ඉයන් වික්‍රමනායක හමුවීම

September 10th, 2017

වෛද් රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 

සිරිමාවෝ බන්ඩාරනායක රජයේ සොලිසිටර් ජෙනරාල්වරයා වූ ඉයන් වික්‍රමනායක මහතා 1971 කැරැල්ල මැඩලීමේ ලා විශේෂ කාර්යය භාරයක් කළේය. 1977ට පෙර යුගයේ දී අති බලවත් රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරියෙකු වූ ඉයන් වික්‍රමනායක මහතා හමුවී මාගේ 71 කැරැල්ල පොත​ට ඔහුගෙන් සාකච්ඡාවක් ලබා ගැනීම අත්‍යවශ්‍ය බව මම තීරණය කලේමි.

20/12/2008 දින පෙරවරුවේ මම ඉයන් වික්‍රමනායක මහතා ඔහුගේ නෑනා වන අයිරිස් මුතුක්‍රිෂ්ණා මහත්මියගේ ඇතුළු කෝට්ටේ නිවසේ දී  හමු වූයෙමි. එදා ප්‍රතාපවත් හා බලවත් නිලධාරියෙක් වූ ඉයන් වික්‍රමනායක අද අසූ එක් හැවිරිදි මහල්ලෙකි. ඔහුගේ මතකය ක්‍රම ක්‍රමයෙන් වියැකී යමින් පවතියි. මෑතකදි ඔහු පෙලු ආඝාතය නිසා ඔහුගේ කටහ~ පැහැදිලි නැත. බලය යනු සදාකාලික ප්‍රපංචයක් නොවේ යන්න මා ඉදිරියේ සිටි කෙට්ටු මහළු මිනිසා තුලින් මා පසක් කළෙමි.

ඉයන් වික්‍රමනායක මහතා – (මේ මා විසින් ගත් චායාරූපයකි )

ඔහුට 1971 සිද්ධීන් බොහෝමයක් අමතකය. එහෙත් ඔහුට එක සිද්ධියක් මතක්ව තිබිනි. අසීරුවෙන් වචන ගලපා ඔහු මට එම සිද්ධිය පැවසීය. එම සිද්ධිය නම් 1971 කැරැල්ලට අසුවී යළි පුනරුත්ථාපනය වූ කැරළිකරුවෙක් පූර්ණකාලීනව ගොවි තැනට බැස්සේය. ඔහු විප්ලවකාරි දේශපාලන කටයුතු අත් හලේය. ඔහු තම ගොවිපලේ ප්‍රථම අස්වැන්නෙන් කොටසක් ගෙනවිත් ඉයන් වික්‍රමනායක මහතා හමුවී තම කෘතඥතාව පළ කිරීමට හේ අමතක නොකලේය.

ඉයන් ඇතැම් කැරළිකරුවන්ට පහර දුන් බව ඔවුන්ගේ ප්‍රකාශ වලින් සඳහන් වුනි එහෙත් ඔහු සමහරෙකුට මානුෂිකව සැලකීමටද අමතක නොකළේය. වෙඩි වැදී කපා දැමීමට නියමිතව තිබූ ලොකු අතුලගේ කකුල ඔහුගේ මැදිහත් වීම නිසා වෛද්‍ය ප්‍රතිකාර ලැබ සුව විය. ඔහු වෙළඳ ව්‍යාපාර හා වස්තු භංගත්වයට පත් වූ ඇට්ලස් බණ්ඩාරට ත්‍රී රෝද රථයක් ගැනීමට උපකාර කළේය. නීති සිසුවෙකු වූ මහින්ද ජයවර්ධන හෙවත් බුලට් මහින්දට යළි නීති වෘත්තිය කරගෙන යාමට සහය විය. එපමණක් නොව මහින්ද ජයවර්ධන, තම උසාවි කටයුතු වලදි සහායක නීතිඥයකු ලෙසට වැඩ කිරීමටද ඉඩ ප්‍රස්ථාව ලබා දුන්නේය. 

වරක් මට පාලිත ශාම්දාස්  ඉයන් ගැන කියූ යමක් සටහන් කරමි. පාලිත ශාම්දාස් අත්අඩංගුවට පත් වූයේ 1972 දීය. ඔහුව ඉයන් වික්‍රමනායක හමුවට පමුණුවන  ලදී. ශාම්දාස් අත්අඩංගුවට පත් වන විට නැවති සිටියේ කොළඹ කුලී නිවසක තම අවිවාහක තරුණ සොයොයුරියන් දෙදෙනා සමඟය. නිවෙසේ සිටි තම නැගණියන් දෙදෙනා පාරට ඇද දමනු ඇතැයි බියක් ඔහු තුල ඇති විය. ඔහු ඉයන්ට තම සොයුරියන් දෙදෙනා ගැන කීවේය. ඔවුන්ගේ ආරක්ෂාවට ක්‍රියා කරන්නැයි ඉල්ලා සිටියේය. ඉයන් වහාම ගෙවල් හිමියා ගෙන්වා ගෙන තරුණියන් දෙදෙනා නිවසින් පිටමං නොකරන ලෙස දැන්වීය. ඉයන් විසින් කල සද්කාර්ය ගැන අද වුවද ඔහු ප්‍රශංසා මූඛයෙන් කථා කරයි.

ඔහුට බලය අයුතු ලෙස භාවිතා කිරීම ගැන චෝදනා තිබුණු බව සැබැයි. එහෙත් ඉයන් යනු තනිකරම කළු චරිතයක් නොවේ. ඔබගේ සාගරයක් මැද චිත්‍රපටයේ රඟපෑම විශිෂ්ඨ බව මා ඔහුට පැවසූ විට ඉයන්ගේ දෙනෙත් දිලිසුනේය. ඔහුගේ මුවගට සිනහවක් නැගිණි. අති විශාල බලයක් හිමි කරගෙන තිබු නමුදු ඉයන් වර්තමාන බලකාමින් මෙන් රාජ්‍ය දේපල සොරකමේ නොයෙදුනේය. අදටත් ඔහු ජීවත් වන්නේ තමන්ගේම නිවසක නොවේ.

1971 දි ඔහු සාධු චරිතයක් වී යැයි මම නොකියමි. එහෙත් 1971 කැරල්ලෙන් පසු යළි සමාජගත වීමට ඉඩ ලැබුණු කැරලිකරුවන් දෙස බලන විට 88/89 කැරළි සමයේ ඉයන් වික්‍රමනායක කෙනෙකු නොසිටීමේ අඩුව කැපී පෙනෙයි. එසේ සිටියා නම් 88/89 කැරළි වලට සහභාගී වූවන් අඩක් හෝ මේ වන වට යළි සමාජ ගතවී ජීවතුන් අතර ය.   (මෙම සම්මුඛ  සාකච්ඡාවෙන් වසරකට පමණ පසු ඉයන් වික්‍රමනායක මහතා අභාවය​ට පත් විය )

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September 10th, 2017

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රනිල්-මලික් දූෂිතයින්ට සිංගප්පූරු ක්‍රමයට දඩුවම් දිය යුතු බව කොළඹදී මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් පවත්වමින් හැට දෙලක්ෂයේ කොටස්කරුවෝ සංවිධානය කියා සිටියහ.

එම මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාවට එක් වු එම සංවිධානයේ කැදවුම්කරුවන් වන බණ්ඩාර අතුකෝරාල සහ ඩිලංක වීරකොන් යන මහත්වරු මේ බව කියා සිටියහ.

රටේ අපි දන්න දවසෙ ඉදලා කුඩු අල්ලනවා. ඒත් කුඩු ගෙන්වන ජාවාරම්කරුවෝ අල්ලන්නේ නෑ. බැදුම්කර වංචාවල් වුනා, ගල් අගුරු වංචා උනා, වරාය විකිනීමේ වංචා උනා, ශ්‍රී ලංකන් ගුවන් සමාගමේ දූෂණ වුනා, නුවර කොළඹ අධිවේගී මාර්ගය ඉදිකිරීමේ වංචා උනා.දක්ෂින අධිවේගී මාර්ගය දිගුවේ මහා වංචා වුනා. මේවා සියල්ල තවම එලිවුනේ නෑ. මේ වංචාවල් සොයලා මේවට සම්බන්ධ නිළධාරීන්ට පමණක් දඩුවම් දීලා මදි. මේවට උපදෙස් දුන් අයට දඩුවම් දිය යුතුයි. ඒ අය මේ ආණ්ඩුව තුළ ඉන්නවා. ජනාධිපතිවරයාට අපි කියන්නේ හැට දෙලක්ෂයේ ජනමතයට ගරු කරමින් ආණ්ඩුවේ ඇත්ලේ ඉන්න දූෂිතයන්ට දඩුවම් දෙන්න. නැත්නම් කුඩු අල්ලනවා වුනාට ගෙන්වන අය අල්ලන්නේ නැති නිසා හැමදාම කුඩු ප්‍රශ්ණයක් වෙලා තියෙනවා වගේ දූෂණය පවතීවි.

අගමැතිවරයා නිතරම කියනවා සිංගප්පූරු ක්‍රමය ගැන සහ එංගලන්ත ක්‍රමය ගැන. එංගලන්ත ක්‍රමය චෝදනාවක් ආවාම ඉල්ලා අස්වීම. සිංගප්පූරු ක්‍රමය ලික්වාන් යු පෙන්නුවා තම ඇමති චේන් වෝ සම්බන්ධව. චෙන් වෝ කියන්නේ ලීක්වාන් යුගේ පාසල් සමයේ ඉදන් මිත්‍රයා. ලී ගේ ආණ්ඩුවේ හොදම අමාත්‍යාංශයකුත් ඔහුට ලබාදුන්නා. නමුත් දූෂණයක් සම්බන්ධ බරපතල චෝදනාවක් ඔප්පුවානුමා ලී විකල්ප දෙකක් දුන්නා. එකක් හිරේ යන්න නැත්නම් සියදිවි නසාගන්න. ජනාධිපතිතුමාට අපි කියන්නේ මේ ආණ්ඩුව තුළ ඉන්න දූෂිතයන්ට ලීක්වාන් යූගේ විකල්ප දෙන්න කාලය ඇවිල්ලා.

මේ ආණ්ඩුව තුළ පාර්ශව දෙකක් ඉන්නවා. එකක් ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ පාර්ශවය. අනෙක අගමැතිවරයාගේ පාර්ශවය. දැන් ගතවු කාලය තුළ ආණ්ඩුවට එරෙහි බරපතල චෝදනා රාශීයක් ඇතිවුනා. මහබැංකු බැදුම්කර වංචාව, ගල් අගුරු ආනයන වංචාව, හාල් වංචාව, හම්බන්තොට වරායේ වංචාව, සයිටම් වංචාව, ශ්‍රී ලංකන් ගුවන් සේවයේ වංචාව, නුවර කොළඹ අධිවේගී මාර්ගයේ වංචාව වගේ වංචාවල්. මේ සෑම එකක්ම පිටිපස්සෙ ඉන්නේ අගමැතිවරයාගේ පාර්ශවය. විශේෂයෙන්ම රනිල්-මලික් යුගලය. මේ අය නිතරම අගය කරන සිංගප්පූරු ක්‍රමයට ඔවුන්ට දඩුවම් දිය යුතු බව ජනාධිපතිවරයාට යෝජනා කරනවා. මේ අය කරන කැත වැඩ ඔක්කෝටම වගකියන්න වෙන්නේ ජනාධිපතිවරයාට. මම දන්නේ නෑ. මම දැනගෙන හිටියේ නෑ කියන්න එතුමට බෑ.

2005 මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂට බලය දුන්නේ ජනතාව යුද්ධය නවත්වන්න. 2010 දී ෆොන්සේකා මහත්තයා දූෂණය නවත්වන්න කතාකරද්දි ආපහු රාජපක්ෂ මහත්තයට ජනතාවර වරම දුන්නේ රට සංවර්ධනය කරන්න. 2015 දී රාජපක්ෂ මහත්තයා තවදුරටත් සංවර්ධණය ගැන කතාකරද්දි සිරිසේන මහත්තයට ජනතාව ජනාධිපතිවරයා ලෙස හැට දෙලක්ෂයක ජනවරම දුන්නේ දූෂණය වංචාව නවත්වන්න. ඒ ජනවරමට රුපියලක හෝ මුදලක් දූෂණය වංචාවට ලක්කරන්න හෝ ඊට ඉඩ දෙන්න අයිතියක් නෑ. අගමැතිවරයාත් ජනාධිපතිවරයාත් තේරුම්ගත යුතුයි 2015 අගෝස්තුවේ අගමැතිවරයාට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ මන්ත්‍රී ධුර 113 ක නැතිනම් බහුතර බලය නොලැබුණු බව. එහෙමනම් මොවුන් කලයුතු වන්නේ මෛත්‍රී පාලනයක් ස්ථාවර රටක් ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශයේ කරුණු ඉටුකිරීමයි. එය ඉටුකරන්න අගමැතිවරයාගෙන් දායකත්වයක් ලැබෙන්නේ නැත්නම් අපි යෝජනා කරනවා ජනාධිපතිතුමාට අගමැතිවරයා ඉවත් කරලා සුදුසු අගමැතිවරයෙක් පත්කරගෙනහරි හැට දෙලක්ෂයේ ජනවරමට සාධාරණය ඉටුකරන්න.

එහිදී අදහස් දැක්වු සම කැදවුම්කරු ඩිලංක වීරකෝන් මහතා,

මේ ආණ්ඩුවේ ඉන්න ජනතා කැමැත්තකින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට එන්නෙ නැතුව ලයිස්තුවලින් ආපු ඇතැම් ඇමතිවරු කරන දේවල් ජනවාරි 08 හැට දෙලක්ෂයේ ජනවරමට සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම ප්‍රතිවිරුද්ධයි. දැන් කිරුම් මිණුම් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විකුනන්න සුදානමක් තිබෙනවා. ඒ ආයතනය සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම ලාබ ලබන ආයතනයක්. මේ ගනුදෙනුව පිටුපස ඉන්නෙත් මලික් සමරවික්‍රම ඇමතිවරයා. මේ පිළිබද සවිස්තර හෙලිදරව්ව මීලග සතියේ සිදුකරනවා.අපි ජනාධිපතිතුමාට කියනවා රටේ සම්පත් ආයතන වෙන්දේසි කරන්න මලික් සමරවික්‍රමට තිබෙන වරම මොකක්ද? මලික් සමරවික්‍රම ඇමතිවරයා සිහි විකලෙන් කරන දේවල් දිහා තවතවත් බලා ඉන්න ඔබතුමන්ට සදාචාරයක් නෑ. මේවාට එරෙහිව වහා කටයුතු කරන්න.

– ඩී.කේ.තන්ත්‍රීගේ

Hurling stone at AG’s Department

September 10th, 2017

By Hemantha Warnakulasuriya Courtesy The Island

When bookie Mukthar was chained to the hospital bed, accused of violating foreign exchange regulations and being charged before the Criminal Justice Commission, J. R. Jayewardene made a promise to the people that he would abolish those heinous laws and create a dhamista samajayak (a righteous society). True to his word, he abolished the CJC and instead, established the Special Presidential Commission and took away the civic rights of Sirmavo Bandaranaike so that she would not be a threat as long as he ruled. Thereafter, he got Kalu Lucky to throw stones at Supreme Court Judges’ houses and as expected, tried to impeach the fiercely independent Chief Justice Neville Samarakoon.

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UNP backbenchers, and some ministers, hurl abuse at the Attorney General’s Department and Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, who had to resign as the Minister of Justice because he refused to interfere with the AG’s Department on their decision to file or not to file indictments against anyone. So, the fruits of yahapalanaya are there for everyone to reap! Attack the AG, attack any officer of the AG’s Department who refuses to toe the government line and even call the Chief Justice of this country “E Miniha”.

Rajapakse, the former Minister of Justice, has revealed that the Attorney General was summoned to Temple Trees and questioned, criticized and abused by some government MPs, including Ministers.

Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya has denied he was abused. He says there was a cordial meeting between the Prime Minister and others and that he has never compromised the independence of his institution.

In Sri Lanka, the Judiciary and the Attorney General’s Department have been held in very high esteem though in the recent past the latter has become a tool of oppression used against the political enemies of the government. There were very many instances where the Department has shown that they would not succumb to the pressure of politicians who are temporarily in power for a limited period, but they are beholden to act under the Constitution.

Attorney General Jayasuriya is aware of the long traditions of his department, and the accepted practice to be carried out by the Attorney General is that the Attorney General could be summoned by four (04) persons, i.e. The President, the Prime Minister, the Speaker and the Minister of Justice. Other ministers, even the most powerful, will have to meet the Attorney General in his office. But, it has been the habit of the yahapalana government to call and get other members to question the Attorney General.

The last time when this happened, Yuvanjan Wijethillake was the AG; he was summoned by President Maithripala Sirisena. He went, accompanied by Solicitor General Suhada Gamlath. At this meeting various matters were discussed and when they questioned him on some cases that were pending in the Attorney General’s Department, Gamlath, PC and Solicitor General promptly said, “We have not come here to discuss cases which we do only in the confines of the Attorney General’s Department and we are not prepared to discuss these with other outsiders”. That statement made the government turn hostile towards him. Although he was the most senior person, recommended by Maithripala Sirisena to become the AG, the Constitution Council created under the 19th Amendment to take away the powers of one man to appoint his favourites to this exalted positions of scheduled offices like the AG, he was overlooked, and Jayantha Jayasuriya was appointed as the AG.

AG Jayasuriya says it was he who requested a meeting with the Prime Minister. But, the fact remains that there were other Ministers and very vociferous backbenchers who do not understand a thing about the workings of the AG’s Department. What has not been denied by any party is that the discussion was on delays in filing of indictments against the opponents of this government.

The most vital question is whether the then Minister of Justice, Wijeyadasa Rajapakse ever instructed the AG not to prosecute or file charges or discharge any of the accused, against whom charges were pending, and the second question is whether the AG did as the minister is alleged to have said. The third question is whether the AG will approve the interference of the Minister of Justice to file cases against the political enemies of the present government?

I recall the manner in which the present yahapalana leaders have handled the Attorney General’s Department. They have revived their slogan, horu allanu (‘Catch thieves!’) The UNP expected the presidential commission to cover up the bond scams and help repair its heavily damaged image. Its hopes have been dashed.

Appointed by Maithripala Sirisena, to inquire into the biggest racket this country has ever known, the bond scams, the Presidential Commission sought assistance from the AG’s Department. Quite unexpectedly, hitherto unknown two most senior lawyers of the Attorney General’s Department, Dappula de Livera PC, and another senior officer of the Attorney General’s Department, Yasantha Kodagoda, were appointed to assist the Commission. De Livera has never sought any undue publicity as he thought it would compromise his position as the Legal Officer of the Attorney General’s Department, as he has been appearing mainly in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court on very important cases. But, everyone in the profession knows that he is one of the most respected persons with the highest integrity and that he would not be prepared to consider any leniency towards an accused even at the behest of a Senior Counsel or a President’s Counsel, but would act according to his conscience.

The two Supreme Court Justices, Justice K. T. Chitrasiri and Prasanna Jayawardena have earned the respect of all judges, lawyers and the members of the public. People have started sending the commission information which they have refused even to convey to the COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises). The findings of the commission have resulted in the resignation of Ravi Karunanayake and speculation is rife in legal circles that what is being revealed may even implicate the high and mighty of the UNP. Therefore, the government felt the need to attack de Livera and his team and Minister of Justice Rajapakshe.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the President, was angry with the Attorney General because she had not heeded his request to prosecute his enemies. After the retirement of C. R. de Silva, PC, Rajapaksa appointed Mohan Peiris as the Attorney General and took the AG’s Department under him. The entire legal profession, even the most loyal supporters of President Rajapaksha, frowned on political interference with the judiciary. The manner in which the Attorney General’s Department prosecuted Sarath Fonseka and acquitted some of Rajapaksha’s supporters from grave crimes caused his government to incur public opprobrium. The process of interfering with the judiciary and penalising the judicial officer who did not toe the government line culminated in the removal of Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake. It was not only her judgment on certain Bills presented by the government, but the decision of the Judicial Services Commission to suspend District Judge, Aravinda Perera, led to her ‘impeachment’. Mahinda Rajapaksa asked CJ Bandaranayake to see him, but the latter wanted to know the reason. She said, unless the reason was given, she and other Members of the Judicial Services Commission, they would not meet the President. That sealed Dr. Bandaranayake’s fate as the CJ.

The yahapalana government was elected to restore the rule of law and make state institutions, including the judiciary, independent. In 2015, Mohan Peiris the then Chief Justice, demonstrated his willingness to toe the line of the new government, but in vain, according to some ministers. Thereafter, the President removed Mohan Peiris by adopting a method advocated by the UNP avoiding impeachment in an unconstitutional manner.

Successive governments have tried to control the Attorney General’s Department. On the other hand, Wijedasa Rajapakse in order to expedite and clear the backlog in the AG’s Department, he had sought to increase the cadre of the Attorney General’s Department by recruiting lawyers to handle these cases which were being investigated by various branches of the police. The Ministry decided to recruit thirty (30) new lawyers in order to speed up the prosecutions piled up at the Department, for lack of personnel. In fact, in order to handle that backlog of cases the Attorney General’s Department needed about one hundred more Attorneys’. But, for the 30 vacant positions only 11 persons applied and most of them were not fully qualified to hold those posts.

Deputy Minister Ajith Perera, who is aspiring to be a Minister, has vociferously campaigned for a new Criminal Procedure Code to prosecute the Rajapaksas. He realized that such a course of action was unconstitutional only when Tilak Marapana said so. Now, Perera says that no new Codes are necessary, and that the present Criminal Procedure Code is sufficient to prosecute corrupt politicians. One of the allegations against Wijeyadasa Rajapakse was that he had not appointed a trial-at-bar and obtain convictions for cases against politicians of the previous regime. This, Perera has said as a fairly senior lawyer. Even a law student knows that the Minister of Justice cannot demand a trial-at-bar and it is a task for the Attorney General, Anyone who demands a trial-at-bar interferes and inter-meddles with the affairs of the judiciary. Even if the Attorney General’s Department meets the demand of politicians to prosecute their enemies, what is the assurance that could be given that the Chief Justice will agree to establish or constitute a trial-at-bar? Ajith Perera and others seems to have forgotten that Mohan Peiris is no longer the Chief Justice and that Priyasath Dep is the current Chief Justice! What is the guarantee that he would appoint a trial-at-bar? Do they expect the Minister of Justice to insist that the Chief Justice appoint a trial-at-bar? This is a most ridiculous argument that has been forwarded by a Deputy Minister cum lawyer. All these years, trials-at-bar have been appointed only in respect of serious cases of murders except on one occasion when Chief Justice Mohan Peiris appointed three judges to hear the case against Sarath Fonseka at the behest of the then President Rajapaksa.

Even Mahinda Rajapaksa could not get the Attorney General to soft-pedal cases against his political supporters, like former Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Vidanapathirana and even after the conviction and sentencing the accused for 20 years, the Attorney General appealed against the sentence requesting the Supreme Court to enhance punishment.

I am certain that if there is pressure from any quarter to constitute a trial-at-bar, purely on the basis that the accused is a politician, the Chief Justice will not yield to it. Pressuring the judiciary in this despicable manner is perhaps worse than the savage act of stoning the houses of judges under the JRJ regime!

Calls for probe into Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka ’s allegations against former Army Commander General Jagath Jayasuriya

September 10th, 2017

Northern Province Chief Minister C.W. Wigneswaran: Army holding about 85,000 acres in North

By Cyril Wimalasurendre Courtesy The Island

KANDY – Alleging that the army continued to hold about 85,000 acres of land in the North, Northern Province Chief Minister and former Supreme Court judge C.W. Wigneswaran, on Saturday, sought the intervention of most Ven. Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera of Malwatte Chapter to shift troops out those lands.

CM Wigneswaran claimed that only about 5,000 acres had been so far released to their original owners.

The Chief Minister placed the strength of the army deployed in the Northern Province at 150,000. Asserting that there was no requirement to maintain such a large force in the Northern Province, Wigneswaran called for their removal.The Mahanayake thera told the CM to make representations to President Maithripala Sirisena as he could solve the problem.

The prelate emphasised that the army could not be removed from the Northern Province.

