18 April, 2021

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Professors, Politics, Peniya & The Blunderbuss Vaccination Regime

By M.M. Janapriya –

Dr. M.M. Janapriya

Introduction & Chronology

Covid came, Covid saw and Covid conquered. This was despite our attempts at educating the impervious runners of government and their men in uniform who were trying to literally gun down the virus. I was following Covid’s course in my motherland very intently to make sure my friends in the Department of Health Services and those in power did not sidestep the process of containment. I wrote at least 12 articles to the press on Covid control in Sri Lanka, its goods, its bads, and its uglies and copied the links to the President of the country. Government’s initial attempts seemed to have paid off with the disease spread getting under control and fatality figures for the entire period from Feb to Sept 2020 remaining in single figures. Even though there was a raging cluster within the navy camp and another in the rehab camp in Kandakadu due to shortsighted and/or insane actions of the task force these too came under fair control soon.  

We are a blessed land which Lord Buddha graced on 3 occasions. Be it, our climatic conditions, our housing design and distribution, a degree of immunity granted by previous infection in Oct-Dec 2019, BCG vaccinations, or be it our innate resistance to this kind of calamitous infection we seemed to be winning the fight against Corona when it all went pear shaped due to the government taking it’s eye off the ball in late September 2020 and allowing an apparel company to import infected labour from Vishakaputnam in India. This virus seemed different, a European strain probably’ made in India’ (like the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine made by Serum Institute!) and did spread like wildfire. From Minuwangoda it spread to almost everywhere within days. Even though there were many cases that could not be traced back to an established cluster the authorities kept on pulling wool over peoples’ eyes saying there was no community spread. 

Spread of the virus was relentless and so was the false state propaganda. This was understandable because by now the authorities have lost the battle and had nothing tangible to offer the country to halt the spread. They then started dropping pots of holy water from air as advised by the black magic specialist who strangely happened to be some Dr. White. Health minister volunteered to sacrifice herself to the sea if it would halt Corona on it’s tracks but nature declined the offer, instead Corona wanted to test her mettle. Unlike Wordsworth who saw a host of daffodils fluttering and dancing in the breeze when he was wandering like a cloud I was frozen stationary like a ship dead in the water sick and tired of what’s happening around us and was hoping for a pleasant dream when indeed I had this nightmare. A cardboard professor who unfortunately had studied allopathic medicine came on tele and tried to promote a potion called sugarshana peniya as a remedy against Corona. (This fellow should have been struck off the SLMC register for associating with unqualified people, Instead media kept on calling him ‘Professor’ when he should not be because once he left his university job he also left his title at the doorstep. Also they are not the end all and be all in the subject; certainly not in my specialty, Surgery, in which there are many Surgeons more learned and better skilled. Professorship in the faculty is like that of a master in charge of a subject at Advanced Level of a school)

Another peniya erupted from Kegalle when a carpenter turned Weda Rala was spoken to by Kali Amma in his dreams about a potion made of Nutmeg, bees honey and 2 other secret ingredients started churning out thousands of bottles of the product for prophylaxis against and a cure for Covid. I had my share of dreams too when I saw the above mentioned cardboard Professor again giving the bass his fullest support. He seemed either to be a peni avid human form who must have been an ‘embalaya’ (a kind of ants which often appear drowned in honey pots) in his previous birth or seemed to have been under military or some such higher orders to promote the peniya on live electronic media. In either case he seemed to cut a sorry figure and proved himself to be a dishonest individual unfit to hold high public office. A government minister doled out a costly machine purchased using public funds, to the Weda Rala to produce the decoction in bulk. Thanks to an MD MRCP quack from Wathupitiwela the bass managed to get some kind of access to the state hospital to test his decoction and announced to the masses that the peniya was the long awaited magic brew for Covid-19. [This BH Wathupitiwela doctor also should have been struck off the Sri Lanka Medical Council Register of Medical Practitioners for a) association with unqualified people b) for carrying out unethical tests on human patients and c) malicious advertising. None of these happened because he too seems to have received the backing of the law makers] 

This ‘Kali Puthra’ potion under normal circumstances should have seen the bottom of the garbage bin. Instead it managed to get the powers that be to appoint a team comprising of University professors to carry out scientific research on western medical lines to establish or refute its efficacy. I battle with myself to fathom how these learned or not so learned so called academics agreed to test the potion. There should have been some indication on initial testing that this peniya was showing a degree of promise. Without any such reason for them to have agreed to test the decoction is just a case of being subservient to political power and an ignominious defeat for the entire medical academia of Sri Lanka. This exercise would see these six people degrade (or I don’t know may be ennoble) themselves as ‘Mahadenamutta and the 5 disciples’. I have pointed out in one of my previous articles how the testing was going to be an uphill task and am eagerly waiting to see the results. 

Professors Fake or Real?

I consider this an opportune moment to pen a few words of wisdom about this most prostituted word Professor. (By the way when one uses this word prostitute as a verb to signify misuse it is not infrequently misunderstood. On an incident where I used the expression “my theatre boots seem to be getting prostituted” meaning being given to others to be used when I am not using them and the nurse misunderstanding the expression as if I called her a prostitute, the monk president of the nurses’ union came on national TV asking for my scalp. He ended up not getting even a hair from around my proctodeum.) Media bring these men and women on the air waves to terrorize the masses with information junk. Politicians bring these people to the fore to cover their backs like in the case of reversal of cremation order on Covid dead. Professors themselves use this word to suck life out of the sick masses who beg borrow or steal money and get in to a scrum to see them at 4 pm. My ‘kid brother’ is a Professor too but I know for sure he would not get offended for he does not belong to this category. He is a Surgeon and a gentleman. I would write a separate article on what a Professor is all about on a later occasion. 

