He said the PC elections will not be held until the situation in the country returns to normalcy. This includes 10 MPs who were identified as close associates of Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara who had tested positive for the virus. However, UNP seniors Sagala Ratnayake, Daya Gamage, Ravi Karunanayake and Arjuna Ranatunga had not attended the ceremony. Arjuna Ranatunga and D.M. SJB Parliamentarian Harin Fernando insisted that court cases filed in connection to those who have figured in the report, cannot be withdrawn. 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. 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. I am confident that this new investment will bring prosperity to Sri Lanka.”. Copyright © 1995 - 2021 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Galappaththi said that Ramanayake was imprisoned by the Supreme Court for an offence he committed. 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. 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. 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. 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. However, no change has been made to the party leadership and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue to lead the party. 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. Gunawardena said, “We have protected discipline while being in both the Government and the Opposition. He said that release of Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pilleyan and Ranjan’s imprisonment were unrelated. Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that he admits the fact that the Government has failed as they couldn’t punish the bond scam culprits. 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. Minister Ranatunga said the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary were vilified by the previous Yahapalana Government and Ranjan played a key part in it. 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. 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. Ranatunga told reporters today that if the UNP wants him to lead the party he will accept it. Produced by Lake House. “Just because a Presidential Commission was appointed and its report had been approved by the Cabinet, can the court cases be cancelled?” Fernando queried. Karunanayake said even at this juncture, all UNP leaders should be united to make joint efforts to build the party’s grassroots level. (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. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had also instructed the Election Commission to take steps to hold PC elections as soon as possible. As reported in the media the close contacts of Kumarasiri Hettige and Chaminda Kularatne were placed in quarantine. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's petroleum minister and cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested on Monday for the first violent incident that killed … 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 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. Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has decided not to actively participate in the political activities of the United National Party in the future. The Government will have to take the blame if something happens to him.”. 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 shortcomings among us needs to be rectified if we actually want to tread on the path of victory,” Rathnapriya said. 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.”. The ceremony held under the patronage of Party Leader Wickremesinghe was conducted adhering to the health guidelines. He said that was a Deva Kannalauwa to reunite the UNP factions and rescue the country from Covid-19 pandemic. 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. 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. He said that his name had been proposed at the recent UNP Working Committee meeting together with the names of a few others. 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. The remaining 20 Parliamentarians are close contacts of State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara and MP Rauff Hakeem, who had previously tested positive for Covid-19. 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. State Minister Shehan Semasinghe challenged the Opposition lawmakers to publicly criticise the court ruling issued on Ramanayake rather than hiding behind parliamentary privileges. 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. [email protected] Call Us : (+94) 112 429 429. 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. However, at the end of the program, Ravi Karunanayake who spoke to the media refuted the story of a new political front. “That is why I say that Ranjan reaped what he sowed. Several key changes were made to top positions within the party hierarchy at the Working Committee meeting. 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 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 spoke the truth. 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. Ven. 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. 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. Sri Lankan police on Monday arrested deposed oil minister Arjuna Ranatunga over a shooting that killed one person on the weekend, police spokesman 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. 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. President Rajapaksa said that the ECT would be subject to sustainable development under the investment project. 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. The former petroleum minister, Arjuna Ranatunga, was a member of the cabinet that president Maithripala Sirisena dissolved on Saturday, one … 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. When Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga came to the crease, the famously rotund star called for a runner, sparking a confrontation with Healy. He said, “We will put our entire weight behind MP Fernando and take up the task of safeguarding democracy and freedom of expression. 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. Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage during the parliamentary debate said, “We saw the list of individuals who were punished by Ranil Wickremesinghe.”. He told reporters in Colombo that the national cricket board and several unnamed players were responsible for the national team’s recent poor performances. 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.”. Swaminathan were appointed as Senior Vice Chairmen and Sagala Ratnayake, Sunethra Ranasinghe and Daya Gamage as Vice Chairmen. 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 Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 12 convicted SJB Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake for contempt of court and sentenced him to four years Rigorous Imprisonment. 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. 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