Vulnerable Among The Vulnerable

By Waruni Karunarathne The war that lasted for over 30 years in the country has left many women in the North and East in a very sad state of poverty resulting in many women becoming widows or the sole bread-winners of the family. A large number of women who head their families struggle due to [...]

Eight Hundred Workers Seek Justice

By Camelia Nathaniel Around 800 technical staff, technical assistants, transport assistants, drivers, watchers and labourers attached to the Road Development Authority of the Western province had their employment terminated by the provincial road development general manager, the road development employees union charged. The group of workers had joined the Road Development authority in 2011 and [...]

A Stinking Issue

By Waruni Karunarathne  - Pictures by Lalith Perera The Sunday Leader observed that the improved south west side of the Beira Lake adjacent to Nawam Mawatha was in a poor state in the recent past; the water body had not been cleaned properly for weeks. Despite certain improvements in the recent times, the Beira lake [...]

Fighting For Worker Rights

By Waruni Karunarathne Ahead of the May Day, trade unions are preparing their slogans to rally for the rights of the working community in the country and to remind the new government there is still a lot to be done to ensure the rights of workers.  Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Convener of the Joint [...]

Controversy Over Flag At Demo

By Waruni Karunarathne Recently  an altered version of the National flag which did not have the two vertical stripes of green and saffron, were used by several protesters supporting the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in front of the parliament and outside the Bribery Commission. The displaying of the altered [...]

Police Draw Flak

By Nirmala Kannangara The Police have come under severe criticism for their failed attempt to arrest one of the biggest financial fraudsters in the country. Although Sakvithi Ranasinghe became the biggest financial fraudster in 2008 and the law enforcement authorities did not leave a single stone unturned to arrest the culprit, it is shocking to [...]

Murder In School Sends Shockwaves

By Camelia Nathaniel Almost a week after a body was found in a school last Sunday around 6.00 p.m. by police, later identified as Agalawattalage Chandrika Sumathipala (45) of Kirulapone, no breakthrough has yet been made in the investigation into the murder. However two suspects have been arrested – the security guard who was on [...]

Protecting People With Special Needs

By Waruni Karunarathne Even though certain legal provisions are in place to protect the rights of the people with special needs, public institutions in Sri Lanka seem to have disregarded those regulations and have failed to accommodate the needs of the differently abled community. As a country that has undergone war, Sri Lanka evidently has [...]

Smaller Parties Up In Arms

By Indika Sri Aravinda Main as well as minor or smaller political parties in Sri Lanka have focused their attention on changing the electoral system. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was proposed last week and will be submitted to Parliament tomorrow as per the election manifesto of President Maithripala Sirisena while the electoral reforms are expected [...]

Turtle Meat Sold Underhand

By Camelia Nathaniel The sale of tortoise meat has been taking place in the country illegally as it is considered a delicacy. Recently wild life officials had raided a leading hotel in Colombo on a tip off and confiscated three tortoises that were said to have been kept for the purpose of obtaining their flesh for [...]

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