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AG Simply Cannot Initiate Legal Action Against Anyone – Thalatha Athukorale

Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale says just because a file is opened to investigate corruption, the Attorney General’s Department cannot file charges. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, Minister Athukorale said she will do her best to uphold the faith placed in her to deliver justice to all fairly.  Following are excerpts of the interview: by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Q: [...]

LG Polls Postponed Unnecessarily – Elections Commissioner

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya  asked the people and the political parties to actively get involved in protecting the country’s democracy and rule of law. The worst thing to do is to remain silent. Just as a government can be toppled by a vote, it can also protect a government. The vote is [...]

I Regret We Could Not Spend More Time With Prabhakaran Says Erick Solheim

Erik Solheim, the Norwegian peace mediator in the 30-year-long Sri Lanka civil war, breaks his silence on his controversial role in a conversation with WION’s Padma Rao Sundarji. Padma Rao Sundarji: How and when did the government of Norway decide to mediate in Sri Lanka and why did they pick you? Erik Solheim: We were [...]

Religious Leaders Behind Theft And Fraud – Ranjan Ramanayake

Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage, Ranjan Ramanayake said he has never acted in a manner that would tarnish the image of the party or bring discredit to the party. He urged the people to assist the government in taking the country forward towards prosperity, having taken over a country that was [...]

SLFP Must Decide Its Next Move Soon – Nimal Lanza

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is having talks to decide its future with the unity government, Deputy Housing Minister Nimal Lanza said. He said that as of now 41 members of the SLFP are in talks regarding their future in the unity government. However Nimal Lanza said the SLFP members will respect any decision taken [...]

All Issues Are Being Resolved – Gayantha Karunatillake

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Land and Parliamentary Reform Minister Gayantha Karunatillake said all complications that the country was facing are gradually being resolved by the government like untangling a ball of knotted thread. In an interview with The Sunday Leader he said the government is steady despite attempts to destabilise it and assured that the Unity Government will carry on [...]

UNP, SLFP Marriage Will Continue – Rajitha Senaratne

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says the unity government will renew their agreement and continue as the unity government beyond August. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, the Minister said that the people in the North and East are enjoying real freedom as a result of the unity government. He says the Government [...]

The SLFP Cannot Be Reunited – Arundika Fernando

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Several photographs of Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando and Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga were published recently on social media and it sparked widespread controversy. Tourism and Christian Affairs Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando however said there was nothing controversial about the meeting with Weeratunga who is wanted in Sri Lanka and has an international warrant issued [...]

I Am Fed Up With Politics – Palitha Thewarapperuma

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Cultural Affairs and Wayamba Development Palitha Thewarapperuma said he is only working for the welfare of the people of this country but he is fed up with politics. He said the post of Deputy Minister should be given to the Minister’s wife and the people cannot be served in this [...]

MR Could Not Achieve A Honorable Solution For Tamils – Douglas Devananda

Former Minister Douglas Devananda says the political situation in the country has become more democratic, tolerant and conducive for the Tamil people to express their frustrations and grievances openly without fear and intimidation. The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader also insisted that his party never operated as a paramilitary organisation. Excerpts of an interview with The Sunday Leader:- [...]

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