4 July, 2022

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Sri Lankan Economy Heading Towards A Dangerous Phase

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Sri Lanka is moving into an uncharted territory and a dangerous one with negative economic growth and critical shortages in consumer essentials. Economic crisis has now turned into humanitarian crisis and unless supply shortages are eased and consumer queues are shortened the situation may soon develop into a law-and-order crisis. The nation is confronting the effects of a double whammy. A self-inflicted catastrophe at home is coinciding with adverse market reaction arising from anti-inflationary measures adopted by industrial economies. It is going to be a nightmare to say the least for a reshuffled team of managers headed by a stopgap Prime Minister, who has to work with an unpopular but autocratic president Gotabaya Rajapaksa whose erratic policies brought catastrophe in the first place. Working relations between the two leaders are reported to have soured as the tussle over the tenure of CGSL’s Governor demonstrates.

Supply disruptions and slowdown in economic activities caused by the war in Ukraine and Covid pandemic respectively had allowed the evil of inflation to raise its ugly head in the industrialized world and the fight against inflation has taken the usual route of raising interest rates. US raised it by 0.75% for the first time since 1994, Australia did the same, UK raised it by 1.75% and EU is contemplating on a rise of 50 basis points in days to come. These increases will have a flow on effect on commodity prices, and for an import dependent economy like Sri Lanka it would mean increase in import prices and further depreciation of the rupee culminating in steeper increase in cost of living. That would make life excruciatingly painful to a population that is already struggling to survive with shortages in food, fuel, medicine and other necessities. RW’s warning of things to get worse before getting better is going to be realized with unparallel severity.

The eagerly expected IMF stabilization package with debt restructuring, the details of which are yet to be drawn out, would take at least months if not a year to come into effect. Even then, unless that package comes with generous provisions for immediate relief to low-income earners, the poor and needy, life is not going to be comfortable to the majority of people. IMF’s remedy works at best in the long run and is not helpful to solve the immediate problems facing the people. Bridging funds from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank must be expedited before IMF reforms come into operation.

Ranil Wickremesinge and the CBSL chief have already introduced certain fiscal and monetary measures along the lines acceptable to IMF advisors. These measures, although are necessary to achieve macroeconomic stability, themselves would add to the economic pain of consumers considerably. These reforms are not going to reduce supply shortages that are crippling households at the moment. Therefore, over the next twelve months at least, the country desperately needs direct humanitarian assistance by way of food, fuel, medicine and other essentials from anywhere in the world. Time has come to think outside the box.

Without such assistance, according to Jens Laerke, a spokesperson for UN office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Sri Lanka would be in “a full-blown humanitarian emergency”. What a turn of fortunes or misfortunes to an island that never faced such dire situation in its recorded history. The irony is that the economic managers who were immediately responsible for this calamity are still in power and calling the shots.

So far only India and to a lesser extent China have come forward to lend a hand. The reason for their readiness to help is more than altruism and falls into the realm of geopolitics. Japan too has promised to aid and Australia has decided to advance $50 million to emergency food program. However, apart from a few, assistance is not forthcoming that readily and generously from others, which makes one to think whether Sri Lanka’s foreign policy is set on the right track. With the fuel crisis disrupting the normal functioning of virtually every sector of the economy, one is driven to wonder what would have been the situation had Sri Lanka maintained its extremely friendly relations with the OAPEC (Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries) nations? Sometime back, when there was a similar crisis during JR’s presidency, he at once dispatched his Foreign Minister Hameed to Libya, and Gadhafi did not send his visitor back empty handed. Before JR, when there was a foreign exchange crisis during Sirimavo’s Leftist Coalition Government, it was her Minister of Education Mahmud who was sent to the Arab Middle East to seek assistance, which helped to ease that crisis temporarily. Even today, it is the Arab Middle East that is providing employment to Sri Lanka’s surplus labour and it is the hard-earned dollars from that labour that replenish the treasury’s coffer, at least to a limited extent. Why then the new economic managers are not thinking of a Muslim delegation to the Middle East at this time of fuel shortage? To be honest, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs is not the right person to be sent to that part of the world, not because that he is not a Muslim but because that his lack of sensitivity and compliance with injustices done to the local Muslim community under GR’s presidency didn’t go well with the Muslim world. At least OIC’s resolution against Sri Lanka on the eve of UNHRC’s meeting in Geneva in 2020 should have alerted the government that fences have to be mended with the Arab world. This is not to rekindle the past in the parochial interest of Muslims or Islam, but to draw attention during a time of emergency to the cultural nuances of that region, which, if understood rightly and handled wisely, could bring in immense benefits to the country. The fuel crisis provides a good opportunity to rethink about Sri Lanka’s relations with Arab Middle East. There is an old Tamil lyric: aadukira maattai aadi karakkanum, paadukira maattai paadi karakkanum (one should milk the dancing g cow with dance and singing cow with song).

Rajapaksa regime’s distancing from the Non-Aligned Movement and leaning more towards China at the expense of India, the West and others is proving to be costly at present. India is no doubt getting closer, because it has ulterior motives. China also will continue to help to outbid India. Yet, Sri Lanka’s foreign policy regime needs a new setting. During the last three years in particular, considerable damage had been done to Arab-Lanka relations. It needs serious reparation. That requires a team of highly qualified and professional diplomats, possibly with fluency in the language of the area to which they are posted to. How many foreign language speaking diplomats, apart from English, does the country have at present? The entire foreign policy department needs an overhaul.

This is not the time to mix politics or ideology with economics. More immediately, peoples’ and particularly children’s lives are in jeopardy. According to a UNICEF spokesperson, Sri Lanka is second highest in child malnutrition in South Asia. These children are the country’s future asset. If the new managers fail to generate enough humanitarian aid and ease the shortages, the country is destined to become chaotic and anarchical. There is a limit to peoples’ endurance. Already one hears of the army shooting in the air in Mullaitivu to disburse a Tamil crowd waiting to get some fuel? Why the army in the north while the police take charge in the south? Why is this discrimination? Is there something sinister and diabolical brewing behind the scene to misrepresent the crisis and turn it into a communal problem?

Sometime back GR promised UN Secretary General in New York that he would meet members of Tamil diaspora to discuss about Tamil issues. That never happened. Recently, a TNA parliamentarian has expressed his disappointment from Switzerland that Sri Lankan government is not willing to seek economic or financial assistance from Tamil diaspora at a time when the country needs assistance from any benefactor without strings attached. Why is this parochialism on the part of rulers?

The 14th Governor of CBSL, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, in a recent panel discussion organized by the bank had summarized the origins of the current catastrophe and expressed confidence in the success of IMF’s structural reforms. He had pinpointed a bitter truth that excess demand created by governments had cause a drain on treasury’s coffer. That demand was generated by plans to build and maintain white elephants in the name of economic development – a fact the Governor diplomatically avoided mentioning. Rajapaksa regime had been notorious for this wastage. Even now what on earth is the use of maintaining an army of 300,000 that consumes nearly 50 percent of budget expenditure salaries? People are paying the price for this unwanted profligacy by foregoing their minimum comfort. IMF structural reforms would take time to steady the sinking ship. The immediate worry is to bring relief to the daily suffering of households. This why we need to think outside the box.

*Dr. Ameer Ali, Murdoch Business School, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    None of the protesters who protest in Colombo have economic issues!!!
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    Who drafted 21A? The US Embassy in Colombo. There was absolutely no talk about a 21A prior to protests organised by civil society, YouTubers, faith leaders, entrepreneurs and political activists who were heavily funded to make “important democratic changes” in Sri Lanka, AGAIN.
    It is pretty obvious that the 21A was drafted secretly (most probably last year) and then organized protests calling a “system change” to pave the way for the Amendment. Going by tradition, I am sure the new US Ambassador is committed to get the 21A passed in Parliament.
    As the country witnessed, Sri Lanka became utterly vulnerable after the 19A drafted by the US Embassy so much so there wasn’t a Head of State for Intelligence Officers to report their findings on Suicide bomber Sahran Hashim and his terrorist outfit. Both the PM and the previous Parliament who were entrusted with Presidential Powers under 19A evaded responsibility to protect the country while the President stayed out of the country. If it is not for the same purpose, what is 21A for?

