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  • US Lobby Firm Hired by Malik: More Questions Than Answers Read more >

    US Lobby Firm Hired by Malik: More Questions Than Answers

    Minister Speaks: The Sunday Times responds. We thank Minister Malik Samarawickrama for confirming our story. He should have announced it long before the Sunday Times broke the story. We stand-by every word in our story. Malik Samarawickrama While we are happy that the Minister has been forced to come out publicly about his ministry hiring […]

  • Rajapaksa’s Ex-CSO in Bribery Net Read more >

    Rajapaksa’s Ex-CSO in Bribery Net

    BC files five corruption cases against Wanniarachchi; Alleged failure to declare assets and liabilities for five years. The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption yesterday filed five corruption cases in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court against Major Nevil Wanniarachchi, the ex-Chief Security Officer (CSO) of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa over non-declaration of assets […]

  • Four EX-officials Under Probe Read more >

    Four EX-officials Under Probe

    Revealing another aspect of investigations into the alleged misappropriation of million of rupees granted by Indian Real Estate Company Krrish Lanka Pvt. Ltd, the FCID yesterday informed Court that former Sri Lanka Tourism Board Chairman Nalaka Godahewa and three others are being investigated over a land deal involving Rs. 40 million in Puttalam with the […]

  • SLT Ads Galore Towards Media Factory Read more >

    SLT Ads Galore Towards Media Factory

    Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) The media reports that the Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is going to give their advertising campaigns to ‘Media Factory’ have raised concern among anti-corruption groups. The reports say that the SLT is planning to hand over its entire advertising campaign over to Media Factory. It has now become an issue as […]

  • Minister Kiriella’s Deception Exposed Read more >

    Minister Kiriella’s Deception Exposed

    Minister of Higher Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella denied in Parliament yesterday (21st) the information forwarded by JVP Parliamentarian Dr. Nalinda Jayathissa that three members of Minister’s Media Secretary’s family had been given three posts of consultants in the Ministry of Highways. The Minister also denied that a Buddhist priest had been appointed as a […]

  • Billion Rupee Pothole On Road To Good Governance? Read more >

    Billion Rupee Pothole On Road To Good Governance?

    by Nirmala Kannangara. The good governance administration is now embroiled in a controversy after being exposed that a Cabinet minister had allegedly secured Cabinet approval to get a government contract to a company owned by his offspring. Minister of Primary Industries Daya Gamage is accused of obtaining a government contract for rural road rehabilitation and […]

  • Sri Lanka: Landmark SC Ruling on Executive Power Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Landmark SC Ruling on Executive Power

    ( Sri Lanka Supreme Court) .* Cabinet decision declared invalid * SC expresses shock at manner Rs. 60 billion tender was awarded *CJ says judiciary duty bound to prevent abuse of power By C. A. Chandraprema. In this country, a court case rarely attracts much attention unless it has to do with something like murder […]

  • Civil Activists Raised Impediments to Corruption Investigations With Prez & PM Read more >

    Civil Activists Raised Impediments to Corruption Investigations With Prez & PM

    ( Protest by civil activists against Rajapaksa regime) President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have agreed to resolve the existing “practical difficulties” that hinder the smooth and fast progress of ongoing investigations into large scale corruption, fraud and bribery allegations, when they met a group of civil society representatives at a closed door […]

  • Ransom Case Filed against Prasanna Ranatunga & Wife Stella Read more >

    Ransom Case Filed against Prasanna Ranatunga & Wife Stella

    (Prasanna Ranathunga and his wife) The Attorney General has filed indictments against UPFA Parliamentarian Prasanna Ranatunga, his wife Stella Ranatunga and Naresh Kumar Fariz for threatening a businessman and demanding ransom from him when Mr. Prasanna Ranatunga was the Chief Minister of Western Provincial Council. The case is filed in Colombo High Court and Colombo […]

  • The Story Behind The World’s Emptiest International Airport Read more >

    The Story Behind The World’s Emptiest International Airport

    (Photo caption: A Sri Lankan Budhist monk takes pictures of an unseen Sri Lankan airlines Airbus A-340 which transported President Mahinda Rajapakse who became the first passenger to go through the facility at the new Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Mattala, in the southeast of the island on March 18, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/Ishara S. KODIKARA) […]

  • Fluctuating Fortunes of Good Governance)in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Fluctuating Fortunes of Good Governance)in Sri Lanka

    (By Rasika Jayakody) Yahapalanaya, in Sri Lanka, is a thing of fluctuating fortunes. Soon after the new Government came to power in January, it established the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) to probe into alleged acts of bribery and corruption under the previous administration. On the other hand, the Bribery Commission was strengthened under the […]

  • How Charity Begins At Home For The Rajapaksas Read more >

    How Charity Begins At Home For The Rajapaksas

    (Pushpa and Basil Rajapaksa) by Nirmala Kannangara. Commissions obtained from projects by the Rajapaksa family during their reign have been confirmed following the release of the Auditor General’s report on the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. The report dated March 1, 2016 under Ref. No. POS/A/SLPA/2016/04 states how Colombo International Container Terminals Limited, (CICT) the company […]

  • Full List: Sri Lanka Domiciled Individuals Revealed in Panama Papers Read more >

    Full List: Sri Lanka Domiciled Individuals Revealed in Panama Papers

    ECONOMYNEXT – The names of several Sri Lanka domiciled individuals, including Nissanka Senadhipathi of Avant Garde, have been disclosed in the Panama Papers released on the Internet on Monday. According to documents leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, Senadhipathi incorporated an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands with three others. The four shareholders […]

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

    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 […]

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

    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 […]

  • Weerawansa Family And Friends’ Joyride At State Expense Read more >

    Weerawansa Family And Friends’ Joyride At State Expense

    (Wimal Weerawansa) A fleet of 40 vehicles hired for State Engineering used by ex-minister’s cronies, by Nirmala Kannangara. Weerasangilige Wimal Weerawansa who mouths slogans and gives breast-beating displays of patriotism from political platforms despite his involvement in large-scale corruption and undercover activities, has once again been exposed as a corrupt politician. This time around, details […]

  • Justice Delayed in Anti-corruption drive in Sri Lanka – ACF Read more >

    Justice Delayed in Anti-corruption drive in Sri Lanka – ACF

    (ACF logo) The Anti-Corruption Front (ACF) commenced its operations on January 14, 2015. Following the defeat of the Rajapaksa administration, we requested concerned citizens to send in complaints regarding various financial irregularities which had taken place since 2008. We received information concerning bribery, corruption, abuse of state property and other such matters. We verified the […]

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