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The government today announced that it has decided to shelve the plans to go ahead with the Gaming bill due to objections especially those from the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU).(KB / YP)
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  • AVLIS Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:34 AM

    THIS IS ONLY PASSING WOOL OVER OUR EYES. THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL WILL SNEAK IN UNDER VARIOUS PRETEXTS, JUST LIKE THE 'MATHATA THITHA' !

    Azar Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:36 AM

    with three MPs in parliament they have done it. imagine what would have happen if they had 30.

    TP Tuesday, 09 November 2010 02:37 PM

    This is the just the begining of the downfall. Next will be legalising the houses of ill fame. Where will Sri Lanka end up.

    appuhamy Wednesday, 10 November 2010 05:11 AM

    Good one

    TERRENCE B. DE SILVA Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:38 AM

    How about shelving the National Lottery Board & the tickets they sell openly which are ripping off the poor general public who are gambling on getting rich instantly JHU ANY RECOMMENDATIONS?

    Lam Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:44 AM

    well done Handunetti , ur protest against this bill worked

    spark Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:48 AM

    Absolutely correct...casinos are places where the rich gamble but tickets sold by lottery board is ripping the poorest of the poor of their meager earnings. The advertisements for such lottery gambling also need to banned as it is a similar vice like cigarette smoking. Where are you JHU on this???

    Capsule Tuesday, 09 November 2010 03:09 PM

    Let colombo become LAS VEGAS....Wooooooooooo

    Api Walata Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:02 AM

    yes ur correct Lam, this guy likes Mother Lanka as against the majority in the govt who want to sell the country and us!

    rosh Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:03 AM

    my foot. then all those stupid protests would have worked. Im sure govt hav an alternative plan.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:08 AM

    rosh, government will never say that it's due to JVP protest, but JVP is educating people about the secret agendas of the ruling party, which is a threat to the government.

    srinath gunaratne Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:08 AM

    We lost a good opportunity to tap a rich clientale to Sri Lanka. What dumb idea to shelve this. We should create Las vegas style townships for entertainment. Dumb JHU, Come out from the well.

    MK Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:08 AM

    Their voices aren't loud enough man. UNP was for a bill like this back then. so it was hypocritical of them to oppose this.

    sltk2004 Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:12 AM

    Aiyo...

    127hours Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:27 AM

    gambling kiyanne Casinos witharak nevei, then what's the stand on the lottery tickets, where majority poor folks are ripped in day light everyday, where Casinos at least attracting the rich and tourism,

    Boru epa Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:31 AM

    Lies........ JHU secretly was in favour. It was the JVP and UNP propaganda that did the work mostly. But govt. will never give any credit to them. JHU has no say.... they were to agree to this at the end

    Nimal Silva Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:44 AM

    Where will the Sumathipala's go now?

    Game Kolla Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:57 AM

    This is because of huge protest made by opposition...Hela Urumaya said They will agree to this bill with minor amendment.

    pbj Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:14 AM

    JHU - once they tried to stop killing cattle for beef , they failed . then , they wanted to stop people having liqueur . but incidentally one of their leading bikshu preached that there was nothing wrong with having a little amount of it daily . So they failed again, Now this thing . however they 'd never miss their only chance to stay in the government.

    Mallie Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:22 AM

    If the shelving is due to reasons indicated, I suppose they should change the name of the country to: "Sri Lanka United People's Freedom Alliance Janarajaya" as they govern according to whims and fancies of the constituent parties not with an idea to serve the population

    teri amara Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:23 AM

    Get at the guy who initiated this bill and nail him first

    Milinda Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:28 AM

    Good move

    bigsam Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:44 AM

    Hele Urumaya said they are not against the bill - just want amendments to limit the places and who can enter. Who is fooling whom?

    legaltalk Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:49 AM

    who cares about the JHU!? They have 3 seats!

    legaltalk Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:50 AM

    it is when we start accepting the ideas of the radical fringe parties that we change the liberal and moderate thinking of the whole population. unlike in other countries where people stand up to the radicals, sri lankans seem to be afraid of the hardliners and love to soothe them - making the problem worse for us all!

    TMA Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:20 PM

    This is not a good trend. If govt. is rolling out every development plan, cos of sum fanatics

    appa Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:25 PM

    Nothing happens. All will get sura sapa

    Kuma Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:41 PM

    what a about red light street

    Rajitha Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:49 PM

    totally agreed!
    opening up casinos is not such a bad idea cuz only the people who can afford would go there and gamble, whereas in lotteries even the poorest of poor fall in to the trap

    Rajitha Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:52 PM

    what's wrong with the gaming bill?
    this is stupid

    Sue Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:15 PM

    You are so correct. Remember one of the JHU monks even went so far as to say that drinking at Temple Trees was quite OK. JHU is in favor of anything that will help them to benefit.

    SL Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:44 PM

    How about renaming "Gaming Bill" to "Jaathika Creeda Sanwardana Panatha"?

    Never Again! Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:23 AM

    For how long?.

    Ranil Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:24 AM

    Why not mention UNP and JVP

    Dee Tuesday, 09 November 2010 02:02 PM

    Oh. Dear! was looking forward to see red lights and all. Tch! Tch!

    Neomal Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:28 AM

    Aho khedayaki! Soodhu bilata niwan sepa labewa.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:31 AM

    Well done JHU, majority of the ruling party, hang around casinos are in favour!

    Ramzeel Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:32 AM

    First nail in the Mahinda Chinthanaya coffin.

    Ranga Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:32 AM

    Country should be able to keep phase with the developments of the world. Hela Urumaya's protest is reasonable. I am thinking of the backward nature of UNP. JVP of course will be against anything anytime

    A. Pubbaka Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:32 AM

    (J)Hu won again?

    Maidan Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:33 AM

    May be after the budget vote


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