21 September, 2021

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President Stops Gazette On Transferring Central Bank From Ranil To Mangala

President Maithripala Sirisena stopped the printing of the gazette notification transferring the Central Bank from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera a short while ago, following a Colombo Telegraph exposé of the same.

President Sirisena

While sources from the Government Printer confirmed that the gazette notification had been sent although the green light to print had not yet been given, President’s Secretary Austin Fernando confirmed to Colombo Telegraph that ‘the gazette notification had been prepared’.

Colombo Telegraph learns that upon hearing of the impending transfer of the institution, Wickremesinghe had gone with right-hand man Malik Samarawickrama to discuss the matter with Sirisena. Despite the heated argument that had taken place between then, the President had gone ahead with the decision.

Subsequent to the Colombo Telegraph story being published it has been decided to postpone this shift until a vote is taken on No-Confidence Motion on Wickremesinghe on April 4th.

All this comes against the backdrop of a no-confidence motion against Wickremesinghe where Sirisena, as the leader of the SLFP is yet to show his hand.

Meanwhile a Central Bank official who wished to remain anonymous told Colombo Telegraph that all this transpired because the Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy was under considerable stress. He revealed also that Dr Harsha De Silva, contravening established procedure, had summoned the Monetary Board to his ministry and asked the Board ‘to implement ICTA’s shoddy payment gateway’.

‘The normal protocol is for the Minister, and not the State Minister, to send any proposal in writing to Monetary Board. Summoning Board members who are independent persons and issuing verbal instructions is totally uncalled for. I don’t know why Board members obliged to his demand,’ he said.

The official acknowledged that the President ought to have consulted the Prime Minister on this matter of placing the Central Bank under a different minister, but opined that he (Sirisena) ‘did not have choice because he was under compulsion.’

According to him, the President did this ‘because Harsha overstepped his authority on instructions by his boss.’

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    Excellent. This is a good move. I thought the President was mad to trust Mangala who is a puppet of LTTE diaspora and who is more closer to Rajapaksa than Ranil now. Rajapaksas will use anybody and everybody to come back to power, even LTTE diaspora through Mangala.

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      Sri Lanka should move forward not backwards. There is no going back to Rajapaksa’s 2010-2015 era again.
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      Rajapaksa clan’s aim to ousted President should be thwarted. Irrespective of party politics, Sinhalese should do their utmost to protect the Executive Presidency which is the only saviour for Sinhalese. Former President is abusing people’s love for him to put the country in danger for selfish reasons.
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      Let’s start from the beginning. Why did Rajapaksa clan bring an NCM against Ranil out of the blue.
      1) They wanted to create a rift between Sirisena and Ranil to grab power in LG bodies. They wanted to prevent electing Mayors/Deputies/Chairmen from SLFP+UNP alliance in local bodies. Despite Basil’s boasting for winning 250 LG bodies, people have actually voted SLPP as a single party to govern LG bodies in less than 100. NCM is brought to deceive and create uncertainty among UNP and SLFP members, in favour of SLPP.
      2) Rajapaksa clan is all out to abolish the Executive Presidency as that is the only way to maintain an unbroken chain of Rajapaksas in power. If they go for another Presidential race, their chances for winning is ambiguous. They don’t want to take that risk. The NCM is not to remove Ranil. It is to unscrupulously take vulnerable UNP+SLFP (M faction) in the Parliament to their side so that they can use them against the President when the need arises.
      3) Mahinda/JO’s behaviour in the Parliament since 2016 is purely for selfish reasons. They were in Ranil’s Constitutional Assembly for a Federal Constitution in accordance with their agreement with Ranil to abolish Executive Presidency. Mahinda puts self before the country. Mahinda/JO didn’t vote against almost any Bills brought against the country politically. They supported Ranil for a future selfish gain for Rajapaksas.

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        Champa, there IS a bit of common sense in you after all, I see…….. well done.

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          Yes, Justin Case,
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          I’ve always credited Champa with being his own man. And he in turn has always responded politely to what I say. I tend to stress the need to show greater understanding of minority concerns, but he seems too fearful of the motives of Tamils in particular..
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          His attitudes are certainly different from all sorts of unsubstantiated insults relating to the University of Peradeniya that you find hurled here:
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/ashley-and-me/
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          I think that you will agree that some guys here are amazingly bigoted. Those are the comments, but the main article is pleasantly surprising.

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            Hey Sinhala Machan
            Certainly I should be ‘fearful’ of the motives of separatist Tamil politicians to divide the country.
            I have a greater understanding of the concerns of all people which are economic and social. I have good solutions too. I never had any problem with ordinary Tamils or Muslims. What I don’t understand is the reason for this special political solution to Tamils in the North when their own people are concentrated widely in other parts of the country and live without any political solution.
            The word bigot is too harsh for Sinhalese. We are not prejudicial to Tamils or Muslims. If we were, there wouldn’t be any Tamil or Muslim living, working, engaging in business activities, practicing their religion freely among Sinhalese. Therefore, it is time minorities not to be prejudicial to national interests of our unitary state.

