The Sunday Leader

Minister: Govt. Not Acquiring Lands In The North

Deputy Resettlement Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan has said the government has no plans to acquire land owned by the Tamil people in the Wanni. Muralitharan has denied reports that the government has seized Tamils’ land especially in Puthukudiruppu and Murukandy areas. The BBC has reported that Muralitharan had made the remarks at a meeting held in [...]

Committee To Recommend Proposals On Death Row Convicts

The Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister has appointed a three-member committee to recommend the commutation to life sentences of 400 convicts who are on death row. The committee has also been asked to examine which of the 400 convicts on death row should be pardoned and released. The Committee is headed by retired High Court [...]

NCPA Appoints Committee To Probe Child Abuse

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has appointed a special sub committee to inquire into child abuse cases. The appointment of the sub committee comes at a time when the number of child abuse cases reported in the country have seen an increase. According to the NCPA, the sub committee is due to find out [...]

JVP Challenges SB For Open Debate

The JVP has challenged Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayaka for an open debate on the crises ridden university system in the country and the alleged suppression of student movements. JVP parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake says the government’s suppressive actions have increased the level of student unrest in the country. He told the media that [...]

Why The ABA Must Seek Pardon For Manju

THAT the second testing of his urine sample might clear Manju Wanniarachchi of any wrongdoing and so restore his Commonwealth Games gold medal is pretty much a hope that rides on the wings of a prayer. The truth though is, hardly ever does the result of a second examination (for banned substance in the system [...]

No Tait, Fewer Worries For Sri Lanka

By Justin Chadwick Sri Lanka Vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene admits the absence of Australian pace ace Shaun Tait from today’s (31) Twenty20 clash at the WACA has eased his team’s worries. Tait has terrorised teams at the WACA in the past, inciting fear into New Zealand’s batting line-up in December 2007 when he collected 2-22 during [...]

Season Opener A Big Draw

The most-anticipated summer of cricket in years begins today (31) when Australia takes on Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 game at the WACA ground – and punters have signalled they want to build an early bank. “As soon as we put up a market, we were swamped by punters wanting to back Australia at $1.55 [...]

Bayliss Wary Of Australia Backlash

Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss admits his players will be wary of an Australia side trying to get back into form. The Sri Lankans arrived in Perth on Friday ahead of today’s (31) KFC Twenty20 International and will be hoping to take advantage of meeting an Australia side which endured a difficult trip to India. [...]

Commission Recommends Taxing Public Sector, Politicos

Increasing the tax free threshold, lifting the tax free exemption on public servants and politicos salaries and rationalizing BoI tax holidays are among the recommendations made by the Tax Commission which submitted its report to President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week. “When public servants and politicos are brought into the tax net, though revenue accrued as [...]

Wozniacki Clinches Year-End No.1 Spot

Caroline Wozniacki recovered from the loss of the opening set to beat French Open champion Francesca Schiavone at the WTA Championships in Doha and seal the year-end number one spot. The Dane prevailed 3-6 6-1 6-1 on Thursday to claim her second victory in the Maroon Group round-robin and clinch her place in the semifinals [...]

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