12 December, 2017

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New Secretary To The President – Austin Fernando

Reputed Civil Servant Austin fernando to be appointed as the Secretary to the President, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.

Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon has resigned yesterday. Meanwhile, Austin Fernando had resigned from the post of the Governor of Eastern Province on the 22nd of June and the President has accepted his resignation on the 27th of June, Colombo Telegraph learns.

According to the sources close to the Presidential Secretariat, President Maithripala Sirisena has last night singed the appointment letter.

We publish below a short resume of Austin Fernando:

1.      Governor, Eastern Province (February 2015 – Up to 22nd July 2017)
2.      Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka [January 2015- Up to date- On invitation and voluntary. (Extend to different areas)
3.      Japan International Cooperation Agency – Senior Adviser and Free Lance Consultant – August 2004- January 2015) (Covered the security and political aspects)]
4.      Advisor to Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (November 2003- April 2004)
5.      Secretary Ministry of Defence (December 2001 – November 2003) (Policy maker, Implementer, Supervisor, Coordinator, CEO of the Defence establishment and Chief Accounting Officer of the Ministry. Managed the security aspects of the Ceasefire Agreement, monitored Human Rights issues involving the Military and attended Peace Talks with the LTTE.)
6.      Executive Director of Resources Development Consultants Ltd. (2003-2015) and undertook consultancies on Institutional Development, Evaluation, Urban and General Development Planning, Public Administration which included power sharing exercises. Work experience with World Bank, ADB, and UNDP, UNHCR and other international private organizations and having international work experiences.)
7.      Secretary Ministry of Cooperatives Provincial Councils, Home Affairs, Local Government and Indigenous Medicine. (1993-1996)
8.      Post Master General of Sri Lanka (1992- 1993)
9.      Chairman of State Gem Corporation (1991-1992)
10.    CEO- (UNDP Assignment 1988-1991) National Reconstruction Steering Committee ($ 500 million) planning for North and East, financing programmes and projects, coordination of rehabilitation and reconstruction activities, monitoring performance.
11.    Secretary Ministry of Rehabilitation (1986-1988)and Commissioner General of Essential Services and Chairman of the Rehabilitation of Persons, Properties and Industries Authority   Polonnaruwa and served y undertaking conflict affected area needs)
12.    Commissioner of Cooperatives and Registrar of Cooperative Societies for Sri Lanka (1982-1986) Normal statutory functions but was engaged extensively in diversification of cooperatives and human resource development and management development activities)
13.    Served in District Administration as Government Agent of and Nuwara Eliya and Additional Government Agent Polonnaruwa (1975- 1981) and previously Assist Commissioner of Elections in Matale and Batticaloa Districts (1968-1975)
14.    Probationary Sri Lanka Administrative Service officer (1967-1968)
15.    Graduate Teacher (1963-1967)
 
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    very good choice
    at last a somebody has replaced a nobody
    sira is great at giving daily sermons but does not follow it up with action
    only premadasa did .that is what austin should get him to do by taking a stronger line on major issues and thwart ranil from covering up his buddies misdemenours at present the govt is going nowhere with regard to development

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      Only two comments that have appeared so far. ” nalmen” and “Sri.Krish” have have both made positive comments.

      Yes, I too, have heard only good things about Mr Austin Fernando, and I wish he would perform those miracles that “nalmen” would like to see.

      But age? Mr Fernando began work in 1963 – that’s 54 years ago. So he has to be over 75 years of age – how long can we go on like this?

      I, too, am getting on in years!

      I wish Mr Austin Fernando well. I second all the sentiments expressed in the two comments, and wish to add, specifically, that we should ensure that the complaints of Tamils should be listened to, and we have to be prepared to take action on evidence unearthed. In other words, what I most fault President Sirisena for is his refusal to pursue POSSIBLE war crimes.

      President Sirisena I regard as a good man, but far too timid. What positive comments can I make about Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe? Very few, I’m afraid.

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        Sinhala_Man, You are a good man; you are so good that you err in judgement of other men.

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          Nathan—-Are you still supporting Brexit and Mother Theresa May? Please keep supporting both, which would help Corbyn, Labour, People and the Country.

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            Native Vedda, You seem to be having a lot of spare time to go about digging into Brexit. I hope that your pants are up, now. Hold it tight. My support for Brexit hasn’t moved an inch. A clear and conscious opinion sticks. Theresa May was and is not the proponent of the Brexit movement. So your question bespeaks of hollow analytic mind. I favour Brexit to the hilt. I cannot ‘support’ it; I am not a British citizen. Brexit will gather momentum as Britons garner enough info. Next question, please.
            (By the way, Corbyn is not PM material. He brings back memories of Neil Kinnock.)

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            Native Native Vedda- `Are you still supporting Brexit and Mother Theresa May? Please keep supporting both, which would help Corbyn, Labour, People and the Country.`
            There are many who said No! From her party as they have married outside but within Europe- she included many of them in her new cabinet as deputies (old blighty motto is Safety first!). Thugs from Prescott to Corbyn played with fire supporting `gypsy to west indies` ruined and captured London. Both G&WI are aware now that they have been to industrial tribunals and lost to the easy picking Irish target. So they are not labour in heart but live the life la vida under low bums `English` directors etc.) Labour were the architects of doing away with P.W.D. now the streets are dug at random and homes catch fire while the internal GDP is mainly on house prices which are headed by clerks (building surveyor) and social workers – see American Miami Vice.- that is Corbyn who is shedding feathers like the bald vulture only to don the dictators armour if ever he wins- His own old support base the educated old socialist are fed up and say- to put it mildly `we are fucked with austerity` (that was caused by Labour borrowing)
            Tories are the professionals and they will get back- she is planning internal development of industry which Labour killed at random and moved to China.- Blair and Brown. The new rich libtards windbags, magpies, motormouths can sing (`soul on ice` is the real thing which the maid hid with her would you kill a mockingbird that sings- chapter 11) but ultimately the Tory technology would take over the show. Europe would be Europe no matter how much the immigrants try because- the way of doing things is different for cultures.

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        I hope I haven’t misled anybody. We have not been given the exact age of Austin Fernando.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_Fernando

        It’s not given in the Wikipedia entry either. It was after checking there that I said that he had to be over 75 years of age. Others have given it as 80 years. Does it matter (for the time being), even if he is a hundred years old if he is fit and capable of doing the work?

        Please consider this man:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky

        He’s 88 now. Listen to him here:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2lsEVlqts0

        That was just a year ago.

        This morning I have just had a chat with a former Principal of mine (in a Maha Vidyalaya – that barb is for a guy for a guy calling himself “kurakkan”), who is an 83 year old Richmondite. He can’t remember Austin as a school boy, but says that he’s been very important in the OBA. By now there are 119 comments on this article. My old boss confirmed my assessment of what I see.

        However, how long can we depend on people of his age? This is matter for very serious concern indeed.

        Austin Fernando is an absolutely honest man. In making that pronouncement I have taken account of negative comments like this one:

        Mervyn Silva / July 1, 2017 16:34

        Objections to him appear to come mainly from those whom I would consider Sinhala chauvinists – the sort who used to read my comments and say that I’m really a Tamil!

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          “”Austin Fernando is an absolutely honest man.””
          Honest is the best policy but the man who follows it is not an honest man- old adage from a colombo missionary school.

          dinghy pusher, trying to catch the fast train to nowhere!

          “This morning I have just had a chat with a former Principal of mine (in a Maha Vidyalaya – that barb is for a guy for a guy calling himself “kurakkan” -), who is an 83 year old Richmondite.” 🥖

          stupid villains who stormed the capital colombo by seduced vote of patchwork race and patchwork faith by force of the batth parcel vote.
          Sinhala Buddhist JR& Srimao dynasty- enjoy – the life in the gutter of oblivion. –

          Old is gold but all that glitters is not gold-
          Richmond! you are no richman but a rice field of present day mice gawing to glory.

          The Donald is not a Ronald Reagan to go after Commies and be hoodwinked by Sinhalas or Demalas or marrakale – He is Scot-German and a rare breed of the tall bagpipers. Even the Jews do not mess with him when he means
          Make America Great Again like Modi make in India.

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      NO WAY!

      Who proposed Austin as the Presidential Secretary? A former CFA trumpet! “My Belly is Ealam Colour”.

      We vehemently object to the appointment.

      This is not good. Wimal? All hard work of yours and those late prominent lawyers and patriots since 2002 will be at a cross junction, isn’t it?

      Proposed Federal Constitution will get a double push. Ranil and Austin – Partners in crime.

      Let’s get ready, Chief Prelate Theros, Maha Sangha and Sinhalese. There is a prickly road ahead of Sri Lanka. Wake up, everybody.

      We should object to this appointment.

      Has the President gone out of his mind??? If he wants a Secretary, he should have appointed someone like Palihakkara. There are some others too.

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        Balligeputhas of your nature would prefer former Weerathunga instead. Right ?

        Champa, when would you see it right ?Your world should be so dark right ?

        Sinhalese ? I belong to Sinhalaya, but I would not support you buggers in this life.
        Champa get a life man. Now with reveal almost all projects so called buggers to have started – be bound with high corruption… why you guys to licks the balls of Former raja this way ?

        Prelate would never join you, even if recent statements were interepreted by you and the ilk that wrongfully.

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          Samuel Jayaweera – Balligeputha (self-description)

          The place where you are sitting, there is something under – your tail.

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            From what you have been making today- that fits to yours.

            We ve been waiting you to sense it if not today when ?

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        It is pretty obvious that a conspiracy was hatched to remove Abeykoon. Look at how it unfolds.

        1. First Austin resigns for no reason. (22)

        2. Then out of the blue on a Saturday (24) GMOA had “an informal” unscheduled meeting with the President.

        3. Then on Monday (26) they announced that they called off the strike based on what transpired at the meeting with the President, without divulging what was discussed.

        4. Then President’s Office issued a statement in a hurry. (They fell for the trap.)

        5. Then as expected (by people like me) GMOA found faults with the statement stating that it didn’t contain what was promised by the President.

        6. Then they said that President’s Secretary agreed to amend the statement accommodating their request – ok – this we didn’t hear directly from GMOA but a national (?) newspaper published a distorted news item (as ‘boldly – not regrettably – admitted’ by the newspaper itself that they didn’t verify the facts before publishing a news item “related to a very sensitive matter involving the highest authority” in the country) placing the President and his office in an uncomfortable situation, hinting that President compromised at the demand of the GMOA.

        7. In the meantime, somebody made President to accept Austin’s resignation.

        8. Then I don’t know happened at the President’s Office, whatever it is, it was bad enough for Abeykoon to tender his resignation.

        9. Did the President accept his resignation? I hope not, at least not yet.

        10. If the President was in a quandary about the replacement, there it is, someone suggests Austin’s name!

        Was this the scenario? Can I boast about having a panoramic vision Or should I receive the Best Fictional Writer Award – 2017 Mid Year?

        Contd’ ……

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          Drama Queen Wimal [Edited out] has abused Champa to themanner the low life has lost his everything to this date. Normaly Champa or anyone should have own freedom to see it right. No, but the kind of me being servile to WIimal or the like social scum seem to continuation of their usual jobs as in the past..
          Even anything and everything would have been the case, that should have been connected with a conspiracy according to school drop out Wimal [Edited out]. No hearts to see, that the world is not as he feels it to be.

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            Sama

            I take decisions for myself, not you, ok. Therefore, mind your own business and stay within your limit.

            If you have a point to prove, do it logically.

            Your comment only shows your low mentality, personal grudge and jealousy. Nothing else. Cheap.

            There is no reason to abuse. We are political allies. Wimal and I share same views and ideology. 99% is the same. Not only me, hundreds of thousand other people are with him irrespective of party politics, though they don’t write like me. We have a goal. We go for it.

            I was with Wimal since February 18, 2015. Nothing or nobody can make me leave him.

            I don’t want to waste more time. I was about to post another comment, then I saw this.

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              Unfortuantley, your ideology is proved to be wrong. I do know WW woulld not have anything in common with you, but so long yours ve been paid enough. you would use your pen for him.
              Please write bit more precisely, I know you have been that servile to him one his sodomites, but that alone would not suffice you to continue right ?
              Please teach him to sense and learn more about the world. Bugger has been abusing US software, while once was on a singleman strike against GOOGLE products. Please let us know what MOBILE he has been used. Whatever it is, he should have been using the soft ware of MS further. Really, if nothign can take you away from means, there should be something his wife to worry that much. Then you would ask me which wife right ?
              Former idiotic leaders Astrologer and Sorcery man Royal Astrologer should have played a witchery tricks to keep you that bound ? Or come with constructive arguments, what makes you think you to be that servile to a school drop out this way ?
              You know the harm you ve been doing is that much … not many as last time would ever vote him next time. We want to see the bugger being caputred by lanken law and order at least in the days to come. Then only we can makeour minds for good.

