Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HOLOCAUST EXPOSE - PATRIOTIC MAJOR STRONGLY ADVISED BY THE COURT

Holocaust expose  - Patriotic Major strongly advised by the court
 16.1.2018  LANKA NEWS WEB 
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) investigations have exposed that the 11 youths who had been abducted and who disappeared from  Colombo and suburbs have been murdered. The case was called today (16) in the Colombo magistrate's court. Former Navy officer Gamini,  was arrested yesterday  by the Criminal Investigations Department for loading the bodies of the murdered youth into a vehicle, the CID  informed  court today.This mass murder runs counter to all the sanctimonious, two-faced talk of the uniformed gentry popularly thought of as war heroes,  patriots and saviours of the people.   The Criminal Investigation Department has informed  court that the role of the former Navy Commander, Wasantha Karannagoda too is under investigation.
Meanwhile,  Attorney-at-Law Ajith Prasanna, who appeared on behalf of the defence, and who had given press interviews was  strongly advised by the Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne. Senior attorney Janaka Bandara and advocate J.C. Weliamunna told  court today that the attorney Ajith Prasanna will be pressurized by the CID officers, witnesses and aggrieved party members. The magistrate inquired from lawyer Ajith Prasanna about this allegation. Attorney-at-Law  tried to explain the evidence given by the witness Vijayananthan who was involved in the case. But the Magistrate rejected the attorney's statement and asked him to answer the allegation made by the state attorneys. However,  Attorney Ajith Prasanna, has not been able to correctly state for whom he was appearing. . Accordingly Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne has stated that the conduct of Attorney Ajith Prasanna is a violation of the Act on Victims and Witnesses and the Investigative Officers. The magistrate strongly advised  lawyer Prasanna that he could be prosecuted in another court  for his behaviour. 
Attorney-at-Law Achala Seneviratne, appearing for the petitioner, stated that international warrants were issued to arrest Prasad Chandana Hettiarachchi, a fugitive who is a suspect in the case.
Former Navy Media Spokesman Commodore DKP Dassanayake has been arrested on suspicion by the Criminal Investigation Department,  and  released because for fear of losing "Ranaviru" and "Patriot" votes. Yet this mass murder   cannot now be reversed. What is needed now is to assist the Criminal Investigation Department to bring the murderers to  justice. 

‘We don’t want to fool the Sinhalese and get our dues’

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan-2018-01-16

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran refuted the claim that he was standing in the way of a practical and pragmatic solution to the Tamil problem as projected by some political figures to the media. When Ceylon Today questioned the Chief Minister why he had opposed the interim proposal while the TNA leadership has welcomed it, the outspoken CM pointed out that the ethnic problem or the Tamil problem or the National question is basically a problem of the Tamil-speaking people of this Island. It is not a problem of the Sinhala-speaking or the Buddhist Sinhalese though it is made out that way. So, the solution to such problem should solve the Tamils' basic concerns and complaints.

He responded further on email that, "Some of us say why not we fool the Sinhalese and get our dues. I am not in favour of it. Any benefit we get constitutionally must be with the full consent of the Sinhalese community, at least the majority of them. Otherwise we would continue to bicker and quarrel. Parliament, a few days ago proved to us what we are capable of. This should not happen with regard to the Tamil-speaking, the CM noted.

"What is our complaint? That the Sinhalese political leadership since Independence have managed to take full charge of all political power may be consequent to the Territorial Representation which was brought in during the time of the British and used their privileged position to undermine the rights and powers of the minorities especially the Tamil-speaking minority of the North and East where, in fact, the Tamil-speaking are the majority from pre Buddhism times. It must be noted that our areas are different from the rest of the Island.

We speak Tamil; most of our people are not Buddhists but Hindus, Christians and Muslims. We have an ancient culture of our own which is commonly conformed to these religious groups despite their religious differences. Many in the early part of the Christian era in the North and East were Buddhists, Demala Bauddhayo as Professor Sunil Ariyaratne calls them, but they gave up Buddhism when the Bakthi cult took charge during the latter part of the first millennium (after Christ) and reverted again to their earlier religion Hinduism.

Thus, we have rejected Buddhism long ago. So, giving a foremost place to Buddhism in our areas has no meaning for us. The Buddhists who complain about Christians and Muslims convert Buddhists to their religions by giving temporal benefits are doing exactly the same that is trying to convert others to Buddhism by force," he noted.

He also pointed out that the Tamils have occupied discernible areas as our traditional habitats. Our areas fall under Dry Zone while rest of the Island falls under the Wet Zone. Topographically, geologically, climatically we are different. We have no proper rivers but Tanks.

Despite all this, that is not considering our individuality, the Sinhala majority in this Country brought discriminatory laws since Independence overlooking the rights and aspirations of the Tamil -speaking people of the North and East. When we protested we were violently silenced. Our complaint is that our individuality is not being recognized and the demographic changes are fast taking place in the North and East to tilt the population balance in favour of the majority community, he added.

The continuous policies pursued by our Political Parties in the North and East so far have been to usher in a political system which allows the space for our People to govern themselves un-interfered by the Centre who will continue to be majority oriented by virtue of the Electoral system.

Regarding the words used in our Interim Proposals - Ekiya in Sinhalese and Orumiththa in Tamil the Chief Minister noted that the English word is missing. Somebody who thought he could fool all the people all the time must have put that there. Ekiya in Sinhala is Unitary in the English language.

Orumiththa in Tamil is United in the English language. If it was the intention to include united into the Draft then the Sinhala word should have been Eksath. The draft seems to tell the Tamils they are going to get a Federal form of Government by the use of the word Orumiththa (United) while informing the Sinhalese that the constitution will continue to be Unitary (Ekiya).

Such prevarication will only harm us the minorities specially the Tamil-speaking in the long run. When the matter goes before the Supreme Court for interpretation they will have no difficulty in saying that the Sinhala Text prevails and the Sinhala word is Ekiya and therefore the constitution continues to be unitary. What that means is they will hold that the Centre controlling the periphery has been recognized by the Constitution because it is a unitary constitution. Our freedom will be curtailed. We would be again at square one!

