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8 April 2018 05:24 pm - 27     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Matale International School laments that its annual New Year celebrations which was scheduled to be held on Saturday could not be held as a helicopter that carried Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had been kept landed in the venue of the celebrations.

The school's Director Prasana Dharmakeerthi told 'Daily Mirror' that the helicopter had been landed for over four hours at the Edward Silva Hokey Grounds where the celebrations were to be held.

He charged that despite his school having booked the ground a month ago after paying the due amount to the Matale Municipal Council, the students and their parents were disappointed to see the helicopter that had landed occupying the venue of the celebration.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had visited Matale for a function where a statue of Madugalle Nilame was unveiled by him at the Matale Public Library premises and the helicopter carrying him landed at the Edward Silva Grounds.

Mr. Dharmakeerthi said there were several other grounds in Matale for the helicopter to land. (Mahesh Keerthirathna)

  Comments - 27

  • Arnold Sunday, 08 April 2018 05:45 PM

    Burning our money.

    Janaya Sunday, 08 April 2018 08:17 PM

    The speaker should not only speak but, observe, ask and listen! When getting down he should have known the preparations made!!!

    Spkl Sunday, 08 April 2018 09:52 PM

    Increase Taxes for this cost.This country will not change

    Scooby Doo Monday, 09 April 2018 09:32 AM

    Sad to hear it but happy that this is in news.If its MR`s era these kinds of news will go under carpet and even if a media publishes it, They will be pressured.

    Siyabala Sunday, 08 April 2018 05:51 PM

    We actually thought that with the advent of Yahapalanaya these merry the devil activities will come to a stand still. The back up vehicles VVIP treatments will come to an end. But these activities being carried out unabated. These are simple things people expect and can be done easily. You don't need 2/3rds majority. Very sad !

    Nilame Sunday, 08 April 2018 05:57 PM

    Totally unacceptable!!! How unfair to the party which paid and booked the venue in advance?

    GC Sunday, 08 April 2018 07:14 PM

    Reminds me how Mr Rajapakse wanted Emirates to clear a Sri Lankan aeroplane for his group by kicking out those who already had confirmed reservations. So, Yahapalan does not seem to mean and change to the way politicians behave. It seems voters are fooled all the time, leaving them to question the usefulness of democracy.

    DHA Sunday, 08 April 2018 05:57 PM

    Feel sorry for the organizers and the students....

    Jaliya Sunday, 08 April 2018 07:27 PM

    Don't feel sorry for the organizers and the students ... feel sorry for the country and people like you and me who live here.

    Sebastian perera Sunday, 08 April 2018 06:05 PM

    The UK prime minister doesn’t even travel in the UK with a chopper yet this Speaker travels barely 100 miles with a chopper. Good work.

    Saritg Sunday, 08 April 2018 08:32 PM

    I get what you mean but I don't think she can drive to Northern Ireland from Britain.

    Jil Sunday, 08 April 2018 06:16 PM

    Should have travel there by road like common folks do

    Banda Monday, 09 April 2018 09:09 AM

    Avurudu Kumaraya should not go by road.

    Gayan Sunday, 08 April 2018 07:32 PM

    7 star democracy he promised.

    Jaliya Sunday, 08 April 2018 07:59 PM

    Why can they cannot travel by road?? NO other democratic country provides these types of benefits to parliamentarians ... they travel by trains, cars or airplanes just like ordinary folks ... the cost to operate a turbine engine military transport chopper is about US$ 2,643 (Two thousand six hundred forty-three US dollars) per hour .. the round trip would have translated to 913,5553/= LKR just for this trip. Who's money is this man spending?

    Warren Raed Sunday, 08 April 2018 08:00 PM

    These politicos will never serve us. They only know to screw us. We will have to chase them out in 2020. Enough is enough.

    virun Sunday, 08 April 2018 08:15 PM

    very good

    IVJ Sunday, 08 April 2018 08:55 PM

    These goons have barely 2 yrs to correct themselves and win the hearts of the people. But they seem to have memory of goldfish. I honestly don't know who is capable of bringing SL out of the mess we are in but sincerely hope the people of this country will make wise choices.

    weera Sunday, 08 April 2018 09:17 PM

    All comments show the disapproval of such wastage of peoples money. They get into politics not to help the people but to enjoy power and prestige.

    Ceylon Sunday, 08 April 2018 09:22 PM

    Definitely karu has now knowladge about these details.his stupid staff has done this.they must pay the compansation from their personal money for the damage and disturb for school and children.terrible.

    EF Monday, 09 April 2018 09:42 AM

    Karu knew he was travelling by helicopter though, why can't he travel by road, the people who pay all his bills travel long distances by road everyday. Our struggles are not their struggles

    Sharon Monday, 09 April 2018 09:02 AM

    Wow. Not the speaker also goes in Helicopter????

    Jajb Monday, 09 April 2018 09:50 AM

    It's interesting to note what he professed at this gathering ' Power hungry politicians still betraying country for money' non of these modayas practice what they preach

    Sudda Monday, 09 April 2018 10:55 AM

    Sri Lanka will never have honest politicians!

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 09 April 2018 11:59 AM

    The German Luftwaffe's (Air force) aviation readiness unit consists of five Airbus A310s in various versions, two Airbus A340s and one A319CJs, four Bombardier Global 5000s and three Cougar AS-532 helicopters, which are mainly used for military but also for parliamentary purposes. With the exception of helicopters mostly for flights abroad. In Germany, the helicopters are used only in urgent cases otherwise the politicians are using cars of the government car pool, the railway or scheduled flights of Lufthansa. No German politician would even come up with the idea to use an aircraft for the inauguration of a monument.

    vis8 Monday, 09 April 2018 09:58 PM

    Yahapalanaya in action! Enjoy!!!!

    Ranjan Monday, 09 April 2018 10:31 PM

    Speaker speechless

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