The Sunday Leader

I.T. For The Poor

A John Keells volunteer conducting computer classes at a disadvantaged school in Slave Island under the company’s Neighbourhood Schools Development Project. Five small schools in Slave Island are supported by John Keells under this programme.

K’nochchi, M’tivu Still Depopulated

Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu, nine months after the war are still depopulated, with a corporate manager  saying that it may take another two years for normalcy to return to those areas. “Several of the areas in the north are still plagued by landmines, it may take two years for those to return to normalcy after being [...]

Utopia Vs. Reality

At last, B.o.I. chief Dhammika Perera, like Rip Van Winkle, has woken up to the possibility of Sri Lanka losing the G.S.P. + facility. Speaking at a function organized by the Oxford Union recently (see page 34), he had said that the loss of the G.S.P. + facility would hurt the country’s economy. But speaking [...]

In Brief

Goebbelism The effectiveness of government propaganda reaching to the far flung areas of the country on the eve of the recently concluded elections were illustrated to The Sunday Leader by a corporate manager, speaking on the grounds of anonymity. He said that two days prior to the elections he made a tour of the East [...]

War Crimes

The economy is stagnant, despite the war end. Expectations were that it would take off when Sri Lanka’s 26 year old war ended last May, but nine months have passed since, and yet that does not appear to be happening. Blame it on the recession and on the elections, yes, those too played their part [...]

G.S.P. + Loss Will Set S.L. Back

The impending loss of G.S.P.+ due to pressures from the European Union (E.U.) will set our nation back in terms of competitiveness of our garments trade, will cause loss of employment and to a degree will destabilize our trade, a top corporate leader said. B.o.I. Chairman Dhammika Perera speaking at a seminar organized by the [...]

Bitter Tea Shock For Sri Lanka

By Cassandra Mascarenhas Angry tea exporters last week hit out at the Government and the Tea Board’s inactive and lackluster prone attitude, which they claimed led to Sri Lanka losing out to Kenya as the world’s top tea exporter. In a massive jolt to the country’s tea industry, the Tea Board of Kenya announced that [...]

Horror Home In Madiwela

By Ranee Mohamed _ Photos by Lalith Perera She could be your mother; she could be mine. And we will imagine that everything is fine. But the  Doreens, Lornas, Miriams, Hingerts and Graces  living in SSVP Friendship House situated on Thalawathugoda Road, Madiwela are looking for an escape route from this place they called a [...]

Tendulkar… Again And Again

The crowds that throng into a stadium in India have two wishes as they settle into their seats. They want India to bat first. And they want Tendulkar to score runs. The first wish is forgiven if it does not come true as every Indian wants their team to win and the skipper’s decision to [...]

For The Missing

by Gypsy ( A solitary lamp perched on a desk top lights a room. A man scribbles feverishly on paper, hunched over the light as if he’s jealously guarding what little he has. His desk is cluttered with cartoons and drawings – some of a President, others of two small children. He holds down his [...]

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