Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Maithri behind attempts against 19A: JVP

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake today charged that President Maithripala Sirisena was behind the statements made by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and MPs Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Nimal Siripala de Silva against the 19th Amendment.

“The silence of President Sirisena reflects that he is behind the attempts against the 19th Amendment. Otherwise, some elements with only two parliamentary seats will not be able to make much hype. The President should prove in action if he is not involved in this anti-19th Amendment conspiracy,” Mr. Dissanayake told a news conference.

Source: http://www.dailymirror.lk/68723/video-maithri-behind-attempts-against-19a-anura


Is this part of the master plan orchestrated by Rajitha Senaratne and JHU? Listen to it @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBm_dzDGIGU



යහපාලන එදා වේල හොයන්න බිලියන 400 බැඳුම්කර විකුණන යෝජනාව පරාදයි

මුදල් අමාත්‍ය රවී කරුණානායක මහතා විසින් රුපියල් බිලියන 400ක් උපයා ගැනීම සඳහා භාණ්ඩාගාර බිල්පත් නිකුත් කිරීමට පාර්ලිමේන්තු අනුමැතිය සඳහා ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබූ පනත් කෙටුම්පත වැඩි ඡන්ද 21 කින් පරාජයට පත් විය. යෝජනාවට පක්‍ෂව ඡන්ද 31 ක් හා විපක්‍ෂව ඡන්ද 52 ක් ලැබින.

ඒ සඳහා ඡන්දය විමසන අවස්ථාවේ අගමැති, මුදල් ඇමැති, ආණ්ඩු පක්‍ෂයේ ප‍්‍රධාන සංවිධායක පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සිටියේ නැත. එජාපයේ පමණක් මන්ත‍්‍රීවරු 47 ක් සිටිති. ජවිපෙද පක්‍ෂව ඡන්දය දුන්නේය.

ඡන්ද විමසීම අවසානයේ විපක්‍ෂ මන්ත‍්‍රීවරු පාර්ලිමේන්තවේ දෙවන මහලේ සිට ‘හෙළ ජාතික අබිමානේ’ ගීතය මහ හඬින් ගයමින් පැමිනියහ.


Sri Lanka's borrowing soars before parliamentary poll

(Adds government increasing t-bill threshold)

COLOMBO, April 6 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government borrowing has risen sharply since January, central bank data showed on Monday, as the new government seeks to woo voters and strengthen its grip on power at a parliamentary election.

The government has sharply increased state sector wages and lowered duties on key commodities, putting pressure on government finances and pushing yields on Treasury bills up by between 76 to 82 basis points (bps) since Jan. 7.

Having won a presidential election on Jan. 8, President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Ranil Wickramasinghe as prime minister, though he lacks a majority in the 225-seat parliament.

Sirisena has pledged to hold parliamentary elections, which could take place before the end of June - a year ahead of schedule.

The total outstanding stock of T-bills and T-bonds rose by 216.6 billion rupees ($1.63 billion) in the first three months of this year - equivalent to around 90 percent of total net borrowing through T-bills and T-bonds in 2014.

Total outstanding dollar-denominated Sri Lanka Development Bonds (SLDB) jumped 18 percent in the first three months with the government borrowing a net 70 billion rupees worth SLDBs.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said he will seek parliamentary approval on Tuesday to raise the threshold limit in treasury bill borrowing to 1,250 billion rupees ($9.4 billion) from an earlier 850 billion rupees. As of Wednesday, outstanding treasury bills totalled 829.2 billion rupees.

Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told Reuters on Friday that the government needs to borrow more to pay contractors who took on debt in order to complete ambitious infrastructure projects during the previous administration's tenure.

Sirisena has ordered a review of all infrastructure projects under the previous government, alleging corruption.

Market analysts said the pressure on government finances was also due to a delay in a planned sovereign bond issue of up to $1.5 billion.

Roadshows to test investor appetite found some fund managers were reluctant to buy the bond before the election, according to analysts, though there were still some who favoured a eurobond issue this month.

(Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore/Ruth Pitchford)

First Published: 2015-04-06 06:28:35 Updated 2015-04-06 18:37:49

Source: http://www.sharenet.co.za/news/Sri_Lankas_borrowing_soars_ahead_of_parliamentary_poll/233983ab1b2e470e168cdfa073cbf8fd

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ranil is enjoying 100 days...

Colombo Port City Suspension Creates Uncertainty For Foreign Investors
When Sri Lanka successfully defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009, putting an end to Asia’s longest civil war, there was hope to transform the island nation into a ‘Miracle of Asia’.

Successive government’s had dreamt of transforming the capital Colombo into a major economic and tourism hub but the 30-year conflict had left no room for development...

Read more @ http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2015/03/29/colombo-port-city-suspension-creates-uncertainty-for-foreign-investors/


China denies Rajitha’s claims on slashing expressway cost

Acting Ambassador of China, Ren Faqiang denies that a sum of Rs 30 billion has been reduced from the construction cost of the Colombo Outer Circular Expressway, as claimed by Cabinet Spokesman Dr Rajihta Senaratne...

Watch @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1H4BCzxuPg


Rajitha: ‘I repeated what Ranil said’

Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday that it was Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who had told him that the Chinese contractor building a section of the Colombo Outer Circular Road connecting the Highways had agreed to reduce the cost of the project by Rs. 30 billion.

He made the claim during the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing in Colombo.

Senaratne was responding to a denial by the Chinese Embassy in Colombo of a statement made by him on Wednesday...

