The Sunday Leader

The Role Of The Opposition

Disturbing reports on signs of emergence of violence in the North and East have been reported in the media. Such reports may be false alarms, deliberate attempts made by political mischief makers or genuine indications of unseen developments taking place. When such reports emerge, whatever the personal views of politicians or security officials may be, [...]

Good Opposition Must For Good Government – S. B. Dissanayake

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In unification the leadership must lie with the current chairman of the party can still work as a patron of the party During my period in office I was also able to issue Gazette notification legalizing seven Engineering Institutions and 11 private universities Only 6% of the students out of the entire student population are [...]

Don’t Backtrack On Justice For Sri Lanka’s Victims

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by Meenakshi Ganguly The draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) remains in force, and there have been several arrests under this law in the past year Civil society groups are once again able to speak out safely on issues of concern There has been no tangible progress in setting up courts with international involvement to [...]

Anoma Accused Of Violating Good Governance Policies

Anoma Fonseka

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Anoma Fonseka has been accused of violating the very policy the government promised to protect Anoma Fonseka has been accused of violating a circular issued by the Finance Ministry Mrs. Fonseka is also facing allegations over her involvement in the Senehasa children’s home The government of good governance came to power with [...]

Government Likely To Get Two More Years

Wigneswaran at a meeting with EU and UN envoys

UNHRC to be told to monitor progress by Easwaran Rutnam The government is likely to get another two more years to show progress on the accountability issue The TNA is split on the UNHRC giving the Government more time to address the accountability issue Britain is to sponsor a new resolution on Sri Lanka at [...]

Thonda’s Bulls Travel In Luxury While His People Suffer

Jallikattu bull fighting and Senthil Thondaman clinching the top award

Uva Province Minister for Highways, Senthil Thondaman is taking his bulls around in air-conditioned comfort Bulls are taken special care in every village because they are engaged in a number of  religious activities The Bull Taming Pongal event dates back to the Tamil Classic Period (400-100 BC) by Ifham Nizam While the estate workers continue [...]

Delay To Establish OMP Raises Hard Questions

A group demanding a credible investigation on missing persons

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya On 23rd August 2016, Parliament adopted the Act to establish an Office on Missing Person (OMP)  Although the OMP Act was rushed through the government appears to have lost interest to actually set it up now The proposal to establish a separate institution to investigate disappearances was first discussed in 2015 The [...]

Failed Attempt To Whitewash AG And Private Placements Of Government Securities

Auditor General  Gamini Wijesinghe

by  Hector Appuhamy - Member of Parliament An article published by Wijewardena in Daily FT Monday January 30, 2017 titled “In Defense of the Auditor General: The Govt. should not blind its third eye” reveals that Wijewardena being an interested retired employee of the Central Bank has now started a failing battle to whitewash the Auditor [...]

Constitution Needs Nurture And Protection

The government intends going in for a referendum on a new constitution with the consent of all parties including the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella told parliament on Wednesday. We are confused why specific reference was made to the SLFP, because, the SLFP we presume is very much part of [...]

CBK, War Crimes And The Rule Of Law

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by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Judges are notoriously scared and take political decisions, or are corrupt and at times communal Killers need to be punished and not celebrated as heroes Douglas Devananda and EPDP MP Chandrakumar, admitted to the massacres of and use of cluster bombs on civilians during the last phase of the war [...]

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