The Sunday Leader

The Fonseka Revelations And Presidential Palpitations

A day in politics is long. A month? Sri Lanka is set for a blockbuster, rib bruising battle during the next 40 plus days. The battle lines are clearly drawn and irrespective of who wins the next presidential election Sri Lanka will emerge as a deeply divided nation… politically. The LTTE is defeated though the [...]

Daily flights

Singapore Airlines (S.I.A.) from next year’s summer season will serve Colombo and Dhaka daily, up from five weekly flights. However, it will suspend operations to Pakistan as well as Nanjing, China. From next month, Ho Chi Minh City will be served 14 times weekly instead of 18 times while Kuala Lumpur will be served 17 [...]

Terrorism Insurance

Government of Sri Lanka (G.o.S.L.) and the state owned Sri Lanka Ports Authority (S.L.P.A.) have to share the blame for the continuation of the war risk or terrorism insurance surcharge that vessels calling over at the Colombo Port have to pay insurers, though the war was over seven months ago. They are to be faulted [...]

Graeme Swann Inspires England Fightback At Centurion

Graeme Swann’s magnificent Test-best 85 rescued England on day three of the first Test against South Africa. Despite Paul Collingwood’s gritty 50, England slipped to 242-8 in reply to 418, largely thanks to slow left-armer Paul Harris who finished with 5-123. But Swann, who took 5-110 with the ball, hit 10 fours and two sixes [...]

Thousands stand to lose jobs

Hundreds of thousands of jobs are in peril after the E.C. last week recommended to the European Council that the G.S.P. + concession to Sri Lanka be temporarily suspended. Garments, ceramic and fish exports are three sectors in the local economy that are benefiting from the G.S.P. + duty free concession in exporting to the [...]


The country is once again gearing up for a presidential election, with a record number of 22 candidates. However, whether the voters have a choice when exercising their franchise is a perennial question that has plagued the country since the introduction of the Executive Presidency in 1977. The presidential election this time has become a [...]

Kumar heads Etihad

Etihad Airways (E.A.), the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), has announced the appointment of Kumar De Silva as its country manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives. Based in the capital, Colombo, De Silva will re-establish the airline’s office and oversee its operations in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. E.A. North Asia and [...]

Fear is the key

Four months ago an old tea exporting firm for the first time had to work a night shift to meet an export order, which was opposed by the unions. The Managing Director of that firm then threatened to retrench staff and outsource this job, which resulted in the unions to relent and come-up with a [...]

J.V.P. factor

Market sources were divided on the Marxist J.V.P. factor in the event General Sarath Fonseka wins the January 26 Presidential Poll. “The market will zoom if Fonseka wins,” one market source told The Sunday Leader. It will be the capitalist U.N.P. which will be calling the shots, the J.V.P. will be a minority in such [...]

Dilshan Guides Lanka To Level Series

Riding on a hundred from in-form Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka defeated India by 3 wickets in the second ODI at Nagpur, Friday. With this win, Lanka have levelled the five-match series 1-1. Earlier, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni cracked his sixth hundred and strung together a breezy century stand with Suresh Raina to lift his [...]

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