Udaya Gammanpila

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Udaya Gammanpila said : “They are on the offensive. They feel, Sri Lanka, in economic difficulties can be manipulated to accept a remedy that’ll further undermine the political and economic independence,” External link

island Tuesday, September 20, 2022 3:45:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “They are on the offensive. They feel, Sri Lanka, in economic difficulties can be manipulated to accept a remedy that’ll further undermine the political and economic independence,” External link

island Tuesday, September 20, 2022 12:33:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “They are on the offensive. They feel, Sri Lanka, in economic difficulties can be manipulated to accept a remedy that’ll further undermine the political and economic independence,” External link

island Tuesday, September 20, 2022 3:05:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Our group backed Dallas Alahapperuma at the presidential contest conducted on July 20. We couldn’t initiate talks as they remained members of the SLPP. With the announcement made by Prof. Peiris, that obstacle has been removed. We have prepared a common programme. Therefore, we can now enter into talks based on that programme” External link

island Friday, September 2, 2022 4:53:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Our group backed Dallas Alahapperuma at the presidential contest conducted on July 20. We couldn’t initiate talks as they remained members of the SLPP. With the announcement made by Prof. Peiris, that obstacle has been removed. We have prepared a common programme. Therefore, we can now enter into talks based on that programme” External link

island Friday, September 2, 2022 4:53:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Ranil Wickremesinghe ) : “If you are broken down and think you can’t get what you want just look at a picture of Ranil Wickremesinghe,” External link

actionnewsjax Saturday, July 23, 2022 11:41:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Ranil Wickremesinghe ) : "If you are broken down and think you can't get what you want just look at a picture of Ranil Wickremesinghe," External link

startribune Saturday, July 23, 2022 7:07:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Ranil Wickremesinghe ) : “If you are broken down and think you can’t get what you want just look at a picture of Ranil Wickremesinghe,” External link

click2houston Friday, July 22, 2022 3:13:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Ranil Wickremesinghe ) : “If you are broken down and think you can’t get what you want just look at a picture of Ranil Wickremesinghe,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, July 22, 2022 3:05:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Ranil Wickremesinghe ) : “If you are broken down and think you can’t get what you want just look at a picture of Ranil Wickremesinghe,” External link

seattlepi Friday, July 22, 2022 2:38:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

wcnc Tuesday, July 12, 2022 8:45:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today," External link

manilatimes Tuesday, July 12, 2022 3:06:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today," External link

startribune Tuesday, July 12, 2022 7:19:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

taipeitimes Monday, July 11, 2022 7:35:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

csmonitor Monday, July 11, 2022 7:12:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

actionnewsjax Monday, July 11, 2022 6:20:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

seattlepi Monday, July 11, 2022 6:18:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today," External link

npr Monday, July 11, 2022 5:34:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

pri Monday, July 11, 2022 5:17:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today," External link

CBC Monday, July 11, 2022 3:52:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

denverpost Monday, July 11, 2022 2:51:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

washtimes Monday, July 11, 2022 2:37:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

independent-UK Monday, July 11, 2022 2:32:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, July 11, 2022 12:58:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

aljazeera-en Monday, July 11, 2022 12:27:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today," External link

timesofindia Monday, July 11, 2022 12:12:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

expressindia Monday, July 11, 2022 11:39:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, July 11, 2022 11:27:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

ABCnews Monday, July 11, 2022 11:25:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

clickondetroit Monday, July 11, 2022 11:24:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

eagletribune Monday, July 11, 2022 11:22:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

news4jax Monday, July 11, 2022 11:04:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today," External link

naharnet-en Monday, July 11, 2022 11:04:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

bostonglobe Monday, July 11, 2022 11:02:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

click2houston Monday, July 11, 2022 11:01:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

yorkpress Monday, July 11, 2022 10:49:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

nepalnews Monday, July 11, 2022 10:48:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, July 11, 2022 10:26:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

thehindu Monday, July 11, 2022 10:26:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

ABCnews Monday, July 11, 2022 10:24:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

news4jax Monday, July 11, 2022 10:03:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

bostonglobe Monday, July 11, 2022 10:02:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

actionnewsjax Monday, July 11, 2022 9:57:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

clickondetroit Monday, July 11, 2022 9:54:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

