WILL TNA URGE DR MANMOHAN SINGH TO BOYCOTT CHOGM IN SRI LANKA? TNA’s trip to Indian Laundry!
Posted on June 20th, 2013

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

The TNA leadership has once again gone to India  to meet the Big Brother to bring pressure on the President of Sri Lanka in regard to pending amendments to 13A of the Constitution.  TNA has consistently maintained a mind-set that their godfathers are in India.  They consistently believed in that they are duty bound to the Indian Government.  For TNA and their henchmen Tamils, Sri Lanka is only a playground but the game umpires are residing in India. 

Following a meeting with the Sri Lankan separatist Tamil  leadership, the Hon. Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh had said  “the proposed changes raised doubts about the commitments made by the Sri Lankan government to India and the international community, including the United Nations, on a political settlement in Sri Lanka that would go beyond the 13th Amendment”.

The Indian Government is fully aware that they cannot dictate terms to Sri Lanka as Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe (RW) is no longer the Prime Minister ( or the Executive President) of Sri Lanka.   At the time the 13 amendment was tabled in Parliament by the then UNP government, there were several UNP members who were opposed to it.  The UNP had to confine those MPs to hotels to prevent them from attending the Parliament and voting against the amendment. Forcing the 13A was only the first step by the Indian Government on Sri Lanka to divide the geographically and strategically centre piece island on ethnic grounds.

It is a well known fact the 13 amendment was forced upon the Sri Lanka government by the Indian Government without providing an opportunity for a public debate or a referendum.  The spineless Sri Lankan government succumbed to the Indian pressure.   The cunning Indian Leaders used the so called non-existing ethnic problem in Sri Lanka to their advantage. 

As part of the second phase of the long term plan to strengthen the  LTTE and divide Sri Lanka,   the Indian Leadership and Velupillai Prabhakaran drafted the Ceasefire Agreement.  Mr   Ranil Wickremasinghe (RW)  blindly signed it  (even though he is a qualified lawyer) without providing  an opportunity for a public debate or a referendum.  So, on two occasions Indian Leaders were able to twist the arms of our leaders and forced corrugated Indian political high-handed acts on Sri Lanka.  After signing the Ceasefire Agreement, RW gave a free hand to the LTTE to import or locally procure basic raw materials and earth moving heavy equipment/machinery etc. to the LTTE to build bunkers, air strips etc.  For committing this cardinal sin, RW has not yet been politically fully punished by the Sri Lankans.   

The situation in Sri Lanka today is vastly different .  Having developed the North and East with most of the infrastructure facilities, should these two areas be now handed over to the TNA in a Golden Platter with full powers vested in the 13A?  If land powers are given to these goons, will there be any future possibility for Sinhalese to buy land and establish homes and  businesses in those provinces, a privilege otherwise freely granted and enjoyed  by  Tamils  residing and  operating in all other Provinces in Sri Lanka. At present Sinhalese are an inferior group of citizens in Sri Lanka whereas minority Tamils are in a superior class,  at a much higher elevated rank than their counter parts  in Tamil Nadu or other Provinces in India.

 Messrs Vasudewa Nanayakkara, DEW Gunasekera, Athawuda Seneviratne Group represent anti Sinhalese and their  voices have been rejected by the voters many times.   If they leave the government, this group will become an instant politically bankrupt pedestrians with the JVP.   By contrast with the political will of progressive forces in the SLFP  and the UNP, Sri Lanka’s ability to maintain the central control  within a Unitary State is enhanced with the collective active participation, devotion and commitment by the JHU, MEP and  JNP.   

Tamil Tigers and Diaspora will continue with their struggle, whether at the CHOGM meeting in Perth, Australia or at Oval Grounds in London in a Cricket Match.   Dr Manmohan Singh may decide to refrain from attending the CHOGM meeting in Sri Lanka to avoid internal political dangers in India for the Congress Party, with the impending elections in 2014.

If you do attend the CHOGM meeting, you will be treated by the Sri Lankans exactly the same traditional manner in which we will welcome all other leaders and visitors.   We urge you to attend the meeting and also make a   visit  to North and East to form your own opinions as to how we have looked after the Tamils who were denied of their basic human rights by Velupillai Prabhakaran and contemporary Indian Leaders for 30 years. 