Peniya

The Kali potion was being promoted with so much intent and passion by all and sundry in the government that the boot lickers of the powers that be forming a wide plethora comprising of individuals of the public, university teachers like the said cardboard professors, members of ‘wiyathmaga’ which was sarcastically termed ‘Kiyathmaga’ on social media based on the patronage wanton destroyers of rain forest seem to have received from the rulers, some prominent TV channels etc. I was under the impression that this was indeed the government’s formula to combat Covid supplemented of course by the sacred pots of water. At this point I empathized with the Government or may be more apt to say I sympathized because they seemed to be scraping the barrel and looked unable to generate necessary money to buy any credible make of a vaccine in enough numbers needed to immunize the masses. In this sombre backdrop the Health Authorities were going to depend on the free quota of the vaccine WHO promised and also on a stock coming as a possible gift from India. 

People thronged the ‘peni pharma lab’ premises in Kegalle in their thousands to obtain the magic potion in what looked like quarter bottles of ‘Arrack’, quite oblivious to the health guidelines such as maintaining one metre distance and wearing face masks. This may have contributed to the galloping spread of the virus that took place in the days and weeks followed. Peniya found its way in to the Parliament and indeed ended up in the speaker’s chambers. Some drank the potion in front of TV cameras to promote its compliance with the masses. The Minister of Health was a notable participant who ended up embracing Covid with the ‘Dutch courage’ she received by drinking the Kali peniya. Poor woman had to be treated in the ITU of the IDH as her immunity seemed to have been shattered by the peniya. Virus may have hit her Betz cells that she ended up going home taking the respirator machine with her it is being said on social and other media. Several other ‘peni MPP’ too contracted Covid and it was being said on social media that the Kali Puthra himself was convalescing from Covid in an unknown location. 

The Vaccine Arrives

By now the politicos in power and their advisers realized that Peniya had done its job of giving the gullible masses some hope and it could do no more. They had no option than to turn to a vaccine to help slow down the raging spread. WHO dole was not ready so Modhi’s generosity helped. President’s lack of faith in the medical fraternity of this country was further exemplified by the fact that the committee launching the immunization campaign is being headed by a senile ‘sil-hil servant’ (Pardon my spelling. I may have got it awfully wrong). Naturally it has become blunderbuss. First of all there was some hesitancy in the acceptance of the vaccine. As a senior doctor I too had squirms about the Indian vaccine. I don’t trust Indians. I don’t buy Indian products unless as an emergency measure like to replace till a proper one is bought, a car tyre that has come away in pieces in some remote corner of the country.

Poor Dr. Ananda Wijewickrema became one of the guinea pigs and took the vaccine first before the TV cameras to allay public anxiety. I would like to believe he took it at his own volition and there was no compulsion for him to do so whatsoever. I am personally acquainted with the Wijewickrema family very much. I knew the old gentleman and his wife long before Ananda was born. They are very respectable people indeed. Even if he had squirms about the vaccine there is a good chance Ananda would have taken it in public to boost public confidence putting his own wellbeing at risk. As it turned out the vaccine is quite safe to be administered and I had no hesitation whatsoever to have the jab when it came to my turn as a retired doctor last week but we have a bigger problem here in how the government dropped like a hot potato, the priority list formulated by the college of Community Physicians and got on with their own way of allocating the vaccine in order to get their minions and lackeys vaccinated. It was excruciatingly painful to watch how a 77 year old husband of a retired Consultant Anaesthetist colleague of mine was refused the vaccine at the Accident Service, NHSL Colombo when I went there to receive my own vaccine as a retired doctor about 10 days ago. There appeared to be an air of ‘mortal fear’ like in a period of martial law amongst the nurses and doctors over there, of punitive action on those guilty of ‘deviation from the norm’ even to immunize a well deserving recipient. The Health Secretary to the Ministry in charge of Covid control was recently disciplined for apparently facilitating the issuance of the vaccine to a cricketing legend. This is sheer madness when you consider the fact that the recipient of the vaccine allegedly so facilitated is national treasure, one of the top few of an eleven that put us on the world map (match fixing aside) and needs to be protected with all our might. In countries with sane rulers this incident would have been used to national advantage to promote the vaccine compliance, the Secretary would have been commended and stayed put in the Ministry to oversee the good work. Not to be. What a period? What a country?  

Vaccination Insanity

The National Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (NACCD) and the Department of Health Services approved in January 2021, the consensus statement between the politicians and the Medical Professionals in the field that came out named National Vaccine Deployment Plan for Covid-19 (NVDPCovid-19). This had been conveyed to all stakeholders including the WHO. Though I personally don’t agree with priority vaccination of ‘frontline security forces and frontline police personnel and high risk individuals and high risk groups in economically important and essential services’ (which probably left enough wriggle room for corrupt politicians to manipulate) I must congratulate my CCP colleagues and other public health specialists in formulating a strategy accommodating the sensitivities of the politicos who display a significant degree of dependence on the forces than masses for their survival and wellbeing. There may have been internal circulars and other guidelines to the health workers on the intricacies of the program but to my knowledge no priority list has ever been publicized either by splashing on print media or putting it on the internet. When there is nothing in black and white corrupt politicians including those with a medical background run amok in the gray area and this is exactly what happened in the vaccine arena. I was told 3 circulars came out within as many days or so superseding the previous ones. This is clearly to accommodate some people who came very low down on the priority list. Given below is the priority list agreed to by the NVDPCovid-19.

Frontline health staff

Frontline security forces personnel

Frontline Police personnel

Those above 60 years of age specially those with co-morbidities, like diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic heart and lung disease etc.

High risk individuals and high risk groups of any age in economically important and essential services

All else

The first 3 categories were swiftly vaccinated in the first round itself. Next it should have been the turn of the 60 years and above but the authorities decided to drop the scientifically agreed priority list like a hot brick and went on to substitute a sector called “those between 30-60 years” This is typical political manipulation causing a smoked screen for which a Peni Minister held the brief, at an obnoxious panel show with a name sounding like ‘new house of representatives’ on a stooge (or king maker) TV channel. This man is being depicted as a professor on electronic and print media when indeed he should not be. The above substitution of the 60+ group with 30-60 9is extremely damaging to the country in general and the Covid-19 control program in particular. It also shows scant regard to the senior citizens of the country. The following is a list of points for drivers of this blunderbuss campaign to ponder.

