Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Oh Bandula – what do you want? Now you have been chained in Dehiwela for all 69 years of your life?



Without further ado, let’s be clear that 9th September’s Sunday Times has an article where one of Bandula’s keepers from way back when he was small, Vasantha Nugegoda, who is now an expert in zoos who goes around the world to advice zoos in the care of elephants, saying he should remain where he is and he will die if he is moved to Ridiyagama Safari Park, which is where the clamor is to move him to. Vasantha maintains he was a perfect specimen of a well formed and attractive elephant who was brought from Somawathiya in 1949 and has only lightly been chained when in Musth, and the emotional outbursts in the press are truly false, based on false information.


Contrast this with the story put out in the same Media Group’s sister paper, the Daily Mirror today, September 12th 2018, which is appealing to the emotions of animal welfare lovers, and included in the high stakes appeal they have drawn his namesake Bandula Jayasekera a former reporter, who is taking up this cause, and Dr Sumith Pilapitiya who is non-committal, except to say that elephants should not perform in circuses or zoos and certainly not used for transporting people for a ride. Their places should be where they are free to roam.

So the latter article concludes that ALL THE ELEPHANTS including Bandula should be moved to Ridiyagama Safari Park as the area at Dehiwela is insufficient for them to be unchained and be allowed to roam free in a larger area. They are appealing to the President as the Minister of the Environment, but not directly responsible for the Zoo which is part of the Ministry of Sustainable Development to release this animal, and send him to Ridiyagama, which Vasantha Nugegoda claims will kill him, as it is a surrounding he is UNFAMILIAR with, and at his age of 69, he is not in a position to absorb and assimilate into new surroundings.


It is then up to the reader to read both articles very carefully and comment on the pros and cons and suggest means to achieve the best for the animal, as that is what we are trying to do, and make different insinuations, based on our knowledge and if two elephant experts give contradictory opinions, which do you choose, when you cannot ask the elephant what he will prefer, when he does not know what the alternative is anyway, except that the chains will be removed and he will allowed to go where he pleases!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

AUSTRALIA, seems you have got a REAL PROBLEM, don’t try and weasel your way out of it, admit you “ballsed up ROYALLY!”


Australia does not arrest unless they have done their homework thoroughly. If they make a mistake taking in an innocent even on suspicion its millions they will have to fork out, for their mistake as a reputation could be ruined due to the idiocy of the act, and someone has got to pay. So think of the possibilities in store now! Read on:

The Australian anti-terrorist unit is suddenly faced with the fact that they have truly, right royally f****d up in the investigation of the Kamer Nizamdeen, case, in falsely accusing an innocent kid of links to terrorism.

It all seems to have arisen out of the discovery of a notebook containing intentions of probable terrorist activity within Australia, where there is also reference to his personal diaries that are very specific in nature relating to such terrorist activities of a very sinister nature, that were planned to be carried out.

Obviously, the brain dead Australian detectives only mental arithmetic is that if the name somehow sounds Muslim and there is a document somehow that refers to terrorist activity, that it is a slam dunk case, that required immediate arrest, as a threat to the state, and they will simply lock him up and throw away the key.

You can see how foolish and idiotic that is, but in a land of many who have descended from Criminals, who were shipped there, so they can be forgotten, you cannot expect them to have anything other than a criminal mindset anyway!

To put it another way “you judge others by your own standards”. If your standards are warped, then you have a problem in objectivity, and you are clearly misguided.

To cut a long story short, they (the Australian Detectives Investigation this ALLEGED plot) are in DEEP SHIT. They have no way of saving face, as they will simply face the sack, due to their gross incompetence. SO what do criminals get up to in such a circumstance? They are now busily engaged in creating their own web of intrigue, manufacturing non-existent evidence, making up stories, getting corroboration from seemingly innocent people, by the use of threat, and in a world of fake news, want to cover their fakery, by deciding that his openly and unequivocal defense from his homeland, of ALL religious and racial persuasions are simply cast as fake news.

While a whole case of lies is being drawn up as TRUTH, President Trump for once has even better company in the form of the Australian Police Force, in re drawing a story to cover-up their gross incompetence because Australia will NEVER be able to live it up with this case, which has taken a turn, no convict heritage detective could have imagined, due to their ignorance of the status and stature of their legal immigrants or students of the present, who have to go through hoops if they are to come to Australia. No dead-beat terrorist sympathizer can come through the cracks today, only those who can be brainwashed within that SORRY ASS country, which does everything in their power to create a divided country, by not being sufficiently inclusive of all foreign people, who instead of being accepted with open arms into their fabric of society are looked upon in suspicion, which angers the looked upon to teach these Neanderthals with a convict past a lesson or two in Human Rights.