12 Responses to “WILL TNA URGE DR MANMOHAN SINGH TO BOYCOTT CHOGM IN SRI LANKA? TNA’s trip to Indian Laundry!”

  1. Senevirath Says:

    NO INDIA WILL NOT BOYCOTT AT THIS TIME . THEY ARE SO UPSET AND WORRIED ABOUT NEW CHINA- LANKA DEALINGS

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    My Comment on the Article below:

    As a Patriotic Sri Lankan, I second garawi’s comment.

    The average Sri Lankan enjoys a much higher standard of living and social equity than the average Indian citizen, despite a 30 year war against Tamil separatists, initiated, funded, and orchestrated by India. With similar cultures & economies at independence, one would have expected no difference today between the two countries; so why is there such a vast difference?

    The answer is SIMPLE: The Buddhist mindset of the Majority Community of Sri Lanka has supported and enabled progress in every area leading to the higher economic and social equity. Caste and sex discrimination has vanished, people have attained 95% literacy comparable to advanced Western nations, and enjoy good universal healthcare. Despite what the Eelamist Tamil separatists egged on by Tamil Nadu racists would have you believe, ethnic and religious discrimination has also largely vanished.

    An UNDYING DEDICATION to PRESERVING our Sovereignty remains undiminished!

    ……….
    Garawi’s Comment:

    While the India’s poor is starving the govenrment is meddling in Sri Lankan politics and trying to impose their power on her. It will be better to spent time and money to improve the condition at home before preaching to the others.

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    Poorest of poor survive on Rs 17 a day in villages: NSSO

    By PTI – NEW DELHI

    20th June 2013 05:05 PM

    Poorest of poor in the country survive on barely Rs 17 per day in villages and Rs 23 a day in cities, as per the latest data released by the National Sample Survey Office today.

    According to the data, which relates to 2011-12 (July-June), five per cent population on the bottom rung had an average monthly per capita expenditure (MCPE) of Rs 521.44 in rural areas and Rs 700.50 in urban areas.

    On the other end of the spectrum, top five per cent of the population had an MPCE of Rs 4,481 in rural areas and Rs 10,282 in urban areas.

    The National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO) 68th round of survey is based on samples consisting of 7,496 villages in rural India and 5,263 urban blocks except some remote areas, during July 2011June 2012, the release said.

    On an average on the all-India basis, MPCE was around Rs 1,430 for rural India and about Rs 2,630 for urban India.

    “Thus average urban MPCE was about 84 per cent higher than average rural MPCE for the country as a whole, though there were wide variations in this differential across states,” it said.

    For the average rural Indian, food accounted for 52.9 per cent of the value of consumption during 2011-12. This included 10.8 per cent for cereals and cereal substitutes, 8 per cent for milk and milk products, 7.9 per cent on beverages, refreshments and processed food, and 6.6 per cent on vegetables, the release said.

    Among non-food item categories, fuel and light for household purposes (excluding transportation) accounted for 8 per cent, clothing and footwear 7 per cent, medical expenses 6.7 per cent, education 3.5 per cent, conveyance 4.2 per cent, other consumer services (excluding conveyance) 4 per cent, and consumer durables 4.5 per cent.

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    The statement by M.A.Sumanthiran of the TNA (Tiger Nominated Agents), to wit:

    “ India should take “measures” to ensure that the Sri Lankan government does not succeed in robbing provincial councils of certain powers under the 13th amendment and that they, hope that India will take measures to arrest the trend and reverse the process and hold Sri Lanka to its word (of going beyond the 13th amendment)”

    is a CLEAR CASE of HIGH TREASON by a Sri Lankan citizen, in that it INVITES INTERVENTION by a FOREIGN POWER in the INTERNAL AFFAIRS of Sri Lanka.

    In the US, such a statement by a US Citizen would be rewarded by ARREST, CONVICTION and IMPRISONMENT on the charge of HIGH TREASON. Many US citizens, including the “American Taliban” have found out to their great dismay that TREASON does not pay. Consequently, the number of such cases are VERY FEW; that is what RIGOROUS ENFORCEMENT to the FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW yields: DETERRENCE of others from fllowing the path of TREASON against one’s own country.

