27 June, 2019

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Sirisena’s Governor Maithri Gunaratne Blatantly Violates Environmental Laws

Central Province Governor Maithri Gunaratne, a close ally of President Maithripala Sirisena, has flouted environmental laws while reconstructing a house in the Kathaluwa area, in the Matara district.

Informed sources told Colombo Telegraph that Gunaratne has obtained permission from the Coastal Conservation Department (CCD) to renovate an old house located within 5 meters from the permanent vegetation line.

The government has strictly prohibited new constructions close to the permanent vegetation line as a protective measure. The CCD, an institution coming under the purview of President Sirisena, is entrusted with the task of enforcing the law and taking action against those violating it.

However, several photographs exclusively obtained by Colombo Telegraph show that the Central Province Governor is in fact reconstructing a house in violation of environmental laws governing the coastal line.

“There is a clear distinction between renovation and reconstruction. While there is no legal impediment to renovate an house, it is strictly illegal to carry out a reconstruction within five meters from the permanent vegetation line,” a source familiar with the matter told Colombo Telegraph, adding that the Governor has hoodwinked the environmental authorities when he obtained permission to ‘renovate’ an old house.

“It is up to the President, as the Environmental Minister, and the CCD to initiate action against the Central Province Governor who blatantly flouted environmental laws,” the source further added.

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  • 31
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    Wrong people in wrong positions.

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      CT,

      Sirisena’s Governor “Maitri” , is showing Maitri, Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhism” style, to the environment. In the Dharma , Theology, Maitri means destruction, corruption, stealing, illegal actions and violating the constitution etc.

      On October 26th, this was clearly demonstrated by Sirisena.

      The Paras have been violating the environment ever since they landed in the pristine Land of Native Veddah Aethho, illegally. Pretty soon, it will look like the island of Haiti, devoid of trees, with teeming masses of Paras going after each other’s throats, based on their unproven ideologies.

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        Every bugger who knows the law, who is from the law profession, who becomes a politician, who happens to be with any RULING ELITE, has to be a CROOK. The achievements of the 70+ years of GOVIGAMA RULING ELITE MAFIA fraternity and their control of the state have managed to bring down the system to such a level with their great collective effort and contribution. The scumbags with names such as Maithree, Mahinda, or even Rajapakse are STAMPED from heavens to be corrupt and criminal intended earthlings. Maithripala Sira, Maithri Gunaratne- are not Maithri ( peace, love) to the people who elected them…totally dishonest and thieving skunks. Gunaratne have no guna ( meaning, wholesome or goodness) to the “ever ready to be fooled” population who are voting for them. There’s also other EVIL names those who are bearing them are either Super Crooks, associates of crooks, Racists, mongrels, barbarians, killers, robbers, thieves, and generally Oppressors. Names Such as Mahinda ( Mahinda Rajapakse, Mahindananda Aluth…, Mahinda Balasuriya, Mahinda Deshapriya etc, etc). Then Rajapakse ( Mahinda Rajapakse, Wijedasa Rajapakshe, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, Basil Rajapakse, Chamal Rajapakse, Namal Rajapakse, Nirupama Rajapakse, every member of Rajapakse family clan). Then comes Ratwattes, Dissanayakes, Wickremasinghes, Wijewardenes, Jayawardenes, etc etc. If you expect your new born baby to be a nice human being when he or she is growing up, try to avoid the above names which are carried by disgraceful souls as above…….

  • 30
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    This man would do anyhting to be good books in Sirisena, obvioulsy being against UNP from the day one. And another locally graduated in law, but behaves as if the laws are made only to them. This is typical to these men, divines forces should teach them a lession is my wish if law and order would be powerful enough to do the due.

  • 27
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    He is unfit to be governor.
    But, who cares in Sri Lanka. Who will dare point this out – except CT – and, who will dare file a case?
    This may/could be only one of known instances.
    There is no clear definition of “permanent vegetation line”, or, is there.
    We have mostly ’round pegs in square holes’, in public service.

  • 12
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    Lawyer without briefs

  • 15
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    ..if one talks like an imbecile, walks like an imbecile and looks like an imbecile – you dont have to do DNA testing…he is an imbecile.

    • 3
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      Matara should be coming under Southern Province. Why did he come there? Living there?

      Is this home near the the new highway?

  • 11
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    Hope all involved be aware that nobody is above law.

    • 6
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      Ad, the Law unfortunately is an ass in this country.

      • 4
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        Justice & Fairplay

        “Ad, the Law unfortunately is an ass in this country.”

        Since 1956, it is Sinhala/Buddhist law, of Sinhala/Buddhists, by Sinhala/Buddhists, and for the Sinhala/Buddhists.

