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The NY Times has dropped Sri Lanka from the best destinations list

By Colombo Telegraph –

Sri Lanka is not within the 45 best destinations to visit in 2012.  The New York Times listed “45 places to go in 2012” destinations including Kerala and Maldives. The list published January 6, 2012 in the New York Times travel section.

It is speculated that The New York Times has dropped Sri Lanka after Christmas Day gang rape and killing incident in President Rajapaksa’s political home base, Tangalle.  The Tangalle incident where one British national was killed and his companion, a Russian  national reportedly brutalized and raped on Christmas Day by provincial supporters of the administration .Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said the companion of the murdered British tourist Kuram Shaikah Zaman was sexually assaulted after the brutal attack on the couple. Russian national Victoria Alexandrovna, 23, is being treated in Karapitiya hospital, Galle at the intensive care unit. “After the attack Victoria was found naked by the time the police arrived to investigate. According to an eye witness she was raped even as she lay bleeding from the head wound” the chairman of the AHRC Basil Fernando told the BBC Sinhala Service. “A government spokesman’s first reaction to the media was to deny the rape. This is the usual pattern of government spokesmen who tried to defend government politicians even when they are involved in serious crimes”. Fernando further told the BBC.

Sri Lanka was among the best destinations to visit in 2012 National Geographic Traveler, by US-based magazine, which has focused on the island’s hill country. Another monthly travel magazine in Britain ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ has nominated Sri Lanka as one of the top five destinations to watch in year 2012. The travel experts of the magazine have predicted that Sri Lanka will be among the hottest new holiday destinations for travellers in the coming year. Unveiling the list of destinations the magazine reveals that, “One of the great joys of travel is the feeling you’ve discovered somewhere special, somewhere that’s all yours, for the first time – before the developers move in and the crowds descend. It could be a new and unexplored region, like the Arctic Circle, or an entire country that has been off-limits to tourists for political reasons, such as Sri Lanka and Burma.” Sri Lanka has been placed third in the list of destinations ahead of Britain, Australia and Abu-Dhabi . Other Asian destinations to watch in 2012 named by Conde Nast Traveller in 2012 includes Vietnam and Burma, which was subject to an unofficial tourist boycott until recently with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest.

Sri Lanka is targeting  2.5 million tourist by the year 2016.

Read; The New York Times listed  “45 places to go in 2012”

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    Does the “Tourist want to die, or get raped, beaten up or tortured? Then Sri Lankana especially the South or Up Country is #1. No such incidents in the North and the East. Even during the LTTE era of 30 years.

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      If American Tourists want to get killed they go to Mexico. There were thousands of tourist rape murders recorded in Mexico but North American touristas still go to Mexico for Vacation. There was a stupid thing happened in Tangalle but it does not means that Sri Lanka is loosing tourists for that. That stupid idiot must be punished to the bone. But this Sena Rathnayake an anti Sri Lanka Pnnaseka gangs member does not understand that Sri Lanka is his country.

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        hey man, That’s why Mezic is not in the NYT destination list.

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        SL is a country where journalists get murdered…. In Mexico there’s a drug war going on and it’s far from the tourist destination. In SL it’s widespread and the people and government needs to change before it gets to be a tourist spot again. I’m happy about this decision, it’s better for the tourist to stay away until everything gets fixed and the corrupt government moves on.

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        demala doesnt read properly but wright bullshit,tipycal hela urumaya guy !

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      Agree to this comment.. it’s totally true. It was a much more peaceful nation with LTTE protecting it and now..it’s slipping down the pipe. The gem of the sea is no more.

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        You seem sad that LTTE dogs were killed and your protectors are no more. They didn’t protect anything other than their gun running, extotionist, people smuggling, drug running businesses under the guise of a mythical Ealam. Any other regime or terrorist organization is better than your toilet scum LTTE terrorists.. that’s why USA said it is the most bruital terrorist organization.

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    how can SL be a good place to visit? our people are responsible for these thing

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      Idiot!! Ammage kiritika wamane dapan!!

