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Sri Lanka’s Militarisation Of Covid-19 Response: Infographic By ITJP

The lack of civilian oversight over Sri Lanka’s militarised COVID-19 response raises some very serious human rights concerns, said the International Truth and Justice Project.

“Sri Lanka has an alleged war criminal heading its COVID-19 response, who served in the same army regiment as the President, raising questions about transparency, accountability and oversight,” said the ITJP’s Executive Director, Yasmin Sooka, herself under lockdown.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings, Agnes Callamard, has said that any measures taken to deal with the COVID-19 emergency should be guided by the principles of legality, proportion, precaution and non-discrimination. Appointing military personnel to manage the crisis without any civilian oversight does not bode well for Sri Lanka – nor does Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva specifically identifying those COVID-19 patients who are Muslims in public statements.

“Experienced professionals from the civil service should be in charge of coordinating complex public health and distribution issues, not the Army,” said Yasmin Sooka, “People’s lives are at stake as well as huge amounts of money and supplies that need to be equitably shared. It is essential that the public be allowed to question the response operation without being threatened with arrest. This crisis shouldn’t become an excuse to erode civil liberties yet further.”

Already there are clashes between medical professionals and the military over what the best public health measures should be. Even the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has expressed disappointment that the Government placed an Army commander in charge of the country’s overall COVID-19 Response.

The National Operation Center for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak

The Sri Lankan Government says all prevention and management of the COVID-19 virus outbreak and healthcare provisions and other public services are to be managed by this newly formed National Operation Centre. All other government officials should be available for the Centre to deploy[1].

However the National Operation Centre is headed by Sri Lanka’s Army Commander who is also acting Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva. Silva was publicly designated this year by the US State Department because of credible information of his involvement, through command responsibility, in gross violations of human rights, namely extrajudicial killings[2]. Silva was appointed to this powerful COVID-19 role by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was his superior officer in the first battalion of the Gajaba Regiment in Matale during military operations to crush the second Sinhala youth insurgency in 1989 when hundreds disappeared in the area under their control. In 2008-9 when the US Government says Silva was allegedly involved in war crimes, he was receiving orders allegedly directly from Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was then secretary of defence.

Moreover the legal basis for this latest appointment is unclear as there is no gazette notification establishing the COVID-19 National Operation Centre, as for other COVID-19 entities[3]. This raises the question of who in the civilian administration holds Shavendra Silva accountable, other than his friend the President who is himself ex military. Media conferences on the outbreak are dominated by Shavendra Silva who briefs on the quarantine situation[4].

Presidential Task Force On Food Supplies

This was gazetted by the President in March to ensure the supply of food to the nation during the crisis. In a detailed analysis the Centre for Policy Alternatives commented that“the mandate and powers assigned to the Task Force are much wider in scope and range from ensuring the supply of essential goods and services to providing relief measures to vulnerable groups of society”[5]. The Task Force is also headed by the President’s unelected brother Basil Rajapaksa and contains a large number of retired military officials close to the President (including from his Gajaba Regiment) also implicated in the 2009 war in Sri Lanka, which saw widespread violations of international law by the Army.

The appointment of military officers to key public roles has been controversial – for example Major General Vijitha Ravipriya’s appointment as Director General of Customs was opposed by the customs trades unions who said this job should not go to a retired army officer with no experience of civil administration but to a civil servant from their own department[6]. The President’s secretary, P. B. Jayasundera, alleged the reason for appointing a military officer was to curb corruption. Shockingly, in 2008 Jayasundera himself, had to step down as Treasury Secretary over allegations that he was responsible for the unlawful sale of a revenue-producing public asset at an artificially low price to a private corporation but a year later was reinstated by then President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother of the current President[7].

In addition, the Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority is Major General (Retired) D.M.S. Dissanayaka (Shantha Dissanayake[8]), also from the President’s Gajaba Regiment, was caught on camera recently threatening a vendor profiteering during the COVID19 disaster, saying “I will pulversie your ears”[9]. Moreover, the Committee of Inquiry into the Prison Incident Welikada in 2012 recommended charging Dissanayake under Section 162 of the Sri Lankan Penal Code for his alleged involvement in the Welikada Jail massacre in which 27 prisoners were killed, along with Gotabaya Rajapaksa[10]. Neither was charged.

COVID19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa established this Fund on 23 March to collect direct deposits and donations from organisations and individual donors[11]. On 7 April, the fund stood at SL. Rs. 420m (US $ 2.2m).The President’s website says more details can be obtained from Mr. K.B. Egodawela, Director General Administration. Egodawela is a retired military officer and previously a co-accused in the Avant Garde corruption case with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa but released from the charges two months ago, after he had already been apointed the President’s Chief of Staff[12].

Calls for Civilian Oversight

Twenty leading trade unions representing the public sector workforce recently wrote to the President calling on him to bring COVID-19 prevention under a civil authority. In a joint statement on 18 March they said:

“In such a national disaster situation a national operation centre should be established under the Disaster Management Centre, which is the regulatory authority with special training. We notify the government that all public services should be aligned under that centre..[13]”.

Meanwhile former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said more than a week ago that there should be a mechanism under director health services to unite the private and state health services to face the peak in cases that is expected between April 4 and 11.

Religious Hatred

Organisations in Sri Lanka have expressed concern that the crisis could be misused to whip up religious hatred, in particular against Muslims. This is of concern given Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s closeness to Sinhala Buddhist extremist organisations, such as the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), which are notoriously anti-Muslim.

A statement by 26 trades unions complained that:

“While reporting information about infected and the dead from the novel corona virus, it is evident that people are categorised according to religion and ethnicity in a manner that incites racist sentiments… Our trade unions would highlight that these guidelines should be followed by state officials, government ministers and all politicians who make statements about corona patients and those who passed away[14]”.

Censorship

The acting police chief, C.D. Wickramarathna, instructed the Criminal Investigation Department of the police and all offices to arrest and take legal action against anyone who publishes posts on social media criticising government officials[15]. The 1 April police statement in Sinhala recommends, “Tough legal action against those who publish false or malicious statements in the internet”.

Activists have pointed out this violates the right to freedom of expression[16]. A statement by seven media organisations[17] on 4 April accepted that that “fake news” or “incorrect information” during an epidemic was harmful but added that “fair criticism was a right and if a mistake was made by public officials people should be able to express their views online. A letter to the acting Inspector General of Police and copied to the Secretary of Defence signed by 46 individuals and 9 organisations on 7 April, commented there was “no provision in law that authorizes the arrest of those ‘criticizing’ the state”18.

“There is no doubt that in this unprecedented period of fear and turmoil, many governments resort to securitizing a public emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis rather than a rights-based response. A rights-based approach requires a framework which places human rights and the rule of law at the forefront,” said Yasmin Sooka.

