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Govt. has a mania for helicopters: Karu

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Senior UNPer Karu Jayasuriya said today the government had developed a helicopter mania and were blatantly abusing state resources for their election campaign as never before.

“They are using helicopters unnecessarily even to travel a short distance, such as attending a school sports meet,” he told a news conference in Colombo this morning.

Mr. Jayasuriya revealed that the government was going to buy another 14 helicopters on a foreign loan. "This exercise was a waste of public resources at a time the war was over. Is it necessary to buy a great number of helicopters after the war? The people are not prepared to believe that the government is buying these helicopters for tourism purposes,” he said.

Mr. Jayasuriya said in the absence of the 17th amendment. "We are not guaranteed a free and fair election. An independent police commission was vital to ensure a free and fair election. Under this government it is not the election commissioner who decides the election date but the astrologers,” he added.

Mr. Jayasuriya said the government wanted to hold these elections to establish their power not for the wellbeing of the people. “Education and agriculture have deteriorated. Despite these burning problems, the government wanted these unnecessary elections even though the provincial councils had several months to complete their tenure," he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)

 
 

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-6+58 # Cynic 2012-08-08 14:56
What about the hefty commissions on helicopters? Gravy train moves on.
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-9+48 # ANTON 2012-08-08 14:59
Another 14 more plane crashes could be expected.
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-0+0 # malkanthi 2012-08-09 12:51
Yes when one helicopter crashes, all will start by road for fear of life and hard earned wealth.
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-14+39 # willows 2012-08-08 15:07
well said Sir, we know you are clean but what about the others, they too would do the same if in power
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-4+22 # Sarneris 2012-08-08 16:33
Two wrongs doesn't make one right
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-3+44 # Dayan 2012-08-08 15:15
All these decision makers were elected by us to make them Richer and destroy our forest lands to hold GAM UDAWA and build AIR PORTS around the country.

Tell me where we are aheading?
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-2+13 # Notharismama 2012-08-08 20:59
I think you meant Deyata Kirula?
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-0+5 # Dee 2012-08-09 09:08
'Kaata Kirula'
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-2+33 # Al Rasa 2012-08-08 15:16
See a govt. with more strength may resort to this type of methods as all past govts, also have done using of govt. resources for election work. But you should exploit more strength in your opposition to topple that types of govt. Problem is you have failed to organize you party's vibrant mechanism to topple such a govt. in an election.
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-72+15 # Yohan Perera 2012-08-08 15:22
Your party did the same when they were in power...
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-2+11 # Jayantha 2012-08-09 07:50
Is that mean people gave power to the present government to do same?
Isn't that why people refused them then?
Is it correct to do same pointing what previous rulers did?
If so why did people change previous government?
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-5+3 # Malith 2012-08-09 08:21
And also no developments in the Country either. Now we see both, Developments and also Helicopters in the air.
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-5+7 # Dee 2012-08-09 09:08
Development?? 'my foot' !
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-4+49 # Yehiya 2012-08-08 15:31
Dear Karu. Weakness is your side.Most of them are under MR pay roll. People need a change but no suitable substitute.
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-2+10 # Citizen Perera 2012-08-08 19:06
Absolutely right..
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-2+19 # Potta Sunil 2012-08-08 17:18
We need Anna Hazare like leader in Sri Lanka, sadly there is none.
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-1+8 # Mishra 2012-08-09 06:30
Anna Hazares of Sri Lanka will be welcomed by White Vans. India is a democratic country not like Sri Lanka.
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-3+5 # sach 2012-08-09 09:01
anna hazare is an idiot who takes ind public for a ride.
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-4+18 # SudhuPuncha 2012-08-08 19:31
why dont u cross over again!!!!then u might also get a copter!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!
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-3+10 # upul 2012-08-08 19:32
I agreed totally expressing view on 17th Amendments and the independent commissions. This is what country needs now, very badly.
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-0+18 # Nodrog 2012-08-08 20:51
Karu we don't need words....how about some action considering the UNP is the main opposition party, or is it?
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-2+13 # CHANDRAPALA 2012-08-08 21:13
You are totally correct sir, because we need 17th amendment. Otherwise, we cannot topple this corrupt government by a this type of bogus election which is held under 18th amendment. However, it is very sad to note that you are also partly responsible for the present situation because if you did not crossover to the government earlier we could have been a strong opposition.
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-2+8 # Sahabandu 2012-08-09 00:05
Govt. is getting ready for it's own suicide mission.
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-1+7 # PLP 2012-08-09 06:26
We can buy more than 25 super quality Canadian Engines with this money. It will work for masses for decades . Even for our younger generations. Please think over.
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-2+1 # Dee 2012-08-09 09:27
What happened to the bullet like junk now lying under the baseline overhead?
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-2+8 # Janaki Kalansuriya 2012-08-09 06:40
Poor man, poorer opposition, and a poorest Nation. Is that all you have to comment on KJ? People are waiting for some form of leadership to pressurize the government to stop its' corruption on so many burning issues and you and the others don't seem to see anything burning than issues like this!!
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-1+9 # Game Kolla 2012-08-09 07:49
Are these Helicopters using fuel from Petroleum corporation?
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-6+3 # Malith 2012-08-09 08:18
Of cause UNP is finding it amusing to see 14 more helicopters flying in the air because for them even defeating Terrorism was signing a MOU's and calling the Terrorist Leader, Mr. Prabahkaran. It's good if the politicians fly in helicopters rather than blocking the traffic at peak hours. If the tourists are going to use them and others can hire them, why worry? We all know one thing that amuses UNP, it's the Development. But on the other hand, all these helicopters will short live if Susil Pemachandra is going to continue as the Petroleum Minister.
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-1+8 # Dee 2012-08-09 09:28
By using CPC fuel they'd come down soon.
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-3+5 # Calistus Jayatilleke 2012-08-09 09:57
Highways for the ordinary folks - and airways for the Royals. Reminds one of an old saying : "Rajjuruwo Udai Udai, G.. Kollo Bimai Bimai"
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-5+5 # ajith fernando 2012-08-09 10:14
This is what happened during JR and Premadasa regime. You will keep on crying untill you get the power. Then you do the same again. we do not see any difference from the both parties.
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-1+5 # Jambalaya 2012-08-09 10:20
Helicopters are an effeicient mode of transport especially for tourism. But what is confusing is we are building regional air ports while choppers dont need such infrastructre. Unless we have to brace ourselves for a fleet of regional jets
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-0+2 # marlon 2012-08-09 10:36
yes
as never before.
i.e. before also others did
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-6+6 # citizen junior 2012-08-09 11:29
Karu and his team has a MANIA for leadership
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-3+2 # ANURA 2012-08-09 12:46
Karu, you do not understand the importance of helicopters in a land where nearly 22 million people live . Gone were the days where we could depend on motor traffic alone ,specially when you are having congested roads in all major cities in the island. Big cities and when the population density is high you got to have helicopters for surveillance ,health services etc .
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