Sri Lanka Is A Land Of Unprecedented Hope And Optimism – Mohamed Hussain Shareef

Among my most vivid childhood memories is a scene of horror involving an apartment inferno followed by a frantic dash from our Dehiwala home, escorted by family members, to Katunayake Airport. The year was 1983 and the timing was the flaring up of ethnic violence in and around Colombo, which then escalated into a prolonged [...]

From Nothing To Midas Touch; Boxers Blossom

HERE’s one for Ripley’s book of improbable feats: Sri Lankan boxers have won five international gold medals over a period of just five months, the last in early August, by Dinidu Saparamadu at the six-nation Taipei City Cup championships, the Slimeline BC boxer’s second gold; his first was in the Slovakia International in May. A [...]

The Sunday Leader not published this week

The Sunday Leader newspaper was not published this week (Sunday September 11 – 2017) owing to unavoidable circumstances. Any inconvenience caused to our loyal readers is much regretted.

Concerns over threat to Nasheed by Maldivian envoy to Sri Lanka

International legal counsel representing former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed are concerned about a threat made by the Maldivian ambassador-designate to Colombo to detain their client in Sri Lanka and forcibly return him to the Maldives, the Maldivian Democratic Party led by Nasheed said, according to a news report on Colombo Gazette. The ambassador-designate, Mohamed Hussain [...]

Gazette signed to operationalise Office on Missing Persons

President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, has signed the Gazette notification to operationalize the Office on Missing Persons, the Colombo Gazette reported. The Office on Missing Persons Act No. 14 of 2016 and amended by Act No. 9 of 2017 comes into implementation and operation with effect from [...]

President sacks Deputy Tourism Minister Arundika Fernando

President Maithripala Sirisena has sacked Deputy Tourism Minister Arundika Fernando, the Colombo Gazette reported. Arundika Fernando has in recent times had a very close association with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The President’s office said that Fernando was sacked in accordance with the power vested in the President under the clause 46 (3) (a). The decision will take [...]

Senate Committee rejects Trump’s proposed budget cut for Sri Lanka

Citing the geographical and strategic location of Sri Lanka, a Senate committee has opposed Trump Administration’s proposal of a drastic 92 per cent cut in American aid to the island nation, the Press Trust of India reported. “Given the geostrategic importance of the country, the Committee does not support the President’s budget request for Sri [...]

Zeid notes frustration over slow pace of reforms in Sri Lanka

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today called on Sri Lanka to swiftly operationalize the Office of Missing Persons and to move faster on other essential confidence building measures, such as release of land occupied by the military, and resolving long-pending cases registered under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, Colombo Gazette [...]

SAITM students urge authorities to reach fair and just solution

Graduates and students of the MBBS programme at the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) have urged the authorities to provide a fair solution to the current predicament, Colombo Gazette reported. These students have been deprived of completing their internship training that has halted their registrations as medical practitioners in Sri Lanka. In [...]

China insists no hidden agenda in relationship with Sri Lanka

China has insisted there is no hidden agenda in its relationship with Sri Lanka, the Colombo Gazette reported. A statement by the Chinese Embassy in Colombo quoted the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang as saying as a true friend of Sri Lanka, China offered assistance to Sri Lanka without any conditions. “China always [...]

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