This guy has been denied his human rights with this accusation, and the PTA Act of Sri Lanka looks like a walk in the park when compared to the charges filed to keep him under lock and key and be tortured to extract confessions if that is possible, using mind reading and bending techniques to save face.

The mind really BOGGLES. What is happening in Sydney in the building this guy finds himself in, with the person really guilty of the crime of planting false information, just to get a smart kid in trouble salivating at the thought that he has ruined the life of a very (some would consider too intelligent for their own liking) bright kid with a wonderful career ahead of him. This rotter did not like foreigners who were too off the charts with ability, in comparison with the dick heads that litter the Country of Australia, stolen from its true inhabitants.


If you need any evidence for my theory, just see what happened to the true natives of Australia. Those few who remain have their lives ruined in one way or another, purposely kept in a state of delirium, so that what is truly theirs does not have to be returned to them in the first place. They have NO SHAME.

This act of aggression against a fellow human is true to character of the Australian State that treats boat people like dirt, as if they don’t even exist by sending them to hell holes like Nauru or Papua New Guinea, is indicative of a Country in decline, but still unaware of how badly morally bankrupt, they are.

I don’t know if we will ever get to the bottom of this particular case, as truth is the first thing that goes out of the window, when there is a cover up. We may have to wait decades, until books are written and films made to finally get some kind of realistic idea of what happened, why it happened, and why it was covered up, and the innocent lives sacrificed due to this miscarriage of justice.

The only lesson we can learn from this, is that to accuse anyone of anything and follow due process, it is better to err on the side of the accused rather than on the accuser as the consequences are far greater if they are wrong on the credibility of the security forces, on which the faith of the whole country depends, than the possibility of a terror plot that goes off with a few people who get killed. Reader, don’t forget that there are hundreds of investigations being carried out for terror related events today, this was simply one that just went too far, due to an idiot in the investigation team who wanted GLORY!

http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2018/09/how-sri-lankas-press-is-reporting-mohamed-kamer-nizamdeen-terror-arrest.html

Here below was from the article in today's Daily Mirror News Paper

http://www.dailymirror.lk/plus/article/Will-Kamer-be-cleared-of-accusations-Shocking-arrest-of-popular-Sri-Lankan-PhD-student-in-Australia-155051.html

It is too early to comment on the detention of 25-year-old Kamer Nizamdeen, a popular PhD student affiliated to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia as the matter is under investigation by the NSW Joint Counter-Terrorism Team. His arrest on accusations of planning terror attacks has shocked almost everyone in the University and back at home in Sri Lanka as his life in Sydney was a story of successes with robust achievements, respected and admired.   
It is bewildering that such a man could suddenly get ‘radicalised’ almost overnight as widely publicised worldwide without any evidence of any extremist comment being heard from him at any time by any of his colleagues. It is well known that a radicalised person cannot hide his views though he can hide his conduct and activities. How is it that there is no independent corroboration from his associates or his closest circle in the university that Kamer was no longer the same man they knew?   

The only evidence known so far on which he was arrested on August 30 (Thursday) was a notebook allegedly containing references to former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, references to Sydney Opera House, police and railway stations allegedly found in his room. Though the exact wordings are not in any media, the PhD student will have to explain what the notebook contents were all about. We do not know his version because we have not heard the police or the media quoting Kamer in their reports.   
It is difficult to believe that in a country where seven prime ministers were displaced in ten years and the last one Malcolm Turnbull was ousted by his own party colleagues on 24th August 2018, the Sri Lankan student could have had any ideological or religious reason to ‘terrorise’ Turnbull. There appears to be no evidence that he had plans to terrorise the former Prime Minister or former Foreign Minister at any time they held office.   