        In other words it’s not fit for ordinary people.
        You know this is what happens when crooks mobilise innocent people to their ends under all kind of banners, slogans, ……………….. Pancha Maha Balavegya, ………….

        • 2
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          Since 1956, although the Sinhala Buddhists tried hard to achieve what is their due, being the vast majority in the country, they were thwarted by a mere 12% of the decedents of the Malabars who had been brought to Ceylon by the Colonial powers to work in the tobacco plantations etc.
          These Malabars, were named “Ceylon Tamils” by Arunachalam Ponnnambalam when he was in charge of all the Natives including the Sinhalese, a patronage appointment given to him as he was one of the leading collaborators of the enemy.
          The Malabar Tamils “represented” even the Sinhalese until things began to slowly change, thanks to Universal Franchise (UF). The UF was strongly opposed by the Tamil leaders and try to even trick Soulbury in claiming that the 12% was equal to the 70%.. Of course they pretended that the Muslims agreed with them, while they did not.
          In 1956 when legislation against English language power, and against caste discrimination by the Vellalars were launched, the Malabar Tamil leaders living in Karuvadaddu (Cinnamon Gardens) were very upset and began their civil disobedience and extra-parliamentary activities designed to deny the rights of the majority. They pitted a mere 10% against a majority of 70% because at the time they controlled the public service, trade, professions and even the army. But democracy prevailed, although that happened only in May 2009.

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            Sathya-prakashanam

            “Since 1956, although the Sinhala Buddhists tried hard to achieve what is their due, being the vast majority in the country, they were thwarted by a mere 12% of the decedents of the Malabars who had been brought to Ceylon by the Colonial powers to work in the tobacco plantations etc.”

            Lets get some concepts clear.

            This island is blessed with all kinds of people. Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Atheist, Agnostics, Pagans, ……………..

            Sinhala/Buddhist and Sinhala/Buddhism are fascist ideas first introduced to this island by the public racist Anagarica Homeless Dharmapala. Later it was convenient/beneficial for the descendants of Kallathonies from South India to convert their religion and identity to Sinhala/Buddhism and Sinhala/Buddhist.

            I guess the 12% minority you have mentioned above refers to the noisy Sinhala/Buddhist fascist minority.

  • 8
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    He is not protecting his properties from environmental hazards tides, storm and wind, so is this governors be the guardian represent the community interests protect other peoples property. lack equality.

  • 12
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    An anti U N Per and hates Ranil from head to foot. Uncle Sira says ” Ranil’s enemy is my best friend.

    • 4
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      Bganendra, Directly and indirectly Ranil appears to be doing a lot of damage to the country.

  • 18
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    1. Separate law for Prez
    2. Separate law for PM
    3. Separate law for MPs
    4. Separate law for government officials, and

    5. Death penalties for their VOTERS

  • 11
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    Strict adherence to rules & regulations is rare in Sri Lanka.

    People from top to bottom exhibit it & believe that a slight distract from the straight line in favor of themselves won’t do big harm to the body country.

    That’s the root cause for many issues.

    A governor should be least functional & be ceremonial as there’s an elected PC, LG & other authorities are there to attend to matters.

    The recent re-attempt of traffic restrictions along old & new Peradeniya roads, believed to be personal interests of central province governor is a classic example for that.

    Why should a governor be interested in traffic movements when there’re qualified & experienced police officers to attend to that matter?

  • 11
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    Now Sirisena would say the media is bad. When his people wouldn’t respect the rule of law or behave and conduct themselves indecently without confirming to any norms of good civilised society, and it’s the burden duty of the media to highlight these in-order to put a full stop for all these bad practices even it’s reflect badly on Sirisena.

  • 1
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    Remember Governor appointments are political connection based.
    The Central Province Governor’s caste had to be, and was, approved. By?

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    As far as I know, Maithri Gunarathne is a former Substitute teacher. As he could not make it from that job, he went overseas to become rich. That too did not work. then he became a politician because of an In Law. HE is very loyal to Maithripala sirisena and they have a symbiotic relationship. but, nothing new, how about Ranil’s Sri lankan air lines. Even the second board of management is members of Ranil’s Political authority. They do not know anything about the Air line business. That is how Politicians stay in politics.
    It is Simply PAlhortu group #1 of Ranil and Palhoru Group #2 of Mahinda Rajapakse. Maithripala Looks better than the previous too. Both Ranil and MR are one and the same.Now Media is ready and are making money out of that. How about MCC office inside the Sirikotha. MCC gave financial support to CIABOC and FCID had a woman from Ranil’s Office working inside the FCID. Sri lanka doe snot have any Manufacturing industries..If UNP began that SLFP let those go to dogs. UNP sell everything to Overseas buyers. Instead they have hired 16 lakhs to the govt service. So many Administrative authorities, then the political authorities. Now LEslie gunawardane is planning the same when he becomes Minister. JVP wants to expand their political authorities. Every chairman above the CEO orDirector General is a Political authority.. their on,ly qualification is Loyalty.
    Above is only part of the story.

