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Construction of houses for displaced in North

Over Rs.24,170 mn spent in 2015

A sum of Rs 24,176 million was spent in 2015 for the construction of houses for those displaced during the war in the North by the National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development Ministry, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament yesterday.

He said further that 27,536 housing units were constructed during the corresponding period in the North. He added that the government would do much to enhance the facilities of those resettled people too.

He made these observations in response to a question raised by TNA Parliamentarian during the round of questions to be asked from the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister further said in addition some other programmes to provide houses for low income families and another programme by the Indian government to provide houses for those in the North were also in progress.

He added hence 9,479 houses were constructed in the Vavunia district in 2016 by the Housing Development Authority.

He also stated the foreign donors could fund the construction of houses following the Central Bank rules and regulations.

Govt. will defeat NCM - Harsha

State Minister of Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday was confident that the government will be able to defeat the No Confidence Motion (NCM) moved by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna which holds the Prime Minister, Cabinet and the government responsible for the Easter Sunday carnage. The NCM moved against the government was scheduled for debate yesterday (10) and today (11).

De Silva said that if he knew about the attacks beforehand, he would have alerted the religious leaders and the Prime Minister about it. “Several days prior to these attacks, I was in Trincomalee, arranging a discussion between the Prime Minister, Reverend Bishop of the Anuradhapura Methodist Church and the Security Forces in the area trying to prevent an act of violence instigated against the church. So, if I was worried about such a minor incident, do you really think I would have overlooked a warning of this magnitude?” the Minister questioned.

State Minister De Silva also said that the content of the No Confidence Motion should not be disregarded, even if the government defeats it. “The content of the NCM is of utmost importance. Hence, even if the government defeats the NCM, we should not dismiss its content,” De Silva said.

Speaking further, Dr. De Silva observed that the NCM debate should be used as a forum to discuss about precautions to be taken to prevent a similar terror attack in the future.

Dr. De Silva also observed that some political parties are trying to take advantages from the Easter Sunday carnage. They will turn this country into a cemetery, De Silva pointed out.

Speaking further Dr. De Silva observed, “We should defeat Wahhabism and while doing that we should protect moderate Muslims. We should protect moderate thinkers in every race and every religion. We cannot let our children becoming racists.”

Referring to the recent incident where students were forced to refrain from using stationaries marketed by a Muslim business group, Dr. De Silva said such incidents should be avoided. “We cannot push moderate Muslims towards Islamic terrorism. We should protect them.” he pointed out.

JVP moves NCM against Govt.

Moving a No Confidence Motion (MCM) against the government, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake urged the Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Head of Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan to extend their support to dismiss the present government.

Dissanayake, observing that the government only has 106 MPs on their side, said that if all the political parties in the Opposition are supportive of the No Confidence Motion, they would be able to topple the government by today.

“However, if these leaders have a political agenda, if they are opportunists, the No Confidence Motion shall be defeated. Some Parliamentarians asked us as to why the JVP did not hold discussions with the political parties about the NCM.The JVP will not go around holding secretive discussions about the NCM. We will voice it in this Chamber. Anybody who is genuinely interested in holding this government responsible for the Easter Sunday terror attacks, we request them to vote in favour of the NCM. If we consider the composition of the House, we can easily win this NCM minus all the political deals,” Dissanayake said.

Speaking further, Dissanayake vehemently criticized the conduct of the government in relation to the prior warnings given by the intelligence units. Reading out from an intelligence report sent by Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena on last April 4 to the then IGP, Dissanayake pointed out that the government was duly warned about the nature of the attack and its designers. Dissanayake also said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should have informed Parliament about the issue regarding the Security Council.

Dissanayake also pointed out that Parliament should be dissolved and the people allowed to vote at a General Election. He also accused the government of being irresponsive to several warnings given by the Muslim community about the extremist activities carried out by National Thowheed Jammath. He was also criticizing the government for not taking swift action to bring the country back to normal following the Easter Sunday carnage.

The debate on the No Confidence Motion has been scheduled on Wednesday (10) and Thursday (11).

Extremist groups in EP depriving Muslim females of education - Ven. Rathana Thera

Independent MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera yesterday alleged that several extremist Islamic groups in the Eastern Province are depriving Muslim females of education in this region.

“These groups have prohibited Muslim women in the Eastern Province from attending schools. They have also been prohibited to participate in sports activities and other subjects such as music and dancing,” Ven. Rathana Thera alleged.

Speaking on the same matter, Ven. Rathana Thera pointed out that teaching positions have been given to more Muslims than Tamils in the Eastern Province. Accordingly, Ven. Rathana Thera urged the Education Ministry carry out an investigation in to the matter.

Ven. Rathana Thera, speaking on the issue relating to the Sharia Campus, requested all Parliamentarians to support the proposal brought forward by UNP MP Prof. Ashu Marasinghe.

Armed Forces have apprehended Islamic extremists - Kabir

Minister Kabir Hashim yesterday revealed that the Armed Forces have been able to apprehend the terrorist who shot his Coordinating Secretary Taslim in the head several months ago.

Taslim was shot in the head by Islamic extremists who were involved in an incident in Mawanella where several Buddhist statues were destroyed. Minister Kabhir Hashim said that there are hundreds of Muslim youth ready to sacrifice their lives for the country similar to Taslim, against Islamic extremists. Thus, Hashim requested opportunistic politicians not to instigate ethnic and religious animosities between communities in the country to fulfill their political agendas.

Minister Hashim pointing out that the government was able to take in to custody all the hardcore extremists and terrorists involved in the Easter Sunday carnage in a short period of time, questioned the JVP as to why they brought in a No Confidence Motion against the government. “Many developed countries in the world are threatened by Islamic terrorism. Comparative to all those countries, we were able to detain Islamic terrorists in our country. Apart from the lone wolf terrorists, the country is safe from terrorist groups.” Hashim furthered.

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