The Sunday Leader

“I Own The Hilton Colombo” – Cornel Perera

“Cbk Wanted To Own The Hotel By Proxy” ‘Nadesan Is Not The Proper Person To Be Chairman’ By Faraz Shauketaly Cornel Perera, the promoter behind the Hilton Colombo project and at the centre of a veritable imbroglio claims that contrary to reports he has, in fact paid the Japanese the bulk of their funds and [...]

Another Scam In The Making Golden Key

By Gazala Anver and Maryam Azwer On March 13, The Sunday Leader ran an article on the claims of Golden Key Credit Card Company Limited (GKCCCL) depositors, that President, Golden Key Depositor’s Society (GKDS), Anusha Emmert’s approval of the repayment plan did not suit all depositors. The following week, Emmert vehemently denied this, claiming that [...]

Cart Before The Horse

By Romesh Abeywickrema About this time last year hectic preparations were being made to host the Indian Film Academy Awards in Colombo. It was made out, at least to the Sri Lankan public, that this would be the show of all shows and a special gift to cinema in Sri Lanka in particular and tourism [...]

The Migrant Mind-Set Of Sri Lankans

By Roel Raymond Whether it is the 490 Tamils that fled aboard the MV Sun Sea to Canada, the receptionist at your office that dutifully clicks on every ‘Apply for Green Card Today’ advert online or the distant relative’s relative who attempted to smuggle himself out to Italy by boat, the migrant mind-set in Sri [...]

More Police Involvement Necessary To Prevent Child Abuse

By Roel Raymond As many as 14 cases of grave sexual abuse were reported in the month of July 2010 alone. A 15 year old in Vavuniya was sexually abused by her brother-in-law and later delivered a stillborn baby, while another 15 year old, also in Vavuniya, was sexually abused over a period of four [...]

Child Soldiers — A Lost Generation

By Udara Soysa Ranjan Selvathurai was 15 years old when Tamil Tigers kidnapped him in 2008. He was captured by the advancing military in mid May 2009. “My life was a living hell when we were with the LTTE. We were forced to do many things we did not want to go through,” he told The Sunday [...]

I Finally Boarded The Plane

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya __ Freelance journalist based in London and Colombo When I landed in London, I heard that just after boarding the plane in my country, Sri Lanka, the government arrested a journalist friend who was trying to escape from the country. I was on my way to London again after exactly nine years. [...]

Trapped In Legal Limbo

Military Rejects Torture Allegations By Munza Mushtaq Sri Lanka has outright rebuffed shocking allegations that some 11,000 suspected rebel cadres allegedly being held ‘incommunicado’ by the government are at risk of being tortured and are subjected to enforced disappearance apart from various other forms of harassment. The government’s denial comes as thousands of men and [...]

Politicisation Of Military And The Fonseka Factor

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Last year when speculation was rife about former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka announcing his candidacy for the presidential elections this columnist was among those who warned of adverse consequences befalling the country as a result of this unprecedented move. Chief among these was the very strong possibility of  an escalation in the continuous [...]

Her Story…

By Frederica Jansz On December 13, 2009  The Sunday Leader’s headline “Gota Ordered Them To Be Shot” – General Sarath Fonseka would become the most explosive story of the year. The article which, perfectly accurately, quoted the General as saying he had heard that Gotabaya Rajapaksa had given an illegal order asking Brigadier Shavendra Silva [...]

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