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Malaria Created The LSSP, Covid-19 Is Showcasing The Military

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

Even in those cases in which political and military leadership is united in the same person, it is the political moment which must prevail over the military.” ~ Antonio Gramsci

Honestly, when I started this short series of articles comparing the malaria epidemic to the current pandemic, I did not foresee it ending in today’s title. History and political logic have a way of asserting themselves, sometimes serendipitously, sometimes harmlessly, and ominously at other times. Nonetheless, the title of the article should be taken for its metaphorical effect, and not as literally accurate. For, there is more to the founding of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party on 18 December 1935, than the malaria epidemic of that year. Equally, there is nothing necessarily ominous about the association of Covid-19 mitigation and the military in Sri Lanka. At the same time, what may have been started as a matter of logistical convenience could turn into something sinister and treacherous.  

That the malaria epidemic was an extraordinary catalyst in the founding of the Lanka Samaja Party is borne out by a passage from Hector Abhayavardhana’s presentation to a Peradeniya symposium in December 1985, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the LSSP, which is quoted below in homage and as history: 

“The Suriya Mal activists who, quinine mixture in one hand and packed foodstuffs in the other, went into the raging malarial fever, could hardly have anticipated the conditions of misery and helplessness that they saw. The feelings that welled within them could not have been entirely of the gentler variety. Sterner emotions broke out of the text of the (LSSP’s founding) Manifesto. … The temper of the men and women who formed the LSSP was perhaps greatly determined by Marxist ideas they had gathered abroad and the national mindedness that increasingly came out of the Youth Leagues. But what solidified their resolve never to relent until imperialist and native capitalist exploitation had been extirpated from our society, was the indelible imprint on their memories of 90,000 to 125,000 men, women and children of all ages going to their deaths shivering fitfully and then blazing with the fever of malaria.”

The historical question is not what happened to the LSSP, but what has happened to Sri Lanka through the lifetime of the LSSP and beyond – its fighting birth, its stirring rise, the long decline, and now the twilight of the Left. Historically, it was the formation of the LSSP, the island’s first political party, that created the opportunity for Sri Lanka’s social classes to associate themselves with a political party. Almost a century later, the social classes have “become detached from their traditional parties”, in what Antonio Gramsci, the Italian Marxist, called a moment of crisis in the history of political societies, in which “the immediate situation becomes delicate and dangerous, because the field is open for violent solutions, for the activities of unknown forces, represented by charismatic “men of destiny.”      

A Man of Destiny

In 2019, Sri Lanka’s two major parties had become unmoored from their bases and were rapidly disintegrating. The Easter Sunday blasts reignited the fear of political violence and exposed the criminal negligence of the government in power. Underlying these developments was the restive Sinhalese apprehension that Sri Lanka was being shortchanged by the international community at the behest of Sri Lankan minorities over allegations of war crimes and restrictions to power sharing. The November presidential election was seen by a substantial majority of the Sinhalese as the country’s opportunity to resolve its multiple crises by electing a man of destiny, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as president. 

There is nothing to suggest that the President and his supporters had pre-meditated plans to extensively involve the military in government administration. The arrival of Covid-19 presented him the pretext and the context to call in the military for spearheading the response to Covid-19. The involvement was initially welcomed by almost everyone because of the military’s capability to provide logistical support to public health and medical professionals in tracking and quarantining infected persons to contain virus transmission. But rather than stopping transmission many members of the tri forces (500 of the 915 confirmed Covid-19 cases) have become potential carriers of the virus. The breaking news after months of curfew and quarantines became an embarrassment for the government and a cause for ridicule in the social media.

But that should be the least of the government worries, nor is it the biggest annoyance for the people. The government’s challenge is in balancing the relaxation of curfew, while keeping virus transmission under control. The military alone cannot do this. Nor can the army contribute anything to addressing the economic impacts of Covid-19. And the military is of no use in dealing with election dates, recalling parliament, or arguing the government’s case before the Supreme Court. The only thing that the army can be asked to do is lock their buildings and keep everyone out. To do that, the government will have to declare emergency, summon parliament, and do everything else that the President has been steadfastly opposing. That will also mean making a lot of normal people very unhappy. The Administration has got itself into a bind and the army cannot help it to get out of it.

While there is concern that militarization of the state is in the offing, the question for the government is how anything will become different from what it is now even after increased militarization? The virus is not going to disappear through fear of the tri forces. The economy cannot be ordered into action by the army. And even if permanent closure of parliament is an option, what will the President do with the rest of the Rajapaksas? Organize special sittings at Temple Trees for the Old Boys of Parliament? The paradox is that before Covid-19, President Rajapaksa was riding high politically and he did not need the military to exercise power. After Covid-19, he has brought in the military but virtually nothing is going right. The only saving grace for the government is that the Doctors and Public Health officials are holding forth, and the virus is far less exponential in its transmission in Sri Lanka than it has been elsewhere.  

After being ravaged by malaria for over ten years, Sri Lanka finally eradicated it when, DDT, the powerful insecticide became available. Without DDT, the disease may have been controlled by therapies, but could not have been eradicated. In a moment of brutal flippancy, Dr. Colvin R de Silva said in Parliament sometime the late 1960s, that “were it not for DDT, the name of DS Senanayake would not have been worth a mosquito.” The main institutional development out of the malaria experience has been the country’s public health system, its doctors at the top and Public Health Inspectors (PHI) in offices throughout the country. The public health system should be the main agency in the Covid-19 mitigation process. The government has not been giving the public health officials the same importance, support, and public praise as it has been giving the members of the tri forces.  

