Don’t be afraid to speak the truth. The Opposition lawmakers viewed the Government as violating the freedom of speech of MPs. She becomes the fifth Parliamentarian to test positive after Dayasiri Jayasekara, Rauff Hakeem, Vasu Nanayakkara and Piyal ... Arjuna walks away from UNP politics. 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). “Just because a Presidential Commission was appointed and its report had been approved by the Cabinet, can the court cases be cancelled?” Fernando queried. 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. Minister Gunawardena said that the content of Harin Fernando’s speech should be qualitative. 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. Copyright © 1995 - 2021 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Another group of Parliamentarians and staff had also undergone PCR tests at the Parliament premises on Friday, January 15. The ceremony held under the patronage of Party Leader Wickremesinghe was conducted adhering to the health guidelines. The shortcomings among us needs to be rectified if we actually want to tread on the path of victory,” Rathnapriya said. He was the 7th Chief Minister of Western Province, Sri Lanka. 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. The actor-turned politician was moved to the Correctional Centre for Youth Offenders in Pallansena for quarantine. Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has decided not to actively participate in the political activities of the United National Party in the future. He said, “The former Yahapalana Government had made an agreement to sell the ECT to India. Co-cabinet Spokesman Minister Udaya Gammanpila told the media that Party Leaders in the ruling coalition had decided not to hold the PC polls based on the health situation in the country. Arjuna Ranatunga said this at a meeting held in Gampaha on Saturday (29). 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. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa also extended well-wishes to the newly sworn-in U.S. leaders, through a tweet. “We expect the IGP to enhance MP Fernando’s security. 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. 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.”. All nominations submitted by Party Leader Wickremesinghe for party posts for the year 2021 were approved by the Working Committee. 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. However, at the end of the program, Ravi Karunanayake who spoke to the media refuted the story of a new political front. 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. President Rajapaksa said that the ECT would be subject to sustainable development under the investment project. Minister Ranatunga said the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary were vilified by the previous Yahapalana Government and Ranjan played a key part in it. I am confident that this new investment will bring prosperity to Sri Lanka.”. The Opposition Leader said, expressing his or her views in Parliament is a privilege enjoyed by a Parliamentarian. 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. 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. 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. 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. Semasinghe said, “I saw MP Harin Fernando wearing a black shawl to demonstrate his disagreement with the decision given by the Supreme Court. 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. 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. Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has tested positive for COVID-19. 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. The Minister said when the situation improves, the Government will review the matter. 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. Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage during the parliamentary debate said, “We saw the list of individuals who were punished by Ranil Wickremesinghe.”. I did not talk about the President, but about Hitler and Charlie Chaplin. He said that was a Deva Kannalauwa to reunite the UNP factions and rescue the country from Covid-19 pandemic. He said that his name had been proposed at the recent UNP Working Committee meeting together with the names of a few others. “Yes, we failed, because we couldn’t punish the culprits. 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. “Harin Fernando who wore a black shawl simply for the TV cameras and removed it later. This includes 10 MPs who were identified as close associates of Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara who had tested positive for the virus. 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. However, the Working Committee had commended Karunanayake’s service to the party. The Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 12 convicted SJB Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake for contempt of court and sentenced him to four years Rigorous Imprisonment. We have someone at the helm who has the knowledge, experience, and proven performance and who is locally and internationally accepted.”. Ramanayake boarding the prison bus told the reporters “I am not afraid brother, I have not and will not apologise. Home Members of Parliament Directory of Members Arjuna Ranatunga. 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.”. 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. 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. 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. “The people have already felt the absence of our party leader in Parliament. He said, “We will put our entire weight behind MP Fernando and take up the task of safeguarding democracy and freedom of expression. Even though I knew it before and spoke about it, I’m not happy about it. Hon. [email protected] Call Us : (+94) 112 429 429. The UNP Working Committee which convened recently chaired by Party Leader Wickremesinghe made new appointments to top posts in the party. Gunawardena said, “We have protected discipline while being in both the Government and the Opposition. 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. “The people were taken for a ride by the incumbent Government by giving promises which can never be realised,” he said. 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. Ranatunga had refused to accept the post of Deputy Chairman of the United National Party which was presented to him and he … 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. As reported, the incident happened while several police officers were on duty at the premises. Ven. 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. Nearly 31 Members of Parliament had been asked to self-quarantine after three Parliamentarians were identified as Covid-19 positive recently. 