Columns by Gamini Weerakoon

Sri Lanka: Paradise Or Nut House? »

That old advertising jingle of the seventies sung in a hybrid accent: ‘Shree Lanker Paradise’ which occasionally keeps coming back to us raises the question: Where the hell am I? Paradise…

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Sri Lanka, China And Hambantota »

by N. Sathiya Moorthy  In signing off around 70 per cent of the Hambantota Port holdings to a front company of the Chinese Government, as against the originally proposed 80…

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International Youth Day 2017 »

Youth Building Peace: Sri Lanka’s best hope  by Una McCauley - UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative  In September of last year, I had the privilege of attending an…

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by Gamini Weerakoon

‘Patriots’, Scoundrels And The Government »

The many ‘patriots’ who are seen on the streets these days  bringing everyday life to a standstill, shouting obscenities, creating chaos, causing much hardship to people are indeed giving patriotism…

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Unanswered Questions »

The application of the title of this piece to what is happening on the political landscape might be considered to constitute the epitome of redundancy. No matter. Repeating the truth…

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News

First Autopsy Report On Lasantha Murder Issued To Mislead Probe »

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by Nirmala Kannangara  It has now proved that the first autopsy report of the Founding Editor of The Sunday Leader…

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MR, SLFP JO Members To Take SLPP Membership »

by Indika Sri Aravinda Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliament members of the Joint Opposition…

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UNF Considers Split From Coalition »

The United National Front (UNF) led by the United National Party (UNP) is considering forming its own government after December…

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New Regulations By Sathosa To Clear Sugar »

Sathosa is to follow new regulations when clearing sugar imported into the country following the recent discovery of cocaine in…

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Govt. To Be Taken To Court On Polls »

Legal action is to be filed against the government over the delay to hold the Local Government (LG) elections. The…

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Swaraj Meets Senanayake, Discusses Bilateral Issues »

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake had talks in Nepal on…

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GTF Dismayed At Delay To Ensure Accountability »

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) yesterday said it was dismayed that more than eight years after the end of war,…

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Editor's Pick

Corruption Continues Despite Yahapalanaya »

Upul Jayasuriya and Malik Samarawickrema

Investor now in good books with Minister Malik Samarawickrema by Nirmala Kannangara The good governance administration that came into power promising to wipe off bribery and corruption in order to provide relief to the people, continues to give relief to the ‘able’ but not to…

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AG Officials Involved In Legal Swindles »

Wasantha Karannagoda, Dassanayake, along with certain Navy officers, in whose custody the abducted youth were held at the Gunside Underground Prison in Trincomalee and The ‘B’ Report submitted to courts by the CID

Bid to release former Navy Spokesman under youth abduction charges… by Nirmala Kannangara Damning evidence has now come to the fore as to how two senior officers at the Attorney General’s Department had attempted to favour former Navy Spokesman D. K. P. Dassanayake, who is…

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Civil Society Puts Govt. On Notice »

Brito Fernando, Gamini Viyangoda and Joseph Stalin

Demands Action Against MR And Family by Ashanthi Warunasuirya Civil society has warned the Government that they will face the same fate as the former Government if it fails to fulfil its promise to crackdown on powerful members of the former regime over their involvement…

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Kattankudy Mosque Killings In 1990: Reliving Bloodshed And Trauma 27 Years On »

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by Seyed Alavi Sheriffdeen For the last 27 years, the month of August had descended upon me, bringing with it dark memories of the gruesome images of the Kattankudy Mosque killings that has had a lasting imprint of sorrow and agony on me. This year…

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Dengue Now “ Threat To National Security” »

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The current state for emergency in the country as a result of the rapid spread of dengue which has reached epidemic proportions is seen as a threat to national security. The impact on several sectors such as tourism, investments, education and the overall workforce has…

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Mattala To Be Given To An Indian Company Under PPP »

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by Indika Sri Aravinda The government is to give the Mattala International Airport to an Indian company under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashok Abeysinghe told The Sunday Leader that several foreign companies had expressed interest in managing the…

