Minister Wijesekera claims low profits with unaccountable version of the fuel price formula
Fuel Cost Breakdown - Data for the formula from actual cost incurred during the immediate past 28 days period from 28th February - 28th March 2023….Price difference (between the formula base price per litre and current retail price per litre) Petrol-92 Rs.1.63…Lanka Auto Diesel Rs.0.04….
Official Twitter Page of Kanchana Wijesekera | March 30, 2023
Posted on: 6 April, 2023
AKD mistakes disparity in total economic activity as disparity in individual participation
Today, 36% of our country’s national wealth is generated from the Western Province. The North Central Province’s contribution to our country’s national wealth is 5%. The contribution of the North Western Province is 9%. The benefits of the economy flow to the people to the extent that they participate in the economy… The rural poor have not got a chance to join the economy.
Aruna | January 26, 2023
Posted on: 2 March, 2023
Patali -True on SL’s uneasy equilibrium, false on fuel bill savings
…the current normalcy in the country is at a low-level equilibrium. This is an uneasy equilibrium.... Our normal [monthly] fuel bill stood at US $ 550 million. It has now been cut down to US $ 200 million…
Daily Mirror | January 12, 2023
Posted on: 13 February, 2023
Minister Wijesekera: Overstates one of the most pessimistic scenarios of the already overstated loss scenarios of the CEB
If we are in a situation where there is no rainfall, provided that we are able to obtain all the coal we need by April, we would be able to provide electricity all 24 hours of the day, without interruptions…That means, as a whole, our generation cost is Rs. 889 billion. From that, we receive only something like Rs. 400 billion.
Parliament Hansard | November 25, 2022
Posted on: 27 January, 2023
State minister Siyambalapitiya fails on success of tax collection
We set a target to collect Rs. 915 billion in tax incomes through IRD in 2022. I’m delighted to say that we have been able to achieve 68.4% of this annual target at the end of September, which is in spite of the projected 8.2% contraction of GDP this year.
Daily Mirror | November 4, 2022
Posted on: 8 December, 2022
AKD fumbles the numbers on higher malnutrition in Nuwara Eliya
…if you take Sri Lanka as a whole, the prevalence of low birthweight is 12.2% but if you take the Nuwara Eliya hill country community, it is 20%. Generally, in Sri Lanka, 7.4% of children below the age of 5 years suffer from wasting but among the hill country communities, it is 8.2%. Generally, at a national level, the prevalence of stunting is 8.2%; among the hill country communities, it is 17.4%...
Parliament live telecast | November 8, 2022
Posted on: 1 December, 2022
Minister Pathirana: Numbers on malnutrition are under-nourished
Malnutrition, which stood at 27.4 percent in 2009, has dropped to 12.2 percent by 2021. This reflects a very clear development in our health sector.
Parliament Hansard | September 7, 2022
Posted on: 24 November, 2022
MP Wickramaratne on SOE losses: right on gross not on net
There are around 430 SOEs. Of these…218 are companies....52 of these are considered to be strategically important SOEs. The loss of strategically important SOEs in 2021 has been LKR 286 billion. By Q2 of 2022…their losses were LKR 966 billion.
Official Facebook Page of the SJB | October 12, 2022
Posted on: 11 November, 2022
MP Mahindananda misled by mislabelling in govt. reporting
In the year 2021, there are five hundred and seven thousand income files. Of this, 292,000 are individuals and 68,000 are companies
Parliament of Sri Lanka YouTube Channel | September 8, 2022
Posted on: 13 October, 2022
Minister Gunawardana taxes the facts on problem of revenue
The total tax revenue collected by the government last year  was LKR 1,298 billion. Of that, LKR 1,115 billion alone had to be used to pay the salaries and pensions of state sector employees. Therefore, only LKR 153 billion remained to be used for anything else.
Facebook Page of the Department of Government Information | August 23, 2022
Posted on: 6 October, 2022
MP Wickramaratne a little bit over on inflation
Food inflation rose to 57 % from 46.6 % from last month to this month. Within one month, inflation – food inflation – has increased by more than 10%. Our inflation figures have not usually increased by 10% even over a year but today it has increased by that number within a month.
Lankadeepa | June 8, 2022
Posted on: 25 August, 2022
Sabry over charges past governments on tax collections
It [tax revenue as a percentage of GDP] decreased over time, under all these governments [every government since 1981] and today it has collapsed to a value of 8.7%.
Asian Mirror YouTube channel | May 4, 2022
Posted on: 9 June, 2022
President Rajapaksa cites misleading numbers on past borrowing
Every month we have to repay the loans that previous governments had obtained for various reasons. On ISBs, by 2015, we had only taken out USD 5 billion worth of them. During the time of the previous government, USD 15 billion worth of ISBs were taken out.
