Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tele Actress Caught for Involved in Prostitution

Tele Actress Swarnamali Jayalath Caught for Involved in Prostitution. Neth Balumgala revealed her involvement.

I will take on MR - Maithripala

In what could be described as one of the most decisive ‘Political coups’ the country has witnessed, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said he would contest President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential election.

Addressing a packed media briefing at New Town Hall, Mr. Sirisena said he would to take on the incumbent regime which was engulfed in “nepotism, corruption and the abuse of the rule of law.” “The entire socioeconomic and political systems of this country have been taken over by one family. They have ruined this country that is now engulfed in corruption and blatant abuse of power. It is against this that I am coming forward as the common candidate of the opposition” he said.

The minister, who arrived at around 3.15 p.m. with Minister Rajitha Senarathne in the same vehicle, was later flanked by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike, Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Duminda Dissanayake, M.D Gunawardena and MPs Arjuna Ranatunga, Wasantha Senanayake and Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe.

“I will abolish the Executive Presidency in 100 days after being elected as the President. I will restore the rule of law by reactivating the 17th Amendment to the Constitution and make the Police, Elections, Public Service and the Judicial Service Commissions fully independent. The president will be made answerable to the legislature and create a people’s government that enjoy real peace, prosperity and happiness,” he added. “We thank the UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, General Sarath Fonseka, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana and all other parties who came forward and convinced all stakeholders to arrive at a common understanding on key issues. The UNP leader will be the Prime Minister of the new government we hope to form” he said.

“I have suffered immensely at the hands of this family, I could not implement the national drug policy nor could I implement the pictorial warnings on cigarette packets. This country knows why that happened and who was behind it,” he said. Having briefly explained the origins of the SLFP and mentioning the names of those who pioneered the party, Mr. Sirisena was careful not to make any reference to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s father D.A Rajapaksa and only referred in passing to the incumbent President whom he thanked him for “ending the war”.

“The entirety of the SLFP will be with me and I call upon all citizens of this country to come forward and vote for me, for a society free of corruption and where the rule of law applies to all citizens equally,” the minister said. He seemed at ease during the entire news briefing but however, turned emotional when referring to what he termed the “pressure exerted on” him by “them”. “My children have supported me throughout these years under tremendous pressure. They have often told me, that if as a senior minister you are under so much pressure we can’t even imagine what the normal person would be undergoing.

We will support you in any decision you take and we will be there even if it comes to sacrificing our lives,” he said. “I am the longest serving general secretary of the SLFP and I took this decision with much difficulty. I was totally disappointed and heart broken the way the President treated me. I was removed from the Irrigation and Mahaweli Ministerial portfolios one week after I laid the foundation stone for the Deduru-Oay multi purpose development project that would give relief to millions of people in the Rajarata. “

Mr. Sirisena said his decision would result in various attempts being made to destroy his image and that he was aware of the consequences he might have to face. “They will do everything possible to tarnish my image and will even go to the extent of murder. I know all of this and I took an informed decision when I decided to challenge the incumbent President,” he said. The average Sri Lankans, public servants, farmers, professionals, private sector and professionals have suffered immensely under the executive Presidency while a few have become multi millionaires. Therefore, the priority of the next government under President Maithripala Sirisena would be to raise the living standard of this sections which do not have a voice, Minister Sirisena emphasized. Thuggery, embezzlement, crime, drug mafia, nepotism and corruption have institutionalized under the Executive Presidency but alas President Rajapaksa or his government has done little to arrest this horrible and dangerous situation. Answering questions posed by journalists following the two-hour long briefing, Mr. Sirisena said he had discussed these matters with opposition parties during the past two or three weeks. He said he would have discussions with the Tamil NationalAlliance (TNA) and that he would contest under a broad alliance, the policies of which will be made public during the coming week. “I am still the General Secretary of the SLFP and this is the SLFP that is here” he said emphatically.

