Condolence messages :
Dr Karunanayake helped formulate Mahinda Chinthanaya - Minister
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa presided when Parliament met at 1 p.m.
After the presentation of Papers and Oral Questions the House took up
votes of condolences of ex-MPs late Dr Kamal Karunanayaka, late Yasendra
Bakmeewewa and late Cholomondeley Goonewardena.
Irrigation and Water Resources Management and the Leader of the
House Nimal Siripala de Silva: I present here the condolence motion
of ex-MP late Kamal Karunanayake to the House. He was a senior
He was born on April 29, 1937 at Minuwangoda. He was the father of
Dr. Geeshani Karunanayake.
He received his education at Nalanda Vidyalaya, Minuwangoda and
Nalanda Vidyalaya, Colombo. He obtained an honours degree in Economics
at the Peradeniya University. He was the first one to enter the
University from Nalanda Vidyalaya, Minuwangoda.
He started his carrier as an economics lecturer in Kelaniya
University in 1963. He became a senior lecturer in 1975, and from 1976
onwards was a Professor of Economics. He held the Head of Department
post twice at the Economics Department.
He worked as a consultant in many local and foreign Government and
private institutions. He had to sacrifice his job in order to work for
Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1971.
He entered Parliament in 1989 from the PA National List. Due to his
simple characteristics and the quality to listen others, he was greatly
admired and respected by many. He was a founding member of the Economic
Society. He made a great contribution for the victory of Mahinda
Rajapaksa in 2005 and due to his talents became the Senior Economic
Consultant of the President. He made a great contribution in the
formulation of the Mahinda Chintana policy as well.
He died at the age of 68 on November 18, 2006. May he attain the
Supreme Bliss of Nirvana and I suggest that we send the copies of this
condolence motion to his family members.
Ranil Wickremesinghe (UNP): I got to know him well when I was
working as a Biyagama Organizer.
He was an economics lecturer. He was well educated and an intelligent
person. He served as a lecturer in economics at the Kelaniya University.
He worked in many institutions as a consultant.
I express my condolences herewith to the family members and relatives
Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena: We must
first extend our admiration to his character. His talent and
intelligence were outstanding, and therefore he added new courage to the
He shared his knowledge and experiences while working as a consultant
to Sirimavo Bandaranaike at critical times. He was an exemplary and
humble person. He drove his own car to come to this House.
I express my condolences to his family members.
Karu Jayasuriya (UNP): I don’t want to repeat the positive
characteristics brought out by the members who spoke before me. I fully
endorse all those sentiments.
He gained his doctorate from the Birmingham University. He didn’t use
political power to suppress the people who bore different ideologies fro
his own. He didn’t harass them.
He had a happy family life. At this moment we extend our sympathies
to his family.
Labour Relations and Productivity Improvement Deputy Minister
Jagath Balasooriya: I consider myself very fortunate to speak a few
words on behalf of a person, that I associated for a long time. Both of
us were contemporaries and obtained economic degree in political
science. We joined in the protests against the US held at the Hyde Park
He provided his service in many local and foreign institutions.
During the latter stages of his life, he worked as a Special
Presidential Consultant on economic matters.
During the Presidential Election in 2005, he made an enormous effort
for the victory of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He was a friendly
person, and was loved by many.
Dr Jayalath Jayawardena (UNP): Late Prof Kamal Karunanayake
represented this House from 1989 to 1994 as a National List Member.
The biggest honour that we can pay him is to ensure that, educated
and intelligent people come to national politics.
Today, we must ask our conscience whether we got anything from the
exemplary life he led. He didn’t insult anyone and did not use words in
a way that would hurt someone else.
Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Deputy Minister Wijith
Wijithamuni de Zoysa: I join this condolence motion today as a
relative and as a person who worked with him.
He was entitled to various positions in the party. He was a very
active person. He spent a very happy life.
He had a close connection with the Rajapaksa family as well. He was
well educated and had a refined character.
I express my sympathy at this moment to his family members and
John Amaratunga (UNP): An important fact considering his bio
data is that he was the first one to enter the University from Nalanda
It was a great honour for the school.
He never involved in thuggery, during his political career. We are
deeply grieved by his death and would like to express our condolences to
his family members. May he attain Nibbana!
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sumedha G Jayasena: We knew him
as a person who contributed greatly to the victory of the party. He
entered Parliament in 1989.
He was always with cheerful face and was friendly with all. While
being in the Consultative Committee he rendered an immense service to
As a consultant, he contributed a lot to the success of President
Mahinda Rajapaksa in the 2005 election. We learnt a lot from him and at
times he was a great teacher to us. He was ready to teach us at any
Kamala Ranatunga (UPFA): As a representative from the Gampaha
District, I would like to make a few words about him.
He was an intellectual. He had great talent. He always provided his
services for the benefit of others.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa at many public occasions stated the value
of dis-refraining from politics of hatred.
As a consultant to the President, Kamal Karunanayake also advised him
in this regard. I express my sympathy over his death, and with that he
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa: I agree with the condolence
expressed today in this House over ex-MP late Kamal Karunanayake. I
order that a copy of these speeches of the condolence motion be sent to
his family members and relatives.
Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva:
I present the condolence motion of ex-MP late Yasendra Bakmeewewa to
Parliament. He was a senior politician who represented the Digamadulla
Ranil Wickremesinghe (UNP): The biggest project initiated
after the Independence was achieved, was the Gal-Oya project. One among
those who benefitted is Nihal Yasendra Bakmeewewa.
He studied and developed as a village politician. He rendered his
service at his topmost level to his area and only after 10 years was he
elected to the Anuradhapura Municipal Council. Even thereafter he
rendered his service to the village.
That’s why he could be elected to the Parliament in 1989. His service
was so great that the people elected him to the Parliament as their
P. Dayaratne (State Resources and Enterprise Development
Minister): I met him at the Gal Oya project. He supported me at the
election in 1979.
During the 1988 period there was terrorism on both sides.
In the Moneragala area there was terrorism initiated by Sinhala
youth, while there was LTTE terrorism in the Aranthalawa area.
During that time it was difficult even for a Sinhala person to
contest in Ampara area.
But Nihal Bakmeewewa contested for the Provincial Council and was
elected. Thereafter he was elected to the Parliament in 1989.
Karu Jayasuriya (UNP): He was very lucky to be the only
Provincial Councillor of the North-Eastern Provincial Council. He was
also appointed as the Deputy Mayor of Ampara. He was known as the
‘friend of the poor’ by the people.
He was a great father to his children and a great politician to the
A. H. M. Azwer (UPFA): Nihal Bakmeewewa developed a
brotherhood with the Muslim community in the Ampara area.
Bakmeewewa was interested in developing the remote areas such as Yala,
Eastern Province, Kumana and the Hambantota area. He was a silent
worker. Now Hambantota is being developed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
One of the biggest harbours has been constructed there.
A. H. M. Azwer takes the Chair.
Anoma Gamage (UNP): Nihal Bakmeewewa commenced his political
career after being elected as a member to the newly established Ampara
Municipal Council in 1979.
Thereafter he represented the people of Digamadulla in Parliament on
Sriyani Wijewickrama (UPFA): He had seven siblings. They all
have become responsible citizens.
He was a father of three. Being influenced by Nihal Bakmeewewa, his
son Ayomaka Bakmeewewa has joined the politics. He is still held by the
people of Digamadulla in high esteem.
Thalatha Athukorala (UNP): The Bakmeewewa family went to
Ampara with the commencement of Gal Oya project.
Nihal Bakmeewewa’s father was an architect of the project. Nihal
Bakmeewewa received his education from schools in Ampara and joined the
Gal Oya project as an engineer. Thereafter he joined politics to serve
the people of the Ampara area.
A. H. M. Haris (UNP):
He worked his best to create harmony among Sinhala, Tamils and Muslim
people in the Digamadulla District.
He served the people of the East. He won the confidence of the people
by rendering a greater service in the Digamadulla District.
Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva: Late Minister Cholomondeley
Goonewardane was born in 1917.
He had seven brothers and sisters. He studied at St. John’s College
and Holy Cross College, Kalutara. He later joined S. Thomas’ College,
Mount Lavinia. He received many prizes for English Literature.
He passed out as a lawyer from Law College and served for the
betterment of the ordinary people. He joined the Lanka Sama Samaja Party
in 1937. After that he was elected to the Kalutara Urban Council
representing the Kalutara District. He joined the Suriya mal Campaign
and Joined the anti Malaria campaign in the Dry Zone.
He fought for the rights of State sector employees.
He was elected to Parliament representing the Lanka Sama Samaja
Party. He took measures to strengthen the democratic rights of the
people. People who do not have houses were given lands by him.
He contested the 1956 and 1960 Elections and was elected to
He was a well-known leftist leader.
He became a Minister under Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike. He
took measures to construct roads and bridges in Kalutara.
He pioneered in introducing a highway concept in Sri Lanka. He
rendered a yeoman service to the fishing folk in the country.
When he was a student at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, he was
given a memorial award for English literature. He constructed four lanes
of the main road in Kalutara area.
We wish to convey our condolences to his family.
P. Padmasiri (UPFA): He was a lawyer and practised in his area
in Kalutara to help the poor. He joined the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP)
to help the ordinary people to win their rights. He gave leadership to
many struggles to win the rights of the working class. He faced numerous
challenges in his political life. He was the pioneer of introducing
highway concept to this country.
Late Minister Cholomondeley was a very sensible person. He always
stood against injustices. He was a very close to the ordinary people. He
was a legend in Kalutara. Ella-Wellawaya road was built by him which was
very significant construction done by our engineers.
He distributed lands to fisherfolk.
Ajith Perera (UNP): Late Minister Cholomondeley was a
remarkable character. He was sensitive to the needs of the ordinary
He entered Parliament as one of the youngest MPs. He was a lawyer.
Today Kalutara has a developed road network. He improved the road system
in Kalutara where there is no traffic congestion.
He upgraded the Nagoda Hospital. He pioneered the construction of
Deputy Minister of Ports and Aviation Rohitha Abeygunawardene:
He did an immense service to Kalutara District. He started his political
journey from the Kalutara Urban Council. He became a Mayor of Kalutara
Urban Council and rendered a yeomen service.
