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Lankan energy in hands of foreign countries is National security threat: MP Velukumar

COLOMBO (News 1st); The distribution of energy in Sri Lanka falling to the hands of foreign countries is a threat to national security, points out SJB MP M.

Velukumar.MP Velukumar, making this statement, went onto question whether or not the authorities prioritize national security, especially after obtaining the peoples mandate to uphold the same. “So where is the President? Where is Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the leader who came to uphold national security?” he questioned.Speaking further, MP Velukumar requested for the President to not to sell national entities and not to put the country down further.He pointed out that people continue to request the President to resign, and the only solution for the current crisis too is for the President to resign and to make the Government resign along with him.

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Kumara Dissanayake - IGPs intel letter to Defence Sec: JVP & FSP condemn efforts to stifle protests - newsfirst.lk
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IGPs intel letter to Defence Sec: JVP & FSP condemn efforts to stifle protests
COLOMBO (News 1st): The JVP and the Frontline Socialists Party have condemned a letter purportedly sent by the IGP to the Defence Secretary, that included intelligence related content.JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the IGP had sent a letter to the Defence Secretary on the 27th of June 2022, stating that on the 5th and 6th of July a foreing intelligence service will attempt to detonate bombs in either the north or south, during the Black Tiger commemoration.He said that the letter notes that it is attempted to blame the LTTE for these attacks, and that the VIPs in the north, and staff from foreign agencies have been told NOT to attend any event on those two days.Dissanayake said the government must disclose to the country the information that it received, and how the information was received, and if not is this an attempt to suppress the dissent against the government.He said that the letter also notes that the JVP and other opposition groups are attempting to launch attacks on politicians and MPs.Anura Kumara Dissanayake said these attempts being made to curtail the people’s protests agains the government.He alleged the government rather than solving the issues in the country, is merely attempting to tarnish the various political movements through such petty efforts, or may be event wanting to create such a situation in the country.Duminda Nagamuwa from the Frontline Socialist Party also speaking on the same letter to the Defence Secretary alleged that the government prepared such letters, and the government launches the said attacks mentioned in the letter.He said following the next protest President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be forced to step down, and these measures are being taken to crackdown on
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Not Essential? Multiple state services affected - newsfirst.lk
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Not Essential? Multiple state services affected
COLOMBO (News 1st); The Department of Meteorology says that its activities have been severely hampered due to the shortage of fuel as it has not been declared as an essential service.A senior Spokesperson said that in the face of this situation, it is not possible to give advance warning of a tsunami or other strong weather changes which may occur in the country in the future, and that the department cannot accept any responsibility if there is any loss of life.The Secretary to the Ministry of Defense has directed a letter to the Army Commander to provide fuel for two vehicles belonging to the Meteorology Department, which is on duty around the clock, however, so far no proper response has been received, the Department of Meteorology stated.The Spokesperson said that due to the lack of fuel, the functions at regional offices of the Meteorological Department, which should operate 24 hours a day, are completely disrupted.In the meantime, the forest conservation department officers say that their work has been severely hampered by not declaring them as an essential service, especially the removal of wild elephants from the villages.Meanwhile, the engineers union of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board has also directed a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa regarding the non-inclusion of the services of the NWS&DB in the list of essential services for provision of fuel.It states that the association believes that it is essential to maintain a continuous water supply in the current crisis situation.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Police detain GotaGoGama protestors who obstructed gates to President’s Office - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Police detain GotaGoGama protestors who obstructed gates to President’s Office
