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* Sri Lanka's governing party ally says government approval for hotel projects without gaming and casino facilities a victory
Fri, Dec 20, 2013, 11:23 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 20, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says that the granting of approval for three hotel projects in Colombo without gaming and casino facilities by the government is a victory for those who fought to safeguard morals and the country's heritage.

JHU parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thero said that a country's economy cannot be developed by gambling.

He said the JHU will keep a close watch on the hotels and will continue with the fight if any investor makes an attempt to set up a casino or gaming center in their hotels.

"Although the government has paid attention to the opposition raised against the setting up of casinos and gaming centers due to massive objections raised by the Mahanayakes, clergy and the people, we will keep a close watch on the hotel projects," Ven. Ratana Thero has said.

The JHU also stressed that the country needs a sustainable national economy strengthened by good governance policies.

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