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SLFP Minister and businessman brokered no-confidence motion »

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   A Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Minister and a top businessman had brokered the recent no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, The Sunday Leader learns.…

April 21, 2018 - 23:45 / 4 Comments / Read More »
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Dubai refuses to handover Udayanga »

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By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The authorities in Dubai are refusing to handover Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga who…

April 21, 2018 - 23:55 / 3 Comments / Read More »
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President returns to the island as political issue continues »

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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island on Monday as the political issue continued. The President, who was in London to attend the Commonwealth summit, returned with his delegation. His return comes as a political issue continued in the country threatening the future of the unity…

April 23, 2018 - 10:15 / No Comment / Read More »

China warns Sri Lanka over attempts to sour relationship »

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China has warned Sri Lanka over attempts to sour the relationship between both countries. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan said that there are baseless claims being made that the Hambantota Port might be used for military purposes. “China and Sri Lanka should…

April 23, 2018 - 09:58 / No Comment / Read More »

Couple arrested at BIA attempting to smuggle gold »

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Customs officers arrested a couple at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while they attempted to smuggle gold to India. The Sri Lankan couple had in their possession 2.35kg of gold, the Customs Department said. The gold was valued at over Rs. 9.1 million.…

April 22, 2018 - 20:54 / No Comment / Read More »

One killed, four injured in Nittambuwa shooting incident »

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One person was killed and four others sustained injuries following a shooting incident in Nittambuwa, the Police said. The Police said that a woman was among those injured in the shooting incident which took place in Attanagalle in Nittambuwa. Investigations are underway.…

April 22, 2018 - 20:17 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Dubai refuses to handover Udayanga »

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By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The authorities in Dubai are refusing to handover Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga who was arrested last month. Sources told The Sunday Leader that diplomatic efforts are underway to secure Weeratunga’s transfer to Sri Lanka but the efforts have…

April 21, 2018 - 23:55 / 3 Comments / Read More »

SLFP Minister and businessman brokered no-confidence motion »

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By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   A Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Minister and a top businessman had brokered the recent no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, The Sunday Leader learns. Well informed sources said that the Minister, who later abstained from voting for the motion,…

April 21, 2018 - 23:45 / 4 Comments / Read More »

Navin, Arjuna push for SLC interim committee »

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By Samantha Hewabandula   Ministers Navin Dissanayake and Arjuna Ranatunga are pushing for an interim committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to be appointed. The Sunday Leader learns that Dissanayake and Ranatunga have discussed the proposal with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The two Ministers have…

April 21, 2018 - 23:40 / 3 Comments / Read More »

20-A in Parliament early next month »

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The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) hopes to submit the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to Parliament early next month. The JVP leadership discussed the proposal and said that they will look at presenting the document to Parliament during the first week of May when Parliament…

April 21, 2018 - 23:30 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Four arrested with Kerala Ganja and hash in Wattala »

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Four suspects were arrested by the Police Special Task Force (STF) in Wattala with Kerala Ganja and hash. The Police said the suspects were arrested with 150kgs of Kerala Ganja and 2kgs of hash.…

April 21, 2018 - 10:36 / No Comment / Read More »

US report notes limited progress, rights abuses in Sri Lanka »

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The annual US human rights report noted that the Sri Lankan Government has made limited progress toward establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 made public by Acting US Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, noted that there were…

April 21, 2018 - 09:48 / No Comment / Read More »

Mother and daughter stabbed to death in Mahiyanganaya »

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A mother and her daughter were stabbed to death in Mahiyanganaya, the Police media unit said on Saturday. The Police said that the mother was 59 years old and daughter 40 years old. The two women were killed in the Mapakadawewa area in Mahiyanganaya. Investigations are underway. (Colombo…

April 21, 2018 - 09:03 / No Comment / Read More »

IMF reaches staff-level agreement on fourth review with Sri Lanka »

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reached a staff-level agreement with the Sri Lankan authorities on the fourth review under an economic reform program supported by a three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement. All the end-December quantitative performance criteria under the program were met, as the authorities…

