22 September, 2018

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Shiranthi Brother Chairman Nishantha’s Girlfriend’s Phone Call Costs SriLankan Rs. 6.2 million

The phone call made by an “influential crew member” SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe‘s to get a UL flight to leave ahead of schedule, despite the fact that the aircraft was waiting for 80 Paris bound passengers to arrive from Male, Maldives has cost the national carrier a whopping Rs. 6.2 million (35,00 Euros) the Sunday Times newspaper has revealed today.

Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe'

Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe’

Colombo Telegraph revealed that Chathurika Muhandiramge, a member of the UL flight crew who had ‘influence’ over the airline Chairman who is also First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa’s brother, called Wickremasinghe to get the flight UL 110 from Colombo to Paris to take off ahead of schedule, leaving the tour group from Maldives behind.

The Sunday Times said the misconnect had forced SriLankan Airlines to foot the bill to put up the 75 unfortunate passengers at a hotel on the night of January 25. The passengers then had to be put on a SriLankan flight to Frankfurt on January 26 and then onwards to Paris on other airlines, all at cost to the national carrier.

The Sunday Times  reported  that a SriLankan Airlines flight from Colombo to Paris was supposed to wait until a tour group of some 80 passengers going to the French capital arrived from the Maldivian capital of Male, but had suddenly taken off after “an influential crew member” had intervened.

“However after a short wait, it suddenly took off without the inbound passengers from Male. The 80 tourists were transferred to other carriers,” the Sunday Times report said.

“The talking point on the corridors of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) was whether an “influential” flight crew member with connections to the top telephoned a big wig and said the long wait is troubling her. Instructions came for the flight to take off for Paris immediately” the newspaper reported.

Chathurika Muhandiramge had put a phone call through to the Chairman to ask him to order that the flight take off ahead of schedule to Paris.

The cost of rerouting the 80 passengers from Male on other flights would have had to be borne by Sri Lankan Airlines and therefore by the Sri Lankan tax payer since the airline is operating at a massive loss.

Recently Wckramasinghe diverted a commercial UL flight to Singapore to have himself, his wife and a guest picked up from Singapore’s Changi Airport. Telephoning the airline, Wickramasinghe ordered that the scheduled SriLankan direct flight from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Colombo be diverted to Singapore so that he and his entourage could be picked up on the way. This was because Wickramasinghe could not wait for the scheduled SriLankan flight from Singapore to Colombo that was to take off from Changi in just two hours.

The National carrier has been running in to hundreds of millions of rupees of losses since its management was taken back from Emirates Airlines by the Rajapaksa Administration. Wickramasinghe is the elder brother of First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and has no experience or formal education that qualifies him to be the head of an airline.

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  • 9
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    Fuku Shima,Jim Softly and the clan who are japaksa’s favourites, i feel sorry this country is like this today, cos of vice people like. you

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      Sri Lankan citizen shouldn’t fly on Sri Lankan. This is what government do. Innocent people die without food in this country. Government hasn’t taken any action to stop human trafficking to Saudi. They are abused and raped.Those 6.2 million belongs to them. But these people destroy economy, culture and everything in Sri Lanka.

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      For them, country´s develoment is redueced to the roads, buildings and several other physical constructions.

      In the same time, they purposely support to erode the human development.

      Those who criticise loudly, pointing the fingers at current regime, join hands with lanken opposition, dissidents, in a speed as never seen in the past. For the masses, the MR regime are branded as born culprits, organized crime doers, rapists, drug dealers and all forms of multi criminals that guide their shenanigans. This has become practise from the president, his powerful siblings in power, powerful ministers, relatives that President has unfairly appointed to higher positions in state administrative boides, foreign offices and other far circles that president thought it should be given the priority, to the very same manner Zimbabwian nearly 90 year old tyrant, most disgusting black afro president, Mugabe has been doing.

      To this date, the press freedom that the nation enjoy in the past have become to the levels one would name, near to ZERO.

