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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...

Hambantota Refinery Project a Potential Money Laundering Risk: TISL

 Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) believes the controversy surrounding the proposed USD 3.85 billion oil refinery in Mirijjawila, Hambantota, could have a negative impact...

Speaker Jayasuriya exposes President Sirisena’s false statement attacking the Constitutional Council

Speaker of House Karu Jayasuriya today informed Parliament that President Maithripala Sirisena’s statement in Parliament last evening, claiming that the Constitutional Council disregarded seniority...

Sri Lanka: More bombs drop on the ‘MiG Deal’

The controversial ‘MiG Deal’ remains in the public spotlight as evidence continues to surface of the Rajapaksa Government’s complicity in engineering the dubious 2006...

Sri Lanka President appoints anti-corruption Commission targeting ruling party, the UNP.

Commission will cover period between Jan. 2015 to Dec. 2018. Retired SC judge will head five member Commission. Probe will cover acts of corruption, fraud, criminal...

Jaliya asked to spill beans on Rajapaksas in US plea deal?

Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to the United States Jaliya Wickramasuriya is likely to be offered a proffer agreement by US federal prosecutors this week,...

Preferred future vs Possible futures: How 2019 would shape Sri Lanka’s destiny – Ranga Jayasuriya

Any day is important, and some days are extra- special. However, the events that unfold on that special day would be fermented for over...

SriLankan Airlines probe running out of time; no response from President

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's Presidential Secretariat has not responded to repeated requests from a Commission of Inquiry probing irregularities at state-run SriLankan Airlines and...

Sri Lanka’s first ‘government’ that will not participate in Parliament? – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Beyond the distasteful power squabbles that presently make up the sum total of Sri Lankan politics or ‘politricks’ as cynics are wont to say,...

US House Dems Urge Sri Lanka to Reopen Parliament, Commit to Democratic Process

November 9, 2018. WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Dina Titus, Co-Chair of the Sri Lanka Caucus; and Rep. David...
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