Columns by Gamini Weerakoon

Politics Is The Art Of The Possible »

There were reverberations in the body politic of Sri Lanka last week when reports said that the usually reticent President Maithripala Sirisena had told his cabinet that if he had…

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Modi Trots The Globe While Kashmir Fire Rages »

Thirty years ago (July 1987) Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayewardene was forced to sign the Indo Lanka Agreement after the infamous violation of Sri Lankan airspace by the Indian…

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Mahinda Rajapaksa, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Maithripala Sirisena

Where From Here, Unity And Govt? »

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Come September and the question would be upper-most in the minds of everyone, more than Constitution-making, economy and whatever: “Where from here, the unity Government, the…

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Down The Slippery Slope To …Where? »

Led by that most reprehensible of politicians, the current Minister of Justice, there are assembling on the government benches a motley crew of some of the most unprincipled characters to…

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A Reminder Of Life After Godda »

BEING tagged favourites is nice but dangerous, just ask Sri Lanka’s just-resigned cricket captain Angelo Mathews. The world of course now know what became of his prediction to take the…

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News

Tourists From Seven Countries To Be Screened »

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By Indika Sri Aravinda The government has decided to screen tourists from seven countries including Syria, Pakistan and Nigeria. Minister…

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Palm Oil Unfit For Human Consumption Being Sold »

By Indika Sri Aravinda Over 800 containers with palm oil imported from Malaysia, unfit for human consumption, had been released…

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Generator At Norochcholai Breaks Down »

A generator at the Norochcholai coal power plant broke down yesterday. The Power and Energy Ministry said that the third…

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DIG Arrested For Assisting Suspect In Vithya Murder To Flee »

A top policeman was arrested yesterday for assisting a suspect in the case over the murder of schoolgirl Sivaloganathan Vithya…

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SLFP Central Committee To Decide On ‘New Rebels’ »

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya and Indika Sri Aravinda The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee will meet and decide on…

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Upul Resigned Under Pressure From Ministers »

The chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI) Upul Jayasuriya had decided to resign from his post as he was…

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Rs. 25,000 Fine For Some Traffic Violations »

The government is to introduce the much talked about Rs. 25,000 fine for some road rule violations, the National Council…

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Editor's Pick

Is The Public Service Commission A White Elephant? »

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by  Ranjith Gunawardena During the era Sri Lanka was a British colony, the Public Service Commission was established under the Ceylon (Constitution) Order in Council dated 15th May 1946 in order to carry out the task of appointing officers for Public Service. Accordingly, the executive…

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A Blatant Lack Of Regard For The Natural Environment Of The Country »

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by Ifham Nizam Short-sighted development projects of every calibre has immensely contributed to degrading the overall quality of Sri Lanka’s air, soil and water including flora and fauna, Environment Foundation Limited environmental scientists point out . They say the energy sector is no exception with…

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Controversy Over Kerawalapitiya LNG Plant Tender »

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka

 Minister Patali says he cannot be taken for a ride by Ifham Nizam Standard Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC) spelled out its stance at a briefing to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM), to set aside five tender bidders selected for the construction of…

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Welikada Prison Riot: No Compensation Despite Cabinet Approval »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Despite  cabinet approval compensation has not yet been paid to the victims of the Welikada prison riot. Prisons Reforms Minister D.M. Swaminathan told The Sunday Leader the government will ensure the victims of the incident get justice. He said his Ministry had been instructed…

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Top Cricket Board Official Behind Inhuman Act »

Temporary staff after returning their pants and Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya A top Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Board official is allegedly behind the order given last week to force temporary staff, employed to work at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa, to remove and return their pants to get paid, The Sunday Leader…

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Mount Residents Up-In-Arms »

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by Ifham Nizam Residents in Mount Lavinia are continuing a battle against illegal contructions in the area. The Mount Lavinia Residents Association said their campaign to save Mount Lavinia is not against the construction of apartment buildings in the area but against the failure to…

