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May Day: A Litmus Test For Maithri And SLFP »

Message from SLFP to UNP on MR’s move Wimal takes battle against Basil to the public Joint opposition members try to attend both rallies Many heads to roll in the…

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Going Back To Insanity »

by Gamini Weerakoon Over a hundred thousand people are likely to turn out in Colombo and Galle today for May Day – International Labour Day. About the significance of the…

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Donald Trump, A Reagan In The Making? »

by Gamini Weerakoon Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with their sweeping victories in their primaries last week, appear to be assured of their party nominations for presidency. Clinton’s policies, particularly…

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Indrani Kusumalatha – A Women’s Activist With A Difference »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Among the women activists in Sri Lanka, Indrani Kusumalatha portrays herself as someone different from others. She represents people and subjects that her counterparts rarely take into…

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Govt. Mulls International Fighter Jet Tender »

by Wiraj Silva In a bid to purchase eight state-of-the-art fighter jets for Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), the Cabinet…

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President To Summon SLFP Committees After May Day »

President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to summon all executive bodies of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) within one week…

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Request Not To Summon H’tota UNP District Committee »

by Ranjith Gunawardena United National Party (UNP) General Secretary, Minister Kabir Hashim has received a request not to summon the…

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The Sunday Leader Bags Investigative Journalist Award »

Nirmala Kannangara, Features Editor and Investigative Journalist of The Sunday Leader Newspaper, received the 2015 Inquirer Award for the Best Investigative Journalist…

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Noose Tightening Further Around Yoshitha? »

by Amavasya Sirisena Crip of justice is tightening further around Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second son Yoshitha Rajapaksa for breach of naval…

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Report On State Sector Heads Shirking Duties »

by Dileesha Abeysundera President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have received a report on officials in the state…

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Green For Lanka, Yellow For Thailand »

EU Fish Imports: by  Dinesh Isuru in Trincomalee With the Sri Lankan fisheries exports ban to European Union being lifted the…

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Editor's Pick

Federalism Back In The Limelight »

Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe and C.V. Wigneswaran

by Camelia Nathaniel The resolution seeking a federal solution to the Tamil minority issue and political independence for the minority Tamil community, calls for the government to include the merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces into one ruling system, and establishing it under a…

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Foreign Buyers After Lankan Dirt »

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by Ifham Nizam With a number of well known companies particularly from the United States, Japan, China, Singapore and Korea coming forward to tackle the garbage menace in Sri Lanka, authorities expressed confidence that the government is on the right track to put an end…

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Fierce Dragon Wheeler-Dealers Pounding Sri Lanka Air Force »

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by Nirmala Kannangara A former Air Force Chief and an infamous big business wheeler-dealer are attempting to influence the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) to acquire multi-role JF-17 ‘Fierce Dragon’ fighter aircraft jointly developed by China and Pakistan, at a higher rate, an Air Force…

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Sajin Vass: Witness Most Corrupt »

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by Nirmala Kannangara Should all crimes of a wharf clerk turned CEO Mihin be ignored just because he now turns state witness against the Rajapaksas? Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, former Monitoring MP, External Affairs Ministry, who stands accused of mass-scale fraud, unpaid loans, criminality and…

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Robin Hood / Soora Saradiel Economics – Friend Or Foe? »

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Of Taxation, Inland Revenue And Panama Papers by Chrishmal Warnasuriya BA (Colombo), P Dip. (Hons), LLM (Hons) (London) Avurudu vacation revelations: Court vacation always permits that little bit of extra time to pen something down and the occasion arose when former Deputy Governor of the Central…

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A Democratic And Plural Sri Lanka »

A protest on a Human Rights issue

by Saliya Pieris We in Sri Lanka are going through an exciting period in our history and in the arena of Human Rights and Democracy. Many of the problems faced in our areas are shared by the countries of the Asia and Pacific. An year…

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Relationship With Lanka Important To Obama – Samantha Power »

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The US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power says US President Barack Obama places importance on the relationship the US has with Sri Lanka. Speaking at a United States-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council Meeting, Power said that the US…

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‘Toppling’ Talk All Over Again… »

