3 July, 2022

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Under Fire Ranatunga Deletes Facebook Comments

Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga who has come under severe criticism for proposing the appointment of his brother Dhammika Ranatunga as Chairman of the Ports Authority has deleted all comments critical of his conduct on his official Facebook page.

ArjunaRanatunga a former SLFPer and a self styled activist against nepotism and corruption appointed his brother Dhammika who has no experience in the field of Ports and Shipping as the Chairman of one of the country’s most important institutions.

Ranatungas other brother Nishantha Ranatunga has continuously been accused of massive fraud and corruption. Nishantha in addition to being the former Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket, was the former CEO of of Carlton Sports Network (CSN) and Mihin Lanka.

His Facebook page saw a volley of criticism leveled at the conduct of the former Cricket Captain. However, each comment was deleted resulting in users being incensed at the disregard paid to them as voters.

Among the comments which are yet to be deleted was Jude Fernandez’s who wrote ” All you big ministers keep doing everything corrupt and uncouth and then delete the comments of small people like us. Now we know what you really are Arjuna sir. At the beginning you showed us a completely different picture about freedom and justice” he said.

Other users whose posts have been deleted have used other Facebook pages to vent their frustration at the actions of Ranatunga.

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  • 15
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    Arjuna was no cricketting genius when it came to captaincy.
    He picked on Roshan Mahanama’s cricketting brains for strategy
    and cut him off later.

    He kicked Kalpage as the latter refused to carry his bags when on tour.
    That is Arjuna. An arrogant prick.
    CBK clung on to Arjuna because she had no following in Sri Lanka.
    Both have been piggy backing on someone else for their survival.

    Chimpa : Not that it looks like but the Yahapalanaya are from the very first day and Sira is just a nicompoop.

    Yahapalanaya denigrated President Xi Jing Ping who came to innaugarate the Port City Project & China and TODAY THE QUEEN IS HOSTING THE CHINESE PRESIDENT AND HE IS TO PLEDGE POUNDS 20B IN INVESTMENTS IN NEUCLEAR/ RAIL & OTHER PROJECTS.

    Yahapalanaya anotoganised China. Whom does GOSL turn to now for funds for development?
    West or MR & China ??????? If the ferocious UK & the West is bankrupt
    is the Yahapalanaya turning to GPS+ funds?
    Disgraceful Uk & Cameron & Queen masters of Human Rights bending backwards to President XI and Princess Kate clicking glasses with President XI.

  • 17
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    Well so sorry if you got cheated by this yahapalana fraud. Your comments wont stop Arjuna from appointing his brother or country been redrawn along ethnic federal lines.

    It’s for a reason that they denied the rightful opposition and appointed their buddies as opposition leader and chief opposition whip.

  • 21
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    What can we expect from this hoodlum thief Arjuna? I witnessed an incident and behaviour of Arjuna’s family and typical Mara + dana IRC trait in the early 90’s when many of our Cricketers including Arjuna were declared physically unfit for the game by coaches and management. This man Arjuna took matters to his own hands the moment he became a victim. Not even Aravinda was spared as he too was relegated and sideline like Arjuna for being unfit. However, unlike Aravinda, Arjuna continued to defy officials by boycotting cricket practices and taking his revenge on SLC administrators by taking them to ransom over his relegation. Arjuna continued to intimidate and threaten SLC administrators and other cricketers who did not heed with his boycotts. A few gentlemen and newcomers like young Mahanama stepped up to the plate in sake of national cricket from being shamed and to avert a Cricketing disaster like in Zimbabwe. An infuriated, jealous and hedonistic Arjuna with the help of his IRC father Mr. Reggie Ranatunga’s political influence, decided to teach these new kids a lesson by hiring his fathers thugs to go stone the houses belonging to Mr. Mahanama’s family and their acquaintances. Ranatunga Junior should have never been given to lead anything, let alone cricket. These are not the Mahanama, Gurusinghe, Ranjan Madugalle, SidatW, Duleep or Aravinda type of refined gentlemen who put theirselves before our country. Arjuna no doubt was that “captain cool” for few fools in this country that never saw any of his IRC antics at play.

    • 10
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      Well said bro! This is the golden line… worth million dollars
      “Arjuna no doubt was that “captain cool” for few fools in this country that never saw any of his IRC antics at play. “

      This guys is an absolute arrogant pig. We have heard many stories how he treated new comers.
      People of SL please open your eyes for the sake of your children and look around to see what is happening. Kick out thugs/thieves like Arjuna out of the parliament. Its your duty to elect educated/honest people to the power. I know there are no many good politicians in SL. But you can still elect relatively good people among these thugs until our mother land generates a good breed of politicians in future. God Bless my mother land Sri Lanka

      • 5
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        Is that you? Please tell us those stories, may be CBK doesn’t know about him either. This is a Mafia family. I know about their business at P&A . Nothing much about Criminal activities.