ABCnews Monday, July 11, 2022 9:20:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

wsoctv Monday, July 11, 2022 9:18:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “This was a timebomb that had been accumulating for several decades now,” “Everything was built with borrowed, not earned, money” External link

guardian Thursday, July 7, 2022 7:46:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Basil Rajapaksa ) : “I submitted 11 cabinet papers warning about the impending crisis,” “But whenever we raised an economic issue, Basil felt we were interfering with his work and he got offended. He repeatedly said that everything was fine. But in my assessment, he doesn’t have even a basic understanding about economics” External link

guardian Thursday, July 7, 2022 7:46:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "Other countries spent what they earned," "We spent what we borrowed. That was the difference" External link

timesofindia Thursday, June 9, 2022 7:42:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "Other countries spent what they earned," "We spent what we borrowed. That was the difference" External link

ibtimes Wednesday, June 8, 2022 11:20:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "Other countries spent what they earned," "We spent what we borrowed. That was the difference" External link

reuters-af Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10:44:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "Other countries spent what they earned," "We spent what we borrowed. That was the difference" External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10:40:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The background can only be prepared to defeat this government if these two conditions are met. According to reports, the SJB, which has only 46 seats in the Opposition, is considering filing a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the Government. Eighty seven more members must vote in favour. We need twice as many MPs as there are now. However, the SJB has not yet discussed the issue with other political parties or political groups,” External link

ceylontoday Tuesday, April 19, 2022 12:18:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “However, presenting this NCM without a plan and not having 113 members would benefit the Government. If the Government, which currently has the support of 118 MPs, and the NCM is defeated, what the Opposition will be doing is only strengthening the Government which has been brought down to its knees. It is our responsibility to prevent the Government from becoming stronger,” External link

ceylontoday Tuesday, April 19, 2022 12:18:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We need to first see the content of the draft before deciding whether to support it. There is no question that this Government must be toppled, but it must also come with the installation of an interim all-party administration that will take steps to alleviate the sufferings of the people by bringing down the cost of living and restoring essential services which have broken down,” External link

sundaytimes Sunday, April 17, 2022 4:22:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The main proposal is to have an all-party committee to make key decisions and the appointment of a new prime minister and limited Cabinet,” External link

expressindia Monday, April 11, 2022 7:03:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "The main proposal is to have an all-party committee to make key decisions and the appointment of a new prime minister and a limited Cabinet," External link

reuters-af Monday, April 11, 2022 4:06:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The main proposal is to have an all-party committee to make key decisions and the appointment of a new prime minister and limited Cabinet,” External link

wsau Monday, April 11, 2022 3:10:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We want this before a new election. We have to reverse shortages and stabilise the economy,” External link

wsau Monday, April 11, 2022 3:10:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The red line has been crossed. Public confidence in this government has dropped to absolute zero,” External link

cyprus-mail Wednesday, April 6, 2022 2:56:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "The red line has been crossed. Public confidence in this government has dropped to absolute zero," External link

reuters-af Wednesday, April 6, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila écrit : "Nous demandons un gouvernement intérimaire multipartite pour rétablir les services essentiels et organiser une élection parlementaire" External link

challenges Monday, April 4, 2022 4:10:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Basil Rajapaksa ) : “The President will have to wait until 3 March 2023, to dissolve Parliament. However, Article 70/1 (a) of the Constitution makes it abundantly clear that Parliament can pass a resolution and dissolve Parliament at any time. As a result, while we are carrying out the project to dissolve Parliament, the people have begun to learn about parliamentarians who supported Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s treacherous and corrupt programme,” External link

ceylontoday Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:00:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “In fact, the quorum in Parliament is 20. Parliament can be dissolved even if 20 members sit and eleven are not in favour,” External link

ceylontoday Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:00:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila alleged ( about Basil Rajapaksa ) : “Some people are spreading the myth that incumbent Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa is in power due to the 20th Amendment (20A). Basil Rajapaksa was only promoted to the position of Minister of Finance as a result of the 20A. Even before that, he governed the country as the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Leader,” External link

ceylontoday Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:00:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The increase in global fuel prices is not the only reason for the increase in fuel prices by such a massive amount,” External link

adaderana Monday, March 14, 2022 2:18:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila told : “Someone who was ignorant of the economy is handling the economy of the country today. I will reveal all facts with written proof as to who put the country into this turmoil.This is an intentional conspiracy,” External link

tamilguardian Sunday, March 6, 2022 11:39:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "There are ships waiting for payment before they will unload fuel. Because of this delay limited stocks are being released to the market and fueling stations are limiting sales," "The crisis we have in our country is not one of fuel or power generation. It's a foreign exchange crisis," External link

startribune Thursday, March 3, 2022 9:37:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “There are ships waiting for payment before they will unload fuel. Because of this delay limited stocks are being released to the market and fueling stations are limiting sales,” “The crisis we have in our country is not one of fuel or power generation. It's a foreign exchange crisis,” External link

