Proposed crippling countrywide strike TO SAVE ECONOMY, ASSETS, NATURAL RESOURCES– D.J. RAJAKARUNA

August 18th, 2017


Convenor of the Ceylon Petroleum Joint Union Alliance and General Secretary of the Petroleum Common Workers’ Alliance, Dadellage Janaka Rajakaruna said yesterday their proposed countrywide strike in unison and combination with all the other unions of the essential services of the country, was to protect the essential services, the national economy and the country’s natural resources as well.

Rajakaruna functions as a Deputy Operations Manager of the CPC at its Muthurajawela installation. He is a science graduate of Kelaniya University and holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Chemistry from the Peradeniya University. He said theirs was a method, adopted to generate the revenue in keeping with national interests.

He also said this was not a strategy to topple the government, but to make the government understand the dire need for rethinking some of its decisions in deference to the people’s wishes.


? You told Ceylon Today just last Sunday Edition which was published as the lead story that you were planning to stage a crippling strike which would deprive the civilians of their basic rights and their access to electricity, water and other essentials. What is the latest development? Is this a veiled threat, or are you serious or are we to assume that this is an outright joke and meant to be taken with a pinch of salt?

A: As you know we had three demands…. The Hambantota Port …

? Please answer to the point. The question is at what stage is the strike as of now?

A: Our discussion with the government stopped at the stage with President Maithripala Sirisena assuring us that he will talk to China Merchant Port and get us the bunkering operations at Hambantota. This is also due to the President telling us that there was a clause in the agreement that amendments could be made to the agreement. The President assured us that he will negotiate with the Chinese and get back to us. That was where the meeting ended and that was the final stance of the President.

? But when did that happen? I mean the meeting with the President?

A: That was on 1 August. There were also the Minister of Petroleum Industries, Arjuna Ranatunga and the General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Mahinda Amaraweera at that meeting.

? So, today is 17 August, almost three weeks since he gave the assurance. Didnt the President give you an update?

A: No. Not yet. But the President had asked all ministers to provide their observations on this report for the report with their recommendations to the next Cabinet meeting. The report about the agreement that was signed had come to the Cabinet. The report with whatever inclusions and removals was to have been incorporated with the amendments by the Cabinet this week. That was what we were told. There was also a Cabinet paper which went up in 2016 for the CPC to get 16 of the 99 tanks. The estimate that was prepared by the CPC engineers was that the Lanka IOC was paying only US$ 10 million for the 16 tanks. So, why should we be repairing tanks elsewhere when there are readymade ones? We can prove that we could recover this investment from the savings in the transport costs. Now the distribution of petroleum to areas such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are done from Colombo. If they are done from Trincomalee, there could be a massive saving. We are constructing a new pipeline from the Jetty to the upper tank farm. We are also constructing an administration building as well. There are also the bogeys which will enable the petroleum to be transported by train. Only 500 metres of the railway track is broken. All we have to do is to get that repaired. It is for the construction of that the US $ 10 million will be incurred.

We also have the option of getting a foreign party to supply us with the oil which could be stored in the tanks. That will also mean that we will not require an investment at all. The investors will be able to store it and take it at any time they want. But, we will be levying a charge for that. That will also mean that all the tanks would be refurbished and we will be able to make all the money for the CPC. That will also mean that there would be opportunities for offering bunkering services for ships as well. The Lanka IOC is surreptitiously doing bunkering up to 12,000 tonnes per month. The LIOC does not have a licence for Bonded Cargo in Trincomalee.

? What is the earthly sense in doing bunkering when the Colombo prices are very expensive, more than any of the competing ports in the region? Just to prove a point. In Colombo International Furnace Oil (IFO 380) is US $ 330 per tonne, while in Singapore, it is US $306 per tonne, Fujairah, it is US $ 302 per tonne, Cochin-US $ 307 per tonne and Kelang (Malaysia) it is US $ 308 per tonne.IFO 180 in Colombo is US $ 345 per tonne, while in Singapore, it is US $ 345 per tonne, it is US $ 330, Fujairah – US $ 340, Cochin-US $ 309 and Kelang –US $ 328.In Marine Gas Oil, it is US $ 530 per tonne in Colombo, US $ 464 in Singapore, US $ 543 in Fujairah, US $ 655 in Cochin and US $ 490 per tonne in Kelang. How do you reconcile this?

A: The reason is that the bunker business has not been developed.

? What is the earthly sense in providing bunkering services, given that Sri Lanka is a mere 5 million-tonne market and only 1.8 million tonnes are processed at Sapugaskanda while the remainder is imported which makes the costs higher ?

A: That is because the bunker market has not been developed. Now the issue is that the supply has been restricted to only 4-5 players.If there is more competition, each of the players will get a very small market share. That facility should be restored by the CPC as our freight costs would be definitely cheaper due to the fact that we are bringing more oils and other products as well.

It is also on the same basis that we asked for the bunkering operations at the Port of Hambantota as well. The previous government messed up in style regarding the bunkering facility at the port there. What they should have done was to install the buoy and we will be in big business.

? MP Bandula Gunawardena, in an interview with this column last week, alleged that the government has made a saving of US $ 4 billion from the drop in global petroleum prices in the last two years and that no government had that benefit, which could have gone to settle all the foreign commercial loans. He has also said that the money is still at large and unaccounted. Is that true?

A: The fact that the US $ 4 billion was saved was true. But, Rs.8.44 billion was used to pay the Lanka IOC for the losses they incurred with the government not making the corresponding decrease in the price. They had a large parcel which was unsold. We import what is necessary for immediate requirements. In some months, the government made a profit of Rs. 38 per litre of diesel.

Some of the funds could have been used for the refurbishment of the Sapugaskanda Refinery.

? But Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga told this newspaper (State Affairs- 4 August 2017) that there were three investors who had expressed interest in refurbishing the refinery and they were willing to provide the funding and technology for that. Also, among them was the third richest Saudi Prince (Ceylon FT lead story on 24 July 2017). So, what is the issue?

A: The refinery was originally built in 1969. There was a foundation stone for the refurbishment laid by the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2007, but, nothing happened. But the feasibility study came only in 2010. That said that the requirement was US $ 2 billion. The recovery period was 6-8 years. But with the drop in the fuel prices, the recovery period would have been less than five years. That means the annual profit would have been US $ 400 million which was around US $1 million profit a day. We apprised all these facts to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and he directed Minister Arjuna Ranatunga to expedite the project.

? How would you describe the strikes and your demands from the government?

A: We staged a strike on 24 April. We took up all the issues with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. It was a spin-off of the strike we held on 24 May. Then we discussed with the Minister of Petroleum Arjuna Ranatunga and Strategic Development and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema. We discussed the Trinco tank farm. He said this agreement with India was due to the lack of funds in the government. He said the estimate was not even prepared. We said we have the estimate prepared by the engineers. We showed the two ministers how to make money from both the Trinco Tank Farm and the Hambantota bunkering. Minister Ranatunga took on the project after that where he said that he will find the investors.

? What is the nitty-gritty of the Trincomalee Tank Farm (TTF) project?

A: The TTF is before Court as we have sued the government. The Prime Minister assured us that there will not be any decision on the TTF till the verdict of the case was given. Then we had a long discussion with him at a meeting on 13 July. He said he could not give a definite answer but he said he will arrange a meeting with the President. He did not do that instead put it to the Cabinet on 25 July which was also the day we struck again. We got to know that on 23 July, but we wrote to the Prime Minister again on 24 July. We gave the government time till 4.30 p.m. When that did not happen we started the strike at 5 p.m.

? So, at what stage is the crippling strike which you promised to mobilize all forces?

A: Even in the most recent Cabinet meeting this week, the observations of all the Cabinet Ministers had not been taken. Only Arjuna Ranatunga and a few others have done it. This is because President Sirisena has said that he has the authority to amend the agreement. We have told the government how to deal with the Trincomalee and Hambantota issues and how to raise the money and move on. We have found out that even the 2003 government to government agreement has no validity. Former Petroleum Minister Susil Premajayanth, after consulting the Attorney General said the 99 tanks have to be released to the CPC.

? So, how many tanks does the CPC own now?

A: Now all the tanks are held illegally by Lanka IOC. When we were about to start the construction, the Prime Minister told us to hand them over to India. Now the CPC is losing US $ 1.5 billion annually, but when the government runs short of money it will lose the port.

? Now, come clean. I am looking at your face first, and then looking at you directly between your eyeballs! Is this a subtle move to topple a democratically elected sovereign government? We know that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is determined to return to power at any cost. Is your effort as a part of that or are you being the cats paw of the Joint Opposition which is desperately wanting to bring Mahinda Rajapaksa to power? Please reply after talking to your conscience!

A: No, not by a long shot! A majority of the members of the unions are from the JVP. So, do you think that the JVP wants President Rajapaksa back? If we wanted to topple the government, there would have been different ways. This is to stop the government compromising the people. We are not compromising the people like the way that the government is compromising them.

? Now that the government has declared all these services such as petroleum as essential services, what have you decided to do, if all the employment contracts of the current employees are terminated like President J.R. Jayewardene did in 1981 when your union members are absent from work, whatever the morality of the cause is?

A: Can a government do that and stay in power? This will be something like emergency where it will have to go to Parliament and get the approval every month. I hope the government will be in existence for them to have the essential services throughout.

The big bluff in asking for promises the 6.2 mn voted for

August 18th, 2017

BY Kusal Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Why the sizeable percentage of Sinhala votes now swinging Rajapaksa way

Country slipping into chaos and crisis at all fronts

An organised crowd of around thousand men and women met in the shadow of the Buddha statue in the Vihara Maha Devi Park in the vicinity of the Town Hall on Tuesday 15 August to demand this Government honour its election promise of Good Governance”.
This was also to mark the second anniversary of the Unity Government, which was voted into office by them to rid the country of huge corruption, the hallmark of Rajapaksa rule and to have freedom and democracy.
The campaign was thus named 62 Lakhs on Alert. All 62 lakhs, who voted for Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, were requested to attend the rally that was to demand from the Government to honour its promises.
Although with not so direct Governmental patronage the rally was a total failure with around thousand participating from the 62 lakhs, who opposed Rajapaksa.
The very project funded probably by pro-UNP interests raise serious issues as to where the 62 lakh voters are now and what they now want.
Though the Colombo leaders of this campaign want to balloon the January 2015 victory as the victory of 62 lakhs, who voted for President Sirisena, that does not remain so, after two years and eight months.
Let’s be very frank about this. The totality of the Tamil and Muslim vote, at least those in the North, Vanni and the East, voted against Rajapaksa and not for Sirisena in political terms.
In political terms, it was a very stubborn anti-Rajapaksa vote that totalled 1,956,222 votes from North-East.
If one adds the Muslim vote from those in the Sinhala Districts, who lived under threat of BBS and other State patronised Sinhala Buddhist extremists, this would swell to about 22 lakhs in all that went stubbornly and with anger against Rajapaksa.

These 22 lakh voters have not been respected in any way by this Yahapalana Government over the past 32 months.
The threat of BBS and other extremist groups have not been removed from Southern politics during the 32 months.
Justice and Buddha Sasana, a dangerously eccentric combination of portfolios presently held by Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and he is openly in league with the leaders of these very crude Sinhala Buddhist extremist groups. They have in fact met President Sirisena too in the company of Minister Rajapakshe. He is now been found fault with and the call for his removal is for what he said about the Hambantota Port agreement as violating collective responsibility and not for his Sinhala racist stand and patronage of violent Sinhala Buddhist extremism. The Asgiriya Chapter of Buddhist monks has also come to his defence.
He is not the only sympathiser and ally of Sinhala Buddhist racism in this Government. The Prime Minister a few days ago was reported to have said the Cultural Hub project he established would fund rehabilitation of 150 Buddhist temples, as if culture is all about Buddhist temples.

In fact the Government is, perhaps excluding Minister Mangala Samaraweera and a few others. President is an ardent fan of war heroes” and has vowed he would not allow any criminal investigations against any in the security forces over crimes committed during the war.
With PM Wickremesinghe also compromising, Sri Lanka has now dropped the UNHRC Resolution it willingly and gladly co-sponsored in September 2015.  All those bills promised in the UNHRC Resolution and were accordingly adopted and were to be adopted have also been shelved without any hesitancy and guilt.
So much so, the ITAK leader Sampanthan is now asking the US Government to pressurise Sri Lanka to expedite the UNHRC Resolution, while still believing the UNP leadership in the Government would give them a new Constitution with reasonable answers.
Nothing has been offered to the war affected Tamil people in the North and the Vanni. Missing persons, the detained without charges, occupied land, search and arrest operations with serious break down of law and order in the peninsula remain major issues unsolved and not spoken loud in the South.

  • There is definitely a two-and-a-half year of heavy corruption surpassing the nine year Rajapaksa rule   

  • In political terms, it was a very stubborn anti-Rajapaksa vote that totalled 1,956,222 votes from North-East.   

  • If one adds the Muslim vote from those in the Sinhala Districts..this would swell to about 22 lakhs   

  • These 22 lakh voters have not been respected in any way by this Yahapalana Government   

  • The threat of BBS and other extremist groups have not been removed from Southern politics during the 32 months. 

It had been so even before the 2015 January 8 Presidential election. It was so from the time the much respected Rev. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera was hyped as the leader of the Movement for Social Justice” in late 2013.
The first programme made public at the rally held at the Colombo Public Library Chaired by respected Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera had nothing about the serious post-war problems and issues going unanswered in the North and East.
All it said in a single sentence was that LLRC recommendations would be implemented”, something that Rajapaksa by then had already told the UNHRC sessions he was planning to implement.
So was the Presidential campaign that Rev. Sobhitha Thera’s movement and others, who now claim ownership for ousting Rajapaksa contributed to with the UNP in the lead and the JVP adding their rhetorical ‘tuppence’.
From the very beginning in early December 2014, the Presidential Election campaign was one against mega-corruption in the nine year Rajapaksa rule hyped in the South, garnished by white-van issues also in the South and not in the North-East.
The whole campaign thus remained a campaign that promised democracy and good governance” to the Sinhala South and not for anyone else. The Sinhala South for these Colombo middle-class democrats” was whole of Sri Lanka and it still remains that.
This 62 lakh voters campaign to lobby the Government to honour its promises therefore was all about anti-corruption this Government can never get rid of.
Bond scam is not about Ravi Karunanayake, but about the whole Government. Bond scam is also not the only major corruption of this Government.
There is huge plunder talked of, at the Foreign Employment Bureau through registration money of migrant labour Minister Thalatha Atukorala is gleefully ignoring.
There were Cabinet Papers approved for PR work awarded to a US company -the Sajin Vas way-that needs investigations.
The renting of the multi-storey building in Rajagiriya for 21 million Rupees a month on a Cabinet Paper presented by PM Wickremesinghe that for over a year is still unoccupied is no less a corruption that can go unseen.
The steel fabricated housing project that is arrogantly being dumped on the Vanni people despite their protests taking the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna District MP Sumanthiran to the SC with a petition, has not only to be stopped, but also investigated into.
There is definitely a two-and-a-half year of heavy corruption surpassing the nine year Rajapaksa rule that cannot be covered by shouting hoarse about a single bond scam with Ravi Karunanayake given centre stage.
All in all, complete breakdown of law and order, total mismanagement of the economy played around with empty numbers and growing corruption, unholy competition with Rajapaksa for Sinhala supremacy in the South completely ignoring the North accept as a factor to promote Sinhala sympathy, have dropped off the 22 lakh Tamil and Muslim voters from the 62 lakhs that voted against Rajapaksa, the Colombo Sinhala Yahapalana apologists don’t want to accept.
There is also a sizeable percentage of Sinhala votes that in 2015 January went against Rajapaksa, now swinging his way, for lack of alternatives.
These Montessori type poor Sinhala campaigns cannot now keep Rajapaksa as irrelevant for all the reasons this Government is considered incapable, inefficient and dishonest.
The JVP proves themselves total dumb and incapable of understanding what this rut is about, shuttling between anti-corruption and anti-SAITM protests.
The TNA leadership too provides no answers to its own voters, piggy backing a Government wholly incapable of moving with a new Constitution that can please them and is also not going to upset its Sinhala votes.
Slipping into chaos and crisis at all fronts, this country as I have been stressing in most contributions to this Daily Mirror Opinion columns, demand alternate thinking to programme an alternate economic model that would define development” for better quality of life with economic justice to all, aesthetically improved art and culture, democracy and freedom in a secular, plural society.
It needs a dialogue that Tamil and Muslim people have an equal voice in developing an alternative to this corrupt free market economy that is nothing but a failure.

How we got to where we are

August 18th, 2017

By Uditha Devapriya Courtesy The Daily Mirror

This Government has those leftover hurrah-boys who still think that what transpired on January 8, 2015 was a revolution

The democratic process is premised on the idea that we don’t owe our representatives anything, except the gratitude” that we must pay through taxes and other levies to maintain public services. It’s a two-way street; you pay to keep those services and they run the country through what we pay. Nothing that goes beyond this can be considered as gratitude. What goes beyond can hence only be considered as servility. Servility of the most nauseating, ridiculous sort. The kind that adorns politicians whose pasts have been tarnished thanks to allegations of graft, abuse, and misappropriation. I am not singling out the present regime here, incidentally.
I know this government has those leftover hurrah-boys who still think that what transpired on January 8, 2015 was a revolution, never mind that revolutions can’t be sustained if those who were part of the status quo that worked against the revolutionaries” are hired by the latter as their lackeys (as this government has done). Expedience is sometimes considered the better part of imperative, sadly, which is why we have to sacrifice principles, but even adjusting for that the government has failed to deliver on the brief we gave them. Anyone who bats for this regime using revolutionary rhetoric, then, clearly needs to look up the word in the dictionary.

But these revolutionaries are just part of the crowd that keeps on batting for the Government. Consider the other elements, i.e. those who applaud its representatives on the basis of their arbitrary conceptions of democracy, elitism, and meritocracy. It’s these conceptions that demarcate the Old Boys Club in theGovernment as well-intentioned technocrats, while the likes of Palitha Thewarapperuma and even Mahinda Rajapaksa are disparaged as backward. They will go to any lengths to defend even someone like Ravi Karunanayake on the premise that those they defend are worthy of eloquent praise. These claims wouldn’t stand the test of scrutiny, since the educated, as history has taught us, have not been better and indeed have been worse than the uneducated” in resolving several compelling national issues.
We’ve messed up our notions of decency and education so much that we look for the wrong indicators thereof when assessing our politicians. We will consider Dayasiri Jayasekara’s momentary gaffe at pronouncing Latin phrases as something to laugh and poke at. We will disregard the horrendous mispronunciations in Sinhala (yes, the mother tongue) being made every day in parliament. Some would say this is a symptom of our colonial hangover, but for me the problem goes deeper. Fact is, we’ve screwed up the fine line between being uneducated and indecent so much that we pick and choose politicians based on the image they project of their status.

“Given our political culture it’s no surprise that there were people who sobbed at Ravi Karunanayake’s departure. Whether or not these people were paid” to do what they did is beside the point. What’s important is that they were there, some of them even worshipping the man”

A recent Facebook comment compelled my interest in this: Why we’re in this rut as a country is because your generation was preoccupied with correcting ‘e’s and ‘a’s instead of doing anything constructive.” The comment was aimed at those who were more interested in grammar and pronunciation than in the spirit in which something was written or spoken. Reminds me of a certain Prime Minister who, in a heated argument in parliament with Robert Gunawardena, chastised him over a grammatical faux pas or slip of the tongue the latter made, with his own classic slip of the tongue: Why don’t you speak a language you understand? Speak Sinhalese?” His tones left no doubt that this [Sinhalese] was a language fit only for the lower orders,” Regi Siriwardena later wrote. That Prime Minister, incidentally, was not a rightwing elitist. He was S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike. Telling, I should think.
Given our political culture it’s no surprise that there were people who sobbed at Ravi Karunanayake’s departure. Whether or not these people were paid” to do what they did is beside the point. What’s important is that they were there, some of them even worshipping the man. What’s as important is that those who were hell-bent on ridiculing Mahinda Rajapaksa over his habit of holding up babies and consoling emotional, if not hysterical, supporters (right after he was defeated) are speechless and selective when it comes to this display of emotion and hysterics. To be sure, the fact of his departure, more forced than willingly conceded to by the alleged wrongdoer, speaks volumes about the political culture we are witnessing. But that political culture is still predicated on that timeless excuse for incompetency, relative merits.

Relative merits, ladies and gentlemen. The we’re-better-than-them argument, which has become too old and outpaced to be taken seriously. The problem with that argument, of course, is that it works both ways; the Mahinda Rajapaksa Cabal can use it just as effectively as this regime can. And in case you’re wondering, they are. The recent tirade against the Attorney General’s Department over what is alleged to be their partiality against members of the present government is symptomatic of a political culture that operates on such arguments. That’s not to say the Attorney General is to be absolved everywhere and with respect to every allegation, but then there’s a fine line to be drawn between constructive and baseless criticism.
What strengthens the relative merits argument is that the government is partly correct. They are better procedurally than the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. What weakens it, on the other hand, is the point that it depends on whether the Government has been better than Rajapaksa’s regime at improving the democratic machine. There’s a difference between procedural and substantive democracy, after all. A careful perusal of every antidemocratic act taken by the government, any government, in the last three decades will prove that nearly all of them have been absolved by the argument that the state is the ultimate arbiter of political action, since it derives legitimacy from the fact of being elected by the people. The paradox of modern democracy is that it shields inequalities and deplorable state action under a facade of procedural correctness.

“Had Rajapaksa stalled any election, presidential, general, or provincial, he would probably have raised flak not just from the UNP, but probably also from the American, British, French, and even Indian Embassies. Delaying an election, any election, no matter how much one justifies it, is a serious transgression of the democratic process”

But consider this. We haven’t seen a repeat of Rathupaswala, at least not yet. Protestors were beaten up and continue to be beaten up and/or tear-gassed, but that is not as coercive as being killed or shot. There’s been a definite improvement in the way political dissidents are being accommodated (Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe being a good example), though that’s less a sign of political correctness than one of political lethargy. Allegations of graft and misappropriation do abound, but they are less than what we saw during the previous regime. Putting all these together, is our present political culture better than what it used to be?
I would be tempted to say yes, with some reservations. Political sycophancy still continues. Those who raised hell over Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters now stay shut over how they themselves are covering up the alleged wrongdoings of this government. Had Rajapaksa stalled any election, presidential, general, or provincial, he would probably have raised flak not just from the UNP, but probably also from the American, British, French, and even Indian Embassies. Delaying an election, any election, no matter how much one justifies it, is a serious transgression of the democratic process. Those who came to power in 2015 did so with the intent of transforming a culture in which expedience flourished into one where imperative and necessity would reign. Neither of the latter two has. Not yet.
Better than the rest, clearly, is an argument that endorses wrongdoing as long as it’s seen as better than what used to be. The problem with such an argument is that its parameters are arbitrarily set: just what is better, and just where is one to draw the line between them and us? Let’s not forget that we as a country are prone to political amnesia. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cohorts can be, and probably are, behind the recent spate of strikes and the AG Department’s sway against the current regime. But even if we concede that they are, the relative merits thesis loses water when considering that no government elected on a platform of liberal democracy can sacrifice certain norms to get back at the opponent’s attempts to undermine them. And why? Because we simply don’t give a damn about that opponent.
This government’s slip is showing. Rather tellingly. It used to be said that political elitists were independent enough to not be swayed by the allure of power and wealth. Not true. If the recent past and the horde of allegations this regime has attracted are anything to go by, our political culture has improved only marginally, and that because of the demands for betterment that we, the people, and certain outfits we’ve organised for ourselves have made. The truth is that the same people who cried foul over Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies and supporters now write, say, or do anything and everything they can to justify what is being written, said, and done by their representatives. The trouble with that is that their representatives happen to be ours as well. The 5.8 million are, effectively, in the hands of the 6.2 million.

