Sri Lankans generally are proud of their civilization that extends over 2500 years. They rub their hands in glee that their forefathers had defeated South Indian invasions repeatedly, and preserved Theravada Buddhism to this day. In fact, Sri Lanka is acknowledged as a leading Theravada Buddhist country in the world today. Sri Lankan government politicians also claim that the country is a pristine democracy and have been so for the last 71 years in international forums. Despite this recounted past glory, the current ground reality reveals a precipitous degradation of civilization and the so-called democracy, in the last few years, in particular.
The government yesterday submitted a supplementary estimate seeking the approval of the House for Rs. 371 million (Rs. 371,097,000) to purchase nine vehicles for ministers and deputy ministers.
The estimate was presented to the House by Chief Government Whip Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake.
President Maithripala Sirisena said his objective is a continuation of strong friendship with Russia for the coming century while opening a new page of sixty years long Russia-Sri Lanka bilateral relations.
He has made this remarks during the time of addressing the Sri Lankan community in Russia today (March 24) at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Moscow.
Sri Lankan professionals working in various fields in Russia, students and business community also were present at this occasion.