PhD student 

Kamer was no simpleton; he was a bright, well-integrated PhD student and staffer at the UNSW. It is mind-boggling as to how his alleged ‘terrorism manifesto’ would be left in the open space of his shared room in the university premises carelessly for someone else to so easily ‘stumble upon’.   
Kamer’s brother, in a Facebook Post on Monday 3rd September, has expressed the view that Kamer was framed. “His accomplishments within the university in UNSW speak for themselves and he would have had absolutely no reason to engage in such disgusting, hateful crimes to a city which has been extremely opening to him for the past 6 years,” the brother wrote.   
Crime Reporter Sally Rowsthorne of The Sydney Morning Herald of Friday 31st August, noted “those who knew the Sri Lankan postgraduate student were in shock after the arrest with multiple friends and neighbours saying that they wouldn’t believe what Mr Nizamdeen is accused of doing”. ABC also quoted the police saying that they do not believe that Kamer was capable of carrying out a terrorist attack.   
Except for the contents of the notebook, which are also capable of innocent explanations, there does not appear in the media any evidence of any previous expressions of opinion or conduct on Kamer’s part that would support the serious allegations made against this up and coming talented youth, whose future is on the brink of ruination. But then the investigations are continuing, we need to wait. However what is clear to this writer is that additional evidence notwithstanding, the sum total of the material against Kamer do not amount to even an attempt or a conspiracy to commit an offence known to the law as applied in countries which have not embraced oppressive Counter Terrorism laws or the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Law. Jotting down one’s views in a notebook cannot by itself constitute an act of terror.   

The reported facts as distinguished from speculatory comments, such as alleged membership in the ISIS, do not appear to qualify as a terrorist or attempted terrorist act

There must be evidence of actual preparation or an engagement or assistance to commit a terrorist act, which appears to be lacking in this case. The reported facts as distinguished from speculatory comments, such as alleged membership in the ISIS, do not appear to qualify as a terrorist or attempted terrorist act under Australia’s Criminal Code Act of 1995 or under terror laws applicable in the New South Wales. Membership in ISIS itself is however, an independent terror related offence. There is no evidence of any “intimidation to advance a political, religious or ideological cause and the act causes”, the way a terrorist act is defined in the Australian Act. The phrase “and the act causes” would necessitate the act of intimidation causing actual ‘intimidation’, often ignored by investigators who probably want to demonstrate their ‘smart detection’ to their superiors! But Australia as a country maintains a high standard of judicially supervised investigative mechanism. It is possible that he would be and should be cleared of the accusations, subject however to some extra ordinary, but unlikely links with a terrorist organisation being discovered or due to some external pressure from racist entities.   

Speculative comments 

Dinoo Kelleghan in Sydney writing to The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) of 2nd September 2018 has made reference to highly speculative comments spicing the story which are unsupported by evidence. One example is that Kamer “acted as a lone wolf using his campus activities as a cover” which earned a sub-title in The Sunday Times, leading to a permanent damage to a man who had ‘networked into the university where he studied, worked and mentored students, and through projects that brought him plaudits by UNSW.’ Kelleghan reported further as follows: “Police say the PhD student is affiliated with the IS but are not charging him with being a member of the terrorist organisation.” But NSW Acting Detective Superintendent Mick Sheehy is quoted in the next sentence as having said, “From the documentation we believe he would affiliate with the ISIS”.   
One will easily see the propaganda hype to make the suspect appear to be linked to ISIS, the earlier one claiming Kamer is affiliated with the IS while the subsequent one stating that ‘he would affiliate’ with the ISIS.   
Kamer Nizamdeen had no previous criminal records prior to August 30. But were the police rushed into arresting Kamer with such weak allegations possibly by external elements? NSW’s Surveillance Device Act of 2007 and other terrorist related laws permit the police to conduct surveillance to establish more sound and credible material against possible real terror suspects. Why was he not monitored at least for a few more days, which smart investigators often do before rushing to arrest? What was the urgency? Did the elements that may have pushed the police to arrest the Sri Lankan forthwith have an agenda to create a realistic impact on the then ongoing Defence Seminar in Colombo, which commenced here on Thursday 30th August?   
Day Two of the Defence Seminar on Friday 31st August morning session had two relevant presentations to the subject under discussion in this article. One by Lt. Gen.(Retd) Orit Adalo, managing director of Adalo Consulting Ltd of Israel on ‘Ideological Polarisation’ and the other by Maj. Gen. Roger J Noble, United States Army Pacific, Australia on ‘Role of the military in Response to Violent Non-State Actors in a Destabilised International System’. Space constraints do not permit a detailed discussion, which may be written off by some as conspiracy theories. The news of Kamer’s arrest however hit the news media here only at the conclusion of the two day Colombo Defence Seminar, perhaps a little too late.   
(The writer is a former Senior State Counsel and can be reached on mm_zuhair@yahoo.com) 




Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wadduwa Party - Unanswered Questions! Better agitate for answers now before it becomes worse!

If the report in the Island Newspaper is true, and of course there is a problem with much of the facts as reported in the Media, we have serious concerns that must be addressed NOW

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=189253

How come there was a party of two thousand people, each paying three thousand rupees? That is a total of Six Million Rupees for a FB party arranged by an AD agency in Kaduwela.