CM Wigneswaran told the Mahanayake that he sought his intervention to bring their problems to the notice of the President.

Wigneswaran said there were at least 89,000 widows in the north as a result of the war. Rehabilitated LTTE cadres were unemployed as employers were reluctant to hire them.

The farmers of the north had been affected by the import of chillies, onions and other such commodities. Fishermen from the South fished in the Northern seas, depriving the local fishermen of their income, he said.

Responding to media Chief Minister Wigneswaran said that federalism did not divide the country but united the country instead. Three judges of the Supreme Court had recorded a judgement regarding federalism. Accordingly, there should be no fear that federalism would pave the way for separation, the CM said.

Commenting on disputes over Buddha images being put up in the north Wigneswaran said there was opposition to statues coming up in inappropriate places. Attempts were made to put up Buddha images on lands owned by non-Buddhists, he said.

The 20th Amendment to the Constitution had been rejected by the Northern Provincial Councils as it was a threat to democratic administration of the provinces, CM Wigneswaran said.

Asked for his views regarding war crimes allegations Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka recently levelled against former Army Commander General Jagath Jayasuriya, Wigneswaran said that minister Sarath Fonseka might have had legitimate reason to make that statement. What he said might be true. The matter should be investigated, he said.

GMOAට වචනයක්‌

September 10th, 2017

මහාචාර්ය චූලා ගුණසේකර හිටපු පීඨාධිපති පේරාදෙණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින

දේශපාලකයන්ට විවිධ අදහස්‌ ඇත. ඒවා බොහෝ විට තම පටු පුද්ගලික අරමුණු ඉටුකර ගැනීමට උපකාරී වන ඒවාය. නමුත් රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ ආයතනයක්‌ මෙවැනි පටු සිතුවිලිවලට ඉහළින් සිටිය යුතුය. නමුත් ඔබ කොතරම් දෛනික යුක්‌ති සාධනය කළත් ඔබ සංගමය දේශපාලනීකරණය වී ඇති බව දැන් පැහැදිලිය. එසේ කියන්නේ ඔබගේ ක්‍රියාදාමයන් රටේ පුරවැසියන්ගේ හෝ ඔබ සමාජිකයන්ගේ යහපතක්‌ නොවන නිසාය. පසුගිය දශක කිහිපය තුළ ඔබ සංගමය රටේ සංවර්ධනයට දැක්‌වූ දායකත්වය ගැන සිතන්න.

නිදහස ලබා වසර 70 ක්‌ ගතවුවද ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තවම දුප්පත් රටකි. එය, සිංගප්පූරුව සහ මැලේසියාව වැනි අතීතයේදී අපට සමාන රටවල් සමඟ සැසඳීමේදී පසුබැස ඇත. රටේ ප්‍රභූ පිරිසක්‌ නියෝජනය කරන වෘත්තීය සමිතියක්‌ වන රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය, ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ආර්ථික සහ සමාජ ප්‍රගමනය හරි මඟ ගෙන යැමට කටයුතු කළ යුතුය. අවාසනාවට මෑත කාලයේ එම සංගමය ගත් ක්‍රියාමාර්ග රටට සුබදායක ඒවා නොවේ. එය රට දිළිඳුකම, ව්‍යාකූලභාවය, අසමානතාවය සහ දූෂණය වෙත රට ගෙන යැමේ ගමනක්‌ අරඹා ඇත.

සංවර්ධිත රටවල් මුලින්ම සමාජ සම්මතයක්‌ සකස්‌ කළහ. එය එම රටවල ආර්ථික වර්ධනයේ අඩිතාලම විය. සිවිල් සමාජය එම රටේ පිටත තත්ත්වය පහත් කරන ක්‍රියාවලට විරුද්ධව දේශපාලනික පක්‌ෂග්‍රාහීතාවය තීරණ ගන්නා අතර රටේ ජීවන තත්ත්වය වර්ධනය කරන කටයුතු ඇති කිරීමට උත්සුක වෙයි. සෞඛ්‍ය සේවය, අධ්‍යාපනය, නීතිය සහ සාමය, පර්යේෂණ සහ නවෝත්පාදනය වැනි සංවර්ධනයේ කුලුනු ආරක්‌ෂා කිරීමට උත්සුක වෙයි.

රටේ පරිපාලන පද්ධතිය සකස්‌ව ඇත්තේ ඉහත දැක්‌වූ ප්‍රතිමානවලට උපකාරී වීමට, ආදරය කිරීමට සහ ඒවාට ආදරය කරන්නට සහ ආධාරවලට අනුබල දීමටය. නමුත් වෘත්තිය සමිති කටයුතු කරන රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය රටට වැඩක්‌ කරන තම සාමාජිකයන්ට පවා ජීවිතයට අත්‍යවශ්‍ය ලෙස සලකන සුඛෝපභෝගී භාණ්‌ඩ වන දුම්රිය,අහස්‌ යාත්‍රා සහ මෝටර් රථ, විදුලිය, ස්‌මාට්‌ පෝන්, පරිගණක, වායුසමන යන්ත්‍ර ශීතකරණ, රූපවාහීනි සහ රේඩියෝ මේ සියල්ලම වෙනත් රටවල නිෂ්පාදනය කරන අප ආනයනය කරන භාණ්‌ඩ වේ. මේවා අප ආනයනය කරන්නේ දුප්පතුන් ගැන කොසලකාය. එලෙසම අප අධ්‍යාපනයට ඇති සහ නවෝත්පාදනයට ඇති සියලුම මාවත් අහුරා අහිංසකයන් තවදුරටත් දුකට පත්කිරීම යුක්‌ති සහගත නොවේ. ඉහත දැක්‌වූ රටේ අධ්‍යාපනය ස්‌ථාවර ලෙස පවත්වාගෙන යැම ස්‌ථාවර රජයන් පැවතීමත් අදහස්‌ වේ. ඉහත දැක්‌වූ කාරණා පිළිබඳව ස්‌ථාවරත්වයක්‌ නැත්නම් අපගේ අනාගතය අඳුරුය. එම නිසා මම මෙම ආයාචනය රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමයෙන් සහ එහි සමාජිකත්වයෙන් ඉල්ලමි. සෞඛ්‍ය සේවාවන් පවත්වාගෙන යැම සහ අධ්‍යාපනය රටේ දියුණුවට අත්‍යවශ්‍යයය. ලන්ඩන් සහ පැරිස්‌ යන නගරවල වාසය කිරීමට සහ දැකබලා ගැනීමට බොහෝ දෙනෙක්‌ කැමතිය. මෙම නගරවල පමණක්‌ ලංකාවේ ජනගහණයට සමාන පිරිසක්‌ වාසය කරයි. නමුත් අපගේ සහ ඔවුන්ගේ ජීවන මට්‌ටම්වල විශාල වෙනසක්‌ ඇත. ඔවුන්ගේ රහස නම් ඔවුන් නිපුණතා යාවත්කාලීන කර ගැනීමයි. අපටත් එවැනි ඉහළ ජීවන තත්වයක්‌ ඇති කර ගැනීමට නම් අපගේ ඊළඟ පරම්පරාවටවත් නිසි අධ්‍යාපනයක්‌ සහ නිපුණතා ලබාදිය යුතුයි.

දේශපාලකයන්ට විවිධ අදහස්‌ ඇත. ඒවා බොහෝ විට තම පටු පුද්ගලික අරමුණු ඉටුකර ගැනීමට උපකාරී වන ඒවාය. නමුත් රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ ආයතනයක්‌ මෙවැනි පටු සිතුවිලිවලට ඉහළින් සිටිය යුතුය. නමුත් ඔබ කොතරම් දෛනික යුක්‌ති සාධනය කළත් ඔබ සංගමය දේශපාලනීකරණය වී ඇති බව දැන් පැහැදිලිය. එසේ කියන්නේ ඔබගේ ක්‍රියාදාමයන් රටේ පුරවැසියන්ගේ හෝ ඔබ සමාජිකයන්ගේ යහපතක්‌ නොවන නිසාය. පසුගිය දශක කිහිපය තුළ ඔබ සංගමය රටේ සංවර්ධනයට දැක්‌වූ දායකත්වය ගැන සිතන්න. මා මේ කතාකරන්නේ සංගමයේ සාමාජිකයන් පෞද්ගලිකව, ස්‌වේච්ඡාවෙන් හෝ තනි ධෛර්යයෙන් සිදුකළ දේවල් පිළිබඳව නෙවෙයි. මට නම් මතක තිබෙන්නේ විවිධ ධනාත්මක කටයුතුවලට විවධාකාරයෙන් ඔබ සංගමය දැක්‌වූ විරුද්ධතා පමණි. සමහර විට ඔබ සංගමයේ සාමාජිකයන් පවා ගත් පියවරයන්වලට මම විරුද්ධව අකුල් හෙලා ඇත. ඔබ සාමාජිකයන් විවිධ මට්‌ටමින් අධ්‍යාපනයට විශාල දායකත්වයක්‌ දැක්‌වුවද සංගමයක්‌ ලෙස ඔබ අධ්‍යාපනයේ මිතුරෙක්‌ නොවෙයි. වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය 80 දශකයේදී වෛද්‍ය විද්‍යාව පිළිබඳ පශ්චාත් උපාධි ආයතනයට (PGIM) වලට විරුද්ධ වූ අතර එම ආයතනයේ ආරම්භක සම්මන්ත්‍රණවලට සහභාගී වූ සිසුන්ට මරන තර්ජන පවා එල්ල කරන ලදී. එය අතිරේක වෛද්‍ය වෘත්තික අධ්‍යාපනයට විරුද්ධ වූ අතර අප විශාල වෛද්‍ය හිඟයකට මුහුණ දී ඇති අවස්‌ථාවක පවා මෙම වැඩපිළිවෙළ කඩාකප්පල් කළේය. නිසි මාර්ග අනුගමනය කළේ නම් අපට මෙම වෘත්තිකයන් මනා ලෙස ක්‍රියාවේ යෙදවීමට හැකියාවක්‌ තිබුණු අතර හොර වෙදුන්ට ග්‍රාමීය සහ දිළිඳු පළාත්වල කටයුතු කිරීම වළක්‌වාලිය හැකිව තිබුණි. නුවර සහ පේරාදේණිය රෝහල්වල වකුගඩු බද්ධ කිරීමට වෛද්‍ය සංගමය විරුද්ධ වූ ආකාරය තවම මට මතකය. වකුගඩු බද්ධ කිරීමේ වැඩපිළිවෙළ කොතරම් සාර්ථක වුණාද යත් දැන් එම රෝහල්වල හදවත් බද්ධ කිරීම්ද සිදු කරයි. වෛද්‍ය සංගමය හෙදියන්ට සහ අනෙකුත් වෛද්‍ය වෘත්තිකයන්ට උපාධි ලබාදීමට 2006 ගත් උත්සහයට විරුද්ධ විය. එම ශිෂ්‍යයන්ට ඉගෙනීමට අවසර ලබාදුන්නේ 2007 වසරේදී ශේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයෙනි. මෙම උපාධිධාරීන් රජයේ වෛද්‍ය සේවාවේ අත්‍යවශ්‍ය අංශයක්‌ව ඇත. වෛද්‍ය සංගමයේ (PGIM) ආයතනය පිළියෙළ කළ බරපතළ ලෙඩුන් බලාගැනීමේ අධ්‍යාපන වැඩපිළිවෙළ කඩාකප්පල් කිරීමටද උත්සුක විය. මෙය 2010 පිළියෙළ කළේ ආධුනික වෛද්‍යවරුන්ටය. මේ නිසා අපට තවමත් මෙම සේවාව අහිමිය. එතෙක්‌ අපට අවදානම් රෝගීන් බලාගැනීමේ නිපුණත්වයක්‌ ඇති වෛද්‍යවරුන් සිටියා නම් බේරාගත හැකිව තිබුණු ඩෙංගු රෝගීන් ගණන විශාලය. අදත් වෛද්‍ය සංගමය අන්තර් විශ්වවිද්‍යාල ශිෂ්‍ය බලමණ්‌ඩලය යොදාගෙන මාස හයකට වඩා වැඩි කාලයක්‌ වෛද්‍ය ශිෂ්‍යයන් තම අධ්‍යාපන කටයුතුවලින් ඉවත් කර ඇත.

මෙවැනි ක්‍රියාමර්ගයන් 2006 වසරේදී එම සෞඛ්‍ය සිසුන්ට එරෙහිව ගනු ලැබිණි. මෙම උත්සාහය ඉදිරි මාස කිහිපය තුළ සෞඛ්‍ය ක්‍ෂේත්‍රයේ ව්‍යසනයක්‌ ඇති කිරීමයි. මෙම සියලු කටයුතු වල පව් ගෙවීමට සිදුවන්නේ පුරවැසියන්ට, ලෙඩුන්ට සහ වෛද්‍ය ශිෂ්‍යයන්ටයි. වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරී සංගමයට කිසිම ප්‍රශ්නයක්‌ වන්නේ නැත.

1990 දශකයේදී වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය පේරාදෙණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ වෛද්‍ය සේවාවන් දියුණු කිරීමට විරුද්ධ වූහ. ක්‌ෂණිකමය තත්වයේ සිටින බරපතළ රෝගීන්ට ප්‍රතිකාර කිරීමට සැලසුම් කර තිබූ වාට්‌ටු සාමාන්‍ය වාට්‌ටු බවට පත්විය. එම නිසා රෝගීන් බලන කාමරවලටද පොම්ප කළ ඔක්‌සිජන් ලැබුණි. සිරිමාවෝ බණ්‌ඩාරනායක ළමා රෝහල, මධ්‍යම පළාත් වැසියන් මුදල් එකතුකර සාදන ලද මෙයට වෛද්‍ය ශිෂ්‍යයන්ට ළඟාවීමටවත් ඉඩ ලබා දුන්නේ නැත. එය විශේඥ නොවන ළමා වෛද්‍ය සේවයක්‌ දක්‌වා පසුපසට රැගෙන ගියේ විශාල චෝදනා ගොන්නක්‌ ද සමඟය. විශ්මයජනක කාරණය වන්නේ එකල වෛද්‍ය බලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමයේ සභාපතිවරයා දැන් සයිටම් ආයතනයේ උපකුලපතිවරයා ලෙස කටයුතු කිරීමය.

සෞඛ්‍ය රටක සම්පතයි. අපගේ නිදහස්‌ සෞඛ්‍ය සේවය අපරට වැසියන්ගේ සෞඛ්‍ය තත්ත්වය ඉහළ නැංවීමට විශාල මෙහෙවරක්‌ කර ඇත. නමුත් අධ්‍යාපනයට පසුගිය දශක දෙක තුළ අඛණ්‌ඩ වැඩ වර්ජන නිසා මහජනයා තුළ සෞඛ්‍ය සේවය ගැන තිබූ විශ්වාසය ද බිඳ වැටී ඇත. එම නිසා පෞද්ගලික සෞඛ්‍ය සේවය දියුණු වූ අතර දැන් රෝගීන් 50% ප්‍රතිකාර ගන්නේ පෞද්ගලික රෝහල් වලිනි. රජයේ රෝහලේ සේවාව දැන් වෘත්තීය සාධකය මූලික වන අතර රෝගියා මූලික නොවේ. එය අප රජයේ සෞඛ්‍ය සේවය ඉන්දියාවේ තත්ත්වයට පසු බසිමින් පවතී. මෙම රාජ්‍ය සෞඛ්‍ය සේවය ව්‍යාපාරයක්‌ වෙමින් පවතී. ඉහළ වෛද්‍ය ප්‍රතිකාර සඳහා පෞද්ගලික රෝහල් වෙත යැමට රෝගීන්ට සිදුවනු ඇත. ඔබගේ සංගමයේ සියලුම සාමාජිකයන් රටේ පුරවැසියන්ගේ මුදලින් ඉගෙනුම ලබා ඇත. තවද රජය ඔවුන්ට විශාල සහනාධාර ලබාදේ. නමුත් දිගින් දිගටම වන වැරදීම් නරක සේවය සහ අමිත්‍රශිලී සැලකිලි නිසා රටේ පුරවැසියන් වෛද්‍ය සේවය නඩත්තු කිරීම ප්‍රතික්‌ෂේප කරනු ඇත. අන් සියලු දෙනාම අපට විශාල පිටිවහලක්‌ වූ රජයේ රෝහල් සහ වෛද්‍ය සේවය රැකගත යුතුය.

අපගේ නිදහස්‌ අධ්‍යාපනය ද දැන් අවුල් ජාලාවක ගිලී ඇත. විශ්වවිද්‍යාල ශිෂ්‍යයන් තමන්ට අදාළ නොවන බොහෝ කාරණා පිළිබඳව විරෝධතා දක්‌වමින් තම කාලය නාස්‌ති කරති. ශිෂ්‍යයන් ද තම අනාගතය පිළිබඳ අඳුරු චිත්‍රයක්‌ නිර්මාණය කර ඇත. ඔවුන් ශිෂ්‍ය සංගම් සමඟ කටයුතු නොකරයි නම් ඔවුන්ගේ විශ්වවිද්‍යාල ජීවිතය පීඩාකාරී වෙයි. දැන් පවතින වෛද්‍ය ශිෂ්‍ය වර්ජනය ද එලෙසමය. අපගේ ජීවන තත්ත්වය උසස්‌ කිරීමට ඉගෙන ගන්නා ශිෂ්‍යයන්ගේ අධ්‍යාපනය අඩාල කිරීමේ ප්‍රතිඵලය කුමක්‌ද? වෛද්‍ය ක්‌ෂේත්‍රයේ නව සොයාගැනීම් බහුලය. අප දන්නා කාරණාවලින් 50% වසර 5 කදී වෙනස්‌ වෙයි. එම නිසා අධ්‍යාපනයෙන් විවේක ගැනීමට නොහැකිය.

අප සෞඛ්‍ය සේවය සතුව විශාල තොරතුරු පර්යේෂණ සහ නවෝත්පාදන ඇත. නමුත් ඒවා රටේ යහපතට නොයෙදේ. වෛද්‍ය සංගමය එම සමාජිකයන්ට පර්යේෂණ කිරීමට අනුබල නොදෙයි. තම සාමාජිකයන්ගේ අධ්‍යාපන හෝ සමුළු සඳහා නිවාඩු ලබා ගැනීමට උනන්දු නොවේ.

ඔබගේ ක්‍රියාමාර්ගය දේශපාලනික මිස වෘත්තිය නොවන බව පැහැදිලිය. උදාහරණ ලෙස ලංකා වෛද්‍ය සභාව ( Sri Lanka Medical Council) වෛද්‍යවරුන්ගේ හික්‌මීම සහ අධ්‍යාපනය දියුණු කිරීම භාරව ඇති ආයතනයයි. එහි සභාපතිවරයා හමුවීමට මාධ්‍ය සමඟ යැම එම ආයතනයේ සභාපතිවරයාට කරන නොසැලකීමකි.

වෛද්‍ය උපාධිය දැන් ලොව අනෙකුත් රටවල්වල ලබා දෙන්නේ විවිධ විද්‍යාවන් පිළිබඳව දැනුම දෙන උපාධියක්‌ ලෙසයි. එසේ කිරීමට හේතුව වෛද්‍ය විද්‍යාව දියුණු කිරීමට අනෙක්‌ විද්‍යාවන් පිළිබඳව අවබෝධයක්‌ තිබිය යුතු නිසාය. වෛද්‍ය සංගමය උත්සාහ කරන්නේ රටේ වෛද්‍ය හිඟයක්‌ තිබියදීත් වෛද්‍ය අධ්‍යාපනය ලැබීමට ශිෂ්‍යයන්ට ඇති ඉඩකඩ නැති කිරීමටයි. වෛද්‍ය විද්‍යාලවලට පශ්චාත් උපාධි පාඨමාලාවලට දොර විවෘත කළොත් ඇතිවන උද්ඝෝෂණ ගැන මට හිතා ගැනීමටවත් නොහැක.

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තම අධ්‍යාපනය ලොව අනෙක්‌ රටවල් සමඟ තරගකාරී ලෙස පවත්වාගෙන යැමට අසමත් වී ඇත. සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා සපයන්නන්ට රටේ විශාල ඉල්ලුමක්‌ ඇත. එම නිසා රජයට බදු ගෙවන ජනතාවට අවශ්‍ය සේවාව සැපයීමට නොහැකි වී ඇත.

රටකට පර්යේෂණ හා නවෝත්පාදන අවශ්‍ය වේ. අප උද්ඝෝෂණ සංවිධානය කිරීමට නම් අති දක්‌ෂය. අපට වඩා හොඳ ජීවන තත්ත්වයක්‌ ලබාදෙන ලෙස අප රජයට නිතර බලකරන්නේ රජයට වියදම් කළ හැක්‌කේ අප උපයාදෙන මුදල පමණක්‌ ය යන කාරණාව නොසලකා ය. අප වැඩ කරන්නේ නැති නම් රජයට ආදායමක්‌ නැත. ලංකාවට විශාල දුරක්‌ යැමට ඇත. විශ්වවිද්‍යාලවලට ඇතුළත් වන්නේ රටේ ජනතාවගෙන් 5%කි. දියුණු රටවල 40%ක්‌ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලවලට ඇතුළත් වේ. උපාධියත් තුළත් අදායම් නොලැබෙන අතර අදායම් ලැබෙන්නේ පිළිගත් විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයකින් ලැබෙන දැනුම මනා සේ යෙදවීමෙනි. විශ්වවිද්‍යාල උපාධිය යාවත්කාලීන විය යුතුය. මෙය සිදු කළ හැක්‌කේ ගුරුවරු සහ ශිෂ්‍යයන් ජනතාවට වගවීමෙන් පමණි. නිදහස්‌ අධ්‍යාපනය වගකීමෙන් නිදහස්‌ වන්නක්‌ නොවේ. ශිෂ්‍ය ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය රජයට විරුද්ධ උද්ඝෝෂණ කළ තරමට ලබාදුන් බලපත්‍රක්‌ නොවේ.

වැඩි වන වෘත්තීය ක්‍රියාමාර්ග වලින් සිදුවන්නේ ජනතාවට කරදර ඇතිවීම ය. ජනතාව නිදහස්‌ සෞඛ්‍ය සේවයට අරමුදල් ලබාදීම අනාගතයේ දී ප්‍රතික්‍ෂ්ප කරනු ඇත. විශ්වවිද්‍යාලවල සිදුවන ක්‍රියාමාර්ග නිසා මෙම ආයතන ගැන ඇති ආකර්ෂණය ගිලිහෙමින් පවතී. මෙය නිදහස්‌ අධ්‍යාපනයේ අවසානය සනිටුහන් කරනු ඇත.

වෛද්‍ය සංගමය මෙම තත්ත්වය දැන් නොදකිනු ඇත. නමුත් ඔවුන් විශ්‍රාම යන වයසේදී මෙය සිදු වනු ඇත. වෛද්‍ය සංගමයේ කටයුතු නිසා නිදහස්‌ අධ්‍යාපනයේ සහ සෞඛ්‍යයේ අවසානය සිදුවන බව මාගේ අදහසයි.

මහාචාර්ය චූලා ගුණසේකර
හිටපු පීඨාධිපති
පේරාදෙණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය

HULLABALOO SURROUNDING A MERCEDES BENZ

September 9th, 2017

 By Dr. Tilak s. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today

Yahapalana or the unity government which blamed the Rajapaksa regime for spending excessively on building expressways, and even criticizing the cost of such constructions were equivalent to ‘paving the roads with gold,’ has come into heavy criticism due to a colossal loss of public money up to Rs 36 billion with the CCEM’s (Cabinet Committee on Economic Management) approval to increase the distances of flyovers on the Matara-Hambantota Southern Expressway. This is akin to the saying, “The sauce for the goose is sauce for the gande” meaning, “If that type of behaviour was acceptable to Rajapaksas, then it should also be acceptable to the Yahapalanaya.” But the fact remains that 51.28 per cent of the population of Sri Lanka voted on 8 January 2015 to bring about a change by ousting what was alleged to be a “fraudulent and immoral” regime.

Amidst a barrage of accusations for altering the overall length of the expressway from 6.3 km to 9.11 km, with an increase in length of flyovers by an extra 2.78 km, at a staggering additional cost to the tax payer, has been exposed by Sunil Handunnetti (JVP) member and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) established on 21 July 1979.

