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Ban on civil helicopter flights from Colombo lifted

The Government has lifted the ban on domestic passenger flights from Colombo after 25 years.

Amnesty Int’l concerned over alleged harassment of journalists, activists

Amnesty International has expressed concern over alleged harassment and intimidation of journalists, media outlets and human rights activsits in Sri Lanka.

Act should be reviewed only after wide discussion – Office on Missing Persons

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has cautioned the Government against amending the OMP Act without consultation with all stakeholders.

MCC – themed Mural being erased

The overtly political Millennium Corporation Compact themed Mural drawn on the perimeter wall of a supermarket in Beddegana in Pitakotte is being erased. It looks like the firsts sign of the government walking back on its opposition to the US-deal. Yesterday the Mural showed a fearsome dragon-like creature emerging from what looks like the US […]

Govt contradicting itself on MCC compact – JVP

The JVP accused the new government today of contradicting its own stance on the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact.

Most Sri Lankans believe government-run companies are not working- Advocata

Eighty-one per cent of Sri Lankans do not believe that the loss incurring State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) can be justified in comparison to the services they provide.

New Govt obligated to eradicate bribery and corruption – CaFFE

The newly appointed government has a responsibility to improve the investigative process on allegations of bribery or corruption, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Director Surangi Ariyawansha said.

Half of Sri Lanka has no confidence in state sector; a quarter doesn’t mind offering bribes – TISL

Only 47 per cent of Sri Lankans have confidence in the state sector, according to a survey carried out by Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL).

90% of vocational training courses free of charge – Deputy Minister

Some 90 per cent of vocational training courses are conducted free of charge at present, Vocational Training Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranawithana said.

MCC Grant must not become a lost opportunity

If Sri Lanka does not meet the deadline for signing the grant it may be lost, which would mean that USD 480 million that could be used for development purposes would be lost.

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