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Joint Opposition Back To Square One With MR

Basil pushes for a clean break with the SLFP SLFP vows stern action against errant members UNP silent on Rajapaksas’ actions despite pending probes India concerned over government’s path The race to hold a successful May Day rally come next Sunday has now reached the last lap with the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) led [...]

Possibility Of All MPs Getting Ministerial Posts – Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri

by Camelia Nathaniel Renowned academic Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri says that there is no need for a large cabinet, which the present government is building, and notes that it is being done with the intention of solidifying the president’s position within the SLFP and winning over the Joint Opposition members. He said that other than [...]

MR, JVP Ignore Govt. Bid For Reforms

The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PRCCR) said although the committee had sent written invitations to Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) requesting them to submit their views on the constitution, they have not responded. Asked for a comment, Chairman of the PRCCR Lal Wijenayake said that it is disheartening [...]

Government’s Volte-Face On Gampaha Water Project

Controversial Chinese Co. behind Norochcholai offered major contract by Good Governance Administration by Nirmala Kannangara and Ifham Nizam Although the unsolicited contract policy followed by the Rajapaksa administration was highly criticized by the then Opposition UNP, questions have been raised as to why the UNP-led government is now following the same Rajapaksa policies. The proposed [...]

Organ-ised Crime In Colombo Hospitals?

Crossborder Kidney  Racket : by Hafsa Sabry The Colombo Hulftsdorp Court has issued an arrest warrant on one of the seven Indian nationals arrested in connection with kidney transplants being carried out in some private hospitals. The suspect had escaped from the Mirihana detention camp. Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris issued a warrant for the [...]

Mixed Signals Over VAT Hike

by Hafsa Sabry Although some tax experts and economists commend the government for taking bold steps to increase taxes, some point out that the government should have levied the rich instead of raising indirect taxes such as VAT (Value Added Tax) thereby burdening the poor more. Given below are excerpts of the opinions shared by [...]

MP Aluthgamage In Money Laundering Soup

Following a request made by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to the courts seeking permission to check bank accounts of former minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, his wife and son, Colombo Additional Magistrate on Wednesday April 20, had ordered banks to assist the CID in their investigations. Parliamentarian Aluthgamage is accused of involving in frauds and money [...]

Positive Changes Less Apparent In N&E – UK

For those devoted to human rights work, Sri Lanka brought hope as well as despair, United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said in its Annual Human Rights Report 2015 released this week. “In different ways, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Colombia all showed that progress really does depend on effective leadership from the top,” it [...]

Panama Papers Expose Sri Lanka’s Loopholes

CBSL requests for original documents from the Panamanian Central Bank by Amavasya Sirisena The exposures of Panama Papers, which have stirred up many a hornet’s nest in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, will result in investigations by both the country’s banking watchdog as well as Sri Lanka Police criminal investigation arm, The Sunday Leader learns. Speaking [...]

Alerts Ahead Of ‘Mayday Call?’

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Media reports have indicated that President Maithripala Sirisena was not taken into (full) confidence before the government under his name announced new taxes, effective May. If these reports are too, it also remains to be known if Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had together or separately taken [...]

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