There is neither therapy for nor vaccine against Covid-19 in immediate sight. Keeping a country under lockdown or indefinite curfews is not going to eliminate the virus in the end, but will irreparably damage the economy. Many of today’s world leaders will be judged by how they have guided their countries through the current pandemic. Calling governments and their leaders ‘clueless’ may seem a tad unfair, but there is nothing extraordinary about it. The Modi government is being called clueless in India. The Trump Administration and the British government certainly fit the description. Putin’s Russia is right up there with the two of them on top of the Covid-19 tallies of infected cases and deaths – looking like an Olympics medal table during the Cold War years: US, gold, and USSR and the UK sharing silver and bronze.  

Hardly any government has got everything right on all fronts – fighting the virus, minding the economy, and being politically accountable. Very few are reasonably successful in all three areas. No country has seen the end of the coronavirus, and new cases are being reported in China’s Wuhan and in South Korea. The Sri Lankan government rushed to self-congratulate itself through its cheerleaders for containing the virus spread. A global pandemic is not an occasion for congratulations and celebrations. The Sri Lankan government’s weakest point is the economy. The Administration alone cannot be blamed for the country’s virtual insolvency. But it has shown no encouraging sign at all that it is capable of either conventional wisdom or creative tools when both are needed in full measure. As for Covid-19, the government will be ultimately judged by the support and resources it provides for the Public Health system and its Inspectors, and not for showcasing the military. 

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  • 9
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    What a heading! What an analogy!

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      See pattapal boru – blatant lies being spread by BP Basil Rajapkshe-

      Basil pattapal hora of that abusive cave is back to his USUAL 10% grabs again.

      ARE U HAPPY NOW ? BPs questioned ” are u happy ” and that became an election motto of the PE. Remember ?

      Families amounting to 78 lacks of people – according to them should have been given 5000 bucks each….
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      This economist makes it very clear… that these are just blatant lies.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2ubkm_piDY

      • 0
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        Mr. leela ge …..,
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        Its funny.
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        You are crying like a old witch.

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          Mrs Pasqual,
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          Please provide us with your POSTAL ADDRESS – we could post a parcel of PUNNAKU….
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          It is high time you to change your FODDER – then only you would grasp the little, compared to us.
          :
          Either you need ot stay away not trying to leave us with jokes… or try yourself to educate and come with constructive comments.
          :
          Thank you. European make Punnku can help you a lot…

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          Ms Pasqual,

          pLEASE tell us – were you among those who received that 5000 bucks ?
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          How come BP Baesil to have said that over 78 lacks of people were given that already ? Or half of that is ended up in Rajapkshe deposits ?
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          These men are world champions to have robbed the STATE by 2015. They have dozens of cases being filed against them. And the wealth they collected – over the years will not be hidden forever.
          :
          Poverty levels in the island became CLEARERs thanks to COVID crisis. Now the curse of the poor who are really in need will work on Rajaakshes looters like X-rays… no doubt, the Karma will take care of them SOONER than Later.

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            Mr. leela ge …..
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            “Media freedom” for
            liers…..
            accusers….

        • 1
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          Ms Pasqual,


          you may be known to the gang.. please check it… you belong to their WIYATH MAGA right ?
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jr9pTy1FqY

    • 16
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      Looking at the picture – I feel very sorry for Dr Jasinghe.

      I dont know about his profile, but if he is honest to him, should be feeling very bad. Army head and others men seen inthe meeting are just self-congradulators. self adulators – where on earth the health ministry senior officers being kept under stupid millitary men – i mean in so called democracies.
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      We the srilnakens should be shameful for allow this happening.

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      Please listen to the … following video
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btthX–Cm1w

      This country would fall from frying pan to fire in next day

      Bandula Gunawardhana is a PADIKKAMK for the current GOVT:.

  • 24
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    Covid 19 will create a dictatorship – which is now in making.
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    No parliament – no transparency and accountability. No media freedom.
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    No interntional support
    No enough PCR tests as WHO recommended
    No allowance for non-SLPPers
    No chance for any ministers but Rajapakshe brothers only
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    This is the country once upon a time called the oldest democracy in the asia.
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    People cut their neck by their own. Thanks go to MEDIA mafia which is run by Baesil BP Rajakahse and his hidden men.

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      Mr. leela ge …..,
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      What “dictatorship” you IDIOT.
      We have a democratically elected president in a free and fair election.
      In November 2019 we chased away the dictators who were conspiring not to hold elections.
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      No parliament – until we elect a new parliament. “yahapalana” setup was constitutionally dissolved. THE PEOPLE of SL gave their verdict on 3 different elections within a year.
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      no transparency and accountability – What nonsense. Auditor General’s Department not closed. Currant finance minister is answerable to the new parliament.
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      No media freedom – THIS IS FUNNY………… In your comment you say “”Baesil BP Rajakahse”’. And how many times you use the word “BP”. AND COMPLAINING NO MEDIA FREEDOM. That is media freedom you idiot.
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      And
      We have the support WE need.
      We do enough PCR tests as WE REQUIRED.
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      And…….. don’t worry. Except AKD and SP all are SLPPers. So everybody received.
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      Don’t talk nonsense.

      • 2
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        You behave as if you were suffering from Demecia during the last 4.5 years.

