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President ended war as promised - Information and Media Minister Anura Yapa

President Mahinda Rajapaksa provided correct political leadership to free the future of Lankan children from terrorism and the full credit goes to the President no matter who says what.

ANCL Colombo -Kataragama bus service

The bus will ply daily from Lake House premises Colombo at 10 pm to Kataragama via Ratnapura and return the following day via Matara.

“The President ended the 30-year-old war and kept one of his promises. Now all of us have to make our contributions towards his dream of achieving development,” Information and Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said.

Addressing the re-launching ceremony of ANCL’s Colombo–Kataragama bus service, Minister Yapa said the ANCL has re-launched the Colombo–Kataragama bus service showing great social responsibility.

The ANCL does not need to operate a transport service to earn money. ANCL is one of the media institutions which earns Rs. 3 billion annually and today the institution needs to move forward blending its proud history and modern technology,” he said.

Minister Yapa pointed out that President Mahinda Rajapaksa ended the 30-year long war not giving into pressure by the international community. “But past leaders such as J.R. Jayewardene gave up eradicating terrorism at the last moment even after trapping Prabhakaran inside Vadamarachchi due to international pressure.

President Rajapaksa ended the war within three years and gave freedom to the Sri Lankan public restricting his own freedom.

He made new friends with some countries while strengthening friendship with others.

The persons who closed down newspapers during their time speak about press freedom today.

Road Passenger Transport Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna said the ANCL relaunched the bus service on a significant day which coincides with the birthday of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the fourth anniversary of Mahinda Chinthanaya.

There are about 17,000 private buses at the moment and the Transport Minister Dullas Alahapperuma issued only six permits for six buses so far and all of them for the Colombo–Jaffna route.

It is very timely that the ANCL recommenced the service and the main responsibility of all is providing a quality transport service to the public,” he said.

ANCL Chairman Bandula Padmakumara, Directors Nihal Ratnaike, Upul Dissanayake and officials were present.



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