24th July 2015

Pay-offs demanded during MR regime kept top investors away from Sri Lanka

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With restoring the rule of law and forming a clean administration by the Maithripala Sirisena Government, Sri Lanka is now on the radar of some top foreign investors, who had abandoned the idea of investing in the country during the previous regime, Deputy Minister of Highways and Investment Promotions Eran Wickramaratne said. In an interview with the Daily FT, he said that investors like Volkswagen, a German car manufacturer, which didn’t invest in Sri Lanka as the previous Government was corrupt and expecting pay-offs, were now in negotiations to invest in the country. “There is some recognition that this Government is providing a clean administration, particularly when it comes to investments,” he said. Wickramaratne, who is contesting from Colombo District at the August 17 Parliamentary […]

Rajapaksa comeback bid checked by Sri Lanka bribery probe

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Sri Lanka is investigating a Chinese firm on suspicion of offering a bribe to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s failed presidential re-election campaign, a source close to the investigation said, weeks before he seeks to pull off a comeback in a general election.  Ousted by erstwhile ally Maithripala Sirisena in January, Rajapaksa is now seeking to turn the tables at the Aug. 17 parliamentary polls but continues to be dogged by allegations of sleaze that led to his defeat after two terms as president. At the center of an investigation by the police and central bank is China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), which under Rajapaksa landed a $1.4 billion deal to build a port city in Colombo that has been suspended by the current government. CHEC, a subsidiary […]

Weerawansa Ally In Trouble Over Forged Army Number Plate

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UPFA Anuradhapura district candidate Weerakumara Dissanayake, a key ally of Wimal Weerawansa, is now under investigation as the Police have found nearly 3000 posters of the candidate being transported in a vehicle that had a fake army number plate. Police are conducting inquires to find out whether this had been done with the knowledge of the candidate. Dissanayake, a stalwart of the National Freedom Front, was a deputy minister of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa government. Police Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara told media yestersya that two individuals were also arrested with the cab. The rear number plate of the vehicle was forged as an Army number plate, Gunasekara said. The incident happened two days after Weerawansa’s made a statement on white van with an “altered number […]

Karuna forced to ‘Shutup’ or face the White Van by Gotha’s friend?

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Former Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan, commonly known as Karuna Amman, today completely denied reports quoting him as saying that slain LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran was captured alive and tortured by Sri Lankan troops before being killed. Certain websites and Facebook pages had recently carried articles quoting Karuna Amman as saying that Sri Lanka Army arrested Prabhakaran, handed him over to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and also that he was tortured. However, Muralitharan rejected the reports as attempts to discredit him and gain political mileage. It is reported that he was warned by the Sri Lanka’s top military and Gotha to shut up or face death as he can be killed and blame can be easily planted saying ”LTTE did it” and the world will accept […]

Major general send Prabhakaran’s white van with bogus number plate and his armed men?

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New defense secretary suppresses white Van cri (Lanka-e-News- 21.July.2015, 11.30PM) Major general Prasanna De Silva who carried out the murder contracts of brutal corrupt coward Gotabaya  Rajapakse during the Rajapkse regime , and who was a criminal stooge of theirs , has got trapped with Prabhakaran’s white Van to the Mirihana police when trying to repeat the same conspiracies and criminal activities during the run up to the upcoming  elections ,in much the same way as he did  during the Rajapakse era. This white van that sped away yesterday night unheeding police orders, turning in all directions to avoid the police was finally stopped by the police that gave chase. When the  police inspected  the vehicle they were  shocked to see three armed men inside […]

White Van story by the Rajapaksas to gain political mileage with an election ahead

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By Harischandra Gunaratna Cabinet spokesman and Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said that Maj General Prasanna Silva, who was being accused by Mahinda and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, of planning to assassinate them was a close confidant of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and he was the most feared officer in the Sri Lanka Army according to LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran. Senaratne said: “Maj. Gen. Silva is a war hero and he will not stoop to the level of planning the assassination of a former President and his former boss. It was a concocted story by the Rajapaksas to gain political mileage with an election ahead and dismissed the allegation as baseless.” Two soldiers and a driver working under the senior Military officer were […]

Gota blows hot and cold – Mirihana white van saga

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Where and why did Gotabaya’s bootlicking lackey Major … Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday said he was only quoting the government when he said the white van found in Mirihana belonged to the LTTE. “I am only quoting the official statement of the government. How else would I know?  And I live in that area, they should be more careful,” said Rajapaksa. On Monday (20) night three soldiers, one of whom had a pistol, were arrested by the Mirihana Police while travelling in a white van. Minister Home Affairs, Joseph Michael Perera on Wednesday (22) stated that the white van in question was one of the many unregistered LTTE vans. The Army however denied this statement and said it was a vehicle registered under […]

Gotha misusing Mirihana incident: ‘Api Ranaviruwo’

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Gotha will drive these war heroes towards the guillotine An organization calling itself ‘Api Ranaviruwo’ yesterday that the recent incident involving the arrest of three army soldiers in Mirihana was been used by some politicians to gain a political advantage in the run up to the polls. Speaking at a media briefing that was organised by several retired senior officers of the forces, Colonel (Retd) Jayavi Fernando of ‘Api Ranaviruwo’ said that the unwarranted remarks made by some politicians had caused much frustration among the members of the army.“Statements of this nature should not have been made in this manner to ridicule the war heroes, Major General Prasanna Silva had done a yeoman service to the country during the war. He was among those summoned […]

In Trincomalee One seat to a Muslim candidate – Sampanthan

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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader, the leading candidate from the Trincomalee District R. Sampanthan, declared that if the TNA captures three seats in the Trincomalee electoral district one seat would be allocated to a Muslim. He further stated, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) was formed by its late leader to ensure political stability of Muslim people in the East and not to beg for ministerial posts and concessions from the main national political parties. Today the SLMC leader is contesting in Kandy electorate and not in the North and Eastern Provinces. Muslims would not get anything from the government by joining them. The political future of the Muslim community in the North and East Provinces solely lies in the provincial government, Sampanthan stated. “Muslims from […]

The UPFA is harping on a warped record UNP speaks the people’s lingo

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BY W. K. PRASAD MANJU United National Party (UNP) Gampaha District candidate Harshana Rajakaruna in a brief chat with Ceylon Today says that Media personnel were attacked and taken away in white vans during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. “Media institutions were destroyed. We are fearful of another administration led by Mahinda Rajapaksa being given the reins again, for one family ruling the country, using State property as though their personal booty and isolating Sri Lanka from the international community.” Here are some excerpts: ?Leaders of the Alliance are saying that the UNP has gotten scared after seeing the huge crowd that attended the inaugural rally of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), in Anuradhapura? A: There are no two words about that. We are scared […]