Prof. Samarasekera To ‘Spill The Beans’ On Thajudeen’s Murder

by Nirmala Kannangara The controversial former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer, Prof. Ananda Samarasekera, who is under interrogation by the Criminal Investigation Department, is expected to spill the beans which can be anticipated as a new twist in Wasim Thajudeen’s murder case, defence sources are of the view. Following the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informing [...]

Another Eyewitness Speaks Out On The Welikada Prison Riot

by Ashanthi Warunasuirya As the authorities continue investigations into the Welikada prison massacre, more eyewitnesses have come forward to reveal information about the incident. Hewadalugodage Sahan Sri, an eyewitness to the incident who has since fled the country, spoke to The Sunday Leader on what he saw. He had been arrested in 2007 under the [...]

Ministry Reimburses Fuel Bill To NLDB

After The Sunday Leader Exposure… by Nirmala Kannangara Following our expose on how the Chairman and Board of Directors of National Livestock Development Board (NLDB) unlawfully settled Rural Economic Development Minister P. Harrison’s fuel bill to the tune of Rs. 1.059 million, it had now come to the fore how the latter’s office had paid [...]

Why And How Of ‘National Unity’

by N. Sathiya Moorthy The continuance of chaotic coalition Government may have raised more questions than provide any great answers to the ongoing issues of every kind facing the Sri Lankan Nation and State. The twin leadership of SLFP President Maithripala Sirisena and UNP Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has now come to tit-for-tat (!) sacking [...]

Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Gambit

Late last month, Colombo inked a revised version of a $1.1 billion deal for leasing the Hambantota port to a Chinese state-run company. The port has been controversial ever since the China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) signed a framework agreement in December 2016 with Sri Lanka, taking an 80% stake in the project. Following the [...]

NPC Hands Tied, Cannot Act On IGP

by  Indika Sri Aravinda The National Police Commission (NPC) will not act against IGP Pujith Jayasundara over a recent incident, as it is legally unable to. NPC Secretary Ariyadasa Cooray said that the NPC can investigate and take action only on the Police service but not the IGP. The NPC was responding to a question [...]

Audit Report Alerts Parliament On CPC

by Ranjith Gunawardena The recent protest jointly organised by the Petroleum unions collective ended with the Government declaring fuel distribution as an essential service. Even the head of the National Trade Union Centre, which is affiliated to JVP member K. D. Lalkantha was also seen waiting in the queue to pump petrol. Meanwhile the government [...]

Prison Overcrowding Spills Over, Inmate Assaulted

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Prison overcrowding has been a long standing issue which is yet to be resolved and has now led to an inmate being assaulted. The 22 year old inmate was assaulted after he raised the overcrowding issue with the authorities, The Sunday Leader learns. The inmate had complained that he was in an [...]

Hambantota Port PPP, Important Step Towards Maritime Hub – CCC

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce says it appreciates the steps taken to develop the Hambantota Port as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) as it marks an important step towards the goal of positioning Sri Lanka as a full-service maritime hub nation. The Chamber said in a statement that apart from boosting foreign reserves, the reported scale [...]

No Drugs At Parliament Pharmacy

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Expensive drugs prescribed for Parliamentarians are not available at the Parliament pharmacy,” said Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne. It is reported that there is no medicines at the Parliament pharmacy that caters to the medical needs of Parliamentarians. According to most of the parliamentarians, there is no medication at the Parliament pharmacy. [...]

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