Stirring a hornets nest

The disclosure has gone viral by appearing in almost every newspaper in Sri Lanka, social media and much more, after Handunnetti appeared on the Sirasa TV, Pathikada programme where he stirred the hornets’ nest by revealing a suspicious and opaque manoeuvring by the Yahapalana Government distinctively. His questions were “How did the CCEM authorize the project involving a large sum of public money, without the approval of the Cabinet and Parliament?” It became apparent that the Secretary to the Prime Minister, Saman Ekanayake, had advised the Secretary to the Ministry of Highways by letter on 13 November 2016 that the CCEM had made a decision to increase the aggregate length of the designed flyovers by 2.78 kilometres.

The project has been assigned to a Chinese contractor as per the advice from the China Railway East Survey and Design Institution, which are providing consultation services for the project. As Sunil Handunnetti emphasized on the TV programme, the Matara-Hambantota section of the Southern Expressway was a project worth Rs 243 billion investment for which a loan has been obtained from China. The crux of the matter appears to be that an autonomous decision has been taken without the consent of the Cabinet of Ministers or getting prior approval by a technical evaluation committee by the Secretary to the Prime Minister, Saman Ekanayake, who has apparently given the go-ahead to the CCEM.

Technical know-how

The major concern in this connection, more than the impervious antiques described simply as ‘enticements’ is about the lack of technical know-how possessed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and members of the CCEM, Charitha Ratwatte, R. Paskaralingam or Minister Malik Samarawickrema to execute this task, in the absence of any clearcut indications to show whether a technical evaluation had been done by the CCEM or prior approval of the project had been obtained by the Cabinet and Parliament to approve the project of such a magnitude. Evidently, not a single cent can be authorized on any government project without the Cabinet approval. Therefore, it remains a mystery as to who has been mandated to authorize billions of rupees. The onus, therefore, now befalls on Parliament to answer such questions.

Another allegation is about the Chinese engineers and consultants who have been brought down to Sri Lanka to work on the expressway on tourist-resident visas. The Prime Minister’s Senior Economic Advisor Paskaralingam, is alleged to have been the person who is responsible for such an authorization, and permitting payments of salaries to those engineers and consultants.

Many will agree with the (JVP) Member of Parliament about Paskaralingam’s extraneous behaviour in this matter, as he is neither a Member of Parliament nor a Minister of the Yahapalana administration to issue such instructions to the CCEM.

The irony of the alleged embezzlement appears to be that the so-called Chinese engineers and consultants have been chosen only on the strength of their CV’s and without any interviews or evaluation by a panel of judges of technical experts prior to their appointment towards their suitability, whilst the Road Development Authority (RDA) has to pay huge salaries in violation of the rule book on tourists and finances of the country. How could anyone be appointed to any job, just by glancing at a person’s CV alone? And authorization of steep salaries out of taxpayers’ money takes the cake. Due to such bureaucratic bungling, many Sri Lankan local officials, including engineers, have alleged that the Chinese team leader representing China Railway First Survey and Design Institute has taken arbitrary decisions without the employer’s consent. It was on record on previous occasions also how the local consultants had written to the project engineer, clearly disclosing how the team leader of the Chinese contractor should be replaced from this project over his alleged unprofessional behaviour. This letter has been copied to the Minister of Highways and Road Development Authority and also to the Chairman, RDA. Regrettably, no action has been taken. Consequently, many local engineers and consultants appear to have left the project, as they do not wish to take the blame and public brickbats, should any disaster befalls after the construction and the Chinese experts have left.

Mercedes Benz

Icing of the case of this impish contract is said to be a Mercedes Benz motorcar imported by the Chinese Contractor on 21 November 2016, which under the prevailing circumstances is branded as a santhosam (gift) for increasing the length of the distances of the flyovers under question. Handunnetti’s version is that “Although the Finance Ministry had issued a circular to exempt all vehicles imported to the country by the Chinese company for use in the project, passenger transport vehicles were barred from such a privilege.” Surely a Mercedes Benz motorcar could not be used to transport metal fabrications, building materials, or cement.

Once the Chinese contractor had imported the Mercedes Benz vehicle to Sri Lanka, and the vehicle was lying in the harbour their Project Director had requested by letter to waive the duty. Sunil Handunnetti demands to know from the government: (1) Who authorized the importation of the Benz car to the contractor (2) Has the vehicle been cleared without paying any duty? If so, who authorized such a duty waiver (3) Has the duty been already paid before its clearance from the port, and if so how much of duty was paid to Customs (4) Present whereabouts of the imported Mercedes (5) Who is using the vehicle at present?

RDA version

In reply to his accusations, the Chairman of the RDA has confirmed that “the RDA had not given the approval to import the luxury Benz car, and if any minister uses the limousine, then it is up to Handunnetti to reveal the minister’s name”. With regard to the extension of the expressway, RDA Chairman’s answer has been that “After geographical and environment research and studies and taking into consideration of floods and threatening landslides, the original plan had to be adjusted to cut down any drastic impact of natural disasters.” With regard to the recruitment of foreign consultants on visitors’ visa, RDA maintains that it has not violated any rules and regulations. It is interesting, however, to learn, according to news reports, that the RDA has taken steps to conduct an investigation made by the COPE Chairman about the exposed scams. The RDA Chairman N.R. Sooriyarachchi has been quoted as saying that “All the relevant information has been transferred to the Audit Department”. One wonders as to why an investigation is now required, if the chairman is cocksure of his statements and denials.

Sunil Handunnetti intends to take this matter up for enquiry by COPE, as well as during the next parliamentary sessions as an MP.

He is under the impression that “even the Chinese Government may not be aware of such messes.” His personal enquiries with the Registrar of Motor Vehicles Department to investigate when, how and under whose name the imported limousine is registered officially, so far have been fruitless so far, but he holds the government fully responsible to come up with an answer to the importation and ‘sudden’ disappearance of the Mercedes Benz vehicle imported by the Chinese contractor attached to the Matara- Hambantota Southern Expressway while his prima facie investigations are in progress.

tilakfernando@gmail.com

Marx, Communist Manifesto and Money

September 9th, 2017

By Nalliah Thayabharan

In 1600, the East India Company was granted the Charter to trade with India. It started sending bands of sea pirates in ships masked as merchants”. These sea pirates began landing on the shores of India and started setting up armed forts at various places such as Chennai. The Rothschild family had a controlling interest in the East India Company.

After conquering Bengal in India, the Rothschild set up a notoriously corrupt system of administration, whose sole objective was to shamelessly plunder the countless riches of Bengal which was the richest area in the entire world during that time. Bengal was literally turned into a graveyard of death and desolation. The Nawabs and the rajahs and Zamindars were robbed of their priceless treasures. The Rothschild then moved this entire horde of tons of gold looted from the people of Bengal to London. It was with this gold looted from Bengal that the Rothschild family set up the privately owned Bank of England. The British Queen still wears the Kohinoor Diamond which was robbed by Robert Clive and presented to her. In the decades that followed, the Rothschild banking family set up the Federal Reserve Bank of America which to this day indulges in day light robbery of the American people.

The East India Company rule in India effectively began in 1757 and the East India Company eventually came to rule large areas of India with its private armies, exercising military power and assuming administrative functions. By 1803, at the height of its rule in India, the British East India company had a private army of about 260,000 – twice the size of the British Army. When Indian revolted in the year 1857, they were told that the East India Company was abolished and India will be administered directly by the CROWN. What Indians do not know to this day is the fact that CROWN does not mean the King or Queen of Britain but a privately owned Corporation of London headed again by the Rothschild who owned the East India Company! Thus Indians were tricked and cheated with a simple name change game! The exploitation robbery of India, its resources and people continued till 1947 under this CROWN.

In 1947, India and its people were again tricked into believing that we were granted independence” through the complicity of Pandit Nehru. Under secret orders from the Rothschild given to him through his girlfriend Edwina Mountbatten who is a close relative of the British Queen, Nehru turned India and its people into rag tag clad beggars by aligning India with the Soviet Union which was another creation of the Rothschild.

The Rothschild then set up the World Bank, the IMF and the Bank for International Settlements. The Rothschild use banks such as the World Bank, the IMF, and the Bank for International Settlements to institutionalize the robbery of the third world. Banks such as Citibank and Standard Chartered bank etc. were also set up with the secret support of the Rothschild to continue the robbery of third world. These banks resort to all sorts of illegal means and fraud to subject Indians to thievery and robbery with a view to making more money.

Millions of people are still under the misapprehension that Marxism / Communism is against profiteering dishonest banks and multinational companies. The Rothschild banking family – the richest and most powerful banksters, for the past 200 years – financed Karl Marx’s pretense of an attack on the profiteering dishonest banksters, in order to fool the masses, and it worked. Karl Marx’s hidden message was: Forget your individual rights and privileges and trust in the State and the Trade Unions, and they’ll do your thinking for you.” Millions of people believed that nonsense, and subsequently allowed ‘others’ to do their thinking for them. The trade unions and the governments are ALL working for the Rothschild’s – who own the banks, including Bank of England, US Federal Reserve, and all the big multinational companies, dangle politicians like rag dolls and hold all of the people as tax-debt slaves, through their corrupt central banks and their funny money.

In 1811 the charter for the Rothschild Bank of the United States expired and Congress voted against its renewal. At the time Andrew Jackson (who would become the 7th President of the United States from 1829 to 1837) says, If Congress has a right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given them to use by themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.”

Nathan Mayer Rothschild was not amused and he stated, Either the application for renewal of the charter is granted, or the United States will find itself involved in a most disastrous war.” Andrew Jackson’s response to this was You are a den of vipers and thieves, and I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God, I will rout you out.” Nathan Mayer Rothschild replied Teach those impudent Americans a lesson. Bring them back to colonial status.”

In 1812 backed by Rothschild money, the British declared war on the United States. The Rothschild’s plan was to cause the United States to build up such a debt in fighting this war that they would have to surrender to the Rothschild and allow the charter for the Rothschild owned Bank of the United States to be renewed.

In 1816 the charter for the Bank of the United States was s renewed for another twenty years with the Rothschild in Control of the American money supply again. The British war against the America therefore ended with the deaths of thousands of British and American soldiers, but the Rothschild got their bank.

In 1861 President Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the United States from 1860 until his assassination in 1865) approached the Rothschild to try to obtain loans to support the ongoing American civil war.

The Rothschild agreed provided Lincoln allows them a Charter for another United States central bank and are prepared to pay 24% to 36% interest on all monies loaned. Lincoln was very angry about this high level of interest and so he printed his own debt free money and informed the public that this was now legal tender for both public and private debts.

By April 1862 $449,338,902 worth of Lincoln’s debt free money had been printed and distributed. He went on to state, We gave the people of this republic the greatest blessing they ever had, their own paper money to pay their own debts.” That same year The Times of London publishes a story containing the following statement,

If that mischievous financial policy, which had its origin in the North American Republic, should become indurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off debts and be without a debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous beyond precedent in the history of civilized governments of the world. The brains and the wealth of all countries will go to North America. That government must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe.”

In 1863 The Rothschild used one of their agents in America, John D. Rockefeller to form an oil business called Standard Oil which eventually took over all of its competition.

In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln discovered the Tsar of Russia, Alexander II (1855 – 1881), was having problems with the Rothschild as well as he was refusing their continual attempts to set up a central bank in Russia. President Lincoln asked the Tsar for help in the Civil War and the Tsar sent part of his fleet to anchor off New York and the other part off California. The Tsar made it clear to the British, French and Spanish that if they attacked either side, Russia would take the side of President Lincoln. Lincoln subsequently won the Civil War.

In 1865 in a statement to Congress, President Abraham Lincoln stated, I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me, and the financial institution in the rear. Of the two, the one in my rear is my greatest foe.” Later that year President Lincoln is assassinated.

The US Federal Reserve, an owned private institution, was created on December 23, 1913. It was planned at a secret meeting in 1910 on Jekyll Island, Georgia, by a group of Zionist bankers and politicians. The power to print money was transferred from the US Government to a private group of Zionist bankers. The Federal Reserve Act is hastily passed just before the 1913 Christmas break.

Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. warned: This act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this act the invisible government by the money power, proven to exist by the Money Trust Investigation, will be legalized.”

These were the “Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists” that came into power in 1917 with the Bolshevik Revolution, and Lenin needed their help to topple Tsar Nicholas, the last remnant of the Romanov dynasty. They helped overthrow Tsar Nicholas because he was not friendly to the Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists. These were the Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists who murdered 40 million Russians who refused to give up their land or bow down to Bolshevik-Illuminati-Ashkenazi-Khazarian-Zionism.

Karl Marx’s effort to derive the market price of goods from their value, the labor that went into them, was a vestige of the 19th-century economic theories of David Ricardo and John Stuart Mill. By the time Karl Marx died, economists had already given up trying to relate price to value and were beginning to understand that value was a chimera. With the growing dominance of technology, it had become impossible to locate value in the time required to produce goods, as Karl Marx, following Ricardo and Mill, had tried to do. Machines can make products incredibly fast; but these products aren’t worth any less than if workers had spent days toiling at them, as Karl Marx’s theory suggests. Karl Marx’s essential idea, influenced by Ricardo, was that capitalism would become less and less profitable and that its downward spiral toward the abyss of deflation—lower prices, lower profits—would be followed by worldwide revolution. Instead, capitalism has become vastly more profitable.

Karl Marx’s writing style was a calamity: full of sometimes puerile vehemence, Karl Marx heaped scorn on his opponents, inaugurating the long Marxist tradition of mercilessly deriding anyone with incorrect opinions. Karl Marx displayed particular contempt for the high-living, dandyish Ferdinand Lassalle, a fellow socialist. In a letter to Engels, Karl Marx mocked Lassalle, who supposedly had African ancestry, as a repulsive combination of Jewry and Germanism with the negroid basic substance”; the pushiness of this lad is also nigger-like,” he added. In Karl Marx’s pamphlets, mudslinging abounds: His opponents are generally idiots, traitors, and scoundrels, but these heavy-handed insults tend to make us doubt Karl Marx himself, since he relies so much on vituperation instead of reasoned argument.

The purpose of Karl Marx’s work was to sabotage the nascent socialist movement; he reframed all of the socialists who came before him as exponents of utopian socialism” and his ideas as so-called scientific socialism”, the theory of which the people must follow dogmatically as a secular religion, no matter how much it fails in practice. It should be noted that before Karl Marx ever wrote a word the socialist movement already existed in Germany, France, Britain and elsewhere, each with their own national expressions and ideas of how to improve the situation of the working-class following the Industrial Revolution. In later times, after Karl Marx and especially after Lenin used his work to create Bolshevism, his followers have tried to monopolize the phrase and insist unless you follow Karl Marx’s theories, you cannot be a socialist. This is a clear fraud and usurpation.

Karl Marx’s best known work is the book Das Kapital, which fails to mention that money is printed out of thin air and keeps the name of his cousins, the Rothschild, out of it, despite the fact that they were the richest and most powerful capitalist family in the whole world. The Rothschild hired Karl Marx to draft a social doctrine to invert moral order for centralizing their nation state’s wealth into Rothschild controlled coffers. Karl Marx saw free trade as positive because it undermines established nations and cultures.

The most pronounced and consistent aspect of Karl Marx’s ideology was his extreme and radical hatred of Russia and everything to do with the culture of that nation. Karl Marx and Engels regarded Russians and Slavs in general as subhuman (völkerabfall) barbarians. Karl Marx used the newspaper Neue Rheinische Zeitung to try and incite a war against Russia. This Russophobia was also behind the strange alliance with Tory, David Urquhart, when he moved to London and Karl Marx thus has the blood of the people who died in the Crimean War. Henry Hyndman, who spent many hours in Karl Marx’s company in his Record of an Adventurous Life attributed this anti-Russian obsession to Karl Marx’s ethnocentrism.

The Rothschild also had a multi-generational feud with the Czars of Russia, the only royalty who would not cooperate with the Rothschild. In the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln invited Czar Alexandra II to send his fleet over as protection (which he did) in order to foil a plot by the Rothschild’s which would see France and Britain intervene on the side of the South. In Russia’s war with Japan, Jacob Schiff (part of the Rothschild Empire) made it impossible for Russia to borrow the money to finance the war and, even more ruinously, he financed Japan. The Russians suffered a humiliating defeat.

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Nikolai Lenin 1870-1924) was out for revenge after his older brother, Alexander, was hung in 1887 along with four others for conspiring to assassinate Czar Alexander II, the grandfather of Nicholas II.

During his teenage years, Nikolai Lenin admired Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876), a follower of Weishaupt’s principles and a Satanist, who was the driving force behind the initial effort to organize Communism. In 1887, Lenin entered Kazan University, and in 1889 he became a Mason and soon began advocating the philosophies of Marx. He said: “We must combat religion. This is the ABC’s of all materialism and consequently of Marxism.” In the early 1900’s, he said that Socialism could only be achieved by mobilizing workers and peasants through revolution, since trade unions were not able to bring about any change.

In 1903, in London, he initiated a split in the Russian Social-Democratic Workers Party, which was completed in 1912, and became known as the All Russian Communist Party in 1918. His left-wing faction became known as the Bolsheviks, or “bolshinstvo,” which meant “majority”. The movement was slow to catch on, and by 1907, he only had 17 members. He received financial support from the Fabians, including a $15,000 contribution from Joseph Fels, an American soap manufacturer and a Fabian. Lenin was an advocate of the Populist doctrine, which had been developed by author Aleksandr Herzen during the 1860’s. He felt that the peasant communes could be the socialist society of the future, and called for Russian Socialism to be based on the ancient peasant tradition. The peasant revolt later developed into all-out revolution. In 1881, they succeeded in assassinating Czar Alexander II, and continued to function as a conspiratorial organization. Many Populists began advocating Marxist doctrine, and in 1883, led by Georgy Plekhanov, established the Marxist “Liberation of Labor Group.”

Lenin wanted to use the Populists to overthrow the government and introduce Socialism. He added two Marxist elements to the Populist theory: the notion of a class struggle, and the need for Russia to pass through a stage of capitalism. He led the people to believe that the purpose of his movement was to help the working class.

In 1905, while Russia was engaged in the Russo-Japanese War, the Communists tried to get the farmers to revolt against the Czar, but they refused. After this aborted attempt, the Czar deposited $400,000,000 in the Chase Bank, National City Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, the Hanover Trust Bank, and Manufacturers Trust Bank, and $80,000,000 in the Rothschild Bank in Paris, because he knew who was behind the growing revolutionary movement, and hoped to end it.

The Rothschilds, through Milner, planned the Russian Revolution, and along with Schiff (who gave $20 million), Sir George Buchanan, the Warburgs, the Rockefellers, the partners of J.P. Morgan (who gave at least $1 million), Olaf Aschberg (of the Nye Bank of Stockholm, Sweden), the Rhine Westphalian Syndicate, a financier named Jovotovsky (whose daughter later married Leon Trotsky), William Boyce Thompson (a director of Chase National Bank who contributed $1 million), and Albert H. Wiggin (President of Chase National Bank), helped finance it.

The Rockefellers had given their financial support after the Czar refused to give them access to the Russian oil fields, which were already being pumped by the Royal Dutch Co. (owned by the Rothschilds and the Nobel brothers) and giving Standard Oil plenty of competition on the international market. Even though John D. Rockefeller possessed $15,000,000 in bonds from the Royal Dutch Co. and Shell, rather than purchase stock to get his foot in the door and indirectly profit, he helped to finance the Revolution so that he would be able to get Standard Oil firmly established in the country of Russia. As the Congress of Vienna (1814) had shown, the Illuminati had never been able to control the affairs of Russia, so they had to get rid of the Czar so he couldn’t interfere with their plans.

Czar Nicholas II (who succeeded Alexander III, 1881-94) was dethroned in March, 1917 after a series of riots, and a provincial government was set up by Prince George Lvov, a liberal progressive reformer who wanted to set up a democracy. He made an effort to strengthen the Russian Army to prevent any future revolts but ended up resigning which allowed Kerensky, a democratic Socialist, to take over and form a coalition government. He kept the war with Germany going, and issued an amnesty order for the Communists who had been exiles after the aborted Red Revolution in 1905.

The Bolsheviks ended the feud in 1918 by butchering Czar Nicholas II, his wife, his son and his four daughters. As if to say, Let that be a lesson”. The Rothschild’s Money Power creates the events which will become the history of our planet.

The Rothschild along with Jacob Schiff created the major events of the 20th century by providing the key funding for the Bolsheviks, Lenin and Trotsky. This was largely accomplished through Jacob Schiff who, while a force in his own right, was part of the Rothschild Empire. The Russian Revolution of 1917 eventually led to the domination of Eastern Europe by Communist Russia after World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and all conflicts associated with the Cold War. All these wars served to undermine nationalism and led to the formation of the United Nations, the IMF, and the World Bank, and etc.— international governments which moved the Rothschild toward their goal of One World Government (i.e. The New World Order).

In January of 1916 Leon Trotsky(Lev Bronstein) was expelled from France and came to USA. His expenses were paid by Jacob Schiff who was head of the New York investment firm Kuhn, Loeb and Company, had raised the capital for large war loans to Japan. It was due to this funding that the Japanese were able to launch a stunning attack against the Russians at Port Arthur and the following year to virtually decimate the Russian fleet. We must remember, that Jacob Schiff was a Khazar Jew and that Khazarian Jews had been persecuted under the Tsarist regime. Although Khazar Jews have never made up more than 5% of the population of Russia, they played a highly disproportionate and decisive role in the Bolshevik regime, effectively dominating the Soviet government during its early years.

With the exception of Lenin (Vladimir Ulyanov), most of the leading Communists who took control of Russia in 1917-20 were Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists. Leon Trotsky (Lev Bronstein) headed the Red Army and, for a time, was chief of Soviet foreign affairs. Yakov Sverdlov (Solomon) was both the Bolshevik party’s executive secretary and – as chairman of the Central Executive Committee- head of the Soviet government. Grigori Zinoviev (Radomyslsky) headed the Communist International (Comintern), the central agency for spreading revolution in foreign countries. Other prominent Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists included press commissar Karl Radek (Sobelsohn), foreign affairs commissar Maxim Litvinov (Wallach), Lev Kamenev (Rosenfeld) and Moisei Uritsky

Lenin himself was of mostly Russian and Kalmuck ancestry, but he was also one-quarter Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionist. His maternal grandfather, Israel (Alexander) Blank, was a Ukrainian Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionist.
In the Communist seizure of power in Russia, the Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionist role was very critical.

2 weeks prior to the Bolshevik “October Revolution” of 1917, Lenin convened a top secret meeting in St. Petersburg (Petrograd) at which the key leaders of the Bolshevik party’s Central Committee made the fateful decision to seize power in a violent takeover. Of the 12 men who took part in this decisive gathering, there were 4 Russians (including Lenin), 1 Georgian (Stalin), one Pole (Dzerzhinsky), and 6 Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists.

To direct the takeover, a 7 person “Political Bureau” was chosen. It consisted of 2 Russians (Lenin and Bubnov), 1 Georgian (Stalin), and 4 Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists (Trotsky, Sokolnikov, Zinoviev, and Kamenev).
Meanwhile, the Petersburg (Petrograd) Soviet whose chairman was Trotsky, established an 18 member “Military Revolutionary Committee” to actually carry out the seizure of power. It included 8 Russians, 1 Ukrainian, 1 Pole, 1 Caucasian, and 6 Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists.

Finally, to supervise the organization of the uprising, the Bolshevik Central Committee established a 5 person “Revolutionary Military Center” as the Party’s operations command. It consisted of 1 Russian (Bubnov), 1 Georgian (Stalin), 1 Pole (Dzerzhinsky), and 2 Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists (Sverdlov and Uritsky).

With the notable exception of Lenin, the principal inspiration and driving power comes from the Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists leaders. Thus Tchitcherin, a pure Russian, is eclipsed by his nominal subordinate, Litvinoff, and the influence of Russians like Bukharin or Lunacharski cannot be compared with the power of Trotsky or of Zinovieff, the Dictator of the Red Citadel (Petrograd), or of Krassin or Radek – all Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists. In the Soviet institutions the predominance of Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists is even more astonishing. And the prominent, if not indeed the principal, part in the system of terrorism applied by the Extraordinary Commissions for Combating Counter-Revolution [the Cheka] has been taken by Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists.