May Day Rallies

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Ahead of Sunday’s ‘May Day’ rallies by different political parties and factions in different parts of the country, President Maithripala Sirisena, has revived the forgotten talk of conspiracies to ‘topple’ the government. As the chairperson of the SLFP, he seems more…

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Freedom Of The Wild Ass Vs. Freedom Of Ambitious Bureaucrats »

More laws – less Justice: Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher, politician and a great orator of his time. We need to find refuge in the…

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A Country Ruled By Legends »

A mammoth crowd at a May Day rally

by Wimalanath Weeraratne Tales and legends cannot develop a country. If legends could develop a country, Sri Lanka would be the first to attain development.…

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War Against Rajapaksa Regime Debts Begins »

The 66th Annual Report of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is being presented to Prime Minister Ranil  Wickremesinghe  and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake by Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arjuna Mahendran

Rajapaksas’ Targets In The Doldrums by Amavasya Sirisena The government this week began its war against the massive debts accumulated during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.…

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Working Masses Cannot Win Any Rights Without Political Backing – Akila Viraj Kariyawasam »

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By Camelia Nathaniel Minister of Education and Chairman of the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya (JSS) Akila Viraj Kariyawasam opined that the upcoming May Day Rally is…

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May Day Should Be Celebrated Under A Red Flag – K. D. Lalkantha »

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By Camelia Nathaniel Politburo member of the JVP, K.D. Lalkantha said that the JVP is the only party that truly represents the rights of the…

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This May Day Will Guide The SLFP On A New Path – Duminda Dissanayake »

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By Camelia Nathaniel General Secretary of the SLFP, Minister Duminda Dissanayake said that the SLFP will have only one May day rally and all constituent…

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We Will Attract A Larger Gathering Than We Witnessed At Hyde Park – Prasanna Ranatunga »

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By Camelia Nathaniel MP Prasanna Ranatunga says the government is afraid of the joint opposition, so they try to prevent a large number of people…

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Politicians Hijacking Day Of ‘Saadukin Pelenawun’ »

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by Dileesha Abeysundera May Day is traditionally the day of workers. But today it has become a day of politicians and their parties who exploit…

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Colombo Bourse Hit By Global Slowdown »

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ASPI Crosses 6,500 Mark This Week by Amavasya Sirisena The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) ended trading on a positive note this week, with the All…

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Fierce Dragon Wheeler-Dealers Pounding Sri Lanka Air Force

by Nirmala Kannangara A former Air Force Chief and an infamous big business wheeler-dealer are attempting to influence the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) to acquire multi-role JF-17 ‘Fierce Dragon’ fighter aircraft jointly developed by China…

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Focus Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe and C.V. Wigneswaran

Federalism Back In The Limelight

by Camelia Nathaniel The resolution seeking a federal solution to the Tamil minority issue and political independence for the minority Tamil community, calls for the government to include the merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces…

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Opinion A mammoth crowd at a May Day rally

A Country Ruled By Legends

by Wimalanath Weeraratne Tales and legends cannot develop a country. If legends could develop a country, Sri Lanka would be the first to attain development. Although, legends cannot develop a country, they can gain people’s loyalty…

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Working Masses Cannot Win Any Rights Without Political Backing – Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

By Camelia Nathaniel Minister of Education and Chairman of the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya (JSS) Akila Viraj Kariyawasam opined that the upcoming May Day Rally is crucial to the UNP. This will be an ideal moment for…

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The Bygone Bullock Cart

by Camelia Nathaniel The idea to write about the bullock cart came up by seeing the bull-driven carts racing at a recent New Year celebration event. In the past bullock carts were a common sight, especially…

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Sustained Stability

Fundamental re-set of economic policies to boost growth by Dinesh Isuru Sri Lanka’s recently announced agreement with the International Monetary Fund, will tremendously benefit country’s economy in general and external financing profile in particular opine multilateral…

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Two Uncapped Players In Lanka Test Squad

Lanka’s Tour of England Two uncapped players – Dasun Shanaka and Dhananjaya de Silva – have been included in Sri Lanka’s Test squad to tour England, whilst there has been a recall for Lahiru Thirimanne who…

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