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          Oh, I forgot to complete the list here.
          Continuation 1) 2) 3) ……
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          4) Mahinda/Basil/Namal/JO/SLPP’s “violent” enthusiasm for NCM is “amazing.” In fact, I feel a bit jealous of Ranil. Mahinda, who never attended the Parliament when crucial, despotic, draconian Acts/Bills were tabled, grandly attended the handing over “ceremony” of the NCM to the Speaker!!! Prior to that, they held marathon media briefings, vigorously canvassed, collected signatures, held discussions with SLFP & UNP MPP as reported by media.
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          What about OMP? Why didn’t they do the same for the country and our war heroes? When OMP was tabled, JO didn’t even come to the Parliament letting Ranil to pass the OMP without a vote. OMP was passed without a vote!!! Mahinda/JO/SLPP were nowhere for the country “when the country needed them” but they all came together for the stupid NCM as one.
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          5) Why didn’t Mahinda/JO/SLPP canvass to take votes against ICPPED Bill when it was tabled in the Parliament? Because it is not important to them!!! They didn’t hold a media briefing to inform the public the previous day that Ranil was to table the ICPPED or even afterwards. I came to know from the DM after the vote which left me completely flabbergasted. Only 16 MPP have voted against the Bill!!!! Look at the NCM? 52 of JO Parliamentarians have signed it!!! 52 for NCM – 16 for war heroes!!!! Though Mahinda didn’t sign, there was news that he would vote in favour of the NCM on the 4th. This is the same Mahinda who didn’t bother to vote against the OMP and the ICPPED. How could anybody say Mahinda/JO (minus WW+NFF)/SLPP are for the country? They are for themselves only.
          Contd …..

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          Justin Case
          There will be “lot of” common sense in me by the time of 2020! :D :D :D

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        Champa, All of your points are valid up to the point when the political divide (SLFP/UNP/SLPP) are true. When you connect the dots of the events, the GOVI TRIO (MAITHREE/RANIL/MAHINDA) and everything they portrayed in the political arena, it speaks louder about the great coordination and the cooperation found among these criminals. I mean, from the start, Maithree started making moves contrary to the pledge given to the public in 2015 Presidential election that made him the top man of the country. Then he began faulting on the promises one by one. Biggest is the one he made against the arresting and prosecution of the corrupt politicians and their looting of the treasury. Then the killings of individuals by the Rajapakses. One by one he started faltering and hoodwinking them to move forward in to coming back to power again. In Maithree you find a man worse than a swine. A dirt that nobody can trust. Its not his forte. But, it was his clan’s forte actually. Govigama clans will do everything like this. Take a history lesson into the past activities of all the GOVI leaders who became PMs and presidents. That will clear the minds to arrive at what I was pointing out above. THEY ARE ALL ONE. Its a divide and rule strategy again imposed on us through hidden hand of the ZIONISTS who are operating from the West.

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          Radical Ideas
          People are fed up with 7 decades of failed governing by SLFP and UNP. Though the name is new, SLPP is a mixed breed of both main parties, so they are the same. True. But there shouldn’t be a discrimination to Govigama people. Majority of Sinhalese come under that caste. Therefore, it is natural for most leaders to be from Govigama. But all Govigama people are not like them and all are not elites. The majority are ordinary citizens. Our leaders present/previous are only a selected crowd. That is the problem, not the caste. Anyways, Sinhalese are not bothered anymore about the caste like Tamils.
          Our political market was always on the right. Some changes have to be made in future.

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            Champa, my argument is not that all the Govi people are evil or scheming to destabilise this country. Its the Ruling Govi Elites who are evil and destructive. They are the ones who are controlling everything and managing almost all the good and the bad events that are taking place in the country. My point about this criminal lot is, that the Ruling Elites are not even Sinhala nor Govi clan as they claim to be. But, a secret Jewish origin living off openly as Sinhala Govi. Look, if take at almost everything they did throughout the recent history going back to 100 years from now….they are the ones who did the greatest damage to the the brand name Sinhala. Every govt that came under this Govi Elite family rule, did one thing to the best of their ability —- its the promotion of racism with innovative slogans designed to cause the maximum damage to the unity of the entirety of the people. They hate Sinhala, Muslim and the Tamils being united and coming under a pan Sri lankan brothrhood that might produce good patriotic leaders being born of it. That might be the death knell to this Elite families and end its hegemony, a curse of seven decades that we are all being made to suffer as of its direct result.