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                Sama

                :D :D :D D :D

                Your comment made me laugh a lot. Your reply is much weaker than the former

                I pity you. You have nothing against him, just jealousy.

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                  What kind of Jealousy ?

                  For a school drop out ? Who has been rotten in his own hatreds ?
                  Man, let s ask the bugger to be present in a forum where University dons and other experts are there to argue on his conspiracy therories. THere, he woul dno thave the support flowing from shanty dwellers in Colombo.

                  Please ask him to stop blind fooling nation on and on, since now it is high time people to have their own freedom to see what is right and what is wrongs. Since MR idiots left the country in pieces, all unexpected is the consequence. Now with 350 million of dollars to have gone to the pockets of Rajaakshes in terms of Uma oya project, but to paint the picture in favour of him further, WW will have usual kind of conspiracy theories … anyways,
                  so long you would be masked, you would not have free mind to see it Champa. you are nothing but a prisoner in Wimal weerawanses slavery.

                  You have no arguments, so that is why you dont add anything here.

                  CT readership, over to you. please discuss this loudly.

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                    Sama

                    Of course, there is no argument in your comment. This is my list to you – NO ARGUMENT.

                    1. School dropout – can anybody undo it? He has every right to follow his political path as any other citizen in the country.

                    2. You, yourself claimed that Wimal was a school dropout and then you want University Dons and other experts to argue with him!!! It is difficult for me to type even because I can’t stop laughing. Thank you anyway, you have placed him at the intellectual level of University Dons and other experts. You have grudgingly or unknowingly if not may be your inner voice agrees without any doubt that he is someone who could present his whatever theories to University Dons and make them argue with him. Thank you, again. You have given due recognition to his theories and himself both.

                    2. What was his conspiracies you so passionately “worried” about? No elaboration, therefore nothing to argue.

                    3. He is ‘blind fooling’ the nation? Man, he is the only politician who opened people’s eyes well in advance. If it was not for him, nobody even knows government’s traitorous agenda – to list a few. a. treacherous Federal Constitution b. treacherous ICPPED c. treacherous UNHRC Resolution d. treacherous OMP e. treacherous ETCA f. treacherous Sale of national assets g. treacherous Land Act oh, I almost forgot h. Super sophisticated Central Bank Bond Scam – plus numerous other lesser crimes. Can you stop them? Have you ever written a single word about them? People like you who hate someone who speaks on behalf of the country is the disgrace.

                    4. 350 million dollars have gone to Wimal’s godfather’s pocket, right? Not Wimal’s? Therefore, I am not bothered.

                    5. My mind is not corrupt like yours. So I don’t want to be like you. Hurt?

                    See, there is nothing worth reading in your comment. Nothing to argue. Utter waste of my time.

                    Learn to be objective, not subjective, ok.

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              It is fine you make your decision for your own, but that lead us the folks into all destruction, there we have to attack you this way.

              We want WW to be lost from the earth so that we can feel it fine.
              We really want WW to be punished by all means for all the high crimes his rhetorik has made to this nation.
              He deservers to be hung by his balls for all the sinns.
              Today, Prof. W questions as to why the current govt stay further not taking actions against Wimal… even if he has been proved to be a high criminal… what cause him to be scot free even today ? etc. The days ahead of us, we will fight further to get the bugger finally prisoned for ever.. leaving us all srilanken s in peace .

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                Sama

                You are talking about high profile robberies like robbing the central bank in broad day light and pocketing a commission worth about half a billion even before some agreements were signed, right? Yeah, me too, look at that, the high profile culprit is still scot free. Please put him in jail soon, ok. The whole country will be relieved, as you said and even the economy will recover.

                When Ranil tries to put forward his federal agenda, his partners in crime remember Wimal too, for he is the biggest hindrance to federal. No wonder they think of suppressing his voice again. This time everybody including Maha Sangha should also come forward for Wimal if the government tries to jail him with unsubstantiated allegations. We have already showed our unity once. It should continue.

                Oh, I don’t mind anybody attacking me. Not at all. In fact I enjoy.

                You can’t run other people’s lives. You need to learn some basic facts. You are getting better actually. I don’t see any “edited out” words anymore.

                You have mentioned some personal stuff in the previous reply, well I am not interested in his or anybody’s personal life. He isn’t either. Whatever it is you are trying to, it doesn’t work with me.

                There is a saying “What Susie says of Sally, shows more of Susie than of Sally”. The name Susie should be replaced with Sama. Cheers!!!

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                  Minor to major all are robberies.

                  Believe or not now Mafia king is like a crab in hote water with the new new pact is being underway to get the foreign support in getting high criminals caught also out of the country.

                  So ballige putha may have worked on this with his designated men across the world, but never trust, they are all culprits as CHAMPA etal has been.

                  I have no doubt, this much vicious men like Rajakashe will face the KARMA sooner than later.
                  There should be a hidden way UNPrs to corner Rajano not now in a year or so. I have no doubt about that. if Thadjudeen case would reveal the bits .. one behind the other would have to see it right.. the way they killed that young player who is in the same their brutal offsprings.

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              We thought WW and Rajaakshe men take decisions for you since you sound to be that servile to anyone with head or without.

              Example: WW is headless and unedcuated, uncultured school drop out
              MR: he had a head until he was caught by Wimal and his paranoid theories.

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                Bunjappu

                Bunjappu

                Seriously, Wimal is headless? Wow, then he will be the first headless in the world to rule a country (not at the next election, presumably) but one day people of this country will elect him to the highest office. Stay in touch ok.

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                  Wimal is truly saying headless. Voters elect him for his wording.
                  He is the clown for them rather than a politician.
                  Those voters I mean 300 000, I ll bet you – you may bring me their opinions one behind the others.. none will have any idea about what the bugger was screaming out…. just the wording may have gone to the bones of the stupid folks.
                  Why the stupid men- vulnerable to allow fall deepr is the question here.
                  Just get the bugger for an international forum where all the issues are being discussed by historians, political scentists or the like able men but leaving that DJ or HDLM away from the associations.

                  There is a saying in vernacular – ගිය පාර උරුලැවා ගියා වාගෙ… the path is so smelly as Urulaawa would have marched before – so as ANYWHERE WW s gone has damaged entire area – how can he pass a good view being that parnoid ?
                  And conspiracy theories are short live ( please check the pass issues)
                  Please also check what software he has yet been using

                  Lanken easy targets would abuse their votes for the SINHALA WORDs being used on the stage. There DRAMA queen has focused it well. Basta

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                    Bunjappu

                    No more replies. I am going to drop the subject. WW is already angry with me for two days. I don’t even know the reason. May be I have added an extra comma or two full stops! Downright stubborn. Next he will wear a black shirt to show his high anger. (There is a colour code for his anger – high anger, medium anger and mild anger). All aimed at innocent me. Otherwise he shows loving kindness to all other people, even to you.

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          Billa theories as was the case prior to election 2014.

          Drama queen Wimal has been abusing Champa for his polarisation. Poor Champa has been caught akin to former president Weerathunga WHOse whereabouts have been questionable to this date. Weerathunga was like a loyal dog to MR at that time, he was appearing in the spotlight as no second to the levels of MR condom support -Wimal Buruwassa.

          If I were the head of LAW AND ORDER, I would have taken every step to put the GOOGLE drama queen Wima eunach behind the bars, not just for a couple of years, but for rest of his life.

          His rherotic abused the nation… creating irrepairable damages to IQ low mind sets also in WP province. Wp province is the place where people and the world believed to have produced intelligent srilankens.

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          Another comment. May be two. Depends. When I start writing, it is difficult to stop. I shall use simple words/short sentences to stay within 300 words.

          Wimal’s life is in danger – again. On the political/public front, Wimal is the biggest, the strongest, aggressive, most stubborn obstacle to Federal. In his entire political career (30), he protected Unitary State through his oratory, Parliament and Supreme Court.

          On the administrative front, President is the obstacle.

          Federal Constitution is a “one stone – two birds” stratagem. Second stone is to weaken Executive Presidency.

          Ranil is famous for dirty games. Actually he has another stone which didn’t work so far. According to 19th Amendment, if the President resigns, fallen sick or died, PM can act as the President for the balance period. He need not to hold an election.

          Why are we against Federal Constitution?

          1. Sri Lanka has been a unitary state throughout her history. Only a minority separatist provincial party which received 500,000 votes out of 11 million valid votes is demanding a federal state. Majority wants the unitary state. Nowhere in the world a country is divided based on ethnicity.

          There is no logic whatsoever for separating North Province exclusively for a certain number of Tamils, when more Tamils than that living outside North.

          Are they willing to “migrate” to North, their own Federal Province? How does government handle a situation if they are forced to “migrate”?

          I dare say majority Tamils don’t desire self rule to North. Only India (with a sinister motive to attach North to Tamil Nadu) and separatist Tamil politicians are in favour of it. Prabhakaran unleashed carnage for 30 years for this. Hundreds of thousand lives were sacrificed to protect Unitary State. What logic is there to grant federal/autonomy now?

          Contd’……….

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            Continuation ———–

            2. Some argue ancient Sri Lanka was divided into three administrative parts why not now? True – We were called “Sinhale” even before the arrival of rogue Vijaya. “Lanka” is also another name presumably for its beauty.

            Ancient Sinhalese civilization was based on Agriculture and Buddhism, therefore country was divided into 3 parts “Thun Sinhale” extending “from hills to the sea” based on “ground and watersheds” using only three main rivers – i.e.

            i. Pihiti (Rajarata) – Central Hills, Central and Northern parts — Boundary: *Deduru Oya/^Mahaweli Ganga

            ii. Maya (Dhakshina) – Central Hills and Western parts — Boundary: *Deduru Oya/~Kalu Ganga

            iii. Ruhunu – Central Hills, South-Western and Eastern parts — Boundary: ^Mahaweli Ganga/~Kalu Ganga

            It should be noted that Jaffna (Pihiti) and Trincomalee-Gokanna (Ruhunu) were not belonging to the same “Rata” even during ancient time.

            3. Before Federal Constitution, government should resettle Sinhalese in North/East in their original historical inhabitants and settle the rest based on the ethnicity. There is no need to chase Tamils, Sinhalese should be settled in lands belonging to government. Before South Indians invaded North, lands in North/East were belonging to Sinhalese.

            There is no truth in Tamils claim that they were “also” the first inhabitant of the country. If so, they should have been settled throughout the country like Sinhalese. They were only concentrated in North as they were descendents of South Indian invaders.

            The cruelty of invaders made our ancestors leave their original inhabitants in North and concentrate in Anuradhapura. Some of the Sinhalese who stayed back in North were “Tamilized”, meaning Tamil names were added to Sinhalese names.

            The most cruel South Indian invader Kalinga Magha invaded Anuradhapura, then made Polonnaruwa his capital and took over Malaya Rata. When Anuradhapura was invaded Sinhalese moved to hill areas, then to South for protection from invaders.

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              Champoo,
              “There is no truth in Tamils claim that they were “also” the first inhabitant of the country. If so, they should have been settled throughout the country like Sinhalese”
              Go look at a Dutch map of Sri Lanka. Read their Tombos. Why is it that most people along the coast from Mannar to Kalutara are recorded having Tamil names? Why is it that Panadura is “Panethure” and Matara “Mathure” Why is there a Hindu temple in Kataragama / Munneswaram? Why is there a “Waikkal ” near Negombo?
              So strange, isn’t all this? Maybe, as a great historian and archaeologist, you can explain?

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                Romano

                One need not to be a Historian to know the history of the country they live. Every citizen should. Check Ptolemy’s map, not Dutch map if you want to know about the history.

                When did Kalinga Magha invaded Sinhale with 24,000 of his army and all other invaders before and after and left their South Indian subjects? I said this clearly. They don’t have roots. South Indians are immigrants. How did an African tree named “Baobab” grow in Mannar? It is not a native plant. It was brought by Arab merchants. Its root is Africa.

