Sajith says father gave LTTE weapons

“There were allegations my father gave weapons to the LTTE. What my father did was give weapons to an LTTE click he could trust.  The LTTE click led by Mahattaya was given weapons to strengthen them and create an uprising against Prabhakaran within the LTTE,” he said. Gopalaswamy Mahendraraja also known as Mahattaya was eventually reportedly killed for leaking secrets to India’s RAW. According to Wikipedia, Mahattaya, who joined the LTTE in 1978, became the deputy leader of the LTTE, and in 1989 he became the head of the short-lived People’s Front of Liberation Tigers, a political party founded by the LTTE.Mahattaya was second in command at one time in the LTTE after Colonel Kittu who was originally second in command was killed during an encounter with the Indian Navy. Wikipedia says Velupillai Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman found out that he was leaking information to India’s RAW. They were trying to make him the leader of LTTE. However he was relieved of both posts in 1992. In 1993, the LTTE took him into custody. He was executed on December 28, 1994 by the LTTE. (Colombo Gazette) UNP MP Sajith Premadasa says his father gave one group in the LTTE weapons in order to try and create a split in the LTTE.Speaking to the BBC Sandeshiya,  Sajith Premadas said that former President Ranasinghe Premadasa had given weapons to an LTTE click led by Mahattaya. read more

Tories call Liberals a laughing stock for losing 61 million on Ontera

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 29, 2015 12:15 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The opposition parties pounced Tuesday on public accounts showing the Ontario government took a $61 million loss on the sale of a Crown agency, and paid more for consultants than it received for the telecommunications company Ontera.Ontera, an arm of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, was sold to Bell Aliant in 2014 for $6 million, but newly released figures show the government paid $6.5 million for lawyers and consultants to advise it on the sale.“They’re a laughing stock. They bungled the sale,” Progressive Conservative finance critic Vic Fedeli told the legislature.“How can the Liberals expect the people to trust them with the sale of Hydro One when they lost $61 million selling a smaller asset like Ontera?”The Public Accounts report states “a loss on disposal of shares of Ontera” of almost $61 million and that the “the government provided a one-time contribution of $52,092,000 to support the sale” of the Crown corporation.The government cannot justify such an “insulting and outrageous” loss, said Fedeli.“It sure was a heck of a deal for Bell,” he said. “They’ve picked up a $70 million company for $6 million. This is pure Liberal math.”The New Democrats said it’s obvious the Liberal government is not making deals that benefit taxpayers, and expressed similar concerns about privatizing 60 per cent of Hydro One, which the government hopes will raise $9 billion.“We’re going to see the same thing with Hydro One, and yet the government says: ‘Just trust us,’” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “How can anyone trust a government that continues to get such bad deals?”Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle admitted there were “short-term costs” associated with the sale of Ontera, but insisted they were outweighed by the cost of continued ownership of the agency.“The fact is the long-term costs of continuing to operate that telecommunications wing truly would have been far more damaging,” he said.Money from the sale of Ontera will help the government keep the remaining portions of the ONTC in public hands, added Gravelle.“The sale of Ontera was one of the decisions that was necessary to focus on the key transportation infrastructure needs of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission,” he said. It was “ironic” that Fedeli is criticizing the sale of Ontera because he wanted the government to privatize the entire ONTC, said Gravelle.After shutting down the heavily subsidized passenger rail service run by the Ontario Northland Transportation Corporation in 2012, the Liberals announced they would sell the Crown corporation. But they changed their minds after the auditor general warned a sale could cost up to $820 million, rather than saving $260 million over three years as the Liberals hoped, and decided to sell only Ontera.The publicly owned ONTC still provides passenger bus services, plus freight transportation in northeastern Ontario and northwestern Quebec along its 1,100-kilometre rail system.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter Tories call Liberals a laughing stock for losing $61 million on Ontera sale read more