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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Sri Lanka's power entity busts tsunami aid for luxury vehicles

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 01 December, ( As thousands of tsunami victims languish sans basic amenities and at many instances even without food, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) famous for its corruption antics appears to be enjoying in grand style the millions of rupees granted to them to carry out tsunami rehabilitation work.

From tsunami rehabilitation funds, the CEB has purchased two luxury Santa Fe jeeps produced by the famous Korean car company Hyundai. The two cars were at the Colombo harbour at the time this edition went to press and is estimated to cost at least Rs. 13.5 million each.

The CEB, it is learnt, had already paid a sum of Rs. 2.5 million for each vehicle to the Korean company. However, after the two vehicles had reached the harbor, the CEB had last week received the customs assessment form, which includes the customs duty and other taxes, amounting to Rs. 22 million for both vehicles.

The order for the two vehicles were placed flaunting strict Treasury guidelines which made it clear that no vehicles should be purchased from the tsunami aid unless otherwise for utility vehicles which are used for transporting goods.

- Asian Tribune -

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