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      The Rajapaksa-organized protests in parallel to protests organized by political activists and YouTubers didn’t bring the desired results either. None of the protesters who protest in Colombo have economic issues. The latest plan could be to transfer the Presidential Powers to Parliament and then remove RW. Meanwhile, fake prophesiers funded by the utterly stupid Rajapaksa offspring have become jokers.
      On the other side of the world, several countries are getting ready for a war.

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        Champa

        Tell us why do you suffer from Rajapaksa fatigue now?

        You were one of the leading Cheerleaders for them with Poms in each hands
        chanting we are Sinhala/Buddhists, …. we are for Mahinda, …

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          Chimpa , it’s official. Uou and that donkey Dinuk kept falsely accusing black stone, Morgan Stanley for decades of Rajapaksas corruption. Today Hamilton reserve bank filed case in New York district court against Lanka and Rajapaksas for cheating by issuing worthless Bond notes.

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            “Today Hamilton reserve bank filed case in New York district court against Lanka and Rajapaksas”
            *
            Against Sri Lanka, true.
            Against Rajapaksas?
            Being named in a plaint is not the same as being sued.
            One need not be a legal expert to know this.

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              Why don’t you the legal expert come and tell that to people waiting here in the queues for last 3 days.

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                Rajapaksas can’t be liable for issuing debt bonds but they sure can be charged with cheating. I never said anything about suing.

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                  You said:
                  “Today Hamilton reserve bank filed case in New York district court against Lanka and Rajapaksas”
                  Now you say:
                  “I never said anything about suing.”
                  *
                  You do not need much help to make as ass of yourself.

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                    Retired law expert you the ass may know, in legally suing , cheating and corruption are same or not. I never used the word suing. In Lanka you may be familiar only with that one term.

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                  ” Rajapaksas can’t be liable for issuing debt bonds but they sure can be charged with cheating. ”
                  Chiv,
                  I am not sure if the owner of a bond can sue a borrower for the principal and interest, unlike a loan lender.
                  That might be true even if it is a private bond, like in this case. That was the case with Aloysius though all those who shared the money with Aloysius made him be in prison. Because Aloysius was Tamil the nonexistence case was won against him by politicians who shared the money with him.
                  New York case filers seem to be knowing about Aloysius’ case and they are taking the direction of the government executives involved in the frauds, so his bonds are repayable for him, as in the way of Aloysius. Probably the Central bank case may be cited as a precedent in this case. But the problem is though Aloysius was imprisoned, Singapore judges refused to accept the accusation, claiming the bond deal a regular business deal and Mahendran was not responsible. But the confusion in that defense is, it was Appe Aanduwa stood against Singapore judges, and they still keep Aloysius in prison, then how could they take a defense like that?

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                  Chinese loans are clean loans and Aanduwa is responsible for Principal and Interest. This is why the Chinese uncompromising demand for the repayment is blocking the IMF Finance. Indian diplomats visited today, not to give more, but to make sure Evil Emperor Ranil Rajapakse did not play duplicity games and go and borrow from IMF, too, while borrowing from them. Our Demulo Pariah Dr. Jaishankar is a backbone – less negotiator, so we need to wait to see that Bollywood play. Still Dr.’s boss Gopal Bag Lay may turn the table, by his Evil Emperor Ranil Rajapakse like dealing.

                  Another International action interesting to watch is, up to Langkang, many countries are going ahead and confiscating, not just Russian properties, but even President Putin’s friends’ properties. In International issues, mixing politics with credit issues is common.

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                  Last September we wrote here that famine was about to come because of the insolvency of Appe Aanduwa so Ceylonese may save money by belt tightening. After that, so many issues came to public attention. One is the Central Bank Cabal forcefully honoring some secret bonds, while politicians demanded to declare bankruptcy and reorganize the finance. Media hinted these were Playboy Minister’s holdings, but after so many demands of Harsha, Anura and many others, the Central Bank did not release the information of the holder. Then Kanathan was accused of transporting dollar bills which were in the ownership of Royals to Uganda. Kanathan answer is that he was a friend of Royals so he would do many more things for them in the future. There are a lot of stories of the ownership of that plane, which carried out the transport. Like that there are many properties, billions in value held in foreign countries by Royals. Royals are extremely anti-Americans, as much as they are anti-Tamils. If America suspects its citizens are unfairly bankrupted by Royals while having their bonds honored, on this and many other upcoming bond deals, it may help the courts to confiscate Royals properties and indemnify the bonds market lenders.

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                I know that you have a problem with accepting an error.
                What have the queues to do with the bricks that you drop?

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                  There are occasions when I was wrong I have accepted and apologized. People here know well.
                  You the retired think, every one here is same as you.

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                    I really do not see a difference between Chimpa , Dinuk , Evil and you the great retired professor.

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                      Looks like your not unusual problem with perception.

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                    What is the trouble this time then?
                    *
                    “You the retired think, every one here is same as you.”
                    I agree that I am very wrong to think that way about some characters here.

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                  “I know that you have a problem with accepting an error.”

                  “Hamilton Reserve, based in St. Kitts & Nevis, said in the lawsuit that the default is being “orchestrated by officials at the highest levels of government,” including the ruling Rajapaksa family, and accused Sri Lanka of excluding bonds held by domestic banks and other interested parties from an announced debt restructuring”
                  https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/6/22/bondholder-sues-sri-lanka-in-us-court

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                    A
                    There is a huge difference between filing action against one and naming one in a plaint.
                    Is it not clear?

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                  “I know that you have a problem with accepting an error.”

                  look who’s talking!
                  Ha Ha Ha……

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                    The mutual ball carrier to the rescue!

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          NV,
          .
          Unfortunately, it will dawn on shameless Champa in two decades . Her eyes may be crossed…. or she may be standing on her head… we had a patient of her nature – she was demented and … we knew that nothing bring if anyone would argue with her… likewise, … NV, please dont expect any constructive answer from Champa.
          :
          She has never been consistent. Her comments are like ” Koheda yanne malle pol” (she talks at cross purposes)….. right at the moment, if she would come back to you focusing on ” balangoda man” or ” her beloved customer from Russia- Putin”… please dont be surprised… this is the nature of typical ” C-H-A-M-P-A” and her represenatives.

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            leelagemalli

            Champa is suffering from the usual sickness, selective memory syndrome.
            She used to be a great admirer of Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa. Conveniently she is opposed to not only Wimal but also Rajapaksa clan. Perhaps she is the Champika’s cheerleader now???

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              Native Vedda
              I am flattered that you remember everything that I have written since 2015.
              I support politicians as long as they stand by my country and uphold their own principles. The moment they betray the country, I leave them forever.
              Unlike CT’s non-Sinhala non-Buddhist Haters’ Club Members, as a Sinhalese Buddhist, I don’t hold grudges.
              I am not under obligation to anyone. I am my own master. I have the freedom to write whatever I want based on my personal analysis, and support anyone at my choice.
              These days I am worried about the world. WWIII is inevitable for spiritual reasons. The earth is meant to be repositioned to make some special places open to outer space. For that reason, there is a lot of “excitement” in the universe which is proved by mysterious radio signals picked up by a telescope in British Columbia, Canada.
              Are Russia’s 116.5 feet tall “Satan II” Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles capable of repositioning the earth resulting in submerging a part of the world killing billions of people? Yes! If the earth is meant to be repositioned, it is not Mr. Putin’s fault. I wish I could stop him and save people’s lives.

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                Champa

                Even though I don’t agree of your Sinhalese Buddhist stand with racist tinge, I appreciate your writing style. Whatever you write, you write well. You have the clarity of thought and you bring out clearly what you want to tell.

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                Champa

                Please stop bothering yourself with issues which seem to me are beyond you. Let Biden, Putin, Boris, SJ, Modi, … do the worrying.

                Let us worry about deporting/relocating all racists including yourselves and Sangha out of this island, into their ancestral homeland Tamil nadu.

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                  Keyboard Vedda
                  When people like you bother to read my comments, how could I not write about Russia? Thank you for the encouragement.

