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Dozens Of Men Describe Rape, Torture In Sri Lanka

One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five men, driven to a prison, and taken to a “torture [...]

Nilanga Dela Back In The Spotlight

Minister Orders Probe  by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Minister of Buddha Sasana, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, has ordered a report on allegations raised against the Diyawadana Nilame of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Nilanga Dela Bandara. The report was sought following allegations raised that Nilanga Dela Bandara had signed deeds to sell historic land in the [...]

Attempt To Derail Uma Oya Relief Mechanism

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya An attempt is being made to derail the Uma Oya relief measures. The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) organisation has written to the President and the Home Affairs Ministry Secretary regarding the actions of the Badulla Government Agent (GA) Nimal Abeysiri. In the letter to the Home Affairs Ministry Secretary [...]

New Legal And Tax System For Port City

by Easwaran Rutnam A new legal and tax system is being drafted by the Prime Minister’s office for the Port City (Financial City) to be enacted once the project is completed. A new company will also be formed to manage the Port City once it is completed, along with  the Colombo Municipal Council while another [...]

Qatar And Government In Crucial Talks This Week On SriLankan

by Indika Sri Aravinda Crucial talks will be held this week between the government and Qatar with regards to SriLankan Airlines. Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera told The Sunday Leader that Qatar was ready to consider a proposal from Sri Lanka to reach an agreement on SriLankan Airlines. He said that a delegation from Qatar [...]

Provincial Councils May Face Overcrowding

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya There would be small changes to the number of provincial councils, according to the new electoral system. Accordingly the number of members in each Provincial Council (PC) will double. This will create another issue which is that there would not be sufficient space to accommodate all the members. The number of members [...]

UN Rapporteur Stirs A Hornets Nest Pablo de Greiff

By Easwaran Rutnam A visiting UN Special Rapporteur stirred a hornets’ nest last week after winding up a visit to Sri Lanka. Pablo de Greiff, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence told reporters last week that several concerns remained unaddressed in Sri Lanka. His comments became fuel [...]

Political Meddling In Yala: Minister Insists Will Not Budge

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya  A top government Minister is allegedly attempting to influence a change in the system on the operations of the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary but the Minister in charge of Wildlife insists he will not budge. Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera said the government was not prepared to change the laws that had been [...]

Anything But Cricket

Media Ministry To Look At Accreditation by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Media Ministry is to make inquiries into the accreditation of a website journalist who has been accused of harassing a Pakistani journalist in Abu Dhabi. Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media Lasantha Alagiyawanna told The Sunday Leader that the Media Ministry will look into [...]

Police Come Under The Spotlight

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya There are increasing number of complaints regarding police brutality and force being unleashed on the people. During the recent past, several suspects have also been killed due to alleged police brutality. The most recent incident was when K. A. Gamini, who was arrested by the Divulapitiya Police, had died while in police [...]

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