China confident its relationship with Sri Lanka will grow stronger

The Chinese Government today said that it is confident that the friendship with Sri Lanka will grow stronger. Cheng Xueyuan, the Ambassador-designate of the People’s Republic of China to Sri Lanka arrived at Colombo today. The Chinese Embassy in Colombo said that Cheng and his family were received at the Bandaranaike International Airport by representatives [...]

UNP plays down statement by MS of taking over economy

The United National Party (UNP) played down a statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena that he has taken over directing the national economy from this year. Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva said that he spoke to the President and that the President insisted he didn’t mean taking over the responsibilities [...]

Tense situation in Kataragama after Police kill motorcyclist

A tense situation arose in Kataragama after the Police shot dead a motorcyclist who ignored orders and failed to stop. Area residents who were outraged over the shooting attacked the Kataragama police station. The policeman who opened fire was later arrested, the Police said. (Colombo Gazette) CLICK HERE FOR UPDATE

Mount Lavinia Police, TID exposed in Lasantha murder probe

The underhand activities of the Mount Lavinia Police and the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at the time the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed, has come to light. The Mount Lavinia Magistrate was informed last week that the Mount Lavinia Police and the TID had attempted to destroy key information related to the murder. The Mount [...]

‘Dual Irresponsibility’ And Worse

By N Sathiya Moorthy In a self-destructive mission, the ruling coalition leadership(s) is continually proving that there are two governments in Sri Lanka, not just one. Under the watch of the Constitution, the Supreme Court and the media – all arbiters of democracy, apart from the people, who are the final authority – President Maithiripala [...]

Army cannot interfere in our matters – C.V. Wigneswaran

By Taylor Dibbert C.V. Wigneswaran is the chief minister of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka and a member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Maithripala Sirisena became president three years ago. What are the principal challenges for people living in the Northern Province? No doubt [...]

Child’s brutal killing shocks Jaffna

The brutal killing of a three year old girl shocked residents of Vannarpannai in Jaffna last Friday. The young girl was stabbed to death by her irate uncle who later committed suicide. According to reports from the area, the incident took place at the residence of Gunaratnam in Vannarpannai in Jaffna. During a family dispute the [...]

Coach, Manager under fire as cricket in Sri Lanka continues nosedive

By Samantha Hewabandula The newly appointed coach of the Sri Lanka Cricket team and the Manager are under fire after Sri Lanka continued its nosedive in the game last week. Sources said that the coach and Manager have failed to work together to ensure the team selected for the ongoing tri-series in Bangladesh had the best [...]

Overplaying Israel

By Vidyadharan MP Last week in India, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s got presumably one of his warmest welcomes ever received in a foreign country. Ignoring protocols, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi drove to the airport to receive him. Then they had warmly interactions many a times, indepth talks and they attended many programmes together. [...]

Pillayan’s TMVP contests LG polls in bid to regain lost ground

By Easwaran Rutnam The Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) led by Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, alias Pillayan, is contesting the Local Government (LG) elections in a bid to regain lost ground in the political arena. TMVP spokesman Azath Maulana told The Sunday Leader the TMVP will be contesting the LG polls in Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Amapara. The TMVP [...]

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