Read more @ http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=122575


National Chamber expresses concerns on CEPA
The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, counting over 65 years of service to the business community in Sri Lanka and having a membership of over 630 corporates and over 1500 Small and Medium Enterprises, is concerned over the proposed signing of the CEPA (Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) with India...

Read more @ http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=122559


Several bank heads resign, some likely to challenge Finance Ministry order
Following the resignations of Dr. Rani Jayamaha as Chairperson of Hatton National Bank and Sunil Wijesinha as National Development Bank PLC Chairman and the likelihood of more such resignations, very reliable sources indicated that the Finance Ministry has notified several private commercial bank heads who had been appointed to represent government owned shares to step down...

Read more @ http://www.adaderana.lk/bizenglish/several-bank-heads-leave-some-likely-to-challenge-finance-ministry-order/


Below pictures showcase the present status of some areas of Colombo...






See more @ http://www.mahinda.info/2015/04/colombo-fate/


Finally, Ranil is enjoying 100 days in his Jet...

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Are we ready for next election?

දර්ශනවාදි ඊලඟ මැතිවරණය

අද ශ්‍රී ලංකාව දර්ශන දෙකකට හිමිකම් ඇති ජනතාවගේ නිජබිමයි. එනම් රටට ආදරය කරන හා රටට ආදරය නොකරන දර්ශන ඇති ජනතාවයි. රටට ආදරය කරන ජනතාව සිංහල බෙෳද්ධ චින්තනයේ පිහිටාද, රටට ආදරය නොකරන ජනතාව සංස්කෘතික වශයෙන් සිංහල බෙෳද්ධ චින්තනයෙන් බැහැරවද ජීවත්වෙයි. (මෙහිදී සිංහල බෙෳද්ධ චින්තනය මුඵ මහත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවටම පොදු වුවක් බවත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජීවත්වන ඕනෑම ජාතියකට අයත් පුද්ගලයෙකුට තම ආගම කුමක්වුවත් මෙම චින්තනය තුල හැසිරිහැකි බවත් සිහිකල යුතුය). මේ දෙවන කොටස එක්කෝ ජීවත්වන්නේ බටහිර ජාතින් මවාලූ සුරංගනා ලෝක වලය නැතිනම් අන්තවාදී දර්ශන තුල සිරගතවූවන් ලෙසය.

රටට ආදරය කරන්නන් මහින්දට ආදරය කරයි. එවැන්නන් ජන්දදායකයින් ලෙස ලක්‍ෂ 58 ක් බවත්, පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදි තම ඡන්දය භාවිතා නොකල ලක්‍ෂ 30 ද සමග ඡන්දදායකයින් ලෙස ලක්‍ෂ 88 ක් බවද පෙනේ. (පසුගිය  ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී ලක්‍ෂ 30 ‍ක ජනතාවක් ඡන්දය දීමෙන් වැලකී සිටියේ My3 ප්‍රමුඛ අශුද්ධ සංධානය වෙනසක්ගැන කතාකලත් ප්‍රතිපත්තිමය වෙනසක් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට අසමත්වීමත්, රට ත්‍රස්තවාදයෙන් මුදාගෙන අප සියඵදෙනාටම අභයදානය ලබාදුන්නත් මහින්ද පිලිබඳව වායුගෝලයට මුදාහල අසත්‍ය ප්‍රචාරයන්ගෙන් ඔවුන් අන්ද මන්දවී සිටි නිසාත්ය). එදා මහින්ද පිලිබඳව ප්‍රචාරය කලදෑ බේගල් බව අද හොදින්ම ප්‍රත්‍යක්‍ෂවී ඇති නිසාත් එමෙන්ම මහින්දගේ ගුණ අද වෙනදාටත්වඩා හොඳින් ජනතාව අවබෝධ කර සිටින නිසාත්, එදා ඡන්දය දීමෙන් වැලකී සිටි ජනතාව අද මහින්ද සමග යයි සාධාරණ ලෙස උපකල්පනය කලහැකිය). තවද මේ බොරැ බේගල් ප්‍රචාර පිලිගෙන මහින්දට ඡන්දය නොදුන් විශාල ප්‍රමානයක් මහින්ද පිලිබඳ කරැනු කාරනා හරිහැටි අවබෝධ වීමෙන් මහින්ද දෙසට හැරිමට ඇති ඉඞ ප්‍රස්තාවද බොහෝය. කරැනු එසේ හෙයින් අද මහින්ද වටා ඇති ඡන්ද පදනම ලක්‍ෂ 88 ට වඞා බොහෝ වැඩිය. මෙය අපි ලක්‍ෂ 88 + ලෙස හදුන්වමු.

මේ ඡන්ද ලක්‍ෂ 88 + ම අද ඡන්දයකදී මහින්ද වෙනුවෙන් රටට ආදරය කරන ජනතාව ලබාදෙනවා නොඅනුමානය.

ලබන මහ මැතිවරණය ජනාධිපතිවරණයක් නොවේ. එනම් එය ද්වන්ද සටනක් නොවේ. එසේනම් මේ රටට ආදරයකරන ඡන්ද ලක්‍ෂ 88 + මහින්ද ප්‍රමුඛ පක්‍ෂයකට ලබාගන්නේ කෙසේද?

පක්‍ෂයක් යනු හුදු නාම මාත්‍රයක් පමනි. එය ශ්‍රී ලංකා හෝ යු.එන්. පි හෝ විය හැක. මෙය වඩාත් සුදුසු වන්නේ රටට ආදරය කරන හා රටට ආදරය නොකරන ජනතා කණ්ඞායම් එක්වී සිටින දර්ශන ලෙස හැදින්වීමය. අද ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්‍ෂිකයින් කොටසක් My3 හා Ranil වටා එක්වී සිටින බැවින් `රටට හිතැති` හා `රටට හිත නැති` ලෙස හැදින්වීම පක්‍ෂ ලෙස හැදින්වීමට වඞා උචිත වෙයි.

