Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera met Ukranian Ambassador Oleksandr Shevchenko, who is based in New Delhi, at the Foreign Ministry in Colombo. The meeting was held in the late evening yesterday. During the meeting they discussed the possibility of Sri Lanka sending an investigation team to the Ukraine in early May to inquire into allegations levelled against the former Ambassador Udayanga Weeratunga, says the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Weeratunga, first cousin of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had allegedly involved in arms sales to separatist rebel fighters in Ukraine.
23rd April 2015
By Thambu Kanagasabai – There is the popular but mistaken belief among Sri Lankans and elsewhere that “Mahavamsa”, a chronicle composed and written by Mahanama Thera in the sixth century is a record of the history of Ceylon. Anyone who reads Mahavamsa will find, besides various historical data, stories of miracles and supernatural happenings on various auspicious occasions, like instant earthquakes, floods, storms etc. However, discarding these fables, one will notice the author devoting nine chapters, (out of thirty three chapters) on Dutugamini, the Naga Buddhist king who defeated the Tamil king Elara in Anuradhapura in BC 101. While concentrating on Buddha’s visits to Sri Lanka, it has to be pointed out that Mahavamsa’s author Mahanama Thera concluded each chapter by stating, “ that this […]
By Madura Ranwala The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) yesterday evening arrested former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa over alleged misappropriation of Divineguma funds. The police took him into custody after having recorded his statement at FCID, Kollupitiya. The former minister returned to the country on Tuesday afternoon from the US after FCID sought a statement from him. Rajapaksa reported to FCID yesterday morning. The police also arrested former Economic Development Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatilaka and former Director General of the Divineguma Department, R.R.K. Ranawaka. After having recorded statements from suspects, the police produced them before Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala last night. The Magistrate ordered them remanded till April . Earlier the Kaduwela Magistrate ordered the former Minister arrested immediately after his return from the US. The […]
by Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lanka is likely to send an investigation team to Kiev early next month to inquire into the alleged involvement of Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga in the supply of small arms to pro-Russian Ukranian rebels. Alleging that Weeratunga had been involved with rebels during the previous UPFA administration, External Affairs Ministry sources told The Island that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Tuesday night (April 21) discussed with the visiting Ukranian ambassador accredited to Sri Lanka Oleksandr Shevchenko the possibility of sending a team to Kiev. Shevchenko is based in New Delhi. Foreign Secretary Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara was associated in the discussion. Government sources said that Lanka lacked the wherewithal to carry out an international manhunt. Sources acknowledged that the government wasn’t aware […]
Ensuring good governance a challenge – Fonseka Government protecting Mahinda By Shaahidah Riza The government has basically protected the former President. If the Bribery Commission as an independent institution summons him based on whatever information they have, he should adhere to the requirements which will not be an issue if he has nothing to hide, said the Deputy Minister of Highway and Investment Promotion, Eran Wickremaratne. He made these comments to Ceylon Today in response to the pro Mahinda Rajapaksa, parliamentarians who protested yesterday (21) indicating their objection to the decision made by the Bribery Commission to question the former President. Wickremeratne also stated that good governance is not measured in terms of individuals but by the implementation of good legislation. This comment was in response […]