        Even if we found SIRISENA is stupidier than Jarapakshe, one could attack him, but that is not the case today. We see none within the country – behave as had been prior to last November. Just becasue they know clearly, MINIMAS KANA THRISANNU – canibalists in power and they had once proved if anyone woudl stand against, what consequences they have to count… we know how many among the media institution went missing in the high days of Rajathuma s regime.

        Best therapy would be you to go to Medamulana and give them your due services. Else, you are no grown enough to exchange on this platform. Please do it for the sake of the ones that seek a better future in this country. We perfectly know that CRIMINAL duo would not stay in power that long, if they continue the way they have been upto.

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          Mr. leela ge …..
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          “Media freedom” for
          liers…..
          accusers….
          and….
          alligators…… like you.

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      Leelagemalli,
      If megalomaniac Piripakaran managed to establish Eelam, life of Demala people could have been like the lives of Kampucheans under Pol Pot. Killing was the hobby of both these people.
      Today, Demalu live as free people because Rajapakshes liberated them from LTTE barbarians risking their lives.
      Government should declare May 19th as ‘Liberation Day’ (Vimukti Dinaya) so that Sinhalayo, Demalu, Muslims, Malays, Vedda Eththo can celebrate the liberation together.

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        Dear EE,

        Your comments are boring. Cant you write something new about your hateful people, Tamils, Muslims and us the sinhalayas that stand against your Gurus ?
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        I really why you guys are born slaves as if you would never see it right ?
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        Can you help me understanding your MENTALITY ?

        Not just me, but none of others except Pasqual, would get it…. please help us… we can try to get it..
        Thanks.

  • 27
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    There are two viruses currently affecting on the island nation.
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    1) MMV – madamulana musalaya virus- this is through brainwashing and putting the highly abusive BUDDHAGAMA monks in the fore front – not physiologically but this is through affecting on psychology of the easy targets
    This has been practising in the triabl africa for such a long time. Zimbawe was ruined by Mugabe. Lybian Gadadfi destroyed that country through their dictatorship. Medamulana muslayas may have learned all these from Tripoli. By 2015, there had been not a single state that stood by Mahinda Rajapakshe. People should not forget the brutal past easily.
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    2) COVID-19 Virus – this as everyone now knows thorugh droplets… this can still be contained if masks would be on as asked to do so.
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    MMV is really dangerous – since the public perception that they have promoted .. has gone that far making masses eternal fools. This is well planned for their political survival. People not knowing the little about ground realities… are ready to bring them back. Even if their young ones would make them clear, those got brainwashed would not easily reverse their conditioned mindset.

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      Families that manipulated black africa ruined their folks and the future.

      As the writer makes it very clear
      -* they are upto – self-congradulations – even if the world has not achieved anything in the line of control of COVID 19

      -* All these should be seen to the very same manner, BP Rajapkshe licked the BIA roller field even before the country was set free from LTTE terror.. these are just acting to manipulate uneducated masses.

      -*I watched that SATANA program weekly telecasted by SIRASA this week, and that crook – aka Alcohol businessman – was shortly before loose his breath not being able to defend their party. Rains of questions came up as to why the politicians should be placed before the the distribution of those allowances to the people – Fernando is well to represent growing DONKEYs in Chilaw – SIRASA to invite them as panelist is more than questoinable to me.
      :
      -* I do respect SIRASA TV to some extent, because today journalistic ethics is also gone from many others – as we can rely on no TV senders.

      –* All in all this country s fate was made by the PEOPLE and their TOTAL ignorance to the facts and figures.
      –*
      Where on earth WIMAL BURUWANSE or th elinke would be made populist politicians that alone proves, … that significant masses have been misled for poltical masturbation of Rajakashe clan.

    • 12
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      You are a pathetic, brainless idiot with nothing better to do than to litter the CT website with your excreta all over it.
      /
      Go, wash yourself and put some new clothes to get backin to human society. Ask Leela to do he same.

  • 15
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    Goverment show cases arrogance and stupidity of the war criminals.
    More than fifty percent of the infected are Millitary personnel and they show cases the stupidity.
    They thought when they go around with automatic weapon,.Corona virus will get scared run away from them.
    They thought they can massacre Corona virus, the way they committed war crimes in 1989 in South and for thirty years in the North.
    Poor chaps they could not and became the laughing stock and unwanted people in the south too.
    Despite normally arrogant Kamla Gunaratnes plea, they hammered a brother and father whose crime was being related to soldier in Gotas Army

    • 12
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      Dilshan,

      More tests – more patients

      That is why they dont allow more tests even if the srilanken capacities are similar to that of Nepal and Venizeula.

      They the leadership is worried of postphonement of the GENERAL ELECGTION.
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      Coming colour is no good for rulers – the election scheduled to be held on the 20th of June is no means possible. If that should be fixed, today 17th May or little bit earlier, Election commission should make it very clear. At least 45 days prior to that date, EC should gurantee the freedom of expression.
      :
      That PIG in Ranthunga family Prasanna is fighting with his breath – not being able to grab power by any means. The kind of ballige puthas should better be passed to the MASKADAYA for a better srilanka. They have done only harm than little good to this nation. :Gampaha district alone you will find lot more ARMUT/POVERTY than appeared to be by their statistics.

      We should not allow their political ORGASM. None of these men flanked to current leadership are free from CRIME investigations. So why to go for election with the bunch… these men to allow reenter to parliament should be blocked by every means. Basta. That should be the task of UNP, TNA, MC, JVP and any civil society groups. Today, I am shocked by hearing Mr Senrantne is kept ina dark cage for some reasons, even Gotler was never kept in the cell even if his allegations for all high crimes including MURDERS were known to all. Why is that ?

