Columns by Gamini Weerakoon

Warped Minds Sway The Country »

The furious political debates now threatening to tear Sri Lanka apart fall into two categories: (a)Those that hold the Yahapalanaya government responsible for all evil that has befallen Sri Lanka…

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Winners Who, Losers Who? »

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Looks as if President Maithiripala Sirisena may have succeeded in purchasing time till end-December for the coalition Government running in his name, with his SLFP’s traditional…

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The Need For Practicality Coupled With Principle »

The fact that the dengue pandemic has reached the proportions it has, leading, among other responses, to the German government issuing a travel advisory for Sri Lanka does not appear…

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ABA’s Unique Experiment Faces Layton Cup Test »

 THE ABA’s bold and costly experiment in permitting individual clubs to represent the country at less-renowned international competitions will face its first scrutiny at the Aug. 2-6 Layton Cup, the…

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Disgruntled SLFP MPs Meet MS, Seek Divorce »

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Some joint opposition members set to join government By Ashanthi Warunasuriya A group of disgruntled Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)…

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Judge In Vithiya Case Shot At »

A judge involved in the murder case of Sivaloganathan Vithiya was shot at in Jaffna yesterday. High Court judge N. Illancheliyan…

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Sagala Orders Report On “Abduction” Attempt From IGP »

Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake has ordered Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara to submit a report over…

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Karunasekara New Chief Of Staff Of The Army »

Major General Amal Karunasekara has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff of the Army, the Army Headquarters said.…

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Probe On Foreign Funds Given For Conservation Work »

By Indika Sri Aravinda  An investigation has been launched into funds given by some countries for conservation work at heritage…

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No Interpol Warrant Yet For Udayanga »

By Indika Sri Aravinda  Despite a request put forward by Sri Lanka, the international police, known as Interpol, has not…

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Editor's Pick

Marine Drive To Bulldoze Historic Sites »

Colombo Swimming Club

by Easwaran Rutnam The Marine Drive expansion plan is set to bulldoze some historic sites in Colombo, including the Colombo Swimming Club and S. Thomas’ Preparatory School. Last Friday the bulldozing began with a section of the wall surrounding the Colombo Swimming Club being flattened.…

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PUCSL Approves 20-Year Electricity Generation Plan Of CEB »

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Sri Lanka’s electricity sector regulator, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) approved the much debated Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) 2018-2037 of the state utility Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) last week by adjusting the updated fuel prices and considering the…

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Human Rights Back In The Spotlight »

Brito Fernando and Dr. Rajitha Senaratne

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Human Rights issue is back in the spotlight following the recent visit to Sri Lanka by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson. Government spokesman Dr. Rajitha…

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“Sri Lanka Needs To ‘Re-Invent’ It’s Governance Model” »

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by Hilmy Cader Since independence Sri Lankans have frequently and hopefully changed political parties, from blue to green, from green to blue, occasionally a blurred purple, while the reds have continued to threaten on and off the field! After almost 70 years of having control…

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Battle To Save Street Dogs Intensifies »

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by  Indika Sri Aravinda A battle to save street dogs intensified last week after a video emerged showing street dogs at the Moratuwa university allegedly being administered lethal doses of sedatives. Animal rights activists lashed out at the government saying the process was being carried…

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Nature Reserve To Be Grabbed For Aquaculture Industrial Park »

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Plans are underway to grab land which is unique under the Fauna and Flora Act and to de-gazette part of Nature Reserve for Aquaculture Industrial Park in Mannar. Despite strong opposition from officials, the so called authorities had endorsed the move. See details elsewhere in…

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The Story Behind The Coup »

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by Tunca Özçuhadar On the night of July 15, 2016, Turkey witnessed the most violent anti-state activity in her recent history. Turkey’s democracy was at stake. People in Turkey were on tenterhooks trying to grasp what is taking place in their country. Those who lived…

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Castle Street Hospital Accused Of Burning Waste »

Isuru Devapriya also in the picture

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Castle Street Hospital for Women has been accused of burning hospital waste, posing a threat to the environment and area residents. Some area residents told The Sunday Leader that the hospital has been burning waste in the back garden of the…