1. The two most important objectives of a vaccination program launched during a pandemic is a) to reduce mortality for which the most vulnerable group (sixty year olds and over) needs to be vaccinated swiftly and b) to reduce basic reproduction number (R0) i.e. number of individuals an infected person can infect to a figure under 1 so that the pandemic would slowly die down. For the latter to be achieved 80% of the population need to be vaccinated quickly which is unlikely to happen in Sri Lanka

2. In the case of the vast majority of young people this illness is either asymptomatic or mild with no or negligible mortality

3. The 30-60 year group is close to a mammoth 60% of population of Sri Lanka which would work out to 12.6 million and with measly vaccine numbers available we will forever be vaccinating this group having no respite to even look at the above 60 year most vulnerable group

4. The vaccine scrum that this scheme has generated which we often see on TV seems to offer 60 year olds only slim chances of getting to the finish line for the vaccine

5. The over 60 group, a paltry 10.6% of the population which is actually around 2 million is eminently coverable very quickly but right now this group has been hung to dry!

6. It is the above 60 group that have served the country longest, hardest and whose mortality and morbidity is highest and as such deserves the vaccine as a top priority.

7. Boris Johnson on the advice of his confidant Dominic Cummings (who later resigned) let the virus run through the country according ‘herd immunity’ and saving the all-important British economy. Cummings is supposed to have said “if this meant some oldies dying so be it”. Nearly 100,000 Britons have died so far of whom around 90% are above the age of 60. Boris and Cummings have blood on their hands and Boris’s political future is coffined nailed and buried with those who paid the ultimate price. How does this analogy apply to Sri Lanka? Whilst Boris’s government action led to the death of so many, Sri Lankans are doing exactly the same thing by their inaction.

8. This pandemic will take at least another 6 months or so to simmer down to a low endemic level by which time our death toll would be close to or over a thousand and out of these more than 800 would be over 60 years of age. I have no recourse than to personally hold the Government including the President of the country responsible for these deaths by presiding over outrageous and scant regard paid to the agreed National Vaccine Deployment Plan for Covid-19 (NVDPCovid-19) of January 2021 by the political stooges at the helm of the steering committee.

Here are some of the excerpts of a hard hitting message issued to the press by the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka on 22nd Feb 2021 on the high handed and reckless deviation from the plan.

“the first priority identified in National Vaccine Development Plan for Covid-19 (NVDPCovid-19) was to vaccinate frontline healthcare workers and those who are directly involved in Covid-19 activities, which was completed in the first round of vaccination; whilst the remaining priority groups include those over 60 years of age and specifically those suffering from non-communicable diseases in which severe disease and deaths are happening on a daily basis in the country.

Therefore the decision of the Ministry of Health to initiate vaccinations targeting individuals of 30-60 years implemented in a few selected communities is a clear deviation from the scientifically agreed prioritization stated in the NVDPCovid-19

This strategy is neither an evidence based practice nor a public health decision considering the wider public health and economic outcomes. It derails the Covid-19 preventive activities in the country, dangerously undermining the public health response to Covid-19, especially with regard to the objectives of reduction of complications and deaths due to Covid-19. 

Disregarding the recommendations of the National Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (NACCD) at this stage of pandemic response may jeopardize the entire Covid-19 control activities. We the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka earnestly request the government to urgently implement scientifically recommended vaccine priority list rather than talking ad-hoc decisions on vaccination policy”.  

Nature’s effect on Pandemics

Epidemiologists know that the pandemics caused by new viruses end in several ways bearing in mind the fact that we do not yet have an antiviral drug which effectively kills the virus. Presently available drugs would alter the course of some diseases so that the body can either get rid of the virus or reduce the viral load to such an extent that the sufferer can lead a life span of which could be near normal or indeed normal. The latter happened with the HIV AIDS virus. Thirty years on we still have the virus and the disease but people do not die from it anymore.

With SARS COV-2 virus being an acute respiratory virus we didn’t have a great choice and the end game could be unpredictability different to what we are prophesying or indeed what we are hoping for. As at present those who contracted the disease either got better quickly, or battled it out in an ITU and emerged victorious or indeed succumbed to the illness. Outcome depended to a great extent on one’s age, fitness and co-morbidities. Drugs were ineffective. Dexamethasone reduced ITU mortality by 30% though.

In this bleak picture we had to avoid getting the disease. This was done by wearing masks, maintaining a one metre distance and keeping hands clean by either washing with soap and water or using alcohol sanitizer to rinse hands with frequently. This was the individual responsibility and still is. 

The government’s responsibility as per advice by the public health authorities was to close down borders as quickly as possible, Test, Trace and Isolate patients and contacts. The more numbers one tested, the more earnestly one traced contacts and the more stringently were the contacts isolated, quicker and better was the result of getting the spread under control. Some countries like Vietnam, Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia did this successfully whilst some others were less effective and a few made a mess of it altogether. These measures were only buying time till either a vaccine was rolled out or some drug that could cure the disease was discovered.

In case neither of these happened the virus would go on spreading the illness till it had infected all susceptible individuals, had no more hosts left and would start slowly withering away. By then however, it would have taken its toll of deaths. Also it would have left some others permanently incapacitated. What we do by social distancing etc is reducing the ease with which the virus would spread i.e. bringing R0 or basic reproduction number (number of cases directly generated by a single infected person) down to less than1 in which case the epidemic would come to an end sooner and damage caused by the virus before it leaves would be lessened.

If there was an effective viricidal drug that too would have brought the pandemic to a conclusion sooner but the large number of drugs trialed during the pandemic did not have any significant viricidal effect. So the world had to persevere with other preventive measures till a vaccine appeared in the scene. 