Before the alleged drugs scene, that in itself must draw a red flag to the authorities.

So what is the police doing about it? There is no point saying a Politician is protecting the organizers and doing nothing about it

The IGP must investigate if the party was held correctly, and owing to the crowd involved, if there was an adequate police presence to ensure basic security for the party goers, a basic right for party goers.

What enticed so many to come from all over the Country to pay Rs3,000 unless there was something available that is normally not available.

Basic Police investigations MUST get to the bottom of it, and eliminate all possibilities.

What pray is the duty of the Police? Not just to prevent crime, but also to prevent the possibility in the future. In order to do the latter, they must look into the causes, and how it can be prevented from happening

I don't know about the drug scene there, but we have to nip the drug menace in the bud as a Country. as the people of the Country demand it of the law enforcement authorities and not allow politicians to run rings around them

Remember the Police will eventually have to answer for it later, if something is not done immediately, and it is better to have it all discussed, resolved and suspects implicated or exonerated from the deaths today, rather than let it hang for a while before it is investigated and then it will more work for the already overburdened police force, trying to get a handle on the drug menace in Sri Lanka.

Where is the report of the IGP to the Law and Order Minister as there has been a clear breakdown of some law?

We just cannot let the IGP sleep on the job, it is too critical to let slide.
Why aren't more people questioning this incident, as we don't want a more severe incident in the future?

Today it is clear that the strength of the drugs are not known, and many are overdosing on lethal drugs and dying because the suppliers are incapable of regulating the strength of some of the chemicals used in the psychedelic drugs freely available today.

Before the crisis gets out of hand where the police simply cannot cope, why not give it the significance due and act on it?

Someone please do something

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Micro Finance Debt – inability to pay – has nothing to do with region, it is a common issue across the Country



As usual the pontificating donkeys, also known as ministers are hypothesizing debt into the Northern Debt being special which needs to be forgiven, and not the debt taken by women in the rest of the Country. Bull Shit!!


There are philosophical issues that must be addressed and let us do that one by one. Let’s home in on where the real problem lies. It is with the microfinance lending practice of first targeting women, whether they are women headed households or not. The assumption is this population is less likely to default.

Then they pick on vulnerable, as in financially not savvy women and get them to find a guarantor, usually three women cross guarantee for each other, and the money is promptly paid, not looking whether women have any prior experience in paying off such debt.

The predator salesmen are only concerned about their commission which depends on the number of households they can lend to, and has nothing to do with the evaluation of a business plan.

A capping of the interest rates, will result in lower lending to these vulnerable people, as lending criteria will have to change to safer bets. It will prevent these people being targeted. However there is a catch, the need to pick out those who will then go to the local money lender.

In short they will not be forced into taking loans they cannot pay, but will go to the money lender who lends at high rates, without guarantors for expenses, that no one else will lend on. These vulnerable people have NO SAFETY NET.

It is the duty of the Samurdhi Niladari to identify families in this debt trap, for special assistance, and advise them before they mortgage their lands to raise funds. Invariably the local money lender who charges usurious rates, will end up owning the property by default, further pauperizing these families.

It is this vulnerable population, anywhere in the country who MUST be helped. The question is, “how can you identify them?” and intervene before they go from the frying pan into the fire. In short one is helping those trapped in poverty, without the financial savvy to extricate them from this debt burden. Microfinance writes off debt, money lenders take everything, leaving nothing.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Where is the media in defending the security of the nation?

When a debate in parliament took place, to effectively fool people again both by the Govt. and Opposition to imply that troop numbers are all that matter, the media SHOULD HAVE POINTED OUT THE FALLACY

When the whole world is reducing the strength of their forces and that includes the US, UK, China Russia and India, and going hi tec, we in Sri Lanka are debating the issue of whether to reduce the strength of the Forces or not.

Of course it is a no brainer that  we should have a more agile fighting force, which could be deployed immediately if trouble arises. Mobile Camps are the answer and is a well known form of security which it seems only Sri Lanka does not know about!

So let us leave the defence of the nation to the forces, to present their requests for the future security and for a proper independent analysis of its need, rather than be determined by people with personal agendas.

We are paying Rs50BN a year just to feed the forces. That is simply unacceptable.  So if you downsize by a quarter, If I had just a quarter of that to get ONE good brigade to be deployed whenever trouble occurs, that is better, while getting rid of excess bodies that is a quarter of the force in a five year period.

So why is the media not pointing this out? The fact is the forces are NOT nimble as there are too many structures that serve no purpose, other than just give people title and nothing else. 

