BREAKING NEWS: Lasantha’s Body Exhumed

COLOMBO, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka on Tuesday exhumed the body of slain newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunge to conduct a fresh investigation over his murder, seven years after he had been killed. Wickrematunge, who was the founding editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper, was killed while he was on his way to office. Popularly [...]

Sirisena The Diplomat

Diplomacy has not been the forte of President Maithripala Sirisena who is essentially of a rural background and is still a humble politician expressing his thoughts and views, usually in his mother tongue, sans the highfalutin gobbledygook that usually goes with those aspiring or posing off as diplomats. Yet viewing his achievements during the past [...]


Lasantha’s Murder by Indika Sri Aravinda The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded a statement from former DIG Vass Gunawardena over the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge, the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper. The CID informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate last week that statements had been recorded from other suspects over the case. The [...]

Files Taken Over By Mount-Lavinia Magistrate

Lasantha’s murder case by Nirmala Kannangara The entire files pertaining to the murder of the Founding Editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper Lasantha Wickrematunge had been taken over by the Mt. Lavinia Magistrate to be kept in his court safe, for its protection. Considering the fact that it is one of the main dubious murder [...]

Army Sticks To Its Guns On Palaly Land

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya in Jaffna The military has refused to release parts of land in Palaly which is being used for security purposes, despite a demand by some Tamil political parties in the North. Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Mahesh Senanayake said that 4419 acres of land which belongs to the Jaffna Security Forces Headquarters, [...]

Be Patient And Bear Up The Hardships – Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

by Thushari Nathaniel Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam claims that many reforms have been brought in to the education sector, and people will see the effects of these changes in the near future. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, the Minister said that the government has to take certain decisions even though the [...]

We Have Now Become Labourers Of The West – Dullas Alahapperuma

by Thushari Nathaniel United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian and member of the Joint Opposition Dullas Alahapperuma said the cohabitation government is ruling the country by deceiving the public. He claims that the government makes promise after promise, but has absolutely no intention of fulfilling them, since it is merely a ploy to escape from burning [...]

Double Jeopardy

Construction Project Mooted At Double Cost On Hold –  Part II by Wiraj Silva The Sunday Leader exclusively reported last week how the government is contemplating on putting on hold a highly controversial US$ one billion housing project earlier speculated to be given to ArcelorMittal and to go for fresh international bidding. “After CANC Chairman [...]

Demo In Jaffna Against Govt.

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran led a demonstration in Jaffna yesterday against the government. Most shops in the Jaffna town were closed during the demonstration. The protest is against what some claim is the systematic settlement of Sinhalese people in the Tamil dominated region and the erection of Buddhist statues in an area devoid [...]

Dehiwala Condo Flouts UDA Regulations

by Hafsa Sabry The Dehiwala Mount Lavinia Municipal Council (DMMC) is alleged to have granted approval for the construction of a condominium in Atapattu Road, Dehiwala  violating the Urban Development Authority (UDA) regulations on how and where a seven stories apartment should be permitted. According to the UDA regulations if the road where the condominium [...]

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