29 October, 2020

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The Role Of Science & Technology In Making Sri Lanka The Dynamic Hub Of The Indian Ocean

By Ranil Wickremesinghe

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

For the 12000 years of the Holocene period, as the earth came out of the last Ice Age, entered a period of great stability which benefited humankind greatly. The ascendance of Homo Sapiens in this period was because of the stability of the environment, which in turn enabled settled agriculture to evolve and support large populations. In this evolution, Sri Lanka was in the vanguard. Artifacts unearthed in our pre-historic settlements indicate that even as far back as 37,000 years ago, the conditions that favoured the rise of humankind was found in this small island nation. Skeletal evidence of the “Balangoda Man” and geometric microliths found around the settlements where the “Balangoda Culture” prevailed point to an established agrarian civilization. This indicates that Sri Lanka is one of the crucibles of human civilization and can tell us much about how human society evolved on earth. Sadly, we do not know too much about the prehistoric conviviality of our people. Scientific pursuit is important to understand human-nature coexistence that prevailed in these times and I am sure that there is a considerable amount of paleo-ecological evidence waiting to be discovered on this island. The conditions that led to the birth of our irrigation and hydrology-driven civilization will, I am sure, provide much food for thought in shaping our future too. However, I must stress that science is not just about wallowing in the nostalgia of a glorious past. I believe that we must use it as an enabler to chart our shared destiny in an inclusive and sustainable manner.

*Prime Minister’s welcome address at the Science and Technology for Society Forum in Sri Lanka (STS-SL 2016) on 8th September 2016 at Water’s Edge, Battaramulla:

It is a great pleasure indeed to welcome all participants to the first Science and Technology for Society Forum in Sri Lanka (STS-SL 2016) and, at the outset, permit me to thank the individuals and institutions whose untiring efforts have enabled this to happen. I must also commend Hon. Susil Premajayanth for all the efforts he has put in to make this forum a success. He accompanied me to Kyoto last year and the discussions we had there was the beginning of this successful forum. I do hope it will become a regular feature in our calendar of events as we shape the future of our nation and its peoples. I also hope that this will be a forum not restricted to Sri Lanka but would also in the future serve as the forum for this region, South Asia.

I am also happy to have with us, today, Hon Koji Omi, former Finance Minister and Science and Technology Minister of Japan and Chairman of the Science and Technology in Society, or STS Forum. He has been an inspiration to the peoples of the world in promoting science and technology in society through the modality of the annual STS Forum in Japan. Set in a spectacular location in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient royal capital, and held in the splendor of the Japanese autumn, the STS Forum is indeed the Science and Technology equivalent of Davos Forum. I too was inspired when I was invited to speak there last year and this event, here in Sri Lanka today, has its roots in that visit. Mr. Omi, I thank you for the presence of your STS team and, also, for inspiring Japan to send this year two very large science delegations. The first of these was for the Asian Science Councils Conference, which Sri Lanka hosted in May, and now, a large 46 person delegation to this Forum and its associated events, organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research and the Prime Minister’s Office. These are the first steps in formulating a National Science and Technology policy and the connected plans and Programs. Needles to say this will also require us to focus on the first time on the role of Science and Technology will play both within Sri Lanka itself and within the region. Science and Technology is one subject like cricket which can bridge the region together.

Sri Lanka plans to achieve the status of high income economy in the next two decades. The rapid economic development required to achieve this goal depends on innovation and the promotion of Science and Technology. Therefore, the Ministry of Science & Technology has the lead role to ensure and establish a strong science and technology base in Sri Lanka. As well as to mobilize the expertise both foreign and local needed to prepare this plan.

Sri Lanka is turning a new page in its history. Inclusiveness, sustainability and greater engagement with international society, all symbolized in the agenda of this Forum, are the three pillars upon which we plan to build our future. Harmonious coexistence is at the core of inclusiveness and Sri Lanka has to re-learn that diversity is not divisive but can unleash the full potential of the creative human spirit. The coexistence of human society and nature in an era which Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen has termed the “Age of the Anthropocene” calls for responsible human stewardship of the earth. I am happy to tell you that Sri Lanka has embraced the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, as central to its national development strategy. Science and technology-driven innovation is the enabling force we hope to mobilize for this endeavour. It is thus important for Sri Lankan society to have a broad awareness of the importance of science in shaping our destinies.

For the 12000 years of the Holocene period, as the earth came out of the last Ice Age, entered a period of great stability which benefited humankind greatly. The ascendance of Homo Sapiens in this period was because of the stability of the environment, which in turn enabled settled agriculture to evolve and support large populations. In this evolution, Sri Lanka was in the vanguard. Artifacts unearthed in our pre-historic settlements indicate that even as far back as 37,000 years ago, the conditions that favoured the rise of humankind was found in this small island nation. Skeletal evidence of the “Balangoda Man” and geometric microliths found around the settlements where the “Balangoda Culture” prevailed point to an established agrarian civilization. This indicates that Sri Lanka is one of the crucibles of human civilization and can tell us much about how human society evolved on earth. Sadly, we do not know too much about the prehistoric conviviality of our people. Scientific pursuit is important to understand human-nature coexistence that prevailed in these times and I am sure that there is a considerable amount of paleo-ecological evidence waiting to be discovered on this island. The conditions that led to the birth of our irrigation and hydrology-driven civilization will, I am sure, provide much food for thought in shaping our future too. However, I must stress that science is not just about wallowing in the nostalgia of a glorious past. I believe that we must use it as an enabler to chart our shared destiny in an inclusive and sustainable manner.

Unlike in the Holocene, where the earth’s average annual temperature fluctuation was between plus/minus 1 degree Centigrade, stability is unlikely to reign. It is ironic that today’s instability is of anthropogenic origin because Homo Sapiens’ ascendancy was a result of a stable environment on earth. Today, with our greenhouse gas emissions, we are increasing the temperature fluctuation to around 2 degrees Centigrade, whilst many scientists fear that the resilience of the earth’s life-support system may be threatened if the range of fluctuation is not kept to around 1.5 degrees. In order to do this, we will have to recognize what Mother Earth, our crucible of life, will allow us to do and what is absolutely impossible.

This last brings to my mind the Gandhian quote…” the earth can provide for Man’s need, but not for Man’s greed”. We need to reshape our lives and livelihoods to fall within what researchers at the Stockholm Resilience Centre call a “safe operating space for humanity”, after quantifying “planetary boundaries” for nine areas of threat. The analysis of each area tells us if humankind is in a zone of “safety”, “uncertainty” or “danger”. While climate change is in an area of “uncertainty”, sadly, for two of these nine areas, namely for loss of biological diversity and the cyclicity of bio-geochemicals (particularly Nitrogen and Phosphorus) we are in the “danger” zone. This danger zone implies that we are soon to enter what is called a “tipping point”, when a dramatic irreversible change will take place. In such a new regime, we do not know if humankind will benefit greatly or if it will drive us to mass mortality and possibly extinction. Following the “preventive principle” I believe that we should respect these planetary boundaries and I urge Sri Lanka’s scientific community to address such issues.