“The Sri Lankan government must ensure that each and every restriction on rights and freedoms has a clear legal basis, described in specific terms so that people know how their rights are being limited, under which law, and precisely what they are (and are not) permitted to do. Any limitation or restriction must be subject to the review of the courts,” she added.

“We call upon the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a civilian, non- partisan, independent response committee that has oversight of the Government’s response; the military and police should not be allowed to simply do whatever they want to combat the pandemic. COVID-19 should not be used as an excuse to impose military control through stealth especially by officials already discredited,” Ms. Sooka commented.


1 http://www.pmdnews.lk/army-commander-shavendra-silva-heads-national-operation-center-for-prevention-of-covid-19-outbreak/

2 https://translations.state.gov/2020/02/14/public-designation-due-to-gross-violations-of-human-rights-of-shavendra-silva-of-sri-lanka- under-section-7031c-of-the-department-of-state-foreign-operations-and-related-programs-appropriations-a/

3 http://documents.gov.lk/files/egz/2020/3/2167-18_E.pdf

4 https://news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/29929-lt-gen-shavendra-silva-dig-ajith-rohana-update-the-public-on-the-current- situation-in-the-country

5 https://www.cpalanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/FINAL-Presidential-Task-Force-on-COVID19-April-2020-copy.pdf

6 Military DG Only for Two Years, 1 Mar 2020, Sunday Times Lanka, https://www.pressreader.com/sri-lanka/sunday-times-sri- lanka/20200301/281539407998376

7 Jayasundera Interrogated On Hedging Deal, 31 Mar 2015, https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/jayasundera-interrogated-on-hedging- deal/
Also: https://whistleblower.org/in-the-news/sunday-times-sri-lanka-gap-report-pbj-returns-despite-orchestration-unlawful/

8 http://www.caa.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=141&Itemid=591&lang=en

9 The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) raided Manning Market in Pettah which sells wholesale vegetables. It found vendors were selling at inflated prices; vendors said they had additional costs. CAA Chair Major General Shantha Dissanayake threatened vendors saying that he would seal the shops if they didn’t sell at the price set by the CAA. Consumer Affairs Authority Chairman Major General Shantha Dissanayake can be seen threatening a vendor: “I will pulverise your ears if you sell goods at a higher price” 0’26”. https://www.facebook.com/ruvibennettmusic/videos/2663054907251432/

10 https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/charge-gota-says-nambuwasam-coi-on-welikada-massacre/

Also Sirasa says quoting the three-member committee report: “Prisons commissioner general P.W Kodippili, Prisons intelligence unit jailor Indika Sampath, DIG Anura Senanayake, Brigadier Shantha Dissanayake and magazine (Welikada) Prison chief Emil Ranjan had neglected their duty.https://web.archive.org/web/20190819143811/https://www.newsfirst.lk/sinhala/2017/11/09/27- %E0%B6%AF%E0%B7%99%E0%B6%B1%E0%B7%99%E0%B6%9A%E0%B7%94%E0%B6%A7-%E0%B6%B8%E0%B6%BB%E0%B7%94-%E0%B6%9A%E0%B7%90%E0%B6%B3%E0%B7%80%E0%B7%96- %E0%B7%80%E0%B7%90%E0%B6%BD%E0%B7%92%E0%B6%9A%E0%B6%A9/
And: CID told Colombo additional magistrate Priyantha Liyanage on July 31:

“On the day of the incident, a statement was recorded from the Brigadier at the time and presently Major General Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Shantha Dissanayake who was the commander in charge of the 14th division that first went to provide security to the Welikada prison on 9/11/2012…”http://www.dinamina.lk/2018/08/01/%E0%B6%B4%E0%B7%94%E0%B7%80%E0%B6%AD%E0%B7%8A/57829/%E0%B7%80%E0%B7%90%E0%B6%BD%E0%B7%92%E0%B 6%9A%E0%B6%A9-%E0%B6%9D%E0%B7%8F%E0%B6%AD%E0%B6%B1%E0%B6%BA%E0%B7%9A-%E0%B6%89%E0%B6%AD%E0%B7%92%E0%B6%BB%E0%B7%92- %E0%B7%83%E0%B7%90%E0%B6%9A%E0%B6%9A%E0%B6%BB%E0%B7%94%E0%B7%80%E0%B6%B1%E0%B7%8A- %E0%B6%85%E0%B6%AD%E0%B7%8A%E0%B6%85%E0%B6%A9%E0%B6%82%E0%B6%9C%E0%B7%94%E0%B7%80%E0%B6%A7-%E0%B6%9C%E0%B7%90%E0%B6%B1%E0%B7%93%E0%B6%B8- %E0%B6%AF%E0%B7%94%E0%B6%BB%E0%B6%9A%E0%B6%AE%E0%B6%B1-%E0%B7%80%E0%B7%8F%E0%B6%BB%E0%B7%8A%E0%B6%AD%E0%B7%8F- %E0%B6%85%E0%B6%B1%E0%B7%94%E0%B7%80?page=21
Clearly it is the same man:

“Brigadier Shantha Dissanayake says that breaking the siege on the Jaffna Fort was to the success of Thrivida Balaya. In fact, the SLA couldn’t have planned a ground offensive to regain Jaffna at that time without consolidating its positions at the Jaffna Fort, he said. Dissanayake is now in command of 14 Division deployed in the Districts of Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Galle and Matara”. http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=83040

In 2014 he was the NGO Secretariat director general: July 10, media reported concerns from NGO Secretariat director general D.M.S. Dissanayake that nonprofit organizations registered under the Companies Act were “acting out the role of NGOs” and would be required to register with the NGO Secretariat. https://www.refworld.org/docid/559bd53a12.html

11 https://www.president.gov.lk/covid-19-fund-increases-further/

12 http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2020/02/20/court-rejects-amended-indictments-on-avant-garde-case/ http://www.adaderana.lk/news/60275/five-accused-in-avant-garde-case-released-senadhipathi-granted-bail

13 https://theleader.lk/news/2361-request-for-civil-authority-to-deal-with-coronary-disaster (Sinhala)

14 ෛවරසය එ’ෙ’ ජා+ය බලාෙගන ෙනාවන වග ජා+වා0 1චාරකය’ට 56ප8 9:ම< !, 5 Apr 2020, https://www.theleader.lk/news/2578-the-virus-comes-as-a-reminder-to-racist-propagandists-that-the-nation-is-not-watching

15 http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Strict-action-against-those-criticise-state-officials-on-social-media/108-186028

Translation of Sinhala statement: “It is reported that videos and other material are made public in the internet that criticize those duties, highlight minor shortcomings of those officers, obstructing their duties immensely, reprimanding them and containing false or malicious statements. The acting IGP has instructed the deputy inspector general of the Criminal Investigation Department and officers in charge of every police station throughout the island to enact the law very strictly against such persons, arrest them and take further legal action by producing them in court.”