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Police detained a group of people who obstructed the entrances to the President’s Office.Protestors at GotaGoGama obstructed all entrances to the President’s Office, reported Sri Lanka Police on Monday (20).Police said that the protestors moved towards the two other gates leading to the President’s Office early morning on Monday (20) and completely obstructed the path, by setting up two make-shift tents.The GotaGoGama protest demanding the immediate resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is on the 73rd Day on Monday (20).The Occupy Galle Face protest started on the 9th of April 2022 and has been going on daily, despite adverse weather and the 9th May Black Monday attacks on the protest site.Protestors blame the government for the mismanagement of the economy, which has sent prices of goods skyrocketing and the country’s reserves plummeting to levels reaching a record low.GotaGoGama also has a network of nationwide branches that popped up to support the main protest against the President and the Government.Sri Lanka defaulted on its debt for the first time in its history as the country struggles with its worst financial crisis in more than 70 years.Sri Lanka is seeking to restructure debts of more than $50bn it owes to foreign creditors, to make it more manageable to repay.A chronic shortage of foreign currency and soaring inflation have led to a severe shortage of medicines, fuel and other essentials.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Fuel Crisis: President orders to streamline distribution; Army & STF to provide security to filling stations - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Fuel Crisis: President orders to streamline distribution; Army & STF to provide security to filling stations
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed to streamline the distribution of fuel stocks that are available in the country, as well as the shipment due to arrive in the next few days.The President noted that the Finance Minister and the Central Bank with the involvement of State & Private Banks have drafted plans to open Letters of Credit (LCs) to facilitate the process of placing orders for fuel shipments.The President had made these comments during a meeting on Friday (17) on the distribution of Petrol, Diesel, and LP Gas.At the meeting attention was drawn towards inking agreements with suppliers for long-term fuel purchasing.The President’s Media Unit said that Public Transport will be given priority in fuel distribution.The President has said that SLTB owned filling stations should be used to deliver fuel for Private Buses, Tourist Coaches, and School Vans.The President also ordered for identified filling stations to deliver fuel for essential services, and the Sri Lanka Army and Police Special Task Force to provide security to filling stations.Security forces were ordered by the President to strictly enforce the law against fuel hoarders.The meeting also discussed to streamline the distribution of gas, and place new orders for LP Gas.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Mahinda Rajapaksa - Our demands remain the same – GotaGoGama Protestors - newsfirst.lk
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Our demands remain the same – GotaGoGama Protestors
COLOMBO (News 1st); All groups involved in the protest opposite the President’s Office in Galle Face today (2) stated that there is no solution to the current crisis until the President steps down.The varying groups, which consisted of Black Cap Movement, Youth for Change, the Inter University Students Federation among others, emphasized that their demands remain the same in a joint press conference held today (2).Attorney-at-Law Manoj Nanayakkara stated that what took place at the Presidential Secretariat was staged, and the people struggle only has two main campaign slogans; President Gotabaya Rajapaksa must resign and the regime which accompanied former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa should resign.He said that the groups engaged in the struggle have not submitted any proposals, except for the call for the President to resign.“Anyone can submit proposals. However, no one has the right to do so in the name of the people’s struggle” Nanayakkara said.Meanwhile, Buddhi Prabodha Karunaratne of the Black Cap Movement said that the 11-point proposal handed over yesterday does not speak of the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, while pointing out that the place is called GotaGoGama, the village that wants the President gone.Activist Nalin Ranaweera pointed out that those who the proposals, and those who accepted must be ashamed of themselves, as the group did not even communicate with those engaged in the people’s protest.Lahiru Weerasekara, the National Organizer of Youth For Change said that the protestors would not submit proposals to the same person whom they want gone.“We saw how Mahinda Rajapaksa who was left helpless called for a meeting with the protestors.