ABCnews Thursday, March 3, 2022 7:45:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “If there is no support from the government how could I import fuel?” External link

onlanka Wednesday, March 2, 2022 6:17:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "Earlier, we were short of dollars to import oil. Now we don't have the rupees to buy the dollars," External link

ibtimes Saturday, February 26, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila asserted : “At the end of the day, our beloved motherland will be affected by all these problems. The Opposition Leader told us to use the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to solve the current crises. He does not know that the 20th Amendment cannot be used for that. This is the limit of his knowledge. According to British traditions, the Opposition Leader is the Prime Minister in waiting. We do not expect such an immature conduct from such a person. The Opposition Leader asked me as to why I went to accept the fuel shipment sent by India. I did not have any desire to go to that ship. It seems that the Opposition Leader’s staff is misleading him. I never raised black flags against Indian PM Narendra Modi. I attached a black flag on my vehicle when your Government marked its first anniversary on January 2016. Your supporters used that photo and started a rumour that I raised the flag against PM Modi. Goebbels said that If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself. This is what has happened to you now. You have started to trust your own lies,” External link

ceylontoday Friday, February 25, 2022 12:29:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "Even with this fuel, we will only have diesel for six days," "We are heading for a serious fuel shortage because we do not have adequate foreign exchange to pay for fuel imports," External link

tamilguardian Thursday, February 24, 2022 4:00:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “For example, India’s diesel price is double the price of diesel in Sri Lanka,” External link

dailynews-lk Thursday, February 24, 2022 2:38:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We have also taken steps to meet all the Ambassadors from the oil producing countries on March 15 to discuss steps to import fuel on a long-term loan basis,” External link

dailynews-lk Thursday, February 24, 2022 2:38:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Instead of taking remedial measures, a section of the SLPP lambasted me” External link

island Wednesday, February 23, 2022 3:11:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "I had warned about the impending fuel shortages due to the dollar crisis twice in January and once earlier this month," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, February 23, 2022 12:48:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila told : “I have expressed my view that we should go to the IMF. Now most of the the cabinet ministers are for an IMF deal,” External link

onlanka Sunday, February 20, 2022 9:20:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Petro China ) : “A ship from Petro China has to keep waiting in sea for 11 days because we did not have dollars,” “We had to keep two ships like that” External link

onlanka Sunday, February 20, 2022 9:20:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila explained : “The Central Bank, People’s Bank, and Bank of Ceylon are trying their best to find us dollars,” “The central bank has agreed to give us 60 million US dollars to clear two shipments coming tomorrow (Saturday). These dollars are now being collected and I hope it could be done by today. (Friday)” External link

onlanka Sunday, February 20, 2022 9:20:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila told : “Earlier, we were short of dollars to import oil. Now we don’t have the rupees to buy the dollars,” External link

pakistantribune Saturday, February 19, 2022 10:58:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila told : "Earlier, we were short of dollars to import oil. Now we don't have the rupees to buy the dollars," External link

news-yahoo Friday, February 18, 2022 1:23:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila added : “It is very challenging even at the current stage, but we are trying our best not to increase and further burden the public,” External link

ceylontoday Tuesday, February 15, 2022 12:45:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Usually, from Jan to April, dry season takes place in Sri Lanka and our water level goes down drastically. At that time, we usually rely on thermal plants, but unfortunately, since we didn’t add either renewable energy or thermal energy during the last 8 years, there weren’t sufficient supplies to cater to the increasing demand. I have predicted that there will be power cuts probably from mid-February,” External link

onlanka Sunday, January 30, 2022 6:01:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “About 60 percent of the electricity requirement was met by hydro-power till end of Dec 2021. By then, hydro-power generation was down to 38 percent. Struggling to cope up with the situation, the CEB on January 11 asked us to provide additional fuel with effect from January 13. The CPC was not prepared to meet their requirement for obvious reasons. We were told they needed additional supplies at the end of January” External link

island Thursday, January 20, 2022 7:59:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “I have taken up this issue with the cabinet and told them eight times now to ensure that a part of dollar inflows are reserved for oil and medicines imports,” External link

guardian-ng Friday, January 7, 2022 6:31:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "I have taken up this issue with the cabinet and told them eight times now to ensure that a part of dollar inflows are reserved for oil and medicines imports," External link

ibtimes Friday, January 7, 2022 6:03:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "I have taken up this issue with the cabinet and told them eight times now to ensure that a part of dollar inflows are reserved for oil and medicines imports," External link

afp-en Friday, January 7, 2022 5:11:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “India and Sri Lanka agreed to develop and operate the tank farm jointly on 29 July 1987. What they agreed was to develop jointly. However, on 7 February 2003, entire tank farm consisting of 99 tanks was given to India for a period of 35 years. There was an unsuccessful attempt to take a part of the tank farm as a sublease from Lanka IOC through the MOU between Malik Samarawickrema-Sushma Swaraj in 2017. Regaining the control of Trinco Oil Tank Farm by Sri Lanka is a historical victory. In December 2016, Cabinet of Sri Lanka decided to repair 10 tanks of the farm for its storage purposes. Accordingly, five officers of the CPC led by Menaka Jeewasiri entered to the premises with prior notice on 29 December 2016 to examine the conditions of the tanks. They were detained by the LIOC claiming unlawful entry. India later conveyed its displeasure over the incident through its diplomatic channels. We will end this dark period soon. I will enter the Tank Farm premises along with the officers who were subject to harassment, in the near future to hoist our national flag there. Sri Lankans have been receiving only pessimistic news in the recent past. Hence, we will be happy to deliver this joyful message to patriotic people of Sri Lanka,” External link

ceylontoday Saturday, January 1, 2022 12:12:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "The LIOC will have the control of just 14 of the 99 tanks over a 50-year lease," External link

economictimes Friday, December 31, 2021 2:15:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila told : "This is a historic moment for Sri Lanka," External link

business-standard Friday, December 31, 2021 1:58:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The LIOC will have the control of just 14 of the 99 tanks over a 50-year lease,” External link