Vaccine’s Effect on Pandemics 

Vaccination is a very old concept of according immunity to the masses. Thanks to pioneering work of Edward Jenner Small Pox a killer disease has been eradicated completely from the planet. Similarly childhood killer diseases like diphtheria and whooping cough are hardly heard of today. Tetanus which I have seen in plenty in Sri Lanka nearly 50 years ago as a young Intern House Officer is very rarely encountered today. Thus we have come a long way in preventing dreadful diseases for which there is no cure.

5 vaccines against Covid-19 appeared on the scene almost simultaneously. They all claim effectiveness ranging from 70% to 90 percent in preventing getting infected. The rationale of vaccination during a pandemic is to reduce mortality and bring R0 down to less than 1. It is well known that the elderly are the most at risk of dying from the illness. Hence in almost all vaccination programs in the world 60 years and above were vaccinated as the next top priority following the vaccination of frontline health workers. In Sri Lanka too this was indeed going to be the case when the National Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (NACCD) and the Department of Health Services approved in January 2021, the consensus statement between the politicians and the Medical Professionals in the field that came out named National Vaccine Deployment Plan for Covid-19 (NVDPCovid-19).

However the Government through the DHS openly flouted this priority list when they started vaccinating a mammoth 12.6 million group called those between 30 and 60 years of age with a measly number of the vaccine being available. Even if the government of Sri Lanka managed to vaccinate this big group it would not have reached the 80% needed to accord ‘Herd Immunity’ for which the numbers needed to vaccinate would have been around 16 million. Hence the government advised by the sil-hil servants and Peni avid cardboard professors have caused enormous damage to the nation’s physical and mental health and also to the nation’s trust in their rulers than that done by the Easter Sunday bombers. Just like the political future of England’s Boris Johnson being coffined nailed and buried with the thousands who paid with their lives there is no doubt that the political future of the Rajapaksha Dynasty of Sri Lanka would meet a similar end purely on this matter. A ‘know it all’ President is as bad as a President advised by some ‘know it all’ buffoons but the voices of a few disgruntled people like me would not be effective in stopping this ‘feathering their own nest’ clique. An ‘Appalled Nation’ thinking straight and getting together in their numbers would certainly be. 

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    looking at this from the US , and being still not vaccinated it is hard to understand what this Dr is losing his s%^t for.

    I see that the Covid Cases in SL are dropping.
    Every country in the world is facing a Vaccine Shortage.

    but on the other hand Sri Lanka has not approved the Russian or Chinese Vaccines yet. What is going on with that . I was in Mexico recently and they are already using the Russian Vaccine. Sri Lanka is still trying to approve. WTH. ?

    I am not sure who he is calling a prostitute. but those are strong words for a fellow professional.

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      a14455: Yes, we took time in “approving” COVID Vaccine from Russia, China. But, please don’t forget what we were doing, like many other “Big Brothers” were doing in “Studying”, “Experimenting” to find a solution. We too did our part well to “Study”, “Experiment” to find our “OWN” solution. That is what we did in the cases of “Sudharshani Peniya”, “Dr. White’s “Water Pot”, “Dhammika Wadu Baas Peniya”, chanting “Rathana Suthraya”, inhaling the “Herbal Medicine Pot”. The importance of these “Studies” and “Testings” we did was a very “High Level” one as you can see it from the picture accompanying the article. Unfortunately, you missed all our “Efforts”, because you were in Mexico. You say, our casualty rates have come down, but we are now greatly involved in bringing down the “Death Rate” which keeps increasing daily. If you are still in Mexico, we will surely keep feeding you with data. Thank you for your concerns. Hope you appreciate our “Efforts”.

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        Simon,
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        I’m now on my phone after posting two other comments from the computer at home. They have yet to appear.
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        As you know, I take your comments very seriously. It is really true that we know so little for all our efforts to find out.
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        Dr Janapriya has always been sane and rational.
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        These guys who are abroad too often think they can tell us what to think.

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          SM,
          Same and rational?
          I find it difficult to understand how someone who believes in the flying abilities of religious personages can bad-mouth Dhammika Peniya.

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        Dear Brother Simon,

        a14455: or the like ilk would never change their nature, no matter their eyes would allow them to see better systems. As a result only our nation is caught by the FACIST acts of current rulers.
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        The writer of the current article spoke in favour of GOTABAYA govt at the very begining. Now he too have come back to his sense.
        I still remember the day I retruned to Europe on the 4th March 2020, having spent 3 weeks of stay in my mother land. THere I could observe well how GOTA-MARA got on with COVID 19 pandemic in the country. They did not care much about the containment of the virus, but only about fooling the stupid majority.
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        If Gotabaya would have some knowledge/pain about the nation, as was the case with Kiwiland’s Premier or her counterpart in Taiwan, things would have turned out to be so different to the nation as of today. However, they started their power gains, and now the bugger et al proved the well, they not no better to Myanmar s millitary junta regime.

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      Dear a14455,
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      Looking at this from the “remote” Uva Province of Sri Lanka, I see things differently. “Prostitute” is about this “Professor of Medicine”.
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      This is exactly three minutes in English (no Sinhala subtitles) – a message for the World.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A7-hDHsSAI
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      A very fine (youngish) Specialist Medicine Consultant told me three weeks ago that this “Professor Channa Jayasumana” is a politician through and through, and that there are problems about all his qualifications, and about his status in the University.
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      An even younger MBBS doctor, in government service, but doing a little private practice, told me two weeks ago, that none of them know what the real position is. Granted COVID is less than in many other countries, including in the USA. Also granted that it is now getting less in the Western Province, but it appears to be spreading in Uva.
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      I’m not going to identify those two decent doctors, but I’m identifying myself unambiguously.
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      More details about what I have said above appeared here almost a month ago.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/authoritarian-hypocritical-recommendations-of-the-un-high-commissioner-for-human-rights-on-sri-lanka/
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      56 Comments, eleven of the last thirteen by me.
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      Panini Edirisinhe

