Columns by Gamini Weerakoon

Why Does The Opposition Agree On Everything? »

‘If two people agree on everything and anything, one person is doing the thinking’ To those of the new generations not familiar with Spanish writer Don Miguel Cervantes’s delightful book…

October 22, 2017 - 00:59 / No Comment / Read More »
State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, Secretary to the Foreign Minister Prasad Kariyawasam and  Navy Commander Travis Sinniah

Needed: National Discourse On Strategic Policy And Politics »

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Even as the nation is debating the contours and contents of a new Constitution, there is an urgent need to include in it the parameters of…

October 22, 2017 - 00:54 / No Comment / Read More »
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Whither ‘Mixed Voting System’ To Revive FPP? »

Under the proposed ‘Mixed voting system’, it is designed to elect more than 225 parliamentarians through FPP (First-past-the-post) and PR (Proportional representation) on an ad hoc 50:50 basis. The declared…

October 22, 2017 - 00:34 / No Comment / Read More »
News

Arrest Of Gotabaya Imminent »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The arrest of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is imminent, well informed sources told The Sunday Leader.…

October 22, 2017 - 00:59 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Govt. Yet To Earn A Cent From Hambantota Deal »

by Indika Sri Aravinda The government is yet to earn a cent from the Hambantota Port agreement, sources told The…

October 22, 2017 - 00:57 / No Comment / Read More »

Environmental Group Takes Port City To International Court »

An environmental group is taking the Colombo Port City project to the international court. Tilak Kariyawasam, Chairman and Executive Director…

October 22, 2017 - 00:56 / No Comment / Read More »

MR Likely To Be Removed »

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to be removed from his posts in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and…

October 22, 2017 - 00:54 / 2 Comments / Read More »

Karuna In ‘Unofficial’ Talks With Amaraweera »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Former LTTE Eastern Commander Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman had ‘unofficial’ talks with United People’s Freedom Alliance…

October 22, 2017 - 00:53 / No Comment / Read More »

UN Notes Process Too Slow »

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff noted that…

October 22, 2017 - 00:52 / No Comment / Read More »
Editor's Pick

SAITM Issue May See An End »

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by Indika Sri Aravinda The issue related to the Malabe SAITM Medical Faculty which was aggravating by the day, is likely to see a final solution this week. President Maithripala Sirisena said he will look to resolve the issue this week. Protests against SAITM has…

October 22, 2017 - 00:48 / No Comment / Read More »

Return To Sri Lanka: Indian Soldier Revisits A Brutal Battlefield »

Retired Major General Singh says he was 
unaware of the hospital attack by the IPKF

A 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka left at least 100,000 people dead on both sides of the conflict. In 1987, India sent a peacekeeping force, but it ended up getting drawn into the fighting. Thirty years on, BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare revisits the former…

October 22, 2017 - 00:48 / No Comment / Read More »

The Unfair Serving Dished Out To Pensioners »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Pensioners in Sri Lanka, despite having served the country their whole life, are forced to take to the streets in protest against the unfair treatment they are dished out and their meagre pension payments. Adding insult to injury by receiving meagre pensions,…

October 22, 2017 - 00:42 / No Comment / Read More »

COPE Report Finds NTC Busted Money »

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by Indika Sri Aravinda The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) found that Rs. 1,705,343/- was spent by the National Transport Commission (NTC)  to print stickers of destination boards and details of emergency telephone numbers on three occasions in 2015 without following the proper procurement procedure.…

October 22, 2017 - 00:41 / No Comment / Read More »

Sri Lankan Women Say #MeToo »

Marianne David, Aruni Wijayaratna and Yasisurie Kiribandara

Women across Sri Lanka have joined the #MeToo campaign against sexual abuse. The campaign was kicked off by actress Alyssa Milano following sexual abuse allegations raised against movie executive Harvey Weinstein. More than 40 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harrasment, abuse or rape. In…

October 22, 2017 - 00:40 / No Comment / Read More »
Editorial

Follow The Law, Not The Mob! »

The Presidential Commission investigating the Central Bank Bond scam is distinctive in that it is a commission investigating into allegations that reflect on high ranking…

October 22, 2017 - 00:59 / No Comment / Read More »

We Will Continue To Protect National Assets – Prasanna Ranaweera »