What do we want? Security of the land. How do you get it? Reduce the number and beef up the logistics using the latest technology. As Sri Lanka is a small country, we can get any amount of troops from one place to another in a matter of a few hours, by land sea or air. 

What we don't have is the equipment to move them quickly and that is the need of the hour and not the bodies. the bodies are needed to run the economy, not sit around pissing in their boots. So redirect the personnel to civilian essentials not covered and use the money saved to getting transportation items to ensure we can fight any battle, big or small within an hour of it breaking out, where ever it maybe. Who is going to argue with that?

The present 250+ Army Camps don't even have bullets that work to last one hour of battle, so why even have them? We are only putting our soldiers in harm's way. 

So who do we blame for that? the Civilian Government not acquiescing to forces commanders needs. So who are the traitors? Everyone of the people who are warming their seats in Parliament? Not one person not even Field Marshal SF has pointed this terrible state of affairs.  

Why is Parliament littered with Bozos who appeal to their gallery? It’s called Democracy stupid!!



Taking a cue from what transpired in Parliament yesterday, where the Government had to answer the allegation by the opposition, that the Army was downsizing, allegations made by Bozo Dinesh Gunewardena, seeking to get some brownie points from his gallery, by implying that he is trying to defend the nation by keeping the Army at the present numbers. So one mistake does not make it into two wrongs.


Mistake ONE – The Quality of an Army to satisfactorily defend a nation from their brief has nothing to do with troop strength.

Mistake TWO – Denying that the numbers will be reduced is itself a lie, as what is needed is a MORE EFFECTIVE security force, not strength in numbers.

To illustrate how bankrupt both the Government and Opposition are in terms of their inability to truly represent the needs of the Nation, is their pandering to the Gallery, as votes are supposed to be obtained by telling lies, as the truth will not win an election in Sri Lanka.

So we come back to the reason we are in the backwaters of the world, when we can easily be in the forefront, but for the  intellectual bankruptcy of the electorate to whom, the education system has completely failed.

I know I can defend the whole country with a troop strength of a maximum of 50,000 well trained, high mobility force, equipped with drones, helicopters, high technology surveillance, BETTER than today’s army can, with lower capacity manpower, but with the nimbleness of a rapid deployment force.

As usual our donkeys in Parliament have missed the whole point. We have seas, our economic zone, which is being plundered by foreign trawlers DAILY, and they have not pointed that we need a Navy strength at 5 times present, with vessels equipped with latest technology to prevent the POACHING WAR.

WE ARE CURRENTLY AT WAR IN THE HIGH SEAS AND DONKEYS IN PARLIAMENT HAVE NOT RAISED THIS ISSUE YET! So what is the good of idiots who just want to hear the sound of their voice, not realizing they are all traitors for NOT defending our economic rights, from being stolen in daylight.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Count ourselves very fortunate in Sri Lanka - the Rest of the World has been gripped by heatwaves these past weeks

Sri Lankans tend to always look at the worst, or have pessimistic outlooks on life.

The past month has seen record breaking high temperatures throughout the world, but we in Sri Lanka have not experienced any extremes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5933587/Mesmerising-maps-reveal-record-breaking-temperatures-world.html 

The link above is worth reading as it will bring to your attention how extreme some of the temperature has been.

Only if you live in a place and experience unusually high or unusually low temperatures will you understand how different life at that moment is.

In England roads have melted for the heat. Some people dare not go out of their houses and just imagine in many temperate countries they only have heaters and no airconditioners or fans, so people are really suffering the sweltering heat.

There has been no reference in the gutter press to the extreme heatwave the world is experiencing, and worse no indication to people in Sri Lanka that they truly live in Paradise, but where people still leave this country to move to countries experiencing such weather and temperature changes, only because the SYSTEM in Sri Lanka has pushed them out.

So what is this system I refer to?

A parochial society, where performance is not appreciated. Where the old school tie matters more than ability leading the best of the rest to leave Sri Lanka for pastures anew to give their all to the Country that welcomes them, being disgusted with the Country of their birth that effectively chased away some of our best citizens, as they don't recognize quality and true Human Resource Potential

It is only this resource that we lack in Sri Lanka, because we actually had them, but we chased the people away, so that idiots getting into positions of authority have stifled their upward mobility.

We must change this misconception, so we can give the truly talented a chance within Sri Lanka to display what they are capable of.

So literally we chase people from the frying pan to the fire in these extreme temperature countries because we are unable to give credit where it is due to good people, giving them the promotion needed or even at the beginning give them a living wage on which to build their lives and lay down their roots in Sri Lanka