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Plans to provide Galle Face ’Aragalaya site’ for casino centre: Vijitha

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By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera

Parliament, Feb. 20 (Daily Mirror)- The government is planning to provide the Galle Face agitation site where the 'GotaGoGama' Aragalaya was conducted, to establish a casino centre, NPP MP Vijith Herath alleged today.

He told Parliament that the government is planning to provide a license through the Urban Development Authority (UDA) to an institution bearing a Chinese name to open a casino centre on the Aragalaya site and that a famous gambler in Negombo was behind this particular institution.

The MP said the 'Aragalaya site', which was a turning point in Sri Lanka's political history, is provided for a casino centre to take revenge from the Aragalaya people and that it was a serious mistake.

State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said no casino centre will be opened targeting locals and that Rs. 10 billion needs to be paid when opening a casino.

"It is not easy to open a casino. The initial payment of Rs. 10 billion needs to be made when opening a casino. When a local enters a casino, they need to pay an entry fee of USD 50 and plans are afoot to increase that fee to USD 200 after two years. We are discouraging locals patronising casinos. These casinos solely target foreigners," he said.

 


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  • Haho Tuesday, 20 February 2024 02:42 PM

    So what? Any protests

    sunil Tuesday, 20 February 2024 03:06 PM

    so what? there will never be another aragalaya in this country What do you want to do? Build a aragalaya museum????

    Anil Tuesday, 20 February 2024 03:16 PM

    What do you want now ? Make a museam of JVP at the site, after ruining the well behaved Aragalaya.

    Nobody Tuesday, 20 February 2024 03:22 PM

    I am not surprised by this jokers comments but what I can’t understand is why some people think these guys can run the country.. good luck to Sri Lanka if they come to power

    Sam Silva Tuesday, 20 February 2024 09:37 PM

    The people who think, these jvp can run the country are clueless just like the jvp . Perhaps they did not experience the taste of the jvp in the past or trying to take the revenge from the current politicians. Either way it's going to be disaster. After all it's people choice.

    Chux Tuesday, 20 February 2024 03:43 PM

    No problem investors will meet you all and will be awarded with good sum then the end of story

    sam Tuesday, 20 February 2024 04:03 PM

    Please do not touch the empty space available for the public

    Christo255 Tuesday, 20 February 2024 04:20 PM

    Vijitha, if you are going to take us back to communist times once again then I'm going to withdraw my vote which I was going to cast for NPP. Development whether in casinos, tourism, exports etc etc must be left to the individuals to decide

    Ram Tuesday, 20 February 2024 04:25 PM

    All the prime lands in Colombo have been sold by Rajapaksas' and now RW is trying to put the finishing touches by selling what is keft

    Dee Tuesday, 20 February 2024 04:53 PM

    No more Aragalay in Sri Lanka!

    Jayantha Tuesday, 20 February 2024 05:06 PM

    so what. Country needs money. All major cities should have casinos. So that those who have extra money will spend on these places and government can easily get a cut in the form of tax or directly. In latter case the government can open them as partnerships with pvt sector by owning 50 percent but management by pvt sector. These jvp fools do not have any brain to know about the potential ways to generate income. Only knows to spend and also demnd. Marxist and leftist politics should be banned if you really want to develop this country.

    Jehan Tuesday, 20 February 2024 05:14 PM

    Dear investor did you forget to pay the due amount to the JVP bank account?

    DECISION MAKER/S WILL BR DIGGING THEIR OWN GRAVES. WHAT IS RS. 10 BILLION TO OPEN A CASINO!! PEANUTS Tuesday, 20 February 2024 06:13 PM

    OPENING ANY MORE CASINO'S IN THE COUNTRY WILL BE THE DOWNFALL OF ANY GOVERNMENT, ESPECIALLY CHINESE INVESTMENT. TAKE A EXAMPLE OF CROWN CASINO'S IN AUSTRALIA!! CASINO'S ARE THE IDEAL PLACE TO FOR DIRTY MONEY TO GO THROUGH A WASH TURNING IT INTO CLEAN. PROSTITUTES AND PEDDLERS ARE THERE TO CATCH THEIR PREY AND ARRANGE A PICKUP POINT. GET THE COUNTRY OUT OF THE DEATH TRAP AND ON ITS FEET BEFORE THINKING OF CASINO'S. UNFORTUNATYELY, WITH THE LEVEL OF CORRUPTION IN THE COUNTRY PALMS WILL BE WELL OILED AS IT IS EVIDENT SOME POLITICIANS GREED KNOWS NO BOUNDRIES.

    NO MORE CASINOS, GO AFTER THE CORRUPT POLITICIAN, THEIR FAMILIES AND STOOGES AND RECOVER THE VAST SUMS OF MONEY GAINED ILLEGALLY AND UNETHICALLY, BEHIND BARS TO ROT IN JAIL Tuesday, 20 February 2024 06:26 PM

    GO SEARCH AND READ ISSUES AND PROBLEMS OF CROWN CASINO IN MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA AND RECENTLY IN CROWN CASINO SYDNEY. ALSO, OUR LOCALS HAVING TO PAY $50 AND LATER $200 TO ENTER WILL ONLY CREATE HELL ON EARTH FOR SOME, WHEN THEIR PARENTS, WIVES, HUSBANDS AND OR CHILDREN END UP COMPULSIVE GAMBLERS, MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/ABUSE ETC WILL BE ON THE RISE, MONEY LAUNDERING, DRUG PEDDING AND PROSTITUTION WILL BE ON THE RISE IN THE COUNTRY, THIS IS NOT REPEAT NOT THE TIME FOR ANY NEW CASINO'S TO BE EVEN CONSIDERED LEAVE ALONG BEING APPROVED.

    kiri kinova Tuesday, 20 February 2024 06:48 PM

    i am a russian tourist ,so after prostitution you want us to go to the casino

    raj soma Tuesday, 20 February 2024 07:45 PM

    SL , where are you heading towards ? Yesterday a report about foreign women coming on Tourism in Sex trade , the drugs are already all over the nation , a minister propose Cannabis cultivation ,we already have Casino's and now more Casinos sites where Public's only place to relax

    Tissa Fernando Tuesday, 20 February 2024 09:37 PM

    Are you worried that someone other than India will get that site? You are new Indian boys.

    Patcitz Tuesday, 20 February 2024 11:10 PM

    Your voices are never heard anymore, so many issues you rascals brought to destabilize the nation calling in parliament but you were silent when BONES fed to you as foreign tours. So, seems you rogues pretending to take forward some controversial issues to achieve cheap benefits hoodwinking the very people ultimately.

    Mk Wednesday, 21 February 2024 06:12 AM

    Why? You want to build AKD's status there?

    Jesus Wednesday, 21 February 2024 08:35 AM

    Open up the roads in Fort and in front of the president House. So that the tourist can visite the heritage site...

    sumana Wednesday, 21 February 2024 10:09 AM

    Why Vijitha- you also want a free trip to India??

    Raj soma Wednesday, 21 February 2024 07:08 PM

    I am a patriotic do or die Srilankan.... Galleface should be a place where Public come and enjoy and relax as it been since Independence , not sell or give to any nation. Already , the country as been sold of its vital points because of corrupt Southern Politician for 77 yrs.


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