‘Govt. Corruption : Rajapaksas being hauled to CID to divert attention’

August 18th, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said in the wake of the ‘yamapalana’ government’s fraud and corruption coming to light in dramatic and unexpected ways, the government is engaged in a desperate attempt to divert attention by hauling his family members to the CID and the FCID.

In a statement issued today, he said three members of his family including his wife Shiranthi and their sons Yoshitha and Rohitha were questioned by the CID and FCID this week.

For the first time, my youngest son Rohitha was also hauled before the FCID on Tuesday. What the people saw this week is a part of the ‘yamapalana’ propaganda offensive against me, my family and the entire opposition,” Mr. Rajapaksa said.

His statement is as follows:

“Three members of my family – my wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa and our younger sons Yoshitha and Rohitha were questioned by the CID and FCID this week. My wife was asked why the colour of a jeep that had been made available by the Red Cross to her charity Siriliya Saviya in 2011 and used by the Presidential Secretariat had been changed. International NGOs make their vehicles available to local charities once their projects are over. My wife had told the CID that she knows nothing about the maintenance or repair of vehicles used by the Presidential Secretariat. On Wednesday, the CID obtained a statement from my son Yoshitha on the same matter. He had been asked whether he had given instructions to anyone to change the colour of this vehicle. To this Yohitha had replied in the negative and explained that the transport division of the presidential secretariat maintains the vehicles and gets them painted if necessary. He had been asked whether he had used this jeep as his back up vehicle to which he had replied that it is the PSD that assigns any available vehicle for his back up team and that he had no role in the matter.

For the first time, my youngest son Rohitha was also hauled before the FCID on Tuesday. He was asked whether he was a shareholder of ‘Supreme Sat’ which was the first Sri Lankan company to be involved in the launch of a communications satellite. Rohitha had explained that he does not hold any shares in Supreme Sat directly or indirectly and that he was a paid employee of that company with the designation of Technical Director from July 2012 to July 2014 after which he left to concentrate on higher studies. The FCID had thereupon wanted to know whether he had helped Supreme Sat to get their licences. Rohitha had explained that by the time he joined Supreme Sat in 2012, they had already acquired their licence and that he had been introduced to Supreme Sat by a Chinese businessman who had come to South Hampton University in England to recruit new graduates for his company.

South Hampton is the only University in Britain running a course in Space Systems Engineering. Seven students graduated in 2012 one of whom was Rohitha. The satellite that was launched in 2012 is owned by the Chinese government and Supreme Sat which is a Sri Lankan private sector entity has leased six of the 36 transponders on the satellite with a view to providing satellite communication services to Sri Lankan customers. I have been informed that the main investor in this company is a prominent Singaporean businessman.

What the people saw this week is a part of the yamapalana propaganda offensive against me, my family and the entire opposition. Members of my family are told to appear before various police units and the police plant the story in the media that this is to obtain statements about the Tajudeen matter. What is important to the yamapalana government are the media reports generated – not the contents of the statements obtained. When my youngest son Rohitha was summoned by the FCID, pro-yamapalana websites claimed falsely that hundreds of millions of rupees of government money had been spent on sending a satellite into orbit. In actual fact, there was no involvement of the Sri Lankan government in this satellite services company at all. The CID and the FCID are with the government in this propaganda offensive. Last Wednesday, within minutes of Yoshitha having given his statement to the CID, a pro-yamapalana website posted a story about the questions that he is supposed to have been asked.

As the corruption of the yamapalana government comes to light in dramatic and unexpected ways, they are engaged in a desperate attempt to deflect public attention by hauling members of my family to the CID and FCID. The extent of the panic in the yamapalana government is evident in the shrill announcement that special courts will be established to hear cases involving the Rajapaksas. This is in complete violation of the constitutional provisions relating to the equality of all persons before the law and the presumption of innocence. Even if such a special court is set up, what is the evidence that can be placed before this court? The government claims that properties worth Rs. five billion belonging to members of my family had been seized by the state or courts of law. This is a complete falsehood.

No property belonging to any member of my family has been seized by the state or any court of law. What the government has been trying to do is to claim that properties belonging to other people actually belong to us, and in the process they have caused terrible harassment to certain individuals. No member of my family has been found to be in possession of liquid or fixed assets, the provenance of which cannot be explained. Every member of the public knows that the same cannot be said about Ministers of the yamapalana government. No previous government has harassed the families of opposition politicians in the manner of the present yamapalana government.

No govt. has harassed opposition’s families like ‘Yamapalayana’ – Mahinda

August 18th, 2017

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the Yamapalanaya” is engaged in a desperate attempt to deflect public attention by hauling members of his family to the Criminal Invesatigation Department (CID) and the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), as their corruption comes to light in dramatic and unexpected ways.

Issuing a media release in light of the recent incidents involving his family members, teh former President said that the extent of the panic in the Yamapalana Government is evident in the shrill announcement that special courts [would] be established to hear cases involving the Rajapaksas.” He further cited this to be a violation of the constitutional provisions relating to the equality of all persons before the law and the presumption of innocence.

He also stated that the media reports generated as a result of the unfolding of the past week were what really mattered to the present Government, rather than the actual content of the statements obtained from his family members.

Rajapaksa went on to elaborate that a pro-yamapalana website” had posted a story about the questions that Yoshitha Rajapaksa was supposed to have been asked, within minutes of him giving the statement.

The unedited media release issued by the former President is as follows:

Attempt to deflect public attention from yamapalana corruption scandals

Three members of my family – my wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa and our younger sons Yoshitha and Rohitha were questioned by the CID and FCID this week. My wife was asked why the colour of a jeep that had been made available by the Red Cross to her charity SiriliyaSaviya in 2011 and used by the Presidential Secretariat had been changed. International NGOs make their vehicles available to local charities once their projects are over. My wife had told the CID that she knows nothing about the maintenance or repair of vehicles used by the Presidential Secretariat. On Wednesday, the CID obtained a statement from my son Yoshitha on the same matter. He had been asked whether he had given instructions to anyone to change the colour of this vehicle. To this Yohitha had replied in the negative and explained that the transport division of the presidential secretariat maintains the vehicles and gets them painted if necessary. He had been asked whether he had used this jeep as his back up vehicle to which he had replied that it is the PSD that assigns any available vehicle for his back up team and that he had no role in the matter.

For the first time, my youngest son Rohitha was also hauled before the FCID on Tuesday.  He was asked whether he was a shareholder of ‘Supreme Sat’ which was the first Sri Lankan company to be involved in the launch of a communications satellite. Rohitha had explained that he does not hold any shares in Supreme Sat directly or indirectly and that he was a paid employee of that company with the designation of Technical Director from July 2012 to July 2014 after which he left to concentrate on higher studies. The FCID had thereupon wanted to know whether he had helped Supreme Sat to get their licences. Rohitha had explained that by the time he joined Supreme Sat in 2012, they had already acquired their licence and that he had been introduced to Supreme Sat by a Chinese businessman who had come to South Hampton University in England to recruit new graduates for his company.

South Hampton is the only University in Britain running a course in Space Systems Engineering. Seven students graduated in 2012 one of whom was Rohitha. The satellite that was launched in 2012 is owned by the Chinese government and Supreme Sat which is a Sri Lankan private sector entity has leased six of the 36 transponders on the satellite with a view to providing satellite communication services to Sri Lankan customers. I have been informed that the main investor in this company is a prominent Singaporean businessman.

What the people saw this week is a part of the yamapalana propaganda offensive against me, my family and the entire opposition. Members of my family are told to appear before various police units and the police plant the story in the media that this is to obtain statements about the Tajudeen matter. What is important to the yamapalana government are the media reports generated – not the contents of the statements obtained. When my youngest son Rohitha was summoned by the FCID, pro-yamapalana websites claimed falsely that hundreds of millions of rupees of government money had been spent on sending a satellite into orbit. In actual fact, there was no involvement of the Sri Lankan  government in this satellite services company at all. The CID and the FCID are with the government in this propaganda offensive. Last Wednesday, within minutes of Yoshitha having given his statement to the CID, a pro-yamapalana website posted a story about the questions that he is supposed to have been asked.

As the corruption of the yamapalana government comes to light in dramatic and unexpected ways, they are engaged in a desperate attempt to deflect public attention by hauling members of my family to the CID and FCID. The extent of the panic in the yamapalana government is evident in the shrill announcement that special courts will be established to hear cases involving the Rajapaksas. This is in complete violation of the constitutional provisions relating to the equality of all persons before the law and the presumption of innocence. Even if such a special court is set up, what is the evidence that can be placed before this court?  The government claims that properties worth Rs. five billion belonging to members of my family had been seized by the state or courts of law. This is a complete falsehood.

No property belonging to any member of my family has been seized by the state or any court of law. What the government has been trying to do is to claim that properties belonging to other people actually belong to us, and in the process they have caused terrible harassment to certain individuals. No member of my family has been found to be in possession of liquid or fixed assets, the provenance of which cannot be explained. Every member of the public knows that the same cannot be said about Ministers of the yamapalana government. No previous government has harassed the families of opposition politicians in the manner of the present yamapalana government.

Mahinda Rajapaksa,
Former President of Sri Lanka

Perpetual Treasuries CEO questioned over Rs 712 million dividend

August 18th, 2017

Perpetual Treasuries CEO questioned over Rs 712 million dividend 

Yahapalanaya has now become ‘Wahapalanaya’ for people – Vidyaratne

August 18th, 2017

යහපාලනය ජනතාවට දැන් වහ පාලනයක් වෙලා… සමන්ත විද්‍යාරත්න

Perpetual Treasuries: Rs 340 million dividend distributed to another company

August 18th, 2017

It has been uncovered that a portion of the profit made by Perpetual Treasuries Limited through the controversial bond transaction was distributed to another company as dividend.

This was revealed during the questioning of Perpetual Treasuries CEO Kasun Palisena at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating the issuance of Treasury Bonds on Thursday (17).

Mr Palisena had yesterday failed to reveal the investments made with the dividends of Rs 712 million distributed to Perpetual Assets Management Limited from the profits made by Perpetual Treasuries since 2014.

However, when the commission inquired about the matter today, the Perpetual Treasuries CEO stated that he was only appointed to the director board of Perpetual Assets Management Limited in February 2016 and therefore is able to reveal the investments made since that year.

Mr Palisena informed the commission that of the profit made by Perpetual Treasuries through the controversial Central Bank treasury bond deal, over Rs 340 million was distributed as dividend to a company in which Arjun Aloysius and his father serve as directors.

Meanwhile the chairman of the commission K.T. Chitrasiri has stated that there are certain shortcomings in the accounts information submitted by W M Mendis & Company Limited, as per the orders of the commission.

He instructed the attorney representing the company to hand over the accounts information containing income and expenditure, as immediately as possible.

Proposed trials at bar: JO alleges govt. functioning as CJ

August 18th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his family and the Joint Opposition wouldn’t run away in the face of politically motivated ‘judicial’ attempts to target them on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations.

Former Law Prof. Peiris was responding to The Island query why those who had been accused of what the JO repeatedly called unsubstantiated allegations were reluctant to face judicial process to clear their names ahead of next presidential and parliamentary polls in 2020. The Island also asked whether it wouldn’t be better for those who had been targeted to clear their names as soon as possible.

The issue came up at weekly JO media briefing at Dr N.M. Perera Centre, Borella, where Prof. Peiris, JO leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena, MP Dallas Alahapperuma and former ministers, Prof. Tissa Vitharana and A.H.M Azwer addressed the recent developments.

Asked why the JO opposed the move to increase the number of High Courts with some of them functioning as trials at bar to expedite what cabinet spokesman Dr Rajith Senaratne called cases held in the Attorney General’s Department against the backdrop of Sri Lanka having Commercial High Courts, Prof. Peiris insisted they opposed establishment of a system to target the Rajapaksa family.

Dr Senaratne has repeatedly alleged that there was a well-planned conspiracy to delay the cases against some members of the Rajapaksa government until 2020.

Prof. Peiris emphasized that those who had been tasked with prosecuting them lacked evidence to prove charges.

The former minister refrained from commenting on The Island observation that some cases involving JO members were heard twice or thrice a year hence the need to take tangible measures to expedite the process.

Prof. Peiris challenged the government to charge the Rajapaksas and those loyal to them if there were charges which could be proved.

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna said courts at any level couldn’t be allowed to be used as political tools to further interests of the ruling clique.

Referring to several murder cases, including the on-going trial at bar on student Vidya murder case, Prof. Peiris said that trials at bar had been appointed only for murder cases and any attempt to do so to hear cases involving the Rajapaksas should be opposed.

Prof. Peiris said that the cabinet of ministers couldn’t take decisions on behalf of the Chief Justice in respect of setting up trials at bar. Emphasizing that it would be the prerogative of the CJ to decide on the matter of trials at bar,  Prof. Peiris said that only the Attorney General could make a request depending on the situation. Prof. Peiris said that the Attorney General hadn’t made such a request and a decent AG would never do that.

Prof. Peiris posed a question to the media as to why ruling UNP-SLFP coalition was so scared of the Rajapaksas.

MP Alahapperuma said that having declared that the government had ushered a new political culture in the wake of Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s resignation over shocking revelations made at three-member Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI), was taking revenge from political opponents.

Those who had been accusing the previous government of waste, corruption and irregularities had conveniently forgotten that Ravi Karunanayake received finance portfolio in January 2015 in spite of him having faced serious charge in respect of USD 3 mn money laundering case that was set aside on a technicality.

MP Alahapperuma said that businessman A.S.P. Liyanage had been mercilessly targeted soon after he offered his residence for the defeated President Rajapaksa to stay. At the behest of the political leadership, the police dug up his premises claiming the former President had buried gold there, Matara District MP said. Soon after Liyanage withdrew his offer to the former President, the government appointed him Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Qatar, the MP said.

The JO heavyweight flayed a section of the media for giving undue coverage to former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and son Yoshitha being questioned over the alleged use of a defender gifted to Siriliya Saviya, an NGO headed by Mrs Rajapaksa in the May 2012 abduction and killing of national rugger player Wasim Thajudeen.

Fight in the dressing room, players broke the crockery to protest against Gurusinha

August 18th, 2017

Rohit Pawar Courtesy  Cricket Age

Dominating and interfering nature of Asanka Gurusinha, the cricket manager of Sri Lanka team, is well known. the man, responsible for the departure of Coach Graham Ford, is in another controversy, as this time he took players on his radar, that too in the middle of the third test match, when players were trying their best to escape whitewash in the series!

During the 3rd Test match in Pallekele, that Sri Lanka lost within three days, it was disheartning to hear that on the 2nd day of the test match during the last session of play a very senior player had been looking for biscuits for consumption. On inquiry, it was found that biscuits were not available, so he politely requested the Liaison officer to fetch some biscuits. The Liaison Office immediately set about his task in purchasing biscuits for the players.

On his return the Manager Asanka Gurusingha got wind of the matter and asked the Liaison Office who wanted the biscuits and the Liaison Office replied that the players had wanted. The Manager then replied stating that this what the players need to be given and not anything else.

The players and the senior players got so mad that a heated argument took place and certain players even went to the extent of breaking the table crockery in protest to the statement, that was made by the Manager Gurusingha.

It is pathetic to note what is going on behind closed doors between the Team and the Manager and it may be the prime reason why Sri Lanka Team is performing in this manner.

It is time that the SLC Office bearers take stock of this whole episode and ensure that the cricketers are not shabbily treated and the focus be on cricket rather than organizing charity matches and pleasing member countries when the house is not in order. It is best if they focus on internal matters rather than external matters.

Food a waste

It was also observed that food orders were in high numbers, even though only a few VIP came to witness match. Almost as many as 400 lunch packets were organized per day,  whilst only a handful had consumed meals.

The ground staff were also provided with lunch packets, carrying chicken pieces in it. Each lunch packet cost around Rs1800 per packet, whilst the going rate was around Rs300/.

The VIP lunches cost around Rs2500/per head.

All this was provided by the Secretary of the Central Province Mr. Janaka Pathirana on instructions of the Sri Lanka Cricket Treasurer Mr. Shammi Silva.


August 17th, 2017


China values its relationship with Sri Lanka and takes China-Sri Lanka activities very seriously. Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies had a seminar on ‘Contemporary China- Sri Lanka relations: current trends, future projections’ in May 2017. For this half day seminar, China sent the President of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) and the Director, Department of Developing country Studies of the CIIS. The CIIS is China’s leading think tank. The Director, CIIS opened the conference,  stayed through the whole seminar, contributed  to the general  discussion from  his seat in the audience and signed an MOU with the BCIS.

Sri Lanka’s Pathfinder Foundation has a China-Sri Lanka Cooperation Studies Centre. This Pathfinder Centre signed an MOU with China Center for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS) which is   affiliated to the Chinese Communist Party. China’s CCCWS conducts exchanges and academic discussions with foreign political party think tanks and research institutes. It has a global network of academic exchanges and cooperation with foreign research institutes in the USA, UK, Germany, Russia, Japan, Brazil, India, South Africa, Israel etc. Sri Lanka became the latest country to be to be added to their extensive network of cooperation. Signing of the MOU was preceded by a round table discussion between the two institutions on several broad subjects.

China is aware of Yahapalana’s tilt towards US and does not hesitate to keep Yahapalana in its place.  The media said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe   had a low key presence at the high-profile Belt and Road Forum in Beijing in May 2017. Nawaz Sharif then Prime Minister   of Pakistan, Russia’s Putin and many other leaders spoke at the inaugural ceremony.  The Sri Lankan leader reportedly only took part in the discussions at the Round table meeting later on.

Ambassador Xian Liang strongly disputed   Finance minister Karunanayake’s assertion that the previous government had obtained ‘expensive loans’ from China. Xinxiang responded, in November 2016, ‘some Sri Lankan ministers and the media had talked about ‘expensive loans’ from China. I talked with Ravi [Karunanayake], the Minister of Finance. I asked him, if you don’t like this one [loans from China] why have you spoken to me about getting another one? Analysts observed that  the Chinese envoy wouldn’t have chided Karunanayake without consulting Beijing.

Public relations have not been ignored. China has started student exchange links with Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka‘s National School of Business Management has started an exchange programme with Beijing Foreign Studies University. The first group of students came in May 2017. A group of NSBM students will visit China in return. Sri Lankan artist Anoma Wijewardene was invited to exhibit at the One Belt One Road   art exhibition  organized by the Hong Kong Federation of Women  and    presented by Sotheby in Hong Kong  in April 2017. Sri Lanka was the only country from South Asia at the exhibition.

Chinese tourists are the second largest group to come into Sri Lanka. Chinese tourist arrivals have risen by 300% between 2013   and 2016. Chinese tourists may surpass those from India by 2019. Travel agencies are responding to this. The tourist magazine, Explore Sri Lanka February 2017 issue carried an advertisement by Premadasa Jewelers which included information in Chinese.

The Chinese Navy’s hospital ship ‘Ark Peace’ visited Sri Lanka in August 2017 and provided medical assistance to Sri Lankans free of charge. Ark Peace has been engaged in providing medical service, spreading friendship and love in many countries. In 2010 Ark Peace visited Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles and Bangladesh. In 2011 Cuba  Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Costa Rica, in 2013 Brunei, Maldives, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar Indonesia and Cambodia in 2014, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea 2015 Australia, French Polynesia, America, Mexico, Barbados, Grenada and Peru.

‘Ark Peace’ is a 4,000 square metre floating hospital, divided into five main areas designated as casualty transfer, triage, outpatient, inpatient and evacuation. It treats and evacuates casualties at sea during wartime, provides medical service to inhabitants and servicemen on islands during peacetime, participates in international humanitarian assistance, provides emergency medical aid in the event of major disasters and conducts medical exchanges and cooperation with other countries.

China is currently the largest provider of financial assistance to Sri Lanka.  It is Sri Lanka’s biggest lender. China has given loans on concessional and commercial terms. In 2016 Chinese government has given an outright loan of USD 77.2 million. In 2017, China gave 400 million Renminbi for development projects. China was giving 2 billion yuan to Sri Lanka for the period 2018 – 2020, reported Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to China Dr.Karunasena Kodituwakku. When the Bank of China sets up operation in Sri Lanka, the yuan will have the same status as US dollar and will be changeable in Sri Lanka.

China has   emerged as Sri Lanka’s main source for imports as well, replacing India. China became the export leader in 2016, accounting for 21.7 per cent of total expenditure on imports, according to Central Bank statistics. India has been pushed to second place, accounting for 19.7 per cent of total imports.

Yahapalana says that thanks to the Rajapaksa government Sri Lanka has a huge debt with China.  Yahapalana has to get into a bigger debt now, to pay China off. Isn’t there any other way to repay the Chinese loan, observers asked. Yes, said critics. We can renegotiate the terms of  the loans and reduce the interest rates. We can also ask for more time to repay loans and then look at what we can sell fast and earn money from. We can repay the loans in 2-3 years. Right now we have to pay back USD 2 billion.  Further, China had offered USD 1000 million at 2% interest, therefore Yahapalana  government need not have taken an IMF loan of USSD 15,000 million at 6%, said critics.

At a time when Western investments are few in coming, China is willing and able to take up economic opportunities in Sri Lanka that may not be economically attractive to privately owned commercial enterprises but are viable to China’s state enterprises. China is quick to offer complete packages on concessional terms. It is also quick to implement and disburse big amounts, noted analysts. If China supports the development of Sri Lanka, then there is little motivation for Sri Lanka to refuse economic support from China.

All Chinese funded projects are back on track, the media reported in May 2016. There is a total of 28 projects amounting to USD 7.6. Billion. They are spread among power and energy road, transport, telecommunication, airport and aviation, port irrigation and water sectors. They include Puttalam coal power project, Moragahakanda project and greater Kurunegala water supply project. Ratnapura expressway will start with Chinese assistance  in 2016. The media also announced that the government has granted a project in Katunayake airport to a Chinese company.   China Development Bank has     given USD 500 million for a priority roads project.

