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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 / 14 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 / 3 Comments / Read More »

Breaking News

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 / No Comment / 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 / No Comment / Read More »

President orders crackdown on damage to environment in Muthurajawela »


President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered a crackdown on damage caused to the environment in the Muthurajawela wetland sanctuary. The President’s media division said that the President had ordered that all constructions, land filling and other activities which damage the environment in the Muthurajawela wetland sanctuary be…

March 22, 2018 - 12:37 / No Comment / Read More »

Rosy assumes duties as first female mayor of Colombo »


Rosy Senanayake assumed duties on Thursday as the first female mayor of Colombo at the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC). Senanayake was nominated as the mayor by the United National Part (UNP) which won the recent Local Government (LG) elections in Colombo. Senanayake and 60 other…

March 22, 2018 - 12:24 / No Comment / Read More »

Namal blocked from boarding flight to the US from Russia »


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa says he was blocked from flying to the US from Russia. Rajapaksa, who was in Russia to observe the just concluded Russian Presidential elections, tweeted saying that he had been informed by Emirates Airlines in Moscow that he will…

March 22, 2018 - 09:12 / No Comment / Read More »

UNHRC members call on Sri Lanka to set time-bound plan »


UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) members on Wednesday raised concerns on the slow progress seen in Sri Lanka on the post war accountability issue. Some countries, including Germany and Switzerland, called on Sri Lanka to set a time-bound action plan to carry out its pledges. Delegations…

March 21, 2018 - 22:43 / No Comment / Read More »

Sri Lanka tells UNHRC local judiciary capable of advancing justice »


Sri Lanka told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the local judiciary and law enforcement mechanisms are fully capable and committed to the processes of advancing justice to all concerned. Addressing the UNHRC on Wednesday after a written update was made on Sri Lanka by…

March 21, 2018 - 22:27 / 2 Comments / Read More »

OHCHR sees Sri Lanka falling short on its commitments by 2019 »

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday expressed “much regret” over the slow progress in establishing transitional justice mechanisms in Sri Lanka. Kate Gilmore, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told the UN Human Rights Council today that…

March 21, 2018 - 21:56 / No Comment / Read More »

Fonseka says more must be done to address Geneva concerns »


Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka says more needs to be done by the Government to address concerns raised in Geneva. Speaking to journalists today, Fonseka said that while not all concerns raised at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva can be accepted. He…

March 21, 2018 - 18:56 / No Comment / Read More »

Palitha Thewarapperuma resigns from UNP organiser post »


United National Party (UNP) member and Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma has resigned from his UNP Bulathsinhala organiser post. Thewarapperuma said that he has tendered his resignation letter to UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.…

March 21, 2018 - 18:54 / No Comment / Read More »

Sports Minister urges not to make cricket a political issue »


Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera urged politicians not to make the cricket issue in Sri Lanka a political issue. He said that while Sri Lanka lost the recent series in Colombo featuring Bangladesh and India, the Sri Lankans had also won some games earlier. The Minister…

March 21, 2018 - 17:13 / No Comment / Read More »

NGO briefing seeks paths to tighten grip on Sri Lanka »

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Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), at a briefing held at the UN building in Geneva on the sidelines of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), called for more pressure on Sri Lanka on the human rights issue. India-based NGO known as ‘Pasumai Thaazagam’…

March 21, 2018 - 17:03 / No Comment / Read More »

Underworld member Chaminda Lasantha arrested »


Underworld member Chaminda Lasantha, alias Chula, has been arrested. Chamina Lasantha was wanted over several crimes, including murders.…

March 21, 2018 - 15:34 / 1 Comment / Read More »

No-confidence motion against Prime Minister handed over »


A no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was handed over to Parliament on Wednesday. The no-confidence motion with 55 signatures was handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya by the joint opposition. Four Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members of Parliament had also signed the no-confidence motion.…

March 21, 2018 - 14:19 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Ranjan Ramanayake comes under fire in Parliament »


Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake came under fire in Parliament on Wednesday for making statements critical of the court and some judges. The joint opposition told Parliament that Ramanayake was attempting to create a rift between the legislator and the court. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that…

March 21, 2018 - 13:38 / 2 Comments / 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 »

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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 / 14 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 / 1 Comment / 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 / No 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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