rebels to fulfil the donor’s interests, in overthrowing legit govts. However, as I said, finally, it is only self interest that drives the donor.
                And of course India and USA will not be interested to arm Muslim groups at this point of time. May be Saudis. !
                Cheers

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          BJP thanks to LTTE human butchers, because of these butchers killed Congress party and Indian Priminister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lanka taught very good lessons to India were given the world’s best guard of honor to Rajiv Gandhi and last salute by LTTE.

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            N. Perera dont talk bloody bull…when LTTE chased away IPKF… I bet you were cheering LTTE along with all the Sinhala masses and the high ranking officials in the ARMY, NAVYand AIR FORCE

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        Another May 2009 in the making? Milk rice? Street dancing? War crimes?

        India may try it but who will die most from it? SL has accumulated weapons for 11 years now without use.

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          Another May 2009 in the making?

          Sinhala politicians of all colours need perpetual destruction of the country to finance their luxury living…

          Easter Sunday
          what next?
          i heard a buddha statue was burnt?

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    Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) should have known that nothing moves unless there is 10%.

    No10% ? ok thanks we don’t wat your money even its free.

    Some of the conditions are not acceptable to the present government:
    committed to good governance economic freedom and investing in it’s citizen, transparency?

    MCC are you joking?

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      How right you are. They have a variable rate; for infrastructure projects the rare is more than 100% but since the money is being given to these peasants by the USA, they might make an exception and take the 10%. The only this government is good at it going abroad to beg for money like the theiving beggars they are.

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        Japanese refused to give 10% to Rajapakses and their funding for Colombo light railway project was cancelled. I am going to lobby Japan to fund Jaffna light railway project and will see that no one including Devananda or Aiyngaran come anywhere near it.

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    No such thing as a free lunch.

    Who writes these dumb articles. Since the election of the new prez it has been known this is not on the cards and now some fool has woken up from their drug induced slumber and is writing this garbage.

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      May be the clowns on this site cannot read. in the past few weeks I have seen almost 2 billion $ worth of Chinese investment in Sri Lanka . not as loans but as FDI. This is the kind of investment the country needs not this slave-making garbage. from the US. They give you your excess budget from the CIA to make puppets of the countries. I am not saying China does not have other motives but they are the ascending power in the world and have always been a friend in need. US on the other hand has the policy of giving something from one hand while the other takes it away. (look at UNHRC)

      I think it is great the GR made it a priority to get FDI instead of loans. The previous govt couldn’t get either.

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        a14455 / December 18, 2020

        Go back to your cage and have your ” Dhammika Paniya”. You have nothing to argue on CT. You the kind of ill fated men ruined the country by paving them to be returned.
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        See, looking back we had 4.5 years of GOOD GOVERNANCE, where we never heard of low level stupid men becoming the attention of the media. .
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        Now it is time, to praise about POLONNARUWE DONKEY:
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        Nandasena has proved that he is 1000000000000000000 times stupidier than Polonaruwe donkey.

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        …………..”I have seen almost 2 billion $ worth of Chinese investment in Sri Lanka . not as loans but as FDI”…………… That indeed is phenomenal. Very unlikely.
        In 2017/2018 FDI was US$.1870M as per CB reports. In 2019 it dropped to US$.875M with SLPP appearing to gain public support and rhetoric by Weerawansa Gammanpila and others against foreign powers, the elections and the bad reputation of the “Constitution abuse” by Sira in 2018. The FDI from January to September 2020 is only US$.388M.
        Quote: Foreign Direct Investment in Sri Lanka AVERAGED 162.71 USD Million from 2001 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 961 USD Million in the FOURTH QUARTER of 2017.:Unquote…………https://tradingeconomics.com/sri-lanka/foreign-direct-investment

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          Only countries with Rule of Law with its proper enforcement and corrupt free government, will attract good FDI, while opposite of above conditions attract shady investors. Not all FDI is beneficial.

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        a14455

        “May be the clowns on this site cannot read.”

        What about the clowns on your site/side?

