The Sunday Leader


UNP Puttalam District parliamentarian elect Palitha Range Bandara is currently receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital for injuries sustained during an attack on him and several of his supporters in Chilaw on Saturday (10), two days after the general election. The Police have arrested several suspects including UNP North Western Provincial Councilor Shantha Abeysekera [...]

How Petty Politics And Selection Policies Ignore Atapattu’s Warning

by Trevor Chesterfield ( It is not a new argument. Anything involving the deviousness of political machinations never is, especially in the aftermath such as this one. What we now have in Sri Lanka is a type of Mexican stand-off with Sri Lankans instead of Mexicans; most are glaring at each other, as usual pointing [...]

Ranil Must Go

By Raisa Wickrematunge The UNP’s Ranil Wickremesinghe is coming under renewed pressure to quit after the party’s devastating defeat at the April 8 General Election.  The party is expected to win only nine (9) national list seats plus 46 seats in the new parliament, the lowest since the proportional representation system was introduced in 1978. [...]

Mahinda’s Triple Whammy & The Opposition’s Organic Crisis

by Dayan Jayatilleka ( Remember the “Bandaranaike yugaya” (the “Bandaranaike Era”)? Well it is now the Rajapakses’ round. The Rajapakse family now dominates the SLFP and Sri Lankan politics in much the same manner as did the Bandaranaikes (Sirima, Felix, Sunethra, Anura, Chandrika, and son in law Kumar, not to mention Mackie and Seewali Ratwatte [...]

Sri Lanka’s Other Half – Mannar Island

by Ayanthi Samarajewa ( Having finally had the chance to visit the North of Sri Lanka after many years, some of my birding pals planned a trip to experience and enjoy the bounty of bird life in the other half of Sri Lanka. First on the list was Mannar Island. Mannar Island and the strip [...]

Do Tamils Face Particular Problems That Sinhalese Don’t Face?

by Rebel Of Kandy  ( The “ethnic problem”, “Tamil question”, “solution to the ethnic problem”, “political solution to the Tamils” or “power devolution “etc, etc..are the most used or abused words in Sri Lanka for quite a sometime which are being uttered with renewed vigor now in the backdrop of LTTE terrorism being completely annihilated. [...]

Accused Soldiers Freed

By Saroj Pathirana – BBC Sinhala Police in Sri Lanka say they have released 17 soldiers detained on suspicion of killing or attempting to kill journalists and editors. The men were accused of being involved in the 2009 murder of newspaper editor Lasantha Wickramatunga and for the other attacks on journalists. Police told a court [...]

Intensive Care; ADB Pledges $150 Million Emergency Funding

By R. Wijewardene The Asian Development Bank will provide $ 150 million as an emergency loan to fund the reconstruction of economic and social infrastructure in the country’s war ravaged north. The loan which is part of broader efforts by international aid agencies to support conflict affected areas in the North has been granted at concessionary [...]

When Life Came To A Standstill

By Ranee Mohamed It was a time for celebration, a time to put down tools, partake in the goodies loaded on the table as life outside home came to standstill. It was a time when work stood still, and food overflowed. And as we waited for the auspicious times to come, life itself stood at [...]

Ranga’s Assailant To Be Punished

By Cassandra Mascarenhas Strict disciplinary action will be taken against the provincial councillor for the North Western Province, Shantha Abeysekara, who assaulted and severely injured UNP MP Palitha Range Bandara last week, confirmed UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya. “The police inquiry into the matter is still going on and once the investigations into the matter are [...]

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