1 October, 2020

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Rajpal Was Awarded Columnist Of The Year In 2004 By Editors’ Guild: Will He Return The Award?

Rajapaksa state media Daily News Editor Rajpal Abeynayake who claimed in his editorial today (Saturday 9 August) that the Editors Guild had awarded journalists who were the ‘worst betrayors and purveyors of hate’ in the country was awarded by the same Guild in 2004.

Rajpal

Rajpal

According to the Sunday Observer of the same state media group Abeinayake now works for, Rajpal was awarded the BA Siriwardane Columnist of the Year for his column in the Sunday Times newspaper.

The award is also mentioned in the Abeynayake’s Wikipedia page presumably managed by himself.

In light of his editorial today Abeynayake must now either return the award or clarify if the Editors Guild presented awards to journalists in 2004 based on merit or loyalty to the nation.

Until the Rajapaksa regime took office the Lake House newspaper group was part of the Editors Guild and their reporters were regularly recognised for their contributions at the annual award ceremony.

Abeynayake’s mentor who managed to get him recruited as Daily News Editor after he was sacked by Sumathi publications and Consul General of Sydney “Ambassador” Bandula Jayasekera has tweeted a picture of himself, the disgraced Lakshman Hulugalle and Yasara Abeynayake both of whom are also diplomats in Australia.

Hulugalle fell from favour with the Rajapaksa administration after he was found abusing power to serve his paramour and later threatened to reveal everything he knew about the final stage of the war to the diplomatic missions. He was given a diplomatic posting to get him ‘out of the way’.

Loyalty vs meritocracyYasara Abeynayake is the former girlfriend of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second son and naval officer Yoshitha Rajapaksa. Following the break up the young girl was kicked out of the Carlton Sports Network and given a diplomatic posting to Australia to ‘keep her happy’ and prevent her from disclosing too many intimate details about the ruling Rajapaksa family.

According to the Daily News Editor “Loyalists and people who do not betray the people cannot necessarily be chosen by process of examination or intense scrutiny, however, and most times loyalists are those who have proven loyalty by natural if not almost organic affiliation.”

“Today, the foreign service has a record of being the most sturdily independent and uncompromising the country has seen since the grant of independence in 1948. This outcome was achieved not as a result of the ‘meritocracy’ that’s being touted, but in reality — as a direct result of eschewing it!” the Daily News Editorial said today.

Bandula Jayasekera Lakshman Hulugalla and Yasara Abeyratne are excellent illustrations of the Sri Lankan Government decision to ‘eschew’ merit and skill in choosing international representatives to manage foreign policy in one of the most challenging times internationally for the country.

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    better to award him the greatest Pimp of the century.

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      JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA

      “better to award him the greatest Pimp of the century.”

      Shill is a better term. A Pimp is a broker. Shinali Shill Waduge Works Closely with Shill, Daily News Editor Rajpal Abeynayake .

      So better to award him the greatest SHILL of the century.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shill

      A shill, also called a plant or a stooge, is a person who publicly helps a person or organization without disclosing that they have a close relationship with the person or organization.

      “Shill” typically refers to someone who purposely gives onlookers the impression that they are an enthusiastic independent customer of a seller (or marketer of ideas) for whom they are secretly working. The person or group who hires the shill is using crowd psychology to encourage other onlookers or audience members to purchase the goods or services (or accept the ideas being marketed). Shills are often employed by professional marketing campaigns. “Plant” and “stooge” more commonly refer to any person who is secretly in league with another person or organization while pretending to be neutral or actually a part of the organization he is planted in, such as a magician’s audience, a political party, or an intelligence organization (see double agent).[citation needed]

      Shilling is illegal in many circumstances and in many jurisdictions[1] because of the potential for fraud and damage; however if a shill does not place uninformed parties at a risk of loss, but merely generates “buzz,” the shill’s actions may be legal. For example, a person planted in an audience to laugh and applaud when desired (see claque), or to participate in on-stage activities as a “random member of the audience,” is a type of legal shill.[citation needed]

      Shill can also be used pejoratively to describe a critic who appears either all-too-eager to heap glowing praise upon mediocre offerings, or who acts as an apologist for glaring flaws. In this sense, such a critic would be an indirect shill for the industry at large, because said critic’s income is tied to the prosperity of the industry

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        Amarasiri,

        “Pig in the muck heap” is a better term, I guess! Besides, the animal’s face-cut justifies the usage.

    • 1
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      The poor girl is no spelling bee. Now that makes her a perfect member of the crony clan.

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        She is [Edited out]

    • 0
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      Sorry JULAMPITIYE You just degraded all Pimp’s around the world. Pimps hold a much higher standing than even among prostitutes than Wanna-Be Rush Humbug Percy’s Raj-Pal.

  • 7
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    Good one CT, What a slap to the bootlicker.
    This bugger must be beaten with a Harak P.

    • 3
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      Of course, Harak Pxxx en beatings on a public place appropriate.

      A Shame full governance of Sri lanka, and Idiotic Jarapassa clan think that girls schools are brothels for them.

  • 7
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    The Three musketeers in toto ! Birds of the ****** flocking together !
    Keeping the proud Lankan flag flying in Australia. The accused war criminal High Commissioner is missing in the photo. No wonder Tony Abbot likes Sri Lanka, leaders, cronies and treat refugees ‘accordingly’. Nizeee foto -:)

  • 4
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    Actually he has some wires crossed in his brain as he was fallen from the bed when he was a small kid. Some part of the memory system in the brain got damaged due to the accident Because of that memory problem he lost his Wallet also in a B.R.O.T.H.E.L in Geneva while he was performing his best for the mother nation. Even Bandula Jayasekara also has the same problem and both are “eka walle Pol”.

  • 6
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    All three stooges in the picture are “bum suckers of the President” and Australia has become the dumping grounds for unwanted spent forces of Rajapakse regime.

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    Add to this list of rotters the name of Majintha a officer in the Sri Lanka Foreign Service who even having failed the 1st Efficiency Bar Examination for 7 times and having only 12 years experience has been appointed Additional Secretary in Foreign ministry. This man also Cheif of Protocol.Only qualification of Majintha he is a bootlicker of Sachin Wass Gunawardena Monitor( Kabaragoya ) in Foreign Ministry.Majintha is to be next ambassador in china .

    PM. Amsa ambassador in Brussles is also to appointed Additional Secretary.He is another bootlicker of sajin wass,.Amsa only foreign service officer to openly work in eastern province at last presidential election .

    Foreign Service finished now.

  • 4
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    Thanks to the Editors Guild of Sri Lanka, I was one of
    the Tamil journalists invited.

    Believe it or not. Rajpal Abeynayake (the [Edited out] who calls
    himself a journalist) was there. One can say that is bad.
    You know what is worse?

    He was gulping one after another shot of Black Label Scotch
    Whisky served at the reception after the awards ceremony.
    Why he hurried to “bottoms up” those shots was because they
    were given FREE.

    This free booter is no guardian angel of journalism in Sri Lanka
    nor a reporter of any sort. He is just a [Edited out] who is prostituting
    the once noble post of Editor, Daily News. The paper’s circulation
    is now less than 5,000 though some may not believe this.

    The puny midget has a lot to learn. He will in time to come.

  • 0
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    Your headline asks “will he return the award?” How
    can he. He would have sold it for his daily tot of
    Arrack.The next title for him would be Pin Adi King.

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    Bandula is [Edited out]

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    Bandu and Yasara team of a kind. See the two in sydney attending functions dining wining and free loading on state money

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    Bandula was [Edited out]

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