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Couple surviving on Murunga leaves: President deploys officer to probe

21 September 2018 04:23 pm - 22     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Maithripala Sirisena said he immediately deployed an officer to look into the incident where a starving couple from Kahatagasdigiliya had been feeding on Murunga leaves for days due to the lack of water and food.

Addressing an event in Anuradhapura, the President said all state officers and the ministers in the region should be held responsible for the situation.

“It is the responsibility of all ministers and state officials to visit the affected people and provide relief," he said.

Daily Mirror and our sister paper Lankadeepa reported that a couple in Kahatagasdigiliaya area had eaten boiled Murunga leaves for several days.

  Comments - 22

  • Dr Wijeratne Friday, 21 September 2018 04:35 PM

    I realized only now that our President has just landed on earth from some other planet

    sofia Saturday, 22 September 2018 02:41 PM

    And then solved immediately the biggest problem in Sri Lanka.

    DHA Friday, 21 September 2018 04:43 PM

    At last sir you have woken from your dream world most of the poor families live like this !!!

    Dutchy Friday, 21 September 2018 04:49 PM

    Even we are not able to spend on our basic meals as we wish. That is the truth

    Sam Friday, 21 September 2018 05:02 PM

    You will need lots of state officials in the coming months and years because all of Sri Lanka will be like this other than the select few in Colombo

    Zub Friday, 21 September 2018 08:06 PM

    Will the official check the effects of Murunga?

    Harini Friday, 21 September 2018 08:51 PM

    Yes but when you go to help poor and starving people, don't take your SUV's with a massive motorcade and your fat selves. It would be a tad insulting. I wonder if the President proposes Ministers look into how murunga leaves could also be taxed to mint some more money to buy their latest toys and gadgets. Especially now that it is an essential item to keep people alive and stem starvation. They did it to bread, gas, petrol, sugar and vegetables. What's left to tax? Grass?

    Wise Donkey Friday, 21 September 2018 09:08 PM

    Poor people cannot pick and choose. They cannot even go for good quality stuff like cashew nuts of class etc The have to fill their stomach with whatever they can afford to survive. How many worse cases than this could be, undisclosed!

    Gamini Friday, 21 September 2018 09:29 PM

    Sirisena is just doing 'fire fighting' for ratings. You need to cut down government waste, eliminate curruption and use those funds to develop proper plans to ensure every person in the country can have a decent basic meal.

    Ceylon Friday, 21 September 2018 09:34 PM

    Cashe nut to murunga leaves,dirisena making interesting stories.

    Mari Saturday, 22 September 2018 11:31 AM

    That’s right. Great use of precious presidential time

    chuti Saturday, 22 September 2018 09:48 AM

    “It is the responsibility of all ministers and state officials to visit the affected people and provide relief," he said.for once appreciate the good gesture made by a president without ridiculing him!! following this statement by the President,if us, the community at large could also put pressure on this statement to all ministers and state officials, then we would be able to utilize the resources for the benefit of all... so lets put pressure on the statement for the betterment rather than ridiculing everything!

    aseala Saturday, 22 September 2018 10:23 AM

    See the issues our president has to look after. Cashew nuts . murunga leaves , These petty things should not be mentioned in public forum which shows your stupidity and ignorance.

    Lank De Silva Saturday, 22 September 2018 10:25 AM

    ... Aayyyooo Sirisena ! Murunga is better than Water. Let the poor be spiritually rich ..... the Ministers can trim their wastes, waists and transport and be more economically healthy ......

    Rasika Saturday, 22 September 2018 11:07 AM

    if there is no news papper what will happen to this man .....

    Ceylon Saturday, 22 September 2018 01:45 PM

    This news also he read from lankadeepa.ha ha ha.some one give this billionaire poor man a tv.seems he read newspaper once in 3 months.people there starving 3 months.

    indika Saturday, 22 September 2018 11:27 AM

    nothing wrong with the president except he has chosen wrong people to assist him. what the hell was Gramasevaka, MP and GA of the area was doing all this time....... arn't they responsible.presidents mistake was that he does not have the backbone to hold people accountable.

    wilkie Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:13 PM

    Govt. must encourage people to eat murunga leaves as it has been praised for its health benefits for thousands of years. Scientific research supports following benefits.Very nutritious and a herbal medicine.Is rich in antioxidants.Lowers blood sugar levels.Reduce inflammation.Lowers cholesterol.Protects against arsenic toxicity. Arsenic contamination of food is a problem in Asia.City folks should eat more murunga.

    Godfry dap Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:19 PM

    Honb.Sir,At least you came to understand the poverty level of the people, its good at least you are reading news papers.please be in realilty.Please AWAKE.Thanks

    Ceylonese Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:36 PM

    What is wrong about eating Murunga leaves? The Murunga tree is called the miracle plant and is known to be the most nutritious tree on earth. for it's medicinal value all over the world especially in Africa where infants are fed with juice extracted from Murunga leaves. Every part of the Murunga tree is considered nutritious. The couple did the right thing under the circumstances and should be commended. In South America Murunga seeds are used as an aphrodisiac by men

    Wwillw Sunday, 23 September 2018 04:00 PM

    When there was bumper rice harvest,you dump them on Mattala airport,which is altra modern airport even word largest lane can land,it's happens to be curse to the cointry,

    Gamaralage Punnakkuwa Sunday, 23 September 2018 04:45 PM

    Aiyyo could have given some of those cashew nuts from the business class.... president Silly was flying BC and never thought of visiting the drought stricken and now passes the buck to the bottom. Chaturika should have given this portfolio instead of barging into the state owned corporations!

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