Sri Lanka and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2017 to construct a hospital for kidney patients in North Central Sri Lanka. China will also fund the new OPD complex in Colombo National Hospital. Chinese company Tidelion installed rainwater treatment technology services in the local primary school and three households at Kahatagasdigiliya There is the Gampaha-Attanagalla-Minuwangoda integrated water supply project funded by China Development Bank. This plant will benefit more than 600,000 people. Parliament received a consignment of computers from the Chinese embassy in Colombo. There were 225 computers for the MPs and40 more computers for the use of parliamentary staff. This was in response to a request made by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

A 70-member high profile delegation, led by Peng Qinghua, Secretary, Communist Party of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region came in May 2017, to attend the Guangxi, China-Sri Lanka Economic & Trade Cooperation Forum. The purpose was to promote economic and trade cooperation between Sri Lanka and Guangxi autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China.

Zhong Tian Construction Company  of China plans to invest over US$ one billion in real estate and leisure sectors in Sri Lanka. It will invest over US$ 70 million in the Millennium Park to develop it into an international entertainment hub, with Browns Leisure. This will  comprise a 200 room four star hotel, apartments, shopping mall and a mini amusement park. Zhong Tian will invest over US$ 250 million for the Horton Place twin tower project,  expected to be one of the biggest twin towers in the region. Zhong Tian   also taken Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia on a 10 year lease, as well as Palms Colombo in Kolluptiya and has purchased land in Sooriyaweva Kanda  for  villa type luxury bungalows.They are now looking in  Galle and Kandy, they want to invest in  two hotels under 80 rooms. .

China arouses both positive and negative attitudes in Sri Lanka. China is seen by some citizens of this country as a good friend and a centuries-old trading partner, who poses no threat to Sri Lanka’s  sovereignty and proved its unstinting support during the critical phase of  Eelam War IV, said China supporters. Hambantota Port construction commenced in January, 2008,  while  the Sri Lanka army was at the Vanni liberating LTTE- held Kilinochchi.

China steadfastly backed Sri Lanka throughout the  Eelam war. The  Rajapakse government received continued Chinese backing at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as the US-led coalition, including India, vigorously pursued Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. China and Russia have been our friends in Security Council, China  has not made any unseemly  demands from Sri Lanka, they added. Yahapalana  government seems have finally  realized that even at the risk of antagonizing India, the dominant position of China as an emerging world power cannot be ignored. She is a superpower in the region, said Don Manu.

However, many view Chinese involvement in Sri Lanka with unease. They point out that when China acquires control over critical  assets in Sri Lanka for long periods, it  will result  in the erosion of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty.  Also, transferring a lot of property to China would incense India and India will want to counterbalance it . Strong negative attitudes towards China are now emerging , together with a tendency to demonize China. The  demonizing of China, which started with the Hambantota issue,  could be considered a part of the anti -China strategy  in Sri Lanka.

Here are four negative assessments of China’s  assistance to Sri Lanka .   When told that China would set up 2,500 industries to make Sri Lanka an industrialised country,  critics wanted to know, what are the  industries they are going to set up? Are they  the dirty industries that have polluted  cities China and therefore need to be shifted elsewhere?

Several multimillion dollar development projects in Polonnaruwa district are to be given on a single bid to China without tender procedure, complained observers. The  projects are drinking water supply, agri based industries, Maduru oya right bank development,   road network extensions and  railway extensions from  Kurunegala to Habarana.  These were included in the  MOU signed between China and Sri Lanka in April 2016. China Harbor Engineering Co is now conducting  a feasibility study  in towns east of Polonnaruwa  for the water supply project, and China State Construction Engineering Corporation is doing a  feasibility study on rail track and railway stations from Maho to Batticaloa, Gal oya to Trincomalee  free of charge, they reported.

China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation  (CMC)  was given the contract to extend the railway line from Matara to Beliatta . Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) was appointed as project consultant. This project was an unsolicited proposal approved under the previous administration CECB charged.  The choice of CMC for the project was questionable from the start,  they said. Exim Bank of China told the Sri Lankan Government In 2012 that  CMC did not have the relevant experience to execute the project.  The contract was overpriced at USD  278.2m and the estimates given by CMC for both materials and manpower were highly inflated.

CECB  repeatedly found serious shortcomings in  CMC’s work. CMC   had used substandard materials and construction methods. Concrete was diluted beyond acceptable levels. The company had tampered with a concrete beam to be used in a bridge, even shearing off iron rods that were essential to guarantee the strength of the beam. When cracks appeared in the Wewurukannala Bridge, the contractor tried to cover them up with a cement mix. The contractor on several occasions disregarded CECB instructions to maintain acceptable standards in the construction of stone walls. However, the CECB team forced the company to rectify the faults. CMC practices and standards would seriously endanger the lives of those who will travel on that track, said  CECB engineers.

As the contractor did not use suitable methods and machinery, certain works had to be performed over and again, leading to prolonged delays. The Government should have claimed substantial compensation for these delays. Instead, the Transport Ministry extended the deadline for handing over the track, even against CECB recommendations. Chinese workers on several occasions threatened the CECB team, even prompting fears over their physical safety, the union said. This sort of thing  gives the Chinese Government a bad name the CECB added. CMC rejected the allegations. They said  that they have constructed railway lines all over the world, they know what they are doing and they will not compromise on quality or safety.  It is the CECB that is responsible for approving materials, methods and monitor every step of the work.

Transport Ministry is now set to award another USD 15 million project to CMC to install signals at four stations on the extended line,  a job the company has no experience to carry out, complained engineers. Tenders have not been called for this contract.  An offer by the Railway Department’s own engineers to execute the project at Rs 250m has been ignored in favour of the Chinese offer of USD 15 billion.  Priyalal de Silva, former GM  Railways said The colour light system at railwassy was always done by the local engineers. They ensure compatibility of new lights and do the maintnenace as well.  It is not necessary to give this to  China.

A China – Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement, first mooted in 2015  will, it is hoped, be finalized by the end of 2017. Industrialists have strongly opposed this FTA. They particulalyr object to two clauses, reducing the Sri Lanka Negative list to 10% and  phasing out the import Cess to zero within five years after implementation of the proposed FTA.

Phasing out the Cess ‘will sound the death knell for local industry’,  they said. At a time where the world’s most developed countries are considering to impose tariff/tax for imports from China, it is imprudent for our country to relax safeguards for our industries. It is  also essential to enact legislations on anti-dumping and protective measures to safeguard local industries against unfair trading practices and a surge in cheaper Chinese imports they added.

Association of Laminated Flexible Packaging Manufacturers, a body of local entrepreneurs representing the packaging industry, stated in a media release, that if implemented, the proposed agreement will have an adverse impact on the domestic industrialists leading to the collapse of a large number of industries.

A statement issued by the Ceylon National Chamber of Commerce (CNCI)  opposing the China-Sri Lanka  FTA was reproduced in full in Daily News Business supplement of 11.8.17. Daily News did not run a similar supplement on ECTA. The CNCI said in their statement, that it was the consensus amongst all present that they were ‘not in agreement to this FTA at all.’ Sri Lanka will face serious consequences if this FTA is signed.  The end objective of any FTA should be the growth of Sri Lanka’s economy.

CNCI pointed out that Sri Lankan industries find it  difficult to compete with countries doing mass scale production due to the  high cost of production, high interest rates, low productivity and other factors, such as  rupee depreciation.  The majority of the local industrialists have funded their investments, with borrowed funds,  using their personal assets as security.  Their indebtedness on loans and overdrafts run into millions, depending on the size of the company. If they are not safeguarded sufficiently, it will lead to disastrous economic consequences.

We understand that under Multilateral Trading Rules it is possible for small developing countries like Sri Lanka to negotiate under Enabling Clause that offer more flexibilities, said CNCI. Negotiations of FTA between China and Sri Lanka are not conducted under this clause, whereas Sri Lanka’s FTAs with India and Pakistan were concluded under this clause. China too concluded its FTA with ASEAN under Enabling Clause. Aren’t the Sri Lankan negotiators aware of this basic principal? Sri Lanka has also  failed to include a time bound review clause as done in n the China- Pakistan FTA-This review clause was ‘put to the Chinese negotiators again and again during the past negotiations,’ CNCI said.

Why  is China  asking for 90% trade liberalization at this early stage with an unequal comparatively small trading partner as Sri Lanka, CNCI asked. Sri Lanka has agreed to 10% negative list as requested by the Chinese, but there is no hard and fast rule that Sri Lanka should go in for a 10% negative list. The WTO has not defined substantial coverage under Article 24 of the GATT to mean 10%. It is left for the countries to adopt a comfortable percentage as befits their economic and development level. It is pity that Sri Lankan negotiators have accepted the Chinese stance at the loss of Sri Lanka’s economic interest.

The CNCI also  strongly opposed the removal of the import  Cess. The only ‘safety net’ that local industrialists have is the Cess levy, CNCI said. The Sri Lankan industrial sector is dominated by SMEs which accounts for 52% of the total GDP and is also accountable for 45% of total employment and accountable for 75% of enterprises.Removal of tariff protection such as Cess will adversely affect these SMEs, both directly and indirectly which will lead to their non-competitiveness and closing down, creating unemployment and adversely affecting the economy.

Further, removal of CESS against imports will deprive the nation of valuable funding for local industries. Cess levy nurtured local industry and helped it  to advance further after serving the local market successfully. Many local industries reached great heights due to the CESS levy.

It is a common knowledge that Chinese systems are not transparent in its rules and regulations and business practices. Also, the competitiveness of Chinese goods internationally is largely due to their vast economies of scale, political and labor structure. Sri Lanka  does not have mechanisms that could overcome dumping of inferior quality and substandard goods and unethical business practices.    Unlike in Sri Lanka in China there is no strict adherence to ILO labor conventions. This gives China a huge advantage over Sri Lankan products.

The CNCI gave specific examples of the difficulties of doing trade with China. In other countries, exports of shrimp requires an antibiotic test report only for one pond in the farm but in case of China antibiotic reports have to be provided for every pond in a farm. Obtaining quarantine requirements for fruits and vegetables are also extremely cumbersome and time consuming. It was  subject to a long approval process. In the case of textiles, apparels exporters complain of the stringent testing and specific requirements in China. These require more detailed test reports compared to other export destinations and Sri Lanka lacks sufficient facilities to undertake such testing. The Pakistan-China FTA of 2006 was more beneficial for China than Pakistan, declared CNCI.

Ravi Karunanayake who went to Pamankada saying going to Alimankada will next go to Welikada – MP Udaya Gammanpila.

August 17th, 2017

Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA

A seminar had been organzed by the Joint Opposition at the Sambuddha Jayanthi Mandiraya in Combo under the caption On whose shoulders will be the Treasury Bond Scam?” Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, the President of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Prof. G.L.Peiris, leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya MP Udaya Gammanpila, leader of the Democratic Leftist Front MP Wasudeva Nanayakkara, leader of the National Freedom Front MP Wimal Weerawansa, the convenor of the Economic Research Unit of the joint opposition MP Bandula Gunawardene and the leader of the parliamentary group of the Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardene addressed this Seminar.

Given below is the speech made by the   leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya MP Udaya Gammanpila at this seminar.

We are now fed up with hearing about the Treasury Bond Scam regarding which we have been hearing for the last two years. Now Mr. Ravi Karunanayake has lost his Ministry portfolio as well. Then what we have now is to find out what we should do now and how we should take this struggle forward? That is the challenge lying before us.

It has become more than 2 ½ years now.  Up to now a case has not been filed even in a magistrate’s court.  Bank Accounts are being suspended by filing cases even on minor matters.  Persons are being prevented from visiting overseas and people are being put under remand custody. But no step has been taken against this Treasury Bond Scam.  The so-called Presidential Commission is not a mechanism of meting out punishments.  It is merely a Comission to make enquiries and report. Therefore what is the step we should take to divulge to the country at least through this Commission what happened under the Treasury Bond Scam..

The first step is that the President of the country should be brought before this Commission. Someone may ask whether the President is salvation or the pot. It was said that through the 19th amendment that the Executy Presidncy will be abolished it has not been abolished as such.  Even today it is possible only to file a basic rights violation case against him.  However, we can get him summoned to any court as a witness.  In the forged document case  filed against Mr. Tissa Attanayake the President was the 1st witness and the 2nd witness was the Prime Minister.  If the President can be a witness to send an ordinary person to prison, we should bring him before this Commission which enquires on Treasury Bond Scam that caused the national economy to a deep abyss as a witness to find out the truth.

By bringing him as a witness what should we ask? As Rajitha Senaratne said that despite their strong opposition he has appointed Arjun Mahendran as the Governor of the Central Bank.  Then

Question No,1

What caused to appoint Arjun Mahendran as the Governor of the Central Bank despite objections by the Cabinet of Ministers?

Question No,2

Arjun Mahendran is a foreigner. He is a person who cannot swear that he will be obliged to uphold  the constitution of Sri Lanka.Why such a foreigner was appointed as the Governor of the Central Bank?

Question No,3

After the cheating of 27th February 2015 we launched massive protest demonstrations, handed over petitions and mammoth protest demonstrations took place throught the country demanding for the removal of the Governor of the Central Bank.  A protest opinion was created.  But the President did not remove him.  As a result of that in March 2016 a massive Treasury Bonds robbery took place.  An atmosphere was created for Arjun Mahendran to have a self confidence that no damage would befall on him even if he makes further robberies.  Proceed without any fear. Our 3rd question is why he was not removed even after much pressure exerted to remove him after the 1st robbery?

Question No,4

While the Presidential Commission is a process of time extension more and more thefts are taking place.  We have received reliable information that Arjun Mahendran is making arrangements to flee the counry suddenly.  It is a Singapoe passport he holds. If he left so it will be the end of it as he is not a one of our persons. It is more than 2 ½ years for this robbery now.  Up to now no action has been taken to obtain a Court Order restricting his foreign visits.  The 4th question we should ask the President is why such action was not taken?

Question No,5

While investigations are being carried for the last 2 ½ years the billions earned through these robberies are being expended by them. To build new breweries, secure foreign wealth and have started newspapers such as Janayugaya” to sling mud at politicians who speak aginst the Treasurt Bonds Scam. Media is being employed to bloat the images of Treasurt Bonds thieves.  While the money collected through the Treasuyt Bonds Scam are being spent in this manner and ultimately when they were made guilty through Court cases there will not remain a single cent to be confiscated by the government.  Therefore the 5th question we should ask the President is why no step was taken so far to seal bank accounts opened with robbed money and confiscate the money in such accounts?

Question No,6

The 6th question we should ask the President is that on the dissolution of Parliament on 26th June 2015. He said that he hd to dissolve the Parliament to safeguard the Treasury Bond robbers.  If the COPE Committee report coming to Parliament should be prevented by the time the report becomes ready Parliament should not function.   If that is so we should ask the President about the dissolution of the Parliament to safeguard the ‘treasury Bond thieves.

Next we should call the man who was called in the past as Mr. Been and now being called as Mr. Dirty and who has got excretia applied all over him the Prime Minister of ours.There is an allegation that the officials of the Attorney General’s Department do not talk politely and they talk very rudely.   Therefore we should bend our head slightly and ask these questions from the Prime Minister, addressing him as the Hon’ble Priminister.    .

Question No,7

Is it true that when Mr. Rajitha Senaratne objected on the appointment of Mr. Arjun Mahendran as the Governor of the Central Bank you told him that don’t be scared that I will take full responsibility for his appointment? If that is so what is the idea of taking that responsibility? We saw that in India two trains came on the same railway track and got collided with each other.  It was not an action planned by the Indian Minister of Railways. But the Minister of Railways resigned over this incident.  But what happened here is similar to Prime Minister saying ‘travel in the rail track without any fear if an accident happens I will take the full responsibility’. Then, Isn’t it that the Prime Minister should take the responsibility ow and resign?


Question No,8

On 17th March 2015 the Prime Minister made a special statement in the Parliament on the Treasury Bonds theft.  In which he said that all governments appoint people who are trustworthy to them.  I also appointed gentlemen who were trustworthy for me.  These gentlemen have become big thieves. If that is so he should accept the responsibility now – Isn’t it?

Question No,9

As there is a saying tht cats are witness for the milk the Primr Minister appointed a committee nominating three United National Party Lawyers loyal to him to enquire into this fraud.  They were Gamini Pitipana, Mahesh Kalugampitiya, and Chandimal Mendis.  These people also submitted a report but that report was given by hiding the facts.  But even in that report there were some recommendations. We must ask from the Prime Minister before this Commission why as the Minister in charge of the subject he did not take action to implement any of those recommendations.

Next we should bring before this Commission the ‘footnote gang’.  That Ministers –  Ajith Perera, Sujeewa Senasinghe etc are these people. Mr. Senasinghe even wrote a book justifying `this robbery.I extensively but unsuccessively raked the libraries to lay my hands on a copy of this book. Normally when a Member of Parliament writes a booik a copy of it is kept in the Parliament Library.  But this book is not available there too.  To see how far Mr. Sujeewa Senasinghe has justified the Prime Minister realized if he remains in the COPE Committee he would beautifully cover up robberies.  Therefore he removed MP Velukumar from the COPE Committee and substituted Mr. Sujeewa Senasinghe for that place.

These people remained in the COPE Committee and threatened the Audior General to change his report.  But the Auditor General remained like a lion with a solid backbone.  We can remember that President J.R.Jayawardene got one of his good friends appointed as the Chief Justice.  That was Mr. Neville Samarakoon.  But after coming to that post he functioned independently.  The current Auditor General also functioned in that way independemtly.

It is the same ‘footnote gang’ that threatened the Auditor General then are now threatening the officials of the Attorney General’s Department.  There this ‘footnote gang’s’ assets and liabilities should soon be verified.  Should find out how they have got benefited from Arjun Aloysius.

The former Minister Ravi Karunanayake made a small blunder.  He took the gift in his wife’s name.  In our Assets and Liabilities statements the wealth of the spouse and unmarried children should also be declared as our wealth. We understand that some of the members of this footnote gang have got the luxury houses they obtained in the names of their Mothers in Law and some others have obtained such houses in the names of their sisters.  The reason is that they need not be declared as their assets. Therefore the properties of the whole generations of this footnote gang should be verified and steps should be taken to confiscate them.

There is one or two honest people also in this gang.  All are not rogues.  It is they who spoke stammering in front of the media with drooped faces.

Similrly the Bank of Ceylon should also be brought before this Commission.  If you go to Bank of Ceylon to obtain a 100,000 rupee loan it is given after verifying various things.  But they provide Millions of Rupees of loans to Perpetual Treasuries Company without any sort of documentary verifications and simply over a telephone call.  There is even no Director Board approval. In order to find out about this culture the top officials of the Bank should also be brought before the Commission,

The high officials of the Employees Provdent Fund who purchased the shares bought by the Perpetual Treasuries Company and thereby made a great loss to our poor workers should also be brought before the Commission. Then only we can get a right picture of the length and breth of this robbery.  But what thi government is attempting to do today is as it is said that ‘all trash to Bere Lake’ to put the whole blame on Ravi Karunanayake and get all the others scot free.  We cannot allow this to happen.  They say today that Rav Karunanayake gave an exemplary way.  Because of this great robbery our interest rates got increased. The whole nation got impacted by this great robbery. The whole economy of the country got crashed by this robbery.  Therefore this struggle cannot be ceased until all those involved with this great robbery is punished appropriately.

We give our firm pledge to you that we will not cease this struggle untl we send Ravi Karunanayake and his cronies who went to Pamankada by saying that they were going to Alimankada to their destined rendezvous of Welikada. (niz)

වර්තමාන අධිකරණය කටයුතු කල යුත්තේ,දේශපාලකයින් ගේ ලෝන්ඩ්රියක් ලෙසද?

August 17th, 2017

චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ

මිනිසාට අධිකරණයක් අවශ්‍යද? ඔව් සාධාරණව විනිශ්චය දෙන අධිකරණයක් අවශ්‍යයි. සාධාරණව විනිශ්චය දෙන්නේ කොහොමද? සාධාරණව විනිශ්චය දෙන්නේ කවුද? ගැටලුව ඇත්තේ එතනයි. සමාජයේ විවිධ ස්ථාන වලට ගැට ගැසී ඒවායින් ජීවත්වෙමින්, ඒවා සමගම ජීවත්වෙන මිනිසුන් සාධාරණ විනිශ්චයක් දෙන්නේ කෙලෙසද? ඔවුනට නම් ඔය කියන සාධාරණත්වය කිසිදාක ලබාදීමට නම් නොහැක. නමුත් රටක, රජයක් ස්ථාපනය කරන විට, ඒ රජය පිහිටවන බලවත්ම කණු තුනක් ඇත. ඒවා නම්,

  1. විධායකය.



යන බලවත් කණු තුනයි. රජයක් ගොඩනැංවීමට මේ කණු තුනම ඇවැසි වූවත්, තුන්වෙන කණුව නිර්මාණය කිරීමට ඇවැසි තත්වයේ පුද්ගලයින් ලෝකයේ කිසිම තැනක නැති බැවින්, රාජ්යන් ගොඩනවන සියලු දෙනාම මුහුණ දෙන බලවත්ම ගැටලුව මෙය බවට පත්ව තියෙනවා. දැන් මොකද කරන්නේ? රජය නැමති සමාජ යාන්ත්රණය ගොඩනැංවීම නවතා දමනවාද? නැහැ එහෙම නවතා දාන්න බැහැ. සිමෙන්ති නැති ලෝකයේ මැටි වලින් ගොඩනැගිලි තැනුවා සේ, සර්ව සාධාරණ විනිසුරුවන් නැති ලෝකයේ, ඊට ආදේශක වශයෙන් පුද්ගලයන් සමාජයෙන්ම තෝරා පත් කර ගැනීමට සිදුවිය. නමුත් සමාජයේ ඕනෑම මිනිසෙක් ඉගෙන ගත්තු පමණින්ම මෙවන් පදවියකට පත් කිරීම සුදුසු වේද? යන පැනය, ඊලග බාධකය විය. මෙය සැබෑ ලෙසම රැකියාවක් නොව, ඊට එහා ගිය දේව කාර්යයක් වන්වූ පදවියක් බැවින්, මෙවන් පදවියක් සදහා සමාජය තුල ගෞරවණීය තලයක ජීවත්වෙන පවුලකට අයත් උගත් නැනවත් බුද්ධිමත් පුද්ගලයෙකුට උරුම විය.

එෙතිහාසිකව සෑම රටකම මේ පදවිය ඉහලම පදවියක් ලෙස සලකන ලද අතර, ” සද්ධර්ම රත්නාවලියේ – විනිශ්චයාමාත්යන්ගේ වත” තුලින් විනිශ්චාසනාරූඩව , අල්ලස් ගනිමින්, අසාධාරණයට සාධාරණ මුහුණු වරක් ලබාදෙන විනශ්චයකාරවරුන්ද මේ ලෝකයේ සිටින බව පෙන්වා දෙයි. මෙය සිදුවන්නේ, බුදුන් දවස සැවැත් නුවර අධිකරණ ශාලාවක් තුලදීය. ඒ අධිකරණයේ සැබෑ ස්වරූපයයි. නමුත් මේ සැබෑ ස්වරූපය එම සමාජයට නිරාවරණය කල විට බිද වැටෙන්නේ සැවැත් නුවර  එම රාජ්යයයි. රාජ්යය ආරක්ෂා කිරීමට නම් මේ දූෂිත අධිකරණයටද ශාන්තු වරයෙකුගේ මුහුණුවර රෝපණය කරමින්; සුරැකිය යුතුය. එය එදා එසේම සිදු විය.