We are beginning to feel the adverse impacts of neglecting to protect the land cover on our hills, the rich habitats of our wildlife and the hydrological management of our river basins and flood plains. The highlands to the south of our central hill, home to our fabled Uva teas, are showing dramatic signs of land degradation. In the Knuckles Man and Biosphere reserve, designated by UNESCO, we are beginning to see rill and gulley erosion around the settlements of its buffer zone. With the disappearance of drizzles characterizing the hills of Nuwara Eliya, we see a less dramatic but just as profound change in our hydrology. I am told that this gradual drying up could well cause a shortfall of water in our longest river, the Mahaweli, by as much as 30 per cent. It is certainly beginning to change the leaf content of our high polyphenol Nuwara Eliya teas as cellulose increases proportionately to counter this drying effect. We need to counter these trends where we can and adapt them where we cannot with foresight and advanced planning. For this, science and technology are imperatives.

In this quest for solutions, we must not forget to uplift the human condition, as stressed in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. To chart the new paradigms this calls for, science must strive for excellence. Here in Sri Lanka, we need to establish a “research culture” in our institutions of higher learning. I am mindful of the sentiments, expressed to me by young Sri Lankan postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows whom I met while travelling abroad, that this is lacking in our country today. Having talked to our scientists, many of whom are dedicated to societal betterment through the introduction of science and technology, although the spirit is willing, our research infrastructure is yet quite weak.

To be at the frontiers of science and technology, quality instrumentation needs to be purchased or developed and deployed with strategic intent, accessible to a broad base of young talent, gently guided by mature minds. To house this, we need to establish a dedicated national institution of advanced studies for science and technology, benchmarked with the world’s “best and brightest”, where excellence is rewarded. Academia Sinica was established in Taiwan by Professor Lee Yuan Tseh, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, who has visited Sri Lanka in the recent past, to address this issue in the fundamental sciences. Similarly, in Japan, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) was established by Hon. Koji Omi, in collaboration with Dr. Akito Arima, former President of Tokyo University and Minister of Education. Dr. Sydney Brennar, Nobel Laureate in Medicine and OIST’s first President, and a whole cast of Nobel Laureates helped in the launch of OIST. I am happy that Dr. Robert Baughman, Vice-President of OIST, who worked hard towards its establishment, is here to share this experience with us today.

The Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs together with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research, will prepare proposals for a Central Institute of Science and Technology, following the example I have referred to in my speech. Our Universities and Research Centers will have the opportunity of being affiliated with the CIST. Furthermore our national policy is based on the expansion of science and technology education in the school system and the universities, the strengthening of research development of private and public sectors. This calls for more Science and Technology Teachers and Academics. The concerned Ministries are now addressing their minds to preparing a report as the first step.

The quality of our science and technology developments will ultimately depend how successfully we can broad-base these endeavours. I notice that you have “Citizen Science” in your programme of discussion and welcome its inclusion. We need to have the same levels of enthusiasm that a music concert a cricket match or the Galle literary festival generates among the public in the field of science too. A national Science Center initiative, with spectacular outreach even to the remotest parts of Sri Lanka is needed to engage our citizens in science, to foster young minds in our schools, and to advise on how our pedagogy might be reformed. The revision of the science curriculum in our schools and improvements to their laboratories are called for and an open science initiative which partners with the international community is called for in this era where globally significant issues of the kind I have mentioned earlier need to be addressed urgently with creative local enterprise.

The government headed by His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena is an inclusive one. We have forged an alliance among our two political parties, the largest political parties in the country, to serve all the peoples of Sri Lanka. This is also Chemistry. Concomitant to this, it is important that our economy grows at a steady pace over the next decade. We are laying the foundations for a science and technology led drive to enter the global value chain, making Sri Lanka the dynamic Hub of the Indian Ocean as it was in times past along the maritime Silk Road. I would like to share with you five priority areas we have identified in this regard, namely:

(1) Advanced STI in agriculture, forestry and fisheries,
(2) STI-driven manufacturing and service industries,
(3) Quality “next generation” infrastructure and regional development,
(4) Global freight, logistics and tourism through our international ports and airports, and
(5) Civil safety on land, sea and in the air, including disaster risk reduction and vastly improved hydrology management.

I hope your discussions at the Forum will shed light on how science and technology can help us achieve these ends and inspire Sri Lankan entrepreneurs and industrialists to invest in science.

I earnestly hope that your engagement in this Forum will lead to collaborative endeavours and lasting friendships beyond our borders, mobilize your collective wisdom to overcome pressing challenges and help steer our country along a path that future generations can proudly walk along. In this context, I am extremely grateful to the Government of Japan for including Sri Lankan youth in their training of young scientists under the “Sakura Science programme”. I have received similar offers of assistance during my recently concluded visit to China and Singapore. I thank the Governments of Japan, the U.K. and the Federal Republic of Germany, among others, for sponsoring large delegations of stellar scientists to inspire us here in Sri Lanka. May I request your continued support to nourish and nurture our own community of scientists in universities and research institutions, as well as the “would-be scientists” in our schools.

Thank you.

*Prime Minister’s welcome address at the Science and Technology for Society Forum in Sri Lanka (STS-SL 2016) on 8th September 2016 at Water’s Edge, Battaramulla

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    Ok Sir whatever said and done we want to see the fraudsters and murderers in Jail. Like today’s death penalty verdict on duminda.

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      Since the law and order bodies are made indepedent, it is not his business anymore to involve in them.

      Had MR been the head of state, would we ever see this happening today. NEVER; MR would see the commissions being offered to him rather than see the justice – there his cuddling and tenderness to the nation will stop.

      It was the trick he played with Hirunika calling her as Daughter. YOung politicians noticed that very clever. I respect the young politician of that kind even if her case is being investgated against her wrong doing. She will have to face it too, but CRIME or the kind of deeds are crimes regardelss of the party, person, wealth and whatever.

      We thank for the president and pm not being interfered in this issues.

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      Ask them to get a medal at Olympic games before become Dynamic Hub of the Indian Ocean. I am not asking a gold medal, just any medal. For me majority of them are walking statues, just love to breed like rabbits not knowing the purpose of their existence as human beings.

      Sri Lankan leaders’ past achievements

      Have been fighting since the independence.
      Fought the Asia’s longest brutal civil war for decades, achieved nothing but brought agony and sufferings to people for decades.

      The knowledge and skills have been lost due to the brain-drain; because of the bloody civil war. Have they got back at lease 1% of the knowledge and skills?

      You can’t get a high profile job through newspaper advertisements in Sri Lanka. High profile jobs are filling through political influence or bribes. Newspaper advertisements are just an eye wash. I have been living in Sri Lanka since May 2015. This country doesn’t appreciate knowledgeable and skillful people. Therefore, this country can only daydream to become like Singapore. The leaders’ and people’s mindset are the same as in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. If those leaders couldn’t make it; how can you expect current leaders to make it happen?

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        You sound to be very pessimistic.

        You may have lived out side of the country and returned to the country after the war is over. But please se the lanken issues with a thoughtful eye.

        I dont agree with you about the appointments as you say, I know dozens of ones with overseas Univesity qualificatons earned good jobs back in the home country, wihtout any influence of the politicians. For such jobs, politicians cant always involve in, since the requirments being search for are far from their knoweldge. They have to accept what senior University professionals say… like or not…

        Please dont misguide the nation not having information collected on the specific points you have been criticising above.

