India offers scholarships to children of Sri Lankan estate workers

May 28th, 2017

Sudath Gunasekara

Dear All Patriots,

Please see the following notice by the Indian High Commission calling for applications from children of estate workers

India offers scholarships to children of Sri Lankan estate workers

May 27 (HCI) Applications are invited from the children of Estate Workers, who are residents of Estates, for award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers’ Education Trust (CEWET).  These scholarships are available for GCE A/L, Undergraduate courses and for students undergoing Vocational/Technical courses. Students, who have passed GCE O/L (with minimum 6 credit passes) or A/L exam, and are below 25 years of age, can apply for this Scholarship.

I quote here  a section from a an open letter I addressed to Prime Minister Modi when he came to Sri Lanka to attend the International  Vesak festival this year where in also I brought up this issue.

“2 Stop all direct assistance to Tamil areas in future and all such assistance should be sent to the Government of this country as assistance to all Sri Lankans on a bilateral basis.  Don’t treat Tamils as a separate target group

3 Your Governments present practice of offering scholarships only to Estate Tamils also should be discontinued as it would tantamount to India’s selective treatment to Tamils who are Sri Lankan citizens. Indian assistance must come to Sri Lankans and not to any particular community or area as it will make Sinhalese suspect the Indian agenda behind such assistance. (I am compelled to tell you this as I have seen some paper advertisement in the past by you Embassy in Colombo calling for applications for Indian Scholarships only from Estate Tamils)

These unfortunate practices have lasted long enough. This is how the Indian Government has driven a wedge between native Sinhalese and immigrant Indian Tamils. As such India is more responsible for ethnic clashes and ethnic separatism here even than Britain. Aren’t both parties are contributing to create ethnic compartments and communal unrest and building Chinese walls to keep the communities separately eve their own benefit.

Also tell them to drop Indian identity if they want to be Sri Lankans and develop a Sri Lankan identity, learn the language of the natives and integrate with the natives. Then they will be equal with native Sinhalese. That is the best answer to the current problem.

Actually it is the Government of this country that should make these requests from you. But I am compelled to make these request from you as a responsible Citizen on behalf of the Sinhala Community who are sick of Indian interference in our domestic affairs and secondly, as there is no patriotic  Government with a backbone in this country to do so and stand for its own people. Such action may bring short term political gain to you. But they are detrimental to both countries in the long run. You must not act like a third grade Tamilnadu politician when it comes to matters like this. You must act and behave like an exemplary Statesman representing the land of the Buddha, whom we worship day and night.

Please don’t treat them any more as Indians. They citizens of this country. If you are interested in helping Sri Lanka please offer them to the Government of Sri Lanka without specifying any community. So that the Government can call for applications from qualifies candidate, process them and submit them to you.

I see this action by the Indian High Commission as an unwanted strategy and conspiracy to build up a Pro-Indian Tamil generation within Sri Lanka. While I strongly protest the Indian High Commission’s action I request the Government   of Sri Lanka also to lodge its protests against the Indian High Commissioner’s action and ensure that in future these all foreign scholarships will come only through the Sri Lanka Government. Because it is the Government of the country that should take decisions on is citizens and not a foreign

Rice mafia controls prices

May 27th, 2017

By Niranjala Ariyawansha Courtesy Ceylon Today

Last week the government decided to import 300,000 metric tons of rice saying there is a shortage in requirement until September.

However, the All Ceylon Farmers’ Federation (ACFF) refuted the government claim saying that 200,000 metric tons of rice that is needed for local requirement for the current year is available in the country.

An audit report on the available rice stocks in the country at the beginning of the year 2017, revealed that there was 1.6 million metric tons of rice in the country.

Statistics maintained by the Agriculture Department indicated that the yield from Maha Season in 2016 was less due to drought, although some 400,000 hectares had been cultivated during this period.

Former Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) parliamentarian Namal Karunaratne, and ACFF National Organizer said the harvest during the first quarter of 2017 yielded one million metric tons.

He told Ceylon Today: “Based on the report of the Auditor General, at the beginning of 2017, there were 1.6 million metric tons of rice and when the harvest of one million metric tons from the Maha season is added to it, there should be 2.6 million metric tons of rice in the country. The monthly overall rice consumption in the country is 200,000. Then, at the rate of 200,000 for the entire 2017, the requirement is only 2.4 million metric tons. Accordingly, there is 200,000 metric tons of rice in surplus.”

At the same time paddy was also cultivated during the Yala season of this year. However, due to the drought which prevailed for several months until last week, the harvest did not yield much. Anyhow, the country did receive some quantity of the harvest from this season. Even if that harvest is not considered, there is still 200,000 metric tons of rice available in the country, he said.

Where is this rice?

“If so why is there a shortage of rice in the country? This shortage has been created artificially. Trading of rice in the country is handled by three individuals. They are the persons who have stocked up,” Karunaratne said.

There are allegations that three businessmen are maintaining a monopoly on rice in the country and are creating a false shortage when so much of paddy is cultivated and therefore there is no need for imports, he said.

His argument was endorsed by many other groups.

Officials with the Ministry of Agriculture also agreed with the allegation made against the three individuals.

They also pointed out that 20 per cent of the annual paddy production of the country is hoarded by rice mill owners adding that the government has done little to curb their activities but instead they are allowed to have a free run.

Overall rice consumption

According to data with the Agriculture Department, the annual overall rice consumption in Sri Lanka is 2.4 million metric tons. The monthly overall rice consumption is 200,000 metric tons. The number of farmers cultivating paddy in the country is 982,503.

The extent of paddy lands cultivated during the Yala Season of 2016 is 385,318 hectares. The paddy production in 2016 was 1,517,392 metric tons. At the same time the extent of paddy lands cultivated during the 2015-2016 Maha Season amounted to 756,505 hectares. Accordingly the harvest during this Maha Season was 2,902,693 metric tons.

Legal action should be taken against rice monopoly

Karunaratne said that since rice is a national product of the country, legal action should be taken against the few businessmen who are illegally hoarding stocks.

Based on the budget for 2017, a sum of Rs. 35 billion has been allocated from the Treasury to provide paddy farmers with fertilizer subsidy.

“Rice is the staple diet in the country. Rice is being produced by the common farmer in this country. What the government is spending on granting the fertilizer subsidy to these farmers is the money of the general public of this country. At the same time, what the government spends on maintaining the Ministry of Agriculture, institutions and officials connected to it, is also public money. Streams, dams and canals are also maintained using public funds. Accordingly the overall public of this country is involved in the rice production procedure.

Therefore the rice that is being produced with public funds is controlled by three businessmen who dictate the prices and in the process amass massive financial gains. Is this not a crime?

On the other hand this is not morally correct. Why has the government failed to take legal action against these persons”?

He called on the government for a better and stricter management in the rice producing sector saying it would provide a relief to the consumer where a kilogram of rice could be sold at Rs. 70 in the retail market.

“Rice mill owners have now begun milling paddy purchased from farmers during 2014-15. A kilo of paddy was purchased at approximately Rs 20, 30 or 35 rupees during that period. Accordingly they can sell a kilo of rice for Rs 64. But that is not the case.

At present a kilogram of rice is sold at more than Rs 80 in the retail market,” Karunaratne pointed out.

Agriculture Ministry officials who wished to remain anonymous also silently agreed that three businesspersons were presently controlling the rice market throughout the entire country.

“This is totally unjustified and an illegal act. However we cannot understand why the government is not intervening to halt this illegal activity which is being carried out continuously,” they said.

They pointed out that under the Paddy Marketing Board Act No. 14 of 1971 and the Consumer Services Authority, it is possible to take legal action against these businessmen since the hoarding of paddy in bulk is illegal.

Paddy Marketing Board

They added that the Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) must be allowed to play a larger role in this sector.

The PMB should be able to specify a minimum control price for paddy and ban private individuals from purchasing paddy from farmers at a lower price.

However, the PMB can only purchase 5 per cent of the paddy production of the country, since it does not have the required storage facilities or the funds for bulk purchase.

Chairman of the PMB W. D. Dissanayake said that a controlled price for paddy would do justice by the farmers.

“Only the PMB can fix a controlled price for the purchase of paddy on behalf of the government. However when the PMB specifies a controlled price, the private sector cannot purchase paddy for a lesser price,” he pointed out.

During the first quarter of this year, the controlled price of a kilo of Nadu paddy was Rs 38 and for Samba Rs 41.

Dissanayake added that the monopoly of rice by private businessmen can be suppressed through competition only.

“The accusations regarding the monopoly of rice in the country carry some truth. If more small and medium scale mill owners are generated it will be possible to halt this. Equipment and machinery can be purchased with bank loans and then, if they can buy paddy they will be able to provide a challenge to this monopoly,” he said.

Speaking on the decision taken by the government to import rice, the Secretary to the Agriculture Ministry D. V. Bandulasena said, according to a report of the Agrarian Research and Training Institute, at the beginning of 2017, there was 1.5 million metric tons of rice in the country.

“This quantity of 1.5 million metric tons of rice is sufficient for a period of seven and a half months. That is only until the month of July. The harvest of the 2017 Yala Season will reach the market in September. Accordingly a decision has been made to import rice sufficient only for two months,” he said.

He said, from the 300,000 metric tons of rice to be imported, the government will handle 100,000 metric tons, while the private sector will be allowed to import the balance 200,000 metric tons.

Meanwhile, Karunaratne also alleged that imported rice is mixed with local produce and sold at higher prices.

“People in Sri Lanka are not fond of imported rice. During the past, rice was imported for Rs 56, 58, 60 and 61 per kilogram and sold at Rs 120 per kilogram. This is a large scale racket. We have also received information that rice unfit for consumption is polished and mixed with the local produce,” he pointed out.

Secretary Bandulasena however pointed out that in the case of such adulteration it was the responsibility of the Consumer Protection Authority to check on the matter and initiate action against those responsible.

My life is under threat-Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera

May 27th, 2017

BY PANCHAMEE HEWAVISSENTI Courtesy Ceylon Today

In an interview with Ceylon Today, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara said several recent incidents have compelled him to live in hiding as there is an attempt to assassinate him after arrest. The Thera further said he had to keep changing his hideouts for the protection of his life as he has hardly any faith in the government to protect his life. “Several unidentified people were loitering around my temple in Rajagiriya a couple of days ago. On inquiry, they replied that they were on a mission to apprehend narcotic dealers who were passing by the temple. I have been surreptitiously observing them for over an hour, but they did not seem to stop any vehicle passing along the road. I observed them looking around the neighbourhood of the temple,” he said. He further said he could sense danger in the manner they behaved and he immediately left the temple and is in hiding at present.

Commenting on the destruction of Buddhist archaeological sites by Muslim settlers in areas which were widely spoken about in Parliament this week, he said Muslims hardly possess any cultural or archaeological values and they attempt to deprive other communities of their lofty traditions out of malice. The Thera also mentioned that Buddhists and Hindus are being converted to Islam by offering financial support, marriage and various other material benefits. He reiterated during the interview that BBS has no malice against Hindus. “Buddhists and Hindus are culturally interrelated and both religions share similar values. When Hindus face injustice, BBS is prepared to speak for them,” he said. The Thera added that BBS has no animosity towards Muslims who moderately practice their religion and those people are in fact not harmful to the coexistence at all. “We are against Muslim extremists who spread Wahabism which is the greatest threat to the existence of non-Islam believers,” the Thera said.
Excerpts:

?Your presence was not felt until recently after the change of government. What made you make a sudden comeback?

A: This is not an abrupt comeback. I have been engaging in various endeavours overseas such as in Japan and Korea. I spent a limited time in Sri Lanka and that may be why my presence was not felt in a strong manner as today. Although we remained active and continued to reveal the injustice faced by the majority ethnic community, some media organizations did not support us merely out of malice. When an arrest warrant was issued, they exaggerated the news. They also continue to condemn the BBS in a malignant manner as in the past.

We met President Maithripala Sirisena on several occasions. We discussed in details the destruction of archaeological sites, deforestation at Wilpattu and setting up of illicit Muslim territories, drug and the human trafficking taking place via the settlements in Wilpattu. Unfortunately, the government failed to take action against culprits. Muslim extremism has crept into the administration. The so-called Sinhala Buddhist rulers act according to the whims and fancies of Islam extremists who spread Wahabism. Extremist Muslim politicos in the government are extremely powerful. When the misdeeds of Muslim extremists began to escalate, we too had to rise against them. One may refer to this situation as an abrupt comeback. In fact, we abruptly reacted to the escalating injustice faced by Sinhala Buddhists.

?It was clear that the former regime did not curb BBS and allowed it to function on its own. Why does the government attempt to suppress BBS? Is it due to political animosity because BBS is supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa?

A: I do not agree with it. Repressive measures were applied even by the former regime. Former government plotted to apprehend the Chief Executive Officer of BBS Dilanthe Withanage. It even attempted to ban BBS.

Extremist Muslims were active in the Rajapaksa regime as well. Yet, they were not as powerful as they are today. That is why the repressive measures applied by the government on BBS appear to be severe in comparison to those of the former regime.

?If you are apprehended or surrender to the Police, do you suspect of any plot to assassinate you in the manner that of the underworld figure Samayan was killed?

A: I dare claim that I have no faults. While the Police have fabricated allegations against me for my arrest, various politicos such as C.V. Wigneswaran, Sivajilingam, Vijeyakala Maheswaran, Rauff Hakeem, Rishad Bathiudeen, Azath Salley and the Eastern Provincial councillor Shibly are plotting against me. I dare say the law of the country is partial. It shows the ulterior motives behind the moves to apprehend me. Muslim extremist politicos want to silence me so that they could implement the agenda of Arabian countries to convert Sri Lanka into a Muslim country.

If you take recent incidents, underworld gangsters were killed by the goons clad in Police uniform and Police Officers were killed by drug dealers. How can you provide security to my life? There is a clear threat to my life. President Sirisena was informed by a person in March about an attempt to assassinate me and to create unrest in the country with the intention of destabilizing the government. The person further alleged that some Police Officers might be involved in the plot to assassinate me. When the Police wanted to arrest me at Kurunegala, they did not have a warrant or a valid reason to do so. Moreover, some of the Police Officers were drunk at the time. The arrest warrant was issued on 25 May 2017 stating the reasons. They tried to arrest me in a Muslim area. It aroused my suspicions that they could be killers posing as Police Officers. There have been many political conspiracies and assassinations in this country. Therefore, I believe that there is a plot to assassinate me after apprehending.

?Your contentious remarks against minority communities propelled the idea that you want to be a martyr. Isn’t your hiding contrary to your aggressive behaviour?

A: I dare to be a martyr, but this situation is akin to State terrorism. Muslim extremists in the country have become extremely powerful with the unconditional backing of the government. Muslim extremists were instrumental in bringing the government to power to serve their selfish aims. They are in dire need of getting rid of me. Should I allow that to happen? Although I’m not scared of facing death, I do not want to become a victim of Islamic terrorism.

As a Bhikkhu I strongly believe that I have not committed sins even in my previous births. Those merits will protect me from dangers.

?Do you perceive that Sri Lanka needs a separate court system (Sanghadhikarana) to deal with cases pertaining to Bhikkhus as it is unethical to arrest a Bhikkhu by lay people?

A: Where does it state in the law that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist state? Although Sri Lanka should be one, it is not. I do not think the rulers of this country will think of forming a Sanghadhikarana. It is in fact vital to set up a Sanghadhikarana and appoint a Sanga Raja (Head of the Buddhist monks’ judiciary system) to solve the disciplinary matters pertaining to Bhikkhus.

?You are alleged to have been maintaining links with the Norwegian government. BBS is alleged to be funded by Norway to trigger communal violence in the country. Can you refute such allegations?

A: Yes, I can. Could you cite any instance where the Norwegian Government has funded any Buddhist organization? Sri Lanka is famous for bringing baseless allegations against opponents. People of this country are carried away by rumours easily. Even the leaders are of that nature. This is a rumour created by a group in the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime to tarnish the BBS image. Their intention was to keep people away from BBS and to deprive us of their support.

Has anyone been able to prove the allegation that BBS is funded by the Norwegian Government?

?BBS has alleged that Arab countries are on a mission to make Sri Lanka an Islamic State and Sri Lankan politicians have been beguiled by Muslim politicos to make that happen. Is that true?

A: According to Islam, there is no God other than Allah. The extremists who follow the teachings of the Quran are on a mission to convert the entire world to Islam. It is said the Jihad battle will not be given up until the entire world becomes Muslim. Sri Lanka has already become a victim of that Islamic extremism.

Unfortunately, leaders of this country are reluctant to admit it. BBS warned that there are ISIS members in Sri Lanka. And it has been proved. An ordinary school principal in a rural area who appeared to live in harmony with other communities became an ISIS terrorist and got killed in Syria. When we warned of this, the authorities laughed at us. We keep on enlightening the government of the acts of Islamic extremists, but it turns a deaf ear. Moreover, we came to know that ISIS terrorists received salaries from Ulama organization in Sri Lanka. They had studied Sharia Law in Pakistan. Today Sri Lanka has become an academic centre to teach Sharia Law. There is a university being set up in the Eastern Province that provides free education on Sharia Law. Sri Lanka has become a safe haven for international Islamic terrorists to get military training due to the slack nature of the immigration process.

During Chandrika Kumaratunga’s government in 2002, the President’s Commission Report clearly mentioned that Sri Lanka is slowly becoming a victim of world Islamic invasion. Fifteen years have elapsed and we can clearly see the accuracy of that statement. Muslim population is expanding. Foreign Muslims are being settled down in the Wilpattu area. Hindus, Christians and Buddhists are being converted to Islam.

This government was elected with the political support of ISIS. If the government is an elephant the spear that control and frighten it is akin to extremist Muslim politicos. Hence, it is apparent that Sri Lanka is slowly becoming an Islamic State. I can predict that in another 15 years, Muslim extremists will start a war in the country and that will be worse than the one we fought against the LTTE. Islamic extremists will fight in a clandestine manner so that no one in the country will know that they have become victims. I claim that Islamic extremism is far more terrorizing than the LTTE.

As I said, Muslim politicos work according to Islamic Fundamentalism which is called Wahabism. That is why Azath Salley says he will form a Jihad terrorist group to kill me and the Eastern Provincial Councillor threatens that there will be a bloodbath in Sri Lanka. Countries that accommodated Muslim minorities in the past have today become Islamic States. That is how they grow.

?BBS often speaks about Wahabism. What does that mean? It is difficult for lay people to understand that word?

A: The pernicious side of Wahabism cannot be elucidated in a brief interview like this. The word is often used by BBS. I may provide you with a very brief account of Wahabism. Wahabists are the extremist and fundamentalist Muslims. They follow the austere form of Quran and claim that whoever does not submit to the will of Allah, should be killed. If I am to quote the Quran;
(2:191-193) “And kill them wherever you find them…,. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing…,. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone…
ISIS is completely based on Wahabism. In short, Wahabists stress that the entire world should be converted to Islam and there should not be any non-believer left. That is why ISIS is engaged in killing non-believers of Islam.

Sri Lanka’s luxury condos already in trouble: developers

May 27th, 2017

Courtesy The Island

Sri Lanka’s high-end luxury apartment developments may already be in trouble, according to at least two developers responding the Central Bank’s concern over a property bubble that could potentially undermine the entire economy.

The private Iconic Developments, an apartment builder, said it was aware of at least two projects that failed to take off resulting in cautious lending to the sector while another condo developer, Fairway Holdings, acknowledged a “bubble” in the high-end segment.

Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Indrajith Coomaraswamy announced earlier this month that they were closely monitoring the real estate sector after fears that excessive credit may have fuelled a property bubble that could cause distress to all.

He said  a low interest regime about three to four years ago encouraged money  into real estate which at the time appeared to give the highest rate of return on investment.

“What has been happening is that this sector has given a much higher rate of return than anything else,” he said. “When that happens, in whatever sector,  usually too much money gets in and then you end up in tears.”

Responding the Central bank chief’s comments, Fairway Holdings, which is putting up condominiums just outside Colombo,  agreed that a bubble may be forming, but said it was in the “luxury” segment.

“While agreeing that there is a possible bubble in the segment identified as ‘luxury’… the mid-range market is driven by solid fundamentals, underlying a gradual move towards modern city life,” Fairway chief Hemaka de Alwis said in a statement.

“Surely when the highest segment sells at double the price per square foot of the mid-range, there is every possibility of an unrealistic element in the pricing because the cost/quality base is the same – but the point is the whole industry can’t all be tarred with the same brush,” he said.

It is not clear what is meant by “luxury”, but the Hatton National Bank at a recent investor forum noted that they had not financed apartments generally costing over 40 million rupees, but felt there would be demand for more modestly priced units.

“We monitor the area quite closely,” HNB’s Chief Operating Officer Dishan Rodrigo said. “In case there is going to be a bubble, we know we are going to be relatively well insulated from it.”

HNB Chief Jonathan Alles said there was scope for apartments in the range of 10-20 million rupees targeting executives if developers were willing to get into that business.

Disputing reports of excessive bank credit into the sector, Fairway said only 10 percent of their customers used bank loans to finance their purchases while 75 percent of the customers bought the units to live in.

“Both indicators suggest that people are converting existing assets into apartments to support an urban lifestyle change,” Fairway said.

Iconic argued that there was real demand despite at least two projects getting into trouble, but did not identify those in difficulty.

“Acknowledging the fact two notable high-end developers had failed to get their projects off the ground, resulting in limited negative ramifications for lending to the sector, Iconic noted that the significant majority of real estate development was in fact being driven by real demand.”

A recent Hong Kong Bank study also showed that about 60 per cent of buyers of apartments were speculators trying to make a quick profit while 25 per cent were Sri Lankans living abroad. Only 15 per cent bought apartments to live in them. The report also suggested that a majority of apartment buyers were those unable to explain their wealth.

The Indian Diaspora in the US

May 26th, 2017

Shenali D Waduge

From 12,000 Indian immigrants in 1960, the Indian-American population has shot up to over 3million. The worldwide Indian diaspora itself is immeasurable with estimated figures ranging from 20-30million. Many of these Indians are proud Americans with little allegiance to their land of birth, however, qualities of their birth land remains and is part and parcel of the lobbying techniques used to exert Indian dominance in any country they have become naturalized citizens in.

Indians in US

The restrictive Immigration Acts of 1917 and 1924, which effectively banned immigration from Asia. As of 1960, there were only 12,000 Indian immigrants in the United States. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act removed origin-country quotas and created employment-based immigration channels, as well as subsequent legislation emphasizing highly skilled immigration provided an entry pathway for a growing number of professionals and students from India. Immigration Act of 1990 contributed to a rapid increase in the size of the Indian-born population. From 1980 to 2013, the Indian immigrant population increased ten-fold, from 206,000 to 2.04 million, roughly doubling every decade.

§  India’s diaspora is vast, with 20m-30m people spread across the world

§  Indian Americans are the third-largest group among Asian Americans.

§  The Indian diaspora population in the United States is comprised of approximately 3.8 million individuals (US Census Bureau) Indian-born Americans number 2million.

§  87.2% of Indian-American adults in 2010 were foreign-born

§  Three-quarters of the Indian-born population in America today arrived in the last 25 years

§  Indian citizens accounted for 70 percent of the 316,000 H-1B petitions (initial and continuing employment) approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in fiscal year (FY) 2014.

§  Approximately 284,000 unauthorized Indian immigrants in the 2009-13 period. According to Department of Homeland Security 14,000 Indians on tourist or business visas overstayed their legally-permitted welcome in 2014.

§  Half of all motels are owned by Indians

§  In Silicon Valley 1/5 of the population is Indian.

§  Some 10-20% of all tech start-ups have Indian founders

§  70% of Indian Americans aged 25 and older had college degrees in 2010

§  950,000 scientists and engineers of Indian origin (2013) out of a total of 29million

§  Indian-origin researchers were 3.3% of the U.S. research workforce

§  In 2011, 72,438 Indians received H1-B visas, 56% of all such visas granted that year

§  Only about half (51%) of Indian Americans are Hindu – 18% of Indian Americans identified themselves as Christians

§  In 2013, only 6 percent of Indian immigrants lived in poverty. According to MR Rangaswami, an influential Silicon Valley investor US will have an Indian-American as President in the next generation.”because of the size of India, we could become an even larger community than the Jews’.

§  65% of Indian Americans were Democrats

§  12% scientists and 38% doctors in the US are Indians

§  In NASA – 36% or almost 4 out of 10 scientists are Indians

§  US alone is home to as many as 145,000 Patels, who have come to dominate the country’s motel business. According to Onetact.com

§  Global remittances sent to India via formal channels equaled nearly USD $70 billion in 2013. Remittances sent to India have seen an 11-fold increase since 1995.

§  Before 2009 not a single American Indian has served as US ambassadors – now there are two – Atul Kesap in Sri Lanka, Richard Verma in India. Others holding prominent diplomatic roles in the Obama govt were – Nisha Biswal, Manpreet Anand,

Indian American criminal record

·         Nandu Thondavadi, 62, CEO of Schaumburg-based Quadrant 4 System, and Dhru Desai, 55, its chief financial officer and chairmanNandu Thondavadi, 62, CEO of Schaumburg-based Quadrant 4 System, and Dhru Desai, 55, its chief financial officer and chairmanNandu Thondavadi, 62, CEO of Schaumburg-based Quadrant 4 System, and Dhru Desai, 55, its chief financial officer and chairmanNandu Thondavadi, 62, CEO of Schaumburg-based Quadrant 4 System, and Dhru Desai, 55, its chief financial officer and chairman, were charged with wire fraudNandu Thondavadi, 62, CEO of Schaumburg-based Quadrant 4 System, and Dhru Desai, 55, its chief financial officer and chairman, were charged with wire fraud in 2016.

·         Harendra Singh was chargedHarendra Singh was charged for fraud in 2015

·         Tarsem Singh, a businessman from Fairfax in Virginia jailed for fraud in 2016

·         Navin Shankar Subramaniam Xavier jailed in US for $33m fraud 2017

·         A list of other criminal cases against Indian-Americans http://www.ndtv.com/topic/indian-jailed-in-us / http://www.searchindia.com/2014/02/07/whos-who-of-indian-criminals-in-usa/

Indian ancestry

·        Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley

·        Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney

·        Neel Kashkari, former Treasury Department official

·        Sundar Pichai, Google’s new CEO

·        Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft

·        Indira Nooyi is chief executive of PepsiCo

·        Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia     

·        Vikram Pandit CEO of Citigroup

·        Ajay Banga, president and CEO of MasterCard

·        Rakesh Kapoor, CEO of Reckitt Benckiser

·        Shantanu Narayen heads Adobe Systems

·        9 prominent Indians in Silicon Valley http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2015/08/11/indian-americans-silicon-_n_7969308.html

·        Indians taking top technology jobs – https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-americas-top-technology-jobs-are-going-to-indian-executives-1439338706

Shenali D Waduge

Turning the Square into a Circle – Modus Operandi

May 26th, 2017

Gunadasa Amarasekara.

