The Sunday Leader

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 [...]

Indian Woman Seeks Ban On Porn Websites


NEW DELHI, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) — An Indian woman has approached the country’s Supreme Court and sought an immediate ban on all pornographic websites, claiming that her husband has become a porn addict as a result of which her family life has been ruined. “My husband has become an addict of porn and spends alot [...]

Rice Farmers Vow To Fight Chinese Investors


by Amantha Perera Chinese investors are eyeing fertile plains There are fears that local farmland will be swallowed by a proposed 15,000-acre investment zone No decision had yet been made on which land might be acquired These days, Vimalabudhi Thero, head monk at the Beragama village Buddhist temple, is consumed more by worldly concerns than [...]

Poetry Gets Teacher in Trouble


by  Shalika Wimalasena A special investigation has been launched by the Ministry of Education against a school teacher for writing poems A teacher at Kuliyapitiya Central College is currently under investigation by Education Ministry officials Officials have questioned the teacher A group of bureaucrats at the Education Ministry have been accused of violating a school [...]

No Escape For Traumatised Pakistani Refugees In Sri Lanka


Many people leave, seeking a better life elsewhere Negombo, today looks like a mini-Pakistan Some have been here for 10 years Young choir members sing hymns in Sri Lanka’s southern city of Negombo. They are singing for strength and patience in difficult times. Unlike Sinhala or Tamil, the languages spoken on this island nation, they’re singing [...]

New UN Chief Takes Office

António Guterres

António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017. Having witnessed the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, in refugee camps and in war zones, the Secretary-General is determined to make human dignity the core of his work, and to serve as a peace broker, a bridge-builder [...]

Hydro Power At Risk As Water Levels Run Dry

Anura Wijayapala and Water levels down in the Mahaweli Region

by Ifham Nizam  It is required to ensure the continuous fuel availability for oil fired power plants PUCSL has warned the country is heading towards a power crisis in the next two years Based on past trends, there will be no rainfall until end of April 2017 The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) [...]

Government Defends New Bill

Ranjith Madduma Bandara and The gazette notification

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya  The Gazette notification has become a strongly debated topic In Sri Lanka frustration over proposed legislation is a normal phenomenon  The Gazette notification on the proposed Development (Special Provisions) Bill focuses on formulating a new state policy on rapid economic development of the country and its related issues. However it has become [...]

Putin And Trump May Decide Syria’s Future

by Gamini Weerakoon

Russians stepped in to help Assad on September 30, 2015 With the fall of Aleppo, Assad will control Syria’s five major cities The election of Donald Trump could result in an entirely different ball game The most horrendous tragedy in war since World War II was witnessed globally last week in the comfort of sitting [...]

WFP Urgently Needs USD 1.3 million


by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Over 150,000 children risk losing balanced diet  WFP and FAO support the government  A 3 day residential simulation exercise was held The World Food Programme is in urgent need of USD 1.3 million for the school meals programme to cover the gap of vegetable oil (from January) and pulses (from March) for [...]

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