The Sunday Leader

Religiously, Divided

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by N. Sathiya Moorthy   Whatever the intention and purpose of the pollsters and the publication, ‘The Telegraph’, at least in Sri Lanka’s case, it should give and insight into the way the people and polity perceive religion The Sinhala-Buddhist majority often takes the blame for allowing religion to influence political decisions, especially on the [...]

Jaffna Puts Government On Notice

Jaffna Town -

David, Sivagnanam and Rasan are in the picture

by Santhiyago Sudharshan in Jaffna Traders, businessman and ordinary people in Jaffna told The Sunday Leader that they have not seen the change they much expected since January 2015 The occupation of land by the military is also an issue for the people of Jaffna. Northern based Tamil political parties warned that failure to address this and [...]

High Powered Committee To Be Set Up To Oversee The CEB

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by Ifham Nizam  The Cabinet of Ministers has already been informed about the need of such a committee to ensure the continuous supply of electricity The new committee will be appointed for a two year period, which consists of 12 members, including a chairperson appointed by the Prime Minister The current installed capacity is 3,900MW [...]

The Political Garbage That Is….

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by Hilmy Ahamed The Meethotamulla tragedy has brought back the politics of garbage to every screen, newspaper and radio The tragedy of 32 deaths has become the propelling slogan for the ‘focusless’ or visionless Opposition Garbage is an insurmountable problem in every nation across the world The Meetotamulla tragedy has brought back the politics of [...]

Top Businessmen Fund JO May Day Rally

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya A leading businessman involved in the gas industry has donated at least Rs. 10 million for JO May Day rally Basil Rajapaksa has said that while the whole country is now fed-up with this government, businessmen in particular have had enough They never expected to get Galle Face for their rally and [...]

Killing Of Elephant Sparks Outrage Minister Awaits Report

Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera is in the picture

by Ifham Nizam  A large number of environmentalists and animal lovers had criticised the conduct of the official for shooting the beast The wild elephant was killed while being rescued by officials in Vavuniya last week The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife is awaiting a detailed report on an incident in Vavuniya where a [...]

Plastic Toys In Sri Lanka Contain Toxic Chemicals

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by Ifham Nizam Ironically, the chemical contaminants can damage the nervous system and reduce intellectual capacity but are found in Rubik’s Cubes-a puzzle toy designed to exercise the mind In Sri Lanka, CEJ purchased five Rubik’s cube-like toys and send them for analysis to the Czech Republic. Two samples were chosen for laboratory tests. The [...]

Public Invited To Provide Inputs For Energy Policy

Power Lines and Ranjith Siyambalapitiya

by Ifham Nizam A committee comprising of a team of experts has been tasked to develop the policy based on energy supply and demand in the past, present and future to align the island with future energy systems of the world The public can send their proposals till April 30, 2017 Indigenous renewable energy resources [...]

Still No Sign Of A New Constitution

Lakshman Kiriella, Susil Premajayantha, Ranjith Madduma Bandara

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya While many opinions have been expressed regarding the new Constitution, the President had instructed the relevant committees to expedite the reports pertaining to the formulation of the new Constitutional process Another significant issue is that the President had asked his legal advisors to prepare the draft for proposed Constitution that can be [...]

Parliamentarians Should Be Patriotic Professionals

Ven. Sobhitha Thero

by Bernard Fernando It is the corrupt and antagonistic ‘Preference Voting’ (PV) system (Not the PR system) that has compelled the candidates to muster votes by ‘hook or by crook’ Ever since the advent of the ‘Provincial Councils’ in 1987 with 9 provincial Parliaments, they have remained as ‘White Elephants’ A ‘paradigm shift’ in our political culture [...]

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