Country marching forward despite false propaganda - Defence Secy
Some groups make up various kinds of false propaganda to tarnish the
country's image internationally and spread false news about a rise in
crime in the country. This is not true, said Defence and Urban
Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
Today, there is a religious revival among youngsters, he said.
He said so at a ceremony declaring the Matara Veherahena Purwarama
Maha Viharaya, a sacred area, recently.
The ceremony was held under the patronage of Peradeniya University
Deputy Registrar Prof Kahatapitiye Rahula Nayaka thera. A plaque was
unveiled by the Defence Secretary and Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa
The Defence Secretary said he studied the reports provided by the
Inspector General of Police regarding false news of a crime wave in the
He said the crime rate percentage is very low compared to the
population of the country.
“This false information is spread by some media institutes to
increase their sale of newspapers. But we are ready to face these
challenges,” he said.
He added that today the country is marching forward with its
“The massive development work undertaken by the government is
unparalleled in the history of our country,” he said.
Foreign investors are coming to invest in industries and other
business ventures, he pointed out.
He said he met the Singaporean Foreign Minister who visited the North
East and met Tamil and Sinhala people there.
“He witnessed the development, rehabilitation and resettlement
activities there and had told the USA Defence Secretary and senators to
visit Sri Lanka to see the development work carried out by the
government. With the eradication of terrorism there is a big change in
people's lives,” he said.
He added that this time an unprecedented crowd thronged to temples
and viharas during the Vesak and Poson festive seasons. “We also held an
exposition of Relics in Ampara, Buddhangala which attracted a huge
The Defence Secretary said a large number of Buddhist temples were
destroyed due to terrorism. We must renovate these religious places for
the devotees to worship, he said.
Prof Kahatapitiye Rahula Nayaka thera, Ven Godagama Chulalankara
Nayaka thera and a large number of Buddhist clergy were present.
Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Deputy Minister
Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena also spoke. Southern Provincial Council
Minister Chandima Rasaputra and other councilors were present.
Veherahena temple Chief Incumbent Ven Kegalle Ratanasa thera
delivered an anusasana.