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Suren Fernando questions 130 Bn “Itukama” Covid19 hand out distribution: 4 M families received it 6.5 times?

In a serous of tweets attorney-at-law Suren Fernando has questioned the Government claim of distribution of Rs. 5000 Covid 19 handout to 4 Million...

Two Tamils arrested allegedly for promoting the LTTE

Image: Theatre Mohan ( Tamil Guardian) Tamil man arrested under PTA for 'promoting LTTE ideology' 05 May 2021 A Tamil man was arrested under the notorious Prevention...

Montenegro learns true cost of China-backed $1 bn road to nowhere

Image: Chinese workers have spent six years carving tunnels through solid rock and raising concrete pillars above gorges and canyons in Montenegro, but the...

The risks pertaining to attracting and facilitating black money: Serious concerns linger about new Colombo Port City Law – TISL

The hasty process adopted failed to uphold the right to information of the people. Parliamentarians were not given adequate time to review the...

Sri Lanka goverment begs NGO sector for funds to fight the pandemic while keeping LKR 1.4 billion in its Covid Fund!

Sri Lanka Government has requested the NGO sector to donate their allocated funds for the remaining quarters of the year for the battle against...

Political Victimisation Commission: “If you call a thief a thief you may lose their civic rights in future Sri Lanka” – Chula Adikari

I am going to explain about the Commission on Political Victimisation established by President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Commission was set up to investigate acts...

Imaad Shah Zuberi, who was paid $6.5 million by Rajapaksa Govt convicted and given 12 years by the US court

Imaad Shah Zuberi, who was paid a handsome $6.5 million in 2014 by Rajapaksa government to rehabilitate the country’s image in the United States...

Sri Lanka’s bonds tumble as default worries mount

Image credit: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE Sri Lanka's government bonds tumbled on Tuesday as warnings that the country was at increasing risk of default continued to mount...

Sri Lanka Govt takes over chairmanships of 3 parliamentary committees, previously held by the opposition

The Government moved yesterday to take control of the Chair of the crucial Parliamentary Committee on Public Finance, passing a motion in the House...

20 A weakens the transparency of audit, procurement, and anti-bribery functions in Sri Lanka – Shreen Saroor

Following parliamentary elections, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa wasted no time in obtaining cabinet approval and thereafter gazetting the proposed 20th Amendment to the 1978 Constitution...

Sri Lanka: Governance without accountability at the core of 20th Amendment – Javid Yusuf

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution has been criticised and demonised on the basis that it created two centres of power that prevented the...

120 State-owned companies will be exempt from Government audit under the proposed 20th Amendment

By Namini Wijedasa. Nearly 120 State-owned companies including the debt-ridden SriLankan Airlines will be exempt from Government audit under the proposed 20th Amendment to the...

Why is the draft 20th Amendment hostile to greater public accountability? – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

As public concern over Sri Lanka’s draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution increases exponentially since this amendment was gazetted on 2nd September 2020, so do the...

Sri Lanka: 20th Amendment causes great damage to the independence of the Auditor General – Audit Inspectors’ Association

The Sri Lanka Audit Inspectors’ Association claims the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution causes great damage to the independence of the Auditor General. The...

Sri Lanka: Four key ways in which accountability is compromised by proposed 20 amendment – TISL

Operationality of RTI at risk  Removal of Audit Commission impairs monitoring of public spending  CIABOC’s investigative powers compromised  Election Commission restricted from acting against public property misuse  Transparency International...

Proposed 20 Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka: Impact on the Law making Process and Independent Commissions

The proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution makes several significant changes to the present Constitution, altering the dynamics of the separation of powers between...

Sri Lanka: The two-thirds mania and Rajapaksa irrationality – Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Have you learned nothing from history?” – Freud (The Future of an Illusion) This day, 27 years ago, Sri Lanka was burning. During Black July, Sinhala...

Ahisma Wickrematunge files a bribery complaint against SSP W.Thilakaratna for attempting to aid Udayanga Weerathunga to escape arrest.

Ahisma Wickrematunge has filed a complaint against Senior Superintendent of Police W.Thilakaratna for attempting to aid Udayanga Weerathunga to escape arrest, at the Commission...

Kapila Chandrasena led re-fleeting of Sri Lankan Airlines: Findings of the Board of Inquiry (2015) report.

Image: Kapila Chandrasena & Nishantha Wickramasinghe. The Board of Inquiry on Sri Lankan Airlines. The Board of Inquiry was appointed on 16th February 2015 . Its...

Other people’s money: Lessons from the Airbus corruption case – Prof. Rohan Samarajiva

An insightful writer I follow had written that the corruption revealed in the Airbus case, technically described as a deferred prosecution agreement, is intrinsic...

SriLankan Airline exec’s wife offered US$16mn bribe for Airbus deal: Court filing

EN – Airbus aviation group had offered a 16 million US dollar bribe to the wife an employee of Sri Lanka’s state airline for...

Sri Lanka’s suspended top investigator SSP Shani Abeysekara receives death threats.

Image: SSP Shani Abeysekara. Former Director of the CID, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shani Abeysekara has lodged a complaint today (28) claiming that he...

Sri Lanka Govt unveils National Policy Framework with 10 priority areas; Democracy, Reconciliation and HR is missing

This National Policy Framework (NPF) of the government constitutes of 10 key policies aimed at achieving the fourfold outcome of a productive citizenry, a...

The Return – Tisaranee Gunasekara

“The tragic paradox of the electoral route to authoritarianism is that democracy’s assassins use the very institutions of democracy – gradually, subtly, and even...

This land of glorious promise and perpetual failures – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: UNP Prime Minister (Ranil Wickremesinghe) and his inner coterie had not robbed the Central Bank of Sri Lanka ... As Sri Lanka’s Presidential election counts...

Sri Lanka Presidential election: NPP’s manifesto high on democracy, rule of law and tough on graft

  NPP candidate launches manifesto titled ‘Hope of a Nation’ Strengthening democracy and rule of law, ensuring corruption free administration prioritised Public security and...

Importance of JVP candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake: Principles and policies – Laksiri Fernando

The JVP candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake, supported by the National People’s Power (NPP), undoubtedly is well ahead of all other candidates in terms of...

Deception, distortion, demonisation: Integral parts of SL democracy today – Nishthar Idoos

Cartoon by @tmdsbekanayaka “Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance” – Oscar Wilde. Elections are here, time for pacts, pledges and promises – the...

Sri Lanka: A tight poll – the Big Names may not get 50% plus

Wimal Fernando. The two major parties, namely the SLPP and the UNF have announced Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa respectively as their presidential candidates. The...

Sri Lanka presidential frontrunner Rajapaksa loses bid to get corruption case dismissed

Image: Gotabhaya Rajapaksa ( Al Jazeera) (REUTERS) In a split decision, a panel of five Supreme Court judges rejected a petition by Rajapaksa, who had...
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Sri Lanka’s Fake News Circular: The laws mentioned could be misused by police to stifle the freedom of expression rights – BASL

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has expressed deep concern regarding the government's decision to regulate fake news on social media. Issuing a statement...
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Sri Lanka: Pandemic-related Domestic Violence; Victims don’t often get the desired help

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The European Union enjoys and values the broad and multifaceted relationship it has developed with Sri Lanka over the past decades. The European Union’s...