                Seriously, the government should introduce History to school curriculum as a full subject. Some people still think Buddhism came to us from India when actually Lord Buddha’s Birth Place Lumbini was located in Terai plains in South Nepal. There is a belief that although Lord Buddha was born in Nepal (ok, India), he attained enlightenment not in India but in Sri Lanka. (Alright, I will talk about it somewhere else).

                Sri Lanka is the only country which doesn’t teach History as a subject. We have a history that goes back to over 5000 years. There was human existence in our country 30,000 – 35,000 years ago (Homosapien Balangodanaise). “Balangoda Manawaya” has cultivated Oats and Barley in Horton Plains – 30,000 years ago. How many of Sri Lankans know about our history? Who stopped teaching History at schools? This country is ruined by politicians. A patriot should rule this country one day and correct all the blunders made by bloody politicians.

                The government should make it compulsory for every citizen to pass a History examination at the age of 21, similar to citizenship examinations in other countries. Our people are like aliens.

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                  Chumpoo,
                  “Sri Lanka is the only country which doesn’t teach History as a subject. We have a history that goes back to over 5000 years.”
                  You haven’t answered why Tamil names recorded by the Dutch 300 years ago have become Sinhalese now. Never mind Ptolemy. He didn’t actually come here.
                  Of course we have a history which goes back over 5000 years, but Buddhist monks only want to talk about the fake Mahavamsa. That’s why actual history cannot be taught.
                  Oh, by the way, I am sure you are that fashionable female with dyed hair who seems to be with dear Wimal whenever he attends court.

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            Yes, I can imagine. you are here helpless. your brain works to the manner of that Forest Gump (Autist). I watched today the FILM Forest Gump again.
            Hie IQ is over 160 but he does ont know how to behave well. So is the case with you Champa.
            You have been abused by Wimal the condom support of Rajaakshe for his political surivival. But WW will have no long time as had been in the HIGH days of his Guru.

            Else, i can t see any reason why you or any one with a bird brain to be that servile to stupid men further. You should have been gotten some education thanks to your parents, but why to be lads of stupid men.
            WW was a great problem during our schooling. There too, his was louded … i mean in 80ties. Then it was made clear that the rascal was droped out from the school. He is no means coming from an average background. Today him to stammer stories sternghtening his fairy tales about colonial powers, and their so called invasions bla bal.. are his child hood stories.
            Anyways, buggers rhetorics costed this nation that much.

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          Continuation ——

          Provincial Councils forced on us by India should be abolished.

          Granting more powers to Provincial Councils without even a concurrent list is full autonomy which should be rejected totally.

          Sinhalese never asked for a new constitution or amendments to the current constitution. This government has no mandate for any of the above. Introducing a new constitution or making drastic amendments is a huge step which has serious impact on every three pillars executive, legislative and judiciary.

          This government is not trustworthy at all to entrust such a huge task. When they don’t even know how to recycle garbage, how do they know how to formulate a constitution? They have mixed up the tasks. Those who should be in political dustbin are drafting the new constitution.

          People should reject the new constitution completely, even any amendment to the current constitution. The game played with the words “unitary” and “Buddhism” are only to distract people from seeing the whole picture. Don’t be deceived. Constitution is not something anybody could make like making roti.

          When Federal Constitution is taking the centre stage for the second time, Wimal’s life is in danger, I repeat. Last time he was sent to jail. Fortunately as the President stopped 6 Committee Reports being tabled in the Parliament, Ranil couldn’t have his way. Someone is pushing Ranil. And some are so power hungry, they don’t even see any value of human lives, they could even use someone’s dead body to create an uprising.

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          Champa, dont engage a dialogue with such curse like Samuel Jayaweera. He will even go to the extent of endorsing yahapalana shit is tasty! Such a nasty soul he is. He would not have been using such nasty words to criticize those who holds opposite opinion, if he’s a decent human being.

          Only the Eelam lobby will be happy of this latest appointment of Yahapalanaya. Everyone knows who Austin Fernando is. The relationship between Austin and his infamous “machang” story and the bouquet of flowers to LTTE top runners in golden days of LTTE terrorists are too well known.

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            Maxmoron, good to see you again here.

            We thought you may have been undergoing surgeries not being able to bear the pain being made by them to you over the years. So is the case with Champa too.
            Anyways, Champa is little dffferent to that of yours in the line of his arguments. He does nto know even what he has been droping down form his both ends.
            Sadly, you are the folks to represent the majority of this rotten country.

            Longer you are there, worsen will t become .. no doubt about that.
            I hope rajaapakshes have extended the size of your perks since he is said to have collected lately from the SINHALA DIASPHORA living in Korea, by begging for their cry.

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              Uncle Burampi,

              //I hope rajaapakshes have extended the size of your perks… //

              The simple line above is enough to gauge your brain. To understand how you label people as various names, titles etc. If one bears a different opinion to you, he/she will be in pay list of Rajapakshe! Way to go uncle Buram! The present sorry state of ‘Yahapalanaya’ is inevitable thanks to lickers you!

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                You and all should be grateful to current DUO to have saved the bums of Rajaakshes.
                Had there been the kind of leaders, Rajapakshe as a killing friendly leader could have taken to Hague for war crimes, like the way Rajaakshe forces grabed war won army commander. – .. anyways, Rajaapkshe uncultured men would never be grateful to anyone.
                You the like ilk instead would go on spice their extrements as usual.
                Anywayy, we undrestand you the kin dof men need sums to spend for your living.
                But it is high time you to think twice it is for the sake of the nation but not for any kind of maraurders of the Rajaapkshe nature.

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            Oh, thanks Max. I hope to see you more here.

            Some jerks like Samuel, BurapiPuncha and Bunjappu think the world revolves around them. If it was not for gravity their belt-less pants would have been on the follow. I enjoy showing them who controls the gravity.

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        Continuation……….

        Isn’t this the same scenario involving Central Bank?

        JO staged a street march against Arjun Mahendran at the end of his tenure (anyway as per MR’s plans, this date coincided with RTI Debate in order to give Ranil a blank slate in the Parliament to pass it without a vote. Even Wimal was compelled to agree to majority decision, and later in some other instances, too).

        This or what I don’t know, prompted President to remove Arjun from his post without any extension. When President was in a hurry to appoint a new Governor, Ranil presented Coomaraswamy as arranged in advance and without even blinking his eyes, President appointed him. I even criticized President’s Secretary elsewhere not advising the President to take time to decide the replacement when facing a controversial situation.

        History is repeating, Mr. President. Don’t fall for their trap for the second time.

        Mr. President, please don’t appoint Austin as your Secretary. He will not only betray you, he will overpower you, do everything in his power to abolish Executive Presidency, bring in the Federal Constitution even Hybrid Courts and use your very office to betray the entire country and the nation.

        Mr. President, please retain Mr. Abeykoon’s services or don’t accept his resignation. We don’t know about his performance, but he didn’t betray you or the country and I am sure he will never do that.

        I have more to say to the President. I will try to shrink it to 300 words.

        (Warning, JO is staging a protest against ETCA out of the blue. All this time they weren’t directly opposed to it like Wimal. I am sure next week Ranil is upto something, may be a major issue. Mahinda/JO have taken the contract to distract masses.)

        Contd’…..

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        Continuation ………

        Mr. President, I didn’t vote for you, but I reserve my right to make this request to you as a citizen.

        Patriots don’t have a say in the Parliament anymore. Mahinda/JO are supporting Ranil to betray the country. Never in Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary history, any Act, regarded as detrimental to the country and opposed by majority, passed unanimously or without a vote. JO who claimed as bona fide Opposition (I leave Wimal out) does not represent the voice of the majority anymore.

        Ranil has only ⅔ but JO grants him ⅞ by letting him pass all disastrous Acts without a single opposition vote. Traitors. This is not what we expected from them when they sat in the Opposition.

        Voice of patriotic masses were represented by Wimal only. Mahinda even hijacked our democratic right to mark our protest against OMP in the Parliament through Wimal, by shrewdly taking him away from the country coinciding with OMP Debate date.

        Mr. President, I was dead against you. I don’t backtrack a single word. I meant every word I said. We let MR/JO (except Wimal, he never changed his principles) pull wool over our eyes for two years. Not any more. We are, I am, compelled to adjust our thinking. It was you who stopped Ranil’s traitorous agenda so far. You used your power to do that every time it was necessary. I didn’t see any oversight so far. All this time Ranil couldn’t break your resolve. Unlike other leaders, you listen to Maha Sangha and general public. It is a new phenomenon in our political history. We will make sure this continues, if you know what I mean.

        Mr. President, you are the only hope for Sinhalese right now. Please don’t appoint Austin. Please don’t betray us. Thank you.

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        Why Champa would you have preferred a rogue?
        You are correct, an uprising is needed all right. Unfortunately not the kind and people you are recommending. And it will come. Much to every politicians dismay.

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          Tungsan Yu

          Who is the rogue you assume I prefer? Name him. I can’t read your mind.

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          If a person would have been muscle than a brain, Champa would start delivering his service being that servile. That is how Champa has been brought up.

          That is pathological, but unfortuantely there is no remedy.

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            Bunjappu

            Anybody who reads your comments will decide who is the muscle man.

            I told this before. I am filling the vacuum of a Sinhalese Buddhist here on CT. I represent 70.2% of the population.

            Your attacks give me more strength and yours and some others comments starting from obscene to little decent now show that I am doing a good job. Ain’t I, CT?

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              Doing a job to whom ? Not to us CT readership but to WW- your pay master right ?

              When woud you see it right – ? Why to be that loyal…. to WW ? Was you too connected to the dead found in his 4 walls ?
              May be you too have been injected by testing drug materials – being a caricature to Ms/Eurnach/Weerawanse who not jus tonce several times is reported to have channge her particulars on various passports ?

              You are not representing us THE BUDDHISTs, but just those extremists and extremists representatives right ?

              We want WW to be hung by his balls to feel us finally JUSTICE is served.

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                Bunjappu

                You are not a Buddhist. Your comments posted for last two months up to now provide ample proof that you are not a Buddhist.

                A Buddhist would never use such abusive words to slander anybody even an archenemy, let alone a nationalist politician like Wimal, who wears the country on his sleeve.

                So you don’t come under that category. I don’t represent you at all.

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      what kind of development are u bubbling ?

      Achieving democracy to lost and destroyed by MR regime….

      Achieiving external relatiionships, even if ballige putha lately paid a visit to Pakstan going through his controversal agendas ?

      Achiving GSP plus for over 5000 items – permitting tax free export

      Achieving plans to recycling garbage incl left by MR et al on sustainable way

      Achieving plans to iron out the cow dung road left by MR in terms of PVT medical degree

      Why you guys seem to be blind folded forever ?

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        You are dead right Bunja :) I could not agree with you more.

        US AND POLITICS IN DEVELOPED WORLD: .
        Obama FORMER US Prez is alway welcome by Europeans as no second to late Singer/one and only Michal Jackson. People go to ectasse each time.
        But Europeans in general loudly interpret Trumps visit to EUROPE is similar to ” an elephant in a porcelan shop”.
        Not a single leader of EU woulD EVER be happy to shake hand with Trump but with OBAMA.
        But what I am trying to say is – former President OBAMA never uttered a single word against his successor during his trip made to Germany lately, he was directly questioned on that too… but he was very diplomatic.

        SADLY CURRENT DAY SRILANKEN POLITICS:

        As a country all various leaders leaving all differences should work together specially on the issues relavant to EXTERNAL POLITICS.
        What is going on today is not OVERLOOKED by any one with a bird brain – former President Mahinada RAJAPAKSHE has been behaving so controversal SOFAR. Actually there are sufficient reasons to ban him from visiting any country. This man is a no go…. he has been destroying everything.. selfish as no other.
        Why if not his POWER INTOXICATION – if the bugger ever thought about the nation, would he behave so THIS WAY ?
        Colletivity succeeded the elemination of terror within the island bounderies.
        But that was painted in favour of his political survival.
        Alone the fact, his INABILITY to do move inch with reconcilaition in the post war period – PROVED well to the world – Rajapakshe was NOT a magical leader, but it was collectivity succeeded the war against terror.

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          “”Not a single leader of EU woulD EVER be happy to shake hand with Trump but with OBAMA.
          But what I am trying to say is – former President OBAMA never uttered a single word against his successor during his trip made to Germany lately, he was directly questioned on that too… but he was very diplomatic.””

