Columns by Gamini Weerakoon

‘Sil Redi’ And Subversion Of Buddhism »

Exposures made in the Sil Redi (Holy White Cloth) case have torn the sanctity of the garb worn by pious Buddhists on Full Moon Days to shreds. The massive Rs. 650…

September 17, 2017 - 00:50 / 2 Comments / Read More »
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From Nothing To Midas Touch; Boxers Blossom »

HERE’s one for Ripley’s book of improbable feats: Sri Lankan boxers have won five international gold medals over a period of just five months, the last in early August, by…

September 17, 2017 - 00:30 / 1 Comment / Read More »
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S. Thomas College Celebrates 100 Years At Mt. Lavinia »

S. Thomas College was created as the fulfillment of a dream and vision of the First Anglican Bishop of Colombo, the Rt. Rev. James Chapman on February 3, 1851. The…

September 17, 2017 - 00:30 / 1 Comment / Read More »
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In Search Of A Dishonest Face »

The story of Diogenes, the founder of Cynic philosophy, walking around Athens around 2600 years ago in daylight with a lighted lamp in search of an honest face, is well…

August 20, 2017 - 00:59 / 3 Comments / Read More »
The leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe being sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat

President And The Constitution »

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Almost since the day he assumed office as President, incumbent Maithripala Sirisena has been asserting his ‘right’ of sorts to invite a Prime Minister of his…

August 20, 2017 - 00:56 / 4 Comments / Read More »
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Visa Suspended For Tourists From Myanmar »

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By Indika Sri Aravinda The government has decided to suspend issuing visas for tourists from Myanmar following fears that Rohingya…

September 17, 2017 - 06:40 / 2 Comments / Read More »

“I Have An Economic Solution For Sri Lanka” »

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By Easwaran Rutnam A top businessman says he has a solution to address Sri Lanka’s economic woes and will look…

September 17, 2017 - 06:40 / 6 Comments / Read More »

Over 150 containers of refuse tea slips through »

Over 150 containers of refuse tea had managed to slip through customs and reached their overseas destinations, officials said. The…

September 17, 2017 - 06:37 / 2 Comments / Read More »

SLFP Group Maintain Threat To Split »

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members have maintained they will split from the government…

September 17, 2017 - 06:36 / 4 Comments / Read More »

Hirunika Writes To Rajitha On Prison Hospital Doctor »

Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra has written to Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne calling for the transfer of the prison hospital doctor.…

September 17, 2017 - 06:31 / 4 Comments / Read More »

Sanga Sabha To Urge Chief Prelates To Boycott State Events »

The Sri Lanka Sanga Sabha is to urge the Chief Prelates to boycott State events in response to some comments…

September 17, 2017 - 06:31 / 7 Comments / Read More »

Maldives Will Seek Sri Lanka’s Assistance To Deport Nasheed »

The Maldives says it will seek the assistance of relevant authorities in Sri Lanka to return former President Mohamed Nasheed…

September 17, 2017 - 06:28 / No Comment / Read More »
Editor's Pick

Prof. Samarasekera To ‘Spill The Beans’ On Thajudeen’s Murder »

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by Nirmala Kannangara The controversial former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer, Prof. Ananda Samarasekera, who is under interrogation by the Criminal Investigation Department, is expected to spill the beans which can be anticipated as a new twist in Wasim Thajudeen’s murder case, defence sources are…

September 17, 2017 - 00:51 / 12 Comments / Read More »

Another Eyewitness Speaks Out On The Welikada Prison Riot »

Sahan Sri is in the picture

by Ashanthi Warunasuirya As the authorities continue investigations into the Welikada prison massacre, more eyewitnesses have come forward to reveal information about the incident. Hewadalugodage Sahan Sri, an eyewitness to the incident who has since fled the country, spoke to The Sunday Leader on what…

September 17, 2017 - 00:50 / 3 Comments / Read More »

Ministry Reimburses Fuel Bill To NLDB »

Minister P. Harrison is in the picture

After The Sunday Leader Exposure… by Nirmala Kannangara Following our expose on how the Chairman and Board of Directors of National Livestock Development Board (NLDB) unlawfully settled Rural Economic Development Minister P. Harrison’s fuel bill to the tune of Rs. 1.059 million, it had now…

September 17, 2017 - 00:48 / No Comment / Read More »

