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The Ministry of Defence has not invited former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to the main Remembrance Day ceremonies organised by the Defence Ministry, Ranaviru Seva Authority Chairperson Anoma Fonseka said today.

She told a news conference held at the Defence Ministry that as such Mr. Rajapaksa was not expected at tomorrow’s ceremony in Matara organised by the ministry and the one organised by the Ranaviru Seva Authority in Battaramulla on Wednesday (20).

Meanwhile, a number of special programmes coinciding with Remembrance Day will be launched by the Ranaviru Seva Authority to uplift the living standards of war heroes and their family members.

“Unlike in past few years, this year’s programme will give priority to war heroes and their family members. We should consider this as a priority. President Maithripala Sirisena will also meet them and talk to them,” Ms. Fonseka said.

She said the monthly allowance of Rs.750 now being paid to parents of war heroes would be increased up to Rs.1,500 and an Elders Protection Centre with all facilities will be set up at Padukka for the elderly among them.

“The Rs.12,000 scholarship allowance being paid to children of war heroes will be increased, cars instead of three-wheelers will be given to disabled war heroes and loans will be made available at low interest rates from state and non-state banks.

Meanwhile, Ranaviru Seva Authority Vice President Upulangani Malagamuwa said, on a proposal by State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, a special card would be issued to members of the three Armed Forces, the Police and Civil Defence Force so that they would be eligible for more relief services.

She said however, these steps would be further discussed by the various authorities and then submitted to parliament for approval.

“Remembrance Day is set apart to remember those who had died and were disabled during the 30-year armed conflict. So, let’s make this day an occasion to pay them a worthy tribute,” Ms. Malagamuwa said. (Piyumi Fonseka)

Pic by Pradeep Dilrukshana

  Comments - 41

  • J Palitha Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:32 AM

    UPFA had 95% without O/L qualification. Agree????

    kasun Monday, 18 May 2015 06:56 PM

    Shame on you people. Just few years and forgot all the good work done by MR to this country.

    Wilmon Monday, 18 May 2015 07:13 PM

    At least Bayagota should be invited because he was in some operations initially but the bugger got cold feet and ran away to US of A when things were getting really hot in facing Praba.

    Senator Monday, 18 May 2015 11:08 PM

    What goes round comes around.A circle has no begining and no end.Tit for tat will go round and round.

    Fernandez Monday, 18 May 2015 11:13 PM

    According to Anoma only Fonseka alone faught the war. All other military personnel were just scarecrows stuck in the mud.

    Nelum Fernando Monday, 18 May 2015 11:17 PM

    Have seen people who are ungrateful, but not this much. Shame on you Wilmon.

    brainmaster Monday, 18 May 2015 11:45 PM

    Anoma understands the grievances of the families who lost sons, husbands, fathers or brothers. She is the correct person for this job.

    Dee Monday, 18 May 2015 11:59 PM

    Super joke! I get the sarcasm. I comment positively on this.

    Dee Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:02 AM

    Ohh Yes! We will never ever forget as long as we live. About two more generations will have to remember.

    Dee Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:05 AM

    Wrong! Then all the deserters should also be invited. Show some respect to the ranks.

    Dee Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:06 AM

    Yeah why not? War is with two parties.

    riz Monday, 18 May 2015 06:21 PM

    Yes , front line of corruption.

    Bubble Banda Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:33 AM

    Correct Sir. Out of war, the entire family only earned for themselves.

    Horri Jimonis Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:38 AM

    You mean the idiot who ruined our country?

    Vijith Pieterz Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:41 AM

    No need to invite any culprits

    kk Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:20 AM

    Anoma is political appointment

    Wijenayake Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:43 AM

    Ungreatfull raskels.Actualy this our VICTORY DAY, not rememberence day.

    Black jack Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:54 AM

    What goes round will come round last five years they did this to reall war hero S F today its for M R

    gemun Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:30 AM

    Did Rajitha refuse to participate, as might hurt Tamils ?

    upali Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:14 AM

    No point of getting MR but make sure TNA participate as the govt has renamed this as Process of reconciliation.

    Navindra Wednesday, 20 May 2015 06:56 AM

    MR is history so no need to invite him !

    Bala Monday, 18 May 2015 04:24 PM

    Same as Mrs B became PM after Mr B in 1960 - that is Sri Lanka.

    de silva Monday, 18 May 2015 03:49 PM

    This is unfair because he and his brother fought in the front line.

    saman Monday, 18 May 2015 03:51 PM

    Make hay while sun shines...

    adamsapple Monday, 18 May 2015 03:53 PM

    Apart from being FM Sarath Fonsekas wife... what qualification does Mrs.Anoma has, to become The chairman?

    YAHAPALA Monday, 18 May 2015 04:06 PM

    People of this country know whose real war hero and will give you guys a precise answer in coming general election, wait till that.

    Sinisambal Monday, 18 May 2015 04:15 PM

    Good one!

    Don Monday, 18 May 2015 04:15 PM

    Do not invite MR. What has he done to finish the war. Only, your hubby did all the works to finish it.

    smith Monday, 18 May 2015 04:15 PM

    Adam' s apple - what qualifications do members of parliament and governing bodies have to rule the country and us, leaving aside small fish like this. when so many crooks and murders rule us, she is much better a person.

    MilkyWay Monday, 18 May 2015 04:17 PM

    What qualifications does Gota, Basil, Namal and last but not least, Shiranthi have?

    rukshan Monday, 18 May 2015 04:23 PM

    It is the wife of the highest officer of the army that usually holds the post! know your facts before you raise the uyour idiootic voice!

    max Monday, 18 May 2015 03:39 PM

    අ‌ෙන් කාලේ වනේ වාසේ!

    LAL Monday, 18 May 2015 04:26 PM

    What more iswanted???

    Love lanka Monday, 18 May 2015 04:33 PM

    @ milkyway. Gota was a colonel in the sl army. And a war [email protected] rukshan. You are wrong. You have got the Rana viru seva authority with the seva wanitha. Unfortunately your facts are wrong.You check yours facts

    Sara Monday, 18 May 2015 04:34 PM

    Any more field marshals to come?

    onlooker Monday, 18 May 2015 05:17 PM

    Sitting in front of a TV is not fighting in the front line.

    adamsapple Monday, 18 May 2015 05:32 PM

    Ask for the qualifications from the people who voted for all the crooked member of parliments...Mrs.Anoma was selected....not elected.... but why her?

    MilkyWay Monday, 18 May 2015 05:45 PM

    Love Lanka, Gota is OL qualified and so is my electrician. Worked as a "Natalie" in the U.S.

    Harischandra Samarasinghe Monday, 18 May 2015 05:51 PM

    the harassments she faced during 2010-2015 are more than enough her to be the Chairperson of the Ranaviru Authority.

    leez Monday, 18 May 2015 05:59 PM

    @ Love LankaHad then Gota joined US Army during war?

    Sara Monday, 18 May 2015 05:59 PM

    How about inviting some one representing Mr. Prabhakaran and family. NP CM, and similar people.

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