The Sunday Leader

Seven Soldiers detained for the murder of Lasantha

Seven soldiers belonging to the Sri Lanka Army’s Military Intelligence Unit will continue to be detained as investigations continue into the murder of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge.  The seven suspects are being held for further questioning by the Terrorist Investigations Department and the Criminal Investigations Department. The seven soldiers have been separated from an [...]

Blue Spanish Eyes

The allure of life at 40,000 feet shows no sign of abating with Emirates Airline recently enjoying one of its highest turnouts for a cabin crew recruitment day in Europe. Close to 400 candidates came forward in Madrid for the airline’s latest recruitment push in Spain, while around 10,000 applications are received globally each month. [...]

20% Bonanza For Senior Citizens Soon

Cabinet Approves President’s Memorandum By Cassandra Mascarenhas Last Wednesday, President Mahinda  Rajapaksa in his capacity as Minister of Finance and Planning submitted a memorandum to the Cabinet of Ministers seeking their approval for a novel scheme which will financially benefit senior citizens in the country. The scheme is to pay a bonus interest of 20% [...]

Top Award For HNB

Sri Lanka’s “most transparent and accountable” business entities were felicitated at the annual ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards held for the fifth consecutive year recently. This year, companies under the categories of small, medium and large were rewarded for their reporting tenets benchmarked against Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines.  Hatton National Bank (HNB), DIMO and HNB [...]

Sri Lankan Comes Under Skytrax Microscope

By Raisa Wickrematunge The country’s national carrier, SriLankan Airlines is currently undergoing an extensive audit by the London based airline research company, Skytrax. SriLankan CEO, Manoj Gunawardena said the audit was on customer experience relating to the airline. He also stressed that the national carrier had volunteered for the audit, which commenced in January and [...]

Indian Activism Vs. Sri Lankan Fear

by Indi Samarajiva (www.indi.ca) I met a chap who said he worked at Google from 9 to 5, but that his full-time job was environmental activism. I don’t really get it but that’s cool. His organization was holding an environmental workshop at a bookstore owned by the Deccan Chronicle, which ran a misquoted and mangled [...]

Peace Begins With Me

By Capt. Elmo Jayawardena There are three huge hundred year old ancient nuga trees growing in a sandy patch by the Wesley School in Kalmunai. The space is seraphic and is shaded by the giant tree trio standing like sentinels. It is a kind of “all purpose” ground where children gather to play. The nuga [...]

$ 215 Mn. For Body Imaging

In its $56.3 billion fiscal year 2011 budget request, the Department of Homeland Security (D.H.S.) asked for an increase of $214.7 million to procure and install 500 advanced imaging technology (A.I.T.) screening machines. Seventy five per cent of high-risk airports will get new body scanning technology and 60% of second-tier airports. Other requested increases include: [...]

Intellectual Terrorism

by Going Global (abdulhalik.wordpress.com) They say that we are a people prevented from exercising our free will when it comes to saying what we want to say, doing what we want to do and basic tenents of freedom that we are entitled to are trapped under a mire of ever spreading intellectual terrorism only half [...]

Indo-Sri Lankan Couple Attacked In Australia

A Sri Lankan man and his Indian wife have been attacked in Melbourne, the latest in the series of hate crimes committed against especially Indians living in Australia, RTT News said in a report last week. The incident occurred when a group of 25 drunken Australian men roughed up 60-year-old Ranjit Sahasranaman and his Indian-origin [...]

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