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              Radical Ideas
              Yeah, I do agree. Sri Lanka was and is in the wrong hands. We should not let that happen again.

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        Continuation ….. 4) 5)
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        6) NCM is brought to cover up all other issues that have serious repercussions to the country and people. I gave a list already in another comment. Cost of living is skyrocketing. On top of that fuel prices have gone up. On top of that there are drastic new taxes which could make the lives of ordinary people upside down. Then there is the Judicature Act, NPP, Geneva Report with ultimatum, Federal Constitution, OMP handled by NGO puppies and inevitable repercussions of the ICPPED. These are the matters that distress us. Mahinda/JO/SLPP have put themselves before the country for a future transition of power and preferential treatment for Rajapaksas. I am done with them. We are done with them.
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        This Yahapalanaya brutal administration should be ended. There is no question about that.. But their end should be a new beginning for Sri Lanka with a new leader who is honest, straightforward and genuine in working for the best interests of our motherland.

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          Champa, excellent writing. We are with you. Also, the people must break away from the illusion of Rajapakses ending the war. The war is still going on. Now, its the Muslims who are the new found enemies. If you still believe that Rajapakses did a great service by destroying Prabhakaran, then now their project is to create many hundred future Prabhakarans through the STATE sponsored Racist Terrorist outfits such as the JHU and its baby brigades of BBS, Mahosonas, Ravayas, Balakayas and all ilks who are carrying out pogroms against unarmed innocent citizens who belong to a different group of religion…the Muslims. If the Sinhala people can put a stop to this criminality by coming to the streets and taking these criminals in their own style of counter violence… then from that day onwards you can see Sri Lanka falling into the right track of good governance once again. The future leaders should not come from any of these present ruling parties. A fresh one, should be borne out of the common man and woman.

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            Radical Ideas
            I have written on that too. Sinhalese Buddhists should not fall into the trap of provocation again. We have no issue with ordinary Muslims or Tamils. I vehemently denounce violence. If any Sinhalese promotes violence or instigate people into riots, then that person should be regarded as a traitor of our nation as the final outcome of such riots always does an irreparable damage to our Sinhalese nation. There are issues to be sorted out but not through riots.

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      President’s position is fragile. He will be removed at any time after the NCM. There won’t be any harm to Ranil. Ranil + Rajapaksa deal in intact.
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      I said this months ago. President’s best bet is to stay with Ranil and continue the Unity Government as there is no other way other than risking his own position.
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      I want to stress this point again. NCM has no power to remove Ranil even if it wins. PM’s position is secured with the 19A. Ranil is protected. The only way to remove him is his resignation. Will Ranil resign? Never. His continuation as the PM is in accordance with the Constitution.
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      The actual loser is the President. Rajapaksas are taking away President’s support base in the Parliament. They are already halfway while the President is sleeping. President’s position is NOT secured unlike PM’s position. He could be removed easily by way of an impeachment or a Motion to abolish the Executive Presidency. The moment his side goes against Ranil, Ranil will get together with Mahinda/JO and support a Motion to remove the President. If the President expects mercy from Rajapaksas, he is very much mistaken. They will never ever forgive him.
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      I have no love for Ranil, Maithree or Yahapalanaya. But I don’t want despots who are masquerading as democrats now, come back to power. Basil seems to be blackmailing Mahinda and he is under obligation to Basil. Basil wants to come to Parliament and take over after Mahinda.
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      This country doesn’t belong to one family. We should promote democracy, not nepotism. Sri Lanka should bring in Anti-nepotism Laws that applied to every sector. The future Sri Lanka should be governed by unselfish, impartial, patriotic leaders who are genuine in their desire to serve the country not their kith and kin.

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        Excellent observation Champa…. We have a lot of people who are creative and can think differently, like your good self. These are the kind of people must take over reign now. IT’S ENOUGH, that the present ruling Elites taking the country on many rides…. We need to rescue it, like its been occupied by some foreign invaders and destroy the system that allows only a certain clan of people coming to power repeatedly.

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      I wish the former President a long life. But once he is gone, the rest of the Rajapaksas are gone too. Therefore, Rajapaksas are hell bent on grabbing power while Mahinda is alive and then he will be forced to retire. Rajapaksas boast of their unity and bond. Yeah true, but their bond is based only on selfishness that led them to grab power by hook or crook. Before Ranil, it was Basil who introduced money bags to win over other politicians. Ranil used the same path and now he is stranded because the other side has outsmarted him.
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      I still write in favour of Mahinda. But I never ever support him again to come back to power. The country is grateful to him for eliminating terrorists. But in 2010 people already showed their gratitude by electing him for the second time. It was him who breached people’s trust. If Mahinda comes back to power, all those who were with him during 2010-2015 era come back with added strength. They will make Mahinda a weak man with strong words. We are not going there agin.
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      Sri Lanka should create an environment to develop new patriotic leaders. The solutions of 1945/1955 generation of political leaders to existing issues are outdated. Their mentality for dependency is the reason for Sri Lanka’s economic downfall. We should promote innovative policies to develop the country rather than depending on reckless massive loans and sale of assets in lieu of them. Once in power every leader has tried to develop their kith and kin than the country. Jostling for power by Rajapaksa clan has obstructed the growth of new leaders and the result is a plummation of motivation in other people. Machiavelli type power politics that promotes even undesirables is the bane of our country.

