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Rocky Honeymoon For RW And SF »

Majority of UNP members disgruntled over SF’s nomination Senior UNPers to request for party’s national list slot SF’s appointment to parliament to be challenged in Supreme Court Petition to be…

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Stealing For Divine Intervention »

The busy bodies in the group that call themselves the joint opposition it seems are busy stealing coconuts these days. Last week the opposing ones decided to dash coconuts in…

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Ranil Takes On The Media Brahmins »

by Gamini Weerakoon Ranil Wickremesinghe has pelted stones at Lanka’s demi-gods and the gods have taken to quite an ungodly act: pelting back not only stones but hurling mud, rumours…

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What Independence For Whom? »

by Emil van der Poorten I expect that today, February 4th, when I write this, is as good a time as any to hark back to the year, 1948, when…

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Is Putin Sabotaging UN Peace Effort In Syria? »

by Gamini Weerakoon The Syrian crisis, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, has sprouted terrorist tentacles from its origins in the Middle East to Central and South…

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A Violation Of The Constitution? »

Move to appoint SF through the UNP’s national list to Parliament By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema The move to appoint Democratic…

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Two Baby Elephants Seized From Weliweriya Temple »

by Ifham Nizam Under the instructions of the Attorney General’s Department and Criminal Investigations Department (CID), the Department of Wildlife…

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AG Advice Sought To Arrest Uduwe Thero »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is yet to receive instructions from the Attorney General (AG) to…

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Zeid, Sushma, Wang Have Talks With Govt. »

By Easwaran Rutnam The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and…

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Basil, Namal Next In Line »

by Dilhan Wimalka Former minister Basil Rajapaksa and Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa are next in line to be arrested from the…

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Mobile Phone Found In Yoshitha’s Possession »

by Shalika Wimalasena A mobile phone was found in the possession of  Yoshitha Rajapaksa at the Welikada Remand Prison. The…

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Prisoners On Death Row To Get Life Imprisonment »

Following a set of recommendations made by a committee appointed to look into the death sentence issued on several convicts,…

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Cooray To Be New NP Governor »

Former Parliamentarian Reginald Cooray is expected to be appointed as the new Governor of the Northern Province. He will replace…

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Mixed Expectations As Zeid Arrives »

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By Easwaran Rutnam The ongoing visit to Sri Lanka by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has brought mixed expectations, particularly from international human rights groups and the Tamil Diaspora. Leading international human rights groups told The Sunday Leader…

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TPC And ITAK In Talks As Draft Proposals Come Out »

Handing over of the draft proposal to C. V. Wigneswaran took place last week

by Easwaran Rutnam The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) and the Illangai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) have had talks in what is speculated as being part of an attempt to settle differences between both sides. The talks took place last week after the TPC made public…

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Prison Hospital: A Chance For Some To Escape Hard Labour? »

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by Hafsa Sabry Several well-known persons have been transferred to the prison hospital after being arrested and remanded whilst some feel that  it is a “luxury” given to only a select few. In the recent past, after ‘Yahpalanaya’ began tracking down law offenders of the…

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BBS Actions Raise Questions On Buddhist Discipline »

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By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The recent incident involving the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation Ven. Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera has  become a  topic that has come up for discussion in society. The case regarding the disappearance of veteran journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda, who  disappeared…

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More Cases Against Gnanasara Thero Under Probe »

Several monks went on rampage at the Homagama Magisitrate’s Court on January 26 demanding not to remand Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodatthe Gnanasara Thera

By Nirmala Kannangara Following the arrest of General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Ven. Galagodatthe Gnanasara Thera on charges of contempt of court, the monk’s finances are being probed now by the law enforcement authorities. The Homagama Magistrate issued the arrest warrant on Ven.…

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Money Laundering The CSN Way? »

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Million Dollar Question The Rajapaksas Can’t Answer By Nirmala Kannangara Legal action taken by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) against the Board of Directors of the Carlton Sports Network (CSN) over its failure to divulge the sources of funding that was invested in the…

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Investigations Into Killings Of Journalists Dragging »

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by Hafsa Sabry In the last 25 years  about 2,297 journalists and media staff have been brutally murdered and gone missing  for doing nothing more than reporting on war, revolution, crime and corruption. Killers continue to act with impunity, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)…

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Nasheed’s ‘Medical Leave’ And Political Campaigns Abroad »

Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed and Maldives President Abdulla Yameen and Minister of Finance, Sri Lanka Ravi Karunanayke

