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No JVP Support For UNF ‘Common Candidate’

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema The JVP would not support a common candidate at the next presidential election if he were to contest from the UNF. JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath told The Sunday Leader that the JVP would not support any common candidate if he contests the election from the UNP led UNF. The JVP [...]

Govt. Woos UNP National Organiser S.B.

The government has approached UNP National Organiser S.B. Dissanayake with various offers to woo his support towards the governing party. Dissanayake it is learnt has been offered many important posts in the government if he agreed to join it. It was reported that Dissanayake was even offered the post of Prime Minister after the next [...]

GSP+ Still In The Balance

The Office of the European Commission in Sri Lanka said the suspension of the EU’s Generalised System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) facility for Sri Lanka is still a very live option. Commissioner Bernard Savage said the European Commission (EC) was following its internal procedures to formulate the recommendations, which would be released before the end [...]

Six Months Later, No Political Solution In Sight

By Raisa Wickrematunge Despite it being more than six months since Sri Lanka’s bloody war with the LTTE ended, the government appears to be reneging on its earlier rhetoric on finding a political solution to the problems faced with the Tamil community. “No discussion has been initiated regarding a political settlement, in order to resolve [...]

TNA Wants More Financial Assistance For IDPs

By Raisa Wickrematunge TNA MP Sri Kantha said that the current financial assistance of Rs. 25,000 given to each newly resettled family was insufficient to cover their needs. However an additional daily allowance of Rs 450 per family for 50 days, adding to a total of Rs. 22,500, would at some point be given to [...]

Prison Commotion Under Investigation

Text and Picture by Cassandra Mascarenhas A fight that broke out between some of the Tamil prisoners being held at the Magazine Prison and the jailors last week sparked a demonstration outside the Borella Magazine Prison in which several movements including the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) and the United Socialist Party (USP)  participated. A surprising [...]

AG’s Dept. Seeks Time To Explain Suspension

By Nirmala Kannangara The Attorney General’s (AG) Department has sought two more months to explain the reasons that led to the suspension of Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Spokesman from the Kelaniya University. When the trial relating to CaFFE Spokesperson Keerthi Tennakoon’s suspension from Kelaniya University was taken up on Tuesday at the [...]

Sri Lankan Astrologer Warns Of Falling Star

Colombo: With candles glowing next to his computer, Chandrasiri Bandara, Sri Lanka’s most popular astrologer, looked at his birth chart and predicted that he would soon be assassinated. Bandara, 48, fears for his life because of a string of death threats that followed his bold forecast this year that the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, would be [...]

Sri Lanka Design Festival 2009 and Its Many Facets

Sri Lanka is ready to enter the vista of International Design with a proud display of its multiethnic art heritage, the new generation of imaginative and cultured design professionals and the massive manufacturing industry that is proud of its ethical principles. Geared up with insight, manufacturing power and imaginative talent, Sri Lanka aims for global [...]

First Test Ends In Stalemate

Sachin Tendulkar hit his 43rd Test century as the first match between India and Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad petered out into a draw. The hosts started the final day on 190-2, still 144 behind Sri Lanka, who racked up 760-7 in their first innings. But opener Gautam Gambhir hit 114 as India knocked off the [...]

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