Columns by Gamini Weerakoon

Can More Women Politicos Improve Governance? »

PC wars then and now Women being granted 25 per cent representation in provincial councils without being voted in, we thought would be a cause for celebrations, at least in…

October 8, 2017 - 00:59 / 1 Comment / Read More »
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Refugees And Religion »

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Coming as does in the midst of the controversy over ensuring the existing exclusive prominence and predominance of Buddhism in the affairs of Sri Lankan State…

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Why Win Over China Is Needed »

A comment made in last week’s column elicited more than a few responses, albeit informally. The referred to column’s final conclusion was that Sri Lanka’s meeting with China next Saturday,…

October 8, 2017 - 00:40 / 1 Comment / Read More »
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Selecting Election Candidates »

I allude to the recent letters to the Editor by Mr. Peter Wijetunge and Dr. A. C. Visvalingam seeking public views on the above subject. Improve efficiency of Public Sector Institutions…

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The Games Played By Lanka’s Political Prophets »

‘Was dissolution of parliament on the advice of trusty astrologers who erroneously saw benign configurations of planets in the Solar System on January 15, 2015 or did MR’s Treasury Secretary…

October 1, 2017 - 00:55 / No Comment / Read More »
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The Sunday Leader not published this week »

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The Sunday Leader newspaper was not published this week. We regret any inconvenience caused…

October 15, 2017 - 00:42 / No Comment / Read More »

President confronts protesters in Jaffna »

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President Maithripala Sirisena confronted protesters in Jaffna who were demanding that Tamil political prisoners be released. The protesters staged a…

October 15, 2017 - 00:38 / No Comment / Read More »

Finance minister tells WB, Sri Lanka poised to leapfrog economy »

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Sri Lanka, under the unity Government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, is poised to leapfrog…

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Pope notes Sri Lanka striving for reconciliation and healing »

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Pope Francis met on Friday with members of an organizing committee for the journey that he made to Sri Lanka…

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PM warns officials over delay to provide relief to flood victims »

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned officials over the delay to provide relief to flood and landslide victims in Galle, Matara…

October 15, 2017 - 00:31 / No Comment / Read More »

Mahinda holds talks with former Japanese Prime Minister »

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had talks with former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in Tokyo. Rajapaksa’s office said that the talks…

October 15, 2017 - 00:30 / No Comment / Read More »

Maithri Gunaratne’s new political party to contest next polls »

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Former United National Party (UNP) member Maithri Gunaratne announced that his new political party, the United National Freedom Front, will…

October 15, 2017 - 00:28 / No Comment / Read More »
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Elephants At Pageants: Activists Push For Change »

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Colombo school withdraws elephants from street parade by our Environmental Correspondent Animal rights activists are making a push to stop the practice of elephants being used at pageants, including school parades. A case related to the illegal capture of elephants is also to be heard at…

October 8, 2017 - 00:42 / 6 Comments / Read More »

Double Blow For Radical Monks »

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by Easwaran Rutnam A group of radical monks faced a double blow last week just hours after the venerable Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera was arrested for threatening Rohingya refugees in Mount Lavinia. Following several complaints filed with Facebook over a video posted on the Facebook page…

October 8, 2017 - 00:40 / 16 Comments / Read More »

Water Runs Dry In Thabbowa »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Due to the drought affecting many areas of the country, many people are suffering without waterfor drinking and their daily requirements. Among the districts most affected by the drought is the Puttalam district and the people of the Karuwalagaswewa village are facing…

October 8, 2017 - 00:40 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Housing For The Displaced »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The housing problems of the displaced are yet to be resolved and some of these displaced persons are still either in temporary shelters or live as IDPs. Hence the government is currently in the process of once again addressing their housing concerns…

October 8, 2017 - 00:39 / No Comment / Read More »

Jaffna Hate Crime Leadership By CM Wigneswaran »

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By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Two news items from India this weekhave parallels to Sri Lanka. First, the persecution watchdog Open Doors reported that Indian Christians experienced almost as many attacks in the first half of 2017 as in all of 2016. Second, Gurmeet Ram…

October 8, 2017 - 00:38 / 5 Comments / Read More »

Cyber Crime On The Rise »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Cyber crime in Sri Lanka has seen a steady rise with scammers using online shopping to dupe customers. Just last week a few people complained that they had made payments to purchase mobile phones via a popular online shopping website but found…