16 https://twitter.com/saliyapieris/status/1245299875110989824

17 Tamil Media Alliance (TMA), Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA), Free Media Movement (FMM), Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum (SLMMF), Federation of Media Employees Trade Union (FMETU), Internet Media Action (IMA), Young Journalists Association (YJA).“

“The wide distribution of accurate and true information should be encouraged as the awareness raised among the public makes taking steps against the epidemic, easy. Therefore, every party fighting against the disaster should choose the alternative of making accurate and true information public. Whereas, dealing with punishments could make those who provide accurate information inactive. While appreciating the service provided by public officials, we highlight that if any is mistake is committed, fair criticism is a right.”

17 https://www.cpalanka.org/regarding-notice-issued-by-the-police-media-division/

 

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  • 38
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    It is lapse of the ICC not dragging these war criminals to Hague. We sinhalese kept quiet. Today the.same band is trying kill us all by starvation to get get the name that they.prevented spread of Corona. Unfortunately WHO chief has congratulated without knowing the ground situation. Racist Shavendra who tried to make sexual assault on a minsyers daughter and left untouched is heading the taskforce. How many girls are at risk we fo not know

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      How come that ITJP dosen’t mention that the alleged war criminal is a US citizen and his brother, Basil who is running the Covid 19 panicdemic is also a US citizen?

      Also, that they are following order of the corrupt politician Tedros Adhanom Greybuss of the World Health Organization (WHO) who called Gota and Modi to congratulate him for the brutal curfews in Sri Lanka?
      WHO and UN which are following the CIA funded Johns Hopkins University fake Covid 19 data models should be held accountable. WHO should be shut down too

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        Yeah, ITRP is the International half-truth and reconciliation project!
        The USAID Covid hospital at VOA base in Chilaw is to set up a total surveillance system in Sri Lanka of all data platforms to implement the American war on China in the Indian Ocean.
        Also, Lanka is in lock down now to stop protests outside the US and Saudi embassies for their staging of Last Easter Sunday ISIS attacks in Sri Lanka to destroy the economy like the Fake corona epidemic is doing now – and bring in surveillance and infrastructure for the US military bases in strategic Lanka to fight China.

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        Today Newyorker attack their president not to have done the due much earlier. The very same can be applicable to our president and his most criminal brother mahinda.what they have been doing today, should have long been doing … then we could have achieved the containment of the virus. The largest advantage we have as island nation is we have no main airport other than BIA, that could well have been used to containment of the virus, if the state closed down the airport for any arrivals as of early March. Vietnam did it and yet today, that 100-million nation has not claimed a single death as COVID-19. So is the case with Nepal even if they are far poor than us the srilankens.

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          Mr. Babalata thothtu,
          /
          So go and live in Vietnam or Nepal.
          We do it the way we want.
          If you don’t like it… get lost.
          Then it’s one rat to worry about.

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            SC Paqual,an most known king BP,

            Please the name of god, be serious… I dont mind you ve stupid and an asskisser of Rajapakshes.. . but I warn you.. ahead of us is really dangerous.
            .
            Like or not, believe or not, bottom line is to protect the nation from being caught by the virus.For that purpose only majority of the people elected the brother duo… right ?
            :
            Have Raja BPs done their job to be satisfactory sofar ? Simple answer is no.

            Would the result be not similar to that of VIETNAM or NEPAL if they closed down the BIA as of the beginning of the March for the arrivals ?. Besides, vietnam is not that developed except their capital -. their population is 5 times more than that of srilanka today (100 mio).

            If they controlled it from being spread as of begining of MARCH, people regardless of their political differences, would surely hahve to welcome GOTLER as the leader for the nation.
            but today ? Today, his situation is no differnt to that MODAYA SIIRSENA or not ?

            And everyone has to accept they the ruler just ignored the HUGE danger before srilanken nation.

            If you would have a brain the size of a mustard seed, you would agree with me.. besides, we are an island nation, with one single international airport being the main one to enter the country.

            Nevetheless I salute srilanken Tri-forces- and Police. They have been doing a good job but GOVERNMENT ?
            .
            There are lot more hidden among the infected ( that could go upto 40 000 )that could spread the VIRUS to all the corners of the country. That will be seen in next two weeks. The wave would last even going beyond – 2004’s tsunami.
            :
            Why the BP DUO took that long to summon UNI dons for their valuable instructions ?:

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              babalath appu

              Can’t you see how stupid you are? You are always wrong. You bring only humour here.

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            May god bless to srilanka – allow some support Pasqual or the like to edcuate themselves.
            :
            Else the danger before the nation would be beyond all estimations.

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      Author Colombo Telegraph and Ms. Yasmin Sooka,

      “Sri Lanka has an alleged war criminal heading its COVID-19 response, who served in the same army regiment as the President, raising questions about transparency, accountability and oversight,” said the ITJP’s Executive Director, Yasmin Sooka, herself under lockdown.

      The alleged war criminal and the president became war criminals by destroying , the war criminals of LTTE. The LTTE Tamils were induced to become war criminals themselves, because of the discrimination , criminality and killings, ( crimes) and racism of Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhists “, who distorted Buddhism, insulted the Buddha, by transforming Buddhism into Buddha-Agama, Buddha’s Religion. The above statement is evidence-based.

      Now, all the war criminals, criminals, frauds, crooks, politicians, capitalists, socialists, young, old, men , women , monks, Priests, Ulama, Rabbis , black , white, brown and yellow have all to face the China originated, Wuhan-China-19, renamed COVID-19 virus. Did God let loose the virus to punish them all for the excesses, or is it natural evolution?

      Their lies are exposed , their BLUFFS and claims are exposed, and they all are STUMPED.

      The alleged war criminal and the President, who were caught with their pants down, have a hard time finding the enemy, the COVID-19 virus, abs with the Para-Sinhala Para/“Buddhist “ , racists, have resorted to racism’s agonists the innocent Muslims, accusing them of the virus, when the whole world kKNOWS that it originated from CHINA,

      This is Para-Sinhala Para-Buddhism and it’s racism.

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      Author CT and Ms. Yasmin Sooka,

      A group of European Union (EU) ambassadors met with the Chairman of the Special Task Force on Providing Essential Services, Basil Rajapaksa, yesterday and commended the measures taken by Sri Lanka to manage the COVID-19 situation in the country. A statement issued by the Special Task Force said the ambassadors also discussed the way ahead and future cooperation in health and economic sectors. The ambassadors had thanked the government and other institutions for their assistance in safely sending back the tourists arrived from EU countries. German Ambassador Joern Rohde, Ambassador of the Netherlands Tanja Gonggrijp, French Ambassador Eric Lavertu, Italian Ambassador Rita Mannella, Romanian Ambassador Victor Chiujdea, Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock, Norwegian Ambassador Trine Joranil Eskedal and EU Ambassador in Sri Lanka Denis Chaibi took part in the meeting.