        We cant generalize so, even in the most abusive days of Rajakashes there had been no other options than to rely on the senior professionals and their decisions… may be the areas in External affairs, Mr Abusive and his 40 thieves may have themselves taken the decisions, not thinking twice. We saw the results… such as the phsysical boxing attacked being made by a thuggish bastard who was then appointed as the monitoring affairs ministers.
        In the current political frame, the kind men have no chance since there are people to oversee and criticise to them to all farther levels.

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          I am not making assumptions based on what I hear from others as Tamil diaspora. I am in Sri Lanka. and I am talking through my own experience. If you want to know the truth, ask a well qualified and experienced person to return Sri Lanka and apply for a decent job through newspaper advertisement. You talk a lot about the Rajapaksas’ mismanagement, but your mindset is not that much different from theirs. Do you blame the Rajapaksas for fighting since the independence? Do you blame the Rajapaksas for not getting a medal at the Olympics games?

          In fact, do you blame the Rajapaksas for the South Asia’s utter failure at the Olympics games? South Asia has almost 2 billion people, but got only one silver and one bronze medals in Rio. I know the reason, because you enjoy destroying others, instead of building yourself or people around you. Recently, the Sri Lankan online media published a comment that I am taking dole in New Zealand, even though the editor knows that I am in Sri Lanka. I write the truth, the only way for them to deal with me is publishing derogatory comments based on lies. Welcome to wonder of Asia, knowledge hub and to the dynamic hub of the Indian Ocean ;~))))

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            No Anthony,

            the fact is THE situation after the 30-year war is over- is totally different than had been prior to that. So the president who has the chance to govern the country after the war is Prez. MR. None of his predecesors had the chance to face it the way Mr MR has been. So given that he has failed to do the due in the line of improvement of human rights, reenforcement of law and order, and anything and everything towards the progress of society.
            Why the IC and UNO bodies attackedhim was not necessarily focusing on war crime events but all what had ocurred in the country in the post war sessions. Journalists went missing, there had been whitevanning going above all the prevailing laws. I have the feeling any leader not MR or his brother who may have behaved that mad earn broader criticism. Most of them in the family abused the war victory as a licence to go against own folks.
            Please google and find out more to support the thoughts added above. There you will have no contra arguments basta .

            About the realities in finding a job in academia/professional fields back in the country, may well be, that influences are still there not allowing any good candidates to catch the jobs meeting with their expectations. THat is why I believe none of the like fields are improved yet… Uni dons shold work with MEDIA in order to flow the valuable info to the ones who re really in need. Dons in lanka stay away from the media, not providing their expertise. May be EMPTY VESSELS with political supports may have been standing on the way.

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    Our politicians are quite good at delivering pretty good speeches. At the S&T conference, brilliant talk on how S&T development. At the Women’s conference, brilliant ideas about progressing women’s rights. At the agriculture conference, high expectations on developing food resources.

    BUT thereafter no policy or law making what so ever to make whatever is said a reality. What are these people thinking? What is there strategy?

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      Nuwan

      “Our politicians are quite good at delivering pretty good speeches”

      To be precise, our politicians are quite good at reading out pretty good write-ups done by others.

      Soma

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        Besides, prime minsiter is living in one geological period behind. If checked the literature we are, since 1950, in “ANTRHOPOCENE” period.

        Prime minister is very good in presentation. but, it looks he is a good talker and very good in avoiding the true issues and always talk something positive.

        Prime minister is excellent in talking about issues avoiding the major points in the issues.

        I recently listened prime minister talking in “subharathi” hosted by Victor Ivon. I though prime minister to be very doshoenst. Because, he talked about issues without discussing the major points related to the issue.

        Even here, his speech writer has written about holocene. what for ?

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          jim softy dimwit

          “Even here, his speech writer has written about holocene. what for ?”

          To stop you from hallucinating.

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            we do not know too much about the prehistoric conviviality of our people. Scientific pursuit is important to understand human-nature coexistence that prevailed in these times and I am sure that there is a considerable amount of paleo-ecological evidence waiting to be discovered on this island

            Dumb Native Veddo:

            What he is saying, Archaeological excavations are needed.

            Otherwise, Sri lanka, in comparison to most other countries, has well written history. So just read books.

            In the Paleocene times, I think only Dumb Tamils like you existed.

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              Srilanka history is full of myths, lies and concoctions. Truth about history of Srilanka is lying buried which Sinhala racists do not want to be unearthed. Similar to the recent DNA studies which demolished the Aryan ancestry of Sinhalese,archeological studies will prove the recorded history as false.

              The hydrology based civilisation what he is talking about is a copy of the Dravidian civilisation that existed from Mesopotamia through Indus Valley to South India. Urn burial sites, hall marks of Dravidian civilisation have been discovered particularly in the north western parts of Srilanka to prove it.

              Geologically Srilanka had been a contiguous land mass with Tamil Nadu before the sea upheaval splitting them apart. Discovery of ancient pottery in Northern Srilanka similar to that found in Tamil Nadu goes to show that same people lived in either side of the divide, nullifying Sinhala racist propaganda.

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        No Soma, they aren’t very good at reading others’ script as well.

        Basically not fluent.

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          Justice & Fairplay

          Don’t forget MR spoke in Tamil at United Nations General Assembly. Did you enjoy listening to him?

          I am not sure as to why he insults treble gem regularly.

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        In case you haven’t heard, Presidents and PMs of other countries have speech writers. Being a speech writer to a president of US, PM of UK or Australia considered a prestigious job. The difference is there is policy, then the speech. Here, the speech and no policies.

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    We are very familiar with similar rhetoric of the previous strongman. This man is no different. A politician with no credibility and nothing to prove that he is capable of leading our country. Well, I don’t know about any hub in Sri Lanka other than the HUB of CORRUPT politicians on earth.

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      Sinhala panda

      “Well, I don’t know about any hub in Sri Lanka other than the HUB of CORRUPT politicians on earth.”

      Hopefully, you will see a rogues gallery built somewhere near you.

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    Nobody can’t beat the Sri Lankan leaders when it comes to fooling their own people in the name of wonder of Asia, knowledge hub, dynamic hub etc. I have been living in Sri Lanka since May 2015. I know how they value and respect their own knowledgeable people. Their ignorance, foolishness and selfishness won’t take them above the Westerners, Japanese or Chinese. They will remain under the West and other Asians.

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      RW should talk to Antany Peter, who will show the way!

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        I shouldn’t say that nobody can beat the Sinhalese leaders when it comes to fooling their own people. The Tamil leaders have been fooling their own people very skillfully far better than Sinhalese leaders in the name of Eelam.

        This is my experience in Jaffna since August 2015

        I worked for three businesses, including educational institution. However, nobody gives offer letter or appointment letter. Employees are working for nothing for months. Sexual harassment is rampant, but businesses owners turned blind eye; because the managers are getting more from employees, but giving less or nothing to employees. They don’t pay enough to the government through taxation. They only show 10% of the actual profit. The internal revenue offices can be bribed easily, almost impossible to tax the rich. Therefore, the government has to increase the VAT, in order to increase its income from the poor citizens. The politicians and business owners are failing to understand the fact that making their citizen poor won’t help the businesses or economy. People must have purchasing power, in order to have successful business, government and the country.

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      Antany
      Completely agree. These are day dreamers who think th rest are fools. The price we have paid for a dharmishta society. accelerated mahaweli development, non productive air port in hambantota are prime examples. Before he talks about the technological hub he should relieve the burden on the poor by reducing the parasitic cabinet.