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike said for the first time in the history of the SLFP, “a real son of the soil has come forward to take leadership of the country.” She said she re-entered local politics after nine years of retirement to save the country and the SLFP from the Rajapaksa family. “Mahinda Rajapaksa treated me very shabbily and insulted me despite being the chairman of the SLFP. He did not give me a dignified send off and even removed me from the chairmanship of the SLFP despite pleas not to do so. Commenting on her failure to abolish the executive presidency, Ms. Kumaratunga said she had a genuine desire to do it without the support of the opposition. “I tried my best to abolish the executive presidency but the necessary support from the opposition did not materialise,” Ms. Kumaratunga said. Meanwhile, Fisheries and Aquatic Minister Rajitha Senaratne said he decided to support the candidacy of Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena as the common candidate at the forthcoming presidential election as a policy because from the time of late President J.R.Jayewardene he opposed and fought against the executive presidency. Addressing the media at the ‘Navarangahala’ Dr. Senaratne said the outcry against the executive presidency among the masses and the political arena had become a huge storm under which no one who supported it would survive. “I fought against this draconian constitutional arrangement with colossal figures like N.M.Perera, Colvin R De Silva and Dr. S.A.Wickramasingha.

We did not do that for any personal gain but as a policy and we were not successful but we will be successful this time and abolish the executive presidency soon after Minister Sirisena is elected President at the January poll,” he said. We promise to restore the independence of all statutory commissions, good governance and rule of law which have disappeared gradually in the past few years under the executive presidency, he stressed. He said the country was ruled by drug mudalalis, character assassinators, fraudsters and thugs. There will be mudslinging, charges of corruption and crime but they cannot shake us. “I may be killed during this battle to abolish the executive presidency.

If that happens you must vote for Minister Sirisena and ensure he becomes President and my fight would have been a success, he added. “There will be more to come. We have only brought the head here. The arms and legs and the rest of the body will arrive in batches in the next few weeks,” he said. Dr. Senaratne said he did not enter politics to earn money. He sacrificed his job as a dentist and spent his money for the party and took responsibility as the national organizer of the Sri Lanka Mahajana Party after the killing of Vijaya Kumaratunga. “The executive presidency and the rule of the Rajapaksa regime have put Sri Lanka in a difficult position in the global stage. Early next year, Sri Lanka will have to respond to the issues raised at the UN and UNHRC.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Common candidate, Maithripala Sirisena ?

The common candidate who would be fielded at the Presidential election is none other than Sri Lanka Freedom Party General Secretary - Minister Maithripala Sirisena, according to SLM. The website says that he is being unanimously backed by religious leaders, all masses as well as by many political parties including the UNP, SLFP, TNA, SLMC, JHU, JVP and DP.

After a meeting between the UNP leaders including party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Karu Jayasuriya, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera of the National Movement for a Just Society was informed of the decision to field Maithripala Sirisena as the common candidate to abolish executive presidency. The announcement is to be formally announced after tonight's UNP Working Committee meeting.

 Meanwhile, Minister Wimal Weerwansa's 'Lanka C News' website reports that Minister Maithripala Sirisena and 20 other Ministers have informed that they would work towards the defeat of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

SLFP General Secretary Minister Maithripala Sirisena addressing an event at Battaramulla a short while ago said, ‘this may be my last state function’, amid widespread speculation that he might break ranks with the incumbent regime.

“Time solves a lot of things. This may be my last state function. People give power not to abuse it and make money. It’s given to serve the people. This power should never be abused. No one should be drunk with power,” he said at a function to appoint officials to the Health Ministry.
It was rumoured that the minister had earlier rejected an invitation to address the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) news Conference scheduled to be held at the party headquarters in Darley Road.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pooja Umashankar with Boy Friend

Indian actress Pooja Umashankar, who rose to fame in the Sri Lankan cinema through her debut Anjalika, is to be wed in April 2015, reports say.

The couple splashed headlines after the groom, Deepak Shanmughanathan proposed to her recently and she said yes. Sources say that the groom's side is urging the couple to wed soon. Deepak, a model and artist, is a friend of Pooja's before the relationship blossomed into romance.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

150 trapped, 150 safe in Badulla landslide

More than 500 soldiers of the Army 11 Division were deployed in the rescue operations at the site of a massive landslide in Koslanda, Haldummulla that buried a string of line rooms along with some 200 to 300 people just after dawn yesterday.

According to Police, over 70 line rooms went under the rubble in one of the most damaging landslides in the natural disaster prone Badulla district. As this was being written, nine bodies had so far been recovered from under the mounds of mud and rubble. The landslide occurred at around 7.45 am, triggered by continuous torrential rains. The first batch of 15 officers and 214 soldiers were promptly dispatched to the location by 8.30 am followed by another batch of 300 soldiers taking into account the vastness of the affected area.