          Don’t say it until you read (which I doubt because you are not a reader) Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, by the Pulitzer prize winner … Its unusually candid disclosures about Obama’s sex life and drug use – The tip cut Obama as said by his girlfriend anthropologist at Chicago University Dr Sheila Miyoshi Jager (Dutch and Korean ancestry) http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/Before-Michelle-Barack-Obama-asked-another-woman-11117981.php
          EU leaders are afraid of Russia after pushing for Crimea and refusing to pay the bill for their own security.. So as Merkel said recently they would sleep even with the Russians and ladies man Obama. Eu Germany played a high card for muslims like Hitler and ended up with 2 million and Sweden is still sieged with cultural shock- Obama legacy.

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            Whatever, Obama would not stand against America, but our former, would stand against Srilanka. That is what I wanted to make clear.
            See, from the day 1 since got defeat, he has been travelling to Uganda, Korea, Japan, lately to Pakistan… all because MR has not digested his defeat yet. The harm being done by his stupid actionss, is secondary to him.

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              “”Whatever, Obama would not stand against America, but our former, would stand against Srilanka.””
              You never read enough of american philosophers to comment about Obama the son; both his parents married several times and he married a former slave’s child for the vote.)
              read his biography (the rising star- where his girlfriend (dutch korean Dr of Anthropology prof at Chicago university)
              why is his only desi roommate (andhra civil servants son for a summer vacation) speak doubles now that he is neither ambassador or director of trade?
              Why does he not utter a word about The Donald??
              The very shit house that the libtard media is trying to make collapse on The Donald would fall on both Michelle, Him and family- he could end up in jail. the white american soldiers are not happy the world is not happy with the final result of the ladies man like JFK- it’s JFK’s daughter that propped his nomination in the first place and she finally ended up as ambassador at Japan.
              the donald is very much like an opposite of JFK in the sense he is anti media and new module of communication putting all the media garbage at risk- tweet, tweet, go post that letter.

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      Please England take us back! We keep recycling these same old, tested, tired old civil servants in our administration. 99% of these guys have overseen Sri Lanka’s steady descent into one of the most corrupt, criminal & politicized nations on the planet. For 70 years these guys have done nearly nothing to blow the whistle against what they have witnessed. They have no backbone, nor integrity. Rather they have handsomely benefited from the stinking status quo. Austin, Bradman, Bernard, Paskaralingam et al have all played in tandem with the disgusting politicians of both SLFP & UNP. Your Majesty the Queen of England, we need modern new blood in our civil service. Please England is too late to take us back? Cheers!

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        Bennie…

        not even ETHIOPIANS would take us today since they are all aware, the manner our leaders have been capable of… either they are over corrupted or devious as depicted by the CHARACTOR Dayan Jaythilaka.
        DJ and his activities are the tool to measure how lanken politicians in general are upto. He has always someting to say refering thousands of references in his articles.

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        Sinhala Buddhist Tatte Motte- “”Please England take us back! “”
        The Kings do not send their clothes to the laundry.
        Hong Kong is richer than your dream but Britain would have non of it then or today with all those protest marches. You and the rest of the islands windbags hid in women’s underwear when Prince Charles and Cameron arrived and prefered to scream – Demala Maramu- Now cannibal boy and girls enjoy life in the fast lane.

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          Ben Hurling,
          Here is what you and the sinhala buddhist of south or demalas of north india would never like to hear. from 1818 when English East India Company took over the whole of India and Lanka after the victory at 3rd Anglo Maratha war (upto 1818 Thanjavur Tamil Nadu was ruled by the last of the Maratha Maharaja Vaiko Bhonsle of Sivaji Dynasty – the english cared for him until his demise) The very first English mounted police was set up at Madras Presidency and from there Ceylon was administered economically by succeeding thrifty Brahmins therefore there was plenty and more at Ceylon. Even today at Amsterdam VOC research centre they pride in saying only Madras Presidency has retained every invoice from year 1600 (99% still in the archives) while cochin and colombo have just about 5%.
          Keep dreaming of your patchwork culture island of plenty before 1948. What a set of 99% windbags post comments on the goo blog?

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    It is a welcome move for the East as well as the entire country.

    Let the UNP-SLFP partnership prosper!

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      I agree with you, and also the two comments just below yours. This
      gentleman kept his ties with MS since they were compatriots (see
      No. 13 in AFs CV above). The old school public servants are on call,
      due to the mishandling of Politics by the Sinhala Intelligentsia. A
      read of what Ceylon Tamils contributed to Singapore’s advancement
      is fantastic. read: [Edited out]

      Times have changed – the fashion is to go west but the return to
      serve the motherland is a bust – what happened to the world^s leading
      Sr Lankan wild-life conservatist on his return to serve us!!

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    I am glad Abeykoon a corrupt official is gone (hope for ever). He was left wing, anti capitalist and is full of hatred and vengeance.

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      You are dead right Bunja :) I could not agree with you more.

      US AND POLITICS IN DEVELOPED WORLD: .
      Obama FORMER US Prez is alway welcome by Europeans as no second to late Singer/one and only Michal Jackson. People go to ectasse each time.
      But Europeans in general loudly interpret Trumps visit to EUROPE is similar to ” an elephant in a porcelan shop”.
      Not a single leader of EU woulD EVER be happy to shake hand with Trump but with OBAMA.
      But what I am trying to say is – former President OBAMA never uttered a single word against his successor during his trip made to Germany lately, he was directly questioned on that too… but he was very diplomatic.

      SADLY CURRENT DAY SRILANKEN POLITICS:

      As a country all various leaders leaving all differences should work together specially on the issues relavant to EXTERNAL POLITICS.
      What is going on today is not OVERLOOKED by any one with a bird brain – former President Mahinada RAJAPAKSHE has been behaving so controversal SOFAR. Actually there are sufficient reasons to ban him from visiting any country. This man is a no go…. he has been destroying everything.. selfish as no other.
      Why if not his POWER INTOXICATION – if the bugger ever thought about the nation, would he behave so THIS WAY ?
      Colletivity succeeded the elemination of terror within the island bounderies.
      But that was painted in favour of his political survival.
      Alone the fact, his INABILITY to do move inch with reconcilaition in the post war period – PROVED well to the world – Rajapakshe was NOT a magical leader, but it was collectivity succeeded the war against terror.

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      Kumarini.
      Do not be too optimistic. Corruption is the name of the game.
      SL is a banana republic, even the judiciary is corrupt.
      The present president is a joke and the prime minister lives in exile quite a lot of the time avoiding uncomfortable politics back at home at tax payers expense.
      And the “poor people” constantly taken for a ride.
      Get it.

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    This is not to comment on this new appointee.

    But it is typical that we keep going back to ancient men from our much discredited and inefficient public service to fill vital posts. There are public servants involved in Uma Oya, Bond scam, power & Energy Ministry-behind every failure we have public servants and their political masters.

    We are a nation in crisis on every front. These are people ( not individually of course) who held various posts while we were descending into a corrupt and crisis ridden country. Now in retirement we keep summoning them-Paskaralingam, Bradman, Weeratunga and wife, now this Fernando.
    Look at the Ambassadors appointed by MS-many old public servants-France,Germany.This is only because when MS was a minister these chaps took care of him( they do that with all ministers) gave his family and friends cars and other benefits. So these old ministers repay the debt by reappointing old public servants to various posts.

    Do you think this is what the country deserves ? Doesn’t our education system presently make anybody who can fill these posts ?

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      Harry,
      “Do you think this is what the country deserves ? Doesn’t our education system presently make anybody who can fill these posts ?

      Harry, you have hit the nail on the head. No it doesn’t is the short answer. We don’t have an education system . What we have is a cramming system which produces semi-literate idiots like the current IGP (who is better at yoga than policing). Then we have the DIG who says that arresting a Buddhist monk is very difficult.
      Our so-called system produces doctors who hold patients to ransom. It cannot produce individuals who can think or make decisions on their own. It gets worse with every generation, because the teachers get more and more backward.
      Sadly, we are forced to recruit aged but able former Civil Servants like Paskaralingam and Austin Fernando. What happens when these people die out? I suppose, just like the construction workers, we will have to import them from India and China.

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        All Educated , Smart and Capable young and not that old Sri Lankans are gone overseas because of the bad management of the country by the uneducated set of politicians who amass wealth whenever they come to power not carrying out anything that they promise during elections.

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        Dear “old codger”,

        I still don’t know who you really are, although you know my identity. You have said, ” We don’t have an education system .” So, “lets’ go back to the good old days and have religions educating kids in schools” is what many will say.

        I don’t say so. Just look at the comments here, including many by me:

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/administrative-malpractices-continue-at-jaffna-college-despite-fund-cuts-by-trustees/comment-page-2/#comments

        As you know, I think, I’ve spent most of my life in State Schools – in Maha Vidyalayas – teaching English, but I have a reasonable idea of what education elsewhere is. You are quite right in making that sweeping statement.

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          Dear Sinhala Man,
          I am a much simpler person than you might think. A glorified tinkerer who reads a lot!
          As to religious education, no I don’t advocate what is presently available. There was a BIG difference in the “good old days”. Principals and senior teachers were generally foreigners who kept up the standards . Over subsequent generations, locals with fewer scruples and more “patriotism” have taken over. But this problem is nothing new. I have a speech by the Rector of St.Aloysius’s College Galle (now reduced to a nondescript govt. school) decrying the fall in standards———in 1936! You might know that SAG produced the ONLY Sri Lankan scientist of any repute till the 60’s- Cyril Ponnamperuma.
          Most teachers nowadays believe in astrology, take the Mahavamsa literally, and believe that this country was a paradise before colonization. Critical thinking or questioning of “authority” is not on offer. So one cannot blame the products of their efforts.
          It is not only civil administration that is rotten. There was the revelation recently that the early warning system worth 2 BILLION rupees installed to warn against tsunamis is non-functional because there is nobody who understands its workings. Leave alone the matter of spending so much to warn against something that happens every hundred years or so!

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            “”You might know that SAG produced the ONLY Sri Lankan scientist of any repute till the 60’s- Cyril Ponnamperuma.”
            But there was one even greater than him but few spoke of his greatness because he had only one trouser while at school and the benedictine brothers had to help because he was brilliant- the authority of prestressed concrete New York JR ruined him and neither could he help his alma mater because of the Dollar rule of SriMao. Cyril worked in a warehouse environment unlike President of Royal Society nobel winner for Chemistry.
            The greatest New York has seen was an Indian from Maratha Royalty in 1955 who completed a PhD chemical engineering in 1 year- he did not have to work for living or fame and was least interested in power.

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            “”There was the revelation recently that the early warning system worth 2 BILLION rupees installed to warn against tsunamis is non-functional “”
            Patent Rights are never exposed that easily.That is the reason it’s known as a gift for the locals to awe at. At present even in the UK there are German and Austrian Robots in industry and even when a refugee stuffs some chewing gum in an awkward place the system malfunctions then systems shut all go manual and more workers from agency are brought in so the permanent become instructors for 2 weeks until the German or Austrian engineers are air lifted.
            Ants can inform about a solar eclipse and tsunami better than equipment like the elephant that does the logging on difficult terrarian without much damage.
            “”Critical thinking or questioning of “authority” is not on offer. “” was offered to the subjects under the command because subjects did not have power and – every little bit helps. UK permits its own culture to call a spade a club but not anyone else because its their language. Even today at Madras Gymkhana club dress code is English only and Shashi Tharoor the malabari is cheesed because even an invited guest a judge was refused entry in his dhoti- reason it’s the bridging language or hindi the islamist language will eat them and be sponsored by the west to do so- that is the irony.

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            Dear old codger,

            You are obviously a pure Galle product. Actually my family, too, masculine and distaff sides both, hail from there, but have been mainly Protestant for a couple of centuries. I hope it doesn’t offend you if I say that most conversions to Christianity were, in the final analysis, for economic, even opportunistic reasons. At least Catholicism is a living religion in Sri Lanka, although, to me, there appeared to be a good deal of mumbo jumbo in it. Pope Francis is certainly a refreshing change.

            My parents moved up here in 1945. The males were educated mainly at Richmond, which appears to have been one of the best schools in the country before take-over. I remember my father, who passed away as long ago as 1963, taking me along to meet Rev. Small, who lived in the school, even in retirement. the females were educated in a range of schools: Sacred Heart Convent, Southlands, Christ Church, Baddegama etc. Actually, my mother, owing to various quirks, was educated at Christ Church, Tangalle – far from her native Urala.

