Prof. Medagoda Abhayatissa Thera told the media, “We believe that the President is a person who loves the country, but since he was elected to power, various entities have been trying to manipulate him.”. According to the police, the suspect or suspects had entered the residence by breaking one of the doors while the former President was at her official residence in Colombo. SLPP Parliamentarian Upul Galappaththi, raising a Point of Order, said that MP Harin Fernando was misleading the House by attempting to imply that Ramanayake was imprisoned by the Government, which he said was incorrect and totally misleading. Even if they sentenced me to one year, two years, five years, ten years, twenty years or life imprisonment, I maintain what I have said.”. He said, “The former Yahapalana Government had made an agreement to sell the ECT to India. He has become so helpless so he goes from SJB MP to MP and urges them to speak on behalf of him,” he said. Ranatunga had refused to accept the post of Deputy Chairman of the UNP which was presented to him and he also did not attend the inauguration ceremony of the new officers at Sirikotha recently. “Just because a Presidential Commission was appointed and its report had been approved by the Cabinet, can the court cases be cancelled?” Fernando queried. Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga says he is prepared to accept the United National Party (UNP) leadership post. Despite assurances that he would hand over the leadership of the United National Party (UNP) to Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene in January 2021, Ranil Wickremesinghe was again reappointed as the UNP Leader at the party Working Committee meeting which held on Wednesday (January 13). Swaminathan were appointed as Senior Vice Chairmen and Sagala Ratnayake, Sunethra Ranasinghe and Daya Gamage as Vice Chairmen. The ceremony held under the patronage of Party Leader Wickremesinghe was conducted adhering to the health guidelines. It had raised doubt among the people whether the UNP heavyweights were planning to form a new political front as thousands of their supporters had attended the religious ceremony. Sri Lanka has proven... Sri Lanka has perhaps seen the end of one of the most dreadful years in recent history with the ghastly impact of the Covid-... “Although the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful, must be reasonable” – Thomas... Covid-19 vaccines to arrive to SL next week, Some thoughts on the Fall Army worm and its control, President’s Counsel Sarath Jayamanne retires after a celebrated career, Ranjan vilified Executive, Legislature and Judiciary - Minister Ranatunga, Sinhala Wedakam physician achieves international fame. Minister Ranatunga said the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary were vilified by the previous Yahapalana Government and Ranjan played a key part in it. MP Ramanayake admitted in his evidence that he made the statement in question saying, “the majority in Sri Lanka are corrupt judges, corrupt lawyers and they work for money.”. A group of Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Parliamentarians staged a protest near the Independence Square on Wednesday, January 13 demanding the Government ensure the freedom of Speech. Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage during the parliamentary debate said, “We saw the list of individuals who were punished by Ranil Wickremesinghe.”. Galappaththi said that Ramanayake was imprisoned by the Supreme Court for an offence he committed. He, along with his brothers, studied at Ananda College Colombo where his mother was a teacher. Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that he admits the fact that the Government has failed as they couldn’t punish the bond scam culprits. Arjuna Ranatunga was sacked when the cabinet was dissolved by the Sri Lankan president. The Fall Army worm(FAW) recorded for the first time in Sri Lanka in August 2018 on maize is a moth, whose larva (... President’s Counsel Sarath Jayamanne wore many hats. Police arrest Sri Lanka's petroleum minister and captain of Sri Lanka's 1996 cricket World Cup Arjuna Ranatunga , in Colombo on October 29, 2018. Ranatunga had refused to accept the post of Deputy Chairman of the United National Party which was presented to him and he … When Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga came to the crease, the famously rotund star called for a runner, sparking a confrontation with Healy. The Minister made this request raising a Point of Order, while Fernando was on his feet, seconding the Adjournment Motion moved by JVP Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake. Asserting that the Government does not indulge in vindictive politics, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said that the imprisonment of MP Ranjan Ramanayake was a result of his unguarded mouth. However, no change has been made to the party leadership and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue to lead the party. However, the Working Committee had commended Karunanayake’s service to the party. Produced by Lake House. President Rajapaksa said that the ECT would be subject to sustainable development under the investment project. Former UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has been appointed the new UNP Assistant Leader while Ruwan Wijewardene will continue to serve as the party’s Deputy Leader. Former Minister Samaraweera in a media release stated, “As a true patriot, I am happy with the Government’s decision to get foreign investors to develop the Colombo Port. Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has decided not to actively participate in the political activities of the United National Party in the future. The actor-turned politician was moved to the Correctional Centre for Youth Offenders in Pallansena for quarantine. Samaraweera said that even socialist countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia realised the critical role of foreign investments and formed policies to attract investors from abroad. Ranatunga told reporters today that if the UNP wants him to lead the party he will accept it. Samaraweera viewed President Rajapaksa’s decision as an encouraging development while urging “true patriots” to dismiss the rhetoric planted by certain politicians, popularising the sentiment of attracting foreign investments as a betrayal to the nation. The Prime Minister’s Political Affairs Coordinating Secretary Kumarasiri Hettige and Secretary to the Chief Government Whip of Parliament Chaminda Kularatne had also tested positive for Covid-19. Arjuna Ranatunga, the captain of Sri Lanka’s 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team, on Sunday joined the race to lead the Opposition United National Party (UNP) after former Prime Minister … Nearly 15 MPs underwent PCR tests on Wednesday, January 13 and all of them have tested negative. Bodyguards for Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga fired live rounds as a mob loyal to Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena besieged the Cabinet member in his office, police said. Members of the Maha Sangha have criticised the Government over attempts that are allowing foreign entities to acquire the country’s resources. Karunanayake, who was the former Deputy Leader of the party, had not attended the Working Committee meeting saying that other posts are unnecessary if he is not given the post of General Secretary as the Deputy Leader at a time when the party was in a difficult situation. Ranatunga was arrested from the premises of … He said that the members of the Maha Sangha and Civil Society representatives who strove to make the present Government victorious at the last election have started criticising the Government. The shortcomings among us needs to be rectified if we actually want to tread on the path of victory,” Rathnapriya said. UNP seniors Ravi Karunanayake, Navin Dissanayake, Arjuna Ranatunga, Lakshman Wijemanna and Mervyn Silva conducted an Adistana Pooja at Kataragama a couple of days ago. The Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 12 convicted SJB Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake for contempt of court and sentenced... A medical heritage of a country could be cited as one of its best treasures and most powerful weapons. All nominations submitted by Party Leader Wickremesinghe for party positions for this year were approved by the Working Committee. He again said on September 5, 2018, “I will never withdraw. The Minister said Ranawaka was nothing but a political opportunist who was prepared to step into any cesspit to further his own political agenda and asserted the SJB MP’s character has been fully understood by the electorate. Last elected Party. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had also instructed the Election Commission to take steps to hold PC elections as soon as possible. The 78-year-old Democrat Joe Biden won the US election in November last year and was elected the 46th President of the country with over 270 electoral votes on his side. However, addressing a group of UNP supporters at the UNP headquarters, Sirikotha on Friday, January 15 UNP Deputy Leader Wijewardene said that a mechanism will be put in place to bring all forces together, against the present Government, which is heading for anarchy within a short time after being elected by the people with an overwhelming majority. Is he dishonouring or criticising the Supreme Court’s decision? He said, “Unlike those who wear the kurahan sataka in the Chamber to show their family power in Parliament, I will wear a black shawl in the Chamber seeking justice.”. As reported, the incident happened while several police officers were on duty at the premises. The Government will have to take the blame if something happens to him.”. We have someone at the helm who has the knowledge, experience, and proven performance and who is locally and internationally accepted.”. Several key changes were made to top positions within the party hierarchy at the Working Committee meeting. However, UNP seniors Sagala Ratnayake, Daya Gamage, Ravi Karunanayake and Arjuna Ranatunga had not attended the ceremony. Opposition lawmaker Harin Fernando said that he will wear a black shawl in Parliament until justice is served to fellow Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake who was imprisoned for Contempt of Court recently. Ramanayake boarding the prison bus told the reporters “I am not afraid brother, I have not and will not apologise. The Sunday Observer is the oldest and most circulated weekly English-language newspaper in Sri Lanka since 1928. SJB Parliamentarian Harin Fernando insisted that court cases filed in connection to those who have figured in the report, cannot be withdrawn. Minister Ranatunga said the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary were vilified by the previous Yahapalana Government and Ranjan played a key part in it. There is media speculation that former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has decided not to actively participate in the political activities of the UNP in the future. Senior Counsel Prasad Thirimanna producing Ranatunga before