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        Development was not even in the dream of the Father of the Nation, the fake Sinhala Buddhist Don Stephen. From that time, it was not in the thought of Solomon West Ridgway Dias, Sir John, Dudley, Siri Ma O, Junius Richard, Chandrika, Chitanta, Yahapalanaya and contemporary Royal et al the other so called Sinhala Buddhist extremists. India’s nose was broken by anti-Tamil, Malayalees. West was fooled by CIA consultant Rohan Gunaratna and Chandrika’s Sakuni, Kathirgamar.But China has played the chess extremely well. It challenged it would keep out West and it has proved that more than with a grade of A+. America’s withdrawal of $480M is not a loss for Lankawe Royal. It is only one headache got rid of. But on American side, the gate is being closed after the horse bolted. The last opportunity for America to peacefully influence Lankawe seems lost hope for ever. America has one more option, which is following EU’s example; EU was holding GSP+ for some time to threat Lankawe but saw the merchandise prices increased locally. They again voluntarily opened the GSP+. If America wants to give the MCC, likes it’s GSP+, it has to shut up its mouth and give it or they bugger off with it. American GSP+, American MCC, EU GSP+, IMF’s guided loans, or any other conditional aids had no effect in Lankawe.

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        The most shameful attempt is EU’s GSP+ on MMDA. Sri Lanka go for riots against Muslims, burry the bodies against Muslims demands, use them to spying against Tamils, use them to bomb Tamils Churches, but never reformed the MMDA, because EU said it as condition to GSP+. People may remember what kind of lecture Ranil gave in Oxford, just after the coup against him took place in Lankawe and all Western powers worked to save him out of it. He openly said he didn’t want the Colonial powers interfere in Lankawe: “Anything gone with Britain are gone forever”.
        Further, some commentators think that 10%-40% can do the trick in current Lankawe. But Old King faced the reality in 2013 and adjusted his policies accordingly. That was not the story when in 2013 Old threatened China that he would give Nuraicholai to India to repair. Government’s 50 computers stopped working. Recently Nuraicholai went down completely two times. Though Appe Aanduwa knows well what is going on, but for public information, China from its side, never explained how these did happened. 1). Lankawe doesn’t want West there. 2). China will not ease the choke hold on Lankawe.

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        American congress is saying the last 6 months’ continuous hacking of their computers is an emergency for them. There is no way West can have Lankawe released from the clutch of China while they are struggling to breathe themselves freely. Tamils, before 1948 tried to convince Britain of the mentality of Sinhala Buddhist. They lost. So they changed their mind and tried to negotiate for Federalism, next 30 years. It was “more you struggle more the noose tightens”. They opted for armed struggle. Lankawe was ready for that too. Like that after total failure of convincing Lankawe, Royals knows that West will come back with other ways, like Economic sanction or armed interventions. China and Lankawe ready for even to that.
        The FDI Aanduwa looking is not to make country prosperous. They see it as shadow loans to pay back the current loans. China’s FDI does not come to CB’s hand; it goes back to China as labor and material. So to redeem the Western Sovereign bonds, it will not be available. Their investments are with condemned machinery; these machinery, methods, fuel used is 100% pollution generators. Little by little the shiny diamond in the ocean is tuning as a heap of charcoal. The super comedy in this is while America could not give a free grant to Lankawe, Sam & Sum promised Secret Solution from Lankawe to Tamils.

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        While it is laudable that srilanka has got 2b fdi from China.World has realised to its horror that chinese fdi is to benefit china not to the recipient country which generally is the case.Everyone knows that chinese investment are meant to colonise the countries in a new manner.srilanka it can become a destination for indian investment if Sinhalese shed their long standing hatred for anything india.india is a huge market and srilanka with its human resources can transform itself into a exporting country for garments,engineering goods,consumer durables.unfortunately srilanka prefers to be reliant more on tea,tourism,remittances which can’t provide much employment to its population.it is rather sad thing to realise.

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          what is stopping Indian or American or german investment? It is definitely not the Govt. Nor the Chinese.

          GR did the right thing by openly asking for investment instead of loans from China. Sri Lankans do not hate Indians or their stuff.

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            “what is stopping Indian or American or German investment? It is definitely not the Govt. Nor the Chinese.” Yes certainly the Govt.
            I said this earlier : I repeat …..
            Only countries with Rule of Law with its proper enforcement and corrupt free government, will attract good FDI, while opposite of above conditions attract shady investors. Not all FDI is beneficial.
            Recent scrapping PUCSL is good example of wrong policy.

