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Sri Lanka Is A Land Of Unprecedented Hope And Optimism – Mohamed Hussain Shareef

Among my most vivid childhood memories is a scene of horror involving an apartment inferno followed by a frantic dash from our Dehiwala home, escorted by family members, to Katunayake Airport. The year was 1983 and the timing was the flaring up of ethnic violence in and around Colombo, which then escalated into a prolonged [...]

International Youth Day 2017

Youth Building Peace: Sri Lanka’s best hope  by Una McCauley – UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative  In September of last year, I had the privilege of attending an event in Galle with the then UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to meet over 100 young Sri Lankans actively engaged in peacebuilding work. Skilled young men [...]

Kattankudy Mosque Killings In 1990: Reliving Bloodshed And Trauma 27 Years On

by Seyed Alavi Sheriffdeen For the last 27 years, the month of August had descended upon me, bringing with it dark memories of the gruesome images of the Kattankudy Mosque killings that has had a lasting imprint of sorrow and agony on me. This year is no different. On August 3, 1990, 141 worshippers were [...]

Violence In North, LTTE Resurgence Feared

by  Indika Sri Aravinda Due to several incidents of violence that took place in the Jaffna area recently, security in that area has been threatened, according to the security forces. Based on these incidents in the North, there was tension brewing in the South and the politicians in the South were fearful that the LTTE [...]

Drought Takes Its Toll In Several Areas

by  Ashanthi Warunasuriya The drought was having a serious impact on several parts of the country, with the North the most affected. Politicians and civil society said that drinking water was a major concern in the North with little or no supply. Northern Province Parliamentarian Douglas Devananda told The Sunday Leader that proposals have been made to [...]

Death Traps Emerge As Rail Gatekeepers Vacate Posts

by  Indika Sri Aravinda Death traps have emerged at several railway crossings as rail gate keepers have vacated their posts. Over 800 rail gatekeepers have vacated their posts at bamboo rail gates owing to poor salaries. General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways, B.A.P. Ariyarathne told The Sunday Leader that the bamboo rail gatekeepers get Rs. [...]

Aurum Skyline Residencies Address You Can Be Proud Of

Home Lands Skyline, the real estate arm of Home Lands, the foremost real estate developer in the country has embarked upon yet another Luxury Apartment complex that is to be developed in a convenient, competitive residential precinct. Being the developer of 727 apartment units under their wing, Home Lands Skyline has already completed and delivered [...]

India Launches 31 Satellites In Single Space Mission

NEW DELHI, June 23 (Xinhua) — India successfully launched 31 satellites, including an earth observation satellite, in a single space mission Friday from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota. The state-owned Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) most trusted rocket Polas Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota with the Cartosat-2 [...]

Jeep Drivers A Law Unto Themselves With Political Patronage

Yala National Park Warden is helpless by Nirmala Kannangara Department of Wildlife Conservation’s failure to take action against errant safari jeep drives at the Yala National Park for blatantly breaking speed limits and taking food for the wild animals to attract them to their vicinity to please the clients had endangered the wildlife. Director General, [...]

100 Days And Counting: Families Of Missing Seek Answers

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 marked one hundred days of continuous protest by families of the disappeared in Kilinochchi. Around a 1000 protesters from across the Northern and Eastern Provinces some of whom have been conducting their own protests and hunger strikes, blocked the A9 highway, demanding answers from the Sri Lankan Government, which is accused [...]

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