David R. Francis, US ambassador in Russia, warned in a January 1918 dispatch to Washington: “The Bolshevik leaders here, most of whom are Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists and 90% of whom are returned exiles, care little for Russia or any other country but are internationalists and they are trying to start a worldwide social revolution.”

The Netherlands’ ambassador in Russia, Oudendyke, made much the same point a few months later: “Unless Bolshevism is nipped in the bud immediately, it is bound to spread in one form or another over Europe and the whole world as it is organized and worked by Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists who have no nationality, and whose one object is to destroy for their own ends the existing order of things.”

Immediately after the Bolshevik Revolution, many Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists were euphoric over their high representation in the new government. Lenin’s first Politburo was dominated by men of Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionist origins

Under Lenin, Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists became involved in all aspects of the Revolution, including its dirtiest work. Despite the Communists’ vows to eradicate antisemitism, it spread rapidly after the Revolution – partly because of the prominence of so many Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists in the Soviet administration, as well as in the traumatic, inhuman Sovietization drives that followed. Immensely disproportionate number of Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists joined the new Bolshevik secret police – the Cheka – and many of those who fell afoul of the Cheka would be shot by Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionist investigators.

The collective leadership that emerged in Lenin’s dying days was headed by the Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionist Zinoviev, a loquacious, mean-spirited, curly-haired Adonis whose vanity knew no bounds.

Anyone who had the misfortune to fall into the hands of the Cheka stood a very good chance of finding himself confronted with, and possibly shot by, a Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionist investigator. In Ukraine Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists made up nearly 80% of the rank-and-file Cheka agents. Beginning as the Cheka, or Vecheka the Soviet secret police was later known as the GPU, OGPU, NKVD, MVD and KGB.

Yakov M. Yurovksy, the leader of the Bolshevik squad that carried out the murder of the Tsar and his family, was Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionist, as was Sverdlov, the Soviet chief who co-signed Lenin’s execution order.
Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists were “amazingly” numerous among the personnel of the Bolshevik secret police. The characteristic Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionist of the Bolshevik executioners, is most conspicuous in the execution of Nicholas II.

The execution was personally overseen by Yakov Yurovsky who shot the Tsar; the president of the local Soviet was Beloborodov (Vaisbart); the person responsible for the general administration in Ekaterinburg was Shaya Goloshchekin. To round out the picture, on the wall of the room where the execution took place was a distich from a poem by Heine (written in German) about King Balthazar, who offended Jehovah and was killed for the offense.
The whole record of Bolshevism in Russia is indelibly impressed with the stamp of alien invasion. The murder of the Tsar, deliberately planned by the Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists Sverdlov who came to Russia as a paid agent of Germany and carried out by the Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists Goloshchekin, Syromolotov, Safarov, Voikov and Yurovsky, is the act not of the Russian people, but of this hostile invader.

In the struggle for power that followed Lenin’s death in 1924, Stalin emerged victorious over his rivals, eventually succeeding in putting to death nearly every one of the most prominent early Bolsheviks leaders – including Trotsky, Zinoviev, Radek, and Kamenev. With the passage of time, and particularly after 1928, the Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionist role in the top leadership of the Soviet state and its Communist party diminished markedly.

For a few months after taking power, Bolshevik leaders considered bringing “Nicholas Romanov” before a “Revolutionary Tribunal” that would publicize his “crimes against the people” before sentencing him to death. Historical precedent existed for this. Two European monarchs had lost their lives as a consequence of revolutionary upheaval: England’s Charles I was beheaded in 1649 and France’s Louis XVI was guillotined in 1793.

In these cases, the king was put to death after a lengthy public trial, during which he was allowed to present arguments in his defense. Nicholas II, though, was neither charged nor tried. He was secretly put to death – along with his family and staff — in the dead of night, in an act that resembled more a gangster-style massacre than a formal execution.

The Rothschild orders the execution by the Bolsheviks they control, of Tsar Nicholas II and his entire family in Russia. This is the Rothschild’s revenge for Tsar Alexander II siding with President Abraham Lincoln in 1864.
Nicholas and his family were murdered because the Bolshevik rulers knew quite well that they lacked genuine popular support, and rightly feared that the Russian people would never approve killing the Tsar, regardless of pretexts and legalistic formalities.

For his part, Trotsky defended the massacre as a useful and even necessary measure.
“The decision to kill the imperial family was not only expedient but necessary. The severity of this punishment showed everyone that we would continue to fight on mercilessly, stopping at nothing. The execution of the Tsar’s family was needed not only in order to frighten, horrify, and instill a sense of hopelessness in the enemy but also to shake up our own ranks, to show that there was no turning back, that ahead lay either total victory or total doom This Lenin sensed well.”

In the years leading up to the 1917 revolution, Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists were disproportionately represented in all of Russia’s subversive leftist parties. Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists hatred of the Tsarist regime had a basis in objective conditions. Of the leading European powers of the day, imperial Russia was the most institutionally conservative and anti-Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists. For example, Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Zionists were normally not permitted to reside outside a large area in the west of the Empire known as the “Pale of Settlement.”

First, the name Federal Reserve Bank” is not federal, nor is it owned by the government. It is privately owned. Its employees are not in the civil service. Its physical property is held under private deeds, and is subject to local taxation. It is an engine that has created private wealth that is unimaginable, even to the most financially sophisticated. It has enabled an imperial elite to manipulate US economy for its own agenda and enlisted the US government itself as its enforcer.

The US Federal Reserve Bank controls the times, dictates business, and affects Americans’ homes and practically everything in which Americans are interested. It takes a powerful force to maintain an empire, and this one is no different. The concerns of the leadership of the Federal Reserve” and its secretive international benefactors appear to go well beyond currency and interest rates.

Alan Greenspan, served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006, stated at the annual Dinner of Francis Boyer Lecture of The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research on December 5, 1996:
Augmenting concerns about the Federal Reserve is the perception that we are a secretive organization, operating behind closed doors, not always in the interests of the nation as a whole. This is regrettable, and we continuously strive to alter this misperception.”

The privately owned Federal Reserve has confused the public, lied to them and stole their gold and silver. All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in the Constitution, and not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation. Of all the contrivances devised for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes him with paper money.

After many years of blundering toward it, and only a few months before the beginning of the World War 1, the Rothschild found the formula for the most efficient credit machine that was ever invented. This was the Federal Reserve System. Most people are unsure of the meanings of words such as money, dollar, wealth, inflation and credit. The average person would be very surprised if they knew how the money system used to work compared to how it operates now. The essence of psychological warfare is to confuse the meaning of words, and infiltrate the mind with conflicting concepts.

The use of the word Federal in the name federal Reserve leads the public to believe that the Federal Reserve is a government institution, when it is really a private corporation owned by foreign and domestic banks and operated for profit. The Federal Reserve controls America’s money supply and interest rates, and there by manipulates the entire economy, in violation of
1. Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution that expressly charges Congress with power to coin money and regulate the value thereof, and.
2. Article 1, Section 10 of the constitution says No State shall make any thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in payment of Debts.”

Over time, gold and silver coins were removed from American money supply and removed as backing for American paper currency and replaced with debt (or credit). The definition of dollar has changed to hide the fact that a dollar is not money, but a unit of measurement for gold and silver coin. For example:
1. Title 12 United States Code Section 152 says: The terms lawful money or lawful money of the United States shall be construed to mean gold or silver coin of the United States.”
2. Title 31 United States Code, Section 5101 says: The money of account of the United States shall be expressed in dollars.”

The word Federal” implies Federal government, but the Federal Reserve is a privately owned corporation. The word Reserve” implies that something gives the paper receipt value, but no gold or silver backs this paper. The word Note” implies a contract, because legally a note must state who is paying, what is being paid, to whom and when.

A bill is a receipt of a debt owed by one person or company to another. Therefore, a dollar bill” is a receipt (or bill) of debt of one dollar that is owed. From 1914 to 1963, Federal Reserve Notes never claimed to be money, nor did they claim to be dollars. A note for five dollars read: The United States of America will pay to the bearer on demand five dollars.” To the left of the President’s picture and above the bank seal, it said: This note is legal tender for all debts public and private, and is redeemable in lawful money at the United States Treasury or at any Federal Reserve Bank.”

In 1963, the Federal Reserve began to issue its first series of notes without the promise, while taking notes with the promise out of circulation. How can paper become what it promises by removing the promise? To the left of the President’s picture and above the bank seal, it now read: This note is legal tender for all debts public and private.”

A note is a proof of debt. It is not possible to pay off a debt with a debt. No debt can be paid in full unless paid in gold or silver, coined and regulated in value by Congress. The name Federal Reserve Note” is a fraudulent label since each word claims to be something that in reality it is not.

By removing the promise to redeem the note in lawful money, the Federal Government in cooperation with the Federal Reserve, eliminated the monetary system of the United States as established by the Constitution and replaced it with something totally different.

President Kennedy pledged himself to what was the best for America and cared not how the greedy bankers of the Fed felt. JFK, like Lincoln in the 1860′s. dared to have the U. S. Treasury issue U. S. Dollars, not Federal Reserve notes, and placed them into circulation without paying interest to any bankers, just as spelled out in the U. S. Constitution.

This alarmed the owners of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank like a fifty point tremor on the Richter Scale. This must cease at once. The Fed bankers found themselves facing an intolerable situation, one which defied them and at the same time, one which they could not publicly complain without letting the cat out of the bag. Any complaint by the Fed would put it in a very bad light. The public would soon be aware of the gigantic scam the Fed has gotten away with since 1913. This scam allowed the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank to avoid all income taxes and even audits.

On June 4, 1963, a virtually unknown Presidential decree, Executive Orders EO-11 and EO-110 were signed with the authority to returning to the government the responsibility to print money, taking that privilege away from the Rothschild – basically strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the United States Federal Government at interest. With the stroke of a pen, President Kennedy declared that the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank would soon be out of business. Shortly thereafter, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

George H W Bush, Howard Hunt, Frank Sturgis, and Richard Nixon have all been traced to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, the day of Kennedy’s assassination. Hunt and Sturgis were among the derelicts” or hobos” found in boxcars near railroad tracks behind the grassy knoll near Dealy Plaza. But they were never finger-printed or photographed in association with Kennedy’s murder.
FBI Chief, J. Edgar Hoover accused beyond a reasonable doubt,George Bush, is guilty as a supervisor in the conspiracy to murder John Kennedy”
Something even more shocking: that the untimely death of ,JFK Jr constituted a similar rite” for Bush Jr., who incidentally went missing for 18 hrs after the 1999 downing of Kennedy’s Piper Cub in the Atlantic. One year later, George Walker (W.) Bush (Bush Jr) was made President in the most controversial election in US history.

At the end of World War II, an agreement was reached at the Bretton Woods Conference which pegged the value of gold at US dollar35 per ounce and that became the international standard against which currency was measured. But in 1971, US President Richard Nixon took the US dollar off the gold standard and ever since the US dollar has been the most important global monetary instrument and only the US can produce them. However, there were problems with this arrangement not least of all that the dollar was effectively worthless than before it reneged on the gold-standard. But more importantly because it was the world’s reserve currency, everybody was saving their surpluses in US dollar. To maintain the US dollar’s pre-eminence, the Richard Nixon administration impressed upon Saudi Arabia and therefore OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) to sell their oil only in US dollar. This did two things; it meant that oil sales supported the US dollar and also allowed the USA access to exchange risk free oil. The USA propagates war to protect its oil supplies, but even more importantly, to safeguard the strength of the US dollar. The fear of the consequences of a weaker US dollar, particularly higher oil prices is seen as underlying and explaining many aspects of the US foreign policy, including the Iraq and Libyan War. The reality is that the value of the US dollar is determined by the fact that oil is sold in US dollar. If the denomination changes to another currency, such as the euro, many countries would sell US dollar and cause the banks to shift their reserves, as they would no longer need US dollar to buy oil. This would thus weaken the US dollar relative to the euro. A leading motive of the US in the Iraq war — perhaps the fundamental underlying motive, even more than the control of the oil itself — is an attempt to preserve the US dollar as the leading oil trading currency. Since it is the USA that prints the US dollar, they control the flow of oil. Period. When oil is denominated in US dollar through US state action and the US dollar is the only fiat currency for trading in oil, an argument can be made that the USA essentially owns the world’s oil for free.

So long as almost three quarter of world trade is done in US dollar, the US dollar is the currency which central banks accumulate as reserves. But central banks, whether China or Japan or Brazil or Russia, do not simply stack US dollar in their vaults. Currencies have one advantage over gold. A central bank can use it to buy the state bonds of the issuer, the USA. Most countries around the world are forced to control trade deficits or face currency collapse. Not the USA. This is because of the US dollar reserve currency role. And the underpinning of the reserve role is the petrodollar. Every nation needs to get US dollar to import oil, some more than others. This means their trade targets US dollar countries.

Because oil is an essential commodity for every nation, the Petrodollar system, which exists to the present, demands the buildup of huge trade surpluses in order to accumulate US dollar surpluses. This is the case for every country but one — the USA which controls the US dollar and prints it at will or fiat. Because today the majority of all international trade is done in US dollar, countries must go abroad to get the means of payment they cannot themselves issue. The entire global trade structure today works around this dynamic, from Russia to China, from Brazil to South Korea and Japan. Everyone aims to maximize US dollar surpluses from their export trade.

Until November 2000, no OPEC country dared violate the dollar price rule. So long as the US dollar was the strongest currency, there was little reason to as well. 6 months before the US moved into Iraq to take down Saddam Hussein, Iraq had made the move to accept Euros instead of US dollar for oil, and this became a threat to the global dominance of the US dollar as the reserve currency, and its dominion as the petrodollar.

But November 2000 was when French and other Euroland members finally convinced Saddam Hussein to defy the USA by selling Iraq’s oil-for-food not in US dollar, ‘the enemy currency’ as Iraq named it, but only in euros. The euros were on deposit in a special UN account of the leading French bank, BNP Paribas. Radio Liberty of the US State Department ran a short wire on the news and the story was quickly hushed.

This little-noted Iraq move to defy the US dollar in favor of the euro, in itself, was insignificant. Yet, if it were to spread, especially at a point the US dollar was already weakening, it could create a panic selloff of US dollar by foreign central banks and OPEC oil producers. In the months before the latest Iraq war, hints in this direction were heard from Russia, Iran, Indonesia and even Venezuela. An Iranian OPEC official, Javad Yarjani, delivered a detailed analysis of how OPEC at some future point might sell its oil to the EU for euros not US dollar. He spoke in April, 2002 in Oviedo Spain at the invitation of the EU. All indications are that the Iraq war was seized on as the easiest way to deliver a deadly pre-emptive warning to OPEC and others, not to flirt with abandoning the Petro-dollar system in favor of one based on the euro.

Informed banking circles in the City of London and elsewhere in Europe privately confirm the significance of that little-noted Iraq move from petro-dollar to petro-euro. The Iraq move was a declaration of war against the US dollar. ‘As soon as it was clear that Britain and the US had taken Iraq, a great sigh of relief was heard in London City banks. They said privately, now we don’t have to worry about that damn euro threat”.

After considerable delay, Iran opened an oil bourse which does not accept US dollar. Many people fear that the move gave added reason for the USA to overthrow the Iranian regime as a means to close the bourse and revert Iran’s oil transaction currency to US dollar. In 2006 Venezuela indicated support of Iran’s decision to offer global oil trade in euro.

First Iraq and then Libya decided to challenge the petrodollar system and stop selling all their oil for US dollar, shortly before each country was attacked. The cost of war is not nearly as big as it is made out to be. The cost of not going to war would be horrendous for the US unless there were another way of protecting the US dollar’s world trade dominance. Guess how USA pays for the wars? By printing US dollar it is going to war to protect.

Muammar Qaddafi initiated a movement to refuse the US dollar and the euro, and called on Arab and African nations to use a new currency instead, the gold dinar. Muammar Qaddafi suggested establishing a united African continent, with its 200 million people using this single currency. The initiative was viewed negatively by the USA and the European Union, with French president Nicolas Sarkozy calling Libya a threat to the financial security of mankind; but Muammar Qaddafi continued his push for the creation of a united Africa.

Muammar Gaddafi’s proposal to introduce a gold dinar for Africa revived the notion of an Islamic gold dinar floated in 2003 by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, as well as by some Islamist movements. The notion, which contravened IMF rules and was designed to bypass them, had trouble getting started.

If Muammar Qaddafi were to succeed in creating an African Union backed by Libya’s currency and gold reserves, France, still the predominant economic power in most of its former Central African colonies, would be the chief loser. The plans to spark the Benghazi rebellion were initiated by French intelligence services in November 2010.

Worldwide GDP is about $70 Trillion. Worldwide debt to the Banks is $230 Trillion. The process by which banks create money is so simple. Every dollar, euro, yuan and yen that we have ever borrowed have been created. The Emperor truly has no clothes.

Today Iran, China, Russia, and India are stocking more and more gold rather than US dollar.

‘Eliya’ to be Gota’s pitch for the Presidency?

September 9th, 2017

by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island


Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s open foray into politics took place last Wednesday in the form of ‘Eliya’ a new organization that was ceremonially launched at the Golden Rose hall in Boraleasgaluwa. Its launch was in the form of a seminar on the proposed new constitution. The panel of speakers included Gota himself who introduced the new organization to the audience and spoke on why it opposes the proposed new constititution. Ven. Prof. Medagoda Abhayatissa Thera, Dr Dayan Jayatilleke, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera, Dr Seetha Arambepola, Rev. Fr. Wimal Tirimanne, Tamara Kunanayagam, Lawyer Rushdi Habib, and Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne were among the speakers at this event. The large hall at the Golden Rose which is bigger than the main ballrooms of most top end city hotels was packed by 5.00 pm with standing room only before the event began.

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Two smaller rooms had been organized on the upper floors of the building with large TV screens so that those who could not be accommodated in the main hall could still follow the event in comfort. Some of those who arrived late watched the event on the screens placed in the foyer. This included parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. After the doors of the main hall had been closed and about an hour into the event, there had been a scuffle outside with people trying to get in and Udaya Gammanpila had to talk them into going upstairs because there wasn’t even standing room in the main hall. He had shown them Namal watching the proceedings in the foyer on a screen and convinced them that the main hall could not accommodate any more. This writer was present on this occasion and to say that it was well attended is an understatement.

The turnout was all the more surprising because this event was held on a working day and scheduled to start at 5.00 pm at the peak of the evening rush hour. Getting to the location from Colombo was no easy task. Before the event began, there was much amusement among its organizers at an email sent by this writer to some members of the organizing committee. This was a link to the announcement made by a pro-yahapalana website Lanka e News of this event the day before it was held. The website carried a notice featuring the logo of the ‘Eliya’ organization doctored so that the name read as ‘Bada Eliya’. The creative and in fact quite amusing notice published by LeN said that Gota had abandoned what they called the ‘Vipath Maga’ (a reference to the Viyath Maga organization of professionals) and started ‘Bada Eliya’.

The notice went on to say that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa known as ‘moda Gota’ in the USA was a Colonel who had run away from the war and that the purpose of this new organization is to make him the head of state in this country. It stated that the assorted murderers and scoundrels of the ‘deplorable decade’ had got together to form this new organization because there was no enthusiasm among the general public for Viyath Maga. (Which however is not true. Viyath Maga held its first annual general meeting at the same location and the attendance was as impressive as the turnout for Eliya despite the fact that Viyath Maga is an organization restricted only to professionals whereas ‘Eliya’ is a mass organization.) Udaya Gammanpila to whom this writer had emailed the link to the LeN notice quipped “It’s ‘Eliya’ for Gota and the anti-government forces, but ‘Bada-Eliya’ for yahapalanaya!” The next presidential election is due before December 9, 2019 and any kind of new activity is deemed to be a result of political parties and individuals gearing up for it.

The recent celebration of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s unbroken 40 years in parliament was seen as his bid for the presidency in 2019 and President Sirisena’s objections (by proxy) to the abolition of the executive presidency is also seen as an expression of his own intention to run for President again. There are mixed signals in this regard. Last week President Sirisena had told the SLFP group he leads that he has no intention of contesting the next presidential elections. He has said similar things before, one example being the pledge he gave at Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha thera’s funeral that he will abolish the executive presidency. Yet it was just days ago that the SLFP group that he leads formally conveyed to the Constitutional Assembly that their party is against the abolition of the executive presidency.

This is a period in which everyone is weighing their options. President Sirisena may in fact stand down if the UNP is not willing to back him a second time. In any case, the mere fact that he made even an offhand comment to the effect that he has no intention of contesting again may have sent a wave of panic through the SLFP group he leads.  Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s stubborn refusal to toe the government line on some matters was interpreted as his own bid to become the presidential candidate of an opposition coalition. Indeed between now and the last quarter of 2019 when the next presidential election will be called, any kind of activity by an even moderately popular person will be interpreted as a bid for the presidency and that fact that Gota has come out for the first time, openly talking politics will fuel a great deal of speculation.

Eliya questions process of constitution making

A leaflet in Sinhala distributed to participants during the launch of Eliya explained why the new organization had decided to make the proposed new constitution the focal point of their inauguration. The leaflet stated that the organization regards the process of constitutional change started by the government with the utmost suspicion because this government has a track record of misusing executive and legislative power, and that the numbers they have artificially built up in the legislature by misusing executive power has been used as a tool to ride rough shod over public opinion. It explained that in August last year, the Office of Missing Persons Act was rammed through parliament without giving the opposition more than a few minutes to debate it.

Explaining what this Office of Missing Persons Act is, the Eliya leaflet said that despite the innocuous name, this is not some harmless body formed to look for missing persons but an investigative body that has the power to accept funding from overseas and even from foreign governments. That it has the power to search any Sri Lankan military or police installation at will; to summon witnesses and to seize any document or thing as evidence and to admit as evidence anything it deems relevant even in contravention of the Evidence Ordinance. It said that the OMP was established as a part of the implementation of the resolution of October 2015 that the yahapalana government and the foreign powers that backed the 2015 January ‘regime change’ project collaborated in getting passed in the UN Human Rights Council.

It stated that the government was engaged in an attempt at remolding the entire Sri Lankan state in accordance with this UNHRC resolution for which purpose the yahapalana government was brazenly abusing executive and legislative power with the fullest cooperation of the foreign powers concerned. The Eliya leaflet stated that this abuse of power has spilled over from politics into economics and commerce as well as can be seen in the way the Hambantota harbour was privatized without the relevant agreement being taken up for debate in parliament despite repeated requests by the opposition.

Eliya charged that last month the yahapalana government stood the law making process in parliament on its head when they changed the entire system of local government elections by bringing amendments to a Bill at the committee stage in parliament. The leaflet explained that a Bill had been before parliament to make some technical amendments to the local government elections law suggested by the Chairman of the Elections Commission. This Bill had been gazetted and presented to parliament in the proper manner but then at the committee stage of the Bill, after the second reading had been passed, the government had brought forward a plethora of totally new amendments to change the entire electoral system. The accepted practice is that at the committee stage of a Bill, only minor amendments to facilitate the passage of the Bill would be introduced if necessary.

In this instance however, amendments that completely changes the scope and character of the Bill under consideration was introduced at the committee stage and the Joint Opposition was not given time to even read the new amendments introduced with the yahapalana partners in the government and the opposition collaborating in ramming it through parliament. Even the procedure whereby the constitutionality of Bills can be scrutinized by the Supreme Court was subverted in the process. The leaflet said that we have now to deal with a government that has mastered the art of circumvention, dissimulation and outright fraud in the law making process. Taking yet another example, Eliya pointed out that after the 19th Amendment was passed in 2015, the yahapalana government claimed that this new Amendment had reduced the powers of the presidency by making the executive President responsible to parliament.

The actual fact however was that from the very inception of the 1978 constitution, the President had always been responsible to Parliament under Article 42. What the 19th Amendment did was to repeal this Article 42 and to reintroduce it as Article 33A without changing a word or a comma and then claim to have made the President responsible to Parliament! The Eliya leaflet stated that such a constitutional fraud had never been perpetrated on the people of any country in the world by an elected government. Eliya pointed out that given such a background, even though the government has not yet put out a draft of the proposed constitution, it would be a fatal mistake not to discuss the proposed changes to the constitution and that this government has displayed a propensity to get anything that is against public opinion rammed through parliament without a debate.

