Arjuna Ranatunga, M.P. Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage during the parliamentary debate said, “We saw the list of individuals who were punished by Ranil Wickremesinghe.”. Ranatunga, who is currently Sri Lanka’s transport minister, is preparing a new bid to take charge of Sri Lanka Cricket. 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. Ramanayake boarding the prison bus told the reporters “I am not afraid brother, I have not and will not apologise. Attendance. 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. The UNP Working Committee which convened recently chaired by Party Leader Wickremesinghe made new appointments to top posts in the party. The actor-turned politician was moved to the Correctional Centre for Youth Offenders in Pallansena for quarantine. Secretary of the Sinhala Ravaya Organisation, Ven. 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. 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. 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. 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. “Don’t hide behind parliamentary privileges and be cowards,” he said. Nearly 31 Members of Parliament had been asked to self-quarantine after three Parliamentarians were identified as Covid-19 positive recently. 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. 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. He claimed that at least 200 cases have been filed in court against the individuals who have appeared before the Commission. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's petroleum minister and cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested on Monday for the first violent incident that killed … Ven. He told a recent public gathering that what befell Ramanayake was the result of his actions. 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. The remaining 20 Parliamentarians are close contacts of State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara and MP Rauff Hakeem, who had previously tested positive for Covid-19. 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. All nominations submitted by Party Leader Wickremesinghe for party posts for the year 2021 were approved by the Working Committee. “Yes, we failed, because we couldn’t punish the culprits. The Sunday Observer is the oldest and most circulated weekly English-language newspaper in Sri Lanka since 1928. 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. 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. SJB Parliamentarian Harin Fernando insisted that court cases filed in connection to those who have figured in the report, cannot be withdrawn. Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has tested positive for COVID-19. 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. Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has decided not to actively participate in the political activities of the United National Party in the future. The ceremony held under the patronage of Party Leader Wickremesinghe was conducted adhering to the health guidelines. However, the situation is problematic as the incident had taken place in the morning and also when Police officers had been deployed for security. 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. He said the PC elections will not be held until the situation in the country returns to normalcy. 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. 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. Members of the Maha Sangha have criticised the Government over attempts that are allowing foreign entities to acquire the country’s resources. I am confident that this new investment will bring prosperity to Sri Lanka.”. “Harin Fernando who wore a black shawl simply for the TV cameras and removed it later. 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. Ranatunga told reporters today that if the UNP wants him to lead the party he will accept it. Gunawardena said, “We have protected discipline while being in both the Government and the Opposition. Now that he has been punished for Contempt of Court, all these MPs in the Opposition feel responsible. Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that he admits the fact that the Government has failed as they couldn’t punish the bond scam culprits. Copyright © 1995 - 2021 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 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. Minister Ranatunga said the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary were vilified by the previous Yahapalana Government and Ranjan played a key part in it. 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 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. This includes 10 MPs who were identified as close associates of Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara who had tested positive for the virus. 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. Violence erupted at the end of October when crowds loyal to the President attempted to prevent the recently deposed petroleum minister Arjuna Ranatunga from entering a … However, UNP seniors Sagala Ratnayake, Daya Gamage, Ravi Karunanayake and Arjuna Ranatunga had not attended the ceremony. However, at the end of the program, Ravi Karunanayake who spoke to the media refuted the story of a new political front. 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 … Sri Lankan police on Monday arrested deposed oil minister Arjuna Ranatunga over a shooting that killed one person on the weekend, police spokesman said. State Minister Shehan Semasinghe challenged the Opposition lawmakers to publicly criticise the court ruling issued on Ramanayake rather than hiding behind parliamentary privileges. 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. Petroleum minister Arjuna Ranatunga said the government was working to resolve the crisis, which came weeks after authorities turned away a … He said that Opposition Leader Premadasa and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga are likely to contest the next Presidential election. Arjuna's cricketing career started and was carefully nurtured at school. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had also instructed the Election Commission to take steps to hold PC elections as soon as possible. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa extended well-wishes to his new US counterpart, Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration. Home Members of Parliament Directory of Members Arjuna Ranatunga. 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 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. He said, “The former Yahapalana Government had made an agreement to sell the ECT to India. He played cricket for both the junior and senior teams Ananda College. 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. 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. 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.”. National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Minister Wimal Weerawansa questioned what political fronts, alliances or parties could be formed with a politician of the caliber of SJB Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka, who is willing to live in any political cesspit for his benefit. He said, “We will put our entire weight behind MP Fernando and take up the task of safeguarding democracy and freedom of expression. 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 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. Minister Gunawardena said that the content of Harin Fernando’s speech should be qualitative. He has become so helpless so he goes from SJB MP to MP and urges them to speak on behalf of him,” he said. The 52nd birthday of Minister of Ports and Shipping, Arjuna Ranatunga was celebrated today. However, no change has been made to the party leadership and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue to lead the party. 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. “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. 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. She becomes the fifth Parliamentarian to test positive after Dayasiri Jayasekara, Rauff Hakeem, Vasu Nanayakkara and Piyal ... Arjuna walks away from UNP politics. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.”. I spoke the truth. The newly appointed UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara told the media, “There is no issue regarding party leadership. Last elected Party. President Rajapaksa said that the ECT would be subject to sustainable development under the investment project. Former MP Navin Dissanayake, who served as the National Organiser of the party was not among those who received appointments. 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 people were taken for a ride by the incumbent Government by giving promises which can never be realised,” he said. Don’t be afraid to speak the truth. Ranatunga had refused to accept the post of Deputy Chairman of the United National Party which was presented to him and he … Another group of Parliamentarians and staff had also undergone PCR tests at the Parliament premises on Friday, January 15. 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. 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. He said that was a Deva Kannalauwa to reunite the UNP factions and rescue the country from Covid-19 pandemic. Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga says he is prepared to accept the United National Party (UNP) leadership post. 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. 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