He also noted as soon as a Federal form is accepted by the Sinhalese the benefits accruing to the Sinhalese would be: End of the problems with the Tamils. The Tamils will come into the mainstream of the country's life; Diaspora investment will start flowing not only into the North and East but elsewhere too since they would feel safe with a Provincial Government empowered to look after their interests;

Coming in of valuable Foreign currency to enhance the State's coffers; Movement of people from Province to Province without having any constrained feelings and valuable finances presently spent on State Security geared around with the thought of safety from Tamils will be saved for development.

Mr. President; Leave Us Lasting Legacy – Defeat The ‘Deep State’



By Arun Kumaresan –   January 17, 2018                                                                                                                   

“You can’t get rich in politics unless you are a crook”  ~ Harry S Trumen
Trust this finds you well amidst a busy campaign schedule.

Supreme Court has now defined the duration of your tenure. There were critics who were attempting to make an issue on a matter that you had the legitimate right to refer. Unfortunately, the outcome did not receive any applause in the context of ‘Good Governance’ from those who would have otherwise capitalized to discredit both the Supreme Court and you (the executive) in the event the decision was 2021. The outcome shows how far we have progressed from an era of past when; an ex Chief Justice later apologized in the public with regards to the Tsunami funds case and another pleaded to remain after Jan 2015 as the head even promising to give verdicts to the whims and fancies of the rulers. This outcome is ‘Loud and clear’ – there had been NO backroom maneuvering under Yahapalanaya and Independence of Judiciary has been absolutely safeguarded – The credit should go to you and in this instance the PM too.
The very fact you leading the nation through a ‘unity government’ is itself a challenge. Irrespective of the claim by UNP that they who made you the President should be taken with a pinch of salt; the fact was the UNP did not have a credible candidate to defeat MR. This was the case earlier too, as they sacrificed their stake and pitted former military chief to contest the former President. Hence, whilst you can be grateful to UNP; the said inadequacy in their part only enabled you for what you are today. The claim by some; he or they invested Rs 500 million for your campaign, if so, was in the belief of establishing “Good Governance”. That was to be the “Return on Investment’ and definitely not through earning Billions unethically. Hence, you can still be supportive to the unity government but only for the right thing.  UNP too should be grateful to you for sticking your head against all odds as if RW had consented, it would have been the doom for UNP and more importantly the death knell for RW. UNP & RW too have to be grateful to you.

Mr President, it is time you reconcile what the unity government under your stewardship and PM has achieved. Certainly a lot; but another lot remains to be done. I think you are amidst a political campaign towards February 10th to solidify your position in the party. This is absolutely necessary, as few (not all) from SLFP who joined to form the unity government is with a past of ‘not so good histories’. They are pulling your leg in the belief to get the former regime mates to form a government. They neither are not doing this to protect you, your party nor in the best interests of Good Governance. Hence, positive results will help you personally. Then comes the few corrupt UNP elements, some already have been exposed and such elements are bent on defeating the purpose of Good Governance in order to earn for their unborn generations and cover their sins.

Mr President. This is the main challenge you are faced with the corrupt mafia that has taken the stranglehold of the nation. I will use the word “Deep State”. This is a term used in American politics and if put in context; “Deep State” – a informal association of elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry entities that functions cross party lines and effectively able to govern Sri Lanka without reference and consent of the duly elected representatives thro’ democratic processes; and has the ability to maintain influence and grip with any party that forms the government; with a sole and primary purpose to financially accrue wealth. The creation of the Deep State role in politics crept in post 1977 with the mega development projects and procurements by state commenced under the ‘open economy’ era and augmented by the military procurements. During each regime change, which came in with the promise to investigate past corrupt practices became willing victims as they were bought by the ‘Deep State’ entities. This enabled the past crimes to be brushed under the carpet.

The Bond Scam is a typical example. Mr Arjuna Alousiyas’s call record gives the empirical evidence to the operative pattern of the similar deep state entities. Mr President, you will also know the attempts that were made by so called advisories who performed in the parliament against the said scam; who behind doors surprisingly sending messages and requesting you not to publish the PCOI findings as pre conditions for larger deals in the (SLFP) political arena. There are numerous other episodes; one such led to the resignation of the Minister of Justice, who was the PM’s nominee until recently in the constitutional council. The “Deep State” has also been working behind the scene to destabilize you and I am sure it would have been bought to your attention by both; formal and informal information collectors.

Salute you Mr President, you did not give in. It is time to act. Not against UNP but against all the corrupt who are controlled by the “Deep State”; may it be UNP, SLFP, NFF or JO. It applies to other parties too but they do not appear being part of at this juncture.
Hence Mr President, as the campaign ends please give urgent attention to the few important issues that are remaining, as itemized below;

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Is Bond-scam ‘unbonding’ the Maithri/Ranil bond?

 

“Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.”
~Oscar Wilde  


2018-01-17

Potent arguments are being exchanged between friends regarding the Bond-scam that has taken the Colombo social circuit by storm; lethal points for both sides are being hurled at each other; yet the evidence shows that the bond between the two protagonists, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, of the current coalition government is ostensibly intact. How tight and taut this bond could be is another matter altogether.

In politics the line that divides what seems and what is, is thin, faint and blurred. A clever politician knows how to tread that line without offending those who occupy on either side of the line. But that is intellectually dishonest and morally deplorable. But that again is politics, the one profession that has destroyed our culture and degraded our values.


Yet every five or six years, after each election cycle, expectations are high, hopes are higher and eventual disappointment is insufferable. That has been the sorry story about the declining features of our democracy. Maithripala Sirisena’s mandate was clear. It was uncompromising. Its weight was overwhelming. The anti-Rajapaksa sentiments overpowered an electorate that the Rajapaksa family treated as an absurdly, cowardly and subservient commune.
Every five or six years, after each election cycle, expectations are high, hopes are higher and eventual disappointment is insufferable. That has been the sorry story about the declining features of our democracy
The collective sigh of relief that the majority of Sri Lanka exhaled was not only weighty and ‘un-foggy’, it was a real and living organism. At the time it seemed that the mandate embraced history; it called for a radical transformation of measures and values that were associated with a strain of truth not travesty, of dignity not degradation, of humility not hype. Nevertheless, in three short years, all significance of that mandate seems derelict and forgotten. The socio-political dynamics that drove the Rajapaksa regime and its henchmen and women to ecstatic pleasures and filthy riches has not died. On the contrary, it has gained momentum and is driving the current regime and the country at large, along the same blurry path towards the same empty goals.