Hindu Friday, December 31, 2021 1:48:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The LIOC will have the control of just 14 of the 99 tanks over a 50-year lease,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, December 31, 2021 12:36:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila told : "This is a historic moment for Sri Lanka," External link

4-traders Friday, December 31, 2021 12:21:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

island Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:07:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

island Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:07:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

island Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:07:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

island Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:07:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

ceylontoday Monday, December 27, 2021 3:38:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

ceylontoday Monday, December 27, 2021 3:38:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

onlanka Monday, December 27, 2021 11:02:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

onlanka Monday, December 27, 2021 11:02:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

colombopage Monday, December 27, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

colombopage Monday, December 27, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

adaderana Monday, December 27, 2021 8:44:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

adaderana Monday, December 27, 2021 8:44:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

thehindu Sunday, December 26, 2021 9:40:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

thehindu Sunday, December 26, 2021 9:40:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

Hindu Sunday, December 26, 2021 8:51:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

Hindu Sunday, December 26, 2021 8:51:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “In the Sri Lankan case, the suicide terrorist attacks took place on April 21, 2019, but we prosecuted the suspects on August 10, 2021, just after two years and four months. Although Sri Lanka lacks the latest technology, we have acted efficiently in comparison with the USA and France. The Minister said nobody should rush to file criminal charges because the basic principle of criminal law is that the benefit of the doubt should be given to the suspect. If there is an unnecessary rush in prosecution, the benefit of that rush would go to the suspects not to the victims,” External link

sundayobserver Monday, December 13, 2021 6:12:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The Finance Minister did not brief me on this before his departure, or after his return. I am in total darkness,” External link

thehindu Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:03:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The Finance Minister did not brief me on this before his departure, or after his return. I am in total darkness,” External link

Hindu Thursday, December 9, 2021 1:22:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “All countries charge taxes from goods with inelastic demand,” “Sri Lanka is the only country that has not raised prices in the past six months” External link

sundayobserver Monday, December 6, 2021 11:20:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “What such a fund does is keep fuel prices as stable as possible irrespective of global price fluctuations,” External link

dailynews-lk Monday, November 29, 2021 10:49:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “This will create an atmosphere where we can increase the prices when the global prices are up while we can reduce the prices when the prices are down. The absence of a price reflective mechanism was the cause of the CPC’s woes,” External link

dailynews-lk Monday, November 29, 2021 10:49:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "There is no big demand for furnace oil and aviation fuel so it is better to import refined petrol and diesel which are in high demand," External link

thedailystarBD Tuesday, November 16, 2021 11:08:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “There is no big demand for furnace oil and aviation fuel so it is better to import refined petrol and diesel which are in high demand,” External link

guardian-ng Monday, November 15, 2021 6:34:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "There is no big demand for furnace oil and aviation fuel so it is better to import refined petrol and diesel which are in high demand," External link

naharnet-en Monday, November 15, 2021 6:22:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "There is no big demand for furnace oil and aviation fuel so it is better to import refined petrol and diesel which are in high demand," External link

ibtimes Monday, November 15, 2021 5:18:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "There is no big demand for furnace oil and aviation fuel so it is better to import refined petrol and diesel which are in high demand," External link

afp-en Monday, November 15, 2021 4:09:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We didn’t keep quiet just because the controversial decision was taken at the very first cabinet meeting following the general election,” External link

island Monday, November 15, 2021 6:12:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila alleged : “We floated the tender in February but NFE, which had been pushing for this since 2019, and did not apply for the tender floated 15 months later. Why? Because someone told them not to worry about applying for the tender since if they did, there was a chance they would not get it in case ‘someone’ made a more advantageous bid for us. As such, ‘someone’ told them to wait and assured them that they will be given the contract irrespective of the tender. What is happening now is the fulfillment of that promise,” External link

sundaytimes Sunday, October 31, 2021 4:07:00 AM EAT



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Udaya Gammanpila said : “They are on the offensive. They feel, Sri Lanka, in economic difficulties can be manipulated to accept a remedy that’ll further undermine the political and economic independence,” External link

island Tuesday, September 20, 2022 3:45:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “They are on the offensive. They feel, Sri Lanka, in economic difficulties can be manipulated to accept a remedy that’ll further undermine the political and economic independence,” External link