            This was her maternal grandfather:

            http://richmondcollege.org/past_headmasters.html

            The first person there: C.E.W.

            Searching fro relevance: Austin Fernando, too, has been educated there. It’s high time we became more serious and responsible about what happens in this country, and stop living out our private fantasies. Objective history is necessary, but also a bit of humility. Thanks for the advice on “kurakkan”!

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              SM,
              Actually it was my father who was a product of SAG.
              I am not all offended by statements on religion. You might have noted that I severely criticize religious hierarchies of all types on this site.

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                Thanks for putting me right on that. Few will now see these exchanges. I wish you’d tell me how to contact you.

                Where were you educated? You are a credit to that institution. I am about to walk down the hill to the school where I was born after my father arrived there as a teacher in 1945.

                To what extent the Uma Oya Scheme will affect even this school is a matter for concern. Little we, as individuals, can do about all that. But I shall expose the cheating here. Two hours to go before this last Executive Committee meeting of the OBA. The AGM on the 12th of August. Shuffling of Heads already decided upon by the Bishop.

                Ven. Philip Neskumar will be very popular when he comes back in January 2018, but I am far from convinced that he is going to be any better. A tougher man, no doubt, but not a man who really values Truth or Scholarship. Make no mistakes, I’m not saying that these are crooks who crudely steal money, but they get away with much wrong doing and live comfortable lives – their families live in comfort – a far cry from a baby born in a cattle shed – if that really happened like it is said.

                Best to doubt the veracity of all this religious mumbo jumbo. It is good to be truthful, but never expect that it will often be recognised or valued. Kant’s Categorical Imperative – choose to do the right thing purely because it is good; expect no reward.

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          “”I still don’t know who you really are, although you know my identity.””
          criminal known as the Tinkerer. If you had glanced through CT several months ago you would have seen his canny smiling face too- he invents weapons and is a friend of naxalites but not Maoist. Thing is he is a ranil fan so it’s his period of not succumbing to injury in the hands of Maoist.;)

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            Dear Kurakkan,

            I don’t know what you have against “old codger”, but I find his comments always refreshing.

            If his face was displayed a few months ago, he must have written an article, and, of course, I don’t know his name. Why torment us with riddles – life is complicated enough for guys like me (remember, the Uma Oya is a huge problem)? Why don’t you just provide a link to the article?

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              Village Mahadana Muttha, please digest this as it is as true as its author above

              Nathan / July 1, 2017 19:13:: “”Sinhala_Man, You are a good man; you are so good that you err in judgement of other men.””

              sorry to say you have no class of torrington CH&FC club which was the club of the elite of colombo 7. (have you ever seen `kalu` ratnam bros play- it was always a try and conversion while you praise the unknow coward of the game who even attempted to drop kick from from the halfway line and failed just like the very strong built over 6ft black of english football ¬Heskey¬ (with just one goal in every 10 games for his country and an traditionally unfavourable reputation, ) Stick to your school books and public schools in the hills you are bound to be heard but not St Thomas- learn to live with it and don’t argue for the sake of arguing.

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                kurakkan,

                A great deal of invective meaning little. One thing I do grant you. You know more Rugby Football than I do.

                What’s all this about Colombo 7? Your very words show your limitations. I’m sorry if this is turning out nasty, but you began it.

                And, while we may wander a little off topic, could we please be a little more constructive – both of us.

                Actually, many years ago I used to meet Indrajit: his father-in-law lived a ten minute walk away. No, I haven’t seen him play rugby. Do you think everybody under the sun must be your clone?

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                  You are the clown to not have spent your free time reading comics like Rajiv Gandhi or Old codger. now go fetch !!!;)

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                  You venture into Jaffna Christian School Laffada (issues) then you venture into capital Colombo Laffada. But you are based in insignificant UVA and to top it.
                  The total number of Anglicans is only half a percent of the population of Sri Lanka. `About 80% of Sri Lankan Anglicans are Tamil by ethnicity.` However, with funds from UK where the headquarters are located (and where Henry VIII founded the denomination in the 16 th Century) the church wields some power in the social and political scene in Sri Lanka.)
                  you have no vote or voice but are outnumbered and more so because of ethnic division- so please know what you can’t do!!

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                  S.M,
                  Take it easy. I believe Kurakkan is an old lady in a mental asylum. She has no idea who I am, neither have I written an article.
                  Kurakkan has several other handles. You can tell by the encrypted language.

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                    old codger,
                    The little old lady in tennis shoes fall down and go Boom!!
                    Your talk doesn’t cook rice-
                    Spiderman!!

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                    Old Codger,

                    I am awaiting your response to my previous comment…
                    Buramphisincho / July 2, 2017 23:58
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                    Please get back to me in that regard.

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                      Burampi,
                      Thank you for the interest.
                      I am of the same view as you- that people should pay for services (even delayed payment is ok). As for education in particular, I think technical education should be popularized, by subsidizing it and making it harder to enter the relatively less useful Arts streams.
                      It is a fact that with fixed resources, a government cannot keep on providing the same quality in education , health and other services in line with rising demand.
                      The problem is that once reckless politicians have given away anything “free” , it is very difficult to get people to pay.

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                      Old Codger,

                      thanks for your response. I had been awaiting ot read it.
                      You know what, they many dont have a feeling that STATE paid their college charges.
                      This they have taken for granted by date.
                      Pakistanies dont even offer, schooling free.
                      Srilanka the state finances free education, free health, free so many things.
                      But by today, people have no idea about other countries behave in terms of their education.
                      Sure, we have as a result the highest literary rate, but unfortunately, that has brought nothing in terms of choosing their candidates in elections.
                      No matter they even hold degrees, but they have voted for the guy for free rice packet sofar, is not that so ?
                      That means higher literacy rates bring nothing as Amrasiri keeps on adding his thoughts on this.

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                    Tinkerer your road to economic freedom is right (i happen to know them than your dream boat because i know all the beeps to your change the time which was right) but it is fraught within the jaws of the tiger overseas- your Fetters- According to the sane and mad- it is the Tamils abroad who clamour for militancy, violence and Eelam. They live as introverts and are unable to capture a seat in US/UK (Canada- it was a teaser- she will never come right again because was divided) But the sinhalese are moving upwards in the UK using the same bait – eg canny Ranil Jayawardena the Tory MP.
                    It is cruel to draw attention to another real-life situation. According to a post-war Government survey, there were/are at least 90,000 Tamil war-widows, who have been left to care for children and elders alike. There may be young widows, whose physical security might demand and justify re-marriage. No one has heard of pan-Tamil conscience pricking any youth from the Diaspora offering to marry any of them, or otherwise financially support families and communities.(N. Sathiya Moorthy)

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                  Sinhala_Man———– A great deal of invective meaning little. “comment is free, but facts are sacred” -C. P. Scott. If you are liberal good hearted Sinhalese or Buddhist you need not to worry too much about invectiveness. I am sure are, however we know how Buddha handled Akkosa.

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                I noticed the twist in typo.- Okay so you want to scream and shout about havelocks – dan and jeff and CR& FC then captain asss licking governor who lost the finals to police at Longdon place He was a coward trying to kick the ball from half line because he was fearful like -Heskey¬ the very opposite of English Rooney. i watch the matched on invitation of full back police football team- go tick all you like

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                  Dear One-Track Kurakkan,

                  Still comatose after last night’s debauchery?   I saw some of this drivel last night, but saw no purpose in responding.   Thanks for unloading further offensive balderdash; it gives readers the opportunity to get back on topic.

                  So, a caricature of all that is odious about about the parasites of “Colombo 7” has actually offered himself up for vivisection.   Is it any wonder that the people who live close to the soil become nasty racists and religious bigots when faced with the likes of you?   This country was once prosperous because we were exporting basic products.  Now YOU live off the earnings of women and  unskilled labour “exported” to barbaric lands. 

                  I’ve never cared for rugby – so what?  Actually, my children and the younger folk in my family would be familiar with what you talk about.  Rugby appeals to few in the country.  I was never great at any sport, but I wouldn’t confess ignorance of cricket, tennis or swimming.  Also I’m quite familiar with all the cultural activity that goes on at the Lionel Wendt, although I’m rather too poor to indulge in such things now.

                  I can’t help feeling that some others will see your vulgar and ill-bred rantings and respond before the ten day deadline for comments. 

                  Thanks for helping diagnose one of the problems with our society.   Frankly, I wouldn’t know how to deal with your type of menace.   Let me hope that there are not too many of you.

                  I suggest that you go in to the articles I’ve written about S. Thomas’ since you seem to realise the plight of the Anglican Church.  There are only 24,000 Anglicans in all in Sri Lanka, out of 1.5 million Christians of various sorts.  I’m not its defender, although born in to it.

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                    “”Still comatose after last night’s debauchery? “”I suggest that you go in to the articles I’ve written about S. Thomas’ since you seem to realise the plight of the Anglican Church. “”
                    you are the garbage man even a left leaning Rtd.Anglican Bishop of Colombo, K.F would laugh at
                    Palyan yakoooooooooooooooo!

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                      Yakoooooooooooooooo Kurakkan!

                      Umbata kondak thiyenawanam umba kawda kiyala kiyapanko!

                      For those who may not understand, I have asked kurakkan to reveal his identity. No, I’m not much bothered by all this. It is what one expects.

                      However, please note that I’ve not said that because I have any naive belief that Truth will triumph, or that there is some god who will put things right.

                      No, it is perfectly possible that vermin like this fellow and Donald Trump will drive mankind to extinction. There was a Sri lankan Uma Oya engineer who dropped
                      in today for some help with IELTS English. He shared my gloomy outlook.

                      As for this “kurakkan” fellow, I agree with “old codger” that this is a guy who has lots of other pseudonyms. I’d go further. This must be a guy who is doing the dirty work for the “Thomian Establishment”. Note that I’m NOT saying that somebody like the Bishop or a BoG member is directly behind this. Like some of the Islamic suicide attackers whom we have heard of recently, this man may be working on his own.

                      I think that I will ignore this guy from this point on – unless that is he comes up with something tangible. So far it has just been invective – not even slander!

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                      Little Old Lady In Acute Distress says””Umbata kondak thiyenawanam umba kawda kiyala kiyapanko!””
                      Loop-the-loop (rearrangement of intestines)
                      Hingannage Tuvale wage dodwana gembo ubage thanna wage nove.—Unlike the never ending clatter clatter clang clang, mumbo jumbo i have no wants I understood value as an adolescent when I played dibul porra and exchanged my winnings for other fruits that make the achcahu because others bought in the best lovi, jamboo, kaju pulan etc from where they lived than the woman who sold it at school.
                      Interfering jealous like the refugees from India that landed at Colombo before WW2 and London from WW1. You fear the light and darkness alike because you will never appreciate the 7th path 4th gem of Buddhism.

                      “”No, it is perfectly possible that vermin `like this fellow` and Donald Trump will drive mankind to extinction.””

                      I am satisfied as I am. East is different from the west in thought and philosophy and one can’t live without the other. Less is More(German) too many hungry unwanted births.
                      The greatest human right for a woman is motherhood See how much of human right the busy western woman sacrifices. From Samanta, Angelina Jolie has taken the fight against soldier’s rape of children and women.
                      The authority is the truth and is right only for the tenure changes to the whims of the seduced voters. I listened to The Donald long before you knew he was contesting. You small minded crackhead, shrouded in jealousy unlike a content baby to see greatness of concepts at their embryo stage and all different cultured people because what you read is for food and abuse of power only. Apart from being a pain to others you got overgrown piles.
                      God forgives I don’t keep off, unless you like Gotabaya white van.
                      Mind De Gap.

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          Sinhala_Man,

          Thank you for your recent comments. The thread on Jaffna College shows no “reply icon” today. Maybe that means that our 10 days window to comment is over for that story? Just when the Trustees will or have made a new decision on the funding of the two JDCSI schools!

          What are the details of the attempt to ban you from a school or schools? Is that because of your proposal to change the constitution? Can it really be true that the Bishop has during two years refused to meet you?

          I have learned that the JDCSI Bishop participated in the function last Tuesday to open the JC library that has been painted after being unpainted since 1974. Later that day he did not grace the JC Prize giving function with his presence. The latter function was open for all and maybe the Bishop was afraid of some alumni and parents?

