Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Former Power and Energy Minister of Sri Lanka demoted due to Indian pressure, opposition party claims
Tue, Jan 29, 2013, 08:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major opposition United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake says the Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka was removed from the portfolio of Minister of Power and Energy due to pressure from India.

Minister Ranawaka was appointed as the new Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy by the President yesterday.

He claimed the Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris had promised to handover the Sampur coal power plant in the Eastern Province to India. India's National Thermal Power Corporation is building a coal power plant in Sampur as a joint venture with the Ceylon Electricity Board.

Attanayake said the former Minister Ranawaka had objected to the move.

Attanayake alleged that the Sampur plant was a bribe offered to India in order to obtain its support at the UNHRC session at Geneva in March, where US plans to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka.

Minister Ranawaka, an electrical engineer by profession, was handed over a lesser important Ministry in the most recent cabinet reshuffle.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Doubts raised on Pope's visit to Sri Lanka amid snap presidential polls
-- [4 hours ago]
Opposition MPs say election materials are being prepared in Sri Lanka Port Authority Defense Training School
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to appeal to Europe Court of Justice on lower court ruling to lift sanctions on LTTE
-- [5 hours ago]
Browns Hotels and Resorts of Sri Lanka to develop four-star hotel in Maldives
-- [7 hours ago]
India to supply two naval offshore patrol vessels to Sri Lanka - report
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka police use water cannons and tear gas to disperse university students' march
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist extremist group to contest for the upcoming elections
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister defends ministry secretary against 'unfounded allegations'
-- [8 hours ago]
Iran calls for expanding politico-economic relations with Sri Lanka
-- [9 hours ago]
Opposition lawmakers on fact finding mission attacked in Sri Lanka

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.