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. [...]

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 [...]


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