Shavendra Silva - Gotabaya Rajapaksa - New Army Commander Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage Assumes Duties - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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New Army Commander Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage Assumes Duties
COLOMBO (News 1st); Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, who was appointed as the 24th Army Commander, assumed duties on Wednesday (1) at the Army Headquarters.President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his capacity as Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces promoted Vikum Liyanage to the rank of Lieutenant General, effective from 1st June 2022.Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage as the 24th Commander of the Army replaced General Shavendra Silva who has now been appointed the Chief of Defence Staff.The formal relinquishment of office of the 23rd Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva, who has now been appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff took place last afternoon (31) at a simple formality where the outgoing Commander symbolically handed over the authority, Sword and the Truncheon to his successor.The gesture that took place at the office of the Commander of the Army signified the transfer of command in the military way to the incoming Army Chief of the Gajaba Regiment.The glittering replica of the Sword, crafted with gold and silver colour with a seven-headed lion, called ‘serapendia’ symbolizes the Command and other parts reflect natural laws, respect and dignity for profession, protection of the nation, religions, culture, and the State.The ornamental Truncheon represents the commanding authority that can only be held by an incumbent Commander of the Army.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Launch a public-private partnership program on food security- President - newsfirst.lk
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Launch a public-private partnership program on food security- President
COLOMBO (News 1st); President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed officials to immediately launch a comprehensive public-private partnership program on food security.In a tweet, the President’s Spokesperson stated that negotiations with several countries to meet the fertilizer requirement have been successful, and therefore, the President requested all farmers not to give up cultivation during the Yala season due to shortage of fertilizer or any other reason.The President made this observation at a discussion held at the President’s House in Fort today (30) with regard to the agricultural activities of the Yala season and the mitigation of possible food shortages in the future.The President has also stated that the full involvement of the Ministry of Agriculture should be given to carry out cultivation activities using chemical or organic fertilizers as per the choice of the farmers.The President urged all farmers not to give up cultivation during the Yala season due to shortage of fertilizer or any other reason as the discussions with several countries were successful in meeting the fertilizer requirement.The President has also pointed out that a national fertilizer policy should be formulated soon, which will include policies for importing, distributing, proper management, awareness raising and coordination among farmers and officials with regard to fertilizer.The discussion has focused on identifying paddy fields that were not used for Yala cultivation and cultivating essential crops such as green gram, cowpea and soya, which could enable farmers to earn a higher income.The President has instructed to take immediate steps to release the Kandakadu farm belonging to the National Livestock Development Board for cultivation
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - President Rajapaksa attends War Heroes’ Day commemoration - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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President Rajapaksa attends War Heroes’ Day commemoration
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa attended the 13th National War Heroes’ Day commemoration ceremony, in Sri Jayawardenepura, his first public appearance in many weeks.The undying memories and gallantry of heroic War Heroes who made the supreme sacrifice while defending the motherland were revered, admired and honoured once again on Thursday (19) in a simple state ceremony at Sri Jayawardenepura War Heroes’ Monument (Ranaviru Smarakaya).During this ceremony, fallen heroic War Heroes of the Army (23,962), Navy (1160), Air Force (443), 2598 Policemen and 456 Civil Security Department personnel, altogether a total of 28,619 who had made the supreme sacrifice in the fight against ruthless LTTE terrorism before May 2009 were respectfully called to eternal memory for their valour, gallantry, selfless dedication and invaluable sacrifices offering floral tributes.The President was invited at first to lay a floral wreath at the foot of the monument and salute their memory before the Secretary Defence, Secretary to Ministry of Public Security, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Navy and Air Force Commanders, Inspector General of Police, Chairman, Rana Viru Seva Authority, Director General, Civil Security Department, several family members, representative family members of fallen War Heroes and others, joined in succession to offer floral tributes to the Monument.The sounding of the Last Post and Reveille in conformity with military traditions brought the day’s formal ceremony, a feature typical during military ceremonies, to end.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Mahinda Rajapaksa - Ranil Wickremesinghe - Maithripala Sirisena - Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assumes duties - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assumes duties
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Ranil Wickremesinghe who returned to the political sphere as Prime Minister for the sixth time, assumed duties on Friday (13).Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in on Thursday (12) as the island nation faces political and economic crises.The appointment was made days after Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, vacated the position after violence was triggered by attacks on peaceful protests by pro-government supporters.Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on five occasions before.He was first appointed as PM from 1993 – 1994 after the assassination of President Ranasinghe Premadasa.Subsequently, from 2001 to 2004 he was elected as the Prime Minister to lead the United National Front Government during the presidency of President Chandrika Bandaranayake.In January 2015, he was appointed as the Prime Minister of the coalition government on the election of President Maithripala Sirisena.His appointment was sanctioned by the Sri Lankan people at the general election of August 2015.Once again, in December 2018, then-President Sirisena was compelled to appoint him as PM after having dismissed him in October 2018.In November 2019, after the defeat of the UNP presidential candidate, he resigned from his position of Prime Minister.Newly-appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the GotaGoGama struggle must continue, and he will not intervene with the struggle.“Police would not do anything to them, and the struggle must continue,” said the Prime Minister during his visit to the Walukaramaya Raja Maha Viharaya in Colombo after taking oaths as the Prime Minister.He said he will show majority from both sides in parliament.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Sajith Premadasa - Sri Lanka: Sajith ready to form new govt, subject to President resigning within stipulated time period - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka: Sajith ready to form new govt, subject to President resigning within stipulated time period