    • 4
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      JD,

      Maithri Gunaratne was not a substitute teacher nor did he go overseas to get rich.

      He is an attorney at law who graduated from the Law College of Sri Lanka and practices law in Sri Lanka

      Just setting that record straight.

      • 0
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        Will someone tell us who is wrong here. JD or Rajiv Tennakoon?

    • 2
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      JD
      The man is from a wealthy family near Matara , and his father is a well known proprietary planter .
      He is a qualified lawyer . I too do not think he should have been appointed governor , but please get your facts straight.

  • 4
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    If MY3 is found to be in violation of the Constitution in the issue of the aborted dissolution of parliament then what is the great fun in talking about a “Golaya” or acolyte of his violating an environmental law? Building houses and even hotels in coastal or Tank reservations is nothing new. MY3’s own brother, having constructed a hotel in a reservation and found the water level rising wanted the rising water of the tank expelled as usual. But, alas at that time MY3 was no longer a Minister but a presidential candidate opposing MR. Guess who helped in saving the hotel? GR. We are talking a fat lot about political enmity boiling our own blood in the wake of infringements of the law by these political rascals. But who helps them to break the law? The political opponents. This is one of the reasons why a thing called the rule of law will never apply in this country. All the elected representatives are a set of blood suckers who help themselves to bleed the nation to death.

  • 3
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    Is this the same UNP Gune who was bashed with Cinnamon Sticks by a UNP heavy who is now the all time Champion of Lankawe Human Rights ?..

    Coming back to the subject matter, what is Gune building here?.
    It certainly is not a house fit for a UNP Politician if he is the same Gune.
    It does not even lookl ike garage suitable for a 34 Million Duty Free , Yahapalana Set of Wheels..

    What do these Governors get paid from the Public Purse?.

    This is what really make me upset when Dr Ranil , Mallika and Mangala Co are going all out to give our inhabitants in the South Seven of these Governors and Seven Chief Minister, all with their own Police and the Land banks.-

    Plus full trading, building and and even selling rights to our Mahavamsa Land..
    In fact I should say Six , because I am not worried about the North, East and the Elite Homeland in Colombo..

  • 6
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    Sri Lankan genes cannot produce anything wholesome.From his small political party at the last elections it was only his own son who got into the Colombo municipality ! Maithri said the Party central committee insisted ! Like the SLPP demanding that a Rajapakse lead them !

    But at least Maithri did not plot and plan to rob municipal bonds and did not help the energy mafia to rob the people

  • 3
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    They will learn a lesson very soon.

  • 7
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    With all these, always Sirisena gets into hot water because he appoints political boot lickers rather than high caliber educated and experienced people who know how to conduct themselves decently and serve the masses and nation well.

  • 1
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    The Gunaratne clan who hails from Matara have produced some first class nut jobs. This is one of them. He had a big row with the UNP and left the party after the famous incident that happened during a protest rally. His father opened fire in broad day light and got away with it. Typical Sri Lanka. The ideal kind of chap to be recruited by the kalakanniya hewath gamarala. In the good old days there were legitimate families and illegitimate ones sired by rich southern aristocrats. I wonder which Gunaratne branch this fellows comes from. Hope it is not from the Mohotti Walauwe clan.

  • 2
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    This is why we need a honest and a patriotic leader like Nagananda Kodithuwakku who will make a radical change in our present political system to usher in an era of truth and justice which our nation is yearning for. It is clearly observed that the print media is unnecessarily and surreptitiously self imposing a ban on reporting whistle blowers comments on corruption which are observed to be factual. Any simple Simon could infer that this kind of conduct is due to their fear of losing Govt. advertisements and they want this type of corrupt governance to continue to perpetuity for their survival. I wonder if CT too would be embarrassed with comments of this nature, but so far so good. Thank you. The forth state has a definite and a different role to play, viz. the watch Dog of the nation.

    • 4
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      Maithree’s house is in Colombo 7, married to the Maththew family. But his family also owns some twenty or thirty houses in the Galle-Kathaluva-Matara area. This house he is repairing is in fact one of his houses that I think was not repaired after the Tsunami. Obviously, he is now proceeding to repair it. I guess if he had been one of Ranils sidekicks, then Sirisena’s people would have made up fake news against him. He has been supporting Sirisena because he is against Ranil and Sirisena is against Ranil ! So all the anti-Sirisena people will be spreading fake news claiming that Maithree G is building a new house at the edge of the ocean. As long as Sirisena and Ranil are trying to tar brush each other, we will also see tar brush acts against their minions as well!

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