බයිබලය අධිකරණය හා අධිකරණ ක්රියාවලිය සම්බන්ධව අපට තවත් දැනුම් රාශියක් ලබාදේ. “යේසුස් ක්රිස්තුස්වහන්සේ, එවකට ඒ රජයටත්, පූජකවරුන්ටත් මහා හිස රදයක්ව තිබිණි. ඔවුන්ගේ ඉලක්කය වූයේ උන්වහන්සේව ඝාතනය කිරීමයි. ඒ අරමුණ ඇතිව, එදා ඒ සදහාම ආයතනයක් පිහිටුවා ගන්නා ලදී. ඒ ආයතනයට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයද, නායක පූජකවරුද, එකතුව උන්වහන්සේට එරෙහි සාක්ෂි නිර්මාණය කිරීමේ මහා මෙහයවුමක නිරතව සිටියහ. උන්වහන්සේට එරෙහිව සාක්ෂි දීමට මුදල් ලොබින්, මිනිසුන් පොදි බැදෙමින් ඉදිරිපත් වුණද, එකිනෙකට නොගැලපෙන මේ සාක්ෂි ඒවා නිර්මාණය කල අයට පමණක් නොව අධිකරණයටද හානිකර බැවින්; පාලකයින්ද මහා ගැටලුවකට මුහුණ දෙන්නට සිදුවිණි.

ඉලක්කය කරා යන උපක්රමය වෙනස් විය. සෙනග ඉල්ලා සිටින සිරකරුවෙකු නිදහස් කිරීමේ දිනය ලගා විය. එදින අධිකරණය විසින් මරණයට නියමව සිටි “බරබ්බස්” නම්වූ සිරකරුවාව, තවම කිසිදු නඩුවක් වත් පවරා ගැනීමට සාක්ෂියක්වත් සොයා ගැනීමට නොහැකිව අත් අඩංගුවේ පසුවෙන යේසුස් ක්රිස්තුස්වහන්සේවත් ජනතාවට ඉදිරිපත් කර, මේ දෙන්නාගෙන් නිදහස් කල යුත්තේ කාවදැයි යන පැනය ජනතාවට ඉදිරිපත් කර, බරබ්බස්ව නිදහස් කලයුතුයයි හඩ නගන අයට මුදල් ප්රධානය කිරීම ආරම්භ කරන ලදී. ජනතා හඩින් බරබ්බස් නම්වූ මිනීමරුවාව නිදහස් විය. ඒ ජනතා හඩින්ම නඩුවක්වත් ගනුකර ගැනීමට සාක්ෂියක්වත් නැති, යේසුස් ක්රිස්තුස් වහන්සේ කුරුසයට තබා ඇණ ගසා මරා දැමූහ. එදා අධිකරණයේ සාධාරණත්වය ඒ අාකාරයෙන් විය.

ලංකාවට මේ අධිකරණ පද්ධතිය හා මේ නීතිය ලගාවූයේ, යුරෝපා ජාතීන්ගේ පැමිණීමත් සමග වුවද එය මනාව ස්ථාපනය වීම ආරමභ වූයේ, 1815 මාර්තු මස 2 වෙනිදා අත්සන් තැබූ උඩරට ගිවිසුමත් සමගය. මේ ගිවිසුමට ජේ. ඩොයිලි මහතා ආණ්ඩුවේ ප්රධාන භාෂා පරිවර්තක ලෙස කටයුතු කර අත්සන් තැබූ අතර, ජේම්ස් සදර්ලන්ඩ්, ආණ්ඩුවේ නියෝජ්ය ලේකම් ලෙසත් අත්සන් තබා ඇත.

තුවක්කුව බයිනෙත්තුව සේම නීතියද ආයුධයකි. තුවක්කුවකින් කල හැකි දේට වඩා ප්රභල කාර්යයක් නීතියට කල හැක. මිනිසුන් නීති ගරුක තත්වයට පත් කරගත් විට පාලකයින්ට නිදහසේ පාලනය කල හැක. මේ නීතියේ හාස්කම ටික ටික එලියට පැමිණීම ආරම්භ වන්නේ, 1816 ඉහගම කුමන්ත්රණයත් සමගය.

මේ නඩුවේ, හදුනාගත් සැකකරුවන්වූ ඉහගම තෙරුන්වහන්සේව හා මඩුගල්ලේ උඩගබඩා නිලමේතුමාව නඩුව ඇසීමටත් පෙර, වැරදිකරුවන්සේ සුදු පාලකයින් විසින් තීරණය කර තිබිණි. ඔවුන්ව වරදකරුවන් කිරීමේ නඩු විභාග කරන විනිසුරුවරයා බවට පත්වන්නේ; උඩරට ගිවිසුම අත්සන් තබන විට, ආණ්ඩුවේ ප්රධාන භාෂා පරිවර්තක ලෙස කටයුතුකල ජේ. ඩොයිලි මහතාය. ඔහු මහානායක හාමුදුරුවන්ව හා නිලමේවරුන්ව ඉතා සූක්ෂම ආකාරයට පාවිච්චි කරමින් මේ චූජිතයින්ට දඩුවම් දුන්හ. මේ අනුව දේශපාලන නඩු යනු ඇවැසි පුද්ගලයින් ඉලක්ක කරමින් සාක්ෂි සකසමින් දඩුවම් නියම කිරීම බව 1816 ඉහගම කුමන්ත්රණ නඩුව අපට පෙන්වා දෙයි. මේ වනවිට මෙරට Alexander Johnston නම්වූ අගවිනිසුරුවරයෙකු සිටියද මේ සෑම කටයුත්තකදීම ඩොයිලිගේ බලපෑම ඉතා බලවත් බව පැහැදිලිය.

මේ අධිකරණය හා නීතිය අපේ රටට මහා විනාශයක් උරුම කල අතර, කල අතර, එය විසින් කැප්පෙටිපොල, හා මඩුගල්ලේ වැනි වීරයන් දැයට අහිමි කිරීමේදී අමුතුම ආකාරයකට කටයුතු කලේය. 1818දී ජන සංහාරයක යෙදුන තුන් වෙනි කණ්ඩායමට අණ දෙන නිලධාරියෙකු වූ, කර්නල් කෙලී විනිශ්චාසනාරූඩව කැප්පෙටිපොල හා මඩුගල්ලේ යන වීරයන්ව මරා දැමීමට නියම කලහ. ඝාතකයාට විනිසුරුතුමා බවට පත්විය හැකි තත්වයට එදා මේ රට පත්ව තිබිණ.

අප ආරම්භයේදී, විනිසුරුවරයකු වීමට ඇවැසි සුදුසුකම් මිනිසුන් තුල නැති බව උපකල්පනය කලෙමු. පසුව අවම වශයෙන්,මෙවන් පදවියක් සදහා සමාජය තුල ගෞරවණීය තලයක ජීවත්වෙන පවුලකට අයත් උගත් නැනවත් බුද්ධිමත් පුද්ගලයෙකුට මේ කටයුත්ත යම් ආකාරයකට ඉටුකල හැකියයි අවබෝධ කර ගතිමු. එවන් පදනමකින් මහෞෂධ පණ්ඩිතයින් විනිශ්චාසනාරූඩ කරවීමේ අභිලාෂයෙන් කල් ගෙවූ අපට, පර සුද්දා විසින් එහෙව් වැදගත් මිනිහෙක් මේ කටයුත්ත කිරීමට ඇවැසි නැති බව පෙන්වාදී  අමුම අමු මස් වැද්දකුව විනිශ්චාසනාරූඩ කලහ. එවන් පසුබිමක් තුල නිර්මිතවූ මෙරට අධිකරණය, 1848දීත් මෙරට විරුවන්ට එරෙහිව සිය කාර්යය ඉටුකලහ. මෙරට ජනතාවට එරෙහිව ක්රියාත්මකවූ අධිකරණ පද්ධතියම ගිනිලා විනාශ කල යුතු වුවද; එය විනාශ නොවන්නක් බව අප ජනතාව වටහාගෙන සිටියහ.

මේ නීතිය නම්වූ රටට වින කරන රකුසා විනාශ කිරීමට නම් මේ නීතිය තුලට රිංගා එය අධ්යනය කල යුතු බවට තීරණයන් ගෙන නීතිය හැදෑරූහ. නීතියේ ආශ්චර්යය විසින් සියලු දෙනාවම සිය වසගයට ගෙන නිහඩ කලහ. නමුත් වර්ෂ 1915 දී, සිදුවූ සිංහල – මුස්ලිම් ජාතිවාදී ගැටුමේදී සිංහල ජාතියට සිදුකරන ලද අසාධාරණයන්ට තරෙහි නැගීසිටි මේ නීතිය උගත් දේශීය විරුවෙක් වන ඊ. ඩබ්ලිව්. පෙරේරා මහතා, මේ රටේ නීතිය හා අධිකරණය ඉතා පැහැදිලිව අසාධාරණයට පක්ෂපාතී බව වටහා ගෙන එංගලන්තයට ගොස් මෙරට රජයට එරෙහිව පැමිණිලි කලහ. මෙරට 1915 පැවැති අධිකරණයේ ස්වරූපයයි.

1948දී, නිවැරදිවම නිදහස උදෙසා සටන්කල බලවේගයම ජය ගත්හ.
නමුත් නියමිත කාලයට පෙර අගමැති ඩී. එස්. සේනානායක මහතා අනතුරකින් මරුමුවට පත්විය.
පැවති නීතියට අනුකූලව බලයට පත් ඩඩ්ලි සේනානායක මහතාට, නිත්‍යානුකුලව උරුම අගමැතිධූරය අහිමි විය.
දී එස්. ඩබ්ලිව්. ආර්. ඩී. බණ්ඩාරනායක මහතා ඝාතනයට ලක් කෙරින (මෙහිදී බාධක මැද්දේ නීතිය යම් මෙහෙවරක් ඉටු කරන ලදී)
4., 1962
දී සිරිමා බණ්ඩාරනායක රජය පෙරලා දැමීමට මහා කුමන්ත්රණයක් දියත් විය.
ජනවාරි මස 8 වෙනිදා කොල්ලුපිටියේදී මහා ජන පෙලපාලියක් මතින් වාහන පදවා ගෙන යෑම, කදුලු ගෑස් ගැසීම, හා වෙඩි තබා මිනිස් ඝාතනයන් ව‌ිවෘතව සිදුවිය.
6.  1971
දී දස දහස් ගනනක් වූ තරුණ තරුණියන් ඝාතනය කලහ. වද  බන්ධනයන්ට ලක්කලහ.
ඔවිනට දධුවම් දීමට විශේෂ අධිකරණයක් බිහිවිය.
8. 1977
දී මැතිවරණයට පසුව සති දෙකක් ජයග්‍රාහී පිලට අසීමිත බලයක් ලබාදී, පරාජිත අයගේ පවුල් වලට අයත් නිවාස කඩා බිද දමා, ඝාතනයන්ද කිරීමට පරිසරයක්ද සකස් විණි.
9. 1983
දී මහා කලු ජූලියක් නිර්මාණය කර දහස් ගනනක් ඝාතනයන්ද මහා දේපල විනාශයන් හා ලක්ෂ ගනනක්වූ ජනතාව, අවතැන් කලහ. තවද, මිට සමගාමිව උතුරේ සිංහල ගම්මාන පිටින් ඝාතනය කරමින් එම පලාත් වලින් පලා හැරියහ.

10.අධිකරණය මගින් වරදකරු බවට පත්ව සිරගතකල  ස්ත්‍රී දූෂකයින්ව, ජනාධිපති සමාව යටතේ නිදහස් කොට සමාදාන විනිසුරුවන් බවට පත් කළහ..

11.විනිසුරුවරුන්ඟේ නිවාස වලට ගල් ගශා එය ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී නිදහසට අනුකුල කටයුත්තක් බව රටේ ජනාධිපතිවරයාම පල කළහ.

12.1988/89 මෙරට තරුණයින්ව ප්‍රසිද්ධියේම  ඝාතකාගාරවල මරා  මං මාවත් වල පුලුස්සා ප්‍රදර්ශනය කර පුළුස්සා දැමුහ.

  1. ගාමිණි දිසානායක මහතා ඇතුලුව දේශපාලකයින්ව බල්ලන් බලලුන්සේ ඝාතනය කළහ..

14.රන්ජන් විජේරත්න මහතා සමග මහජන ඝාතනයක්ද කළහ..

  1. ලලිත් ඇතුලත් මුදලි මහතාද ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ ඝාතනය කළහ.

16.ආර්. ප්රේමදාස මහතා ඇතුලු ජනනායකයින්ගේ ඝාතනයන්ද දෙස බලන විට, 2009 මැයි 18 වෙනිදා තෙක් සිදුවූ ඝාතනයන් රාශියකට නීතිමය සාධාරණයක් නම් ඉටු නොවිණි.

ජනාධිපතිවරයෙකුගේද, ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂකයකුගේද, ප්‍රධාන මහේස්ත්‍රාත්වරයා ගේද ඝාතනයන් සම්බන්ධව සාධාරණයක් ඉටු නොකළ මෙරට අධිකරණ යාන්ත්‍රණය දෙස බලා
කුමට මෙරට අධිකරණය නීතිය හා විනිසුරන්?” යන ප්‍රශ්නය අභීතව නැගීසිට අප දෙස උපහාසාත්මකව බලාසිටින මේ මොහොතේ, මෙරට ජනතා පරමාධිපත්‍නැගී සිට, මේ සිදුවෙමින් පවතින්නේ කුමක්දැයි වටහා ගත යුතුය. එය සැබෑ “ජනතා අධිකරණයයි.” අපි එය People’s court යනුවෙන්ද හදුන්වමු.

IGP manhandling Police HQ staff

August 17th, 2017

S. Akurugoda

A video was circulating on social media showing Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara manhandling two minor staffers of the Police Headquarters, who claimed to have disobeyed departmental rules of performing the morning meditation.

The actual incident portrayed on the footage had reportedly taken place on April 11 this year, as mentioned by the gossip site LEN.

The video which seemed to have been captured from the Police Headquarters’ CCTV cameras shows Mr. Jayasundara manhandling a person in civvies by his shirt collar and threateningly gestures to slap another man in plain clothing who seems to be a lift operator.

In the second frame it shows the IGP pointing his finger at someone who’s remaining beyond the camera’s point of view and blaming in a dramatic style.

Although the audio of the footage was not available it was evident how rowdy is our top rank official who is  in charge of  maintaining the law and order of the country.

As per a news item appeared in a  news paper ( , on the same incident, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara appears to have confirmed the incident saying that  the IGP as the head of the department reprimanded some staffers who had failed to adhere to the morning meditation sessions introduced by IGP since assuming office in April last year.  It looks like the IGP manhandled the lift operator for disobeying to practice meditation and moving during the period of meditation.

According to the news paper item,  the idea of the said ten minute meditation was to  cultivate good thoughts and sound mindset of all policemen. However the incident is a clear proof of lack of ‘sound mind set’ of the very same person who introduced the programme.

Few months ago, we noticed  the unruly behaviour of another top rank official serving under the ‘Yahapalana’ regime,  at the Hambanthota Port premises.  The Navy Commander threatened media men with filthy language,   exhibiting his  ‘lack of mindset’ too.

What would be the situation if an ordinary citizen , especially a critic of the current ‘Yahapalna’ regime,  is found manhandling the way the IGP behaved towards the lift operator?

Rule of law implies that every citizen is subject to the law, including those who are enforcing same. Now that there is clear evidences, the offender should be brought before justice without any hesitation.


August 17th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando

If there was any member of the British Royal family who gained worldwide recognition and adoration, it had to be none other than Princess of Wales, who was lovingly known as  ‘Princess Diana (Di)’.  At the age of 19 she captivated the world as Lady Diana Spencer by falling in love with Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne when she was an Assistant Kindergarten teacher. Her romance with Prince Charles generated much excitement among the media personnel and made paparazzi to follow her wherever she went. With the never-ending camera clicking and video films constantly rolling, ‘Princess Diana’ created a new industry for the media, and soon befitted as the highest photographed female in the world.

Prince Charles, being quite mature at the time, was quoted as saying: ” Whatever is love means its pretty amazing, and I would never have allowed myself to fall in love hopelessly with the person who would be queen one day,” but he got married to Diana on 29 July 1981. Eleven months later, Princess Diana cradled her first-born baby, Prince William, and subsequently Prince Harry. Ever since she reached the peak of popularity, especially for her qualities of simplicity based on the human touch, more than any influence of the Royalty.

Mesmerised by her ‘golden image’ and stunning looks, editors of newspapers and glossy magazines dispatched cameramen on the trail of this new icon of the twentieth century, which became an increasingly unbearable task for her to evade. Despite such publicity Princess Diana suffered emotionally, due to the eminent signs of breaking up of her marriage as much as due to excessive press intrusion. She once expressed her harrowing experience of being ‘subjected to Buckingham Palace orders to freeze her out of public life, yet she concentrated on118 charities to help generate the much needed funds for those organisations. In that manner she worked unhesitatingly for twelve years and ended up with severe migraine attacks followed by Bulimia and fainting fits.

Marriage on the rocks

Diana wrestled for a long time under intense stress, still being an asset to the Royal family as well as for marrying Charles, but while she hit headlines in her public duties Buckingham Palace tightened its squeeze on her popularity, yet she relaxed privately and the cameras clicked secretly. As a young 19-year-old girl she had to adapt to many royal protocols. Unfortunately no one had ever written a manual showing how to be a Princess before! She had to learn every thing on her own, did many a task by herself, sometimes brilliantly, other times ‘ foolishly and ‘ naively’. But she grew up to be a determined and a matured woman at the end of the day when she learned from the university life and personal experiences, much more than any books or teachers could have taught her. At the end of her tether Diana thought it was high time to throw in the towel, and withdrew from public life.

Finally the very foundation of a ‘fairly tale marriage’ developed major structural cracks and shocked the world in 1990. The British press coined a phrase to say that ‘ the English rose that blossomed at sweet sixteen had started to show signs of putrefying’! The Royal marriage finally hit the rocks and ended up in a divorce on 30 November 2016.

The general social concept when a woman goes on holiday with a man is that she has found happiness. In such circumstances should the rest of the world go up in arms about it? Is there a need for media wallahs to follow the happy couple like a shadow and cause embarrassment and offence? No….! Not necessarily, unless there is a public interest in the couple. This was what exactly happened during Princess Di’s tour with the millionaire filmmaker, Dodi Alfayed in August 1997, with her two young sons on a normal family holiday.

When the news leaked out their holiday, exposing how they enjoyed the family holiday in a thirty million pound sterling motor yacht, paparazzi photographers went berserk. Some newspapers wrote about Dodi Al Fayed as ‘Princess Diana’s all-embracing, ‘Mr. Perfect’. By that time she was a free woman, yet, the Royal protocol prohibited Princess Diana speaking directly to the media on personal matters, but her close friends were happy to speak with her. In such a backdrop, British media once quoted her as saying. I believe that he (Dodi) is the man who will take me out of one world into another. I trust him. I think he can provide everything I need. I just love his gentleness.”


Diana once after a vacation with al-Fayed had arranged to return to London to be with her two sons, the Princes William and Harry on 31 August 1997. While they were being chauffeured to their Paris hotel, the Mercedes Benz limousine she travelled with Al Fayed, crashed 35 minutes past midnight in the Alma Tunnel, on the right bank of the Seine, killing Emad Mohammed al-Fayed, the driver and Diana simultaneously. The way she was taken away from this world on 31 August managed break millions of hearts the world over, pointing a finger at the Royal family equally simultaneously.

After 20 years of her bereavement, in 2017, her sons, duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry (Prince Henry of Wales) decided to commission a permanent statue in the public grounds at Kensington Palace to project their mother’s positive impact and her legacy in the UK and around the world.

Diana, Princess of Wales, was a humanitarian figure and was most popular for showing great compassion for those who were ill and in need .She demonstrated this quality by visiting hospitals late at night to comfort patients and spent hours writing letters to privately support the work of others; she helped to shatter the stigma attached to AIDS by shaking hands with an AID’s affected person; she was determined to ‘ban landmines’ and supported the homeless. In doing so she touched the lives of millions and shone as a spotlight, even without any cameras. When she died, she was 36 years old, just one year older than her elder son Prince William now.

Princess Di would have been 56 years old had she lived up to now.  On 1 July 2017 her two sons, Prince William and Harry visited their mother’s grave for a private rededication service; to them Diana’s death has been akin to an earth quake’. Prince Harry appears to feel his ‘mother lives on, in the countless acts of compassion and bravery,’ while William constantly remembers his mother’s advice of ‘the value of doing good when no one is watching’.

Princess Diana’s children seem to believe in what their mother has ingrained in them that, ‘if all play their part in making the children feel valued, the result would be tremendous’. As a mark of remembrance, since Princess Diana’s demise, an aid organization, known as  ‘Diana Award’ has been set up to recognise young people who are making a mark on the world around them.

On their mother’s 20th death anniversary, the two brothers got together and participated in a ceremony on 29th July 2017 at St. James’s Palace to recognise 20 young winners who came from the UK, United States, Canada, India, Belize and the United Arab Emirates, as recipients of the Legacy Award from the world embodying Diana’s values, who have ‘made a mark for the good of others’, but not for themselves.

Equally to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death ( according to Reuters – London), the legendary Channel 4, TV in the UK, had scheduled to release during a weekend the ‘ recordings of Princess Diana speaking candidly about her sex life with Prince Charles, and her sorrow at the spectacular collapse of her marriage. The footage had been filmed in 1992 at Kensington Palace.  In a privately recorded session it was believed to include a footage where Diana was speaking about her sex life with Charles viz: it was just so odd. I do not know there was no requirement for it from his case, sort of once every three weeks, and then followed a pattern. The footage apparently included how Diana approached Queen Elizabeth to discuss the failing marriage by saying, I don’t know what you should do, Charles is hopeless’. Diana is also quoted as saying how Charles’s father, Prince Phillip, had given him (Charles) permission to have an affair if the marriage did not work, and how Prince Charles used to see his lady friend once every three weeks before they got married.

Troubled youth make a troubled country  Editorial –Nation ,,18/8/17

August 17th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera


It was important for the government to ensure that the young boys and girls were occupied with something useful such as education or employment. It was important because it needed to ensure that the youngsters do not get frustrated about their future and resort to violence.


Dear Editor .

This is my opinion, advice  and suggestions ……….