          The JDCSI schools have received attention from the media and the deep pockets in the USA. It appears that very few are interested in the situation in the other private schools. Church of Ceylon has two private schools in Jaffna. My assumption is that they are governed in the same way as the schools you write about.

          Private schools and churches should be under some kind of government supervision. Annual financial audits, minimum requirements for staff and guidelines of who can become member of a school board, church council etc.

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            Lone Wolf,

            No, Rt. Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabai won’t meet me! I’ve tried – have his personal (name-based) email, and his mobile. Familiar with his Buller’s Road Office. Met him often up to four years ago.

            Dhilo – Parish Priest of Bandarawela in the late eighties. A good preacher, used to be very sure of himself, but not a man able to understand unconventional introverts. For a time, Acting Headmaster of this school nestling just below my home.

            Ages ago, around 1970, I had tried the simplicity of Methodism; Dhilo’s father-in-law, Harold Fernando then the Minister here. My real interests – Quakerism, Tolstoy and Philosophy – there was nobody to share with.

            Dhilo later returned – Archdeacon, Nuwara-Eliya, about 2005. A new Residence plus his personal retirement house were built a mile from my home. My mother on her 82nd Birthday outlined, to her seven children, her departure wishes; she smiled on three years longer. No funeral, almost. Cremation within 24 hours; my foreign siblings turned up for the Memorial Service months later, with Dhilo conducting it.

            Dhilo became Bishop. Wanted to be a People’s Bishop, accessible to all; our entire family present for his installation. Then he changed.

            I pursued him, January 2016, to a Confirmation Service in Haputale. Quietly gave one clear message – “Conduct Board Elections fairly”. He smiled. Later, I didn’t want to storm his office; called his Personal Assistant, Mrs Watson, many times. Very polite, we were. Text messages to Dhilo, attempted mobile calls. Mutual friends spoke to him. To no avail. We actually met thrice, but no, he couldn’t spare a moment.

            Always the same story: if met in Uva, I had to meet him in Colombo. When in Colombo, he was too busy, constantly going abroad. More elusive than any politician!

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              Sinhala_Man,

              Our conversation is totally off the topic but never mind.

              Are you the only one the Bishop does not meet or does he have a problem with others also?

              Your mother had a Western style modern funeral and Memorial Service.

              The piped water every 10 days service was mentioned yesterday in the Sunday Times.

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                Dear Lone Wolf,

                I guess that I’m the most notorious in the list of those he won’t see. There are others who are critical and whom Dhilo avoids, but few have been as single-minded in this as me. If you look at the comments on my articles, you will see that many agree with me and wish me well, but there are only about five of ten of those making comments who have actually got in touch with me.

                If somebody searches carefully enough, they will find both my telephone number and my e-mail address at various points in the comments.

                The obvious thing for you, or anybody else, to do is to ask the Bishop what he has to say about what I’ve been talking about. Nowhere have I made wild accusations of theft or sexual misconduct – or any of those things that mischief makers throw at others. Actually, it has come down the grape-vine to me that Dhilo is angry that I have questioned his integrity.

                Those other things may be happening because it is clear that the Bishop is clueless as to what to do, and no action will be taken against miscreants so long as they don’t rock the Episcopal Boat.

                Water is going to be increasingly a problem. As for my mother’s funeral – well, that was not meant to be Western style or any “style”: it was an example of my mother’s goodness and wisdom. She wasn’t any sort of intellectual; she was a “God-fearing woman”.

                Not long after she returned to this house that I am now in alone, I happened to pass an Anglican priest who smiled broadly at me. The upshot was that he visited her regularly and gave her communion. At the Memorial he quoted me as having said that “My mother is a very religious woman”. Sadly, he said, I was not! But he acknowledged that I was not a bad guy!!

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                If anybody wants to know my real name and see a photograph of my unhandsome self, all that they have to do is to locate this comment by me:

                Sinhala_Man / July 1, 2017 15:36

                There I have given a link to what the Editorial Team of Colombo Telegraph has written about about two schools in Jaffna. There are 75 comments.

                Among them is this:

                Sinhala_Man / June 23, 2017 19:15

                That provides a link to the third article written by me about the various S. Thomas’ schools. From there, you can proceed backwards.

                Not many will do it, because I fear that these schools have already declined so much that not many people are concerned. Today, the Roman Catholic schools are probably doing better, and, of course, there are the International Schools, some of which are really very good.

                And, of course, lots of parents are sending their children abroad. It is in that context that we must see SAITM etc. Where there is corruption, it must be exposed – be it in SAITM or elsewhere. However, don’t ruin ALL education by keeping students in State-run Universities away from lectures. It’s been going on for four months now.

                What I have exposed at S. Thomas’ is shocking; please at least study it all. There has been no real riposte to any of what I have put on.

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                I’ve seen The Sunday Times article on the Uma Oya. There are many others, graphically illustrated, and they are not exaggerated. But how many such articles must you who live so far away read? Not all! Just be aware that problems have been created everywhere.

                As for piped water: 0ur area has been getting it only once in 15 days for a slightly different reason. The “sub-reservoir” in our vicinity is supplied from the sump above the railway station using 3 inch pipes. Six inch pipes (4 times the volume of water delivered – please work that one out!) were brought here at the end of last year, but taken away since the Railway guys wouldn’t co-operate. Valid arguments on both sides. What we lack is planning; often we don’t recognise the various pressure groups that play against each other. It may be that we are in some of them, and conveniently blame “politicians”.

                Thanks for the genuine sympathy apparent in your comments.

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          Sinhala_Man,

          The Jaffna College thread is without the “leave comment” space. We have been hit by the 10 day dead line!

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        Old Codger

        it is just not many feel it today that their University education is paid by poor tax payers funds. They have no idea about TAX payers funds.
        Countries such as Parkistan dont even offer 12-13 year schooling free of charge.
        Our pepole to have learnt their degrees and to forget it as they turn out to be Alzheiemr patients of number 1 grade, is so pathetic.
        Until very recently, most in the country, even if they have been continuiing eating grass, never questioned how a state can afford that much.
        I think each and every student should be subjected to a bursary system as is the case in Germany ‘s BAFOG. Those who complete the studies and work their professions should pay the sums back. EACH an every medical student until their completion at Unis, the state (poor state srialnka) spends over 100 lacks of rupees ( if a poor family would have been offfered a shelter costing 5 lacks each, 20 poor families would have been gotten that.. instead of producing UNGRATEFUL MBBS holders of Paddeniya, Herath and Soysa nature )
        It is believed each year 1200 medicalstudents are given placements ( meaning 1200 00 -lacks each batch costs 12000 million =12 billion in british definition)

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          Burampi,
          “I think each and every student should be subjected to a bursary system as is the case in Germany ‘s BAFOG. Those who complete the studies and work their professions should pay the sums back.” Yes that would be a very good system, but trying to implement it here would be a problem, given the “student” unions.
          We produce far too many “educated” but useless people. I am not talking about arts graduates. Minister Chandima Weerakkody stated openly the other day that we have more engineers than qualified technicians! He said we are forced to import labour because our labour sits at home. Actually they are not sitting at home but in 3-wheelers that bring a fast buck without much effort.

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            Old codger,

            even if German Universities are called as ones provide the students with Free education. They have also such bursary system funtioning smoothly from that day on. It is reported there are no PVT medical colleges in any of the provinces in Germany whose population is 83 millions by date.
            So I dont think any reason lanken idiotic trade unions to stand against it, if repsective authorities would start work with Germans in order to implement it in our torn island.
            I know be it a good or bad system, imple,metation of anything would have been no easy since the average mind set down there in SL are far from facts and figures.
            WIth Derana and Hiru TV being the favourite gossipy senders of the stupid nation, I really dont think as you say, things will be that easy down there.
            But good thing is, now the germans are well connected with the current govt and welcome the politcies of them at least in terms of external issues.

            So my thinking is, we can really achieve lot, if we would introduce such systems to lanken Uni education … in the same time, not allow any pvt COLLEGEs of SAITM or other nature.
            Please let this discuss here o any other forums to pick up the opinions of all including barbaric GMOA opportunists.

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      “”Do you think this is what the country deserves ? Doesn’t our education system presently make anybody who can fill these posts ?””
      Your system was Fu**ed by Srimao and Bad-U-Din of Moroccan origin to be in line with camel dung of medieval middle east and the people said Jayawewa its our national pride to out do the city of Colombo and the missions that provided the education- If I showed the dollars I had I would have been jailed like bookmaker Thaha. Wowlas Waluwas red, blue green JR, Banda dynasties and JVP added to the wattalapam.
      Patchwork culture of snakes and frogs can’t think beyond acts of piracy and blowing the trumpet of the master that gave it the independence from stolen land of the Hindu subcontinent. All they are doing is turning their dirty underwear inside out and rewearing it calling it Victoria’s Secret than the same old wowlas.
      You do not have it and even if you have there are many more think tanks like Peter Mandelson the present day billionaire at EU who came from a council home and rose to heights with Blair in a decade.

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    Mr: President,
    There are lots more in the calibre of this very efficient public servant whom you should appoint to other important positions if you really want this country to get back on the right track.

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    he is a good man and the right choice.president knows to pick the right people such as coomaraswamy and now Austin.Also the choice of governor for the north reginald coorayalso was good.Now there is no constant problems with the governor like under the rajapakshe’s.I hope president will pick the right man for the job for srilankan airlines too bypassing any of ranil’s choices.Ranil does not know to choose people well,He goes for loyalty more than merit.

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      “president knows to pick the right people”
      True he does know!! and appointed many politicians such as S.B.Dissanayaka, Vijithamuni de Soyza , Thilanga Sumathipala and Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene who were rejected by the people as MPs from the back door and appointed them as Ministers as well.

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        Indrajith,

        You are right to the extent that we shouldn’t be expecting anything like perfection from Maithri, or anybody else. I share your objections to those guys whom you name being brought in.

        However, can we pile all the blame on the politicians? We elect them – they know that. What they do, reflects what they perceive as our desires – in some convoluted form.

        There is little purpose in our congratulating ourselves on avoiding making the worst errors ourselves. There now are 22.5 million of us on this little island – far too many. And the World has too many. I’m probably older than you. Soon, I’ll be gone – for ever!

        We’ve just got to stop thinking on the parochial lines that have by now brought us so close to disaster.

        We always realise too late. This Uma Oya thing really could drag us down more than people realise even now. I sensed it quite some time ago. Went in to the tunnel at Karandagolla about four years ago with some Iranians whom I was teaching.

        At the time we ought to act, we rarely know what we ought to be doing.

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      Indrajit Coomaraswamy is quite a bit younger and is even now a fitness fanatic. He was almost World Class as a cricketer (not a Sangakkara, though) and was Sri Lanka’s rugby captain.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indrajit_Coomaraswamy

      He’s not a vegetarian, but drinks only one thing – pure water! Not even fresh orange juice. Those eccentricities will keep him fit a lot longer than most others.

      That appointment was excellent. The only problem with today’s appointment is age.

      One other appeal: can both President and Prime Minister make a firm resolve to do their best, irrespective of the unpopularity of what they know is good in the long term for the country, and decide NOW, that they will quit in 2020.

      Nobody can control affairs for ever. Other leaders will emerge!

      Take Kumar Sangakkara as an example (although I secretly wish he would continue playing cricket as long as Jack Hobbs did!).

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        “”He’s not a vegetarian, but drinks only one thing – pure water! Not even fresh orange juice. ” kalla posari!
        He was a coward on the rugby field unlike the jet black Rutnam Bros who captained the team and won every time they played for the torrington club then they migrated to Australia for this pathetic to take over- the forces laughed at him then. His friends – Galleon Raj/Ravi. He who plays with fire may become its victim.Just as tall trees are known by their shadows, so can good men be known by their enemies. His sis like DJ runs behind ambulances of CBK.

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    It’s all very well having held such high positions but we all know they are often obtained through influence not ability. Can CT list Mr Fernando’s achievements in each post? Can anybody?

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      Paul—————–“It’s all very well having held such high positions but we all know they are often obtained through influence not ability.” —————–What are you talking about? He is a proven Sinhala/Buddhists which alone qualify him and 15 Million others for the job or any other high profile job. Please stop asking silly questions. .

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      paul
      “Can CT list Mr Fernando’s achievements in each post? Can anybody?”
      Achievements of austin fernando in order of priority

      1.Has not murdered anyone yet.2.has not had any scandal sexual,corruption or otherwise.3.has passed the GCE O level. 4.has not used foul language on anyone 5.has not had any connection to the drug mafia or underworld thugs.What are you complaining. hasn’t he achieved much more than many of our parliamentarians.

