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Ranil should first practice good governance in UNP: Sajith

UNP reformists are once again on the warpath over alleged flagrant violation of its constitution by Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in the appointment of its National Organiser early this week. Reformist Leader Sajith Premadasa, while refusing to take the leader to courts, however insists they will not keep quiet and true to their word, they have been speaking to the media about the alleged injustice ever since despite warnings from the party that dire consequences will follow. He in turn says those responsible for the wrong actions will have to face the political repercussions. The leadership aspirant also says that if they want to take disciplinary action against those speaking out against wrongful actions, they should also take similar actions against those responsible for flagrant violations of the party constitution - Full Interview


“Sri Lanka on right track” - Dinesh

Chief Government Whip and Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunewardene says unorthodox development strategy adopted by the present government has helped foreign agencies like WB, IMF and ADB look at Sri Lanka more closely and further expressing willingness to help. He said when Sri Lanka was moving away from its traditional methods and started introducing new techniques and mechanism in dealing with development, some countries were angry while many others were admiring.  Referring to Sri Lanka’s new strategy to turn to some of the non-western countries for help, the minister said though Sri Lanka is not totally dependent on the West, some of the agencies run and managed by the west have increasingly helped Sri Lanka, adding they are continuing to do so - Full Interview


My friends want to shoot me and kiss their enemies – Ravi

The newly-appointed National Organiser of the UNP and Colombo district Member of Parliament Ravi Karunanayake says the party spirit is fractured and his role will be to unite the party. He says he feels there is a conspiracy against him and added it was hurtful to realize that his own friends tried to shoot him while trying to kiss their enemies. “They will not succeed in doing both. They have to be disciplined,” he told The Nation in an interview. Full Interview