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          Should be somehow when looking at the manner WP minister behaved, but not at the way Arjuna has ever done. I never believe that Arjuna could be thuggish. He is a gentleman – see, the manner he fought in the wave of getting the most abusive Maharaja and his thugs. That alone is enough to praise him and his performamance. For you guys to put him in the same bin is not at all acceptable.
          May be the issue that he has appointed his brother to the position is wrong – there, you must not mix them up together.

          This is the average mind set of the poverty stricken srilanka. They loose their memmories that soon – they are not broad thinkers. Had Arjuna backed the bugger MR et al ? Never did he. But his pig looking man WP leader is still backing MR and any thugs. FOr them, MR is a good for one reason that his regime massacred innoicent srilankens in the north. Now with almost everyting become clear – I as a sinhalaya, wouldenver allow thugs to paint an another picture of the ones – that worked die hard to revolutionze the nation. For you guys, Sobitha thero is also a thug. FOr me, he is the most sacred monk who is only thinking to help the people out. Please guys, wake up and see thing right.. if your hard discs are not in motion – have them repaired matching to today s expectations.

          • 0
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            “But his pig looking man WP leader is still backing MR”

            Who is the pig looking man? Arjuna or his brother as they are similar in size except the brother is taller.

    • 8
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      Hey WalaGemba Raja, you are so spot on, you should have been bowling at the other end when I was knocking them Aussies around!

      I would have needed only one ball to clean up Arjuna and make him seek early retirement.

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      Brother, you look like knows much about him from the beginning. I can understand. Thank you for for insight in this.We want to know more please.

  • 18
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    If this Minister reads the opinions expressed in “Social Media” as regards this matter, I do not know how he manages to organize himself as a “Trustworthy” and a “Responsible Minister” of Governance. However, if a person does not have “SHAME” or “FEAR” to do wrong, what more can we expect? Why is he acting like this? The only answer I could find is: When his Bosses (President and Prime Minster) too are behaving and doing things in the same way, why fear or find it is wrong to do things in the same way. There is a saying” “Vetah Niyarath Goyang Kaanam, Kaata Kiyannada E Amaruwa”- meaning, if the Guardians are destroying the very property given to take care of, what more could we do to protect or to whom are we to complain. These people are DISGRACING the very people who put them in power. Shame….Shame…Shame. Are your really a “SPORTSMAN” whom we held in high esteem and considered a “HERO”. How mistaken we are.

  • 14
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    Expected much from him.Disgrace and disappointed .No difference to others.Get your other family members as well.Where is your upbringing man

  • 12
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    AR, no different to MR: you lot are a family of thieves. Ha this job been gazetted and candidates were properly tested and interviewed against a job specification and eligibility criteria, and legally selected. May be there was only one criterion: The prospective candidate MUST be one of the minister’s brothers. Shame on you!

    • 4
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      Why single out MR and AR? MS appointed his brother as the chief of SLT. The ever corrupt Ravi K. appointed his BIL as Srilankan top guy. Ranil appointed his nephew useless Ruwan W as dept. defence minister. So this is yahapalanaya

  • 7
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    This is a people’s choice government for good governance. What is everyone complaining about?

    • 0
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      Yeah, year, everything is a fix including you, GetaFIX!

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      Exactly. People should be complaining against their own naivety for expecting good governance from an alliance of crooks that we very well knew are crooks

  • 9
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    KEEP THE PRESSURE UP UNTIL ARJUNA RESIGNS

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      Len, there is little chance. He’s got the hide of a rhino. But your thinking is correct.

  • 7
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    Sandun,

    Stick to the point don’t bring communal-ism which the trait of your political masters.

    Arjuna of course an arrogant fellow. He was given the first cap at the tender age of 16 which really went into his mind. Of course because of this guy excellent cricketers like Mahanama, Kalpage and Gurusinghe had to retire prematurely.

    I am sure there are more and of course he is a political opportunist and what on earth are President and PM doing? President is worried about building his own empire as MR did but not to the extent of having Buruwansas, Vasudevas, Dineshes and Gamonpilas.