Ranjith Soysa asked ‘Can the Prime Minister square a circle’ (6/5/Island).

My friend Ranjith should have no illusions about the capabilities of our Prime Minister. He may not be a statesmen or a visionary, but he is certainly the cleverest politician amongst us. He is Machiavelli incarnate. (Remember how he burnt Chandrika’s package which was close to his heart.) He has already launched his modus operandi to achieve his goal.

The square – 11 member committee views – that diabolical report was presented by him not with the intention of implementing it. He is no naive fool to do such a thing. It is for a specific purpose that he did it. It is to create the necessary background; to create a terrific fear psychosis in the minds of the Sinhala people which is a must- the modus operandi badly needed. He knows too well how the nationalists would go at it and tear it to pieces, how the Sangha will take to the streets, how the legal luminaries will rack their brains to demolish those fraudulent arguments. He also knows that greater the opposition, greater the rabble rousing, greater would be the fear gripping the minds of the people. This is the background that he needs.

It is in such a ‘fear psychosis’ background that he can present the proposal which he actually wants to implement. And that proposal is the implementation of the thirteenth amendment fully and nothing more. He knows too well how the fear stricken people will embrace it with a sigh of relief, how even those who have misgivings about the full implementation of the thirteenth amendment will accept it as a lesser evil. The full implementation of the thirteenth amendment with police and land powers is all that the enemy yearns for. The Western powers who are out to divide the country will welcome it. India will fully endorse it. TNA and the Elamists Vigneshwaran and Sambandan, will accept it with a display of bogus protests. This is the stepping stone they all need in the pursuit of their journey towards Elaam. Once the stepping stone is provided they will look after the rest.

This proposal will be presented to the Parliament in the coming months by the PM with the blessings of everybody. The SLFP members within the government would have no qualms in accepting it. I would not be surprised if some members of the JO too do the same. Dew Gunesekera has already shown his stance.

How this strategy – this modus operandi has succeeded could be seen from the reaction of the Sangha; the leaders of both Malwatta and Asgiriya when they met President Sirisena had agreed to endorse to implementation of the thirteenth amendment. All they wanted was the strengthening of the centre!

It is also most likely that this proposal of the Prime Minister would be presented not as one initiated solely by this government but as one initiated by the previous government which failed to see the light of the day.

I believe when the Prime Minister converted the entire Parliament into a constitutional assembly, this would have been one of his Machiavellian intentions. The bait was swallowed by the JO, hook line and sinker in spite of our warning them.

Gunadasa Amarasekara.

Insights from traditional medicine to treat Chronic Kidney Disease

May 26th, 2017

Dr. Channa Jayasumana Daily Mirror

  • Western Medicine can only manage the disease
  • Identical disease is found in Central America 
  • After treatment by a Sinhala Vedamahattaya, patients see improvements 

Dr. Channa Jayasumana, Head of the Department of Pharmacology at Rajarata Medical Faculty who has conducted extensive research into Chronic Renal Failure in Sri Lanka, recently participated at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) in Mexico and submitted his research. He says valuable insights can be derived from traditional medicine to reverse the disease.

QYou recently made a presentation in Mexico on Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), a disease that has afflicted the agricultural communities of Sri Lanka. What did you present?

It was the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN), organized by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN). It is an academic event held once in two years. All world-renowned Nephrologists and scientists in the Nephrology field attended the event. This time there were 4,000 participants cutting across the globe, representing 120 countries. The latest research findings on kidney diseases, their management and proposed future research ideas were presented at this event. I had the opportunity of delivering a lecture at ISN-WCN. In fact, I was the only speaker from Sri Lanka. There were speakers from India, Pakistan and China. Most were from the US or Europe.
QWhat are your latest research findings?
Our main research is focused on the kidney disease prevalent among the paddy growers in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. An identical disease is found in the Central American region among sugarcane cultivators. We did a multi-centered study involving Sri Lankan, Nicaraguan, El Salvadorian and Swedish scientists. First, our group did a renal biopsy study in El Salvador. The Swedish scientists had brought renal tissue samples to the Karolinska Institute, a renowned medical research institute which awards Nobel prizes in medicine. We did the second study involving patients from Nicaragua. Swedish collaborators came to Sri Lanka last year. We did a renal biopsy study at the Polonnaruwa Hospital with the help of Dr. Rajiva Dasanayake, a Nephrologist. We transported samples from Polonnaruwa to Stockholm for analysis. Finally, we compared all these renal tissue samples taken from three different countries. We analysed the biochemical parameters of these patients, covering all aspects of urine and blood. We analysed early renal markers too. Upon comparison of all these samples, we found the two diseases to be very similar. One is found among paddy growers in this part of the globe and the other among sugarcane farmers. It is an interesting find. We can discover various infectious diseases among people from different parts of the world. In this instance, it is identical. It is a chronic, non-communicable disease. Yet, the histopathological and biochemical pictures are the same. There is no genetic relation between the people of the Central American region and Sri Lanka but we observed the similarity. The main difference was that certain microvasculature changes (glomerular ischemia) in the renal tissues were affected more in Central America. For the moment, I assume it may be due to their strenuous physical activity.


We presented the preliminary results at the Mexico City World Congress of Nephrology. It will be published in a high impact medical journal soon. The disease emerged in these two regions in the mid 1990s. Both regions are in the tropics. There is high temperature and humidity in both regions. Rice and sugarcane belong to the same grass family. The types and usage levels of agro-chemicals for both crops are quite similar. We have observed a large quantity of weedicide and insecticide being used for both cultivations. In addition, both are high-fertilizer consuming plants.
QYou did some studies on this disease involving indigenous medicinal practices. What are your findings and observations?
It is really interesting. Actually, we only control the disease (CKD) with western medicine. By definition, Chronic Kidney Disease causes irreversible damage to renal tissues. Once your renal tissues are affected, you cannot reverse the damage. We are just trying to stop the further damage. Also, we try to delay the development of complications. These are the CKD management goals in western medicine.

Our main research is focused on the kidney disease prevalent among the paddy growers in the dry zone of Sri Lanka 

In the meantime, we received information that certain Sinhala ‘Veda Mahattayas’ (Indigenous medicine practitioners) knew of some methods to reverse the renal damage. Then, we did a basic survey. We found that certain patients from Anuradhapura and Kurunegala were cured of this disease. There is a famous Veda Mahattaya in Anuradhapura called ‘Alayapattuwe Vedamahattaya’. We did a collaborative study with the participation of experts from the Rajarata University and Ruhuna University. We selected a few patients and referred them to the Veda Mahattaya to be treated. We did not do intervene. We only observed what he was doing. At the recruitment, we did all the chemical parameters related to renal functions. We continued it for four weeks. After that, we gave them a standard questionnaire. There is a medical way of assessing patients’ compliance and feelings. For the first batch, we recruited 50 patients, and another 50 for the second batch. For the third month, we also selected 50. We found that the renal functions of most of these patients improved after a treatment of four weeks. Clinically and psychologically they showed improvements.
QIs that a remarkable improvement?

Yes. In medical terms, we call it a statistically significant improvement. There is a way of quantifying the quality too. There is a significant improvement of the quality of life of these patients, according to the information gathered through standard medical questionnaires. These results were compatible with chemical parameters of the body.

QHow does the Veda Mahattaya treat these patients?

We observed this Veda Mahattaya collecting herbal plants from the Wilapptu forest and the Medawachchiya area. The majority of them were endemic plant varieties. He gave herbal items made of these plants to patients on a daily basis, according to a schedule. The patients had to wake up at 5.30 am and participate in some Buddhist religious ritual and meditation. Treatment is not only confined to the physical body but also to the mind. It is done in keeping with Theravada Buddhist religious practices. Patients have to practice the schedule for one month. There is a strict control of food. Food from outside was not allowed. It was supplied by the Veda Mahattaya. We even analysed the food stuff provided. We found it to be a low-protein diet. It is the same as practiced in western medicine in the management of CKD. Certain herbal oils and dermal preparations were given. After a couple of weeks, signs of improvement become visible. After four weeks, there was dramatic improvement.

Patients from Anuradhapura and Kurunegala

QNormally, western medical practitioners do not encourage indigenous medicine. You are an exception. What compelled you to accept this?

At present, authentic Sinhala Vedamahattayas are confined only to a few areas. Many others practicing it misuse the system. It has become a money-making business for them (in this particular instance, the Vedamahattaya did not charge anything). This is why western doctors see it from a different angle. We see quacks in many places treating people, posing as indigenous medical practitioners. There are good ones here and there. I am not finding fault with western doctors for having a different view. However as intellectuals, we have to differentiate between these genuine practitioners. We have to respect the Sinhala medicine system too. It has a separate knowledge system developed through millennia. Usually knowledge in Sinhala medicine is preserved and transferred in the form of four line verses (Sivu Pada). One cannot neglect this knowledge system merely by calling it unscientific. Before the introduction of the western system, we had an advanced system. You find it in ancient literature. The large edifices built in the Anuradhapura era could not have been erected if not for the existence of a healthy population. We have to accept that we had a very good medical system.

As intellectuals, we have to investigate the roots of our medicine. One way is to absorb the indigenous medicine system to the western system 

As intellectuals, we have to investigate the roots of our medicine. One way is to absorb the indigenous medicine system to the western system. The second is to adapt the western system to ours. Nowadays, we do not have adequate intellectuals on our side to carry out the second. Thus we have to absorb our knowledge into the western system for the time being. For example, we have two consultants at our medical faculty – a surgeon and consultant physician. They use indigenous techniques to treat anal fistula. It is a successful treatment. They have absorbed the indigenous knowledge to the western system and successfully conduct it.

There are intellectuals in the field who can see this with an open mind. They appreciate it. It is a good trend. At the same time, there are others who do not trust any other knowledge system except the western one. They criticise us. They feel that our efforts will yield no results.

We have unique medical issues for which western medicine does not have answers. The CKD epidemic among paddy farmers is a classic example. Western companies and universities do not invest in the research as it does not concern their population. It involves a lot of money, probably millions of dollars. They invest in research into diseases such diabetes and hypertension. So we have to find our own solution. I do not feel we have a good western research system in the country. Most research done here are pseudo ones done just as academic papers for passing examinations for academic posts. What is the result of the research work done in the last 50 years? What is the amount of money we spent in the name of research? Can you name a single drug developed in this manner? We are just repeating work done by the western world. At least now we can identify our roots and develop a genuine research tradition.

Yahapalanaya in overdrive – II

May 26th, 2017

Editorial The Island

The yahapalana regime apparently has no sense of shame. No sooner had the Public Finance Committee (PFC) suspended a government move to spend Rs. 329 million on super luxury vehicles for ministers another supplementary estimate was presented to Parliament seeking funds to buy vehicles for some more politicians. This time around the beneficiaries are the members of the Constituent Assembly steering committee. (Are they going to steer new vehicles instead of the constitution making process?)

The PFC has called for information about the conditions of the vehicles currently being used by ministers who have asked for new ones. It seems to have responded to public criticism of the government’s profligacy.

The township of Salawa was still burning due to last year’s devastating blast of the army’s central armoury when the yahapalana government unflinchingly presented a supplementary estimate to the tune of over one billion rupees for vehicles for ministers. The fact that thousands of people who had lost their houses and shops were crying out for help to rebuild their lives did not cause any concern to the government. The supplementary estimate, currently suspended by the PFC, came in the aftermath of the Meethtoamulla garbage dump collapse, which left more than 30 people dead. The callous disregard of the government leaders for the unbearable suffering of disaster victims is shocking to say the least. As we argued in a previous comment, not even Nero was so inconsiderate. He only fiddled while Rome was burning according to historians and did not order chariots to be paid for with public funds.

One hopes that the aforesaid suspension of the supplementary estimate is not a government ruse to deflect mounting public criticism. One should not be so optimistic as to believe that funds won’t be allocated for buying ministers their dream vehicles. If experience is anything to go by, then the yahapalana grandees will have the last laugh.

If only the PFC had withheld the supplementary estimates seeking funds for vehicles on previous occasions as well! One of the huge cars to be bought for a defeated-candidate-turned minister is to cost the taxpaying public as much as Rs. 70 million. With the money spent on that vehicle alone the housing problem of many disaster victims could have been solved.

No more vehicles should be imported for ministers. The public must not be made to pay for cars that tickle politicians’ fancy. If the government thinks some of the greedy ministers within its ranks may defect unless their nests are sufficiently feathered, that is its problem. Wasting public funds to keep them happy is antithetical to good governance.

Ministers of the Rajapaksa Cabinet were known for their expensive tastes though they are today pontificating on the virtues of frugality. It may be recalled that one of the main planks of the yahapalana platform was that the members of the Rajapaksa regime were living off the fat of the land with fleets of super luxury vehicles at their disposal while the masses were starving. They used a pithy slogan to turn public opinion against the Rajapaksa administration—unta lamborghini; janathavata badagini—lamborghini for the rulers and pangs of hunger for people. Immediately after the 2015 change of government the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government saw to it that the vehicles used by the members of the Rajapaksa regime were returned immediately. Noncompliance led to prosecutions. Why can’t the yahapalana politicians who came to power, banging the drum for frugal fiscal management use those high-priced sedans and SUVs which are good enough for the use of even the First World political leaders?

There has been a severe erosion of public faith in the national legislature which has come to be synonymous with waste, dereliction of duty, absenteeism and indiscipline over the years. The uphill task before the yahapalana government is to reverse the trend. Wasting public funds according to the whims and fancies of ministers is certainly not the way to set about it. Having failed to make good on most of its promises, the government should at least cut down on its wasteful expenditure. That is the least it can do to prevent public resentment from spilling over onto streets.

Post-war politics: Fonseka factor

May 26th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando May 23, 2017, ……..The  Island.

Controversy surrounds Sri Lanka’s decision to do away with the annual Victory Day parade in the wake of the change of government in January 2015.

Mathripala Sirisena was able to achieve what war winning Army chief General Sarath Fonseka failed in January 2010.
The previous government celebrated Sri Lanka’s triumph over LTTE terrorism with a magnificent armed forces and police parade. The annual event reflected the liberation of the Eastern Province (Aug 2006-July 2007) and the Northern Province (March 2007-May 2009).
Sri Lanka brought the war against the LTTE to a successful conclusion on May 19, 2009 on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon. The Eelam war IV lasted two years and ten months.
 
Unfortunately, those who had achieved unprecedented victory and brought relief to the people and also removed regional security threat couldn’t resolve issues among themselves. Those who propagated the myth that the LTTE couldn’t be defeated exploited differences among opponents causing political chaos. Those who played politics with Sri Lanka’s finest victory forgot sacrifices made by the armed forces. Over 6,000 officers and men sacrificed their lives since the resumption of the war in 2006. Of them nearly 2,400 perished during January-May 2009 on the Vanni east front.
The conclusion of the conflict brought relief to the Tamil community. Eradication of the LTTE ended the despicable practice of forced recruitment of their children. It would be pertinent to mention that the LTTE continued child recruitment in spite of it promising the UN way back in 1998 to halt deploying of children in high intensity battles. Tamil speaking people had every reason to celebrate the elimination of the scourge of terrorism.
 
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Within 24 hours after the final battle, the Army cremated several hundred bodies, including that of Prabhakaran and his family, and threw their ashes to the sea.
Inclement weather forced the previous government to cancel the first Victory Day parade by the tri-services, and the police, scheduled for May 20, 2010.
The Illankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) led Tamil National Alliance, foreign funded civil society organizations, as well as a section of the international community resented the Victory Day parade. They alleged that as such celebrations hurt the feelings of the Tamil speaking people, the government should cancel the annual event. In other words, they acknowledged that the LTTE consisted of almost all Tamil speaking Sri Lankans hellbent on driving out the Army from the Northern Province. The TNA conveniently forgot how the LTTE formed the grouping and then compelled it to recognize it as the sole representative of the Tamil speaking people.
 
The war-winning Rajapaksa government quite rightly ignored their calls to cancel the much respected Victory Day parade. But those who had been wanting to haul Sri Lanka up before an international war crimes court/hybrid war crimes court strongly pushed for the cancellation of the event.
 
Canadian salvo
In the run-up to the 2014 Victory Day parade, in Matara, Canada publicly declared that it wouldn’t be represented. It was the fifth Victory Day parade held amidst stepped up international pressure.
Canadian High Commissioner in Colombo, Shelly Whiting, in a strongly worded statement, issued exclusively to ‘The Island’, explained the Canadian decision to boycott the event. The writer front-paged Whiting’s statement, in the May 16, 2014 edition of The Island. The then Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya explained Sri Lanka’s right to continue with the Victory Day parade, on the following day.
 
The following is the text of Shelly’s statement headlined ‘Canada to boycott Victory Day parade’ with strap line ‘such events won’t help post war national reconciliation’: “As in past years, heads of mission, resident in Sri Lanka, have recently received invitations to participate in this year’s Victory Parade, scheduled to be held, in Matara, on May 18. As Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, part of my role includes celebrating the successes of the country, alongside the Sri Lankan people. However, I will not be attending the Victory Day Parade on May 18. Some commentators will no doubt rush to judge and erroneously conclude that I am doing so out of some misplaced nostalgia for the LTTE. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Let me be clear the LTTE was a scourge that brought untold suffering to this island nation and all its people.
Prior to arriving in Sri Lanka, my previous assignment was in Afghanistan where I saw first-hand the terrorist tactics (use of suicide bombers, IEDs) that are sadly the LTTE’s legacy to the world. The LTTE and its supporters were ruthless and single-minded, and did not faithfully represent the political aspirations of the communities they purported to represent. Canada joined the world in welcoming the defeat of the LTTE in 2009. In fact, the LTTE has been proscribed as a terrorist entity in Canada since 2006. To help stop the flow of funding to the LTTE, Canada further proscribed the World Tamil Movement (WTM) in 2008. Both of these organizations remain banned in Canada today.
However, five years after the end of the conflict, the time has arrived for Sri Lanka to move past wartime discourse and to start working seriously towards reconciliation. It is time to mend relations between communities and to ensure that all Sri Lankans can live in dignity and free from discrimination, based on ethnic, religious or linguistic identities. Fathers and daughters, sons and mothers, all were victims, who were killed or never returned home at the end of the conflict. No community here – whether Sinhalese or Tamil, Muslim or Burgher – was spared during the conflict. In this vein, Canada has encouraged the Government of Sri Lanka to retire its annual Victory Day Parade, which perpetuates roles of victors and vanquished within the country, for a day of remembrance for all those who suffered as a result of the conflict. Indeed, Sri Lanka’s own homegrown Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report recommends that a solemn day of remembrance for all victims of the war would be more conducive to sustaining peace here. Such a gesture would go a long way towards putting wartime posturing behind Sri Lanka.
I will not be in Matara, but I will be thinking and remembering all those who lost their loved ones over the thirty year conflict.”
 
Let me also reproduce Whiting’s tweet on post-war reconciliation process:” Remembering all those affected by the decades long conflict and thinking of the families who still seek answers.
= As new policy states reconciliation and coexistence involves protecting the rights and interests of missing persons and their families.
= Eight years after the end of the conflict, further progress towards the establishment of a functioning OMP is urgently needed.”
Canadian statements essentially reflected the opinion expressed by all those who had backed Oct 1, 2015 Geneva Resolution co-sponsored by the yahapalana government. The yahapalana government reiterated its commitment to the same resolution in March 2017.
 
Those who couldn’t stomach Sri Lanka’s triumph over the LTTE pursued war-winning President Mahinda Rajapaksa until they engineered his defeat in January 2015. Rajapaksa’s ouster resulted in the cancellation of the Victory Day parade. The LTTE was brought to its knees in its Mullaitivu stronghold less than six months after Canada-based political and defence analyst, D.B.S. Jeyaraj, asserted that the LTTE had the wherewithal to defeat the Army on the Vanni east front. Within 10 days after that prediction, the Army liberated Kilinochchi in Dec/Jan 2009. The LTTE rapidly retreated towards the Mullaitivu coast until it didn’t have any other option but to surrender. Over 10,000 LTTE cadres accepted Sri Lanka’s offer to surrender, while several hundred men and women perished, defending Prabhakaran.
 
Now, Yahapalana rulers have accepted unsubstantiated claims that celebrating triumph over LTTE terrorism undermined post-war national reconciliation. The undeniable truth is had the Army failed on the Vanni east front, TNA leader R. Sampanthan would be still taking orders from Prabhakaran. In Nov 2005, Sampanthan, at the behest of Prabhakaran, ordered northern Tamils not to exercise their franchise at the Nov 17 presidential poll that year. The move was meant to deprive UNP candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe the Tamil vote and to ensure Mahinda Rajapaksa’s victory. The LTTE-TNA set the stage for an all out war against the government, believing the new President lacked the strength to meet the LTTE challenge. The LTTE-TNA coalition would have probably succeeded in its project had the then Army Chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa perished in suicide attacks in April and Dec 2006. President Rajapaksa’s team comprised Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka and Air Marshal Roshan Gunatilleke. They relentlessly pursued military operations until the LTTE lost its desire to fight after losing nearly 600 cadres, including most of its senior ground commanders, in April 2009, in the Anandapuram battle. The LTTE never recovered from that humiliating defeat and collapsed seven weeks later.
 
Catastrophic decisions
Having called the Rajapaksa brothers and Fonseka war criminals, in January 2010, the US forced the TNA to campaign for the war-winning Army Commander at the January 2010 presidential poll. The TNA ensured Fonseka comfortably won all northern and eastern electoral districts. Thanks to Wikileaks, we know the US effort, though it today complains of Russia interfering in its last presidential poll.
Although, no one could have challenged Fonseka’s decision to challenge Rajapaksa, the move obviously plunged the country into crisis. The UNP fielded Fonseka after having ridiculed his war effort and constantly propagating the myth that the LTTE couldn’t be militarily defeated.
 
In the wake of Fonseka’s defeat, the previous government pounced on the Sinha Regiment veteran.
The government arrested Fonseka, in early Feb 2010. Some senior army officers, believed to be close to him, were prematurely retired, while a few fled the country. An abortive attempt was also made to try Fonseka twice for the same offense. On that basis the Colombo High Court acquitted the failed presidential candidate of all charges in the Hicorp case. The case relates to army procurement during his tenure as Army Chief.
Fonseka was also convicted in two other cases and served jail terms. The war veteran was stripped of his rank and benefits.
In September 2010, an Army Tribunal pronounced him guilty of the Hicorp charges. Fonseka received a jail term of 30 months for the procurement consequent to the Army Tribunal verdict. In November 2011, he was again convicted for three years, in the “white flag case”.
 
Fonseka was pardoned by President Rajapaksa and released in May 2012. He was behind bars when the country celebrated the war victory during the Rajapaksa administration.
Had all those responsible for waste, corruption and irregularities properly investigated and brought before courts many politicians representing the SLFP and the UNP would have ended up behind bars. Reports put out by COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises) and PAC (Public Accounts Committee) have exposed many politicians, however absolutely no action was taken so far.
 
Former Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon in his memoirs, Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy, commented on Fonseka’s political ambitions. The possibility of India influencing the former government’s position vis a vis Fonseka, can never be ruled out. Obviously, India hadn’t been enthusiastic about the project to make Fonseka President in January 2010. Menon’s following comment on Fonseka is revealing; 
 “The other postwar issue that worried India was the civil military balance after 26 years of civil war in Sri Lanka. This was solved expeditiously if unconventionally by sacking and imprisoning Army Chief Sarath Fonseka. Fonseka’s political ambitious were the real motive behind Rajapaksa’s actions, but the effect in removing him was to take out of politics the victorious and domineering army, which had got used to playing a role in national politics.”
 
Whatever the political factors, India would have appreciated the destruction of the group responsible for the deaths of over 1,000 Indian officers and men.
Interestingly, following Fonseka’s defeat at the January 2010 presidential poll, the UNP refrained from fielding him on party ticket at the subsequent general election. The celebrated soldier successfully contested on the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) ticket under JVP leadership though he was denied a Colombo District seat due to him being found guilty by an Army Tribunal.
The then Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena told the writer at his ministry how a Colombo based US diplomat passed a message to President Rajapaksa demanding the imprisoned General’s immediate release. Had there been an examination of various developments since the end of the war in May 2009, we would realise how interested parties manipulated decision makers leading to the present political crisis.
Subsequently, Fonseka received political recognition for his own party and contested the last general election. Having suffered a humiliating defeat, Fonseka entered parliament through UNP National List at the expense of his party. Eight years after the conclusion of the war, Fonseka’s National List appointment has been challenged in the Supreme Court, interestingly by a retired combat Major of the Sinha regiment Ajith Prasanna.
 

(To be continued on May 31)


An Analysis of Events in Sri Lanka in the Context of Global and Regional Dynamics -(Part 1) Ramifications of Bim Saviya (the US ‘Colonisation’ Law )

May 25th, 2017

By Gandara John

It was in 1998 when the US executed a major coup in Sri Lanka and succeeded in passing a US propelled Australian Land Law (Torrens Law) through Sri Lanka’s Parliament; this was ‘The Registration of Title Act 21 of 1998’, commonly referred to as ‘Bim Saviya’.

Bim Saviya stripped the Judiciary of its powers to sit in judgment on matters relating to ownership of land; those ‘Judicial’ powers were wilily transferred to the Executive – the Minister of Lands – causing disequilibrium in the delicate ‘check- and- balance’ structures of governance between the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature.

The ‘Bim Saviya’ Law emasculated the Judiciary and gave unbridled power to the Minister of Lands, making a mockery of the concept of ‘Separation of Powers’.

Under ‘Bim Saviya’ Law, the Minister of Lands cannot be held accountable to anyone for the ‘judicial’ discretion exercised by him in granting ownership of land to anyone he pleases.

With the Minister of Lands thus empowered to give ownership of land to persons of his choice, with the Minister of Lands granted immunity from prosecution for his indiscretions, with ownership of land executed and registered even in fraudulent circumstances made irreversible, with disputed ownership of land unchallengeable in a court of law, the US has through the ‘Bim Saviya’ law, neatly sewn up Sri Lanka for the control of her assets which include her intangible strategic location; in short, the US has established the basic foundation  to make Sri Lanka one of its colonies.

The US has set up the same ‘Bim Saviya’ structure, in 51 other Sovereign States.

The ‘Rule of Law’ has been brazenly violated and the US and its Allies could give a damn about it.

Democracy has received a more than hemorrhagic blow and the Sovereignty of the country is in dire peril. Ne’er a whisper of protest has been heard from the usually vociferous ‘bleeding-heart’ NGOs.

