22 October, 2017

Welcome To The Land Of The Tumpane Modayas

By Emil van der Poorten –

Emil van der Poorten

I have, on several occasions, referred to a completely illegal, neighbourhood garbage dump which is significantly reducing the life expectancy of several families drawing their drinking water from the springs which it has polluted for the past ten years, not to mention the poisoning of the headwaters of the Deduru Oya river into which this rural sewer empties.

Recently, there was yet another outrage.

We were informed that two tanker loads of raw sewage was hauled up the hill and dumped, not even on top of the piled up garbage on the hillside, but adjacent to it, right into one of the  stream beds.

This was on the 5th of September and the matter was brought to public notice by a member of the only family able to tolerate the stench, mosquitoes and flies of that particular garbage dump primarily because he and his family have nowhere else to go.  Not surprisingly, this individual told me that that the employees of the local body riding on the garbage tractor were very nearly overcome by the stench of raw sewage as hey proceeded up the hill with their loads of (sweeter-smelling?) domestic and hospital garbage!  This was indeed a new low even for a jurisdiction which seems to be determined to write the definitive manual on “Impunity in Rural Sri Lanka.”

Of course, the moment efforts were made to identify the tanker trucks which had had to have been hired because none of the local government entities are known to have any, everyone clammed up and, while admitting, there had been a terrible stench which only dissipated after heavy rain took the sewage downstream, could not recall from where the s…t came!  Had the silence exhibited by these minions of one of the most corrupt and incompetent local bodies around, operating with the obvious protection of senior politicians, one would only have arrived at the conclusion that some strange extra-terrestrial beings had driven two phantom tanker trucks up a lonely dirt track and dropped off those uniquely-scented loads so that they could stink up a whole, (fortunately sparsely-populated) neighbourhood, from where the effluent could make its merry way into the Dik-Oya which constitutes the sole water supply of people in that part of the North Western Province, in the Weudavilli Hatpattuwa of legend, who would consume it while believing in its pristine purity!

When I mentioned this business to the Officer-in-Charge of the local gendarmerie a few days later, his response was that I would be well-advised to get some media attention to it.  While this officer, I have noted before, has given evidence of practicing something that has come closest to community policing in this or any other police jurisdiction in this country, he has apparently given up on the larger criminal issues confronting him and his police unit.  Quite honestly, one can hardly blame the man who is probably doing as much as he can with what is available to him in a situation where every third-rate punk and his uncle can step on his bunions with the support and assistance of local politicos.  This was certainly an unbelievably criminal act done with the knowledge, if not connivance, of our local masters and it seemed that none of the usual investigative steps would be taken nor judicial remedies sought.

In any event, the almost palpable veil of silence which descended upon the employees of the local body when inquiries were directed towards some of them, was understandable given the circumstances of this act of massive pollution which should, under normal circumstances, have provoked very serious consequences.  After all, no one wants to be caught in the cross-fire in such situations.

From behind the veil of silence that prevailed locally, one could only piece together the following sequence of events:

  1. The heavy rain at the end of August and the beginning of September coincided with the septic tanks serving a certain local government headquarters, reaching a condition in which, their contents could legitimately be described as “brimming.”
  2. Two tanker loads of sewage were pumped out of those septic tanks and then transported approximately five kilometers away from their urban location, up a relatively lonely estate road for about three-quarters of a kilometer and then dumped in the streambeds adjacent to and fed by the garbage dump.
  3. When attempts were made at follow up discussions with those municipal employees whose nasal passages must have undergone a truly unforgettable experience only a few days before, it seemed that the stench had affected their memories as well because they had only vague recollections of all of this and certainly didn’t recall the affluent coming from their own headquarters, suggesting, instead, that persons unknown from elsewhere must have been the culprits!
  4. In a matter of days, the evidence and the stench were gone, washed away by the torrential rains experienced in the area
  5. Our local Lords and Masters continue to lead their lives of affluence and privilege!