the Magistrate told the court that he had not received the summons which were served to his office in Nugegoda. However, the situation is problematic as the incident had taken place in the morning and also when Police officers had been deployed for security. Meanwhile, although it is speculated that an alliance is to be formed under the leadership of Karu Jayasuriya, and that former Deputy Leader of the UNP Ravi Karunanayake and National Organiser Navin Dissanayake and Arjuna Ranatunga are to join it, but this has not been confirmed as yet. Premadasa was referring to the remarks by the President with regard to the recent speech made by Harin Fernando in Parliament. He said Harin Fernando using the parliamentary privileges attempts to speak to Ranjan Ramanayake’s voters as he cannot contest the elections for seven years due to his imprisonment for Contempt of Court. United National Party (UNP) Date of Birth: 01-12-1963: Civil Status: Married: Religion: Buddhism: Profession / Occupation: Company Director: Political Career-View Moved Bills. Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has tested positive for COVID-19. Now that he has been punished for Contempt of Court, all these MPs in the Opposition feel responsible. “We have to protect these values, regardless of whether we are on the Government’s side or the Opposition’s side.”, Responding to Minister Gunawardena’s remarks, MP Fernando said, “I did not speak about judges and spoke about MP Ranjan Ramanayake. The newly appointed UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara told the media, “There is no issue regarding party leadership. There is media speculation that former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has decided not to actively participate in the political activities of the UNP in the future. However, at the end of the program, Ravi Karunanayake who spoke to the media refuted the story of a new political front. I have not smuggled narcotics or ethanol. As reported in the media the close contacts of Kumarasiri Hettige and Chaminda Kularatne were placed in quarantine. This includes 10 MPs who were identified as close associates of Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara who had tested positive for the virus. Semasinghe said, “I saw MP Harin Fernando wearing a black shawl to demonstrate his disagreement with the decision given by the Supreme Court. Ven. Harin Fernando is not a novice Parliamentarian; the Speaker could allow him to make such a statement on the Supreme Court judgement, justices, or the conduct of the President only under due procedure. Rathnapriya told a group of UNP Local Government representatives at Ratnapura a couple of days ago, that Premadasa left the party because he failed to become the leader of the party. Ranatunga had refused to accept the post of Deputy Chairman of the United National Party which was presented to him and he also did not attend the inauguration ceremony of the new officers at Sirikotha recently. He said, “A group of senior UNP members who defied the party leadership have already expressed their willingness to rejoin the UNP.” Rathnapriya said that a united force is a must for victory at the next election and division will only lead to defeat. Bodyguards for Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga fired live rounds as a mob loyal to Sri Lanka’s president besieged the cabinet member in his office, police said. Yet another notable feature was UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene or any of his representatives had not attended the program. Copyright © 1995 - 2021 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Prasanna Ranatunga is a Sri Lankan politician,member of parliament and current minister of tourism. State Minister Kanchana Wijesekara said Harin Fernando should have worn the black shawl when hundreds of innocent Christians were brutally killed by the terror attacks at Katuwapitiya and Kochchikade churches on Easter Sunday. [email protected] Call Us : (+94) 112 429 429. He said that his name had been proposed at the recent UNP Working Committee meeting together with the names of a few others. The Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 12 convicted SJB Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake for contempt of court and sentenced... A medical heritage of a country could be cited as one of its best treasures and most powerful weapons. Produced by Lake House. Another group of Parliamentarians and staff had also undergone PCR tests at the Parliament premises on Friday, January 15. Former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has endorsed the decision taken by the Government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to develop the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port with the involvement of foreign investors. Ranatunga comes from Minuwangoda, a town twenty miles north of Colombo. The political crisis in Sri Lanka took a deadly turn on Sunday, with one person killed when sacked cabinet minister Arjuna Ranatunga tried to re-enter his office days after the President had removed the Prime Minister and installed a powerful China ally in his place. ARJUNA RANATUNGA Hailed as Sri Lanka's greatest ever skipper and a master strategist, Arjuna Ranatunga joined politics after a glittering cricketing career for the Island Nation and won the National Elections to become a Member of the Parliament in Sri Lanka for Gampaha constituency. I think Harin Fernando, in his heart, wants to say sorry to MP Ramanayake as many in the Yahapalana Government used him as their mouthpiece. “Yes, we