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Over 5600 Court martialed in SL

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The government today said that some 421 military officers and 5205 other rankers were court-martialed since 2006 with Commodore T.M.P Mendis who was convicted of failing to take adequate safety measures and counter actions to protect the Galle Naval Base from the terrorist attack on October 18, 2006 among those who were martialed.
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Customs incurred an approximate loss of Rs. 480 million as a result permission to import those eight super luxury limousines- Ravi

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Rvi_AmunugamaColombo District UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake, said that the Sri Lanka Customs incurred an approximate loss of Rs. 480 million as a result permission to import those eight super luxury limousines being granted. Karunanayake demanded to know why the government granted special permission to import limousines,

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Reply for Oral Questions Questions No: 1712/11

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a)    i) Objective of the Board of Investment established under Greater Colombo Economic

Commission Act No.04 of 1978 are:
I)    Foster and enhance economic development of the Republic.

II)    Widening and strengthening of economic foundation of the Republic.
III)    Encouragement and improvements of foreign investments within the Republic.
IV)    Diversification of foreign exchange potential and increasing export earnings.
V)    Establishment industrial and commercial enterprises within the Republic and
encouragement and foster of development.

VI)    Administration of affairs in the area of authority and,
VII)    All other activities which may be required or supportive for the fulfillment of the
all or any of the above objectives.

Encouragement of foreign investors and promotion of investments aimed at earning foreign exchange in order to fulfill the above the objectives is one of the main tasks of the Board of Investment.  Accordingly, main aspect of encouraging investments is the provision of suitable lands for the establishment if industries and enterprises. The Board of Investment is taking action to make available lands on lease taking into consideration the factors such as the potential of the investor, the volume of investment, employment generation and economic development etc. In such a situation, tender procedure could not be practically adhered to. 

The tender procedure is followed to realize a higher price for the land and not to explore investments which could support the economic development through the provision of a land. Under these circumstances, no tender procedure has been followed when leasing out of lands by every Government since the inception of the Board of Investment.

ii)    Please see Folio 05 of Annex. 1
iii)    Please see Folio 04 of Annex. 1
iv)    Please see Folio 05 of Annex. 1
v)    Please see Folio 06 of Annex. 1
vi)    Mentioned in a (i) above.
b)    Does not arise.

Question for Oral Answers Answers for – Question Number – 1709/11

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Question for Oral Answers
Answers for – Question Number – 1709/11


Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, to ask the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development.

a)    (i)     The issues pertaining to intrusion of Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen into coastal waters beyond their Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) being resolved on the basis of close bilateral relationship and the humanitarian considerations.  In this respect a Joint Working Group (JWG) has been established and action have been taken to minimize these issues.  In addition, the Sri Lankan fishermen have been released by way of agreement obtained from Home Affairs Ministry in New Delhi.  Through the recommendations forwarded by the Joint Interrogation Committee established for reviewing the details of Sri Lankan fishermen and vessels which are taken into Indian custody.


ii)     Number of Sri Lankan Fishermen in Indian Custody – 36
(Gujarat – 05, Tamil Nadu – 26, Andra Pradesh – 05)
Number of Indian Fishermen detained in Sri Lanka – 08
iii)    Fishing has been carried out by the Sri Lankan Fishermen.
iv)     As the Kachchathivu Island belongs to Sri Lankan territory, Ministry of External Affiars in India has advised to the Indian fishermen to avoid region for fishing purposes.

b)    I) 180,693 persons
ii) Fitted to all multi day fishing vessels (GPS).
iii) There are 4,596 offshore and deep sea fishing vessels. In 2011, number of 3,019 vessels with crew members were insured.  8,636 persons have so far contributed to “Diyawara Diriya” Insurance Scheme which was started in May 2011.


iv) Does not arise.

Oral Question Answers Hon Mr. Ravi Karunanaya​ke MP in Parliament QN.1520-11

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Question Number    -    1520/11
Ministry        -    Ministry of Transport
Parliament Member    -    Hon. Ravi Karunanayake
Date            -    2012.03.06

a)    Will he state for years 2010 and 2011 separately
i)    The total cost for renting or leasing of building which are not owned by the Ministry of Transport?
Lease of rent is not paid for the land on which the Ministry of Transport is situated as belongs to the Department of Railways.

ii)     The rate per square feet of rented or leased buildings: and
Not applicable
iii)     The leasing period of the buildings?
Not applicable
b)     Will he also state in relation to the ministry of transport for aforesaid years respectively?
i)    The total money spent on renting or leasing of vehicles do not belong to any of the Ministry related entities.