As I was concluding this narrative, I had an interesting phone call from a friend who lives in Kandy but owns land at the confluence of the Dik- and Kospothu-Oyas where they become the Deduru Oya.  He sought my assistance in drawing up a letter or petition to stop the construction of a dam where the two Oyas met and became the Deduru Oya.  The intention was to build an eighty-foot high dam at this point to create a reservoir for drinking water for the town of Kurunegala, the capital of the North West Province, which is due west of the proposed dam-construction site.

The need for this new source of potable water was, he informed me, that the beautiful, forest-rserve-located reservoir which has served Kurunegala’s residents for aeons had dried up completely subsequent to massive detonations of explosives in the vicinity by “treasure hunters” pursuing “Nidhanayas” supposedly buried under rock in proximity to a spring that had been the source of the water in that reservoir.

The whole business of combining modern explosives with the hunt for ancient, often astrologically-located treasure could well be a peculiarly Sri Lankan phenomenon, but the success or failure of the treasure hunt is beside the point when patently illegal activity leads to destruction of an essential resource and is followed up by environmental crime in order to alleviate that same illegality.

Apparently, this is not the first time that this particular initiative to enhance Kurunegala’s water supply was mooted.  On a previous occasion, mass protests from the “locals” resulted in the project being stopped in its tracks.

On this occasion too, it was stated that the residents of the area had successfully sought the intervention of a Minister who represents the area to put what is now thought to be a temporary stop to this criminal behavior.

A factor that need now be added to this equation of willy-nilly despoliation and exploitation of water resources without any attention to the overall impact on people of the area and the environment is the fact that the water that is intended for human consumption in a provincial capital is being massively polluted by a garbage dump into which even toilet wastes have now been added.

In a country where the rule of law prevails a response to this dreadful scenario would be a “no brainer:”  a court order would be sought and obtained in short order, given the urgency of the circumstances, and any further action put on hold until an appropriate determination is made by the Courts of Law.

Here and now in the Debacle of Asia, rather than it being a “no brainer” it becomes at best a “crap shoot” where there is ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE that justice and the public good will prevail in what can turn out to be, literally, a matter of life and death.

*“Tumpane,” for the uninitiated, is a region in the mid-country of Sri Lanka, in the Kandy District renowned, in myth and legend, for being the home of fools (“Modayas”)

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    A thumpane modaya writes welcome to our land the other thumpane modayas.

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      Thondamanaru – your obvious ignorance of what Emil is on about is only surpassed by the stupidity of your comments (here, and in general as well). Take a break and spare us your bullshit.

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    The modaya country is Tamil Elam. So much modaya that it does not exist! :)

    (Even after 150,000 Tamil sacrifices it still does not exist!).

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      Fat ” Mama” Fuk U Shima

      Who can blame you for being born a fool(s) (“Modayas”)

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    Old Elites’ Eco Lodges seem more important than the drinking water of our Tumpane modayas.

    Then again these dudes who are most probably on top shelf spring water from Swiss Alps, use proletariat H2O only in their Bidets.

    Wouldn’t your mates in BASL and Weliverya NGOs put in a kick ass FR petition with Mr Sumanathiran as the chief counsel?

    Even if they don’t want to do it probono ,dosh shouldn’t be an issue with Cameron and Harper on side.

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      K.A. Sumanasekera:
      Not you, again (and again, and again!)

      In the context of what has been written in simple English, your comment that “Old Elites’ Eco Lodges seem more important than the drinking water of our Tumpane modayas,” displays a singular stupidity parading as an attempt at “smart” comment!

      Given the fact that I am 1)not a beneficiary of scams of various kinds providing the “dosh” that you seem so familiar with and 2)not consorting with the Sumanthirans, Camerons and Harpers of this world, nor sharing the politics of the latter two as your handlers obviously do, the options suggested don’t exist.

      The fact that one human being should be concerned about the poisoning of another’s drinking water supply seems somehow strange to you, does it? Speaks volumes for the kind of person you are (if that EVER needed confirmation!)