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        Mr. ……….,
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        So….
        No elections.
        You wants president to run the country without parliament…??
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        Fair enough.
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        GR was never put in the cell because he has done nothing wrong.
        Rajitha is in a cell for the crimes he did.

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          Gota is out because War criminal used the crooked.judgws his government planted in the appeal supreme court’s.
          I need.not mention names whole country knows.
          He should thank Idiotic Ranil, Sillisena and Mangal to have saved him from Haques electric chair

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            Mr. Dilshan
            /
            Ha ha….
            That is funny…..

  • 4
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    Tobacco and Tea brought a permanent headache to Sinhalayo.

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      Tobacco business was one of lucrative business until Dr Senaratne risked it and took some measures making the people healthier – but he is imprisoned today – just at these days.

      Bp Rajapkshes while being in power prior to 2015 did nothing, suprisingly promoted it. No matter even if millions would end up being lung cancer patients, ballige putha Rajapakshes thought if he would react against tobacco what woudl be consequence – would be.. cut the flow of disounts from these vicious business men.
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      Rajaakshe Meeharakas will have to face the truth before shedding their last breath for all the high harm the family has done sofar and been doing further.

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        Mr. leela ge …..,
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        Ha ha ha…..
        After commenting these words………. you cry ” No media freedom “

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      Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

      “Tobacco and Tea brought a permanent headache to Sinhalayo.”

      If tea was not brought in, by now you would have exported almost all your women folks to Medieval Middle East Kingdom.
      You would have found employment only at Sathosa for Beach Boys, providing all kind of services, front and back.

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        Native (Fake) Vedda,
        Sinhalayo who lived in Sinhale for more than 2500 years survived without tea introduced by ‘Para’ Sudda.
        If this country had the virgin forest cover destroyed by ‘Para’ Sudda, this country would have been much better off than with tea.
        If there was no tea, the Central Highlands would not have got polluted with garbage dumped by ‘Para’ Sudda.

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          EE
          Was not the virgin forest cover in the NCP was not cleared by the ‘Para Suddha’?
          In fairness to the colonial regime, there was no cultivation above certain elevations. See what we have done to the mountains to cultivate ‘English vegetables & fruit?’
          Are we really anti-colonial?
          If any leader is, it is to the extent that their self interest is affected.

    • 5
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      Dear Native, whom I trust much on this FORUM@

      There are good news – Germany s CUREVAC, US Moderna or French countterparts will introduce a vaccine against COVID-19 spread… these news I collected from Robert Koch Institute – they are very optimistic about the vaccine will be in the market towards the end of the year.
      Apart from that, microbiologists and virologists in POST DOCTORAL research are also very optimistic about the vaccine, even if strains known to EUrope are bit different from those in the US.
      Let s hope the best… we need your support and that of Mr Guru Sinhala Man to feel us okay standing together against Rajapakshe slaves in my home country.

  • 6
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    Members of the Armed Forces got infected with the virus by giving their dedicated service to control the spread of the virus. So there is nothing to be embarrassed about it.
    There are lot of Dumbos in social media who want to ridicule the President, Prime Minister, Armed Forces and even the Health Service using COVID-19. The dogs bark but the caravan moves.

    “But rather than stopping transmission many members of the tri forces (500 of the 915 confirmed Covid-19 cases) have become potential carriers of the virus. The breaking news after months of curfew and quarantines became an embarrassment for the government and a cause for ridicule in the social media.”

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      Not dedicated Service but dedicated arrogance stupidity.
      You think Corona virus.is scared automatic and chemical weapons and indiscriminate shelling and aerial bombardment.
      They should handed over the responsibility to Medical professionals to lead the Service.
      This is not dedicated service by.any standards.
      Rules were not for the makers. They went.to their hometown while making others stay where they are.
      War criminals true color was shown

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      Eagle BP,

      why cant you sense it yet ?

      What would those senior men in such ministries feel if HAND PICKED millitary guys are appointed not respecting the rules and regulations of each ministries ?

      Is this that difficult to understand ? If I was a teacher with much high qualifications, if the political will would not promote me to the next vacant high levels, as average would feel it, I would go into pieces. Likewise, the situation is being made by BALLIGE putha rajaapakshe regarding those appointments create new form of devisions within each and every ministry. Wait and see, how these bps would end up sooner than later.

      Respect and Dignity should be there whatever being introduced to the prevailing systems because THOUGH MOST OF YOU GUYS ARE BORN stupid. .. there are also sinhala, tamil, muslim and all others born to this land that would never respect rascality.

      In Europe, the most demanding item of the period was TOILET papers – but ina country filled with slaves of our nature, srilanke would never need to struggle for toilet papers because over 6.9 millions behave no better to toilet papers… if I may say so.

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        Mr. leela ge …..,
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        WE elected a president to govern the country the way HE wants.
        Not the way YOU want.
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        Don’t worry.
        You can have a normal meal once the pandemic is over.
        Till such time you HAVE to eat TOILET PAPERS.

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          Mr. leela ge …..,
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          And I hope leela is not eating TOILET PAPERS recycled through you.
          It’s bad for health.

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        Leelagemalli,
        Do you think calling:
        Eagle BP
        BALLIGE putha rajaapakshe
        BP Basil
        Gon Gotabhaya
        Ballige Putha Gota
        Is a heroic thing? Calling like this display your low level pedigree; descendant of a Dravida slave.

