The Sunday Leader

“Being Framed For Lasantha’s Murder” Says Sarath Fonseka

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema Former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka has accused law enforcement officers of trying to force a confession out of Brigadier D. Keppetivalana in a bid to frame him and the Brigadier in an assassination plot that killed The Sunday Leader Founder Editor, Lasantha Wickrematunge. General Fonseka told The Sunday Leader that [...]

I.M.F. Programme In The Balance

In the event the Government is unable to keep to its pre-arranged 7% fiscal target for last year, it’s difficult to pre-judge and say that the I.M.F. would still be flexible in its programme commitments, an I.M.F. official told The Sunday Leader. Koshy Mathai, I.M.F.’s Resident Representative in Colombo was responding to media reports which [...]

Towards A Controlled Economy

The private sector suffered for 30 years and all expected 2010 and the post-war period to be one of growth, unfortunately that has not happened, a corporate manager said. Former NDB Bank C.E.O./director Ranjit Fernando speaking to Benchmark recently said that the private sector is still waiting for the peace dividend. Fernando, now chairman of [...]

Bhumiputhra & Prosperity

Malaysia’s Bhumiputhra policy encourages the private sector to reserve certain job quotas for the Malays and indigenous tribes which form over 50% of Malaysia’s population. The rest comprises the Chinese which consists of more than 40% of Malaysia’s population, and the balance Indians. The Bhumiputhra policy of partiality towards the Malays and the country’s indigenous [...]

Oil Exploration

Petronas, the Malaysian Government owned petroleum and gas downstream and upstream operator did not bid for oil and gas exploration off the Mannar basin when tenders were called recently, probably due to advice given by its risk assessment committee, a Petronas official told reporters from Colombo who visited Malaysia last week. This tender was won [...]

In Brief

Apathy Sri Lanka Tourism (S.L.T.) needs to be more perceptive about the diverse interests of different tourism markets. They recently invited a group of Malaysian journalists to promote the island. However, each night, other than the last night of their tour, the Malaysian journalists were treated with Indonesian food at a five star hotel in [...]


Advertising Pays In Laughs…. As the following  real classified classics will demonstrate, there are often more laughs on the advertising and classified pages than you can find in the cartoons and comic strips: Lost: small apricot poodle. Reward. Neutered. Like one of the family. A superb and inexpensive restaurant. Fine food expertly served by waitresses [...]

Grooming Directors

Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (S.L.I.D.) launched the first module in their training programme on Corporate Stewardship and Board Room Governance on a successful note at the Cinnamon Grand recently. It was a full house that interacted with the panellists on the topic of “Structuring of a Dynamic Board of Directors.” Former Ceylon Chamber of [...]


Malaysia’s superb roads, which could accommodate giant tourist transport buses, which manoeuvred  easily on those busy motorways despite their numbers (Malaysia got some 23 million tourists last year) was a sight to behold to us reporters from Sri Lanka who visited Malaysia last week. Air Asia’s Commercial PR Mazlan Rasheed told this reporter that good [...]


Achala Jagoda, Sri Lanka’s third tourism minister in as many months, is reported to have had upbraided the management of one of Sri Lanka’s leading private sector companies for having had  given out rooms to common opposition presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka and his entourage in one of its five star hotels in Colombo during [...]

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