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                    Re: NATO’s latest act of provoking Russia to attack Lithuania.
                    So far, the US led NATO failed to provoke Russia to attack Poland, Moldova or Finland. If they succeeded, they could have started another “proxy war” against Russia. That doesn’t mean Russia won’t attack NATO countries. They will at their own time and the attack would be swift. I fear when I wake up one morning Washington and the three times bigger area around it may have disappeared.
                    Lithuania has blocked the rail-transit of Russian steel and metal to Russia’s exclave Kaliningrad. What will Russia do? Maybe nothing. Russia has no control over Lithuania. Besides, this is not the first time this has happened. In 2016 too, Lithuania had blocked Russia from using its territory. Why should Russians ‘fume’ when they have an alternative route to reach Kaliningrad without having to cross any country?
                    One day, the US led NATO will regret all its provocations. Unlike Americans, Russians are not impulsive. They take time. But, they will come. I have already made a request to Mr. Putin to spare Canada. There is a special place in Canada that is protected by the “unknown”. Therefore, any attack on Canada will mysteriously fail.

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                      On second thought, I think I have to agree with Russia. The EU ban is for Russian metal and steel for EU countries. The metal and steel that transport via railroads across Lithuania is not for Lithuania or any other EU country. They are for Russia’s own exclave Kaliningrad. Therefore, the word “ban” is not applicable here. Lithuania’s decision to block its railroads for Russian goods, even 1% of its goods, has nothing to do with the EU ban. Therefore, it is wrong. Maybe Lithuania can come up with a different reason. What will Russia do? I checked maps of container trains between East and West that go across Russia.
                      In April this year, Lithuania’s Transport Minister Marius Skuodis had said that Lithuania cannot unilaterally cut off railway transit between mainland Russia and the exclave of Kaliningrad because there is an agreement between the European Union and Russia. He had further said that EU embargoes would not apply to Kaliningrad.
                      https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1665322/lithuania-can-t-cut-off-rail-transit-from-russia-to-kaliningrad-minister
                      I hope this issue is resolved amicably.

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      Champa, the Colombo protesters see their monetary reserves dwindling at a rapid rate. Once that goes, they know they are going to suffer even more than than poor who have a greater capacity for survival thorough great sufferings.

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        The people who don’t have economic issues are the Potthuwas and their associates.

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      Champa,
      A woman who may be permanently sitting on her little brain would not see the gravity of today s problems . I dont see any other reasons for her ludicrous comments. If you could see yourself standing before a mirror, you would not repeat. very sad to see your pathological issues.

      Those youth should not be mad to continue their protests now for a period exceeding to 80 days or longer….
      .
      Do you really think, that those youth are rich kids ? And coming from affluent social backgrounds ? not even 2.5 % of 22 millions living in the country belong to the affluent category. Not even 1 million of people live in colombo and suburbs.
      .
      This is the reason why many of us are compelled to think hat you dont seem to have facts in your head, even if you come with conspiracy theories to show that you are updated about various issues. The truth is, you the kind of ilk would not even think about the seriousness of the issues, instead, dare to come with facetious comments one behind the other…. dont you have anything else to do in your later day life ?

      University of Colombo/ Sociology /Psychology/Humanity studies
      Experts/verto you :-

  • 9
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    “This is not the time to mix politics or ideology with economics.”
    When has economics been free of politics or ideology?
    Is it like art for someone to declare “Economics for economics sake”?

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    With the interest rates going up rapidly in the US, the US dollar is strengthening. Investors worldwide are moving into US dollars to take advantage of higher interest rates away from falling stock markets. With inflation on the rise and interest rates predicted to go up, uncertainty is causing stock markets to fall globally.

    On the other hand food and energy prices are also not helped by the war in Ukraine.

    With dollar prices of essential commodities increasing and the dollar rising, developing nations with dollar debt will find debt servicing difficult: Countries like Sri Lanka which have no reserves to cushion uncertain times will suffer badly.

    When dollar is rising Sri Lanka will need to borrow more dollars to import essentials to survive.

    It is sad that human catastrophe is waiting to happen to many third world countries, which didn’t save for the rainy day.

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      Thiru, right now I’m in Lanka witnessing first hand( what AA mentioned.) What’s unfolding right now is unbelievable. and worse is yet to come.

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        Chiv….you wanna live with one meal a day….??? ….get out asap….!! :((

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          Jit, I understand and appreciate your concern. I have 90 + old mom who refuses to leave Lanka. Now it’s on us children to make regular visits. (unfortunately people of her age cannot be changed). I,m almost done and about to leave. Trust me I took enough packet food, noodles and soups, medicine/ paracetamol, course of antibiotic for my own survival.

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            “unfortunately people of her age cannot be changed”
            There is nothing unfortunate about it.
            I know several senior citizens who migrated (not all in ripe old age) and were miserable wherever they moved to.
            *
            C, your mother is a very wise person to be admired for her sense of dignity.
            I mean this very seriously.

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          Jit

          “Chiv….you wanna live with one meal a day….??? ….get out asap….!! :((“

          Listen to this:

          21 සම්මත උනොත් ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ බලතල රනිල්ට හා සජිත්ට | සරත් වීරසේකර | Sarath Weerasekara
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2svDgjTJDo

          Is this what people think?
          Is this what 225 think?
          Is this what Gota thinks?
          Is this what Sangha thinks?

          This admiral without a fleet (according to Field Marshal Fonseka, fancy titles of course) challenges US.
          This prince of darkness is ensuring people go without any food, for months, years, ….
          I do not think anyone in the parliament who had the ***** to challenge this public racist.

          Of course SJ will maintain mute mode.

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            So, you consulted the ball on my views!
            I think it is the bowl than the ball talking.

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              Extrapolation

              The action of estimating or concluding something by assuming that existing trends will continue or a current method will remain applicable.
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                Life is rarely linear.

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                  “.Life is rarely linear.”

                  We are talking about Mao’s ***** carriers not rest of the people who think.

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                    People who think?
                    That excludes ball gazers.

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                      “People who think? That excludes ball gazers.”

                      True, rarely you get it right this is one of your Eureka moment.
                      Its about you Mao’s ***** carrier.

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      We did not save for a rainy day because the Rajapaksa family and their cohorts, have been too busy stuffing their deep pockets, and opening off shore banking accounts which no one can access. The Goat man made very bad policy decisions, and has shown bad judgement. He also kept distracting his Sinhala Buddhist base by conjuring scenarios making the Muslims look threatening, and making racist policies, like sending them 8 hours away to bury their dead. The Rajapaksa’s do not care about keeping the people safe and secure on that rainy day, they just looked after their selfish political ambitions, and looked into making millions of dollars from commissions they made part of their deals with foreign countries.

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    … autocratic president Gotabaya Rajapaksa whose erratic policies brought catastrophe in the first place.
    Ameer Ali is generally careful with his use of phrases and arguments. For that reason, I am a little surprised by the above remark. Am I missing something here.
    .
    Gotabaya Rajapaksa has no political experience. He cannot be the policy-maker of his regime. Blame him for the erratic policies. But the policies are certainly not his.

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      Yes Gota has no political or economic or social experience. His experience was massacres, abduction, murders and his associates are criminals and thugs, criminals, illegal money makers. He had no experience with people, law and order and governance. He was praised as Hero and strong man who can do anything and everything including politics, economics, industries and he is the right person to create a sinhala only Buddhist only country and he can bring Sri Lanka as a paradise with his military.

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        Ajith,
        “His experience was massacres, abduction, murders and his associates are criminals and thugs, criminals, illegal money makers.”
        —-
        NO! His experience is eliminating terrorists who massacred Sinhala Buddhists.

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          TUCO Eagle Eye

          “NO! His experience is eliminating terrorists who massacred Sinhala Buddhists.”

          Eliminating terrorists?
          Why didn’t he eliminate himself?

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      Nathan

      “He cannot be the policy-maker of his regime. “

      Can you point one person who can comfortably claim to be a policy-maker?
      All those politicians, members of think tanks, academics, functionaries, members of Karaka Council advisers to Chief Sangha or governing members of the Council, …. are interested only in making money and accumulating power and then abusing/misusing their powers.

      It used to be members of minorities who left the country lock stock and barrel. Now the number of people who leave or intent to leave are in tens of thousands a week.

      The more people leave the more stupids are left behind,
      It should worry the rest.