Such tragic realities would open anybody’s mind to these unfriendly vagaries of socio-politics. They, these realities, would prompt any reasonable man, in the current context, to downright disappointment and a feeling of being thoroughly let down. Disappointments in politics, exclusively for those who have chosen politics as a livelihood, are a common occurrence.

Yet for those who stay outside the fray as mere spectators and chosen only to partake of the voting process, these disappointments may mean abject poverty; they may lead the electors to unspeakable conditions in their close neighbourhoods. The electors’ lot may have deteriorated. Their numerous requests for common good may have gone unheeded. Theirs is a fate that has succumbed to the wants and needs of thuggish henchmen of politicians who have deliberately opted to exploit the poor and enrich themselves. The voters willy-nilly have empowered the elected and impoverished the electors.

Against such a wretched backdrop, against such an unfriendly social milieu, the voter is becoming increasingly disillusioned about the choices before him. This is the precise state of affairs any politician who runs for office strives to avoid but it is the precise situation he has created for his electors. A culture, which has nurtured the citizenry for the past few decades, has now totally enraptured the social theatrics of a nation. And there does not seem to be a way to discard that culture and create conditions and circumstances that would in turn engender a new culture founded on more morally-acceptable norms.

Blaming politicians and their practice of corrupt politics in general would not suffice. A general upheaval on the part of the citizenry is sensible and leadership for that kind of upheaval has to be generated from the societal ranks of today. Such expectations might be too rare and difficult to realize. Yet dreaming for a better state of affairs is no sin. In fact, it is an onerous duty of each and every elector to dream for a better tomorrow. But one cannot dream for a better tomorrow if one is entrenched in a ‘comfort zone’ of the present.

Confidence and competence conspiring to reveal brilliant minds may be scarce and infrequent, but as Plato penned “mankind will never see an end of trouble until…lovers of wisdom come to hold political power or the holders of power…become lovers of wisdom.” We might take eons to achieve a stage in which our power-holders would become lovers of wisdom. Accumulated subversion of norms, wilful and callous disregard for the rule of law, lack of decent and reasonable constraints on public conduct and appalling ignorance of history have created a monstrous galaxy of politicians whose beginnings are more obscure than their ends. 

But they are a product of the democratic will of the electorate. The electorate has to come to terms with them until it’s time to replace them with an equally unqualified set of politicians. The founder-leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Rohana Wijeweera articulated this process of continuous ‘revolving-system of government’ (thattu-maaru kramaya) most eloquently in his speeches in the late sixties and early seventies. However, we cannot go where Wijeweera wished to take the youth in Sri Lanka. That ideology is dead and proven absolutely worse than the present democratic way of life to which Sri Lankans have got accustomed.

That is the preface to my central contention of today’s column: Maithri/Ranil bond. Soon in the wake of the election of Maithripala Sirisena as President of Sri Lanka in January, 2015, the bond that was built between President Sirisena and PM Wickremasinghe looked immensely solid and firm. Almost each time President appeared in public, albeit his profound loyalty to SLFP, his original political party, he never failed to mention that he was greatly helped by the UNP and its leader Ranil Wickremasinghe for being elected as President. The bond between Ranil, leader of the UNP, seemed to grow with each passing day. His respect and admiration for the UNP leader was palpable and intense.

On the part of Ranil, the complement was returned with even greater strength. Nevertheless, the Bond-scam apparently had a profound effect on this bond. The mutual trust was shattered and the growing crevices became visible and tangible. In the meantime, Sirisena’s fight within his own party, which he in fact left when he contested the Presidential Elections against its leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, became even more intense and at times comical.
Almost each time President appeared in public, albeit his profound loyalty to SLFP, his original political party, he never failed to mention that he was greatly helped by the UNP and its leader Ranil Wickremasinghe for being elected as President. The bond between Ranil, leader of the UNP, seemed to grow with each passing day. His respect and admiration for the UNP leader was palpable and intense
Sirisena’s failure to take full control of the SLFP did play an integral part in the Maithri/Ranil bond to be fissured. The formation of the infamous ‘Joint Opposition’ (JO), which in all realistic terms, a group of former Ministers and other parliamentarians whose loyalty to their defeated leader was surpassed only by their collective questionable financial integrity, increased the greying of Maithripala’s shock of hair.

In order to buttress his position in the Cabinet, which was dominated by some UNP stalwarts, Sirisena resorted to one of the acts which enticed unconditional criticism. He brought back some defeated SLFPers back to parliament through the backdoor known as the ‘national list’. While the UNP members of the Cabinet, both in private and in public, spoke in one voice, these SLFPers began indulging in a cascade of crude and rude criticisms of their own government.

The JO, having failed to come to terms with the Presidency of Maithripala Sirisena, a typical product of the country’s dry zone citizenry, a loyal disciple of the Bandaranaike family and an emblematic follower of the so-called ‘Bandaranaike policies’, began a campaign of vituperative politics. They left no stone unturned in order to gain temporary political advantage. Despite allegations of amassing vast amounts of wealth at the expense of the country’s coffers, MR and his immediate family managed to throw mud, first at PM Wickremasinghe and then at President Sirisena.

Into this the arena of dastardly political theatre entered Arjuna Mahendran, unseated Governor of the Central Bank and deposed Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake and their Bond-scam. The PM failed to see the depth of damage this Bond-scam could cause. He should have insisted that Arjuna Mahendran resign immediately upon the surfacing of accusations regarding the Bond-scam. The damage would have been much less; there would have been no Presidential Inquiry; no JO cry, for their past practice of corruption was hardly outdone.