Headlinenews.lk | February 26, 2022
Posted on: 26 May, 2022
MP Wanniarachchi gives herself undue credit on cost of electricity
In 2014… we did so much work and reduced the electricity bill by 25 per cent.
Daily News | March 14, 2022
Posted on: 19 May, 2022
Minister Gunawardana misunderstands EDB figures as total exports
Sri Lanka increased exports by 23% amidst challenging environment faced both locally and globally. Total exports are USD 12.3 billion in 2020 and USD15.12 billion in 2021.
Official Facebook page of Bandula Gunawardena | January 28, 2022
Posted on: 3 February, 2022
UNP Deputy Leader Wijewardena mostly wrong on Covid-19 death analysis
It is said that 10 patients are dying every hour. The rate at which patients are dying is 1.5%. Sri Lanka has become the country that reports the highest death rate in Asia due to COVID-19.
Aruna | August 12, 2021
Posted on: 23 September, 2021
Minister Pathirana correct only on low diesel prices in Sri Lanka
When compared with the countries in the South Asian region, the fuel price of our country is still lower than that of the other countries in the region. Among the countries in this region, only Pakistan provides diesel at a price lower than Sri Lanka. It is only in Sri Lanka that petrol and...
Parliament Hansard | July 20, 2021
Posted on: 2 September, 2021
Minister Gunawardena: right numbers but wrong conclusions on tax burden
The tax revenue in 2014 at the end of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government was Rs. 1,050 billion. Thereafter, its successor the Good Governance Government imposed tax rates to collect more than Rs. 1,700 billion a year, which was an excessive burden.The people were not taxed in this manner even...
Daily News | June 24, 2021
Posted on: 13 August, 2021
Anura Kumara Dissanayake over-estimates money printing, on the face of it.
From the day this government came into power to March this year, LKR 831 billion has been printed.
Mawbima | May 3, 2021
Posted on: 25 June, 2021
MP S.M. Marikkar forgets Afghanistan in comparing Sri Lanka’s vaccination performance
Not even 2 million of the Sri Lankan population has been vaccinated as of now. We have vaccinated the least number of people in the region.
Aruna | May 26, 2021
Posted on: 18 June, 2021
Minister Alahapperuma: overstates forex earnings of Sri Lanka that can be credited to workforces dominated by women.
The largest foreign exchange earners contributing USD 7 billion to the economy of this country are the women of our country who perform drudgery in the Middle East. Number two is the apparel industry. USD 5.6 billion. In whose hands is it? In our sisters' hands. Number three, the tea economy...
Mawbima | March 8, 2021
Posted on: 7 May, 2021
Minister Gunawardana: Partly lost on Sathosa losses
[Sathosa] was an institution that did not incur losses before 2015. Sathosa has lost 20 billion rupees during the last five years (2015 – 2019).
Daily News | March 10, 2021
Posted on: 9 April, 2021
MP Cabraal: Not without fault on debt default claims
As of now (February 2021), the total ISBs outstanding is USD 14 billion, which is only 16.7 percent of Sri Lanka’s total debt. None of the other creditors who hold 83.3 percent of Sri Lanka’s debt seem to show any sign of concern or stress about its repayment ability. We have to repay only around US
Sunday Observer | February 28, 2021
Posted on: 26 March, 2021
Deputy Leader of the UNP Wijewardene: technically right on health ministry budget, not on its implications
The amount allocated for the Health Ministry while this crisis is ongoing is Rs. 158 billion for 2021, that’s down Rs. 20 billion from 2019… You can see where the government’s priorities are.
Daily FT | November 4, 2020
Posted on: 1 January, 2021
MP de Silva over-interprets Sri Lanka’s borrowing from the New York Fed
Also, for the first time in Sri Lanka’s history, when Sri Lanka, as a sovereign state, asked the international community for a loan, they asked for collateral. This is because the international community has identified that if Sri Lanka continues with its current economic policies…
Aruna | July 20, 2020
Posted on: 20 August, 2020
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa: over-energetic on electricity access
We provided electricity to 99.9% of the country.
Divaina | June 24, 2020
Posted on: 16 July, 2020
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa overclaims change in economic growth
Prior to 2015, the economic growth rate was between 7% and 8%, but by 2019, it fell below 2%.
Divaina | June 16, 2020
Posted on: 7 July, 2020
Mujibur Rahman on Covid-19 foreign financing: embraces common misunderstanding
We know that our country has received a large amount of money from abroad to control [the COVID-19 pandemic] ...
