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  • More shocking scams at CEYPETCO

    The Auditor General in a highly critical report has drawn the attention of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) as to how the top management of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO), one of the major semi government institutions which is in deep financial trouble had among other financial misdeeds misappropriated funds, made false tax […]

  • CEYPETCO plunged into huge losses

    Sandun A. JayasekeraThe Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) has run into a staggering loss amounting to Rs. 27.21 billion in the first half of this year alone against a loss of Rs. 26.9 billion for the entire 2010, according to a the COPE exposure, a Parliamentary source said yesterday.This comes amidst CEYPETCO’s struggle to recover a […]

  • PSC can’t probe my actions: Ex- CJ

    “I retired 2 years ago; I am a free citizen now”L.B.SenaratneFormer Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva said he could not be brought before a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) as he retired from service two years ago and that the President himself had given him a letter of commendation for his distinguished service in the Judiciary […]

  • Chinese pay bribes to win Hambantota contracts: Wikileaks cable .

    A US embassy cable just leaked by whistleblower Wikileaks has revealed that the US believed Chinese were bribing Sri Lanka officials to win contracts, especially those related to mega development projects in Hambantota.“It is likely that corruption and political patronage are significant factors playing into the focus on Hambantota.  Often when Chinese companies win contracts, […]

  • After petrol, a big cement scandal Read more >

    After petrol, a big cement scandal

    Contractors warn buildings could collapse because of low-quality stocks Chris Kamalendran Hard on the heels of contaminated fuel that ruined over two thousand motor vehicles, a large quantity of cement imported from Pakistan by the Sri Lanka National Co-operatives Board has been surreptitiously released to the market without quality certification, the Customs revealed yesterday.The Customs […]

  • AG questions National Defence Fund spending Read more >

    AG questions National Defence Fund spending

    The auditor general has questioned the spending by the National Defence Fund. ( the fund comes under president Rajapaksha)The AG yesterday (Aug. 1) tabled his report on the Fund to Parliament. The report has cited irregularities in the granting of money to an outside organization in order to give loans to members of the armed […]

  • Holding back popular rebellion

    ”This is a warning that it will do well to take heed of. Post elections, political analysts have dwelt on the polarization of political opinion between the north and the east and the rest of the country. There may be some truth in this.  Yet the perception that the electorate outside the north and east […]

  • Patta Pal Boru – President Mahinda Rajapaksa threatens media

    ”Instead of telephoning publishers and yelling at them Rajapaksa should have the foresight (he is after all President) to explain why his son was given USD half million? Why indeed did China choose to favour him with over one billion rupees to use at his discretion? Into which fund/account where these monies deposited? How are […]

  • Govt. ignoring epidemic of corruption – ST editorial

    ”Similarly, it seems that the Government of Sri Lanka has run out of ideas and innovative thinking to stop the accumulating incidents of financial setbacks that have cost the country and its citizens dearly.” The US Secretary of State stopping by in the neighbourhood seems to have run out of ideas. One must look out […]

  • TMVP mastermind of Rs. 175 mn bank robbery arrested

    By Lal Gunasekera A senior cadre of Eastern Province Chief Minister S. Chandrakanthan’s party TMVP was arrested yesterday by the CID at Wennappuwa for masterminding the robbery of Rs. 160 million cash and Rs 15 million in jewellery from the People’s Bank branch at Puttur two weeks ago. The police said a person who resembled […]

  • Rs.2.3 bn. squandered on sub standard petrol, but no inquiry – Tissa

    UNP to launch “public movement against alliance curse.”by Zacki JabbarRupees 2.3 billion has been squandered on importing sub standard petrol, but nearly two months later the government was yet to commence a proper investigation into the fiasco, the UNP said yesterday.General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake, addressing a news conference in Colombo, said that […]