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa accepted the President’s invitation to form an interim government.In a letter to the President on Thursday (12), Premadasa said that the Samagi Jana Balawegaya led opposition is willing to form a new interim government in Sri Lanka subject to conditions.One of the conditions put forward by Sajith Premadasa is that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution should be implemented with the support of all political parties within two weeks.Further, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa must resign within a stipulated time period.The third condition is that the President work together with all the political parties to work towards abolishing the Executive Presidency via the 21st Amendment to the Constitution.The fourth condition is that the President must call for Parliamentary Elections to award the people an opportunity to elect a new stable government, following the implementation of the aforementioned constitutional reforms, establishing the rule of law, and returning the people’s lives to normalcy.Sajith Premadasa said that he has a sustainable program to control the fall of the economy and for the implementation of the constitutional reforms.He said he is prepared to for discussions on the swearing in of the new government, and on the period of the said new government.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Mahinda Rajapaksa - Temple Trees - Kumara Dissanayake - President MUST resign; NPP ready to lead Interim Government – Anura - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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President MUST resign; NPP ready to lead Interim Government – Anura
COLOMBO (News 1st); Leader of the National People’s Power Anura Kumara Dissanayake has stressed the need for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign, and thereafter an interim government can be formed for a period of six months.He further said that the NPP is ready to take control of the Interim Government that will be formed, adding that the support of other parties is required, and if that does not happen the NPP would function in the opposition.Anura Kumara Dissanayake said authorities must arrest the Temple Trees conspirators who created the violence in the country, and produce them before the law.“It is clear that Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Ministers, MPs, Pradeshiya Sabha members, and others used state power to plan the violence,” he said calling on authorities to arrest them and produce them in court.Further, he called on the law enforcement agencies, including the IGP and the Police, to take action to maintain the law and the peace in the country.Dissanayake said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa must immediately step down as his ‘solutions’ to the issues have not led to any form of stability in the country.He also called on the Speaker to function as the Acting President, given that Sri Lanka does not have a Prime Minister.He said the Government and Parliament do not represent the public mandate, and since there is no public trust on the government, a new government must be formed.Dissanayake speaking to the media said the NPP is prepared to take control of the interim government, until an election is called for to establish a new government.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - New Prime Minister, Government that can command majority in Parliament will be appointed this week – President - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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New Prime Minister, Government that can command majority in Parliament will be appointed this week – President
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that a new Prime Minister and Government that can command a majority in Parliament and can gain the confidence of the Sri Lankan people will be appointed this week.The President also said that after appointing the new Prime Minister, and Government a constitutional amendment will be moved to enact the content of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which will vest more powers with the Parliament.” The new government’s Prime Minister will be awarded the opportunity to produce a new program and take this country forward,” said the President.Commenting on the calls to abolish the Presidency, Rajapaksa said that the new government, after establishing stability in the country, will be allowed to discuss the matter with all parties and adopt the necessary measures.“At this time while protecting the people and property, and without allowing the country to fall, I request your support to continuously maintain the state mechanism to provide what is necessary for the day to day lives of the people,” said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.Speaking on the violence that took place in the nation earlier this week, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa vehemently condemned the root cause of the violence and said that the Inspector General of Police has been instructed to conduct investigations.“The murders, assaults, acts of intimidation, destruction of property, and the series of heinous acts that followed cannot be justified at all,” said the President.“From the moment these events took place, the Defence Secretary, Commanders of the Armed Forces, The Head of Intelligence, as well as the Security Council was convened and measures were taken to bring calm to the country,” he said,
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Mahinda Rajapaksa - Temple Trees - Sri Lanka : Prime Minister sends letter of resignation to President - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka : Prime Minister sends letter of resignation to President
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa sent his letter of resignation to the President on Monday (9) after violent scenes were witnessed in Colombo, especially near the two main peaceful protest sites against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the premier.Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his letter said that he is stepping down to pave way for the All-Party Interim Government to be formed.A normal Monday morning turned in to a scene of chaos, after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, where he announced he is willing to make any sacrifice for the people.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island wide curfew to control the unrest.
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