Sunday, May 8, 2016

Elephant Myths and Tragedy

The reporting below is a BIG LIE!
They were electrocuted by Electric Fence hit by Lighting.
It is the Electric Fence that killed them.
They have built electric fences to protect Hashish Growing farmers.
Please do not believe Sri-Lankan Media and politicians and Ganja Growers.
The figure 7000 is also a BOGUS Figure.
They are endangered, may be less than 2000.

Under previous government there was big Baby Elephant Trade, Buddhist Monks and Local mafia included.

There is even fisticuffs and cheating (in counting votes in debates) in our parliament.
We send politicians (mafia agents) without fifth standard education and they cannot even count the 10 fingers.

 Reporting
Four elephants, including two calves, were killed by lightning in northern Sri Lanka in one of the worst wildlife tragedies to hit the country in years, officials said Sunday.
A female elephant, aged about 25 years, and two of her calves, aged 10 months and two years, and an eight-year-old female were found dead Sunday just outside the Wilpattu wildlife sanctuary, an official said.
"Villagers from neighbouring areas alerted the authorities and we carried out autopsies," wildlife veterinary surgeon Chandana Jayasinghe said. "The deaths were caused by lightning."
Local villagers in Mahavilachchiya, 250 kilometres (156 miles) north of Colombo, had reported heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning in the shrub jungle area on Friday when the elephants were thought to have been struck.
It was the worst natural disaster involving elephants since February 2011 when four baby elephants drowned in a major flood in the north-east of the country.
Elephants are venerated in the mainly Buddhist country and they are a highly protected species. Elephant deaths must be investigated and death certificates issued before disposing of the carcasses.
Despite tough conservation laws and the elephant's association with Buddhism, nearly 200 jumbos are killed each year by villagers after accidentally straying onto farmland, while the animals themselves kill about 50 people each year.

Sri Lanka's elephant population has reduced to just over 7,000, according to a census five years ago, down from a population of over 12,000 at the start of the 20th century.

 Cheating in the parliament

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, MP, yesterday said that it was the responsibility of party leaders to ensure the participation of their members in parliamentary proceedings.

Speaker Jayasuriya said that in case members skipped sessions it would be the responsibility of the respective leaders to take punitive action against them. The former UNP Deputy leader is on record as having said that a single day’s parliamentary sittings cost the Sri Lankan taxpayer Rs. 4.6 mn, and, therefore, MPs should bear in mind their responsibilities.

The Speaker was responding to a query by The Island whether he could take disciplinary action against those who hadn’t been present in parliament on Thursday (May 5) afternoon when a vote taken at the end of a debate to give approval for a supplementary estimate of Rs 55 mn for the government revealed only 62 members out of 225 were present.

The parliament was told 33 members voted for the supplementary estimate and 31 voted against. Both the Joint Opposition and the JVP strongly objected to the result. Alleging vote rigging, they demanded a recount. After several recounts, the Secretary General of Parliament and political party representatives agreed that there had been 31 votes each for and against the supplementary estimate.

Had members of the UNP-SLFP coalition been present on that day, the supplementary estimate could have been passed without any issue, Speaker Jayasuriya said.

The UNP parliamentary group comprises 106 members plus one SLMC MP.

The SLFP group backing the UNP comprises 46 members. The rebel SLFP-led UPFA group comprises 49 members, including former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Speaker expressed serious concern over continuing low turnaround at parliamentary sessions. Parliament meets eight days a month. According to him, the situation at some Provincial Councils was worse for want of a system to ensure participation.

Asked whether the offending members could be dealt under the code of conduct for the members of parliament, Speaker Jayasuriya said the draft of the proposed code of conduct had been made available to all members of parliament. Once the members state their positions, the proposed code of conduct could be adopted, the Speaker said. In respect of attendance, the draft proposed: "Every member shall attend every sitting of the House and meeting of the committee of which he or she is a member, in accordance with practice of the House, except with reasonable excuse, or in the case of extended absence, if excused in accordance with the practice of the House."

Political sources pointed out that the TNA rescued the government by voting for the supplementary estimate.

Most of the Ministers, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers hadn’t been present at the time the vote was taken. At the end of the debate Chief Opposition Whip JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake called for a division.

Having campaigned against the previous administration, the UNP obviously didn’t expect JVP leader Dissanayake to cause an unnecessary crisis by calling for a division. Many an eyebrow was raised at the JVP backing the Joint Opposition against the government.

The Yahapalana government conducted various lessons for members as well as parliamentary staff recently to improve their participation in the process.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, MP, yesterday said that it was the responsibility of party leaders to ensure the participation of their members in parliamentary proceedings.

Speaker Jayasuriya said that in case members skipped sessions it would be the responsibility of the respective leaders to take punitive action against them. The former UNP Deputy leader is on record as having said that a single day’s parliamentary sittings cost the Sri Lankan taxpayer Rs. 4.6 mn, and, therefore, MPs should bear in mind their responsibilities.

The Speaker was responding to a query by The Island whether he could take disciplinary action against those who hadn’t been present in parliament on Thursday (May 5) afternoon when a vote taken at the end of a debate to give approval for a supplementary estimate of Rs 55 mn for the government revealed only 62 members out of 225 were present.

