22 September, 2017

The Sunday Leader Reverts To Pro-Rajapaksa Camp – Paper Not Printed For Third Consecutive Week

With the fall from glory in sight for the Ravi KarunanayakeArjuna Aloysius empire, the curtain may be finally coming down regrettably, for The Sunday Leader, which had not been able to print its edition from August 27 to September 3.

Asanga and Mahinda

Sources at The Sunday Leader told Colombo Telegraph that with the removal of the portfolio from the infamous Minister, who in 2015 June took over the effective management of The Sunday Leader, had no choice but to abandon newspaper company started in 1994 by its slain Founder Editor-in-Chief Lasantha Wickrematunge, barely two years after the management takeover; allowing effective control to pass back to its pro-Mahinda Rajapaksa owner and Namal Rajapaksa’s rugger coach Asanga Seneviratne and the latter’s schoolmate and ex-SLAF officer Nalin Jayatilleke.

“More than anyone, Ravi Karunanayake(RK) must take responsibility for the dire straits both The Sunday Leader and its Sinhala sister paper – Irudina are in now. Although many tried to shut down these two papers during the height of the Rajapaksa regime, through bomb attacks, arson, attempted murder and finally murder of its architect – Lasantha himself, all these attempts failed. Even the final takeover of management by Asanga from Lasantha’s brother Lal Wickrematunge could not turn tables fully around towards Rajapaksa’s interests. So RK did to what he himself termed as his close friend- Lasantha’s brainchild within two years what Mahinda could not achieve even in a decade. However it is indeed regrettable that these are the final few hours of such a great newspaper!” lamented a close confidante of its Founder Editor, on grounds of anonymity.

Colombo Telegraph learns that with the latest developments – Seneviratne’s schoolmate and ex- SLAF officer Nalin Jayatilleke, who was the CEO of Leader Holdings is likely to order that RK’s appointees not be taken into the premises as the ex-Minister had failed to keep his part of the deal for the last two years.

“He has further informed the staff that the present employees would be absorbed into a new company – Leader Publishing Group of Companies on a freelance basis and with a 50% wage cut. However he has expressed his willingness to print the September 17 issue although with the situation the company is in, it is nearly impossible to print the paper,” he added.

In mid 2015, RK’s advent saw the introduction of the now defamed Arjuna Aloysius newspaper business and the appointment of Mandana Ismail as its Editor. However the appointment of a one-time defamed Chairman of MBSL – Ruwan Gallage as Consultant with full and effective control along with Barush Akbar who was said to be an uncle of Mela Karunanayake, as Director; things went from bad to worse. Infighting among the three factions, namely pro-MR camp led by CEO Nalin Jayatilleke, RK’s camp represented by Gallage and Akbar and Aloysius’s camp, saw Ismail exiting to take up her new position as Chairperson of Peoples Power Media (Pvt Ltd) which publishes Sathhanda at the behest of its promoter and her long time friend – SLFP General Secretary and Minister Duminda Dissanayake.

Later on one-time ITN news anchor Mahesh Senanayake was appointed as General Manager in late 2016 but he too left Leader Holdings utterly disappointed with Aloysius ceasing to be a promoter of the paper.

Last August 2, Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Treasury Bonds proceeding revealed that SMSs were sent by Ruwan Gallage to RK referring to a payment of Rs three million allegedly promised by Arjun Aloysius. “Leader employees refuse to work and you promised to release funds six weeks ago,” said one SMS.

However Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake denied the SMSs stating that he had got nothing to do with the newspaper. When initials ‘RK’ were pointed out by Assistant Solicitor General Dappula de Livera, the Ex-minister stated that he was unaware whether he was referred to as ‘RK’.

Sources say that the management including its Accountant Nadith de Alwis, who too was interdicted from MBSL Insurance for embezzlement of company funds and reportedly was asked to be fired by RK several times but managed to save his neck due to cover up by Gallage; are painting a picture of financial troubles to employees, reportedly to avoid making statutory payments. Though Arjuna Aloysius is said to have injected millions of rupees into Leader Holdings continuous sabotage by Gallage and his henchmen left him frustrated and ultimately led him to start his own newspaper company – Integrated Media Network which currently publishes – Janayugaya.

The fate of the two papers turned for the worse with Editor of Irudina and former Ravaya columnist Wimalanatha Weerarathne’s employment was terminated in March 2017 for allegedly raising up concerns about frequent interferences into the editorial matters by the management and continuing to take Gallage to task for failing to deliver his promises to employees.