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        Emil, please feel sorry for poor Sumanasekera, through no fault of his own, his English is not as good as your own.

        Singapore succeeds because they preserved English as the language of Communication between ethnic groups. When we were young, it was compulsory for children of Sinhalese Parents to be educated in Sinhala, Children of Tamil parents in Tamil, with English as a second language. Burgher children could choose to study in English, Muslim children were allowed to choose English and either Sinhala or Tamil as their second. Obviously, Muslims chose English, because they were pragmatic, and they now occupy positions of consequence. Sinhala Speakers cannot think that far back, and are envious of what the Muslims are achieving. They don’t realise that ‘Sinhala Only’ did not give them the Education necessary to succeed, in the Current Global Environment.

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      How much do you get paid you moron for just SPOILING all anti Government articles with your bull shit replies ?

      Keep an account for when this charade is over we are coming after people like you, who tried their best to undermine whatever freedom of speech we enjoyed.

      It is a serious crime and don’t worry we will find you ! Ever heard of stocks ( not the kind your government manipulates), the kind that they put you in and you are immobile when people throw rotten stuff at you !

      Well get used to the idea. It is a form of punishment endemic to the Thumpane area !

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      K.A.Sumanasekera, You are a faithful defender of this government. I am therefore assuming that you have some influence in getting things done. Can you take a call to the President, Prime Minister, or to the Secretary, Defence, and get some officials to check these malpractices in Tumpane and their environs. The people living there are Sri Lankans and they need help. Please take some positive action and be useful to your country like a true patriot. Criticising the critic is unpatriotic of you. Please change your attitude. Criticism of the nature reported by Emil is needed to correct wrongdoing. Get off your highhorse.

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    Meanwhile, not a million miles away, in the Mahabage-Kerawalapitiya-Mabola triangle cancer patients multiply as an enterprising ‘recycler’ burns toxic plastic cable bonfires to salvage copper wire.
    Go Lanka! thrice-blessed miracle of Asia.

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    You need to contact the chief monk at the local temple if any action is to be taken. Perhaps he would launch a fast which would then mobilise the modayas to use their brains.

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    What country needs a plan for pipe water for the whole which only available in Colombo. The Colombo water system was introduced during suddha days and our buggers still cannot do something more than suddha had done.

    One minister said they were worried about US default since the country have US bonds. Most of our people don’t have access to clean drinking water but these buggers have surplus money to buy US treasury bonds.

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    I don’t know who this writer is.

    I happened to read the sewage he has written by chance, while scanning Sri Lankan news on Sunday.

    I happen to come from this place the writer is referring to as “the home of fools”. I take offence to this insensitive and arrogant victimisation of the people of my birth place from where a number of erudite Sri Lankans have come.

    It looks like Sri Lanka is in need of some media censorship laws to curb this kind of abuse of our rural people by foreigners who try to make the place their holiday location and run down our people and government, over our dead bodies dare I say.

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      Kiri Bande;

      you canot dare say as, We do not keep dead bodies any more after Geneve fiasco. ,

      WE DISPOSE THEM in JUNGLE’S pyre or acid baths to erase all the witnesses. and
      So no body can take photos and films to Geneve.
      and,
      as if the defence Supervisors say,
      if they go beyond that and become extremist, but their heads will become divided from their bodies.
      Like that,
      this their,the rulers and their goons, henchmen’s turf and we have to get our heads removed from our bodies if we donot toe the lines as they wish.
      Aney KIRO,
      Pana palayan Peredaa.

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      Kiri Banda:
      Talk about barking (literally) up the wrong tree!

      I find your statement that reads “I happen to come from this place the writer is referring to as “the home of fools”. I take offence to this insensitive and arrogant victimisation of the people of my birth place from where a number of erudite Sri Lankans have come.” You missed out on the obvious in that sentence in not adding, “myself, not included.”
      I happen not to be a “foreigner,” trace a part of my ancestry to a village in the heart of Tumpane, spent my childhood there and the majority of the rest of my life in Harispattuwa which happens to be adjacent to Tumpane, so don’t go all self-righteous on me about “foreigness” and all that claptrap!
      Not surprisingly, you have nothing to say about the poisoning of drinking water in two provinces, though!
      If you weren’t so downright abusively stupid you’d be funny.

