17 October, 2021

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“Rev Ulapane Sumangala Thero Only Monk In President’s Delegation To Japan” – Austin Fernando

Secretary to the President Austin Fernando quashed rumors regarding President Maithripala Sirisena having taken Galagoda Atte Gnanasara, General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) with him to Japan, insisting that the only Buddhist monk in the delegation was Ulapane Sumangala.

Fernando, responding to a question from Colombo Telegraph, stated that he cannot remember the names of the entire delegation but assured that there was only a single monk accompanying the President.

“I know that Rev Sumangala is in the delegation because I furnished the letter required for the Thero to obtain leave from his duties as the principal of a school,’ Fernando said.

Buddhist Monk Ulapane Sumangala, however, is a close associate of BBS’ Gnanasara, having helped him obtain bail and addressing the media immediately afterwards.

The alleged presence of Gnanasara in the President’s delegation gave credence to the speculation that sections of the Government were involved in the anti-Muslim violence in Theldeniya, Digana and elsewhere in the Kandy District.

Gnanasara attended the funeral of the Sinhala man who succumbed to injuries sustained when he was attacked by a group of Muslim men two weeks ago.

Gnanasara told the media that he was due to visit Singapore but had postponed the trip because he wanted to help bring things back to normal.

Although the government moved to block social media platforms on the grounds that there were racist elements spreading misinformation and inciting violence, there is suspicion that sections of the Government aided and abetted those who were plotting violence.

For example, Colombo Telegraph possess video evidence of government security personnel standing by and being amused when a perpetrator of violence was being verbally abusive to one of the victims.

The Government, moreover, was slow in responding to the tense situation in the said areas and orchestrated a virtual blackout of news related to the violence.

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  • 45
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    I voted for this slimy bastard, and regret it. Whatever said and done, MR was and still is a known devil and I will vote for him at the next election. Never again for MS, the cheating liar. Never.

    • 30
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      If you want white vans, Sri Lankans, threatened, kidnapped, and killed, go ahead. If you want corruption and nepotism in a big way, go ahead.
      It is not as if the Rajapaksa’s condemned these BBS scumbags, and condemned them. In fact they even opened their offices, and did not say a word when the Muslim were attacked and killed in Aluthgama.
      Be realistic.

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        Palitha
        There were enough white vans during UNP days with tortures,killings,abductions of thousands in the Premadasa day’s. Have you forgotten the Batalanda torture chamber in which Ranil had a big role to play.These UNP buggers say one thing in opposition and do the opposite when they take office. This govt came into office through false propaganda created through Facebook. Now they are feeling the angst of the people and the remedy according to them is ban FB. The days of misleading people are over.

    • 30
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      Don’t vote for MS. But why MR?

    • 0
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      I thought this man would take also that ballige putha Ghanasara to the delegation.

      If I were there, those men would stay today in lanken prisons.

      We need more prisons than anything else to put all the buggers in there and rehab them for a better life.
      Else, not easy to face the life there down today in SL.

    • 1
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      UN slams Russia over spy nerve poisoning , Apparently Our money launderer thief , thief’s son goes on a Jaunt to Russia to monitor Elections on the invitation of Putin.
      Thieves Back scrubbing thieves.
      Srilankan law and order permits any one under investigation for corruption , murder etc! etc !
      to go gallivanting as though innocent.
      What country ? What law??

    • 13
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      Why is President Maithripala Sirisena associating with these know Sinhala Buddhist Terrorists!?

      Time he stepped down as president and allowed Sarath Fonseka to take charge and deal with these terrorists destroying the name of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and to see that the Rajapaksas Criminal Network is prosecuted punished for their crimes…

    • 1
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      You are absolutely correct.
      All gamaralas are enjoying poor tax payers money…

  • 35
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    “Buddhist Monk Ulapane Sumangala, however, is a close associate of BBS’ Gnanasara, having helped him obtain bail and addressing the media immediately afterwards.”

    So, the Only difference is in the name. Fact is, the two are birds of the same feather. One is the Perpetrator of Crimes and the other who provides him ALL the Support and Help. Isn’t there any other Buddhist Monk in Sri Lanka for the President to choose? What a Shame.

    “Gnanasara told the media that he was due to visit Singapore but had postponed the trip because he wanted to help bring things back to normal.”

    Whom is he trying to fool? Is he saying that he Stoked the Fire and he knows how to put it out?

    • 1
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      Maybe the president took him to japan to avoid him from been in Colombo to cause more issues..

  • 16
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    In a time there is instant media transmission and just a cell phone could record any event and transmit with the least amount on hindrance more and more politicians are putting their foot in the mouth and looking like idiots.

  • 26
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    There are more pictures of the terrorist in saffron robes, Gnanasara, BBS goon, that many have already seen.
    Why isn’t Colombo Telegraph showing those too? Let the readers judge for themselves, if only “one” Buddhist monk accompanied the President, just after the Kandy violence against the Muslims. Whatever reasons the goon visited Kandy, it can’t be good, since we have seen endless videos of him, spreading hate, inciting, and attacking the minority. No decent leader will want to be in the same room as he is. No decent leader would open the offices of militant Buddhists, and no decent leader will tolerate what he has done.

