19 December, 2018

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Sirisena Makes Another Kekille Move: Appoints A Committee To See If The Galenbindunuweva Family Actually Ate Drumstick Leaves

Issuing a farcical statement, President Maithripala Sirisena’s Media Unit said the President appointed a committee to look into media reports claiming a family in the Galenbidunuweva area, in the Anuradhapura district, survived eating ‘drumstick leaves’ during the drought.

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The press release, however, was silent on how much public money was spent on the “committee” that looked into media reports on the family.

The English version of the Press release issued by Sirisena’s office said, “President Maithripala Sirisena, paying his prompt attention to this matter, appointed a committee in this regard and instructed the members of the committee to speedily investigate on this issue. According to the findings of this committee, it was revealed that the media institutions have published this story without clarifying the authenticity of the incident. “(sic)

“This family has been receiving Samurdhi benefits, and has obtained drought relief distributed to the drought-affected families. The head of the household, Mr. B. Piyasena has also received care for Kidney disease ,” the statement also added.

The press release, which is written in a garbled language, also went on to add, “The Government is concerned about the inconvenience caused to the people due such irresponsible reporting and the government requests all media organizations to commit to responsible reporting that does not mislead people.”

“Statements from the District Secretariat, Divisional Secretariat, Agrarian Services Department, Agricultural insurance Board, Development officers, Agriculture Research Assistants and other officers of the government have been used in this inquiry, and all of them confirmed that the true circumstances have been misinterpreted,” Sirisena’s media division stated.

A senior official within the Sirisena administration who wished to remain anonymous told Colombo Telegraph that the appointment of a committee to look into the media report was nothing but a ‘King Kekille move.”

“After an extensive inquiry, this so-called committee has come up with the finding that this family ate many other things too, in addition to drumstick leaves. I mean, what kind of a farce is this? Doesn’t the President have any important work to do?” the enraged official asked.

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  • 9
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    he has taken a cue from ranil the master of appointing committees using taxpayers money

    • 13
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      Actually the family survived on Cashew nuts and hoppers.
      We saw how the Comedy Bond Commission targeted UNP leaders.

      • 7
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        The Fake News industry is spinning away.. A sightly exaggerated human interest story on poverty has been turned into ‘Fake news’ by Sira’s propaganda office, while the Real fake news is ignored!

        Assassination plots against Sira and Gota, investigations into IGP, and China aid to Jarapassa.. Fake news?
        NO investigation into USAid and MCC aid to Bondscam Ranil and Mangala Yapa’s Agency for Fake developmet.
        Why no investigation or report on anti-Muslim Attacks by BBS and Mahasohon Balakaya in April 2018.
        It seems that the Leader of Mahasohon Balakaya was also involved with the DIG and intelligence informant who spilled beans about the Sira_Gota assassination plot to distract everyone from the big story! Mahasohon Balakaya leaders Amith Weerasinghe’s s connection to the SL police and intelligence operatives
        Is investigative reporting dead? CT editors, over to you!

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          Right on Dinuk, Mangala Yapa’s “Agency for Fake development” just like US agency for Development (USAID) is to ensure “America is First” in Bondscam Ranil’s Miracle of Modayas!

          We need a NYT story about right wing Millennium Challenge Corporations MCC and IMF_Economic Hit men who fund Yapa to undermine SL Cabinet and promoted US agenda in Sri Lanka?

          Rather than telling Trump to mind his business and continuing cheap oil imports from Iran which Trump has put under sanctions, Ranil has gone to Oslo and UK for new instructions on how to run Lanka economy further into the IMF-ADB (Washington Tokyo) debt trap run by their Economic Hit men and Fake experts of the global bailout business.
          EU has told Trump that it will not go along with sanctions on Iran and Lanka must follow suit and continue trading oil and tea with Iran. Lanka needs to turn to Asian countries — Iran and China and Malaysia for advice on how to escape US-Japan neoliberal Global 1 percent winner take it all economic agenda.

  • 2
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    is piyasena a relative of sirisena?hence the interest displayed.

  • 11
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    This man Sirisena is unhinged and determined to become known as the comedy-king in Sri Lanka’s history. Instead of playing with his drumstick, he should launch an investigation into the shady business deals of his brother and daughter.

  • 7
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    Dear President,
    ¤
    May I suggest that you consider an archaeological study of human feces of the family in question to verify what they ate.
    ¤
    Thank you.

  • 3
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    The local public health inspector could have visited and reported.
    This is his duty.

  • 4
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    You have no chance at the next Presidential election , This job is for a very highly effective person

  • 1
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    Some time back Mawbima rag reported one family in a rural area ate boiled bitter grout as there was nothing to eat. They described the story with possible conversations with mother and kids. Later it became a “Athe Rolak” Print and electronic media daily creating this kind of bullshit “Athe role” Recent one is self appointed “Director Operations of Anti Corruption Movement” Ada Da Rena and Kudu Nalika daily giving more and more publicity over the matter. How come Police informant (working for money) work in an Anti Corruption Movement? Spying for Police and working as a Director Operations in an Anti Corruption Movement is like a big joke for me. Finally it is proved that so called Director Operations is under Presidential Secretariat payroll. Any way If our Local Mandela is going to act like this 62 laks People who voted for this uneducated man will become punnakku eaters.

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      “Any way If our Local Mandela is going to act like this 62 laks People who voted for this uneducated man will become punnakku eaters.”
      ——————
      He became President because there WERE 62 laks ‘Punnakku’ eaters in this country.

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        How do you classify the people who voted for day light murderers, looters and womanizers?

  • 0
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    For the Colombo elites, drumstick leaves is a delicacy – more so as mallung.
    Hawaii (never been there) promote drumstick leaves as life-extender. But Americans can be made to believe anything, for example ‘the moonwalk’.
    .
    MS wants to know the severity of drought the drumstick plant can withstand. Anything wrong?

  • 0
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    No committee needed! The funds on this stupid move could go to renovate tanks in the area.

  • 5
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    may be the president is exploring serving drum stick leaves in the sri lankan flights instead of cashew

  • 0
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    Sri lanka has stupid politicians, beaurucracy and stipid commentatators who see every thing in terms of party politics. IT is fiar if he appointed one govt officla to look into that. When it says, it looks very ugly or odd. On the other hand, [edited out]

  • 1
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    Gamarala should be really pissed off and rightfully so.

    When the Gamarala and his friends at Diyawanaoya are eating grass how dare are this family eating drumstick leaves?

  • 1
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    Murunga leaves are treated as a supper food in the west. Just check the internet. West will treat this family as supper rich

  • 3
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    Nimal

    Murunga and leaves are also considered as being effective “Aphrodisiac”.

  • 2
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    We need an Amendment 21x or something barring the President and PM appointing committees not related to national security without 2/3 majority. This at least save tax payers money. To date none of the committee findings never put to action and only help to buy some time to dilute the pressure both nationally and internationally.

  • 0
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    Would it have been more effective if MS simply said, “This is media exaggeration. Not to be taken literally. Drumstick leaves can be part of a meal…………”. (Then stutter and murmur).

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