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  • Auditor General drops bombshell; Sri Lanka window dressed fiscal data; hid borrowings

    Auditor General drops bombshell; Sri Lanka window dressed fiscal data; hid borrowings

    Government institutions have engaged in continuous “window dressing” of financial records to underreport national debt and bypass borrowing limits imposed by debt management regulations, Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe revealed yesterday. Taking the balance sheet of the Finance Ministry as an example, Wijesinghe said data presentation has been manipulated to avoid presenting the total amount under […]

  • Local authority elections and Reality check in Sri Lanka

    Local authority elections and Reality check in Sri Lanka

    Meera Srinivasan. Local government elections this month will have a bearing on the coalition government in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s local government elections, scheduled to be held on February 10, have elicited the interest of a national election, and with good reason. This is the first time the country will go to the polls in about […]

  • Sri Lanka: Repeal Draconian Security Law; Failure to Meet Pledges on Accountability, Counterterrorism Reforms

    Sri Lanka: Repeal Draconian Security Law; Failure to Meet Pledges on Accountability, Counterterrorism Reforms

    (Geneva) – The Sri Lankan government has failed to fulfill its pledge to abolish the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. For decades, the PTA has been used to arbitrarily detain suspects for months and often years without charge or trial, facilitating torture, and other abuse. “The Sri Lankan […]

  • Nurture bipartisanship to solve national issue

    Nurture bipartisanship to solve national issue

    (Press release/ NPC) Sri Lanka currently has a government of national unity comprising the two largest political parties, the UNP and SLFP, which have hitherto been rivals for political power. As can be expected the forthcoming local government elections have aggravated the tensions between them.  It is customary that those who seek to win an election engage […]

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