      PS.forgot to mention not sold any duty free vehicle permit.Also looks like he has not come out of the dehiwela zoo and more resemblance to a homosapien.

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        Yes you are right, he is not at all like the LTTTE and their supporters.

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    A track record is availed. All the best for him to tackle onerous responsibilities.

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    Most suited
    Experienced
    Well connected
    Good balancing agent
    All the best

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    It is a very good choice and a good appointment/placement. He is a balance and an experienced public servant and more importantly a very good human being. In making appointments to public potions there are two things involved. One is the appointment, the other is placement. Under a party system which operate to a good extent on patronage any government/administration even in other democratic counties the political bosses are compelled to give appointments to supporters in many forms.If politicians are to survive they have to do that. However if the governments/administrations are to succeed, the appointing authorities should ensure that the correct persons are placed at the correct vital places/positions.This is where our politicians of all hues went wrong. They on most occasions placed inefficient, corrupt, catchers and stooges at crucial places. They were and are not aware of the difference between appointment and placement or do not want to understand.
    This is a rare occasion that a correct person for the correct position has been chosen.(appointed and placed).
    Austin will do well and he should well for the country and it’s people.
    I have very high degree of confidence in him and wish him every success.

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      Edmond j , Hingannage Thuvale!
      He can never pass author developer module The Donald who would just pat them both away-

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    It is a very good choice and a good appointment/placement. He is a balance and an experienced public servant and more importantly a very good human being. In making appointments to public potions there are two things involved. One is the appointment, the other is placement. Under a party system which operate to a good extent on patronage any government/administration even in other democratic counties the political bosses are compelled to give appointments to supporters in many forms.If politicians are to survive they have to do that. However if the governments/administrations are to succeed, the appointing authorities should ensure that the correct persons are placed at the correct vital places/positions.This is where our politicians of all hues went wrong. They on most occasions placed inefficient, corrupt, catchers and stooges at crucial places. They were and are not aware of the difference between appointment and placement or do not want to understand.
    This is a rare occasion that a correct person for the correct position has been chosen.(appointed and placed).
    Austin will do well and he should well for the country and it’s people.
    I have very high degree of confidence in him and wish him every success.

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    Austin Fernando can’t do much in the Sri Lankan swamp: The fellows above him are like Trump, who are only interested in themseves.

    With people like Dayan Jayatilte advocating for the Facists, what can anybody do?

    God save Sri Lanka, if He can!

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    UN Secretary General appoints 27 year old Sri Lankan girl as his envoy on youth.

    Prelates advise not to appoint retired people as ambassadors.

    MS appoints 80 year old secretary.

    One step forward, 80 steps backward in Sri Lanka.

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      villageman
      “One step forward, 80 steps backward in Sri Lanka.”

      president should have appointed a ten year old boy instead.then it would have been one step forward and only 10 steps backward.You might prefer younger fellows like ashantha de mel ,58 years due to whom we are still paying billions for the hedging deal.BTW do you know that izzeth hussein was 90 years when he last wrote articles and if you read them and did not know his age,you would have never guessed it.

      Better to die on the job than to make a mess of it for future generations to bear the cost as what is happening today.Every generation is paying and paying for the sins and blunders of the previous generations.Anyway biological age differs from your real age,ask any fitness expert.If a person is willing to work and has a excellent work ethic he should be allowed to work. i know of many chinese who are working hard in their eighties just like they did in their sixties.They just can’t wait without working and enjoy every minute of it.our cricket team had a humiliating defeat by zimbabwe trying out youngsters like aponsu and leaving out old timers like dilruwan perera who is 34 years.Also strangely maharoof and ajantha mendis who have excellent bowling averages have not played for a couple of years and are now 32 years.We are suffering now due to this age and possible race discrimination.If dilruwan and maharoof who is a seamer who swings the ball,had played in the champions trophy we should have been in the semi finals. and possibly the finals.We just throw out the older players like as if we have abundant talent coming in.

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        I have no doubt about Austin Fernando’s ability as I personally know him. I had the privilege of once serving Izzeth Hussain several decades ago. But, unfortunately, there is provision in the E-Code for using physical and mental fitness, after the age of retirement. Once retired, they all should leave the office to enjoy pension, and enter private sector or non-governmental organizations and help the society.

        Many civil unrest are caused by frustration among the youth. If UN can find the best youth in Sri Lanka, why can’t MS find a 60 minus SLAS officer in Sri Lanka to be his Secretary? Your justification sounds like what GL used to say to justify appointments to key positions of MR’s cronies! Proven back step!!

        I know what you are thinking. Sri Lanka President has the power to appoint anybody. But he should have a brain to use the power!

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          villageman,

          I agree. While some people can go on much longer than others, it should be as individuals, in their personal capacities.

          You’ve both referred to Izzeth Hussain. About 18 months ago, I actually visited him. He was quite happy doing all that writing, but sometimes it became self-indulgence. He maintained very good relations with those around him. Asked me to keep the gate open when leaving.

          It could well be that Austin Fernando has a few successful years ahead of him. Let’s hope so. But we really should not be depending on people so old.

          One major problem, I think, is that a handful of people are selfishly piling up wealth, complaining about the quality of youth, but not employing the best young talent, because despite all their (ill-gotten?) pelf they are too stingy to pay decent wages to the skilled and the educated.

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      He is a fascist Portuguese hard left but a liar in for the hard cash like fascist hard right Barroso both with links to England (1661 marriage and dowry of bombay) The first european crusader pirates marries the last of the european crusader pirates.
      Nothing to compare but piracy beyond your imagination Sri Lankans and Filipinos are stationed are stationed at Diego Garcia so Lanka abstained maldives voted against and Pakistan, India voted for.- this is what is going to effect lankan independence when it falls in the wolf’s mouth- mahabharat will be replayed very soon so the hurry to sign enhanced – India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

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    Long past sell by date………………. Expired……………………………..

    Sirisena’s & his advisors lop side thinking.Absence of young Turks???

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    Yes, Kumarini let’s be glad he is gone. P.G Abeykoon Banda was born to an extremely poverty stricken family in Ganthalawa, Kanthale in 1949. Thanks to his sojourn as a senior public servant especially as Controller of Immigration, and thanks to his extreme corruption (protected by the then corrupt Defence Secretary – brother of the ex-President), today he is a multi-Billionaire. Banda who used to walk 8 km to school due to inability to pay bus fare sent all his children to western countries (USA, Australia) to study as full fee paying international students. Banda and wife visited them every year. A born Marxist, he was blind to leftist ideology when it came to making money. What a life full of corruption

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      Much was written about his connections to MR when he was taken
      into HE^s Office. The resignation could, therefore, be some underhand work of GMOA + MR that leaked in the hurry the sudden “Conference”
      ended in a failure – the greed of corrupt Officials know no bound?

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    This questionably reputed man got his Son in Law appointed to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London as a senior diplomat depriving a place for a career diplomat, as soon as the yahapalanaya came into power. His son in law is a British citizen. When it comes to others they say that diplomats should not carry other citizenships. But these rules will not apply to the political appointee son in law of infamous Austin Fernando. His son in law has given his London house on rent and occupies the house provided by the High Commission. With his salary and rental income he now takes home nearly £5000 a month thanks to Sri Lankan tax payers.
    Shame on you Austin Fernando. Can Austin Fernando deny this? He is not a clean man. How can you expect an honest job from a person of this nature who promotes nepotism to the core.

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      Mervyn SIlva, I really dont think that yours should be of previous bulldog Mervin the minister under MR brutal regime ?

      Anyways, in SL, we dont have enough qualified people for external affairs. That you should be well aware of before going to make such remarks.
      We perfectly know Dayan Baluthilaka and several others are today cornered, nor would he or any others in his nature join hand to build up new diplomats. Instead those devious men have been working against the govt being servile to former men.

      In such situations Austin or anyone else s relatives to get posted is fine according me even if I stood very firm against FORMER man s men were appointed as foreign degniteries in his so called regime.

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      Okkama Horu is the national anthem of Lanka. He crept in like a patholaya into CT space before elections and the post’s who incidentally are 90% villagers praised him to the hilt.
      a dog snarls at the unfamiliar and a hundred fall in to howl and bark barking.

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    DJ must be delighted.

    He could revise his ridicule with one more name

    Ranil-Chandrica-Mangala-Austin

    Doesn’t it not look much more elegant?

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    The goverment employees have a compulsory retirement age of 70 (maximum), in most developed countries.

    But in Sri Lanka, the government employees have to retire at 60 and the university academics can work until 65 years of age.

    However, there is no retirement age limit for the poiticians and their “Purohithayas”.

    It seems to me that Sri Lanka has a shoratage of intelligent young administrative professionals. I do not say that this appointment is good or bad. But our country needs young visionary administrative professionals to think “out of the box” and make decisions in a repidly changing world.

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      “….However, there is no retirement age limit for the poiticians and their “Purohithayas”……..”
      Unfortunately this is so in all democratic countries.
      “………..It seems to me that Sri Lanka has a shoratage of intelligent young administrative professionals………..”.
      The intelligent young potential professionals are there in plenty. They do not have the political connections – this is the problem!

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      its all for the free vip medical treatment at the best of USA. Every 2 weeks dodawana paskaralingam comes to UK for treatment. how much smuggling is anyone’s guess.
      UK permits beyond 70 as even the retirement age is 66 years and there are over 80’s councillors plus the house of pirates is full of them- the queen is over 90- all are gagged and its Miami Vice!!

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    Is this the same person as Defense Secretary who visited a LTTE leader with a basket of Apples?
    I can understand if PM Ranil appoints him to suck up to LTTE, but not the President.

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      ravi
      prabha was smart.he gave an apple to his bodyguard who died .beware of greeks bearing gifts.

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      he proposes to suckup to the dying tiger reverend leader at GTF London to create another block like Soho Goon Mangala. The tamils would get nothing but the coffers of the ltte would be filled.

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      Do you mean that Basil R copied this style with baskets of money to
      Emil Kanthan (LTTE-UK) that eventually brought MS to out-do MR
      under/over the table, with white hoppers????????????? Sri Lankan
      politics can get more & more interesting in the future – to commentators!

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    Will Mr Austin Fernando the new Secretary to the President sort out the CEO SriLankan Airlines problem? Just tell us what the Directors awarded to Suren Ratwatte is/are fair or not.

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    Mr Austin Fernando congratulations on your new position. But I wonder how you will hold the responsibilities of this position as you are over 75 years now. According to the news you have not done well your job as the governor to the Eastern province and many historical Buddhist temples and important heritages were destroyed by Muslims and Tamils in the East.
    I remember you gifted a pistol to Prabakaran when you worked as the secretary of defence during 2001-2003.
    Your president can’t speak good English or communicate in Tamil. Though I do not down grade speaking in Sinhala, as a leader of a previous British colony, it is always better to communicate with international leaders in in English. Most of Tamil politicians speak all three languages, Tamil; English and Sinhalese, and they have shown the importance of it.
    I hope you will help the president to perform his duties well.

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      Saliya,
      Atul Keshap cast the first dice dodawana forgetful Paskaralingam. Dalit Lanka is trying to copy and hoodwink Brahman India which is far ahead of knowledge base of even the west of today with men like Ajit Doval National Security Advisor,author of 35 books and Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar still young but retired giving his son the space to shine internationally on his own merit. Same goes with firebrand malabari politician Shashi Tharoor with 44 books and son another competing writer in the international scene on foreign affairs.

      You are duping your own cleverness a man is good-for-nothing until he is educated.
      Go rear a donkey and feel at home you would perform much better.

      Enjoy your life on the downward fast lane there is no return. sleeping with the muslim for 70 years is your bad omen.Even pakistan sucking to India. The donald is great! Out with the naxalite demala and sinhala naxalites Mao will kill you.

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    Honest and a gentleman as we know him for past 40 years as G A trinco up to governor of east. Very good choice. Best of luck.

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      Another pinnatu sucking alla guli!! all are dalits in the true sense.