The US successfully executed the Coup, with the full blown assistance of Kumaranatunge whose ill-concealed lust for the cash loaded Nobel Prize would drive her to do anything and who at that time was cozying upto ‘Zippergate’ Clinton, then under threat of impeachment.

As much as ‘Central Banks’ around the world are instruments of the Neoliberals, so is the ‘Bim Saviya’ Law, an essential tool for the establishment, control and consolidation of the US Empire.

The US is pushing hard to complete the ‘Bim Saviya’ programme in the entire country; at present 27 of the 43 land registries have been converted to ‘Bim Saviya. With this end in view the US is exerting all pressure on the government to sell the ‘Survey Department’ to the CIA partner Company, ‘Trimble Incorporated’.

Additionally, the US has been pumping annually, since 1998, a thumping Two Million Dollars to the Ministry of Lands through the World Bank and other Agencies to complete the ‘Bim Saviya’ programme. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/04/16/the-world-bank-strips-sri-lankas-judiciary-of-its-powers-enshrined-in-the-constitution-and-further-fingers-the-countrys-constitution//

The ‘Bim Saviya’ law has facilitated the sale of land to the Neo-Liberals in US and Europe.

With Bim Saviya, the Neoliberals in the West, sitting in their living rooms, can access Sri Lanka’s land registry website at any time; these persons have a keyhole view of all Sri Lankan land, with GPS coordinates and all; they can purchase any part of Sri Lanka, upto any extent, if it pleases the Minister of Lands.

Sri Lanka has been told that her listing in the ‘Doing Business’ index has improved –whatever that means –by the mere fact that she has made her land available to be bought, sold and owned by foreigners at will, like a piece of commodity.

The bygone European Empires were compelled to conquer countries militarily if they wished to own the ‘land’ and its assets. That was the concept of Colonialism in that era.

The US concept of Colonialism is somewhat different. They do not necessarily have to militarily conquer and subdue a country to own that country’s Land. Their concept is to purchase ownership of a country’s Land and its assets from a subservient Government that fawningly offers to sell it to them. Over 80 percent of Sri Lanka’s land is Government land.

The ownership of land is secure and is now guaranteed by Bim Saviya.

In short ‘Bim Saviya’ Law bolsters and perpetuates US Colonialism.

Once sold, as explained before, ownership cannot be changed by that subservient country because ‘Bim Saviya’ Law does not permit it to do so.

This is US Colonialism or what is often described as Neo Colonialism.

The sirisena – Wickramasinghe Government in the meantime has made bold pronouncements that it would permit foreigners and foreign owned companies to buy and own land, overriding provisions of Act 38 of 2014 (Restrictions on the alienation of lands in Sri Lanka to foreigners).

Bim Saviya is a US cancer injected into Sri Lanka’s, judicial, social and political fabric; it needs to be urgently eradicated if the Sovereign State of Sri Lanka is to survive.

With the newly formed ‘Malabar military alliance – US, India and Japan – now lording the region, with US military hoofing around the Delft, with Modi’s Mafia style Diplomacy catching the eye and with Sushma Swaraj’s crudely veiled threat to invade Sri Lanka, Bim Saviya takes a more ominous turn.

US foreign policy under Trump is getting less blurred by the day. The US is giving more power to their regional allies to do the ‘dirty’ work of the US in their respective regions.

Under the ‘America First’ Policy it would be the ‘Allies’ who would put their boots on the ground first, it would be the ‘Allies’ who would lay down their lives first, it would be the ‘Allies’ who would fill the body bags first, all under the eyes of the US.

The US will be selling their Arms to their Allies for the battles ahead. There would be consensus between Trump and the all powerful ‘Federal Reserve’.

The US senior partner in this region is India. Events hint towards India doing the ‘colonial’ dirty work for the US and taking advantage of Bim Saviya.

Is there a solution for the US cancer of Bim Saviya? Yes, there is. Amend the relevant provisions in Bim Saviya that will restore the authority of Sri Lanka’s Judiciary and that will revoke the power of the Minister of Lands.

If there is reluctance on the part of the Legislature to do so, bring in a type of ‘Class Action’ in Courts that would give the opportunity for the Judiciary to make a judicial determination and order that would negate the pernicious provisions in the Bim Saviya Law. Case Law would then prevail.

Gandara John is a freelance writer. E mail: gandarajohn@outlook.com

ඉවසීම

May 25th, 2017

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න 

සංහිඳියාව සඳහා ප්රගුණ කරන්න ඕනේ ඉවසීමලු . හැබය් ඉවසන්න ඕනේ බෞද්ධයෝ විතරලු.මයිත්ත්රී භාවනාව කරන බෞද්ධයන්ට මිස .මරපියවූ කොටපියව් කියනඉස්ලාම් කාරයන්ට ඉවසන්න කියන එක සාධාරණ නැතිලු ධම්ම පදයය් කොරානයය් අතර සටනක් නිසා .බෞද්ධයෝසටන්නොකොරාන් ”. ශාන්තිවාදී තාපසයෝ තමන්ගේ ත් පාකපා දමන තුරු හිටියා මෙන් හිටපුහාම ඉන්දුනීසියාව ඇෆ්ගනිස්තානයට වුනා මෙන් සිද්ධවෙන දෙයක් සිධ්ධවෙයනේ . ධර්මය නොඇසෙන රටක නිවන් යාමට පහසුය් ලු .
තව කියනවා විසදුම නම් හොන්ද රජයක් පත් කර ගැනීම කියලමහින්ද ත් එක්ක ඉන්න අය එදා කොලාද .ඉද්රියේදී කොරය් මහින්දට ඉඩ දෙයද .රටට අවශ් වම හොයනවම්මුසිංහල බෞධ්ධය බෙර ගනියද..
මේ කියන්නේ මේ දැන් මරාගෙන මැරෙමු කියන එක නොවෙය .රනිල් එලවල ඉස්සරවෙලා කටුකොහොල් ඇරලා ඕනෙම වෙලාවක ඕනෙම දෙකට ඉදිරියට යන්න සුදානම් වෙමු කියන එකය් 
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හොඳ නායකයෙක් අවශ්යනම් සටන්කාමිත්වයෙන් දැනුමෙන් අවංක කමින් සින්හලකමෙන් බෞද්ධ කමෙන් සන්නධ්ධවූ සරත් වීරසේකරට රටේ බලය ලබාදෙන්න ඔය වම්මු කැමතිද

Vesak at Berlin Vihara 2017

May 25th, 2017

German Dharmaduta Society

The Berlin Buddhist Vihara founded by Asoka Weeraratna (1957), and housed in Das Buddhistische Haus built by Dr. Paul Dahlke in 1924, being the oldest Theravada Buddhist temple in Europe, observed Vesak on Sunday May 14, in the presence of a large gathering of Buddhists and well – wishers from Sri Lanka, Germany, Thailand, and several other Asian and European countries.

Two Buddhist monks namely Ven. Bambalapitiye Medhankara Thero of Siri Vajiraramaya Temple in Bambapalapitiye, Colombo and Ven. Dhammamuninda Thera ( an Italian monk trained at the Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya) led the religious activities in the Vesak Day programme which was organised and co – ordinated by Mr. Tissa Weeraratna, with the assistance of both Sinhala and German Buddhists.

Following the Dhamma talks by the two monks and address of welcome by the hosts, Pirith was chanted to invoke the blessings of the noble triple gem on all those present  and all living beings in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha who placed a heavy emphasis on Ahimsa (non – violence), Metta (loving – kindness) and Karuna (compassion) as the cornerstone and true pathway to peace. Several dayakayas observed ‘ Sil’ on this occasion.

Berlin Vihara was decorated with Buddhist flags, and colourful Vesak lanterns. A number of Tents erected on the large compound of the Vihara served as Dansala that offered a wholesome vegetarian meal carrying mostly Sri Lankan dishes during the lunch recess.

Ven. Bambalapitiye Medhankara Thera is seen addressing the gathering in the compound of the Berlin Vihara. Seated on his left is the Italian monk Ven. Dhammamuninda Thera who was trained at the Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya. He speaks four languages Italian, German, English and Sinhala fluently.   

Cabinet re-shuffle: the cards that keep floating to the top

May 25th, 2017

BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE

President Maithripala Sirisena was hopeful.  He said the Cabinet reshuffle will provide a new impetus to Sri Lanka’s development.  Prof G.L. Peiris was generous.  He said that it is unfair to blame Ravi Karunanayake for the economic failures and fiscal shortcomings of the government since he operated with clipped wings considering that the Treasury was under the Prime MInister and the banks with Kabir Hashim.
Dullas Alahapperuma was cute.  He wonders why the government shifted Karunanayake after he had been named the best in the business of ministering finance just a few months ago. He also asked why Mangala Samaraweera who was showered with praise for his diplomacy was removed from the Ministry of External Affairs.  Valid points, these.  
While we wait on the relevant gazette notification there’s speculation about demands being made for control of various state institutions.  The Development Lotteries Board, SriLankan Airlines, the Colombo Stock Exchange and some sections of the Plantations Ministry have been mentioned in pound-of-flesh terms.  Apparently Karunanayake wants these.  Of course it would look utterly silly for such institutions to come under the purview of the Ministry of External Affairs and therefore there’s talk of an additional tag being conferred on Karunanayake.  It could very well come to pass because all it takes is to come up with some economy-related name and a ‘state minister’ label.  Job done.  
Let’s leave speculation aside. Let’s go with the real.  
Dullas has a point.  Prof Peiris has a point.  The President cannot but utter something optimistic.  However, as has been pointed out and not too kindly, booru kuttama mona vidihakata anuvath booruwomai enne.  ‘Booruwa’ is Sinhala for donkey (and booru would be donkeys) but in the context of the kuttama (deck of cards) it refers to the Jack.  The proper transliteration would have ‘joker’ instead ofbooruwa.  Well then, this is how it would go: whichever way one shuffles a pack of  jokers, jokers are what you would get.  
It’s a tad harsh but if it points to a certain dilemma.  There can be many reasons for a cabinet reshuffle.  If there was a loyalty-shift in Parliament and some ministers crossed lines, then of course empty portfolios would need filling.  Death also necessitates shift, depending on the size and importance of the particular ministry.  In this instance, the only possible reason is incompetence.   
Is the government telling us that Karunanayake did a bad job, as did Samaraweera?  What guarantee is there that either would handle a different subject better?  If removal from one ministry indicates inability, inefficiency, corruption etc., then shouldn’t the wise course of action be to appoint better people to these positions?  If Karunanayake cannot handle money, why is there talk of offering him some bucks-related institutions?  Weren’t there better people? 
From the point of view of the political project of this government it is hard to find fault with Samaraweera.  One may find the project itself to be sophomoric and even disastrous in terms of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country, but if portfolios are about briefs and delivery, he has got a pass mark.  Not so Karunanayake.  All the indicators add up to an F, even if one were to give some compensatory brownie points for ‘inheritance’ (i.e. from the previous regime — provided of course that all the horror stories told over and over again are defensible).  
If the Finance Manager of a corporate is found to be incompetent would he or she be moved into HR and the HR head be made Finance Manager?  No.  The Finance Manager would be hoofed out, with or without compensation, depending on whether his ‘incompetence’ included hanky-panky.  In this instance, incompetence seems to have been established, but Karunanayake is still a member of the cabinet and the portfolio he now holds is as important as the one he lost, one can argue.  It’s not even a punishment transfer then!
There seems to be the mistaken notion that party seniority or political clout is cause enough to demand portfolios and control of institutions/sectors.  We seem to have developed a political culture where the decision-makers have to make sure that every district, every ethnicity, every religious community, every constituent party in the case of a coalition government and even certain castes have to be represented in Cabinet.  Add to this the need for some gender-balance cosmetics and a bit of youthfulness and one cannot envy the task of the President and Prime Minister, especially since they have their own party-problems to sort out at least in part through portfolio-offer.
They cannot complain though.  The President and Prime Minister did themselves in when they came up with the 19th Amendment which included a neat escape clause for them to go around the size-limit pertaining to the cabinet.  The kind of horseplay we have witnessed over the past few weeks could have been effectively prevented had they played statesman instead of politician, especially given theyahapalana rhetoric they indulged in and the political momentum they had.  
Make no mistake, this side of radical constitutional reform, we will continue to see these kinds of reshuffles by this and subsequent regimes.  Whichever way the reshuffling is done, it will smack of pound-of-flesh demands, trying to balance necessity with the need to retain political stability by the purchase of loyalty, and ultimately a musical chairs game among the incompetent, greedy and corrupt except that the number of chairs will be a constant.  
Things can be done differently.  While conceding that different political formations with different histories and predilections produce different systems, the Swiss example does have some lessons which unfortunately our constitution-makers either ignored or were ignorant of.  Switzerland, since 1948, has had just seven ministries which together are broad enough to cover all subjects.  The titles of the ministries themselves are enshrined in the constitution.  
There are no escape clauses such as those embedded in the 19th Amendment.  There are no ministerial goodies to be offered in return for switching political loyalty.  The incompetent and corrupt cannot hide, if such be the case.  There’s no frenzied shuffling.  The competent are known and are appointed.  They have to work hard.  They can’t pass the buck.  They can’t say ‘I couldn’t do it because such and such institutions were not under my control.’  And, if anyone is found to be out of order, he or she will not be accorded the out of switching ministries with a colleague.  
We are not Switzerland.  However, since there’s a lot of talk about reforms and constitutional amendment, and since the entire cabinet reshuffle has taken the appearance of a circus, the sober thing to do would be for the President and the Prime Minister to revisit the clauses pertaining to the cabinet.  Numbers matter, of course.  Subjects however are more important.  The reshuffling exercise has established this beyond a shadow of doubt.  
Malinda Seneviratne is a freelance writer.  malindasenevi@gmail.com.  Twitter: malindasene

Nightmare at Indian hospital as Nationality bars Medical treatment

May 25th, 2017

By Haadiyah Marikar Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Medical Negligence at Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Hospital in Chennai, Causes Death of a Sri Lankan

Medical negligence is not unheard of and patients have died under such circumstances all around the globe. In this day and age one would think that doctors have no bias against a patient’s nationality. However, a  Sri Lankan family learned the hard way that there were doctors who showed no concern for a suffering patient.  On April 26, a Sri Lankan family of four left for India on vacation. Sitty Rizviya Zubair (51) with her sons Arshad Abdul Kalam M. Feroze (34), Amzal Abdul Kalam (29) and daughter-in-law Mrs. Amzal (21), had planned to go abroad to do some shopping before the Ramadan festive season and before Rizviya moved into her new house. However, three days before they were scheduled to leave for Sri Lanka, they met with an untimely accident and were rushed to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, where they were not given any form of emergency treatment and which resulted in Rizviya’s death.

Rizviya, the deceased mother

The Accident  

On Sunday, April 30, after shopping at the Pothys, Arshad ordered an Uber to take them back to their hotel, the Eastern Palace Hotel in Mannady. As the driver was unfamiliar with the route, Arshad sat in front to direct him, a route he had become familiar with after many years of visiting Chennai. In the back seat sat his mother, his sister-in-law and his younger brother. While travelling along a bridge at Chennai Kamarajar Salai, Arshad felt the car speed up all of a sudden. Instinctively holding on to the dashboard and the hood of the car, he started screaming at the driver to hit the breaks. “We were on a bridge and there was a bend going to the left. We were going at a normal speed and then suddenly the car started speeding. Then, instead of taking the bend the car just went straight and hit the barricades.” Arshad told the Daily Mirror.
Mrs. Amzal who had been having a quiet conversation with her mother-in-law too felt the car suddenly speed up. “I felt the car hitting the pavement and I could hear my brother-in-law screaming at the driver to hit the breaks. Then I hit my head on something and fell unconscious. Since I was seated in the middle, I had nothing to hold on to.” She did not remember what happened after that until she awoke at the hospital.

Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital

Amzal who had been sleeping during the ride, woke up to his brother’s screams and the impact of the car hitting the pavement. He said that he too could not remember anything that happened between the time of the accident and waking up in hospital.

According to Arshad, the car had accelerated so much that it had gone over the pavement, hit the barricades which consisted of iron bars, broken the boundary wall and flown off the bridge. “I felt like a piece of paper flying in the wind,” he said. Below them was a two-way road with a small pavement in the middle. The car flew over one road and toppled on to the second road landing upright. Upon landing, Arshad, the only passenger who was conscious throughout the incident despite being injured, saw the driver lying unconscious on his lap and quickly exited the vehicle. Ignoring his bleeding left arm, he looked towards the passenger seat where he saw Amzal, Mrs. Amzal and his mother unconscious and mumbling in pain. Screaming their names he put his hand through Amzal’s window which was smashed and patted his cheeks trying to wake him. Failing to do so, he opened the door and carried Amzal towards the divide of the two roads. By then, pedestrians and motorists had come running to their aid. Together they slowly pulled out Mrs. Amzal who was screaming that her shoulder and arm were in pain. Placing her next to her husband they tried to open Rizviya’s door which was jammed, resulting in her being slowly pulled across the seat out of the vehicle.

 

“Mama was conscious and when she tried to move she started screaming that her back was hurting.” Arshad said.
“I then took my brother’s wallet, cell phone and everything else that had fallen in the car. Mama was screaming that she couldn’t stay there, so I was trying to calm her down until the ambulance arrived. The tarred road was very hot, so she couldn’t even stretch her legs. Someone splashed water on her and my sister in law’s face because they were about to faint. While I was speaking to the police, my brother suddenly stood up and was looking around. When I shouted his name he didn’t hear me, he looked like he was in shock. Finally when I got his attention, I told him to take our shopping bags out of the boot of the car. To this day he does not remember doing this.”
When the ambulance arrived, Rizviya was taken in a stretcher while a few passers-by had to carry Mrs. Amzal into the ambulance. According to Arshad, before the ambulance doors were closed, the driver held onto the door and asked them to forgive him.
Whilst in the ambulance, Arshad made two quick calls to Sri Lanka, one to Mrs. Amzal’s father who had family friends living in Chennai and the second to his wife, informing them of the accident.
“Mama was in severe pain in the ambulance. She had been given oxygen and was coughing up blood. She was screaming  that her back was hurting while  Mrs. Amzal was in pain because her shoulder was hurting. Amzal was saying he couldn’t breathe during the ride to the hospital. We soon arrived at the Rajiv Gandhi Hospital.” said Arshad.
The police informed Arshad that on a weekday, that particular road they had landed on was usually very busy and had it not been a Sunday, they would have suffered worse injuries.

Arrival at the Rajiv Gandhi Hospital  
“Our people also suffered there no? So let them be a bit, that’s ok”  

Once they arrived at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Arshad filled in the admission forms and his family was transferred inside one by one. They were admitted to the hospital at 4.30pm. Before they were transferred inside, he was told by a nurse to remove any valuables on his mother, brother and sister-in-law, which he did. As he was expecting the arrival of the Indian family friends (who wished anonymity) who were only ten minutes away, he waited in the reception area to hand over whatever valuables he had at hand as he preferred to keep them with friends rather that in a locker offered to him by the hospital. During this time, Arshad spotted two female hospital staff members entering the room and asking the nurse about the patients that had just been admitted.
Upon hearing that they were Sri Lankans, the staff members had laughed and said, “Our people also suffered there no? So let them be a bit, that’s ok”. “At that time there were no other patients in the area, so I could hear them very clearly.”
As his wife had called and informed the hotel about the accident, a few hotel staff members had been sent to the hospital to see how their guests were doing. After the arrival of the hotel staff, came Sithy*, her daughter Fathima* and son-in-law, Mrs. Amzal’s family friends. Once everyone had arrived, Arshad was taken into a ward in a wheelchair where he saw his mother lying on a bed. To her left was the driver and to her right lay Amzal, while Mrs. Amzal lay on a bed opposite her.
(*names have been changed to protect identities)

Treatment and the Doctors’ Attitude  

The family was not taken to an ICU or an Emergancy Treatment Unit, instead they were taken to a casualty ward where there were other patients in a normal condition. As there was a doctors’ strike that day, there were only three or four doctors in the ward.
“When I went in, I slowly walked towards my mama to check on her condition. She was screaming, saying her back, neck and chest were hurting. She had the oxygen mask on and it was covered with blood because she was coughing up blood. When she turned to the side and tried to breathe, she would cough up more blood. When we told the doctor she was coughing blood, he told us to lift the oxygen mask for her to spit it out. I told mama to slowly spit out the blood and not to panic, otherwise her blood pressure would go up. At the same time, my brother was screaming that he couldn’t breathe and I had to try to calm him as well,”said Arshad.
He further said, “The ward doctors would keep coming in to check on my mother and brother before leaving. They didn’t give them any emergency treatment. I tried to tell Amzal not to stiffen his body but to loosen up and that he might be able to breathe more easily. My mother could hear him shouting and asked me to go and ask someone to give him oxygen and to get my wounds treated because my left arm was bleeding. She also told me to go and sit somewhere and rest because I was injured as well.”

“When we spoke to a female doctor sitting at a desk, she said we were not the only patients there and that they had to take care of the others too. But the other patients looked to be normal and they weren’t screaming in pain like we were,” he added.
Sithy had gone up to a lady doctor twice and asked her to help Rizviya and both times the doctor said she would come but she never went to Rizviya’s side. “I went to the doctor a number of times to tell her to see the emergency patients but they treated us indifferently,” she said.
“Then suddenly, Mama was screaming that her neck hurt and I had to massage her neck. She was also feeling hot and because there was nothing to fan her with, I had to blow air through my mouth. Then Fathima found a piece of cardboard and we fanned her with that,” Arshad said.
As Rizviya’s condition worsened, doctors continued to treat the patients indifferently. “Mama was turning this way and that, saying she couldn’t breathe and her chest was paining. I asked the doctors if they could at least fix a tube so that she would be able to breathe but they didn’t do anything.”
The patients had only been given a drip and no emergency treatment had been performed on the family.
“When we asked them to do something, the doctors said they couldn’t do anything until there was a scan or an X Ray. So we told them to do the scans. Then they were asking us to pay for them,” said Sithy. The Indian family friends and hotel staff collected what money they had and received the remaining amount from Arshad and paid for the X rays and scans to be done. “Even after paying them and showing the receipts, they didn’t do the scans or immediately take us to be X rayed,” Mrs. Amzal said.

Half an hour before her passing, Rizviya’s pulse started dropping. Desperately, Arshad ran to the nearest doctors and cried for help saying that his mother was going to die. It was only then the doctors rushed to her side. “They were doing CPR on her chest. She started to pray and her legs were feeling cold. Then a male doctor came and took me away. They told me to go and sit on a bed. Then a few doctors gathered around her and nurses had also appeared. They brought the manual oxygen, which they were pumping with their hands. Only then did they attempt to fix a tube. When they did this, the blood flowed through the tube. When they were putting in the tube they brought a machine which showed the pulse. The plug wasn’t working and they had to find somewhere else to plug it. Then a lady doctor jumped on to my mother and started giving her CPR. When they tried to give her shock treatment, they didn’t have the gel and I could hear the nurse shouting for someone to bring the gel. Once they got the gel, they couldn’t carry out the treatment because it was too crowded due to the beds and people. They had to push the bed towards the corner of the hall where there were two blinds but I could still see the machines from where I was sitting. The Indian family friends followed them to that corner. Only at the last minute did they start running around and trying to do something,” he said.
According to Sithy, in her last minutes Rizviya said, “I can feel my soul leaving me.” She was saying her prayers and closed her eyes. At that moment Fathima’s phone began playing the Maghrib Azaan (call to prayer). A small smile appeared on Rizviya’s face and she passed away. Even though she had passed away, the doctors and nurses kept trying to give her treatment. “Up to the time that her pulse dropped, they didn’t do anything for my mother. She was only given the drip and oxygen. None of us was treated. My mother passed away at around 6.30pm. From 4.30 they didn’t try and give her any form of treatment,” Arshad said.
Sithy too backed up the fact that proper treatment was not given to Rizviya or to the others. “I never thought she would pass away there. I went up to the doctors a number of times to tell them to do something. Only in the end, when her soul was leaving her body were they trying to save her. They were climbing on top of her and giving CPR and getting all sorts of machines and tubes. I had gone up to them so many times and told them to have a look at her and they never showed any concern. They had given her oxygen and a drip but there were other treatments that should have been done. They never checked to see what was wrong with her.”

While Rizviya was taken to the other side of the hall, Sithy’s son-in-law, the hotel staff and the others who had come managed to take Amzal for an X Ray. He too was only given a drip and no treatment was done. After the scan, he was brought back to his bed. “Amzal was in a lot of pain and he was shouting that he couldn’t breathe but they never gave him oxygen,” said Sithy.
According to Amzal, he was not examined nor did the doctors ask him any questions about his pain. He could hear his brother talking to the doctors and his mother and wife screaming but he was unable to do anything. “A doctor came up to me and I told him I couldn’t breathe and needed oxygen but all he said was that I didn’t need oxygen and that I was OK. But I wasn’t, I was suffering.”
When Mrs. Amzal was finally taken for a scan it was Sithy, Fathima and another who had to take her for the scan.
When they took Mrs. Amzal for the MRI scan, they had to wait outside the scanning room for half an hour in a corridor. Then Fathima noticed something off about Mrs. Amzal’s facial expression and quickly went to notify someone. After speaking to a nurse they learned that Mrs. Amzal’s pulse was dropping. The nurse went to inform the doctor of this and was told to give a small injection, which was done at that time. “After the injection the doctor said she’ll be alright, but the fact that there was no doctor around at that time was very irresponsible, because we did not even know what was happening to her.” said Sithy. After the MRI scan she and her daughter had to wheel Mrs. Amzal to the ECG scan and for the X Rays. There had been no hospital staff to help them take the patient to get the necessary scans.

Mrs. Amzal had been slipping in and out of consciousness but still remembers hearing her husband and mother-in-law screaming in pain. She said the only time she felt a little bit better was when her father had arrived at the hospital and rushed to her side.  ”Our family had informed everyone they knew of the accident and had asked anyone who was in India to come and check on us. So many people came to help us even though the hospital staff was not helpful. Our family had told anyone and everyone who was in India to come and check on us,” said Arshad.  Arshad realized how differently they were treated while observing the way the driver’s injuries were tended to. “They were treating him with more care. There were so many medicines on the table next to his bed and they were checking his pressure and his condition was much better than my mother’s. His condition was actually quite similar to mine but they didn’t give me any treatment.”
Speaking of the inconsiderate nature of the doctors, Sithy said, “When we were looking for something to fan Rizviya with, they couldn’t even spare a file or a piece of paper. They were just scribbling things down on pieces of paper. How many times did I go up to the lady doctor but she just scolded me saying they had other patients as well. They just didn’t care and were very rude.”
“I could have taken them to another hospital,” said Sithy. “But at the time there was no one else for me to properly discuss it with. No one in the hospital came up to me and said, ‘they are in a serious condition, if you want, you can take them to another hospital’. There was no one to advise or help us at that time.”  “They kept trying to chase us out of the ward. But since we didn’t know what would happen to the three remaining patients. we refused to leave. I was scared that I would return to their dead bodies,” she added.
She further said that she had never seen anything like this before and it felt like she was watching a film. “Watching something like this and not being able to do much was very difficult. The way they were treating them angered me so much but I had to control my anger because if I expressed it, I didn’t know if they would have acted worse.”

