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Colombia Grows After War End

By Helen Murphy and Nelson Bocanegra  Bogota (Tuesday) As Colombia slowly emerges from half a century of war, foreign investors are flooding its financial sector to tap into the new stability, growing numbers of banking clients and increasing consumer spending. That confidence has brought a slew of new middle class customers to Colombian banks and [...]

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Crisis Riddled MR’s Govt To Face Geneva Imbroglio

US continues to gather support for new resolution Resolution language to be made “stronger” in the next few days India under pressure to support resolution The level of preparedness of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to face the international community this week at the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva was evident [...]

Failed Attempt To Compromise Investigative Journalism

By Faraz Shauketaly As I casually glanced to my right soon after 11:30 pm on the 15th of February, I got the biggest jolt of my life thus far. I am not entirely sure and there is no need to have a reason for the glancing after all I was within the sanctity and freedom [...]

EU Demands Independent Probe

By Easwaran Rutnam The European Union (EU) wants an independent investigation and evaluation into the final years of the war in Sri Lanka, in addition to the national enquiries. Jean Lambert, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation to South Asia, told The Sunday Leader that the EU remains concerned about reports of threats and attacks [...]

The Violence Must Stop!

“We dance round a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows,” – Frost. Our nation was named and shamed to be one of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists. The international community made this observation not many years ago. What did we think? Nothing. We are not expected [...]

A Breakout Star

By Raisa Wickrematunge Picture by Pavithra Jovan de Mello Maria AlKasas is still unused to the limelight. She rushes in, her hair awry, smiling unselfconsciously. It’s easy to see why the bubbly 21 year old was voted the winner of the innovative Seri Miss Sri Lanka Online pageant of 2012. Far from being aloof, Maria [...]

Keheliya Says Two Suspects Arrested

By Camelia Natheniel Minister of Media and Information and Government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting incident of The Sunday Leader journalist Faraz Shauketaly. He said that the Criminal Investigation Department had made a breakthrough in the investigations regarding the shooting incident. Surprisingly Rambukwella and the Police spokesman [...]

Living Under Murderers In A Savage Land ?

By Prof S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Balachandran Prabhakaran Topping this week’s news was the heartrending photograph of 12-year-old Balachandran, showing that he was in army custody before being murdered. The Sinhalese are rightly upset about the CJ’s impeachment and the Matale massacres. Yet the absence of an equally loud protest in the face of mounting [...]

Following My Dream

Nature Photography Exhibition At The Wendt Nature photography in all its multidimensional glory will adorn the walls of the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery as Dr. Harin Dias, presents ‘Following my Dream,’ his maiden exhibition, on 2 and 3 March 2013. The Chief Guest at the opening will be Justice, Shiranee Tilakawardane with Dr. D.B. Nihalsinghe [...]

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