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The Sunday Leader not published this week

The Sunday Leader newspaper was not published this week owing to a technical issue. We regret any inconvenience caused

Disaster Management Minister’s absence defended

The Government defended the absence of Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa in Sri Lanka at a time when the country was facing a major natural disaster. Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that Yapa was in Mexico for an international summit which he had departed for before the disaster. Click here for full story

Government says early warning was not taken seriously

The Government says early warnings issued to landslide prone areas had not been taken seriously by some people, costing them their lives. Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that one family was killed when they disregarded a warning to evacuate as they were cooking while another family took time to gather their belongings. Click here for [...]

Death toll reaches 126, more rain expected this week

The death toll from the floods and landslides reached 126 today with more rain expected this week. The Disaster Management Centre said that 97 people are missing and over one million people have been affected by the disaster. Click here for full story:

Lanka’s Foreign Policy Is For Its Own Interests Not Others

Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Vesak Day that Sri Lanka’s security on land or in the Indian Ocean is linked and it is indivisible with India would have by now sparked off intense debate with sharp criticism from the ‘Joint Opposition’ (JO) if not for the surprising and unannounced meeting between the [...]

CBK, MS, Ranil Discuss NIB Report On Cabinet Reshuffle

By Sujith Mangala Silva Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga had an emergency meeting last week with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on a report by the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) on a cabinet reshuffle. The NIB had disclosed that the cabinet reshuffle could be the result of a political coup. Some members of [...]

I Had A Dream…

I had a dream. Not like that of Abou Ben Adhem in the poem of Leigh Hunt or the much celebrated dream of Martin Luther King. It was much more confusing. Was I dreaming or was it real? A corpulent man with a moustache and rings like knuckle dusters on his fingers was shouting: Mama [...]

Prison Ministry Officials Complicit In Corruption

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Officials of the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs are suspected of being complicit of corruption. The Sunday Leader learns that some officers are working against the interests of the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D. M. Swaminathan. Sources said that an official accused of being [...]

EU Keeps Close Watch On CTA Post GSP

by Easwaran Rutnam With the granting of GSP plus to Sri Lanka the European Union (EU) is keeping a close watch on the new Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) which will replace the highly controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Tung-Laï Margue said that the EU has [...]

Modi Visit, A Measured New Step

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Independent of expectations and anxieties to the contrary, the recent Sri Lanka visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a measured, new step in bilateral relations over the past several decades. By responding in the right and adequate manner, without overdoing either the welcome or the anticipated protests to Modi [...]

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