April 20, 2018 - 23:39 / No Comment / Read More »

Grammy nominated Swedish DJ Avicii found dead in Oman »

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Swedish DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died at age 28 on Friday, April 20, his publicist confirmed. Avicii, who performed in Sri Lanka in 2011, was found dead in Muscat, Oman. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known…

April 20, 2018 - 23:15 / No Comment / Read More »

Female bank employee in Gampaha arrested over fraud »

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A female employed of a bank in Gampaha has been arrested over her alleged involvement in fraud amounting to Rs 20 million. She was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Kegalle. The female employee of the bank was arrested following a complaint lodged…

April 20, 2018 - 18:02 / 3 Comments / Read More »

Illegal restaurants and pubs along Mirissa beach to be removed »

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Illegal restaurants and pubs along the Mirissa beach will be removed from next month, the Coast Conservation Department said. Officials said that demolishing the illegal structures will begin on May 8 in Mirissa and continue along other areas as well. The move follows the recent incident…

April 20, 2018 - 15:31 / 3 Comments / Read More »
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Tourism takes a hit »

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* Sri Lanka faces new travel advise after assault on tourists * Dutch tourists yet to complain to the embassy * Nuwara Eliya sees drop…

April 21, 2018 - 23:43 / 2 Comments / Read More »

In Jaffna where the god’s are deaf »

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By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   Jaffna has a generally liberal-minded population. At the Local Government Elections even Nallur where the Kandasamy Temple is, elected…

April 21, 2018 - 23:31 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Travails still for the TNA? »

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By N. Sathiya Moorthy If someone thought that the post-LG poll travails of the ruling TNA in the North has had a happy ending, it…

April 21, 2018 - 23:29 / No Comment / Read More »

Meethotamulla re-emerges as a danger zone »

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By Ashanthi Warnasuriya   The Meethotamulla garbage dump collapsed one year ago killing 33 people. Tragedy struck as the residents of Meethotamulla were preparing to…

April 21, 2018 - 23:26 / 1 Comment / Read More »

David and Goliath: Battle against Iranativu Naval land robbery »

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By Athula Vithanage Iranathivu, a combination of two small islands located 22 kilometers from the Nachchikuda beach, had been populated for about four decades. The…

April 21, 2018 - 23:22 / No Comment / Read More »

Mahinda Chinthana – A political vision to be reckoned with in our time »

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By Trevor Jayetileke   Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa came to power in November 2005 having toppled the then President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the last of the Bandaranaike epoch…

April 21, 2018 - 23:20 / No Comment / Read More »

Let’s discuss about foods high in saturated fat »

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Good advice from Dr Harold   “Do not be afraid of eating fatty foods, because- your body needs fat. It gives you shape, controls your…

April 21, 2018 - 23:02 / No Comment / Read More »

SLFP split widens »

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By Ashanthai Warunasuriya   The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was sinking deeper last week as the rift in the party began to get wider.…

April 21, 2018 - 23:00 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Danu awarded WPDO Peace Ambassador honorary award »

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Danu Innasithamby a prominent media personality in Sri Lanka was appointed as a World Peace and Diplomacy Organization (WPDO) Peace Ambassador. He was formally presented…

April 20, 2018 - 08:13 / No Comment / Read More »

RTI reveals Lanka E News blocked on order from President’s office »

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In December 2017, Groundviews received a list of 13 websites that had been blocked from 2015 onwards by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), via a Right to Information request.…

April 15, 2018 - 08:45 / 2 Comments / Read More »

Acquiescence to oppression: Caste, the Sangha and theocracy »

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By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   We are supposedly living in a secular country, notwithstanding Buddhism being the foremost religion sponsored by the state. And…

April 14, 2018 - 16:16 / 5 Comments / Read More »

UN security report sends damaging message »

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By Easwaran Rutnam A UN security assessment report issued on last month’s violence in Kandy has raised concerns after it spoke of clashes between Sinhalese…

April 8, 2018 - 00:20 / 5 Comments / Read More »
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