Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

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He said the common belief in accordance with Buddhist and Hindu culture is that those who take the coins which are given for meritoriou­s purposes will be subjected to curse from Gods. He also said one should look at the legal provisions during such acts.

Mr. Samaraweer­a charged that the Central Bank would also take steps to collect 2.3 billion coins that are in Sri Lankan households soon. He said this referring to a statement made by Central Bank Governor Nivaard Cabral that such an amount of coins remained in the drawers and tills of the Sri Lankan public. “It is questionab­le as to how the Central Bank could make such estimation,” he said. Mr. Samaraweer­a said the Central Bank should instead attempt to recover millions and millions of dollars lying in the names of top politician­s in foreign banks. He said the Central Bank could seek the assistance of Stolen Asset Recovery Unit of the World Bank for this purpose.

He charged that top ruling party politician­s are now making arrangemen­ts to transfer their funds lying in European Banks to banks in other parts of the world.

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