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16 Jan 2020
Minister Keheliya Rambukwella’s figures present a fourfold increase in GDP during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency. The minister is correct in the figures he cites. However, this fact check will go on to explain why stating GDP in USD instead of LKR could be misleading.
FactCheck evaluated the claim using data from the Special Statistical Appendix of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Annual Report 2018 and National Accounts Estimates of the Depa
09 Jan 2020
To check this claim, FactCheck consulted the Urban Transport System Development Project for Colombo Metropolitan Region and Suburbs (CoMTrans) report published in 2014 which is publicly available on the Ministry of Transport website. The survey data used in this report is limited to the
CoMTrans reports the share of trips (not distance) that each mode of transport accounts for in the Western province. If the MP is referring to
19 Dec 2019
FactCheck assessed the MP’s claim using the latest data from the Grave Crimes Abstract (GCA) from the Sri Lanka Police and the Prison Statistics of Sri Lanka report 2019.
Exhibit 1 shows that the numbers provided by the MP are mostly correct, barring some small deviations. The numbers compared are misleading, however, because he was claiming an improvement during the 2015-2018 period; but using two of the three reference points from 2012, instea
12 Dec 2019
To check this claim, first we consulted the University Grants Commission (UGC) 2018 statistics on undergraduate enrolment in universities and higher educational institutions. This provides statistics only for institutions established under the Universities Act. No. 16 of 1978. There are a number of institutions, both government and private, that don’t fall within this Act.
28 Nov 2019
In the above statement, MP Gammanpila makes two claims: that (i) the Muslim (Sri Lankan Moor) population will exceed 12% of the total population in the next 10 years (i.e. by 2029); and (ii) the Sinhala population is declining and is under threat of extinction by the rapid growth of the Muslim population.
The MP’s claim is based on the growth of the
14 Nov 2019
The claim cited from last week has been often repeated by MP Wimal Weerawansa, including in parliament on July 31st, where he implies that the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the United States has proposed an economic corridor in Sri Lanka from Colombo to Trincomalee.
07 Nov 2019
To assess this claim, we used data from the Grave Crimes Abstract (GCA) from the Sri Lanka Police. Since the MP specified “girls”, we considered reported cases of rape of women under 16, which is classified as statutory rape.
GCA data records the number of statutory rape cases reported from 2015 to 2018 in a range from 1,438 to 1,686 per annum. The average reported cases of statutory rape during this period was 1,556. The MP’s claim of 1,600 ali
31 Oct 2019
In his statement, SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa claims that the Mahinda Rajapaksa government released 90% of military occupied land, after the end of the war.
To verify this claim, we consulted data published by the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (SCRM), as well as consulting the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to confirm the numbers provided.
17 Oct 2019
In the above statement, State Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation provides statistics to claim that there has been a large increase in the present government’s budget commitment to free healthcare, and that it is as a significant proportion of state revenue.
10 Oct 2019
Minister Bathiudeen claims creditable export performance by citing USD 1.3 billion in export revenue from three sub-sectors. We checked this claim using data available from the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB). Even though export statistics are available for up to 2018, the latest data available for all of the three sub-sectors quoted by the minister is for 2016 — for later years there is no revenue data available for “printing and packag
03 Oct 2019
Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Sajith Premadasa’s statement suggests that the gap in income share between the richest and poorest quintiles in the country is 50% of total household income.
26 Sep 2019
In the above statement the MP claims that by passing the Active Liability Management Act the government can:
01.Obtain foreign loans without any annual limit.
02.Borrow any amount outside [the provisions of] the budget.
21 Sep 2019
On 11 July 2019, Mawbima reported MP Rajapaksa making the above statement which claims with specific numbers that starting with 560,000 candidates sitting the G.C.E. (O.L) exam, only 28,000 (that is about 5%) succeed in gaining
12 Sep 2019
We consulted two sources to verify this claim. (1) The Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (SCRM), and (2) Sixth periodic report submitted by Sri Lanka to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
05 Sep 2019
In the above statement, the prime minister is making a negative attribution to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency by citing a fall in export share of GDP by 12 percentage points, from 30% to 18%.
22 Aug 2019
On 19 June 2019, the Daily FT newspaper quoted the state minister of finance making the above statement in Parliament.
Since the statement does not specify a time period for this claim, FactCheck evaluated it for each year since the change in government in January 2015.
The claim can be assessed b
01 Aug 2019
FactCheck investigated the MP’s claim in three ways: through (1) information in the public domain; (2) directly requesting MP Jayakody for his source of information; and (3) publicly inviting verification of this claim on
25 Jul 2019
On 4 June 2019, Divaina reported President Maithripala Sirisena making the following claim: The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) incur losses in the tens of millions [of rupees] per day.
18 Jul 2019
On 15 May 2019, Dinamina reported Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara making the following statement:
Deaths reported as being due to drowning are about 800 annually.
11 Jul 2019
On 28 May 2019, Divaina reported that MP Vijitha Herath made the following claim:
04 Jul 2019
On 22 May 2019, Dinamina reported State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne making the following statement.
Sri Lanka’s tourism sector accounts for 5% of gr
27 Jun 2019
On 02 April 2019, Lankadeepa reported that MP Udaya Gammanpila made the following claims in parliament:
20 Jun 2019
Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera made the following claims:
Foreign reserves were $7.6 billion, equal to four months of imports;
13 Jun 2019
To assess this claim, we consulted information published by the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (SCRM). Exhibit 1 shows that 63,258 acres of state-owned land had been released as at 12 March 2019, as the minister stated.
06 Jun 2019
On 28 March 2019, Dinamina reported President Maithripala Sirisena making the following:
30 May 2019
On 04 February 2019, Mawbima quoted the following statement made by Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne:
“Within the world healthcare system, the fact that the best health service is provided by Cuba and Sri Lanka has been accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO).”
To check this claim, we consulted the WHO’s Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report.
This report provides an index
23 May 2019
On 10 April 2019, Dinamina reported that Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Athukorale made the following statement:
There are close to 22,000 inmates in prisons. Of them, a large number are serving sentences that are less than two years.
16 May 2019
On 27 March 2019, the Daily News reported Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga making the following claims:
07 May 2019
On 26 April 2019, in an interview with SkyNews (UK), Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made the following statement:
“To take part in a foreign armed uprising is not an offence here…. there is no law to prevent you from that.”
See the full statement here: http://bi
11 Apr 2019
The Daily Mirror Features Editor accepts the best Investigative Reporter of the Year Award on behalf of Kamanthi Wickramasinghe, who won the award at the Inaugural Presidential Media Awards held at the BMICH yesterday.
20 Jan 2020