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        Dear Emil,
        As per my knowledge,
        There was a General manager of Kandy Cooparatives limited, who was born in Thumpane, of harispaththuwa, in the Central high lands
        when he who taking the appointment at the Kandy cooperative,
        it was in near bankruptcy and he got to the field and
        with the support of his subordinates and a few loans from friendly banks He took the cooperative society to the best of Sri lanka with his good barin.
        and at those days His managing cooperative was buying the full production of Puttalum Cement Cooperation continuously for many years.
        later he was removed by a moron politician to appoint his stooges.
        then he became regional manager of a Multinational Cooperation
        of a branch of sri lanka.
        and there was an another M A degree holding school principle of a Prestige government school in Kandy, who hailed from Thumpane.
        These are two examples,
        that I can give, that the people of Thumpane are Not FOOLs as they are used to give as myths and legends.

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        You have no answer to the issue I raised.

        You are part of the sewage the Dutch dumped on old Ceylon when they promised to help Rajasinghe II to chase the Portuguese away.

        Your current situation is worse than death, be it known.

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    Emil van der Poorten,

    They are not modayas, they are surayas; they know what they are doing is evil, but they do it anyway.

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    This is not a matter of Modays or Surayas. This is a matter of how the Sinhalese people conduct themselves. This is the Sinhalese method of governance. Make no mistake. This method of governance enjoys the support of the MAJORITY of Sinhalese people.

    Are the Tamils any different? They allowed the LTTE to kill all those who disagreed with them and had different opinions. So the Tamils are actually WORSE then the Sinhalese.

    Neither Tamils nor Sinhalese are likely to allow the emergence and consolidation of democracy where criticism, freedom of speech and the holding of and advocacy of alternative opinions and approaches is welcome.

    Emil you idiot, any fool could have seen this coming your direction. Now use your brains if you have any of them left and find out who the person is who is implementing this against you and at whose instigation. Once you have that it may dawn on you how you can deal with this situation.

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      crazyoldmansl:
      Interesting,
      “Emil you idiot, any fool could have seen this coming your direction. Now use your brains if you have any of them left and find out who the person is who is implementing this against you and at whose instigation. Once you have that it may dawn on you how you can deal with this situation.”
      Despite being the genius you obviously consider yourself to be, you have simply failed to realise that the poisoning of this water has NO direct impact on me and seriously jeopardizes the health of those DOWNSTREAM of this calamity.
      Between your accusation of my naivety in the matter of attempted persecution and some other clown’s insistence on my paranoia, I am really in a dilemma as to what I should do. Suffice it to say, though, that rolling over and playing dead is not among the options!

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        No one expects you to roll over and play dead. Dealing with lions is quite different from dealing with tigers. Rolling over and playing dead works only with bears in Sri Lankan folk tales. With lions you gotta keep silent and move carefully. You cannot wallow around and squeal like a wild pig which is what maybe someone mistook you for and sent some shit your way in the hope that it would cool you down. Pity the poor neighbours though.

        For starters stop trying to play some kind of prima donna and instead link up with those who are carefully making whatever moves are possible.

        Its bigger than sewage but the sewage problem too is bigger than you think – since most ppl here talk and eat shit all the time – but this aside massive amounts of sewage from the hospital is also allowed to get into the drinking water supply and the people of Kandy have been happily drinking this for years with apparent relish and nary a protest. The few trucksfull that have been flung your way are just a diversion and a typically Sinhala response to your ‘freedom of speech”.

        I do not see any paranoia. Rather I see a lack of it. If you keep going the way you are ye shall surely end up as cannon fodder. Talking about paranoia I would watch out for the Christmas season if I were you. We are dealing with fascism not a periya dorai who has run amock.

