Police officers protect the office of the Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board W.B. Ganegala following a tense situation which arose between the staff and the management.
Ganegala was held hostage by the staff and had to be freed by the Police.
Picture by Indika Sri Aravina

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong begins Sri Lanka visit »


Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong began an official visit to Sri Lanka on Monday at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena. He will call on President Sirisena, who will also host an official lunch on Tuesday. Lee will also meet his Sri Lankan counterpart…

January 22, 2018 - 22:50 / No Comment / Read More »

Ravi slams Dayasiri, Amaraweera, Seniviratne and S.B »


United National Party (UNP) Assistant Leader, Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake on Monday slammed Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members and Government Ministers Dayasiri Jayasekera, Mahinda Amaraweera, John Seniviratne and S.B. Dissanayake. Speaking at an election propaganda meeting in Kotahena on Monday, Karunanayake said that Dayasiri Jayasekera, Mahinda Amaraweera,…

January 22, 2018 - 15:44 / No Comment / Read More »

Cash-strapped SriLankan says it achieved highest ever revenue »


SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, says it achieved the highest ever monthly revenue in the history of the company in December 2017. A statement by the airline said that the air-transport operation of the company…

January 22, 2018 - 14:58 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Protest staged near Justice Ministry seeking equality for Muslim women »


A protest was staged near the Justice Ministry highlighting Muslim women’s call for justice and equality in Sri Lanka. The silent protest focused on the failure to implement amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA). The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) has been in…

January 22, 2018 - 14:35 / No Comment / Read More »

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation bans bulk sale of ‘Lanka Kerosene oil’ »


The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) today banned the bulk sale of ‘Lanka Kerosene oil’ which is red in colour as it is being used by some industries. CEYPETCO said that Lanka Kerosene oil is issued to low income families and the fishing community yet some industries have…

January 22, 2018 - 14:09 / No Comment / Read More »

Magistrate grants bail to 58 protesters over Kataragama violence »


The Tissamaharama Magistrate on Monday granted bail to 58 protesters who had been arrested over their involvement in the violence in Kataragama. The Police fired tear gas and made several arrests as violence erupted in Kataragama on Sunday following tensions resulting from a shooting incident.…

January 22, 2018 - 12:17 / No Comment / Read More »

Nasheed briefs diplomats in Sri Lanka; ready to field common candidate »


Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed is in Sri Lanka where he briefed diplomats on the Presidential elections in the Maldives scheduled for this year and his intention to back a common opposition Presidential candidate in the event he is prevented from contesting. Speaking to journalists…

January 22, 2018 - 11:56 / No Comment / Read More »

New FAO Country Programming Framework for Sri Lanka launched »


Minister of Agriculture, Duminda Dissanayaka on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, and the Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for Sri Lanka, Ms Nina Brandstrup, signed the new FAO Country Programming Framework (CPF) 2018-2022. It is a tool…

January 22, 2018 - 08:26 / No Comment / Read More »

UNP plays down statement by MS of taking over economy »


The United National Party (UNP) played down a statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena that he has taken over directing the national economy from this year. Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva said that he spoke to the President and…

January 21, 2018 - 06:53 / 8 Comments / Read More »

Tense situation in Kataragama after Police kill motorcyclist »


A tense situation arose in Kataragama after the Police shot dead a motorcyclist who ignored orders and failed to stop. Area residents who were outraged over the shooting attacked the Kataragama police station. The policeman who opened fire was later arrested, the Police said. (Colombo…

January 21, 2018 - 06:42 / No Comment / Read More »

Pillayan’s TMVP contests LG polls in bid to regain lost ground »


By Easwaran Rutnam The Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) led by Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, alias Pillayan, is contesting the Local Government (LG) elections in a bid to regain lost ground in the political arena. TMVP spokesman Azath Maulana told The Sunday Leader the TMVP will be…

January 21, 2018 - 00:10 / 2 Comments / Read More »

President says he has decided to take over economy from UNP »


President Maithripala Sirisena says he has decided to take over the economy from the United National Party (UNP). The President said that the handling of the national economy was in the hands of the UNP over the past two years. However he says from this…

January 20, 2018 - 21:14 / 10 Comments / Read More »

SLFP to probe claims Uva CM forced principal to kneel »


The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says it will investigate claims that the Chief Minister of the Uva Province Chamara Sampath Dassanayake had forced a principal from a school in Badulla to kneel before him. Meanwhile the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has also launched…

January 20, 2018 - 21:13 / 2 Comments / Read More »

Now video of CBK dancing and singing goes viral »


First it was a video of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe dancing and now a video of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga dancing at a function has gone viral on social media. The video shows Kumaratunga dancing with a group of people and also singing parts of the…

January 20, 2018 - 20:10 / 10 Comments / Read More »

Banner against sexism replaces controversial hoarding »


A banner against sexism has been placed at the site in Rajagiriya where a hoarding created a lot of controversy. The banner reading “No more space for sexism” has been put up following the removal of the offensive advertisement. “Ha ha look at this! #SriLanka women’s…

January 20, 2018 - 15:55 / No Comment / Read More »
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The role of the yahapalana opposition »


By Mahinda Rajapaksa There is a yahapalana government as well as a yahapalana opposition in this country. After the August 2015 parliamentary election, the UNP…

January 21, 2018 - 18:55 / No Comment / Read More »

China confident its relationship with Sri Lanka will grow stronger »


The Chinese Government today said that it is confident that the friendship with Sri Lanka will grow stronger. Cheng Xueyuan, the Ambassador-designate of the People’s…

January 21, 2018 - 14:59 / No Comment / Read More »

Mount Lavinia Police, TID exposed in Lasantha murder probe »


The underhand activities of the Mount Lavinia Police and the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at the time the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed,…

January 21, 2018 - 00:47 / 5 Comments / Read More »

Army cannot interfere in our matters – C.V. Wigneswaran »


By Taylor Dibbert C.V. Wigneswaran is the chief minister of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka and a member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).…

January 21, 2018 - 00:20 / 6 Comments / Read More »

Child’s brutal killing shocks Jaffna »

Jaffna child

The brutal killing of a three year old girl shocked residents of Vannarpannai in Jaffna last Friday. The young girl was stabbed to death by…

January 21, 2018 - 00:20 / No Comment / Read More »

Overplaying Israel »

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By Vidyadharan MP Last week in India, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s got presumably one of his warmest welcomes ever received in a foreign country.…

January 21, 2018 - 00:10 / 1 Comment / Read More »

The Indian Ocean does not need an Indian Cold War »


By Trevor  Jayetileke A Cold War in the Indian Ocean will not be in the best interests of any country in the Indian Ocean and  this …

January 21, 2018 - 00:05 / No Comment / Read More »
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