The Sunday Leader

MR To Direct A Movie Soon

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to direct a movie with Ministers Wimal Weerawansa and Champika Ranawaka playing the lead roles, says JVP Politburo Member K. D. Lalkantha. “It will be the next attraction to be featured in film halls soon,” he said. Speaking at the annual convention of the JVP-affiliated union of the Sri Lanka Transport [...]

Invitation From CBK

UNP parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana recently bumped into former  President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge on an Emirates flight bound for Colombo from Dubai. Pathirana was returning to Sri Lanka after attending a workshop in Canada when he met Kumaratunge while passing through the business section of the flight. It was Kumaratunge who first greeted Pathirana and after [...]

Johnny To The Rescue

Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando had to recently play the role of saviour of lives – the lives of two pelicans. The Minister was in his office at Vauxhall Street when suddenly he had heard a commotion outside the building. He was informed that two pelicans were being strangled by a kite string [...]

Blamed For Development

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa was recently disgruntled that the government never seemed to be commended for the many development projects carried out. In some instances they were even blamed for development. Rajapaksa was engaged in discussing the development programmes outlined by the Ministry to be carried out next year with the funds allocated in [...]

Vegetable Shortage Hits Parliament

The vegetable shortage experienced last week due to the protest launched by farmers and vegetable traders affected the parliament as well. Meals at the parliamentary complex last Wednesday (14) had not included any vegetables or fruits. The legislators in the House had even noticed the lack of vegetables and fruits. UNP parliamentarian Gamini Jayawickrema Perera [...]

Father Vs. Son

It would be a match between father and son when the ministers and parliamentarians meet today (11) for a cricket match. The ministers’ team is tipped to be led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa while the parliamentarians’ team is to be led by his son, Namal Rajapaksa. The match is scheduled to be played at the [...]

Government Begins Agitating Against The JVP

Government leaders have now decided to keep a close watch on the JVP and its movements following the boost received by the party over the private sector pension scheme saga. Realizing that the JVP gained the upper hand in the whole campaign against the pension scheme mostly due to shortcomings on the part of the [...]

A Few Steps Back For MR

A Warning By A Foreign Envoy The withdrawal of the proposed private sector pension scheme by the government proved to be a major blow to the Rajapaksa administration. Senior go vernment members are still trying to counter the negative impact the proposed scheme has had on the administration. The Rajapaksa administration that claimed it would [...]

Govt. Yet To Decide On US, Indian Conditions

The government of Sri Lanka is yet to decide on the conditions and measures presented by the governments of US and India to External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris. However, the Rajapaksa administration is under pressure to make its move fast to build its relations with the international community. US Assistant Secretary for South and [...]

Pinus And Eucalyptus Trees Replaced While Elephants Are Renamed For Respect

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Parliament Correspondent Identifying the serious impact on watershed/ catchment areas, the Ministry of Environment has launched a programme to replace eucalyptus and pinus cultivations with endemic plants under the Indigenous Tree Canopy Programme (Hela Thuru Viyana). Minister of Environment Anura Priydharshana Yapa in response to a question for oral answers revealed that  [...]

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