එනම් අද ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ඡන්දදායකයින් 88 + ලක්‍ෂයක් `රටට හිතැති` හා 62 - ලක්‍ෂයක් `රටට හිත නැති` දර්ශනවල පිහිටා ඇතිබව අපට පසක්කල හැක, එසේනම් ලක්‍ෂ 88 + ජනතාවක් අද මහින්ද වටාය. නමුත් ඊලඟ මැතිවරණය මහින්දට තනියම තරඟ කල නොහැක. මැතිවරණය අනුපාත ක්‍රමයට හෝ මොනයම් ක්‍රමයකට පැවතුනත් එහිදී ආසන මට්ටමින් තරඟ කල යුතුවෙයි. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවතුල වැඞි ආසන ප්‍රමානක් දිනාගත් දර්ශනය රට පාලනය කරයි.

තවද ඊලඟ මහ මැතිවරණය පැවැත්වෙන දිනය My3 හා Ranil ට වැඩිම වාසි අත්වන ආකාරයට ප්‍රකාශ කෙරෙනු ඇත. රටට ආදරය නොකරන දර්ශනය ඇති ජනතාව, එනම් My3 හා Ranil නියෝජනය කරන පිරිස ඕනෑම දිනයක පැවැත්වෙන මැතිවරණයකට අවශ්‍ය ලෙස සංවිධාණාත්මකය. නමුත් `රටට ආදරය කරන` එනම් මහින්ද නියෝජනය කරන ජනතාව එසේ ඕනෑම දිනයක පැවැත්වෙන මැතිවරණයකට සූදානම්ද? ඔවුන් තවම කුමන පක්‍ෂයකින් තරඟ කරන්නේවත් නොදනී. මෙහිදි ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්‍ෂය වැදගත් නොවේ. එහි කොටසක් අද මහින්ද සමඟ නැත. ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්‍ෂය පසුව හදාගත හැකිය. අද අවශ්‍යවන්නේ මහින්ද වටා සිටින ලක්‍ෂ 88 + වූ ජනතාවට හව්හරනයක් ලබාදීමය.

ජනතාව මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ යන නාමයට ආදරය කරයි. මේ ආදරය රටට දක්වන ආදරය මයි. ඒනිසා ඉදිරි මහ මැතිවරණයේදි ජනතාවට වඩා සමීපවිය හැකි, ජනතාව ව්‍යාකුල නොකරන, ඡන්ද දිනයේදී පහසුවෙන් හදුනාගත හැකි නමක් හා සංකේතයක් ඇති දර්ශනයක් වටා තරඟ කල යුතුව ඇත. එවැනි දර්ශනක් ඇති පක්‍ෂයක් රටට ආදරය කරන ජනතාව වෙනුවෙන් බිහිවිය  යුතුය.

ඒ සඳහා පක්‍ෂයේ නම තුල `මහින්ද ජිවත්විය` යුතු අතර ඔහු රටට කල සේවය අගයනුවස් උචිත සංකේතයකුත් තෝරාගැනීම කල යුතුය. උදාහරනක් ලෙස ඉතාමත් සරලව අපේ ග්‍රාමීය ජනතාවට පහසුවෙන් වැළදගත හැකි `රටට හිතැති මහින්ද` පක්‍ෂය ලෙසත් රට සහලින් ස්වයං පෝෂණයකල නායකයාට ගෙෳරව පිනිස `වී කරල` සංකේතය ලෙසත් යොදාගත හැකිය.

කෙසේ හෝ අවශ්‍යවන්නේ වහාම දර්ශනයක් සහිත පක්‍ෂයක් ලියාපදිංචි කිරීමත්, එම පක්‍ෂය ආසන මට්ටමින් සංවිධානය කිරීමත්, මහින්ද වටා රොක්වී සිටින ලක්‍ෂ 88 + වූ ඡන්දය හිමි ජනතාවට සෙවනක් දීමත්ය.

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2015 අප්‍රේල්  මස 5 දා

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sri Lankan shares fall for 5th session on margin calls, political woes

COLOMBO, MARCH 27

(Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares fell for a fifth straight session on Friday and closed at their lowest in nearly eight months as investors sold their stocks to settle margin trading ahead of quarter-end, while political worries also weighed on sentiment.

The main stock index ended 0.71 percent, or 49.31 points, weaker at 6,873.52, its lowest close since Aug. 6 and further moving away from the key psychological support level of 7,000. It has lost 6.07 percent in the past 20 sessions.

"The market fell across the board due to margin calls and month-end settlement selling pressure," said Dimantha Mathew, research manager at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Analysts expect the next support level at 6,800.

Shares of the country's top mobile phone operator, Dialog Axiata Plc, fell 0.92 percent, while conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc dropped 0.69 percent.

Shares of the country's biggest listed lender, Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc, fell 0.71 percent.

The day's turnover was 447 million rupees ($8.28 million), less than half of this year's daily average of 1.21 billion rupees.

Foreign investors sold a net 91.5 million rupees worth of shares. But they have been net buyers of 3.12 billion rupees so far this year.

Analysts said concerns that the government's decision-making process would slow down, also weighed on sentiment after President Maithripala Sirisena formed a national government incorporating the main opposition party in a bid to push through reforms and preserve political stability.

