The Sunday Leader

SAITM Defends Quality Of Education Despite Protests


(SAITM) has defended the quality of education at the campus The Private Medical College Parents’ Society says not to jeopardise the future of students The Parents’ Society has also submitted a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena requesting a meeting  The South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) has defended the quality of education at [...]

The Widely Debated Land Grabbing At Wilpattu


by  Ifham Nizam Renowned ecologist cum ornithologist Prof. Sarath Kotagama, stressed that if anybody tells him that there is a problem within the Wilpattu National Park, he is willing to take the challenge and fight for it and do something. However, if this is happening outside, it is a different story. Expressing his candid views  [...]

Govt. Accused Of Failing To Curtail Police Abuses


The government has been accused of not meeting its pledge to curtail police abuses Human Rights Watch said security sector reform was one of 25 undertakings by Sri Lanka in the Human Rights Council resolution Sri Lankans routinely face torture and other ill-treatment by the police The government has been accused of not meeting its [...]

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) [...]

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