 Together with the soldiers, Sri Lanka Air Force personnel, policemen, health teams and civil relief teams were working round the clock to pull out those trapped under the debris. Army Commander Lt. General Daya Ratnayake immediately instructed Major General Mano Perera,Commander, Special Forces Head Quarters, Major General Wasantha Wickramasooriya, Chief Field Engineer as well as other Brigade Commanders to release Army machinery, bulldozers and backhoes to the affected area together with additional troops for relief work. According to Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, line rooms, boutiques, seven government buildings and a Kovil were damaged in the landslide.

The landslide occurred around 7.45 a.m. amidst thunder showers, burying around 70 line rooms and trapping their inmates in the debris. According to Police, most of the inmates of the line rooms were indoors due to the rain.Around 300 residents in 70 line rooms were believed to have been trapped under the muddy earth and mounds of rubble. Rescue teams were busy trying to pull out the trapped victims from the debris. They were hampered due to the mud and bad weather conditions. There was a further threat of another landslide in the area. However, there were fears that around 250 people were trapped under the huge mounds of muddy earth .

National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) sources state that this area was previously identified as a landslide prone area and rescue operations should be carried out with extreme caution. A Disaster Management Centre (DMC) officer said that rescue operations are underway with the help of the Army and Police. The DMC said an area of around two kilometres had been affected by the landslide. Troops with the help of other agencies have already moved sections of displaced people into two common halls in the Koslanda area and the Army was busy preparing meals and other requirements of those affected people at the time this report was filed. Meanwhile, Parliament was told that rescue operations were carried out to rescue people who were trapped under the rubble of a major landslide which occurred last morning in Haldummulla, Badulla, Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told the House that joint rescue missions were underway with the coordination of Army, Police and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

He was responding to a query from Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on the measures taken with regard to the disaster situation due to the landslide in Koslanda which is reported to have destroyed several rows of line rooms. The minister said all possible measures have been taken through the DMC to control the situation, adding that the estate managements have already extended their support in this regard. He said the assistance of the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has been sought to mitigate landslide risks in other nearby estates. Samarasinghe said the NBRO possesses scientific data about landslide vulnerable areas, adding that the Secretary of his Ministry has already spoken to the Secretary of Disaster Management Ministry to take all urgent measures. He said under the direction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Livestock and Rural Community Development Minister Arumugan Thondaman had already arrived at to the affected area to provide the necessary political leadership to manage the disaster situation.

 Meanwhile, Badulla District Secretary Rohana Dissanayake told the Daily News that the Grama Seva Officier of the affected Koslanda-Meeriyabedde village had asked the people to move away from the area on Monday sensing the imminent danger at the village. Some have responded immediately by moving out while others stayed behind. The area has been marked as a landslide danger prone area from 2005. Constructions, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa while expressing grief and condolence to the families affected by the landslide disaster told the Daily News that his ministry would intervene to provide houses to those who lost houses due to the disaster under Jana Sevena Housing Program. The government has decided to provide Rs.15,000 in respect of each person that died owing to the disaster. Several schools in the area have been closed until further notice.

Monday, October 27, 2014

News presenter Kasuni Samarasinghe is soon to tie the knot

News presenter at TV Derana Kasuni Samarasinghe is soon to tie the knot, reports say. It is reported that her boyfriend is not from the field of art and she always try to keep his identity hidden.

Kasuni, who initiated her media career with Sri Lanka College of Journalism, joined Sirasa TV for the first time as news presenter. Her father is a principal and she has studied in Child Jesus Convent and Gamini Vidyalaya in Ratnapura. She has one elder sister as well as a younger sister.

Akila Dhanuddhara was awarded the most popular actor

The son of director and actor Jackson Anthony, Akila Dhanuddhara, was awarded the most popular actor for his performance in Siri Parakum movieat the Hiru Golden Film Awards yesterday (Oct 25).

However, after he received the award his first reaction was to thank his father by saying ' thank you Appachchi'. Since the organizers of the event had stated that the most popular actor, actress and song were selected at the Hiru Golden Film Awards through SMS and voting through the film awards website, Akila thanking his father puzzled many who were at the award ceremony as well as those who were watching the event on TV.

However, Akila was able to defeat Ranjan Ramanayake, Roshan Ranawana and Saranaga Disasekara in winning the award.

Nevertheless, the critiques are of the opinion that most popular actor in Sri Lankan cinema is Ranjan Ramanayake. If he was not given the award on a political reason, the next most popular actor is Roshan Ranawana, they say. They further stated that when compared with the other nominees Akila can be placed at the last position.
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