  • 18
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    Bitter truth is CBK, Ranil and My3 behind the Darga Town episode with Bodu Bala

    • 12
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      Do you have proof? What about Mara and Gota? No innocents.

    • 1
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      Zaheer,
      We can even name that Christ, Buddha and Mohamed was behind it but can we prove it or does it even sound credible.

      Just get lost man without screwing your own.

  • 23
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    Govt after Govt, irrespective of party lines or who is in power, this circus has continued from the time of independence (my foot) ,and what is amazing is the retarded Lankan public never gets tired of these old reruns.What is pending is the ritual last rites and paying homage. To be concluded soon. #RIP LANKAWE. Nothing but pathetic, A beautiful truly blessed country gang raped, abused,looted and left to die by the so called leaders and the retarded public as usual posing for selfies with the dead person. Keep Smiling, The country is in fire and the head and the monks are in Japan busy discussing about world harmony and peace.

  • 25
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    My God, if this stuff is true, what the Dickens is going on in this country???

    Whom can we TRUST??

    • 14
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      No political leader, past or present, can be trusted, unfortunately.

    • 0
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      Justice and FairPlay , yes whom can we trust , why are these politicians cheating the minorities after taking their votes ? The way karma is bogging Rajapaksas ,karma will take hold of Sirisena , the Muslims will wait and see , the divine punishments taking place.

    • 0
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      “what the Dickens is going on”

      Bunch of crooks from the last govt were able to fool Sobitha Thera and the UNP to form a govt the protect their headers in crime and in doing that they have royally screwed the people, and these stupid fools too over two years to realize this.

      Next part of the drama is that the old thieves want to come back to catch the new thieves. :))

      They say Sri Lanka is triple blessed: I just cannot figure out which three.

      Mihanda: Gota: Basil

      Mithripala: Kumarasinghe: Daham

      Asgariya, Kelaniya or All over the place BBS

      :))

  • 20
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    Why only Gnasaara? To have a complete delegation following names also should have included in the list by Mr. Sorrysena. Gotabaya Rajapaksha, Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila , Bandula Gunawardana, Iththakande Saddatissa, Magalkande Sudantha, Narahenpita Nurse Saadu, Bengamuwe Nalaka, Elle Gunawansa, Omalpe Sobitha, Kamal Gunaratna, Sarath Weerasekara, Akmeemana Dayaratna, Dinesh Gunawardana etc. This Pathola Sorrysena will destroy the Country with 2.50 patriots.

  • 17
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    Connect the dots. Simple as ABCD. Ulapanaya and Gandasaraya are hardcore Ter…..i..s

  • 14
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    Any racial or religious violence can be nipped in the bud if there is a will on the part of the Government and it’s security forces.
    The GoSL needs to overcome the fear of displeasing the Majority Sinhala Buddhists and uphold the rule and order in order to forge ethnic harmony and progress of all the Sri Lankans

  • 7
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    Pohottuwa supporters paralyzed the Yahapalana SLFP.
    Now Dr Ranil’s supporters lead by the NGOs, are castrating SLFP’s Sillysena.
    No wonder SLFP Gen Sec, Bong Dummy is about to jump in to Dr Ranil’s lap.

  • 5
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    BTW , Will Dr Ranil do a Deal with Pohottuwa to save his Old royal buddy and Family friend ,Dr Mahendran?….

  • 21
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    People voted for MS to chase out MR. Now MS has joined MR and there is nothing to be surprised in finding GG with MS.

  • 25
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    It seems like a well planned game from ‘Appa Sira’ and ‘Medamulana Monster’ family to create religious conflicts and then blame on the UNP govt.

    I do Not agree with UNP policies and governance., but Sira is such a dodgy person who needs to be impeached right away or the military need to take over and govern with leading/educated civil society members and Intellectuals at least for few years and implement law and order and real good governance.

    This country will go for dogs in coming few months if not stop the rot ASAP.

    I do invite all educated and patriot citizens to come over and make a common front without any religious/race differences save the country, tomorrow will be too late.

    • 0
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      True, You nailed it…………

  • 23
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    Not only Gnanasara and Ulapane Suman were the only racist bstrds in the delegation. There were other racists, namely; Somawira Chandrasiri(ex MEP MP), Piyasiri Wijenayake(EX Wimal Weearawansa’s friend) and Anuruddha Polgampola . Why did the president include all these racists in his delegation spending millions of Rupees. This president is a parasite to this country .

  • 10
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    Baby Austin!

  • 9
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    Politicians play the game of gaining votes to stay in power or to get elected again at any cost. The sad story of Money and Power will Rule Sri Lanka. Minorities are defenceless against the onslaught of the Buddhist Majority Rulers. A Failed State will eventually be the destiny.

    • 2
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      Even Buddhists are powerless against these rascals. We must form a new party.JVP must expand their scope to get majority support.

