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Cyclone warning issued for the north

  The Department of Meteorology has issued a bad weather advisory saying a marginal cyclone ( not severe ) is expected over the northern parts of Sri Lanka tonight. The department said that the existing depression has intensified into a deep depression and was located about 200 km East of Mullaitivu at 0830 hours today (29). [...]

ICC approves day night Test cricket

  The International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved day/night Test cricket as part of new playing conditions for Tests, One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) which will take effect with the series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand this month. The amendments have been approved by the ICC Board following proposals made by the ICC Cricket [...]

Government Questioned Ahead Of UPR

Total of 99 countries to speak on Sri Lanka By Easwaran Rutnam Several countries have submitted advance questions to Sri Lanka on human rights issues and the Northern Provincial Council elections, ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Sri Lanka to be held in Geneva on Thursday. The United States, Britain, Canada, Spain, Denmark, [...]

Tough Times For Traders In Sellakataragama

By Nirmala Kannangara in Kataragama Pictures by Thusitha Kumara Most traders in the new shopping complex at Sellakataragama are faced with many issues since there are no proper drinking water and sanitation facilities for them. In addition they are now facing severe financial problems as they claim they hardly have any business on weekdays. The [...]

Diplomats Seek Meeting With Pillayan Over 13A

By Easwaran Rutnam The diplomatic community in Sri Lanka has sought a meeting with former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan (Pillayan) to discuss issues relating to the 13th Amendment, diplomatic sources told The Sunday Leader. A meeting had been sought with Pillayan last week but it failed to materialise as Chandrakanthan was in the [...]

Velupillai Prabhakaran Is Dead

Kill His Dream As Well! A few decades old ‘devolution debate’ has once again come to the fore with the introduction of the Devi Neguma bill. To establish a new Department named ‘Devi Neguma’, the Ministry of Economic Development recently presented a bill to the parliament. Amalgamating three existing institutions, such as the Samurdhi Authority, [...]

Govt. Considering Payment For Ground Water Extraction

Debate continues on taxing water resources By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema The government is to control the extraction of ground water for commercial and industrial purposes and a payment to be charged from the relevant industries is being considered to carry out the monitoring process. The move has given for the re-commencement of the long-standing debate [...]

Room For Money, Forex Markets To Further Deteriorate

GoSL’s External Commitments Add To Troubles                   The exchange rate  (ER) weakened by 75 Sri Lanka cents (SLc) week on week (WoW) by Friday, while Treasury (T) Bond yields in secondary market trading “unexpectedly” strengthened by 10-15 basis points (bps) on Wednesday and held on to those [...]

Abolition Of 13th Amendment: A Great Leap Forward or Backward?

The crescendo for the abolition of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution has been increasing since Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary, Ministry of Defence, called for its abolition recently. It is expected to be a Great Leap Forward by removing constitutional obstacles that have been in the way of the government’s development programme. No doubt some may [...]

Sri Lanka pumped up for Asian Rugby Sevens

By Easwaran Rutnam Pic by Dennis Muthuthanthri The Sri Lanka rugby sevens national team is pumped up for the Asian Rugby Sevens tournament in Singapore this week and are hopeful of pulling off a surprise to qualify for the 2013 Rugby World Cup in Moscow. Sri Lanka coach Ben Gollins, speaking to The Sunday Leader [...]

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