      Looks like the Chinese, the Americans, the Europeans and many others were caught with their pants down, by the China Wuhan 19, CIVID-19 virus, but the Sri Lankan’s were somewhat quick to pull up their pants, but the virus can still see them, because the pants are not fully up.

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      Mr. Dilshan,
      /
      This article at daily mirror for idiots like you..
      http://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/The-WHO-Civil-Society-and-the-parameters-of-sanity/172-186372

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        What you expect Malinda boot licker racist. Anything other praises for his boss.when he worked in Rivira

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      Gota regime is trying to use the military to shut out the election commission and hold the election using violent means. This must be defeated. Inform all foreign embassies. Such a loathsome president who has an insatiable thirst for human lives.

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    what load of bullshit

  • 21
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    Militarisation and surveillance in the pretext of fighting covid19 and ‘counterterrorism’ measures – what a surprise!
    Police state anyone?

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    Zimbabwe’s Mugabe style tyranny is in making. Gotabaya, aka alleged high criminal became the leader of the nation, misleading the masses.
    :
    The smigeon of danger is not known to the vulnerable in the country. They the Rajakshes fish on muddy waters.
    :
    Yesterday, University dons FINALLY spoke their heart out and acknowledged that GMOA to be replaced not asking the UNIVERSITY experts about the COVID-19 related issues were an act of fooling president and pm. GMOA does not consist of the experts but just medical doctors, that work for RAJAPAKSHE outfit…. GMOA let people died in this country during the last 5 years.
    :
    President and PM are both FAR uneducated compared to any other leaders that led the country so far.
    That was the reason them to let THE CHINESE men to mislead them and become NUMBER chinese debt trap country in the world. Even today, their MONEY management is not properly being handley. There is a saying in sinhala vernacular, nariyata kukul kotuwa bara dhunnawage… mean, a fox is appointed as the guard for the poultry farm house… they have let ONE TIME HIGHLY abusive fund abuser, their brother BASIL be the lead of the FUND distribution. Here they never considered him being an american national …. they Rajapkshe dont focus on anything but their family.
    .
    Why do they mislead the nation this way ? Are SRILANKENS in general that stupid ?

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      boldAre the srilankens in general that stupid-

      a very good question Buramphisincho

      Let me elaborate as to why I think that they theh majority of majoratarians are beyond all lower profiles.
      They are so naive and let any misled them. Did those 69 lacks of people (6.9 mio out of 15 mio of voter eligible) had the smigeon of thoughts about the country and the future of this nation, but they just danced to the tunes of the abusive DERANA and HIRU TV channels.
      :
      Hiru TV if they telecast anything as headlines, that is not accurate.

      In fact, while entire world was reporting that british premier #s situation is stablized day before yestreday, but Ballige putha Reno led HIRU TV was further telecasting – that his health is SERIOUS… and in intensive care…. (ඔහුගේ තත්වය බරපතල හා මාරාන්තිකයි) I wish the british would ask this BALLIGE puthas to pay a compensation so that the MEDIA institution go bankrupt forever.

      It is very sad to see, that there is no such MEDIA ETHICS RELATED BODY (as a central organization) to filter truths from untruths when they are set in to air in srilanka.

      God bless srilanka, but hope they will punish TV HIRU and DERANA sooner than later.

  • 27
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    SL managed the crisis very well thanks to the military.

    Tamil Madu has 751 cases already. Modelling shows it will reach 16.5 million by July. SL has only 191. Even if you adjust for population SL is still better.

    Give credit where credit is due.

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      Don’t be so dumb and ignorant by making foolish comparisons. The deployment of military on matters that is civilian is the preserve of the Central government and does not fall within the powers of the state. As regards active Covid cases, India’s is just over 4 cases per million, less than half of that of Sri Lanka which stands just below 9. So, going by your logic, who carries the can for such a high infection rate in SL for this, wise man?

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        In comparison to India, Sri lanka has lot of MEAT -EATERS. Availability of animal specific amino acids in blood would be accelerating COvid-19 proliferation

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          What, a lot of meat eaters in SL? I thought SL is a Sinhala Buddhist country, even lobbying against the slaughter of cows & bulls. I suppose its OK with other animals. There maybe more vegetarians & vegans in UK where I live than in SL, relatively.

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    Yasmin Sooka has no credibility as an objective HR campaigner. She looks at ethnic issues as a petty, prejudiced and[edited out]./
    CT should be above this kind of smelly crap coming from a smelly being.

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      I miss LTTE. Instea of bashing everybody, we could have enjoyed LTTE getting beaten up. Army commander is a good buddhist. He says, when he saw that 600 or or so LTTE brigadiers in one file, just before the end of the war, Ah ha, that is also an April 2009, he felt the temporariness of life.

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        ………..one pile…….

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    Uber charging Rs.6000 for a drop of 20.km
    Everyone is ripping the people off

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    I am worried about Covid 19.

    Soma

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      @soma at Covid or to die ?😂😂😂😂😂

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      soma

      “I am worried about Covid 19.”

      Why?
      Instead you should be worrying about Rana-virus, single handed generals, Gota the hangman, man with van, fascists, ……………..

      I suggest you stop running away from yourself.

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        I don’t mind if the recovery programme is run by USA military, Russian military or the Sri Lankan military.

        Soma

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          soma

          “I am worried about Covid 19.”

          Why?

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      soma,

      Prostrate to the Sun naked instead of to the monks. You will get plenty of Vit D and it helps to improve your immune system.

      Tell all the imbeciles.

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        You are right, Amarasi aiya. The only object worthy of worship is the Sun.

        Soma

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        Lol

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    Reality
    Sri lankans are good dreamers.
    Be prepared to the worse .
    If this same situation goes on for another 3 months.
    We are finished, all the companies will have to declare bankrupt, including banks .
    And the government may not have much choice but to continue with military rule until such time a vaccine is found.
    So be prepared for the worst and if it does happen we can bear it and most probably it may never happen let us hope for best.

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    ITJP & Yasmin Sooka can go to hell and beyond. Who cares.
    /
    We have a democratically elected president.
    The country has given him the “power to govern” as he sees fit.

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      Pasqual,
      BP, you would never see it right.
      Please go and dive in the ASUCHI pits of Rajaakshes.
      They are high criminals. and they abused it and misled the vulnerable in order to get back to power and ruin this nation.
      Now you guys would nt see, but more will see it in the days to come.
      :
      Bp Rjaakshes are born fools, they would not rely on EXPERTs bu ttheir bath baelayos… if that would be their strategy to heal this nation also in this CRISIS…. the consequence will be dangerous.

