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Right To Make And Break Parties »

by Gamini Weerakoon Profound statements made by politicians often fly over the heads of ordinary citizens which must be exasperating tothem. Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, last week, declared: Anybody has the…

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World Watches Idly As The Syrian Nation Is Butchered »

by Gamini Weerakoon The world sits impotently watching Syrian forces under President Assad, his allies the Russian forces and his opponents: American Air Force, ISIS the terrorist Caliphate, former Al…

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Kamalawathi, A Living Legend On Empowerment »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Many of us grieve over things that we don’t have. Many of us are doing everything to obtain things we do not possess. But there are those…

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News

Major Financial Institution On The Verge Of Collapse »

A major financial institution is on the verge of collapse owing to the failure by the Central Bank to closely…

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More To Step Down »

More Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Joint Opposition members are to resign from their SLFP organizer posts. Joint Opposition sources…

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JO To Hold Alternative SLFP Anniversary »

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Joint Opposition (JO) members are to hold an alternative SLFP anniversary next month. SLFP Joint…

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Rift In COPE On Bond Issue »

Differences of opinion have emerged in the COPE committee over the Treasury Bond issue, sources said. The issue was also…

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Finance Ministry To Discuss Resignation Issue »

The Ministry of Finance is to hold a discussion this week on the resignation of a group of directors in…

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Govt. Pays Huge Hospital Bill For Monk »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The government has decided to pay the hospital bill of a prominent monk who was receiving treatment…

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Editor's Pick

Vehicle Permits For MPs Grossly Abused »

MP Wimal Weerawansa

by Hafsa Sabry Tax-free vehicle permits given to Parliamentarians have allegedly been misused violating the regulations of the Motor Traffic Act as the vehicles were registered under MP’s names and were owned by other businessmen in the country. About 35 such vehicles registered under the…

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Political Hand Unearthed In Sand-Mining Racket »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The sand mining industry has become as lucrative as gold mining. Sand is dug out in the same manner gold is mined. The industry is operating however with very little supervision. Allegations have now been raised over a massive racket involving the sand…

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Plantation Industry In Peril »

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Regional Plantation Companies urge to urgently finalise productivity-linked collective agreement  by Wiraj de Silva In the light of the clash between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Plantation Industry engaged in a brutal tug-of-war over the Cess funds amounting to over a staggering…

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Tug-Of-War For Land By Sugarcane Farmers »

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by Hafsa Sabry The protest recently staged by sugarcane farmers of Hinguarana, Ampara demanding to release the lands for paddy cultivation seem not to have been met as the lands were reserved for sugarcane cultivation, The Sunday Leader learns. Sugar cane farmers in Hinguarana staged…

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‘Helping Hambantota’ Appeal To A Fuller Bench »

Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa

by Vimukthi Yapa The eleventh anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami came and went on December 26 last year with hardly a mention of Helping Hambantota, the scandal that, if not for the timely intervention of the Supreme Court, would have torpedoed the presidency of…

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Businessman’s Murder Sends Shockwaves »

Location in Mawanella, where Sulaiman’s body was found

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The murder of millionaire businessman Mohammed Sakeem Sulaiman last week sent shockwaves in Colombo, raising fears of abduction gangs getting back on the streets. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) said that the businessman is suspected to have been killed over a recent business…

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Driving Global Production Sharing In Sri Lanka »

Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson and Prof. Prema-Chandra Athukorala

Removal of para-tariffs, trade liberalisation, investment protection vital by Dinesh Isuru In the light of Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade promising to present the Agency for Development (AfD) Bill to parliament, think tanks and economists lament that Sri Lanka has a long way…

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Wakf Board Lapses To Trigger Controversial Issues »

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by Hafsa Sabry The failure by the Wakf board which comes under the Department of Muslim Religious Cultural Affairs’ (MRCA) to act independently without any interference from higher ranking officials of the Ministry has resulted in the appointment of unfit persons to the department  which…

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A New Chapter Or Another Empty Promise? »

Protests demanding an Office on Missing Persons in North

Office on Missing Persons by Bhavani Fonseka Agust 11, 2016 was an important day for the victims of past abuses in Sri Lanka. This was when Sri Lanka’s Parliament enacted legislation to establish the first permanent entity to investigate and inquire into enforced and involuntary…

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So What If Mahinda Wants The Party To End? »

Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mahinda Rajapaksa

by N. Sathiya Moorthy The question, “Will he, or won’t he?” in contemporary Sri Lankan politics is not confined any more to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would attend the annual convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), chaired by incumbent Maithripala Sirisena. Instead, it’s…

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Attempt To Halt Corruption Probes On Rajapaksa Regime »

Sri Lankans love to gossip. From the village kopikade (coffee shop by the road) to office canteens, Colombo’s more exclusive water holes and the sitting…

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UN Chief’s Visit To Give Reconciliation A Boost »

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

by Easwaran Rutnam The visit this week of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Sri Lanka, the most high-profile visit by a foreign delegate since…

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A Year Of Political Rights And Economic Wrongs »

Had the Rajapaksas been in power, the VAT increase would have gone through, and the traders would not have protested

By Tisaranee Gunasekara One year after winning the parliamentary election of August 2015, the government is on track politically. One year after winning the parliamentary…

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Differences Have Been Overcome – Anoma Gamage »

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by Thushari Nathaniel Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Anoma Gamage believes that the unity government has succeeded in overcoming their differences and benefiting the…

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Today The Whole World Trusts Us – S. B. Dissanayake »

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By Thushari Nathaniel The unity government led by President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe was given power on August 17, 2015. According to Minister of…

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Issues Faced By Tamils Not Fully Addressed – S. Thavarajah »

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by Thushari Nathaniel S. Thavarajah, leader of the opposition in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and EPDP member, is of the view that the unity…

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Corruption Rampant Even Now – Gamagedara Dissanayake »

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By Thushari Nathaniel Matale District JVP organiser Gamagedara Dissanayake said that the unity government made many promises to the people, but they have failed to…

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Not A Very Happy Birthday For The Government »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuirya The government celebrated one year in office this month but several shortcomings have damaged an otherwise successful stay in office. Among the…

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Pandora’s Box Or Fresh Kettle Of Fish? »

Minister Malik Samarawickrama delivering the keynote address as the chief guest at the inauguration of the CIMA Business Leaders Summit

Fourth Industrial Revolution by Wiraj Silva Sri Lanka which has faced many a political and socio-economic upheaval in the past, is at the threshold of…

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When I Heard LTTE Forces Order Rajiv Gandhi’s Assassination »

The last picture of Rajiv Gandhi alive

by  R. Hariharan  Saturday, August 20th was the late Rajiv Gandhi‘s birthday. Rajiv Gandhi’s political career was barely seven years; it started with the assassination of…

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Spotlight MP Wimal Weerawansa

Vehicle Permits For MPs Grossly Abused

by Hafsa Sabry Tax-free vehicle permits given to Parliamentarians have allegedly been misused violating the regulations of the Motor Traffic Act as the vehicles were registered under MP’s names and were owned by other businessmen in…

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Opinion Had the Rajapaksas been in power, the VAT increase would have gone through, and the traders would not have protested

A Year Of Political Rights And Economic Wrongs

By Tisaranee Gunasekara One year after winning the parliamentary election of August 2015, the government is on track politically. One year after winning the parliamentary election of August 2015, the government is straying economically. In the…

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Focus UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

UN Chief’s Visit To Give Reconciliation A Boost

by Easwaran Rutnam The visit this week of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Sri Lanka, the most high-profile visit by a foreign delegate since this Government took office, is expected to add much needed impetus…

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Differences Have Been Overcome – Anoma Gamage

by Thushari Nathaniel Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Anoma Gamage believes that the unity government has succeeded in overcoming their differences and benefiting the people greatly during the past year. In an interview with The…

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REVIEW Initial investigation being carried out

A Twist Of Fate?

Deaths In Kotahena by Ashanthi Warunasuriya We can never be certain of what would happen next. It only takes a second to get changed the life’s course. So philosophers say that life is a dewdrop on…

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Setting Stage For A New Paradigm In Banking With HNB

HNB  CEO outlines visionary new strategic plan for one of Sri Lanka’s oldest banks Halfway into 2016 and one of the leading players in the Sri Lankan banking sector, Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB) continues to…

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Lankans Plan Grand Send Off For Dilshan With Big Win

Sri lanka vs Australia Third ODI – Dambulla The Sri Lankan team are determined to give retiring veteran Tillekeratne Dilshan a grand farewell with a big win in the third ODI against Australia which starts today…

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