The Central Bank has relinquished its responsibilities with seven state banks including Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank and the National Savings Bank and 67 registered financial institutions. Millions of public deposits have therefore been placed in jeopardy.
Sri Lanka records marginal increase in Corruption Perception Index
In the annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) just released, Sri Lanka has increased its score marginally by 0.1 from last year to reach 3.2 points and is placed in the 91st position among 178 countries. Last year Sri Lanka was placed at 97 among 180 countries.
The Index, which focuses on corruption in the public sector, is conducted by Transparency International (TI), the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption. The CPI Index, though perceptional, has been accepted as the most recognized and often quoted international index on corruption.
Saudi Arabia: Stop Execution of Domestic Worker Death Penalty Upheld for Sri Lankan, Age 17 at Time of Alleged Killing
King Abdullah and Interior Minister Prince Naif should halt the execution of Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan domestic worker convicted of killing a child in her care when she was 17, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi Arabia is one of only three countries worldwide known to have executed individuals in the past two years for crimes committed when they were children.
Rathu Lanka journalist threatened by group of persons in a black jeep
A journalist from the Rathu Lanka newspaper, which is published by the JVP’s Socialist Workers’ Union, has been threatened today (26) by a group of persons identifying themselves as members from the defence establishment.
SRI LANKA: Rizana Nafeek -- Death Sentence confirmed
I am writing this to request your intervention to save the life of a young Sri Lankan Muslim girl, a migrant worker who is facing the death sentence in Saudi Arabia. The case is well known to you and, in fact, you have in the past discussed this case with Sri Lankan Embassy personnel in Saudi Arabia and one of your ministers was also sent to that country to intervene in her case. The matter has been brought to you notice since 2007.
Hand tractors of ICRC distributed among Namal's favourites
It is reported that some two-wheel tractors which the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) expected to distribute in Mullaittivu and Vavunia Districts were allegedly distributed among people of his choice by MP Namal Rajapakse who attended the ceremony with a group of UPFA members, overruling the list of beneficiaries prepared by the ICRC.
Soldiers to sell tickets to earn funds to pay their salaries
The Defence Ministry has launched a programme for soldiers to forcibly sell tickets to raise funds to pay their salaries.
The soldiers of the Gemunu and Sinha Regiments have been given these tickets and even if they are unable to sell them, the monies for the tickets have to be handed over to the Defence Ministry when requested.
State intelligence units on alert to arrest students’ union activists
The Defence Secretary has requested the head of the state intelligence units put his personnel on alert to arrest the JVP activists who are allegedly causing clashes among university students, sources from the Police Headquarters said.
A key member in the Sajith Premadasa faction, Bodhi Ranasinghe said the Indian government has agreed to support Sajith in his future political activities. Bodhi has told several UNP provincial councilors that Sajith had informed him of this good news upon his return to the country from India.
No nominations from the UNP for members who violate disciplinary ethics
Head of the UNP’s disciplinary committee, Attorney Daya Pelpola says that party members in the local government bodies who have violated the disciplinary ethics of the UNP would not be given nominations to contest the forthcoming local government elections.
A campaign called the “Movement to bring victory to the UNP” is to be launched in the South against the campaign launched by Sajith Premadasa in violation of party discipline and in a manner beneficial to the government, sources from Sirikotha said.