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          EE@
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          Not heroic but no doubt, they all deserve it. If not they who to wear such prefixes ?
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          Now they are upto sign that MCC agreement which was then against to the nation how come ?
          :
          Gota is a war criminal
          Mahinda is a multi criminal
          Baesil is patta pal king hora in that family
          Namal Babay and Yoshita killed that poor muslim boy-Rugby player ( wedont want anyone of you to support with evidence because prima facie sort of evidence is already available)
          Rohitha Baby to be awarded with a doctor title – is similar to that LAW degree awarded to Namal baby. Not a single high level publication is available but Rohitha to wear PhD… is that similar to that of Bandula Gunawardhana who seems to have the least knowledge about today ‘s econonmy/money mgt.
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          I have no doubt, Rajapakhes will go down to the very same manner, GADAFI families fated it… that will be inevitable.

    • 10
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      Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

      “Members of the Armed Forces got infected with the virus by giving their dedicated service to control the spread of the virus.”

      Really?
      Ranavirus fighting Coronavirus.
      Day before yesterday Shavendra claimed to have won Corona, (perhaps in a Gunfight at the O.K. Corral) while the number of patients were increasing.

      What is Gota doing with 1000 body bags he received from Red Cross?
      Is he sleeping in them?
      Dracula sleeps in coffin.

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        Native (Fake) Vedda,
        “Ranavirus fighting Coronavirus.”

        Dumbo, they are not ‘Ranavirus”. They are ‘Ranaviruwo’ who eliminated ‘Para’ Demala terrorist barbarians who bragged that they cannot be defeated militarily.

        “What is Gota doing with 1000 body bags he received from Red Cross?”

        Because of the irresponsible way tham piece behaved ignoring guidelines from Health experts, President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe might have thought it is better to be prepared.

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      EE
      I do not question the dedication of the soldiers. But they got infected because they did no know the job.
      Ballage veda booruwa keranne wage?
      Who is to blame? Certainly not the soldiers.

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        SJ,
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        Dear, lets discuss as to why LANKEN govt passed the ball onto Tri FORCES ? Do any other like minded govt do the same ? i dont think so … that way, I have the feeling GOTERL proved the world, that his govt is incapable of handling by their own. In Europe and far poor afro states have not put the TRIFORCES to do the job , but their health ministries together with internal affairs have been doing it.
        :
        And day by day what we are forced to see, it, leaving senior officials that should have the chance to get their promotions being away- but GOTAs men within tri-forces become the senior officers and secretaries to the ministries. Is that normal ?
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        I think not even late Mugabe went that extra mile to show the world that his govt is out of control. How come Gotler within 6 months since his election to fall that deep ?
        Is that a sign of LACK OF POLITICAL EXP. ?

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        SJ,
        Did Prince Charles and Boris Jonson got infected with COVID-19 because they did not know the job?

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          Prince Charles’ mum would not trust him with the job as you know.
          Boris is about ‘as good as’ Donald T. with his job.
          *
          Your irrelevant analogy apart, let us get something clear: when one goes out to deal with infection one should know the infection and take precautions to do a safe job. It takes training, unlike to use a gun for instance.
          The failure is in not training the soldiers.
          Even with training, a detachment of soldiers is no match even to a trainee nurse.

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            SJ,
            Clearly you have too much time on your hands. You are debating with one who compares bricks with oranges.

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              OC
              Blame the curfew.

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                SJ

                “Blame the curfew.”

                Blame USA, UK, EU, SJV Chelva, A Amirthalingam, …. Sambandan, Mavai, Sumanthiran, ……

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    Sri Lanka does not have to use COVID-19 for ‘SHOCASING THE MILITARY’. Sri Lanka showcased its military to the whole world in May 2009 by defeating Demala (Tamil) terrorist barbarians who slaughtered Sinhalayo for three decades bragging that they cannot be defeated militarily to grab a part of the country to create a separate State for the descendants of Dravida slaves brought by colonial parasites.
    In fact, they could have done that in 1987, if the guy who is rotting in hell for the crimes committed against Sinhalayo did not drop ‘Parippu’.

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      Eagle Bp,

      what native sinhalayo you are REFERING whenever you come with fictional comment contents ?…. where are they living ? Why dont you use the term ” SLAVES” which we know fit most to them or not ? Thanks to their total ignorance, others too have to suffer today, not being able to RAJAPAKSHE mad dogs taking the control over anything and everyhting…
      .
      Those who stood against bps – over 50% of the srilankens – I belong to that category – are we not srilankens (though my race is SINHALAYA, I am brought up to call me as SRILANKEN).
      .
      Instead of Parippu, times has come to introduce PUNNAKU to those who paved the way BPs to return and ruin this nation again.

      Mother lanka will never forgive you Bps… Just imagine that manner BAESIL- an alleged high criminal reacts today. He has the audacity to boast off.. that over 78 lacks of people were on their lists in that 5000-buck distribution project….. analysts say, this is ULTRA lie – since not even 40 lacks people are among them that are really in need .. ha ha.. if 78 lacks of people on their lists — so the number of under poverty level should be recorrected as 7.8/22 x 100 = 35% of the population.
      .

