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The parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has identified a move to shift the National Lotteries Board (NLB) to Hambantota from its present location in Colombo, Parliament was informed yesterday.  

NLB officials had confirmed this to the COPE at a meeting held recently. UNP MPs Dayasiri Jayasekara, Ravi Karunanayake, Eran Wickramaratne and JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti were present at the meeting.

Mr. Jayasekara raised the issue in the House and said NLB employees would have problems with travelling and accommodation if the office shifted to Hambantota.
“How can they commute the long distance between Hambantota and Colombo,” he asked.

The government has planned to covert Hambantota into a major industrial hub. An airport and a port have been set up with some analysts viewing it as a programme of induced development.

Deputy Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama did not deny or confirm any move to shift the NLB. He said the NLB had 284 permanent employees with 33 employed on a contract basis.(Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)
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  • kamal Wednesday, 10 April 2013 05:06 AM

    sri lanka also to be shifted to hambantota..

    Pramo Thursday, 11 April 2013 03:08 PM

    Why all the way to H'tota,back yard of Temple Trees,daily pocket money for the family

    Kamal Wednesday, 10 April 2013 05:08 PM

    Change the name to Mee Harak Pura or Tsunami Pura.

    kuriosity Wednesday, 10 April 2013 05:30 AM

    y not make H'tota the capital and rename it Mahinda Rajapakshapura?

    sobers Wednesday, 10 April 2013 10:48 AM

    Why don't we have a red light area in Hambantota.

    Ampattan Wednesday, 10 April 2013 05:37 PM

    When our President retires or kicked out everything will be in Hambantota.

    Paul Albert Thursday, 11 April 2013 04:09 PM

    Suitable name for the new location "HAMBANGODA"

    Ravi Wednesday, 10 April 2013 07:59 AM

    why don't you shift the Parliament to Hambanthota?

    Mr Retort Friday, 12 April 2013 01:25 AM

    HAMBAUG THOTA

    Saradial Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:03 AM

    Hambanthota ta kiri Apita kekiri

    godofwar Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:04 AM

    you wanted it, u voted for it... well... you got it!

    Malaka Silva Wednesday, 10 April 2013 01:24 PM

    Leader is a DUMB MUTT.ALL SRI LANKAN WHO VOTE THIS REGIME ARE DUMB MUTTS. SHOULD BE KILLED ONE BY ONE FOR ALLOWING THESE IDIOTS TO RUIN THE COUNTRY.

    Terrence B. De Silva Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:01 AM

    THIS MOVE TO HAMBANTOTA IS BOUND TO BE A WIN WIN SITUATION

    MayIwin Silva Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:05 AM

    Did I hear someone say the Capitol City too is going to be shifted to H'thota.

    Jilmart Wednesday, 10 April 2013 05:48 AM

    Like the recent academic results do not be surprised if lottery board produce winners are from Hanhanthota

    Ranil Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:27 AM

    The idea is to plant trees that bear money as the country has no money and the lottery winners cannot be paid

    Discombobulations Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:29 AM

    Looks like there is no groundswell of support for this move.

    mohan Wednesday, 10 April 2013 04:08 AM

    more than 25% of national debt was spend on Hambantota , we will see parliament motion to change county name to Hambantota or Hambantota -china

    ANTON Wednesday, 10 April 2013 04:10 AM

    ANGODA MENTAL HOSPITAL ALSO TO BE SHIFTED TO HAMBANTHOTA.

    Van der Merwe Wednesday, 10 April 2013 02:02 PM

    True and all public toilets in the country as well. Full of shit lol

    Mr Retort Wednesday, 10 April 2013 04:13 AM

    Yes every thing to Hambanthota at the expense of whom?

    pk Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:45 AM

    At least half of the Government Bodies should move some where from Colombo city. Not necesserily to hambanthota, May be closer distence from Colombo, The Gampaha is the best I feel.

    Mangala Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:32 AM

    Make H'tota the Capital Vices, with Casino Dens and Red-light Areas. All distilleries should also be shifted there. Port could be used for floating Casinos and Matalla for car races.

    Angel Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:40 AM

    PLEASE shift the casinos & bars also.

    Sapumal Bandara Wednesday, 10 April 2013 02:23 PM

    The Pendulum has begun its return journey. This is part of nature. History is repeating. Colombo became the Capital City very recently. Before that it was all over the country.

    A View Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:25 AM

    Why don't we make it "Hambantota" as capital of Sri Lanka?

    Kit udugama Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:55 AM

    All the winners will be from Hambantota. !!!!

    Buffaloa Citizen Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:00 PM

    The lotteries board consists almost 100% of political appointees. Please take these yakko hench-aiyas so that we in Colombo can breath cleaner air.

    Amir Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:27 AM

    why not move all the government offices to Hambanthota. even now they hardly work so it wont make any difference.

    renu Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:01 PM

    It will be renamed as Rajapakse Lotteries Board in the future.

    renu Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:04 PM

    They are also building in Matala a mordern set of Latrines for tourists, which would be named Rajapakse de troilets

    Southpaw Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:28 AM

    Can we shift all the Casinos and Liquor Shops to Humbugthota ?

    Nodrog Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:34 AM

    Shift parliament and MPs residences to Hambantota...then we travel around freely in Colombo without being bothered by them and their escort vehicles

    Namal Perera Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:14 PM

    Staff can go fishing at the Harbour and send Kites at Mattala. Jokes of the Jokers, make the entire World laugh, but the innocent, helpless citizens pay the penalty.

    Mason Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:37 AM

    Sooner than later Hambantota will be made the Capital of Sri Lanka. More loans will be obtained and more burdens will be placed on the common man.

    Chill Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:40 AM

    so the winner of a 10,000 rupee lottery is expected to travel all the way to Hambans to collect? Maybe he can take the flight to mattala?

    Minan Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:41 AM

    Why you don't get enough space to keep the assets of Lottery Board in Colombo and suburbs?

    Silva De Mervin Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:43 AM

    PLEASE shift the parliment to Hambanthota, and make our lives pleasant.

    Labby Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:41 AM

    Why only the Lotteries Board, why doesn't he shift the Central Bank too to Hambantota? Then the entire business community can start moving backwards..

    Game Kolla Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:44 AM

    What about shifting Garbage dumping location from Meethota mulla...To Hambanthota?

    Amila. G Wednesday, 10 April 2013 04:50 AM

    All roads lead to Hambantota.

    dilip Wednesday, 10 April 2013 04:53 AM

    what about meetotamulla kunu kanda or bloomandal kanda...?

    All Blacks Wednesday, 10 April 2013 04:58 AM

    Ah going to get lots of free space in Colombo.


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