“No one knows what happened to all that Aloysius’s money along with our EPF and ETF contributions, which although have been deducted have not been paid to the government. Furthermore rumour has it that part of the property has already been sold for nearly eighty million rupees but the management is purposely hiding this mistakenly believing that taxes, debtors and statutory payments such as EPF, ETF etc would not have to be paid. Our question is what happened to all that money? It is so sad that Lasantha must be rolling in his grave seeing what his so-called friend RK had done to his papers, which he safeguarded even sacrificing his own life!” lamented an employee.

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    Gallage running a newspaper ????

    He is RKs nominee and now at Lankaputhra Bank as chairman appointed by RK. MBSL will vouch for his credentials.

    No difference between appointments done by MARA and Ranil.

    Lasantha must be dancing in his grave !!!

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    The Sunday Leader was the voice of the oppressed Lankans. The founder and Editor Lasantha was killed. The untamable successor just managed to run away in one piece.
    The paper was bought out to wrest control. Semblance of dissent has been now removed. So might as well close shop!

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      If general public have no backbone to truely support these guys, how long these guys or Lasanthas survive in the great SB Siri Lanka… we have to stop blaming others for everything we nherited through our SB culture… here I blame you Same thing though..

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      KP
      “The Sunday Leader was the voice of the oppressed Lankans.”
      Perhaps, in relative terms, but not in a general sense.
      *
      A keen eye would have spotted how vested interests have used SL and that SL itself has all along been selective in its targets.
      What is admirable about Lasantha was his courage, well knowing the risks.

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        SJ

        “A keen eye would have spotted how vested interests have used SL and that SL itself has all along been selective in its targets.”

        A few would have preferred or loved this island to be ruled by China. What was disappointing is Tamils and Muslims in 2015 stopped this country being sold to China. This was another wrong approach by TNA and SLMC. They should have voted for Dr Mahinda, the great liberator.

        The weeping widow the best ever prime minister, took the right approach by supporting Pakistan in the Bangladesh liberation war. She magnanimously aided and abetted war crimes and crime against humanity in our own best interest. Brilliant diplomacy. China will never err as far as this island is concerned.

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        SJ,
        Perhaps the Maharajas will now take over the mantle of selective voice of the people?

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    Interesting…………’.Even Christians must be feeling sorry for the plight which the great majority Sinhala Buddhists are faced under Yahapalanaya………. Have you seen Dr Ranil’s Thammbi Minister Marrickkar bragging about how the Yahapalana Court punished the Sil Reddy Distributors…………..

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      Our inner man must be saved and made pure by our yielded willingness and not be covered externally with ‘sil redi’ only or any palana. Our hearts cannot worship money idols expecting to get anywhere except imprisonment by evil. Then only a war can open prison doors and bring reconciliation and wholeness of peace

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “the great majority Sinhala Buddhists are faced under Yahapalanaya”

      Do you represent great majority of Sinhalese or/and Buddhists? You are a simpleton member of a Sinhala/Buddhist fascist ghetto builders. Thats all. You keep out of the majority people of this island.

      By the way this island is constantly being attacked not by aliens but by enemy within, the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists. You are one of them.

      Is it your day off from carrying Dr Mahinda’s b***s? How do you greet him? Heil Dr Rajapaksa, with a Nazi salute. May be bowing down to him in all fours just like Lalith Weeratunga does.

      • 0
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        It was Prabhakaran and some Native Veddas who used the Nazi salute, as documented by historians,.
        Native Vedda has of course never found anything wrong with the LTTE because he sold arms to them.
        Today the UNHCR is also supporting that group thanks to to US pressure, and now turing the heat on Maynmar leader as she is no longer repeating their clap trap.

        Price Z has seen no harm done by the US, UK and Prabhakaran as that way
        See:
        https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/military-training-in-the-german-nazi-mould-amidst-internal-dissension-in-the-early-ltte-late-1970s/

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          Wigneswaran

          “Native Vedda has of course never found anything wrong with the LTTE because he sold arms to them.”

          Its time you visited your local optician.

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    KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

    “Have you seen Dr Ranil’s Thammbi Minister Marrickkar bragging about how the Yahapalana Court punished the Sil Reddy Distributors…………..”

    Ranil is missing however Dr Mahinda was around, he was talking to journalists at an impromptu press conference flanked by scholar Wimal Sangili Karuppan and Prof Pieris. Was it your day off from carrying Dr Mahinda’s b***s?