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        PART TWO
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        Dear a14455,
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        These 3 minutes in English, for our World audience:
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A7-hDHsSAI
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        He quotes a Tamil Historian, from a book written by the man when he was only 26 years old. It is downloadable, and I have downloaded some 550 pages of it!
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        https://www.scribd.com/doc/113992242/Dravidian-Settlements-in-Ceylon-and-the-Beginnings-of-the-Kingdom-of-Jaffna-By-Karthigesu-Indrapala-Complete-Phd-Thesis-University-of-London-1965
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        This next Youtube are the words of Jayasumana only, 98 seconds of well-articulated English, but the Sinhala text pasted on for us locals to know how heroically we’d been talking in Geneva, about three years ago.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MgLb3PqA4c
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        Substantiation by quoting quoting Tamil Historian, Karthigesu Indrapala. He is still living, see Wikipedia.
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        His mature, and wonderfully constructive views, are to be found here:
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        https://tamilnation.org/books/eelam/indrapala
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        I’m sorry, I’m not a Historian; those eleven pages of review make his views clear. Don’t get put off by references to Tamil Eelam, which, like any Sinhalese I hope will never happen.
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        All this to be found here:
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/authoritarian-hypocritical-recommendations-of-the-un-high-commissioner-for-human-rights-on-sri-lanka/
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        Eleven comments by me, at the very end, interspersed with two by Whimpy Kid, who says.
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        Whimpy Kid / February 23, 2021
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        “Got your point SM . . . Sri Lanka is doomed.”

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          S.M,
          Jayasumana’s rant is strangely like Evil Eagle’s repetitious vomiting in this forum. Could EE be Jayasumana?

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            OC,
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            You always add something about on this topic. But most of them are wrong. You were the one that insisted us to consider that EE is not Mahindapala.
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            Jayasumana would never come back to engage posting that much the way EE has been upto.
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            I know few close to Jaysumana.

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              LM,
              I should have remembered that Jayasumana lives here and EE lives outside.

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                OC,
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                I know Mad Jaysumana who happened to travel to Nikaragua or the like countries. just few years ago. Natha dewiyo and Jayasumana were very close for Jathiwadhhaya promotion propaganda.
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                However, his wonder making titles became known after the guy got close to Rajapakshes criminals. That is the reason why his qualifications are reported to be fake as of today.
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                EE is NOT Jayasumana – for sure.

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            Dear oc,
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            More from me much later. EE = K.A. Sumanasekera
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            Now that is a possibility. His stock responses seem to me to be indicative of a lackey who thinks he has to perform the task that he has in hand, which is to demoralise guys like us who try to think issues out for ourselves.
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            However, you can sometimes be unfair yourself, having forgotten what you wrote about 30 months ago, here:

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            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/democracy-is-not-for-the-poor-illiterate-countries/
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            I now know who Eagle Eye is: K.A. Sumanasekera! Both pseudonyms, unfortunately.
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            K.A. Sumanasekera / October 14, 2019
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            “I don’t think Nandasena can be a Military Dictator. because he will be still tied down by the 70 years of Democratic Traditions and Culture which Lankawe Politicians have adopted and nurtured to a fine art to look after themselves as well as the suckers who go behind them.”
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            Dr Janapriya may himself have made mistakes in the past, but don’t write him off as a simpleton who believes that Gauthama literally visited Ceylon thrice. He has started by saying that he has already written 12 articles. It’s our responsibility to check before commenting rashly.

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              S.M,
              “But not necessarily so. In Sri Lanka except in 2010 all governments from 1994 till now have been minority governments helped by ethnic minorities. Having to appease coalition partners has been the biggest bugbear”
              Don’t you think my response was in proportion to the above by Dr.J? There is wisdom and bigotry in everybody, including me. But very few scientifically trained people will publicly admit to belief in divine powers. I believe some Sinhala Buddhists have the ability to believe in two contradictory world-views at the same time.
              Isn’t this interesting?

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                SM,
                That allusion to divine flight in an otherwise excellent article was like the speck of cow-dung in a pot of curd, you see.

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              Mr. SM,
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              this could well be. But please dont waste your precious time any more for searching who is who. You are living in a country – area where majority would never see it right. They will surely take few more decades to change their thinking patterns.
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              Unnecessarily lengthy posts, wasting your precious time would not bring much to many.. there are still more supporters to promote JATHIWADAYA germs than COVID virus infections in the island.

              And also the fact is that Jathiwadhaya virus is much more dangerous than the COVID 19 that have now affected to 120 millions of world population.
              :
              Perhaps you might have watched the TV interview of that Mutti Hamy aka Pawithara Wanni (so called current minister of health )was shortly before her death according to her. That is a sign of a Karmic Retribution. That will work for sure for all that deliberately support racists. I see the light at the end of the tunnel – Mahinda s health is said to be worsening day by day. .. to my eyes, any leaders of that nature left this world facing all the difficult last hours. I believe in truths. Srilanka is now known as one of the top countries where the basic human rights are not safeguarded.
              -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQO3QEgFyFQ

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

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            good on you Eagle Eye. Please don’t take the Indian vaccine or the Chinese vaccine. You will lose your Sinhala purity. Stick to the Peniya only like a true Sinhalaya just like our Health Minister. Purity of blood is important. Don’t be misled by your great leaders, the Rajapakses who hase already taken the Indian vaccine on the sly. while at it why don’t we do a blood test on you to determine the purity of your SinhaLe? No point of an IQ test because the result would be too obvious.

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            Look at in context.
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            It may have been said in jest. Or it may have been sarcastic.
            Even if you don’t think much of his sense of humour, I fear that you have over-reacted.
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            Let’s examine the arguments adduced.