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        you are correct in that , the only way for SL to go forwards is at the death of MR

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          Idiot.

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      Sir,
      70 years after Independence, SL has officially aspired to the status of:
      The Most Embarrassing Banana Republic Of The World
      Sirisena & RW should be sent back to 7th grade. To be disciplined by their vice-principles. WHAT IMMATURE CLOWNS! Wasted a Golden Opportunity in history.
      Cheers!
      PS:
      To hell with corrupt, incompetent, self-serving, cunning, greedy, unscrupulous, criminal lunatics from SLFP (SLPP) & UNP, who have been destroying this beautiful country since 1948.

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        Ben Hurling

        I just want to jog your memory.
        The slow death of this island started the day it passed the Citizentship Act in 1948 in order get rid of the hard working upcountry people. It health deteriorated since 1956 even after many operations its in death bed.

        We were led to believe once the LTTE has been terminated everything would be hunky dory as if LTTE was the only problem. The JVP and LTTE were two sides of the same coin, the Sri Lankan polity gave birth to both.

        The Citizenship Act 1948, Sinhala Only language Act 1956, the Sirimao/Sasthiri pact, the standardization policy, the republican constitution of 1972, the promise to provide 8 measures of free rice from the moon, the New constitution of 1978, Chapter II in both constitutions, the PTA, ………………… Victory over JVP terrorism, Victory over LTTE terrorism, ………… 300,000 odd members of armed forces, ……………… the conferring of two doctorates to the crooked brothers, brilliant relations with two all weather friends China and Pakistan, ……………… applying all the tricks in the books to avoid war crime investigations, ……………….. several rights against the minorities, various colonisation schemes, building numerous little vihares through out North East, various military and political strategies to counter Tamil demand, various strategies to divide Sinhala/Tamil/Muslim communities and set one against the other, bigotry, …………………….. hasn’t brought prosperity, peace, good governance, …………………

        What else do you think will work?

        May be some honesty among the people?

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          Native,
          Your list is comprehensive. Kind of hits the nail on its head, if you will. However, you seem to have missed possible vicious/poisonous/short-sighted/opportunistic/unrealistic games, where bigots/racists/race-baiting politicians from the minorities themselves may have over-played their hands too. Though I agree, the burden of responsibility should weigh heavier on the majority. Please complete your list.
          Cheers!
          PS:
          There is plenty of blame to be shared by all stupid citizens of SL.

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          Dear Native,

          we have now been searching for the addresses of many that we believe need to be fed with THANKOLA and PUNNAKKU instead of rice and curry.

          Please provide us with the addresse Mr Native.

          I believe, Champa should be on the top of the list – he /She /transgender would not seem to have the 5 senses to see it right yet. He hangs on with Wimal Buruwanse on and on but leaving all buckets of extrements to CT readers.

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            Sama
            I take my own decisions, not you. I don’t need your permission to support Wimal or anybody. We started a struggle in February 2015 and I definitely will be with him until we end it in victory.

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          Keyboard Vedda
          Your list is bias, absurd, racist and totally discriminatory to Sinhalese.
          The policies of any country should be favourable for its majority while giving adequate space to minorities. That is what Sri Lanka is.
          You say there were military and political strategies to counter Tamil demands and several “rights” against minorities. What are they?

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        Ben H
        Well said as far as it went.

        Don’t forget to add TULF, LTTE/TNA, EPRLF, etc, SLMC, Bathudeens, dodgy and crafty Muslim traders who have put almost all Sinhalese (and possibly Tamil) traders out of business in just about every Sinhalese town and village throughout the country and then ratchet up their population. Taking over the country by stealth. This is the gratitude we get for saving the Muslims from the marauding Portuguese Catholics in the 1500s. The state of the country that our Sinhalese Buddhists ancestors built up with such love and effort!

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        Comment of the century!!!! Not a single additional word is required to describe the pathetic situation of the ordinary Sri Lankan people.

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        Ben
        I disagree with you on two words in your comment use of the word “Immature Clowns’ to describe MS & RW. It is highly offensive to wanna be Immature Clowns.

        In my opinion more appropriate description be Nincompoops, Imbeciles, Nitwits, Jackass’s etc.

        But I still have reservation’s these description will be to high for MS & RW’s pay grade.