The evil effects of the Bond-scam are now manifesting themselves as ghosts of mistakes that could have been easily averted. And their effects are affecting the bond between the President and the PM. The un-bonding of the bond between the two leaders of the country is now visible. Its apparent consequences would be shown in the local government elections scheduled for February 10, 2018.

What could have been nipped in the bud has grown into a massive tree, taking firm roots in a soil that is already spoiled and rotten. Hopes are still alive for the bond to re-bond. It’s entirely on the shoulders of both men: Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremasinghe. 

The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com  

Cabinet chaos!


  • President unleashes emotional outburst against UNP MPs, catches Cabinet off-guard 
  • “I am not an ungrateful man” President tells Cabinet before walking off
  • PM and others coax Sirisena to return to resume Cabinet proceedings  
  • President insists bond and PRECIFAC reports being handed over together coincidence but pledges to take action
  • Says Govt. cannot sit by after campaigning on anti-corruption platform    
  • Cabinet decides to reverse changes to Excise Ordinance despite protests from Fin. Min.

logoBy Chathuri Dissanayake - Wednesday, 17 January 2018

An emotional President yesterday walked out of the Cabinet meeting after voicing disappointment over criticism levelled against him by some United National Party lawmakers.

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday told the Cabinet that he was not an “ungrateful or inhuman” person who has forgotten the help he received during the presidential election. The President was referring to some of the criticism levelled at him on various political stages in the run-up to the Local Government elections.

Singling out several UNP MPs by name including S.M. Marrikkar, Minister Harin Fernando, Nalin Bandara, Sidney Jayarathna, State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe and Chaminda Wijesiri, President Sirisena told the Cabinet ministers present that he never intended to attack the UNP and was disappointed that he had been severely criticised on election stages, a senior Minister told the Daily FT.

“Why are you attacking me? Are you instructing them to attack me?” President Sirisena had reportedly asked the Prime Minister.

Signaling out Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando, who was not present at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, President Sirisena had said “Either he has to go or I have to go.”
Sirisena also told the ministers, who were all caught off-guard by his emotional outburst, that the Bond Commission was appointed as he was under pressure from the public to do so.
“I did not appoint the commission to attack the UNP. I wanted to appoint a committee but the Prime Minister was against it and his committee was not effective so I was forced to appoint a commission. We came to power campaigning against corruption. Three months into the Government this happened so I was compelled to take action,” the President was quoted as saying at the meeting.

Defending his actions, Sirisena had said that he did not plan for the Bond Commission report to be finalised at the same time as the Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources, and Privileges (PRECIFAC) reports. Insisting that it was a coincidence, he said that he would have to take action on reports presented by both commissions.

After a monologue lasting close to half an hour, Sirisena walked out of the meeting saying he could not work with the UNP under such strained relations. A group of ministers led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe then had to coax the President for over half an hour before he finally returned to chair the Cabinet meeting.

Putting things in perspective, the Prime Minister had pointed out that the members of the UNP had faced severe criticism by members of coalition party SLFP over a longer period of time compared to what was said against him on election stages recently.

“This is all part of politics. These things happen,” one senior SLFP member said, trying to make light of the situation.

At the tail-end of the Cabinet meeting, President Sirisena also criticised the move by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera for the recent decision taken to revoke the prohibition of selling alcohol to women and extending opening hours for liquor stores. Faced with a barrage of criticism from other ministers, including Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister Samaraweera had reluctantly agreed to rescind the gazette notification lifting the prohibition.

Main issue in the country is fraud, corruption & waste – the tragedy is the corrupt talk about ending corruption

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The essence of the speeches by the President these days is punishing fraudsters and stopping stealing. Mahinda Rajapaksa too talks of stopping stealing. Mahinda says he would stop his candidates from taking contracts once they are elected to local councils. UNP talks about stopping stealing and corruption as well. These days the most valuable slogans are that of against frauds and corruption. For, large-scale frauds and corruption are the main issues in our country. What is pathetic is fraudsters and the corrupt themselves attempt to take the right of stopping frauds and corruption to their hands. This would confuse the mentality against frauds and corruption. Hence, we would like to tell the people in this country to judge these political parties not from what their leaders say but from their action; judge them from their practice. We ask the people to understand who could stop frauds, corruption and waste and give the power of their villages to them,” says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva.

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He said this at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP at Pelawatta today (15th). The Member of the Central Committee of the JVP Attorney in Law Sunil Watagala was also present.
Speaking further Mr. Tilvin Silva said, “About half the election campaign has been concluded. The election this time has a special characteristic. The election is held under a new system. As such, this election is a new experiment. Conflicts have been reduced and the contest has been restricted to the ward as the election elects a member for the ward.

Among the themes of the election the theme ‘against frauds and corruption’ has come above others. The reason is all local government councils in eh country have been full of frauds and corruption. Almost all candidates of other parties want to get elected to engage in frauds and corruption. The membership of a council has become a license for them to steal. Mayors, chairmen and vice-chairmen who had ruled these councils have committed large-scale crimes. They continue to engage in such crimes. A few days ago it was revealed that a vice-chairman of a council had been arrested cutting satinwood trees. Another candidate was caught with 32 kilograms of cannabis.  Another has been arrested while distilling illicit liquor. They seek election to facilitate their criminal moves. They scuffle to get nominations to carry out their frauds and corruption. It is this environment that has intensified the voices of people who are against frauds and corruption.

The election theme of the JVP this time is ‘Power to develop village and defeat corruption’. It is necessary to elect those who have the strength to defeat corruption and develop the village. At the commencement of our campaign, we called all our candidates to Sugathadasa indoor Stadium and pledged to take action to stop frauds and corruption. For, only the JVP can stop fraud and corruption as none in the JVP is connected with frauds and corruption. Other parties held conventions after us. They also pledged to stop fraud and corruption. The summary of the speeches by the President too is catching fraudsters and stopping stealing. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s candidates have been asked to stop taking contracts after they are elected to local councils. UNP talks about stopping stealing and corruption as well. These days the most valuable slogans are that of against frauds and corruption.

