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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 Univer
FactCheck evaluated the MP’s claims by using the data published by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). Exhibit 1 shows export growth for the period of 2005 to 2018. “Exports” can refer to either just “goods” or to “goods and services”
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
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
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 th
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 C
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 s
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 a
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.
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.
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
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.
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%.
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 governm
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
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.
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.
On 28 May 2019, Divaina reported that MP Vijitha Herath made the following claim:
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
On 02 April 2019, Lankadeepa reported that MP Udaya Gammanpila made the following claims in parliament:
Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera made the following claims:
Foreign reserves were $7.6 billion, equal to four months of imports;
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.
On 28 March 2019, Dinamina reported President Maithripala Sirisena making the following:
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 Lank
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
On 27 March 2019, the Daily News reported Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga making the following claims:
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.”
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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.
In his speech delivered at the 71st Independence Day celebration on 4 February 2019, President Maithripala Sirisena made the following statement:
The absolute poverty ratio of the country has been reported as 6.7%...
(For the speech, please see: http
On 3 March 2019, Silumina reported that a journalist told MP Harshana Rajakaruna that 13 MPs did not speak a single word in parliament in 2018 and asked him for an explanation.
In response, MP Rajakaruna stated, “As a whole, 95% of MPs have spoken
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