    That DETERRENCE OF TREASON is what is ABSENT in Sri Lanka today. This is NOT THE FIRST TIME that TNA leaders have committed TREASON. It started LONG AGO while their NOT-SO-ILLUSTRIOUS LEADER, the late unlamented self-styled SunGod, Velupillai Prabhakaran, who commanded their slavish obedience to TREACHERY, was waging terrorist WAR against their counttry.

    The GOSL MUST enforce the TREASON Laws already on the books, and STRENGTHEN THESE LAWS as the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) of Sri Lanka, under Dr. Nath Amerakone’s leadership, has DEMANDED.

    The GOSL will RUE THE DAY when they FAILED TO ENFORCE the TREASON Laws, when Separatist Traitors connive, plot and orchestrate the disintegration of Sri Lanka with Foreign Powers, with IMPUNITY and FREE OF ANY FEAR OF PUNISHMENT!

    Rise Up … O Patriots of Mother Lanka …. Rise Up to DEFEND and PROTECT your Nation and your People. REPEAL the 13th Amendment and DEMOLISH the Provincial Council System COMPLETELY without delay!

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    BanglaDesh, at least, knows how to PUNISH terrorists and murderers: DO UNTO AS DONE UNTO!

    EVEN BETTER would be to DO UNTO BEFORE BEING DONE UNTO!

    How many of the LTTE murderers captured at the end of the Eelam War have been put to DEATH for their crimes? ANSWER: NONE!

    And so, the FAILURE TO PUNISH continuing unabated in Sri Lanka, will encourage a New Generation of Terrorists to believe that they can kill with IMPUNITY!

    NO AMOUNT of Pious Pontifical Preaching or Human Compassion can Protect the People. Only the Terrible Majesty of Fair & Just Laws applied RIGOROUSLY without DELAY can Protect the innocents! VICTIMS rights MUST have higher priority over those of their TORMENTORS!

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    Ten Bangladesh militants are condemned to death

    BBC.co.uk
    June 20, 2013

    A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 10 Islamist militants to death for assisting a suicide bombing in 2005 which killed eight people near a courthouse in the town of Gazipur.

    Police at the time described it as the country’s first suicide bombing.

    The condemned men, all members of the banned JMB militant group, showed no remorse after a judge sentenced them in a crowded Dhaka courtroom.

    The JMB man who carried out the attack was also killed.

    Prosecutors say that he was dressed in a traditional lawyers’ gown which enabled him to enter a lawyers’ office office in Gazipur – just north of Dhaka – without creating suspicion. He then detonated his explosives.

    Special public prosecutor Rafiqul Islam told the AFP news agency that the condemned men assisted the bomber in making the bomb, providing him with information and planning.

    Judge Motaher Hossain, sitting in a fast-track court set up by the government, ordered the sentences to be carried out by hanging.

    The attack was one of several of blasts carried out by the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB) in 2005, prompting concern that the moderate Muslim-majority nation was being subjected to an insurgency similar to that being waged by the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    On 17 August 2005 – three months before the Gazipur attack – more than 300 explosions took place simultaneously in 50 cities and towns across the country in one day, including the capital Dhaka.

    JMB head Abdur Rahman and his deputy Siddiqul Islam, known as Bangla Bhai, were among six JMB militants hanged in 2007 for orchestrating the attacks.

    During their trial, the two men said they had targeted the judiciary because it was run by secular rather than Sharia law.

  5. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    Sumanthiran must be in a state of lunacy to say, ” India should take ” measures to ensure that Sri Lankan Government XXX etc. Garawi says that while the Indias POOR is starving, the Government is meddling in Sri Lankan Politics xxx etc. HOW TRUE.

    What has India to do with the Internal Affairs of Sri Lanka ? India has to clean up their stables first, to stop the Indians from defecating on the roads and on the Railway lines. They have to put a stop to the low class Dalits from collecting human fecal matter with their bare hands, from the dry wells of the rich. Sumathiran should relocate to India, and give a helping hand to the Dalits.

    Also, when President said ” going beyond the 13th Ammendment ” what he meant was that he will help all Sri Lankans to better their lives. He never meant to swallow the stercus tauri in the 13th amendment.