Arrival of Former Mla Hasan Ali And the Entrance of a Senior Doctor.  

Through family connections, Former Member of Legislative Assembly (M.L.A), Mr. Hasan Ali heard of the accident and rushed to the hospital along with his wife. The sight of the ward and the condition of the three Sri Lankans made him very distressed. He immediately started making arrangements for the family to be transferred to the Sooriya Private Hospital. Mr. Ali saw to it that Mrs. Amzal’s condition was checked to ensure that she was fit enough to be transferred. Then he called the Sooriya Hospital Managing Director(MD) and told him that they needed three beds in the ICU. Although the doctors were off duty, the hospital had organized for all their specialist doctors to arrive and prepare themselves for the incoming patients.  “It was thanks to him that we are alive. If he wasn’t there, I don’t know what would have happened to us,” said Arshad. Sithy too had expressed her gratitude for Mr. Ali’s arrival as she was able to see a major improvement in the situation because of him.

While Mr. Ali was trying to organize their transfer, Arshad lay on a bed to rest. At this point a senior doctor in his fifties entered the ward. The other doctors in the ward were quite young compared to him. “Some other doctors were crowding behind him which was when I realized that he was important. They were doing their rounds I think. He came up to my bed and asked the other doctors if I was also a patient from the accident case. They told him I was. When he asked about my condition the female doctor sitting at the desk told the senior doctor that I was fine and was taken care of. She was looking at me while saying this. When they were about to go, I called the senior doctor and told him, ‘Excuse me doctor but I wasn’t treated at all. I wasn’t even touched. They haven’t done any X Rays or scans for me and my entire body is paining.’ He was quite shocked when I said this to him. He asked me what time we were admitted and I told him at 4.30. Then he turned to the doctors and asked them what they were doing without treating us for so long. He then held my left hand, on it there was a masking tape that said MASS No.4 which had meant that I was emergency patient number 4. Then in a loud voice he asked the doctors why we hadn’t been treated first. The female doctor at the desk said, ‘ There were a lot of patients and we couldn’t treat them’. The senior doctor then said that they were normal patients and that the emergency patients should have been given first priority. He then checked me and said that I should be taken for a scan. Afterwards, he turned around to the group of doctors. I could hear him questioning them. Then he said ‘one patient has already passed away. How are you going to take responsibility for this? How are you going to answer to this?’ some doctors were just looking down and the others were not saying anything.” Arshad said.

Sithy, who had been close by when the senior doctor entered the ward, could hear him ask the other doctors why the emergency patients weren’t being treated. However, before she could hear anymore, a doctor came up to her and told her that she should not stay so close when the doctors were having such a conversation and told her to move away.
Afterwards, the doctor continued his rounds and checked on Amzal before he was on his way. This was at around nine o’clock. However, even though they were told to perform the scans, they were done slowly and not in an efficient manner. By then, Mr. Ali had planned to move the three patients out of the hospital. He had spoken to the police and the hospital. However, the hospital said all the formalities needed to be taken care of before the patients could be transferred. Mr. Ali and the others in the hospital did not wish to leave the patients as they were afraid they would die. Although the hospital was delaying their departure, Mr. Ali managed to have the patients discharged. An ambulance had been arranged to take the patients to the Sooriya Hospital and at 11.30pm the three injured were rushed to the private hospital.

Arriving at the Sooriya Private Hospital

Upon arriving at the hospital, the hospital MD was there to greet them along with a number of doctors. Arshad, Mrs. Amzal and Amzal were taken straight to the ICU. “I couldn’t raise my arms because they had gone numb, so the doctors had to cut open my shirt to examine me. One doctor was checking my eyes and another was pressing me everywhere, asking where it hurt and was noting down my answers. They brought the scanning machines and X Rays to us and we weren’t required to move.”

The patients noted the huge difference in the way they were treated at the private hospital. The MD stayed at the hospital till around one o’clock in the morning and there were doctors and nurses monitoring them constantly.
All three patients agreed that the treatment they received at the private hospital was excellent. “I felt so bad that we were getting this treatment when my mother didn’t get it. The government hospital didn’t give her proper treatment or ease her pain. I can accept that it was her time to go but my mind would have been more at ease if I knew the doctors had done everything in their power to save her,” said Arshad.
Rizviya’s cousin brother, Mrs. Amzal’s father and other relatives organized the funeral proceedings and worked together with the police to bring Rizviya’s body to the private hospital where the funeral was to be conducted. After all the paperwork was done and the requirements were met, she was finally brought to the private hospital on the evening of May 1. The MD of the hospital gave a special place in the mortuary for the Islamic funeral rites to be conducted and a small area in the hospital for the prayers and recitals.

Injuries sustained  

Arshad, Amzar and Mrs. Amzal spent three to four days in the ICU at the private hospital. The doctors advised Arshad to rest for six weeks as his left shoulder was slightly dislocated but which would heal automatically. On the left side of the chest, his ribs, muscles and tissue were damaged due to the impact and his left lung was swollen. “When I breathe and sneeze, I can feel my lungs knocking against my ribs. I don’t have the strength to get up on my left side, I have to lean on my right side. When i walk for about two or three minutes, it starts to hurt behind my ribs and I start sweating and feeling dizzy,” he said.

Mrs. Amzal has suffered from a lower right arm fracture, for which she had to undergo surgery where a plate was inserted. In two years, she can have an operation and have the plate removed. She has also suffered a clavical fracture on her left shoulder, which the doctor said will take six months to heal. “I can’t turn to my left or right side. The doctors have told me not to move too much, otherwise flesh can grow on my shoulder and I’ll have to have another operation.” She is also suffering from internal injuries that will heal over time. The doctors have advised her to rest for six months.
Amzal suffers from internal injuries. He has crack on his ribs and backbone and his lungs are inflamed. He also has a muscle sprain and needs to lie on a pillow on his right side. The doctors have advised him to rest for two months. Both he and his wife find it difficult to sneeze and cough.

The three victims are now in Sri Lanka recovering from their injuries, but one thing they’ll never recover from is Rizviya’s death

“Dept.HC  won’t get involved with the investigations…

-The Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission

According to Mrs. Amzal’s father, the Minister (Consular) from the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai H.M.K. Herath, arrived at the private hospital on the May 1. He was informed by the family of the accident and was told of the treatment that the Sri Lankan patients received while at the Rajiv Gandhi Hospital.
However, when speaking to the Daily Mirror Mr. Herath denied any knowledge on the government hospital’s treatment of the patients and implied that the commission was not looking into the matter. “There were no complaints about the treatment by the hospital and we were not told anything. We only knew that it was an ordinary traffic accident and that investigations had been concluded. There was no concern raised about the hospital. Whatever assistance that we could have extended here, it was done for the time being,” he said.
When asked whether anyone was taken into custody with regard to the investigation, he said, “The embassy won’t get involved with the investigations if they are not conducted properly. There was no complaint from the relatives or the family members, we were not told and our assistance was not sought in that case. The family members also told us it was an accident. We voluntarily went and assisted them and  helped them with the funeral and other related issues. We guided them on how to do the death registration. But our assistance was not requested with regard to the investigation.”

No response from Rajiv Gandhi Hospital  

Although the Daily Mirror made a number of calls to the hospital, we were unable to get a statement from them. In the course of four days, several calls were made to eight different numbers and more than half those calls were left unanswered. When the call was finally answered, we were met with rude and unhelpful responses and were not transferred to any senior member or director of the hospital. At one point, when we mentioned that we were from Sri Lanka, the receiver of the call would disconnect without any response.

– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Nightmare-at-Indian-hospital-as-Nationality-bars-Medical-treatment–129423.html#sthash.Gl85dkpW.dpuf

සයිටම් අවුල් කරන්නෝ

May 25th, 2017

නලින් ද සිල්වා

සයිටම් ප්‍රශ්නය දඩමීමා කර ගෙන ආණ්ඩුවට විරුද්ධව ජනතාව උසිගැන්වීමට ඇතැම් සමාජවාදී ව්‍යාපාරකයන්, ඇතැම් විද්‍යුත් ජනමාධ්‍ය පඬියන්, ඇතැම් මාක්ස්වාදීන් වැනි අය උත්සාහ ගන්නවා. රනිල් ඉවත් කිරීමට කටයුතු නොකළ සමහරුන් සයිටම් විරෝධය හරහා තව තවත් රනිල් ශක්තිමත් කරනවා. සයිටම් ගැන මේ නිවේදකයන් දන්නා දෙයක් නැහැ. එහෙත් ඔවුන් පෙනී සිටින්නේ සියල්ල දත් මහා පඬියන් ලෙසයි.  ඔවුන් ජනමාධ්‍ය සංදර්ශනයක දී රාජිත හා විශ්වවිද්‍යාල ප්‍රතිපාදන කොමිසමේ සභාපති හමු වූ අවස්ථාවේ දී තම නොදැනුවත්කම මැනවින් විදහා දැක්වූවා. විද්‍යුත් ජනමාධ්‍ය පඬියන් කියාවි ඔවුන් ආණ්ඩු විරෝධී නැහැ කියා. තමන් කරන්නේ ජනතා වගකීමක් ඉටු කිරීම බවත් කියන්න පුළුවන්. එහෙත් ඔවුන්ගේ පඬි කතාවලින් පැහැදිලි වෙනවා ඔවුන් ආණ්ඩු විරෝධී බව. ආණ්ඩු විරෝධී වීම නරක යැයි මා කියන්නේ නැහැ. එහෙත්  හැඟීමෙන් පමණක් ආණ්ඩු විරෝධී වීම ආණ්ඩුව ශක්තිමත් කිරීමක්.

ඊයේ වෛද්‍ය සිසුන්ගේ දෙමවුපියන් පිරිසක් පෙළපාළි ගියා. ඒ සමග සිසුන් ද හිටියා. පොලීසිය කඳුළු බෝම්බ හා ජල ප්‍රහාර එල්ල කිරීම මා අනුමත කරන්නේ නැහැ.  එහෙත් දෙමවුපියන් සිසුන් මෙන් නොවී සංවර ව පොලීසියේ අණ පිළිපැද දරුවන්ට ආදර්ශයක් වූවා නම් හොඳයි. ඒ දෙමවුපියන්ට විශාල බරක් තිබෙන බව අප දන්නවා. ඔවුන්ගේ  දරුවන් දැන් මාස හතරක් පමණ කාලයක් පංති වර්ජනයේ. සයිටම් ප්‍රශ්නයට විසඳුමක් දී තිබියදීත් ඔවුන් වර්ජනයේ. ඔවුන්ට ඔවුන්ගේ ඊනියා විසඳුම ම අවශ්‍යයයි. එය ලැබෙන තෙක් වර්ජනය කළ යුතු යැයි ජනමාධ්‍ය පඬියන් කියන්නේ ද?  විශ්වවිද්‍යාල වසා නැහැ. අවුරුදු තිහකට පමණ පෙර නම් විශ්වවිද්‍යාල වසා දැමුවා. එවිට ඇතැම් දෙමවුපියන් තම දරුවන් පිටරට විශ්වවිද්‍යාලවලට යැවුවා. මගේ දරුවන් එවකට පාසලේ බවත් ඔවුන් ප්‍රථම උපාධිය සඳහා පිටරට නොගිය බවත් පඬියන් දැනුම් උදෙසා කිව යුතුයි.

විද්‍යත් ජනමාධ්‍ය පඬියන් කියන්නේ පාලකයන් සයිටම් ප්‍රශ්නයට විසඳුමක් නොදෙන බවයි. පාලකයන්ගේ ඇස් ඇරේවා යැයි ඔවුන් කියනවා. ඒ අනවබෝධය නිසා කියන්නක්. එසේත් නැත්නම් ආණ්ඩු විරෝධී අරගලයක් ඇති කිරීමට වෛද්‍යවරුන් හා සිසුන් පෙළඹවීමට කරන්නක්. මේ ආණ්ඩු විරෝධී අරගලය දිග්ගැස්සුනොත් ජනමාධ්‍යවලට නම් හොඳයි. ඔවුන්ට ප්‍රවෘත්තිවලින් අඩුවක් වෙන එකක් නැහැ. ඒ ව්‍යාපාර හිමි සමාජවාදීන්ටත් හොඳයි.  ඔවුන්ගේ ආදායම ඉහළ යාවි. එහෙත්  ඇතැමුන්ගේ නව ආණ්ඩුවක මැති ඇමතිවරුන් නිලධාරීන් වීමේ බලාපොරොත්තු නම් ඉටුවන එකක් නැහැ. ආණ්ඩුව විශාල මර්දනයක් දියත් කර ව්‍යවස්ථාව ද සංශෝධනය කර රට දෙකඩ කර ඒ මැති ඇමති සිහින කුඩු පට්ටම් කරාවි.

සයිටම් ප්‍රශ්නය ගැන  ආණ්ඩුව සාකච්ඡා කිහිපයක් ම කළා. මේ ලිපි මගින් මා ද යම් යම් අදහස් විසඳුම් ඉදිරිපත් කළා. නිදහස් අධ්‍යාපනය යනු කුමක් ද යන ප්‍රශ්නයේ සිට පෞද්ගලික උසස් අධ්‍යාපනය දක්වා ඒ ලිපිවල සාකච්ඡා කළා. මුද්‍රිත ජනමාධ්‍යවල ද ඒ ලිපියක් දෙකක් පළ කෙරුණා. එහෙත් විද්‍යුත් ජනමාධ්‍යවල ඒ අදහස්වලට කිසිම තැනක් දුන්නේ නැහැ. ආණ්ඩු විරෝධී ජනමාධ්‍ය හිතනවා ඇති මාත් දැන් ආණ්ඩුවට කඩේ යනවා කියා. ආණ්ඩුවට පක්‍ෂ ජනමාධ්‍ය දන්නවා මා ආණ්ඩුව ගැන දරණ මතය. මගේ ඇතැම් අදහස් ද ආණ්ඩුව ඉදිරිපත් කළ විසඳුම්වල තිබුණා. ආණ්ඩුව මගෙන් අදහස් ගත්තේ යැයි මා කියන්නේ නැහැ. එහෙත් ඒ ගැන මා සතුටු වෙනවා. පඬි සමාජවාදීන්ට මෙන් ම ජාතිකවාදී පඬියන්ටත් කියන්න පුළුවන් ඒ ව්‍යාජ විසඳුම් කියා.  ඒවා කිසිසේත් ම ව්‍යාජ විසඳුම් නො වෙයි. එහෙත් දැන් තියෙන්නේ ව්‍යාජ ඉල්ලීමක්. 

සටනේ ආරම්භයේ මේ ව්‍යාජ ඉල්ලීම, එනම් සයිටම් ජනසතු කරනු, අහෝසි කරනු යන ඉල්ලීම රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය ඉදිරිපත් කෙළේ නැහැ. එකල වැඩිම වුවහොත් ප්‍රශ්නය වූයේ ප්‍රමිතිය පිළිබඳවයි. ආණ්ඩුව ප්‍රමිතිය පිළිබඳ විසඳුම් දෙන අතරේ තමයි මේ ව්‍යාජ ඉල්ලීම ඉදිරිපත් වුණේ.  එය හුදෙක් දේශපාලන ඉල්ලීමක්. පෞද්ගලික සයිටම් ආයතනයට පමණක් මේ පඬියන් විරුද්ධ වන්නේ ඇයි. සයිටම් ආයතනයෙන් තාක්‍ෂණික උපාධිත් දීමට සූදානම් බව ඔවුන්ගේ නමින් පැහැදිලි වෙනවා. සයිටම් අහෝසි කරනු යන්නෙන් ඒ උපාධි ප්‍රදානය කිරීමත් නැවැත්විය යුතු බව ගම්‍ය වෙනව. අද ලංකාවේ විවිධ උපාධි ප්‍රදානය කරන පෞද්ගලික ආයතන කීයක් තියෙනවා ද? සයිටම් පමණක් අහෝසි  කළ යුතු බව කියන්නේ ඇයි? සයිටම් සමග ඇත්තේ පෞද්ගලික වෛරයක් ද? අනෙක් අතට විදේශ වෛද්‍ය උපාධිධාරීන් රජයේ උපාධිධාරීන් ද? 

සයිටම් ආයතනය ආරම්භ කෙළේ පසුගිය ආණ්ඩුවෙන්. එවකට වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරි සංගමය එයට විරුද්ධ වූ බවක් මා දන්නේ නැහැ. මා නම් එදත් අදත් සයිටම් ආයතනයට විරුද්ධ නැහැ. වෛද්‍ය සංගමය එදා සයිටම් ආයතනයට විරුද්ධ නොවූයේ ඇයි? වෛද්‍ය සභාව විරුද්ධ වූයේත් නැහැ. කාලෝ ෆොන්සේකා වෛද්‍ය සභාවේ සභාපති වී දැනට වසර පහකට වැඩියි. ඔහු දැන් ඒ පදවියේ රැඳී සිටින්නේ දීර්ඝ කිරීමක් මත. ඔහු සභාපති වූ විගස සයිටම් ආයතනයට විරුද්ධ වුණේ නැහැ. වෛද්‍ය සභාවටත් ඉතා මෑතක් වන තුරුම තිබුණේ සයිටම් වෛද්‍ය උපාධියේ ප්‍රමිතිය පිළිබඳ ප්‍රශ්නයක් පමණයි. කාලෝත් දැන් සයිටම් අහොසි කළ යුතු යැයි කියනවා ද? මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් වෛද්‍ය සභාවේ මතය ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ කිව යුතුයි. ඔවුන් ද සයිටම් ප්‍රමිතියේ ප්‍රශ්නවල සිට සයිටම් අහෝසි කරනු කියන තැනට මාරු වී ඇත්නම් ඒ බව යුක්තියුක්ත කිරීමට ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ සාධක ඉදිරිපත් කළ යුතුයි. එසේ මාරු වී නැත්නම් ඒ බව ඉක්මණින් ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ කිව යුතුයි. ඒ ප්‍රකාශය නඩුවට අදාළ නොවන බැවින් උසාවියට අපහාස කිරීමක් වන්නේ නැහැ. 

ආණ්ඩුව ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති විසඳුමේ ප්‍රමිතිය ගැන සඳහන් වෙනවා. එය වෛද්‍ය සභාවේ නිරීක්‍ෂණවලට පටහැණි වන්්නේ නැහැ. වෛද්‍ය සභාවේ නිරීක්‍ෂණ හා නිගමන අතර පරස්පරයක් තිබෙනවා. ඒ බව අධිකරණ තීන්දුවෙන් ද පැහැදිලියි.  වෛද්‍යවරුන්ගේ රෝග නිරීක්‍ෂණ හා නිගමන (විනිශ්චය) අතර පරස්පරයක් වුවහොත් රෝගියා අමාරුවේ. වෛද්‍ය සභාවේ දෙබිඩි ප්‍රතිපත්තිය ගැන නඩු තීන්දුවේ කියැවුණා. වෛද්‍ය සභාව කොතලාවල ආරක්‍ෂක විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ වෛද්‍ය උපාධිය අනුමත කර ඇත්තේ එහි ශික්‍ෂණ රෝහලක් පවා නැතිව. ඒ ශික්‍ෂණ රෝහල විවෘත වූයේ දැනට දින කිහිපයකට පෙර පමණයි. විද්‍යුත් මාධ්‍ය පඬියන්, සමාජවාදී ව්‍යාපාරිකයන් ඒ ගැන කියන්නේ කුමක් ද? 

වෛද්‍යවරු බොරු තර්කයක් ඉදිරිපත් කරනවා. තවත් සායනික පුහුණුවක් දීමට හා විභාගයකට එකඟ වීමෙන් ආණ්ඩුව සයිටම් වෛද්‍ය උපාධිය  අවශ්‍ය මට්ටමට නැති බව පිළිගෙන ඇත කියා. මේ වෛද්‍යවරු උපාධියක් පිළිගැනීම හා වෛද්‍ය සභාවේ කොන්දේසි සහිත ව ලියාපදිංචි වීම හා වෛද්‍යවරුන් ලෙස ස්ථිර ව ලියාපදිංචි වීම අතර ඇති වෙනස්කම් දන්නේ නැහැ. සායනික පුහුණුව අධිකරණයේ සාකච්ඡාවට භාජනය වූවක්. එය අලුත් කතාවක් නො වෙයි. උපාධියක් පිළිගන්නේ අවසානයේ දී විශ්වවිද්‍යාල ප්‍රතිපාදන කොමිසම මගින්. වෛද්‍ය සභාවට ඒ ගැන ඇඟිලි ගහන්න බැහැ. වෛද්‍ය සභාවේ වගකීම වෛද්‍යවරුන් ලෙස තාවකාලිකව හා ස්ථිරව ලියා පදිංචි කිරීම. අධිකරණය තීරණය කෙළේ වෛද්‍ය සභාව පැමිණිලිකාර සයිටම් උපාධිධාරිණියට තාවකාලික ලියාපදිංචිය දිය යුතු බවයි. ඉන් පසු අවශ්‍ය නම් වෛද්‍ය සභාවට ස්ථිර ලියාපදිංචිය සඳහා කොන්දේසි පැණවිය හැකියි. 

රජයේ වෛද්‍ය පීඨවල උපාධිධාරීන්ටත් වෛද්‍ය සභාව ලබා දෙන්නේ කොන්දේසි සහිත තාවකාලික ලියාපදිංචියක්. ඒ කොන්දේසිවලට අනුව අදාළ උපාධිධාරීන් සීමාවාසික පුහුණුවක් ලැබිය යුතුයි. දැන් වෛද්‍යවරුන් තර්ක කරනවා ද එ පුහුණුව එකී උපාධිධාරීන් ලැබිය යුතු බැවින් ඔවුන්ගේ උපාධිය අවශ්‍ය මට්ටමට නැහැ කියා. උපාධිය කියන්නේ එකක් වෛද්‍යවරයකු ලෙස සේවයට බඳවා ගැනීම යනු තවත් එකක්. යම් කිසි අයූරකින් අදාළ වෛද්‍ය උපාධිධාරියා ඒ පුහුණුව ලබා නොගතහොත් ස්ථිර ලියාපදිංචිය ලැබෙනවා ද? විදේශීය වෛද්‍ය උපාධිධාරින්ටත් සීමාවාසික පුහුණුවත් අමතර පරීක්‍ෂණයකුත් තිබෙනවා. එයින් කියන්නේ ඒ උපාධිවල මට්ටම පහත බව ද?  ශ්‍රෙෂ්ඨාධිකරණය නඩු තීන්දුව වෙනස් නොකළොත් අභියාචනාධිකරණ තීන්දුව අනුව සයිටම් උපාධිධාරීන්ටත් තාවකාලික ලියාපදිංචිය දිය යුතුයි. ආණ්ඩුව යෝජනා කරන සායනික පුහුණුව වෛද්‍ය සභාවේ නිර්දේශයක් මත කෙරෙන්නක්. එය නඩු තීන්දුවට පටහැණි නොවී තාවකාලික ලියාපදිංචිය දීමෙන් පසුවත් කළ හැකියි. මා කලින් ම යෝජනා කර තිබුණේ සයිටම් උපාධිධාරීන්ගේ සීමාවාසික පුහුණව අවුරුදු දෙකකට දීර්ඝ කළ යුතු බවයි. එය අවුරුදු එකහමාරක් වීම සුදුසු බව කියන්නේ නම් එයට විරුද්ධ වීමට මා පඬියකු නො වෙයි.    

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May 25th, 2017

නලින් ද සිල්වා

 මැන්චෙස්ටර් උතුරු එංගලන්තයේ ප්‍රධාන ම නගරය. එය ඇත්තේ ලැන්කෂයර් කෝරළයේ. එය කාර්මික විප්ලවයේ උපත සිදු වූ තැන ලෙස සැලකෙනවා. දැන් නම් ලන්ඩනයේ සිට පැය දෙකක ගමනක්. ලිවර්පූල් නගරයත් වෑඩි ඈතක නොවෙයි. බටහිර විද්‍යාවේ ඇතැම් සංකල්ප, ප්‍රවාද නිර්මාණය වී ඇත්තේත් මැන්චෙස්ටර් නගරයේ. නවසීලන්තයේ සිට පැමිණි රදර්ෆර්ඩ් මැන්චෙස්ටර් විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේත් කලක් හිටියා. ඔහුගේ පරමාණු ආකෘතිය ඔහු ඉදිරිපත් කෙළේ ඒ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ දී බව කියැවෙනවා. දැන් එය බොරුවක් බව දන්නවා. ඒත් එදා ඒක පිළිගැණුනා. පට්ටපල් බොරුවක් වුවත් ඒක හොඳ අදහසක්. මැන්චෙස්ටර් පාපන්දු හා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවලටත් ප්‍රසිද්ධයි. සුප්‍රසිද්ධ ඕල්ඩ් ට්‍රැෆර්ඩ් ක්‍රිකට් හා පාපන්දු ක්‍රීඩාංගන ඇත්තේ එකිනෙකට නුදුරින් මැන්චෙස්ටර්හි. පාපන්දු ක්‍රීඩාංගනය මැන්චෙස්ටර් යුනයිටඩ් පාපන්දු සමාජයේ මූලස්ථානය. බොබී චාර්ල්ටන් එහි දක්‍ෂතම ක්‍රීඩකයෙක් වූවා. ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාංගනය ලැන්කැෂයර් ක්‍රිකට් සමාජයේ මූලස්ථානය. දඟ පන්දු යැවූ සුප්‍රසිද්ධ ජිම් ලේකර් එහි දී එක් ටෙස්ට් තරගයක දී කඩුළු 19ක් ම ලබාගත්තා. ඒ අප ළමා හා තරුණ අවධියේ දැනගත් දේ.

එහෙත් අද මැන්චෙස්ටර් ප්‍රසිද්ධ වී ඇත්තේ ඒ එකක්වත් නිසා නො වෙයි. ඒ බෝම්බ පිපිරීමක් නිසා. සංගීත සංදර්ශනයක් අවසානයේ දී ආපසු යන ජනතාව එල්ල කරගෙන සිය දිවි නසා ගත් බෝම්බකරුවකු බෝම්බය පුපුරවා ගත්තා කියා කියනවා. මියගිය සංඛ්‍යාව දැනට විසිදෙකක් කියා කියනවා. කුඩා ළමුන් ඒ අතර වූවා. අයිසිස් ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් එහි වගකීම භාරගෙන. මේ මුස්ලිම් ත්‍රස්තවාදයයි. ඒ හා සම්බන්ධ නැති වුවත්  අද ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රිඩාංගනය හැඳින්වෙන්නේ එමිරේට්ස් ඕල්ඩ් ට්‍රැෆර්ඩ් ලෙස. ඒ එමිරේට්ස් අනුග්‍රහය නිසා. අරාබි රටවල හා චීනයේ මුදල් අද බටහිර රටවලට අවශ්‍යයි. මූල්‍ය මධ්‍යස්ථානය තවමත් වැඩි වශයෙන් ලංඩන්.