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        Gota is out because War criminal used the crooked.judgws his government planted in the appeal supreme court’s.
        I need.not mention names whole country knows.
        He should thank Idiotic Ranil, Sillisena and Mangal to have saved him from Haques electric chair

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    There is no vaccine to prevent or cure COVID-19.
    The only weapon against the disease is to reduce or prevent community spreading.
    .
    It’s true that a soldier can’t treat a COVID-19 patient in a hospital.
    .
    In the same manner……….
    A doctor or nursing staff not equipped to enforce aggressive……….
    # …..social distancing
    Or
    # …..contact tracing
    .
    It looks like we have flatten the curve.
    Number of patients are in a manageable level.
    Death rate under 1%.
    Recovery rate going up gradually.
    Only 1 hotspot active.
    And that cluster is more manageable being military.
    .
    And we are in the process of starting our production while most of the world is struggling.
    And China has already started the supply chain.
    Low oil prices will help early starters.
    So we are in a better position to tackle economy problem.

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      S. C. Passqual

      “It looks like we have flatten the curve.”

      Have you?
      I am glad to hear your success story.
      However the official number of Corona infected patients has increased to 960 and declared number of death is 9.
      Do you think this is the result of Army flattening the curve?
      Teach those Rana-viruses how to count.
      They have been suffering from acute deficiency in the knowledge of Arithmetics, say since 1971.

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        Dear NativeV,
        .
        See, how dare this BP SCP saying that the curve is flattening for srilanken.. It is jus tthat, if Rajakshe would eat ASUCHI, these men would eat tonnes to please Rajapkshes… no matter the asuchi would kill them… self-adulations, self congradulations are top of their agendas as is the case in Northkorea… my gosh ?

        Yesterday the number of infected added to the total was 25.
        :
        And not even 50% of the infected are yet to be seen as RECOVERED.
        .
        Germany, where I have been living – with over 90% of recovery rates, as a grand nation of 83 millions, are worrying of a second wave though reopening is done for some institutions.
        :
        Ms Pasqual or the like emulate without thinking twice – have these men ever gone to a school… in Japan, the seniors start their University courses also at the age of 70, why our ballige puthas not to try doing so, but to be part of backlicking to vicious politicians. – is beyond my understanding.

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        Mr. Native Vedda,
        .
        I am glad that you agreed with the rest.
        I will explain what you couldn’t understand………
        .
        “flattening the curve” is to keep the number of patients in a manageable quantity.
        We succeeded.
        That’s why you can’t see our hospitals overloaded.
        .
        And……
        “number of Corona infected patients 960 and number of deaths 9”
        That is death rate under 1%.
        Simple mathematics.
        I forgot you have “acute deficiency in the knowledge of Arithmetic”
        since birth.

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      Dear Ms Pasqual,
      .
      Should not the following countries self-congraduate on their performance than your GURU – mlechcha Rajapakshes ? Why do the Rajapakhes behave donkeys though the facts and figures are on the table ? Is that not because that they know that you punnaku drinkers .. would never get it ?

      Nepal
      0.03 (deaths per 1 million)
      Ethiopia
      0.04 (deaths per 1 million)
      Angola
      0.06 (deaths per 1 million)
      Burundi
      0.08(deaths per 1 million)
      Myanmar
      0.1 (deaths per 1 million)
      Benin
      0.2 (deaths per 1 million)
      45 Malawi
      0.2 (deaths per 1 million)
      Syria
      0.2 (deaths per 1 million)
      Uzbekistan
      0.3 (deaths per 1 million)
      Taiwan
      0.3 (deaths per 1 million)
      Zimbabwe
      0.3 (deaths per 1 million)

      So now you should be clear that theu rates such as how many deaths per million would not play a role in COVID -19 control parameters.::: When would you learn it Ms Pasqual ?
      .
      Slaves are born to eat the Asuchi of their POLITICAL masters, do you think it is worth further to be that servile to your masters ?

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        Mr. leela ge …..,
        .
        This is funny.
        You really are living in the Tamil “cloud cuckoo land”…..
        .
        Let’s go through your list…
        .
        “Nepal” which I know is still in the rising stage.
        First case – 25th January.
        Most number of cases – 83 on 12th May.
        Number of cases up to today – 295.
        Deaths – 2 on 16 & 17th of May.
        That is death rate of 0.66%
        .
        https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/nepal/
        ————————–
        “Zimbabwe”………
        Number of cases up to today – 44.
        Deaths – 4.
        That is death rate of above 8%
        ————————-
        “Myanmar”………
        Number of cases up to today – 184.
        Deaths – 6.
        That is death rate of almost 12%
        .
        You are the BIGGEST and SHAMELESS LIER I have ever seen.

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          Mr. leela ge …..,
          .
          Cloud cuckoo land –
          “It is a state of absurdly, over-optimistic fantasy or an unrealistically idealistic state where everything is perfect. Someone who is said to “live in cloud cuckoo land” is a person who thinks that things that are completely impossible might happen, rather than understanding how things really are”.

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    And….
    With due respect for the author Rajan Philips……….
    .
    Let’s assume you wrote a article in January 2009……….
    And your heading is……
    .
    “”Malaria Created The LSSP, LTTE Is Showcasing The Military””
    .
    How does that heading looks absurd with the results achieved.
    .
    No offense intended.

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      Heading would have been army showcasing war criminality

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    Rajan, GR does not need military to exercise power bit he needs military to execute logistics which our politicos from the past have destroyed . In pandemic military always come to to the top due its logistics capabilities and as long as military exercise that power no need to raise alarm over military in SL. Fortunately its SL military that we can trust since it’s not corrupt.
    Poor country like SL can only isolate people and then test since we have limited resources and valuable resources are taken by idiots importing luxury and super cars.

