The Sunday Leader

Relief Measures To Be Continued After Elections

By Waruni Karunarathne The 100 day programme of the government led by the United National Party (UNP) provided a list of relief measures in its interim budget. Despite many questions being posed on its sustenance, the relief provided to the people is expected to play a decisive role at the elections on August 17. When [...]

BJP Looking To Win Through Sinhala Buddhist Roots

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya It is well known that Sri Lanka has faced many problems due to ethnic and religious conflicts. Historical records of such unfortunate events have shown the adverse impact of extremism on communities as well as on the country. However, in times of such chaos, many religious leaders and patriots have come forward [...]

Mahinda Makes More Promises

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Sri Lankans often witness many colourful policy statements and populist proposals presented during election times. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is also a political leader belonging to the same category, who has given various promises to the people during his political career. However, the ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ programme presented by him during his two [...]

US Long Suspected Pakistan Of Sheltering Late Taliban Leader

U.S. intelligence officials suspected Pakistan of sheltering Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, one of the world’s most wanted men, for years before his death, according to a published report. On Wednesday, Afghan officials announced that they believed Omar had died in a Pakistan hospital sometime in 2013. On Thursday, the Taliban issued a statement confirming [...]

Journalism Awards 2014

The Journalism Awards for Excellence 2014 took place last week at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. Journalists were recognised for their contributions in several categories. Click Here To See Full Page

Amnesty International Demands Angola Release Activists

A leading rights group has called for the release of at least 13 people, including a rapper and an academic, held in Angola for allegedly plotting to oust the president. The detentions were a “ploy to suppress dissenting voices”, Amnesty International said. The group was arrested last month after attending a meeting to discuss the [...]

No Relief For People In Panama

By Waruni Karunarathne Another attempt was made recently by the people of Panama in the Ampara District seeking access to their land that was acquired forcefully during the former regime. As a result around, 350 families were displaced and left landless, homeless, and deprived of their livelihoods. Despite the cabinet decision taken by the interim [...]

Somawansa Now Targeting PC And LG Polls

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Former Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Somawansa Amarasinghe, who has been forced to alienate himself from active politics recently, is now looking at Plan ‘B’ in what is seen as an attempt to resume his political career. After leaving the JVP Amarasinghe announced plans to form his own political party and contest [...]

Australia Calls For UN To Form Criminal Tribunal To Investigate MH17 Disaster

CANBERRA, (Xinhua)  — Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop asked the United Nations Security Council to strongly consider forming a criminal tribunal to investigate the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and bring those responsible to account. Two days before the one-year anniversary of the disaster, Bishop asked the UN to undertake an “independent criminal investigation” into [...]

Saud Al-Faisal, Saudi Foreign Minister For 40 Years, Dies

Former Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal died on Thursday, Saudi Arabian sources and media close to the kingdom’s ruling family reported, two months after he was replaced following four decades in the job. Prince Saud, who was 75, was the world’s longest-serving foreign minister when he was replaced on April 29 by Adel al-Jubeir, [...]

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