අයිසිස් මුස්ලිම් ත්‍රස්තවාදය යුදෙව් ක්‍රිස්තියානි ආධිපත්‍යයට එරෙහිවයි. එහෙත් අප මුස්ලිම් ත්‍රස්තවාදය හෙළා දකිනවා.  ජීවිත හානිය ගැන කණගාටු වෙනවා. ත්‍රස්තවාදය කොන්දේසි විරහිත ව පරාජය කළ යුතුයි. මිනිස් බෝම්බ ලෝකයට පුරුදු කෙළේ දෙමළ කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදීන්. එහෙත් අවාසනාවකට එංගලන්තය කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් ආරක්‍ෂා කළා. අදත් ආරක්‍ෂා කරනවා. මහින්ද කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදීන්ට එරෙහිව කළ මෙහෙයුම් නතර කිරීමට එංගලන්ත විදේශ ඇමති තම ප්‍රංශ සගයා ද සමග මෙරටට පැමිණියා. එසේ නතර කළා නම් අදත් ලංකාවේත් බෝම්බ පුපුරනවා. සරත් ෆොන්සේකා සාමාන්‍ය විධියට විශ්‍රාම යනවා. සුදු කොඩි කතා කියන්නේ නැහැ. එංගලන්තයට අවශ්‍ය දෙමළ කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදය පරාජය කළ රණවිරුවන්ට දඩයම් කිරීමටයි. එංගලන්තය අදවත් ඉගෙන ගත යුතු පාඩම ත්‍රස්තවාදය අනුකම්පා විරහිත ව පරාජය කළ යුතු බවත් කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදය පරාජය කල අපේ රණවිරුවන්ට උසස් ම සම්මාන පිදිය යුතු බවත්. එහෙත් ඔවුන් ඒ පාඩම කිසි දිනෙක මුළුමනින් ඉගෙන ගන්න එකක් නැහැ. දෙමළ කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් පසුපස එංගලන්තය සිටියා.  අදත් ඉන්නවා. ඒ අතර තවත් රටවල් හිටියා.

මෙරට ත්‍රස්තවාදය වැළැක්වීමේ පනත අහෝසි කිරීමට එංගලන්තයත් ඇතුළු ව එදා යුරෝපීය සංගමය ජී එස් පී + දීම සඳහා කොන්දේසි දැම්මා. අද එංගලන්තයේ සිටින විසිරුණු දෙමළ ජනයාගේ ආධාරය ලබන විග්නේස්වරන්ලා පමණක් නොව සම්බන්ධන්ලා ද නව ත්‍රස්තවාද පනතට විරුද්ධ වෙනවා. මේ දෙමළ ජාතිවාදීන් සිටින තාක් මෙරටට ත්‍රස්තවාදී තර්ජන නවතින්නේ නැහැ. මේ නායකයන්ට අවශ්‍ය ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් නිදහස් කර ගැනීම හා ත්‍රස්තවාදීන්ට උඩගෙඩි දීම. ත්‍රස්තවාදී පනතට විරුද්ධ වන්නේ රටේ ආරක්‍ෂාවට විරුද්ධ වන්නන්. ජ වි පෙ කළත් කොටි කළත් අයිසිස් කළත් ත්‍රස්තවාදය ත්‍රස්තවාදයමයි. ත්‍රස්තවාදය පවත්වාගෙන යෑමට ඊනියා ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී නිදහසක් නැහැ.

අප යුදෙව් ක්‍රිස්තියානි ආධිපත්‍යයට විරුද්ධයි. එහෙත් ඒ ආධිපත්‍යය  ත්‍රස්තවාදයෙන් පරාජය කිරීමට බැහැ. ත්‍රස්තවාදයට අප කොහොමටත් විරුද්ධයි. ලබන මස එංගලන්තයේ පැවැත්වෙන මැතිවරණයට මේ ත්‍රස්තවාදී ප්‍රහාරය බල පාවි. එංගලන්තය තව තවත් ජාතිකත්වයට තල්ලු වේවි. සැමුවෙල් හන්ටින්ග්ටන් කී දේ ඒ ආකාරයෙන් ම නොවුණත් අද ලෝකයේ සංස්කෘතික ගැටුම් බහුලයි. මැන්චෙස්ටර් බෝම්බ පිපිරීමත් ඒ සංස්කෘතික ගැටුමේ ම කොටසක්. එහෙත් යුදෙව්, ක්‍රිස්තියානි, ඉස්ලාම් ආගම්වල ඉන්නේ එකම දෙවියන් වහන්සේ. සංස්කෘතික විකාශයේ ප්‍රතිඵලයක් ලෙස ඔවුන් ඇණ කොටා ගන්නවා. බටහිර රටවල ඇත්තේ සංස්කෘතික ගැටුම්. බටහිරයන් ජාතිකත්වයට තල්ලු වන්නේ මේ සංස්කෘතික ගැටුම් මගින්. අපේ රටෙත් මුස්ලිම් ආගම්වාදයක් තියෙනවා. ඒත් එයට විරුද්ධ විය යුත්තේ රනිල්ට ආධාර වන විධියට නො වෙයි.

අද බටහිර රටවල් දැනගත යුතු කරුණ නම් ත්‍රස්තවාදී සංවිධාන ඊනියා මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් නොරකින බවයි. ත්‍රස්තවාදයෙන් බොහෝ විට බැට කන්නේ සාමාන්‍ය වැසියන්. බටහිරයන්ගේ හා මෙරට අනුකාරක පඬියන්ගේ බසින් නම් සිවිල් වැසියන්. ඒ සාමාන්‍ය ජනයාගේ මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් ගැන කතා කරන්නේ කවු ද? ජෙනීවාහි හුසේන් කුමරු ද? මෙරට ඊනියා සිවිල් සමාජය ද? මැන්චෙස්ටර් හි පමණක් නොව කැබිතිගොල්ලෑවේ දී ද මරා දැමුණු අහිංසක ළමුන් ගැන වග කියන්නේ කවු ද? ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් කඩ කරන විට ඒවාට මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් අයිතිකාරයන් විරුද්ධ නොවන්නේ ඇයි? ඊනියා සිවිල් සමාජයට අනුව ත්‍රස්තවාදීන්ට මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් කඩ කිරීමේ අයිතිය තිබෙනවා ද? 

ත්‍රස්තවාදය පරාජය කිරීමට සියල්ලන් එකතු විය යුතු යැයි එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානයේ හිටපු ලේකම් කෙනකු වූ කොෆී අනන් කියනවා. ඒත් ඔවුන් කිසිවකු දෙමළ කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදය පරාජය කිරීමට මහින්දට එකතු වූයේ නැහැ. අනන්ලාට ත්‍රස්තවාද දෙකක් තිබෙනවා. එකක් ඔවුන් මෙහෙයවන, ඔවුන්ගේ සංස්ථාපනය වෙනුවෙන් ක්‍රියා කරන ත්‍රස්තවාදය. ඔවුන් එයට සහාය දෙනවා. ඒ ත්‍රස්තවාදයට සහාය දෙමින් ඔවුන්ට ඔවුන්ගේ සංස්ථාපනයට එරෙහිව ක්‍රියා කරන ත්‍රස්තවාදය පරාජය කරන්න බැහැ.  

නලින් ද සිල්වා

2017 මැයි 24

See how differently this Government reacts to Minority and Majority representations and  How long are you going to have these people as the leaders of the Sinhala Buddhist State and at what cost?

May 24th, 2017

Sudath Gunasekara 2017.5.24.

I want all patriotic Sinhala readers to go through these statement by the big wigs of the Yahapalanaya Government carefully and thereafter find answers to the few simple queries I have posed to the four statements by the most important men in order of protocol on this subject, the President, Prime Minister, Leader of the House and the Cabinet Spokesman, Land and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka

1 Sri Lanka president orders stern action against racial attacks

 Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-23 19:32:33|Editor: xuxin

COLOMBO, May 23 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday ordered his Law and Order Minister to thoroughly probe incidents related to racism in the island country and take stern action against those involved.

Minister of National Co-Existence and Dialogue Mano Ganeshan told Xinhua that during a cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, he had informed the president that there had been incidents of racial attacks against the minority Tamils and Muslims in the recent weeks.

Ganeshan said that the president also instructed his cabinet that he would not tolerate any acts of racism and if any such attacks take place, then stern action would be taken against those responsible.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also said that if such attacks occur, then the area police officers will be held responsible. The government will not tolerate any acts of racism,” Ganeshan said.

He further said that the recent attack on a mosque in Kurunegala in northwestern Sri Lanka and the attack on shops owned by minority Tamils and Muslims on Tuesday morning were all part of a conspiracy to topple the government.

He added that the Police Chief would also be informed of the decision taken at the cabinet meeting.

Govt. to accelerate growth & protect peace – PM

2017-05-23

2 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

 

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said certain factions are behaving in a manner that disrupts the reconciliation process by inciting violence and racism.

The Prime Minister said the public should voice their objections against such factions.

Premier Wickremesinghe said those who cannot instigate separatism within the country are now attempting to create issues in the name of religion within the country, he then questioned as to how can religious based issues can be allowed to flourish within this country.

The Premier said individuals must vehemently condemn any movement that would bring about religious or racial hatred adding that this country cannot be divided.

The Premier added religion is something that unites people, not something that divides people.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said if anyone is looking to create racial and religious issues within the country, the need to be stopped as all citizens have the duty of protecting peace within the country.

The Premier said citizens must act against racial and religious hate within the country and work against its promotion.

3 Lakshman Kiriella speaking

The government says action will be taken against any individual engaged in extremist activities. Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella speaking in Parliament reiterated the government’s stance.

The Minister was responding to a statement by United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena who claimed certain groups and organisations are attempting to destabilise the country by engaging in such misconduct.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella added the government will not tolerate actions such as that reported in Aluthgama and Beruwela in the past.

The Minister said the government clearly instructed that those engaged in extremist actions should be arrested following an investigation.

He added the government would not tie people to trees; nor kidnap people in white vans.

He questioned as to what took place during the Aluthgama and Beruwala incidents.

Minister Kiriella added such was why the good governance government laid out clear instructions to take action against such individuals regardless of their rank.

Strict action against inciting communal tension: Govt.

2017-05-23 21:16

Minister Gayantha Karunatilaka

Strict action against inciting communal tension: Govt.

2017-05-23 21:16:3

The Cabinet today decided to take strict action according to the law against elements that attempt to create communal tension and disharmony in the country, the Government said today.

The Government accordingly will instruct all Police stations to be vigilant on those who attempt to create tension among communities and apply law strictly on them.

Cabinet Spokesman, Land and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka told a hastilyconvened news briefing in the Parliament Complex last afternoon that the Cabinet that met after the mini Cabinet reshuffle on Monday was concerned about the statements made by certain groups and individuals that had contributed to heightened the communal feelings.

“There are extremists in all parts of the country among all communities and they wait for opportunities to create ethnic unrest. They use the freedom given to them by this Government for their ulterior motives. But the Government is committed to ensure each and every citizen new freedom without hindrance from any party or group,” Minister Karunathilaka said.

The law enforcement authorities will act according to the law in a more vigorous manner to arrest this negative trend and maintain law and order and inter-communal harmony, Minister Karunathilaka stressed. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

The queries I make

What do these people mean by racism and racial and religious issues in the Sri Lankan context and in to whom they are referring to as individuals engaged in extremist activities. Most probably in this context,  they must be referring to the alleged attacks on a mosque in Kurunegala in northwestern Sri Lanka and the attack on some shops owned by minority Tamils and Muslims, by Minister of National Co-Existence and Dialogue Mano Ganeshan  which he describes as a part of a conspiracy to topple the government. Their reference to religious or racial hatred   also emanating from the same representations

The government’s policy decision to take serious action against any individual engaged in extremist activities is most welcome. But when you read through what Minister Lakshman Kiriella says that the government will not tolerate actions such as that reported in Aluthgama , it becomes more than clear that they are referring to only the alleged attacks by Sinhala Buddhists against muslims. His repeated reference e to communal tension and disharmony in the country, during the Aluthgama and Beruwala incidents make it very clear what the Government is having in their mind.

None of these people who are so quick and prompt in taking Cabinet decisions and give orders to arrest Buddhist monks even open their mouths about the large scale sacrilege and vandalism carried out by Tamils and Muslims against Buddhist monuments in the North and the East. Why don’t they talk about what Vigneswaran, Sambandan or  Sivajilingam say or do against the Sinhalese, both at Home and internationally and why don’t they take action on them. How is it that they take action only against the Sinhalese and Buddhists, and remand only Buddhist monks while they never touch Tamil Catholic priests. This government only talk about minority rights. But they never talk about the Majority rights. Don’t they consider the devastation of thousands of Buddhist religious places and cutting down Bo trees by Tamils and Muslims all over the country as provocative religious crimes?

I presume that these responses are a direct sequel to representations made by two minority groups, one made by the Minister of National Co-Existence and Dialogue Mano Ganeshan and the other by a group of Muslim Ministers respectively, to the President and the PM, last week. It is not surprising that the President and all others have been so quick in responding to their requests to take action against Sinhala Buddhist leaders and monks going by the lethargic attitude displayed by them regarding all repeated representations made by Sinhala Buddhist organizations for a long time on continuing anti- Sinhala and anti-Buddhist activities of both Tamil and Muslim politicians. Isn’t it a clear proof of the yahapalanaya Government’s attitude and its policy towards the Sinhala Buddhist majority in this country and its deep commitment on the other hand to the Minority interests. I want all readers to see how quick and  prompt the Yahapalanaya has been in taking even Cabinet decisions to address minority issues as against the lethargy displayed with regard to the majority Sinhala grievances. This also once again shows how the minority rules the majority in this country.

By now this Government has taken actions against at least fifty leading Buddhist monks and many of them had been remanded. Whereas the Government has not taken any action against traitors like Vinesvaran, Sivajilingam, Richard Badurdeen and Asad Salee to name a few only  for all anti Sinhala and anti=Buddhist utterances or activities done by them. Most of them have been engaged in anti-Government and unconstitutional activities as well. But both the President and the Prime Minister have turned their ears deaf and eyes blind in the name of reconciliation for the simple reason that they have voted them in to power along with the party blind Sinhala UNP voters.

Today party politics introduced by the British to ruin the Sinhala Buddhist nation has successfully destroyed the Sinhala ness of the Sinhalese. Unlike in the olden days today we don’t have Sinhala people either. So much so you don’t have Sinhalese; their nationality as well as religion is their party. But on the other hand for both Tamils and Muslims for all intent and purpose they are either Tamils or Muslims They vote, eat, act and even sleep accordingly. That is the difference between the Sinhalese and minorities and that is why they rule us today and we are like this as a nation. The biggest tragedy is none of our Sinhala politicians understand this. They only understand value of power and money and the vote that manifest the secret of both.

Now even this evening news broadcast over the TV, I saw Ven Galabodatte Gnansara has been asked to appear in courts on the 30th of this month. That is how this Government is treating the Buddhist monks the architects of our civilizations and the guardian gods of the nation who had protected this nation for the past 2500 years.  I really do not know as to what the monks in this country are doing while this Government is taking the Sinahla nation and the Sasana openly to nemesis like this.

Just one last question I pose to all patriotic people of this country. How long are you going to have these people as the leaders of the Sinhala Buddhist State and at what cost to the nation?

කුමන වෙස් පැලැන්දුවත් නටන්නෙ බීපු ඇදුරා බව ඇමති මාරුවෙන් පේනවා

May 24th, 2017

ජනමාධ් නිවේදනයයි ජාතික භික්‍ෂු පෙරමුණ

දෙමුහුන් ආණ්ඩුව තතන තතනා සිට කළ ඇමති මාරුවෙන් පෙන්නුම් කරන්නේ කුමන වෙස් පැලැන්දුවත් නටන්නේ බීපු ඇදුරා බවයි. රටට අවශ්‍යව ඇත්තේ තත්වයේ වෙනසක් නැතිව ස්ථාන මාරුවලින් කරන ඇස් බැන්දුම් ඇමති මාරුවක් හෝ මුහුණු මාරුවක් නොව 69 වසරක් තිස්සේ ජනතා ගැටලූ වලට උත්තර නැති මේ පිරිහුණු ධනපති ක‍්‍රමය වෙනුවට සමස්ථ ක‍්‍රමයේ මාරුවකි.

    මෙවර ඇමති මාරුව ගැන ජනතාවට සිතෙන්නේ ”වෙස් මුහුණු බැඳන් ආවට අපි නෑ රැවටෙන්නේ ” කියා මිස දැන් අපේ සියලූ ගැටලූ මේ ඇමති මාරුවත් සමග සිදුවේය කියා නොවේ. තවද මෙවර ඇමති සංශෝධනය මෛතී‍්‍ර පිළ හා රනිල් පිළ යන පිල් දෙක අතර උග‍්‍රවන ගැටුමේ ප‍්‍රකාශනයකි. නොපෑහෙන දීගයක් කන දෙමුහුන් ආණ්ඩුවේ නොගැලපීම දැන් දැන් වැඩිපුර සමාජගතවෙමින් ඇත. කැබිනට් ප‍්‍රකාශක තනතුරු, මුදල් අමාත්‍යංශ ඇමති මාරු ආදී මේ සියලූ කි‍්‍රයා අතර ඇත්තේ නොගැලපීමේ ගැටුමයි.
 
    ”කිරි දියෙනි දෙවියත් අඟුරු සුදුවන කලෙක් නම් නැත් ”කියා කීවා සේ පක්‍ෂ මාරු කර කර, පාට මාරු කර කර රට ගැන, ජනතාව ගැන කිසිදු හැඟීමක් නැතිව නාස්තිකාරයින් පිරිසක් වී සිටින මේ ඇමතිවරුන්ට අමුතුවෙන් කළ හැකි කිසිවක් තවත් ඇතැයි අපි නොසිතමු. අද මුළු රටටම හෙණ ගෙඩි වන් විපතක් වී ඇත්තේ රටට බරක් වී ඇති මේ ඇමති කට්ටුවේ කි‍්‍රයාකාරකම්ය.

    ජනාධිපතිවරයාටත්, අගමැතිවරයාටත් රට ගැන සිතා කරනවා නම් කළ යුතුව තිබුණේ වහාම රටට බරක් වී ඇති, නාස්තිකාර මේ ඇමති මණ්ඩලය වහා අඩුකර, නාස්තිකාර වියදම් කපා හැර ඵලදායී අර්ථවත් කි‍්‍රයාවලියකට ආණ්ඩුව මෙහෙයවීමයි. වැටත් නියරත් ගොයම් කන මේ ආණ්ඩුවට හා ඊට නායකත්වය දෙන මේ දෙපලට එවැන්නක් සිතෙන්නෙවත් නැතිබව ජනතාව දැනගත යුතුය.
 
    අඩු තරමින් මැති ඇමතිවරුන්ට වැළඳී ඇති රථ ගායවත් පාලනය කිරීමට නොහැකි ජනාධිපති, අගමැති ප‍්‍රමුඛ ආණ්ඩුව ඇමති සංශෝධන කියා තව මොන වෙස් පැළැන්දුවත් නටන්නේ බීපු ඇදුරා බව ජනතාව අවබෝධ කරගත යුතුබව අප ජනතාවට නැවත අවධාරණය කරන්නේ ඒ නිසයි.
 
    මැති ඇමතිවරු පුද්ගලික මුදලින් කවර ප‍්‍රමාණයේ වාහන මිලදී ගත්තද කම් නැත. අඩුතරමින් රථ ගාය ඇති මැති ඇමති වරු මහජන මුදලින් මිලදී ගෙන ඇති කෝටි 4, 5 සිට කෝටි 30, 60 දක්වා වූ වාහන සියල්ල වෙන්දේසිකොට සියලූ මැති ඇමතිවරුන්ට මහජන මුදලින් එක් වාහන වර්ගයක් හෝ අඩුතරමින් කෝටි 2 උපරිමයට යටත්කොට වාහනයක් ලබාදීමට මේ ආණ්ඩුවට තීරණයක් ගත හැකිව ඇත.

    අපි ජනාධිපතිතුමාට හා අගමැතිතුමාට අභියෝගාත්මකව කියා සිටින්නේ හැකිනම් ජනතාවට ආදර්ශයක් පෙන්වමින් මේ තීන්දුව භාවිතාවට නගන ලෙසයි. එසේ කරන්න සිතන විටම ආණ්ඩුවේ ආයුෂ නිමාවන බව මේ දෙදෙනාම දන්නා කරුණකි.
 
    මේ ඇමතිවරු සිටින්නේ රට ගැන සිතා නොව බඩ ගැන සිතාය. ඔවුන්ට කුමන අමාත්‍යංශය භාරදුන්නත් ඔවුන්ගේ නාස්තිකාරකම් සඳහා අනුබලයක් මිස රටට වැඩක් නැත. ඇමති මැරුවට දින තුනක් තිබියදී රේගුවේ තිබූ රෝස් වුඞ් දැව තොගයක් ඇමති අනුබලයෙන් අපේක්‍ෂිත මුදලට වඩා අඩුවෙන් හිතවත් ව්‍යාපාරිකයෙකුට ලබාදී ඇතැයි අප පුවත්පත් වලින් කියවූයේ ඊයේය. ඉන් රටට අතිවිශාල මුදලක් අලාභ කර ඇත. එම නිසා මෙවර ඇමති මාරුවත් පය බරවායට පිටිකර බෙහෙත් බැඳීමක් බව ජනතාවට අවධාරනය කරන්නෙමු.

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May 24th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

Sri Lanka is supposed to be Buddhist country of people with kindness and compassion …..Social Services ministers riding high in new Toyota Landcruiser >>>>>>>>>and big talks ?

මව්බිමපුවතින් ක්ෂණික ප්රතිඵල මහපාරේ ඉන්න මවටත් පුතාටත් වැඩිහිටි නිවෙසකට යන්න වරම් කෑගල්ල දිසා ලේකම් කාර්යාලය අත දෙයි   …..

හබරාදුව රෝහලේ වැසිකිළියක මානසික රෝගීන් තිදෙනෙක්……….

Blind mother abandoned in Kalubovila Hospital and living in a shack outside with a dog  ………

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Dr Sarath Obeysekera

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May 24th, 2017

 නලින් ද සිල්වා

 වරින් වර කල් ගිය ඇමති මණ්ඩල වෙනසක් කරලා. ඉස්සරහට තවත් පොඩි ඇමති වෙනස්කම් කෙරෙනව කියලයි කියන්නෙ. මේක හිසරදේට කොට්ට මාරු කිරීමක් නො වෙයි. බෙල්ල රැක ගැනීමක්. අපේ බෙල්ල මිරිකීමට අවස්ථාව ලබා ගැනීමක්. ආණ්ඩුව ඇතුළෙ ප්‍රශ්න රාශියක් තිබුණ. රවි කරුණානායකට විරුද්ධ ව තිබූ චෝදනා එක් කරුණක් පමණයි. අමරවීර කියන්නෙ රවි හොරකු නොවන බවයි. හොරුන් ඉන්නව නම් ඉවත් කරනවලු. හොරුන් නැත්නම් අමරවීර තියා මෛත්‍රිපාලවත් මොනව කරන්න ද? ඒත් මේ ආසියාවේ හොඳ ම මුදල් ඇමති මාරු කළේ අහවල් දේකට ද? දේශපාලනඥයන් ඇත්තක් කිව්වෙ කවද ද? ඉවත් නොකර මාරු කෙරුවෙ ඇයි කියලා අමරවීර අපට කියලා දෙනවා ද? හොරුන් නොවන ඇමතිවරුන් ගැනත් ඒ එක්ක ම කියනවා ද?

රවි කිව්වෙ මුදල් ඇමති කම නැත්නම් පසු පෙළට යනව කියලා. එහෙත් එහෙම ගියෙ නැහැ. කොන්දේසි දාල කියලා කියනවා. ඇත්ත ද කියලා ගැසට් පත්‍රයෙන් බලා ගන්න පුළුවන්.  ලොතරැයි මණ්ඩලය, මහපොළ, එයාර් ලන්කන්, විදේශ අමාත්‍යාංශයට මොකට ද? විදේශවලට යෑමට ගුවන් සේවය අවශ්‍ය නිසා වෙන්න පුළුවන්. කොහොමත් ඉස්සරහ පෙළේ ඉන්නෙත් පසු පෙළේ ඉන්න ඕන අය. ඒ නිසා ඉස්සරහ ඉන්න එක ගැටළුවක් නො වෙයි. ඕන නම් පසු කියන එක පශු හැටියට කියෙව්වත් කමක් නැහැ. ඒක අර පඬියන්ගෙ ඊනියා කියවීමක් එහෙම නම් නො වෙයි. දැන් රවිට ලෝකෙ ම හොඳ ම විදේශ ඇමති වෙන්න පුළුවන්. රවිට හුසේන් කුමරු සමග සම්බන්ධකම් ගොඩනගා ගන්නත් පුළුවන්. මේ සම්මාන දෙන අයට සම්මානයක් දෙන්න විධියක් තියෙනව ද? අර ඊනියා ලෝක සිනමා සම්මාන දෙන අයටත් සම්මානයක් දෙන්න ඕන.

සිනමා කිව්ව ම එක් පඬියකුට අනුව මංගලගේ පූර්ව හැසිරීම හොඳ නිසා චිත්‍රපටි ජනමාධ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශයෙ තියෙන එක හොඳයි. මංගල කවුද කියලා අප නම් දන්නවා. ඔහු අපේ දේ රැකගන්න අයකු කියලා මේ පඬියන් හිතනවා ද? සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධී චිත්‍රපටවලට සමලිංගික චිත්‍රපටිවලට මංගලගේ ආශිර්වාදය ලැබේවි. අර පඬියන්ට එවිට අපේ දේ රැකගන්න පුළුවන් වේවි. කොහොමටත් මේ අමාත්‍යාංශ නම් කරන්න ඕන ඇමතිවරුන්ට අයත්වන දෙපාර්තමේන්තු ආයතන නමින්. එතකොට රවි විදේශ, මහපොළ, ලොතරැයි, ශ්‍රී ලන්කන් ගුවන් ඇමති. 

