However the BBS insisted that the monk was not scheduled to attend the events but so happened to be in Japan at the same time and was at the events. (Colombo Gazette) He also met with the Chief Incumbents of the Sri Lanka Buddhist Temples in Japan in Tokyo. Photographs appeared on some websites and social media showing the Venerable Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera at the events where President Sirisena spoke. The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) says the participation of the General Secretary of the BBS, the Venerable Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera at an event attended by President Maithripala Sirisena in Japan was not pre-planned.President Sirisena met the Sri Lankan community in Japan at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday.
INDEPENDENT TD, LUKE ‘Ming’ Flanagan is set to defend himself in the Dáil this week following a report in a Sunday newspaper claiming he had penalty points wiped from his record by gardaí.The Sunday Independent reported that Flanagan was stopped by gardaí in June 2011 and issued with a fine of €60 and two penalty points for driving while operating his mobile phone. The report alleges the independent TD insisted that he was on “Dáil business” and in these instances a member of the Oireachtas can request that their points be removed from their licence.Today the TD tweeted that he had actually been contacted by gardaí who offered to remove the points from his record and said he would be addressing the issue on the Dáil this week. In February, Flanagan launched an attack on the government over revelations about penalty points being wiped from the driving licences of well-known public figures. At the time, he suggested that this indicated a degree of corruption within An Garda Síochana.In the Dáil he said the revelations about penalty points showed “quite clearly that in this country some people are more important than others”.When contacted by TheJournal.ie today, Flanagan said he will make a statement during his speaking time in the Dáil on Tuesday and that he would make no further comment until then.Related: Shatter: ‘Difficult not to throw up’ listening to Ming on gardaí>More: Garda Commissioner: Investigation into penalty points cancellations will be ‘rigorous’>