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        NV,
        Good morning
        “It used to be members of minorities who left the country lock stock and barrel. Now the number of people who leave or intent to leave are in tens of thousands a week.”
        Interestingly, one should check (if permitted only) the passenger manifest of 2 flights of repatriation from Christmas (Kokos) Island recently. Will shed lot of light!!
        help elect an unelectable and then take off for greener pastures!!??

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      Nathan,
      .
      Fault lies on the main stream media networks in the country. This is why I have always putting the blame on SRILANKEN MAIN STREAM MEDIA for their permament misleads.
      .
      They as journalists did not care about revealing the facts of ” Gotabaya’s true picture” before he became presidential nominee. What had GOTABAYA been doing for 15 long years in the states.

      There are also a group of investigative journalists – that though enjoy self-proclaimations calling them as such… most of them are real stupid journalists.
      .
      What had Molahathano been doing in the California ? Should the people in this country have the right to know their facts ?

      In the same time former, Election Commissioner/ MACO (Mahinda Deshapriya) should have studied Gotabaya s profile long before he singlehandedly gave the nomination to him in Nov 2019.
      .
      As of today, several MPs of SLPP have made it clear, GOTA would never learn from mistakes….. he is being misguided….. these buggers shamelessly criticise him today…. what happened to only NATION S HERO… Rae vetunu valeh daval vatenne nae (රෑ වැටුනු වලේ දවල් වැටෙන්නේ නෑ) The man who fell into the pit at night, does not fall into it again in broad daylight. People should learn from their mistakes.

      Anyone that has no own capacities has no any other choice.

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      Lucifer never accepted the good policies of God but did his own self will and continues to do so until he is finally thrown into the Lake of Fire.

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      Mr Nathan,

      do you agree with a fake surgeon/physician who nevertheless challenges you to save a life of a serious patient ?

      As I know you ( ofcourse your meaningful comments), you would not agree with such surgeons /physicians

      Likewise, if a simple simion misleads the easy targets , making them hopeful for a better future, by introducing/implementing better systems, nevertheless, after becoming the president, but not to do anything to fulfil his pledges made to the nation….. what would you do ? If he himself, does not have the due knowledge for implementing new systems, he should have a team to do the job.

      Even youngsters would be aware about erratic policies, newly elected ones should do whatever they can to solve the problems…. did we notice the kind of courage in GOTABAYA ? NO NO NO NO.
      .
      Wimal Weerawansa, who was one of GOTABAYA’s men, makes it very clear today, that president elected is too naive to fall in the tricks of any simpleton..
      .
      Who on earth, would a leader take actions to stop FERTILIZERs within an overnight ?
      :
      ONLY AN ULTRA IDIOT would react so… that GOTABAYA proved to the world… actually this man belongs to KATUGEYA/Mueseum as of today…..

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    Mark Alan King has confirmed through real gematria (numerology) research, that the shortages are being deliberately created by the freakmasons and tares.
    He has also found real entries on the database, coming from higher sources, that the freakmasons in the media, are one day going to be running for their lives, when humanity finally wakes up.

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    As usual, one should not take this particular author’s arguments at face value.

    “Sri Lanka is second highest in child malnutrition in South Asia.”

    And at least 34% of the population is obese. As I explained a few weeks ago, malnutrition probably has to do with poor dietary choices, not a lack of food.

    “Time has come to think outside the box.”

    Depopulation, home gardens, organic fertilizer, vegetarian diets…. the food crisis can be solved easily, by people themselves. This is a tropical climate where (depending on the location) plants grow year round with abundant rain and sunshine. The real issue is energy.

    ” Sri Lankan government is not willing to seek economic or financial assistance from Tamil diaspora”

    Why should it seek assistance from supporters of suicide terrorism? I said before, the Sri Lankan Government should request foreign countries to freeze the bank accounts of these people and revoke any foreign citizenship. Frozen assets should then be turned over to GOSL.

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      Lester Arse
      Why don’t you advocate recovering the stolen sir lankan loot from the Rajapaksas bastards.
      It is dogs like you who make the Sri Lankan politicians above the law even now.
      Followers like you have the slave mindset and will be please if the guys in power shit on your heads.
      You will only thank them and say next time take a bigger dump Sir.
      Lester gon sakkiliya go back to school and learn about decency.

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        “Why don’t you advocate recovering the stolen sir lankan loot from the Rajapaksas bastards.”

        Why don’t you go and retrieve it yourself, since you are so convinced after reading Internet propaganda?

        A worthless coconut farmer, a lifelong loser, jealous of Rajapakse wealth. This is the irony, if you replaced Rajapakse with a beggar like “Human Dung” or the fake vedda, they would be 10x as corrupt.

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          “…. jealous of Rajapakse wealth……”

          Lester so you accept they have wealth, right? Not just “……since you are so convinced after reading Internet propaganda?…..”

          So you believe “Internet propaganda” too?? :-|

          Anyways, must be from the hard earned salaries as a MP, PM and President!!

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          Lester
          So you agree that the Rajapaksas are wealthy?
          That is a start. It is not internet propaganda, it is the truth you have just said it too.
          They have become wealthy by stealing the wealth of the Sri Lankan people and Sri Lanka.
          Now see what it has done to the country…
          The sooner you stop licking Rajapaksas ass the better for you.
          Such ass lickers are popularly known as Sakkili in SL. Sorry that is the level to which you have fallen in my eyes.
          I know you must be struggling doing some downtrodden job in UK. I really feel sorry for you.
          But that doesn’t give you the right to worship the traitors of Sri Lanka to overcome your sadness.
          That attitude amounts to Sadism. Try to stand up and fix your life. Get some professional education and look for a good job. When your life turns around you will be less sadistic and one day perhaps stop licking ass too.
          Till then you will remain a sakkiliya to me.

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        Human Touch,
        “It is dogs like you”
        “Lester gon sakkiliya”

        Who should learn about decency; Lester or Human Touch?

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          EE
          I disagree with you on most things. But I grant you that you do not descend to low levels of personal abuse. I agree with your objection. The use of the word Sakkiliya indicates a sick attitude.
          *
          However, it will be good if you will also avoid offensive language in references to communities, even when dealing with rude comments.

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            SJ,
            “However, it will be good if you will also avoid offensive language in references to communities, even when dealing with rude comments.”

            If you can tell me ‘OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE’ in reference to communities that I use I will definitely avoid them.

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              EE
              Thanks.
              I appreciate your spirit.
              I will when it happens next.

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            I also agree with using offensvive language should be avoided completely against individuals but also with communities or races or gender etc.

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          Eagle Eye
          I am not decent to dumb heads, racist pigs and irrational insolent idiots.
          Lester, you, Champa and Soma are some good examples.
          Who else do I insult?
          I read peoples attitudes and ascertain their quality and react accordingly.
          If you can change your stand towards others, trust me I will accord you due respect.
          Hope you get my drift…

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            Human Dung,

            By your own admission, you are a failed coconut farmer in a developing nation, without adequate resources to leave. That puts you in the category of “ultra-stupid.” Given your colourful language on an anonymous platform, that stupidity is probably multi-generational, the product of poor education, arrack, low income, drug abuse, and the mother hanging around random men.
            Regarding Rajapakse wealth, I explained that the debt has already been repaid in the form of increased GDP. Without Rajapakse, most government expenditure would still be directed towards fighting a war with Tamil Tiger terrorists. Weak minds such as yourself are also unaware that there are far more corrupt individuals on the island, aka Lalith Kotelawala and Arjuna Mahendran. Anyway, it is good to see you squirm and jump in Rajapakse-land, alongside the fake veddas and terror supporters.

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              Lester
              I think the readers have decided on your view.
              Lester 0 – HT 22
              Should that not give you the answer you are looking for?
              Nobody likes your senseless comments.
              Try to take a decent stand toward the plight of the Sri Lankan people.
              Your blind and shameless support for Mara and co. is nauseating.
              I sometimes feel you are doing it for a commission.
              Is it worth the price to sell your soul in public for a few bucks?
              Everyone knows how Mara and co used the winning the war excuse to loot the country dry.
              Have the decency to acknowledge the damage done by the Rajapaksa family.
              Respect yourself, then others will respect you. I will change my stand too.
              Until such time except the worst.