For the year 2010 – Rs.2,604,404.92 (Twenty Six Hundred Four Thousand Four Hundred and Four Rupees and Ninety Two Cents)

For the year 2011 – Rs.4,355,737.30 (Forty Three Hundred Fifty Five Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty Seven Rupees and Thirty Cents)

ii)    The total number of vehicles rented or leased

For the year 2010 – eight vehicles (08)

For the year 2011 – eight vehicles (08)

iii)    The other outsourced services

1.    Cleaning service
2.    Maintenance of the machines belongs to the Ministry

iv)    The cost incurred in outsourced services mentioned
1.    For cleaning service
Rs.239,025.90 (Two Hundred Thirty Nine Thousand Twenty Five and Ninety cents for 2010)

Rs.1,175,529.00 (Eleven Hundred Seventy Five Thousand and Five Hundred Twenty Nine only for 2011)

2.    For maintenance of machines belonging to the Ministry of Transport

Rs.1,042,537.23 (One Million Forty Two Thousand Five Hundred Thirty Seven Rupees and Twenty Three Cents for 2010)
Rs.1,026,383.61 (One Million Twenty Six Thousand Three Hundred Eight Three Rupees and Sixty One Cents for 2011)  

v)     The number of people who have been contracted on sourced basis and
2010 – Eight institutions
2011 – Eight institutions
vi)     The total staff strength?
The total staff is 138 for the year 2010
The total staff is 147 for the year 2011
c)    If no, why?
Not applicable

Answers for the Parliamentary Question No.0562/’10

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Ministry        -    Ports & Highways
Questioned  By        -    Hon. Ravi Karunanayake
Date            -    06-03-2012
Answers for the Parliamentary Question No.0562/’10


a)    I)    China Harbour Engineering Corporation and Syno Hydro Joint Venture

ii)    This contract has been awarded through negotiations to a contractor nominated by the Chinese Government, having followed relevant tender procedures and obtaining the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers.

iii)    China Harbour Engineering Corporation and Syno Hydro Join Venture

b)    I) To be commenced    -    year 2012    Action is being taken to commence the  
To be commenced    -    year 2015    the construction work of this stage.
However exact date has not been decided.
ii)  A loan from Ex-IM Bank of China
iii)  Estimated Construction Cost        -    USD 808 Mn
iv)  See the attachment A & B
v)   See the attachment A & B
c)     I)        In addition to income from Hambantota Port, the income from Colombo Port will be used to   
repay loan installment for  first three years.  However, total installment will be paid using income from Hambantota Port after three years.

ii)        As per the relevant agreement, the loan repayment shall be commenced only after one year of the completion of the project.  Accordingly, loan repayment will be commenced in 2012.

d)    Does not arise.

Question for oral answers – 12th December 2011 – 1312/’11

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Ministry of Defence & Urban Development

Seventh Parliament 1st Session, Order Book No.4(8).]

14th November 2011

Question for oral answers – 12th December  2011 – 1312/’11

Hon Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Prime Minister and Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs.
a)    Will he state for year 2010 and 2011  separately
i)    The total cost for renting or leasing of buildings which are not owned by the Ministry of Defence;
ii)    The square footage rate of rented or leased buildings; and
iii)    The leasing period of the buildings?
b)     Will he also state in relation to the Ministry of Defence for aforesaid years separately-

i)    The total money spent on hiring or leasing vehicles which do not belong to any of the ministry related entities;
ii)    The total number of vehicles owned;
iii)    The other outsourced services;
iv)    The cost incurred in outsourced services mentioned above;
v)    The number of people who have been contracted on outsourced basis, and
vi)    The total staff strength?

c)     If not, why?

Answers
a)    i)    Rs.5,589,642.73 (fifty five lakhs, eighty nine thousand six
hundred and forty two rupees and seventy three cents)
ii)    Square footage rate changes for the rooms at BMICH are Rs.100
and Rs.130  (according to the provided facilities), as well as a square footage rate hasn’t been quoted for the Renuka building.
iii)    Relevant officers  are being functioning up to now by renting the rooms at BMICH since 06.08.2006, 01.04.2009 and month of May 2009 consecutively.

b)      i)  Rs.756,000 (Seven lakhs, fifty six thousand rupees) have been spent for hiring the
vehicle in that relevant time period.
ii)  Approximately 77 (Seventy seven)
iii)  In the case of cleaning matters at the offices, services have
been obtained for the relevant two years.



iv)  Three point six (3.6) million rupees in the year 2010, one point nine (1.9) million
rupees in the year 2011 (up to 31st of July) have been spent.
v)   No.
vi)  Four hundred and ten (410) in the year 2010 and four hundred and seventeen (417) in
the year 2011.

c)    Not relevant.





(S. Hettiarachchi)
Addl. Secretary (Defence)
Ministry of Defence & Urban
Development on   07th December 2011

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