Ranjan Ramanayake asked to apologise to Div. Sec.

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As a protest against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake’s verbally abusing the Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary in public recently, the Gampaha District Administrative Services Association (GDASA) decided to boycott their official duties on Monday.

They demanded the withdrawal of the malicious statement allegedly made by the Deputy Minister. The Association's Vice President and Secretary has written to the President, Prime Minister, Speaker and Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister with copies to the Ministry Secretaries, District Secretaries and heads of all public institutions in the Gampaha District.

According to reports, during a public protest at Ihala Madampella in the Divulapitiya Divisional Secretariat against soil excavation, Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake who had arrived at the scene had spoken to the Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary in very harsh language, making malicious allegations accusing her, using his mobile phone and activating the loud speaker system as well.

The Association said the Deputy Minister had undermined the entire public service and demanded that he publicly apologises to the Secretary and would keep away from duty on Monday in case he does not do so.

Hambantota protesters re-remanded

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Hambantota Chief Magistrate ordered that the 24 protesters from Mirijjawila to be further remanded until January 30th.

They were arrested for violating a Court injunction to engage in the protest during the inaugural day of the China Sri Lanka Industrial Zone on January 7th.

At the same time, Hambantota Chief Magistrate Manjula Karunarathna ordered the release of another 10 protesters on a surety bail of 500,000 rupees each.

Meanwhile, an additional 4 suspects who engaged in protests disregarding the Court injunction at Mirijjawila were arrested last night.

Ranil should not intervene in Weerawansa's case - Ranjan

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The Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should not heed to any request from anyone to intervene in the case of Joint Opposition MP Wimal Weerawansa who was arrested, Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said on Tuesday.

Mr. Ramanayake told media that the Prime Minister may get phone calls requesting that he should intervene in the case but should not respond to those. 

People of this country expected President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to be tough leaders such as the current Pilipino President Rodrigo Duterte who push down drug dealers from flying helicopters, but our President and Prime Minister are not that tough and allow legal proceeding to move against wrong doers,” he said.

 “If they act like President Duterte they will have to push down at least 175 members of Parliament out of the total 225 from flying helicopters,” he added. Further he said even those government politicians who are engaged in corruption should be dealt with.

 “The government should deal with corruption in the same way in which late Fidel Castro dealt with Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez who was charged with various crimes and drug smuggling,” Mr Ramanayake added. 

Young man gropes woman at carnival

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A youth had groped the buttocks of a married woman at a crowded carnival where people were pressing close to each other. This had led to a heated argument with the woman’s husband. 

The youth, who has been described as a medical student, had then assaulted the husband. He was remanded by the Badulla Magistrate Ms. Ruwandika Marasinghe yesterday The suspect medical student is a resident of Haliela. 

Producing the suspect in court, Sergeant Ratnayake of the Badulla Police Children and Women's Bureau said that, at a carnival held on the Badulla public grounds, the suspect had groped the buttocks of a woman as the crowd was milling about. 

Deceased doctor's husband distressed about comments of Conception

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Sometime recently a lady-doctor and relatives of her family who were travelling in a motor vehicle towards Vavuniya passing Medawachchiya on the A 9 route the vehicle collided with a container causing a fatal accident. 

Sudeshika the doctor, the mother of her husband and his father died in the accident. The husband of the doctor Mohommadu Saboor was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries. After this tragedy the doctor's husband points out that various undue propaganda was circulated and that much of that information was false information.

"My wife, mother and father ... all died from the accident. I can't bear it. What is this that is published in newspapers and the Facebook? In one of those it was mentioned that Sudeshika was pregnant. What is to be published and what is not to be published ... everything is put there. How the accident took place of course I can't remember now. Bodies of father and mother were damaged beyond recognition. That's all I can remember".

Mahinda can do whatever he wants, but I’m the PM

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is free to do whatever he wants, but I am the Prime Minister of this country, Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Monday. 

The PM made the observation while responding to reporters at the Temple Trees in Colombo. “I will be going next week to Switzerland for one week giving Mahinda time to bring the government down,” 

Wickremesinghe said. Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier had told journalists that he intended to “topple” the current government in 2017. Rajapaksa said that 2017 will be the year in which the future of Sri Lanka will be decided.