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Rahula Thera explains consequences of lateness to Sajith

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A person who cannot make it to an appointment on time regardless of other duties cannot govern a country, let alone a house, Ven. Vanavasi Rahula Thera said.

The Thera said this when Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa did not arrive on time for the ceremony organised by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) National Organiser Tissa Attanayaka,  on the occasion of the 1,500th programme of meeting Buddhist leaders to develop religious harmony.

The event was held at the historic Vattaram Arahantha Maliyadeva Raja Maha Vihara in Galigamuwa Dewalegama, Kegalle.

“You said you will come to this event at 4.00 pm but it was 4.20 pm when you arrived. You were reminded of this lateness earlier by Ven. Thiniyawala Palitha Thera as well. If you hope to rule a country, you must always remember to work on time,” the Thera said.

The Thera also said that he was happy about the completion of 1,500 meetings with Buddhist leaders in MP Attanayaka’s ‘Sadaham Yatra programme’.

“I think that MP Attanayaka has done something that no other politician in this country has done. He has visited 1,500 Buddhist temples and 300 other religious places. Also, I wonder if this is the first time that I saw the Opposition Leader in person. He always calls me on the phone but I think today was the first time I saw him in person. I invited him to visit Namal Uyana on several occasions but he was always busy. I sometimes wonder if this is the nature of politicians. Whenever Tissa Attanayaka passes by the Namal Uyana, he visits us, chats with us, drinks a cup of plain tea and listens to a sermon.”

“Mr.Opposition Leader, it seems that there is chaos within the Samagi Jana Balawegaya. It seems that one person is trying to rise above the other by backstabbing and undercutting them,” the Thera said.

“The political situation in our country is now at zero. There are some good MPs who do not steal. MPs Tissa Attanayake and Kabir Hashim have not been accused of any theft. Then there is Mr. Alavathuwala. We have not heard anything bad about him except that he will get a small commission from a contract.”

“As far as I understand, Parliament is like a kindergarten. It doesn’t matter how much you shout in kindergarten, you have to go and ask for food. That is the truth. Leader of the Opposition, if you become the President in the future, I think you will have to gather more people. Change the Constitution from the very beginning. There is a need to change the people’s attitude. After 30-40 years of government work, an employee retires. A politician gets a pension after five years in Parliament. All this must be done away with. When these things are given to politicians, they think they are entitled to a magical world. No one thinks about the people. Therefore, if we want to develop this country, we have to change the Constitution.”

“You do not need advice from anyone else. You can learn by looking at your late father,” he said.

Source – Dinamina

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Expressways generate whopping income during Avurudu season

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The expressways have generated an income of Rs. 159,802,950 from April 10 – 13, Road Development Authority (RDA) says.

According to the Director of Expressway Operation Maintenance and Management Division – R.A.D. Kahatapitiya.

Over 4,350,000 vehicles have used the expressways during this period, he has added.
As many as 366,000 vehicles have used the expressways during this three-day period.

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Special transport arrangements to those returning to Colombo

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Special train services are in operation from this evening (April 14) for people to return to Colombo after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays, the Railways Department said.

Deputy General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways –  N.J. Indipolage stated that accordingly, eight additional train journeys will be in operation from Badulla, Galle and Beliatta railway stations to Colombo Fort.

The Department of Railways also mentioned that the office trains will be operational as per usual from April 16.

Meanwhile, the National Transport Commission has said that special buses will be deployed to transport those who had gone to their hometowns during the New Year.
Bus associations have also stated that buses to Colombo will be operational.

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Local multi-day fishing trawler seized with ICE & heroin worth over Rs. 3798 Mn.

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In another successful intelligence operation of the Sri Lanka Navy, a local multi-day fishing trawler (01) carrying a large haul of narcotics, with 06 suspects aboard, were intercepted about 133 nautical miles (about 246 km) off Dondra, south of Sri Lanka. 

The operation also resulted in the seizure of another local one-day fishing trawler (01) with 04 suspects, believed to have been there to fetch the consignment of narcotics mid-sea. The operation was mounted by deploying Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship (SLCG) Samudraraksha which made the apprehension on 12th April 2024.

 The haul of narcotics included about 179kg and 906g of crystal methamphetamine (Ice) and about 83kg and 582g of heroin (with their packages). The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera arrived at the Galle Harbour on 13th April to inspect the consignment of narcotics held in this operation.
The Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard regularly patrol and conduct search operations along the island’s coast to prevent illegal activities, such as drug trafficking, stemming via sea routes.

During this dedicated operation based on naval intelligence, a suspicious multi-day fishing trawler, which was about 133 nautical miles (246 km) off the south coast of the island, was intercepted and searched by SLCG Samudraraksha. As the fishing trawler was suspected of smuggling a haul of crystal methamphetamine and heroin in 17 sacks, during the search, the narcotic-carrying trawler was held on 12th April, with 06 suspects aboard.

Additionally, SLCG Samudraraksha inspected another local one-day fishing trawler, which was plying suspiciously in the sea area. During the inspection, 04 suspects were apprehended, along with the trawler, on suspicion of attempting to exchange narcotics with the multi-day trawler previously seized.

Following a thorough search of the suspicious multi-day fishing trawler at the Galle Harbour on 13th April, authorities recovered 17 sacks containing crystal methamphetamine and heroin. The haul of crystal methamphetamine, weighing about 179kg and 906g (including packages), were in 129 packages, stuffed in 13 sacks and the stash of heroin, weighing about 83kg and 582g (including packages), were in 76 packages, contained in 04 sacks. The consignment of narcotics, along with the 06 suspects and the multi-day fishing trawler was handed over to the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) for onward legal action.

Moreover, the 04 individuals, along with the one-day fishing trawler, which were seized on suspicion of being involved in a drug exchange at sea, were also handed over to PNB for further legal action.

The individuals held in the operation are known to reside in the Weligama, Imaduwa, and Galle areas, ranging in age from 23 to 54 years old. Meanwhile, the gross street value of the consignment of drugs seized during this operation is believed to be more than Rs. 3798 million.

Including the recent confiscation, the Sri Lanka Navy has held drugs with a gross street value of over Rs. 9300 million during operations mounted so far in 2024. The Sri Lanka Navy – the country’s first line of defence is committed to coordinating with other law enforcement authorities, to carry out anti-drug operations of this nature in order to foil drug smuggling attempts being made in the guise of fishing.

(navy.lk)

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