He appeared for the needs of the fishing community. He took decisions
for the welfare of the people. He established many ‘community villages’.
He has taught as a lesson to respect humanity, disregarding political
Palitha Thewarapperuma (UNP): He was elected to Parliament in
1947 as the youngest member from Kalutara district at that time.
Challenges or threats could not stop him from serving people.
Dr N M Perera once said that Cholomondeley Goonewardena was a fine
example for younger generation.
The proceedings were adjourned until September 07.
Examiners prevented paper leakage
Examiners had taken prompt action to prevent the GCE English question
paper from leaking in a leading school in Ratnapura yesterday, Education
Minister Bandula Gunawardena told Parliament.
English Question Paper II had been distributed among candidates
instead of Paper I by the supervisors. Later realizing the mistake, the
examiners did not allow candidates to go out of the Exam Hall during the
lunch break and ordered them to sit the English Paper I. Minister
Gunawardena answering a question raised by DNA MP Anura Kumara
Dissanayake promised he would look into the matter.
Dissanayake said a group of candidates who sat the GCE Advanced Level
Examination in Ratnapura yesterday were kept under house arrest owing to
a mishap by the supervision of this examination centre.
Automatic gates for level crossings
Chief Government Whip and Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh
Gunawardena yesterday said in Parliament that a project is in progress
to fix electric bells or automatic gates for 62 unguarded level
He said this in response to a question raised by UPAA MP A H M Azwer.
The Minister in his answer said that there were 569 unguarded level
crossings and 147 level crossings with bamboo gates. He also said that
66 accidents took place at level crossings in 2009 and 20 were killed.
He also said in addition there is a plan to fix gates where railway
transport is minimum and employ Samurdhi recipients at these level
No Army purchases from HICORP
Sri Lanka Army has not purchased armament or other items from the
HICORP International Company registered in the United States of America,
Parliament was told yesterday.
In response to a question raised by UPFA MP Arundika Fernando, Chief
Government Whip and Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh
Gunawardena tabled this answer before the House.
It says that, the Government was not aware of the names and addresses
of the owners of this company.
US Forces help school
United States Forces in Sri Lanka for Operation Pacific Angel will
present a school with a power generator, computers and associated
equipment, US officials said.
Earlier this week, during Operation Pacific Angel’s renovation of the
Semandaluwa Kanista Vidyalaya primary school, Principal Ranjaney
Fernando told journalists that the school lacked a power supply and thus
could not operate the school’s single computer.
The journalists then shared the request with US Air Force Col. Wesley
Cockman, Pacific Angel-Sri Lanka Commander. Colonel Cockman will inform
Semandaluwa Kanista Vidyalaya Primary School principal that the US team
will provide the school a generator, computers and associated equipment.
After learning of the request, Colonel Cockman coordinated with the
US Embassy in Colombo and United States Pacific Command in Hawaii to
secure funding under the US Department of Defence Security Cooperation
Agency’s Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster and Civic Aid (OHDACA) program.
Within 48 hours, the request was processed, reviewed, approved and money
transferred - paving the way for surprise notification at the school, a
day before the Pacific Angel operation comes to an end.
“I am thrilled the request was approved,” Colonel Cockman said upon
hearing the news.
“This funding will allow us to purchase equipment from Sri Lankan
vendors and further enhance the ability of the school’s dedicated staff
to provide quality education to the 90 students there. In addition to
the support from the US Embassy in Colombo and US Pacific Command, a key
figure in this process has been Mohammed Nazmi, Puttalam Mayor.
A joint, combined team of US, Sri Lankan and Mongolian civil
engineers continue repairs at the Semandaluwa Kanista Vidyalaya and
Mahasiyabalagaskada Vidyalaya (Neriyakulam) schools this week, planning
to conclude the operation tomorrow.
The Engineering Civic Assistance Programs, along with medical care
and education missions, are part of Operation Pacific Angel-Sri Lanka.
UPFA MP A.H.M. Azwer making a personal clarification yesterday said
in Parliament that he will distribute dates received from Middle East
countries for Ramazan among the Muslim community.
He said that he has been doing this for a long period. “I will
distribute them among politicians and Parliament staff including the
He also thanked Muslim countries for sending those Ramazan gifts.
He also said that, facts given by Jayalath Jayawardena at Parliament
recently in this regard were not true.
Corrections and Clarifications
In our Parliamentary proceedings on Page 10, August 18, 2010 under
the headline “Amendments to overcome problems regarding private land
ownership”, in reporting the speech made by Opposition Leader in
Parliament we have inadvertently stated that Parliamentarian Wasantha
Aluvihare has given a false statements to the Court Martial and Wasantha
Aluvihare said that Parliamentarian Sarath Fonseka had discussed with
the UNP for two weeks before his resignation.
What the Opposition Leader said was that State Counsel Aluvihare and
the Judge Advocate General made false statements before the Court
We regret the error and any pain of mind caused to Matale District
Parliamentarian Wasantha Aluvihare.