04 Feb '11, 8am

Sri Lanka's president promises growth: KATARAGAMA, Sri Lanka : Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse on Friday...

Sri Lanka's president promises growth: KATARAGAMA, Sri Lanka : Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse on Friday...

KATARAGAMA, Sri Lanka : Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse on Friday promised to promote economic development at all costs to make up for opportunities lost during the country's separatist war. In an address on the country's 63rd anniversary of independence from Britain, Rajapakse said he would press ahead with infrastructure projects and double per capita income to over US$4,000 in the next few years. He also said he was ready to make unspecified "tough decisions" even if they were unpopular as the country battles high inflation. "It is the nation's responsibility to take hard and difficult decisions to bring light to the future of our children, rather than take popular decisions that will lead them to darkness ahead," the president said in Kataragama, 280 kilometres (175 miles) south of Colombo. "Whatever the obstacles, we shall not delay to regain the lost opportun...

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