Lankadeepa | April 28, 2020
Posted on: 11 June, 2020
Former Health Minister Senaratne correctly diagnoses underestimation of Covid-19 cases but overstates extent
[The number in Sri Lanka considered to have contracted Covid-19] is determined only by the number of people that have been tested for the virus.
Mawbima | April 12, 2020
Posted on: 20 May, 2020
Sajith Premadasa goes beyond formula on fuel price reductions
A litre of diesel is sold at Rs. 104 and this can be reduced to Rs. 61. A litre of 92 octane petrol is Rs. 137; it can be priced at Rs. 80.
The Island | March 11, 2020
Posted on: 6 May, 2020
MP Ranawaka overestimates revenue growth under the yahapalana government
When the Yahapalana government came into power, state revenue was LKR 1.05 trillion. Our government doubled this income to LKR 2.1 trillion within 5 years.
Lankadeepa | February 6, 2020
Posted on: 29 April, 2020
Minister Gunawardena correctly claims high IDP resettlement, with incorrect statistics
“Sri Lanka also made significant progress in the resettlement of over 440,000 IDPs … presently it has risen to 93.76%.”
Daily FT | February 28, 2020
Posted on: 25 March, 2020
MP Kiriella overreaches on recovery of bond transactions losses
The allegation is that the UNP caused a loss of LKR 10 billion through bonds. The country has not experienced a loss because the CBSL froze/impounded LKR 12 billion from Perpetual Treasuries.
Lankadeepa | February 2, 2020
Posted on: 11 March, 2020
MP Dissanayaka on public transport: riding on Western Province data
Only 52% of our country uses public transport... 48% of the people use private transport.
Divaina | November 1, 2019
Posted on: 1 January, 2020
MP Bandara partly overstates the reduction in crime
During the last four years, the rates of all forms of crime […] declined drastically […] under this government compared to the previous Rajapaksa regime.
Daily News | October 30, 2019
Posted on: 18 December, 2019
Prime minister on Rajapaksa-era exports: right on decline, not on details
In the ten years of the Rajapaksa administration, this country’s exports fell from 30% to 18%.
Divaina | August 12, 2019
Posted on: 5 September, 2019
Minister Eran Wickramaratne right on government borrowings, for two years, not four.
Total borrowings by the Government have been completely used to repay debt.
Dily FT | June 19, 2019
Posted on: 22 August, 2019
Udaya Gammanpila: right on imprisonment, not quite right on costs
Today, most people in prisons are those imprisoned for being unable to pay fines...
Lankadeepa | April 2, 2019
Posted on: 1 July, 2019
Minister of finance mostly correct on macroeconomic indicators
…macroeconomic indicators showed positive trends with the country’s $7.6 billion foreign reserves,
Daily News | May 6, 2019
Posted on: 25 June, 2019
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Gets number right but percentage wrong on release of state-owned land
Of the 71,172.56 acres of state-owned land occupied by the security forces, 63,257.48 acres were released
Divaina | March 22, 2019
Posted on: 14 June, 2019
Minister Thalatha Athukorale: wrong on prison population, right on prison sentences
There are close to 22,000 inmates in prisons.
Dinamina | April 10, 2019
Posted on: 23 May, 2019
President Sirisena on poverty: data outdated
The absolute poverty ratio of the country has been reported as 6.7%...
Independence Day Speech | February 4, 2019
Posted on: 12 April, 2019
Anura Priyadharshana Yapa: not quite correct on mobile phone taxes
When a mobile phone user in our country pays Rs. 5,000 [as the mobile phone bill], Rs. 1,600 of it goes towards paying taxes.
Divaina | October 26, 2018
Posted on: 20 December, 2018
MP Sumanthiran is partly correct: 14 Tamil journalists were killed, but not all were murdered
If I remember correctly, [in the past 20 years] 14 Tamil journalists have been murdered.
Mawbima | October 25, 2018
Posted on: 19 November, 2018
MP Handunnetti’s data on urbanisation: quoted correctly, interpreted wrong
74% of the population of Sri Lanka lives a rural lifestyle/in a rural setting.
Divaina | October 15, 2018
Posted on: 2 November, 2018
Official data supports President Sirisena’s claim about homicides but not about rape cases.
The number of murders in Sri Lanka in 2008 was 1,378. In 2010, the number was 741; in 2013, it was 586; in 2014, it was 548; and in 2015 it was 476.
Lankadeepa, Divaina | July 12, 2018
Posted on: 28 September, 2018
President’s statement: true if he said “South” Asia
A recent survey on independence of the judiciary shows that Sri Lanka is ranked amongst the highest among Asian countries.
Daily News | July 28, 2018
Posted on: 17 September, 2018