The Sunday Leader

UN security report sends damaging message

By Easwaran Rutnam A UN security assessment report issued on last month’s violence in Kandy has raised concerns after it spoke of clashes between Sinhalese and Muslims. Sri Lanka Project Director of the International Crisis Group Alan Keenan said that the report was dangerously inaccurate. “Let’s hope this isn’t really how the @UNSriLanka sees last [...]

SAITM students stranded; Transfer to KDU yet to be implemented

By  Ashanthi Warunasuriya The issue over the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) continues to drag resulting in the academic activities of the students being stalled. Convener of the SAITM Student Action Committee Shanaka De Saram said that after its establishment in 2009, SAITM functioned as a UGC approved degree awarding institute until [...]

Recruiters order Sri Lankan women to take birth control before working in Gulf

Sri Lankan women who take up domestic work in the Middle East to support families devastated by conflict are being targeted by recruitment agents who order them to take contraceptives before leaving. Six recruiters licensed by the Sri Lankan government said they could provide an employer with a “three-month guarantee” that a maid would not [...]

OMP to make use of Paranagama witness statements

By Easwaran Rutnam The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) will make use of witness statements presented to the Maxwell Paranagamacommission.OMP Chairman SaliyaPeiris told The Sunday Leader that the newly established office intends to make use of the statements when making inquiries into those reported missing. On 15 August 2013, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, established the [...]

Port City motors on despite concerns

Work on the Colombo Port City is moving ahead at an accelerated pace despite concerns raised by some environmentalists. According to the Port City, over 72 percent of the reclamation work for the project has been completed. The Port City is now looking for a new name and advertisements have been published where a name [...]

Sri Lanka fails in Geneva bid

By Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka last week failed in its attempt to seek wide support at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resulting in the country being placed back on the human rights agenda. As UNHRC members raised concerns on Sri Lanka in Geneva, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, together with the Global Tamil Forum [...]

Moragahakanda reservoir to provide some relief as drought continues

By Ashanthi Warnasuriya   The government has taken measures to provide water for 80,000 acres of agro lands via the Moragahakanda reservoir during the Yala season. In addition, drinking water will be provided via Moragahakanda under a special programme to the people in the North Central Province, Wayamba region and Eastern Province. Construction work on these projects is [...]

Jaffna tobacco industry collapses

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   Jaffna tobacco farmers insist that they will not grow tobacco after this season since their tobacco cultivations are undergoing unprecedented obstacles and barriers. Therefore, the tobacco cultivation in Jaffna is now rapidly declining dragging down Jaffna farmers with it. Among the varied cultivations in Jaffna, growing tobacco provides Jaffna farmers with [...]

Garbage dumping racket at over 35 locations inside forest reserves

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   A racket to dump garbage at over 35 locations inside forest reserves has been uncovered. Wild elephants and many other animals die of garbage poisoning that they consume daily around the island. Besides elephants, cattle, land monitor (thalagoya), deer, and other animals are also killed from consuming garbage. Wildlife and Sustainable [...]

Visitors not happy with Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

By our Environment correspondent   The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has been found to be among five elephant conservation establishments in Asia with which visitors are not happy. The findings are part of a research carried out by T. G. Supun Lahiru Prakash, P. K. Priyan Perera, A. G. K. Chethika Perera and Prithiviraj Fernando of [...]

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