Can Sri Lanka Take That Giant Step Forward?

Despite a multiplicity of contentious proposals some with obviously malicious objectives, crass political opportunism and other negative features evident in the process of making a new constitution, the realization by three main political parties to overcome the bogey of racism that has been holding us back is a giant step forward for Sri Lanka. The UNP [...]

Tamil Diaspora Must Seriously Contribute To Rebuild The Country

 - Father S. J. Emmanuel The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first visit since a ban on him was lifted. The President of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Father S. J. Emmanuel told The Sunday Leader there are [...]

Sri Lanka To Be A Base For Human Rights Monitoring

by  Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka has over the years been at the centre of the human rights debate, often being accused of violating human rights. However now the country is set to be a base for human rights monitoring with one of the world’s leading human rights groups establishing its regional office in Colombo. The Sunday Leader [...]

Farmers Facing A Dilemma

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The farmers of this country have once again had to face difficulties. The pepper farmers are facing numerous difficulties while the poultry farmers and even the milk farmers are all in the same boat and both the farmers and farmer associations charge that nothing is being done to relieve them of this [...]

Suicide On The Rise

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya In the recent past, suicides seem to have increased in Sri Lanka with many reports of youngsters having committed suicide in the news.  In fact there are around 3,500 suicides being reported every year in Sri Lanka. In 1995 however, Sri Lanka had the highest number of suicides in the world but [...]

Parking Touts: CMC Fails To Act

by Indika Sri Aravinda The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has failed to take action against parking touts who continue to operate at key locations in the city. Parking touts  carry out the duties of parking wardens for a fee charged from the drivers. CMC traffic division Director, Nihal Wickramaratne told The Sunday Leader that only [...]

Understanding Third World Conflicts – East And West

The attack on Rohingya refugees accommodated by the UNHCR in a house at Mt. Lavinia by a group of Sri Lankans led by saffron robes clad men is a matter for regret by all citizens and a cause for national concern. The monks have led the mob that crashed through the high gates of the compound [...]

Vithya Rape And Murder Judgement: Suspicion Over Vijayakala’s Actions

by Easwaran Rutnam The judgement delivered last week into the rape and murder of Sivaloganathan Vithya raised suspicions over the actions of State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran. High Court Judge N. Illancheliyan, in his ruling, noted that Maheswaran had taken steps to secure the release of the main accused when he was captured by residents following [...]

Police Under Fire After Monks Go Berserk

Group threatens to surround Boosa  by Easwaran Rutnam The police has come under fire after a mob led by a group of monks threatened Rohingya refugees at a safe house in Mount Lavinia last week. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General told The Sunday Leader the United Nations was alarmed at the incident. [...]

Iraj’s ‘Danuna’ Draws Flak

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Iraj Weeraratne’s new song “Danuna” has drawn flak after it seemed to reflect the recent developments in the life of veteran artiste Victor Ratnayake. The music video shows an older man played by actor Wilson Karu falling in love with a young girl played by Piumi Hansamali after his wife passes away. [...]

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