කවුරු කවුරුත් මාධ්‍යයට නම් කිව්වෙ තම තමන් සතුටු වන බවයි. මේ රටේ හරිහමන් මාධ්‍යයක් නැති එකේ මාධ්‍යයට මොනව කිව්වම මොකෝ. මැකෝ ගැන මොන විවේචන තිබුණත් ඔහු කියන විධියට ම මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රචාරය කරන්නෙ හිට් කෑලි විතරයි. ඊනියා කැබිනට් වෙනස ගැන හොඳ ම කතාව කී දේශ විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ අයකු කී දේ අයින් කරලා අනුර කුමාරගෙ සුලබ කීමකට ප්‍රසිද්ධිය දෙනවා. ගයන්ත කිව්ව තමන්ට ජනතාවට සේවය කරන්න රට වටේ යන්න පුළුවන් කියලා. මේ මැති ඇමතිවරුන්ට බැරි ද  ජනතාවට සේවය නොකර ඉන්න. මේ අප ඉන්නව වගේ. ඒකෙන් සෑහෙන මුදලක් ඉතුරු කර ගන්නත් පුළුවන් වේවි. ජනමාධ්‍ය ඇමතිකමත් මංගලට පවරලා. ඒක බොහොම කල්පනා කරල කරපු එකක්. ගොබෙල්ස් ක්‍රමයට එක් පැත්තකින් තැන ලැබෙන අතර අනෙක් පැත්තෙන් ජනමාධ්‍ය පාලනයක් ද ඇති වේවි. දැනටමත් වැඩ පටන්ගෙන ඇති. ජඩමාධ්‍යයට ම සරිලන ඇමති කෙනෙක් හමු වෙලා.

කරුණාරත්න පරණවිතාන කී එක දෙයකට මා එකඟ වෙනවා. ඔහු කලිනුත් මංගල එක්ක වැඩ කරලා තියෙනවා කියන එක ඇත්ත. අනූහතරෙ මැතිරණයෙදි එකල ජනතා මිතුරෝ හරි වෙනත් එවැනි සංවිධානයක හරී හිටිය අය මාතර ගිහින් පැල් බැඳගෙන මංගලට වැඩ කළා. කොහොමත් පරණවිතානලා, චම්පකලා දැන් එක්සත් ජාතික පෙරමුණේ ඇත්තන්. දේශපාලනය සඳහා පමණක් ජාතිකත්වය යොදා ගන්න අය අවසාන වශයෙන් නවතින්නෙ එ ජා පක්‍ෂයෙ හරි එහි පෙරමුණක හරි. රනිල් විරෝධය නොවන්නට දැනටමත් ඇතැම් භික්‍ෂූන් වහන්සේ ද තවත් පිරිස් ද එ ජා පක්‍ෂයට ගිහිල්ලා.

ආණ්ඩුවේ අර්බුදය උග්‍ර වෙලා තිබුණෙ. එය පෞද්ගලික ප්‍රශ්නයක් නො වෙයි. ශ්‍රී ල නි ප ප්‍රතිපත්ති හා එ ජා ප ප්‍රතිපත්ති අතර ගැටුමක්. සංස්ථාපනයට පක්‍ෂ හා විපක්‍ෂ අය අතර ගැටුමක්. ජාත්‍යන්තරවාදී සුපිරිව්‍යුහයට පක්‍ෂ හා විපක්‍ෂ අය අතර ගැටුමක්. එය ඇත්තට ම ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයට ඡන්දය දෙන්නන්ගෙ වුවමනාව නිසා ඇතිවන්නක්. ඇමතිවරුන්ට ඒකට යම් ප්‍රමාණයකට හරි සවන් දෙන්න වෙනවා.  ගැටුම එළියට ආවෙ අර ඇමති හා මේ ඇමති අතර ගැටුමක් විධියට. මේ ගැටුම එන්න කලකට පෙර ම අප යෝජනා කළා මහින්ද අගමැති කරමු කියා. මාධ්‍යයට එය හිට් කෑල්ලක් වුණේ නැහැ. ඔවුන් හිතන්න ඇති කරන්න බැරි මෝඩ අදහසක් කියලා. අප නම් මෝඩ කමට ඒ මෝඩ අදහසෙ දිගට ම හිටියා. ඒත් පඬියන් එසේ හිතුවෙ නැහැ.

අපේ ඉල්ලීමෙ තේරුම රනිල් ඉවත් කර ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂෙ අයකු අගමැති කරමු කියන එක. මෙහි අගමැති මහින්ද ම වෙන්න ඕන නැහැ. කොහොමටත් මෛත්‍රිපාල මහින්ද වෛරය නිසා මෛත්‍රිපාල මහින්ද අගමැති කරන්නෙ නැහැ. එහෙත් මහින්දගෙ කැමැත්තක් ආශිර්වාදයක් නැතිව ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂෙ වෙනත් අයකු අගමැති කරන්නත් බැහැ. අප වෙනත් අයකු අගමැති කිරීමට අපට හැකි ප්‍රමාණයට කටයුතු කළා. එහෙත් දේශපාලනඥයන් එක්ක අපේ ඇයි හොඳයියක් නැහැ. ඔවුන් අපට සමීප නැහැ. ඔවුන් අප ගණන් ගන්නෙත් නැහැ. ඔවුන් එකතු කරගෙන මෛත්‍රිපාල ළඟට යෑමට අපට හැකි කමක් නැහැ. එසේ කිරීමට පුළුවන් අය එය මග හැරියා. අප කතා කළ ජනමාධ්‍ය ලොක්කකු කිව්වෙ මා ගේම් කාරයකු බවයි. ඔහු කිව්වේ නුවර යුගයේත් මා ගේම් ගහන්න ඇත කියා. හොඳ වෙලාවට ඔහුට අනුරාධපුර යුගය මතක් වුණෙ නැහැ. දේශපාලනයේ දී තබා කිසිවක මා ගේම් ගසා නැහැ. මා වැඩ කරන්නේ හිතේ යම් යම් දේ සඟවා ගෙන නො වෙයි.

මේ බොහෝ දෙනකු දේශපාලනය කරන්නේ ඊළඟ මැතිවරණ දෙස බලාගෙන. ප්‍රශ්නය ඒකයි. අපට සුද්දන් දුන් වෙනත් බොහෝ දේ වගේ ම ඊනියා ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදයත් අප අල්ලා ගෙන ඇත්තේ වැරදි පැත්තෙන්. මහින්දට ජනබලය තියෙන නිසා ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂෙ මැතිවරණ දිහා බලන් ඉන්න අය මහින්ද කියන දේකට විරුද්ධ වෙන්නෙ නැහැ. එබැවින් රනිල් ඉවත් කරන්න බැරි වුණා. වැඩිකල් යන්න ඉස්සර රනිල් සම්පූර්ණ බලය තමන් අතට ගන්නවා. අප දරුණු මර්දනයකට ගමන් කරමින් සිටිනවා. සයිටම් සඳහා ආණ්ඩුව විසඳුමක් දීලා තියෙන්නෙ. ඒත් ජනමාධ්‍ය පඬියන්ට ඒක තේරෙන්නෙ නැහැ. ඔවුන් මා වගේ මිනිස්කමක් සමාජවාදයක් නැති අය නොවෙයි හරි ප්‍රගතිශීලින්. වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය සටන් පාඨ වෙනස් කරනවා. සයිටම් අහෝසි කරනු කියන එක පසුකාලීන ඉල්ලීමක්. වෛද්‍ය සංගමයෙ එ ජා ප හිතවතුන් ඉන්නවා. ඔවුන් මරදනයට අත වනනවා. අප බොහෝ වෙලාවට කිව්වෙ මැතිවරණ ලබා ගන්නත් රනිල් ඉවත් කරන්න වේවි කියලා. ඒත් රනිල් ඉවත් කරන්න මෛත්‍රිපාල එක්ක එකතු වෙන්න ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂෙ අය බයයි. ඒ මහින්දට බය නිසා. ඒකට බය නැත්තෙ වාසුදේව විතරයි. ඔහු මැතිවරණය ගැන හිතන්නෙ නැහැ. ඔහු රනිල් ඉවත් කර අන්තර්කාලීන ආණ්ඩුවක් පිහිටුවිය යුතු යැයි කියා තිබුණා. අපත් දිගින් දිගට ම කිව්වෙ එයයි.

එහෙත් එය සිදු වුණේ නැහැ. මෛත්‍රිපාල ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂෙ අය එනකම් බලං හිටියා. ඒත් ආවෙ නැහැ. ඔහු හොඳ අයකු නොවෙයි. එහෙත් ඔහු නැතිව රනිල් ඉවත් කරන්න බැහැ. අද මෛත්‍රිපාල නැවතත් රනිල් සමග එකතු වෙලා. ආණ්ඩුවට හුස්මක් ගන්න ඉඩක් ලැබෙන විධියට අමාත්‍යවරුන්ගෙ වෙනසක් සිදු  කරලා. ආණ්ඩුවට එසේ ඉඩක් ලබා දීම ගැන ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය වග කිව යුතුයි. මේ අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩල වෙනසින් රනිල් දිනුම්. ඔහු තවත් බලවත් වේවි. රවිත් බලවත් වේවි. මර්දනය දැන් වැඩි ඈතක නො වෙයි. ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය, එට්කා, හම්බන්තොට වරාය හා ඉඩම් චීනයට දීම, තෙල් ටැංකි හා භූමිය ඉන්දියාවට දීම මර්දනය හා සම්බන්ධයි. විද්‍යුත් ජඩමාධ්‍ය අප කියන දේට කිසිම ප්‍රසිද්ධියක් දෙන්නේ නැහැ. හුස්මක් ගන්න ඉඩක් ලබා ගත් එ ජා පෙරමුණ අපේ හුස්ම හිර කරාවි. විද්‍යුත් ජඩමාධ්‍යත් එදාට පාඩමක් ඉගෙන ගනීවි. ඒත් එවිට ප්‍රමාද වූවා වැඩියි.

 

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May 24th, 2017

ආචාර්ය නාලක ගොඩහේවා

පසුගියදා රූපවාහිනී නාලිකාවක පැවති දේශපාලන වාදයකදි, හම්බන්තොට පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ ආචාර්ය හර්ෂද සිල්වා මහතාගෙන් ඉතා කාලෝචිත ප්‍රශ්නයක් ඇසුවේය. ඒ 2016 මහ බැංකු වාර්තාවේ සඳහන් වන රැකියා ආශ්‍රිත සංඛ්‍යාලේඛන වන නිරවද්‍යතාවය පිළිබඳවය. ප්‍රශ්ණය නිසා අන්දමන්ද වූ නියෝජ්‍ය ඇමති වරයා තම දුරකථනය ඔස්සේ මහබැංකු වාර්ථා පිරික්සා පැවසුවේ 2015 හා 2016 වසරවල මහ බැංකු වාර්ථාවල දක්වා ඇති සංඛ්‍යාලේඛනවල යම් ගැටලුකාරී තත්වයක් තමන්ටද පෙනෙන නමුත් එයට හේතුව මහ බැංකුවෙන්ම නොවිමසා සිදුවී ඇත්තේ මන්දැයි මෙම වැඩ සටහන තුලදී පැහැදිලි කිරීම අසීරු බවය.

බැලූ බැල්මට මහබැංකු සංඛ්‍යාලේඛනවල වරදක් පෙනෙන්නට තිබෙන බව අවංකවම පිළිගැනීම පිලිබඳව නියෝජ්‍ය ඇමතිවරයාට අප ප්‍රශංසා කලයුතු නමුත්, එදා විපක්ෂයේ සිටින කාලයේ එවකට පැවත් රාජපක්ෂ රජයේ සංඛ්‍යාලේඛණ වැරදියැයි මහා ඝෝසාවක් නැගු ආචාර්ය හර්ෂ ද සිල්වාටම සජීවී රූපවාහිනී වැඩ සටහනක අතරතුර තමුන්ගේම රජයේ වැරදි සංඛ්‍යාලේඛණව සැකකටයුතු භාවය පිළිබඳව මෙවැනි පිළිගැනීමක් කිරීමට සිදුවීම දෛවයේ සරදමක් විය යුතුය.

දැන් අපි මෙහි සිදුවී ඇත්තේ කිමක්දැයි විමසා බලමු.

ලංකාවේ සමස්ථ ජනගහනයෙන් යම්කිසි ආදායම් මාර්ගයක් ලැබෙන රැකියාවක හෝ ස්වයං රැකියාවක හෝ ව්‍යාපාරයක නිරතව සිටින්නේ මිලියන 8.3 ක් පමනි. එය වයස 15ට වැඩි ජනගහනයෙන් 53.8% පමන වේ 2016 ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහබැංකු වාර්ථාව අනුව 2016 අවසන් වන විට 7,948,000 ක පමන ජනතාවක් යම් රැකියාවක නිරත වී සිටින අතර 2015 දී එම පිරිස 7,831,000 ක් පමන විය. මතක තබා ගැනීමේ පහසුව සඳහා මේ සංඛ්‍යා ලේඛණ සියල්ල අවසාන 1000ට රවුම් කර ඇති බව සලකන්න.

2016 මහ බැංකු වාර්ථාව – 2015 රැකියා නියුක්තුය ලක්ෂ 78.3 ක් ලෙස සඳහන්ව ඇති ආකාරය
මේ අනුව 2016 මහ බැංකු වාර්ථාව පෙන්වන්නට උත්සාහ කරන්නේ 2015 සිට 2016 දක්වා කාලය තුල රටේ අලුතින් රැකියා අවස්ථා 117,000 ක් පමන ජනිත වී ඇති බවයි. බැලූ බැල්මට මෙය නරක තත්වයක් නොවේ.

නමුත් එකාබද්ධ විපක්ශයේ තරුණ මන්ත්‍රීවරයා වැඩසටහනේදී ප්‍රශ්ණ කල ආකාරයට මෙහි යම් ගැටලුවක් ඇත. ඒ 2016 මහ බැංකු වාර්ථාවේ සඳහන් වන 2015 රැකියා ප්‍රමාණය 2015 දී මහ බැංකුව විසින්ම නිකුත් කරන සංඛ්‍යාලේඛණ සමඟ නොගැලපීමයි.

2015 මහ බැංකු වාර්ථාව – 2015 රැකියා නියුක්තුය ලක්ෂ 85.5 ක් ලෙස සඳහන්ව ඇති ආකාරය
2015 මහ බැංකු වාර්ථාව අනුව 2015 අවසන් වන විට රටේ රැකියා තිබූ ජනගහනය 8,554,000 විය. මේ සත්‍යය නම් අනුව 2016 දී සිදුවී ඇත්තේ රැකියා වැඩිවීමක් නොව අඩුවීමකි. දැන් මතුවන ප්‍රශ්ණයනම් සත්‍යය වසන් කිරීම සඳහා යමෙක් විසින් 2016 වසරේ වාර්ථාවේ සඳහන් විය යුතු 2015 රැකියා ප්‍රමාණය අඩුකොට පෙන්නුවාද යන්නයි. එසේ කලානම් එදා මහබැංකුවට ඇඟිල්ල දිගුකල හර්ෂද සිල්වා මහතා අද තමුන් දෙසටම ඇඟිල්ල දිගුකරගත යුතුය.

මෙහි වඩාත් වැදගත් කරුණ වන්නේ එයත් නොවේ. 2016 මහබැංකු වාර්ථාවේ සංඛ්‍යාලේඛණ සමඟ ගනිත සෙල්ලම් දැමූ අයට ඔවුන් විසින්ම නිකුත් කරන ලද 2014 හා 2015 මහ බැංකු වාර්ථා දැන් වෙනස් කල නොහැකි වීමයි. මේ වාර්තා දෙකටම අනුව 2014 මේ රටේ රැකියා 8,424,000ක් තිබුනි.

මහ බැංකු වාර්ථා දෙකකම එකම අගය සඳහන් වන නිසා එය නිවැරදි දත්තයක් ලෙස අපට පිලිගැනීමට සිදුවේ.

එසේනම් යතාර්ථය රජයට හිතකර දෙයක් නොවේ. ඇත්තටම සිදුවී ඇත්තේ 2014දි 8,424,000 ක්ව තිබූ රැකියා ප්‍රමානය 2016 වන විට 7,948,000 ට අඩු වී තිබීමයි.

එසේනම් වසර 5ක් තුල රැකියා 10 ලක්ෂයක් බිහිකිරීමට පොරොන්දු වී බලය ගත් යහපාලන රජය තමුන්ගේ පලමු වසර දෙක තුල රටට රැකියා 476,000 අහිමි කොට ඇත. දිගින් දිගටම රාජ්‍ය දේපල විකුණමින් ආර්ථිකය අවකලමනාකරණය කරමින් මේ ආකාරයටම රජය පවත්වාගෙන ගිය හොත් ඉතිරි කාලය තුල කුමක් සිදුවේද යන්න ජනතාව කඩිනමින් අවධානය යොමු කල යුතු ප්‍රශ්ණයකි.

වසර 5ක් තුල රැකියා දශලක්ෂයක් බිහිකරනවා යනු එදා රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාගේ ප්‍රධාන මැතිවරණ පොරොන්දුවක් විය. එය ලොකු වැඩක් ලෙස මැතිවරණ වේදිකාවල විරුද්ධ පක්ෂයේ කථිකයින් පෙන්වන විට සෑබෑ සංඛ්‍යාලෙඛන භාවිත කොට මෙය රටට කරන මහා සේවයක් නොව අලුතින් පත්වන ඕනෑම රජයක අවම වගකීම බව පෙන්වාදෙන්නට බලයේ සිටි මහින්ද රජපක්ෂගේ කන්ඩායම අසමත් වූ බව අප මතක් කල යුතුය.

දැන් අපි යලිත් මහ බැංකු වාර්ථා සසඳා බලමු. 2010 ජනවාරි මාසයේ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ දෙවන පාලන කාලය පටන් ගන්න විට රටේ සමස්ථ රැකියා ප්‍රමාණය 7,602,000 විය. මෙම සංඛ්‍යාව 2014 දෙසැම්බර් වන විට වසර පහක් තුල 8,424,000 දක්වා වැඩි වී තිබුනි. මේ වසර 5ක් තුල රැකියා 822,000 ක වැඩි වීමකි. මෙම කාලය තුල රටේ ශ්‍රම බලකාය 8074,000 සිට 8,805,000 දක්වා 731,000 කින් වැඩි වී තුබුන අතර රැකියා අවස්ථා 822,000 ම ජනිත කිරීම නිසා විරැකියාව 472,000 සිට 381,000 දක්වා අඩුවී තිබුනි. .

නමුත් මේ කරුණු එදා කිසිවෙක් ජනතාවට පැහැදිලිකලා අපට මතක නැත.

2015-2020 කාලය තුල රටේ ශ්‍රම බලකාය දශලක්ෂයකට වඩා වැඩිවන බව රටේ ජනගහන වර්ධනය ආශ්‍රිත සංඛ්‍යාලේඛන වලින් පැහැදිවම පෙනී යන නිසා මේ කාලය තුල රැකියා දශලක්ෂයක් බිහිකිරීම අලුතින් පත්වන කුමන හෝ රජයක මූලික වගකීමක් මිස මහා උදව්වක් නොවන බව පෙන්වා දෙන්නට එදා කිසිවෙකු ඉදිරිපත් නොවීම ඉතා කනගාටුදායකය.

මෙයට මූලික හේතුව වන්නට අතේ සමහරවිට එදා බලයේ සිටි දේශපාලනඥයින් පොතක් පතක් කියවා සංඛ්‍යාලේඛනයක් සොයාබලන්නට දැක්වූ අලස කමයි. නමුත් අද විපක්ෂයට ගියපසු අඩු වශයෙන් තරුණ මන්ත්‍රීවරුවත් රටේ ඇති තතු හොඳින් අධ්‍යයනය කොට වාද විවාද වලට එනවා දැකීම සතුටට කාරණයකි.

පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ජේශ්ඨ මන්ත්‍රීවරයෙක් වරක් මා සමඟ කනගාටුවෙන් පැවසූයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සිටින සෑම මන්ත්‍රීවරයෙකුටම පර්යේෂණ සහායකයෙකු තබාගැනීම සඳහා දීමනාවක් ලැබෙන නමුත් ඔවුන් බොහෝදෙනෙකු එම රැකියා අවස්තාව ලබා දී තිබෙන්නේ රියැදුරෙකුට හෝ රැකියාවක් දෙන්නට අවශ්‍ය පවුලේ කෙනෙකුට හෝ යම් හිතවතෙකුට බවය. මේ තත්වය ඉදිරියේදී වත් වෙනස් වී මහජනතාව වෙනුවෙන් සැබෑ යුතුකම් ඉටුකිරීමට තමන්ට ලබා දී ඇති පහසුකම් නිසි ලෙස භාවිතකිරීමට පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරු වැඩි පිරිසක් යොමු වනු ඇතැයි යනු ඔහුගේ බලාපොරොත්තුව විය.

දැන් අපි යලිත් මූලික ගැටලුව දෙස බලමු වත්මන් රජය යටතේ මහබැංකුවේ කුමන සංඛ්‍යා ලේඛණය පිලිගන්නටදැයි අපට විශාල ගැටලුවක් මතු වී තුබුනද 2014,2015,2016 යන වාර්ථා තුනම අධ්‍යයනය කිරීමෙන් ඉතාමත්මපැහැදිලිව පෙනී යන්නේ රටේ රැකියා ප්‍රමාණය 476,000 කින් යහපාලනයේ පලමු වසර දෙක තුල අඩු වී ඇති බවයි. තමුන්ගේම සංඛ්‍යාලෙඛණ වැරදියයි ඉදිරි දිනයක රජයේ බලධාරියෙක් ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ පාපොච්චාර්ණය කරනු තුරු අපට සිදුවන්නේ මෙය යථාර්ථය ලෙස පිලිගැනීමටයි. එසේ නම් එය භයානක තත්වයකි.

එක පැත්තකින් රටේ ජීවන වියදම දිගින් දිගටම වැඩි වන තත්වයක් තුල මෙම රජය බලයට ඒමට පෙර ක්‍රමාණුකූලව අඩුවෙමින් පැවති රැකියා වියුක්තිය යලි වැඩි වන්නේ නම් එය අනාගතයේ තරුණ අසහණය වැඩි කිරීමට හේතුවක් වනු ඇත.

රජය කල යුත්තේ ප්‍රශ්ණයක් තිබෙනවානම් අවංකව එය පිළිගෙන විසඳුම් සොයනවා විනා ප්‍රශ්ණය වසන් කිරීම සඳහා රජය මගින් පලකරණ සංඛ්‍යාලේඛණ විකෘති කිරීම නොවේ. හැංගි හැංගි වෙස් බැන්දට නටන්න වෙන්නේ එලිපිට කියන පැරණි කියමන බලධාරීනට මතක් කර දෙන්නට සිදුවන්නේ ඒ නිසාය.

( 23-05-17 Mawubima )
-යුතුකම සංවාද කවය

THE NEW CONSTITUTION & THE MODI-WICKREMESINGHE PLAN

May 24th, 2017

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Daily Mirror

 Why is the PM anxious to move the new Constitution in three months? Why does he intend to push for a new constitution instead of an amendment which addresses the ethnic problem? Why does he want to do either without concentrating on economic growth and effective governance?“…My sling is David’s.” -Jose Marti, 1895

The print media seems to have missed the most vital news story of the past week. TV news cameras caught the PM disclosing in Mannar that Indian Prime Minister Modi had urged him, President Sirisena and ex-Presidents Kumaratunga and Rajapaksa to solve the ethnic problem by bringing in a new Constitution without delay.

The PM said that this will indeed be undertaken, and a draft document presented in a week or two, with a draft Constitution ready for adoption in two or three months.

The making of a new Constitution in any country is a supremely sovereign act except in an invaded and occupied State such as Iraq after the 2003 invasion or Ceylon prior to Independence.

Why is the PM anxious to move the new Constitution in three months? Why does he intend to push for a new constitution instead of an amendment which addresses the ethnic problem? Why does he want to do either without concentrating on economic growth and effective governance?
I would guess that the PM wants to have the new Constitution ready before the MoU between the UNP and the SLFP comes up for renewal in August. If the SLFP opted to go its own way, the PM wouldn’t mind so long as they’ve done the job that he and CBK had in mind, of endorsing the new Constitution in Parliament.

Even if they do not, he can use the new Constitution as a magnet to bring the TNA into the Government, and a wedge to split the official SLFP, a splinter of which will join him to “solve the ethnic problem”.

Since such a realignment will not, in and of itself, guarantee a two thirds majority, the PM is probably counting on the JVP, the currently misguided Communist Party, and more cannily, the Mahinda-led Joint Opposition or at least its SLPP (‘Pohottuwa’) component, to support him on the abolition of the Executive Presidency and thereby, in effect, the new Constitution itself.

What the new Constitution really hopes to achieve are the political and economic aims of the PM and his allies and the economic and strategic aims of his foreign patrons. What is the underlying intent and core content of the new Constitution? What is its very logic?

Lenin said that “politics cannot but be the concentrated expression of economics”. The new Constitution is but the superstructure, the edifice of the new political economy for Sri Lanka that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has outlined, most specifically in the “Mega MoU” or “Umbrella MoU” (As the Delhi media called it) with India, and Prime Minister Modi has placed in macro-perspective in his Vesak speech to this country’s power elite, both Government and Opposition.

Prime Minister Modi’s Vesak oration outlines it:

“We believe that free flow of trade, investments, technology, and ideas across our borders will be to our mutual benefit…In infrastructure and connectivity, transport and energy, we are poised to scale up our cooperation…Our development partnership stretches across nearly every sector of human activity such as agriculture, education, health, resettlement, transport, power, culture, water, shelter, sports, and human resources…The economic and social wellbeing of the people of Sri Lanka is linked with that of 1.25 billion Indians.”

The quality Delhi press has spelled out the important implications of the proposed ETCA:

“Geethanjali Natraj, professor at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, points out that …the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA), which is expected to be signed by the end of 2017, will enhance trade in services, investments, and technology cooperation with India’s five fastest-growing southern states — Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. “Given these states’ proximity to Sri Lanka, the ETCA would leverage Sri Lanka’s unique geo-strategic location, which is at the crossroads of major shipping routes…” (Aditi Phadnis, Business Standard, 16 May 2017, emphasis mine-DJ)

With the free flow of capital, goods, services and labour through ETCA from the powerful economies of the Southern Indian states, national capitalism and the national capitalist class built up from the days of D.S. Senanayake will be overrun.

The new Constitution will dismantle the biggest impediment to the implementation of the Modi vision, which is the existing Sri Lankan State with its strong centre.