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Ever since Nasheed left for the UK for medical treatment, all news reports have been only about his meetings with political leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron at his official residence at 10 Downing Street, and more recently, the Commonwealth…

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Judicial Investigation Of War Crimes »

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena

Sri Lanka Perspectives: January 2016 by Col. R. Hariharan Sri Lanka government is once again embroiled in a controversy over international participation in the judicial process to inquire into allegations of war crimes perpetrated by both the Sri Lanka army and the LTTE during the…

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It’s ‘Federalism’ Or ‘Unitary State’, Still! »

The Late President J. R. Jayewardene, who propagated the ‘unitary State’ idea in and for Sri Lanka, conveniently combined it with ‘Executive Presidency’

by N. Sathiya Moorthy For the first time in over a year, power-devolution is seeking out more national time and space. It’s inevitable. So is the reference to ‘federalism’ in the national discourse. With talk of a new constitution and a Constituent Assembly on in…

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Reconciliation In Practice At Independence Day Parade »

Perhaps the most poignant moment of Independence Day parades for a long time was at the tail end of the 68th Independence Day Parade when a…

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Witch-Hunt Or Poetic Justice? »

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Yoshitha Rajapaksa Debacle by Wimalanath Weeraratne A small boy one day brought a pencil home from school.  His mother never asked him: “Son, from where…

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A Father’s Love That Brought Oceans Of Tears »

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by Dinuk Samarasinghe January 30th was a red letter day in Sri Lankan history. This marked the arrest of an offspring of a former executive…

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Reconciliation Is The Most Important Factor In Finding A Solution – Kavinda Jayawardena »

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By Camelia Nathaniel UNP Gampaha District MP Kavinda Jayawardena says that reconciliation is the most important factor in the whole process of finding a lasting…

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The Clause On Buddhism In The Constitution Should Not Be Changed – Lakshman Seneviratne »

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By Camelia Nathaniel Cabinet Minister of Sugar Industries Lakshman Seneviratne said the clause on Buddhism in the Constitution should not be changed adding that this is the…

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Rajapaksa Regime Gave Room For Thugs To Rule The Country – Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa »

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By Camelia Nathaniel JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa says that for true reconciliation to take place, the minorities should be made to feel that they…

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Tamil People Are Deprived Of Their Lands – S. Thavarajah »

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By Camelia Nathaniel The land issue in the Northern Province is the most pressing issue that needs to be addressed and the government’s approach in…

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Parliamentary Seat For Sarath Fonseka? »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Speculation on the possible appointment of  Democratic Party Leader, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka for the parliamentary seat that has fallen vacant following…

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Lanka Enters Next Phase Of Global Development Goals »

Sustainability Development Goals by Hasitha Ayeshmantha Stepping up from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Sri Lanka has entered into the next phase of the global…

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BBS Actions Raise Questions On Buddhist Discipline

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The recent incident involving the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation Ven. Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera has  become a  topic that has come up for discussion in society. The case regarding…

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Mixed Expectations As Zeid Arrives

By Easwaran Rutnam The ongoing visit to Sri Lanka by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has brought mixed expectations, particularly from international human rights groups and the Tamil Diaspora.…

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Witch-Hunt Or Poetic Justice?

Yoshitha Rajapaksa Debacle by Wimalanath Weeraratne A small boy one day brought a pencil home from school.  His mother never asked him: “Son, from where did you get this?” On the second day he brought an…

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Reconciliation Is The Most Important Factor In Finding A Solution – Kavinda Jayawardena

By Camelia Nathaniel UNP Gampaha District MP Kavinda Jayawardena says that reconciliation is the most important factor in the whole process of finding a lasting solution to the national problem. “There is no point in implementing…

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Gruesome Murder Shatters Trinco

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya in Trncomalee With the break of the dawn, the Trincomalee-Muthur bus arrived at Sampur – it was once a stronghold of the LTTE, but is now slowly regaining sanity. However, fears of the  trauma…

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Blessing In Disguise

Sri Lanka’s Falling Remittances Hurt BoP Status  By Santhush Fernando Sri Lanka’s falling remittances is a blessing in disguise as it was high time for the Indian Ocean Island economy to return to economic fundamentals and…

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Colourful Opening Ceremony Heralds Games

12th South Asian Games – India The rich and diverse culture of India’s Northeast was on display in all its splendour as curtains went up on the 12th South Asian Games in a colourful opening ceremony…

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