The Sunday Leader

A Testing Time For State Hospitals

by Hafsa Sabry The Ministry of Health has announced that blood investigation reports ordered by state doctors to be conducted at private hospitals will be done in-house from December this year. Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne said at a meeting held at the Ministry of Health that patients who enter government hospitals [...]

Maha Oya Sand Mining To Affect Millions

by Ifham Nizam Excessive sand mining activities in the Maha Oya had caused reduction of sand supply to the coastline, breaking the natural sand equilibrium of the beaches, a study reveals. This indiscriminate sand extraction from the river leads to lack of sand availability for replenishing the beaches which are naturally washed away by the [...]

Making Sense Of Treasury Bonds

by Prof. Sirimevan Colombage Treasury Bonds (T-Bonds), which hardly attracted public attention not so long ago, made sensational news headlines in recent times. Most of the newspaper articles and media discussions on the so-called ‘bond scam’ are based on illusive numbers and value judgments. Amidst the floods of such opinions, this is opportune time to [...]

London, Sans One, We Have Come!

by Nirmala Kannangara In relation to our investigation titled ‘London, Here They Come’, published on May 29, 2016, several persons mentioned in the article have responded. We publish certain parts of their responses along with an editor’s note. Following our exposes on Sri Lanka-England cricket matches, the SLC officials who were supposed to travel to [...]

Banning Bottom Trawling Will Reduce Trespass In SL Waters

By M. A. Sumanthiran, TNA MP The issue of poaching by Indian trawlers in Sri Lankan waters has over the years become an increasingly contentious one, seriously threatening the livelihood of Sri Lanka’s fishing community. Fishers being among the poorest communities in both Sri Lanka and India, it is an issue of national concern to [...]

To Be A Nation In The Pink Of Health

Food and drink industry sees red as Health Ministry launches traffic-light colour-coding by Hafsa Sabry The Ministry of Health last week announced that beginning in August, the displaying of colour codes according to sugar content percentage will be mandatory for all sugary soft drink products. Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said [...]

Fresh Tenders For Coal Supply

Ground-breaking Supreme Court judgment safeguards public monies and rights of the people by Ifham Nizam The Supreme Court last week delivered judgment on an application involving the largest tender ever awarded by the government to supply coal to the first coal-fired power plant complex, Lakvijaya Power Plant, in Norochcholai. Delivering judgement on an application that [...]

Bird’s Eye View On Sri Lankan Political Realities On Transitional Justice

Prince Zeid’s Report by  Lionel Guruge During the recently concluded Thirty-second session of the Human Rights Council, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein made an oral update before the Council on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’. The report follows last October’s Human Rights Council Resolution [...]

Giving Up Celebrations To Win Demands

by Camelia Nathaniel As the country celebrated the dawn of yet another Sinhala and Tamil New Year last week with milk being boiled at auspicious times, several groups of individuals spent the day on the streets struggling to win their demands from the rulers. Manpower workers attached to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), who have [...]

Blue-Water Navy, Without A Name!

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Ahead of his much talked-about China visit, post facto in particular, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had mentioned a larger Indian Ocean role for the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) to protect global sea-routes. In Beijing later, he was quoted as hailing his hosts’ ‘dialogue-based’ approach to resolving the ‘South China Sea issue’, [...]

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