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Why Is India Worried About China Consolidating In Sri Lanka? »

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by Swaran Singh On Saturday, Sri Lanka finally signed a $1.1 billion deal selling China 70 per cent stake in its strategic Hambantota Port. The fact that the Chinese signatory, the state-run China Merchant Port Holdings, is a Hong Kong based firm reminds not just…

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Violence In North, LTTE Resurgence Feared »

Manickavasagar Illancheliyan, Karuna Amman and Pilleyan

by  Indika Sri Aravinda Due to several incidents of violence that took place in the Jaffna area recently, security in that area has been threatened, according to the security forces. Based on these incidents in the North, there was tension brewing in the South and…

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Editorial

Rejuvenate The Yahapalanaya Govt. »

Propaganda ghouls have announced driving the Nth+1 last nail into the Yahapalanaya coffin but the government is not dead as they may have wished and…

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Religious Leaders Behind Theft And Fraud – Ranjan Ramanayake »

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Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage, Ranjan Ramanayake said he has never acted in a manner that would tarnish the image of…

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On Religion, Intolerance And Economic Prosperity »

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by Ayesha Zuhair Some moons back, in the course of a conversation with an overseas-based Sri Lankan academic who was then in Colombo on a…

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Farmers Cry Foul, Threaten More Strikes »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The farming community will to take to the streets once again as no solution has been given to address their concerns, the…

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Eateries Threaten Closure As Polythene Ban Nears »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya  The government has banned polythene lunch sheets from September 1 and certain demands have been made by the restaurateurs. But in the…

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Government Battles Norochcholai Crisis »

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Chinese team arrives to fix problem by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The government is looking to work out a permanent solution to the crisis at the Norochcholai…

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Approximately 30% Of Dengue Patients Are Children »

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Approximately 30% of dengue patients are children between the years of 5 -19 years, according to the National Dengue Control Unit of the Ministry of…

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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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  • Students Action Committee of the South Asian Institute of Technology & Medicine (SAITM) conducted a Bodhi Pooja at the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya to invoke blessings

  • Family members of the university students, who protested against the SAITM private medical campus, stage a protest in Fort in violation of a court order
Picture by Lalith Perera

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  • A patient sleeps on a bench at the Colombo national hospital during a strike by government doctors last week over the SAITM issue
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Eateries Threaten Closure As Polythene Ban Nears

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya  The government has banned polythene lunch sheets from September 1 and certain demands have been made by the restaurateurs. But in the event these demands are not met, all eateries around the country…

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On Religion, Intolerance And Economic Prosperity

by Ayesha Zuhair Some moons back, in the course of a conversation with an overseas-based Sri Lankan academic who was then in Colombo on a short vacation, I was struck by a remark he made on…

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Expose Upul Jayasuriya and Malik Samarawickrema

Corruption Continues Despite Yahapalanaya

Investor now in good books with Minister Malik Samarawickrema by Nirmala Kannangara The good governance administration that came into power promising to wipe off bribery and corruption in order to provide relief to the people, continues…

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Religious Leaders Behind Theft And Fraud – Ranjan Ramanayake

Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage, Ranjan Ramanayake said he has never acted in a manner that would tarnish the image of the party or bring discredit to the party. He urged the…

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Business Yi Xianliang

China Keen On Investment Zone

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya China wants to fast track the establishment of the proposed industrial zone in Hambantota. China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang said Sri Lanka needs industrialization and an industrial zone is the best…

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Sports The Lankans celebrate the dismissal of Kohli

Lankans Fight Back After Rahul-Dhawan Show

Sri Lanka’s bowlers fought back admirably in the latter half of the opening day of the Third and final test to share the day’s honours after it seemed that they would be totally blown away. After…

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A Fight To Protect Children

Two-year-old Ruvini has been left at the roadside with a bag of clothes and a letter giving her name and date of birth. She has neither a birth certificate nor an immunization card. She was found…

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