Sacrifices have been made ; MR

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Preserving the territorial integrity is equally important as gaining freedom and we have already made so many sacrifices for that, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said at the 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Katharagama a short while ago.
 

We have managed to increase the per capita income to USD 2400 during the last five years a huge increase from what we achieved from 1948 to 2005, the President added.  

The President further said that not only popular decisions but difficult ones also had to be made for the betterment of the country and that he was willing to do so. (Daily MIrror online)

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  • Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 04 February 2011 07:59 AM

    Yes, sacrifices have been made by everybody in the country but not the least by the politicians who enjoyed all luxuries even during the most difficult times of the war. Also, why is the so called "freedom" elusive to the ordinary man on the street who is still not freed from the clutches of skyrocketting cost of living. This USD 2400 per capita does not mean anything to the consumer who cannot afford the current price levels. Take a head count and see what percentage of the people have this level of income.

    Ane Manda Friday, 04 February 2011 08:05 AM

    Lasantha,
    Through develoment, projects like highways, high-rise buildings more oppurtunities are created. People get jobs and there by some income, money tickle down to the average worker, so as their purchasing power increase, quality of life would improve too.

    Bird Eye Saturday, 05 February 2011 11:42 AM

    People have to suffer in hunger. That's the sacrifice MR willing to take.

    Yehiya-Doha Saturday, 05 February 2011 02:59 AM

    Sajith not meet the leadership requirment. General SF is the best.

    JD Friday, 04 February 2011 09:33 AM

    SIr... now we are sacrificing our life to survive with one poor meal a day...

    ampare son Saturday, 05 February 2011 03:46 AM

    for what?

    ruwan Friday, 04 February 2011 09:40 AM

    We need practical prosperity not arithmatic prosperaty.

    Rajitha Friday, 04 February 2011 09:43 AM

    Well that's the trademark nature of capitalism. if you don't like it you should seriously consider migrating to North Korea or Cuba.

    malkanthi Saturday, 05 February 2011 03:55 AM

    Soon it will be the cost of living is going up and the chance of living is going down.

    Rauf Friday, 04 February 2011 04:08 PM

    So we need a UNP government ha?

    palitha Rajapaksa Friday, 04 February 2011 04:41 PM

    no

    Ranjith Friday, 04 February 2011 10:34 AM

    The way our leaders talk and protest against west I thought we are either in North Korea or Cuba

    citizen1 Saturday, 05 February 2011 03:04 PM

    Exactly! Sorry dear MR, but we all know who made the ultimate sacrifice...and he was last seen in a jumper.

    ameen Friday, 04 February 2011 05:10 PM

    Rauf: YES UNP government with Sajith

    Nishantha Rajapakse Saturday, 05 February 2011 06:53 AM

    well said macho!

    Ranjith Friday, 04 February 2011 06:18 PM

    Sajith is controlled by Gota

    Darwin Friday, 04 February 2011 04:40 AM

    The per capital income of US$ 2400 looks nice when considering the overvalued Sri Lanka Rupee. If the Sri Lanka is floated the value will drop drastically. The IMF too is requesting Sri Lanka to let the currency float in the monetary markets.

    Ordinary voter Friday, 04 February 2011 05:02 AM

    What is the distribution of that income within the country? Is HE referring to a measure of the wealth of the population of Sri Lanka? If so why not somebody explains how we feel it when go to shops to buy our daily needs from a days earning. Bandula sir please explain

    Lasantha Pethiyagoda Friday, 04 February 2011 05:09 AM

    The prosperity of a nation cannot be measured by how many express highways or dams, playgrounds or high-rise buildings adorn the country. It must be measured against the purchasing power parity of the currency in relation to average incomes of the majority of its population. For example, is a family on Rs 24,000 a month more able to feed itself, clothe itself, house itself and pay for medical facilities or entertainment than a comparable family in Malaysia, Thailand or Burma? Per Capita Income is not money that people get to spend. It is simply the amount of total income for the country in a year, divided by the number of people. In a country with very unequal distribution of wealth, it does not in the least reflect affordability or quality of life.

    Lasantha Pethiyagoda
    Australia

    Thas Friday, 04 February 2011 10:59 PM

    What about if the people sacrifice you???

    Kolitha Friday, 04 February 2011 06:29 AM

    I agree with your comment on academic grounds but In Sri Lanka we can see the increasingly high level of living standards all over the country with the development of infrastructure..
    In overall people are happy about the development projects going on all around the country..
    Specially, I am happy to see the improvement of the facilities in regional Sri Lanka...

    ameen Friday, 04 February 2011 07:22 AM

    what sacrifies by MR? everybody knows that its by our forces


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