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      Dear Native………… You may call Wimal Sakkili Karuppan……. I can understand that…….Wimal is one of the few real deal Politicians, who love the nation and want to protect it from the UNP rogues who do Sakkili work on the Sinhala Buddhists with the help of the Westerners …………..Specially on the poor rural Sinhala Buddhists, who make up the great majority of 70 percent of the inhabitant population………Dr Ranil , Rajithya, Kiriella Kalavedda and Marrickars are all hell bent on destroying any influence that majority has in Srilanka…….The influence they built up after eliminating the Tamil Terrorists and getting a fair go under the Patriotic Rajapaksa brothers and their fellow Politicians…………………. Destroy Mahasanga ……. Eliminate Sinhal Buddhists from the Top Ranks of the Armed Forces and the Police…………. Destroy the free Education…….Sell all Public Assets……Privatise Health Care…….. Privatise Transport………Privatise every avenue of employment which is available to the rural poor Kids from Sinhala Buddhist families………. And bring even Dalits from Hindu Land …… to take even regular manual jobs which our Dalits can make a quid……. ..Wimal is articulating this threat quite well………That is why Dr Ranil has put his beggar brigade on the offensive lead by Rajithaya and Kala Vedda to attack Wimal………..You are doing a good or can I say even a better job than the Beggar brigade………………

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        KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

        You must have typed this under the influence of Malt imported from abroad, which naturally denied to the Dalits, because they can’t afford it and are stupid to the core for voting murderers, rapists, crooks, …………………………… war criminals to the parliament again and again and tolerate them looting, pillaging, ……………… their personal and state assets.

        I never called Wimal Sangili Karruppan a Sakkili. Re read my comment.

        Your Mahasanga is the biggest con (In 18th Century Chief Sanga of Kandy attempted to kill the king in an elaborate plot).
        So are war heroes
        So is Buddhasasana
        So is your Sinhala/Buddhist Parliament
        So is your Sinhala/Buddhist fascism
        So is your smart ass patriotism
        So are your educated scholars

        So is Sinhala/Buddhist law and order

        Please review your typing.
        When did you become a pious student/devotee of Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa?

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        KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

        Did you hear Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka is planning to construct a light train service from Kaduwela to Pettah? What happened to the Norchiacholai Lakvijaya Power Station? Is it working? How much did cost?

        Wasn’t this man who claimed to be an engineer by profession in charge of the project when he was the most ambitious Sinhala/Buddhist fascist in Dr Mahinda’s cabinet whose ancestors he claimed to have invented the first Sinhala/Buddhist Zero?

  • 0
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    So this is how free media work?
    Doing pakkali services to who ever pay!
    Anyway from Lasantha, this is how they behaved.
    Good riddance

  • 0
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    When you sleep with dogs you wake up with ticks

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    Prez should deeply think of changing the PM post as RW is not at all suitable for post. He is not Mr Clean at that , and he has become a dirty man always dealing with MR. So pl Mr Prez it is your duty to get rid off this rouge and appoint a qualified more suitable UNPer.

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      Siwa,

      What you have predicted will happen soon. The UNP Back benchers will not tolerate Ranil’s coziness with MR anymore.

      Ranil’s days are numbered along with Deal maker Malik Samarawickrama.

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        Gopalaswamy Vaiko:
        Those of us, who identified the coziness between Ranil and some of his cohorts and the Rajapaksas a while back welcome the fact that many, like you, have come to the same conclusion.

        What they have all have in common is the exploitation of all Sri Lankans so that their finances, particularly those stashed overseas, are kept safe.
        Even though I am one of those who wrote for the SL for a significant time and didn’t get paid a penny for columns submitted and published over the last two years, I have regrets that it provided a means of expressing what an increasing number of Sri Lankans have come to realise:
        “Unuth ekai, munuth ekai”

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          Emil van der Poorten

          I agree.
          Its about which party forms the government, what % of loot is appropriated among themselves and how much left over is divided among the other crooks.

          If the opposition members see better deal/benefit on the government side they have no qualm in crossing over to the other side of the parliament.

          Now in this coalition government most crooks are in government and other Maha crooks left to lick their wounds. However just before the presidential elections Dr Mahinda threatened crooks on his side by dangling their police files over their head.

          When Indira Gandhi was accused of nepotism and corruption she said India was an Asian country where extended family comes first and matter most. She was right in early 1980s. Extended families could include friend of a friend of friend, …..

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    Quote: So this is how free media work?
    Doing pakkali services to who ever pay!
    Anyway from Lasantha, this is how they behaved.
    Good riddance

    Yes. it was always doing pakkali service for and on behalf of those who re-directed illegal monies to the so called free media to clean up their illgotton cash.