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        Mr. Sensitive SLANKEN,
        /
        I have stopped correcting idiots like you some time ago.
        /
        First….
        A person is not a “high criminal” just because a idiot like you calling him so.
        Second…
        You idiots were waiting for that “days to come” before presidential election….. and after presidential election.
        I guarantee that you idiots are going to wait forever for that “days to come”.
        Third….
        If Rjaakshes are born fools… you got kicked in your ass so many times by them…. what are you.

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        Before 2009, ‘Koti’ Diaspora and LTTE had a Superiority Complex because there were some guys who were saying that LTTE cannot be defeated militarily.
        After the Sri Lankan Armed Forces under the leadership of Rajapakshes defeated LTTE militarily in 2009, their Superiority Complex got dissolved in Nandikadal lagoon and now they suffer from Inferiority Complex. That is very well reflected in the comments they make in this forum.

        ‘Rajapakse Bellige Puthas’

        ‘Gon Gotabhaya’

        ‘Uneducated Rajapakses’

        ‘Rajapakse Horu’

        ‘Rajapakse criminals’

        ‘Please go and dive in the ASUCHI pits of Rajaakshes.’

        ‘Bp Rjaakshes are born fools’

        ‘Instead you should be worrying about Rana-virus, single handed generals, Gota the hangman, man with van, fascists, ……………..’

        ‘This is Para-Sinhala Para-Buddhism and it’s racism.’

        ‘The alleged war criminal and the president became war criminals by destroying , the war criminals of LTTE. The LTTE Tamils were induced to become war criminals themselves, because of the discrimination , criminality and killings, ( crimes) and racism of Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhists “, who distorted Buddhism, insulted the Buddha, by transforming Buddhism into Buddha-Agama, Buddha’s Religion.’

        ‘and your tongue is the toilet roll for his brother Medamulana Musalaya!’

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          Eagle shit,
          you stupid as…le, you never read how the others respond to your stupid comments. I have reminded you at least 5-6 times, the LTTE was defeated by military and intelligent support form India, USA, China, Russia, Pakistan etc, not by your rapist, thuggish war criminals. If not for the Italian mafiosa lady who happened to be wife of Rajiv your military would be still licking the wounds. Go and lick the back of the war criminals for your racist appetite.

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            Mr. Velu Rasiah,
            /
            For once you are correct.
            /
            India, USA, China, Russia, Pakistan and almost all other countries helped us to defeat idiotic Tamil separatists.
            Even UN got out of war zone.
            Wonder why everyone is turning their back on you…?

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              Pasqual,
              It was because the mafiosa lady convinced the others that she has to put the tigers in the cage otherwise their success will lead to the disintegration of S-India. This was not the real reason instead she wanted the Prabaharan dead or live, that is it. Separation was ok for Indira Ghandi and to limited extent Rajiv, why this mafiosa lady turned against LTTE is 100% revenge. If you dont get it, go and read the 1980-1990’s India’s involvement in SL, that is it…Ok.

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              S. C. Pasqual

              “If Rjaakshes are born fools… you got kicked in your ass so many times by them…. what are you.”

              Do you think psychopaths are or aren’t fools?
              The clan as a whole are crooks.
              The question who is complete fools, the clan or the people. .
              If the people/voters are clever they would not have voted for crooks, war criminals, ….. In comparative terms, the people/voters are stupider than the clan.

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                U are Spot on :)

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      S.C. Shitqual – …. and your tongue is the toilet roll for his brother Medamulana Musalaya!

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        Yes Sir,
        :
        COVID 19 AKA SARS COV2 is much milder than MMV 19 (Madamulana musalaya virus).
        .
        MMV 19 is decorated by PINGUTHARAYA WRAPPED around by SIVURU.
        I have no respect to lanken kind of PINGUTHARAYAS for some time now and fully stopped offering them alms. They should rather be offered with pistols and self-immolation kits to set free the vulnerable people from their clutches.
        :
        People in our country should be CLEAR, that PINGUTHARAYAS ARE THE ICING COVER around the jarawa heaps of POHOTTUWA.
        #-
        Pohottuwa men are known to be rapists, high criminals, murderers, chain draggers, and the kind of ballige puthas by birth. Their Genetics are 100% related to Rajapakshe genetics.

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        Meer .
        How were the eggs ?
        Good ?

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      WE HAVE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED PRESIDENT ?.

      My foot – democratically or by having misled the PUNNKU drinkers ?
      .
      Alone at Kelaniya Maha Viharaya incident on Nagaya to have wondered that PINGUTHARAYA with relics was the biggest lie misleading the lacks of worshipers that lined up themselves to go and see those relics.
      It was all because that Mahacharaya BP Punditha.. pingutharaya made a public statement endorsing the SAGA. remember ?
      :
      Actually, the lie,brought them to power. Today, the bugger GOTLER is speechless SINCE he is caught by his abusive BROTHERs… being unable to the least for the nation.
      :
      If VIetnam with 100 mio of people controlled their nation from being caught by COVID 19, why our ballige puthas failed … give us the answers.
      Any country which ISLAND, incl. UK have the advantage not having gotten more infected into the country.
      But our BROTHER duo ballige puthas and their ignorance totally… created the mess.
      Until yesterday they di dnot listen to EXPERTs but GMOA – which is the virulent outfit but supporters of Rajapakshe modayas.

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      S. C. Pasqual

      “ITJP & Yasmin Sooka can go to hell and beyond. Who cares.”

      No one who been to hell never came back and reported the condition in which those dead men and women are kept. Perhaps it is a heaven. In your case you will never be forced to leave, you won’t see another hell other than Sri Lanka.

      “We have a democratically elected president.”

      It is even better you can’t run away from yourself.
      You are trapped in your own body, mind, habitat and hatred, don’t even think about liberating yourself. You will have to marry Gota in your next life. It is going to be lot of fun.

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      You should be an iDIOT Pasqual.
      .
      What srilanka is doing today – they should have been doing earlier. As to the manner, Vietnam and Nepal and the like minded countries DID. but ballige puthas focused something else, … that is to achieve their 2/3 mandate over the dead bodies of you guys.
      :
      I am not living in the country, but I noticed, ballige putha led govt did nothing at the begining. Not even as of 9th March… I left country for Europe on the 4th March, even to tha ttime, no proper controls were there. For some reasons, both brother bastards let it go. I believe it was lack of proper knowledge.
      Had Mr Ranil W or CBK had been there, they would take timely actions, without GOING to show media displays as is the case today. Whoever whatever being said and done, if former GOVT did not appoint ELECTION commission and other independent commission, you guys would HAVE now been DEAD on the street, since BALLIGE putha duo would not care the least ofr the nation but to their pockets.