It also pointed out that even though a complete draft of the proposed constitution has not yet been published, several official documents of the Constitutional Assembly have already been published giving clear indication of what the contents of the new constitution will be. On the basis of these proposals, it is possible to form an idea of what the new constitution will look like and given the likelihood that in getting this constitution passed, the government will adopt the same procedure it adopted with regard to the OMP Act, the privatization of the Hambantota Port and in changing the local government electoral system, the Eliya leaflet contended that it is vital that public opinion be created about what the contents of the new constitution should or shouldn’t be.

Constitution promulgators’ credibility questioned

Rev. Fr. Vimal Tirimanne who addressed the audience stated that there were issues about the legitimacy of the mandate for a new constitution and the credibility of the agents who want to draft a new constitution for this country. He pointed out that in 1972 and 1978, the constitution was changed by governments that had a huge mandate but that in contrast, the present government had been elected with a slim majority and that in his opinion this did not constitute a mandate to carry out such drastic change in our country. Fr Tirimanne stated that he too is a member of a minority community because he is a Roman Catholic and that it was clear that the majority of the votes received by President Maithripala Sirisena was from the minority communities in the North and East and elsewhere and queried whether the majority group backed President Sirisena and that this is a question that cannot be avoided.

Furthermore he said that President Sirisena had clearly stated in his manifesto that he will not amend any provisions in the existing constitution which will require a referendum. Then at the August 2015 parliamentary elections, no party received a clear majority to form a government. Fr. Tirimmane stated that the happenings since January 2015 in this country bring the credibility of those who want to usher in a new constitution into question. When the incumbent Prime Minister (D.M.Jayaratne) had a clear cut majority in parliament, Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed PM with 46 MPs in  a Parliament of 225 and that such a thing has not been heard of anywhere in the world. Furthermore, defeated candidates were brought into parliament through the back door.

He also stated that local government and provincial council elections are being indefinitely postponed with flimsy, ridiculous excuses and the President repeatedly says that this government will continue till 2020 no matter what – implying thus that they would remain in power whether they have a majority in parliament or not and he wanted to know whether these are the people who are going to draft a new constitution for Sri Lanka?

Attorney at Law Rushdi Habib stated that we seem to be moving from a unitary state to a federal state and that in such a situation it is important to study the implications that such change will have for the peaceful coexistence among communities. He stated that he had been to the USA recently to study constitutions and that federalism is seen as a way of bringing separate entities under one banner. In this instance however, he pointed out that a unitary state is to be divided up into federal units. He stated that he had seen the proposals to amend the constitution and queried whether by putting forward a proposal to amend Article 9 (which gives foremost place to Buddhism) anyone can really expect reconciliation to take place in this country. He stated that the mere suggestion itself is counter productive.

He also pointed out that by devolving police and land powers and abolishing the concurrent list and giving all such powers to the provincial councils, whether there is any guarantee that the rights of the Sinhala and Muslim minorities living in the North and East will be protected. He drew attention to the fact that the Muslims were expelled from the north by the LTTE within 24 hours and that in a backdrop where such incidents have taken place, to create autonomous units which are not subordinate to the sovereign power in the country, would heighten the danger of parts of the country moving away from the state. He stated that the TNA has proposed the merger of the North and East and if a referendum is to held, that it be within the provinces to be merged. He stated that the majority of the Tamil and Muslim people in this country do not live in the North and East but elsewhere and if the North and East goes its separate way, he wanted to know what will happen to the majority of the Tamil and Muslim people living in other parts of the country? He said that the Tamil and Muslim people should oppose this proposed constitution and that they cannot agree to the arrangement being proposed.

He stated that he is a pious Muslim and an independent professional and that by going for a foreign solution imposed upon us, the majority of the Tamils and the Muslims living in the South are being placed in danger by creating Tamil areas, Muslim areas and Sinhala areas and  a Tamil police, Muslim police and Sinhala police etc. He stated that they have no issue living in a unitary state and that they don’t want separatism in this country.

Former Ambassador Tamara Kunanayagam said that what began as an agenda to abolish the Executive Presidency was transformed overnight into a full-blown reform of the Constitution and that today, Sri Lanka finds itself under a form of tutelage to the US, with the US Ambassador announcing Washington’s decision to ‘assist’ Sri Lanka draft its Constitution. She stated that ‘Good Governance’, is a neo-liberal project inimical to the national interest and that this term was invented the IMF, World Bank and the US Treasury for the enslavement of third world countries and to make us permanently dependent, facilitating external interference and domination.

Furthermore, Kunanayagam pointedly stated that this so called ‘good governance’ had undermined nation-building wherever it has been implemented, and fuelled identity conflicts especially in multi-ethnic societies with the buzzwords used being ‘rule of law’, ‘democracy’, ‘devolution’, ‘participation’

Liam Fox: We have turned down free trade deals because we do not have capacity

September 9th, 2017

Written by: Agnes Chambre

The UK has turned down countries wishing to strike free trade deals after Brexit because the Government does not have the capacity to negotiate them, the International Trade Secretary has said.

Liam Fox said that instead, the Government is preparing to duplicate deals which already exist until they can be updated at a later date.

There are a number of countries who said they would like to move directly to a new free-trade agreement but we have said we are simply unable to do that at the moment,” Dr Fox told Politico.

It requires the willingness of the country involved to want to move the process further on and it’s dependent on our own capacity in our own department.”

The comments come after the Prime Minister said ministers were looking at simply copy and pasting the deals that the UK is currently signed up to as an EU member.

The EU has got some 40 free-trade agreements with third countries,” said the Prime Minister. We have always said that our aim is twofold — first of all, to provide continuity as we leave the EU but then to move to more bespoke and more liberal agreements when we are able to do so.”

A senior Government figure also told The Guardian: We can’t do 40 FTAs, we haven’t got the capacity to do that.”

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable described Dr Fox’s admission as yet another broken Brexit promise”.

First we learned that countries such as Japan and India have no interest in doing separate trade deals with the UK. Now we learn that even if there was appetite for such deals, we wouldn’t have the capacity to negotiate them.

The Government is clearly completely underprepared and is presiding over a Whitehall farce. This is like a nightmare divorce, where one partner decides to walk away with no idea of what they will move on to.”

‘NO CLEAR VISION’

Elsewhere, the City of London’s special representative to the EU raised concerns about European countries wanting to trade with the UK following Brexit.

Former Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne warned the EU does not have a clear vision” of what it wants following UK withdrawal from the bloc, even though Britain with be one of their most important trading partners”.

There is a tendency in the EU still to see the UK as primarily an internal disciplinary matter rather than an external relationship building issue,” the Liberal Democrat former MP.

Brexit is not really about the UK in some ways,” he said. It has also become a prism through which the 27 see themselves. So France, for instance, sees it as an opportunity to reshape the bloc in a manner that suits its interest.”

Mr Browne also said, despite the Government’s hopes German manufacturers would force access to the UK market, he was not convinced.

German manufacturers are very concerned about the political integrity of the EU,” he said. Of course they want to trade with the UK, but if it is a choice between that and the risk of weakening the single market, preserving the latter is more important to them.

Retain the Rights of Sinhalese Voters in the Vavuniya Region

September 9th, 2017

DR DASARATH JAYASURIYA, PRESIDENT, SOCIETY FOR PEACE, UNITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ARI LANKA SPUR, AUSTRALIA

Dear Election Commissioner,

As reported in this news item ( please review the Rivera article for  which a link is provided), the universal franchise of a large number of Sinhalese in the NE surrounding the Vavuniya Region have been compromised by omitting their names from the electoral list.

Theses people who have had their names on the electoral list would not check whether the current status remaining unchanged,  as they have not requested any change and hence not expecting change. Trust you appreciate these people are poor people mostly and would find it extremely difficult to find information in electronic or written media.

In addition, I would respectfully inform you that that your web does not carry any information on the Voter Awareness icon nor  have you included any Media Releases recently in 2017 referring to the electoral list. This was the case in English as well as  in the Sinhalese version of the web pages.

I believe you will respect the view that the people sighted in the said Villages in the Vavuniya area have the right to vote and  that their names should not be removed by any high level official surreptitiously or underhandedly what ever the reason, without  following due process and informing the affected voters.

It’s the responsibility of the Government at all levels, Central, Provincial and Local to ensure that the people have their universal franchise to vote protected and retained as it existed in 2013.

Please take the necessary steps urgently to address this issue.

Thank you for your kind consideration,

DR DASARATH JAYASURIYA

PRESIDENT

SOCIETY FOR PEACE, UNITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ARI LANKA SPUR,

AUSTRALIA

The Federal Reserve Cartel: The Rothschild, Rockefeller and Morgan Families

September 9th, 2017

Part One: The Banking Houses of Morgan and Rockefeller

The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths.

But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch.

According to company 10K filings to the SEC, the Four Horsemen of Banking are among the top ten stock holders of virtually every Fortune 500 corporation.[1]

So who then are the stockholders in these money center banks?

http://humansarefree.com/2015/06/the-federal-reserve-cartel-rothschild.html

Alleged war crimes and Command Responsibility

September 9th, 2017

by Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe Courtesy  Ceylon Today

As for the ways by which rulers over others may become implicated in their crimes, there are two …tolerance and protection…we must hold that a person who knows of a crime and is able and bound to forbid it and does not do so, himself commits a crime … the people or the king are not rigidly bound to surrender the offender, but they must either surrender or punish him.

– GROTIUS (1652) as quoted in Cherif Bassouni -International Criminal Law (3rd Edition 2008)

Recently media reported that Human Rights groups led by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP), in South America have filed lawsuits in Brazil and Colombia against Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador in Latin America including Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Suriname General Jagath Jayasuriya, accusing him of war crimes. Carlos Castresana Fernandez, the lawyer who is coordinating the effort, said petitions will be filed in Argentina, Chile and Peru in the coming days, adding that authorities in Suriname had refused to accept the petition. Obviously the lawyer has been retained by the diaspora with their unlimited funds.

The suits say Jayasuriya was the Commander of the Vanni Security Force from 2007 to 2009. According to the suits, Jayasuriya oversaw an offensive from Joseph Camp in the northern town of Vavuniya. The ITJP said it interviewed 14 people who survived the torture or sexual violence at the camp. “There is no way General Jayasuriya can claim not to have known that torture routinely occurred in his camp; there were purpose built underground torture chambers, equipped with manacles, chains and pulleys for hoisting victims upside down. If the detainees could hear each other screaming at night from adjacent buildings, so could he,” ITJP’s Executive Director Yasmin Sooka said.

As all these allegations are hearsay they remain to be proved beyond reasonable doubt under International Criminal Law. It must be noted that in July 2010, Sooka was appointed to the three-member panel of experts advising the UN Secretary General on accountability for war crimes committed during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka. The Darusman report was published in May 2011. Suspicion surrounds this report as there is a belief that the experts were misled by the Tamil Diaspora who were hell bent to take revenge of the armed forces for defeating the LTTE and fabrication of false evidence using former LTTE cadres now domiciled abroad cannot be ruled out.

Information of crimes

In the meantime media reported that Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said, “I received complaints that Jayasuriya was engaged in crimes as Vanni Commander with regard to those who were arrested. He continued the same strategy even after he was promoted as Army Commander. I have information regarding those who committed the crimes. I am ready to explain the crimes committed in detail if proper legal action is instituted.” Meanwhile Sri Lanka Army spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne has defended General Jayasuriya saying the allegations were baseless. Of course Sarath Fonseka has an axe to grind with Jayasuriya for assisting in Fonseka’s arrest during the previous regime.

In the above backdrop, this article attempts to analyze the Doctrine of Command Responsibility as applicable to the above statements. The origins of Command Responsibility date back centuries. In the 6th century B.C., Sun Tzu in his Ping Fa – “The Art of War” wrote about the duty of army commanders to ensure that their subordinates conducted themselves in a civilized manner in armed conflict (Wikepedia).

The Additional Protocol I (‘API’) of 1977 to the Geneva Convention of 1949 was the first international treaty to comprehensively codify the doctrine of Command Responsibility. Article 86(2) states the fact that a breach of the Convention of the Protocol was committed by a subordinate does not absolve his superiors from responsibility if they knew, or had information which should have enabled them to conclude in the circumstances at the time, that he was committing or about to commit such a breach and “if they did not take all feasible measures within their power to prevent or repress the breach.” Thus Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who claims to have received complaints that Jayasuriya was committing such breaches, but failed to take prompt action to prevent or repress such breaches himself becomes culpable.

Codified

The doctrine of Command Responsibility has recently been codified in Article 28 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Article 28(a) imposes individual responsibility on military commanders for crime committed by forces under their effective command and control if they either knew or owing to the circumstances at the time, “should have known” that the forces were committing or about to commit such crimes. Thus, literally interpreted Article 28(a) of the Rome Statute imposes a stricter standard of knowledge than Article 86(2) of the Additional Protocol I (‘API’) of 1977 to the Geneva Convention.

Sri Lanka is not a State party that has ratified or acceded to the Rome Statute. Therefore the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over the territory of Sri Lanka. Article 12(1), under “Precondition to the exercise of jurisdiction” states: “A State which becomes a party to this Statute thereby accepts the jurisdiction of the Court with respect to crimes referred to in Article 5”. Article 5.1 of the Rome Statute grants jurisdiction to investigate (a) crimes of genocide, (b) crimes against humanity, (c) war crimes and (d) crime of aggression.

During the previous regime a law suit based on Command Responsibility was filed in the United States District Court of Columbia under the Torture Victims Protection Act and attempts were made to serve summons on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Under the Foreign Sovereigns Immunity Act of the United States, it was not possible that a foreign Head of State could be issued with summons by a US Court.

The then Secretary to the Ministry of Justice had quite properly refused to receive such summons as this act is a direct violation of the sovereignty of our country.

It is to be noted that under International Humanitarian Law, international lawsuits across jurisdictions are complicated.

International lawsuits

Spain’s Carlos Castresana Fernandez, the lawyer who has coordinated efforts against Jagath Jayasuriya, is one of the lawyers who worked on cases against Chilean General Augusto Pinochet and Argentine General Jorge Rafael Videla. Gen Pinochet spent 18 months under arrest in London fighting extradition to Spain. Yasmin Sooka says Jagath Jayasuriya will have diplomatic immunity for as long as he’s an ambassador. “We’ve heard he held on to the ambassadorial post and that he will probably resign when he reaches Colombo – immunity will cease once he steps down from the post – But what’s wonderful is the Latin American countries can actually file an arrest warrant, they can put him on an Interpol red list and ask for his extradition – and really he will become a prisoner on the island of Sri Lanka.” This statement is erroneous as Foreign Courts have no jurisdiction to prosecute a national of another sovereign State for alleged offences committed in his native land unless such offences involve nationals of such countries in which the law suits are filed. Even if such an arrest warrant is filed the Sri Lankan Government is not obliged to assist in the execution of such warrants issued without proper jurisdiction.

It was also reported that addressing the troops at the Colours Awarding Ceremony of Sri Lanka Army held at the Army Headquarters in Panagoda, President Maithripala Sirisena said the government is bound to protect the dignity and pride of the defence sector including our tri-forces while confronting the alleged human rights violations purported to have happened during the last phase of the war adding that he would never let the security sector including tri-forces to be weakened in any way.

In conclusion, as foreign courts or even the ICC without UNGA intervention has no jurisdiction to hear cases against Sri Lankan forces that saved the nation from the clutches of the brutal LTTE. The government is obliged to defend and protect the war heroes from the sinister machinations of the Tamil Diaspora.

The writer is an Attorney-at-Law with LLB, LLM, MPhil (Colombo)

සිල්රෙදි බෙදන්න උපදෙස් දුන්නේ තමන් බව මහින්ද කියයි.. රාවණ පරපුරේ ගුණවත් පුරුෂයෙක් බව පෙන්වයි..

September 9th, 2017

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බෞද්ද උපාසක උපාසිකාවන් සදහා සිල් රෙදි බෙදා දෙන ලෙස හිටපු ජනාධිපති ලේකම් ලලිත් වීරතුංග මහතාට උපදෙස් දුන්නේ නමන් විසින් බවත් එය එවකට පැවති රජයේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තියක් මත සිදු කල දෙයක් බවත් හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා පවසයි.

එය ජනාධිපතිවරණය ඉලක්ක කරමින් සිදු කල දෙයක් නොවන බවත් 2014දී ගත් තීරණයක් මත සිදු කල දෙයක් බවත් කී හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා ලලිත් වීරතුංගට සිර දඬුවම් ලබා දීමෙන් සමස්ථ රාජ්‍ය සේවයටම පණිවුඩයක් ලබා දී ඇති බවද සදහන් කරයි.

ඒ මහතා මෙම අදහස් පල කලේ කුරුණෑගල කොබෙයිගනේදී මාධ්‍යවේදීන් අමතමිනි.

ඉතිහාසයේ ප්‍රථම වතාවට ජනාධිපති  ලේකම්වරයකු හිරේ යෑවූ සිල් රෙදි නඩුව…

September 9th, 2017

උදේශ සංජීව ගමගේ 

හොරු අල්ලන්නට පොරොන්දු වී බලයට පැමිණි ආණ්‌ඩුව අවුරුදු දෙකක්‌ කෙකර ගා අමාරුවෙන් බිත්තරයක්‌ දමා තිබේ. ඒ අනුව දූෂණ චෝදනා යටතේ පළමුවෙන්ම සිපිරි ගෙදරට යාමට සිදුවූයේ හිටපු ජනාධිපති ලේකම් ලලිත් වීරතුංගටත්, විදුලි සංදේශ නියාමන කොමිෂන් සභාවේ හිටපු අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ ජනරාල් අනුෂ පැල්පිටටත්ය. මේ කතාවේ අගමුල මේ වන විටත් රටේ වැඩි දෙනෙක්‌ දන්නා බවට සැකයක්‌ නැත. 2014 ඔක්‌තෝබර් මස 30 වැනිදාත් 2015 ජනවාරි මස 5 වැනිදාත් අතර කාලයේ කෙළඹදී පැමිණිල්ල නොදත් පිරිසක්‌ සමග එක්‌ව විදුලි සංදේශ නියාමන කොමිසමේ ප්‍රතිපාදනවලට පටහැනි අන්දමට එම ගිණුම භාවිත කර විදුලි සංදේශ නියාමන කොමිෂන් සභාවට අයත් රුපියල් කෝටි 60 ක මුදලක්‌ ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය නමින් ලංකා බැංකුවේ තැප්‍රොබේන් ශාඛාවේ ගිණුමට බැර කිරීමට කුමන්ත්‍රණය කරනු ලැබී යෑයිද, ඒ අනුව සිල් රෙදි ලබාගෙන එම මුදල වංචා කරනු ලැබී යෑයිද, ඒ සඳහා ආධාර හා අනුබල ලබාදෙනු ලැබී යෑයිද යනුවෙන් පොදු දේපළ පනත යටතේ විත්තිකරුවන්ට එරෙහිව නීතිපතිවරයා විසින් චෝදනා තුනක්‌ යටතේ ඒ දෙදෙනාට විරුද්ධව නඩු පවරා තිබිණි. මෙහිදී මුලින්ම විත්තිකරුවන්ට එරෙහිව නඩු පවරා තිබුණේ පොදු දේපළ පනත යටතේය. පසුව පැමිණිල්ලේ සාක්‌කි විභාගය අවසන් කර විත්තිය වෙනුවෙන් සාක්‌කි ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් තිබියදී පොදු දේපළ පනත යටතේ ඉදිරිපත්කොට තිබූ අධි චෝදනා පත්‍රය සංශෝධනය කොට දණ්‌ඩ නීති සංග්‍රහය යටතේ විත්තිකරුවන්ට එරෙහිව චෝදනා ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට නීතිපතිවරයා පියවරගෙන තිබිණි. විත්තිකරුවන් වැරදිකරුවන් කිරීමට හේතු අඩංගු නඩු තීන්දුව පැයක පමණ කාලයක්‌ පුරා කොළඹ මහාධිකරණ විනිසුරු ගිහාන් කුලතුංග විසින් කියවනු ලැබීය.

 

 

සිරභාරයට පත් හිටපු ජනාධිපති ලේකම් ලලිත් වීරතුංග සහ විදුලි සංදේශ නියාමන කොමිෂන් සභාවේ හිටපු අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ ජනරාල් අනුෂ පැල්පිට

සිල් රෙදි ව්‍යාපෘතියකට යෙදවීම සඳහා රුපියල් මිලියන 600 ක එනම් රුපියල් කෝටි 60 ක මුදලක්‌ ලබාදෙන ලෙස පළමුවැනි විත්තිකාර අනුෂ පැල්පිටට ලැබුණු ලිත නියෝගයට අනුව ඔහු විසින් දෙවැනි විත්තිකාර ලලිත් වීරතුංගගේ නමින් ඇති ගිණුමකට 2014 දෙසැම්බර් 3 වැනි දින මෙම මුදල් ප්‍රේෂණය කර තිබේ. එමෙන්ම එම මුදල් ප්‍රේෂණය කර ඇත්තේ එදිනම මුදල් ලබාගත හැකිවන ආකාරයට යෑයිද විනිසුරුවරයා සඳහන් කර තිබිණි. එපමණක්‌ නොව එම මුදල් එම කටයුත්තට යෙදවීම සඳහා මුදාහැර ඇත්තේ විදුලි සංදේශ නියාමන කොමිසමේ අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ මණ්‌ඩලයෙන් කලින් අනුමැතියක්‌ හෝ ලබානොගෙන බවද එහිදී විනිසුරුවරයා සඳහන් කර තිබිණි. එහෙත් විදුලි සංදේශ නියාමන කොමිෂන් සභාවේ අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ මණ්‌ඩලයේ අනුමැතියක්‌ ලැබුණද එම කොමිසමේ අභිප්‍රායට පටහැනි කාරණයකට මුදල් යෙදවීම නීති විරෝධී බවත්, 2015 ජනවාරි මාසයේ ජනාධිපතිවරණය පැවැත්වීම සඳහා මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස්‌වරයා විසින් ගැසට්‌ නිවේදනයක්‌ නිකුත් කර තිබියදී ජනාධිපතිවරණය සඳහා ඉදිරිපත්වන අපේක්‍ෂකයකුගේ දැන්වීම ඇතුළත් කොට සිල් රෙදි බෙදා දීමෙන් එක්‌ අපේක්‍ෂකයකුට වාසියක්‌ මෙන්ම අනෙක්‌ අපේක්‍ෂකයාට පාඩුවක්‌ සිදුවන බවත් විනිසුරුවරයා පවසා තිබිණි.

සිල් රෙදි බෙදා දීමක්‌ වැනි හදිසියේ සිදුකිරීමට අවශ්‍ය නොවන කටයුත්තකට මැතිවරණයක්‌ ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කර ඇති අවස්‌ථාවක හදිසියේ මුදල් වෙන් කිරීම සැකයට බඳුන් වන කාරණයක්‌ බවත් එම මුදල් එසේ හදිසියේ වෙන් කිරීමට කිසිදු සාධාරණ හේතුවක්‌ විත්තිකරුවන් විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කරනු ලැබ නැති බවත් විනිසුරුවරයා සඳහන් කර තිබිණි. එහිදී විනිසුරුවරයා වැඩිදුරටත් සඳහන් කර තිබුණේ මැතිවරණයක්‌ ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කර ඇති අවස්‌ථාවක සිල් රෙදි බෙදාදීම සාමාන්‍ය කටයුත්තක්‌ වුවද එය නතර කර දැමිය යුතු බවය. විත්තිකරුවන්ට එරෙහි චෝදනා සැකයකින් තොරව ඔප්පු කර ඇතැයි තීරණය කළ විනිසුරුවරයා විත්තිකරුවන්ට දඬුවම් නියම කිරීමට පෙර කරුණු ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලෙස දෙපාර්ශ්වයේම නීතිඥවරුන්ට දැනුම් දී තිබිණි. එහිදී පැමිණිල්ල වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි නියෝජ්‍ය සොලිසිටර් ජනරාල් තුසිත් මුදලිගේ කරුණු දක්‌වමින් මෙම නඩුවේ එක්‌ චෝදනාවක්‌ සඳහා වසර දෙක බැගින් බරපතළ වැඩ සහිත සිරදඬුවම්, දඩ සහ වන්දි නියම කළ යුතු බව පවසා තිබිණි. එමෙන්ම රාජකාරිමය හැකියාව සහ බලය අතර විත්තිකරුවන් එම බලය හා හැකියාව භාවිත කරමින් මෙම අපරාධය සිදුකර ඇතැයි කී නියෝජ්‍ය සොලිසිටර් ජනරාල්වරයා විත්තිකරුවන්ට සුදුසු සිරදඬුවමක්‌ නියම කරන ලෙසද අධිකරණයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියේය.