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        True, its the best place to visit, what happened was very unfortunate and the accused should be jailed for life if not hanged. I can tell you its a safe place to visit as i live there right now. I have always being an opposition (UNP) supporter so dont label me as a govt backer.

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    New York and many of the American states have more rapes in a day than Sri Lanka has in a year. This is speculation running out of control. I suppose if it rains or does not you will find someone to blame.
    People making anonymous comments are always people who are afraid of the truth catching up with them. However this does not excuse the despicable behaviour of any of these men. It is not that New Yorkers are lams of innocence not even that the jew was doing when we know that the Mossad like their God acts in strange ways. I am sure they will find a way of doing justice so be prepared to find a few bodies on the beach but I hope it will only be these people who are common criminals by any book.Be they Rajapakse supporters or not.

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      This is so insulting!!! So since its happening in NY (Which I guess you have inside information) its ok to happen in SL?

      This is the typical Sri Lankan Mentality.. When someone is telling you or pointing something wrong in what you are doing, you just justify that he is also somehow doing it so its right!!!

      Look at the Arab Spring!!! Give about 30 years for the Rajapaksa clan to Rape the country and you will see that in SL…

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        no its not like that. people die everyday. We must legalize Marijuana instead of alcohol. It docent make people aggressive and kill tourist. trust me. I just smoke one joint. Right now I’m in the mood to pardon Mr. Prabakaran too. even Hitlor. Trust me..And it’s herbal. Aaurwedic and grow easily. Liqueur kill 8426 people on roads and in all sort of alcohol related disterbenses every year only in Gampaha district according to Authoor C Cleark foundation while joints had none. I mean Susthiee, Mal they are okey. Also Raa and we should legalized kasippu. Do you know what I’m talking?

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    PETER CASIE CHETTY, It is due to stupid boot-lickers of Rajapaksha regime like you that this country has descend to such low levels. This comment is totally symbolic and symbiotic of Rajapaksha-happy morons who have no proper education or decency. When the overwhelming number of rapes, murders, white van disappearances and extrajudicial lynching and the pervading and appalling state impunity, corruption, inefficiency and maladministration are taken into account any international body recommending tourist destinations should no doubt must entertain serious concerns about recommending and opting for Sri Lanka.

    This is not the Sri Lanka that it was used to be before the Rajapakshas came to power. This is now a country ruled by a despot and his henchmen without any regard for decency, law and order, respect for democracy and humane qualities. Their familial rule is only aimed at entrenching more and more in corrupt power, impunity and hoarding of massive wealth plundered from the huge poor population in the country.

    Any individual, country or organization in the world who really uphold human values such as freedom, democracy, human rights and a just society should boycott and isolate Sri Lankan government and support its ordinary helpless citizens to get rid of this despotic rule and form a democratic government.

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      Hey Jagath..you are a real cynic. You even see crocodiles in a cup of tea.

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      Jagath man, totally agree with you. This Chetty character appears to be a real bootlicker of the government for whatever pitiful crumbs that may fall his way from the table, I guess. The problem with SL is that we do have decent, courageous and ethical journalists, only bootlickers. When people try to be ethical, they are attacked by the Chettys of this world.

      Pandu

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      Hey Jagath man. You are totally correct. This Chetty appears to be a bootlicker of the government, whining away for whatever pitiful crumbs fall from the table. The problem with SL is that we do not have courageous and ethical journalists and whenever there are courageous voices, they are attacked by bootlickers like this Cetty. What a shame!

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    One of the most beautiful places indeed, but with some ugly minded people of course, unfortunately. It was a safe haven once.

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    Every country is beautiful. Every country has black sheep. Sri Lanka is no exception. This is not the first incident in the history where a tourist was murdered. It’s bad. Wrong and perpetrators should be punished. No denial in that. Whether it happens or not is another issue. But all tourists who come to Sri Lanka don’t go through this by default. It’s as hilarious as to think that all tourists who come to Sri Lanka are pedophiles.
    But there are those who rejoice bad incidents and give it an extra kick for other motives.

