The Sunday Leader

We will never support racism – Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the Government showed their inability to properly govern the country through the irresponsible way they controlled the communal violence in Kandy. He said the government should have carried out a proper plan based on the information they received from the security forces but not after many areas [...]

Extremism gaining strength and moderation weakening – Suren Surendiran

By Easwaran Rutnam   The recent local government elections and statements made by the government as well as some of their actions have been seen as having a negative impact on the reconciliation process. Tamil diaspora groups like the very influential Global Tamil Forum in London have expressed frustration at how the unity government has [...]

Army cannot interfere in our matters – C.V. Wigneswaran

By Taylor Dibbert C.V. Wigneswaran is the chief minister of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka and a member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Maithripala Sirisena became president three years ago. What are the principal challenges for people living in the Northern Province? No doubt [...]

Government failed to meet expectations of the public – Nimal Lanza

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Gampaha District Parliamentarian Nimal Lanza says the Government failed to meet the expectations of the public. The former Deputy Minister, who had resigned from the Government recently and joined the joint opposition, said that he had decided to leave the Government as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) [...]

Those who cannot work with the Government can leave – Ranjith Madduma Bandara

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya This week marks three years since President Maithripala Sirisena won the 2015 Presidential elections and the unity Government was formed. Three years on, some members of the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have expressed their unwillingness to work together. Minister of Public Administration and Management Ranjith [...]

We can’t abandon things, says Sampanthan

By Meera Srinivasan R. Sampanthan, leader of the Opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament, is also the country’s seniormost politician, having been in politics for more than six decades. In the January 2015 presidential poll, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) he leads backed the President Maithripala Sirisena–Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe combine that ousted former President Mahinda [...]

No room for LTTE resurgence – Major General D.D.U.K Hettiarachchi

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya in Jaffna The military is confident there is no room for an LTTE resurgence in the North and that claims of the LTTE launching another war in Sri Lanka are only rumours. Jaffna Security Forces Commander, Major General D.D.U.K Hettiarachchi told The Sunday Leader online that some groups are spreading rumours in [...]

Some Ministers not willing to share powers – Dilip Wedaarachchi

By Ashanthi Warnasuriya   State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Dilip Wedaarachchi says despite some discord, the unity Government is still stable. The Deputy Minister and United National Party member told The Sunday Leader online that the unity Government is doing its best to take forward the good governance policy. He also said that [...]

Public will express their opinion on Government at LG polls – G.L

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya With preparations being made for the Local Government elections (LG), the joint opposition feels the elections will be a good opportunity for the public to decide if they are happy or not with the unity Government. Joint opposition member and former Foreign Minister, Professor G.L Peiris told The Sunday Leader online that [...]

COPE Will Investigate State Universities – Sunil Handunnetti

The Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) says investigations conducted by them had been done fairly and without any bias. However, the Chairman of the COPE Sunil Handunnetti added that it was a cause for regret that the government has so far failed to take tangible measures to address the issues mentioned in its last report. He also said [...]


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