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      watcher

      “Rajan, GR does not need military to exercise power bit he needs military to execute logistics which our politicos from the past have destroyed .”

      You are partially right.
      Gota does not need military to exercise power however he need it to execute his perceived enemies, estimated to be all 21 million of them.

      “Poor country like SL can only isolate people and then test since we have limited resources …. “.

      What is the reason the country has been impoverished when the country is being ruled/run by smart patriotic Sinhala/Buddhists at least for the past 72 years? Is it because state coffer has been moved clan’s residents or treasure cave?

      By the way how are you? No see long time.
      Take care

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        @NV, I am good tks.. to our family SL is a tragic opera unravelling and so sad to see last 70 yrs of corruption and incompetence . I remember playing cricket with Jaffna elite colleges as a visiting school boy and extremely pleasant clean cut uniforms. Same time Jaffna traders were doing brisk business and agriculture supplies that was great from Jaffna, and I was told UNP destroy those farmers allowing uncheck importations. My father used to employ more than 300 Tamil youths in East and always looked after them and also paid their kids education all the way to Uni. As a small child I and my father visited present TNA leaders(early 60s) home and told him to work with people who hate colombo clans and present a one person from Trincomalee so that we can get more resources to east. UNP(alwis) block that project too.
        All our family was pushed in to UK and got education and all are major industrialist and want to contribute to our land even though some of are abroad. Trinco is always my home town even though I was educated in colombo and london.
        You cannot blame the Sinhalese for this tragedy since Sinhalese youths and Tamil youths took arms and to me its injustice from Colombo that brought about that tragedy.

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    due to the infighting in the then government, the selection as to who their candidate was going to be was delayed and this enabled the kallathoni war criminal to make inroads in the November 2016 presidential poll.
    By the time Sajith Preme was given the official go-ahead the weird canvassing techniques of the kallathoni was nearing the finishing post as an undisputed winner.
    his party the SLPP used intimidation fears that the minorities will take over the power bases in the country, the nation will be sold to the capitalist Americans and so on and so on.
    the saffron wearing unruly ganankarraya’s also came out in their 1000’s creating many fear in the minds of the simple modaya Yakko racist fools who make up the majority of the population.
    the rajapuk’s were riding high and the mighty lord buddha not approving of the manner they were running the country with the help of China delivered the cursed gift of the coronavirus which has and is still causing havoc in most parts of the world.
    the always depending on the military goons kallathoni brought them to combat the godfathers’ gift.
    the start was glorious as usual but now those who have got the magnanimous gift belong to the members of the tri forces and maybe the members of the police to have been in receipt of it.?

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    A fine piece Rajan Philips.

    ………..Fighting the Virus, minding the Economy, and being Politically accountable……
    All this needs to be undertaken simultaneously, side by side.
    As formidable as Final Part 1, Final Part 2 and Final Part 3 in one go!

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    Dear Rajan,
    Thanks for the article.
    If combating COVID 19 is the only performance indicator, then Sri Lanka has done exceptionally well, even outperforming New Zealand in a number of measures.
    It may be still too early to congratulate the government because Sri Lanka has not undertaken sufficient testing to exclude community-based infections.
    I agree that the tail risks of COVID-19 have not been quantified by anybody, perhaps because it is not quantifiable.
    With the ever diverging inequalities between the wealthy and the poor, one could entertain the thought that fundamental changes will start in Europe because of its exposure to a common currency, which does not reflect the widely varying debt to GDP levels across the EU.

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      Dear Mr Abeyratne,
      .
      You are right – they have not gone for more tests yet today even if the capacity available in SL is for lot more. If Nepal could do over 92 000 tests with one single death, why cant we go for it.. our percapita is nearly 4000 US while it is just 900 US for Nepal.
      :
      Even if Nepal and VIetnam or the like countries go for self-congraduations, can we even think of self-congraduations regarding to what the govt has failed to do sofar ? .. My gosh, we are all not stupid as Rajapakshe bps.
      :
      Only Swaziland (as tribal nation being bird of a feather of our tribal counterpart) and China would congradulate, since Rajapakshes have made us a prey being servile to the INVESTMENT INJECTION tactics of China.

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    The analogical perception is apt but should have gone in my view a bit further to include some perceptions of the dictates under which the emerging militarization is taking shape in the Gotta’s sphere herein after referred to as Gottasphere.

    Remember that he is emerging to be an arbitrary leader in which he is judge of all including that he hastes to determine unilaterally which is rational and irrational when it comes to country’s law and order. On his own volition he is declaring war against our own legal civilian system that have been developed, tested and proven appropriate (even within their own limitations). This is remarkable that we have missed the point that Gottasphere simply attempts to replace our democratic, civilian liberties which are enshrined and embedded in the constitutional rights stipulated and guaranteed through a legal passage available to ordinary citizens.

    I think there is lot of expectation and the country is looking at the potential outcome of the cases gone before the Supreme Court to safeguard our civil, democratic, cultural and economic systems and to safeguard the rule of law. Supreme Court Judges, listen to this plea of the nation and come to rescue of the nation’s fundamental and constitutional rights. Otherwise Gottasphere will fancy throwing away all that we cherished for a generation.

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    Just a further thought to tell those who ask for Hitler and I remember the monks are yearning for a Hitler. But what they do not know Id that Hitler failed and failed miserably.

    So please monks do not ask for a Hitler in Sri Lanka and I would mark it a FAILURE and so is Gotta. Its just a matter of time.

