Minister Devananda asked to quit building
The owner of the building occupied by the Tourism Ministry has accused the ministry of subletting part of the building for the use of Minister Douglas Devananda using a security concern as the reason.

The owner who is accusing the Tourism Ministry of violating an agreement signed with him in March this year is now demanding that the building be vacated.

The owner has charged that the unauthorised use by the Tourism Ministry to allow Mr. Devananda to house his ministry had posed a security threat and as such is demanding that they vacate the building by the end of the month.

The Tourism Ministry had leased out the entire building in March this year, but after the change of government, had permitted it to house the Agriculture, Marketing Development & Hindu Affairs Ministry and Ministry Assisting Education and Vocational Training.

The owner of the building has written to the Tourism Ministry Secretary that they violated the contract by subletting the premises to the ministry and in the process has posed a security threat to the building.

The owner has drawn attention to the recent detection of a suicide bomber who later blasted herself at the Kollupitiya police station. Meanwhile The Sunday Times learns that Tourism Minister Anura Bandaranaike who was occupying the ninth floor of the Tourism ministry had moved out last week after attempts were made by Minister Devananda to take over three more flours including Mr. Bandaranaike's office in the Tourism Ministry.

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