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Sri Lanka seeks divine help to subdue anti-Rajapaksa protesters

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President’s personal shaman known as “Gnana Akka” has been commissioned to charm protesters demanding his resignation over the worsening economic crisis.

After a six-week hiatus following former MP Hirunika Premachandra’s attempt to storm Gnana Akka’s Anuradhapura shrine, the shaman resumed her operations on Tuesday, sources close to her said.

Although her services were unavailable to lesser mortals, Gnana Akka had been charming tonnes of bottled water that had now been delivered to the Galle Face “Gota Go Gama” protest site, the sources said.

“Thousands may have already drunk the charmed water that is sent as ‘donations’ to the Gota Go Gama,” the source said adding it was done with military precision.

“Gnana Akka has assured those behind the operation that anyone who drinks this water will be subdued and eventually give up their agitation against the President and his family. The idea is that the Gota-Go-Home campaign will fizzle out.”

The ritual to charm bottled water had been difficult. She had wanted two dozen wildflowers which were not easy to find in her Anuradhapura district and some exotic flowers had been flown from neighbouring India.

In mid-March, Gnana Akka feared for her life and took shelter in an undisclosed location after former lawmaker Premachandra led dozens of women and attempted to march to her shrine.

Premachandra said she wanted to consult Gnana Akka for a reading on the current situation in the country.

The shaman was tipped off by the police that an angry mob was trying to storm her residence. Dozens of heavily armed police and security personnel were deployed to guard her shrine to goddess Kali. (COLOMBO, May 5, 2022)

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  1. Mihiree says:

    Your headline is misleading as Sri Lanka is not seeking divine help. The Rajapakses do NOT represent Sri Lanka, Gnana Akka is their shaman. While we have a culture steeped in traditional folklore, as a people we do not weaponize it. They however have been doing do for years. Please be more responsible in creati g your headlines.

  2. Thilo says:

    Kali seems to have let her doen

  3. Lakshman says:

    Please!I’m dying of laughter 😂🤣😁

  4. Vera puran says:

    Time comes for everyone, Rajas must go now, and to jail for looting the country….

    Vera purana appu

  5. Indrani fernando says:

    Charmed water affects only those who believe in the occult and under the influence of Satan.

  6. Anton Fernando says:

    Can she do a charm to get some Dollars.

  7. Vajira Wijesuriya says:

    Displays nothing but what a fool of a president that the country is being lead by after 74 years of gaining independence.

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  1. Mihiree says:

    Your headline is misleading as Sri Lanka is not seeking divine help. The Rajapakses do NOT represent Sri Lanka, Gnana Akka is their shaman. While we have a culture steeped in traditional folklore, as a people we do not weaponize it. They however have been doing do for years. Please be more responsible in creati g your headlines.

  2. Thilo says:

    Kali seems to have let her doen

  3. Lakshman says:

    Please!I’m dying of laughter 😂🤣😁

  4. Vera puran says:

    Time comes for everyone, Rajas must go now, and to jail for looting the country….

    Vera purana appu

  5. Indrani fernando says:

    Charmed water affects only those who believe in the occult and under the influence of Satan.

  6. Anton Fernando says:

    Can she do a charm to get some Dollars.

  7. Vajira Wijesuriya says:

    Displays nothing but what a fool of a president that the country is being lead by after 74 years of gaining independence.

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He was appointed in terms of Article 61E (b) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka, the president’s media division said.

The new AG received the appointment from President Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat on Friday.

He fills the post after the retirement of former Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam. (Colombo/Jul12/2024)

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A bond maturing on 15.12.2027 closed at 11.75/80 percent, up from 11.80/88 percent.

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The broader All Share Index closed up 0.35 percent, or 41.71 points, at 11,843; while the more liquid S&P SL20 Index closed up 0.56 percent, or 19.20 points, at 3,454.

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“Local retail participation drove the market predominantly.”

John Keells Holdings Plc brought in Rs109mn to the turnover, and the share closed flat at 194.50.

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Softlogic Holdings Plc which announced the date of its rights issue, closed up at 8.50. (Colombo/Jul12/2024)

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