Tagged with RTI

Obvious ‘potshots’ in the RTI

RTI: One step forward, two backwards Sunday Times Editorial Original Title Few would quarrel with President Maithripala Sirisena’s statement on Tuesday as he inaugurated the second session of the 8th Parliament, that his National Unity Government had enacted several ‘people friendly laws’, including the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The President praised the RTI Act … Continue reading

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Gods in government

by Sanjana Hattotuwa (Sunday Island) Last Sunday, I wrote about how Sri Lanka’s Minister of Disaster Management never returned hurriedly to Sri Lanka to deal with the catastrophic flooding which hit the country last month, and instead, on his way back to the country from an international conference – ironically on disaster management – had … Continue reading

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RTI and Batticaloa women

Right to Information and Batticaloa women : Hypothesis vs Reality Daily Mirror Yet, it is still questionable whether citizens from all corners felt the importance of such a law. Amidst all this drama, a unique incident reported from Batticaloa where 13 brave women marched their way to find the information they longed for. They walked … Continue reading

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Displacing the ‘Old’ Culture of Secrecy; Looking Askance at a ‘New’ Government’s Performance

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena (Colombo Telegraph) A common view held by many across the Commonwealth that Sri Lanka holds out a beacon of hope to the world in reversing the tide of authoritarianism underscores darker and more complex realities. Even in those early days when elation prevailed after the surprise election defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa … Continue reading

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“JVP, the richest political party” -E’Com C/o RTI

Daily News Financial records of eight political parties released by the Elections Commissioner through a RTI request put forward by Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), has shown the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to be the most financially secure and asset rich party among the main political parties. TISL has released financial records for the parties; … Continue reading

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