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            a14455,
            Do you mean Japanese Light Rail system is coming back?
            Do you know if the GE’s electric plant with 300MW for which Sec Pompeo proposed during his visit is coming?
            In 2014, Chitanta government wanted to renovate Sabugaskantha Refinery and called Tenders. Renovating Subugaskanda will keep Lankawe Oil refining only under Iran. China quoted 2.2B; an American firm asked 1.1B; a German firm asked 1.5B. Another company too quoted 1.8B. The broad appointed to evaluate the tenders recommended 1.1B project citing that was good much for their needs. But the tender approved was Chinese government’s quotation, the highest 2.2B. But Old King had another idea. He wanted to allow a Massive oil refining plant, fully Chinese owned, firm in Hangbangtota Chinese’ land. That will pull back India out of Chinese Bay, Trinco by forcing it to make loss. Now the Chinese cement factory is coming; but I never show in news that Chinese any of the Oil projects are abandoned.

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        a14455 “in the past few weeks I have seen almost 2 billion $ worth of Chinese investment in Sri Lanka. not as loans but as FDI. “

        really ?
        seen it in your dreams?

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      Let me tell you something pertinent, in a language that you will understand.
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      ‘oomba wage anta modayek nam kohewath dakala naha. sirawata, bung.’ (I hear the words “sirawata” and “bung” are added to indicate to the modayas the sentence is over)
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      People like you know you are liars. You are the absolute worst, you people will plunder the entire country to hold on to power. You are nothing but traitors.

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      …………I am not saying China does not have other motives …………..US on the other hand has the policy of giving something from one hand while the other takes it away……
      So not much of a difference – only a choice from two bad options.
      Fully agreed on : No such thing as a free lunch.

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    The Committee with blinkers headed by prof Gunaruwan is responsible for this souring of our relationship with USA. This professor of economics has forgotten the fact that USA is our No 1 trading partner with a huge imbalance in trade in favor of Sri Lanka. This slight to our major business partner and the close relationship with China can result in the trade preference extended to Sri Lanka. The result will be collapse of our debt ridden economy.

    Perhaps a pragmatic person like Basil Rajapaksa should be appointed to repair the damage done by the Gunaruwan Committee.

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      Sorry, there is a typo. The comment should read as This slight to our major business partner and the close relationship with China can result in the trade preference extended to Sri Lanka being withdrawn.

      The result will be a collapse of our debt ridden economy. Perhaps a pragmatic person like Basil Rajapaksa should be appointed to damage done by the Gunaruwan Committee.

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        Truth28

        “Perhaps a pragmatic person like Basil Rajapaksa should be appointed to repair the damage done by the Gunaruwan Committee.”.

        Who will then repair the damage done by pragmatic person like Basil Rajapaksa????

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    Its not proper to blame Ariyasinha, although he is another “Rajapakse Slave”. The blame should be placed on the lap of Gotabaya and Mahinda. For cheap political reasons they allowed MCC to be blocked by Racist Politicians and Deshapremies. Unfortunately USA has cancelled and this is not the end. Very soon we will be in more trouble with USA. Biden is not going to change the trend against SL. Today I read a news item where “Gonman” Gammanpilla has said that they have beaten USA. What a stupid statement to be made against a super power. “Gonman” always talks about foreign influence but has his family well established in Australia with suppose to be stolen money from stock forgery as its indicated in news media. This case is still pending in courts.

    The other move by the Rajapakse Family Govt was to introduce washing black money in the recent budget. As we all know any transaction in US Dollars is monitored by US Govt and washing black money is a major crime. Very soon we will find sanctions not only against the country but also against individuals such as President, PM, Basil, Namal, Ministers, MPs, Bank Senior Directors & Executives etc.