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    Ring a ring a roses , pocket full of poses .
    Hush ha hush ha.
    We all going to die
    😁😂🤣🤣 Soma be aware boo woo took
    Corvid is on ypur door nob

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    Don’t worry boys. Sri Lanka will find a Vaccine sooooon. They are the sharpest minds in the world when it comes to modern inventions. Quite unlike the ancient kings the modern day self proclaimed Sri Lankan scientists on social media will rescue the world from this Corona menace.

    According to Social media posts from SL, countrymen designed a ventillator that could accomodate up to six individuals breathing at once. Some Sri Lankan is supposed to have developed ICU beds in ‘no time”. So, a vaccine coming out of SL is imminent. It is only a few weeks away apparently.

    Calm down folks. SL geniuses are going to save us time around.

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      With respect to New York statistics, Hispanics have the highest infection rate (~23%), blacks (19%), Whites (12%). Asians (8.5%).
      It looks Covid-19 was in storage for some time. both USA and UK in advance got ready even for testing. but the Tests did not work at the wanted time. Now they say even the 5000 in the ship is still not tested. Sri lanka has at least some old PCR machines. They run it full time.
      We do not import anything. We do not export anything. Yet american rating agencies downgraded the sri Lankan Banks. now they have made Sri lanka rupee exchange rate 200 per dollar. Now Mangala’s gang say take that Rs 480,000 grant.
      Who knows we may sell everything for a dollar as Sri lanka cannot handle it.

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      If COVid-19 is SARS-2-something, we have vaccines against SRRS. So, it would decelerate the virus proliferation in the body and the symptoms will be mild. only thing is there are more than one strain. But, some thing went really wrong and it went all over the world. That is also not random.
      What went wrong ? Some thing is going on.

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      Shemale,
      .
      Yours prove your stupidity. You know the definition of a vaccine ?
      :
      Bps, get it right, clinical trials in general take 3-5 years until a VACCINE is being brought to the market. Only French and German companies are leading with their phases of the trials. Our hungry srilankens would oversetimate their profiles… but the days to come will show, how many more will be caught by the virus.
      Rajaakshe Ballige puthas, played it down.. ignoreed the danger of the virus, not having controlled all the plane loads as of 4th March.
      wE HAVE proved it on CT not once several times sofar.
      So the naumber being reported by GOVT today are innacurate.
      :
      If FINDING a vaccine would have been easy as you and your buggers down there would hope, then it should be a WONDER… anyways, soothsayers of your nature, cant know it…
      Get well shemale. go to your asylum camp in TORONTO or your cage.
      :
      God bless SRILANKA.

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        Stupid rarity Thoughts. When there vaccines already available for SARS and MARS both of which are corona virus, why it should take 3-5 years.
        Besides, experts say it would be 18 months.
        Only problem is there are different strains in different countries. Conspiracy Theorists trace origin of all those strains to USA which has been the source to it’s own people. Because of strain differences, the fatality rates in different countries are different. Sri Lanka, at least for NGO bickerings had about 100,000 chinese. Yet Sri lanka is doing fairly well and only one suspected chinese woman was under observation. It is the stupid sri lankans came from Italy and muslims running around mosques in other countries that make it a mess.
        So, something is going on.
        Don’t let any one come to Sri lanka, even diplomatic parcels or diplomats. Treat those as LTTE work.

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          JD,

          let s concentrate on the essense of the message since I dont want to be stupid person as you guys are.
          .
          For the information of the goodies, I have added it below.
          .
          What i meant is the total – clinical trials in general would tak 3 years or longer ofcourse depending on the outcome of the Phase 1 and Phase 2.
          Yes, the light at the end of the tunnel is there, regarding few of them now are in the pipeline. But it will take another few more months, than we expect it to happen.
          Germans and French trials are leading next to US and Chinese trials.
          Also those drugs such as HYDROXYCLOROQUNINE and Remdisivir would be tested for the indication since they are well known to the people. Former is already used also for athritis patients – and the hope is there, but wait and see, I think, in worst case scenario, they will shorten the processes and start introducing to use for the patients in ALL-OR-NOT situation. That can further be equivalent to a trial, for the future.
          Get well you the kind of idiots, that donot seem to respect the facts .. I am an experienced CLINICAL researcher.. who though work for trials based on heart patients.

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      Sri Lankan my foot. War criminals and robbers have chased from this country. They are doing great in western countries

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      If the masses are gullible like the Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera, dream on. After all, a pundit, who I believe to be an aurvedic doctor among a panel of ‘experts’ including the President of the GMOA, in a recent TV discussion I happen to see, advised people to drink kothamalli at the first sign of cough or flu symptoms, which I thought was contradictory to the advise given that hospital care should be sought instead of home remedies as the symptoms are the same for the virus. Anyway, indigenous doctors apparently have faith in kothamalli since the days of our ancestors & a vaccine from SL will be able to offset our international debt at a stroke by flogging it to the world but a envious countries would insist on clinical trials first.

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        Don’t you realize that this guy plus all the politicians are “koththamalli idiots”. Just look at the Prezy he is a mixture of koththamali and amu inguru mixed with cow shit. Look at his brother full of koththamalli mixed with Aralu and papadahang. What do you think of Weerawansa who had a dead body in his house take a deep look at his face nothing but totally empty a Gnaja plus Koththamalliya, lets get to Bandula his face is of technicolors the cause you should have guessed by now. Gamanpilla is soaked in Katakumanchal and asphetida smelling of Hydorgen Sulphide all the time. These are our people who want the country to go to the pariah dogs all are kothamalliyas no class and no education

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      Retarded

      How come Sri Lanka has not found a Vaccine to stop the Country going Bankrupt. Hotels are shut, Exports have stopped , Workers are laid off. No one will lend any money except America giving 1.3 Dollar which is an insult. Hunger , Famine and in the end Canibalism are looming. Sinkalam eating Sinkalam.

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      Hello Shamal,
      Good the six people ventilator will lead to the death of six patients dying in no time, dont worry boys. What kind of ICU beds? with mats and sheets of cement floor? What kind of vaccine? just tell me what kind of vaccine or pill your geniuses have invented/produced for any illness? If not for the malaria pills given to you in the begging bowls, you will have people still dying of malaria, not covid-19. May be they will come out and tell kasippu is a good medicine, when give intravenously. This is what you meant as the vaccine for covid-19?

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      Retarded Shemale idiot, no intelligent life form ever joins the military. If they join the forces, they become Air Force Officers or Naval Officers where they can use intelligence. What is a school drop out like you giving advise on C-19? You are not even fit to give a recipe on how to make roti, now you are giving advise on this pandemic, idiot!!

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    This article must be written by corrupt NGOs in Sri Lanka. Otherwise, Yasmin sooka does not get this many Sri Lankan newspapers and govt documents to read. anyway, these NGOs are very good at promoting Racism, Hatred and Revenge among ethnic groups.
    I read, former Yugoslovian Republics – Serbia and Kosova – are hating each other really bad and out side countries had to request Serbia to help Kosovo to get rid of COvid-19.
    So, Sri lankan muslims and Tamils need to think really well. That is why even Hindians like to relocate to Sri lanka.

