The ministry said rapists and murderers will be given the amnesty without considering the severity of their crimes as long as they have reached 70 years of age by May 21, 2016.
The ministry did not say how many prisoners would qualify under the bizarre amnesty, but a total of 540, which includes those who have been unable to pay fines, will be released on Vesak day.
India’s neighbours desperately seek humongous amount of funding to develop their countries, and it’s their sovereign right. China has deep pockets, strategic vision and a well-thought plan to operationalise it. India’s economy is just one-fifth of China’s, as reminded by the RBI governor recently.
New Delhi could take the initiative to muster Indian corporates to invest in Sri Lanka and ensure that government-sponsored projects are implemented speedily. Colombo has already requested the Japanese government to take the initiative and help organise a donor conference this year to get commitments on rebuilding the war-torn country.
? You proposed on last Tuesday at a press briefing to publicize the investigations and reports of COPE to the media. What do you hope from this?
A: Financial powers are in the hands of Parliament, but politicians do not invest their money in the government. They are the tax money levied from the 22.5 million people of this country. The Committee of Public Enterprises (COPE) and the Committee of Public Accounts (CPA) probe how those funds are managed by the government. People have a right to know what is discussed in Parliament. They are reported in the Hansard and made available to public. In such a context, these matters must also be open to public. People have the right to know if the public money invested in State Enterprises makes a profit. If we keep audit reports why mustn't people know them? People must know if their money is misappropriated. As these reports are made open to the public, the officials may think that they will have to answer for their errors openly when the probes are carried out.
Committee after blue-ribbon committee has recommended that the majority Sinhalese, primarily Buddhists who immigrated from India centuries ago, relinquish some political power to the minority Tamils and Muslims, allowing them a measure of local self-governance.
And yet one president after another has failed to do so.
Perera's suspension came in December 2015, after an out-of-competition urine sample tested positive for the anabolic steroid 19-Norandrostenedione, while his B sample too was found to contain the substance.
However, according to an ICC statement, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in Qatar on Wednesday withdrew its "adverse analytical finding" after an independent review by the ICC said the results from Perera's samples were "not sustainable".
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The Bunyadi, which is opening in June for three months, will be split into clothed and unclothed sections, and even feature staff in the nude with certain body parts covered up, Time Out reports.
The concept is already wildly popular. When Business Insider first wrote about the restaurant on April 20, nearly 4,000 people had signed up for tickets; now there are over 28,000 people on the waiting list on the restaurant's website.
�� Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake announced last week that the government was setting up a special panel to chase after nationals likely to figure in the "Panama Papers", a trove of leaked documents on global tax evasion.
�� The government, which came into power in January last year on a promise to clean up corruption, has accused former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, his family and their friends of siphoning off billions of dollars during his decade in power - a charge he has denied.
�� Avant Garde's Senadhipathi is already under investigation for money laundering, a charge he has denied.