  • Court orders arrest of journalist Radaliyagoda for corruption

    19 July 2011 / By Lakmal SooriyagodaThe Colombo Fort Magistrate today ordered the Colombo Fraud Investigations Bureau to arrest and  present in Court ITN journalist Sudharman Radaliyagoda who is alleged to have provided  forged document to two scrap iron traders  to obtain 1828 tonnes of scrap iron from Sri Lanka Telecom. The Court earlier ordered […]

  • Sarath Fonseka and Arjna Ranathunga on corruption in Sri Lanka

    (LeN)Two opposition party leaders made two announcements. These announcements were made by two of the greatest Heroes which this country has ever produced and of whom the country is proud of. One was by no less a person than the all time war Hero , former Army commander who won the war for the country […]

  • Ranil says four times (Rs 4300 million) the estimated cost spent on Sooriyawewa stadium

    By Piyasena DissanayakeUNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe called upon the government to tell people the reasons it had spent four times more money than architect’s estimate to construct Sooriyawewa Cricket Stadium in Hambantota.Addressing a party rally at Akurana on Saturday (16), Wickremesinghe said that architects had estimated the construction cost at Rs 1200 million […]

  • Chinese Economic Hitmen And The Rajapaksas – 9M USD given to MR

    By Frederica Jansz In an unprecedented move China has given President Mahinda Rajapaksa 9 million USD (approx. one billion rupees) as a grant in March this year to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to use at his discretion. According to highly places sources at the External Resources Department of the Treasury these monies were part of a […]

  • CATIC cover up?

    UNP alleges serious misappropriation in second 10-acre Galle Face Land deal; Says agreements have not been carried out with only US$ 54 million paid of US$ 136 million total hence deal invalid; Wants Government to reveal details of transaction; Says suspicious company handling deal, wants company financials divulged By Uditha JayasingheSetting the stage for more […]

  • Greatest Governance Boundary from Sanga –  Looking at Sangakkara’s speech from  governance perspective Read more >

    Greatest Governance Boundary from Sanga – Looking at Sangakkara’s speech from governance perspective

    ”So much is spoken about this speech and much was written about it. This article attempts briefly to discuss seven governance points worth elaborating  in the backdrop of the contemporary governance realities of the country.”  By JC Weliamuna The former Cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara, in his great Sir Colin Cowdrey speech at Lord’s,  spoke of […]

  • Sanga’s crime – Editorial The Island Read more >

    Sanga’s crime – Editorial The Island

     If Sanga had dropped out of school at a tender age, cut his teeth on crime, taken to dirty politics and become a minister instead of pursuing his studies, playing brilliant cricket and bringing glory to his country, he, too, would have been able to commit murder, plunder public funds, tie public officials to trees, […]

  • Cricket in Sri Lanka – More than just a game Read more >

    Cricket in Sri Lanka – More than just a game

    Star batsman, smart operator CRICKET is supposed to uphold the virtue of fair play. The preamble to the Laws of Cricket talks about “the spirit of the game”; their English custodians even hold an annual “Spirit of Cricket” lecture at Lord’s in London, the game’s home.In Sri Lanka, cricketers have long been a source of […]

  • A fuel fraud exposed by JVP

    01 July 2011 The JVP says that a massive fraud has incurred behind the sub standard fuel pumped into several vehicles during the last few days.The JVP Central Committee Member Mr Anura Dissanayake disclosed this at a media briefing held today. “We examined why many motor bicycles, tri-shows and motor vehicles have been malfunctioned after […]

  • NO FULL DISCLOSURE ON MILITARY CORRUPTION

    By Ranga JayasuriyaThe government on Tuesday (23td June) turned down an opposition request to table the report of the presidential commission, which probed allegations of corruption and irregularities in the procurement of high value military supplies for the security forces.Chief Government Whip and Minister Dinesh Gunawardene told the House that the report of the presidential […]

  • SLTB loses 40mn on May Day

    By Yohan Perera  The Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) had suffered a loss of Rs 40 million on May Day alone by providing buses to UPFA rally, the JVP charged yesterday.“These buses had been given on hire on a lesser rate than the usual fee of Rs 65 per kilometre. Malpractices such as these had […]

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