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    Snake eating and corrupted China has bribed WHO big man to exclude Taiwan from the Organization ———-
    ——-China’s actual death rate from COVID-19 is above 3 times the reported stats——

    ———-Yet, Tedros congratulated Snake eating China despite the fact that China should be fully accountable to death and destruction caused by China Virus world wide—-

    ——–Same Tedros congratulated BP Rajapukse for controlling COVID-19 — What a big lie—

    ———–At least around 200 die DAILY in the militarized island from CORONA, but WAR CRIMINALS that run the country are hiding the truth—-

    God Bless Chinese Colony—-

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      Maharage: Is your initials B. P. Anyway, you people’s investigations are that weak can not find it.
      There is a big conspiracy. The whole world is against you people, even viruses.
      Paw da NGOs and their funding agency.

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    The President’s secretary, P. B. Jayasundera, alleged the reason for appointing a military officer was to curb corruption. This is a record available to SL Citizens:
    Wasantha Karannagoda Com. Navy during the war. Missing youth in 2008 – 2009.°° below
    Kapila Hendawitharana, ex.Chief of National Intelligence. re a Jaffna-based satellite TV Group.
    Jagath Jayasuriya, ex- Army (Vanni) Commander re. disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda.
    Donald Perera, ex-Air Force Commander/Chief of Defence Staff re the 2006 MiG deal.
    Roshan Goonetillake ex.Air force Commander. Questioned by the FCID regarding the MiG deal.
    Daya Ratnayake ex. Army Commander re Serious Acts of Fraud in EP and Corruption about the removal of scrap iron from the Kankesanturai Cement factory.
    Jayanath Colombage . ex Commander of the Navy charged over the Avant Guard case.
    Somatilleke Dissanayake ex Commander of the Navy charged over the Avant Guard case.
    Jayantha Perera ex. Commander of the Navy charged over the Avant Guard case.
    Police DIG K. L. M. Sarathchandra arrested for the misappropriation of a vehicle.
    Police DIG Anura Senanayake – remand for allegedly covering up Thajudeen’s alleged murder.
    Major Gen. (Rtd) Mahinda Hathurusinghe:re Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption re the removal of scrap iron from the Kankesanturai Cement factory.
    Major Gen. (Rtd) Udaya Perera & Director Operations of the Army re Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption about the removal of scrap iron from the Kankesanturai Cement factory.
    Navy Commodore D.K.P.Dassanayake. re Missing youth 2008-09
    Directors of Military Intelligence Amal Karunasekera and Major Gen. Suresh Sallay. Questioned. Three Navy officers were arrested and tried for the assassination of parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj but all of them were acquitted.
    F.M. Sarath Fonseka – and ex-DS Gotabaya Rajapakse are also liked to the Forces.
    Former EC Dayananda D (and wife) are no better than late Ekneligoda – does anybody care?

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    Basil is bringing expired fish and Buddhist are voting for Gots. Starvation in millions, trying to start a race war to distract the problem.
    This could lead to civil war, with China virus , mad max scenario with
    Gots running the show.
    Murderer out, drug lords out, another banana republic.
    Now cremation of Muslims are being celebrated, next scientist will see cremation disperses the virus more than burials, then what???
    As virus is a dead entity, already.
    Can it be in the smoke?

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    Our National Leaders are a disgrace. When the world stopped flights coming in from China, the much educated politicians of our land, let them roam freely, and welcomed and hugged them. We should stopped the slant eyed, dragons from putting us in this position.

    Even this afternoon in Bambalapitiya, there Chinese walking on marine drive without a care in the world. Police don’t dare stop them.

    For those of you who think, God will save us, please note Gods left our lands a long time ago.

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      Oma Yang.
      Yours is a racist comment.
      You call the Chinese slant eyed dragons? What a disgusting way to describe people of different nationalities!
      Name one country which has sidelined Chinese nationals due to Coronavirus?
      People are free to walk outside during non-curfew hours, whether they are Sri Lankans or foreigners. Your suggestion that police should discriminate against people based on the “shape of their eyes” is insane.
      As I said many times before, no one knows exactly who the zero COVID-19 patient is.
      The first Chinese national who showed symptoms may not necessarily be the zero patient. According to the latest research, Coronavirus carriers without symptoms can be the unwitting virus spreaders. Therefore, the zero patient could be someone with “big blue eyes” who was asymptomatic.

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      OMA YANG:
      Sri lanka got Covid-19 from Sri lankans returning from Italy ( I think one died) and from Muslims roaming around in meat eating countries, Not at a;; from China or chinese. That is called the second wave.

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        JD
        The Muslim part of the story is utterly flawed.
        It is easier to be rid of the virus but not racist hatred.

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      Oma Yang, God has not left as his faithful are here, but he is obstructed as all our leaders take their turn to run to Hindi to embrace a statue against their bare chests and covered by a mantle. What magic did that do, but we wait for the day when all will bow the knee to the real God who made this universe and continues to rule it.

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    Let Mahinda dynasty and its supporters get a 10% commission from the money they are receiving from the EU and the US . That is why they are keeping their men in the war against COVID19. They are using COVID19 fro the PPP political propaganda, President is not respecting the constituion just like Sirisena

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    In the recent past , racist Monks publicly stated on many occasions that this
    democracy does not suit us ! Rajapakshas got one blessing from there to the
    situation we are discussing today. Other key racist elements played their
    role standing closely behind these Monks to justify the position of the Monks.
    Muslims were the scapegoat for the project led by the power hungry
    Rajapakshas who were acting like deaf , dumb and blind to the unfolding
    scenarios ! Ranil was just playing to the same tune with a different face
    that is now getting clearer and clearer . They all knew very well that vast
    majority of Srilankans , regardless of party politics are racism driven at all
    elections . First thing , racism and national interest only after that ! At the
    end , slowly , slowly and steadily racism rooted very easily deep into the
    ground with a call for a tougher leadership . Here we stand now with the
    result ! I saw this coming long ago . Very long ago , personal experience !

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      Careful.let it go .let by homes be by gones
      Not a single evidence were proved and only to find out it was Ranil and Malik who were the real culprits and crooks

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        Sorry not homes bygones

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        As always, you are spot on Mr Fahim.
        :
        Here BPs wo0uld not respect fact but hearsays only.

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    para demalas and para unpers trying to sling mud on the best work that has been done in any country

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    One Journalist say only a partial dictatorship can save Sri Lanka from the mess that it is in. Democracy does not work. Neo liberalism can not provide even enough face masks to the world. They have to beg from every where in the world.

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      @JD
      Go get yourself a life .
      A mentally handicapped 13 year old has been raped by a pradeshiya saba guy.these things happen more often whenever there is emergency and curfew declared .