    TNA urging Dr. Singh to boycott the CHOGM, is tantamount to asking the Good Old Dr. Singh to self immolate himself, It will also be tantamount to TNAs Master blasting the Indian PM. Happy Pipe Dreams, TNA.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    My Comment on the Following Article, albeit one year late:

    Sinhala regime has committed genocides? When has protecting one’s own people against Separatist Tamil terrorism initiated, funded, praised and orchestrated by India, killing 150,000 innocent citizens over 30 years become genocide?

    India is culpable for all the murder and mayhem their surrogates, the LTTE inflicted on our people. Our closest cousins became our worst enemies. Even today, we are still struggling against the Eelamist Diaspora, and the Poison Pill embedded in our Constitution at gunpoint by India (aka 13th Amendment) designed to Balkanize our Motherland into a Patchwork of Racist, Apartheid Bantustans.

    India, mired in a multitude of separatist wars and Naxalite terrorism, should mind its own business; it has no valid advice, or moral authority, to offer us when it cannot keep its own house in order.

    We will rebuild our country as ONE Indivisible Nation, of ONE Inseparable People, sharing One Indomitable destiny, free of ALL discrimination. India MUST BUTT OUT of Sri Lanka!

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    China gains edge in Sri Lanka

    By Jayadeva Ranade
    NewIndianExpress.com

    July 2, 2012

    Traditionally close Indo-Sri Lankan ties forged by shared culture and ethnicity and reinforced by history and legend, are showing signs of coming under strain. Partially caused by New Delhi’s failure to provide more forthcoming policy responses to Colombo’s requests, India’s diplomatic influence is now getting eroded. China stepped in to occupy the space and has, of late, begun expanding its presence in Sri Lanka. It is acquiring a meaningful presence in the political, commercial and cultural sectors. It is already influential in Sri Lanka’s defence establishment.

    The development assumes significance in the backdrop of China’s uncompromising efforts to secure global acceptance of its pre-eminence in the region, which coincides with India’s shrinking influence in its immediate neighbourhood. The latter could get accentuated following establishment of full diplomatic relations between China and Bhutan and imminent resolution of their boundary issue.

    In keeping with the practice followed by it in many countries, Beijing has sought to first exploit the economic and trade route. China’s investments in Sri Lanka, which till 2004, were estimated at under $250 million, increased sharply in the aftermath of the tsunami when Beijing extended assistance of $300 million. There was a noticeable spurt in Chinese lending after the defeat of the LTTE in 2009, with almost $6.5 billion being invested primarily in infrastructural projects. Bilateral trade similarly registered an increase and in the first six months of 2011, totalled $1.28 billion, or an increase of nearly 40 per cent over the previous year.

    Already burdened by domestic and external debt in excess of Sri Lankan Rupees 5.5 trillion, Sri Lanka is eager for loans for its projects. China’s loans to Sri Lanka, though, are neither at preferential rates and nor as grants-in-aid, but they do offer a grace period of 4-5 years for repayment. China is learnt to have been pressurising Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to increase government spending on infrastructure to at least 6.3 per cent of the GDP to enable Sri Lanka become a middle income nation. Sri Lanka recently announced that it would spend $21 billion in the period 2012-2015, or 6.5 per cent of the GDP each year. China is expected to contribute more than half this amount. Additionally, in 2011, the China Development Bank Corporation agreed to provide $1.5 billion over a three year period for roads, power plants and irrigation schemes.

    Chinese companies have so far bagged at least 14 major infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka, making China a major player in Sri Lanka’s development efforts. Chinese companies seem to have an edge and often bypass the tender process emerging suddenly as single bidders. The procedural opacity allows for high cost over-runs.

    For example, the project for construction of a 350-metre high transmission and communications tower, on seven and a half acres of prime property along the picturesque Beira waterfront in central Colombo, was awarded to a Chinese company without competition. Construction of the $108 million-tower is being funded by China’s Exim Bank. Apparently prompted by compulsions of ensuring occupancy of the tower and revenues for its owners, the Sri Lankan government has asked the three main telecommunications service providers — Airtel, Etilsat and Dialog — to move into the tower once it is completed. This will additionally facilitate security monitoring of all communications, including by the Chinese company. Interesting, albeit unrelated, is the scandal brewing in Pakistan of a Chinese telecommunications company also emerging suddenly as the sole candidate for supply of a telecommunications trunk system with integrated security-related software.