failed, because we couldn’t punish the culprits. Former UNP Parliamentarian Saman Rathnapriya said Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa didn’t work for the UNP’s victory when he was in the UNP and whatever he did in the party was aimed at grabbing the party’s leadership. Former MP Navin Dissanayake, who served as the National Organiser of the party was not among those who received appointments. Leader of the House and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena called upon Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to rule SJB Parliamentarian Harin Fernano out, stating that he was violating Standing Orders despite being an experienced Parliamentarian. Arjuna's cricketing career started and was carefully nurtured at school. All SJB frontliners including SJB Leader and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, Harin Fernando, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Sarath Fonseka, Harsha de Silva, Rajitha Senaratne, Tissa Attanayake, Eran Wickramaratne and Manusha Nanayakkara were seen taking the lead in the protest. He said, “We will put our entire weight behind MP Fernando and take up the task of safeguarding democracy and freedom of expression. He said under the Standing Order 83, a decision by the Supreme Court or by its justices, or any document published under the signature of the President, could be criticised personally only under this Standing Order. He said, “Those lies and the ensuing deception have boomeranged and even though they are trying to do something constructive, they are being destroyed by the very lies they have disseminated. The 52nd birthday of Minister of Ports and Shipping, Arjuna Ranatunga was celebrated today. Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, who has also expressed willingness to take over the leadership mantle, has been kicked upstairs as a senior Vice Chairman. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan police on Monday arrested deposed oil minister Arjuna Ranatunga over a shooting that killed one person on the weekend, police spokesman said. Following discussions the incumbent Government had with India, it has now been agreed to retain 51 per cent of its ownership and the administration of the Eastern Terminal with the Ports Authority.”. Although he had earlier resigned from the leadership of the United National Party in the Gampaha District, he actively participated in the work of the party. Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon had said that a Cabinet paper has already been submitted regarding the holding of the Provincial Council elections according to the old system. Wijewardene said that the people no longer have faith in the Government and the UNP is mobilising the public against the Government at grassroots level. I will not withdraw anything that I have said. On March, 23, 2018 he told the media, “If the Honourable Court gets some self satisfaction to conclude the proceedings with a jail sentence for me, I will very happily go to prison. Minister Gunawardena said that the content of Harin Fernando’s speech should be qualitative. Meanwhile, at a meeting held in Anuradhapura on Friday (28) former State Minister, Ruwan Wijewardena, has said that he will definitely come forward to contest the leadership of the United National Party. Attendance. The Sunday Observer is the oldest and most circulated weekly English-language newspaper in Sri Lanka since 1928. He played cricket for both the junior and senior teams Ananda College. The UNP Working Committee which convened recently chaired by Party Leader Wickremesinghe made new appointments to top posts in the party. At present Fernando sheds ‘crocodile tears’ for Ranjan Ramanayake. The Opposition, by using MP Ramanayake, was trying to defame the judiciary of this country and make people lose their faith in the state.”. Ven. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who met the Ports Authority trade union representatives at the Presidential Secretariat on Wednesday, January 13 assured trade unionists that the Eastern Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port will not be sold or leased. Secretary of the Sinhala Ravaya Organisation, Ven. The Fall Army worm(FAW) recorded for the first time in Sri Lanka in August 2018 on maize is a moth, whose larva (... President’s Counsel Sarath Jayamanne wore many hats. Arjuna Ranatunga, M.P. Magalkande Sudantha Thera said that the Government that pledged to refrain from allowing the country’s resources to be sold to foreign entities before coming into power, is acting in a contrary manner. I wanted to talk about the large number of gazettes put out by the Government but failed to control the prices.”, Government and Opposition lawmakers were involved in heated exchange of words in Parliament on Tuesday, January 19 over the report of the Commission that probed political victimisation. “Harin Fernando who wore a black shawl simply for the TV cameras and removed it later. “That is why I say that Ranjan reaped what he sowed. “The people have already felt the absence of our party leader in Parliament. Petroleum minister Arjuna Ranatunga said the government was working to resolve the crisis, which came weeks after authorities turned away a … President Gotabaya Rajapaksa extended well-wishes to his new US counterpart, Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration. [email protected] Call Us : (+94) 112 429 429. The Opposition lawmakers viewed the Government as violating the freedom of speech of MPs. Amid the blessings of the Maha Sangha, UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardena, Assistant