        Do some research on the shit problem in Kandy. There are people working on the problem of sewage disposal and they work with international institutions and this creature called “civil society” which is a distant relative of the himalayan yeti. Become a knot in that net. You may then have some fun watching the lion hunt.

        The shit thrown in your direction may become a noose around someones neck. After all I guess you must be familiar with the neck tie.

        In the meantime, like all drowning men, do not expect anyone to actually try to haul you out because you will instead haul them in with your thrashing around. You may however find some straws thrown your way if you can see them. Ye shall surely go down in history as the man who had shit thrown at him for taking on the king.

        Count yourself lucky. They used to impale them in the good ole days.

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          Crazyoldmansl:
          Do you have to confirm the validity of your pseudonym all the time?

          “For starters stop trying to play some kind of prima donna and instead link up with those who are carefully making whatever moves are possible.” The “moves” that you, so pompously,claim to be part of appear to be totally invisible to the general populace but then that is understandable because they simply do not exist.

          Why don’t you stop your posturing which provides little but (very poor quality) amusement to readers of CT and crawl back under the rock of Alzheimer’s which you claim has descended on you prematurely?

          As for, “Count yourself lucky. They used to impale them in the good ole days,” you sure would have looked funny at the end of a long stick even in the “good ole days!”

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      Haven’t any of you Donkeys heard about the great virtue of being able to laugh at your self ? It comes with confidence and belief in yourself.

      Since most of you represent a pretender and his brood….it is out of the question isn’t it ?

      It also gives you guys away in spite of your grandiose pseudonyms.

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    Thumpane has been the home for the naive in this country, also known as Amanayo, although Kiribanda takes offense hailing from that village, on what Emil has written, exposing the high handed acts of the Kiribanda type local Councilors. Yes with Free education, the Kiribanda type feels that they are the erudite, with a dime a dozen found in today’s society.

    These Kiribanda type are the modayas who apply their shit on seven places in the process of cleaning themselves. It is known as, ‘Modayage goo hathpolaka gagannawa’. No wonder Gota called these erudite as shit eating Pigs.

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      So what do you think about how these idiots face the summit attendees in November ? For me, if I dont have good arguments, I would not want to take part any meeting. But while many on the west pointing fingers at MR, how he and co, would face the delegations is more than a quesiton for me.
      What do you think Gamini@ ?
      How can we see forward from this point on ?
      I believe, this summit will pave all the way them to work as waterloo of the ruling regime. Many known to me on the west, loudly criticise lanken state today than no times in the past. UK has to be very careful in the regard of CW, because many non-CW countries, that are more powerful than UK even dont consider it as an international summit. Alone the fact that poor states are the majority of the collection make it further clear that the body is just a so called summit only.

      Having read the comments posted ot other threads too, I have the feeling that people in general have been very abusive in the country today. As Nthfm pointed out clearly, there are female pradesheeya saba candidates fearlessly abuse their village people. Buruwa – of the nation, appointed minsiter of Justice stay as if he has no rights to open up his voice. So do the other ministers in terms of their responsiblities. If they open their mouths, what would be the consequence is the facing revengeful acts perpetratey by Rajapakshe gangsters. It is almost like connected network in crime metropols of the world. Berlin to Washington, there are criminal networkd, to run their urban crimes, but in SL, state is similar to such crimes. How can CW nations be that silent giving the chairmanship to a man of that grade. Rajapakshe killed thousands, rajapakshe assualted and is on assulating mode even today. Why the LEADERS of CW seem to be blind folded is far from undrstanding.

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    “Between your accusation of my naivety in the matter of attempted persecution and some other clown’s insistence on my paranoia, I am really in a dilemma as to what I should do.”

    Mr. Emil Vander Pooten:

    As you don’t know what to do,

    Then best thing to do when you don’t know is to shut up you mouth and stay silent.

    Just ready about Acid-rain pollution and many similar things in the North america while it was developing. Just ready how Chinese are suffering from acidic Smog while china is developing. Just read about MINAMATA disease when Japan was developing.

