The Sunday Leader

Mercantile Volleyball Is Back With A Bang!

The Mercantile Volleyball Association of Sri Lanka is once again organizing the annual Mercantile Volleyball Tournament in a bid to popularize the national sport and to widen interest in the game in the mercantile sector. Over 100 teams participated in last year’s tournament and the Association hopes for a much larger response this year. A [...]

Trade Unions Shouldn’t Be Political Puppets

Recently there was much hullabaloo about attempts to abduct a student activist at a public place by a group of unidentified persons who had come in a white van. It was a story lapped by senior well known opposition politicians, renowned professors, and students by the thousands, the pro-Rajapaksa, anti-government media and all who want [...]

Hambantota Port Agreement Signed

The much anticipated signing of the amended Hambantota port agreement took place yesterday. Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the agreement will be open for further amendments if required. “Any provisions of this agreement can be amended,” the Minister said. Samarasinghe said that the signed agreement will be presented to cabinet and parliament and will [...]

‘Patriots’, Scoundrels And The Government

The many ‘patriots’ who are seen on the streets these days  bringing everyday life to a standstill, shouting obscenities, creating chaos, causing much hardship to people are indeed giving patriotism a bad name.  It gives credence to that old saying of Samuel Johnson: “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” Are these imposters of [...]

Beijing Not Fully Satisfied With Hambantota Port Deal

by  Easwaran Rutnam China is not fully satisfied with the agreement reached on the Hambantota Port deal, Chinese government sources said. Sources said that Beijing had questioned the Chinese Embassy in Colombo about the agreement reached with Sri Lanka. China had provided over USD 1 billion for the construction of the port as a loan. Under [...]

SLFP Must Decide Its Next Move Soon – Nimal Lanza

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is having talks to decide its future with the unity government, Deputy Housing Minister Nimal Lanza said. He said that as of now 41 members of the SLFP are in talks regarding their future in the unity government. However Nimal Lanza said the SLFP members will respect any decision taken [...]

Police Commission To Probe Fresh Allegations Against Police

By Indika Sri Aravinda The National Police Commission is to investigate fresh allegations raised against the police, Secretary to the Commission N. Ariyadasa Cooray said. Cooray told The Sunday Leader that the police has been accused of acting in a partial manner during the protest in Kolonnawa last week. He said that media reports indicated that the police [...]

Clinical India Romp To Emphatic Win

The writing was very much on the wall before the start of play on the fourth day and a quality knock from Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne only delayed the inevitable as Virat Kohli and boys thrashed Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test at the Galle International Stadium with a day to [...]

Unanswered Questions

The application of the title of this piece to what is happening on the political landscape might be considered to constitute the epitome of redundancy. No matter. Repeating the truth should never be unacceptable and in what follows, I will seek to draw the reader’s attention to a few, very few, questions that could and [...]

For Peaceful Fishing In Palk Bay

by N. Sathiya Moorthy If anyone thought that the new parliamentary legislation banning bottom-trawling by Sri Lankan fishers will end the continuing consternation of, and conflict with Indian counterparts in the Palk Bay especially, it is not to be. With or without the new law, what the Governments in India, at the Centre and in [...]

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