The Sunday Leader

Australian family mourn death of mother and daughter in Sri Lanka

A family is mourning the loss of Brisbane mother Louise Collins and her four-year-old daughter Poppy who tragically died in a car accident in Sri Lanka. “Poppy was everything to (Louise),” Ms Collins’ brother James Curtain told the Courier-Mail. “Family meant everything to you and our hearts are breaking, as we ponder a life without you [...]

Brothels emerge from Colombo massage parlours

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   Brothels have been found to be operating in the guise of massage parlours in Colombo. The Police raided several massage parlours in Colombo and its suburbs last month as well. Many of them had engaged in prostitution in addition to functioning as massage parlours. Fort and Maradana boast of a high number [...]

CID finds cable TV company involved in major fraud

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has found that a private cable television network operating in Sri Lanka has been involved in a major fraud. The discovery was made following a complaint made to the CID over the activities of the cable television network. The cable television industry in Sri Lanka is [...]

Medical negligence: Patient ends up with damaged kidney

Medical negligence at a private hospital located just outside Colombo has resulted in a young woman ending up with major complications, including a damaged kidney. The family of the 20 year old woman has accused the private hospital of failing in their duties resulting in their daughter having to suffer and the family having to [...]

Immigration officers demand bribes from asylum seekers

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya and Easwaran Rutnam    Asylum seekers arriving at the Bandaranaike International Airport, are at times forced to give bribes to immigration officers to enter the country. The Sunday Leader learns that the asylum seekers, who come with very little in an attempt to escape persecution or threats in their home country are threatened to [...]

The charge of the saffron brigade in Sri Lanka

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara is a well-fed man. His jowly features and rounded fleshy shoulders belong to someone who has succumbed to at least one of life’s pleasures without too much resistance. Tall and sturdy, Gnanasara is far removed from the time-honoured image of a sinewy Buddhist monk who sustains himself on a bowl of rice [...]

Douglas accused of illegally occupying property

By our Jaffna correspondent   The people of Jaffna fondly remember going to Sridhar Cinema from the 1970s to the early 1990s. It is located close to the railway crossing on Stanley Road. The majestic building was built by Chelliah Sabaratnam Ratnasabapathy and his wife Mrs. Maheswari Ratnasabapathy around 1974. It became a landmark in [...]

Concerns raised over the future of Jaffna College

Concerns have been raised over the future of Jaffna College as the failure on the part of the Board of Directors to introduce key reforms in the governance and administration of the school has begun to cripple the everyday life of the College. The school alumni have said that they are disappointed that the Board [...]

STF in the spotlight: New report makes startling accusations

A new report by a human rights organisation led by a former UN panel membe, has made startling accusations against the Police Special Task Force (STF). The report by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP ) led by former UN panel member YasminSooka, reveals why members of the Special Task Force should not be [...]

SLFP Minister and businessman brokered no-confidence motion

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   A Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Minister and a top businessman had brokered the recent no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, The Sunday Leader learns. Well informed sources said that the Minister, who later abstained from voting for the motion, had talks with the businessman, who is close to former [...]

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