    What do we have.

    You should have written about how agricultural -pesticide application wiped out many small insects in sri Lanka and creatures living in sri lankan fresh waters, how farmers got kidney diseases in Sri Lanka.

    You are silent about those.

    You are just a first class hypocrite.

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      Jim Softy:
      “Blame game?” Why don’t you deal with the specific issue raised instead of talking about acid rain, Minamata disease etc. etc., all of which go back very nearly half a century? But that’s not what you get paid for I suppose, just trying to be a nuisance and exposing your stupidity in the effort!
      WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT SEWAGE BEING DUMPED IN A DRINKING WATER SUPPLY IN SRI LANKA IN 2013 AND WHAT, IF ANYTHING, DO YOU THINK SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT IT? (And can you spare us a discussion on the relative merits of hemlock vs Gloriosa superba for purposes of suicide this time?)

      Talk about opening your mouth and confirming idiocy……………!

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      Jim the Dim

      Fresh water is the next big thing after Oil- preserve it now before being told.

      Why do you think all that hala bolu about Tibet because it has it all for China as whole.

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    You don’t give any constructive criticism. You know only the blame game.

    that is what ignorant people do.

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      JimSofty, Emil’s is not a ‘Blame game’. He is bringing to Public Notice and hopefully the Local Authorities, a situation that could be rectified if proper channels are pursued.

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      “shut up you mouth ” is that English ? Be careful your professor won’t approve !

      It also proves that you never learn’t English as a first language.

      Just another bum sucking uneducated sycophant.

      Jim Softly my ARSE !

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      Jim Softly, Emil Vanderpoorten writes about the problems in his village and highlights the need for action. He is responsibly drawing attention to these issues for action by the relevant authorities. Instead of pulling him down you as a citizen of this country, and a hired hand of Mahinda or Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, must get one of them to address the issue. You sound as if you are very influential. So get on with it and be of some use to the affected people.

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        What I cannot understand it when the govt officials are not doing their job properly what is the purpose of writing those grievances or problems to an English blog uploaded some where outside Sri Lanka and in the internet ?

        Instead, he should have discussed that sinhala newspaper or in the local media.

        I heard Sri Lanka has so many Radio stations, why he did not discuss that in one of those.

        Even if he discusses that in the Tamil newspaper how many people in that area will be reading that ?

        I don’t see any valid point here.

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          JimSofty:
          Just for the record, if you check last Sunday’s Island you will find the identical column there, so don’t run off at the mouth without doing so much as a basic check. But then, that IS your specialty, isn’t it, verbal diarrhea?
          Why don’t you stop pretending that Sri Lanka has media that will report cases of this kind? The people affected by this abomination, began agitating against it TEN YEARS AGO and those whom you support have not listened once to them in that time. Those villagers simply gave up in frustration and many of them “treat” their water at home with chlorine!
          Your problem, very obviously, is that you don’t want this kind of criminality to be exposed and you and your tribe will keep trotting out all kinds of specious nonsense to cloud these criminal acts.
          As I told another of your tribe, the fact that you don’t see any “point” in an exposure of people’s drinking water supplies being poisoned speaks eloquently enough for the kind of person you are.

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        These guys have no influence ! They are just paid lackeys and they will be the first to be thrown to the wolves when the Rajapakses’ need human shields.

        This what they don’t realise and it shows their level of education and thinking ability.

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      But you seem to have even better arguments ?????

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      All you do is to tirelessly defend the regime . Publicising a greivance is the first step towards seeking restitution and a just solution; this article is a step in the right direction because it seeks to raise awareness.

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    Emil,

    You are talking about how to keep the Environment Clean. But sadly except for a few you are talking to the wrong Audience who are experts on Ethnic Cleansing. Fat” Mama ” Fuk U Shima , Jim Sooty etc

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    Kiri Banda

    So Banda Comes to Town and learn and become wise. Read only the bad side the heading. Not the Contents.
    A wise guy for Sri Lanka.

    levi

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