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    Look at the positive side. This development will make Sri Lanka even more dependent on China and sink deeper into the debt trap. This in turn will push India to act more directly and decisively to countercheck China’s growing penetration. No doubt this will drive the Sinhala-Buddhist ultra-nationalists and their Saffron brigade over the edge as they hate India more than the US. Actually, for some odd reason, their preferred country for dual citizenship is the US despite all the conspiracies they accuse the Sri Lanka-obsessed Americankarayo of plotting against their country. Anyway this colossal MCC goof up is due to the Rajapaksas’ unbridled greed for power, and their shameless accomplices ranging from the former president Sira to Dinesh to Ravinatha to the lowest media worms. You can’t blame the minorities if they experience a bit of Schadenfreude over this foul up. They feel marginalized by the endless ‘in your face’ showboating by the majoritarians.

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    In this article, the architect of the opposition is credited to Aryasinha. To put a long story short, what was the role of Lalithasiri Gunaruwan? There were quite a few “liberal minds” who took up the position that what needs is to amend some of the proposed articles in the agreement suitably and to ink the agreement. It is also known that further negotiations took place between the parties based on the Gunaruwan report. It looks as if the MCC was not prepared to budge an inch. Hence the agreement has to fail. Basically, the current policy of Sri Lanka of “self sufficiency” or Sri Lankanzsation brings back old memories of the 1970-1977 regime and the policy is now compared with the “Juche” principle of North Korea. With all the ratings down is it the beginning of a path leading to country hounded by sanctions?

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    We now HAVE the Acquisition and Cross-Services Agreement (ACSA) and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States but we DO NOT have the MCC money!

    Ha Sri Lanka, not even Charlie Chaplin can out do you at farce!

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    MCC money is not much. $480 million over 5 years is just less than $100 million a year. That is just 1% of export income. Look at the other recipients!! Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Niger!!

    Worthless.

    But I fully support a US/Saudi military base in Trinco, an Indian military base in Jaffna, Chinese military bases in Hambantota/Colombo and a Russian military base in Galle.

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      What about Chola military base in Anuradhapura and Pandyan military base in Puttalam.

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        Chola and Pandyan were Tamil Nadu rulers. Today Tamil Nadu is ruled by Hindi speaking North Indians. India will have a military base in Jaffna. Infrastructure is already there.

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          India is coming to implement my Light Railway project for Jaffna on BOT (Build, Operate and Transfer)) basis on a 99 year lease and to protect their assets will station their military. This is similar to what Sri Lanka has given to China in Hambantota and Colombo ports. Who knows India may appoint me as Governor of Northern province to oversee the project.

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            yes India is coming to install a light rail around your arse hole.

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            Dear GS,
            May be Project Director by India. Unlikely Governor, as SL govt will not appoint capable honest people as Governors – only lackeys with basic education.
            Anyway – Good Luck.

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    Sri Lanka is not worrying about MCC or US dollars; China is there to give loans and garb th country little by little. What is essential is not the development of the country buy filling the treasury of the Mahinda dynasty

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    Ravinatha assumed duties as ambassador in Washington DC only a couple of week’s ago. He can’t be blamed much for the MCC cancellation. But, the Rajapakse’s can expect more punishment (travel bans, freezing of assets, etc) from the US government.

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    USA has the most powerful super computers.
    The algorithm has decided to sacrifice one pawn.

    Soma

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      Oh don’t kid yourself. sri lanka is an insignificant nothing on the world stage. The 69 lakh destitute people and their leaders are more prawn than pawn in the eyes of the world. Drink your pani beemas and look up and wait. Pathetic.

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      soman

      “USA has the most powerful super computers.
      The algorithm has decided to sacrifice one pawn.”

      What happened to you man/woman?
      All these years you been typing racist nonsense. Now you are typing in riddles.
      Whats wrong with you?

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        NV
        Simple logic doesn’t work with racist donkeys who have chosen Colombo Telegraph for open defecation.

        Soma

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          soma

          “Simple logic doesn’t work with racist donkeys who have chosen Colombo Telegraph for open defecation.”

          Is that why you started typing in riddles, at least to be in Colombo Telegraph?
          I suggest you use Fonseka’s mouth or

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            soman

            or Sarath Weerasekera’s.
            Does the Sinhala/Buddhist Patriotic diaspora want him in Geneva March 2021?
            They should sponsor such eminent scholars as Weerawansa, Sarath Fonseka, Kamal, Shavendra, Jayasumana, ….. to visit Geneva next year.

            Have you ever seen Shenali Waduge hanging around in Geneva?