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              (PartI)
              Lester,
              Looser and continuing in sustaining unfounded theories!!
              The war ended in May 2009 and there is no dispute about MR’s, Gr’s contribution but the hard fact is that they did not win by themselves.
              They won with the collaboration of the Valiant Sri Lankan Tri-forces effort, and Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka’s strategic direction.
              GDP is only 1 function of different elements to assess growth and economic stability of a country!!!
              Conveniently forgot the other elements!!!
              If these Molakaru 7-brained whiz kids MR/GR were so able, they would not have ventured on the Organic Fertiliser theory on the mere suggestion of Athana Methana Natana Naluwa politicians and ruined SL Agriculture that we have to wait last 12 months for Rice ships to arrive for people to queue and get the STAPLE food!!
              If the did plan and strategise, going by what happened to Organic agriculture we would have ended up with LTTE beyond Thanamalvila or Weeraketiya!!
              Going by that it is no secret nor avoidable, accident (to call it so for arguments sake), they would have been fighting hard for the LTTE to gobble up the balance 8 provinces!!

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              (PartII)
              Fools, still believe post agricultural and economic fiasco, that they (MR/GR) did it??!!
              FANTASY at the best??!!
              WOULD BELIEVE, ALI BABA AND 40 THIEVES, NOW THAT THE sl TRESURY AND CBSL EMPTY!!!
              WHO IS THE ALI BABA IN Sri Lanka – OLD MYNAH THAT IS SILENT!!!
              The war ended May 2009 and all these filibustering of Chinese commercial Interest rate loans for Chinese projects with no known return on investment (RoI) started fro latter part of 2009, except Hambantota Port, where he got the first taste of illicit Lucre!!!
              Thereafter, 2010 0nwards, it was open slather for robbing, looting, stacking, ill-found wealth overseas under the names of subservient people who went overseas on menial jobs as cover, who overnight became multi-millionaires, able to invest on Tyre manufacturing plants in 3rd world countries!!
              Latest UGANDA – Café Ceylon!!!
              Sri Lankans ARE STARVING AND ALL FOREIGN CURRENCY RESERVES ARE ROBBED and Ugandans, Seychelles Islanders and Kenyans are enjoying!!??
              What a load of Patriotism???
              In this case why you do need Traitors!!???

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        Human Touch

        “Lester Arse”

        Come on, please refrain from insulting A**e.
        Thanks.

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      Before Lanka freeze looks like their own assets, if any left may be seized for cheating foreign investers by issuing worthless Bond notes . Instead why don’t you try seizing billions of Rajapaksas hidden assets.
      Also if you really care, you should return with your buddies here and start cultivating . Govt is releasing land and time for Patriots like you to farm and save your people. You being an agri expert is the right man to lead the rescue team.

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      Good windfall for Lazy buggers

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    Sri Lankan Economy Heading Towards A Dangerous Phase

    It is basic thinking in all house hold to keep I normal activities or check up to keep a stock of resources to meet their families’ needs, for month Household economic strengthening activities help create the cushion vulnerable households need to survive on rainy days.
    Country wise no one initiated the dominant role having 225 white dressed faulty game minded in parliament did not have a proposal to have a stock for six months to survive for six months food stuffs we have learn the lesson from tsunami an important indicator of how the analyst handles human agency or requirement time frame none of 225 had the ability.

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    It is very true that Rajapakse gang went behind China after the war and lined their pockets. Now that Narmal fellow the ultimate corrupt fellow trying to show his face in press meets, he should be chased away. Government has to send representatives who are acceptable to OPEC countries to beg for oil. Sending racist like gomanpila was a mistake. The country has to make a friendly move towards Muslims and Tamils to get out of this situation

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      r
      “The country has to make a friendly move towards Muslims and Tamils”
      Do they not belong to the country?
      *
      BTW
      It was the US that drove the government towards any other for support.
      Check on US behaviour:
      Provide assistance to both GOSL & LTTE to escalate war
      Call for peace with favourite candidate elected PM.
      Act to destroy LTTE politically.
      Arm twist GOSL and fail.
      Come up with HR & WC charges.
      *
      The US is steadily losing support globally:
      Even India refuses to obey orders.
      Look at the outcome of Colombian elections.
      *

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        “Provide assistance to both GOSL & LTTE to escalate war”

        Were both GOSL & LTTE sitting on their brain all those years?

        “Even India refuses to obey orders.”

        Aging Mao’s ***** carriers cannot remember those important days when Siri Mao was obliging Pakistan (USA’s all weather friend, threatening Hindia with 7th Fleet) by aiding and abetting genocide in Bangladesh.
        It was a master stroke by Siri Mao believed the infatuated old men.

        Hindia didn’t blink. Hindia refused to obey order then. In fact West Pakistan became just Pakistan and East Pakistan became Bangladesh.
        Why does old Mao ***** carriers assume Hindia would obey order now?

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          Here we go round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush.

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          NV, SJ says ….”….Even India refuses to obey orders….”

          It looks SJ is often consulted by Modi before he accepts or refuses his ‘orders’ from the USA ……….!!!

          You’d better be careful NV – India may start spying on ya soon….!!!

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            J
            So, do you think that India will not refuse to obey US orders?

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              Yes SJ, India is an obedient lapdog of the USA – just look at the IT money they are getting from them!

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        And you are typing all your anti US whining using US invented, patented technology and devices SJ!

        You may have used/using hundreds of other US patented items in your life!

        Your hypocrisy may not see any limits SJ……

        But I also know that you are going to tell me that all those US inventions such as Microsoft DOS were actually invented by the Chinese many years ago and Yankees only robbed all their intellectual wealth in the last 200 years…

        Bravo….Mao……!!!

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          J
          Do not get pathetic if you cannot meet an argument.

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            SJ, please do not insult the word ‘argument’ cuz you don’t have heck of an idea what does the word mean.

            You don’t show a backbone at all bashing USA while being a slave to their very own technology to spread your pathetic detestation on them online. FACT!!

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    ………….Srilankan Economy heading towards a dangerous phase………

    Could it improve when the same set of Politicos are in the saddle?
    The only way out is to go for a fresh mandate…..under any cost,constitution not withstanding……..

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    I am totally against the decision taken by Sri Lanka’s lethargic men’s government to reduce the age limit of housemaids so that they can sell women at a tender age for hard labour to earn Dollars.
    The President has brought an infamous Casino King and tax evader to Parliament as a solution to Sri Lanka’s economic crisis!!!
    Last month, the Central Bank Governor temporarily suspended Sri Lanka’s foreign debt, including bonds and government-to-government borrowings, pending IMF support. My opinion about the government handling the situation is different but I can see the IMF is actively involved in resolving our case while some countries have offered assistance.
    On our part, we should explore ways to bring foreign exchange to the country. The easiest way is tourism. It doesn’t cost us anything. Another is selling tea to the international RETAIL market. Any foreigner who tasted “Uva Tea” will never go for any other brand!!! One more.
    We are yet to approach Russia for crude oil.
    Many countries in the world have gone bankrupt, and some countries, many times.This is our first. Sri Lanka will bounce back. When in a situation like this, the main thing is not to lose hope.

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      Little more about Tea:
      The British brought tea saplings from China and planted them on our hill slopes following the same method that the Sinhalese used to grow land-rice. Our rich soil, fresh water, clean environment and salubrious regional climates are the reason for high quality and diversity of flavours in our tea.
      My suggestion is, we should completely stop exporting “Uva Tea” as a raw material and retain it with us to be exclusively supplied to the international retail market.
      We have a large variety of other herbal energy drinks such as “Ranawara”, “Beli-Mal” and coconut varieties such as King Coconut, Mature Coconut, Young Coconut with pulp, “Kundira” (green, yellow, red and brown) and even Coconut Apple (“Pela-Pihi”).
      I can give hundreds of such examples that are unique to Sri Lanka that can be easily promoted in the international retail market.
      The reason why we are in the current economic crisis is, we never elected Sinhalese Buddhist leaders who had the best interest of the country at heart. Instead, we elected Sinhalese but non-Buddhists and non-Sinhalese leaders. Our problem is, as Sinhalese Buddhists, we never talked about our right to rule our own country.

