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  • ‘Jaffna Steel Houses Unfit for Human Habitation’ - Expert Report

    ‘Jaffna Steel Houses Unfit for Human Habitation’ - Expert Report

    A team of experts from Moratuwa University has found that 65,000 steel houses, to be constructed in Jaffna by ArcelorMittal multinational steel company, are unfit for human habitation. Read the full report here:Jaffna-65K-houses-analysis The team comprising Prof. Priyan Dias, Dr. Rangika Halwatura and architect Varuna de Silva has released their preliminary findings during two-day visit […]

  • Cabinet Portfolios A Bait To Catch Pro-Rajapaksa MPs – Sunanda Deshapriya

    Cabinet Portfolios A Bait To Catch Pro-Rajapaksa MPs – Sunanda Deshapriya

    ( PM Wickremasinghe and some of his cabinet colleagues in the Parliament) by Camelia Nathaniel. Parliament has been converted into a Constitutional Assembly, and according to veteran journalist and social activist Sunanda Deshapriya, this is a positive development. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, he said that the country needs a comprehensive constitutional reform […]

  • Sri Lanka: Taking Back the Space of Legitimate Public Dissent - Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena,

    Sri Lanka: Taking Back the Space of Legitimate Public Dissent - Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena,

    The regular posturing by the so-called Rajapaksa-led Joint Opposition calling for the upholding of democratic rights in Sri Lanka must be treated with the rightful contempt that it deserves. Condemning hypocritical posturing Even as sanctimonious hypocrisy drips off the tongues of these worthies when they speak with fervor on multifarious topics, ranging from the appointments […]

  • Democracy in Still Decided  Post War Sri Lanka

    Democracy in Still Decided Post War Sri Lanka

    19 April 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka: According to the latest ‘Democracy in Post War Sri Lanka’ survey conducted by Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lankans have a low level of confidence in the Government’s commitment towards eradicating corruption in the country. While 40.8% are of the opinion […]

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  • Mittal’s 65,000 Steel Houses for IDPs Under Fire From Sri Lanka Experts

    Mittal’s 65,000 Steel Houses for IDPs Under Fire From Sri Lanka Experts

    By Namini Wijedasa. The proposed steel houses for the war-affected have inadequate foundations, insufficient roof support, are at risk of corrosion, are poorly ventilated and have no hearth and chimney, Moratuwa Universtiy experts have found after a detailed technical study. The controversial dwellings — erected by the Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal — also have poor or non-existent […]

  • Sri Lanka: Mega Monthly Rental of Rs 15M by Agricultural Ministry

    Sri Lanka: Mega Monthly Rental of Rs 15M by Agricultural Ministry

    (Minister for agriculture Dissanayaka holds the post of secretary, SLFP too) The Auditor General has expressed disapproval at the Ministry of Agriculture for leasing a building owned by a private individual for a monthly rent of Rs 15.075 million without following the proper tender procedure. The Auditor General has stated that the Ministry could have […]

  • How Rajapaksa Played Santa Claus With State Funds Providing Luxury Vehicles

    How Rajapaksa Played Santa Claus With State Funds Providing Luxury Vehicles

    Presidential Secretariat spent billions of rupees for hiring luxury vehicles for ex-President’s friends, family and cronies. by Nirmala Kannangara. Following last week’s expose titled ‘Weerawansa Family and Friends’ Joyride at State Expense’ shocking revelations have now come to light as to how the Presidential Secretariat under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa spent several millions of rupees […]

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