The Sunday Leader

Fonseka Pleads For Outside Help, Looking At Asylum

Defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka who is reportedly looking at seeking temporary asylum, is appealing for international intervention to pressure President Mahinda Rajapaksa to maintain democracy in the country. In an interview with an Indian news channel, NewsX last week, Fonseka maintained that, “governments across the world must intervene to ensure democracy is established and [...]

Electricity Sales Down 6%

Electricity sales to industries were down 5.6% y.o.y. to 214 G.W.h in September and in the first nine months of last year it was down by 10.6% y.o.y. to 1,809.8 G.W.h. Meanwhile electricity generation in the first 10 months of last year was down 1.3% y.o.y. to 8,185 G.W.h., but in October it picked up [...]

Sri Lankan Women’s Football Team Suffer Defeat

By Hishan Welmilla in Dhaka Sri Lanka women’s football team suffered defeat in the opener of the women’s football events at the 11th South Asian Games in Dhaka . They met India on Friday at the Shreshantha Mustafa Kamal Stadium. Indians took the control of the game right from the beginning and went on to [...]

Election Aftermath: Cinnamon Lakeside Melodrama, Glaring Hypocrisy, False Logic

by Stromcrow ( The aftermath of the Presidential Election showed some of the funniest claims by the people. Disclaimer: I DO NOT endorse the unprofessional and biased way the state media was used by the government. It WAS Biased, and it WAS ugly. However, I don’t think that it made a big difference on the [...]

In Brief

Transparency Why this additional security presence at Cinnamon Lakeside where common presidential opposition candidate General Sarath Fonseka was housed, ostensibly for his protection, according to the Government, only on the day after the elections, and not before? If indeed he had been harbouring deserters as allegedly claimed by Military spokesman Brigadier Daya Ratnayake, why had [...]

The Election, The Blogs, The Book And The Twits

by London Lanka And Drums ( I was sitting at Heathrow airport yesterday, dropping C as she headed off to the motherland, chatting and watching the Lankans milling around waiting for the plane. One of the things we talked about was the Presidential election and our respective thoughts on it. I’ve observed myself as I’ve [...]

The Occupation Of Cinnamon Lakeside

by Indi Samarajiva ( Let me describe the scene at the Cinnamon Lakeside. You drive in and one side of the road is closed. There’s a bottleneck at the roundabout. There’s a copshed right there, what look like riot police at the gate. As you turn in smart Army guys speak to you, politely check [...]

Human Resources

People are a problem, we’ve had a huge brain drain, not merely intellectual, but at all levels, including skill levels, a company executive said. Deshamanya Lalith de Mel, speaking to Benchmark recently said, “If you get a better socio-political environment or a perception of that, then, we will hopefully, have a reverse brain drain. But [...]

Thousands Of IDPs Could Not Vote Due To Transport Hitches

By Nirmala Kannangara Lack of transport has kept away thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from casting their vote at Tuesday’s presidential election. According to PAFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi, proper transport facilities were not available for the IDPs to go to the polling booths on the 26th morning. “Although it was said that necessary [...]

Williams And Henin Set To Renew Fierce Rivalry

The Australian Open showdown between Serena Williams and Justine Henin is more than a dream final between defending champion and comeback queen. It marks the re-birth of one of the fiercest rivalries in modern tennis on a stage where the stakes could not be higher. Despite a long rivalry stretching back over a decade, Saturday’s [...]

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