Why And How Of ‘National Unity’ »

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Sajith Premadasa and Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

by N. Sathiya Moorthy The continuance of chaotic coalition Government may have raised more questions than provide any great answers to the ongoing issues of every kind facing the Sri Lankan Nation and State. The twin leadership of SLFP President Maithripala Sirisena and UNP Prime…

September 17, 2017 - 00:46 / 4 Comments / Read More »
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Kick-Start Economy And Enforce Discipline »

The National Unity Government launched its eight-year development plan – ‘Vision 2025 – A Rich Country’ in the first week of this month with some…

September 17, 2017 - 00:59 / No Comment / Read More »

AG Simply Cannot Initiate Legal Action Against Anyone – Thalatha Athukorale »

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Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale says just because a file is opened to investigate corruption, the Attorney General’s Department cannot file charges. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, Minister…

September 17, 2017 - 00:49 / 3 Comments / Read More »

Sri Lanka Is A Land Of Unprecedented Hope And Optimism – Mohamed Hussain Shareef »

Mohamed Hussain Shareef

Among my most vivid childhood memories is a scene of horror involving an apartment inferno followed by a frantic dash from our Dehiwala home, escorted…

September 17, 2017 - 00:40 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Pensions Dept. That Demeans The Pensioner »

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by Ranjith Gunawardena The wife and children maintenance fees which was initiated during the colonial era as a show of gratitude to foreigners who worked…

September 17, 2017 - 00:40 / 1 Comment / Read More »
  • Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake greets foreign troops at the Army-pioneered mock Exercise 'Cormorant Strike VIII - 2017’ in Kuchchaveli, Trincomalee last week.
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  • Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe poses for a selfie during the opening of the ‘Heta Dakina Ranil’ photographic exhibition at BMICH last week
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  • China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang hands over a cheque to  the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education Madawa Devasurendra at the Chinese Embassy during an event last week to grant Chinese Government Scholarships to Sri Lankan students

  • The Navy assisting devotees who toiled themselves in the traditional foot pilgrimage (Pada Yathra) from the Northern Province to the Kataragama Devalaya

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake hosted both Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishan for a breakfast meeting at the Colombo Hilton during their visit to Sri Lanka last week

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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

Opinion Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Sajith Premadasa and Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

Why And How Of ‘National Unity’

by N. Sathiya Moorthy The continuance of chaotic coalition Government may have raised more questions than provide any great answers to the ongoing issues of every kind facing the Sri Lankan Nation and State. The twin…

September 17, 2017 - 00:46 / Read More »
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Pensions Dept. That Demeans The Pensioner

by Ranjith Gunawardena The wife and children maintenance fees which was initiated during the colonial era as a show of gratitude to foreigners who worked in this country on contract, was later passed as the Pensions…

September 17, 2017 - 00:40 / Read More »
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Prof. Samarasekera To ‘Spill The Beans’ On Thajudeen’s Murder

by Nirmala Kannangara The controversial former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer, Prof. Ananda Samarasekera, who is under interrogation by the Criminal Investigation Department, is expected to spill the beans which can be anticipated as a new…

September 17, 2017 - 00:51 / Read More »
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AG Simply Cannot Initiate Legal Action Against Anyone – Thalatha Athukorale

Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale says just because a file is opened to investigate corruption, the Attorney General’s Department cannot file charges. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, Minister Athukorale said she will do her best to uphold the faith…

September 17, 2017 - 00:49 / Read More »
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CHINDIA – The Big Picture For Sri Lanka

by Trevor Jayetileke   Sri Lanka even after almost 70 years of Independence is still in the “Tea and Sympathy” Time Capsule. Even the ‘Vision 2025’ declared recently by our two “Yahapalanaya” Leaders are hoping to…

September 18, 2017 - 11:55 / Read More »
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Smith Keen To Halt Previous Acrimony As ODIs Begin

Australia skipper Steve Smith is anxious to halt the acrimony that marked Test matches against India this year when the two powerhouses start a one-day international series today. Smith had a much-publicised war of words with…

September 17, 2017 - 00:59 / Read More »
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A Life Snatched Away By Dengue

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya We well understand the uncertainty of life. But, there are many who live as if they are here to stay forever, perhaps knowingly or un-knowingly. Yet, among them there is a handful who…

August 20, 2017 - 00:40 / Read More »
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