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Actress turned Parliamentarian Upeksha Swarnamali told Parliament today that President Mahinda Rajapaksa accepted two of her three budgetary proposals including the one to establish five circuit bungalows in the country for the benefit of artistes.

Speaking during the debate on the expenditure head of the Women’s Affairs Ministry, Ms. Swarnamali, who crossed over from the UNP and is better known as ’Paba’, remarked that this budget holds greater significance to her because of the inclusion of two of her proposals.

She expressed her gratitude to the President for it.

“Artistes face problems without proper facilities. Therefore, I made this proposal. The President, in the budget, made the necessary capital allocation to construct five circuit bungalows. Lands have also been earmarked for it,” she said.  

She said she proposed to set up centres to grant relief to female victims of sexual abuse and other forms of violence, and it too received the green light from the President.

Meanwhile, she was involved in a verbal clash with UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake who accused her of obtaining cash inducements from the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau to perform at a reality show for Sri Lankan migrant workers in the Middle East.

“I am asking MP Ramanayake not to use parliamentary privileges to sling mud at others. There is no need for us get money from the Bureau. When we perform outside the country, there are enough of sponsors willing to pay for us,” she said.  

At one point, she called Mr. Ramanayake a wolf clad in sheep’s clothing. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)
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  • kaputakukula Tuesday, 10 December 2013 09:35 AM

    Paba is the Baba now.

    appuhami Friday, 13 December 2013 01:56 PM

    Paba an public property government should maintain

    Game Kolla Tuesday, 10 December 2013 05:12 AM

    The problem is that foolish people of this country vote for these jokers because they have good looks but not good brain.

    dass Monday, 09 December 2013 05:53 PM

    Thanks god for talking about circuit bungalow and not talking about something like 13th amendment.

    crazyboy Monday, 09 December 2013 05:53 PM

    Hon Member of Parliament, kindly learn what is called "Non Parliamentary language" and refrain from using same.

    Goofy Monday, 09 December 2013 06:02 PM

    Hope see has seen the constitution of Sri Lanka, leave aside read it.

    Goofy Monday, 09 December 2013 06:18 PM

    Had she read it, hope she understood it. This the the type of people who contestesed for the UNP.

    Sonali De Silva Tuesday, 10 December 2013 12:01 AM

    "Once upon a time a Wolf resolved to disguise his appearance in order to secure food more easily. Encased in the skin of a sheep, he pastured with the flock deceiving the shepherd by his costume. In the evening he was shut up by the shepherd in the fold; the gate was closed, and the entrance made thoroughly secure. But the shepherd, returning to the fold during the night to obtain meat for the next day, mistakenly caught up the Wolf instead of a sheep, and killed him instantly." So, who kills whom now? She should watch what she says.

    DAMX Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:35 AM

    VERY IMPORTANT AT THIS TIME !

    Cobra Tuesday, 10 December 2013 12:13 AM

    MR would accommodate anything Paba has to offer, and so would the entire cabinet!!!

    ANTON Tuesday, 10 December 2013 12:53 AM

    SEEMS LIKE PARLIAMENT IS TURNING INTO FILM STUDIO.

    girl friend Tuesday, 10 December 2013 01:15 AM

    Guess what !!!! After your all exams, hurdles, success you are under this leadership.
    wake up wake up. OH NOOOOO ... This is none other than wonder of universe.

    Punny Pellow Tuesday, 10 December 2013 01:37 AM

    That is what the actors are doing. Postal Dept. with a massive loss has constructed a luxury bungalow in N'Eliya costing over 400 million. For whom? Actors and actresses?

    dIREsTRAITS Tuesday, 10 December 2013 01:41 AM

    This was all that was missing for the artistes. Aren't we so lucky ? We should give these type of forward thinking geniuses permanent ministries. Oh wait, we already have! God bless Sri Lanka!

    investigator Thursday, 12 December 2013 07:45 AM

    paba like luxury holidays in lanka,mr love to support.

    Sena malli Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:12 AM

    Dumb idea from a Govt MP. What economic benefit these talentless "artists" bring to the country. Circuit bungalows were created to provide lodging for traveling govt servants on the job. Are these "artists" working for the Govt now? What has this country come to?

    ranjith chandraseker Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:16 AM

    No objection to circuit bungalows for the artists, but not at the cost of wild life and their environment. There should not be any circuit bungalows within national parks or that are reserved as wild life sanctuaries. As it is most wild life sanctuaries are encroached by farmers and tourists industry endangering their natural habitat and destroying, source of food.

    Bleedingfather Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:23 AM

    Great move and a great budget, circuit bungalows for film stars tax debates for casino's great. We have nothing to worry as we have bus sheds to sleep in and grass to eat.

    Richie Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:32 AM

    Have seen some of her teledramas and feel that she should concentrate in films, rather than getting into politics. Agree that wit her looks and flirts, she is bound to get political favours.

    Dayan Tuesday, 10 December 2013 01:06 PM

    Another Burden for an Innocent Tax payers pocket as Soon we will see 'Minister for Circit Bunglows for Artists'

    KayJay Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:11 AM

    That is right Paba. Circuit bungalows are a vital for you artistes. How about adding duty free cars and other luxuries also. Enjoy all the privileges you can get. Dont even bother to think of those fellows some of who even don't have a roof over their heads.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:41 AM

    Hay...Hay... your request is not important at this crucial time as so many people are suffering with hunger & staving. You all are living a Luxury life... its a curse for our country.

    Spiky Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:46 AM

    five circuit bungalows in the country for the benefit of artistes.
    This is pure selfishness. Is it these type of people who represent the poor. They care a dam about the poor but only for them selves. Yes of course the bungalows will be made and the rest will follow also.

    joseph Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:48 AM

    With all the problems the masses are facing she could think of only circuit bungalows. This shows the caliber of people representing us in parlimenty

    an s !!!kith udugama Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:57 AM

    dumb idea when there are other basic urgent needs

    lalith Tuesday, 10 December 2013 04:08 AM

    circuit bungalows fro artists. Is this the most pressing issue in this land to make a budget proposal! this shows what she is.
    So Paba you can have some memorable holidays in all 5 circuit bungalows once those are built.

    Kalana Tuesday, 10 December 2013 09:19 AM

    Gampaha district voters request... Thanks alot..


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