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          Sinhala_Man,
          Nobody deny that there were Dravida settlements in Sinhale. They were the settlements of Dravidians who invaded Sinhale from 3rd Century BC. There were Chola and Pandya Kingdoms in places where Sinhala Kingdoms Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa existed. When Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa kingdoms existed, Yapanaya was under Sinhala Kings. Dravidians destroyed those Kingdoms burning down Sinhala settlements forcing Sinhalayo to retreat to safer areas. Even at the time Portuguese occupied Yapanaya, that area was under the King of Kandy and Sinhalayo were the majority. Simply because invaders had Kingdoms and settlements in Sinhale, Tamils in the North cannot claim North East is their ‘Traditional Homeland’ and demand a separate State.

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      A 14455 instead of glorifying me just read the first para of your comment. Looking at this from US where you are surrounded by more than half million dead people predicted to become one million soon , still not vaccinated and then you question a retired professor of your own what this doctor is losing is ???. In Lanka cases are dropping without even having a planned vaccination drive, dude do a favor please check the meaning of PANDEMIC , that is only if you agree with what the world thinks about the current situation.

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        Maybe I am looking at the Good Dr’s comments from a different perspective. We in the US are also waiting eagerly just like I am sure the Sri Lankans are. and with all the so called 300 or 400 million doses supposedly bought by the Biden administration, we don’t know how and when it will reach us (The general public) So I feel the vitriol from this Dr seems rather self-serving. He is not taking into account that there is only a limited supply getting to Sri Lanka and complaining about the organization. Also insulting a fellow professor calling him a prostitute.

        I understand him railing about these ayurvedic guys but this is and has always been the way with western drs and alternative medicine.

        So I dont know about you but I am thinking it is nothing but an overreaction from the good dr.

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          Not so fast buddy. In the US most of my family members including nephews and nieces living in the East cost ( to be exact) have received it. US is debating to send millions of AstraZeneca vaccine which they received but not cleared by authorities for use , to other countries which are in need. By the way did you hear Billions Anduwa playedout of recent sugar imports deal is is worth to buy 25 million of vaccine for its citizens.

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      A 00000 instead glorifying and make assumptions me read your comment. Looking this from US where you are surrounded by half a million dead people predicted soon to be one million, you then say it is hard to understand why this doctor mind you a retired professor of your own is losing his ??? In Lanka cases are dropping without having a organized vaccine drive , dude do a favor check the meaning of PANDEMIC that is only if you agree with rest of the world. Then you ridicule farming. You neither have knowledge or respect for any profession.

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        Chiv,
        no point of arguing with this guy. a14455 / March 12, 2021, the kind of people would never see it right Chive:
        He may still be going after that PANNI BEEMA provided by their Guru s in the island, no matter he has been living in the US.
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        Yesterday I happened to watch a program on SLRC where MUTTI HAMY, was the first guinea pig to have tasted Dhammika Paniya, remember, she went on saying, that she was shortly before her death in IDH hospital.

        We dont need to waste our precious times making hopes about srilanken health so long …. uneducated men and women are appointed to ministry of health today. They are just shameless idiots. The very same mouth pieces are being used today to add supportive thoughts about the positivity of the vaccine. If the bugger woman knew that there is no other option than vaccination, why on earth, she made public statements about Mad Man s Dhammika paniya ?

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          Fully agree with you

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    Thank you for this informative article as usual. we simply have to wait for the pandemic to see its course through. It is futile to look to the politicians.6.9 million fools voted for the present lot. They have so many false prophets and “professors, charlatans and crooks” among them. you probably belong to a generation as I do when only one university existed and professors were very eminent men. Now there are 75 universities with a multitude of professors. There are ambassadors and permanent secretaries who are “professors”. That decline in standards is emblematic of the decline in all spheres of life in the country. The resulting maladministration is evident in the manner of dealing with the pandemic. You have described this so well.

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    I really enjoyed the sarcasm used in the first half of the article by Dr J. Vaccination is a no brainer and only idiots will argue against it.
    There are few factors of Sri Lankan populace we are reluctant to accept. they are extremely superstitious. If I say GOD Kataragama is only an cultural image they thing I will be cursed. Majority has lack of education about rational thinking. Majority are ardently adherent irrational religious beliefs incorporated into three major religions . Compare to other part of the world they hate some good happening to there neighbor and list goes on.
    My point is good article written will only be a reading material for few and it will not penetrate conceptively in to the society.

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    Good article, hits hard and hits the spot.
    I had to guffaw at this sentence, “the monk president of the nurses’ union came on national TV asking for my scalp. He ended up not getting even a hair from around my proctodeum.”

    That is hilarious!!!

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      Hilarious, yes.
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      I had to refer the meaning of “proctodeum”.
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      Crude villagers like me would have said “arse”.
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      Now why did I state that. Because few Sri Lankans try to find out anything that they don’t know.
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      As for Dr Janapriya, he’s usually very serious, and strives to get all facts right.

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    A 14455 why dont you cross border and get the Sputnik in Maxico by giving some santhosam.. The earth is better off without a few. By the way how did you get into US in the first place ?? By crossing Mexican border before Trump built his dream wall.

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      yes what can I say O great Doctor !!!!

      I being a moda sinhalaya dont have the skills of these amazing Tamils nor the brains.

      I have to say you are right I did enter the US illegally and am working
      as a farmworker plucking Tomatoes.

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        Bro A14455, I never replied to any of your comments in past. If not for farming we will be starving today. So please do not underestimate I owe much to my grand parents who did farming so that the coming generations could be fed and educated. It is you who think only Tamils become doctors and are allowed to work in India.. I never said I was a great doctor. But sure not a fool to question a doctor that too a retired professor on a subject which I have no clue. You question about using a word against a colleague who does injustice to our profession and you then ridicule him. Get rid of the blinders before you comment.

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      Chiv,
      it is just plater washers would not have chance to move out of their camps while continuing their lives in a place in the US.
      :
      You are right, the frequency of getting vaccinted against COVID 19 in the US multiple times better than in europe.

