The Sunday Leader

Open Letter To The Elections Commissioner

Dear Mr. Dayananda Dissanayake, You are reported to have said yesterday (19/01) that you were withdrawing the Competent Authority you had nominated to monitor the state media, on the grounds that the relevant authorities had flouted his orders. You have also expressed disappointment with the Police Chief regarding his failure to remove illegal posters and [...]

Anesthetised Consciences

This presidential election campaign plagued with murder and mayhem to an unprecedented degree will enter the annals of our history as the most violent, unscrupulous and disgraceful campaign of its nature. What is most disconcerting is that the vast majority of incidents have been perpetrated by forces backing the President. The constitution which is the [...]

He Died… And The Glory And Justice Died With Him

By Ranee Mohamed The telephone call from Muhamalai  came at 2.30 a.m. on January 6, 2009 and Anulawathie Perera did not have to wake up. She was waiting for her son’s call from the time she had been cooking dinner. ‘Happy birthday mother,’ he had said. ‘I am well and happy, don’t worry about me,’ [...]

President Scoffs At Dublin Verdict

By Munza Mushtaq President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week scoffed at the explosive judgment delivered recently by a Dublin based International Tribunal which found the Sri Lankan Government, its military and aligned paramilitary groups guilty of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during the war. At a meeting he had with editors of several weekend [...]

Borrowing rates to rise

Liquidity falls by 2/3rds Market sources predicted a gradual rise in primary rates upto the first quarter of this year as a correction, and in tandem with Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s (C.B.S.L.’s) overnight (o/n) repo rates, which rates are higher, before a rate re-visit is made. C.B.S.L.’s o/n rate is currently more than the [...]

Mud And Blood

by Indi Samarajiva ( Last week the state TV channels showed ‘Last King Of Scotland’, about Idi Amin. Trying to raise fears that General (Rtd) Sarath Fonseka would become a military dictator, I hear. Which is odd. Now these posters from a ‘youth group’ (Namal Rajapaksa’s, I think) seem to allege that Fonseka will unleash [...]

Sri Lanka’s Individual And Collective Trauma

Over the next few days as citizens worry over what will happen after the election, there is a danger that addressing the traumatic fallout of the war that has already affected individuals and communities throughout the island might be forgotten or set aside because of newly emerging stresses. Among people who will be watching are [...]

Carl Muller’s Many Bulls Sing The China Shop Blues

By Jerome de Zoysa It was startling to see yet another Carl Muller Collection in the bookshops and at such an affordable price as well. These are days when one can ill afford to buy the books one wishes to read at prices that keep floating around the Rs 1,000 mark. Anyway Muller, who seems [...]

100 pt. gain if S.F. wins

The stock market will rise by 100 points in a day if the common opposition presidential candidate wins Tuesday’s poll, a market source who did not want to be named told The Sunday Leader. However, investors, having got their fingers burnt more than once, this time don’t want to speculate, he said. They are adopting [...]

Airport expansion

The government is looking for funding worth Rs. 30-40 billion to double the Colombo Airport’s passenger capacity from the current six million to 12 million annually by 2020. Last year some five million passengers passed through the Colombo Airport. Funding under Japan’s 40th yen loan for this year could not be obtained due to other [...]

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