එහිදී විත්තිකරුවන් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි නීතිඥ කාලිංග ඉන්ද්‍රතිස්‌ස කීවේ තම සේවාදායකයන්ට රුපියල් කෝටි 60 ක මුදලක්‌ සම්බන්ධයෙන් චෝදනා එල්ලවී තිබුණද ඔවුන් ඉන් එක්‌ රුපියලක්‌ හෝ තමන්ගේ පරිහරණය සඳහා යොදාගෙන නැති බවය. චෝදනාව “සිල්රෙදි බෙදාදීම” වුවද විත්තිකරුවන් දෙදෙනා සන්තකයේ එක රෙදි කැබැල්ලක්‌ හෝ නොතිබුණු බවද ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ කාලිංග ඉන්ද්‍රතිස්‌ස කියා තිබිණි. ඒ නිසාම විත්තිකරුවන්ට දඬුවම් නියම කිරීමේදී එම කරුණුද සැලකිල්ලට ගන්නා ලෙස හෙතෙම අධිකරණයෙන් ඉල්ලා තිබිණි.

අවසන ඉදිරිපත් වූ සියලු කරුණු සැලකිල්ලට ගත් විනිසුරුවරයා පළමුවැනි චෝදනාවට විත්තිකරුවන් දෙදෙනාට වසර 1 1/2 බැගින් බරපතළ වැඩසහිත සිරදඬුවමක්‌ද, රුපියල් ලක්‍ෂ දහය බැගින් දඩද නියම කළේය. එම දඩ මුදල් නොගෙවුවහොත් මාස හය බැගින් බරපතළ වැඩ සහිත සිරදඬුවමක්‌ ද නියම කළේය.

පළමු විත්තිකරු වරදකරු වූ දෙවැනි චෝදනාවට අවුරුදු 1 1/2 බැගින් බරපතළ වැඩ සහිත සිරදඬුවමක්‌ද, රුපියල් ලක්‍ෂ 10 ක දඩයක්‌ද නියම කළ අතර දඩ මුදල් නොගෙවුවහොත් මාස හයක බරපතළ වැඩ සහිත සිරදඬුවමක්‌ නියම කෙරිණි. දෙවැනි විත්තිකරු වරදකරු වූ තුන්වැනි චෝදනාවට අවුරුදු 1 1/2 බැගින් බරපතළ වැඩ සහිත සිරදඬුවමක්‌ සහ රුපියල් ලක්‍ෂ දහයක දඩයක්‌ද නියම කළ අතර දඩ මුදල් නොගෙවුවහොත් මාස හයක බරපතළ වැඩ සහිත සිරදඬුවමක්‌ද නියම කළේය. එමෙන්ම විදුලි සංදේශ නියාමන කොමිෂන් සභාවට රුපියල් කෝටි 5 බැගින් වන්දි ගෙවන ලෙසද විත්තිකරුවන් දෙදෙනාට එම වන්දි මුදල ගෙවීමට නොහැකි වුවහොත් අමතර වසර දෙක බැගින් බරපතළ වැඩ සහිත සිරදඬුවම්ද නියම කෙරිණි. දඩ හා වන්දි මුදල් ලබන ඔක්‌තෝම්බර් 10 වැනිදාට පෙර ගෙවන ලෙසද නියම කෙරිණි.

මෙම නඩුව දූෂණ මර්දන ලේකම් කාර්යාලයේ හා පොලිස්‌ මූල්‍ය අපරාධ කොට්‌ඨාසයේ විමර්ශනවලින් පසුව චෝදනා ගොනු කරනු ලැබීමෙන් පසුව විමසා අවසන් වූ ප්‍රථම නඩු විභාගයද වෙයි. විත්තිකරුවන් දෙදෙනාට එරෙහිව නඩු පවරා තිබුණේ 2015 අගෝස්‌තු 28 වැනිදාය.

මේ සමස්‌ත නඩු විභාගය තුළම, රාජ්‍ය සේවය, රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ නියුතු නිලධාරීන් හා දේශපාලනය අතර තිබිය යුතු “සීමාව” ගැනත් රාජ්‍ය සේවය තුළ කොතරම් නරක ආකාරයට දේශපාලනය විසිරී ඇතිදැයි යන්න තේරුම් ගැනීමටත් උදාහරණ බොහෝමයක්‌ තිබිණි.

නඩුව විභාග වන අවස්‌ථාවේදී හිටපු ජනාධිපති ලේකම් ලලිත් වීරතුංග ප්‍රකාශ කරන ලද කාරණයකින්ම ඒ බව සනාථ වේ. ඔහු ප්‍රකාශ කර තිබුණේ ජනාධිපති ලේකම්වරයා ලෙස තමා, ජනාධිපතිවරයා ලබාදෙන නියෝග ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට බැඳී සිටින බවත් ඒ අනුව හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂගේ නියෝග මත සිල් රෙදි බෙදීමේ කටයුතු සිදුවූ බවත්ය. බොහෝවිට රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන් ක්‍රියාත්මක වන්නේ කොළ, නිල් හෝ රතු පිළක සිට නොවේ. රාජ්‍ය සේවකයාද අර්ධ වශයෙන් නොව පූර්ණ වශයෙන්ම දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාධරයකු බවට පත්වන්නේ 77 න් පසු එළැඹි දේශපාලන වටපිටාව තුළය. බොහෝවිට රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් නැගෙන චෝදනා බොහෝමයක අවලස්‌සන චරිත රඟපා ඇත්තේ දේශපාලනඥයින්ය. එහෙත් දංගෙඩියට හිස තැබිය යුත්තේ රාජ්‍ය සේවකයාය. ලලිත් වීරතුංග යනු රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරියකු හැටියට විශිෂ්ටත්වයට පත් කීර්තිමත් රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරියෙකි. එමෙන්ම අනුෂ පැල්පිට ද ක්‍රියාශීලී, ප්‍රවීණතම පරිපාලන නිලධාරියෙකු ලෙස නමක්‌ දිනා ගත්තෙකි. සිල්රෙදි නඩුවේ විත්තිකරුවෙකුව සිටි අනුෂ පැල්පිට සම්බන්ධයෙන් දැක්‌වූ අදහස්‌ හා ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් ගත් ක්‍රියාමාර්ග නිසාම එවකට රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම්වරයාව සිටි ජිනසිරි දඩල්ලගේට සිය තනතුර අතහැර යන්නට සිදුවිණි. එකල මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඔහු දැක්‌වූ ඉතා වැදගත් අදහසක සංක්‍ෂිප්තය මෙසේය.

“රාජ්‍ය සේවය යනු රජයේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමයි. එය පත්වන ඕනෑම රජයක්‌ සම්බන්ධයෙන් වලංගු කාරණයකි. එසේ බලන කල රාජ්‍ය සේවය වෙනමද, රාජ්‍ය ප්‍රතිපත්ති වෙනමද යනුවෙන් යමක්‌ නැත. රාජ්‍ය නිලධරයෙකු වැඩ කරන්නේ මේ ක්‍රියාදාමයට අනුවය. යම් යම් කාලවල ඒ ප්‍රතිපත්තිවල තිබුණු අඩුලුහුඬුකම් නිසා ඒ ඒ රජයන් පරාජයට පත්වෙලා තියෙනවා. මේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති හදන්නේ දේශපාලනඥයින්. මේවා ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන්නේ රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින්. හැබැයි එසේ වූ පමණින් සියලු දේවල වගකීම රාජ්‍ය සේවකයා පිට පටවන්නට බැහැ.

ඇත්ත වශයෙන්ම “පසුබිමේ තීන්දු තීරණ” ගන්නා දේශපාලනඥයින් සමග රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරියකු ගනුදෙනු කිරීම සරල කටයුත්තක්‌ නොවේ. එතැනදී “ආයතන සංග්‍රහය, මුදල් රෙගුලාසි” අමතක කර කටයුතු කරන්නට රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරියාට සිදුවේ. සිල් රෙදි තීන්දුවට එරෙහිව අභියාචනයක්‌ ඉදිරිපත් කරන බව ලලිත් වීරතුංග හා අනුෂ පැල්පිට යන මහත්වරු වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ කාලිංග ඉන්ද්‍රතිස්‌ස අධිකරණයට දැනුම්දී තිබිණි.

MAHINDA MEETS RANIL

September 9th, 2017

Courtesy The Nation 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with former President and incumbent MP Mahinda Rajapaksa for a unscheduled discussion this week to discuss Local Government elections, the postponement of which continues.

The political discussion took place on the evening of September 7 at the Parliamentary complex premises with Joint Opposition (JO) MPs Dinesh Gunawardena (Leader of the JO’s Parliamentary group), Udaya Gammanpila, Wimal Weerawansa and Prasanna Ranatunga in attendance.

Rajapaksa’s Private Secretary, Udith Lokubandara said that the group had expressed their displeasure to Wickremesinghe regarding the constant postponement of the said elections and had also raised concerns about field officers being denied the opportunity thanks to an Amendment proposed by the Government to the Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Act, to contest as candidates at the said elections, to be represented in municipal councils, pradeshiya sabhas and urban councils, which is prohibited by the said Amendment to the Act, which Rajapaksa had further pointed out constituted a violation of the fundamental rights of public servants.

This  meeting  follows closed door talks at a one-on-one held between Rajapaksa and Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance, R. Sampanthan on August 29 in the afternoon at Rajapaksa’s residence in Colombo 7, after Rajapaksa had extended an invitation to Sampanthan for a discussion on current political matters.

At  what  Lokubandara  said was  a personal meeting”, Sampanthan had requested for senior statesman and responsible political leader of stature Rajapaksa’s and the JO’s support to be extended to the process currently underway with regard to making a new constitution which could resolve many longstanding issues in the country. According to Sampanthan, it was hoped that the proposed new Constitution would bring about an arrangement where more power would be shared whilst ensuring the country’s unity within an indivisible Sri Lanka. Sampanthan had pointed out that Rajapaksa thereby had a duty and responsibility to cooperate with the said Constitution making endeavour. He had also reminded that the Constitution making exercise involving the first and second republican Constitutions of 1972 and 1978 respectively, had been lacking in the participation of the Tamils, which was not the case in the present day.

Rajapaksa had responded that the matter would placed before the JO, adding also that the JO had forwarded 14 proposals in relation to the constitutional amendments and that they had yet to be formally made aware of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s proposals with regard to the said matter. Rajapaksa had also noted certain problems of a political nature which remained in terms of the Constitution making exercise and that these included ideological reservations regarding certain aspects of the process and the fact that other political allies held differing views on the issue. It is reported that Rajapaksa had also brought to Sampanthan’s notice that he and his family were being harassed by the Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Wickremesinghe.

The duo had agreed with each other on the requirement for further efforts to address political impediments and to overcome obstacles in this regard to be continued so that a viable Constitution which would be acceptable to all manner of political opinions and all sections of the people could be evolved.

Meanwhile, Member of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna / Sri Lanka People’s Front and former Minister Basil Rajapaksa was quoted elsewhere as having said that Sampanthan (had) publicly invited Mahinda Rajapaksa to join hands and resolve problems that exist. Sampanthan met with Rajapaksa recently after that. He said only Rajapaksa could bring peace to the country. Likewise, he said only Rajapaksa would be able to unite the communities one day.”

There is a probability that a second meeting could be held during the course of September with the adapting of a tactically satisfactory approach in relation to the question at hand, with the involvement and participation of other political parties and groups.

Buddhist monks held Bodhi Pooja for former Army Commander during war – MR

September 9th, 2017

Buddhist monks held Bodhi Pooja for former Army Commander during war – MR හාමුදුරුවරු හිටපු හමුදාපතිට බෝම්බ වදිනකොට බෝධිපුජා පැවැත්වුවා

Former President invokes blessings in Kandy (English)

September 9th, 2017

Former President invokes blessings in Kandy (English)

Sil Redi verdict an indictment to Sri Lanka’s 1.4m Government Servants

September 8th, 2017

Shenali D Waduge

While one wrong does not make another wrong right, only those who have not & does not sin can cast the first stone. That leaves not many with a moral right to hold any stone! Those taking files certainly have soiled hands which have not been investigated to determine their own guilt. In legal parlance the unclean hands doctrine is also applicable. Nonetheless, the verdict has certainly shaken the 1.4million Public Sector. Today, everyone claims to be champions against corruption but how many of them are guilty themselves! The Public Sector, Government servants and in particular the civil servants need to now seriously address their role and future resolve. Yet, is there greater agendas behind the indictment given that by its own appeasing actions pressure is on the present government to prune the public sector while privatizing state assets leaving Sri Lanka with no hold over state resources in time to come.

It is without a doubt that the spine of the public servants and civil servants was broken during the reign of the UNP regime – judiciary was influenced and those that did not consent had their houses stoned, the culture of worshipping the politicians came into being turning the much respected public service into an appeasing bunch of secretaries and those that appeased more got the plum jobs.

Abuse of state property – media, vehicles, officials, offices for elections is nothing new and political influencing surged following 1978 where rigging/ballot box stuffing became a new feature alongside intimidation of candidates and even voters and not to mention the birth of the mafia and underworld gangs. All these evolved during the reign of the UNP and unpalatable as it is to accept it became the new norm of governance followed by all other parties as well. Every political party has been indulging in the very allegations that they charge others of. This resulted in a gradual decline of the state apparatus where previously astute officials like N Q Dias, M D R S S Gunawardena were found no more and in their place a bunch of ‘yes’ men evolved. The prestige of the public sector and civil servants had been degraded by the politicians and they need to get their respect back by earning that respect through a new policy of actions which all secretaries and public sector must now mutually consent to.

While it is agreed that no political party should abuse state property or influence state officials the fact that every political party in power does so, goes without question. In 2016 Anura Kumara Disanayake accused Kabir Hashim and Harin Fernando of renovating their official residence for a cost of Rs.600 lakhs each, plenty more renovated houses have been re-renovated because the spouse of the Minister did not like the colour of the walls or furniture! Luxury vehicles have been dished out to MPs do these not qualify as misappropriation of funds when the country is cash-strapped and debt ridden? However, Wimal Weerawanse ends up in jail for misuse of 40 state vehicles. When both UNP and SLFP rallies and conventions have seen state buses plying party supporters to their venues. While Nalaka Godahewa was also arrested and put into prison for financial fraud when the first bond scam took place in 2015 and before the COPE report was released Parliament was dissolved to prevent it from being tabled and that file is now missing! So where is the unbiased justice? We having Ministers raping forests, felling trees, creating ethno-ghettos, bringing narcotics into the country while the Minister associated with the Bond Scam who was forced to resign has landed himself a cabinet appointment & is presently functioning from Temple Trees doing rural development. So where does the buck stop? Is the norm and principle that only Opposition Members and their Secretaries are to be filed charges and sent to prison? That insider trading and bond scam has resulted in various ministers being dished out new homes, funding of wedding for ministers daughter, buying of electronic media and print outlets and many more irregularities all of which if put to investigation would end up taking years to complete with a heavy burden of expense on the State (tax payer).

A government that complained about cronyism and nepotism is today committing worse offences. The scale of irregularities and illegalities are too long to list but the manner that by gazette notifications bodies had been brought under the PM and the high handed manner governance is taking place should leave any to wonder what is this good governance the government is actually preaching. The Australian government is even investigating bribe scandals involving the highest in office. We have recently heard of the spouse of a cabinet minister signing 30 letters of appointment while the fact that Sri Lanka has become 95 in the corruption index where previously Sri Lanka was placed 83 in 2015 goes to show the present government is corrupt and that indirectly means that secretaries of ministries would also be held accountable for violations of state property and illegalities where they have placed their signature. This is extremely poignant for all public servants to take note of as the spoon of justice is often served unfairly. 

A minister pleaded guilty recently to 2 charges of corruption but was only fined Rs.2000. Another former deputy minister pleaded guilty for 3 acts of corruption and he too was fined Rs.3000. Mr. Weeratunga has got 3 years rigorous imprisonment and has to pay Rs.52million not for taking any money but for his signature! While the foreigner that indulged in insider-trading leading to 2 bond scams remains a free man still enjoying state privileges!

The verdict will mean state sector will now be mortally scared and petrified to sign any order by politicians knowing their own fate! Can a state run in this manner where public servants will now be working in fear?

On the logic of clean hands – whose hands are unsoiled to be casting the first stone? Politicians are not the only culprits of corruption. The bribe giver and bribe taker are both guilty. How many companies influence politicians for their benefit? How many lobbying groups also use a variety of similar influences? How many of those bragging about corruption don’t even pay their taxes? How many others undervalue their shipments to avoid paying taxes? The scale of the bribe does not matter – a bribe is a bribe. How many others are guilty of even giving a small handout just to get ahead of the queue, to pass a file in the municipality, to ‘donate’ to get one’s child to a school. Is there a country that no corruption exists?

However, we do need self-regulation and regulatory authorities that are tasked to be independent and by independence it does not mean that they should be from NGOs or funded by foreign governments for most of these representatives earning dollars and pounds are paid to disturb and destabilize the country. None of them have shown themselves to be squeaky clean either. Public sector, private sector, media and even NGOs are all guilty of some malpractice or the other. Can they be then pointing fingers?

Retributive justice would mean going back in time to unearth all the dirty garbage. If relevant to the state apparatus it would mean who signed papers that gave arms to the LTTE, how many others have benefitted by LTTE money, who signed approvals for treacherous agreements and MOUs that placed a terrorist group on par with a national army thereby giving legitimacy to a non-state actor. Who signed approval papers that enabled LTTE to get sophisticated telecommunication equipment and even vehicles for which the GOSL had paid Customs duty, surcharge, and excise duty, PAL, VAT & BTT? Will all these secretaries end up in prison too?

How much can a country spend on eliminating corruption. Do we have the resources and money to spend and more importantly let’s not forget that the government now in power is a result of a regime change! Today, more statements on the internal affairs of Sri Lanka are being issued by the US envoy than from the country’s leaders. It is in this context that the speech delivered by Ms. Tamara Kunanayagam is poignant and food for thought for all. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/09/07/constitution-making-process-an-american-project-tamara/ and this must be read in context with this article http://srilankaexpress.org/usaid-invasion-civil-society USAID invasion of civil society in Sri Lanka. Preaching democracy and promoting anticorruption looks to be part of a bigger gameplan meant to obviously get rid off and replace with stooges into every important governance position and turn Sri Lanka into another South Korea or Philippines.  

However, no external entity can interfere or take over governance if the People are united and the People are able to read the writings on the wall.

As a starter the startled Public Sector must now determine its own future by refusing to succumb to any illegal instructions of any politician. The next problem arises in the reality that the politicians end up appointing their own family or friends into positions where through them the illegalities take place and mechanisms must be in place to report at least tabulate these irregularities. However, with the recent indictment it is very clear that while politicians will scratch their own backs for survival they will not come to the aid of any public servant who has been held accountable for follies committed by politicians.

It is a tragic reality that all public sector and secretaries in particular need to come to terms with. However, it cannot be ONLY two public officials who should take the fall as other secretaries still living have committed far greater treasonous sins using their signature and these need to be pursued and punished if unbiased justice is the name of the game.

Shenali D Waduge

The Real BRICS Bombshell

September 8th, 2017

By Pepe Escobar Courtesy Information Clearing House

Putin reveals ‘fair multipolar world’ concept in which oil contracts could bypass the US dollar and be traded with oil, yuan and gold
September 07, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – The annual BRICS summit in Xiamen – where President Xi Jinping was once mayor – could not intervene in a more incandescent geopolitical context.

Once again, it’s essential to keep in mind that the current core of BRICS is RC”; the Russia-China strategic partnership. So in the Korean peninsula chessboard, RC context – with both nations sharing borders with the DPRK – is primordial.

Beijing has imposed a definitive veto on war – of which the Pentagon is very much aware.

Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test, although planned way in advance, happened only three days after two nuclear-capable US B-1B strategic bombers conducted their own test” alongside four F-35Bs and a few Japanese F-15s.

Everyone familiar with the Korean peninsula chessboard knew there would be a DPRK response to these barely disguised decapitation” tests.

So it’s back to the only sound proposition on the table: the RC double freeze”. Freeze on US/Japan/South Korea military drills; freeze on North Korea’s nuclear program; diplomacy takes over.

The White House, instead, has evoked ominous nuclear capabilities” as a conflict resolution mechanism.

Gold mining in the Amazon, anyone?

On the Doklam plateau front, at least New Delhi and Beijing decided, after two tense months, on expeditious disengagement” of their border troops. This decision was directly linked to the approaching BRICS summit – where both India and China were set to lose face big time.

Doklam or Zhoglam (in Standard Tibetan),[1] known as Donglang in China (Chinese洞朗; pinyin: Dònglǎng),[2][3] is an area with a plateau and a valley, lying between Tibet‘s Chumbi Valley to the north, Bhutan’s Ha Valley to the east and India’s Sikkim state to the west. It has been depicted as part of Bhutan in the Bhutanese maps since 1961, but it is also claimed by China. To date, the dispute has not been resolved despite several rounds of border negotiations between Bhutan and China.[4][5][6] The area is of strategic importance to all three countries.[7]

In June 2017 a military standoff occurred between China and India as China attempted to extend a road on the Doklam plateau southwards near the Doka Lapass and Indian troops moved in to prevent the Chinese. India claimed to have acted on behalf of Bhutan, with which it has a ‘special relationship’.[4][5][8] Bhutan has formally objected to China’s road construction in the disputed area.[9]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had already tried a similar disruption gambit prior to the BRICS Goa summit last year. Then, he was adamant that Pakistan should be declared a terrorist state”. The RC duly vetoed it.

Modi also ostensively boycotted the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) summit in Hangzhou last May, essentially because of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

India and Japan are dreaming of countering BRI with a semblance of connectivity project; the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC). To believe that the AAGC – with a fraction of the reach, breath, scope and funds available to BRI – may steal its thunder, is to enter prime wishful-thinking territory.

Still, Modi emitted some positive signs in Xiamen; We are in mission-mode to eradicate poverty; to ensure health, sanitation, skills, food security, gender equality, energy, education.” Without this mammoth effort, India’s lofty geopolitical dreams are D.O.A.

Modi Display Bonhomie

PTI @PTI_News

September 4, 2017, 9:12 amSeptember 4, 2017, 9:12 am

The BRICS Summit began with a group photograph of leaders of the five countries, preceded by a warm handshake between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Chinese leader also received the leaders of Brazil, Russia and South Africa ahead of the restricted meeting of the grouping.

Modi was the third leader to reach the convention centre, venue of the Ninth BRICS Summit in the port city of Xiamen in China, and was followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Modi is also scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Xi on Tuesday.

The Summit will be the first gathering when leaders of the five nations will meet after New Delhi and Beijing decided on expeditious disengagement” of their border troops in the disputed Doklam area on August 28 after over a two-month standoff between them.

Apart from the restricted meeting, the leaders will participate in the plenary during which they will explore ways to enhance cooperation within the members of the grouping in key areas.

They will also deliberate on international issues of significance, including global economy and challenges.

The Summit will end with the adoption of a Xiamen declaration, which will capture the essence of the deliberations and future road map

Brazil, for its part, is immersed in a larger-than-life socio-political tragedy, led” by a Dracula-esque, corrupt non-entity; Temer The Usurper. Brazil’s President, Michel Temer, hit Xiamen eager to peddle his” 57 major, ongoing privatizations to Chinese investors – complete with corporate gold mining in an Amazon nature reserve the size of Denmark. Add to it massive social spending austerity and hardcore anti-labor legislation, and one’s got the picture of Brazil currently being run by Wall Street. The name of the game is to profit from the loot, fast.

