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Trade Unions Raise The Red Card

by  Ashanthi Warunasuriya Trade unions have warned that they will unite to take on the government if the Essential Services Act is used against them. President Maithripala Sirisena made a proclamation last week in the form of an order under Section 2 of the Essential Public Services Act, No. 61 of 1979 which was published [...]

Missing Seek Answers As OMP Takes Step Forward

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya President Maithripala Sirisena recently signed the gazette notification for the establishment of the Office of Missing Persons. This topic had been discussed for many years and the current government gave a pledge to the people that it would implement it. However, even if its implementation took a long time, many civil society [...]

Sexual Exploitation Of Women In The North-East Continues

Government officials, Non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff, workers and military personnel continue to exploit women in the North and East. While domestic abuse and sexual violence or exploitation are problems across Sri Lanka, its higher prevalence in the north and east is a consequence of armed conflict and continued militarisation, exacerbated by the culture of sexual [...]

Polls Chief To Hold Urgent Meeting On LG Polls

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya is to hold an urgent meeting with the secretaries of the political parties with regards to the Local Government (LG) elections. Deshapriya told The Sunday Leader that he has called for the meeting on August 4 at the Department of Elections. The joint opposition has been pushing for the LG elections t be held [...]

Drought Takes Its Toll In Several Areas

by  Ashanthi Warunasuriya The drought was having a serious impact on several parts of the country, with the North the most affected. Politicians and civil society said that drinking water was a major concern in the North with little or no supply. Northern Province Parliamentarian Douglas Devananda told The Sunday Leader that proposals have been made to [...]

SriLankan Staff Up In Arms

by Nirmala Kannangara Employees of SriLankan Airlines are up in arms against Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim, for accusing the airline trade unions for their failure to protect the national carrier from lavish spending by its former Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe, without pointing a finger at the Management for their failure to take action [...]

Warner Says CA To Blame For Crisis, Not Players

Australia vice-captain Dave Warner has accused Cricket Australia of wrongly blaming players for not resolving a bitter pay dispute saga which threatens next month’s Test tour to Bangladesh. CA chief executive James Sutherland upped the ante on Thursday when he said unless intensive talks over the next few days produced a compromise, his organisation would [...]

Police Action Raises Several Questions

by Ashanthi Warunasuirya The manner in which the Police had attempted to arrest a student activist recently has raised several questions. The Police in plain clothes had attempted to arrest student activist Ryan Jayalath in Colombo over his involvement in a recent protest at the Health Ministry. The attempt to arrest the activist was seen [...]

Fury And Sabre Rattling In Himalayas

Declining Indo-China Relations: What’s behind the Indian and Chinese tantrums high up in the Himalayas over a road expansion by China at strategic point abutting China and Bhutan and on the ‘Chicken Neck’ shaped corridor connecting India with its northeastern provinces. There have been occasional flare-ups since the 1962 Sino-Indian border conflict but they have [...]

Killed In The Line Of Duty

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya He was a much respected personality in his village and as a result, many thronged to pay their last respects to him. Even the President came to pay his respects to him in appreciation of his sheer dedication to his duty and for having sacrificed his own life to save the life [...]

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