Sri Lanka Brief


  • CID probes charges against Mervyn

    Allegations of extortion and other illegal activities by Minister Mervyn Silva are being probed by Criminal Investigation Department detectives on a directive by Police Chief N.K.Illangakoon. The probe follows a petition handed over to the Ministry of Defence by UPFA members of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha .A copy of the petition has also been given […]

  • SLFP disciplinary committee asks for file on Mervyn

    The SLFP disciplinary committee has asked the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha members to hand over documents to prove the allegations of corruption leveled against Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister Mervyn Silva. The governing UPFA members of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha yesterday evening met with SLFP Secretary Minister Maithripala Sirisena, UPFA Secretary Minister Susil Premajayantha and SLFP […]

  • ‘No rule of law’ as practiced by Rajapaksha regime

     The year 2012 had the worst dawn, ever since independence. Four abductions reported, one after another, during the first four days of the year, with 03 found dead and dumped on waysides. A much flaunted Defence Secretary who prides in talking tough on the LTTE and devolution, remains icy cold on all these abductions, murders […]

  • Kelaniya PS members want Mervyn out

    Norman Palihawadena – The UPFA group of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha yesterday urged the government to oust Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva from the Kelaniya electorate.  Addressing the media at Kelaniya PS, its Chairman, Prasanna Ranaweera appealed to the government to liberate Kelaniya from the clutches of Minister Silva the way it had finished off […]

  • Extravagance – National Pride to Continue in 2012 as well ? -Brief analysis of Corrupt Public Expenditure in SL

    Just few months ago, in response to a public outcry for more accountability and transparency in the use of public funds, the State Council, which is the Cabinet in the Chinese government, directed 98 public institutions including ministries to make public their budgets and expenditure on official receptions, official overseas visits and public vehicles. Why […]


    The government has not taken any action so far though the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has found damning evidence of financial irregularities in institutions totalling over Rs 500 billion, state sources said. The COPE report revealed financial irregularities in 229 government institutions. Chairman of COPE and Minister D.E.W Gunasekara who was asked as to […]

  • Corruption as a tool of Rajapaksa rule

    (Tisaranee Gunasekara)  In October this year, President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka used his constitutional powers to grant a special pardon to a politician convicted of misusing public funds. The Appeal Court and the Supreme Court had upheld the conviction of Kesara Senanayake, a former mayor of Kandy. Rajapaksa’s timely pardon saved him from a […]

  • A/L exams lost its credibility: FUTA

    (Lakna Paranamanna) The 2011 A/L results fiasco has violated the credibility and high standards maintained during the examination throughout the years, university academics said expressing their grave concern over the controversy. Expressing their concern over the complications and errors reported concerning the A/L results, Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) President Dr. Ranjith Nirmal Dewasiri […]

  • If GCE (AL) results fiasco occurred in another democratic country the responsible ministers and officials would have resigned voluntarily

    (Sumanasiri Liyanage) Is the GCE Advanced Level results fiasco the latest of the government’s spiraling mismanagement of education? I received an official text message on Sunday afternoon informing that the GCE A/L results were available on the web. Although I do not have anyone known to me who sat for the GCE A/L examination this […]

  • MPS demands compensation for affected students

    GCE Advanced Level examination results bungling should not be allowed to go off easily but the government must consider paying compensation for the affected candidates, demand the Movement for People’s Struggle.Operational Coordinator of the MPS, Duminda Nagamuwa addressing a media conference held at Hotel Nippon in Colombo yesterday said that the government must cancel the […]

  • A third of south Asians made to pay bribes: survey

    Frankie TaggarMore than one in three south Asians say they were forced to bribe officials in the last year, mainly for services they were legally entitled to, an international anti-graft watchdog said on Thursday.  A survey released by Berlin-based Transparency International in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu showed bribery has become so endemic that the region […]

  • Dep. Minister in Gampaha taking bribes? .

    A certain deputy minister who represents the Gampaha District takes a bribe of Rs.3.5 million from anyone putting up a filling station in the district, Parliament was informed today. Western Provincial Council Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has made a written complaint to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in this regard. A copy of the letter was tabled […]

  • President’s Fund too to the gnome!

    A sum of Rs. 1057173093/= from the President’s fund that has been established to donate to various public welfare including surgery for heart patients has been misappropriated. This is revealed in the report for 2009 released by the Auditor General. The information required for auditing has been made available to the Auditor General on 28.12.2010 […]

  • Straining out ants but swallowing elephants

     ”Take some examples from the COPE report. They range from mega losses like Mihinair (Rs. 13,000 million in three years) to the chairman of Paranthan Chemical Company, a state enterprise, registering a lorry which belongs to the state under his name and then hiring it from him. It ranges from Sri Lanka Cricket spending Rs. […]

  • Some retired judges breaking the law: MinistryS

    ANDUN A. JAYASEKERAThe Justice Ministry is in a quandary as to how to reclaim millions of rupees worth of movable and immovable properties from several retired High Court Judges who continue to use these properties illegally even after several years of retirement, a senior ministry official said yesterday. Justice Ministry Secretary Suhada Gamlath said the […]

  • The Metamorphosis Of A “Corrupt” Regime

    “The Committee (COPE) reports to the Parliament and the recommendations contained in their reports are deemed to be directives to the respective Corporations or Statutory Boards for due compliance.”(Official web site of parliament) In Sri Lanka, where politicians are the most stupidly superstitious, number “13”, which is not used in any hotel for any room or […]

  • Mihin Lanka’ bared!

    ‘Mihin Lanka’ airlines that gobbled Rs.5930 million within a period of five years incurred a loss of Rs.6816 within the same period. This is revealed in an answer by the Minister of Civil Aviation Priyankara Jayaratna to a question posed by the Leader of the group of JVP Parliamentarians Anura Dissanayake in Parliament yesterday (9th).Another […]

  • Colombo bourse needs a full revamp: Daysasiri .

    UNP Kurunegala District parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara speaking to the Daily Mirror online today said that the stock market is run by a mafia with black money. “The stock exchange is completely dominated by a few people who are investing their illegal money into the system and at the end of it all they make their […]

  • Jagath Pushpakumara’s thugs takeover Sevanagala Sugar Factory

     (Srilankamirror) – The Sevanagala Sugar factory, owned by Daya Group of Companies, has been illegally taken over and occupied by thugs employed by Coconut Development Minister Jagath Pushpakumara, said the Group’s media unit in a statement. The Group said in the statement, this illegal and forced takeover has taken place amidst a government move to table […]

  • Sri Lankan military takes over three stadiums

    ESPNcricinfo staffThree of Sri Lanka’s international venues, including the newly built stadiums in Pallekele and Hambantota, have been handed over to the military indefinitely because Sri Lanka Cricket is unable to afford the maintenance costs.The R Premadasa stadium in Colombo – redeveloped for the World Cup earlier this year – is being taken by the […]

  • Sri Lanka state entities making losses; ruined by political meddling: report

    (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s state entities have been badly hit by the appointment of unqualified persons to top positions and while annual accounts were not available for some, a media report said.   “The appointment of unqualified people to top management posts on political grounds and the lack of financial and administrative disciplines had ruined many […]

  • UNP lambastes govt. plan to take over loss incurring private ventures

    The UNP yesterday lashed out at the government for a controversial move to rush through a Bill titled ‘Revival of Underperforming Enterprises and Underutilized Assets’.The UNP has alleged that the Rajapaksa administration is playing politics with the national economy.In a letter to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga has warned that some provisions […]

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