Reuters

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FCID interrogates Ex-Air Force Commander Roshan Gunathilake

Former Air Force Commander and Chief of Defence Staff Roshan Gunathilake was interrogated by the Police Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) on the MiG aircraft transaction in 2006, Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

He said the interrogations were based on the Rs.1.5 million spent on repairing four MiG aircraft bought in 2006 from Ukraine.

Meanwhile, former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath was again interrogated by the FCID this morning in connection with the large scale corruption alleged to have taken place at the People’s Leasing Company.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

SF awarded Field Marshal title

යුධ, නැවික, ගුවන් හමුදා වල ඉහල නිල ලබාදීම සිදුවන්නේ එම හමුදා වල ඇති පිරිස් බලය මුලික කරගෙනයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුධ හමුදාවේ හමුදාපති නිතරම ලුතිනන් ජෙනරාල් කෙනෙකු මිස ජෙනරාල් කෙනෙකු නොවන්නේ අප යුධ හමුදාවේ පිරිස් බලය එම නිලයට තරම් නොවන බැවිනි. එනම් සක්‍රිය සේවයේ නියුතු ජෙනරාල් කෙනෙකු ශ්‍රී ලංකා වේ සිටිය නොහැක. සාමාන්‍ය සම්ප්‍රදාය අනුව හමුදාපති වරු විශ්‍රාම ගිය පසු පමණක් ඔවුන් දැරු නිලයට ඉහල නිලය විශ්‍රාමික නිලධාරී කෙනෙකු ලෙස ලබාදෙයි. ජෙනරාල් ෆොන්සේකා ට ද එම නිලය සහ ආරක්ෂක මාණ්ඩලික ප්‍රධානී තනතුර ලැබුනේ ඔහු කල විශාල සේවය නිසා වෙනි. නමුත් , විශ්‍රාමික නිලධාරියෙකුට ඔහු සක්‍රිය සේවයේදී අවසන් වශයෙන් දරු නිලයට නිල දෙකක් ඉහලින් නිලයක් ලබාදීමක් සිදුවන්නේ නැත. එය කිසිදු හරයක් නොමැති විහුලු සහගත ක්‍රියාවකි. ඇතැම් විට සුදු කොඩි කතාව ගොත තමන් සේවය කල හමුදාවම පවා දීමේ උදාර මෙහෙයට මෙවන් විහුලු ක්‍රියාවක් තරම් වෙන්ව ඇත.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

President allows singing of National Anthem in Tamil- Mano

In a major reconciliatory move, President Mathripala Sirisena will be sending a circular to all institutions saying that there is no bar on singing the Lankan national anthem in Tamil.

He will thus be lifting an unofficial ban existing since 2010, when President Mahinda Rajapaksa let it be known that government will frown on singing the anthem in Tamil. Schools and other institutions, which were using the Tamil version of “Sri Lanka Matha, Apa Sri Lanka” since 1951, stopped doing so.

Sirisena announced his decision to lift the language bar when the leader of the Democratic Peoples’ Front (DPF), Mano Ganeshan, raised the issue at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Tuesday.

“The President said that he would send a circular saying that there is no ban on singing the national anthem in Tamil. He also said that he would have the matter cleared by the National Security Council,” Ganeshan has told the New Indian Express.

It was in 1951 that newly independent Lanka adopted Shantiniketan-trained Ananda Samarakoon’s Sinhalese-language song “Sri Lanka Matha, Apa Sri Lanka” as the national anthem. Simultaneously, a Tamil version, “Sri Lanka Thaaye Nam Sri Lanka”, composed by the Lankan Tamil poet, M.Nallathambi, was also adopted. For decades, both versions were sung, although only the Sinhalese version had constitutional sanction.

But the victory of the Lankan armed forces over the Tamil Tigers in 2009, resulted in Sinhalese-nationalist parties like the National Freedom Front (NFF) and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) demanding a ban on the Tamil version on the ground that countries sanction use of only one language for singing the national anthem.

On December 12, 2010, Home Minister W.D.John Senewiratne introduced a cabinet paper to officially disallow singing the anthem in Tamil. President Rajapaksa, who headed the cabinet, did not officially commit himself to Senewiratne’s proposal, but word went around that his government did not favor the use of the Tamil version. In the Tamil areas, the Security Forces insisted on the use of the Sinhalese version only. The Tamils’ argument that in several countries, including Canada and South Africa, the anthem is sung in different languages fell on deaf ears.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

President Sirisena with Azath Salley addressing Muslim Community in London

Saturday, March 14, 2015

President Maithripala Sirisena's Interview with BBC Sandeshaya

Muslim Mosque in Anuradhapura Mahamevnawa

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ravi Karunanayake’s Brother-In-Law Appointed MD of Sri Lanka Insurance



It is revealed that one T.M.R. Bangsa Jayah, brother-in-law of the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake, has been appointed as the Managing Director (MD) of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation.

Bangsa Jayah has served as a Sergeant of Sri Lanka Police and is a brother of Minister Karunanayake’s wife Mela. He is tipped to receive a monthly salary of Rs. 600,000 as the MD. The Corporation is an institution coming under the purview of Karunanayake as the Finance Minister.

According to Sri Lanka Insurance website, (http://www.srilankainsurance.com/news/93.php), "Mr. T.M.R. Bangsa Jayah is a retired commissioned Police Officer, who has experience in the Police service for 29 years. During his career with the Police Department he worked as the Chief Security Officer for the Deputy Speaker and North-East Governor. He is a product of St.Anne’s College, Kurunegala and has studied further in Aquinas College, Colombo. During his school period he has excelled in sports including Cricket and Soccer. He is a member of School Cadetting Team and has held rank of Company Sergeant Major. After his schooling he has completed his First In Laws at the Law Faculty, Colombo. Mr. Bangsa Jayah has experience in construction industry for more than 15 years and he has been a principal partner in a well known piling company."

