The Sunday Leader

New UN Chief Takes Office

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

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

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

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 [...]

Bamyan Recovers From Taliban Terror

by Abdul Haleem, Jawid Omid BAMYAN, Afghanistan (Xinhua) — “Its natural beauty, panoramic landscapes, historical monuments, hospitable people and, above all, its peaceful environment, has lured me to Bamyan,” tourist Mohammad Haroon told Xinhua recently. Visiting the site of the giant Buddha ruins and lambasting the Taliban for blowing up the cultural heritage with dynamite, [...]

MPs To Get A Bigger Pay Pack

The current payment of Rs 500 for their attendance in Parliament will be increased to Rs 2,500 An MP travelling to Parliament is paid an allowance to get 284 liters of fuel per month The actual salary and the facilities seem far better off   by Hafsa Sabry Even though there had been public criticism that [...]

Contamination Of Kelani River Threatens Drinking Water

Pollution may threaten drinking water distribution Research finds chemicals in water by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Kelani River plays a vital role in providing drinking water to the Colombo city. However due to continuous pollution of the river there are fears it would soon not be considered as a source for obtaining water. If the water [...]

“Terrorists” Hijack Public Transport

Strike Ends Following Talks With President Committee to look into grievances of bus owners  President says government ready to listen by  Ifham Nizam - Pictures by Lalith Perera It was termed as a “terrorist” act as thousands were stranded and many more were affected when private bus operators and three-wheel drivers staged a strike in protest over [...]

JAT Living launches ‘96 Residencies’ Pagoda

Following its success with ‘77 on Fourth Residencies’ in Nawala, JAT Holdings, the leader in the furnishing and finishing industry takes on a new venture to redefine vertical living with 96 Residencies in Pagoda under the JAT Living subsidiary with the aim of building homes and residences with exclusivity. JAT Living is poised to usher [...]

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