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    Agreed JE… There are many who spread few bad incidents with hidden agendas..

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      Hidden Agenda of someone else should not be the scape gote for this kind of behavior. Bringing these people to justice and making sure that they are punished is the right way to get the name of our country back in track. who care about NY times report.It is a left wing paper who is licking the boot of Obama. So, do not blame anyone else for our mistakes. Now that war is over, lets get rid of those thugs Mr. President.
      “Midul wala watena kunurodu sama dama, Idal walin Haki Uwath amadima,
      Kalal Unoth yam kenekuge pawathima – mudal walin wath bariwei Dirilima.

      athite Minissu me kawi liwwe kata kahanawata nemei..

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      like Colombotelegraph. right?

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    I thought I read somewhere that there was no rape. Who is right and who is wrong. “Naduth Hamuduruwange, Baduth Hamaduruwange”
    Until President Rajapaksha and brothers decided that they should get rid of such venoms in their surrounding, no good will come to the country. “Raja Bawathu Dhammiko”
    “Apith bala indimu yako”

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    They say she was raped, but according to the hospital there were no sign of rape. At least what I have read. What is true?

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    This woman happens to be a Russian National , Where our “Brothel Market ” is controled in
    Colombo now ! If u happen to be in any hotel lobby after midnite , You will see them
    walking out drunk . In my view , These people ask for it !Unfortunately some of these working girls do get raped and
    murdered . This is the life they chose to live .
    As for the Brit , who got beaten up by ” Rajapkse cronies ” is a differnt subject altogether !

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    GANG RAPE!!! This is an invention of your bad journalism! You people try to generalize everything! Mahinda Rajapkse’s brother was killed in USA! Can you blame all Americans? Your jounalism is a kind of prostitution!

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      read news papers and call Tangalle hospital my friend!

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      The Bed ticket No. of Decca Hewa Victoria Ellen Domina the Russian national who was the victim of the brutal rape and assault , and admitted to the Karapitiya Hospital in a most critical condition is 114755 and the GHT form No. of Hospital Doctor for court , Dr. L H Dhamma is 5879/2011. Based on the medical reports , the condition of Victoria who is admitted to the Hospital is as follows :

      All injuries of the victim are serious. She had sustained injuries ,internal and external following battery, assault , cuts , stabs and piercing with blunt and sharp instruments.

      At the time she was admitted she was on the verge of dying..

      The victim and been subject to assault and has sustained multiple injuries in the region of her private parts. .

      The Lady Doctor on the reverse of the GHT form had referring to the rape made her medical minutes based on 12 grounds. She had stated that as Victoria’s private parts have been severely damaged , it bears testimony that many persons have committed rape on her forcefully.

      Unfortunately , all these facts and records have been suppressed from the courts. While Victoria was receiving intensive care treatment at Karapitiya Hospital , she had been brought to the Colombo Apollo Hospital. This is an illegal action, because it is only on a request made by a relative of the patient that such an action can be taken. Above all , what arouses most grave suspicion is , the present chief administrative officer of this private Hospital is Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse whose name was proudly mentioned by the murderers at the Hotel after the killing and rape, when they claimed that they ( criminals) are from Gotabaya’s Ministry.

      It has become very clear that the witness , a Manager of another Hotel who supposedly gave evidence to the police that these crimes were a sequel to a quarrel which was triggered when two individuals collided physically , is a witness coached by the police.

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        you have cut and pasted an article written in lanka e news, the JVP propaganda machine. There is no such thing as GHT.If you are talking about the BHT, it is a legal and confidential document and journalists have no access to it. Even the court has no access to it unless the patient ( patient confidentiality) gives a written consent to give information to court. Lanka e news is very very good at fabricating stories. Doctors from 2 different hospitals cannot give 2 different physical signs of one patient as the doctors will be asked explanation of the discrepancy and the registration can be cancelled. Please do not spreat wrong information as it will tarnish the image of this country further. Dont be a political tool

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        @Sharni, miracles of sri lanka. dont play foolish, there were plenty evidence how they manipulated Dr opinions. even legal evidence. google “we can fix cases we can free people” Rajapaksa says. you will find shocking facts. not from Lanka enews.

