Columns by Gamini Weerakoon

Uneducated Thugs Or Qualified Swindlers Better Legislators? »

When Sri Lankan politics reaches a crisis point and the real culprits responsible for the crisis cannot be fixed, there is a consensual feeling that the honourable MPs are to…

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Central Bank Governor, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy

Living Beyond Means »

by N. Sathiya Moorthy At a recent economic seminar in Colombo, Central Bank Governor, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, is reported to have said that the nation has been living beyond its…

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by Emil van der Poorten

While There’s Life, There’s Hope »

Having been castigated for being a prophet of doom and gloom insofar as the future of the Resplendent Isle is concerned, being subjected to recurring abuse accompanying the allegation that…

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Champs, Union In Sevens Tug-Of-War »

THE question begs to be asked: is Sri Lanka rugby working at cross-purposes? The SLRFU never fails to claim the country’s future is in the Sevens game, and over recent…

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The Sunday Leader Turns 23 »

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Local Consultants In Expressway Project Threaten To Quit »

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By Ashanthi Warunasuriya A rift has emerged between local and Chinese officials involved in the Southern expressway extension project. Local…

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Sri Lanka Makes Big Jump In Peace Index »

Sri Lanka has seen a big improvement in the global peace index for 2017 going up 17 places to number…

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State Intelligence On Alert Over Hate Crimes »

By Sumudu Perera State intelligence services have been placed on alert over moves to destabilise the country through hate crimes.…

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Cabinet Debates Future Of Loss Making Institutions »

Cabinet last week discussed the future of loss making state institutions, including the State Engineering Corporation. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha…

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TNA On The Verge Of Split Over Wigneswaran Issue »

By Easwaran Rutnam The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is on the verge of a major split over the issue which…

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Military To Be Deployed In War Against Dengue »

The government is considering deploying the military to fight the spread of dengue. Health Ministry sources said that the assistance…

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Mangala And Jaitley Discuss Indian Investments »

Minister of Finance, Mangala Samaraweera and Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley had talks in South Korea on Friday. The discussion focused…

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MR To Start Campaigning »

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to begin campaigning in Trincomalee from July 3rd, joint opposition sources said. Sources said that Rajapaksa…

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CEB Electricity Generation Plan Not In Line With Government Policy »

Ashoka Abeygunawardana, Chairman of the Strategic Enterprise Management Authority

by Ifham Nizam The latest Sri Lanka’s Electricity Generation Expansion Plan, Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGP) 2018-2037 proposed by the state utility Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB),  is not in line with the policy of the government, the Strategic Enterprise Management Authority (SEMA)…

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While There’s Life, There’s Hope »

by Emil van der Poorten

Having been castigated for being a prophet of doom and gloom insofar as the future of the Resplendent Isle is concerned, being subjected to recurring abuse accompanying the allegation that I am simply a “disgruntled victim of the great Hector Kobbekaduwa’s  Land reform” etc. etc.,…

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Banning Of Asbestos Nowhere In Sight »

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All forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans—WHO by Ifham Nizam  Wnvironmentalists and civic minded organizations stressed that despite repeated assurance by successive governments there won’t be a ban on asbestos. They stressed that most of the parliamentarians are against while some who are in…

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Jeep Drivers A Law Unto Themselves With Political Patronage »

Crowding a bear in Yala

Yala National Park Warden is helpless by Nirmala Kannangara Department of Wildlife Conservation’s failure to take action against errant safari jeep drives at the Yala National Park for blatantly breaking speed limits and taking food for the wild animals to attract them to their vicinity…

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Authorities Mum On Garbage Problem »

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by Ifham Nizam Despite strong objection by the masses in most parts of the Western Province and in some parts of Wattala, the authorities were mum, simply saying they are yet to find a concrete solution to the growing garbage problem in the country. Minister…

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Move To Ban Tobacco Cultivation Questioned »

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by Ifham Nizam Despite both the  Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) and its tobacco farmers being key drivers of national and rural economic growth, neither party was consulted before the intention to ban tobacco cultivation in 2020 was announced, a spokesperson of the CTC said.…

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Editorial

Hate Speeches And Hate Speeches »

All round denunciation of disseminators in racial hatred and religious bigotry is welcome but not surprising because no person or organisation however despicable could justify…

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I Don’t Mix Religious Meritorious Acts With Politics – Mervyn Silva »

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A much talked about politician during the previous regime was Mervyn Silva. He was most noted for his outspoken and sometimes arrogant attitude. Yet despite…

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Gnanasara Thero’s Drama »

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero

by Hilmy Ahamed The Colombo Fort Magistrate last week issued an arrest warrant on the BBS chief Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero for failing to…

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The Rise And Fall Of Wigneswaran »

Wigneswaran and Sampanthan

by our political correspondent He was chosen as a possible hero for the North but today he faces pressure from the very political party which…

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Probe To Be Expedited On Welikada Prison Riot »

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by  Ashanthi Warunasuriya Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued orders to expedite the investigations pertaining to the 2012 Welikada Prison riot and called on the…

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Rs. 250 Million Collected, Ten Months Gone Still No PET Scanner »

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by Priyantha Hettige “Hello good morning, is this the Maharagama Apeksha hospital?” “Yes this is the Apeksha hospital, what can we do for you?” “I…

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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

  • A group of monks spend some time with an elephant at a Temple in Aluthgama last week. This week marks three years since the riots in Aluthgama sparked by a group led by some monks
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  • A Chinese medic attends to a girl affected by the floods in Bulathsinhala in Kalutara.
Picture by Lalith Perera

  • The EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Tung-Laï Margue and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella toast EU-Sri Lanka relations at an EU Day reception held in Colombo last week

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  • Religious leaders stand next to Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran at a memorial event held in Mullivaikkal last Thursday to remember the victims of the final stages of the war

  • Armed Indian officers were part of the security contingent giving protection to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Norwood on Friday
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  • A tourist stranded at the Fort railway station during a strike launched by railway unions on Friday
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Probe To Be Expedited On Welikada Prison Riot

by  Ashanthi Warunasuriya Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued orders to expedite the investigations pertaining to the 2012 Welikada Prison riot and called on the appointed committees to forward their reports and those found guilty are…

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Focus Central Bank Governor, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy

Living Beyond Means

by N. Sathiya Moorthy At a recent economic seminar in Colombo, Central Bank Governor, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, is reported to have said that the nation has been living beyond its means. He attributed the profligacy of…

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Opinion Wigneswaran and Sampanthan

The Rise And Fall Of Wigneswaran

by our political correspondent He was chosen as a possible hero for the North but today he faces pressure from the very political party which put him in the political arena. Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.…

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I Don’t Mix Religious Meritorious Acts With Politics – Mervyn Silva

A much talked about politician during the previous regime was Mervyn Silva. He was most noted for his outspoken and sometimes arrogant attitude. Yet despite criticism he always spoke fearlessly about what he believed in. With…

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SriLankan Claims Moving Out Of Red

SriLankan Airlines claims it is moving out of the red, denying reports that it suffered huge losses even after the new government took office. The airline says that Rs. 91.8 billion in losses suffered between 2011…

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Fast Bowler Mohamed Amir Set To Play In Final

India vs Pakistan – Champions Trophy Final Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is likely to be fit for selection for the Champions Trophy final against India on Sunday, after completing an entire training session at The…

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Lust And Spoils Of Illicit Affairs Claims Another Life

“Hello dad won’t you come to see me?” “Yes I will my daughter.” “Daddy come right away, I will be waiting impatiently to see you.” After receiving this call from his little daughter, Thilina left his…

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