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* Marxist party of Sri Lanka seeks clarification on super luxury tourist resorts mentioned in gazette
Thu, Feb 20, 2014, 08:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has called on the government to clarify the super luxury tourist resort facilities and related services mentioned in the gazette notification that was presented to parliament under the Strategic Development Act.

The government on Tuesday presented the gazette notification on the mix development projects to parliament and the opposition political parties objected to legislation saying it was similar to the gazette notifications withdrawn a few months back by the government.

Both the JVP and the main opposition United National Party (UNP) objected to the amended gazette notification when the Investments Promotion Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena presented it in parliament Tuesday evening.

The JVP in a news conference asked how these facilities were different from gambling and casino centers.

JVP Central Committee member and candidate at the Western Provincial Council election, Nalinda Jayatissa said the previous gazette issued in August mentioned a mix development project - a resort with a casino and gambling facilities.

He told the media that the government was forced to take a step back at the time after receiving a negative response from the people.

According to Jayatissa, in a bid to mislead the public the government has replaced the sentence that mentions casinos and gambling in the previous gazette with "Super Luxury Tourist Resort Facilities and Related Services".

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