The BRICS’ New Development Bank (NDB) – a counterpart to the World Bank – is predictably derided all across the Beltway. Xiamen showed how the NDB is only starting to finance BRICS projects. It’s misguided to compare it with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). They will be investing in different types of projects – with the AIIB more focused on BRI. Their aim is complementary.

‘BRICS Plus’ or bust

On the global stage, the BRICS are already a major nuisance to the unipolar order. Xi politely put it in Xiamen as we five countries [should] play a more active part in global governance”.

And right on cue Xiamen introduced dialogues” with Mexico, Egypt, Thailand, Guinea and Tajikistan; that’s part of the road map for  BRICS Plus” – Beijing’s conceptualization, proposed last March by Foreign Minister Wang Yi, for expanding partnership/cooperation.

A further instance of BRICS Plus” can be detected in the possible launch, before the end of 2017, of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – in the wake of the death of TPP.

Contrary to a torrent of Western spin, RCEP is not led” by China. Japan is part of it – and so is India and Australia alongside the 10 ASEAN members. The burning question is what kind of games New Delhi may be playing to stall RCEP in parallel to boycotting BRI.

Patrick Bond in Johannesburg has developed an important critique, arguing that centrifugal economic forces” are breaking up the BRICS, thanks to over-production, excessive debt and de-globalization. He interprets the process as the failure of Xi’s desired centripetal capitalism.”

Meet the oil/yuan/gold triadIt doesn’t have to be this way. Never underestimate the power of Chinese centripetal capitalism – especially when BRI hits a higher gear.

It’s when President Putin starts talking that the BRICS reveal their true bombshell. Geopolitically and geo-economically, Putin’s emphasis is on a fair multipolar world”, and against protectionism and new barriers in global trade.” The message is straight to the point.

The Syria game-changer – where Beijing silently but firmly supported Moscow – had to be evoked; It was largely thanks to the efforts of Russia and other concerned countries that conditions have been created to improve the situation in Syria.”

On the Korean peninsula, it’s clear how RC think in unison; The situation is balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict.”

Putin’s judgment is as scathing as the – RC-proposed – possible solution is sound; Putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program is misguided and futile. The region’s problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions.”

Putin’s – and Xi’s – concept of multilateral order is clearly visible in the wide-ranging Xiamen Declaration, which proposes an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” peace and national reconciliation process, including the Moscow Format of consultations” and the Heart of Asia-Istanbul process”.

That’s code for an all-Asian (and not Western) Afghan solution brokered by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), led by RC, and of which Afghanistan is an observer and future full member.

And then, Putin delivers the clincher; Russia shares the BRICS countries’ concerns over the unfairness of the global financial and economic architecture, which does not give due regard to the growing weight of the emerging economies. We are ready to work together with our partners to promote international financial regulation reforms and to overcome the excessive domination of the limited number of reserve currencies.”

To overcome the excessive domination of the limited number of reserve currencies” is the politest way of stating what the BRICS have been discussing for years now; how to bypass the US dollar, as well as the petrodollar.

Beijing is ready to step up the game. Soon China will launch a crude oil futures contract priced in yuan and convertible into gold.

This means that Russia – as well as Iran, the other key node of Eurasia integration – may bypass US sanctions by trading energy in their own currencies, or in yuan. Inbuilt in the move is a true Chinese win-win; the yuan will be fully convertible into gold on both the Shanghai and Hong Kong exchanges.

The new triad of oil, yuan and gold is actually a win-win-win. No problem at all if energy providers prefer to be paid in physical gold instead of yuan. The key message is the US dollar being bypassed.

RC – via the Russian Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China – have been developing ruble-yuan swaps for quite a while now.

Once that moves beyond the BRICS to aspiring BRICS Plus” members and then all across the Global South, Washington’s reaction is bound to be nuclear (hopefully, not literally).

Washington’s strategic doctrine rules RC should not be allowed by any means to be preponderant along the Eurasian landmass. Yet what the BRICS have in store geo-economically does not concern only Eurasia – but the whole Global South.

Sections of the War Party in Washington bent on instrumentalizing  India against China – or against RC – may be in for a rude awakening. As much as the BRICS may be currently facing varied waves of economic turmoil, the daring long-term road map, way beyond the Xiamen Declaration, is very much in place.

Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst.

This article was first published by Asia Times –

අගමැතිගේ කතාවට සිරස කුඩුවෙන්නම නෙලයි.. බැදුම්කරේට නොදෙවෙනි මධ්‍යම අධිවේගී ටෙන්ඩරය මෙන්න..

September 8th, 2017

– උපුටා ගැනීම – newsfirst.lk 

Special Report: මධ්‍යම අධිවේගී මාර්ගයේ ටෙන්ඩරයෙන් ඇත්තටම රටට මුදල් ඉතිරි වුණා ද?

බැඳුම්කර වංචාව ගැන අප 2015 මාර්තු 08 වැනිදා අප මුල්වරට හෙළි කිරීමෙන් පසුව අගමැතිවරයා එය ආරක්ෂා කරමින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ කළ ප්‍රකාශය ඔබට මතක ද?

අප පෙන්වා දුන්නේ සංවේදී අභ්‍යන්තර තොරතුරු ලබාගෙන බැඳුම්කර වෙන්දේසියේදී අක්‍රමිකතාවක් සිදුකර රජයට බිලියන ගණනක පාඩුවක් සිදුකර ඇති බව ය.

පෙන්වාදුන් කරුණු වලටත් එහා තොරතුරු එකින් එක ජනාධිපති කොමිසට ස්තුතිවන්ත වන්නට දැන් අනාවරණය වෙමින් තිබේ.

පෙරේදා කොමිසමේදී හෙළි වූයේ අභ්‍යන්තර තොරතුරු පමණක් නොව සංවේදී මූල්‍ය තොරතුරු පවා බැඳුම්කර ගනුදෙනුවලදී අර්ජුන් ඇලෝසියස්ලාට ලැබුනු බව ය.

ඔවුන් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනීසිටින නීතිඥවරුන් පවා ඉවත්වන තත්ත්වයක් දැන් මතුවී තිබේ.

රටේ ජනතාවගේ මුදල් බිලියන ගණනින් පැහැරගත් මේ වංචාව ගැන ජනතාව වෙනුවෙන් මුල්වරට හෙළි කිරීමට හැකිවීම පිළිබඳව
අපට ඇත්තේ ආඩම්බරයකි.

ජනතාව සමඟ ජනතාව වෙනුවෙන් අප අඛණ්ඩවම මෙවැනි වංචා හෙළි කරනු ලැබේ.

බැඳුම්කර වංචාවෙන් රටට සිදුකළ පාඩුව දිනෙන් දින හෙළිවෙමින් තිබෙද්දී, අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා මධ්‍යම අධිවේගී මාර්ගයේ තුන්වන අදියරේ කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුව ලබාදීමේදී සිදුව ඇති අක්‍රමිකතා පිළිබඳ අපකළ අනාවරණයට අදාළව අද පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී ප්‍රකාශයක් කළේය.

මේ විශේෂ ප්‍රකාශනය කිරීමට අදහස් කළේ පසුගිය සති දෙක පුරා එක්තරා මාධ්‍ය ජාලයක්.ඒක වහලා කියන්න ඕන නැහැ සිරස මාධ්‍ය ජාලය මගින් මධ්‍යම අධිවේගී මාර්ග ව්‍යාපෘතිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ගෙන යන ද්වේශ සහගත අවලාද සහ මඩ ප්‍රචාර සම්බන්ධයෙන් මෙම ගරු සභාවටත් ‍මේ රටේ ජනතාවටත් සත්‍ය පැහැදිලි කිරීමේ අරමුණ ඇතිවයි. ජපාන රජයේ අදහස් අනුව 2016 ජූනි 22 වැනිදා ජපන් සමාගම් තුනක් වෙත මිල ගණන් කැඳවීමේ ලිපි නිකුත් කළා. එක සමාගමක් පමණක් මිල ගණන් ඉදිරිපත් කළත් එහි තාක්ෂණික අඩුපාඩු කම් තිබුණා.ජපාන අග්‍රමාත්‍යතුමාගේ විශේෂ උපදේශක ආචාර්ය හිරෝතෝ ඉෂුමි මහතා 2016 ඔක්තෝම්බර් 10 වැනිදා මා හමුවී සාකච්ඡා කළා. එතුමා පැවසුවේ නැවත මිල ගණන් කැදවන අවස්ථාවේ ඊට නිසි ප්‍රතිචාර ලැබෙන බවට ජපන් ‍රජය වග බලා ගන්නා බවයි.ඔය තත්ත්වය මත මිල ගණන් අලුතින් කැදවීමෙන් ජපන් සමාගම වෙත යළිත් ලිපි නිකුත් කිරීමට ආර්ථික කළමනාකරණ පිළිබදව කැබිනට් කමිටුව 2016 ඔක්තෝම්බර් 26 වැනිදා තීරණය කළා. මිල ගණන් ඉදිරිපත් කලේ ජපාන සමාගම් දෙක්ක පමණයි.ෆුජිටා සමාගම රුපියල් බිලියන 147 ක් ටයිසේ සමාගම බිලියන 159 යක්
මේ කියන්නේ ඇත්තද ?

ෆුජිටා සමාගම මේ ඉදිකිරීම් කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුව සදහා සුදුසු නොවන බව කරුණු 4 ක් මත පදනම්ව නිගමනය කලේ ව්‍යාපෘති කමිටුවයි.

ඩොලර් මිලියන 600 ඉක්මවූ මෙවැනි මහා පරිමාණ ව්‍යාපෘතියක් අවසන් වසර 5 තුළ මේ සමාගම සිදුකර නොතිබීම, මෙවැනි ඉදිකිරීම් සම්බන්ධව ප්‍රමාණවත් අත්දැකීම් නොමැතිවීම , මූල්‍යමය හැකියාව තහවුරු කිරීමට ප්‍රමාණවත් ලේඛණ ඉදිරිපත් නොකිරීම එම කරුණු අතර විය.

මේ අතර ටෙන්ඩර් කැඳවූ අවස්ථාවේදීම ටයිසෙයි සමාගමේ ලංසුවද ප්‍රතික්ෂේප වුණේ කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුවට අදාළව ඉදිරිපත් කළ යුතු ඇපකරය ගැන සඳහන් නොකිරීම හේතුවෙනි.

මේ අනුව මධ්‍යම අධිවේගී මාර්ගයේ කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුව සඳහා මේ සමාගම් දෙකම නිසි සුදුසුකම් සපුරා නොතිබූ බව අගමැතිවරයාගේ ප්‍රකාශයෙන්ම තහවුරු නොවන්නේ ද?

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා

ෆුජිටා සමාගමට කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුව ලබාදීම සුදුසු බව 2016 දෙසැම්බර් 6 වැනිදා කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලය තීරණය කළා.මේ අවස්ථාවේදී කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලය පත්කළ සාකච්ඡා කමිටුවේ දන්වා සිටියේ ෆුජිටා සමාගම ඉතා වැදගත් සාධක දෙකක් සම්බන්යෙන් සුදුසුකම් සපුරා නැති බවයි. ඒ නිසා ඊළගට ගත යුතුව තිබුණේ පියවර වූයේ මිල ගණන් ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබුණු අනෙකුත් ආයතනය වූ ටයිසේ සමාගම සමග සාකච්ඡා කිරීම. 2017 අප්‍රේල් 12 වැනිදින ජපානයේ කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයේ වි‍ශේෂ උපදේශක සහ ආර්ථික සහයෝගිතාව පිළිබද තානාපති ෂිගේරු කියෙමා මහතා ජපන් රජය වෙනුවෙන් මහාමාර්ග අමාත්‍ය ලක්ෂ්මන් කිරිඇල්ල මහතාගෙන් ලිඛිත ඉල්ලීමක් කළා. ෆුජිටා සමාගම වෙතද වි‍ශේෂ සැලකිල්ලක් දක්වන්නේ නම් එය ජපන් රජයේ සැලකිල්ලට ලක්වනු ඇති. ඒ අනුව ලක්ෂ්මන් කිරිඇල්ල මහතා කැබිනට් පත්‍රිකාවක් ඉදිරිපත් කළා ටයිසේ සමාගමට රුපියල් බිලියන එක්ලක්ෂ තිස් හතර දාහකට ඉදිකිරීමේ කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුවක් ප්‍රදානය කිරීමට. 2017 අගෝස්තු 28 වැනිදා ටයිසේ සමාගම සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරි හා පුජිරා සමාගමේ ප්‍රධාන විධායක නිලධාරි විසින් මහාමාර්ග අමාත්‍යතුමන්ට ලිපියක් ලිව්වා. ඒ ලිපියේ මෙසේ සදහන් වුනා. ජපානය හා ශ්‍රි ලංකා රජ‍යන්ගේ අවශ්‍යතාවයන් සැලකිල්ලට ගනිමින් අප සමාගම් දෙක ඒකාබද්ධව ක්‍රියාකිරීමට අවශ්‍ය පියවර ආරම්භ කරනවා.මේ අනුව මට එන ආරංචි හැටියට තුන්වැනි අදියරේ කොටස් දෙකකට බෙදා ගන්න යනවා. එකක් ටයිසේ සමාගම එකක් පුජිසා සමාගම
ජපාන රජයේ නිල ස්ථාවරය එම වසරේ ජුනි 05 වැනිදා තානාපතිවරයා එවූ ලිපියේ පැහැදිලිව සදහන් වුනා.

තානාපතිවරයා අගමැතිවරයාට ලිඛිතවම දැනුම් දුන්නේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ නීතියට හා ටෙන්ඩර් ක්‍රියාවලියට ජපාන රජය සම්පූර්ණයෙන් ගරු කරන බවයි.

එසේ නම් රටේ නීතියට අනුවත් විධිමත් ටෙන්ඩර් ක්‍රියාවලියට අනුවත් ව්‍යාපෘති කමිටුව කරුණු සහිතව ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කළ සමාගමක් ජපාන රජය වෙනුවෙන් ඉදිරිපත් වූ ඉල්ලීම මත ඒ සදහා සම්බන්ධකරගත් බව අගමැතිවරයා කළ ප්‍රකාශය සත්‍යයක්ද?

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ නීතියට ගරු කරන බව ජපාන රජය පැහැදිලිව ප්‍රකාශ කරද්දි එය උල්ලංඝනය කරමින් ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කළ සමාගමකට කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුවට හවුල් වීමට අවස්ථාව දෙන්නේ කාගේ උවමනාවකට ද?

2017 ජුනි 29 මහාමාර්ග අමාත්‍ය ලක්ෂ්මන් කිරිඇල්ල මහතා සමග පැවති සාකච්ඡාවේ සාරංශය මේ.

ඇමතිවරයා සමග ඔහුගේ උපදේශක චමින්ද ද සිල්වා නැමැත්තා සමග පැවති මේ සාකච්ඡාවට ටයිසෙයි හා ෆුජිටා සමාගම්වල නියෝජිතයින්ට අමතරව ෆුන්ජි ලොයිඩ් සමාගමේ විධායක උපසභාපති තරික් අලාම් සහ මෙට්‍රිකා රී ලොකේෂන් ප්ලස් සමාගමේ මෙරට නියෝජිත ආර්.ටී.ලෝකේෂ්වරන් යන දෙදෙනාද මේ සාකච්ඡාවට පැමිණියේය.

එහිදී ටයිසෙයි සමාගම සමග ඒකාබද්ධව ව්‍යාපෘතියට සම්බන්ධවන්නැයි අමාත්‍යවරයාගෙන් ලැබුණු ඉල්ලීම පිළිබදව ෆුජිටා සමාගමේ නියෝජිතයා මවිතය පළකර තිබුණි.

ඔහු එසේ මවිතය පළ කළේ, ප්‍රතික්ෂේප වූ සමාගම නැවත කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුවට සම්බන්ධකර ගැනීමට යෝජනාවීම පිළිබඳවයි.

ටයිසෙයි සමාගමේ නියෝජිතයා මෙහිදී පවසා තිබුනේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ නීතිය හා ටෙන්ඩර් ක්‍රියාවලිය උල්ලංඝනය කිරීම පිළිබඳව තමන්ද කණස්සල්ට පත්වන බව ය.

එසේ තිබියදී මේ ක්‍රියාවලියෙන් නීතිය හෝ ටෙන්ඩර් ක්‍රියාවලිය උල්ලංඝනය නොවන බව ඇමතිවරයා වෙනුවෙන් ඔහුගේ උපදේශක බව කියන චමින්ද ද සිල්වා නමැත්තා මේ සාකච්ඡාවේදී පවසා තිබුණි.

අමැති බලතල අතට ගත් මේ උපදේශක එවැනි තීරණයක් ප්‍රකාශ කළේ කෙසේද?

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා

මිලියන 25000 ක් අඩුවෙන් මේ ව්‍යාපෘතිය ඉදිකිරීමට ශ්‍රි ලංකාව රජය කටයුතු කිරීම පිළිබදව අපිට හොරා කියනවා. මට හොරා කියනවා. 25000 ක් අඩුකර නිසා මිලියන. වැඩි කරානම් හරි කියන්න පුළුවන්. බිලියන 25 යි. මිලියන 25000 ක් මං අඩු කරා. අපි අඩුකරා. මං නෙමෙයි කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයේ අනුකමිටුව ඉතිං හොරා කියනවා. ඉතිං මේකනම් හොරකම් කරන එක මොකක්ද වෙන්නේ ඇත්තවශයෙන්ම හොරකම් කලාම. මිලියන 25000 ක ලාභයක් ලැබීම ගැන මේ මාධ්‍ය ආයතන සිත් වේදනාවක් ඇතිවී තිබෙන්නේ ඇයි. අපි මිලියන 25000 ක් බේරුවා කියලා ඇයි ඔච්චර හිත්වේදනාවක් තිබෙන්නේ. ඇයි අඩන්නේ. ඇයි දොස් කියන්නේ. මධ්‍යම අධිවේගි මාර්ගය හදන්නේ කාටද කියලා මේ මාධ්‍ය ආයතන ප්‍රශ්න කරනවා. ඒක හදන්නේ ජනතාවට.

අගමැතිවරයා මේ මිලියන විසි පන්දහස ගනන් බලන්නේ ටයිසෙයි සමාගම මුලින් රුපියල් බිලියන 159 ක ලංසුවක් ඉදිරිපත්කර පසුව එය රුපියල් බිලියන 134 ක් දක්වා අඩුකර ගැනීමට හැකිවූ බව පෙන්වමින් ය.

එහෙත් කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලය පත්කළ සාකච්ඡා කමිටුවේ අවසන් නිරීක්ෂණ වාර්තාවේ සඳහන් වන්නේ මේ ව්‍යාපෘතියේ ඉංජිනේරු තක්සේරුව රුපියල් බිලියන 123 යි දශම 5 ක් ලෙස ය.

රුපියල් බිලියන 123 යි දශම 5 ක ඉංජිනේරු ඇස්තමේන්තුවක් ඇති ව්‍යාපෘතියක් රුපියල් බිලියන 134 කට යෝජනා කිරීමෙන් ලැබෙන ඉතිරිය කුමක්ද?

අගමැතිතුමනි, ඒ ඉතිරියේ වාසිය ජනතාවට ද?

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා

ජපානය සහය ලබාදිය හැකි ආකාරයන් දෙක්ක පිළිබද සදහන් කර තිබුණා. එක ජපාන ආනයන සහ ආයෝජන සමාගමේ රක්ෂාවරණ සහිත ටෝකියෝ මිට්සුබිෂි බැංකුව හරහා මූල්‍ය ආධාර ලබාදීම. දෙක – ජයිකා ආයතනය හරහා නිල සංවර්ධන සහයෝගිතා ණය මුදලක් ලබාදීම. ජයිකා ණය ලබාගැනීම සඳහා අනුගමනය කළ යුතු පිළිවෙත ගණනාවක් තිබෙනවා.ඒ පිළිවෙත අනුව සම්පූර්ණ ණය මුදල ලබාගැනීම සදහා දීර්ඝ කාලයක් ගත වන බව ඔවුන් දන්වා සිටියා.වසර තුනක කාලයක් තුළ ව්‍යාපෘතිය නිම කිරීමට අප බලාපොරොත්තුවන නිසා වඩාත් ප්‍රායෝගික වන්නේ මිට්සුබිෂි බැංකුව මගින් ණය ආධාර ලබාගැනීම බව විදේශ සම්පත් දෙපාර්තමෙන්තුව දැන්වුවා. ඒ නිසා ව්‍යාපෘතිය සදහා ණය ආධාර ලබාගැනීම පිළිබදව දැන් ටෝකියෝ මිට්සුබිෂි බැංකුව සමඟ සාකච්ඡා පැවැත්වෙනවා.
අගමැතිතුමනි, ඉතා ඉහළ පොලියට දැඩි කොන්දේසි මත ලබාගන්නා මේ ණය මුදල ගෙවා දැමීමට සිදුවන්නේ රටේ ජනතාවටයි.

ජයිකා ආයතනය හරහා රජයන් දෙක අතර ණය මුදලක් ලබාගත්තේ නම් ඉතා අඩු පොළියකට සහනදායී පදනම මත ණය ලබාගත හැකිව තිබුණි.

ඒ, සඳහා අවුරුදු ගණනක් ගත වන්නේ නැහැ.

මෙවැනි අන්තර් රාජ්‍ය ණය මුදලක් කඩිනමින් ලබා ගන්නා අකාරය සමාගමක් ලෙස අපට වුවද පෙන්වාදිය හැකියි.

එසේ සහන ලබා නොගෙන ජනතා මුදල් බිලියන ගනනින් වියදම්කර අවුරුදු තුනකින් මාර්ගය සාදා නිමකරන්නැයි ඉල්ලන්නේ කවුද?

හදීසි වී අධික පොළියට වාණිජ්‍යය ණය ලබාගෙන කරන මේ ඉදිකිරීමවලට අවසානයේ ගෙවිය යුත්තේ මේ රටේ ජනතාවම නොවේද?

– උපුටා ගැනීම – newsfirst.lk 

‘පිස්සු චීවරධාරියා’ ෆොන්සේකාගේ කතාවෙන් කණගාටු වූ ඇල්ලේ හිමි ප‍්‍රබල තීරණයක් ගනී..

September 8th, 2017

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පිස්සු චීවරධාරියෙක් යයි ඇමති සරත් ෆොන්සේකා විසින් කරන ලද ප‍්‍රකාශය ගැන තමන් අතිශය කණගාටු වන බවත් මෙවන් තත්වයනට පිලිතුරු දීම සදහා තමන් ඊළග මැතිවරණයේදී ක‍්‍රියාකාරී දේශපාලනයට පැමිණෙන බවත් පූජ්‍ය ඇල්ලේ ගුණවංශ හිමියෝ පවසති.

Could ramshackle government enact new constitution?

September 8th, 2017

N. A. DE S. AMARATUNGA  Courtesy The Island

Opposition is emerging to the new constitution. Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa speaking at the inauguration of a movement against the government’s constitution making process

The idea that the country needs a new constitution is a construct of the Tamil separatists and opportunist politicians who need their votes to come to power, and the imperialists and the regional hegemonic powers also in this game for geopolitical gains and strategic reasons. Thus, there is enormous pressure from all these forces on the Government to install a brand new constitution with virtual federal features. The people of Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are not interested in a new constitution, but would want a less heavy burden on their day to day lives. These poor people are also concerned about what is happening to their money, which is systematically and fraudulently robbed by ruthless bank robbers and finance ministers making them destitute overnight. These people bent in two by the heavy burden of life do not want a new constitution. Even when they were up and about and timely elections were available to them to show their dissent, they did not ask for a new constitution. Certainly there is no demand from the majority of people in this country for a new constitution. But a new constitution is offered by bank robbers et al as a panacea to these poor hapless people.

The country does not need a brand new constitution because the existing one, though it may have a few weaknesses which could be corrected by consensus in the Parliament, is good enough for our purposes. With regard to minority rights, it must be said that our constitution has granted more to the minorities than in any other country in the world. For instance, the Tamils in the North and the East can give evidence in Tamil in a court of law, which facility is denied to the Tamils in Tamil Nadu. In the same breath, it could be said that all the issues related to Tamils: language, education, employment, house- hold income, and culture etc. have been addressed, and in fact the Tamils are performing much better than the Sinhalese in all these aspects at the moment. The 13th Amendment cannot be implemented in full and police and land powers cannot be devolved because of the danger such a step would cause to the security of the country. Going by the recent happenings in the North and the increasing power of the Tamil Diaspora and its influence with the western powers, it is obvious that the LTTE is not dead and is regrouping both locally and abroad. To give police and land powers to the North and the East under these circumstances would be suicidal for the Sinhalese, Tamils and the Muslims. The country would be torn asunder.

