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A Potholed Road Towards A National Govt. »

Amendments to be added to UNP-SLFP MoU JVP questions legality of UNP-SLFP MoU UNP-SLFP to make a joint statement The Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe national government is experiencing its initial teething…

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Mega Police »

The forming of a new governing body for Paradise Isla had also seen the formation of several new subjects as well. One such subject is Megapolis Development. Hearing the name…

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Examining The Entrails! »

The political dust would have settled on the recent general election by the time you see this and that is, in one way, quite a relief.  The fact that E-Day…

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Politics, Cricket And Diplomacy »

By Gamini Weerakoon Diplomats and former diplomats consider the Foreign Service as the exclusive preserve of their tribe though without much success. We are surprised that proposals of two colourful…

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As Tennis Turns 100, Juniors Announce Their Arrival »

The National Tennis Championships passed off without much ceremony last week. It was not supposed to be so; after all, it was the event’s hundredth birthday, and there was little…

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APPRECIATION »

Missing You This Year Too! Victoreen M. Hassan Seven years has passed when God called Victoreen to rest. Together we spend a happy and peaceful wedded life for almost 40…

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More Than 70 Feared Dead In Migrant Tragedy »

The bodies of more than 70 dead migrants are thought to have been been inside a truck found on a highway in Austria on Thursday. The vehicle, which police initially…

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Key Reports Ready Before UNHRC Sessions »

Reports pertaining to the investigations on at least three major incidents are expected to be ready before the UN Human…

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Two Suspects In Thajudeen Murder In Italy »

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Two suspects wanted over the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen are said to be in…

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Excavation Of Mannar Mass Grave To Begin »

The Mannar Magistrate has ordered to excavate the suspected mass grave in a well in Thiruketheeswaram closer to the site…

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Military Denies Claims Intelligence Compromised »

By Waruni Karunarathne The Sri Lankan Army has rejected claims that important names and information of some members of the…

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TNA To Demand For International Probe »

The majority of the constituent parties in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will push for an international mechanism to probe…

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Bribery Commission Will Not Be Dissolved »

Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe says the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption will not be dissolved under any…

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Push To Repeal PTA »

By Nirmala Kannangara Leader of the Democratic People’s Front and UNP Colombo District MP Mano Ganeshan has questioned why the…

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Mahinda Group To Contest LG Polls Separately »

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have decided to contest the next…

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MR Govt. Paid USD 6.5 Million To Lobby Firm »

The former Sri Lankan government, over a five-month period in 2014, allegedly paid USD 6.5 million directly and indirectly to…

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No Decision On Opposition Leader Post »

A decision is yet to be taken on who the next opposition leader will be with most United People’s Freedom…

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Revisiting Reconciliation »

President Maithripala Sirisena meeting the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal in Colombo

By N. Sathiya Moorthy The ‘National Government’ has done well to get the UNHRC off the nation’s back for a second time since President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took office in January. US Assistant Secretary of State, Nisha Biswal’s recent Colombo announcement…

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Takeaways From Sri Lanka General Election »

Rw-MS: Joined for good governance

By Col. R. Hariharan After the din of recently concluded general election in Sri Lanka is over, the United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as Sri Lanka’s prime minister. He is poised to work with a national unity government. There are…

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Fisheries Funds Spent To Boost Rajapaksa Image »

An election rally of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Image boosting not a waste of money, insists former deputy minister By Nirmala Kannangara The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) regime is accused of lavishly spending millions of rupees to build Rajapaksa’s image in order to reinforce the party’s attempt to hang on to power…

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Former COPE Chairman Denies Clearing Dilan »

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By Nirmala Kannangara The appointment of defeated candidates through the national list and the election of some candidates who are accused of large scale frauds and malpractices during the previous Rajapaksa regime to the parliament have raised fear among the public that they may be…

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The Public Speaks Out »

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Pros and cons of a National Govt. By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The most peaceful general election held in this country in recent times ended on August 18. Since the majority of Sri Lankans accepted its mandate, they did not make few complaints against the manner in…

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The Long Arm Of The Law Inactive? »

Sudarman Radaliyagoda (L) with former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

Radaliyagoda still at large By Nirmala Kannangara The long arm of the law, which easily reaches out to less-privileged, has failed to act against Sudarman Radaliyagoda, the former Deputy General Manager of News and Current Affairs of the Independent Television Network (ITN). However, law enforcement authorities…

