The Sunday Leader

Rajapaksa’s Role: Don’t Rock The Boat

Sri Lanka which is featured only on rare occasions in international TV news channels after the death of Velupillai Prabhakaran did so following the riot on the roads of Hambantota’s environs last week. Those reports projected the violence as a peasant revolt against ‘Chinese colonization’ neatly fitting into the current standard format on China in [...]

China’s ‘White Paper’ And Sri Lanka

by  Easwaran Rutnam The white paper on policies  is related to Asia-Pacific security cooperation China has been an active development partner to Sri Lanka China says it is committed to promoting peace and stability in this region A white paper issued last week by China virtually puts Sri Lanka on notice on why Sri Lanka [...]

Having Differences Of Opinion Natural – John Seneviratne

But another fact the people are concerned is the 99 year lease time period. If the lease time period could be shortened then the people in the area will be calmer It is normal to have different opinions inside a coalition of several political parties. But our duty is to minimise such disruption The SLFPers who are [...]

Time To Scrap Mini Hydro Power Plants

by Ifham Nizam The negative impacts  of mini hydro plants is huge Sri Lanka has 183 mini hydro projects Political interference is a major challenge for a proper environmental decision making process. Environmentalists warn that it is high time that the Power and Renewable Energy Ministry scrap mini hydro power plants in the country. The negative impacts  [...]

H’tota Port Issue: Controversy Continues!

by  Ashanthi Warunasuriya Protests in Hambantota continue  Finance Minister says the problem of unemployment among the youth will be solved when industrial zones are constructed Discussions on the future of Hambantota Port and industrial zone still underway by the authorities The government’s recent decision to lease out the Hambantota Harbour over to a Chinese company [...]

Manpower Employees Continue Their Struggle

by Kasun Pussawela SLT is currently obtaining various services from private companies. The companies are hired to carry out the task of manpower workers  Secretary of the Telecommunications Ministry had informed the CEO of SLT to make all the manpower workers permanent employees as per the recommendation of the Labour Ministry No victory has ever [...]

Whom Is Percy Mahinda Trying To fool?

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is going around the country blowing his horn that he is going to topple the National Unity Government reminiscent of a schoolboy on his big match day going about town screaming that he is going to win the match. Senior politicians with the aspirations of being held up as statesmen are [...]

Wrong People Being Questioned On Lasantha’s Murder – Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has once again come under the spotlight. Having held a key bureaucratic position in the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, rumours have begun to circulate about his possible entry into active politics. However, responding to these claims, the former Defence Secretary says he has not made any decisions to enter politics. He [...]

Wilpattu Deforestation Takes Religious Twist

by Ifham Nizam In fact, the villages Marichukatti, Karadikkuli, Palakuli and Kondachi are some border villages of Mannar District and located very close to Wilpattu National Park  The Muslim community must be very cautious of the fact that politicians use caste, creed and religion to strengthen not only their businesses but their vote base The [...]

Local Fishermen Want Bottom Trawling To End First

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya On average, Sri Lanka is losing over Rs. 500 million due to poaching by Indian fishermen The Sri Lankan government has confiscated 122 Indian fishing vessels and equipment Local fishermen are demanding that bottom trawling by Indian fishermen should be stopped in order to resolve the fishing dispute. Chairman of the All [...]

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