    The Hambantota Port Development project which, according to reliable inputs, was awarded to China while India was still in talks with Sri Lanka, is a prime example including of cost over-runs in projects. China lent $400 million for the first phase of the new port in Hambantota and China’s Exim bank lent $77 million for an oil bunkering facility. The cost of the first phase, originally estimated at $360 million, escalated by $40 million. The total cost of the port’s development, including the oil bunkering facility, is estimated at $600-750 million. It is assessed, however, that the cost would finally exceed $2 billion. High costs have made Hambantota port commercially unviable. To salvage the situation, the Sri Lankan authorities have directed, for a start, that all automobiles be imported only through Hambantota port, resulting in the addition of SL Rupees 40,000 to the cost price of each vehicle.

    Lanka IOC’s market share will be affected if China, which has strongly indicated a willingness to invest $2 billion in the Sapugaskanda Refinery Expansion and Modernisation (SOREM) project, is awarded the contract.

    Of long term significance are the inroads being made by China’s ‘soft power’. As a first step, China Radio International recently obtained a licence to operate a 24-hour FM Radio channel in Sri Lanka. It is presently broadcasting an hour-long programme in Sinhala each day directly from China via Sri Lanka’s ‘Youth FM’. China Central Television (CCTV) has also decided to telecast Chinese soaps and programmes with subtitles in Sinhalese in addition to the popular Chinese programmes telecast for the past three months by Sri Lanka’s state-owned ITN. An unbearably high rate of tax was simultaneously imposed on Sirisa TV, which used to show popular Indian tele-serials. China’s official news agency Xinhua has plans to expand its operations in the island. Beijing has also increased the number of scholarships for Sri Lankan students and an agreement was signed in October 2011, to establish Confucius Centres across Sri Lanka. The China Institute for Contemporary International Relations, affiliated with China’s intelligence establishment, has proposed a long-term partnership with the Bandaranayake Centre of International Studies.

    China’s extensive ties with the Sri Lankan armed forces are expanding. The Sri Lankan government recently signed an agreement with China for the purchase of six MA-60 aircraft at a cost of $105.4 million. China has also indicated interest in a $100 million project for construction of family accommodation for Sri Lanka’s military personnel in the north and east and separately announced a grant of $1.5 million for modernisation of the Defence Services College in Colombo.

    India needs to evolve steps to ensure that its influence in the region does not shrink, its foreign policy objectives and national aspirations are not compromised, and its interests are protected. It must, among other measures, capitalise on its inherent advantages and increase its lead as the largest source of tourism, direct foreign investment and export market for Sri Lanka.

    Jayadeva Ranade is a former additional secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India

  7. michelly200 Says:

    The Government of India is caught between the proverbial Devil and the deep blue sea.

    On the one hand they cannot afford a move that would antagonize the SL Government, which would only serve to further strengthen trade/diplomatic/military relations with China

    On the other hand, the ruling party has to take into consideration that they have to shore up their support in light of the Indian General elections that are scheduled to take place next year. Further, from the impression I get seeing the Prime Minister in action, it seems that Dr Manmohan Singh appears to be little more than a puppet for someone else within the party.

  8. Max Silva Says:

    The god fathers of Tamil terrorism the TNA has now taken a different line after the demise of their god son,Praba.Now the latest game is blackmail.Another ruse is in trying to change the constitution through an outfit sponsored by the Norwegians. This outfit is led by Sobitha,Waliamuna,Karu J,Wickramabahu,Sumanthiran,Paki,Nimalka,Sunila etc who are being sponsored by Norway.The end result is that this outfit will take Norway for a right royal ride!

  9. jayasiri Says:

    As Mr. Dissanayake, aptly pointed out & so did few others…..I also ask WHY we allow MPs of TNA to having safaries to India & Other Eurpoen countries at TAX PAYERS expense, to denounce Sri Lanka & its policies.

    Many quite rightly pointed OUT WHY none of the LTTE combattens who were found GUILTY of going against a DULY elected democracy & its policies, ARE STILL FREE?. They should be tried for TREASON & laws are there, BUT none of them are punished.