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White Van Abductors To Meet Justice Soon »

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Long wait of loved ones to come to an end By Hafsa Sabry Reports on investigations carried out into several high profile incidents of murder, disappearance, and other alleged human rights violations during the former regime are expected to be finalised within the next few…

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US Begins Operation To Defend Sri Lanka »

Ambassador Keith Harper, Nisha Biswal and Tom Malinowski

First informal meeting on September 17 By Easwaran Rutnam The United States last week set in motion an operation to seek support for Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva and the process will see heightened diplomatic activity as D-day nears…

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Rise And Fall Of The Once Mighty UPFA »

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By Santhush Fernando Celebrated English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) penned ‘King Ozymandias’ which is regarded as one of his greatest works. As the poem goes… “I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand…

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Fallout Of US-Sri Lanka Rapprochement »

Stand not too close to the rich man lest he grabs thee and not too far away lest he forgets thee’ is the pragmatic maxim…

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Catch Me If You Can »

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena… People have placed utmost confidence and trust on both

By Upul Kumarapperuma The main election slogans echoed at the Presidential Election campaign of Maithripala Sirisena against Mahinda Rajapaksa in January this year were corruption,…

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UNP Is Capable Of Forming A Government On Its Own – Akila Viraj Kariyawasam »

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By Waruni Karunarathne Deputy General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP), and MP elect for the Kurunegala District Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that there…

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Opposition Leader Will Most Probably Be An SLFP MP – Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena »

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By Waruni Karunarathne SLFP national list nominee Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena who is in the pro-Sirisena group told The Sunday Leader that the current state of…

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National Government Is The Best Option For The Country – M. Nizam Kariapper »

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By Waruni Karunarathne Deputy Secretary General of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and Mayor of Kalmunai, M. Nizam Kariapper told The Sunday Leader that forming a national…

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We Will Support UNP To Form A Stable Government – M.A. Sumanthiran »

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By Waruni Karunarathne The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna District parliamentarian elect, Attorney M.A. Sumanthiran told The Sunday Leader that the TNA has not changed…

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Next Step: Identifying Policy Priorities And Preparing For The Challenge »

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By Hasitha Ayeshmantha With the last week’s The Sunday Leader Economy focusing on the immediate ‘bold reform process’ the country requires  just coming out of…

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Waiting For A Welcome Change To Governance »

Ranil Wickrmesinghe, Duminda Dissanayake, R. Sampanthan and Anura Kumara Dissanayake

By Vimukthi Dissanayake It nears the two weeks mark since Sri Lanka voted in its 15th parliament, however, the country remains without a full-fledged cabinet…

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Spotlight An election rally of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Fisheries Funds Spent To Boost Rajapaksa Image

Image boosting not a waste of money, insists former deputy minister By Nirmala Kannangara The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) regime is accused of lavishly spending millions of rupees to build Rajapaksa’s image in order to…

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The Public Speaks Out

Pros and cons of a National Govt. By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The most peaceful general election held in this country in recent times ended on August 18. Since the majority of Sri Lankans accepted its mandate, they…

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Revisiting Reconciliation

By N. Sathiya Moorthy The ‘National Government’ has done well to get the UNHRC off the nation’s back for a second time since President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took office in January. US…

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UNP Is Capable Of Forming A Government On Its Own – Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

By Waruni Karunarathne Deputy General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP), and MP elect for the Kurunegala District Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that there is no rush to form a national government as long as…

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US Begins Operation To Defend Sri Lanka

First informal meeting on September 17 By Easwaran Rutnam The United States last week set in motion an operation to seek support for Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva and the…

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CHARINI A Sri Lankan Brand

By Sadhana Senanayake In the Colombo fashion scene, Charini Suriyage has made a name for herself. Her brand ‘CHARINI’ has become known for its work with local craftsman and for being designed especially for Sri Lankan…

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Regulating Petroleum

New Petroleum Act In The Doldrums  By Santhush Fernando   The new Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Act which is expected to bring in far-reaching changes, is in the limbo with intensifying political hurdles and the Government might…

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Lancaster Denies Gamble Claim

Stuart Lancaster denies England have gambled by selecting Sam Burgess and Henry Slade among an inexperienced centre contingent bound for the World Cup. Two weeks ago Lancaster stated it would be a “big step” to include…

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