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    18 SLFP Members and Ministers are meeting the President to read the riot act…….Yahapalana “Rilawa, in the Borrow” Rajitha publicly insulted the Yahapalana President by implying that he is a lier and a cheat for meeting the GMOA under cover……… And Poor PB got the ass …….. This Austin Dude apparently has a good track record in helping Dr Ranils with his anti Buddhist and , anti Sinhala programs during the last two decades……..Has Dr Ranil pulled off another one to neuter the SLFP President ………

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      K A Sumanasekera, This government is hilariously relying on naki rilawa’s that created these issues to guide them into obscurity. Ravi and dodawana Ronnie de Mel the chameleon.

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    It took him four years as a teacher before he crept into the administrative service as a probationer. In the old CCS days, brilliant graduates only were accepted as CCS cadets for training in administration, soon after graduation, and after passing a stiff examination for recruitment.
    Hence he has crept in not due to brilliance.
    Then he has crept upwards the ‘politician(s) pleasing’ ladder.
    Now, after turning a blind eye to what the armed forces and police did in the eastern province, from February 15 and thus earning a ‘good name’, he has got this appointment.
    He will continue to please the President, and politicians who too please the President.

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    Pulling Austin out of East was a substantial damage for that province. Why the New King could not get rid of Regi. When CVW and NPC fell on odd, Regi was firing crackers and eating Kavvum with Kiribath. He ordered CVW to submit the proof for support and flew to Colombo to his master, to get permission for further oppressive orders. When a peace was made he cracked a sarcastic joke of “they better properly do their things”. Regi has a big head of with thought of that he is biggest boss in Lankawe. But when Foreign Diplomats start to check in what was going wrong in North, New King and Regi recoiled their tails. But that is not how Austin handled when Ahamed Nazeer beat Navy personnel in front on Ambassador Atul Keshap, Sampur Tamil Girls School. If it were Regi, just for that crime alone, he would have put Ahamed Nazeer in side cell for hundred years.

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      Mally…… So you watched how Thambi Nazeer manhandled the Navy Officer and t old him to get the F**** out of the Stage………..And Austin rewarded the Thambis with a Kevun and Kiribath Feed at the Governor’s House….. You are spot on mate……. This Austin is different………..i think still Dr Ranil put him in Sira’s Bene ( Borrow) so that foul mouth shit stirring Rilawa, Rajith can be kept out ………..What do you reckon Mally……..Velallala Kid Abraham now says he does n t need the word “Federal ” even, after Sampathar agreed to put “Ekeeya” in Batalanda Constitution……….Vellala Kid went even further, and told the loyals , that this Government must be protected at all costs…….That is the only way the Vellalas can have Federal , although the Kid permitted Dr Ranil not to put it in the Constitution…….How clever………..

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        K A Sumanasekera , “”Velallala Kid Abraham now says he does n t need the word “Federal ” even, “”what you are not aware is that there are many classes of velallala and suma is the new stinking rich like Vasu barapatha ta hoiya and nowhere near the old aristocrats but not the bureaucrats and diplomats and merchant class of old. take care we take care of you.

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        Sumane,

        Who is going to replace Austin there?

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    One thing is clear MY3 is under RW rule. Austin is RW’s man.
    Austin is a useless stupid man just like RW

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    Austin Fe…… since 2015, 8th January working as Governor of Eastern Province was that he totally unsuccessful management and administration by messing up whole Eastern province in uncertain stage? All majority land has been that ransack by extremist religion out-fits , by Austin was silent to take any action who violated rule of administration in East.
    Due his incompetence as enforcement authority of Eastern province that his managements has by paralysis- head of Eastern province of Misrule in whole province.
    Austin must take responsibility of land disputes and undermined Religion harmony by during his short period of an ill-managements.
    The Conflicts of nation interest has widen by head of Eastern Province, by Austin -rule has take accountability of misrule of by abusing and extended gap between majority and minority of Eastern Province has widen. He is not good at balance of Center and Provinces.
    Austin Fer…. created many unrest Center and Province on within an Island by short period of time.
    No doubt Austin mess of center management by ill-intentions mind set.

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    No matter who ever is appointed as the secretary of the Presidente’, nothing much is going to change with these “Yarawa” palanaya yakkos ! No individual can do any good job under the present set up (or even the past) against the usually accepted political interference games by the powerful people above, who throw their weight around. The political system needs a complete overhaul and that’s not going to happen. This is where the country needs a leader with guts, who can deliver rule of law & discipline. A fearless leader, with ample guts, like MR, who could have done a great job of unifying the nation, with the majority support of the citizen. But he missed a wonderful opportunity and went on destroying the country, people, their lives, allowed nepotism, hooliganism, murder, rape, abductions, intimidation, unnecessarily kept citizen of all ages in open camps for long periods without providing basic needs for committing no crime. He could have become the best President we ever had but he blew everything because of his greed and vengeance due to his very bad upbringing & associations. Finally, he proved himself that he’s not fit to be a leader. And still we do not have any one with leadership quality to take over the sick nation with real responsibility.
    Politicians screwed up the country wholesale and still they are planning to do the same. No escape route is in sight for all of us. Lanka has not produced a single honest, sincere, gutsy leader in this 70 years of independence ! What a pity !!

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      Dear Billa,

      Read Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”!

      You’re right. With the Great Sri Lankan War over, the possibilities were there.

      But regard your own listing of the horrors that followed. We should never have re-elected MR. He was no leader for Times of Peace.

      I agree that, in practical terms, as a country, we were faced with Hobson’s choice. How could a General run a country? I cast three votes, that ballot. None for either of them.

      We have to face it. Modern elections require resources that the honest rarely command. Yet we must try. There have been success stories: in Holland, Macron in France, Corbyn in Britain. I know that we are brown guys in Asia – but don’t you see one thing about those guys? Despite all the provocations, they’ve not become racist.

      I’ve already had my say, bemoaning the superannuation of Austin. Others have followed up with cavilling of other sorts. I think that we must recognise the positives in the man, but re-double efforts to hand over to younger people.

      Maithri is younger than me – but a good chance he will quit in 2020 – unless we asses keep wailing that there’s nobody else. Ranil: little to inspire belief that anything other than demise will ever work in his case. Meanwhile, we’ve got to each of us contribute to a solution. We just have to do it!

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        Sinhala man, you sound honest & I like that and agree with you. Thank you for your contribution.Appreciate it !

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        Thank you Sinhala man for your response & comment.

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    At the age of 75. Sad plight of the public service. There no longer capable persons anymore who can work in English. In future this will be the tune.

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      English? No, my friend. Things have changed. With globalisation in general, and the mushrooming of “International Schools”, a pretty large body of younger people know English. A Hundred thousand?

      But their values are somewhat different. They will not stay in this country. Since I’m a villager, I know that there also are, around ME, a few million young people with no English. In the valley below, I have the school I was born in. “Prestigious” – “renowned for English”. Actually, that is all bull! Private school it may be, but only two students have ever offered English at A. Levels – as far back as 1981. Both taught by me, who had to travel each day to the Central School, where we have got quite a handful through.

      I MAY have to clarify a little. At Sri Lankan A. Levels there’s no such subject as “English Literature” – there’s General English that ALL students are expected to sit, and there’s (the Literature included) English.

      Please look at other posts by me, and some links that I have provided. On this business of English at a level that makes sense, there is a bit that I can still contribute. This is partly the problem: you don’t use the resources around you.

      And in this area, let me arrogantly proclaim, I have something to give!

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        Sinhala_Man ————Good to hear from you. In this island I am sorry to say we learn, speak and write either Singlish or Tanglish.

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        I may have under-estimated the number of persons by now fluent in English. It may even number a million (out of 22 million), but gone is the exacting scholarship, the commitment to a higher cause than individual prosperity, a sense of the dignity of work.

        Those with a knowledge of English are now ostentatious and have scant respect for the under-privileged. So, you have persons like Sirisena Yatawara becoming bitter opponents of what he ought to see as constructive. This is the first time I’ve actually responded to one of his comments, and I’m hoping that he will NOT come back here.

        I’ve seen many of his comments, but rarely read more than the first few words. He just doesn’t write anything that one can decipher. This is one dangerous aspect of our society that the Rajapaksas have exploited. The last thing that we should do is to aggravate the situation by snubbing the Yatawaras in our society. We have marginalised them, and we may have to pay a heavy price for this.

        We desperately need to improve Education. If, in the process, we can ensure mastery of one National Language, and ability to use the other two, we will be making a huge difference to the prospects for our country.

        However, let us not blind ourselves to the fact that a lack of scholarship is a world-wide problem. The vast majority are growing up without any critical ability. I have no idea what the solution to this should be, but meanwhile let us not be nasty to people like Yatawara. They are essentially honest, but will be cynically exploited by the likes of Rajapaksa.

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    Sinhala man……comment ,
    The commenter made a mistake on reading by War and Peace novel of Tolstay. The Commenter has no knowledge of mirror of ruling of ruthless governances by House of Craza of Nicholas’s 11, who rule Russia led war footing politics before October Revolution 1917 ?
    The Russian Bolsheviks who led revolution has ended War after October Socialist Revolution in 1917 .
    By sing Brest -Livestock Peace Treat with Germany in 1918 some where in April end war between Germany and Russia.
    But Trotsky of Leon who an opposed Peace Treat as Commissioner of Foreign Affairs at that time of Soviet Socialist State.
    Lenin has call back that Trotsky to Moscow who denied Peace Treat had been sing later on.
    Bolsheviks led by Lenin and Stalin central Committed has send Sardlove or Kalinin to sing PEACE TRAEAT in 1918?

    That how young Socialist revolutionary state survival and being brought Peace for all Soviets’ People in after Revolution.in October 1917 led by Lenin and Stalin. Socialist and Democracy for majority people even hundred years before for the peace and stability for Soviet Union.
    Credit has goes to Soviets Socialist led by Lenin. That is historical truth of War and Peace in Soviet Union was born in 1917 October .
    What is that Mahind Rajapkase did similar role of politics End war of 30 years suffering of all Sri Lankan nationalities in 2009 May ,who brought Peace for tiny Island of Sri Lankans.
    Our cause of action of Peace to end War by Tamil -terrorist of LTTE war rule politics of separatism .
    We are back to democracy under MR rule of fair paly of peace and stability in Island in 2009 May.
    I do not understand how Austin to capable to handle peace by his incorrigible mindset of past of management of Peace and War.

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      I seldom pay attention to comments of others. But, your, ‘Sinhala man……comment’, drew me to yours.
      Dear Sirisena, Yatawara is not much of a common surname, in my count. The only Yatawara, I knew of, was a cricketer of my era, a good one, and if my memory serves me right, was a seam bowler. You get me worried. It was under MR the 30 year war was brought to an end. But, MR never ended our suffering. There are many who suffered more, after the war than before.

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        Dear Thappu,

        Don’t be harsh on Sirisena Yatawara. I’m sure that he is an honest man. I would hate to hurt him.

        Surely, you should be able to see where the problem lies. Please take in to account what I have said in this comment, only a little way above:

        Sinhala_Man / July 3, 2017 01:35

        Please don’t under-estimate the problems posed by having to communicate in a language other than one’s own. That is where the problem lies. We teachers sometimes talk about three types of reading:

        1. On the line

        2. Between the lines, and

        3. Beyond the lines

        You are responding to your reading on the line. The problem is not with the honest Sirisena Yatawara. It is with various knaves who should know better. I hope you can figure it out from there.

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      Dear Sirisena Yatawara,

      Thanks for your comment. I know that you are an honest man, but I don’t agree with you on many points.

      You have studied a lot of Marxism, I haven’t. I must confess that I don’t understand some of the things that you have said, but that also is all right.

      I didn’t have a bad opinion of Mahinda Rajapaksa, let’s say thirty years ago. My attitude to him has got progressively worse, and now he is an embodiment of evil to me. However, that is not how I feel about you. I respect your honesty, but you will not find me eager to get in to a debate with you. Our backgrounds and experiences are too different for us to easily exchange ideas.

      Please don’t get mad at me if you ask me to explain myself more, and I decline. the aspect of War and Peace that I meant is this. At the end of the novel (that I read as a school boy in the Constance Garnett translation), Tolstoy expounds the theory that if a person succeeds in bringing about certain changes, then that was because certain objective conditions that existed at the time made what that given individual (I think that he meant General Katuzov) had to offer timely.

      So, it may be that when Lenin succeeded, the historical conditions were just right. The evil that had to be confronted may have been Czar Nicholas. Today it is probably Donald Trump, and Islamic militants. The latter one can find excuses for, but Trump is an abomination.

      I wish you well, Sirisena Yatawara. Please continue to be an honest man.

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