The evil elements that clamour for a new constitution say the government was given a mandate for it. This government has no mandate even for its very existence in its present form. Then, how could this deformed creature sired by a marriage of convenience between two different species, born out of malice, this ramshackle of a government struggling to survive, wobbling according to its own members, consisting of people’s rejects and purchased members, undertake such a critical and crucial mission and responsibility like formulating a new constitution? When a new constitution is contemplated, particularly when changes in political power and the nature of the state are being considered in this country, people’s lives are at stake. Thus the issue assumes immense critical and existential importance for the people. Only a government held in the highest esteem by the people with an outright 2/3rd majority could claim to have the right to formulate a new constitution, and not a government which has a contrived majority. Neither the UNP nor the SLFP on its own has even a simple majority. These two parties, according to their core philosophy, cannot converge on critical issues in the constitution such as unitary state, devolution of political power, federalism etc. They have come together as mentioned earlier for political expedience. Constitution making and political expedience must be kept apart as cotton wool and fire. Constitution making should not be allowed to be undertaken by a government which boasts that it has a 2/3rd majority which we know has been contrived by many horse deals and paid for with public money.

Another matter of grave concern is the interest shown by the imperialists and the regional power, and their unwelcome assistance and interference in our constitution making. People must understand how this came about. This government came into being with the assistance of those powers and was obliged to co-sponsor the UNHRC Resolution against its own country, which committed this government to carry out constitutional changes that met the demands of the Tamil separatists. The Tamil separatists are an important cog in the wheel of the imperialist agenda and its design on the Indian Ocean. The regional power has aligned with the imperialists necessitated by their common need to keep China at bay. Thus, unfortunately for us, the Tamil separatists are the darling of both the imperialists and the regional power. Hence both send their emissaries to twist the arm of the government, most recent being the highest in the land with regional power who came to worship on Vesak and helpfully reminded us of our constitutional obligations, and also addressed their descendants disregarding the fact that they are citizens of this country and are obliged to abide by the common interests, and indirectly gave them ideas about aspirations they could possibly develop. But what is worse is the obsequious silence of the government, which seems to have forgotten it has a duty by the people of the country to look after their interests. It must have no truck with those powers ganged up to dismember this country. But the government is probably helpless in this regard as it is obliged to them. Further, they depend on the Tamil separatists’ vote to win future elections and keep the common enemy at bay. Thus the people are caught up in a no-win situation.

In this seemingly hopeless situation the Joint Opposition, which is the only hope that people have at this critical moment, has a momentous responsibility and role to play. It is the vital remnant of the SLFP, which always stood for nationalism and national interests, such as sovereignty and territorial integrity, anti-imperialism, national assets etc. The other part of the SLFP that joined the government is colluding with the UNP, which has opposing views on these matters of national interest and therefore does not qualify as genuine SLFP material. People have placed enormous trust on this faction of the SLFP if the recent May Day rallies are an indication. If the JO also abandons the people at this juncture, the people will lose the confidence and trust it has nurtured over the past two years. The previous regime overestimated its popularity and neglected the peoples woes related to cost of living and paid the price. The JO which is the only surviving offspring of that regime is in danger of committing a similar blunder. If it does so, it will end up in the dustbin of political history and the intelligentsia of the country will have to build another SLFP. The trouble is there doesn’t seem to be an intelligentsia in Sri Lanka worth its salt at present. Intelligentsia by definition is not just the intelligent people, but intellectuals who have the national interest at heart.

The JO by consenting to participate in the Constitutional Assembly has endorsed the dubious cock-brained view that the country needs a new constitution. A constitutional assembly is required only for the purpose of drafting and finalizing a new constitution. It is not as simple as appointing a committee to inquire and report on some matter or other. It is not an everyday occurrence. It is a momentous occasion and of paramount importance with far reaching implications. Depending on the intentions it may auger well or ill for the country and its people. Further, it is obvious that the structure of the various sub-committees of the Constitutional Assembly is so designed that there could be only one outcome, and it is not favourable to the country. Further, the advisory committees are full of known Eelamists. The reports of these various committees have come in and they do not look good from the point of view of the people. The final draft proposal produced by the Steering Committee headed by the prime minister have several clauses which dilute the unitary status and the place granted to Buddhism. The deletion of the Concurrent List renders the provincial governor powerless and removes the president’s control of the provincial councils, which makes the constitution virtually a federal arrangement. The PCs will also probably have police and land powers and all this will ultimately pave the way for a separate state.

The JO cannot play the innocent game for they were part and parcel of the process that produced these drafts. Have they objected to these proposals that are obviously inimical to the country? Do the minutes record their objections? Have they said in any of their media conferences that they did object to these proposals? Nobody has heard their voice in this connection. Did they propose amendments to these proposals? Nobody knows of any such useful action by the JO. Their position is that they are fighting against these trends from inside and that is why they still remain in the Constitutional Assembly but there is no evidence of their fight. The worst fear is that they have a hidden agenda which the people hope is not true, because if it is true the gods also have forsaken this country.

What should a responsible opposition do under these circumstances? The JO has already blundered by voting for the formation of a constitutional assembly whereby they endorse the hare-brained view that the country needs a new constitution. If they are in the Assembly, it cannot be for anything else but formulation of a new constitution, which must have several important changes from the present one. Going by the above mentioned drafts these changes do not conform to the stated policies of the SLFP or its philosophy of origin. The claim of the JO that their intention is to fight from inside has no credence, given the fact that so far they have not been able to stem the trend and prevent the introduction of unfavourable clauses. Moreover, their presence in it gives the proceedings further credence and license to go for the kill. That is the only purpose their participation in the assembly serves and hence they have no claim to be the original SLFP and appear before the people as their saviors. They had an excellent opportunity to correct their mistake and get back to their inherited path, when the Sangha made the proclamation that there is no need for a new constitution and consequently Wimal Weerawansa’s party left the assembly. They must follow suit before it is too late. Such an action would also galvanize the people and make them aware of the peril that waits in the wings and rally round the JO. If they do not, there is nothing to prevent the people suspecting that the JO is playing a waiting game or worse a double game.

N. A. DE S. AMARATUNGA

Toddy income and whiskey lifestyle

September 8th, 2017

Courtesy The Island


Several yahapalana ministers lamented during a parliamentary debate on the draconian tax reforms on Thursday that the government revenue was falling rapidly and its expenditure rising steeply. Tax laws had to be amended to increase the government revenue, they argued. Ironically, they said so, one day after the presentation of a supplementary estimate which, among other things, sought as much as Rs. 58 mn for a ministerial vehicle.

Governments face financial difficulties, but burdening people with more taxes is not the only way to set about tackling the problem. If new Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera cares to ask any grandma how to increase government income, she will tell him to cut down on government waste urgently as the first step. A rupee saved is a rupee earned. The government won’t be able to have people believe that it is faced with pecuniary difficulties, given the criminal waste of public funds it shamelessly indulges in. The yahapalana regime has so far spent more than two billion rupees on brand new super luxury vehicles for its ministers in addition to the fleets of flashy limos and SUVs at their disposal. Perhaps, maintaining Buckingham Palace costs much less than repairs to the palaces of our political grandees.

The yahapalana leaders came to power, promising to be different from the Rajapaksa regime which was notorious for its members’ vulgar display of wealth. They used to shout pithy slogans such as ‘unta Lamborghini, apita badagini [‘Lamborghinis for rulers and pangs of hunger for the public’]. They pledged to adopt austerity measures so as to save enough money to repay loans and develop the country so much so that Maithripala Sirisena, in the run-up to the last presidential election, declared that he would operate from Polonnaruwa if elected President. But, today, another president’s house has come up in Colombo! Political rejects are holding ministerial posts and living in clover thanks to their ability to lick their leaders’ boots and sandals.

Corruption continues to cause staggering losses to the public purse. The most expensive expressway in the world is being built through the Central Province, according to Rathu Sahodarayas, who threw their weight behind the yahapalana camp. Bond scams have made state banks and the workers’ superannuation fund lose billions of rupees. The racketeers responsible for those financial rackets are seen moving about freely though incriminating evidence is available against them. Sri Lanka has become a dystopia like the one we find in Orwell’s Animal Farm. The government seems to believe that all Sri Lankans are equal before the law, but the yahapalana leaders and their kith and kin are more equal than others!

No government in the developing world can survive on its tax revenue alone. That may be possible in the Global North, where direct taxes from wealthy citizens and corporate giants generate enough revenue for governments. The yahapalana government ought to manage the profitable state ventures properly and turn around the loss incurring ones as a national priority if it is to increase its revenue without squeezing the public dry. Unfortunately, it seems to believe that the divestiture of state ventures is the key to economic prosperity! What it proposes to do after selling all public assets to foreigners is the question.

When the present government was formed its supporters may have thought their leaders would lead simple lives like former President of Uruguay Jose Mujica, who lived in his wife’s farmhouse instead of the grand presidential palace and donated to charity about 90 percent of his 12,000-US-dollar salary. He used a vintage Beetle, his only material asset! Even as the President he received treatment at state-run hospitals, that, too, after waiting in long queues. But, the yahapalana leaders fly away to foreign hospitals at the first sign of a cold, trotting out lame excuses.

We are reminded of a prominent leftist’s wisecrack in times of yore; he said his opponents were enjoying a whiskey lifestyle on a toddy income!

No more loans to Lanka from WB, IMF after 2019 Cost of Expressway brought down from Rs. 159 bn to Rs. 134 bn

September 8th, 2017

By Ajith Alahakoon and Kushan Subasinghe Courtesy The Island

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday that both the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank had informed the country that they would not provide any more grants after 2019.

Making a special ministerial statement, the Prime Minister said since the two leading bodies had expressed the stopping of grants, alternative measures had to be adopted to maintain economic development.

“Originally, there was a plan to construct an airport in Kandy,” he said.

“Also the central expressway comprises three tunnels. We will have to relook at them as well. One part of the expressway would be elevated. The expressways built earlier was done by filling the land. This has created environmental issues.”

The Prime Minister said the central expressway was just one of many development projects lined up for the Central Province. He said a tourism and cultural centre, agriculture technology centre, and an IT park would be constructed in the area.

The PM said the government had been able to reduce the cost of the central expressway by Rs. 25 billion. The initial estimated cost had been Rs. 159 billion while the new estimated cost was Rs. 134 billion.

The Prime Minister said the government had decided to borrow funds from Tokyo Mitshubishi Bank to save time. That, he said had been decided by the Department of External Resources. There had been no proper response when tenders were called initially. The Japanese government had given an assurance that it would ensure that there would be response later.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said tenders had been called for the second time in November 2016 and two Japanese companies namely Taisei and Fujita had responded. ‘The Cabinet decided to award the tender to Fujita but a Cabinet-appointed negotiation committee held that Fujita had not been able to meet two of the stipulated criteria. Then, it was decided to award the tender to Taisei as that company had reduced the price by then.

“Japan then inquired from me during my visit there whether it would be possible to get Fujitha also involved. Accordingly, it was decided to get Fuijtha to join Taisei.” Therefore those two companies would handle the first phase of the project, he said.

The PM said both India and China would be involved in other phases of the project.

FM Fonseka’s utterances make Gunawansa Thera to take bold stand

September 8th, 2017

by Eric Gamini Jinapriya Courtesy The Island

The Chief incumbent of Dharmayathanaya, Colombo Ven Elle Gunawansa Thera yesterday said that he would come forward to prevent the division of the country.

“I will join forces with patriots. I have no intention of contesting elections but will do everything possible for the victory of the motherland and patriotic forces,” Gunawansa thera said in a brief interview with The Island.

Commenting on Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s recent statement that Gunawansa Thera was a mad man in robes, Ven Thera said that statement had compelled him to decide to join the camp of patriotic forces and get on their political stage for the sake of the country. “I have no anger or animosity towards the former army commander, who made a statement without knowing facts. He, too, has visited this temple many times in the past. But, today he is in the camp of anti-nationalist forces. His statement helped me understand how much people love me. Soon after that controversial statement many former commanders of the forces arrived here. Politicians, devotees, civil society leaders and many others have condemned his statement.

මෛත්‍රී පක්ෂයට කරන සේවය !

September 8th, 2017

කංචන  විජේසේකරගෙන් පක්ෂ නායකයාට අධි චෝදනා පත්‍රයක්

  • 2014 නොවෙම්බර් මස පක්ෂයෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කල අපේක්ෂකයා පරාජයට පත් කිරීමට එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය සහ අනෙකුත් කණ්ඩායම් සමග අත්වැල් බැඳ ගැනීම .
  • 2015 ජනවාරි 09 වන දින පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සන්ධානයට හිමිව තිබු අගමැතිධුරය සහ ආණ්ඩු බලය සුළුතරයක් හිමිව තිබු රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහට ලබා දීම. 
  • 2015 ජනවාරි මස සන්ධානයට බලය තිබුනු ඌව පළාත UNP එකටත්, නැගෙනහිර බලය Muslim congress එකටත් ලබා දීම. 
  • පක්ෂයේ මධ්‍යම කාරක සභාවක් තිබියදී දුමින්ද දිසානායක ලේකම් ලෙසත් , S.B. නාවින්න භාණ්ඩාගාරික ලෙස පත් කර ගත් මධ්‍යම කාරක සභාවක් නම් කිරීම. 
  • පක්ෂයේ නව සභාපති ලෙස කලබල මැද පත්වී , භාණ්ඩාගාරිකව සිටි ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම ඉවත් කිරීම. 
  • මධ්‍යම කාරක සභාවේ සිටි මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ හිතවාදින් ඉවත් කර සහ ආසන සංවිධායකවරු ඉවත් කර හංසයාට කතිරය ගැසූ සහ දුර්වල පිරිසක් ඒවෙනුවට පත් කිරීම. 
  • පළාත් පාලන ආයතන විසුරුවා සන්ධානයට තිබු ග්‍රාමීය බලය නිෂ්ක්‍රීය කිරීම
මහමැතිවරණය 2015
  • නාම යෝජනා ලබා දීමේදී මහින්ද හිතවාදීන් ලෙස සලකා පිරිසකට නාම යෝජනා ලබානොදීම 
  • නාමයෝජනා ලබාදී පැය 48 කට පසුව ප්‍රසිද්ධ ලිපියක් මගින් මහින්ද මහතාට අගමැතිකම නොදෙන බව සඳහන් කිරීම. 
  • පක්ෂයේ සභාපති වශයෙන් මැතිවරණයට දායක නොවීම. 
  • ඡන්දයට පැය 48 ට පෙර පක්ෂයේ සහ සන්ධානයේ ලේකම් වරු දෙපළ ඉවත් කිරීම. 
  • පළමු වතාවට පක්ෂයේ සභාපතිවරයාගේ ආසනය පරාජයට පත් වීම 
  • අභියෝග සහ බාධක හමුවේ ලබාගත් මන්ත්‍රීධුර මගින් සන්ධානයට ආණ්ඩුවක් සැදීමට තිබු අවස්ථාව අහිමි කර ජාතික ලිස්තුවට පරාජිතයන් පත් කර රනිල්ට අගමැතිධුරය ලබා ගැනීමට අවකාශ සැලසීම.
  • අවුරුදු දෙකකට ජාතික ආණ්ඩුවකට අත්සන්කර රනිල්ගේ ආණ්ඩුව ශක්තිමත් කිරීම. 
  • විපක්ෂ නායක ධුරය මන්ත්‍රීවරු16ක් සිටින TNA එකට ලබා දීම.
  • මන්ත්‍රීවරු 6ක් සිටින JVP එකට විපක්ෂයේ සංවිධායක ධුරය ලබා දීම 
  • පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය දිගින් දිගටම කල් දැමීම 
  • අවුරුදු දෙක ඉක්මවන්න පෙර අවුරුදු පහකට ජාතික ආණ්ඩු දීගය දීර්ඝ කිරීම 
  • පක්ෂයේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති වලින් බැහැරව රාජ්‍ය දේපල විකිණීම 
  • පළාත් සභා තුල සිටින පක්ෂයේ ජේෂ්ඨ ඇමතිවරු ඉවත් කිරීම. 
  • පළාත් සභා ඡන්දය කල් දැමීමට යෝජනා ඉදිරිපත් කර මධ්‍යම කාරක සභාවේ තීරණය නොසලකා උතුරැ මැද සභාවේ එය සම්මත කිරීම. 
  • පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දයට සංශෝධන එකතු කර පක්ෂයේ විශාල පිරිසකට නැවත තරඟ කිරීමට තිබෙන අයිතිය අහිමි කිරීම සහ එයට පක්ෂව පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ඡන්දය ලබා දීම. 
  • UNP විරෝධී සටනේ සිටින පාක්ෂිකයන්ගේ සාමාජිකත්වය අහෝසි කිරීමට තීරණ ගැනීම. 

    මෙම කරුණු සලකා බලා පක්ෂයෙන් ඉවත් කළ යුත්තේ කවුද?

කංචන විජේසේකර

Eliya illuminating people’s aspirations

September 8th, 2017

By Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy  Ceylon Today

With the sole intention of defeating any move to divide the country through constitutional means, ‘Eliya – Illuminating Aspirations’ an organization formed under the patronage of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was launched at Hotel Golden Rose, Boralesgamuwa on Wednesday (6) evening. Alleging that the proposed new Constitution would give separatists what they had failed to achieve through terrorism, Rajapaksa vowed to defeat the project.

The proposed constitutional reforms were meant to appease the LTTE rump, pro-LTTE Diaspora and a section of foreign powers, Rajapaksa said, lambasting the ruling UNP-SLFP Government for seeking to divide post-war Sri Lanka on ethnic lines.

The former Defence Secretary said ‘Eliya’ wouldn’t allow the government to betray the country under any circumstances.

Explaining the movement’s objective, Rajapaksa stressed the importance of educating and mobilizing the masses against the ongoing moves to introduce a new Constitution at the expense of the unitary status of the country.

He said the proposed Constitution had the backing of those countries which had made desperate attempts to save the LTTE during the final phase of the Vanni offensive.

Armed forces had made tremendous sacrifices to neutralize the LTTE militarily and any effort to undermine the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be resisted at any cost, Rajapaksa added.

The event attracted a large number of professionals, including artistes, doctors, engineers, lawyers, politicians and members of the general public.

Among those present were former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, former speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, former Cabinet Ministers, including Basil Rajapaksa, Wimal Weerawansa, Dullas Alahapperuma, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Bandula Gunawardena, Leader of the Joint Opposition Dinesh Gunawardena, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, Gamini Lokuge, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, former Governor of Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Manohara De Silva PC, Tamara Kunanayakam,
Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka and Maj Gen (retd) Kamal Gunaratne.

Many key speakers at the event shared similar sentiments as former diplomat Tamara Kunanayakam, who said, “A radical overhaul is underway – of our political, economic, financial, social and cultural system. A new Constitution is being discussed, also a plethora of radical reforms are being rushed through. The fact that many are being challenged as unconstitutional indicates that the new Constitution is aimed at making what is constitutional today un-constitutional tomorrow, and making what is legal illegal, by a simple trick of changing the Law!”

The issue is not whether a new Constitution is needed or not, it is the fundamental and inalienable right of the people to determine the economic, social, political and cultural system in which they choose to live. But that choice will be theirs only if it is made freely, not with a gun pointed at their heads. Today, Sri Lanka finds itself practically under a form of tutelage to the US, a global power whose strategic objective is to maintain its global hegemony.

Kunanayakam said that it is symbolic that the US Ambassador chose to announce Washington’s decision to ‘assist’ Sri Lanka draft its Constitution and implement the Human Rights Council, standing on the amphibious warship USS New Orleans, which is used to land and support ground forces on enemy territory and patrols provocatively close to China.

“It is also ironic that it is from Temple Trees that the Acting US Secretary of State Alice Wells declared last week that ‘The United States is – and will continue to be – an Indo-Pacific power.’ She was the first to announce America’s ‘first ever naval exercise’ in Sri Lanka in October, in Trincomalee. You will agree that rewriting the Constitution under such conditions can only advance Washington’s cause, not ours! There are other guns pointed at us: the 2015 Human Rights Council resolution and the notorious IMF/World Bank conditionalities.”

The movement stated that what began as an agenda to abolish the Executive Presidency was transformed overnight into a full-blown reform of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, speaking on the lines of public’s duty in thwarting efforts to bring a new Constitution that would destabilize the State, Consultant

Dr. Seetha Arambepola said the majority of the public is of the opinion that their only weapon against what is happening is the universal franchise.

“We, as public, shamelessly continue to have faith in those whom we have elected to power, who continue to mercilessly betray our faith in them. We shamelessly believe that the one we voted into power will fulfil our aspirations. We have failed to realize the person we voted for has joined another camp and is being guided by another force, and is catering to their demands,” she added.

While noting that professionals and the educated working force have a right to guide or reprimand the rulers who have not gone through any examination or possess any qualification other than the fact that they had received people’s votes,

Dr. Arambepola stressed the public have the right to force the rulers to see, hear and feel the correct path when they act deaf, dumb or oblivious to burning issues.

 

Sumangala Thera questions How come Govt ads worth millions given to Janayugaya

September 8th, 2017

By Nuwan Hettiarachchi Courtesy Ceylon Today

Chairman of the Public Platform National Movement Ven. Ulapane Sumangala Thera has questioned how the Sinhala newspaper, Janayugaya, which is alleged to have been…… published with funds accrued from the CB bond scam, is supplied with millions of rupees worth of Government advertisements.

The Thera told the media yesterday that the said newspaper has been supplied with Rs 500 million worth of advertisements from the banking sector and lotteries board in the recent past.

Ven. Sumangala Thera charged that the rent of houses occupied by Ministers supplying such advertisements had been allegedly paid by Arjuna Aloysius, the owner of the said newspaper.

He charged that the majority of such advertisements had been supplied to Janayugaya from institutions coming under the purview of the Finance and Media Ministry.

The Thera charged that the money accrued from the CB bond scam has been circulating throughout the country in various forms and cited the ethanol factory that was being built in the Eastern Province as an example.

Will quit Govt: Some SLFP ministers, MPs tell President

September 8th, 2017

Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror

A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs are reported to have informed President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday night that they would quit the government soon and yesterday met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss the next step.

The group included Ministers Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Deputy Ministers T.B. Ekanayake, Dulip Wijesekara, Nimal Lansa and Arundika Fernando. According to Reports at least 12 SLFP MPs in the government are likely to cross over.

They had the President after the late night Central Committee meeting on Wednesday. These ministers were reported to have said they found it increasingly difficult to be in the government amid corruption allegations such as the bond scam and questionable highway projects and criticised the government’s move towards power devolution.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga had reportedly crossed words at the Central Committee meeting with the deputy minister alleging that some UNP members were involved in fraud and corruption while Ms. Kumaratunga said the current government took office after ending a term riddled with rampant fraud and corruption.

UNP must decide whether SF is fit to be a minister: Elle Gunawansa Thera

September 8th, 2017

Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera, in response to a statement by Minister and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka describing the monk as a ‘mad man in robes’ said yesterday the United National Party (UNP) should decide whether it should have such a person as a Cabinet minister any longer.

The monk said senior UNPers such as Gamini Dissanayake, Lalith Athulathmudali and R. Premadasa had visited his temple on several occasions.

Mr. Fonseka is a political reject. Only the UNP accommodated him and gave him a portfolio. The UNP should now decide whether it should risk its credibility by having such a person in the Cabinet. However, the people will decide,” he said.

In a way, slandering me has turned out to be a blessing in guise. I was able to realize the magnitude of affection people have towards me. Throngs of people from all walks of life are visiting me. All the former army commanders frequented my temple. Mr. Fonseka’s claim that war crimes took place has become a reason for jubilation by pro-LTTE groups operating overseas,” the monk said.

He said Mr. Fonseka’s harsh attitude towards him had forced him to appear on the political stage for the first time.

So, far I have not stepped on anyone’s political stage but I will do it for the time when the occasion arises,” he said.


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