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      When jorunalists Prostitute, Prostitutes become Journalist !!!!!!!!!!

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        When Doctors Prostitute , Prostitutes become Doctors, that’s what happened Tangalle hospital. “The Lady Doctor on the reverse of the GHT form had referring to the rape made her medical minutes based on 12 grounds. She had stated that as Victoria’s private parts have been severely damaged , it bears testimony that many persons have committed rape on her forcefully.”
        Y didnt she say the victim was gang raped until eye witness come forward ?

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    you are the people who elected the uneducated bunch to the constitution, the government supporters and the army deserters can do anything in the island,people can get killed,despair no body can do anything. your life no value there.to visit.or go for vacation you must be crazy.

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    Paksa & Co only for local ‘patriot’ tourists

    Not into $$$ & £££, only ‘patriot’ rupees

    Young Tiger girl news reader was nudified in ‘patriot’ actions

    Along the lines of Ariya-Sinhala ‘patriot’ Kuveni actions

    So cant blame Paksa’s home town buddies !!

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    So the New York Times has dropped Sri Lanka from its best destinations list. Oh boo hoo! I see that antarctica is on the list; enjoy your trip over there, and don’t forget to pack the thermal undies and blankets!

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    this is where colombotelegraph is. so sad.

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    ganged rape??this week sunday leader reports according to medical records she was not raped…what kind of journalism is this?

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      yes. i see that too. The lawyers are blood suckers. They must have had planted the rape thing. God knows. And me.

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    Remember when Russian supplied banned weapons such as “CLUSTER BOMB ” to Srilankan Government ……this hw srilankan government pay back.

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    Why anyone worry about NYTimes? How many world travelers read that paper and how many travelers care about their decision? Although it is fact that nowhere in this world is safe, those Tangalle morons must be hanged to teach the rest of the political bootlickers a good lesson.

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    As Reginald Heber the former Bishop of Calcutta said of Sri Lanka

    “Though every prospect pleases, and only man is vile?”

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    The victim’s family should sue the New York Times newspaper for falsely advertising Sri Lanka as a safe place to visit.

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    But my friend. Sri Lanka is THE BEST destination , who cares NYT lol

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    This is idiotic. Most of the places which appear on one year’s list don’t actually appear on the following ones. Who wants to see the same places over and over every year?
    But I suppose a headline like “The NY Times has “dropped” Sri Lanka, Nepal, Norway, Colombia, Canada, Montenegro, South Africa, Macedonia etc etc etc from the best destinations list” wouldn’t make very good fodder for the general readership.

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    Idiotic? GSL was not in NYT list last year either. just gooled to find out, since you made a good point.

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    why should tourists stay away due to political killings? what is the connection? have tourists being targeted due to political irregularies in burma? In that case should not we boycott UK, USA for Killings in Iraq, libiya etc?

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    Since the British left the shores of SL, it has gone to the dogs!.

    Build all the hotels u want, but if there are no manners and proper rules in place, with garbage strewn all over the place, it’s not a pretty destination for a lot of tourist, rape or not…

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    The Brit and the Russian lady got involved in some one elses brawl. They were not targetted.The lady admitted thier mistake before she left Sri Lanka. The perpetrators must be subjected to justice. NYT may have belatedly realised their mistake of including Sri Lanka in the top 5 and took the first oppotunity rectify their mistake. The fact however remains the Sri Lanka is one of the best destinations and one of the safest.

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    I quite like looking through a post that will make people think. Also, many thanks for allowing for me to comment!

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    Still feeling the bitterness left those isolated happenings, I must add that if we want to survive in leisure and hospitality marketing OR we must adopt exemplary punishments OR we must get back to our hard coded value system which we heridated from Buddhism. I vote for the latter.

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