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  • Sri Lanka: Open Letter to the Prime Minister on Proposed 65,000 Houses Project in NE

    ( Thousands of houses were destroyed during the 30 year war in Sri ) Honourable Ranil Wickramasinghe, Prime Minister of Sri . Honourable Prime Minister, We welcome the initiative and responsibility embraced by your Government in deciding to construct 65,000 houses for war-affected communities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the country. Apart from […]


  • Unity Govt Must Go Full Five Years – CBK

    by Lakshman Gunasekara. “… … a body should regularly review and verify the politicians’ declared assets. I predict that if such an oversight mechanism is implemented, the unseemly rush to contest for power will decline drastically! We can then stop from becoming the business that it is today.”             […]


  • Sri Lanka’s Former Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa is No Longer ‘Untouchable’

    Qadijah Irshad Colombo. Ex- says he is victim of a revenge plot but government has appetite for justice. For victims of alleged war crimes, it was a hopeful moment when the United Nations’ human rights chief, Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, visited the northern districts of at the weekend. It was the […]


  • List of Investigations Concluded by the FICD re Rajapaksa Era Corruption

    According to informed sources 18 investigations have been concluded by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID)on huge corruption cases under the Rajapaksa regime. No action has been taken on 17 cases so far by the AG department. The FCID has done its duty and now it is a Judicial matter. Corruption at its peak during […]


  • Rohith Rajapaksa & CSN Case: How it All Began

    Investigations into case no B 9823/2015 before the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court began on March 15 last year. This was after Police Chief N.K. Illangakoon directed to SDIG Waidyalankara a complaint received from an organisation styling itself the Citizens for a Just Society against Carlton Sports Network (CSN). In the past eleven and half months, FCID […]


  • We Would Never Give Up Struggle to Recover Public Funds Robbed – Anura Kumara

    ( JVP  led protest against corruption) “It is not necessary to conceal the mediation of the JVP to punish fraudsters and the corrupt. The JVP would take all necessary measures to take fraudsters who plundered public money and take back the public money they stole from the people,” said the Leader of the JVP Parliamentarian […]


  • Mr. Rajapaksa, Your Statement is Unacceptable and Dishonorable – Dulanjalee Premadasa

    Mr. Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament , Carlton House, Tangalle Mr Rajapaksa, First let me say that, as a parent myself, I empathize with your wife and yourself on Yoshitha’s current legal status. Having said that I do not know whether Yositha is guilty or innocent until the court decides. Since it is an ongoing […]


  • Yoshitha Rajapaksa and Charles Anthony Prabhakaran – Upul Joseph Fernando

    ( Prabhakaran with Charles Anthony) A glance at a decade in the past records that Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son, Yoshitha joined the Sri Lanka Navy in December 2006. When Yoshitha joined the Navy, Mahinda proudly announced that unlike other world leaders, he had given his son to fight the war to protect the country. The Maha […]


  • Yoshitha Rajapaksa to be Court Martialed?

    ‘Speculation’ is rife that Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the second son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would be summoned before a court in connection with the abuse of his position in violation of the Navy Act, authoritative defence sources said. The Navy conducted a full scale investigation into the charges leveled against Rajapaksa and the […]


  • Navy to take action against Lt. Yoshitha Rajapaksa

    ( Good old days of Rajapaksa’s are coming to an end) The Navy will take action against Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa based on the advise of the President’s office in the wake of the recommendations made by the tripartite committee, Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunatilleke told Parliament today. He said this while responding to a question […]


  • Sri Lanka: PRECIFAC to Get Indicting Powers – New Bill Circumvents AG’s Dept Delays

    The Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate and inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) will shortly be vested with powers, hitherto vested with the Attorney General, to directly indict persons in Court on charges of fraud and corruption. The Presidential Commission is to be so […]


  • Sri Lankan Attorneys’ Letters not Credible: British HC

    An officer of the British High Commission in Colombo has written to the Home Office in Britain, claiming that a vast majority of endorsement documents provided by Sri Lankan attorneys in support of local asylum seekers were “not credible.” This conclusion has been drawn after the migration division of the British High Commission in Colombo […]


  • Our Entire Effort Must be to Prevent the Monstrous Eventuality of Rajapaksa Return

    Replacing sycophancy with a culture of criticism by Kishali Pinto Jayawardena. One year into the appealing rhetoric of the -Wickremesinghe administration, it is heartening to see Sri Lanka’s artistes and scholars, whose peoples’ movements were pivotal to the change of power last year, becoming increasingly stern in their tone and tenor. Critical voices to be […]


  • “Royal” Billions in Dubai Bank Unraveled

    Appropriate legal measures will be taken in connection with the massive amounts of US dollars deposited in a Dubai Bank by a member of “royal” family during the previous regime soon after the details of the transactions of those accounts is provided by the Federal Reserves in the United States, said Cabinet Spokesman and Health […]


  • Rs. 3 bn Loss Due to Prado Racket: Customs Union Writes to President

    The Secretary to President Maithripala Sirisena had officially informed All Customs Service Union (ACCSU) that he had received the latter’s written complaint of a fraud, ACCSU’s chief secretary, J. A. Gunathilake told The Island yesterday. The ACCSU has, in its letter dated Jan. 07 to President by the ACCSU, sought an appointment with the […]


