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Government is planing to introduce a Cabinet paper to vest a 60 per cent equity of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) with India while retaining 40 per cent, the joint opposition (JO) claimed today.

JO MP Bandula Gunawardena told a news conference that the government’s double standards had been exposed by trade unions.

“It is not ethical to sell the country's resources when it is in the midst of a catastrophe," he said.

The MP claimed that the Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Galle post office buildings are to be handed over to India for hotel projects.

He said some 125,000 Sri Lankans employed in Qatar are at risk after several Middle Eastern countries broke off diplomatic relations with that country. The MP said soon after the unity government took office, discussions were held to hand over SriLankan airlines to the Qatar Airways.

"if the deal had gone through we would have been in big trouble," he said (Thilanka Kanakarathna and Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • John Wednesday, 07 June 2017 09:49 AM

    Is the so-called JO a constitutionally legal entity?

    Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 07 June 2017 10:00 AM

    Get lost Bandula without wasting our time and energy.

    NZ Tuesday, 06 June 2017 06:22 PM

    Theoretical tuition master pl sit down and close your mouth via DM iOS App

    AjithZ Tuesday, 06 June 2017 09:26 PM

    Oh you at it again. No idea from where do you get all these information. Problem is, most of the time they happen to be rubbish. Now no one believes you even if you tell something true.

    nick Tuesday, 06 June 2017 09:34 PM

    this government attracts trying to give 60% but previous government would have sold it by giving 100% plus more....If they were still in power via DM Android App

    Lanki Wednesday, 07 June 2017 04:54 PM

    Any sane educated person will know that creating a joint venture is not the sale of an asset. Just because a JV is created the foreign JV partner cannot take the airport to India. Making such stupid statements show how bankrupt this politician is and above all how stupid the JO members are.

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 07 June 2017 06:45 AM

    Why don't you all ask for the MRIA?

    hubert Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:02 AM

    JO is a menace and a curse to the country and its unpleasantness is sky high

    Kadiya Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:08 AM

    Can anyone believe this guys is a tuition master or how many students passed their exams after going to him?

    RTD2 Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:09 AM

    'Rubbish' master if you ask me!

    dulan Wednesday, 07 June 2017 08:20 AM

    This chap and JO is pathetic and desperate


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