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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

SAITM Issue May See An End

by Indika Sri Aravinda The issue related to the Malabe SAITM Medical Faculty which was aggravating by the day, is likely to see a final solution this week. President Maithripala Sirisena said he will look to resolve the issue this week. Protests against SAITM has been festering for over two years and now even the [...]

Sri Lankan Women Say #MeToo

Women across Sri Lanka have joined the #MeToo campaign against sexual abuse. The campaign was kicked off by actress Alyssa Milano following sexual abuse allegations raised against movie executive Harvey Weinstein. More than 40 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harrasment, abuse or rape. In Sri Lanka, actresses, journalists, mothers and young girls posted notes [...]

Sri Lanka To Be A Base For Human Rights Monitoring

by  Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka has over the years been at the centre of the human rights debate, often being accused of violating human rights. However now the country is set to be a base for human rights monitoring with one of the world’s leading human rights groups establishing its regional office in Colombo. The Sunday Leader [...]

Double Blow For Radical Monks

by Easwaran Rutnam A group of radical monks faced a double blow last week just hours after the venerable Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera was arrested for threatening Rohingya refugees in Mount Lavinia. Following several complaints filed with Facebook over a video posted on the Facebook page of the Sinhale Jathika Balamuluwa, the social media website decided [...]

Water Runs Dry In Thabbowa

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Due to the drought affecting many areas of the country, many people are suffering without waterfor drinking and their daily requirements. Among the districts most affected by the drought is the Puttalam district and the people of the Karuwalagaswewa village are facing untold hardships. Currently there are around 100 families living in [...]

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