The Sunday Leader

Alternative SLFP In The Offing

By Indika Sri Aravinda Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members who joined the opposition are to hold a convention in an attempt to create an alternative SLFP. The convention is to be headed by former SLFP General Secretary and Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, and will be held after the [...]

Hisbullah To Take Rishad To Court

National organiser of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress and Deputy Minister M.L.A.M. Hisbullah says he will file legal action against former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen who had recently decided to back common opposition Presidential candidate Maithiripala Sirisena. Hisbullah said that he was the National Organiser of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress since its inception and if [...]

Concerns Over Religious Attire Distribution

By Camelia Nathaniel Transparency International has brought to the notice of the Elections Commissioner a programme to distribute religious attire (Sil Redhi) amounting to Rs. 1000 Million across the Island in a manner that supports the UPFA presidential candidate. S.Ranugge the Executive Director of Transparency International Sri Lanka in his letter to the Elections commissioner [...]

Muthuhettigama Defiant On Warrant

By Indika Sri Aravinda Deputy Minister Nishantha Muthuhettigama, who left the country for Singapore last week, said that no one can arrest him without the signature of the speaker of Parliament. He said that neither he has been served with a warrant asking him to be present in court nor have the police asked him [...]

War Crimes, Hence War The Poll Issue Again?

N Sathiya Moorthy Whoever wins or loses the January eighth presidential polls, one thing is becoming increasingly clear. The results would not be based on the defections that the two sides could engineer, starting with that of the common Opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena. Nor would it be wholly based on the rival manifestos, which could [...]

Polls Chief Says His Hands Tied

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says he has no powers to appoint a Competent Authority for the media as demanded for by the opposition. Deshapriya says he can only issue directives to the Government media and not appoint a Competent Authority. The opposition had called on Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya, to appoint a Competent Authority for [...]

No Reduction In Local Fuel Prices!

Despite fluctuating international rates By Camelia Nathaniel While the oil prices in the world market is on a steep decline, the local fuel prices have only been reduced marginally in comparison to the decline internationally. While electricity and fuel charges in other countries are exempt from taxes, in Sri Lanka we pay taxes for these [...]

Police Attack On HNDA Students

By Waruni Karunarathne Students undertaking the Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (HNDA) who were staging a protest in front of the University Grants Commission (UGC) came under police attack last week. Many including Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) condemned the way state police forces acted to disperse the students. The students claimed that the [...]

“Violence Is Not The Biggest Issue Right Now”

 - Rohana Hettiarachchi, PAFFREL Executive Director Many have observed an increasing number of election violations especially with reference to abusing state power and misusing state resources. PAFFREL has observed many such incidents but claimed that the postal voting process by and large had only some isolated incidents. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, PAFFREL Executive Director [...]

Rooted Out And Disgruntled

Suchi Tsunami Villagers in Hambantota By Nirmala Kannangara in Hambantota Ten years after the tsunami devastation, its victims claim that they have been relocated in wrong places. Almost all the houses built for tsunami victims are located few kilometers away from the sea which was done in good faith, but they say that the authorities have [...]

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