  • 7
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    Has anyone of you stayed in Imperial hotel , after all this debriefing/meeting could have been held in Kochikade( like the original meeting to plan events). May be the Einstein thought of having it in privy, not knowing nothing can be hidden so easily these days, Guys call me what ever you want I think they were there for a prayer meeting and promote world harmony and peace!!! they just could not find a place in Lanka.( stop vilifying these gentlemen)These prayer meetings are so effective in such settings, at public expense.If you have not been to Imperial Hotel then you need to start praying too.And please do not treat G.Sara like a leprosy patient, He was seen hobnobbing with previous regime too in New York,Paris,U.K…..ETC …ETC

  • 6
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    I wonder what this monk’s area of specialty is to be included in this delegation to Japan? Must be spiritual support for the delegates, after all it’s public money that is being spent on this journey, so who cares if another ‘delegate’ joins entourage for the ride

  • 13
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    Today , Colombo Magistrate court issued a Warrant against this Sivura Rowdy Gnanasar for not attending the court ..
    Shame on SILLISENA PATHOLAYA…….People trusted you but you are keeping Budda terrorists near by you and declare you are the peaceful gentlemen……There are more chances for Mahinda or UNP next time.
    SHAME ON YOU……

    • 0
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      There is no point in shouting about Rev Gnanssara as he is protected by MR/GR as well as MS/RW, leading professionals and businessmen, and no harm will be done to him. Fact that his visit is all expense paid by Sinhala expatriates in Japan shows that he has widespread support among Sinhala community both abroad and in Sri Lanka.

  • 10
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    Time up for International Intervention.
    Foreign Judges should be brought in to clean up our legal system.

  • 6
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    I do not for a moment doubt the truthfulness of Mr. Austin Fernando and it could well be that Ven. Ulapane Sumangala was the only priest in the delegation. In the photograph, there are four persons bald headed and three persons dressed as buddhist priests one of whom has a rare side appearance very similar to that of BBs’ Ganasara. Therefore we as readers are curious to know who they are and whether some of them joined the meeting in Japan without being part of the official delegation.

    • 0
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      GS:
      And got the front seat next to each other? Are we trying to tell nursery stories to kindergarten children?

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    This is 3rd rate journalism. What ever said and done these people are clergy. This media should have the common curtsy to address them at least as Rev. or Bikku.

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      @Andi..

      This is FIRST RATE journalism thats CT.. What ever said and done these people are Not clergy But Rowdies in KAAVI REDDHA. . This media should have the common courtesy Not to address them at least as Rev. or Bikku. But must address VENOM or Boothayaa..

      SHAME ON YOU FOR GOING AFTER SIVURA ROWDIES…

    • 8
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      Andi

      “What ever said and done these people are clergy.”

      How would you want the CT to address saffron clad thugs or fascists?

      • 0
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        Native Vedda: YOu are AH. Why you are so pathetic. YOu are definitely protestant. Think about your priests transporting suicide belts, spreading HIV aIDS among young generation. Why their congregation names are in wikepedia.

  • 9
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    its shahme on President to do this.. It means he wants to have Sinhalese votes.. He is expected to play a card on next election with Ranil..
    This will be a three way competition between Ranil, MS and Goata. I hope MS will have a card for Gaota not be nominated.. Send him back into Jail near the election. So that he could win.. But if Goata come to power. MS, SF and many more will end up in jail .. Wait and see. the game.

  • 3
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    i agree with arysena gamage
    it is time the army made its presence felt .i have said it many times before
    the country has no hope with sira who is kowtowing with despicable monks

    • 0
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      Army would have been a choice if we had a well qualified, trained and disciplined force but we don’t. Like politicians over 90% of top ranking officers have accumulated wealth, Then you got the war criminals, kidnappers, hit men and throat slashes.

      You should be joking if SL will be a better place under Army rule.

  • 9
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    I surprised, really surprised, that the Secretary/President is unaware of the composition of the President’s delegation! Things are becoming “curiouser and curiouser!”

  • 9
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    Austin Fernando, one of the few remaining officials of the reputed Civil Service is demeaning himself by compromising his reputation by carrying out disgraceful orders of one who worked under him!!!

  • 9
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    Photographed with the Japaneses Royality reminds the Sri Lankan tax payer of the age old saying Nava Gilena kota Band tune.The Country is burning but Sirisena is globe trotting with his retinue travelling first class .

  • 10
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    what is the need for any monks to go to Japan?
    any Hindu priest or Muslim Imam or Christian Fr accompanying him?

    • 0
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      Only Buddhist priests are capable of safeguarding the president and his wife in the event of a” Show Down”.

      • 0
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        you mean he is a black belt?

    • 0
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      For the same reason queen in England will give a place to church of England?

      Between the monks were invited by the Japanese

  • 0
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    SENILE & SLAVISH AUSTIN UNABLE TO RECOLLECT THE NAMES OF PERSONS IN THE DELEGATION
    LIKING BONES SINGING NEARER MY GOD TO THEE !!..

    Ranil packed the trouble makers with Sirisena to Japan while he did the damage control by sending Ravi.K to Teldeniya, Kandy. Not a bad strategy eh ???

    OMG !!

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