    Nothing new…….. It was discovered that Aloysious too had channeled 3m to Sunday Leader.
    Now it has appeared to have vapourised.

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    Navite vedda
    I am Proud to be Sinhalese Buddhist, I am proud of being a Sympathiser of Rajapaksa brothers and who sorted out the biggest problem that is Blood sucking LTTE where you all ways shows sympathies. You are talking about Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism, you must be a real paraya to talk about this. Do you think Lasantha W is a independent jewel in the news world. He is a right wing happy clapper always worked with ulterior motives. This is the only country we have and yes we will not tolerate or allow anyone else to dominate in this country for which we have been fighting for over 3000yrs. Yes we have corruption and other problems in this country among the politician’s and others but if you so called Western Havens without any corruptions or racism why don’t you migrate. Yes We are Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist if you cannot accept it that is the only solution. We will keep our company with Chinese, Indians, Japanese and other not with Western bastards who is hell bent on destroying our country.
    You are an insult to Native Vadda’s

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      Swarna

      I am sorry what was your point if you have one?

      • 0
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        You know what you have what you have written

        • 0
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          Swarna:
          Why are you so insistent on giving the word “idiot” a bad name.

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            Emil,

            we have Swarnas and Hamuduru Mudalalis enough in the rotten country.

            That is the reason why we have to suffer the life down there today.

            These Swarnas and the like folks would believe anything being reported by Dherana or an yother biased TV or other senders that just do the job Rajapakshes to rise further.
            I now think, if people dont want, let them sink that way. So pitty that some fractions have to be that patient hoping oneday further we will have better leaders that would respect law and order and disipline .
            That will take longer than we just think.
            Sangayas of WIRATHU type are the majority among them. Punnaku eating masses are the prey of political predators. Here I see, the role of Sangaya are more or less like role of Fertilizer of a cultivation.

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            Emil van der Poorten
            “Why are you so insistent on giving the word “idiot” a bad name.”
            Because Swarna is the twin identical sister of sach.

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          Swarna, please be aware, prostitution is the oldest profession. Today we have so many other choices if you would please open your eyes.
          Just because idiotic biased media painted the picture in favour of Rajapakshes, you dont need to be such blind for ever.
          Just ask your young people around, what they would respect and how the terror elemination occured, if it was the magical powers of Jarapakshes, you need to ask why MR but not other leaders.. and secondly, why the very same man is now caught by various allegations to have grabed billions of statefunds.
          Why the bugger to have given a birth to a medical college abusing the youth and their parents inthis country.
          Why the very same magicians failed to do the job in terms of achieving reconciliation of an inch length ?

          You may have not had the chance to go to school, but you should have a brain let alone to the size of a needle head to realiz what is going on in our country. Higer corruption and abuses were made much higher by Rajapakshe era than any times before.
          Why entire world is agains tthe bugger.
          Why we the educated feeel like HE IS NO GO.

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      Swarna,

      we know that there are women of you nature would let it go thugs abuse you.

      Like those Hamuduru Mudalalis, you guys would even let Rajapakshes to rape you on broad day light.
      I am born srilanken but later moved to the west for my education. After education, I stayed back in Europe for some years. Depending on my wishes and future plans I woulld like toreturn to my country and work for the people more than I do now.
      But when I know that there are still masses like you woudl support thugs to ruin the nation, I feel it is better to divert my return to Africa – where people need my support and energies more.
      Not just Rajaakshes but collectivity succeeded elemination of terror in the country. And not you guys, but ananylsts explain it well, had late Mr KAADIR been unable to get LTTERs banned on rich soils nothing would have happened. So why to let eat the full size of CAKE by Rajapkshes. Besides, the harm they have done to the nation after war is no longer there is huge.
      Today, the bugger does not know what to be said to the media when questioned about SIL redi bribe scandal.
      We perfectly know how Lalith weeratunga delivered his service not just as a prez secre but as a politician: Today when legal authorities corner him to the wall, nothing can be said, by anyone with a little brain, but brainless idiots in JO see it different.
      They cant see it beyond, they are not into facts or law and orders
      Just focus on SRILANKEN airline issue…. there Rajapakshe thugs looted it as nothign can help. Today it has been made a total white elephant.
      Can you imagine foolish woman ?
      Why you guys further lick the balls fo Raja that manner ? We want him to be jailed to the very same manner his secre is being spent it today.

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    Thank god we hardly read this news papers after it betrayed our nation during war time.

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