island Tuesday, September 20, 2022 12:33:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “They are on the offensive. They feel, Sri Lanka, in economic difficulties can be manipulated to accept a remedy that’ll further undermine the political and economic independence,” External link

island Tuesday, September 20, 2022 3:05:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Our group backed Dallas Alahapperuma at the presidential contest conducted on July 20. We couldn’t initiate talks as they remained members of the SLPP. With the announcement made by Prof. Peiris, that obstacle has been removed. We have prepared a common programme. Therefore, we can now enter into talks based on that programme” External link

island Friday, September 2, 2022 4:53:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Our group backed Dallas Alahapperuma at the presidential contest conducted on July 20. We couldn’t initiate talks as they remained members of the SLPP. With the announcement made by Prof. Peiris, that obstacle has been removed. We have prepared a common programme. Therefore, we can now enter into talks based on that programme” External link

island Friday, September 2, 2022 4:53:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Ranil Wickremesinghe ) : “If you are broken down and think you can’t get what you want just look at a picture of Ranil Wickremesinghe,” External link

actionnewsjax Saturday, July 23, 2022 11:41:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Ranil Wickremesinghe ) : "If you are broken down and think you can't get what you want just look at a picture of Ranil Wickremesinghe," External link

startribune Saturday, July 23, 2022 7:07:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Ranil Wickremesinghe ) : “If you are broken down and think you can’t get what you want just look at a picture of Ranil Wickremesinghe,” External link

click2houston Friday, July 22, 2022 3:13:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Ranil Wickremesinghe ) : “If you are broken down and think you can’t get what you want just look at a picture of Ranil Wickremesinghe,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, July 22, 2022 3:05:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Ranil Wickremesinghe ) : “If you are broken down and think you can’t get what you want just look at a picture of Ranil Wickremesinghe,” External link

seattlepi Friday, July 22, 2022 2:38:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

wcnc Tuesday, July 12, 2022 8:45:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today," External link

manilatimes Tuesday, July 12, 2022 3:06:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today," External link

startribune Tuesday, July 12, 2022 7:19:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

taipeitimes Monday, July 11, 2022 7:35:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

csmonitor Monday, July 11, 2022 7:12:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

actionnewsjax Monday, July 11, 2022 6:20:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

seattlepi Monday, July 11, 2022 6:18:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today," External link

npr Monday, July 11, 2022 5:34:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

pri Monday, July 11, 2022 5:17:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today," External link

CBC Monday, July 11, 2022 3:52:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

denverpost Monday, July 11, 2022 2:51:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

washtimes Monday, July 11, 2022 2:37:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

independent-UK Monday, July 11, 2022 2:32:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, July 11, 2022 12:58:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

aljazeera-en Monday, July 11, 2022 12:27:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today," External link

timesofindia Monday, July 11, 2022 12:12:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

expressindia Monday, July 11, 2022 11:39:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, July 11, 2022 11:27:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

ABCnews Monday, July 11, 2022 11:25:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

clickondetroit Monday, July 11, 2022 11:24:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

eagletribune Monday, July 11, 2022 11:22:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

news4jax Monday, July 11, 2022 11:04:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today," External link

naharnet-en Monday, July 11, 2022 11:04:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

bostonglobe Monday, July 11, 2022 11:02:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

click2houston Monday, July 11, 2022 11:01:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

yorkpress Monday, July 11, 2022 10:49:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

nepalnews Monday, July 11, 2022 10:48:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, July 11, 2022 10:26:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

thehindu Monday, July 11, 2022 10:26:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

ABCnews Monday, July 11, 2022 10:24:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

news4jax Monday, July 11, 2022 10:03:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can’t be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

bostonglobe Monday, July 11, 2022 10:02:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

actionnewsjax Monday, July 11, 2022 9:57:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

clickondetroit Monday, July 11, 2022 9:54:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

ABCnews Monday, July 11, 2022 9:20:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We can't be in an anarchical condition. We have to somehow reach a consensus today,” External link

wsoctv Monday, July 11, 2022 9:18:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “This was a timebomb that had been accumulating for several decades now,” “Everything was built with borrowed, not earned, money” External link

guardian Thursday, July 7, 2022 7:46:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Basil Rajapaksa ) : “I submitted 11 cabinet papers warning about the impending crisis,” “But whenever we raised an economic issue, Basil felt we were interfering with his work and he got offended. He repeatedly said that everything was fine. But in my assessment, he doesn’t have even a basic understanding about economics” External link

guardian Thursday, July 7, 2022 7:46:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "Other countries spent what they earned," "We spent what we borrowed. That was the difference" External link

timesofindia Thursday, June 9, 2022 7:42:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "Other countries spent what they earned," "We spent what we borrowed. That was the difference" External link