For, large-scale frauds and corruption are the main issues in our country. What is pathetic is fraudsters and the corrupt themselves attempt to take the right of stopping frauds and corruption to their hands. This would confuse the mentality against frauds and corruption. Hence, we would like to tell the people in this country to judge these political parties not from what their leaders say but from their action; judge them from their practice. We ask the people to understand who could stop frauds, corruption and waste and give the power of their villages to them.

The biggest theft of the government that came to stop thefts is the bond scam. The main promise this government made to the people is catching thieves. Three years have gone by but there is only talk about investigations by commissions. Only two thieves were punished. Lalith Weeratunga and Vajira Palpita were given three-year rigorous sentences for distributing ‘sil’ clothes. But what happened? They were given bail and now they are at home. As such, this is not a government that catches thieves. The Bond Commission pointed out there had been a fraud of Rs. 11,145 million. Its not necessary to waste time if there was a real necessity to punish bond thieves.  COPE carried out an investigation and amidst obstructions from UNP members in it a report was presented to parliament. This report has been handed over to the Attorney General. However, no legal action has been taken. The bond commission carried out its investigations in public. However, the President is avoiding disclosing it. This report is one that the people require. It is also required by the parliament. For, the report is about how people’s money has been stolen. The parliament is responsible for people’s money. As such, the parliament should know what is in the report. However, this report is being used for President’s political agenda.

Before the bond commission, a Presidential Commission of Inquiry was appointed to investigate and inquire into serious acts of fraud, corruption and abuse of power (PRECIFAC). This commission has handed over 34 reports to the President. Where are those reports? Now, these 34 reports have been buried under the bond report.  The reason is the bond report mentions stealing by the UNP.  However, the report by  PRECIFAC would expose frauds of the people around the President. This is why these reports have been concealed. This shows appointing commissions and carrying out investigations are used for their political agendas. These commissions are appointed not to punish perpetrators. We demand the President reveal all 34 reports immediately.

The President made a special revelation about a special fraud about a year ago. He said funds were passed for the Nilwala project a day before the presidential election held on 8th January 2015 and not even a soil clod was cut from the funds allocated said the President adding that the fraudsters would be punished. He made this speech and became a hero before the media. Now, no one remembers this theft and there are no investigations. Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva was the Minister of Irrigation when this theft took place. However, Nimal Siripala is now with Maithripala. Investigations regarding frauds and corruption should not be made political games. Now there is an attempt to appoint a presidential commission regarding Srilankan and Mihin Air. There has been a massive fraud in the two institutions. It was managed by Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother-in-law. They managed it as a family asset. Billions of public money were wasted. Appointing commissions to attack President’s opponents would not be a correct act. We ask the President to punish fraudsters without making investigations a political game.

It is evident that both these groups are fraudsters. Fraudsters cannot stop frauds and corruption. In short, thieves cannot give up stealing. Those who have been in power cannot stop corruption though they ask for power again. If the people are ready to learn lessons they had a good experience in Parliament recently. When the Prime Minister got ready to make a special statement regarding the bond scam in Parliament Mahinda Rajapaksa’s group started shouting, “Ranil, the thief!” Ranil Wickremesinghe, with his group, started shouting, “Mahinda, the thief!” Some MPs shouted, “tsunami thief” while others shouted “bond thief”. Both these groups are thieves. The only group that did not get involved in the melee was the JVP group of MPs. Discipline in a country could be established only by example. How could a group that behaves like thugs promote discipline? None of these groups can call JVP thieves. For, JVP does not have any thieves. There are no accusations against us and there are no commissions against us. It’s because the JVP doesn’t have thieves in it. Hence, only the JVP could stop frauds, corruption and waste.

These days the President does various things to be popular. The Ministry of Finance issued a gazette to remove the ban on wine stores to sell liquor to women and to allow wine stores to be kept open till 10.00 p.m. These are decisions taken at ministerial level. Such decisions are taken after discussing in the cabinet. However, the President, at a propaganda meeting, says he would cancel this gazette notification. He says he came to know about the gazette notification only from newspapers. How could a president who knows what happens in the country only from the radio, newspapers or the TV administer the country? How could a decision that was taken in a Ministry and the cabinet be cancelled at a public meeting? Hence, we tell the President that a country cannot be administered by listening to the radio or watching TV. Decisions cannot be taken at public meetings. We are sorry that we have such a president in the country. These could be gimmicks to get popular. Hence, we ask the people not to get deceived by these displays.

On 10th February administrators for 341 local government councils would be elected. These councils are responsible for issues of the people from their birth to death. Also, these councils receive a lot of funds through taxes and fines. The responsibility of local government councils is to manage these funds and use them for the service of the people. However, various groups attempt to deceive people to get their votes. These local councils should be made free of frauds, corruption and waste and make them institutions that serve the people. The UNP, the SLFP or the new parties cannot do that. Only the JVP could eradicate corruption and build a genuine people’s administration to serve the people. We ask the people to trust the JVP and give us more power in local government councils.

There are many who rallied on 8th January 2015 to end the corrupt family rule. Their main aim was not to make Maithripala Sirisena the President. Their aim was to end the corrupt regime. In the process, Maithripala was elected the President.  However, he did not fulfil people’s wishes. The forces that took measures to end the corrupt regime then, have now been forced to rally with a new political movement. We invite those forces to rally with the JVP. Today, Sri Lanka has been placed fourth among the most corrupt countries. What we have to choose now is whether to become first among corrupt countries or stop frauds, corruption and waste and become a dignified country. Hence, we ask the masses to trust the JVP and use their vote intelligently.”

From Parliamentarians Of Intellectual Giants To Those Accused Of Corruption, Crime, Fraud & Hooliganism


By Latheef Farook –January 17, 2018


During the second half of 1960s when I started my journalistic career with the now defunct Independent Newspapers, I was sent to cover parliamentary proceedings. Within weeks I realized that here was a place where one could learn a lot. Those were the days when parliamentarians in general were educated, cultured and well-mannered .They respected religious, cultural and social values.

