The Ministry of Defence have announced their latest “commercial venture”, opening up catering services in the south of the country, as the military continues to expand its role in civilian affairs.
Having opened in Battaramulla on Thursday, Rakna Lanka Catering Services is looking to expand and open many more outlets.
The CEO of the 'Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd', retired Major General Egodawele said that the idea for the business was the “brainchild of Secretary Defence [Gotabaya Rajapaksa]”, who was also the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony.
The military is involved in a whole host of other activities in Sri Lanka, already running restaurants and shops along the A9 highway to Jaffna, selling vegetables, running holiday resorts in the North-East, maintaining cricket stadiums, constructing buildings, running domestic flights and even have their own reality TV show.
The run up to this year’s Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day has seen the Tamil nation express itself through various creative avenues, from marches through city centers, to choreographed dance, to haunting works of poetry.
Tamils gathered yesterday, in cities across Norway, to mourn for those that lost their lives at Mullivaikkal. The Norwegian Council of Eelam Tamils (NECT) organised events in the cities of Bergen and Trondheim,