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Basil Faults Provincial Administration In The North

‘Rajapaksa, who is arguably the most influential minister in the present regime, said the government had no hesitation to work together with the TNA and the provincial administration of the North to ensure the betterment of the people and added that there was a lot that they could do together.’ Before the government announced the [...]

Investment Rules Not Always Clear: EU Envoy

EU companies feel that while trade rules are clear, FDI rules are not always so, said David Daly, Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka on Wednesday in Colombo. Addressing the re-launch of the European Union – Sri Lanka Business Dialogue initiated by Faiszer Musthapah, Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion, EU Ambassador said, “For [...]

Giving Hope To Jaffna

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil or Nallur Murugan Kovil is one of the most significant Hindu temples in Jaffna. It stands in the town of Nallur. The presiding deity is Lord Murugan in the form of the holy Vel. The idol of the Nallur Devi or goddess was given to the temple in the 10th century CE [...]

TNA For Conditional Talks

By Waruni Karunarathne The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has stipulated conditions to resume talks with the government on the Tamil national issue. General Secretary, TNA, Mavai Senathirajah, told The Sunday Leader that, the TNA is ready to join the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on the national issue if the government responds to proposals the TNA [...]

Mutual Accommodation Is The Catch and The Phrase, Still

By N Sathiya Moorthy If the Indian position on Sri Lanka’s ethnic issue under the post-poll Narendra Modi leadership has deviated from those of predecessor governments, including the immediate-past Manmohan Singh dispensation, it is here. Or, so would it seem. “The Prime Minister urged all stake-holders in Sri Lanka to engage constructively, in a spirit [...]

13th Amendment… Yes Or No!

Despite the pressure from India and Tamil political parties, the Sri Lankan government has maintained that the 13th Amendment would not be fully implemented and police and land powers would not be devolved to the provinces. The Sunday Leader spoke to several politicians to get their opinion on as to why the full implementation of the 13th Amendment is [...]

The Life’s Library of Stefan Andre Joachim

By Tia Goonaratna Stefan Andre Joachim is one of the kindest and most interesting people you could hope to meet in your life. Wanting to make a difference in Sri Lanka from a very young age, he studied political science and investigative journalism in hopes of creating a pool of ideas to make the country [...]

Basil Inspects Jaffna Railway Station

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa made an inspection visit to the Jaffna Railway Station last week and observed the reconstruction work of the station. For almost three decades the Jaffna-Colombo train service was interrupted due to the civil war. After the end of the hostilities the railway stations and tracks along the Vavuniya – Jaffna [...]

UN Working Group Seeks Cooperation

By Easwaran Rutnam The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has urged the government to cooperate with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and special procedures mandate holders, and offers any assistance necessary in that regard. The Working Group has also noted with concern that it has transmitted [...]

Polls Chief Issues Red Alert

By Waruni Karunarathne Election Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya, has warned he will take whatever action that is deemed necessary if violence and violations of the election laws continue, ahead of the Uva Provincial Council polls. Deshapriya told The Sunday Leader that, if the polls are not seen as being conducted free and fair on Election Day, [...]

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