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    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

    RE: The Role Of Science & Technology In Making Sri Lanka The Dynamic Hub Of The Indian Ocean

    “The ascendance of Homo Sapiens in this period was because of the stability of the environment, which in turn enabled settled agriculture to evolve and support large populations.”

    ” Artifacts unearthed in our pre-historic settlements indicate that even as far back as 37,000 years ago, the conditions that favoured the rise of humankind was found in this small island nation. “

    Wish you all the best. However…

    To begin with understanding science, using and innovating based on science and Technology need Intelligence. Beware, you need to cut your coat according to the cloth. What have you got? What has the recent history taught you?

    When you look at the average intelligence of Sri Lanka, 79, and the developed countries 100 to 106, you will see that the populace of Sri Lanka falls far short in the intelligence requirements for science, and many other areas.

    National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

    http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

    However. the average IQ of 79 is very suitable to be Monks and Priests chanting from chronicles and scriptures, and to be the audience listening, and to elect stupid and idiotic politicians.

    Sri Lanka, with an average IQ of 79 and a standard deviation of 15, can muster only about 2% of the population who can “qualify” to be able to do science with an average IQ of 110. Nearly 50% of the MPs have not passed the G C E Ordinary Level respectably. Wimal Buruwansa, MP, says, 2/2=0.

    Only 0.1% of the population, have an IQ above 125, needed to get a Ph.D in science or engineering. That is 1 in 1,000. Most of them have left the shores, tired of the Fools, Mootals and Modayas in the country. So, you better select from among the 20,000 in the population, from the 20 million, and please do an IQ test to screen for Fools, Mootals and Modayas getting into the mix.

    Now remember, this is the Land of the Native Veddah Aethho. All the Paras came from outside, such as Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamils, Para-Muslims, Para-Portuguese, Para-Malays, Para-Dutch, Para-English and other and they have contributed positively and negatively.

    Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people:

    Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

    http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

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    “The rapid economic development required to achieve this goal depends on innovation and the promotion of Science and Technology.”

    This is correct. Rather than halal, hijab, niqab, devolution, missionary activity, NGO activity, UN Declaration of Genocide, UN Declaration of More Genocide, etc. we should concentrate on training the next generation to think rationally and objectively. Science and mathematics does the job very well. There should also be extra emphasis on exposure to the English language. To join the global workforce, one should be able to communicate effectively.

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      Lester

      ” we should concentrate on training the next generation to think rationally and objectively. Science and mathematics does the job very well. There should also be extra emphasis on exposure to the English language. To join the global workforce, one should be able to communicate effectively.”

      Yes, how do you do that when the Average IQ is 79.

      You can only go so far, but can optimize what we have got.

      ….”halal, hijab, niqab, devolution, missionary activity, NGO activity, UN Declaration of Genocide, UN Declaration of More Genocide, etc,.” is not going to get the people there, but respect for the Law and Intelligence, not stupidity is needed, in a land full of Paras Fools, Mootals and Modayas.

      This is indeed a hard task.

      PS. About 50% of the Sri Lankans believe that the Sun rises from the East AND the Sun goes around the Earth. And many believe that the earth is sitting on a turtle, and it is turtles or bulls?

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        One must give context to these statistics, rather than take them at face value. The average Indian IQ is 82, yet India has nuclear weapons and produces at least 1.5 million engineers every year. The Indian interest in engineering is so strong that the Indian Government has funded a public initiative called “NPTEL”, a most excellent resource for aspiring engineers. The only way to explain the disparity between Indian technological/scientific achievements and the IQ lapse is to examine regional economic disparities. I suspect the same can be said of Sri Lanka. Once the regional economic imbalances are addressed, the average IQ will go up.

        I agree, respect for the law must be there. That has to come from the top. Let us begin by electing educated politicians, not film stars and mafia kingpins.

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          “”Let us begin by electing educated politicians, not film stars and mafia kingpins. “”

          let’s first wipe them both off the map; the 2 sides of a coin; nothing like a fresh brew.

          india has 6 times more illiterates than its 70 million graduates.
          Just 20% of 16 to 17 year-olds from the UK and 30% from the USA are interested in an engineering career, in India the rate is as high as 80% – the highest in the world.
          Around 66% men in the world are interested in engineering while the figure stands as low as 43% for women globally. – the highest percentage in the world.
          While 85% Indian men have shown interest in engineering, the number stands at a close 79% among women in India.
          In comparison, 62% women in China are interested in taking up engineering as a career, 55% in Brazil, 48% in Turkey, as low as 35% in US, 33% in Germany, 28% in UK and 27% in Japan.

          “” the Indian Government has funded a public initiative called “NPTEL”””

          Because 80% are unemployable.- According to Aspiring Minds National Employability Report, which is based on a study of more than 1,50,000 engineering students who graduated in 2015 from over 650 colleges, 80% of the them are unemployable.

          One cannot perfect oneself while disregarding the perfection of others.

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            In any case, India is superior to the toilet known as Pakistan. One cannot perfect oneself while bending 5 times a day and forcing the wife to wear a bedsheet with two slits for the eyes, all while living under “blasphemy laws.” According to the BBC, ” Pakistan’s blasphemy laws carry a potential death sentence for anyone who insults Islam.” This kind of intolerance is unique to the Islamic nations, there is zero chance these places advance. Saudi Arabian GDP was 753.83 USD Billion in 2014, but still they beat/lash women for trying to drive a car. Sometimes the Moon God hands you wealth (oil) on a platter, if you can’t think for yourself, it’s no use. Buddhism is to Sri Lanka’s advantage, whatever people may think. The East Asian nations where Buddhism is practiced are also successful.

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              “One cannot perfect oneself bending 5 times a day and forcing the wife to wear a bedsheet with two slits for the eyes, all while living under”

              thats what professors/school teachers have to do to their managers the arts grads or general adm for their Salary- lick boy lickoo.

              …..and finally bugger
              Never say anything that doesn’t improve on silence.

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                Too bad you couldn’t pass A/L’s and make it to the University. Now you are stuck cleaning commodes at BIA and shouting at professors you never met. Keep licking Rauf’s rear, Rauf is licking Ranil, that is how you Sunni boys play the game. Lick lick lick till all goes BOOM! with the suicide bomb.

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                  village slot,
                  beyond your wildest dream a PG industrial engineering and own enterprise.

                  you beg lickomalt??

                  i make you soylent green. boom boom.

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                    Hey idiot, there are no villages in London. But you can dream, that is what you learned in Holy Boran? Keep the women covered in bedsheets, kill the infidels, go to Paradise and enjoy with the beautiful white virgins. What engineering for you, first learn how many dimensions are there in physics.

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                      “”Hey idiot, there are no villages in London””

                      There are villages within greater london but it’s not for coloureds.

                      you are a paradesi at london living on the fringes. Like Hoole the crusader and a liar for the church.
                      sinhala speaking demala stole from lanka university and ran away like most local grads .
                      Even london the std is low thats the best you can go never a foundation ivy on own steam.

                      physics is general science is no different from arts therefore you are very worried. for the working class community but you are a beggar boy Karayar and thief like your KP, Karuna, Douglas yes douglas your relative.
                      Karayar, go fish with your convoluted converts nalin, hoole

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                      A government school prodigy talking about “villages” in “Greater London.” These are not villages they are towns. Stick to your mud hut and 20 goats in Batticaloa.