October 8, 2017 - 00:33 / No Comment / Read More »
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Can Sri Lanka Take That Giant Step Forward? »

Despite a multiplicity of contentious proposals some with obviously malicious objectives, crass political opportunism and other negative features evident in the process of making a new…

October 8, 2017 - 00:59 / No Comment / Read More »

Tamil Diaspora Must Seriously Contribute To Rebuild The Country »

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 - Father S. J. Emmanuel The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting…

October 8, 2017 - 00:56 / 10 Comments / Read More »

Sri Lanka To Be A Base For Human Rights Monitoring »

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by  Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka has over the years been at the centre of the human rights debate, often being accused of violating human rights.…

October 8, 2017 - 00:50 / 4 Comments / Read More »

Farmers Facing A Dilemma »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The farmers of this country have once again had to face difficulties. The pepper farmers are facing numerous difficulties while the poultry…

October 8, 2017 - 00:40 / 2 Comments / Read More »

Suicide On The Rise »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya In the recent past, suicides seem to have increased in Sri Lanka with many reports of youngsters having committed suicide in the…

October 8, 2017 - 00:39 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Parking Touts: CMC Fails To Act »

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by Indika Sri Aravinda The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has failed to take action against parking touts who continue to operate at key locations in…

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  • Troops of the 121st Brigade of the 12th Division under the Security Force Headquarters - Central (SFHQ-C), in a gesture of goodwill, extended its support to conduct a mobile medical specialty clinic and donated prosthetic limbs to needy civilians in the Moneragala area

  • Sri Lanka is to obtain USD 75 million (approx. Rs. 11,400 million) from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank to implement the Financial Sector Modernization Project. The financing agreement was signed by Dr. R.H.S. Samarathunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media on behalf of the government of Sri Lanka and Ms. Idah Z Pswarayi – Riddihough, World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives on behalf of the World Bank at the Ministry of Finance.

  • Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa greets former Foreign Minister and now Eastern Province Governor Rohitha Bogollagama at an event held last week at the BMICH to mark the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.
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  • A media briefing on the ‘Galle Dialogue 2017’ International Maritime Conference was held at the Navy Headquarters last week. The press conference was chaired by the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah. The conference scheduled to be conducted on 09th and 10th October 2017 at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.
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  • The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xiangliang, visited the Maharagama Cancer Hospital last week and offered assistance

  • 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

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US Wants Trade Imbalance With Sri Lanka Addressed

By Easwaran Rutnam The United States wants a trade imbalance with Sri Lanka addressed soon, a US official said. Chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy, Robert Hilton said that currently, Sri Lanka exports $2.8 billion of…

October 8, 2017 - 00:40 / Read More »
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Stokes Will Not Fly With England Team For Ashes

Ben Stokes will not travel with the England squad to Australia on October 28 but no final decision on his involvement in the Ashes has been taken, the ECB said Friday. Test vice-captain Stokes was arrested…

October 8, 2017 - 00:45 / Read More »
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Society by Zarani Rohan Victoria was elected as the President of the Sri Lanka United Kingdom Society for 2017/2018 at the AGM held at the Taj Samudra. James Dauris, High Commissioner for the UK was the…

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Tamil Diaspora Must Seriously Contribute To Rebuild The Country

 - Father S. J. Emmanuel The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first visit since a ban on him was…

October 8, 2017 - 00:56 / Read More »
Spotlight Otara Gunewardene

Elephants At Pageants: Activists Push For Change

Colombo school withdraws elephants from street parade by our Environmental Correspondent Animal rights activists are making a push to stop the practice of elephants being used at pageants, including school parades. A case related to the illegal…

October 8, 2017 - 00:42 / Read More »
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Sri Lanka To Be A Base For Human Rights Monitoring

by  Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka has over the years been at the centre of the human rights debate, often being accused of violating human rights. However now the country is set to be a base for…

October 8, 2017 - 00:50 / Read More »
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Refugees And Religion

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Coming as does in the midst of the controversy over ensuring the existing exclusive prominence and predominance of Buddhism in the affairs of Sri Lankan State under the new constitutional scheme, the…

October 8, 2017 - 00:50 / Read More »
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