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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

National Integrity Award winners to become sources of inspiration for Anti Corruption

Colombo, 10 December, ( Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) commemorates, for the 4th consecutive year, UN World Anti-Corruption Day on 09th December 2007 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Chief Guest of the event was Dr.Kiaran Bedi; crystal clear illustration of integrity. Justice Amir Ismail; Chairperson of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption was Honored Guest. The Guest of Honour Ms.Ranmenike Adikari is an outstanding student from Polonnaruwa who is a mirror image of a respectable citizenship at a time where everyone searches prestigious offers.

The main objective of the National Integrity Awards (NIA) was to recognize the courage and determination of the many individuals fighting corruption and to make such people a source of inspiration to the Anti Corruption movement. Such individuals play an important role despite the enormous threats to both their official standing and their personal lives.

‘People should come in to the street and ask to end corruption rather demanding for jobs. If we have a country without corruption people can enjoy with more job opportunities’ said National Integrity Awards 2007 winner Mr. S.K. Liyanage. This award was parented to him in recognition of his determination in fighting corruption for more than 33 years as a civil servant.

Ms. Shyamala Dhrashani Fernandoo; who fought against corruptions in the Sri Lanka Port Authority, recognized with special mention for this year’s National Integrity Award.

Winners received their awards from Dr.Kiran Bedi. ‘Formation of a movement to fight for Right to Information in Sri Lanka can be a first step towards ending corruption, and civil society must take the lead for the same’ Dr. Kiran Bedi urge Award winners to continue their struggle in fighting corruption. ‘Children and women are most affected due to corruption’ Dr. Bedi continued. She requested Sri Lankan civil society leaders to form a strong movement and mentioned that Sri Lanka had produced 6 Ramon Magsaysay Award winners. Dr.Bedi was the first woman police officer in India to become Inspector General of Prisons. She was the recipient of various awards including the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994, referred to as the Asian Nobel Prize.

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is the National Chapter of Transparency International (TI), the leading global movement against corruption. TI is the only international non-governmental organization exclusively devoted to curbing corruption.

Transparency International Sri Lana (TISL) is one of over 90 in Transparency International Global Network fighting this menace of corruption. TISL is a fully autonomous and independent body, which is responsible both for its programme development.

‘Transparency International Sri Lana has received 53 nominations for National Integrity Award 2007 and awardees were selected by independent panel of adjudicators with a transparent manner’ said Mr. J.C. Weliamuna, Executive Director of TISL.

TISL hosted two events; first a programme, with a special focus on children, with the objective of sensitizing adults as well as children – ‘the future adults - on issues relating to corruption and learn from them how they could preserve their own identity as ‘honorable Sri Lankan citizens’ with integrity, which can influence adults in the country. The programme was facilitated by Dr.Charika Marasinghe; Director Child Rights International Guaranteed Limited. 53 Children from five provinces representing 750 of their colleagues raised the voices of integrity. Their ideas were brought in to the attention of adults as well as responsible authorities with the presentation of their proposals to build nation with integrity.

Launching the Status of Good Goveranance-2007, ‘This is the first time TISL is came up with this kind of status report and this will be continued in the future annually’ explains Mr. Rushana Nanayakkara, Deputy Executive Director of TISL. ‘This report highlights the good governance issues particularly relating to 2007’ concludes Mr. Nanayakkakra.

‘National Integrity Oath’ was taken by all audience. Winners of ‘National Integrity Oath’ (youth and adults) competition; that express the dedication of citizens to build a nation with integrity, received their certificates and awards.

Mr. M.A. D. Harold Chair Person of Transparency International Sri Lanka, Justice Mark Fernandoo, Mr. Sarath Mayadunne; former Auditor General, Dr. Deepika Udagama and Dr. Sarath Wijesuriya from University of Colombo, Mr. S.G. Punchihewa were also presented for the event.

Both the ceremonies attended by a large gathering of diverse backgrounds of Public Sector, Corporate Sector, Media, Community Based Organizations, NGOs, Trade Unions and Clergy etc.

Winners of ‘National Integrity Oath’ competition (youth) are Ms. Chathurashinee Sanjeevika Bandarawatta, Mr. M.K. Faizan Ahamed, Ms. K.D. Thanuja Madushani, Ms.M.K.S. Favaza, Ms. Kalani Prathiba, Ms. H. Fathima Raisha, Ms. W.G. Sanjeewanee Kumari, Ms. Abdul Munaff, Ms. Thrashika Pneerselvam, Ms. Fathima Shamla. Adult category winners were; Mr.G.H. Nalin Chamara, Ms. Mohamad Kaseem, Mr. Srikandaraja, Ms.D.A. Renuka, Mr. Goorge Ivor, Ms. Mohamad Harees, Mr. D.W.W.M. Ashoka, Ms. Ransiri Menike, Mr. K.A. Upali and Ms. P.W.D. Gerli Harshadeva.

- Asian Tribune -

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