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    /*
    Instead it managed to get the powers that be to appoint a team comprising of University professors to carry out scientific research on western medical lines to establish or refute its efficacy. I battle with myself to fathom how these learned or not so learned so called academics agreed to test the potion. There should have been some indication on initial testing that this peniya was showing a degree of promise.
    */
    I often wonder if I live in another planet! There were 2 clinical trials conducted under the supervision of qualified professionals. The medicine proved itself worthy in both tests. The PCR tests showed the medicine absolutely cleared all traces of Covid-19. The 3rd test scheduled were called off. It was probably due to the opposition of people such as yourself. Did you feel somewhat insecure you might lose the job if this is proven to work? Whatever the case, it works perfectly. This is not Aurvedic medicine by the way. Gothama Buddha was a Sinhalese. During his time a pandemic started in the island centred around the town of Visala. This is the present day Kabilitha area. It was Gothama Buddha who gave away the prescription of the cure. All diseases are caused by activities of the mind.

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      J,
      “Gothama Buddha was a Sinhalese. During his time a pandemic started in the island centred around the town of Visala. “
      Is Visala nowadays known as Angoda?

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      Saadhu! Saadhu!!

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        There, three of us being sarcastic.
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        However the issues are so serious that I’d appreciate everybody doing some thinking.
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        After thinking, if we still make mistakes, I wouldn’t be too harsh on anyone.
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        Look at the article that Dr Janapriya wrote just before the 2019 Presidential Election. As he says, he hasn’t mentioned the name of any candidate; he wanted a strong President. So he almost definitely voted for Gotabaya.
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        It is a different subject that is now being discussed. Janapriya now regrets his voting the way he did.
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        If we are going to be so heavy footed will we ever get less educated people to vote rationally
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        Panini Edirisinhe

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      Sarcasm, when it is most effective, deceives even reasonably intelligent readers. I feel that the four readers who have not liked this fall into that category.
      .
      The language is a bit old here, but could you please read through the suggestions made here, and tell us what miracle solution the writer (one of the greatest of all time) suggests for food shortages. His suggestions would lead to great happiness all round. No one will really suffer; however, for writing all this, the writer was beaten up by thugs.

      .
      https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1080/1080-h/1080-h.htm
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      Post all suggestions by noon tomorrow. I shall look at them tomorrow, 8.00 pm, and if you have identified yourself, I shall try to get a prize delivered to you.
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      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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        No responses, but the BBC has got this long and horrible story about Sri Lanka, which ties up thematically with that Rev. Jonathan Swift writing that I linked you to:
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        https://www.bbc.com/news/world-56390772
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        Yes, this reflects what Sri Lanka has come to, although some may argue that the story has its origins in the 1970s and 1980s.
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        I know that these things happened. There was a Dutch Catholic priest who was arranging these things in my town. Worse was when about fifteen years ago these cultured, educated, dark Dutch persons started coming back in search of their biological parents. They just couldn’t give up on their quest for their “real parents”.
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        Depending on my own mood, perhaps, it was either heart-breaking or heart-warming.

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        S.M,
        The ideas of Swift on reducing the Catholic population by eating them might put ideas into the heads of current anti-Islamists. Careful.

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          Good comment continuing the satirical vein. However, we come once more to the problem with satire. Somebody may say that you really harbour a fear that the average sort of Sinhalese may turn cannibal. Almost impossible to imagine.
          .
          However, what is true is that anti-Islamism is so intense right now that we cannot rule out an attempt to exterminate Muslims, and they may finally feed the dogs with the flesh. That happened in Hitler’s Germany, didn’t it?
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          Which brings me back to satire: I’ve wasted a lot of time looking for the place where Janapriya had said, in a previous article that he is not one to die for Buddhism to prove that he didn’t imagine that the Buddha literally visited Ceylon. Unnecessary if you will concede that you over-reacted on that.
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          Every time we hear the Christian creed recited (to be polite I say it myself when I occasionally find myself in a church, partly to make sure that I still know it!) we don’t cry out against accounts of “virgin births” and “rising after being dead for three days”.
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          There are things that demand more urgent uttering.

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    Doc, as a physician working in India I received both jabs where as my family members have to wait for their turn because they are not prioritized ( which is the right way to do ). Though I was sceptical initially I admire the way the logistics were worked out and strictly followed. The president and PM received theirs only last week. As long India,s own vaccine is concerned we who are in medical world resisted for not completing final trials.. Now that it is released and confirmed by multiple trials in different parts of world I will encourage my own family members to get it when due. Overall a complete and impartial presentation summing up the Covid management. What you wrote here is just an example of how Lanka being managed by our criminals. But then again Peniya driven retards have their own agenda. Today Covid struck, selfie fame health minister says she saw hell approaching her fast while laying in ITU/ ICU. Though criminal the smart ones did not take Peniya but encouraged the masses to do so and got their jabs by elevating then selves into priority.

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    A 14455 my impression was brain dead and mentally disabled are discouraged from entering the US.

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      yes O great Doctor Chiv

      I think that is why you are in India.

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        A 00000, for your information I am in India to repay what I owe for providing education and future which our own country denied. What about you Bro ???

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          I am a proud product of the free education in Sri Lanka which I figure is second to none after more than 30 years working as a Tomato plucker in 4 separate countries. And even though I am not there now I feel I have repaid my debt to my country.

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    Jambu, just curious were you one of those university professors, who researched paniya. Do a favor, drink as much you want so that rest of us can be at peace.

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    In tribal societies where thuggery is accepted, projection of political power is watched in awe and anyone who prospers (however illegally) is a hero, it is no wonder that vaccination priorities are topsy turvy to benefit the privileged but not the deserving. In a just society, the parasites who suck the people’s blood as their profession would have been administered an explosive suppository up their proctodeum.

