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Corruption Rampant Even Now – Gamagedara Dissanayake

By Thushari Nathaniel Matale District JVP organiser Gamagedara Dissanayake said that the unity government made many promises to the people, but they have failed to keep them. In an interview with The Sunday Leader he said that corruption is still rampant as it was under the Rajapaksa regime. He pointed out that during the previous [...]

Vehicle Permits For MPs Grossly Abused

by Hafsa Sabry Tax-free vehicle permits given to Parliamentarians have allegedly been misused violating the regulations of the Motor Traffic Act as the vehicles were registered under MP’s names and were owned by other businessmen in the country. About 35 such vehicles registered under the name of Parliamentarians were being used by individuals violating the [...]

Rift In COPE On Bond Issue

Differences of opinion have emerged in the COPE committee over the Treasury Bond issue, sources said. The issue was also raised in Parliament last week by COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti and Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella. The Committee after a lengthy discussion recently had noted that there is a contradiction of evidence given by [...]

Finance Ministry To Discuss Resignation Issue

The Ministry of Finance is to hold a discussion this week on the resignation of a group of directors in government institutions representing the Treasury. Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. R. H. S. Samarathunga is to hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss the issue, Finance Ministry sources said. The directors resigned after they were summoned by the police [...]

Political Hand Unearthed In Sand-Mining Racket

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The sand mining industry has become as lucrative as gold mining. Sand is dug out in the same manner gold is mined. The industry is operating however with very little supervision. Allegations have now been raised over a massive racket involving the sand mining industry. Sri Lanka’s largest natural sand deposit situated in [...]

Not A Very Happy Birthday For The Government

by Ashanthi Warunasuirya The government celebrated one year in office this month but several shortcomings have damaged an otherwise successful stay in office. Among the concerns is the government’s failure to keep to its promise on some issues. The following are some of the comments made by intellectuals and civil society activists on the progress [...]

Right To Make And Break Parties

by Gamini Weerakoon Profound statements made by politicians often fly over the heads of ordinary citizens which must be exasperating tothem. Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, last week, declared: Anybody has the right to form a party (a political party).But this profundity has escaped notice of the general public. It’s like some statements of cricket commentators who [...]

Govt. Pays Huge Hospital Bill For Monk

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The government has decided to pay the hospital bill of a prominent monk who was receiving treatment in Singapore. Documents seen by The Sunday Leader showed that the government has decided to pay nearly 250,000 Singapore Dollars to cover the medical expenses in Singapore for the Anunayaka of the Ramanna Nikaya, the Venerable Girambe [...]

Plantation Industry In Peril

Regional Plantation Companies urge to urgently finalise productivity-linked collective agreement  by Wiraj de Silva In the light of the clash between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Plantation Industry engaged in a brutal tug-of-war over the Cess funds amounting to over a staggering Rs 8.7 billion,  the beleaguered plantation industry urged an urgent [...]

Pandora’s Box Or Fresh Kettle Of Fish?

Fourth Industrial Revolution by Wiraj Silva Sri Lanka which has faced many a political and socio-economic upheaval in the past, is at the threshold of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, effects of which the Indian Ocean Island economy cannot simply shrug off. This week saw, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama delivering his [...]

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