Columns by Gamini Weerakoon

Politicos And Medicos Make Sri Lanka A Joke »

Sri Lanka may justifiably be called Nutty Lanka considering the ludicrous conduct in public of some of our monks, politicians and government officials. Two weeks ago some opposition politicians took…

September 24, 2017 - 00:59 / No Comment / Read More »
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A Tamil For President, Now Or Never? »

by N. Sathiya Moorthy It may sound far-fetched just now, as it has been ever since Independence, but a Tamil as the elected President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of…

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SL Rugby: Club First, Country Next. »

IT won’t be long before the 2017-18 inter-club rugby season is upon us, Nov. 3 precisely, CH hosting CR. And the SLRFU ex-co confirms that there’ll be no changes to…

September 24, 2017 - 00:45 / No Comment / Read More »
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Stoning Of A Media Manufactured Idol »

Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi are being pilloried by the Western World – their governments, leaders and media – as it usually happens when racial or religious riots break…

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LIrneasia Launches Open Data Tool For Re-Demarcation Of Electoral Divisions »

LIRNEasia launched www.opendemarcations.lk, the new open data tool for re-demarcating Sri Lanka’s electoral divisions, at an interactive session held at SLIDA (Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration) on September 14, …

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SLFP MPs To Meet MS Individually And Split »

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by Indika Sri Aravinda A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarians are to meet President Maithripala Sirisena individually…

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Maldives Refuses To Free Lankan ‘Sniper’ »

The Maldives has refused to release a Sri Lankan accused of being a ‘sniper’ and who had alleged planned to…

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AG And Former GA Summoned Over Saudi Tsunami Housing Scheme »

by Indika Sri Aravinda The Attorney General and former Government Agent of Ampara have been summoned by President Maithripala Sirisena…

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New Sri Lanka Map With Port City To Be Presented Next Year »

A new Sri Lanka map, which will include the Port City, is to be presented next year. The Survey Department…

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Sri Lanka Accused Of Intimidating Members Of Civil Society »

Sri Lanka has been accused of intimidating members of civil society, in a report released last week by UN Assistant…

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Opposition Accuses HR Chief Of Interfering In Sri Lanka »

The joint opposition last week accused the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, of interfering…

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CBK Insists No Intention Of Dragging Son To Politics »

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga insists she has no intention of dragging her son Vimukthi Kumaratunga into politics. Kumaratunga said that…

September 24, 2017 - 00:51 / No Comment / Read More »
Editor's Pick

Battle For Doha School Continues »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The battle for the Stafford Sri Lankan School in Doha continued last week with officials of the school meeting several Ministers and officials in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Qatar ASP Liyanage was recently summoned by the Foreign Ministry to be questioned…

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Fonseka Misleads Media On US Visa Issue »

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by Indika Sri Aravinda Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka misled the media last week by claiming he had been refused a visa to the United States. However, Foreign Ministry sources said that Fonseka’s request for a visa was not even processed. Sources at the Foreign…

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Several Suicides Attributed To Effects Of Drought »

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Several suicides have been directly attributed to the effects of the drought in Sri Lanka. The United Nations (UN) office in Sri Lanka said that since late 2016, the country has been experiencing a lack of rainfall which has developed into what is believed to…

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Criminal Probe On Welikada Prison Hospital Doctor »

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Special treatment for VIP prisoners by Ashanthi Warunasuriya A criminal investigation has been launched into some of the activities carried out by the Chief Medical Officer of the Welikada prison hospital Dr. Nirmali Thenuwara. The investigation was launched after several allegations surfaced over the treatment…

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Patriots And Political Opportunists In Constitutional Making »

Proposals for constitutional changes in Sri Lanka arose around 8 years after Independence with the strident cry for Sinhala-Only gaining momentum. The Soulbury Constitution –…

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No Need For Me To Distort Facts – Chathurika Sirisena »

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To date, no daughter of any President has ever taken on the task of writing a book on their father. Chathurika Sirisena, the daughter of…

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SriLankan Airlines Scared To Reveal Information »

Application submitted seeking information under RTI Act, The appeal made to the RTI Commission by the Pilots’ Guild, The letter from the Information Officer to the Pilots’ Guild and Suren Ratwatte

by Nirmala Kannangara Questions have been raised as to why SriLankan Airlines is scared to reveal information sought under the Right to Information Act, by…

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Pettah And Fort – A Safe Haven For Notorious Activities »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuirya Drug dealing, illegal trade and fraud are just some of the activities said to be taking place in the Pettah and Fort…

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Sri Lankan Baby Farms: Minister Admits Illegal Adoption Trade »

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Sri Lankan authorities have admitted in a Dutch documentary that thousands of babies born there were fraudulently sold for adoption abroad in the 1980’s’, the…

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  • The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xiangliang, visited the Maharagama Cancer Hospital last week and offered assistance

  • Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake greets foreign troops at the Army-pioneered mock Exercise 'Cormorant Strike VIII - 2017’ in Kuchchaveli, Trincomalee last week.
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  • Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe poses for a selfie during the opening of the ‘Heta Dakina Ranil’ photographic exhibition at BMICH last week
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  • China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang hands over a cheque to  the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education Madawa Devasurendra at the Chinese Embassy during an event last week to grant Chinese Government Scholarships to Sri Lankan students

  • The Navy assisting devotees who toiled themselves in the traditional foot pilgrimage (Pada Yathra) from the Northern Province to the Kataragama Devalaya

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake hosted both Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishan for a breakfast meeting at the Colombo Hilton during their visit to Sri Lanka last week

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Pettah And Fort – A Safe Haven For Notorious Activities

by Ashanthi Warunasuirya Drug dealing, illegal trade and fraud are just some of the activities said to be taking place in the Pettah and Fort area. The Sunday Leader visited the Pettah and Fort areas last…

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Battle For Doha School Continues

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The battle for the Stafford Sri Lankan School in Doha continued last week with officials of the school meeting several Ministers and officials in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Qatar ASP Liyanage was…

September 24, 2017 - 00:40 / Read More »
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SriLankan Airlines Scared To Reveal Information

by Nirmala Kannangara Questions have been raised as to why SriLankan Airlines is scared to reveal information sought under the Right to Information Act, by the Airline Pilots’ Guild of Sri Lanka. By letter dated June…

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No Need For Me To Distort Facts – Chathurika Sirisena

To date, no daughter of any President has ever taken on the task of writing a book on their father. Chathurika Sirisena, the daughter of President Maithripala Sirisena, chronicled the personal experiences witnessed by her during the…

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US To Maintain Current Trade Policy Towards Sri Lanka

The United States will maintain its current trade policy towards Sri Lanka despite a change in administration in the US, Assistant US Trade Representative for South and Central Asian Affairs Mark Linscott said, the Asia Pacific…

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Lankans Embark On Crucial Tour Today

The Sri Lankan cricket team leaves today for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to take on Pakistan in two tests, five ODIs and three T20 games with the last T20 game set to be played in…

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A Life Snatched Away By Dengue

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya We well understand the uncertainty of life. But, there are many who live as if they are here to stay forever, perhaps knowingly or un-knowingly. Yet, among them there is a handful who…

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