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Case Against Airplane Withdrawn

The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) today informed Colombo Magistrate Nishantha Pieris that no offence had been committed in the incident where a small airplane was found in the stores belonging to CSN TV Channel at Narahenpitiya and that the case would be withdrawn.

Detectives said according to investigations the airplane was one built by Ray Wijewardene and not in flying condition and had been handed over to former President’s son Yoshitha Rajapaksa by film director and producer Chandiran Ratnam.

The CCD sought a Court order to return the airplane to the late Ray Wijewardene’s family and that the case would be withdrawn.

Counsel Niroshan Siriwardena appearing for CSN TV Channel and Mr. Rajapaksa said the plane was kept in the store to be used as a display item.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

මමත් ඡන්දේ දුන්නේ මෛත්‍රිට නිසාය...

දොස්තර හර්ෂ ඩි සිල්වා පහුගිය කාලයේ කට දෙපැත්තෙන් කෙල පෙරාගෙන මරහඩ දුන්නේ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ්ගේ ආර්ථික කළමණාකරයට විරුද්දවය.  සංඛ්‍යාලේඛණ  ප්‍රස්ථාර පෙන්නමින් රුපවාහිනිය්, පත්තර් මේ යොධයා ඒ කියන කතා අහලා අපි හිතුවේ යු. ඇන්. පි ය  බලයට ආපු දාට රට ගොඩ කියලාය.

පහුගිය අවුරුද්දෙ කොළඹ කොටස් වෙළද පොලේ  29% වර්ධනයක් සමග සමස්ථ ම්ළ් දර්ශකය 7600 නැගල තිබුනත්,  චන්ද කාලේ කට්ටිය කිව්වෙ යු. ඇන්. පි ය ආවොත් මිළ දර්ශකය බලන් ඉන්දැද්දි සුරුස් ගාල 8000 ට යය් කියලාය.

29 පාරක් පැරදිච්ච රනිල් ලොක්ක  අන්තිමට මෛත්‍රි කරපිටින්, හොර පාරෙන් හරි බලයට ආවහම අපි ඔක්කොම අත්පුඩි ගහල සෙට් උනේ ගොඩයන්න  හිතාගෙනය.  විශේෂයෙන්ම කොටස් වෙළද පොල හර්ෂ ඩි සිල්වා යටතට ගත්ත නිසා වැඩේ තවත් ෂුවර් විය. දුවගෙන ගෙන ගිහිල්ල අතේ තිබිච්ච සල්ලි ටික ඔක්කොම කොටස් වෙළද පොලේ දැම්මෙ ඒ නිසාය.

වැඩේ  ටිකක් කචල් කියල ඉස්සෙල්ලම හිතුනේ හර්ෂය උදේ පාන්දරම 2011-2012 කොටස් වෙළද පොල කාපු එකට මහින්ද්ද එලවල තිබුනු  78 හැවිරිදි  පිස්සු තිලක් කරුණරත්නව ආපහු කොටස් වෙළද් පොලේ සබාපති ලෙස ගෙනාවමය. ආපු දා ඉඳල ඒ හනුමා කෙල්ලින්නෙම පිස්සුය.   පුද්ගලික කෝන්තර තියෙන කිහිප දෙනෙකුට කෙලවන අදහස  විතරක් ඔලුවේ තියාගන , නැති ගෝනි බිල්ලො කට්ටියක් ගැන පත්තර වලට කොච්චරවත්ම  කතා කරනව ඇර මේ යකාට කොටස් වෙළ්ද පොල ගැන හාංකවිස්සියක්වත් තේරෙන්නේ නැති බව 2011-2012 කාලය ගැන දන්න ඕනැම ගොනෙකුට තේරෙන්න ඕනෑය. ඉතින් එක නොදැන පිස්සු තිලක් ආපහු ගෙනාවේ ගොන් රජෙක්ම වෙන්න ඕනෑය.

අනික් පැත්තෙන් ලංකා ඉතිහාසයේ ලොකුම විදේශ විනිමය වංචාව කලා යැය්  උසාවියෙ නඩුවක් තිබෙන රවි කරුණානායක මුදල් ඇමතිය. 8 පන්තියේ ලමයෙක්වත් නොකරන වැරදි ගොඩක් පලමු අයවැයෙන්ම කරලා මුලු ආන්ඩුවම දැන් නාගෙනය. ආන්ඩුවෙන් ඉල්ලපු ඩොලර් බිලියන 4ක ණය ඇමෙරිකාවෙන්ම ප්‍රතික්ෂේප වෙලා හින්ද  අගොස්තු මාසය වන විට  සංවර්ධනය තබා රජයේ සේවකයන්ට පඩි ගෙවන්නටවත් ආන්ඩුවට මුදල් නැත.