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Bias In The Dias Affair: A Reflection »

Reconciliation and healthy co-existence among the religions cannot be left primarily to our governments

The initial shock at the response of a high ranking minister to comments made by a citizen on a recent talk show, soon shifted to the realisation of its seriousness. During the show Lakshan Dias, an attorney at law, presented some data on violence against…

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Editorial

Can The Best Of Constitutions Work In Sri Lanka? »

Sri Lankan constitutions have had powerful forces backing them. Our first Constitution was written under the patronage of the British government by a world authority…

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Emmerson’s Hard Hitting Statement Puts Govt. On Back Foot »

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by Our Political Correspondent A hard-hitting statement issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms…

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UNP, SLFP Marriage Will Continue – Rajitha Senaratne »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says the unity government will renew their agreement and continue as the unity government beyond August. Speaking…

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Uma Oya Project: More Moves To Grab Public Money »

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by Ifham Nizam The Uma Oya contractor, FARAB Energy and Water Project Company, an Iranian company, is responsible for carrying out the project. It  is…

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Battle To Save Dambulla Temple »

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by   Dileesha Abesundara The Rangiri Dambulla Temple has a significant place in world history and it was declared a world heritage site in 1991. However,…

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Dubious Deal Of Kotte MC Unearthed »

Kotte MC and Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva

by Ashanthi Warnasuriya With the garbage issue getting out of hand dengue too has reached epic proportions and there seems no solution in sight. According…

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  • Students Action Committee of the South Asian Institute of Technology & Medicine (SAITM) conducted a Bodhi Pooja at the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya to invoke blessings

  • Family members of the university students, who protested against the SAITM private medical campus, stage a protest in Fort in violation of a court order
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  • A patient sleeps on a bench at the Colombo national hospital during a strike by government doctors last week over the SAITM issue
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  • President Maithripala Sirisena joined thousands of yoga enthusiasts at Independence Square in Colombo yesterday to celebrate the International Day of Yoga 2017. The event, organised by the Indian High Commission in Colombo, was attended by a number of Ministers and officials, apart from public at large

  • Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Sri Lanka Navy Commander Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne joined U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap to visit the captain and crew aboard the USS Lake Erie to express their appreciation for the flood relief work provided by U.S. Navy sailors visiting Sri Lanka.

  • Journalist Dileesha Abeysundara of our sister newspaper ‘Irudina’ won an international award for 
her contribution to online media. She received the award at an event in Germany

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Dubious Deal Of Kotte MC Unearthed

by Ashanthi Warnasuriya With the garbage issue getting out of hand dengue too has reached epic proportions and there seems no solution in sight. According to Policy Planning and Economic Development Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de…

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Emmerson’s Hard Hitting Statement Puts Govt. On Back Foot

by Our Political Correspondent A hard-hitting statement issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson, on Friday put the government on…

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Is The Public Service Commission A White Elephant?

by  Ranjith Gunawardena During the era Sri Lanka was a British colony, the Public Service Commission was established under the Ceylon (Constitution) Order in Council dated 15th May 1946 in order to carry out the task…

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UNP, SLFP Marriage Will Continue – Rajitha Senaratne

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says the unity government will renew their agreement and continue as the unity government beyond August. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, the Minister said that the people in…

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New Inland Revenue Act To Be Broad Based

Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera during a discussion with representatives of the trade unions of the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) stated that the main objective of the new Inland Revenue Bill was to…

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Cremer’s Strikes, Careless Run Outs, Give Zimbabwe The Edge

Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe – One-off Test Three crucial wickets by Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer and some careless batting by Sri Lanka ensured that Zimbabwe had a slight edge over their opponents after an absorbing second…

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Pushpa, The Nightingale!

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Travelling from village to village and separately teaching school children and the Tri forces about first aid, this lady is kept on her feet and is very busy. However, we managed to get in…

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