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    US has released the Fall Army Worm on Sri Lankan farmers- a bio-terrorism attack on Sri Lanka, in revenge for Lanka refusing the MCC fake aid deadly security . In India US backed Adani is destroying the lives of Farmers too!
    Chinthak Silva seems to be a US Peace Corps. aka War Corps and propaganda hack!
    MCC is a CIA front for US imperialism and colonialism.But US is increasingly a failed state and certainly a ROGUE STATE.
    The bio-terror/Covid-19 hoax to destroy the rise of Asia let by China has back fired.
    US is militarizing the Indian Ocean and is desperate to check mate China in strategic Sri Lanka, land grab, ocean grab, and take over ENERGY SYSTEMS to turn Lanak into a refuelling Hub for the US war machine in the Indian Ocean,

    The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka were staged by the US owned ISIS to make Lanka sign the SOFA and MCC agreements in a rush but bakc fired.
    Please read the book: “ISIS is US: the Shocking Truth behind the Army of Terror”.
    https://www.pdfdrive.com/isis-is-us-the-shocking-truth-behind-the-army-of-terror-e62294624.html

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    Oh, please don’t be fooled by the MCC’s “bait”. It wasn’t a grant or a gift. It was just an attempt to GRAB OUR FERTILE LAND and WATER RESOURCES for AS LITTLE AS US $ 400 million.
    Even if the MCC grant is withdrawn now, there is a high chance that it can be replaced by something as bad as a SOFA.
    The Rajapaksa government is destroying forest lands at breakneck speed to sell them to foreign investors, even abolishing important gazette notifications that had been put in place to protect reserved forests and old-growth residual lands.
    Furthermore, the government’s 100,000 km road construction project underestimating the impact of climate change will cause serious damage to our environment.
    Protecting our lands is essential as we move into an era of hostile and dangerous geopolitics of food scarcity!!!
    Therefore, it is imperative that all Sinhalese, including the Vedda Chief Vannilaththo, unite and raise their voices to protect our lands from the dim-witted Rajapaksa government.

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      Champa,
      What is the use of “protecting our resources” if we never knew how to use them? We have more rainfall than Tamil Nadu , and an ancient irrigation system, but when we have a surplus, our rice can be exported only as cattle feed.TN feeds 60 million and exports not only rice but all sorts of food. We should let our resources be managed properly, even by foreigners.

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    Our know all experts shouted that US had deep motives to bring their troops to this paradise country and deny the happy people of this country of their super lifestyle.

    Being very good experts on international affairs they said that US was desperate for the Trincomalee harbour in their global strategy against Chines influence !

    Now looks like they can be without Sri Lanka !

    Maybe instead American troops will land in Kiribati, Benin , Niger, Solomon Islands !

    How did so many fools end up in one country ? ! !

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    what else can one expect from a bunch of cocky sitting on their brains or brainless blood of the innocents on their balls do?
    2.
    as long as the lowly based rajapuka’s and their criminal murderous sexually frustrated pariah mongrels rule the sad nation will proudly sit as the undisputed reader in the colony of the beggars
    whilst fine Lankans are toasting the coronavirus starvation and all the other detriments I am enjoying many a round of good food and many a glass of red wine.

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    It’s ok. this is money with NO or very little kick-backs. No politician wants it. Now you can get China to help in the same things with a big loan and a handsome Kick-back.

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    More foreign debt results in the enslavement of its citizens. The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.

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      It depends on who dies most in war as a percentage of the tribe’s strength in the island.

      The tribe that suffers most deaths as a percentage will lose. The other tribe will win and grab the economic resources and rights of the loser.

      e.g. SL

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    Half a billion dollar loss to Sri Lanka but 2 billion dollar profit to Mahinda Family!

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      Let’s profit goes to them because this Heladive belongs to Sinhalese Aryans. We all know the history of Ceylon to Sri Lanka, wealth robbers of Sri Lanka, Tamils, and Muslims. Is Maharaja brought the money from Moon? Boras community of India brought the money from India and started business in Ceylon and Sri Lanka.

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    It is in fact 100 minion a year. Peanuts these days. We have to stop begging and use our own money wisely.

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      Our Money?? It is China’s money.

