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Kataragama suicide jacket an old one

The suicide jacket recovered in Kataragama this morning has been found to have been placed at that location some five years ago, the police said this evening. According to the police, the suicide jacket which was found at a rest house in Kataragama was handed over to the government analyst to determine if it was [...]

JVP dismisses proposed all party meeting

The JVP today dismissed the proposal made by President Mahinda Rajapksa to convene an all party conference to discuss a solution to the ethnic issue. JVP Propaganda Secretary and parliamentarian Vijitha Herath told The Sunday Leader that the all party conference is a failure. He noted that the President had previously summoned an all party [...]

MR should not vacillate says TNA

The TNA says that President Mahinda Rajapaksa should stop vacillating in finding a political solution to the ethnic issue and honor the undertaking given to the TNA. TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told The Sunday Leader that the President should not be changing his stance with regard to finding a solution to the ethnic issue. “He [...]

Dengue Ravages Ratmalana Railway Yard

2 Dead, 100 Sick By Nirmala Kannangara One hundred people working at the Ratmalana Railway Yard have been infected with the deadly dengue virus while two have already succumbed to the fever. When The Sunday Leader visited the site we were refused entry and had to smuggle a photograph when the gates were momentarily opened. [...]


For a government vested with enormous powers and no real obstacles ahead – at least domestically – the performance of the Rajapaksa administration, to say the least, has been pathetic. The unchecked constitutional powers vested in President Rajapaksa could be compared to that of a near totalitarian ruler and to give it a shine of [...]

LLRC Pussyfoots Around Iniya Bharathi- TNA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says there is clear evidence of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Iniya Bharathi being involved in human rights violations. In its 70 page response to the report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the TNA had said that many witnesses in fact identify Iniya Bharathi as responsible [...]

Teen Found Murdered In Jaffna

By Maryam Azwer The body of a fifteen year old girl was found in Alavai North, Point Pedro, last Wednesday night (January 25), the police said. The girl’s body was found near the Old Christian Church, and showed signs of a neck injury, said Police Spokesperson SP Ajith Rohana. The victim was identified as Iridiyanadar [...]

Ratmalana’s Dengue Headquarters

A snapshot of the Ratmalana Railway Yard where 100 employees have been infected with the Dengue virus and two have died. The Sunday Leader was refused entry to take pictures.  Public Health Inspectors have filed legal action against the Chief Mechanical Engineer for not maintaining and keeping clean some 80 acres where the Railway’s maintenance [...]

Militarization, Dynasty And Democracy

“Buying the army off tends to be a good insurance policy for would-be dictators”. Christian Caryl (Foreign Policy – 24.1.2012) By Tisaranee Gunasekara Some walls should never be built; some should never be breached. Many of Sri Lanka’s most devastating ills emanated from our habit of building unnecessary walls, and demolishing necessary ones. Our school-system, [...]

Who Set Fire To Geetha’s Dreams?

By Ranee Mohamed It was the stirring of her little sons that woke her on the night of January 20. When Jayasinghe ArachchigeGeetha opened her eyes,  and looked at her sons aged four and five years of age, they were both cuddled up to her from both sides. She had been tempted to turn towards [...]

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