        I do realize RW fan club who are with unshakable belief in his ability as a Modern day economic Genius, Alfa Male, Visionary and very last hope for Sri Lanka to become wonder of Asia and then go on to be the wonder of the planet may disagree with me.
        So will Arajuna Mahendran.

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        Ben Hurling: Why don’t you LEAVE Sri lanka. ? go back to Tamilnadu. I know Evanglists are not having good time right now. WE need our country back and bot what you want.

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      RE: President Stops Gazette On Transferring Central Bank From Ranil To Mangala

      “The official acknowledged that the President ought to have consulted the Prime Minister on this matter of placing the Central Bank under a different minister, but opined that he (Sirisena) ‘did not have choice because he was under compulsion.’”

      “According to him, the President did this ‘because Harsha overstepped his authority on instructions by his boss.’”

      Mama Seka Kalemi, Mama Dena Gathimi,
      I suspected, I came to know.

      Did the Para-from Singapore fool the Paras locally?

      What do you expect when the average IQ of the Paras is 79 and the legislators are not much different? Chaos!

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      I stand by what I said in my first comment. Rajapaksa clan will use anybody to come back to power. They have already betrayed the country by remaining in Ranil’s Constitutional Assembly in favour of a Federal Constitution to garner Tamil votes. Basil made a strong statement in Jaffna against our Army stating they they may have committed crimes on individual basis. He did that to woo LTTE supporters and TNA to obtain Tamil votes to SLPP at the LG election. Before that during the war against terrorists, he criticized the role of our Army in support of Robert Blake as revealed by WikiLeaks. This is the man who controls Mahinda/JO/SLPP now.
      .
      Wimal should withdraw his support to SLPP. Last time, in December 2016 when he refused to do politics with Basil, Rajapaksa clan/JO (SLFP faction) conspired and and put Wimal in jail and they further used their influence to make lawyers twist Wimal’s case. The Attorney General who didn’t oppose in granting bail to crooks who were guilty of misusing Rs. 600 million, went out out of the way to oppose Wimal’s bail. Rajapaksas tried everything possible to keep Wimal in prison. I can list 10 more such “coincidences and selective injustice” to Wimal during his 3 months’ imprisonment. However, this time Wimal went ahead with SLPP and engaged in Rajapaksa style politics, may be he didn’t want to risk another jail term. :) :) :) The moment Rajapaksas grab the power again, Wimal will become a Karapincha.

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      Stupid man you’re. Everyone except stupid knows Mon-gala is bandit queens man.

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        Banda
        I don’t want to know. I am not interested in personal lives of politicians.
        I engage in constructive criticism. I don’t criticize the person. I criticize the action which is always specific and with reason.

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      “Rajapaksa will use anybody and everybody to come back to power,even LTTE diaspora through Mangala”
      In other words are you are implying that Prabakaran is hiding inside MaRa’s sarong and is squeezing his b….s hard?

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        Uthungan

        I am not sure whether Prabaharan would ever wanted to hide in Dr Mahinda’s amude however I suspect Pottu Amman would not have minded sharing a bed with Gota.

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      The curent dilemma the country is facing can be summarized as THE MISMANAGEMENT of the STATE, by the continuum of the CURSE—GOVIGAMA RULING ELITES and their PRO-ZIONIST trickery imposed on the mass population who lives in this (man made) miserable ISLAND. The general population is slowly waking up to the realization that the political divides at the party levels and socio religious levels are a hoax and almost all of them are functioning under a ONE DEEP STATE system that control everything in the lines of the GREATER ZIONIST AGENDA of the Jewish Bankers and their CORPORATIONS which are running the International Trade and the International Financial systems that has enslaved the MASS HUMAN POPULATION of the world. Rajapaksa, Ranil, Maithree belong to the GOVIGAMA Ruling elite families and its MAFIA SYNDICATE is being appointed by the US/British evil Zionist system to manage the country and they are the MANAGERS who run it with their might by using (soft and hard) political, financial and military power. The recently concluded ANTI-MUSLIM VIOLENT project of CHAMPIKA RANAWAKA is one of those criminal activities of the GOVIGAMA MAFIA RULE. Ranil and Maithree are the ones who are facilitating the comeback of Rajapaksa brothers as the FINANCIAL side of the country has hit a CRISIS MODE as they do not have money to service the loans that have been piled up to the levels of 70 Billion US Dollars. So, the GOVI-TRIO (MAHINDA/RANIL/MAITHREE) must have brain stormed together to find a way out of this danger. Mahinda would have suggested them to hand over the Govt., so that he will handle it with an IRON FIST confiscating money from the masses to pay for the loans by way of draconian laws being imposed newly. Mahinda or GOTA are the only ones having DICTATORSHIP qualities to do what they like.