During successive Sri Lankan Governments in Sri Lanka under different Socialist ,Quasi -Socialist ,and outright Capitalist and oppressive regimes ,there were projects ,industries ,trade opportunities  for youngsters to get involved ,Everyone  wants to be white collar worker .We have so many universities and technical colleges ,Institutions for various trades like welding ,fitting ,Marine Engineering .Most of our youngsters wants to carry a latest smart phone and want to wannabe’s .Younger generation drop out from school and buy a three wheeler  to earn fast buck and also get involved in nefarious activities to become rich .

We have ship repair and ship/boat building industries flourishing, but they import over 3-400 Indian workers. Some companies bring down masons an carpenters. Do you know that a rice miller is employing over 400 Indian youngsters in Rajarata ?

Our boys and girls do not want to get training in any other field .All BA graduated want to be teachers or join government service .When they cannot get such easy jobs they tend to get violent.JVP is waiting in the backdrop like vultures to mobilized them to fill Lipton Circus or Lotus Square. Youngsters leaving forces do not want to do any work. With their skill in handling of arms they go and rob people ,Army should keep an eye on them and keep them on constant watch ,and train them for some trade .

In USA all ex-army people get some training and do some work ,Unless s extreme person like Trump who instigate White Supremacy rising ,these youngsters would be doing something useful.

Only advise to the government is start private universities for Technology Trades and create more blue collar workforce .Forget  about elite education like Medical Degree for the time being .

Government can ease bureaucratic procedures to approve start-up of industries.  Development of Marine Industries ,Aquaculture along the coastal belt can generate many jobs. They should train more fishing boat- operators ,Currently they train many sea going cadets  in Ocean University and  Cenec. When They pass out they always look for a job in a foreign vessel . As the sea trade is declining there are no jobs.

We should reduce bureaucracy and allow Sri Lankans   to own small coastal vessels to carry cargo from West to East ,South ,East and North

Many fishing boat owners cannot find boat operators to mobilize more boats. We should make these seagoing cadets to operate boats and multiday fishing vessels.

Government is hell bent in opening up of land based Industrial parks .They are always empty and as the banks tend to give bigger chunk of money to property developers.

Government should use some money to fund multiday fishing vessels which can be supported by few Mother Vessels, These are ocean based Industrial parks

With GSP sanctions being lifted ,we have a great opportunity .but we are only talking about garment exports .Minister of Industries and Ministry of Fisheries should be amalgamated .Trade ministry should be taken  away from Industry Minister  who talks a  lot and settle his own kind in national parks ! ( and also developing paultry trade !)

(I also suggest to deploy some youngsters in Government should have a task force which is headed by people with foresight. We have jobs .Only problem is that the whole nation is fed (up)  with various news about corruption and private education and none is keen to develop employment generation , It was important for the government to ensure that the young boys and girls were occupied with something useful such as technical blue collar–education .

We have politicians get fatter and obese day by day but the people in the country are getting slimmer and thinner .

( We can also open centres for youngsters to learn Physical Training so that they can open up Slimming Salons in every province for fat politicians to patronize !  .Another option is make the doors in the parliament and councils with only 18 inch  clearance so that any politician who wants to come for sessions have to slim down !)

Dr Sarath Obeysekera


Sri Lanka’s Buddhist statues in North-East leave perception of ‘imperialism’ says US State Dept

August 17th, 2017

Courtesy Tamil Guardian

The Sri Lankan government has continued to build Buddhist statues in non-Buddhist areas in the North-East, despite objections from locals and leaving civil society with the perception of Buddhist Sinhalese religious and cultural imperialism,” said the US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2016.

Non-Buddhist religious groups reported an increase in discriminatory restrictions imposed by local government officials on religious minorities,” stated the report which was released earlier today.

In particular the report highlighted the case of Buddhist monks involved in attacks on Christians and Muslims in 2014 and the failure to prosecute them, noting that the case against them has progressed slowly”.

Authorities did not file indictments as of the end of the year, but the cases were reportedly scheduled to be tried in 2017,” noted the report, adding Muslim lawyers with knowledge of the case stated 42 cases related to anti-Muslim riots in 2014 in Aluthgama remained pending at the end of the year”.

In the North-East, the Sri Lankan government has continued to permit the construction of Buddhist statues in non-Buddhist areas despite strong objections from members of the Hindu, Muslim, and Christian communities,” it stated.

Civil society groups and politicians in the north and east stated the construction of Buddhist shrines by Buddhist groups or the military in parts of the Northern and Eastern provinces became contentious symbols of perceived Buddhist Sinhalese religious and cultural imperialism,” continued the report.

The north and east are predominantly Hindu and Muslim, and some Buddhist shrines were erected in areas with few, if any, Buddhist residents. According to local politicians in the north, the military sometimes acted outside its official capacity to aid in the construction of these statues.”

Sri Lanka’s constitution also continues to grant the first and foremost” place to Buddhism noted the US State Department, recalling a 2003 Supreme Court ruling that determined the state was constitutionally required to protect only Buddhism and no other religion.

The notion of ensuring the state continues to grant Buddhism special protection has been defended by both Sri Lanka’s President and Prime Minister.

See the full text of the report here.

had never been a hubris Speaker like this even during the time of our grand parents. – MP Wimal Weerawansa

August 16th, 2017

Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA

The whole nation should be mustered together to fight against the federal constitution instead of launching bogus battles and in order to wage this battle as the initial step the white covering named the ‘Constitution Council’ enveloping the constitution formulation process should be removed and it was what his party carried out by withdrawing from the Constitution Council.

This was stated by the leader of the National Freedom Front Parliamentarian Mr. Wimal Weerawansa delivering the keynote address of the people’s seminar held at the auditorium of the ‘Sambuddha Jayanthi Mandiraya’ in Colombo under the caption Why we witdrew from the Constitution Formulation Process?”.

Speaking further in this seminar, he said that no one has received a mandate to bring forth a new constitution. The reason for organising this seminar was to widely enlighten the people and the nation about a political decision taken by us.  On 18th August 2017 it will become 2 years since this government came into power. During these two miserable years they were only involved in fulfilling the needs and appreciations of the groups and cabals who helped to bring them to power. In order to carry out this process uninterruptedly they required to maintain a 2/3 majority in the Parliament.

In the General Election of 2015 the United National Party won only 106 seats. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party won 95 seats. No party was able to get the absolute majority of a minimum of 113 seats. Although it had been mentioned in the United National Party manifesto presented for the elections about a new constitution it did not get a mandate from the majority of the people.  To get the mandate of the majority of the people the United National Party should have got a minimum of 113 seats or more in the Parliament.

In the manifesto presented by Mr. Maithripala Sirisena for the 2015 Presidential Election it was mentioned that I will take steps to present a constitutional amendment that will not warrant for a referrundam.  That was the camouflage used then to keep the executive prsidency preserved without getting it amended. Getting the Executive Presidency amended is a constitutional amendment that requires holding a referendum. But Maithripala Sirisena has come to power then pledging that he will not implement a constitutional amendment. Nevertheless it is quite clear even in the 2015 Presidential Election a mandate was not received for a full constitution amendment. The United People’s Freedom Alliance asked for a mandate only to implement a constitution amendment that would not harm the basic foundations of Sri Lanka including the Unitary status, and territorial integrity.  Accordingly it  was clear that although it is being said that a mandate has been received to bring foth a new constitution such a mandate to bring forth a nww constitution an amendment has not been received by any of the parties.  It is a damn lie to say that the ‘mandate received for a new constitution should be enlivened’.

Although JVP changed Wimal…….

How the Janathika Vimukthi Peramuna acted when the Mahanayake Theros of the Tri-Nikayas issued a joint statement emphasizing that a new constitution is not required by the country? One of their MPs said that although Maha Nayake theros have a right to issue sauch a statement but according to the mandate received by the government a new constitution should be bring forth.  The JVP which we were in the past did everything possible including making divine offerings to defeat and force abandon the separatist constitution by the ex-President Mrs. Chandrike Kumaratunga under the name a package”, We took the leadership in building a public opinion against it.  Also we took the leadership to defeat it in the Parliament.  The JVP slogan then was Don’t bring forth a separatist constitution!” But today their slogan has become Despite whatever is said by Mahanayake Theros, bring forth soon the separatist constitution!”  That is the change that has taken place. There has not been a change of political opinion between the then Wimal Weerawansa and the present Wmal Weerawansa. We said then and we say now Fold up the separatist constitution” All these people are attempting to show that they have received a mandate despite lack of such a mandate to offer a clean slate to that impure act.

Making the danger cold to a thin level.

Similarly the government can bring forth a new constitution as the governing pary if they wish so.  Despite having had discussions with the United National Party, the package” was brought forth as a new draft Constitution Bill.  But when the UNP opposed for it and burnt it within the Parliament it lost the 2/3rd anticipated majority. It is to give it a purity status that the government is attempting today to label it as a work of the whole Parliament.  That is why all those Ministers and the members who visit the Mahanayake Theros tell them ‘this is not being done by the solitary opinion of the government, it is being done by everyone in the Parliament on a joint basis, and therefore there is no possibility that it could become dangerous.’ What happens here is making the danger of this impure act thinned to a cold nature.  To provide a clean status to this abhorrent act the government is hanging the name board saying that the whole Parliament has been made as the Constitutional Council.  On the other hand that the government will become possible to present it argument as that all the 225 members of the Parliament jointly as a Constitution Council prepared the draft Bill for the new constitution when it is challenged before the Courts.  The government is trying to get a clean status under this way as well.

The Drama will continue up to its end….

Now this abhorrent process of making Parliament as a constitution council has come forward on a long process. It has come forward to the status of Prime Minister Ranil Wckremasinghe submitting an interim draft of this federal constitution to the steering committee of the constitution council. It was in July 19th that the 5 Parliamentarians of the National Freedom Front officially withdrew from the Constitution Council expressing their objection to this process and wholeheartedly acknowledging the opinions expressed by the Maha Sangha.  But we had to wait for sometimes to hold a public seminar like this.

That was because of this government’s drama scenes unveiled during the last few days.  The former Finance Minister who didn’t own the Central Bank resigned while the Prime Minister who owned the Central Bank remained as a ‘burgler cat’.  It was because of the Treasury Bond Scam Mr. Ravi Karunanayake has resigned.  Now any thief can resign from his or her post and get freed from the Law.   It is in vain that Sakvithi Ranasnghe went to jail.  He could have resigned.  All these are episodes of the drama of fooling the public. Ravi Karunanayake’s last batch of officials remains intact.  He still has the official vehicles.  Only the salary entitled for the Minister post he has lost.  He does not feel this loss.  We have got an opportunity to discuss with you because, other than this Aloysius, there are other Aloysiuses in this government, and the central challenge of this allegations have come to the last episode of this drama.  .

The two contracts entrusted on January 8th.

What are they going to do?. This government came to power due to the mediation of the Tamil diaspora, powerful western powers and India.  Therefore this government has become a puppet before them.  This government has become obliged to go towards the direction of realization of the dream of the Tamil diaspora. The dream of the Tamil diaspora is to get the establishment of a separate State including the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka achieved. It was the dream Velupillai Prabhakaran attempted to get realized by the use of weapons.  It is the dream that the Tamil separatists have not abandoned so far.  In order to get that dream realized this government was entrusted with two tasks.

One is to prove that ‘war crimes did take place in Sri Lanka during the war period’.  This has to be proved by any form of a Court system.  The second task was to create an acceptable self rule system for the Tamil people.  This is the contract that the Sirisena-Ranil Junta accepted on January 8th of 2015.

This government is now carrying out the implementation of these two contracts.  What they do by transforming the whole parliament as a constitution council is the formulation of that self-rule task.  The Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickrmasinghe had presented to the steering commit of the constitution council a draft new constitution.  Although it was presented as a draft of the steering committee it was a draft prepared outside.  The joint opposition members in the constitution council Messrs Dinesh Gunawardene and Presanna Ranatunga pointed ou that in writing and expressed their strong opposition to it.

What you have in Ranil’s constitution Draft?

In the constitution draft prepared outside and presented by Ranil Wickremasinghe has several alternatives for the Unitary Status concept.  It also states how the provincial councils will be comprised.  Accordingly the concurrent list will be abolished.  Most of the powers listed in the concurrent list will be handed over to the provincial councils. The Central Government will abandon those powers.  It says that the legislative powers, the powers to formulate or introduce Laws or constitutional powers will be vested not only with the parliament but with provincial governments as well.  This draft has made recommendations to absorb the Government Agents, Provincial Secretaries, Grama Niladhari Officers, including the public servants fully to the Provincial Government Service and to handover provincial services to the relevant provincial governments.  Not only that, the Police powers and Land powers would be fully vested with Provincial Administrations.  Similarly it is planned to vest Fiscal powers, and the powers to negotiate and obtain loan assistance from overseas will also be entrusted to Provincial Administrations.

Although under the existing constitution the sovereignty of the people can only be vested with the 225 members and the President who will get elected by the franchise of the people, this draft says that the Provincial Councils will also be vested with the sovereign power. Accordingly Provincial Councils will also become an institution vested all the triple powers of sovereignty such as institutions vested with executive, legislative, and judicial powers.  If that is done it will not become necessary to have a separate State.  It is to provide all these things that this basic draft has proposed.  Some people say that still the Constitution Baby has not been born.  But it is possible to guess about the child to be born when you look at the father and the mother.  Isn’t it?

There is no doubt that the constitution formulated by federalists such as Ranil Wickremasinghe, Jayampathi Wickremaratne together with Sambandans will definitely be a Federal Constitution. The whole parliament under the nameboard of Cnstitutional Council is attempting to formulate a constitution that could grant a self rule territory to the Tamil people including the Northern and Eastern provinces.

As per the international law if a new country is to be created from an existing country it should satisfy two conditions.  One condition is that the people in a certain area of that country had been subjected to human rights crimes from the other people of that country.  That means there should have been genocide and war crimes.

The second condition is that the said ethnic community had held a self rule in a certain territorial area.  It is this self rule territorial requirement that Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe is attempting to create through the so-called new constitution. Under the present conditions it cannot be said that they were having a self rule in the northern and eastern provinces for a considerable period.  That is why the Tamil diaspora in order to get that condition created provided their support to establish this puppet government.   .

The Ambassador in Sri Lanka of the United States which made all attempts to halt the war and rescue the terrorist leaders and that always appreciated the separatist, chauvinist Tamil diaspora ‘it is happy note that a process of formulating a new constitution has been launched’. What they say as their happiness is our unhappiness.  That also shows that the new constitutional process is something that would satisfy the separatists, their stooges and something that is being undertaken as per their needs.

Postponing of Elections.

There was a possibility of presenting to the parliament the process of revision to the constitution to bring forth a self rule required by the Tamil separatists and chauvinists as the 20th amendment to the constitution.  But Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe has now presented as the 20th amendment to the constitution a revision to the constitution with provisions to postpone Provincial Council Elections. If that happened this constitutional amendment for establishing a federal constitution will be presented as the 21st amendment to the constitution.

This government by postponing local government elections for the last two years has made the country as a hospital.  These people who gave thousand talks” about democracy is now finding ways and means to postpone elections. While bringing forth Acts to send War Heroes to gallow, and whilst formulating federal constitutions this government is recently making a robbery equivalent to an onion peel”.

The trousers of independent commissions have been removed

The trousers of the independent commissions the members of this yahaapalana government appointed saying as a move to strengthen democracy including for sectors such as election, Police, and public service have been removed.  Although there is an independent elections commission there are no elections. Despite there is an independent Police Commission, the Chief of the Police and his colleagues twists the Law to suit their needs and high ranking politicians.  Just see that in respect of the murder of the Jaffna student Vidya an IGP of the Police has also been arrested on suspicion. But the United National Party parliamentarian Mrs. Vijayakala Maheswaran against whom there are video clip proofs of evidence relating to freeing the main suspect of that murder without allowing him to be taken into Police custody still remain at  large.  For her the Law is being twisted the way she wants.  Although there is an independent Public Service Commission this government is taking political revenge in an unprecedented manner from the public servants.

Incidents of twisting the Law are being recorded in our Black Book.

Under a government which said that they will ‘put a halt to intoxicants’ narcotics and poisonous drugs are being spread throughout the country very fast.  Large consignments of poisonous drugs such as heroine, cocaine, and hasheesh are being confiscated.  No one knows what happened to these confiscated drugs.  A cabinet sub-committee has been appointed to look into this matter as well. High level political mediations are involved in all these aspects.   If the telephone conversation records between IGP Pujitha Jayasundera and the Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera were investigated comprehensively it can be found how the relevant Minister got his Public Relations Officer safeguarded and acquitted from narcotic peddling charges.  We would like to tell these people who are twisting the Law that we will record these Law twisting events in our ‘Black Book’ and through a future government action will be taken against all such events of Law twisting.

As per the historical traditions of this country, we cannot go against the opinions of the Mahanayake Theros of the tri-Nikayas.  In this country, the Maha Sangha was always above the King and the people. It is by profusely understanding the enormity and the danger of the act of formulating a new constitution that they issued a joint statement saying that ‘the country does not need a new constitution at this moment’.  They by that statement admonished this government not to plunge the country to such a danger.  While wholeheartedly accepting this admonition and clearly understanding that the disadvantageous are more than the advantageous we quit ourselves from this constitution making process. As per the proposal adopted by the parliament the constitutional council formulating the new constitution should comprise all the 225 members represented in the parliament.  With our withdrawal from this Constitution Council the validity of the Council itself has come under challenge.  But this truth that can be accepted by all and sundry is not acknowledged by the Speaker.  As per the legal advice said to have been received by him the quitting of the 5 NFF members from the Constitutional Council process is not making any impact to its legal validity.  This type of a hubris Speaker has never been in this country even in the periods of our grand parents.  He is acting only in accordance with the requirements of the Prime Minister.

The locquacious talks made by this government about its independent nature have now ceased.  Today the Ministers and the members of the government are criticising the Minister of Justice Mr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa asking why he did not imprison Rajapaksas by influencing the Attorney General’s Department. We have withdrawn from the Constitution Council and have fulfilled our responsibility.  That is not sufficient.  This is a time that the whole country must get together and launch a massive opposition against the federal constitution amendment. If that happens only, we will be able to safeguard the roots of our historical traditions.  The impure forces t hat brought this government into power are attempting to terminate the progressive march of this nation.  Therefore the whole nation should be mustered against the federal constitution instead of engaging in bogus struggles.  If that is to be achieved we must smash the constitutional council that veils the process formulating the federal constitution.  It is that we did.  We pray that the other political parties that love this country will also decide to do so.

The welcoming speech of this seminar was delivered bu the NFF Politbureau member Parliamentarian Udayashanta Gunasekera. (niz)


August 16th, 2017


REVISED 28.8.17

USA emerged as a super power after World War II, with the Marshal Plan which created NATO in 1949 and the Korea war of 1950. American power is based on alliances not colonies. US has some 60 treaty allies. It tops the list in number of embassies, consulates and missions as well.  ‘Economist’ estimates that of the world’s 150 largest countries, nearly 100 lean toward the US while 21 lean against it.

However, things are not looking good for USA at the moment. There is a   leadership problem. Donald Trump is a disappointment, but according to CNN, USA does not want Hillary Clinton back either.  The US economy is also in difficulties. TIME says US system of market capitalism is to blame. USA made a magnificent advance from agriculture and manufacturing to finance. This was considered USA’s highest achievement. But now finance is not supporting business. The best stocks are owned by the wealthiest 10% and the money is concentrated there. Once a company goes public, in order to keep its stock price high, it stops innovating and does not support job creation, concluded TIME. Manufacturing jobs are disappearing because of robots and automation.

TIME did a series of interviews with the American public, who said that the future for America is bleak, no chance of a good job and rising in life. The country is going downhill, the rich and powerful have it good, but not the rest, they said. There is rising inequality, stagnant incomes, shrinking middle class and stalled upward mobility. The racial situation is also not improving. Ferguson city, Missouri has been charged with racial discrimination. Police routinely pull over African-American motorists on suspicion, and arrest them for no reason.

The US infrastructure is aging. USA has around 50 bridges that need repairs, they were built a hundred years ago. The New York subway system is on the verge of collapse. There are delays, breakdowns and overcrowding. New York lacks the  USD 8 billion needed for repairs. Therefore the authorities wanted to remove seats on at least two train lines so that the trains could carry more passengers. This idea was ridiculed by the commuters. Federal spending on education has also declined.

USA is not a global superpower anymore said TIME. The US does not carry as much weight in the world economy as it used to. Earlier it was the US which was the single largest contributor to world growth, not now. The Chinese economy has overtaken it.  The US share of the world economy will fall, and its ability to wield influence and organize action will become less, said analysts.

According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute,  USA spends more on defense than the next several nations combined, with annual outlays of more than USD 600 billion, three times more than China and seven times more than Russia,. But US defense spending has declined by USD 78 billion from 2011. As a result, U.S. Army is ranked “weak” according to the Heritage Foundation’s 2017 Index of U.S. Military Power. American preeminence in military, economic and soft power terms will not look like it once did, said analysts. US Air force consists of ‘old models’, in stark contrast to the aggressive programs of competitor states. Its delivery platforms such as the B-2 Spirit bomber are good, said the report. US Navy maintains a moderate global presence, but has little ability to meet wartime demands.

However, undaunted, USA   still continues to meddle in other countries. USA played a key role in promoting the South Sudan secessionist movement, using American evangelical groups. In Russia, USA said it did not ‘interfere’, it only ‘funded pro-democracy organizations’.   There were backroom deals with ‘neutral’ countries.

The US has engineered electoral changes in countries important to them. There was the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan, the Orange revolution in Ukraine and Rose revolution in Georgia. None of them were genuine and they all failed. The Internet carried a document by a US ambassador to Kyrgyzstan which had a detailed plan of the Kyrgyzstan revolution. Kyrgyzstan was strategically important for US. Its Manas airport was vital for the war in Afghanistan. The Tulip revolution was clearly Washington inspired, it showed the same characteristics as the Orange revolution it promoted in Ukraine. The strategy was to create popular discontent with the existing regime in the targeted country and then engineer the protest which overthrows the regime.

Today there is a huge anti American sentiment sweeping the developing world mainly because of its activity in the Middle East. US was the hidden force in every war that took place in the world during the recent times, said critics. Wikileaks memos of American diplomats showed that the US was a ‘hypocritical super power’ which, spied on the UN and the countries which were its allies. US turned a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in ‘client states’. As a result, USA is losing allies. Philippines is veering away from the USA, its long time ally. The President of the Philippines recently visited Russia.

Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, said in 2017 that America’s role as the steadying force in international relations was now under threat. Since 1945, America has been the balancer in international relations. We are now facing a situation in which there is uncertainty about America’s ability to carry out this role. But USA supporters said that the United States will not disappear from Asia altogether.  The United States can still play a significant role by supporting other alliances. U.S. can still do very interesting things in Asia. We don’t know yet what those will be, but the US is not dead and gone, they said.