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    Today MR says “if MCC returns in any form we will reject it “. Height of comedy or is it absudity or both. Rajapaksa applies for it while in power, then rejects when not in power, for that creates fake stories, Ravinath with help of GMOA did the bidding, the dumb bite the bait and here we are much worser than where we started. This is not new, time and again this has been the strategy of Rajapaksas which is well appreciated by their supporters. Guy who parrots here seems to have missed many zeroes in his calculation in defending them..( exposing will not stop from repeating).As a child I was told how vital the Trico port is to West and the story still continues to do the rounds where as the fact is no one gives a damn other than our politicians, their supporters and may be China. Before we also heard of sterilization tecniques, zero casualty, Covid eradication and planty more to come. The real winners are stakeholders like lawyers who otherwise would have lost their major income.

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      Chiv,
      “As a child I was told how vital the Trinco port is to West and the story still continues to do the rounds”
      Same here. This is despite the fact that way back in 1942, the Japanese did plenty of damage using aircraft carriers.
      There is also the story about our tea being the best in the world, our English being better than the Queen’s, our 2500 years of civilization ,etc ,etc.

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    Dear fellows enjoy the prosperity and splendor ,as long it last. Now that people have got to know well, Ravinath will face a major trust /credibility issue in UN/US , yet he is our Ambassador.

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    If the recipient is pleading with the donor it is easily understandable.
    If the donor is insisting that the recipient accepts the offer and resorts to all kinds of subterfuges and presure tsctics to make the recipient oblige you need assistance to understand.
    Will someone extend me a helping hand please?

    Soma

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    What is Sajith Premadasa’s stand on MCC ?

    Soma

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      Dear Soma,
      Would Sajith’s stand, matter in the least for the next four years with non SJB Prez and SLPP 2/3 majority backed by 20A.

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        MyView

        “Would Sajith’s stand, matter in the least for the next four years with non SJB Prez and SLPP 2/3 majority backed by 20A.”

        I congratulate for your ability to speculate.
        Are you sure it is going to be 4 years?
        It could be for life or under 4 years.

        By the SLPP didn’t get 2/3.
        Only 42% of eligible electors voted for SLPP which produced enough crooks, racists, war criminals, murderers, …………………. to make up 2/3 majority in the parliament.

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          Dear NV
          Thanks for the comment.
          …………….ability to speculate………
          Is this not a regular occurrence in most comments. “Comment” : a verbal or written remark expressing an opinion or reaction. Only after the incident, does one have facts in hand, and even then there is bound to be speculation on that.
          …….”It COULD BE for life or under 4 years”……………… and presume that is not speculation.
          Whether “crooks, racists, war criminals, murderers,” they “make up 2/3 majority in the parliament” as you say, only confirms my view of 2/3 majority. No gender, no sexual preferences and such other characteristics of the useless MPs was mentioned by me. The whole rotten lot.

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        What is his stand anyway?

        Soma

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          Best is “Ask him direct.” Then no secondhand news.
          Last known SJB:
          Address: No.852, E.W Perera Mw, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
          Phone: 077 761 2853

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    Eagle shit,
    Don’t worry Maldives doesn’t have weapons to give the Muslims. Whatever they have got is what Gota and MR gave. However, other powerful Muslims countries may help and provide suicide bombers and other things. Tigers screwed up with the mafia lady Saniya Gandhi that is they failed, if not today the story would be different. Get up from the dreams Dumbo.

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    Rajafucksas are politically very smart guys.they have placed lot of SCAPEGOATS where ever necessary in case if(?)they have to answer for any of their misdeeds in future.
    1)ROHITHA RATAHARAN-(LLB-gold chain university) to answer about eastern terminal to india)
    2)JOHNSTON FERNANDO-(civil engineer rosepan polsombal university)to answer high way building misdeeds)
    3)P.B.JAYASUNDERA-to answer all financial misdeeds as he is being used as another LALITH WEERATHUNGA OF SILL RETHA
    4)RAVINATH ARIYASINGAH -TO ANSWER FAILURE IN MCC GRANT.
    5)PAVITHRA AND SUDARSINI-TO ANSWER THE FAILURE TO CONTROL COVID-19
    ALL THESE GUYS SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND AS TO WHAT HAPPENED TO SAJIN VASS GONAWARDENA.

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