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We will never support racism – Mahinda Rajapaksa »

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the Government showed their inability to properly govern the country through the irresponsible way they controlled the communal violence in Kandy. He…

March 18, 2018 - 00:36 / 15 Comments / Read More »
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War against Executive Presidency »


By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is to begin a battle to abolish the Executive Presidency and…

March 18, 2018 - 00:30 / 4 Comments / Read More »

Breaking News

India delivers most advanced patrol vessel to Sri Lankan Navy »


India’s state-owned shipbuilder Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has delivered the second advanced offshore patrol vessel to the Sri Lankan Navy, 25 days ahead of schedule. The vessel will be the largest and most advanced ship in the Sri Lankan Navy fleet. This is the fourth…

March 23, 2018 - 23:25 / No Comment / Read More »

Pakistan, Sri Lanka sign three MoUs to enhance mutual cooperation »


Pakistan and Sri Lanka signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on Friday to enhance the bilateral cooperation in the fields of youth development and training of diplomats as well as civil servants, APP Pakistan reported. The MoUs were signed at the Pakistan Prime Minister’s House…

March 23, 2018 - 23:17 / No Comment / Read More »

Active Liability Management Bill passed with amendments »


The Active Liability Management Bill was passed in Parliament with amendments on Friday. Parliament was adjourned for 10 minutes earlier when a technical failure during the vote saw the wrong results being given. When the vote was eventually taken the joint opposition walked out and…

March 23, 2018 - 23:10 / No Comment / Read More »

TNA and GTF hold key discussions in the US »

TNA & GTF Members with Amb Alice J Wells at the US State Dept in Washington DC

A joint delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) visited the United States of America at the time when Sri Lanka has been under scrutiny at the UN in Geneva, with appointments secured from the relevant highest levels of…

March 23, 2018 - 23:01 / No Comment / Read More »

New system to submit documentation of Sri Lankans deceased abroad »


The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Ministry of Home Affairs, has introduced a new system through which relatives of Sri Lankans deceased abroad are allowed to submit identity documents, affidavits, and other documentation relating to the repatriation…

March 23, 2018 - 17:11 / No Comment / Read More »

Former principal of Matale school jailed for accepting bribe »


A former principal of a school in Matale has been jailed for accepting a bribe. The former principal of the school was sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment by the Colombo High Court. The principal was convicted of accepted Rs 150,000 in 2014 to admit a…

March 23, 2018 - 16:55 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Suspect arrested with foreign liquor valued at over Rs 50 million »


A suspect has been arrested with foreign liquor valued at over Rs 50 million, the Police media unit said. The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) made the arrest in the Kotahena area. The Police said that 15,431 bottles of imported champagne and wine had been seized. (Colombo Gazette)…

March 23, 2018 - 16:34 / 1 Comment / Read More »

SLFP members join flower bud to elect Negombo Mayor »

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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) joined the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) to elect a new Mayor for Negombo. The SLFP and SLPP Local Government members elected Dayan Lansa of the SLPP (flower bud) as the new Mayor of Negombo. The Negombo Municipal Council was won…

March 23, 2018 - 15:31 / No Comment / Read More »

SLPP member elected as Mayor in UNP controlled Galle MC »


A member of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has been elected as the Mayor in the United National Party (UNP) controlled Galle Municipal Council. Priyantha Sahabandu Godagama was elected Mayor in a secret ballot. (Colombo Gazette)…

March 23, 2018 - 12:08 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Pakistan says it greatly values its relations with Sri Lanka »

Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan along with children cutting the Cake

Pakistan says it greatly values its relations with Sri Lanka which are based on mutual trust and understanding. The High Commission of Pakistan and the Pakistani community based in Sri Lanka celebrated the 78th National Day of Pakistan on Friday with traditional fervour and resolve to…

March 23, 2018 - 11:42 / No Comment / Read More »

SC instructs AG to examine statement made by Ranjan »


The Attorney General (AG) has been instructed by the Supreme Court to examine a statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake which was reportedly critical of the court. The Supreme Court wants the AG to see if the statement made by the Deputy Minister is…

March 23, 2018 - 11:29 / No Comment / Read More »

In Pakistan, President Sirisena says Sri Lanka supports CPEC »