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        Fuel crisis should be resolved first as it connects with all other crises.
        Russia’s President, Mr. Vladimir Putin has offered discounted oil for “friendly countries”.
        Given Sri Lanka’s dire economic situation, the Government of Sri Lanka should make a formal request to the Government of Russia to purchase crude oil at a ‘special concessionary rate’ for a given period at Russia’s choice, and then a discounted rate. I am confident that Mr. Putin will agree to help us. Russians are honest, straightforward people. Therefore, we need not to worry about signing a long term purchase agreement with Russia for crude oil with a possibility to extend the same agreement (rates may differ) to purchase Blue or Green Hydrogen Energy in the future. Unlike the agreement signed with Lanka India Oil Corporation (LIOC) giving exclusive rights to the Indian company to raise oil prices at their whims and fancies (they increased oil prices three times within two months this year), I am sure Russia will offer transparent and non-discriminatory terms in the agreement.

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          Champa,
          Morning.
          “I am sure Russia will offer transparent and non-discriminatory terms in the agreement.”
          I cannot agree with you more, Russia is a very transparent country and a good ally to have!!
          They admire the closeness of Sirimavo government of 1970’s to Russian views in many matters
          Never cross the line though drawn by Russia, or to transgress ‘their views’!? Especially, Putin!!!??
          Unless and until that happens, Russia is the best ally and friend indeed in the entire world!!!
          Very happy on your point of view.
          Excellent, only foolish people would disagree! Our country has them in abundance too!!?
          That is the main reason being in this dire straits, right now in our chequered history!!!!
          Absolutely true of making wrong choices to the tune of fools!!!

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          Dear sensitive CT readers@
          .
          “Fuel crisis should be resolved first as it connects with all other crises.”

          CHAMPA#S wisful thinking:
          “Given Sri Lanka’s dire economic situation, the Government of Sri Lanka should make a formal request to the Government of Russia to purchase crude oil at a ‘special concessionary rate’ for a given period at Russia’s choice, and then a discounted rate. I am confident that Mr. Putin will agree to help us. Russians are honest, straightforward people.”

          is it easy to handle this with Russia, us as one of the far poor countries with all credit rating agencies branded SRILANKA as ” default” ?

          It is high time to contact SELF-PROCLAIMED POLITICAL ANALYST – Dayan Jayathilaka(former ambassador to Russia) to hear what he makes of CHAMPA’s statement.
          .
          What countries export oil from Russia?
          In 2020, Russia exported $74.4B in Crude Petroleum. The main destinations of Russia exports on Crude Petroleum were China ($23.8B), Netherlands ($9.26B), Germany ($6.38B), South Korea ($5.03B), and Poland ($4.22B).

          Where does Sri Lanka import oil from?
          Sri Lanka imports Refined Petroleum primarily from: Singapore ($367M), India ($259M), Malaysia ($210M), United Arab Emirates ($143M), and China ($127M). The fastest growing import markets in Refined Petroleum for Sri Lanka between 2019 and 2020 were China ($77.5M), Kuwait ($14.5M), and Netherlands ($10.8M).

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        Champa,
        Good morning.
        “Instead, we elected Sinhalese but non-Buddhists and non-Sinhalese leaders. Our problem is, as Sinhalese Buddhists, we never talked about our right to rule our own country.”
        You just hammered the NAIL ON THE HEAD!!?? Good shot and complements of the highest order!
        Yes you are right. Why didn’t see this anomaly before in the system???!
        We have been SLEEP-WALKING into the Lions’ Den, which we have done for 75 years!!!
        Anglicised elite being elected??!!!
        The question is WHO ARE THE TRAITORS, who elected them to office??
        The answer to that question will mortify you!!!!
        SINHALESE BUDDHISTS, who are the 55% of them, if not 2/3rd majority of voters of the resplendent Sri Lanka – Tear drop Pearl of the Indian Ocean!!!
        ONCE IN A WAY, IT IS GOOD TO WEAR THAT CAP AND SAY “MEA CULPA” – THAT’S IN LATIN!
        Once you do that you would be alright, cleansed all the way and absolved, really GOOD to GO!!?
        Hey Presto! Open sesame!!

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        “…..and planted them on our hill slopes following the same method that the Sinhalese used to grow land-rice…..”

        Champa, there is no evidence that Sinhala kingdom was expanded in the so called hill slopes of the up country, particularly in the Uva. It was all wilderness when British invaded us and it was them who chopped down the native jungles and cultivated tea up to the 5000ft elevation. Of course they made strict natural reserves above that contour, but also destroyed a lot of native forests below that line in the tea cultivation process. I am not defending them for what they did but want to stress that there were no inhabitants in the cold upcountry when the Sinhala kings ruled the country. They were predominantly limited to low country, dry, warm environs. You’d better get your facts right and not be driven by emotions when trying to ‘re-write’ the history of SL!!

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      Champa,
      We will not be in this disappointing position, if the past President, the sibling of the ‘Hath Molakaru’ did not embark on a borrowing spree from the Chinese commercial interest loans for unproductive (Low or No return on Investment projects without limitations) and knowingly, being entrapped in a debt trap by CHINA??!! Not able to service the loans??
      May have been we have been borrowing and living beyond our means since independence in 1948!!
      We never borrowed Ad Nauseum until, end 2009, (even during the 30 year war we did not) that caused this debacle?? That was because the incumbent war winning President at that time, with a checquered history became avaricious to enhance his personal purse, before

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    “Time has come to think outside the box.” Does that mean in addition to carrying the begging bowl around the world, we should take ACTIONS to rectify the WRONGS of the PAST such as treating the Tamil speaking SL citizens as ENEMIES/aliens; Repenting on all the crimes / state terrorism committed by the Singhalese over the 7 decades; stop behaving as occupying forces in the North and East of SL; ENGAGING with both the Tamil Diaspora and TNA to solve their ethnic issues once and for all; Give prominence to the peace loving, civilised Buddhist clergy. Tamils need a NEW CONSTITUTION to protect their rights so that never ever they will be treated badly and funds for educational and developmental activities spent equally to North and East of SL.

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      Tamils are only 10% of the population, they will eventually be outnumbered (significantly) by Muslims. The Muslim population will eventually reach 25% or more, meaning they will require more living space and other resources. It’s time for Northern Tamils to think outside the box, either they give up the superiority complex and assimilate like Colombo Tamils or they will be squeezed into oblivion by Muslims.

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        Never heard of such rubbish. Tamils are 16% and not 10% of the population and Muslims, who are also ethnically Tamil are 10%. The term Sri Lankan Moor is a religious and not an ethnic identity. A little bit of Arab or some other western Asian origin, amongst a few hundred Sri Lankan Muslim families does not make them Moorish or Arab, they are still Tamils. Lots of Sinhalese and Tamils also have some sort of European and other ancestries, but this still does not make them European or the other. They are still Sinhalese or Tamils. It is the same for the island’s Muslims. Please explain to me how the Muslim population will increase from 10% to 25% or more within a generation or two and the Tamil population will decline from 16% ( was 26% at the time of independence, but we all know what happened in the last 70 years to the Tamils) to around 10%. How? Do you and the rest of the Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists have something diabolical planned for the island’s Tamils? Like some final solution or to chase more out of the island? The Muslim percentage may slightly increase and then stabilize. Is there going to be a mass conversion of lots of Sinhalese to Islam? There are hardly any Muslims in the north to affect the northern Tamils.

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          Colombo Tamils, other than the Colombo Chetty have not assimilated. If the Muslim percentage jumps up from 10% to 25%, which it will never, it will affect the Sinhalese more than the Tamils as, 72% of the island’s Muslims live amongst the Sinhalese and not amongst the Tamils and do not share anything with the Sinhalese, language, ethnicity. Please stop posting racist rubbish from the safety of London. Your pathological hatred towards the island’s Tamils is really pathetic. Please go and visit a psychiatrist. This is my frank opinion, especially for someone living in the west and enjoying all the freedoms and human rights it provides, constantly coming here and spewing out pathological racial hatred and ill will towards the island’s Tamils.
          The Muslim percentage may slightly increase and then stabilize. Is there going to be a mass conversion of lots of Sinhalese to Islam? There are hardly any Muslims in the north to affect the northern Tamils. Colombo Tamils, other than the Colombo Chetty have not assimilated. If the Muslim percentage jumps up from 10% to 25%, which it will never, it will affect the Sinhalese more than the Tamils as, 72% of the island’s Muslims live amongst the Sinhalese and not amongst the Tamils and do not share anything with the Sinhalese, language, ethnicity. Please stop posting racist rubbish from the safety of London.