They came well prepared for discussions. In this regard parliamentarians from left parties contributed a great deal. To name a few Dr N.M. Perera, Colvin R De Silva, Bernard Zoysa, Peter Keuneman, Dudley Senanayake, J .R. Jayewardene, Ronnie De Mel, Felix R Dias Bandaranaike, George Rajapaksa, M Sivasithamparam,  A Amirthalingam and several others.

They were a respected lot for their intellectual caliber and integrity. Many used to buy Hansard comprising their speeches at 30 cents and preserve for future reference.
 
They were not only familiar with domestic issues but also well versed on international developments. For example in August 1968 Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia and installed its stooge in power. This was discussed in the parliament. 

Then Minister of Industries and the leader of Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, MEP, and Philip Gunawardena explained the reason behind Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. He gave a clear picture of the political scene in countries under Soviet control. It was intellectual tonic for those who wanted to know   about socialist world.

However unfortunately half a century later today one could say that most parliamentarians know nothing about some of the burning international issues including the Israeli Palestinians problem or the United States led UK,France, Israeli and Russian wars destroying Muslim countries in the Middle East under the guise of fighting a deceptive war on terrorism. 

Commenting on the high standard of discussions then former Arab League Ambassador in New Delhi, also accredited to Sri Lanka, Abdullah Murad who watched a session told me that “these discussions are   free, enlightening and are of high standard. You don’t see this anywhere in the Middle East as most countries there are dictatorships.

Listening to late Finance Minister Dr N.M. Perera, the commercial attaché of the Iraqi Embassy in Colombo Jawdat Al Khidairy said “Dr Perera should be the finance minister for the whole third world. 
 
They were also known for their simplicity, honesty, integrity and respect for talent without any racial prejudice. For example I remember when the then Finance Minister U.B. Wanninayaka was approached to help a person who had applied for a job in one of the government departments, his response was; I can speak, but the problem is we will deprive if a more qualified person has applied of his job.

Once I went to the vegetarian restaurant Indo Ceylon Café at Colpetty for breakfast. I was shocked to see late Prime Minister W Dahanayake having his breakfast in the traditional banana leaf which he later threw in the garbage bin and washed his and mouth in the common pipe.

Thus the parliamentarian of yester years had shown us the path which the politicians in the subsequent years discarded.

The standard of discussions began to decline under late President J.R. Jayewardene whose 1978 constitution made him a democratically elected dictator. This made free expression     impossible  aggravated further by possession of undated resignation letters of government parliamentary members.

This gradual decline continued under successive governments.

With the end of the 30 year ethnic war most people expected former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to learn from the racist politics which brought death and destruction and use the golden historic opportunity to put the sinking country in order.

Therefore everyone thought  Mahinda Rajapaksa will  remove bitterness and bring  divided and devastated communities together, restore democratic values, pave the for political stability ,economic development  and move the country ahead for a better future for all and earn a name in history.

However he miserably failed and ended up as godfather of crime, corruption and brought about a dark era. Racism flourished. Government institutions including judiciary became corrupt.  Tamil grievances ignored and violence unleashed against Muslim community. They drove terror into the minds of Muslim community which culminated in the burning and looting of Muslim owned houses. Provincial council members were accused of gang raping a tourist who later died. In short there was mayhem everywhere.

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'Pickpocket President' trying to attack UNP: Marikkar

2018-01-15

Colombo district UNP MP S.M. Marikar today slammed President Maithripala Sirisena and even described him as a 'pickpocket President'.
Addressing a meeting in Colombo, he said the President had let down former president Mahinda Rajapaksa after partaking in a hopper meal with him. The MP charged that the same conspiratorial activity was being mooted to fix the UNP.
"The President accused us of being thieves. We call him the pickpocket President. We are asking him not to back-stab the UNP like what he did to Mahinda Rajapaksa," he said.
Mr Marikar was responding to a statement made by the President on the brawl that took place in Parliament on January 10.
“The President said the UNP and the joint opposition are calling each other ‘thieves’ but people are aware as to who the real thieves are. He called us pickpocket karayas. Yes we are pick pocket karayas but the President should not forget that we pick-pocketed him out of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s pocket. He should not forget that it was the UNP which made him the President. He is a pickpocket President,” Mr Marikar said. “The president is planning to disassociate with us during the next national elections after becoming the president with our support,” Mr Marikar added.
 

Government distract our goal of Yahapalanaya



logo Wednesday, 17 January 2018 

Yes, lots of funny things are happening on the Government side, giving opponents of freedom and good governance (Yahapalanaya) so much fodder for their relentless campaigning and unfettered mobilising. Many backers of Yahapalanaya seem to be getting distracted and confused. In a fit of frenzy, the latter are going astray chasing this political personality and that; this political alternative or that.

The straying supporters have forgotten just one thing, namely that the weird events happening are itself a product of the bad system that Yahapalanaya has to uproot. The faults are systematic – individual politicos all being caught up in a horribly dysfunctional system.

The holes are widened and exaggerated by a liberated media not conscious of the gift of freedom they have won. They are exploited by the MPs and backers of the euphemistically-called “Joint Opposition,” as though the latter have been just incapable of the horrendous charges of dishonour, corruption, abuse, and murder relating to the appalling period of their rule.

In a way, it serves this Government right. In a way, it shows up the mighty talent and resourcefulness of the men in opposition. The overall effect on the 62 lakhs of voters who voted for a revolution is disbelief. Maybe Mahinda Rajapaksa’s countless mantras in sovereign gold tied on his fingers, are, at last, working. Maybe the breaking of coconuts by the Opposition is working.

Alzheimer’s?

First, we have the President himself appearing to speedily head toward Alzheimer’s disease. At least, that is the impression many of us, once admirers of Maithripala Sirisena, do reluctantly entertain. What the truth here is I cannot be sure, I admit. On the other hand, President Sirisena needs, badly, to squash the rumours and announce that he is firmly with the Unity Government. More important, he has to demonstrate that in every public statement he makes. He has to avoid suggestive comments that keep the waiting rumour-base floating.

