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Allocate more funds for defence: Ratnasiri

12 August 2012 12:38 pm - 44     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Senior Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake today said that armed forces and police should be equipped with modern weapons as there were signs of terrorists raising their heads again.

“There are many elements operating locally and internationally, trying to disturb the peace we have gained. A political party had adopted a resolution stating that the country should be divided,” the former Premier said adding that, “these things should be taken seriously, and the country should allocate more funds for defence.” (M.D.P.Gunawardena)

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  • Jeevan Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:23 PM

    We know that many crocodiles are starving after the war has ended!

    LAL Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:33 PM

    Totally agree with you. TNA is trying that.

    Dadoriya Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:33 PM

    You and your boss was barging that the LTTE is no more. Now what? Woke up from a long dream or hibernation.

    Rif Monday, 13 August 2012 07:10 AM

    after long silence he wants to say something
    why do want tell Govt to reduce duty on Food Items

    Ganja Monday, 13 August 2012 04:09 AM

    Possible suspect that people of SL may go for uprising like happened in Egypt. what necessary for spending such a big amount for defence, instead use the money to solve the ethnic issues and to industrialize the country and thus to create employment. all problems will be solved automatically. otherwise expect the consequences.

    Nadeesha Monday, 13 August 2012 04:04 AM

    Corruption disturb the peace.

    @kingzabez Monday, 13 August 2012 04:09 AM

    Just spend the exact same funds on the development plans! (i mean the real development not the development of ministers ). there wont be any fear for uprising or any others. no more guns needed.
    Enough what we as a country suffered for long

    Sammy Monday, 13 August 2012 04:00 AM

    I agree one should be ever alert and not rest on the laurels of victory, to prevent terrorism raising its ugly head again but so should there be focus on addressing burning issues of the common people, instead of frittering away resources for self aggrandizement of politicians.

    One guy in SL Monday, 13 August 2012 04:22 AM

    Spend the money for EDUCATION and stop dreaming of another war....remember that the human rights issues are not over yet.....please dont shut the future in this country....

    Just Another Citizen Sunday, 12 August 2012 01:04 PM

    Are you worried that the people might cause a uprising?

    IrangaJ Sunday, 12 August 2012 01:22 PM

    What is that LTTE party ??

    Amila G Sunday, 12 August 2012 01:08 PM

    Allocate more funds for defense than on Elections and Ministers.

    bigsam Sunday, 12 August 2012 01:25 PM

    Dont worry man, it was just a dream. Have a cup of tea and go back to sleep please!

    Hettiarachchi Sunday, 12 August 2012 01:37 PM

    Why not more for education than for defence? Is he scared of a mass rising against tyhe ruling class?

    Vattakka Sunday, 12 August 2012 01:40 PM

    can arms and ammunition solve our hunger issue?

    Cyclops Monday, 13 August 2012 04:34 AM

    There's no fool like an old fool. Ratne, how about another one just like this one?

    Mario Monday, 13 August 2012 04:32 AM

    Not modern weapons or ammunition is what we need, we need modern thinking, a more liberal one, full devolution to N/E.

    Sad Sri Lankan Monday, 13 August 2012 04:35 AM

    Why not consider allocating funds for feeding the poor & shelter to the homeless ? That way people will have better living conditions. I guess that would reduce a considerable amount of crimes. I am no expert to comment on terrorists. But I strongly believe that we are the reason for them to be created in the first place.

    Big sleep. Monday, 13 August 2012 04:42 AM

    Appears he's just come out of deep slumber.Didn't he know that the war had ended three years ago? Or is he talking in his sleep?

    patriot Sunday, 12 August 2012 02:40 PM

    He has to show his two cents worth.

    nipuna Sunday, 12 August 2012 03:06 PM

    "grandpa... after nice sleep..... day light dreaming......"

    CHANDRAPALA Sunday, 12 August 2012 03:43 PM

    The government has already allocated more money for Ministers defense instead of country and people. You seem to have awaken from a deep sleep.

    Bandara Monday, 13 August 2012 05:15 AM

    It appears all those who are still smarting from the defeat of the LTTE, its backers the West, their human rights buddies and the local Colombians are against you and not the country at large. We the majority are grateful for leaders like you for standing up and mobilising the masses to achieve this great victory and to sustain it.

    CITIZEN Monday, 13 August 2012 05:00 AM

    Fools say something because they like to say something unlike the wise who say something because they have something to say!

    Nodrog Sunday, 12 August 2012 03:41 PM

    If you need more weapons to maintain peace then its not really peace...more like subjugation.

    Alwis Sunday, 12 August 2012 04:00 PM

    you are right minister, allocate more funds for defence. Find these funds by reducing the allocation for politicians

    Dadoriya Sunday, 12 August 2012 03:45 PM

    The solution is for a UN intervention and ....... .We want to like in peace. No more wars.

    Richardson Sunday, 12 August 2012 04:13 PM

    He is a spent force,enjoy your retirement Mr. Suwaris

    Dalu Banda Sunday, 12 August 2012 04:26 PM

    He might be suffering from dementia, ans still think LTTE is alive.

    Jagath Leanage Sunday, 12 August 2012 04:37 PM

    I think you are eyeing to go Brazil again. This time may be Venezuela.

    Amarathunga Chandika Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:03 PM

    it seems like that you have been kept in a corner as a puppet and now you want to come out and say something like a cracko. Talk with sense please.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:04 PM

    Hay wicky, keep your mouth shut and don't talk nonesones.

    Bikechain Bubbleband Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:07 PM

    MR knows all about the terrorist, baba you don't need to teach our President. You are a retired rejected vessel now.

    Jayantha Jayamanne Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:10 PM

    Old block has wake up from fast asleep, don't take it much serious.

    Godagampala Rohana Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:12 PM

    Well suppose if we buy Modern Weapons will you have the Commission from the defence secretary? if so, what is the percentage?

    Godagampala Rohana Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:15 PM

    Very good question. No he said not because of that, but defineitely he is expecting a good commission this time than during the last war.

    Godagampala Rohana Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:18 PM

    Yes, he is nearing his 90's and it is the best thing to quit the UPFA and work as a Dhoby for MR like Weerawansa.

    pathi Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:10 PM

    some fools ard always blabering

    Roger Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:04 PM

    "Yes, I need more money on wepons deal. The one I received during pre 2009 is all over" Ratnasiri is ayaing

    Bikechain Bubbleband Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:24 PM

    Why not, Wickrama, better you give advices to the President to follow up your theory and extend the period of the Govt. for next ten decades.

    Sujeewa Devarani Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:16 PM

    Maybe he wants to be made Defence Minister. This will be something to keep his mind busy and give him importance than being just a minister without portolio

    Bikechain Bubbleband Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:26 PM

    Old man is indeed got up after a bad dream, take it easy.

    Aney Machang Monday, 13 August 2012 11:40 AM

    He wants to become the PM again by making such statements.

    pantis aiyya Sunday, 12 August 2012 06:38 PM

    Silly old man. Still dreaming.

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