Mount Lavinia Police, TID exposed in Lasantha murder probe

The underhand activities of the Mount Lavinia Police and the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at the time the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed, has come to light. The Mount Lavinia Magistrate was informed last week that the Mount Lavinia Police and the TID had attempted to destroy key information related to the murder. The Mount [...]

Child’s brutal killing shocks Jaffna

The brutal killing of a three year old girl shocked residents of Vannarpannai in Jaffna last Friday. The young girl was stabbed to death by her irate uncle who later committed suicide. According to reports from the area, the incident took place at the residence of Gunaratnam in Vannarpannai in Jaffna. During a family dispute the [...]

Corruption runs wild in the Wildlife Department

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   Corruption is going unpunished at the Wildlife Department with the blessing of some officers at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, The Sunday Leader online learns. It is also understood that attempts are being made to suppress investigations being conducted on some allegations against the Wildlife Department. Sources said that some [...]

Sri Lanka should tackle sexuality, gender identity bias

By Neela Ghoshal  In November 2015, I sat in a small circle of plastic chairs outside a rustic hotel in Sri Lanka’s coastal town of Ambalangoda. Against a backdrop of fruit trees and waves lapping the shore I listened to horrific stories from six gay, bisexual, and transgender people whom a Sri Lankan gay activist had [...]

When an ‘arm-twisted’ LTTE leaned on a sympathetic MGR

The refusal of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to accept the Indo-Sri Lankan accord of 1987 led to a war between India and the Tigers, but the militant group claimed that the then Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran unequivocally supported its stand on the issue. Details of a tense conversation between LTTE leader V. [...]

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 [...]

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