“I will use my sword,” says the President, “to cut anyone regardless what side he is!” This kind of expression points the finger not at the controversial characters he imported – some of them scumbags from the Mahinda group – but at the MPs of the United National Party and other constituents who, in the first place, had worked hard to catapult Sirisena to this unexpected this high office. President Sirisena must count his fortune.

Words can be knives

Sirisena has to be careful of his words as words can be provocative knives. They have already provoked UNP firebrand lawyer Sujeewa Serasinghe, who wouldn’t keep his mouth shut. One can understand the President must be having reservations about some of the activities of the UNP. The wise approach to sort out differences would be to chat over them with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe. If he believes the PM himself in error, then he can, in private, advice the latter. Or, he could make an inoffensive unilateral move like how he appointed a Commission of Enquiry into the alleged bond scams when the PM was dillydallying and the Opposition roaring.

New ambitions?

It all seems that President Sirisena has got new ambitions like wanting to raise his head in his own right and of building an image of his own as a terrific leader. That is also not blameworthy since the two-year period of contract with the UNP is over. On the other hand, that should be done with some finesse, inoffensively and at the right time. It is his right of passage. Not that Sirisena hasn’t problems and contradictions of his own and relating to his own hurriedly-constructed camp. He has holes in his own armour. I would, rather, not spell them out here, since my purpose is to encourage the Yahapalanaya Government to keep going until it achieves the final goal of a new constitution, which alone can help eradicate the old and rotten system and bring in the promised dawn.

The constitution-making process that is now going on is proceeding along sound principles of broad consultation and creativity. It is the President’s fundamental obligation to have that completed and have it win the public referendum. On the other hand, if he permits this state of affairs to continue and switches over to his own go-it-alone ambitions, he will be doing something that will never work for him and for which the people will never forgive him.

Assessment

To be sure, as I have spelt out in detail in a previous article, this Unity Government headed by Sirisena and Wickremesinghe has achieved a substantial amount of progress. A few days ago, the IMF itself paid tribute to certain positive trends in the economy after its collapse under Mahinda Rajapaksa. Things are happening and the country is raising its head. The economy needs time.

On the other hand, the main fault-line of the Government has been its inability to bring the offenders of the past to book. People are waiting for that. Thus, any attempts by Sirisena to distract himself by a personal adventure at this stage would be suicidal for him and disastrous for all those who joined this Government to install Yahapalanaya. That would be the biggest let-down in Sri Lanka’s political history.

Professor Sarath Wijesooriya’s distraction

Ranil Wickremesinghe has his own lapses. Yet, the hard fact is that he means a lot for the Yahapalanaya movement. He is seen focusing fully on the economic policy, which is his strong area. Wickremesinghe is the hard rock of this Government. Little wonder why the Opposition and their overseas agents are in the habit of targeting Wickremesinghe.

I was surprised to hear professor Sarath Wijesooriya joining a Sirasa program (Sirasa is dedicated to eliminating Wickremesinghe) to criticise the Prime Minister over his behaviour in Parliament the other day as though that was an isolated and unconditioned reaction. This is a good example of distraction from the main goal. Sarath Wijesooriya plays the ball into the hands of the opposing forces of Yahapalanaya.

Conclusion

Every citizen must listen to a wonderful speech by Revd. Dr. Dambara Amila recently where he both warned and advised President Sirisena on similar lines that I have. The link is: https://youtu.be/z9hSfTFQs1U.

President Sirisena must leave aside any private adventures and re-dedicate himself to represent the promised revolution that alone will awaken our nation. If he doesn’t, the struggle will continue into the future probably violent phases – engulfing him, his men, and the country. The simple logical reason is that that Yahapalanaya is a must and the current contradictions must lead to that Hegelian dialectic.

(The writer can be reached via sjturaus@optusnet.com.au.)

Government distract our goal of Yahapalanaya



logo Wednesday, 17 January 2018 

Yes, lots of funny things are happening on the Government side, giving opponents of freedom and good governance (Yahapalanaya) so much fodder for their relentless campaigning and unfettered mobilising. Many backers of Yahapalanaya seem to be getting distracted and confused. In a fit of frenzy, the latter are going astray chasing this political personality and that; this political alternative or that.

The straying supporters have forgotten just one thing, namely that the weird events happening are itself a product of the bad system that Yahapalanaya has to uproot. The faults are systematic – individual politicos all being caught up in a horribly dysfunctional system.

The holes are widened and exaggerated by a liberated media not conscious of the gift of freedom they have won. They are exploited by the MPs and backers of the euphemistically-called “Joint Opposition,” as though the latter have been just incapable of the horrendous charges of dishonour, corruption, abuse, and murder relating to the appalling period of their rule.

In a way, it serves this Government right. In a way, it shows up the mighty talent and resourcefulness of the men in opposition. The overall effect on the 62 lakhs of voters who voted for a revolution is disbelief. Maybe Mahinda Rajapaksa’s countless mantras in sovereign gold tied on his fingers, are, at last, working. Maybe the breaking of coconuts by the Opposition is working.

Alzheimer’s?

First, we have the President himself appearing to speedily head toward Alzheimer’s disease. At least, that is the impression many of us, once admirers of Maithripala Sirisena, do reluctantly entertain. What the truth here is I cannot be sure, I admit. On the other hand, President Sirisena needs, badly, to squash the rumours and announce that he is firmly with the Unity Government. More important, he has to demonstrate that in every public statement he makes. He has to avoid suggestive comments that keep the waiting rumour-base floating.

“I will use my sword,” says the President, “to cut anyone regardless what side he is!” This kind of expression points the finger not at the controversial characters he imported – some of them scumbags from the Mahinda group – but at the MPs of the United National Party and other constituents who, in the first place, had worked hard to catapult Sirisena to this unexpected this high office. President Sirisena must count his fortune.