                      Why don’t you learn basic English here before barking like a rabid dog? Physics is not art you fool. Physics is science. What do you know about science, you are only good for bending to the Moon God and reading Boran. The only beggar was සමනල Muhammed, he could not find a real woman, that is why he took 9-year Aisha. This is the pedophile that told you to bend, hehehe.

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                  Lester says he is an academic living at london like Hoole, Nalin De Silva and a sinhala speaking demala ……
                  above all he confirms. the negative Liar, Liar to the core.

                  ““” There is `still one` in the Canadian Parliament. “”
                  “”Hey idiot, there are no villages in London.””

                  Hampstead Village; the cosiest part of London!
                  Cute alleys and rolling hills filled with the prettiest little cottages and gardens. Flowers, shops and old pubs everywhere, close to Hampstead Heath. Feels and looks like old countryside village, yet quickly accessible by tube. Fairy tale charm!

                  Holly Bush, a public house which was said to be London’s only gas-lit establishment remaining.

                  Hampstead is a mecca for the cultured, the travelled and the well-read, and just along Church Row, it’s hard to spot a home without the signature blue circle above the door that lets you know someone very special once lived here.

                  H.G Wells lived at number 17, Oscar Wilde’s partner at 26, and George Du Maurier – the cartoonist next door.

                  Hampstead Village, in which the trendy new and culture intertwines with the untouched architecture of many moons ago.

                  Lester go join your fatso VP in the watery grave with Douglas, karuna et al..

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                    Hampstead is called a “village” because it was originally a village hundreds of years ago. It is now a TOWN.

                    “In the 18th century Hampstead became a spa town after a certain Dr Gibbons discovered that water from the spring had healing properties.”

                    [Edited out]

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                      Sociopath and academic liar- I live very close to hampstead village The entry there is a Marks & Spencer.

                      you are a 3rd world moron working on low pay at london for foreigners and living on the fringes plus sitting on your mind?
                      All you have learnt is school grammar no more to call yourself academic- bluff of 3rd rate college.

                      At Lanka in villages and towns there are no toilets any western village becomes a toilet when Asians start living there as at Richmond Village Toronto.

                      Hampsted village still functions as an urban village with the parish and comes under hampstead heath borough.

                      I am stationed a short drive of 8 mins from there.
                      http://www.hampsteadvillagelondon.com/bid/

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              Lester

              “Buddhism is to Sri Lanka’s advantage, whatever people may think. The East Asian nations where Buddhism is practiced are also successful.”

              Buddhism is certainly better than Current Islam,as practiced by the Wahhabi-Salafi Version and Fundamentalism, for thinking, learning and Critical Analysis skills and Science. Buddhism is not hung up on Evolution, unlike Islam and Christianity with Adam and Eve beliefs.

              For Sri Lanka,(Sinhala “Buddhism”) the Problem is genetics.

              However, for Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and China, Mahayana “Buddhist” countries, the average IQ range is 108, 106, 105 and 100.

              So, 2,300 years of Theravada Sinhala” “Buddhism”, did not increase the average IQ of Sri Lankans comprising primarily Sinhala Buddhists. ( Is Wimal Buruwansa, of 2/2=0 Fame, a Sinhala “Buddhist”) The seem to indicate that the Average IQ dropped about 2 points.

              Reference:

              National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

              http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

              The intelligence scores came from work carried out earlier this decade by Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish political scientist, who analysed IQ studies from 113 countries, and from subsequent work by Jelte Wicherts, a Dutch psychologist.

              Countries are ranked highest to lowest national IQ score.

              Rank
              ——– Country
              ———————– %
              ————-
              1 Singapore 108
              2 South Korea 106
              3 Japan 105
              4 Italy 102
              5 Iceland 101
              5 Mongolia 101
              6 Switzerland 101
              7 Austria 100
              7 China 100

              25 Bangladesh 82
              25 Dominican Republic 82
              25 India 82
              25 Lebanon 82
              25 Madagascar 82
              25 Zimbabwe 82
              26 Egypt 81
              26 Honduras 81
              26 Maldives 81
              26 Nicaragua 81
              27 Barbados 80
              27 Bhutan 80
              27 El Salvador 80
              27 Kenya 80
              28 Guatemala 79
              28 Sri Lanka 79
              28 Zambia 79
              29 Congo, Democratic Republic of the 78
              29 Nepal 78
              29 Qatar 78

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                Peradeniya Iguana blog.
                So the normal distribution curve, standard deviation units of 79++ means 95% of population are
                shape, shape morons.
                145 genius;average 110;imbeciles (IQ of 21-50),
                idiots (IQ of 0 to 20).

                Only 0.1% of the human population have an IQ higher than 145; or, put another way, if your IQ is 145, you are more intelligent than 99.9% of humans.

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                Amarasiri ,

                Bell Curve, IQ is not a perfect measure of human intelligence (as if any measure is), IQ scores have proven to be good correlates and predictors of educational achievement, special needs, job performance, and income.

                (Nepal /Sri Lanka 78/79 ….with literacy level of Nepal at 57.4% Sri Lanka 92%.)

                Bell Curve, IQ scores are national AVERAGES, which means the scores are not representative of EVERYONE in those countries.

                There are intelligent and stupid people in every country and every race — which is why we should never generalize from these average IQ scores to INDIVIDUAL members of a country or race.

                Instead, we should treat everyone we meet as INDIVIDUALS, not as members of some race or country.

                Intelligence is greatly overrated. If I had to choose,
                I will always pick virtue over a high intelligence.
                In fact, there is no one as dangerous and lethal as a highly
                intelligent but evil person.
                After all, Adolf Hitler no doubt was highly intelligent.

                Who is going to bell the cat- bell curve, amera tribe- bedouin??

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                  retsel

                  “There are intelligent and stupid people in every country and every race — which is why we should never generalize from these average IQ scores to INDIVIDUAL members of a country or race. “

                  “Instead, we should treat everyone we meet as INDIVIDUALS, not as members of some race or country.”

                  Yes, agree. Average of the distribution and the standard deviation determines that. For Simplicity, the mean of the normal distribution is given as the average.

                  Actually, the distribution is much more complex. It may be bi-modal, tri-modal or multi-modal IQ distribution.

                  In the USA, the average IQ for African Americans is 84, the Whites 101, and East Asians 110 and Ashkenazim Jews 112 or so.

                  For Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho populated by the Paras probably have a multi modal IQ distribution. Some Para-Tamils seem to think so. If true for Para-Tamils, it is likely to be true for Para-Sinhala as well, as they both have the India Para-Genes.

                  Now getting a better understanding of the bimodal IQ distribution of the Tamils, as published in CT.

                  The Story Of Two Graphs drawn by A Tamil Man: By Mahesan Niranjan

                  Onion Prices and Tamil IQ Distributions

                  https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/onioniqdistributions/

                  https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/

                  Coconut Prices and Sinhala IQ Distributions? Somebody needs to write this article.

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                    “”Coconut Prices and Sinhala IQ Distributions? Somebody needs to write this article. “”

                    Pol Geedi mitta vagey….when the economy hits the tummy the voter will feel it than think the truth which is murked in a 2 dimensional maze. that’s why it was kept 2 dimensional to keep more of the citizens at it to help them think the truth than feel the truth.