Stunned by the unexpected annihilation of the LTTE in Sri Lanka, the US Senate Committee on Foreign relations sent 2 Senators to Sri Lanka in November 2009, to evaluate the situation and make recommendations. Rajapakse is a threat to US, they reported, he is drifting towards China.  However, US was advised to adopt a ‘less confrontational approach’ to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is too important a country to be isolated from the west, it said.

The report stressed the strategic importance of Sri Lanka to the US, particularly in its geopolitical location. Sri Lanka is located at the nexus of crucial maritime trading routes in the Indian Ocean connecting Europe and Middle East to China and the rest of Asia. China and Japan’s energy resource from the Persian Gulf transits Sri Lanka and the island has the potential to control or impede the free flow these resources to China and Japan. Half the world’s container traffic passes through Sri Lanka and the island has the potential to block this as well.  The US has a competing interest with India and China in securing this maritime route, the report said.

Sri Lanka   became   ‘a top geopolitical priority’ for US policy makers and military planners Sri Lanka is the key piece, in a larger geopolitical dynamic described as the Great game’, they said.  White House and Pentagon are trying urgently to figure out how ‘not to lose Sri Lanka ‘. And also how we can use Sri Lanka to further US national security interest in the Indian Ocean, said Stanton.’

A leading Washington based think tank, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said in 2010 that the US cannot afford to disengage with Sri Lanka. It needs to follow a subtle and a sophisticated approach to rethink the partnership, recognising that the political game has changed in Sri Lanka. It is time to recognise that the formulas which were used in the past were now dead. ‘If we have this same stability for the next five years in Sri Lanka, then it will be difficult to achieve control, but a weaker Sri Lanka is easier to dominate’ said analysts in 2014.

Inside Sri Lanka, former ambassador, K Godage noted in 2010 that USA has now realized that with China coming in, it is best not to antagonize Sri Lanka.  We have acquired a new importance.  We could not be ignored or antagonized. Our close relation with Iran and Russia in addition to China and our defense related agreements have also contributed to a change in America’s Sri Lanka policy, he concluded.

Rajapaksa’s tilt to China gravely undermined the US position, so Rajapaksa had to go. This time regime change had better succeed. Therefore US and India worked closely to engineer the regime change. US President Barak Obama had publicly referred to the Indian role in Sri Lanka. Once regime change was achieved, the Yahapalana government needed to be propped up. USAID gave US 3.4 million to Yahapalana for its 100 days administration. This came from the US Complex Crises Fund (CCF), which had allocated USD 585 million for ‘democracy projects’ in Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Burma.

With Rajapaksa out of the way, America bounced in very confidently, ready to openly show its power over Sri Lanka. US Secretary of State, John Kerry, was the first to visit, in May 2015.Then came US Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, in August 2016. Nisha Biswal, Assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs, had visited Sri Lanka six times by July 2016. Samantha Power.US ambassador to the UN, Thomas Shannon, US under secretary and Tom Malinowski, US assistant Secretary for democracy and Human rights also visited. Sri Lanka.    There is a photograph of Mangala Samaraweera, then Foreign Minister with Biswal and Malinowski on either side, each holding one of his hands.

Within months of Yahapalana coming in, the application form for a fixed deposit in a particular   state bank added a new question. It asked ‘are you a US person and are you politically exposed person.’ A ‘Politically Exposed Person’, it explained, includes an individual in Sri Lanka or abroad who is or have been entrusted with prominent public function such as a Head of State, or Government senior politicians, senior government, judicial or military officials, senior executive of state owned corporations, and important political party officials, but excluding middle ranking or more junior officials in the foregoing categories.

Yahapalana government is   a ‘fully pro-Washington regime’ said Tamara Kunanayagam in 2016. Tissa Vitarana said that Ranil Wickremesinghe was going to make Sri Lanka a puppet of the USA like the Philippines.  This made US change its strategy. In July 2017, it was announced that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, would meet with two officials from the White House, who would represent President Donald Trump, since Wickremesinghe happened to be in New York. Wickremesinghe will also attend the UN Ocean Conference in New York. These two activities were presented as incidental. The Prime Minister was in New York primarily, we are told, for a medical checkup. He had been earlier checked up and fully cleared in Singapore.   He was declared fit by the New York medical panel too. Usually when Sri Lanka’s   Prime Minister goes on a visit abroad, there is much publicity, including television and photos.  This time there was none.

US has not hesitated to intervene in politically sensitive matters. US plans to provide USD one million for two projects. The first project is for the media. US wants to strengthen the independent media in the area of investigative journalism. It will include journalists in Sinhala, Tamil and English and journalists from all parts of the country, not just Colombo. The second project is for facilitating reconciliation in the country. For this, they will identify leaders, including youth and women for reconciliation. And would support action in ‘pilot communities’. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that this was a Trojan horse. It could be a project to help US long term objectives in Sri Lanka.

Trimble Navigation Ltd, a US company, has forwarded a proposal for ‘Title/Tenure Regularisation and Cadastral Registry Modernisation’ in Sri Lanka. A high level committee headed by Prime Minister’s senior advisor R. Paskeralingam had recommended this  proposal and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) had approved it.  The Minister for Lands told the Surveyors Association that the government has decided to implement the proposal and the Association must support the project. Trimble would work with the Ministry of Lands to identify 2.5 million state-owned lands and help to give permanent titles to the persons currently occupying these lands. Bim Saviya programme launched during the previous Rajapaksa regime has become a white elephant. Only 405,000 title deeds were issued from 2005.

The surveyors observed that the main functions of the Sri Lanka Survey Department, as well as its Land Information System (LIS) and Aerial Survey Operations would be vested in Trimble for 15 years. Survey Department staff and resources will also go to Trimble. 400 public surveyors and 200 additional private surveyors with crews will serve under Trimble, conducting pre-survey, survey and data collection. If Trimble is given the management of Sri Lanka Survey Department, then Trimble will take control of Sri Lanka’s electronic land register and details of lands. This will be a threat to country’s national security, said the surveyors.

National Labor Advisory Committee (NLAC) was told in July 2017, that the Government has decided to appoint a Working Group on Labor Law Reforms. The initiative had come from Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade in collaboration with USAID.  Trade unions strongly objected to this. Neither the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade nor USAID has any right to intervene in reforming labour laws in Sri Lanka, they said. Labor reform came under the Labour Department and the Ministry of Labor.  There is a well tested tripartite mechanism including trade unions and employer representation for this purpose. What was the actual intention behind this urge to reform labour laws of the country, the trade unions asked.

In January 2016, it was announced that a 3 year economic plan for Sri Lanka would be drawn up by the American economist Haussmann. George Soros will fund it. He will set up an office here as well since he was also looking for investment in Sri Lanka. Soros presence will boost foreign investment, said Yahapalana, enthusiastically.  Soros is a financial speculator who has made his money by manipulating currency markets.   He is the last person we need here   said critics.

Sri Lanka was selected as a beneficiary of U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), in December 2016. MCC is a five-year grant program, to reduce poverty and promote economic opportunity. The goal is to develop a high-quality, evidence-based and sustainable compact aimed at addressing economic challenges in a way that drives growth and reduces poverty.

MCC holds partner countries accountable through rigorous oversight, monitoring and evaluation. Therefore a unit called Sri Lanka Compact Development Team was set up in the Prime Minister’s office to work with MCC. This team was to consult with a wide group of stakeholders to collect input, including potential beneficiaries, civil society, the private sector, other donors and relevant government entities. Sri Lanka will need to be re-selected by MCC’s Board in December for the project to continue and a team visited Colombo to look at progress in July 2017.

Sri Lanka joined the Open government Partnership of the USA in 2015.The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative by the United States launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.  From its initial 8 countries – Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States – the OGP has now grown to 69 participating countries., Sri Lanka is the only South Asian participating country in the OGP.


The first step towards full OGP participation is meeting the OGP eligibility criteria. In order to be eligible to participate in OGP, governments must demonstrate a minimum level of commitment to open government principles in four key areas of Fiscal Transparency, Access to Information, Income and Asset Disclosures, and Citizen Engagement. Sri Lanka became eligible to join early in 2015 having met the required criteria and scoring 14 of a total of 16 points.


Membership in the OGP is by invitation only and Sri Lanka’s Yahapalana government was invited to join the OGP, the first South Asian nation to have qualified and to have joined the OGP. Sri Lanka joined the OGP in October 2015. Through the endorsement of the OGP declaration, member countries commit, essentially to foster a domestic culture which empowers a country’s citizens and delivers better governance for them.

OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee, which includes representatives of governments and civil society organizations. The key instrument for the implementation of open governance in Sri Lanka is the OGP, National Action Plan (NAP). This plan was carefully prepared with community based dialogues in all nine provinces of the country. The National Action Plan contains policy reform commitments in about nine different thematic areas of governance including but not limited to education, health, environment, ICT, right to information and women’s affairs. For education the objective is transparent and impartial teacher recruitment policy.  For Health it is CKDU and two other objectives.

The NGOs involved in the OGP in Sri Lanka include  Center for Policy Alternatives, (CPA)  International center for Ethnic studies (ICES), Sarvodaya, Transparency International , Management Development Centre, (a Sri Lankan NGO providing training for the Development of the Community by enhancing the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes) and Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) .


The Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) est. April 1997 is an association of agencies working in, and supporting work in, Sri Lanka for peace building and humanitarian work.  It has a fully-fledged secretariat with its own specific capabilities. it helps disseminate information, bring weight in discussions related to the conflict situation of the country and lobbying through a large membership, maintaining links bottom-up and across tires, providing convenient access to information on needs of specific conflict-affected communities, government policies regarding pertinent issues, and international agencies working in the country.CHA believes in respecting diversity and the promotion and achievement of fundamental rights and freedom, which provides equal opportunities for development for all Sri Lankans. Areas of operation are Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Puttalam, Matara, Mannar, Kalutara, Jaffna, Hambantota, Galle, Badulla and Ampara.


US quickly gained access to Sri Lanka‘s military sector. In February 2016 Admiral H.B. Harris, head of the US Pacific Command told the US Senate Armed Services Committee, we have an opportunity to expand US interest in Sri Lanka. Given Sri Lanka strategic location it is in America’s interest to increase military collaboration and cooperation. US will expand military leadership discussions, increase naval engagement and focus on defense institution building.

A contingent of 33 US Army Cadets, from US Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) came to Sri Lanka in June 2017, on a familiarization tour. They were given an initial training in weapon handling, field practices, physical training, by the Sri Lanka Army. The Cadets visited the Sri Lanka Military Academy, Security Force Headquarters, Sri Lanka Light Infantry Headquarters, Regimental Headquarters of the Sri Lanka Engineers and the Army School of Artillery at Minneriya.

The U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program trained 18 Customs and Coast Guard Officials from Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, and Bangladesh in seaport interdiction in 2017. The training was conducted in Colombo. Participants learned cutting-edge inspection and detection techniques for all types of contraband and gained new skills to manage security for inbound and outbound cargo operations, assess cargo targeting and risk management, and handle hazardous cargo and materials. The training also highlighted port security awareness related to cargo containing potential Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and improvised explosive devices and materials.

US navy ship USS Blue Ridge, the flagship of the US 7th fleet, arrived in Colombo in March 2016 on a goodwill visit. President Sirisena visited the ship and was received with a US navy military guard. In March 2017, the US Pacific Fleet’s transport ship USNS Fall River visited Hambantota on a Pacific Partnership goodwill mission. It held joint exercises with the navies of Sri Lanka, Japan and Australia.

Officers of the US 7th Fleet and Sri Lanka Navy met for the     second time at the Naval Headquarters in May 2017 for discussions. Such dialogues were important for furthering mutual cooperation between the two navies. US Captain Brian Anderson ‘expressed his contentment over a range of matters including bilateral cooperation, training and ports of call made over the past years’.

US is working towards establishing a base in Trincomalee for its Seventh fleet, reported Island in September 2015.   It was making Sri Lanka’s military vacate strategically important locations. US has not hidden its interest in getting Trincomalee and hopes to partner with Sri Lanka to encircle China, agreed others. Plans are afoot to set up a US base in Trincomalee harbor, said Tissa Vitarana in February 2016. Yahapalana government was planning to hand over Trincomalee port to US and   very soon US 7th fleet will be in our waters, he warned. A bilateral agreement in this regard has been signed secretly between Sri Lanka and America. The growing military ties to the US are a threat to Sri Lanka concluded Vitarana.  If military cooperation of this nature continued, Sri Lanka would become a puppet country like the Philippines.

US has tried to placate the Sri Lanka public by several good works. In 2016 it was reported that US plans to provide aid to University of Sri Jayewardenepura to document the historical buildings within the Galle fort. Cheryl Edison, American innovation expert, came in 2017 to work with, inter alia, Sri Lanka’s IT entrepreneurs,   Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA) representatives and   Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM). She held free virtual classes and individual counseling for participants in ICTA’s Tech Startup Support Program. Edison led seminars for business and engineering students at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and University of Jaffna at Kilinochchi. She helped inspire Jaffna’s aspiring entrepreneurs, said a member of the Yarl IT Hub community.

The US government    offered humanitarian assistance worth USD 2.3 million to help victims of flooding and landslides. The aid will be used to provide safe drinking water, hygiene kits, emergency shelter materials, home repair kits, and critical health care services to stave off diseases.  Disaster experts from USAID/OFDA and the Civil-Military Support Element (CMSE) attached to the U.S Embassy are also helping. The U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets and the U.S. Embassy’s Pacific Command Augmentation Team are cleaning and repairing flood damage at schools in the Kalutara district. Families of the U.S. Embassy community have also provided personal donations to Sri Lanka Unites, a youth-led organization, said a US media release. However, it is now reported that Sri Lanka will receive only US$ 3.38 million for its USAID programmes in 2018, a drop of 92% percent from 2016. (CONCLUDED)

Is It Wise To Send  Cricketers To Pakistan And What Is The Motivation ?

August 16th, 2017

Top Spin By Suni

Aug.9, 2017

It seems as though the Sri Lanka Cricket Administration and whoever is behind the decision to send a team to Pakistan has  made a poor judgement as it could imperil the players and endanger  them as Pakistan today is a hotbed of terrorist activity of both ISIS and The Taliban and totally unsafe so the Cricket Board should in all probabilities re- think and rescind the decision given all the contributing factors as it seems a very unwise one.

There are very few or perhaps none at all amongst cricketing nations  willing to risk sending players to Pakistan given all the goings on there and in the case of Sri Lanka they have already been subjected to a horrendous attack in the not too distant past at Lahore where some players barely escaped with their lives and the choice seems moronic if it s just for the money it could generate. Is it worth risking the safety of the players and staff regardless of what Pakistan authorities have to say as the answer should be a very emphatic NO!

The Players too  should have a say in the decision as anyone who remembers what happened in Lahore some years ago would shudder recalling the horror and fear they were subjected to so Sorry! Mr President of Sri Lanka Cricket and your associates you should find a more secure location to play the intended series against Pakistan or be prepared to face the consequences which could result in dire repercussions.

Even Pakistan prefers to play their matches in the Mid East rather than at home which is a telling factor and what motivated Sri Lanka Cricket to approve such a tour is mind boggling and reflects on the lack of insight and awareness on the part of those who consented to it!

සංවර්ධන නිලධාරි අධීක්ෂණයට අඩු සුදුසුකම් සහිත නිලධාරීන් යෙදවීමෙන් ගැටළු රැසක්.

August 16th, 2017

Public Service Management Assistant Union 

පළාත්පාලන හා පළාත්සභා අමාත්යාංශය,
යුනියන් පෙදෙස,
කොළඹ 02.


සංවර්ධන නිලධාරි අධීක්ෂණයට අඩු සුදුසුකම් සහිත නිලධාරීන් යෙදවීමෙන් ගැටළු රැසක්.

උක්ත මැයෙන් සමස්ත ලංකා රජයේ සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන්ගේ ඒකාබද්ධ වෘත්තීය සංගමයේ ප‍්‍රධාන ලේකම් අශෝක රාජපක්ෂ මහතා විසින් පළාත්සභා ආණ්ඩුකාරවරුන් සහ ප‍්‍රධාන ලේකම්වරුන් වෙත යොමුකරන ලද ලිපිය හා සම්බන්ධවයි.

එක් පැත්තකින් එකී ලිපිය නො දැනුවත්භාවය සහ යථාර්තය සැඟවීමට ගත් උත්සාහයක් සේ අපි දකිමු’ එනම්, ඔහු විසින් දක්වා ඇත්තේ උපාධිධාරීන් අධීක්ෂණයට ලිපිකරුවන් හා මූල්‍ය සහකරුවන් පත්කර තිබෙන බවකි. එහෙත් අද රජයේ කාර්යාල තුළ ලිපිකරු යයි තනතුරක් නොමැති බව පිළිබඳ ඔහුගේ නොදැනුවත්භාවය සම්බන්ධව අපි කණගාටු වෙමු.

තවද පසුගිය කාලය තුළ උපාධිධාරීන් රාජ්‍ය සේවයට බඳවා ගැනීමේ දී පැවති රජයට හෝ වර්තමාන රජයට ඒ පිළිබඳව නිවැරදි වැඩපිළිවෙලක් හෝ දැක්මක් තිබුණේ නැති බව ඔහුට අමතක වී ඇත. ඒ නිසාම උපාධිධාරීන්ට ලොකු අසාධාරණයක් සිදුවූ බව අපද පිළිගනිමු. ඒ මක්නිසාද යත් ඒ මොහොතේ අදාළ තනතුරු හඳුනාගැනීමක් නොමැතිව රෝමයට වහළුන් පුරවන්නා සේ පුරප්පාඩුව පැවති රාජ්‍ය කළමනාකරණ සහකාර සේවාවේ තනතුරුවලට ඔවුන් පත්කළ බව ඔහු අමතක කර ඇත. මේ නිසා අප සේවාවේ නිලධාරීන් ද අද බලවත් පීඩාවකට පත්කර ඇත්තේ අප සේවාව විසින් ඉටුකළ රාජකාරි ඉටුකිරීමට වෙනත් සේවාවන්හි ඊට ඉහළ වැටුප් තලයක පිරිසක් යෙදවීම නිසාය.

අනෙක් පැත්තෙන් 2012. 02. 24 දින නිකුත් කරන ලද අංක 1745/1 දරණ වැඩසටහන් නිලධාරී (සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී) සේවා ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ පැහැදිලිව දක්වා ඇති ඔවුන්ගේ රාජකාරි විෂය පිළිබඳව ඔහුගේ නොදැනුවත්භාවය සම්බන්ධවද අපි කණගාටු වෙමු. කෙසේ වෙතත් එකී සේවා ව්‍යවස්ථාවට අනුව ඔවුන්ට නියමිත රාජකාරි පැහැදිලිව දක්වා ඇත. ඒ අනුව එකී රාජකාරි ක්‍ෂෙත‍්‍රගත රාජකාරි බව එහි දන්වා ඇති කරුණුවලින් සනාථ වේ. ඒ බව තහවුරු කිරීමට තවත් කරුණක් නම් පසුගිය කාලයේ උපාධිධාරීන්ට සහන මිලට යතුරුපැදි ලබාදීමක් සිදුකළේ ද ඔවුන්ගේ ක්‍ෂෙත‍්‍රගත රාජකාරි නිසාවෙනි. එසේම සමහර කාර්යාල තුළ සේවය කරන අය ක්‍ෂෙත‍්‍ර රාජකාරි කරනවා යැයි ගමන්වියදම් දීමනාව ද ලබාගනිමින් සිටිති. එසේ ක්‍ෂෙත‍්‍රගත රාජකාරි වෙනුවෙන් බඳවාගත් පිරිසක් අද කාර්යාල තුළට වී රාජ්‍ය කළමනාකරණ සහකාර සේවාවේ රාජකාරි ඉටුකිරීමට යෙදවීම සම්බන්ධව අප සංගමය දැඩි විරෝධය පළකරමු. එලෙස පත්කර ඇති ඔවුන් අධීක්ෂණය අප සේවාවේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නිලධාරීන් සිදුකිරීම කිිසිසේත් ම අඩුපාඩුවක් සේ අප නොදකිමු.

මෙහිදී ඔහු අමතක කළ හෝ ඔහු නොදැනුවත් තවත් කරුණක් මතක් කළ යුතුව ඇති. එනම් රාජ්‍ය කළමනාකරණ සහකාර සේවාවට බඳවා ගැනීමේ ක‍්‍රමවේදය උපාධිධාරීන් බඳවා ගැනිම තරම් සරළ කරුණක් නොවන බවයි. කළමනාකරණ සහකාර සේවාවට බඳවා ගැනීමේ දී අධ්‍යයන පොදු සහතික පත‍්‍ර සාමාන්‍ය පෙළ ගණිතය සහ භාෂාව ඇතුළු විෂයයන් හතරකට සම්මාන ඇතිව එකවර විෂයයන් 06 කින් සමත්වීම සහ අධ්‍යයන පොදු සහතික පත‍්‍ර උසස්පෙළ විෂයයන් 03 කින් සමත්වීම අනිවාර්ය වේ. තවද ලක්ෂ එකහමාරක් පමණ පෙනී සිටින, විභාග දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවෙන් පවත්වන දැඩි තරගකාරී විභාගයකින් තෝරාගන්නා ලද 3000ක පමණ පිරිසකට පමණි මෙකී සේවාවට ඇතුළත්වීමට හැකියාව ඇත්තේ. එකී පිරිස අතර උපාධිධාරීන් 50%, 60% පමණ සිටින බව පවා ඔහු නොදන්නා අතර ඒ පිළිබඳ අප පුදුමයට පත්වීමු. තවද මෙකී තරග විභාගයට පෙනී සිට එයින් අසමත් වූ සහ ඉහත මූලික සුදුසුකම්වත් සපුරා නැති විශාල පිරිසක් උපාධිධාරීන් ලෙස සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී සේවාව තුළ සිටින බව ඔහු මෙන්ම බොහෝ පරිපාලන නිලධාරීන් ද අමතක කර ඇති කරුණකි.

මේ සම්බන්ධව ඔහු විසින් දන්වා ඇති ගැටළු පැනනැග. ඇත්තේ බඳවාගත් තනතුරේ නොමැතිව වෙනත් තනතුරක රාජකාරි පැවරීම නිසාවෙනි. ඒ නිසා එය නිවැරදි කිරීම වෙනුවෙන් ආණ්ඩුකාරතුමන්ලා සහ ප‍්‍රධාන ලේකම්තුමන්ලා කටයුතු කරනු ඇතැයි අප සංගමය දැඩිව අවධාරණය කරමු.



චන්දිම විමලසුරේන්ද්
රධාන ලේකම්
සංගමයේ නියමය පරිදි


යූ. පලිහවඩන
රධාන සභාපති
සංගමයේ නියමය පරිදි 


ආණ්ඩුව විසින් අද (16) දින අත්හිටුවීමට තීරණය කරන ලද සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාර සමීක්ෂණය සදහා වියදම් කරන ලද රු.12.82, 50.000.00 ක අති විශාල මුදල එස්.බී. දිසානායක අමාත්‍යවරයාගෙන් අයකර ගැනීමට පියවර ගත යුතුයි.

