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COPA exposes failure of 26 ministries, state institutions

... faults CIABOC, Parliament, Presidential Secretariat, PM’s Office


Findings of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA), tabled in Parliament, yesterday, revealed serious lapses on the part of 26 out of 51 ministries which the watchdog committed studied, in respect of financial management and performance. 

The COPA report assessing the financial management and performance of 837 institutions, covering the financial year 2016, was tabled in Parliament by committee’s Chairman Finance and Mass Media Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna.


SLFP, UNP in dire straits after LG polls debacle


Megapolis and Western Province Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says the SLFP and the UNP haven’t taken steps to shore up the yahapalana administration even four months after the debilitating local government polls setback.


Ex-CIA officer charged over damaging leak to WikiLeaks


Washington, United States | AFP : A former employee in the CIA's cyber-spying operation was indicted Monday on charges of leaking hacking tools to WikiLeaks in one of the most damaging of the agency's breaches in recent years.

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CHR says parliament can pass new laws to give special treatment to clergy in prisons

Parliament has the ability to formulate new laws to ensure that some sections of prisoners get special treatment, the Centre for Human Rights (CHR)says.

There were 18 members of clergy in prisons, representing all four major religions of t...

SF’s jumbo op has irked UNESCO, say environmentalists


Wildlife Minister Sarath Fonseka’s efforts to translocate the remaining two elephants in Sinharaja had caused concern to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), environmentalists alleged yesterday.


UN Human Rights Chief takes US to task


Outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on Monday commended Sri Lanka for increasing cooperation with the Council. This was his last global update to the Human Rights Council in a regular session.

Decision on PC polls tomorrow?


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced yesterday that party leaders would, tomorrow, decide when to hold the next Provincial Council Election.

Jayasuriya said local government and provincial councils Minister Faiszer Musthapha had been asked to b...

CA orders immediate removal of Dr Senaratne from SJGH Board

Court of Appeal on Monday (June 18) directed that Dr. Susitha Senaratne be removed immediately from the Board of Directors of Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital (SJGH) with immediate effect. Dr. Senaratne had been previously attached to the Nation...

Govt collapses in Kashmir after BJP pulls out of state alliance

NEW DELHI, June 19: The three-year-old coalition government in India’s only Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)collapsed today with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulling out of its alliance with the local People’s Dem...

Private Hospitals VAT exemptions for Surgeries, consultations but not rooms


The government yesterday announced some tax cuts to bring relief to certain segments of society. The cuts would cost the Treasury Rs 1.2 billion in annual revenue, the government said.

Finance Minister, Mangala Samaraweera told the media t...

Norochcholai turbine shut down after unbearable fly ash release


Residents of villages near the Lakvijaya coal power plant at Norochcholai had complained to the North Western Province Environmental Authority (NWPEA) about an unbearable fly ash emanating from the power plant, yesterday, NWPEA Acting Director, Sama...

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