මහ බැංකුවෙ අධිපති ලෙස පත්කරගත් අර්ජුන මහෙන්ද්‍රන් නැමති  කම්බ හොරා පත්වී මාසයක් යන්නටත් පෙර තමුන්ගේ බෑණා වන මෙන්ඩිස් අරක්කු සමාගම අය්තිකරුවන  අර්ජුන් අලොසියස් සමඟ එකතු වී රුපියල් බිලියනයකට අධික මුදලක් කොමිස් ගසා අසුවිය. දින 100 යන්නටත් පෙර  යහපාලන කට්ටියට තමුන්ගෙම මහ බැංකු අධිපතිගේ මුදල් වංචා ගැන සොයන්නට කොමිසමක් පත් කරන්නට සිදුනේ ඒ නිසාය. හැබැය් ඉතින් බිලියන් වලින් ගහපු සල්ලි වලින් ටිකක් එහාට මෙහාට කලාම කොමිසන් වාර්ථාව පිරිසිදු කර ගන්න එක සුළු දෙයක් බව මොලේ තියන ඕනෑම අයෙකුට තේරේ. ඉලෙක්ෂන් එකක් ලඟ ලඟ එද්දී කොය් කොය් ලොක්කටත් මුදල් අවශ්‍යය. නඩුත් හමුදුරුවන්ගේ ,බඩුත් හමුදුරුවන්ගේ කියන්නේ මේකටය.

ඔලුව කැපිච්ච කුකුලෙක් වගේ ආන්ඩුව දඟලද්දී කොටස් වෙළද පොල නැවත කඩා වැටිම ආරම්බ වී ඇත.  රනිල් හර්ෂ රවී ආන්ඩුව බලයට පැමින දින 60ක් ගත වන්නටත් පෙර පිස්සු තිලක් ස්බාපති කම උසුලන කොටස් වෙළද පොල 9% කින් කඩා වැටිඇත.  ඡන්දයට පෙර මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ රජය යටතේ 7600 ඉහල ගොස් තිබු කොටස් වෙළද පොල මිළ් දර්ෂකය මේ වන විට සීඝ්‍රයෙන් 7000 මට්ටමට කඩාවැටෙමින් පවතී. තව ටික දවසකින් මෙය 6000 නුත් පල්ලහාට එනු ඇත. එහි තේරුම නම් කොටස් වෙළද පොලේ ආයොජනය කර ඇති මා ඇතුලු ලක්ෂ් සංඛ්‍යාථ අහිංසක පුරවැසියන්ට ආයෙත් කෙලවෙන බවය.

හංසයාට ඡන්දේ දුන්න උන්ට හෙන ගහපන් කියන්නවත් බැරි මමත් ඡන්දේ දුන්නේ මෛත්‍රිට නිසාය.

අනේ හර්ෂයෝ, අනේ රවියෝ, අනේ රනිලෝ උඹලට තේරෙන්නේ නැත්නම් පහුගිය ආන්ඩුව කරවපු ඇත්තන්ට වැඳලා හරි මේක ගොඩදාන ක්‍රමයක් අහගන්න බැරිද?

වෙ ඡන්දේ දුන්න යෙක්

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Central Bank of Sri Lanka - FRAUD IN 50 DAYS!!! THE BIG CHANGE!

STORY


The entire business community was shocked with the blatant abuse of power of the new Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran to help his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius, resulting in the fund losing over 2 billion Rupees.

The story is that the Central Bank's recently announced 30-year Bond indicative rate has jumped from 9.5% to 12.5%. Perpetual Treasuries Capital (Pvt) Ltd, owned by and CEO is Arjun Aloysius, has bought and resold the bonds and made millions if not billions on the same day. Looks like an insider deal.

The main bidder, Mahendran’s son-in-law who bid at 12.5%, obviously had inside information and as a result gained high profits, where as the banks and the other financial institutions who made their bids according to the public information given by Central Bank lost out to the company owned by his son-in-law.

Also, during the last week several 5-10 year bonds at low rates were sold by CB Governors’ son-in-law Arjun’s company and reinvested in the 30 year bond, because he had inside information from the Central Bank that the rates would go up to 12.5%.

Evidence of the unbelievable Bond rate:

HISTORY

Before appointing Arjuna Mahendran as Governor of Central Bank, were not Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe aware of his connection with Raj Rajaratnam? The Central Bank now directly comes under Ranil Wickramasinghe's Economic Affairs and Policy Planning Ministry.

Current CB Governor Arjuna Mahendran is a childhood friend of Raj Rajaratnam as admitted by him.

Here is evidence: http://archives.dailymirror.lk/2005/07/12/ft/15.asp

Moreover, current Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake alleged to have received US $3 million from Raj Rajaratnam contravening exchange control regulations few years ago. The case is being heard in Sri Lankan Courts.

Raj Rajaratnam, who was a major financier of the terrorist outfit LTTE, was sent to U.S. Jail for insider trading in New York.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Govt. clears Rakna Arakshaka Lanka and Avant Garde Maritime Services of any wrongdoing

The government yesterday cleared the names of Rakna Arakshaka Lanka and Avant Garde Maritime Services. Parliament was told that the setting up of the companies concerned, recruitment of personnel and the payment of taxes and other dues had been done properly.

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella, reading out responses to a series of questions raised by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake on Rakna Arakshaka Lanka and Avant Garde Maritime Services the previous week, said that the Ministry of Defence had given permission to Rakna Arakshaka Lanka to deploy sea marshals. The organisation came under the purview of the Ministry of Defence. The organisation had recruited retired military officers. As the threat of sea pirates was increasing, the organisation had commenced deploying of sea marshals and it had done so in accordance with the provisions and standards stipulated by the International Maritime Organisation of the UN in the Circular MSC1/Circ/1443.

Rakna Arakshaka Lanka had been paying taxes due to the government regularly. It had paid more than Rs. 535 million to the government since 2011. In addition it had paid dividends to the Treasury. The amount of dividends paid by Rakna Arakshaka Lanka to the Treasury since 2011 exceeded Rs. 94 million, Minister Kiriella said.