ibtimes Wednesday, June 8, 2022 11:20:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "Other countries spent what they earned," "We spent what we borrowed. That was the difference" External link

reuters-af Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10:44:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "Other countries spent what they earned," "We spent what we borrowed. That was the difference" External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10:40:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The background can only be prepared to defeat this government if these two conditions are met. According to reports, the SJB, which has only 46 seats in the Opposition, is considering filing a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the Government. Eighty seven more members must vote in favour. We need twice as many MPs as there are now. However, the SJB has not yet discussed the issue with other political parties or political groups,” External link

ceylontoday Tuesday, April 19, 2022 12:18:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “However, presenting this NCM without a plan and not having 113 members would benefit the Government. If the Government, which currently has the support of 118 MPs, and the NCM is defeated, what the Opposition will be doing is only strengthening the Government which has been brought down to its knees. It is our responsibility to prevent the Government from becoming stronger,” External link

ceylontoday Tuesday, April 19, 2022 12:18:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We need to first see the content of the draft before deciding whether to support it. There is no question that this Government must be toppled, but it must also come with the installation of an interim all-party administration that will take steps to alleviate the sufferings of the people by bringing down the cost of living and restoring essential services which have broken down,” External link

sundaytimes Sunday, April 17, 2022 4:22:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The main proposal is to have an all-party committee to make key decisions and the appointment of a new prime minister and limited Cabinet,” External link

expressindia Monday, April 11, 2022 7:03:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "The main proposal is to have an all-party committee to make key decisions and the appointment of a new prime minister and a limited Cabinet," External link

reuters-af Monday, April 11, 2022 4:06:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The main proposal is to have an all-party committee to make key decisions and the appointment of a new prime minister and limited Cabinet,” External link

wsau Monday, April 11, 2022 3:10:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We want this before a new election. We have to reverse shortages and stabilise the economy,” External link

wsau Monday, April 11, 2022 3:10:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The red line has been crossed. Public confidence in this government has dropped to absolute zero,” External link

cyprus-mail Wednesday, April 6, 2022 2:56:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "The red line has been crossed. Public confidence in this government has dropped to absolute zero," External link

reuters-af Wednesday, April 6, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila écrit : "Nous demandons un gouvernement intérimaire multipartite pour rétablir les services essentiels et organiser une élection parlementaire" External link

challenges Monday, April 4, 2022 4:10:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Basil Rajapaksa ) : “The President will have to wait until 3 March 2023, to dissolve Parliament. However, Article 70/1 (a) of the Constitution makes it abundantly clear that Parliament can pass a resolution and dissolve Parliament at any time. As a result, while we are carrying out the project to dissolve Parliament, the people have begun to learn about parliamentarians who supported Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s treacherous and corrupt programme,” External link

ceylontoday Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:00:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “In fact, the quorum in Parliament is 20. Parliament can be dissolved even if 20 members sit and eleven are not in favour,” External link

ceylontoday Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:00:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila alleged ( about Basil Rajapaksa ) : “Some people are spreading the myth that incumbent Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa is in power due to the 20th Amendment (20A). Basil Rajapaksa was only promoted to the position of Minister of Finance as a result of the 20A. Even before that, he governed the country as the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Leader,” External link

ceylontoday Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:00:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The increase in global fuel prices is not the only reason for the increase in fuel prices by such a massive amount,” External link

adaderana Monday, March 14, 2022 2:18:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila told : “Someone who was ignorant of the economy is handling the economy of the country today. I will reveal all facts with written proof as to who put the country into this turmoil.This is an intentional conspiracy,” External link

tamilguardian Sunday, March 6, 2022 11:39:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "There are ships waiting for payment before they will unload fuel. Because of this delay limited stocks are being released to the market and fueling stations are limiting sales," "The crisis we have in our country is not one of fuel or power generation. It's a foreign exchange crisis," External link

startribune Thursday, March 3, 2022 9:37:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “There are ships waiting for payment before they will unload fuel. Because of this delay limited stocks are being released to the market and fueling stations are limiting sales,” “The crisis we have in our country is not one of fuel or power generation. It's a foreign exchange crisis,” External link

ABCnews Thursday, March 3, 2022 7:45:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “If there is no support from the government how could I import fuel?” External link

onlanka Wednesday, March 2, 2022 6:17:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "Earlier, we were short of dollars to import oil. Now we don't have the rupees to buy the dollars," External link

ibtimes Saturday, February 26, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila asserted : “At the end of the day, our beloved motherland will be affected by all these problems. The Opposition Leader told us to use the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to solve the current crises. He does not know that the 20th Amendment cannot be used for that. This is the limit of his knowledge. According to British traditions, the Opposition Leader is the Prime Minister in waiting. We do not expect such an immature conduct from such a person. The Opposition Leader asked me as to why I went to accept the fuel shipment sent by India. I did not have any desire to go to that ship. It seems that the Opposition Leader’s staff is misleading him. I never raised black flags against Indian PM Narendra Modi. I attached a black flag on my vehicle when your Government marked its first anniversary on January 2016. Your supporters used that photo and started a rumour that I raised the flag against PM Modi. Goebbels said that If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself. This is what has happened to you now. You have started to trust your own lies,” External link