August 16th, 2017

රධාන ලේකම් Samurdhi Development Officers Union

සමෘද්ධිලාභීන්ගේ දැඩි විරෝධය මත අද දින (16) ආණ්ඩුව විසින් අත්හිටුවන ලද සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාර සමීක්ෂණයෙහි වියදම සමීක්ෂණය සිදු කිරීමට තීරණය කරන ලද අමාත්‍ය එස්.බී. දිසානායක මහතාගෙන් අය කර ගැනීමට කටයුතු බව අප සංගමය මෙයින් අවධාරණය කරන්නෙමු.

මෙම අඩු ආදායම්ලාභී සමීක්ෂණය සදහා පිටු 17 කින් සමන්විත අයදුම් පත‍්‍ර ලක්ෂ 35 ක් රු.5,07,50,000.00 මුදලක් වැය කර සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් මුද‍්‍රණය කර සෑම ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාශයක් වෙතම බෙදා දී තිබුනි. සම්පුර්ණ කරන ලද සමීක්ෂණ අයදුම්පත‍්‍රයක තොරතුරු පරිඝණක මෘදුකාංගය වෙත ඇතුලත් කිරීම සදහා එක් සමීක්ෂණ අයදුම් පතුයක් වෙනුවෙන් රු.20.00 බැගින් තාවකාලිකව ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාශ මට්ටමින් බදවා ගන්නා අය වෙත රු.7,00,00,000.00 ක විශාල මුදලක් ගෙවීම් සිදු කර ඇත. තවද මෙම සමීක්ෂණ අධීක්ෂණය වෙනුවෙන් ඉන්ධන දීමනාව ලෙස සෑම ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් වරයෙකු සිට ඉහල නිලධාරීන් වෙත රු.20,000.00 බැගින් නිලධාරීන් 375 දෙනෙකු වෙත රු.75,00,000.00 මුදලක් සමෘද්ධි සංවර්ධන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් ගෙවීම් කර ඇති අතර රු.12,82,50,000.00 ආසන්න අති විශාල  මුදලක් මේ සදහා වියදම් කර ඇත. විද්‍යාත්මක පදනමකින් තොර මෙම සමීක්ෂණය අත්හිටුවීම මත අති විශාල මහජන මුදලක් නාස්ති වී ඇති බව අප මෙයින් පෙන්නා දෙන්නෙමු.

විද්‍යාත්මක පදනමකින් තොර මෙම සමීක්ෂණය හේතුවෙන් සමෘද්ධි සහනාධාරය අහිමි වු සෑබෑ දුප්පත් ජනතාව මෙම සහනාධාර කප්පාදුවට විරුද්ධව දිවයිනේ සෑම ප‍්‍රදේශයකම මතුවු විරෝධයන් හේතුවෙන් ආණ්ඩුව විසින් සහනාධාර සංශෝදනය නවතා දැමීමෙන් සිදු වු ඉහත මුල්‍ය පාඩුවේ සම්පුර්ණ වගකීම විෂය භාර අමාතයවරයා භාර ගත යුතු බවත් එම මුදල ඔහුගෙන් අයකිරීමට කටයුතු කල යුතු බවත් මෙයින් අවධාරණය කරන්නෙමු.

තවද සමීක්ෂණයෙන් යම් අයෙකුගේ සමෘද්ධීය කැපී ඇත්නම් එහි වගකීම සමෘද්ධි නිලධාරීන් හා සමෘද්ධී කළමණාකරුවන් විසින් භාර ගත යුතු බවට විෂය භාර අමාත්‍ය වරයා විසින් ඇග බේරා ගැනීමට සිදු කරන ලද පදනම් විරහිත ප‍්‍රකාශය අප සංගමයේ බලවත් විරෝධය මෙයින් ප‍්‍රකාශ කර සිටින්නෙමු.



චාමර මද්දුමකළුගේ

රධාන ලේකම්



August 16th, 2017

Dr sarath Obeysekara

Let us start with the sudden decision made by Maithreepala , M K D S Gunwardane .Rajitha Senaratne Patali Champaka  Ranwaka and Duminda Dissanayake breaking away from Rajapakse regime in end 2014 ,This was the very first episode like the one Doo Daruwo which was a popular tele drama some time back .Then explosive revelations were uttered in meetings and people were going home after work .dying to sit in front of television to see and hear the episodes of the drama.In 2015 Maithree won the election with a slight margin and Rajapakse’s sudden departure from  Araliyagamandiriya with a purported  loot of the state  property and money  in the back drop of a coupe ,people were getting intrigued. Then new cabinet was formed with a mixture of ingredients like in a Malay Pickle  ( achcharu) .In February episode, SLPA Chairman .Sahhin ,Sri Lankan chief ,,Avangart  chief etc were implicated and CIABOS was formed . Few more episode were making people living in suspense ,like in Dallas ,which was a popular US series ( I remember when the Media was having headlines Who killed JR ?” and now we can have Who killed Thujudean?” )

These episodes went on and on and washing of dirty linen has been taking place in every episode,Like Rathupaswala ,Selling elelphants ,Satellite Launching ,Thajudean murder ,disappearance of Eknaligoda ,Killing of Lasantha and most importantly  Aunty of the ex president’s son owning a house in Colombo 7 .

New episode have been shown about Slalawa,Meethotamulle,Muuthrajawela ,which are all connected with inefficiency of state apparatchik ,and none of the episodes had any happy endings .Latest show about a Deal Dasa ,and Ravi K has made the people forget about the price of staple food like coconut ,and rice and transport costs . Episodes about Weerawansa and Galaboda have been shown and people have forgotten about them.

All of sudden sleeping cabinet wakes up and wants to expedite punishment of corruptive politicians .Ciabos, Bribery Commission ,and Pacifac  keep calling accused  every day for interviewing and we do not see end to this .

There are many TV series which are of few Seasons (like in Netflix) where each season has about 12 episodes ,We also had seasons during  2014.15.16 and now 2017 season where we watch one season every month. Various TV stations are busy with having entertainment like Derana Star,Hiru Star.Siarsa Star etc and in between they have episodes of Satana, Rathu Ira etc for middle class TV viewers to see after 9 pm .

We cannot complain about any of above,We Sri Lankans are peace loving people who want to live a life with full of fun like in Caribbean’s or in South America with full of carnivals .Next episode is coming soon after 8th September,where actors may be shifting sides .People who were cheering the actors/players  will keep cheering irrespective of which side they are in .

Dr sarath Obeysera

Corruption crippling Sri Lanka’s coalition government

August 16th, 2017

By MUNZA MUSHTAQ Courtesy Asia Times

Marred by serious allegations of corruption and mismanagement, Sri Lanka’s much-hyped coalition government appears to have very little to celebrate as it completes two years in power.

The coalition government under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to be slowly losing its grip as public confidence dwindles over its failure to live up to its pledges of good governance free of corruption, despite the rhetoric during the run-up to the 2015 presidential and parliamentary elections.

This month alone, members of the public and civil society have taken to the streets in separate protest rallies demanding that the government start walking the talk. Both the elderly and youth are also using social media to demand accountability from the coalition, amid signs of instability.

Serious allegations of corruption, bribery and mismanagement have been leveled against top ministers in the government as well as bureaucrats.

Plagued by allegations of corruption, foreign minister Ravi Karunanayake was forced to resign from his ministerial portfolio early this month. During an inquiry by an independent commission appointed by Sirisena, it came to light that Karunanayake had allowed a person under investigation for irregularities in treasury-bond sales to pay for his luxury penthouse in Colombo.

While Karunanayake continues to be adamant on his innocence, Wickremesinghe termed the resignation of his minister an event that ushered a new political culture into the country.

But despite the resignation of his colleague, Wickremesinghe’s problems are far from over. The prime minister’s very close friend Arjuna Mahendran, who was appointed governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka soon after Sirisena took office in 2015, is also under investigation over the sales of treasury bonds. Mahendran allegedly gave preferential treatment to a company called Perpetual Treasuries, closely linked to his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius, the same person who had allegedly paid the rent for Karunanayake’s penthouse.

A parliamentary committee that investigated the treasury-bond scam found Mahendran guilty and called for legal action. Because of the irregularities, the country reportedly lost 1.6 billion rupees (US$10.4 million) while Perpetual Treasuries posted a 430% increase of in profit during the financial year that ended in March 2016. Subsequently, Mahendran made an undignified exit from his position as governor, and is currently under a separate investigation by an independent commission.

But Wickremesinghe’s camp is not the only group facing corruption allegations. Sirisena’s close ally Duminda Dissanayake, minister of agriculture and secretary of the president’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party, has also being accused of being complicit in corrupt deals.

In one incident, Dissanayake reportedly signed a lease paying 21 million rupees a month for a building for his ministry in Rajagiriya, a suburb just outside Colombo. Although it has been more than a year since the lease was signed, he and his office are yet to occupy the

building. The minister has claimed that there was a delay” in calling for tenders to furnish the building complex.

Analysts are already lamenting that the current administration is no better than the previous government under ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose government was also accused of corruption, bribery and nepotism as well as human-rights violations.

Shiral Lakthilaka, a lawyer by profession and a member of the Anti-Corruption Front, terms the present situation pathetic”. He also said it increasingly looked as if politicians no longer bothered about the pledges they made prior to the election, but appeared to be only interested in making quick money in a short span of time. They don’t have a vision, strategy or a roadmap. They are a group of people who are running after a gold rush,” he told Asia Times.

Upul Jayasuriya, appointed chairman of Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment by Sirisena in 2015, announced his resignation last month, just weeks after reports of corruption against him surfaced, including in the state-run Daily News. The coalition government also suffered a  serious embarrassment early this year when both Sirisena and Wickremesinghe laid what they claimed was the foundation stone for a Volkswagen vehicle-assembly plant, only to have the German automaker issue a rebuttal denying it had anything to do with the plant.

Meanwhile, in the latest development, the chief executive officer and managing director of the Information and Communication Technology Agency, Muhunthan Canagey, quit this week, claiming that Sirisena had asked him to resign after he openly questioned a deal involving a private television channel in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has also not being doing well in the Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International. According to Asoka Obeyesekere, executive director of Transparency International Sri Lanka, the country has not seen any improvements in its ratings, with the perception of public-sector corruption slightly worsening between 2015 and 2016.

The slight decline in score (37 to 36), which is based on a 24-month data set, illustrates that even when looked at in the best light, the perception of public-sector corruption is stagnant – which is very concerning for a government that has a ‘good governance’ mandate,” Obeyesekere told Asia Times.

He also expressed concern over the government’s silence on important legislation that aims to enhance public access to asset declarations, which the government initially pledged to pass in Parliament by June 30 this year.

Since January 2015, one of the foremost national-issues concerns alleged illegal accumulation of wealth by politicians. Sri Lanka is fortunate to have an existing system of asset disclosure, which extensively highlights politicians’ wealth. However, all these documents are guarded behind strict secrecy provisions.

At the moment there is an amendment bill before cabinet to enhance public access to asset declarations, which the government pledged to pass by 30th June. But the silence on this is alarming,” he said, while highlighting that the legislation would significantly empower the public, as information being available in the public domain is a vital driver of accountability.

Charith Ratnayake, a marketer by profession, expressed his disappointment at how the government has failed to keep its promises.

We had so much of faith, but even this government is turning out to be like the previous government under Mahinda Rajapaksa,” he said. They keep saying the Rajapaksas stole, and because of that the government is in debt and we are being slapped with various tax increases, and then we see how these ministers who came to power with the promise to rid corruption [are] being corrupt themselves.

So it is very disappointing. We have been let down even by this government.”


Sri Lanka police chief slammed over meditation rage video

August 16th, 2017

Sri Lanka police chief Pujith Jayasundara, who has claimed prayer and Buddhist rituals helped elevate him to the top police job, raised eyebrows in February when he made daily meditation mandatory for the 85,000 officers and staff under his command

A video showing Sri Lanka’s top police officer angrily assaulting an employee who refused to participate in compulsory morning meditation sessions has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the Buddhist-majority nation.

In leaked CCTV footage, Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara can be seen shaking a lift operator by the collar and making threatening gestures after the man failed to join the meditation session at police headquarters.

Jayasundara, who has claimed prayer and Buddhist rituals helped elevate him to the top police job, raised eyebrows in February when he made daily meditation mandatory for the 85,000 officers and staff under his command.

Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the incident risked further embarrassing Sri Lanka’s police force, whose reputation has already been tarnished over allegations of abuses during the long-running civil war and thereafter.

“If our police chief is behaving like this, then we will have to accept when international organisations accuse our police of routinely using torture on suspects,” Senaratne told reporters in Colombo.

“There are serious questions about issuing such instructions in a multi-cultural, multi-religious society like ours.”

He declined say whether the police chief had himself attended the morning meditation session prior to the assault.

Jayasundara is no stranger to controversial outbursts, having been put on notice after publicly declaring he could “bend the law without breaking it”, government sources said.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said no internal disciplinary action was being taken against Jayasundara, but an investigation was under way into how the footage was leaked.

He was the first police chief appointed by an independent commission set up in the aftermath of the civil war. He can only be removed by parliament.

Sri Lanka Should Plug Revenue Holes: IMF

August 16th, 2017

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

16 August 2017

Sri Lanka is planning to revamp its tax system to reverse a steady erosion of its tax base over the past two decades, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.

The country is planning to submit a new Inland Revenue Act to parliament, which would broaden the tax base by removing excessive tax exemptions, rationalize corporate tax incentives to establish an investment-oriented regime, and strengthen administrative powers.

The IMF said that “further revenue mobilization will rest on stronger tax administration and value-added tax (VAT) reforms.”

Sri Lanka’s tax-to-GDP ratio is one of the lowest in the world, and the nation’s tax efficiency ratio is also below that of comparable countries, particularly for VAT, the IMF said.

Asgiri Sangha Sabawa opposes no-faith motion against Wijeyadasa

August 16th, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The Asgiri Sangha Sabawa is opposed to any move by some politicians to bring a no-faith motion against a minister actively engaged in Buddhist activities, the Asgiriya Maha Lekakhadikari the Ven. Dr. Medagama Dhammananda Thera said in a special statement to the media.

He said Minister Rajapakshe has already done a great service to the Buddha Sasana organising the World Buddhist Congress.

The prelate said in consideration of his service to the Buddhism the honorary title of Dharma Neethi Visarada” was conferred on him by the Asgiri Viharaya.

“The views expressed by the minister and safeguarding the natural resources of the country has displeased some individuals and they are attempting to victimise him,” he said and added that the minister could not be blamed for the delay by the Attorney General’s Department to file action against corrupt politicians.

“Some MPs are unhappy about his view

Here are the reasons for attempting to expel Wijedasa Rajapaksa – MP Udaya Gammanpila

August 15th, 2017

(Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA)

Given below is a speech delivered by the leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Parliamentaeian Mr. Udaya Gammanpila at his Party Headquarters.

Why a No Confidence Motion is being brought against Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa if the Attorney General is inefficient and Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa is not responsible for that? Actually there are 4 reasons for bringng a No Confidence Motion against Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa.

They are:

  1. Directly and unhestantly telling the Special Rapporteur of the UN Anti-Terrorist and Human Rights Ben Emerson that information provided by him are incorrect;
  2. When the government was telling through security service units that there are no ISIS terrorists in Sri Lanka, speaking in Parliament and telling that there is Muslim extremism in the country and information has been received that there are 11 ISIS Sri Lankan terrorists fighting at present;
  3. Meeting the President with Buddhist Organisations to discuss about archaeological destructions being caused in the North and East by Tamil Separaatists and Muslim Extremists;
  4. Raising the voice sayng that by selling the most valuable treasure of the country, the Hambantota harbour to China, the government carried out a big mistake that caused a huge damage to the country.

It was because of the feelings expressed by him as pointed out above displaying his love for the country and the nation a group of MPs who do not have any feelings and love for the country and the nation have become agitated and brought a No Confidence Motion against him.  While the boone chewing Ministers of the Hela Urumaya who published full page advertisements during the Presidential Election campaign saying that as long as they remain they will not allow any harm to be caused to the country and the nation and the religion remain silent and like damp squids we greatly appreciate Minister Wijedasa for raising his voice for the country and the nation. For boldly saying by him that the country and the nation more valuable to him than holding the post of a Minister.  It is a mtter that should be appreciated by everyone devoid of party politics.

We must modify the song written by Sunil Ariyaratne and sung by Nanda Malini to suit the conditions in the country today as follows:.

While the Ministers of Hela Urumaya remained chewing bones

Mr. Wijedasa who saw that the country is under fire

Tell me whether it is wrong finding ways to douse that fire?”,

This is what we have to ask the United National Party parliamentarians who are bringing a No Confidence Motion against Minister Wijedasa.

Actually it is not the voice of the joint opposition that is being raised by Minuster Wijedasa.  It is the voice of the UNP activists in the rural villages.  The UNP supporters who were in the opposition for 21 years have realized that although they formed a UNP led governmet that the UNP will once again be thrown into the opposition due to the unpatriotic acts being carried out by the government.  Therefore, the UNPers who love the country should come forward to protect Minister Wijedasa.  What the UNPer who loves the UNP shuld do is not to hit at Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa but to extend their fullest support to Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa who attempts to direct the UNP to its right path. (niz)

Here are details undisclosed in the Bond Scam Probe – Former Minister Bandula Gunawardene

August 15th, 2017

(Translated by : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA)

Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardene said that the government has become compelled to sell Harbour and other national assets and resources not because they cannot be sustained and managed by this country but because the inability and ncapacity of the government to manage them.

Mr. Gunawardene pointed out that the government has planned to sell in the future, in addition to what thet have already sold, the Mattala Airport, lands in D.R.Wijewardene Mawatha, historically valuable post offices such as the Nuwara Eliya post office

He made these observations addressing a seminar for self-employed persons of Gampaha district held at Udugampola in the Minuwangoda electorate.

Speaking further Mr. Gunawardene said that today as a country we are in a decisisive status.  All of you attending this seminar today are people who faced immense challenges in the recent past. We cannot forgt that all of you suffered very much because of the Tsunami disaster, a calamity that was not experienced by this country before and because of the terrorist aggression which lasted for 30 years.  Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was the only leader of thiscountry who became successful in defeating the ruthless terrorists and liberating this country.

The war prevailed during the period Mr. Mahinda ruled this country. He hadto spend several billions of rupees for the war.  Similarly during that period there was an oil crisis a global food crisisis and an international financial crisis. But there is no such crisis at present.  There is no war at any place in the country today. There is no massive expenditure today because there is no war today.  Therefore unlike those days there should be a massive amount of money saved in the country.

During those days 25 rupees of every 100 rupees we spent to purchase good were apent to purchase fuel.  I would challenge any Economic Osthar to prove it was not like that.  Those days we spent U.S.Dollar 4 Billions to import oil.  But the oil prices have gone down in the world today.  Because of this drastic reductiom the amount that had been saved from the expenditure for importing oil in the years od 2015 and 2016 alone should have more than U.S.Dollar 4 Billions.

U.S.Dollar 4 Billions is equivalent to about Rs. 600,000 Million.  By the sale of the Hambantota Harbour this government received an amount of U.S.Dollar 1.1 Billions. From the money saved from oil imports expenditure during the last two years we could have built anew 3 ports like the Hambantota Harbour.  In order to pay the annual instalments of loans that have been taken by our country, we needed around 3 to 4 ½ or 5 Billion U.S.Dollars.  In 2015 it was U.S.Dollar 46 Billions and in 2016 it was U.S.Dollar 4.3 Billions. W8thout any other money these loan instalments could habe bee paid from the money saved from oil import expenditure alone.  If possible ask the Prime Minister what happended to the money amounting to to about Rs. 600,000 Million saved from the oil expenditure due to the reduction of oil prices in the international market.  He will not say anything.  This government for the first time burnt around U.S.Dollar 4 Billions.  The Governor of the Central Bank Mr. Indrajith Kumaraswamy knows how this amount was burnt.

If we had that money it will not be required for us to sell the harbour.  Not only the harbour that this government has already planned to the Mattala Airport, lands in D.R.Wijewardene Mawatha, and historically valuable post offices such as the Nuwara Eliya post office  It will not be required to sell these things if that money waqs with us.  We ust keep in mind tht these things are being sold merely because that this government is incapable of sustaining them and not for any other reasons.

Ravi Karunanatake should have gone to prison not because he was involved in momey laundering but because he did not rightly perform his responsibility as the Finance Minister.  We have aan Act named Fiscal Management Act.  It was enacyed by the Ranil Wickremasinghe government in 2003.  Under this Act it is necessary t keep the Patlament intimated when you obtan a loan.  It is also mentioned in that Act the loan commitments of the country should not exceed 80% of the GDP.

But the Auditor General states that the loan commitments of the country have increased upto 83.3% of the GDP. Then it should have been on that day that Ravi Karunanatake should have rsigned.  If some one in the Opposition was alleged to have made a corruption amounting to a ‘thread’ there is no bail for such a person. Peple like Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila were kept remanded for months without granting bail merely for allegations.  But people like Hon’ble Ravi Karunanayake will not have to face such difficulties.

It was revealed at the Treasury Bond Scam Commissin that the Chairman of the Company owned by his family members took Rs. 14,500 Million in two large bags similar to fertilizer bags and kept it in the ‘Safe’. It was from this money an apartment in the Monarch residencies.  If aan ordinary person kept money like this in bags in his residence his house will be surrounded by the whole army in the country and there will be a war.

But it is not like that for the Mr.Minister. Resigning is a proud act fo him.  The other day myself, Minister Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva and the Deputy Speaker Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala went to the Central Bank and questioned abourt the Treasury Bond Scam.  Then there was none who shout about it today.  This is how we brought this matter before the society.  Otherwise this matter also would have been buried by today.

The learned Lawyers of the Attorney GeneRAL’S Department may be right or wrong.But poliricians cannot challenge those rulngs.  If that happens the general public will also lose the trust that they have reposed on the judicial system and the whole country would become chaotic.  We, the Joint Opposition, are in the stance that the dignity of the Hudiciary should be safeguard despite whatever unjustices that may befall on us.

Mr. Wijedasa Rajapaaksa is Sinhala Buddhist leader. It was only Wijedasa Rajapaaksa who was able to speak as a person with a backbone against the officials of the Human Rights Commission who came to our country and worked against the people of our country.  He displayed to the Caainet the manner of acting as a person with a backbne.  (niz)

Also, pls. find attached an interview given by MP Mr. Bandula Guawardene to Ceylon Today on Ravi Karunanayake:

Ravi K. should be jailed! – Bandula Gunawardena


Colombo District Joint Opposition MP Bandula Gunawardena said yesterday that Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake should be arrested and jailed for the crimes he committed during his tenure as Finance Minister.