The parliament was told 33 members voted for the supplementary estimate and 31 voted against. Both the Joint Opposition and the JVP strongly objected to the result. Alleging vote rigging, they demanded a recount. After several recounts, the Secretary General of Parliament and political party representatives agreed that there had been 31 votes each for and against the supplementary estimate.

Had members of the UNP-SLFP coalition been present on that day, the supplementary estimate could have been passed without any issue, Speaker Jayasuriya said.

The UNP parliamentary group comprises 106 members plus one SLMC MP.

The SLFP group backing the UNP comprises 46 members. The rebel SLFP-led UPFA group comprises 49 members, including former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Speaker expressed serious concern over continuing low turnaround at parliamentary sessions. Parliament meets eight days a month. According to him, the situation at some Provincial Councils was worse for want of a system to ensure participation.

Asked whether the offending members could be dealt under the code of conduct for the members of parliament, Speaker Jayasuriya said the draft of the proposed code of conduct had been made available to all members of parliament. Once the members state their positions, the proposed code of conduct could be adopted, the Speaker said. In respect of attendance, the draft proposed: "Every member shall attend every sitting of the House and meeting of the committee of which he or she is a member, in accordance with practice of the House, except with reasonable excuse, or in the case of extended absence, if excused in accordance with the practice of the House."

Political sources pointed out that the TNA rescued the government by voting for the supplementary estimate.

Most of the Ministers, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers hadn’t been present at the time the vote was taken. At the end of the debate Chief Opposition Whip JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake called for a division.

Having campaigned against the previous administration, the UNP obviously didn’t expect JVP leader Dissanayake to cause an unnecessary crisis by calling for a division. Many an eyebrow was raised at the JVP backing the Joint Opposition against the government.

The Yahapalana government conducted various lessons for members as well as parliamentary staff recently to improve their participation in the process.

Linux Magazine is FAB!

Newbee Guys and Gals
 
Below is how an Indian tried eavesdropped on my computer, many moons ago!
Culprit was early SimplyMepis, a hybrid with Microsoft.
I cannot remember, exactly.
I stopped using it, anyway.

NOW Microsoft 10 is cohabiting with Ubuntu bash shell and trying to find its "Lost World" or the Jurassic Park!

I NEWER USED Ubuntu only for TESTING its weaknesses.

Bottom line is even, Linux especially Android can be HACKED.

That is why F-Droid, derivative of FREE Software (Foundation) has come into being.

Current state is discussed in Linux Magazine which has many interesting articles.
Next one is on security features.
If you have enough saving or spare money SUBSCRIBE.
Blog Piece below (it is not here go and look for it) is related to Androids.
Android Kernel is vulnerable, that is why I do not cellphone for critical work.

Best bet for security is TOR in Linux (Linux Anonymous)

American Politics, Is it a reality SHOW?


American Politics, Is it a reality SHOW?
I say yes.

It does not matter who wins, there is nothing either for the American Citizen or the Global Citizen.

It is like looking at a Soap Opera.

I must say Sri-Lankan average (not the Bodu Bala Sena convicts) citizen is smart and streetwise and got rid of a dictator by a simple vote.

Our voter commonsense and turnout is much more and better than an average American  response.

Let me finish with Obama, he is playing into the racist issue to blacks, as much as Donald Trump to whites.

If politics is decided on skin colour we are still in the primitive age much worse than our prehistoric man.

America is still primitive with Ted Cruz expecting divine intervention.

There is no GOD who created this planet or the Solar system.

The Bible neither talks about the universe nor black holes but only a Big Bang (Athe Pathu Wena Hena Boruwa).

Coming to United Kingdom and London Mayor coming from a simple family from Pakistan is unbelievable.

Late Dame Margret Thatcher must be turning in her grave with antipathy.

Having said that, I liked Margret Thatcher much more than Hillary Clinton.

She was hard working hard hitting man of a women whereas Hillary is slimy and shoddy in her outlook including monitory deals, just like our previous president and his family.

Unlike in United Kingdom, where every vote counts, in America the two dominant parties dominating the electoral colleagues and there is no room for independent voice or vote.

Unless they change this system American politics will remain a Soap Opera for centuries.

But my gut feeling is that Stupid Americans will elect Trump since three terms in office (unless there is a gap in between) for one party is almost never heard in the last current century.

Coming to Berny Sanders, his effort was marginal but without money or wheeler dealing, no American can think of becoming a President.

That is why I never thought of becoming an American Citizen in my soul.

No matter who wins poor will be poorer and the rich will be richer, no matter which part (China, Russia included) globe the elections are held.

What works in democracy (opposed to Autocracy of Kings) is the restriction of two terms of office.

Can one think of Obama in office for three terms?

We will die of boredom listening to his orations or rants.

It gives (restriction in office) a false sense of change (which we experienced in this country) but these jokers (Ranil, Karunanayake on one side and Sirisena and Duminda on the other side) who are elected do not know what is meant by “Change”.

They keep on doing the same rotten and corrupt stuff.

Do the Enlightened Citizen deserve it?

No.

That is why we should keep the Mid Night Oil burning as far as the Citizen Action Groups are concerned.

If we relax and let them loose mayhem will set in again in two years.