      Curfew must be lifted and emergency cancelled.

      No females are safe anymore .
      What is the use talking about punishment after the damage.

      People will revolt do not underestimate our people when it comes to their children.

      This is not war time or 70s or 90s .People have changed

      People are angry with the government I must be honest .for freely releasing criminals from jail.

      Gov.have to remove curfew and must end emergency or give the people legal right to arm and protect their families.

      Let the government decide.

      Please end the ban on cigs and alcohol and allow the small grocies to open and do all the deliveries by themselves most of them have some sort of vehicle

      .People can you speak up , Please?

      Have you got pittu in your mouths?

      stop being abiling mama and critizing the gov in every junction and speak up , it does not mean you do not appreciate what the gov is doing.

      apprecicitae all that deserves to be appreciated , but voice your dissatisfaction and fears . Openly

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    Let me copy a few lines from the article that Sarath de Alwis has written to this Web:
    “I did not vote for this president. That said, since a majority decided to pluck lemon, in this season I am reconciled to drink lemonade. In this hour of existential crisis, we must not blur the thin line between solidarity and stupidity.”
    What do Yasmin Sooka and her supporters do at this? Isn’t she plain stupid to write an article of this nature at this hour?

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    All Sri Lankans (irrespective of the religion or ethnicity) should be very grateful to the Government for handling the pandemic better than most countries. All countries deploy military resources. This article is attempts to misrepresent what is happening in Sri Lanka with a spin to discredit security forces. The concerns that some members of the community have on the manner LTTE was defeated, can be taken up once the threat of COVID-19 is removed.
    Right now the security forces should be supported to defeat the unseen enemy that is blind to ethnicity or religions.
    In my opinion, the pandemic demonstrates the meaninglessness all religions!!
    The omniscient and omnipotent God is utterly helpless.
    Similarly, the Karma seems to apply adversely to everybody regardless of different types of Karma.
    In the future, people will conclude that the only valid religion is Science
    This is explosive stuff but intellectually one has to be honest.

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    Covid-19 was originated in Wuhun Province by the Chinese rulers not by accident , but, well -planed with the view to disintegrate and reduce the power of United States being the super power of the world. China has however , achieved its target as the death toll in U.S.A now exceeded 20,000 and expected to rise over 100,000 within 6 to 12 months, if proper measures aren’t taken to flatten the curve. Thus, is a power struggle between two big powerful countries. Therefor, smaller countries like Srilanka should plan carefully to tide over from this mess.

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      L
      You should use what is between the ears before repeating rubbish generated by vicious sources.
      Do you have any evidence for the claims?
      *
      Who is to blame for the crisis in the US? Not the wrecked state of the public health system?
      What goes on in the US is entirely the making of the US government.

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    If you are a reputed news publisher of genuine public opinion ???????.

    Why are you publishing gutter rubbish of these killers hiding/living in European countries using changed/faulty names ?????????.

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    LTTE-funded Yasmin Sooka has issued another statement for pocket money, which is not worth a comment.
    As I could see, only two military appointments are directly related to prevention of Corona outbreak, i.e. Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as the Chief of the National Covid-19 Prevention Centre and Major General (Retd.) Sumedha Perera as the Co-chair, Presidential Task Force for Poverty Eradication and Livelihood Development.
    Yasmin Sooka, who knows nothing about Sri Lanka should seriously consider growing her own food during lockdown.

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      Champa,
      YShooka doesn’t have to do any gardening that she has never done anyways; her Koolies (slaves) from the LTTE diaspora did it and still do it for her.
      Today, we are in a funny world! The nation’s armed forces that defeated the criminal gang (Tamil Tigers) are called ‘criminals’ whereas the real criminals are hiding among wealthy nations and being covered by wealthy NGOs and their agents like YS. I would like to ask them to collect the same amount of money (e.g. $2 million per month just from Canada) that they had been collecting prior to 2009 and donate it to the Covid-19 fund in their respective countries.
      This is an opportunity for YS et al to reduce the accumulated negative Kamma that they had committed during the LTTE separatist war against the democratically elected government of Sri Lanka. We still remember how this criminal gang of Tamil Tigers killed, mimed, and dismembered village after village with babies, toddlers, innocent farmers, unarmed pregnant mothers, religious observers, and novice monks prior to (the current PM) MR, and his brother (current President GR) took over the power and decimated the gang decisively. We understand why YS is still angry even today!
      Covid-19 is a decisive response given by nature to clean up the double games played by many politicians and world organizations, and warn those hypocritical political leaders and so-called world bodies to act honestly and responsibly. You cannot dictate to the rest of the world when you yourself are not safe; once everybody is safe you are safe too! Its crystal clear message is: in order to do that: ‘Be honest; don’t pretend; don’t lie; act honestly and responsibly’!

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        Hello Raij,
        I quote your statement “We still remember how this criminal gang of Tamil Tigers killed, mimed, and dismembered village after village with babies, toddlers, innocent farmers, unarmed pregnant mothers, religious observers, and novice monks. Your statement is 100% applicable to your thuggish and rapist SL forces, I think you misquoted. Give me the stat of what mentioned above in your statement as Tigers did, but dont include your SL documents, only external observers. The whole world including the UN HRC knows and have documented of exactly what you have written as what your thuggish rapist forces did for the Tamils more than 70 years. Check your facts before write any shit about the freedom fighters (LTTE).

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    thank you.

    hope president will take an example from action taken by Rowland of Ghana in early 80’s.

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    How will the International community look at this article,. We will have to depend on global support unless we are self sufficient in the next few months in every sphere , and need not depend on $. Can we find our own oil / Medicine / flour and sugar in the near future . Are we working towards it. 21 lessons for the 21st century gives a good picture why Globalization is necessary in the next 10 years

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      Renu, International community has better things to worry about.

      Soma

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        somass

        “Renu, International community has better things to worry about.”

        What if International community is the one which insisted on publishing this well researched article?

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    People are very dissapoint with the government.

    They say while they starve , some government connected members are selling cigarettes for Rs.350 each and selling arrack at 6000 and 15 000 and now have raoepped a 13 year old handicapped girl. And are also turning the country into junta State.
    People are upset.

    If they have a election they will.ooae for sure .so no.more election.

    People are afraid to talk because of being arrested on false charges of Breaking curfew and being quarantine. By gestepus .
    We are finished

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    To whom.it may Concern
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    Want to clear a misunderstanding.
    I had calls from.certain friends asking if The Comment author ,Of CT is and the Intellect writer JD are one and the same person, I say this with full responsibility , no .it can never be, to start with the crap English that is used here and to.my .my full.knowledge the original JD has no time for this and right now is fast asleep at his home
    I do.not know what stands for this JD
    Fahim Knight

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      JD stands for Juvenile Delinquent.

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