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      Why not us can appoint that street boy Wimal Weerawanse to gear up lanken issues ?

      Wimlawathie should be hung by this balls to feel us better. He is the one that louded that former Instructor to balligeputha Rajapakshe, was a highly abusive man.

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      Prez has been a puppet of those few ministers he appointed from former gang.

      Today, they are after him, so that Prez cant take his own decisions. Those few ministers SB, and other two are highly corrupted so as JO men. We want the bugger men to leave current govt and leave us peace.

      Ranjana Ramaanyaka articulated it as no other – yakage haetiyata thamayi wimane haediya yuththe… entire country is highly corrupted, and people are corrupted, so we cant talk about non-corruption in this country, but highly corrupted and less corrupted.

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    Love Polygon: This seems to be some sort of love fight between the two. Ranil with his Royal reputation is the leading player. Perhaps it is a love triangle where somehow Harsha is involved. Or it could even be a love polygon where players like Mangala, Arjuna and Ravi (all top seeds) are also involved.

    I ran into Isosceles. He had a great idea for a new triangle! (Woody Allen)

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      So enlighten us with a real story on how you spent the days with that Philiphino girl..- I guess the name should be cleopatra or the similar… that would be much more interested to please the gallery. How many house maids have you been abusing sofar Mr Rodrigo?

      Edwin Appuwo, when would you be there with us on our way back to lanka next. I could adjust it if you have time. We are a group of lankens from Europe. We just want to meet and talk to you person.

      You sound to be very interested in abusive leaders in the country. – this we were compelled to read on and on.

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        Life in ME: Alsatian Burampi, the name my previous housekeeper is Silvestra. She is now running a small grocery in Philippines and doing quite well. I gave her the initial funds to start it. But now she manages it OK. Contrary to what you believe, I never abuse my housekeepers. It is not necessary to do that in a place where you can get quality feminine company. Also, Silvestra would have put a kitchen knife in my ribs if I tried that.
        Future Plans: If you coming to SL and want to meet me, try to come after March 2019. I will be retiring and living in SL after that. I am planning to train at least 2 or 3 youth in some selected villages in microcontroller technology. They then would train others and so on. The villages would include Tamil and Muslim ones.
        Last time I was in SL I made a start by having a one-day session at the Matugama area temple. 2 dozen or so children came. They knew nothing about computers at the start but by the end of the day, they were able to write a simple program on a ‘Basic Stamp’ microcontroller, popular in US schools.
        Next time I will take some Arduino clones from China, which cost as low as Rs 1500 per unit.
        As you know, Matugama is a rubber producing area. The Dum Ge (Smoke Room) is very crucial in getting good quality of rubber sheets. Right now, these are controlled manually. My plan is to automate them.
        Don’t forget that the Karan Koku Malu will be awaiting your visit. The cooking of that can never be improved by automation. The ladies of the area know how best to do it. Best Wishes!

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    President blamed PM for the Central Bank issue as Central Bank was moved from Finance Minister to Prime Minister. Now the President has taken a 180 degree turn and blocking PM transferring CB back to Finance Minister. Who is fickle minded?

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      We have a disgraceful clown for a President !

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        Concerned,

        “We have a disgraceful clown for a President !”

        elected by 6.2 million voters on January 8, 2015!

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    This President is very famous for changing his word from time to time. Whatever he says in the morning he will change it in the night. Whatever he says or decide in the night he will change it in the morning.First he says he will abolish the executive presidency. now no more talks about that. Then he accused of UNP that they are protecting Rajapaksha goons and he wanted Law and Order ministry for himself for one month to punish the wrong doers. Now everybody knows who are the protector of Rajapaksha goons. He is very famous for talking non stop about everything. first started with “Madu Walige” then he said he will take thieves and keep them in hell until they rot them. After he became a 4% President he wants to change the PM. After the election he said there would be a radical change in the cabinet but that is only for minor change. He could not change anything in the SLFP ministries. Instead of appointing Sarath Fonseka as Law and Order Minister as requested by UNP he appointed walking dead body as Law and Order Minister. Now everybody knows his intentions. Then he says he has a sharp sword and he will not hesitate to use it whenever requires. Every time he sways his sword it will only around RW. Next time this mad man will say that he will make all male organs dysfunctional as they can use as rape tools as he banned Face book and social media for 8 days.. So we have appointed that kind of uneducated, uncultured, uncivilized “Wada Bari Tarzen” as our President. I wonder weather he is suffering from inferior complex.

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    ‘to implement ICTA’s shoddy payment gateway’.
    How do you know it is shoddy? What are the facts?

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      Killi Maharajah got rid of the ICTA chairman Canagey because he wanted a commercially- designed gateway. If the Maharajahs are in favour of this gateway, there is something fishy.

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      srinathan.gunaratnam

      Tell us what is going on in this island?