      To this date, national carrier – once earned record high sums, even the civil war budgets war in its climax, but governed by CBK, has become a highly bankrupted company, whose service personnels have all anxities about the future. It has been abused by President´s brother in law who is said to be a born womanizer by his nature but not the least capabiities possess to run the previously asia´s one of the best airlines. It is like expecting road cleaners to continue with excutive carrier settings – lack of hands on years long earned experience, allowed him to abuse the company to the core.

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    The president is busy, opening school buildings, Buddha statues,Election officers and a lot more??????? He has no time to look into these misdeeds.So the tax payer is compelled to foot the additional cost involved.

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    I feel sorry for the President and also for the country. It is a pity the President, who is all powerful, cannot have a control over his in-laws. Nishantha Wickeremasinghe, brother of the first lady and chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines is a misfit in every respect. He has marred the image of the President by his (Nishantha’s) behaviour at the Airlines. It is people of the calibre of Nishantha Wickremasinghes that will bring down the government of MR. End is nearing, but the President is helpless and the first lady is ignorant. A person under a petticoat government cannot rule a country.

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    Rajapaksa regime would never stick a friend or family into the cockpit seat of Sri Lanka Airlines because of the serious repercussions of an unqualified person as pilot.

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      No true palmsquirrell.
      The Niece was selected to Sri Lankan as a pilot even though she was not qualified at that point. She did get her qualifications subsequently. Also what about that donkey youngest son who want to be an astronaut but cant pass his basic Private Pilot License exam! They -the Rajapakayas) are all a danger to us.

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    Jim Softy – Are you talking through you back? If the
    story is not true, Sunday Times will have to pay
    billions in damages. Will they risk it? Use the grey
    matter between your ears if you have any. Usually you
    make intelligent comments but all of a sudden you have
    gone bonkers.

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      Lahiru,

      It is humourous to see even Rajapaksa apologists like Jim Softy, Sach, Paul, Kutti Machan, John et al, unable to deny, but yet continuing to support the Tsunami Buffalo MR. Why? because MR is also a womanizer like Nishantha with the help of that Pimp Sajin Vas Gunawardene.

      Cannot these Buggers see what their MR is doing to this country? Are they so blind? Or their hate towards RW has made them blind?

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        Less hate Gamini, less hate please. There are many good aspects of President Rajapakse, that’s why he’d win elections. Agree, this is a very sad case, blatant abuse of power, so isn’t it better to use our comments constructively to bring about change than just spew hatred towards your brethren here

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        Nah, their hate towards Tamils is such that they will support any Sinhala Nationalist even if it means a serious deterioration of rights and rule and of law.

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    I will not fly Sri Lankan airways or mihin air here after. Not only this bs I dont want to stop at Moda Rajavassas International Aitport. Put his name in every thing in sri lanka. May be he might change the name sri lanka to Rahavassa. Blind, untelligent villages with no experience are ruining the country.

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    Everybody from head to bottom in this regime is corrupt. Poor citizens have no future.They all are helpless like in Marcos regime in Philippines. The only solution will be is to change the Govt by vote. Otherwise ready to eat shit.

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      Please listen to this video.
      AKD JVP leader summarises everything how the MAHADANAMUTTA abuse the nation.
      Those who can comprehend sinhala – please listen to this.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FvBu9BNJ_4

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    What can you expect from a country run by a mafiosi family. They believe they own everything. Nishantha is an ignorant and an uneducated man who thinks diverting a plane is like diverting a bus in his village.

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    Poor Nishantha, still he needs mum behind him. Dad is No more and he is a very spoilt kid . He violates every rule under the son. He was not punished BUT we never know the day he lands on top of the U.S.Senate building?

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    “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad” Euripides. Bensen

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      @%##$* vindictive bugger he is…;-)

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    This old piece of excrement is having a girl friend? What a bloody joke. Bugger, you should be planning a retirement home for yourself at this age and stop looking for bodily pleasure, you may not be able to handle it anymore. I wonder where Jimsofty, fatshitma, vibushana and all other horapaksa friends.

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    Older the bull, harder the horn.

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