President Maithripala Sirisena said that Sri Lanka was pleased over Pakistan’s economic progress and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. He said this on Thursday during a meeting with Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair upon his arrival at VVIP lounge of the Jinnah International Airport Karachi,…

March 22, 2018 - 23:25 / No Comment / Read More »

Canada calls for time-bound plan to implement Sri Lanka’s resolution »


Canada on Thursday called  on the Sri Lankan Government to ensure a time-bound action plan to implement UN Human Rights Council resolution 30/1. “While noting positive initial first steps, Canada urged the Government with the technical support from the OHCHR to set a time-bound strategy…

March 22, 2018 - 23:20 / No Comment / Read More »

Transparency International Sri Lanka red flags diluted National Audit Bill »


Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is extremely concerned over amended provisions in the gazetted National Audit Bill. There are three major areas of concern – 1. the surcharge powers, being the power to recover monies related to any fraud, negligence, misappropriation or corruption, have been…

March 22, 2018 - 13:52 / 2 Comments / Read More »

Debate on no-confidence motion against PM set for April 4 »


The debate in Parliament on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been set for April 4. The date was set following a party leaders meeting held on Thursday. The no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was handed over to Parliament yesterday. The no-confidence…

March 22, 2018 - 13:01 / 1 Comment / Read More »
Editor's Pick

Web based businesses suffer from social media blackout »


By Easwaran Rutnam   Web based businesses operating from Sri Lanka took a major hit following the recent social media blackout. The Sunday Leader learns that several…

March 18, 2018 - 00:38 / No Comment / Read More »

We will never support racism – Mahinda Rajapaksa »

former President of Sri Lanka

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the Government showed their inability to properly govern the country through the irresponsible way they controlled the…

March 18, 2018 - 00:36 / 15 Comments / Read More »

Wooing India, the Tamil ‘Hard-liner’ way? »


By N. Sathiya Moorthy The Tamil politics in the nation’s North and the East has always been as bizarre as that of the Sinhala South.…

March 18, 2018 - 00:25 / 2 Comments / Read More »

‘Search operation’ launched for owners of unutilised land in Jaffna »


By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The Government has launched an unofficial ‘search operation’ to locate the owners of unutilised land in Jaffna. Most of the owners…

March 18, 2018 - 00:20 / 2 Comments / Read More »

Garbage dumping racket at over 35 locations inside forest reserves »


By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   A racket to dump garbage at over 35 locations inside forest reserves has been uncovered. Wild elephants and many other animals…

March 18, 2018 - 00:17 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Holi festival on the Beach 2018 »


The Holi festival was celebrated on the Beach of the Mount Lavinia Hotel on March 10, 2018. Holi, a festive day filled with color, is…

March 18, 2018 - 00:10 / No Comment / Read More »

The best of times and worst times in Sri Lanka »


By Trevor Jayetileke   These opening lines of the Charles Dickens novel echoes in my mind when we think of happenings of contemporary times in…

March 18, 2018 - 00:09 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Catholic women’s group calls to legalize abortion in Sri Lanka »


Some Catholic laywomen and doctors in Sri Lanka are demanding changes to the country’s legal framework as they push to decriminalise abortion in the face…

March 18, 2018 - 00:07 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Drought leaves trail of destruction and despair »


By our Vavuniya Correspondent   A severe drought, which has affected parts of the country, has left destruction and despair in its path. The drought…

March 18, 2018 - 00:06 / No Comment / Read More »

Chamari Atapattu to lead Sri Lanka women against Pakistan »

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By Samantha Hewabandula Sri Lanka Cricket (S L C )announced the  appointment of Chamari Atapattu as captain of the  Sri Lanka  women’s  ODI  and T20…

March 18, 2018 - 00:01 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Radha by Alanki: Timeless, Classy and Elegant »


By Michelle Alles   Alanki Kishani Perera, better known as Kishani Alanki, is no stranger to the limelight. Having started her successful career in modelling…

March 17, 2018 - 17:37 / No Comment / Read More »

‘Steeping’ by Saitha reflects her heart for the oppressed »


On 8th March 2018 Saitha Gnanaratnam launched her first book: Steeping – a memoir of her experiences growing up in the majestic charm life of…

March 17, 2018 - 08:57 / No Comment / Read More »
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