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                Hello Amarasiri,

                Interesting post. I would not say genetics is the issue for Sri Lanka. Overseas Sinhalese and Tamils usually belong to the high end of the income bracket, having pursued intellectually demanding avenues of work, such as medicine and engineering, in disproportionate numbers. The same cannot be said of Filipinos or even Poles who live in expatriate communities. What is even more interesting is that BOTH male and female Sri Lankans are equally successful.

                “So, 2,300 years of Theravada Sinhala” “Buddhism”, did not increase the average IQ of Sri Lankans comprising primarily Sinhala Buddhists.”

                Then how do you explain the architectural wonders such as Sigiriya? The construction of these monuments required advanced knowledge of hydrology and geology.

                One should differentiate between cultural barriers and genetic barriers. The monotheistic religions, which emphasize various ritual practices, impose both genetic and cultural barriers on the “followers”. This is most apparent in the Middle East. Despite vast amounts of oil wealth, the predominantly Islamic Middle East is the most violent area of the world. Christianity was in a similar twist until the “Age of Enlightenment” and the “Industrial Revolution.” While Therevada Buddhism is not a “quick fix” to the ills of society, the fact that it veers toward atheism is to Sri Lanka’s advantage. In contrast, I believe that the genetic barriers you speak of are there in the Islamic nations, given the extreme tendency toward monotheism. One need only look at Egypt and Turkey, the most “modern” nations of the group, which have struggled to subdue more radical elements. Turkey, despite it’s EU membership, has been the largest supporter of ISIS next to Saudi Arabia.

                Without the barriers imposed by monotheistic religious cults, the issues in Sri Lanka are clearly cultural, as opposed to genetic, at least in the case of the majority community. The fact that these cultural issues, such as alcoholism, have not been resolved over time, should not be used as an indicator of IQ, which seems to be your approach. The only way to reach that conclusion is if the vast majority of the population has access to high-quality educational and economic opportunities, yet the intellectual output of the country remains stagnant overall, such as we see in Saudi Arabia.
                

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                Amarasiri:

                “Buddhism is certainly better than Current Islam,as practiced by the Wahhabi-Salafi Version and Fundamentalism, for thinking, learning and Critical Analysis skills and Science. Buddhism is not hung up on Evolution, unlike Islam and Christianity with Adam and Eve beliefs.”

                Excellent points. In Northern Syria, the ISIS are selling women in markets. I watched a documentary today, very sad. The surviving Yazidi girl’s mother was shot in front of her, her brothers were also executed. The girl herself was moved around to several locations and used by many men. Such outrageous behavior is legitimized under the so-called “Shariah Law” that considers non-believers as “infidels” and reduces them to property. Buddhism is leagues ahead of the monotheistic religions; the Buddha did not discriminate between genders, neither did he approve of violence, least of all slavery. Neither is there any forced conversion in Buddhism.

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              Academic, Hoodlum,
              Schizophrenia sufferer,
              “”According to the BBC, ” Pakistan’s blasphemy laws “” ???

              The East Asian nations where Buddhism is practiced are also successful. “

              On being found a liar, Lester, deviates from the body of
              the argument at will. General graduate, lazy, booty looking
              for i elusive fame that – slogged all his life, for a salary to keep the fire or smuggled like Karayar.
              Poorly northern `sole fish`
              Hingannage Thuwale
              HeeHaw,Heehaw,

              55% of buddhist are at china and its no major issue religion but a thought process philosophy. China has several philosophies which are ethnic and have followers. lanka is hot rod lord buddha god- the bane and the crusade of the beggar.
              Tibetian is buddhist (wise) way of life in a monastery teaching not preaching.generally mindfulness to the general student or yoga- the hindus respect them like the europeans do. You and the sinha le in fact the island are living off their steam and japans zen. Just like most items, language, ethnic, dance, dress, eating with fingers, finally Lester does
              waffel, waffel, blurp, blurp…

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    As long as you allow buddhist temples construction and Sinhala colonization in North-East you can only dream .

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    What a dynamic speech full of substance and lots of matter for thought and reflection.Gently lead us on

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    Our leaders are very good in in expressing things in a marvellous way to please the listener. The only problem is that these leaders are in full swing during the talk, and very few or none of them are ready to walk the talk.

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    Mr. Ranil Wicramasinghe’s speech writers are good they present good. but, when we compare the action there after the talk or the writings does not match. It is very contradictory. I remember reading Mr. Ranil wickramsinghe’s article just before the budget about Sri lankan economy and what he was going to do.

    but, what right now Mr. Ranil wickramsinghe doing does not match that article.

    Because, right now, all the politicians are spending what the women in the middle east and people working in South Korea etc., are earning.

    Politicians are legislators. Most of the politicians coming to politics are children of either the retired or existing politicians. There is no any competition to enrol new capable people. Lame excuses are forwarded to avoid it. As long as the legislators are there to swindle the country as long as both the legislators and top bureaucrats are there to swindle the resources country won’t be developed. There should be accountability from both of those groups to the country.

    But, Mr Ranil Wickrmasinghe as a senior politician is avoiding those responsibilities. The governing style is, with respect to most issues, the ship is on autopilot. Senior politicians in the parliament are well trained misleading the country. They are not removed and they continue it.

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      Both Mahabodhi jim & ranil,are fibbing.
      shape, shape ,JR uncle said 2500 years I say 12000 years.
      before Donald by november, by holding hand of zen fang.. at the watery end of another CISIR. so what is legal man Susil P from revolving doors doing at ITI??

      “Because, right now, all the politicians are spending what the women in the middle east and people working in South Korea etc., are earning”

      Sri Lanka’s expatriate workers, mainly housemaids and unskilled labourers, send back remittances — — the island nation’s main foreign exchange earner — that help earn around $7 billion (Dh25.71 billion) a year for the $82.2 billion economy.She is an export item.

      The new government in 2015 drastically increased wages for public sector employees, which boosted demand for consumer goods but hurt the overall balance of payments and reduced foreign exchange reserves.

      Exports: income/same as remittances.
      $11.28 billion (2015 est.)
      $11.13 billion (2014 est.)
      country comparison to the world: 85

      Exports – commodities:
      textiles and apparel, tea and spices; rubber manufactures; precious stones; coconut products, fish

      Exports – partners:
      US 26.1%, UK 9%, India 7.2%, Germany 4.3% (2015)

      GDP – composition, by end use:
      household consumption: 67.6%
      government consumption: 13.5%
      investment in fixed capital: 28.4%
      investment in inventories: -0.9%
      exports of goods and services: 21.2%
      imports of goods and services: -29.8% (2015 est.)
      GDP – composition, by sector of origin:
      agriculture: 8.1%
      industry: 29.1%
      services: 62.8% (2015 est.)

      Budget:
      revenues: $9.785 billion
      expenditures: $15.38 billion (2015 est.)
      Taxes and other revenues:
      12.3% of GDP (2015 est.)
      country comparison to the world: 206
      Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-):
      -7% of GDP (2015 est.)
      country comparison to the world: 191

      The government’s high debt payments and bloated civil service have contributed to historically high budget deficits and low tax revenues remain a concern. Government debt of about 72% of GDP remains among the highest in emerging markets.

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        The new government in 2015 drastically increased wages for public sector employees, which boosted demand for consumer goods but hurt the overall balance of payments and reduced foreign exchange reserves.