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Yahapalanaya Should Commence Punching »

There are myriad problems confronting the Government for Good Governance and the most urgent requirement appears to be the requirement to enforce that the writ…

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All Issues Are Being Resolved – Gayantha Karunatillake »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Land and Parliamentary Reform Minister Gayantha Karunatillake said all complications that the country was facing are gradually being resolved by the government…

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More Issues On The Controversial Uma Oya Project »

Mahaweli Development State Minister Mahinda Amaraweera

by Ifham Nizam More issues are on the cards with the controversial Uma Oya project with environmentalists warning that they will gather in Bandarawela and…

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Battle Lines Drawn As Dengue Toll Increases »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The spread of dengue has taken a turn for the worse putting the government on a war footing with cabinet last week…

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Discrepancies In Meethotamulla Compensation Plan »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Compensation for those who died in the Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse took place recently. However according to those affected by the disaster,…

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Constitution, Equality And Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony »

Sir Ivor Jennings and Javalar Neru

by  By Devanesan Nesiah I’m responding to one aspect of the article by Dr Rohan Wickramasinghe published in The Island of 17th July, 2017. He…

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Key Information Surfaces In Dassanayake Probe »

Former Navy Spokesman D.K.P. Dassanayake

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Key information has surfaced in relation to the investigations over former Navy Spokesman D.K.P. Dassanayake and his role in the abduction of…

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Govt. To Open All Bids For Kerawalapitiya LNG Plant »

by  Ifham Nizam The Government has decided to open all bids that qualify  by the Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC), selected for the construction of the…

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  • The Navy assisting devotees who toiled themselves in the traditional foot pilgrimage (Pada Yathra) from the Northern Province to the Kataragama Devalaya

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake hosted both Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishan for a breakfast meeting at the Colombo Hilton during their visit to Sri Lanka last week

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  • Students Action Committee of the South Asian Institute of Technology & Medicine (SAITM) conducted a Bodhi Pooja at the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya to invoke blessings

  • Family members of the university students, who protested against the SAITM private medical campus, stage a protest in Fort in violation of a court order
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  • A patient sleeps on a bench at the Colombo national hospital during a strike by government doctors last week over the SAITM issue
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  • President Maithripala Sirisena joined thousands of yoga enthusiasts at Independence Square in Colombo yesterday to celebrate the International Day of Yoga 2017. The event, organised by the Indian High Commission in Colombo, was attended by a number of Ministers and officials, apart from public at large

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Battle Lines Drawn As Dengue Toll Increases

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The spread of dengue has taken a turn for the worse putting the government on a war footing with cabinet last week approving a proposal to amend the Public Security Act to assist…

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Marine Drive To Bulldoze Historic Sites

by Easwaran Rutnam The Marine Drive expansion plan is set to bulldoze some historic sites in Colombo, including the Colombo Swimming Club and S. Thomas’ Preparatory School. Last Friday the bulldozing began with a section of…

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Opinion Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe  and President  Maithiripala Sirisen

Winners Who, Losers Who?

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Looks as if President Maithiripala Sirisena may have succeeded in purchasing time till end-December for the coalition Government running in his name, with his SLFP’s traditional UNP rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime…

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All Issues Are Being Resolved – Gayantha Karunatillake

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Land and Parliamentary Reform Minister Gayantha Karunatillake said all complications that the country was facing are gradually being resolved by the government like untangling a ball of knotted thread. In an interview with The Sunday Leader he…

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Sri Lanka’s Credit Profile Remains Constrained

Moody’s Investors Service says that the government of Sri Lanka’s B1 rating is supported by the economy’s robust medium-term GDP growth prospects, relatively large economy, and high income levels when compared with similarly rated sovereigns. At the same…

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Kohli: Last Tour Of Lanka Was The Turning Point For India’s Cricket

India skipper Virat Kohli said that the Indian team will take inspiration from their tour of the Sri Lanka in 2015 and will go in with a positive frame of mind and try to win the…

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Before Judging, See The Bigger Picture

Today we talk of a whole new life story, quite different to the ones before. This is also a topic that is not quite spoken openly. Some are afraid to talk about it while others show…

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