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          Rohan25,
          “There are hardly any Muslims in the north to affect the northern Tamils.”
          —-
          Because Tamils kicked them out giving 48 hours notice. Before Tamils did that to Muslims, they did that to Sinhalayo in the North.

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            Even before the LTTE chased them away, there were hardly any around 60000-72000 the most. Largely found in the southern coastal areas of the Mannar district, and most of them have returned to this area. The other four northern districts, Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaitheevu and Vavuniya hardly had any. Get your facts correct.

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        Lester,
        “Northern Tamils to think outside the box, either they give up the superiority complex and assimilate like Colombo Tamils or they will be squeezed into oblivion by Muslims.”
        When are you going to start with the Londoners, so that you are not “squeezed out”??!
        Or already started?? Very good move!!!

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    The power of self-sufficiency. Sanctions were supposed to decimate the Russian economy, in particular by causing hyperinflation, similar to Venezuela and North Korea. Yet the ruble is now the best-performing currency.

    How is it possible? Just by reducing the trade deficit. When you are a net exporter, as imposed to importer, the economy is less susceptible to global macro-shocks. This is the way forward for Sri Lanka. Become self-sufficient in food and energy.

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      Lester the lying Jester

      “Yet the ruble is now the best-performing currency.”

      Could we have some evidence in order to prove you are talking nonsense again.

      “Sanctions were supposed to decimate the Russian economy, in particular by causing hyperinflation, similar to Venezuela and North Korea. “

      We are doing it without sanctions.
      How did we successfully manage it?

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        NV please try google.

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        Fake Vedda,

        Go and find the evidence yourself. It proves what I have been saying all along: the protests are a waste of time. Sri Lanka did not even experience hyperinflation. There was no food shortage, no one died from malnutrition or starvation. Society reaches the point of maximum chaos when the poor attack the rich. The “Aragalaya” provided good exercise for the 34% of overweight/obese. Gothabaya increased their collective life span by a few years.

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          Lester the junkie,
          “Sri Lanka did not even experience hyperinflation. There was no food shortage, “
          Wow, yes!!! I saw several pigs flying over the local Cargills yesterday, where there was plenty of milk powder, cheap turmeric, bread, vegetables, chicken, etc. And of course you aren’t a refugee Sewage Sorting Specialist Grade 1 in Europe.

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            Senile Codger,

            Stupid people think in terms of binaries and instant gratification. They are easy to fool. As Goebbels said, “You can’t change the masses. They will always be the same: dumb, gluttonous and forgetful.” A government school clown like you with limited education blames Rajapakse for your own failures while supporting a terror outfit like the LTTE. Good luck with that.

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              “A government school clown like you… “
              I wonder where other clowns come from— Private schools? International schools? Foreign schools?

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                Dear sensitive CT readers,

                Time is precious waste it wisely !

                Lester has been prevaricating all along breaking all records.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YLNbXLb-7o
                This reminds me of MR’s false promises (nation’s pattapalhora) made to the gawky/audience prior to election ” give us BALAYA/power, we brothers will show you how we revitalize the economy”. The truth as it is, … Ironically, Gota has to kneel down before very same Premier, RW before 3 years he became to be the leader.

                Lester’s Gurus in VIYATHMAGA might have trained him well by feeding him with all the tactics.
                .
                As everyone knows, not a single member of VIYATHMAGA has been successful as of today, all what they promised ended up them being being confined to their ” just lip services”.
                .
                tbc

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                  2/2
                  That howling voice, Seetha Arambawella fell to the level of those of other empty vessels.
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CylqtBTF-Zc
                  Hers is one of the best examples to show how even MBBS holders became easy prey of MEDAMULANISM.
                  .
                  It did not last 2 years. Today, she hardly comes out to see in the eyes of very same LESTERs.

                  Very importantly, not many would have the audacity to take Joseph Goebbels as exmaples but Lester does.
                  .
                  Goebbels, who aspired to be an author, obtained a Doctor of Philology degree from the University of Heidelberg in 1921. He joined the Nazi Party in 1924, and worked with Gregor Strasser in its northern branch. He was appointed Gauleiter of Berlin in 1926, where he began to take an interest in the use of propaganda to promote the party and its programme. After the Nazis came to power in 1933, Goebbels’s Propaganda Ministry quickly gained and exerted control over the news media, arts, and information in Nazi Germany. He was particularly adept at using the relatively new media of radio and film for propaganda purposes. Topics for party propaganda included antisemitism, attacks on the Christian churches, and (after the start of the Second World War) attempting to shape morale.

                  Rajapakshes backlickers are trained to praise Hitler and his men from the begining onl.
                  .

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                    Thanks, LM
                    I appreciate your effort to try and keep our readers well informed.

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                    Leela,

                    I am not a fan of the Nazis. However, Goebbels ran the best propaganda outlet in the history. He understood that the “Press” is largely a tool to manipulate the masses, who are mostly stupid and gullible. Today we have another “Press”, called the Internet, which is used for the same purpose by Western media outlets. Let us summarize their lies:

                    1.) Iran is evil
                    2.) Venezuela is evil
                    3.) Russia and Putin are evil
                    4.) Muslims are evil
                    5.) Boris Johnson, Tony Blair, and Biden are all saints
                    6.) USA and EU are the champions of human rights
                    7.) China is evil
                    8.) Brown and yellow people are inferior to Western Europeans. They cannot survive without Western European ideas or generosity.

                    The power of this “Press” is backed by military force and a US reserve currency. That is why “Russia Today” was banned on Youtube.

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                SJ,
                A rather strange mixture of snobbery, claims of “education”, occasional references to quirky economics, and a feudal devotion to the Family.
                Someone who hates himself as much as anyone else.

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              Lester the refugee,
              “A government school clown like you with limited education blames Rajapakse”
              At least I live here and don’t have drug- induced illusions of a Rajapaksa paradise.
              Have you found that link to prove your 2500 year old hydroelectric plant? Or at least the proof that fertilizer causes CKD………..?

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                “Have you found that link to prove your 2500 year old hydroelectric plant?”

                I never said anything about hydroelectricity, I only mentioned hydropower. But being a government school drop-out, you automatically assume hydropower = electricity. Your brain is limited to the extent that you think electricity is the only form of power.

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          Lester,
          Good Morning,
          “It proves what I have been saying all along: the protests are a waste of time. Sri Lanka did not even experience hyperinflation. There was no food shortage, no one died from malnutrition or starvation. Society reaches the point of maximum chaos when the poor attack the rich. The “Aragalaya”
          You are absolutely right on the money!
          Milk, Honey, Medication and Cakes are found in all its splendour as promised in the election manifesto!!??
          These Aragalaya are con artists hoodwinking the public to destabilise the country!!??
          They seem blind and cannot see the Vistas of prosperity and Splendour!!
          Well done Sri Lanka?!!

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      Lester,
      Good idea.
      Start digging for Uranium!!
      Problem solved

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      Lying Lester,
      “Become self-sufficient in food and energy.”
      If you couldn’t do it in 2500 years, how can you do it now? Maybe get advice from Tamilnadu? 🤣🤣🤣

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        OC
        There were periods when food was exported to South India. Reference to it exist in Tamil literature of the first several centuries of the Christian era.
        That was possible when the country was primarily agricultural. Surplus labour went into building monumental structures.
        There were remarkable technological achievements in water management and construction. (I can refer you to “History of Engineering in Sri Lanka: A Brief Overview” published by the IESL in 2006.)
        While it is daft to demand going back to ancient ways, it is not fair to belittle the achievement of a people in various fields.
        From the time the economy was hooked on export of plantation crops there was no turning back. The changes of the past few decades like tourism, export of labour, and garment industry made agriculture even less profitable.
        There is need for change, but it is not going to be easy whichever path we pursue.