        USA was building their country in a different direction. They built many cities all doing paper work for internationalized business and they expected outsiders to earn money for them, and they outsourced every manufacturing job overseas.

        Now, China was smarter, screwed up that system with their cheaper products. Now, USA can not think of a way to get back those manufacturing jobs.

        Yahapalana govt and previous govts too are increasing salaries just for political gains. they want to sign ETCA to get cheap labour from India and that will affect skilled labour like engineers and technicians.

        Eventually, Sri lanka’s unemployment increase, cost of production goes sky high. At that time, these politicians are long gone.

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          jim softy dimwit

          “they want to sign ETCA to get cheap labour from India and that will affect skilled labour like engineers and technicians.”

          Do you rally believe any enterprising businessman would ever hire you even if you agree to work for free?

          Why hasn’t google hired you or Wimal Sangilige Weerawansa, or Namal …. or 21 million other stupids from this island?

          It’s about quality not cost that ultimately determine the labour

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            Dumb Native Veddo:

            Do you rally believe any enterprising businessman would ever hire you even if you agree to work for free? Why hasn’t google hired you or Wimal Sangilige Weerawansa, or Namal …. or 21 million other stupids from this island? It’s about quality not cost that ultimately determine the labour

            Stop squeezing balls.

            Here, Indian Scientists and engineers work for less than $ 10 per hour.

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              jim softy dimwit

              “Here, Indian Scientists and engineers work for less than $ 10 per hour.”

              Where?

              You must be talking to Indian Taxi drivers.

              Ask them if they knew such eminent scientists as Har Gobind Khorana, C V Raman, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Amartya Sen, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Vikram Sarabhai, Homi J. Bhabha, Mrinalini Sarabhai, Lakshmi Sahgal ….. ?

              These are people who serve American well and are being paid well.

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              jim softy dimwit

              “Stop squeezing balls.”

              Your’s must have been caught in the door while clanking and swinging from left to right and right to left.

              Take care.

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      Jim,Ranil doesnt need a speech writer he knows his onions and doesnt talk through his hat.Presume he has a speech writer the PM knows what he is talking about as could be evidenced when he opens himself up for questioning.
      He is the best hope for playing a “Mahathir Mohamed” role for Sri Lanka with all his political experience and acceptance in the World arena and most important his integrity which even his worst critics do admit..His globe trotting just returning from Indonesia and within a day or two jets to China and then shortly to Singapore is amazing and shows his commitment.All this he is doing for the sake of the Nation.
      So for once lets shelve the criticism and give him the backing in this critical junctionof our histoy in his untiring efforts to put the country on track.
      I am not a fanatical Ranil supporter but when we see any leader sans corruption working for the country we are duty bound to put our shoulder to the wheel too for the sake of the future generation and ours

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        What MA in economics ? writing about holocene ?

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          jim softy dimwit

          ” writing about holocene ?”

          To stop you from hallucinating.

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    Mr. Ranil wickrmasinghe is talking about technology hub, trade hub that and this. He also accepts that Sri lanka is an agrarian society.

    But, Sri lanka goes hungry, if it does not import rice, fruits and vegetables. Govt also promotes Wheat flour consumption by adjusting taxes.

    It is well known, the west wanted everything to be important and trade lioberalization and globalization to be promoted because it is the daollr benefit from that with the transaction fees.

    Read below what the President says.

    President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that there was no need for importing fruits and vegetables and the government would consider stopping it in the future. Fruit imports for foreigners would be exempted, he said.

    Addressing the media at the Presidential Secretariat, he said he would discuss with the Finance Ministry, Consumer Affairs Authority and Trade Ministry on ending fruit imports as Sri Lanka had the potential to meet the local fruit and vegetable requirements.

    He said the government expected to increase consumption of organic food at least by 25% under the ‘Vasa Visa Nethi Ratak’ (A Toxin Free Nation) programme within its first three years.

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    Ranil, who wrote this article?, I know you don’t have a single digit IQ to your name…

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    Yahapalana PM Batalanda Ranil. is now drawing our attention to Homos, , and promising to give jobs to our Dalits in Science & Technology..

    How cool…

    Wonder what happened to those One Million assembly jobs to work on Folks Wagons?.

    How can our Dalits become Scientists & Technologists, when Batalanada scrapped the Labs all together with the Mahindodaya Vidyalas?.

    May be Batalanda Ranil is talking about his new ECTA mates in India, where the Science and Technology graduates are dime a dozen.

    With the Hanuman bridge in place when Batalanada finishes at the ripe old age of 77, Hindians can even go home for the weekend, if they come from Seeman’s land.

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    It is easy to talk big. Let us get down to reality. Provide 6% of GDP funds for education contributing a major portion of it for science and technology including research and development! Thereafter, you can talk BIG about other plans!
    Sengodan. M

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    Fantastic set of aspirations Ranil! But let’s do it all cheaply, shall we? (no selling the country to US or China or Japan or Russian interests….inasmuch that with the US, it will end with the North-South divide).

    The cheapest way is to use the local goviya and vedda talent who have the know-how of the forests and agriculture lands ….we don’t need scientists in white coats to tell then what to do (we are NOT going to GMO our crops and forests aren’t we?). Same with the fish from the natural ocean – no fish farms!

    This means, we will not have to borrow foreign loans in US$$$ to build up our agriculture, forests and fisheries. Elite sectors of society have to be duly taxed, so the goviya and vedda can get good salaries for their hard work to produce good food and clean air and environment preservation from forests.

    Well, all the other scientific things you mentioned, will have to come from foreign loans I guess. We could have just stayed with good food and good forests, but since our people want the foreign lifestyles, then the foreign investment schemes will have to come in as well….we also can’t be that isolationist and need to move in with the modern amenities, I suppose. Once the food, agriculture and sea-food sector is taken care of from local initiative, then the other scientific endeavors with foreign interaction will be easier to handle.

    Ps. As per the fisheries, it’s a pity that our natural fishing grounds from Burewella to Negombo are going to be destroyed by Financial City. Don’t tell me our poor natural fish are going to be GMO’d to make up for the loss!

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      We are not going to GMO our crops are we? *

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    These politicians pay only lip service to developing science and technology for economic prosperity. They talk big but never listen to what the scientist say. Two cases in point are Eppawela phosphate and ban on glyphosate. Eppawela apatite can be used to manufacture high quality single superphsophate fertiliser. When a previous chairman who had a Ph.D. on Eppawela phosphate tried to manufacture SSP he was unceremoniously removed because the politicians during the previous regime wanted to sell it to a foreign company and earn commissions. Similarly ban on glyphosate was because of a voiciferous monk who insisted on agriculture without agrochemicals. Also, there is no scientific evidence to link glyphosate to kidney disease; This disease was there even before glyphosate ever came into use. This was purely a political decision and a totally unscientific one. I have written many articles on the use of our minerals and a chemical industry for the economic prosperity and these have fallen on deaf ears. Our expenditure on scientific research is the lowest in Asia compared to many other countries and politicians talk big after attending conferences.

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    If this is Ranil Wickremesinghes understanding of the current global state of affairs of humanity i’m impressed!
    this shows that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is a politician of a high quality and we should be proud to have a Prime Minister like him.

    Need more politicians of this caliber to build a nation based on stability, rationality and one that is relevant to the times.

