Columns by Gamini Weerakoon

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…

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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…

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XI Takes China To The Stars; Trump Heads America To Nowhere »

American President Donald Trump, said to be the holder of the ‘world’s most powerful office’ and the leader of the only existing superpower, and Xi Jinping, President of China, the…

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Our Rugby’s Entry To Bahamas: It’s 50-50 Chance »

THE sixth Youth Commonwealth Games is scheduled for July 20 in the Bahamas, but as far as local rugby officials are concerned, the Games can be held next year in…

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News

CBK, MS, Ranil Discuss NIB Report On Cabinet Reshuffle »

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By Sujith Mangala Silva Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga had an emergency meeting last week with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime…

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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…

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Rights Group Warns MR Return Must Not Be Ruled Out »

A leading international human rights group today warned that leaders in both the United National Party and the Sri Lanka…

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Report Claims Men, Boys Face Rape In Custody In Sri Lanka »

A new report has claimed that despite the end of the war in 2009, men and boys faced rape while…

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Nepal President, Chandrika Discuss Women’s Rights »

Former President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga paid a courtesy call on Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari at the…

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Family Of Odisha Youth In Lankan Prison Seek Release »

The family of two Odisha youth in a Sri Lankan prison have appealed for their release, orissadiary.com reported. The two Indian Muslim…

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Govt. Urged To Repeal Draconian PTA »

Amnesty International called on the government to repeal the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and ensure that any legislation…

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Editor's Pick

Unemployed Graduates Left On The Streets »

Unemployed graduates staging a protest

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The issue of unemployed graduates still continues unresolved and to date the graduates have no other alternative than to protest. The current good governance regime has taken some measures to provide employment for the unemployed graduates. However, when inquired by The Sunday…

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SAITM Under Attack Despite Solution »

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by Ifham Nizam The South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) came under attack last week despite the government reaching a solution on the issue. The Management of SAITM said on Friday they will be co-operating with the policy decisions presented by the government…

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Govt. Silent As BBS Continues Its Holy War »

Gnanasara Thero speaking to Mano Ganeshan

by Ifham Nizam  The Government has come under fire for remaining silent as the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) last week continued its own version of a ‘holy war’  ridiculing Muslims and even the chief prelates. Muslims expressed concerns over the manner in which BBS General…

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Rathupaswala: Weapons Examined »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Investigations related to the Rathupaswala incident are forging ahead and the weapons that were used for the shooting are being examined. Accordingly, the area in which the victim Ravishan Perera was shot, during a protest demanding clean drinking water, is being searched for…

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CMC, UDA Responsible For Building Collapse »

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Legal Action Likely Against Officials by Amavasya Sirisena In the realm of the collapsing of a five storied building under construction at Wellawatte, housing a reception hall last week, the quality, standards and safety assurances of several other buildings constructed along the canal reserve has…

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India To Play A Crucial Role In Energy Sector »

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by Ifham Nizam With growing energy needs here in Sri Lanka, India will play a crucial role especially when it comes to 10,000MW demand within the next two decades, energy experts said. The Sunday Leader reliably learns Power and Renewable Energy Ministry had discussions with…

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Five Years On: Still No Justice For Wasim »

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by Nirmala Kannangara It is five years since the national rugby player and Captain of the Havelock Sports Club Wasim Thajudeen’s life was snatched away by a killer squad alleged to be following a dispute with a son of a VVIP. Thajudeen’s charred body was…

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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…

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EU Keeps Close Watch On CTA Post GSP »

EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Tung-Laï Margue and Brad Adams

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…

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No One Can Point Fingers At The Military – Fonseka »

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Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka claims he is a happy man who does not take any issue to heart, but despite his positive attitude he is…

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Terrorism Of GMOA And Its Hypocrisy »

SAITM Institute and The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) staging a protest march in Colombo against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine  (SAITM)

by A. B. Sosa The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) in recent times has been dictating to the democratically elected government to nationalize the South…

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While Ministries Argue Who Pays The Taxes »

Provincial Health Director’s letter to Director General of Health Services that they are unable to pay taxes for the imported consignments, BAF’s letter to Additional Secretary of Health Ministry to grand duty exemptions for the Calcium Silicate Boards imported for the Operating Theatre Complex, Department of Fiscal Policy’s letter to the Health Ministry Secretary informing that they have no legal provisions to exempt taxes and Chairman BAF, B.A. Maheepala

Construction Of The Operating Theatre Suspended by Nirmala Kannangara Astonishing revelations have now come to light how the final stage of civil constructions of the…

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Move To Safeguard Political Colleagues »

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Wildlife Minister’s letter to Cabinet Secretary requesting the cabinet sub-committee report to be tabled at the cabinet meeting in order to give elephants for religious…

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Sri Pada Turns Into A Dumping Ground »

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by Ifham Nizam Unless strict action is immediately taken to ban plastics and polythene, Sri Lanka will continue to suffer number of garbage related issues,…

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  • The EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Tung-Laï Margue and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella toast EU-Sri Lanka relations at an EU Day reception held in Colombo last week

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  • Religious leaders stand next to Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran at a memorial event held in Mullivaikkal last Thursday to remember the victims of the final stages of the war

  • Armed Indian officers were part of the security contingent giving protection to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Norwood on Friday
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  • A tourist stranded at the Fort railway station during a strike launched by railway unions on Friday
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  • A reception was hosted on the Pakistan Naval Ship PNS Zulfiquar on Friday May 5 in Colombo. The Pakistan Navy Ship is in Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit.
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  • Preparations underway at Campbell Park in Borella where the United National Party will hold its May Day rally tomorrow under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

  • President Maithripala Sirisena and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya greet each other during a banquet held at Temple Trees last week to mark the launch of an international seminar, organized by Sri Lanka Islamic Center

  • Stores seen closed during a protest staged in the North and East last week in protest over the disappearance and land issues

  • Japanese experts inspect the site of the Meetotamulla tragedy last Friday. Japan sent a team to Sri Lanka to assist in the rescue and recovery operations                                                                      
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CMC, UDA Responsible For Building Collapse

Legal Action Likely Against Officials by Amavasya Sirisena In the realm of the collapsing of a five storied building under construction at Wellawatte, housing a reception hall last week, the quality, standards and safety assurances of…

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Focus SAITM Institute and The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) staging a protest march in Colombo against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine  (SAITM)

Terrorism Of GMOA And Its Hypocrisy

by A. B. Sosa The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) in recent times has been dictating to the democratically elected government to nationalize the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) on the premise that…

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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…

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CMC, UDA Responsible For Building Collapse

Legal Action Likely Against Officials by Amavasya Sirisena In the realm of the collapsing of a five storied building under construction at Wellawatte, housing a reception hall last week, the quality, standards and safety assurances of…

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No One Can Point Fingers At The Military – Fonseka

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka claims he is a happy man who does not take any issue to heart, but despite his positive attitude he is disgruntled that the corruption committed by the previous government is still…

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Unofficial Talks Underway With UK On Exports

By Amavasya Sirisena The government has initiated unofficial discussions with the United Kingdom with regard to exports post Brexit. Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs told The Sunday Leader Brexit will not have a major impact on Sri Lankan…

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Lankans Hoping for Flat Tracks, Improved Death Bowling

Champions Trophy Lanka may have often hankered for spin on foreign pitches, and the island may still the home of low-scoring one dayers, but this time around, they would love some nice, flat batting tracks at…

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