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Wayamba Chief Minister Fails To Carry Out President’s Orders

by Nirmala Kannangara Chief Minister North Western Provincial Council’s questionable failure to heed the directives of Environment Minister President Maithripala Sirisena to remove Saman Senanayake from the post of Director North Western Province Environment Authority immediately has raised eye brows amongst the Environmentalists and Central Environmental Authority (CEA) officials. At a discussion held at President’s [...]

Fresh Rift In The SLMC

by Ranjith Gunawardena A fresh rift has developed in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), SLMC sources said. The sources said that the rift was as a result of a dispute over finances belonging to the party. The SLMC leadership had earlier been asked to respond to some concerns by party members, but the leadership [...]

Chinese Company Gets Tender Bypassing Procedure

by Nirmala Kannangara The credibility of the ‘Good Governance’ administration that pledged to act on those who are involved in bribery or corruption is now fast diminishing as the government has failed to take action against those who are involved in corrupt activities. It is now understood that the corrupt are well protected by the [...]

Joint Opposition Agrees To New Alliance

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Joint Opposition (JO) has agreed in principle to form a new alliance to work against the government. A meeting took place at the residence of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week where it was agreed that a new alliance was needed to work against the government. Sri Lanka Freedom Party members [...]

Norochcholai Coal Issue Taken Lightly By CEB

by Ifham Nizam The first coal fired power plant in Norochcholai, now in operation for nearly five years since its completion has been under much controversy in terms of operational deficiencies and environmental concerns, despite the fact that the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is taking the matter lightly. Leading environmental organizations like the Environmental Foundation [...]

Scrapping Coal Power Is It A Must?

by Ashanthi Warunasuirya The subject of coal power plants has been widely discussed in public. The much anticipated Norochcholai coal power plant was not able to perform up to its expectations as it faced countless technical problems and breakdowns. The proposed coal power plant in Sampur faced strong objections by residents in the area, finally [...]

FCID Hands Tied On Allegations Against Dela

by Mahesh Senanayake The highly controversial Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic) continues to enjoy what could be termed as unwritten immunity because of the lackadaisical approach of the officials of the Attorney General’s (AG’s) Department in charge of handling the file No. CR5/27/2015. This file contains the [...]

Environment Raped As Sand-Mining Continues

by Ashanthi Warunasuirya It was revealed at numerous times that illegal sand mining is being carried out on a massive scale in the Samanthurai area in Gal Oya. The villagers in Samanthurai first revealed this to us, but only after going on an observation tour in the area, we ourselves witnessed its extent. It took [...]

Panama Community Continue To Suffer Even Under Good Governance

By Ifham Nizam reporting from Panama Pictures by Lalith Perera Families from five marginalised villages in the Eastern Part of Sri Lanka expressed their grave concern over the conduct of the `Good Governance’, claiming that the government made them a range of promises just to clinch the power. Representing fisher community in the area, K. [...]

Regulator Turns Blind Eye To Dubious Scheme

by Santhush Fernando The Sunday Leader during the past few weeks reported serious and grave lapses in several finance companies. The newspaper recently reported one of Sri Lanka’s oldest finance houses and an ex-Ceylinco company being engaged in a dubious scheme right under the nose of the regulator. It has been found through our investigations [...]

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