ceylontoday Friday, February 25, 2022 12:29:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "Even with this fuel, we will only have diesel for six days," "We are heading for a serious fuel shortage because we do not have adequate foreign exchange to pay for fuel imports," External link

tamilguardian Thursday, February 24, 2022 4:00:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “For example, India’s diesel price is double the price of diesel in Sri Lanka,” External link

dailynews-lk Thursday, February 24, 2022 2:38:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We have also taken steps to meet all the Ambassadors from the oil producing countries on March 15 to discuss steps to import fuel on a long-term loan basis,” External link

dailynews-lk Thursday, February 24, 2022 2:38:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Instead of taking remedial measures, a section of the SLPP lambasted me” External link

island Wednesday, February 23, 2022 3:11:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "I had warned about the impending fuel shortages due to the dollar crisis twice in January and once earlier this month," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, February 23, 2022 12:48:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila told : “I have expressed my view that we should go to the IMF. Now most of the the cabinet ministers are for an IMF deal,” External link

onlanka Sunday, February 20, 2022 9:20:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said ( about Petro China ) : “A ship from Petro China has to keep waiting in sea for 11 days because we did not have dollars,” “We had to keep two ships like that” External link

onlanka Sunday, February 20, 2022 9:20:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila explained : “The Central Bank, People’s Bank, and Bank of Ceylon are trying their best to find us dollars,” “The central bank has agreed to give us 60 million US dollars to clear two shipments coming tomorrow (Saturday). These dollars are now being collected and I hope it could be done by today. (Friday)” External link

onlanka Sunday, February 20, 2022 9:20:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila told : “Earlier, we were short of dollars to import oil. Now we don’t have the rupees to buy the dollars,” External link

pakistantribune Saturday, February 19, 2022 10:58:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila told : "Earlier, we were short of dollars to import oil. Now we don't have the rupees to buy the dollars," External link

news-yahoo Friday, February 18, 2022 1:23:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila added : “It is very challenging even at the current stage, but we are trying our best not to increase and further burden the public,” External link

ceylontoday Tuesday, February 15, 2022 12:45:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Usually, from Jan to April, dry season takes place in Sri Lanka and our water level goes down drastically. At that time, we usually rely on thermal plants, but unfortunately, since we didn’t add either renewable energy or thermal energy during the last 8 years, there weren’t sufficient supplies to cater to the increasing demand. I have predicted that there will be power cuts probably from mid-February,” External link

onlanka Sunday, January 30, 2022 6:01:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “About 60 percent of the electricity requirement was met by hydro-power till end of Dec 2021. By then, hydro-power generation was down to 38 percent. Struggling to cope up with the situation, the CEB on January 11 asked us to provide additional fuel with effect from January 13. The CPC was not prepared to meet their requirement for obvious reasons. We were told they needed additional supplies at the end of January” External link

island Thursday, January 20, 2022 7:59:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “I have taken up this issue with the cabinet and told them eight times now to ensure that a part of dollar inflows are reserved for oil and medicines imports,” External link

guardian-ng Friday, January 7, 2022 6:31:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "I have taken up this issue with the cabinet and told them eight times now to ensure that a part of dollar inflows are reserved for oil and medicines imports," External link

ibtimes Friday, January 7, 2022 6:03:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "I have taken up this issue with the cabinet and told them eight times now to ensure that a part of dollar inflows are reserved for oil and medicines imports," External link

afp-en Friday, January 7, 2022 5:11:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “India and Sri Lanka agreed to develop and operate the tank farm jointly on 29 July 1987. What they agreed was to develop jointly. However, on 7 February 2003, entire tank farm consisting of 99 tanks was given to India for a period of 35 years. There was an unsuccessful attempt to take a part of the tank farm as a sublease from Lanka IOC through the MOU between Malik Samarawickrema-Sushma Swaraj in 2017. Regaining the control of Trinco Oil Tank Farm by Sri Lanka is a historical victory. In December 2016, Cabinet of Sri Lanka decided to repair 10 tanks of the farm for its storage purposes. Accordingly, five officers of the CPC led by Menaka Jeewasiri entered to the premises with prior notice on 29 December 2016 to examine the conditions of the tanks. They were detained by the LIOC claiming unlawful entry. India later conveyed its displeasure over the incident through its diplomatic channels. We will end this dark period soon. I will enter the Tank Farm premises along with the officers who were subject to harassment, in the near future to hoist our national flag there. Sri Lankans have been receiving only pessimistic news in the recent past. Hence, we will be happy to deliver this joyful message to patriotic people of Sri Lanka,” External link

ceylontoday Saturday, January 1, 2022 12:12:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "The LIOC will have the control of just 14 of the 99 tanks over a 50-year lease," External link

economictimes Friday, December 31, 2021 2:15:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila told : "This is a historic moment for Sri Lanka," External link

business-standard Friday, December 31, 2021 1:58:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The LIOC will have the control of just 14 of the 99 tanks over a 50-year lease,” External link