It will (a) decentralise power to the provinces, thereby weakening the centre, thus (b) providing unfettered access to foreign capital, goods and manpower, and (c) facilitating the divestiture to foreign powers of the strategic national assets and resources of the country, while it will (d) centralise political power in the hands of the Prime Minister and his allies, the Chief Ministers of the North and East.

Mr. Modi’s dramatic declaration that “Whether it is on land or in the waters of the Indian Ocean, the security of our societies is indivisible” adds to the economic and strategic dimension. What the new Constitution does is to enable India, or more correctly the India-US-Japan triad to guarantee its foothold in strategic Trincomalee as per the MoU, by securing its immediate environment, the Northern and Eastern Provinces, through autonomising (i.e. loosening) them from the Sri Lankan State’s Centre by granting quasi-federal powers.

With India’s implantation in the North and East, the new Constitution will turn Sri Lanka into a de-facto confederation within a federation i.e. a confederation of two ethnic zones, the Northeast and South of the island, while the island itself becomes a de facto federal state unit of India.

Sri Lanka’s supine political class –Government and Opposition—seems to have agreed to abide by the neighbouring giant’s rules, neither standing strong like Cuba on the doorstep of the world’s greatest superpower, nor Vietnam on the doorstep of China. The price of unprincipled compliance seems to be that India extends patronage this way, for “reinsurance”.

It’s the old protection racket. Does no one care what will be left of Sri Lanka well before 2020, if Modi’s predatory plan works, so long as they or their descendants can wear the crown in what’s left of this shrunken, half-swallowed land?

If India has our entire political class co-opted, the momentum at Galle Face against Indian economic annexation will be turned down, becoming “low intensity”.

More: the Opposition to the new Constitutional package at a referendum will be soft-peddled on the grounds of the ‘principle’ of the abolition of the Executive Presidency, and a parallel track or pincer move in collaboration with Mr. Wickremesinghe will be unilaterally undertaken (Once again behind the backs of most JO leaders and Parliamentarians).

Looking back at age 60, I have never been prouder to have supported and worked with President Premadasa who had the guts and principles to openly demand that 70,000 Indian troops leave our soil (Following it up in a written polemic with the Indian leader).

Let me go beyond Premadasa to invoke the words of the finest, most courageous, exemplary and successful leader a small island on the doorstep of a predatory giant ever had:

“…this little island will always be a revolutionary wall of granite and against it all conspiracies, all intrigues, all aggressions will be smashed to splinters. And high upon this revolutionary wall there will fly forever a banner with the legend: Patria o Muerte! Venceremos! (Fatherland or Death! We Shall Triumph!)”–Fidel Castro, Closing speech to the OLAS, 1967.

Only People’s Power, spearheaded by an alliance of Labour and Knowledge, i.e. the organised working class (the TUs) and the patriotic professionals, pulling or propelling the vacillating Opposition, will protect our independence and sovereignty.

Our own little island home can be saved from the dreadful fate of disappearing from future history as an independent entity only if we, the people, the citizens, eviscerate the monster of the new Constitution at a Referendum this year or next.

– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/THE-NEW-CONSTITUTION-THE-MODI-WICKREMESINGHE-PLAN-129475.html#sthash.uryiqpSg.dpuf

Gaddafi’s prediction

May 24th, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island


Having raised the threat level from ‘severe’ to ‘critical’ following the Manchester blast, Britain is bracing itself for another possible terror strike. Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has vowed that his city will not succumb to division and anger due to the terror strike. But, Monday’s attack is likely to stoke tensions over race and religion. Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly decided to deploy the military to operate alongside police to ensure public safety. This is how societies plagued with terrorism get militarised slowly.

Prime Minister May has condemned the Manchester blast as a ‘callous terrorist attack’ which ‘stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice deliberately targeting innocent defenceless children and young people.’ One cannot but agree with her. Pictures of lifeless victims, mostly tweens and teens, were shocking. What the world witnessed was a ‘tableau of horror’ as someone has rightly said. One can only hope that the ISIS savages who have taken the responsibility for Monday’s attack will be made to pay for the heinous crime.

Besides the Manchester killings, terrorists have so far carried out deadly attacks in Paris (130 killed in Nov. 2015), in Nice (86 killed in July 2016), Brussels (35 killed in March 2016), in Munich (9 killed in July 2016) and in Berlin (12 killed in Dec. 2016). At least now, the world powers must sink their differences and unite in the war against terrorism, which is as dangerous as Black Death or smallpox. Only a truly global effort will help eliminate it. Mere rhetoric won’t do.

The Manchester suicide bomber has been identified as a young British citizen of Libyan descent. What drove him to target defenceless, carefree youngsters and children at a musical event? A friend of his family has told the media that he had been travelling frequently between Britain and Libya, which is full of ISIS terrorists. He may have been brainwashed in Libya, but his handlers must still be in the UK. The question is how many other youth have undergone ISIS training?

Thoughts of all right-thinking people the world over are, no doubt, with the victims of the Manchester blast and their families. But, who weeps for the innocent men, women and children being massacred in post-Gaddafi Libya, which was plunged into anarchy by western-backed ‘rebels’ with hardcore Jihadist fighters among them? The violent elements who captured power in that country have resorted to savage tribal warfare at home and terror attacks in western cities. In a recent raid carried out by the soldiers loyal to the UN-backed factions of the Libyan army on an airport left 141 dead. Many of the victims were civilians and, media reports say, the attackers executed most of their captives.

The Arab Spring has given way to a winter of despair for the hapless Libyans. The UK is one of the countries responsible for making the streets in Libya dangerous for civilians, especially women and children by backing a bunch of desperadoes masquerading as rebels.

It may be recalled that Gaddafi warned former British Prime Minister Tony Blair over the telephone twice in 2011 that his ouster would enable the Jihadists hell bent on gaining control of Libya and attacking Europe to achieve their macabre ends. The British Foreign Affairs Select Committee, which probed the western air attacks that facilitated the regime change in Libya and the assassination of Gaddafi in 2011, has published the transcripts of the aforesaid telephone conversations. In one of them Gaddafi says, “They [Jihadis] want to control the Mediterranean and then they will attack Europe.” If only the western powers had taken Gaddafi’s warning seriously!

Time was when Sri Lankans resident in western cities used to worry about the safety of us lesser mortals living in fear of terrorist bomb blasts in Colombo. Explosions used to kill scores of civilians in buses, trains and in public places. Whoever would have thought at that time the day would dawn one day when we, free from terrorism, would have to fear for the safety of our dear ones in western capitals?

It is hoped that the yahapalana government, which has naively allowed itself to be lulled into a false sense of complacency, will desist from subjugating national security to its political agenda. It must realise that its weakness is not a virtue and do everything in its power to ensure that Colombo won’t find itself in the same predicament as London, Manchester, Paris, Brussels etc. again.

Defeat attempts to punish War Heroes through trials overseas

May 23rd, 2017

By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA

Despite assurances given by Eunuch Sirisena and foreign slavish Ranil that foreign judges will not be brought in to hear cases relating to  the so-called alleged missing persons the government is making arrangements to betray the war heroes who are alleged to have been involved in activities relating to making persons missing in an indirect and devious method.

The old hag Chandrika however told a media conference recently that the government should give priority to address the missing persons issue and said it is advisable to allow foreign judges to get involved in this matter.  She said that foreign governments, various foreign and local organizations and many people in the country have lost confidence in the local Courts as these Courts were highly politicized recently and very often top politicians instructed the Courts by telephone calls on how to deliver judgements in respect of some cases.

The government by co-sponsoring the obnoxious UNHRC resolution brought by the United States against Sri Lanka has consented to hearing cases related to alleged persons responsible for war crimes by foreign judges and prosecutors. As a result of the pledge given by co-sponsoring this resolution our then Foreign Minister fashion designer and Tamil diaspora stooge Mangala Samaraweera, the foreign slavish government has introduced a Bill in the Parliament to adopt ‘the international convention on protection of people from making them missing’. If this Bill was passed in the parliament instead of holding trials in this country the government will become obligatory to handover the persons alleged to have been involved in making persons missing and or those who have been responsible for giving orders to make such persons missing to foreign countries to face trials there.

Given below is a translation of a speech made by the Deputy Leader of the National Freedom Front and the General Secretary of the National Movement for Protection of War Heroes Parliamentarian Jayantha Samaraweera addressing a media conference held to warn the people on the dangers of this Bill. He said that the time has come to protect the war heroes who valiantly fought in the war and liberated the people of this country from the fears of war and death.

He said the Bill relating to establishment of an office for missing persons which has been already approved and the proposed Bill to adopt ‘the international convention on protection of people from making them missing’ which is being carried out by this inept puppet government on the instigation of Tamil separatists and the powerful countries who look forward  to make this country a colony of theirs will pave the way to destroy the commander in chief and the gallant war heroes who ushered in the war victory.

Speaking further MP Jayantha Samaraweera said that since 8th January 2015 this puppet regime has acted to destroy the gallant war heroes who rescued the Sri Lankan nation comprising Sinhla, Tamil, Muslim, Malay and Burgher from the fear of death and provided consolation. These treacherous elements are trying to lay down a dangerous trap for the war heroes who made a great victory for this country even at the 8th anniversary of the greatest war victory.

One clause in the obnoxious US resolution No, 30/1 of 2015 against Sri Lanka co-sponsored by the foreign minister of this country proposes to formulate Laws to investigate about the missing persons of Sri Lanka. It was according to this proposal this puppet government making use of their majority got the Bill for establishment of an office to identify the missing persons approved.  At the time they obtained the cabinet approval for that Bill they clandestinely laid another trap to send the war heroes to gallows.  That was getting cabinet approval for the Bill relating to adopt ‘the international convention on protection of people from making them missing’. The general tradition in the event of getting the approval of the cabinet for adoption of an international convention is to keep the parliament intimated of such a Bill. But the Sirisena-Ranil Junta took the preliminary step to empower this international convention within the Laws of this country by getting cabinet approval for it covertly without intimating to the parliament.  The Bill relating establishment of an office to identify the missing persons was later approved by the parliament.  Through this bill it will become possible to establish a judiciary commission on missing persons that can function as a factory of making charges against the war heroes and that can act over riding the ‘witness ordinance act’.

MPs have also been blind folded

The Prime Minister has tabled in parliament on 77th March 2017 the bill to adopt and empower ‘the international convention on protection of people from making them missing’ under the Laws of this country.

Here also the Sirisena-Ranil Junta misled the MPs.  When the Prime Minister submitted this proposed Bill for first reading he should have submitted copies of the relevant international convention in Sinhala, Tamil and English.  But this bandit government did not do that. We must scrutinize how this international convention would affect the sovereignty, the people and the war heroes of this country.  But without providing copies of this international convention to the members of parliament, this government is trying to mislead the MPs and the nation.

The international convention Bill being introduced on the sly

On 5th of April 2017 I wrote to the speaker that along with the Bill to adopt an international convention to the Laws of this country that would endanger the whole nation, Sinhala, Tamil and English copies of the relevant international convention have not been provided to the MPs and asked him to provide the relevant copies.  The speaker was also not aware about it until I informed him this matter.

Now let us look at why this Bill related to the international convention is being attempted to adopt on the sly?  If this Bill was adopted all war heroes including the Commander in Chief responsible for the war victory will confront a great danger. The adoption of the Bill will make it possible for anyone to file a case against our war heroes in a foreign country in which this international convention prevail as a Law of that country.  For instance an individual of the Tamil diaspora can file a case in Canada, Germany, France or any other European country against one of our war heroes saying that he was responsible for making missing the Sinhala tiger terrorist Ekneligoda who pretended as a media personnel. At the same time the country in which the case has been filed will get the right to request the Sri Lankan government to handover to them the concerned war hero and in return the Sri Lanka government will become obligated to deport the concerned person.  It is very clear that this Bill has been brought to make a foreign country to hold trials against our war heroes and send them to gallows if it is not possible to get it done here.  Not only that under this convention it becomes possible to indict the commander in chief or a higher authority of the forces as responsible for giving the command to make the relevant person missing. Therefore we should not allow to get this new Bill adopted in the parliament.  The public should emphatically urge the members of parliament they have elected to oppose this Bill and not to vote in favour of it.

At the same time we urge the Sirisena-Ranil Junta to immediately stop this day light betrayal and sacrifice of our War Heroes. (niz)

Mourning LTTE – India bans, yahapalana allows. Who is mourning whom?

May 23rd, 2017

Shenali D Waduge

LTTE was an India-created militant organization that was militarily defeated in May 2009. Its rule of terror ran for 30 years amidst failed negotiations, peace talks and peace agreements. After refusing the 3 offers given to lay down arms and surrender, the LTTE was militarily defeated. LTTE’s reign of terror resulted in the deaths of innocent Sinhalese, Muslims, Tamil civilians, Sri Lankan armed forces & police, politicians, academics, media personnel, clergy and even foreigners as well as LTTE’s own cadres and cadres belonging to other Tamil militant groups that India created. 32 countries including India have kept the ban on LTTE despite its military defeat. What is ironical is that while India not only has kept the ban on LTTE in place, India has taken action not to allow any commemoration of LTTE in Tamil Nadu while Sri Lanka has cancelled the Victory Day celebrations while allowing LTTE’s representative the TNA to hold commemorations for dead LTTE cadres to which even the Jaffna University academics have taken part. However, neither the TNA, the Northern Chief Minister nor the Jaffna University are even bothered to say even a silent prayer for all the Tamils killed by the LTTE. This is not only a grave injustice but it is laughable that the Government of Sri Lanka knowing this is allowing this farce to continue.

Mourning LTTE is not mourning Civilians

Mahaveer Naal or Great Heroe’s day is not a Tamil civilian event, a Tamil religious festival but a purely LTTE event to remember all LTTE cadres who had died fighting against the Sri Lankan state. It was first held on 27th of November 1989 and has been held annually since in Sri Lanka & overseas since then. It was held after Prabakaran’s birthday on 26th November. Mano Ganeshan is on record saying people can celebrate Mahaveer Naal without mentioning LTTE by name!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB2_4ZNs8rQ

In 2016 commemorations were held in the North using LTTE colored flags (yellow & red). Jaffna university has been holding vigils for dead LTTE leaders. http://colombogazette.com/2016/05/18/eelam-map-used-as-victims-of-mullivaikal-were-remembered-in-north/

On 13th May 2016 Sivajilingam brother in law of Prabakaran also held a commemoration but hardly 20 attended. http://varunamultimedia.com/videos/btv/vmtube/news-specials/sivajilingam-holds-war-commemoration-in_-13-05-16/play.html#p_sel

In 2014 the Jaffna University commemorated Maaveerar Naal with posters that said “Our tearful respect to our martyrs who sacrificed their lives for our nation to bloom and to our people killed by state terrorism,” ….“Our fallen martyrs’ dream will come true, Tamil Eelam will be born tomorrow.” http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=12918 The Jaffna university is said to have a permanent post on the wall that states nobody can enter the university area if they do not subscribe to the (fictional) Tamil traditional homeland http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2016/11/29/gosl-explain-to-us-how-celebrating-war-victory-over-terrorism-was-against-reconciliation-yet-commemorating-dead-ltte-cadres-is-not/

The GOSL allowed LTTE dead to be again openly commemorated. Not a word was said against any Tamil killed by the LTTE in any of the speeches delivered by the NP Chief Minister or the TNA head who happens to be the country’s Opposition Leader. No one is raising the question as to why the Country’s Opposition Leader should be attending a commemoration of terrorist dead. http://dailynews.lk/2016/05/19/local/82146

When families of dead LTTE cadres also took part what more is left to say?

World War 2 & Victory Day

Ever since the defeat of Germany & Japan and the end of World War 2, Victory Day has been celebrated by the very countries demanding Sri Lanka not to celebrate the victor over the LTTE terrorists. The West and Russia have not stopped Victory Day celebrations just because it hurts the feelings of the Germans & Japanese. The very countries demanding accountability from Sri Lanka are reminded that 11million German civilians and German soldiers are said to have been killed AFTER the war ended. Five million Germans were starved to death in occupied Germany (Richard K. Mariani) 2 million German Soldiers died in allied captivity while performing slave labor.

The West is demanding Sri Lanka to give amnesties to LTTE cadres but these very countries are still hounding the Nazis – men in their 90s are being arrested and imprisoned. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2564046/Three-men-suspected-former-Auschwitz-guards-arrested-Germany-including-94-year-old-said-revelled-cruelty-Jews.html

Best of Tamils were killed by LTTE

The best of Tamils – Tamil leaders, Tamil politicians, Tamil academics, Tamil civil society heads were killed by LTTE not by Sinhalese. Lakshman Kadiragamar, Jeyraj Fernandopulle, Neelan Tiruchelvan, Amirthalingam, Sam Thambimuttu, Alfred Duraiappah, Sajorini Yogeswaran just to name a few.

We do not even know the number of LTTE cadres including kidnapped Tamil children that the LTTE killed or how many died unable to bear the gruesome training given.

We cannot forget that the LTTE put scores of injured LTTE cadres into buses and blew them up killing their own men & women because they did not want them to be taken into custody by the Sri Lankan military. We also do not know how many LTTE cadres committed suicide as part of LTTE cult to bite the cyanide capsule before getting caught.

Yet to prove Tamil civilians over Tamil LTTE cadres died in the conflict

As for Tamil civilian deaths – the figures are obscured. Firstly, LTTE had a civilian armed force so we do not know how many of these civilians trained in armed combat actually engaged in hostilities. If so according to international law they lose any rights accorded to civilians. We do not know how many LTTE cadres fought in civilian and died (they cannot be regarded as civilian). We do not know how many civilians LTTE shot dead or how many civilians died out of fatigue and injuries or natural causes. Without knowing or differentiating these factors it is absurd to accuse the Sri Lanka military of war crimes and murder when the UN and foreign envoys made appeals to the LTTE to stop shooting fleeing civilians.

We have been given estimates ranging from 40,000 to 200,000 as being killed but none of these allegations have been backed by the simplest of evidence – not even names of the dead, not even addresses of the dead, not even birth certificates of the dead, not even family members of the dead, none of those making the allegations have even a dead body or even skeletons to claim they were murdered. None of those making allegations have even given the details of the dead to the Presidential Missing Persons Commission or the UNHRC or even logged their deaths with the police to obtain death certificates. 13 March 2009 – UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay’s press release said that ‘as many as 2800 civilians ‘may have been killed’. As of 9 April 2015 only 16,179 civilian ‘missing’ have been logged with the Presidential Missing Person’s Commission However, details of 5000 missing soldiers have been lodged with the Presidential Commission. UN country team in Sri Lanka placed the dead as 7721. A Survey by the Government in the North at the end of the conflict done by Tamils placed the number of dead and missing at 7400 dead (included LTTE killed in combat) and 2600 missing (of this 1600 had been with LTTE whereas only 438 had disappeared in areas under military control). The satellite analyst report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science identified 3 graveyards of which one had 1346, and one of the 3 was a LTTE graveyard with 960 bodies. No satellite images detected 40,000 – 125,000 or even 200,000 dead! In July 2011 Tamil teachers of the North did a population survey of the North covering migration, deaths, untraceable persons from 2005 to 2009 – their report revealed 7896 dead including LTTE while the dead from natural illness and sickness was 1102

The population figures do not make sense

The Vanni comprises the districts of Mullaitivu, Mannar, Kilinochchi & Vavuniya. Mullaitivu district is 2516.9(km2) it was the LTTE’s chosen hideout from where they recruited and trained the bulk of cadres from low caste impoverished Tamil homes. Mullaitivu population in 1981 was 77,512 of which Tamils were 69,670, Sinhalese were 3948 and Muslims 3777.  However, the 2007 population estimate placed Mullaitivu population as 220,311 (when areas was under LTTE rule) while the 2012 census gave Mullaitivu population as 91,947 (post-LTTE). The population figures do not make sense. 1981 was an actual census while the 2007 was estimated and LTTE is on record for claiming 35% of its cadres were Indians. It is important to investigate how many Indians are illegally living in Sri Lanka as our citizens.

Also it is very clear that inflated figures were given helped by foreign payrolled NGOs because it would enable them to get additional food and other provisions in case the conflict got delayed. We know from civilian witness accounts that LTTE did not give the essentials sent by the GOSL to them and instead distributed them amongst LTTE families ONLY.

Farcical ‘genocide’

Sri Lanka must be the only country were the people who are alleged to be killed statistically increase in population figures! UN has failed to even distinguish LTTE from Civilians and to ascertain how many civilians LTTE killed and how many civilians died from SL Army fire keeping in mind that collateral damage does take place and that had it been intentional there would be dead bodies that would have been proof that people were killed. Instead we are going by hysterical figures minus any details.

Sri Lanka’s army was not sent to kill civilians as is being currently promoted by media but to kill the enemy combatants. A combatant’s privilege is that he has every right to kill his enemy – the LTTE. There is no doubt that civilians would have died – it does not mean civilians were targeted as is being implied.

International Community & UN accusations against LTTE

UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon has accused the LTTE of forcibly cutting hair of girls trying to flee the conflict to mislead the military into thinking there were LTTE. Those who have any doubts may like to read the report that confirms this –http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/ltte1208webwcover_1.pdf

“The LTTE continues to actively prevent people leaving, and reports indicate that a growing number of people trying to leave have been shot and sometimes killed,” http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/civilians-fleeing-fighting-stopped-by-tamil-tigers-says-un/2009/02/17/1234632815317.html

UN accuse LTTE of trapping civilians in war zone in Sri Lanka https://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=SG&v=flurcveYAHc&hl=en-GB

United Nations accused Tamil Tiger rebels of forcibly recruiting local workers https://www.dawn.com/news/815131

LTTE shoot at civilians – http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2009/02/200921293030989823.html

LTTE’s cruel conduct on Tamil civilians http://www.dailymirror.lk/88895/ltte-s-cruel-conduct-on-tamil-civilians-in-wanni

Therefore, a weak government facing rising public disdain, unable to hold even an election but pulling all types of stunts to stay in power have humiliated the armed forces by cancelling their victory day celebration while allowing a public display of mourning to LTTE cadres that had died in the final battle – not a word is mentioned about the many Tamils that the LTTE killed over the years. None of their names are even read, none of their families are even invited and none of their deaths are attributed to the LTTE.

How long is this farce to continue???

Shenali D Waduge

Is the Tamilnadu State Government more pro -Lankan and more pro-Sinhalese and better Buddhists than the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka?

May 23rd, 2017

Sudath Gunasekara 22.5. 2017

 I am prompted to pose this million dollar question to all Sri Lankans in the light of the following news item that appeared in May 22 NDTV.

Chennai Police Warns of Action against Protesters who wanted to light candles on Marina Beach to commemorate Sri Lankan LTTE casualties in the war (News Item, May 22 NDTV)

While, Sri La Government provided police protection for those who commemorated LTTE casualties at several places in the North.  At the same time Sri Lankan Government also baned Ranaviru commemoration organizes by the Joint Committee of National Organizations at the Independence square

It appears that the Tamilnadu is more concerned about the threats from the LTTE to India at least and its security. Not that they love Sri Lanka or Sinhala people more but the fact remains they love India than the LTTE whereas our so-called Sri Lankan leaders love LTTE, because they are Tamils. They also Tamils and Muslims as their vote is more important in Sri Lankan politics than the vote of the Sinhala fools who fight among themselves, divided in to UNP, SLFP and JVP completely not realizing that they are together taking the Sinhala nation to a world of no return.

None of them seems to understand that it was divided party politics planted by the British that has ruined this country and the Sinhala nation for the past 70 years since 1948. Our leaders even provide platforms for Indian leaders, as they did recently by taking Modi the Indian Prime minister to Dikoya, to lay the foundation for the future Mlayanadu, right at the heartland of the Sinhala nation and indirectly tell the Tamils “eluthu Tamils” as Vigneswaran the mad hatter Chief Minister NPC is doing in the north.

The latest is Sivajilingam warning the Government to withdraw all army units and personnel from the North within two years as it he has decided the date for the establishment of the EELAM dreamt by his Brother in law Prabhakaran. Every time  I hear frequently this  type of extremist communal calls I begin to ponder whether there is a Government at all in this country at the moment? And if there is one where does it exist?

ජනතාව  විපිළිසර කරවූ ”නැණ සර ”පැනය   පැනසර ලෙසින් විමසමු 

May 23rd, 2017

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවි රත්න 

බොදුබල සේනාවේ   ඥාන සාර  හිමියන්   නිසා ජාතික වාදීහු දෙපැත්තකට බෙදී ඇත .ඒ හිමියන්ට කැමති බොහෝ දෙනෙක්  ම සිංහල බෞධ්ධයනේ රට ගැනත් ඔවුන්ගේ ආරක්ෂාව ගැනත් හිතන්නොය .ඔවුන් කියනදේම  ඒ හිමියන්ද පෙන්වාදෙන නිසා ඔවුහු එතුමාට ගරු කරති ලොව පුරා පැතිරෙන ඉස්ලාම් ත්‍රස්තවාදය දැන් ලංකාවේද හොල්මන් කරන බව කවුරුත් දනිති .එය ජනප්‍රිය මාතෘකාවකි ඒගැන ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ කතාකරන කෙනෙකි ඥානසාර හිමි.ජනතා ඉල්ලීම  කතාවෙන් හෝ  සපුරන එහිමියන්ට දැන් ”’බොහෝ අ ය”” එකතුවී ඇත්තේ සිංහල බෞද්ධයන් රැකගැනීමේ පරම පවිත්‍ර චේතනාවෙනි. 