      Who is the president?
      Who is the prime minister?
      Who is the Law & Order Minister?
      ………………………. Who is determining policies and who is responsible for implementations?
      Who is going to jail and who is not?

      Do the people have a say in their own life?

      Tonny Ben the only honest politician in the UK told his admirers those in positions of economic, social and political power should always be asked five questions:
      “What power have you got?”

      “Where did you get it from?”

      “In whose interests do you use it?”

      “To whom are you accountable?”

      “How do we get rid of you?”

      Are the stupid Lankies wise enough to ask their rulers the relevant and critical questions? Do they ask themselves whether they are making informed choices?

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        Native,
        Tonny Ben sounds like a very wise man. Then again, one should not expect anything less from a fellow BEN..
        Cheers!

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          Ben Hurling

          You can be the Sri Lankan equivalent of British Benn however Tonny Benn cannot be persuaded to change his mind or for that matter his long held principle for petty parochial reasons, I am told.

          Comrade Benn was unpopular among right wing bad boys.

          Double Cheers

          Please read his obituary in The Guardian
          https://www.theguardian.com/politics/
          2014/mar/14/tony-benn-obituary

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    Central Bank should come under a capable parliamentary committee and not people like Judges of Wimal weerawansha, Johnston Fermnando and blah blah. People who knows, IT should be multiparty but not people who are destructive. Handunneththi, AKD should be good people. NOne of the donkeys. Decision should be all party so no one can blzame.

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    IT looks CT ios inthe dark and published CRAP news. Inone place it says, PResident transfers Centrla bank to Mangala and in another PResident stopped the Gazette notification. Just down grading the president. What PResident did wars right,. It is too much politicization. Central Bangkgovernor, educated outsider or educated from other sectors of the govt for example, babnks, financiial experts. All parliamwnrary committe would be a good selelction.

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    Sirisena and Ranil need to realise that they need to show results fast. The national payments platform is nowhere to be seen after 3 years. Instead we have the spectacle of a good old turf battle between central bank who are tinkering with customs docs and ICTA who should create a Lankan aadhaar card. It took 20 years for customs to implement asycuda. So don’t hold your breath waiting for the payments platform

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    MS must tell us why he did what he did. Was he simply carrying out orders?

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    A very quaint Head of State! There have been instances in History,where the King suspected his Court. But this is no King; A Grama Sevaka Niladhari! Fortuitous circumstances has catapulted him ,into power.But, I GUESS , he is dancing to the tune of those who wish to capture power!

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    Ranil had even cried and acknowlesged that he di dnot know and he expected Arjun to do the correct job, money had been taken, probably, all over the world. Mahinda Rajapakse admits his wrong decisions made many corporations disappear.

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    I thought he had just unsheathed his sword? This Sirisena fellow must be careful where he sticks his weapon.

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    All the thieving f*****g politikkos are trying to get the crown jewels of national assets under their remit; everyone wants to strip its assets before their term runs out. God help this country. Come on Army, take over and lock up all these criminals before they rob everything and escape to a foreign country. Do a Zimbabwe now? Is there a Commander with a backbone that loves his country over there!!!

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      thrishu

      I know you are mad.
      I hoped time would cure you.
      Now no hope.
      The worry is how do we keep your family safe?
      For your own good please keep away from people.

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        And you mr obnoxious how do readers put up with you, ask your own question. Dont copy what I told you. Thats all you know repeat others’. Worried that you terrorists wpould have no place as fake veddas?

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      Alas Thrishu an army commander will be just as bad, probably worse as he will have more power at his disposal.

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    If Laurel and Hardy (or rather the two actors who played those parts) were alive today and were entrusted with the responsibility of running this country, they would do a better job than the current president and prime minister.

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      Close to home, Raigamaya and Gampalaya come to mind. Other contenders:

      1) The Two Ronnies
      2) Kachchaputa and Serivanija

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    A country of corrupt politcians, and a gang of chorus girls here. No back bones, might as well be in their graves, well past their shelf lives!

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      thrishu

      How about the former National Hangman for president/prime minister/foreign minister/Army Commander/Navy Chief/Air force chief/Supreme Court Chief Justice/IGP/Attorney General/Vice Chancellor of all unis/
      Central Bank governor/ ………………. all at the same time?