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    [Edited out] We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

  • 11
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    Dear Editor of the C.T. I wish to address the Prime Minister and President through your unbiased news reports, since I and a number of professionals and educated academics have of late seen the fast deterioration of the standards of governance of this country that gave hope to millions of our citizens that elected you.
    You promised us clean government and the end of nepotism., That you would have in your government educated intelligent people run your Ministries. That Family bandism and cheap publicity will not be tolerated. What do we have now is just the opposite what you promised the people. WE of course Know of the appointment of your brother as Telecom chief and several relatives to top posts without Interviews,
    What really irks us now is Minister Ranatunga an uneducated weilder of a cricket bat is a Minister in your Cabinet and he appoints his uneducated brother to the post of Chairman of the Ports authority.
    Don’t you people realize that the Ports bring in the finances, the life blood of the our land thru trade and Exports and imports which
    in turn affect the lively hood of millions of our citizens. Why do you give this uneducated fool Arjuna such an important ministry this bumbling fool does not know the elements of economics nor international shipping and trade. Please Prime mister you are an educated man with a intelectual back ground a son of great journalist Esmond Wickremasinghe. I can understand the President with his rural background and his newly acquired clout taking his silly decisions like taking the son to the United Nations and making a fool of us all. Sack this fellow Dammika from this post forthwith and get rid of the Bombastic Idiot Arjuna from this ministry. We are awaiting your reply

  • 7
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    First he contested from Colombi, then Hopped to Kalutara and finally Gampaha. All three times different cities cos he didn’t do anything to the people who voted for him. Nothing but he collected his sacks. Filled them all.. He is not a clean person but a person who is envy for other people’s success and popularity.

  • 6
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    To Arjuna Ranatunge

    Then what is the big difference between you and Mahinda Rajapakse when you made a big noise about nepotism.

    Looks like nothing has changed the fact is My3 got great ideas from Mahinda and he merely stabbed him in his back after enjoying all the perks, privileges and kickbacks. If My3 had a genuine conviction what Mahinda was doing is not acceptable by any standards he would have left him much earlier. But he chose to enjoy all what he could till when Mahinda can give him no more (due to his announcement of elections) then he did a somersault. That is certainly a dirty thing. People should have suspected an ulterior motive. ( I really suspected so and many would have, but the situation then was such, was so bad with Mahinda drunk with power had lost his head, even a dog would have contested and won if not for My3 contesting!)

    Further to prove My3 never meant anything he said to the people no sooner he got elected he did exactly what he said he will never do and appointed his brother to the top job in the SLT. He gave nominations to all the crooks he accused and many after having been rejected by the people in the General election.

    Nothing really has changed and same crooks doing the same what Mahinda did. So looks like My3 having learnt the tricks of the trade from Mahinda did a dirty thing to stab him in his back and took over from him and now continuing the same job what Mahinda taught him and now he is enjoying all what Mahinda enjoyed then.

    Had if the people would have been little smarter, would have demanded a resignation letter from My3 had he been successfully elected, and if he had not abolished the Presidency as promised in the specified time. So if the post is not abolished My3 anyway had to go. He would have been forced to keep his promise if not let someone else take over.

  • 5
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    This fellow Ranatunga should be drowned in the Colombo Harbour. In fact drown them all.

    He is the fellow who introduced Religion to Cricket, with priests coming to the Cricket Board before a team emplaned to bless and pirith nool-fy and so on. Utterly unheard of, anywhere else in the cricket playing world.

    He was totally unfit in his playing days; a bad example. He coudnt run from one end of the wicket to the other without his tongue touching his toes. He was a headache for Whatmore.

    Now he wants to head the cricket board also? God bless Sri Lankan cricket.

    He should have joined MR. Their thinking is the same.

  • 6
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    The FOUR families, Ranatungas, Rajapaksas, Bandaranayakas and Sirisenas and the sole so-called gentleman Ranil Wickramasinghe are the BANE of SRI Lanka. When the two leaders, Sirisena and Wickramasinghe behaves unprofessionally one can not expect them to control their ministers and MPs. Sirisena helps his family and there are reports that his brother Telecom Chairman Kumarasinge has got his salary increased from two hundred thousand rupees a month to one million rupees a month. On the other-hand Wickramasinghe is not taking any action against his buddy Mahendran of Central Bank. The state of affairs in Sri Lanka is precarious. There aren’t any solution to the existing problem of finding a suitable leader. LTTE did eliminate all possible candidates for leadership during the war. What was left is pathetic.

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    The Committee appointed to vet these appointments by the President and the PM appears to be an Eye Wash.How can President object to these appointments when he did not prevent his younger brother being appointed as the Chairman of SLT. On the other hand the PM who promised a fresh inquiry after the election on the Treasury Bond scam is silent on the matter. The people can only remind the President and the PM, that they too will be accountable if Ports Authority is mismanaged and corruption continues contributing to loss of income. Ramawickrama

  • 4
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    Where is the special committee looking into the Qualification and suitability of Head of Institution . Ranil & Maithri will have to Answer to the Voters . This is not people expected. You cannot have a Minister and head of Port who are not qualified in the Subject

