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Jayamaha stretches the truth claiming American, Chinese MPs will be in our parliament soon

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by Saman Indrajith

SJB Kurunegala District MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha showing the US national flag in the chamber yesterday said that the sole purpose of bringing about the 20th Amendment to the constitution was to enable persons holding US-Lankan dual citizens to become members of parliament.

 Participating in the second reading debate, the MP said: There will be a day soon when American citizens are coming here as MPs. The 20th amendment is to pave the way for that purpose.”

The MP read out the oath that should be taken by a foreigner when becoming a US citizen and said that as per that oath, the person who takes that should give his or her first priority to the American interests. “Where are those who wallow in patriotism today? They made use of patriotism to win elections but they pass laws against the country’s national interests. Soon there would be a day we would be among Americans MPs,” the MP said.

“The danger is that this bill will not only allow Americans but also Chinese too. Chinese too can become MPs here,” he said showing the US flag.

SLPP MP Wimalaweera Dissanayake:

MP Jayamaha had brought the loin cloth of his former leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. That should be removed from the House.

MP Jayamaha wearing a mask showing the face of a black American said: This House comprises Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim MPs. When we stand together it is difficult to identify who is Tamil, who is Sinhala who is Muslim. But this bill will help those with different racial features coming here.

SLPP MP AD Jagath Kumara:

The Opposition MP read out an oath before the US flag. That oath should be given before the US flag. He did the same inside this House. This House should not be permitted to give the oath of allegiance to the US.

Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena requested from the Chair not to let the opposition MP to act against dignity and decorum of the House. “The opposition MP has smuggled in items not permitted in this House. An investigation must be held how he managed to bring them in here. He must be stopped making use of this august assembly to display his undignified actions,” MP Abeygunawardena said.



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Economic crisis: 100,000 families already starving

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Govt. to provide monthly assistance package – official

By Ifham Nizam 

Plans are underway to assist an average needy family of  four with a monthly package of Rs. 15,000, a senior adviser to President Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday, adding that the move was expected to help ameliorate the plight of nearly 65,000 families.

Food Security Committee Chairman Dr. Suren Batagoda told The Island yesterday that at present some 100,000 families across the country were starving.

He said financial assistance would be provided to those families for three months. Within three months, the government would design a package in the form of food stamps, etc.

Dr. Batagoda said the World Food Programme, UNICEF, the World Bank, and state agencies would also team up to strengthen food security, focusing especially on needy pregnant mothers and pre-school children.

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GR govt. ignored Chinese lenders’ request for debt restructuring

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

The Gotabaya Rajapaksa government had ignored suggestions by Chinese lending institutions that Sri Lanka to restructure the debt in 2021, Prof. Samitha Hettige said yesterday.

“The Rajapaksa government started talking of debt restructuring earlier this year. The Opposition had been asking for this before,” he said.  By 2021, before the Gotabaya Rajapaksa administration decided on debt restructuring, the Chinese institutions that had given Sri Lanka loans suggested that a restructuring process should start since Sri Lanka would have trouble repaying the loans, the Strategic Studies scholar said.

However, the request had gone unheeded, and if the government had started discussions then, Sri Lanka would not have been in crisis, Prof. Hettige said.

The Sri Lankan foreign policy, in the last few years, had also been misguided, Prof. Hettige said. A number of Indian and Chinese companies faced unnecessary issues by the behaviour of the government, he said.

Prof. Hettige said that the government must focus on establishing free trade ports and reducing negative lists for investments.

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SJB dissociates itself from SF’s call for protest

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By Chaminda Silva

MP Sarath Fonseka’s call for people to join anti-government protests was not a decision taken by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), party MP J.C Alawathuwala said.

The SJB believed that they had to help President Ranil Wickremesinghe stabilise the country, economically and politically, he said.

MP Alawathuwala said the President must be given some time to solve the problems faced by the people and that the SJB was holding discussions with the government to guide it on a people-friendly path.

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