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    When the 3-decades old war ended the nation looked invigorated, all communities looked forward to living in peace, that expectation was only short-lived. Now we have an uncertain & corrupt government, the House has become a place where unparliamentary language and unruly behaviour of the politicos is a commonplace scenario. – the recent ‘kawda hora’ dance is a case in point –
    The management of the CBSL is causing anxiety among the people, – after Ranil ruined it beyond repairs – now every Malik, Harsha & you name it, is interfering in its affairs: at this rate if the CBSL is busted, it will be the worst calamity to ever hit the nation’s ‘central financial/economic system’. and the consequences would be unimaginable, at this juncture what would be the fate of CBSL is anybody’s guess!
    It should be noted that a few days ago Yemen’s Central Bank was shut down due to bankruptcy after Saudi Arabia foolishly transferred $2bn to Yemen’s CB – this happened not because of war but due to corruption –

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    Since the recently ended local govt. elections results were out, Maithree, Ranil, Anura Kumara and some others sitting on the fence are jittery because Rajapakses’ “Rise like a Phoenix from the Ashes” is inevitable, something like an unstoppable tsunami, the vast majority still support them none can deny this fact.

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    Susil, Dilan and the gang wanted to destroy Mithree and join hands with Mahinda. And they achieved 90%. If Mithree wants to save himself he has to unite with Ranil and fulfill public aspirations to the maximum. Otherwise he will go in to the history as the weakest president.
    If not and if Ranil wants to be in politics he has to listen to his progressive subordinates and overpower president and show results.
    If and when Mahinda returns ??????????????

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    I herd this is just the PResident testing waters and he did not do it. but, this is needed. Sri lanka needs reduced politicization which has made country degraded and dysfunctional to almost anarchy.

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    Most commentators here are fearful of the Return of the Rajapakses. Unfortunately for them their bad dreams will soon be turning real. What you guys want is not what the country wants. The country wants stability ie economic stability, social stability, and stability in its international relations. None of that is happening now and the biggest joke ever perpetrated on the unsuspecting Sri Lankan people has turned into a nightmare. Where in the world do you find a country where it’s President says something, then contradicts himself, and then goes back to what he first pronounced. We have a circus here with two clowns Sirisena and Ranil competing with each other to deceive the people. To all those effing demalas writing under Sinhala pseudonyms, and other U and Pee ck suckers like Shaymaon, and whoever else I can say keep your mouths wide open the shit that has hit the fan will go down your throat soon.

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      Then why do you post under an English pseudonym instead of your actual Sinhalese name? Most effing Chingkallams like you are descended from Demala , including all your leaders. So using Chingkallam or Demala pseudonyms does not matter. Lots of effing Chingkallms use Demala pseudonyms not only here but on various forums, local and international, to post their Tamil hating garbage. Even the word Govi is a Demala pseudonym. Goviya (farmer ) means a person who reaps and is purely derived from the Tamil word Koi(Koiyuthal) to reap or to pluck. This word although has become less used in modern Tamil other than in poetry , is still commonly used in its daughter languages, Malayalam , Kannada, Telugu (Koikka) and even in Maldivian. Now start frothing in anger. Lots of love XX Piglet

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    Comment of Champa……
    By Champa playing unworkable
    duel role and double standards of ongoing current politics situation by aim of confusing MR alliance and by support for MS regime … more longer power?
    Well, see political analysis of Parties, Persons and shifting classes forces by Champ basically an anarchist political standard .
    Hence no doubt Champa working ! By be careful about politics of Champa.
    MR having no under-cut-deal with Ranil…wicks!

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    President only talks and not in taking actions and not upto our expectations. Perhaps it may be due to ranils deals with MR and group. On the other hand ranil though made few steps to prosper his collusion with MR probably would have made Maithri from taking staright actions.This JO kakkis spent all the balck money to induce protests against the Government so that Government couldnt attarct the investors.

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    Nuwan
    .
    Explain when did I play a dual role/double standards in politics? I always give priority to the best interests of the country. I neither belonged to any party/nor I ever sought any favours from politicians. Though some people thought I am there for them, I always maintained my independence.
    .
    From the beginning I supported Executive Presidency and made that clear. I don’t care about the incumbent. What matters to me is retaining the Executive Presidency which is the only saviour for Sinhalese.
    .
    I worked according to my own principles and refused to be blind faith to Mahinda. Why should I back their timing for NCM now, when they refused to bring this NCM passing most opportune times in 2016/2017?
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    I left Mahinda/JO not now, in early 2016, when they took a complete U turn by making Basil who was nowhere for Mahinda when he needed in 2015, to run the JO and take decisions on behalf of them.
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    I stand by my principles. I am not under obligation to Mahinda/JO to support their selfish power hungry below-the-belt politics. I was always independent/and my own master. They tried to stop me before. When they put Wimal in jail, they suppressed me from writing about him. They blocked all my comments in LankaCNews. Only CT published my comments. I wrote thousands of thousands comments about Mahinda. I wrote poems in Sinhala and English admiring Mahinda and seeking support for him. But they didn’t let me write a “single word” for Wimal when he was in prison leaving me anguished, miserable, distressed and almost dying with pain. Do you think I will forget what they did to me and Wimal after everything we did for Mahinda? Man, go and tell them this is their payback time.

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