    DO WE have to wait till another uprising to follow, as they the LTTE is NOT punished even when found gulity of TREASON. If the GOVT. is concerned about India’s puny response or USA & the gang, who are waiting to pounce on Sri Lanka, IT IS BETTER to see what they are going to do, IF SRI LANKA takes some concrete ation to punish these REBELS ( but we call them TERORISTS) . It is time to fimd out that SO NO OTHER UPRISING WILL EVER occur.

    Thank you all, RISING UP against the common enemy is the BUDDHIST WAY, and it augers well with others including Tamils who love our Motherland…~ Sri Lanka.

    Another expat expressing his views……….Thank you all…….~ J

  10. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    No nation would permit a foreign intrusion on matters regarding the said nation’s constitution or amendments to it. Colombo should never have engaged India on a Sr Lankan amendment but the damage can be repaired by keeping India or any other power out of the process of either passing or abolishing this amendment. What the Tamil National Alliance is doing borders on treason for as a Sri Lankan political party New Delhi has no role in this. No Sri Lankan voted for any Indian politician and no Indian voted for any Sri Lankan politician. But Sri Lankans voted for the Tamil National Alliance. The Sri Lankan Tamils during the war had the support of the Tamil Nadu government and the Indian government. Now after the war the Sri Lankan Tamils have the support of the Indian government, the Tamil Nadu government, the US government and all the nations that voted against Sri Lanka on the human rights issue including the support of the UNHRC. This has got to stop. Not only should this amendment be abolished but a new amendment that explicitly states that no Sri Lankan political party can engage a foreign power on domestic issues and the punishment if they do, including giving powers to the center over that of the provinces and finally acknowledging that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist land where other faiths have the freedom to exist.

  11. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    Take the reverse. Would India permit the Muslim parties to seek the assistance of Pakistan on any amendment that may deny Sharia law or effect their way of life? how about the Indian Communist party who have been very successful in governing two Indian states ( Bengal and Kerala). What if there is an amendment that would be perceived to have an effect on the Indian Communist party. Would India allow the Communists to seek Beijing’s assistance to pressure India in the decision making process. This would be ludicrous to Indian leaders and yet the TNA are doing exactly that by seeking India (a foreign entity) to put pressure on the decision making of keeping or abolishing the 13th amendment. India is the least nation to interfere for she fully supported the Tamil Tigers to form a separate state for close to 30 years with her intentions of getting unfetted access to the Trincomalee port and by that to the Indian ocean and at the same time cut the Sri Lankan power in half. The 13th amendment was drawn during the civil war when India flagrantly violated Sri Lankan air space to drop food and essentials to the Tamil Tiger, played host in Tamil Nadu to the Tamil Tigers when they would attack and then flee to India and trained them by India’s secret service RAW. India’s intentions towards Sri Lanka continue to be an existential threat to Sri Lanka.

  12. Ananda-USA Says:

    JAYAWEWA! This is something I had STRONGLY advocated in the past to PROTECT the native people of Sri Lanka from foreign predators.

    Given the huge DISPARITY IN WEALTH between Sri Lankan citizens and those in developed countries, there is a DISTINCT POSSIBILITY that Sri Lankans would be converted from landowners into renters … in their own Motherland … just like the Hawaiins today.

    Citizenship is MEANINGLESS if the land belongs to foreigners!

    Today they would be owner-investors, tomorrow they will DEMAND citizenship as well, creating another route to citizenship dispossessing the native people!

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    Sri Lanka bans sale of state or private lands to foreigners

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    June 22, Colombo: the Sri Lankan government will prepare legislation banning the further sale of state or private land to non-citizens.

    Sri Lanka President in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning has forwarded a proposal to the Cabinet of Ministers seeking approval to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft legislation to impose restrictions on transfer of lands to foreigners.

    Accordion to the President’s proposal, transfer of state or private land by way of a sale, donation, gift, or by any other disposition to a person who is not a citizen of Sri Lanka will be prohibited.

    Further a sale cannot be sold or transferred to a company incorporated in Sri Lanka where any foreign shareholding of such Company is 50 % or above to a Foreign Company, unless exemption is granted in terms of the proposed Act.

    Under the proposed act, the state or private lands could be leased out subject to stipulations to non-citizens for a maximum period of 99 years, instead of outright sale.

    The Cabinet has given its approval to the proposed legislation.

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