  • Presidential Office Back Tracked on Offical Song & Now Says There is no Such Thing

    The President’s Secretary P.B. Abeykoon issuing a press release today (11) claimed an official song had not been released to mark the completion of the first year of government under the Presidency of Maithripala Sirisena. The statement further added that a song titled “Numba ape Minihek” while calling it the “Sri Lanka President Official Song-2016” […]


  • SLBC Stinks: Misappropriation of Funds by Hudson Samarasinghe

    Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya yesterday ordered the CID to launch a full-scale investigation into charges of misappropriation of funds, properties, contravening tender laws and related acts of fraud at Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC,) during the tenures of its former Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe and its former Director General Samantha Weliweriya. The IGP had forwarded […]


  • Kolonnawa UC Chairman Remanded Over Assaulting Protesters

    ( The Garbage mountain in a highly residential area in Meethotamulla) Colombo Additional Magistrate Augusta Atapattu today criticised the Wellampitiya Police and remanded the Kolonnawa UC Chairman till January 4 on charges of assaulting the participants of a peaceful picket against the garbage dumping in Kolonnawa by the Colombo Municipality. Counsel Gunaratna Wanninayake appearing with […]


  • Police and Politicians Obstructing Thajudeen Investigation; Another Secret Revealed

    A senior officer of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) told Ceylon Today that a group of high ranking officials of the Police Department as well as a group of politicians are trying to scuttle the investigations into the killing of popular ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen. A senior police officer said that the reason for the obstructions […]


  • The Hirunika Sage; Violence and unrestricted power of Sri Lanka Politicians

    Abduction and alleged assault of a youth by Member of Parliament Hurinika Premachandra’s body guards, using one of her security vehicles and MP’s justification of abduction shows the how difficult to change the authoritative political culture of the country, says political opinion makers. Mrs. Premachandra herself is a victim to political violence in Sri Lanka. […]


  • Sri Lanka MP’s Pampered With Free Body Massage

    ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s law makers are entitled to duty free cars and heavily subsidised five-star meals in addition to a retinue of personal staff all paid by the state, but they are now being offered free spa treatment too. The members of parliament elected at the August elections were told that they have access […]


  • Exploiting The Dead To Build Image by Rajapaksa

    by Nirmala Kannangara. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s exposé during the second reading of the budget in parliament early this month as to how Kurunegala District MP, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had allegedly exploited even the dead to misuse public monies during his tenure as the country’s executive president has further revealed […]


  • “I Paid A Bribe” Anti-corruption Website Launched in Sri Lanka

    (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government and I Paid A Bribe Sri Lanka has launched a “first of its kind” anti-corruption website www.ipaidabribe.lk to crowd source reports on corruption. President Maithripala Sirisena and Chairman of the Commission to Investiate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe, were present at the launch at the UN […]


  • Basil Rajapaksa Indicted on Multiple Criminal Charges

    Basil Rajapaksa, the former Minister of Economic Development and powerful brother of ex President Mahinda Rajapaksa was indicted  on 9th multiple criminal charges ranging from bribery and corruption to misappropriation of public funds. Mr Rajapaksa who left the country immediately after the defeat of his brother at the January 8 Presidential election was arrested on […]


  • The Future of US-Sri Lanka Relations

    ( Samantha Power speaking to press in Colombo) As Washington continues to embrace Sri Lanka’s new government, it’s important to remember that ’s next president is unlikely to shake up ties. By Taylor Dibbert Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, will soon complete his first year in office and many promises remain unfulfilled. More recently, we’re […]


  • Sri Lanka Doctors Slammed for Strike Demanding Tax-free Cars

    ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne strongly criticised a strike by doctors in state hospitals who are demanding they continue to get cars without paying the taxes that other people pay. Senaratne, who is also government spokesman, said the government could not afford to continue with tax-free privileges for a select few. To […]


  • Time the People Said a Loud and a Firm “NO” to Medics without Ethics – Kusal Perera

    “To develop a graduate who will contribute to fulfil the health requirements of the individual and of the community with competence, compassion and care” -Mission statement – Handbook (2014) for Students of Colombo Medical Faculty. I respect the medical profession when it respects the “Oath of Hippocrates“. I will respect them if they stand for […]


  • Rajapaksa Drawing Two Salaries as MP and Ex-Prez

    Finance Minister Karunanayake yesterday took a swipe at former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa, saying he was drawing two salaries. Speaking during the second reading of the budget, Karunanayake said Rajapaksa had drawn both his MP salary and his full pension benefits as the former President since he won a seat in the […]


  • Budget for Business: A Red Flag for the People – Ahilan Kadirgamar

    The 2016 Budget has been welcomed by the business and economic establishment. The big question is whether economic policies good for business are necessarily good for the economy and the people? To what extent are the economic policies in the 2016 Budget and the Prime Minister’s Economic Policy Statement different from the crisis-prone economic policies […]


  • Questions Over “up for sale” Mobitel’s Craving for Hutch at Exorbitant Price

    Questions are being raised over the craving by Mobitel, which is listed for sale by the Government, for Hutch Sri Lanka’s operations at an exorbitant price. In the unity Government’s maiden Budget presented a fortnight ago, Mobitel was included among state companies which will be divested via the Colombo stock market. Despite pending state divestiture, […]

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