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. He said that release of Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pilleyan and Ranjan’s imprisonment were unrelated. In the wake of the Supreme Court convicting MP Ramanayake for Contempt of Court, there is media speculation that he would most likely lose his Parliamentary seat and the vacant post would probably be filled by Ajith Mannapperuma of the SJB. Ranatunga, who is currently Sri Lanka’s transport minister, is preparing a new bid to take charge of Sri Lanka Cricket. The Opposition, by using MP Ramanayake, was trying to defame the judiciary of this country and make people lose their faith in the state.”. 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 … Is he dishonouring or criticising the Supreme Court’s decision? Arjuna Ranatunga and D.M. 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. The Premier had advised the Election Commission to take mandatory steps to hold the PC Elections and consider the legal framework of the forthcoming elections while adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines. 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.”. All nominations submitted by Party Leader Wickremesinghe for party positions for this year were approved by the Working Committee. He told a recent public gathering that what befell Ramanayake was the result of his actions. Petroleum minister Arjuna Ranatunga said the government was working to resolve the crisis, which came weeks after authorities turned away a … 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. (Source: Express Archive) Sacked Sri Lanka petroleum minister Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested Monday, a day after his security staff opened fire at Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters, and killed one and injured two others outside his office. Secretary of the Sinhala Ravaya Organisation, Ven. 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. The newly appointed UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara told the media, “There is no issue regarding party leadership. 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.”. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's petroleum minister and cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested on Monday for the first violent incident that killed … 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. Ven. 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. 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 comes from Minuwangoda, a town twenty miles north of Colombo. Produced by Lake House. I will not withdraw anything that I have said. Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, who has also expressed willingness to take over the leadership mantle, has been kicked upstairs as a senior Vice Chairman. Now that he has been punished for Contempt of Court, all these MPs in the Opposition feel responsible. Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga says he is prepared to accept the United National Party (UNP) leadership post. The 52nd birthday of Minister of Ports and Shipping, Arjuna Ranatunga was celebrated today. 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. 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. However, no change has been made to the party leadership and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue to lead the party. He said the PC elections will not be held until the situation in the country returns to normalcy. 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. When Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga came to the crease, the famously rotund star called for a runner, sparking a confrontation with Healy. Copyright © 1995 - 2021 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has decided not to actively participate... COVID-19 deaths spike to 276. Arjuna's cricketing career started and was carefully nurtured at school. 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. I also regret that Minister Gunawardena whom I respect cannot understand the difference. 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. 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. “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. 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. The UNP Working Committee unanimously appointed former Galle District MP Vajira Abeywardena as the party Chairman. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa extended well-wishes to his new US counterpart, Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration. There is no use in pointing the finger at the Government,” he said. Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga - Press Photo COLOMBO - 7 November 2017: Sri Lanka's fuel shortage will end on Nov. 9, Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said on Monday, as state-run oil retailer Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Lanka IOC … He told reporters in Colombo that the national cricket board and several unnamed players were responsible for the national team’s recent poor performances. Several key changes were made to top positions within the party hierarchy at the Working Committee meeting. I spoke the truth. “Don’t hide behind parliamentary privileges and be cowards,” he said. 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. He again said on September 5, 2018, “I will never withdraw. 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. 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. 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. UNP seniors Ravi Karunanayake, Navin Dissanayake, Arjuna Ranatunga, Lakshman Wijemanna and Mervyn Silva conducted an Adistana Pooja at Kataragama a couple of days ago. Last elected Party. 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. 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. 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. Bangladeshi teenager awarded Children's Peace Prize for fighting cybercrime Nearly 15 MPs underwent PCR tests on Wednesday, January 13 and all of them have tested negative. He said that Opposition Leader Premadasa and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga are likely to contest the next Presidential election. Swaminathan were appointed as Senior Vice Chairmen and Sagala Ratnayake, Sunethra Ranasinghe and Daya Gamage as Vice Chairmen. Arjuna Ranatunga, M.P. Colombo Chief Magistrate issued an arrest warrant yesterday for the arrest of former Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga which was later recalled after he appeared before the Magistrate on a motion. 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. Produced by Lake House. 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. 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