Gunawardena, who was also Minister of Rural Economy and Deputy Minister of Finance during the abridged United National Front Government of 2001-2004, said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the entire Government was embarrassed by the actions of Karunanayake and former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran whom he trusted and appointed. Even in the Buddhist scriptures, the Maha Mangala Sutra says associate the wise and not the foolish and worship those worthy of worship (Asevanacha Balanan, Pandithanancha Sevana, Poojacha Poojaneeyanan, Ethan Mangala Muttamang).

Here, he is in conversation with Ceylon Today.

? What are your thoughts on the current political impasse with Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake being pressurized to resign in the wake of the findings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Central Bank Bond Scam?

A: This is a very serious issue. If he does not resign, he should be arrested and jailed! He should be jailed for a large number of reasons. One thing is that he has been a party to some of the biggest frauds, which happened in the annals of independent Sri Lanka while he held the portfolio of Finance. Then, secondly, there have been sweeping allegations against him that the Joint Opposition has this announced with proof both within Parliament and outside. Thirdly, the JO has lodged series corruption charges against him in the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC). Those circumstances are bad enough and merit his arrest.

? What are the other charges and allegations against him that the JO has levelled?

A: He has also violated the Money Laundering Prevention Act No. 5 of 2006. In addition, he has violated the Financial Transactions Reporting Act No. 6 of 2006. Under the Gazette Notification 1951/13 of 27 January 2015, it has been revealed that there have been a large number of business transactions that he has been involved in that he has not been able to declare. In another case of conflict of interest, there was a Court case being heard in relation to another money laundering case at the time he was being sworn in as Finance Minister. The presiding Judge went on retirement, but she has ruled that there could be an appeal made.

There is also incriminating evidence that there has been a close relationship between Karunanayake and the chief suspect in the Central Bank Bond Scam, Arjun Aloysius where the immediate loss of the Bond Scam to the Central Bank and the country was well over Rs 10 billion. He should also be faulted for the complete breakdown of the economy, and where he has violated Finance Act No. 11 of 1963 in relation to the Finance Minister’s role in the operation and the management of Lotteries as well, bringing it under the aegis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has done all this while fraudulently giving duty concessions for motor cars which have been unravelled by the Special Presidential Commission, according to the findings of the Customs.

Then, for 2015, 2016 and the half of 2017, all key economic indicators such as revenue, debt servicing, savings, balance of payments, prices, investments and others, have all gone awry and backwards. The running of the government has been according to the whims and fancies of the then Finance Minister. The Annual Report of the Ministry of Finance on page 364 says that according to the Fiscal Management Responsibility Act, the government debt should not exceed 80% of GDP. This also has been flouted in all three years.

The report said that the total debt was Rs 9,864,512 million which is 83% of the GDP. This is the report of the Auditor General as stated in the Ministry Annual Report.

So, after committing all these crimes, if he is not arrested and jailed he will be exerting pressures on all those who give evidence against him.

The funniest part of the story is there have been far less crimes committed by JO party leaders like Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila and they were jailed. It is now Karunanayake’s turn. The entire nation is awaiting justice.

? So, are you saying that just because he resigns, does that mean that he would be absolved from all the crimes he committed?

A: We just have no problem with whatever office he holds within the UNP, whether he is the Assistant Leader or the Deputy Leader or the Leader himself or whatever. It will be the voters who will be giving their verdict at the elections.

But the irony is that he and the others in the UNP accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who salvaged this nation from the most ruthless guerrilla group in the world, of being a rogue! They said that he should be arrested as he was the one who ruined this country beyond redemption. That is not all. He and the other members of the UNP alleged that the entire Cabinet, the business community, all government officials and Customs Officers were corrupt.

They said that they were the virtuous regime which was to bring in good governance after ousting the previous regime. These have been reported and oriented in the Hansards as well. Sri Lanka could have added to its political history a minister who was standing naked in a glass house and throwing stones.

It would have been to his honour, the UNP’s honour and the country’s honour if he managed the country’s Balance Sheet and not his personal Balance Sheet and without seeking personal favours while misusing the powers of officialdom. He should have taken an example from former Finance Ministers J.R. Jayewardene, U.B. Wanninayake and Dr. N.M. Perera. In sharp contrast, Ravi Karunanayake was appointed Finance Minister while his Court case was being examined on his alleged foreign exchange frauds.

It is up to him to resign and clear his name after all the impartial inquiries are cleared.

Then, if he comes unscathed, we will hold a special celebration in Parliament for him. We are not prepared to accept him as a clean individual until he clears his name.

? So, in your opinion, what is the estimated loss to the economy from his transactions from the Bond Scam downwards?

A: It is also tragic that no one has done a real estimate in real terms of the economic losses following the two-year tenure of Ravi Karunanayake as Finance Minister.

No one has estimated the opportunity costs of the Bond Scam. No one knows the impact on the interest rates or the direct impact on the foreign direct investments.

There were a large number of foreign investors who invested in the Government Securities who pulled out their investments due to the lack of confidence in the government. There was the massive devaluation of the Rupee due to the loss of confidence in the country and the Rupee fell from Rs 131 to the Dollar to Rs 155.

The National Debt has also increased by billions due to this. I believe that the total opportunity cost of this would be Rs 1 trillion or Rs 1,000 billion! This is an amount that could have been drawn to the Tax Department as revenue if all the goods were taxed.

? The Prime Minister brought the Central Bank under his purview to ensure better management. He trusted Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran as they knew each other from their youth.

A:Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the entire government were embarrassed by the actions of Karunanayake, Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran whom he trusted and appointed. Even in the Buddhist scriptures, the Maha Mangala Sutra says associate the wise and not the foolish and worship those worthy of worship (Asevanacha Balanan, Pandithanancha Sevana, Poojacha Poojaneeyanan, Ethan Mangala Muttamang).

He brought Mahendran who was a Singaporean citizen and who could not even be a Sri Lankan citizen, to Sri Lanka and appointed him as Central Bank Governor. It was he who also recommended to President Sirisena to appoint Karunanayake as Finance Minister. It was he who appointed a three-member Sirikotha Committee of Lawyers to probe the Bond Scam.

All I have to tell the Prime Minister is that however, good you are, this is what happens to you, when you associate with bad people. I wish you to recall the media having a field day when I said that a family could eat and live for a month on Rs 2,500.

Even the cartoonists attacked me right through.

Here is an instance where the country has seen the largest daylight robbery in contemporary history but nobody is uttering a whimper on this matter!

When this Rs 2,500 story broke and when they nicknamed me as Rs 2,500, I then said that if they prove that I have robbed even a Rupee and fed my children, I will go to Galle Face, cut my belly and die! Then there was pin drop silence! Now, it is up to Ravi Karunanayake to prove that he could be exonerated of all charges.

කුඩ්ඩෝ සහ හොරු සමග ආණ්ඩුව හෙළුවෙන් -ව්‍යවස්ථාව සීරුවෙන්

August 15th, 2017

මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්

යහපාලන නායකයන් වැඩ්ඩන්ය.ජගත් නායකයන්ගේ ගජ මිතුරන්ය. සාම පරෙවියන්ය. 2015 ජනාධිපතිවරණ චන්දය තබන විට මෙරට ජනතාවගෙන් කොටසක් සිතුවේ එහෙමය.කෝට්ටේ සෝලිස් ශාලාවට රොක්වූ මේ නායකයන්ගිය රජයේ ආලාපාළුවන් ගැන කතා කරද්දී රොද බැඳ ගෙන පස්සෙන් ගිය ජනතාව අද විස්සෝපයෙන්ය. තමන්ගේ මඩිස්සලයට පසුම්බියට තට්ටු වීම ඉවසන්නට හැකිය. බැංකු පිටින් ගිලින හොරු යහපාලනයේ එල්ලී උන්චිලි පදී.රිෂාඩ් බද්යුදීන් ලා ඇමති ලේකම්ලා කුඩු නීති ගත කරන විට කාකිකෝට් බෑයේ තරු විසිවී වැටේ.

          යහ පාලනයේ කතානායකවරයා එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ කතා නායක වරයා වී අවසන්ය. රවි කරණානායක විදේශ ඇමතිට ගෙනා විශ්වාස භංගය භාරනොගත් ඔහු සිය නායකයා වන රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ විසින් අණ නිකුත් කරන තෙක් නීති ප්‍රශ්ණයක් මතු කරමින්  කල් මැරීය. පසුගිය වසර දෙක තුළ මේ කතා නායක වරයා අපක්ෂපාතී නොවන ගැත්තෙක් බවට ඔප්පු කර අවසන්ය. ලංකා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ කීර්තිමත් අපක්ෂපාතී කතානායකවරුන්ව සිටි බොහෝ මන්ත්‍රීවරු වූහ.වි.ජ.මු ලොකු බණ්ඩාර අනුර බණ්ඩානායක වැනි මෑත කාලීන කතානායක වරුන් දුන් විශේෂ ආදර්ශයන් තුළ පාර්ලිමේන්තු සම්ප්‍රදායන් පවත්වගෙන යෑමට මහත් පිටුබලයක් ලැබුණි.   අපක්ෂපාතී විනයගරුක තනතුරු ගරුත්වය කරු ජයසූරිය මහතා විනාශ කර අවසන්ය. වරක් ඔහු මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ රජය සමග එක් විය. එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ නායකයා ඔහු ගේ දේශපාලන ජීවිතය විනාශ කිරීමට එම පිම්ම උපයෝගී කර ගත්තේය. දැන් ඔහු ඒ උගුලේ හිරවූ මීයෙකු වැනිය.

        අවතැන් කඳවුරක සිටියා යයි පවසන අමාත්‍ය රිෂාඩ් බද්යුදීන් සිය දේශපාලන අන්තේවාසිකයන් සඳහා විල්පත්තුව අවට කල්ලාරු වනාන්තරය හෙළි පෙහෙළි කළේය. මේ සඳහා පසුගිය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ රජයේ පූර්ණ අනුග්‍රහය හිමි විය. පුත්තලම කල්පිටිය සිලාවතුර හරහා කුඩා පරිමාණයෙන් ඇරඹි මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ප්‍රවානය අමාත්‍ය තනතුරු සමග බෙහෙවින් ව්‍යාප්ත විය. මරිච්චකට්ටුව  සිට සිලාවතුර දක්වා පරණ මන්නාරම් මාර්ගයේ  අරාබි කොළණියක් සමග අද කුඩු තිප්පලක් බවට පත් ව තිබේ. නාවික හමුදාව විසින් මේ මුහුදු මර්මස්ථාන වටලා කීප වරක් මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය ප්‍රවහකයන් අල්වා ගත් බව පුවත් පත් වාර්තා කළහ.ඉන්පසුව එයට වඩා සූක්ෂම වූ මත් ද්‍රව්‍ය ප්‍රවාහනයකට අමාත්‍ය තනතුරේ වරප්‍රසාද භාවිතා කරමින් ස.තො.ස යොදා ගත්හ.  කොකේන් වැනි මත්ද්‍රව්‍යයන් පවා ප්‍රතිඅපනයනයට.රාජ්‍ය අයතනයන් යොදා ගත් හැටි එයින් හෙළි විය.එහෙත් මේ අමාත්‍යවරයාට නඩු නැත. කැලෑ අපරාධ වලට දඬුවම් නැත. ඔහු ජනාධිපතාවරයාගේ සිට පසුපෙළ මන්ත්‍රී වරුන් දක්වා සියලුම දෙනා ගේ හුරතලයකු බවට පත් වී තිබේ. මෙසේ වූයේ කෙලෙසකද.

        වත්මන් රජය පත්වූයේ යහපාලනය ප්‍රතිෂ්ඨාපනය කිරීම සඳහාය.මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ රජය පරාජය කිරීම ප්‍රමුඛ අරමුණක් වූ බැවින් සමාජය වෙත මෙම මාතෘකාව ඉදිරිපත් කරන්නට ඇත. ස්වාධීන කොමිෂන් සභා විධායකය අහෝසි කිරීම තොරතුරු දැන ගැනීමේ පණත වැනි ආකර්ෂණිය මාතෘකා මගින් කළකිරී සිටි  මධ්‍යම පන්තික ජනතාව මහින්ද විරෝධී රැල්ලට අද්දවා ගත හැකිවුණි. ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂය කියන පරිදි මහින්ද පරාජයට පත් වන ලද්දේ මුස්ලිම් දෙමළ චන්ද නොලැබී යෑමෙන් නොවේ.  පැහැදිලිවම මධ්‍යම පන්තික විශාල පිරිසක් දූෂණයට එරෙහිව චන්දය භාවිතා කිරීමෙනි. නමුත් පත්වූ නව රජයට යහපාලනය වැනි බර මාතෘකාවක් ඔරොත්තු දී නැත. ජනාධිපතිවරනයෙන් මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා පත් වූ පසු බහුතර පාර්ලිමේන්තු බලයක් නොමැති  රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා අගමැති වරයා වශයෙන් පත් කිරීම ප්‍රථම උදාහරණයයි. දෙවනිව බැඳුම්කර වංචාව ගැන ඩිව් ගුණසේකර පාර්ලිමේන්තු කාරක සභා වාර්තාවෙන් හෙළිදරව් වෙමින් තිබියදී ජනධිපතිවරයා සිය බලතල යොදා ගෙන පාලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවා හරින ලදී.එදා එම වාර්තාව නිකුත් කරලීමට ඉඩ දුන්නේ නම් රජයේ හොඳ නම් බේරා ගෙන යහපාලනය  වෙත සැබෑ ලෙසටම අවතීර්ණ වන්නට ඉඩ තිබුණි. නමුත් ජාතික ආණ්ඩුව කඩා වැටේ යැයි බියෙන් ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරුවා හැරියේය.

         මෙලෙස ජාතික ආණ්ඩුව කඩා වැටේ යැයි  ජනධිපතිවරයා බිය පළ කරන්නේ ඇයි. එයට ප්‍රබල හේතුවක් තිබේ. එනම් 2015 ජනවාරි අට වනදා මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා  පරාජයට පත් කරන ව්‍යාපාරයේ දී ජාත්‍යන්තරයට දුන් පොරොන්දු සමූහයයි. ඇතැම් විට මේ චන්ද ව්‍යාපාරයට ජාත්‍යන්තරයෙන් විශේෂයෙන් දෙමළ ගෝලීය සංසදයෙන් ලැබුණු මුදල් නිසා එසේ වන්නට ඇත. මේ පොරොන්දුව නම් උතුර සහ නැගෙනහිර වෙන්කර ෆෙඩරල් පාලනයක් ලබා දීමේ පොරොන්දුවයි. මේ පොරොන්දුව ඉටු කරලීම පිණිස වත්මන් යහපාලන රජය පත් වූ අළුතම ප්‍රවිෂ්ට වූ හැටි අපට මතක් වෙයි. මුලු පාර්ලිමේන්තුවම ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක මණ්ඩලයක් බවට පත් කිරිම අගමැති විසින් මහජන අදහස් විමසීම පිණිස කමිටුවක් පත් කිරීම සංහිඳියාව පිණිස ප්‍රවිචාරණ කාර්ය සාධක බලකායක් පිහිටුවීම ආදී කරුණු වලින් එය සනාථ වෙයි.මෙ පියවරයන් ගැනීමට හේතුව නම් ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් සමුලුවේදී රටට එල්ල කර ඇති යුධ අපරාධ චෝදනාවන්ට මංගල සමරවීර හිටපු විදේශ ඇමතිවරයා සම අනුගහය දැක්වීමෙනි.මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ යුගයේ සිට ජිනීවා තත්ත්වයට රජය  සෘජු පැහැදිලි ඉදිරිපත් වීමක් කර නොතිබුණු නමුත් මංගල සමරවීර ගේ එකඟතාවය මගින් රජය අද පොරොන්දු ඉටු කරලීමේ ජාත්‍යන්තර උගුලට  අසු වී තිබේ. ව්‍යවස්ථාව සීරුවෙන් තබා ඇත්තේ එහෙයිනි.

          බැඳුම් කර කොමිසම හමු වේ නිරුත්තර වූ රවි කරුණානායක මහතා මෙන්ම මෙම ගනුදෙනුවලට සෘජුවම සම්බන්ධ යයි කියන අනෙක් ඇමති වරුන් බේරා ගැනීමේ පියවරක් වශයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වීම සිදු වුණත් රජයට එල්ල වී තිබෙන චෝදනා වලින් ගැලවිය නොහැකිය. චෝදනා ඔප්පු නොකරම පසුගිය කාලයේ දී රණ විරුවන් රාශියක් ඇප නැතිවම බන්ධනාගාර ගත කරන ලදී. ඒ කොටි පරාජය කිරීමට දායකත්ය දීම නිසාවෙනි. ජාත්‍යයන්තරය සතුටු කරවන්නට එම තීරණ ගත්තද රවි කරුණායක හෝ වෙනත් දූෂිතයන් සහ කුඩු ගෙන්වන ඇමතිවරුන් වෙනුවෙන් එවැනි පියවරක් ගැනීමට ආණ්ඩුව ඉදිරිපත් වේයැයි සැක සහිතය. එම නිසා බටහිර සංකල්පයක් වන යහපාලනය යනු සුන්දර සිහිනයක් පමණක් යයි සිතිය හැකිය.

              වර්තමානය වන විට රටේ විශාල දේශගුණික විපර්යාසයන් සහ වසංගත තත්ත්වයන් ඇතිව තිබේ.මෙයට කලින්ද මෙවැනි තත්ත්වයන් වරින් වර ඇතිව තිබේ. එහෙත් දැන් කලක පටන් මෙවැනි විපර්යාසයන් දිගින් දිගටම ඇති වෙයි. රටේ වී ගෙවිතැන හරි අඩකින් කඩාකප්පල් ව තිබෙන්නේ කලට වැසි නොමැති බැවිනි.  මෙය විග්‍රහ කල හැක්කේ යහපාලන සංකල්පයෙන් නොව පැරණි දශරාජ ධර්මයන් විග්‍රහ කරලීමෙනි . රජවරුන්ට කරන ලද අවවාද ඇතුලත් දේශනා කීපයක් ජාතක කතා පොතේ දක්නට ඇත.ඒවා හඳුන්වා දී ඇත්තේ රාජෝවාද කතා යනුවෙනි. රජවරු ද තමන්ගේ පාලනය කෙරෙහි ජනතාව සතුටු දැයි බැලීමට නොයෙකුත් නිරික්ෂණයන් කළහ. ඇතැම් විට වෙස්වලා ගෙන වීථි සැරි සැරූහ. ජාතකට්ඨකථාවෙහි චතුක්ක නිපාතයෙහි දක්වා ඇති රාජෝවාද ජාතකයෙහි මේ පිළිබඳව අපූරු පුවතක් ඇත. එහිදී බරණැස් නුවර  බ්‍රහ්ම දත්ත රජු තමන්ගේ නුගුණ කියන්නන් සොයා වීථි සංචාරය කල හැටි දැක්වෙයි. එසේ නුගුණ කියන්නන් ඇතුලු නුවර නොදැක පිටි නුවර ද සොයා නොදැක මහා හිමයට ගොස් තාපසයෙකුගේ අසපුවක් දැක එයට පිවිසියේය. මේ තාපස තෙම රජුට අසල ගසකින් නුග පත් කඩා පිළිගන්වා  බීමට පැන් ද ලබා දුන්නේය. මේ නුග පත්‍ර මිහිරි රසයෙන් යුක්තය. මෙයට හේතුව කුමක්දැයි රජු තාපසයාගෙන් විමසා සිටියේය. රජවරුන් ධර්මිෂ්ඨව රාජ්‍යපාලනයේ යෙදෙන බැවින්  එලෙස නුගපත් මිහිරි රසින් යුක්ත වන බව පිළිතුර විය. එසේ නම් අධර්මිෂ්ඨ වූ විට තිත්ත රස වන්නේ දැයි රජුගේ පැණයක් විය. එය එසේ වන්නේ යයි තාපසයාගේ පිළීතුර විය.

           රජතෙම වක්ව නොව සෘජුවම යායුත්තේය. ගඟින් එතෙර වන්නට සැරසෙන ගව රැළක් මේ කරුණ පහදා දීමට උපමා කර ඇත.යම් සේ ගඟට බැස යන්නා වූ ගවයින් අතරින් ප්‍රධාන ගවයා ඇදව යේ ද ඔහු ඇදව යන කල්හි ඔහු පස්සේ තොලු තබා පීනන සියල්ලෝද ඇදව යෙයි.එපරිද්දෙන්ම මිනිසුන් අතරින් යමෙක් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨව සම්මත වේද සතර අගතියෙන් යුතුව අධර්මයෙහි හැසිරේද අවශේෂ සත්වයෝද අධර්මයෙහි හැසිරෙන්නාහ. දූෂණයෙන් හා අපරාධ වලින් වෙලී ඇති පාලක පන්තියක් සහිත වත්මන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට මේ නිදර්ශණය තෙරම් අගේට ගැලපෙන්නේද. ඉහළ පාලක ස්ථරය වැරදි මග යන්නට යන්නට පාලිතයින්ද ලැජ්ජා බිය අතහැර දුෂ්චරිතයේ යෙදෙන ආකාරය දඬුවම් මගින් පවා වළක්වා ගත නොහැකිය.

        පාලකයා රට වැසියා පෙළා අය බදු නොගත යුතුය. එය මිහිරි ඵලබර අඹ ගසකින් නොපැසුණූ ගෙඩි කඩන්නා සේය. එසේ යම් පාලකයෙක් අමු ගෙඩි කැඩූවේද ඔහු කිසිදාක ඉදුණු අඹ ගෙඩියේ රස නොහඳුන්නේය. එසේම නොමේරූ අඹ ඇටයද නොමැස්පෙන හෙයින් පැල නොවී විනාශ වීයයි. මේ හා සමානව සමෘද්ධිමත් රටකට යමෙක් අධර්මයෙන් අනුශාසනා කරන්නේද ඒ අධර්මානුශාසනා කරන රජ තෙම රටෙහි රස සංඛ්‍යාත ඕජස හෙවත් රසයයි දන්නා ලද දැහැමින් උපදනා අය පඬුරු සම්පත්ති නොදන්නේය.එසේ නොදැන ක්‍රියා කළ කල්හි මිනිස්සු ගම් නියම් ගම් අතහැර ප්‍රත්‍යන්ත රටවලට යන්නාහ. පර්වත විෂම ස්ථාන හෝ භජනය කරන්නාහ. එසේ වූ කල්හි රටේ සියලු අය මුඛ සිඳී යන්නේය.වර්තමානයේ දී රටට සිදුව ඇති විපත්තිය එයයි. මෙය නුවණින් වටහා ගෙන කළ යුත්ත කිරීම උගත් ප්‍රඥාවත් ජනතාව ගේ යුතුකම විය යුත්තේය.එනම් රටට සැබෑ ලෙසම වග කිව හැකි ප්‍රඥාවත් සිංහල බෞද්ධ නායකත්වයක් බිහි කිරීම අවශ්‍ය බවයි.

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