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The United National Party (UNP) today charged that the contract to import 10 Rolls Royce Aircraft engines worth US dollars 800 million was not transparent.

“The contract has not even been forwarded to the Cabinet. It came only as a note to Parliament. Another party that is hoping to make millions and a commission has played a major role in these contracts,” UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said.

He said another contract which sought the permission to import US$2.5 billion worth of Aircraft spare parts had also been submitted to Parliament.
Mr. Attanayake said these contracts were not essential to the country and alleged they were attempts at bribing Britain prior to the Commonwealth Summit. (Yohan Perera and Lahiru Pothmulla)
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  • Chathuranga Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:52 PM

    Do you have any idea how much one RR engine will cost ? More over a new Airbus aircraft ? Buying more spare parts with aircrafts is much more cost effective. Rather than buying them separately.

    Rohith Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:40 PM

    No transaction in the history of SL politics have ever been transparent. The UNP was as bad as the present government. All are rogues and racketeers. Change of government has always been a case of changing the spoon so that each party was able to serve them selves from the dishes of corruption. Politicians must be thinking that the people are idiots.

    Sunil Withanage Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:35 AM

    Mad hatter's comments. Thay have nothing to do just playing fool

    M.O.A. Careem Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:01 AM

    one shout - outcome?

    Muthu Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:05 AM

    It was reported sometime ago that an executive of Rolls Royce was responsible for some of the shady deals.

    errol mama Wednesday, 26 June 2013 05:08 AM

    why not buying through chinese agent,sochinese lankan can make money n garment factories with black money

    MagodisThuma Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:27 AM

    These are the only airlines in the world which are doing business to gain heavy losses !

    MagodisThuma Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:28 AM

    Import 10 Rolls Royce Aircraft engines worth US dollars 800 million was not transparent. Huh...Every thing else is transparent !

    OMG Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:43 AM

    UNP wants transparent engines.

    Milland Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:43 AM

    Dr Tissa Attnayake You can asked from Roll Royce company how much is worth. Attnayke been able and having power of authority request certification of gurantee from Air Bus in Euro -company.

    alex Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:00 AM

    the all clean UNP, as if your 17 wasnt worse than this, looks like an illness where past is forgotten via DM Android App

    vichara Wednesday, 26 June 2013 05:39 AM

    Mr. Atthanayake should raise this issue in the Parliament and call for a debate.

    Dimuthu Wednesday, 26 June 2013 01:45 AM

    This highlights the danger of not having a RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT in Sri Lanka. Let the Opposition fight for it.

    E. N. Gland Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:33 AM

    Mr Tissa Attanayake should remember a famous saying;

    "People living in glass houses should not throw stones at neighbours"

    Has he forgotten the days that the UNP ran the country, their Ministers were also not 'transparent' when dealing with foreign purchases.

    Mahinda Maama Tuesday, 25 June 2013 05:47 PM

    Who is the other Party. Name it. I know the party from Balapitiya

    Saman Wednesday, 26 June 2013 03:48 AM

    First we got down Rolls Royce cars and now Plane Engines for already loss making Airline Industry. Also the famous local Political Bribing system now spread to International players also. CHOGM drama just beginning.

    Gemba Tuesday, 25 June 2013 06:29 PM

    Was it an open world wide tender. There are two or three other well known airplane jet engine manufacturers beside Rolls Royce such as GE, Pratt & Whitney etc. Were quotations obtained from any of these, before grating Rolls Royce the order?

    wasanthi Wednesday, 26 June 2013 04:02 AM

    No problem getting a few bucks during Power. we vote again by the PC elections to the same..

    Ampattan Tuesday, 25 June 2013 07:22 PM

    We are a very rich country and we can afford to sign any contract.

    Somapala Wednesday, 26 June 2013 04:16 AM

    concerned citizen
    Costs of all items will rise as a result of the commmissions paid. US dollars are not printed in SL and those kickbacks have to be recovered in the form of taxes on everything.

    concerned citzen Tuesday, 25 June 2013 07:43 PM

    Dear Sir, What a load of rubbish. Most Airbuses come with RR engines! Firstly why dont you forcus on the rising costs, bribes, crime, etc. You lot talk and do nothing, like the rest. Also you wont get the planes! There is a waiting list, so first one will be 5+ plus.


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