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      Well said Sunil. Ranil is our Nation’s best and last hope and with President Maithripala and Madam Chandrika we could not get a better combination.
      We must be grateful that Ranil has come forward to be the Prime minister of a debt relaated nation so deep in debt that it may appear no way out.Ranil could have called it a day when he had to face a series of defeats in polls of the past but like his Uncle JR he never threw in the towel but relentlessly he battled on till he finally got his real opportunity to lead from the front.
      Although he may appear arrogant at times thats his style and he wears his Western suit and does not believe in carrying babies for political reasons. No doubt he is now saddled with a “baby” our Nation and he has assured that he will rid the country of the debt burden during his tenure and not to leave it for future generations. It is no doubt a difficult task but with his dedication and drive its not impossible.

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      I hope you realize there are catch-22’s and snags to most of it. Is Ranil able to overcome any of it, is the question. Even Obama couldn’t do much, but only to keep expanding on the globalization one-world-order ideology.

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      The commentary on ‘Sunil and Colin’ both are typical followers of UNP line of politics ,that they are belongs to Neo-con orthodox is not suited 21st century guided by Ranil W… of UNP- Hon Primer of minority leader in Parliamentary Democracy!

      When he was elected Primer in 2015 January 10ththen he has only 47 UNP members in Parliament, with minority democracy.
      UNP-Ranil.Wwww as leader not that follow of Majority rule by the democracy.
      Even now Ranil W… of Christian democrats, which he ignored continued to underwriting its performance so that hundred of new business could grow and flourish. In fact I cannot conceive of any practical WAY to ADVANCE A NEW ECONOMIC ERA FOR THE COUNTRY,ABSENT A FULL AND ROBUST PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PEOPLE, GOVERNMENT AND BUSNIESS AT EVERY LEVEL,RURAL AND URBAN THROUGHT THE AN ISLAND.

      On going USA National Debt exceed US $ 20 Trillions Dollars .
      Such country not in position to bail-out his own economic crisis and it efforts come out their Economics structure is quite impossible time being.

      The effective rate growth of Nation GDP since 2105 January 9 it has lost or declined to 7.8% into 4.9% last 20 months, there is no way that system and progress Capitalism of Neo-liberalism under UNP Ranil..W…recover in the near future. Ranil W… may be good for UNP’s and CBK and MS followers but he is not at majority people of Ours Islands. Indeed year 2020 he cannot released that Free of debt our nation, what that he promised to the public.
      That is lie by Ranil.. W…to public by policy of UNP said something people, doing some thing else the public .

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    Well known that UNP politics of Neo-con orthodoxies’ of Ranil W…is not that rationalization of democracy in South Asia. Not only the politics, that his vision of Economic approach of new driving forces of innovation of technology and Science is concerning that UNP path of development is far lagging behind by lack of economic-political-social vision of Ranil W….!

    The UNP talk on the point to point without any far reaching thinking of prosperity and development of economics by Ranil W… own version that is his talk depend of by speech writers behind by the USA and Indian think tanks.

    He is poor at reading of economic development and path of capitalism in our island.
    He read very little of political-economics, his own an ideas of technology and science is so limited .

    UNP-Ranil.www did not delivered that nothing last 20 months since he has been to helm since 2015 January 9th.

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    The crux of matter is not that Technology and Science by that position give solution ongoing economic crisis, the very roots of ills are the Old Order of world is beginning to waver and while vacillating progress of and wrenching retrenchment ,it is like UNP’s that old patriarchal rule over Sri Lankan society.

    The wrong reading of Ranil w…of UNP’s an economic mode which has so long determined the fate of our new generation of people living in Sri Lankan and south Asian region by Crusoe economy.

    The line of Ranil W.. thinking that all ills can be treated by privatization of all state properties by seeling to Foreign Capitalist, that is his cross-elasticity orthodox Neo-con order to reorder by cum dividend.

    By and large Ranil W.. of UNP all proposals are cum -rights could be granted to foreign capitalist by that priority for the USA and Indian monopolies bourgeoisie.

    While depreciation of our nation currency of Rupees given more an opportunity foreign capital that UNP that Miss-management and manipulation by pegging Rupees is his national policy of economy.

    What will happen bond issuances are creation of money by UNP-Ranil W…will be contraction of economy since last 20 months since 2015 January 9th.
    Increasing political instability in Sri lanka, as well as South Asian region is going to wreak havoc on national market for many years to come.

    Well, undermined “rule of democracy” by replacing autocratic rule of government with UNP -Ranil.W… MS and CBK that doom of failure of multifaceted entrepreneurial economy and will lost workforce to manage it.
    The generations of young’s in Island the people have languished ,never fully developing ours national human potentials.

    The wrong calling and reading of technology that ” driving forces” by less developing country like Sri Lankan which that Industries by UNP-Ranil w….to great extent, it is foreign capital has not played role of development; but that time instead ruin of Island and Region reading different priority.

    Therefor tried of being ruled by arbitrary and brutal manners are not democracy norms and we are living in a society rank with corruptions ,where patronage rather than merits of democratic is the political customs and those in power since 2015 January 9th;that they enrich themselves at the expenses of the growing poverty of the vast majority masses. But young are demanding foe batter changes for UNP-Ranil..W.. CBK and MS!

    In fact UNP and ‘compromised governances’ of UNP- CBK and MS are unable lift our economy!

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    “While depreciation of our nation currency of Rupees given more an opportunity foreign capital that UNP that Miss-management and manipulation by pegging Rupees is his national policy of economy.”

    “He is poor at reading of economic development and path of capitalism in our island. He read very little of political-economics, his own an ideas of technology and science is so limited “.

    “Well known that UNP politics of Neo-con orthodoxies’ of Ranil W…is not that rationalization of democracy in South Asia. Not only the politics, that his vision of Economic approach of new driving forces of innovation of technology and Science is concerning that UNP path of development is far lagging behind by lack of economic-political-social vision of Ranil W….!”

    Nimal, the above comments by you clearly indicates you are talking in riddles and also through your hat.You also accuse Ranil of having speech writers from the USA and India as think tanks behind his speeches. It is you who should get a person with a good knowledge of English to help you to spill out your opinion as in your 3 comments you have “killed” the Queen several times over although you use big words from the Queen’s language.Please Nimal follow a crash course in English before placing your comments,this is with no offence meant but in good faith in order to prevent you falling into ridicule. I am of the opinion you may feel more comfortable on a Sinhala panel.

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    The very issue is not that English, the crux matter is that political-economic and its path of development has not been realized by UNP-Ranil http://Www…. of Christian Democratic;
    —-that our saving dried up, we barrow Billions of Rupees more living off the myth of our still-unrivalled economic prowess and continued to spend money, we did not have income .
    What has happen since 2015 January is reality of ongoing Economic crisis in Sri Lankan economy that become bad to worse.

    MS and CBK are blind of Economic progress and failure what that not deliver any positive result on Economic Front last 20 months by Ranil W… leadership .

    They take people for Ride by UNP misrule and moneyless -management policies of economy last 20 months remain inflation high on living standard .

    THIS I CALL MONEY AND BOND PRICES ECONOMY.
    IT IS OPEARED BY AT CALL AND SHORT NOTICE OF MONEY POLICIES OF
    UNP-NEO-LIBERIAL PATH OF DEVELOPMENT.

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    On which planet were you before January 2015? Let me know so that i can take a break there if things get tough and come back and blame whatever regime is in power

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