Tourist Board staffers got a fat paycheck recently courtesy
Udaya Nanayakkara who also denies that the board dipped into the
private sector-contributed Cess fund to make this payment. Now staff
in other institutions under Tourism Minister Anura Bandaranaike
like Hotels Corporation are demanding their share of the pie - pay
us more like the Tourist Board. Are the former brothers-in-law fighting
over this issue?
A little fly on the wall of the BOI tells us that the
big 'un at the BOI who sat in the chairman's seat and gave orders
for all and sundry while the head was away seems to have lost his
clout. Will he now pay more attention to his position at the presidential
palace or his giant private sector interests?
Journalism has long been known as a cover for spying but
local vendors vying for lucrative contracts appear to have taken
the practice to a new level. Recently, a company that had called
for bids in a high profile IT deal found bidders posing as reporters
in an effort to get information on bids submitted by rivals.