Words can be knives

Sirisena has to be careful of his words as words can be provocative knives. They have already provoked UNP firebrand lawyer Sujeewa Serasinghe, who wouldn’t keep his mouth shut. One can understand the President must be having reservations about some of the activities of the UNP. The wise approach to sort out differences would be to chat over them with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe. If he believes the PM himself in error, then he can, in private, advice the latter. Or, he could make an inoffensive unilateral move like how he appointed a Commission of Enquiry into the alleged bond scams when the PM was dillydallying and the Opposition roaring.

New ambitions?

It all seems that President Sirisena has got new ambitions like wanting to raise his head in his own right and of building an image of his own as a terrific leader. That is also not blameworthy since the two-year period of contract with the UNP is over. On the other hand, that should be done with some finesse, inoffensively and at the right time. It is his right of passage. Not that Sirisena hasn’t problems and contradictions of his own and relating to his own hurriedly-constructed camp. He has holes in his own armour. I would, rather, not spell them out here, since my purpose is to encourage the Yahapalanaya Government to keep going until it achieves the final goal of a new constitution, which alone can help eradicate the old and rotten system and bring in the promised dawn.

The constitution-making process that is now going on is proceeding along sound principles of broad consultation and creativity. It is the President’s fundamental obligation to have that completed and have it win the public referendum. On the other hand, if he permits this state of affairs to continue and switches over to his own go-it-alone ambitions, he will be doing something that will never work for him and for which the people will never forgive him.

Assessment

To be sure, as I have spelt out in detail in a previous article, this Unity Government headed by Sirisena and Wickremesinghe has achieved a substantial amount of progress. A few days ago, the IMF itself paid tribute to certain positive trends in the economy after its collapse under Mahinda Rajapaksa. Things are happening and the country is raising its head. The economy needs time.

On the other hand, the main fault-line of the Government has been its inability to bring the offenders of the past to book. People are waiting for that. Thus, any attempts by Sirisena to distract himself by a personal adventure at this stage would be suicidal for him and disastrous for all those who joined this Government to install Yahapalanaya. That would be the biggest let-down in Sri Lanka’s political history.

Professor Sarath Wijesooriya’s distraction

Ranil Wickremesinghe has his own lapses. Yet, the hard fact is that he means a lot for the Yahapalanaya movement. He is seen focusing fully on the economic policy, which is his strong area. Wickremesinghe is the hard rock of this Government. Little wonder why the Opposition and their overseas agents are in the habit of targeting Wickremesinghe.

I was surprised to hear professor Sarath Wijesooriya joining a Sirasa program (Sirasa is dedicated to eliminating Wickremesinghe) to criticise the Prime Minister over his behaviour in Parliament the other day as though that was an isolated and unconditioned reaction. This is a good example of distraction from the main goal. Sarath Wijesooriya plays the ball into the hands of the opposing forces of Yahapalanaya.

Conclusion

Every citizen must listen to a wonderful speech by Revd. Dr. Dambara Amila recently where he both warned and advised President Sirisena on similar lines that I have. The link is: https://youtu.be/z9hSfTFQs1U.

President Sirisena must leave aside any private adventures and re-dedicate himself to represent the promised revolution that alone will awaken our nation. If he doesn’t, the struggle will continue into the future probably violent phases – engulfing him, his men, and the country. The simple logical reason is that that Yahapalanaya is a must and the current contradictions must lead to that Hegelian dialectic.

(The writer can be reached via sjturaus@optusnet.com.au.)

An independent Gallup poll reveals results ! Maithri’s SLFP group has not even a slim chance !!


LEN logo(Lanka-e-News - 16.Jan.2018, 3.40 PM) Prior to the main political parties beginning their election campaigns , an independent  non governmental organization conducted a Gallup poll   (survey to decide on the likely  election  results). Based on this survey, the results of which are now in the possession of Lanka e news ,the  team after  a random sample  survey  in relation to  10, 000 people across the country of various provinces including North and East had  arrived at the following results. 
The percentage of votes the UNP will poll is 38 % of the total.
The Rajapakse group (Flower Bud) of the SLFP will poll 27 %
TNA , Muslim Congress , Mano Ganeshan and minority representative groups will poll 15 %
SLFP Maithri group will poll 13 %
JVP will poll  7%
However as this survey was conducted before the political parties commenced their election campaigns ,hinged on how the parties will be able to sway the voters in their favor during their campaigns , the results can vary by – 2 to 3% (A detailed result of the survey will be released shortly).
Meanwhile , though the Maithri group says , after elections it will join with the Rajapakse group  , the latter had categorically repudiated that. Prasanna Ranatunge, a powerful stalwart of the Rajapakse group revealed to the media that  the latter  will not join with the Maithri group to establish local  administration under any circumstances. It is well to recall Maithripala went cringing and crawling to Mahinda Rajapakse group even before elections.
According to the statistics , the group with the president of the country will secure fourth place. If that happens , and when the president tumbles to that despicable and discarded level , the president must realize he has no moral  right to continue in that exalted position though it may be  constitutional .
In a Democracy , the fresh referendum invalidates the previous referendum. Hence , Maithri and his group lose their rights (whatever bit they possess now ) to take decisions as regards the country’s destiny .In that event the best course of action for Maithri is , without further degrading himself , hand over the power to the majority group allowing  the latter  to chart the country’ s destiny, and  honorably go home   after fulfilling the solemn promise he made to 51 % of the population that he will abolish the executive presidency within 100 days.

The stooges ,  parasites, lackeys and lickspittles behind him who are currently playing hell with the country shall  also bow to the fresh referendum , and follow suit. Otherwise , the people will be compelled to take a decision in that regard too.


It is worthy of note , though the SLFP Maithri group said , bus loads of people were not  fetched to attend their recent Anuradhapura rally , Lanka e news is in possession of palpable evidence  that a prominent businessman D.P Jayasinghe supplied the buses to transport crowds to the rally. 
This D.P. Jayasinghe is none other than the owner of a building which has been kept closed for the last nearly three  years , for which the government is yet paying an exorbitant monthly rent of over a Rs. 10 million . This building was supposedly taken  for the agriculture ministry , whose  minister is  Duminda Dissanayake  ,the secretary of the SLFP Maithri group .


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