Hindu Friday, December 31, 2021 1:48:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The LIOC will have the control of just 14 of the 99 tanks over a 50-year lease,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, December 31, 2021 12:36:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila told : "This is a historic moment for Sri Lanka," External link

4-traders Friday, December 31, 2021 12:21:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

island Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:07:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

island Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:07:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

island Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:07:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

island Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:07:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

ceylontoday Monday, December 27, 2021 3:38:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

ceylontoday Monday, December 27, 2021 3:38:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

onlanka Monday, December 27, 2021 11:02:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

onlanka Monday, December 27, 2021 11:02:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

colombopage Monday, December 27, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

colombopage Monday, December 27, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

adaderana Monday, December 27, 2021 8:44:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

adaderana Monday, December 27, 2021 8:44:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

thehindu Sunday, December 26, 2021 9:40:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

thehindu Sunday, December 26, 2021 9:40:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We don’t have a Cabinet meeting this week because of the holidays. We will get the decision ratified in the next one,” External link

Hindu Sunday, December 26, 2021 8:51:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “Some including the political opposition are suggesting that India’s economic assistance is tied to the Trincomalee deal. I vehemently deny that. We began negotiating this agreement well before the economic assistance was sought,” External link

Hindu Sunday, December 26, 2021 8:51:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “In the Sri Lankan case, the suicide terrorist attacks took place on April 21, 2019, but we prosecuted the suspects on August 10, 2021, just after two years and four months. Although Sri Lanka lacks the latest technology, we have acted efficiently in comparison with the USA and France. The Minister said nobody should rush to file criminal charges because the basic principle of criminal law is that the benefit of the doubt should be given to the suspect. If there is an unnecessary rush in prosecution, the benefit of that rush would go to the suspects not to the victims,” External link

sundayobserver Monday, December 13, 2021 6:12:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The Finance Minister did not brief me on this before his departure, or after his return. I am in total darkness,” External link

thehindu Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:03:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “The Finance Minister did not brief me on this before his departure, or after his return. I am in total darkness,” External link

Hindu Thursday, December 9, 2021 1:22:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “All countries charge taxes from goods with inelastic demand,” “Sri Lanka is the only country that has not raised prices in the past six months” External link

sundayobserver Monday, December 6, 2021 11:20:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “What such a fund does is keep fuel prices as stable as possible irrespective of global price fluctuations,” External link

dailynews-lk Monday, November 29, 2021 10:49:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “This will create an atmosphere where we can increase the prices when the global prices are up while we can reduce the prices when the prices are down. The absence of a price reflective mechanism was the cause of the CPC’s woes,” External link

dailynews-lk Monday, November 29, 2021 10:49:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "There is no big demand for furnace oil and aviation fuel so it is better to import refined petrol and diesel which are in high demand," External link

thedailystarBD Tuesday, November 16, 2021 11:08:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “There is no big demand for furnace oil and aviation fuel so it is better to import refined petrol and diesel which are in high demand,” External link

guardian-ng Monday, November 15, 2021 6:34:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "There is no big demand for furnace oil and aviation fuel so it is better to import refined petrol and diesel which are in high demand," External link

naharnet-en Monday, November 15, 2021 6:22:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "There is no big demand for furnace oil and aviation fuel so it is better to import refined petrol and diesel which are in high demand," External link

ibtimes Monday, November 15, 2021 5:18:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : "There is no big demand for furnace oil and aviation fuel so it is better to import refined petrol and diesel which are in high demand," External link

afp-en Monday, November 15, 2021 4:09:00 PM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila said : “We didn’t keep quiet just because the controversial decision was taken at the very first cabinet meeting following the general election,” External link

island Monday, November 15, 2021 6:12:00 AM EAT

Udaya Gammanpila alleged : “We floated the tender in February but NFE, which had been pushing for this since 2019, and did not apply for the tender floated 15 months later. Why? Because someone told them not to worry about applying for the tender since if they did, there was a chance they would not get it in case ‘someone’ made a more advantageous bid for us. As such, ‘someone’ told them to wait and assured them that they will be given the contract irrespective of the tender. What is happening now is the fulfillment of that promise,” External link

sundaytimes Sunday, October 31, 2021 4:07:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
secretary50.00%EN03/06/201706/03/2017
leader35.71%EN09/23/201323/09/2013
spokesman14.29%EN11/23/200523/11/2005
Names Lang Count
Udaya GammanpilaEN100.00%


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