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Planters’ Association Rejects Wage Concerns

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon has rejected concerns raised over the wage paid to employees in the estate sector. The wage earned by estate employees as stated in the article is incorrect and it contradicts the wage formula contained in the Collective Agreement entered into between the trade unions, the Employers Federation of Ceylon and [...]

Rudra Wants Answers

By Easwaran Rutnam Former LTTE peace negotiator and head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) based in the US, V. Rudrakumaran, has called on the new Government to release details on what happened to LTTE political leaders, including Balakumar, Puthuvai Rathnathurai, Yogi and Thilakar. Rudrakumaran claims that those LTTE political leaders and some [...]

Tough Laws Against Child Abuse

The government says it would call for tougher laws against child rape and abuse as figures showed only a handful of perpetrators are currently serving jail terms. Child Affairs Minister Rosy Senanayake said that her ministry would work closely with the Justice Ministry to introduce tougher laws since out of the 72,000 harassment and rape [...]

UK Report Says Lanka Still Short

There was no overall improvement in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka during the last three months of last year, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in an update on Sri Lanka’s human rights situation, as the island continued to remain as a country of concern. The update notes that the UN Human [...]

SLMC Wants Fresh Investigation

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) called upon the newly elected president to reinvestigate religious killings which had occurred in the country under the previous regime. The SLMC said that while the government had a tight schedule under its 100-day policy programme, it would request the president to reinvestigate Muslim killings and attacks led by [...]

Questions Raised On DG

By Nirmala Kannangara Questions have been raised as to why trade unions affiliated to the Education Ministry are demanding the removal of the Director General (DG) of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Maharagama Prof. Abeyratne Bandara.  Being a strict disciplinarian, who introduced proper code of conduct within the NIE, and did not allow even [...]

Talks To Discuss Human Rights

By Waruni Karunarathne The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) met with some members of the civil society last Thursday to discuss matters related to defending human rights and improving the human rights situation in the country.  Member of the HRCSL Dr Prathibha Mahanamahewa told The Sunday Leader that they met several civil society [...]

Over 220 Bribery Complaints

By Indika Sri Aravinda Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Ganesh R. Dharmawardena says that the commission has received over 220 complaints from January 1st to 22nd. He said that within the past three weeks, the commission has received 46 complaints about corruption and other allegations against former government [...]

Hirunika Complains To The Police

Western Provincial Council Minister Hirunika Premachandra has lodged a complaint with the Police Headquarters and with the Angoda police requesting them to arrest four persons related to the assassination of her father, Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. Hirunika Premachandra stated that she lodged her complaint based on a complaint lodged by former public affairs Minister Mervyn Silva [...]

New Transport Price Formula Proposed

Minister of Internal Transport Ranjth Madduma Bandara said that he will introduce a price formula to amend the current bus fares if the private bus associations do not reduce bus fares at least by 10% before January 29. The government considerably reduced the prices of fuel last week. Private Bus Associations are to meet to [...]

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