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Harsha discloses 16 IMF recommendations imposed on SL

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SJB MP Harsha de Silva said the contents of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Governance Diagnostic Assessment report has laid out a rigorous 16-point plan for Sri Lanka’s revival.

Speaking in yesterday’s Parliament session, the MP said that even if the second tranche is given to Sri Lanka, these recommendations will have to be implemented in order to carry forward the IMF programme.

He said that these recommendations will direct Sri Lanka on the right path. “This was the reason why I kept emphasizing from the beginning that we should go to the IMF,” he said.

The 16 IMF recommendations as disclosed by MP Dr. de Silva are as follows:        

  1. Establishing an Advisory Committee by November 2023 to nominate commissioners for the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC).
  1. Publishing asset declarations for senior officials by July 2024, an act that brings much-needed transparency, with only 12 out of 225 MPs having disclosed their assets.
  1. Enacting Proceeds of Crime legislation by April 2024 to align with international standards, combating money laundering and illicit financial activities.
  1. Amending the National Audit Act to hold officials accountable for the use of public resources.
  1. Finalizing and implementing regulations for beneficial ownership information and creating a public registry by April 2024.
  1. Enacting a Public Procurement Law by December 2024, addressing the alarming procurement and corruption issues.
  1. Publishing reports on increasing competitive tendered procurement contracts, targeting agencies with low levels of competition.
  1. Requiring the publication of all public procurement contracts above LK 1 billion and other critical financial information on a designated website.
  1. Implementing the State-Owned Enterprise Reform Policy to ensure ethical management.
  1. Abolishing or suspending the Strategic Development Projects Office Act until a transparent process for evaluating proposals is established.
  1. Amending tax legislation to prevent unilateral tax changes without parliamentary approval.
  1. Implementing short-term anti-corruption measures within revenue departments to enhance oversight and sanctions.
  1. Exploring options for new management arrangements for the Employee Provident Fund to avoid conflicts of interest.
  1. Revising legislation, regulations, and processes for stronger oversight in the banking sector.
  1. Establishing an online digital land registry and ensuring progress in registering/titling-state land.
  1. Expanding the resources and skills available to the Judicial Services Commission to strengthen justice.

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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