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The joint opposition says it will continue to protest against the selling of government owned assets despite the recent crackdown on a protest in Hambantota.…

October 22, 2017 - 00:55 / No Comment / Read More »

Duminda Told To Wear Spectacles »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Eye specialists have determined that Duminda Silva should be wearing eye glasses to enable him to see well mainly due to his…

October 22, 2017 - 00:44 / No Comment / Read More »

Central Expressway Raises Environmental Concerns »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Huge environmental problems have arisen in the Kurunegala area due to the construction of the Central Expressway. This has not just affected…

October 22, 2017 - 00:40 / No Comment / Read More »
  • A security officer of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara cleans mud off the shoes of the IGP during a visit to Jaffna last weekend

  • Pradeep Jayewardene, grandson of Sri Lanka’s first executive President J. R. Jayewardene, addressing the media last week after announcing his decision to enter politics. Jayewardene said he wants to contest under the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)
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  • Troops of the 121st Brigade of the 12th Division under the Security Force Headquarters - Central (SFHQ-C), in a gesture of goodwill, extended its support to conduct a mobile medical specialty clinic and donated prosthetic limbs to needy civilians in the Moneragala area

  • Sri Lanka is to obtain USD 75 million (approx. Rs. 11,400 million) from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank to implement the Financial Sector Modernization Project. The financing agreement was signed by Dr. R.H.S. Samarathunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media on behalf of the government of Sri Lanka and Ms. Idah Z Pswarayi – Riddihough, World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives on behalf of the World Bank at the Ministry of Finance.

  • Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa greets former Foreign Minister and now Eastern Province Governor Rohitha Bogollagama at an event held last week at the BMICH to mark the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.
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  • A media briefing on the ‘Galle Dialogue 2017’ International Maritime Conference was held at the Navy Headquarters last week. The press conference was chaired by the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah. The conference scheduled to be conducted on 09th and 10th October 2017 at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.
Picture by Lalith Perera

  • 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.
Picture by Lalith Perera

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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
Picture by Lalith Perera

Business 1

External Pressures Constrain Sri Lanka’s Credit Profile

Moody’s Investors Service says that Sri Lanka’s (B1 negative) significant borrowing requirements and heavy reliance on external and foreign-currency funding expose the sovereign to material liquidity and external financing risk, which weighs on the sovereign’s credit…

October 22, 2017 - 00:40 / Read More »
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Players Not Going To Lahore Will Not Be Considered For Selection For Entire Series

Sri Lanka players who refuse to travel to Lahore will not be considered for the other two T20s in the series. The board is presently attempting to convince as many players as possible that a 24-hour…

October 22, 2017 - 00:40 / Read More »
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Anniversary Celebration

Society by Zarani Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Colombo West joined in the Celebration at the 87th Anniversary Dinner of the Rotary Club of Penang, Malaysia held at the Bellevue The Penang Hill Hotel, Penang,…

October 22, 2017 - 00:12 / Read More »
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October 22, 2017 - 00:32 / Read More »
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We Will Continue To Protect National Assets – Prasanna Ranaweera

The joint opposition says it will continue to protest against the selling of government owned assets despite the recent crackdown on a protest in Hambantota. Joint opposition Parliamentarian Prasanna Ranaweera said he would fight against the…

October 22, 2017 - 00:55 / Read More »
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COPE Report Finds NTC Busted Money

by Indika Sri Aravinda The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) found that Rs. 1,705,343/- was spent by the National Transport Commission (NTC)  to print stickers of destination boards and details of emergency telephone numbers on three…

October 22, 2017 - 00:41 / Read More »
Focus Protests staged against SAITM

SAITM Issue May See An End

by Indika Sri Aravinda The issue related to the Malabe SAITM Medical Faculty which was aggravating by the day, is likely to see a final solution this week. President Maithripala Sirisena said he will look to…

October 22, 2017 - 00:48 / Read More »
Opinion State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, Secretary to the Foreign Minister Prasad Kariyawasam and  Navy Commander Travis Sinniah

Needed: National Discourse On Strategic Policy And Politics

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Even as the nation is debating the contours and contents of a new Constitution, there is an urgent need to include in it the parameters of a new ‘strategic thinking’. If there…

October 22, 2017 - 00:54 / Read More »
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