Source

Monday, February 23, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Judge Not, Lest You Be Judged

Colombo Telegraph; Feb 12th, 2015

The exclusive TV interview of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) by “SIRASA” TV few days ago can only be called vituperative and boastful in that, the total substance was Mahinda bashing and claiming credit in toto for the political maneuver in making Maithripala Sirisena the President. We have not seen Chandrika appearing in electronic media for some time and this was the first for many years. There doesn’t appear to be any change in her demeanor that of aristocratic arrogance and pretense.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, the all powerful President a little over a month ago is now the whipping boy of all and sundry. True, he and his regime mismanaged the country to the extreme that people got frustrated and fed up with him despite having the opportunity of becoming the greatest post worldwar (11) Sri Lankan leader who brought prosperity and peace to his country. He was digging his own grave by bad governance. The writer is not attempting to white wash or extend any sympathetic consideration whatsoever for all the MR wrong doings. As the saying goes, even the Devil should get it’s due. The TV anchor pointed out to CBK at the end of the interview, hadn’t there been any good done by MR? According to CBK it’s almost nothing !

According to CBK, seventy five percent of the war was won by her; MR did only the balance twenty five percent. So, she reluctantly gave a crumb of a credit to MR for finishing the war. The nation heard and saw on the 4th of February President Maithripala Sirisena in his address to the nation was gracious enough to credit the former President Rajapaksa and General Fonseka for the war victory. The Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe too was not reluctant to mention it was MR who ended the war, while addressing the media subsequent to taking oaths. It is now public knowledge that Ranil has told MR when he met him at Temple Trees in the wee hours of 9th January that “we have to protect you for what you have done for our country”. That says everything.
What CBK knows but ignores in her favour is that one of the most ignominious defeats of the Sri Lankan forces happened during her leadership. While the Norwegians were purportedly trying to work out a peace accord, in April 2000 the LTTE launched parallel attacks on the most fortified Sri Lankan Army camps in Elephant Pass and Ayakachchi and overran those overnight, killing over one hundred SL army men. So much for CBK‘s claim for winning the war.

She failed to mention at the interview about her wisdom of PTOMS and her offer to hand over the rule of north and east to Prabhakaran for ten years. Perhaps it was convenient to ignore those subjects.

If it was not for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s single minded mission to defeat and eradicate terrorism from our land ,the democratic political change that occurred in January 2015 would not have been possible. However much efforts are taken by political rivals such as CBK to demean it ,this fact will be solidly embedded in the annals of Sri Lanka for the rest of it’s history.

Considering the axis of Chandrika-Ranil-Sampanthan now in operation, a reconciliation process based on the implementation in full,the 13th amendment is in the books. Be that as it may, R. Sampanthan and his TNA proxies of the LTTE diaspora including Suren Surandiran of the GTF who is leaving no stone unturned to bring Mahinda Rajapaksa before the war crimes tribunal in The Hague on charges of genocide, will not give up their mission to have a federal state in the north and the east which would be the stepping stone for cessation.

According to recent media reports, a decision has been taken to allow the public to see the Temple Trees to show the alleged luxury life the Rajapaksas’ were living at the expense of the public. It is also suggested that the governing party take a little effort to clear the over grown scrub on the left side of the Parliament complex so that it would bring to view a foundation of a Presidential palace laid for a lavish Rs.700 million CBK project, which was abandoned by MR after public outcry. Also just before retirement she attempted to gift herself a block of prime land near the parliament complex through a cabinet paper submitted by Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The lust for power is very visible at the interview. President Sirisena would have had no chance in contesting the presidency had there not been a legal impediment for CBK in contesting. She was fined three million rupees by the Supreme Court for involvement in the sale of land at water’s edge. Her cronie Ronnie Peiris obtained for his company this 224 acre land for a song to make it a golf course. CBK was found guilty of abuse of power by the supreme court. People living in the Kotte and Kaduwela Municipality areas are ever grateful for this court decision because the decision paved way for the MR government to completely resurrect the water retention network of canals and lakes in the area while developing recreation areas and walk ways. One should remember even the Parliament got flooded during heavy rains.

The deals done by Ronnie Peiris,the CBK crony, is far too many to mention in detail. The Katunayake expressway project was previously awarded to Keangnam Ltd. during CBK presidency and it is alleged that the deal was manipulated by Ronnie Peries. The JHU and the JVP which are lambasting MR now for being surrounded by deal makers should also look into whether CBK’s deal makers are back in business.

One would remember the daily power cuts over three hours; the country faced during the previous UNP regime. The church in Puttlam did everything to stop the construction of the proposed coal power plant and as a result the country was facing dire consequences by not having adequate electricity. Neither Chandrika nor Ranil had the back bone to counter these disruptive elements. It is MR who took the bold decision to go ahead despite the protests. Similarly upper Kotmale was also launched despite protests from the environmental lobby. Norachcholai coal power plant may have had its initial teething problems but it now bears the major part of the load of power needed by our country.

Neither the Mattala Airport nor the Hambantota harbor were fancy projects of Mahinda Rajapaksa as claimed by his detractors. As per international air safety rules, a country like ours should have a second air port in the event of closure of one air port. We experienced this draw back during the war when Katunayaka had to be closed many times and planes diverted to Chennai or Maldives costing extra fuel to Aircraft. The idea did not originate from MR .He only implemented it and the present location was selected when many other areas close to Colombo were given up on account of objections from people. A Character like Jayalalitha in Tamil Nadu could even prohibit Sri Lankan planes landing in Chennai in an emergency. There is no assurance that this would not happen in the future and it is no fantasy.

