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Ashok Abeysinghe says ministers with slave mindset are praising a ‘failed budget’

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by Saman Indrajith

Kurunegala District SJB MP Ashok Abyesinghe on Wednesday (18) described the budget 2021 as a ‘failed budget’ that could not provide any immediate relief to COVID-19 hit people and it contained only proposals to help government leaders’ businessmen friends to launder their black money.

Participating in the second reading debate on Budget 2021, MP Abeysinghe said: “This is the first budget of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. I describe this as a failed budget. It has failed to provide any instant relief to people affected by the pandemic. It has provided tax reliefs to the cronies of the government. It contains proposals to increase the debt burden of people while helping their friends to launder their black money.

“The figures in the budget speech and budget summary are two different kinds.

“Some ministers who spoke earlier in the day said that during the times of yahapalana government budgetary allocations had been made to build personal images of the then government’s leaders. They have forgotten who had made use of budgetary allocations to build their images by allocating Rs 4 billion from the budgets to build harbours where ships do not come, airports where planes do not land, conference halls where there are no conferences and stadiums where there are no matches. You have a slave mindset. Mahathma Gandhi has said that slavery is also when the ruled continue to speak the best of the ruler irrespective of suppression and oppression. You have the same mind set. You are oblivious to obvious truths because of that slave mindset.

“Public servants have not been given anything by this budget. The country’s workforce is 8,500,000 out of which 1,400,000 are public servants. Their overtime and batta payments and other allowances have been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everybody expected that they would be given some relief from the budget.

“This government came to power promising one law for all. MP Pillayan, who is in remand custody, is free to move about because he is from the ruling party. SJB MP Rishad Bathiudeen, who is also in remand prison, is not at least allowed to come to Parliament because he is from the opposition. That is how one law for all under the current government.”

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COPE meets online for first time in its history

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The Parliamentary watchdog committee – COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises) created a history by meeting online for the first time ever on Thursday.

The COPE had Secretaries of three Ministries joining in with its committee meeting through online (ZOOM) becoming the second parliamentary committee holding an online meeting in the country.

Thursday evening’s COPE meeting chaired by its chairman Prof. Charitha Herath connected online with Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Dr) H. S. Munasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Industries W. A. Chulananda Perera and, Secretary to the Ministry of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government J. J. Ratnasiri via zoom technology.

The Environmental Audit Report on water pollution of the Kelani River was brought before the committee and the meeting held between the Chairman Prof. Herath, Ministers and Members of Parliament and secretaries and other officials continued without any technical hitches.

Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake said that facilities have been provided to hold meetings and discussions using online technology in two committee rooms in Parliament.

He said that Parliamentary officials had been working relentlessly for months to install the requisite technological tools and that the efforts have borne fruit and future Parliamentary meetings could be held online as a result.

The Committee on High Posts under the chairmanship of Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena also held a discussion with the new Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Kenya, who was living in Kampala, using online technology recently.

 

 

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Legatum Prosperity Index highlights SL’s development of education and healthcare sectors

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During the past decade

One of the key highlights of this year’s Legatum Prosperity Index was the improvement in Sri Lanka’s education and healthcare sectors over the past decade. These improvements were key to increase in prosperity within Sri Lanka, it was noted.

The London-based think-tank Legatum Institute launched the 14th Legatum Prosperity Index on November 17 2020.

The event commenced with the welcome address by the Chair of the Legatum Institute, Alan McCormick. 

Addressing the audience, the Chief Executive Officer of the Legatum Institute, The Baroness Stroud said that according to the Legatum Index, the global prosperity was at its highest level ever with 147 countries seeing their prosperity rise over the last decade.

Speaking at the launch, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the UK, Saroja Sirisena said that the end of the terrorist conflict in 2009 and the ensuing peace dividend, led Sri Lanka to achieve steady progress within the last decade.

She highlighted that the universal free education and healthcare policies of the country over seven decades are the pillars on which prosperity is built.

Director of Policy of the Legatum Institute, Dr. Stephen Brien explained to the audience as to how the Legatum Index is used to measure prosperity across the world.

The event was also addressed by the Founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in Africa, Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Biologist and Writer, Matt Ridley and Ambassador of Georgia in the UK Sophie Katsarava.

Legatum Prosperity Index is a global index that analyses the performance of 167 nations across 65 policy-focused elements, measured by almost 300 country level indicators and it is the only global index that measures national prosperity based on institutional, economic and social wellbeing.

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Quick Snacks and Party Recipes from North India with Sapna Mehra

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The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, will be holding an online cookery demonstration on ‘Snack Time: Quick Snacks and Party Recipes from North India’ on December 5 at 11.00 am on its FACEBOOK page https://www.facebook.com/ICCRSriLanka.

This festival season, the Cultural Centre will present a virtual cookery demonstration by Sapna Mehra. Cooking has been a passionate hobby of Sapna since her childhood days. Growing up in a large family of 17 members, she was very keen on bringing variety to the dining table, and that’s when her cooking journey began, preparing simple wraps, and snacks.

She now specializes in cooking dishes from a variety of cuisines. Originally from Bangalore, she has lived in many cities across India and Sri Lanka, and at present resides in Delhi.

She has a Postgraduate degree in Marketing and has over 12 years work experience in the professional field.

All are cordially invited to attend. For more details, contact the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre on telephone No: 2684698 or Email: iccrcolombo2@gmail.com

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