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CBSL Ups T Bill Holdings By 157%

Notwithstanding the recent sale of a US$ ($) one billion Sovereign Bond by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) in international markets, Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) went on a splurge in buying Treasury (T) Bills at Friday’s (January 24) trading, increasing its T Bill holdings by 157.2% (Rs. 44,558.71 million) to Rs. 72,896.16 [...]

Hotel To Replace Air Force HQ

By Indika Sri Aravinda A new hotel project is to replace the Air Force headquarters near Cinnamon Lakeside hotel, sources told The Sunday Leader. Sources also said that an army regiment office located in the area will also be shifted to make way for the project. Earlier a decision had already been taken to shift the three-forces [...]

Rajarata Uni Lecturers Protest

Some lecturers of the University of Rajarata have refused to conduct lectures when students turned up in the class with black bands as a mark of protest over the suspension of some student leaders of the university. According to the Secretary of the Students’ Council of the Faculty of Agriculture W. P. S. P. Kumara, [...]

Ukraine unrest: Protesters storm regional offices

Anti-government demonstrators in Ukraine are expanding their protests after talks between the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych stalled. In western Ukraine, the activists seized the regional government office in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk and are storming another one in Chernivtsi. Protests were reported in Lutsk, in the north-west, and Sumy, in the east. In the [...]

SLMC Complies Report On War Dead

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is to compile a report on the thousands of Muslims killed during the war. SLMC sources said that the report will be handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa once it is complete. The SLMC hopes to complete the report this week and has sought an appointment with the President [...]

A Star Studded Affair

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Nomination Board meeting at the SLFP headquarters at T.B. Jaya Mawatha last Monday was a star-studded affair as singers, actresses and media personalities turned up to face the Board in a bid to be selected to contest the Western and Southern Provincial Council elections. The interviews were conducted in [...]

Constitutional Change Must Follow Political Change

The call for a change in the media culture of Sri Lanka is the surest sign of a politician in distress fearing public exposure. Similar appeals for changes in existing systems in various other fields are frequently heard of but forgotten. In the recent past we have heard of calls being made for changes in [...]

Emerald Isle Or Heroin Hub?

By Camelia Nathaniel - Picture by Asoka Fernando During the recent past the Sri Lankan authorities have busted several large scale illegal drug smuggling operations which suggests the island is becoming a transhipment hub for heroin in Asia. In early December about 10 kilos (22 pounds) of heroin was found at a resort of Hikkaduwa, while [...]

The Nuts And Bolts Of Reconciliation

Born in 1965 to a Sinhalese mother and a Tamil father, Shyam Selvadurai left Sri Lanka for Canada in 1983 at age 19. Since then, his name has been noted for being one of the most distinguished authors of Sri Lankan origin. Tackling issues such as ethnicity and sexual identity, his most famous work Funny [...]

“Writing Isn’t A Hallowed Thing”

Sivamohan Sumathy is attached to Department of English. She works in the areas of gender, nationalism, performance studies, translation, pedagogy, film theory and practice. She is the author of Thin Veils: In the Shadow of the Gun & Wicked Witch Performing Act/ivism (2003), Militants, Militarism and the Crisis of (Tamil) Nationalism (2003), Like myth and [...]

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