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          SJ,
          “While it is daft to demand going back to ancient ways, it is not fair to belittle the achievement of a people in various fields.”
          Yes, but polite debate doesn’t work with those who dwell on perhaps 1000 years of real progress, out of 2500, and blame present-day incompetence on “invaders”.

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            old codger

            Now please tell us how long would Ranil last as the prime minister?
            What roles does the clan play in the running of this government?

            Harin Fernando the Tourism Minister is seen touring Europe.
            Do you know the purpose of his visits and who is paying for it?

            Do we actually have dollar crunch ?

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              Until Mr Perera decides to make a ‘MOVE’

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          SJ,

          You are trying to explain hydrology to someone who cleared mines for the STF, probably for 10 rupees a day? Poor bugger does not know the difference between hydropower and electricity. I judge people by their intelligence, there is nothing remarkable about “Tamil” intellect, other than a handful of Brahmins (less than 1% of all Tamils), who are genetically Aryan hybrids anyway. On the other hand, Chinese are a remarkable group of people (average IQ 105). Wherever you find Chinese, you find prosperity. China built mega-cities out of swamp and mud in a few decades. We don’t see anything like that in Tamil Nadu. If someone wants to brag about intelligence, show evidence. Never mind modern-day Sinhalese, who are lazy, the ancient ones were clearly talented. The structures they built using complex physics have stood the test of time.

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            Lester,
            Very good point.
            “Never mind modern-day Sinhalese, who are lazy, the ancient ones were clearly talented. The structures they built using complex physics have stood the test of time.”
            Which part of Sri Lanka Archimedes born?
            It is not fair to say modern day Sinhalese are LAZY?
            I think, that it appears so is the best of them have taken flight overseas for economic reasons, and contributing to the betterment of the western world – the despised Western Colonialist, neo Imperialist economies – detriment of their motherland – Sri Lanka as a Nation

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            These structures were largely built by imported South Indian labour from the Thamizh country in South India. The so-called Chinkalla kings were largely of South Indian origin. Pandian and imported South Indian Thamizh labour, artisans and other skilled craftsmen from the mother country to build these structures. After building these structures some returned to their South Indian motherland but most remained and were rewarded for their work, and were given lands. Very soon they will also state the Mahaveli diversion built by western engineers and technology is the work of the Chingkallams.

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              Those structures were not built by South Indians, they were burned down by South Indians aka Cholas. Cholas tried many times to destroy it, luckily Sinhalese prevailed. If Cholas had succeeded, there would be no Sinhalese on the island today. Sinhalese kings married some Pandian princesses, that is the only connection to Pandians, some intermarriage among nobility.

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            Lester
            It will be good if we avoid personal attack, and stick to the content of a comment. Impertinent jibes are best ignored although the temptation to respond is at times strong.
            “Wherever you find Chinese, you find prosperity.”
            How prosperous was China after the Opium War? Why did Chinese emigrate by their millions in the 19th Century in all directions?
            The image of the ‘Chinaman’ in the US was insulting and on par with that of the “Nigger”.
            Two things inspired the Chinese people: the democratic revolution led by Sun Yatsen and the liberation struggle led by the Communist Party starting with the Anti-Japanese war and ending with the founding of the People’s Republic.
            *
            IQ measures only what it is designed to. Intelligence cannot be measured on a single scale.
            The Australian aboriginals have some mental skills that none other can match.
            The Incas of Peru had no writing system. But they achieved more than any people of their time in the Americas , with the Aztecs a close second.

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              SJ,

              “How prosperous was China after the Opium War?”

              Chinese civilization existed long before the Opium War. They invented quite a lot – printing press, calendar, gunpowder, etc. – well before the West: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Chinese_inventions

              In school, we are taught that “Pascal” created “Pascal’s Triangle” for binomial expansions. Chinese had their own version, 300 years before Pascal, in addition to other discoveries in number theory. I believe Westerners took not only gunpowder, but many other inventions from China, without giving credit.

              http://www.pslemathonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/pascal-triangle.jpg

              Why did Chinese emigrate? Looking at Malaya, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, etc. Chinese are the most successful group. That is why there are constant race riots in these places, as the less intelligent natives are jealous of the Chinese. Australia banned them all together, under the “White Australia” policy.

              “The image of the ‘Chinaman’ in the US”

              Chinese and Africans built the railroads in the US. The success of the US is largely due to immigrants. Africans picked cotton. Irish women and children slaved away in factories. After World War II, they brought a Nazi who created their space program. S. Jobs is Lebanese/German. Musk is South African. Google founders are Soviet Jews.

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            Lester,
            “Poor bugger does not know the difference between hydropower and electricity.”
            So where is the proof that the ancient Sinhalese had water-wheels, leave alone generators? Was their grid made of coconut fibre? At least, don’t private schools teach one how to lie convincingly??

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              Lester the inconsistent,
              “China built mega-cities out of swamp and mud in a few decades.”
              Wow!! And that was in addition to creating COVID-19, as you alleged a few days ago?

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              Why did the Sinhalese need a Roman water-wheel when they had the equivalent, which performed the same tasks, on an even better scale? You are asking useless questions without knowing what a water-wheel is.

              https://www.flickr.com/photos/lakpura/5664286798

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                Lester the Lying Jester

                This is water – wheel:
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6qdOg7VxHc&t=721s

                What is this?
                “https://www.flickr.com/photos/lakpura/5664286798”

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                  Fake Vedda (the Tamil speaker),

                  How do you transport water to high elevation?

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                  Incompetent Lester,
                  Can’t even provide a working link of a buffalo providing electricity, eh? Don’t know the difference between the Stone Age and the Iron Age?
                  So sad.

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            Lester…..”…..On the other hand, Chinese are a remarkable group of people (average IQ 105). Wherever you find Chinese, you find prosperity. China built mega-cities out of swamp…..”

            Even Singapore built a mega city out of swamp – 50 years ago !!

            Well, my main argument is this:
            How come a country with just 250 years of history is the world’s leading economy while China with 6000 plus years of ancient history and so mant inventions, is still in the 2nd place??

            I re-iterate, that ‘2nd place’ is ALSO because of the generosity of that 250 yr old nation!! If it was not for Nixon, Kissinger and Steve Jobs (in 1976) China would probably be in the 78th place today!!
            _
            Now stop bragging about China!!

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              Jit

              Did you know Vishwakarma built Lanka (the city of gold) in Tretayuga?
              This was a blessed island which was built by the celestial architect Vishwakarma for the Gods in heaven.

              You may wonder what the hell Lester is doing in this god created island?

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        OC,
        .
        no point of aruging with a man, whose general knowledge is similar to that of Mahinda Kahandagama. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
        .
        Fact is Tamil Nadu (70millions) is one of the main saline suppliers to dying Srilanka (21.5 millions). Nobody would not take long to realize that this premature death of our motherland was made by Medamulanism and their stupid management.
        ******
        Tamil Nadu – Gross state domestic product per capita at current prices
        284,788
        (INR, lakhs) in 2021 GDP per capita of Tamil Nadu surged by 14.14 % from 249,517 INR, lakhs in 2020 to 284,788 INR, lakhs in 2021. Since the 12.97 % jump in 2012, GDP per capita soared by 142.99 % in 2021.

        What is GDP per capita?
        A lakh is a unit in the Indian numbering system equal to one hundred thousand (100,000)
        *****

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          LM,
          “no point of aruging with a man, whose general knowledge is similar to that of Mahinda Kahandagama”
          I’m not arguing. You can’t argue with a broken record. No, just provoking him.

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      Nonsensical garbage, devoid of facts!!
      The big headed, 7-brained guys could and should be able to overcome these variables in the world geopolitics and economy, instead of blaming the Kakkas and Kapputas!!

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    Lester

    Ceylon tamisl like me who believe that the Buddha has imposed Karma on the sinhalas for their 70 years of brutality on tamisl (eg what justification for burning jaffna Library) thank people with your views as results in additional negative Karma.

    The chinese use slave labour harverst organs, mass concentration camps with government sanctioned sexual brutalist. Additional one of the sinasiation methods is to jail the muslim men and for a chinaman to sleep in the bed of the muslim man’s wife. What grea chinese t intellect. Maybe sinhala lands needs these chinese!!!

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