Leader Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara and Chairman Vajira Abeywardena assumed duties. He said that release of Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pilleyan and Ranjan’s imprisonment were unrelated. Nearly 31 Members of Parliament had been asked to self-quarantine after three Parliamentarians were identified as Covid-19 positive recently. Even though I knew it before and spoke about it, I’m not happy about it. New President of Sri Lanka Cricket Shammi Silva gestures as he leaves after a press conference in Colombo on February 21, 2019. Copyright © 1995 - 2021 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Government lawmakers were highly critical of SJB Parliamentarian Harin Fernando’s speech in Parliament on Wednesday, January 20 regarding the recent imprisonment of SJB MP Ranjan Ramanayake for Contempt of Court. The remaining 20 Parliamentarians are close contacts of State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara and MP Rauff Hakeem, who had previously tested positive for Covid-19. Born on December 1, 1963, Arjuna Ranatunga who brought the glory of the World Cup to Sri Lanka, is a product of Ananda College, Colombo. The Minister said when the situation improves, the Government will review the matter. The Opposition Leader said, expressing his or her views in Parliament is a privilege enjoyed by a Parliamentarian. Gunawardena said, “We have protected discipline while being in both the Government and the Opposition. The President said that he would not allow any harm to the country’s sovereignty and independence from the investments made. “The people were taken for a ride by the incumbent Government by giving promises which can never be realised,” he said. The new office-bearers of the UNP assumed their duties in the presence of Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at party headquarters, Sirikotha on Thursday, January 21. I spoke the truth. Sri Lanka's Petroleum Minister and cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested on Monday for the first violent incident that killed one person during the on going political crisis in the country, police said. He told reporters in Colombo that the national cricket board and several unnamed players were responsible for the national team’s recent poor performances. Arjuna Ranatunga and D.M. The UNP Working Committee unanimously appointed former Galle District MP Vajira Abeywardena as the party Chairman. “We expect the IGP to enhance MP Fernando’s security. State Minister Shehan Semasinghe challenged the Opposition lawmakers to publicly criticise the court ruling issued on Ramanayake rather than hiding behind parliamentary privileges. He said that release of Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pilleyan and Ranjan’s imprisonment were unrelated. I also regret that Minister Gunawardena whom I respect cannot understand the difference. He was responding to a query raised at the interview on the speculation that the NFF Leader was preparing to form a new political movement with the ex-JHU General Secretary Ranawaka. Taking to his official Twitter account, the President said the Government of Sri Lanka looks forward to working together with the U.S. towards a mutually beneficial and stronger bilateral relationship. He claimed that at least 200 cases have been filed in court against the individuals who have appeared before the Commission. Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has decided not to actively participate in the political activities of the United National Party in the future. The media reported that former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s residence in Horagolla had been burgled by an unidentified person or a group on January 20. I tried to expose criminals, and this is where it landed me.”, Ramanayake had made some controversial remarks outside the Supreme Court building complex on several occasions. He was the 7th Chief Minister of Western Province, Sri Lanka. Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa told the media that the SJB will put its entire weight to safeguard democratic rights of all Sri Lankans and also SJB Parliamentarian Harin Fernando. All nominations submitted by Party Leader Wickremesinghe for party posts for the year 2021 were approved by the Working Committee. Sri Lanka has proven... Sri Lanka has perhaps seen the end of one of the most dreadful years in recent history with the ghastly impact of the Covid-... “Although the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful, must be reasonable” – Thomas... Covid-19 vaccines to arrive to SL next week, Some thoughts on the Fall Army worm and its control, President’s Counsel Sarath Jayamanne retires after a celebrated career, Ranjan vilified Executive, Legislature and Judiciary - Minister Ranatunga, Sinhala Wedakam physician achieves international fame. It is essential to attract foreign investors to develop this country.”. Weerawansa in a recent interview with a private television channel said the SJB MP Ranawaka who had at one time vehemently criticised UNP Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, has the gumption to hail the latter as a modern-day political visionary. Elle Gunawansa Thera told journalists “Just as the Sacred Tooth Relic protects the Dalada Maligawa, we must protect the East Container Terminal.” Some civic groups and trade unions have also criticised the Government’s efforts to hand over a 49 percent stake of the Colombo Port’s East Container Terminal to an Indian company. 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