The Sunday Leader

Failure To Prosecute Criminals May Boomerang

The country is going to the dogs’ is a generational cry. Present day generations are much convinced that their generation has lapsed greatly in their performance in comparison to those of their forefathers. At every significant election in recent decades, the cry has been: ‘Throw the rascals out’. But after some time when a new [...]

ICTA Wants Public Database; Department Of Registration Objects

by Indika Sri Aravinda The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (Private) Limited (ICTA), a company owned by the government has sought access to the database of the general public in the hands of the Department Of Registration of Persons. However the Department Of Registration of Persons has raised strong objections to releasing [...]

Eleven Companies Submit Bids To Explore Oil In Mannar

Eleven companies have submitted bids to explore oil in the Mannar basin, Director Benefits and Mechanical Engineer at the Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat Preeni Withanage told The Sunday Leader. Withanage said that the bids were received after the government called for tenders to explore and develop oil at Block M2 in the Mannar basin. The [...]

COPE Will Investigate State Universities – Sunil Handunnetti

The Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) says investigations conducted by them had been done fairly and without any bias. However, the Chairman of the COPE Sunil Handunnetti added that it was a cause for regret that the government has so far failed to take tangible measures to address the issues mentioned in its last report. He also said [...]

Presidential Commission Will Not Grill PM

The Presidential Commission investigating the alleged Treasury bond scam will not question Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Secretary of the Commission Sumathipala Udugamasuriya told The Sunday Leader that the written affidavit submitted by the Prime Minster to the Commission related to the Treasury bond issue is sufficient. He said that when the Commission convenes on November [...]

SLMC Decides To Contest With UNP

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has decided to contest the Local Government (LG) elections with the United National Party (UNP). SLMC General Secretary Nizam Kariapper told The Sunday Leader the party had discussed and decided to contest the LG polls with the UNP, except in the North and East. He said the party is [...]

Rift Emerges In SLFP Over Constitution

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya A rift has emerged in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) with regards to the new Constitution. SLFP sources said that while some SLFP members are backing a new Constitution there are those who are strongly opposing it and prefer only a few amendments. Addressing the post cabinet press conference last Wednesday, [...]

MR Not Invited For Key Meeting

Former President and Sri Lanka Freedom Party member Mahinda Rajapaksa has not been invited for a key meeting this week, Rajapaksa’s private secretary Uditha Lokubandara told The Sunday Leader. SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said that all SLFP members have been invited for the meeting on November 3 at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss the [...]

US Aircraft Carrier ‘USS Nimitz’ In Sri Lanka

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is in Colombo, Sri Lanka on a scheduled visit. The Carrier Strike Group includes the USS Nimitz, the cruiser USS Princeton, and destroyers USS Howard, USS Shoup, USS Pinckney, and USS Kidd.  The ships are scheduled to depart Colombo on October 31, 2017. Reflecting the growing relationship between the U.S. [...]

Sri Lanka Pledges USD 50,000 To Assist Rohingya Refugees

Sri Lanka has made a pledge of USD 50,000 to assist Rohingya refugees, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. OCHA said the international donor community had announced pledges for more than US$360 million to urgently ramp up the delivery of critical humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees and host communities [...]

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