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    The writer should note that Malaria is a parasitic disease transmitted by a mosquito and its clinical, social and economic are totally different to COVID 19 which is a socially transmitted viral disease .
    /
    Attempting to draw parallels between the two, just because someone found such a link drawn in Wikipedia isa stupid waste of time.
    /
    Stop this lunacy.

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      “Malaria is a parasitic disease transmitted by a mosquito and its clinical, social and economic are totally different to COVID”
      Are you sure the mosquitoes are not Jewish?

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        They certainly are.
        /
        Some of the left overs are still hiding under rubber stumps in Galagedara area along the Kandy Kurunegala Road, injecting local women with the venom, apparently.

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      Can anyone understand what this man Helios is trying to say by stating the obvious?

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        Sonali, you should ask Raine or Lal!

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    “Malaria is a parasitic disease transmitted by a mosquito and its clinical, social and economic are totally different to COVID”
    Are you sure the mosquitoes are not Jewish?

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    Looks like arm twisting the EC has already begun with the concerted offence by Prasanna, Rambuk, Wimal and Rajapaksas demanding , to hold elections ASAP. As I mentioned there was a dead line set for the Virus by our govt and regardless it was achieved , with help of military. Our Govt took it literally ,when told “we are fighting a war”. This is just a preview of what to come in future. Every event , big or small, will be stage managed by military , as told “we are fighting a war

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    We know some birds laid the eggs for us in crow’s nest. But we don’t know we have to sound like Kaa Kaa or Coo Coo. Was it Crow laid the egg or Cuckoo laid the egg for us? Still it is only dark. Will the crow caw or, is it going to be cuckoo’s call. No light to see any direction. We don’t know whether the tunnel’s end is coming or if it is leading to center of the earth where everything, including birds and animals are going to be infected by mutating Covid-19 and perish. It is not about optimism or pessimism. It is about a sudden callowness or in-cognizance. Possibly the medical doctors may analysis this recession/depressing better than economics PhDs, because their vision to see the tunnel’s end is better than that of the economists’ vision, in this recession. The million dollar question here is, is there a pharmaceutical item to fight Covid-19 is about to come and if so, when? The answer to that question has the capability to drive any well versioned forecasts into unknown directions. That is why we don’t the new fledgling that is about to come out of the nest is going to caw or coo-coo.

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    We don’t know if there will be another covid-19’s conflagration, lockdown, confinement, curfew in the next winter or the landfall of the eye of the hurricane is past. There is hope of a medicine or vaccine is could be released before the end of the year. But, before the fight against the Covid-19 is over, talking about who will win the race in rebuilding the economies is like before cutting the goat fighting for the thigh.
    Many countries, about 210, got infected by this pandemic. Lankawe Appe Aanduwa started Covid -19 locally, only to win election. It miserably failed on that project, pressed by opposition, Election Commission, WHO, NGOs & INGOs, other economies…………This made Lankawe to totally lie about any aspect related to Covid-19. Though Aanduwa’s numbers are always wrong, but about Corona death, it is outright lies.

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    The Ministers who loaded the Sinhala Buddhists on the flight of Election, with marketing pitch of life long vacationing in the paradise of King’s dream land, are now pulling back their feet. They are saying they don’t have money even to pay government employees’ salary. All their boasting and bragging are grounded after they realized that the election could not be conducted as expected and the 2/3 they desperately needed to crystallize their authoritarian rule is in vain. Their plan is not abandoned by them; still waiting for the next auspicious time. Having said that, it has to stressed that there is nothing within that the so called rebuilding the country after the Covid-19 endemic. They are saying that this is a worldwide disaster; it is the world that has to start the projects to rebuild and they only can follow it. At least this time, if they honestly mean that word, but it is not another election intended talk, then Ceylon economy can be started to rebuild to where the Britons left. Sadly all doubt their sincerity even now. As the Covid-19 numbers they releasing are absolutely fake, we still have to wait and see when the epidemic can be cleaned from Lankawe.

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    In the past Ceylon was referred as granary of East. Tea or Rubber or Coffee was never their products. At the end of the foreign occupation Ceylon had a high favorable balance of payment but only with the export of Estate products, which was unknown in the kings’ time. Remember, the Arabians, Europeans came here only for spices, not for tea, nor even for rice. The imported Telugu Nayakka Sinhala Kallathonis, who were blaming the Britons for their estate’s losses, tore it off and shared it within them, but never brought the locals crops (rice and spices) to the status of monarchic times. So the neighborhood trading of rice & spices were, completely wiped off. For another 100 years, same like the past history, garments will be a world’s major employer, right after farming. Lankawe could not foot in that even after US & EU gave the GSP+. The White Van & White Flag murderers only created White elephants projects, but did not invest in viable industries. They brought rice from Moon and lifted Ceylon as Miracle of Asia. Further to that, the new Economic Maha Viyath Cabals are still not thinking to advance the economy by developing the traditional industries with less expenses but causing the people to hallucinate for 4th Industrial Revolution, with IT automation. Remember, Ranil and Swamynathan wanted merge North East under loans by smelting iron cages, instead of offering jobs for locals with traditional homes, loan free?

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    ” The virus is not going to disappear through fear of the tri force“

    The whole world is looking for a solution to Covid 19….and Rajan you just found it….
    Make Gota the president of the world and the triple gem the defence force of the world and the maha Sanga the untouchables…

    The corona virus will disappear in muuliyavaikal

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