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Ask the President says TNA

The TNA says the SLMC needs to ask President Mahinda Rajapaksa for permission to participate in the next round of talks between the government and the TNA. The government and the TNA have been engaged in a series of discussions aimed at finding a political solution to the ethnic issue. TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran told [...]

IGP gets complaint on Lalith and Kugan

JVP dissident and parliamentarian Ajith Kumara has written to IGP N.K. Illangakoon to look into the investigation on the disappearance of Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganadan and reveal the true information regarding the abduction. Two JVP dissidents, Lalith Kumar and Kugan went missing on the 9th while preparing to launch the Movement for People’s [...]

SLMC to urge for land and police powers

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), which is an ally of the governing UPFA, says it would urge the government to allocate land and police powers as outlined in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. SLMC General Secretary M.T. Hassan Ali told The Sunday Leader that the government needs to change its attitude about implementing [...]

FLASH: India says Lanka must act decisively

India on Sunday welcomed Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report, which recommends measures to heal wounds of the conflict in the island nation even as it again underlined the need to ensure that an independent and credible mechanism is put in place to investigate alleged human rights violations in the country. The [...]

The Year That Was

When we reflected on the year that is ending, our thoughts went back to a person whom we like the least but had said an absolute truth about a pathetic failing of Sri Lankans: ‘You fellows just cannot remember a thing beyond two weeks’. We won’t spoil the festive season by recalling his name but [...]

John Keells To Take Tourist Board To Court

Tourist Board owes over Rs. 45 million to city hotels By Nirmala Kannangara John Keells Limited has filed legal action against the Sri Lanka Tourist Board over its failure to pay their dues for the IIFA awards staged in Colombo last year amounting to over Rs. 45 million. Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel and [...]

Tamils, Indians, The LLRC Report And Rajapaksa Politics

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Report presented in parliament on  December 16, after it was handed over to President Rajapaksa on  December 20, has left a divided international community and a divided local political response, which is nothing unusual, but the larger part is formed by the silent lot, that was expected to [...]

Moves To Keep Ranil In Power

By Indika Sri Aravinda Amendments are to be proposed to the UNP constitution to ensure the UNP leader remains in power for between 3 to 5 years instead of just one year. UNP MP John Amaratunga told The Sunday Leader that the proposals will be made to the UNP Working Committee when it meets next [...]

Sri Lanka vs South Africa – Second Test Preview

Sri Lanka Looking To Bounce Back After Debacle By Dinouk Colombage Sri Lanka lost the first test inside three days when they were totally outplayed by the South Africans with both bat and ball. What was worse, the visitors were sloppy in the field when they had the hosts against the ropes at 173-5. The [...]

Fonseka Omitted From Mahawansa

By Indika Sri Aravinda Sarath Fonseka, who was removed from the history of the army, has now lost his place in the new chapters to be added to the Mahawansa. A new volume, with three chapters dedicated to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, will be added to the Mahawansa. The chapters will highlight the President’s role in [...]

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