And Then They Came For Me

No other profession calls on its practitioners to lay down their lives for their art save the armed forces and, in Sri Lanka, journalism. In the course of the past few years, the independent media have increasingly come under attack. Electronic and print-media institutions have been burnt, bombed, sealed and coerced. Countless journalists have been [...]

Mahinda’s 360 Campaign

by Indi Samarajiva (www.indi.ca) I was down south over the holidays, and the streets were covered with Mahinda posters and hoardings. This is in violation of the Elections Commissioner’s order that these be taken down. I also got an SMS from the PRESIDENT wishing us a happy New Year, literally from the guy who freed [...]

TRC on law breaking spree to please Rajapaksa

By Asanga Welikala and Nirmala Kannangara In a blatant display of despotism, President Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC) to order mobile phone operators in the country to send a New Year Greeting on January 1st to a massive 13.5 million phone users free of charge on his behalf. TRC, [...]

Pro-Ltte Party For ‘Autonomous Rule’ For Tamils In Lanka

A pro-LTTE parliamentarian has underlined his party’s resolve for “autonomous rule” for Tamils in Sri Lanka, claiming that TNA’s support for opposition presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka was extended only after getting him to agree to those conditions. K. Thurairetnasingam, a senior leader of the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance, said his party had “no confidence” in [...]

Govt Smuggled Karuna To London On Forged Dpl Passport

Passport in the name of Kokila Gunawardena Foreign Ministry sends third party note for visa Karuna asks for asylum when arrested Visa requested to attend climate change conference By Lasantha Wickrematunge November 7, 2007 Damning evidence has surfaced that the government smuggled LTTE renegade commander Karuna to Great Britain on a forged diplomatic passport. An [...]

Deficit Reduction Key To Economic Growth

The economy could be given a thrust if the budget deficit is reduced, an economist said. Amal Sanderatne, C.E.O. Frontier Research, told The Sunday Leader that the when one looked at government expenditure in the first nine months of last year, it appeared that 2009 would have had ended up with a budget deficit of [...]

One In a million

Always in the thick of things the intrepid Editor in Chief of The Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge left no stone unturned in the pursuit of the truth.

Paying Global Media For Local Elections

by Groundviews (www.groundviews.org) It is probably not the incumbent President himself in charge of the massive re-election campaign which has no qualms about misusing State property and public finances or perverting telecoms regulations to deliver propaganda via SMS. Yet to date, there has been no official clarification over these clear reports of gross misappropriation of [...]

Right of Reply

The Sunday Leader Article – “Pet Passports And Happy Endings” of 27th December 2009. I am Ronald’s brother, who I believe has already spoken with you on the above matter.  I am sending herewith a clarification along with a letter from another person involved in the matter (Mr. W.Athila in Rome) to be published in [...]

Shell claims Rs. 1 bn.

Shell Lanka has gone into local arbitration to recover a sum of over a billion rupees from the Consumer Affairs Authority (C.A.A.). Shell Finance Director Rimoe Saldin told The Sunday Leader that the dispute is over C.A.A. not allowing it to factor in the alleged correct affreightment cost into its domestic pricing of liquefied petroleum [...]

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