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    Why should MY3 or PM be scared of Arjuna. He would not have won a seat if contested outside UNP or SLFP ticket. MY3 invites professionals living abroad to come back and serve the motherland whereas key positions such as MD ICSL, and Chairman SLPA meant for high caliber professionals are given to close relatives of Ministers who do not possess adequate qualifications or experience. Mr. President, Mr.PM, please tell the people why you are acting as just onlookers to these crimes against principles of Good Governance ? Why? Why ? Why? Darrel

  • 4
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    KEEP THE PREASURE UNTIL DHAMMIKA IS MADE TO RESIGN AS MPS/MINISTERS WILL NOT RESIGN EASILY LIKE FORMER AUDITOR GENERAL NOMINATED BY THE JVP. Nimal

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    this a tragedy of sri lanka. All basted think that they are can do what ever they think. We are loosing a golden opportunity by not punishing past wrong doers of past regime. Maithri / Ranil please don’t loose the opportunity. Your correct action would be effect the many more years to come. Discipline society, honest politician, good human may emerge. We have no hatred toward mahinda or his clan. But taking action against all wrong doers will definitely make county to the correct path. you both are gentlemens of rare character. I wish that you would be an honest to your own words pronounce in front of millions. Show the courage,and statmentship which is very rare to see these days.

    somatatna

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    This scumbag needs to be eliminated from politics. He is worse than a monkey who has been jumping around trees for his political survival. Ranil made the biggest mistake of taking them on as a coalition partner. He would not have got even 20,000 votes if he contested under the SLFP. He is still thinking that it was only him that won the world cup for us. If we didn’t have players in the calibre of Aravinda, Sanath and Kalu, our world cup would have been only a dream. Arjuna just happened to be the captain

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    This guy is a shameless person. After blaming previous ruler about the nepotism, he himself gets involved in that dirty game. These politicians are a breed of a filthy animal that have no shame in saying something and doing the complete opposite. I think people should not forget these wrong doings, and question them all the time, until they realise that it’s not what people expect from them. ( especially in YAHAPALANAYA agenda )

  • 0
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    Please do not forget the fact that several allegations were level at Dhammika when he was the CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket Board.He left the country before the inquiry was fully concluded.As Prabha very correctly said sinhaleese forget every thing over night. Nishantha is the biggest rouge and destroyed SL CRICKET and became a billionaire.

  • 0
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    can some one refresh about incident that took place when his father was deputy minister of Ports where Ranatunge bros assulted a student of asoka vidyala maradana
    out of court settlement they paid millions to injured student
    He is a Minister

  • 0
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    I say this fellow is nearing a hundred! Hi everybody, send in more letters to make it possible to crawl to 100 because when he is on 91, he usually can barely walk!!

  • 0
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    Arjuna, you have lost all respect from the public. We knew you were a bum and a cheat but the recent hypocrisy displayed is just despicable. Your big talk about nepotism and democracy is just hog shit like you . Your bloated stomach reflects your bloated ego which the citizens of SL despise with all the contempt you deserve. My advise to you is if you know the meaning of decency resign from your post, annul the appointment of your uneducated and crooked brother and go live in the jungle where you rightly belong.

  • 0
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    LOOK MAN, ARJUNA POLITICALLY MAY NOT CORRECT. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRIKET, HE IS A LEGEND. HE BROUGHT HOME MOST PRESTIGIOUS GAME OF MAN KIND. IT WAS A WORLD CUP.OF CRIKET.

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      Chaanhala, cricket is only a game. Arjuna was an entertainer we paid to watch.

      However, Sri Lanka is our country we have to take care and not let thieves rob us. This is not Arjuna’s grandfather’s property. He is only a politician we appointed to make our country better.

      Will you allow your servant rob your house?

  • 0
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    Arjuna’s Cricket and Sri lankan politics are two different things. So far he hasn’t taken any action correct his decision. Now its time to take the corrective action. If we cant expect anything by President or PM to do about this, we should not bother about CBK to remove him. Even if CBK must learn to do what she talk. If MR has done it wrong , everyone who stand against him for a real Change must not do the same.There is a Public Service Commission in active now. Why cant we complain to them and they will take the necessary action soon!
    Lal can do this. ( comrade Lal Wijenayake)

  • 0
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    CT must be commended for posting this article. It is a crying shame that President Sirisena has allowed nepotism equal to what the Rajapaksa’s did to creep into his government. Shame on all of them for thinking that Sri Lankan people are fools and taking them for granted. 2 appointments that need scrutiny are that of CB Governor Mahendran and Dammika Ranatunga. Does Arjuna R believe he can get away with this atrocity? Will someone stand up to him and shove him off the cabinet post he is mis-using. We have lost all respect for Sirisena and his antics. He cut Rajapaksa off and now enjoying his perks. What a guy?

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