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Saturday, 19 October 2013 - 19:10
UNP calls for a vote on gazette on casinos
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The United National Party says that the vote that is to be held after the parliamentary debate next Thursday on the gazette announcement under the Policy Development Draft Bill, should be held nominally.

Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga stated that they have already decided to vote against the bill.

Meanwhile, the Jathika Hela Urumaya has also decided to vote against the bill.

However, the government reiterated that it has not granted permission to issue new licenses for casinos or any other gambling establishment.

Issuing a statement the ministry of Investment Promotion stated that certain parties are spreading false rumors regarding this.

The betting and gaming act of 1988 continues to be in effect in Sri Lanka and in accordance with the act 4 gaming institutions are currently active in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Minister of Investment Promotion Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana questioned as to why those who oppose these gazette notifications don’t oppose betting companies.

New Update : Sunday, 20 October 2013 - 01:17 PM

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Government clarifies with regard to casino allegation

The government reiterates that it has not granted permission to issue new licenses for casinos or any other gambling establishment.

Issuing a statement the ministry of Investment Development stated that certain parties are spreading false rumors regarding this.

The betting and gaming act of 1988 continues to be in effect in Sri Lanka and in accordance with the act 4 gaming institutions are currently active in Sri Lanka.

Elaborating further the ministry of Investment Development stated that these establishments are currently situated near a popular school in Colombo, places of religious observance and facing Galle road.

Following the identification of such establishments which were placed near densely populated areas of Colombo and near other important places, the government of Sri Lanka turned its attention to moving these establishments to one identified location.

Accordingly, in lieu of the investor friendly background existent in Sri Lanka, Crown Limited, the firm owned by the 4th largest investor in Australia, James Packer agreed to built a luxury casino and resort in Sri Lanka.

The statement issued by the ministry of Investment Development stated that the investment which will be a multi national investment, and the resort complex will contain luxury hotels, conference halls, shopping arcades, office space and entertainment facilities.

Hence two of the current gambling establishments will be relocated.

The ministry states that this move has been favorably received by the Maha Sangha and other religious leaders as well.

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