Similarly the port at Hambantota was a concept which prevailed for last four decades on account of the it’s ideal location, being close proximity and halfway in the busy east west shipping lanes. Singapore is having a virtual monopoly as a bunkering port. Annual traffic on this route is around 36000 ships and 4600 tankers. The busy shipping lane is just 12 miles off Hambantota port. The Sri Lankan government first offered the project to India but they were smart to decline since it would have affected Indian ports such as Mumbai and Chennai. What is now required is a concerted effort to market the port by giving better services than other ports such as Singapore and lure the ships to the port than looking for scapegoats.

Hambantota is the one of most economically backward areas in the country. The effort to develop the area is worthy of credit. It was a hotbed of militancy in the past due economic deprivation and social injustices as the cast system. MR being born in the district may have had a special bond with the region in him but other areas of the country too ,specially the war torn north saw immense benefits extended to the war weary population in raising their standard of living.

The standard of the net work of the roads was raised to unprecedented levels during MR regime.Reducing the distance between people, markets, services and knowledge – or simply ‘getting people connected’ – is a great part of what economic growth is all about.

Although virtual connectivity has become increasingly important today with the emergence of new communication avenues, a good and reliable transport network remains vital. There is a very strong positive correlation between a country’s economic development and the quality of its road network. The criticism that this is not a priority in Sri Lanka is coming from those who have no vision or else they just require MR vilified claiming these road projects are grandiose.The alleged corruption on these road projects are not a reason to vilify the vision. Those allegations are needed to be investigated and proved. Let’s not throw away the baby with bath water. The Colombo Jaffna and Colombo Kandy highways should be given priority in the economic program of the new government. Who gets the contract for the projects is immaterial. The reconstruction of the rail road to Jaffna is a project done by MR with foresight.

It was reported in the media that this government has the intention of probing the human rights violations that happened in this country during the last phase of the war through an internal probe as an alternative to the UNHCR probe. It is the most welcome thing to do rather than allowing UNHCR to do it. However, investigations should not be limited to the short period of last phase of the war only. This is a trap laid by the Diaspora and the so called international community. The probe should cover the entire period of the war against terrorism.

The prevention of Terrorism act implemented in 1983 during the JR regime led to unbridled torture of citizens not only in the north but in the south as well. Nearly thirty thousand Sri Lankans in the prime of their youth perished after capture by Sri Lankan forces. Most of them found dumped on the road sides tortured and killed. There are large number of people specially parents and wives still seeking justice for what happened to their dear ones under the JR regime. The infamous Batalanda torture chambers come to one’s mind. It was the “Abu Ghraib” of Sri Lanka. The commission which investigated the issue was very specific that RW was aware of the chambers existence. The report states “Wickremesinghe and the SSP Nalin Delgoda, are indirectly responsible for the maintenance of places of unlawful detention and torture chambers in houses at the Batalanda Housing Scheme”. The commission strongly recommended to government of CBK to bring the wrong doers to book. It was strongly believed Douglas Peiris the Policeman who was in charge of the torture chambers were given amnesty for his testimony against RW. The irony is that MR who is now being accused of human rights violation during his rule was a human rights campaigner who went to Geneva, to place before the UNHCR the situation in Sri Lanka at that time.

To mention just one of the numerous scams done by RW regime in the two year period they were in power 2001/02; Yasasiri Kasturiarachchci the strong UNPer and businessman who obtained a loan of 4.1 Billion from the People’s bank was given a crooked bail out formula by then RW adviser and famous fixer Paskaralingam through DR. Wickrama Weerasooriya another RW fixer to declare that the outstanding amount is not Rs.4.1 billion but 100 million and Kasthuriarachchi to pay an amount of Rs.10 million from this outstanding amount and given below is what CBK the President at that time had to say the Chairman of Peoples’ Bank Lal Nanyakkara.

“It is extremely unfair for a State Bank to extend privileges to an individual, however politically powerful he may be which are denied to others, less influential.

I consider such patronage to be a travesty of justice. I categorically state that the privileges not extended to others should never be extended to Yasodha Group and any violation of this practice will be investigated into.

I also learn that your Board is considering reaching a settlement on the basis of the recommendations by this third party investigator”.

As the Head of State, I severely warn you to desist from any unjustifiable settlement and any steps taken by the Bank, which lacks transparency, will be subject to a special inquiry and dealt with severely.

It is in your best interest to strictly adhere to legal process through the Court of Law.” (Daily News – February 2, 2004)

Prime Minister RW‘s attempt to send Navy Commander Karannagoda for a two weeks foreign trip so that two LTTE ships bringing arms for the LTTE deliver the goods safely was thwarted by CBK during the time the CFA was in operation.

Another astonishing thing that baffles many people is that an important portfolio, if not the most important, Minister of Finance is held by someone indicted by the Supreme Court for money laundering of Rs. 390 million. While it is correct that one is not guilty unless proven, a person with such allegations should have been kept out from any responsibility until the verdict is given. Besides, Ravi Karunanayake’s past record as the trade minister does not warrant a higher responsibility to be given to him. He has become famous for unmaking of institutions such as SATHOSA. It baffles me why a person like Dr. Harsha De Silva was not considered for this all important post. He is young and fresh blood devoid of dark clouds hanging over him. For that matter, Eran Wickramaratne would also have been a choice.

RW should actually have done an MR by dumping the out dated senile seniors such as John Amaratunga, Joseph Michael Perera, Jayawicrama Perera Et Al. as senior ministers.

John Amaratunga should resign before the no confidence motion, if the governement is serious about god governance.

These are random thoughts which come to one’s mind when politicians in power talk of good governance. Seeing on TV news the other day, CBK getting a courtesy kiss from her childhood friend RW one cannot but conclude to what brazen levels our politicians go to gain power.

These are the custodians of “good governance”.