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    In Sri Lanka we now have a Speaker in the Parliament who contradicts his own previous decisions and also contravenes the Constitution of the country. We have never seen such a BIAS partisan Speaker in the Parliament. Compared to the previous Speaker this Speaker in my opinion is good only to be a peon of the previous.

    I also note that the present Speaker does not have any control over his own party MPs shouting like third class platform porters.

    If this scenario continues in the Parliament there will be another clause added on to a future UNHRC resolution as to the workings of the current SL Parliament.

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      My Dear Buddhist 01.
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      Incumbent speaker of the parliament is no good to be the baggage boy of Rajapakshe criminal family.
      :
      Just imagine, how he gets on the manner with procrastination of Ranjan’s participation in the sessions ? That convicted murder, but a pohottuwa candidate is being given the chance to take part in the sessions, while Ranjan is being treated as if he committed high crimes.

      Next will be their announcement, that RR ‘s is removed from Parliament not having attended in the sessions for the last 3 mon ths. I think people should come to the streets today asking basic rights be safeguarded in terms of good RR. Not just RR but the voice fearlessly fought revealing all the injustices are made silent today. That is a very bad sign for the future.
      :

      :

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    Its puzzles me why Indians are coming and working here we have lot of youths finding hard to find jobs.
    Should give priority to Sri lankans first,what are the benefits in return

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      Cugan,
      “why Indians are coming and working here we have lot of youths finding hard to find jobs.”
      Indians are taking jobs that Sri Lankans don’t want, or ask more money for, like construction. Then there are skilled artisans and food services. You know the difference between an Indian “paratha” and a Sri Lankan one. There are thousands of Sri Lankans working in India too.
      We have too many Sri Lankans walking about in fancy uniforms or driving three-wheelers.

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    A 00000000 ,Not so fast buddy. In the US most of my family members including nephews and nieces living in the East cost ( to be exact) have received it. US is debating to send millions of AstraZeneca vaccine which they received but not cleared by authorities for use , to other countries which are in need. By the way did you hear Billions Anduwa played out of recent sugar imports deal is worth to buy 25 million of vaccine for its citizens.. But Anduwa waited for Peniya to fail / buy time to initiate inquiries about vaccine, just few weeks ago ( not having money). Let us call it a day shall we??

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    DR. MMJ is dead right and deserves appreciation for his informative article.
    This person is a fake professor who got his post due to publications in third class paid predator journals and expounding various theories for the kidney disease, He said so many things about the cause of this disease including bioterrorism, glyphosate, arsenic and cadmium. None of these have been confirmed by others. He also got the help of a fake professor of medicine who got into the chair due to a court case after his application was rejected by the university selection panel.
    To be called a professor either you have to get an appointment as a professor or be granted an emeritus professorship. This person has no emeritus professorship and since he resigned to contest elections he can only be called a Dr.
    Regarding vaccination of those in the 30-60 age group shows political bungling over the views of medical professionals. It is shame we live in this country of lotus eaters.

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    Dear Dr Janapriya, you are wasting your precious time in trying to reform these morons. The country is loaded with fools, stooges and yes men crooning for their own benefit. They are waiting for crums, while majority of the poor are starving. Tumeric Rs 5000, Uluhal Rs 4000, what a silly country where majority dont earn more than Rs 15,000 per month. More to come. The anduwa survive by racism and Sinhala buddhism to divert the fools and to cover their emptiness. There are coolies in the parliament and out side to clap the misdeeds. Just imagine sending the crook and a fool Mohan Peries to the UN and the guy is uttering more and more rubbish. I am sure the other moron Blind eagle alias HLD may have uttered something better from his broken record. Health department is run by clowns who are good at throwing magical pots into river and wadu baas’ kaliamma Paniya. Oh deiyane, the quack Jayasumana as deputy minister. The guy who discovered sterelised sinhala buddhist women by Muslim doctor along with the illiterate fool Weerawange. What future holds for this pathetic country. Inteligent people are banned from Dukka Deepa blessed by buddha.

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      Dear Black Lankan,
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      Much of what you have said is true, and I have indicated that by “Liking” your comment.
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      However, what else can we old fellows do than speaking our minds? Even half-starving myself and lying on the left side of my body (as prescribed) on my comfortable bed doesn’t allow life to ebb out of me.
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      So, we continue!

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      U have articulated it as no others Mr black lanken.
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      People are so stupid so as their representatives. So how can the portions that see things with some sanity ever make Hopesabout a better future. Now with almost everything is set for their mafia net works to do the job Nandasena to stay blind and deaf is even more dangerous 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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    Comments here will end soon.
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    Many thanks to Dr Janapriya for providing us with so much of information, although it was we who had to identify the faces behind so many blunders.
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    People here in Uva are taking more precautions than earlier; we all go around with masks. There are a few detections, and even deaths here. No talk of vaccines for us.
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    However, let me report that my wife got the first dose of the Oxford vaccine from India yesterday in the Western Province, where most of the relatives whom I’m in touch with live. She didn’t have to use “influence” but had to run hither and thither.
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    Others, all over 60, have got the vaccine; some possibly after using some influence, but in our secretive society it is difficult to tell. No reports of after-effects.
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    Thanks, and I request Dr Janapriya to give us more information – and humour. Clearer identification of all crooks, if possible, appreciated.

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      Just an update on behalf of my wife who was vaccinated yesterday. No reaction up to this morning, but she is feeling weak and “unwell” (she’s being vague – naturally one can’t even think clearly when in such a condition).
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      She’s in the Colombo district, but outside the Municipal limits of Colombo. Getting her turn had been in terms of Grama Sevaka Divisions. Well organised. A trilingual certificate, with most details inserted in English, had been issued (some foreigner-friends were concerned whether it would be valid outside Sri Lanka.) The seal of the MOH in English, signed on behalf of him.
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      All those vaccinated had been given a cup of Nestomalt (complimentary from Nestle, Lanka, no doubt).
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      So, point of delivery had been all right.

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