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Budget Has Deceived President And Parliament – Bandula Gunawardena

By Camelia Nathaniel and Ashanthi Warunasuriya SLFP MP Bandula Gunawardena said that although some goods were placed under a maximum retail price tag, implementing it throughout the country is not easy. He said that while the price of  gas and fuel can be reduced due to the downward trend in world oil prices, with the rising dollar, [...]

Northern Issues Threaten Non-Recurrence

Debt culture, unemployment, political prisoner issue raise concerns by Easwaran Rutnam The inability to pay back loans, unemployment and the political prisoner issue has gripped the North ahead of the New Year. National Dialogue Minister Mano Ganesan, under who the subject of non-recurrence falls, told The Sunday Leader that the issues in the North could [...]

AG’s Intervention Sought In Lasantha Murder Probe

By Vimukthi Yapa The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has sought advice from the Attorney General to arrest an alleged mastermind in the murder of the founding editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper, Lasantha Wickrematunge. Sources from the CID told The Sunday Leader that the Attorney General’s advice has been sought to take into custody a [...]

There Are No Concessions For People – Bimal Ratnayake

By Camelia Nathaniel and Ashanthi Warunasuriya The JVP claims that the government has misled the public with efforts taken to privatise education and many other sectors, through the budget. The JVP said they feel that this Budget is like a reservoir dam that has broken and that the entire economy will be destroyed. JVP MP Bimal [...]

Govt Must Create Better Opportunities For Employment In North And East – Dharmalingam Siddharthan

By Camelia Nathaniel TNA MP Dharmalingam Siddharthan said that while the budget holds some promise for the people, as a whole it lacked a proper vision in order to create better opportunities for the people.Speaking to The Sunday Leader he said that although six years had passed by after the end of the war, the [...]

Diaspora Hails De-listing, Offers Assistance

by Easwaran Rutnam Reconciliation moves in Sri Lanka has received a much needed boost with the Tamil Diaspora offering assistance after the government de-listed several organizations accused of having links with the LTTE. The New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that the de-listing opens the doors for discussions, which will prevent future conflict [...]

Investigations On Sajin, Priyath Complete

The investigations carried out by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) into several allegations levelled against former monitoring MP of the External Affairs Ministry, Sajin Vass Gunawardena and former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), Priyath Bandu Wickrema have been concluded. The Sunday Leader learns that the CID has handed over the final reports [...]

Mobile Service Provider Accused Of Blocking Key Probes

Authorities contemplating leveling criminal charges by Nirmala Kannangara A well known mobile service provider in the country is currently embroiled in a controversy with law enforcement authorities over the company’s alleged failure to cooperate in ongoing investigations of several high profile cases. The Sunday Leader learns that the authorities are contemplating bringing criminal charges against [...]

It Is Up To The Private Sector To Seize This Golden Opportunity – Minister Ravi Karunanayake

By Camelia Nathaniel Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake says that it was the ideas of the President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that were converted into practice through the budget 2016.He said that the budget is an unprecedented move to change the landscape of the country through increased public investment and the public private partnership in [...]

No Solution For Lankan Women Suffering In Saudi Arabia

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Domestic workers or ‘house maids’ as they are commonly called are the expatriates who bring in the bulk of foreign revenue to the country. There is a large number of domestic workers employed overseas and they are faced with numerous challenges and problems. In the recent past, a number of incidents that [...]

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