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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 / 3 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 / No Comment / Read More »

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Rahul Gandhi raises concerns over China’s presence in Sri Lanka »


India’s Congress party on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of exercising a personalised foreign policy which eroded India’s international credibility, The Hindu website reported. Party president Rahul Gandhi, in his speech at the Congress plenary session, underlined the growing Chinese presence in India’s neighbourhood…

March 18, 2018 - 23:25 / No Comment / Read More »

President removes state of emergency as situation back to normal »


President Maithripala Sirisena removed the state of emergency today as the situation in the country had returned to normal. The President, who returned to Sri Lanka on Saturday night from a visit to Japan, said that he had revoked the state of emergency from today. “Returned…

March 18, 2018 - 09:52 / No Comment / Read More »

War against Executive Presidency »


By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is to begin a battle to abolish the Executive Presidency and ensure there is no executive President in the country even after the current President’s term ends in 2020. The JVP leadership met last week and…

March 18, 2018 - 00:30 / No Comment / Read More »

FB to operate in Sri Lanka under close monitoring »


By Easwaran Rutnam and Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The ban on access to Facebook was lifted last week but the social media platform will be closely monitored in Sri Lanka in future. Some profile and fan pages of extremist groups, which were seen as a threat…

March 18, 2018 - 00:15 / No Comment / Read More »

Arjuna a notable absentee at cricket celebrations »


Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga, under who Sri Lanka won the 1996 Cricket World Cup, was a notable absentee at an event held last week to celebrate 70 years of championing cricket in Sri Lanka. The event was held to coincide with the…

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

GTF urges UNHRC to push for time-bound action plan in Sri Lanka »


The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) says Tamils have lost faith in the coalition Government in Sri Lanka. The London based Tamil diaspora group said that the confidence level among the Tamil community that Sri Lanka will fully implement its commitments under UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution 30/1…

March 17, 2018 - 22:42 / No Comment / Read More »

Sri Lankan Navy Commander holds talks with Indian Navy »

Sirimevan Ranasinghe

Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) accompanied by Mrs Sandya Ranasinghe and a four member delegation arrived in Visakhapatnam, India on a three-day visit to the Eastern Naval Command (ENC), the UNI news agency reported.. According to an ENC Spokesman, during…

March 17, 2018 - 22:00 / No Comment / Read More »

State Minister signs no-confidence motion against Premier »

State Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms T.B. Ekanayake

State Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms T B Ekanayake says he signed the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. A member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Ekanayake signed the no-confidence motion which is to be submitted to Parliament by the joint opposition. The joint…

March 17, 2018 - 21:41 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Government urged to withdraw proposed ban on tobacco cultivation »

Image 2. President of AICTBOA, Mr. Jayantha Egodawela

The Government has been urged to withdraw a proposed immediate ban on tobacco cultivation. The All Ceylon Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owner’s Association said that since 2015, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Drug Prevention has recommended “unreasonable restrictions” on tobacco cultivation such as the immediate prohibition…

March 17, 2018 - 16:22 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Bangladesh dressing room damaged after heated Sri Lanka match »


The dressing room of the Bangladesh cricket team was found damaged following a heated cricket match with Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday night. Bangladesh won the match and knocked out Sri Lanka from the final of the tri-nation tournament which also features India. India…

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

Ram Sethu will not be damaged for Sethusamudram project »


The Indian Government on Friday told the Indian Supreme Court that “in the interest of the nation” it has decided not to damage the ‘Ram Sethu’ bridge for the Sethusamudram project initiated to facilitate navigation between India’s east and west coasts, the IANS news service…

March 16, 2018 - 23:15 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Marapana, Amunugama to attend key UNHRC session »

Tilak Marapana

Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana and the Minister of Special Assignments Sarath Amunugama will attend a key session at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) next week during which Sri Lanka will be discussed. The UNHRC is currently meeting in Geneva for its 37th…

March 16, 2018 - 22:52 / 2 Comments / Read More »

The Elders call for decisive action to end sectarian violence in Sri Lanka »


A group of independent leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide, on Friday called on the Government of Sri Lanka to act with greater urgency and thoroughness to end sectarian violence targeting Muslim communities on the island. The…

March 16, 2018 - 22:36 / 3 Comments / Read More »

India proud of its development partnership with Sri Lanka »


The Indian Government says it is proud of its development partnership with Sri Lanka. The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, said that whether it be the rehabilitation of the KKS Harbour, or setting up of model villages across the country, or helping the…

March 16, 2018 - 22:24 / 1 Comment / Read More »

No-confidence motion against Prime Minister signed »


A no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been signed. Several joint opposition members signed the no-confidence motion on Friday. (Colombo Gazette)…

March 16, 2018 - 16:39 / 6 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 »

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 / 3 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 / No Comment / 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 / No 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 / No 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 / No 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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