Challenges Before The National Government

Talks commenced last week between the UNP and SLFP in the Joint National Council of the two parties to renew for another period their memorandum of understanding reached two-and-a-half years ago for the formation of the National Government. There will be a time lapse of six months in drawing up the MOU for the next [...]

MR Could Not Achieve A Honorable Solution For Tamils – Douglas Devananda

Former Minister Douglas Devananda says the political situation in the country has become more democratic, tolerant and conducive for the Tamil people to express their frustrations and grievances openly without fear and intimidation. The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader also insisted that his party never operated as a paramilitary organisation. Excerpts of an interview with The Sunday Leader:- [...]

Media And Christian Organisations Raise Concerns

Justice Minister’s Statement Threatening Lakshan by Ifham Nizam Hundreds of prominent individuals covering various spectrums and more than 30 organisations had come hard on a recent statement by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe threatening to remove an attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court. The Sri Lanka Chapter of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA-SL) strongly condemns [...]

Urgent Measures Being Taken To Address Food Crisis

The government is on an overdrive in an attempt to address a food security crisis which is expected to arise in the country during the next few months. A government source said that talks are underway with several countries to import rice in order to reduce the impact of the shortage of rice. According to [...]

No Lands For Those Who Deserve It

by Dileesha Abesundara - Pictures Prasad Purnamal The National Land Commission is proposed to be activated and all the country’s land issues will be brought under a national land policy according to a proposal included in the proposed new Constitution. As Sri Lanka is a small island its land mass holds greater value. About 75-80 % [...]

A Conspiracy Theory: Tread With Extreme Caution, Sri Lanka!

by Chrishmal Warnasuriya The first lessons taught to any student of the science of politics almost invariably includes a reference to the 16th century Florentine philosopher Machiavelli and his celebrated thesis, ‘the Prince’; where his principle line of argument revolves on the attainment of ‘power’ as the means of securing all other political ends. In [...]

70,000 Suspected Dengue Cases

by Ifham Nizam Nearly 70,000 suspected Dengue cases were reported island – wide during the first six months of this year, the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry points out. Officials told The Sunday Leader that  despite an ongoing awareness campaign on eradication nearly 42.40 per cent of Dengue cases were reported from the Western [...]

All Must Stand Together Against Religious Extremism

A multiplicity of racist attacks are erupting in different parts of the country and affecting different ethnic and religious communities. The widespread and systematic attacks against members of the Muslim community are insidious and low profile. They are individual attacks on commercial establishments and mosques that are sometimes reported in the media and sometimes not. [...]

Hate Speeches And Hate Speeches

All round denunciation of disseminators in racial hatred and religious bigotry is welcome but not surprising because no person or organisation however despicable could justify such moves openly. Racial and religious violence is promoted openly by a fanatical few but they fall silent soon due to adverse reactions caused among their own kind. Silence though [...]

I Don’t Mix Religious Meritorious Acts With Politics – Mervyn Silva

A much talked about politician during the previous regime was Mervyn Silva. He was most noted for his outspoken and sometimes arrogant attitude. Yet despite criticism he always spoke fearlessly about what he believed in. With the defeat of the previous government, Silva too faded away from the public eye and had been quiet for [...]

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