                                මේ හිමියෝ NGO අතකොලුවක් ය ., චම්පක රණවක  ගේ බලල්  අතක්ය, එජාප සිරිසේන  රජය  විසින්දැනට කෙරෙන දේශද්‍රෝහී ක්‍රියා මාර්ග ගැන ජනතා අවධානය වෙනතක යොමු කිරීමට සිරිකොතෙන්  එතුමා මෙහෙයවන්නේය,  ආදීවශයෙන් ඒ හිමියන් ගැන කියන අයද ඇත .ඔවුන් ඉදිරිපත් කරන තර්ක  සමහරක් වැදගත්ය    එනම්   ,,,1  බොදුබලසේනාවේ ප්‍රධානියෙක් වන ඩිලන්ත විතානගේ සුප්‍රසිද්ධ  සිංහල බෞධ්ධවිරෝධී ,ජාති විරෝධී NGO වක සේවය කල අයෙකි   2 ඩිලන්ත චන්ද්‍රිකාගේ සිංහල විරෝධී පැකේජ  වාදියෙකි .3 BBS  norwayරටට ගොස් උපදෙස් ලබාගෙන ඇතිබව  සුප්‍රසිද්ධ කරුණකි  එසේකලේ BBS පිහිටුවීමට කලින් වුවද  ලංකාව දෙකඩ කරනන්ට උඩගෙඩි දුන්  සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධී එවන් රටකට නිකම්වත් පයගසන්නට  භික්ෂුවකට  ලැජ්ජාවක් තිබිය යුතුය 4 හලාල් ප්‍රශ්නයට  නටු නැටුමේ ප්‍රතිඵලයක්  නැත එහෙත් සටනක් දැන් නැත ..5 උතුරේ බෙදුම් වාදීන් ගැන කතා නැත   6 .  හනුමන් පාලම හා එට්කා  ගැන කතා නැත , සටන් නැත ,7  සයිටම් ගැන  හා අනෙක් දැවෙන ආර්ථික ප්‍රස්න  ගැන කතා නැත 8 චම්පකගේ අම්මාගේ අවමගුලේදී ඥාන සාර  හිමි චම්පක හිතවාදියෙක් බව මොනවට ඔප්පුවිය . ජාතික බලවේගයට චම්පක එකතු කරගත යුතුය යන අදහසක් එතුමා විසින් කියා ඇත . මුළු රටම දන්නා අවස්ථාවාදී ජාතිද්‍රෝහී   විටින් විට කටුස්සෙකුමෙන් පාට මාරුකරන,,, ජවිපෙ සාමාජිකයෙකු,,,, ජාතිකචින්තනවාදියෙකු ,,, ,බෙදුම්වාදි කොටින්ට විරුද්ධව සටන් නොකරනු යය කියුවෙකු,, ඉන්පසු කොටිවිරෝධියෙකුවූ ,,,සොමහිමියන් ගේ දර්ශනයට ඉල්ලුමක් අතය් දන සිහල උරුමයට පැන  දේශප්‍රේමී  එස් එල් ගුණසේකර එළවා තමන් නායකවී හෙලුරුමයට පයින් ගසා  දැන් දේශද්‍රෝහීරනිල් සිරිසේන හවුලට හේත්තුවී .එජාපයේ සාමාජිකයෙටත් වඩා එජාප වී ඇති එට්කා හනුමන් පාලම  තෙල්ටන්කි ඉන්දියාවට පාවාදීම , මෙන්ම නිරාගමික නව ව්‍යවස්තාවකින් මුළු සිංහල බෞද්ධ ඉතිහාසයම වෙනස් කිරීමට  උඩ ගෙඩි දෙන .සිංහලේ මාරයාවන  චම්පක රණවක  වැනි මිනිහෙක්   නැවත ජාතික බලවේගයකට හේත්තු කරන්නට කතා  කිරීම  නිසා ඥානසාර හිමි ජාති  ද්‍රෝහියෙකු බව සනාත වී ඇත .. 9   මේ හිමියෝ  ඉහතකී රටේ දැවෙන ප්‍රශ්න ජනතාවට අමතක කරවන්නට පමණක්  මුස්ලිම් ත්‍රස්තවාදයාගන පමණක් විටින් විට කතා කරන්නේ රජයේ නියෝජිතයෙකු වශයෙනි .ටිකකුද්ඝෝෂණ කර ගතමනාවෙන්  පසුව නිහඩවෙය් 

                                                                      මේ චෝදනා හා අදහස් භයානකය ,විශේෂයෙන් භික්ෂුවකට හොඳ නැත .සිංහල බෞද්ධයන්ට හොඳ නැත .එතුමන් පසුපසයමින්  රටජාතිය සාමය රකින්නට උත්සාහගන්නා  ජනතාව අසරණ කරවය් විපිළිසර කරවය් .. මෙසේ ජනතාව දෙකට බෙදීම නිසා දේශද්‍රෝහීහු රට විනාශ කරති .රට රැකීමට කියා බොදුබලයට සහාය දෙන්නෝ මෙනිසා මේ කරුණු සොයා බැලිය යුතුමය .

                                                                    එම අවංක බොදුබල හිතය්ශීහු   ,,,  චම්පක රණවකගේ  දේශපාලනය ගැන එතුමන්ගේ  අදහස ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ හෙළිකරන ලෙස බල කල යුතුය .එට්කා හනුමන් පාලම  තෙල් ටැංකි ප්‍රශ්නය  ප්‍රසිද්ධ ප්‍රකාශයක් කරන ලෙස බල කල යුතුය  එහිමියන්ගේ අවංක භාවය හෙළිකර ගැනීමට ප්‍රශ්න කලයුතුය  ..එවිට රටම ඇත්ත දන ගන්නේය .එය රටට අහිතකරනම් ජාතිකවාදීහු උන්වහන්සේ ව ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කලයුතුය .. චම්පක ලානම් නැවතත් වැද්ද නොගත යුතුය .යමපාලන රජය විශේෂයෙන්ම රනිල් අගමැතිකමෙන් එළවා දමන තුරු ටිකක් පරිස්සමෙන් සිටිය යුතුවන්නේ  රනිල් බලාසිටින්නේ හදිසිනීති ඇඳිරි නීති  ,””’ මාෂල් ලෝ ”” පනවා එකාධිපතියෙකුවීමට  නිසාය .  ඥාන සාර හිමි පෙන්වාදෙන ඉස්ලාමික ත්‍රස්තවාදය සම්පුර්ණයෙන්ම ඇත්ත බව අප ඔබ කවුරුත් දනිමු .එයට පිළිතුරු දීමට පෙර රනිල්බලයෙන් පහකර සිටිය යුතුය නැතහොත් බෞද්ධ විරෝධී රනිල් බෞද්ධ සංහාරය පටන් ගනු ඇත . 

                                            ඥානසාර හිමියනි මේ ඔබගේ අවස්තාවය් .ඔබවැනි ඍජු කතා ඇති අය  නිර්භීත අය අපට අවශ්ය් .ngo දිලන්තලා  චම්පකලා යමපාලකයෝ   සමග සබඳකම් නැතිබව  ඔබතුමාට පෙන්විය හැකිනම් එය රටට ජාතියට ආගමට කරන අමිලසේවයක් වනු ඇත .අපගේ සැකසංකා  දුරුකරන්න . 

      

සුද්දිගේ තේ වත්ත

May 23rd, 2017

 වෛද් රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 

මිණිපේ සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්‍ෂක ලෙස සේවය කල සමයේ මා රාජකාරී වැඩ සඳහා මහ නුවර පළාත් සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්‍ෂක කාර්‍යාලයට ගියේ හුන්නස්ගිරිය හරහාය​. හුන්නස්ගිරිය ආසන්නයේ විශාල නිසරු මුඩු ඉඩමක් දක්නට ලැබේ. 

” සර් දන්නවද මේක ඉස්සර සරු තේ වත්තක් කියලා ? රියැදුරු පුංචි බණ්ඩා මට මේ මුඩු ඉඩම පෙන්වා කීවේය​. 

පුංචි බණ්ඩා ගේ විස්තර අනුව මෙය ඉතා සරුසාර තේ වත්තකි. එහි අයිතිකරුවා සුද්දෙකි. දැන් සුද්දා මිය ගොසිනි . ඔහුගේ මහළු බිරිඳ තවමත් බංගලාවේ ජීවත් වන්නීය​. 

” කොහොමද තේ වත්ත පාළුවට ගියේ ? මම පුංචි බණ්ඩා ගෙන් ඇසුවෙමි.

” සර් වත්ත පවරා ගත්තට පස්සේ මිනිස්සු මේකෙ තිබ්බ ගස් කපලා විකුණ ගත්තා. තේ ගස් පවා උදුරලා දරට ගත්තා. හොඳ ආදායමක් තිබූ වත්තක් විනාස කරලා දැම්මා. අපේ මිනිස්සු තමයි මේක කාබාසිනියා කලේ  ” ඔහු කීවේය​. 

මම තව තවත් හාර හාරා විස්තර ඇසුවෙමි. සිදුවී ඇත්තේ මෙයයි. රන් පවුම් වතු ජනසතු කල යුගයේදී මෙවැනි සරුසාර තේ වතු රජයට පවරාගෙන ඒවා පාලනය සඳහා තමන් ගේ දේශපාලන හෙන්චයියන්ට භාර දෙන ලදි. හාමතෙන් සිටි උන් ඉහගෙන කන්නාක් මෙන් මොවුන් මුලින්ම වත්තේ තිබූ වටිනා ගස් විකුනාගෙන කන ලදි. ඉන් පසු වත්තේ තිබූ කළුවර ගෘහ භාන්ඩ , පියානෝ යනාදියට වග කියන ලදි. ඉන් පසු වත්තේ ආදායම හොරා කන ලදි. තේ ගස් නඩත්තුවට පෝර සඳහා මුදල් වැය කරන බව පෙන්වා  මුදල් ගසා ගෙන  කෑම නිරන්තරයෙන්ම කෙරුනේය​. . පොහොර හා නඩත්තුව නොමැතිව තේ ගස් මැරුණු විට ගම්වාසීන් සමූහ වශයෙන් වත්තට පැන තේ ගස් උදුරාගෙන යන ලදි. ඉතා හොඳ ආදායමක් ලැබූ දැකුම්කළු වත්ත විනාස කිරීමේ ශෝකය නිසා සුද්දා මිය ගියේය​. ලංකාවට බෙහෙවින් ඇළුම් කල ඔහුගේ බිරිඳ ගරා වැටුණු බංගලාවේ ජීවත් වූවාය​. පසුව මිනිසුන් බලෙන් වත්තේ ඉඩම් අල්ලගෙන පදිංචි වූහ​. දැන් තිබෙන්නේ අතීත ශ්‍රී විභූතියේ නටබුන් පමණි. 

ඉතා හොඳ කළමනාකරණයක් තිබූ ආදායම් ඉපැද්දවූ තේ වත්තක් අපේ අයියලා මෙලෙස විනාශ කලහ​.මේ විනාශය කලේ අධිරාජ්‍යවාදී විරෝධය , වතු ජනසතු කිරීම  ආදී වචන යොදා ගනිමින් ගැලරිය පිනවමිනි.  තේ වගාව ගැන දැණුම තිබූ විශේෂඥයන් ඉවත් කොට එ් හිඩැස තම නූගත් දේශපාලන ගැත්තන් ගෙන් පුරවා කරන ලද විනාශය අති මහත් ය​. මේ දේශපාලන ගැත්තන් තේ වගාව තබා මිරිස් පාත්තියක් වත් වගා කිරීමට නොදත් අඳ බාලයන් වූහ​. 

තේ වතු වලින් තේ පැළ උගුල්ලවා ඒවා වල බතල සිටවනවා කී විජේවීර 1971 දී  සහ  1988 දී  තම අනුගාමිකයන් යොදවා තේ ෆැක්ටරි වලට ගිනි තැබුවේය​.  මේරිස්ටන් තේ ෆැක්ටරිය යනු ජවිපෙ විසින් 1971 දී විනාශ කල ඉතා විශිෂ්ඨ තත්වයේ තිබූ තේ කම්හල් වලින් එකකි. තේ වතු කෙරෙහි විජේවීරගේ වයිරයට එක් හේතුවක් වූයේ යූ.එන්.පී  විරුද්ධවාදීන් විසින් දෙනියාය ප්‍රදේශයේ වතු කම්කරුවන් ලවා  පහර දී ඔහුගේ පියා සදාකාලික අබ්බගාතයෙකු කිරීමය​.  තවද තේ වතු නිසා නියඟය එනවා කියා ඔහු විශ්වාස කලේය​.  මේ හැර ඇන් ඇම් පෙරේරා විසින් අධිරාජවාදීන්ට පාඩමක් ඉගැන්වීම සඳහා වතු ජනසතු කිරීමට සිරිමාවෝ අගමැතිනියට බලපෑම් කලේය​.  මේ වතු ඉඩම් උඩරට ගැමියන් ගේ ඒ නිසා ඒවා අපි පවරා ගන්නවා කියමින් ලෝකයේ තිබූ ඉතා හොඳ කෘෂි  වියාපෘතියක් මෙයාකාරය​ට සමතලා කරන ලදි. ජනසතුවෙන්   පවරාගත් වතු දුර්වළ කළමනාකරණය නිසා  පිරිහෙන්නට විය​. 

මෙලෙස කඳුකරයේ තිබූ සරුසාර ආදායම් ඉපැද්දවූ තේ වතු විනාශ මුඛයට යන ලදි.  දුර දිග නොබලා න්‍යායන් මත පදනම්ව ගත් දේශපාලන තීන්දු නිසා ලෝකයේ හොඳම තේ නිෂ්පාදනයක් තිබූ ශ්‍රී ලංකා තේ නිෂ්පාදනය පහල වැටුණු අතර ලංකාවේ මෝඩකම් තම වාසියට හරවා ගත් කෙන්‍ යාව තම තේ වතු  වැඩි දියුණු කලහ​. ලංකාව පයින් ගසා එලවූ තේ ආයෝජකයන් , තේ වගාව පිලිබඳ විශේෂඥයන් ඔවුන් කෙන්‍ යාවට ගෙන්වා ගෙන තේ වගාව ආරම්භ කලහ​.  2012 වසරේදී කෙන්යාව තේ අපනයනයෙන් ඩොලර් බිලියන 1.45 මුදලක් උපයා ගන්නා ලදි. 

 වෛද් රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 

Beef is very unhealthy to eat due to research evidences

May 23rd, 2017

Dr Hector Perera         London

However much it is stated that beef is unhealthy to eat due to a number of reasons, still people eat beef in their daily diet. It may be in the form of beef burgers, also called hamburgers, stakes, roast or cooked. The number of reasons why beef is unhealthy to eat are far too many to mention here but a few are as follows. Sometimes the supermarkets sell beef in attractive prices to keep the business going and the customers find it is too difficult not to buy beef for their daily meals.

Far too many chemicals are either injected or fed the cattle during it’s life time and eventually those chemicals enter into human digestive system when people eat those kinds of beef. That may be because they are not properly cooked still some chemicals remain in beef even after cooking. In cooking for a reasonable time, some chemicals get destroyed or decomposed so they are not harmful to consume but sometimes they do not get properly cooked.  Just watch some British TV cooking programmes where they toss these pieces of beef on a hot cooking pan just a few times then they shout, “It’s cooked”. When they are cut to eat, you would see virtually red, blood still dripping red meat. Even the cooking programme judges eat them happily and enjoy that kind of raw beef. You might have heard some judges shout out, “Wow” or sometimes, “It’s divine”.

Some chemicals in beef may be antibiotics, anti-parasitic drugs or growth hormones fed or injected to cattle. Apart from the chemicals fed and injected to cattle, the supermarkets add more chemicals to beef to keep them fresh looking.  Have you not noticed the packs of beef or lumps of beef displayed are always look pink and fresh looking? Those packs might have done a week ago but still they look quite fresh due to carbon monoxide and other chemicals added to them.

You want more evidences to say why beef is unhealthy to eat

Eating beef products, which are loaded with artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat, is a good way to increase both your waistline and your chances of developing impotence and diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and asthma. Research has shown that vegetarians are 50 percent less likely to develop heart disease than are meat-eaters, and they have 40 percent of the cancer rate of meat-eaters.

Plus, meat-eaters are nine times more likely to be obese than vegans are that means they are extremely fat throughout the body. They even find difficult to walk about easily. Every time you eat animal-derived products, you’re also ingesting bacteria, antibiotics, dioxins, hormones, and a host of other substances, some toxic, that can accumulate in your body and remain there for years.

 Dioxin is one of the most toxic chemicals known to humankind

Deposition of airborne dioxins onto plant and soil surfaces, and subsequent ingestion of this contaminated vegetation and soil by food animals, is considered the primary pathway by which dioxins enter the food chain (Fries, 1995).

Dioxins belong to a class of 75 chemicals with similar properties; the most toxic is 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). Dioxins are known to cause cancer, immune suppression, and birth defects in animals. They can act as endocrine disruptors, which means that they have the ability to mimic or block hormones in the body.”

Where does it come from?

“The main sources of dioxins are municipal waste incineration, metal smelting, medical waste incineration, chemical and plastic manufacturing, and pulp/paper bleaching. Dioxins can travel long distances in the atmosphere via air currents. Rain, snow and dust carry it to the ground, and it eventually enters the food chain when animals, such as cattle, graze on the dioxin-contaminated crops. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over 90% of our exposure to dioxins is through food, with major sources including beef, dairy products, milk, chicken, pork, fish and eggs. Dioxins are also passed from mother to developing infant across the placenta and through breastfeeding.

“Dioxins and related compounds are highly persistent in the environment and in living organisms. It is believed that almost all living beings on earth have dioxin-like compounds in their body tissue. No amount of dioxin exposure can be considered safe, as very small amounts have been associated with impaired development, reproduction, neurological, and immune function. The EPA’s most recent report concluded that the cancer risk to the general population from dioxin is now as high as one in one hundred people.

 Dioxin in beef

Beef contains significant quantities of the most toxic organic chemical known – dioxin. This chemical is toxic in the trillionths of grams. (A trillionth of a gram, called a picogram, is one million millionth of a gram. A gram is about 1/30th of an ounce.) Dioxin has been linked to cancer, endometriosis, Attention Deficit Disorder (hyperactivity in children), reproductive systems defects in children, chronic fatigue syndrome, immune system deficiency, and rare nerve and blood disorders. A single hamburger (a little less than 1/4 lb, or 100 grams) contains up to 100 picograms of dioxin. That is 300 times as much as the EPA says is “acceptable” for a daily dose for an adult!  Beef has a high amount of saturated fat, which harms your heart. These fats have no C=C double bonds in the structure. Saturated fats elevate low-density lipoprotein, a bad form of cholesterol. LDL can build up in the insides of your arteries, causing narrowing, which requires your heart to work harder. The strain on your heart not only elevates your blood pressure, but it also puts you at risk of having a heart attack. You should not get more than 10 percent of your daily calories from saturated fat, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010.

Consuming too much beef further damages your heart by altering your good-to-bad cholesterol ratio. High-density lipoprotein is the good cholesterol that transports LDL to your liver, where enzymes break it down and get rid of it through waste. When your HDL levels become too low, LDL concentrations continue to rise, increasing your chances of cardiovascular disease.

Beef can harbour a deadly new germ, called e. coli O157:H7. This new germ is now a major cause of serious food poisoning. Beef and dairy cattle can carry the germ with no apparent adverse health effects. The germ, found in cattle faeces, has contaminated beef and produce grown with cow manure.

Antibiotics and hormones increase the cow’s growth and the farmer’s profit. Mass-production of beef cattle is a huge industry in the U.S with animal-fattening facilities known as feed lots used to produce the most beef in the shortest possible amount of time. Chemicals and hormones are commonly given to beef cattle to prevent disease, tranquilize the cows and stimulate growth. These chemicals can remain in the beef you eat, even after it is cooked that means when people eat those beef containing antibiotics and other chemicals injected to cattle goes into human digestive system.

Some British TV chefs cook lumps of beef in a matter of minutes by tossing up and down then quickly cut and serve the presenter but showered with different sources as well to cover up the uncooked situation. When it is cut, one can see just the outside is grey looking while the inside is red or pinkish red that means it’s not cooked properly. The presenter must say “Yummy” to the TV as that is meant to be but the question is who would agree it’s healthy? The presenter knows as well but he or she cannot help, it’s a part of the job.

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are commonly fed to feedlot-raised cattle in the U.S, although Europe and other areas of the world do not allow antibiotic feeding to meat animals. Small doses of antibiotics can increase an animal’s weight gain by as much as three percent overall, so ranchers and farmers commonly feed these small doses of antibiotics to cattle throughout their lives. Some 15 to 17 million lbs. of antibiotics are used annually in U.S. meat animals.

Anti-Parasitic Drugs

Veterinary drugs called anthelmintics are used widely for the treatment of parasitic worms in beef cattle. A study reported in the February 2011 issue of the journal “Food Additives and Contaminants” indicates that many of these drugs remain in the beef through the processes of cooking and consumption. The anthelmintic drugs such as oxyclozanide, clorsulon, albendazole, closantel, ivermectin, mebendazole and fenbendazole all remained in beef throughout a roasting or frying cooking process also in BBQ. The drugs nitroxynil, levamisol, rafoxanide and triclabendazole were reduced, though not eliminated, by conventional cooking.

Hormones

According to Professor Epstein of the University of Illinois, beef cattle are commonly dosed with a range of hormones intended to promote faster growth. In 1990, the “International Journal of Health Services” indicated that the beef industry switched to natural sex hormones as replacements for the growth promoter diethyl-stilbestrol which was banned in 1979. Natural sex hormones used in the beef industry include testosterone, progesterone and estradiol. All these hormones are potentially carcinogenic to humans, as stated by Professor Epstein of the University of Illinois.

Effects on Human Health

Antibiotic use in beef cattle poses a risk to human health when bacteria in the animal become antibiotic-resistant. If a human becomes sick after eating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, those same antibiotics cannot be used as an effective cure. Other chemicals, drugs and hormones used in non-organic beef production are potentially carcinogenic. Your comments are welcomed perera6@hotmail.co.uk

දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරිවරයාට එරෙහිව නඩු ගොඩයි වහාම තනතුරෙන් ඉවත්කර පරීක්‍ෂණයක් පවත්වන්න

May 23rd, 2017

එස්. පී. විතානගේ  සම කැඳවුම්කරු All Ceylon Railway Employees’ General Union 

අතිගරු ජනාධිපති,
මෛති‍්‍රපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා,
ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය,
කොළඹ 01.

දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරිවරයාට එරෙහිව නඩු ගොඩයි වහාම තනතුරෙන් ඉවත්කර පරීක්‍ෂණයක් පවත්වන්න

තමන්ගේ නිල තත්වය අයුතු සහගත ලෙස යොදා ගනිමින්, අත්තනෝමතික ලෙස කටයුතු කිරීම, තනතුරට නොගැලපෙන ලෙස අනිසි හැසිරීම, රජයේ මුදල් හා දේපල සාවද්‍ය ලෙස පරිහරනය කිරීම හා අන් අයට එසේ කිරීමට ඉඩදීම, රාජ්‍ය සේවයටත්, තනතුරේ ගෞරවයටත් හානිවන ආකාරයට කටයුතු කිරීම ආදි කරුණු හේතුකොට ගෙන වත්මන් දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යධිකාරි  B.A.P  ආරියරත්න මහතාට එරෙහිව අධිකරණයේ සහ වෙනත් ව්‍යවස්ථාපිත ආයතන ගණනාවකම නඩු ගණනාවක් විභාගවෙමින් පවතින බැව් පෙන්වා දෙන අතර, දෙපාර්තමේන්තු නිලධාරීන්ට හා සේවකයින්ට එරෙහිව  කටයුතු කරමින් පෞද්ගලික සමාගම්  සමග සුහදතාව ගොඩනගා ගනිමින් දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවටත් රජයටත් දැවැන්ත මූල්‍යමය හානියක් සිදුු කරමින් සිටින බව අවධාරණයෙන් යුතුව පෙන්වා දෙමු.

තමන්ට හිමි නැති රාජකාරිමය බලයක් පාවිච්චි කරමින් පළමුපෙල විධායක නිලධාරියෙකු වන සිසිර කුමාර මහතා දුම්රිය වාණිජ අධිකාරි තනතුරෙන් ඉවත් කිරීමට එරෙහිව අංක: SCFR 132/2016 යටතේ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය හමුවේ මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් නඩුවක් පවරා ඇති අතර, එය විභාගවෙමින් පවතී.

දුම්රිය ආරක්‍ෂක අධිකාරී තනතුරෙන් තමන් ඉවත්කර, ජේෂ්ඨතාවය අහිමිකර, හිතුවක්කාරි ලෙස දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරි තනතුරේ බලය පාවිච්වි කරමින් අසාධාරණයක් කලේ යැයි අංක 132/16  යටතේ, හිටපු ආරක්‍ෂක අධිකාරි  J M S ජයසේන මහතා  අභියාචනා අධිකරණයේ නඩුවක් පවරා ඇති අතර, එය විභාග වෙමින් ඇත.

අමාත්‍ය මණඩල අනුමැතියකින් ලබාදුන් උසස්වීම අවලංගු කර තනතුරෙන් පහල දමා තමන්ට අසාධාරණයක් කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් SE /385/2016 යටතේ  R B A රත්නමලල මහතා විසින් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ නඩුවක් පවරා ඇත. ඊට අමතරව ආයුධ සන්නද්ධ නිලධාරියෙකු ලඟ තබාගෙන පරුෂ වචනයෙන් බැන වැදී මරණ තර්ජන එල්ල කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අංක 26/230 යටතේම රත්නමලල මහතා විසින් තවත් නඩුවක් පවරා ඇත.

දුම්රිය සේවකයින්ගේ කැමැත්ත නොවිමසා වැටුපෙන් මුදල් අයකර ගංවතුර ආධාර බෙදීම හා පෞද්්ගලික කාරියක් සඳහා රජයේ මුදල් වැය කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් ( ආයතන සංග‍්‍රයයේ XLVII පරිච්ජේදයේ 5 ජේදයට පටහැනි ආකාරයෙන්) හා නිලබලය පාවිච්විකර ප‍්‍රධාන මූල්‍ය නිලධාරිගෙන් මුදල් ලබා ගැනීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපරාධ විධිිවිධාන සංග‍්‍රහය යටතේ මූල්‍ය අපරාධ කොට්ටාශය මගින් ආරියරත්න මහතාට එරෙහිව නඩු පවරා ඇත.
 
වෛස්රෝයි විශේෂ දුම්රිය ධාවනය කිරීමේ දී හා එක්ස්පෝ ලංකා, රාජධානි එක්ස්ප‍්‍රස් විශේෂ දුම්රිය මැදිරි ධාවනයේදී සිදුකර ඇති රුපියල් කෝටි 46 අධික මූල්‍යමය වංචාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් දුම්රිය වෘත්තීය සමිති සන්ධානය විසින් වත්මන් දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරි ආරියරත්න මහතාට එරෙහිව පොලිස් මූල්‍ය අපරාද කොට්ඨශයේ නඩු පවරා ඇත.

තනතුරේ බලය පාවිච්චි කරමින්, අයුතු සහගත මුදල් ඉපයීමේ ජාවාරමක යෙදී සිටින දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරි වරයා තමන්ගේ ජාවාරම්වලට එරෙහි වන නිලධාරීන් සථානමාරු කරමින්, තනතුරු අහිමි කරමින්, හිතුවක්කාරී ලෙස කටයුතු කරමින් දුම්රිය පරිපාලනය අවුල් සහගත තත්වයකට පත්කරමින් සිටී.

මෙම නිලධාරයා තවත් එක් මාසයක් හෝ  එම තනතුරේ රඳවා සිටීමෙන් රජයට දැවැන්ත මූල්‍යමය හානියක් සිදු කරනු ඇත. එබැවින් නිසි විනය කි‍්‍රයාමාර්ගයක් අනුගමනය කර දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරිවරයා එම තනතුරෙන් ඉවත්කරන මෙන් ගෞරවයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු.

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